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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 […]

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 in an order. A few items were purchased before the sale, and a few were purchased during.

Here’s what I got:

BITE Beauty Outburst Longwear Lip Stain in Strawberry Frozé

I’ve had my eye on this lipstick since it was released. I love BITE Beauty products – I even made my own lipsticks with them last year! I would have probably bought the Orange Fizz shade if it wasn’t sold out, but I do love this hot pink. The formula is very nice. It’s creamy but very long-lasting. The first time I wore it I got a bunch of compliments on the colour. If they weren’t $30 a pop (I know, I know – that’s ridiculous) I would buy the whole collection.

Sephora Collection Glow Peel Pads

I was looking for a chemical exfoliant that wouldn’t be too tough on my skin, and this seemed like the perfect thing. After one use, I liked the results and my skin didn’t freak out so I’m happy to keep using them.

Sephora Collection Bright Skin Exfoliating Scrub

While I was at it, I also got a physical exfoliator!! I just wanted something that would be a nice little scrub to use a couple times a week. I like it so far, but I’m not obsessed with it or anything.

Sephora Collection All Day Hydrator

I think I’m obsessed with the Sephora Collection skincare collection? It’s pretty reasonably priced for Sephora, you know? Anyway, I really like this moisturizer. It’s pretty light-feeling. But it maaaay be breaking me out, I’m not sure yet.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

I have been blessed with breakouts on my back from the tender age of 13. Over the last few years, since I’ve been a real-life adult, it hasn’t been as bad as it was when I was a teen. But it’s still not totally gone, so I figured I would try this scrub to see if it would help. This is a HARDCORE scrub though, wow.

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 […]

December Empties

December Empties

Yes to Carrots Nourishing Shampoo and Pampering Conditioner – I got this for Christmas literally years ago. I had picked it out based on recommendations from friends. I didn’t like this shampoo or conditioner. I felt like it didn’t make my hair any less dry. […]

2018 Favourites

2018 Favourites

2018 has been an interesting year to say the least, but here are a few of my favourite things that I’ve discovered this year.

Boxycharm – I’ve loved subscription boxes since they’ve been around. I love getting mail, and I love trying out makeup so they’re really the perfect combo. I’ve taken some time away from subscription boxes because of the Canadian dollar not being super strong, so they were getting expensive and I wasn’t super satisfied with the products I was receiving. I had been wanting to try out Boxycharm for a while because you received 5 full-sized products. It is more expensive than your usual beauty boxes, at $21 USD a month. I received the box for 4 months, and I was very satisfied with these boxes. I’ve found a couple of new holy grails. There were a few misses in the boxes, but overall I was very happy with it. I only stopped because I needed to take a break from receiving makeup and paying for it. If there are any boxes in the future that are really appealing to me I will definitely sign up again. Check out what I got in my boxes here, and sign up for Boxycharm here.

Yoga With Adriene – Every year one of my resolutions isn’t to do more yoga. I used to go to classes but they weren’t my favourite and it was hard to fit into my schedule. While searching for some yoga videos on YouTube early last year, I came across Adriene. I love her videos because she makes you feel very comfortable with what you’re doing whether you’re a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between. There are endless options for the type of flow you feel like doing that day, how much time you have, the time of day it is, the part of your body you want to target, and anything else you can think of. I fell off the wagon in the summer, but I’ve been able to get back on in the late fall, and I hope to continue!

Gritty – right before the new NHL season started, the Philadelphia Flyers introduced – nay – UNLEASHED their new mascot onto us. Since then Gritty has taken the world by storm with his dance moves and interviews. Nothing has brought us together in 2018 quite like loving Gritty.

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Sports? With Katie Nolan – After her last podcast and show, Garbage Time, ended I felt a hole in my heart. I’m so glad Katie came back to the radio waves with her new podcast. It’s still the perfect mixture of feminist rants, pop culture, and of course sports. I think I actually like it better than Garbage Time. Her co-host/bff Ashley brings a lot to the show and I look forward to listening to the podcast each week.

Matcha – I never even used to enjoy drinking hot beverages and now I’m over here loving MATCHA????? I really didn’t think I was even going to like matcha, but I figured I should try it. I really love its creamy texture, but I do feel like I need to add juuuust a little sugar.

First Aid Beauty – I had tried one or two products from First Aid Beauty last year, but it wasn’t until this year I became a full convert. They offer quite a few sets, so it’s a good way to try out a bunch of products at once. Their skincare line is super gentle. I’ve had problematic skin this year and have been dealing with issues, like dryness, that I’ve never had before. The face cleanser has become a staple in my skincare routine, I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the coconut smoothie primer, and the red clay cleanser is a life-saver when I have breakouts.

Taskmaster – A few years ago a friend turned me on to British panel shows. This year Lauren introduced me to what was not only my favourite show of 2018 but is now my favourite show EVER – Taskmaster. The premise is a fun one – the Taskmaster’s assistant gets 5 comedians all to do some tasks, and they all get together to watch what each of them has done, then the Taskmaster judges the tasks and awards points. It’s the cleverest show I have ever seen, and it is incredibly funny. 15/10 would recommend.

Dennis the Prescott – A boss of mine suggested Dennis’ Instagram account to me and I immediately fell in love with the combination of delicious-looking food and an interesting photographic composition theme. I even bought my boyfriend his cookbook, Eat Delicious, for Christmas (even though it’s really for me).

The Royal Wedding – I cannot help it, I’ve always loved the pomp and circumstance of the Royal Family. I had been very excited about the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan since they announced their engagement late last year. My mom and I woke up very early to watch it live. It is just a very fun memory we have together, and it’s always cool to feel like everyone in the world is doing something at once.

Reina del Caribe V1 Palette by Alamar Cosmetics – This was my favourite eyeshadow palette of 2018. It was the reason I got my first Boxycharm. I am so drawn to the bright, bold colours in this palette. The formula of the shadows is pigmented but not hard to work with, and the shimmers are unlike anything I’ve tried. This year had many ‘neutral with one pop of colour’ palettes release, and this one really felt like a breath of fresh air. Even though it’s bold, it’s still very wearable.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – This was one of the most talked about books of 2018, with good reason. The author, Michelle McNamara, died suddenly in her sleep while halfway done this book. It was finished by her widow, Patton Oswalt, and crime journalists Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen. The book follows Michelle’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer. The book is haunting and unsettling, but incredibly brilliant and gripping. In a twist of fate, soon after the book was released, the Golden State Killer was caught. This is a must-read for true crime lovers, but I’m sure they’ve all read this already.

I hope you enjoyed my favourites from this year, what are yours?

November Empties

November Empties

I’ve been trying to make an effort to use up a lot of my products lately. I am a bit of a hoarder. But I bought them to use them, so here we go. If I’ve managed to finish something it usually means I liked […]