Sunday, 12 June 2016

Review: Benefit Cheekathon Palette

Hello Lovelies!

This post is kind of random but I treated myself to a few things from Sephora and thought I would review them for you guys! This product is the Benefit Cheekathon Blush and Bronzer Palette.
 I have always wanted to try some Benefit boxed blushes. Especially Rocketeur and Dallas. When they came out with this palette I got super excited because it was a great way to try all their cult favourites in one purchase! 
 The packaging is super cute as usual with Benefit products. It is quite bulky but thats because you get a lot of product with each blush. It comes with the same brush that they put with the individual boxed blushes. I personally am not a fan of it but some people may like it. This product retails for $75 CAD while the individual boxed blushes retail for $36. So overall the value is great for this palette.
 I like that they have the name of each product under the blush pans so when you take the plastic film off, the name is still there.
The only issue I had with this palette is that the actual blushes themselves weren't as pigmented as I thought they would be. I always go into Sephora and swatch the individual boxed blushes and they swatch beautifully with great pigmentation. However in this palette the formula seems to be different. I hate when companies do this, where the product is the same but once they put it into palette form the quality decreases.
They do apply better with a brush onto the cheeks but you have to build them up quite a bit. The finger swatches were lacking in my opinion as I had to go over them several times for them to show up on my arm. 

Overall I give this palette a 7/10. I think its a great value and I love concept, I just wish they lived up to the quality of the original individual boxed blushes. 

Hope you guys liked this! Let me know what you think and if you bought this yourselves!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

33 Weeks Pregnant

Hello Lovelies!
Wow, talk about long time no see. I haven't even clicked on my blog link in around 3 months. I used to love blogging and I always was reading and writing away but now everything has been so different.
So I am 33 weeks pregnant and doing well. Alhamdulilah things are much better than before. As you guys know I was quite sick until about 25 weeks and then the vomiting finally went away. The second I felt better I got a job and went back to work full time so life has been crazy hectic and I haven't had much time to chill. We have been trying to get things ready for the baby's arrival but I feel like I have no time left.
I legit have not put makeup on in months. I go to work bare faced even though I never thought I ever would. Its crazy how much your priorities change when you are sick or have a baby on the way. I don't even remember the last time I bought makeup! Its so crazy and I can't wait to get back into my old routine and lifestyle. I know motherhood changes everything but I hope that I can continue to blog and write about beauty products since I really do enjoy it.
Baby is doing well and so now I am just in super nesting mode. I want to organize and clean everything which is very different for me because I'm usually quite lazy. I have some energy but because my belly is huge now, its hard to bend and work or stand up for long periods of time which kinda sucks. The baby has definitely dropped quite low in the past two weeks and when that happened all of a sudden I got sooo many stretch marks! It was so upsetting to look at my stomach because it looks like an animal clawed it but hopefully they don't scar too badly.
Everyone keeps asking me what I'm naming my baby and I have no clue! I hate when people ask me because honestly I don't like any names and nothing has really stood out to me. I just want to wait until the baby arrives for me to see him and name him then. I still don't really know how to feel about all of this. I'm excited but mostly terrified. Babies are so high maintenance, they need like 5 products just to clean their noses! I feel like I can't keep up. I will be having help though because my mother in law is coming to stay with us for a few months. She's awesome and will help out a lot as well as my parents so that is kind of keeping me sane for the time being. 
Anyway, I feel like this post is weird and makes no sense but I just wanted to write what was on my mind. 
Hopefully when I get my life organized and on a routine again I can start posting regularly.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

20 Week Pregnancy Update

Hello Lovelies!

I am officially 20 weeks pregnant (aka half way through my pregnancy)!
As you guys know from my last post, I struggled during the first 4 and half months of pregnany miserably. I am still a little sick till now and discovered the hard way that I can't stop my diclectin basically until I'm done this pregnancy. Diclectin by the way, is a Canadian medication made for pregnant women that helps prevent nausea and sickness. I have been on it since the beginning and it didn't really start to work well for me until a week ago. I ran out of it on New Years eve and the next day when all the stores were closed I threw up all day and all night, like 8 times! It was awful! Its very expensive medication but I have no choice but to keep taking it because it is the only thing that helps.
So my bump is really starting to make an appearance now. It is very firm and large. I definitely can't get away without looking pregnant now. The only good thing about throwing up for 4 months is that you lose a lot of weight. Its definitely not how I wanted it to happen, but I lost 25lbs so far so I have not seen any weight gain from the baby yet. Just to show you the difference of weight loss in my face below is before and after.
The picture above was taken the day I find out I was pregnant, so October 13, 2015

These pictures were taken a few days ago. 
As you can see even my skin is dull and my lips are so dry. I don't know where people get this pregnancy glow they all talk about but let me tell ya, Im not glowing! I have never looked worse!
I lost a lot of weight in my hips and stomach and butt. All that is left is the baby bump now which is a little hard to get used to. 
The one thing no one really tells you about is the growing pains you get while pregnant. I always have this constant dull period like pain around my lower abdomen which I assume is growing pains since my uterus is stretching and my bones and ligaments are moving to make room for this baby.
What am I having?
I am having a baby boy! I totally knew it too, I've been calling him a he since I found out I was pregnant. lol I just felt that it was a boy. I'm excited more now about the idea of a boy, I always really wanted a girl first. As for names everyone in my family is pressuring me to name him after my late father in law but I really hate that tradition. I live in Canada and I want my child to have a simple name that can be easily pronounced. No one could say my name growing up and people made fun of it so I don't want to put my kid through that. I plan on naming him what I see fit.
As for cravings, I have the most random cravings sometimes. I have craved mashed potatoes, fruits, sour candy and chocolate. Just all over the place, but mainly sweet stuff! I pretty much can't stand eating meat and chicken. It grosses me out which is weird because I have never been like that. I guess when you puke so much of a certain food you are scarred for life to ever eat it again! 
Here's a little bump shot. I took it last week so my stomach is even bigger now but this is the best I could give you guys for now. Sorry for the mess in the background. Pretty much depicts my life right now! lol

I will try to continuously update you guys about how things are going as soon as I get my life back together! <3

Monday, 4 January 2016

Where have I been?

Hello Lovelies!

Long time no talk, eh! I hate that I completely dropped off the earth these past few months. I literally don't even remember the last time I took a selfie or put makeup on. So for those of you who don't know mainly because I literally have not announced it, I am pregnant. I found out I was pregnant after I got back from Lebanon and it has been a whirlwind of emotions because it was not planned but Subhanallah this is God's plan and Alhamdilah no matter what! 
Anyway I have been incredibly ill since I found out I was pregnant. The symptoms hit me hard and I am 16 weeks (4 months) along and still suffering from extreme nausea and vomitting. It has been very hard for me to leave my house or do anything. I can't work or eat or do much really. Any smell triggers vomitting so I haven't been able to live at my apartment with my husband because of the smells of the building and other apartments. I've basically been living at my parents house for the past few months. The fact that smells bother me also means I can't stand the scent of most makeup so I haven't put any on in ages. Honestly things like makeup and clothes seem so unimportant when you don't have your health. Either way it has been really difficult so far and I hate to sound so negative but this really is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through.
I want to continue to do pregnancy type updates until I can get back on my feet and hopefully get over this sickness. I miss you guys and miss reading your posts but honestly most days I don't even have the energy to turn my laptop on and read. 
Anyway just wanted to say hi and that I'm still alive! Thanks to those who have asked about me and wish me luck!