Friday, April 21, 2017

Benefit They're Real Double the Lip in Pink Thrills

I got this sample in the mail a few days ago, because I am obsessed with samples. I see a sample, I want the sample. I can't be stopped. So when I saw this as an option through TOPBOX, it was pretty much "Signed, sealed, delivered. I'm yours." It turns out this "sample" size is actually the same size as the travel version offered at Sephora for $14 CA, though the size seems to only be offered in two colors at the moment- Revved-Up Red and Lusty Rose. Not bad for a so-called sample and FREE!

They shipped out two different variants to those that requested the sample- this Pink Thrills version and the Lusty Rose shade. Here are my thoughts on the Benefit They're Real Double the Lip Lipstick and Liner in One.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A New Way to Hire Photographers with Galaxy Photoz

An App Set Out to Change Lives
Imagine needing a photographer to help you capture a special moment and not knowing a safe place to start. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A couple of years ago, Leanne Ferguson's friend hired a photographer to the tune of $4500 for a wedding. The result was a disaster. Believe it or not they never got the photos! Imagine paying thousands and not getting a single photo in return.

Leanne decided to do something about this. She set about finding a way to create an app that acts much like Uber, where a users get matched with a photographer that will do the work efficiently, professionally, and at a reasonable cost. It has been a journey to say the least, but in June that app will be launched. The IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to bring the app to a wider market goes live on April 17th. The company behind the project is called Galaxy Photoz, a Toronto-based company soon to expand across North America.

Here is how this concept works:

  • Select a category, input your location, leave a small deposit, and then you are instantly matched with a vetted photographer. The best part is they come to you.
  • For now, you'll be choosing from 9 types of photography which are: Maternity, Newborn, Cake Smash, Headshots, Engagements, Model Portfolio, Portraits, Wedding, and Events.
  • The first 7 of the above mentioned include a 100% satisfaction guarantee as weddings and events only happen once. You get a re-shoot with a different photographer, not a refund.
  • Another really cool part of the app is that it allows you to book in advance or on-demand for same day service.
Now you can help by going to www.go.galaxyphotoz.com and supporting the project. As a supporter, you will receive gifts ranging from drones to photo shoots. You will also be the first to see their new on-demand mobile app. The funds raised go directly towards marketing and getting the mobile app off the ground.

So why is this important? Trust is important in any major transaction one makes especially when it comes to events like a wedding or a baby photo shoot. The goal is to build trust between clients and photographers and to ensure the quality of work. That is the main reason Galaxy Photoz was developed to ensure that the best experience is achieved.

When I saw this project, I knew I had to write about it. I think that you will agree that this is a great idea and I hope you will go to the IndieGoGo page to support the app that is going to make a difference in so many people's lives. For my fellow bloggers, this could be an excellent option for you to get your outfit shots for posts or get new profile pictures for your social media.
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**This post is written in partnership with Galaxy Photoz.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

March Wedding Anniversary Trip: Comfort Suites in Peterborough, ON

Last year, we did something a little bigger for our tenth anniversary so this time we just wanted something smaller and not too far away. We paid for the two nights ourselves, so this post is not sponsored in any form. I didn't take my professional camera either, so sorry about the phone pics. I pretty much packed my bathing suit, my laptop for Netflix viewing, and a few other necessities.

When I began my annual search online for where to go (we go somewhere new to at least one of us on every anniversary), I knew I wanted the comforts of what I couldn't get at home. So when I found Comfort Suites in Peterborough was listed at a decent price for a jacuzzi and fireplace suite and the hotel had an indoor pool and hot tub? And it was free wifi, free parking, and pet-friendly. I was sold!

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Our room had a pink jacuzzi. A little tacky, but I kind of loved it. #givemeallthingspink, please. The added benefit of a microwave and fridge is always a good one. I have really bad lower back pain, but I managed okay on the mattress. I like it cold at night (I usually sleep with a fan!), so it was nice to be able to open the bottom part of the window by the bed.

I'll be honest with you. The room was so comfortable that we hardly left it. I made a lasagna at home and we brought it with us for the first night. The second night we ordered Papa John's pizza. There is a Kelsey's connected to the hotel, as well. While eating, we watched Netflix on the couch. We've just started Riverdale, by the way. My husband is a huge Archies fan and I'm still a sucker for smartly written young adult dramas.

What I will say is that we much preferred the Thursday night of our stay- the first night we were there. It was quite and lovely. The Friday night stay was the opposite. There must have been a hockey tournament because young boys were running down the halls for hours. Yelling, cussing, slamming doors, you name it. And you can hear it through the doors and the walls. It finally slowed down around the hour of 10-11pm. I don't know where the chaperones were, but they were doing a horrible job at keeping the boys under control. If you're not sensitive to noise, it may not bother you. I think it is worth noting, though.
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The morning we were checking out, I got up early to go to the pool and hot tub by myself. It was snowing that morning and there is a big skylight above the hot tub to watch it fall. I did a few laps in the pool to work out my knee a bit and came back to the room to get ready for the breakfast.

The breakfast both mornings were great. I did prefer the Friday morning to the Saturday morning one, but both did not disappoint. They have a waffle maker to make fresh waffles, so my husband made me a strawberry one. They had little cheese omelettes and baked ham on Friday. Saturday offered sausage links and scrambled eggs. There were croissants, bagels, and other baked goods. They nailed it on the breakfast bar!

