Monday, September 22, 2014

Review | L'Oréal Elnett Styling Heat Spray

L'Oreal Elnett Heat Spray

L'Oreal Elnett Heat Spray

L'Oreal Elnett Heat Spray

Living in two different cities for chunks of the year is mildly inconvenient for overpackers like me, who feel the compulsive need to attempt to pack entire rooms into suitcases and drag them across the country. In an attempt to slim down the luggage, I usually leave whatever I can bear to part with behind, with the intent of picking up a dupe or similar product once I land on the other side. When I flew home to Calgary for the summer, that meant leaving behind my Chi Thermal Protectant Spray and looking for something else that would keep my hair for getting fried on the days that I do take a flat iron to it.

Enter the L'Oréal Elnett Styling Heat Spray. This actually comes in three different formulations - straight, volume, and curls - and I picked up the curly one since the only time I'm usually using any excessive heat on my hair is when I'm attempting to change up my naturally dead-straight locks. It claims to lock in curls for three days, and offer heat protection up to 230 degrees Celsius.

I used this throughout the summer as a heat protectant and kind of a pre-styling hairspray (is that a thing?) whenever I wanted give my hair a quick wavy or curly look before work or going out. A fairly generous amount comes out with each squeeze of the nozzle, so it wasn't difficult to cover my hair in a few sprays, brush it out, and proceed with hair-frying tool. I found that it definitely made my curls stay in longer (I don't know about three days...I feel like that might be pushing it, but kudos to whoever tries that claim out) and didn't leave my hair feeling crunchy or stiff at all.

My one gripe with this product was that by the end of the day, it seemed almost...gunky? I'm not sure how to describe it. My hair felt pretty gross though, like there was tons of product in it - which it didn't feel like at the beginning of the day. It felt awesome to be able to rinse everything out before going to bed. I get that if you put product in your hair, well, it's going to feel like you put product in your hair, I just didn't like that the goopiness seemed to progress throughout the day. It wasn't a big deal though - as long as it does what it says on the tin, I'm pretty much sold.

Now that I'm in Montreal again I'm back with my Chi spray, but this L'Oréal one is definitely coming out to play whenever I'm back home!

What do you guys use to save your hair from the heat?

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Blog Schedule!

Source: Lost in the Pond
After my mini break from blogging during the first little bit of September I definitely had a bit of blog withdrawal and as a result, have been posting daily for the past week. It's been so so great to be spending so much time on here and to be able to write as much as I want again, but with schoolwork starting to pile up again I'm definitely finding myself pressed for time and not being able to accomplish as much as I'd like.

As a result, I've decided to establish a bit more of a routine in the coming months while I'm in school in an attempt to balance blogging with academics and everything else that comes with the start of the fall semester.

I'll be putting out my regular posts every Monday from now on - all the random things I like to write about, including reviews and updates and things like that. I'll also continue on with a weekly Thursday Thoughts, and the biweekly Life in Pictures so y'all can keep up nosying into my day-to-day life. So it'll be either two or three posts a week from here on out until December-ish at least, unless I can find the time outside of school to increase my output.


Thanks for keeping up with me on this lovely adventure!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday Thoughts #9 | School

Happy Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

1. School.

2. Studying has been slightly more bearable by a) coloured pens and b) yogurt covered cranberries.

study space

3. Seriously, those cranberries. Definitely sweet enough to satisfy my 24/7 craving for candy, and a handy study snack.

4. In between all the cranberries though I've been making good use of my new Magic Bullet - lots of green smoothies have been going down.

5. As well as a few packs of instant ramen...

6. Like I said, school.

7. I finally got around to dragging myself to the practice rooms though, which was probably definitely needed (and will be needed again in the near future) since orchestra will be starting up again soon...

practice room selfie

8. Although I did spend quite a bit of time taking practice room selfies. Woops.

9. What can I say, it's been a while since I've spent some quality time with my flute!

10. It's also been a while since I've spent some quality time with my piano...too bad it'll be a few months til that happens again.

11. Daily posts are fun. And exhausting.

12. Too bad school is a thing.

13. But in all seriousness, school is really not that bad. I just like to whine. And my study habits are a lil rusty, to say the least.

14. Welp. Back to my stats assignment.

15. Oh wait - before I get back to my stats assignment - I've been trying to take more photos of my day-to-day life for the whole Life in Pictures things I've started doing, so those will all come next Friday!

