Reasons why I love fall: 
- Crisp air
- Leaves changing colours
- Sweater weather
- Apples are in season

Here are some shots I've taken recently of my favourite season. It's been nice to get out with my camera! I can't wait to do it again! 

What is your favourite season and why?

Ipsy Subscription Review and Favourites


Last year for my birthday my partner got me a years subscription to ipsy. Since the year has past and I've received all twelve subscriptions, I thought I would review the service and show you my favourite items I have received. I have written posts regarding a couple of my favourite items, so I will link to those when they come up in this post! 

So to start off this review, I received my first bag in October 2015 and my last bag in September 2016. I received all twelve bags without any hassle, apart from July's bag but that was an issue with Canada Post going on strike. I received the July bag as soon as they were able to ship to Canada. Ipsy lets you see what items you will be receiving typically around the 7-11th of the month and then they ship/arrive around the 17-20th of the month. Each month you receive 5 products in your bag, and they have a quiz when you sign up that tailors your products to your liking. In total I received: 
♡ 1 Eyebrow Pencil
♡1 BB Cream
♡ 1 Translucent Powder
♡ 1 Beauty Tool
♡ 1 Eye Cream
♡ 2 Makeup Primers
♡ 2 Makeup Removers
♡ 3 Highlighters
♡ 3 Nail Polishes 
♡ 4 Eyeliners
♡ 5 Mascaras
♡ 5 Makeup Brushes
♡ 5 Face Scrubs
♡ 7 Eyeshadows
♡ 7 Hair products
♡ 12 Lip products

Keep in mind these are all sample size except for the tools, brushes and one lip product that I received. 

In terms of my happiness with the products: I loved getting brushes because it helped expand my collection and I often received ones that I did not own (for example I received an angled blush brush that I did not have prior to ipsy). I'm not too big on nail polish, so I indicated in my quiz that I wasn't very interested in that type of product. That being said, I always received colours that I would not have picked out myself that I ended up really liking, for example I received a pinkish grey one that was so beautiful on the nails that did not look good in the bottle. I got tired of receiving mascaras, eyeshadows, hair and lip products. I am glad that I received them to have a variety of makeup to use, but I just got tired of getting the same thing over and over.

Now onto a few of my overall favourites: 

All individual product photos taken from ipsy and collaged by myself

1. Beau Gachis' beauty blender, or 'applicator sponge' as they call it - I own the real techniques blender, and when I got this one I was excited to see if they worked similarly or if one was better than the other. I liked this one so much that I tossed the real techniques one!
3. The Balm's Meet Matt(e) Hughes - I received this small sample size in the shade 'Committed' and loved it so much my partner got me a full sized one in 'Sentimental' for christmas that I reviewed here!
4. Pixi by Petra's beauty blush duo - I love this as a highlighter as well as a blush. It is just so pretty!
5 Nyx Liquid Suede. I did a review of this - you can read that here
6. Buxom's Whipped Lipstick - I reviewed this here, but it is basically the most moisturizing lipstick I've ever owned!
7. IT Cosmetic's Superhero mascara - Since I got a few different mascaras, I was able to try them all out and find which ones I liked. I liked this wand the best because I don't find myself getting it all over my eyelid like some of the other ones I received (keep in mind this is also human error as I am not the best at mascara application).

My final thoughts on ipsy: 
I am really glad that I got this subscription. I was able to receive products that I would not have otherwise purchased, and experiment with colours that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to try otherwise. While I like the idea of the products coming in a new bag each month, after receiving twelve, they become more of a nuisance than anything else. There were a few products that I did not use as much as I should have, and after receiving a lot of the same type of product I found that some did not get used at all. 
After all of that, the ultimate question is would I subscribe to this again? My answer at this time is No. I think I would prefer to try other  makeup subscription services to see how they are compared to ipsy. 
All in all, I would give ipsy a 7.5/10! 

Going Out More Often | Local Corn Maze


I keep apologizing for the long time between posts, yet I keep doing it. (Sorry!)
To update you a bit, I've finally found a part time job and have a little income (yay)! 

