Wednesday, 10 February 2016

#CBBFOOLPROOFBLEND by Demeter*, Let's Get Scientific About This


There are few things in life that are foolproof combinations. Salt + Pepper, foolproof. Oil + Vinegar, foolproof. We don't always have time to figure out what goes well with others and risk is involved when combining two things for the first time. At best, failed dinners, at worst...well, there are a lot of 'worsts'. At least with scents, Demeter makes blending easy with their Foolproof Blending Kits*.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year: Its the Year of the Monkey!

*Press Samples

Charlotte Tilbury Chinese New Year Look

Happy Chinese New Year!!!

If you aren't celebrating, or if you are, I hope you're having a great start to your February. Any holiday occasion is wonderful and CNY is made even better with all the Chinese food and desserts. This year, I wanted to create a sophisticated look to go with all the red and gold decorations and there isn't anything better than pairing that idea with luxurious brand, Charlotte Tilbury, to really ring in the occasion. 

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Youtube Lashes (ft. Make Up For Ever Lash Show N204 and C709*)

Make Up For Ever Lash Show N204 and C709

I had a discussion with some beauty bloggers about their 'new normal'. Once you start using certain beauty items, a bulb goes off and you can't be without. A small set of people can't put down their falsies and would feel lash-line-bald without them. Trying out a few Make Up For Ever Lash Show* ($22CDN) lashes revealed why lashes are de rigueur on social media, Youtube and in person.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White* (Perfume, Rollerball and Perfume Oil)

*Press Sample
elizabeth and james nirvana white

When I was using the Elizabeth and James Nirvana (White)* Scent, I couldn't quit help but feel like it was what the Burberry My Burberry Eau de Toilette was aspiring to be. Between the two there are familiar notes.  That's not sufficient for a dupe alert but it does help.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Happy 3 Years!

Beware: this post is mind dump.

Thoughts at the end of my third year of blogging:

I admire veterans of beauty blogging. Blogging consistently for 5 or more years is a feat of dedication especially when life conditions change. The commitment to always return to and continue the blog is worth acknowledgement and some of these bloggers continue to inspire me.

I also admire bloggers who are able to leave blogs and to know when the 'life fit' isn't there. The decision to leave is difficult and I've seen a few of my favorite bloggers do this recently. My mind has briefly flitted towards this now and then but I'm usually pulled back by the latest launch. If nothing else, eyeshadows will always bring me back from the brink. However, I've been contemplating this more recently.

I love the relationships I've strengthened through this blog and the fun times I've had because of it. 

Moving back to Vancouver has impacted my blog relationships. Being established in the Toronto scene was nice but making inroads in Vancouver has not been automatic. Not a bad thing since it has decreased (real or imagined) pressures on my blog. 

Moving forward:

My job has shifted the time I have for hobbies. Still interested in maintaining my blog, I'm also looking for ways to balance online and real life activities. I swear I'm going to get visible abs this year. In Toronto, spending time with David or family was impossible. Now that I can, these things are worth more of my time.

I've posted on even numbered days but I'm trying a new schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Posts may appear outside of this but the switch cuts down the number of monthly posts. Gotta live my real life, yo!

I recall some feedback I got in my poll. A reader noticed a shift in ABZ; the change from a 'personal blog' to 'business blog'. I have to agree with them since PR partnerships have contributed to ABZ's growth but I'm hoping to get to a better mix slowly. I would like to continue to write. No one aside from myself might be a fan but I want to tighten up my writing style and shift things back to 'personal blog' status. This might mean more non-beauty posts, more rambling lift updates, more whatever but I really want to (learn to) run my own race.

Still decluttering while balancing my heart's desire to try all the things.

I think about this post and how some of those 'resolutions' still hold strong for me this year. I can't say I did well on those in 2014 but I'm hoping 2016 is a good time to really start. At least I've been pretty good about the resolution on spending. 

Here's to another year or two, or three of ABZ. Thank you so much for hanging out with me!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

OPI's Hello Kitty Collection*

OPI X Hello Kitty 2016 My Pal Joey and My Twin Mimmy

The OPI x Hello Kitty* Collection has landed in stores and I played around with some of the colors from the set. Many of the colors appealed to me but I only tried the ones I was most curious about (since I figured there would be so many other bloggers who are going to do single color nail swatches anyways.) My favorite combination of three that I did is My Pal Joey with dots of My Twin Mimmy make a great combination. The yellow, which reminds me of Hello Kitty's buttons, contrasts with the blue so well and the lightest of each shade gives it a cartoon feel.