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Sephora Haul – Fall 2020

Sephora Haul – Fall 2020

There’s nothing like buying makeup when you’re not leaving your house, and when you do you’re wearing a mask, right? With a gift card and an expiring free birthday gift, it seemed like a good time to place a Sephora order. Here’s what I got: […]

Shopping Local in Niagara

Shopping Local in Niagara

Welcome to the holiday season! After the year we’ve had, many of us are looking to support local. I’ve tried to make an effort over the last few years to buy as much from local businesses as possible for Christmas gifts. Many years, I’ve found […]

October Reads

October Reads

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

2/5 Stars

Susan Green is what some would describe as ‘prickly’. She has a job she tolerates, and apartment that serves its purpose, and a family that is often more trouble than Susan appreciates. She likes to do things by the book, and she takes what she believes to be a logical approach to everything in life.

When Susan’s mother dies unexpectedly (but not that unexpectedly in Susan’s mind), Susan is forced to re-evaluate her priorities, her relationships, and her approach to life.

I think maybe I’m being too generous with 2 stars. I really didn’t enjoy this one. Susan is an unlikeable, and kind of unrealistic, character. It was hard to rally behind her and grow to like her when she showed growth. I gave it 2 stars, because I really couldn’t put it down. I zoomed through it just trying to see how it would end.

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Lip Monthly September 2020

Lip Monthly September 2020

I missed the cutoff date for cancelling the Lip Monthly subscription for the month of September. I think this bag worked out to be between $17 and $20 CAD. Which feels, uh, very not worth it? IDK. This bag arrived the first week of October […]

September Reads

September Reads

Another month, another failed attempt at reading more than one book. I am slacking. Hopefully I can use the back half of the year to catch up on my reading. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor […]

Lip Monthly – August 2020

Lip Monthly – August 2020

I very much love subscription boxes and bags. As a long-time lipstick lover, Lip Monthly has intrigued me for a while. I was finally drawn in by the allure of a $5 bag advertised in an Instagram ad. I am a sucker, yes.

I then went to cancelled and was offered another $5 bag, so I thought I might as well again. My credit card was charged on August 1st, and I received the bag on August 31st.

Here’s what was in the bag:

Laritzy Cosmetics Light Stix in Fuel

$24

On the website, it’s lauded as a highlighter stick. This particular shade lends itself more towards being a blush. It’s okay. I feel like it’s a little too pale maybe? I’m not sure. It’s not really my favourite.

Estate Cosmetics Lip Icing Lipgloss in Extra and Alfredo

$10 each

I just can’t see myself ever using either of these lip glosses. They’re a little thick and gloopy. The pink shade is too pale for me, and the glittery one is just something I would never use.

Jing Ai Vegan Lip & Cheek Glo in Pink Chiffon

$15

This is a nice thing to have I guess. I don’t think I would actively buy it. I do like a duo product, and I think this is a nice colour.

Hikari Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Fairytale

$17

This is a pretty pigmented shadow. I don’t feel like it’s particularly creamy. I feel like I will use this, but it’s a little more cool-toned than I might usually go for.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed in the bag – even for $5. I was waiting to see what was in this bag before cancelling – which was a mistake. I got it on August 31, and they charge on the first of the month. I did cancel immediately, but I am still getting the September bag – I think. I did email them asking to cancel this month’s bag but haven’t heard back so we will see!

What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

Mini M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies I couldn’t resist picking up some mini m&m’s at the bulk food store, and thought that cookies would be the best vehicle for them. I used the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Joy of Cooking. I replaced half of […]

August Reads

August Reads

August was a very sad month for me reading. I just couldn’t really get into anything. I tried to read ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ a few times, but just couldn’t really get into it before my borrow expired. Even the one book I’m counting here […]

Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

The mojito has been my drink of summer 2020.

They’re easy, refreshing, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand. It may be the unofficial end to summer this weekend, but I’m unwilling to let it go by without a drink in hand. The Blueberry Mojito is the perfect adieu to summer.

I like making cocktails in mason jars. How pinterest of me, I know. I just like that I can twist on a lid, shake, and reduce how many dishes I’m using.

I used frozen blueberries for this recipe. I like to buy them when they’re in seasons and freeze them.

Also, you could probably find blueberry simple syrup at the local grocers, or cocktail specialty store, but it’s super easy to make. I combined 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water and a cup of blueberries in a saucepan on the stove until the sugar dissolved and the syrup became a little thicker. This made a LOT of simple syrup, but I figured I’d use it for other cocktails (blueberry whisky sour, blueberry margarita, blueberry mule!)

You could easily make this a mocktail by omitting the rum!

Blueberry Mojito

Prep Time3 mins
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 5-10 Blueberries
  • 5-10 Mint Leaves
  • 1 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Blueberry Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Soda Water
  • 1 quarter Lime

Instructions

  • Add most of the blueberries and mint to the bottom of the glass, use a muddler or spoon to muddle
  • Add the rum, lime juice, and blueberry simple syrup, then add the ice and shake
  • If using a cocktail shaker, pour into your glassware, if using a mason jar with a lid, continue on my friend
  • Top off with as much soda water as you’d like, and squeeze in the lime
  • Add the squeezed lime, and the rest of the blueberries and mint as garnish
  • Impress everyone with your cool and tasty beverage

Cheers!

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My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My fandom of Big Brother has come in ebbs and flows in the last two decades. I vividly remember watching season 3 on the little TV in my bedroom at the tender age of 10. I continued to watch for years, but gave up in […]