Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LUSH's Lord of Misrule

I have had Lord of Misrule in my collection for months now and I finally got around to using it. I'm getting this out before Halloween, because it is part of the annual collection. I've heard that LUSH has made this part of the permanent collection, which is great news if it is true as it is definitely one of the most coveted bath bombs they make. If it is not permanent, it is absolutely worth jumping at the chance now to try it.

LUSH Lord of Misrule bath bomb

LUSH Lord of Misrule bath bomb

LUSH Lord of Misrule bath bomb

LUSH Lord of Misrule bath bomb
Lord of Misrule is fairly large and takes a bit of time to fully dissolve into the bath.  Once some of the green has melted away, you start getting the wine color and fizzy center. It turns over and over again in the bath as it dispels from the green shell. Slowly, the green completely vanishes. The wine color is absolutely gorgeous and the scent is not overwhelming, but it definitely lasted on my skin for hours afterward.

Better yet, I have extremely sensitive skin and I've been known to have allergic reactions often, and I did not experience any issues with this bath bomb.  The big bottom line is that I would absolutely repurchase this. It's excellent for a pamper day!

You can purchase this at your local LUSH store or online. It retails for $6.95 US/CA and £3.50 in the UK.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pamper Day!

We should all take a pamper day every now and then. Last week did not exactly live up to its potential, if you ask me. I ended up feeling worn down and in need of a pick-me-up over the weekend. So I designated Sunday to being a "me" day. I had a nice pampering session, caught up a bit on my PVR, and ate comfort food. And here is Monday and I feel a bit better and more refreshed.

For my latest pamper day, here's what I chose. With the colder air, my skin is already getting drier. These hit the spot!

pamper day embryolisse lush l'occitane dior origins
Lush's Lord of Misrule bath bomb - So beautiful. I have a review coming in my next post!
Dior Creme Abricot for nails - The air is getting colder and my cuticles are rebelling.
Embryolisse moisturizer - My face loves this. It drinks it up like a milkshake. Bye, dry spots!
L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream - Shea butter anything owns me.
Origins Clear Improvement mask - It's a little drying afterward, but my skin feels so refreshed.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter moisturizer - A great body cream. It's thick and really sinks into the skin.

Have you tried any of these? What products do you love to use during your pamper sessions? I'd love to hear!

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Latest SampleSource Box

Do you love samples and freebies and reside in either the US or Canada? If yes, you might enjoy SampleSource. I've gotten a few boxes from them over the years and I am always happy with them. You just have to sign up and fill out your profile. It is all free! The samples during each period are limited, so you have to act fast.

Here's what I chose to be in my latest box! 

SampleSource box samples

SampleSource box samples
 A few packets of shampoo, conditioner, hair creme, lotion, face pore strip, toothpaste, and a razor. A lot of these will come in handy on my next trip! I love saving and using samples for overnighters and vacations.
SampleSource box samples
And for the yummy side of things, I got a chocolate bar, snack crisps, and some mints.

Everything Inside:
Jergens Ultra Care lotion
John Frieda Full Repair shampoo and conditioner
John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner
John Frieda  Secret Weapon hair creme
Biore face strip
Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste
Schick Hydro 5 razor
Special K Pastry Crisps coupon
Special K Pastra Crisps in Cookies & Creme
Hershey's almond chocolate bar
Icebreakers Wintercool Mints
Icebreakers Duo in Raspberry

Totally worth signing up for!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honoring Oscar de la Renta

Easily one of my most loved designers. When I think back to awards seasons, his creations were often among some of my favorites. I thought I would share a few of my favorite dresses in this post and I admit that it was hard to narrow it down to just these five. The world lost a lot of class and certainly a man who understands women (at least, close to it!).

RIP Oscar de la Renta
 Amy Adams at 2009 Golden Globes and Michelle Dockery at the 2014 Golden Globes
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Cameron Diaz at 2010 Oscars
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Taylor Swift at 2012 Ripple of Hope Gala
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Amal Alamuddin Clooney in her wedding gown with Oscar
And if you don't believe he still had it, just look at his Spring 2015 Ready to Wear looks. Each one is absolutely breathtaking.

