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💖Product Review: Firma Eyeshadow Brush + pictures!💖

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having an excellent Friday. As promised, I will be reviewing my Firma Eyeshadow Brush, which I recieved in my April 2018 Ipsy bag. I actually used this brush in the eyeshadow look I created for my Ciaté London review. Although I used mostly Morphe brushes (review of those coming soon too!), I used the Firma brush for the last eyeshadow colour, and its effect is easy to see. So without further ado, we will get into it!

This is the look I used in my last review. I used the following products:

Eyeliner: Ciaté London Starstruck (obviously!😂)

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3: “Limit”, “Factory”, and “Blackheart”.

Highlight: Too Faced LE Holiday Palette 2013: “Snowflakes” (inner corner) and “Cream Colored Ponies” (brow).

Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure

The brush that I used to apply and blend the shade “Blackheart” is the one I’m focusing on. As I mentioned above, I recieved this Firma Beauty eyeshadow brush in my most recent Ipsy bag.

This brush has a white handle with natural coloured, bristles made from goat hair. It has slightly angled bristles.

💖Product Review: Ciaté London Starstruck Eyeliner + Stamp!💖

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this felt-tip eyeliner came with my April 2018 Ipsy bag. I have to say – I am genuinely in love with this eyeliner!!

I first starting using felt-tip eyeliners about 8 years ago, after a friend let me try hers. I loved it immediately and got my own, soon becoming a cat-eye fiend (as we all are 😂). I have mostly used drugstore brands; Maybelline, Nyx, and Essence. While all these brands make great felt-tip liners, I think I am fully converted to the higher end ones!

What struck me first, and what I found to be the most stark difference between the Ciaté eyeliner and other brands was the stiffness of the pen tip. What I found the most difficult about other eyeliner pens was that the pen’s tip is often too flexible, which can make it harder to control. But this eyeliner has a tip that only flexes a little bit – which gives you more control and helps you get into spots that might otherwise be difficult to reach.

The other end of this eyeliner has a tiny eyeliner stamp in the shape of a star. Eye stamps are super trendy right now, and the built in stamp makes doing this look much easier! Personally, I don’t usually do eye stamps on myself, but it’s fun to have the option of it, and the stamp is of high quality.

As for the formula, it is highly pigmented and glides on easily. It doesn’t skip or smear at all, and it dries quickly to a true black finish. It makes doing a winged eye very easy!

As for any drawbacks of this product, the fact that it dries so quickly makes it a bit harder to clean up any mistakes. This can also be a benefit, of course, as this means this eyeliner also has good staying power.

Final Verdict: This is probably my favourite felt-tip eyeliner that I’ve tried so far, and I definitely recommend this product. This particular product is limited edition, so if you want one, be sure to move quick!

Here is a quick picture of the eyeliner + stamp at work:

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ekw ✌

💟Ipsy April 2018!💟

Hey all! It’s a bit late where I am, but I wanted to get this post out; a small sneak preview of what I got in my Ipsy bag and what I’ll be reviewing in the days ahead. The featured image is a picture of this month’s bag that I posted on my Instagram.

I apologise in advance for the poor photos, I am still using my phone camera. Its been cold and snowy here in Ontario still, but as soon as it warms up a little more I am planning to do more pics in the outdoors, with natural lighting and my DSLR.

But I digress – this month’s Ipsy theme is “Social Butterfly”; which as a true introvert is something I’ve never been, but is something I aspire to be! While the bag itself won’t confer any social prowess, it’s extremely pretty!

It has a minimalist design, with photorealistic drawings of butterflies in both warm and cool Springtime pastels. The bottom corners are edged with pink pleather; and this material composes the zip tab as well. The following is a photo of my bag, no flash, indoors:

In this picture the corners appear more gold-toned, but are most definitely pink!

I recieved five products, the standard for Ipsy. Some are sample size and others are full size; it really depends on the brand/item. So, here’s a sneak peek of my April 2018 Ipsy items and upcoming reviews!

1. Ciaté London Starstruck Limited Edition Eyeliner/Stamp (I am obsessed with this and can’t wait to review it!) [Photo with no flash]

2. Firma Beauty 202 Eyeshadow Brush [Photo with no flash]

3. Meech and Mia loose powder eyeshadow in Copper (metallic) [Photos have flash to better show the colour]

4. Filorga Laboratories Paris Meso-Mask (Smoothing Illuminating Mask) [Photo with no flash]

5. Skin&Co Roma “Truffle Therapy” whipped polishing cleansing cream with truffle extract [Photo with no flash]

So there you have it! This is my “Ipsy Haul” from this month, and I’m really excited to review them! The eyeliner is easily my favourite.

