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Itching for a New Tattoo!

I have lived in Minnesota now for 12 years, I had no intention of staying after I graduated but ended up getting a great job and just did. One thing that I will never get used to is the way that Minnesotans give directions, It’s on the southwest corner of where the Ace Hardware that was torn down in 1972 was located which is kitty corner to what used to be Dayton’s. Oh, but you weren’t here when Dayton’s existed. I don’t know where that is, nobody knows where that is. Just give me the cross streets or literally any currently existing landmark. I think it’s passive aggressive, no matter how long you live here – if you weren’t born here, you aren’t a Minnesotan and they’ll take the time to remind you of that. Mostly by giving you completely asinine directions and probably hoping that you get lost along the way. Thanks, I’ll Google it.

I think that I am getting a tattoo for my birthday and I am going to go real cliche and get something with my zodiac which is weird since I am not super into that stuff but it is fitting. I have been looking through Pinterest for some inspiration and here is what I am liking so far:

I hate the idea of walking into a shop and just showing them something that I printed off the internet so I might do a mash-up of a bigger one and add small details. I can draw enough to get it done. I am a little hesitant to get a full-on goat because my mother (who was a religious zealot) was convinced that the literal, modern day interpretation of Mark of the Beast was actually referring to all tattoos. Don’t ask me how she came to that conclusion but she was convinced this was the case. I am a little hesitant because goats do have roots to being a form of Satan and if my mom was right, I’d be screwed. Odd that I am not even religious and yet these superstitions still plague me. Also, aside from the horns, these look like kelpies which were thought to be demons – I better just skip the astrological aspect all together 😀 Are tattoos sacrilegious? Give me your thoughts…

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Winter Break Watch List

It is freezing here (which probably isn’t news to anyone in the US) and I just want to stay home and do nothing. I actually  have a few days off coming up for my birthday – I do this every year and call it my Winter Break even though we just had a break it gets sucked up by the holidays. I have some television (and reading) to catch up on and have put together a little watch list!

Broadchurch Season 2 – I have put this off for too long now – the first season is definitely one of those shows that I have gone back and re-watched many times because it is so good. Season 2 picks up with DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy collaborating on a new, very different case. Miller is still dealing with the fallout from Season 1 and is now a beat cop, Hardy is still the tragic soul from Season 1 but I hope that we get to find out more about his botched case prior to Broadchurch. There are 8 episodes and I’m unsure of how it could compete with the first season but I am ready to dig in!

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Luther – Mainly because I am a huge fan of Idris Elba, I had heard rumors that he could play James Bond which I think would be too cool. Anyway, this is another BBC crime-drama that takes place in London and I am generally a fan of this genre plus it has been given pretty rave reviews.

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How to Get Away With Murder – Because, Viola Davis! Another actor that I will watch in just about anything, a class act. I am also a sucker for crime-dramas that are centered around college students and the dramatization of the student hierarchy and politics. College was not that interesting, just saying but I will watch shows like this all day long.

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Fargo Season 2  – Yet another season that I have been putting off, not for any reason other than I don’t like to get caught up in something when I have so much to do. This story line takes place before the well-known story of Fargo and revolves around another mysterious death. It has Ted Danson so I am sold, who doesn’t love him?! I also enjoy watching shows/movies that are set in the Midwest, during the winter – not for any specific reason…?

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I will more than likely watch a few of my favourite Dr. Who episodes and some Northern Exposure because those are always fun to revisit. I will tell you what I am not watching, anything to do with serial killers. We already know that I am hyper-paranoid about serial killers, mostly due to the fact that they can be anyone and are probably the most normal people in your life. I have to say though, when I have watched/heard/read interviews of actual serial killers I always think that they are weirdos and am surprised that nobody noticed, I don’t buy the whole Serial Killer Next Door thing. Anyway, I was watching something the other day that claimed that there are 25-50 active serial killers in the US at any given time. What?! I don’t know what the odds are on that but I had no idea there were so many out there! Alaska still holds the highest serial killings per ca-pita and actually, no Midwest states made the top 10 list but still! I thought I was on high-alert before, it’s a whole other level now. A bunch of random stuff that you didn’t know that you wanted to know about serial killers 😛

What you are watching, I’d love some recommendations!

