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Sephora Haul – February 2020

Sephora Haul – February 2020

I’ve had a pretty crazy 2020 so far. Because I’m very good at justifying things to myself, I thought my hard work so far this year deserved a treat in the form of a trip (online) to Sephora. Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation in L40 I […]

Boxycharm January 2020

Boxycharm January 2020

After seeing the spoilers, I thought I would sign up for Boxycharm for the month of January. I thought I’d be pretty satisfied with any of the variations I was seeing online. Plus, they had a pretty good sign up deal with a few free […]

2019 Favourites

2019 Favourites

Books

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This was a really interesting read. It had a really different style than I was used to. My Sister, the Serial Killer had short chapters and it was a really quick read, but it was gripping right from the beginning. I finished it in a few hours because I just could not put it down. It had a few interesting twists, and I loved the style of the book. There’s a reason this was one of the most talked about books of 2019.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal

I think this was my absolute favourite book I read in 2019. The whole book followed the life of Eva Thorvald’s life. Every chapter is from someone different in her life’s perspective. It was heart-warming and breaking. I loved the story.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I’m a little late to the game on this one, I know. This was a nice little vacation read. It was definitely dark and twisted, and the ending wasn’t THAT surprising. It was still a page-turner regardless. I tried to watch the show, and that’s just not for me!!

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

As a Top Chef fan, I was really excited to find a book by former Top Chef contestant, Edward Lee. It is a really cool book about Edward visiting various communities in America where immigrants have had a big impact on the cultural and food scenes. I learned a lot from reading it and there were some recipes inspired by the communities in the book.

Katie Fforde Novels

I’ve been looking for another author that does it for me in the way that Sophie Kinsella does. I believe I have with Katie Fforde. Sure, you know where a lot of her stories are going right from the beginning, but that’s fine with me. She creates some really nice stories, and I have really enjoyed reading her books this year.

Television

Taskmaster

Taskmaster was on my 2018 Favourites too. It deserves a place in this favourites list as well because it is just so good. It makes me laugh so, so hard. Series 8 and 9 which came out this year were two of the best seasons. Every episode is amazing. You can watch episodes on YouTube here.

Vanderpump Rules

I put this on as something to watch. I didn’t really think I would like it that much, since I usually prefer my reality shows to have a bit of a competition element to them. I was wrong and I loved it. I motored through all of the seasons in a matter of weeks, and I can’t wait for the new season to come out!

Schitt’s Creek

This was on my list of ‘Things to Watch in 2019‘ ( I tried my best, okay?) and I’m mad at myself for waiting for long. It is so, so unbelievably funny. And in its later seasons it’s developed this beautiful warmth that has gone hand-in-hand perfectly with the comedy of it.

Richard Osman’s House of Games

This is one of my more recent discoveries. I’ve had a great time watching this show. It’s a fun twist on your usual trivia shows. It features people from all walks of British celebrity.

Makeup

Alamar Beauty Blush Trio

I resubscribed to Boxycharm for this palette specifically, and it did not let me down. I received the Reina del Caribe V1 palette and Ojitos Brush Trio in Boxycharms as well and I’ve been very impressed with all of their products. The products are not crazy expensive in comparison to other brands. I love this blush palette, it was perfect for spring and summer. There’s a sale on a bundle right now including all three products I mentioned plus a lipgloss that you can find here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot

I own a lot of lipsticks, but this one really stands out to me for both formula and colour. It leans purple, but it’s not unwearable. I love the Amuse Bouche formula. It’s creamy, but pigmented. Here are all of the BITE products I’ve tried.

Media

Hayu

Hayu quickly became my favourite streaming service of 2019. I spent a lot of hours watching shows on Hayu. My Vanderpump Rules and Top Chef watches couldn’t have happened without it! It’s also pretty reasonably priced at $5.99 a month.

Bon Appetit Videos

The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen videos took the internet by storm this year. Who doesn’t love charming people talking about and making food? I know I do. Obviously Claire Saffitz’s ‘Gourmet Makes’ series is my favourite.

Who? Weekly

A friend introduced to me Who? Weekly very early on into 2019. It quickly became one of my favourite podcasts. I never miss an episode (and there’s 2 a week!). If you love pop culture, this podcast is a must.

