Review: ColourPop Chasing Rainbows Palette

Hi everyone! I don’t know what got into me, but around Boxing Day, ColourPop was having a sale and I purchased a whopping 4 ColourPop palettes! I’m trying to get reviews of the palette out now, and this is the first one. The Chasing Rainbows palette came free with my order, and I noticed that my friend Cleia from Always Cleia also got this free with her order. I though it might be fun to release our reviews together, so I suggested it her and she was game! Go see what she thought of this palette and the looks she created!

The Chasing Rainbows palette isn’t the type of palette I would normally pick up for myself – it’s so bright and colourful with not very many options for neutral looks (which I wear 95% of the time). As bloggers, we tend to review things that we buy and are excited to use, so I thought it would be quite interesting to do a review on it coming from a point of view where it was something I wouldn’t have purchased myself.

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50 Movie Challenge: Movies I Watched September-December

Hello, everyone! Even though we’re almost into February (how???), today I’m sharing a post of all the movies I watched from September to December to finish off my 50 movie challenge of the year. The 50 movie challenge came from Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying – she actually does a 100 Movie Challenge every year, but I thought that might be a bit too difficult for me and ended up challenging myself with 50 movies instead. The last time I did one of these posts, I screwed things up by posting my quarterly post at the end of August instead of the end of September. Apparently I don’t know what a quarter is even though my job revolves around quarters! Anyways, at the end of this post, I have tallied up all the movies I watched during the year.

Crazy Rich Asians – 5/5

I actually watched this movie two weeks in a row, with different groups of friends. It just so happened one was at the end of August and the other was at the beginning of September, so they got separated into different posts. Besides the fact that this finally brought to light Asian representation in Hollywood, I love how fun this was! It was just as entertaining the second time around, but the book is still better.

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9 Beauty Products I Want to Try in 2019

Hi everyone! Last week, I shared a post on Nine Beauty Brands I Want to Try in 2019, and today I’m wanted to talk about nine beauty products I want to try this year. You might be wondering what the difference between the two posts are. Last post featured brands that I’ve never used before, whereas I’ve previously used the brands mentioned in this post, but have just not tried the specific products mentioned. However, as I was writing this post, I also ended up making a list of 9 more products from the brands featured in my Nine Brands I Want to Try post, so you’ll see those underneath as well. Onwards to the products!

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – $30

I’ve wanted to try these lip masks for years. Years! Currently, I’m trying to work through 3 mini Laneige lip masks and one regular sized one – I doubt I’m going to get to the Agave lip mask this year with all of the lip masks in my collection, but I’ve wanted to try it for so long that I might as well put it on my list. I’m interested to see how it compares with the Laneige lip mask!

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9 Beauty Brands I Want to Try in 2019

At the beginning of 2018, I shared a list of 9 beauty brands I wanted to try during the year. I ended up buying from 6 of the 9 brands on the list, which I think is pretty good! This year, I have a few more brands that I would like to try for the first time. I’m not saying that I’m going to buy from all of them this year; in fact, I hope for the sake of my wallet that I don’t 😂 I just wanted to share a list of brands I’ve never tested out but am interested in!

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Image from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

This brand has never really interested me; it’s always felt like one of those brands that aren’t very trendy and come out with “boring” makeup. However, in the last year or so, a few of their face and lip products have really started to look appealing to me. I’m really tempted to give Bobbi Brown a go in 2019!

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July-December 2018 Empties

Hello, everyone! Today is an empties post where I’m sharing with you all of the products I managed to finish in the last half of the year. If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that it takes me three times as long to finish my beauty products compared to the average person, which means I don’t go through a lot of products each year. This is why I group them into January-June empties and July-December empties, whereas most people have enough finished products to do monthly empties! You can read my first empties post here.

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Project Pan Volume 2: Update #2

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m writing my final update on my second Project Pan of 2018, which I started back in July. Read on to see how far I made it with all of these products in the last six months!

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From Left to Right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty on July 1st and December 31st

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty

Not to toot my own horn, but I am so proud of myself on this guy! This blush was part of my first Project Pan of the year, and after trying to pan this blush for the entire year, I have come SO CLOSE. You can see that there is a tiny ring left at the edges, but I would say that this is as good as finished. Can I just go ahead and call this a successful pan? We all know how difficult it is to finish blushes! I will be continuing to use this in 2019 until the pan is completely clean – but first, I am going to take a break from it to use some of my other blushes for a while!

