products i’d like to try | spring 2016

Hey everyone! I’m sick, so if there is a wealth of information about these products I forgot to mention, please bear with me as I’m tried and forgetful today.

Most of you reading really, really love makeup. Good news: so do I! I’ve curated this list of products that I’d like to try, most of them being skincare and beauty, as well as makeup brushes and tools. Bear in mind that this is a long post {I’ve said bear about three times now in this post, WTH?}!, and that the pictures come from the brand’s website.

SKIN

So I haven’t really hopped on the contour train, but dewy highlights and defined cheekbones are so amazing for spring! This Nyx Wonderstick seems really great for “drawing” on cheekbones.

Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I actually don’t wear foundation {that’s not odd at allllll} and sort of want to start? I don’t know. I’ve heard amazing things about the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint.

Highlight and shimmer! The thought crosses my mind… “will it work on pale skin?” This is the Stila All Over Shimmer Duo.

EYES

I was browsing a mark. catalogue and saw this eyeliner. I’ve been looking for a liquid eyeliner that’s gold {yay for Mali, wearing something other than black and brown!} for a while, and I think this one wins.

Thankfully I was blessed with nice eyelashes… IF I curl them. I would like to try some false lashes for the fun of it. Amanda Steele really loves the Ardell Demi Wispies, and I trust her, so… yeah.

DIPBROW® Pomade

Okay, so who DOESN’T rave about ABH Brow Pomade? I have dark eyebrows, but they look way more fleek if I fill them in. Right now I’m using Maybelline Made in Mocha eyeshadow to fill them in, but I need some of that.

LIPS

Matte! Liquid! Lipstick! Nude! I need this ABH Liquid Lipstick ASAP. It’s a lighter nude for springtime.

AH! Halsey is one of my favourite singer/songwriters EVER and I just… agH! I need this like ASAP. I really don’t care what it looks like on me, I just… need it! This is MAC Cosmetics.

Sometimes the best products can be super simple. My friend Liv wears this and raved about it…like, three times in one day. {Sorry Liv.} There are loads of flavours, too. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, yay!

SKINCARE

Dark Angels

Okay, so Lush’s Dark Angels cleanser has roaring reviews from people with oily, acne prone skin. I really need this to get rid of my blackhead villages, as I call them. It’s made with activated charcoal and black sugar!

So this really intrigued me when I first heard of it. It’s a cleanser that melts off your makeup. Rad, isn’t it? It’s from Glossier and Is the Milky Jelly cleanser.

Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask

I’ve been so fascinated with Herbivore Botanicals lately. I really need to try this out- it’s made with pink clay and is apparently a great exfoliator.

 

So there you have it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you’ve tried any of these products, please let me know!

♥, Mali

 

 

Advertisements

blog updates for march

It’s March first! Yay!

I personally love the spring, and it’s two months until my birthday so I’m really excited. Just letting you know about some changes to the bloggy here.

-The About page is updated a bit.

-I now have a Pinterest! I’m still trying to build my aesthetic up, but please feel free to visit. You can message me there if you have any questions. 🙂  HERE is the link.

-I’m open for collaborations. If you want to be featured on the blog with a beauty post, please shoot me a message.

♥, Mali

no regrets – i will never stop

Morning, lovely people. Today’s post is pretty personal and kind of ranty, but I felt like I needed to share it with all 147 {!} of you. If you don’t know already, I love to write songs and sing.

Once upon a time, last February, I decided to write a song on a trampoline. Yes, a trampoline. I had been debating whether or not to start songwriting, and in the end I thought that I’d give it a go.

So there I was on that trampoline, singing on about leafless trees and asking someone to follow me. Thus, the song Follow Me was born.

I kept writing songs, random thoughts about life and love, loss, all the stuff people sing about. In late May, something happened in my life that spurred me to write a song called No Regrets.

“I have no regrets of saying goodbye, of letting you go, oh,

I have no regrets of waving my hand, of closing the door.”

Little did I know that No Regrets would make its way into other people’s lives. My friends, my family, and others. I kept writing. Soon I had 18 songs to my name, each one telling a different story.

In November I started hitting road blocks. Sometimes the people who you think will support you decide not to. I got really discouraged and almost quit songwriting. It was a friend I had met online that told me to keep doing it.

