Random Ramblings: Podcast Spotlight

This post is something a little different.  As you all know, I’m into getting to know you guys just as much as I want you to get to know me.  With that, by default I’d say, comes some lifestyle posts that might be about me, things I love, or things I’ve really been into.  I think I was fairly late to the game with Podcasts.  I’ve only really gotten into them in the last year or so out of necessity; my 9-5 job requires I sit at a desk and do a lot of analysis most of the time, so to keep myself from going completely nutty, I like to have something playing in the background {or headphones}.

 

I’m completely hooked – I could even see myself listening to a Podcast on a long ride, which says a lot when music often wins {country, if you’re curious} as a preference when I’m on the road – they’re, for now at least, an at-desk staple and a gym go-to when I’m tired of my same ol’ playlist.  There’s not one particular genre I’m drawn to, though I find there’s truly something for everyone, and I’m able to keep all nerdy facets of my personality satiated with various other nerds who’ve taken one for the nerd-team and created a syndicated Podcast for us to feast our nerd hearts on.  You’ll find out a little more about me and my psychological obsession with serial killers {don’t be afraid, it’s the psychology of it, not the actions I’m fascinated with} once you see the list!

 

Here’s a list of what I’m listening to lately – and a few notes about my absolute go to Podcasts you’ve got to try:

 

SWORD AND SCALE  {True Crime}

Mike Boudet {the host} doesn’t post nearly often enough – Mike, if you’re listening, hop to it!  But when he does, he perfectly narrates often obscure stories of true crime across the USA and sometimes the world.  I like his presentation of the story, and the occasional use of experts from the trial or those closesly affiliated with the case.  There’s little commentary abou thte case or speculation of sorts, just the straight story and I really appreciate that.

 

48 HOURS {True Crime}

Yep, this is just the tv show in a Podcast.  Brilliant!  I don’t know why more tv shows don’t do this.  I don’t feel like I’m missing anything when there’s what would be personal interviews with those closely affiliated with the case, and can easily connect the whole story in the often too short 45 minute Podcast.

 

THE GENERATION WHY PODCAST {True Crime}

Are you sensing a theme here?  Anyway, this Podcast takes the form of a commentary about cases and so it’s unique to hear varying perspectives regarding a set of circumstances or a particular case wherein the fate of the perpetrator is often long decided by jury trial.  If the case happens to be solved in some capacity and there may be reason to believe justice has not been served,  these guys present some serious food for thought and present a unique set of ideas around a case.  Their hypothesis are well researched, not just ‘out there’ ideas about what may or may not have transpired.

 

TRUE CRIME GARAGE {True Crime}

Here’s another pair I really like.  Their way of presenting is different from Gen Y, and I truly enjoy the way the Captain and Nick discuss cases.  Often, there’s a few parts to a series, so they certainly spare no expense here.  Cases are often focused within the US, so I’d like to see more Canadian cases {of course}, but it’s always an interesting listen and they, too, have well researched hypothesis when the situation presents itself.

 

MO’ MONEY PODCAST {Personal Finance}

Shoutout to my fellow Canadian {and Torontonian} Jessica Moorehouse.  This is a fairly new Podcast, started within the last year, but Ms. Moorehouse has accumulated quite a following of listeners, well-merited, of course.  She discusses everything from budgeting, to getting out of debt, to making a side hustle work for you.  I find her to be an engaging speaker, presenting topics that are varied and well suited to the millennial generation.

 

THE DAVE RAMSEY SHOW {Personal Finance}

Are we seeing a theme here?  Yep.  No shame in my nerd game.  I often appreciate all things personal finance, especially when they’re a no-nonsense, common sense based approach.  Dave Ramsey is all those things.  While religion tends to underpin a lot of what he ‘preaches’ {if that’s yo thing, that’s cool too}, the basics of what he teaches and the advice on his radio show can be applied to just about anything in your daily life, personal finance or otherwise.  His advice is very grass roots –don’t spend out of your means, save a little, don’t owe anyone money – and everyone really should take a little more heed to what he espouses.  I like hearing the debt free stories featured at the end of {most} of his Pods, I could do without the loud screams, but instead focus on the how and the why behind the stories.

