Favourite Makeup Products

Favourite Makeup Products

Today we’re talking makeup! I know this is a different kind of post from the one I usually write, but I wanted to try something new.

I am by no means a makeup artist or even an expert. But it is something I enjoy doing, and even learning more about. It’s definitely one of my guilty pleasures!

I’m definitely not adventures when it comes to my makeup; when I like something, I keep using it and have a hard time trying new things.

After a recent Sephora haul, I realised I have a few Staples that I am always restocking. I love them so much and use them so frequently that they need replenishing quite often. I figuted I’d share them with you. 🙂

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation in 127 Golden Sand

Before, I used to only use this on top of my Make Up For Ever foundation. But then I started wearing it by itself and I fell in love!

While you can use this as a setting powder on top of your foundation (I still do, when I do wear foundation), it works great as a base on its own. I love how buildable the formula is; if you want light coverage, you can do that. But if you want more coverage, simply apply more product for a more finished look.

I use this a lot for my everyday makeup look, like for when I have to run out to the grocery store or when I want a light makeup look without the heaviness of foundation. I have combination oily skin and this works great to give me that flawless, smooth finish.

While the name of the product is powder foundation, it still isn’t as flawless as liquid foundation. It’s a very natural look, so if you’re looking for heavy coverage, this won’t give you that. But it’s perfect for everyday.

Nars Blush in Orgasm

This is a cult favourite, and for good reason! I had heard about this blush for years before I finally tried it. And I’m so glad I did!

What I love about this blush is how pigmented it is. A little goes a long way, and you don’t have to be standing there for half an hour trying to get the product on. A few swishes of your blush brush and you are good to go!

Of course we have to talk about the colour itself. It’s such a favourite among makeup junkies, and for good reason. It looks good on so many different skin colours! It’s rosey and pinky, without being garish. It’s got s lovely shine that makes the apples of your cheeks sparkle subtly, so that you look like you are glowing.

I recently bought the colour SIN on a recommendation from a friend and it has the same formula, without the sparkle. It has more of a purple undertone but also looks nice on brown skin tones.

I cannot recommend this enough. It’s by far my favourite blush of all time!

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Gossip Girl

This is definitely my favourite matte liquid lipstick. So many others have claimed to not rub off, but this is the first that I’ve come across that actually doesn’t rub off!

As a mom, I’m always kissing my daughter and I hated getting lipstick on her cute little cheeks. But when I started wearing Huda Beauty’s product, I fell in love with the way it didn’t rub off. It’s actually a matte lipstick that stays on for hours.

Gossip Girl is my current favourite, although I also have Trophy Wife and Heartbreaker. It’s a perfect pink shade that is girly and flirty. I can’t get enough of it!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

I’ve only ever worn fake eyelashes a few times in my life, and each time was by a professional make you artist. They weren’t very comfortable but the effect was of course amazing!

This is my substitute. If you are obsessed with long eyelashes, then this is the mascara for you! The formula is amazing and it lengthens your lashes to crazy lengths.

What I love about this product is that a little goes a long way. So if you’re looking for a more subtle look, you can apply it sparingly for a pretty effect. Apple a little bit more and your lashes will look outrageous.

Make Up For Ever Liquid Liner in Black

This liner is a favourite after much research. I had been on the hunt for a BLACK liquid eyeliner with a dark formula that wouldn’t fade quickly. I tried Stila, Benefit’s Push Up Liner, and Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner. None were as black as I wanted and none had that dramatic effect that I wanted in my liquid liner.

This one did.

I love the pigmentation of the black in this formula. It isn’t weak and nor does it fade away. It stays strong and dark for hours on end. The applicator is a sponge tip and is pointed, which makes it perfect to create the perfect wing or cat eye.

It dries quickly so there’s no waiting for the liquid to settle before you can apply mascara or curl your lashes. It has a dramatic effect and is amazing.

These aren’t my only favourite makeup products, but they are definitely the ones I use most frequently. As a new mom, I’m often pressed for time these days and have to do my makeup in a hurry. What I love about all of these products is how quickly I can apply them. They are perfect for my current quick and short makeup routine, since their quality is amazing.

So if you’re looking for some new makeup products, do check out some of the ones I’ve recommended above!

