Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Finish 5 By Fall Tag

Finish 5 by Fall is a new tag that's been floating around on YouTube and I think it's so much fun! The idea is to pick 5 beauty products to finish by September 22, 2014. I love finishing products and sharing empties so this tag was right up my alley. All you have to do is upload 2 videos under 5 minutes in length (or write 2 blog posts) - the first one showing the 5 products you intend to finish and then another one on or around September 22 showing your finished products. Also, tag 5 friends. :)

September 22 is less than 2 months away so I decided to pick products that I've been loving (and using every day) and products that would show my progress even if I don't finish them in time. Without further ado, here are my 5 products!

1. Urban Decay De-Slick
I received this translucent pressed powder in my swap with Pebbles and I really like it! It doesn't keep me shine free all day but I love the mattifying and smoothening effect when I initially apply this powder to my t-zone. I like to apply this with my EcoTools flat top brush to really work the product into my skin. I was happy to discover when I recorded this video that I already hit pan! I use this product every day and sometimes multiple times a day so I'm hoping I'll be able to get fairly close to finishing it.

2. YSL Creme de Blush
This is a beautiful cream to powder blush that I picked up in France last fall. I love the colour - it's a beautiful rosy shade - and it's very easy to blend. When I set this blush with powder, it lasts a very long time on my cheeks (over 8 hours) - I come home from work and still have a nice flush. The reason I chose this product is because I don't tend to reach for my cream blushes often and I'm worried they're going to go off on me. I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this product by the fall but I'm hoping to make a big dent in it.

3. The Body Shop Green Tea & Lemon Body, Room, and Linen Spritz
I've had this product for so long! I'm actually not even sure if it's still available for purchase. Regardless, I love the scent - it's very fresh and spa-like so I tend to spritz this on myself before bed to help me relax. This is a multipurpose spray that can be used on your body, in your room, and on your linens so I think I should be able to finish this bottle easily. :)

4. Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya
This is one of my favourite lip butters! I received it in my swap with Lisa Hatcher and it's a beautiful shade for the spring and summer. I don't think I'll get a lot of wear out of this once fall/winter hits full force so that's why I decided to put this lippie in my five. I go through the lip butters pretty quickly (I've finished 3 in the past) so this one should be finished by September 22.

5. Belmacz Glow in Cornelian
Since I have a slight addiction to lip products, I decided to try to finish this lip balm. I have had this product for ages and ages - I did a review on it about a year ago. I love this lip balm but like many other products in my collection, I often forget to use it. This lip balm is one of the most moisturizing and long lasting formulations I've ever tried. Similar to Juicy Papaya, this shade is more suitable for spring and summer so I'd like to finish it by fall. This lip balm is very emollient and I've already made quite a big dent in it since I've committed to using it every day so I'm hoping this will be another successful product for me.

A huge thank you to Alexandra Parker for tagging me. This tag was started by jenn10orless.

I'd like to tag:

Maria aka Pebbles Flintstone
Aleeza from Stylish & Literate
Alexa from Stealing Beauty
Angelika from Starry Eyed Glamour
Zoe from Writing Whimsy - would love to see your take on this tag on your blog :) well as anyone else who wants to join the fun!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday . Florence . April 2014

Some of you may recall that my hubby and I took a two-week trip to Italy this past spring. Here is a little summary of the first leg of our trip, if you will. It was my first time in Florence and my hubby's first time in Italy... we had an amazing time.

This is a local specialty from the Colonnata region, which is near the marble quarries. Lardo di Colonnata is essentially cured pork fat. The flavour is light and subtle. Yummy.

Pappardelle. My favourite pasta.

Hubs had farfalle with truffle cream sauce. He's a huge fan of sauce so this dish was right up his alley!

Oh Duomo, how I love thee...

The Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella had a wide selection of interesting (albeit expensive) products. The products are displayed at various counters, which are spaced out quite far apart in the museum/shop. You basically select which products you would like to purchase and they are tallied on a plastic card. When you check out, you present the card, pay, and the cashier/associate gathers your goodies for you.

One of my favourite little food places in Florence. Procacci was recommended to us by a friend of a friend and it was fantastic. The little truffle panini don't look like much, but they were heavenly. It was really nice to sit in the little shop with a glass of prosecco and some little nibbles.

Ferragamo shoe museum! We just happened upon the Ferragamo store and discovered the museum in the lower level. The museum changes themes every so often and the theme was fairytales when we went (if I remember correctly). It was a little abstract at first but I ended up really enjoying it. We watched a number of the short films that were showing on repeat, so we ended up spending a fair amount of time there. After the museum, we went into the Ferragamo's Creations store and spent a lot of time chatting with the sales associate.

The light in Florence is magnificent. So golden!

Aperitivo is kind of like happy hour. You buy a drink and you get access to a free buffet of finger foods. The one we went to was just ok. The food selection was limited to mostly sandwiches.

Based on another recommendation from a friend, we hired a private guide to take us to the Bargello and the Uffizi. It was well worth the money! We are not well versed in art history and we got a crash course on Medieval art and the Renaissance. This was our main gallery and museum day so we also went to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David.

That night, we chowed down on Florentine steak. Oh my!

Wish we had more time to spend in the food market, but this was our last full day in Florence proper so we wanted to make the most of it. We walked a ton. From the market to Oltrarno and back again.

Gusta Pizza! I've been having major pizza cravings lately and I blame it on Italy.

Florence captured my heart. The food, the wine, the art and architecture, the narrow streets, the slow pace, the language, the people. Here's a little vlog on our first 5 days. Lots of recommendations with links if you click through to my YouTube video page. :)

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