RIP Oscar de la Renta

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Top 5 Lipsticks for Fall 2014

Going along with the theme from my nail polish post, I thought I would share the five lip products I'm gravitating towards as the leaves have been changing and my sweaters are out in full force! The ones featured in this post are just some of my favorites. I could feature a red lip, but I don't wear them often. I'm a true sucker for a berry lip during this time of year, though!

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks

Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks
Korres Revlon MAC Chanel lipsticks swatches
Top to Bottom: Korres Quince, Revlon Mauve, MAC Patisserie, MAC Capricious, and Chanel Boy.

What are some of your favorite lip colors in the fall?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Home Decor Inspiration for the Kitchen

I've already started the groundwork for which direction I want my kitchen to go. I have painted the cabinets white, added stainless steel hardware and appliances, and added open shelving. I still need to pick a backsplash, faucet, lighting, range hood, and paint the existing countertop (it is ugly!). I'm not ready to share the before and after pictures until that counter is at least painted. Y'all, it is bright yellow faux marble. It's like the 70's came and stayed!

Anyway, I am often on Tumblr, Houzz, and Pinterest scouring ideas. For the most part, the ideas I save have the same esthetic. I just have to find the right fits for my own personal taste! I thought I would share a few of the pictures I have saved for inspiration in what I consider the most important room in my house.

kitchen inspiration marble copper
via studio ppark llc
small bright white kitchen
via Remodelista
white stainless steel kitchen
via House Tweaking
You can follow my home design Tumblr, Pinterest, or Houzz boards to see more of my inspiration pictures.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Living in Canada

It is crazy to think about, but today marks ten years of me living in Canada. What?! A whole decade has gone by since I packed up my things and headed north? I often sit back and think about how fast a year goes by, but these past ten years just zoomed. I miss South Carolina, but I have come to make Toronto my home. But I do definitely get homesick from time-to-time!

So much has changed in my life in those ten years of being here and I thought I would list a few of the bigger positive ones.

- I got engaged and married. The whole reason I came here to begin with was Larry. He is Canadian and already had a home and established career up here. It made more sense for me to do the moving, since I was still living at home.

- I have done some really cool traveling and fun trips. One of my favorites was the Ice Hotel in Quebec.

- I get two Thanksgivings and a few extra holidays through the year. That's pretty darn cool. Who's going to complain about that?

- I have gone to some amazing concerts and events that I probably wouldn't have at home. It's easy to get to places by transit here. The best part about living in the big city is that many of these events have been free. Lady Antebellum, John Mayer, Beach Boys...I've seen them all for free. And the best experience I had at a concert was KISS. I was treated like royalty and I'm not sure anything will top that.
- I am a Permanent Resident here now, which I have to renew every five years. I think that before my current card expires that I will try for dual citizenship. We shall see!

- We've moved twice. Our new place nearly doubled our old in square footage, gave us an extra bedroom, and an extra floor. But I do miss the quiet neighbors at our old place, because our current ones are the spawn of Satan. I love the extra space, though. I have enjoyed decorating and organizing these past few months, which is an added benefit to buying a fixer-upper. You get to start fresh!

- We had two cats pass away, but added a dog to our family. So now we have Jade (cat) and Indy (dog). They cause trouble and bring laughs every single day.
- There are lots of things that changed since my move, but one of my favorites remains that I started this blog seven years ago. I've gotten to know a lot of you, have conversations with you, even meet you. I've loved every second of it!
I'm not a big risk taker. Moving here remains the biggest risk that I have ever taken and it has paid off in more ways than I could ever imagine. Sure it took me away from what I knew and loved, but it has opened doors for me. It has given me memorable experiences and taken me completely out of my comfort zone. I'd be lying if I didn't say that the big city and new places didn't still intimidate me, but it's good to explore and put yourself out there. It's good to take chances- rather big or small. This was my biggest change and often with change comes growth and great things. I'm ready to keep growing and living wherever life takes me!


P.S.- I've thought about writing a post about some daily differences that I have come across from living in both the States and Canada. Would that interest anyone?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog of the Month: October 2014

Last month, Megan Joy was my featured blog. 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 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! :)

This month, I'm featuring Kelly from Glitter Diaries.  And it is with good timing, because this is the perfect month for you to see her skills truly shine. She's amazing at morphing herself into characters and she's pulling out all the stops for Halloween. And she's sweet to boot! If you check out her blog, let her know I sent you if you'd like!

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