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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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!

IMATS Haul & CONTEST!

Hey Guys!

Today my sister and I went to the Toronto IMATS, we bought a fair amount, but didn’t go overboard. I have pictures of all of the products I purchased, and below will also be a “Haul Video” along with the NOVEMBER giveaway! :)

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Eye Kandy’s colour selection!

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Some makeup done at the show

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O.P.I. Colours (in YouTube Video)

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Real Techniques

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Eye Kandy goodie bag

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Minked Lashes

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Makeup Forever HD Foundation *Also in my makeup favourites blog post*

Contest

*This is what you can win from the giveaway*

If these products don’t interest you (or you’re a guy) – you can also use these as a gift :)

If enough guys enter I will have a male prize in my next giveaway!

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These products can be yours! See the YouTube Video to find out how!

Palette Colours

Palette Colours

Rose Body Scrub ♡

Hey Everyone!

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So I found a great body scrub on Pinterest from “The Beauty Department” (check them out) … made with Coconut oil, rose petals, raw sugar & an oil of your choice.

The tutorial on TBD’s website calls for either “jojoba oil” or “almond oil” … I however couldn’t find either, so I used “walnut oil”

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Add coconut oil to your jar of choice (I warmed mine up to make it set in the bottom better and then threw it in the freezer to harden again).  I used about a cup of coconut oil

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Add the oil of your choice (make sure it has skin benefits if it isn’t one of the choices listed above)! I added about 1.5 tablespoons of walnut oil.

Put the lid on and enjoy!

* When ready to use, take a spoon and mix all ingredients together – this will cause the rose petals to break up*

If you try it, let me know how you like it or any changes you made to make it your own! ♡

(lasts about a year according to TBD’s website)

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Sunshine Award!!

Hey guys!

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So, Missvanilly from My Beautiful Daydream  was a sweetheart and nominated me for a “Sunshine Award’! She’s always leaving positive comments on my page and has an amazing blog! You should definitely check her out! :)

She asked those she nominated a couple of questions, so here are my answers!

1. Who is your style icon? – I don’t really have a style icon, to be honest. I like casual wear.
2. What is your favourite song? Right now it’s “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears
3. Favourite season? – SUMMER!!
4. Favourite make up brand? – Urban Decay, their products are so pigmented and long lasting!
5. Celebrity crush? – Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs)

The “Sunshine award” is about recognizing positive bloggers. So here are a few blogs I enjoy reading here on WordPress who are worthy of this award! Here are my nominations:

1.) http://mybeautifuldaydream.wordpress.com

2.) http://littleirishbeautybox.wordpress.com

3) http://pearlsandparis.com

4) http://musthaveboxes.com

5) http://insidemywonderland.com

My questions for you girls:

Favourite makeup brand / where you buy your makeup?

Favourite YouTube channel?

What do you search the internet for the most??

Good luck girls!

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My Week: Photo Blog ♡

Hey guys! Here is a look at some pictures from my week!

Have a great week!

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Filmed: My Everyday Makeup Tutorial!

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Made some spicy veggie spaghetti

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I love birds on wires.. saw a photo op :)

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Got a new phone <3

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Woke up at 4 am… couldn’t fall back asleep so I was able to capture the full moon at 530am

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Did an overhaul cleaning on my saltwater tank… hopefully no more algae :)

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Tried a new kind of special fx I hadn’t attempted yet- *Tutorial to come*

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Some Makeup I’ve Done!

Hey guys!

Here are some makeup I’ve done, hope you enjoy!

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BEAUTY / EVERYDAY

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Friday Haul

Hey guys! Sorry this post is so late, I was out with my mom most of the day; which is why I’ll be posting what I ended up getting today. It’s not a lot but I thought I’d share!

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From Bath & Body Works, I purchased “Marshmallow Fireside” and “Vanilla Snowflake”. Vanilla Snowflake was one of my favourite scents from last winter, these are light but warm scents. Marshmallow Fireside smells just like it sounds, the Vanilla Snowflake smells like Vanilla with a hint of light mint.

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The Moroccan Oil paddle brush is one of my favourite items, my last one lasted about 3 or 4 years, Made from ionic properties, this brush cuts down drying time/ static and frizz and comes with a hair parting tool at the bottom (the orange bit can be taken out)

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Knit Sweater is from H&M : $17.95

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Knit Sweater from H&M: $17.95

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Woven Beige Skull Skirt (Final Sale): $11.25 (after 25% sale item discount)

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend ♡

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Style it!

If I were ever stranded on an island… 2 of the 3 items on the list would HAVE to be with me. Okay, they wouldn’t HAVE to be but if my hair dries naturally, it resembles a cross between a poodle and mop.

So my list of favourite hair tools are listed below! (I am confident, if you try them, you’ll love them!)
Don’t forget – Christmas is right around the corner ;)

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1. Hair Dryer:

T3 Featherweight 2

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This dryer is so quiet and light weight. The day I switched over from my old dryer to this one, I got so many compliments on my hair; it was softer and shinier.

