35 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 35

Hello, everyone! Today is a lifestyle post, which I don’t do often. May 18th marked my 30th birthday, but I’m not mad about it! I know a lot of people moan about going from 29 to 30 because it’s so old, but the 20’s is such a huge decade for change and personal growth for most people, myself included, and I’m excited to see what adventures the 30’s brings.

I was talking to Always Cleia recently, and she said she was going to create a list of 30 things she wanted to achieve before she turned 30 (she’s since posted it here), and how I should come up with 35 things I want to do before I turn 35.

Read on for my list!

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Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set | Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a review of some Fourth Ray Beauty products I picked up two months ago; in particular, I will be reviewing the Wide Awake set. As a reference, I have dry skin with the occasional dry spots. My skin is not sensitive or acne-prone, but tends to have some texture issues, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Group shot of the products in the Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh AF Mist, Matcha Face Milk

THE BASICS

Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand that focuses on skincare. According to the brand, they “promote clean beauty, balanced living, and total wellness – going beyond the skin to embrace the whole being.” Every product apparently contains a custom crystal blend that will not only help balance your skin, but your energy as well. What?? My honest opinion is that Fourth Ray Beauty is a skincare brand – no matter how many buzzwords you throw into your bio, you promote skincare first. I’m so not into that hippy-dippy energy stuff!

The brand’s products are sold on the Fourth Ray Beauty website, and a limited selection of products are sold on the ColourPop website. The brand is cruelty-free.

The Wide Awake set retails for $15 USD and includes full sizes of the:

  • Matcha Face Milk
  • Fresh AF Mist
  • Watermelon Seed Oil

This products included in the set are meant to refresh energized and dull skin, which is something my skin needs.

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January-April Empties

Hello, my friends! Today I’m doing my first empties post of the year. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am notoriously slow at using products up. Last year, I collected all of my empties and grouped them together in two large posts. I don’t use up many products in a year, but even that was overkill for me, resulting in posts that were too long. This year, I’ve decided to split my empties into three posts instead of two, which should be more manageable. Read further to see what I’ve used up in the last 4 months! PS – sorry for how dark the photos are. The weather has not been cooperative lately!

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Thursday Chats: Feeling Embarrassed about Blogging

Hello, everyone! Today is another Tuesday Chats post, which is a series I started where I discuss topics within the beauty community. Today’s topic is about feeling embarrassed about being a blogger. This post is actually inspired by my blogging friend New Lune, who blogged about the same topic about a month ago.

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Photo source: Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash

It’s funny because when it comes to blogging, everyone always tells you to promote your blog in order to increase traffic to your blog. Use Instagram, use Twitter, use Pinterest, engage with other bloggers, etc, etc…we’ve all heard the advice. Yet I feel that when it comes to real life, we tend to clam up about our blogs. In my own personal experience, I’ve tried to keep my blog quiet with the people in my real life (more on this later), and I’m willing to bet that many of you who are reading and are bloggers are the same. I don’t see this as a good or a bad thing – it just is the way it is.

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May Monthly Makeup & April Update

Hi, friends! Since we’re at the end of the month, today I’m sharing a post on an update of all the products I focused on using in April, as well as sharing what I am rotating in during May.

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April was a semi-fail in terms of using the products I picked, and you’ll see why. First off, let’s go through the ones that I completed a whole month with. I chose Too Faced Sweet Peach palette as my eyeshadow palette to focus on, and was obsessed with it all month! It made me wonder why I don’t reach for it more often. The blush I chose for April was Luminoso, which I’ve been dying to bring out all winter long. It gives the most beautiful, luminous finish and went perfectly with the eyeshadows. I need more of the Milani blushes in my life! My lipstick for the month was Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Liquid Lipstick in the shade Give a Fig. This was a product I bought at the beginning of the year when I started my Monthly Makeup series, so I was busy focusing on other lipsticks and had only worn this once or twice. I knew I enjoyed the formula from the handful of times I had used it, but April gave me a good opportunity to really focus on and enjoy this lipstick! It’s not in the picture above because I can’t find it anymore?! I kept it on my desk at work all month long, so I’m not sure how I misplaced it.

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My 10 Sephora Spring Sale Recommendations

Hello, loves! On Tuesday, I shared a blog post all about the products on my wish list for the upcoming Sephora sale, and today I’m sharing my recommendations for you! I did a post of my recommendations last year, which you can check out here, but this time I have chosen completely different products! Read on to see what I recommend.

MAKEUP

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup – $50

I recently picked up another bottle of this recently when it was part of a Weekly Wow sale, and it reminded me how much I love the formula of this foundation. It has a thin, watery consistency that feels and looks so natural on the skin. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a light-coverage foundation! I have a review of this foundation from 2017 up here.

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Sephora Sale Wish List

Hello, everyone! I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been eagerly anticipating the upcoming Sephora sale, especially as it came later than usual this year. Today I’m sharing what’s on my wishlist with you guys!

Here are the sale details:
VIB Rouge: 20% off from April 26th – May 6th
VIB: 15% off May 2nd – May 6th
BI: 10% off May 2nd – May 6th

I believe Sephora was originally planning on giving Rouge members a 15% discount, which enraged a lot of Rouge members. A lot of people said that Sephora had decreased the sale percentage, and that Rouge members should a bigger discount than VIBs. In Sephora’s defense, their spring sale has actually always been at 15% for Rouge members (their November sale is 20%) so they didn’t actually decrease the amount, but I do agree that Rouge members should be getting a higher discount. It only makes sense that the more you spend, the more perks you should get, and having the sale start a week earlier isn’t really a great perk. Luckily, Sephora listened to all the feedback, and changed the Rouge discount to 20%.

Usually when the sale rolls around, there’s nothing that I really want, but right now I have what feels like 747298 items in my cart and I’m hoping to take the majority out because nobody really needs to be spending their entire paycheque at Sephora. I’ve somehow used up a bunch of products at the same time, and I can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not. On the bright side, I can take advantage of the sale to restock some products, but at the same time, I hate it when I have a huge outflow of money at once, especially when it comes to frivolous things like makeup! Plus, running out of “necessities” (ie skincare) means that I have less to spend on fun things (ie makeup!)

As usual, I’ve organized my list based on how likely I am to buy it during the sale.

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