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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I just wanted to say....Happy New Year!

Before the champagne bottles are popped, before the New Years kisses are given, before the clock chimes 12 and 2014 is here, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year and thank you for your support here in 2013! Never had I had so many opportunities, and experiences before related to beauty and blogging and I'm very grateful to have been so involved this year. This was a year of self realisations, and now as we move into 2014, I want this new year to be one of growth, promotion and enjoyment.


I was telling my boyfriend the other day that I don't promote my blog enough to the Barbadian populace, furthermore to those around me. It's a very well kept secret unless you're very close to me (or so I think). So this coming year, I'm going to try my hardest to make sure I get the content I've worked so hard on out there. In 2013, I've been able to improve my posting times, and my content from that of 2012 and I aim to get even better in 2014. I no longer want to let opportunities pass me by. This may not be conventional, but it definitely is something I enjoy doing, so why not share it!

Looking forward to pushing on into 2014. Thank you all for sticking through with me! Have a safe and fun beginning to the new year!

Oh and here's a little something I was able to work in this year that I'm quite proud of :).

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 8 Posts of 2013!

Hey all! I've actually never done one of these posts, but this year my blog and I underwent some changes and growth. So I want to shared with you my most popular posts for 2013. This year has been pretty good for my blogging as I got more involved, tried to keep a schedule and make links with other bloggers, despite my YouTube channel being on hiatus.

I really hope that in 2014 I will figure out how to get my editing done for YouTube as I do miss making videos. I tried out the YouTube editor on one video I had recorded since June, but that definitely is not as professional as the program I was using to edit my videos on before.
As I hope that my blog will be better than ever, with new, interesting content just constantly being posted. (that's the hardest part) I have a few ideas for 2014, but of course I'd love to hear your suggestions too.

Without further jabber, here's the top posts for 2013! (in no particular order)

  1. April Beauty Favourites
  2. e.l.f Essentials All Over Color Stick Swatches & Review
  3. L.A. Girl Pro Concealer Review (Guest post) 
  4. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Review
  5. Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange Swatches & Review
  6. My All Star products of 2012
  7. Sensationnel Premium Too Mixx Multi Curl Weave First Impressions Review
  8. Smashbox PhotoOp Eyeshadow Trio Swatches & Review

I'm so happy that all of these posts have over 200 views, some up to 1000 views even! I hope next year we'll have more interaction (comments, guest posts, maybe a blog hop *hint hint*) on this blog as I want to make this a community for beauty and life chit chat!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shingles Prevention tips by Heathline.com

Shingles is a painful condition caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, also known as the chickenpox virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 million cases of shingles have been reported every year in the United States, and almost 1 out of every 3 Americans will develop it once in their lifetime. In some rare cases, an individual can have a second or third episode. Anyone who has recuperated from chickenpox may develop shingles, though it is more prevalent among men and women 60 years of age and older.

Once the chickenpox virus enters the body, it remains dormant in the nerve roots and for some people, it stays dormant forever. However, in some cases it still has the tendency to act up due to aging, increased stress levels or diseases. While it isn’t life-threatening, shingles can cause painful fluid-filled blisters, red rashes and itching. Some people also experience fever, chills, headache and fatigue. Here are several recommendations that can help in preventing shingles:


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Visions of Sugarplums dance in their heads | Gift Guide 2013

Happy Christmas Eve! There are just a few more hours left before the big day, Christmas and everyone is still busy sprucing up, grocery shopping and gift shopping. Fir those of you still at a lost for what you should gift, here's a round up of my Gift Guide for 2013 along with some last minute suggestions.

For the guys in your life click here to see all the fabulous things you could get them.

If there are a couple ladies on your list, then I would definitely click here.

Then there are those gifts that might not have crossed your mind.

Finally for the crafty or those who try to be, here are 15 DIY gift ideas.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Maybelline Clean Express Makeup Remover | Review

Howdy! Hope the Christmas holidays are going well for you all and that you're not overworking yourselves. I did a brief review of this product on my Facebook page and here I finally am to do the full review on the blog. I purchased the Maybelline Clean Express makeup remover from Collin's Pharmacy for $11.50BDS, in October, and I'm telling you it's money well spent.

