A Recap of 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

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Hello! It’s surprising to think that another year has come and gone. 2017 was a big year for me and I wanted to reflect on some of my favourite posts, accomplishments and then what I hope to continue to grow in 2018. I hope 2018 will continue to hold great things for myself and my blog!

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I’m Not a Beauty Guru’s 4th Blog Birthday + GIVEAWAY!

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I can’t believe another year has passed in my blog journey! It honestly does feel like yesterday since I first decided to start this blog. I would say this year has included a lot of change in my blogging and a renewed focus. I love doing these posts just to refresh with myself my goals for blogging and how I’m progressing with those goals! I also have a pretty awesome giveaway for 3 lucky readers so please read on!

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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! 🙂


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

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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