Is it Worth the Buy? Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you all had a great Black Friday weekend! Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on one of Too Faced’s most popular products.

The Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is a medium/deep toned matte bronzer with their famous sweet chocolate scent. I got a deluxe size of this when I bought a little trial set with 5 of their best selling products. You all know that Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is my all time favourite so this one had a lot to compete with. I think the overall tone is nice but for my skin tone it borders on being too warm so you have to be careful when applying it.

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I find that it looks really nice blended around the temples, cheeks and jawline to wake up your complexion and you can get get away with a really soft and subtle contour if you’re careful to not apply too much. My one complaint is that I find it tough to blend and since it’s such a deep tone that can be a serious issue. Building it up slowly with a fluffy powder brush seems to be the best way to deal with that.

Overall I think it’s a really nice matte bronzer with a fairly good tone. I think it works well in the summer time for those of us with fair skin and could work all year on deeper skin tones. Let me know your thoughts on the Chocolate Soleil Bronzer if you’ve tried it. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great Sunday.

-Rach

Fall Decorations!

I hope you’ve all had a spooky Halloween! It’s been a crazy busy month for me but I’m finally caught up with school work so I figured I’d share with you all some of the decorations I had up for fall and Halloween. These are super easy and they work great for really small spaces!

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I didn’t really like many of the fall decorations I was finding so I figured that I would just pick up some fake leaves and make my own. I got a few that had little wire stems that I twisted together to make sets of three and I also got some tiny loose leaves that I glued to some twine. I put these up all around my room and on my door and they looked super cute! I don’t really have the patience to carve pumpkins so I bought a mini one at a grocery store and took a black sharpie and drew on a jack-o-lantern face. If you want to get more crafty and creative with pumpkins, I’d recommend using fake ones so that you can re-use them. That’ll save you a ton of money and effort!

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What kind of decorations did you have for the spooky season? I’m always looking for new ideas! Now on to Christmas decor! Thank you all so much for stopping by!

xx -Rach

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My On-the-Go Makeup Bag

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well and that you had a great weekend! Since the new school year has started, many of us are on the go a lot so it’s important to make sure that you have all of the personal care items you’ll need with you.

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I find it easiest to keep everything I know I’ll need in this little makeup bag from Sephora. This way, if you want to switch out your purse, all you have to do is grab this bag and you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything. I always recommend keeping bandaids and hand sanitizer with you. I get blisters all the time and have finally learned that it’s best to just always have several bandaids with you. And hand sanitizer is just a necessity for when you’re on the go–once you start carrying it you’ll be surprised at how often it comes in handy!

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Since I usually end up leaving in a rush, I like to keep some products for the finishing touches of my routine. White eyeliner is my go-to for looking well rested so I always keep one with me for touch ups. I also often end up throwing whatever lipstick I’ll wear that day in here, so I keep this universal lipliner since it will keep any shade of lipstick from feathering outside the lines.

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As I mentioned, I’ll change out my lip product everyday, but the only lippies that I consistently take with me are my Burts Bees lip balm and a Toyshop Sheer Lip in Applause. For more natural days, this lipstick gives a super nice pink colour that wakes up the face. Any nice tinted lip balm will do the trick! Lastly I keep some Duo Lash Glue since you never know when the inner corner of your lashes are gonna start popping off!

What do you keep in your on-the-go makeup bag? Thank you all so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

xx -Rach

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Leaving Home for the First Time

Hi everyone! As many of you know, I’ve recently moved away from home to go to University. This is something that I know most of you are either experiencing now or will be in the near future so I figured that I would share some tips that I have to make the transition a little smoother. I moved out almost three weeks ago to live in a student residence at my school. I’m a very independent person so I knew that I would be alright but I was really nervous about leaving my family and my home for something completely new.

The first tip I have is to try and visit the place you’ll be moving to before you go. In March, my University had an open house where future students could come and have a look around. I went with my mum and we got to see where my classes would be, look at the building that I’d be living in and try out the cafeteria food. Even though I only spent a few hours there, getting to see what everything was like made me feel a whole lot better.

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My sister is my best friend so leaving her has been really tough on both of us, but something that has really helped is planning visits in advance. My school is about 3 and a half hours from where I’m from so I can come home on weekends when I need to. Before I left, my sister and I sat down and planned out when I’d come home for visits and wrote them out in our planners. Being able to physically see how close your next trip home is makes it seem a lot less overwhelming.

