Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy 2016!

I'm going to be honest: writing, right now, is hard. I've had a laptop-less two weeks while I did nothing but lounge around, cook, eat and just hang. It was glorious and, in my opinion, well deserved. But it's back to the grind today and the grind is not easy. I've been MIA on the blogosphere for the past few weeks and it's not easy getting back. I feel like I've forgotten how to write and I know it's going to be a bit tricky to get back into balancing work, school, blogging, tutoring and life in general. But here goes.

A happy 2016 to each and every one of you. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and I sincerely hope you're having an easier time getting back to reality.

I'm not big on New Year's Resolutions mainly because I feel like any and everyday is a good day to become who you want to be. But here's one for me: be better. Be better as a person and try harder for everything. I want to be one of those people that give everything my 100% and so I want to genuinely and honestly try. I want to be focused on the moment and the task at hand - my wandering mind is not always a good thing. I want to be present, be happy and be better.

Do you make New Year's resolutions? What are your goals for the year? Comment below or tweet me @SundayWardrobe. And thanks for sticking with me during these lazy times - the sense of family is why I love being a blogger and I know it's what's going to get me back up on the blogging horse!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Foxy Originals Giveaway!

Foxy Originals Jewellery Giveaway

If you guys know anything about me, you'll know how I love accessories. Most of my pictures on this blog have some sort of gold accessory peeking through behind all the make up. So when I was contacted to do another giveaway with Foxy Originals, I couldn't possibly say no.

While I more simple pieces usually, I did want a little something more for the Christmas season so I opted for this "star studded" (get it, get it?!) piece: the Cosmic Earrings in gold. These ear jackets are adorable and give the impression that the earrings are floating - the front is a little star and the back piece is a cluster of stars. I love that these earrings are a little glam without being overwhelming - very, very me! The earrings weren't heavy which is a bonus though it did get caught in my hair when I wore my hair down. It wasn't too big a bother but still something to know.
Foxy Originals Jewellery Giveaway

Foxy Original's jewellery is made in Canada (Toronto, to be specific!) which makes me love the brand even more. Quite a few of the pieces are made of pewter and plated with genuine 14 Karat Gold, silver or copper which is surprising as the prices are reasonable. These earrings came in an adorable box and bag which make it the perfect gift for someone special!

Some things to note:
1. This giveaway is open for Canada and the US only
2. The giveaway will close on Friday, December 18th at Midnight (Eastern Time Zone, UTC: -5:00)
3. The winner will be chosen at random and I will notify them via Twitter
4. Once the winner has been announced, they will have 24 hours to respond, after which a new winner will be selected.
5. The prize is the gorgeous Cosmic Earrings as seen above and you have to enter below!
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Current Game Face

Makeup Review: Kat Von D, Colourpop, Rimmel, Inglot and NARS
There are some days where I just spend a good hour on my makeup: I take my time blending eyeshadows, placing blush/bronzer/highlighter strategically on my face and carefully lining my lips. Then there are other days I don't wear make up at all and just run outside the house. Hooray for ignorance/confidence/poor time management!

While my full make up routine is extensive, this is my quick game face. It looks like a lot of products for a "quick" routine but trust me, I can have this done in less than ten minutes, maybe even five!

For my base I use my new favourite Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation (Medium 57): it's full coverage and perfectly matches my tan, neutral-undertoned skin. There's no faff with this product, I use a dense brush to buff it all in and I'm good to go!

Disclaimer: I don't use under-eye concealer. I don't think I'm quite there yet so I find this foundation adequately covers any uneven colour which does shave off a little bit of time off my routine.

Next, I swipe some NARS Blush in Oasis on my cheeks - it's a darker blush that I would say is a mix of brown, purple and pink with a little shimmer. It's definitely not a "natural flush" colour but I do like a bold blush so it's my go-to. Also, NARS blushes last ages. They would wear longer than my previous foundations - my skin would look a mess while my cheeks looked pristine! I then add my ColourPop highlighter in Wisp: this cream/mousse product is a gorgeous champagne gold and adds a subtle shimmer. It's perfect for my tan skin and doesn't look overwhelming during the daytime.

Moving onto eyes, I add some of this Inglot Bronze shadow in the inner corners for a little brightness. Using my current favourite Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, I line my eyes - I prefer a thicker feline flick even for day-to-day operation and this liner is just so darn great. It's incredibly dark and the brush tip makes it easy to draw the skinniest of lines! My mascara of choice is currently the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless which is perfect for longer, non-clumpy lashes.

Last, but certainly not least, I use Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lolita for perfectly pink lips. This dusty rose shade is great for Autumn while still looking natural and daytime appropriate! The creamy formula isn't drying on the lips either which is a huge cold-weather bonus!

It's a lot to read but I promise it doesn't take more than ten minutes tops. What are your favourite "everyday" products? Comment below or tweet me @SundayWardrobe!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Haul + Swatch: ColourPop Liquid Lipsticks

Haul and Swatch of ColourPop cosmetics, liquid lipsticks
Yes, I did make another ColourPop order. And yes, I did obsessively check my package tracking (it was at "Toronto Pearson" for forever). Last time I made a ColourPop order (see here), the ultra-matte lipsticks were unavailable so I stuck to shadows, lipsticks and a highlighter. This time my order was almost exclusively liquid lipsticks. Almost. But more on that mystery in a couple weeks ;)

If you didn't know, ColourPop is an extremely affordable makeup line from Los Angeles. I'm fairly certain each item is under the $10 mark (I could be wrong) and these ultra-matte liquid lipsticks were $6 each (USD). Shipping to Canada is not free but, at the cost and quality of the products, paying $12 or so (total) for shipping is definitely worth it. 

I want to do an overall ColourPop review so stay tuned for that - this post is just going to be me showing off my goodies and swatching them. I went for darker, bolder colours seeing as it is Fall and because I'm always so hesitant about light liquid lipsticks. It's hard to find light colours that look good on my skintone and so, when shopping online, I play it safe with dark or bright hues. 

Haul and Swatches of liquid lipsticks - ColourPop
Zipper / Limbo / Tulle / Bumble / Creeper / Mars
Zipper: this is probably the most unlike me colour of the bunch: a bold, almost bright purple. I bought it on a whim, in an attempt to go outside my comfort zone and I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to wear this!

Limbothis is a deep, deep brown that I thought would be great for fall. I don't think I can get away with a super vampy purple or black lipstick that a lot of people have been rocking so I settled for this instead. I've yet to try it but I'm sure it will look great on its own or mixed with another colour.

Tulle: this is definitely my favourite so far - it's a purple brown and it's the perfect fall colour. I don't think I expected it to be so dark - I thought it was a nude brown when I saw it online but I am pleasantly surprised. I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this colour.

Bumblethis is probably the lightest colour I got - it's a blush pink. When I bought it, it was my favourite of the lot but, upon wearing it, I'm not sure. It's got nothing to do with the colour or consistency, but just how the colour looks on  me. My mom says it looks lovely but I feel that it washes out my skin a tad.

Creepera true red, I bought this hoping it would be slightly different from Kat Von D Outlaw which I already own. Unfortunately, this is looking veeeeery similar (dupe alert!) so I think I'll be mixing this lipstick with another to see what I can come up with.

Marsthis bold pink is something I've been looking for for a while. You'd be surprised at how hard it is to find. While this is more of a summer colour, I got it anyway because I wasn't sure when I'd be making another order. I'm not sure how much use I'll get from this colour during fall but it looks like a fun one for a holiday party!

Have you tried any ColourPop products? What are your favourite liquid lipsticks? Comment below or tweet me @SundayWardrobe!