Broadening the Focus – Beauty

One of life's little pleasures.
One of life’s little pleasures.

As I talked about in my last post, I am really going to try to add content to this blog more often.  I also mentioned that I was thinking about expanding the focus a little.  For anyone that reads this regularly – I’m sure there are one or two of you (Hi Mom!) – you know that this space has never been about just one thing.  It’s more of a reflection of who I am, with lots of emphasis on my likes (reading, cooking, my own opinion).

I mentioned a couple of posts ago, that I have a newfound obsession with YouTube.  This of course has been fueled by my obsession with beauty products.  Bath, body, face, hair, makeup – you name it, I am interested in it.  I love reading about it, watching videos about it, shopping for it, etc.  So I figured that if I was going to stay true to the nature of this blog, that maybe I should open it up a bit to that side of my personality as well.

I should probably get this part out of the way – I am by no means and don’t claim to be a beauty expert, just extremely interested in it, excited about it, and eager to learn more about it.  I love to watch YouTube “Monthly Favourites” videos where all the beauty bloggers and vloggers talk about the new things that they have discovered that month and what they are loving and recommending to their viewers.  I thought maybe I could do a little of that here.  I do not upload videos to YouTube (aside from a few silly ones) and have no plans to start.  I also have no plans to turn this into a “beauty blog.”  There are plenty of those out there written by people much more knowledgeable than me.  I guess I just thought that if the inspiration hit me, or if I tried a new product that I was loving, or re-discovered an old product, I could let you know about it.  Hopefully that appeals to you.  If it doesn’t, don’t worry, because next week there will likely be a recipe or a book review or an opinion piece.  Just as there are many different parts of my personality, there are many things to write about here.

To start I guess I’ll just mention the gorgeous eyeshadow palette in the picture above.  This is a pretty popular one, the Lorac Pro Palette.  It used to be available at Sephora, but no longer is.  It is hard to get your hands on in Canada unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for it.  I actually had my wonderful cousin that lives in Arizona buy it and ship it up for me.  If you live in the US, you can buy it at Ulta, or from Amazon.  It retails for $42 US, and I have wanted this beauty for a long time.  I was not at all disappointed.

This palette comes with 16 gorgeous shades – 8 matte shades in the top row, and 8 shimmery shades in the bottom row.  The shades range from white to black and stick mostly to the neutral tones, but there is a very nice blue, a purple, and a beautiful coppery shade, along with a couple gold/bronze toned ones.  The shadows are almost creamy in consistency, though they are definitely powder,  and they are nicely pigmented – a little goes a very long way.  If you are a beginner at makeup, or simply someone that wants to expand their collection, I would totally recommend this palette.  It really has everything you need to create several looks, from light and natural to dark and smoky.  This one for me was definitely worth the wait!

Hope you’re all having a great day and the sun is shining wherever you are!