If you take a peek in my closet, you’ll find a huge basket full of nail polishes. OPI, Essie, CoverGirl– and in all kinds of colours! (But I’m sure you all can relate, right?). My obsession with nail polishes started about four years ago, just before I moved to Ontario. I was at a hair salon in St. John’s (Newfoundland), when I noticed all of the pretty colours from OPI! I decided to pick out just one, and spent a good 15 minutes deciding! Heh.
After going back and forth, and trying to figure out which one I wanted to buy, I finally opted for “Shake your money maker“– a resplendent radiant emerald shade!
I love the colour. I think it’s perfect for the holiday season! (And would work for St. Patrick’s Day too!). I’ve been using this colour on its own– and while I love the sparkly green, I think I’m going to try applying it over a solid green polish. Why? Gosh, this stuff chips so so easily! Well okay, I’ll admit, I was a little lazy and didn’t apply a top coat. But still… without a top coat, it chips within a few hours! I’m thinking it’s because it’s so heavily full of glitter, so it just comes off in ”chunks”… kind of?
A few weeks ago, I popped into Sephora to check out a few new holiday collections. While browsing, I noticed a new palette by Urban Decay– the Vice 2 Palette! I am not exaggerating when I say it was love at first sight. While I enjoy matte eye shadows, I love glittery shadows even more! Especially for the holidays!
Within seconds, I swatched every colour. That’s 20 swatches! My poor hands and arms, lol! I was so excited to see that the glittery shadows had so much pigmentation. I had to really think about buying Vice 2. It’s $68, and I really do not need any new eye shadows (I have way too many palettes– and I don’t even use 90% of them!). To tell you the truth, I was pretty happy with my free Lancome eye shadow palette and have been using that for months. Would I use Vice daily? Or would it just be taking up space?
After thinking about it, I decided to go for it! I fell in love with all of the colours, and come on… there are 20 of them! Fortunately, I purchased Vice 2 during Sephora‘s big VIB 20% off weekend, so the price wasn’t that bad. Plus, I received a free Sephora tote :)
A little about the Vice 2 Palette:
For fans that missed out the first time (and beauty junkies craving their next fix, Urban Decay has launched this palette packed with unbelievably gorgeous eye shadow shades. Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in Urban Decay’s decadent, revamped formula.
Each Eyeshadow features Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
Vice 2 is drenched in a pretty-but-edgy, abstract orchid design that’s applied with a special process—so no two palettes are exactly alike—and topped off with a gunmetal jeweled UD icon. With the touch of a button, the case opens slowly to unveil all those gorgeous shadows, along with an oversized mirror and a double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.
After using the Vice 2 Palette for a few weeks now, I am happy to say that I am very, very pleased with the product! Not only am I a fan of the glittery shades, but the shadows blend really well. Is it just me or do some eye shadows blend better than others? I use the exact same brushes, but I find some shadows just don’t blend as nicely.
One of my “go to” favourites in the Vice 2 Palette is the shadow “dope”– which is described as a “warm champaign satin.” When I’m looking for more of a neutral look, I use “dope” (for my lid) along with the shade “coax” (for my upper v).
Feeling a little more glamorous? Or maybe you just want to add a little touch of sparkle? The Vice 2 Palette has so many options! Shades like “Betrayal” (a bright purple satin with blue shift), “Voodoo” (a metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter), or “Damaged” (a bright metallic emerald shimmer) are perfect for an extra sparkle!
If you’re feeling bold, you can create a glittery smokey eye using shades like Betrayal, Voodoo, or Damaged– but if you’re looking for more of a subtle look, you can always just apply one of them under your lower lash line (which I’ve been doing!).
I’m such a big fan of the Vice 2 Palette, that I recommended it to my younger cousin who lives in Newfoundland. She was in Toronto, for an event, a couple of weeks ago, so we did some shopping. Within minutes inside of Sephora, she had the Vice 2 Palette bought! LOL. The palette is just a showstopper, I tell ya!
Are you a fan of highly pigmented/glittery shadows or do you tend to stick to the neutrals? What is your favourite eye shadow palette?
