What’s In My Bag: Travel Carry-On Edition

Hey guys! Today is the day that I leave for London, and I’m so excited! I have an overnight flight tonight, so I’ll be landing in London in the morning, and then my adventure begins! I absolutely love traveling and airports and airplanes and it’s even more exciting because this will be my first time flying alone! Overall the whole thing has gotten me very excited, as you can probably tell :P

For today’s post I’m going to be showing you what I’m bringing in my carry on bag! I might also post a ‘travel outfit’ kind of post, but I’m not sure when I’ll have the time (or the wi-fi!) to post it. Until then, enjoy a little sneak peek into my travel bag :)

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First off I have a magazine to read while I’m waiting in the airport or if I get bored on the plane. I then have a small notepad incase I need to write something down, and a cute little pouch that holds my passport and important documents! Next up is a waterbottle and umbrella, which I obviously won’t need on the plane, but England is known for being rainy, so I want to be prepared! Even though my flight is overnight and I’ll be served breakfast, I think it’s always important to have snacks on hand just in case!

I then have some basic handbag essentials – my wallet, some tissues, my earphones, a little bag with hair elastics and bobby pins, and some pens. My little tan pouch holds a mini-sized deodorant, some tylenol, bandaids, and gum for on the plane! The pink bag has all of my in-flight beauty products, which I’ll show you in detail below. Lastly I have a pair of sunglasses, to wear if it’s sunny in London when I get there!

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In this little pink bag I put all of the beauty products I’ll need while I’m travelling. Since my flight is overnight I’ll want to take off my makeup when I get on the plane, put on a moisturizer during the flight to keep my skin hydrated, and then reapply some makeup for when I land. Going clockwise from the top left, I have: a Nivea hand cream, my Olay eye cream, some Philosophy moisturizer, a rollerball of Giorgio Armani’s Si perfume, my Maybelline the Falsies mascara, my Garnier concealer, some homeopathic pills to help with jet lag, Burt’s Bees cleansing wipes, a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer, and some scope mouthwash! I tried to only pack the very basics, as I don’t want to do a whole beauty routine on the plane or anything.

So there’s everything that I’m bringing in my carry on! Oh, plus my phone, which isn’t in the pictures because I was using my phone to take the pictures ;) I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it’ll help you out a bit if you’re going travelling anytime soon!

I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post on here in the next few weeks, as I’ll be pretty busy getting settled in London, and I’m not too sure how often I’ll have a wifi connection. I will try to keep you guys updated on how things are going, but I’m not going to make any promises about uploading frequently!

XO Simytoe

OOTD: cozy & cats

Hey guys! I’ve got another OOTD post today! Well, more like I was messing around with my camera earlier today and I want to share some of the pictures with you guys, so that’s what I’m doing and just saying that it’s an ootd post :P Today I was mostly just hanging around the house, so I wore my pj shorts with a loose, comfy tshirt. Also, my cats were around and I couldn’t help but take some pictures with/of them! Enjoy!

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Shirt: Brandy Melville Bralette: Aerie PJ Shorts: Bluenotes

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XO Simytoe

My Makeup Collection

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be sharing my makeup collection with you! Yes, you read that right – my entire makeup collection. I’ve never been a big makeup wearer or beauty enthusiast, but over the years I amassed quite a large collection as I tried out different ‘looks’ and went through different makeup phases. When I went off to university I sorted through my makeup collection and took only what I actually used… and then ended up buying tons more makeup throughout the year.

But since I made the decision to move to the UK earlier this summer, I’ve been working on paring down my makeup collection. I sorted through all of my makeup and ended up giving away, returning, or throwing out a lot of it. And then I came back to my parents house and did the same with all of the makeup I had left here before going to university. It was a tough process, involving many life-or-death questions (kidding), such as ‘do I really need 6 different concealers?’ and ‘when was the last time I actually wore coloured eyeliner?’ and ‘why do I even own 5 Ardene’s eyeshadow palettes in different colours?!?’. Now many of those products have found better homes with my friends, or in the trash where they should’ve gone ages ago (some of them were pretty gross). And now I’m left with a much smaller makeup collection, mostly filled with products that I actually use. Enjoy:

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Top: eyeliner brush by unknown, concealer brush by Posh, eyeshadow brush by Personelle Bottom: multi task brush by Real Techniques, blush brush by Quo, #24 by Blue, essential foundation brush by Real Techniques

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Brushes

I don’t have a whole lot of brushes because I don’t really need that many. I use the small black brush for eyeliner, the red one for my eyebrows, the silver one for eyeshadow, the 3 face brushes for blush/powder/highlighting/bronzer, and the foundation brush for my bb cream. Two brushes that I don’t have but want to add to my collection are a blending brush for eyeshadow, and a large powder brush specifically to use with powder.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in 125 Very Fair, L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in 810 Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 001 Transparent, Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circles roller, Rimmel Hide the Blemish concealer in Ivory 001.

