Wednesday, December 25, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 12

Merry Christmas! If you are reading this right now, my hope is you are having a wonderful celebration with the people that matter most. Christmas is such a special time. It is full of beautiful traditions, loved ones, and a sense of joy that cannot fully be expressed by words. Enjoy every little moment of the peace, hope, and happiness that only Christmas can bring. On that note! This is the last day in the Winterlicious Questions countdown and it is all about holiday plans.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 11

Christmas Eve is here again. This day is always so special. In fact, it is my favourite day of the year. While Christmas Day is always super exciting....the build up is often the best part. Plus, so many wonderful family traditions actually take place on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. So for me, this is the absolute best time of the entire year. I always head over to my parents house to bake and watch holiday movies. We do any last minute things that need to be done, prepped, or set up for the next day. Then it is pizza for dinner and driving around to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights. I get that warm fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach just thinking about it! Here is hoping your Christmas Eve is just as magical. In case you missed it, check out the list of Winterlicious Questions. Now, onto the latest question: what is at the top of my Christmas list?

Monday, December 23, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 10

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve! That's right, we are so close to Christmas now. It's still hard to wrap my head around how quickly time is flying by. Fingers crossed you are feeling ready for all the festivities in the days ahead. There are just a few days left in the Winterlicious Questions countdown to Christmas I've been doing lately. So stay tuned to see the rest of the posts in this advent inspired series. Next up is a spotlight on my favourite Christmas decoration for the year. This one is definitely super sentimental, so keep reading to find out what it is.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 9

The countdown continues! It is the last weekend before the big day so it has been full of family time and lots of last minute details. Planning, prepping, and putting the finishing touches on everything. I've also spent a bit of time baking this weekend after being inspired by a cookie recipe post that I stumbled across on Facebook. There is nothing better than tasty treats this time of year! Which happens to tie in perfectly with today's Winterlicious Questions. (For the record, I will continue answering one a day until the 25th of December.) It is time to find out what my favourite holiday food or treat is...

Saturday, December 21, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 8

There are just a few days left until Christmas Day. What a strange thought! I wish there was a way to slow down time somehow, so I could really pause and enjoy all the magical little moments. That is one thing I really enjoy about these countdown to Christmas posts. It allows me to stop and reflect. To really focus on some of my favourite aspects of the holiday season. On that note! In case you missed my first post, here are all of the Winterlicious Questions I will be answering every day until the 25th of December. The latest is my favourite Christmas or holiday song.

Friday, December 20, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 7

This year, I have given myself a challenge. To watch every single Christmas movie in my movie collection before the New Year. Shouldn't be that hard, right? Wrong! I have close to two hundred Christmas cartoons, TV specials, and movies lining my shelves. These are movies and holiday specials I love to watch throughout the year because, well, I am completely Christmas obsessed. That makes today's Winterlicious question especially difficult: what is my all time favourite Christmas movie. (In case you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions that I will be answering every day until the 25th of December.) So, what is it? Which movie tops the massive list of holiday movies that I love? Keep reading to find out....

Thursday, December 19, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 6

Life has definitely been busy lately. There are all sorts of seasonal activities keeping me busy. From
dinners with friends to movie marathons with the family and shopping trips with my husband....there just isn't a dull moment these days! Here is hoping your days are equally as full, but in the best possible way. In case you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions that I will be answering every day until the 25th of December. For Day Six in this countdown to Christmas, the focus is on holiday beverages.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 5

One week. There is just one week until Christmas! Each and every year, I do my best to slow down and enjoy this oh-so-magical time of year. I aim to get things done early so I don't feel so rushed when it comes down to crunch time. Yet, despite all of my prepping and seems there is always so much to squeeze in at the last minute. Here is hoping you are spending the last week before Christmas resting, relaxing, and making happy memories. Are you ready for Day Five? In case you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions that I will be answering every day until the 25th of December. Today's post is all about winter scents.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 4

How is your holiday shaping up so far? As much as I love Christmas....I always feel like the lead up to the big day is the best part. I love spending time listening to music, watching holiday movies, catching up with friends, and enjoying special seasonal traditions. Are you ready for Day Four of my countdown to Christmas? If you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions. Today is all about accessories - and there are a couple of new pieces that have absolutely been making me smile lately. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Monday, December 16, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 3

It's hard to believe how quickly Christmas is coming up. My days lately have been filled with all of those little last minute tasks. Wrapping presents, baking cookies, making arrangements, and of course, spending time with loved ones. Already it is Day Three of my countdown to Christmas. If you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions that I will be answering every day until the 25th of December. Today's is all about holiday inspired fashion.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 2

Day two is here in the countdown to Christmas. In case you missed my first post, check out the Winterlicious Questions that I will be answering every day until the 25th of December. The first day was all about winter nails but today is focused on lip products. Which is something that I am exceptionally passionate about. The right lipstick look can take an ordinary holiday look to a whole new level of fabulous. So without further ado, it is time to answer the latest question in this holiday themed advent.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

12 days of Christmas (Winterlicious Questions) - Day 1

It is my favourite time of year. Officially! Though I tend to get into the holiday spirit early (watching festive movies well before the first frost)....during the final stretch of December, no one can mock my Christmas obsession. Though this is often a hectic and busy few weeks, I wanted to do something special for the creation of beauty is art. So, here is the 12 Days of Christmas Celebration! I found these Winterlicious Questions online and for the next twelve days, I will be answering one winter or Christmas themed question per day. Take a peek at the full list of questions below and find out what day one has in store....

