Highs and Lows

Well hi. Are you seeing this in the reader? I really hope so, cause this past weekend has been a minefield for me in terms of sorting out my blog. This was originally going to be a Weekend Review post, but things have been a rollercoaster for me. So instead, let’s just go over the highs and lows of the past weekend.

Let’s start on a positive note.

Friday and Saturday were pretty awesome. On Friday, Rory’s mum and sisters came down to spend most of the day with us. To see our new house, and to celebrate Rory’s birthday. We talked, hung out, had a picnic and went shopping. Plus the weather was super warm.

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In the late afternoon, I set in motion my plan for Rory’s birthday surprise. A scavenger hunt! Along the way were lots of little presents. It was pretty cute if I do say so myself.

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Saturday was a day of relaxing, lots of good food, and just some time with together with the birthday boy.

Sunday was a day of video games and watching movies.

Now strap in for the lows. Cause I need to rant a little.

Okay, so on Saturday just before dinner, I was doing blog things when I realized it kept giving me errors. So I went and checked my site….and it was down. Temporarily apparently, I just had to go over to my hosting peeps and see what’s up. Long story short, I thought we had come to a solution and that would be the end of that. Nope.

Sunday rolled around. The next issue came up. My posts weren’t showing in the reader. They were on my blog just fine though. But we all read and find new posts from the reader, so not having it show up was a major pain. While contacting support people about that, my site went down again due to the same issue as yesterday. However, it does now seem to be fully sorted.

You guys get the gist. I was stuck in a death loop. Finally, a few hours ago, a lovely tech dude from Siteground came through. He restored my site, I disconnected from WordPress.com, then reconnected. Wrote a test post, and it showed up!! Finally.

So yeah, that was my weekend. How was yours? 🙂

Oh, and if you guys wouldn’t mind checking out my last post, as it got lost during this whole endeavour. It’s about My Favourite Drugstore Brands 😀

Favourite drugstore brands

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My Favourite Drugstore Brands

I’ve been getting more into makeup and beauty products since I started blogging. My collection as definitely grown and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from a lot of you guys. So I’m taking a crack at another beauty post, and talking about my favourite drugstore brands.

I took stock of the makeup I have, and the brands I tend to drift towards when it comes to drugstore choices. To be specific, I own more makeup from these two brands than any others.

Maybelline and Rimmel.

The Maybelline products I have are:

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  • Master Camo

I don’t use this one much, only if I have very red areas. Then I use the green colour corrector. I’ve tried the middle one, but I already have under eye concealer, so it doesn’t seem to do too much.

  • The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

I’ve been using this for a while now, and I love all the different nude shades! When it comes to eyeshadow I tend to stick with browns and nudes in general. This gives me a bigger range than I previously had. It’s also the first palette I’ve ever bought and I like the mix of matte and shimmery colours.

  • Master Brow Pro Palette

I’ve been wanting to do more with my eyebrows. I had a pencil before (also Maybelline), but I didn’t really like it. I heard this was pretty good, and I’ve been really happy with it so far! It darkens my brows and helps me shape them a little, but nothing extreme.

  • Master Strobing Liquid

Highlighter is another area I’ve been interested in. Since I use a liquid foundation (my BB cream), I figured I would try a liquid highlighter. I’ve mostly been mixing it with my foundation, which makes me look a little ‘brighter’. But to be honest, I’m not that impressed with it.

  • Master Precise Liquid Liner

This was my favourite liner for a while. It always came through for me. Now I use Blinc, which is super thin which I like. When this runs out though, I’ll for sure go back to this one.

The Rimmel products I have are:

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  • Fix and Protect Primer

I wanted a primer, and Rimmel was having a sale. I’ve been really happy with it, but when it runs out, I’m keen to see what else is out there. It’s good to know I have a fallback though that won’t break the piggy bank.

  • 24 Hours Super Curler

I was interested in getting a mascara that has a curling formula. Out of curiousity more than anything. It’s a nice mascara, but it doesn’t seem to do any more curling than my other ones.

  • Wake Me Up Concealer (010 Ivory)

I have been on the hunt for a good under eye concealer. I have a lot of good regular concealers, but not for under my eye. This was on sale, so I thought I would try this. It makes my under eye a lot brighter than I want it to, so the hunt continues.

  • Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Transparent)

From my blogging journey, I started hearing about this pressed powder, that you’re mean to put on top of your foundation or base makeup. the girl at the store recommended it to me. I looked more into it, and it’s considered to be a good dupe, so I got it. I still use it on a daily basis.

  • Natural Bronzer (025 Sun Glow)

Again, something new to try. A bronzer! Rimmel was another one that does good dupes, so I went in the store, and grabbed this one. Now I will say that I think I got it in a shade darker than I could’ve. I only ever use it lightly. But as warmer weather comes, I will also start to tan naturally, so I’m sure it will work out.

All these products have worked well for me. Obviously not all the products I’ve ever tried from these brands have been perfect. In comparison to other brands though like Revlon or L’Oreal, they’ve always come through for me. I haven’t hated any, or had any weird breakouts or reaction to their products. If I want to try a new product, I often find these drugstore versions first, as a tester. If I like it, then I will try one of the more expensive brands.

What’s your favourite drugstore brand?

Angela.

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