 


 

These are just a few of my faves.  I’m always looking for new ones, so what have you been listening to lately?

 

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October Faves

As you all know, I’m 100% about full transparency and 100% honesty on this blog.  How could I possibly be a beauty professional or a trusted blogger in the absence of either of these two things?  So, here’s this month’s honesty: sometimes, it’s really hard for me to find faves to post about.

Why?  It’s simple really – I’m a creature of habit.  When I like something, I find myself using it daily in my rotation and I don’t want to repeat my faves month after month.  That said, I’m making a conscious effort to try new things and rotate through my stash.

Here’s what I loved for the month of October:

 

Beauty Faves

Essence Longlasting Lipstick Nude #05 {Cool Nude}: This little gem cost me a whopping $2.  Yes, you read that correctly.  $2.  Essence is sold here across Canada in Shoppers Drug Mart, often found as an aisle cap or at either end of the makeup aisle, at prices that really can’t be much lower.  I’ve not yet made a foray into these goodies, so I decided to pick this lippie up on a whim following the realization I have not {GASP!} got a go-to nude to apply at my desk.

The formula is long-wearing and pigmented, and keeps my lips moisturized for hours on end.  I love it and am considering another for home!   Check out the whole essence line at Shoppers {likely Target, Ulta and CVS in the States} or online at www.essence.eu

 

COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops in A+ Jasmine for Anti-Aging: These were a gift from a friend who works for the brand, and I have to say, I’m in love.  These drops can bejasmine_antiaging used alone or in products to treat the skin.   They can be mixed with anything liquid that you may use on your face: primers, serums, moisturizers, foundations, the works.   Personally, I’ve been putting them in my moisturizer and directly on my face as a serum at night.  My skin, though not in dire need of anti-aging intervention just yet, is clearly benefiting from the cell turnover supported by the Vitamin A.  A little bit goes a long way, so while the $62 price tag seems hefty, these will last you quite a while.

 

Pantene Volume High Lifting Hairspray: Another fab drugstore find this month.  I’ve just finished up this can that I purchased about 4 months ago, so you can see that it truly lives up to its claim of 24 hour frizz and humidity protection.  Is it really 24 hours?  Likely not.  I wouldn’t expect anything to last that long, in fact, I’d be scared if it did.  However, this holds all day without weighing my hair down and leaving a greasy residue the next day.  That’s why I love this so much!   Initially purchased in pursuit of a drugstore dupe for my beloved Aveda, this has really become a staple for me.  This is perfect for every day.  I can apply it for a flexible hold that keeps my style in place, and I don’t have to worry about it leaving a film that weighs my hair down – a key selling feature for those of us with bangs, I’d say.

This can be found in a drugstore near you or wherever you pick up your Pantene products.  The best part is, it’s often on sale!

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Bergamot Waters

I didn’t realize this is a permanent scent, but a little research online reveals that it’s in BBW’s regular rotation.  AMAZING!  Pick this one up {hint: it’s on sale now!} if you can.  I’ve been burning it non-stop lately, and it reminds me {in the best way} of Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue perfume.  The scent throw isn’t as far as Leaves, or other candles I’ve tried, but it certainly smells fresh and pops hints of a stronger Bergamot undernote.  I happened to get mine in a marble jar that looks like it may be a limited edition.  Nevertheless, the smell is the same, but try to pick this up if you can and upcycle the jar – it’s gorgeous on a desk, a bedroom, or even for storage in a modern bathroom.

 

What failed this month, you ask?  Well that one’s easy.  It’s NIVEA Skin Firming Gel-Cream with Q10: This stuff sucks and doesn’t work. Bottom line.  Perhaps it was user error {though the directions are simple and I consider myself a reasonably intelligent end user, so keep that in mind…}, but  irrespective of that, for the amount of time used and if the product was any good, you’d think I’d see some sort of a result.  Nothing.  Zip.  Zilch.  Zero.  I’d initially hoped this would reduce what little cellulite I have on my thighs, but so far, it’s not made anything firmer.  In fact, I think my Body Shop Body Butter does a better job overall.  Luckily I was able to find this on sale.  Skip it and stick to the basics:  good moisturizer, regular exercise, and keep hydrated.


