Friday, May 29, 2020

Five on Friday - May 29, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! I'm very excited because this evening after work we are heading out to the cabin for a nice social distancing weekend on the river and I'm looking forward to some rest and relaxation - I'm leaving the computer behind and hoping to get some good reading in! 

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Novelly Yours Novels in Noir Candle Box
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains referral links

This was my second time picking up a Novelly Yours Exclusive Candle Box (I previously purchased the November 2019 Box because it was all about The Starless Sea and it was lovely!) So, when Novelly Yours announced that their April 2020 "Novels in Noir" box would contain a candle from The Night Circus, I had to pick it up! 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

I set one of my 2020 goals to be actually sticking to my $100 a month Beauty Budget - last year I attempted this and didn't do so well, so I'm actually trying to be a little more strict on myself! I really want to make sure that I can use and enjoy the products I have in my collection and that I will really use the products I picked up! 

I always love my Monthly Haul posts to share with you everything I picked up (since I can't review everything I buy)! I also am trying to hold myself a little more accountable to buying products that I really want and will actually use!

But, this month I ran in to my first conundrum with my budget, where I had some replacement items to purchase (I usually buy them with Shopper's points, so I did make this decision that straight repurchase items will not count towards my monthly budget (but I have to be reasonable about this!)

May 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

Nails Inc Order ~ $59.10 CAN. I'm so impatient that I could not wait for this Nails Inc (or Inc.Redible) mask set to come in to stock on Sephora (and I ordered an extra set for my Blogiversary giveaway and it would not have arrived in time from Sephora). Plus, how gorgeous is this Freshly Juiced polish set?! These are stunning polish shades for the Summer! Also, as part of the order, the Girl King polish set came for free. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow - Swatches, Looks and Review!

I've been a pretty big fan of the Natasha Denona products that I tried and I mostly pick up her products in mini form because they can be a little pricey! I had heard such rave reviews about the Bloom Blush & Glow palette that I had to pick it up a few months ago!

Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow - Swatches, Looks and Review!
I purchased this palette - this post contains affiliate links

I've actually already raved about this palette here - it made my Monthly Favourites in March after using it for the whole month of March in my Monthly Makeup basket! It's super gorgeous and perfect for Springtime! 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Manicure Monday - Purple Flower Stamped Nails

Happy Manicure Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent most of the weekend out in my garden again, so this May Flowers theme for my nails is very fitting! 

Manicure Monday - Purple Flower Stamped Nails
I purchased everything in this post

I'm not going to lie, I can't believe my nails have been surviving the hours of gardening I have been putting them through the past few weeks (not too mention all the extra sanitizer and hand washing); but, they are hanging in there really well!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Travel Post - Playa Del Carmen Mexico with a Big Group and Toddlers!

Anyone missing travelling right now?! I was actually supposed to be flying to Italy today with my mom and sister for a girl's trip, so I'm totally missing travelling right now! 

Travel Post - Playa Del Carmen Mexico with a Big Group and Toddlers!

I thought this would be a fun time to share a recap of our trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico from earlier this year! We went with my inlaws, so there was actually 13 of us, including 5 kids with 4 of them being under 4 years old! (Yes, it was as crazy as it sounds, but also a lot of fun!)

Friday, May 22, 2020

Five on Friday - May 22, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I love a short work week because Friday comes so much quicker! Woo hoo! 

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Graphic Novels TBR
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

I have been loving really getting back in to reading (I used to share my book reviews on a whole separate page here, and I know it didn't really fit), but I've really been trying to expand and share what I've been reading, because it's something I do basically every day and I do love it! So I hope you guys enjoy seeing what I'm planning on reading! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May Shop My Stash - Yellow Blush, Graphic Liner and Faux Freckles

Well, I haven't been wearing much makeup lately - we have starting wearing masks at work, so it's been difficult to feel like putting a lot of makeup on. So, when I sat down to play with my Shop My Stash look, I ended going down the road of PUT ALL THE TRENDS ON MY FACE! Sorry, not sorry! 

May Shop My Stash - Yellow Blush, Graphic Liner and Faux Freckles
All the Hard Candy products and the Catrice concealer were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

When I sat down, the plan with just a yellow eye and graphic liner look in mind for a yellow look, but it expanded to the yellow blush, and I'm not going lie, it's so different from what I normally do and I sort of love it! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Spring Floral Scents from Yardley

I've been keeping up the May Flowers theme with my nails all month, so why not extend the theme to fragrances too?! 

