Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lushoween Goodies and Mall Haul!

I went to the mall while my husband was getting his surgery done, to do a little shopping!! I wanted to start getting some Christmas presents and I needed to stop by Lush to get their Halloween goodies!! 

Here is a look at the goodies I picked up:

Lush Bat Heebie Jeebie ~ $17.95. When darkness falls across the land, a midnight shower is close at hand! Take these two eerie sudsers into the bathroom for a seriously spooky wash and emerge smelling truly irresistible.

How cute is this little bat?! It came with:

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 2015 Mishibox - K-beauty Subscription Unboxing and Review

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Mishibox is a newer Korean Beauty Box subscription based out of the U.S. - their first box shipped in June. I was so excited when they announced that they would be shipping to Canada for August! I obviously signed up right away! It is really great having more k-beauty subscription boxes available in Canada!  

Mishibox is described as:
"Our mission at MISHIBOX (pronounced "me-she") is to help you explore the exciting (and sometimes very cute) world of Korean beauty. We want to help you discover your favorite products in a convenient, effortless, and affordable way. We will send you a curated box with a combination of 4 - 6 deluxe-sized samples and full-sized Korean beauty products from a wide range of Korean brands. We are all about finding the best Korean beauty products for you to try from both brands that you already love and the brands that we think you will love."

Mishibox is $19.99 monthly + $5.95 shipping to Canada. 

Here is a look at the October Mishibox:

Mishibox always comes in a little pink box and is nicely packaged - here is a look at the products inside:

Five on Friday - October 30, 2015

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Yay for Friday!! Hope everyone had a great week - I am happy for the weekend! This has been a busy week!

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Yay for Halloween!!!! I love Halloween and usually spend so much time on my costume, but this year for Halloween we didn't plan too much - we were unsure of my husban'd surgery date so we didn't plan big costumes, but I will be doing some fun makeup! If you follow my instagram, look for my make-up tomorrow! My son wants to be a zombie so that will be fun too!
I am looking forward to tonight so we can get ready by carving pumpkins and watching Halloween movies! What's your favorite movie? I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and Double Double Toil and Trouble (haha, the Olson twins were so cute and my sister and I used to watch it all the time).

Thursday, October 29, 2015

LA Splash Cosmetics - Aurora and Lovegood Lippie Review (Princess and Harry Potter Collection)

In September, I was honestly so excited when I saw in an article that L.A. Splash Cosmetics came up with a line of lipsticks based off of Disney princesses!! 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Bear Flag Soft White Wine Blend + Velieve Honey Moisture Girlish Mask)

Yay for Wednesday!! I love my Wine and Mask nights - this week's theme is "honey".

Here is a look at the Wine of the Week:

Bear Flag Soft White Blend ~ $12.95. Pale lemon colour; subtle aromas of pear, honey and melon; off-dry, light-bodied, mild acidity; flavours of honey, peach, melon and citrus; medium-long finish.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 2015 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

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Here is my chart comparison of the October Ipsy and Topbox:
Here is a quick look at each beauty box:

Monday, October 26, 2015

Manicure Monday - Jack-O-Lantern Nail feat. Nailed Kit decals

Time for another Halloween Manicure Monday!!! I love everything Halloween and I thought this week that Jack-O-Lanterns would be perfect for the week leading up to Halloween!

Here is a look at the products I used this week:

  • Formula X nail cleanser and base coat
  • Julep polymer top coat
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed (orange)
  • Sally Hansen in Pixel Perfect (for an accent nail)
  • Nailed Kit halloween nail decals (these are from the October 2014 Popsugar Box!)

October Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription Unboxing and Review - Beauty Sample Subscription Service

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Ipsy is one of the inexpensive beauty bag sample subscriptions. You receive 4-5 deluxe sample size or full size products each month. The cost is $10 US (+ $4.95 shipping to Canada). 

Ipsy is generally make-up products with a mix of skincare, nail polish, and hair products based on a beauty profile you complete. There is usually 12-18 products that are selected from each month! You can view your "glam room" online that tells you all the products you will receive each month. You also receive a make-up bag each month with your products.

Ipsy always ships out in it's signature pink mailer:



My last few Ipsy bags have been so late so it was so nice to get my bag earlier this month! Here is a look inside:

October 2015 Topbox Unboxing and Review - Canadian Sample Beauty Subscription

TopBox is a Canadian Beauty Box Subscription - for $12 CDN a month with free shipping, you will receive 4 deluxe sample size or full size products. You fill out a beauty profile and generally receive products based on what you have identified in the profile. Also, every month you have the option to wish for a "prive" box, which is a box that focuses on one brand or product for the whole box.

TopBox is a Canadian company and only ships to Canada. The only downside to subscribing to TopBox is that there is a wait-list that can take a month or two to get off of.


