Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sephora Cleaning Me Softly Facial Cleansing Brush Review

I've been wanting to incorporate a facial cleansing brush in to my daily skin care lineup for some time now. At 25 years old, I still deal with acne and after taking years to nail down the right cleansers, moisturizer, and makeup, it seems natural to want to add a deep cleaning brush to my daily routine.

The first and obvious choice was to go with a Clairsonic. I've been looking at purchasing the Mia 2 for years now, but could never bring myself to actually buy it. I've been told time and time again that that it's totally worth the price, but I'm terrified that my acne prone skin won't react well and I will end up spending upwards of $200 on a product that just isn't right for me. Of course I've tried several drug store cleansing brushes, but I've never found one that I wanted to keep using.

During one of my (frequent) trips to, I noticed this little guy. A manual and extremely affordable facial cleansing brush.

I talked about receiving it in my 25th Birthday Haul post. I've been using it for a few months now, and here's my review:

What I Liked: In a nutshell, this brush is simple, effective, and extremely well priced. The bristles are very dense and well made, but also soft on the skin. I was worried that I would experience a scratchy feeling rather than a clean feeling, but that just isn't the case. I've been using the brush nightly to help take off my makeup, and I feel totally exfoilated and tingly when I finish using it.

What I Didn't Like: It would be nice if you could buy replacement heads for this brush instead of having to buy a whole new one, but for only $13 CAD I can't really complain.

Final Thoughts: I will definitely be purchasing this brush again. It works very well for my skin - even better than I thought it would. I also can't help loving that it's pink! Go buy this brush!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This Week 36

1. I'm currently entering my third week back at work. It's been stressful and emotional, but lots of coffee and shopping on the weekends has been helping.

2. Fall is seriously the best.

3. New in! Tarte's Stroke of Midnight brush set. Look for a review soon.

4. Hanging out of her grandma's car while waiting to go dress shopping. What an awesome day.

5. I finally fit in a Sushi date with one of my besties. So. Good.

6. My sassy little bridesmaid-to-be. I cannot believe we have under a year to go!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Battle of the Sippy Cups: Munchkin's Weighted Flexi-Straw Cup vs. Miracle 360 Cup

All I remember from when Holly was a baby is how terrible and leaky sip cups are. You find one that works great and then all of a sudden it starts leaking.

I got several different sippy cups at my baby shower and over the past month, I have written off every single one of them. They were all terrible for beginners. As I do with all baby issues, I took to my Facebook mom group (we've been together since the first weeks of pregnancy) where they spoke highly of these two Munchkin cups: The weighted flex-straw cup and the Miracle 360 cup.

I decided to purchase both cups, let CJ try them both for a few weeks, and let us both come to a decision together.

First Impressions: Best. Idea. Ever. I tried regular straw sippy cups as well as traditional sippy cups, and this seemed to be the solution to our biggest problem - he could lay down or sit up to drink it.

What I Liked: Obviously the fact that the baby can drink from any angle is absolutely incredible. It really does do what it claims. I also really liked how the straw is soft and flexible. I thought it was extremely thoughtful that this cup included a special little straw cleaner. It makes life so much easier (and I actually use it for all of our other straw cups now!). 

What I Didn't Like: It leaks. Although the product claims to be "spill proof", I find that it leaks quite a bit. It seems as though the lid doesn't properly screw on sometimes - No, it's not just me. I've had other people try doing it and it's the same. I've read online that it doesn't leak when the lid is closed over the straw, but this just isn't a practical expectation of babies.

Conclusions: The weighted thing is super cool and a really amazing idea in theory. CJ is still too young to know how to open the lid to access the straw, so it's not overly practical. He does love the straw, but I can't get over the fact that the lid doesn't always fit properly which equates to leaks. Leaks suck.

The Miracle 360 Cup

First Impressions: "Uhm, how does he drink out of that?". I had read so many reviews online, but in the packaging I didn't understand how this cup worked or pieced together. When I took it out, I was astonished.

What I Liked: CJ got the hang of this cup immediately. All a baby has to do is place his or her lips anywhere along the edge and suck to get liquid. He holds it upside down a lot, but it still works. Most importantly, it doesn't leak! In a month of use, it's let out liquid only when CJ is pressing on the top and playing with it. Otherwise, it's been thrown around in my purse and tossed on the ground without leaking. Yay! It's also available in a larger size for when CJ gets a bit older!

What I Didn't Like: I guess the only thing is I wish that, like the weighted cup, he could drink without tipping it. He gets confused on where to drink from since there is no clear sucking point.

Conclusions: This cup is the most innovative baby product I've seen. It's very, very cool. I show it to everyone. I think we'll definitely be keeping this one around and also purchasing the bigger size.

