Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ripley's Aquarium

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This is a different kind of post for me, but a few weeks ago I visited the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto for my first time and I thought I'd share some photos I took! I had been wanting to the Ripley's Aquarium since it first opened last year and I'm so glad I finally went! I went when my friend from Ohio was visiting and it was such a fun way to spend an afternoon. There was so much to see (and take photos of) and I would definitely recommend going if you live in the area and haven't gone! My personal favourite part were the jellyfish!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Julep Maven Box July 2014 Box

Julep Maven July 2014 Box Swatches Julep Maven July 2014 Box Swatches Yes, I know it's a little late to be posting my July Julep Maven box, and I considered just not posting about it, but I ended up really loving everything in this month's box, so better late than never right?! The theme of this month's box is the Poolside Collection. I got the Classic With a Twist box which included the Bare Body Milk, and two nail polishes in the shades Vicki and Kelsey. Both polishes are a creme finish, which is my favourite nail polish finish. 

Vicki is a bright warm pink. The formula of this polish is wonderful, and applies opaque in only 1 coat! I've also been wearing this on my fingers and toes for a while now and it's quite chip-resistant! Kelsey is a bright peach creme and it's such a nice alternative to a nude polish. The Bare Body Milk is a wonderful and moisturizing body lotion. It's thinner than most body lotions I've used but it still is highly moisturizing and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky.

Overall this has been one of my favourite Julep boxes to date! I really loved all the products I recieved!

Monday, August 4, 2014

OPI Coca Cola Collection Swatches

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On my recent trip to America I picked up this OPI set of the Coca Cola collection! I had my eye on quite a few shades from this collection so I thought this set would be a great way to try out most of the collection! The collection has 9 shades and I got minis of 8 of the polishes in this set, along with OPI's Nail Envy and Top Coat. In the swatches I applied two coats of each polish. The cremes in this collection are the stand-out polishes to me as they all swatched beautifully and are just wonderful colours. Another impressive shade is My Signature Is "DC", the silver foil polish. Overall my favourites from the line are Coca-Cola Red, Sorry I'm Fizzy Today, and Get Cherried Away.

Have you bought any polishes from this collection? Tell me your favourites in the comments below!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Big USA Beauty Haul! (Ulta, Sephora, Target, B&BW, etc.!)

Big USA Beauty Haul
Hi everyone! So the week of July 14-21 I was in America visiting a friend and we ended up doing quite a bit of shopping. I also got to go to Ulta for my first time (we went to 3 actually) which was so exciting for me!! I thought I'd share the beauty things (plus a few extra items) that I bought!

I'll start off with the things I bought at Ulta! One of the things I knew I 100% wanted to buy on my trip was the Lorac Pro Palette. Lorac used to be sold in Sephora stores (and in Canada) but now Lorac is only at Ulta I believe, so I finally got to buy it! I was tempted to buy the new Lorac Pro 2 Palette but I restrained myself. At Ulta they were selling a 2-pack of travel-sized bottles of Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray and since I had never tried a setting spray but wanted to, my friend and I split on the 2-pack so we each got a little bottle of it. Something else I wanted and ended up buying at Ulta was the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak. I own the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in the shade Streak so I thought it'd be nice to get the corresponding cheek palette and I've really been enjoying it so far! I also got some nail polish at Ulta. I really wanted to try quite a few shades from the new OPI Coca Cola collection so I ended up buying the OPI 10 Pack of Style of the Coca Cola Collection. This pack includes 8 of the shades from the collection, as well as OPI's base coat and top coat. Another couple of polishes I bought which I found in the clearance section were Urban Decay Nail Polish in Blackheart and OPI I Sing in Color from the Gwen Stefani line.

Now, onto my Sephora purchases! A new product I wanted to keep my eye out for in Sephora was the Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick range. I ended up finding 5 or 6 of the shades on a display for sale and ended up buying one! I got the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Backstage Bambi. This lipstick is gorgeous but I'll be doing a separate post all about it! At Sephora I also found the Sephora Formula X The Twenty-Two Nail Polish set which includes 22 mini bottles of the Formula X polishes! As a nail polish junkie I couldn't resist this at over 50% off. I also hadn't tried the Formula X polishes yet so this is such a great way to try a bunch of them!

