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Happy Manicure Monday everyone! I think I did a purple manicure last month; but, really, you should expect purple to pop up a fair bit around here as Ultra Violet is the Colour of the Year! And, while I will try and incorporate the colour in to make up looks - it just screams nails to me and looks so good on them! 



Butter London + Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Nail Lacquer in "Ultra Violet" ~ $10.00 US/$12.49 CAN. Butter London is proud to partner once again with Pantone, the Global Color Authority, to introduce the Color of the Year 2018. Meet Ultra Violet, a provocative purple that speaks volumes and takes us to a place where imagination runs wild. Leave it to Butter London to bring you an extraordinary collection packed with sophisticated colors and dreamy textures inspired by Ultra Violet's magical thinking. Look beyond the ordinary and check out violet's new vibe.

I didn't realize that Butter London partnered with Pantone to create a Colour of the Year line; but, not only does the line include 6 polishes in varying shades of purple, it also includes lip glosses, liquid lipsticks, eye gloss and eye liner! There is some really pretty shades in this whole collection! 

I picked this up while I was in Ulta on my trip to California - this was the only bottle in the whole collection by the til in the location I was at or I think i would have picked up a few other shades to try as well! I think it's available to Canadians at Nordstroms - if you know anywhere else this Butter London line is available I would love to know! Their polishes are also an 8-free formula which is great! 



For this manicure, I used:
-Butter London + Pantone in Ultra Violet 
-Nails Inc polish in Rainbow Wishes
-Formula X nail cleanser and base coat
-Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat

This manicure was really straight forward to do! While I love the deep purple of the Ultra Violet polish, I did want to lighten up the look a little with an accent nail or two (I find it so hard to think of nail art ideas when my nails are short so as they grow out so I need something to add a little glitter or shine as they grow out!)

Both polishes are pictured with 2 coats of polish on and topped with the Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat.



I love these purples together - I have been waiting to use Rainbow Wishes again! It is just such a stunning iridescent polish and it makes the perfect accent to the Butter London Ultra Violet polish! I liked the Butter London formula - I thought the polish went on really smoothly and was fully opaque with 2 coats. It had a really high shine finish and the colour is gorgeous! 

My only critique is that the brush is a little small and thin - smaller and definitely finer than a typical polish brush (but it is in a smaller bottle so that could be why!) After using big brushes from Nails Inc and Essie Gel Couture last year, it is a little hard to go back to working with little brushes - they just require more brush strokes that make it harder to get a perfectly even coat.



So, I know this polish look is simple; but, I'm actually in love with how these polishes look together! 
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Happy Friday everyone!!! I hope you all had a great week! I'm sorry it's been a bit quiet around here this week! If you read my last Five on Friday post then you know I'm currently in full on study mode for a job interview next week and I'm quite nervous about interviews, so my free time has been a little consumed by that!

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I love crazy and weird masks so much! This Dr. Jart Shake & Shot Rubber Mask looks hilarious and strange and amazing! I was drawn to the colours of the Firming Mask - if you can believe when I was a teenager, my room looked just liked these colours! I had a bright purple ceiling and orange walls. 

My lovely sister-in-law got me this little gift while we were out shopping and I can't wait to try it! I will finally get another Mask Wednesday post up ASAP to try it! 

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This week was of course was Valentine's Day of course! We have always been really quiet for Valentine's Day; but, we started ordering heart shaped pizzas a couple of years ago and it has become our yearly tradition! Elliott couldn't let this pizza go either, so clearly he is a fan of our tradition too!

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I love card games and have found some really amazing card games from Kickstarter (if you haven't heard of Exploding Kittens or Organ Attack they are both amazing!)

So, this week in the mail I just got Unstable Unicorns in the mail and hopefully we will play it right away! The art is so cute, so I'm hoping the game is good! 

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Mmm... last weekend we had a girl's brunch where the theme was pink food, so I made chocolate covered strawberries for the first time! They were actually really easy to do! I just made sure to wash and dry my strawberries really well, slowly heat my semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave and let set for only 30 minutes in the fridge so they didn't sweat! They were delicious! 

