Review: What’s Up Nail Vinyls

Today’s post features nail vinyls from What’s Up Nails, which Nail Polish Canada (NPC) kindly sent to me. Thank you so much for the opportunity to try these out! First off, I have to acknowledge that this post is long overdue – specifically, 4 months overdue. The vinyls arrived at my house in May, while I was on my blogging break and wasn’t even painting my nails. For my wedding, I had gotten Shellac done on my nails, and wanted the Shellac to grow out naturally after the wedding. This meant I wasn’t able to test out the vinyls until the Shellac had completely grown out. By the time our honeymoon rolled around (two months after the wedding), the shellac STILL hadn’t grown out fully! I ended up getting fed up and removing them myself right before we left for the honeymoon (please don’t try this at home) because the regrowth bothered me so much. After returning from our trip, I FINALLY had a chance to sit down to use these. Regardless of why it took me so long to get this post up, I do have to apologize for not testing these out sooner.

Nail Polish Canada not only to let me pick out one set of vinyls, but 3! I chose the regular chevron design, the mermaid scales, and the X-pattern design, which retail for $5.95 each on the website. The mermaid scales and X-pattern vinyls come in 12 squares, while the regular chevron comes in 90 strips. Since this blog post was going to be my first time attempting to use the vinyls, I wasn’t sure how adept I would be at them. I decided to first try the one that looked the most simple to use for my first attempt, which was the regular chevron.

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Honeymoon Diaries: Paris

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was in Europe for two weeks for our honeymoon. There were so many cities within Europe we wanted to visit, but with only two weeks available, we settled on Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, and Rome. Today’s post is on our stay in Paris! This was the only city on our itinerary that I’ve already been to. I visited Paris on a school trip when I was 18 and fell in love with the city; even as a kid, I’ve always loved anything Paris-themed. Not entirely sure why, but I think it’s due to my obsession of the show Madeline as a kid. Either way, I’ve always wanted to go back with my husband (who has never been), and what better time to go to the City of Love with him than during our honeymoon? It wasn’t hard to convince him, since Paris was on his bucket list.

Paris is separated into Arrondissements, or districts. For example, the Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th, and the Louvre is located in the 1st . We stayed at the Grand Hotel Saint-Michel, which is located in the 5th Arrondissement. The location of the hotel was so convenient – we were a 5 minute walk to the Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) and the Pantheon, a 10 minute walk to the closest Metro station, and a 15 minute walk to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The hotel itself was quite good, too. It was on a quiet street far away from any noise, and although it was a bit small and we didn’t have much of a view, it was clean and modern. Being the beauty lover that I am, I found it interesting that the hair and body products they provided for guests were from Hermès! How fancy.

We stayed in Paris for four full days. There’s a lot to see in the city, so we knew we’d be on a bit of a time crunch! After landing at 9:00 am, we took the Metro to our hotel, where we checked in and dropped off our luggage. Read More »

July and August Low-Buy

I missed out on my July low-buy post since I was just getting back into the blogging game, so today’s post is a combined July and August post. July was actually a no-buy month for me, which I successfully stuck with. I hadn’t set a budget for August since I knew I was going on my honeymoon, and all bets are off in terms of makeup purchases when I’m on vacation!

I didn’t spend too much time shopping while we were in Europe because we were on our honeymoon and obviously the focus was just enjoying our time together, but I did drop by a few shops as I noticed them when we walked by. I also picked up a few things in town before and after the trip.

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Review: Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Today’s post is a review of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, which came into my collection in June. I’ve been wearing it quite regularly for a month and a half now, and today I thought I would share my experience with you.

As I had mentioned in my haul, everyone made such a fuss about this primer when it first came out, but I had always been hesitant to purchase it because it seemed quite shimmery every time I had swatched it in stores. However, a friend of mine raved about how good this primer was, and I figured if a girl who’s not really into makeup makes the effort to point out a particular product, then it must be good. Plus Becca as a brand dominates the highlight game, so I was excited to try this out myself.

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Makeup I’m Bringing on My Honeymoon

If you’ve seen any of my “What I’m packing on vacation” blog posts, you will know that I’m rather over the top when it comes to packing for trips. I always thought that when we went on our honeymoon, I would be able to bring a slew of cute outfits and accessories, not to mention all the makeup I own so I have unlimited choices. My husband informed me a month ago that the airlines we’re taking between France and Italy are on budget airlines, which have very strict luggage policies. We (okay, he) decided it would be best to take a carry-on travel backpack with us on our two-week trip. Cue the horror! I can’t even go on a local weekend trip using just a backpack, let alone a two-week trip in Europe.

I grumbled for a bit, but was ultimately up for the challenge of condensing two weeks of my belongings into a 35L backpack, so today I wanted to show you what I’ve decided to bring. Hopefully this may help or inspire any fellow heavy packers out there to try packing more lightly for a trip!

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Empties – First Half of 2017

 

I know I’m a month too late on this, but in today’s post, I wanted to talk about my empties that I used up from January to June. Unlike most people, I finish products at the speed of a snail – maybe because of my small face and small body? I don’t know. I am seriously surprised at how little I used in the first half of this year, but I think it was just because I wasn’t very concerned with beauty for a good chunk of the year so far. One of my goals for 2017 was to use up more products than I did last year, but it doesn’t look like that will be achieved! I suppose I don’t include things like shampoo and conditioner because I buy massive bottles that are too big to keep around after they are empty, but still. Either way, I still wanted to share the empties I have used up so far.

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Dupe or Not? L’Oreal Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex?

Today’s post is a review and comparison of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The first time I heard about the Lash Paradise was on Tati’s channel when it was just newly released. It made such a massive, noticeable difference to her lashes that I went right to the drugstore that same day to look for it. I didn’t find it in stores until maybe about two weeks later, but I waited for a while after that until I could get it on sale.

This mascara is supposed to be a drugstore dupe for one of the most famous mascaras out there, the Too Faced Better Than Sex (BTS) mascara. I have tried the BTS mascara twice, and although I really enjoyed the effect it gave my lashes, it smudged under my eyes in varying degrees. The comparison of these two mascaras intrigued me – I bought the Lash Paradise with the hope that it would perform similarly to the BTS, minus the smudging. Unfortunately, I currently do not own a tube of the BTS so for this post, I am including photos that I have either taken in the past, or have found online.

The price of the Lash Paradise is dependent on where it is purchased. I bought mine on sale for $7.99, but I most commonly see it for $11.99. On the other hand, the Better Than Sex mascara retails for $30 CAD.

 

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Packaging of L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise vs Too Faced Better Than Sex (photo from Too Faced website)

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