Honeymoon Travels: Rome

Almost a full two months after we left home to go on our honeymoon, I am FINALLY posting about our experience at our fourth and final destination, Rome. Yay, we’re done! ūüėā

We were in Rome for four full days, and we chose to stay at Hotel Abruzzi, which was right across from the Pantheon. And I mean, literally right across – this was our amazing view from the hotel room:

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We could see the Pantheon from our hotel window!

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Honeymoon Travels – Venice

I just realized yesterday that we’ve been back from our honeymoon for more than a month and I’m STILL going through my honeymoon blog posts. Since I only¬†post once a week and have been trying to alternate my travel posts with beauty posts, it means I haven’t finished with¬†anything honeymoon-related¬†yet. Hopefully I can get the last one up next week, but in the meantime, today’s blog is our penultimate stop on our honeymoon: Venice.

Venice has always been on my bucket list, but at the same time, I went in with low expectations. A few of our friends who have travelled to Venice said they didn’t really enjoy it, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Based on advice we received, we only stayed in Venice for a day. We left Sorrento in the morning to return to Naples, and from there we flew in to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, arriving at 5pm.

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The view of Venice from the airplane. It’s connected to Mestre by a large highway!

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3 Top Lipsticks for Fall

We are officially into the autumn season, and while I love boots, sweaters, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes as much as the next girl, today I wanted share my ultimate favourite Fall item: dark lipsticks. I realized in the last year that while I love pinks, MLBB shades (which is browny-mauve for me) or deep shades look the best on me, so I’ve become very interested in finding red and berry lipsticks that are comfortable and flattering.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

I had been dying to try the Audacious lipsticks since the collection was released, and I purchased this one during last year’s VIB sale. Audrey is a warm-toned medium red.¬†¬†On me, it looks lighter on my lips than it does swatched, and I would say it’s a pretty neutral (for lack of a better term) red: not too warm, but not too cool-toned; not too bright, but not too vampy. Out of all the¬†three shades mentioned in this post, I would say this one is most easily worn at all times of the year, whereas the other two are dark enough that I imagine most people would wear them only in the fall. The Audacious lipsticks are quite easy to wear: it isn’t the creamiest¬†formula I’ve tried, but it’s full-coverage, comfortable and moisturizing, and doesn’t move around on the lips. It wears for about 4 hours (without eating) and I’ve also noticed that it wears off quite evenly, which is always a good thing for shades like red.

 

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MAC Dark Side

Out of all of the lipsticks featured, this one is my ultimate fall favourite. Dark Side is a deep vampy burgundy in MAC’s Amplified finish, which means the formula is creamy and maintains a decent amount of sheen until the colour starts wearing off. Because the formula is so creamy, I do find it a little bit more high maintenance because it does wear off and shift around more easily without a lip liner underneath than compared to formulas like the Audacious lipsticks. It doesn’t look much darker than NARS Audrey in the swatches, but on the lips¬†it actually is a lot darker. The wear time is about 2-3 hours before I feel like I need to reapply. Unfortunately, the tube you see pictured has been thrown out by the time this blog post is up – when I took my tube out to use for the first time this year, I realized the scent is off, which means that it’s likely expired. I kept it around long enough to take pictures of it for this post, but I’ll have to replace it as soon as I can!

 

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Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Killin’ It

A friend of mine bought this for me for my birthday, but because it’s a dark shade, I haven’t opened it until now. The Sephora website describes Killin’ It as “berry”, but I wouldn’t say it’s berry at all. To me, it’s a dark plum in a matte finish, and when applied to my lips, I would say it actually pulls quite brown. Can you believe that this is the only liquid lipstick I own? I’ve always steered clear of liquid lipsticks because they’re too drying on my lips, but I was actually surprised because¬†this Lip Paint formula¬†sits relatively comfortably on the lips. It dries within seconds, which can either be positive or negative depending on how¬†carefully you applied it. This lipstick is¬†does not budge at all; I had a full meal with it¬†on, and it still looked perfect after.¬†Nothing makes it come off unless I massage an oil-based remover gently on my lips several times. For those who want something long-wearing, this is what you’re looking for! My first foray into liquid lipsticks has made me quite curious to try out more liquid lipsticks, even though I think this particular trend is starting to lose its steam.

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These are all of the lipsticks swatched:

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Killin’ It, MAC Lipstick in Dark Side

 

That’s it for my favourite fall lipsticks! What are your top three lip colours for fall?

