Thursday, March 26, 2015

In My Travel Makeup Bag

Finally. My vacation is finally here. We haven't been anywhere since this time last year for our anniversary. People who say they need a vacation for what feels like every dang month have no idea. They want a vacation, they don't necessarily need it. Not yet, anyway. I've definitely learned the difference. Maybe that's just me. I mean, I always want to go somewhere but it's not often a question of need. Having been through a stressful year, I feel like we can really appreciate this time away. And I am so so so happy to have a reason to pack my suitcase again!

And in my overpacked suitcase (because that's how I roll), I have my makeup bag. It's the one area where I try to bring the bare minimal. Go figure. Here's what I am taking with me!

cath kidston travel makeup bag mac mufe essie benefit dior elf trip vacation samples
The bag is by Cath Kidston. Love her prints!
  • Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths - Taking a few of these to help remove my makeup.
  • Revlon ColorStay concealer - This and the MUFE one are my faves right now.
  • MUFE Aqua Eyes in 24L - This bad boy goes with me everywhere. Always a repurchase.
  • MAC Painterly Paint Pot - One of my favorite bases that I always seem to find my way back to.
  • Benefit They're Real mascara - Love using up samples on trips!
  • MAC MSFN in Light Plus - Not my favorite powder anymore, but I do still like it.
  • Essie polish in Turquoise and Caicos - I like to take the polish I'm wearing to cover any chips.
  • Rimmel London Kate #17 lipstick - She's a beauty, this one. Perfect peachy pink!
  • Benefit Total Moisture face cream - I like this during colder months. Time to use up another sample!
  • NARS Bellissima eyeshadow duo - Perfect neutral pair to get me through a short trip.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter spray - The best spray for keeping my makeup looking fresh.
  • Benefit Coralista blush sample - Benefit rocks at samples, FYI. This gives a nice glowy finish.
  • Dior Creme Abricot nail cream - Cuticles and cold weather do not get along. At all.
  • The Body Shop White Musk perfume - It's a spray and a perfect size. Smells light and fresh.
  • Nivea lip balm - Always a mainstay.
  • MUFE Full Cover concealer - HG! Covers anything and everything. I never leave home without it.
  • ELF Eyebrow Kit in Light - Gets the job done well and at a fraction of the price of other kits.
It is a short trip of only two nights, but a very welcomed one. We always go somewhere new to at least one of us for our anniversary. This year it is a ski resort in The Blue Mountains, Ontario. We aren't skiing, but we look forward to the heated outdoor pool, shopping in Blue Mountain Village, and just watching Netflix in front of the room's fireplace. I'll share pictures and more about the trip when I get back. As you read this, I am hopefully having a great time and enjoying celebrating nine years of marriage with my husband. :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Toronto's National Home Show 2015

As of almost two weeks ago, we have been in our place for a year. There is still plenty to fix, paint, spruce up, but it has come a long way. I'm a huge addict of home blogs, magazines, and shows and get loads of inspiration from them. So when our realtor offered us tickets to Toronto's National Home Show, I didn't even have to think before I said yes. We went on Saturday and spent the better part of the day wandering around and listening to pros giving advice and demos.

Here are some of my pictures from the day, I apologize for the quality on a few. I only took my small camera and phone. I really didn't want to have to lug my big camera around all day! I need one of those super light and small DSLRs for occasions like this. A girl can dream!

flowers tulips orange toronto national home show canada blooms
Tulips in the Canada Blooms section of the show.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

My Top 5 Favorite Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

Spring is here! I love winter, but I am pretty excited to see the forest outside of my townhouse come alive. The squirrels have already been running wild through the trees and birds are chirping. I have even seen blossoms on one of the trees trying to bloom. And with a new season, comes new trends. Here are some of my favorites for this spring!

spring 2015 fashion trends top five favorite black white shirt dress denim flats floral
  • SHIRT DRESSES - This dress mixes with the military chic trend that is also current. (via Nordstrom)
  • BLACK AND WHITE - The best! It goes with everything and allows bright lips to pop! (via The Bay)
  • FLATS - Yes, comfortable shoes are here to stay! These tie in with the current nautical trend. (via Old Navy Canada)
  • DENIM - Any denim. Canadian tuxedo, skirts, anything goes. Even better if it has a 70s vibe. (via Holt Renfrew)
  • OVERSIZED FLORALS - Groundbreaking. But florals won't die, if anything, they've gotten bigger and better. (via The Bay)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rimmel London Kate Moss #17 Lipstick

This lipstick, you guys. THIS LIPSTICK. If you like peachy pinks, this is for you. Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in #17 Rossetto is perfection in a tube. Rimmel is already one of my favorite drugstore brands when it comes to lips. The Lasting Finish lipsticks and Apocalips are the jam to my peanut butter.

