Wednesday, April 21, 2021

7th Heaven Superfood Avocado, Rice Protein, and Turmeric Bamboo Biodegradable Sheet Masks

Happy Earth Day! I always like to use this time to reflect that even though I'm very consumeristic, I do like to be conscious in my purchasing and do what I can for this lovely planet of ours! 

7th Heaven Superfood Avocado, Rice Protein, and Turmeric Bamboo Biodegradable Sheet Masks
I received these masks as PR samples

Calgary has a great, city-wide composting program, so whenever I see products are biodegradable and compostable, I'm always super excited! I can have my skincare and make sure that my products are being composted (then every Summer, I pickup free compost from the city and add it to my garden). 

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #2

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 #2
The Rodial brow product was received as PR - 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, so only 20 more to go! 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Skoah Retinol Concentrate + $10 off Coupon!

It's been a little while since I've talked about Skoah on the blog; but, it's still a brand I love! So, when they contacted me asking if I'd like to try their new release, I was very excited! 

Skoah Retinol Concentrate + $10 off Coupon!
This product was sent in exchange for a review - this post contains a referral link

I have tried quite a few of Skoah's product line and I really enjoyed their masks, so when I found out the new product launch was a retinol, I was very excited! 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Manicure Monday - Daisy Dotticure Nails

Happy Mani Monday! Hope you all had a good weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Daisy Dotticure Nails
I purchased all the polishes myself - this post contains affiliate links

For the month of March, the CBBxManiMonday group is doing Spring nails and I'm still waiting for real Spring to happen! Spring in Calgary this weekend meant 19 degrees on Saturday and snowing on Sunday - it's all over the place and chances are you will be over or underdressed on any given day! 

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Five on Sunday - April 18, 2021 ~ April TBR List, Airfryer, Vintage Disney Games, Tupperware Order, and 9 Years!

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you all had a good week! It's been a little crazy here - ours school are going back online for a couple of weeks here, so we are still taking a big step back. Also, I worked a 16 hour shift at work yesterday and it kicked my ass, so I'm taking it easy this weekend!

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

Time to share my TBR list for the month - I've been feeling a little dejected lately (nothing crazy, we are all over a year in a pandemic and it's just hard to keep a super positive attitude all the time), so I've rounded up some newer memoirs of people over-coming difficulties or obstacles, so I thought that it would be nice have something uplifting or positive to read for the month! I always try and plan my reading with themes; but, honestly, I usually manage to stick to the theme for most of the month, then I grab something I'm in the mood for, which is usually different!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ Vol. 11 April 2021

 I've made it pretty clear here that I'm a big Lushie, so naturally I was very excited last 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 couple of months, so I consider it a fun subscription box splurge! 

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ Vol. 11 April 2021
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. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

I Tried The Makeup Revolution "I Heart Revolution x Disney Fairytale Books Belle" Products So You Don't Have To...

Alright, you might know by now that I'm a total sucker for packaging and for Disney makeup collabs, so naturally I just had to pick a couple of products from the Makeup Revolution's I Heart Revolution x Disney Fairytale Books collection! 

I Tried The Makeup Revolution "I Heart Revolution x Disney Fairytale Books Belle" Products So You Don't Have To...
I purchased these products

But, like all fairytales, there has to be a dark part and these products are it - mind you, I only tried the highlighter and lip topper, but I would not recommend trying anything else in this line based on my experience with these products (and my experience overall with Makeup Revolution has been pretty up and down). 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Manicure Monday - "Negative Space" Squiggly Line French Mani

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

Manicure Monday - "Negative Space" Squiggly Line French Mani
The OPI polishes were received as PR samples

I've been loving this Spring trend of colour pastel french-manicure-with-a-twist nails and some of the fun negative-space-squiggly-nails that I've been seeing everywhere, so I decided to combine the two for this week's mani! I'm really happy with how these turned out (even though I have no idea what to actually call this manicure!) 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Quarterly Reading Wrap-up - January to March 2021

I hope you all have been enjoying the addition of extra book content on my blog (and if you aren't, tough shit - it's not going anywhere!) Ha, I'm kidding, but really I know books on a beauty blog may not be everyone's cup of tea, but besides makeup, it's one of my favourite hobbies! 

