Friday, September 17, 2021

Five on Friday - September 17, 2021 ~ Illumicrate The Night Circus Box, The Night Circus 10 Years, Drumheller Dinosaurs, 20 Years Friendship, and Lush Repeat Foot Balm

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a great week - it's kind of crazy here, Alberta is deep in to the 4th Covid wave and more measures were implemented and a vaccine passport system, which is great for those of us who are vaccinated, but it is just so up and down, it's a little exhausting. 

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I purchased everything in this post

When Illumicrate announced that they were partnering with Erin Morgenstern to create a special edition The Night Circus box for the 10th Anniversary of the book, I knew that I had to get it! I was so excited, I've never actually picked up anything from Illumicrate, and this was separate from their regular book subscription. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara vs. False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara

I have heard so many rave reviews about Essence Lash Princess mascara, and honestly I don't know what has taken so long for me to give it a try! 

Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara vs. False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara
I purchased these mascaras - this post contains affiliate links

There must be some part of me that doesn't believe a $5 mascara can be as good as everyone says it is. Recently I ran out of mascaras, so I finally decided to dive in and give this a chance! 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Manicure Monday - The Night Circus Nails

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

Manicure Monday - The Night Circus Nails
I purchased everything in this post

The Night Circus was published 10 years ago today, and I'm sure you've heard me talk about it a lot, but this is easily my favourite book - the magic, the setting, the love, the challenge, it's all just so lovely! I'm currently on my 6th read of this book and it's the perfect Fall book; it just gets better and better every time I read it! 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Five on Friday - September 10, 2021 ~ August 2021 Owlcrate Box, Candy Shop Cafe, Dynamite Clothing Haul, New Samsung S21 Ultra, and Recent Costco Finds

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good week - mine was nice, always great to have a short work week! 

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I purchased everything - this post contains affiliate links

I just received my August Owlcrate subscription (there was some delays waiting for products, so it's a little late!) and this month's theme is "Dark Academia" - 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, September 8, 2021

Fall 2021 - The Jilly Box Subscription Unboxing

I'm a big fan of Jillian Harris, so when she announced last year that she was starting a subscription box, I was so excited! The box started with the Winter 2019 box and sadly, I was not one of the lucky originals who won a subscription spot, so I sign up every season and hope to get picked for a lottery spot! 

Fall 2021 - The Jilly Box Subscription Unboxing
I purchased this box - this post contains affiliate links

The Jilly Box is a quarterly seasonal subscription box - the products within the box include some of Jillian’s (and Team Jilly’s!) favourite items (and brands) from home decor, fashion, bath and beauty, health and wellness, accessories perfect for each season. Some of the items included will be custom designed exclusively for the Jilly Box. The Jilly Box really focuses on including products from small, local businesses while being ethically sourced and inclusive. They also focus on reducing plastic waste and packaging - the big boxes can be turned inside out and reused! Also, they try to include Canadian, woman owned brands, and this box also includes 3 LGBTQ+, BIPOC and Minority owned brands! 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Purple With Envy Multichrome Polish

Happy Monday everyone - hope you are all enjoying the long weekend, I know I'm enjoying an extra day off work! 

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Purple With Envy Multichrome Polish
I purchased this polish

Okay, I have raved about Holo Taco polishes holographic polishes a ton - they are so lovely, so I also had to try one if their multichrome formulas too. How stunning is this deep purple shifting shade?!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Five on Friday - September 3, 2021 ~ Blind Date With A Book YYC, Wedding Anniversary, New Planners, August Scratch Monthly Mani Kit & Calgary Farmyard

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good week - mine was good and you guys, my oldest kid started Grade 11 yesterday and I can't even believe it! I'm looking forward to the long weekend (and I'm going out for drinks with some friends tonight!)

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The planners were received as PR - this post contains affiliate links

Okay, I'm so excited to share that I'm starting a new little endeavour - it's a fun little "Blind Date With A Book" thing! It's called @blinddatewithabookyyc and if you are reader, I would love for you to give my new page a follow and see if there is anything that catches your eye! 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul ~ August 2021

I always love these haul posts - it's a way to keep track of everything that I picked up every month. I don't always blog about everything I pick up (I try to), but if you ever spot anything in here that you really want me to talk about, let me know! 

