Thursday, October 29, 2020

Hot Topic The Nightmare Before Christmas Love Is Eternal Eyeshadow Palette A.K.A. I Tried Hot Topic Makeup So You Don't Have To

Hot Topic has some really cute Nightmare Before Christmas products, so I was buying some decor and costume items, I saw this eyeshadow palette and it was pretty cute so I snuck it to give it a try! 

Hot Topic The Nightmare Before Christmas Love Is Eternal Eyeshadow Palette
I purchased this palette - this post contains affiliate links

I will be honest, this isn't an easy blog post to write - I typically review and talk about products that I really enjoy here, but sometimes there is just something that's really not good and I think I should share so you can avoid making the same mistake! (I know there is some really cute looking palettes at Hot Topic, so I think you should see their quality before you think about picking them up for gifts or anything!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

October Shop My Stash - The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Makeup

 "Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see, this, our town of Halloween. This is Halloween, this is Halloween, pumpkins scream in the dead of night. This is Halloween, everybody make a scene, trick or treat till the neighbours gonna die of fright. It's our town, everybody scream, in this town of Halloween."

October Shop My Stash - The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Makeup
The Paula's Choice, Revlon, Shared Planet, Hard Candy & Esqido were received as PR - this post contains affiliate links

I've been wanting to do a Nightmare Before Christmas costume for yeeeears - my husband can vouch that I bring up a Jack & Sally costume since we've been together! So, finally my little guy loves Jack Skellington so I've selling him on us being Jack & Sally for a whole year. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Manicure Monday - Scratch Boo Halloween Nail Wraps

Happy Manicure Monday - I hope everyone had a good weekend! It was so cold and snowy in Calgary so I just hunkered down in the house for the weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Scratch Boo Halloween Nail Wraps
I purchased everything in this post

Can you believe Halloween is this week?! Wow, that totally flew by! For the whole month of October the #CBBxManiMonday group is doing Halloween nails! 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Winston & Walter Artisanal Halloween Bath Bombs

Remember when I said at the beginning of the year that I was going to buy less bath bombs this year because I still have lots? Ha, that was before I saw these absolutely stunning bath bombs from Winston and Walter - I couldn't resist! 

Winston & Walter is a Canadian bath brand based out of Quebec and they handmake and handpaint all their beautiful bath products and they use all plant-based and natural ingredients. 

Winston & Walter Artisanal Halloween Bath Bombs
I purchased all the bath bombs myself (Yes, there is a lot!)

I'm such a huge Halloween person and when I saw all the spooky and horror themed bath bombs, I knew I had to try these! (I went on the cuter end of the bath bombs, because cute spooky is a little more my vibe), but these are all hand-painted and stunning! 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

September 2020 - Monthly Empties

Whoops, this is pretty late - time for a look at my September beauty garbage:

September 2020 - Monthly Empties
Some products may have been received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Too Faced Damn Girl! 24 Hour Mascara ~ sample size shown (full size is $32.00 CAN and travel size is $17.00 CAN). A high-intensity mascara for maximum drama and lift with revolutionary, creamy-mousse formula for extreme volume without a heavy feel.

This mascara was one of my Favourite Makeup Products of 2020, so I was excited to try this again. Last year, this mascara made my lashes so full and dramatic, without clumping! I loved how my lashed looked, and this time it still made my lashes full, but it was also really smudgy under my lower lash line and I didn't like wearing it this time around. 
Repurchase: Maybe

Friday, October 23, 2020

Five on Friday - October 23, 2020

 Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week - it's been a bit of a long one here, so I'm looking forward to the weekend! 

ONE 

monthly mani kit
I purchased everything in this post , except the books I won

I just got my October 2020 Scratch Monthly Mani Kit and as always, it is super cute - I love that it's Halloweeny this month! This is an easy, affordable subscription that features nail wraps from GoScrachIt that are exclusive to the kit each month and designed by NinaNailedIt!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

20 in 2020 Project Pan - Update #5

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 and I'm using 10 products at a time. So, I introduced the first 10 products in December, did an update in February, an update in April, an update in June, an update in August, and this is my 5th update! 