For October, I opted for the Shu Uemura Prive Box. Here is a look:

Topbox always comes in a signature purple mailer. Here is a look inside:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Skincare Sunday Product Review - Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment

I was so excited when I received the Glamglow Flashmud Brightening Treatment in my September Ipsy bag - I have been waiting patiently (not..) to try it! 

Here is a look:

GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment ~ sample size 0.5 oz for $22.35 (full size is 1.7 oz for $76). A multi-targeted, multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment for radiant, youthful-looking skin. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Product Review - Sure Thik Hair Thickening Fibers and Fiber Locking Spray

This product was provided complimentary in exchange for my honest review

Farley Co. partnered with Canadian Beauty Bloggers to offer a few types of hair products for review. I chose to review a different type of product than what I normally do! 

I have naturally thin hair and find it incredibly frustrating! I saw Sure Thik and thought that it sounded promising and easy to use! 

"Sure Thik® is a unique complex of organic keratin protein that has been precision cut with a laser into tiny micro sized fibers. These microscopic hair fibers build upon your existing hair to produce dramatic density, volume and total coverage. SureThik® is made from the same organic keratin protein as your own natural growing hair. It is completely safe and an all natural solution for both men and women."

Sure Thik treatment comes in 2 parts - the hair thickening fibers and the fiber locking spray. Sure Thik can be used for:
  • Perfect for women & men with fine, thin, or thinning hair
  • Covers up scalp, wide parts, thin and thinning hair
  • Non-itchy hypo-allergenic formula
  • No-alcohol, sulfate-free, chemical free
  • Wind, rain & perspiration proof
  • Washes out with shampoo

September 2015 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

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This is my third month of just comparing Topbox and Ipsy - June was my last month of Birchbox Canada and May was my last month of Beauty Box 5. If you are interested in viewing my past comparions, you can go here!

Here is my chart comparison of September 2015:
Here is a closer look at the 2 beauty boxes:

September 2015 - Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and Review (Beauty Sample Subscription)

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Ipsy is one of the inexpensive beauty bag sample subscriptions. You receive 4-5 deluxe sample size or full size products each month. The cost is $10 US (+ $4.95 shipping to Canada). 

Ipsy is generally make-up products with a mix of skincare, nail polish, and hair products based on a beauty profile you complete. There is usually 12-18 products that are selected from each month! You can view your "glam room" online that tells you all the products you will receive each month. You also receive a make-up bag each month with your products.

Ipsy always ships out in it's signature pink mailer:


Ipsy arrived incredibly late for September - I left on the 26th and it had not arrived, and I returned home on October 10 and it had not arrived yet! I emailed Ipsy on October 12 and it arrived a couple of days after that! So frustrating - my bags the last few months have been super late! I hope they fix their shipping to Canada! I don't want to sound too whiny but not getting it at all was a pain! Here is a look at the September Ipsy bag:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five on Friday - October 23, 2015

Hope everyone has had a good week, mine has been a little bit rough this week but still good! I was hoping to get more blog posts up this week as I am STILL playing catch-up from the honeymoon! 

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First order of business this week - my husband went for knee surgery yesterday and I will taking care of him for quite some time!! He can barely move around the house right now, he can't drive for 4 weeks, and likely will not be back to work for 6 months!! I am hoping a smooth recovery for him, but for now I am his home nurse! 

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I LOVE getting swaps in the mail! Here are some goodies I got recently:

Fall 2015 - FabFitFun Lifestyle Subscription Unboxing and Review! + $10 off!!!

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FabFitFun is a quarterly lifestyle box! For $57.99 for Canadians (is US $), (FabFitFun is $49.99 in the U.S.A.) at the start of each season, they guarantee you will receive at least $100 worth of items. (Generally the box has over $200 worth of goodies in it).  

FabFitFun has been shipping to Canada for over 1 year now and I have been very happy with the FabFitFun boxes - this is one of my favorite subscriptions! I stick to it despite the crappy exchange rate because the value is always there!!! 

Here is a look at the Fall FabFitFun box:

Here is a look at all the goodies inside:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wine + Mask Wednesday - Rodrigues Blueberry Wine + The Face Shop Blueberry Sheet Mask Review

Time for another Wine and Mask Wednesday - this week's theme is Blueberry! yum!

Here is a look at my Wine of the Week:

Rodrigues Blueberry Wine ~ $14.78. Our signature blueberry wine is proudly crafted from whole, wild Newfoundland low-bush blueberries, grown in a clean, pesticide free environment. A true taste of Newfoundland, this semi-sweet wine possesses a brilliant garnet colour and a flavour that honours the mighty wild blueberry. It pairs well with spicy dishes or as an accompaniment to wild game. Serve chilled.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Manicure Monday Halloween Nails - Skeleton Skull Nails

Time for another Manicure Monday (so I did these last night and didn't post - I'm really good at that!) I love doing Halloween nails - this week I am going with skull nails!!! 

