Thursday Chats – Beauty Brands & Social Media

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Thursday Chats series, where I talk about issues within the beauty community. Today’s topic is the relationship between beauty brands and social media. With the prevalence of social media these days, particularly Instagram and Twitter, consumers are now able to easily follow and connect with beauty brands. There is no denying that brands are increasingly reliant on social media. I’m willing to bet most of us who have Instagram follow our favourite brands on there to keep up with the latest releases, am I right? While there are really good things about being able to interact with brands on social media, it’s also a double-edged sword.

THE GOOD

Social media is a really good medium for brands to cultivate their relationship with their customers. Not only does it allow brands to give consumers a sneak peek of upcoming releases, but it helps to create a ton of hype for these releases. They do this through sharing information on their own Instagram page, as well as through content creators. Personally, I feel like social media has caused brands to up their game in terms of packaging – your products need to be Instagram-worthy in 2018!

In terms of consumers, social media easily allows customers to interact with brands. I really appreciate it when brands make an effort to respond to customer feedback or questions on Instagram or Twitter – I’ve found that The Ordinary in particular is really good about that (although their remarks can be pretty snide based on what your comment was, but that’s a discussion for later in this post). I personally don’t really interact with brands often, but I love being able to see sneak peeks of products.

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Project Pan – Volume 2

Hi everyone! Two weeks ago, I posted the results of the first Project Pan that I did from January to June. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you what’s in my second Project Pan of 2018. I’ve chosen 9 products to pan during the second part of 2018. Read on to see what I will try to finish these next six months!

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1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Liar

Part of me is sad to be finishing up this lipstick because UD no longer makes the Revolution formula anymore, but this lipstick is getting old and I should start trying to use it up. I don’t know if my skin tone has gotten darker or if my taste in nude lipstick have changed, but I feel like this is just a smidge lighter than I prefer. I can always mix this with a darker neutral lip – kill two birds with one stone, right? There’s actually not a lot left in this lipstick and I will likely finish it by September, so I think I might try to pan another lipstick once this one is finished.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty

This little guy is also making a reappearance after being featured in my last Project Pan. To be honest, I am getting a little sick of it, but look how close I am to finishing it! I’m probably going to take a break from this for a bit for the rest of the summer, before continuing to push through and finish it.

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50 Movie Challenge: Movies I Watched April – June

Hello, everyone! In today’s post, I’m talking about the movies I’ve watched from April to June as part of my 50 movie challenge for 2018. I feel like I did pretty good in terms of the number of movies I watched, because I put on a lot of random films on Netflix while I was blogging.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 4/5

An entertaining movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays a hitman, and Ryan Reynolds plays his fallen-from-grace bodyguard.  Ryan Reynolds’ character is hired to safely transport Samuel L. Jackson to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to testify against the president of Belarus, who is being tried for crimes against humanity. We loved the chemistry and banter between the two main characters. Does anyone feel like Ryan Reynolds just plays himself in comedies?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 3/5

I’m not a Star Wars fan at all, but I watched this with my husband, who is a fan. It was a decent movie; I gave it 3/5 because I stayed at least somewhat interested during the movie and didn’t fall asleep, which is what usually happens when I watch Star Wars movies.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – 3/5

This was a cute movie and I know it did quite well considering they made a sequel, but somehow I just didn’t love it. The idea of being able to control what food falls from the sky is so brilliant, though!

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January-June Empties

Today, I’m sharing a post on my empties for the first half of the year. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that it takes freaking forever for me to finish my products. Read on to see what I finished in the last few months, and whether I would repurchase them.

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Joe Fresh Nail Polish Remover

I don’t really have a go-to brand for nail polish remover, so I picked this up on a whim one day when I was running low on nail polish remover. It’s not that good; I feel like you really have to scrub harder at certain types of polishes. I’m not talking about glitter polishes, but even just shimmer polishes that usually aren’t too hard to remove with other removers.

