Monday, 16 January 2017

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

I've recently moved apartments, and my new home has a beautiful bath tub! My last apartment had your typical shallow tub that really wasn't that relaxing or enjoyable tbh. However, my new tub is absolutely beautiful, and now I'm wanting to take baths all the time! My first bath in this new glorious tub was with Lush's Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb, which is an online exclusive. 

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

"Find the spirit of the forest, dappled with mossy greens and soft with the shimmer of luster. Prickly on the senses at first, the scent of calming cypress and mystical oakmoss absolute will embrace you, drawing you into the bright, sunlit heart of this woodland bomb. It's packed with its very own forest protector: sustainably sourced and seriously intoxicating rosewood oil." - Lush

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

Lush's Guardian of the Forest is very aesthetically pleasing, with the leafy forest design. This bath bomb has a unisex scent to it, and it's not as strongly scented compared to the majority of Lush's products. As the name would suggest, Guardian of the Forest has a slightly woodsy scent to it, thanks to cypress and oakmoss absolute. 

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

This bath bomb fizzed away fairly quickly, fully dissolving in about 10 minutes. I absolutely loved the deep green colour that this bomb turned my bath - very relaxing and calming. There is a slight shimmer in this bath bomb, but I didn't find that the glitter clung to my skin at all. 

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

Lush Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb

Overall, this bath bomb was very relaxing, but I do wish that the scent was a bit stronger. If you are someone that enjoys gentle fragrances, then this would be a wonderful option. This is also a great unisex bath bomb, and would make a great gift for any man in your life!

What's your favourite Lush bath bomb?

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners

It's been a while since I've used any Buxom makeup (I used to be obsessed with their lip polishes!), so I was really excited when a sneak peak of their new Plumpline Lip Liners* arrived in my mailbox! These lip liners are jumbo sized, so they can also be used to fill in your lips with full coverage & a matte finish. Each liner also has a lip brush on one end of the pencil, which allows you blend, contour, and define. I was sent 6 of the 20 new shades, so let's get right into the swatches!

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners

These pencils come sharpened, and you will need a jumbo sharpener to keep the tip sharp since they sadly aren't retractable or auto sharpening. The lip brush is quite soft and does help to blend out the colour, although I don't think that it's a feature that I will find myself using all that often. I find the pencil quite easy to use on it's own, as I can get line my lips and also fill them in fairly quickly even without the brush. These lip liners wear really well, and they don't transfer all that easily. You can definitely pair them with other lipsticks as you would with traditional lip liners, but I think that these are best worn on their own. 

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Restricted

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Undercover

Restricted is a beautiful deep coral shade that I think would work well year round. This colour applied evenly and wore well throughout the day.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Restricted

Stealth is a pale nude colour with pink undertones. I found this colour to be flattering on my pale skin tone - I was actually surprised to find that it didn't wash me out! 

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Stealth

Intrigue is a pale peach colour that's pretty but it does unfortunately apply a bit patchy. When I tried to even out the colour with the brush, the brush almost washed the colour away completely. This colour also clung to any dry patches of skin, so you're definitely going to want to exfoliate your lips before using this colour. 

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Intrigue

Stakeout is a bold, vampy wine colour. As is the case with a lot of vampy lipsticks, this one from Buxom did take a bit of time and effort to blend out nicely and to appear as even as possible. If you're in a rush or on the go, I wouldn't recommend Stakeout as a quick application does look patchy.

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Stakeout

Dolly Danger is surprise, surprise, my favourite shade out of the bunch! I'm just such a sucker for dusty pinks! 

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Dolly Danger

Undercover is a brown brick colour that has great pigmentation. This isn't a shade that works particularly well with me pale skin tone, but I'm sure that it would look great on a lot of people. 

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Undercover

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner Swatches

Overall, I think that at $20 each these are a great lip liner/lip stick all in one product. All shades that I tried had great pigmentation, wore well, and felt nice on my lips. However, a few shades applied patchy, and I wasn't a huge fan of the brush. I still do think that these are a nice product, and I don't have anything quite like it in my collection. If you're someone that struggles to find matching lipsticks and liners, then Buxom's new Plumpline Lip Liners would be a great option for you! 