16. That would (partially) explain all the practice room selfies. cough. It was all for a higher purpose...

17. Yeah, school is already frying my brain. I'm being so weird. Now back to my stats assignment. Apologies for the utter randomness of today's thoughts! xx

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Quotes | The Fault in Our Stars

Before I get into this, y'all have listen to this song/watch this video, if you haven't already. I literally read the book so that I could watch and fully appreciate this video. Is that weird?

Anyway, I first heard of this book waaay back a few years, ago, when one of my best friends read it and raved about it. I knew it had to be good, because she's not even really the sappy or romantic type, but I never really got around to reading it and it kind of dropped off my radar. Fast forward a year or two and now everyone's reading and flipping out about the book and the new movie, so I figured it was finally time to see what all the fuss was about.

As it turns out, the fuss was well-deserved. I read the second half of the book in one sitting. I started bawling my eyes out on page 169 of 215, and I didn't stop til about half an hour after I'd finished the book...yeeeah. I do have the tendency to cry at pretty much everything in movies and, to a lesser extent, books, but these were serious waterworks here.

I figured I'd do a similar thing as I did with the Old Curiosity Shop and share with you some of my favourite quotes from the book.

"'That's the thing about pain,' Augustus said...'It demands to be felt.'"

"'Caroline is no longer suffering from personhood.'"

"'Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.'"

I think Isaac was really one of my favourite characters...I just loved the level of snark he kept up throughout his entire ordeal, and how he still managed to make light of his situation in some ways despite its huge impact on his life.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

I'm pretty sure this is on everyone's list of memorable quotes from this book.

"Hazel has developed an issue with the ghettoization of scrambled eggs,', Mom said. 
'It's embarrassing that we all just walk through life blindly accepting that scrambled eggs are fundamentally associated with mornings.'" 
-Hazel's mom & Hazel

Just so irrelevant that it gives us funny look into the random workings of Hazel's brain.

"[Isaac] fumbled toward Gus's hand and found only his thigh. 'I'm taken,' Gus said."

Okay, the rest of the the quotes are in white font because *potential spoilers*. Highlight the text if you want to read the rest of the list!

"...out of nowhere, [Gus's] dad put an arm around me and kissed the side of my head and whispered, 'I thank God for you every day, kid.'"

This just gets a spot on this list because it would be at this precise moment that I started sobbing like a baby, and the waterworks didn't stop til waaay after the end of the book.

"Funerals, I had decided, are for the living."

"I knew that time would now pass for me differently than it would for him - that I, like everyone in that room, would go on accumulating loves and losses while he would not. And for me, that was the final and truly unbearable tragedy."

That's it for my favourite quotes from The Fault in Our Stars - a good ol' mix of the funny and the deep. If you haven't read this book yet, get on it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Style Haul

autumn style haul

autumm style haul

With all of the moving craziness that's been going on, I've had little time to really enjoy the changing of the seasons and start hunting for autumn novelties. This past weekend, though, my roommate and I finally managed to set aside a morning (which turned into a full day) for some light shopping. Everything I picked up was very autumn-y (read: I got a bunch of red clothes) so I figured I'd share my finds here!

Forever 21 Rose Print Tea Dress in Black/Magenta
Forever 21 Floral Knit A-Line Dress in Burgundy/Black
I love the look of dresses in the fall with textured tights and riding boots or booties, with maybe a knit scarf thrown on top. Most of my casual skirts and dresses are quite summery, though, so I was in the market for fabrics and prints that were slightly more geared towards chillier weather. The rose print dress is black with a lovely berry/magenta print, and the A-line dress is a deep burgundy colour (the colour I have doesn't seem to be on the website) with black textured detail. I'm so excited to begin whipping these out as the weather cools down!

Sirens Plaid Flannel Shirt similar to this one
I'm pretty sure the last time I bought a flannel shirt was about seven years ago, so I've been on the hunt for a new one for quite some time now. The fabric on this one's a little stiff, but hopefully it'll wear in - and it was only $10, so I'm definitely not complaining!

Aldo Suede Booties
Like I said before, I'm a fan of the dresses-with-booties look for fall, and to complete it, I needed a pair of booties naturally! That being said, these were definite a impulse buy (woops) as they were $20 off in store that day. I love that the heel is chunky yet tapered, and how they're quite simple and thus easy to match up with different outfits, yet the laces add a bit of cute detail. Just such a fan of these booties.

Call it Spring Knit Hat similar to this one
I can't to seem to find this on the Spring website either, but it's somewhat similar to the Forever 21 one linked. What I really like about this beanie is that a section in the back is kind of tucked over and sewn down, so that once it's on your head it's naturally just kind of pulled back and slouchy, which I find ever-so-preferable to the awkward peak that sometimes arises with toque-wearing.