Repurchase? No

Shiseido Facial Cotton

This stuff is the creme de la creme of cotton pads. I’ve probably bought two dozen packs of these in my lifetime, and haven’t been able to go without them since I discovered them about 6 years ago. This is why Stashy calls them crack cotton! They are so luxurious, and it reflects in the price. Stashy sent me a pack of the Muji cottons, which are supposed to be a dupe for this. I also found a pack of cotton at Miniso that also looks like it’s supposed to be a dupe, so I will be using those up first before deciding whether I want to repurchase these or not.

Repurchase? Maybe

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Project Pan #1 – Final Update

Hello, everyone! This post was supposed to go up on Monday, but it’s been such a crazy week that I kept forgetting to post it. Today I am sharing with you my final update on the Project Pan I’ve been working on for the last six months. Read on to see my final progress on these products!

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What these products looked like in January
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What these products look like at the end of June.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone

6 months later, and I’m nowhere close to seeing any pan! It was pretty silly to think I would be able to finish a freaking highlighter, which are notoriously difficult to finish, when it was still fairly new to my collection at the beginning of the year. I enjoyed using this highlighter enormously, but I used it so often that I’ve gotten sick of it – I can’t express how excited I am to start using different highlighters in my collection for the next half of the year!

NYX High Definition Blush in Taupe

Look at this, I’m done with this blush! Okay, so I still have some crumbles to finish up, but would you not agree that it’s fair to say that this one is as good as done? I need to buy another one of these stat, because I’ve gotten so used to contouring that I don’t think I can go without it!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaaarty

Oooh, not quite there on completely finishing this up, but very close on this one! I started seeing baby pan on this at the end of April, and continued making progress in May and June. Hint: Since I’m on a role with this blush, you may be seeing this in my second Project Pan, because I would really like to finish this!

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Fitness Fridays: My Workout Schedule

Hi everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Fitness Fridays series. It was inspired by a question that Hoi Yin Li asked me in my last Fitness Fridays post: what my workout schedule is like. I did reply to her question, but it inspired me to share a post going more in-depth on my workout split.

As a reference, it’s tough for me to be able to fit in 6 or 7 days of working out, so the two schedules I will be talking about below are designed for a 3-5 day/week workout schedule. My workout regime mostly revolves around strength training, but I do try to fit in some cardio, mainly for heart health. Obviously, I don’t claim to be an expert or anything – I work out “for fun”, and this is what I’ve found works best for my goals and lifestyle.

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2018 Beauty Favourites – January to June

It’s not quite the end of the month yet, but today I thought I would share with you my beauty favourites from January to June. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my monthly favourites, largely because I use the same products for long periods of time. However, I feel like within a six-month time frame, I’ve used enough of a variety to share some discoveries I’ve really enjoyed.

All of these products were either new to my collection in 2018, or it came into my collection in 2017 but I didn’t really get a chance to use and form an opinion on them until this year.

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Oribe Texturizing Spray

I have never been into hair products, not even drugstore brands, so I don’t know how I ended up with an Oribe product. I bought this in April from my hairdresser, and I fell head over heels for it right away. It really provides my hair with a lot of texture, and separates my curls exactly the way I want them to, when they tend to clump up together into one large curl when I don’t use product. I haven’t found a product since that works quite as well. Not to mention, Oribe products smell orgasmic! Unfortunately, I used up this travel-sized texturizing spray within a month – I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was about $35 for 75mL, which is expensive stuff! If I can’t find a replacement, I think I *will* repurchase this. In the meantime, I’ll keep searching.

Delectable Nourishing Hand Cream – $14.95 (Discontinued)

Canadian beauty bloggers have been talking about the Delectable line forever, but I haven’t had a chance to try anything from them until I found a 6-tube set of their hand creams during Christmas. I specifically loved the scent Snow Sugar, but overall I’ve really been enjoying the formula of this hand cream regardless of the scent. The formula is thick without being greasy, and most importantly, it keeps my hands moisturized very well.

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