Well, hello there!

Hi lovelies!

Whoa it has been a very, very long time since I have posted, which I am very sad about since I worked so hard to make it look as good as possible. I guess I kinda figured that since I've been uploading to my youtube channel that I didn't need to maintain my blog, I still kinda feel that way. What do you guys think? I'd love some feedback please!

Quite a few things have changed since I've last updated you all: I got a new job in retail which I really do enjoy. I'm junior management there which is a whole new experience for me but I love learning new things about it. My husband also got a new job but they are taking their time getting him trained, but that always seems to be the case with new hirees (is that a word? Probably not.)

We also got a dog! His name is Bear and he is part Dachshund and part Sheltie. We adopted him from the animal shelter about 2 months ago. He is 3 years old and probably the sweetest dog ever! When he finally saw him in person though, we noticed one of his ears is half gone which is sad but it makes for a cute characteristic!

I hope you guys had a wonderful year while I have been inactive here! I'd love to know how you guys are so please leave me comments down below! Can't wait to talk to you!

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Black Friday deals with Pixi!

Good morning! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! Mine was full of food and great time with family. 

Pixi is having Black Friday deals and I thought I'd share them and their gloriousness with you all!

Save 40% off Eye Glow Cube, Soft Focus Fresh and Daylight Glow Collection.
See entire collection here.
Free shipping for orders $50 and up.

Save 30% off  the following awakening kits.
Features full size products of our Eye Bright Primer, Eye Glow Cube, Flawless Beauty Primer and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked. Normally $64.00!
See entire collection here.

Naturally Flawless features our best selling skin solvers. Featuring full sized Flawless & Poreless, Correction Concentrate and Flawless Finishing Powder normally $56.00, click shop now for discount price! 

Happy Shopping!!

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top 5 cruelty-free lip products

Today, I am here with yet another top 5 cruelty-free post! This one is all about my favorite lip products. I have a few high end brands and a couple drugstore brands, also one brand is a Canadian/UK only brand (as far as I know) but for us living in the US you can order from a website that I will show you later. Let's start!

Price: $24.00
Size: 0.10 oz
Available at: tartecosmetics.com - Sephora/Sephora.com - Ulta/Ulta.com
Comes in: 7 shades

Quoted from Tarte:
As a follow up to tarte's best-selling LipSurgence™ lip tints, these shimmering lip lusters give  lips a high dose of color and shine in an easy twist-up stick.

Product Performance: LipSurgence™ lip lusters combine sheer iridescent pure color with natural moisturizers that glides on smooth and soften lips. This proprietary formula effectively increases skin’s water content for a ‘plumped up’ appearance with a natural hint of shimmering tint and taste of mint. The result is naturally fuller, healthier lips without any irritation or stinging. The easy-to-use twist-up container eliminates the need for sharpeners.

Powered By: A proprietary blend of plant bio-nutrients, vitamins, and essential oils rich in emollients: these antioxidant free radical fighters (vitamin C & E, pepperming & jojoba oil) prevent premature signs of aging, while softening lips.

First up, is a brand that I mention a lot on this blog which is Tarte. The Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Sweet is a beautiful shimmering golden pink. Very creamy and moisturizing formula that lasts quite a few hours but not all day. It has a subtle mint smell which makes the lips tingle a bit (not painful) and feels cooling. I love this shade!

Price: $10.50
Size: 0.04 oz
Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada) - www.houseofgosh.com
Comes in: 6 shades

Quoted from GOSH:
GOSH VELVET TOUCH LIPLINER has a fantastic color pigmentation and is 100% waterproof. It is soft and flexible to apply and providers a superb edge to the lips, preventing lipstick from running into the small lines around the lips.

INSIDER TIPS: It is so creamy it can be used on its own, as a lipstick if an extremely durable, matte color is required.

GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Lipliner in Pink Peony is the very first lip liner that I ever purchased. I'm sad that I never picked any up before moving to the US but everytime I go back to Canada for a visit I make sure to pick some GOSH products up. Now that you can order online though, it's fantastic!! These liners last foreverrr!! They are matte but not super drying, quite comfortable to wear on its own. Very pigmented. No scent. I also like how the color is on the end of the pencil so you can easily tell which color you have. Highly, highly recommend this product!

Price: $13.00
Size: 0.10 oz
Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada) - www.houseofgosh.com
Comes in: 10 shades

Quoted from GOSH:
a super soft lip product that has a moisturizing, softening and nurturing effect on the lips. It is available in seductive and sensual colours that leave the lips shiny, tempting, soft and super sexy. The colours are partially transparent with a hint of mother-of-pearl and with a mild taste of vanilla. 

It also contains vitamin E, which neutralizes free radicals.

