June Faves! Beauty & Random! 

Heyyy!!!!!
I can not wrap my head around the fact it is already July!!! My birthday Month!!! Yey!!!

For this blog, I decided rather then write a regular Monthly Faves and Flops, I decided to do a Monthly Beauty Faves and Non Beauty Faves section! Hope you enjoy the change up! ❤

Beauty Faves

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette– Let’s take a moment of silence to appreciate this Bomb. Ass. Palette!
The white and gold packaging is so beautiful and luxurious looking.

Two highlighters and three blushes make up this little bundle of joy.
All stunning, super pigmented powders that make you glow like the goddess that is Jaclyn Hill. 
This palette is very versatile where you can mix highlights and blushes to make your own colour concoctions. 
Also, I have been loving using the highlights as eyeshadows for an easy all over lid shade. Shimmery and perfect for Summer. 🙂

  
 
Smashbox primer water – I purchased this in a kit of Primers by Smashbox. At first, I didn’t think this would work, but I’m convinced it’s helpful in making my makeup go on better. 

It’s lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy, so it definitely will be an essential in my summer makeup routine. 

  

Daval lipsticks– I recently wrote a blog post on these beauties. I have worn these lipsticks all month and I am obsessed. I need all the colours. Here is the link to the post so you can read up some more on this new East Coast brand! 

https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/first-impressions-daval-beauty-lipsticks/

   
 

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass palette- Now I’m not going to lie here, I mainly bought this for the packaging. 

I’m THAT sucker that companies lovvvveeee. 

Anything Glittery, gimme it.

Anything gimmicky, throw it the bag.

Anything with cute extras, I’ll take two please!

I’ll apologize for mentioning this little baby, because unfortunately it was limited edition. So if you got your hands on it you are very fortunate. 

The palette comes with a pretty decent double ended brush and some pretty decent shadows. Lots of neutrals and some pretty pops of colour too. And a freaking Pop up Butterfly!!!!!!!!!!! 
  

Babe lash extensions – I was always against getting lashes for myself because: 
A- the maintenance and B-the cost….. 

Buttttt with that being said, a coworker needed a model to complete her certification. 
So twist my rubber arm, I’ll get free extensions. Whatever.

So I must say (and here comes a humble brag)… I am blessed to have dark and fairly thick lashes. I also can pop on false lashes with hardly any effort anymore, so I never expected to love extensions as much as I do. 
Damn these addictive, little, fluttery, long, dark, face gracing angels. Damn them right to hell.
I can wake up in the morning and not feel like a complete gremlin. 
So that in itself is a true testament to their beautifying powers. 
  

Lancome Le Vie est Belle – I received a few samples of this in the last two months and I was pleasantly surprised. The notes according to the website are Jasmine, Tunisian Orange Blossom and Sambac(whatever that is).

I am very fussy with scents and this is definitely one I am considering going out and splurging on the big bottle! 
Maybelline Loaded Bolds Matte lipstick – I managed to get my hands on the dark blue called “Midnight Blue” 

I have another blue in my lippie collection ( Kat Von D “Echo”) and the Maybelline by far is my favourite of the two and only half the price. 

The pigmentation is great. The lasting power is impressive. The colour selection go from neutral everyday to fun colours like blue, white, black, etc.

  

Non beauty/ Random Faves
Me Before You” Book and Movie – 

If you are looking for a book or movie to rip the heart right out from your chest then proceed to stomp on it a few times, then this is for you. 

  
Don’t get me wrong, the uncontrollable crying I did while watching the movie (and wiping my nose with a popcorn butter soaked napkin) did not take away from my love of the characters and storyline. I dare say I loved this movie more then most girls loved the “Notebook”…. That may be sacrilege, but whatever. 
Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher w/ Coconut milk- 

I found this on my new favourite Instagram page “Starbucks Secret Menu” 

It is deeeeelllllliiicccciiiioooousssss. 

Dairy free (a bonus for you other Lactose sensitive peeps!) 
It also has berries in it, which makes you feel semi healthy…..sort of?
  
Red jumpsuit from Winners– I bought this gem over a year and a half ago from Winners and didn’t have the guts (or the right Spanx) to wear it. 

  

Then push came to shove and I had to have a nice outfit to wear to my bestie’s Wedding Shower this past June. So I sucked it up (and in) and wore it. 

Why was I so silly?!?! 
 I have never had so many compliments on an outfit. 

I need to follow my own advice and go outside my comfort zone and wear things I’m not 100% sure on. 

And there they all are. My Favourites from the month of June! 

