Lip + Cheek Tint Review | The Body Shop

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I haven’t had great experiences with lip and cheek stains in the past (I’ve ruined a few too many white shirts), but when Emma Watson called out The Body Shop’s Red Pomegranate Lip & Cheek Stain as one of her favs in her interview with Into the Gloss, I knew I had to try it. During her press tours Emma Watson has been documenting her favourite eco-friendly, cruelty free, and traceable beauty and fashion products. Emma Watson’s interview with Into the Gloss (Glossier’s blog) highlighted all of her favourite beauty products. I’ve been slowly going through the interview and trying out each product myself. Some are harder to find than this one – I had to hunt around on Amazon to get my hands on a tube of DHC’s Mascara, but in the end I hope to have in depth reviews of these great products so that those of you looking to shop cruelty free and eco friendly in beauty know what you’re buying! Here goes The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Stain.  Continue reading

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Wear Your Mottos

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It’s no secret that graphic ‘motto’ tees have become très populaire. Motto themed graphic tees are popping up everywhere, from high fashion runways, to Candice Pool Neistat’s new Billy! brand, to Forever 21’s horrible attempts at being #relatable (see here). Graphic motto tees have evolved from what they once were, (the cheasy, punny, embarrassing tops that I used to wear), and are now becoming more politically motivated, personally motivated, or (in the case of Forever 21), financially motivated. Regardless of what section they fit under, everyone’s making them, and pretty much everyone’s wearing them. Continue reading

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Trouser-Top Trend

The end of spring brings the season of proms, weddings, and other formal events. Alongside a surge in dress sales comes a surge in stress about what is or isn’t appropriate to wear. Countless texts from friends who are stressed about buying a dress online, lest it comes in looking like one of those tragic memes on twitter (yikes). I know the stress, I live the stress. I live somewhere where it’s impossible to find a dress that fits everything on my want list without breaking the bank. On top of that, when it came to finding a dress for a recent formal, none of my go-to sites (Zara, H&M, Topshop, Tobi) had anything I was committed to. I get seriously stressed about clothes: I know it’s superficial and doesn’t matter, but the narcissist in me broke down over semi-formal dresses and prom dresses at least 10 times in my senior year.

This year, I thought, F-it. If Emma Watson can wear a classy trouser-top duo on the red carpet, why do I feel the need to wear a dress to every formal event? And I started browsing in the trouser/blouse sections instead. It. Was. Glorious.

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The BEST Red Lip Products

Recently I’ve been seriously loving a good red lip. I was inspired by Emma Watson (surprise surprise) as she said that whenever she’s got a big event she wears a red lip. I’ve always been torn about this because on one hand, a red lip makes me feel bad ass and bold and – as corny as it is – beautiful. I feel like you can’t go wrong with it, but then red lips are SO!! HARD!! to do right! Because as soon as your colour starts fading in the middle, and it starts looking like you’ve just got a weird red lip liner thing going on (you know what I’m talking about) or it smudges off your lips, it feels impossible to fix and you go from feeling 100% to 0%. The struggle.

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MAC Prep, Prime + Fix | Review

p coverThis review is the last in a set of MAC’s favourite face products reviews where I looked at MAC’s Face + Body Foundation, and MAC’s Select Cover Up. Face products’ performance always comes down to what primer you’re using, which makes it one of the most important products in your makeup bag! People love MAC’s Prep, Prime + Fix Primer because it can prep your face and make makeup last longer, and it can be sprayed onto individual brushes to make face + eyeshadow colours appear more pigmented. Multi-faceted products like this are my favvvv because you get 2 for 1 cost, and they’re great for when you’re travelling! YES.  Continue reading

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi friends! Today I thought I would share with you the baking recipe that started it all – the classic chocolate chip cookies. The ones you bake with your mom when your little (and contribute only by putting in a teaspoon of vanilla and eating all the extra chocolate chips). This recipe was the first one I ever learned to bake by myself, it’s from the Hershey’s Cook Book that we bought from a Hershey’s factory back in the 90s and it is deeeelicious. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything else from the recipe book though.

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Ingredients 

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 whole eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup (1&1/2 sticks) softened butter (I melt if I’m wanting extra gooey cookies)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups HERSHEY’S (or any other…) semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

“Heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs: beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls (I tend to make them quite a bit larger than that…) onto lined (with parchment paper) baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yield: About 7 dozen cookies. ”

And that’s that! My go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe is now yours, hope you enjoy! Make sure you let me know how it goes if you try them out, x

Thanks for reading,

xx Sabrina

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H&M Conscious Haul + First Impressions

I’m all on board for H&M’s conscious collection if it adds up to everything they market it to be! Recently I’ve decided to try to shop as ethically as possible, but because I spent half my money on tuition and books it’s been a tough go of it. I rely on fast fashion brands like H&M not because I need disposable clothes, but because I need affordable clothes. Now that H&M has a conscious collection, I thought I would do a little haul and review for all the other people out there who, like me, have a conscious, but don’t have an extensive income.

What is it? 

H&M’s #Conscious collection is one of their sustainability initiatives. It aims to provide H&M shoppers with access to consciously created clothing ‘basics.’ In the past few years H&M has adopted a number of sustainability related initiatives; another popular one is their clothes donation. At any H&M store, shoppers can donate old or unused clothes for 15% off, and H&M will recycle these clothes by using them to make new ones.

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