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Best of December

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy New Year! It is crisp and cold here but very sunny so I can’t complain – winter is my favourite season after all. Today I have gathered my fave products for the month of December, this post is a perfect example of picking new products as favourites which again, is fine but I’m really making an effort to use up my oldie faves this year too. Anyway, here are some products that I was loving this month.

Up until a couple months ago, I only used sponges to apply my foundation but after watching a tutorial that explained how a sponge can make your base look like a mask, I got curious about brushes. I have been using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and it does a fantastic job at applying my foundation and providing just the right amount of coverage. After enjoying this brush so much, I also picked up their Powder Brush which also applies product evenly and flawlessly. These are great brushes that are also super affordable – I am digging the orange and they stand up on their own bases.

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre – I found a teenie tube of this on a random display in Target and snatched it up, I love the creme but it isn’t sold in the US. I think it smells like lilacs, it is very emollient and hydrating. Imagine my delight when I found a big tube at the same Target a few weeks later, I hope that they are going to start carrying this brand!

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I enjoy all of the L’Oreal Clay Masks that I have tried but the green one has been my go to. It has eucalyptus, it works really well for redness and it isn’t terribly drying.

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Two more recent finds at the drugstore, the Fit Me, Dewy and Smooth foundation from Maybelline and Lumi Glotion by L’Oreal. The foundation has an SPF of 18 which is pretty decent but it does make my eyes water, I wish I could find a sunscreen that didn’t do that. Also, the shade is a bit pink for me (115 Ivory) but it works once I have concealer and powder on. It gives a nice finish, it isn’t drying and has been working for my dry skin. I will try a shade lighter if they have one but I do like it. The Glotion I have been using as an all-over face primer, I don’t think that it adds hydration but it certainly doesn’t hurt. I have 901 and 902, Fair Glow and Light Glow. The fair shade is a pearly pink that I have been using more often, the light shade just gives me a bit too much of a bronze look but I think it will be perfect for summer. They make my skin look and feel healthy and glowy.

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I have found my must-have highlighter, after I swore off trying any new highlighters. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand is perfect, it imparts a dewy, champagne glow that is easy to apply and lasts all day. This product is very easy to use, I have pressed it over powder and it didn’t disturb my base at all. I love this product.

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I just found out that FLOWER Beatuy by Drew Barrymore is going to be available at ULTA which is awesome because I love this brand and it can be hard to find in stores. On one of my last Wal-Mart outings, I picked up the Flower Pot Blush in Warm Hibiscus which is a pretty pink with a bit of an iridescent shift. It’s a unique shade, I have been wearing it almost everyday. This formula is so easy to layer, you can add just a touch of colour or go full clown-face, totally your call 😀

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Some swatches of the blusher and highlight:

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Finally, Mario Badescu released a new face mist and I had to try it. I wasn’t as crazy about the Green Tea flavour as I am the Rose so wasn’t sure I would like the new Aloe, Chamomile & Lavender but it is lovely and definitely a new staple.

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Those were my picks for the month – what were you loving this month?

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Most Regrettable Products – 2017

To preface this, it was a great year for beauty and me – I tried so many new products and most of them were hits or at least usable. However, I do have a few items that I completely regret purchasing. These are just my opinions, if you disagree – keep doing you!

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette – Let’s just start with a real heart-breaker. I was so excited to get my hands on this palette because I love the NARS eyeshadow formula – I have never had an issue with it. This palette is so lacking, it cannot be the same formula as their duo compacts. I put this palette in a haul post and mentioned that I hoped that their palettes would be the same quality – they aren’t. The shimmers are so dull, the mattes are powdery and regardless of what shades you use – you can only get about two looks from this palette. I also don’t feel that the amount of product justifies the price, the pans are the size of chiclets.

