awards, awards!

Happy spring! …. almost. It’s coming!

I’m so honoured and pleased to have been nominated by some awesome fellow bloggers for a few blog awards in the last little while. I’m going to combine them all here to keep it all neat and tidy. These awards all require nominating other bloggers but since I’ve seen these awards really making the rounds in the blogosphere lately, I’m going to skip out on nominating others.

Versatile Blogger Awards

First up I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Awards by the lovely Amy from The Makeup Case17. Amy, I’m sorry it took so long to re-post this!  This award requires that I post 7 facts about myself – so see below!

Beautiful Blogger Award

Next, TheWorldofCos nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. This award requires that you add a little write-up about the bloggers you nominate and I was so touched by what she said about me!  Her blog is awesome for very frequent nail polish and face mask reviews, so check her out!

Liebster Awards

And last, Chanelle nominated me for the Liebster Award. As part of this award, Chanelle listed seven questions for all the nominees to answer.  I’ve decided that my answers will count as the facts about myself for the Versatile Blogger Award – I’m cheating a bit!

 Chanelle’s Questions For Me:

1. What’s your favourite candle scent? I love the warm scents that come out at Christmas. Right now my fave is Cranberry Woods from Bath and Body Works 

2. Do you collect anything? Does makeup count? 😉 

3. Who would you want to play you in a movie? The first name that popped into my mind was Reese Witherspoon so let’s go with her 

4. If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would buy? A house 

5. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Chocolate. I am addicted to sugar, unfortunately 

6. Favourite food? Pizza all the way 

7. Who’s your biggest inspiration and why? I’m inspired by successful women who followed their passion to get where they are 

8. Tea or coffee? I love both, but tea 

9. Favourite item of makeup? mascara, obviously! 

10. Is blogging anything like you imagined? Great question. I really love the community aspect of it, which I wasn’t expecting. But truthfully I find it tough to find time and inspiration to post frequently – I’m so impressed by bloggers who post daily or multiple times a week! I’m trying to build up frequency but at the same time, I don’t want to write about things I don’t care about, so this is what works for me right now! 

Thanks SO much to all these lovely ladies for the nominations – be sure to check out their blogs, too!

what an honour!

A few weeks ago I got a note from the lovely Amy from TheMakeupCase17 – she nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. What an honour – thank you, Amy! Make sure you check her blog out.

lovely-blog-award

So here are the rules:

The Rules:

  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post.
  2. You must thank the person/people who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post.
  3. You must add this set of rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself in the post.
  5. You must nominate 5 other blogs and leave links to their blogs in the post.
  6. You must let the people know you’ve nominated them.
  7. You must follow the person who nominated you on Bloglovin

So here goes!

7 facts about me:

  1. My favourite animal are raccoons. They’re incredibly smart and so darn cute. As a result I receive raccoon-themed gifts all the time. I have raccoon socks, slippers, mugs, paintings…
  2. I am bilingual in English and French, and went to French school from kindergarten to grade 12
  3. I’ve had almost every hair colour – blonde, purple, yellow, orange, red, brown…
  4. If I’m not wearing nail polish, something’s wrong. I always wear nail polish
  5. I’m obsessed with One Direction
  6. I hate mushrooms and can always detect them in my food, even if they’re chopped into tiny pieces
  7. My eyesight is terrible – I wear extremely strong contact lenses

I nominate:

Living Disrobed

 For Seven Seasons

Gwenllian Branwen

Prairie Beauty Love

 The World of Cos

 

an unwanted break

hi everyone,

it’s been radio silence over here for the past few weeks unfortunately, and I just wanted to provide a little update. Just over two weeks ago I had a sudden accident that required a pretty long hospital stay, two surgeries, and quite a long recovery period. I’m much better now, but my right arm is in a sling – aka unusable, and I have limited mobility with my left. So, even typing this is kind of a challenge. I haven’t even been able to wear makeup. Of any kind. In over two weeks.

I know. Two weeks! 

