Sunday, October 19, 2014

Erin Condren - 2014-2015 Life Planner Review

Hello beauties! Long time no see! A lot of things has changed since my last post, but I have no complaints. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and working on blog posts will be my to-do over the weekends. A huge thank you to the lovelies who emailed me to check if I was ok and/or still blogging. It is very much appreciated. :)

Since the year is almost over, I figured a planner review may be helpful to those who are looking for a new planner for 2015. I have always been a paper planner kind of girl. I use the calendar app to keep track of my appointments, but that's pretty much it. Everything else goes into my paper planner.

I decided to go with the Scales pattern for the remaining months of 2014 and 2015. Something that's different this year is the interchangeable covers, but we'll talk about that more in a bit. Some of you are probably wondering what happened to my 2014 Gold Edition Planner. At the beginning of the year, I lost sight of how I like my planners: clean and simple. I bought into the hype of decorating by buying and using tons of scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. Although my planner was much cuter, it was a lot of bulkier... which I didn't like. I missed the simplicity of how my planners used to be, so I purchased a 2014-2015 planner for a clean slate.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Three Things Thursday

Hi there, beauties! Here are three things I'm loving at the moment:

Tea
I love tea in general, but I've been really enjoying tea from Spice Traders Teas! I always make an effort to stop by their stand whenever I'm at the Renaissance Faire because they have an array of flavors to choose from (and I like to smell their samples before I make my purchase)... Their tea never disappoint!

Sticker Maker 
I adore my Xyron sticker maker! This sticker maker allows me to make stickers up to 1.5" wide which fits perfectly in my planner! It's portable and super easy to use. All I do is print onto regular paper, cut the image to 1.5", run it through the cartridge, and voila! - the stickers are made! I also cut scrapbook paper to stick them into my planner as well.

Example (the waterdrops image and the scrapbook paper were made into stickers):
In case you're curious, this is my Erin Condren Life Planner. I have a review here if interested.
**The waterdrop design was created by Janet Grant from We Love EC FB group!

Snail Mail
I simply enjoy sending and receiving mail (not bills, but mail from old friends and pen pals). There's something about it that makes me feel happy and it never fails to brighten up my day! It's the little things! =)

What three things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MAC Lip Product Collection

Hello! Today, I will be doing a MAC lip product collection post. As I stated in my last MAC post (link), MAC was the first makeup brand I first got into. I don't really purchase anything from MAC anymore unless I'm really attracted to a product (mainly blushes), but I do really enjoy most of the products that I own.

Here is my final MAC lip product collection! I've sold and given away a lot of lip products in the past.

We'll start off with the lipsticks.

First are my 2 Cremesheen lipsticks. The formula is quite creamy and offers a good pigmentation with a slight shine.
- Ever Hip is a peachy coral.
- Glamourdaze is a plummy red.

Amplified lipsticks provide an opaque coverage. It's similar to a matte finish, only less drying and has a slight sheen.
- Blankety is a pinky nude.
- Warm Me Up is a warm pinky-brown.

The rest of my lipstick collection are lustre finishes... my favorite formula! They're not super pigmented, but they're not sheer either. They provide a nice gloss and shine to the lips.
- Hug Me is a nude brown.
- Syrup is a mauvey-pink.
- Lovin' It is a warm brown.
- Viva Glam Gaga is a light blue-based pink.
- Viva Glam VI is a plummy brown.
- Viva Glam Cyndi is a rosy red.

On my lips:

Next are my Sheen Supreme lipsticks (they're glossy lipsticks) and only lip pencil.

- Whirl (lip liner) is a medium pink with a hint of brown. It's kind of a my lips but better shade.
- Bare Again is a pinky nude.
- Ultra Darling is a pinky-coral.

On my lips:

Onto my lipglasses and only lipgelee. As time went on and I branched out to different brands, I realized I don't like the texture of these. They're very sticky and not very hair friendly (as my hair is always glued to my lips whenever I have these on).

- Florabundance is a pale pinky nude.
- Love Nectar is a sheer peach with golden shimmers.
- Viva Glam VI is a plummy brown with glitter.
- English Accents is a pinky-lavendar. I received this lipgloss from Wendy of Fashionable Heart.
- Viva Glam Cyndi is a coral-red.
- Budding Beauty (lipgelee) is a peach with golden shimmers. It reminds me of Love Nectar.

On my lips:

I only own one cremesheen glass and one tinted lip conditioner.

- Boy Bait is a sheer pinky-nude.
- Gentle Coral (tinted lip conditioner) is exactly what it says it is. I also received this product from from Wendy of Fashionable Heart. I like that it's moisturizing.

On my lips:

Last, but not least are my Kissable Lipcolours. They're liquid lipsticks.

- Woo Me is a nude rose.
- Super is a neutral brown-pink.
- So Vain is a peach.

On my lips:

Do you own any MAC lip products? Which are your favorite finishes? Which shades are your favorites/staples?

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

{REVIEW} theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

Hi beauties! Today, I will be reviewing the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette by theBalm. I never purchase anything from theBalm unless they are on sale or at a discounted price. I found this palette on Hautelook for 50% off last year and of course, took advantage of it. I have a strong weakness for matte eyeshadows, especially when they're available in one palette.

This palette consists of nine beautiful matte eyeshadows. Most of these shades lean a little to the warm side, but they all blend beautifully together. 

- Matt Johnson is a slate gray.
- Matt Garcia is a reddish-brown.
- Matt Malloy is a white (it's a little chalky).
- Matt Rosen is a warm medium brown.
- Matt Wood is a deep cool brown.

- Matt Singh is a peachy nude.
- Matt Abdul is a greyish taupe.
- Matt Lombardi is a warm beige.
- Matt Hung is a medium plum taupe.

Out of all the shades, Matt Singh is my favorite! I use it as a transition shade and I love how it warms up the whole look.

PROS
- variety of different shades
- pigmentation
- blends beautifully
- smooth
- long-wearing
- thin packaging is easy to travel with

CONS
...I can't think of any.

All in all, if you can find this palette for 50% off (keep an eye out on Hautelook, they usually carry theBalm products every few months) and you love matte eyeshadows, this palette would be a very good choice.

Do you own any matte eyeshadow palettes? Which ones are your favorites?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Three Things Thursday

Hello! I wanted to do a new series to stay active with my blog. I'm not sure if I will be able to keep up with it every week, but I will definitely try. As you all can tell by the title, the new series will be "Three Things Thursday." It's similar to "Things I Love Thursdays," but I will only mention three things.

Without further adieu...
Washi Tape
I started using washi tape last year for my planner. I used different patterns to stay on track of different classes for assignment due dates, essay due dates, midterms, and finals. I also used different patterns to keep track of anniversaries, birthdays, and events. Sure, I could have used different colored ink for that, but (1) the washi tape made them stand out and (2) they were easily removable if due dates or events were changed.

There are many wonderful projects you can do with washi tape. I use Pinterest for inspiration... take a look!

Planner Goodies
Labels, stickers, sticky tabs, post-its... you name it! Whenever I'm at Target, I always make an effort to not only stop by the beauty aisle, but the school/office supplies aisle as well. I am more likely to use things when they're cute/beautiful (which is why I purchased the Erin Condren Life Planner - review here), so my planner is usually filled with washi tape and everything you see above.

Sudoku
I haven't played Sudoku since 2010, so when I found this in the back of my bookshelf, I figured I should start challenging myself with puzzles again. It's been great so far! I could be distracted and play Sudoku for hours without realizing what time it is.

What three things have you been loving recently?

Thanks for stopping by!