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

Here’s the thing… | Life Update (ish)

I feel like there is a never ending list of things I need to do at any given time, but my mind always feels so cluttered and I get distracted easily, and my mental to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. After graduation, I remember feeling so liberated because I could finally “do me” for the summer, and live my life the way that I want to and at my own pace. However I’m coming to learn that my transition from the student life to complete freedom (“complete” freedom isn’t exactly true, but this is the closest I’ve come to it in a while) has been a struggle to say the least.

Now that I don’t really have deadlines that are enforced or straightforward laid out goals I am required to meet, I feel like a large part of the structure that I actually once loved is gone. I don’t know how to keep myself motivated or accountable. And that’s another thing. Consistency and accountability are two things I seem to be struggling with a lot lately. Now that I think about it, these things are things I have struggled with my whole life. I’m consistent, but not in the habits and mannerisms I want to be consistent in. I make goals but I don’t hold myself accountable to attaining these goals.

So what’s the whole point of this? I don’t really know. I feel like I just needed to get this down as a reminder to work harder than I ever have. Life doesn’t come with a manual, so I gotta work even harder to pave my own way and make it possible for myself to live my best life. I read this and feel lowkey ashamed because I know that I only have myself to blame and I feel as if I am always writing about the same things, with no results BUT I’ll just take this is another sign from the universe. It’s telling me that I need to be comfortable being outside my comfort zone and that I need to CHANGE.

Things I need to remember (aka paraphrased quotes I’ve taken from some of my favourite Youtubers and books):

  • Your mind is a terrible office, so always write things down
  • Not everything is a matter of motivation. I’m never motivated to go to the gym, I just go because I have to. It’s like going to school. I don’t always wanna go but I know I have to
  • Alway create content for yourself first, and others second. If you are creating something that you wouldn’t be interested in consuming, you need to ask yourself why you’re making it in the first place.
  • WHO CARES WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK! At least you have the guts to put yourself out there in the first place. And at the end of the day, that puts you steps ahead of someone looking at what you’re doing an wishing they had the confidence to do the same … Always be proud of yourself!

But real talk… I realize this is all talk. I keep saying the same things over and over again, and still somehow seem to fall short. I want to be better so I really need to try. I know I’m destined for way more than what I am and where I am in life right now. If you’re struggling like I am, then I wish us the best of luck. And if you aren’t, please tell me your secret!!!

I’m gonna end this post off with a picture of CJ floating peacefully and carefree in a raft down the river, because this is what I need my mental state to look like right now.

💖, B

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P.S. I know these are always so rambly and never make sense and are alway about me being confused, but thanks for sticking with me through this regardless!

MOTD: Tingus Pingus – MorphexJaclyn Hill Palette

Hey yall! Back with another MOTD using the Jaclyn Hill palette again. I was inspired by this video (LOL):

Porzee is my fave basketball player, and he plays for the Knicks. So as you can guess, the colours of this look were inspired by the Knicks colours! The video is from when he got drafted. Tbh I didn’t know much about basketball, and I still don’t, but the one thing my mans always tells me is that NY fans are intense (clearly). Jokes on them though cause Porzee is cool and good. Fun fact, I’m 7 months older than him. Wild. ANYWAYS, here’s the look:

  • Creamsicle and Orange Soda (from the ABH Soft Glam palette) together all over the lid
  • Twerk from the inner lid to the middle, keeping it below the crease and on the lower lash line
  • Creamsicle to blend everything out!

The lashes I’m using are from Miniso! They come in a box of two and they’re just called “Corner Lengthening”. For $3, 10/10 recommend!!!

Loving the way this look turned out. For my first attempt at a cut crease, I think I did pretty decent! I ‘m loving how vibrant the colours look, and the contrast between blue and orange make them really pop. I’m slowly getting used to the idea of colour hehe. Let me know what you think, and I’ll see you back here in a week 🙂

💖, B

P.S. For anyone who does makeup/takes pics for IG, I need pointers on how to take better pics of my eyes with my phone for these posts! Help a sista out please!!