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Resolutions & Goals

Long time no talk! My husband and I moved this month (still in Ottawa, just to a different apartment), and the holiday season was busier than ever! But I really want to get back into blogging in 2017, and there's no better time to start than New Year's Day, right? 

Last year I shared my New Year's Resolutions, and I have to say that I stuck to quite a few of them! I shared quite a few What I Ate In A Day posts, I went completely cruelty free, traveled to Japan, and I stopped drinking Coke (and all other pop) entirely. However, there were a few goals that I didn't quite accomplish, including getting in shape, reading more, and oil-pulling (I got over that fad pretty quickly). I've been thinking for the past few weeks about what I want to accomplish in 2017, and I thought I'd share my resolutions and goals with you today (putting these goals out there helps me to stay accountable!). 

1. Scuba Diving Lessons

Yes, you read that right! I've been thinking about getting scuba certified for at least 6 years now, yet I always find an excuse to delay taking lessons. It seems like every year I look at the course schedule at the same school, but 2017 will be the year that I actually take the leap (or dive). 

Scuba Diving

2. Fall in Love with Reading Again

I used to be such an avid reader, but then university killed my passion for reading. I'm trying to start reading again for fun, as I do still enjoy it. Right now I'm reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein which my mother in law lent to me, and I'm really enjoying it so far! My goal is to read at least one book a month, so if you have any book recommendations please send them my way!

The Art of Racing in the Rain

3. Interior Decorating

We just moved into a really nice apartment, and I'm inspired to put effort into interior decorating for the first time ever. Our last apartment was definitely a starter, and we didn't plan on being there for too long, so I never took the time to do it up nicely. However now I find myself getting scouring the city for the perfect throw pillows and blankets to complete my living room aesthetic! 

4. Get Organized

This goal goes along with the last one. I really want to keep my new home clean, organized, and welcoming. I'm the type of person that works well in organized chaos, but I know that it drives my husband crazy. This year I'm really going to make an effort to do my fair share of the cleaning around the apartment, since I know that my husband will really appreciate it. 

5. Continue to Travel 

I think that this one will always be a goal of mine. My husband and I enjoy travelling so much, and we make it a priority to travel internationally at least once a year. My top travel destinations for 2017 are Portugal, Poland, Denmark, and Finland. I also want to take a few weekend getaways this year, whether it be to Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, etc. 

Married Couple Harajuku Tokyo
My husband and I in Harajuku, Tokyo

Have you set out any resolutions for 2017? If so, I'd love to hear about them, so we can keep each other motivated and on track! I think the key to being successful with your resolutions and goals is to be realistic. Don't overwhelm yourself, and you should be just fine! 

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas 2016 Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you're still trying to find a gift for someone on your list today I'll be sharing my Christmas 2016 Gift Guide! This guide contains everything from stocking stuffers to gift sets, keep reading for gift giving inspiration!

Stocking Stuffers

Sephora Collection Cat Nap Sleep Mask* ($18) - I'm someone that can't sleep unless it's pitch black, so a sleep mask is essential. This cat sleep mask is just too adorable!

Sephora Collection Cat Nap Sleep Mask

Dew Puff Konjac Sponge* - I've reviewed these sponges before, but I think that they make such great stocking stuffers! Konjac is widely used in Japan, and is now become more popular in the Western world. Konjac has a natural ability to break down dirt and promote circulation, while also being delicate to the skin.

Dew Puff Konjac Sponge

Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Lash Curler* ($23) - Beauty tools like this make such great stocking stuffers, and I love how glittery this one is!

Sephora Collection Sparkle & Shine Lash Curler

Simons Wire Ball Earrings ($12) - I bought these for myself last week, and I've been wearing them every single day! I don't own anything like these, and I think that they're absolutely perfect for the holiday season. They're also available in silver. 

Simons Wire Ball Earrings

Makeup Bags

Sephora Collection Leave A Little Sparkle Wherever You Go Clutch* ($23) - This makeup bag is just adorable! It's large but slim, so it wouldn't take up much space in your luggage if you wanted to take it travelling.