Next, we have a couple of my favorite tinted lip balms! The GOSH Cosmetics Soft'N Shine Lip Balm in Scarlet & Passion Pink are absolutely beautiful and one of the best lip balms I have ever tried! Not super opaque but the moisturizing and softening effect more than make up for that. These make your lips shiny but not wet looking (which I love), also smell faintly of vanilla. Scarlet is on the top and Passion Pink is on the bottom. I have written a full review of these here.

Price: $4.50
Size: 0.18 oz
Available at: nyxcosmetics.com - Ulta/Ulta.com - Target/Target.com
Comes in: 24 shades

Quoted from NYX:
It’s double or nothing with this lip liner and lipstick in one. Our masterful Jumbo Lip Pencils infuse lips with alluring, nourishing color, and help you create a perfect pout. Line, define and color with one jumbo pencil. Plus the mineral oil formula does not dry out your lips and it goes on smoothly. We likey.

Alrighty, enough of the high end products and time for my drugstore ones! The NYX Jumbo Lip Pencils in Chestnut & Hot Red are highly pigmented, moisturizing, easy to apply and come in a huge array of colors. I love the pencil style lip products lately because they are so easy to use, you don't need a mirror. These can be used a lip liner or a lip stick. What's not to love!

Price: $12.99 (limited edition 4 pack)
Size: 1 oz
Available at: www.evolutionofsmooth.com - most drugstores
Comes in: 10 shades

Quoted from eos:
Show your lips some love with our Limited Edition Fresh Watermelon, Pomegranate Raspberry, Strawberry Sorbet, and Summer Fruit Lip Balms.

I love these lip balms!! The eos Lip Balm in Watermelon Wonderland which I got in the limited edition Alice in Wonderland set is amazing! They smell great, taste great, feel great on, look cute. I just love love LOVE these so much! Right now, they have a few different limited edition sets to choose from or you can just purchase the singles, but there is a flavor for everyone! I have written a review about these babies here.

And lastly, I have the beautiful swatches for you. I do love my pink lip colors but am also trying to branch out a bit with the red. They all have shimmer except for the lip liner and the red NYX pencil.

What are your favorite lip products?

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Top 5 cruelty-free cream eyeshadows

Good morning to all of you lovely people! I finally have a bit more motivation to be posting again and I thought what better way to start than to continue my Top 5 list of products. These are my absolute favorite cream eyeshadows! 1 is a high end shadow but the rest are all found at your local drugstore. Let's begin!

Price: $19.00
Size: 0.10 oz
Available at: tartecosmetics.com - Sephora/Sephora.com - Ulta/Ulta.com
Comes in: 5 shades
Vegan Friendly

Quoted from Tarte: 
A waterproof cream eye shadow powered by skintuituve™ Amazonian clay to effortlessly create a soft or smoky eye. 

Product Performance: This long-lasting cream shadow glides on smooth and forms an impermeable layer that protects against sweat, tears, flaking, and creasing for hours of wear time. Treat delicate eyelids to skinvigorating™ Amazonian clay, carnauba wax, mineral pigments, and vitamins A and E as you impart gorgeous color that can be worn alone or layered under tarte eye shadow powders.

Powered By: Amazonian clay: intensifies color pigments while working to nourish lids, reduce surface oil and improve overall texture.

Natural carnauba wax: acts as a built in shadow primer to ensure smooth application by softening the skin and increasing hydration.

Let's start with the high end one first, which is the Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Amazonian Clay Cream Eyehadow in Shimmering Taupe. I got this shadow in a Tarte set I got a while ago, but ever since I bought it I can't stop using it. I would definitely describe this as the name says--a shimmering taupe. It lasts all day, does not smudge or flake, 100% waterproof. If you have the extra money to spend on a great shadow, I highly recommend this one!

Price: $5.00
Size: 0.19 oz
Available at: WalMart
Comes in: 10 shades

Quoted from HC:
Vibrant, long wearing crème eye shadow lights up and enhances eyes. Our groundbreaking hybrid formula has a soft cushion texture that allows it to be worn as eye shadow or eyeliner. This crease proof, stay put formula is blended luminous, multi-colored pearls that provides glamorous evening looks. Available in 10 gorgeous, vivid shades!

Hard Candy's All Lid Up in Feeling Rosey is a nice shimmery rosey pink neutral shade that I feel would be great on a variety of skin tones. It's very smooth to apply but a bit on the dry side which makes it last longer. The shade range is wonderful that goes from neutral shades to very bold and bright shades. Unfortunately, this little pot dried out on me very quickly which means that I had to recover it. It is an easy fix but it does take some time. If you are curious about how to fix a dried out cream shadow, search YouTube for it and you will find many different videos. I do still recommend these shadows for the price but just be quick to use them.

