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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Hello everyone! It's been a crazy busy few weeks at work and dealing with a never-ending cold/cough. But I thought I would sneak in here with a (mostly) beauty holiday gift guide! I'm definitely more into skincare than makeup in my old age (she says at the ripe age of 24), but I tried to put together a collection of things that almost anyone on your list would appreciate!







Origins: 
Origins have a ton of gift sets right now for a variety of skin types. I'm a huge fan of the ginzing range, and I think it works for a variety of skin types. I'm super oily and acne prone and I find it works really well on my skin, but my mom has mature, dryer skin and she loves it too. There are also some amazing deals--the ginzing set is only nominally more than the full sized moisturizer included in it!

Kiehls: 
I'm a huge fan of the Ultra Facial Cream. While it's quite a heavy cream, I find its one of the best things to help my super sensitive skin in the cooler months. I purchased the Face Care set as something to use in the depths of the winter, but I'm also loving the Disney editions they have of some of their classic items!

Fresh: 
The sugar lip balms are some of my favourite all-time lip products, and every year Fresh brings out different sets including at least one of the lip products. I received the Sugar Lip Prep 'N Paint set which has the lip exfoliant and serum, but the Sugar Lip Beauty Box would make an amazing present.

Peter Thomas Roth: 
Most of us have multiple skin issues that we want to address, so having a gift set with a wide range of products is an excellent idea. I get a version of the Meet You Mask set every year and am particularly keen on the pumpkin enzyme mask included!

Clé de Peau: 
For an actual makeup product, I've been loving the eye crayons from Clé de Peau that I was kindly sent. They're super easy to throw on and blend in, and the colours can transition from subtle to smokey very easily. It's more of a luxury item, but it's something that beauty lovers would love and probably wouldn't treat themselves to.

Gift cards:
When in doubt, give them a gift card. I threw in a Roots one here because it was the only one I had on hand, but Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Ultra, or wherever else you want is bound to have one. Or for a more versatile option, you can always get a pre-paid credit card. They look super festive this time of the year and work almost anywhere.

I hope this post gave you some ideas for treating people on your Christmas list!

xoxo K

Too Faced Peach Perfect Review

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Good Monday morning! I've had a crazy busy week, and even as this blog post goes up, I'm going to be busy AF at work working on a live campaign. Exciting times when you work in social media. Because I've been so busy lately, I thought I would try out the Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation, which claims to be a comfort matte foundation that will keep you oil free for up to 14 hours. Let's see how it worked! 

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Because daylights saving time ended, it's dark by the time I get home so I wasn't able to do before and after photos (well, I mean I could, but they would have looked kinda crappy with the lack of lighting so you'll just have to trust me).  Unfortunately, both of these shades are too dark for me, but I can make porcelain work if I take it down my neck or wear a turtleneck with it (all the cheating).

I love how this foundation feels. I generally only ever wear the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless, and while I can tell I'm wearing foundation when I have it on, I've become so used to the feeling. With this Too Faced foundation, it felt so lightweight, more like I was wearing a tinted moisturizer.

In terms of longevity, I'd say it faired almost as well as my Maybelline favourite. I needed to blot about six to seven hours after application, which is great for my oily skin. Where I saw the most difference between the two foundations was how it faired post-blot. I found the Too Faced Peach Perfect broke down more after I blotted than the Maybelline one did, which is a bit annoying. It also clung a bit to breakouts around my chin, but most foundations do.

I actually really like the look and feel of this foundation and think I'm going to pick up the lightest shade in the range and see if it works for me (fingers crossed).

Other notable mentions include the Too Faced Peach Blur, which I've been loving! I bake my face with the Too Faced Primed and Poreless pressed powder every morning, then use this powder to wipe the excess off. It adds back a bit of dimension and glow to my otherwise flat face, without making me look greasy. I'm now using this over every base I wear and actually want to get a second for my on-the-go makeup bag. Excessive? Maybe.

