Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 2018 - What I Bought This Month!

Happy Monthly Shopping Haul time! I hope you guys enjoy seeing my shopping - for me it's a way of sharing everything I pick up; because, honestly I buy so much stuff that some doesn't get talked about at all until it appears in an empties post! But, if there is ever anything you want to see a full post on, just let me know and I will do it!!! 

Also, I do "try" to stick to a monthly budget of $100, and these posts are supposed to keep me in check! (Haha - supposed to, being the key word! I am clearly a beauty addict!) I will only include products I have spent money on - gifts, pr samples, and freebies are usually shared on posts like my Five on Friday posts! 

For February, I was supposed to be on a "no-buy" or a really low-buy (but, I broke it slightly because I got a new job and thought I deserved a present!)

Here is a look at what I bought in February:

Sephora Shopping ~ $10.50 CAN (would have been $47.25 CAN). I have been wanting to try this foundation for a while - I am on the tail end of a few foundations and then I'm going to try this! I had a gift card that couldn't be used online, so I finally got to use it! Plus, I picked up samples of the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir and the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster because I have been loving my Smashbox Primer Oil and wanted to try a few new ones! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

February 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Here are the 5 things I have been loving this month:

February 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Too Faced White Peach Eye Shadow Palette ~ $55.00 CAN. A matte, shimmer and glitter eyeshadow palette infused with peach and sweet fig cream. 

I have to start by saying that this is not a palette for everyone; but, I'm a big fan! I know this is an overall really light toned palette - there isn't a lot of medium toned transition shades or deep shades. But all that considered - for me, this is an actual every day go-to palette (especially when I go back to work in April)! For every day looks I really just go with a simple, light and pretty eye looks so I don't need a lot of deep shadows as I prefer every day looks without.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Manicure Monday - Abstract Brush Stroke Nail Art

Happy Manicure Monday! I haven't been feeling super inspired with nail art lately because my nails are sooo short and I always find nail art harder with little nails! But, I went through my Instagram searching for inspiration and went waaaay out of my comfort zone with this Mani (and I love it!)

Manicure Monday - Abstract Brush Stroke Nail Art

I take no credit for the design of these nails - this is all NinaNailedIt inspired - I have talked about her nails a bunch of times! She is basically a nail art goddess (and she partners with Scratch for their Monthly Mani Kit designs). So, thank you Nina for giving my inspiration and getting me out of my comfort zone! 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February 2018 Boxycharm - Unboxing, Review, and Full Make-up Look!

Boxycharm is a beauty subscription box for $21.00 US a month + $5.00 shipping to Canada (shipping is free to the U.S.) Boxycharm sends 4 to 5 full size and luxury size beauty items. 

This subscription focuses heavily on make-up items - so that is something to keep in mind! While it is a little pricier than the more inexpensive beauty boxes, the majority of the products are full size, with a deluxe sample every once in a while. 

February 2018 Boxycharm - Unboxing, Review, and Full Make-up Look!

Every subscriber generally receives the same products, but their is usually 1 or 2 items that have a few variations, so our boxes may not be identical! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Five on Friday - February 23, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have all had a great week! 


On this week, I had a job interview for a position in my workplace for when I go back to work! I thought I would share my go-to interview makeup! I work in a conservative workplace, so I think really neutral look is good that brightens the eyes and looks professional! And, in a time like this, I always rely heavily on my holy grails and favorites so I know they work well and look great! (But, I had a couple of stress blemishes that I needed to coverup as well). 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mask Thursday - Dr. Jart + Shake & Shot Rubber Mask "Firming" Try on and Review

HEEELLLOOOO - Sorry to frighten you, I must look like a Yeti! It's my nightly meringue mask, part of my nighttime skincare regime! (I'm sorry - I can't help quoting Mrs. Doubtfire when I feel exactly like when he stuck his face in a cake, with the little pieces dripping off my chin and everything!)

