Monday, December 31, 2018

Manicure Monday - OPI The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Collection

Happy Manicure Monday everyone and Happy New Years Eve! What better way to ring in the New Year than with 15 different polish options?! 

OPI The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Collection

OPI has released a full collection reimagining classic polishes based on the new film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Years Eve Makeup Look Using the Jouer Cosmetics Funfetti Collection Set

It's almost time to bid farewell to 2018 - I've got a cute, blingy little set to help ring in the New Years with lots of sparkle! 

Jouer Cosmetics Funfetti Collection Set

I'm of the opinion that glitter should always be included in a New Years look! And, Jouer Cosmetics is a newer brand to me, so I wanted to give a few of their products a try! (I personally love these little minis to test products out!)

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Five on Saturday - December 29, 2018

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday season - I have been off of work for the week, so I feel like i'm in this weird limbo time; but, I have been spending lots of time with my family! 


I had such an amazing Christmas with my favorite boys! Damian and Elliott were a blast opening presents and were so much fun! Mitch got to be home in the morning and watch the boys open their presents, and then he had to work. But, we are so used to shift work, so it's not a big deal! My family came over and spent the night with up and it was perfect! 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Storybook Cosmetics Book Club Subscription Box - Volume 01 (November 2018) Little Women Palette Swatches and Try-on + My Experience

This might be a bit of a long post, I feel like I have a lot to talk about in terms of my experience with the Storybook Cosmetics Book Club Subscription Box! 

storybook book club subscription little women

Storybook Cosmetics announced back in May 2018 that they were coming out with a subscription box and that it would available in August 2018. I was very excited about this subscription - it was at a time I was getting frustrated with my beauty subscription boxes and was looking for a unique makeup subscription! I signed up and paid immediately (May 8th to be exact!)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

December 2018 - Monthly Favorites

Hello end of the year! I will be doing my 2018 Yearly Favorites as well in a few days; but, I always think that favorites feel incomplete without doing December! So, here is what I was loving in December:

December 2018 - Monthly Favorites

Bite Beauty Astrology by Bite Limited Edition Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Scorpio ~ $30.00 CAN. A limited-edition shade of award-winning Amuse Bouche Lipstick, created for the zodiac sign Scorpio. For sexy Scorpio, Bite mixes up a bombshell fiery orange-red. This searing, spicy shade is made for hot dates.

This is a limited edition shade, and it's no longer available on Sephora; but, Bite Beauty still has some on their website! This is an orange red, and honestly I wasn't sure how it was going to look on me; but, I love it! I have been making an effort to wear this out multiple times since I got it! My husband even told me that he doesn't like bright lipstick; but, he likes this shade on me too! The formula is long lasting, and I just need a quick blot so that it doesn't get on my teeth! 

You can see my full review and swatches here and I just used it in a recent holiday glam look that you can see here! 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Manicure Monday - Glittery Green and Stamped Stockings

"T'was the Night Before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a Mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there." 

Happy Manicure Monday and Merry Christmas Eve! The Night Before Christmas is such a tradition for our family to read on Christmas Eve together before bed time - it's perfect to help get the kids settled, and it's been happening since I was a kid! 

Manicure Monday - Glittery Green and Stamped Stockings

So, I thought what better nails to do for Christmas Eve nails than stockings?! Also, stockings are my favorite part of Christmas time - I look forward to that more than the presents. My mom always stuffed my stocking and snuck in and put it on the end of my bed, so it was the best to wake up and have presents right there! So, I've been doing it for my older son, Damian, too and will start with Elliott when he's old enough! 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Glam Christmas Look featuring ColourPop Supernova Shadows and Bite Beauty Scorpio!

Happy almost Christmas time everyone - can you believe we are two days away?! We start celebrating tomorrow, so really I'm only one day away from Christmas festivities! 

Glam Christmas Look featuring ColourPop Supernova Shadows and Bite Beauty Scorpio!

I always love to get glam for Christmas, so I thought I'd share the look I'm planning for the holidays! I have been loving this Scorpio lipstick by Bite Beauty and really wanted to try the ColourPop Supernova Shadow that I have, and I think they worked so perfect with each other!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Five on Friday - December 21, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've all had a great week - mine has been so busy! I have been counting down to this Friday and am looking forward to having just about a week and a half off of work! It is much needed! 

