Thursday, July 19, 2018

Le Fair Skin Age Defying Facial Serum

Le Fair Skin kindly reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would like to test and review a product.The best part is that they understood that I prefer enough time to pass during the testing period to fully determine how the product works on my skin. Especially with serums, I really like to give them a full go. Thank you to Le Fair Skin for not only wanting to work with me, but also for allowing me the time to truly test this product out and incorporate it into my skincare routine.

Read on to find out what I think about Le Fair Skin's Age Defying Facial Serum!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

InstaMonth for June 2018 and a Book Recommendation

June went by quickly! With July 1st come and gone, we are officially in the latter half of the year. Someone tell me how that happened. We're all going to blink and see Christmas decorations pop up out of nowhere. Granted with how fast stores get them out these days, I wouldn't be surprised if that happens soon anyway! Just let me enjoy my beloved autumn first, please!

June ended on a scorching heat wave. Did you get one where you are? I stayed in as much as possible on those days. One of the days saw me staying up until 5am reading Crazy Rich Asians. I let this book escape my attention for the longest time and that was a big mistake on my part. Kevin Kwan wrote such a steamy and gossipy story and it pulled me into a world that was completely new to me. This is a perfect summer read and just in time for the upcoming movie, which is actually what made me interested in reading the book. I loved the trailer for it! I've already placed my name on the waiting list for the next book in the series.

Here are a few highlights of what I've been up to over on my Instagram!

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1. My planner was ready for National Donut Day! // 2. May faves. // 3. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Loyalist
4. MOTD. // 5. Fun (and free!) nail vinyls! // 6. Lip Smacker Star Wars. So cute!
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7. My MIL's garden. // 8. Addiction at its finest. // 9. SensatioNail Express Gel Kit
10. All that glitters is gold. // 11. New Vichy from Influenster. Review coming! // 12. National Pink Day.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Blog of the Month: July 2018

In June, Maria from Best Day Blogger 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, I've chosen Brie from Bougie Brie's Beauty Blog! Do you like hauls? If you do, let me direct you right to Brie. This girl has some amazing hauls that she always follows up with reviews and swatches. One fun thing she does is rotate her items each week and then breaks them up into a post with what she used and  how she rates them.. I love that! If you visit her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

June 2018 Faves

This past week has had both Canada Day and Independence Day, so I've been a busy bee with celebrations. To all of my readers from either country (or both - like me!), I hope you had a wonderful holiday celebrating your country, your freedoms, and all of the unique things that make up where you live or where you were born!

It's that time again where I show off some of the things I have been loving in the past month. I love these types of posts, because I really am a creature of habit who finds something she likes and keeps using it until she's sick of it. If you have a favorites post up, let me know! Here's a few of my favorites from June. I'm still reaching for them, so you will probably see some repeats by the end of July. They are that good!

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  • Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Loyalist - This formula, you guys. Holy moly, it lasts through everything!
  • Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow in Solar Explosion - Swatches and review are to come. At under $5, these are a steal. This one works easily with every look, but I especially love pairing it with the Urban Decay Naked palette.
  • L'OCCITANE Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel - Review is coming, so I don't want to spoil too much. With water and hyaluronic acid, this delivers on moisture.
  • Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara - Everything good that you've heard about Essence mascaras, believe it. I didn't have the highest of hopes, but the formula is great. It's not clumpy and gives me a great deal of volume. I'm sold! Looking forward to trying others in the line.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Bourbon - I have had this particular shade numerous times and I've liked it, but it was never my favorite to reach for. I guess something changed with me and my taste, because I'm looking at it with renewed interest. That might also have something to do with how well it pairs with the gold Metal Shock shadow looks. It has a bit of glimmer of its own that just really works with the shimmering gold!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Loyalist

This is another case of "Instagram made me do it"! My friend Sarah raved about the staying power of Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink lipsticks and I added them to my list to try. When my local Shoppers Drug Mart put them on sale, I grabbed one up. I had my eye on two different shades, but the other one was sold out when I looked through the display. As someone who can be indecisive in choices like that, I didn't mind that the choice was made for me. Plus, we all know I'll probably get the other one during the next sale anyway. Haha!

