Friday, 21 April 2017

Loreal Collagen Micro-Pulse



Hey loves!

I'm twenty three now, almost twenty four and due to my desert dry skin I've noticed lines under my eyes and darker circles. (Gasp)
Naturally I've been on the hunt for a decent eye cream. The last one I tried was the Nivea DNAge Eye Cream, see my review here.

When I saw this my immediate thought was that's a gimmicky product. It's the Loreal Collagen Micro Pulse, two step system.
Step one is an eye cream and step two is a micro pulser you use after applying the cream.

I'll be honest I bought it because I was on sale and even though it screamed gimmick to me I was still intrigued.

The outcome, it did absolutely nothing and I'm over joyed I didn't pay full price for it. The cream itself is far too light and sinks in immediately still leaving my under eyes crying for moisture. It did nothing in the ways of brightening my dark circles or helping with the subtle lines that have appeared in the recent year. The vibrator did nothing either and actually stopped working all together within a week. I have nothing positive to say about this product, I've never been more disappointed in something. 

Loreal please discontinue this.

Please leave me recommendations for eye creams below, what do you use?

Bri


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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Who To Read

Hello loves!

I shared some of my favorite YouTubers earlier in the month and I thought why not showcase some of my favorite blogs to read as well.



Beky Lou - I've followed Beky for a long time and I love her posts. She has a fantastic mix of lifestyle, beauty & fashion and she just announced some exciting news over on her blog!



Violet Daffodils - Kate is a lovely human. Her posts are well thought out and she was the first person to start commenting on my posts which means a lot to me.



All Things Beautiful - I only recently started reading Jessies blog but she's so down to earth and I really enjoy her lifestyle posts and outfit posts. (She has a wicked sense of style)



Lua - Le-Happy - Lua was the first fashion blogger whose style I truly fell for. She can rock a grunge look like no other. On the opposite side of the spectrum her formal looks are outstanding. Her mixture of styles is what really intrigued me about her and I've been following her for a long time.


Who are your favorite bloggers?


Bri


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Thursday, 13 April 2017

TRENDING: White Ankle Boots

At the beginning of the month I wrote a post on the new & upcoming trends for SS17.
Well, turns out I missed one that I'm really excited for, white ankle boots!
Now, I love black. Yesterday, I honestly wore ALL BLACK down to my socks. Black boots are the easiest things to style as they go with everything and still look great.

The 80's may be on their way back but this is trend is stepping right out of the 60's.

I wanted to share my favorite white booties with you all!


TRENDING


Balenciaga - If you didn't notice most of the boots I featured here all have chunky heels and more rounded toes which I why I chose to add these Balenciaga ones. The sharp stiletto heel and pointed toe really give them an edge.

Marc Jacobs - I like that these are cream colored instead of your standard stark white.

Proenza Schouler - This pair of boots with the color blocking really give me some serious 60's vibes.

Acne Studios - The statement heel on these is what gives them their edge. It would definitely draw attention and give your outfit a little oopmh.

Those are some of my favorite boots, even though I can't afford them a girl can dream right?



Are you going to be rocking white boots this upcoming season?


Bri

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Monday, 10 April 2017

MAC - Velvet Teddy (The Perfect Nude)




MAC's Velvet Teddy, one of the most popular and hyped lipsticks of all time. Thanks in part to Kylie Jenner and her 90's lip.

This had been on my to buy list for a long time before I finally caved in and purchased it.
On a lot of people the swatches I'd seen leaned much more towards the brown spectrum in terms of color but on me it leans very pink.

In terms of application this is the creamiest matte texture I've ever felt but that only lasts a few minutes then it dries down to an extremely matte finish and can leave the lips parched so I highly recommend applying a balm underneath.

This is quite perfectly my definition of a perfect nude. Great pigmentation (always expected from MAC) amazing lasting power and although not cheap, it's not as expensive as the likes of YSL and other luxury brands.

If you are still searching for your holy grail nude I highly recommend checking this out.

What's your favorite nude?

Bri

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Friday, 7 April 2017

TOP 3 - Eyeshadow Palettes


Hello loves!