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Face Products

As you can see, I have a little bit of a thing with concealer. I have really bad dark circles that don’t go away no matter how much sleep I get, so I wear undereye concealer everyday. I mainly only use the Garnier one, which I really like, but I like having the others incase I want to layer on the coverage. I then have a BB cream for if I want to do a full face of makeup (my skin is good enough that I don’t need a full coverage foundation) and a translucent powder for setting my face.

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L’Oreal Lash Out Butterfly mascara in 867 Black, WetNWild H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner in 881.

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 116 White, Annabelle Smooth Eyeliner in Meteorite, Prestige Eyeliner in E14 Charcoal.

Eye Products

Again I mainly just have the basic eye products – a mascara, a liquid eyeliner, and some pencil eyeliners in different colours. I wear mascara on an everyday basis, but I’m not a huge eyeliner person, so those don’t get as much use.

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Milani Baked Blush in 02 Rose D’Oro, Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Crystalline, Essence Quattro eyeshadow palette in 05 To Die For.

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Blush & Eyeshadows

Missing from these pictures is my ELF natural eyeshadow palette, but even with that it’s obvious that I don’t have very many blushes or eyeshadows. I don’t wear eyeshadow very often, and when I do I go with neutral colours, so my ELF and Essence palettes are all I really need. The Mary Kay eyeshadow  works really well as a highlighter as it’s shimmery in a subtle way. I then only have one blush – this pretty colour from Milani that I’ve been using all summer. I used to have more blushes and bronzers and contour palettes but I didn’t use them or didn’t like them, so I gave them away. I definitely want to add some more blushes to my collection though, as I feel like one isn’t enough!

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Aveda Rehydrating Lip Glaze in 920 Winterberry, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 135 Provocateur, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 025 Sweetheart, Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 001 Honey, Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner.

 

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Lip Products

As some of you know, I’m kind of a lip product addict. Mostly with lip chaps and lip balms, but I’ve recently been delving into the world of lip crayons and lipsticks. I’m absolutely in love with the Revlon Balm Stains, and when I go for a lipstick, I usually like a bold red colour. I haven’t yet used the Aveda lipgloss, but maybe I will soon as it’s more of a fall/winter colour. The ‘no bleeding lips’ is a product that my mom bought for me and I haven’t really used it enough to know if it works well at keeping lipstick in place.

So there you have it! My entire makeup collection that I’ll be bringing to the UK! I think I’ve done a pretty good job at paring it down and only keeping products that I actually use. If you have any questions feel free to leave them below in the comments!

XO Simytoe

Roadtrip & Moving to the UK

Hey guys! Yikes I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post! I do have a pretty good excuse though – I’ve been on a roadtrip and haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and write anything good, so I didn’t bother writing anything at all. I feel like at this point you may have many questions – why were you on a roadtrip? where did you go? and what’s this about the UK?! Let me explain…

It all started back in March when I was stuck doing an assignment for my Macroeconomics class that I absolutely hated. It was due the next day, I didn’t understand any of the questions, I was tired, I was beyond caring about getting good grades in that class, and I got really, really frustrated. I thought about how this had become a typical scenario for me in the past year – and how I could expect to go through it regularly for the next 3 years of my degree. It was a depressing thought. But then a new thought entered my mind – what if I didn’t have to go through this again? What if I didn’t go to school next year? What if I dropped out? At the time I immediately dismissed the thought, but the little glimmer of hope that it gave me wouldn’t go away. I began to imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t return to school in September, and after a few weeks, there wasn’t even a question in my heart; no matter what, there was no way I was going into second year in my International Business program.

Fast forward a few months and I’ve dropped out of my program, decided to take some time off of school, and gotten a two year work visa for the UK. My plan, in short, is to move to the UK to figure out what I want to do with my life. I know, I know, what I’m doing is a little crazy. Okay, maybe a lot crazy. At (almost) 19 years old I’m moving to a completely different country, where I don’t know anyone, with no solid plan. It’s terrifying. And so, so, so exciting. One part of me is panicking at the thought of everything that I’ll have to do – from finding a job to opening a bank account to figuring out the London tube. And another part of me is ecstatic at the thought of getting to explore a new country, being completely independent, and, for the first time in my life, not going to school.