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I love getting makeup for free! I cashed in some Boxycharm points so this order of the Pur Cosmetics Chrome Glaze High-Shine Lip Gloss in Rebel and the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter in Blossom was all free from cashing in my Boxycharm points! I don't think I love this gloss formula, but am very excited for the Cover FX! 

This is a link up with Smidge of of This (previously a.lizadventures), Carolina Charm and Hello! Happiness where we can all share 5 things on our mind this week!
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So, I'm really late to the game trying hair cords - just about everyone I know was using them and raving about them; but, I was still using regular elastics forever. I think mainly, I have fine and thin hair so I didn't think something thick and plastic would actually work well in my case - but, Gummiband hair cords say they work for all hair types so I was happy to try them out! 


The Gummiband hair cords are hypoallergenic - they don't absorb water or sweat so they don't get all gross and bacteria-y! They are gentle on hair so can reduce styling damage (who else despises a pony-tail bump?!) and they reduce breakage as well. They are useable for years - if they start to stretch, just warm them up with a hair dryer or hot water and it goes right back down; plus, Gummibands come with a one-year warranty! 



*Gummibands come in packs of 4 and retail for $7.99 CAN - plus they offer free shipping across Canada (yay!!!) Gummibands come in 8 colours - black, brunette, blonde, clear, light pink, dark pink, teal and purple! You can order packs of 4 of individual colours or build your own Unicorn pack as well! Above, I'm using the black in my dark brown hair and it blends in really nicely! But, I also use all the colours and love them as well! 

I was surprised that with my fine and thin hair, these were really good. This bun I have pictured above is pretty much my at home go-to! I can use these with ponytails, but I do find that the more these wrap around the hair, they will start to pull just a little when coming out - nothing compared to a regular elastic; but, just my experience. I know that these are amazing on thick hair - you can even double up with them too for extra hold (or to mix a couple of colours in there!)

These hair cords have totally replaced regular hair elastics for me which, always pull and rip my hair. But also, regular elastics broke all the time. Again, because my hair is so thin, I would have to wrap a hair elastic around my hair about 4-5 times and they always stretched and broke quickly on me. These Gummiband hair cords also over a lot more hold for my buns and I'm not constantly re-doing my hair because it's falling out! 


I know there are a few brands that sell similar hair cords; but, I'm really excited about the brand Gummiband itself! First, they are Canadian brand and they offer free shipping all across Canada (yay - we know shipping here is expensive!) They are also a 100% women owned and operated company. I'm always happy to support some awesome Canadian women owned companies that produce awesome products! 

Now, I mentioned that there is a special offer for my readers and it's good! If you use the code BONUS42 at the checkout, you will get 2 extra Gummibands with very 4-cord pack of Gummibands you purchase! This is not an affiliate link so I'm not making money - just happy to share a little bonus with you guys for a great hair product! 


Have you guys tried hair cords yet?

*PR samples featured - all opinions are my own
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I have made no secret of the fact that I love mini palettes! If it comes in mini size, chances are that I will pick it up! There is just something so convenient about the little sizes - the shades all go together, making eye looks really easy. They are perfect when you don't have a lot of time to think about what shadows you should use, they travel well and are really handy! 



I picked up ColourPop single shadows when they were released; but, I haven't yet picked up any of the full sized shadow palettes yet so I was excited to see the mini palette on the Sephora website when ColourPop came to Sephora. I scooped it up immediately! 

So, it's not currently available on the Sephora website; but, ColourPop is kind of notorious for restocking products and having them in and out of stock. It is currently available on the ColourPop website and they have decent shipping to Canada (usually you spend $50 and get free shipping; but, you can encounter customs fees sometimes!)



ColourPop Take Me Home Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ~ $12.00 US/$15.00 CAN. Your right hand, your go-to. This mini 6 pan palette has you covered for your everyday necessities. Includes the perfect, best-selling warm-toned shades, a mix of matte and metallic finishes, and a mirror, this baby is a keeper. Keep one in your purse for touch ups or keep it displayed on your vanity, it’ll be a staple in your collection.