I wanted to share my Top 3 eye shadow palettes (for the moment). We all love eye shadow and I love seeing what palettes other people love so I thought why not share my current favorites.



ABH Modern Renaissance - This was my favorite palette not just for this moment but of 2016. The color scheme is romantic and can create so many different looks. The shades albeit being powdery are pigmented and blend out gorgeously. I've yet to try an Anastasia product that I was disappointed in. If you haven't tried this it is part of her permanent range and I highly suggest you pick it up if you're a lover of these shades. I can't ever recall seeing a negative review for this beauty.





Too Faced's Sweet Peach - I'm so glad they re-released this because I was never able to pick it up the first time around. The smell is strong and smells more like chemicals than peaches to me. It's so sweet that it almost makes me nauseous. I can look past this though because again the colors in this are gorgeous, pigmented and blend well. My favorite shade would be Luscious and I love the added pop of green and purple giving it some added color to an otherwise neutral toned palette.


Kat Von D Metal Matte (No longer available) - I couldn't get a decent shot of this this morning to save my life even though I had no problems with the other two. Besides that this was a limited edition palette that was released this past Christmas and I'm so happy I got my hands on it. It was quite expensive but Kat's shadows are wonderful. There are a few in here that don't blend as well as the others but overall they are great. Be warned though they are very pigmented so be sure to use a light hand. The shimmers are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Ignite, Twinkle and Tinsel are my favorites. 


What is your current favorite palette?

Bri


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Thursday, 6 April 2017

OOTD - Black Soul

Good morning lovely people!

Spring means ditching the tights and layers! It's supposed to be a beautiful day here in my little town so I pulled out my maxi skirt from the depths of my closet.

I said I was going to start doing more fashion related posts and I'm holding to it. Albeit this outfit being simple I love the casual laid back vibe. Maxi skirts are great staples for spring/summer and are a basic item that everyone should have at least one of. 

Details:

Jacket - H&M

Shirt - Tommy Hilfiger (I've had this shirt for ages but I love it, the fabric is extremely soft and light weight)

Necklaces/Belt/Maxi Skirt - Forever 21


People love to hate on Forever 21, yes they're cheap but the clothes are always on trend and if you're on a budget they're a great alternative to some other high end brands. The quality though does reflect the price but for basics like the skirt I really don't mind that.

I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do.

What are your go to shops?

Bri 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

TOPSHOP wishlist

TOPSHOP wishlist


 Hello everyone.

I hope you guys enjoy these wish list posts. Being an adult means a lot of bills and car troubles which means frivolous purchases get put on hold.

I'm such a nosey bugger so I personally love these types of posts to see what others are eyeing up in the shops. Today I wanted to feature a store that's only been in Canada for the past few years. That store is no other than TOPSHOP  which I believe originated in the United Kingdom.

I love clothing far more than I love makeup although that may be difficult to tell from the lack of fashion posts on my blog. That's going to change, I'll still do my beauty but I really do want to bring more fashion related posts into my little space and I hope you guys will enjoy the posts as much as I enjoy creating them!

On to the wish list then...


Moto Shorts - I love the stud detailing on these bad boys they make them much more edgy than if they were just a pair of plain black shorts.


Embroidered Boots - These are just stunning and as much as I adore the embroidered boots, I've yet to purchase myself a pair.

Bag - Honestly guys, I'm in dire need of a new bag. Something not black for once. I don't think I've ever owned a bag that wasn't black.

Criss Cross Top - I've always shyed away from these types of tops because of my lack of boobs but honestly I shouldn't care. I'm sure I can pull it off as well as any other out there!

Court Shoes -  A girl can always use a new pair of shoes. {especially if you work in the office like myself}

Lace Up Velvet Dress - Velvet is all I can say. I love anything velvet.

White Ripped Joni Jeans - I love the look of white jeans and I think it can add something to an outfit that a normal pair of blue denim jeans can't {can I keep them clean is the real question}

Tassel Necklace - I'm not the type of person to buy expensive jewelry. I'm so careless with it so the cheaper the better I say and I love this tassel one.


Let me know if you guys like this post and what you're currently wishing for?


