Friday, July 22, 2016

A Few More Things About Me

Because why not? It has been since 2014 that I did my last post like this. Literally two years to this day and I didn't even plan that. I just noticed! If you're anything like me, sometimes you enjoy knowing more about the person behind a blog. And while I try to give you an idea of who I am on here and my other social media sites, you still only see certain things. So here are some random little tidbits!

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1. I have mild OCD and anxiety. Both can get pretty bad, but I have them under control most days. Yoga has been a huge help for me.

2. I'm really shy and nervous during a first meeting. It takes a little while for me to get out of my shell. Once I am, good luck at getting me back in it!

3. I am an avid list maker. I even have a list called "Lists I Still Need to Make". I really do.

4. I used to hate shopping for shoes, because my feet are big, flat, and wide. Now, there are such cute options out there and most brands seem to cater to those needs. I only wish the same could be said about plus-sized clothing. Christian Siriano gives me hope in both categories!

5. One of my favorite parts of the week is getting up on Sunday morning, cranking one of my Spotify playlists, and dance and sing while I make our breakfast. 

6. It's summer and my favorite reality TV show is on- Big Brother! Anyone else a fan? I am so happy the teams twist is over. 

7. I've mentioned it before, but I play the flute and piccolo. I started in sixth grade and did concert band until high school and marching band in high school and college. I still love playing, but don't as much as I would like to. Band geek forever!

8. I like supporting other bloggers. I always try to retweet links of at least two bloggers a day on Twitter and choose a featured blogger each month on here. I try to follow back bloggers on all of my social media and interact. Showing support and kindness is easy and worth it! 

I'd love to hear if we have any of the above in common! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl

I'm all about that summer glow this year! And I have two exciting reviews coming up on highlighters and this is one of them. I picked up the Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl the other week when I also bought the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster. I'm still kind of new to the Physicians Formula brand, I can count on one hand how many of their products I have tried. But with these recent purchases, I definitely would not mind adding more to my collection!

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 Keep reading to hear my thoughts and see my swatches!

Friday, July 15, 2016

CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Foundation in Shade 205 Ivory

Well, that title was a mouthful! It has been a long time since I have tried a drugstore foundation, much less one that I like. Heck, it has been a while since I have fallen for a foundation. Powder, BB, and CC cream formulations, yes. Straight up liquid foundation? I can't remember the last time. So I was really excited to get the chance to try the CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 foundation!

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When the BzzAgent foundation campaign started, they gave a choice of a few different ones but you had to check the shades first. Having the fair skin that I have, there was only one option that not only was available but looked pale enough to work. If I researched correctly, there are twelve shades and this is the lightest. I would go a little lighter if I could, but this works once it is blended in.
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Long live foundations with pumps! This one has a nice tension and does not pump out more product than you know what to do with. The serum swirl is great for my dry skin. My skin really does feel hydrated while wearing it and it lasted at a cookout the other week in hot weather. The 3-in-1 can refer to it hydrating skin, reducing wrinkles, and improving tone and also toward it being a primer, concealer, and foundation in one. Not bad for a bottle of foundation!

While it is targeted toward aging skin, it has been great for me. I can't say that it reduces wrinkles, as I don't have any yet. But my dry patches aren't nearly as noticeable, my skin feels soft, it doesn't feel heavy, and I noticed no oxidizing. Coverage is pretty decent and covers a bit of my redness, but I do still use a concealer.

For me, I found my preferred method of application to be a wet sponge applicator. That is just how I prefer to do it. I have also been mixing liquid highlighter in it lately and it works wonderfully for that. If you have dry skin, I think this is great. The formula works like a charm. It does have a scent, which I assume is from the Olay serum. It can be a little overpowering, but it does dissipate during the day. Something worth noting if you are sensitive to heavily scented products.

All in all, I like this foundation a lot. The pros outweigh the cons for me. A little goes a long way and I don't wear foundation everyday, so I think this bottle will last me quite a long time. Would I repurchase? I think so. Unless I try something else that knocks it off of the pedestal. You know how us beauty bloggers are. We're always looking for that holy grail! I don't know that I would say this is HG status, but it is pretty close. Even better that it is a drugstore product!
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Left: Heavily swatched // Right: Lightly blended
Have you tried this foundation? Which foundation are you currently loving? Hope you have a great weekend!