Quarterly Reading Wrap-up - January to March 2021
Some of the books talked about were received as review copies - this post contains affiliate links

So, I thought I'd have a little fun and talk about the books I've read in the first quarter of this year - there were 33 of them! (My goal was to read at least 60 books through the whole year and I feel like I'm going to crush that!) So, I will share some stats as well as the Best and the Worst of the lot! 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Five on Friday - April 9, 2021 ~ Easter, Cabin Weekend, Used Books, Cupshe Bathing Suits, and Climbing Dome

Happy Friday everyone - I hope you all had a good week! Alberta had to move back in Stage 1 of our re-opening plans this week because our covid cases were getting high again, so I know I'm at the point of fatigue and would just like it to be over! (But, I'm up soon for vaccines based on work, so I feel like at least that's a little light at the end of the tunnel!)

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I purchased everything in this post

While I know "travelling" is a big no-no right now, we are very lucky to have a family cabin that we were able to go to safely this past weekend for the long weekend and it was exactly what I needed. We bring everything in with us and it's so quiet and beautiful - honestly, so relaxing, I was able to read 2.5 books over the weekend! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

New Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipsticks in Haki & Aina

If you've been around here for a while, you've already heard me rave about Cheekbone Beauty, but, if you are now, welcome - I love Cheekbone Beauty!  

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.  

New Cheekbone Beauty Sustain Lipsticks in Haki & Aina
I was provided the lipsticks for review and compensated to create a video for their release - this post contains a referral link

I joined their Warrior program (which is available to all consumers, not just bloggers!) and was so excited when they contacted me to try out some new shades to their Sustain Lipstick line (the Sustain Lipstick in Keyah was one of my Top 10 Makeup Favourites of 2020 - I love the gentle, easy to wear formula).

Monday, April 5, 2021

Manicure Monday - Easter Dinosaur Eggs Nails & Revlon Ultra HD Snap polish!

Happy Easter Monday everyone! Sorry, I'm getting this up a little late in the day - we were away distancing at the cabin for the weekend and it was such a nice relaxing getaway! 

Manicure Monday - Easter Dinosaur Eggs Nails & Revlon Ultra HD Snap polish!
The OPI polishes were received as PR samples

We are all dinosaur geeks around here, my oldest son is 16 and still wants to be a palaeontologist and this weekend, my littlest one also asked if he could be one too! So, clearly we all love our dinosaurs, so isn't it perfect to find a few little dinosaurs in my Easter Eggs?! 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul - March 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! 

(Also, I'm only sharing what I received every month now since I'm not trying to stick to a crazy budget, so some things I ordered in February will show up in my March haul now, ect!)

Monthly Beauty Haul - March 2021
I purchased everything in this post

Sephora Order ~ $50.40 CAN. I was so excited to see Danessa Myricks in Sephora now, so naturally I had to pick up a foil multi-use products! I can't wait to use this! I also picked up a new set of the Ciate nail stickers and I can't wait to use them. The Kate Somerville was a free sample! 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Five on Friday - April 2, 2021 ~ Monthly Makeup Baskets, March Scratch Monthly Mani Kit, Skin Care For Your Soul Book Review, and Declutter

Happy Friday everyone! And, happy April - I keep saying this every month, but where did that month go?! We are on our way to the cabin for a very isolated, socially distanced Easter, so I'm looking forward to some relaxing time! 