I happen to have a lot of mini palettes; but, if you can believe it, I don't actually have a light, neutral palette - this ones leans slightly warm, but it's exactly what my collection is missing! 

I have had really liked the ColourPop single shadows that I have tried before (you can check out my thoughts here). The formulas were great and the applied and blended really well on the eyes. So, I am hopeful that this mini palette of pressed powders will perform the same way! 



Issues ~ matte pastel peach
Side Tracked ~ matte terracotta with gold flecks 
French Kiss ~ matte medium chocolate brown
Salt Water ~ metallic golden peach
Popular Demand matte red brown
Bitter Better metallic soft gold

I like the size of this palette - it's easy to hold in the hand and I love that it has a good size mirror in it as well! Makes it perfect for taking with you anywhere.

Overall, I was happy with how this palette swatched - I thought that all the shadows were fairly soft and pigmented. I wouldn't go so far to call them the softest or most buttery shadows I have used; but, I do think they preform well. 

I did find that on application with brushes they were fairly powdery - especially the matte shadows. Now, this isn't a deal breaker for me at all - because, the shadows still applied really nicely on the eyes and blended out well. So, I can put up with a slightly powdery formula when the shadows look really nice (all you need to do is lightly tap the brush gently to get the excess off before applying the shadows!)



I was really happy with this eye look and I used every shadow in the palette! ! I used Issues as a whole base all over the lid and under the brows, Side Tracked in the crease and Salt Water in the high crease to really brighten up the crease (and under the eye as well). Then I used French Kiss to deepen the crease, and Popular Demand on the outer corner and Bitter Better all over the lid.



I honestly think that this is such an easy palette to use and throw together some great looks. I think I went with a medium toned look; but, with the shades in the palette you can easily lighten or darken up this look! 



The other products I used to complete the look are:
-primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 
-foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco
-powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
-blush: Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush
-highlighter: Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
-brows: MAC Cosmetics Eye Brows in Spiked
-mascara: Benefit Rollerlash
-lips: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip in Whip 
-setting spray: Mac Fix+


Overall, I'm really happy with this palette! This is the perfect every day on the go palette! I took this with me to California and used it every day! If you are looking for major inspiration, this mini neutral palette won't really give you a huge variety, but for me, when I go back to work I could pick this up and come up with a very quick every day look! 

What do you think? Is this a palette that you would reach for?
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Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week - my week started out busy; but, it slowed down later this week because we are getting slammed with snow here in Calgary! Like slammed - we're talking over 1 foot of snow on top of what has already accumulated here! Ugh - I'm ready for Spring! 

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So, it's almost Valentine's Day and if you guys are looking for a super casual, easy makeup look, then I have an awesome Glitter Lip makeup look from last year that I loved so much! There is something about a full glitter lip that looks so fun and so glam - I absolutely loved doing this! 

The main products in this look are Lit Cosmetics glitter in Firecracker, Too Faced Glitter Glue Shadow primer and Lit Cosmetics glitter base, and the lipstick underneath is ColourPop Lippie Stix in Poppin and NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels! 

What's your plan for your Valentine's Day makeup this year??? I have a few ideas; but, haven't set anything yet! 

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Mmmm... okay, last weekend I made these homemade and they are suuuuper easy to make and reasonably healthy (or much healthier than regular bagels) - they are only greek yogurt, flour, baking powder and a touch of salt with an egg wash (and I put poppy seeds on top too!) The recipe I used is from Skinnytaste and these will easily be a weekend staple breakfast for us! Yum! 

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Alright, if you saw my January Monthly Haul post - I went slightly crazy with my spending last month, so I'm thinking that I should be on a no-buy for February or at least a very low-buy for February and March! 

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I just updated my Books page with the 2 books I finished in January - 1 that I looooooved and 1 that didn't live up to the hype for me - check out my thoughts on the page or find me on Goodreads here (I love seeing what everyone is reading and their thoughts!)

