Saturday, 31 December 2016

December Favourites 2016

December has been such a crazy month, I can't believe that it's finally over! I hope that you all had wonderful holidays, and that you got to spend time with your family and friends.
So, this is the last “favourites” post of 2016! I won't get too sentimental now, though, I'll save that for the next post.
I got this as a Christmas present, and I've been using it ever since! It smells absolutely amazing, and I love it's texture. My bathroom always smells wonderful after using this in the shower!

I grabbed this when I was in need of a new earl grey tea, and I absolutely love it! It's hard to describe: it's like a standard earl grey tea, but not quite as plain. I've been drinking this almost every morning lately!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

3 Current Inspirations

Wow, December has flown by so fast so far! I hope that you all had wonderful holidays. I've been really missing blogging lately, so I thought that I'd come back today with a bit of  lazier post. I've been super inspired lately, so I thought that it would be fun to share some of these inspirations with you guys.

1. PrincessMei's Rust Red Holiday Makeup Tutorial with Gold Flake Freckles and Winter & Holiday 2016 Lookbook

Mei's Videos are always perfection, but these two are especially perfect for the holiday season. Just watching them and their warm, cozy aesthetic makes me happy!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

November Favourites 2016

I know that each month lately I've been apologizing for my absence, but I'm going to again. I love this blog, I really do, and I wish that I could devote more time and energy to make it the best that I possibly could. I could post more, but I'll always try to make one good quality post instead of 5 low quality ones. Its very important for me to make every post the best that I can, which often means doing things like retaking photos multiple times to get them as good as I can, waiting out a grey week because I know that the lighting is too low to take good photos, and writing posts over the course of weeks because I don't have the time to blog every day. I'm really hoping to breathe some more life into this blog, though, and I'm hoping that I'll get enough free time in December to really make it shine! But enough of my rambles, lets get into the favourites.
Beauty Favourites

Renpure Coconut Cream Shampoo
This shampoo took a little bit of getting used to, but I love it now! When I wash my hair with it, the texture seems different than other shampoos, but it makes my hair feel so soft. It also smells good enough to eat!

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes in 06
These shades are what dreams are made of! I have a soft spot for gold and bronze eyeshadows, so I just had to grab this mini palette. I ordered it online, and when I got it, I couldn't believe how much of each shade there was! I don't think I'll run out of these any time soon.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Recent Reads Part 3

It's time for another Recent Reads post! I've been so busy lately that I've fallen a little behind with my reading, but I've still read some quite good books lately, and I thought that I'd share them with you. I'm not going to post about all of the books that I've read lately, just my favourites!
Dracula by Bram Stoker
My rating: 4/5 stars
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.97/5 stars

I just finished this the other day, and it's the one on this list that took me the longest to read. I didn't know what to expect going into this, but I quite enjoyed it. The story is more complex than I expected, and it had more characters than I thought it would. The story ties together many people through the mystery of a strange Transylvania count, and a series of strange events. This strange crew must band together to try to put an end to the terrors that Count Dracula has spread.

Friday, 4 November 2016

October Favourites

I know that this is a little late, but I'm back today with my October favourites! I had an extremely hectic month, which is why I didn't post too much, and it also means that I don't have too many favourites. I did quite like the ones that I have, though, so I thought that I'd share them with you anyways!

Some of my favourite posts from my blog this month were Let's Chat #2The Harry Potter Tag, and On My Bedside Table.
Some of my favourite posts from other blogs were French Onion Gnocchi SoupSalted Caramel Pretzel Crunch BarsWatercress, Leek, Cheddar & Sourdough GratinRhubarb & Gingernut Baked CheesecakeDevils Food Cupcakes With Pomegranate Sugar ShardsGluten-Free Onion RingsApple Cider DoughnutsWhy I Care About Numbers, and Autumn in Italy.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

On My Bedside Table

I know, I know, I kind of went missing again. But I'm back with another post, if any of you still remember me! I always love getting a little peek into other people's routines, so I thought that I'd give you a little peek into mine today. So, without further ado, here's what I keep on my bedside table!
I've been reading before I go to bed lately, and though I have about five books on the go, this is the one I've been reaching for lately. It's perfect for this spooky season, and I'm always trying to read more classics.
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
I've been using this for quite a few months now, and I think that it's helping my nails to grow faster. It keeps my cuticles moisturized and has an amazing lemon scent. It also lasts for a very long time!
The Body Shop Born Lippy Raspberry Lip Balm
This isn't quite as moisturizing as the other lip balm in the post, but it still works quite well. I generally use this one when I wake up, and the other when I go to bed. This one has a very nice smell, and is quite long lasting.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Harry Potter Tag

I'm finally back! I know that I said that I'd try to blog more, but my life has been really crazy lately.
I usually don't do tags, but when I was tagged by Salha to do the Harry Potter tag, I just had to! I'm completely obsessed with Harry Potter, especially lately, and I thought that this would be a great way to show my love for it.
1. What is your favorite book? and 2. What is your favourite film?
I'm putting these two together because my answer is the same for both of them: I can't pick just one! But my top three would probably be the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Goblet of Fire.

