Saturday, 16 June 2018

How To Create A Beautiful Instagram Feed

Saturday, 16 June 2018
How To Create A Beautiful Instagram Feed | Jackie O My

     Ah, Instagram! I've had a love-hate relationship with this platform for years. I've scrubbed my Instagram account and re-branded around a dozen times, struggling to create a cohesive theme that summarizes who I am to a world full of strangers. However, I'm happy to say I've made my peace with the app, and am finally proud of my account (although a few more followers wouldn't hurt, hint hint).
Monday, 11 June 2018

5 Things I Love: 6/11/18

Monday, 11 June 2018
5 Things I Love: 6/11/18 | Jackie O My
Photo via LACAUSA.

   Hey! How was your weekend? I know I say this every week, but mine was busy.

I only just barely got this post out on time but managed to pull through at the last second (like literally this morning). Of course, that didn't stop me from finding 5 pretty awesome things to share with you today. Check out these 5 cool links to keep the weekend vibes going.

5 Things I Love

1. No Sidebar wrote a great post titled Confessions Of A Reformed Shopaholic. Coming from someone who has also struggled with shopping impulses, this article was super thoughtful and on point.

2. I really loved Kate La Vie's post on Summer Style Rules. She's so chic!

3. Oh Happy Day had a Parisian Picnic On The Seine and it was too adorable. Looks delicious too!

4. HonestlyWTF's gorgeous post on Exploring Santa Fe has me wanting to head west.

5. I've can't get enough of the linen trend this season! A few faves are the Coyote Jumpsuit by LACAUSA and the Sunny Sun Set from Free People.

5 Things I Love: 6/11/18 | Jackie O My
Via Free People.

What are your fave things this week?
Saturday, 9 June 2018

Urban Decay Review 2: Naked Petite Heat Palette

Saturday, 9 June 2018
Urban Decay Review 2: Naked Petite Heat Palette | Jackie O My

     Ready to turn up the heat with Urban Decay's Naked Petite Heat? Well, simmer down because this palette left me cold.

Guys. I was so excited to find this palette at Shoppers Drug Mart's Beauty Boutique counter. It was priced at $23 CAD, which made me a little suspicious. This palette currently sells at Sephora for $36 CAD. Then I noticed the extra 30% off sign next to the palette. Strange, but I couldn't resist trying this product out. I ended up paying $16 CAD for my palette while shrugging off my reservations. What a great deal, I thought.

I'm sure you can tell from my tone it didn't end well. But let's talk about what that $16 got me.

The details

This palette contains six neutral matte shades "inspired" by the UD Naked Heat palette. That's 1.3 g of shadow, your standard UD Basics palette size. The shades included are Inhale, Vibrate, Hot Spell, Wild Thing, Heist, and Strike.

This is where a mini-gripe came in. The Petite Heat palette doesn't contain even one of the gorgeous metallics from the full-size Naked Heat palette (Lumbre, Scorched, and Ember). These three shadows are, in my opinion, the prettiest of the lot, but I shrugged that off. The colours included may not be shimmery, but they are beautiful. Can't have everything in a travel palette, right?

Photo from Urban Decay.

The verdict

I swatched the shadows and they're exactly what you'd expect from Urban Decay - buttery, smooth, pigmented, and high-quality. I really loved the shades against my skin. I applied a quick shadow trio to my eyes using Inhale on my brow bone, Hot Spell on my lid and Strike in the crease. It looked good.

But here is when I noticed the major problem. I don't know if there was something wrong with the palette I purchased or what, but it smelled nothing like the other Naked Basics palettes I've tried (which smell almost like nothing). It was just sort of...bad. The smell could best be described as tar-scented. I can't define what exactly was wrong, but I checked my sister's palette. She purchased hers at the same time, and sure enough the same unpleasant odor was present. I was so disappointed. This smell may not bother everyone, and honestly, the shades, quality and pigment are all gorgeous. But I am pretty sensitive to scents so I decided to return it.

Oh, Urban Decay, you're 0 for 2 with me! I hope the third time is the charm.

Has anyone else experienced this issue with their palette? Does anyone know of an awesome travel sized palette I can try? Let me know below!
Urban Decay Review 2: Naked Petite Heat Palette | Jackie O My