20 in 2020 Project Pan - Update #5
The Hard Candy and Paula's Choice were received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

At the end of the last update I had reached my goal on 11 products already, which is okay - I was hoping I think to be a little farther along, and I'm starting to feel the crunch a little bit that I might not reach my goal, but I do have some really long term products that I am whittling my way through, so fingers crossed in two months, I can finish 9 more products! 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Manicure Monday - Ghost Nails!

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Ghost Nails!
I purchased all the products in this post

I have been spending my weekend nights watching some of my favourite Halloween classics - Casper, Hocus Pocus, and Double Double Toil and Trouble! I clearly have a trend, I love Halloween, but I don't actually love anything super scary, more cute and kinda spooky, but I'm a big wimp and get scared easily, so I need a more happy Halloween theme! 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Five on Friday - October 16, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week - Fall is basically over here in Calgary, and we got our first snowfall of the season here in Calgary and we are expecting even more today. Good thing we got a nice Fall! 

ONE 

lush beauty sleep mask
I purchased everything in this post

I'm so excited - today, October 16, Lush is releasing their Beauty Sleep mask! This was originally released exclusively in a Lush Kitchen box over the Summer and it was instantly loved, so Lush recently announced that they were going to add it to their line of products! 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 2020 - Lush Kitchen Subscription Box

I was SO excited earlier this year when Lush Kitchen announced that they were starting a subscription box, of course I ordered it right away and the first box was in May! It is a little pricey with the conversion to Canada; but, I've only been getting it every other month and I've been loving it! 

October 2020 - Lush Kitchen Subscription Box
I purchased this box on my own

The Lush Kitchen Subscription box is a monthly subscription box full of exclusive Lush Labs goodies made exclusively for the box - every month subscribers vote on the monthly menu of products that they would or would not like to see in the box, so you can help pick what is included in the box! Also, all of the products included in each box will be vegan. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Pixi Beauty Eye Effects Shadow Palettes & Nuance Quartettes - Swatches, Try-ons & Thoughts

I'm always excited when I get to try and share more products from a brand that I have been interested in! Pixi Beauty came to Canada in early 2017 and I tried a few products and was really impressed with the skincare products that I tried from them at that time. Then, the next year I really loved their liquid lipstick, so I have been wanting to try more from them and I'm excited to use some new eye shadow and face palettes! 

Pixi Beauty Eye Effects Shadow Palettes & Nuance Quartettes - Swatches, Try-ons & Thoughts
These were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Pixi Beauty just came out with two new eye shadow palettes - the Eye Effects in Rosette Ray and Hazelnut Haze and two new face palette - the Nuance Quartettes in Sugar Blossom and Honey Nectar and they are so pretty! I haven't tried Pixi Beauty makeup since 2017 and their little eyeshadow I tried then wasn't great, but the brand has really focused on their makeup line since then and I'm very excited to try it again - when this collection showed up in a PR box to me, I was honestly so excited to use everything! 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Manicure Monday - Witch Hat Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Hope you've had a good weekend, I love a long weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Witch Hat Nails
The Bio sculpture polish was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links 

The inspiration for this week's Manicure was this adorable Resting Witch Face that I picked up from Old Navy - I love it so much! So, I thought what better manicure to do for October than a witchy mani?! 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Five on Friday - October 9, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I actually took off Thursday and Friday to spend some time with the family and it was really lovely. (It's a little worrisome about seeing too many people as Alberta's covid case numbers are on the rise, but we are just sticking to our immediate family). 

ONE 

Fall Reading List
Magic Lessons and Legendborn were sent as e-ARCs - this post contains affiliate links

I usually share my book themes of the month later; but, since we should all be spending our long weekend hunkered in and reading, I'm jumping in a little early! My Fall Reading list started with Fairytale retellings last month, and for October we are going full on Witchy Magical reads! They feel perfect for Halloween month, and I can't read anything too scary because I'm a bit of a wimp! 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

September 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!

