Meet Teighan

Last year was extremely busy for me… I moved out of my parents’ house in Ontario to my own place in British Columbia for a new job.

Growing up, I was never able to get a dog while living with my parents. I was allowed to have other animals though, such as; birds, guinea pigs and fish, but never a dog. A dog was something I had wanted since I can remember – my parents always told me when I moved out I could get one (so naturally, as soon as I moved out, I began my search).

Throughout the years my dream breed changed; King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler… and then Cane Corso. One of my best friends had a Cane Corso and I absolutely fell in love with the breed. They are an Italian Mastiff; extremely smart, great temperament, a giant breed, and slowly gaining popularity.

One day while looking through online classifieds, I came across an Ad for Cane Corso puppies. I immediately called the number listed on the Ad and left a message. As the day went by, I hadn’t heard back, so I figured I was out of luck.

I had just put my dinner in the oven, when the breeder called me back, asked me a few questions about my living situation, why I wanted a Cane Corso, and then if I wanted to come see them… right now. Of course I said “yes!”. I took my dinner out of the oven, got dressed, and drove up into the mountains to meet the puppies.

I pulled up to the house and see the two parents and 10 four week old puppies wandering around the yard. The breeder had told me on the phone that there were 3 puppies available, 1 boy and 2 girls – though one girl was a bit aggressive, the other was very calm, I said I would like the calm one. The breeder showed me the calm girl, who I immediately picked up – It was love at first sight, this was Teighan. As the breeder and I spoke (about an hour). Teighan fell asleep in my arms and any time I tried to put her down, she would whine and wrap her legs around my arm. I knew I had found my “fur baby”.

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September 3, 2016 is when I finally was able to pick her up (8.5 weeks)

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She was surprisingly amazing:

  • Slept in the crate with no problems
  • Didn’t have an accident in the house
  • Rarely Barked
  • Didn’t chew any shoes, furniture or the cat
  • Stayed/Stays off couch/bed

Now, that doesn’t mean it was always perfect, there were a few nights she did not want to go to sleep (at around 10-13 weeks). She was SUCH an ankle biter while she was teething, as said above; she didn’t chew anything, but while we would play, she often left her mark on our skin. She was given LOTS of chew toys and an antler to pass the time – and it often worked.

img_7674Her favourite place to sleep (Her on the potty patch)

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The year flew by… almost without incident.

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In July, while at daycare, the lady who owns the daycare; was bringing her in the house for the night (from the play yard), when a deer got spooked by the motion light. (Teighan is 95-100 pounds of almost pure muscle)… she took off after the deer, ripping herself from the lady’s grip on her collar. It was absolutely no one’s fault; Teighan was doing what was natural to her breed – everything ended happily… she still goes to the same day care, and LOVES it there. *I will post separately on what happened the night Teighan ran away, and why I sometimes use daycare*.

It’s been over a year since I brought Teighan home, she brings me so much joy, she’s truly the sweetest dog – and I am so, so lucky to have her, (of course, I am biased).

For about 2 months now, Teighan has had a few play dates with one of her sisters… their mannerisms are so similar and if you only see their silhouettes, you can’t tell which is which.img_3296Teighan and her sister

As stated earlier, I will post specific stories, what I found helpful for when she was a puppy, and little tips and tricks I have with her.

img_3437Teighan this past Halloween (with her GPS collar)

As always, any questions you might have, post them in the comment box below!

xo,

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Life ♡

The last time I wrote a blog post is just shy of 2 years ago. Life got in the way, which isn’t always a bad thing, but I have missed my blog.

2 years, 2 moves, 1 new job, 1 new dog & a whole lot in between has kept me extremely busy. Now that I am finally starting to settle into my life in the Okanagan Valley, I decided it was time to come back.

While I am not as involved in the makeup industry as I was, or even wear it as much as I used to – I still enjoy trying new products and playing around with new looks.

That being said; this page will now include posts about my dog, where I live, products I like and of course – makeup. I am also hoping to do some DYI’s this winter, and if they work out (fingers crossed) I will share them here.