Since I have finally have some income, I've finally be able to start doing more things. Before I definitely was feeling the FOMO - "Fear of missing out." I'd see social media posts from friends who were doing lots of fun stuff and I just kept thinking "I wish I could go do things!"
At one point I was talking to my partner about how I wanted to be able to do things with my friends, and he just looked at me and said "you've got fomo." He wasn't wrong. 

Its nice to finally have a bit of freedom to go somewhere, if I feel like it - especially in my favourite season! Then I heard about Eventbrite's idea of combating FOMO with something new - GOMO ("Going out more often"). If you're interested in finding and planning events to combat FOMO, Eventbrite is definitely the place to go!

So, to celebrate this new found freedom, and to try out the GOMO motto, my partner and I went out Saturday afternoon to a local corn maze. There were loads of people out, with their children, pets, family and friends. It was so nice to see people having a good time at the farm. There were tractor rides, freshly popped popcorn, BBQ goods, and of course, my favourite, the corn maze! The maze isn't really a maze - you have a map. The point of the 'maze' is to find all the hidden clues and picture stations throughout the maze. So you need the map to figure out where you are and where all the stations are. I like the aspect of having the map and figuring out where you are relative to everything else around you. The maze also has two bridges, where at some point in the maze you climb stairs and walk over the bridge, then at other points in the maze you have to walk underneath the bridge to progress through it. It's really neat! I really enjoyed getting out this weekend and spending some quality time with my partner doing something that we can't do all year 'round!

 My forehead looks huge, but this was before the maze and I was just really excited to get in there!

 See, I was all smiles! 

 Corn mazes me look so tiny. I'm average height, but look so small compared to it!

 This was in the beginning of the maze. the ribbon starts off blue and then as you move past half way the ribbon is white. 

 One of the many stations positioned throughout the maze. I was in charge of finding them.

 This was taken on top of a bridge! Look at all the corn! 

Here is an example of the white ribbon! 

I loved the GOMO motto and will be trying to get out more often this fall. It's my favourite season, and the leaves will only stay this bright for a little while longer before they all fall to the ground and then it will be snowing (ugh). 

What is your favourite fall activity? Let me know in the comments so that I can try it out too! 

Eventbrite did contact me about GOMO but this is not a sponsored post.

Milani Lipstick | Makeup Review


This is the final post of three dark lipstick reviews. I have loved trying these dark lips, and it's made me really want to start wearing all my dark clothing! I know there is an 'unwritten rule' that you should wear a dark or bold lip with a subtle eye look, but I still want to experiment with my eyes to see what looks best with dark lips! Maybe by the end of autumn I'll have figured out some makeup style that works for me!

The product: 
Milani Lipstick in the shade "Chilled Brandy"

My thoughts: 
♡ This is my favourite of the three
♡ I love the colour, I think it looks best with my hair and eye colour
♡ Also, burgundy is my favourite colour, so it's no surprise that I love this one!
♡ This lipstick has shimmer in it, to complement the colour, which I also really like! I have a lot of matte shades, because I like them a lot, but having a lipstick with shimmer is also nice
♡ The lipstick is very drying though, which is one of the only downsides

Rating the Product: 
♡ 9/10: The only thing that I don't enjoy about this product is how dry it feels on my lips. I just love the colour so much that I will wear it even though it dries my lips out a lot! 

What is your favourite dark lipstick?

Dirty Little Secret | Makeup Review


This is the second dark lipstick review of three!
This is also a lipstick that I received in one my my ipsy subscriptions. I can't remember which month it came in, but I think it may have been one of last years winter months. 

The product: 
Dirty Little Secret lipstick in the shade "Vengeance"

My thoughts: 
♡ This is much more purple on my lips than in the container!
♡ I'm not sure if I look good with purple lips, I don't think the colour looks good with my brown eyes
♡ Clearly blue is not a colour you should wear with this shade! I would need to coordinate my outfit with this lipstick to be able to pull it off
♡ The lipstick was very moisturizing, to the point that it felt more like a balm or a chapstick than a lipstick

Rating the Product: 
♡ 7/10: I'm really not sure of the colour (I feel like I always say that - but this time more than others) I loved the texture and application of this lipstick, so it gets full points for that! 

Can you rock a purple lipstick?