Hello friends!! It’s been awhile! If you haven’t heard, I recently bought a house! So I’ve been 24/7 house-ing. I have photos and posts planned and ready, I just need to get writing!
Anyways, I have a fun post today! We’re about half-way through June which means only half a month more till Canada Day! Even with all of the *cough* politics out there, there’s no better time to celebrate being Canadian! I’ve partnered up with Nail Polish Canada to give 10 readers FREE nail stencils to show your Canadian pride. These are completely free including shipping!
Photo from Nail Polish Canada
These nail vinyls can be used both as a stencil or as a sticker for your nails. I partnered up with Nail Polish Canada back in the Fall for Halloween inspired nails and was determined to try and do better. I painted my nails white and waited a day before using the stencil. I think I either waited too long or didn’t wait enough before I pulled up the stencil because I didn’t get super clean lines. I would say if you want perfect lines, you should use the actual maple leaf as sticker instead.
Photo from Nail Polish Canada
How to Redeem
Now for how to get a pair of nail vinyls of your own!
Hello! It’s been some time since my last empties! (I feel like I’m always saying that haha). I have the usual suspects such as face wipes and cotton rounds, but a few really great face masks, hair items, and cleansers to show you as well!
MyChelle is a great brand with cleansers, serums, and more. This Cranberry cleanser worked great. It helped to keep my skin at bay without stripping it of moisture. I would say I still sometimes got breakouts, but this helped to at least regulate my skin! For $20 CAD, I would repurchase!
I’m always interested in body wash and Le Petit Marseillais is no exception! I found this scent more unique than other body washes I’ve used. It smells very ‘juicy’ if that makes sense! I like the scent definitely! I noticed that my skin was a tad on the dry side compared to my Dove body washes. I liked this enough that I’d repurchase though!
This was an extremely solid hair mask. I definitely felt it replenished and I loved using this after my clarifying shampoo. I’d be very interested in trying more products from this cult favourite company. The only reason I’m not positive if I’d repurchase is the price! It’s pretty expensive for the amount of uses ($40 for 8 treatments!!)
I really liked the idea of this product, but I didn’t feel it helped a huge amount. I always shower at night and could use this as my hair product while I was sleeping. I noticed it didn’t keep my hair as nice as my regular oils or serums. It didn’t make my hair go crazy, but I’ve used better I’d say!
Verb is another brand that I really like for hair care. I would repurchase this hair mask for sure. I really like the hydrating line (I’ve used the shampoo and conditioner). I don’t think it’s priced too bad either ($18 CAD for 6.8 oz), so I would definitely consider repurchasing!
I used this in combination with my The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. This is a very thick cream, but goes on so smooth. I really did like this as my night cream. Looking at the full size though, $110 CAD for 2 oz seems pricey! I would think about it though as I like it so much!
This is one of my favourite eyeliners for sure in terms of staying put. I actually bought my mom this eyeliner too just because she’s always touching around her eyes. The only con about this is that I think it dries out pretty fast compared to other eyeliners in pots or even the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner (a bit smudgy-er, but still keeps its longevity pretty well)
I really love these Mask.Lab masks from THEFACESHOP. They’re a bit pricier compared to some other ones they sell, but I think they are worth it. They fit so well on the face and I really feel that the serum sinks in better! I’m going to buy more for sure and do a post on them!
During my trip to Disney Springs, the one thing I knew I wanted was the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial. It’s only sold in the States so that made it all the more alluring. I’ve been back from Disney for a little over a month and have been trying this for about the same time. I’m excited to let you know if this is really worth the hype!
An INCREDIBLE skin care product, but definitely on the pricey side!
I first heard about this from Ingrid Nilsen (previously missglamorazzi). She was raving about it but mentioned that it had a burning sensation. This made me cautious, but not enough to turn me away! When I was purchasing this at Disney Springs, I had a moment with one of the sales associates. He mentioned that I was going to love it and we were just fawning over it together.
Taking it home with me, there was quite a lot of info on how to use it (which is always helpful). It’s recommended you use it no more than 1-2 times a week. You are also not to use retinols while using this mask which is due to the acids in it (25% AHA and 2% BHA blend including Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids).