Posts will be sporadic (my schedule is ever changing), but I hope you will follow along on my new journey. Please be patient while I try to remember how to do this whole blogging thing…  😕.

Missed you,

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New Products/ Favourites!

I was going to wait until the end of the month for this post, but I couldn’t wait!

I’ve purchased a couple new products that I have either recently come to love or have re purchased.

*Disclaimer: These thoughts are my personal opinion and has no reflection of my employment at Sephora.

New products:

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Stila: Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – (Fiery) $29.00 CAD

I used to use Maybelline 24 Hour Superstar Lipstick, my issue with it was that it would start balling up and sticking to itself on my lips after 30 minutes, so my hunt began for a new long wearing lipstick. Stila’s has great staying power and the only time I feel I have to touch up is after a meal. I have worn this the last 4 days (Every day since I purchased it) and I have received SO many compliments on it. It’s a beautiful deep red. It looks good on fair and tanned skin. My next colour will be patina which is a dusty rose, unfortunately it’s so popular it’s been sold out.

*In my instagram section you’ll see a post with me wearing it with a masquerade mask I wore for a work meeting this morning.

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I was having a hard time deciding between this set or the “Everything Nice” pallet. Both sets are beautiful and highly pigmented. I chose this one because while I don’t typically wear shimmer shadows anymore, I was in love with the colours. “Boxes & Bows” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” are so pretty (As are many of the colours). The biggest surprise for me was the “Better than Sex” Mascara. I have tried many “designer” mascaras in the past and they’ve all fallen short in my opinion to the $9.00 “Voluminious” that has been mentioned previously. I really like the formulation “Better than Sex” and the volume and length I get from it. I’ll be purchasing the full size when the mini runs out.
*Word of warning: “Luminous Peach” Blush is very pigmented, so cautiously build it until your ideal colour.*

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tarte: Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara $24.00 CAD

I was skeptical of this mascara, the wand is small and isn’t as fancy as other high end mascaras but it works. The mascara doesn’t clump or flake, it isn’t dramatic, but it lengthens and separates – you can build it up until you get some extra volume, but it creates more of a natural lash. It strengthens and hydrates your lashes while you wear it. I love this mascara on days I want a natural look (especially in summer).

Repurchases:

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Josie Maran: Argan Milk $70.00 CAD

I love the original Argan Oil but this one extremely hydrating and works well under my makeup. I have oily/combo skin and my foundation doesn’t move over it. For those with dry skin, it’ll give your skin a nice glow under your foundation. I use this both AM and PM. All I can say is: It works great!

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Stila: Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer $57.00 CAD

While I liked Makeup Forever HD Foundation, right now I’m loving the Stay All Day line. I haven’t used the brush it comes with yet, but I love that the lid comes with a concealer that is the same shade so it doesn’t compete against the foundation colour. The concealer is thick and holds nicely on the skin. I apply the foundation by spraying my real techniques brush with Urban Decay’s “All nighter” spray, then stipple the foundation all over my face and finally buff it into my skin. It creates a flawless finish, and once it dries… it’s not going anywhere.

                   

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Josie Maran: Argan Cleansing Oil $38.00 CAD

I wrote about this oil in my March Favourites. Over the last couple months I’ve tried other oils and gels, this one still works the best in my opinion. It’s gentle on the skin and breaks up the makeup very easily. I follow with Philosophy: Purity Made Simple (I’ve purchased 2 more since my March Favourites).

I’ll probably have a couple more posts in the coming weeks on new products I come across as I learn more about products and try them for myself!

I’m Baaackkkk

Okay WOW!

I haven’t posted in MONTHS, when letting my blog go a couple days without a post used to bug me.

Granted I’ve had a bit of a hectic year some of which I will not share – but I am going to try to write again, update anyone out there reading and hopefully post much more in the coming weeks (though, probably not every day).

So where have I been?

