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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Yes, this blog is 4 years old! I’ve never celebrated a blogiversary before, but this is a pretty big milestone. It’s amazing and yet totally crazy to think that I’ve been posting snippets of my life and beauty obsessions on this platform for such a long time.

This is a long post, I apologize! But there’s a lot to say!

I think I’ve changed and learned a lot over the past 4 years. And yet, this blog is the one consistent thing that has remained. It’s my creative outlet, journal and fun. When I started this blog, I was in a totally different place in my life. I really was a different person. My voice, my aesthetic, my confidence have grown in these 4 years, and I think my blog has definitely benefited from my personal growth. When I started this journey, honestly, I was feeling pretty confused. I felt alone, I was lost. I was constantly letting myself down, I felt like I kept making mistakes and wanted to create somewhere where only happy things lived and somewhere I could meet people with similar interests.

When this all began, blogging wasn’t what it is now. I didn’t know people made careers out of blogging, I didn’t know I could get sent products for free to review or asked to attend events. I just knew I had to give myself somewhere to talk about anything at all. It really did start that way, as an outlet. And that’s exactly how it remains today. It’s never been about numbers, followers, stuff or money. It still isn’t. I’m sure a lot of you think that’s absurd, because blogging takes so much time and effort, but I do it because I genuinely love the process. From discovering products to talking to new people and product photography, I love every moment of blogging.

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Patrick & I moved into our apartment a year and a half ago. Back then, it was so fresh and new and exciting, so of course, I wrote a post showing it off! I loved the way it looked back then, but we knew there were some changes to make. We’ve slowly made it feel how we want, with more elements of our style and some DIY projects to get it here. If you want to see what the space looked like before, there’s a post here from September 2015. My oh my, how it’s changed since then!

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The essence Shape & Shadows Eye Contouring Palette* contains all of your eye and brow essentials! With 6 products and a double ended brush, there really is everything you need to create a variety of eye looks. I love multi-use products, especially when they are packaged up into a small palette (with a mirror!) that’s perfect for travel. And for just $9.99 you really can’t go wrong with a palette like this!

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When Colourpop announced pressed singles were to be released, I knew I needed to give them a try! Colourpop hands-down is one of my favourite makeup brands. In the past 14 months since I made my first order from them, I’ve mentioned the brand countless times on my blog and instagram because I am just obsessed. From the branding, unique product selection, quality to price point this brand never fails to impress. I’m so happy to have picked up 4 of the shades from the massive launch of 31 shades. And I will most definitely be getting more in the near future!

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