I really like the packaging too. It’s simple, but so functional. It has a large pump top and dispenses the perfect amount. The mask itself is a beige colour, but actually looks clear after application. One of the things I really love about this is how low maintenance it is. You’re not dealing with goopy or messy masks. I actually went out of the house with this on. It remains tacky for the 20 minutes it’s on, but definitely not like you’re leaving the house with a sheet mask!
In terms of the burning sensation that some people experience, I am happy to report my skin loves this stuff. I’ve used this on active breakouts (like not so nice cyst-y pimples) and I could say I felt it, but I would not say it was anywhere close to burning. My skin is pretty great in terms of trying new products though. For the parts of my skin that are clear, I didn’t even feel this on at all. For those with sensitive skin, I would recommend a spot test. It was not nearly as bad as I was expecting though!
You just wash this off with warm water. After removal, my skin instantly looks brighter, my skin is so soft, and with the continued use, I’ve noticed the texture of my skin has been a lot less bumpy!
They also include a sample size of the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (which they recommend you use after the Babyfacial). I definitely can see why they recommend using this with the mask just because it really replenishes your face. One thing I noticed was that it was almost too moisturizing for me. The oil never really set down and my face felt pretty greasy hours after application. I think if you’re putting makeup on directly after, you might not notice it as much, but for me, I definitely noticed the greasy-ness. With this being said, my skin felt nice with the oil on top, it’s one of the nicer facial oils I’ve used for sure!
So all in all, I would totally recommend the T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial. I have normal-combo / oily-combo skin and it just drinks it up. I can honestly see this work for a lot of different skin types though, as I didn’t feel it really dried out my skin too much. For dry skin folks, you also have the Marula facial oil sample! The only negative I can really think of for this is the price. I can’t say this is anywhere near affordable, but if you’re interested in skincare that WORKS. I would highly recommend this!
An age old, but rarely focused part of beauty is sleep. It is called beauty sleep for a reason! There’s so many different studies and recommendations on the value of a good night sleep. The thing is, with busy lives and even busier beauty routines, it can be hard to make it a priority. This Works is a newer brand to Canada that focuses on 24 hour skincare solutions to get you feeling your best throughout the day. I have two products that I’ve been trying out and would like to share my thoughts!
As mentioned, The Works focuses on skin solutions for your entire day; morning, noon and night. Your skin is exposed to a lot of environmental damage, toxin build, etc. Each product contains a ‘superblend’ of ‘naturally derived and scientifically proven’ trio of ingredients that provide the staples of each item:
Natural botanical oils
Natural therapeutic fragrances
No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser
First off, I’ll say this is one of the prettiest jars of skin cream in my collection. The No Wrinkle Extreme Moisturiser ($84 CAD) is like a big pretty ice cube. I always feel sort of weird trying ‘wrinkle creams’ as I honestly don’t have any to really test it on. Trying this cream though, it’s much more than just a wrinkle cream. After literally one use, I saw a difference. The texture of my skin felt so much smoother and just plumper in general. I think this is a great night cream, but you can use it morning or evening. With continued use, I noticed my skin felt so smooth! I will definitely be continuing to use this and would recommend!
Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Now for the most unique item I’ve tried in awhile, the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($34 CAD). You spray it on your pillow and it’s supposed to help you fall asleep. Funny enough, I’m actually a pretty decent sleeper. I can fall asleep pretty fast, so I was curious to see if this changed my sleeping at all. Spraying it on my pillow, the scent is pretty strong. It smells very ‘herb-y’, (lavender, chamomile, and vetiver to be exact) which some people might have an issue with. For me though, I liked using this instead of my diffuser (which can spit out similar scents). It’s more of a laziness thing instead of filling my diffuser up with water. I found when using this I fell asleep just as fast (thank goodness) but got a more solid sleep. Whenever I woke up, I still felt tired (really bad sleep schedule) but rested. If you have a tough time sleeping and want another solution, this is worth a try!