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Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette – I regret this purchase because I didn’t need it and I never use it. I wasn’t going to purchase this and totally got sucked into the hype then snatched it off a display. It’s just a warm toned palette, is it nice? Sure, the shadows are fine but it’s nothing amazing. I would recommend if you don’t have a warm toned palette because UD does do some nice shadows but otherwise, you don’t need it.

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Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops – I anti-hauled this and then bought it because I’m a jerk and it serves me right that I hate it. I don’t understand this product, it is so runny and kinda’ shimmery but the shimmer breaks up and honestly all it does is give me bald patches. I have tried mixing it with moisturizer, applying it and letting it absorb, mixing it with foundation – it doesn’t do anything. I thought that it would give me a nice moisture barrier but it literally just runs off my face.

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Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer – Smashbox is the authority on primer, they do many amazing primers – this is not one of them. I used the entire tube and do think that I gave this a pretty good review but when I stopped using it, I noticed that my foundation was much easier to blend and my skin looked smoother. This primer just doesn’t mesh with my skin but I had to stop using to realize that it makes my skin look terrible. It also pills over some moisturizers, I just don’t like it.

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Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen – Another heart-breaker, this was supposed to be unlike any other sunscreen formula. It claims to be a lightweight, clear water-gel formula that was made for people who don’t like wearing SPF. I am that person, SPF breaks me out, it feels greasy, it stinks, it doesn’t wear well under makeup. This sunscreen was goopy, it still stunk, it broke up my makeup, broke my skin out and I don’t like it.

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Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer – I have liked and raved about almost all the Milani products that I have used but this one was bizarre. The shades were very yellow and the sponge-tip applicator was extremely hard. The formula was actually pretty great, it didn’t crease but the shade was so bad for me.

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Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – I didn’t like this because it didn’t do anything to remove my makeup, it dried out my eye area and wasn’t effective. I did use it up though, I used it mixed in with my brush soap to clean my sponges and that worked somehow – my sponges have never been cleaner.

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Photo Focus Pressed Powder – Yet another very popular product that was just weird on me, very chalky, settled in pores and didn’t do much of anything to set my foundation.

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Mon Guerlain – This disappointed me because I am such a fan of Guerlain fragrances and this was such a generic, fruity scent that I didn’t feel was representative of the brand. I used it all and it was a chore.

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That’s honestly it – 2017 was a great year for trying new products and I definitely found more that I liked than disliked. Again, none of these images are mine and have been taken from the linked sites. Did we have anything in common? Any of these that you absolutely love, let me know!

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Most Repurchased Products – 2017

I thought that I would do something a bit different this year for ‘favourites’ and instead of just listing favourite products, I have taken a look back through my order histories from wherever I purchase product and I am going to share my most purchased items. I know that I personally fall into the habit of listing new products in monthly favourites which is fine but sometimes I forget about the old standbys that I just repurchase without thinking. So, if you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned many of these products, that is precisely the reason – they are just there, so loved but so unloved 😛 I am not going to share how many times I repurchased them because that is a whole other conversation but I did choose the ones that I felt were purchased a significant number of times in the last year. Now, some of these may no longer be in my stash for one reason or another but I am listing them as I still love them but might be trying something else currently. Here we go!

Pixi Glo-Peel Pads – I have used these off and on all year, I thought that I talked about them in another post but cannot seem to find that one. Whenever I venture away from these, I see the change in my skin immediately. I have very textured skin, some open pores and I used to be pretty oily. These peel pads help with all of those issues, these pads are soaked in a solution that is 20% glycolic acid and just make my skin look really amazing. They taste awful – fair warning but have helped with the fine lines and creases around my mouth that I am extremely self-conscious of. They did sting a bit at first but since I have revamped my exfoliating routine, I don’t notice it anymore.

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Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil – This is by far my favourite oil cleanser, it feels amazing on my dryer complexion and just melts product away. I use this in a double cleanse but could definitely use this all on its own as it doesn’t leave any residue and it doesn’t break me out.