Last year, I got a little crazy about trying to stick to a crazy budget and this year I'm just going to buy what I want and try and be reasonable about my purchases! 

Monthly Beauty Haul ~ August 2021
I purchased everything on my own

Besame Ultimate Princess Celebration - Signature Compact Series ~ $169.00 CAN. Okay, I love the past Besame Sleeping Beauty products I've purchased - they are so stunning and the packaging is amazing. These are a very limited release - only 500 of each princess in production! Naturally, I had to pick up the Sleeping Beauty one (I tried for Ariel previously and it sold out before I could decide). These are released every two weeks on Tuesdays - the next on is Cinderella on September 7, so get ready if you want one! I will review this beautiful set soon! 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - August 2021

Here's the Top 5 products I've been loving in August:

Monthly Beauty Favourites - August 2021
I purchased all the products myself - this post contains affiliate links

I've still kept my beauty routine pretty minimalistic in August, but I have tried a few new makeup products that I've really been loving - I also have a few great nail and skincare products! 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Manicure Monday - Pride Rainbow Kitten Nails

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

Manicure Monday - Pride Rainbow Kitten Nails
The China Glaze polish was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

It's Pride Week in Calgary, so naturally I need to have some bright rainbow nails for the occasion! (Obviously my support of Pride goes far beyond my nails, but as an ally I love to show my support any way that I can!)

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Monthly Beauty Empties - July and August 2021

Here's a look at my July and August Beauty Empties: 

Some products may have been received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

L'Oreal Air Volume Mega Mascara in Blackest Black ~ $16.99 CAN.The Air Volume formula is air whipped to create a lash multiplying effect with high volume charge that is weightless on lashes.

This was one of the new hyped up mascara, so I picked it up and gave it a try a few times, but I didn't like this at all, in fact, it may be one of the worst mascaras I've tried. I liked the brush shape, but the formula is too wet, I hate the packaging so that it doesn't stand up, it was wet clumpy, give me spidery lashes and then also smudged and transferred everywhere.
Repurchase: Noooooo

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #4

I really enjoyed working on a project pan last, it really made me enjoy using up older products in my collection, so I was excited to start a new project pan in 2021 - I am hoping to use up or hit pan on 21 products in 2021! I will again, be focusing on all makeup products as I am pretty good about working through my skincare products. 

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #4
The Rodial product was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I started the project off with the first 10 products and will treat this like a rolling project - once I reach my goal, I will add a new product to the mix! On my first update, I reached my goal on 1 product, then with the second update, I finished another 2, and my last update in June I finished another 4 products, so I'm down to 14 more products to go! (But, over the Summer, I haven't reached for these products as much!)

Friday, August 27, 2021

Five on Friday - August 27, 2021 ~ Salty Sea Dog Designs Tumbler, Bones Coffee, Elliott's New Hair, Reitman's Blouses, and August Declutter

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I took today off for a little "me day" and it was much needed! 

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I purchased everything in this post

Ok I've raved a little about Salty Sea Dog Designs before - they are the most gorgeous ceramic mugs ever. Last year my Mom picked me up a travel mug, and I have a regular mug, so I thought I needed a little tumbler to match! 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Five Products I've Been Reaching For All Summer!

While the pandemic is still impacting our travel plans, I've been spending quite a bit of the Summer travelling locally. I have family to go visit as well as a cabin we've been to multiple times, so I've been living out of a travel makeup bag for most of the Summer. 

The Five Products I've Been Reaching For All Summer!
The Paula's Choice, Simple & Dove products were received as PR samples & the Klorane product was received from Topbox Circle - this post contains affiliate links

During my Summer getaways and living on a very trimmed down beauty routine, I've found a few products that I've been reaching for all the time! When we go to the cabin, we really preserve water, so these products are all about convenience, easy packing, and quick to use! 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Fun, Orange and Summery ColourPop Look!

I've picked up a few, fun ColourPop products lately and ended up with some really great products that are perfect for Summer! 