And there we have some really intriguing skincare from This Works! All in all I was very impressed with the brand. The items seemed original and packed with all good ingredients! I would definitely try out the brand if you can. Sephora has this Beauty Sleep Kit which contains minis of two of their pillow sprays. This might be a good tester to see if it works for you!
Hi there! So winter seems to be FINALLY packing up it’s bags and spring is coming in to stay. Even though you’d think that the driest skin would be in the harshest of climate, my skin has been going a bit haywire. I looked at my legs recently, and was treated with a not so nice sight. My skin has been flaky, especially on my legs, and I needed relief! Lucky for me, I was sent some products from The Green Beaver that specifically cater to dry skin!
The Green Beaver Company is a total staple for Canadian Green beauty lovers. It was created out of the shock of how many harsh chemicals can be found in some beauty products (even those marketed towards children)! The company is cruelty-free, ecocert certified, and vegan (other than the lip balms which contain beeswax).
Extra Moisturizing Lip Balm
Speaking of lip balms, the Extra Moisturizing Lip Balm really impressed me. I would consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of lip balms and think I’m pretty picky. This lip balm is an actual balm which I think really helps with it’s moisturizing properties.
This is different than other ‘cream’ lip balms I’ve tried as it’s not super thick. I like that it’s very neutral with a hint of a minty taste. You can layer up to have a lip mask, or if you want to layer a lip product over top, you can use a really sheer amount. I would definitely recommend! My perpetually dry lips are lapping it up!
Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion
I found the Extra Dry Skin Body Lotion different than others I’ve used. The one thing I noticed right away is that it takes a LONG time to rub in. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend you use this if you need to just slap something on.
BUT the pro is that it completely sinks into the skin with no greasy feel at all. After using this my skin feels like just a better version of itself. Your skin still feels like skin instead of a tacky lotion. This stuff definitely works to calm dry skin (my legs have been thanking me).
All in all, I’m so happy with The Green Beaver and this Extra Dry Skin line. I love the idea of supporting a Canadian brand that’s doing good for the earth and good for your body!
Thanks so much for reading! Hope you have a great day!
One thing that I think the drugstore has an abundance of is eye makeup removers. They’re a staple pretty much through all drugstore skin brands, but how do they actually fair up to high end ones? I have three that I put to the test. I’ve used one before (Neutrogena), and the other two are new to me.
I wanted to pick up a popular one that I’ve heard about for this review and instantly thought of Marcelle. I think (due to my noob-ness), I didn’t buy the right Marcelle one that everyone raves about. So instead you’re getting a review of the Instant Eye Makeup Remover instead of the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (maybe a future versus to figure out what the heck the difference between those two are…?). I’ve tried quite a few eye makeup removers so I have a pretty solid base on what I like and what I don’t like! Here we go!
Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
I’ll start off with the one I’ve tried. The Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover is one of the most popular in the drugstore in my opinion. You can get it from Walmart for around $10 CAD. I’ll start off by saying that this one works well. It definitely requires minimal rubbing and with around one swipe, you can get that hard to remove liquid liner / waterproof makeup off in the jiffy. The one thing I notice about this one is that even with ‘Oil- Free’ front and center, this actually has a very oily/ greasy feel after use. It’s not a huge deal, but not really a comfortable feeling either.
NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
Next up is the NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. I bought this on a whim when I was in a NYX freestanding store one day. It’s around the same price at $10 CAD but the bottle is much smaller than the Neutrogena at 80 mL compared to 162 mL (massive difference). I’ll start by saying I don’t recommend this at all. I found that it just didn’t work as well as the other two. I found myself rubbing quite hard to get liquid liner and eyeshadow off which is DEFINITELY not good for the sensitive eye area. I feel like I’ll finish this up using it on my lips so I can be a big more generous on the rubbing. Save your money and don’t bother with this one.
Last but not least is Marcelle Instant Eye Makeup Remover Waterproof Oil Free. This is the most expensive option at around $15 CAD. I would say this definitely gets the job done. I don’t feel myself tugging or pulling to remove stubborn eye makeup, and it doesn’t leave a greasy feel to they eyes which is great. The only thing is the price differential on this one. Is the feeling of a non-greasy eye worth $5? You can be the judge of that I guess.
