Friday, 19 December 2014

Facial Wipes, the lazy way of removing makeup


Hey everyone! 

I am here to talk about facial wipes. I won't lie to you guys I am horribly lazy when it comes to washing my face and removing makeup, which makes me a fan of the ever so handy facial wipes! I bought these for about $8.99 CAD at my local drug mart. 
Inecto is a brand I've never heard of, to be honest I bought these for the coconut. 
These have been much less useful to me than my other wipes. When I first opened the package the cloths were barely moist but they do a fine job of removing makeup but because they are on the drier side they tug on the skin which makes for an unpleasant experience. They have no smell, they are packaged like most makeup removing wipes I've seen. 
I could have got worse for my money...but if you see this in the drug store do yourself a favor and buy something that'll be worth your money.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Maybelline - Master Precise

 
Hello everyone!
Every woman has an HG liner and mine happens to be the Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner.
It's got felt tip and does not pull the skin while using. If you have troubles with liquid liner this is a product you should go get right now. I line my lower lash line and I always have and this doesn't pull along the lash line and all I do is drag it across and wing it out and creates the perfect line every time. I only have one gripe about this product, when nearing the end of the product you have to push harder to get the liner out of the tip and sometimes it comes out in a huge black mess under my eye so be careful when you know you're at the end. Goes on as black could be does tend to fade a bit throughout the day but lasts a solid 8 hour work day!
 
These can be found in any drug store and I believe are about $8.99 CAD.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

e.l.f.s neutral palette eye look



Hello guys! 
I'm honestly not the biggest eyeshadow person nor do I apply it very well as I have actually just started wearing it this year. I'd always heard good things about e.l.f. products and they are cheap which is the best part. I found their 36 neutral eyeshadow palette in Winners for I think it was $8.00 CAD so I shouldn't have expected grand things. For this look I used the bottom right group of shadows. In this palette I got what I paid for, it took layers and layers and layers to build up the color and had horrible fall out. With my eye shadow collection steadily growing I may have to throw this away...

Thursday, 27 November 2014

NOTD


Hello everyone, just a short post and a quick review on the e.l.f polish in "Chic Confetti" 
I wanted to try something new with my nails aside from painting them one solid color so I used H&M's polish in "Chill Out" for my base and E.l.f.s "Chic Confetti" to do the bottom area in glitter which is how my thumbs were supposed to look as well but I made a mistake and ended up fixing it by painting the whole nail in glitter. Oops.

Chic Confetti is the best glitter polish I've used yet I got it in the bright nail polish cube ($14 CAD) by E.l.f. because of E.l.f.s prices I didn't expect much but it dries super quick  and actually creates a pretty even coat compared to some other glitter polishes I've tried.

I haven't tried to remove yet so maybe I'll get lucky and it'll be a breeze to remove!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Where have I been?

Hello all! I've been neglecting this little space of mine for quite some time now, my apologies.
 
Just wanted to make a quick little post about music and how much it can affect someone's life. I'm not going to get into great detail but a little snippet about how happy music can make a person.
 
 
See those four guys up there they are the members of All Time Low my favorite band at the time. I still have a soft spot in my heart for them however the level of obsession has decreased, thank goodness.
 
The pictures above are from the first time I met ATL and let me tell you about the amount of tears that were shed when I found out. I was the happiest woman on earth, this was about four years ago and will always be one of my fondest moments. I have met them three times since and seen them four and I still cry every time.
 
Their music really helped me push through some tough times and I still have those favorite songs I go back to when I'm feeling down.
 
These men don't know what impact they've had on me and many other young people and I just want to thank them for everything they do for their fans.
 
<3
 
Till next time!
 


Saturday, 18 October 2014

John Frieda - Sleek Finish Hair Straightener



Hey everyone!
Today I have a straightener review, I'm a girl already some pretty pin straight hair to be honest but I like to use this on my bangs as they seem to curve to my face which is extremely frustrating.
I got this for free using Air Miles points but it retails for about $50-60 CAD depending on the store. You can find it just about any big store (Target/ Wal-Mart /Best Buy)
I only have one gripe with this straightener and it's the location of the buttons. As you can see in the above photo the buttons are located right where your hand holds the straightener and they are extremely sensitive. When holding it one minute it might be 155 F the next it will be 195 F. 
Aside from the buttons this straightener works great and it's cheap. 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

REVLON - KNOCKOUT

Well I'm back with yet another nail review. I promise guys my blog won't be this terrible forever. I've been extremely busy moving into a new place.

