Fall Favourites

Hey everyone! Since the last time I did a favourites post was in August, I decided to do a Fall Favourites, and highlight everything I’ve been loving lately! I feel like this season has flown by, and we are already heading into December. I hope everyone has been well and that life has been treating you good. For me, I feel like I’ve been riding a roller coaster of emotions, and it’s just starting to slow down now. But here’s to hoping that this year finishes strong, and that it’s nothing but blessings on blessings in 2019 🙂 (Also, I’m going to try and keep this post short and sweet because I actually have quite a few things I want to mention, and y’all know I love going in depth)


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Hepburn glasses from EyeBuyDirect

I feel like I’m obliged to say this since I work at an optometrist’s office, but you should avoid buying glasses online (if you can) because measurements could be off and it can ruin your vision! BUT. I did it anyways, because my vision is so bad, and if I wanted to buy a pair of glasses at an optical place, my lenses alone would be like $300+ dollars. Hennyways, I’m loving these glasses because they’re clear and I think the frame is super flattering on my face. I feel as if the clear is both neutral enough to wear with anything, but also makes a statement on my face. The best of both worlds. I love anything multifunctional!

You Are A Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

I really loved Jen’s first book, You Are A Badass, so I was really excited to get my hands on this. I love her books in general because they are all about how your mindset can really change your life and affect it in more ways than you may be aware of. Basically, if you want to be rich (and don’t lie – we ALL do) this book is really helpful in creating the mindset you need to be rich, and to be in the right mindset to receive money (it will make more sense if you actually read the book.)

BDG Girlfriend High Rise Cropped Jeans

If there’s one thing you should know about me fashion-wise, it’s that I hate wearing jeans. These jeans have really changed the game for me. They are high rise, which I really love because they look really flattering on me, and they are a girlfriend fit. Which means they aren’t super tight like skinny jeans, but not super baggy like most boyfriend jeans. They are the perfect balance of flattering and comfortable!! And they are quite soft for a pair of jeans (although I’m not sure if it’s because these were hand-me-downs from my cousin and had been lived in before I owned them, or if it’s because they actually came like this).

Fenty Beauty Matchstix Trio – Medium

This was truly a spur of the moment purchase during the VIB sale, but I have no regrets whatsoever. It’s super travel friendly, because the sticks are magnetic, and if you’re pretty lowkey with your makeup, this is all you would need because it comes with a concealer stick, contour stick, and highlighter stick. Ya girl is all about convenience. These are my favourite because you can’t go wrong – easy application, good blendability and color pay off and (like I said), convenient!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – Cashew

Once again, another spur of the moment purchase (Sephora is the place where my self-control goes to die), but no regrets as well. I understand the hype about this foundation you guys!!! It’s medium coverage, but definitely still super buildable. It lasts all day, and doesn’t look like shit at the end of it. I always get compliments when I wear this because it makes my skin look abnormally natural and dewy. I don’t find it to make me greasy whatsoever. I’m even able to get away with only using setting spray to set this for the entire day. This is exactly what I look for in a foundation, and I’m not even hesitant to say that within the past couple of weeks, ELDW has reached holy grail status in my books.

Rupaul’s Drag Race

This is all I’ve been watching the past couple of weeks. I remember watching the first season in junior high, so I was hyped when Netflix started adding seasons! It’s an entertaining (or should I say, entertainting) show and I have so much respect for drag queens. They are some of the most creative, talented, brave and fierce people to walk this earth!!


And that’s it for my favourites! I’m hyped because tomorrow is December 1. Not only is it the first day of the month, it’s also the first day of Vlogmas!!!! And I’m definitely going to be doing it this year!!! Woo!!!! If you have any favourites that you would like to share with me, you can always let me know in the comments below! Also follow me on Instagram and tell me if you like the theme I have going on 😉 

See you guys soon!

💖, B

August Favourites

It’s officially the end of summer y’all. How was summer for you guys? Mine was amazing. I feel like I did so much, while also being able to experience full-time work for the first time. As much as I have loved the summer heat, I’m lowkey really excited to wear my winter parka (YES, I already know I’m going to regret saying that once Calgary hits -40C).


