Swatch: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick

Here you have the Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in the shade Lovesick. There were two layers of the application in this photo. You will notice the product does go on streaky so buyers beware.

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What do you think? Would this shade be considered a nude or is it too pink?

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Product Review: The Brush Egg

Let’s admit it. When it comes to cleaning brushes the majority of us procrastinate — A LOT. Although clean brushes are essential for good hygiene, there’s always something better we could be doing with our time.

Then along came The Brush Egg.

A grooved glove to help scrub brushes back to clean and save time.

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My Boyfriend bought The Brush Egg off of Amazon to help me clean my brushes because I have over 60 brushes (this is also why I procrastinate cleaning them). That being said, brush cleaning day on average is a two-day event for myself.

How Did it Perform?

Upon using this product I was impressed –just don’t try it on a beauty sponge (I will get shredded). There are two sets of grooves. The smaller ones at the top are intended for caked on product and stiff brushes. The rest of the body is meant for massaging out the product without damaging the bristols.

I found The Brush Egg best performed for larger brushes such as Kabuki, blush and powder brushes. Smaller brushes did take some effort to clean and I still prefer my older method.

Is There a Downside to the Brush Egg?

Oh boy, you’re going to laugh at this!

Yes, there is a small downside to The Brush Egg and that’s cleaning it. I found this did depend on a few things. The type of products on the brush and the kind of brushes being used on The Brush Egg.

There is a small chance that you will have to give The Brush Egg a wash after use because some product may stick in the grooves.

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Would I Buy Another One?

If my Brush Egg ever wear out I would buy another but, so far so good there is no sign of wear and tear.

The price point is great for this product at $2-$3 CAD and it does help with the bigger brushes. It takes very little storage space (less than a can of tomato paste) and is durable enough to travel with.

In fact, there is a new Heart Shaped Brush Egg with 3 groove areas to clean brushes. It seems that it has been improved for shorter brushes.

I’m going to buy it on my next Amazon haul.

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Blogger Besties of May

Here we are again, we’re getting to the end of the month so here’s another installment of Blogger Besties!

It’s time to show a little praise for blogs and social media accounts I’ve enjoyed in the month of May.

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WordPress:

The Zinful Blonde is a quirky blog about beauty, lifestyle, and home decor found somewhere between a cup coffee and a glass a wine. Now, this is my kind of blog to unwind too!

Bloglovin’:

Musing of a Muse is a great beauty blog to go to if you like intriguing writing styles. I personally love to visit this blog because regardless of the post topic I know I’m going to be entertained by this comical diva!

Youtube:

Fly With Stella this is my guilty pleasure at the moment. This channel follows Stella a Flight Attendant on her endeavours around the world. What is captivating about Stella is her love for life and it’s just addicting to watch

Instagram:

Todd the T-rex Nothing say hilarity like an adult man dressed as a T-rex talking selfies in various locations. This is exactly that.

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Your Favourites

Here are your monthly favourites as voted by you guys.

Blog Advice For Newbies – excellent advice for those starting to blog.

Just WOW – We’re slaying milestones one day at a time!

How to Improve Your Blog Traffic for Newbies – even better blog advice for those starting out.

DIY Pinterest Mask Fail – A Pinterest mask fail.

3 Products I Want for Spring – some unique spring launches.

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Products Revisited: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control

As you gain new products, you stop using old ones in the hope of finding the next Holy Grail. It’s the new shirt effect and we all do it.

While doing my spring cleaning, I came across a tube of almost empty Smashbox More Than Primer. I always try to use old products up and it was clear that my opinion on this product had changed since I had originally reviewed it.

You may find the original product review here.

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I’m going to start off by saying this product is still relatively new. It’s about 5 months old, so the product hasn’t gone bad yet.

I still stand by my original review. I love the added benefit of BHA in a primer and can justify paying $50 for that as there are few primers that have exfoliating properties in them.

However, it’s the wear of the product that has annoyed me.

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If you have a hairless or shaved face, this does not pertain to you. If you are fuzzy like me, you will notice the emphasis on hair. I noticed that the product wouldn’t completely absorb and would clump up on the hair follicles.

You would really notice this after the foundation had been buffed on as it looked like dry patches This only occurred one spot on my face: my jawline to the ears and could only be noticed extremely up close (like someone 6 inches from your face).

A word of advice when applying this product would use excess and smooth in downward motions.

