Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Empties #2

I've been diligently collecting my trash so it's time for another empties post!

-Korres Castanea Arcadia Night Cream :) OMG HOLY GRAIL! I reviewed this recently and have been using it every day for about 3 months. My skin is so supple when I wake up and it really helped me avoid dry flaky skin during winter time.

-fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream :) I actually gave this to my mom to use and she really liked it! She said it was refreshing and the gel texture was unique!


 
-EOS Lip Balm :) Always a staple and I used it before sleeping every day for about a year!

-Tocca Simone :/ At first I really enjoyed the scent as it's light and fruity. However, similar to the Anna Sui Sweet Dreams perfume, I found sometimes it smelled like a "wet dog" on my skin.

-Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 4.0 :) Favorite foundation I've ever used. The formula is so light and the shade was perfect

-elf Stipple Brush :) I used this to apply the UD foundation and it gives a natural finish! Unfortunately the brush handle broke but for $3 this was well worth the money!



-Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer :) I surprisingly enjoyed it as it was a silicone type primer. But I found it really did keep my makeup fresh for longer!

-Benefit They're Real Mascara :) Another one of my holy grail mascaras. The wand is a bit spiky but if you build up the formula, you'll get some crazy long lashes.

-Annabelle Bigshow Mascara :) This was actually a 2016 favorite as it just created long, thick lashes!





-Youngblood Minerals in the Mist :/ I'm not sure if this did anything but the scent was super relaxing (vanilla and lavender) and the mist was fine.

-The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion :) I didn't think I would like this scent but it's nutty and sweet and smells so comforting! The formula is pretty light and easy to absorb

-L'Occitane Verveine Agrumes Fresh Shampoo :) Strong citrus scent and it lathers amazingly. It's a really nice shampoo that I used to clarify in between my other shampoos.

-Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Cream :( I'm not that big of a fan as I feel the formula leaves my hands feeling dry still.
-Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream :) It was a pretty small sample but I liked the texture and the natural scent.



-Organic Japanese Sencha :) I don't usually get non-blends at David's Tea but this was surprisingly good. Very pure and soothing

-Tumeric Glow :( Too strong of ginger taste

-Pistachio Ice Cream :( It was a weird combination of savory and sour

-Apple Cider :) Sweet and tart, it tastes almost like an apple cider!



Lastly, here are some items I'm tossing.

-AG hair care Simply Dry Dry Shampoo :( This clogged, or leaked but it's empty and I barely used it!

-Dinoplatz Concealer :( It's very high coverage but quite cakey, I've had this for 3 years now.

-elf Eyebrow Kit :) A pretty good kit but only the cream side matches me and I've had this for 4 years. It now smells bad

-Annabelle and Rimmel eyeliners that were good but are just too old

-TFS Milky Moisture Tint in 04 Grape Pink :) I love the smell and texture but this is now expired

-Maybelline Babylips :/ Cute to look at but it now smells funny

-Estee Lauder New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape :( This doesn't do anything unfortunately

-got2b Smooth Operator :) I've had this for so many years. Although I didn't use it much, the smell is amazing and it detangles and smooths the hair very well

Who are your favorite project panners to watch? Also please link me with your empties :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ofina Jewelery Review + Giveaway

I love dainty jewelry, especially if there's meaning behind them! However, I have a surprising amount of trouble finding designs I like and sizes that fit from stores in the mall. Today, I want to share some of the cutest designs from Ofina Jewelry and a chance for you to win one of the items shown!

This line is created by Liza Anongchanya and each piece is handcrafted in her studio in San Francisco! Most of her pieces are plated gold which helps to keep the cost low while still wearing gold against your skin.
  
I found the general vibe of the collection to be trendy and delicate which is right up my alley! Recently, I've been loving the story of the evil eye and the Hamsa in jewelry. The Hand of Fatima (or Hamsa) is used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history to provide defense against the evil eye. The evil eye is believed to be a curse cast by a malevolent glare which will cause misfortune or injury. I have been really drawn to this as I wanted to avoid judgement and "evil looks" from other people.

The necklace ($75) I chose is in a gorgeous 14k rose gold fill with a Hamsa hand as the pendant. The hand is also plated with rose gold over sterling silver and decorated with cubic zirconia which gives off a ton of sparkle. Since it's so delicate, I feel like I can wear this with most of my every day outfits!


Similarly for the bracelet ($58), I also chose one with a talisman that would protect against the evil eye. The bracelet features a dainty 14k gold fill chain and it feels very weightless. There are beads spaced out on the chain to add more design. The evil eye piece itself is a gold plating over sterling silver with cubic zirconia.  This style comes in silver and gold and would layer really well with watches or other bracelets.


Lastly, I've been dying to try out the ear jacket style earrings ($68) for a long time! These type of earrings make it look like you have a semi circle hanging below your ear lobe. I think it's so cool. My ears are normally very sensitive and I haven't been wearing earrings for a year so I was very impressed that I didn't have any reaction to these. These are made from sterling silver with cubic zirconia.



Now for the fun part, I will be giving  you the chance to win one of these pieces! The winner will get to choose their favorite item from the three shown here! You can enter on my Instagram or for additional entries in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends April 30th and is open Internationally!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quo Matte Revolution Foundation Demo & Review

Quo recently released a bunch of new makeup including the Matte Revolution Foundation. These new items will be part of their permanent core collection and is now available. I realized I haven't done a foundation review in ages and that's mostly because I've been using up my old ones! It's perfect timing for me to find my next go to as I just finished up my Urban Decay Naked foundation.



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Prescription Sunglasses with GlassesShop.com

Having bad eyesight is pretty annoying sometimes, especially in the summer time when I want to just throw on a pair of sunglasses. I end up having to put in contacts first any time I want to wear sunglasses. I've wanted prescription sunglasses for a while now and am so glad I got the chance to test out a pair from GlassesShop.com.

I find that I'm always scraping by in my optical insurance. Between new glasses and contacts, I end up never having enough insurance room left over to get prescription sunglasses. Since they are usually at least $200, I haven't made the splurge. But these ones are easy on the wallets coming in at only around $35 including lenses!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Makeup Look #1: Orange Flush


The change of a season means new trends for makeup! I've been switching up my look for a more fresh and airy look by having an orange/coral flush all over. If you're looking for inspiration to change up your Spring makeup then read on!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Travel Diary:Weekend Getaway from Vancouver to Sunshine Coast


I recently took a weekend trip to the Sunshine Coast and wanted to share some tips and ideas for things to do. Now that the weather is getting nicer, it's time to explore your own back yard with weekend trips from Vancouver!