Influencer by Brittany Hennessy

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I found out about this book months ago, and it got released at the end of July which gave me lots of time to devour it this month. This book is all about how influencers, bloggers and the like can take their platform to the next level. Full of tips, tricks and insight on the industry from Brittany Hennessy. She’s the senior director of influencer strategy and talent partnerships at Hearst Magazine Digital Media. So she knows what she’s talking about. I loved this book because I genuinely learned valuable information that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I’ve been utilizing some of the things I’ve learned from this book, and I’m already seeing growth (mind you, it’s not a crazy amount of followers/engagement, but it’s constant and that’s what matters to me!).

I think that regardless of how many followers one has, any person who is interested in using their blog or Instagram page as a side hustle can benefit from this book. It covers everything from creating quality content, attracting followers and negotiating deals with brands. Truly valuable information.

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser

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This is something I picked up from the Glossier showroom when I went to New York in June (If you’re interested in seeing the things I got up to in NYC, head to my Instagram! My whole NYC trip has it’s own story highlight on my profile). This cleanser is perfect for those with normal or sensitive skin. It reminds me a lot of Cetaphil, because it’s so gentle on my skin, but still super effective in the sense that it cleanses and keeps my skin moisturized. If you’re looking for something that will fight acne, or help with oily skin, this is most likely not the cleanser for you.

I only use this cleanser in the morning, and I apply it on a dry face.

Glossier Boy Brow – Black

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Another thing I picked up from the Glossier showroom! I bought it because my cousin said it was her holy grail brow gel, and her brows are ALWAYS on fleek, so I figured that this would work for me. Long story short, it made it onto my monthly favourites, so you know I LOVE this. I’m so sad I didn’t get more than one (I’m pretty sure she picked up like 3 when we went).

The thing that sets Boy Brow apart from other brow gel products that I’ve tried is that the formula is wax based. My brows literally don’t budge when I use this, which makes it perfect for a night out, or for a full day of doing errands and running around.

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50

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My sister brought this back for me after her trip from Japan. This can be worn alone like a normal SPF, or under makeup. The formula is watery (like the name states), which makes it easy to distribute on your face, but it dries down kind of tacky. I think this is  a big plus because 1) it doesn’t make your face oily and 2) you could definitely use this as a primer!! I love multi-use products!

The Greatest Showman (Movie and Soundtrack)

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Okay, so I’m a little late to hop on The Greatest Showman bandwagon but WOW I understand the hype now. CJ and I watched it this month, and the movie had me humming, laughing and tearing up.  Basic synopsis: A guy starts his own circus, and it follows the trials and triumphs that him and his troupe go through. But it’s also so much more than that. And it’s also based on a true story.

I’m not usually into musical movies, but I loved this one. The soundtrack is amazing, and it’s constantly on repeat. (This Is Me really makes me feel like I can do anything you guys. It’s my power jam. Listen to it and try to tell me it doesn’t make you feel powerful and courageous!)

Best Shot

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This is a 8 episode docu-series on Youtube that Lebron James produced. (It just ended, so if you wanted to binge watch the series, you can). It’s follows the real story of a high school basketball team from Newark, NJ on their journey to the state championships. You learn a lot about the players and the coach, and I couldn’t help but root for them. I don’t play or watch sports, but Best Shot really took me through the motions of loving a team. Y’all, this series really made me bawl my eyes out.

This also humbled me a lot because it made me realize how lucky I am to live in suburbia in Canada. I’ve never had to worry about poverty, ending up in the streets and having my friends killed or my parents incarcerated. But it also made me respect them so much more. These people go through a lot every day, and I hope only good things come their way.

Terrace House – Opening New Doors

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My friends got me addicted to this show. The best way I could describe it would be like Japanese Big Brother, without the competitions, eliminations and prize money. It’s also produced way better, and has hilarious commentators. Six strangers live in a house together, and we watch them adjust to living together. It has drama and romance.

