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Too Faced Peach Perfect Review

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

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. 

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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

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.

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.

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.

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

Recently Read: October

Hello everyone! As much as I love fall, it doesn't like me. I suffer from a lot of sinus headaches this time of the year, and I find that when Advil doesn't work, the only thing I can do is turn off all the lights, put an eye mask on and earplugs in, and sleep it off. Unfortunately, that means not as much blogging or reading time. I was still able to get through five books this month. Keep reading to hear my thoughts! 

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The Heart's Invisible Furies 5/5
This was the first book I read in October and it took me a long time to get back into a book after it. It was probably over a week before I even picked up another book because it was so amazing. I have a full review here.

Dark Matter 4/5
Emily Fox has raved about this book and I figured October would be the perfect time to read it. "Are you happy with your life?" These are the last words Jason Dessen hears before a masked abductor knocks him unconscious. He wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by people who apparently know him, asking questions about his experiences over the last year and a half. But Jason is at a loss about what these scientists want and who they are. As he finds out his entire world is different from the one he knows, he must face the fact that something remarkably different and seemingly impossible has happened, and he must find the courage to find his way back to the life he knows.

I don't read much science fiction, so I found myself struggling with this book. It requires the reader to suspend belief in reality and how we view the world. It takes place across multiple universes. The theory is that every choice we make or don't make defines the reality we exist in, and the ones where the choices were different from the ones we choose still exist in alternate realities. To enter the alternative universes, an individual must take a drug that affects (something rather) in your brain and enter an object in superposition.  It relies on the idea of Schrödinger's cat, where once we are able to let go of our observable world are we able to see both what is there and what isn't.

I probably did a horrible job explaining that because to be honest, I still don't know if I understand it. But the thriller element of the book really kept me engaged. As I read a lot of thrillers, I find they can get quite repetitive, but the science fiction element provided a unique twist, especially as the book progressed. I don't want to say too much at the risk of giving it away, but if you're like me, I think this book is a great way to step outside of your comfort zone.

The Child Finder 4/5
I was so excited to read this because it was the first ever ARC I recieved (despite the fact it's already on sale, I was over the moon). I watch a lot of booktubers and was always so in awe of unique covers and hearing about books months before their relese date.

Three years earlier, Madison Culver went missing in Oregon's Skookum National Forest on a trip with her parents to find the perfect Christmas tree. Naomi, a private investigator that specializes in missing child cases, is called to the scene to investigate Madison's disappearance. As Naomi struggles with dead ends, she is forced to examine the horrors of her own childhood. Focusing on how our imagination can help us through life's darkest times, The Child Finer is a poetic and memorable book.

This book was very poetic, and it took me a while to adjust to the writing style, especially after I had just finished something as scientific as Dark Matter. It was challenging, if not almost disturbing, to read from Madison's perspective of her captor. Because she was only five years old when she was kidnapped, her view on Mr. B and the life she was becoming accustomed to was difficult to read. While she did struggle at the beginning, the adoration she felt for Mr. B, despite the physical and psychological abuse she faced, was incomprehensible. It's difficult to imagine being entirely dependant on someone for three years and being locked in a cellar during that time. Madison alluded to sexual assault on a few occasions, and the thought of a grown man abusing a child in that manner was sickening.

But reading Naomi's parts were almost uplifting. As a survivor of abduction as a child, Naomi had a unique perspective on what missing children were facing and how their imagination could help them through it. She was relentless in trying to save Madison, among other children, because of the personal horrors she experienced. Like Dark Matter, this thriller was very different from what I had read, and I found myself thinking about it long after I'd put the book down. While I studied Criminology in university, something I always wanted to learn more about was victimology, and despite the fact this was a work of fiction, I felt like this was a fresh and unique insight into the ideology. While it can be triggering, I think this book is definitely worth the read and brings a fresh voice to the world of psychological thrillers.

We Were Liars 2/5
This book is so hyped. Whether it's BookTube, Bookstagram or Goodreads, I'm pretty sure everyone has read it at one point. I found it for $2 at my local used bookstore and thought it would be a great chance to read it. I'm not a huge YA fan so I didn't have high hopes going into this book.

Following the beautiful and rich Sinclair family, the story focuses on the four "liars" and summer "15" on their private island. Focusing on damaged relationships, class differentiation, destructive ideologies and grief, We Were Liars examines the lengths a family will go to to protect those they love.

This was my commuting book, so I was reading it at the same time as The Child Finder and found a lot of similarities between the two. Both were very poetic in terms of the writing styles, both dealt with grief and the coping mechanisms our brains develop in times of trauma. But unlike The Child Finder, I found We Were Liars to be very juvenile. It focused on a very privileged family who complained about their very privileged upbringing, predominately their future inheritance. I found the main characters intolerable. They acted like the silver platter that life was handed to them on was too tarnished, and came across as spoiled brats on every page. Despite the fact the story was only 250 pages, it felt too long and repetitive. The only redeeming feature of the novel was the twist at the end. Becuase I was only reading about 20 pages every few days (when the subway wasn't too loud or crowded and I could actually read), I didn't see the twist coming. But if I had sat down and read the book in one to two sittings (which would have been easily achievable), I almost certainly would have seen it coming. I really don't know why this book is so hyped, but it's already in the donation pile and I would definitely not recommend it.

The River at Night 3/5
I hadn't actually heard a lot about this book, but it sounded vaguely like the movie Deliverance, so I thought it would be the perfect book to read around Halloween.

A group of four best friends decide to embark on a thrilling vacation in the remote parts of the Michigan forests on a hiking and white water rafting trip. But soon after their trip begins, they find themselves in trouble. A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and means of survival. But when they find a ramshackle camp, they find themselves in an even more threatening situation. Fighting against themselves and the elements, the four women must do anything it takes to survive this nightmare.

I really liked the storyline of this book, but I think it was the writing style that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. It was very abrupt and choppy, and there was something I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I found I wasn't able to visualize what I was reading like I usually can. I found it also played up the idea of disability too conveniently as well. Wini just happened to be the only one in her group who would communicate with Dean, who was deaf like her brother was. Wini felt compelled to try and save Dean because she had lost her brother years before despite the fact she had just met him, even if this meant turning against her lifelong friendships.  I feel like the book had a lot of potential, but it wasn't executed well.

Overall, I read a mixture of books this month. I found a new favourite and read some books that I can't get off my shelves quick enough. What have you been reading lately? Are you going to continue with thrillers into November?

xoxo K