3. What is your least favourite book? and 4. What is your least favourite film?
I'm squishing these two together again, because my answer is the same for them: The Order of the Phoenix. I haven't read the books or watched the movies in quite a while, but I remember the book to be quite boring in some parts. Though I enjoyed the movie, if I had to choose one it would be my least favourite.

5. Parts of the books/ films that make you cry.

Honestly, I don't cry from books or movies! But one part that really got to me was when Luna painted all of her friends on her walls, I thought it was so sweet.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Let's Chat #2

If any of you follow my blog avidly (which I doubt you do!) you'll have noticed that I kind of went missing for a good part of September. Now, I don't know about you, but I had a very lazy summer. I didn't do much, didn't go out much, and took some much-needed time off. But with the beginning of September came lots and lots of things to do. I'm not going to go into detail about all the stuff I'm doing, as I'm sure it would bore you, but let me tell you it's a lot. So, my blog was kind of pushed aside for a while. I'm back now (at least for a week!), and I thought I'd let you know what's going on here.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

September Favourites

I know, I know, I kind of went missing this month. I'm planning for my next post to be about my plans and schedule for this blog, but the short story is, I've been insanely busy and haven't had ANY time to blog until now. On my blog, I strongly value quality over quantity, and I noticed that some of my recent posts haven't been, in my opinion, very good quality. So I took a little "break" (I don't really consider it a break because I was so busy I barely had time to even listen to my own thoughts) and waited until I had the time to make better quality posts.
As I said, I'll talk about this more in my next post, so let's get into the favourites!

Some of my favourite posts from my blog this month were Recent Reads Part 24 Nail Polishes For AutumnYoutube Channels That Inspire Me, and My Everyday Makeup.

 Cake Beauty Lemon & Cream Dry Shampoo and Body Powder
I wanted to try a new, cruelty-free dry shampoo, so I picked this one up, and I love it! It does a good job of making my hair feel fresher, and adds a tiny bit of volume. It also smells delicious, and keeps my hair smelling good all day.
NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer
I have quite dry skin, so I always like to use a moisturizing primer. This one helps to make sure that my foundation doesn't look too cakey, and adds a slight glow to my skin. I love the way it makes my skin feel!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

My Everyday Makeup

I  don't know about you, but I love getting a little peek into other people's routines. There are also lots of products that I use on a daily basis, but never make it onto my blog. With both of these in mind, I decided that I'd give you guys a little peek into my everyday makeup. 
Though I didn't think that I wore a lot of makeup, this post made me think otherwise! So grab a cup of tea, because this is quite a long post (at least for me!).
I love using a primer before my base to make sure that my foundation of choice doesn't look cakey and cling to my dry patches. I haven't been using this for long enough to give a full review, but it leaves my skin feeling glowy and moisturized.
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand in Fair
I've been using this concealer for a quite a few months, and I really like it. Thought it isn't incredibly high coverage, it doesn't make my skin look dry and does a fairly good job of coving blemishes.
I love the way that this makes my skin look, it's fairly high coverage for a BB creme. I'm not a fan of matte foundations on my skin, so I'm very happy that this isn't one. It leaves my skin looking more dewy and glowy than other foundations, and I love the way it feels.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

YouTube Channels That Inspire Me

Since I spend all of my time on YouTube, I thought that it was time to make a post about some of my favourite people on it. I had such a hard time narrowing this list down. It's still very long, but I did my best. I may have to do a part two, if you guys liked this post.
I'm sure that most of you have probably heard of most of the YouTubers on this list, as they are all very popular. If you haven't heard of them already, though, I hope that you check out their channels! These creator's videos are always guaranteed to put a smile on my face. 
I could never summarize a channel in a few short sentences, but I'll try to give you a feel of what it has to offer. Because I couldn't think of an order to put them in, this list is alphabetical. Their order has nothing to do with who I like better! 

Marzia's videos are always guaranteed to put me in a better mood. They're almost always cheerful and upbeat,  and so pretty to watch. You can tell that she works really hard on her videos, and it makes them so enjoyable to watch!