I’m gonna be honest, it does start out a little slow, but as you get further into the episodes, you can’t help but have favourite housemates. I’m currently waiting for part 4 to get uploaded on Netflix!


Aaaaand that’s it for my August favourites! If you would like to share some of your favourite things with me this month, you know where to leave your comments! I hope the rest of the year treats us all well. Big thank you to all the people who still rock with me, and a shoutout to all my new followers 🙂 I hope you all like it here and look forward to my future posts.

💖, B

 

Summer Favourites!

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a monthly favourites post at all this summer, so I decided to just do another collective favourites post. A lot of these items are makeup/beauty related, which is great because I feel as if it’s been a hot minute since I got to talk in depth about makeup on here! I hope everyone’s summer has been fun and eventful!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

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This is at the top of the list because it’s arguably the most summer essential item. I like this sunscreen because it’s SPF 110, so I know my face is going to be well protected against those harsh UVA and UVB rays. It doesn’t make my skin oily or greasy and it absorbs pretty fast. Everything I need in a good sunscreen!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Gel Creme

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This was sent to me free from Influenster, and they couldn’t have sent it at a more perfect time! During the summer, I don’t need a moisturizer that’s thick and heavy, like I do in the winter time. This gel moisturizer still gives me the moisture that I need for the day, but it’s also super light and fast absorbing, which means that it won’t make my skin feel like it’s caked on with product! I also have to mention the packaging. It looks super cute on my vanity!

Dodo Lashes – D115

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I love these lashes from Dodo Lashes because they give me the length I want, while still looking relatively natural. I find myself wearing these out as every day lashes, but also being able to “dress them up” and wear them when I’m going out. Regardless of the scenario, these always look good! I’m definitely going to be ordering more because all their lashes are $5 – $12 and you get free shipping when you spend $30 or more! (BTW, planning on posting this look too, so keep your eyes peeled!)

I’m super stoked to announce that I have a coupon code with Dodo Lashes! If you use the code “brittney” at check out, you can save money on your already affordable lash order!!

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette

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I picked this up at Ulta during my trip to New York, and I was so hype about it that I felt like I could cry. I’ve been wanting the JH Palette forever, but I’m that bum bish who doesn’t like paying for shipping. I love the versatility of colors in the palette, and I feel like this has reignited a spark in me. I love playing with all the colors, and I’ve used it for both my recent MOTD posts!

Tarte Shape Tape – Medium

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Another pick up from Ulta. I wish I bought more, I love this concealer! It’s definitely full coverage, but it just makes my under eyes seem so flawless and smooth! I’ve never really used concealer before I bought this, but now I feel as if I can’t live my life without it.

I do have to say, I don’t know if I got a faulty product or something, but whenever I close the tube, concealer always squirts out from under the lid (does that make sense/does this happen to anyone else?) I hate it because I feel like I’m wasting product!!

Miniso Pink Panther Eyeliner

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This was definitely a steal, and a life changing one at that! This is one of the best eyeliners I’ve ever used, and I genuinely think I will have a hard time finding something that I like better. You can draw such a crisp wing with this, and the formula is amazing. Waterproof and lasts all day! Shoutouts to Tose for putting me on this. I’m lowkey sad that I can never find the black version, but I still do like the brown. It looks really nice with more neutral eye shadow looks, but it’s also dark and pigmented enough that you can really use it for any occasion.

What are some of your favourite products this summer? Let me know in the comments! And if you want to stay more updated on what I’m up to, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I hope you guys will see more of me soon. Love you always!

💖, B

April Favourites!

I missed a March favourites post, but I’m back for April! How has everyone’s month been treating them? April was a busy month, but definitely one I needed for my sanity. After an intense year, I felt like I was truly able to relax and take some time for myself, while still keeping myself busy with my hobbies and side projects.