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery – Hands down my favourite eye-cream, definitely the only eye-cream that I have noticed an actual difference in the elasticity and firmness of my eye area. If you need an eye-cream, I think this is definitely worth the price.

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Sunday Riley Good Genes – This product hurts to love probably why I tried something else after a few bottles. I used this primarily in the AM on an every-other-day rotation. Yea, I love peeling my face but I also have incredibly acne prone skin and chemical exfoliants make such a difference.

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The Ordinary. Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – This is the lactic acid that I am currently using in place of the Sunday Riley at the moment because it is very good, very affordable and works just as well. I really like that this product is a liquid and I can use it with my sonic face device to get it really worked in. It stinks and tastes awful, why can’t I put something on my face without getting it in my mouth and/or eyes?

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The Ordinary. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – This face peel is awesome and so affordable, I was worried about skin irritation when I first tried this because it is so strong but it feels great on the skin. If I see some spots developing, I immediately use this peel to treat them and it is very effective.

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Baby Dove Lotion – Sensitive Moisture – This might seem really random but this lotion is a perfect all-season product to have on hand and it doesn’t bother my skin. It is totally unscented which I really like since it doesn’t interfere with my perfumes and body washes. I prefer moisturizers that are formulated for baby skin but they tend to smell like babies 😛 I have acne prone skin, like hyper-acne prone skin, products can break me out in literally hours but no issues with this. It also comes in a sensitive formula and I plan to give that a whirl when I am done with my current bottles.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater – I have used this facial spray for a long time, it is so affordable and it is great for sensitive skin. The ingredients have changed over the years, I didn’t really notice a difference when they changed and it still works great for me. It does smell like roses, hence the name of the freaking product. I love people who purchase items and then complain about the scent, I mean…

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – If I see it, I buy it because I am constantly losing these and I need them! I went an entire day without any chapstick and not only did my lips crack and bleed, I had a red ring around my entire mouth – it was so awesome. I have to have this chapstick, nothing else does it for me. They have a lip treatment and scrub coming out, so ready to try those.

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tarte Shape Tape – OK, I cannot honestly say if I love this stuff or if I am still trying to find my shade…? But, 8 tubes later and I think that I must like it. I will tell you what I don’t like, the wand doesn’t reach the bottom of the tube and there is so much product down there! tarte, make the freaking wand longer. I do like this, it is quick, easy and provides a ton of coverage. Is it just me or did it cost $24 when it was released originally and now it is $27? I have the receipts (such a drama channel thing to say) but in fairness I could have used points. Legit just looked it up and it did go up, that makes me like it less.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – This is apparently the only foundation that I purchased more than once over this year! However, I did finish the 3rd tube and had it in an empties post and vowed to not purchase it again – I have stuck to that! I do miss it though, I have 10 or so foundations that I am using up but this one was just so good. le sigh. 

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Glossier Boy Brow – This is a surprising one because I have a tarte brow wax that I feel gives me better looking brows that is actually being discontinued! I don’t do a lot with my brows, but I liked them to look a little groomed. This product fluffs them up and adds some definition and colour. I like it, it has a nice spoolie but it is a tad spendy. I dabble between the blonde and the brown shades.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – This is my holy grail (I hate saying that) primer, I have used so many different primers and this one gives me the best results. It is very silicone-y and pore filling but it has a bit of a slip so it doesn’t pill up under foundation. It also doesn’t clog my pores, I was hesitant to try this because I do have issues with some of the more pore-filling primers but this one gets along with my skin really well. I love this primer, the jumbo size is totally worth it.

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Dior Diorshow Mascara – It’s amazing and worth every penny, the only thing that I would change about it is the fragrance. It doesn’t irritate my eyes but I don’t love fragrance in my makeup or skincare.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation – This is a weird one for me because I freaking hate this powder. I used to love this powder but I feel that it now accentuates every flaw and makes my skin feel so uncomfortable. I made a bulk purchase when they were on sale and have about 5 compacts or so left to get through. I recently talked about purchasing a new pressed powder because I only had a couple of compacts lefts – I found more. This product was great for oily skin but doesn’t do it for me anymore.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion – Again, I use a lot of primers and I like trying new ones but this is always a staple product for me. It really does work well with almost any eye-shadow, again, spendy but it does last quite a lone time.