Anyway, things will be back to normal in a few weeks I hope, depending on my recovery time.  Thank you for reading, I’ll be back soon!

transitioning into fall

Living in a climate with four distinct seasons, as the end of one season nears I always find myself anxiously looking forward to the next. So even though summer will always remain my favourite season, and I will continue wearing my sandals until the bitter end, I am getting ready to welcome fall into my life. And I wouldn’t be a makeup addict if I wasn’t already planning what swaps I’ll be making to my makeup rotation.

fall swap #1: darker lips

Is it sad that I’m truly excited to finally being able to dust off my deeper, berry-toned lipsticks? Summer is all about the corals and pinky-peaches with the occasional hot pink thrown in, but one of my favourite looks is deep, dark lips. Sometimes I find myself absent-mindedly reapplying them until my lips are coated in the deepest hue and are stained until the next morning…and I love it. If something this bold isn’t your thing, go lightly by applying one light coat from the tube and patting it in with your finger to soften it out and make it more wearable. My absolutely faves are Mac’s Rebel and Diva, and I’m awaiting the days until it is appropriate to wear my newest acquisition, the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 107.

Fall Lipsticks

 

fall swap #2: warmer cheeks

In the past few months, I’ve been rocking bronzer and pretty pink shades of cream or powder blushes. While I certainly won’t deviate too far from this come fall, now is the time to warm things up. I’m going to swap my cool-toned, pale pinks and wear warmer, deeper shades of blush, like Mac Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul and Sleek blush in Pomegranate. On my wish list: a warmer-toned cream or liquid blush. Any suggestions?

Fall Blush

fall swap #3: darker eyes 

I love a full-on smoky eye look, and I ain’t afraid to wear it! But in the past few months I’ve been trying to go for a less heavy look, focusing the shadow on my eyelids and skipping the swipe of under-eye liner and shadow. I feel like in the summer, makeup just gets lighter, less intense, more natural. But as soon as the temp drops, I’m going back to my eyeliners and intensifying things. My favourite liner is Mac eye pencil in Coffee,  a brown that’s as dark as you can get without it being black. I’m also loving Julep’s Gel Eye Glider in Smoky Taupe Shimmer, and I’m looking forward to re-discovering my Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes in Egyptian, which I’ve had for a long time but haven’t given it the attention it deserves.

Eyeliners

I can’t wait to switch up my makeup for fall, but… I wouldn’t mind another few weeks of summer first. Please?

 

 

 

some british beauty goodies

I find it impossible not to have product-envy when reading blogs from ladies overseas, and every time someone I know goes to the UK, I always have a shopping list for them.  Recently, my family who lives outside London came for a visit, and since I had plenty of notice, I had lots of time to do research and compile a list. Behold: my recent british beauty goodies.

british beauty goodies

Here’s what I got:

Barry M Hi shine Gel effect nail paint in Elderberry and Coconut: 

Two awesome colours. Elderberry is very close in colour to Essie’s Borrowed and Blue, which I also love, and Coconut is a lovely off-white/cream shade.  I do find the formula a bit thick and hard to work with, but as a nail polish addict, I’ll put up with sub-par formulas if the colours are worth it.   Take the term “gel effect” with a grain of salt because this definitely does not mimic gel polish, though it does have a nice shiny finish.

Good Things 5 Minute Facial Mask:

A classic clay mask, free from questionable ingredients like parabens, sodium laureth sulfates, and mineral oil. It also smells delicious, which I’m guessing they want you to think is due to the avocado and goji berry extracts, but there is fragrance in the formula. Regardless, I quite like this as a standard mask, to use once or twice a week.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector in Light Matte

Now that’s a mouthful! Unfortunately we don’t get Rimmel body products in Canada so I was excited to try this, as Rimmel is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I’ve only swatched this so far, but I look forward to using it on my arms and legs once my summer tan fades away in the coming weeks (sadness!). This isn’t a self tanner, but rather a tinted body cream that washes off.  For a fake tanning rookie like me, this means that mistakes can be washed right off!