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most of these will continue to be favourites for the whole Summer. 😉 

Till next time folks,

-Nicole xo 

P.S. Hope everyone had a safe and happy Canada Day weekend and my American friends have a Happy July 4th holiday tomorrow! ❤ 

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Summer Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: Top 5 drugstore/ Top 5 High Endimage

Hey there folks! 🙂

Summer is finally upon us and life has become very busy and somewhat hectic! (Work wise and personally!)

So let’s just get in to it shall we?!

Here is a quick post on my Top 5 Summer Essentials!! (Drugstore & High End versions)

Drugstore

1- Loreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray( now there’s a long title!)
I have been using this in place of my beloved Urban Decay setting sprays and I love it. The price is right and It will especially be good for the summer months when you want to really lock in your face makeup and also give yourself a nice cooling mist!

2- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
This bad boy comes in clear and also hair colour shades. I bought mine in “Deep Brown”
This is perfect for those lazy (and hot) summer days when you don’t want to worry about filling in your brows so precisely but also don’t want to leave them looking unkept. The lasting power is pretty impressive too! Definitely a summer essential!

3- Loreal Infallibe Pro Matte Foundation
If you are anything like me, you can somewhat turn into an oil slick in the summer. I have heard many good things about this foundation, told my mother to try it out and then I finally purchased it after she said she liked it. It’s a Demi-matte finish that doesn’t look or feel overly cakey. For a drugstore foundation, it isn’t too shabby! 😉

4- NYX Wonder Pencil
This little fella can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner ( says the packaging) An extra bonus is it can be used to help carve out and highlight your eyebrows! Multi use products in the busy summertime can be your best friend!

5- Maybelline Master Prime Primers
These come in three different formulas that you can choose based on your skin and the affect you want to achieve. I purchased the “Blur and Illuminate” for a healthy glow. There is also a “Blur and Smooth” and “Blur and Redness control” which I think would be great, especially if you get too much sun and your face looks kind of lobster-ish 😉

High End

1- Aveda Tidepool Eye Definer
Pops of colour are huge for the hotter months. Aveda’s Spring/summer 2015 are definitely evidence of that! The easiest way to achieve thhis look is with a little blue eyeliner, either on the top or lower lash line!

2- Mac Gingerly Blush
This is an easy way to add a little summer colour to your face . I have been obsessed with this blush since I was given it. It’s somewhat of a shear peachy or “ginger” colour. I find it is neutral enough to go with any makeup look ( especially that pop of blue eye liner I just mentioned 😉 )

3- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you’d know I love my foundation from this brand! So naturally I went out and purchased the powder as well! It’s soft and matte finish will be perfect for when the temperatures start to rise and the makeup starts to melt!

4- The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
This is not just a summer essential, but a LIFE ESSENTIAL! Beautiful highlighter, but be warned, this stuff is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way! ET will be able to spot your glowing cheekbones from space!! Ps..this doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow! You’re welcome!!!!!

5- Aveda’s Dragon Fruit Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Dragon Fruit
Second product from the Spring/summer 2015 Rare Bloom Collection. Beautiful pink liner that I use all over as more of a lipstick.

Bonus Favourite!
Last week I took a very exciting course in scalp massage! Our instructor, Andrea Olivera was amazing! Along with using Aveda products, we got to use some of her very own product line! Me, being a product junkie had to purchase one of her botanical perfumes! “Magdalina” is my new favourite scent. I am obsesseddddddd with it and seriously need to slow down on spraying it before I run out too fast!

Anyway,

Hope you enjoyed this little post. It feels good to write again (more then a month off is too long)

Take Care!

-Nicole xo 😉

MOTD/FOTD

 

Here is a pretty boring entry on today’s Makeup of the day.(Just In case anyone is wondering what I wear on a regular, everyday basis, this is pretty well it! (Plus or minus a few other things) The majority of the products are drugstore and the odd high end product.

I had a pretty easy going Sunday today…spent some time in Target(SHOCKER!!!) then watched some hockey games(Go Tradesmen!)  and went out to dinner at my parents for our usual Sunday get together. Roast Beef(Yuck!) and Blueberry Crumble(Yum!!)

Outfit– As casual as it gets for me. Black Puma Tights, Under Armour Tee, Lulu Lemon Hoodie(embarrassingly enough, the only hoodie I own) and white H&M sneakers…Also threw in a lulu headband because I was feeling extra fancy and my hair was feeling extra gross and today was not a good “hair wash” sort of day, but seriously, when is it ever!

Anywho, Lets jump in to the makeup details.

SKIN

1)  Primed with Loreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur (Oil-Free Version) I hated primers till I tried this one out!

2) Concealed my bags and circles with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the Shade Neutralizer (Holy Grail!!)

