Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Ipsy Bag | 2017

The first Ipsy bag of 2017. I was expecting another knock-out bag, but this month left me wanting more. The theme this month is Metropolis. I love the sporty vibe of the bag this month, the metallic mesh overlay reminds me of the 90s for some reason.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Mask - I love a good deep cleansing mask once a week, more if I'm breaking out really bad. This claims to draw out dirt and impurities, peel away dead skin cells, restore elasticity, and fortify with essential moisturizers. It's strange for this type of mask to claim to be moisturizing, so I'm excited to give this a try soon.

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I'm Not A Ballerina - I've been receiving a lot of nail polishes in subscription boxes lately, which isn't always a bad thing, but I don't have time to try all of them. This polish is basic light pink shade, nothing unique. I feel this shade would be better suited to the spring months. I noticed the name is not on the actual bottle, only on the cardboard packaging which sucks, but in the end, really isn't that important.

Trust Fund Beauty Lipgasm Lip Gloss in Method To The Madness - This winter, I've been wearing a lot more gloss because my lips have been so dry that matte lip products look atrocious. This gloss feels quite sticky, but is a beautiful sheer peachy pink shade.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light - I've tried this product before - spoiler alert: it's going to appear in a disappointing products soon. I'll go into more detail about why I don't like it in that post. Needless to say, I'm not a fan and will pass this on to someone more suited to it.

Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wild Rose - Pacifica has the tackiest packaging sometimes, but in the cutest way possible. I freaking love the unicorn! This blush is aptly named, it's a deep rose shade, and there is definitely a glow factor - but it's not shimmery. It doesn't swatch the best on my hand, but that doesn't mean it will look bad on the cheeks. I find blush product hard to do justice in a swatch.

I will try 4/5 of the products this month; not too excited about the nail polish in terms of shade but I love trying new formulas. The BB cream was a dud for me personally, but Smashbox is a fabulous brand to receive. What did you receive in your bag this month?

Emily ♥

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Just like last year, I was curious to see what my most viewed posts were over the past year. My blogging game was seriously lacking in 2016, but it was for the best as I made so much progress in other aspects of my life. Here is a round up of the posts y'all liked most this year:

1. Top 5 | Spring Polishes, May

2. KathleenLights Made Me Buy It, February

3. Review | Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, May

4. Review | L'Oréal Hair Expertise Arginine Resist X3, March

5.  Casey Holmes Made Me Buy It, May

Compared to this post last year, I can see such a change in the way I was taking my blog photos especially. I seemed to have really found an aesthetic I like; bright white background with high saturation.

I am so happy to see that you guys are enjoying the two new series I began on my blog last year; Top 5 and [YouTuber] Made Me Buy It. They are some of my favourites to put together!

A surprising discovery was that 3/5 of these posts were written in May. I say surprising because I don't feel like anything was very different in these parts during that particular month.

I will try to write more posts that are similar to these this coming year as well since you guys seemed to enjoy them so much. Please leave suggestions in the comments below for more upcoming content as well. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us and this little piece in the blogosphere.

Emily ♥

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