 

That’s it for me!  What have you been loving?  Tried something new?  I’d love to know about it.  Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

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Essence Lipstick  |  COVER FX Custom Infusion Drops |

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle  |

Body Shop Body Butter {I prefer nut, which is now discontinued, but this one is a close second}

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Lovin’ Lately: September Faves {and a Fail}

Just like that summer came and gone.  While I’m excited for the seasons to change, I’m not excited that fall coming means cold weather and my birthday…I’m a year older.  I HATE getting older!  I used a few newbies last month and I’m excited to share what I loved in September:

 

Beauty Faves

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer:  I saw a few Insta posts from other beauty bloggers about this and coulef6d2607-7145-4c74-bed1-2a62eb009ffc_1.19d663c1d7aee506c276a52e82e81e0b.jpegdn’t resist picking it up for $6 at my local Wal-Mart.  That’s the only place I’ve found it so far.  The formula is white, and it goes on relatively lightly right out of the tube.  All it takes is one sweep and it creates a fantastic base.  It makes black shades blacker and makes the curl last all day.  The formula also purports to condition lashes, and I have to say that I’ve seen my lashes improve {albeit slightly} in just one short month of use.  A bonus – it makes my fail product from last month wearable.

 

Chanel Les Beiges Powder:  I love this stuff.  It goes on super light and keeps my makeup locked in all day, whether used to set under eyes or all over the face.  It’s expensive.  I get it.  But it’s worth the hype.  I’ve already bought a replacement!

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue:  You’ve seen me post about this before.  I can’t find a dupe no matter how hard I try.  I just love the creamy formula and it lasts all day.  It’s my perfect nude and keeps my lips moisturized, and the light vanilla scent and flavour is just an added bonus.  I’m hoping to get a backup and try some of the other shades when the VIB sale comes along in November.

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Before I go into detail about this fail, I’ll say it outright: I know I’m in the minority.  I used to wear this in high school and decided to try it again.  It’s not expensive – it’s from the drugstore – but if it doesn’t work, it’s wasted money nonetheless.  I realize this is a cult fave, so take my opinion for what you will, but I just couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried:  L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  I just didn’t get the volume I wanted, nor did it last all day.  I found it transferred and that the curl would drop as the day went on.  I won’t be re-purchasing it at all, but will consider using it up {I haven’t decided if I want to throw it out…so sue me, I’m cheap!}.

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Lifestyle Faves

I’ve been loving Podcasts this month.  I work rather long hours daily at a desk, so it helps the time go by and gives me something other than music to listen to.  My fave this month has been Real Crime Profile, namely their investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey case.  Here’s a rando fact about me:  I’m a true crime junkie.  This is right up my alley!  The experts on this Podcast discuss cases in detail and provide hypothesis and commentary based on their vast real life experience; it’s much different than your run of the mill true crime genre discussion-based Podcast.  I highly suggest listening here or search it on your preferred Podcast app.

 


 

That’s it from me this month.  Short and sweet!  What were your September faves?

 

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L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer | Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue

 

 

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Lovin’ Lately: August Faves {and a Fail}

I know you’ve likely heard this a million times already, but here it is to make it a million and one:  how is it September already?  Summer just flew by!  For me, it was the best summer in so many ways, due in no small part to the insanely warm, sunny {and oft too humid} weather here in Toronto.  I’m a little sad to see it go if I’m being honest, but can’t wait for warmer fall clothing, scents, and, of course, makeup looks.

I’ve got a few faves from August and a bonus {is it really a bonus?  Really?} fail for y’all.

 

Beauty Faves

Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of dual ended brushes.  Yes, I understand that they essentially serve 2 functions, save space, and are often better priced, however I don’t like turning the brush around to use the proper side, and hate the fact that one end of the brush has to be crushed while stored in a brush cup or belt.  My Crown AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet brush is the one exception,  yet I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose.  Instead, I use this brush for my daily nose contour – the pencil brush end applies a pigmented line of my bronzer {or your contour product of choice!} where I put it, and the fluffy blending end blurs that line perfectly.