Although I may not have a specific plan just yet, my trip does have a purpose. The purpose of this trip is to get a better feel of what kind of career I want to have, and how I can get there. Right now I have a lot of interests and passions, but I don’t know which ones I could turn into a career or even what careers there are that relate to them. So while in the UK I want to work in various jobs in various industries to get a better feel of what I like and what I don’t like. Maybe I’ll work in 10 different jobs and hate all of them; maybe I’ll work in 2 and love both of them. The point isn’t to find my ‘dream job’ – the point is to make mistakes and learn about myself and develop skills that will help me get on the right path to finding my dream job. A bit more complicated, but a lot easier to achieve. The way I see it, there is no way that I can ‘fail’ at this, because even if everything goes horribly wrong, I’ll still be learning something.

So that’s why I’m moving to the UK, but what about the roadtrip?!? Some of you might know that I was working in a garden centre in Toronto all summer, which was a great learning experience, but it also meant being away from home, and thus my friends, for the whole summer. By the time I finished work and headed home, most of my friends were just about to leave or had already left for school. So I came up with this brilliant plan to roadtrip around Ontario to visit all of my friends one last time before hopping on a plane to England. So over 10 days I visited 7 different cities and saw 15 of my favourite people. It was nice visiting my friends in their new homes to catch up with them, and getting to sing really loudly while driving was a bonus too ;)

And now I’m back home, and the preparations for my trip will really start. My flight leaves next Saturday, and I have a lot to do until then! My birthday is coming up on Sunday as well, which will be nice; I’m finally going to be old enough to legally drink – and then in 7 days I’ll be moving to a country where I’ve been legal for a year :P

Anyways, there’s a bit of an update on my life and where I’m going with it. I’m super excited to be heading to London/England/the UK/Europe and I’m definitely going to be blogging about my adventures! Also if you guys have any requests for blog posts related to my travels – what I’m packing, my travel makeup/outfit, etc., then just tell me below in the comments!

XO Simytoe

OOTD: Mini Fall Photoshoot

Hey guys! So yesterday my friend and I decided to go on a random little adventure in the woods with my camera, and I thought I’d show you my outfit! It wasn’t a legit photoshoot or anything, as we were just playing around, but I thought some of you might still like to see some of the pictures we took :)

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Sunglasses – Claire’s. Top – Ardenes. Sweatpants – Garage. Boots – H&M.

When I was getting ready to hang out with my friend, I really didn’t feel like changing out of my comfy sweatpants, so I decided to wear them, and kind of based the rest of my outfit around them. Since my sweatpants are so slouchy, the only tops that look good with them are either form-fitting or cropped. As you can tell, I went with cropped, since I didn’t feel like putting on a tight top. And then for my footwear, I originally put on my turquoise converse that I wear everyday, but I decided to bring along these boots for the photoshoot portion. These boots are probably my favourite pair of footwear, aside from maybe my converse, but since I’m already super tall, I never actually wear them out in public, which makes me really sad. So I figured that a photoshoot was a good enough reason to wear my babies, and it didn’t even matter that I was a giant, because we were in a forest, so the only person who saw me was my friend. Although wearing heels while walking along hiking trails maybe isn’t the best idea, I managed to not break an ankle, so it all worked out okay!

Here are some more of my favourite pictures from the shoot:

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XO Simytoe

 

5 Ways to Wear: High-Waisted Printed Leggings

Hey guys! Today I’m finally getting around to posting the third installment of my 5 Ways to Wear series. You can find my 5WTW: LBD here, and my 5WTW: Chiffon Shirt here. Today’s post is going to be about different ways that you can style high-waisted printed leggings. I picked up my high-waisted printed leggings last fall from H&M, and I have been absolutely in love with them ever since. I love the high-waisted fit, as I find it makes my legs look super long, and they hit my waist at the perfect spot. I also think that the fact that they’re patterned instead of just plain black makes them easier to dress up than regular leggings, and adds interest to an outfit without any effort. I know that not everyone will have leggings that are both high-waisted and printed, but I think that a lot of these looks will work with regular rise printed leggings or non-printed high-waisted leggings as well!