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Recipe: Best Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sauce

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

I’ve been making this chocolate bundt cake for almost 2 years now. Apologies in advance for not sharing the recipe!

Like my favourite cookie of all time, the chocolate chip cookie, the chocolate bundt cake is a similarly elusive recipe. Many bloggers claim to have the best chocolate bundt cake recipe out there, and I have to admit, I’ve tried many of them. I was on the hunt for a chocolate cake of my dreams, one that was rich and moist and decadent, without all the extra work and fancy ingredients.

I grew up on a healthy diet of Betty Crocker box mix cakes. That’s what my mom used to make for us every few weeks and my brothers and I would gobble it up. The chocolate cake was moist and fudgy. It came together in minutes, because all you needed was oil, eggs, and water or milk. When I started baking, I started with cake mixes because they were so easy. There was no way to mess them up.

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

I tried lots of recipes online before finally finding this one. Most chocolate cake recipes that I’ve tried call for hot coffee or espresso to amp up the chocolate flavour, or at least boiling water. But many of those cakes tasted flat and uninteresting. Some were easy in their process, but were dry and didn’t have enough chocolate flavour. This cake is anything but. Deliciously moist, fudgy in flavour, this chocolate bundt cake is a winner!

When I finally stumbled upon this recipe, it seemed too good to be true. It comes together in one bowl, without a mixer, and does have eggs or milk or any other dairy products. It’s vegan! I’m not vegan but l love the flavour this cake has even without the dairy products. It’s perfectly soft and bakes a beautiful crumb.

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

But before I get too carried away with the chocolate bundt cake, we need to talk about the chocolate sauce. You CANNOT make this cake without the sauce. It would be a crime. It’s honestly the best part of the cake, and takes the recipe from good to amazing. The sauce is rich and velvety, everything a good chocolate sauce should be. I always make extra, because my husband always wants extra sauce with his cake. It’s more like he has cake with his sauce, instead of the other way around.

This chocolate bundt cake is my new version of the classic Betty Crocker cake mix. It’s so easy and simple to make! What I love is that there are no fancy ingredients or even extra steps. This is your lazy-girl cake, perfect for a rainy afternoon when you want something easy and chocolatey, without having to do extra work. Let’s get to the recipe!

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Binging on Books

This past weekend I made a trip to Chapters aka my happy place! Chapters has always been one of my favourite places, and after working there and making great friends for life, it’s even more dear to me.

It had been awhile since I had been, and of course the displays were a feast for the eyes! I have way more notebooks than I will ever use, but I was drooling over the current collection. And that’s nothing to say of the agendas, pens, cute desk accessories, and cookware.

But I tore myself away from the other things and made my way to the back of the store, where my favourite section was, the teen section. Being among the books brought back so many happy memories, memories from when I was working at Chapters and memories even from before.

Before I got into social media (or rather Goodreads), the way I discovered a new book was finding it on the shelf. I would spend an afternoon in the store with my mom, my wallet stuffed with that year’s Eid money, and I would scan the shelves, reading the back of books as I made my picks. After I discovered Goodreads, I would spend hours clicking through books and adding them to my to-be-read list. There are so many books on there, most of which I’ve forgotten about.

But this last weekend, I let myself wander the store, the way I used to, without my phone in my hand (except to take the above picture of course! LOL). I saw books on the shelves whose covers called out to me and I stood there and read the backs of the covers, before deciding whether I wanted to buy them or not. I let myself get lost in the descriptions, enjoying the feeling of the heaviness of the pages in my hand, as the scent of coffee and sugar wafted by from the nearby Starbucks and the din of other customers around me melted away. It was pure happiness.

My original pile was a lot larger than the one I ended up getting. Two of the books were ones that I had purposely gone in to get, while two were ones that I discovered in my walk around the store. And the other two items were baubles I couldn’t resist.

I’ve currently been in the mood to reread old books and finish series that I abandoned. One of these is the Red Rising series. I absolutely loved the first in the series, and raved about it both here on the blog and in the store to anyone who would listen while I worked there. It was my staff pick at the time, an I fell head over heels in love with it. My brother bought the second one for me ages ago and I started to read it but didn’t really get into it at the time. The fourth just came out recently and the series popped back up on my radar.

