My January Loves

So it’s January 76th apparently. For real, why is this January so long? It has been frigid here in Canada and after the excess (both monetary and food/alcohol) of the holidays I have felt in a total funk. However, there are a few little things that have brightened up the grey days and helped spur me on towards February. I thought that I would compile a monthly list of things that I’ve been loving every month in the hopes that maybe they can bring a little sunshine to your life too

Make up/beauty products

Garden of Wisdom (GOW) acids and serums
I was given a set of GOW products for Christmas and I’ve been using them religiously for a month and I must say I’m really impressed with my results so far. My skin was really dull from being inside (and maybe not taking care of it over the holidays but that’s a tiny detail) and these little beauties have really given me a refresh. I got the hyaluronic acid, Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide, niacinamide and the eye contour serum and I’ve been layering them daily. There’s a longer post in the works breaking down how I use these products and the results I’ve had. So far, so good.

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St. Tropez self tanner
I love a bit of colour but my 30 year old skin cannot take being fried not to mention the health implications of sunbeds. I’ve been using self tanner for years and wouldn’t be without my weekly spray tan when I lived in Wales. I’ve struggled to find a good variety of sunless tanners here in Canada so I went back to the original, and arguable the best, one on the market. It is amazing how a tan can boost your mood and just make you feel glowy and gorgeous on the coldest winter days. It’s a little on the pricey side but it does last for ages and the colour is great. No tangerine hands in sight (if you tan, then you know). I highly recommend using a mitt to apply (again, if you tan, then you KNOW).

                         

Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Feline Flick’ eyeliner
I am obsessed with this eyeliner and I don’t think I can say a bad word about it. Charlotte Tilbury is a genius when it comes to make up! It’s a little bit of luxe in my daily routine and it just makes me happy. Also, I have to say that my daily cat eye has been on point since receiving it. Read more about this product in my review post. 

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What I’m reading

‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo
Yeah I jumped on the bandwagon and I’m not ashamed. This is an amazing book and it really helps you understand the philosophy behind decluttering and organizing which in turn helps you stay dedicated to living a tidier life.

“An Almost Perfect Christmas’ by Nina Stibbe
I absolutely adored “Love Nina” and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. I love her dry, British sense of humour and sharp observations. It is taking me a while to get through (thank you little children) and I’m not quite as fond on it as I was “love Nina” but it does make me smile.

What I’m Watching

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This hilarious show is on Prime right now and I’ve been watching it whenever I can sneak an episode throughout the day. The basic premise is Midge Maisel has been left by her philandering husband and in a drunken stupor she goes to a comedy club and performs a raw and frankly hysterical stand up act. After that she defies stereotypes and goes on to become a comedic hit and a strong, single woman.

The Bachelor (don’t judge me)
I can’t help it. My husband goes to hockey every Monday night and I spend the evening watching trashy TV with a facemask on. It is glorious and I am unapologetic about it. Yes the show is terrible but there’s something so simple about watching a group of women fight over a so-so bachelor. I cannot believe that after all thse seasons they can still find some absolutely crackers people willing to go on this show.

What I’m listening to

Bastille
I am listening non-stop to Bastille on my Alexa right now. I love all the songs and their cover songs are amazing. I mean who doesn’t want to hear Greenday in a British accent. I highly recommend giving these guys a cheeky listen.

What I’m wearing

Cozy snow boots
It is cold AF here still and I just want to look pretty. I am so fed up with being frumpy I cannot even begin to explain (if you follow my Instagram you’ll probably be sick of my whining!)

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Fluffy sweaters

I’ve promised to stop shopping mindlessly this year and so far, so good. I purchased a really cosy jumper from H&M in the sale for $20 and I haven’t taken it off. I’m going to try and hold off now until spring. I cannot wait to get my hands on some summer dresses!

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What I’m feeding my soul with

This sounds so new age but I’m trying to focus on feeding my soul this year. I want to be a happier, healthier and more positive person and I’m doing that by doing little things that make me happy.

Organizing my life 

I am a littttttle bit obsessed with finding joy and tidying after all the Marie Kondo-ing. I have to say that there is a lot of substance to the madness. Decluttering your home of things that no longer serve you opens up space for things that bring you happiness. We attribute sentiment onto inanimate objects and seem to have a hard time letting go. I feel so much calmer since throwing my frumpy, old clothes out and I have a renewed focus for the type of person I want to grow to be this year.

Making my physical health a priority

Confession, I haven’t really worked out since Emmy was born. I know it’s awful but I’ve been so busy with life that I let myself slip by the wayside. At Christmas I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin I couldn’t stand it. Now I’m not saying I’m overweight and I’m certainly not fishing for compliments but I cannot stand that I let myself go when fitness used to be a passion of mine. It’s not my goal to be a size zero but I would like to be around for as long as possible for my girls and now I’m 32 I realize that I do actually have to take care of myself. My heart rate has been through the roof since having Aria and since working out daily and eating right it has come down almost 10bpm! The proof is in the pudding (or the Kale salad) it seems.  All I’m doing is giving myself 30 minutes a day to do a spin session or yoga in my basement while one kid naps and the other plays independently by my side. I give them 12 hours every day so I see nothing wrong with a little half hour for myself. Plus, seeing me work out is good for them and their perception of health and fitness as a normal part of life instead of a punishment.

So there are a few little things that I have been loving this month. Yes it has been EXTREMELY cold, yest it has been snowy, yes I am poor from Christmas but I have found a little joy in these things and that’s all that matters. What has helped you through the Monday of months?

Here’s to February my friends and coasting towards spring!