Spring Floral Scents from Yardley
These products were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I typically tend to wear light scents overall - I work in a scent free work place, so I've gotten used to light or no scents overall. Even though I like to keep things light, I do still like to experiment with scents! 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Manicure Monday - Mini Daisy Nails

Happy Manicure Monday - hope you are all enjoying the little extra day off with the long weekend today! I always love a long weekend and it's been so lovely outside in Calgary, so we've spent the whole weekend enjoying our back yard and getting some gardening done! 

Manicure Monday - Mini Daisy Nails
I purchased all products in this post - this post contains affiliate links

While I'm still waiting for my garden to bloom, at least for the whole month of May the #CBBxManiMonday group is featuring the theme "May Flowers", so I will at least have some blooms on my nails right now! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Five on Saturday - May 16, 2020

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! Mine was good, or as good as can be right now! 

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April 2020 Owlcrate
I purchased everything in this post (with the exception of the Catrice palette) - this post contains affiliate links

I just received my April Owlcrate subscription and this month's theme is "Full Moon Magic". Each month the book Owlcrate includes is signed by the author and comes with a note from the author as well - they often have special edition covers just for the box, and they seem to include a lot of exclusive items just for Owlcrate, which is so fun! As a bookworm, I have been loving this subscription!  

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SooAE Hemp Dreams Sheet Mask & Mud Mask

Happy Mask Wednesday everyone! I'm all about the masking self-care always, but especially right now! 

SooAE Hemp Dreams Sheet Mask & Mud Mask
These masks were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I've tried a few SooAE masks before - I did a full week of masks reviews on the brand. What I really enjoy about the brand is that they have a huge range of masks, from unicorn printed hydrogel masks, to a black charcoal line, and a new vegan nature story fruit mask line! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Happy 6 Year Blogiversary! Celebrating With A Giveaway!

Today, May 12, marks the 6th Blogiversary of See The World in PINK! It's a little crazy that 6 years ago I started this blog with a little Manicure Monday post - Hearts, Glitter and Stripes! I actually started this blog with reviewing subscription boxes and my manicures (so they have been a regular since the start!)

It took me a couple of years before I started doing full beauty content and really getting in to the makeup and skincare side of things! But, I'm so happy I've expanded in those areas and I love where See The World in PINK has gone over the past 6 years! I know I'm still a tiny blog in the beauty world; but, I'm still happy with everything that I've gotten to do over the past few years!

Happy 6 Year Blogiversary! Celebrating With A Giveaway!
I purchased the products in this post - all links in this post are to my reviews

I always like to use my Blogiversary as a way of saying thank you to YOU for reading my blog or popping in here and there if a post interested you - either way I always appreciate someone reading my posts! I'm so thankful and appreciative that anyone stops by and reads my blog and I always hope you enjoy what you see! Thank you so much for supporting See The World in PINK in any way! 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Manicure Monday - Colourful Spring Flower Nail Art

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! It was Mother's Day weekend; but, it was a little snowy and rainy here in Calgary so I did my nails really bright and colourful to brighten things up for me! 

Manicure Monday - Colourful Spring Flower Nail Art
The OPI polishes were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

For the month of May, the #CBBxManiMonday group chose the theme of "May Flowers", so this week I went with a hand-painted, colourful mix of flowers! I really wanted the bright yellow base and I love how it turned out! 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Skincare Sunday - Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream

I've raved about Glow Recipe on here before - it appears that whatever products that I try from them, I really enjoy! They make great products and I love the fruity branding they have! And, spoiler alert, I've already raved about this Banana Souffle Moisture Cream! 

Skincare Sunday - Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream
I purchased this myself - this post contains affiliate links

Glow Recipe has these adorable fruit-themed items and I love their philosophy - "Skincare should be fun. Unexpected sensorial textures, colourful packaging, and innovative ingredients are our thing." The believe your skincare routine should make you feel inspired! 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Five on Saturday - May 9, 2020

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! I had a pretty rough week last week and I have to say that I am exponentially better this week - my husband took the kids out to the cabin for a couple of days (they can bring all the stuff with them and then be socially distant where the can kayak and bike and enjoy nature!) So, I got a couple of days to myself and took a day off to just be home be myself and relax! I really needed it and felt totally refreshed! 