The color as you may have read in the title is Revlon's "Knockout." Just a solid black polish, nothing special. It's not the best but it's not the worst. Revlon is in the cheaper range of polishes about $7.99 CAD a bottle so for a girl on a budget I would recommend these. They chip in about 2-3 days, more likely if you have a job with a lot of physical labor. As with almost any black polish you only need about one coat for complete color payoff.

I have no complaints about this polish. Definitely check out this polish if you're looking for simple and don't want to spend $12.99 for a black O.P.I. polish.

Love you guys, sorry I haven't been active for a while!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Winter Wishes

Hey loves, winter is going to be here in a few short months well...for those who live in Alberta like me it's already beginning! Here's my wish list for those chilly winter months. 
The 25 piece E.L.F brush set (I just so cheekily ordered this actually...oops) The newly released MAC Rihanna lipstick, I am such a fan of reds. Oh la la! The Beetlejuice Blackmilk leggings, I've been dreaming of owning a pair of Blackmilk leggings for a long time and I've been on a buying binge lately on their website, once again oopsies. A wine red dress from Aritzia, such a beautiful color for winter! A white knit sweater from Topshop. Hello sweater weather, would it not be cute with those striped leggings? The last thing on my "condensed" wish list haha is a pair of Tory Burch riding boots which I most likely will not be buying but hey a girl can dream...
What's on your winter wish list? Let me know!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

f o t d

Hello everyone, just wanted to do a quick pretty simple FOTD.
  • Foundation - MAC NC20 Studio Sculpt
  • Powder - MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light Plus
  • Bronzer - Benefit Hoola
  • Highlighter - Benefit Watt's Up 
  • Eyeliner - Maybelline Master Precise Liner
  • Mascara - Benefit, They're Real
  • Lipstick - Lancome Color Design in Red Stiletto
There you have it a quick little simple fotd for you guys. 
What are your everyday products?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Covergirl Lip Perfection -- Verve


Hello everyone, it's a lippie review today. As you know I am a lipstick freak, every girl has their favorite product right? Well mine is lipstick. Today's review is on the shade 370 - Verve from the Covergirl Lip Perfection lipstick line.




As you can see from the above swatch it's a very frosty pink and I know there a lot of people who in the world with a hate on for that frost finish. I'm not going to say it's my favorite but with my pale skin I don't think it looks bad or tacky so I actually own quite a few frosty lipsticks. I own three other colors from this collection and they tend to turn into another color with longer wear but I've yet to experience that with this one and yes CG's lipsticks do STAIN the lips, just a forewarning. The staying power of these lipsticks is great and the pigmentation is also great so for $9.99 CAD you can't really go wrong. There are other colors in the line that do not have the frosty finish the only one I own without the frost is the Hot Passion which I adore, it is a bright red! Covergirl doesn't have the best lip products but I would give these a solid rating and recommend you check them out.

Friday, 5 September 2014

*August Favorites


It's the end of the month and that means blogs are going to be flooded with the latest and greatest. My products are not so much on the new end but they were my most used of the month.

First is the Color Shield collection from Garnier Fructis. I dyed my hair just for the occasion! These products are fantastic. Remember those first couple of showers after dying your hair and watching as the color runs through the water, the Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditioner locks in your color I haven't noticed any run of color in my showers. Couldn't be more happy with these products, the spray bottle is a heat protectant and shine spray meant for colored hair and it does a good job of keeping your hair smooth and not brittle.
(* Note: these products were sent to me by Influenster for review purposes but all opinions are my own)

Second is Batiste - Dry Shampoo, I know this stuff has been around for ages however I've only recently decided to give it a shot, this is my third bottle in about a month and a half this one was on sale for $5.99! I have the unfortunate gift of incredibly greasy hair and it's horrible having to wash it everyday especially for the natural oils in your hair so with this I end up needing to only shower about three times a week. Thank you Batiste.

The Benefit "Bronze of Champions" kit mostly the Hoola bronzer and the Watt's up highlighter. Watt's Up has been used just about everyday the past month and is still being used daily, gives the face a beautiful champagne shimmer and the bronzer is well a cult favorite among many. For my pale skin its about the only thing that doesn't make it look like I rubbed my face in dirt.

Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation. Great for summer as it's not heavy but provides decent coverage and if required is buildable. Did I mention it smells super fruity?! I love love love this foundation my favorite drugstore foundation to date.

The Maybelline master precise liquid eyeliner. The easiest eyeliner you will ever use. Honestly go out right now and buy it. I've been using this eyeliner for over five years and I have not strayed it's that great. If you have trouble with liquid eyeliner don't be afraid this will solve all your troubles.

The last two are fashion items, the first is a gold multi chain necklace from Dynamite. I do not buy real jewelery, frankly I can't keep a necklace from breaking to save my life so this luckily was only $8.00! It goes with EVERYTHING, it's the perfect statement necklace. Lastly, are the Sleeping Beauty leggings from the Princess and Villain Collection from Blackmilk. I am the biggest Disney fan and these are everything and more I could ask from a legging. Actually I've been on quite a Blackmilk binge lately. Anyone out there who lives in leggings like I do? Check out Blackmilk!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

a different review, a throwback to an old favorite drugstore bath brand.

So, this may seem like a strange review for a lot of people but the only bath products people seem to review is LUSH and I wanted to throw it back to the drugstore days of bath gift sets before LUSH existed.

When I was younger I received lots and lots of bath gift sets for pretty much any holiday involving presents and a lot of those were Fa sets. Has anyone heard of Fa? My guess is no but I love these soaps. I'm much more of a shower gel person however.

Fa's soaps are made with coconut oil and they all have the marble look you see above, they are also preservative free in case you care about those kinds of things. I think the difference in these soaps to many is the coconut oil. It doesn't dry out your skin like many others because of that factor which is why I hold these soaps high above any others and they're very cheap as they are only a drugstore product.

If you are on the lookout for new soap, I recommend giving this a go.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

e.l.f polish in metallic elegance





















Hello everyone, please excuse the nails.
I couldn't manage to get all the black polish from previous out of the corners of my nails and as you can see it's peeking through in these photos.
A while back I purchased the e.l.f. brights nail polish cube which included 14 sample size nail polishes for $14. I have never tried e.l.f. products before but I'd heard a lot of hype so I took the plunge. 
Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the "Metallic Elegance" polish by e.l.f.
You can't tell by these photos that it's metallic but it is. The polish itself is extremely sheer, it takes about 3-4 coats to achieve color pay off which is a mega pain as I'm a very impatient person and can't stand having to wait between every coat. It applies unevenly and goopy and streaky as I'm sure you may have noticed. The packaging for these mini polishes I enjoy as it's very simple but still cute sitting on your dressing table. It's a nice color don't get me wrong and I think e.l.f polishes are a bit hit and miss as there were others in the cube I loved, sad to say this was not one of them although they have to yet to chip so that's a bonus!

Friday, 15 August 2014

watt's up?



 Hey everyone, here it is the first "new" so to speak post on the new blog. Another very hyped up and cult favorite among the blogosphere is the "Watt's Up" highlighter by Benefit. It's a soft focus highlighter with a champagne sheen as you can see in the above swatch.

I have tried this and Benefit's "High Beam" and I quite honestly can't decide which one I love more. This provides a beautiful glow to your cheekbones and works great on dry skin, blends wonderfully. I don't have enough praise for this product. When it's blended out it looks natural on your skin and provides you with a gorgeous glow. I use Watt's Up over my foundation currently but I have wonders about using it underneath so I am thinking of giving that a go.

 I only have the sample size right now but once this little fella is dried up I will be running to the closest Sephora to pick up the full size.

OOTD - BUSINESS CASUAL


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Are you looking for something casual but still good for work? Here it is cute but still comfortable.
Shoes — $60 from Spring.
Skirt — $6.95 from H&M
Shirt — H&M sorry can’t remember the price
Necklace — $8 from Dynamite
Blazer — From a friend and I’m not sure where they got it from sorry everyone!
Hope you like this OOTD.

HOOLA


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This little product is a cult favorite among MANY bloggers as you all know. It’s a great bronzer for fair skinned gals such as myself as most tend to make me look I rolled my face in dirt or mud, not flattering.  I love that this is a matte bronzer as it creates much more natural finish then a shimmer would and it blends beautifully! The packaging is super cute and comes with a handy little mirror and a brush, I don’t use the brush as I have other brushes I prefer to apply this with and the one this comes with isn’t of the best quality. This is on the pricey side but if you’re like me and don’t use bronzer very often it should last you a lifetime!
 

