MAKEUP | Misting, Setting and Refreshing with Pixi Beauty

Now, that we officially have our summer heat wave I have been misting whenever I get the chance and after spraying myself enough times, I feel like a bit of a "spray connoisseur" and we all know that not all mists are created equally so let's get to what I loved and maybe feel should be improved upon when it comes to these Pixi Beauty Mists

Pixi Beauty Mist Review

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KBEAUTY | Holika Holika Gold Caviar Foil Mask

This week has felt incredibly tiring mainly because I am not used to getting up at 6am for work and coming home 11 hours later. I am a night owl so even trying to force myself to sleep earlier means falling asleep at 1am. I had my new crown put in on Tuesday with no freezing (I just hate how long it takes for the effects to wear off) and trotted off to work right away so that I could have my day off later this week FULLY to myself. Today was a hellish day at work with a VERY rushed inventory that had all of us in at 7:45am until 7pm! We were all total zombies by the end and by the time I left work, I wanted to eat, sleep and vomit all at the same time. It was just a FANTASTIC feeling.

I know I have been taking my sheet mask game VERY seriously this last month and this week I have really found myself looking forward to the pamper time. Even though I have a schedule in place for which sheet masks to wear on each day in my bullet journal (for realz), I deviated from the plan this week because I REALLLLY wanted to try the Holika Holika Gold Foil Mask ($5 USD)!

HAIR | Matrix Professional Total Results Re-Bond Collection + Giveaway!

July is always an exciting month for my little blog because I tend to save a lot of my giveaways for the month of my birthday! It's just a month-long celebration that I think everyone should be a part of! I didn't think all of you would love the sheet mask giveaway as much as you did and it's definitely going to be something I will do again!

Other than skincare, I seem to spend a lot of time on my hair. The colour-treated aspect has turned me into a bit of hair product fiend and since my hair is so sensitive to product I can't use anything that will kill it which believe it or not, hasn't been hard to do! For the last month I have been using the Matrix Professional Total Results Re-Bond line and it has definitely been working wonders!

Matrix Professional Total Results Re-Bond Collection

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NAILS | A Touch of Gold #CBBxManiMonday

I got VERY little done today with regards to the blog and ended up going to Homesense instead to get a pot and a new cutting board. I was so tired waking up and then I got obsessed with logging my sheet masks into an Excel spreadsheet which has taken 2 hours so far and I am nowhere near to being done yet. It's actually a super fun organizational product that will make a nice little mask database for me! This week's CBB theme is "Gold Accents" and because this was such an open-ended theme, I decided to give nail vinyls with a gradient another go after falling in love with the mermaid scale gradient I did a few weeks ago. 

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SKINCARE | belif Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask with Melfie

Ever since I went through my sheet masks last week and discovered that I had enough to mask a small army, I decided enough was enough. I needed to take my sheet masking MUCH more seriously! It looks like I mask every night, but I really only started masking 4-5 times a week last month when I realized that many of my sheet masks were close to expiring (I use mine well passed the expiration date with no issues). I also started keeping track of Empties last month which gave me even more motivation to devour my sheet masks and truly make them a part of my skincare routine. I used to think sheet masking was for the leisure life, but even just using gel eye patches in the mornings while getting ready has been helpful in mentally getting ready for the day in addition to some bonus skincare!

belif Aqua Bomb Sheet Mask Review

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EXPERIENCE | Visiting Steveston and My Much Cooler Momma!

As some of you know, I took a staycation last week to celebrate my birthday on Canada Day and do some major cleanup of the Beauty Room. I also had a crown done which made me very grumpy as even today my gums are still sore from the procedure. In addition to all of the things I HAD to do, I also decided it was time for my husband and I to take a day out in Steveston, Richmond which is where TV show "Once Upon a Time" and the new Power Rangers movie were shot (FYI!). I don't often visit Richmond as I despise driving in the area and by transit, Steveston is exactly 1.5 hours of Seabus, Skytrain and Bus. It's a trek, but we had one goal in mind and that was to finally visit my mom's store - Steve's Board & Apparel Shop

NAILS | Marimekko x Clinique Inspired #CBBxManiMonday

It feels like only yesterday that I was typing up my Canada Day ManiMonday and now we are FULL ON into July which seems ridiculously fast! Earlier this evening I had this sudden pang of "Oh God, holiday collections will be showcased in August!" The summer is just so short and I feel like I have so much planned and so little time to do it in -like finding the perfect lounge chair for the balcony or trying to find time to go to the beach! My body has not seen a bikini in 2 seasons now because I've just been either busy at work or busy at home. I am hoping that this year will be different!