Danisnotonfire & AmazingPhil
For the sake of not making this post too long, I stuck these two together, but they both have their own channels that are so creative and unique, along with a joint gaming channel. Their videos are always creative, entertaining, engaging, and never boring. Whenever I watch any of their videos, I get an instant mood boost.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

4 Nail Polishes for Autumn

I already spoke about my favourite makeup shades for autumn, so I thought that it was time to share some of my favourite nail polish shades. While I don't paint my nails very often and I'm not very good at it, it makes me feel so refreshed to have newly painted nails. So, in order to get into the autumn spirit, here are four of my favourite nail polishes for autumn.
     ♥     L'Oreal Colour Riche Gold Dust Polish in Rough Around the Edges
I don't wear a lot of black nail polishes, but I love this one. I love a nail polish with sparkle, and this one it packed with it! It looks so pretty reflecting the light.

     ♥     Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Glitzy Gold
As I've said before on this blog, I love wearing golds in autumn. This is a lovely topcoat, and works well over a wide variety of shades. I think that it would look nice on it own, too!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Recent Reads Part 2

After my first recent reads post, I realized that it's something I wanted to post about more often. I'm not very good at reviewing books, but I love to share with you guys what I'm reading. I read so much and so often, it seems strange that I don't talk about books more on my blog! 
Okay, I know that this book has a lot of mixed reviews, so I won't talk about it in too much detail. I will say this though: I thought the plot was quite weak. I won't spoil it for any of you, but I did find it highly unrealistic. I loved Scorpius' character and I loved how Draco's character grew, but I thought that most of the other characters weren't quite right. I did love the relationship between Albus and Scorpius, though. I would love to see the play, though, I heard that the special effects were amazing! If only I didn't live so far away.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

August Favourites

August flew by for me this year. As much as I dislike going back to school and work as everybody else, I do love autumn. I love the weather, the styles, and the food. So even though I'll be mourning the loss of my free time, I'm glad that autumn has come!

Beauty Favourites
Baths are one of my favourite ways to de-stress, so I'm constantly trying out new bath products. Recently, this has been my go-to when I don't want anything too overpowering or intense. It has a nice, light fragrance and makes tons and tons of bubbles. I also think that this is great value for it's money, you can get a lot more uses out of it than you can with other bath products of the same price.

I love a good sparkling white/cream eyeshadow to brighten up my eyes, so I thought that I'd give this one a go. The packaging seems quite cheap and fell apart quickly, but the actual eyeshadow is of much better quality. Though not incredibly pigmented, it still leaves a fair amount of colour and shimmer, and is more blend-able than other eyeshadows in it's price range.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August's Ask The Blogger: Kailey Flyte from Mermaidens

Hello again! I'm finally back, and this time with another Ask The Blogger. This month's amazing blogger is Kailey from Mermaidens. I'm very excited, as Kailey's blog has inspired me for years! If you don't know what Ask The Blogger is, it's a monthly series where you guys send in questions for a blogger and I compile them all into one big post. Anyways, lets jump right into the interview!
 1.      Hi Kailey! Could you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
Hello! I'm Kailey - sometimes photographer and model, cat stalker, musicals enthusiast & lover of music, animation, & personal style~. My blog basically is a diary of my everyday outfits and stuff I love!
2.      What inspired you to blog to begin with? 
I was honestly feeling rather done, and knew that having a creative outlet would help - so I just started!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Early Autumn Makeup

I love almost everything about autumn. I love the weather, I love the clothing. And, most importantly to this post, I love the makeup shades. I know that most people think of dark, berry-toned lips, but I love gilded and bronzed eyes, and natural nude lips. Ideally, I think that my goal for autumnal makeup is to look like a forest fairy. To be honest, that's my makeup goal for most of the year.
As I'm sure you all know by now, I love a good seasonal post, so I thought that I'd share a little round up of some of my favourite makeup to wear in early autumn. As I said before, I think that the season calls for golds, bronzes, and browns.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Top 4 Moisturizers

I always have dry skin. Spring, summer, winter, autumn, it's just the way it is. However, I know that as the cold weather approaches, many other people will start to suffer from dry skin. And me, well, I guess my skin will just get even drier (is that even possible???).
So, as the season of dry skin as quickly approaching, I thought what better of a time could there be to share with you some of my all-time favourite moisturizers?
Trader Joe's Coconut Butter
I got this while I was in California in February, and it's definitely the thickest body butter that I've ever tried. My friend has a pumpkin pie one that I loved, so I knew that I had to grab one of these while I was in the states. This stuff is extremely moisturizing, and it smells like a delicious coconut dessert.

