Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Products I'm Really Enjoying Right Now

Good afternoon, dear readers!

Today's post is about some of products that I've been enjoying lately!  Swatches (where applicable) will be up soon (also for products that I want to review in a full post, hopefully those will be up soon too!)

Clairol Nice n' Easy in Natural Medium Cool Brown (around $8-12 CAD depending)

Image result for nice n easy medium cool brown
(Not my image, image from here.)

I wanted to dye my hair again as it was uneven looking.  Last year I bleached it to almost white blonde after it had been dyed dark brown 6 months or so before, and I also dyed it blue and purple.

I wanted another change so I dyed it brown again, but damage and time left the it uneven.  My hair is a light medium ash brown naturally, but it can look a bit mousey and I find that a darker brown can look much better on me.  My sister helped me with my partially destroyed hair and trimmed the ends for me.  Now with the fried hair (mostly) gone I can brush it with a lot more ease, and the colour is even and richer than before.

Also, having shorter hair means only needing 1 box of dye instead of two! :)

I've used Nice n' Easy off and on since the 90's and I've always been a fan of this product range.  It's not as expensive as a lot of other hair dyes and I get pretty consistently good results.

Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Lip Balm in 140 Pink Quartz ($2-6+ CAD depending)

Not my image, image from here


Whaaaat!!  I had NO idea these were so good!  Sometime not too long after the original Baby Lips line first came out (I don't even know how many years ago!) I got one and thought "ehh".  I didn't get the hype at all.  (I also really dislike the name.)

I saw this one at a dollar store the other week while looking for lip balms, and it was pink and sparkly and had the words 'crystal' and 'quartz' in the name, so I had to get it (plus it being half price or less than the usual retail amount helped).

The Crystal line originally released a couple of years ago and I don't think it's as widely available anymore as the Maybelline website only lists one product out of this range.

This works better than almost any lip product I've ever used, and that is saying a LOT for me!

My lips are almost always in a cycle of peeling, and they've been that way as far as I can remember.  I've tried quite a few lip products over the years (Blistex, Sugar, Bonne Bell, Burt's Bees, Nivea, etc.) but my lips keep going back to peeling or don't even fully stop while I'm wearing products.  Even constantly wearing lip balm doesn't make my lips as smooth as this product does.  Also it didn't matter if I went weeks or months without wearing anything or much on my lips (so the dryness isn't from a lip product irritating my skin).

This has a really lovely amount of sparkle in it, a hint of berry scent and the teensiest amount of tint.

If I stop using it my lips will start going back to peel-y central, but it takes a bit longer than it normally would have with other products.

And the softness, OH THE SOFTNESS!!

My lips aren't perfect with any product I've ever tried, I'll probably always have issues with them, but this is probably the closest I've come to having that.



They are available at Ulta.com but it's more than twice the price I paid at the dollar store (soooo going back there!).  But even at full price I would get this again, it's my new favourite lip balm!

Quo Blending Sponge ($8+tax CAD)

Quo Blending Sponge
Not my image, image from here

This works so well!!!  And IT'S PURPLE!!  My sister got this for me and it is absolutely lovely!!! 😃

I would usually apply foundation with either brushes or my fingers in the past (or both), and this is soooo much better.  Especially because I have drier combo skin with a lot of flakes that can pop up around my face, brushes can really exacerbate them and this works very well at applying makeup without extremely emphasizing them like other methods can.

Tetley Decaf Earl Grey ($3.50ish+tax CAD)

Not my image, image from here

This is delicious!!  I love Earl Grey tea but I can't drink caffeine much anymore, so this is a nice version.  I usually drink Twinnings decaf, but the store was out of them and this version is really good!!

These aren't all the things I've been enjoying lately, but I have to leave something for future posts! 😊

What have you been enjoying lately?

Have a great day!

-Ash

Monday, July 10, 2017

Gorgeousness (Some Products I Really Want to Try!)

Good evening, dear readers! :D

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!

It's my Dad's birthday today and I wanted to give a shout out on my blog!  :D  Thank you Dad for being the best Dad ever!!!!!

My sister recently got me some makeup and I am so grateful!!  I haven't had a foundation in years (!) and she got me my first cosmetic sponge (beauty blending thingy but I like this one more, it's from Quo and it's purple!) one of Nyx's duochrome highlighters (Snow Rose.... EEEE!!) and a lovely blush that actually matches my skin tone (she is far better with makeup than I will ever be!).  I haven't worn much makeup in years as my energy levels are pretty low most of the time so I didn't do much to care for my appearance.  Depression and anxiety = ugh.

I still need to sort out my camera situation, so there won't be many reviews up just yet.  I need to get batteries for my old clunker, and my phone broke as I was waaaay too clumsy with it.  I still want to be able to post on my blog though, so here is a wishlist of sorts for interesting products that look really cool!