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Alright, I finished my 6 months of Weight Watchers and am down 28 pounds - it's not exactly as much as I would have liked to have lost; but, it's actually much more reasonable. Really, I have been following the plan; but, staying true to myself and not overdoing and I think that is more manageable than being super strict and not allowing myself any leeway at all. I did go to cancel and they offered me a free month so I will keep it up for another month but then see how I do on my own after that!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Alright, there is officially less than 1 week until Valentine's Day! If you need any gift ideas for your significant other, or a treat for yourself, then you need to check out some of the goodies from the Lush Valentine's Day collection! 

It's no secret I'm not the most romantic person (hello - Valentine's Day at my house involves us ordering a heart shape pizza); but, no one does Valentine's Day treats better than Lush! So, after my pizza I can have a delicious smelling, pink bubble bath! 



As usual with most of Lush's holiday collection, there re-released some of their old Valentine's Day classics and some really exciting NEW products! 



Plus, when your products are cute enough to play with, how can you resist?! As usual, Lush makes amazing holiday collections - even if you are not a Valentine's Day lover, I think you will love some of the products in this collection! 



*Lush Giant Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb ~ $19.95 CAN. When it comes to rose petal-filled bath bombs, bigger is always better. So we made this oversized fizzer about three times the size of a regular bath bomb! Drop it into the tub (yes, the whole thing) and watch as it's transformed into a pastel pink, rose-filled oasis. As its outer shell fizzes away, a luxurious cascade of yellow rose petals emerges, along with softening, mineral-rich sea salt. The romantic perfume of rose absolute, rose oil and Sicilian lemon oil envelops your senses and fills you with loving feelings.

This bath bomb is ENORMOUS! I love that this is filled with rose petals - I'm planning on using on Valentine's Day for a nice relaxing, romantical bubblebath with a book, a face mask and a glass of wine. It smells nice and rosey; but, not overwhelmingly floral. 

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb ~ $8.95 CAN. Slip into the tub with a Rose Bombshell and let your troubles float away like rose petals on the breeze. As its outer shell fizzes away, it releases a luxurious cascade of real yellow rose petals and mineral-rich sea salt. The intoxicating perfume of rose absolute, rose oil and Sicilian lemon oil envelops your senses for a whole new level of bathing luxury.

This is a normal size rose bath bomb that looks itty bitty compared to the giant bath bomb! This is just like the giant rose bombshell; but, on a normal scale! 




*Lush Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon ~ $8.95 CAN. Show your skin a whole lotta love with silky, hydrating waters and a cloud of fragrant bubbles. Flirty rose and sensual jasmine swirl together with crisp lemongrass and bergamot to create a sweet, tart take on a delicious caramel apple scent. While all eyes are on the deep red waters swirling with delicate golden shimmer, a creamy blend of murumuru butter and fair trade organic cocoa butter bestow your body with a conditioning caress.

How adorable is this little bubbleroon?! I love that this looks like a little heart shaped macaron with a glittery gold filling! And, this smelled great! My bath was a bright pink; but, it didn't leave any colour or glitter left in the bath tub - it was very bubbly too! The perfect pink bubble bath for Valentine's Day! 

*Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb ~ $6.95 CAN. At the heart of the matter, Tisty Tosty is a bathtime love potion that's made to stir passions. Drop it into the tub to luxuriate among the romantic aromas of rose and jasmine absolutes, and watch as whole rosebuds saunter across the softening waters. Invite a friend to share your bath—it'll be love at first sniff with this sensual fizzer!

If this bath bomb doesn't scream Valentine's Day then I don't know what does! I love that this has little rose buds in it - just like the rose petals in the rose bombshell, it just makes a bath feel a little more luxurious right?! Plus, I will always take a pink bath! 

*Lush Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt ~ $8.95 CAN. Set loving intentions as you crumble this romantic heart into your tub. A rich topping of fair trade organic cocoa butter turns bathwater into a silky, softening sanctuary to leave skin moisturized and velvety. A romantic bouquet of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang enchants the senses as fluffy bubbles create a cocoon of coziness. Welcome to the age of bathtime enlightenment!

This is such a unique product - it's a bubble bar, but has a little icing topping of a soothing bath melt of cocoa butter! This looks like a cute little iced heart cookie. I love how softening Lush bath melts are because they leave a really soft layer on the skin; but, I do usually pair them with another bath product (such as a bath bomb) in the bath - so for me, this is perfect! It gives benefits of both products and has a really relaxing, cocoa butter scent with a hint of floral notes! 