The customer service was nice while there. At check-in, they gave a bag of treats and poop bags to Indy. At breakfast, they gave us trays to take our food back to the room. And the maids fell in love with Indy when they'd knock on the door. We spilled a drink on one of the towels and they were very quick to take it and give us a replacement.

And while being in the Kawartha Lakes area, we couldn't pass up Kawartha Dairy for some ice cream. Being so full from the breakfast, we opted to share a scoop of the Banana Boat ice cream. Yes, that is a scoop! It was so good that I was almost regretful at choosing to share it.

Our anniversary wasn't full of adventures this go-around. We opted for rest and relaxation and we came back home feeling refreshed. It was our first vacation since our last anniversary and we felt it was much needed to just get away and enjoy each other's company first and foremost. And now that we are back home and my husband is getting over a cold and I'm dealing with a bout of plantar fasciitis, we find ourselves wishing we could rewind back to the trip.

March 25th was our 11th wedding anniversary and it was a good one. Can't wait to see where next year's anniversary takes us! To see our past anniversaries, just click on the travel label on the post. I think I've done travel round-ups on our celebrations since our fifth anniversary. :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Blog of the Month: April 2017

In March, Rebecca from Colouring Me Happy 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 have chosen Meaghan from Messy Buns and Roses. I have actually featured Meaghan before when she ran her former blog. She has since stopped blogging on that one and started this new one not long ago. Her blog is mainly a mix of beauty and lifestyle. A few recent blog posts include her beauty wishlist, body positivity, and sharing her favorite apps. Considering I first featured her former blog in 2013, we go back a bit and I am so happy that she is still blogging! Feel free to let her know that I sent you, if you stop by!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

InstaMonth for March 2017

It's a rainy day here in Toronto and it is unconducive for my photography plans. April showers strike again! To be fair, Sunday was pretty sunny and hit 60F here. I could have taken pictures then, but it was Sunday. I chose to do a family walk with my husband and dog instead. No regrets!

I'm still stressing out over my phone plan and possibly switching carriers. I have been with Telus for eleven years and it just keeps getting worse when it comes to contract renewal. After being told they would offer me nothing, I'm shopping my options. We pay more for less here. Prices for the phones, data, etc. all go up. I understand there is a lot of less populated areas here, but that really is a shoddy excuse (see this article). Money, money, money is what they should really say when asked about high cell phone plans. That sounds much more truthful. Maybe I'll stay with Telus. I don't know yet. I'm going wherever the best deal is. What I can say is that this has caused many headaches. #adulting

Anyway, here are a few pictures from my Instagram last month!

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1. Planner addict. // 2. Two of my favorite fantasy worlds. // 3. Pink and glowy makeup, please.
4. My first facial oil. // 5. February faves. // 6. Basics.
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10. ColourPop Summer Lovin' // 11. ColourPop Out and About // 12. Springtime pastels!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

March 2017 Faves (& Giveaway Reminder)

March has almost come and gone. Last weekend was our wedding anniversary and we enjoyed a little two night getaway and it was just what I needed. It was our first vacation in a year, so we both felt overdue for one. I'm working on a post about our hotel and trip to go up next week.

After spending the last few days stressing over which phone, plan, and provider to go with, I wish I could hit rewind and pop myself back into our hotel room. Canadian phone plans are not my cup of tea and the prices are ugly. I'm nowhere closer to choosing a plan or provider (thinking of leaving Telus after 11 years), but I'm pretty torn on the iPhone 7+ or Samsung S8+. Have you seen the S8? Talk about a gorgeous phone! But I've been on an iPhone for four years now, so I'm used to it and everything is easy to transfer. Decisions!

Feel free to tell me if you're team Android or Apple in the comments and why. I like both- I also have an Android tablet, so I'm familiar! Anyway, here's this month's favorites!

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  • Smashbox Blush Rush in Flush - I don't think I've given this its own blog post, but I do have a swatch here. I rediscovered this in my stash. It's so gorgeous and I just always forget about it. It produces such a beautiful glow.
  • Essie Turquoise and Caicos - Some bottles seem to be more vibrant, but mine has always been a little more subdued. And I like it that way! The minute spring comes, I crave pastels.
Also, don't forget that I have a giveaway open on my Instagram that ends at 12 AM EST on March 31, 2017. See the picture on my account for the rules! You can win what is pictured below. All the makings for a pamper session!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ColourPop Out and About Lip Set: Viper, Baracuda, and Times Square

I don't know if I am as gung-ho about the liquid lipsticks as I am about the Lippie Stix yet. I have a bit of a collection going, but they do not reign supreme for me. They seem to dry so much darker on me and I think that is the problem. That is not to say that I don't like them, I just have to be in a specific mood to reach for them. With that said, this kit has one shade that I am especially loving right now because it is so easy.

The Out and About set is still available on ColourPop Cosmetics for $15 US. It consists of Times Square, Baracuda, and Viper. At $6 each separately, you're saving $3 by buying them in the bundle. Continue reading for my swatches and thoughts on each shade!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Corks and Bubbles Soaps (and a Giveaway)

I was given the opportunity to try a few items from Corks and Bubbles recently. I love a good pamper session, so I was pumped to get to try a soap and bath bomb from Sharon. Sharon creates these products in Brampton, Ontario and they are eco-friendly and vegan. I always love being able to put local companies under a spotlight!

Keep reading for my thoughts and find out how you can win one of the soaps pictured.

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