Fun, Orange and Summery ColourPop Look!
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

I was looking for a new tinted moisturizer and have been wanting to try the ColourPop one for a while. But also, how adorable is this little Hello Kitty quad?! It's so cute, plus there were some other fun products for a bright Summery look! 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Manicure Monday - Bright, Happy Face Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - this was my first weekend home in a while and it was so nice to be home and have a relaxing weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Bright, Happy Face Nails
The OPI polish was received as a PR sample

I also finally had a little time to paint my nails and get a little nail art going - it's been about a month since I've been able to paint my nails for fun and I'm as happy as these little dudes on my nails about it! 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Five on Friday - August 20, 2021 ~ Summer of Salt Book Review, Weekend in Fairmont, Novelly Yours The Circus of Dreams Box, McNally Robinson Subscription Box, and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great week - we got back from the cabin on Wednesday, got back in to a few days of work and now I'm ready for a relaxing weekend. (I've been away for 4 out of the past 5 weekends, and the one I was home for was my grandma's funeral, so I'm actually a little wiped out - can I have a vacation from my vacation time?!)

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I purchased everything in this post myself

I'm so excited to share a fun Summery book review - I'm really trying to keep up my book reviews and this was part of my Summer TBR books to read and I loved it. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno is YA Magical Realism book focusing on the Fernweh family - their magic passes down in the women through generations, and each woman's magic shows before their 18th birthday. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Mask Wednesday - Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Eye Sheet Mask

Happy Mask Wednesday! I'm excited to share a fun mask with you this week - it's been a little while since I've consistently kept up my Mask Wednesdays, so I hope you're enjoying this two week in a row treat! 

I couldn't resist picking up this mask when I saw it - I'm all about my relaxing self-care and night routines, so this market spoke directly to me! It's super cute and honestly, Clean and Clear isn't really a brand I've tried anything from since I was a teenager! 

Mask Wednesday - Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Eye Sheet Mask
I purchased this mask myself - this post contains an affiliate link

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Eye Sheet Mask ~ $3.99 CAN. Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Sheet Mask soothes and replenishes skin, targeting the eye area where stress and sleepiness from the day can show. The hydrogel sheet mask is designed to contour to skin to help restore and lock in essential nourishing ingredients and moisture leaving the skin feeling fresh and replenished.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Hot-Wire Pink

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend - we are back out at the cabin, so I'm keeping it easy again for this week's mani! 

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Hot-Wire Pink
I purchased this product myself

I hope you guys are okay with my swatches lately - I need to get back in to nail art when I finally get a weekend at home some time (plus I need that sad little middle nail to grow!) 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

August Shop My Stash ~ Easy, Go-to Summer Makeup Look

I've had a pretty easy going Summer in terms of my makeup (which means I haven't been playing with makeup much at all) - we've had lots of down-time and beach/family vacation time, so I've been keeping everything pretty simple! 

August Shop My Stash ~ Easy, Go-to Summer Makeup Look
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

I've been missing doing full faces of makeup, but I'm trying to embrace the minimal look while it's too hot out for much more than that! While this is a super quick look, these are all fantastic staple products and have been my go-tos during a time that I'm hardly reaching for makeup, so you know they are good! 

Friday, August 13, 2021

Five on Friday - August 13, 2021 ~ Cabin Trip, Meadery Tour, Mother of Madness Comic Review, Book Prize and July Declutter!

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend - we got back from holidays right in to a busy work week and we are going straight back to the cabin tomorrow for a couple of days! 

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The book was won in a giveaway & the brow pencil was received as a PR sample

I always love our visits to the cabin - Fairmont is such a cute little town and we are nice and close to Invermere for our town and beach needs! We also finally found these natural Hot Springs and they were lovely! The kids had fun and they were pretty quiet! It was a very relaxing week overall, I managed to get 3 big books read, lots of kayaking, and beach time! 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mask Wednesday - FabYou Botanical Healing Masks

Happy Mask Wednesday - did we know it is National Face Mask today?! (Had I known - I would have gotten this post up earlier in celebration!) 