ONE 

The Skin Care For Your Soul Book was sent in exchange for a review - 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, March 31, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - March 2021

Here's a look at what I was loving in March: 

Monthly Beauty Favourites - March 2021
The AC spot treatment was received as a PR sample

I feel like there was a few products that were instant loves for me this month, which was very exciting! I also love when there is a good mix of makeup and skincare each month! 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Manicure Monday - Woman Line Art Nails

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

Manicure Monday - Woman Line Art Nails
I purchased everything - this post contains affiliate links

We are supposed to be doing green nails all month; but, I broke the rules because I was so excited about a new stamping plate I got! Plus, it's Woman's History Month this month and before it comes to an end, I thought I would throw a little homage to woman with my nails this week! I've been seeing these line, abstract manicures everywhere and I love them! 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Five on Friday - March 26, 2021 ~ Concrete Rose Book Review, March Owlcrate Box, Z Library, Baun Bon Cards and Palettes of the Week

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've all had a great week! We are officially in to Spring and I always love Spring, it's time for everything to warm up and start growing and getting green (although, I remember that I live in Calgary and we will have snow and cold for the next month still!)

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

I'm keeping up with my promise of more book reviews this year - and, I feel like I'm having a really good reading year! I've already read over 25 books and I always have a mix of audiobooks, e-books, and physical books on the go! I really want to focus on books I'm loving and my second 5 star review of the year went to Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas! 

So, I own a physical copy of this book already; but, I did actually listen to this on audiobook and I would highly recommend that - the narrator did a fantastic job. Angie Thomas also wrote The Hate U Give and On The Come Up, and I enjoyed both of the books, so I was looking forward to this. Concrete Rose focuses on Starr's dad, Maverick Carter, 17 years before the events of THUG. So, even though you know the "outcome" or the eventual paths that Maverick chooses, it is still a fantastic read. This book just hit me with all the feels - I laughed, I cried, I did it all and it felt pretty powerful to me. So this book takes us back to Garden Heights with 17 year old Maverick in a very intense time in his life - he is raising a son that the mother has left with him, he loses a family member to a crime, and he is trying to decide on whether to get out or go deeper in the gang life he has been living. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Auric Cosmetics by Samantha Ravndahl - Glow Lust in Selenite and Smoke Reflect in Temper Review and Swatches

Ever since Samantha Ravndahl announced at the end of last year, I knew I wanted to try whatever she released! We do not necessarily have the same makeup style; but, she is certainly one of my favourite youtubers and I think she knows makeup well and would release a great product! 

Auric Cosmetics by Samantha Ravndahl - Glow Lust in Selenite and Smoke Reflect in Temper Review and Swatches
I purchased everything myself

So, when Samantha put out her Auric brand reveal video, I was even more excited! You can see the thought that went in to the products, packaging, etc - this isn't just some influencer brand that is quickly thrown together to capitalize on. I can certainly see this being a lasting brand. Auric means Golden Together and the brand really focuses on inclusivity - their vision is "we believe in accepting, encouraging and promoting all different versions of beauty. That’s how we grow (and thrive) artistically and creatively." 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Manicure Monday - Lucky MMK Tiger Nail Wraps

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend - I was sick all weekend (not covid, got tested and results back all within the weekend), but I'm staying home today while I'm still not feeling 100%. 

Manicure Monday - Lucky MMK Tiger Nail Wraps
The Essie polish was received as a PR sample - this post contains an affiliate link

So, since I was feeling pretty terrible all weekend, I kept my nails pretty simple! But, I still love how they turned out - I feel like I can never go wrong using Scratch Monthly Mani kit nail wraps! They always look so lovely and are quick and easy to use! 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Monthly Beauty Empties - February 2021

Time to look at my beauty garbage from February:

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

Moyra Stamping Nail Polish Top Coat ~ $7.99 US. All the way from Budapest, Hungary, the SP Top Coat is specially formulated to protect your stamped nail art to give you the long-lasting wear your nail art deserves.

This is hands down the best top coat for when you have done any art so it won't smudge - it's super thick and wears for a really long time! This made my Best Nail Products of 2019 and it is the best top coat I've used for nail art (plus, I'm incredibly impatient, everything but this will smudge on me!)
Repurchase: Already have! 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Five on Friday - March 19, 2021 ~ February Owlcrate, St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap, Smash + Tess, and Book Hauls

Happy Friday everyone! Okay, can you believe this week we officially 1 year in to the pandemic?! I just remember last year thinking it would pass in a couple of weeks, and here we are 52 weeks later waiting for vaccines and trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel! 

