App Discovery: Yappem

Hey guys! So I’m in the middle of my final exams right now, but I thought I’d take a little break from studying to tell you about a new app that I’ve been loving lately! The app/website is called Yappem and it’s basically a reward based social media site.

The main idea of Yappem is that the users ‘yap’ about products and brands that they’ve been loving/hating/etc. and are rewarded for it. Every time you post a Yap, comment on someone else’s yap, or complete a ‘mission’, you earn coins. There’s also a daily bonus just for logging in, and there are little ‘awards’ that you can get for doing certain things on the app. Once you’ve earned enough coins, you can then trade your coins for gift cards to stores like Amazon, Sears, Target, and American Eagle. I’ve been using the app for 3 weeks and I’ve already earned enough coins for a $5 gift card!

If you like sharing your experiences with products or brands, if you like hearing about what other people think about certain products or brands, and if you like the idea of gett money for spending time on a social media app, the I’d definitely recommend trying Yappem! You can use Yappem on your computer browser and/or download the app on your phone, and I find that it’s a really user friendly app that’s easy to understand & navigate. If you have any questions feel free to comment below, and if you join then follow me (my username is Simytoe on there too)!

XO Simytoe

*Note: this is not a sponsored post and no affiliate links have been used. I just really like this app and wanted to tell you guys about it :)

Fashion Show

Hey guys! I don’t have a blog post for you today because I was walking in the Mass Exodus fashion show in Toronto earlier and when I got home I was too tired to write one up. Buuuut, instead of leaving you guys with nothing, I thought I’d post a couple of pictures from the show today :)

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Favourite Books Read in 2014 (so far)

Hey guys! So March is coming to an end, and instead of doing a monthly favourites, I’m going to do a post about my favourite books that I’ve read so far in 2014. It’s crazy to think that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2014 – it feels like New Years Eve was only last week! One of my goals for 2014 was to read at least 4 books every month, and you can see all of the books that I’ve read so far on my 2014 Booklist. And instead of doing individual reviews for the books that I’ve read, I thought I’d just do little reviews on my favourite books, and throw them all into the same blog post! 

January:

Books Read: Rumours: A Luxe Novel – Anna Godberson, Protector of the Small: Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce, Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers 

Favourite: Protector of the Small: Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce

I already did a review on Grave Mercy, so for January I’ll talk about Lady Knight, which is one of my all time favourite books! I discovered Tamora Pierce’s books when I was 10 years old, and it wasn’t long before I was calling her my favourite author and had read all of her books. Tamora Pierce writes fantasy books for teens / young adults, and currently has written 5 quartets, 2 other series, 3 standalones, and a handful of short stories. She has set up two different fantasy medieval-ish worlds that her books take place in. The Protector of the Small quartet is set in the realm of Tortall, and follows heroine Keladry on her journey towards knighthood. I love Kel’s story because she is so strong and courageous and just, but is also extremely compassionate and loyal. Lady Knight is the last book in the quartet and is probably one of my favourite Tamora Pierce books. I feel like the first three books see Kel growing up and fighting a lot of hard battles, and in Lady Knight when she’s faced with her hardest choices and her toughest battles, we see how far she’s come since we first met her in First Test, the first book of the series. If you’re into fantasy, magic, medieval times, or even just strong female characters, I definitely recommend that you check out the Protector of the Small series as well as any/all of Tamora Pierce’s books!

February:

Books Read: Fangirl – Ken Baker, Falling in Love with English Boys – Melissa Jensen, Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike

Favourite: Falling in Love with English Boys – Melissa Jensen

Falling in Love with English Boys is about an American girl (Cat) who goes to England for the summer and – you guessed it – falls in love with English boys. Seeing as I love a) England and b) Boys, it’s kind of obvious that I would like this book. I found the book to be fairly light reading, and injected with the humour, friendship, and boy drama that one usually finds in these sorts of books. There were a few things that made this book a little bit different though – it was written in first person ‘blog posts’ to the Cat’s friends, informing them of her adventures in England, which I thought was interesting and cool. Also, within the book a second sort of storyline was put in; the story of a girl from 19th century England whose diary Cat is reading, which put a unique spin on the book. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light, funny read, and/or is interested in England/English culture.