Everything Else

Google Home Nest

In this household we are suckers for Google Home. Sorry, we can’t help it. We recently got a Google Home Nest for the kitchen and it is a game changer. It’s great for playing music, looking up recipes, and watching videos. I really love having this in the kitchen.

Alison Roman

Food posts on Instagram is not for everyone, but it is very much for me. I started following Allison on Instagram after hearing about her on the Jam Session podcast. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of her and even bought her two cookbooks. I love her approach to cooking and hosting, which is that it’s not going to be perfect and that food is to be enjoyed.

Lightroom

I’ve been hearing about Lightroom for years, but never really explored it. I finally tried it out early this year, and I love it! It’s an easy way to make photos look nicer. If you can believe it, I’d been using PowerPoint for years to lighten and edit photos. I graduated from that this year, and I think my photos have benefited from it.

Check out the rest of my year-end posts here.

Everything I’ve tried from BITE Beauty

Everything I’ve tried from BITE Beauty

I am a lipstick fiend. Sorry, I can’t help it. I love all of the bright colours. I love the way lipstick makes you feel. Because of this, I have accumulated many, many lip products. One of my favourite brands is BITE Beauty. BITE Beauty […]

Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Sephora Fall 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations & What’s In My Cart

Well folks, another VIB sale at Sephora has arrived. It comes at the perfect time to start some Christmas shopping. Most of the gift sets are out already as well, so you can get a lot of value with those. With an extra little discount, […]

August & September Empties

August & September Empties

I finished up a lot of products in the last two months, which is great. For the rest of the year, and hopefully into 2020 I will focus on finishing up products I already have instead of using 3 or 4 different face washes or primers all at the same time. I’m going to try and avoid buying staple products I already have in my collection, and not to open things just to open them.

Here is what I used up in August and September.

Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Light 14

I’m a big fan of this concealer. It is extremely affordable and I think it works really well. It provides nice coverage without ever looking or feeling too cakey. Would I buy it again? Yes! I’m already using a new one!

Revolution Beauty Conceal and Define Concealer in C4

This was probably my 3rd or 4th tube of this concealer, so obviously I liked it. But I think I’m going to stick with the Colourpop concealer from here on out. I just feel the coverage is a bit better and it is slightly cheaper. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but not right now.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

This is my favourite high-end mascara. This one was close to being finished, but not completely done. I dropped it and the packaging broke in a way where it couldn’t be closed again. I’ve gone through a couple of deluxe samples of this mascara that I get in gift sets or as point perks. I have another one in my back up bin currently, but I think I need to finish a couple of mascaras before I open it. Would I buy it again? Yes, but not right now.

Love, Beauty and Planet Shampoo and Conditioner in Blooming Colour

I received this as a sample product in the mail. I thought it was a nice shampoo and conditioner. It made my hair feel soft and smooth. The scent is nice but a little overwhelming. This kind in particular was rose-scented. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Sephora Collection Coconut Water Moisturizing Cream

This was my favourite moisturizer. Unfortunately for me, this is discontinued. I loved how light it was. And it was super affordable. Let me know if there’s any dupes for this one! Would I buy it again? I would if I could.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer

I really love this primer. The full-size is pretty expensive. This is my third little tube of it, I’ve gotten a few in sample sets. I really should buy the larger version. It’s nice and moisturizing, and the scent is nice. Would I buy it again? Yes. Once I get through my other primers! I might commit to the big one!

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

I got the big tube of this in an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale for an incredible price after going through a couple of tubes of the small version. This is a perfect daily cleanser. It’s not harsh at all, and it does a good job. Would I buy it again? Yes, I have another tube in my stash – just trying to finish up some other cleansers!

Seven Deadly Skins Melon Body Scrub

I got this years ago on super sale at a nearby drug store. And it’s fine. It’s a nice body exfoliator, but it’s nothing incredibly special. The melon scent was just a little too much for me! Would I buy it again? No.

Neutrogena Deep Cleaning Clay Cleanser and Mask

I received this cleanser/mask combo in an Influenster box a while back. I only really used it as a cleanser. This mask worked really well for me. If I was having a problem skin day, I would just use this in the shower and my skin was noticeably different the next day. I never found it too harsh either. Would I buy it again? Yes!

