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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May & June Low-Buy

After a two-month hiatus, I’m back, kind of. The wedding has come and gone, so we are no longer doing wedding-related tasks every moment of our waking day that is not spent at work. Hooray! However, I’m still going through some personal things and my life feels a little off-kilter right now , but I’m going to try dip my toes back into blogging. It might mean two posts a month, it might mean one a week, or maybe I’ll be able to post twice a week – regardless, I’m just looking forward to getting back into it again.

My first post back is my May and June low-buy. I skipped my May post since I was on a break, so today is going to be a combined May and June low-buy post. May was a no-buy month for me, and I actually did stick to my no-buy. Pat on the back for me! However, I thought I had pretty much lost my mojo in June because I felt like I kept spending with no regard to my low-buy budget – I didn’t even know what my budget was. I don’t know what had gotten into me in June – I blame the fact that it was a stressful month for me, okay? 😛

Here are all the items I bought in June:

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Taking a Break

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to make a quick post to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging. I’m currently going through some family issues right now, so I understandably want to take more time to spend with my family. On top of that, our wedding is coming up in 4 weeks and while that has taken a back-burner in my priorities given our new circumstances, it’s something that still needs to be dealt with so that the day runs smoothly.

As a result of all of this, I haven’t really had the time, energy, or mood to think about blogging. There are a handful of posts that I have as drafts, so maybe I’ll be able to post a few of those in the upcoming few weeks, but updates will definitely be sporadic and I can’t make any promises. However, I will still try to keep up with YOUR blog posts to the best of my ability.

Thank you for understanding, and hopefully we will be able to chat again in a few weeks.

Polished & Inspired

Liebster Award

Last month, I was nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Jani V of My Life in Med School. Go follow her if you haven’t already! She has various posts about makeup, fashion, and not surprisingly, her journey through med school!

I found it extremely difficult to come up with interesting facts about myself…maybe that means I’m not very interesting 😛

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award;

2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you;

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself;

4. Nominate 11 blogs;

5. Notify them of the nomination;

6. Give them 11 questions to answer

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