Bri


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

OOTD - Lace Lover

Hello everyone!
It's been a while since I last posted an OOTD due to me wearing the same outfits over and over for work.
While I do love makeup, fashion is what holds my heart and I missed showcasing that so I wanted to bring back some style to my blog.
I wear this dungaree dress all the time but usually paired with something plain and simple. Today I switched it up and threw on a sweater with lace detailing on the arms to give it a little edge with a belt around the waist to add some shape. Everything in this look is second hand, who says thrifted clothes aren't cute?

Do you guys enjoy these posts?

Bri

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Garnier Micellar Water


Hello everyone!
It snowed in my tiny little town yesterday and is forecasting snow again this weekend. What happened to spring?

I'm a bit late to the party on this but about two years ago micellar waters blew up the world of beauty & skincare. Bioderma was the first one I saw appear on the scene followed by many other brands with more affordable versions. I'd seen this Garnier one splashed across many blogs and YouTube channels comparing it to the Bioderma one, some even claiming this one was better.

I've not tried the Bioderma one but after giving this one a shot I think I will. This didn't blow my mind by any means. I wouldn't recommend using this alone to remove your makeup but it's a nice added step to give your skin a thorough cleaning. I use this on my eyes first to get the majority of my eye makeup off as it doesn't sting or burn around the eyes like a lot of cleansers do {or at least the one I'm currently using}. Then I go in with my cleanser to make sure all the makeup and dirt has been removed and I follow up with my night moisturizer.

Micellar Waters are an interesting concept and are great for those with sensitive skin. I'm interested in trying different brands to see if there is any major differences.

What do you think of Micellar Waters?

Bri

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Spring 2017 - Trend Report

New season, new fashion. 
For 2017 there are some new trends stepping on to the scene and some that are making their way back. Let's take a look! {please note - these images are not mine, credit goes to their respectful owners)

Statement Sleeves

{left to right - Jacquemus, Saint Laurent, Mugler}

Statement sleeves are everywhere and have been for some time. I probably noticed statement sleeves beginning to pop up last summer and they're steadily gaining popularity and currently flooding my Instagram feed. I love the ruffles of the sleeves for the Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2017 runway. Saint Laurent kept it quite simple compared to many other designers runway showcases this year but it's still effective with the sleeves being the most detailed part of the LBD (little black dress). Mugler's was one of my favorites. The design looks extremely futuristic and architectural making it really stand out on the runway. I'm not the biggest fan of statement sleeves and will be leaving this to the more bold & daring out there. 


Oxford Shirts

A few years ago menswear for women was all the rage thanks to the beloved Olson twins.
Business chic is popping back on the scene thanks to the classic Oxford shirt.

{left to right - J. Crew, Rag & Bone, Off-White}

J.Crew worked the Oxford trend with an striped off the shoulder top pairing it with a gorgeous draped skirt giving it that feminine edge. Rag & Bone created a simple but edgy look using an oversized boyfriend fit oxford shirt. Alternatively you could take the Rag & Bone oversized look and instead of jeans throw a belt around the waist to give the body some shape and wear some chunky boots for an egdy but girly look. Off-White combined statement sleeves and oxford amalgamating two of Spring's hottest trends. I'd wear this as a more relaxed outfit maybe throwing some statement heels or layering some jewelry to create a more boho vibe.

Mini Bags



I don't know about anyone else but I tend to carry my life in my bag. The mini bag while cute isn't practical. I mean what could I carry in this? My wallet is bigger!


Western Wear

{left to right - Rodarte, Robert Cavalli & Alberta Ferretti}

I didn't expect to see western wear become a trend but I'm not disappointed. Although I couldn't picture myself pulling this off I sure admired the runway looks! I loved the cute simple dress from Alberta Ferretti with the layered western style belts. Rodartes fringed jacket is encrusted with diamonds! Talk about western infused glamour.

Color & 80's Throwback


 {left to right -  Saint Laurent, Balenciaga & Monse Spring}

You read it right. The 80's are making a comeback and are making the most of the runways this season. Not to mention the 80's trend combines just about every other trend we've seen splash the runways of fashion week. Saint Laurent showcased a metallic mini dress with sharp shoulders on point with the statement sleeve trend we previously saw. Balenciaga mixed bright fun colors into their 80's look another trend sure to be making a colorful statement this year. Monse Spring's evening wear dress was decked out with sparkle and featured a tattered/edgy looking slit showing a little leg and an off the shoulder finish.
For me, the 80's can stay in the 80's.