Are you guys all ready for Christmas?! I got the last of our gifts and stocking stuffers this week and we are ready to go! I will do all my wrapping and prep this weekend; but, we are good! It's relieving not to have to go out and get anything this weekend! 


I really tried to plan ahead and get us funny outfits to wear for our Christmas cards and our reindeer onesies are great and the cards turned out fun. But, I've been so damn busy that I did not make good timing to send them out to most people this year! Ugh - I don't know how people get everything done with toddlers and work because I clearly can't keep up!  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Stocking Stuffers for Beauty Lovers!

It's getting down to crunch time and there is only a couple of days left before Christmas!

Stocking Stuffers for Beauty Lovers!

I know there is a whole bunch of people that are saving their shopping for this weekend, so I've rounded up a few great picks for the beauty lover in your lives! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hard Candy Holiday Set - My Bag of Tricks Travel Cosmetic Set Full Try-on, Swatches and Review!

The holiday season is always a fun time for makeup because it always means value sets galore! I always love these sets because they usually include minis or a mix of products, so that the person you are gifting to has a good way of trying out a bunch of products! 

Hard Candy Holiday Set - My Bag of Tricks Travel Cosmetic

Hard Candy - My Bag of Tricks ~ $24.97 CAN.Give the gift of makeup this holiday season with this ultimate cosmetic set, suitable for any makeup lover! This kit includes all the essentials to help you create endless looks that will turn heads at any holiday party! When your look is complete, store all of these favorites in the trendy travel cosmetic bag and enjoy! 

This set includes an eyeshadow  palette with 30 shadows, mini Just Glow Bronzer, Mini Just Glow highlighter, mini Eye’s The Limit primer, full size Velvet Mousse, full size Plumping Serum, mini longwear setting spray, mini perfecting face primer, and travel cosmetic case.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Manicure Monday - Christmas Ornament Nail Art!

"O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches" - what am I going to do when I have to find another back drop rather than use my Christmas tree anymore?! We are just over a week away from Christmas and I couldn't be more excited! 

Manicure Monday - Christmas Ornament Nail Art!

One of my favorite Christmas past times is decorating the tree - we always get a real tree and there is just something about the smell and getting the decorations all set up that just gets me in the Christmas spirit! 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Five on Sunday - December 16, 2018

This post usually starts by wishing you all a happy weekend; but, it's already Sunday! Where did the time go?! It's so close to Christmas and it is such a busy time! So, I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was busy; but, good!


Last weekend was our annual Girl's Christmas Dinner gift exchange and we always draw names for gifts! It's always such a fun surprise! I think I'm super easy to shop for, so I always get amazing gifts every year! This year I got a cat trinket tray (or spoon rest), foil masks, bath bombs, and a homemade sugar scrub! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Pat McGrath Labs - Lust: Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio in Skin Show

I have been so intrigued to try Pat McGrath products recently - the packaging and the branding is just so fun and a little bit out there! 

Pat McGrath Labs - Lust: Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio in Skin Show

Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world! She has been in the business for over 20 years working in the beauty and fashion industry, creating visions for runways, advertisements and and editorial. She created Pat McGrath Labs as her Golden Revolution and her guiding principles behind the brand are "Obsession. Inspiration. Addiction." which have been her thoughts about beauty since she was young! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Affordable Beauty Stocking Stuffers from Farley Co.

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la.... can you believe Christmas is under 2 weeks away?! It's coming so quickly!

Affordable Beauty Stocking Stuffers from Farley Co.

I love packing stockings; but, I can be hard to pick out enough goodies to fill everyones stockings while staying on a budget! So, Farley Co. has rounded up some affordable goodies perfect to help fill any stocking for a beauty lover! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

Oh look, another mini Natasha Denona - I have been such a fan of the other 2 mini palettes that I've tried, so I picked this one up right away too! 