You can click here to purchase this cup. You can also get a larger size here.

Final Thoughts: The Miracle 360 Cup wins! No leaks is the best thing I can ask for. Beyond that, the Miracle cup will help CJ learn how to use a real cup.

Keep in mind that these cups are for beginners. Once CJ gets older and used to drinking liquids other than milk, I plan on switching to our old faithful Playtex cups.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

This Week 35

1. Chris went on an airplane for the first time in his life! But, he also left me for 4 days to go on a work trip to Calgary. It was the longest we've been apart since we started dating 5.5 years ago. 

2. Bears he brought home for the girls. Best dad ever.

3. I got a chance to use my stamps this week. It's the best thing in the world when I get the opportunity to be crafty.

4 & 5. My beautiful family on CJ's first Thanksgiving!

6. My last day of maternity leave was this week. Back to work for this mama. Big changes and big emotions for me.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Our Wedding: Inspiration

Sources (clockwise from top left) 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

I've had a really hard time making up my mind for our wedding, especially when it comes to colours and decor. We began with a black and white colour palette, but after attending a few weddings this year as well as booking our reception venue, we realized that black and white wasn't what we wanted.

It just so happened that when we attended a wedding back in May, there was a wedding in the same building with a gold glitter theme. Chris and I both fell in love. Within a week of seeing that wedding, we changed our colour palette to gold and ivory and later added a pastel pink accent colour. Our reception will be taking place in a room with beige walls and I think gold will work perfectly.

Without giving away too much, here are some of my wedding wants:

1. Floor length pastel pink bridesmaids dresses for my girls.
2. Gold glitter tablecloths. Not on every table, but somewhere in the room.
3. Balloons. I'm not quite sure how I'll incorporate them, but I want them.
4. Small, yet elegant, centrepieces.

We have an extremely small wedding budget, so it's likely that our wedding won't be anything like these photos, but we'll make it work.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BzzAgent Campaign: Covergirl's "The Super Sizer" Mascara Review

I'm crazy happy to be part of another slew of BzzAgent campaigns this month. I absolutely love testing out new products, but get excited on a whole other level when I get to test makeup.

This time, Covergirl and BzzAgent sent me The Super Sizer Mascara to test and review. Keep reading to see what I think! #GotItFree

My BzzKit included a full sized tube of Covergirl's The Super Sizer mascara in "Very Black" to review as well as $2 off coupons to pass out to my friends and family.
Different angles of the unique mascara wand.
Before and after application.

First Impressions: When I first opened the tube, I was totally confused by the wand. I had no idea how to use it, but it looked interesting. Although I disliked the last Covergirl mascara I tried, I like the majority of Covergirl mascaras, so I was optimistic.

What I Liked: The formula for this mascara is amazing. A little goes a long way. In just one coat, I see huge results, especially compared to other mascaras. It gives tons of length and curl.

The correct way to apply this mascara is to "load and twirl" the wand. I initially found the wand hard to use, but after a few days I got used to spinning the brush and saw a huge difference. The different sides of the wand are great for different parts of the lashes and it is easy to use from all angles.

My favourite part of this mascara is that it works on my top and bottom lashes. Normally I use two different mascaras for the top and bottom, but the different sides of this wand worked great in different areas for me.

What I Didn't Like: I can see how some people might not like the wand, but after you figure it out, it's easy. The truth is, unlike the last Covergirl mascara I reviewed here, there isn't much I don't like about it. The formula causes my lashes to be a bit spiky compared to what I usually like, but it doesn't clump, so how can I complain?

Final Thoughts: I really like this mascara! An innovative wand, a great formula, and a great value at the suggested retail price of $8.99 CAD- What more can you ask for? Unlike a ton of products I try, I would purchase this one again!

Check out my before and after's above and below!

Before and after application. Check out those 2 stray eyebrow hairs on the right ;). 

If you're interested in trying out this mascara, Walmart Canada has it on sale for $5.97. Go get it now!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

This Week 34

1. We went shopping and Holly got her very first leotard. This is it. She can't wait for gymnastics this week.

2. My poor Chris had a terrible Tuesday night. He ran up the stairs to answer the door for pizza and ended up fainted and falling down our stairs. He's a bit beat up and getting sick of appointments, but he's good.

3. I got handy and did some painting this week. I'll be showing off my progress later this week.

4. CJ has become a lot more interested in big people food. How is he almost 11 months old?

5. My mom, my sister, and I took a day trip to the Detroit area and spent almost 12 hours shopping. We stopped for a pretzel and I had to document. Yum.

6. My sister looking like Ariel in the Disney store. She also got her first piercing this weekend (her nose)!
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