Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Project Pan 21 in 2021 ~ Update #5

I really enjoyed working on a project pan last year, 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 #5
I purchased all the products in this post - 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, my third update I finished another 4 products, and my last update in August I finished another 1 product. So, I'm down to 13 more products (yikes - I'm feeling like final crunch now!!)

Monday, October 25, 2021

Manicure Monday - Pink Spider Web Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend - we are on the home stretch to Halloween this weekend! 

Manicure Monday - Pink Spider Web Nails
I purchased everything in this post

The #CBBxManiMonday group is keeping up the Halloween nails for the week, and these bright spider web nails will match my Halloween costume for the weekend (any guess who I'm being?!)

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Welcoming Scorpio Season With Newer ColourPop Products

I have been loving when their is astrology releases - I'm a pretty proud of being a Scorpio, so I love picking up fun Scorpio products and trying them out! And, today is the day we get to parade around for a whole month, so it's time to welcome Scorpio season in! 

Welcoming Scorpio Season With Newer ColourPop Products
I purchased these products on my own - this post contains affiliate links

ColourPop has recently started releasing quads, and I really enjoyed one of the ones I tried over the Summer. The Scorpio quad that I picked up and the other newer products have a very pinky/purple vibe that's perfect for this transition time to Fall! 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Five on Friday - October 22, 2021 ~ If The Shoe Fits Book Review, Jillian Harris x Joe Fresh picks, October 2021 Scratch Monthly Mani Kit, Calgary's Election, and Scribd Subscription

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

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If The Shoe Fits Julie Murphy
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Time for another book review and I wanted this one to line up with the start of a new Bachelorette season this week, because it's an adult romance set around a reality t.v. dating show, and I loved it! If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy is a body positive twist on Cinderella - Cindy decides last minute to be a contestant on a dating show, very similar to The Bachelor and quickly becomes a favorite!  The characters in the book were so enjoyable and Julie's writing style always has my hooked to keep seeing what would happen next - this was the first book in a while I stayed up late reading!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lush Halloween Bubble Bars

I always love Lush's Halloween line - I mean all their holiday collections are fabulous, but their Halloween collections are always so much fun! 

Lush Halloween Bubble Bars
I purchased everything in this post

I'm really trying to use up all my bath products before buying anything new because I have quite the stockpile; but, the only exception to this is bubble bars! I use up bubble bars consistently so I only every have a few in my collection, so I was excited that I had some room to pick up a few new Lush Bubble Bars from their Halloween collection! 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New Skoah Niacinamide Concentrate + $10 off Coupon Code!

I'm always excited when I get to share my thoughts on brand new products with you guys! 

New Skoah Niacinamide Concentrate + $10 off Coupon Code!
This product was received in exchange for a review - this post contains a referral link

I have honestly loved all the Skoah products that I've tried and I'm excited to keep working with them and trying out their brand new products! 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Manicure Monday - Scream Ghostface Killer & Blood Splatter Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! Did you all see this week that a trailer was released for Scream 5?! (I don't think it will actually be called Scream 5, but it is coming out in January 2022!) If you haven't seen it yet, check it out - I love some of the little flashback older casts making cameos in new movie versions!

Manicure Monday - Scream Ghostface Killer & Blood Splatter Nails
I purchased everything in this post

I'm actually a scary movie wimp (Nightmare on Elm Street and Candyman scarred me as a kid and I actually could not handle them); but, I have actually enjoyed all the Scream movies - it is my MAX limit of scary movie, so I will watch the new one when it comes out!) You might be surprised to know that I haven't watched some of the classic Halloween/scary movies because I'm too scared! 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Five on Friday - October 25, 2021 ~ Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Patch, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Hello Kitty Squishmallow, and Cara Kozik Order

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have a great week! Mine was nice and normal - love a short work week after a long weekend! 

