Finish 5 by Fall: Let the De-Cluttering Begin

Hello! πŸ™‚

Recently, Angela from Raincouver Beauty opened up the invite to the CBB Network to join her in a Finish 5 by Fall challenge. I was intrigued because I had never formally taken up something like this! I decided to join her and some of the other CBB ladies.

Here are the guidelines posted by Angela:

1. Pick 5 items (extras are okay) that you want to try to use up
2. You have until the first day of fall- September 23, 2015 to make as much progress as you can
3. Make an update post about halfway through (optional) and a final reveal on September 23!
4. I’ll be using #cbbfinish5 to track my progress, and I’d love for you to use the same!
5. Good luck and have fun! Hope you’ll rediscover favourites or just clean out some space in your collection πŸ˜‰

I ended up choosing technically 7 items for this challenge but 4 items are almost like pairs. Some of these things are embarrassingly old, so I am not going to post the manufacturing years. You might be able to tell from the packaging though that some of these aren’t new purchases! Here is what I chose for the challenge:

1. Maybelline Quad in Chai Latte

This is the oldest product in my challenge if not one of the oldest products in my collection. I have almost nostalgic feelings towards this as it was one of the first ‘hyped’ makeup products I ever bought. As you can see the upper right hand shadow definitely has a dent in it, but the other 3 look barely used. If I don’t finish this by the deadline I’ll be tossing it.

2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

It’s actually one of my favourite liners. I got it from one of those Sephora $12 sales. Even for it being quite old, it’s still super creamy and I wear it often.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

As you can see I’m about half way done this. Even with it being one of my most used concealers, I feel like it hasn’t really been going down.

4. BITE Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Fig/Date

These are the newest products I’ve picked for this challenge. Even though they seem small, I for some reason have trouble finishing lip products. Once I get close to finishing I just give up and move to the next one. Then I’m left with a barely there products which I never turn back to!

5. Bath and Body Works Paris Amour Fragrance Mist and Body Lotion

I will definitely be the first to say that I am not a fragrance person. I got these both as a gift and actually don’t mind the scent. I like Bath and Body Works, but I have SO much lotion which never gets used. I thought I would try to be more conscious in using these, especially the body spray!

 So these are the items that I’m choosing for the challenge. Some items I feel more confident than others so we’ll see. I’m excited to do this challenge because I have NEVER hit pan on a product before. I’m hoping these eye shadows will be the first!

Thanks for reading! Hope you are having a wonderful day! πŸ™‚


Have a look at the other CBB members who are doing the Finish 5 by Fall with me!

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Versatile Blogger Award: Lets Get Personal

Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

I was tagged by Ling from The Cosmetic Critic to do the Versatile Blogger Award. I always love doing and reading these tags. I feel like you can learn a lot about a blogger from these types of posts.

What is the “Versatile Blogger Award”?
The Versatile Blogger Award is given to bloggers, who are popular for their good quality style of writing and overall the quality and uniqueness of their blogs.
– Thank the person who nominated you
– Share 7 facts about you
– Nominate 15 other blogs

My 7 Facts:

1. I used to play Ultimate Frisbee in high school
Our team was really bad. Like, I don’t even think we won a game. It was more a game rather than a sport for us I guess. We just did it to have fun. Some teams took it super seriously though. I remember we went to a tournament one time and were playing another school. A guy hit me in the face with the frisbee and was really apologetic asking if I was okay. Another girl from their team ran by saying “Don’t say sorry to her, she ran into the frisbee.” (exact quote) in the snarkiest voice. I should have punched her (but not really).

2. My first ‘real’ job was a Sales Associate at Aeropostale
The people I worked with and the brand was nice. Definitely a welcoming environment. My boyfriend and I say this a lot, in that everyone should be forced to work a service job of some type in their life. It really teaches you respect and conflict management.

3. I am half Japanese, half Chinese
AND NO. I can’t speak, read or write anything.

4. Vanilla-vanilla is my favourite cake flavour
Just white cake with vanilla icing. Yum.

5. I hate the smell of baby’s breath flowers
If my boyfriend ever gets me flowers, he asks for it without the dressings haha. I really like how they look, but I can’t stand the smell for some reason.

6. I have no piercings, not even my ears
I find this is a lot more common than when I was younger. I just never had the want to get my ears pierced. Half of the reason is because of my fear (more a dislike I guess) of needles.

7. I have never flown overseas before
Maybe someday!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that was somewhat interesting! I tried to pick facts that I haven’t used before in other posts before.

I would like to tag anyone and everyone who would like to do this! I know this is sort of cheating, but please do it if you wish! It’s always fun to learn more about others.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Tag: My All-Time Beauty Favourites

Another Beauty Tag coming at you! πŸ™‚ Thanks to Christine from Lightsmithing for tagging me in this one! If you haven’t already, please check her out! Her photography is awesome and I really like the beauty posts she pumps out! (She also just had her 1st year blog birthday, so leave her a nice comment!! πŸ˜€ )

This tag is to feature some of your all time favourites in different categories. Here’s what I was able to come up with.

