Weekend NOTD – pink and gold

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I love this baby pink and gold combination. I did not come up with this design myself , I saw a photo on Google and really liked it so I tried to recreate it.

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I think a soft pink and gold go really nice together and this tribal design on the ring finger adds a little something extra.

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The baby pink is by Sally Hansen and the gold is by Maybelline.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend.
Nina xo

The Super Fun Time Excellence Good Nice Blogger Fancy Person Award

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Talk about a name! lol Either way I am flattered to be nominated for yet another award and I just want to thank the lovely Keeley at The Belle of Beauty for nominating me. And it’s a great way for you guys to get to know me some more ;)

Anyway, I don’t think this award has any particular rules, except that I answer the 10 questions and then I ask 10 questions to those I nominate.

1. Favourite You Tuber

Can I say 2? I love WhatWouldLizzyDo. I think she is gorgeous and so funny. I’ve been watching her videos for a while bu I recently found RositaApplebum and I really like her. She is beautiful and upbeat and I love how she rambles because if I had a beauty channel, I’d ramble the same lol but all in a fun way…. I also like how she is so positive and although young so insightful. I like seeing some personality when watching beauty gurus, I don’t want you to just sit there and go on and on and on about the products. Anyway, check them out, if you haven’t come across them already.
2. What Inspired you to start your blog ?

I have always been into make up and fashion and everyone always complimented me on it and asked for advice. It is something I am really interested in and passionate about. However, I did think but there are so many women out there who have beauty blogs and youtube channels, who will read mine? Anyway, two of my friends encouraged it and so I did it and I am forever thankful they pushed me to it because I love it.
3. Favourite TV Programme.

Ok, I love ratchet reality tv. Yes, I know I know it’s a waste of time and brain cells but I LOVE IT. Mob Wives, Love and Hip Hop, Bad Girls Club, you name it , I love it.

Other than that, I love any crime show, Lock up, Lock up Raw, all about the jails and stuff, First 48 is my sh*t. You get the point.
4. Your Holy Grail Product.

I would say my Vichy dermablend foundation. I love wearing foundation and I love how little of this stuff you need, how long it lasts and how natural and flawless makes your skin look.
I have a skin condition that made me feel really insecure about my face and this stuff really helped me at that time and even though now my skin is fine, I still love my foundation.
5. Do you Cream or Powder Contour ?

Powder. I feel all the creamy stuff slides right off my face, which is strange because I have extremely dry skin so I feel it should soak in and stay put, but it doesn’t.
6. What makes you happy when you are down ?

MUSIC.
7. Your Favourite quote.

I have way too many. I love quotes. Maybe that’s why I have them tattooed all over my body lol but I’ll give you 2:

This one I have tatted on my back
“God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers”

Second one is by Margaret Thatcher ” Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t”

I could go on and on and on…
8. Your Celebrity woman crush.

JENNY FROM THE BLOCK lol.. I have always loved Jennifer Lopez and I still do and always will. No she cannot sing for shit but she does everything just well enough.. but really she is only the most beautiful woman in the Universe lol… and it seems like she gets more beautiful as she ages.. ahhh JLo.
9. High end or drug store products ?

Drug store. I feel that drug store products have come a long way and just because something is high end does not make it good. I have bought quite a few high end products that were crap so it doesn’t mean anything at the end of the day. Most of the time, you are just paying for the name and not the quality.
10. Your favourite brand of all time.

Hmmm I am assuming this means make up.. so I’ll say Maybelline for Drug Store and Illamasqua for a more higher end.

 

Here are my nominees :

Telma at Glammed Up Me

Catia at Live Life, Love Lipstick

Emily at Unveiled Glamour

Brittni at Beauty by Brittni

 

Here are my 10 questions:

1. If you could only apply one beauty product before rushing out the door, what would it be?

2. What is your one physical feature that you did not like growing up but have since embraced?

3. Do you prefer curly hair or straight hair?

4. What do you love most about blogging?

5. What is the one place in the world that you would love to visit ?

6. What are some of your beauty pet peeves?

7. What is your favourite perfume?

8. What is your go to make up look?

9. Do you prefer more natural make up looks or fully done up face?

10. Are you more into nudes or colours when it comes to your make up choices?

Hope you guys enjoyed this and I cannot wait to read the answers to my questions to those I nominated but if anyone else would love to do this tag, please do so! I love reading about you all!