What are your favorite trends this year?

Bri
 
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Friday, 31 March 2017

H&M

H&M


Hello loves!

Spring is in the air and I couldn't be more thrilled!
What better way to welcome Spring to my blog than with a Spring fashion wish list highlighting one of my favorite stores, H&M.

Suede Loafers - Okay, I've never owned a pair of loafers before. But I've seen so many fashion bloggers rocking these recently obviously sparking my interest. Comfortable but still stylish and the pale pink coloring is to die for.

Khaki Skinny Jeans - Khaki has been blowing up the last couple years and I'd really enjoy something different from my usual black legging/skinny jeans

Floral Jumpsuit - I hope floral stays on trend because I truly love it and this jumpsuit is perfect for spring.

Bralette - I love lace, it can really make an outfit.

Fringe Sandals - With spring coming there's always a reason to purchase a new pair of sandals.

Dress - the cut out detailing on this is like nothing else I currently have in my wardrobe and I love wearing dresses, especially in spring.

Bomber Jacket - Honestly, I'm not sure how I'd style this but I've always admired bomber jackets and the quilting on the sleeves makes it a little more special.

Ankle boots - I'm in dire need of a new pair of boots. Mine are all currently looking worse for wear.

Jumpsuit - Mint is one of my favorite colors and this jumpsuit screams summer to me.

What trends are you loving for Spring?


Bri

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils




Hello.

It's finally beginning to look like Spring outside, The snow is melting & the sun is shining. I've been having a wonderful morning!

A couple years back Sephora's birthday gift was one of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in the shades "Cruella" and one of their Satin Lip Pencils in the shade "Rikugien"

To be honest I can't believe it's taken me so long to write a post on these as I adore them!

Cruella is my favorite shade of the two as I live for red lips & matte finishes. Rikguien on the other hand is more of a rose toned nude in a satin finish.







These were both minis but both have lasted me a long time. I've gone through more of Rikugien but that's due to it's satin finish. I find it wears off more easily and slips around a lot easier if you eat anything greasy. Cruella is a matte finish and dries down beautifully and I didn't find it to be nearly as drying as other matte formulas making it quite comfortable for wear throughout the day. Since it's a bolder color I would recommend exfoliating your lips before applying to ensure a smooth even application and a lip liner wouldn't hurt as this does tend to bleed a little outside the lip lines as it wears.

They're both extremely creamy in formula and apply with no troubles. They are quite expensive for what they are. For how long Rikugien lasts I wouldn't repurchase it. Cruella on the other hand is such a stunning red that doesn't make your teeth look yellow because it's blue toned and I will be heading to Sephora to repurchase it as soon as this one is used up!

Which formula do you prefer, matte or satin?

Bri


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tarte Wish List

Tarte Wish List

Hello loves!

I'm on a bit of a no buy at the moment as I want to save up so I can get you guys something you really want for my first ever giveaway. Please leave me a comment with some giveaway suggestions down below because it's for you guys so I want it to be something special!

Although I'm on a no buy I decided to create a wish list of Tarte products I'm lusting after. I've used very little from Tarte but the more of their products I see the more interested in the brand I've become.



Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette - I own the original Tartelette palette which is all mattes. This one has a variety of shimmer & matte shades making it more versatile. I love the tutorials I've seen with this palette and think it would be a great addition to my collection.

Drink of H20 Moisturizer - I'm always on the hunt for a new moisturizer as I've yet to find the perfect one for my skin.

Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette - Most of Tarte's palettes are neutral shades so it's nice to see one that includes some color. I've seen many mixed reviews on this but I'd still really love to get my hands on it to try it for myself.

Shape Tape - The hype has gotten through to me for this particular product. Everyone in the beauty world has been raving about this. It looks like it has incredible coverage that takes little product to achieve.

Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation -  the whole concept of water based foundations has been something I've wanted to try for a while but just haven't got around to doing yet.

