My Best Time and Money Saving Tips while at WALT DISNEY WORLD

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Hello friends! I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but I think I had a pretty good reason! I just came back from a week long trip at Walt Disney World, the happiest place on earth. ;D I know Disney vacations are a hit or miss for people. I personally really enjoy them, but I know others who wish to spend their vacation money on something else. This was my third trip to Disney World, and I’d like to think I’ve picked up some tips in my travels. So if you’re interested in a Disney World vacation, hope I can provide some help!

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#OOTD: Messy Buns, Midi Skirts, and Muggle Magic

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Can you tell I have a think for alliteration? Lemme just start out by saying that I’m NO fashion blogger and I don’t pretend to be! I also feel a bit weird posting so many photos of myself but new skirt + new Harry Potter + catching Pokemon at the waterfront = asking my boyfriend to take some photos of me. We had just stopped off at Chapters to pick up the new Harry Potter book and were at the waterfront meeting a friend for lunch. We had 10 minutes before hand to kill so I forced him to take some photos. 😉

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How American Airlines Ruined My Vacation

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Today we have a post that is coming out of left field. As I mentioned in My Travel Beauty Packing List post, I was supposed to go on vacation today. The plan was a cruise to the Caribbean for 5 days with my boyfriend and my friend. Instead of sailing on the open waters I’m at home thanks to American Airlines (I’ll call them AA in the post). I debated posting this as it’s not beauty related at all, but the experience was just too horrific not to share. I apologize in advance as this post will be long and ranty. TL;DR – NEVER fly American Airlines. It’s not worth the rudeness and incompetence.

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My Travel Beauty Packing List

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Travel makeup. It’s almost like an art. You don’t want to be left without your favourite products but at the same time you don’t want to be paying overweight luggage fees! When I went away for a weekend in November I feel like I definitely under packed. I wasn’t happy with the palette I brought and I was wishing for all the glorious makeup I had tucked at home. I thought I would give you some insight on what I decided to pack for my upcoming vacation to the Caribbean!

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My 2nd Blog Birthday + GIVEAWAY

Well hello fine people of the interwebs! 🙂

Today is a CRAZY day. I’m Not a Beauty Guru turns 2 years old! I just honestly can’t fathom it. Excuse me while I get super nostalgic. To celebrate the occasion, I also decided to host my first giveaway! Wahhh?!

Before getting into that though, I’d like to talk about how blogging has changed for me during these past few years.

When I first started blogging, it was the purest form of a hobby. When I had free time away from work or school, I would snap some pictures and write up some posts. No pressure and no commitment. I’m so happy to say that blogging is still this and so much more.

This year has been full of ‘firsts’ for me in terms of blogging. I signed up for Instagram and it’s been one of the funnest ways to engage with the beauty community. I also was able to receive PR samples and attend a beauty event for the first time. Like, what?! I’m by no means a professional blogger, so thinking back on these experiences boggle my mind. I feel like such a fraud amongst all of these legit bloggers.

I would say one of the BEST parts of blogging this year has been meeting more bloggers in real life. I’ve been apart of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers for quite some time, but it was only until this year that I was able to meet some members for the first time! It’s been so nice and I look forward to hanging out more often with these lovely ladies.

So now for the coming year ahead! Similar to my last blog birthday post, I just hope to continue LOVE blogging. This has been such a fun hobby for me! Here’s to the coming year!

And now for what I’m sure the majority of you might be here for. A GIVEAWAY! So to say thanks and to celebrate my 2nd blog birthday, I wanted to gift someone a BITE Beauty Mauvember lipstick! If you’re a long time reader, I talk about BITE to no end. It’s probably my favourite makeup company ever! I recently posted a haul where I picked up a Mauvember lipstick! I’ve seen many people lusting over this limited edition do-gooder product and thought I would pick up another one (thank goodness my local Sephora still had some left!).

Also, because I know that Mauvember was made limited edition to Canada, I will be opening up this giveaway internationally! That’s right, I’ll ship to anywhere! 🙂

Rules:

1. This contest will be from November 20th, 2015 12:00AM EST – December 11th, 2015 12:00AM EST and is INTERNATIONAL!
2. You must have reached the age of majority in your local region to be eligible.
3. Only entries through the Rafflecopter widget will be accepted. You may put in as many (or few) entries as you like through the different options.
4. A winner will be randomly chosen from all eligible entries. (I will be checking entries for fairness).
5. Once the winner is contacted, they have 48 hours from the time stamp of the email to get back to me with their shipping address. If the winner has not gotten back to me in that time frame, a new winner will be chosen and so on.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure:
This contest is in no way affiliated with BITE Beauty, Twitter, Instagram, or Bloglovin’. I purchased this product with my own money and will be shipping the item through my own means. I will try my best to ship the product as quickly and safely as possible. As is the world, sometimes things happen and mail gets lost. I will not be held responsible for the product after it is sent in the mail. I will make every intention possible to ensure that it gets to it’s destination.