 

Nina xo

 

 

My mini beauty haul – very excited!

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I’ve had a really bad migraine for the past 2 days. I was getting really frustrated as nothing was helping. I finally started to feel a little better so I decided to go for a walk and ended up at Shoppers (Toronto drug store) and $250 dollars later I think my migraine went away! haha I am excited to share with you what I’ve got, so let’s get to it!!!

 

1. Organix Coconut milk hibiscus body lotion and Softsoap Body Butter Coconut cream Body Wash

I really like Organix products. This body lotion is great. It smells divine. It’s like coconut with a touch of floral. It’s not overbearing either. It’s very moisturizing and leaves your skin super hydrated.

The body wash by Softsoap also smells heavenly. I am sure you see the pattern here with coconut scents. I am obsessed with anything coconut.

DSC00648 2. Pink Sugar perfume

I know this perfume is old news and everyone has it. I always wanted to get it but wasn’t sure if it would give me migraines because it is just soooo damn sweet smelling. I like sweet scents but this is on another level. So I sprayed it on my wrist and did not like it but after being at the drug store for an hour after the initial scent went away, I really loved how it smelled. That burnt sugar smell was gone and a really nice sweet scent lingered. It was also on sale for $20 so I figured if it does start to give me a migraine, I can always give it to a friend.

I also love the packaging. I am a sucker for nice packaging.

DSC006493. Chanel Chance Hair Mist

Ok, so I did not even know that such things exist. Hair mist? What in the hell? I can’t see myself spraying any kind of perfume in my hair. With all the oils, curl lotions and creams I have in my hair, it already smells over the top.

Chanel Chance , but this pink one in particular is one of my favourite perfumes. I was not planning to spend ton of money so the lady in the beauty section told me that even though this is a hair mist you can use it as regular perfume, it just has a lighter smell. So I figured ok, it’s cheaper , it smells the same just a bit lighter, why not. Well she lied! lol

It does not smell anything like the real perfume at all. I was so disappointed! I am not saying it smells bad, because it does not. It smells light and fresh and very pleasant. But it’s nothing like the perfume. So I figured I can use it anyway since it does smell nice. However, you can’t even smell the damn thing. It does not even last for 2 mins. So here I was trying to save a buck and it was a total waste. And now I really want the perfume lol

 

DSC006504. Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush (Intense colour balm)

I have never tried the ones by Rimmel. I have a bunch by Revlon , the kissable ones. But I love these crayon lipsticks, as I call them. This one by Rimmel is called Gimme a Cuddle and it’s a really pretty pink shade. It’s creamy and moisturizing on the lips and it’s quite long lasting too.

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5. Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder – Shade 92 in Honey Beige

So I bought this with an intention to use it for my contouring. I needed a darker and more matte powder than what I have been using. And honestly, I just wanted to try something different. I am quite pleased. It kind of has a dirty muddy look at first but it works on my skin for the purpose I wanted it. You only need a touch of this on your brush because it is very very pigmented. The swatch on my hand below is from swiping my finger over the product once!

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6. Rimmel Match Perfection Blush in Medium/Dark Skin

So obviously that is not for my complexion, as I am quite pale lately. No sun this summer, no vacation :( and I don’t fake tan. But I bought this with an intention of again using it for contouring in case the Maybelline Powder did not work. I really like it as well. There were no testers for any of this so I was just buying it blindly. The colours are really pretty and blending them all together gives a really nice rosy caramel shade that you can use for contouring or a blush!

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7. Essence Dark Romance cream highlighter

I love Essence as I am sure you’ve noticed if you read my blog regularly. But honestly, their products are a hit or miss and this is a hit for me. This may be a special edition actually, if I remember seeing it correctly at the store. It’s a really subtle highlighter but noticeable enough. I think it’s great for daytime as it does not make you shine like a disco ball. It’s a pearly shade more towards a pink. The swatch below is exactly it.

DSC00679DSC006818. Essence Nail tattoo pen

I already mentioned this in my recent NOTD post. I love this little pen. It’s so easy to use, you have more control over it than a thin brush nail polish. I did not see them in any other colours but black but I hope they’ll come out with more.

 

DSC006829. Vaseline Lip Therapy cocoa butter

I am addicted to these. Again, sucker for packaging. How cute is this little container? Lol.. but I apply this to my lips every night before bed. As we head into winter, I carry this with me religiously.