Also, I may have cheated a little bit on the ‘5WTW’ theme because I actually styled 11 different outfits for this post, but they’re under 5 basic styles, so I thought it would be okay ;)

1. 3/4 Length Top: Casual or Comfy/Edgy

The text on this top is neutral enough to not clash with the print of the leggings, and its slightly cropped fit helps showcase the high-waisted fit of the leggings.

I looove this top because it’s so loose and comfy, and in this outfit it really helps balance out the leggings and boots.

2. Crop Tops: Casual to Dressed Up 

Fun fact: most of my clothes are neutral colours, so bright shoes and accessories are a must for me!

I don’t like wearing dresses or skirts when I go out to parties or clubs, but these leggings work just as well when paired with killer boots and a neon crop top!

Who says crop tops can’t be work appropriate? Okay maybe I wouldn’t wear this outfit to a business meeting, but I think it would work if you’re in a more creative field.

For those times when you can’t wear sweatpants but don’t feel like struggling into your skinny jeans, these leggings are the perfect medium of comfy and appropriate for public situations.

3. Monochrome

To be honest, this outfit is a bit dramatic for my everyday style, but it definitely made me feel badass and confident while wearing it!

3. Tucked in Tank Top: Classy or Casual

A bright tank top and heels help dress up these leggings for a summer night out or a brunch with friends.

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These leggings are so comfy that they’re perfect for running errands, hanging around the house, or for crazy adventures with friends!

5. Loose Tops Tucked In: Fun & Casual

I’m not usually a huge fan of tucking in my shirts, but loose shirts + high-waisted bottoms = a match made in heaven

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This outfit has been one of my main go-to outfits of the summer – it’s just so comfy, cute, and easy to put together.

So there were my 5 Ways to Wear High-Waisted Printed Leggings, styled in 11 different outfits! I hope this post has helped inspire you to try out new outfits with your leggings! Tell me your favourite outfit below :)

Oh also, just incase any of you were wondering what lipsticks I’m wearing in the various outfits, I’ll put the 3 lipsticks I wore below:

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 135 Provocateur

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 135 Provocateur

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Natasha

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 001 Honey

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 001 Honey

XO Simytoe

My Attempts to Read NonFiction

Hey guys! Today I want to write about something that’s really important to me: books. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember, and I especially love reading fantasy books. Magic, sword fighting, dragons, heroines, castles, quests, princes and princesses, evil kings – I’m in love with everything about fantasy worlds and stories. When I was younger I was obsessed with the Magic Treehouse series, but I think my true love of fantasy came about when, on a class trip to the library when I was 10, I discovered Tamora Pierce’s books. To this day, Tamora Pierce is still my favourite author, and I highly recommend her books to anyone who likes YA fantasy books with strong female characters.

However, earlier this summer I decided that I needed to branch out a bit from all of the YA Fiction and YA Fantasy books that I was reading, and try getting into Nonfiction. I thought that reading some good-old-fashioned adult-audience-aimed nonfiction books would do me some good. Looking back at my 2013 Booklist, only two nonfiction titles are on there (Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown) which I both enjoyed, but I thought it was time to put some more effort into reading ‘grown up’ books.

The nonfiction books that I read in July are as follows: Bossypants – Tina Fey, Women & Money – Suze Orman, You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too – Tammy Strobel, Is everyone hanging out without me (and other concerns) – Mindy Kaling, Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell, and Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg. I tried putting a mix of more humorous books by celebrities (such as the ones by Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling) along with books about more serious issues (such as women and money, and women and the workplace). Overall, I enjoyed all of the books that I read, I did learn a lot of things, and the books did force me to contemplate things that I wouldn’t usually think about. I just didn’t read through them with the rigor and speed with which I read through my favourite fantasy books.

Allow me to illustrate with examples. Over the course of July and August, there were at least 5 nonfiction books that I downloaded from my ebook library onto my phone to read, and didn’t finish. In most of these cases, the books reached their 2 week limit before I had finished, or even started, reading them. Some I read parts of, but gave up on because they didn’t capture my attention enough, or there were other books on my phone that interested me more. Which was really, really weird for me. Taking a full two weeks to read a book is something that never happens to me – it takes me anywhere between one afternoon to maybe a week to finish a book, depending on how good it is and how busy I am. And it’s extremely rare for me to ever not finish a book, for any reason. Even if it’s not a very good book, or if I hate the characters or something, I’ll usually still finish it. So this whole thing where there are several books that I’ve read only parts of, is a new experience for me.

