Monday, October 12, 2015

Review | Too Faced Brow Envy

I was so excited to test out this kit - I am all about those brows. I have tried pencil, pomade, gel, and it was about time to give the traditional powder + wax medium a try.

Too Faced Brow Envy comes with all you need for a complete brow look. The kit comes with 3 tools, 2 coloured powders, a setting wax,  a highlighting shade, and even stencils. The brunette shade is a good match, and I'll use a little of the blonde on the ends (beginnings?) of my eyebrows for a natural fade. I really like the setting wax. It doesn't get crunchy at all, but it does get a little dirty from the powder. The highlighter has a crazy cool cream to powder finish. Every time I touch it I'm amazed it's powder on my finger. 

The result is a natural looking brow. I have to say using the kit takes me a bit longer than using say the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. It's not as easy as a one-step you're done product, but I do love the soft look it gives and the powder shades are perfect. The mini tools are also nice, and I love how in one little kit you have everything you need.

What's your favourite brow product?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Weekend | Apple Picking

This weekend Preston & I headed to New Jersey and were in for an awesome weekend of fun fall activities. It was amazing to spend the long weekend outdoors in basically an Autumn wonderland.

I have never been apple picking before, being a girl from Florida. I imagined it would be a lot more difficult to access and was pleasantly surprised by how many farms are open to the public. We went to Melick's Town Farm. It was fun to walk around the grounds and see all the different fruits and veggies.

There were amazing views from the top of the hill. So many trees are showing their Autumn colours. We also got a short hay ride too.

We left with bags of apples, apple cider doughnuts, and this delicious Sparkling Apple Cider.

After our farm excursion, we hiked around the reservoir. We have done this hike quite a few times and love the beautiful Northeastern forest.

Our day didn't end with the hike either. We returned to start baking with our freshly picked apples. Preston made an apple pie, and I made this crumble again. We then headed to Norz Hill farm for some haunted attractions. We miss our Halloween Horror Nights, but this definitely did the trick.

Monday we are headed back to the city, where I am hoping fall will have arrived. I might have covered many fall bucket list items in just one day, but I am in no way ready for this season to end-it has only just begun. 

What were you up to this weekend?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nail Care Potions

Keeping with a bit of a Halloween theme by calling these oils, balms, and drops potions. They are quite magical at keeping your nails in shape. A lot of these products I have been using for a long time, but I have discovered a couple of new products I wanted to highlight-have a click around!

What are some of your favourite nail care products?

Friday, October 9, 2015


Spooookyyy! On a cold, fall night, with the wind howling, the prospect of a warm, comforting bubble bath sounds all too perfect. Especially, when you add in a couple of new Lush goodies- then it basically becomes a reason to celebrate. Of course, I had to check out the Halloween items as it is October, and I found a couple of treats I am really excited to try.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar This little, glittery pumpkin is so cute. I tend to only buy bubble bars if they are ridiculously adorable as they don't pack as much of a 'wow' factor as the bath bombs do. This one might might be a wow with all the sparkles though! I love the cinnamon stick center. It smells amazing-juniperberry, grapefruit, and lime.

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb I have heard so many great things about this bath bomb, but since I have been unlucky with Halloween items in the past, I haven't had a chance to try it. First things first, it's huge! It smells amazing as well (patchouli and black pepper oil-though I'm not picking up on that as much as the vanilla and gardenia), it can be a bit overpowering, but I'm going to break this bad boy into quarters, so it won't be an issue. I'm excited to see the changing colours-the deep wine shade should make for a spooky looking bath.

Did you get Lushoween items?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Cuyana Classic Leather Tote in Stone

I treated myself to this here handbag as a birthday present, so I thought I would do a little review. I had been looking for a take anywhere and fit everything leather tote for awhile. In my search, I stumbled across the brand Cuyana. I fell in love with all their super simple yet luxurious designs.

Gray just might be my favourite colour, so I went with the shade Stone. It's a medium gray, just a touch on the warm side. It seriously goes with everything. The classic design allows it to easily translate from workwear to casual-wear, and it's durable enough for both those roles as well. You can fit a million things in it, so you might want some little bags to help you organize it all as it will get lost in the roomy tote. There is a pocket along the back that has a zipped compartment and an envelope-like pouch-perfect for your phone and a pen.

For a high-quality leather tote, I think the price is amazing. I love that you can add on monogramming as well. I have quite a few more items on my wishlist. You can't beat when something is gorgeous, functional, and going to last forever.

Any handbag currently on your wishlist?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New In | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Ahhh! It's so beautiful. As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it. I love the Ambient Lighting Palette and have been wanting to try the blushes, so the Ambient Lighting Edit was a perfect match.

The palette comes with three highlighting shades, two blushes, and one bronzer. Starting from the top left...Dim Light is a peach/beige shade to blur imperfections. This shade is the only one I have from the previous palette. I love using this one for just about everything. Iridescent Strobe Light is a rose pearl powder and new with this palette. I don't know all about that 'strobing' trend, but I have been using it as a traditional cheek bone highlight for extra emphasis. It's a lot more bold than the other ambient lighting powders, but it still has a lit from within, not from make-up, appearance. Diffused Light is a yellow-toned powder for concealing redness and brightening. I have really wanted this one, so I am super happy it is included in this palette.

I have never tried the blushes, so I was excited to test out these marbled beauties. Mood Exposure is a plummy blush with mood light. I had wanted this blush since the blush line was first released. I love plum blush shades. It's perfect for an everyday fall cheek colour. Luminous Flush is a rose blush with luminous light. Another blush shade I gravitate towards and feel like you can use everyday. I have mixed both blushes too and really like the blend. Luminous Bronze Light is a medium tan bronzer with luminous light. I am a bit apprehensive with non-matte bronzers; however, this one is gorgeous. The finishes of Hourglass powders just make everything seem natural even though the differences before and after are dramatic.

Now, how does it compare to the Ambient Lighting Palette? The amount of product per shade is smaller. There is one overlap with Dim Light, a shade I get a lot of use out. If you have the Lighting Palette and the Blush palette (or a lot of singles), you might feel like there are too many dupes for your collection. The colour of the packaging (gold vs. violet/gunmetal)  is different but the same concept. The Ambient Lighting Edit is more expensive for the six shades, and a pretty pricey palette overall. The only positive with the price was I hit VIB status at Sephora...See I'm looking on the bright side! I love everything about these palettes though. I think of them as my grown-up make-up. The packaging is sophisticated and the results of the powders is gorgeous.

Did you fall for this palette? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October Filofax Weeks

Hello again! My blogging everyday has gotten a bit harder after I lost this weekend to being awfully sick. There always has to be a brick to shatter your plans. Though being under the weather gave me time for some filofaxin'. I have to admit I haven't decorated in what seems like forever.  So I re-peaked my interest with some new glittery orange & black tape.

My version of a 'glam' fall spread. (Oops- I left my temporary meeting note on there!)

I really love how this cozy coffee theme turned out. My favourite planner colours are kraft + black + white.

Halloween! I have so many themed tapes I tried to incorporate them all in little flags.

I am really excited for this month! I have a whole lot of fun things coming up. I haven't written much in my planner pages yet, but it's coming. I'm glad I am feeling much better so I can actually enjoy one of my favourite months of the year. 

Do you decorate your planner?