Make Believe in Yourself Brush Set - Are these not the cutest brushes you've ever laid eyes on? What girl doesn't want a unicorn themed brush set? Not to mention the colors!

Limited Edition Lip Paint in Festival - Anyone who knows me knows I can't go a day without some sort of lip product and Festival looks like the perfect every day nude.

Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush - I've heard nothing but amazing things about these blushes and I'm most certainly going to pick one up soon!

Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter - I'm honestly not sure if I could pull of a rainbow highlighter but I'd most certainly like to experiment with one.

Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Volume 2 - I really like the looks of this palette. I'm always looking for that goddess glow. This does look like it might be more subtle but I'm still open to trying it. Who knows maybe on my pale skin it will really give me that intense highlight I love oh so much.

What products from Tarte do you recommend? & don't forget to leave a giveaway suggestion!


Bri

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Charmed Aroma - First Experience





For a while everyone and their mothers were raving about the brand Charmed Aroma.

Charmed Aroma is a brand that began selling candles with a piece of jewelry in them that could be valued anywhere from ten - five thousand dollars. 

Having never tried Charmed Aroma for myself my lovely mother decided to treat me to one of their Christmas sets this year.
The set included three mini candles in the scents "Cinnamon Vanilla", "Winter Wonderland" & Vanilla Marshmallow. The candles smelled beautiful my favorite being Vanilla Marshmallow.
How these work is in one of the candles there will be a ring or necklace wrapped in a piece of foil. You have to burn through them to find the foil. 

I'm an incredibly impatient person so of course I set to work by burning all three at the same time and it wasn't long before I saw that piece of foil and again with my impatience I grabbed some tweezers and carefully took it out of the candle before it even burned all the way through.

Now, here is where the fun experience ended.
The ring pictured above on the left is my first ring and as you can see it's missing some jewels.
It's a gorgeous ring with or without those missing jewels but when I went online to find the value {the rings have a piece of paper attached with a code which you go online & enter to find out} it was valued at $250. Do you know how long it took those jewels to fall out? Within an hour both of the smaller square shaped jewels had fallen out. For a ring valued that high I expected much better quality. Not only did it fall apart but it also turned my finger green indicating that it's not real gold, that it's plated. I don't know how Charmed Aroma determines their values but there is NO way this is a 250 dollar ring. I've had ten dollar rings that lasted longer than this. 

I was extremely disappointed.
I proceeded to contact the customer service department which was quite helpful and sent me a brand new ring.
The one on the right was the new ring I received. Not quite as visually appealing as the first however this one was of much better quality. It hasn't turned my finger green nor has anything broke apart. However for a sterling silver ring I found the value to be quite high at $150.

For all the hype surrounding this brand I'm honestly not impressed with the jewelry aspect of it. The candles though smell amazing and are averagely priced. If you're looking for a lovely scented candle then I would recommend trying them out. If you want to buy it for the jewelry aspect I would skip it because I don't think it's worth it. They sell bath bombs as well but I find them to be rather expensive.

P.S. I reached my follower goal on Bloglovin, please leave me a comment below with some giveaway ideas. What would you guys like to win?!


Bri



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Who To Watch - YouTube

I know there's a million and one of these posts but everyone likes to watch something different and there are a HUGE amount of beauty gurus some of which I found through reading these posts. That's why I wanted to share some of my favorite YouTubers and maybe you'll find someone you've never heard of!





Yes, she has one of the largest followings on YouTube. The reason I wanted to include her though was because she was the first guru I started watching and the one who started my beauty obsession and the inspiration behind me wanting to begin a blog so thank you Zoella. 





Atleeeey is more of a recent find for me. By recent I mean like a few weeks but I've been binge watching her videos a lot. I like that she has a different style than the other big YouTubers and that's what I love about her. She's got some really incredible looks on her channel so definitely check her out!




Emily is one of the most down to earth YouTubers I've watched. If she doesn't like a product she's not afraid to admit it. She has a good mixture of high end products and more affordable options. 



Another extremely down to earth YouTuber. She tells it like it is when it comes to products. Again she has a fantastic variety of videos including high end products and cheaper options.





I LOVE Sam. She is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers and she's Canadian to boot!
She's got an extremely blunt personality but I find her hilarious and I love her looks.
If I could be anyone it would be her. She screams confidence to me and whether or not she is she sure puts on a brave face.