Contrast that to the fact that I just spent the last two days rereading the 3 Graceling Realm books by Kristen Cashore. It started on Saturday night when I was bored and decided to pick up Graceling to kill some time before dinner. And then I ended up spending the entirety of Sunday and Monday finishing Graceling… and then reading Fire… and then reading Bitterblue. I absolutely love these books, and had read them before, and reading multiple books in a row without stopping is something that I’ve done many times before, but this time it made me think about how I wouldn’t be able to read a nonfiction book like that. Never when I was reading any of my nonfiction books – whether they were ones I ended up finishing or not – did I ever have the urge to sit down and tear through the entire book in one sitting. 

Which is, what I think, I love so much about fantasy books, and fiction books in general: that I can escape into the story for hours upon hours. So maybe I’ll still read a few nonfiction books here and there, when I find one that I think would teach me something interesting, and open up my mind to new things – but when I feel like escaping, I’ll stick with my fantasy books.

If you were unaware, I’ve been keeping track of all of the books I’ve read so far this year in my 2014 Booklist which I update every time I finish a book! What kinds of books do you like to read, and have you ever tried branching into a different genre like I did? Tell me in the comments! Also if you have any suggestions for YA Fantasy books that you think I’d like to read, leave them in the comments too!

XO Simytoe

Cleansing Wipe Review/Comparison

Hey guys! The other week I filmed a little review/comparison of 3 different cleansing wipes that I’ve tried out recently, and I finally got around to editing and posting it! Check it out below:

If you have any recommendations of other cleansing wipes that you guys use, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

XO Simytoe

The Reading Tag

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be doing the Reading Tag, which I was (kind of) tagged to do by Lauren. Well, more like she did the tag and didn’t nominate anyone in specific, but said that anyone could do it, so that counts right? You can check out her post here. So basically this tag is 12 questions about reading/books and since I’m an avid reader, I thought this would be a fun tag to do!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Yes! At my parents house (where I currently am) I like to read while sitting either on our comfy leather couch or on the matching chair. I don’t really like reading in bed or in my desk chair, so when I don’t have a sofa or comfy chair to read in (like in my res room) I find that I don’t read as much :(

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Usually either a bookmark or nothing at all. I have a few bookmarks that I’ve been using for years, and if I don’t have a bookmark on hand I’ll just try to remember what page I’m on. A lot of the time though I read ebooks on my ereader or phone, which saves my page for me!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or number of pages?

I try to stop at the end of a chapter or at a page break or at the end of a paragraph, but if not it’s no big deal.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes! I love reading while drinking tea, or while snacking on something yummy. Like ice cream. Yumm.

5. Do you watch tv or listen to music while reading?

A lot of people seem to have the ability to watch tv while doing other things, but I am not one of these people. When I’m watching tv I focus all of my attention on it, so there’s no way I could read at the same time. As for music, I often listen to a soundtrack playlist on 8tracks when I’m reading (the Hobbit and LOTR are my favs) because I find listening to music with lyrics is a bit distracting.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I’ve always been the kind of person who only ever read one book at a time, and would always finish a book before starting a new one, but recently I’ve kind of been slacking on that front. Right now I have an ebook that I’m in the middle of, and there are about 3 hardcopy books that I’ve started but haven’t finished… It’s really weird and I don’t like it!

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere! Back in highschool I used to read in class aaaaall of the time, so much so that my teachers would get annoyed! I don’t really like reading in the car, but when I was living in Toronto I would sometimes read on the bus or the subway when I was commuting somewhere. Also if I’m ever in a really long line for something, or waiting for a bus, or chilling at Starbucks by myself or something, I’ll pull out my phone/ereader to read so I have something to do.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head for sure! It’s so much faster and easier. Also I think reading out loud would be a bit awkward around other people.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

Rarely. There have been a few times when I’ve read the last page of a book even when I’m still in the middle of it, and sometimes when I’m reading a really intense part I’ll read a few lines/pages ahead to see what happens, but I never skip entire pages or anything.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I don’t really have a preference either way for this? I dunno, I don’t often buy hardcover books, and when I do I don’t usually pay attention to the spine…

11. Do you write in your books?

Nope! I like keeping my books clean, unbent, and new looking.

12. What are you currently reading?

As I explained before, I’m kind of in the middle of a bunch of books, none of which I’m really actively reading. The ebook on my phone is The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger & Catherine Birndorf, but it expires in 2 days and I’m not sure if I like it enough to finish it. And then I’ve started 2-3 paperback books recently, but I haven’t really had time to sit down and read any of them. Hopefully that’ll change soon though, now that I’m done work and back home with not a lot to do!