MOTD: Caramel Apple Eyes – MorphexJaclyn Hill palette

Hey everyone! I’m the kind of person that hoards eyeshadow palettes yet, ends up doing the same neutral look whenever I decide to wear eyeshadow. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself to do a different look at least once a week. This way, I can get maximum use out of all my palettes, get more practice in which will allow me to become better at application and force myself to be a bit more active on here. I’ve been lacking inspiration and I think this is a good way to get my creative juices flowing (but mostly, I just really need to practice).


I’m super excited because on my trip to NYC (which I will update you all on eventually), we were able to stop at an Ulta and I was finally able to get my hands on the Jaclyn Hill palette! I know it’s been out for at least a year now at this point, but I didn’t want to pay shipping or hit my credit card with that foreign exchange fee y’knowwhatimsayinnn.

This look is a recreation of Holly Boon’s look on Youtube (click here for the link to the video).  I loved the way she used the green as a pop of colour against the neutral shades in her crease. It also just looked really pretty on her, so I wanted to try and recreate it as the first look of this series. She didn’t really name the look, but I called it Caramel Apple, because the way it looks on my eyes reminds me of those Caramel Apple lollipops I loved as a kid. I won’t go into detail about the steps and which shadows were used, because it’s all included in the video!

 

First of all, ignore the fact that only my eyes are done and not the rest of my face. That would’ve helped balance the look out, but I didn’t, and I’ll do it next time hehe. I also wish I had more dramatic lashes, because I think that would really elevate the look. The green doesn’t appear as vibrant as Holly’s. I think it’s because I didn’t use a light enough eyeshadow primer (I used concealer, but I blended it out first, so that kind of took away the brightness of it). I definitely need to keep practising blending and working on shaping the shadows nicely, so that it doesn’t look like a blob on my eye.

Other than that, I’m pretty happy with how it looks! I seriously never incorporate colour into my makeup (like I said, I’m a warm/neutral hoe), so even that little bit of green was a big change for me. I’m quite impressed with how pigmented and easy to blend the shadows were. I can’t wait to use every shade in this palette!

I still have lots of room for improvement! If you have any tips you would like to share, or looks you think I should try out next, you can leave a comment down below and I’ll make sure to try it out!

💖, B

Does Biotin Actually Work?

Last summer, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata. Basically, this is a disease that causes my body to attack my hair follicles resulting in my hair falling out in large chunks. Specifically, I developed three large bald spots at the top of my head. If you’ve ever had to wait for an appointment with a specialist (in my case, I was waiting for an appointment with a dermatologist), you know just how painstakingly long the process is. I went to my family doctor about it at the beginning of August of last year, and didn’t actually see a dermatologist until the end of November. That’s three whole months of watching helplessly as the spots grew bigger and more of my hair started to fall out.

I didn’t have very many options available to me, so I decided to try biotin. My intention was to use it as something to offset my hair loss, not as a cure (currently, there is no known sure for alopecia!). I’m sure most of you know that biotin is supposed to promote healthy skin, hair and nails, or you’ve at least seen one Sugarbear Hair ad on Instagram or Youtube. Being the skeptic that I am, I wasn’t about to spend money on Sugarbear hair because I didn’t trust it. So I just went to my grocery store and bought straight biotin supplements.

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I bought the Jamieson Biotin supplements, and each little tablet contained 10, 000mcg of biotin. There were 45 tablets and I took one everyday until I ran out. Then I went and bought biotin gummies at a lower dosage (which I still have because I stopped taking them, so they kind of just sit on my shelf). And long story short, I didn’t notice any change in my hair. There wasn’t anything growing where the bald spots were, and I didn’t notice a change in the length or thickness of my hair either.

IMG_5825 But, I did notice that my nails were stronger and grew faster than normal. I normally wouldn’t be able to grow them out as long because they were usually brittle and broke easily. My nails in this screenshot may not look very long to some, at least in comparison to the claws I have now, but back then, this was considered a big achievement for my natural nails (so you could imagine how cheesed I was that I broke one of them).

