My 16 Favourite Things/Moments of 2016

While 2016 may have been a global disaster, I would like to point out some positives in my life and remember the 16 best moments and my favourite things of this year (in no particular order)! Enjoy!

  1. I lost my virginity this year. A little bittersweet; you can read my afterthoughts here.
  2. The annual Plato’s Closet Conference. This year hosted in Arizona; so beautiful and very thankful that I am able to go to these conferences.
  3. My favourite book I read this year and now one of my all-time favourite books is 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
  4. My favourite song of the year was Closer by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey.
  5. Going to my friend’s cottage and starting a new tradition called the Drank-Olympics.
  6. I got my pizza slice tattoo in Vegas!
  7. I was able to visit the Grand Canyon!
  8. I said goodbye to an awful, negative friend and I’ve been so much happier.
  9. The many “girls’ nights” with my best friends in Toronto.
  10. Getting asked to be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding.
  11. Deciding to buy a house next year with my sister.
  12. Finally seeing one of my best friends come home after spending two years in Australia.
  13. Being recognized for all my hard work and getting a raise!
  14. Receiving a benefits package at work – yay for adulting!
  15. My mom and I no longer fighting as much especially when it comes to my weight!
  16. Choosing to begin a healthier eating lifestyle and workout almost every day. I know I can be the best version of myself possible.

Here’s to an even better 2017 for me, and for the rest of the world too!

October Favourites | Beauty, Books, Entertainment

Hi guys! Welcome back! Today’s post features all of my favourites for the month of October. Normally, I don’t do these types of posts (I actually hate watching these videos on YouTube), but I do have more “lifestyle” favourites over my beauty faves so I think this will be a little more interesting for me. Enjoy!

BEAUTY

1. Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline in Light

I was sick for the first week or so of October, so I ended up wearing a much lighter coverage foundation because I barely wanted to wear makeup at all. They redesigned the Dream Fresh BB cream, but I think I do actually find a little bit of a difference with it, and I think I prefer it! It’s a little more coverage than the previous formula and the “grapefruit” scent you cannot smell much of at all, which is great since I hate grapefruit. But anyways, a great favourite to come back to!

2. Graveyard Girl Swamp Queen Palette from Tarte

I love this palette! I do not know why it got such bad reviews from some YouTubers. Yes, the shades are powdery but I find most of Tarte eyeshadow palettes are. The burnt orange shade called Dogman is my favourite! The bronzer in the palette leans a little orange, but the blush is great and the highlighter OH THE HIGHLIGHTER is amazing! A little goes along way throughout the entire palette. Well worth the cost!

3. NYX single eyeshadow in the shade Suede

A great transition colour, and while I do have a lot of cool toned browns, this one leans more warm which I love!

4. Lip Balm

Just lip balm in general for the month of October! My lips get dry when it starts getting colder, so I’ve been reaching for my Revos and EOS lip balms a lot over the past month or so.

5. Bath and Body Works’ Pumpkin Apple Cider Body Spray and Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Wash

I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin smells but gosh darnit these two are amazing! Especially the body wash! Their fall sale grabbed me and I splurged!

BOOKS

1. Tami Hoag’s The Bitter Season

Two crimes in one? Oh yeah! Kovac and Liska back at it again? Oh Yeah! A gruesome and creepy murder mystery? OH YEAH!

2. Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Didn’t finish this book until a few days ago, but had to include it. Yes, her book is hilarious and raunchy and all the things you would expect that would come out of Amy Schumer’s mouth but she writes it from her own perspective and she does write about situations that I didn’t know she went through like sexual assault and domestic abuse. She writes about her dad and his diagnosis with MS. The book is funny and hysterial and raw and real and sad. It’s great.

MUSIC

1. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

My two faves collaborate on a song? OH YEAH!

2. Side to Side by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

I didn’t want to like this because I’m not a fan of Ariana, but it’s so damn catchy!

3. K Theory Remixes

Just listen to all of this artist’s remixes. Eargasms.

TV

1. That 70s Show – I’ve been marathoning this on Netflix and I did not realize how hilarious this show was!

2. Law and Order SVU – Again, I’ve been picking and choosing episodes off of Netflix and keeping up with the new season, but I just love it! I love crime shows!

3. Chicago P.D. – One of the best police shows ever! A great cast, and I’m very sad that Jon Seda is leaving for the new Chicago Justice series.

4. How to Get Away with Murder – do we see a theme here? This season is already much better than last season! I haven’t watched this week’s episode yet, but I’m hoping that it’s not Frank in the house fire!

I think that’s all my favourites this month! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks 🙂

 

 

 

What Happened After I Lost My Virginity

[ I’m going to put a disclaimer here. This isn’t something that I would normally post, and hey, I might take this down within a week or two after I’ve “calmed” down in a way. This is a personal post and I’m not the absolute best writer when it comes to posts like this, so please bear this in mind when reading this. These are my thoughts on my own experience; others who have experienced this have had it worse, I know; but it doesn’t make me feel any less upset about my situation. ] Continue reading

Makeup Declutter

Hi guys! Over the weekend I decided to go through my makeup and throw out any I don’t use or separate out a pile for my sister to go through before I throw the rest away. I’m moving out soon so I’ve been cleaning lately and trying to downsize the clothes, makeup and just general junk I have.

I thought that I would share with you briefly what I’m getting rid of from my collection. Enjoy!

