Tuesday, March 30, 2021

ciate x miss piggy (love moi lip balm review)

 "I am who I am. Why can't you accept that about me?" There is no doubt about it. Miss Piggy is iconic. She is confident, talented, and never settles for less than she deserves. Not to mention, she is totally fashionable. I think we can all learn a thing or two from this beloved Muppet. Especially now that she has a collaboration with Ciate. Yes, there was a whole collection of beauty products inspired by the icon herself. This collection blends two of my obsessions together: makeup and Muppets! Fun fact: I have a serious love of all things Muppet related. These unforgettable characters have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. At this point, they feel like family. So, imagine my surprise and delight when my sister gifted me the Ciate x Miss Piggy Love Moi Lip Balm. Want to find out how it performs? Here is everything you need to know.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

review: physicians formula butter believe it! foundation + concealer

It has been a very long time since I was able to aimlessly wander the aisles of the drugstore. These days, I work from home and avoid unnecessary trips. That means many of the everyday beauty items in my collection need to be replaced and replenished. I was starting to run low on my regular foundation...so my husband did his best and picked up a recommended foundation while he was out. It was very impressive. He chose the right shade and everything! Recently, YouTube beauty guru, Emily Noel reviewed the Physician's Formula and it peaked my interest. A concealer and foundation in one? Yes, please. The concept is fantastic and this drugstore brand has impressed in the past. Ready to find out how it performs? If it is worth adding to your shopping cart? Here is everything you need to know about the Physicians Formula Butter Believe It! Foundation + Concealer. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

accessories love: michael kors (large zebra sequined zip pouch)

My favourite fashion designers? Betsey Johnson. Christian Siriano. Kate Spade. Michael Kors. There are so many to love and admire! When it comes to Michael Kors, it is the purses that make me happiest. The designs are sophisticated but still have a little bit of fun to them. In fact, one of my most-used purses is a rose gold logo printed Michael Kors bag. It is something that has been in my collection for years and years (and is quite frankly, pretty worn out at this point) but has served me well. Needless to say, Michael Kors purses are highly regarded in my mind. The quality really is outstanding. Unfortunately, the prices can be quite high. So unless there was an amazing deal at an outlet store or someone decides to gift me something ultra special...the purses are a no-go for me. This holiday season? I was beyond spoiled by my best friend. She gifted me the Michael Kors Large Zebra Sequined Zip Pouch. Imagine my surprise! It was truly overwhelming. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

love it or leave it? kylie jenner

The 90s haven't been this popular since....well....the 90s! Everything old is new again. For the last couple of years, 90s fashion has slowly been making its way back into popular culture. First it was choker necklaces, then it was relaxed fit denim and more recently, the bucket hat made its triumphant return. This was most recently seen on the one and only Kylie Jenner. She shared her 90s inspired outfit on Instagram and out to a recent lunch in Beverly Hills. While some people are all about these throwback styles, other are totally over the rehashed trends. What do you think? Is it a love it or leave it?

Monday, March 22, 2021

review: norvina eyeshadow palette (anastasia beverly hills)

Sometimes, a purchase is impulsive. Other times, it requires careful thought and consideration. The latter was certainly true when it came to the Norvina eyeshadow palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. From the moment it was released... I was intrigued. The soft purple packaging, the combination of shimmers and mattes, and the beautiful colour story called to me. But I wasn't exactly hurting for eyeshadow shades. So, I waited. And then I waited some more. Recently, I was in the middle of placing an order for a few essentials on the Sephora website. While I was on the site, I did a bit of browsing for fun and came across the Norvina eyeshadow palette once again. This time? I took the plunge. Want to find out how the palette performs? If it was worth the wait? Here is everything you need to know about this Anastasia Beverly Hills release.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

review + reveal: charmed aroma winnie the pooh candle

Winnie the Pooh....Winnie the Pooh....chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff.....Okay, now that the song is permanently stuck in your head! It isn't a secret that Disney is a massive part of my life. I truly can't remember a time in my life without my favourite animated characters. Winnie the Pooh and his friends were an essential part of my childhood and continue to be a meaningful part of my adulthood. So, it only makes sense that the Winnie the Pooh candle from Charmed Aroma was an absolute must-have. This scented jewellery candle contained a themed necklace inside. Want to find out how the candle smelled? What the necklace looked like? Here is the latest Charmed Aroma review and reveal. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

mini reviews: avon x the face shop

Avon has always been around. In fact, can still remember digging through my mom's vanity when I was a kid. Nothing excited me more than those teeny little lipstick samples from Avon. They were so colourful! So fun! My love of makeup was born in those moments. Perhaps it is because of those memories that Avon will always have a special place in my heart. Of course...it was nice to receive a few Avon products over the holiday season. I have been putting them to use since then. Ready to find out what they are? How they perform? Keep reading for some mini reviews. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

at home glam (st patrick's day inspired makeup look)