Mask Wednesday - FabYou Botanical Healing Masks
I received these as PR samples

FabYou is a newer brand to BeautyNetKorea and they have a whole range of Botanical Healing Masks - they have lots of nutrients for targeted skin concerns, but also will make the skin soft and hydrated! 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Manicure Monday - Bio Sculpture Perfect Pink Polish

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week - we've been gone in Fairmont for the whole past week, so I'm just getting back in to a work week before leaving on the weekend again! 

Manicure Monday - Bio Sculpture Perfect Pink Polish
This polish was received as a PR sample

I have been so non-stop busy the past few weeks, I haven't had much time at home just to relax (there was plenty of relaxing time at the cabin, but I'm not home with all my stuff), so I have not had any time to do any art on my nails - plus, I broke my poor middle nail sooo short, so hopefully by the time it grows out a little, I will have some time for nail art. 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Five on Friday - August 6, 2021 ~ Monthly Makeup Baskets, New Van, Scratch Monthly Mani Kit, and Costco Finds

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a great week - I have been in Fairmont for a family vacation all week so it has been nice and relaxing! 

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I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

I have been keeping up my Monthly Makeup Baskets throughout this pandemic; but, I am finding it a little hard to use everything in a single month as I am wearing masks all the time. So, for now, I am going to do bi-monthly baskets just so I can get a little more use out of the products that I'm using! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - July 2021

Here are the top 5 products I've been loving in July:

Monthly Beauty Favourites - July 2021
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

My beauty routine has been pretty "low maintenance" this Summer, so I love products that are multi-purpose or work great but are simple and easy to use! There is a little bit of everything in here this month - skincare, makeup, hair and nails! 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Life's A Beach Bundle Swatches

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend - we are enjoying a little Summer vacation at the cabin! 

Manicure Monday - Holo Taco Life's A Beach Bundle Swatches
I purchased everything in this post 

I have been loving the Holo Taco polishes that I've tried so when I saw their Summer "Life's A Beach" bundle in creme formula with the stunning shades, I new I had to try them as well! Each polish is $11 US or bundle is $30 for all three! 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul ~ July 2021

I always love these haul posts - it's a way to keep track of everything that I picked up every month. I don't always blog about everything I pick up (I try to), but if you ever spot anything in here that you really want me to talk about, let me know! 

Last year, I got a little crazy about trying to stick to a crazy budget and this year I'm just going to buy what I want and try and be reasonable about my purchases! 

I purchased everything in this post

ColourPop Haul ~ $72.49 CAN. There has been some fabulous products released this Summer by ColourPop - I'm loving all the orange and I was excited to try the tinted moisturizer. I'm going to try this out right away and share it! 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Five on Friday - July 30, 2021 ~ Beyond Van Gogh Experience Calgary, Summer TBR List, Grandma's Desserts, Wine Haul and Pixie Mood Purses

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a good week! It has still been a busy stressful week, so I took today off to help me collect myself - going from vacation to everything with my grandma to a busy work week, I really need a day. Also, we are leaving for vacation in Fairmont tomorrow and I need some relaxing time! 

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Calgary Beyond Van Gogh
We were hosted at the Van Gogh Experience, everything else I purchased myself - this post contains affiliate links 

I was so excited - I have heard about the Beyond Van Gogh Experience a few months ago (it was supposed to happen in Spring, but couldn't because of covid restrictions at that time still), and I was thrilled to be invited to a little sneak peek yesterday before the exhibit opens today in Calgary, July 30 and it is running through to August 29! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Tok Beauty - Eyes That Tok Mascara and Lip Tonic Swatches and Thoughts

I've really wanted to try new brands this year, and the pandemic has really helped encourage me to find new, local brands to try! Cue, Tok Beauty! 

Tok Beauty - Eyes That Tok Mascara and Lip Tonic Swatches and Thoughts
I purchased everything myself - this post contains affiliate links

There are not many Calgary brands that focus on makeup, so I'm always excited to find them and support them! I just received the Eyes That Tok mascara in my Summer 2021 Jilly Box, and so I checked them out and also picked up the Lip Tonics so I could try more from the brand! 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Manicure Monday - Matte Chartreuse Nails, Essie Have A Ball Polish

Happy Manicure Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a pretty difficult past week and weekend and I may have more simple nails over the next couple of weeks -  I hope you can be understanding and hoping you still like all the polishes I'm sharing! 

