Life Lately

LifeLatelyI’ve been trying to keep busy, but it’s hard! There’s only so much you can do in the run of a day, a week, a month. I’ve been avoiding the sadness but a few weeks ago it hit me hard and I fully embraced it and it sucked big time. I don’t mean that for you guys to comment in a big ol’ pity party, I’m just saying. I’m fine, everything’s going to be fine. It just sucks, and it’s hard and I don’t like it. I’m so glad my husband is so compassionate.

latteBut I’ll tell ya what I do like. Espresso. And four shots of it. I’m starting to love the taste of espresso (still not loving the taste of a coffee though), and I’m trying to figure out the cheapest way to ask for an espresso drink somewhere, without paying $6 or $7 for it. Next time I might just ask for all the espressos with no additives (milk, or fancy frothy stuff) in it, then bring’er home and add some of my own milk. Am I being a penny pincher? My parents always told me I will always have a couple of bucks on me no matter how broke I get. Guess it’s from all those days asking for pure espresso shots. Really though, I don’t drink the espresso alldayerrday. It’s about once a week when I need to get shiz done. Ya know? Like yesterday when I blogged (I’m not even going to tell you how many posts I pumped out yesterday due to the caffeine intake). BUT IT WAS GREAT! By the way, anyone try the new Lancome Juicy Shakers yet? It’s the lip product up there shown in the tiny cocktail shaker shaped thing! Cute right??

Upclose-NicZoeI don’t dress up often since I don’t have a corporate job to go to any more. But I do like to dress up for blogging events from time-to-time. I put together this little ensemble over the weekend and liked how it came out! Fancy Nancy is sportin’ all black, with a bright red shoe. No matter where I go, these shoes get complimented on, and they were SO cheap!

Stand-with-purseOutfit of the day
NIC+ZOE day to night top and perfect leggings, Nexus 5X in my hand ;)
Moto 360 watch, hand-me-down purse
Etsy necklace, Brandy Melville gold ring, Charlotte Russe flats

NIC+ZOE is a really nice place to shop online for business casual clothing. They have some beautiful pieces and I already have a few more items on my wishlist I’d like to purchase from them (the top and leggings were sent to me).

What else. I’ve been enjoying running. Although, not for very long, but getting it done quickly. Sometimes Most times I hate running, but ya gotta get a bit more exercise than a bit of bouldering, and yoga-zen-time. So, running it is. You might’ve noticed I’ve been cycling an awful lot too. That’s because I have been. I got a new bike in December from Specialized, and after my first fall I’ve resorted to wearing street shoes and not clip-shoes (what are they called? Why are they called clipless, if you clip into them?). I’ve been exploring the city about an hour each time I go out on the bike and I still feel silly walking my bike across the intersections. But I’m still a bit wobbly and clumsy on it! I’ll get used to it one day. Back to running. I had a scary moment in a sketchy neighbourhood (which I’ll never run in again by the way). I had throat-burn from running so fast away from 2 scary guys who scared me for a legitimate reason.

Moto360-watchI got my first fancy smart watch! It’s the new Moto 360 Android watch in rose gold, and it officially launched yesterday. I’ve been playing with it ever since I got it. I feel like Inspector Gadget talking to my wrist to bring up the weather app, or to text someone. It also has a really interesting feature where you can change the strap on it very easily with the push of a button on the back. I have it in a tan pebbled leather, a black silicone, and the strap that came with it — this soft tan shade. I have to say, it brings me back to my childhood when a university student who lived next door neighbour bought me a watch with interchangeable straps for my 9th birthday. Memories!

colouring-bookColouring has been awesome too. Did you guys get any colouring books this Christmas? I swear it was a popular item. My husband gave me TWO colouring books, talk about spoiled! I’ve been using fancy calligraphy markers from fancy art stores in fancy San Francisco to colour and I’ve been enjoying every moment of it. About an hour a day I turn my electronics on airplane mode, put on some chill music, and colour, or just take a bit of me time. It’s been good.

How have you been?

MAKE UP FOR EVER teams up with Charli XCX

MUFE

MUFE-Charli-xcxMAKE UP FOR EVER teamed up with singer & songwriter Charli XCX as the face of their newest launch: waterproof Aqua XL Eye Pencils! Ya go that right! Waterproof, long wearing, and difficult to remove — aka perfect for sweaty summer parties to make your makeup stay put and last all day night long. Party your face off, wait don’t… because it will last. HA!

These eye pencils glide onto the skin like butter (why am I obsessed with butter?), and dry quickly, and after that? They. Do. Not. Budge. Continue reading

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Sweet-Peach-headerSummer is creepin’ up on us and I can only imagine being bronzed to the bone, with the help of the new Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. It will help create a stunning warm yet natural bronzed look to your skin. I’m so excited to use this!

Sweet-Peach-PaletteIt’s no surprise that the new Too Faced Sweet Peach palette sold out immediately. Beauty blogger friends in both the USA and Canada have and are having a tough time getting it in their hands.

TooFacedSweetPeach-PaletteNow this palette has my attention with the orangey warm shades, since it will bring out the bright blue eyes (ahem, basically made for me!). I think it’d look extra lovely on brown eyes as well. Too Faced are always so innovative with their cutesy packaging and scented products. It’s like scratch and sniff stickers, but in eyeshadow palettes for makeup lovers. Realistically, it’s such a novelty product, because what on earth is the point of having a scented eyeshadow? There’s no point, but it’s all in good fun, really. And I think it’s something completely different that the brand is doing — it’s making them stand out. Not only because of the scent, but because of the beautiful tones in all the palettes they create, along with the soft and cream texture. Not to mention the insane pigmentation of it!

Too Faced had come out with chocolate scented bronzers and eyeshadow palettes in the past, and their second newest edition being the peanut butter and jelly. But if you know anything about me at all, those two scents just don’t jive with  me. Finally, something fresh is out for the fruit and citrus loves.

Sweet-Peach-openHey, what’s up hello beautiful beautiful peachy palette.

Sweet-Peach-allOh hello gorgeous warm shades.

Getting into the finer details, the tin is in a playful pink/orange ombre tin packaging with 18 colours to create the look you want.love-sweet-peach

The palette has a mix of peaches, warm pinks, corals, champagne, and bronzed tones with a few other colours,  (Bless Her Heart is a gorgeous olive green) along with some purples and deeper colours to create a more dramatic eye look. All of these colours from this palette are versatile and easy to wear, and there isn’t a ton of overly shimmer in the shadows. For someone that doesn’t have a huge collection of eyeshadows, this one is fantastic as it has easy to wear neutral shades that have a bit of warmth to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t ever reach for the deeper shades (both purples and the dark brown), since I’m not into wearing anything too dark on my lids.

left-side

right-side

Upclose swatches:

Sweet-Peach-top-rowTop Row:
White Peach, Luscious, Just Peachy, Bless Her Heart, Tempting, Charmed I’m Sure

Sweet-Peach-2nd-rowMiddle Row:
Nectar, Cobbler, Candied Peach, Bellini, Peach Pit, Delectable

Sweet-Peach-3rd-rowBottom Row:
Peaches ‘N Cream, Georgia, Caramelized, Puree, Summer Yum, Talk Derby To Me

Here’s a little look-of-the-day I did over the weekend with colours from the palette!eyeshadow-look

TooFaced-SweetPeachWhat’re your thoughts on the palette? Is it something you’d purchase?

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette $59 CDN | $49 USD

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette was sent for review.