Products I’m Loving: What Happens in Vegas Eyeshadow Quad

I bought the L’Oreal Brazen Bolds eyeshadow quad in the colour What Happens in Vegas about a week and a half ago, and thought I would do a little review on it.

For starters, I’ve never used L’Oreal eyeshadows (or at least I don’t believe I’ve had) and Shoppers was having a reduced price sale, so I was able to pick up the quad for about $7 (which is a steal in Canada). I chose the What Happens in Vegas quad because I like the neutral tones of the colours, and the peach stood out to me.

When I first used it, I actually didn’t like it all that much. I just liked the peach colour which has great colour payoff, and is more of a peachy-orange tone. The shimmery brown colour is disappointing. It’s streaky and chalky, and I prefer using other brown colours I have to that colour.

At first glance, the shimmery colour below the peach shadow looks like a white/cream colour but it actually leans more towards a golden yellow colour. Safe to say, not good for highlighting under the brow, but works well in the inner tear duct.

The colour I was most surprised to find myself liking is the mustard colour. It’s less shimmery and more mattifying than the other three colours and works great as a transition colour. I tend to wear a neutral/brown eye most days and have been reaching for this colour to put in my crease and help to transition the other colours better.

Overall, I would rate this quad a 3.5/5. The brown shadow is a little disappointing, but the other three colours work great. For the price they usually sell at, I’m not sure if I would repurchase again, but for $7, it’s a pretty good steal.

Miniature Haul: Summer Style

I just thought I would share with you what I bought today. I had to run some errands on my day off so obviously I went to the mall and did some shopping and then stopped over at work to do some more shopping! So, this is what I picked up today:

Overview of what I bought. Two Talula tanks, Mossimo sneakers and Bluenotes shorts.

 

Just a clearer version of the high-waisted shorts I bought from Bluenotes for $12. I’ve been wanting to get a pair for a while, but it’s sometimes hard to find them in larger sizes. I love the acid-wash on these! The crop-top is one of the Talula tanks I got from Plato’s Closet, and since it was on clearance I got it for $5.

This shows the other Talula tank which was not on sale but it was only $10. The pair of shoes are brand new, still with tags and I got them for $6 at Plato’s Closet. I’m hoping that they’re comfortable because I’m thinking of wearing them for the EDM music festival, Digital Dreams in a couple weeks.

Hope you enjoyed this mini-haul and I’m looking forward to posting some more posts next week!

Why I watch Teen Wolf, and why you should too

I will defend my love for the show Teen Wolf until the end of time. I’m that into it. One third of my Tumblr is probably comprised of gifs or videos or photosets of it. I am insane about it, I know. But it’s a great show that’s on television. One that doesn’t focus much on sex or drugs, but rather on the relationships between friends, family and pack members.

The show is very loosely based off the 80’s movie of the same name. The only thing they have in common with each other is maybe a few names, the fact that it’s called Teen Wolf, and that there’s a teenage boy who gets turned into a werewolf. The show follows a teenage boy named Scott, who on the night he got bitten, was roaming in the woods with his best friend, Stiles, looking for a dead body (Stiles’ father is the Sheriff and he’s very curious about most things that are illegal). The two of them get split up and Scott walks home in the woods, only to be bitten by something. Stiles is the one to figure out that Scott is a werewolf. Teenage angst ensues when we find out that Scott’s love interest, Allison, has a father whose family business is hunting werewolves.

The other major characters include:

Derek Hale: another werewolf we’re introduced to who begins to mentor Scott in the first season.
Allison Argent: the girl that Scott falls in love with. Her father is Papa Argent, who is a werewolf hunter.
Jackson Whittemore: Scott’s rival on the lacrosse team, and Lydia’s boyfriend. He starts getting jealous that Scott becomes the star athlete of the lacrosse team.
Lydia Martin: Allison’s best friend and Jackson’s girlfriend. For the first season, she’s just a supporting character, but the second and third season see her developing in the plotline more.

It sounds ridiculous, I know. But just stick with me on this.

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Products I’m Loving Lately: Beauty

Here is a short list of the current makeup products I have been loving and reaching for lately!

NYC’s High Definition Voluminizing Mascara – This is my new favourite drugstore mascara, and that’s saying a lot since I own about five currently. This mascara delivers on the volume! It lifts my lashes, and when I first tried it on I was amazed. The wand is a skinnier wand (which I prefer) so I’m able to maneuver the bristles to all of my lashes so they are all voluminized. Biggest plus for this product? I paid under $4 for it!

