Friday, 16 June 2017

May 2017 Empties

I'm a bit late sharing my May 2017 Empties, I hope you'll forgive me! :) These past few weeks have been absolutely insanely busy, I've been pulling 65 hour weeks at work, leaving me pretty exhausted. But all the craziness is worth it, because as you're reading this, I'll be in Portugal!

May 2017 Empties

Stila Lip Glaze in Amaretto - I love Stila's Lip Glazes, but there isn't very much product in these little tubes. I went through this gloss in about a month, and I didn't even wear it every day. Amaretto was a beautiful pinky nude colour. 

OPI Manicure Pedicure Papaya Pineapple Scrub  - This smelt so good! I kept this tube in the shower and mainly used it on my feet. Sadly OPI isn't cruelty free, so I won't be repurchasing.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist & Fix - I'm embarrassed to admit how long I've had this bottle for, so I won't! I've been using Skindinavia's setting sprays, which I absolutely love. I recent found a half empty bottle of this Mist & Fix lying around, and I challenged myself to use it up before it was no longer usable. This product is good, but there are better cruelty free options out there.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector - This is another product that's been hanging around in my stash for a while. lately I've been keeping this hand cream on my nightstand, and I've been using it every night before bed. I do find it a bit too heavy to use during the daytime, but it's great for night use!

Benefit Stay Don't Stray - Another product that I've had for years! May seemed to be the month of using up old products. This was an interesting product at first, but the more I used it recently, the more I realized I really didn't like it. It didn't help my concealer or eye shadow stay on for any longer than it normally would.

Unite 7 Seconds Condition Leave In Detangler - This was just a mini, but I absolutely loved it! I've been enjoying a few products from Unite lately, and this is one of their best sellers. Great for anyone with dry, damaged, or tangly hair!

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Cream Eye Shadow Stylo in Freshwater Pearl 02 - This was a great pinky beige cream shadow stick that I reached for daily because it works with so many different shadow palettes that I have. I'm sad to see it go!

Clarins Everlasting Foundation + SPF 15 - This foundation was quite nice! The shade Porcelain was a good match for my pale skin tone, and the formula offered a good amount of coverage without looking cakey.

May 2017 Empties

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Beach Bum - This was such a pretty nude lipstick, but unfortunately the full bullet broke off one day! I've heard of this happening to other people, so there must be an issue with the packaging/formula. 

Guinot Pure Balance Treatment Mask - This clay mask was nice, but it didn't wow me, so I won't be repurchasing.

Benefit Pinking of You - Oh man, this is another product that's been hanging around for way too long. I found this pink colour to be a bit too warm for my skin tone, which is why it took me oh so long to use it up (we're talking 5+ years!).

Green Earth Beauty Pink Lemonade Lip Scrub - I use a lip scrub every single night, otherwise my lips will peel and it's just not pretty. This lip scrub had a lovely lemonade scent to it, but it was just a scented sugar that I probably could have made myself.

MAC Syrup - A cult classic! This was a gorgeous berry nude shade, which I absolutely loved. Sadly, MAC is sold in China so it's not cruelty free, and therefore I won't be repurchasing.

May 2017 Empties

What products have you used up lately? Have you tried any of the products that I recently emptied?

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YOW ➡️ LIS

If you've been following me on Twitter or Instagram, then you'll likely already know that my husband and I are traveling to Portugal for 2 weeks! We are leaving tonight, and returning home to Ottawa just in time for the big Canada Day/150 events to take place. We've never been to Portugal before, and to be honest, I thought I was being somewhat unique when I booked our flights. However, Portugal seems to be the place to be this Summer, as I keep hearing about other people jetting off to Lisbon, Porto, or the Algarve. So, while this vacation might not be super unique, I'm still super excited to see what all the hype is about!

Packing for Portugal

So, if you have any recommendations on what we should do/see/eat while in Lisbon and Porto, please let me know in a comment below! In particular, I'm looking for good vegan restaurant recommendations (as always). I'm sure I'll be sharing a ton of photos from my travels on Instagram, and also in my Insta stories!