rimmel london lasting finish kate moss 17 rosetto swatches
I heard this one was limited edition before they made it permanent. Praises for that! It may still be hard to find from what I have heard, but I found mine at a nearby Target (while they are still open here in Canada...oh my breakin' heart). I was torn between another color and this, but I loved the pink font on the tube and it looked like it would be great for spring and summer. So happy that I chose it, because it met my expectations and has become my favorite pink to reach for.
rimmel london lasting finish kate moss 17 rosetto swatches
They do have a fruity scent that most Rimmel lip products have. I don't find it overwhelming and it doesn't last more than minutes. It's very pigmented with one swipe and I experience no feathering. It lasts about six hours on me before fading. It can accentuate dryness on the lips and is not moisturizing, so I do recommend a lip balm before applying.
rimmel london lasting finish kate moss 17 rosetto swatches
My bare lips, on my lips, and hand swatch.
Do you have any of the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick shades? I'd love to hear about which ones you have and what you think of them!

P.S.- My Canadian/US readers, this is the last week to enter my Odylique giveaway!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Aveeno #FreshEssentials

With spring just around the corner, I have done a little layout facelift on here. I'm still tweaking some things around, but sometimes I just need to freshen things up. The same thing happened with my facial skincare routine. I have had the opportunity to try out Aveeno's Fresh Essentials line of products over the past month and now I'll be sharing my thoughts on it.

The Fresh Essentials (Smart Essentials in the US) line consists of three products - Hydrating Night Cream, Nourishing Moisturizer, and Daily Exfoliating Scrub. It is designed to keep the good in and the bad out. Keep the moisture and radiance in and keep the drying environmental stressors out. Southernwood Extract, Vitamins A, C, and E work together to replenish your skin. Do you find your skin dull or do you have dry skin patches? This might be worth trying!

#freshessentials skincare aveeno lotion scrub

#freshessentials aveeno skincare lotion scrub

#freshessentials aveeno skincare lotion scrub
Nourishing Moisturizer - I love that it has a pump. Sometimes I think pumps dispense too much, but I found this one to let out just the right amount. It has SPF 30, but I can't detect it as much in the scent as I can in other products. It is a thick white cream, but it sinks well into the skin. I have dry skin and found this worked well for me, but it might be a little too much for oily skin. The smell is very strong and lasts for a few hours on me, so I can't wear it on days that I have a headache or migraine. Something to take note of if you have any scent sensitivities. Southernwood Extract helps keep the skin moisturized. And SPF is always a plus! ($16.97-$19.99 CAD retail price)

Daily Exfoliating Scrub - I have very sensitive skin that turns red and I have had many allergic reactions. This scrub is so gentle and I have noticed minimal redness. I have not used it daily, because I don't think my skin needs it that often. I do use it 2-3 times a week. My skin is a little dry afterward, but that is when the day or night cream work their magic. Southernwood Extract and coconut pulp work together to exfoliate and smooth skin. I keep this in my shower and I reach for it over my St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which I have always found even the gentle version of that to be a little too rough. I'm so happy to have been introduced to this. ($9.97-$12.99 CAD retail price)

Hydrating Night Cream - I typically shower at night, so this is what I use after the scrub. It adds the needed moisture after exfoliating. I don't feel it heavy on the skin and it sinks in quickly. Again, the scent has the tendency to stick around. This works while you sleep, restoring moisture during your skin's nightly rebuilding phase. This and the scrub is a new favorite duo in my skincare routine. ($16.97-$19.99 CAD retail price)

All products are non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and oil-free. They can be found nationwide at food, drug, and mass merchandisers.

This giveaway is open to my Canadian readers. No giveaway accounts. It is open until March 30, 2015 at 12am EST. The winner will receive all three products to try!
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**These items were sent to me by Tug Agency on behalf of Aveeno. My pictures and thoughts are my own. There are no affiliated links in this post and I have not been paid for my review. #FreshEssentials

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My MAC Highlights Eyeshadow Palette

I wanted to get this up yesterday, but I learned of a death in the family and just needed the day. I keep my darker neutrals in one palette and then I have my lighter neutrals/highlight shades in a palette. I thought I would share my swatches of the latter! Some of these colors are limited edition, but we all know MAC loves to bring shades back in collections so I included them. You might still be able to find them and discontinued shades online or at your closest CCO. LE = limited edition.

mac cosmetics eyeshadows swatches highlights

mac cosmetics eyeshadow palette swatches highlights
My palette looks like it has taken a beating and it has! The ones with the black sticker on the bottom were depotted from a stand alone case and the ones with the handmade labels were depotted from quads. And it is the old style palette, because I can't be bothered to spend money on the newer ones. I also label my palettes by color families like neutrals, pinks/purples, blacks/grays, etc.
mac cosmetics swatches eyeshadow palette highlight
  • Top Row: Vanilla, Rice Paper, Shroom, Prized (LE), Chamomile (LE), Retrospeck, Manila Paper (LE)
  • Bottom Row: Bisque (Discontinued), Brule, Phloof, All Races (LE), Skintone 2 (LE), Naked Lunch
mac cosmetics eyeshadow palette swatches highlight
  • Left Top: Vanilla, Rice Paper, Shroom, Prized (LE), Chamomile (LE)
  • Left Bottom: Retrospeck, Manila Paper (LE)
  • Right Top: Bisque (Discontinued), Brule, Phloof, All Races (LE), Skintone 2 (LE)
  • Right Bottom: Naked Lunch
Also, don't forget my Odylique giveaway is still open. And stay tuned, because there will be another giveaway coming on Monday!