(I'm totally on a highlighter kick now after my sister got me the Nyx one.. it's soooo pretty!) :D  

I'm sure a lot of you are more than familiar with the products I'm about to mention, but they are pretty new to me and I'm looking forward to trying them out sometime (I got my eye on potentially a couple for the next couple months).  My sister introduced me to a lot of the products I'm going to mention and when I saw them, it was like O_O!! ❤

All the photos in this post are not my own and have a link beneath them (the titles) to the websites I found them on:



Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette $44.00 CAD

Wooo this looks gorgeous!!  While the product is not actually holo, I lurve iridescence (also the word itself is beautiful) and these look so lovely.  I also lurve that they can be used all over the face, and not just as a cheek highlighter (some products and formulated for one area of the face and not the other, like lip pigments that are not classified as safe for the eye area etc.). Also this packaging is gorgeous!  It doesn't show as well in this photo but on the other one at Sephora you can see how pretty it is.



MILK Makeup Holographic Stick in Supernova $34.00 CAD

AIEE this is so pretty too!!  Also not holo but the colour shift is this is gorgeous!  I also like that it's a cream and looks super easy to apply and again, that it's usable for the cheeks, eyes, and lips.



Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Long Lasting Water Resistant Lip Topcoat in White Lie $21.00 CAD

GOOD GRIEF could they have made a longer name! <.> It doesn't really roll off the tongue, that's for sure. Anyhoo, I've seen this tested on YouTube and it can look absolutely stunning over liquid lipsticks.  I'm assuming it's a has wet to dry lipstick finish (although I could be wrong) so I don't know how it would work over creamy, bullet-style lippies but I still want to try it out!

Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Ice Queen - $32.52 CAD


Woooooooooooeeee!!  A lipstick called Ice Queen??!?  Yes please!!  Plus it looks like a gorgeous topper and their description = eeee!!  ❤❤(I love winter I love space I love winter I love winter...)❤❤

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"Get kissed by the moon and travel to intergalactic gorgeousness with Ice Queen, a shimmering white lipstick flecked with silver and gold that works like an illuminator for your lips. Whilst tinting your lips a sparkling and translucent snowy white, Ice Queen brings an ethereal beauty to your look and yet is still transparent enough to allow the natural pink of your lips to shine through.

Enhanced with ultra-flattering shimmer particles that catch the light to create an ice cool, sexy look, Ice Queen will leave your lips feeling sleek, magical and modern whilst anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing oils will ensure they remain comfortable, soft and super-hydrated.
  • Sheer snowy white
  • Silver and gold shimmer particles act as an illuminator for the lips
  • Super hydrating and moisturizing"
*Whimsical sigh*

Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Unicorn Tears - $29.81 CAD
O_O That is so pretty!!  AND colour changing!! WHAAAT!

There are some others that are harder to get that are on my list but I don't know if they are available anymore (Sigma's Lip Switch and bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Hypnotist are a couple of them).  So pretty!

Have you tried any of these before?  Are you a fan of highlighters and if so, which ones?

Have a wonderful evening and hopefully I can get some reviews up here soon!

-Ash


Saturday, July 08, 2017

Wowzers, it's been a while!

Howdy do dear readers!!

It's been a long time!

I had plans to make more posts during the winter season, especially with Christmas inspiration and then I didn't!!  Well, I had worked on several posts, but I never actually posted them and now it's July!

O_O

I also found it awkward with the range of posts I have had in the past couple years.  I shouldn't feel that way as it is my own blog about things that I find fun and interesting, but I didn't want to bore or lose my readers.

Waffles the racoon.

I think most of my nail art and review readers wouldn't be super interested in MTG alters, and I don't think most of my MTG alter readers would be super interested in cosmetic reviews and nail polish designs.  (Well, that is a big generalization, I certainly know several that like  both :D!).

SO!  Art Evolve is going to focus on what it originally focused on: paintings, cosmetic reviews (and I'd like to get more tutorials up and going!), general life blog related posts and thingies like that (maybe the occasional recipe recommendation).  AEK Art Stuffs/Art Evolve Too will focus mostly on art and MTG alterations (so if you are into those posts, please check out that blog for future ones!).  :D

I've also had a hard time with finding a blogger template that I like and that is easy to use.  I found some gorgeous ones, but there is almost always at least one problem with formatting; the intro images to blog posts are REALLY BIG and low resolution, not being able to reply to a comment directly, the dates and times look wrong, only being able to have full posts on my main page instead of snippets that can direct to the post, not being able to link photos... ugh.  So if you happen to visit my blog and it keeps looking different for a little while, that may be why (I still have to fix both this blog and AEK Art Stuffs).

Cute bumblebee!  (I wanted to add photos to this post so it wouldn't be as boring!)

I will be posting links in Google + to both blogs, so if you follow me on there and only follow one of the two blogs you'll probably see something related to both of them.

Alrighty then!  That about wraps up this post, so have yourselves a lovely evening! :D

-Ash

 

Products I'm Really Enjoying Right Now

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