ONE 

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

I just received my February Owlcrate subscription (it shipped a little late last month!) and this month's theme is "Magic Unleashed" - 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!  

Monday, March 15, 2021

Manicure Monday - Pot of Gold Nails

Happy Manicure Monday - can you believe that we are already half way through March?! It is just flying by! And, it's already almost St. Patrick's Day! 

Manicure Monday - Pot of Gold Nails
The OPI yellow polish was received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I rarely do anything for St. Patrick's Day; and of course this year there isn't anything going on; but, this year I thought we would have a little fun with the day and we've set up a Leprechaun trap with a pot of gold - do you think we will catch one?! 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

March Shop My Stash ~ Green Makeup Look

March always has me feeling green - it's probably St. Patrick's Day, but it's the perfect occasion to pull out all the green makeup and play! 
 
March Shop My Stash ~ Green Makeup Look
The Rodial & Shared Planet products were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I rarely wear green eyeshadows; but, honestly, every time I do a green look, I love how it turns out! I really need to start reaching for greens more! (I even pulled out a green highlighter for the occasion - and by occasion, I really mean doing nothing, because here we are, 1 year in to the pandemic!)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Five on Saturday - March 13, 2021 ~ March TBR list, Kitty Cats, Miniso x Marvel Eye Masks, Old Navy Haul, and Canada Reads

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you had a great week! Mine was tiring - so happy it's the weekend! 

ONE 

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

Time to share my TBR list for the month - I'm usually trying to read a mix of new and older books; but, this month, I'm pretty excited for some newer YA books that have been released lately, so that's what I'm focusing on for March! I always try and plan my reading with themes; but, honestly, I usually manage to stick to the theme for most of the month, then I grab something I'm in the mood for, which is usually different!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Full Face of Newer Drugstore Products ~ Essence, Covergirl, Pixi, Revlon, The Balm, Indeed Labs, Physician's Formula, L'oreal and E.L.F.

I have picked up quite a few new drugstore products lately, and I had basically everything for a full face of makeup, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on a few newer products that I've picked up recently! 

Full Face of Newer Drugstore Products
I purchased everything in this post

Some of these are brand new products and others are "newer" to me; but, everything has been on my to-try list and there is quite a few products that I fell in love with instantly! 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Manicure Monday - Stamped Jurassic Park Dinosaur Nails

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - mine was a little exhausting (kid was up all Saturday night), so I'm really happy that I took today off as a little day to myself today! 

Manicure Monday - Stamped Jurassic Park Dinosaur Nails
The dark green OPI was received as a PR sample

We are kind of dinosaur geeks around my house (my teenager still wants to be a palaeontologist), so when MoYou London announced that they were doing a Jurassic Park collab, I placed an order right away so I didn't miss out! (These shipped from the UK, so they did take a couple of weeks to get to me and sadly, the collection is no longer on the UK website, but it looks like it's coming soon to Beautometry!)

Friday, March 5, 2021

Five on Friday - March 5, 2021 ~ February Scratch Monthly Mani Kit, Smash + Tess Lauren Romper, Rose Water Mist, Prairie Karma Candle, and Value Village Thrift Haul!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! 

ONE 

I purchased everything in this post

I just got my January 2021 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, March 4, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - February 2021

Here's a look at what I was loving in February:

Monthly Beauty Favourites - February 2021
The miracle balm was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I didn't actually try a ton of new things in February and stuck to a pretty basic routine, but the few new things I did try I ended up really liking, so I have a good little mix of makeup, skincare and nails this month! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Creme de la Creme Beauty Lounge Custom Lipstick & Makeup in Sherwood Park, Alberta

In December I was sent to Edmonton, AB for some work training and I was pretty excited to pay a visit to the Creme de la Creme Beauty Lounge to create a custom lipstick! The brand was brought to my attention when a few fellow Canadian bloggers shared about them last year - they are an Alberta beauty brand and everything is made in their shop! What's really fun about the brand is that they focus on artisan bespoke makeup! 