Well the year started out with the company I had been working for, restructuring – giving me two options; move to part time, or take a severance package – I opted with the package. Three days later, I sold my motorcycle and four days after that, I went to Florida for a week since I had never been able to take advantage of a last minute travel deal before.

March took me to Washington D.C. to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.

Fast forward to May when I finally got another job (part time). I left that job for another and I recently left that job for my current one… one I love… Sephora.

Now in between these highlights, I kept busy (to name a few):

– I applied for other jobs

– I got my gun licence and first aid certificate to apply for a job.

– I travelled to NYC

– I travelled to San Francisco

It’s been a busy year so far, with a lot of high-highs and a few lows and with all the instability, I just couldn’t find the will to write. But it’s almost the end of the year and I can’t wait for 2015.

Back to Sephora though:

For those of you who don’t know, I went to school for Cosmetic Techniques and Management, I never really did anything with that as I had a stable job, but everything happens for a reason and now I am working for a company where I go to work excited, where I can do bold makeup if I want and still fit right in. One that also allows me to feed my makeup obsession…. So you can look forward to some makeup favourites coming soon ;).

Sorry to have neglected this site, but I’m back now!

To see what I’ve been up to you can follow my instagram.

Also check out my friend’s blog if you’d like!

I’ll post in a couple days with the things I’ve been loving this fall!

Let me know if you want to see anything in particular!

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A POP of Colour

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If you’re like me and have a massive nail polish collection always looking for that ONE colour… this brand might be for you.

I’m talking about POPbeauty and their nail polish line. Ever find such a nice fluorescent pink, but about 30 minutes later, it chips? Yep… BIGGEST PET PEEVE.

While browsing Walgreens on my recent trip to D.C. I saw some of the hues and HAD to try them, I was a little sceptical because I have tried 3 different hot pink colours by different brands, all of which end up chipping.

I have to say though, so far I am impressed – I have tried 2 of the colours so far and they haven’t chipped any more than any other top brand. These colours are pigmented and bright! As with any nail polish – it’s better to do more coats of thin layers, than less with thicker layers.

The colours I have are:

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Have any of you tried them? Which are your favourite colours??

Keep in mind, these colours look different online than in person, they’re all brighter in person & perfect for spring and summer!

Definitely a brand I want to continue trying!

March Favourites ♡

Hey Guys!

So, as you saw in my last post, I went shopping and got a couple new products! Well, those products turned into a couple more products and those turned into an overhaul of my skin care routine.

That being said, most of my march favourites are mainly skin care (because I’ve fallen in love with them and they’ve changed my skin drastically). My skin is still not perfect but it is improving.

So here it is… my march favourites, I’ll leave links and prices (in CAD)… hope you enjoy!

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Skin Care

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PMD ($179.00)- This little personal micro-dermabraison tool has become a once a week ritual. I’ve only had it 3 weeks so I still haven’t received all of the benefits this little device has to offer. In 3 short weeks though, my cheeks have become smoother, and my scarring slightly lighter. (I have taken before and after photos, which in a couple weeks I’ll do a before and after update)

When purchasing it I looked online for a code (benefits of online shopping) and Celeb25 takes 25% off! (saves on shipping too!)

 

 

 

 

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($175.00) – I cannot wash my face without this now (why did I wait so long!?), it has improved my skin texture and makes my skin feel so clean and refreshed! Initially, it may seem a bit  pricey but well worth the money. I actually look FORWARD to washing my face and know I am actually washing it, not just spreading makeup around! I highly recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE. They have different cleansing heads for different skin types, so you can definitely find one to meet your needs. Cannot say enough good things about this product.

Side note: I didn’t want to try this initially because I’ve tried knockoffs before, they don’t work and make your skin worse (without ever improving it). Those knockoffs were $20 so I didn’t want to try something for almost 9x more money. With a 2 year warranty, you cannot go wrong :) You will go through a skin purging faze, where for a week or 2, your skin will get worse before it gets better. It does get better and your makeup does go on like butter – I PROMISE. You can also buy it HERE with a bigger selection of colours and patterns  ♡

 

 

The 2 tools listed above, seem like a lot of money, but the only thing you need to replace are the heads on them, so you’re not spending that $175 every couple of months.