Myro Natural Deodorant in Chill Wave

This deodorant was sent to me to try out as they sponsored my podcast. (This post is not sponsored though!) I had never tried a natural deodorant before, I’m a sweater so I didn’t think it would work for me. It did work for me! I was pretty impressed with it. I did find near the end of the tube it irritated my underarms. Would I buy it again? Possibly.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

I like this primer. It’s super affordable, which is great for me. I find it smooths my skin out nicely. This is the second bottle I’ve gone through. Would I buy it again? Yes.

Neutrogena Essentials Night Moisturizer

This is a nice, thick night time moisturizer. I liked using it, and it lasted a long time. I did sometimes find it a little too heavy. I think it’s more fitting for dry skin. Would I buy it again? Maybe!

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I don’t go through a whole lot of dry shampoo, but I like having a smaller size on hand for when I do need it. Batiste is obviously a very popular brand for dry shampoo. And I think it’s fine! Would I buy it again? Probably.

John Frieda Go Blonder Spray

This spray has been my ride-or-die forever. It’s what gives my naturally brunette hair a nice ~blondeish~ appearance. I couldn’t even tell you how many of these bottles of this I’ve gone through. Would I buy it again? Over and over.

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

Influenster Voxbox – Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation

I received these products complimentary from Influenster and Kat Von D for review. I was looking forward to trying a new high-end foundation. I don’t often buy high-end foundation unless it’s on sale, so it was great that this one was coming to my door. […]

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

A (mostly) Colourpop Haul from Ulta

Colourpop is one of my favourite makeup brands. It’s incredibly reasonably priced, and I haven’t come across many duds in their line up. It’s not the most easily accessible brand in Canada. With international shipping, duty fees, and exchange rates, the costs can add up. […]

June/July Empties

June/July Empties

Okay, so what if August is almost over??? It’s never too late to let you know about all the products I’ve used up in the last few months. You may argue there is actually never a good time to tell you about them. But I bet if you weren’t even slightly interested, you wouldn’t have clicked this link anyway.

Sol De Janiero Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

I received this travel-size of this infamous cream in a Boxycharm box last year. After all of the hype I heard about it, I didn’t think it was possible to live up to the hype. Well, I was wrong. This is really the best smelling cream I’ve ever used. The cream itself is also very nice. Do I think that the full-size is worth almost $60?? No, not really. But, you can often get a good deal with one of their sets at Sephora (like this one here). Would I buy it again? Who am I kidding, I probably would. I actually bought a similar set to the one linked above last year.

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

I don’t really love spending a lot of money on products you can’t see – like an eyeshadow base. This was a decently cheap product, and I’ve heard it worked pretty well. Now, I’ve been blessed with greasy eyelids so a lot of the time eyeshadow just glides right off. This base didn’t really help my case. I thought I was resigned to creased eyeshadow for the rest of my life until I started using this Wet ‘N Wild one that was recommended to me. Now THAT keeps my eyeshadow on. This essence one? Not so much. Would I buy it again? Nope.

ELF Makeup and Mist Setting Spray

This has been my go-to setting spray for a while now, but I think this was my last bottle. I gravitated towards it because it was so cheap. It’s just not doing it for me anymore though. It’s a decent-ish setting spray, but it’s not overly special or anything. Would I buy it again? No.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask

Sheet masks aren’t my favourite. I feel like they’re kind of wasteful, and I never really notice a huge difference. I received 3 of these masks in a Boxycharm box and I was excited to use them. I thought they were find, but not worth their $16 price tag. I don’t think I could ever find a sheet mask that expensive would be though. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Bath & Body Works Spiced Mandarin Foaming Hand soap

Welcome to this month’s edition of what soap did we use up! This month was Spiced Mandarin. Sure, it’s not the most summery scent that was in the cupboard, but my boyfriend is picky about handsoap scents. I really liked this scent! Would I buy it again? Yes.

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

MAC Cosmetics @allanaramaa Canadian Originals Set

I’ve been a follower of Allana Davison for a couple years now. I enjoy influencers, especially Canadian ones. Allana is known for makeup and lifestyle posts and videos. I like her style, it’s very classic with a twist. I find her approachable and fun. She […]