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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Plantation Essential Oils | Lavender, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus

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The popularity of essential oils is on the rise, and I kind of love it. Granted, I mostly just use peppermint oil to keep racoons out of my garbage (they hate it), but I'm really interested in adding them into my arsenal. They smell great (for the most part, ahem tea tree...) but also have a host of beneficial uses for what ails you. As Thursday Plantation puts it, there are hundreds of ways to use them. I haven't quite gotten to  hundreds, but I've been finding ways to add their Lavender, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus Oils into my day to day life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Survival Supplies | 2016 Edition

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Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of summer. it's just too damn hot. Sure, a sunny day is nice, and a few months with no snow is even better, but the heat bleck. There are definitely products that not only make the warm weather easier, but also make it a bit better. Summer Survival Supplies. Read on for some of my summer must haves!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Essie Gel Couture

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Happy Tuesday, blog fans! Have you noticed I've been playing fast and loose with my blog schedule? It wasn't meant to be intentional, but you know, I kind of like it. Posting every day for months is tiring. It was very much starting to lack any element of fun, and that's not so good. I've finally blogged my way through 90% of my backlog, so I don't feel too bad playing hookie. Today's post is a great way to start the week, as it's not only nail polish, it's new Essie polish. The new Essie Gel Couture range promises a long-lasting gel-like manicure in only two steps. Does it hold up? Read on for my thoughts.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 87

bbc roundup
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: butter London BLUSHCLUTCH Singles in Violet and Tiger Lily are gorgeous perfect blush picks for summer. Check out my review and swatches to see why!
  • Color Me So Crazy:
  • Ipsy has their June Glam Bag out and I have a lot to say....
  • george & bear: Clare @ george & bear
  • compares and reviews the Beauty Blender with the Real Techniques Sponge
  • I Know all the Words: Fun shades and a formula that just won't quit with the new Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion & Lifestyle:'s $1,000 beauty product giveaway is ending soon enter now to win
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Stop by Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog to read about a long lasting lip balm that's affordable for everyone.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

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    It's a makeup day, blog fans! Yay! I'm trying to keep upbeat after finishing season 4 of Orange is the New Black. No spoilers, but it might just leave you an emotional puddle. Kleenex was definitely required on my part. Anyway, today is about the new Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners including some really fun colours. Want a closer look? You know what to do...

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Going Green (Literally) with Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray

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    We're heading to the farm today! No permission slips required, but we are going to be talking plants as Faramcy is all about naturally sourced ingredients and all things green. The Farmacy product at hand is the very green Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray.

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    Getting Goaty with Caprina by CANUS Goat's Milk Bath & Body Products

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    Okay, getting goaty doesn't exactly sound that appealing, wait. Maybe it does; goats are adorable... I'm getting side tracked thinking about baby goats now. They're so cute! Back on track. What I'm getting at, is goat's milk. Caprina is what I consider the authority of goat's milk products, as my family has been using them since the brand's inception in 1999. I'll admit that at the time, goat's milk sounded pretty odd, but it makes for some excellent products.

    Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 86

    bbc roundup
  • I Know all the Words: The Fast Five heads to Sephora with five skincare picks to add to your next haul.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I have a beautiful sneak peek from KBShimmer and they are perfect for the summer!!!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty Fashion & Lifestyle: celebrates a new look with a $1,000+ give-away. A CEW beauty swag bag
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog:Lancome GRANDIOSE Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara in Noir Mirifique
  • is a great choice for long, full, gorgeous lashes! You’ll LOVE the innovative wand, too!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison really liked her Birchbox this month. Take a peek and see what she got.

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016

    Lush Smuggler's Soul Shampoo Bar & Multi-Purpose Cream

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    I might have gotten my dates wrong... No, I totally did. I thought Father's Day was next weekend. Turns out it's not. It's tomorrow. Womp womp. Normally I don't do Father's Day posts (as I happen to be fatherless, and lost my dad a few years ago, in June) but for Lush I can make an exception. To celebrate Dads, they've created some really cute bath bombs and soaps, and what we'll be chatting about today, the Smuggler's Soul range. The range is home to three products a solid shampoo bar, multi-purpose cream, and a facial scrub (I don't have it, sorry!) Read on for all the info...