From my personal experience, I can vouch for the positive effects biotin has on nails but it didn’t do anything to help my hair. Obviously, my circumstances were quite different from the average person, but I didn’t lose all my hair, so I expected at least some change to occur.

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Taken from: https://www.sugarbearhair.com/collections/popular-vitamins

In terms of Sugarbear Hair, I can’t speak on it because I have never tried it before. On their website, they do have a breakdown of all the ingredients in the gummies. They use more than just biotin in their gummies, so maybe the combination of ingredients helps to better promote hair growth. But I would still take this with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that while Sugarbear Hair says that their products are manufactured in facilities that use FDA approved guidelines, they aren’t actually an FDA approved product.

I asked my dermatologist about biotin at my first appointment, and he said that there hasn’t been solid, conclusive evidence and research that shows that biotin actually helps your hair. And I’m not going to lie, I did try to look for research articles using my school’s database (yes, I ACTUALLY researched this… old habits die hard) and I couldn’t find many articles that supported the use of biotin for hair growth. In fact, a lot of the ones I came across concluded that there is a lack of evidence to support healthy individuals taking biotin for hair growth, and that biotin supplementation is actually unnecessary in healthy individuals as the daily amount that we need is usually obtained through our food.

My hair is still in the process of growing back, no thanks to biotin, but from the Kenalog injections I receive from my dermatologist. My take on this is that I personally don’t think biotin products work for hair growth. I trust my own results and what has been presented in scientific research. I’m not trying to bash anyone that uses or wants to try biotin supplements. But if you want to try other options, my dermatologist told me that Rogaine works (don’t be fooled by the fact that there is a Rogaine for men and women, he said that women can use the men one, and it’s cheaper too), and there’s some evidence (not conclusive) that fexofenadine aka Allegra aka a type of allergy medicine, can help with hair growth in alopecia areata patients as well.

DISCLAIMER: Please use common sense, and don’t start popping allergy medicine like candy or start using a men’s hair growth cream, before talking to your doctor. This advice was given to me by my dermatologist because I was dealing with a disease resulting in major hair loss. Strong hair is nice, but health is wealth!

I hope this post has helped to open your eyes on this topic and I’m curious to know your thoughts on this. If you’ve ever tried Sugarbear Hair or biotin supplements, did they actually work for you?? Let me know!

💖, 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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What I Got in my Radiance Voxbox!

Hey everyone! I wanted to show you all what I got in my Radiance Voxbox from Influenster and share my thoughts on each product! (In other words – a review. It’s been a hot minute. I miss this.) I’m super pumped because this could not have come at a better time. I just finished my last semester of school, and every single product I received is perfect for a much needed day of rest and recovery.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for Influenster! It’s a great way to connect with other like-minded people about all things beauty, fashion, food and more. It’s the first place I go to read reviews about products I want to try out, and I always make sure to leave my own honest reviews on products to help other people out. The best thing is, everyone has a chance to receive free products. Who knows, by the time Influenster’s next Voxbox launches, I may be reading one of your reviews!

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Shoutouts to the universe, I see you!

I don’t believe in coincidences. To me, coincidences are meaningful signs from the universe. Just ask my boyfriend. I can’t even count how many times something has happened to us (whether we send each other the same meme at the same time, or we bring up something that the other was just thinking about) that has made me look at him with wide eyes exclaiming “OMG WE’RE MEANT TO BE!”

Okay so. Last night, at exactly 11:02 PM (I wanted to remember this moment!), I handed in my very last final exam. Meaning that I am officially done my undergrad degree. Now if I’m going to be blunt with you, I really don’t have any solid plans as to what I’m going to be doing in the next year. Of course I should look for a full time job or I should be thinking about going back to school and I should be starting to look for all these things right now, but if I’m going to be really blunt with you – I haven’t put any effort into it. At least not yet. Now, okay. I feel like most people will be rolling their eyes at me for not being realistic, but some people may also find themselves to be in the same situation as me. I initially felt like I have no experience whatsoever, so my chances of getting the job I want (I don’t even know what that is yet!) are very slim.