This week's CBBxManiMonday theme is "Inspired by Packaging" and I immediately thought of the packaging from the Clinique Pop Splash Lip Gloss in the shade Juicy Apple* which is part of the Marimekko x Clinique collaboration!

Clinique Marimekko Pop Splash Nail Art

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LIPS | DECIEM Abnomaly Petrowhat? Lip and Skin Ointment #CanadianBeautyMonth

Deciem is one of those companies that both scares and excites me because of its focus on innovation. There are constantly new products coming out as well as new formulations of existing products. I also get scared that products I have come to love will be swapped out for newer ones, but so far my heart hasn't been broken yet. While I am fully aware of the social media situation that has been happening with Brandon and Deciem, that is not what this post is about. I think their products are unique and refreshing so I will continue to use and feature them for anyone who is interested!

DECIEM Abnomaly Petrowhat? Lip and Skin Ointment Review

FAVOURITES | My Current Top 7 Lip Balms

I have forgotten how much fun it is to do round-ups! They are quite liberating and let's face it guys, do you REALLY want to read a WHOLE post about one little lip balm? Unless the lip balm is glittery, bubbles or changes colour, I dunno if I'd even be that interested in writing the damn post! Originally, I had just five lip balms to share with you, but I couldn't decide on just five. Since the beauty world likes odd numbers for favourites (hello numbers 1, 5, 11 or 13!) I have upped the number of favourite lip balms to lucky number seven!

Favorite Lip Balms Review

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NAILS | Picture Polish Imperial Swatch

Now that I have been so focus on CBBxManiMondays, I haven't really gone back to just swatches of cool polishes that I have in my nail polish collection, but since I am on vacation I will spoil myself with doing my nails 3x in one week! I hesitated though because a big reason for my taking vacation is to massively clean and declutter the beauty room which has now bled over into the bedroom and living room. I just really want my life back so I'm slowing down a bit on accepting press samples and really working on blogging about what I think is interesting to me (and you!) and hasn't been talked about to death. You will notice that while I talk about brands, I don't talk about brands like Benefit, Too Faced or even Urban Decay even though I actively use their products. I figure you guys have seen swatches, reviews and enough talk about them that you don't need to hear more. Or do you? Anyway, I digress so let's get back to the matter at "hand" - the polish!

SKINCARE | Plant Powered Graydon Skincare #CanadianBeautyMonth

I like detailed skincare routines because I like trying new things in addition to the basic skincare ABCs of: cleaner, toner, serum and moisturizer, but there is something refreshing about no nonsense skincare where the ingredients are minimal, clean and effective. Graydon was one of those sexy, minimalist green skincare brands that had been on my radar to try last year, but skincare is now one of those things that I am careful about purchasing because I don't want it to go bad before I have gotten to it! Especially with green beauty, preservatives are at a low so they are really best used fresh. When Graydon reached out to me a few months ago to let me try a few things, I was for one, thrilled and two, selective about what I chose as I wanted the items to be things that I could build an actual routine around. After 7 weeks of use, I am not surprised that the brand and products lived up to my expectations and have gotten me interested in trying MUCH more!

Graydon Skincare Review

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SKINCARE | Nannette de Gaspe Restorative Techstile Masque for the Eyes #CanadianBeautyMonth

I know these are such a luxurious purchase, but I seriously get such a kick out of these Nannette de Gaspe dry sheet masks! There aren't a large number of reviews on these masks other than magazine reviews, which let's face it, will never really list the cons of a product so slowly but surely, you will have reviews of each mask that come for every part of the body (I'm all about the ass, so the TUSH one should be coming soon!). So far we have done the face (review), mouth (review) and now we have les yeux or the EYES!  

Nannette de Gaspe Youth Revealed Dry Eye Mask

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NAILS | Canada Day #CBBxManiMonday

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday yesterday! I had a pretty chill day starting off with my birthday coffee from Starbucks, getting my 35 Sheet Mask Giveaway going and then preparing for birthday dinner with my mom and sister. I am also in vacation this week which really isn't going to be all that relaxing considering I decided to take some time off just to organize the beauty room and go through PR things that are so old now that it's not worth blogging about them. I have shown you guys the beauty room before and right now it's spilling over to our living room and bedroom which my husband is NOT a fan of so I need to blog, get rid of shit, and slow down for the next month or two. Then again, holiday stuff has been sent to my door in August so...

