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.
elf Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Soiree
Purple makes my green eyes look more green, so this is one of the eyeshadows I've been reaching for lately. I like how this isn't too overpowering and bright of a purple, and how buildable it it.
elf Smudge Pot in Brownie Points
This is a beautiful mix of a dark brown and a bronze. I generally don't wear dark eyeshadow, but as autumn is coming and because this may be one of my favourite shades I own, I'll make an exception. (It's also worth noting that this isn't an extremely dark shade, it's just darker than most eyeshadows I own)
♥      Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments in Breaking Bronze
I love a good gold/bronze eye. This shadow looks different in different lights, sometimes gold, sometimes bronze, sometimes a sort of burnt orange. It also has really nice pigmentation, being a loose pigment and all, and I love anything that makes my eyes sparkle.
NYX Collection Chocolate Glossy Brown Liner
(I forgot to put this in this photo lol)
It may just be me, but I don't wear a lot of eyeliner in summer. For the sake of making my routine quicker and lighter, it's one of the steps I sacrifice. I like wearing eyeliner in autumn and winter, however, so I like to ease myself back into it using a brown eyeliner.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in Nude
This is more pricey than the makeup that I usually buy, but I absolutely love it. It looks almost like a lip gloss when it's on my lips, but it's much easier to use and not as sticky. It leaves my lips soft and moisturized, and the packaging is some of that cutest I've ever seen.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
I've finally tried one of these. I wasn't sure if they would be as good as everyone says they are, but I really like this one! First off, something that I hadn't read in reviews (probably because it's not important) is how wonderful it smells. I love how soft it feels on my lips, and we all know how much I love a good nude lip.

What is your favourite makeup for autumn? I would love to know!
**The Bunny = cruelty free beauty products**

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).
Eyes
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.