I highly recommend you go check these lovely ladies out. All their channels are great and filled with amazing content.
Hope you guys enjoy at least one of them as much as I do!


Bri

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Instagram Round up # 5





Hello everyone.
I love doing these little Instagram round ups and if you're not following me you should head over to @briannarue and start and leave your usernames below so I can give you guys as follow ♥

{from top left to bottom right}

1. I've been participating in the 31 Days of Makeup Challenge on Instagram which is a great way to practice and hone your makeup skills. This was for today (March 22nd) and the theme was to do your whole face using eye shadow. Minus my mascara & foundation I did my whole face with the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. I really liked the out come although I do wish I'd done a lighter eye look. Full details of the look are on my Instagram.

2. Another theme for the makeup challenge, spring. My take on spring. I love coral on the eyes for Spring/Summer. I then added a bright pink lip to finish it off.

3. My favorite spring fragrance, Victoria's Secret Lovespell. Such a sweet and delicious scent!

4. My every day makeup. Post here.

5. If you can't already tell from the green this was for St. Patricks day. (another theme for the makeup challenge)

6. A post on anxiety. This was very hard for me to write as I don't really talk about how bad my anxiety is. It would mean so much to me if you guys went and read it. Here.

Leave your usernames below!

Bri

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Aussie's Mega Moist Range


Hello loves!

So much for the beginning of spring. As I type this the sky outside is gray & clouded over. Where's the sunshine we've been waiting for?!

I had a phase for about two years where I was box dying my hair at least once a month if not more and it has caused permanent damage. I've managed to salvage it some what by using coconut oil as a hair mask a couple times a week.

With it being so dry and brittle I'm always on the hunt for moisturizing products. Aussie is a well known and affordable drug store brand. I've tried many of the products they have to offer and am seldom disappointed.

The mega moist range promises to quench thirsty locks but I discovered it did the exact opposite. My hair was extremely dried out every time I used these in the shower it felt like they pulled all the moisture out of my locks. Not only did it not live up to its moisturizing claim it made my hair frizzy and I have never had issues with frizz. 

Aussie you really did disappoint me this time around. Maybe it's because I have fine hair but this had nothing but negative outcomes.

Bri

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Every Day Makeup



Good morning everyone.
Hope you're all enjoying the first day of Spring. It's still pretty chilly here in Alberta but winter tends to drag on and on. 

Every blogger has done an everyday makeup post so I'm jumping on the band wagon and sharing my daily routine and I wanted to lighten things up after yesterdays post.

I usually wear eye shadow daily but I tend to switch up my palettes so I didn't include any in the photo.
 I always do my eye shadow first so I don't mess up my foundation from any fall out that may occur.
After my eye shadow I conceal, using Maybelline's Age Rewind concealer (I've been loving this recently). After concealing I apply my foundation, I'm trying out the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless and I blend it out with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I recently wrote a review on the Hydrate + Smooth version of the Fit Me foundation and was disappointed but figured I'd give this formula a shot as there are so many raving reviews on it.

I included my Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette although I don't contour every day as I just can't be bothered. I probably do it about twice a week if I'm feeling into it. I do like to use bronzer everyday and for that I use Benefit's Hoola, a cult favorite among bloggers. After bronzing I apply blush. The blush I currently use my mom actually gave to me but it's a beautiful neutral rosy shade that works for multiple looks making it my go to.

Highlighting is up next. I like to switch between Benefit's Watts Up & ColourPop's Fanny Pack.


I like to add the finishing touches to my eyes last. First, I apply liquid liner & curl my lashes using my Tarte Lash Curler and then I apply my mascara.

I set it all with the new Maybelline Master Fix setting spray and finish it up by throwing on a lip color.

What do you use in your day to day?

Bri

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Anxiety - Loving someone for what they are


There are many different anxiety disorders. I never wanted to believe I suffered with anxiety because I didn't want to feel alienated.

Generalized anxiety disorder. This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there's little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.