Friends! Exactly one month from today it will be Christmas Day!!!! Are you beaming with excitement? Or are you shuddering with the thought of it? I’m a little obsessed with the holidays, so I’m well into the fa-a-la-la-ing ;)
Thankfully, 98.1 CHFI here in Toronto has been playing Christmas music (all day long!) for a while now. I’m extremely picky when it comes to my Christmas music– I’m more into the classics, rather than contemporary (I think Mariah Carey is as contemporary as it gets for me!). After doing a little brainstorming, I came up with 28 of my favourite Christmas songs! Enjoy!
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My love for Christmas
It’s no secret that I’m coo-coo over Christmas (exhibit A: my instagram lately). Like, obsessed– in every sense of the word! For instance, my co-workers in Ottawa (who I like to call my “Ottawa family”) threw me a going away party last summer. But it wasn’t just any going away party! Nope, it was a CHRISTMAS party. Not kidding. Everyone was dressed in red or green, stockings were hung, lights were twinkling, and they even bought me a beautiful Christmas wreath! So yep, my love for Christmas is endless!
In the last few weeks or so, I’ve been fa-a-la-la-la-ing (as usual); when several people (usually middle aged women) try to explain to me that my love for Christmas will eventually fade as I get older. They all claim that the holidays have become just a pain in the butt for them– the lights, the Christmas trees, the presents, the snow…
My jaw pretty much dropped each time. Like okay, maybe you don’t like Christmas– and that’s completely okay. But *laughs*snorts* you clearly do not know how much I love Christmas, ladies!
Why am I so obsessed with Christmas? Well, it was always a very, very special time for me as a child. Christmas meant that I would bake special Christmas cookies with my nan, and she would take me to midnight mass on Christmas eve (even though I’m not religious, I enjoyed spending this time with her). My parents and I would get all bundled up, hop in the car, and drive around our community just looking at all of the different Christmas lights. Every Christmas eve, as a little girl, I would take my colouring book and lay under the tree and just colour. I loved the flicker of the lights dancing on my pages. It was pure bliss. And I greatly enjoyed stealing the turkey stuffing (which I called “dressup” as a kid, ha!) while mom was preparing the bird on Christmas eve ;)
I think Christmas means more to me now than it ever did. I now live in a different province (meaning, I don’t get to see my family), and two grandparents have since passed away. It really makes me sad that these little traditions are only memories… I can’t really do them anymore (well, in the exact same way as before). But I think that’s why Christmas is so special to me. It allows me to really reflect on all of the good times I had with my family and friends. It’s honestly the small things that makes me love Christmas so much– and I seriously can’t see my affection for the holidays ever fading.
PS, do you like my Christmas decorations? I finally put the tree up this afternoon ;)
Congrats, Cheryl! I hope you enjoy your pampering from the fabulous Pause Beauty ladies! And I want to thank everyone who entered! (Huge thanks!). If you haven’t done so already, you can read about my lash extensions review at Pause Beauty HERE.
‘Tis the season for a lot of things– for joy, family gatherings, twinkling lights, kindness, and yes… giving. Personally, I just love giving presents (more than receiving!). I enjoy putting a lot of thought into a special gift, wrapping it up super pretty (shiny wrapping paper and big bows!), and just seeing the pure happiness of the recipient!
Speaking of Christmas and presents, Nancy over at Spiffykerms.com is hosting multiple giveaways right now! It’s pure craziness (and well, very thoughtful!). One of the gifts she is giving away is a huge Philosophy Gift Set (valued at $101!).
Last weekend, I tried the whole Christmas shopping thing. First stop? Target! (Great for stocking stuffers!) Second stop? The Bay! Unfortunately for my family and friends, I didn’t get much accomplished. But, um… I did find this great tweed coat from the Bay!
I know, I know… I was suppose to be buying presents for others… not myself! Bad Leanne. But hey, it’s cold out (colder by the day!) and I need a new coat ;) Plus, it was 40% off!
Christmas shopping wasn’t a complete bust though. I ended up picking up three rolls of sparkly wrapping paper, two rolls of fancy ribbon, a Christmas Yankee candle, and a little something for Nancy!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
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