Monday, April 30, 2018

Manicure Monday - Gradient Ombre Nail with Beauty Decals!

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! It is finally warming up here in Calgary, so I really needed some bright Spring nails this week! 


Manicure Monday - Gradient Ombre Nail with Beauty Decals!

I'm teaming up again with Jayne from Cosmetic Proof and Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love - and this week we picked Gradient/Ombre as our theme for our nails this week! 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April 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! 

Here is a look at what I bought in April:


Sweet As Candy Haul ~ $19.00 CAN. Sweet As Candy is a local Calgary bath company - how cute are these cake soaps?! And, I love how pretty the Mermaid Tail Bath Powder is! I can't wait to use these pretties! 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Five on Friday - April 27, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - this week has been a little crazy for me! 

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Alright, this was my first week back to work and it was a doozy! I'm actually going in to a whole new position so there is a lot of new information and it's a lot to take in! I will get the hang of it; but, there is also a lot of new staff to get to know as well and it's different getting back in to everything! Buuuuut, on top of that, Elliott just got his first molar and this week has been hell - he is teething so bad that he has been up at 4:30 every morning! Ah - fingers crossed next week he sleeps better! 

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minion birthday cake

More baby cakes! Last weekend was Elliott's first birthday party and when I saw how much he loved the minions when we met them at Universal Studios, I knew he had to have a minion themed party! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mask Wednesday - Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh Try-on and Review!

Happy Mask Wednesday! I always love fun, bright masks! It's finally starting to feel like Spring here in Calgary, so a bright orange peel off mask is perfect to use now! 


Mask Wednesday - Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh Try-on and Review!

Origins is a brand whose mission is to create skincare products that are powered by nature and proven by science! They focus on high-performance, natural products using potent plants, natural essential oils and organic ingredients. Origins also promotes earth-friendly practices with facilities powered by renewable energy, and recyclable packages.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Day Manicure Monday - Earth Sponge Nail Art

Yesterday was Earth Day, so today's Manicure is going to be an Earth Day themed mani! "Earth Day is Every Day" is the Earth Day motto and I think it's important to be earth conscious every day, so why not have the Earth on my nails as a little reminder?! 


Earth Day Manicure Monday - Earth Sponge Nail Art

I was going for an "Earth From Above" look and I think that's exactly how these turned out! Sponge nail art is really easy too - it's not meant to be perfect at all! 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Skincare Sunday - Eco Friendly Products from Boo Bamboo, Acure, Radius, Green Beaver and Wise

Not only is it Skincare Sunday today; but, it's also Earth Day today! I've got a few products from eco-friendly brands to share with you for the day. 


Earth Day Skincare Sunday - Eco Friendly Products from Boo Bamboo, Acure, Radius, Green Beaver and Wise

Boo Bamboo products are vegan, cruelty free products with biodegradable formulas. Radius toothbrushes are made with a special formula bio-plastic and their toothpastes are organic, vegan, gluten free and non-gmo. The Green Beaver products are Canadian, organic, and natural and Acure products are organic, natural, and fair trade. Wise Men's Care products are natural and cruelty free. All of these products are available for Canadians on Well.ca. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Five on Friday - April 20, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have had a great week! I know it's been quiet around here; but, it has been a really busy week for me! It is my last week before work - I go back on Tuesday (where did the time go?!) So, this week has just been packed with appointments like crazy, plus I have been shopping and prepping for Elliott's birthday party and daycare! 

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cookie monster cake cake smash shirt

We took Elliott for a little Cake Smash session today! In Calgary, if you take your child's passport pictures at The Village Studio, right now you get a free cake smash session for their birthday! (Highly recommended for infants passport's pictures too!) They would have provided a cake; but, I really wanted to flex my baking and cake decorating skills (I used to bake all the time!) 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Pixi by Petra Beauty - Mattelast Liquid Lipstick in Really Rose Try-on and Review

I have really enjoyed the skincare that I have tried from Pixi Beauty and have really wanted to try more makeup products from them! This month the Canadian Beauty Bloggers chose Pixi Beauty as the brand of the month so it was the perfect time to give something a try! 


Pixi by Petra Beauty - Mattelast Liquid Lipstick in Really Rose Try-on and Review


I have heard amazing reviews about the new Pixi Beauty liquid lipsticks, so I had to give one of them a try! Plus, Pixi Beauty is available in Canada at Shopper's Drug Mart so these are easy to find! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Manicure Monday - Morgan Taylor's Royal Temptations Spring 2018 Collection!

I'm so excited to get in to this Manicure Monday! I have a look at the whole Spring 2018 Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer "Royal Temptations" collection - six polishes and one special effect glitter polish! 

This collection is fit for a queen and is inspired by the lavish life of Marie Antoinette! It includes opulent candy hued greens, pinks, and purples! I love that they are pastel shades fit for Spring; but, they aren't muted shades at all! So, I say - let them eat cake... and wear beautiful nail polish shades while they're at it! 


Manicure Monday - Morgan Taylor's Royal Temptations Spring 2018 Collection!

This collection is stunning! I'm going to be honest and say that while Sophie Coppola's Marie Antoinette movie has been out for 12 years, I still watch it! It's such a visually stunning movie with gorgeous colours and an amazing setting - this collection reminds me very much of the movie! I read the book that came out at the same time and I think a luxurious French lifestyle of the late 1770's is a great inspiration! (And, yes I know the French Revolution was close to follow this time; but, it's just nail polish everyone - it's more about the colours of Versailles and the clothing and accessories that inspired this collection!)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Five on Friday - April 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you all had a great week! Ours was good and busy! It's hard to believe I only have one full week left off before I'm back to work - I feel like I have so much left to get done before I go back! Ack! I have a feeling next week is going to be really busy! 

