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!

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Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers

I think I’ve found my favourite eye makeup remover after years of searching. What a struggle, right?

You know the typical issues, it’s either too oily and leaves your skin feeling gross, or it doesn’t actually remove all of your eye makeup – especially for those ladies (and gents) who wear waterproof makeup.

Well my internet friends, I think I may have found the solution (get it?)

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Now, if you follow any beauty bloggers or vloggers, you’ve probably already heard about this stuff. It took me awhile to pay attention to Bioderma  Sensibio H2O (let’s just call it Bioderma for the rest of this post) because I thought it was just another super hyped product that was overpriced. I will admit that the price is up there, but I think it might be worth it.

I had only ever seen the bigger 250mL bottles for around $20, so when I came across this itty bitty 100mL bottle for $6, I grabbed it. I’m pretty glad I did, too.

Doing some research on the Bioderma product line, they have a few different types of makeup removing solutions and other products to go along with them. I have the Sensibilo (sensitive skin), but there is also the Sebium line for people with oily/combination skin. Now I do have combination skin but it’s also pretty sensitive. I decided to try the Sensibilo and I’ve had no regrets.

Two products I had previously been using were the Lancome Bi-Facial Double Action Eye Makeup Remover and the Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, but they both left my skin feeling oily afterwards – Bioderma doesn’t do that. You don’t need a lot of the solution, I use a few drops on a cotton pad before I wash my face at night and I don’t have to worry about scrubbing my already sensitive eyes.

My conclusion: Although overly hyped by every beauty blogger and on the tad bit expensive side, Bioderma works for me!

What are your favourite eye makeup removers?

xx.

I’m a Lush…

I don’t shop here a lot but, ohhh how I love Lush. The closest Lush store to me is at least a 30 minute drive so I like to save it for special occasions. This past weekend was one of those, as you might have seen I got together with some friends last weekend and ended up going shopping. The mall in particular that we went to has a Lush, so of course I made it my business to go try some new pretty smelling things. I wasn’t at all disappointed.

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I’d been wanting to try one of their Fresh Face Masks for awhile and I was trying to decide between Cupcake or Cosmetic Warrior. However, chatting with one of the lovely sales associates, he pointed out Love Lettuce and I was sold.

I do this weird thing, when I buy a new product I don’t use it for awhile, but with this mask I had to try it, I’m so glad I did. It left my skin feeling so smooth and without discolouration, which I’m prone to – I’ve always been an easily flushed kind of girl.

Here’s what I loved about it:

  • smells like a cup of delicious hot tea
  • went on smoothly
  • you don’t need to use a lot of product (lasts longer!!)
  • dries quickly and evenly
  • feels fresh
  • the exfoliating beads (of ALMOND!)

Here’s what I didn’t love so much:

  • the colour (but I can look past that, the product is amazing)

The mask left skin feeling smooth and hydrated, I usually put on a mostiurizer right after I wash or exfoliate my face, I didn’t geel like I needed to after I washed it all off. I have somewhat sensitive skin so I’m going to keep using this and loving the way it makes my skin feel – here’s hoping me skin doesn’t freak out.

While I was in Lush, I HAD to pick up a Bubble Bar. This took me awhile, I think I went around the store smelling everything at least twice (sorry Coleen and Meghan). I just couldn’t decide everything just smells and looks so good! I ended up choosing the first Bubble Bar I saw, the Dorothy. Holy cow this thing smells amazing, according to Lush’s website it says it smells of “ylang ylang, sweet figs and uplifting orange oil” fine by me – I’ll take 5 more.

I think another trip to Lush in the very near future is in order…

xx.

My Winter Favourites (so far)

I’ve been debating whether to post about some of my favourite beauty products for awhile now, I want to keep variety on my blog so I thought – why not!

These past few (very busy) months have made me want to pamper myself a little bit more. I’ve always been a drugstore face wash and bar soap kind of girl until I fell in love with a few of the next products.

The Body Shop has always been a place I go to stock up on body wash and body butter when I’m in the mood, but over the 10 years that I’ve been shopping there, I never took a second glance at their skin care products – until now. I would classify my skin as a true combination, my T-zone is oily but otherwise I have fairly “normal” skin. I’ve been on the hunt for a great skin regime for years and I think I may have found it.

The Body Shop Seaweed line seems to do the trick, it controls the oil while still leaving the rest of my non-oily skin healthy and hydrated. At the moment I’m using the Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser, the Clarifying Toner, and the Mattifying Day Cream. This combination seems to be doing wonders for my skin. I don’t need to touch up or use as many blotting papers during long days.

I’m also using the Aloe Eye Defense and Aloe Soothing Night Cream after I wash all my makeup off at night to keep my skin hydrated, seriously loving this combination.

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As for the rest of my body, I’ve fallen in love with the Shea line at the Body Shop. Who know’s where this Body Shop obsession started but I don’t hate it.