Tip: When ordering your PMD, you are paying shipping, so when I ordered, I ordered a couple replacement heads so I only paid one shipping fee.

 

These are in the order I use them:

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Josie Maran Cleansing Oil ($38.00) – I don’t use this every day, only the days I wear makeup. It’s gentle on my skin so I’m not scrubbing the makeup off my eyes and it gets it ALL. It’s a refreshing scent, avoid your mouth like the plague, if it gets in your mouth (always seems to get in mine) and doesn’t go away for a couple minutes. As a product though, I LOVE IT!

 

 

 

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Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser– 16 oz ($42.00) – I started using my Clarisonic with Kate Somerville’s Daily Detox. I liked it as a cleanser but I wasn’t a huge fan of the packaging – it was both convenient but inconvenient ( the product comes out from where you stand the product). Unless you clean your sink EVERY DAY, with product, it’s not overly sanitary. So while inline at Sephora, I saw a sample of this Purity Made Simple cleanser, I wanted to try it (quite a few YouTubers use it). It smells clean and fresh, is extremely gentle on the skin, and has kept my acne in check. They have many different sizes, so you can try it before committing to the bigger sizes.

 

 

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Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic ($29.00) – I use this after washing my face and using my PMD. I like it because you can either spray it directly on your face, or spray on a cotton round and then wipe your face. I use the cotton round after using my PMD (to ensure I am wiping off the dead skin) but after washing my face I just spray on my face. It is so refreshing and hydrates my skin, I can notice a difference when I don’t use it.

 

 

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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($58.00) – I have both the original and light, however I prefer the original. I use the light when I travel because it’s in a smaller bottle. this absorbs beautifully into the skin, doesn’t leave it oily and by the time I wake up, it’s completely absorbed. I have oily skin, so I was hesitant to use it, but it tricks your skin into thinking you’re producing enough oil, so it doesn’t have to compensate (I had this idea wrong for YEARS, always trying to dry out my oil). Now my skin it still hydrated, without being oil slicked.  (I only use this before bed, it moves too much during the day).

 

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Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel ($55.00) – I use this in between my PMD treatments. It’s gentle enough, it doesn’t burn your skin but it buffs away dead skin, leaving your skin so smooth and lovely. You can see the skin and product balling up (sounds gross but it isn’t that bad). I got a sample of this in a skin care kit but I am going to buy the full size – my sample size lasted about 6 or 7 uses. LOVE!

 

 

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Glam Glow Youthmud 0.5 oz ($21.00) – I got this for my birthday, from my sister. This is what started my new obsession with my skin care (before using Michael Todd, I would buy $6 drug store face wash that dried my skin out like you wouldn’t believe). She gave me the smaller size because the regular size is $76.00… it’s pricey but I LOVE this mask, you can feel it and see it extracting oil and dirt from your pores and your skin is way brighter after using it. If you don’t want to shell out that much money, your local Sephora may be able to give you a sample. You won’t be disappointed!

 

MAKEUP

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Nivea Lip Butter ($2.99-3.99) – I’m OBSESSED, I received the “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss” one in my stocking for Christmas and I immediately fell in love. So while I was in CVS in D.C, I saw the “Caramel Cream Kiss” and “Raspberry Rose Kiss” I immediately grabbed it. They last for a couple hours, and are so hydrating without having to constantly apply it!

Apart from the benefits it gives your lips – they smell AMAZINGGGGG

When I apply it before bed, I wake up to super hydrated lips!

 

 

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Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($71.00) – THIS IS A LIMITED KIT  it won’t be in stock long, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product, the colours are pigmented, lovely, and comes in 3 different eyeshadow palettes that come with a base, crease, highlight, transition and sparkle colour. They’re small enough you can fit it in your purse, or mix and match. It also comes with 4 lip glosses, a double ended brush (cheek and crease brush) it ALSO comes with 2 blushes, a highlight and bronzer. You WANT to try to get this before it is sold for good!