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Chanel No. 5 L’Eau – Super random that I purchased this twice over in the last year, I don’t recall wearing it that often. This is just one of those powdery, floral fragrances that is easy to wear but doesn’t smell too dated. I do like it, apparently, but I need to start branching out when it comes to fragrance. It’s Chanel though, it’s timeless.

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Clearly, I don’t get through a ton of makeup even though I wear makeup literally everyday. Oh well, typically if I run out of something I try to just use something similar in my collection rather than run out to make a repurchase. I hope that you enjoyed this, I think that it is interesting to revisit some products that I don’t talk much about! Obviously, none of these images are my own – they are from the product websites that I included links to 🙂

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Most Watched YouTubers – 2017

I don’t have a ton of year-end post ideas, I have some product posts in the works and I was going to post my fave television shows but then I realized that they are mostly the same as last year’s 😀 I watched a ton of YouTube this year, like way too much – there is an incredible amount of content on there, most of it shit but I do have some faves that have stood the test of time!

pixiwoo – I love the pixiwoo sisters, so much talent and personality. I think that Sam is definitely my favourite, she is just a bit edgier and she does the longer videos with multiple looks. Even if it isn’t a look that I would wear, they have so much knowledge about technique that I always learn something. I only recently started using the Real Techniques brushes but I enjoy them so much, they are very affordable and great quality. Just great style, very classy, excellent content.

Jessica Braun – This is a new channel to me but I like her already. When I first started watching her, I thought that she would be the best school teacher and that is actually her day job! She is just relatable and adorable, her videos are informative and we like a lot of the same products!

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RawBeautyKristi – She is a long-time favourite, her no nonsense approach to beauty is very refreshing and she’s a lot of fun to watch. Again, we have similar tastes in products and her recommendations are almost always solid.

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makeupbyjaack – He is so talented, I wish that his channel would blow up because he deserves it. I love how engaged with his followers he is, he has a great sense of humor, super sassy and creative – I am always excited when I see that he has a new video up!

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Fleur DeForce – I found her when I was binge watching advent calendar unboxings and she is stinking adorable. She does a little bit of beauty, a little bit of fashion – just a little bit of everything and she’s obviously stunning. She is due to have a baby like right now and it is weird that I am excited for her 😀

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Kimberly Clark – Still a huge fan of hers but I did unsubscribe after her commentary about social justice warriors and self-care, I’m sorry but if that is your cross to bear then don’t complain about it. I still appreciate her anti-consumerism message, I do tune into her new videos and if you didn’t know, she is the queen of the anti-haul.

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Jeremy Jahns – Another channel that I am not subscribed to which makes me feel a little bad but I try to be very choosy with what notifications I am getting from social media because it is distracting. I think he has reviewed every, single superhero movie in existence which makes sense as that is probably his primary fan-base but I’m not into those. That being said, he also does very engaging, informative, short reviews of a variety of genres. If I am interested in seeing something, I will check his channel for a review – I appreciate that he wastes his time on shitty movies so that I don’t have to. He did give my favourite Batman movie a really shitty review, I’m like – who goes to a superhero movie for the plot?! Everyone knew that George Clooney was going to be a terrible Batman, he’s terrible. That is my issue with these newer superhero movies, they are trying to be something more than what they are – completely fictional, mindless entertainment. I don’t care about the tortured soul that is Bruce Banner because he isn’t real – none of it’s real and I don’t need social commentary from Captain America. All that aside, I still enjoy his videos.

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Wayne Goss – The authority on most everything beauty related, I like that his content is just straight to the business and it is still entertaining. He is very knowledgeable, I trust him when he says that something is really good. He is posting his Best of 2017 videos right now and I definitely recommend! Totally unrelated, I think it is an absolute travesty that Kylie Jenner compared her brushes to his – what an entitled, self-aggrandizing brat.