Manicure Monday - Matte Chartreuse Nails, Essie Have A Ball Polish
I purchased everything in this post

Okay, I have been loving the matte polishes and I've just been getting in to the super matte finish and I love it! 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Five on Saturday - July 24, 2021 ~ June 2021 Owlcrate, Penticton and Revelstoke Visits, my Grandma, and Six Crimson Cranes Pre-order Goodies!

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week - it's been a really long week, getting back from holidays and getting back to work and some heavy personal stuff as well, so I'm looking forward to the weekend! 

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June 2021 Owlcrate
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

I just received my June Owlcrate subscription (there was some delays waiting for products, so it's a little late!) and this month's theme is "Go Your Own Way" - 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! 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Travel Post ~ My Favourite Wineries in Okanagan, B.C - Naramata, Summerland, Kelowna, Okanagan Falls and Oliver & Osoyoos

Alright, it's no secret around here that I enjoy my wine - we love wine touring, collecting and drinking (we even built a custom wine room in our basement, so we are pretty big wine-os!) 

Travel Post ~ My Favourite Wineries in Okanagan, B.C - Naramata, Summerland, Kelowna, Okanagan Falls and Oliver & Osoyoos
I borrowed photos of the wineries from their websites

We are just on our way home from the Okanagan and we always love picking up wine from there when we are visiting - it's certainly a newer wine region, but honestly I'm impressed with the variety and wines that they have! I have done wine tours in all different areas of the Okanagan and thought I'd share my favourites from each area to help out if you are planning a visit! 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Manicure Monday - Peach Holographic Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - I'm still enjoying a little family vacation in BC now that inter-provincial travel is allowed again! 

Manicure Monday - Peach Holographic Nails
I purchased everything in this post

And I'm in the land of fruits and peaches - the Okanagan, so I thought some bright, peachy nails would be perfect! 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Five on Friday - July 16, 2021 ~ Klorane Topbox Circle, Well Order, UEFA Euro 2020 Cup, Bare Activewear and Blonde Ambition Clothes

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - if you've been following me on instagram, then you know I've been on a family vacation all week, so it's been a little quieter around here! (And, if you don't follow along there, I will share some updates here when I'm back next week!)

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The Topbox Circle was received for free, everything else I purchased

Woo hoo - I got picked for another Topbox Circle and I'm really excited for this one too! It's a moisturizer and eye masks from Klorane and I'm so excited to try both of these. I love Klorane hair products, so I am excited to try more of their skincare products! 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Manicure Monday - Shark Week 2021 Nails

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hoped you if you weren't watching the soccer game yesterday, that you tuned in for the start of Shark Week! 

Manicure Monday - Shark Week 2021 Nails
I purchased all these products myself

If you've been around here for a while, you know I like me some Shark week - I always think the shows are information and interesting, can you believe it has been around since 1988?! (I was only 2 then!)

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul - June 2021

I always love these haul posts - it's a way to keep track of everything that I picked up every month. I don't always blog about everything I pick up (I try to), but if you ever spot anything in here that you really want me to talk about, let me know! 

Last year, I got a little crazy about trying to stick to a crazy budget and this year I'm just going to buy what I want and try and be reasonable about my purchases! 

I purchased everything in this post

Cheekbone Beauty ~ $1.45 CAN. I had a gift card for Cheekbone, so when they released this stunning new red lipstick shade, I knew I had to pick it up! I love the Sustain lipsticks and I also picked up the matching lip liner, which is great too! You can see these both on me in my most recent Shop My Stash post, as well as the lipstick just made my June Favourites! Love! 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Self-Care and Skincare Saturday - Kananaskis Nordic Spa Hydrotherapy

Happy Self-care Saturday everyone! I have been dreaming of going to the Kananaskis Nordic Spa since it opened a few years ago, and I'm so happy I finally got to go there on Thursday! 