Creme de la Creme Beauty Lounge Custom Lipstick & Makeup in Sherwood Park, Alberta
I purchased everything in this post

What I didn't realize until I got there, was that everything is made fresh as you order it! I thought just the custom lipstick would be made in front of me, but as I picked out an eyeshadow and nail polish, I was so surprised that they were made right then and there in the store! 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Manicure Monday - Green Foliage Stamped Nails

Happy Manicure Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it March already?! Wow! 

Manicure Monday - Green Foliage Stamped Nails
Two of the OPI polishes were received as PR samples

I'm finding it hard to believe that it is March already - we are approaching a year of pandemic restrictions and it feels pretty crazy! But, I'm trying to carry on with life as normal as we can right now! 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul - February 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! 

(Also, I'm only sharing what I received every month now since I'm not trying to stick to a crazy budget, so some things I ordered in February will show up in my March haul now!)

I purchased everything in this post

Auric Beauty Haul ~ $131.77 CAN. I was so excited when Samantha Ravndahl announced her brand and I loved her announcement video, so I was very excited to pick up one of the Glow Lusts and one Smoke Reflect shadow - I can't wait to use both of these! The cost I paid in Canadian includes both products, shipping and conversion with no duties on my order! I will be reviewing these as soon as I can try them! 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Five of Saturday - February 27, 2021 ~ Hunter Boots, Knix Leggings, Becca Cosmetics, Declutter, and The Bachelor

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all had a great week!

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I purchased everything in this post

I'm so excited - Costco has Hunter Boots on for a great price! (I think they are $100 in store, but I just picked these up online for $115 with free shipping!) I was so excited - I've really wanted a short pair (a little easier to wear and more versatile!) They were a great find! 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #1

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 #1
The Rodial brow product was received as 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! I have a mix of goals between finishing products and hitting pan, so this should be a lot of fun! I also picked a mix of products that I will reach my goals quickly on and some that may take close to the whole project to reach! I will update every two months:

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ Vol.9 February 2021

I've made it pretty clear here that I'm a big Lushie, so naturally I was very excited last 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 couple of months, so I consider it a fun subscription box splurge! 

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ Vol.9 February 2021
I purchased this subscription 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. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Manicure Monday - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Prismatic Shine polish in Pink Aurora

I was rather excited to see the new Sally Hansen Prismatic Shine polishes in store at Shoppers Drug Mart recently - they look so pretty. So naturally, I had to pick up one and give it a go! 

Manicure Monday - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Prismatic Shine polish in Pink Aurora
I purchased this polish on my own

This is a newer line and I can't resist a pink glittery polish, so I had to give this a try! Also, it's been a very busy weekend and I didn't have much time to do my nails at all, so it seems like the perfect time to use a polish that claims to dry in 60 seconds! The Insta-Dri formula is also 3-in-1 formula, so you don't have to use a base or top coat with the polish! (Again, perfect for a super quick mani!)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Monthly Beauty Empties - January 2021

Time for a look at my beauty garbage from January:

Monthly Beauty Empties - January 2021
Some products may have been received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

MAC Cosmetics Mini MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Primer and Setting Spray ~ $18.00 CAN. A lightweight water mist that finishes makeup, while gently soothing and refreshing skin.

This was a little mini I've been carrying around in my purse for a while - I like this as a refresher during the day while wearing makeup because it won't mess up my makeup. I also prefer this as a primer and don't use it soley as a setting spray. 
Repurchase: Likely 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Five on Friday - February 19, 2021 ~ The Lost Apothecary Book Review, Valentine's Day, Used Book Haul, Internet Pasta, and Firefly Lane

Happy Friday everyone! I'm happy this was a short work week - our Monday was the family day holiday! And, it's finally starting to "warm up" in Calgary, we've been sitting at -30 for well over a week and I'm ready to get outside this weekend! 