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The Quest For The Perfect Eyeliner: Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Review

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Forget the quest for the holy grail or the golden fleece, the most epic crusade in the world is the search for the perfect cat eye .Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic but I feel like I have been on a never ending pursuit of inky black perfection that transforms me into a perfectly put together, clean winged, gorgeous vixen. I have always been a make up lover and love experimenting with my look. I’m particularly fond of my eyes as I think they’re quite large and a pretty colour (not to sound vain but I think we should all have a favourite feature) so that’s where I focus my most time in my make up routine. I’ve had a few trials and errors in my time. Lets take a walk down memory lane…

My eyeliner journey

  1. Barbie Make Up Counter FAIL
    One Christmas my parents got me the coveted Barbie make up counter that came with a beautiful array of blue eye shadows. That Christmas dinner I looked like Pat Butcher on a night out but I felt fabulous. I think this is where my love affair with eye shadows was born. More is more was my motto and I was LIVING it.
  2. The Goth Years 
    I really got into “alternative” music when I was in comprehensive school. I used to go to My Chemical Romance concerts, Reading festivals and love getting bashed about in a mosh pit. When I first started listening to this type of music I wanted all in. I used to wear the stupidly wide-legged jeans, ironic Stussy T-shirts (or worse still T-shirts with bands I didn’t really listen to), children’s headbands and a Hello Kitty back pack. I am absolutely dying as I type this as I cannot believe what I must have looked like. Maybe one day I’ll dig up a picture to post for your pleasure. As I navigated this painfully awkward phase I started wearing more make up. I vividly recall heading down the park with a Chinese symbol drawn by my eye in liquid eyeliner. How shameful. Fear not my friends, that particular fashion statement was short lived but my love for black kohl rimmed eyes was born.
  3. Smokey eye overload
    As I grew up a bit and started going out to clubs with my mates I really got into wearing makeup. I used to wear Rimmel’s black eye shadow or Bourgeois sparky graphite shadow all over my lids and line them heavily with Benefit’s BadGal. On top of that I would add a liquid eyeliner to really make my eyes stand out (let’s face it, they needed defining after being smokey-eyed into oblivion). I could never get it right and always ended up looking like a panda with a black eye.
  4. The more refined years
    As I entered my late 20s I stared wearing less make up. Eyeliner and eye shadow has a nasty way of settling into crows feet and fine lines and less is definitely more as you age. I still LOVE a bit of black eyeliner and wear it almost everyday. The one beauty rule I flaunt most often is to put the black eyeliner away in your 30s. NO WAY. I don’t rim my eyes in quite the same aggressive manner as I did in my teens but I always try to give myself a little cat eye so I look somewhat put together even if I’m wearing yoga pants and Uggs.

You’re a grown up now darling, invest a little in yourself

My mum always bought me beautiful Benefit and Clinique products and told me never to cheap out on what I put on my face. Now, I didn’t always listen to this advice (can you say Collection 2000 and Miss Sporty) but when I can, I always try in invest in my make up. As I’ve tested hundreds of brands of eyeliner of the years I can attest to the fact that it really is something you need to splash out on a bit if you want the rich pigment and clean application. For Christmas the year I got the Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick eye liner in Panther and I was so excited to try it and hopefully put an end to my quest. So let’s get to the review.

Review of Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner

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The packaging

Well obviously Charlotte Tilbury has beautiful, iconic burgundy and gold packaging that just looks luxe. I have my make up out on my bathroom counter in a little perspex organizer so I do like how it looks simple and classy.

The Price

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap. It is $35 CAD and I appreciate that seems like a lot for a little felt pen. However, I am absolutely LOVING this product and believe it is worth the money. I’ve tried budget eyeliners before and they wear off before midday and the colour pigment is just not on point.

Application

I swear my eyes have two different personalities. I can do my right eye just fine. My liner is the perfect thickness and I get the flick at the corner just right. My left eye is the hot mess sibling that eats taco bell and didn’t go to college. Hoenstly, on the right I’m Sophia Loren, on the left I’m Amy Winehouse. It’s a problem. While I wont say my eyeliner is perfect with this product, that has more to do with my application skills rather than how the liner itself performs. It goes on so smooth and glides easily across my lids with no drag. I always apply my liquid liner on its side when I sweep it across my lids and this deposits rich colour even on its side. When I use the point to sharpen the flick the colour is inky black and comes out evenly.

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What I like about the product

  1. The depth of colour. This truly is an inky black liner.
  2. The pen itself has a comfy grip like a marker that makes it easy to hold from multiple angles. It is also non-slip so if you’re sweaty from chasing kids around or just from concentrating on your problem eye then this is perfect for you!
  3. The tip is super fine.
  4. It’s been about a month and the product is still as black as when I first got it. Cheaper eyeliners have always crapped out on me by this point.
  5. The packaging is so classy.
  6. The wear is phenomenal. I did a spin session with this on and it didn’t run and stayed on!
  7. The fact that it doesn’t come off all over my eyelash curler.

What I’m not so keen on

  1. Not going to lie it is expensive but like I said, you get what you pay for.
  2. It would be cool if you could pump it to get more product onto the tip but it’s not a big deal seeing as the colour is so good anyway.

Overall, I am obsessed with this product and it will definitely be a staple in my make up kit. I love how it looks and I think that it gives me a really great cat eye in seconds. I’m really impressed with the wear and how long it has lasted so far. I highly recommend this eyeliner if you are on the hunt for your holy grail. Spoil yourself! They offer Free Shipping and Returns so you don’t even have to hunt down suppliers (which are not close by if you live in the boonies like me) and can shop in your PJs. What more can a gal ask for?

I’m off to watch some more YouTube eyeliner tutorials to try and line my left eye into submission. Then I’ve got to give my right eyebrow a talking to.

Let me know if you LOVE Charlotte Tilbury!

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