*Lush Cherryish Shower Scrub ~ $12.95 CAN. If it's irresistibly soft skin you cherish, scrub up with this decadent chocolate-cherry treat. Fair trade organic cocoa butter and murumuru butter meet for the creamiest, most softening base, while ground cherry stones and sea salt gently scrub away dryness. Vegan white chocolate, cocoa absolute and dried cherries create a crave-worthy scent that'll last all night. Oh my!

YAAAASSSS.... I'm so excited for this product! I am a huge fan of the Lush Scrubee and now there is a chocolate cherry version of it! I am such a huge of this type of product - it exfoliates the skin in the shower and leaves a really moisturizing layer that leaves your skin hydrated all day without a lotion! 

*Lush Melt My Heart Massage Bar ~ $7.95 CAN. For the most blissful night in you can imagine, heat things up with this flower-studded bar. Its luxurious blend of cocoa and shea butters melts right into the skin to create the perfect massage oil so you can knead away tension and stress with ease. Breathe in its sweet, verdant perfume of orange flower and violet leaf and you'll be transported to the tropical island getaway of your dreams.

The massage bars are always a classic Lush product - plus, nice and romantic gift for Valentine's Day! This has a really gentle orange, floral note and these massage bars start nice and solid; but, they heat up and melt over the body quickly and are so soothing on the skin! 


*Lush Kiss Me Quick Wash Card ~ $3.50 CAN. Made with fresh apple pulp, this sweet and spicy soap paper lathers up with water to leave you clean, soft and smelling of mulled spices. The scent of warming clove bud oil and comforting tonka absolute lingers on the skin, creating a cozy come-hither perfume that'll always remind you of Valentine's Day. Pop one into your Valentine's Day cards for a spicy surprise!

This is so cute - a little soap sheet! It smells good and is really adorable! I love the idea of throwing it in a little card for someone. I wasn't sure how to use it at first; but, it's really just like a soap! 

*Lush Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream ~ $24.95 CAN. Get a loving lather going with our limited edition, naked (packaging-free) shower cream. Feel the moisturizing slip of shea and murumuru butters softening your skin as your shower fills up with the creamy, floral scents of jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla. Once you step out of the steam, your skin will be positively glowing and you'll be ready for love.

I love Lush's naked movement - products with as minimal packaging as possible! These are a little more hydrating than a regular bar of soap and the scent of this is really nice! I'm still using my naked shower gels from the Christmas collection so I will use this one soon! 



*Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar ~ $7.95 CAN. Sink into a magical soak filled with mystical essential oils, colorful pastel waters, rainbows and dreams. Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli create a unique and uplifting fragrance as mountains of shimmery bubbles leave you feeling as enchanting and dazzling as unicorns themselves.

Is this not the cutest product?! Okay, maybe just laying there it's not the cutest but once you put it on your face, or someone else's, or your pets, then you know it's just the cutest! I love that this isn't the typical floral scented Valentine's Day product and really would be a great gift for any time - it should be a year round product for Birthday gifts! 

*Lush Love Boat Bath Bomb ~ $7.95 CAN. It's not any old boat; it's a love boat, baby. Head to the tub with this fizzy yacht and watch it zoom around, leaving groovy pastel colors and a powdery sweet lemon-orange scent in its wake. Sink deep into relaxation, then emerge with delicately scented skin and a brighter outlook. Don't miss the boat—this one's only here for Valentine's Day!

I don't think I ever have a bath without some type of bath bomb in it, so it's always fun to have lots of cute ones to choose from! The Lush bath bombs are great - this one is so adorable and smells bright and citrusy! You can never go wrong with these in my opinion! 


I'm not the only big fan of the Lush Valentine's Day collection - Mephisto is thrilled with the Unicorn Bubble Bar as well! 

But really, if you love Valentine's Day or not, there is some truly great and unique product in this years line up! I think I'm going to run out and pick up a back up Cherryish immediately! 