Sephora Collection Leave A Little Sparkle Wherever You Go Clutch

Sephora Collection The Universalist Sparkle & Shine Bag* ($61) - Made with vegan leather, this makeup bag is large enough to carry all of your beauty essentials, and then some!

Sephora Collection The Universalist Sparkle & Shine Bag

Gift Sets

Sephora Collection Lash Story Deluxe Lash Set* ($156) -
This online exclusive contains a total of 10 pairs of lashes and 2 mini tubes of lash adhesive. These lashes are all made with 100% human hair, and are cruelty free.

Sephora Collection Lash Story Deluxe Lash Set

Sephora Collection Lash Story Deluxe Lash Set

Tatcha Bestsellers Set* ($72) - An exclusive four-piece set of bestsellers that offers a timeless beauty ritual to reveal brighter, smoother, baby-soft skin. This collection of highly effective products offers a ritual to purify, polish, and nourish skin for today's beauty lovers.

Tatcha Bestsellers Set

Kat Von D Hello Canada! Set* ($45) - A limited-edition, Canada exclusive set with Kat Von D's favorite products—all loaded into a large vegan leather makeup bag.

Kat Von D Hello Canada! Set

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set* - This set includes 8 mini Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in a wide range of colours. It's the perfect way to expand your lipstick collection!

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set

Lelo The Intent Gift Set For Her* ($269) - This one's for those of us 18+, and I think that it's a fun, sexy gift for your girlfriend, wife, or for yourself. 

Lelo The Intent Gift Set For Her

Lelo The Intent Gift Set For Her

First Aid Beauty Winter Skin Savers* ($47) - A four-piece set of skin care essentials that offers classic and limited-edition flavors that will save your skin from winter’s woes.

First Aid Beauty Winter Skin Savers

First Aid Beauty FAB Beautique* ($60) - A five-piece collection of skin care essentials to help you achieve a more hydrated and youthful-looking complexion this holiday season and beyond.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Minis Kit* ($25) - A must-have, giftable duo featuring two luxurious hand creams for head-to-toe hydration.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Minis Kit

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object Of Desire Face and Eye Palette* ($86) - An exclusive palette for the face and eyes with a blush, bronzer, a limited-edition luminizer, and six sumptuous eye shadows. All wrapped up in a Marc Jacobs’ metallic gold, vegan patent leather case. Zipped with a swinging tassel, this pouch is so luxe it could double as an evening bag.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object Of Desire Face and Eye Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object Of Desire Face and Eye Palette

I hope I've given you some Christmas gift ideas with this last minute gift guide! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I still have a few gifts that I need to pick up, but I did manage to get most of my shopping done somewhat early this year!

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Ole Henriksen Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set

There are so many incredible skin care sets available this holiday season! Skincare sets are the perfect way to try out multiple products from a brand, without having to splurge for full size products. Today I have Ole Henriksen's Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set* to share with you, which is currently on sale for $59 CAD (regularly $72, with a value of $121!). 

Ole Henriksen Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set

This gift set includes: 

- 10 x The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths
- 1.5 oz/ 45 mL African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Truth Serum Collagen Booster
- 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Sheer Transformation®
- 0.25 oz/ 7.4 mL Ultimate Lift™ Eye Gel
- 0.14 oz/ 4 mL Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask
- 5 oz/ 141 g Run N' Buff Salt Scrub
- Power Bright

Ole Henriksen Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set

The box that this set comes packaged in is quite nice, although you'll probably still want to wrap it up if you're gifting it to someone this holiday season. I've tried a few of these products before - the African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser & The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths are both fantastic products! In addition to a complete facial skin care regime, this gift set also includes a body scrub that smells absolutely incredible. This set really does have you covered from head to toe! 

Ole Henriksen Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set

If you're wanting to try out a new cruelty free skincare brand, or if you're looking for the perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list, then I'd definitely recommend checking out Ole Henriksen's Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set! This is a limited edition set for the holidays, so be sure to pick yours up before they're gone for good!

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