Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Formula X #ColorCurators February 2016

Hello hello! Have you heard about Formula X's #ColorCurators 2016 yet? It's a super exciting collaboration between social media influencers and Formula X. Each month for 2016, Formula X is teaming up with a beauty, fashion, or wellness powerhouse to bring us 3 new polishes. Each curated collection is a one-month exclusive, so you've got to act fast! The second influencer is Patrick Starrr, who's bringing us three very feminine pink polishes for February!

Formula X #ColourCurators February 2016

Yazzz is a bold bubblegum pink with blue undertones. This creme polish was fully opaque in two coats, and was really easy to work with. 

Formula X Yazzz

Formula X Yazzz

Formula X Yazzz

She Better Werk is a pale light pink that needed 3 thick coats to achieve an opaque finish. That's pretty normal for such a light coloured polish, but still, 2 coats would have been ideal.

Formula X She Better Werk

Formula X She Better Werk

Lucky Starrr is a fabulous glittery magenta polish that was opaque with two coats. You don't need to worry about layering this baby over another polish - it's great all on its' own!

Formula X Lucky Starrr

Formula X Lucky Starrr

So there you have it - the three new, limited edition Formula X #ColourCurators for February 2016! Are you going to be picking up any of these three pink polishes? I think that they're all absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day, but my top pick would have to be Lucky Starrr - I just can't say no to a good glitter polish!

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

What I Ate In A Day #6 - Vegan

Hello hello! I'm back with another What I Ate In A Day post, which I've been sharing with you every Tuesday (you can check out last weeks' post here)! I follow a vegan diet/lifestyle, so all of the foods that I'll be showing you today are meat, dairy, and egg free. As always, I drink a ton of water throughout the day!

Breakfast


My favourite breakfast of all time is a fruit smoothie - I always just have so much energy and feel so awake after getting in a few servings of fruit first thing in the morning! On this day I had a Lychee, Banana, and Raspberry Smoothie! I used about 3/4 cup of Lychee Juice, 2 frozen bananas, and about 3/4 cup of frozen raspberries. I also added in a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a tablespoon of ground flax seeds, and then blended it all up! This combination was super yummy, and it was actually my first time using lychee juice! If you have any other lychee smoothie ideas, please let me know in a comment belwo!

Lychee Banana Raspberry Smoothie

Lychee Banana Raspberry Smoothie

Lunch

This lunch was super exciting, because I was trying out a new vegan product from Daiya! Daiya's Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac is a vegan alternative to Kraft Dinner, which I was stoked to try out. There are actually three different flavours available, but I wanted to start out with the classic "cheddar" flavour. The noodles included in this box are gluten free, and I believe that it was my first time trying gluten free pasta. I was really impressed with how "normal" these noodles tasted!

Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac

Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac

The cheeze included isn't a weird powder like what you'd find in a box of KD. This is a packet of a gooey cheeze sauce, and as soon as I cut it open I knew it'd be delicious! Simply mix the cheeze sauce into the cooked pasta, and you're good to go! I'm a slight ketchup addict, so I did go ahead and add a bit of ketchup to my bowl, but it's definitely still incredible on its' own too. 

Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac

Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac

The box says that this contains 3 servings, but I could have easily finished it off by myself. However, I ate about 2/3 of the box, and kept the rest for a snack the next day. These boxes are about $5-$6 CAD, so it's more of a treat than an everyday staple. I wish that you could buy the cheeze sauce packets are their own, since I already have a cupboard full of my favourite pastas. 

Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac
SO GOOD!

Snack

I'm trying to get more veggies into my diet, and my favourite way to do that is with a big salad (or a veggie stir fry, I love those too!). For this salad, I filled my bowl up with iceberg lettuce, chopped carrots, cucumbers, red cabbage, and some tomatoes. I drizzled some balsamic dressing over top, and dug in! 

Vegan Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Dinner

I've never considered myself a huge "soup person" in the past, but this past Fall and Winter I've really started embracing the soup life! I had some leftover spinach and cooked green lentils in my fridge that I had to use up, so a Spinach & Lentil Soup just made sense! I think I love soups so much because you can get really creative and add in almost anything! This soup included potatoes, carrots, green lentils, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, veggie soup broth, spinach, and a dash of paprika. My husband actually said that it was one of the best soups that he's ever had! We both ate two huge bowls, and I still have enough leftovers for another meal. 

Vegan Spinach & Lentil Soup

Vegan Spinach & Lentil Soup
It looks pretty spinach-heavy in the pot, but that's just because the spinach floats!