3) Covered with Stila Stay all Day HD Beauty Balm. Talked about this product in my Summer Faves and Raves.

4) Camouflaged my one teeny tiny breakout( Yey for good skin lately!) with The Balm’s Time Bomb concealer in light/medium…I have had this stuff for forever….I literally use the tiniest bit and it covers fairly well.

5)Set my whole faces with Rimmel’s Stay Matte pressed powder in 003 Natural!

6) Bronzed all over with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.

7) For Blush I mixed a combo of Makeup Geeks new blush in Honey Moon (LOVE!) and Aveda’s limited edition face accent in Hibiscus!

8) Cheek Highlight and inner tear duct was compliments of Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle (cult classic!)

EYES

1) Prepped with NYX jumbo pencil in Milk. Not a necessary step, but I feel when I wear light or no eye shadow, it covers the redness and veins on my eyelids.

2) The One and only shadow used was “Strange” from my Naked 3 palette

3) Lined Just my outer lids in a black pencil by Essence. Super affordable and one of the few pencils that doesn’t smear all over my lids.

4) Of course, curled my lashes with my handy dandy lash curler…which is ancient and I have no idea where it came from.

5) Three-ish coats of Hypnose Star Mascara in Black (also another summer fave! 🙂 )

6) Brows were brought to you today by “Brow Bar to Go” by Whitening Lightning.

LIPS

1)  Rimmel East End Snob Lip Liner…somewhat of a nude-pink shade.

2) Last but not least, I applied Mac’s Cream Cup Lipstick 🙂

 

THE END

and for those who managed to not nod off while reading this, Thanks!

I sometimes find myself lacking inspiration for posts lately. I WANT to write on a more regular basis, and have a list of topics to talk about, but I’m not sure if they would bore readers half to death. So what I am trying to say is, I am more then open to suggestions! Let a girl know, folks!!!!

 

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

Summer Fave, Raves and Flops

 

Sadly, summer is quickly coming to an end. All the munchkins will be back to school next week , the majority of the wedding parties are over and although the weather here is supposed to be nice for the next little while, I’m kind of looking forward to Fall. (don’t hate!!!)…. I’m mainly excited for the fall makeup and clothing trends to start!!:)

Over the past few months I have accumulated a few new products that I either fell madly in love with ( and hope you will too) orrrrrr I found products that I simply wanted to throw in the garbage.

Faves and Raves

Makeup:

Occ Lip Tars– Amazing pigmentation and staying power. These little babies are great! They come in all sorts of fun colors and different finishes. I bought “Hoochie” in the regular size then bought a mini set of 3 in “Pris” “Trollop” and then a primer (which I can’t seem to locate at the moment 😦 . The mini lip brush they come with  and tube applicator make this product easy to mix with each other to make new colors. I plan on getting more on my next Sephora visit. I believe they run around $20?? and will probably last forever because you only need the tiniest amount for full coverage. http://www.sephora.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics

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Color Your Smile Lip Gloss from Whitening Lightning in Nude and the Brow Bar to Go in Dark Brown– I’ve seen these used by many Youtubers in the past and when Stephen said I could use his CC to buy whatever I wanted online for my birthday (poor judgement call bf lol) , First I said I wanted a puppy!!!! and after slight whining, I later settled on the next best thing, MAKEUP! (Duh!!!) . The lip gloss is decent. Just your regular ol nude gloss. The packaging has a little light built into the cap which is useful and a tiny mirror on the side. The Brow Bar is definitely worth the hype. It comes with two shades of dark brown, a brow wax and a little brush. Lately I have been reaching for this more then any other brow product I own. Its just so easy and foolproof to use and the color suits me perfectly!  Here is this the link to the site if you are interested http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

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Makeup Geek Shadows and Z-pallete– another part of my birthday makeup haul. I received 5 shadows. Cupcake, Crème Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie and Cinderella. Not only are the names super cute, the colors are very pretty. The color payoff is pretty good and like that they already have magnets to stick in the z-pallete. I will definitely be buying more of these to fill up the pallete, which I might add is a great idea to buy if you travel a lot. These pallets come in all different colors, prints and sizes. I ordered the medium hot pink one. They also send a bunch a magnets if you are depotting your own products to put in it. You just pick which shadows or blushes or powders you want and pop them in and go. This way you don’t have to drag 50 different things around if you are going anywhere. http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/   ZPallettes Link

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Younique 3D fiber Mascara– I wrote a review on this a little while back. If I could be in love with a product, this would be it. https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/younique-3d-mascara-worth-the-hype/

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Maybelline The Nudes– I searched high and low for this little sucker. For a while, it was sold out or not even put on the shelves yet. I even embarrassingly called a few drugstores and department stores. I finally got my hands on it at Wal-Mart, did a little dance and then proceeded to the check out like a normal human being. This a really great palette for anyone that just wants an everyday look or even a smokey neutral look. Plus, It was only 12 dollars!!! So very affordable, especially if you don’t want to fork out the cash for one of the Urban Decay naked palettes (which I own and love, but one can never have too many neutral colored shadows!!!)  

