Friday, May 7, 2021

April 2021 Favorites

Hi y'all! I am so happy that it is Friday. I don't know about you, but this week has felt so loooooong. This weekend is busy enough, but it still holds that power of being the weekend. I look forward to taking a few hours to catch up on some TV shows and other things that kind of get pushed aside during the week. How are you handling the balance between work and life? It takes a bit to get a routine down.

Let's get into my April beauty favorites! Let me know if we share any in common or what you've been loving in the comments, if you'd like. I was also testing products out like the mascara and the lip mask, which I suppose with them featured here in my favorites, that you know how well the testing went!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Blog of the Month for May 2021 - Hi Sugarplum!

In April, A Cup of Jo 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 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 Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! as my featured blogger. Her style is similar to my own, so I personally love her fashion posts. She covers a lot of different topics- beauty, home decor, lifestyle, etc. You get a little bit of everything, which I'm always a fan of. If you love a good dose of lifestyle blogging, I hope you'll check out her blog. 😊

Friday, April 30, 2021

Sephora Canada Spring Savings Event Haul 2021

I haven't bought anything from Sephora in a while and I rarely take advantage of these sales. Being a Beauty Insider and only getting 10% off doesn't exactly draw me in. Though, I do use my Rakuten to gain back a percentage for my purchase. I probably would have passed this time, but there was one specific item I just had to have. If you've been here a while, you probably know exactly which item that is. 😉

This isn't a post with individual reviews, just sharing my haul and maybe a few initial thoughts! Did you take advantage of the sale? I'd love to know what you got!

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Fearless Spring Mix 2021

I apologize for not publishing a post last week. I'm still going through some things and I just couldn't bring myself to come on here. I'm still a work in progress, but I'm getting there. It's not usually like me to not blog, but these are not normal times. I find myself needing a little bit of the normalcy back though, so what better way than to do that than with an easy enough blog topic? Music! I thought I would share a few songs that have been on my radar and wearing out my replay button recently.

And as always, I'd love for you to give me any recommendations of what you've been listening to and loving. This is the Fearless Spring Mix, because heck yes I'm celebrating Taylor's new version. I'm also trying to encompass that feeling - fearless. I need more of that! This mix features new and old and I hope you give those songs that are new to you, if any, a chance. 💜

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  1. Fearless - Taylor Swift
  2. Deja Vu - Olivia Rodrigo
  3. Drivers License - Olivia Rodrigo
  4. Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves
  5. We're Good - Dua Lipa
  6. Skin - Sabrina Carpenter
  7. Waiting on a War - Foo Fighters
  8. Don't Assume What You Don't Know - Grace VanderWaal
  9. Leave the Door Open - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
  10. Don't You - Taylor Swift
  11. Gasoline - Haim ft. Taylor Swift
  12. Save Your Tears - The Weeknd
  13. I'm Still Standing - Elton John
  14. Under Pressure - Queen ft. David Bowie
  15. My Life - Billy Joel

Friday, April 9, 2021

March 2021 Beauty Favorites

Let me tell you, March was not my friend. April hasn't started off any better. I'm not willing to be fully open about why, but the truth is I am struggling. It's affecting me mentally, emotionally, and physically. My general and social anxiety is high, my usual techniques to help my mild OCD are failing me, I can't get to my physiotherapist for my knee, etc. etc. Things started truly affecting me around October and has slowly built up. If you're feeling this way, like you're trying to stay afloat in a sea that keeps tossing you over and under, you are not alone. This past year has taken so much from so many people. Remember to listen to what you, your body, and your mind needs. I know I'll get back to where I function better and have more peace, it's just going to take some time and work to get there. I'm thinking of you. I'm with you.

Two of March's favorites were featured in February and none of these are new to a favorites post. Since I'm not getting out much right now (hello lockdown life), I stick to the same few products to throw on and go or to take pictures. Can't say I put too much effort in most days! I haven't even bothered with nail polish, since one of my coping mechanisms is biting my nails and I can't seem to get that back under control at the moment. I'll get back to that eventually. I'm glad this is Friday and I'm hoping to have a quiet weekend and do my best to get my brain to come out of overdrive for a hot minute. Where's an on/off switch when you need one?! I hope you all have a good weekend. Take care of yourselves. 💞

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