 

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Acqua di Gioia ($99.00) – This is a light fresh scent that I LOVE anytime of year. It’s floral without being over powering, and light. So hard to describe, but it’s my favourite.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my favourites, let me know which ones you use or want to try!!

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New Products!

Hey everyone!!

It’s been a busy month, but I currently have extra time on my hands, so I am pretty much back! haha.

I went to Florida on a last minute deal at the beginning of the month – it was SO much fun, cheap and sporadic, I would go again in a heartbeat and I will be going to Washington D.C. to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play mid March, so I’ll probably do a combined post about that with pictures!

Now onto the post:

Over the last couple months for my skin I’ve been using the Michael Todd True organics skin care line and it worked pretty well. I liked it because it’s 97% organic, however I had a couple cons to go along with it- though it was no where near as bad as in the past, I would still breakout, I’d have to order it online, and the shipping time would vary – so it might come in a couple days one time, and 2 weeks the next. So after doing some research, I’ve decided to switch over to the Kate Somerville line.

Now for the exciting (to me) news!

Along with switching to Kate Somerville, I’ve decided to invest in some other skin care products I’ve never tried, but heard amazing things about!

 

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The first one being ClarisonicIf you haven’t heard of it, it’s apparently AMAZING, especially if you have skin like mine (acne prone) or if you just want to make your skin glow. I’ve only used it twice so far, and have taken before pictures (so the review WILL come!) I’ll give it a couple weeks, because apparently skin goes through a purging faze, where it breaks out pretty badly for a couple weeks, so once it goes through that (I’ll take pictures as well) I’ll review it. So far, I like how my clean my skin feels after using it.

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The second product (that I just ordered today, so I have NOT tried it yet) is the PMD (Personal Micro Derm System) I am SO excited to try it, as I have heard amazing things about it. As I mentioned before in my skin care post, I used to have reallllllly bad acne, which has left my skin with scarring as well as a very uneven skin texture (has sort of what I call, divots), which this device should help with. So I’m VERY excited to try that!

I’ve linked to the websites and pictures to the devices I personally purchased, I’d say I’ll probably have my review up by the end of march!

 

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, if you’ve tried any of the products, please let me know you’re experience and if you liked them!

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Happy New Years!

I have been extremely MIA – because of my work hours, my days off have become strictly for relaxing or running errands. I SHOULD be back to writing more in a couple weeks when work slows down.

I just wanted to say I hope you all had a great Christmas (whether you celebrate or not) and a great new years eve. I hope 2014 brings you all happiness and success!

My New Years Eve consisted of me falling asleep around 945pm and being woken up at 11:50pm. Today was a much needed day off to do absolutely nothing watching a great game :).

And for those of you who went to the winter classic – I hope you had a great time and warm up soon ;)

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And the winner is…..

Hey everyone!

So today the contest closed at 8pm EST (mainly because I have to wake up at 2:45 am for work).

I wrote down the names of the subscribers (that made their subscriptions viewable).

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And I had my lovely sister draw the name

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Congrats to Christina00099. I will be contacting her via YouTube. You have 24 hours to claim your prize, otherwise another name will be drawn!!

Thank you to all who participated ♡

Update!

Hey guys!

Sorry I’ve been so M.I.A, I have just been pretty busy with work (my hours are all over the place). Anyone working retail around this time of year probably knows what I’m talking about!

ANYWAYS – this is a reminder that THERE ARE ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT OF THE GIVEAWAY! So enter if you haven’t already done so! All you have to do is subscribe to my youtube channel :)

I’ll be doing a video about my bunion surgery (a bit more in-depth than my blog about it – I can explain more clearly about the surgery itself and recovery)

In the next week or so I’ll be doing my Michael Todd review!

Sorry this is such a quick post, just wanted to fit one in before work!

Hope you’re all doing great and I’ll be posting again soon!! :D

*Click the “play” button on the top right corner of the page to subscribe and enter the giveaway*

 

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