I've always been a stress case, I'm constantly worried about money and the future and things that haven't even happened yet. I'm an emotional wreck and have breakdowns about things that regular people can cope with just fine. I can't shut it off but its beginning to interfere with my life to a point where people don't understand why or how I can live like this. 
I wouldn't say I have social anxiety. I've never had problems making or keeping friends but it's coming to a point where people are now starting to make comments about how I just need to calm down and breathe. That may be easy for someone without anxiety but I always have something picking at my brain telling me I'm not ever going to be anything in life and that no one's going to be able to accept this part of me.

It's hard to explain to people in my life why I am the way I am. They don't understand that anxiety is a mental illness and is extremely difficult to overcome. Yes, I could be taking anti depressants or seeing a therapist but I don't want to be pill popping for the rest of my life nor do I want to tell my problems to a stranger. 

I guess that's why I sat down to write this.

If something upsets me or I fight with a loved one I get panic attacks to the point where I get physically ill. I start to feel dizzy and nauseous but I can't sit down. I haven't figured out a way to control this yet. I will spend hours in tears with constant negative thoughts in my head and it's gotten so bad that people at my job have begun to take notice.

I've been told on more than one occasion that I'm going to have a heart attack by the time I'm thirty. I wish people would realize what they're saying isn't helping. I know they don't understand but the comments I'm told on a day to day basis make me feel worse about myself and feed the anxiety issues I already have.

Last night, I was getting cut down by people I thought liked me. I truly don't think they understood that what they were saying was hurting me. You can tell me to stop stressing all you want and that you can't handle it.
I know it may not be easy to love someone with anxiety but I just want people to understand that we can't change it. Anxiety is a plague.

I want people who don't understand it to read up on it and try to accept and help the people you love who may suffer with an anxiety disorder whether it be social or generalized.

Don't put them down.

Sorry for the negative post you guys. I had to write it because I don't think people realize how truly crippling it is.

Bri



Friday, 17 March 2017

7 Deadly Sins - Makeup Tag




Hello again everyone!
Quick little tag post because I thought it was a really interesting one. I hope you guys enjoy reading tags if not let me know and I definitely won't do as many.
Again, I found this over on Jessies blog.

GREED: What is your inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
The most inexpensive item I currently have are my eye liners. The first one being an e.l.f. gel liner for $3 CAD and the second is the Essence Cosmetics liquid liner for $3 as well. Both are amazing for the price, I was super impressed! The most expensive would be my Kat Von D Metal Matte palette which retailed for $78 CAD. Another amazing product, I think it was a bit over priced for what it is but it was limited edition so naturally I had to have it.

WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
Dark lipsticks have to be the product I love/hate. I love the look a dark lip gives and how it can completely change any makeup style BUT you always have to use a lip liner as darker colors tend to bleed outside the lip lines which doesn't make them ideal for when you're on the go. The product that is hardest to get for me is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild glow kit. I want this so bad it pains me. The Sephora's in my area get the most random shipments of the glow kits so I'm constantly calling them and going in asking if they're getting it even though the answer is always "just come back and keep checking, we don't know if we'll get them in but we might." Being Canadian of course buying anything online is such a hassle. I did see how much it would cost to order through ABH site and after shipping and exchange I just can't justify such a lavish purchase. Let's petition Sephora to bring it back permanently. Who's with me?


GLUTTONY: What are your most delicious beauty products? 
The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette was what I immediately thought of when hearing "delicious" Why? The palette smells strongly of peaches albeit being a bit much it certainly smells "delicious!"


SLOTH: What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?
Cleaning my brushes. I know, it's such a bad habit to have. I can guarantee you I don't clean them as often as I should but I've been working on it. I wish I could just hire someone to do it for me honestly. That's how much I dislike doing it.

PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence? 
Eye liner & mascara. I really feel that these two items create such a difference all on their own. They help make you look more awake and make your eyes look bigger. I could just pop those on and be good to go for the day.

LUST: What products are you currently lusting over?
I want a YSL lipstick. They have the most gorgeous luxurious gold packaging. I would also love to try Charlotte Tilbury but the prices are a little too rich if you ask me. When it comes to skin care I've been lusting after a Sunday Riley face oil for ages...maybe one day.

