Playing with bright, bold makeup is such a meditative experience for me. I feel like my mind goes blank, I simply focus on the moment – blending, combining, exploring, creating. It’s therapeutic. On Thursday afternoon, instead of worrying about heading back to work on Friday morning, I sat down with a bunch of makeup, without a plan and just went for it. The final result was this bright pink and gold look – and I love the final look!

 

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I’ve always admired the look of oval brushes, they look so elegant and innovative. I had seen some high end variations of this style brush, but honestly, was never willing to fork out the cash for some expensive brands! As much as I love trying out new beauty I am also always looking for a good deal too!  When Simple Glam Girls reached out to me with an opportunity to try their Oval Brush Set*, I was excited to think I may have accidentally stumbled upon a great, affordable alternative.

I received the Lush Rose Gold Oval Set by Simple Glam Girls about a month ago. The set contains 10 gorgeous brushes of all shapes and sizes, perfect for creating looks with cream and powder products. I’ve been testing these brushes since they arrived and have been quite enjoying these little beauties!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette has been a cult-favourite palette for quite some time since it was released last year. This palette comes highly recommended for both formula and colour range. It was many people’s favourite palette of 2016, and I honestly thought that the hype was going to die down into the new year. I still see people rave about this palette, so during the Sephora VIB sale, I decided it was time for me to try this palette out for myself!

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So… It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here. The longer I wait to write, the harder it seems to get. I want to come on and say something, but I just genuinely don’t know what to say. For a few weeks the idea of coming here and posting about products seemed odd and Now is as good of a time as any to let you know what’s going on and to get back to chatting to you here.

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would take blogging more seriously. I want to create more content, and focus a lot of my creative energy to this platform. The year started out pretty good. I was posting consistently on both my blog and instagram, trying lots of new products and exploring. But these past few weeks I’ve let that go by the wayside.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I had surgery last Thursday. It was a minor surgery, but as it was approaching I focused all my energy on thinking about that. I spent my time preparing to take time off work, go for walks and enjoy the weather while I could. I worried a lot about what I would eat and how I would do everyday things during recovery. Being an over-thinker, I guess that makes sense. But I didn’t take the time to do the little things that make me happy – trying new makeup looks, exploring with colour, photography. Now that I’m in recovery and on the way uphill, I want to put my energy back to these things. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of these creative things.

Over the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. I’m off work for a little while and am honestly doing so much better than I ever expected I would be this soon after surgery. I have lots of fresh ideas and I am feeling reenergized. I’m excited to be back to my blog!

As all of us beauty junkies know, the Sephora VIB sale just passed. For Beauty Insiders, VIB & VIB Rouge members, it’s a special time that only happens twice a year! 15% off of beauty is kind of a big deal! I always look at this time as a great way to save on essentials and to try something new that I’ve been coveting for a long time. Although my haul isn’t massive, I still spent a fair amount and purchased some items I am SO excited about so wanted to share them with you!

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