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ekw ✌

👧 Life Update + upcoming haul + reviews! 👧

I’m still getting the hang of this blogging thing, and the fact I needed emergency dental surgery this week didn’t help at all! I woke up with a terrible pain in my molar on Tuesday…I went to the dentist on Wednesday and it turns out I’d broken off nearly half of it!! The nerve was exposed so the dentist pulled it. Since there was no cavity, he had to yank the hell out of my jaw! I’ve been having awful jaw pain since then, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

On the bright side, I had a great haul this week! I’ll post pics later, but I got my Morphe gilded brush set, some Nyx liquid lipsticks, and my April Ipsy bag! The Ipsy was such a pleasant surprise, my email said it wouldn’t until May! There is an amazing Ciatè product in there I can’t wait to review!!

Other updates include: I’m working on my SmartServe so I can bank as a waitress this summer (and save money for beauty school!).

I hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend! Remember to follow for more updates and product reviews 🤗

✌ekw

🎀 My XPert Home Pole and Experience! 🎀

This post will be updated later with pics of my lovely chrome beauty! 🙈

I first took an intro pole class in November of 2016, and another during the early summer of 2017. While both were great, and I learned a ton of basics and built up some strength, it got harder to progress when I only attended once a week, and taking more classes was very expensive in the long run. In addition, moving back to my (very conservative) hometown that doesn’t have a single pole studio definitely made it next to impossible to practice as much as I’d like to.

So, after crunching some numbers, I decided that buying a home pole and being able to practice when I liked would ultimately save me money and see me progress further. As it stands, its a 45 minute drive a pole studio! Classes can range from $40-$70, and that cost can quickly add up.

I did some research, and I found that the Xpole Xpert was a great choice for me. It was $483CND, and while this might seem expensive, its worth it for tried and true (and safe!) equipment; as well as the freedom to practice on your own time.

The pole I ordered is 45mm in diameter and has a chrome finish. This is the standard when it comes to studios and competitions. It also has both static and spin functions, which is amazing! Oh – and the fact its portable with no drilling required is great for someone likes me who moves a lot! The pole came very quickly, I ordered on a Friday and recieved either the next Wednesday or Thursday.

I thought it would be a lot easier to install than it was, but this is partially due to my own inability to put together anything more complicated than IKEA furniture! Its best to have one or two other people to help you.

It turned out that the ceiling in my bedroom was too short – by half an inch!!! I was a bit upset, especially since I just had my floor redone with nice hardwood, perfect for practicing floorwork on! However, I was not going to waste $500 over half an inch! An empty bedroom upstairs had more than enough ceiling height, but I did have to sacrifice what would have been a much better dance space. Remember to measure FIRST before you buy! As well, the floor upstairs isn’t due to be done in six weeks or so, so I’m dealing with a bit of rugburn as well! Hardwood is optimal, but if you wear socks and make sure to not overdo it, carpet can work in a pinch.

I was very surprised at how much upper body strength I’d lost over the past year – I managed to do a single, clumsy swing before I was unable to hold my own body weight (for reference, I am 5’7″ and 165lbs). It was simply too hard! A bit of research told me it could take two months for that upper body strength to come back! 😥 but that’s what is great about owning your own pole, you can practice as you see fit!

So, while I work on getting my strength back (pushups and planks!), I’ve been practicing walk arounds, hooks, and floor inversions. There is so much you can do to practice even if you can’t swing at all! I downloaded “The Pole Dancing Community Beginner Syllabus” from the GooglePlay store, and its been incredibly useful. It costs $5, but has videos of nearly every pole move!

Even though I can’t do a swing yet, just doing walk arounds is a great upper body workout (these walk arounds involve a sexy little pirouette whilst keeping your balance with the pole). Floor inversions are great for flexibility as well as for conditioning for aerial inversions when you reach intermediate level. Important note on aerial inversions – its very important to at the very least have someone to spot you as well as a crash mat. Ideally, you would learn aerial inversions under the supervision of a pole dancing instructor, who can teach you safety and proper form. This is what I will be doing before attempting any aerial inversions at home!

So yeah – the Xpert has been one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while! I still have 35lbs to go before I reach my goal weight of 130lbs; I expect this exercise will help immensely! Before, I found working out tedious, and motivation was so, so hard. I’ve already lost 115lbs, but through CICO, and with very little working out. Finding poledancing has been amazing, I look forward to each workout, and getting stronger so I can pull off better moves and eventually have the stamina and skill for entire dances keeps me going; even though I’m bruised and hella sore! It feels awesome when you finally get that move down right!

So this has been my experience with poledancing (so far, expect updates in the future!). I would recommend it to anyone (18+ of course!), female or male. And if you’re in the market for buying a pole, the Xpert might work perfect for you.

(*this has not been sponsored or endorsed by Xpole in any way! This is 100% my experience and opinions; and before you start any new workout ask your doc! 😷)

ekw ✌