**I received this foundation from BzzAgent for testing and reviewing purposes. Thoughts and pictures are my own and there are no affiliate links in this post.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

InstaMonth for June 2016

I'm a little late on sharing this. I wanted to get a post up yesterday, but it just didn't happen. Yesterday was my birthday and I just couldn't bother! I'm spending today catching up and getting a few things done. It was a nice long weekend for me and I enjoyed the break. I'm still in the midst of celebrating my birthday, because we're doing a cookout this coming weekend. So I guess it is a birthday week for me! I'm not always big on birthdays, because I've had some pretty rotten ones. This one wasn't that bad, so yay for that! Thank you to everyone who wished me happy birthday among my social media sites. I truly appreciated every message!

Here are a few recent pictures from my Instagram. I'd love to connect on there, if you would like.

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1. Easy looks to get me out the door. // 2. Loving my LovePendant!
3. I always leave B&BW sales feeling like a hoarder. // 4. A summer OOTD.
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5. Newest makeup additions. (Bronzer review is here. Highlighter one is coming. // 6. Pretty flowers.
7. A few of my favorite applicators and brushes at the moment. // 8. Anti-pollution face cream!
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9. Me and the hubby. // 10. Reaching a year after my tibial plateau fracture.
11. The only good thing about mornings. // 12. Beach essentials with my handy bottle of Coppertone!

Hope you all are having a fabulous week so far!

Friday, July 8, 2016

June 2016 Favorites

TGIF! It's another long weekend for me, because my husband is taking Monday and Tuesday off to celebrate my birthday with me. I'm not that big on birthdays, especially since I've had some real clunkers in my time. BUT this year has to be better than last year when I was eating my dinner in a wheelchair and not able to walk. I've come a long way since then! Take that, tibial plateau fracture. Ha!

I don't have anything major planned. I plan to finally see Finding Dory over the weekend and go out to our local Chinese buffet for lunch on Tuesday (because I eat free on my birthday and who says no to free food?). And my most extravagant plan involves me going to get my health card renewed. Good times, right?! Honestly, I just look forward to just enjoying some quiet time with my husband and dog. That sounds perfect.

Here are my favorites from last month. I would love to hear what captured your own love and affection recently!

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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl - Review and swatch coming! Such a great drugstore highlighter.
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in Light to Medium - A great bronzer for pale skin.
  • CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Foundation in 205- Review and swatch coming on this, as well. It has been a long time since a foundation (excluding BB and CC creams) has captured my heart. It works great on my dry skin.
  • Aqua+ Skincare PM-Zero Cream - This is great for when I know I am going out and I do notice a difference when washing my face at night. It protects your skin from pollution.
  • Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths - These have stayed moist in the packaging for longer than a lot of other brands I have tried. I love Ole's Nurture Me line. If your skin is really dry, these are great at giving you a hydrating boost.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Blog of the Month: July 2016

In June, Jayne from Cosmetic Proof was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month's featured blogger is Renee from See the World in PINK. She focuses mostly on beauty and shares a lot of her manicures. Her recent post is about empties and who doesn't love those?! I just recently started following her blog and social accounts and she is a real sweetheart who won me over. Feel free to let Renee know I sent you! :)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Face

It is a double holiday weekend for me, as I celebrate both Canada Day and Independence Day. Double the holidays, double the fun and sun! I'm kicking off my weekend with a cookout tomorrow, which is Canada Day. And since I am going to be outside for most of tomorrow, it is a good time to talk about this new sunscreen. As a pale girl who burns easily and looks like a red lobster at least once in a while from forgetting to wear my sunscreen, I know just how important it is!

Coppertone has released a new line of sunscreens called Clearly Sheer. The new line consists of three different products: a body lotion, body spray, and a face lotion. Each product has an SPF of 30 and UVA/UVB protection. They are suitable for sensitive skin and formulated to not cause breakouts. Read on for my own thoughts!

