Wedding Planning: Update #2

Today’s post is Update #2 on our wedding planning, and focuses on entertainment and décor. This has probably been the most fun part to plan!

Okay, let me start off by saying that there is a lot of “I want this, I decided this”, in this post, which makes it seem like I don’t let my fiancé have any input. That is a false impression! I honestly do ask his opinion, to which his response is always “I’m fine with whatever you want”, which is mostly exactly what I want to hear except when I can’t decide between two things. Like many men, I think he’s honestly perfectly fine just showing up on the day to get hitched.

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This meme is actually hilarious, because I’ve done it twice so far! My married female friends say they did the same thing when they planned their wedding, so I don’t feel quite so bad.

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Sephora VIB Haul

Today I wanted to share what I picked up during the Sephora VIB sale. Even though their November VIB sale is always Sephora’s best sale of the year, I didn’t go crazy with my purchases. I was good and pretty much stuck to my wish list! The majority were items in my collection that needed to be replaced, and only two were “want” items.

I bought most of the items online so that I could take advantage of Ebates, but before I made any purchases, I visited a physical store to do some browsing and see what else I wanted to buy. I’m not much of an online shopper, and am definitely someone who needs to swatch things in store before making a decision. The last time I purchased online during the VIB sale, I remember it taking forever. This time, I ordered on November 11th and received my items by November 17th – very fast!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Palette

At the store, I saw that the Anastasia Master Palette by Mario palette was in stock. Since I had checked online before visiting the store and knew that this palette was sold out online, I took its availability in stores as a sign that I should buy it. Although the shades are pretty dupeable, they are right up my alley and I’m really excited I got my hands on this!

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Nail Polish Cleanout

Apologies for not posting regularly lately – things have been crazy. This post was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but time ran away from me!

I’ve found in the last two years that my taste in nail polishes has changed, and lately I’ve become very uninspired by the polishes I own. In an effort to minimize my nail polish collection and get rid of the ones I never use anymore, I decided to clean out my nail polish collection. Today I wanted to share with you all of the polishes I got rid of.

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Deborah Lippmann Happily Ever After Set

I was given these polishes (Going to the Chapel, Something Blue, Endless Love) as a gift a few years ago. I thought this wedding-themed set was so cute. I wanted so much to love them, but the finish on these is so weird. They have a matte finish, but the polish itself contains a sheen. Sounds like a nice idea, but they made it look like I painted my nails with chalk, especially the white one. I tried these a few times, and even tried to put a topcoat on top to make it shiny instead of matte, but it just doesn’t work.

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Matte Taupe Eye Look

Today’s eye look is something I’ve been wearing a lot lately. I almost never wear an all matte eye look as I can’t do without some bling on my face (aka shimmery shadows). However, lately I’ve been inspired by a coworker, who wears a very dramatic matte eye look to work. She has a very different eye shape (more more deep-set than mine) and does her eye makeup much more dramatically than I would, but I wanted to give a go at doing my own version.

For this look, I pulled out my trusty Tarte Tartelette palette. Even though I rarely r do all-matte eyes, I use this palette nearly 95% of the time I do my makeup in some way – I’m either borrowing a transition colour from here, a darker shade to deepen up the out V, or using it for the matte highlight shades. It has definitely become a regular part of my makeup routine. This is a simple look using only three shades.

 

 

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Products Used:
All-Over Lid Colour: Super Mom
Transition Colour: Force of Nature
Crease Colour: Power Player
Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Mascara: Shiseido Full Lash Volume Mascara

  1. With a fluffy crease brush, apply Force of Nature as a transition shade from the crease to just below the browbone.
  2. Apply Super Mom all over the lid, making sure not to go over the crease. Also take this onto the browbone as the highlight shade.
  3. Take a smaller crease brush and apply Power Player right in the crease area, so that it acts as a transition shade between Super Mom and Force of Nature. Also apply this lightly to the inner and outer half of the lid, so that Super Mom is only showing in the middle of the lid. Take Power Player onto the lower lash line with an angled liner brush.
  4. Do a winged liner on the upper lash line using liquid or gel liner.
  5. Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

If I were to do this look over again, I would definitely put down a white cream base first (which I don’t own) to make Super Mom stand out better, and I would probably use a starker white shade instead of a cream.

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Sephora VIB Wish List

With the Sephora VIB sale starting today for VIB Rouge members, I wanted to do my usual wish list that I always do during Sephora sales. I’d meant to get this up yesterday, but alas, this did not happen. Wish lists are some of my favourite posts to read, because they give me so many ideas for my own wish list. There wasn’t a ton that caught my eye this time like in previous years, for some reason. I haven’t quite decided if it’s a good thing or not, but none of the limited edition holiday palettes looked interesting to me – at least my wallet is a happy camper!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario

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Because I really need yet another eye shadow palette when I bought a palette this year I haven’t even touched…I saw this in person and colours are irresistible, though! This is no longer on the website, but it’s $45 USD (so roughly $55 CAD?)

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October Haul and Low-Buy

Today’s post is on everything I bought in October, and how I did on my low-buy for the month. There are some goodies in here!

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Nail Polishes

As my mentioned last month, I’m wanting to do an overhaul on my nail polish stash (nail polish trash post to come in a few weeks’ time!) I saw that these Sally Hansen Hard as Nails polishes were on sale for $1.99 each at Shoppers one week, so I had to take that as an opportunity to pick up a few polishes that I was interested in. I picked up the shades Orchid Around, Shine On, and Mauve Over.

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