The rest of the items here are from a few different places. At Target I bought a new ELF Eyebrow Kit in Medium as it's my favourite product to use on my brows and I'm nearly out of the current one I'm using. I also found this cork ampersand at Target and as a design nerd and ampersand collector I couldn't resist it! At a CCO we went to on our first day of shopping I found this MAC Nail Polish in Double Trouble from the Spring 2013 Archie's Girls collection. I was so excited to find something from this collection!! We of course also went to Bath & Body Works and I had a gift card to spend there so I bought two 3-wick candles in the scents Coastal Sun and Turquoise Waters. One thing I forgot to photograph (because it was already in my bathroom) was a bottle of It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product which I picked up at Nordstrom Rack. And last but not least, on our layover back to Toronto we were at Laguardia Airport in New York and I had to get an I <3 NY mug!

I hope you enjoyed looking at/reading about all the items I picked up! I'm considering making a post with some photos of my trip so let me know if that's something you might want to see!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

July Favourites 2014

July Beauty Favourites 2014
Hey guys! I've had quite a month. About half-way through the month I travelled to Ohio to visit my internet best friend and after a week there we both came back to Canada where she stayed with me for a week! So needless to say I went two weeks without blogging. But I have a bunch of posts lined up for August already so I'll be back in the swing of things! This month I don't have a ton of beauty favourites but I thought I'd share with you some things I've loved throughout July!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s Camera / I've had this instant camera since last summer but I had only used it a couple of times. I ended up using it a few times during the month and it was just fun to use! I definitely plan on getting more use out of this because I love the cute instant photos it takes!

Julep Vicki / I got this nail polish in my July Julep Maven box (post coming soon!) and it's just the most beautiful bright pink creme. I've had this colour on my toes for over a week now and it has barely chipped which I'm really impressed by! And I painted it on my finger nails today and most of my nails were fully opaque with just 1 coat! 

MAC Kelly Yum Yum Lipstick / This has been my go-to bright lip colour for the month of July. It's such a beautiful vibrant fuchsia! Also I love the lilac packaging.

Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye & Cheek Palette / This is a palette I got last summer as part of the Aqualillies for Tarte collection and it has honestly been a favourite for this entire summer so far. It has a full-sized Amazonian Clay blush, a bronzer, a highlight, and 6 eye shadows that are all perfect for summer. I brought this on my trip as well since it's a great all-in-one travel palette! Tarte actually has just released another palette in this format for Fall 2014 and I definitely want to get my hands on it!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette / I have talked about this palette on my blog so many times before but it's honestly my most-used eye shadow palette. This is the only other eye shadow I brought on my trip besides the Tarte palette and I probably used just this palette for 5 of the 7 days. It's just perfect in every way!

ELF Shine Eraser / These are just oil blotting sheets I got in an ELF order a while back. Over the past few weeks I've been spending a lot of long days outside and these are great to blot away any oil that's going on in my T-zone! Especially in the summer I want to refrain from applying any more powder to my face to get rid of oily spots, so these blotting sheets have been fantastic!!

Boostcase / This is a battery charging case for my iPhone I picked up before I went on my trip! It holds an extra 150% battery for your phone and it comes with a simple iPhone case to keep on your phone that the battery case attaches to whenever you want to boost your battery! This has been a lifesaver for the past few weeks and now I can't imagine not having it!

Those are all my favourites for the month of July! What were some of your favourites?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Current Skincare Favourites

Current Summer Skincare Favourites
I've always been quite lazy with skincare but lately I've tried quite a few new products that really seem to be working for me and I've really been enjoying using them so I thought I'd share! I've struggled with acne and frequent breakouts since I was about 12 years old but right now I think my skin's looking the best it has since then! I also have combination skin - I'm oily through my T-zone but also get dry patches. 

One product I've been using for a couple of years are the Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes. I use these every single night to remove all of my makeup and they do a fantastic job! They're gentle enough to use around the eyes and they also don't break me out at all!

A more recent purchase of mine is the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub from The Body Shop. This is a gentle exfoliant that I use on my face 3-4 times a week in the shower. I find it easier to use exfoliators like this in the shower since my whole face is wet already anyways. The tea tree line from The Body Shop is really great for acne-prone skin and this scrub has been working wonderfully for keeping any breakouts at bay.

Another product that has been helping keep my skin clear of breakouts is the Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent. I use this astringent every morning and night and it has really helped to clear up my skin! It doesn't dry my skin out and helps to clear up any breakouts and also prevent new ones from happening.