What are you eyeing from this year's Valentine's Day collection?! 

*PR samples featured - all opinions are my own! 
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Here are the top 5 products that I have been loving this month:

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray ~ $38.00 CAN for full size (also available in mini size for $21.00 CAN). A featherweight leave-in formula that delivers all the benefits dry, damaged hair needs to look and feel healthier. 

I had been pretty loyal to my Briogeo leave-in spray and it was good; but, it just wasn't as good as it could be so I wanted to try something new and this was highly reviewed. It's a touch pricey so I picked it up during the VIB Rouge sale and I have loved it! This actually makes my hair super smooth, detangled, and soft. This is light and doesn't weigh down my hair at all; but, makes my hair look really nice! 

ColourPop Take Me Home Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ~ $15.00 CAN/$12.00 US. Your right hand, your go-to. This mini 6 pan palette has you covered for your everyday necessities. Includes the perfect, best-selling warm-toned shades, a mix of matte and metallic finishes, and a mirror, this baby is a keeper. Keep one in your purse for touch ups or keep it displayed on your vanity, it’ll be a staple in your collection.

This palette is awesome - it is a perfect little neutral palette that is perfect to take on the go and makes it quick and easy to do eye makeup with! This was the only palette I took on my trip to California and it worked so well - I love the shades. The shadows are a touch powdery, so make sure to tap it off prior to using this; but, they blend and apply well. I do have a review coming soon so you can see it in action! And, I picked this up while it was available at Sephora, so hopefully it goes back on there for us Canadians.

Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ Coconut ~ mini size $14.00 CAN (or full size is $30.00 CAN). A lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup. All Sized to Go products are totally tote-able in an airport-friendly size of 30ml or less.


I have loved the Fix+ for a long time (June 2016 when it was in my favorites before) and I try not to repeat favorites; buuuuut, this one is different because it's Coconut scented and it's a mini! So, coconut first - this smells amazing! (I did receive this in a Christmas scent with a mini lavender and rose, so I'm not sure if the scented ones are available in minis for individual sale). And, the mini size was so amazing this month for travel - it really renewed my love for this product; because, I literally used this for ALL it's uses! I primed my face with a sprtiz, I sprayed my beauty sponge and shadow brushes and I set my face with it and it's sooo good! 

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Tissue ~ $6.00 CAN. These practical cleansing wipes eliminate makeup residue and impurities. Enriched with a blend of 9 herbs known for their moisturizing properties, they allow you to cleanse your skin without irritation.


I have always struggled to find face wipes that work and recently I have come across a couple lately that I really like; but, these actually stand out to me! I had used them in the past and liked them; but, it's been a couple of years. My husband picked up a little mystery box from The Face Shop for me for Christmas and it came with a couple of these packs of wipes. These are so saturated in products and just work so well to actually remove all your face makeup, including mascara, with one wipe and still have enough to remove swatches, etc. 

Seacret Pro Styling Hair Brush ~ $33.60 CAN. Ideal for all hair types, this innovative brush is designed for easy every-day smoothing and styling. Ergonomic design follows the contours of the head for increased comfort. Uses combination of bristles forsoft brushing and painless detangling.

This hair brush is designed to detangle, smooth and style - I'm a huge fan! My hair dresser used this on me a few times and I finally had to ask what is was and asked if she could get me one too! It's curved so that it smooths really nicely around the scalp and is so gentle on my scalp and hair. It is amazing at detangling without pulling or breaking my hair at all. 



These are maybe a bit more boring products for my favorties; but, January was a pretty quiet month in terms of trying out new products. These are all pretty staple products in my collection that I will continue to use! 
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I haven't ever done Yearly Favorites on the blog before so I am excited to dive in to these! I'm starting my favorites off with Skincare - and will be posting my beauty favorites soon!  

Now, everyone does there yearly favorites a little different - for me, I am only included products that I tried and loved in 2017! Most of these were products that were released this year that I tried; but, in the case of a couple it was products released earlier that I tried for the first time this year! 