So there’s my answers to the 12 questions! I’m not going to nominate anyone, but if you want to answer these questions then feel free and link your post below so I can check it out!

Also, I recently wrote a guest post for my friend Maisie which you can check out here. It’s a review of the Revlon Balm Stain lip crayons, so if you’re interested hop on over there and follow Maisie while you’re at it!

XO Simytoe

 

Makeup vs. No Makeup – An Experiment in Perception

Hey guys! I’m fortunate to be comfortable enough with myself that most of the time when I look into the mirror, I am happy with the way I look. Of course there are things about my appearance that I would like to change, but for the most part I am content with my body and my face. I’m fortunate to have clear, normal skin, and to be able to comfortably go in public with no makeup on. My daily makeup ‘routine’ consists of undereye concealer and mascara.

I used to hate my chubby cheeks and I still don’t like the ever-present dark circles under my eyes, but now when I look at my face in the mirror I’m not so quick to focus on my imperfections. I’m aware that this will sound a bit vain, but I’ve always liked looking at myself in the mirror. Whenever I pass by a mirror or reflective surface, I instinctively look at myself – not to make sure that my hair looks okay or anything – just to see what I look like. And whenever I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed, I always find myself spending a few minutes posing and making faces at the mirror (while jamming out to music, of course).

While doing so yesterday, I was struck by the fact that I was liking the way that my face looked without any makeup on, and it stopped to make me think. It kind of felt nice to be able to look at myself and think ‘this is what my face looks like, and I like it.’ So this morning, I had this idea for a little experiment – I would sit down, and take a bunch of pictures of myself with no makeup on. And then I would do my makeup, and sit down and take some more pictures. And then I’d look at them, see which I liked better – my face with, or without makeup. And then I’d share it on the internet.

So now I’ve taken the pictures, and am going to look through them and report my findings here.

No Makeup

Stats: 58 pictures in 11 minutes

Thoughts while shooting: I definitely noticed the circles under my eyes and didn’t like how they looked, but I generally thought things were going alright, and I was having fun.

First thoughts: It’s pretty obvious that I’m not wearing any makeup, but overall I like the way my face looks. The circles under my eyes aren’t as noticeable as I thought they would be, and there are quite a few pictures that I really like.

Second run through: My eyes look a bit tired in some of the pictures (which would be fixed with some mascara). 25/58 that I think are decent.

Third run through: 15/58 that I would post on the internet

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Fourth Runthrough: 3/58 that I would set as my profile picture on facebook

Final Thoughts: Overall I think it’s a good set of pictures – there are good ones and there are not-so-good ones, and I actually really like the good ones. There are definitely instances where I think that some concealer or some mascara or some blush or some matte powder would help things out a bit, but not enough that I dislike like the natural version.

Makeup

Stats: 109 pictures in 17 minutes.

Thoughts while shooting: I liked my lip colour, and how my eyes stood out, and I noticed that my brows looked bolder. I found myself smiling a bit more, and trying out different poses.

First thoughts: It’s obvious that I’m wearing makeup, but it doesn’t look too heavily overdone. I don’t like my lip colour as much as I thought I did. I definitely smile more with my teeth, and seem more comfortable trying out different poses, facial expressions, and angles.

Second runthrough: 53/109 that I think are decent

Third runthrough: 22/109 that I would post on the internet

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Fourth runthrough: 3/109 that I would set as my facebook profile picture

Final thoughts: Again, it’s a good set of pictures, with both the good and the not-so-good. I like a lot of these shots and there weren’t any instances where I thought that the picture would look better without makeup. While the makeup definitely creates a different kind of look on my face, I don’t know if I’d go as far to say that I like it better than the natural look.

Conclusion

After reviewing both sets of pictures again, I’m still kind of on the fence about which I like better. While flicking through the natural ones, there are many instances where I think that my eyelashes look bleh, and my dark circles stand out, and my skin looks a bit shiny; and while flicking through the made up ones, I find myself often focusing on the blackness of my lashes or the colour of my lips or the shape of my brows, instead of at the overall picture. I think that the lesson here is that I like my face both with and without makeup, and that I’m going to stick with my concealer and mascara to get the best of both worlds.

So what do you guys think? Which set of pictures do you like better? Do you think that the natural ones look a bit too natural, or that the made up ones look a bit too made up? I’m giving you permission to judge my face and tell me your thoughts in the comments! And what about you – which way do you like your face: natural, made up, or somewhere in between?

XO Simytoe