ONE

E-arc of The Lost Apothecary was provided as a review copy - this post contains affiliate links

I said earlier this year that I was going to probably share some book reviews and content on the blog - I mean honestly, we aren't going anywhere or doing anything, so I'm reading books a lot more than I'm wearing new makeup at this point (I've always said, this remains a beauty blog, but I'm happy to share my other hobbies!), and so I thought I'd focus reviews on the books that I looooove, so let me introduce you to The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner - this book releases on March 2, 2021 and it's my first 5 star book of the year! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Kaleidos x Angelica Nyqvist The Club Nebula Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Looks and Thoughts!

Kaleidos was on my list of brands to try for 2020 and I was really pleased that I did try them - I piked up a small, neutral eyeshadow palette and really enjoyed the formula of it! I also picked up a lovely highlighter that I have been using lots - it's certainly a brand that I'm excited to see and try more from! 

Kaleidos x Angelica Nyqvist The Club Nebula Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches, Looks and Thoughts!
I purchased this palette myself

So, when they announced that they were collaborating with Swedish youtuber, Angelica Nyqvist, I was pretty happy - she's certainly the reason that I heard about the brand! Also, Kaleidos is a brand that doesn't shy away from colourful, and if you've seen Angie's channel then you know that she is very much in to colourful looks, so this feels like a very fitting collab all around! 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Manicure Monday - You Have A Pizza My Heart Nails

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend - it's Family Day in Alberta, so we get a long weekend today! 

Manicure Monday - You Have A Pizza My Heart Nails
I purchased everything in this post - this post contains affiliate links

If you thought that my Valentine's Day puns were over with Valentine's being yesterday, you're wrong! If you caught my instagram yesterday than you know that Heart Pizza is my love language, so it only seems fitting that today's nails are dedicated to that special treat I get every year on Valentine's Day! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Five on Friday - February 12, 2021 ~ Valentine's Books & Baking, Best of Calgary Foods, T. Swift and B. Spears!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week! (I took today off, so I'm enjoying a little extra long weekend on home). It has been -25 to -30 all week, with windchills reaching the -40s for the whole week - it's so crazy and it's been a miserable week! 

ONE 

A Pho Love Story was received as an e-arc for review - this post contains affiliate links

Time to share my TBR list for the month - I'm keeping the love theme up for the month and sharing some of the romance and rom-coms I'm planning on reading this month! I always try and plan my reading with themes; but, honestly, I usually manage to stick to the theme for most of the month, then I grab something I'm in the mood for, which is usually different!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Nabla Side by Side Eyeshadow Palette, Ruby Lights Glitter Quad, Major Pleasure Mascara and Ruby Brush Set

Nabla was high on my list of brands to try in 2020, so when Trendmood announced that one of their boxes was going to be a "brand takeover" box back in November, I knew I had to grab it so I could try a few of their products in one go! 

(Yes, I picked this up a while ago, but I've had lots to try and I've made sure to try everything for about a month, so I have a pretty solid opinion about what I think of them!)

Nabla Side by Side Eyeshadow Palette, Ruby Lights Glitter Quad, Major Pleasure Mascara and Ruby Brush Set
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One of the products I've really wanted to try by the brand was the Skin Glazing Highlighters and Blushes and sadly, this box didn't come with one, so I'm still hoping to try one of those soon! 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Manicure Monday - Baby, Yoda One For Me Valentine's Day Nails

Happy Manicure Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend - it's been so cold here, so we spent our weekend just prepping for Valentine's Day by baking cookies and making hot chocolate bombs to keep ourselves busy inside! 

Manicure Monday - Baby, Yoda One For Me Valentine's Day Nails
The OPI polishes were received as PR samples - this post contains affiliate links

I'm not a traditional Valentine's Day lover, but I'm a total sucker for good Valentine's cards and funny quips! So, even though I don't love the lovey dovey part of the holiday, I do love some parts of it, and the jokes and puns are a big part of what I love! 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Five on Friday - February 5, 2021 ~ Monthly Makeup Basket, January OwlCrate, Hot Chocolate Bombs, and Lotta Love!