Lush Cup O' Coffee Face And Body Mask ~ $22.95 for 325g (also, $11.95 for 150g). If you're a sucker for the strong, scrubby, stimulating type, this coffee-filled mask is just the thing to kick-start your day. Wake up and invigorate your skin and mind with the rich, intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee and sweet roasted cocoa extract. Kaolin deeply cleanses impurities from the pores and ground coffee acts as a gentle scrub to buff away dryness and reveal glowing skin beneath. Smooth this one all over your body to feel soft, clean and wonderfully fragrant.

Honestly, I have talked about this mask a ton on the blog as I did a full post on it and use it most months so it's always on my Month in Masks! This is both a face and a body mask that is amazing to use before a morning shower - it has actual coffee in it (I have watched them make this mask!) and wakes up your senses and skin when you use it! I slather it on my face and body, wait 5 - 10 minutes and then scrub and rinse it off. My skin looks so bright after! 

Fronaturals Facial Elixir ~ $34.99 CAN. We’ve taken 4 of the most powerful skin nurturing natural ingredients and created this amazing formula. It will have a deeply transformative effect on your skin. All you have to do is massage four to five drops directly into your face, or add it to your usual moisturizer. In just a few days you’ll see a massive difference in the tone and texture of your skin, and other people will notice it too. That’s the power of high strength natural ingredients. Developed with over an year of  testing and based on a proprietary formula, this will make your skin feel so good you will wonder why you didn't find this earlier.

This serum is a late addition to my favorites but I had to include it! Honestly, I received it in October and have used it every night all of November and December - every night! I usually switch through 3 or 4 night serums and this has made me not use anything else. Both months I did not get any hormonal breakouts and my skin has been super smooth. I absolutely thank this serum for that! So good - it is vegan, cruelty free and handmade by a small Calgary company - so amazing! (I did a full review on this serum here if you are interested).

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying Daily Skin Booster ~ $39.95. Give your skin a daily boost of strength. Mineral 89 is a non-greasy gel formula combining all the power of high-dose Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water with natural origin hyaluronic acid to strengthen skin's barrier function. Drop after drop and day after day, a daily dose of strength to boost skin's health and resistance. 

All I can say about this is GAME CHANGER! I received this in early Summer and I have used this every morning since! This is almost empty but my skin has been drastically improving since. Some mornings I will follow up with another serum and some mornings and others I will only use this under my moisturizer. It is amazing! If you are interested in seeing a full review, you can check out my past thoughts here

Lush Scrubee Body Butter ~ $7.95. This happy little bee looks innocent enough, but it means business when it comes to buffing your skin smooth. We've combined scrubby ground almonds and coconut shell with softening honey, cocoa and shea butter in alternating exfoliating and moisturizing stripes for the smoothest skin. Save the Scrubees!

Another product that I have to say is amazing! This is both a moisturizer and an exfoliator that you use in the shower and it is everything! I never have time to myself in the shower anymore so I duel use products that actually work are fabulous! This exfoliates well and actually hydrates the skin so much that you do not need a moisturizer and my skin was smooth and soft all day! Also, it was much cuter to start off with but I'm almost through my first one! See how cute it is here

Skoah Masks - Hydradew, Klearity, & AHA ~ $38.00 - $48.00 full size. 

I use a ton of masks and probably could have included a few brands or masks; but, I had to talk about these Skoah masks because all 3 of these masks have been amazing on my skin! I had 2 facials this year with Skoah and absolutely loved what it did for my skin. I picked up a few masks and have felt the same way about all 3! 

The Hydradew (full review here) is a hydrating mask that is multipurpose mask - you can use it as a 10 minute rinse off mask, or leave it on overnight as an intensive mask, or I like to mix it in with my moisturizer for all day hydration! I love this - it is a must have in my skincare routine.

When I went for my 2nd facial, they mixed AHA and Klearity together and it was amazing so I picked up a few samples to try it out at home and these are the only masks that I must use at least once a month! Klearity is great for oily/acne prone skin and is great for helping to prevent hormonal breakouts. The AHA mask uses alpha hydroxy acid to clear off dead skin - it is also infused with peppermint and smells amazing. These are amazing together! 