DSC0068410. Elf Eyebrow Kit

I actually did not get this on the same trip nor at Shoppers Drug Mart but I did get it a few days prior at Target. I really like it. My eyebrows are in between these two colours so I mix both to get my shade. The darker brown is a gel and the lighter shade is a powder. I do find that the lighter shade is more pigmented than the gel. I have to dip the brush quite a few times to get any product on it. I don’t think it’s the brush either. I actually like this little brush, it’s quite easy to use.

I don’t think I would re-purchase this, even though I like it but I have a feeling it’ll last quite a long time anyway.

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 11. Elf Mineral Face Primer in Radiant Glow

These primers come in Clear, Tone Adjusting, Brightening Lavender and Radiant Glow. I understand that to those that live in the U.S. , elf cosmetics is not a big deal and they are easily accessible. That’s far from being the case in Toronto, Canada so when I found quite a few items at Target, I was quite excited, as was my friend (Marall, if you’re reading this :)

This primer is just ok for me. I find it quite oily actually and it has glitter particles in it as you can see on the swatch below. The glitter does go away after some time but I feel the glow does as well.

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I have used all of these make up products in the past few days so I will be sharing some make up looks with you soon! I liked most of what I purchased and I always playing with new cosmetics! My vanity is a hot mess right now and I realize how small it is. I need to stop purchasing make up until I buy a new vanity lol.

 

Ahh problems right?

 

Muah! Nina xo

 

Word of the Day

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I know that at times it’s hard to focus on the positives when you are going through a negative situation but you must! When you are dealing with a bad situation, being negative about it, sad and mopey won’t do anything for you. It will only trigger more negative energy. Focusing on how to resolve the situation you are in, you will see opportunities you never even knew were there. Whatever you project into the universe, it will return back to you. It takes practice,  I know this first hand but it is possible!

How to prevent bed head

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I know that I definitely go through this, having curly hair especially. No matter how pretty my hair looks the night before, unless I apply a few of the tips I’ll share here with you guys, I will wake up with a full on lion’s mane or flat curls. And let’s face it, neither one is cute.

I normally wash my hair at night and style it to have it ready for next day. Those nights I normally have pretty bad sleep as I tend to hold my neck up in the air, not to mess up my hair haha. Crazy, I know!

But here are some things that I have come to realize, either through trial and error or tips I have collected from others, that help with bed head.

1. Satin / Silk Pillowcase

This is good for a few reasons. It prevents breakage and frizz as the hair does not rub against it but rather ‘slides’. This really helps me not to have flat curls the next morning.

pcsIf you don’t have such pillowcases, a silky scarf will do the job as well. Gather your hair together and wrap it up or spread the scarf over your pillow!

2. Loose Bun

I would say this is my close second choice. I tie my hair up in a lose bun, so I don’t get a headache sleeping with tied hair and also so I don’t have hair tie marks. Keeps your hair neat and all in one place so all you need to do in the morning is let it out and spray some mist to refresh it.

3. Use conditioner and detangler

When you wash your hair and especially if you do it at night like I do, make sure you apply detangler or a really good conditioner. It will prevent your hair from being knotted and matted.

4. Make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed

I normally diffuse my hair and it takes a really long time, since you can’t rush when you diffuse, or you’ll end up with a frizz ball. So sometimes I would get tired and annoyed and stop when my hair was mostly dry but still damp in certain spots. This would result in really bad hair day the next day. So make sure your hair is dry completely before going to bed.

These are all the things I have tried myself and do on the regular basis to prevent bad hair days. Most times it actually works but of course your hair does what it wants to do on many occasions, especially curly hair. And all these tips are not just for those with curls, this can apply to anyone.

 

I would love to hear some of the tips you guys have for preventing bed head. Do share!

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Leopard NOTD

DSC00641I am sure by now you all know how much I love leopard print. Also as much as I experiment with my nail designs for some reason I was never able to draw some leopard spots on them. It just wasn’t working. I think I came pretty close this time around. It’s not perfect but I like it!

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The nude nail polish is Elegant by Revlon.

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I used the nail art stick to draw out the spots with the Rimmel nailpolish in Steel Grey.

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And to outline the spots I used the Essence Nail tattoo pen, which I love. I got this recently and I love it. It’s so easy to draw things with it and make all different designs on your nails. Have you guys ever tried one of these pens?

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