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    #allthecurl with The Chella Heated Eyelash Curler

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    I love mascara. It was my second beauty love (after lip gloss, of course.) It's transformative powers never cease to amaze me- longer, blacker, more voluminous lashes- all just a coat or four away. My relationship with mascara got a bit rocky though. As I got older, my lashes started to grow in with less curl than they once had, less pep in their step, if you will. Sure, a lash curler can pep them back up, but most mascaras drag them back down again. So sad, but what's a girl to do? Waterproof mascara. But we all know it's a bitch to remove. No, the answer is Chella. The Chella Heated Eyelash Curler is the answer!

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    The Flawless Face with Avon

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    As I'm sure you know, many bloggers receive product for review purposes. Some brands are especially generous and always keep us up to date with all of their newest happenings. Avon is one of those brands. There is always something new arriving at my door. I recently did a bit of product organization, and realized I had a bunch of Avon makeup bits I hadn't showcased yet. The bunch is big, but I just couldn't edit it down. So, go get a drink, maybe a snack and settle in for all the Avon you'll need for a flawless face... Avon style.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Mary Kay Rose Gold Natural Palette & Lash Intensity Mascara

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    "I don't really like rose gold..." said no sane woman ever. I'm not much of a yellow gold fan, but I can totally get behind a bit of rose gold. It's stunning and Mary Kay knows we (as in woman kind) can't resits the stuff, so they've treated us to a limited edition palette (of sorts) dressed in that gorgeous metal. Of course a shadows call for a new mascara so they've added that to the newness as well. Read on for a dose of rose gold and neutral hues to make you swoon.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    The Fast Five | Sephora Skincare Edition

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    I feel like I'm in summer mode today... That's code for I really don't feel like getting much done and would rather laze about reading. Unfortunately that's not what's on the schedule and I'm forced to adult. But, today's schedule does include a skincare chat, so not all is lost. Today's edition of The Fast Five finds us at Sephora with five skincare picks you can add to your next haul. Ready? Read on!

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Annabelle Big Show Lip Lacquer

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    Oh, Monday... I knew you were approaching, but still wasn't quite ready for you. I've been so unmotivated today and did every procrastination method in the book to avoid doing what I actually should be doing. In my avoidance of work I did manage to purge 52 nail polishes from my stash, so there's that. But, you're here for the gloss lip lacquer. Unlike my ability to stay on track, the Annabelle Big Show Lip Lacquers are pretty amazing. Read on for a look at all six new shades.

    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 85

    bbc roundup
  • I Know all the Words: It's a beauty battle of the SPF primers! This vs That featuring Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 and SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I LOVE the Sunset Collection from Zoya... What do you think??
  • Beauty by Miss L: Get false lashes look with budget-friendly Essence Forbidden Volume mascara!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you are still haven’t picked up any pieces from the Kye for Shu Uemura Collection for Spring 2016,
  • grab them before they are gone! It’s a truly gorgeous collection!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is a big fan of StriVectin, and she's trying out the new Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles.
  • Find out how it's going.
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Learn about different methods for getting rid of hyperpigmentation and brown spots.

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016

    Avon Senses Body Care | Fruity Yougurt & Starfruit and Coconut

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    Everybody showers, or at least, they should... Avon is making shower time a bit more fun and fragrant with two new scents. Gone is the Naturals range, as it's been revamped and renamed with Senses Body Care taking over. The newest scents take a fresh, sweet, and foodie approach with Fruity Yogurt and Starfruit & Coconut offerings. Yum, right?

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Keep Your Colour Fresh with Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Care

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    So, you've got a great new dye job, go you! The problem is, everything wants TO RUIN IT.The sun, your hot tools, shampoos (mean ones with SLS). It all wants to eat your colour. Okay, that might be a touch dramatic, but you've got to fight back. Treat it right. Arbonne wants to help you win the battle with their newest range of hair care. The Arbonne Pure Vibrance range is formulated to be gentle on hair and keep your colour looking fresh and new.

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Essence All About Eyeshadow Palettes

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    If you couldn't tell, today is all about eyeshadow. Essence eyeshadow, that is. Essence All About... Eyeshadow palettes are the cutest little palettes in just about every colour combination a makeup lover could want. Even better than the amount of variety is that the palettes ring in at about $5. Yeah, you read that right. How do they fare though? You're going to have to read on to find out...