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I purchased everything in this post

Monday was May the 4th and as a Star Wars geek (as well as I geeky family), I love us to pick up little treats for the fun occasion! Also, I'm trying to support local Calgary places and Ollia makes the cutest macarons so I couldn't resist trying out their little Star Wars set that came with a Baby Yoda and a Stormtrooper! So cute! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Catrice Self-Made Bae Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Look and Review!

I've been really impressed with the Catrice products that I've tried and they are fairly new to Shopper's Drug Mart in Canada and I've already had their products in three of my four Monthly Favourites post of this year - the foundation in January, the Catrice x Eman eyeshadow palette in February, and the priming spray in April

This palette was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

So, any chance I get to try Catrice, I will take it because they are affordable drugstore products that are good quality! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Magical Self-Care Bath Night

I've talked a whole lot about self-care on here because I love to relax and take care of myself - I can have a pretty stressful job and crazy family stuff going on, so I have learned to take good care of myself! Self-care is different for everyone; but, these are the kinds of self-care that works for me! 

Magical Self-Care Bath Night
The bath bomb was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I think with everything going on in the world right now, I'm not only looking for self-care; but, I'm also looking for a bit of an escape from reality! So, I've put together a few products that help with having a bit of an escape right in your own home!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Manicure Monday - May the 4th Floral Nails

Happy Manicure Monday! So, we picked May Flowers for our #CBBxManiMonday theme for May; but, today is also May the 4th and I wanted to do both themes, so what was a girl supposed to do?! 

Manicure Monday - May the 4th Floral Nails
The OPI was received as a PR sample

So, I stuck with the floral theme for my nails, but had to throw a little Star Wars in, so I picked up some Baby Yoda macarons from Ollia and made sure my floral nails matched my baby yoda! 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

April 2020 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks

Here is a look at my beauty garbage from April:


April 2020 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks
Some products were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder ~ $8.00 CAN. The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is a loose powder that helps absorb oil and excess sebum.

I just finished this up in my 20 in 2020 Project Pan - I've had this since 2015 and it was time to use it up. It's not a bad powder, but I'm just not super in to loose powders in my routine anymore. This was super fine and I thought it creased under my eyes a little. 
Repurchase: Nah

Saturday, May 2, 2020

April 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

I set one of my 2020 goals to be actually sticking to my $100 a month Beauty Budget - last year I attempted this and didn't do so well, so I'm actually trying to be a little more strict on myself! I really want to make sure that I can use and enjoy the products I have in my collection and that I will really use the products I picked up! 

I always love my Monthly Haul posts to share with you everything I picked up (since I can't review everything I buy)! I also am trying to hold myself a little more accountable to buying products that I really want and will actually use!

April 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

Cheekbone Beauty ~ $36.96 CAN. I have been meaning to try Cheekbone Beauty for a while - I really like the owner's story, she's worked hard for this company and it is a Canadian brand owned by an indigenous women. They are working towards being a no-waste company and I think that's such a great mission! So, I picked up a new Sustain lipstick in Keyah - you can see it on me here! It's a really nice formula. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Five on Friday - May 1, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I'm so happy it's Friday - this week has just been a little blah. I've been feeling a little all over the place and I just couldn't get in to a good routine and I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed and extra anxious. I think it's because I worked from home last week and now I'm back to work, so it's just felt like a longer week! I'm hoping to have a good me-time night this weekend and just myself back on track. 

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I purchased everything in this post

I really contemplated not doing a Monthly Makeup Basket for May - we now have to wear masks every day at work, so I'm certainly wearing a lot less makeup. But, it felt a little like giving up and I do still like to wear a little bit of face makeup just to get myself ready in the morning! So instead, I decided to focus on the face products that I have in my Project Pan (I had originally been focusing on those in addition to my Monthly Makeup Basket), and an old favourite face palette that I know I will keep even if I get minimal use out of it.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April 2020 - Monthly Favourites!

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


April 2020 - Monthly Favourites!

