Friday, May 26, 2017

Get to Know Me Pt. 2 - 10 More Facts About Me

I had a different blog post in mind, but the weather has not been cooperating for photographs lately (#bloggerproblems). I thought I might do another random facts post, seeing as my first one was back in 2014. Again, I don't like to get too personal on here as I enjoy a private life. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little more and if you want to do a post like this, link me to it so I can learn more about you!

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1. My dog Indy is my baby. My addiction. My obsession. And I'd take him everywhere with me, if I could. Total dog mom.

2. I suffered a Tibial Plateau Fracture during the summer of 2015. Since then, I still can bend or straighten my left leg properly and I am still learning how to walk again. I went from wheelchair, walker, to cane, to now finally on my own two feet. Long amounts of walking and standing still bother me a great deal, but I'm working on it! My two year anniversary is coming up and I am really proud to be in a better place than I was even a year ago.

3. I was an extra in a crowd scene at a hockey game in the Russell Peters movie Breakaway and I was also an extra in the music video for Aaron Tippin's There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With the Radio. And it was take after take after take...It's fun to say I did it, though. I was also once on a local children's show back home and on the news a few times. How am I not famous yet? I kid!

4. I have anxiety issues along with mild OCD and depression. I have good and bad days and I will always be open about it, because I believe we need to drop the stigma associated with mental health.

5. I also believe we should drop the stigma around infertility. It's okay if you don't want to talk about it, but it is okay if you do as well. It took me a long time to get to the point where I can talk about it. It hits everyone differently. And as always, if you suffer from any of the aforementioned issues, please feel free to contact me. I'm always ALWAYS willing to talk and listen to you.

6. I love to cook and bake. I'm always trying new recipes and my recipe folder is always growing on Pinterest. I sometimes share recipes on here, but I haven't in a good while. I'll try to rectify that soon and maybe share some summer recipes later on!

7. In my life, I've had two main recurring dreams. One was from my childhood where a giant ape was chasing me. And the other is still recurring in that I'm marrying  George Clooney (I'm sooooo okay with that dream- keep it coming)! Gotta say I'm pretty happy to no longer be chased by an ape.

8. My favorite Disney princess is Belle and that is partly due to the castle's library. So many books. *insert heart eye emoji here*

9. I have had an obsession with planners since sixth grade and it has only grown. I've been doodling, using loads of stickers, and using them almost as journals since it all became the big thing that it is now. Did I start the craze? I'm not saying yes, but I'm not saying no either. I'll pretend the answer is a yes. And you're welcome. ;)

10. What to share for the last fact in this post? Well, I'm an avid believer in ghosts and spirits. I don't know many people from the south who aren't, because we are among some of the most haunted places. I saw my first spirit when I was close to five. My aunt and I were both sitting in the living room when we looked up and both saw my recently departed great grandma look in on us and continue walking down the hall. I'll never forget that moment. I saw a few after that. I haven't seen any as I have gotten older, but I sometimes get a feeling like my hair stands up on my arms or my emotions kick into overdrive. I think it is all fascinating! I could spend all day watching the ghost hunting shows on TV and I love going on ghost walks and tours. It's okay if you think that sounds crazy!

And there we have it, ten more facts about me! If you relate to any of these, let me know! Thanks for putting up with my absence this past week while I was on a staycation. It was so nice to drop everything for a few days! I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Lip Smacker Items (Spoiler: They're Adorable!)

Lip Smackers will always have a special place in my heart. Always! If you're like me, it's the first brand that you were allowed to use growing up. And the Dr. Pepper one will always be the best. Well, the brand has not gone anywhere and honestly? They just keep getting better! Have you seen their Disney Tsum Tsum line?! Now, they have released two new lines consisting of five each - the frappes and sodas. I promise you this packaging will pull you in and not let go and you'll want one of these in your purse, on your vanity, in your car, etc.

Here are the ten flavors and my thoughts!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara and Trendsetter Lipstick

Influenster gave me a chance to test the new Shake It Fresh mascara from Rimmel London, as well as their The Only 1 Matte Lipstick in Trendsetter. While I am not new to Rimmel, I am new to their mascara. I think I might have tried one from the brand years ago, but my favorite products from the brand are the lip products. I looooove Rimmel London lip products! (Spoiler alert on that note.)