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It does not really make a difference to some, but I really like the shape of the bottle. It fits right in the hand, allowing your middle finger and thumb to cradle it easily. I hate when a bottle is awkward to hold and use! The Clearly Sheer does have a pump and I found it pretty easy to dispense enough product without getting too much. It claims the scent is fresh and light and I would agree, but it still smells like sunscreen. It's not in your face the whole time you are wearing it and not as potent as other sunscreens in the past, but it still slightly lingers.

SPF 30 is a good starting point for me, but I had rather it be SPF 50 for my face. It looks like you have a choice in the US, but not here. I always state that I have sensitive skin, but I had no redness or reaction to the formula. I also have sensitivities to certain scents, but this did not bother me. So that's a win-win!

The instructions are to shake it and apply it fifteen minutes before sun exposure. That's pretty good! I remember being a kid and being stuck waiting half an hour before I was allowed to go out to the lake or beach. It always felt like an eternity! And it lasts for 80 minutes of sweating and swimming. As for the sheer part, it goes on sheer and dries matte. You can easily wear this under makeup.

After all of that, I also like that it is small. It will fit in most purses and bags and take up very little room. You have no excuse to not be protecting your skin and this sunscreen makes it easy for you!

**This product has been sent to me for testing and reviewing purposes. All pictures and thoughts are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

One Year Since My Tibial Plateau Fracture

Yesterday marked one year since my injury. My "akneeversary", if you will! And while it was at the back of my mind, I did my best not to focus on it. I've spent every day of the past year focused on this darn knee of mine and I wanted to reclaim June 27th.

I played with my dog and stood out on my balcony in the sunshine. I stood at the stove and made dinner and cleaned up around the house. Just standing has become such a beautiful gift to have back! I tried not to think about the things that now take more effort or that I can no longer do. I did the things that I can do! I'm not back to where I was, I might never be. I still walk with a slight limp until I get my extension back and I pull out the cane for long distances. But I'm walking and I'm stronger, mentally and physically now.

I approached the day quite scared of how I would handle it, but the thing is that I CAN handle it. I've had to handle a lot this past year and this just put it all in perspective. Each day gets a little better. Maybe I'm not where I want to be in progress, but I can't deny myself the acknowledgment of the progress that has been made.

This year has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through and injuries like this put your emotions through the ringer. They put everything you have to the test! I started off in the most physical pain I ever been in, went through anger, sadness, impatience, more sadness, more anger, and then finally acceptance. This is an injury that I have to deal with for the rest of my life. I have one plate and six screws in my left leg. They'll stay there unless they begin to cause problems. I have a higher chance of arthritis and a knee replacement as I get older. It is a lot to take in and accept!

Some people expect you to just bounce right back and that just isn't the case a lot of the time. I slowly went from wheelchair, to walker, to cane, to my own two feet. Three months were spent not being able to put any weight at all on my left leg. A year later and I'm still going to physio twice a month and would go more if I could afford it. I'm still barely at 80° flexion on a good day. I'm still learning how to walk properly and do daily activities like getting up from chairs, stairs, etc. I'm still building up all of that lost muscle and beating down scar tissue to straighten my leg. Every single day is leg day. And yes, it sucks.

This tibial plateau fracture is tough and a hard pill to swallow. The lessons I got from it, though? Those outweigh the bad things. I learned how strong I am. How hard it is to be so dependent on others and appreciative of them being there at the same time. I grew in my faith. My husband really stepped up to the plate and I realized just how concrete our bond truly is. I am more of a fighter than I thought I was, because this forces you to tackle everything head on.

It takes a lot from you and gives a lot back in various ways. I won't say I'm grateful (that would be crazy talk!) for the TPF, but I am no longer angry or sad about it. I hope to one day not have to focus on it so much, but I refuse to let it define me. One day at a time, one glorious step at a time!

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To read about how I fractured my knee, I talk about it here. And if you come across this post because you also have a TPF, I highly recommend joining the Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery Facebook group. You'll find that you are not alone and it is a safe place to vent, celebrate, and everything in between! That group has continued to help me a great deal.

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