So thank you again to everyone and your support! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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New Blog Design!

Hi there!

Hope you are having a good day today. I’ve been on a real blog kick lately! I have 2 posts that I’m planning to write and I FINALLY finished the redesign of my blog.

This has actually been a couple months in the making. It’s much different than my last one, but I thought I needed a change. This is by no means the final design. I will be playing around with sizes and layout still. It didn’t take me all that much coding to do or anything just because I used the drag-and-drop style of the blogger layouts. Some things that I might add are an instagram or a twitter feed to the sidebar. It’s looking quite cluttered right now though so I’ll have to see how it works out.

I made the header in photoshop, but I didn’t make the social buttons. Full credit goes to The Dutch Lady Designs

So what do you think? Any critiques? (I myself have a lot haha) Do you change your blog layout often?

Thanks for reading, hope you have a great day!

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Confessions of a Cake Face: Graduate Edition

Hello there! 🙂

Some time ago, I posted about an unpleasant and embarrassing makeup experience I had. You can read about it here. I am no makeup artist, and the spirit behind this blog is the fact that I am really just bumbling my way through the makeup world. Today I have another story to tell that highlights this completely. I debated posting this, but I thought maybe people could get a good laugh/relate.


Earlier this month, I was able to hit the milestone of finally graduating from school. It’s been a long time coming (sort of) but I know I will miss it soon enough. Anyhoo, it was a traditional graduation with the gowns and hoods (no hats though). My program was decently small so I was able to interact and meet people in one capacity or another.

While getting my gown, I saw an acquaintance picking up his as well. I started out with the typical congrats, how are you, so happy we’re done chit chat. After we both had our gowns on and were parting ways, I went in a for a goodbye hug. He came at me with a bit more force than I expected and I nicked my chin on the shoulder of his gown. What was left was a sizeable (but not crazy) foundation stain on his gown. Of course it just happened to be the white part. I was mortified. I ended up not saying anything which I probably should have. I was just so shocked and so embarrassed at the time.

I am usually a very careful person with foundation staining. I think I’ve mastered the art of trying on clothes when shopping. I’m so conscious of it. Maybe this sounds a bit hypocritical now, but whenever I see foundations stains on the collars of shirts I just get totally grossed out. I guess it ruins the illusion of a shirt being ‘new’ from a store (even though after working retail, I should know better than to even think that).

I still feel so bad that I didn’t say anything. Hopefully no one noticed. I saw that he posted pictures on Facebook and I didn’t notice anything. In hindsight, that was pretty rude of me not to say anything, just to protect my own self-esteem.

So what can I say. I’m still learning and makeup is always a continual journey. I’m okay with that.  

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Is there even a way to prevent foundation transfer on clothes? Teach me. 😉

Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great day!

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Mascara: I’m Just Not Into You

I’m not sure if I’ve ever addressed this in a blog post. So I’m just going to say it. I HATE mascara.

Before you try and stop me, hear me out. From when I first started wearing makeup, I tried mascara. It was a Cover Girl waterproof one and it made me look like a crazy raccoon girl in a matter of hours. I’ve tried a few other ones and they ALL provided the same result. I’ve chalked it up to my actual lashes. They are very very thin and point straight down. I do have a lash curler and I’m able to get a decent curl when I first use it. In a few hours, they end up just flopping down like sad little strings.

Funny enough, all of the mascaras featured in my picture above I was given for free/ did not purchase. Some of them are actually kinda old, I should probably throw them out. Oops, haha. I almost feel bad because I always think a mascara will be different and try it and just end up really disliking the results. I’ve just come to the point where if I get a mascara I will not use it so I can hopefully give it away.

This has been a really short post but you know when inspiration just comes to you? Yeah I was feeling that.

Are there any makeup products that you just don’t use for whatever reason? Or am I just a complete crazy person?

Thanks for reading, hope you are having an awesome day!

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The Liebster Award: I’m an IT Chick (Sort Of)

So I’ve FINALLY gotten around to doing the tag questions that Ling from The Cosmetic Critic sent me. If you haven’t stumbled upon her blog yet I highly encourage you to check her out. Her posts are always super informative and straight to the point! Thanks again for thinking to tag me! 🙂 Super thoughtful!