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Best of Beauty 2018: Skincare Edition

Hi everyone! On Monday, I shared Part 1 of my Best of Beauty of the year, which was all about my makeup favourites. Today is the second of my Best in Beauty of 2018, which features all about my bodycare and skincare favourites. Read on to see what I loved this year!

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Hand Cream: Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

I bought a 6 pack of these last December, and now I’m currently on my last two tubes. A lot of my blogger friends raved about these Delectable hand creams before I ever got to try them, and now I finally see why. I wash my hands a lot, so they’re always dry. They’re very affordable drugstore hand creams, and are the most hydrating lotions I’ve used in a long time. A huge plus is that these are the perfect size for the purse! A few of the scents were not my favourite, but they weren’t a dealbreaker, either. I recently bought a set of bigger tubes that I have placed on my bedside table and office desk!

 

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Lip Balm: Glossier Balm Dotcom

In my makeup favourites post, I talked about how much I love the Cloud Paints. These are another hit from Glossier! My long-time favourite lip balm for the last decade has been the ones from Jack Black, and I’ve never been able to find another brand that I liked just as much. Well, I discovered this year that the Balm Dotcom gives it a run for its money! I’ve tried a few balms throughout 2018, but the Balm Dotcom was my favourite by far. I wouldn’t say that it’s better than the Jack Black, to be honest, but it’s just as good even though the formula is different. It keeps my lips moisturized for a few hours before reapplication is needed, and it’s just the right texture – not thin and greasy, but also not thick and hard to spread out either. I recently purchased the rose scent, and I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection one day.

 

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Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

reviewed this makeup remover in the summer, and it’s still a standout for me now. For the first time in nearly a decade, I’ve found a makeup remover that has replaced my holy grail, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. This cleansing balm has a subtle fresh scent that smells really nice. More importantly, I want my makeup removal process to be fast and effective, and this removes even the most stubborn of my makeup quickly with no trace of it left over. Massaging it into the skin feels nice too, as it feels very hydrating and turns into a nice milky texture once you add water to it. It’s the first cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, and it won’t be my last!

Runner up is the Garnier Miscellar Water, which saved me when I had eyelash extensions and couldn’t use an oil-based makeup remover. I never “believed” in miscellar waters before because anything besides oil-based remover has always been ineffective in makeup removal on me, but this was so impressive in getting makeup off my skin.

 

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Serums: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

I didn’t really know how to classify this, but I guess a serum is close enough. I’ve tested out 4 different hyaluronic acids now, and this has by FAR been my favourite even though it’s the newest addition to my collection! I purchased it in Japan after reading that pretty much EVERYONE recommends this, and it lives up to the hype. It’s the most hydrating out of the four, and soaks right into the skin. It also has a nice consistency that’s not too runny but also not goopy. it’s unscented, and it doesn’t do anything weird like pill underneath other skincare or makeup. I feel like my skin has felt a lot less tight since starting to use this!

 

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Facial Oil: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I’ve never had much luck with facial oils until I met this one. Squalane is meant to lock in moisture, and this does just that. I apply it as the last step on my nighttime routine in order to lock in all of the hydrating properties from the other products I applied underneath. I’ve found that since using the squalane, my skin feels quenched and supple in the morning. Although it’s an oil, it doesn’t feel too greasy, and it’s also unscented, which is a big plus for a lot of skincare lovers. I reviewed this back in September here.

 

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Exfoliator: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

I will be doing a review of all the products included in the Drunk Elephant Littles Kit in the next month or so, but all you have to know about this product is that it is so phenomenal. This is a pretty strong AHA/BHA blend, but I found this to be really gentle on my skin. No stinging, no scent, and no drying out my skin. I’ve found that I just end up with a smooth and much more radiant complexion after using this regularly.

 

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Moisturizer: Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

Not only is the packaging and the pink cream pretty (the aesthetics is always a bonus, am I right?), but it has a light, airy texture that feels nice on the skin. Yet, this is still really moisturizing despite the lighter texture. I have dry skin and have that it has worked well for both the summer and winter so far, although as the weather continues to get colder, I’m now just starting to find it’s not enough. The scent is a bit strong, which is definitely a negative for people who don’t like fragrance in their skincare, but I personally don’t hate it. I did an in-depth review of this moisturizer here.

The runner-up in this category is the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. It’s a runner-up because I only started using it in December and need more time to test it, but I’m seriously loving it so far. This moisturizer is a lot thicker than the Herbivore Pink Cloud, but it doesn’t sit heavily on my skin. My skin has been drinking all of the moisture up! I will have a review of this up in the next two months.

And that is it for my roundup of 2018 favourites! What products did you love this year?