Self-Care and Skincare Saturday - Kananaskis Nordic Spa Hydrotherapy
I purchased my entry - all photos of the Spa are from the KNS instagram, as cameras are not allowed

The Kananaskis Nordic Spa follows the traditional Nordic Hydrotherapy cycling, which includes cycling through hot, warm and cold baths, followed by periods of rest. This specific sequence is meant to stimulate blood flow, eliminate toxins, reduce stress, allow the mind to unwind and gently increase the heart rate for an instant feeling of well-being. For full benefits, they recommend you get in 3 to 4 full cycles for your day at the spa! 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Five on Friday - July 8, 2021 ~ Telus Spark Science Centre, Kananaskis Nordic Spa, Cats, Topbox Circle and Palettes of the Week

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing week - I'm feeling refreshed and lovely, had some self-care this weekend with a little spa night and got my eye-brows all done and tinted up for a little vacation time next week! 

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I purchased everything in this post myself, with the exception of the L'oreal serum 

This past weekend, I took the kids to the Science Centre and we had so much fun. They have a venus themed space exhibit and a fun new Astro cafe with amazing ice cream designed after all the planets! We did all the exhibits, caught a movie in the dome theatre and played on the big brainasium park outside! Such a good spot! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - June 2021

Here were my top 5 products I was loving in June: 

Monthly Beauty Favourites - June 2021
I purchased all these products - this post contains affiliate links

Last month I didn't have any makeup in my Monthly Favourites, so I made up for it this month with a few great makeup products I have been loving all month, and rounded out the top 5 with some seriously great skincare products! 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Manicure Monday - Summer Skies Nails

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend - it was finally reasonable here this weekend, instead of melting hot and we had lots of family time, so it was a good weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Summer Skies Nails
I purchased all the products featured

We are in to the swing of Summer and I always love Summer nails - the CBBxManiMonday group is keeping it nice and easy over the next two months and we are just going to do fun, Summer nails, however we interpret that! 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Monthly Beauty Empties - May & June 2021

Here's a look at my May and June Beauty Empties:

Monthly Beauty Empties - May & June 2021
Some products were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer ~ sample size shown (full size is $85.00 CAN). For skin that seems lit from within, apply this smoothing liquid to clean, moisturized skin as an essential first step in any makeup routine.

I just shared this on my 21 in 2021 Project Pan - I finished this as much as I could before there was no more getting out. This was fine; it has the distinct Guerlain scent and the primer was fine. This is older and discontinued now. 
Repurchase: No can do

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Quarterly Reading Wrap-up - April to June 2021 & Mid-year Book Freakout Tag

Time for a little recap on all the books I've read in the last quarter a little recap of the best and worst! 

Quarterly Reading Wrap-up - April to June 2021 & Mid-year Book Freakout Tag
Some of the books talked about were received as review copies - this post contains affiliate links

So, reading has clearly taken over as my most time-consuming hobby, and I've enjoyed incorporating more book content on the blog! So I thought I would recap all the books I read in the second quarter - there were 28 of them (33 in the first quarter)! My original goal was to read at least 60 books through the whole year and I feel like I'm going to crush that, so I upped it to 100 books for the year!! 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Five on Friday - July 2, 2021 ~ No More Covid Restrictions, Hubby's Birthday, Heat Wave, Peonies and Canada Day!

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe that we are already in July?! Where did June go - I feel like it just flew by! I've had a quite week as the boys all went to the cabin for a few days to beat the heat by the river, so I had the house to myself! 

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July 1 marked a pretty big milestone for Alberta - all of our health restrictions were lifted (a few more still exist in long term care homes), but basically everything is lifted and things can go back to normal. Feels a little weird, but I'm pretty excited. I've missed my family and friends, got my second vaccine and have been starting to do more! I'm ready! What is like where you are? I know all provinces are in different places right now. 

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Speaking of things reopening, last weekend was my husband's birthday and we went out for dinner and drinks! We ate sushi and stopped for a drink, and it was nice to get out - we haven't been out in a long time and it was fun!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Manicure Monday - Pride Rainbow and Holographic Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone - hope you all had a great weekend and are staying cool if you are in the heat wave right now! 