 

 

Honeymoon Travels: Amalfi Coast

Today’s post is the second installment of our honeymoon – this time takes us to the Amalfi Coast, Italy. While¬†my heart always belongs to Paris, I was the most¬†excited for the Amalfi Coast because I was pumped¬†to see the famous views I’ve only ever¬†seen on¬†Instagram and never dreamt I would see in real life. My husband had never heard of the Amalfi Coast before I brought it up as a potential honeymoon locale. I was incredulous – had he never seen photos of the hill with all of the houses on it?! As soon as I showed him photos, he said, “Oh, I’ve seen those before. I didn’t know that was the Amalfi Coast!”

In my head, I thought that the Amalfi Coast would be the most relaxing part of our trip, but in reality it was probably the most chaotic of the four places we visited due to the massive crowds. A coworker had told me that a lot of Italians go down to the coast during the summer, which made perfect sense when we got there because it seemed like the majority of the tourists were either Italian or British.

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Honeymoon Diaries: Paris

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I¬†was in¬†Europe for two weeks for our honeymoon. There were so many cities within Europe we wanted to visit, but with only two weeks available, we settled on Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, and Rome. Today’s post is on our stay in¬†Paris!¬†This was the only city on our itinerary that I’ve already been to. I¬†visited Paris on a school trip¬†when I was 18 and fell in love with the city; even as a kid, I’ve always loved anything Paris-themed. Not entirely sure why, but¬†I think it’s due to my obsession of the show Madeline as¬†a kid. Either way, I’ve always wanted to go back with my husband (who has never been), and what better time to go to the City of Love with him than during our honeymoon?¬†It wasn’t hard to convince him, since Paris was on his bucket list.

Paris is separated into Arrondissements, or districts. For example, the Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th, and the Louvre is located in the 1st¬†. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Saint-Michel, which is located in the 5th Arrondissement. The location of the hotel was so¬†convenient – we were a 5 minute walk¬†to the¬†Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) and the Pantheon,¬†a 10 minute walk to¬†the closest¬†Metro station, and a 15 minute walk¬†to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The hotel itself was quite good, too. It was on a quiet street far away from any noise, and although it was a bit small and we didn’t have much of a view, it was clean and modern. Being the beauty lover that I am, I found it interesting¬†that the hair and¬†body products they provided for guests¬†were from Herm√®s! How fancy.

We¬†stayed in¬†Paris for four full days. There’s a lot to see in the city, so we knew we’d be on a bit of a time crunch!¬†After landing at 9:00 am, we took the Metro to¬†our hotel, where we¬†checked in and¬†dropped off our luggage.¬†Read More »

Wedding Planning Series: Update #1

Today’s post is an update on our wedding planning. I finally got to sit down and gather my thoughts on the planning process, as this whole time has just been “go, go, go!”

Wedding planning has been pretty smooth sailing so far. One of the biggest struggles was when I started planning, and realized my “dream wedding” is maybe $30K out of our¬†budget. However, once I gave myself a reality check, everything we’ve booked so far has been below budget without having compromise on much.

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We booked most of our major vendors by the end of August, because my¬†“just get it done”¬†personality needed everything crossed off my checklist¬†ASAP.¬†Today’s post focuses on the first few vendors we booked. We wanted to find people whose prices were fair, but still fairly well-established in the wedding industry, and our top 3 priorities were food, photography, and music.

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September Happiness Highlights

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian bloggers! Since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to post my September Happiness Highlights blog post. I saw this on Stashy’s¬†blog back in August and thought it was such a great idea.¬†This was an interesting exercise…because it made me realize how boring my life is, especially on the weekdays, LOL.¬†Honestly¬†though, this tag reminded me of my fianc√©, who is a much more positive person than I am and always reminds me¬†to find happiness in¬†simple moments. I have a lot to be thankful for!

Credit for feature image goes to shopdandynow.com.

Thursday, September 1 РI finally finished my Q3 Forecast at work, which was a huge task that was due much earlier than expected and had been stressing me out the entire week.

Friday, September 2 РMy highlight of the day was my at-home spa night. Had been looking forward to this moment all week!

Saturday, September 3 РWe had our housewarming today (almost a year after we bought the house, ahem). Great food and even better company Рwas else can you ask for?

Sunday, September 4 –¬†This was a lazy Sunday – my favourite type of Sunday! After cleaning the house post-housewarming, I spent most of the day wrapped up in a blanket working on my blog.

Monday, September 5 РLabour Day long weekend so I had today off work! I spent it shopping for labour day sales with my mom and was able to find WAY more stuff than I would normally ever buy on a single shopping trip. Huge win!

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