Just peachy

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Look of the day!

New ‘do by Brauck at Dolce Salon
Brows freshly waxed by Jayda at Sahara Spa
Face: Coola Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20), Becca First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation and Concealer, Tarteist Contour Palette, E.L.F. Light Blush Palette Quad, ABH Aurora Glow Kit in Eclipse and Lyra, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder in Bronze, UD De-Slick Setting Spray
Eyes: ABH Subculture Palette, ABH Lip Palette for eye liner, TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara
Lips: Peach Portrait by Besame

 

ABH Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit had a lot of negative feedback at first because the large, shallow pans ended up shattering on a lot of people during shipping. I, unfortunately, was one of these people. I remember picking the Sephora package up at the post office and opening it up in the school parking lot in my car in the middle of a blizzard before class because I was THAT excited to get it, but then was heartbroken to see that Forever Lit was entirely shattered. I took it back to my local Sephora, and then contemplated re-ordering it for awhile. I knew it’d be near impossible to get it in store because my local Sephora never seems to have enough stock of anything, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to risk it shattering in the mail again, with the freezing cold prairie weather likely screwing with the palette even more during transport.

I finally decided to give it one more try, and thankfully ended up with an intact palette the second go around. So just a heads up to anyone ordering the Nicole G palette, or other glow kits, or travelling with them, that these lovely little kits do have a tendency to shatter! I also had a friend from a mental health conference end up with a shattered glow kit when travelling by plane, so wrap those babies up safely in your bags!

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This palette is stunning for summer and looks particularly lovely on medium skin tones, in my experience! Incredibly soft, incredibly pigmented, and little to no fall out. So far it is my favourite ABH glow kit, and it’s the highlight palette I reach for the most. I like to layer Kitty Cat and/or Daydream over my blushes, and like to pop Glo Getter and 143 over top of any bronzer I use on my upper cheekbones.

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With the popularity and straightforward colour scheme of this highlight palette, there are fortunately tons of more affordable dupes for this palette! The most popular I have seen thus far is the ColourPop Gimme More! palette, although I haven’t tried that one yet. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll need to seek out any dupes as there’s quite a bit of product in this and I don’t see my self needing to replace it any time soon. I have yet to really make a dent in any of the highlighters despite using this weekly since I purchased it back when it was first released back in March/April.

A new pool for Nugget

My little Nugget is growing up so fast! He’s been making steady weight gains the past few months, and has a healthy appetite. He has pretty much outgrown the water dish/bathing dish I had for him so I went out and got him a bigger pool.

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A few folks on Instagram had voiced their concerns about the pool, fearing that Nugget would flip and drown, and suggesting a flatter dish. I have previously used flatter dishes for Nugget’s water, but have found he gets stuck in them because of the sleek bottom and sides, even if I put rocks in the bottom. With this he has been climbing in and out with ease, thankfully! He’s only ever flipped once in the four months that I’ve had him, so I’m not super worried!

For a treat yesterday, he got a teeny tiny strawberry, and devoured it!

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It was nice to have a few days off for the long weekend because I got to spend more time with my pets, and let Nugget wander around the house a bit. Me and Nugget are finally starting to get used to each other, and he’s developing his own distinct little tort personality. I used to have a lot of anxiety about owning a tortoise because I have zero experience with reptiles, and I was absolutely paranoid that I would do something horribly wrong. But I feel more comfortable in my Horsfield tortoise knowledge thanks to research and Facebook groups, and don’t stress so much anymore. I feel that I somewhat know what I’m doing, and don’t worry so much about the little guy when I’m not home.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light is hands down my most used and most liked finishing powder. I almost didn’t order it, because it had so many poor reviews on Sephora at the time. However, after scrolling through pages of reviews and reading the product instructions, I came to the conclusion that the poor reviews were because people were using this product the wrong way.

The majority of people seemed to expect this product to behave like a highlight, like the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting powders, when in reality it is just a finishing powder.

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As you can tell, I’ve used this a lot! It’s definitely not a glamorous shot of the product, but I absolutely hate seeing bloggers and influencers who claim they use a product every single day, despite the fact that their product looks entirely brand new and unused. Perhaps I’m paranoid, but I find it hard to trust their opinion if the product doesn’t look well-loved in their posts or videos.

With this powder I didn’t get as oily quite as quickly as I normally do, and it had a smoothing effect over the acne I used to have, more so in photographs.

Because I had hit pan, I ordered the Ambient Lighting Palette to eventually replace my individual Mood Light compact.