Anyways. Tying this back to my first paragraph about signs from the universe… You might recall that I included the book “You Are A Badass” by Jen Sincero in my January Favourites. I used to read it religiously, but when the semester started picking up, it became more difficult for me to set time aside to read. With today being my first day of “freedom”, I figured this would be the perfect time to finally sit down and read! So I picked up the book, sat down, and began reading from where I last left off. And as I continued to read, I kept thinking that there has to be someone following me around and leaving these signs for me to see because it’s scary how accurate this chapter was for my life and my current situations.

This chapter is pretty much about how she felt unqualified to get a cool job involving something she loved doing, but she felt unqualified, so she lied on her resume and ended up with the really cool job. The take-home here isn’t “lie to get your dream job!!”, it’s that saying you aren’t experienced enough is really an excuse to stop you from what you want to do, and you lack determination to do what you need to do to be successful – whatever your version of successful looks like. Rather than putting in large amounts of energy to make up excuses as to why you can’t do something, invest that energy into yourself and your dreams. Actively seek out opportunities and connections that will allow you to do what you are truly passionate about. Passion trumps fear.

It is so easy to say “don’t procrastinate!” I mean we all do it, and I swear I’m the QUEEN of procrastination. But as Jen Sincero puts it “If you’re serious about doing something, you will find a way to do it. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse. The one thing that has really been stressing me out is the fact that I’m going out into this big, big world with no experience in my field whatsoever. And knowing that I have no experience has made me not even look for a job in my field. And I want to grow my blog, but I’ve always told myself that no one would want to work with me because of my small following. So as you can see, this chapter seems like it was aimed directly at me. I’m taking it as a sign that I must do the things I’ve been wanting to do, regardless of how experienced or knowledgable I feel. I need to stop letting fear and anxiety stop getting the best of me!

Anyways, I wanted to write this  post for two reasons:

  1. If you believe in signs, and if you are in the same situation as me, then I hope you will see this as your sign to go out and do whatever it is that you were too scared to try.
  2. I haven’t written in a while and now that I have more free time, I really want to devote it into making ALBOE more personal and something that means even more to me. I mean, my blog is literally called A Little Britt of Everything (emphasis on the everything), and a slew of monthly favourites posts aren’t living up to that.

I hope this wasn’t too ranty. And I hope that you will begin to see more of me soon! Exciting things are coming!

💖, B

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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🔥🔥🔥 Spicy Noodle Boyfriend Tag 🔥🔥🔥

Hey everyone! My boyfriend and I have been wanting to do the boyfriend tag and the spicy noodle challenge for quite some time now, so we figured why not just combine the two? I had a lot of fun filming this, minus the fact that my mouth was truuuly on fire. I also thought this would be a nice way for all my readers to get an idea of who my boyfriend is, since I talk about him all the time anyways.

So if you have time to sit and watch this funny lil vid, as well as get a little sneak peek into mine and CJ’s relationship, the video is below!

💖, B


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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2017 In Review – My 1SE

Happy new year everyone! Wow. Can you believe it? We made it through another rotation around the sun. It couldn’t have come soon enough, if you ask me. I look back at the year and it made me realize just how fast it has passed, and it makes me think about everything that I have learned and experienced in the past 365 days. It also makes me very glad that I took on a 1 Second Everyday and a Project 365, because I’m always going to be able to remember this year of my life.

This wasn’t necessarily the easiest year of my life (in fact, I would say that 2017 is up there on the list of difficult, trying years), but if there was one thing I could take away from it, was that I learned a lot. This year tested me in so many ways, and some times I thought I would burst from the stress and anxiety I felt during the difficult times of this year. But I made it out alive, and I’m still trying to learn how to find the balance in my life. And if there is one thing I can take away from 2017 is the amount of lessons I’ve learned – about myself and about life in general.

I hope this year treated you well, and if it didn’t then, good news! It’s a new year haha. May 2018 be everything you want it to be and more. Remember that you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it!

💖, B