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Monday, May 29, 2017

California Dreaming | OPI Summer 2017

OPI California Dreaming
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Happy Monday, blog fans! A happy Memorial Day to my American friends as well. We're talking nail polish today (yay!) with the summery OPI California Dreaming Collection. Inspired by the west coast, it features a palette of sunny oranges, vivid corals, pinks, and a few sun-washed shades perfect for the warmer months ahead.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Good to Glow | New Vichy Idealia

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When it comes to skincare one can purchase at the drugstore, Vichy is one of the brands that really never fails. With multiple product ranges, all skin types and concerns can find their perfect products. I happen to be a fan of the Idealia range (suited to 30 something skin and the first signs of aging.) The range has recently expanded with the introduction of the Peeling Night. It also came with a few friends to round out the range. Read on for all the deets...


Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Sweet Tooth | Triple Goodness Dark Chocolate Bark

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It's pretty safe to say chocolate is beloved by most. I know, there are the allergic and the few who say they don't like it (really?) but when it comes down to it, most everyone can appreciate chocolate. I am pretty open to chocolate in all forms, but dark chocolate is my usual go to. The perfect balance of bitter and sweet? Yes, please! Thing is, there can be a fair bit of added sugar in some, and sometimes you want that bit of sweet without all the not-quite-so-good for you stuff too. Triple Goodness gets it, and have a great solution in their Dark Chocolate Bark. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lip Lovin' | Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick

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We're talking lipstick! I don't think I will ever tire of the appeal of a fresh tube of lipstick... It will be a very sad day if it ever comes to that. Luckily, I've still got the love for everything lip, which now includes Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipsticks. They're surprisingly great!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Palette Play | Stila Matte 'N Metal Eyeshadow Palette

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Happy not-quite-Monday, blog fans! The long weekend has me kind of out of sorts as to what day it is, but regardless, we're starting the week off right with a gorgeous little palette. The Stila Matte 'N Metal Eyeshadow Palette brings the textures we all love- matte and metal, obviously- in a range of pretty neutrals.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Real. Authentic. Wholesome. | Matrix Biolage R.A.W.

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The week is over! I'll admit that I don't exactly love summer (I don't love hot weather) but I am quite excited about the unofficial kick-off of summer. There is just something about the first long weekend and the occurrence of sun (even if I tend to avoid it.) That said, there is still one last post to get to before my weekend can truly start, so let's get to it. I've been testing A LOT of hair products lately (it's a rough job, but someone has to do it...) but have been stuck on one range when it comes to my cleansing/conditioning needs: Matrix Biolage R.A.W.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lip Lovin' | Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayons

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Glossy lips are "back" but the reality is they never really went anywhere. As much as I love a matte lip, the allure of something a little shiny will always win me over. I am a reformed gloss addict after all. If you're longing for something a little glossy too, the Burt's Bees Gloss Lip Crayons offer up the perfect blend of lip loving moisture and shine with the pigment of a lipstick.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fresh Food Fast (and easy!) | Hello Fresh Meal Subscription Service

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We're talking food today! Really though, who doesn't like food? Most sane people do, however, a lot care less for the actual cooking part of the equation. I personally, love to cook, but the everyday routine of it can be a buzzkill. The shopping, the planning, the actual cooking, the cleanup... it gets to be a bit much, especially when you end up in a rut cooking the same handful of meals. Ugh. Luckily, the world of subscription services has evolved and includes meal subscription services to take the bulk of the work and hassle out of weekly dinners. Hello Fresh is one of said services and it's pretty much perfection!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Daydream Believer | Paul & Joe Summer 2017

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Happy Monday, blog fans! It's a gorgeously sunny day here, although still a bit cold. Regardless, things are finally starting to feel spring-ish. I'm waiting for the blossoms on my apple tree to bloom (they are so pretty!) and thinking this might be the year I finally get some herbs planted. The weather just happens to be perfectly suited to the beauties we're going to be chatting up today too (a happy accident.) The Paul & Joe Daydream Believer Collection for Summer 2017 brings soft, pretty hues and as the brand is known for, the cutest packaging.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Sound & Style | Sudio Regent Headphones

