Friday, June 28, 2013

May 2013 Topbox Review



I know, I know- This post is ultra super late. I've been stalling on writing it because I hadn't tested out the products yet.

Anyways, for May I chose the February Favourites Topbox consisting of only three products. I pretty much only chose this box for the Deborah Lippmann polish because I had never tried it before.

On with the review...

1. B. Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream Kx (Full Size $152): When I first received this product I thought it was some incredible moisturizer- Surprise! It's for women going through menopause. I tried it out anyways, and I enjoyed the feeling it gave my skin (very moisturizing, not too thin or thick) as well as the minty scent and cooling feeling it leaves when applied. The only problem was that it made me break out extremely bad and made my skin very oily. I definitely wouldn't repurchase for the price and also knowing that it's formulated for menopausal women. I also wonder why a product for such a specific group would be included in a Topbox...

2. Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation (Full Size $42): When I ordered this box, I was fully aware that the colour of this foundation would probably be way too dark for me...and it is. I just really wanted to check out the texture, application, etc. of the product before I ever considered purchasing it. I did like how smoothly it applied as a dry powder, but now that I've gotten a taste, I wish I had it to review in my own skin colour (I couldn't tell if it would cover a blemish or not!). I also want to note that I thought the sample size was great, but the sponge that it came with did nothing for application and was completely useless. Below, you can view a photo of the product applied both wet and dry.

3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Laquer in "Since I Fell For You" (Full Size $20): I love, love, love this stuff! A few weeks ago, I did a double review on this polish and Essie's nail stickers, so basically, for a full review of this polish, click here.

B. Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream

Make Up For Ever Multi Use Powder Foundation applied dry and then wet





Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Newest Cupcake Addition & A Funny Story


If you read my blog, you know that my daughter Holly has a cupcake themed bedroom (you can visit multiple posts in the home decor tag to view photos). A little white ago, I got my hands on this gem.

What's so great about it? Four things.
First, it's a cupcake. Obviously we collect cupcakes.
Second, It's a huge cupcake cookie jar. The photos below will demonstrate how big this thing actually is!
Third, I painted it. I used to take ceramics painting classes, and I actually painted this amazing cupcake.
Fourth and best of all, I painted it when I was 8 years old. I gave it to my grandparents as a christmas gift, and 15 years later, they gifted it back to me to keep it Holly's room. It's amazing how life works sometimes.




Demonstrating how large the jar is with a large coffee mug.


It's amazing how an 8-year-old me picked this out, painted it, gifted it, and an almost 23-year-old me got it back to give to display in my daughter's room. It also just so happens that the colour palette is the same as Holly's room as well.

Life is incredible!

Friday, June 21, 2013

This Week 20






Holly Muffin's last ballet class of the season called for several photos to be taken // A weekend spent at my parents' house is just what I need sometimes // I finally got to try EOS lip balm courtesy of my sister, and I loved it // A few weeks ago, I gave myself bangs. I haven't really kept with them, but they looked good for like...a day (also, I have to note- the front facing camera on my 4s is driving me crazy with its' bad quality) // I just adore this photo and the sense of wonder I captured in it

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Post Grad Goals




This past thursday, I walked the stage and officially graduated university. It was one of the best days of my life so far.

A few months ago, I wrote this post about completing my degrees and how fulfilling it feels, and now, I'd like to give some insight to my post-grad goals.

  • Building my career- I haven't worked in over four years (besides interning for an amazing local magazine, unpaid), so now is the time for me to work on building my work experience.
  • Continuing to blog- This blog has become such an incredible creative outlet for me. I plan on blogging more now than ever, and expanding the entire creative process surrounding my blog.
  • Reading- While in school, it became very difficult to find time to read non-school related books. As soon as I finished, I dove right into reading the stack of books I'd been saving, and I have plenty more to go.
  • Writing a novel- It's always been on my bucket list to write a novel, and while in school it seemed impossible to take time away from writing papers and reading assigned books to start. Since graduating, I have begun the writing process.
  • Organization- Since my life will be settling down and regulating after years of chaos, I've vowed to organize my surroundings. I've always loved an organized home, but an entirely organized life is in my sights now.
  • Saving and educating myself on money- Saving for the future is very important to me, and now that Chris and I are itching to buy our own home, it's time for us to start learning about money in a real way. 
  • Furthering my education- I've been asked this question time and time again lately and I'm not exactly sure about the answer. I have several doors open to me currently for furthering my education, and I'm not sure which I want to pursue, if any. Continuing my education is constantly on my mind.
  • Family- It seems like Chris and I are constantly being asked when we plan on adding to our family and/or getting married. We both want one more child and do want to get married, but right now, these things just aren't our priority. Right now, I plan on preparing Holly for her first year of school and spending as much time as I can with my family.
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On a side note- Yes, I did miss a father's day blog post due to all of the graduation festivities (I did post on Instagram).
Happy belated father's day everyone!

