Friday, 22 July 2016

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

I'm a liquid liner addict, and for the past year or so I've been obsessed with Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner. Lately I've been switching things up, and I've been testing tarte's Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner* ($26 CAD). I've been really impressed so far with this collection, so I was excited to try out their new liquid liner offering!

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

"Achieve a tight line, and define and volumize lashes with this water-infused liquid liner. Featuring an ultra-fine tip, it makes it easy to create a crisp, precise line and expertly fill in spaces between lashes to extend and volumize the appearance of the upper and lower lash line. It’s formulated with tarte’s antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to help hydrate and protect skin. Loaded with triple-black pigments, it’s perfect for creating a crisp line or dramatic cat eye look with ultimate control." - Sephora

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

This packaging is super cute, I love the blue and purple marbled cap! As the name suggests, this liner has a super fine tip, and I also find the tip to be a bit short in length. I really like drawing on a winged tip every day, and I do find that I have to take an extra minute to get it just right with this liner. The tip does drag a bit on my lid, so you can't just swipe on your liner super quickly. If you aren't in a rush, then this liner is great for creating a really thin, fine line. 

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

This formula sets pretty quickly, and once it sets, the liner is there to stay. I don't have oily lids, but I still find that this liner lasts a really long time. I've been having such bad allergies lately, and even when I find myself mindlessly rubbing my eyes, this liner doesn't budge. However, at the end of the day I can easily remove this liner with some makeup remover. This black is super jet black, which I absolutely love!

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Micro Liner

So, there are pros and cons to this liner. While I love that it's so long wearing and that you can create a really thin, precise line, I do feel like this shorter tip isn't super user friendly. I've been using liquid liner ever since I started wearing makeup, and I still can't get the hang of this one. Have you tried out this new Micro Liner from tarte? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

On Wednesdays we wear pink... or essence's longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!* This was my first time trying out this line of lipsticks from essence, and I was super excited to try out this gorgeous pink shade!

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

"longlasting love… you simply have to fall in love with the longlasting lipsticks by essence. the lipsticks provide your lips with intensive color for several hours without drying them out. you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for – from bright pink to intensive red and chilled-out berry to subtle nude shades. the essence logo on the texture and the matt, black packaging with a ring of color to match the actual color of the lipstick are true eye-catchers!" - essence
essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

I really love this packaging! The matte black tube has a colour coded ring around the middle, so you can easily find the right shade in your collection. essence is a super affordable drugstore brand, but this packaging doesn't feel cheap at all. The lipstick itself is creamy and hydrating, and the colour has just the right amount of pigment to it. Sometimes I find super opaque lipsticks a bit too high maintenance, so I definitely appreciate how easy it is to slap on this lipstick. As the name would suggest, this formula wears really well, and I only need to reapply after 4-5 hours. However, this lipstick isn't transfer proof, so you do need to be careful when eating/drinking/kissing, etc.

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

essence longlasting lipstick in 09 wear berries!

Have you tried any of essence's longlasting lipsticks? I have a red shade from this line that I'm excited to try out soon! If you have any shade suggestions please leave them in a comment below!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

What I Ate In A Day #29 - Vegan

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day.

Breakfast
I made a tall stack of Vegan Carob Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast! I got this recipe from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton, and altered it a bit to make it a bit sweeter, as carob can sometimes have a slight bitter taste to it. It was my first time trying out this recipe, and I absolutely loved it!

Vegan Carob Blueberry Pancakes

Lunch

I had some leftover macaroni in the fridge, so I heated up a quick lunch of pasta & sauce with Gusta's Vegan Grating Block. Gusta just recently started popping up in Ottawa, and I'm always really excited to try out new vegan brands!

Pasta & Gusta Vegan Grating Block

Snacks 

The last time I went grocery shopping I spotted Fig Newtons on sale and I just had to get them. I haven't had them in years, and I didn't realize that they were vegan! I used to eat these all the time as a kid, and the obsession has come back full force. I also had a pear, because you can't live off of cookies alone, unfortunately.

Fig Newtons

Pear

Dinner

I finally found Gardein's Porkless Bites at Whole Foods, after seeing them all over social media for months! I cooked them up along with some carrots and onion, and served it over jasmine rice, and it was absolutely delicious! Gardein has been coming out with some incredible products this year, and this one is no obsession. 

Gardein Porkless Bites

Dessert

I had such a strong craving for a milkshake, and I had some Almond Dream Vanilla Ice Cream left over. The chocolate version is one of my favourite vegan ice creams, but the vanilla just isn't good. It's not as creamy as the chocolate, so it's not great to eat on it's own - but it worked amazingly well in a milkshake! I blended up the almond ice cream, soy milk, some vanilla, and frozen strawberries. I topped it all off with a healthy serving of coconut whip, and I was in heaven!

Vegan Strawberry Milkshake

So that rounds out another vegan food diary! It was a bit of a weird day food-wise, but I loved everything that I ate and drank nonetheless! I hope you'll check back next Tuesday to check out another food diary. What foods have you been loving lately?
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Monday, 18 July 2016

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

I've been a fan of with Smashbox's Be Legendary Cream Lipsticks for years now, but sometimes you just want a matte lipstick. With the help of Smashbox's Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer* you can now give your favourite cream lipstick a matte finish!

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipsticks

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

I decided to try out the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer with Smashbox's Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in LA Sunset & Femme Fatale. This product comes in a squeeze tube and the product itself is a thick silicone like texture. I like to squeeze some product onto my finger and dab it onto my lips, I find that it works a lot better that way than if you were to apply it right from the tube. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipsticks

I was really impressed with how well this product mattifies! As you can see in the before and afters below, you really can transform the finish of your lipstick! I also really liked that this matte top coat didn't leave my lips feeling dry like a lot of matte lipsticks tend to do. So, if you're not normally a fan of matte lippies because they can be uncomfortable to wear, you might still want to give this top coat a try.

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in LA Sunset

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in LA Sunset
Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in LA Sunset with Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Femme Fatale

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Femme Fatale
Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Femme Fatale with Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

Have you tried out Smashbox's Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer yet? Are you a fan of matte or cream finishes?

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

OOTD | Summer Nights

Happy Sunday friends! Today I'm back with a quick OOTD post inspired by Summer Nights. In my ideal world, I'd be spending every single second of Summer outside soaking up the sun, but real life (i.e. a full time job) often gets in the way. So I've had to make the most of my Summer nights and weekends. Can anyone else relate? You can still feel Summery in shorts and sandals, with a light sweater. 

OOTD Summer Nights

Sweater: c/o Bench. Maranhao Light Sweat in Candy Pink Marl
Shorts: American Eagle Hi-Rise Festival Shortie in Darken Destroy
Sandals: Call It Spring

OOTD Summer Nights

What are your staple fashion pieces for Summer nights? I have the day off so please excuse me while I go soak up the sun by the pool all day!

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