Here are my thoughts on these two items!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Bestie, Casino, and Master Plan

My friend Mel sent me these in a gift package and I am finally getting around to sharing them on here.I have Bestie, Casino, and Master Plan. Of the three, Bestie and Master Plan are currently available. I can't find Casino, so maybe it was discontinued. I'll be sharing all three, because ColourPop has been known to bring back shades.

This is my first foray into the Ultra Glossy lip formula, having tried the Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte previously. You can find all of my ColourPop swatches under the "colourpop cosmetics" label on this post.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Six of My Favorite Eyebrow Products

I hinted that I was going to put together a post on my current favorite eyebrow products. I am one of those people who ignored my eyebrows for so long. Then, I got into waxing. Then, I got into the natural-but-full look which is where I am right now. Eyebrows are an important factor on our face, but I really hate spending too much time on them. I find all six of these to be quite effortless. Effortless enough to get someone lazy like me not to want to skip this step!

Some of these are new to my collection over the last few months, but some I've sworn by for months and even years. I'd love to hear what you use! Or what is your favorite method? I switch it up, as you can see below.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Blog of the Month: May 2017

In April, Meaghan from Messy Buns and Roses 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 Nicole from Pretty Ruff Life!  Nicole is so incredibly sweet. She's always someone who leaves the nicest comments on Instagram and always comments back. She focuses on beauty and lifestyle posts and if you follow her on Instagram, be prepared to see her adorable pup. She's going through a major decluttering of her makeup stash right now and saying why she's letting it go, which is always interesting! Feel free to let her know I sent you if you check out Nicole's blog.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

InstaMonth for April 2017

It's May! Is it just me or does it feel like January was just yesterday? Chalk this up as another year going by super fast! I feel like if I blink that Christmas might show up. Although I'm guessing if you're in school and reading my blog, you're super excited that it's already May and summer break is just around the corner.

Here are a few of my pictures from Instagram last month. Now that I have a new phone, I've been thinking of changing up my theme a bit. I've just been doing the cooler toned one for so long that I am used to it and editing goes by a little quicker once you get into a routine. We shall see. I'm not sure I would even call what I have as a theme, I just gravitate toward lighter and cooler pictures. Do you have a theme or editing preference on your account? Do you like following accounts that do?

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1. Still love this Buxom set! // 2. My Pinterest. // 3.I love using mugs for organizing.
4. Planner obsessed. // 5. Also...sample obsessed. // 6. And also...shoe obsessed. (Those are from Payless.)
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7. Sporting pink for International Day of Pink. // 8. A few basics. // 9. Lazy day makeup.
10. Benefit They're Real Double the Lip // 11. Bacon, avocado, and tomato toast. Yum! // 12. Leftover Easter candy.
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13. My Easter lily. I tried not to kill it. I failed. // 14. A non-productive rainy day. // 15. New Influenster box. Coming soon on here!
16. April favorites. // 17. Reading a chapter and letting my skincare work. // 18. My new lifeline!

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 2017 Favorites

We're almost at May! There must be some truth to the April showers this year, because Toronto is finally showing some signs of green and blooms. Unlike last year, the cherry blossoms have made an appearance this year. And as I look out my window, there is a little bit of green on the trees. I love winter, but I don't mind spring. I get along just fine with the days where the temps stay below 80F, it's those hotter days that are my mortal enemy. I just wasn't made for heat. I'm aware that sounds crazy for a person from southern USA to say. Blasphemy to some of my readers ears, I'm sure!

I have a few of my beauty favorites from April to share today. And I'd love to hear what you've been loving recently. There's so many pretty spring releases coming out that I almost fear opening up my Sephora app on my phone. #weakness

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  • Chanel Glossimer in 144 Rose Dilemma - It pains me that this line has been discontinued just recently, but apparently the new Rouge Coco lipgloss is supposed to be even better. The packaging looks identical, but the applicator and formula has changed. Not sure about the shades completely changing, but 728 Rose Pulpe looks similar online to Rose Dilemma. 
  • ColourPop Supermodel Super Shock Shadow - Such a perfect base color and great for light and bright spring looks.
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara - Always a winner. I'm just finishing this one up to try the new Rimmel mascara that Influenster just sent me.
  • Arbonne Shape It Up Brow Pencil - I have the medium shade and it is pretty foolproof. The spoolie on one end is an added bonus.
  • ELF Contour Palette - Still love this. I really want to get my hand on some of the other ones.
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Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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