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I worried that the palette would be bulky in comparison to my other compact, and that it wouldn’t fit well in my purse, but I had nothing to worry about. Although it isn’t tiny, it definitely fits into most of my makeup bags easily.

From swatching it and wearing the bronze shade all day yesterday, the palette appears to be the same formula as the individual compacts. As someone with olive skin that changes in appearance drastically based on the seasons, I really like the variety of finishing powders you have at your disposal in a single palette.

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Though pricey, I find that I use this product enough and that it has lasted me long enough to justify the higher price tag.

Axiology Lipstick

I first heard about Axiology in one of KathleenLights’ videos, and decided to check it out on Sephora. I am a bit of a lipstick…collector (although hoarder probably more closely describes it) but eventually I narrowed it down to one shade and placed my order.

I was looking for a cute, subtle shade that I could wear to work that wouldn’t be super noticeable if it wore off throughout my sweaty work day. I ordered Devotion, a copper with rose quartz satin shade.

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It went on smoothly and lightly, and felt to me kind of like a heavy tinted lip balm. What I really enjoyed about this lipstick was the packaging; it clicks in and out like a pen. This makes it so that the lid won’t come off in your purse and utterly destroy your purse AND your lipstick, because the lipstick is entirely clicked into the lid.

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Another perk of this lipstick is that it is vegan, cruelty-free, and that the paper packaging the tube comes in is made out of recycled paper. Though I don’t maintain a vegan diet myself, it’s really important to me that all of my makeup be at least cruelty-free, and preferably vegan. I don’t (personally) have an issue with consuming animals for nutrition, but I don’t feel super comfortable harming animals or consuming animal products for the sake of my creativity and vanity.

Unfortunately, the price point is a bit terrifying, coming in at $39.00 CAD without taxes. Though I love Devotion, I likely won’t be ordering more lipsticks from them any time soon simply because of the price.

Besame Cosmetics Lipsticks

Besame Cosmetics is an absolutely stunning brand that mimics makeup of the past both in style and colour. Each lipstick shade represents a shade that was popular during the year it was named after (e.g. 1930 Noir Red, etc.) What I love about these lipsticks is that they’re just a solid, trustworthy lipstick. You know that the colour you purchase is going to show up on your face exactly as the tube itself looks. I particularly like the flat, square tip for application. You can use the pointed ends to line it, and the flat top to fill the lips in consistently.

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As you can see from this pic, I definitely need a mani, and my Besame lipsticks are definitely well loved! This particular shade is Carmine, one of my go-to’s.

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Another favourite is 1930 Noir Red. It’s a lush, plum red that I particularly enjoy for winter.

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I fell in love with these lipsticks a little while after I’d stopped working as an actor/tour guide at The Tunnels of Moose Jaw. The first summer that I worked there I had absolutely loved dressing up and dolling up as a flapper and travelling time while leading tours for the day. When I saw Besame lipsticks featured in a video on Facebook, I was instantly hit with this nostalgic pang both for the retro-styled makeup and for the lipsticks that reminded me of my flapper job. If my bank account was limitless, I’d own every single one of them to be honest!

 

Sprouts for Nugget!

I have recently started trying to grow food for my baby Horsfield tortoise, Nugget. Nugget is six months old and is a bit of a picky eater, but I’m trying to do my best to offer him a varied diet.

I ran into a few setbacks when going about starting a tortoise feed garden. First of all, I live in a small condo without a backyard, so everything I grow has to be able to survive in containers with limited light. Secondly, in all of my tortoise advice groups on Facebook, most of the sites they recommended for seeds for weeds, wildflowers, and other tortoise seed mixes were either from the UK or the US, and could not be shipped to Canada.

Eventually I came across Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds, and ordered a few bags of seeds that I had cleared as okay, moderate feeds for Nugget on thetortoisetable.org.uk.

I started with Curly Cress, just to see if I could actually grow the sprouts. I’m not really one to eat a lot of veggies and greens, so growing sprouts was entirely new to me. I didn’t really like the water-only method, so I bought some cheap, shallow trays from Dollarama and threw in a bit of veggie garden soil. So far, so good!

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So far Nugget has yet to actually eat any sprouts, but I figure this is likely because he’s a picky eater used to Mazuri and grocery store veggies like baby romaine, kale, and spring mix. I planted the other trays yesterday, so fingers crossed that they grow as well as the curly cress has! Hopefully I can gradually introduce some more variety into his diet!