I was very impressed by the power of this makeup remover to get off mascara and eyeliners especially, because wipes just do not do the trick some times. I can soak a cotton ball and just leave this on my eyes for a few seconds, then wipe away the day's eye makeup. I haven't really used it remove makeup all over my face, as I wash my face makeup off when I remember, but it does remove foundation and BB cream very easily for the times that I have tried it.  This product is very gentle on the eyes, I've experienced little to no stinging even when removing eyeliner from my waterline.

Friday, December 20, 2013

L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation | Review

Hey all! I know I hauled this product since September (maybe?) but, it takes me a bit longer to wear foundation as I'm hardly ever go anywhere that I would need to sport a full made-up face. I did try the this foundation a number of times and I must say, I'm in love. This was hyped by Moden Makeup and plenty of beauty Youtubers, so when I saw it in Collin's Pharmacy I knew I had to try it! I'm happy that I did, because there was lots that it shocked me with.

The packaging is a simple glass bottle, which reminds me of those bottles the pharmacy has for their generic oils and other concoctions. There's no pump this sadly, so pouring it out is the only option, though pouring it onto a surface or your hand is not the most sanitary. This product was  $21.40BDS if I remember correctly, which is considerably affordable.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Natural Cold and Flu Prevention | Guest Post

There is no known cure for the cold and flu, thus a conscious effort towards prevention is your next base option, and for that matter, your only option. The best approach is to keep your body healthy to keep you from being susceptible to infection caused by cold and flu viruses. Getting a flu shot is effective, though it doesn’t guarantee you will never get sick. Vaccinations can help in keeping the symptoms more mild, as well as shorten the duration of the illness in case you get sick. However, if you don’t want to get a flu shot, here are several natural remedies that can help you survive the cold and flu season.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

15 DIY Gift Ideas | Gift Guide 2013

Hey all! Around Christmas time it always seems like our budgets are the tightest. There are so many people we appreciate in our lives that we want to get them all a gift or two. However we can't always do that with the price of some items. Here are a few affordable DIY gifts that can be small tokens of appreciation for the people in your life. Great for us students who have limited budgets! Many of them seem pretty easy, even for persons like me who can't draw any fancy designs.

Apologies that this post is so late, I really did not get the chance to post this earlier today, but I hope you do enjoy it!

Monday, December 16, 2013

7 Gifts you might not have thought of | Gift Guide 2013

Hey all! Sometimes we can be suck in a rut when it comes to gifting and end up giving the same kinds of gifts every year. It gets boring, but I'm here to help you with some gift ideas that might have never crossed your mind. I know some of these definitely hadn't crossed mine until I researched for this post. All the things mentioned are useful pieces!
Gifts you might not have thought of

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Duty Free Day Lip Products (RW) | Beauty

Hey all! It was around this time, 2 years ago that I picked up what are still some of my favourite lip products, and what I thought was the best shopping day Barbados ever had. Duty-Free day!

For us locals, there's this steep tax on most if not all imported goods, and although that's good for Government revenue and all that jazz, it really is a stifler to purchasing anything. Imaging a Revlon lipstick usually $7.99USD, costing you $15USD. Say what.... that aint right, but that's what we deal with in Barbados. Sadly too, many "sales" are never really much of a deal and the stuff I really want rarely goes on sale, nor is there coupons. So imagine my glee when Duty Free day rolled around in 2011 and I was just getting into lipsticks.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

7 Cadeaux pour Femme | Gift Guide 2013

Hey all! For us ladies, we think it's so easy to get us a nice gift, but sometimes it really isn't. Here are 7 gifts bound to help you find at least something for the ladies on your list.
gifts for women

Monday, December 9, 2013

7 Cadeaux pour Homme | Gift Guide 2013

Hey all! Everyone's been busy doing gift guides since November, and I'm yet again late to the game. Anyway, better late than never right?  This year I decided to do the first 2 post titles in French as I miss the language, after studying it for like 5 years. Go figure!

Christmas gifts for men

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY Lip Scrub (RW) | Beauty

Hey all! Here's another Rewind Wednesday for you. But before we get to that, I wanted to inform my Bajan viewers that Cherish Cosmetique still has the deal on with the Clearasil PerfectaWash sets available and even cheaper than before. So now you'll be getting it for $10.99 rather than $15.99! Mine lasted me just over 6 months, so it's really a good buy. I just have to figure out how I can refill it with something else, since the refills aren't sold here.

