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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

Here’s what I got in the Voxbox:

True Portrait Foundation in Light 018

First of all, the packing on this foundation is truly stunning. I love having it on my vanity just to look out. The foundation – not quite as beautiful as the packaging. The shade match is good for me, but also reminds me how pale I am. The bottle is actually squeezy, and you’re meant to squeeze it on your hands and rub it in. I don’t find that’s really the best way to apply it. I prefer using a brush.

Because it’s liquid-to-powder, I don’t find it layers well and it’s hard to build up. The description says it’s medium coverage, which I think is true. I just don’t find it covers blemishes suuuuper well. The more I use it, the more I like it. It’s decently long-wearing. It’s also suggested to moisturize well before using the foundation.

I don’t think this is going to become my holy grail foundation anytime soon. Nor do I think I would recommend spending over $50 CAD on it.

Go Big or Go Home Mascara

I think it’s time for this mascara to go home, because it does not go big. This is quite possibly one of the most boring mascaras I’ve ever used. It’s supposed to be very volumizing but I don’t agree with that. It’s a nice mascara for low-key, everyday makeup. But no one wants to spend $30 for a basic mascara. Skip this one.

Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black

This is been a favourite liquid liner for a lot of people for a long time. It’s been my go-to black liner for a couple years now. I don’t wear black liner a whole lot. I find it a little harsh on my face. This is a good eyeliner. I have greasy eyelids, and it doesn’t wear off, but I do find it transfers, even if I set it. I haven’t really been able to find a significantly better black eyeliner, so I continue to use this one.

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Sephora Haul – August 2019

Sephora Haul – August 2019

I had refrained from making any Sephora purchases for a good portion of the year. But with my recent engagement (and subsequent need to get my skincare act together, and a Sephora sale I thought it was as good a time as any to put […]

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora Spring 2019 VIB Sale Recommendations

Sephora, our higher end beauty mecca, is infamous for having very few sales. Sorry if you fell in love with a $30 mascara but can’t justify paying that every time the suggested 3 month usage period is up. Luckily, Sephora does have a sale in […]

March Empties

March Empties

I am currently trying to pan some of my makeup products, but here are some of the things I finished up in the month of March.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo

I got this shampoo as part of a set for my birthday last year along with the brightening conditioner and the hair masque. I loved this set. It always made my hair feel nice, and it definitely looked brighter. Would I buy it again? Yes, but not until I’ve made my way through the shampoos I already have in the shower.

Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Crisp Morning Air

Another month, another Bath & Body Works hand soap. Ethan picked out this scent from our cupboard after confessing to me that he couldn’t stand the Vanilla Chai Latte I had chosen. Would I buy it again? Yes, I liked the scent.

Tarte Quench Hydrating Primer

I received this mini primer in a set I got using a bunch of Sephora points. I liked the primer. It was definitely hydrating and if that’s what you’re looking for in a primer I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, but I do prefer the First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream

I got these as free samples in the mail. The moisturizer is super nice. I was skeptical about how brightening it would actually be, but i was proved wrong. I absolutely noticed a different in my skin. It is pretty heavy, and I did have some breakouts from this. Would I buy it again? I can’t say I would. It is NICE but I can’t justify the price tag.

Bath & Body Works Lavender Chamomile Body Wash

This body wash was purchased in one of B&BW maaany sales. I loved using this body wash, love anything lavender. This body wash smells so good. Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

Bite Beauty Lip Lab

I’m a lipstick fiend. There is nothing I am better at than convincing myself that I don’t already have that colour of lipstick. One of my favourite brands, BITE Beauty, has a place in Toronto where you can make custom lipsticks. For my birthday a […]