Friday, December 14, 2018

NYX 2018 Sugar Trip Advent Calendar Week 1

I've done a few beauty calendars in the past. Last year, I had one of The Body Shop's offerings. I love that more brands are offering them now. Such a fun way to try new products! This year I chose the NYX Sugar Trip, because I like that they changed it from the calendar last year that only offered lip products. This time, they offer eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, and lip items. I am already quite familiar with NYX, but I think this is a great way to get a feel for their formulas.

I break my advent posts up into weeks. I know I'm a little behind, but I've been working hard on getting all of the other posts up. And then, I had to wait for weather to cooperate for the pictures. Those unreliable autumn skies! Right now, this calendar is 50% off. So if you don't mind catching up on your days or you're really interested, now is the perfect time to pick this calendar up! The shades inside are all brand new and exclusive to the calendar. Here is the first week.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

My 2018 Christmas List

There's nothing that breaks the bank on my list this year. I mean, I certainly want some things that do, but nothing that can't wait. We're doing Christmas on a tight budget this year and I'd rather keep my list more on the realistic side of things. I try to do that every year, but I really hunkered down. Have you made your list yet? I'd love to know what you're asking for. One big ticket item or a few small things?

And if you just finished celebrating Hanukkah, I'd love to hear about that too. Just give me all of the holiday talk. I live for it! So many of you have shared your decor, your kids excitement, your pets under the tree, baking, etc. on Instagram and it makes me so happy. I don't want it to end!

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  • Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Eye Patches 15 Pairs (via Sephora, $25 CA) - I've been wanting to try eye patches for a while now. The 15 pack is limited edition and a great way to try them out without the hefty price tag. I know I can be doing more in my eye area than I do!
  • Sephora Almond Foot Mask (via Sephora, $6 CA) - This LE star print for the holidays is too cute. I can't find it on the site anymore, but I'm sure they are in stores. Like with my eyes, I know there's more I can be doing for my feet. I don't know what's worse - sandal or boot season!
  • Polar Bear Flannel Sheets (via Giant Tiger, $35.99 CA) - Sheets of any kind, really. We haven't splurged on a new set in years. But these? These scream my name. Any guesses why? Yeah, y'all know by now. I haven't met a polar bear I can resist yet. :)
  • Love and Lore Travel Set (via Chapters, $39.50 CA) - Next year is the year. The year that I finally go back home for a visit for the first time since 2012. I'm not sure when, all we know is that IT IS HAPPENING because I've been gone for far too long. A set like this really makes packing easier. I'm definitely a pouch and cube kind of packer. Anyone else?
  • Mitch Albom's The Next Person You Meet in Heaven (via Chapters, $29.99 CA) - Mitch is one of my favorite authors. He hasn't let me down yet and I've been so ready for this sequel. It must be mine and join my other Mitch books in my collection. I'm all for using my library card, but some books I just have to own. And Mitch is one of those few that I will read over and over. Read Tuesdays with Morrie and you'll understand.
  • Too Faced Under the Christmas Tree Set (via Sephora, $52 CA) - How adorable is this set?! Would this even be a "Wendy" list if I didn't include makeup? It was between this and the Gingerbread Spice palette, but I thought I would use the colors in this one more. Speaking of gingerbread, it is not on this list, but I'm hoping Santa remembers my hint about Bath & Body Work's Spiced Gingerbread candle. It is heavenly! I'm just on a heavy gingerbread kick this year. I'm not mad about it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Stocking Stuffers

I think the stockings are one of the best parts of Christmas. Maybe it is because I grew up with a 3 foot stocking that my aunt made for me and I'm pretty sure half of my Christmas fit into that bad boy. Not even kidding, it was awesome. I still have the stocking, but I haven't used it in years. I do wish that I had put it out with my decor this year. Note to self for next year!

Here are a few ideas to stuff stockings or hint at what you want in your own. I mean, you could stick to oranges and toothbrushes, but I say we add some fun to them and amp it up a bit! And personally, I think this is a great place to focus on self-care items. Okay...and chocolates. Treating yourself in many ways!

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  • Foot or Hand Masks (via Sephora, $6 CA) - These can be found for relatively cheap prices and can always be used.
  • Face Masks (via Sephora, $35 CA) - I love sets like the one featured. You can break them up and give to multiple people and it's always a great value.
  • Makeup (via Sephora, $6 CA) - The stocking is an excellent place to throw in a little palette, lipstick, or any makeup item.
  • Lip Care (via LUSH, $7.95 CA) - Everyone can use a good lip scrub or balm!
  • Tech (via Chapters, $14.95 CA) - Raise your stocking game by tossing in a phone case, bluetooth accessory, chargers (because you know they always break!), or other little tech gadgets.
  • Socks or Slippers (via Old Navy, $5.94 CA) - Socks in stockings are nothing new, but the gift of comfort is underrated. Wearing cozy socks or slippers around the house is something anyone can appreciate, especially when the temperature is dropping.