I sadly forgot to take a picture of what I used, so here goes:
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "White on"
  • Color Club Neon Pink (only if you want a pink accent nail)
  • Black Nail Art polish
  • Nail dotting tool
  • Formula X nail cleanser and base coat
  • Juelp topcoat
Here are the steps I followed for my skull nails:
1. Nail Cleanser and Base Coat 
2. 2 coats of base polish in white (for fun, I added 1 pink nail)

3. Using the black nail art polish (or a black polish and nail art pen), create a curved line on both sides of nail and fill in

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Skincare Sunday - Product Review "Me Thyme" Body Scrub and Body Butter

These products were sent to me complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion - this post contains affiliate links 

"Me Thyme" is a company focused on providing women with all natural products - their mission statement is:
"To encourage women to take time for ourselves, affecting change in our lives. Women are caregivers and nurturers by nature. Having a Me Thyme Experience empowers us to continue to do what we do naturally. It refreshes, rejuvenates and revives our body, mind and spirit."

The products contain NO: parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, sulfates or petroleum. They are vegan-friendly and do not test on animals - they also promise the highest quality ingredients that are gentle enough to use on baby skin.

I love the motto and what Me Thyme stands for - I was happy to try their products in exchange for my honest opinion. Me Thyme sent me 2 products to sample in "Vanilla":

Sugar Scrub in "Vanilla" ~ 2 oz. for $10 and 8 oz. for $20. Our Sugar Scrubs, slough away dead skin cells – allowing your skin to soak in the nutrients of Me Thyme’s Body Butter and Lotion. Your skin will feel smooth and soft – simply radiant.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mini Online K-Beauty Shopping Haul - ebay

I had quite a few packages come for my while I was away on holidays and a few were some online orders that I had placed last month! I just wanted to quickly share some of the products I have been waiting to try! 

Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Mist - Moist Mist ~ $13.90 on YesStyle, new type for $18 at Sephora, and $10.43 on ebayThis hydrating facial mist is enriched with fruit and plant extracts including aloe vera that help boost skin's elasticity while keeping your skin moisturized, refreshed and rejuvenated. Keep it in your purse or pocket for on-the-go freshness.

Five on Friday - October 16, 2015

Time for another Five on Friday - this week has flown by! It is hard to believe the holiday is over and I have been back to work for a week already! 

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Our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos was absolutely amazing! I will try not to take up too much space about it, but this picture is of the legendary Grace Bay Beach. The water is absolutely stunning and it just gets better. We actually island hopped from Provo to Grand Turk to Salt Cay and back to Provo! I was so happy with the trip, it's hard not to think about buying a vacation property on one of these amazing islands! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wine + Mask Wednesday (Lang Canadian Maple Wine + Skylake Brightening Mask Review)

Ahh, how I have missed my Wine and Mask Wednesday! My theme is a little obscure so you will have to work with my a little - it's "leafy" (give me a few weeks to get back in the groove, i'm hardly out of vacation mode!)

Here is my leafy wine:

Lang Vineyards - The  Original Canadian Maple Wine ~ $20.00. A lovely blend of Chardonnay and Canadian Maple Syrup. A light dessert wine with a smooth finish!

September 2015 Mishibox - Korean Beauty Box Review

Mishibox is a newer Korean Beauty Box subscription based out of the U.S. - their first box shipped in June. I was so excited when they announced that they would be shipping to Canada for August! I obviously signed up right away! It is really great having more k-beauty subscription boxes available in Canada!  

Mishibox is described as:
"Our mission at MISHIBOX (pronounced "me-she") is to help you explore the exciting (and sometimes very cute) world of Korean beauty. We want to help you discover your favorite products in a convenient, effortless, and affordable way. We will send you a curated box with a combination of 4 - 6 deluxe-sized samples and full-sized Korean beauty products from a wide range of Korean brands. We are all about finding the best Korean beauty products for you to try from both brands that you already love and the brands that we think you will love."

Mishibox is $19.99 monthly + $5.95 shipping to Canada. 

Here is a look at the September Mishibox:

It comes in a cute little pink box and is always nicely packaged! Here is a look at the goodies inside:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monthly Pedicure (Pumpkin Nail Art Toes) + Manicure Monday (Owl Nail Art Nails)

My poor nails and toes took quite the beating while in the ocean for 2 straight weeks - salt water does not do the nails any good!!! 

Also, I'm so sorry my picture quality is crappy - we broke both of our cameras while on holidays so I am only using my phone while I find an old camera to charge up!

I am excited to get home to Fall and now my nails can be part of the season! 

Here is my Monthly Pedicure - Pumpkin Nail Art Toes!
Here are the products I used this month:
  • Color Club in "Poetic Hues" (beige)
  • Sally Hansen in "Sun Kissed" (light orange)
  • Ciate polish in "Speed Dial" (dark orange)
  • L.A. Colors Art Deco Green Nail Art Polish 
  • Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat
  • Nail Art Brush
  • not pictured - Formula X Nail Cleanser and Base Coat