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Book Babble: Review of Paper Towns

** This review will contain slight spoilers for the end of the novel **

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I will start off by admitting that originally I didn’t want to read any of John Green’s novels because he is so loved, almost over-hyped by all the “nerd-fighters” and I was afraid that I wouldn’t like his novels, wouldn’t see why his books were so great. However, I ended up loving The Fault in Our Stars once I finally read it. But I can’t say the same thing about Paper Towns.

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My Hair Care and Styling Products

Hi Guys! Today’s post features the products that I use on my hair quite frequently and a little review on each of them!

1. Herbal Essences’ Naked Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner – I change up my shampoo and conditioner regularly, each time I finish a set. This time I’ve been using the Naked Moisture shampoo/conditioner from Herbal essences which claims to have no heavy residues, parabens and dyes. I’m not sure if I see a dramatic difference after each time I use this but it smells nice and I like Herbal Essences as a brand; I’ve liked pretty much every shampoo/conditioner I have used from them, so this is no different.

2. Denorex Therapeutic Dual Shampoo & Conditioner – I use the Denorex 2-in-1 Therapeutic shampoo and conditioner once or twice a week to control my psoriasis. You massage the product onto your head and leave for about 5 minutes. I like to wash my face/body, shave my legs if I have time, during the waiting part. It starts to get tingly and then you wash it off. The formula is supposed to help relieve itching, irritation, redness, flaking caused by dandruff or scalp psoriasis. I do notice a change after I use it and it does help to relieve the itching and irritation I get.

3. Regis Designline Ultimate Radiance Leave-In Conditioner – I got this product about two years ago from the hair salon I go to, and I tend to use it on the days I wash my hair with the Denorex product. Only because I feel like after I use the Denorex, my hair feels a little dry and so using the leave-in conditioner gives it some moisture and helps me brush my hair out easier.

4. ExquisiteOil Protective Treatment from Biolage – I got this from my friend about two years ago when she worked within a fashion magazine for her placement. She was always getting free products and gave some to her roommates, including me. The product is a serum infused with moringa, macadamia and argan oils. You can use the oil before shampooing, during conditioning, while styling or overnight as a treatment. I was originally using it overnight, but I felt like my pillow was getting oily so I’ve started to use it during conditioning. I use about 3 pumps (is that too much? it doesn’t say) mixed in with the amount of conditioner I use and my hair does feel shiny and nourished.

5. Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray – They redesigned the cans, so I have the one that is a flexible hold hair spray and whenever I do finish it, I’ll get the one that’s the next step up. But, overall, it does it’s job and doesn’t leave my hair crunchy.

6. Tresemme Mousse – I’m not even sure what the name of the one I have is, but it’s not in the mousse collection anymore. But basically, I just put a pump in my hand, massage it through my damp hair and then do one of my braiding hairstyles overnight in which I get wave hair the next day. I think the mousse adds some extra hold to my hair since it’s fine and flat; I have no volume whatsoever, so I think this helps keep my curls intact.

Thanks for reading! Any products you think I should look into at all? 🙂

Sorry for the lack of updates in the past week; had to purchase a new laptop because my other computer battery was about to die, so I’ve been waiting until I bought my new one to upload pictures and such to it! Posts might be a little sparing for the next couple of weeks until I can figure out how to not lose all my music from iPod when I plug it in to this computer. Thank goodness for backups!

Book Babbles: Review of Tease by Amanda Maciel

Today’s book review is about Amanda Maciel’s debut novel called Tease. Tease follows the story of Sara Wharton, a teenage girl, who has been charged (along with 3 friends) for the bullying and harassment that ultimately lead fellow classmate, Emma Putnam, to commit suicide.

I am a sucker for YA high school novels that involve bullying/mean-girls-being-mean, but getting what they deserve in the end. A book that I can read in a couple hours, but still enjoy and be done with. So, that’s kind of what I was expecting from this. But it surpassed my expectations.

The novel is set both in the present day as well as the past (up until Emma’s death), all told from Sara’s perspective. While Sara was mean, she wasn’t the mean girl; that would be her best friend Brianna, who is the stereotypical mean girl in every YA novel (rich, pretty, vapid, extremely mean). But that doesn’t stop Sara from following her every whim and enjoying it. She doesn’t seem to ever regret any of the mean things she’s said or any of the mean pranks she’s done (either to Emma or to others), and that added an element of surprise to the story.

I mean, Maciel, played devil’s advocate for the reader. She shows us some moments where Sara’s not a complete bitch and you kind of feel sorry for her home life, but then you remember she did harass a girl until she committed suicide. And yes, all of the pranks she did were actually terrible, and you’re left wondering whether you sympathize with Sara at all because you don’t want to.

Sara was a realistic character because it seemed like how a teenage girl may react in that situation. She was clearly bothered that she was charged with this crime, but she bottles up her emotions, doesn’t talk to any one about it, but does not wholly regret what she did either because she believed Emma was just as mean/rude/vapid etc. as she was. It was a nice contrast in relation to other books about bullying where the author makes you feel sorry for the bully. I didn’t feel sorry for Sara at all; she got herself in that situation, but she did grow as a character by the end of the book.

Overall, a nice change to read when it comes to YA bullying/teen angst, and I look forward to more of Maciel’s novels in the future.

3.5/5 stars.