My “New Year’s Resolutions”

Hi everyone! Hope the new year is treating all of you well so far :D

Of course as you peruse your favourite blogs, something that’s been coming up a lot lately is everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions. I love reading through these not only because it’s super-interesting to hear what kind of personal goals others set up for themselves, but also because it gives me ideas on what I can work on in addition to the resolutions I already had in mind.

One thing I’m not so into however, is the fact that it’s a resolution for the new YEAR, and everyone seems to make them at the same time. Although this may work for many people, I personally set up resolutions continuously throughout the year, regardless of the month or day of the week. Feeing constantly dehydrated? I’ll start drinking more water starting tomorrow. Ate too much? Okay, next meal I’ll listen to my body more. Spent 2 hours watching YouTube videos? Alright, only 3 videos at a time…starting next week. Things like that ;)

So, like everybody else, I definitely made some resolutions for myself for 2014, but one of these actually involves making MONTHLY resolutions, and checking up at the beginning of each month on whether I’ve been keeping up with those goals. It’s all too easy to make goals for the whole year, only to fall off the bandwagon 2 months in (yeah, gym membership, I’m looking at you!). If you’re reading this and totally know where I’m coming from, I encourage you to do the same!

So without further ado, my resolutions starting this month, in a nutshell:

1. Drink more water!!

    Easier said than done when running around at work bahh. My skin starts to get dry when I don’t drink enough, so I gotta get on this!

2. Spend less time on the computer.

    Okay, I’m sure you guys will understand this oh-so-familiar routine: you watch one video, glance at the suggestion list on the side, decide to watch another, and the cycle continues…until finally you look at the clock, and somehow 2+ hours have passed. Wha’?!?! I don’t watch TV at all (except for Suits! Love that show :P), but I swear YouTube makeup videos are my kryptonite!

3. Blog at least once a week. (Working on this!!)

4. Get my creative juices flowing once a week: drawing and/or photography.

    For those of you who don’t personally know me, I used to draw a LOT in highschool and before, but university + working had left me with barely any time to even sketch :( Ditto with photography. I got a beautiful DSLR 3 years ago, but taking good photos requires a lot of learning, so I really want to start committing more. No excuses!

5. Spend more time with my family.

   It’s so easy for me to make plans with friends and coworkers because I’m a very social person, but I need to remind myself that family is #1, above all. Something as small as helping my little sister with her project (which I’ll be doing after I finish this post!) can make a big difference. 

Anddd that’s a wrap! I had more resolutions on top of this, but I don’t want to write a novel for y’all :P I’m picking up my DSLR this week from the service shop, so I hope to take more photos for you soon! (And hence start crossing off Resolution #4 off of that list ;))

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! I’ll be watching the Golden Globes tonight (first time in like 5 years – yes, I’ve finally emerged from my cave haha…). Let me know if you are too, and if you’ve made any resolutions for the new year! I’d love to hear ‘em :D

xoxo
Nat

Sorry About DAT

Omg guys, it’s been 3 months since my last post. I am so so sorry for being MIA all this time! Trust me, it’s been a crazy season for me. Let me explain:

1. I studied for, and wrote, the DAT

The title says it all. Nothing consumed more of my time than studying for this 4-hour test. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person, so when it comes to studying, I spend every single second of my free time just studying and doing nothing else. Literally. There was also a lot of cramming to be done so unfortunately I had to put blog-writing on hold!

2. I got a seasonal position for a designer retail store

Don’t be fooled you guys; this isn’t as glamorous as it sounds! As my friend so graciously put it, when you sign up for a seasonal job, you’re essentially selling your soul to the devil. Think 40-50 hour weeks throughout the month of December with barely any breaks, and people yelling at you for 8-10 hours straight -_-‘ I got the call for the position the week before my DAT and it started about a week after I took the test, so it definitely saved me the trouble of going job-hunting! I’m so pooped now though.

3. Life and, of course, the Holidays

So on top of working crazy hours and having to travel almost an hour to and from work, I had to do everything else in-between: cleaning, errands, looking after my family, cooking meals, Christmas shopping, helping others with their Christmas shopping, preparing for Christmas…you get the idea. My “me-time” was practically non-existent. Very exhausting, indeed!

But the good news is, my contract as a seasonal is ending this week, so I have wayyyy more time to myself. Honestly, lately it seems like a day off = the most glorious day of the week. So right now I’m just going to try to reply to all the e-mails I brushed aside, cuddle up to a good book, catch up with friends, and just emerge from underneath my rock (oh, and not to mention blogging more often ;) can’t forget that one!)

Sooo enough with all the whining and complaining. Updates, updates, updates! Since I have to travel so far to and from work and my hours are all over the place, my parents agreed to let me get a car!! :D Here’s my baby:

 

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It’s a 2003 Mazda Protégé. So far it’s been treating me well! Of course I’m responsible for paying it off, but let’s not think about expenses right now…let’s just say the holiday season has left my wallet a little bit dry :(

Also, after debating for months I finally decided to give in and buy a berry lipstick; specifically, the oh-so-famous ‘Rebel’ by MAC. I also bought the a deep plum lipliner for the times I want to vamp things up a little, called ‘Currant’. Now, originally I was planning on taking some photos of the two, but there’s some dust in my DSLR that’s making an appearance in my photos, so unfortunately it’ll have to wait. I’ll just post a photo of the look I wore for Christmas Day.

