Friday, August 17, 2018

Technical Difficulties


Friday, August 10, 2018

InstaMonth for July 2018

It's August! Heck yes, it's one month closer to my beloved fall. My boots and sweater weather. Not sweating my makeup off the minute I step outside. Leaves changing outside my window. The coming of all of the best holidays (my opinion, of course). I know I'm getting a little ahead of myself and the season, but I am soooo ready. Sorry not sorry, summer lovers. I still love you!

The best part about today is that it's Friday. I can't believe a week ago I was picking out what to wear to my Taylor Swift concert at this time. Which, while I'm on that subject, was amazing. I did document some of it on my InstaStory, some of which are highlighted on my IG profile. We had Bryan Adams show up as a special guest and I truly just enjoyed myself. After missing her last tour with my knee surgery, I didn't take a second of it for granted. And I just had the best night I could possibly have. I came home feeling like death warmed over and it took a lot out of me, but it was worth every second. Every step.

We have a Sunday ice cream date planned at a really cool joint in Toronto, so I'll probably share some of that on Instagram also. One of those places that do the fancy cones, but I don't know how fancy I'll bother going because you definitely pay more for that "fancy" aspect. Haha! And we're taking Monday off as a staycation, so you know what? Like I said, the best part about today is that it is Friday. I'm ready to get this weekend started!

Here are a few highlights from my Instagram during July. Hope you all have a fab weekend!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Blog of the Month: August 2018

In July, Brie from Bougie Brie's Beauty Blog 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 Sophie from Sophie Laetitia! She blogs about a little of everything. You want some posts about food, fashion, beauty, life? She's got you covered. She lives in London, England, if that interests you. You'll see reviews of places there that pop up, perhaps contributing to your wanderlust if you're anything like me! If you check out her blog, feel free to let her know I sent you. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

My July 2018 Favorites

You guys, I am so darn stoked for this Saturday. I'm seeing Taylor Swift for the first time in ages! I had a ticket for the last tour, but I couldn't go because it was right after my tibial plateau fracture. There was no way I had it in me to get to the arena! So finally, I do have it in me. Well, sorta. I'm still anxious over all of the walking and stairs, but I'll just have to pace myself and push through it. Luckily, I'm going with a really supportive friend who understands. He bought the tickets for us and made sure to get me an aisle seat so I can stretch my leg out. What a guy!

I'll probably share some pics and videos on my Instagram Stories that night, if you're into that kind of thing. I am not one of those people that live vlogs the entire concert, because I'd rather see it with my own two eyes instead of my screen. :) And for the bloody price of the tickets this time, you better believe I might even be limiting how many times I blink just so I can take it all in. Haha!

Here are my favorites from this past month. Let me know what you've been loving in the comments! Or tell me what your last or next concert is! I average about one a year, so I'm pretty sure this is it for me for the next while. :)

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  • L'Occitane Aqua Reotier Moisturizing Mist - I still have to review the Aqua Reotier line up. Sorry for the delay! This mist is a really nice addition to the line. It's such a fine mist!
  • Bite Beauty Eclair Liquified Lipstick - Still a favorite after all of these months. Such an easy pink!
  • Essence Metal Shock in Stars & Stories - Can't wait to share the swatches of these! Honestly, I was on the fence about liquid shadows but these are pretty darn good.
  • Benefit They're Real! mascara - Always a winner. I couldn't pass up a free sample of this, because it's one I always go back to.
  • Essence Lash Princess mascara - One of the best drugstore mascaras I've tried since L'Oreal's Lash Paradise. I think both top my list for best drugstore formulas now. They're that good.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sephora Birthday Haul 2018

I put in my first Sephora order for this year to get my birthday freebie. Every time I go into the stores, they seem to have an issue with getting my points issued and I have to call them in. So I avoided that extra step and ordered online. Plus, getting 8% cash back on eBates (my link is on my sidebar, if you're interested) and a limited sample bag of foundations were some added benefits.

I don't think I've bought anything from Sephora this year unless something has escaped my mind, as these days I typically wait until my birthday, Black Friday, Christmas, Boxing Day, and the $15 off coupons. It's actually a pretty decent system with there being a few months between Christmas and my birthday to actually use and enjoy what I pick out. That ain't to say I'm not always lurking the app and adding to my wishlist novel. ;) It also gives those things time to sit on that list and let me decide if I actually truly want it or would use it.

This haul might be slightly boring as it involves the birthday freebie, samples galore, and one item that fit the above criteria. This item sat on my list for months. I drooled over pictures on Instagram. I obsessed over makeup tutorials using it on YouTube. The want just kept growing and now it's mine! This post is just the haul. I will have swatches and reviews coming!

And while we're at it, what's something that's on your Sephora wishlist that you can't wait to get? I want to know!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Summer Heat Playlist for 2018

I love a good playlist! Like legit, you can find me lurking on playlists on Spotify all of the time. It's so easy to just have one playing while I'm doing anything. So I thought, lemme put together a little playlist of some fire songs that have been getting me through this ridiculously hot summer. Enter my Summer Heat playlist!

I could have added a lot more (especially retro, because I'm a 70s music gal a LOT of the time), but I reined myself in and limited it to 10. But now that I think about it, I might just do a throwback summer playlist too. That could be fun to share, if any of you are into that!

For now, all of the tracks below are current. But I hope maybe one or two might be new to you. At least, Jessie Reyez. She's an up and coming Canadian musician. Please give her a music a listen, because she is going places with that soulful voice! Amy Winehouse vibes, for sure.

If you feel so inclined (and I hope you do), let me know a song or two that you've been jamming to this summer!

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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.

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