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Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara– I Was always too cheap to buy anything Lancôme till sweet little Lucy (hey girl! 😉 ) gave me the heads up about a sale going on at Shoppers. So naturally, I stopped what I was doing and went and bought two!! They were only $15 each when one is regularly $30 plus I think? I use this everyday and this is what I layer under my Younique Mascara as a base….the two combined= lash heaven!!!!

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Essence Beach Cruiser Waterproof Liquid Liner in Keep Calm and Go to the Beach (Turquoise) and Sun, Fun and Copper (Coppery Gold) – I think these were like $2 or something ridiculously cheap at Shoppers. They were a last minute find at the checkout. I don’t know about how “waterproof” these actually are, but the colors are very pretty and surprisingly pigmented.

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Stila Stay all Day 10 in 1 HD beauty Balm– Another Shopper’s sale find! I managed to get this for half off ($15). I either use this alone during the day or under another foundation at night. It does have a different consistency and smell, but I do love the way it looks on the skin and it doesn’t make me break out, so that is always a positive!!!

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L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation in Creamy Natural– Again, another Youtube suggestion. Very light coverage, leaves your skin a bit “glowy” and “dewy”… very affordable and can be found at any Wal-Mart, Shoppers, Target, etc.

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Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette– This comes with a pink and coral blush and one bronzer. I have been using this basically every day and still haven’t put a dent in it! Not overly thrilled with the bronzer part of this, but the colors of the blush are very nice and very summery!  http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=SEPHORA%20COLLECTION%20Bronzed%20And%20Blushing%20Face%20Palette%20P385618&skuId=1573492&country_switch=ca&productId=P385618&_requestid=98121

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Aveda Fire Maple Lip Liner-  This baby is fresh out of the new Fall and Winter 2014 Aveda Collection. Beautiful Red! (my fave color to wear!) I wear it either alone or underneath Relentlessly Red by Mac. At the moment…this is lost somewhere in one of my million purses 😦 (hopefully)

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Hair and Body:

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control-  I have had this used in my hair numerous times at work when I have had my hair done and have no idea why I haven’t bought it till now. My hair has always been tangley. I mean Super tangley!! I didn`t think it could get worse…till I started gradually lightening it. Think of what your hair is like when you come in from a wind and rain storm and then throw in some back combing gone wrong and you have what my hair is like on a daily basis. You can not move my hair without it jumbling together. Especially if it is wet. I like to think I have a pretty tough scalp, because when myself or someone brushes it, it is usually a workout!! Anyway, that all being said, this spray is great! It makes brushing my hair much easier and my hair just a bit softer. It also helps protect against any thermal or UV damage!  

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Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Wash- This stuff smells amazing. I just stumbled upon this at Winners one day and said “What the heck! I need a new body wash“ The scent is aromatic tea tree, green tea, jasmine and frankincense. I`m not sure where I would be able to find this again when I run out, so if anyone knows where to buy this or other products from the Nip + Fab line, let a girl know! 🙂

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FLOPS!  😦 😦

I don`t have many flops for this summer, but the ones I do have, I really don`t like.

Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo- the smell for this is okay, but my hair felt worse and dirtier after I applied this. It felt wet. I love my dry shampoos because I frankly dread “Hair wash day“ so this product was very disappointing. I think I will just stick to my Batiste Dry Shampoo and call it a day.

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Maybelline Master Kajal Crème Kohl Liner- wasn`t overly impressed with this at all. I bought the black shade. Didn`t like the pigmentation or the consistency. Maybe it`s just me, but I can`t see myself ever using this.

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Makeup Geek Loose Pigments in New Years Eve and Sweet Dreams- I`m on the fence with these two. I so desperately want to like them because everyone else does…. But I just don`t!! I find loose pigments messy and harder to apply then pressed pigments. The colors really don`t look like the swatches I looked up before I ordered them. Kind of the glad it wasn`t my money that bought them 😦 …Who knows, Maybe I`ll order other colors in the future and like them more…

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And there you have it….a very long list of products I’ve either loved or hated over this past summer. Hope this helps if anyone was on the fence about buying any of these things or were just simply interested in looking for new stuff to add to your collection like me 😉

-Nicole xo 🙂