I received the Catrice Primer as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links


Honestly, for the month of April, I haven't been trying a ton of new products - some of these are new, but, for the most part, I've been trying to use this time to get through products in my collection!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April Shop My Stash - Bright Spring Look and Duping The Vibes of The Viseart Mini Petit Pro Chou Chou Palette

I've been buying a fair bit less makeup since the Covid-19 pandemic; but, there have been a couple of releases that have caught my eye lately. I really enjoyed my a previous Shop My Stash look when I Duped The Vibes of an eyeshadow palette that really caught my eye - I ended up having very similar shades in my collection, so I really convinced I didn't need the palette even though the reviews about it were great! And, it was such a fun new way to Shop My Stash and play in my collection! 


April Shop My Stash - Bright Spring Look and Duping The Vibes of The Viseart Mini Petit Pro Chou Chou Palette
The two primers were received as PR - this post contains affiliate links

When I saw the new Viseart Mini Petit Pro Chou Chou Eyeshadow Palette, I actually really wanted it! It was perfect for Spring and Summer - it comes with bright shades and it is really refreshing! I already have 3 of the Petit Pro palettes in my collection and I like the quality, so I was certainly considering purchasing the palette!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Manicure Monday - Using Eyeshadow To Make My Own Nail Polish

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend - the weather is finally warming up here in Calgary, so even though we're stuck at our house, we could spend most of our days outside! 


Manicure Monday - Using Eyeshadow To Make My Own Nail Polish
The Essie and OPI base and top coat were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I have been seeing a few people that I follow recently using eyeshadows as nail polishes (and I've especially seen it with the Clionadh Cosmetics stained glass shadows because they are multichrome pigments and offer a really unique finish on the nails) and I really wanted to give it a shot! I think it turned out so pretty and I actually think the shift and finish was a little hard to capture in a picture! 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Five on Friday - April 24, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! What a strange week this has been - I've been working from home for the week, and was just back to work today. My husband started feeling sick over the last weekend and he had to self isolate and get tested - we were told yesterday that he does not have Covid-19, which is great. We didn't think he did; but, with the nature of our work, it's always better to be safe! But, it's made for a bit of a crazy week! 

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spiderman birthday cookies
Everything in this post was purchased by me, with exception of the NYR gift

The strangest part of this week was that it was Elliott's 3rd birthday yesterday! I had fun plans for a birthday party, and then we just hard to celebrate with the four of us. It was fine and Elliott was happy, but it was just a hard adjustment! So, I made some adorable Spiderman cookies and cupcakes to help my little Peter Parker celebrate! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day Beauty - Compostable Makeup and Skincare Products

Happy Earth Day everyone! I've been sharing Earth Day posts for the last few years and I'm really trying to make some overall changes in my life towards being more eco-conscious and I've been seeing how I can incorporate these in to my beauty products too! 


Earth Day Beauty - Compostable Makeup and Skincare Products
The Patch bandaids were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links 

In 2017, Calgary introduced a Green Cart composting program and I was actually pretty excited to get composting - my husband and I were actually considering a back yard self compost, so I'm glad our city made the decision for us! And honestly, it feels really good to be able to see how much waste I'm diverting from landfills and it's so accomplishing! 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Manicure Monday - Pastel Abstract Nail Art

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - it was pretty quiet around here (of course!)


Manicure Monday - Pastel Abstract Nail Art
The BioSculpture polish was received as a PR sample

I've done abstract nails before; but, this was the first time I went in totally abstract and didn't have a plan - I came up with these as I was doing them and I'm really happy with how they turned out! 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

20 in 2020 Project Pan - Update #2

In December I kicked off my big year-long Project Pan - I am planning on using up or hitting pan on 20 makeup products throughout the whole year! So, I introduced the first 10 products in December, did an update in February, and now it's time for my second update! 


20 in 2020 Project Pan - Update #2
The Hard Candy primer was received in PR - this post contains affiliate link

I was really happy that I already reached two of my goals in my first update, and am excited to say I hit more for this update too! So, I wanted to use up 20 products throughout the year; but, I didn't want to overwhelm myself with 20 products at the start, so I'm rolling in new products as I reach my goals on products so I'm sticking with 10 products on a time to focus on! 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Five on Friday - April 17, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great week - I am happy it was a short week and that it is already the weekend! Did you hear the good news that Calgary is actually supposed to be having warm weather this weekend - woo hoo! Finally - it's been snowing for basically two weeks and I'm ready for it to be done! 