So I did. I saved up money, bought a guitar, and blocked out anyone who would try to stop me.

January 27, 2016.

That was the day I realized that No Regrets had to happen. I was compelled to share it with the world.

“I want to be a singer.” I said.

“So you want to be Taylor Swift?”

“No, I just want to make my voice be heard and share my stories.”

“It’s just a phase, stop focusing on that. It’s just an outlet, blah blah blah.” They said, trying to stop me.

Apparently, according to some people, I shouldn’t be able to have feelings about my songwriting. Things I’ve written in my songwriting book happened to be read by someone, and they didn’t approve.

I didn’t care! I wasn’t going to stop because of one or two people! I kept writing, narrowing my track list down to about seven songs. Those songs are going to inspire people.

The bottom line is that I was told I wasn’t allowed to dream. Look at me now.

Those songs? They’re real events that happened to me.

My name is MADLI {Nordic origin- she who rises above} and I am going to sing. I will not stop for one person. If you try to tear me down, I will rise up again, bigger and better.

No Regrets

Follow Me

Constellations

Tell Me Now

Broken Record

Static

Without You

Those songs are my stories, my feelings. I will not let anyone take that away from me.

With a little luck and a lot of talking, I’m hoping they’ll be on SoundCloud soon.

IMG_3499.JPG

Thank you for listening to my story.

♥, Mali

smashbox be legendary gloss in coraline | review

It hit me today that I haven’t done a review in a long time. This is supposed to be a beauty blog!! I really want to post and curate more beauty products, which is why I will hopefully be signing up for ipsy in the near future.

Anywho.

For Christmas, I received a 50 dollar gift card to Sephora, which is literally GOLD. I actually signed up to become a Beauty Insider, so when any offers roll around, I’ll be the first to know!

My first purchase was a lip gloss from Smashbox. I’ve heard amazing things about their powder, but wanted to try a lip product. I sampled it in-store and it was awesome. I’ve never had a formula so smooth!

IMG_3549

The colour is Coraline- an easy-going, casual coral that goes on almost clear. It’s beautiful on pale skin, and almost anyone could pull it off!

IMG_3541IMG_3540

One thing I look for in a lip gloss is that it’s not sticky. This one glides on easily in one coat and does not stick! It is literally perfect.

IMG_3542

If you’ve never tried Smashbox, it’s sold at Ulta and Sephora as well as Amazon! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a lightweight, no-makeup look lip gloss.

♥, Mali

NOTE: All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not endorsed in any way for this post. 

valentines day

Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

I always find Valentines Day an opportunity to simply enjoy the moment. I’ve never had a boyfriend {all the single ladies, all the single ladies} and frankly, I don’t really want or need one. However, I think it’s nice to be kind to everyone on this day and remember that love isn’t just with your SO, it’s with your friends, and you cat if that’s what you prefer.

Also, I look forward to it because of the food.

IMG_3508

IMG_3514

IMG_3515

IMG_3450

♥, Mali

 

lush – the almighty wishlist

LUSH.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?

No. You must’ve heard of it. Tell me you know what it is.

If you’re not familiar with LUSH, an amazing, vegan, handmade cosmetics brand, please visit their site or meander into one of their many stores. LUSH operates off of good vibes, love, and fun. I’ve never actually been to a Lush store {there was one in Toronto but I didn’t go, oops} but I know enough to know that they are amazing. I’ve compiled a wish list of things that I really need from there. Hopefully, I can buy myself a little something {kidding, a lot of big things} to try out their products!

Butterball

Butterball Bath Bomb

Vanilla and cocoa butter

D'Fluff

D’Fluff Shaving Cream

Strawberries and egg whites

Ocean Salt - Self Preserving

Ocean Salt Cleanser

Vodka and coconut

Dark Angels

Dark Angels Cleanser

Black sugar and charcoal

Is there anything you’ve gotten from the list above from LUSH? If so, please review it below, I’d love your opinion! 🙂

♥, Mali

review | january 2016

Wow, what a month. I celebrated 144 followers on B&B and this blog’s anniversary on the 25th! I can’t believe that January is coming to a close.