The Shea line is great, I’m especially loving the body scrub, my skin loves it too! I’m not even joking when I say I’ve bought the majority of the line, the scent is amazing and it leaves my skin soft and hydrated.

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I think I’ll keep writing about some of my favourite (and not so favourite) products. I’ve discovered so many these past few months and I want to share!

xx.

It’s been awhile… it’s been too long

Wow, the end of 2013 became pretty hectic for me and I sadly neglected my corner of fun. For the duration of November and December I had the opportunity to work at a local theatre company and help out with their holiday production. I didn’t realise how time consuming it would be, working 12+ hour days 6 days a week and trying to keep sane didn’t permit a lot of fun blogging time.

I’m back now and super excited for 2014. To say that 2013 was horrible would be unfair, it started out great, had a great run through the summer, and then it teetered off. I want to make 2014 the year of me – how cheesy, but I love it.

I’m promising myself to  go on more adventures with my Canon, take more time to appreciate family and friends, and just grow into my own.

I honestly cannot believe how quickly this past year has gone by, it just doesn’t seem right that it’s already January 2014. So much has changed in the last little while and so far I think it’s good change.

Here’s to a fabulous 2014 filled with love, laughter, family and friends!

xx.

West Coast Wedding

Vancouver has to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Being as my sister moved there just under two years ago, I have the pleasure of going to visit whenever I want! I had always been an East Coast lover, I could never understand the pull of the West Coast – that was until I visited it for myself. How could you not love a city surrounded mountains and water, not to mention all the delicious food.

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Pups on a hike an hour after I got off my flight

This past summer, my West Coast sister got married! It was the first wedding in the family – pretty exciting stuff. I spent a few weeks with her and the rest of my family in Vancouver getting ready and then promptly resting. Who knew one day could be so exhausting.

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summertime drinks on a patio in Gastown

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Vancouver by night

My wake-up call every morning

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The view from the deck

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Photo shoot before the wedding, typical of my family

The day was amazing, my sister’s attention to detail and eye for design really allowed for the wedding to be unforgettable. What a beautiful day it was and in the perfect location. They chose a venue with so much charm and character, Hart House in Burnaby, BC. Seeing Hart House for the first time is like living in the past, you’ll fall in love immediately. (I highly recommend a visit there for brunch, amazing eggs benny)

The wedding was in early August, a great time of the year in Vancouver, the day started out a little dreary but it turned out to be lovely weather. The whole day was a blur, as I was one of the bridesmaids along with my other sister and my now brother-in-law’s sister, I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos. The only ones I could sneak were some candid iPhone shots.

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The bride and her daughter

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My two sisters

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Mother of the bride

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Bride and Ring bearer

The groomsmen and pups

The groomsmen and pups

I can’t properly do Hart House justice with words, you’ll just have to see it for yourself one day. Here’s the bride and groom with Hart House in the background.

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Image via Taliah Leigh Photography

The photographer that my sister and her husband picked is a natural light photographer. I really enjoy her work, she’s super fun and has some great ideas. Check out Taliah Leigh’s website and portfolio. She took some amazing photos of the ceremony and reception at Hart House, you can check them out here.

But of course, the vacation had to come to an end, and this had been a long one – a cap to a two month trip through California and British Columbia. After getting some last minute shopping and eating done, I was off, back to Toronto, back to reality. It’s always sad to leave a place you love, but even more so when you have to leave your fur nephew and niece.

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Imagine leaving this behind

Goodbye for now Vancouver, I’ll be back soon….

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My Own Space

For me, there is something cathartic about designing. I like being able to bring elements together and make them my own.

During the warmer months, I’m not so worried about my bedroom since I’m really only in it to sleep. However, it’s now autumn and we’re on the way to winter and the weather is getting much cooler, making me reevaluate what I want my space to feel and look like. Making my living area something I love has been on a long list of things to do. In the past few weeks I’ve been collecting inspiration and looking for the right pieces to go in my room.

To me, a room should consist of four things: comfort, personal style, many books, and a glorious bed. Lucky for me, I already love my bed, it just needs a bit of a makeover in the sheets and duvet cover area.

I’ve decided on a reading corner with my favourite books as decoration. I’ve been looking for the perfect chair to accompany my much loved books but I’ve come up empty handed. When I brought this up with my dad, he told me that there was a great chair in the basement that I could reupholster and make my own, now I’m on a search for fabric!

Here are some pieces I’ve seen around random antique shops and interior design stores around South Western Ontario.

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Excuse the blurry photo, I was in a bit of a rush but I LOVED this chair.

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Of course a good room redecoration wouldn’t be complete without some inspiration from Pinterest, check out my For the Home board for my home inspirations. The following photos are just a couple pieces of inspiration for me from Pinterest.

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I love the idea of a cool toned wall with warm accent pieces in the room. I’ve decided on grey for the walls, but looking at all my options is overwhelming. Any suggestions?

I love style, however I don’t think a room should be overly put together. Organization is a must but comfort is key.