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter
I have tons of the Body Shop's Body Butters, and they all work wonderfully and smell amazing. This is one of my favourites, though, because of it's lovely scent and smooth, creamy texture. I'm almost done with this mini tub, so I'm thinking of getting a new, larger one soon.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Current Shower Lineup

I've been taking more baths than showers lately, but I know that as summer comes to a close and the business of autumn starts again, me and many others will soon be trading in the luxury of baths for the efficiency of showers. There seem to be so many more fun and exciting bath products as opposed to shower products; bath bombs, bubble baths, bath salts, and bath melts. However, I've been trying out a few new shower products lately, so I thought that I'd share with you guys!
I've mentioned this hair mask a couple times on here before, but I really do love it. It makes my hair feel softer than it ever has before. Using this once or twice a week leaves my hair feeling like a soft, fluffy, cloud.

This stuff smells so good. I was a bit worried the first few times that I used it because it seemed so thin compared to conditioners that I have used before, but after a few washes my hair got used to it. It keeps the ends of my hair moisturized and soft. I'm going to have to buy a larger bottle of it next time, though, because I use quite a bit each time.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

What I've Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

This may be an odd thing to post, seeing as it isn't my blog's birthday. This year, my blog's birthday passed in late March with almost no celebration. Throughout my feed I've seen bloggers with far more followers than me celebrating monthly blogging birthdays or a one year mark, and I feel like a blogging dinosaur. To be fair, for a lot of the first years I spent blogging, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. But over three years, I have learned a lot, and I thought I'd share with you guys some of the main lessons that I've taken away from my blogging experience.
You can't be in it only for the followers
I'm not going to lie, I find it really disheartening when I see people who have been blogging for only a few months and have thousands of followers. But if I only blogged so that I would get lots and lots of followers, I don't think that I would be blogging today. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have lots of followers! But I genuinely enjoy blogging, and without that, I don't think that it would be worthwhile.

Make sure that everything you post is something that you would want to read, and never post something that you're not happy with
These are two things that I've started thinking about a lot lately before I publish a post. I feel like thinking about these before I publish a post and even before I start writing have really helped to improve my content. When I was in my first few years of blogging, I posted just for the sake of posting, but now I've come to learn that quality really is more important than quantity.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Cruelty-Free Favourites Under $15

A quick word on being cruelty-free in relation to my blog
As some of you may know, I started to go cruelty-free some time in April. For those of you that don't know, going cruelty-free is only buying from cosmetics brands that do not test on animals. Though I'm pretty much only buying from cruelty-free brands now, I'm not going to throw away the products that I already own from non-cruelty-free brands so as not to waste them, which is why you will still see products that are not cruelty-free on my blog. From the end of April on, all of my posts including beauty products will have a handy little bunny beside their names if the product is cruelty-free.

Knowing what brands are cruelty-free
Now, I know that going cruelty-free can be intimidating at first. I've found that it's hard to simply go to a store and start buying products without knowing what brands are cruelty-free. Something that has been very helpful to me is this List of Officially cruelty Free Brands (2016) and List of Cruelty Free Drugstore Brands from Cruelty Free Kitty. This blog is a total lifesaver, it's obvious how much hard work went into it.

Going cruelty-free doesn't have to be expensive
Another thing that can be intimidating is the price of cruelty-free products. At first glance, you may think that all cruelty free products are from expensive, natural brands. However, many of the products that you bought before are probably cruelty-free! 
So, if any of you have been thinking of or trying to go cruelty-free, I thought that it might be helpful for me to share with you some of my favourite cruelty-free products that are under $15 (CAD).
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pure Gold
I love the formula of this, I've been obsessed with cream-style eyeshadow lately. I also really like the highly pigmented colour that it gives off, and I like to use it under a gold powder shadow for a more intense gold eye.
**NYX does not test on animals, but is owned by L'Oreal, a company that does.
Marcelle Ultimate Volume Mascara
This is one of my favourite mascaras of all time, and I dearly wish that it were made in a waterproof formula. It gives my lashes more volume than any mascara I have tried before, and gives them a lot of length as well. It also doesn't clump, like so many volume-based mascaras do, which is a real plus for me.

Friday, 5 August 2016

The Importance of Setting Goals and How to Stick to Them

There are many different types of goals, too many to ever fit into one post. However, today I'm talking about the types of goals you set yourself that you try to do something every day. For example, telling yourself that you'll read a certain amount of pages from a book every day, or that you'll go for a walk every day. I always set myself too many goals and never stick to them, so this post is as much for me as to share the tips that work for me with you guys!
Why set goals?