I always love my Monthly Haul posts, so I can share with you everything I picked up in the month; because, as much as I love blogging, I can't share every single thing I picked up! 

Last month, I got rid of my $100 a month goal, and instead I'm sticking to the being more conscious about my purchases and just make sure it's makeup that I will really like before buying it! I 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! 

September 2020 What I Bought - Monthly Haul!
I purchased everything in this post

Sephora Order ~ $110.25 CAN. I placed this order because I was really excited to try both the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Cleansing Balm (which already made my September Favourites because it's so good!) and the Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Multichrome Eyeshadow (also made my Favourites because it's so beautiful - you can see a full post and the shadow on me here!) I finally picked up a full size Laniege Lip Sleeping mask because I've been trying to find more affordable alternative and they have been burning my lips, so I just went for the real thing! My code got me the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream that I've wanted to try for a while! The samples from Smashbox, DevaCurl, Tatcha. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cheekbone Beauty Face Palette in Stardust Shimmer - Swatches and Try-on

I've already chatted about this palette a few times - mainly in my September 2020 Monthly Favourites, so spoiler alert, I really like this palette! 

I've tried Cheekbone Beauty for the first time earlier this year when I picked up their new Sustain Lipstick and loved it! After trying and loving this face palette too, I'm super impressed with the brand and everything that they stand for! 

Cheekbone Beauty Face Palette in Stardust Shimmer
I purchased this palette - this post contains a referral link

Cheekbone Beauty is an indigenous female owned Canadian brand and they are working towards their brand being-carbon neutral. Their goal is to lead by example and be a fully waste free company by 2023! The owner, Jenn Harper's story is pretty inspiring about overcome a struggle with alcoholism and Cheekbone Beauty is all about inspiring and helping indigenous youth - Cheekbone Beauty gives back to indigenous education initiatives in Canada.  

Monday, October 5, 2020

Manicure Monday - Stamped Halloween Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! It's October which means it's time for Halloween nails! 

Manicure Monday - Stamped Halloween Nails
I purchased everything - this post contains affiliate links

I love Halloween season - I already decorated my house with all my Halloween decorations on October 1st! Our #CBBxManiMonday group will all be doing Halloween nails for the month! 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Skincare Sunday - Peach Slices Aqua Glow Sheet Mask Roundup: Hydrate, Brighten, Firm, Shrink Pores, Clarify and Calm!

Happy Skincare Sunday everyone! Last year (when we were still allowed to travel), I was so excited to go to a CVS and see Peach Slices masks, so I picked up a few and have been using them throughout the year! It's a brand I wish was available in Canada; but, it does ship to Canada, so you can still get them! 

Skincare Sunday - Peach Slices Aqua Glow Sheet Mask Roundup: Hydrate, Brighten, Firm, Shrink Pores, Clarify and Calm!
I purchased all these masks - this post contains affiliate links

Peach Slices is the sister brand of the Peach & Lily and it's described as "meet Peach & Lily's clever younger sister. Clean, effective ingredients combine with a playful sense of humor for a fresh outlook on skincare favorites." 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Five on Friday - October 2, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you've all had a good week! Ours has been okay - spent the last half of the week working from home since our little guy got sick, covid tests are not super fun for toddlers (that nose swab was not easy for him!); but, definitely the right thing to do amidst the pandemic and I'd rather be safe than sorry! 

ONE  

The Catrice, Shared Planet and Rodial products were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I just got my September 2020 Scratch Monthly Mani Kit and as always, it is super cute! This is an easy, affordable subscription that features nail wraps from GoScrachIt that are exclusive to the kit each month and designed by NinaNailedIt!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Calgon Hawaiian Ginger Body Mist - A Favourite Scent For 17 Years?!

Do you ever have one of those scents that you keep going back to years later?! 

Calgon Hawaiian Ginger Body Mist
This product was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I just realized that I have been using this scent since it was released in 2003! - I know that I was using this in High School and I graduated in 2004 and I used it pretty regularly for years! And since then, every couple of years I pick it up at the drugstore and I'm always reminded why I love it!