The Friday Five | August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

1. I'm rolling in with a late post today because of work. However, I really wanted to get it done because you need to run over to Old Navy and pick up this adorable t-shirt while it's still available for $9.50! As in, less than ten dollars. I've had Starbucks orders more expensive than this t-shirt. I've been loving graphic tees lately and I mean, this basically summarizes me in four lines, plus it's super soft and perfect for lounging in on the weekends.

2. In other news, Taylor Swift officially released her latest single today! I mean, with all the hype that she garnered this week, this is old news by now but it deserves a mention regardless. I've been a fan of Taylor Swift since the beginning (as in, when I used her "Tim McGraw" lyrics in my MSN messenger status!) and although I am sick of her always playing the victim, I kind of like the new single. I mean, as a rule I am generally underwhelmed and let down by her first single off every album and this one has a weak chorus but I love the beat and the dark vibe. I have high hopes for this album!

3. My birthday week is next week! Sadly that means less as I get older (plus I have to work on my birthday which should never be allowed) but on the bright side, there will be cake and presents so it isn't all bad. It blows my mind that I will be 28 when I feel like it was only yesterday that I turned 8 years old.

4. As much as I love fall, I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. However, one of the best parts of fall is the return of all your favourite TV shows and after watching the trailer for season 2 of This Is Us, I'm slightly more excited for fall to arrive. Also looking forward to the return of Scandal, Riverdale and The Voice!

5. I may try on my first wedding dress tomorrow, eek! I'm still debating because I'm half afraid that it will be "the one" and I won't even have my mom there for it but the store that carries my dream dress has a sample sale that ends tomorrow and I feel like I just need to try it on. If it isn't the dress for me then I will wait until later before I really dig deep into the shopping but I'm afraid the store will stop carrying this dress before I get to try it on. At the same time, it still feels way too early in my mind to be shopping for a wedding dress. Ah, decisions!

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017- Tarte Edition

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If you aren't already a Sephora Beauty Insider (it's free!) and you haven't already had your birthday this year, run to the nearest store and sign up so you can get yourself a free birthday gift from Sephora! You can redeem your birthday gift in-store or online anytime during your birthday month. You do not need to make a purchase to redeem in-store, however, you do need to purchase an item to redeem your birthday gift online.

Each year Sephora provides multiple options for the birthday gifts. This year they actually have three offers - a Tarte makeup set, a Caudalie skincare set, and a Jack Black skincare set. I love that there is a variety of gifts but naturally I chose the makeup kit from Tarte.

The Tarte set includes a mini size of their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in "Paaarty" as well as a mini Tarteist Lip Paint liquid lipstick in "Birthday Suit". Both shades are exclusive to this set which is a bit of a bummer because I'd like to repurchase both in a full size. I love that both shades are a neutral brownish-pink that is suitable for a variety of skintones. 

Despite hearing many raves about the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, this is actually my first time trying it and I am definitely a convert. It is super soft and pigmented and wears beautifully throughout the day. Honestly, it lives up to its claim as a 12-hour blush!

I did try the Tarteist liquid lipstick in the past and enjoyed it so it wasn't a surprise that I was a fan of this one. It has a moussey consistency but dries down to a comfortable (not drying!) matte. I think I got between 6-8 hours of wear from this one and it faded very naturally.

Overall, I am definitely impressed with this birthday gift and I'm planning to repurchase both items in full size (in different colors) in the future.

Have you picked up a birthday gift from Sephora this year?

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in "Sugarcane"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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When it comes to quality lipstick, Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche line is top notch. They are incredibly pigmented, creamy and comfortable to wear, plus they are a Canadian brand and you all know how much I love that! My friend Olivia was wearing a gorgeous pink lip color one day and when I asked her what she was wearing, she told me it was the Amuse Bouche lipstick in "Sugarcane". Needless to say, I promptly added it to my ever-growing Sephora wishlist.

I decided to finally bite the bullet and purchase it a few weeks ago. I have to admit, I wasn't 100% sold on the color when I first applied it. It is described as a "pale pink" and I was worried that the color washed me out, what with my pale skin and light hair. I considered returning it but decided to give it another chance and I am so glad I did as I have been wearing it nearly every day since.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Sugarcane

It is the perfect pinkish-nude (my favourite) shade for every day, including work. I am hesitant to wear a lot of lipstick shades to work as I never know when I may get to reapply (ah, life of a nurse) and I am paranoid that it will fade horribly. Thankfully, this color fades naturally! As with any cream lipstick, it has to be reapplied after a few hours and after eating but that is to be expected.

In the photo it does appear to be clinging to some dry patches on the left side, however, that is totally my fault for not exfoliating prior to applying and it doesn't seem quite so obvious in person.

You can purchase Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks at Sephora online or in store for $30 CAD.
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