Benefit Coralista 

One of the first things I noticed about this blush was it’s scent! I know when people hear scented makeup, it sends them running for the hills. Personally I really like the smell of Coralista. A sweet and subtle scent. It’s a very pretty coral shade (who would have guessed). Mine is in a mini from the Benefit Advent Calendar two years ago, but I can see myself purchasing the full size when I hit pan.

Benefit Hoola 

Another Benefit product from the Advent Calendar! I know this one is talked about non stop, but I can believe the hype on this one. I don’t have many bronzers, but this is the one I go to. The main thing I think I (and other people) like about this bronzer is that it has no glitter and is matte. Perfect for contouring!

Make Up For Ever HD in 120

I bought this grudgingly for my grad photos. I was pretty unimpressed with the price, but I honestly have really enjoyed it. It matches my skin quite well and it has a formula that doesn’t make me too greasy or too dry/flakey. I personally think it gives a very natural look to the skin. I do have to say, it does photograph well! I keep looking at my grad photos thinking damn, I don’t need to pay extra for retouching!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

This is also a product that I really really love. It does help my dark circles and my dark circles are BAD. Like, really really bad. I’ve tried this with both the sponge and taking the sponge off. You definitely get a bit more product out when you have the sponge off, but I think it blends a lot better with the sponge.

Buffing Brush by Real Techniques

This is my all time favourite brush for sure. I like it better than the Expert Face Brush by RT. I find it blends in my foundation so perfectly. In my opinion, it’s better than the Expert Face Brush because it’s equally round all the way around versus having it in a more linear shape. This way when I use circular motions, it blends everything!! πŸ™‚

Rouge Artist Natural (N9) by Make Up For Ever

This was in the birthday gift from Sephora last year. I think they knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s such a universally flattering shade. Why I picked this over some of my other lipsticks is because of the moisturizing formula. Sometimes I find lipsticks can get a bit clingy on dry patches which can be annoying. This one I can wear for the whole day and it will still feel great on the lips!

Naked 3 by Urban Decay

This is my first and only Naked palette. I know these are pretty pricey, but I think they are DEFINITELY worth it. I haven’t found shadows that blend as nicely as these. I love this palette because I feel you can have a multitude of looks from just this. If you want to just do a lid colour, go for it. Want to do a bit more drama with a darker outer edge and crease colour, definitely doable. A+ from me.

Temptu Highlighter in Pink Pearl

I don’t have many highlighters, but this is one of the few that I own. I actually got this in an ipsy bag. I was very scared to try this just because it looks so…professional. I’ve actually really been liking it. All I do is put a little bit on the back of my hand and blend with my fingers on my cheek bones. The colour is Pink Pearl, so when it starts to dry and defuse, there is definitely a pinkish glow. It’s not too noticeable when you blend though, just leaving you with a pearly glow. 

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner

Honestly this stuff is amazing. I’m so glad I got a mini sample of it. The brush is amazing and the formula is even better. After trying this one, I cannot go back to the Stila one. I know that MUFE makes one very similar and I’d like to try that one out too!


I’m just going to leave this post here.

Part 2 of the tag:

1. What is your all time favourite thing about YouTube? 

I would say the ability to see how creative people are. Beauty gurus are definitely one of my favourite parts of YouTube, but I remember I actually created a YouTube account to follow some musical cover artists. Whether it be with makeup, voices, baking, or more, I love to see how amazing and creative people are!

2. Out of all your makeup products, what is your all time favourite one that you HAVE to have at all times? (You can only pick ONE item.)

It was definitely a toss up, but I think I’m going to say concealer. I can use it instead of foundation and good god, I think a covered up zit is better than having killer eyeshadow (but that’s just me).

3. What is your all time LEAST favourite thing about YouTube? 

The comments for sure. I think Christine mentioned this as well. I honestly never ever ever even look at the comments. I just find it’s so toxic and disgusting. So I just don’t look.

4. Who is your all time favourite YouTuber? 

I would have to say Ingrid Nilsen (missglamorazzi). I almost feel like I’ve grown up with her. I’ve watched her for so so many years and it’s been great to see her grow up and mature. I love her personality and feel that she injects joy in everything she does. Nowadays too, her video production has gone up. Not sure if that’s because she has a production company or something? Either way, I love her style.

5. What is your all time favourite makeup product to apply? 

I would have to say blush. The best way to apply is when smiling so how could you not like that? πŸ˜€

6. What is your all time LEAST favourite makeup product to apply? 

Least fav is probably contouring / bronzer. I just don’t really get it, and when I do it, I never really know if it looks good.

7. What is your all time favourite brand of makeup? 

I thought about this for awhile and I would have to say BITE. It’s a tad pricey, but everything I’ve tried is so so worth it. I also love the fact that it’s food grade ingredients in the products. I would say that’s a huge competitive advantage and makes them stand out.