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Lush Father's Day Collection 2017

Father's Day is just days away, but if you still are scrambling for a last minute gift for dad, don't worry because Lush has you covered! Today I have three products to share with you from this years Father's Day Collection* from Lush. Let's just say that I've yet to meet a limited edition Lush collection that I haven't loved! 

Lush Father's Day Collection 2017

Superdad Bath Bomb ($8.95/150g) - I've used this bath bomb before, and I'm really happy that it was brought back this year! Sandalwood is the main scent in this bath bomb, making it great for both ladies and gents.

Lush Superdad Bath Bomb

Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub ($8.95/45g) - This facial scrub also includes notes of sandalwood, along with super fine bamboo granules to gently exfoliate. Fresh papaya also works to brighten your skin!

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

Lush Smuggler's Soul Facial Scrub

Smuggler's Soul Shampoo Bar ($16.95/55g) - Lush's shampoo bars are one of my favourite products from the brand. These bars are fantastic for travel, but they're also just great for everyday use. There's zero packaging, and the little puck sized bars last so long. This limited edition bar is scented with watercress, sandalwood, and rosewood. I do have to note that I find the price for this shampoo bar to be quite high - most of Lush's other bars of the same weight are around $10. 

Lush Smuggler's Soul Shampoo Bar

Will you be picking up any of Lush's limited edition products for dad (or for yourself)?

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection has been one of my favourites launches this year, and today I have their Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter* ($36 CAD) to share with you! I wear highlighter every day, but I normally reach for a powder formula. So, let's see how this golden shimmery cream stacks up!

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

I usually stay away from liquid highlighters because they have a tendency to move around your blush and foundation. Thankfully, this liquid formula from Tarte did not move around any of my other makeup, making it an instant winner in my books!

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

If you like golden highlights, then you need to check this one out, because it's stunning.  You can customize this highlighter to be as sheer or pigmented as you like. I like to add highlighter to the high points of my face - my cheekbones, down my nose, cupids bow, and my brow bones. The formula is actually infused with rose water, adding a boost of hydration to your skin. I just apply this highlighter with my fingers, but a sponge/beauty blender would also work. You can also mix this into your liquid foundation for a lit from within look. 

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid Highlighter

Isn't that glow just gorgeous?! I'm seriously impressed with this liquid formula - if you normally stay far away from liquids, I'd highly recommend giving this one a chance. 

Have you checked out Tarte's Make Believe In Yourself Collection yet? What are your favourite products from the collection?

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Max Mara Sunglasses

We are finally able to enjoy some nice sunny weather here in Ottawa, after a long and very rainy Spring. So, it's time to pull out your dresses, flip flops, sunscreen, and sunglasses. My newest pair of sunglasses are courtesy of SmartBuyGlasses, an online eyewear retailer offering countless designer brands. I picked out a beautiful pair of Max Mara full rim oval sunnies, and I can't wait to share them with you!

Max Mara Sunglasses

Max Mara Sunglasses

Max Mara Sunglasses

SmartBuyGlasses offers countless designer brands, including Ray Ban, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Tom Ford, and Versace. Although all of the glasses are designer, they're also available at affordable prices. To help you narrow down your search, SmartBuyGlasses has curated a Summer Gift Guide

Max Mara Sunglasses

Max Mara Sunglasses


These Max Mara sunglasses have a slight red tint to them, but they're also available in a few other colours, include black, white, and dark grey. I really love the oval shape on me, and oversized sunglasses are my go-to style. The arms are quite thin, adding a delicate and feminine edge to these glasses. 

Max Mara Sunglasses

Max Mara Sunglasses

Max Mara Sunglasses

These sunglasses will definitely be coming along with me to Portugal - we leave next week! So I'm sure that you'll be seeing these sunnies in a ton of travel pictures on Insta. Have you added a new pair of sunglasses to your wardrobe this Spring/Summer? Do you normally play it safe with sunglasses, or do you like to get expressive with your rims?

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