1. You can improve so much faster than you'd think
Doing something every day can make such a huge improvement, honestly. When you look back at where you were and how far you've come in only a week or a month, you'll be amazed!
2. Making a visible improvement makes you feel great
Like I said before, doing something every day can make such a big difference. Looking at how far you've come is a huge confidence booster.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Soft Pinks | #glossierpink

I know I've already made a ton of posts focusing on pink beauty products, but when Glossier inspired me to make a post based on a pink colour scheme, I knew that I'd have to, because honestly, I can't get enough of that colour.

I know this post has more of a Valentines aesthetic than an early August one,  but quite honestly, I don't care. Valentines day has some of my favourite decorations, and I usually end up using them throughout the whole year.

In this post, I thought that I'd share some of my favourite subtle pink makeup favourites. Bright, Barbie pinks are all well and good, but most days, I'm more into softer pink tones.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Favourites

July was a weird month for me. In these posts, I usually say either that the month went very quickly or very slowly for me. However, July was a mix of both. It was the start of my summer holidays, and on one hand, I can't believe it's already over. But on the other hand, I'm still wondering what took it so long.

July 2016 Beauty Favourites
July Beauty Favourites
The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Lotion
I already obsessed over this in my last post, but I just had to mention it again.
This scent guys. This scent.
I'm in love with the scent. Enough said.
Also, though it isn't as moisturizing as a body butter or something along those lines, it does quite a good job of moisturizing and is one of the best regular body lotions that I've ever tried.
This stuff makes my lashes look HUGE. It gives more length than volume, but it makes my lashes look darker than some volume-based mascaras, so it balances out. It does leave a slight bit of residue under my eyes, but I really don't mind because of how cheap this mascara is.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Just Peachy

I've been obsessed with everything peach lately. 
Firstly, I fell in love with the fruit after getting them from a farmers market. What tastes better than fresh peaches?
Secondly, I love the scent. What better a smell to flood your senses than that of freshly picked peaches?
Lastly, I love the colour. Though the colour that most people think of when they hear "peach" is not the shade of peaches themselves, it's a gorgeous shade nonetheless.
Because of this peach obsession, I thought that I'd share some of my peach-themed favourites.

This is such a perfect summer tea. Of course, you can drink it hot, but I think that it's even better cold. To me, this is ten times better than regular iced tea.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Lotion
I think that this may be my favourite body lotions that I've ever tried. It's not as moisturizing as a body butter of course, but it's the best regular body lotion that I've tried. Also, I'm absolutely in love with the smell, I may have to get some other products from the range.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Recent Reads Part 1

I don't talk about it a lot on my blog, but I am a total bookworm. Growing up, books were something of great value in my household, and almost weekly we would all trek to our local library, and when we got home, we would try and find a spot in our overflowing bookshelves to fit in our borrowed books. I almost always have a book on the go, and consistently find comfort in their black-and-white pages.
Since I've been on summer vacation, I've been reading quite a lot lately, so I thought that I'd share with you my five favourite books that I've read recently. Just to let you know, none of these books are particularly happy. In fact, the majority of them are quite sad.
I decided that this was the summer that I needed to read more classics, and this is the one I decided to start with. This book gave me more insight into what the American South was like in the 1930s, something that I've never really had any reason to learn about before, being Canadian and all. What I did not expect was for this book to be written in the point of view of a child. As smart as children can be, the world is still seen differently from their eyes. Children are born without prejudice, and the way that they are raised has the potential to shape their whole lives. To see the world from the eyes of a child who doesn't quite understand the complication, hatred, and bias of the world they live in gives this book a unique feel.

Monday, 18 July 2016

July's Ask The Blogger: Randi Butler from Milk & Twee

    Hello everyone! I'm here today with July's Ask The Blogger, this time with the amazing Randi Butler from Milk & Twee. If you don't know what Ask The Blogger is, it's a monthly series where you guys send in questions for a blogger and I compile them all into one big post. I'm very excited for todays interview, as Randi has been a huge inspiration to me.
     1. Hi Randi! Could you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?
    Hey everyone thank you so much for reading! Well I'm Randi Butler. I'm an artist/musician/creative from Poughkeepsie, New York and I'm a little obsessed with fashion. I created Milk & Twee as an outlet for my love of adorable, vintage-inspired fashion from various decades and it's slowly turning into something much more than that.