This post was supposed to be done yesterday. I’m creating a weekly series of the song that’s been the most listened by me for the week, it’s called Monday Melodies.
This week it’s Maps by Maroon 5 which right now is a perfect description of how I’m feeling about my relationship right now and I just don’t know what to do…

OLAY - Foaming Face Wash (Normal)


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I was on the search for an inexpensive cleanser and hit the nearest drug store. A big problem with me when finding facial cleansers is one that doesn’t dry my face out. This claims to remove makeup, I wouldn’t say its the best for that purpose, I mean if you’re wearing light makeup such as a BB cream instead of a heavy coverage foundation then it might work for you.
It lathers nicely and it doesn’t have an overpowering sick chemical smell as a lot of other products.
It does my skin out a bit but I have never found a product that doesn’t so I just follow up with a face lotion to keep my skin nourished.
Not all that but nice if you’re looking for something light on the purse!

Never Say NO!


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Oh hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a nail review hasn’t it? Well I’m back! This time it’s another one from the Sephora mini collection I started reviewing a couple months ago.
I think i’ve only reviewed about four of ten colors, maybe this is the fourth. However on to the review…
This color is called Never Say No, it’s just a metallic looking brown. Looking at it in the bottle I honestly thought I’d hate it but on the nails I actually really really like it. It’s subtle but still noticeable if you get that. The color payoff, absolutely incredible. The above photo was achieved with ONE COAT, ONE. Solid color for one coat which I love because I find painting nails to be a chore but I love having painted nails….
Not only is the color payoff great the lasting power and how quick it dried is  shocking. I don’t think I could be more in love with a polish at the moment. It’s a great neutral color and I’m loving it currently. I know summer is the time for brights but…oh well.

It's a mini bath haul!


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Hey everyone,  just a little mini haul. After taking the photo I realized I forgot something. Rookie mistake! haha.
I went to Bath & Body Works a little while back and they were of course having their infamous buy two get one, buy three get two, so naturally I was drawn right in. Yes there is one product that is actually from Victoria’s Secret.
The item missing in this little photo is the Warm Sugar Vanilla perfume. I picked up the Lovespell body spray from VS and wow I fell in LOVE by far one of my favorite scents!
The other products are the Warm Vanilla Sugar body spray and lotion and the Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion. Hmm can you tell I like vanilla? ;)

E N C H A N T R E S S


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Enchantress by CoverGirl is a vibrant pink lipstick. Claims to be moisturizing however I beg to differ.
CoverGirl claims that these lipsticks are infused with silk protein to keep lips moisturized. Don’t get me wrong I love these lipsticks but CoverGirl is out to lunch on that claim.
After about only an hour these become cakey on your lips and really dry them out, best idea is to wear a lip balm underneath and maybe even a sugar scrub before application. The color of Enchantress is VERY pigmented and vibrant and a rich pink although the color it applies as is not the color it stays. During the day it turns into a darker pink and it stains your lips. When I wake up in the morning after wearing this I still have pink left in cracks on my lips and I have to scrub my lips raw to get it out…No thanks.
Most of the flaws of this lipstick I can live with for the fact the color is so great but if you’re after something moisturizing toss this out the window!

Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron - Review

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Hey guy!
I received the Conair Instant Heat curling iron for a Christmas present a couple years back.
Features:
  • A chrome barrel
  • 25 temperature controls
  • one minute heat up
  • Ready to use, ON/OFF indicator lights
  • Tangle free swivel cord
What I love about this product is the price, I’ve used a variety of high end//low end curling irons and this works better than most and it’s about five times cheaper being about only ten dollars at Wal-Mart, hello steal. However if you do use this daily it will cause severe damage to your hair, be sure to use a heat protectant!
I have very very fine hair and have the 1 inch barrel and it creates a gorgeous bouncy curl. I tend to use around the 20-15 heat setting along with the Tresemme thermal heat spray.
The downside for me is the curls don’t hold for long unless I use a can of hairspray on them, I don’t see this as a downside to the iron itself though I believe it depends on the hair type. My hair has never been one to hold anything well.
I will continue to use this curling iron and when its eventual death occurs I will be buying the same exact one for a replacement!

Another OOTD.