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I purchased everything in this post (except for the library books, clearly I'm borrowing those - this post contains affiliate links)

I shared last month some of the fiction books I'm planning on reading this Spring, so I thought it was pretty fitting that I also share some of the non-fiction books on my Spring Reading List! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Clionadh Cosmetics Stained Glass Collection Eyeshadows - Swatches, Eye Swatches and Makeup Looks!

I started hearing about Clionadh Cosmetics last year - they are a Canadian indie makeup brand and I was pretty impressed with the eyeshadows they were releasing last year. They came out with their Stained Glass multichrome shadow line and I had to get some when I could! 

They announced in January that they were doing a restock of the line plus adding some new categories and colours of shadows in the range, plus they were doing a 15% sale of the whole range, so I picked up a few singles to try out the Stained Glass shadows! 


Clionadh Cosmetics Stained Glass Collection Eyeshadows - Swatches, Eye Swatches and Makeup Looks!
I purchased these shadows myself

I ordered from the sale at the end of January and just received my order at the end of March - Clionadh shadows are all handmade and the brand let everyone know that they received more orders during that sale than the whole of 2019, so their production time was a little slower than usual. Also, given the current pandemic as well as their production time, all orders are currently on pre-order status and won't ship for a couple of months. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fresh, Fun Products for Spring!

It sounds so cliche; but, the word I always associate with Spring is "fresh". New growth and new beginnings - everything about the season just always feels fresh and new. You know what I mean, right?! That fresh scent of Spring is my favourite! 


Fresh, Fun Products for Spring!
The Reversa, Calgon, Vichy were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Personally, Calgary is a little slow to get on the fresh train - we had snow this whole past weekend and it's been pretty cold! I'm waiting for that slow warm up, so I can start to see green grass and my garden grow!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Manicure Monday - Tie Dye Nails

Happy Mani Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - I'm so happy to have a long weekend and I hope you all enjoyed your Easter, however you got to celebrate while staying home and safe! 


Manicure Monday - Tie Dye Nails
The top coat and base coat were received as PR - this post contains affiliate links 

Am I the only one who has noticed that tie dye all the sudden popped up everywhere on my social media?! It's actually kind of a cute trend - I like what I've seen on some people,; but, I'm sort of having early 90's flashbacks to tie-dying my own shirts in elementary school, so I'm not sure if I'm jumping back on the tie dye bandwagon with my clothes; but, I will jump on the trend with my nail art! 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Five on Saturday - April 11, 2020

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I'm very excited that it is a long weekend and it was a real treat that I had yesterday off! (Ask me if I regret that choice after Monday with 4 days off in a row stuck in the house with a toddler!)

ONE 


Five on Saturday - April 11, 2020
Everything in this post was purchased or paid for by me

How could I not get the weekend started with some Easter baking?! The boys and I spent a couple of hours last weekend baking delicious treats for the Easter Bunny! (I know I'm not the only one that's on a baking kick right now - I've always been a baker; but, I've been stepping it up and trying new things since I've had way more time at home!)

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Mad Beauty Disney Minnie Magic Face Mask

It's Mask Wednesday! I've shared these adorable Mad Beauty Disney printed masks before and they are too cute! 


Mad Beauty Disney Minnie Magic Face Mask
I purchased this mask myself

I've seen this big movement during this self-isolation time to focus a bit more on skincare instead of makeup, and it's likely true that overall people are wearing less makeup while they are at home more. I personally am feeling a little uninspired with my makeup right now and stress can tend to wreck havoc on my skin, so I'm trying to use this time to get back in to a better masking routine!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

March 2020 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks

Here's a look at all my beauty garbage from March and what I loved and didn't: 

March 2020 - Monthly Empties and Month in Masks
Some products may have been received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray - Bridal ~ $29.00 US for 4 oz. or $39.00 US for 8 oz (this is the 4 oz bottle). Our ultra-fine mist spray has patented technology designed to resist the effect of excess moisture and help keep makeup flawless all day and all night.