ENVY: What items would you most like to receive as a gift? 
Perfume, preferably Marc Jacobs perfume. I don't know why I can never bring myself to spend my hard earned money on a $150 perfume even if I love the smell, I just can't do it. I've honestly walked into Sephora picked up Marc Jacobs Decadence a million times and before getting to the till I ALWAYS put it back. Why am I like this?


Bri

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Drug Store Haul


 Hello loves!

I have some exciting news to share with you before we get into this drug store haul.
I'm so close to hitting my 25 follower mark on Bloglovin and as you know I wanted to do a giveaway once I reached that goal. 

My question for you guys is what would you like for the giveaway? 
Originally I wanted to do a Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick but there's been so many new things released since then! 
Leave me a comment below telling me what you would love to see for a giveaway.

I got all the above products (not the charmed aroma candles) for only thirty five dollars! Pretty impressive if I do say so myself. The lipsticks were on sale for $3.99 and the lip liner was only $2.99. Hello steal! The hairspray & blistex were just a couple of things I needed.



I was in desperate need of a new shampoo. I've never used HASK products before but the promise of moisture sucked me in. It says its Paraben and Sulfate free but I read through the ingredients and parabens and sulfates still appear and quite high up in the ingredient list unlike the coconut oil which appears closer to the bottom. Say hello to false advertising. Either way I'm willing to try it and see how it fairs. I'll update you guys once I test it out for a while.




{left to right - 1000 Kisses (lip liner), 220 Dusty Rose, 510 Mayfair Red Lady, 700 Nude Delight & 705 Let's Get Naked}


This lip liner I've seen pop up across many blogs so I have high hopes for it. It's the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade 1000 Kisses.

I've never used Rimmel lipsticks outside of the Kate Moss Lasting Finish ones which I L O V E.
Usually, I prefer more of a matte finish where as these are more creamy. Looking at the swatch of Nude Delight I'm realizing it may be a bit to light for my skin tone but we will see. These are all from the Rimmel Moisture Renew range and I'm excited to see if these will turn me away from the matte trend I love so much.

Please leave your giveaway suggestions below!

Bri

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Blush Tag





Hello loves!
I found this tag over on Jessie's blog and although I don't have the largest blush collection I still thought it would be fun to give it a go!
If you do this tag, be sure to leave me a link in the comments!


What color blush suits you the most?
Pale pinks as I'm extremely fair skinned. Any dark or strongly pigmented blushes will make me look like a clown so I have to be very light handed when applying.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
I've used only one cream blush before and I've never tried a loose blush so pressed it is for me. The cream blush I used I just didn't like the way it applied and I found it hard to blend out. I find pressed blushes are easy and quick to use making them ideal for everyday. I'd love to try out a loose blush so if anyone has any recommendations please leave them in the comments. 

Favourite shimmery blush?
NARS Deep throat. It has a lovely subtle golden shimmer to it unlike some other shimmery blushes which are full of chunky glitter.

Favourite matte blush?
Benefit's Dandelion. Like I said above those pale, subtle pinks are fantastic when it comes to ghostly complexions like mine. This is buildable as well if you want a more pigmented look.

Favourite cream blush?
I've only tried one, it was in the Too Faced Natural Face palette. I found it hard to blend and strongly disliked how it applied to the skin. I would be open to trying more as I don't think you can form an opinion on something after only trying one formula when there are so many other different brands with different formulas.


Favourite drug store blush?
Come to think about it...I've never tried a drug store blush! I know what I'll be picking up next time I'm in the drug store!

Favourite MAC blush?
Again, I've only tried one and it was their mineralized blush in the shade "Dainty" which I do really enjoy. 

Biggest blush disappointment?
The cream one from the Too Faced Natural Face Palette.

Best blush packaging?
Out of the ones I own I'd say my Nars cheek palette. Its beautifully designed on the outside and is nice and sturdy and houses a large mirror inside. It's great for traveling.

What's on your blush wish list? 
I'm dying to try the Tarte Amazonian clay blushes as I've heard absolutely nothing but good things about them!

Holy grail blush?
At the moment with the little amount of blushes I've tried it would have to be Benefit's Dandelion. I'm keen to try more out though so leave me recommendations in the comments!

Bri

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