Ardene Socks
Again with the whole autumn dresses outfit trend, I needed to stock up on some textured tights and knee socks, and Ardene always has them on offer for 2 or 3 for $10, which is too good to pass up. I picked up a pair of regular black tights with some braided texturing, black above-the-knee socks with a similar texture that I'm planning on wearing on top of sheer nylon tights for some added warmth, as well as a pair of regular comfy socks for layering with short boots and jeans or just for lounging around in in the winter.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107
Okay this isn't technically a style item and I actually picked it up a little earlier, but it's undeniably autumnal so I figured it deserved a spot here. This gorgeous berry shade is such a classic autumn colour and bloggers and YouTubers have raved about the Kate Moss lipsticks, so of course I had to give this a go. I have yet to have a chance to wear it out, but upon trial applications it goes on nicely and really is quite matte, so I can see it lasting for a long long time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sample Love

I didn't take an actual photo of my samples, since the packaging isn't exactly the neatest and no one wants to see a mess of a little foil packet that has half of its contents smeared on the outside, so have Leanne Marie's photo of her samples instead :)

One of my favourite things about shopping online at Sephora is the number of free samples they throw at you every time you proceed through the checkout. I - like pretty much everyone, I'm sure - usually just end up hoarding the samples and forgetting about them as time goes on, and never really get around to trying them. Lately, though, I've actually been picking samples that look like something I'd really want to try, and then to proceeding to actually give them a go. Shocking, I know. Being a college student on a budget, I also cringe at the price tags of some of the products on my wish list, so things like Sephora samples are a great way to get a taste of some higher-end stuff every now and again.

I've been absolutely adoring a select few of the minis that have come my way recently, and am sorely tempted to live on instant noodles for a few months so I can somehow justify in my head the splurge of buying the full sizes...

Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix
I'm sure you're sick and tired about hearing about this stuff now (I think this is the third time I'm mentioning it on this blog), so I'll try not to ramble. Seriously, though, I got the sample of this around the end of June and have been using it pretty regularly, and there's still a bit left...I've gone through full sized products in less time!

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 in 02 Beige Clair
I picked up this gem in the same order as the afore-mentioned Murad sample, and only just got around to giving it a go. After using it a few times, I can't believe I waited so long! It buffs right into the skin to give a fair amount of coverage and a gorgeous finish with or without powder on top, while still being light and comfortable to wear all day. The whole "invisible skin" part is totally a thing, guys. Every time I've worn it I've gotten compliments on my skin, and haven't even needed to wear concealer to go along with it. Win. If only a bottle of this stuff wasn't $66...

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer
GUYS. THIS STUFF SMELLS LIKE HOT CHOCOLATE AND MARSHMALLOWS. It's heavenly. The colour is great and it goes on nicely, but honestly the thing that excites me the most is the scent. I smack it on in the morning and for the next half hour just walk around enjoying the smell of marshmallow on my face. I just love the idea of using this in the winter and having hot chocolate makeup on. I'm totally not five years old.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown
I'm usually too lazy to fill in my brows every morning (even though I really should...I have ridiculously sparse brows, even without plucking or threading or anything) but when this came in the mail I gave my lazy butt the boot, pulled out my angled brush, and tackled my eyebrows (or lack thereof). I also just feel like my face gets overpowered with most filling techniques I've tried, y'know? A few days of trying this and a bucketload of compliments later, though, and I think I'm a brow convert. This was the perfect set of shades to help me get over my fear of overpowering brows, as this powder duo gives such a natural finish, but adds just the right amount of oomph to give my face some structure and definition.

Not a crazy amount of favourite samples, I know, but I am all over experimenting and falling in love with new stuff for free! I also still have a few samples sitting on my dresser waiting for their turn to have a go, so there's definitely potential for a few more favourites to fall through.

I Don't Know What I Want

Source: The Daily Touch

So if you've ever visited this blog more than once or been following for any period of time, you may have noticed that it's undergone major renovations multiple times in its short lifespan. I blame the fact that I know absolutely nothing about web design and artsiness and really just what looks good...and that I'm just, by nature, an incredibly indecisive person.

I'm trying my best to make some progress (did anybody notice my shiny new social media buttons and my Disqus addition?!) and learn all the ropes that come with blogging, but I just appear to be blog-design-challenged. In the meantime, please accept my apologies for all the craziness that's been going on here and thanks for your guys' patience while I learn and experiment and try to figure out what best reflects my style and personality!