This is a pretty easy favourite setting spray and it was featured in my Favourite Setting Sprays post I did awhile back, so I clearly love this - it's been a love since way back in July 2016. I also recently featured this in my Shop My Stash where I use products that will weather proof my makeup for a long night and this is the best formula of setting spray by far!
Repurchase: I have a few other kinds to use first, but, yes! 


Monday, April 6, 2020

Manicure Monday - Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Insta-Dri Hop Into Spring Nail Color Set

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I loved the Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly they released last year for a limited edition collection, so I was pretty excited to see them collaborate again this year for some pretty Spring colours! 

Manicure Monday - Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Insta-Dri Hop Into Spring Nail Color Set
I purchased this set myself - this post contains affiliate links

They brought back a favourite shade "Tutti Fruitti" from last year - you can see it swatched on my Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly post from last year, plus they released some cute new shades! And, how adorable is this Hop Into Spring set?! I was most interested in the Birthday Cake shade because it's this light shade with fun confetti in it! So, when I saw this little set that included a light pink shade, I had to pick it up! 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

What Makes Me Happy - Keep Calm And Tag On

How is everyone doing this weekend? I hope you are all hanging in there! I'm still trying to keep my head up and stay positive! I still have to go to work every day as an essential service, but otherwise we are staying pretty quiet at home! 


What Makes Me Happy - Keep Calm And Tag On
Some items may be received as

I just saw this "What Makes Me Happy" Tag over on Abby Williamson's youtube channel and I believe the original creator of the tag is Kara C. and you can see her video here

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Five on Saturday - April 4, 2020

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I'm finding these week's lately are a little long; but, I think that will be the new norm for the foreseeable future! 

ONE 

Monthly Makeup Basket The Catrice product was received as PR - this post contains affiliate links

I'm keeping up my Monthly Makeup Baskets for 2020 because I really enjoyed that they helped me shop my stash and allowed me to use and love everything in my collection! I always like to remember the older products and not let them get pushed aside when I get something shiny and new! 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Foundation Showdown - Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup vs. Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup

I have absolutely loved the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation - it made my Monthly Favourites all the way back in July 2017 and it's easily gotten holy grail status in my collection since! I can always rely on the formula to be full coverage and weather-proof, so I'm constantly repurchasing it because I can't be without it! 


Foundation Showdown - Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup vs. Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup
I purchased both foundations - this post contains affiliate links

But, the Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup is solidly full coverage, but, I've been trying to go for a lighter base look when my skin is behaving, so I was really intrigued when I saw this Double Wear Light foundation! I had to pick it up to see if it's as good as the Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation, just with lighter coverage! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 2020 - Monthly Favourites!

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

March 2020 - Monthly Favourites!

The Paula's Choice was received as PR - this post contains affiliate links


This month's favourites are a really good range of products - a few makeup products and a couple of skincare products! 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Manicure Monday - Happy Face Nails

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend - ours was quiet (obviously), but good. I'm really trying to stay positive, but sometimes it's not always easy under the current circumstances, so I thought I would enlist the help of my nails to help keep my positivity motivated! 


Manicure Monday - Happy Face Nails
The Bio Sculpture polishes were received as PR - this post contains an affiliate link

Funny story - The CBBxManiMonday group picked "pastel nails" for the month of April, and this is what I picked. And, honestly I didn't notice until I went to schedule this post for today (last night) and my blog calendar reminded that is in fact still March, which should be "blue and green nails" so I'm feeling a little silly right now that this is neither! 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

Happy haul day everyone! Early this year, I set one of my 2020 goals to be actually sticking to my $100 a month Beauty Budget - are you ready to see if I was able to do this?!? 

I always love my Monthly Haul posts to share with you everything I picked up (since I can't review everything I buy)! I also am trying to hold myself a little more accountable to buying products that I really want and will actually use!

I purchased everything in this post

Facebook Auction Find ~ $10.00 CAN. This was a brand new mist I picked up on an auction and this was a product that has been huge on my to-try list! This is a full sized product that is regular $37, so I was pretty excited to pick it up! 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Five on Friday - March 27, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've all good week - it's still been pretty exhausting here, but I'm feeling better this week. I really hope everyone is doing okay and hanging in there! 

ONE 


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I  received my March Owlcrate subscription and this month's theme is "Music of the Night". Each month the book Owlcrate includes is signed by the author and comes with a note from the author as well - they often have special edition covers just for the box, and they seem to include a lot of exclusive items just for Owlcrate, which is so fun! 