Price: $4.50
Size: 0.18 oz
Available at: nyxcosmetics.com - Ulta/Ulta.com - Target/Target.com
Comes in: 32 shades!

Quoted from NYX:
A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous.

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Bronze is a great addition to any girls cream eyeshadow collection! No pulling, no flaking, no fading, last all day, great under powder shadows or on their own. Doesn't that sound fantastic? It is! NYX knows their stuff and these are amazing pencils with precise application and amazing pigmentation. Plus, with such a huge color selection, I dare you to find a shade that you don't love!

Price: $6.99
Size: 0.10 oz
Available at: milanicosmetics.com - most drugstores
Comes in: 6 shades

Quoted from Milani:
Big and blendable 2-in-1 color rich pencil  that can be used as shadow or liner. Creamy smooth, long-lasting, water-resistant, crease-proof and paraben-free formula. The next generation of shadows that you sharpen.

Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hr Wear Eyeshadow in Champagne Toast is one of the most amazing formulations ever! Once this pencil sets it is staying on. After I did swatches of these shadows I tried to take them off and even with vigorous rubbing dry and wet, it still didn't come off. I can still see it on my hand as though I didn't even try to take it off. These have incredible staying power and pigmentation. They are also very long lasting and water resistant. Being available at most drugstores and with the affordable price tag, you must pick one up!! You will not be disappointed, I promise you!

Price: $5.00
Size: 0.09 oz
Available at: nyxcosmetics.com - Ulta/Ulta.com - Target/Target.com
Comes in: 20 shades

Quoted from NYX:
NYX’s Cream Eye Shadows are bursting with intense shimmering pigments in assorted hues. These exceptional shadows come in a variety of shades that have a velvety texture, dries promptly after application and lasts all day. Wearable for every season and occasion.

NYX's Cream Shadow in Pinky Beige is one of the strangest cream shadows that I own. It has a doe foot applicator just like that of a lip gloss which does make for easy application. This formulation is thicker than the others but that might be because the doe foot really picks up a lot of product. I always do feel like I have applied too much for that very reason and it can be hard to fix due to its fast drying time so just make sure you wipe off some product on the bottle. Once dried, it is also not going anywhere. A huge variety of shades again which makes choosing a color very simple. There is a shade out there for everyone!

Lastly, are the swatches! As you can see, I don't stay too far from my favorite taupes and pinky shades and they must always have some shimmer for me. I'm not a matte shadow kind of girl.

What are your favorite cream eyeshadows?

PS - I also have made a YouTube video on these very products if you would be interested in seeing that.

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Pixi High Tea Contest Winner

A couple of months ago, Pixi Beauty was having a contest on facebook for the chance to win a beautiful pixi necklace and a Fairy Light Solo eyeshadow.  The necklace alone was a great prize because you can't actually buy it from the website so it was exclusive to this contest.  When I got an email from pixi stating I won the contest I was so shocked at first that I thought it was fake, thankfully it wasn't!  I won the Fairy Light Solo eyeshadow in the shade No. 10 Bronze Beam along with the beautiful necklace.

The Fairy Light Solo eyeshadows are described as this (from the Pixi website):

What it is formulated to do:

There is nothing ordinary about these awakening shades with textures ranging from radiant glow to ultra-smooth matte. Reflecting the light & drawing attention to the eyes, the effect is stunning, eye-brightening and more flattering than ever before. Silky soft & infused with beneficial ingredients, the shades protect, nourish and brighten. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free. Suitable for the most sensitive eyes.

Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
• Shea butter nourishes the skin
• Jojoba oil is an effective natural moisturizer
• Vitamin E nourishes and protects delicate skin around the eye
• Vitamin C is a naturally derived youth-enhancing and anti-aging ingredient

I'd describe Bronze Beam as a rich shimmery chocolate brown which is just perfect for the crease for an accent or as an all over shade.  It has never creased or faded on me, it lasted all day.  I absolutely love this color!  These retail for $15.00 which is a bit high for a drugstore brand, but honestly, the quality is amazing and I'm definitely going to go buy more.

I love the necklace!  It's quite long which is just what I was looking for so I could wear it with sweaters and dresses.  The charm is an adorable fairy girl with one side that has the pixi logo and the other side blank.  With my sensitive skin to metal (I'm allergic to nickel and alloy metals) this has not made me break out in a rash at all and I wear this almost daily!

Thank you Pixi Beauty for your wonderful products, I just absolutely love them!!

How was your weekend?  What did you do for Halloween?

PS - It feels good to write a blog post again but because it's been so long I feel like I've gotten a little rusty, so please go easy on me!

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