Happy Mask Thursday everyone! You know that I love weird and crazy masks and I have been waiting for something fun to get me back in to my mask posts! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Manicure Monday - Butter London + Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Nail Lacquer "Ultra Violet"

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I think I did a purple manicure last month; but, really, you should expect purple to pop up a fair bit around here as Ultra Violet is the Colour of the Year! And, while I will try and incorporate the colour in to make up looks - it just screams nails to me and looks so good on them! 

Butter London + Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Nail Lacquer in "Ultra Violet" ~ $10.00 US/$12.49 CAN. Butter London is proud to partner once again with Pantone, the Global Color Authority, to introduce the Color of the Year 2018. Meet Ultra Violet, a provocative purple that speaks volumes and takes us to a place where imagination runs wild. Leave it to Butter London to bring you an extraordinary collection packed with sophisticated colors and dreamy textures inspired by Ultra Violet's magical thinking. Look beyond the ordinary and check out violet's new vibe.

I didn't realize that Butter London partnered with Pantone to create a Colour of the Year line; but, not only does the line include 6 polishes in varying shades of purple, it also includes lip glosses, liquid lipsticks, eye gloss and eye liner! There is some really pretty shades in this whole collection! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five on Friday - February 16, 2018

Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope you all had a great week! I'm sorry it's been a bit quiet around here this week! If you read my last Five on Friday post then you know I'm currently in full on study mode for a job interview next week and I'm quite nervous about interviews, so my free time has been a little consumed by that!


I love crazy and weird masks so much! This Dr. Jart Shake & Shot Rubber Mask looks hilarious and strange and amazing! I was drawn to the colours of the Firming Mask - if you can believe when I was a teenager, my room looked just liked these colours! I had a bright purple ceiling and orange walls. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gummiband Hair Cords - Review + A Special Offer!

So, I'm really late to the game trying hair cords - just about everyone I know was using them and raving about them; but, I was still using regular elastics forever. I think mainly, I have fine and thin hair so I didn't think something thick and plastic would actually work well in my case - but, Gummiband hair cords say they work for all hair types so I was happy to try them out! 

Gummiband Hair Cords - Review + A Special Offer!

The Gummiband hair cords are hypoallergenic - they don't absorb water or sweat so they don't get all gross and bacteria-y! They are gentle on hair so can reduce styling damage (who else despises a pony-tail bump?!) and they reduce breakage as well. They are useable for years - if they start to stretch, just warm them up with a hair dryer or hot water and it goes right back down; plus, Gummibands come with a one-year warranty! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

ColourPop Take Me Home Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - Review, Swatches and Makeup Look!

I have made no secret of the fact that I love mini palettes! If it comes in mini size, chances are that I will pick it up! There is just something so convenient about the little sizes - the shades all go together, making eye looks really easy. They are perfect when you don't have a lot of time to think about what shadows you should use, they travel well and are really handy! 

ColourPop Take Me Home Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - Review, Swatches and Makeup Look!

I picked up ColourPop single shadows when they were released; but, I haven't yet picked up any of the full sized shadow palettes yet so I was excited to see the mini palette on the Sephora website when ColourPop came to Sephora. I scooped it up immediately! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Five on Saturday - February 10, 2018

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week - my week started out busy; but, it slowed down later this week because we are getting slammed with snow here in Calgary! Like slammed - we're talking over 1 foot of snow on top of what has already accumulated here! Ugh - I'm ready for Spring! 


So, it's almost Valentine's Day and if you guys are looking for a super casual, easy makeup look, then I have an awesome Glitter Lip makeup look from last year that I loved so much! There is something about a full glitter lip that looks so fun and so glam - I absolutely loved doing this! 

The main products in this look are Lit Cosmetics glitter in Firecracker, Too Faced Glitter Glue Shadow primer and Lit Cosmetics glitter base, and the lipstick underneath is ColourPop Lippie Stix in Poppin and NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels! 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lush Valentine's Day Collection

Alright, there is officially less than 1 week until Valentine's Day! If you need any gift ideas for your significant other, or a treat for yourself, then you need to check out some of the goodies from the Lush Valentine's Day collection! 