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I have started prepping for everything next week and I had to get some birthday shirts made for Elliott's birthday! I actually photoshopped the pictures myself with special fonts, clip art etc. then printed them on iron-on transfer paper and ironed them on! We are doing a cookie monster cake smash (really only because we got a free one!) and a minion themed birthday party! (I am also making a shirt for his actual birthday too; but, I managed to mess up printing that one!) Anyways, can't wait to show you guys more details over the next 2 weeks! 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mask Thursday - Paula's Choice Pore Clarifying & Rehydrating Moisture Masks

Happy Mask Day - you know I always look forward to this day here! And today, I have 2 masks from Paula's Choice! I was really excited to try these are they are very different from each other! One is the Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask and the other is the Rehydrating Moisture Mask! 


Mask Thursday - Paula's Choice Pore Clarifying & Rehydrating Moisture Masks

Paula's Choice is brand that really focuses on their products delivering the results that are promised. Their products are all non-irritating with no added dyes, fragrances, or harmful ingredients. They are also not tested on animals and sourced from suppliers that don't test on animals either! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Makeup Look and Review!

I'm not shy about talking about my love of mini sized eyeshadows palettes here - I seriously loooove them! I'm personally never going to use up an eyeshadow palette (I buy a few too many of them), so to me, these mini palettes are the perfect way to try more brands and shades! 


Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Makeup Look and Review!

Natasha Denona is a luxury brand that has been on my wish-list for quite a while; but, her products are pretty pricey, so I have been biding my time waiting to try them! I was so excited when I saw that Natasha Denona was releasing a mini palette that I bought it on the day it was released!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Manicure Monday - Braided Nail Art!

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I have to point out that I don't remember the last time I did actual nail art for 3 weeks in a row, so I'm feeling pretty proud right now! 


Manicure Monday - Braided Nail Art!

I thought as I was painting the braids on my nails that I might not have used shades of green with enough contrast; but, I actually love the way this turned out and these polishes really ended up looking great together, leaving a nice subtle braid look! 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Skincare Sunday - Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lavender Body Care Products!

Happy Skincare Sunday everyone! Can you believe that I have not tried Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products?! They are a company that is based close to home in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Canmore, AB! 


Skincare Sunday - Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lavender Body Care Products!

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. makes 100% natural, toxin-free, products that are all handmade in small batches. They do not test on animals and are working to change the industry by informing consumers that if products are made toxin free, there should never be a requirement to test on animals at all! RMSC believes that "high quality and effective personal and beauty care products should be good and safe for you, your family and our earth." 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Five on Friday - April 6, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week! My older son was on Spring Break so we tried to keep busy this week; but, our plans were thrown off a little by more snow and cold weather here! 

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This week started with the long Easter weekend - and it was Elliott's first Easter! He's just a touch too young for an egg hunt so he only had a few eggs hidden in the house; but, Damian was pretty lucky and got a huge haul of chocolate! We just had brunch with the family and it was a good weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Springtime Treats and Easter Egg Hunting with Lip Smacker

I know, I know, it's a few days past Easter; but, I'm still sharing a few little Easter Egg hunting gems from Lip Smacker (I use all my holiday goodies well beyond whatever holiday they were made for anyways - don't we all?!) 

These are really all Spring themed and scented, so you can pick them up after Easter too! 


Springtime Treats and Easter Egg Hunting with Lip Smacker

Who doesn't need an adorable basket full of Easter treats?! There is a ton of cute collabs from Disney to Skittles (there is even M&M and Coca-Cola in their Spring collection!) Basically, there is something for everyone! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mask Wednesday - Glamglow x My Little Pony #GlitterMask Pink Glitter GravityMud Firming Treatment

I am soooo excited for this week's mask you guys!!! Seriously, when I saw a pink glitter mask from Glamglow and My Little Pony, I HAD to have it! 


Mask Wednesday - Glamglow x My Little Pony #GlitterMask Pink Glitter GravityMud Firming Treatment

I know some people think the glitter masks are stupid; but, I love glitter and I love masks, so it seemed like a good idea to me! We get so excited about fun new makeup releases, so why can't skincare be fun and cute too?! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Here are 5 things I have been loving in March:



Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme ~ $14.95 US. A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process. 

I have noticed a really great improvement to the overall look and texture of my skin since incorporating Glycolic Acid in to my routine. I love these pads - I actually think that these are amazing at night time. I do find that with the Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid in them that I only need to use these once or twice a week to maintain clear skin! If you want a more detailed review - you can check out my full review here!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Easter Manicure Monday - Peeps Spring Pink Bunny Nail Art

Happy Easter Manicure Monday! Yum, a mani based on delicious Easter candy sounds like a good idea to me! Also, these Bunny Peeps are so cute - pink and shimmery anything is right up my alley (especially candy!) I know there are some crazy people out there who aren't feeling the Easter Peeps; but, I love these little marshmallow guys (and basically all other Easter candy - I'm not picky, I will eat it all!)

Easter Manicure Monday - Peeps Spring Pink Bunny Nail Art

I'm collaborating this week for Mani Monday again with Jayne from Cosmetic Proof and Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love - both do amazing nails, so make sure you check out their Easter Manicures too! 

These little bunnies were fun to do - I tried to color match the best I could for the pink and found a really light glitter/shimmer polish to add just a hint of sugar sparkle to the bunnies!