Friday, December 13, 2019

boxing day: saving money and surviving the post-holiday rush

Boxing Day. Those words can bring immense joy (if you plan to partake in the tradition) or immense fear (if you work in retail). This holiday has brought in waves of shoppers to stores all across the city. Every December 26th, discounted holiday merchandise and seasonal items go on sale across Canada. That means savvy shoppers can save money if they shop smart. Are you planning to score some Boxing Day deals this year? Find out how to save money – and survive the post-holiday rush by prepping and planning ahead of time. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

sephora #lipstories frosted kisses review + lipstick try on video

Lipstick is powerful. Inspirational. Exciting. The right shade has the ability to transform your makeup look and your mood.The quote, "If you're sad, add more lipstick, and attack," has always stuck with me. The reason? It is so true. The right shade of lipstick somehow makes you feel like a superhero, ready to take on the world. Or at least that's how it makes me feel. I tend to hold my head up a little higher and walk with more confidence when my lipstick is on point. Maybe that is why I was so enamored with the Sephora Frosted Kisses #lipstories set. The holiday collection comes with six shades in all - and adorable seasonal packaging as well. Take a peek at the shades and find out if the formula is impressive or a total letdown.

Monday, December 9, 2019

does it work?? ole henriksen lucky pucker lip scrub + mini nivea rant

Cold. Dry. Snowy. Those are just a few of the words used to describe this time of year. Though the official first day of winter isn't until the 21st....tell that to the weather! Where I live, we have already had blizzards, snow storms, and temperatures in the minuses. My skin is dry to begin with, so the winter months mean one thing: I have to be extra proactive with my skin and lip care routines. Lately, I've been using the Ole Henriksen Lucky Pucker Lip Scrub from Sephora to remove dry patches and keep my pout pretty and plump. Find out how it's been working so far - and read my mini rant on the new Nivea Essential Care lip balm formula.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

#FOTD feat. morphe 39S such a gem artistry eyeshadow palette

Morphe has been getting a lot of love on the creation of beauty is art. lately. Though I don't have a ton of their products in my makeup collection (a handful of palettes) the ones that I do have tend to be products I reach for again and again. Most recently, I reviewed the Morphe collaboration with Jeffree Star. Today? I will be showing you the 39S Such a Gem Artistry Eyeshadow Palette. This larger than life palette includes thirty two eyeshadow shades and seven silk toppers to add an extra pop of sparkle and shine to your makeup look. The holiday season is in full I decided to create something sparkly and seasonal for this recent #FOTD.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

review: carli bybel x anastasia beverly hills eyeshadow palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills has had an awful lot of hits and the occasional misstep. For the most part, this high end brand is known for richly pigmented eyeshadow shades and warm, wearable colours. (Not to mention their best-selling brow products.) In the past, I have tried a handful of their eyeshadow palettes, and more recently, the Carli Bybel eyeshadow palette. This limited edition set is cruelty free, gluten free, and has fourteen shades to work with. How do they perform? Is this palette a must have? Keep reading to find out all the beauty-related details.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

high end mascara face off (laura mercier vs benefit)

My favourite mascara is no secret. In fact, I've been pretty vocal about my obsession for Cover Girl's The Super Sizer mascara, both here and on my YouTube channel. The reason is simple: it works. That drugstore product adds tons of length, volume, and drama to the lashes. Since it is a holy grail product for me, I rarely think to try other mascaras on the market. I simply don't need to. That being said, during a Sephora VIB event a while back, two mascara samples were included in the goodie bag. One was from Laura Mercier and the other from Benefit. Find out how they perform and which one is worth the splurge...

Sunday, December 1, 2019

welcome december + tips to save money on holiday shopping

December. A month of joy, happiness, and finishing what you started. This is my favourite month in the entire year because it is full of excitement and hope. There is always a lot going on (sometimes it feels like too much but in the best possible way) and lots of looking forward to Christmas celebrations. This is the perfect time to meet up with friends, hang out with family, and make memories that will last. However you choose to spend the last month of 2019....remember to make it count. Finish off any last-minute resolutions on your list, start looking ahead to your goals for 2020, celebrate the season with loved ones, and focus on what matters most. To welcome in this oh-so-fabulous month, here are a couple of my favourite December-related quotes and some holiday shopping tips to help you save money.