 

I think I’vefig posted about my next fave in some iteration before.  FRESH Sugar Lip Tints are the bomb and I LOVE them.  I love the formulation, I love the colour range, I love the lasting power, and I love the brand as a whole.  If you follow me on Instagram {if you don’t, go over and doooooo it} you’ll know that a friend brought this over as a gift a month or two ago.  Yes, us beauty junkies don’t like normal hostess presents.  I have kept this at my desk for mid-day application all month long.  Every time I apply it, the colour just perks up my whole look and lasts until I re-apply or a solid two hours, at the very least.  I love this.  It’s a staple in my purse in a different shade, and now a staple on the daily in Fig.

 

A little late to the bandwagon on the ColourPop line, I put in an order for a few bits earlieSuperShockCheek-NeverBeenKissed_e15420f8-242d-4801-bf44-77ebd0f6ad0c_1024x1024r this year and have only just now gotten around to trying them out.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a massive collection to make your way through!  While almost every single Colour Pop product has beena hit with me, nothing has struck me more than this blush – Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed.  It’s described as a dusty coral in a Matte finish, and I’d say that’s pretty bang on.  Application is a 10/10 – it’s smooth and buttery.  Packaging is a 10 too – it’s uber cute and closes tightly to keep the product fresh.  Payoff – well that’s a 10 too.  It gives a glow to the skin that complements the light tan I’ve got going on.  I can apply as little or as much as I want; the product is really easy to layer and, as you’d expect, even easier to work with.  You can’t beat the price either, at $8 USD.

 

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Does it mean you’re the epitome of lazy when you can’t be bothered to apply lotion after a shower?  I guess so, yeah.  If it’s wrong, though, then I don’t wanna be right!  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin has changed my body lotion game.  When I first came across this product, I was truly skeptical.  I couldn’t understand how a moisturizer could do its proper job when I’m rinsing myself and, arguably, still soaked with water.  Alas, my skepticism was soon turned around and this has become a staple in my shower.  I still elect to apply a thicker Body Butter once or twice a week.  However, for the quick showers on a busy morning, I have been applying this lotion and it’s kept my arms and legs silky smooth.  My personal fave is the coconut scent, but either one of the two seems to work just as well; I’m merely going on scent.

 

I know what you’re thinking: “no one needs a frivolous Louis Vuitton agenda.  The price is ridiculous”.  You know what?  You’re right.  No one NEEDS it, but I wanted it and I’m glad I bought my LV Desk Agenda.  I use a Target agenda {yes, the irony of the price juxtaposition isn’t lost on me…} inside on one side, and a Moleskine notebook on the other to keep track of blog posts, personal and business administration notes, miscellaneous to-do lists and other notes.  The planner itself is great, and perhaps deserves a shout out all on its own, however it’s this Desk Agenda that allows me to keep all of my important paperwork and physical calendar all in one place, housed in a chic cover.  There’s secretarial pockets on the one side and credit card pockets on the other – another organizational feature I love.  I’ve had the GM agenda in the past, but found it too heavy and cumbersome for every day use.  The Desk Agenda allows me to keep the essentials with me and doesn’t weigh me down.

 

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the August fail:

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I’m a bit of a mascara fanatic.  Y’all know that.  I’ve tried this particular mascara before and was recently browsing through Saks when I crossed the Chanel counter and thought I’d give it a go again.  Bad move.   For this price, it should come with a personal assistant to apply it, and should last all damned day.  Straight up, that doesn’t happen; the product is crap.  It volumizes, I’ll admit.  However, in terms of wear – it ends up on my face a few hours after application, and if it doesn’t smudge, it flakes.  I can’t even fathom wearing it on my bottom lashes simply because I fear raccoon eyes so very deeply.    I’ve read reviews and it seems I’m the only non-fan that I can find.  Sorry, Chanel.  Usually you’re tops on my list, but this little guy makes certain I stick to my beloved drugstore mascara that does it all.    Don’t waste your hard earned cash.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Crown AC102 Shadow/Crease Duet {search C476} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Fig

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed |  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin {coconut}

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda {available in limited quantities}

 

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Lovin’ Lately: July Faves

I’m going to be starting a new monthly feature: favourites.  Original, I know.  While not a particularly unique idea, I think it’s a great way to share with you – my valued readers – what I’ve been lovin’ lately.