Sorry guys I’m not the greatest at these posts mostly because I have no one to photograph me but I am working on getting a tripod!
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Like I said earlier, I know not the best which is why I took the close up of my shoes//shorts. I paired this with a faux black leather jacket for when I was outdoors.
  • Black flats — $50 from SPRING
  • Black Tights — $7 from TARGET
  • Lace Shorts — $75 from Aritzia
  • White tank (underneath) — $5 from Wal Mart
  • Purple blouse — $120 from Aritzia
  • Faux leather jacket (Not posted) — but it was only $25 from Bluenotes!
Well, that’s all for today. Bye!

mac myth

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Back again with another lippie review, I have quite A LOT of lipsticks so there will be a lot of nail polish/lipstick reviews in the next month. Today, I’m here with a MAC lipstick review in the shade Myth, a nude.
One of the few nudes I have. I’m not much a nude lipstick fan as I’m really really pale as you can see in the above picture so I tend to stray from nudes but lately I’ve been trying to find one that works with my skin tone I don’t think Myth looks that great on me I do like to use it to tone down brighter shades (i.e. Enchantress and Hot Passion by Cover Girl) On rare occasions I’ll wear this shade alone, I just feel it could be more flattering. As with all MAC lippies it is highly pigmented, the above picture is only one coat. I don’t find the lasting power of nude lipsticks (any of them) to be that great and this is no where near as good as other MAC lipsticks.
Overall I do like it for wearing under other lipsticks but not by itself as it washes me out.

FIRST ootd and fotd

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Alright everyone here it goes, I really struggle with my body so this is my first “shot” at doing and OOTD and FOTD, I unfortunately don’t have a tripod at this point in time so I really had a difficult time trying to get a good picture of what I was wearing unfortunately but here goes anyways. (Sorry for the awkward hand in my sleeve, kind of makes it seem as if I don’t have a hand there) I’m wearing a pair of black tights from Target, the dress is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE pieces I just so happen to have it in three other colors and it is from Aritzia, pink pleather jacket from Charlotte Russe and then I have two rings on but you can’t see one is just a gold ring with emeralds in it that I found on the ground and the other is a cross ring from Aldo Accessories the shoes you can’t see well but they are just a open toe black high heel.
FOTD — For my face I’m wearing E.L.F.s BB cream (SPF 15), a free foundation my mom got I’m not sure of the brand but it’s in a spray can type container which is definitely different, Sonia Kashuk translucent setting powder, Benefit’s Hoola bronzer which can’t really tell. On my eyes I used a pink champagne color from my Rimmel Royal Tea quad (looks more brown here) all over the lid. In the outer corners I used a matte black from a Lancome eyeshadow palette from my mom and then a glitter black as well from the same palette which I also used to line my upper lash line. I used a tiny bit of the matte brown from the Rimmel Royal Tea quad on the bottom of my eye and for mascara I used the CoverGirl Bombshell. On my lips is the gorgeous Impassioned lipstick by MAC.
Well I hope you guys like this post. Would love to get a tri pod to more outfits if you guys do. So let me know on twitter @brirue
Bye loves!

Conair 1600 Hair dryer, my most trusted


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This blow dryer is my all time love. It may not look like much but this little baby has a punch of power. I have very fine hair but this dries my entire head within ten minutes, even a tad under! It’s lightweight which makes it great and easy for travel, I’ve seen other people claim this is quiet I think it’s quite loud personally. Only has two settings which for me is great as I don’t really like having to mess around with a bunch of different buttons. The settings are high and low and that blue button you see on the side is a cold button so if you feel that the dryer is overheating you can cool it down! The price is fairly cheap for a blow dryer and as you can see part of the name has rubbed off, mind you I’ve had this dryer for I can’t count how many years and it’s still in fantastic working condition!

Whats in your bag?

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Here it is the infamous “What’s in my bag?” tag. Yes, that is a tampon and yes my makeup bag is filthy. Let’s start with the big items; the green bag is my makeup bag, then my wallet and in front of my wallet is a travel brush set from Sephora. Underneath my makeup bag is my work schedule and there is more papers underneath of that, a newspaper ripping with someones number, comb, I have two Blistex balms (I never leave my house without these), a lipstick container a Sonia Kashuk setting powder, locker key, perfume sample (See, by Chloe), ponytail, AVON lipstick palette, keys, lipstick brush (well, that’s what I use it for), two black sharpies, iphone headphones, WestJet heaphones, golf glove and golf ball and I think that’s it. As you can see I hoard A LOT of things in my bag…Bye loves!