Sidenote: Wow my blog is turning 2 on May 5! Crazy! I have to give my thanks to everyone who has supported my blog, read my posts, given me ideas and creeped me on occasions. I’ve been able to do some pretty cool things since creating ALBOE, and I can’t wait to see where this next year in blogging takes me!

💖, B

Fitbit

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My sister let me borrow her old Fitbit since she never uses it (but imma borrow it so much that it becomes mine – anyone with a sister knows the drill 😉 LOL). I’m not the most active person, but I really like seeing how much steps I get in a day and how much calories that I burn. Also the neurotic Capricorn in me loves the fact that I can track so many things! I especially love the water and sleep tracking feature.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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I don’t know if I’ve included this in a monthly favourites yet. But definitely deserves a spot in this month’s post. Yes, I know. SK-II is luxury skincare, but there is a reason why this is priced so high. It’s a miracle product (for me at least). I use this after I tone and it seriously does wonders for my skin in terms of texture and brightness. I used this regularly since I got it (in November, for the VIB sale), and when I noticed I was running a bit low, I stopped using it so I wouldn’t run out so fast. But during that time, I noticed my skin started to feel dehydrated, bumpy and dull. I rarely change anything with my skincare routine, so I have a strong feeling it was because I stopped using the SK-II essence.

I know that Sunday Riley’s Good Genes treatment is another luxury item that has really good reviews, but in all honesty, if I had to choose between the two, SK-II blows Sunday Riley out of the water. If you can afford to splurge a bit, then I highly recommend giving this essence a try. Be mentally (and financially) prepared to become addicted to it. I bought a new bottle during the April VIB sale, so I saved a bit of money that way.

Atelier Cologne – Clementine California

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I’ve been looking for a new summer scent, and after many trials and free samples from Sephora, I settled on this guy. My ideal scent is something fresh, clean and light, and Clementine California checks all those boxes for me. It’s very citrusy and fresh, but it doesn’t make me smell like a straight up orange. Great staying power, and fades away gently.

Optimal Living Daily

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I love listening to music when I’m doing chores or getting ready, but I’ve been trying spend my time consuming things that are going to help me develop more as a person. Optimal Living Daily is a podcast I discovered through one of my favourite Youtubers (Amy Lee, who actually narrates an episode!), and each episode is a narrated blog post or book chapter related to personal development, minimalism or productivity. Each episode is around 7 – 10 minutes long. I just find that this is something nice to listen to when you feel like you need a boost of motivation, or a push in the right direction!

Avengers: Infinity War

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No words needed.


Favourite Albums of the Month

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Bazzi – Cosmic

 

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Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy


Also I wanted to include this cute lil crochet top I made this month. I’m so proud of it! I’m working on a lavender one as well. They’re going to look so cute this summer!

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February Favourites!

My favourites for this month are honestly kind of random and personal, but I hope you may be able to discover something that you like! I feel like ever since school has picked up, it has been very difficult to sit down and write about the things I want to write about. I’m trying to get into the swing of things, or at least make another transition into blogging regularly, and I hope you all enjoy it. I have a couple of ideas, so stay tuned hehe. I want to get my blog feeling like itself (or myself?) again.

Anyways, enjoy!

💖, B

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January Favourites!

It has been a long time since I’ve made a monthly favourite post! But I’m back (and I’m better, want you bad as everrrrr…. jk). This will contain some favourites that I’ve been using the entire month, and some that I have been loving for the past couple months, but have never actually spoken about yet. So sit back, get your scrolling finger ready, and let’s go through my favourites of this month!

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My Current Beauty Faves!

Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a monthly favourites post. With everything going on this summer, I feel like I haven’t had enough products to include in a single favourites post, and I wasn’t trying to waste your time by having you guys only read about a single product. So I’ve compiled a list of beauty products that I have been loving over the past couple of months and put them all in one post. Enjoy!

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May Favourites

Another month has flown by! May was a really good month for me. ALBOE turned 1, I got the chance to spend a lot of quality time with people and through keeping up with consistent workouts, I’ve been feeling myself getting stronger and seeing those baby gainzzzz come in! Of course, I’m still beginning, but wow, I’ve been feeling really good lately. I think it also has a lot to do with the nice weather. But anyways. Here are all the things I’ve been loving this month. You’ll notice this list is pretty random and all over the place tbh, but I think that makes monthly favourites posts really fun.