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Emirates Airline Look

Here is a natural eye look inspired by Emirate Airlines. Makeup is an essential part of the work uniform for Emirates Airlines and they put a great emphasis on working with your natural tones and complexion.

You will notice with this look there is no eyeliner. Just eyeshadow and mascara. Emirate Airlines likes to shade the eye with the traditional darkening of the crease in a “V” shape.

I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, however, you can use any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes to achieve a similar look.

Steps are as follows…

  1. Take the shade Cashew Chew and the dust the lid to brown bone entirely.
  2. With an angled blending brush, use Almond Truffle in the crease area. Blend a little above the crease towards the inner corner of the eye. Take any excess into the water line.
  3. With a small blending brush pat on and blend Truffle in a “V” shape on the outer crease. Be careful not to go to heavy handed.
  4. With an angled liner brush use Truffle and buff online the eyelids edge to create eyeliner.
  5. Clean up the brow bone and down with “Divinity”.

There you have a basic Emirates Airline Inspired look.

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Thank-you for the Love

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As some of you have noticed, I have been absent from blogging for the past 2 months.

It doesn’t come easily to say this but, I fell into a deep depression and just needed to detox and focus on the things that I needed to complete in my personal life (which I will be touching on when the time is right).

It pained me to put my blog on the back burner as this is my happy place and I love to interact with everyone.

For those that have supported with while in this absence, thank-you and I love you.

With that, I will be bringing out some new content and well as publishing some content that has been sitting in my draft bin.

If you guys have any comments or questions let me know in the comments below and once again thank you for the support.

 

Small Changes For Weight Loss

At some point in everyone’s life, we realise we may not be at our healthiest and want to make changes.

I have been overweight for most of my life and started to lose weight 2 years ago and was left with loose skin and needed to get rid of it.

Here are some tricks I learned that helped to lose weight WITH exercise (mostly light to moderate). These were the beginning stages I took to live a healthier life.

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Cut the Sugar.

This is no joke. The first drastic change I made in my life was to cut my sugar intake. I started this with my daily coffee. I used to drink a double-double every morning (2 sugars, 2 creams). At first, I started by switching to milk instead of cream (have consumed almond milk or skimmed every day since). I followed this by cutting sugar all together.

It was crazy to see how this small change began to erode away the bloating around my stomach. I felt better as a whole and was less tired and had more energy from having no sugar in my diet.

And here’s why.

1 Medium Double Double = 150 Calories

Per week: 150×7 = 1,050 calories per week.

Per month: 150×31= 4,650 calories over a 31 day month.

 

1 Medium coffee with milk = 30 calories

Per week: 30×7 = 210 calories.

Per month: 30×31 = 930 calories or a 31 day month.

That’s a total of  3720 calories cut out in a month!

Drink More Water.

I’m sure you have heard this time and time again, but you know what?! Drink more water!

Higher water consumptions are great for many reasons. It can improve your digestion and increase your metabolism.

The best part….

Water has no calories and can help with food cravings. Sometimes the body tricks us into thinking we’re hungry but instead, you’re really just dehydrated and your body is notifying you that. Perhaps, try drinking some water instead of reaching for food to get rid of growling stomach or cravings.

Drinking more water = fewer food cravings.

Drink Green Tea.

Green tea is no joke. I tried this as a fluke after hearing of the “fit tea” trend. So naturally, I had to dabble in tea magic to see if tt was partially true or partially false.

Fit tea, in general, is gimmicky. However, its root as a weight loss method comes from hundreds of years that green tea has been used for its health benefits.

Green tea for weight loss can speed up the metabolism and trust me this works. Drink 2-3 regular cups of this daily and watch your body metabolism speed up. Just don’t load up on sugar. I prefer to drink this black but honey and stevia are great healthy sweetening alternatives.

Additionally, green tea been used for inflammation and can help with mild acne or other skin irritations.

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Walk!

This so easy, just walk more. Walking is great because of its a form of light cardio (cardio= weight loss) and its good for you.

By walking more you are increasing your metabolism and improving your heart health. The longer or higher heart rate you achieve the more calories burned. I would go for a 20 minute-40 five days a week. Sometimes it would be slow pace sometimes speed walking.

I would go for walks after dinner, therefore, forcing my boyfriend to do the dishes. Can’t argue it was a win-win situation.

Weight loss is hard to do to achieve and just remember that you are building a better version of yourself one day at a time!

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