Monday, March 9, 2015

At the Good Old Hockey Game

We went to the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Saturday and it was so much fun. Through my husband's hard work at the office, we were offered suite tickets. I have gone to three or four games before this, but never in a suite. Heck, we can barely afford the nosebleeds when they are available. The Leafs have the highest ticket prices in the league and the hardest to get your hands on...even when we are tanking the season.

When Saturday afternoon rolled around, I slapped on my Grabovski (still bitter about that buy out) jersey and we drove into the city for a fun date night. I took a few pictures to document the experience!

hockey leafs suite game nhl acc

acc nhl leafs hockey suite game

acc hockey leafs suite nhl anthem flag
When the anthem plays, you get a big rolling Canadian flag on one side of the arena and a Maple Leafs flag on the other. It's fun to watch! And if you know the song that my blog title is quoting, The Hockey Song, it played during the game and everyone sang along. It is as quintessential to hockey up here as Take Me Out to the Ball Game is to baseball.
acc nhl suite leafs hockey game
The Leafs lost 6-1 to the Blues. Shocker? Not even close with the way this season has gone. The real winner of the game? My stomach. Popcorn, sushi, burger sliders, pizza, veggie platter...Yes, please! Now, how am I supposed to go back to the non-suite life? Look, I didn't choose the suite life, the suite life chose me. And it can choose me again anytime it wants to! ;)

Are you a hockey fan? Who is your team? I am a melting pot with who I like- Flames, Leafs, Hurricanes, Capitals, and Flyers are my top five!

Friday, March 6, 2015

My Thoughts on Odylique (Giveaway!)

Odylique is new to me. It is a British brand, but they have now started offering their products to the US and Canada. They have a wide range of natural products to choose from and I chose four that I think would come in handy the most for me year-round. The harshness of winter was at the forefront of my mind, though. And who can go wrong with a skincare favorite of Amanda Seyfried?! Her skin is gorgeous!

odylique skincare shampoo balm serum tonic

odylique skincare serum shampoo balm tonic
  • Spot-On Serum - So many uses! Heal a blemish, insect bite, minor burns. I used it the other day when hot water burned my wrist while cooking and it definitely calmed it. Pimples are rare for me, so I have not gotten to try it for that yet. I have a cut on my leg right now, so I'll be popping this on shortly and giving it a go. Active ingredients include lavender, tea tree oil, and aloe vera juice.
  • Calming Rose Super Tonic - The thick glass feels wonderful in the hand. This has a strong rose smell, just a note if you have any sensitivities. I am not a big fan of rose scents, but it didn't last long on me. I wanted to try this based solely on the fact that it helps redness and sensitive skin. My skin does feel more hydrated after using this. I bet it would be wonderful to keep in the refrigerator during the warmer months for a quick cool spritz! Actives include rose essential oil and rose flower water.
  • Ultra Rich Balm - To be honest, I hate the smell. So I can't bring myself to use it on my face or hands, but it feels and works wonderfully on my feet and elbows. Having to wear my snow boots nearly everyday does a number on my feet and using this balm is getting my feet sandal ready for when spring arrives. I keep forgetting to try it on my hair. Note to self! Actives include shea, coconut oil, beeswax, SBT, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Gentle Herb Shampoo - I love that this has a pump and it is sulfate free! The scent is light afterward (not a big fan of how it smells in the bottle) and it suds up nicely while still feeling gentle. My hair feels so soft after using this that I have not had to use any of my conditioners or treatments. And my scalp has not been itchy, which never happens.Actives include horsetail, coconut oil, chamomile, rosemary, aloe vera juice, and biodynamic nettle.
I love the simple packaging and it would look great sitting on any vanity. I experienced no allergic reactions or redness from any of the products. I really like all of the products I chose, but the biggest winner for me is the shampoo. Odylique, founded by a mother and daughter team, is geared towards those with sensitive skin, but everyone can benefit from their line. The products are all handmade and natural and in recyclable packaging. You can read more about them here.

This giveaway is open to my US and Canada readers to celebrate Odylique now being available in these two countries. No giveaway accounts. Once I have picked a winner, they will be notified by email. Odylique will ship out the prize to the winner. Contest ends on March 20, 2015 at 12AM EST.
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* I received these products from Odylique. There are no affiliated links and all pictures and thoughts are my own. They have graciously provided the giveaway prize.

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