New Goals, New Outlook

Hey everyone!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you might have been able to tell that I’ve been drifting away from beauty and I’m getting more into running and fitness. It’s not that makeup and cosmetics is bad, but I’ve pretty much found my perfect set of makeup to use and it’s taking forever to use them up!

You also might have noticed that I have a lot more posts about running than I do about parkour. I’m still in love with parkour and I do intend to stay in it, but I’ve found myself thinking about it more as a cross-training exercise rather than my main sport.

I’m not completely sure why I like running more than parkour, but I’ve thought of a few reasons:

– The parkour gym is quite far from me
– I can almost literally run anywhere I want
– Running has more quantifiable data
– Athlete demographics are less specific in running

What I mean by the last point is that the majority of parkour artists are young men who started free running in their early teens. I started parkour in my late 20s, so I’m a bit out of parkour’s current prime demographics. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s simply the fact that I can relate more to the running community than the parkour community.

Oh, well. It’s not like I’ll stop climbing on stuff that I shouldn’t!

I’ve just received the green light from my physio to start fully training again, so I’ll be posting about my progress to run a sub-hour 10K at the Oasis Zoo Run!

Until next time, dear readers!

B.elle

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Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette – VOTE!

I’ve fallen in love!

No, not with another man… I’m talking about Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palettes!

Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette

I always liked the concept of palettes because it puts a bunch of colours in one container for convenient access to a whole range of shades that you can choose from. The only reason that usually stops me from picking up a pre-made palette is that I often don’t use more than a couple colours.

Ultimately, many of the palettes available turns into a pretty big waste of money for me even if the value is already there.

That’s why Build Your Own palettes appeal to me so much. Even though it usually ends up to be more expensive than buying a pre-made palette, picking out my own colours and products will make sure I use it all and get the full value out of it over time.

I picked out Urban Decay’s Build Your Own Palette in Rebound because I don’t use more than four different colours for my eyes, including special occasions. There’s even a gigantic mirror on the top lid!

I haven’t made my own palette before, so it’s a new experience for me! I decided to take it slow and fill each slot one by one.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Chopper

The first one I picked out was Chopper, which is a light, shimmery copper with bits of silver flecks in it. It’s great against my slightly tan complexion as a neutral, everyday colour that can also double as a nice base for most other accenting colours. (I wear some pretty honkin’ glasses, so I need shimmer and sparkle to get the effect to stand out a bit more!)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Last Call

The next one I got was Last Call. It’s a really nice, pinkish plum with a metallic finish that really works well as a bright, fun accent. I haven’t tried it all over the lid yet, though. I’m kind of scared that it might make me look like I haven’t slept!

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Moonspoon

The third and most recent colour I picked up was Moonspoon in their Moondust Eyeshadow line. It’s a medium sparkly gray eyeshadow that’s basically unicorn dust! It’s so silky and sparkly without making me look like Dazzler from Marvel.

All of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and the payoff is really worth the price! It’s best to use them with a primer of some sort (I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but I know that Urban Decay’s Primer Potion works incredibly as well), but there’s always a tiny bit of cast off after a whole day.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Build Your Own Palette

I have one more slot left to fill and I want you dear readers to pick!

Choose one from the droplist or leave a comment!

xoxo,

B.elle

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush

I like to keep my brushes clean and in good condition, just like my kitchen knives! You have to maintain your tools of the trade, you know?

I had been using this mini kabuki brush from a cheaper brand before and I was so surprised to find that the entire brush head completely fell out of the handle when I was washing out the bristles! What the hell! Luckily, it was given to me by a friend who got it in a sub box and didn’t want it.

I had already planned on going to Sephora to use up a gift card I had leftover from Christmas, so I figured I might as well use it up! After browsing the store for about 45 minutes with Chris, I finally settled on this one!

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Multi-Tasking Brush – $40

I really, really like this brush! The bristles are so soft and delicate and it feels great against the skin. It’s also retractable with a lid in a cute pink tin container for storage!

It’s so soft, but the bristles are actually made from “100% teddy bear hair”! Like the rest of Too Faced’s products, the kabuki brush is completely cruelty free without using any animal products at all.

It says that you can use it for bronzers, blushes, powders and even liquid makeup, but I only use powder foundation and it works fantastically! In terms of pro-level brushes, this one is really nice.