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Aurora and Chic 

I was most excited for these, as I love Tanya Burr and there was a lot of hype and positive reviews about her new line of lip glosses. As promised, these are extremely pigmented and have a lovely, non-sticky formula.  As you can see from the swatch below, Aurora is an opaque, slightly cool-toned pink, and Chic is an almost peachy nude. I definitely want more of these!

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss

Sleek Contour Kit in Light 

Such a handy compact – this has a bronzer, highlighter and blush, cased in a slim black case with a large mirror. This would be ideal for traveling! I think the shades are pretty universally flattering, and I especially love the blush shade.  Sleek Face Contour Kit

What products do you lust after that you can’t get at home? And more importantly, what should I add to my next UK shopping list?!

 

my current skincare routine

A few months ago I made a discovery that my wallet would call unfortunate but my face would call miraculous – Caroline Hiron’s blog. Caroline is an expert in all things skincare, and her word is law, in my opinion. Caroline Hirons disciples, I have joined your ranks!

Caroline inspired me to update my skincare routine – and not just update the products, but add some steps that I had been neglecting, like daily exfoliating, toning, and overall being a little bit less haphazard and slapstick about my approach to skincare.   Based on all these updates, I present you with: my current skincare routine.

Before we start, let it be known: I have normal/combination skin. I have some oiliness along my t-zone, especially on my forehead (bangs = greasy forehead) and the rest of my face is pretty normal. I get a bit of dryness in the winter, but these days it’s definitely not a concern.

Morning Routine

Cleanse with Clarins Cleansing Milk and a face cloth; exfoliate with either First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads or Clarins Gentle Exfoliator; spray hydrate tone with Yves Rocher Vitamin Face Mist. My serum is Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, and finally I moisturize with L’Oreal Ideal Moisture 48 hour day lotion SPF 25, or Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50+ if I’ve used a glycolic acid the previous night.

Evening Routine

First cleanse with Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, second cleanse with Clarins Cleansing Milk. I double-cleanse because I do wear a lot of makeup, so I really want to get it all off… and if I’m honest, because Caroline says to do it! But you know when you rub a cotton pad with toner or exfoliator on your face and it’s dirty afterwards? Think about it like this – all that stuff was on your face! Yuck.

After cleansing, I exfoliate with either the FAB Radiance pads, Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner Treatment, or Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA, then tone with Vichy Purete Thermale Soft & Soothing Toner. If I am using Paula’s Choice, I tone first then apply the exfoliator, because it’s a cream, not a liquid, and I don’t want to apply a cream and then basically wipe it all off with the liquid toner!   If I’m not being lazy I’ll apply an eye cream, which is either Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex or Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Fresh Gel. My serum is usually Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II, though I’m out currently and have been using Olay Fragrance Free Regenerating Serum, which is quite lovely. Sometimes I’ll follow this up with a moisturizer, but these days, in the summer, I do find that I don’t need it as much as I would in the winter.

About twice a week I’ll use Alpha H Liquid Gold, a fairly strong and effective glycolic acid. For the best possible description of Liquid Gold, check out amodelrecommends’s review.

If you follow Caroline, you will notice that my routines are 100% Caroline-inspired. Each step, and most of the products, are thanks to her. I do find that my skin has gotten smoother, less red and more even-toned since starting this routine a few months ago, and I also have been getting fewer blemishes. Even when I am my most tired, I try to follow every step of this routine, and I always, always, always take my makeup off before going to bed, even if it’s 3am and I’ve just devoured half a pizza. Ladies, it’s such a crucial step – you can’t afford to skip this!

Though this does seem like a lot of products, I have an equally long wish-list of skincare that I will gradually add to my collection, which may make a good topic for a future blog post, what do you think?

Do you use any of the same products as me? Do you have any recommendations for me?

just add beauty blog

Hello world! My name is Danielle; I am a Canadian twenty-something with an obsession for all things beauty – with a special affinity for mascara. This little corner of the internet will be my place to share product reviews, recommendations, and ramblings with you – thanks for stopping by. I’ve been talking about starting a beauty blog for a looong time, so…. let’s do this!

 

just add mascara