Monday, March 2, 2015

Beauty Favourites | February 2015

Hello March! Though it still feels like January on the east coast. Just a few new favourites this month, still loving all my January & December picks.

I have two posts dedicated to the new Nars Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette. Here is a review & here is a two-for-one look. With my Sephora order of that palette, I picked a sample of the First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser. I love using it at night as it makes your skin feel super clean and refreshed. Another First Aid Beauty product-the Ultra Repair Cream-has also made favourites status. This is the winter dry skin cure. I am hoping that spring is just around the corner, and this Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in True Love is the perfect winter to spring transition shade. It was an item in the February PopSugar box. I am also loving the Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm in Pomegranate that was in that box. I just forgot to include it in the picture as it lives by my side of the bed. Finally, a couple of nail polish favs. Zoya Evvie is a polish I have been wanting for awhile. When the collection first came out I was debating between it and Noot. I ended up with Noot, but I think Evvie was the colour I was wanting. It is a lovely dark, gray-toned green. It's dark without looking black (like Noot does). Though it's a fall shade, I think it's the perfect option for when you want dark nails in the spring. I mean sometimes you need a change from pastels during that time of year. Am I right? I realized I haven't been wearing nail polish for some time. It's been so hard to find time lately. So when I walked through the nailcare aisle in Target, I decided to pick up a bottle of Seche Vite. It dries so fast & glossy-it's amazing. I am just dreading when it gets gloopy and the chemical smell is overwhelming. Pros & cons...pros & cons.

What were some of your favourites this past month?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Target OneSpot Spring 2015

[Note Cards]

So, I went a little crazy with the new Target OneSpot Spring Collection. This is not to say I don't go crazy every time, but this was a personal best on the most stuff from one haul. I was just in the right place at the right time as they had just stocked up this and the Easter goodies. Everything is so pretty, full of pastels, watercolours, and ombres. I am looking forward to an office space revamp and some new spring decor. Hit up those Target stores, these items are sure to go fast!

[Stamps]

[Note Pads]

[Stickers & Clipboard]

[File Folders]

[Pens & Pencils]


[Burlap Decor]


[Straws]

[Candles]

[Cup & Clips]



[Little Storage]

[Cork Board & Wall Organizer]

[Easter]

Have you picked up anything from the new Target Onespot collection?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail | February 2015

My favourite subscription, Happy Mail, is here. Lots of cute cards and stationery. A Beautiful Mess does such a great job going through each card, I feel like I don't have much to say about it. If you want an in-depth breakdown watch their video.

I love the spring vibes going on and the gold foil, of course. The 'Just Because' card is so pretty- floral + gold = good combo. The latte pun card is also another favourite as are the phrase stickers. I like how there is a good mix of straight-up pretty cards and some humourous ones for more casual occasions, like the 'You Da Best' and 'Oh Hey Girl'. It makes it easy to find the perfect card for whomever you will send it to.

Have you subscribed to ABM Happy Mail yet? Do it!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Weekend | Winter Adventures at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This weekend started off with a Girl's Day on Saturday. I trekked up to Queens for brunch, painting, and a bit of gossiping. There are a couple of pics on my Instagram. The whole day was a consistent downfall of snow. It wasn't as cold as it had been though, so to me, it was quite pretty. When I woke up Sunday morning, it sounded like a down pour, but really, it was all that snow melting. Seems like spring may just be on it's way.

Since it was significantly much warmer than it has been, Preston & I decided to spend the afternoon at Brooklyn Bridge Park. One of our favourite places- you may remember seeing similar pics (but with leaves) in this post.

And of course, we decided to bring Djiggy (a.k.a. the drone) as the battery would not instantly shut off from the cold like it did on a trip to Prospect Park.

I love this stained glass house art piece.  It's so colourful against the city backdrop. I hope it's there for awhile as I have now seen it in fall and winter and would love to continue that in spring and summer.

I kind of got obsessed with all the different kinds of pods on the trees. These are so neat looking, like little polka dots, very Dr. Seuss.

Yup, more pods. And the Brooklyn Bridge, of course.

We got some awesome footage from the drone trip. Though, it seems something always goes a bit awry, and this time it was the camera dying after 1.5 minutes. At least it was an amazing one and a half minutes. I am trying to think of a good way to share some of the footage. The drone vids on their own are gorgeous, but I feel it needs more context to fill it out. Perhaps, some vlogging is in our future...

What were you up to this weekend?
Will winter ever end??