This month the items included in the box are:


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales Little Briar Rose Palette

I have been talking about Storybook Cosmetics on the blog for years - starting back in September 2017 with their Wizardry and Witchcraft palette. I know they've had some up and downs over the past couple of years (they've tended to sneak peek ideas very far in advance and haven't made some of them, but they also got in to Ulta and have come out with some really great palettes). It's a brand I find myself really drawn to because I love their ideas and I love the Storybook inspirations! 

Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales Little Briar Rose Palette
I purchased this palette myself 

Storybook Cosmetics and Boxycharm announced that for their December box they were collaborating on a line of Fairy Tale palettes - two minis and a full size Briar Rose palette! I'm not subscribed to Boxycharm anymore, but this is for sale on the Storybook Cosmetics website still! I've talked a whole bunch on here about how much I love Sleeping Beauty, so I clearly really wanted to pick this and give it a try! Briar Rose and Aurora are Sleeping Beauty's other names and "Little Briar Rose" is the original name of the fairy tale story that everything Sleeping Beauty has been based on! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Spring Cleaning with New (To Me) Cleansers - Indeed Labs, NO7, Kosmea, and The Inkey List!

Who doesn't look forward to Spring cleaning as part of there Spring routine?! I'm sure there is some of you getting a head start on their decluttering and organizing with this extra time at home!


Spring Cleaning with New (To Me) Cleansers - Indeed Labs, NO7, Kosmea, and The Inkey List!
The Kosmea cleanser was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I'm actually not planning much Spring cleaning for the house (because extra time at home with a toddler does not leave time for any house chores!), but I will get back in the habit soon! But, I happened to accumulate some new cleansers, so why not talk about Spring cleaning for your face and my thoughts on how these new (and new to me) cleansers work! 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Manicure Monday -" Stay Home and Eat All The Treats" Stamped Nails

Anyone else finding themselves eating a lot more sweets and junk food with all of this extra time at home?! We have been baking cookies and muffins and treats for the weekends (today I snuck some zucchini in the chocolate muffins) - but it's actually an activity that will entertain both a toddler and a teenager so we are doing it often! 

Manicure Monday -" Stay Home and Eat All The Treats" Stamped Nails
The OPI products were received as PR samples

But, I have been trying to counteract the time at home eating junk with workouts too (finally did an at-home barre class and it kicked my ass), so that's balance right?! 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Five on Friday - March 20, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! (Is it still okay to even say that given the circumstances?!) And, did we even realize that the first day of Spring snuck in yesterday??? Did we notice because I totally forgot! I've had a pretty rough week, but am trying to turn it around and stay as positive as I can! 

ONE 

Well it's been two weeks since I've done a life update and clearly shit has hit the fan in the last two weeks here - wow! On March 11, 2020 WHO officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic, on March 15, 2020 Calgary declared a state of emergency and the province of Alberta announced that all child care centres and schools were closed indefinitely, and then on March 17, Alberta declared a state of emergency. 

So, basically schools are closed until at least the start of the next school year, and daycares we have no idea! We are very lucky to have my Mother in Law, as jails don't close during emergencies so my husband and I still have to work during this time. Most businesses have closed down entirely at least for a couple of weeks and no one is allowed gatherings over 50, but everyone is recommended to stay to themselves and maintain social distancing! So, let's stick to the recommendations to stop the spread!!!

TWO

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It's Spring now, so it's time to share my Spring 2020 Reading List! (And, seriously if now isn't a great time to pick a new book it, I don't know when is!) I'm starting with my fiction picks, and I will share some non-fiction books soon too! And really, most of these are fantasy style books, because I need an escape before bed each night right now! And don't go out to get a book - we have some local book stores offering free delivery and Indigo has free shipping on right now too! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March Shop My Stash - Green St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look

I almost forgot that St. Patrick's Day was yesterday, with all the craziness that is going on! I did get a very green makeup look done by Shopping My Stash! 


March Shop My Stash - Green St. Patrick's Day Makeup Look
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I rarely reach for greens when doing my eyeshadow, so I had so much fun doing this blown out green eye look! March is the perfect time to play with greens - St. Patrick's Day and the start of Spring, so let's will the warm weather and good vibes our way!