I would say that Neutrogena and Marcelle both are kind of tied for me. Even though Neutrogena gives that greasy feel, the price on it is much better than the Marcelle. Both work well though and I felt all my makeup was removed.
The NYX one was a dud unfortunately! I don’t say that a lot with NYX just because I think they’re one of the strongest drugstore brands around, but this unfortunately wasn’t up to snuff!
Do you have any eye makeup removers that you swear by? Any recos for me?
If there’s one thing that gets the makeup world racing it’s a collaboration. Another thing that people love is JLo becuase….JLo. Inglot, one of my favourite brands, released yesterday a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez! When I started to see the press pictures coming out before the launch I was blown away. The line seemed to totally represent her and speak to her brand. I was fortunate enough to attend an early sneak peek of the collection earlier this week and we were given a few treats to try out! Here’s my first impressions of a few items!
A bit about the collection first. The Inglot – Jennifer Lopez collaboration was apparently a 2 year endeavour (crazy, I know!) between the brand and the superstar. JLo had walked into an Inglot store in Oxford England and was enamoured by the brand. JLo was apparently extremely active in the production of this (I believe) 70 piece collection. She designed the packaging, and was in the lab testing formulas. This labour of love definitely shows through, the collection is stunning.
One of the things that caught my eye first was the packaging. Everything is in a sleek matte black packaging with copper highlights. The lipstick bullet feels significant and luxe. The eyeshadows have the stylized JL logo on it which is so pretty! The only thing is that the matte black lids with definitely get dirty! I’m super messy with my makeup and that sleek-ness will only stay pristine for so long!
Deep Amethyst – Taupe
I received two eyeshadows ($16 CAD) to try out. These are the same pan size as a regular Inglot shadow that can be popped into a magnetic palette or in their own freedom system (the collection includes JLo branded empty palettes which look super sleek).
One colour is Taupe (shadow on the right) which is a sparkly taupe-y brown. It leans a bit copper just because of the sparkles.
The other colour I have is Deep Amethyst (shadow on the left) which is a deep plum metallic. This one doesn’t have has much glitter as Taupe, but still definitely shiny!
Both shadows are pretty and decently original in my collection. Taupe is interesting because when you think of taupe as a colour, it’s mostly used as a crease colour as it’s usually neutral and matte. This shadow has the taupe undertone, but definitely has a bit of spunk too!
Pure Pigment Eyeshadow
The colour I have is Ethereal ($26 CAD) which is a stunning copper-cranberry- gold. A pretty and unique mix. The Pure Pigment Eyeshadows in general pack a stunning punch. I don’t have any in my collection, but I’ve played around with them. Loose pigments can get messy for sure, but with a brush or your fingers, you can play around with how intense you want the colour or if you just want more of a glittery overlay! Stunning!
The lipsticks in this collection I think will appeal to a lot of people because there are a lot of nudes or my-lips-but-better colours. The one I got was Dolce ($26 CAD) which is a surprisingly orange-leaning creamy nude. As mentioned, I love the packaging on this. The bullet is sleek with the JL logo inscribed on the lipstick. Wearing this for an evening felt amazing. The formula is creamy and did not dry out my lips at all!!
I saved the heavy hitter for last. When this collection was announced I was particularly excited to see the glow products. Seeing them at the event preview, they did not disappoint! I received Livin’ the Highlight ($29 CAD) which is actually the first product I swatched at the event (and was on my Instagram story). If you are okay with loose highlighter, I think you NEED THIS. This highlighter gives the PERFECT buttery, slick and shimmery sheen that I just want to bathe in. The powder is milled very finely and leaves it’s incredible mark.
Taupe – Deep Amethyst – Ethereal – Dolce – Livin’ the Highlight
Here are the swatches which do come off a bit different than in the pan/tube. Taupe and Deep Amethyst look surprisingly similar. The glitter didn’t come off too much in the swatch, but looking in real life you can tell it’s there (not like a glitter bomb or anything though). If there are things you’re looking at in the collection, I recommend going in store (if you can) to swatch some things out. Just from my experience with the products I have, the packaging wasn’t necessarily a true representation of what it looks like on the skin.