Natasha Denona Mini Star Palette

Earlier in the year, I tried both the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset eyeshadow palette and the Mini Lila eyeshadow palette and I was really impressed with both of them! I thought they performed well and the shadows looked amazing on! (Both also made Monthly Favorites over this year).

Monday, December 10, 2018

Manicure Monday Recap - My Favorite Christmas Nail Art!

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - mine was crazy busy! So that explains why I don't have fresh nails for my Monday this week - trust me, it bothers me immensely; but, it will give me a chance to put a nail treatment on and let my nails rest for a couple of days! 

But, I still wanted to participate in our #CBBxManiMonday group - we are doing holiday nails all month! And, I actually love recap posts because it gives you so many fun ideas for nails! So, I thought I would recap my favorite Christmas (or holiday) nails today!  

Santa Nail Art 

Manicure Monday - Christmas Nail Art

Santa nails are so classic for Christmas! I love how cute these Santa nails turned out and they were easy! You really only need a nail dotting tool. You can check out my original post and a quick tutorial on these Santa's here

Sunday, December 9, 2018

November 2018 - Empties and Month in Masks!

Time to look at my beauty garbage!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ~ mini size shown here (full size is $24.00 CAN). A leave-on lip mask that soothes and moisturizes for smoother, more supple lips overnight.

When I got this at first, I wasn't sure what the hype was about - it just worked like a lip balm overnight. Wrong - I tried to use a normal lip balm overnight again like I used to, and when I woke up half way through the night, I noticed how dry my lips were. This lip mask actually hydrates the lips all night and they are soft in the morning - plus, it just feels like a soft lip balm formula when it applies! I think the full size has a spatula with it, and that is my only complaint with the mini - I hate dipping my finger in a pot. It made my favorites in June of this year! 

Repurchase: Yes

Friday, December 7, 2018

Five on Friday - December 7, 2018

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! Ours has been good - we are full in to Christmas mode! We had a huge family dinner last weekend with the extended family and I'm having my friend's gift exchange this weekend and am making the turkey for it! 


Ohhh... I always get so excited when new subscriptions ship to Canada, and I really wanted to sign up for the Maniology Mani x Me subscription; but, when they started a couple of month ago, it wasn't originally open to Canadians. So when they announced that they were shipping to Canada a couple of weeks ago I jumped at the chance to get it! 

It is $25.00 US per month plus shipping (I believe it is free shipping to the U.S. and $6.00 to Canada. Each month you will receive 2 exclusive plates, 2 polishes and an extra gift. There is also the option of an express Mani x Me for $18.00 US, and it was come with the 2 exclusive stamping plates and an extra gift.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Kocostar Sliced Cucumber Mask - Try-on and Review!

I'm a day late for Mask Wednesday; but, we are going ahead with a mask review anyways! 

Kocostar Sliced Cucumber Mask

I will say it 100 times here - I'm a total sucker for packaging on masks. The cuter it is, the more I need it on my face. So, when I came across these Kocostar masks in Anthropologie, I had to try them! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

November 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Here are the top 5 things I've been loving in November:

November 2018 - Monthly Favorites!

Lush Snow Fairy Body Spray ~ $29.95 CAN. Summon the sweetest scent with just a few spritzes of Snow Fairy Body Spray. Soak up all that saccharine goodness to enchant your senses, and let its magical scent envelop you in a cloak of candied mystique. 

Ahhh... Snow Fairy is my most favorite Christmas scent and now it's in this delightful body spray! It is so sweet and yummy smelling and I just love these big body spray bottles (I have the Sleepy one as well!) This is huge - it should last me forever, and I only use one spray a day! Ahhh... so  good! It's limited edition, so head to the Lush site if you're interested! 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Manicure Monday - Merry Kitschmas Nails!

Happy December everyone! Whooo, sorry for the couple day delay; but, I needed a little break after NaBloPoMo in November (yes, I managed a post every day for the whole month!) Plus, I have been a little sick; but, am on the mend! 

Manicure Monday - Merry Kitschmas Nails!

Now, what you came for are these adorable "Kitschmas" nails! For all of December, I along with all the ladies behind #CBBxManiMonday will be featuring Christmas (or Holiday) nails for the whole month!