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good week - it's been super cold all week and snowy here (I actually took a snow on Wednesday and worked from home and it was lovely!)

ONE 

The Pixi quad in the post was received as a PR sample - 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 - I typically feature older products, but used lots of newer products for December & January, so I will make sure all of these ones for the next two months are older! 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - January 2021

Here's a look at my Favourite products of January:

Monthly Beauty Favourites - January 2021
The Bio Sculpture polish was received as a PR sample -this post contains affiliate links

I actually don't have any makeup favourites this month - I've been trying a couple of new things and playing with some old stuff, but nothing that stood out as amazing to me in the makeup department! But, I do have two purple nail polishes for balance! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul - January 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! 

(Also, I'm only sharing what I received every month now since I'm not trying to stick to a crazy budget, so some things I ordered in January will show up in my February haul now!)

Monthly Beauty Haul - January 2021
I purchased everything in this post

Sephora Order ~ $58.04 CAN. I went through the sale section of Sephora and picked up a few sets - the Morphe continuous mist setting spray is great and I really wanted to try the Pat McGrath lip balms! Also, the pumpkin mask I liked was on sale, and the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter was the add on item. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Manicure Monday - Abstract Pink Heart Nails

Happy Monday and Happy February! I always love February, so I have a good excuse to do pink lovey nails all month long! 

Manicure Monday - Abstract Pink Heart Nails
The OPI polish was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I will be honest, I'm still struggling a little with creativity and haven't been able to come up with much for nail art! Any suggestions or Valentine's or pink nails you'd like to see me do?! Send me your inspiration! 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

My 2021 Makeup Collection & Inventory!

I did my first Makeup Collection post at the start of 2020 - I really wanted to actually see how much makeup I own, but also to track if I'm using things up and how that counteracts the new product that I'm bringing in to my collection! 

I absolutely love looking at other people's makeup collection and thought I should combine a look at my collection while inventorying it all! I will say that my collection is spread out in a room (sorry guests, no room for you here - it's full of makeup) and it does help me use everything because I'm very visual, so I like to have it all displayed! 

My 2021 Makeup Collection & Inventory!
Some products pictured were received as PR samples

While going through my inventory, I am including back up and samples in the counts as well! This also is only makeup (no skincare or nails - my skincare would be crazy to count!)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Five on Friday - January 29, 2021 ~ Damian Turns 16, Warhammer 40K Cake, Concrete Rose, Beautylish Lucky Bag and Palettes of the Week!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a great week - it was a pretty typical week for me, but it was stinkin' cold this week so I just hunkered down! 

ONE 

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

Ahhh - biggest thing of the week is my oldest son, Damian, turned 16! Whoa! He is such a fantastic kid and I'm so proud of him! He truly has handled this year so well and he is just the kindest kid! (But also, I still can't believe 16 years has gone by!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

January Shop My Stash - Pantone Colour of the Year Ultimate Grey & Illuminating Makeup Look

I've taken a couple month break from my Shop My Stash looks because I had a ton of makeup to get through, so I'm excited to jump back in and play and create fun looks with my makeup stash! 

January Shop My Stash - Pantone Colour of the Year Ultimate Grey & Illuminating Makeup Look
The setting spray was received as PR - this post contains affiliate links

I decided for my first look of the year, that I was going to go out of my comfort zone and do a makeup look inspired by Pantone's Colours of the Year for 2021 - Ultimate Grey and Illuminating! They chose two colours, grey and yellow for "a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting."

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Manicure Tuesday - BKIND polish & Ombre Glitter Polish

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry I'm a day late here, but I really wanted to share my Beautylish Lucky Bag unboxing yesterday, so I thought I would put that up first! 

Manicure Tuesday - BKIND polish & Ombre Glitter Polish
I purchased the BKIND polish, the OPI polishes were received as PR samples

I have a bit of an easier mani this week because I had a busy weekend (despite nothing being open), but it was my oldest son's 16th birthday, so I was busy baking and prepping and spending time with the family!