St. Patrick's Day is almost here. Last year at this time, everything was slowly starting to shut down due to COVID-19. At that point....no one really knew how long things would be shut down for. Bars, nightclubs, and restaurants that normally hosted celebratory St. Patrick's Day events were closed out of "an abundance of caution." Well, a year later, there are still no events and it looks like it will be another St. Patrick's Day spent at home. Not to worry! There are a lot of ways to celebrate from the comfort of your home. Pour a cocktail or mocktail, put on something green, and have a board game night. Or watch a movie. The whole idea is to have fun. One way that I love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is to create a festive makeup look

Sunday, March 14, 2021

#FOTD: dollar store eyeshadow look + dollar store makeup swatches

Low cost doesn't necessarily mean low quality. Though it can be exciting to test and makeup from high end brands...or browse the selection of products at Sephora...dollar store makeup can also be thrilling. Believe it or not, the dollar store offers products that are both affordable and effective. Take these eyeshadow sets from Mariposa. The three mini palettes cost $4 CDN at a nearby dollar store. That is a whopping fifteen eyeshadow shades for $4. Not too shabby. Ready to find out how they perform? This post includes a mini review, makeup look, and a live swatch video. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

does it work?? saje peppermint halo headache remedy

Headaches happen. This is the unfortunate reality for many of us. Some people deal with painful migraines, others have the occasional headache, a tension or stress related headache, or even barometric pressure headaches. My headaches tend to be linked to changes in the weather. Which means, they don't happen all the time...but they do occur every now and then. For instance, when the seasons were shifting between fall and winter, it was a real struggle. Especially this year! The temperatures went up and down, up and down, up and down. There was no real consistency and it seriously impacted my day-to-day life. My best friend struggles with migraines and has always raved about the Saje Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy. It was something that I planned to look into but never did. For Christmas this year, she gifted me one. This was such a thoughtful gift. One that has come in handy a few times already! Ready to find out more? And see if it really works? Here goes...

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

review: yves saint laurent raise the volume miniatures

High end makeup is one thing. Luxury makeup is a whole different ballgame. For me, a splurge means placing a Sephora order or purchasing an armful of drugstore items. Luxury makeup (like ultra high end designer releases) rarely enters my mind. The price point is just too much. What if it doesn't perform well? That isn't a small amount of money down the drain. It simply seems too risky. That being said...over the holiday season, my mom gifted me this Yves Saint Laurent Raise the Volume Miniatures Set. Talk about exciting! This was my opportunity to test out three different luxury essentials. The set came with a mascara, eyeliner, and makeup remover, all of which are everyday must haves. How did they perform? Were they truly luxurious? Keep reading to find out and see the eye products in action.

Monday, March 8, 2021

rediscovered product: nars turkish delight lip gloss

NARS used to be my all-time favourite high-end brand. For a long time, my makeup collection was overloaded with the iconic NARS blush shades, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliners, and lip products. Over time, that love faded a bit. Their new releases stopped wowing. They didn't stand out the same way they had before. Ultimately, other high-end brands eclipsed NARS and became my new favourites. That being said...NARS still has plenty of must-haves. One is the lip gloss, Turkish Delight. This is a lip product that first entered my life way back in 2011. (As seen in this old-school Sephora haul.) It was an instant love. The colour and formula made me positively giddy. Recently, I was digging through my lipstick collection looking for a particular colour and finish. After a few minutes, I realized exactly what I was looking for: Turkish Delight. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

workout favourites (february 2020)

March is a new month with endless possibilities. But it is always nice to take a look back at the month that passed and note favourites and standout items. In February 2020, there were lots and lots of workout and fitness related favourites. Why? In the middle of January, my back was having some issues. (This has been a problem on and off over the years but it is no less frustrating when it happens.) That meant my workout routine was put on pause. It was difficult to want to workout and not be able to. But a heating pad, rest, and lots of stretching was exactly what the doctor ordered. Thankfully, I was able to get back in the swing of things come February. Ready to check out these workout favourites? Here goes....

Thursday, March 4, 2021

current obsession: ariana grande perfume sets

There was a time when almost every celebrity had their own fragrance. These days, the number of celebrity perfumes on the market has certainly dropped...but there are still plenty of standouts. Take Ariana Grande as an example. Not only is she one of the biggest stars in music, but her fragrance line continues to do well. She has eight scents in total...each with its own unique bottle and theme. There were a couple in my own personal perfume collection already. Over the holidays, a few more Ariana Grande perfumes entered my life thanks to some fabulous seasonal sets. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

candace cameron bure x dayspring t-shirts (review)

Some people inspire, influence, and add light to the world. Candace Cameron Bure is certainly one of those people. This celebrity has been a part of my life for as long as I can recall. I grew up watching Full House and did my best to keep up with her career following the series finale. As most of you know, Candace has established an impressive resume. From television shows to movies and books...she has done it all. She even created a line of products with Dayspring! The line includes Christmas decor, aprons, books, and inspirational t-shirts. I have ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the items on the website for years but never ordered. This year, my husband ordered two Candace Cameron Bure shirts for me for Valentine's Day. It was so exciting! They ended up being very expensive, thanks to the state of the Canadian dollar, sky high shipping costs, and the additional duties that were added. So....chances are this will be my one and only time receiving something from Dayspring. But on the plus side, the shirts are really beautiful and totally lifted my spirits.