As a fair-skinned girl, sun protection is definitely something not to be overlooked. Lately I've been using this L'Oreal Ideal Moisture Day Lotion for Normal Skin with SPF 25. I use this every morning after using the Biore astringent and before applying my foundation. It's nice and hydrating without making my skin oily and also protects my face from the sun!

Two spot treatments for acne that I've been enjoying lately are the LUSH Grease Lightning and The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel. Both of these products are tea tree oil-based spot treatments that help clear up existing breakouts and are also really gentle on the skin. In the past some spot treatments I've used have caused really dry patches on the skin but neither of these do that! I really like how the one from The Body Shop is packaged as well - it's in a tube with a doe foot applicator - so it's really easy to apply it to spots! I just apply one of these to my breakouts at night before bed and they help reduce or clear up the blemish by morning!

Lastly, my current night cream. I have been using the Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Zero Blemish Gel Cream. This, again, is an acne fighting moisturizer. This cream does have a thicker consistency so I prefer to apply this at night time. I love the feel of this on my skin, the gel cream has a wonderful smooth consistency, and it smells really fresh too! 

Have you tried any of these products before? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Products I've Used Up (#2)

Makeup Product Empties Products I've Used Up
I haven't done a "Products I've Used Up" post since June of last year so I think it's due time for another one! I've been saving these for a few months and thought I'd share my thoughts on them!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation: I finished this foundation quite a while ago. It was good but I prefer the original Colorstay foundation still. 
Repurchase? I probably wouldn't repurchase this one.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner: This is probably my favourite conditioner. It's so moisturizing and also smells amazing! My mom and sister love this conditioner too so I think it'll always be a staple in our household! 
Repurchase? Yes!

L'Oreal Color Radiance Detangling Spray: I've gone through 2 bottles of this detangler and I really enjoy it. I have thick and tangly hair and this makes brushing through it when it's wet so, so easy. I just spray it all over my hair after I wash it and I can get a brush through it so much easier.
Repurchase? I've been looking for it but I think it's been discontinued! I would stock up on it if I ever find it again though.

TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray: I've been using this heat protectant on and off for years. I really like how fine of a mist it sprays so I can easily spray it all throughout my hair without soaking my hair.
Repurchase? Probably!

Kirkland Daily Facial Towlettes: These have been pretty much the only makeup wipes I've been using for over a year. I use one of these wipes every night and it removes all of my makeup. I really love these!
Repurchase? Always!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I got these in a Simple kit I bought a while ago. I found them too unsaturated to remove all of my makeup so what I ended up using these for is removing swatches from my hands/arms whenever I swatched products for my blog photos! 
Repurchase? No

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Medium & Brunettes: I love Batiste Dry Shampoo. I like to wash my hair every other day and this helps keep my hair looking clean on the off days! I didn't find this to really have a tint to be more "brunette" than the original Batiste Dry Shampoos but it still worked well.
Repurchase? I already have!

ELF Wet Gloss Brow & Clear Mascara: This is a double-ended clear brow gel and clear mascara and I just use both sides for setting my brows! I find the formula to be the same on both sides, the only difference being slightly different shaped wands. I have quite unruly brows and this gel keeps them in place all day! And the best part? It's only $1!
Repurchase? Yes!

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation: I love this foundation. It has fantastic coverage, it has great staying power, and it has SPF 20! I feel like this is a foundation I'll continue using for years.
Repurchase? Already have!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation: This is my holy grail foundation. I'll always have a bottle of this in my makeup stash at all times. It has great coverage and amazing staying power. Lately I've enjoyed combining it with the Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation and that's been working great for me!
Repurchase? Already have!

Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent: I use this astringent every morning and night and it has really helped my skin out. I was using a Clean & Clear astringent for literally over 6 years before trying this one and I'm so glad I started using this Biore one because it has made such a difference.
Repurchase? Already have!

Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Creamy Body Wash: I bought this during the last semi-annual sale and finally got around to using it up! I really liked it! The scent was nice but not overpowering and it lathered really nicely as well.
Repurchase? Maybe!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White On / Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in Black Satin: I didn't technically use up these polishes but they were running low and starting to get goopy. These are my black and white nail polishes of choice and use them whenever I use black and white in my nail art too! They are both really rich and opaque and apply really nicely!
Repurchase? I already have repurchased both!

Have you ever tried any of the products I mentioned above? What did you think of them?