💖, B

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April Favourites

Hey everyone! Another month over means another month of favourites. This one is short and sweet, but everything on this list of favourites have been things I’ve used practically non stop this entire month. I hope April has treated you as well as it has treated me!

Also, like I mentioned before, my blogs turns one year old in exactly a week (which is so crazy to me, it really doesn’t feel like it’s been that long). I’m doing something special and fun that I’ve been planning for a couple weeks now, so stay tuned. I really hope you guys think it’s cool because if not, I’ll be pretty sad LOL.

💖, B

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March Favourites

I apologize if you’re seeing this post again! I completely forgot I had it scheduled for today at 12, but I also forgot to insert pictures and edit the post. My mistake hehe.

Another month done! I’ve felt so refreshed this month, and I’ve been really investing more time in my blog (I hope you can tell hehe). I challenged myself to stick to a posting schedule, every Tuesday and Friday, and it’s been working out pretty well for me. It forces me to spend more time than ever on my blog, and come up with creative ideas, and it keeps me accountable. I think from now on, I’m going to try and stick with it and post every Tuesday and Friday and see where that leads me.  Hopefully it also gives you something to look forward to (or just something to read) on those days. I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback this month, and it really motivates me, so thanks to everyone for their kind words!

To be honest, this months faves are kind of random since I didn’t try many makeup/beauty products this month. Nonetheless (wow I really just used that word), I hope you enjoy, and let me know about some of your favourites!

💖, B

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January/February Favourites!

I didn’t do a January favourites, so I’ll be combining January and February together for my current favourites. Enjoy, and let me know some of the things you’ve been loving lately!

💖, B

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December Favorites

December flew by. Can’t believe it’s aready the end of the month! Just a couple more days until my birthday! But honestly. This month has been so crazy, as it usually is. Stress has been high because of shcool, but I’m pleased to say that I did extremely well in all of my classes, so the hard work paid off. Also, as I’m sure many of you can relate to, I’ve been caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season (check out my Vlogmas vlogs if you haven’t already!). And as if life couldn’t get any more crazier, I picked up food poisoning for the first time in my life, and let me tell you, it was not a fun experience. I would not wish that on my worst enemy!

But you didn’t come here for a review of my month, you came here for my December favorites! So without further ado, here they are!

Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish – Bare Bones

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This colour has been on my nails this entire month, which never usually happens. I really like the way it looks against my skin and it’s neutral so it will definitely work with anything. Not the most festive colour, especially considering that it was December, but you all know I’m a simple gal. The only thing about myself that I like to be flashy is my highlight okuurrrrr.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

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Okay so I’ve been using this for a couple months but I think this has made such a difference in my skin and has made it’s way into my everyday skincare army. It really helps with hydration and smoothness of my skin and I think it has helped a bit in making my skin brighter. The orangey/citrus scent of this is a refreshing burst and (I think) adds to how good my skin feels. Then again I could just be coming up with ways to persuade you to try this out. Who knows.

Vaseline Rosy lips

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I use Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion and got this as a free sample with it. It’s pretty much just Vaseline for your lips, but with a very light tint of pink and is rose scented. I usually don’t like rose scents but the scent of this is very light so I don’t mind it.

Too Faced Natural Matte palette

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I’ve talked about this pretty much everywhere but here it is again. This is my first high end eyeshadow palette and I think this is perfect for me. Perfect selection of warm neutrals that are all matte and extremely buttery. And the packaging is perfect, I could stare at it all day!

And that’s it. I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2016. I hope you all have had a fulfilling year and that 2017 will be even better for you. Realistically though, you will put in the effort to make 2017 a better one. Don’t sit around wishing for a measure of time to make your life better, get up and do it yourself!! I’ll see you all in the new year, take care!

💖, B