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If we travelled back in time to the fateful day I started this blog, we'd discover it was almost a music blog. That is what I was leaning to when its name I Know all the Words was birthed. A fitting name for a music blog, but also the phrase from a Tegan and Sara song that was rattling around in my head that day (or month... it's from a great song.) While my music ideas were taken over by beauty, my music love still stands, which is why I was thrilled to test out another offering from Sudio Sweden.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nearly Naked? | Rimmel Magnif' Eyes Shadow Eyeshadow Contouring Palettes

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When I was in eight grade, my class went on a three day trip to Ottawa (our nation's capital) and in preparation for said trip, my mom equipped me with her Zeller's card (a now defunct department store) to buy necessities I'd need while she did other shopping. The basics, like travel size toiletries, a new pair of pajamas blah blah blah and some new makeup. Obviously, the best part of my shopping trip was the makeup. I remember selecting a CoverGirl trio that had a shimmery (actually, I think they all had some sort of frost/shimmer) selection of baby pink, lilac, and a deeper purple. I loved it! I don't think I ever used more than one shade at a time, but still. I paired it with chocolate brown liner, Marcelle mascara and was the most styling of all my class. What was the point in all that? Nothing much really, other than to say I appreciate how far drugstore eyeshadow has come since 1999.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Makeup Makeover | The New Mark by Avon

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2017 seems to be a year of reinvention for Avon. First their True Colour range was made over, now Mark. The entire Mark range has had a makeover, with new packaging across the board with new and classic products in the mix. I've got a few of the the new pieces so let's get to them...


Monday, May 8, 2017

Long Live the Matte Lip | Rodial Suede Lips Intense Matte Lip Colour

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Glossy lips are making a (slight) comeback; a welcome change for dry lips, sure, but I don't think the trend will be welcomed wholeheartedly. The matte lip is just too appealing. I don't think matte products have to worry about their popularity, especially not with the Rodial Suede Lips Intense Lip Colour around. 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Quo | New in Beauty 2017

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I like a bit of luxury makeup just as much as any other beauty fan, but I still know my roots- drugstore brands. I cringe when I see drugstore beauty get a bad wrap. Is it all amazing? No, but if you do your research you can find some great products, and with enough coin saved to splurge on a little high end stuff if that itch still needs scratching. One brand that bridges the gap between drugstore and department is Quo. The SDM house brand has recently added a bevvy of new products to their range and they don't disappoint.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Metallic & Chromatic | NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder & Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

nyx metallic chromatic cosmic metals lip cream duo chromatic powder
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Festival season is upon us, which means makeup rules are pretty much off the table entirely. Even if you're not a festival goer, the mindset of anything goes, can be fun to adopt. Want to be a walking rainbow? Glitter-dusted fairy? Metallic robo-queen? Go for it! NYX is willing and ready to back you up on your quest as they've got a ton of new offerings in fun, bright, and bold hues with a side order of metallics, glitters, and duo chromatics.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Urban Decay Nocturnal Collection

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Happy Monday, blog fans! Did anyone watch The Handmaid's Tale? It premiered here (aka Canada) last night and I was/am way too excited about it. It seems like it's going to be really good, I just wish they'd air more than two episodes at a time. I want them now, please. It's also got me wondering when the Madadam series will actually become reality now that HBO has dropped out. I highly recommend the series if you've yet to read the trilogy. Anyway, you're likely not here for Atwood talk, so let's get to the news at hand.... Urban Decay has recently launched on Shoppers Beauty Boutique! Big news for Canadian beauty fans, as it makes UD that bit more accessible and you can wrack up Optimum points at the same time. Beauty Boutique so kindly sent a few products from the Nocturnal Collection, so lets get to them...