Friday, 28 November 2014

Makeup Review: MAC Holiday Collection 2014 Objects of Affection

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone had a good black friday and you guys were able to get your hands on some great deals. We only recently started participating in black friday sales here in Canada so the whole things is very exciting and crazy! 
I recently purchased this gorgeous kit from MAC's Holiday Collection 2014. It's called Objects of Affection: Pink/Rose pigments. This was the only part of Mac's holiday collection that stood out to me and it sold out really quick online but luckily they had plenty available at my local Mac store. Below are some pictures and swatches. Enjoy!!
 The packaging is really chic and holiday glam appropriate. I really like it!
 Here are the stunning cranberry, rosy, gold coloured shades. I chose this one of the three different colour themes just for the shade called Heritage Rouge! It is simply stunning!
These are swatched using a brush that was dipped in Mac's Fix +.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if your Mac stores still have this set, I would really recommend purhcasing it. These shades are so gorgeous and they would look really great for some holiday glam looks! 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

5 Things Marriage Taught Me

I wanted to do something a little different today by reflecting on what I've learned from my marriage so far. Recently my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary and so I've been thinking about how much has changed in the past year. A lot has and definitely for the better and I wanted to share some things I've learned so far. Let me know if you can relate! Enjoy :)

1. The first year is the hardest
No matter how much you think you know someone, you really don't know them until you've lived under the same roof as them. I was with my husband for 4 years before we got married and lived together. I thought I knew exactly who he was but everything changes when you live with someone. People also don't tell you that the honeymoon phase is basically a lie. Some couples have that honeymoon phase in the earlier parts of their relationship but the first year of marriage is often difficult. I have spoken to several people who have been married for 10 years and they say that they are NOW in their honeymoon phase. They also say that the first year was the hardest and I completely agree. It's hard because you discover all the quirks and annoying habits of your partner that you never knew they had, and they are discovering things about you that they never knew before either. You are developing a routine in that first year and that can be quite difficult. So just based on my personal experience, the first year is the hardest.

2. Maintaining a home is difficult
I used to live with my parents right up until I got married and moved out and I discovered the hard way how difficult it is to maintain a home's cleanliness. I've always had a messy room and I thought I would smarten up after marriage but habits are hard to overcome. You have to make sure garbage goes out on time, laundry and dishes are done, a meal is cooked and things are relatively tidy. Doing just those things is so hard when you work and go to school at the same time. I appreciate my mom so much more because she always used to cut me some slack when I had school. 

3. Age difference can be good
So my husband is 30 and I am 21. I know, crazy huh! Nine years is a big difference in age between a married couple and before I got married I was completely against the idea but now I'm all for it. I met my husband when I was 16 and he was 25 and after we talked the first time I thought he was my age and he thought I was his age. Turns out there was nine years between us but something still clicked with us. I've come to appreciate the age difference between us because most guys my age are very immature and so being with someone close to my age may not have worked out. I say Alhamdulilah all the time because he treats me like a princess and I feel like someone my age may not appreciate my youth like he does. (Hopefully that makes sense)

4. Men express love differently 
Most men are not like the typical prince charming we see in movies. They don't express their love and affection in the ways we expect. They each have their different ways of showing their love and its hard to understand sometimes because we don't necessarily see it. Some guys get flowers and cards and can be spontaneous and some guys don't but that doesnt mean those guys don't love and appreciate you just as much. They just need some work on learning what you like and how you want to be appreciated and they will get there! Also another thing I wanted to add because it definitely sparked some arguments in my relationship is that men sometimes express their love through intimacy. Sometimes I just wanted an enriching conversation or to be able cuddle without anything progressing but he didn't understand that. I just thought I would mention that as food for thought. 

5. Communication is key
As cliché as it sounds communication truly is key. Whenever I would get upset I would turn to the slient treatment which is so wrong!! Half of our fights in that first year, my husband had no clue what he did wrong. I would be so angry and think to myself that he should simply know what he did wrong. The poor guy was so clueless and half the time we would go days without talking simply because I couldn't express what I was angry about. I could have saved so many problems and fights if I just spoke up. The silent treatment is stupid and is difficult for both partners. 

This past year has been quite the roller coaster but I wouldn't change it for the world. Everything happens for a reason and alhamdulilah my relationship has improved so much and become stronger. I could write so much more about what I've learned from marriage so far but I feel like these five things are the most important. I hope you guys enjoyed, related, benefited or will take into consideration any of these things for any future relationships. Let me know what you think!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Makeup Review: Gerard Cosmetics Lip Glosses

Hey ladies! I have been so excited to review these super hyped about lip glosses by Gerard Cosmetics. These lipglosses are all over social media and so I gave in to the hype and bought some. I liked them so much, I bought some more! I have some good things and some bad things to say about them and I have some swatches attached below! 
 I am not a lip gloss girl personally, I am someone who prefers lipsticks. But the amount of hype on youtube over these glosses (plus some awesome discounts) triggered my inner makeup addict so I had to have some! These glosses were started by a company called Whitening Lightening (their name is now Gerard Cosmetics). Their products are designed with a formula and colour choice that is supposed to make your teeth look whiter! They certainly do that and much more!
 The packaging is beautiful and great quality. The main marketing point is the fact that they have a mirror on the side and a light in the cap so when you apply the lip gloss in a dark room or a club, you can see where you are applying it. 
Here you can see the light in the cap.
 These are one swipe swatches with the applicator. They are opaque and super pigmented. The colours are stunning. The formula is consist throughout the ones I have except for one. I dislike the colour Coral Craze. The formula is different in mine for some reason. It's patchy and not buildable and the colour is very poor quality for some reason. Maybe I got a weird one but I didn't like that colour specifically. Other than that one, I love all the rest!
They are so hard to describe. The formula almost hugs your lips. Once they're on they are not going to move. They are sticky but not a bad sticky. It's a thin, opaque, sticky formula that is not tacky and gross. They feel really comfortable on, especially over a lipstick. My favourite colours are: cocoa bean, plum crazy, jewel and wild orchid. They are just so pretty and they certainly made me love lip glosses. I would recommend them to everyone because they are just so beautiful and high quality. 

If the light is an issue for anyone then you can stick a paperclip in the light and it will stop lighting up! lol I hate the light so I broke most of mine. The mirror is a nice touch though. 

If you want to buy them I suggest going to Jaclyn Hill or Carli Bybel's youtube page because they have discount codes on Gerard Cosmetic products. They are so worth it ladies! 

*pics above are all taken by me, sorry for the crap camera*