As far as the New Year goes, I’ve been sticking to my plan of eating a little healthier {minus the binge at Star Wars today, yikes} and being more active by running in gym class. I’ve also been working a lot on my EP, No Regrets. I’ll have to tell you more about that soon.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Songwriting was a big part in my life this month as was learning to play the guitar, which I got on the 7th! It’s an amazing Fender acoustic and I adore it. I’ll be posting soon about songwriting, which is one of my favourite pastimes and I hope to turn it into something bigger soon.

 

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset

The cats {Freckles, top, Sassy, bottom} have been wonderful this month. I really love my cats, and they help me through a lot. Freckles will be 3 years old on March 29th! Sassy… well, I’m not sure how old she is, all I know is that she’s adorable.

I’ve been editing my photos with the VSCO app, it has amazing filters and options. I used the filter F5 on all of these.

What have you been up to this month?

♥, Mali

hi, i’m mali

Bramble and Blossom has been around for a year. An entire year, guys! I cannot thank you all enough for this momentous occasion. I’d like to use this post to take a moment and let you in on myself.

I’m Mali. I really love books, I still watch Disney Channel, I’ve memorized most fonts, I’m a little eccentric at times, and I love to songwrite. I want to become a singer {that’s a secret; don’t tell} one day and go to college, maybe get a degree in film or something. I adore Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters and writing is one of my favourite things. IMG_0755.JPG

I find the beauty in small things. I’ll give people strange gifts like smooth rocks {‘hey, I found this rock I thought you’d like to stare at’ was one incident} or little beaded bracelets. It’s hard for me to let go of people, especially my friends. I sometimes daydream and spend time coming up with little scenarios in my mind.

I cannot thank you enough, all of you, for your unyielding support through the year. This blog is one of my favourite things ever, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future on Bramble and Blossom. You can definitely look forward to new style and beauty posts, a renewed schedule, and more.

THANK YOU, ALL 144 OF YOU FOR AN AMAZING YEAR.

♥,

Amalia Juniper

photo © amalia juniper 2015

inspired look: rey {star wars: the force awakens}

Hello all!

A few weeks ago I started watching all of the Star Wars movies, mostly because my family had wanted to go see the newest installment, The Force Awakens. I was not a very big fan of the movies, but I watched all of them and the storylines are amazing and I LOVE STAR WARS NOW AHHH except for jar jar binks. The newest movie follows Rey, a scavenger, as she unearths the secrets of the Force and along with a few new friends, wages war against the evil Kylo Ren. This movie was awesome and I encourage anyone who loves Star Wars to go see it if you haven’t already.

I fell in love with Rey’s character from the start and I adore all of the aspects of her looks: minimal makeup, freckles, and her signature hairstyle, three little buns.

I tried to recreate this look, and I think it turned out quite well!

 

Rey SW Hairstyle

For the buns, I divided my hair {which I chopped, by the way, more on that soon} into three sections, starting at the top. I created a ponytail and then pulled the hair halfway through to make a loop. I did the same for the other sections and pulled a few chunks out for a messy look. Use black or brown elastics for the best look, or tan ones if you have light hair.

Rey SW Makeup 2Rey SW Makeup 1

I did very minimal makeup for this look. For my eyes, I dusted on a tiny bit of the Maybelline eyeshadow in Made in Mocha and a little bit on my eyebrows as well. I then curled my eyelashes and brushed my brows a little bit for a messy, imperfect look. For my lips, I simply applied some EOS lip balm and pinched them a bit to bring some colour into them.

 

It’s a fairly easy look that takes no time whatsoever. I’m contemplating wearing this style to school and making a fool of myself.

May the Force be with you!

♥, Mali

places to visit – toronto

Hullo guys!

I’ve been having a horrible craving to travel lately. I’m not going anywhere until the summer, so for now I’ll have to share where I’ve been with all of you!

Last summer, I visited Toronto. It’s an absolutely BEAUTIFUL city with lots of shopping, great food, and pretty views. Here are a few places you must go.

Queen Street

OH MY GOSH. This entire complex is amazing and has everything. Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, restaurants, and more. It’s beautiful.

Speaking of Anthropologie, here’s the one on Queen Street. It’s huge and used to be an old church. Each level is so unique and quirky.

Terroni

Okay, this place is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. They have authentic Italian food and it is delicious. I highly recommend the Sophia pizza and Nutella fritters. Also make sure to order a plate of olives.

Have you visited Toronto? How did you like it?

♥, Mali