My third tip is to call your residence home. I’ve noticed that so many people will say things like “I’m going back to my room” or “I’ll be in my room” instead of calling it home. It might seem strange, but just referring to it as home will make it feel more welcoming and much less distant. After all, a “room” is like a hotel room where you stay for a few nights and live out of suitcases, if you keep thinking of it like that you’ll never get fully settled.

That leads to my next tip, make it feel like home! Put up decorations, get a cute bedspread, put up some fairy lights–whatever you want! You’re going to be here for a long time and it’s important that you feel that this is a space where you feel comfortable and can study, hang out and relax.

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Some decorations I’ve put on my door–sneak peak of an upcoming post! 

Something that I was super nervous about was making friends and I felt like there was this pressure of making a bunch of friends within your first few days. Take your time, it’s okay to make friends as you go! I didn’t know anyone that was going to this school so I was going in totally alone. But you’ll find that because most other people are in the same situation, making friends will come pretty easily. Chat with the people that live around you and you’ll be surprised at how many cool people you could meet.

What would you guys give as tips for moving out? I’d love to hear them since I’m totally new at this too! I’m working on a post about how I’ve been decorating my new home so keep an eye out for that! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you soon.

xx -Rach

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DIY Glitter Letter

Hello friends! How was your weekend? I’m so happy to see that you guys enjoyed my last DIY post so I figured that I’d bring you guys another really simple one today. Crafts like this are great for those of us that are looking to have cute decorations while sticking to a budget.

You will need:
-Foam core board
-Washi tape
-Two colours of fine craft glitter
-Craft glue
-A pencil
-A paint brush

Alrighty, so the first thing you want to do is start tracing a letter onto the board with a pencil. You can make it as complex or as simple as you want. I’m not a super crafty person so I went for a very basic shape just to make things easier. Then you want to start painting your craft glue on the design that you drew. It’s important that you try to keep the edges as clean as possible since the glitter will stick to anything that has glue on it.

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Now for the fun–and messy–part! Start to slowly pour the glitter onto your shape, with the darkest colour toward the top fading to a lighter colour at the bottom. Using your fingers, gently press the glitter into the glue. This will help to make your shape really opaque and evenly covered. Tip the excess glitter into a garbage and go over any areas that need more. Now just create a border with some washi tape and you’re set!

I think this is a great way to spruce up a room and would make an adorable gift for someone! I love to hear from you guys so be sure to tag me in pictures of your DIYs! Thank you all so so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

xx -Rach

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L’Occitane En Provence 2015 Advent Calendar

Hello everyone! So excited to be bringing you my first Christmas post of the year! 🙂 Beauty advent calendars make really great gifts because they let you try a little bit of everything from a brand without committing to one big purchase. My sister and I actually found this one while shopping for our mom. We end up getting her something from L’Occitane every year because they have such gorgeous products and many of their holiday gift sets are very well priced.

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This really is a gorgeous gift, it’s full of 17 best selling products as well as 7 gift treats. I was very impressed to see that every product is a nice travel size instead of being a one use sample. Not to mention the lovely packaging. It’s a gorgeous wintery scene and each product comes out of a shop window. The whole gift comes in at $50–which is about $3 per product. The gift contains:

• 35ml Almond Shower Oil
• 10ml Almond Delicious Hands
• 5ml Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette
• 10ml Delightful Rose Hand Cream
• Nail File
• Set of 5 gift tags
• 50g Jasmin & Bergamote Soap
• 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
• Star-shaped Pastry Cutter
• 50g Milk Extra Gentle-Soap
• 10ml Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
• Set of 10 stickers
• 10ml Ultra Rich Face Cream
• 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion
• Set of Place Cards
• 35ml Repairing Shampoo
• 35ml Repairing Conditioner
• Bow Tree Hanging Decoration
• 30ml Verbena Shower Gel
• 30ml Verbena Body Lotion
• 10ml Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
• 3ml Moisturising Lip Balm
• 10ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
Sachet of Stars.

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The only downside that I see are the items that are not beauty products. As I mentioned above, there are 7 ‘gift treats’ on the list as well. Now this is a trend with all beauty advent calendars that I’ve seen. They include little holiday themed items to keep the price of the gift reasonable. Keep in mind that the ones in this gift are actually quite cute but there are some advent calendars that contain paper clips and mini pencils as gifts…But when you consider all the great products you’re getting for just $3 each it starts to make sense. (Think of how much you’d be paying to get 25 products!)

All in all this makes such a lovely gift and I can’t wait to give it to my mom! If you do plan on getting it make sure you act fast these guys sell out quickly! Let me know if you are planning on getting this advent calendar for someone this year or if there are any other Christmas posts you’d like to see. Have an awesome rest of the weekend!

xx-Rach

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