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GIVEAWAY | Happy Birthday to Me! #35SheetMaskGiveaway

Today is my 35th birthday! The day where I officially say I am in my mid-30s and start moving closer to 40 and where every ache and pain actually COULD be something, but I'm also at a point in my life where I feel confident in what I have learned and who I have become. Sure, there will always need to be some improvements because that's just called living, but overall I don't feel the same uncertainty I did when I was in my 20s. I feel more settled in life and the things I'm not happy with, I feel more empowered to fix and be proactive about.

I have celebrated a total of 7 birthdays here and now for my 8th birthday it only seems fitting that I celebrate this semi-milestone with what I love most - sheet masks and giving them to a loyal Cosmetic Proof reader! I don't just have one, not two, not three, but a whopping 35 SHEET MASKS valued at $155 to give away so make sure to enter below on the Rafflecopter form and head to my Instagram page for bonus entries!

SKINCARE | Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask #KBeautyJune

I hesitate to talk about Laneige much on the blog only because this is a Korean beauty brand that has really exploded now that it is available in Sephora and I would rather feature KBeauty products that are not readily available here. Though there are a plethora of Laneige products that I have yet to discuss, I wanted to jump the gun with a product that I started using right away when it appeared at my doorstep - the Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask* because it is just a fascinating one!

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask Review

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BEAUTY | SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers with Before and After and Even a Goatee!

Whenever I mention the brand SureThik, people look at me all confused, but then when I say, "you know the powder that you shake onto bald spots so it looks like you have hair", people go "Oh, in the blue and white packaging! The thought of creating hair where there isn't may seem a little hokey, but I have a much older grandmother aged coworker who uses this stuff to keep her permed her looking full and dense. I actually didn't know she was using SureThik until I told her I was reviewing the Eyebrow Thickening Fibers and she said that her hairdresser sprinkles this powder onto her more sparse areas. You may still think this stuff is odd with this introduction, but by the end of this post, I think you might be a believer!

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Review

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NAILS | Mermaid Scales #CBBxManiMonday

This week Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love suggested an aquatic theme for our CBBxManiMonday which actually had me stumped for a day or two before I settled on a set of nails that have been done in a number of different ways, but also gave me a chance to use my mermaid scale decals from TwinkledT. I don't often use decals because in order to get the manicure finished, the base colour has to be FULLY dry in order to apply the decal or else be prepared to cry over your ripped up base coat. 

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SKINCARE | Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask

Did you know that Neutrogena is the CBB Brand of the Month? I personally use only two Neutrogena products regularly and that is their Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen and their Makeup Remover Wipes, both of which I think are fabulous, but they aren't sexy and new like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Masks! You guys know that I am a sheet mask fiend with my masking almost every night and even though North America is a little late to the hydrogel trend, I am always curious to see how they compare to the Korean versions. Typically, I don't find hydrogel masks as effective as cotton or biocellulose masks, but they sure feel good AND are pretty entertaining to apply! 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask Review

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BODY | Avon Skin So Soft Comforting Shea Collection

It's the last weekend in June and we can officially say hello to summer! My birthday is next weekend on Canada Day so even though I look forward to turning 35 I am also terrified. Moreso than when I turned 30. I think it's because now every ache and pain, I can't just dismiss. I am officially entering a zone where aches and pains in odd places and times DO matter! Wish me luck guys as I navigate this time in my life where I have to officially check a different age range box.

Though I have outgrown certain things in life, one thing that has remained constant is my love for the scent vanilla. As a kid I loved sniffing the extract before baking and when I discovered that The Body Shop had a Vanilla perfume it was my go-to. I wouldn't even wear it. I would just sniff it like aromatherapy! Earlier this year, Avon released the Skin So Soft Comforting Shea Collection which features vanilla wrapped up in sandalwood and musk and it smells just positively DIVINE. 

Avon Skin So Soft Comforting Shea Collection Review

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NAILS | Happy Summer Polka Dots

I think for the next 10 weeks expect to see only bright manicures from me! It doesn't seem right to wear vampy shades while the sun is shining and the temperature is above 20 degrees. I was browsing Pinterest, as I often do for nailspiration, and came across this pin and loved the colour combination of orange with the neon green studs. I guess I liked the pineapple too, but I didn't feel like more fruit this week...

Orange and White Polka Dot Nail Art

MAKEUP | Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection

I haven't been doing a lot of makeup looks this year mainly due to time, but it's funny how once you get started you just get in the zone and go. It's how I am with my nail art too because you guys should hear the dialogue that goes on in my brain when I have to take off my current nail art and start something new "Whyyyyyy?!" Then I start painting and 3 hours goes by in a heartbeat! I have a soft spot for blue eyeshadow so when I saw that the Dior Cool Wave Summer Collection had a gorgeous limited edition blue 5 Couleurs Eyehadow Palette the 80s child me was instantly interested!