I was told to be careful to make sure not to get water below the metal part of the brush when I’m cleaning it out, and to let it dry upside down. When the time comes, I wonder how I’m going to figure out how to dry this thing upside down…

Verdict: 4.5/5 – It’s a wonderful brush! I really do like it, but the price is a bit too high for my liking as a non-pro makeup girl. That being said, it’s perfect as a treat-yourself purchase!

What sort of makeup brushes do you like to use?

xoxo,

B.elle

Sephora Haul!

I thought I lost my Sephora gift card from Christmas, so imagine my surprise when I found it hiding with my Beauty Insider card in my compact mirror!

It couldn’t have shown itself at a better time since I literally just broke my old (and seriously cheapo) kabuki brush just by trying to wash the gunk out of it. Plus, I’ve been eyeing the Tarte Amazon Butter lipsticks for a while, too!

Here’s what I got!

Sephora Haul

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Multi-Tasking Brush – $40

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom – $19 for 3.1g

Aren’t they just adorable? I’ll be posting my reviews on them soon, but I’ll have to admit that this Tarte lipstick is quickly turning into my spring go-to lippy!

xoxo,

B.elle

Smashbox Runway Ready Beauty Kit

I will tell you something right now: I usually don’t shop at Winners. I’m too much of a neat freak when it comes to retail businesses to really like going through random racks of clothing to find THE ONE piece to make the whole trip worthwhile.

But, I heard about a really good makeup find on a Facebook group I’m in and decided to make a detour into Winners at the mall I was at already to see if I could find anything.

Long story short: It was totally worth it! I found this whole kit by Smashbox for $25!

Smashbox Runway Ready Beauty Kit

The kit includes:

  • Travel Angled Blush Brush
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Crystal – Medium Size
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume – Medium Size (peachy shade)
  • Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Travel Size (15mL)
  • Fusion Eye & Cheek in On In 5
  • Eye Shadow Trio in Smashbox.com (Cool neutrals in a coppery beige, taupe, and dark brown)

Smashbox Runway Ready Beauty Kit

I’m not going to go into retail price vs what I got in the box, but I have to say that it’s a pretty damn good deal for the price! I’ve been wanting to try out their Photo Finish Foundation Primer (along with their other primers) for a while, but I always feel super awkward standing in front of a mirror at Sephora basically giving myself a makeover in the store for 20 minutes.

I had to use my own foundation (Cover Girl’s Look Clean Makeup), eye primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance), concealer (Maybelline’s Coverstick Concealer) and mascara (Jelly Pong Pong’s Fairy Lashes), but here’s the final result!

With glasses

With glasses

Without glasses

Without glasses

You can’t tell the difference from my normal self in the pictures, but the products are very, very lovely and the primer feels like there’s nothing on my face! The brush was nice and soft and the eyeshadows went on really smoothly. The blush seems to be really, REALLY close to my natural skin tone, but it seems to be good as a subtle contouring powder.

Obviously, I can’t tell you how they lasted throughout a day yet, but I’m very pleased with the colour combos!

The only thing I’m not too pleased about is the lip gloss. It’s a bit too goopy for me, but that’s one of the reasons why I avoid lip glosses in general. I’ll try to use it more often, but we’ll see!

Overall, I really like this beauty kit! The shades are very natural, which is the look I much prefer.  But, since I’m far too lazy to do the whole regime on a regular basis, the value goes up and that’s always good in my books!

Do you like Smashbox? Do you shop at Winners often?

xoxo,

B.elle

Yaby Lip – Fantasy Ambush (lc035)

I managed to get my hands on some Yaby products and I tried out their lip pot. It’s tiny, but the shade Fantasy Ambush has a nice raspberry colour to it with some shimmer that really calls out to me.

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Behold my glorious MS Paint skills and crappy photography!

Seriously, the Yaby lip pot is like 1cm in diameter. Super, super tiny. The lip product itself isn’t anything spectacular to speak of. It’s actually pretty dry without a gloss or a balm to go with it!

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It’s a bit muted compared to the other lip colours I’ve been using lately, but it’s still quite nice. We’ll see how it holds up as the night wears on.

GO MARLIES!

xoxo, B.Elle