Aveeno’s Clear Complexion BB with SPF 30 – I bought this BB cream last year, and it was the first BB cream I tried out. I like that it’s a tinted BB cream because I only wear it during the summer when I’m tanned/burned so it evens out my skin tone. It’s a very light coverage, which I didn’t like too much last year, but since I’ve had less breakouts this year, I’ve enjoyed wearing it more. The smell is quite nice too; it’s a little perfume-y but not overpowering.

The Naked 3 Palette – This was a purchase I contemplated over for a while. I don’t own either of the first two palettes as I already own enough neutral/brown shades. It’s quite expensive here in Canada (about $60), but I had a leftover Sephora gift card and it was also my birthday so I decided to treat myself. At first, I didn’t like the palette. Some of the colours have some fallout or don’t have the best pigmentation, but after watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I found myself reaching for the palette almost everyday. It has a couple matte shadows that are nice to blend with, and the taupe-like shades towards the right are some of my favourites to use for a smokey eye.

Just a few of the shades. From L-R: Mauve, Garnet and Deep Purple.

Just a few of the shades. From L-R: Mauve, Garnet and Deep Purple.

The Lorac Pro Palette – I received this as a gift for Christmas and I was super excited to try it out because I had been wanting it for ages but it was always sold out on the Sephora website. The colour payoff with the eye shadows is amazing. I think they’re the best quality eye shadows I own. I’m actually sad that I’ve started to hit pan on a couple of the shades because I’m not even sure if I can find good enough dupes for them. If you’re looking for a new palette or are contemplating between this and any of the Naked palettes, I would choose this one.

 

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Wet N Wild’s Megalast Lip Colour – These are my new favourite finds. Above are just four of the six shades I own, and I’m definitely plan on getting more! I found these randomly searching the makeup aisles in Walmart a couple months ago for about $2.85 each – a steal! These are great quality and great colour payoff! They are described as a semi-matte finish and I find them very moisturizing on the lips. The line has a variety of shades to choose from. But the best thing is that they are perfect dupes for high-end lipsticks like MAC. I have received some compliments wearing these lipsticks, and most of them are shocked to hear that they are from the brand Wet N Wild!

Book Babbles: Review of I Swear

 

I Swear by Lane Davis

I Swear by Lane Davis

 

I recently picked up four new books from Chapters and read one of them in the span of about three hours (I was hankering for some books and a quick read!) so here is my review of Lane Davis’, I Swear.

I Swear is about a girl named Leslie who decides to take her own life after (what we learn while reading) relentless bullying throughout high school by a popular girl named Macie and most of her friends; Katherine, Beth, and Jillian. The book follows the course of the aftermath of Leslie’s suicide in which each chapter is from the point of view of a different character; either Katherine, Beth, Jillian (all former frenemies of Leslie), and Jake (Jillian’s twin brother and Leslie’s closest friend).

While much of the book revolves around what happened to Leslie, a large part of each character’s chapter is the hold that the character Macie has over each of them. She was the ring leader in everything and manipulated everyone around her, so it was interesting to read from each character’s POV to see who exactly was friends with her and why.

I enjoyed the fact that even after Leslie’s death and after the girls knew that they probably had a hand in her suicide with their manipulation and scheming, they were ready to turn on each other if given the chance. This helps to show the idea of a dog-eat-dog world, one so rampant in high school and “girl cliques”.

It did get confusing to read from every character’s POV, even if Davis labelled whose chapter it was. Half the time I would be reading, and then have to to flip back to the beginning of the chapter to realize who I was reading about.

I gave the book a 4/5 on GoodReads, and I would have given it a full 5 if it hadn’t been for the ending. Up until the last three pages, it had been going along pretty smoothly, but I felt that there wasn’t enough justice served to the antagonist in the novel. As well, suddenly the story flipped at the last second to be about one particular character’s path to her destiny and it kind of just threw me for a loop.

Aside from that, the book is a decent read. It shows the hard times and heartaches of (cyber)bullying with teenage girls (to an extreme but nonetheless) as well as what it means to truly be a friend in the very end. It’s a pretty easy read too, but you might need to grab your tissues if you’re as emotional as I am.