Dior Cool Wave Collection Review Swatches

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WELLNESS | Sleeping Deep with Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Balm and Bath Salts

I am not the most easygoing person and there have been many times in my life where nerves and stress have not gone over well. I can't really handle alcohol or "drugs" all that well so I am always looking for natural alternatives to relaxation and stress relief whether it is journaling, prayer, music or aromatherapy. I think a lot of bloggers can relate to this because we all seem to be cut from the same cloth when it comes to how we handle stress. Obviously we like to write and we see it as an outlet and from my observations over the years, most bloggers are quite introverted or are like me where I have forced myself to be more social in small doses with recharge times in between. I do love meeting new people and trying new things, but it's easy for me to psych myself OUT just before I am about to do them!

I discovered aromatherapy and the healing properties of scent around the time I started blogging while I was finishing up my computer science degree which I found INCREDIBLY stressful. I would cry and get headaches all the time because coding was the ultimate bane of my existence. Don't get me wrong, I love reading code especially when it is written elegantly, but holy crap writing and then DEBUGGING it made me crazy! Now that I am done with school, it can be hard to block out the noise of the day and being a night owl does not make it any better so I have been very open to natural sleep remedies to help calm the chatter in my brain.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Balm and Bath Salts

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NAILS | Summer Fruit Nail Art #CBBxManiMonday

I have been craving fruit salad the last week or so ever since our Vancouver heat wave started and because I haven't had time to go grocery shopping yet, I will have to settle for fruit on my nails! For this week, Renee, Trysh and I decided to go with fruit (they both have SUPER cute manis that you NEED to check out!) for ManiMonday and it was pretty fun to do! I used this tutorial from LovAndy which was a good summary of all of my favourite fruits though I do also love oranges, but they weren't quite as interesting to draw.

Summer Fruit Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | The Face Shop Simpsons "Homer" Sheet Mask #KBeautyJune

I just had to laugh when I put this mask on. This is The Face Shop Homer Character Sheet Mask and compared to Marge (here), this mask is quite a bit bigger though it says "One Size Fits All". The Face Shop x Simpsons Collaboration came out last year and though I missed out on the Lisa mask, the Marge and Homer sheet masks have given me enough amusement to convince me that my purchases were worth it! Do I consider these REAL skincare? Well, no, but let's talk about what happened with Homer shall we?

NAILS | CND Boho Spirit Dotticure

I don't normally post manicures on the blog a week after Instagram, but I guess I was so excited to share the manicure with you all that I didn't get a chance to synchronize with the blog. I have also had kind of a funny last two weeks at work that have left me feeling a little more jaded than I normally am, but also empowered to take control of situations that have bothered me for years. Way to be cryptic huh? I don't mean to be and if anyone messages me about what the hell I am talking about I will be more than happy to oblige, but for now let's keep it as "work issues" where I will emerge victorious.

Last week there was an event celebrating the launch of the new summer tribal-themed CND Boho Spirit collection, but because I was on my lunch break, I didn't have time to get any nail art like the leopard print I got for the CND Chic Shock collection so I did the art part at home. What the lovely ladies at Onyx Aesthetics DID do for me was get me started with three coats of CND Vinylux in Uninhibited.

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KBEAUTY | LABIOTTE Wine Lip Tint with Swatches #KBeautyJune

When it comes to the lip tint, I feel the Koreans do it best because if you have ever looked at Asian makeup, it's generally A LOT of tints. Not that lipsticks aren't used, but the gradient lip look has long been the standard for sweet, natural-looking beauty and it makes perfect sense that tints would be done best in the Asian beauty world! I have a couple of tints from various KBeauty brands and to be honest they are all kind of the same shades of reds and pinks, but who can resist Asian packaging?! I know I can't, so when I saw the LABIOTTE Wine Lip Tints in miniature wine bottles with a formula containing actual wine extract, I just had to go for it because of well, cuteness overload. 

LABIOTTE Wine Lip Tint Review with Swatches

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NAILS | Going Purple! #CBBxManiMonday

I feel like I haven't been here in awhile! Today is my half weekend and I promised myself that instead of running around like a crazy person that I would take today to chill and be a bit of a hermit as the last couple of weeks have been rather social even on my days off. Yesterday, Trysh, Renee and I decided to do purple-themed nails for ManiMonday and even though I agreed to join in, I was actually asleep at 10pm after a super long day at work, but realized I didn't to miss out on ManiMonday fun! 