I was attracted to the Loyalist color, because I can't say no to pinky nude shades. If you've been with me on my blog journey for awhile, you probably already know this by now. But I find that these types of nude shades usually don't last long on the lips, so I was excited to possibly find one to last for hours. Does it? Well, keep scrolling to find out and to see my swatches!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

SensatioNail Express Gel Kit - Red Your Profile, Made Him Blush, Not My Nana's Pearls

The SensatioNail Express Gel formula is new to me. I've never tried these at-home gel kits with the lamps, but I always wanted to try them. Because I always do my nails at home. Sitting in a nail salon is not my thing. My first and last nail appointment was before my wedding 12 years ago. Don't get me wrong, my nails were gorgeous and better than I could ever do them myself. But it hurt. It took forever. And it just wasn't for me.

If my nails don't look professionally done, I'm okay with that. Maybe that's also down to me being a chronic nail biter for over twenty years and finally (most of the time) kicking that habit and I actually HAVE NAILS NOW. I just enjoy painting them myself and being able to change the color whenever I like (because I'm so freakin' indecisive in this department). And now we can get fancy gel nails at home? Count me the heck in.

I was sent the Complete Manicure Kit in Red Your Profile, as well as two Express Gel polishes in Made Him Blush and Not My Nana's Pearls. If you've interested in seeing these shades and hearing what I think about the collection, just keep reading!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What's Up Nails Canada Day Nail Vinyls (and 10 Free Sets for You!)

I was sent these adorable vinyl nail stencils by What's Up Nails from Nail Polish Canada. And guess what? I have a code that will get 10 of you a free set all of your own! You must have a Canadian address to take advantage and that's it. Once ten people have taken advantage of my code, you can search through the other lovely bloggers doing this promotion and hopefully find a code you can use.

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Just showcasing some Canadian love with the stencils and a few of my favorite Canadian brands. :)
I hadn't tried stencils before these but what I really love is not only how easy they are to use, but also you're left with the little leaf center that you can also use in future manicures. It basically doubles the pack! The below swatches are not my own, because I can be honest with myself and know that my nail shots are not at that level right now. Maybe one day, haha! I tried mine for the first time this week and they are easy and fun. It looks like there are two sizes, big and small. I used two small ones for an accent nail on each hand.

These are perfect for Canada Day! As an American in Canada, I can't wait to sport these and now I need to start my search for American flag ones. Then, I can represent both of my countries. That would be awesome! These would also be fun in a blue and white manicure for Toronto Maple Leafs hockey games.

So how can you get your hands...errr...nails on one of these packs? Just go to this link and put in my code: UB3C1QAAHM4. That's it! The link walks you through it. If my ten have been taken, you can scroll down that same page and see other blogs that were also given codes. There's no catch! So to all my Canadian readers who want to sport some extra spirit come July 1st, here's a perfect way to do that.
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**I received these for testing purposes and to get 10 of you your very own set to try from Nail Polish Canada. There are no affiliate links in this post.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Star Wars Collection by Lip Smacker

With all of the new Star Wars movies that have been coming out and that are on the horizon, the series keeps picking up new fans along the way to the galaxy far away. I'm not as familiar with the older films, but I did enjoy Rogue One and The Force Awakens. I have not seen The Last Jedi or Solo yet, but we have plans to. We're really behind on our movies! I did read The Last Jedi spoilers and even as someone who does not consider herself a fan of the series, I did not like what I read. Since there was quite the uproar over the film, I know I am not alone in that thinking.

Here's how I like to put it. I married someone who seems to like the Stars - Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, etc. And I seem to be someone who does not usually partake in the Stars by choice, unless it was of the Search variety. That show was my jam in my early childhood! Showing my age? Probably. I humor my husband and sit through some of his "Star shows" and often end up liking them more than I thought I would. And I'm totally down with Princess Leia, Yoda, and Rey!

This new Star Wars collection by Lip Smacker released on May 4th (May the 4th be with you!), which I'd say is clever marketing at its best. I don't have the entire collection to show you, but I do have a few goodies to share. On a personal note, the Tsum Tsums always take the cake. They're too cute!

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