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Those are my most-watched creators this year, I have really made an effort to part ways with the big gurus and started seeking out people who have day jobs, look like real people and are more relatable. I get that YouTube can certainly be someone’s job but some of the bigger channels are completely phony and unrelatable and have way too much influence on consumers. Who are you fave YouTubers, do we have any in common?

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Birthday Wishlist

I was purchasing cough syrup this weekend and we get ID’d in MN because the DEA apparently thinks that people looking to manufacture drugs will purchase their cough syrup one bottle at a time rather than just purchasing the crude ingredients or I dunno – cases of cough syrup. Honestly, who got that bill passed? Rep. Fitz Steele – you jackass. The cashier asked me for my birth-date and as it came out of my mouth (in slow-motion), I realized that my birthday is next week. I almost slapped my own mouth. I hate my birthday, it is right up there with Valentine’s Day and Easter – I am unsure of why I don’t like Easter but I have very strong, inexplicable feelings about it. Back to my birthday – I take issue with celebrating things that are only things because human beings say that they are. Like the value of money, time, land ownership, birthdays – they only exist because we say that they do. That’s a whole other blog post – even though I am not crazy about my birthday, I can still have a wishlist 😛 But also, after all of the unbridled avarice (name that movie) how can I possibly want more things?!

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation This might be amazing for my skin or it might be a total disaster but I am still curious. It claims to be medium-full coverage, lightweight, fade-resistant and longwear. It could be a total cake-face product but I have to try it.

Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme – I love this brand and am so excited that they released a moisturizer. Their face sprays and masks are very nice, I hope that this product is of the same quality. It claims to be good for dryness, redness and uneven texture plus it has rosewater which is an absolute favourite skincare ingredient of mine. I was also pleasantly surprised with the price point, their other products are a bit steep for what you get but $48 for 1.7 ounces is pretty reasonable.

Violet Voss Hashtag Pro Eyeshadow Palette – The completely asinine name aside, this palette looks stunning. I am a huge fan of Violet Voss, I own all of their 20 pan palettes and I use them constantly. What I like about this palette is that it includes so many purples in addition to all of the oranges and reds – I know that I would get a ton of wear out of this.

beautyblender Chill – If their marketing team thinks that they can just release a teal sponge, slap a snowflake sticker on it and sell that to me as some winter themed, half-assed, new release – they are absolutely correct.

Stella McCartney Stella & Stella Peony Rollerball Duo  – I know that I like both of these fragrances but I also know that they don’t last terribly long on me, I’d like to give the rollerballs a whirl.

Verb Hydrating Mask – This one probably seems really random but I started using their Ghost products when I cut my hair because I have super fine hair, it is thick but the shampoo/conditioner that I was using seemed to be weighing it down. The Ghost products have been amazing, they smell great, my hair feels great and I just want to try this hair mask.

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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash – I know that this is a well-known, well-loved staple for many but I hadn’t used it until I received a mini a few weeks ago and I am hooked. I love peeling my face and this is so gentle but it immediately brightens my complexion. It’s definitely a simple product but it is amazing.

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Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow Primer – I have a very expensive addiction, to Charlotte Tilbury. This is anti-aging, colour correcting, glow booster – yes, please.

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Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Palette – I ordered the bronze and highlight palette and it is gorgeous, super easy to use and the bronzer actually works for me. This addition looks stunning.

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Viseart Grand Pro Volume I  – I still have yet to try any Viseart shadows but they are supposed to be amazing. This is another palette that offers a lot of variety and can see myself using it in a number of ways.

Wayne Goss The Rose Gold Air-Brush – I have always wanted to own a Wayne Goss brush, this is really just a re-release of an existing brush in a different colour scheme but I think it looks lovely and his brushes are supposed to be amazing.

I think that’s it, I’d like a DQ cake too but that isn’t going to happen 😀 I would also just like to not have another birthday!

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