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I purchased everything in this post

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving - I love the extra time with family and always make sure that we are together at least one night! Mitch worked most of the weekend and there is still gathering restrictions in place, but we were still able to see my Mom and have a turkey night! 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Monthly Beauty Haul ~ September 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

XO Treatment Room Haul ~ $93.45 CAN. This is my favourite Vitamin C serum and it's made by a local Calgary company that I love! I just emptied one and I needed replacement asap! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Sydney Grace x Temptalia Quintessence Light Eye Palette

I feel like it's been a minute since I've posted about an eyeshadow palette, but honestly, I think I'm at the point where I am trying to be a little more thoughtful about what I'm bringing in to my collection (my Monthly Haul post coming might call me a liar for that; but I'm certainly trying). I just did a huge declutter and really want to bring makeup in that offers something different that I will use! 

Sydney Grace x Temptalia Quintessence Light Eye Palette
I purchased this palette on my own

When I saw that Temptalia was teaming up with Sydney Grace, I was very excited - I mean Temptalia is the OG of Beauty Bloggers, she literally grades every single beauty product out there, so you know if she is partnering on an eye shadow palette, it's going to be amazing! 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Manicure Monday - Witch's Cauldron Nails

Happy Manicure Monday - and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and I'm enjoying the extra day off and thinking of everything I'm thankful for! 

Manicure Monday - Witch's Cauldron Nails
I purchased everything in this post

I'm keeping up the CBBxManiMonday nail group Halloween theme - we will all be doing Halloween nails for the whole month! 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Five on Saturday - October 9, 2021 ~ Alberta Fall, Johnny B Sweet, Well Order, The Nature of Witches Pre-order Goodies, and Christmas Prep (Yes I Said It!)

Happy Friday everyone - hope you all had a great week! It was super busy for me, so I'm really glad it's a long weekend! But, on a good note, I started volleyball up again this week and it was so nice to play with adults (I play with kids at work a fair bit), so it was nice for some good competitive games! 

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

I have to start by saying that Alberta is maybe having the best Fall I've ever seen - I was in Edmonton this past weekend for training and I went out for a few walks! I even saw some larches and they are so lovely! Usually we get one really nice week and then it snows, so it's amazing that we've had a few weeks of perfect weather and beautiful Fall colours! 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ October 2021 Issue 17 Trick or Tweet

It has been a minutes since I've ordered a Lush Kitchen subscription box - since the 1 year Anniversary box in May! (I needed to use up a few more bath products before picking up any more if I'm being honest). But, Lush has some of the best Halloween products, so I was not missing the October box! 

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. 

Lush Kitchen Subscription Box ~ October 2021 Issue 17 Trick or Tweet
I purchased this box on my own

Each month the Lush Kitchen Subscription box is £35 per month + shipping (shipping to Canada is £17.95), so all together the cost of the subscription box in Canada is £52.95 a month, which converts to around $95 each month). She's pricey for us Canadian's but, the subscription will come with 4-5 exclusive products and I think it will include a variety of products that Lush makes. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Quarterly Reading Wrap-up - July to September 2021

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 - July to September 2021
Some of the books talked about were received as review copies - this post contains affiliate links

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 third quarter - there were 30 of them (33 in the first quarter, and 28 in the second quarter)! My original goal was to read at least 60 books through the whole year and I crushed that, so I upped it to 100 books for the year, and I'm already at 91 so pretty darn good! 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Manicure Monday - Boo, Cute Halloween Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone - hope you all had a good weekend! We decorated for Halloween and are fully ready for spooky season, so I'm happy for my first nails of October! 

Manicure Monday - Boo, Cute Halloween Nails
I purchased everything on my own

October automatically means spooky season, so the CBBxManiMonday nail group will be doing Halloween nails for the whole month! 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Five on Friday - October 1, 2021 ~ Monthly Makeup Baskets, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September Scratch Monthly Mani Kit, and New Vacuum!

Happy Friday everyone - hope you all had a great week! I've been in Edmonton most of the week for some work training, so it's been a pretty quiet week for me! Also, How tf is it October already?! 