Since it's the beginning of the colder months, we want to keep our skin since and supple, especially our lips. My lips used to be chapped all the time especially in the cold A/C of uni classrooms. Luckily after using this lip scrub and a my Maybelline Baby Lips, I've seen way less flaky lips. Thank God!

Of course you could change up this recipe to suit your tastes and budget, or what you have at home too.

What you will need:

2 parts Coconut oil or Olive oil
1/2 of lemon/lime
2 - 3 parts Brown sugar
1 - 2 parts Granulated sugar
1 part Golden syrup, or honey or any liquid sweetener

  1. Mix the brown and white sugar together in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl (or cup), combine the cocnut oil (I used 2 capfuls), half of a lemon, and a teaspoon of Lyons Golden syrup.
  3. Add your liquid mixture to your sugar and mix until well combined.
  4. If your product is too liquid, then add more brown sugar, if it is too stiff, add more liquid (either oil or juice).
  5. Store your scrub in an airtight container, or use right away to exfoliate dry lips.

Video Tutorial
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Beauty Blogazons giveaway! ~CLOSED~

Hey all! I'm  little late on the bandwagon, but I still wanted yall to be able to enter this giveaway that the Beauty Blogazons are having! These are a great set of ladies who have provided me with so much blogging advice and they have great blogs too. I'm really happy to be a part of this community. Can't wait until I have some more time and energy to put into expanding my blog as well as theirs. the giveaway ends 9th December 2013, so Good Luck all!

The Beauty Blogazons want to wish you Happy Holidays and what better way to do that than enter a giveaway to win a little cold card cash? The Blogazons are back for another year of giving and this time we have sweetened the pot! All you have to do is follow some of your favorite bloggers to enter to win $500 (Paypal or Visa Giftcard, your choice). Think of all the makeup you could buy!

Let's thank all the bloggers that are involved and get started shall we?

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage         Chickettes

BellBelleBella                          ColorMeSoCrazy

Pretty In Pink                          Polarbelle

Polish Etc.                                 TheFabZilla

Beautyfiends                           Glitz Glam Budget

Peek & Ponder                        Glamorable!

Big Time Beauty                     Beauty Info Zone

Carinae L'etoile's polish stash        Geniabeme

Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom       Betzy's Makeup

Midnight Manicures              Beauty by Miss L

Makeup, Life and Love         XO, Noelle

Pretty Squared                        Ishah x Beauty

Beauty and Fashion Tech      Daydreaming Beauty

Makeup Mom 123                     Citizens of Beauty

Everyone in the world is free to enter! Giveaway starts right now (November 25) and ends December 9 2013. Official contest rules below in the rafflecopter widget.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Independence Day OOTD & FOTD | Beauty

Hey all! As promised here's what I wore on Independence day night. Final exams are around the corner so I was happy for the break before diving hard into the studying and exams.  Excuse the quality of the photos please, it was quite dark and I definitely need to look into a better camera for low light situations.

I was headed out to a games evening so my outfit was over the top, and I quite the make up simple too. I was really excited to wear my NYX studio eyeliner and I had been practising with it before because the applicator is a bit tedious and tricky. I did a thick cat-eye with it and left the rest of my eye bare of eyeshadows. For blush as in my everyday routine, I used the Smashbox cream blush in Capitvate, and I used the Garnier BB cream to even out my skin tone. For the lips, I used a KleanColor Mauve lipstick over NYX Natural lip liner.  My hair was just doing it's own thing, so don't even bother to ask about it, hahah. My dress was from Forever21 about a year ago, shoes are from Payless ShoeSource this summer (wear them to death cuz I love 'em!).

After the games evening some friends and I did go out for a few drinks afterwards in the Gap since we weren't feeling to go home so early (being it a Bank Holiday and all).  It was actually quite busy in the Gap (St. Lawrence Gap) and we luckily ended up in the Old Jamm Inn. It was pretty good and got better as time went too. It wasn't too stuffy or overcrowded. I loved the atmosphere, definitely a nice chilling spot. Hopefully we'll go back there after exams to party :)!

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