The Volvo kept me safe. Here’s why.

A few weeks ago I had a Volvo XC60 for the week, everything was smooth sailing up until the last full day.

This Volvo was a heaven sent angel for me — let me tell ya. If you guys followed along my IG and Snapchat stories, you would’ve seen my huge rant.

Driving on the busy freeway, I was in the left hand lane, keeping a safe distance like ya normally would on a highway, when I noticed the Range Rover vehicle ahead of me came to a complete halt. Literally suddenly slammed her brakes and stopped on the highway (who does that? lol). Obviously I had to react at lightening speed and I had to swerve hard into the left shoulder while trying to avoid hitting the concrete wall myself, and not drive straight into traffic on my right side.

A terrifying experience that shook me — and I know for certain my 10 year old car wouldn’t have that much control over the situation to move that smoothly and aggressively to avoid a collision. It was brutal you guys! One of the scariest things I’ve ever had happen to me. No damage was done to the vehicle at all, I just swerved and avoided a detrimental accident. What I could tell from driving away and looking in my rear-view mirror was that the woman driving the car that came to a halt in the middle of a highway (!!!) simply missed her exit off the highway (y tho? Just exit the next one, right?!)

Sure, it sounds like the perfect ad for Volvo, but man I was happy I was in it at the time and not my car as I knew mine wouldn’t be able to handle those movements. Sweet merciful Moses what a fright. (Alfie was not with me, this is just the sweetest photo of him I took on one of the first days I had the vehicle). I mean, that accident would’ve easily hurt many people. Even writing about it now makes me so angry and it was 2+ weeks ago, eek.

I’m totally fine now, but I do have to say once again I’m super happy I was driving that Volvo XC 60 that day. Now that the scary story is over, I’ll show you some fun photos of Alfie with the car, along with the interior. Can ya spot the BBC World Service radio playing? Haha… it’s informative! And plus since my husband has it playing a lot of the time on the radio here at home, I’ve gotten used to listening to it.

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BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

I have yet to dabble into the world of highlighting products, although I try to achieve a glowing complexion with the products when I wear makeup. Mainly for the fact I didn’t want to add yet another step into my beauty routine. Why do I need a serum, primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, then foundation, concealer, blush etc. I prefer a quick and easy go-to complexion look and amp it up with tons of bronzer. I guess you could say I have a signature look already? By the way, I totally do wear sunscreen on the daily. I am in California ya know, and this face doesn’t look its age for a reason.

The BECCA Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen palette recently launched and people are going ham over it. No wonder. Chrissy is hilarious and keeps it real, plus it’s a highlighting palette. Everyone seems to love highlighting lately. I’m always late to the bandwagon anyway.

To be honest, I was most excited about the 5 new BECCA Sunlit bronzers they launched around the same time — and here I am pushing people to try that out (see my review here!). By the way I still don’t know which one is my favourite because I keep rotating between the 3 darkest. Maybe you should just make your decision for yourself, rather than my recommendation, ha! Clearly I’m still excited over this launch. Alright back to the Chrissy Teigen palette.

The front of the palette is my aesthetic, with that blush pink marble and rose gold (though I do prefer gold over rose gold), with the colours of the product written on the back. Remember, I don’t wear highlighting products ever so I think this might be a bit difficult for me to review as I have nothing to compare it to. But perhaps that gives me some leverage on the review. Thanks to my pal Erin, she suggested I’ll tell you about the texture, and about the shimmer.

Upon opening, I thought it came with two palettes, and the other one I hadn’t heard of (Lol… my bad). You know I’ll be candid either way (especially if you saw my unboxing on Snapchat/Twitter video when I said I got a t.v. in the BECCA box haha!!). How rad is that? I must say it’s probably quite the expense to build and send all those out. I’m not entirely sure what to do with it but it was a gorgeous presentation.

For $46 USD you’ll receive 2 highlighters, 1 blush, and 1 bronzer. I’m not sure how much product you get in each pan, but the total for the 4 combined powders is: 15g. In hind sight, I wish they’d switch the sizes of the bronzer with the rose gold highlighter. I go to town on bronzer, but maybe others prefer highlighter to bronzer, and this is why the palette was made the way it was, given the name: Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.

Upon first inspection, I noticed the mirror was absolutely huge — that’s a great thing! It’ll probably stay on my bathroom counter because I always need to check the back of my head on second day to see where I need to apply dry shampoo (hey, no filter over here folks). The mirror does not stay put where you move it. It’ll stay open up until (lol gettin’ technical here) it passes the 130°/obtuse angle. If you’re sitting at your desk and you want to apply your makeup using this palette, you’ll have no trouble — but open it further than that 130 mark, and it’ll plop back onto your desk. I mean, if you cared that much — just tellin’ you some facts. I also wouldn’t travel with this since quite frankly I have a tiny makeup bag and refuse to put anything that doesn’t fit in it, while traveling. Plus, I wouldn’t want it to smash!

Check out BECCA’s picture on Instagram showcasing how well it translates on various skin tones. BECCA’s long-time favorite Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter makes an appearance in this palette (Rose Gold highlighter), along with three new shades created in collaboration with Chrissy — Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Beach Nectar, Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil and Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom.

Each of the products felt silky to the touch, and blended out smoothly when applied. Neither of them are overly sparkly, nor chalky, and lordy for-the-blog I even tested these beauties out on my eyes, because I love a good diverse multi-use product. I don’t have any dry skin patches on my face so I can’t let you know if it does/doesn’t cling to those.