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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, September 29, 2021

Monthly Beauty Favourites - September 2021

Here's a look at Top 5 Favourite products for September:

Monthly Beauty Favourites - September 2021
The Paula's Choice was received as a PR sample - this post contains affiliate links

I didn't try too many new products this month, and honestly I took September too regroup and relax, so I was mainly using old beloved products; but, there was enough to share some new beloved products! 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Manicure Monday - Stamped Fall Mountain Nails

Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! We went out for a little walk to a waterfall and it was the most amazing Fall backdrop, so it was the inspiration for these Fall mountainy nails! 

Manicure Monday - Stamped Fall Mountain Nails
I purchased everything in this post

Calgary has such a short pretty Fall season - we usually have a week in between Summer and Winter, but we've really lucked out this year, and so I'm taking advantage with some trips out with stunning mountain views! 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Five on Friday - September 24, 2021 ~ A Song of Achilles Book Review, IvoryLane Boutique Haul, Abercrombie & Fitch Sweaters, Yearly Declutter, and Palettes of the Week

Happy Friday everyone! What a week it's been; but, the best part of all is that it is officially Fall now! But, we also had a Federal election on Monday with no huge changes to the system, so it felt a little wasteful while we are still in the midst of a pandemic. 

And then, also on Monday, Alberta's "Restriction Exemption Program" or vaccine passport system came in to effect. But, I was also supposed to start up on a volleyball team again and it got cancelled with the new restrictions, so that's a bummer! So there has been lots going on and on top of it, my little guy was sick so I had a day home in there to take care of him! 

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I hope you guys have been enjoying the addition of some of my top reads, because it is not going anywhere! So, if you are looking for a book to rip your heart out, seriously, look no further! The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was a no-brainer 5 star read - this book is so stunning, there is no better way to describe it! 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Freeman Beauty - Cheeky Smoothing and Toning Butt Sheet Mask

Happy Thursday everyone - I'm so excited to jump back in to some fun and weird masks (I used to try all the weirdest masks I could get my hands on), so I'm excited to share a butt mask with you today! Also, there will be no actual bum shots here - we are a SFW blog here! 

Freeman Beauty - Cheeky Smoothing and Toning Butt Sheet Mask
This product was received was received as a PR sample

Freeman Beauty - Cheeky Smoothing and Toning Butt Sheet Mask ~ $4.47 CAN. Get cheeky and pamper your best asset with the Freeman Smoothing & Toning Peach Cheeky Butt Body Mask for softer, smoother-looking skin. Peach extract and Coenzyme Q10 tone and firm for picture-ready sweet cheeks. Perfect for all booties.

I will try ALL the body masks - I think they are so much fun! I know we mainly think of face masks when we think of masking, but you can literally find masks for every body part, including your butt! I've tried a few butt masks, but they've been more expensive, so I absolutely love that Freeman Beauty is bringing affordable body masking to the drugstore (spotted at Walmart in stores and online!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Besame Cosmetics - Aurora Disney Princess Signature Compact & Lipstick

I'm sure it's pretty clear by now that I'm rather obsessed with Disney Princess makeup lines, especially Aurora lines! 

Besame Cosmetics - Aurora Disney Princess Signature Compact & Lipstick
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So, when Besame announced that they were doing a super-limited release with Disney as part of the Ultimate Princess Celebration, I knew I was going to have to try and snag the Aurora set! 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Manicure Sunday - Neutral Fall Floral Nails

Happy Sunday everyone - hope you all had a good weekend! I got a surprise weekend to myself and it's been so lovely, so I'm getting my manicure up a day early this weekend! 

Manicure Sunday - Neutral Fall Floral Nails
I purchased everything in this post

I have been loving all the neutral Fall nail looks, so I picked up a couple of polishes from the new China Glaze Fall 2021 Autumn Spice collection and I'm so excited about them! I love the Fall shades and they are perfect for this week's mani! 

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
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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
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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!
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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
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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!