JLo x Inglot Look
I created a look with all the products I got. The only things that aren’t Inglot are actually brows.
Disney is one of my favourite places. I’ve now been to Disney World three times in the last five years which is quite a bit in my opinion. I wouldn’t say I’m a complete fanatic, but I definitely enjoy everything about the parks, characters, and rides. I have a more wholesome planning post that I wrote from my last trip here. Disney parks are always full experiences and when I go, I do a lot of other things along with the traditional rides you think of at a theme park. Here are my top things to do other than go on rides at Disney World!
One of the top things to do at Disney parks are to do meet and greets. There are tons of different characters all over the park. Some of the more popular characters such as Mickey, Minnie, etc. may have places they stay at all day long. Other characters you can only find at special events (such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) or you can also see them at character dining experiences. I would say I enjoy meeting characters, but I’m not gonna wait in a long line for one. I’ve done a lot of meet and greets that i’ve only had to wait 15 minutes or so. It’s all about timing.
If you have young ones, this might be more of a pull. If character meeting will be a bigger part of your trip, you could try and fast pass them (I personally would never use my first allocation of fast passes on a character meet) or you can look into a character dining experience!
Tip is to bring a thick sharpie so a character in a full costume can sign a bit easier. The character attendants should have have lots of markers on hand too if you forget yours! Characters can actually sign anything and not just an autograph book. I’ve gotten a giant button signed from Parkbound Buttons, I saw a girl getting a denim jacket signed which was super cool. You can definitely be creative!
Epcot Scavenger Hunts
During this most recent trip, Epcot’s annual Flower and Garden festival was happening. This festival is incredible in general, but there’s also a lot of fun extra things you can do. We did Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration! scavenger hunt. For $5.99 USD, you’re given a map and you have to find Spike (the little bee) in different flower gardens throughout the park. This is an awesome way to see all the amazing festival set up. The hunt was actually quite a challenge, there were a few that we couldn’t find!
Even if you don’t finish the map (we were determined though!) you can hand it in to one of the souvenir shops and get a choice of sew on patches! A super cute souvenir that we worked for!
Throughout the year Epcot has a few festivals (Food and Wine, Festival of the Arts, etc.) that you can do scavenger hunts with. We had a ball doing this one (even in the rain) so I would highly recommend!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Game
This is one of the coolest things you can do in the Magic Kingdom. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive card game that you play throughout the park. You can get a pack of cards for free at the Firehouse on Main Street. Using your magic band, you open up ‘portals’ around the park. You use the cards to defeat baddies and finish the questions. They have three different difficulty levels. The easiest you can use whatever spell you want, but as the difficulty gets higher, you have to use specific spells.
This game is super fun, but a full game takes a good couple of hours. I wouldn’t do this instead of a ride, but I think it provides a great way to walk the park. We usually do this on our second day of the Magic Kingdom!
A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasure of the Seven Seas Scavenger Hunt
This is another scavenger hunt you can do only in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. This one is interesting as after you do two maps (they probably only take half an hour at max each), they give you a fast pass for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! This one can get a bit busy since all the scavenger points are mostly in the gift shop. It’s still a really fun way to get a fast pass!
Last but not least is Pin Trading! This is one hobby that I never got into on prior visits, but I started looking into it for this trip. I did quite a bit of research before the trip, which was both good and bad. Pin Trading is essentially the trading of disney enamel pins with (mostly) cast members. What my research yielded before the trip was that pretty much 90% of the pins that are traded in the park are fakes. People buy massive amounts of fakes on eBay and trade them in the parks. This was so unfortunate to hear and I ended up getting kind of obsessive over trying to figure out if the pins I was trading for were fake or not (a lot were really hard to tell!).
I ended up just trading for pins that I liked. I did always ask to examine them to see if they were obvious fakes. I came back with quite a hefty collection which I’m happy with! It gives me a bit of unease though not knowing if the pins are fake or not (other than the ones I bought). These thoughts take a bit of the fun out of it! The pins are still super cool and I love each one of them!
And there’s my overview on some fun things to other than the rides when you’re at Disney World! If you have any questions, I’d be happy to discuss!