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Mark Maui Bliss Collection | Summer 2016

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    While it is unseasonably chilly here today (like, wear long sleeves and a sweater type cool) warmer days are ahead. To ring in the warmth (that should get here, eventually?) Mark has brought us a vacay inspired collection. The Maui Bliss Collection features a pretty great summer scent and some cute makeup too. Want a closer look? Read on!

    Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencils

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    I've realized that since I started blogging, I've got no idea what a normal amount of anything is. Like, how many eyeliners do 'normal' people have? A friend told me four- a black, a brown, a navy, and a colour (purple was her suggestion.) I have a ton more than four, but I;m okay with that. I recently added three more, and I'm pretty okay with them too. The newbies in my stash are the super slim Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencils. They're pretty great, but you'll have to read on to find out why...

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    OPI Retro Summer Collection | Summer 2016

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    OPI has been extra busy this season, as the new collections just keep coming. Their newest batch of hues, Retro Summer, brings soft and bold cream shades perfect for warm, sunny days. While the shades are undeniably pretty, polish collectors likely have similar shades already. These will make great additions if you're newer to the wide world of polish though. Enough chatter though, let's get to the swatches! 

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    This vs That | Dermalogica VS SkinCeuticals SPF Primer Edition

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    It's a battle today, a beauty battle, and you don't even need pay-per-view to get in on the action. It's a This vs That battle of SPF primers. I've had the idea for This vs That for a while, and it just so happens I finally have two products that are perfectly suited to battle it out. Both of today's product have a silky primer type finish on skin, are lightly tinted, and offer a high SPF. Which will reign victorious? Read on to find out.

    Sunday, June 5, 2016

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup Vol. 84

    bbc roundup
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Beauty product organization secrets revealed that will help you rethink how you use and store your stash.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I have SEASHELLS and they are gorgeous! See how these seashells make your nails BLIIIINNNGG!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Check out the newly released NUDESTIX Gel Balms
  • for adding color and moisturizing your lips all summer long.
  • Polarbelle: Wondering if the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette is for you? Find out on Polarbelle!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Budget-friendly Essence All About Roses eyeshadow palette swatches and review and a simple casual daytime makeup look
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's brittle, weakened nails are getting a boost from new Barielle Signature Collection nail polish and treatment products with ProSina. Fortunately, she got her favorite Barielle shade, Blossom, in the new formula too. Check out her review and swatches for this new better-for-you polish line.
  • Atlanta Beauty Expert: Is your foundation making you look old?
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Jessica had a fun rainbow waterspotted manicure this week!
  • I Know all the Words: Hide it all with some help from the new Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers & Undereye Corrector

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016

    Dial Soothing Care with Collagen Hand Soap & Body Wash

    dial soothing care with collagen body wash and hand soap (3)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

    Today we're talking necessities- hand soap and body wash. They're the kinds of products I always have backups of (and backups of backups... and so on) because they're always being finished off. While it's fun to splurge on fancy options every now and then, it's drugstore staples that I tend to use most. Especially when they smell great and have easy-on-skin formulas. Dial's new Soothing Care with Collagen ticks both of those boxes and is also easy on the budget. A pretty great combo if you ask me.

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Covergirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara

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    Another day, another mascara. I think most bloggers can relate to the fact that there is always a new mascara waiting to be tested. I've always got a backlog of them, but I do love seeing what's new and what will give me my ultimate lashes- longer than long, full volume, and maximum hold for my curl-less little friends. It's a tall order, I know. Can Covergirl's newest Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara deliver? Read on and see...

    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Long-Lasting Lip Love with Essence

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    This one's for the makeup lovers who love a good deal. The frugal beauties. And those forced to be (budgets.... so much fun!) While pricey makeup can definitely be nice, you don't have to spend a small fortune for good quality. You know where this is going- Essence! The brand known for low prices and pretty great formulas. Today is all about their Longlasting Lipstick and Lipliners which come in just about every colour you'll ever need, and ring in under $3 each. A win-win!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Hide it all with Mary Kay Perfecting Concealer & Undereye Corrector

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    Colour correcting is having a big moment, but I haven't really jumped on board (yet, anyway.) It's just more effort than I think I care to expel, you know?I can get down with a bit of corrector thought, you know, the peachy good stuff that helps hide unsightly under-eye circles? Mary Kay has recently launched their own Undereye Corrector and Perfecting Concealers that are all kinds of great if you've got something to hide. I'm going to bet you do, so read on for more info and swatches (there will always be swatches.)