Monday, December 10, 2018

InstaMonth for November 2018

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating today! I hope everyone is having a great great as Mondays can be. Mine has been full of answering emails, putting out fires, Christmas planning, you name it. But right now, I'm mostly just really excited to go downstairs for lunch and a coffee. Sweet beautiful coffee!

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, if you don't mind, and just go right into a few highlights from my Instagram last month. As always, I'd love if we followed each other. I try to like and/or comment as much as I can. :)

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1. Comfy and cozy vibes. // 2. Obsessed with red and gold right now! // 3. The last days of visible grass.
4. Holiday issues are out! // 5. October faves. // 6. Living for this Old Navy shirt. Here's my haul.
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7. MOTD. // 8. Macarons! 
9. National French Toast Day, coffee style. // 10. Riversol samples. There's a link on their site to try them out, no hassle. And 2 other recent samples.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Zoella Holiday 2018: Four Lucky Stars and Milky Way Bath Milk Powder

Zoella Beauty puts out a new holiday collection each year, but this is my first time trying anything from any of them. I don't think we always get the full collections here, but it is nice that we can get some of it! This year's collection is based on the cosmos, so everything is a bit galaxy-themed and I love that.

So when I was offered the chance to try a few of the products and also give a set away on one of my social media channels, I quickly agreed. Until the end of December 13th, you can go to my Instagram and enter on this post. There are a few rules! You must follow the accounts I mention (which is only one besides my own), not be a giveaway account, like the picture, tag a Canadian friend as it is only open to Canadians, and tell me which scent always reminds you of the holidays.

Here are the two items I got to try!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blog of the Month: December 2018

In November, Tiffany from Boho & Blush 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 Maha from Makeup by Maha Matar. This girl has skills and I honestly feel like her blog needs more attention! If you love beauty, you will absolutely enjoy her content. One of her latest posts talks about Wet n Wild and a few products that she has been trying out and it has me tempted to grab one or two! I hope you swing over to her blog and give her a follow. Feel free to let her know I sent you!

Another year of featured bloggers goes down in the books! You can check out the label to see who all were featured this year and years past. Some have stopped blogging or gone on hiatus, but there are plenty still going strong that deserve a view or two...or many!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

November 2018 Favorites

I'm so deep into my love of December that TWICE I typed December on my graphic and in this post and it took me far longer than it should have to notice! In fact, these are my November favorites but they certainly set the mood for December and the holiday season. After Veterans Day/Remembrance Day, it's fair game and I like to start early to prolong it. I'm not the type that is sick of the decorations and music after a short bit. The season only lasts for so long and I just love the way it makes me feel. Also, Happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating right now!

Here are my beauty favorites from last month. I make no promises that some of them won't reappear in my December favorites later on. You just can't go wrong with a red lip, sparkly eye, and festive fragrance this time of year!

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  • Zoella Bake My Day! Fragrance* - This smells like vanilla and gingerbread and so perfect for right now. I'll be talking more about this in my next post! *gifted to me for testing purposes
  • Joe Fresh Beauty Lip Oil in Rose - Cold weather is here and I've invested in my first lip oil in ages. I don't know what possessed me to get rose, because I almost always hate that scent. And I hate this one, but I love the product so I suck it up. This oil feels amazing on the lips and I haven't noticed nearly as much dryness as I normally would.
  • Essence Metal Shock Shadow in Solar Explosion - Why haven't I swatched these yet?! Good grief, I just keep dropping the ball. These are some of the best liquid shadows I have ever tried and are so budget friendly.
  • Sephora Winter Magic Palette - This specific palette was part of last year's holiday collection at Sephora, so it is no longer available. BUT let me direct you to this year's version and it is a beauty! I'm tempted to add it to my cart, if I put my $15 off coupon to use. Can we rant about that a second? First, Sephora lowers the samples to two per order. The rewards you can use points for seem to be getting worst. And now, it's $15 off of $75 instead of a $50 purchase. Not impressed at all.
  • Stila Liquid Lip in Beso - This red, you guys. I think of this as the perfect "Christmas red".
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Monday, December 3, 2018

eShakti FX - Even more ways to customize your clothes!

I've worked with eShakti a handful of times now and it's always exciting to scroll through their website and look at the new offerings. They are always changing! I personally love their dress selection. Even better, you've always been able to customize them by size, sleeve length, dress length, pockets, etc. Seriously. You can add pockets and don't think I don't take advantage of that!

Now, eShakti has upped their game even more with eShakti FX. Keep reading below for more info!

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