Manicure Monday - Pride Rainbow and Holographic Nails
I purchased all the polishes in this post

The #CBBxManiMonday group is switching it up a little bit this month and the theme is Allyship - June is both Pride Month and Indigenous History Month. Each week we will be sharing manis based on our allyship with these causes and sharing resources to help draw attention to, informative information or agencies in our areas that are assisting people. 

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Five on Friday - June 26, 2021 ~ Fully Vaccinated, New Hair, Indigenous Peoples Day & Books, Summer, and Declutter

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you had a great week - it was a long week here, but happy for the weekend and it should be a good one! 

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Some books featured were received as review copies - this post contains affiliate links

This week I got my second Covid-19 vaccine - I'm doubled up on Pfizer and just awaiting my two weeks for it to kick in! I'm glad we were able to get number 2 before Summer time and am looking forward to Summer activities! I will be honest, the second one was a little rougher than the first - I had a fever and chills for about a day and a half the next day and was pretty tired, but still happy to have it done!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #3

I really enjoyed working on a project pan last, it really made me enjoy using up older products in my collection, so I was excited to start a new project pan in 2021 - I am hoping to use up or hit pan on 21 products in 2021! I will again, be focusing on all makeup products as I am pretty good about working through my skincare products. 

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #3
The Estee and Rodial were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I started the project off with the first 10 products and will treat this like a rolling project - once I reach my goal, I will add a new product to the mix! On my first update, I reached my goal on 1 product, then with the second update, I finished another 2, so I'm down to 18 more products to go! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Natasha Denona Zendo Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, 3 Makeup Looks and Thoughts

When Natasha Denona released the full sized Zendo palette recently, I knew I couldn't resist picking up the palette! It's lovely peachy, orange, reddish with some teal and green - it's a lovely combination of shades. I love the range of shades and finishes and I'm a big fan of the Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette. 

Natasha Denona Zendo Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, 3 Makeup Looks and Thoughts
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I also love this sized palettes in the Natasha Denona formula - it's not as big of an investment as their $200 palettes, but has more variety than only 5 shades. I'm a huge fan of this size palettes and I would certainly pick up more in this size in colour stories that I like! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Manicure Tuesday - Heart Berry Nails

Happy Manicure Tuesday everyone - I'm a day late here, but I hope you all had a good weekend! I mentioned in yesterday's Shop My Stash makeup post, that Cheekbone Beauty shared a little origin story of the heart berry and it was beautiful - and this gorgeous seed card came in my order this month and the heart berry is the inspiration for my mani this week! 

Manicure Tuesday - Heart Berry Nails
The OPI polish was received as a PR sample

The #CBBxManiMonday group is switching it up a little bit this month and the theme is Allyship - June is both Pride Month and Indigenous History Month. Each week we will be sharing manis based on our allyship with these causes and sharing resources to help draw attention to, informative information or agencies in our areas that are assisting people. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

June Shop My Stash ~ Summer Bright Red Lipstick Look featuring Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipliner and Lipstick

June is Indigenous History month, and Cheekbone Beauty shared a beautiful story about the origin story of the strawberry or heart berry and it was beautiful (they look like hearts when they are cut in half) - they are so important because they symbolize our relationship with the mind, body, and spirit.

June Shop My Stash ~ Summer Bright Red Lipstick Look featuring Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipliner and Lipstick
The Estee Lauder was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

So, I was very inspired to complete a Heart Berry inspired makeup look and went and picked up a Sustain Lip Pencil and matching lipstick and I loooove these - the finish is stunning and the products both wore so well! 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Five on Friday - June 18, 2021 ~ Kayaking, Aerie Haul, New Blume Rose Blend, Garden and Jumanji

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I had a great past weekend, but got home late so it's been a long week (I took today off for a little me time and it was much needed!)

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This past weekend, we went to the cabin for a little weekend of R&R at it was very much needed! We went kayaking down the river and it was lovely - we had a night of drinking mead and I got some relaxing time in and it was lovely!