Monday, June 10, 2013

My SSB (Secret Single Behaviour)

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In honor of last Thursday being the 15th anniversary of Sex and the City, I wanted to do this post.
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First off, I haven't been single in... a long time. Also, the last time I was single, it only lasted about 2 months. So, maybe I haven't been able to develop any real secret single behaviours, but I'll talk about the ridiculous things I like to do when no one is around anyways.

- Watch the exact same shows/movies over and over again. TV shows and movies are the best when you know them line for line. 
- Face masks. I do spot masks all the time around my boyfriend, but I save those awesome peel offs for when it's just me.
- Increase my coffee intake. My boyfriend judges how much I drink, so when he's not around I tend to have 5x as much.
- Do makeup test runs. For the most part, I wear the same makeup everyday. So, when I'm home alone, I like to try new things and take photos for future reference (these photos are never, ever posted anywhere). I then promptly wash it all off.
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My SSB might be a little bit boring, but I think that's only because I have't been a single adult for an extended period of time. Chris is lucky in that he gets to see all other embarrassing things that I do (cry whenever someone on TV cries, play The Sims, sit in pyjamas all day) on a daily basis.

What's your SSB?
#SATC15

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A 2-Firsts-In-1 Review- Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in "Since I Fell For You" + Essie Nail Appliques in "Sneek-e"


Believe it or not, before last week, I had never tried a Deborah Lippmann polish! I've read and heard the most wonderful things about the brand, so when I finally got the polish in last month's Topbox (review coming next week), I was overjoyed. Further, about 2 months ago, I also received a trial of some Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques from a Facebook promotion and just never got around to using them. So, last weekend when my boyfriend and I actually had somewhere to go for once in a blue moon, I decided to dress up my nails with these 2 firsts.
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Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in "Since I Fell For You": Basically, I'm in love. The hue of the red is so perfect I can't even believe it. There's just enough shimmer to make it look rich, deep, and multifaceted. I've had some bad experiences with reds, so this one is a definite keeper. As for wear, my boyfriend even commented on how impressed it was. I've been wearing Seche Vite's topcoat over all of my polishes lately, so with that, this polish lasted a week (which is amazing for me). With China Glaze/OPI, I can usually squeeze out 4 days. The polish also applied well, although maybe a bit streaky. I'm definitely going to be looking into purchasing more Deborah Lippmann polishes.

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliques: I'm only partially happy. I love the variety of designs that they come in (I have yet to test out about 4 other designs that I received) and I love that they come textured unlike many other brands of nail stickers. What I didn't love about these were the fact that they were very hard to fit to the nail. When I used Sally Hansen's nail polish strips, I found them so easy to use because I could trim them using only my nail. These, on the other hand, are very tough, and actually just like a sticker. You need a set of scissors to cut them, and when your have extremely short nails like I do, that becomes difficult to do. Also, I found that because these appliques are actually just like stickers, they begin to peel up after only about 3 days (more noticeably after being in water). Real nail polish strips do not do this as much in my experience. So, in conclusion, these nail appliques are amazing to add some texture to a nail design for a night or two, but probably aren't the best for long wear.

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I found it extremely hard to find good lighting for this colour, but you can check out more photos below.





xo




Monday, June 3, 2013

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage


A while ago, Burt's Bees had a sample giveaway online where I snagged this little packet of their Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage.

I decided to give it a go, and was thoroughly impressed. I really wanted to make a quick post about this stuff because it really stood out to me and I'm pretty sure it's going to become a part of my nightly routine, especially next Winter and after drying summer days.

First, the clary sage smells lovely. It's a very distinct, light, and fresh, yet soothing scent. It's perfect for bedtime.

Second, and most importantly, this moisturizer does exactly what it says- provides intense hydration. When I say this stuff is thick and creamy, I mean this stuff is thick and creamy. It applies like butter, and instantly makes skin feels different (think complete opposite consistency of Philosophy's Hope in a Jar).

For those harsh days where I've woken up with flakey skin, I feel like this product is almost an instant fix. I highly, highly recommend it and can't wait to get it full sized!



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