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H&M Beauty @ Eaton's Centre

Hello lovelies!

Recently, H&M has entered the beauty market. Many of their department stores are introducing a beauty section, complete with foundations, blushes, body products, and more. This department will include over 700 different makeup products, with seasonal and limited edition products! I was at Eaton's Centre  in Toronto earlier today and decided to drop by to check it out for myself!

Apologies in advance for the spotty photo quality... I took all of the photos on my phone!

I had a meeting this morning so I went to Starbucks and got a chai tea latte with soy! The new seasonal cup designs are really nice. I can't wait til they bring out the holiday flavours again... Chestnut praline lattes are the absolute best!

So H&M really upped their game! The H&M in Eatons is under construction and the store itself looks like a bit of a mess, especially since they moved a good chunk of their men's section into an H&M Men's standalone store on the second floor. The beauty section is located on the 2nd floor towards the cashier.

They are offering items such as bath and body products, as well as towels and cleansing cloths.

They also have a few different makeup bags available for purchase.

You will also find candles and other scented items. Prices are comparable to Loblaw's/ Superstore's home section prices.

The setup for the makeup booths remind me of Sephora, with large bright shelves and a sample of every product are displayed. This booth carried powdered blushes, cream blushes, illuminators, and powder puffs. Each of the shelves was neat and full stocked, but that's probably just because the booth opened up about a week ago. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a disaster zone.

Many different lip pencils, crayons, creams, and lipsticks on display. H&M offers quite a large variety of shades. I can't tell you about the pigmentation or colour payoff as I didn't try any on my lips, but I did swatch a few colours and they all seemed good to me! I'm pretty sure that most of the lipsticks had a glossy finish though.

Haha, you can see me sipping on my drink in this photo! H&M had a fully loaded nail section with an Essie-esque selection of colours. Not sure about the quality. Packaging wasn't too glamorous but the bottles had a nice shape. Definitely nice if you're looking for a very specific colour, I'm sure there are lots of great dupes here.

H&M also carried a huge selection of foundation shades, which is nice! Each foundation had a corresponding powder foundation. They also offered concealers, as well as base quads and correctors.

Eyeshadows galore! Each of these individual shades came in it's own small compact. They are quite decently sized, with each pan being slightly larger than a toonie. I swatched one of the glittery shades and the glitter chunks were quite large compared to micro shimmers.

I believe there was also a section with eye shadow palettes too!

They also carried a good selection of brushes. There were lots of different types, ranging from small detailer brushes, eye shadow, contour, and base brushes.

The pricing for these items are comparable to mid - higher end drugstore brands. Think L'Oreal - Revlon price range.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of H&M's new beauty products? Is it something you would be interested in?

Thanks for reading!



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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks Review + Swatches| Donut, Bumble, Ouiji, & Avenue

Hello lovelies!

Matte matte matte - I'm all about the matte lipsticks recently. After my love affair with Kat Von D's Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft (which I honestly don't shut up about), I've been addicted to matte lips. I don't like the sticky or wet feeling from glosses, lipsticks often smudge off... Luckily, my friend Jen told me about the Colourpop Ultra-Matte Lipsticks!

 Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks are exactly what the name implies - they're a liquid lipstick foruma that dries suuuper matte on the lips. Not satin ~KVD studded lipstick~ matte, no, I'm talkin dry lips. Buuuuut, the forumula is intensely pigmented.

 I picked up four colours - donut, ouiji, bumble, and avenue! They retail for about $6 USD each, and definitely give you a bang for your buck! I haven't found too many matte lip products in the drugstore that come in colours that I like. Colourpop has a wide selection of colours to choose from!

Donut is a bright peachy shade. Ouiji is a bright coral red. Bumble is a dusty warm terracotta. Avenue is a deep yellow red. Each of these swatches were swiped 1-2 times, so you can see the amount of colour payoff you get!

A closer look at the swatches! (Upper: Ouiji, lower: Donut)
I've been wearing Donut the most. It's bright, but not crazy bright. It's a fun pop of colour which seems more appropriate for day time! Ouiji was a super fun bright colour for summer, or nights out.

(Upper: Avenue, lower: Bumble)
Bumble is a nice muted shade for fall, I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot! I don't have many dark lipsticks so I picked up Avenue. I have a rimmel lipstick that's around the same colour, except it always rubs off super quickly and I'm left with a drag queen-esque border around my lip line.

These are quite drying so make sure to exfoliate your lips before wearing them! 

I know many people (including myself) thought that Donut and Bumble looked quite similar on the website. I tried to compare in people swatches but couldn't find a good comparison, so here you go! I'd swatch Solow too but I don't own it, but I think Solo is more mauvey.