March:

Books Read: The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner, Cross My Heart – Sasha Gould, Sphinx’s Princess – Esther M. Friesner, The A-List – Zoey Dean, Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? – Sloane Tanen, Girls on Film – Zoey Dean, Blonde Ambition – Zoey Dean, Hollywood is like Highschool with Money – Zoey Dean, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls – Zoey Dean (that’s 10 books in one month! yikes)

Favourites: The Thief & The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner, The A-List, Girls on Film & Blonde Ambition – Zoey Dean

As you can probably tell, March has been a busy month of reading for me. I’ve begun reading on buses and the subway, and in class a little bit (oops!) plus the books that I’ve been reading aren’t terribly long or tedious so I’ve been going through them quickly. And since I couldn’t choose a favourite for the month, I’m going to tell you all about 2 series that I really enjoyed / am enjoying.

I first discovered Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series last summer, when I found the 4th book in the library, took it out, and loved it. Of course, at the time I wasn’t aware that it was the 4th book in a quartet or anything, so you can imagine my surprise when I found the first book in the ebook library and discovered that there were 3 more books! So of course I read the first two, and have the third one on my ereader for when I run out of things to read. This series is set in the 3 fictional countries of Sounis, Eddis and Attolia that are loosely reminiscent of mediterranean countries, and the books involve lots of thievery, mythology, and well written characters. In The Thief, a small company from Sounis that includes a magus, his two apprentices, a soldier, and a thief from Eddis, set out to steal what might be a mythical relic from Attolia. In The Queen of Attolia, the three countries are on the verge of war, and amongst the politics and logistics of war, the Thief of Eddis, Eugenides finds himself caught up in a dangerous predicament with the Queen of Attolia as he tries to steal his way to peace. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adventure, clever plot twists, and strong characters.

Also during March I discovered Zoey Dean’s books, and although I enjoyed her two standalone books, her A-List series is my favourite of her books. The series follows Anna, of the old money of New York, who moves to Los Angeles to get out from under the shadow of her adventurous and daring best friend. While in LA she finds herself running with the crowd of the rich and spoiled teens of LA, whose lives are filled with daring, drama, and the incredible. Fast paced, extravagant, and somewhat predictable, I like to think of these books as the book version of reality tv – you find yourself rolling your eyes at some parts, and you think that some of the things that happen a tad unrealistic, but they’re enjoyable to read nonetheless. I’d recommend these books to anyone who’s looking for some light reading, and who enjoys reading about the lives of the rich and famous.

So there you have it! Some of my favourite books that I’ve read in the last three months. If you guys have any book recommendations or have read any of these books then leave me a comment below!

XO Simytoe

5 Ways to Wear: Chiffon Shirt

Hey guys! So back in November I started a little ’5 Ways to Wear’ series with my LBD post, and I’m finally getting around to posting the next post in the series! Today I’m going to show you 5 ways that you can incorporate a chiffon button up shirt into your outfits. My white chiffon shirt is from H&M and I love how  versatile it is!

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With a flowy skirt:

Tucking your chiffon shirt into a flowy skirt helps accentuate your waist and is a really fun look for the spring! My skirt has a small floral print, but larger and more colourful prints would work too! Since this look is pretty white, I usually bring colour to this outfit with my bright turquoise converse.

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Under a blazer:

Although the shirt itself is a bit too sheer to be business casual, it works when worn under a blazer. Wearing a chiffon shirt instead of a regular button up makes the outfit a bit more interesting and feminine.

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Over a summery dress:

When paired with a bright, summery dress, a chiffon shirt acts as a light cardigan / beach cover up sort of thing. The sheerness of the shirt allows the dress’s bright pattern to still stand out, while keeping you covered up and a bit warmer.

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Under a pullover:

You can also pair a chiffon shirt under a pullover for a more preppy casual look. I love this look paired with skinny jeans and lace up boots and maybe a long necklace.

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Over a colourful bandeau:

If you have a really cute bandeau or bralette that you’re dying to show off, but want to still be a bit classy, why not wear it under a chiffon shirt? The shirt’s sheerness means that your cute bandeau/bralette will be seen, but the overall outfit still looks put together and elegant.

So those are 5 ways that you can wear your chiffon button up shirt! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you have any ideas for what item of clothing I should do my next 5 Ways to Wear post on, then comment below :)

XO Simytoe

Empties Video

Hey guys! As you can tell from the title of this post, I have a video for you today! I’ve been collecting the products that I’ve used up in the past little while to do an empties post, but I thought that doing a video instead would be fun. Enjoy, and don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments :)

XO Simytoe

First impressions: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara

Hey guys! Today I tried out a new mascara and I thought I’d do a little first impressions review of it! I picked up L’Oreal’s new Voluminous Butterfly mascara a little while ago because it looked cool and was on sale.