8. What is your all time LEAST favourite brand of makeup? 

I can honestly say I don’t have one. Even regular drugstore scapegoats such as Cover Girl and Maybelline always still have products that really redeem in my opinion. So I can see bad products, but not necessarily a full bad brand.

9. What is the one, all time lesson you have learned from being on YouTube a blogger?

I think I can say is be true to yourself. I’ve addressed this before, and I know everyone is unique, but I feel keeping the sense of who you are with all of these other bloggers and vloggers is so important. If you can’t write and bring joy to yourself, then what comes next?

10. Who’re you gonna tag?

I’m going to tag anyone who wants to do this!! πŸ™‚ I love reading and doing these tags, so let me know if you do it!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Beauty Tag: The Lip Product Addict Tag

So no one actually tagged me in this, but is saw Ling do it from The Cosmetic Critic (check her out here, she’s awesome) and thought I would do it too! πŸ˜€ As I’m sure most people who do this tag feel, I had a really hard time narrowing it down. To tell you the truth, these I would consider lip products of the moment. Who knows. maybe tomorrow I’ll find another winner.

New photo backgrounds for this post! My boyfriend made me a nail polish shelf that included a cork board for Christmas and I’ve been beyond lazy to put it up. So of course, the natural thing to do would be to use it for a background. Clearly. I’m so looking forward to putting this bad boy up and arranging my nail polish all pretty and such. Eventually.

Swatches are at the end of the post!

What is your favourite balm or treatment?

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Comfort Clear

This is definitely my balm of the moment. I bought it during my Goodbye Target Haul (which can be seen here). At the time, I thought it was kind of pricey, but I’ve ended up really really liking it. A solid lip balm that provides my chapped lips the moisture it needs!

What is your favourite eye catching red?

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 10 Beso

This is DEFINITELY my favourite red. It is so potent and very true to colour. It’s long wearing and smells like vanilla cupcakes! You have to see the swatch below to believe it. This colour was my go-to for the holiday season. The only thing I can say is that it’s hard to apply. You have to be very careful as the colour is so intense!

The best luxury and drugstore products

Too Faced Melted Kisses in Melted Nude

Is this considered luxury? I was thissss close to getting a YSL lipstick the last time I was in Sephora but I just honestly couldn’t do it. Maybe someday. I got this liquid lipstick from the 4-pack of the Melted Kisses. I LOVE this colour. When I first saw it, I thought it would look terrible, but it’s honestly the perfect nude. It doesn’t make me look sick which is definitely a plus. I do notice that it accentuates my lip lines a bit, but honestly, I don’t really care. Haters gonna hate.
Wet N Wild Lipstick in 904B Rose Bud

No question, it is definitely the Wet N Wild lipsticks. They are the most inexpensive things you can buy and they work so well. Some people say they are a bit drying, but for me (surprisingly) I don’t really notice it. The colour payoff is amazing and totally worth the money. Whenever I see a Wet N Wild stand I look for these but since I bought my original 3, I haven’t been able to find them anywhere!

Best MAC lipstick?

MAC Lipstick in Lustering

I only have two MAC lipsticks. This one in Lustering, and a Nicki Minaj Viva Glam one. I loveeee this colour. This lipstick is great for applying a very sheer coat of colour, or going more dramatic. I turn to it a lot because it’s not drying, and I like the scent of MAC lipsticks. I’ve been looking at more MAC lipsticks, so maybe I’ll be adding more to my collection (Syrup anyone?).

Most disappointing lip product?

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in 08 Love Affair

I got this product in an ipsy bag. From the first application I knew I hated it. The colour looks pretty nice in the bottle, but on the lips it looks so different. It isn’t substantial and it’s way too thin. I actually will probably throw this out. It’s not even really worth keeping.

Lip Liner: Yes or No?

No Bleeding Lips Lipliner and MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust in Red

Usually I’m a ‘No’ for lip liner, but there are some occasions. If I am wearing a really bright colour I will try and wear one. I notice also that some of my Wet N Wild lipsticks can feather after long periods of time. I actually bought my MAC lip liner specifically for one of my Wet N Wild lipsticks. The No Bleeding Lips is an interesting concept as it’s clear so you can apply it with any lipstick. 

Favourite gloss?

NARS Lipgloss in Shade IV

At the moment this is my favourite gloss. From all of the NARS glosses I have, I think this one looks the prettiest. It provides a nice stain to the lips and it also is pretty long wearing. One thing I also like is that it has moisturizing properties as well.

Something else?

BITE High Pigment Pencil in Meritage

This!!! After using this product, I can see why BITE is so popular. This colour would be very flattering on anyone. It’s probably one of my most favourite everyday lip products at the moment. I would HIGHLY recommend this!!


1. Wet N Wild Lipstick in Rose Bud
2. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Trust in Red
3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in 10 Beso
4. NARS Lipgloss in Shade IV
5. Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in 08 Love Affair
6. BITE High Pigment Pencil in Meritage
7. MAC Lipstick in Lustering
8. Too Faced Melted Kisses in Melted Nude

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ See you next time.

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