The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer ~ $32.00. A low-irritant moisturizer that calms sensitive skin and protects skin damaged by the external environment. Daily low-irritant moisturizing solution: Contains phytoshpingosine, moroheiya, birch tree sap and Skin-sync Rx™ which helps form a moisture layer to calm dry skin. 

This moisturizer has been really surprising to me - I really like it! The Daily Repair line is meant for dry, sensitive skin. This moisturizer has a gel-cream texture that is really nice on the skin. I thought that it would be best for Spring and Summer; but, I have been using this all Fall and Winter and it has been moisturizing so my skin is not dry at all (and I live in a cold, dry climate) but it doesn't feel heavy either so I find it really great for wearing makeup over top of too! 


Have you guys tried any of the same products as me this year? And, did you have the same results? I would love to hear your thoughts! 
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Happy Monthly Haul time! I have really enjoyed seeing what I buy every month! I like that I get to share everything I have purchased (because really some of it would get lost in my beauty collection if I didn't!) Also these posts helps to keep me on track - I am planning on trying to only spend around $100 per month on beauty since I am be on a smaller budget with a new baby! 

I will only include products I have spent money on - gifts, pr samples, and freebies are usually shared on posts like my Five on Friday posts! 

Now, let's be real I knew with my trip to California that I would not even be close to being on budget this month, so I did 2 little makeup auctions before leaving (from my declutter what I didn't donate/give to friends) and definitely earned some money for my trip! 

Here is a look at what I bought in January: 

Beautylish Lucky Bag ~ $93.75 US = $123.29 CAN. So, I technically pre-ordered this on December 26, but it didn't ship or arrive until January so it's in this month's haul! Every year Beautylish releases a Lucky Bag for $75.00 plus shipping and you are guaranteed at least $150.00 products worth of products - it's always a surprise what you get! I did a huge unboxing of what I received in my Lucky Bag with swatches of everything - you can check out the full post here



Superstore Travel Goodies ~ $8.41. I just had to pick up a few things for our trip - I pretty much have travel size products of everything except these products. I've never tried this hairspray so I will see how it is (it's just all they had). 



Sephora Order ~ $57.75. Okay, I could not resist placing an order when the new Too Faced peach palette - I feel like I must have ALL the peach palettes! This one is really unique to this collection too and I'm excited to play with it! Also, I love that the deluxe sample was the Too Faced Peach Primer - I have been eyeing this! 



Seacret Hair Brush ~ $33.60. This is the Seacret Pro Styling Hair Brush and it amazing! I have thin hair and it works so well - no pulling and no frizzing (especially while my hair is wet!) It is very gentle and that's why my hair dresser started using it on me and it I had to pick one up! 


HUGE U.S. Shopping Haul ~ $417.40 US. So, whoooops, I spent a little extra while I was in California - this is waaaay too much to talk about on this post, so I did a huge shopping haul post and you can check it out here for details on everything I picked up! 

So, for January I clearly went over budget spending about $640.45 - let's not even factor in my USD to CAN conversion because I might cry! I'm planning on a no-buy for February - fingers crossed! 
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As if I really need an excuse to use pink in anything; but, since February is the month of Looooove, I'm feeling all the pink and hearts and everything pretty! It's funny actually, my husband and I do not celebrate Valentine's Day (unless you count ordering a Papa John's heart shaped pizza as celebrating), but I still love all the cute heart and lovey-dovey things that come out this month! 


I'm starting this month with a cute little polka dot heart nail art look! I needed something simple and cute, since I broke a nail with the car door and a couple others chipped corners on our trip! (So, sometimes it's nice to make them all the same length and have a fresh start!)



For this Manicure, I used:
-ORLY polish in Cake Pop (light pink)
-Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Fuchsia Power (dark pink)
-Formula X nail cleanser and base coat
-Sally Hansen gel polish top coat
-dotting tool 

I started with my nail cleanser and base coat, then applied 2 coats of my light pink base polish. Then using my dotting tool, I create a heart shape with little connected dots and then filled in the hearts with little dots. Let dry well and finish with a top coat! 


I think it's a pretty good way to start the month! Are you feeling all the pink and hearts this month too?
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