PopSugar Must Have | February 2015

This month's PopSugar Must Have box was definitely themed up for Valentine's Day. Too bad it got here a bit later than that. Even so, all these products are perfectly fine for any day of the year.

Box Breakdown
U.S. Apothecary Rose Water Bubble Bath
BaubleBar Mini Arrow Pendant Necklace
Chuao Chocolatier Ravishing Rocky Road Bar
Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in True Love
Sally Beauty FingerPaints Nail Color
Figs & Rouge 100% Natural Balm in Pomegranate
Acme Party Box Company Bamboo Heart Cutting Board & Cheese Knife

I didn't mean to stay subscribed this month, but I am happy I did. I heard this box was quite popular, and I can see why. BaubleBar & Tarte are a couple of my favourite brands for jewelry and makeup, respectively, so it's automatically a win. I love how delicate the Mini Arrow necklace is. You can never have too many Tarte blushes, and since I don't have many to begin with, I am happy to add True Love to the collection. It's a lovely natural flush shade-great for transitioning from winter to spring (crossing my fingers on that one). I haven't tried anything for Figs & Rouge before, but I am really loving this lip balm. It's super hydrating and the pomegranate flavour is nice and bright. I haven't tried the bubble bath yet, but until then it currently looks pretty in the bathroom. The bamboo heart cheese board is so cute. I think I will use it as more of plant stand-I just don't have the heart to chop on it. Finally, a Chuao chocolate bar. I loved the caramalized almonds, but I wish there had been more of them. I am also more of a dark chocolate fan.

Did you get this month's PopSugar? What did you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette | Dry vs. Wet

As you saw yesterday, I got a new eyeshadow palette-Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette. I knew immediately what look I wanted to do. There were a couple of shades I wanted before the palette was released, so I was excited to finally get to try them. And then I had to test the waters (literally) by trying the same look wet.

The whole eye look is done using only the Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette. It's surprisingly versatile. I am usually one for needing matte and shimmer shades when doing a look, but when switching up dry and wet application, you can get different textures with the same shadow. On my lid is Himalia, a shade I heard a lot about when the singles were released. I love burgundy shadows, so I used Subra for my outer-v area. Ursa Major when used dry is a great transition shade. I used a bit of Europa and Andromeda for an inner corner highlight and brow highlight. Finally, I set my liner with Sycorax. For the first look (rose lipstick), all shadows are worn dry-as usual. For the second (berry lipstick), I used both the lid shades, Himalia & Subra, wet, by spraying my brush with some water.

When worn wet, the shadows are a deeper colour-more true to what's in the pan, and have a metallic finish. It's subtle, and I didn't really notice it when I was applying it, but looking back at these pictures you can see the change. At first, I didn't know what to think of this palette, but I really love how the shadows wear and how well they go together. My biggest tips are to use synthetic brushes, and for wet application, have a spray bottle with a fine mist.


What do you think of the dual intensity eyeshadows? 
Can you see the difference between wet & dry?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review | Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I can't say no to an eyeshadow palette. Especially one this pretty. I have been wanting to try the recently release dual-intensity eyeshadows from Nars but couldn't justify picking up singles at that price. So, I was excited to see that they released a palette of the new formula.

Europa | Pinkish Champagne
Andromeda | Frosty White Highlight
Himalia | Gold with a hint of taupe
Lysithea | Silver with a hint of olive
Ursa Major | Medium Ashy Brown
Giove | Deep Sapphire Blue
Subra | Dark Blackberry
Sycorax | Deep Charcoal

The shadows are titled dual intensity as they can be worn wet or dry for different looks. Above are swatched dry. Tomorrow, I'll post an eye make-up look comparing dry vs. wet. At first, I really couldn't tell a difference but looking at the photos, it's there. Nars shadows are a bit different than my usual Urban Decay or Too Faced picks, and this palette took me some time to get used to. The colours are pigmented but not as buttery as UD or TF. They blend very seamlessly which makes for a gorgeous overall look but makes you feel like you aren't applying enough (if that makes sense...) If you are used to Nars shadows, though, it won't throw you for a loop. Even though these are a different line than their regular shadows they remind me of them. I did find that using a synthetic brush, like the one that comes in the palette, is the way to go-especially when using wet. 

I don't know if I am one-hundred percent sold on this palette. If you know you are Nars shadow fan and especially if you are already a lover of the dual intensity eyeshadows, then this is a great value and must-have. For me, I am still trying to figure out where it fits in my collection. I am excited to keep playing around with it! Check back tomorrow to see the palette in action and then maybe you can see what I mean or at least let me know if I am crazy....

Is this one on your wishlist?