It's no secret I'm not the most romantic person (hello - Valentine's Day at my house involves us ordering a heart shape pizza); but, no one does Valentine's Day treats better than Lush! So, after my pizza I can have a delicious smelling, pink bubble bath! 

As usual with most of Lush's holiday collection, there re-released some of their old Valentine's Day classics and some really exciting NEW products! 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

January 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Here are the top 5 products that I have been loving this month:

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray ~ $38.00 CAN for full size (also available in mini size for $21.00 CAN). A featherweight leave-in formula that delivers all the benefits dry, damaged hair needs to look and feel healthier. 

I had been pretty loyal to my Briogeo leave-in spray and it was good; but, it just wasn't as good as it could be so I wanted to try something new and this was highly reviewed. It's a touch pricey so I picked it up during the VIB Rouge sale and I have loved it! This actually makes my hair super smooth, detangled, and soft. This is light and doesn't weigh down my hair at all; but, makes my hair look really nice! 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January 2018 - What I Bought This Month!

Happy Monthly Haul time! I have really enjoyed seeing what I buy every month! I like that I get to share everything I have purchased (because really some of it would get lost in my beauty collection if I didn't!) Also these posts helps to keep me on track - I am planning on trying to only spend around $100 per month on beauty since I am be on a smaller budget with a new baby! 

I will only include products I have spent money on - gifts, pr samples, and freebies are usually shared on posts like my Five on Friday posts! 

Now, let's be real I knew with my trip to California that I would not even be close to being on budget this month, so I did 2 little makeup auctions before leaving (from my declutter what I didn't donate/give to friends) and definitely earned some money for my trip! 

Here is a look at what I bought in January: 

Beautylish Lucky Bag ~ $93.75 US = $123.29 CAN. So, I technically pre-ordered this on December 26, but it didn't ship or arrive until January so it's in this month's haul! Every year Beautylish releases a Lucky Bag for $75.00 plus shipping and you are guaranteed at least $150.00 products worth of products - it's always a surprise what you get! I did a huge unboxing of what I received in my Lucky Bag with swatches of everything - you can check out the full post here

Monday, February 5, 2018

Manicure Monday - Polka Dot Heart Nail Art

As if I really need an excuse to use pink in anything; but, since February is the month of Looooove, I'm feeling all the pink and hearts and everything pretty! It's funny actually, my husband and I do not celebrate Valentine's Day (unless you count ordering a Papa John's heart shaped pizza as celebrating), but I still love all the cute heart and lovey-dovey things that come out this month! 

I'm starting this month with a cute little polka dot heart nail art look! I needed something simple and cute, since I broke a nail with the car door and a couple others chipped corners on our trip! (So, sometimes it's nice to make them all the same length and have a fresh start!)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

January 2018 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks!

Time to take a look at my beauty garbage! (I hope each month that I will have lots of empties; because, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to go through and use up products!)

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch ~ 24 patches for $4.42. Acne Pimple Master Patch heals acne, blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly. Hydrocolloid patch prevent secondary infections and absorbs exudate to encourage wound repair process more faster.

These are hands down sooo good! These made my favorite products in September 2015 and I have continued to repurchase these multiple times! These are great to use on pimples that are building under the surface or that have surfaced that you don't want to pop! These clear up pimples quickly work so well. 
Repurchase: Yes! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Five on Friday - February 2, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe it has been almost a week since we have been home from vacation! It's always hard to get settled and organized after getting home I think and it's been a bit of a busy week! 


I love when I win awesome giveaways! Thanks so Canadian Box Addict and Sweet Reads Box I won the January Sweet Reads Box! I love the idea of of a book box, I just don't generally treat myself to something like this! 

Sweet Reads Box is a Canadian Book subscription that is $49.99 CAN + shipping. Each month you receive a best selling novel, an item connected to the story theme, a delicious drink, and a sweet treat.