Hope these swatches helped! It's hard to blend after the formula dries, and these liquid lipsticks dry fast! Also, it takes forever to take off (so much staining) so make sure you have a good makeup remover at the end of the day.

Have you tried any Colourpop products before? Which one is your favourite? 

Thanks for reading!



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Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake in Toronto | Worth the Wait?

Hey lovelies!

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake - the "it" bakery/cafe that's on everyone's lips at the moment! Their supposedly famous Japanese Cheesecakes attract the masses, resulting in hour-long lineups outside their Toronto shop. I recently took a trip downtown and stopped by in order to find out what all the hype was about, and if the cheesecake was actually worth the wait!


Whats in my makeup bag? | ft. Revlon, Urban Decay, and NYC

Heya lovelies!

I recently got a new makeup bag, so I thought I'd share some of the products which I've been wearing on a daily basis!


A little haul from Adore Me...

An Adore Me Haul...

I'm a sucker for bows, ribbons, and pretty lace. Fortunately for me, Adore Me exists. I've previously done a review for them in the past, which you can check out here! I recently racked up some store credits with them and decided to post a haul!

Many people seem to be curious about Adore Me's services. Adore Me is a monthly subscription service, in which you can purchase pretty lingerie sets each month at a discounted price. If you don't want to pay the monthly fee, you can always just buy them one-off at the regular price.

I picked up two items (on two seperate occasions). I thought I would review them for you!


The Bath & Body Works Candle Haul...

Hello lovelies!

Last week, after a series of important meetings, I decided to pop by Bath and Body Works and pick up some candles! I don't typically buy candles, or anything from Bath and Body Works for that matter, but they had the 2 three-wick candles for $25 promotion on! I've only owned two of their candles before and liked them, so it was a fairly spontaneous #treatyoself purchase.

I don't burn candles very often because my mom hates scents, and I get non-stop complaining if I burn them for too long, haha....

I picked up the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent, and the Stress Relief aromatherapy candle in eucalyptus spearmint. I'm very picky with my scents - I don't like anything too strong, sweet, or heavy. I'm absolutely in love with these scents though!


I've tried the Bath and Body Works aromatherapy line before, but only their bubble baths lines. I liked the smell of the anti-stress candle the most. It's 'eucalyptus spearmint' scent, which I feel is a soft mint scent, with warm eucalpytus undertones. I'm not sure if I'm explaining this very well, but it's a very comforting scent for me!

There is also a Eucalyptus Mint scent as part of their White Barn range. It has the same packaging as the Japanese Cherry Blossom candle. (The candle jar is frosted white though.) I was tempted to buy the white jar so I could turn it into a cute brush holder for my makeup brushes, but the green seemed more 'anti-stress' to me. 

Next is the Japanese Cherry Blossom candle! I haven't started burning this one yet. I've owned this candle in the past. I miss the sparkly pink packaging though, but this will do. It's a sweet and floral scent that smells like the rest of their cherry blossom range.

I always make sure to trim down the wicks after I've burned the candle. This allows the candle to burn cleaner and last longer!

Overall, I love these two scents! I usually let the surface of the candle liquify to prevent tunneling. I can't really pick a favourite... I'm saving my cherry blossom one for later. Right now, I really need the stress relief.  

Bath and Body Works has some great promotions coming up, such as their 'get $10 off a $30 purchase', and more! Make sure to check for coupons, especially for the candles. One of these candles goes for $25, and the typical offer is 2 for $35, but occasionally you can get a steal of a deal!

Have you tried any Bath and Body Works candles? What's your favourite scent?

Thanks for reading!




Making Pleated Skirts for Cosplay | Tutorial

Heya lovelies!

I love making pleated skirts. They're the one thing that I actually know how to sew, and they are really simple to make! Most anime school uniforms include a pleated skirt of some sort, and I can usually pump one out in a few hours.

I recently made some for my Erina cosplay from Shokugeki no Soma... or food wars! #bestanime2015 I also made mle's skirt.


Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream + Moisturizer | Review

Hello lovelies!

I've been familiar with Aveeno as a brand for a very long time. A few years ago, when I started to research and invest more into my skincare regime, I swore by Aveeno's foaming facial cleansers. I'm also a huge fan of their calming bath powders...so relaxing!

I had the opportunity to try out some Aveeno products from their Positively Radiant line!

The packaging is what always draws me to Aveeno products. It's made of this matte cardboard, which really goes along with their whole 'natural' theme!