I just finished devouring Red Rising and have started the second in the series, Golden Son. Morning Star is the third one in the series, which is the one I wanted to have at the ready for when I finish Golden Son. So far, I’m not loving it as much as I did the first, but Red Rising was also a bit slow in the beginning before it picked up, so I’m hoping this is the same!

The other book is Immortal Reign, the last in the Falling Kingdom series. I read the whole series again back in December, and was salivating over the release of the last book in the series, especially with the cliffhanger in the fifth book. But given my current binge of the Red Rising series, I might not get to this for awhile! And since it’s the absolute last in the series, I might save it just a little longer.

The other two books are ones I found during my meander around the store. Both are fantasy, and are the beginning of new series. I was also torn between Sophie Kinsella’s latest Surprise Me and another teen fantasy novel. But they’ll have to wait for another day!

I wish I could say this will be my last book haul for awhile, but there are lots more books that I left behind and that I have my eye on!

After the Red Rising and the Falling Kingdom series, other books I want to continue the series for are Seraphina, Me Before You, Cinder, and Scarlet. I loved the first books in each series and want to finish them up.

What are you reading right now?

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Days and years

They say the days are long but the years are short.

I haven’t yet reached the years but each day is a mountain to be climbed, a challenge to be conquered. Looking back, these past nine months are one long, endless day that blends seamlessly into the next. There is no beginning and there is no end. Each day is a race, the minutes and hours drag me along with them at supersonic speed, while I hang on for dear life, barely getting by.

They say the days are long but the years are short.

The days are long, but the nights are even longer. The minute the sun sets, there’s a flurry of activity to finish the day, to have some semblance of end, some semblance of rest. But the day does not end, the night brings no news of rest. It is a battle of sleep, just a little more sleep, a war that I wage with my tiny dragon, before the sun begins it’s ascent into the sky. Meanwhile, the clock ticks perilously as the end nears and another day begins.

They say the days are long but the years are short.

Time is both fast and slow. My past is so distant it could have belonged to someone else. Life is simply divided into two: before and after. Before was simple, uncomplicated, and easy. After is a bubble in which I am only a mother, nothing more. Breaking free is not impossible but so difficult that I have given up. Balance is unachievable. Life outside the bubble continues on and I watch it with a mixture of longing and curiosity. It is so far from my reality.

The days are long but the years are short.

Each day ends with a prayer that tomorrow is a better one, that these difficult days become easier years.

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Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Confession time: I have a terrible memory.

This is why when I was in school, I wasn’t so good at subjects where you had to memorize formulas and theories (aka math and science). My brain felt like it had too many holes in it to keep the information. This is why I sucked at learning my times tables as a kid, and still struggle with remembering them to this day!

As a baker, I’m no better. I don’t remember the exact measurements of recipes. And because baking is so precise, you can’t exactly wing it, like you do with cooking (or I do). A quarter teaspoon of extra salt isn’t exactly going to kill you in a chicken dish, but it could mess up your whole cake when you’re baking.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

And this is why I don’t even bother trying to remember recipes. Pinterest is my best friend and I’m able to pull up my favourite recipes in a minute on my phone. I’m so scatter-brained sometimes that I read over one line of instructions several times sometimes before proceeding to follow it, even recipes I’ve made countless times, because I want to make sure I get it right.

I’ve had people watching me ask, “You’ve made this so many times! Shouldn’t you know it by now?” Yes. Yes, I should. But I don’t, and so instead of screwing up a batch of my favourite cookies by adding too much baking soda, I’d prefer to just look at the recipe several times.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

With all that being said, this is not one of those recipes.

Shocking, isn’t it?

I actually don’t know where I got the recipe for this. It was during one of those down the rabbit hole on Pinterest afternoons that I stumbled upon it and made it. When I went back to find the original recipe, I couldn’t, but somehow managed to cobble together the ingredients and instructions and made it again.

This is a recipe that I could probably make with my eyes closed. That’s how many times I’ve made it! This strawberry sauce is my husband’s favourite sauce ever, since it’s the only thing he’ll put on his pancakes.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This homemade strawberry sauce tastes amazing on everything. It’s the sauce that accompanies my New York Style Cheesecake, is served on pancakes and French toast, and is drizzled on top of plain pound cake. It also tastes amazing on plain vanilla ice cream, and pretty much everything else! It’s so versatile.

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