Friday, May 31, 2013

Lately...


We moved about a month and a half ago and discovered our new home is extremely close to a huge park. In addition to a playground, the park has a walking trail, a dog walking area, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, basketball courts, tennis courts, and even a pool with a waterside, diving board, and splash-pad. So, almost every day that we are able to, we've been spending our days at the park. I think it's going to be our favourite spot this summer.


Holly's been thoroughly enjoying the sunny days at the park, and we're both loving dressing her up in summer clothes. 



On rainy days (which there have been plenty of around here lately) we've been working on puzzles and introducing Holly to our favourite board games. She's become a pro and Candy Land and The Game of Life, and we're quickly learning that family game nights might be around for years to come.
*I wanted to also note that I've discovered a love for Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles. They're so durable compared to cardboard puzzles, and have the sweetest pictures.


During our boring mornings without Daddy, Holly and I have also taken up about a zillion other DIY projects, including awesome pasta jewellery. She's been making bracelets, necklaces, and rings galore (how to keep a 4-year-old busy 101!).



The girl you see above enjoying the summer weather is a welcomed change from last week, when we spent a large amount of time in the hospital with her. After catching the flu, Holly ended up becoming extremely dehydrated (although I tried so hard not to let it get to that point) and getting to the point where her sugars had plummeted and she could barely move. We took her to the hospital out of concern, and I'm extremely glad we did, because she had to be placed on an IV for almost 8 hours in order to increase her sugars. It took 6 days days, but she did get better. Needless to say, it was scary and I hope she never has to go through it again.


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xo




Monday, May 27, 2013

April 2013 Topbox Review


For April, I received the Elizabeth Arden Prive Topbox. Before this box, I don't think I had ever tried anything Elizabeth Arden, and when I saw that the box came with samples of mascara and foundation, I was sold.





From left to right:

1. Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup (Full Size $42): I chose the lightest shade of this foundation available (Vanilla Shell), and of course, it was still too dark for me. Either way, the foundation is creamy and applies well, but it's a bit thick for me. If you're looking for a full coverage foundation that blends easily, this might be for you (I like thinner makeup). I also want to say that I adore the sample packaging for this makeup (no foil packet and no cardboard!), it's such high quality.

2. All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (Full Size $24): I'm just going to say it- I'm getting a little bit sick of every single Prive Topbox including makeup remover. I'm not into it. Regardless, this product works great (dare I say better than the Clinique makeup remover?). I gave it a try on both my heavy eye makeup and on my lipstick, and I was surprised at how well it came off. This product has no strong smell, is not oily, and I barely had to rub to remove my makeup (only one cotton pad per eye!). I would recommend this remover to anyone.

3. Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara (Full Size $30): The company claims that this mascara coats, curls, lengthens, and lifts. I'm not so sure. This stuff is absolutely wonderful if you're looking for a light mascara. What I mean by this is that this mascara goes on smoothly, it doesn't clump at all, and it comes off extremely easily. The issue that I have with this product is that it doesn't seem buildable, which is what I like in a mascara. After multiple coats, I didn't find my lashes looking any thicker or longer, only darker (and isn't thinker/longer what most women buy mascara for?). I probably wouldn't repurchase, but as I said, if you're looking for a completely clump free and light mascara, this might be your best bet.

4. PREVAGE Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum (Full Size $275): As with my last few Topbox reviews that included an aging product, I have to state that it's hard to give an accurate review due to the fact that I'm only 22 years old and have only been using the product for a few weeks. Basically, this serum has the typical light serum texture. What I absolutely love about this serum is that it's a glistening orange colour, where I believe the light reflecting specs are supposed to help make skin appear lifted within 15 minutes, and maybe it's just me, but I feel like it works. Further, the serum smells amazing (some type of citrus fruit) which is not so common along anti aging products. I love this stuff, and if you have the cash (a whopping $275), I would tell you to give it a whirl. I also want to note that as with the foundation, I love the high quality sample packing of this serum (no foil packet, and it even comes with a dropper).
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Last month's replacement

Remember last month's post when I talked about getting the same sample twice, Topbox's great customer service, and waiting on a replacement? Well, here it is. As a replacement for my duplicate Clinique eyeshadow, I received this:

Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo for Color-Treated hair- First of all, my hair isn't coloured, so this product may not have worked the way it was designed to, but it's still great. It's very thin shampoo and doesn't lather up too well, so if you're looking for a deep clean, this isn't the right product. But, I definitely felt that it gave my hair a "glaze" type texture. It left my hair soft and shiny, as well as smoother than normal, which I can't complain about. I would definitely repurchase, and may also look into other Shu Uemura products.



Friday, May 17, 2013

New In



After a quick trip to Shoppers Drug Mart and Sally Beauty, I ended up with Seche Vite top coat (which I've been wanting forever), No Bleeding Lips (you'll soon find out why!), and some new waxing sticks (my eyebrows are a mess).

Have you made any amazing beauty purchases lately?


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Organizing Your Desktop- A DIY Organizational Ombre Desktop Background


I've been dealing with this desktop for the last three years. The same photo and the same messy layout. Why? I have no idea. I've just never taken the time to go through all of the files (mostly screenshots and school documents) or change the photo.

Yesterday, while doing my usual blog reading, I came across this post and fell in love with the way the desktop photo organized the files. I actually downloaded the file available in that post, but realized it didn't work for me as I didn't need a "read" or "work" section on my desktop. So basically, I decided to take it upon myself to make my own.


Et voila!
I stayed consistent with my blog theme, but decided to go ombre (who doesn't love a pink ombre?). After deciding on three columns and the ombre theme, it probably took me about 15 minutes to make this on the Mac program Paintbrush. Totally worth it.
It's super simple, and maybe a little rushed, but it's all I need. I may take the time to make a fancier one eventually, but right now, my desktop looks fantastic.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Lately...


1. Searching for a career- I'm so ready to start working.
2. Spending as much time as I can with my family.
3. Spending as much time as I can outside.
4. Taking in this transitional period overall.



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