The first thing I'd like to share are these Positively Radiant CC Eye Creams! I received them in two shades - fair/light and medium. Light/fair fit me well, so I gave the medium shade to my mum! The CC creams contain active naturals total soy complex which claims to grant a more radiant look to the skin, fixing tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots!

It works kind of like a concealer. It's medium coverage, which is impressive because it's marketed as a tinted moisturizer. It also claims to improve skin over time, concealing dark circles and puffiness around the eyes! The skin around the eyes is quite delicate as well, so we want to make sure to take care of it. This CC cream is also oil-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic (which means it won't cause blackheads or irritation by blocking pores)!

The applicator kind of reminds me of a lipgloss tube applicator! The shape allows for it to be applied directly to the under eyes, however I'd recommend applying it with your fingertips as sometimes too much products squeezes out.

I have quite light skin with peach undertones, and the fair-light shade matches my skin tone perfectly. Medium is a slightly darker shade that will suit tanned - medium skin tones! Overall I liked the formula of the CC eye creams - it felt super moisturizing and has good coverage! It retails for $19.99.

Next up, a classic in the Aveeno moisturizing line....

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. I absolutely love this moisturizer - I've actually purchased it in the past and loved it! It's a lightweight and moisturizing cream that absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn't leave an oily residue behind. It also contains Aveeno's active naturals soy complex to even tone, smooth texture, and soften skin!

I always apply a moisturizer before I apply makeup, and it's nice to have one that keeps your skin hydrated without feeling oily. It's quick drying and hypoallergenic, which is great because my skin is quite sensitive to moisturizers! This is currently my day cream, love the light scent and texture. It retails for $21.99

You can find these products at most drug stores / department stores!

Have you tried any Aveeno products? What are your thoughts about the CC cream craze? Have you tried any other tinted moisturisers?

Thanks for reading!



*This post is sponsored by Aveenobut as always it's 100% my honest opinion! 


QPAD QH-90 - My Favourite Headphones!!

Hello lovelies!

A bit of a techy review today. Early August, I posted about the death of my beloved QPAD headphones. Basically, I absolutely love these headphones. They're so comfortable, and I've gotten about two years of moderate usage out of them, including video/audio projects, listening to music, and gaming.

I actually mentioned them in my August favourites video.

My headphones were perfect until one of the earphones gave out. One of my more technologically savvy friends gave it a look and opened both headphones and part of the connecting cable which we thought was broken and we couldn't find the issue. I figured it must have been from wear (even though I feel like these would have lasted longer than two years,) and decided that it was time to get another pair.

I didn't even bother looking for any other headphones because these ones were just so nice. So I figured this would be a good time to do a review, and tell you why I love them so much! (This isn't a sponsored post btw, I'm just really enthusiastic about these headphones haha!)

Everything comes packaged snuggly inside the box. The padding is fitted, ensuring nothing slides around. This is great because these headphone ship from Sweden and my box arrived looking quite battered. However, the equipment arrived safely and everything was in check!

What's included in the box: the headphones, an extension cable, a condenser cable which combines the audio and microphone ends into one jack, a detachable microphone, a cable with a volume adjustment box, and a quick start guide manual.

Here are some of the specs! I'll break these down for those of us that don't understand the crazy audio jargon and just want a pair of comfortable headphones with fantastic audio quality.

The headphones are circumaural, which means that the padding surrounds your entire ear instead of sitting on top of it. This ensures less sound leakage, and overall feels more comfortable. It's got a detachable microphone in case you don't want to use the built in microphone for gaming and don't want it to get in your face. It also has super soft white leather padding!

It's nice to know that the company is super passionate about their products. 

Now, lets take a closer look at the headphones themselves....
 The white design is lovely. If you're worried about getting them dirty, my previous pair was alright. Obviously with anything white, you'll have to think about staining or scuffing, but that can easily be fixed with a cloth! The ear padding can be taken off and washed or wiped down...easily re-attachable. It hooks right over the earphone cups.

 The headphones lengths are adjustable and can accommodate various head sizes! They fit me wonderfully and I have a giant melon head, lol.....

 The extension cable is great for if the standard cable doesn't reach your computer headphone jack.

Overall, the design doesn't feel bulky or heavy at all! It sits nicely on the ears. The design is sleek and elegant. These headphones feel great and have great audio quality! I used these headphones for all of my audio projects in third and fourth year of university - they cover a range between 15-25.000 Hz frequency response, which is generally the standard for professional grade headphones.

I believe they were about $125 (or 99€ with shipping included to Canada.) Less expensive than a lot of big gaming headphones out there but equally as nice!

You can find them here and buy them on the QPAD store!

What do you think about these headphones? Have you tried them before? Or rather, which headphones are you using at the moment?

Thanks for reading!



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