Rose Gold highlighter| “Chrissy’s favourite”
On my skin it pulls more on the reddish warm side. This highlighter has a sparkly sheen to it, larger sparkles than the rest of the palette but it’s definitely not a chunky glitter as you can see from the swatches on my arm, above. However it’s not as soft and buttery as the others, but not gritty. Maybe not as finely milled.

Beach Nectar highlighter|
A warm baby-peach shade. You know, like baby pink/blush pink; it’s like that, but peach. My favourite of the two highlighters as it pulls more golden, but also felt softer in the pan than the Rose Gold shade, not to be mistaken with the word chalky, it just kicked up a bit more powder.

Malibu Soleil Bronzer|
This warm toned bronzer with incredible pigmentation has the least shimmer in the palette (okay the blush too isn’t as shimmery as the highlighters, but that’s to be expected, right? Highlighters gonna glow). It’s not a complete matte bronzer, but the finish of it is quite similar to the Sunlit Bronzers, a hint of glow without being overly glittery/shimmery. I’ve been pleased with the BECCA Bronzers I’ve tried so far this past month (6 in total!) and they’re all great if you’re looking to add a new bronzer to your makeup wardrobe. Malibu Soliel doesn’t resemble any of the new BECCA Sunlit Bronzers I received, I’d say the closest would be Bronzed Bondi.

Hibiscus Bloom blush|
The blush didn’t seem to have much shimmer once applied to my cheeks. The colour leans more on the rosy peach side. Not too pink, not quite peach. Although swatched on my arm it wouldn’t be something I’d reach for, but on my cheeks I like how it looks on my complexion. I’m definitely going to be combining the Beach Nectar highlighter with this to achieve my own ‘custom’ colour.

I used 3 of the 4 products on my face: malibu soliel all over, hibiscus bloom on the apples of my cheeks, and beach nectar on the cheekbones.


I’m pleased to announce that these aren’t harsh highlighters, and look more glowy than “instagram-worthy” on the face, nor do they accentuate any pores. The right side I applied way too much and it definitely looked too crazy on me. A light hand is needed with the highlighters since they’re so pigmented. Showing you my left, I kinda like a natural-and-glowy look, I’m diggin’ it. However I doubt I’ll add this extra step into my beauty routine since I don’t like the look of a highlight placed on the cheek bone.

Can I also add that I’m a bit upset that brands are releasing so many limited-edition goodies? What if I don’t realize I love this palette until another year down the road? Either way you look at it, the palette is limited edition so I wouldn’t hesitate to get your hands on it quickly if you want to add this to your collection.

Will the BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette be a staple in your summer makeup routine? Shop the BECCA Cosmetics x Chrissy Teigen palette $46 USD/$54 CDN

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Five Things Friday . 003

I thought I’d start out this five-things-friday by sharing five local bay area bloggers/instagrammers I enjoy! Perhaps some of them are new-to-you, and you can check them out too!

Alyson from The Beauty Vanity · a friend of mine with a beautiful beauty site, and an even prettier instagram feed.
Grace from My Style and Grace · I met Grace at a blogger brunch a few months ago, she’s sweet is so stylish. Check out her outfits on instagram.
Joanne from GoFitJo · a fitness inspiration and a kind soul. Her instagram feed is pure goals.
Melissa from Savvy in San Francisco · she’s a darling, and always on top of the latest beauty launches. Her instagram beauty flatlays are magazine worthy.
Ariana Lauren from Fashion Born · From her interior style right down tot he clothes she wears, I love it all! I found her on instagram.

02. OCTOLY| is a site where you can receive free beauty products in exchange for a post on Instagram or a YouTube video. Obviously there’s a catch and it’s only open to USA (sorry Canadian pals), and you have to have 5K on YT, and 10K followers on IG. But it’s SO awesome because my parcel that came yesterday, was a few Dior items! Sign up if you can.

Ebates is old news to many, but I recently signed up in April, and I’ve already made $9.00 in savings from shopping online and using the discount. You don’t even have to think about it because when you visit a website (and you have the ebates in your web-browser-bar thing) it automatically pops up like an ad (lol… great) and you can “activate your %% back now” and most times it’s between 1-4% but if it’s your birthday week, you get a whoppin’ 15% back on your purchases on a lot of stores! You can use my referral link to sign up if you wish. Not sure what I get out of it to be honest though…

Weird angle/photo of me. Ignore the face, look at the tee. lol. Blush pink is a fantastic colour and I’ve been on the hunt for so many tops in that perfect-shade since I realized how …. flattering it looked on me. Target has a 3/4 length top that kind of resembles a baseball tee (sleeves are reversed in stripes). I picked it up yesterday for $12, buy it here. Sweet.

My birthday was last Sunday, and all I wanted to do was just go for a simple adventure in the car I labeled as the “birthday convertible” aka, convertible life, the Mazda MX5 we had for the week. My husband and I drove down the PCH (pacific coast highway) and hung out at coffee shops, browsed a store in Santa Cruz, and literally spent the day crusin’ along. It was so fun and relaxing and honestly one of the best birthdays I’ve had. By the way, spot my phone case? I ended up switching over to an otterbox because I dropped my phone on the ground (with the google-pixel case on it!) and it still chipped on the two bottom corners. Ticked off I was. Anyway, this slim otterbox case is definitely bulkier than most, but if it keeps this Pixel safe’n sound and free of any more chips I’m a happy phone-owner lol.

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