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Once I clean out my camera and I have more free time, I’m definitely planning on experimenting more with makeup again. I’ll keep you posted! 

And now, off to eat some food. I am RAVENOUS. Hope everyone’s 2014 is starting off on a wonderful note! 

 

XO Nat

 

My First Blog Post

Ah yes, the name says it all. To anyone out there who by some mishap has stumbled onto my blog, a very warm welcome to you! My name is Natalie and I am a young 20-something year old who has a fantastic obsession over all things girly.  After spending the last 4 years watching hours upon hours of YouTube videos and poring over who-knows-how-many blogs, I decided, “Well heck, why don’t I hop on the bandwagon too?” So grab yourself a tea or coffee, sit back, and enjoy my first post :)

Okay, so I’ll be completely honest with you. It actually took me a few days to write this first entry, because 1) I’ve been battling a fierce cold, and 2) I’ve been a total scaredy-cat and kept putting it off. So I’ll just give you a super short run-down of my week instead, that way I’m not a complete failure at this blogging business ;)

So my original intention was to film my very first YouTube video! I *finally – and I mean FINALLY* mustered up the courage to talk to absolutely no in particular but my camera, but sadly my loss of voice did me no good. At first I was totally determined to film – I was doing a review on 3 Rimmel products that I’ve purchased recently (a safe first video, no?). However, after 3 minutes of forcing my vocal chords to produce something audible, and having multiple voice cracks (“so this pr-HAW-duct I fi-HIND – oh, forget it -_-”), I decided that it was simply not in the stars today to film my first video. Ah well, there’s always this week…

Now as many of you know, September is the unofficial time when we all realize that summer is leaving us for the rest of the year, and that fall is upon us (and I don’t care that the first day of Autumn is in the third week of the month – as soon as Sept 1st hits, it’s fall. End of story.) Not only does that mean a change in fashion (good-bye summer dresses and shorts, hello big, over-sized sweaters!), but also a change in our beauty and make-up routines. Not one to miss out on the opportunity to try on new makeup looks, I decided to experiment a bit this past week and made up a look that’s rich in matte browns and greys, with soft but bold brows and an ombré-berry lip. I felt that the look went perfectly with my burgundy scarf and casual denim-on-denim outfit (true Canadian over here). Scroll down and let me know what you think!

(I wanted to take a photo of it altogether, but sadly I left my tripod at my dad’s house, so please excuse the rather painful angle that I took the picture of my outfit from!)

The look:

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Here are the products that I used, starting with my undereye area:
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Products:  MAC Prep + Prime in ‘Radiant Rose’, MUFE Full Cover Waterproof Concealer in #5, both applied using my MAC 224 blending brush and MUFE 7N Concealer brush

For the eyes:

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I primed my eyes using Mac Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’. The eyeshadow palette I used is some kind of tester that my mom got from L’ancome a long time ago (don’t hate me), but I’ve zoomed in below in case you have similar colours:

So warm and earthy!

I applied the shadows using some drugstore eyeshadow brush and my MAC 217 brush. Finished it off with smudged black pencil liner and mascara (using Rimmel Scandaleyes ‘Curve Alert’).

For the finishing touches, I contoured very very lightly using some brown shadow because SOMEBODY (*cough* my mom *cough*) stole my precious MAC bronzer while I was sleeping. I would’ve used that instead, with no blush or bronzer, for the sides of my cheekbones.

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And the finishing touch! The lipstick of course. The colour is ‘Cherry Picking’ from Wet ‘n’ Wild. I also used the dark brown shadow from my eyeshadow tester above to apply it on the corners of the mouth, to give it that ombré look.

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And my outfit. Totally autumn and totally comfy. God, I love that scarf. Makes me want to snuggle with a blanket by a fireplace, drinkng spiced tea and indulging in some warm apple pie while I watch some sappy romantic comedy…ok you get the point, I just love this scarf.

And that’s it for my exciting week (if you can even call it that).  Oh, and I’ve been battling my cold with this wonderful oversized bambi mug.  I absolutely LOVE tall/over-sized cups – I am a tea fiend and a simple, regular-sized mug simply will not do, it’ll be gone in a matter of 5 minutes. So over-sized mugs it is ;)

Sipping some warm tea in-between shoots. Pure bliss.

So that’s it for my first blog post! Hopefully you liked it. I spend the majority of my time studying for the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), so this is the only way I can keep sane (playing with makeup, taking photos, creeping hot celebrities…all that jazz ;)). Hopefully my post didn’t bore you to tears! If you guys want a tutorial on my above look or have any other suggestions/constructive criticism then by all means comment below :) Talk to you soon!

xoxo
Nat <3

P.S. –  Please bear with me these first few posts as I try to figure out how to insert media, align everything, and take decent photos. It’s not the most eye-pleasing thing I know, but we’ve all gotta start somewhere!