Dessert 

No good day is complete without a yummy dessert, right? I absolutely love baking, it's been a passion of mine since I was a kid. When I first went vegan 8 years ago I was worried that it would be impossible to create yummy vegan baked goods, but that's totally not the case! One of my favourite recipes is for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I've been perfecting this recipe for years and years. I like to think that these are the best Chocolate Chip Cookies out there, vegan or not! A batch of these doesn't last too long in our household, but I managed to snag the last two for my dessert. om nom nom!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

Well there you have it! Another documented day of vegan eating! I hope you've gotten some food inspiration from this post, or at least some kind of idea of what a typical vegan eats in a normal day. Remember to check back next Tuesday for another What I Ate In A Day post!

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Monday, 8 February 2016

OPI Look at My Bow!

For this weeks' edition of #ManiMonday I'll be sharing another polish from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection with you! Look at My Bow!* is a very girly pretty pink that is absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day!

OPI Look at My Bow!

OPI's Look at My Bow! is nothing new or overly exciting, but it still is super pretty. I think that a good quality light pink polish is a staple in any polish collection, and this one from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection definitely fits the bill. 

OPI Look at My Bow!

OPI Look at My Bow!

All of the polishes from OPI's Hello Kitty Collection feature a pretty wrapped handle that's white with a bunch of Hello Kitty stamps. I really love this cute handle, because it's something that you don't really see a lot of from OPI!
OPI Look at My Bow!

I used two coats of OPI's Look at My Bow! for a perfectly opaque finish. Creme polishes can sometimes be a bit tricky to apply evenly, but this one had a thick, creamy formula that applied like a dream! This polish also dried fairly quickly, and I've been wearing it for two days without any chipping so far!

OPI Look at My Bow!

If you don't already own a light pink creme polish, then I think that OPI's Look at My Bow! is definitely worth picking up. However, if you already have an extensive polish collection and you're not a Hello Kitty fanatic, then you can easily skip on this one.

Have you checked out OPI's Hello Kitty Collection yet?

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

With mixed reports from various groundhogs, who knows how quickly Winter will transition into Spring?! While I'm sitting here patiently waiting for all of the snow to melt, Dior's Spring Glowing Gardens Collection is tricking me into thinking that Spring is already here! Today I have Dior's 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden* (what a mouthful!) to share with you!

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

I really love the floral design pressed into these shadows! However, the 3D effect does diminish significantly after just 2-3 uses. 

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

I've been a fan of Dior's 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes in the past, but they do seem to be fairly hit or miss. The Rose Garden Palette a light pastel pink, a pale yellow, a soft shimmery green, a beige shimmer, and a darker taupe shadow. All five of these shadows are fairly sheer in pigmentation, but the dark taupe did provide better coverage. While I do think that sheer shadows can sometimes be easier to work with, I do expect better pigmentation from a $70 palette. 

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

I used all five shadows to create the look below, but I did find it very tricky to make any individual shadow "pop" on its' own. All of the colours seemed to blend together, creating quite a neutral look, that doesn't scream "Spring" at all. Pigmentation aside, these shadows do have quite a creamy texture, so that was really nice to work with. My eye look did last all day long, with the help of a cream shadow base. 

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden

Dior 5 Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palette in 451 Rose Garden Swatches

If you're into sheer shadows, or if you're a major Dior fanatic and you're trying to collect all of their 5 Couleurs Palettes, then pick this one up. Otherwise, I don't think that you're missing out on anything too special if you do decide to skip on this one. 

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

Valentine's Day is just over a week away, and who doesn't love to get spoiled with a new bottle of perfume? Avon has recently launched their new Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray* ($26/50 mL), which is so perfect for the upcoming Hallmark-made holiday!

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

"Ultra Sexy Heart will win your heart! Scented like gifts of love—Maraschino cherries, irresistible red rose petals and decadent chocolate marshmallow—this intoxicating floral gourmand will capture the heart. 1.7 fl. oz.

Top Notes: Maraschino Cherry, Mandarin, Blackberry
Mid Notes: Red Rose Petals, Jasmine Petals, Vanilla-Orchid
Bottom/Dry Notes: Chocolate Marshmallow, Benzoin, Australian Sandalwood Oil" - Avon

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

The bottle for Avon's Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray is super cute! The bottle is quite sexy, with the pink tinted perfume and the red heart. This heart doesn't lay perfectly open, so to be honest it's not super obvious that it's supposed to be a heart. Nevertheless, I still think it's pretty cute!

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

With notes like cherry, red rose petals, chocolate marshmallow, and jasmine petals, this is one sexy fragrance! With that being said, I don't think that this perfume is too strong or heavy, which I definitely appreciate. Since this is an EDT and not a true perfume, you will have to reapply every 4-5 hours. 

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray

If you're looking to treat yourself or your special someone this Valentine's Day, then I think that Avon's Ultra Sexy Heart Eau de Toilette Spray is a great option! It's actually on sale now for only $14, which is pretty incredible!

Have you done your Valentine's Day shopping yet?

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