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Perhaps the most defining thing about this mascara is its asymmetrical brush that is supposed to ‘catch every last from corner to corner’ and ‘lift up the outer edge’. Now, I didn’t notice a huge difference in the outer edge of my lashes, but this mascara definitely did a good job of coating every lash. The brush’s shape makes it perfect for separating your lashes and making sure each lash gets product on it.

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I was also super impressed with how even after one coat of mascara my lashes looked dramatically darker and more dramatic. I then put on a second layer, which made them look even longer and thicker. I’m not sure if I’d do two coats for an everyday look, but for nights out I’ll be able to build up my lashes for a more dramatic look.

I haven’t yet tried taking off the mascara, and I find that it borders on making my lashes look clumpy, but so far I really like this mascara! If you’re looking for a new mascara I definitely suggest that you check this one out :)

XO Simytoe

Beauty Scenarios Tag

Hey guys and happy weekend! Last week one of the Youtubers that I follow, Fleur de Force, did this really cute tag so I decided to do it too! In this tag there are 8 beauty ‘scenarios’ and you have to say how you’d react. I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you want to do the tag then go ahead :)

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

Since I don’t usually wear foundation every day, I only own one foundation and one bb cream, so I guess I’d keep them? My foundation is Maybelline’s Mineral Powder Liquid Foundation, and my bb cream is L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream.

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

Ahhh this is a tough question, because I know that I would want to know if I had lipstick on my teeth, but at the same time you don’t want to be seen as rude or anything. Especially since you’ve probably only just met this lady, and you’re trying to make a good impression! So I probably wouldn’t say anything…

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

This is a good question, because whenever I’m tired and stressed and feel like I look kinda meh, then I’ll put on a bold lip. I feel like wearing a bright colour on my lips distracts people from noticing my dark undereye circles or pimples or whatever. Also I feel super confident when I’m wearing a bold red lip colour. My go-to bold lipstick is Stila’s Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha.

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

Technically I’m still a teenager, but thinking back to how I did my makeup in my early highschool years is super embarrassing. Now I’m more into neutrals, but back then I matched my eyeshadow every day to my outfit – so if I was wearing a green shirt, I’d wear a bright green eyeshadow. I also had no clue about blending or anything, and I thought that the two-toned look on my eyelids (ex half navy and half ice blue) was really cool. So cringe-worthy.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

I would definitely do a), because I’m way too shy/nice/polite to make a scene or anything like that. That being said, I would probably say something during the haircut if I noticed that they were cutting my hair too short.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

This is tough because I don’t have a lot of palettes that are multi-purpose, but I’d probably bring my Essence Quattro Eyeshadow quad in To Die For. It’s a neutral quad, with a pale cream, a pinky champagne, a medium brown, and a matte dark brown eyeshadows, so it’s good for doing any sort of neutral eye. Also I use the matte dark brown colour for my eyebrows, so I’d definitely bring it with me!

7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

This is tough because I don’t really have any products that are expensive, or hard to replace, or that I absolutely need/use every day. I would probably say my brush collection though, because it’s hard to put on makeup without any brushes, and they would be a bit expensive to replace.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

Well first of all, I can’t think that many of my friends would ruin anything of mine without offering to replace it, or at least apologizing for it. I probably wouldn’t make them repurchase it, and I wouldn’t do the same to something of theirs because that’s really mean. I’d probably let it go, but then never let them borrow my makeup again :P

So those are my answers to this tag! If you like the questions then go ahead and do the tag, and comment below so I can see them!

XO Simytoe

Weekend Beauty & Makeup Essentials

Hey guys! So this weekend I’m going to visit my best friend at her university, and I thought I’d show you what I’m packing! Since I’m only going for 3.5 days, and since I’m trying to pack light, I’m only bringing to bare essentials!

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My essentials!

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Dove GoFresh deodorant, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Lotion SPF 15

Deodorant and face moisturizer are obvious essentials! I especially like this moisturizer because it’s SPF 15, so my face also gets some sun protection.

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Maybelline Illegal Length mascara, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart, Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer

Since I’m not going anywhere fancy or anything I’m only bringing my most used makeup products. On normal days, I just throw on some mascara and concealer, and if I’m feeling fancy I’ll put on some lip colour. I really like this Revlon lip crayon because it’s super easy to put on, it stays on super well, and this colour is amazing! And my Rimmel stick concealer has the best coverage out of all of my concealers, so I always take it with me on trips!