2. Straightener:

GHD Gold Professional 1 inch Styler

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Gold ceramic plates – giving you a smooth sleek style. If you’re like me, the auto shut off comes in VERY handy!

Curling Wand:

AMIKA:  4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set

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This curling iron makes curling my hair a breeze! This set comes with a glove along with a digital temperature adjustment, so you can make it as hot as you want! This curling iron is so great, the curls stay intact until the next day – without falling.

Whether you are looking for yourself or someone else, these 3 products should definitely be considered!

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Life is: Lush

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While looking into a new face wash a couple months ago, I stumbled into Lush. Not only did I find a new face wash, I found new shampoo, conditioner, face mask, moisturizer, toner and lip scrub! I love these handmade products so much, I will probably never go back to the drug store brand! Listed below you’ll see my favourites, hope you like them just as much as I do! ♡

The links are to the Canadian site, above, I included a link to choose your Country :)

Face:

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Fresh Farmacy -This bar works well for all skin types! Calamine lotion based, this bar is great for sensitive and dry skin. My skin is oily and it works great on mine too, doesn’t dry it out and the tea tree oil fights acne!

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Mask of Magnaminty – This is a face & back mask (for those who tend to get acne on their back). I love this mask for a couple of reasons; it smells minty/fresh, when you put it on, the mint causes your skin to gently tingle and it is even gentle enough to use a couple times a week. Whenever I use this mask, my skin feels refreshed, looks brighter and it seems to clear up any minor breakouts I may have. I will never allow myself to run out of this mask – I highly recommend you try it for yourself (or at least get yourself a sample ;) )

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Tea Tree Water– This is a spray toner, you can either spray it directly on your face or onto a cotton pad to remove excess dirt. I personally like spraying it directly on my face before putting on my moisturizer – it makes your face feel extra clean and refreshed. This tea tree oil toner is cut with water, grapefruit and juniperberry, to keep blemishes at bay, while not drying out your skin!

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Enzymion – This moisturizer is perfect for oily skin types, it includes a lot of astringent based citrus fruits that keep oily skin under control. I have noticed my skin has seriously improved and feels better throughout the day, even makeup goes over it nicely. This moisturizer smells great too!

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Gorgeous – Now, I personally haven’t purchased this one, partly because it’s pretty pricey but also because I am happy with Enzymion. HOWEVER, I did ask for a sample (because online it has great reviews), I wanted to try it for myself. I have to say, it really is a great moisturizer! Gorgeous has a lot of organic oils, and smells a bit like a Creamsicle – it leaves your skin moisturized but it doesn’t make your skin oily. For those of you that don’t mind spending extra for a great facial moisturizer, this one is worth considering!

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Mint Julips – with winter around the corner (at least where I live), this product will definitely come in handy! It is a lip scrub that smells fantastic, and when you’re done scrubbing, you just lick it off your lips! This is especially perfect to use right before you put on a lipstick that could show cracked lips – such as red ;)

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Hair:

Whenever I travel, I get anxiety that if my shampoo tips the wrong way, I’ll have the biggest mess to clean up, how is that relaxing? That’s why when I saw these solid shampoo and conditioner bars, I thought they would be perfect – I didn’t anticipate how much I would like them for everyday use!!

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Seanik– Made with sea salt and seaweed, it adds volume and shine! This was the first solid shampoo I ever purchased and even with trying others (that are also great), this one is still my all time favourite. It lathers nicely and has a light fresh scent! Don’t let the little pieces of seaweed worry you though, they wash out, so you wont have little bits in your hair.

*My hair was literally squeaky clean after using this gem :)*

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Ultimate Shine– Loaded with essential oils, and flecks of gold shimmer, this shampoo is softening and adds a nice amount of shine to dull locks! I really like this solid shampoo bar, although it doesn’t lather as well as the Seanik bar, it is still one of my favourite products!

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Big Solid Conditioner – I l o v e , love, loveeee this product! In my opinion, it smells fantastic, it has such a light pretty scent – a bit like baby powder. This bar has virgin coconut oil (my favourite – from previous posts), sea salt – for volume, and is infused with “toothed wracked seaweed” to soften hair. It doesn’t have the typical “slimy soft feeling” in the shower as most liquid conditioners do but after your shower, you will have smooth, shiny hair.

There are a couple ways to use it:

The standard way (as they explain on their website) : we your hair and the bar and rub the bar along the hair shaft and ends (I stay away from my roots).

I discovered my way by accident when traveling: I kept mine in a travel soap container and some water snuck in but it made the bar softer. I scoop out a small amount and rub it into a paste in my hands and apply it just like any other conditioner. I let it sit in my hair for a couple minutes and then rinse out!

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If these products aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, I at least recommend looking around the site and/or going in and getting a sample if you want to try something. You’ll be glad you did!

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