And last but not least is the Too Faced Papa Don't Peach blusher. I've been wearing this a lot more than I thought. I've been sick on and off the last few weeks and have been using even paler than usual. This is adding a lot of colour and brightness back into my sallow cheeks. It has some shimmer and a lot of peachy colour and is perfect for a lot of looks.

xoxo K

Stepping outside my (literary) comfort zone

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I have a habit of reading a lot of the same genre of books--mostly thrillers and contemporary novels. But something that I'm really trying to do this year is to step out of my comfort zone. I read a science-fiction thriller a few weeks ago, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, but I'm hoping to expand this selection even more. 

the nightingale, the orphans tale, the girl from savoy

Hiddensee, the beginning of the world in the middle of the night, murders in the rue morge, tales of mystery and imagination

The few historical fictions that I've read, I've really enjoyed, especially All the Light We Cannot See and The Cottingley Secret. I've heard that The Nightingale is a spectacular novel, and found it on Book Outlet a few summers ago. I also found The Orphan's Tale for $2 in my used bookstore and thought it sounded beautiful, albeit it devastating. And I'm excited to read more Hazel Gaynor (author of The Cottingley Secret), and found The Girl from Savoy in my favourite used bookstore as well.

I also want to venture into the world of darker, mysterious, fairy-tale esque novels. I know this is more of a broad topic, but I figured it's a better way to ease myself in. I love the few Poe stories I've read in school, and when I saw that Tales of Mystery and Imagination contained The Murders in the Rue Morge, I knew I had to have it. I've heard wonderful things about Jen Campbell's dark and twisted short stories in The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night and ordered it from Book Depository since it wasn't available in Canada. And bringing up the rear is Hiddensee by the author of Wicked.

I have so many books on my TBR list (literally my entire bookcase upstairs is unread books), so I don't want to promise I'll get to them and review them anytime soon, but I'm hoping to try at least a couple before the end of the year.

Do you read a lot of the same genre, or do you read a more diverse selection?

xoxo K

Too Faced Just Peachy review

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It's funny how you change as you grow up. Once upon a time, I would have gone crazy for the Too Faced Just Peachy palette. Some combination would have been on my eyes every day, and I would have talked about this about 10 times over already. But recently, I've been wearing maybe one to two colours max on my eyes at a time. It may be because I'm getting up at 5:30 for work and doing a more colourful, intense look doesn't seem appropriate for an 8 a.m. start time, or because I'm just lazy. That's not to say I don't love this palette, it's just that I've used it less than I thought I would. Keep reading to hear my entire thoughts and see swatches! 

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I absolutely loved the Sweet Peach palette Too Faced brought out last year because of the quality of the shadows and colour selection. So needless to say I was biting at the bit to get my hands on this beauty. All the colours in the Just Peachy palette are matte, and keep with the warm-toned, peachy nature of Too Faced's iconic range.

Pigmentation 
As you can see in the swatches above, the colours are vibrant and gorgeous. Each one above was only one swatch of my finger. But because I'm so pale, the colours are almost too pigmented for me. I really need to blend the edges out when I use this palette because they show up so much on my snow white level pale skin. But I can imagine this palette would be a dream on darker skin tones.

Colours
The colours come off true to pan and are very warm toned. I would say I would have liked a bit more variety in the palette, like the Sweet Peach which had greens, peaches and purples. I found the colours in this palette a bit more repetitive, but still beautiful. You can great a really natural look with the top row, or add some fun and vibrancy with the Just Ripe and Peach Sangria.

Quality
I'm not at all surprised that the quality of the shadows are gorgeous. With the exception of the Chocolate Chip palette, Too Faced is consistently good. They are buttery and very easy to blend, with little fallout. I would probably recommend putting on your eye makeup before foundation, but that's something I usually do anyway, just in case.

Overall, I really like this palette. Because it's matte, it's a great staple to have. You can use it as-is or add some shimmer or glitter to create an even more complex look. I think if you're a fan of warm-toned shades, then you need this palette in your life!

xoxo K