NAILS | Water Droplet Manicure #ManiMonday

Apologies to those of you this month who have been reading and wondering why the hell I've only been chatting skincare and nails, but I'm really trying to stick the the CBB theme and use it as a good excuse of getting through my face masks! As I get older, skincare will only become more and more important, but rest assured that I will only be showcasing skincare that is fun, weird and stuff I enjoy!

Today's manicure is something I initially wanted to try with cured clear gel top coat, but THEN when I was putting together my Julep Maven Box, I had space for one little thing and I selected these water droplet nail stickers.

Water Droplet Nail Art with CND Vinylux Eternal Midnight

SKINCARE | For Beloved Girl Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud Silk Mask

My boss asked me the other day at our staff dinner "Do you basically wear a mask every night?" and I had to respond with "Yes, yes I do". I actually time sheet masking with NOT washing my hair because I have a bit of a ritual when it comes to my hair and trying to get everything done at night in one fell swoop is actually a bit stressful which is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish when it comes to using a relaxing sheet mask!

Two years ago, Taiwanese brand For Beloved One officially launched in Canada through T&T supermarket with science-y skincare that made me quite happy. Last Spring, a little sister was born with the launch of For Beloved Girl - a collection of 6 cloud-silk masks targeting various skin concerns (focused away from anti-aging) for the younger 18-34 demographic at an affordable price point. I have all 6 masks to share with you, but I think it's less overwhelming to go through them one at a time. It's also easier for ME to keep track of any differences so let's start off with the Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud Silk Mask* (3 pcs/$12.99 CDN)

For Beloved Girl Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud Silk Mask

NAILS | Purple Glitter Gradient with Nicole by OPI

I have been seeing a couple of people post Nicole by OPI polishes and it reminded me of how much I missed this fun, often sparkly brand. They disappeared suddenly around 2014-2015, but I managed to keep up with collections and always grabbed a couple of shades when they went on sale along with a few collections through PR. One thing I loved about NOPI were the celebrity collaborations with everyone from Justin Bieber to Carrie Underwood to the Kardashians. The names of the polishes were always very tongue-in-cheek and the shades more adventurous than the usual OPI collections. I will slowly be making my way through the drawer of NOPIs that I have along with the Sephora by OPI polishes! 

MAKEUP | COVERGIRL Katy Kat Gloss aka A Crazy Cat Lady's Dream

I bought this because it had a cat on top. End review. Ha, I'm sure some of you would have been amused with such brevity! Many of you are crazy cat ladies like myself and when I saw these COVERGIRL Katy Kat Glosses with silver cat heads on top I just about lost my s***. Coming in 12 outlandish shades (for the most part), these high shine babies have been created in collaboration with Katy Perry that promise pigmentation and shine all with a smooth, hydrating feel. Most of the lip colours were just too strange for me to spend my money on, considering I have enough blues, greens and purples from NYX, so when they went on sale for Boxing Day at London Drugs I picked up the two most likely colours I would wear which were "Cateloupe" and "Purrple Paws". Good ones, right?

SKINCARE | Maskeraide Let's Face It Purifying Cleansing Stick with Red Beet

OMG guys, I feel like a lot of my Instastories feature the brand MaskerAide and I certainly do not feature this Canadian brand enough on the blog! In fact, I just used the Weather Warrior Sheet Mask during my "get away from the sick husband hotel stay" this past weekend and the smoothness I got in my skin without the use of silicones was amazing. We're not here today to talk about sheet masks though, but we are here to talk skincare because that's our topic of conversation at the CBB this month!

The newest innovation from MaskerAide is the Let's Face It Purifying Cleansing Stick* ($23.00 CDN) which is an oil-to-lather solid cleanser that not only cleanses the skin, but also removes makeup, nourishes and maintains the skin's pH level (I even have litmus proof!) using a blend of beet root, pink clay, rose petals and citrus oil. A stick cleanser is not something I have ever used, but I was definitely game to try it out!

Maskeraide Let's Face It Purifying Cleansing Stick with Red Beet

NAILS | Making Mondays Better One Nail at a Time #ManiMonday

Guys, I'm tired. Some of you may have seen on my Instagram stories yesterday that I did a bit of a crazy thing on Saturday night and booked a night in a hotel. My husband caught the flu over Christmas while visiting family in Montreal and though he is through the worst of it, he has that nagging man cough that has kept me on the couch since Dec.30th and awake for most of the night. I am a very light sleeper by nature which doesn't help and after falling asleep at the bus stop on the way to work Friday, I decided enough was enough and booked the weekend at Le Soleil in downtown Vancouver. I was working the whole weekend anyway so I pretty much paid $145 for a nice bed and uninterrupted sleep. Hubby understood why I needed to do this which was good and though I felt really guilty for doing it, I had a couple of people mention to me what a great idea this was. There is no making up for the last two weeks, but last night was much needed!

Essie On Your Mistletoes Swatch