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Beauty Faves

Y’all know my fave mascara.  Without a doubt, hands down, Maybellimascarasne Lash Sensational.  You can’t beat the performance for the price.  However, this month, I’ve discovered that one coat of Benefit’s They’re Real before two coats of the Maybelline just pops those lashes even more.  It makes the curl hold just a little bit better and creates an even better false lash look.  I think I’ll be posting about this combo again!

Real Techniques brushes have been my go to set of tools throughout July.  Again, another drugstore find that work just as well as many other high end brushes I’ve tried.  You can find them here in Canada at Wal-Mart, ranging in price for individual brushes to a set of two or three designed for a particular purpose.  They apply product beautifully and blend products like a dream.  What more are you really looking for in a set of brushes?  These gems just prove you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to create a fantastic look.

You may remember this post here – I had to rehab my beloved BECCA highlighter in Champagne Pop after an unfortunate fall to it’s death.  Great news!  The rehab efforts were successful and I’m able to cbeauty favesontinue using the product with just as much payoff as before.  I use it on clients and myself {not the same one, of course!}; sometimes on the face for a pop of summer glow, and sometimes on the eyes for a gorgeous shimmer look with little effort.  It just is, hands down, the best highlighter on the market.

The Dior Coral Glow Nude Tan is an older product, from 2013, I believe.  I sort of shopped my stash and found this forgotten star and broke it out for the month of August.  I don’t believe it’s made anymore, but it’s gorgeous and I’m sure Dior has something similar still or the products separately.  The bronzer is light and provides a subtle shimmer to the skin, while the blush is a perfect coral/pink shade, just as the name suggests.  I was able to subtly contour with the bronzer as I like to do and top the look with the blush for a perfect sun-kissed glow all month.

I posted earlier this week about the importance of skin care.  What got me thinking on this particular wavelength, you ask?  This product:  Origins’ Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.  My skin gets particularly dehydrated in the summer – join the club, I guess you’re thinking.  Well, this helps to solve the problem.  I apply before bed as an overnight treatment.  I wake up with super smooth skin and as an added bonus, it can be applied elsewhere for dry patches {read: elbows or knees!}.

 

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Lifestyle Faves

This month, I’m throwing in a few lifestyle faves.  That’s the beauty of running your own blog!  I can post about both beauty and lifestyle whenever my little heart desires!

First up, I’ve been lovin’ my Longchamp Le Pliage tote in the gorgeous coral colour pictured above.  It’s functional and cute.   I work a regular 9-5 in addition to running L’nL, and often have a bag full of a lunch, a laptop, agenda and miscellaneous other papers, my iPad and my phone(s).  This keeps it all together in a durable tote that can be popped in the wash if it’s dirty and folds neatly to a flat rectangle {with handles} should I need to pack it on my often taken business trips.

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Before {small, perfect for a purse} |  After {functional and still uber cute!}

I guess I’ve really been lovin’ bags lately.  I’m constantly on the go and always have a re-useable tote with me.  My preferred bag is the Striped Packable Tote from Henri Bendel, a NYC based company with a Fifth Avenue flagship that makes my girly heart pitter patterevery time I go in there.  In addition to creating this gem of a tote, they create tons of other gorgeous accessories – travel bags {of which I have too many…}, jewelry, mugs, and home decor.  The company is US based – and is rumoured to be making it’s way to Canada – but they do ship to Canada.  Select items can be monogrammed, and I, of course, had to put my initials on my bag.  Like the stunning and talented Reese Witherspoon once said, if it isn’t moving, monogram it.  Check out all of Henri Bendel’s goods here.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Maybelline Lash Sensational  |  Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Real Techniques Brushes {starter bundle here}  |  BECCA Highlighter in Champagne Pop 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask   |   Longchamp Le Pliage Tote {similar}

Henri Bendel Striped Packable Tote

 

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