Product Wish List

I’ve made a promise to myself to stop spending money on beauty products. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t have a lot of makeup or beauty products, however, I want to start using up the things that I already own. I’m finding that I have many of the same products from different brands and as much as I love testing out new things, I think its time for a bit of a purge. I hate to see great products go to waste so for this period of time no more beauty product purchases!

As such, I thought I would share with you what I want to check out once I use up all of my existing products!

Mac Fix + – I’ve recently run out of my Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. I know they don’t do the same thing but I wanted to try the Fix + before I repurchase another Urban Decay setting spray.

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Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask – I’ve heard so many good things about this mask and I’ve wanted to try it for awhile. I have a really great Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask that I’ve been loving so I’m set for now.

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NARS Blush in Orgasm – This blush has been on my mind for years, but I’ve just always found excuses not to purchase it. I have a few Mac and NYX blushes that I need to put a dent in before I can justify another blush.

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HOURGLASS : Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light – I can’t stop swatching this every time I walked past it in Sephora. I want the Diffused Light because it is supposed to “conceal redness” – I need that … badly.

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Soap and Glory : One Heck of a Blot – I’ve tried my fair share of shine control face powders, I can’t say I’m partial to any that I’ve tried. I’ve heard such great things about this powder that I want to try it for myself – unfortunately I need to get through my Rimmel Stay Matte and CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder first.

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I love trying out new products and I’ve accumulated a bunch in the past few months – maybe that’s why I’ve vowed to finish my existing products up before I move on! That is of course unless I go on a shopping trip to the US (which may happen this Friday) and then this whole post would be in vain…

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Throwback Thursday: Banff, Alberta

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Calgary, Alberta. It was only for one night but the group I was with decided that it would be fun to take a trip up to Banff instead of stay in the Calgary area. I was skeptical at first, but I’m so glad that we did it. It was my first time in Alberta and I wanted to see as much as I could.

Like I said, it was a few years ago so that camera quality isn’t the best but I still love looking through these photos and remembering what it was like standing on top of Tunnel Mountain in Banff and being awestruck by my surroundings. I can’t wait to get out west again this summer and climb some more mountains!

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Oh you know, just an elk and some wild horses to start off the trip nicely.

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Even driving near Banff is beautiful.

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We started our hike up Tunnel Mountain, it was by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

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View of the town of Banff from Tunnel Mountain.

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Near the top, at this point I was almost crying from being so close to the edge.

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Our little hiking party, missing these folks like crazy!

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As we made our trek back down the mountain (at times on our bums) we saw these little friends. They were very friendly and came right up to us.

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This is one of my favourite pictures of all time.

We spent some time walking around Banff and had lunch. We didn’t have too much time so by dusk we headed back towards Calgary. I had such a fun time in Alberta, I can’t wait to go back west!

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Let’s take a drive…

It’s been awhile since I’ve grabbed my camera, gotten in my car, filled up with gas, grabbed a warm drink and hit the road to find something I find beautiful enough to shoot. I had been thinking about it for the past couple weeks and decided to do that last Monday and just see where the road would take me.

I have to admit, I got a bit caught up in my thoughts when I was driving and just being able to have some time to myself. I didn’t take too many shots – but I love the ones that I took. I find that driving really clears my head and allows me to think – my best ideas come from long drives listening to great music.

I’m hoping to get my camera out more but it’s just been way too cold!

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Girls Weekend

It’s been a long winter and pretty stressful for me lately, being an adult is difficult. So when one of my very best friends Megan invited myself and Coleen (writer of Lipstick and L’Attitude) up for a visit we jumped at the chance. Megan lives in Peterborough, about a 2 hour drive from Toronto, so Coleen and I packed her car full (well, I packed her car full – I’m a serial over packer) and started our journey!

We had plans to eat at the yummiest restaurants and drink some delicious wine – and did we ever. I was so tired on the Friday night that I just couldn’t bring out my camera. But on Saturday we got down to business, starting off with breakfast and orange juice, we got ready for a day of shopping, eating, more shopping, and wine.

We grabbed lunch at the famous Hot Belly Mama’s on George Street, and it was not disappointing! The food is Cajun style with New Orleans inspired dishes, so many options. We all got something a little different and it was great. I went with the brisket sandwich, I already want to drive the 2 hours back up there and get it again.

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Pictures just don’t do this food justice. It was seriously good, highly recommend Hot Belly Mama’s if you’re in the Peterborough area! The atmosphere in there is great too, really comfortable and friendly – and awesome service! 

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After making some plans to meet up with our friend John, who joined us for lunch, Megan, Coleen and I went shopping (of course). I’ve been on the search for a “grown-up” cloth black jacket lately and I found one for, get this, $22! It was in a crazy sale and I can’t be happier with it. I’ll show it off soon – promise!

We topped of a great day by cooking Mexican food, drinking wine, and of course using Lush fresh face masks – what else?

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Sadly our weekend had to come to an end, Coleen and I packed her car with our bags and recent purchases and headed home. Being the Canadians we are, we stopped at Tim Horton’s for some coffee and Timbits and hit the road.  The drive was a bit crazy but we got home safe and sound.

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I love weekends like this, relaxing, catching up with friends, and shopping. I can’t wait to plan the next weekend! Not to mention cuddling Mily, Megan’s Greyhound, I’m already missing this little girl, how could you not love this face? IMG_1288

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January Favourites

Oops, January is gone now but I wanted to share my favourites of the month with you! I’ve been trying out a bunch of new products in the past few months and I think it’s about time I did a favourites post! Let’s see if I can narrow it down to just a few products.

Sephora Formula X Nail Polish – Holy cow, this stuff is addicting. I tend to hoard nail polish, but with the Formula X I think it might be necessary. I have two colours so far and they’re both amazing. The colour I’ve been loving this month is “Hercules” – it’s shockingly pink. I’ve never been a huge pink fan, but I’m addicted.

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Narcisso Rodriguez: For Her – this was a fairly recent purchase, maybe within the past 4 months. I’m all about the signature scent, and I think this might be mine. I love warm and spicy scents, I’m not usually a fruity or flowery kind of girl. I love that this has a combination of scents with  notes of Musk, Iris Powder, Rose Petals, Benzoin Balm.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O – I have a full blog post and review of this product here, but needless to say I love it. It isn’t harsh and it takes off all my makeup. A great purchase for sure!

 

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve – This stuff is a delight. I keep it on my desk and use it at all times of the day. I put it on in the morning, before I put my makeup on, while I’m working away at my computer and even right before bed. It’s moisturizing without being too sticky or having too much scent.

 

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L’Oréal The Infallible Blackbuster 8hr Liquid Eye Liner – I’ve tried my fair share of high end and drug store liquid eyeliners but this one has to be my favourite at the moment. The tip is like a sharpie and gives you great control over your lines. I tend to wear black liner almost every day and this stuff holds up!

 

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Mac Face and Body Foundation – Here’s something so many people have tried, but I’ve recently re-fallen in love with it. There’s something so familiar and nostalgic about this foundation. I love it because when I wear it, it doesn’t feel like I have tons of makeup on. I don’t always love a full face of makeup but this evens out my skin tone and doesn’t get cakey. I much rather wear this over a heavier foundation on normal days and let my skin shine through.

 

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I have so many more products that I’ve been loving lately, I’ll share them soon!

xx.