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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pearlesque Box | March 2017 Teadora

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March is upon us, so you know what that means... Pearlesque Box! I've been especially excited about this month's box as it features Teadora, a brand I've been itching to try. I did try to order it (months ago now) but there were no international shipping options. I haven't checked back to see if they've updated their shipping policies, but Pearlesque Box may be your best way to get your hands on them if like me, are in Canada. Onto the goods though!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hide, Shade, Glow | THEFACESHOP CC Cushions & Multi Sticks

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Happy Monday, blog fans! If you're looking for an Oscar-free zone (okay, it happened, as mistakes do, now lets move on) you've got one. What do are going to be chatting are a few new products from THEFACESHOP to conceal, contour, and highlight.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maquillage Naturel avec Maison Jacynthe

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Joyeux vendredi, admirateurs des blogs! Aujourd'hui nous avons quelque chose d'un peu différent... Le Francais! Kidding. My French skills are not nearly sharp enough for a full French post (although, I have been doing my mostly-daily lessons with DuoLingo and Rosetta Stone.) We will be chatting up a French-Canadian brand though. I was very excited about the chance to feature Maison Jacynth, as they're not only Canadian, but they specialize in natural and organic products (skincare, beauty, and home) free of undesirable things like chemicals, petroleum by-products, preservatives and synthetic fragrance.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

L'Occitane Solidarity Balm 2017

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I doubt you need me to tell you this, but the world isn't exactly doing so well. Between wars, rampant hatred, the orange one, and a general lack of empathy for one another, there is a lot of room for improvement. That said, there are some amazing things that make it all worth while. And incredible people working to make the world a bit better for all. L'Occitane is part of that group, and has recently launched this year's Solidarity Balm.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trini Girl by Nicki Minaj

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It's still winter. *Audible sigh*. I don't so much mind the cold, but the snow is... terrible. If, like me, you're dreaming of warmer days, you may want to take a little sniff of the newest Nicki Minaj fragrance, Trinit Girl. I know, celebrity scents, right? I'm not one to care much about them, but when they cross my path I'm willing to give them a test. I've been pleasantly surprised by a few (hello, Jessica Simpson Fancy) and Nicki actually has some really decent scents.

Monday, February 20, 2017

This v.s That | Maybelline Mascara Edition

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So it seems National Lash Day just passed (Feb. 19th) but I'm stretching the lash love a day longer. Why? Because I had no idea National Lash Day existed, and because I can. I may be slightly drunk with power... Anyway, it should be obvious by now that we're talking lashes today, more specifically mascara. While I enjoy a few higher priced mascara options, it's drugstore brands that I flock to most. You can find some great formulas at decent prices. One brand who excels though is Maybelline. They're always up to something when it comes to new mascaras, but which one is worthy of your time (and cash?)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Light, Reinvented | Mary Kay Spring 2017

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It's about this time of year that one starts to think Spring may never return. There is just so. much. snow. It's snowing as I type. Spring will eventually return (mid May, maybe?) but until then faking it seems like the best approach. Mary Kay is making that a bit more possible with their spring collection Light, Reinvented, which launches tomorrow. With pretty hues for eyes, lips, and nails you can't help but feel a little warmer.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Moisture Makeover | L'Occitane Shea Butter Foaming Cleanser & Intensive Hand Balm

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Happy Valentine's Day, lovelies! We already chatted up Valentine's, so today is about another February occasion: dry winter skin. Granted, not so much an occasion as a state of being, but by the time mid-February rolls around most of use could use some added moisture. This winter has been particularly cold and snowy here (I currently have someone on my roof clearing it away) and all the cold air has left my skin drier than usual (who knew that was even possible...) L'Occitane has my back though. Well, that's not quite accurate, face and hands, as they've sent along some shea filled products to get me through the last of the cold (and beyond.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Shu Uemura Art of Hair | Colour Lustre

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Even if you knew nothing about me, two things would be instantly clear- I'm not afraid of a little colour and that natural hair hues don't interest me much. I was trying to think back to the first time I dyed my hair (10th grade, when I finally wore my mom down) and realized that I've wanted any colour hair but my own (the blackest blue-black) from a pretty young age. All that said means that my hair has seen some things, been some questionable colours, and needed TLC. I take much better care of my hair than I once did, and recently it's the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Colour Lustre range that has been my go-to. It's just so good!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This, That & Other Stuff Vol. 10 | Valentine Edition 2017

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We chatted Valentine's Day just the other day (this post, remember?) so I won't blabber on on the topic (although, I likely could...) It's coming up quick, and you might just need a bit of gifting inspiration. This edition of This, That & Other Stuff is just that with a dose of everything red, pink, and lovey.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The First Mask I Didn't Love? | Bliss Mask A-'Peel' Rubberizing Mask

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You may know I am a card carrying mask addict. Okay, that may not be completely true (my card hasn't arrived just yet) but I do love my masks. Any form will do, but I can't help be get a little bit extra excited about a new format. The Bliss Mask A-'Peel' Rubberizing Mask is just that. The mask... well, I'm getting ahead of myself. Read on for the rundown.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Loveable Gifting | FarmHouse Fresh Milk & Honey Deluxe Gift Set

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Love it or hate it, the day of overtly sweet sentiment (figuratively and literally) is upon us. I mean February 14th aka Valentine's Day, by the way. While some singletons or recently wronged may despise the day, I say take it as a day to celebrate the one you love. Be it your bestie, your mom, your cat, your actual significant other, your favourite blogger (too much?) or yourself. Yourself is important too, duh. Regardless who you're loving, make it about them. One way to do so, is with a little help from FarmHouse Fresh who are offering up some perfect gift sets.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Sweet Tooth | Reginald's Homemade White Chocolate Macadamia Peanut Butter

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Happy Monday, blog fans! Today is a fun one, as The sweet Tooth is back. It might be a little polarizing though, as in my experience there are three types of people- peanut butter lovers, haters, and the indifferent. I fall in the latter category. I like it, but I don't go crazy for it. I think the peanut butter loving gene skips a generation, as both of my parents are/were pb fanatics. Anyway, regardless of where you fall, today is ll about Reginald's Homemade and one of their all natural peanut butters.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Beauty Boosters | Dermalogica Hydrating Skin Booster & Indeed Labs Collagen Booster

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I am kind of a know it all. Not so much in a bad way, it's just that I know a lot of things. Need to know random, odd facts, obscure pop culture references? Forget Google, I'm your girl. My facts may not always be useful, but it wins arguments. One of which popped up in a recent discussion about trends, more specifically if trends exist in skincare. I know; but you're my people. You know there are beauty and skincare trends, but I was with less beauty minded folk. Really though, who questions a beauty blogger? My defense lead me to the topic of the day- boosters. They're definitely a trend on the rise as more and more brands throw their options into the ring shelves. Dermalogica and Indeed Labs are just two of such brands, and the ones I've been adding to my routine as of late.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mess-Free Nail Art (almost) | Born Pretty Nail Art Stamping Mat

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I would never be able to hack it as a full-time nail blogger. For one, I break off essential swatching nails far too frequently, but also because it's a ton of time. One can easily spend hours creating tiny masterpieces, Sure, the out come may be enviable, but I'm just going to end up chipping it a day later. That said, I still dabble in nail art from time to time, because it is fun to get a little creative. I never fully embraced stamping until I learned about reverse stamping (total game changer!) and the process of stamping onto something to make what are basically decals for your nails. It's a pretty easy process, but the colouring stage can get a bit messy. Born Pretty Store (aka home of everything nail art) has a very simple solution...