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Bath & Body Works Mad About You eau de toilette, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

I’m also bringing another concealer, for when my dark circles aren’t as bad, or for layering if they’re really bad! And this perfume is my favourite at the moment – it’s almost empty already! – and it’s small size makes it perfect for bringing on trips.

 

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Key necklace from Chinatown in NYC, white rose studs from Forever 21

Last up is jewellery! I don’t usually wear jewellery, but I like bringing a few basic pieces with me just incase I need to dress up an outfit, or for if I’m feeling fancy!

So those are all of the beauty/makeup products and accessories that I’m bringing with my on my weekend trip! What are some of your essentials when travelling? Tell me in the comments!

XO Simytoe

A weekend without to-do lists

Hey guys! Today I want to write about to-do lists. I am a huge lover of making lists – especially to-do lists – but this weekend I wanted to see if I could go without making any. So that’s what I did, and I thought I’d share the experience with you all!

Also don’t forget to check out my post from Thursday and vote on what kinds of posts you want to see from me :)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved making lists. Shopping lists, to do lists, packing lists, bucket lists – any kind of list you can think of. I like lists for the same reason that I like writing – they allow me to put my thoughts and ideas down so that I can see them. I’m a really visual person, so being able to ‘see’ my thoughts really helps. To do lists are especially helpful because they give me a sense of control. I like having a plan, and knowing what my day looks like, so daily to-do lists are kind of my favourite thing.

Every night before I go to bed I sit down and open up my ‘Out of Milk’ app on my phone and write my to-do list for the next day. It’s more than just a ‘list of things to accomplish’ though, it’s also a rough outline of what my day is going to look like. I put my meals, my classes, my daily chores (like doing dishes), my homework, and even leisure things like watching tv. Obviously I never follow my list exactly, but I find that knowing what I’m supposed to be doing at any time of the day helps me be productive. For example if I have a 3 hour break between classes (like right now), my to-do list might have me scheduled to eat lunch, write a blog post (this one :P), finish my readings for next class, and catch up on watching Youtube videos. I might only get a few of those things done, and I might have to move watching Youtube videos to after my class, but this way I can maximize my productivity for those 3 hours.

So that’s what I usually do, but last Thursday night I went to bed without writing my to-do list for the next day, and when I woke up on Friday, I decided to try not having a to-do list for that day. I wanted to see if I could still be productive without having a list to remind me what I should be accomplishing that day. I’m not gonna lie, at first I didn’t think it would work. On Friday I woke up, ate breakfast, did some readings, and went back to bed for a ’20 minute nap’ that turned into 3 hours of laying in bed. Eventually though I got bored, hauled myself out of bed, and went to the library to study. And then went to the gym and did some much needed shopping. And then had dinner and did some spanish homework. And then spent the rest of the evening relaxing, marveling at the fact that I had found the motivation to go to the library and the gym, all without a list to tell me to. Saturday and Sunday were similar – I went to the gym both days, got as much homework done (if not more) than I would have usually, and it was overall a productive weekend.

At first it was really weird to not be checking my phone to see what I was supposed to be doing. However, I think that not being tied to a pre set schedule allowed me to focus more on actually doing things instead of on what I would be doing once I finished things. If that makes any sense. It was also weird, when I thought of things that I wanted to do that day, to not write them down somewhere. Like when I got the idea to write this as my blog post, I went to go schedule in ‘write blog post’ into my app, but had to stop myself. Admittedly, I am writing this a day late, but I did manage to remember to write it without having to schedule it in, right?

Overall, I think this weekend was a really successful ‘experiment’ or whatever, as it showed me that I can still be productive without a detailed list. However, it is nice to have my list back today, telling me what I should be doing. I think, more than anything, that my lists give me a sense of control and help make sure that I don’t forget to do anything. The thought of something important simply slipping from my mind kind of terrifies me. Anyways, I’d best go check this post off of my list and move on to the next thing!

Do you write to-do lists? Have you ever tried going on a ‘list detox’ kind of thing? How did it go? Tell me in the comments!

XO Simytoe

Twitter & Feedback Please!

Hey guys, just a quick update post today! I recently set up a twitter account for my blog, which you can check out here and if you follow me I’ll follow you back :)

Also, I’ve been stuck trying to think of what to post here, so I figured I’d put a little poll up to see what kinds of things you’d like me to post! Feel free to leave a comment requesting posts or anything of the sort :)

XO Simytoe