Here are the questions that Ling asked:

1. What is your best/unique beauty tip?
Haha I had to think long and hard about this. I would say my best tip is using a hair straightener as a curling iron. I’ve never owned a curling iron and have been able to achieve the same (if not better) results from my straightener. It’s a multi-use tool that can definitely save you money! It takes a bit of practice but I always love the way that the curls come out!
2. What is your current occupation? 
I’m in between occupations now I guess. My most current occupation has been student, but I will be starting my full time job in a couple of months. I will be working as a management consultant. 🙂
3. What did you study in post secondary education (or plan to)?
I studied Information Tech in university. My program was a hybrid between business and computer science. I would say it’s definitely more focused on business though. It was something I could see myself doing and I honed in on my program in grade 10. I’m very happy I chose the program that I did. I am by no means a coder (even though I truly wish I was) but it has given me many opportunities.

4. What’s a beauty regime you rarely do?
Haha, there are so many. I should definitely exfoliate more than I do. I also don’t really take care of my skin as well as I should. I don’t use a toner or anything. I’m honestly the most lazy person ever.

5. What’s your favourite cuisine/food?
Japanese for sure. Sushi in particular. I just find it so easy to eat and I always feel refreshed after eating it. Yum yum!

6. When procrastinating, what are you usually doing?
It’s usually a combination of things. The easiest is of course YouTube videos. I can watch those things for hours. 😉 Not only beauty videos, but vlogs, or video game ones. The list is endless. There’s also that rabbit hole known as social media. I’m sure everyone can get caught in their Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/etc. for a very long time…

7. What is your current blog goal? Why?
Hmm good question. I don’t really have any sort of hard goal or anything. I would say that my main goal is just to try and consistently post. I’ve been lacking that lately, but sometimes you get busy right? I wouldn’t even really want to put a number like ‘post once a week’ or ‘post 3 times a week’. Sometimes I will pump out more posts on one week than another. I don’t want to force myself to write a subpar post just to meet a quota.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Another good question (these are all good questions. Is this what celebrities feel like getting interviewed?). This is not a very descriptive or helpful answer but I honestly can’t even pin it down. I’ve never been one of those people who was like “job here at this time, kids here at this time, house here at this time…” blah blah blah. Where I’m at in my life right now I can see there will be changes on the horizon. The scope and the magnitude of these changes has yet to be seen. All I can say is that I hope I along with my friends and family are happy and healthy in 2020.

9. What’s your current jam?
Honestly ANY old school Disney song. I just got back from Disney World and am belting out song after song (rather poorly) any chance I get.

10. Are you a DIYer? If so, what do you diy? (Or why not?)
I would definitely not consider myself a DIYer. I just don’t like doing that stuff enough to actually do it if you know what I mean. If it’s a simple DIY that will save me money or time, then for sure. For example, I used to make my own brush cleaner with olive oil and dish soap (thanks Michelle Phan). It definitely did the job, but I felt there were other options out there that I’d like to try like baby shampoo. So long story short, not really a DIYer lol.

11. When do you see yourself not blogging anymore?

I addressed this a bit in my 1 year blog birthday post which can be read here if you’re interested. I can see myself not blogging when it no longer becomes a joy and becomes a chore. Or if I feel there are unnecessary pressures from my blog that I just can’t seem to escape. At the moment though I am very happy with my blog and where I am at with blogging. 🙂 I hope that continues!

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Liebster award rules:
Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions given by the nominator.
Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

I’ve decided to tag:

1. Filomena from Filosophie!
2. Chelle from Makeup Your Mind
3. Miranda from miranda loves
4. Nadia from The View is Beautiful
5. Shawna from Spill the Beauty
6. Megan from Megan Joy
7. Emily from Emily Shea Beauty

Here are my 11 new questions:

1. Are you an early birdie or a night owl?
2. What is your favourite place in the world and why?
3. If  you could eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
4. If you were to only wear one makeup item forever what would it be and why?
5. Where would you like to go on vacation next?
6. What is your biggest fear?
7. What do you struggle the most with beauty-wise?
8. What is your favourite can’t-live-without lip product?
9. What occupation did you want to have when you were younger?
10. What is your favourite animal?
11. Do you like to workout? If so, what types of sports/workouts do you like the best?

Of course this is not limited to just the people I tagged. If you feel interested, then I totally nominate you as well! Be sure to link me so I can read your answers!

Thanks so much and have a lovely day!

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