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KBEAUTY | RiRe Bubble Bubble Lip Mask #KBeautyJune

Every month, I try to have personal themes that I stick to blogging about like back in February when I focused on Asian brands for the Lunar New Year. If I am stumped, I turn to the CBB for monthly ideas or I do a combination of the two if I really want to get a good amount of content out. I find themes really helpful as I can feel overwhelmed with products and I am often ashamed to admit how incredibly behind I am or how long I have had a certain "new" product on my hands. One area that I really haven't moved through fast enough is my KBeauty collection. I have A LOT that I have purchased and I am a little sorry to say that purchased products tend to fall to the wayside in favour of PR samples, so for this month I will try to have at least 2-3 KBeauty items/week that I have found amusing and/or totally cool starting with the RiRe Bubble Bubble Lip Mask!

RiRe Bubble Bubble Lip Mask Review

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HAIR | Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner

Have you guys heard of hairdresser Phillip Adam? I feel like I should have considering that not only was he a Vancouver-based hairdresser for 50 years, but his haircare line is still family-run, based in Vancouver and is carried at over 700 retailers! All Phillip Adam products are: paraben-free, biodegradeable, vegan (except for ONE product which is vegetarian), cruelty-free, gluten-free, SLS-free and GMO-free with the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shampoo being THE #1 seller!

I don't often use hair care products with ACV because when I think vinegar, I think "stripping" which my dry, colour-treated hair does not need any more of. It already goes through the ringer when I have it coloured so I try to use products that have the words "hydrate, nourish or repair" in their product descriptions. Part of what has made the Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo such a success is the fact that it is completely safe for ALL types of hair with ACV ensuring that the scalp is pH balanced and hair extra shiny. The goal of the ACV line was to bridge the gap with a high performance product between what you could find in a salon and in a health food store.

Phillip Adam ACV Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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NAILS | Rainbows for Pride #ManiMonday

I love June. It feels like the start of brighter things with summer officially beginning in just a few weeks and now I have the perfect way to start ManiMondays this month - PRIDE! It is Pride Month and rainbows are the name of the game this week with this Robin Moses inspired nail art that I found while browsing the interwebs!

Rainbow Nail Art

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SKINCARE | Puriface EMP Collagen Boost Sheet Mask

The FULL name of this weekend's sheet mask is the Puriface Eggshell Membrane Pack Collagen Boost Sheet Mask*. For some reason, I love eggs, but whenever I see it in skincare I get kind of weirded out! Eggs are pretty good for you and we have seen them applied to hair and skin with positive results so why not mask with it? I first saw Puriface on Instagram as I often get recommended skincare accounts because of my addiction to all things skin *double tap* and filed the brand away in my memory banks to try once I finished my hundreds of sheet masks. I honestly could do one every day for the next 2-3 years NO PROBLEM so why the F would I buy more?

Puriface ended up reaching out (they probably felt the Force awaken with my skincare vibes) and I agreed to try out one of the two sheet masks they currently offer. Puriface is an American-Korean company with a goal of creating straightforward skincare for the on-the-go beauty lover. The sheet masks are also made in Seoul, Korea so you know they are legit!

Puriface EMP Collagen Boost Sheet Mask Review

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MAKEUP | La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In Foundation

A couple of weeks ago I shared a preview of a "something special" from La Prairie and now that the La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In Foundation* has launched I can now officially share the lowdown on this foundation infused with caviar water which promises a perfect complexion by leaving skin with a refined texture that is smooth to the touch while giving the skin a natural-looking finish. The very first thing I looked at was WHERE this caviar water sat on the ingredients list and low and behold, it was the very first thing!

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In Foundation Review

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NAILS | Bright Veil Nails #ManiMonday

Let's pretend it's still Monday and I'm NOT late with the timing this post. I got it up on Instagram yesterday which still counts right? This week is going to be another crazy, but fun one as I am headed to Las Vegas tomorrow for my day job which I will probably be sharing a little bit of on IG stories as we will be catching Cirque Du Soleil's "O" and of course going shopping for a couple of hours at Sephora between training times!

For this week's manicure, Renee, Trysh and I decided to keep it simple and stick to "Brights" and though I was stumped for a solid day of what to do because the possibilities really are endless, I decided to try Veil Nails again, but this time with a white base and some bright summer shades. All I can say is that Veil Nails DEFINITELY work better with a light base!

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SKINCARE | The Face Shop Goodbye Smile Fold Modeling Gel Patch

I have been having the most BRUTAL time the last two weeks trying to blog. I don't often struggle with it because I have always said that writing is an escape and a joy, but I have been physically and mentally drained with work and mandatory afterwork activities in the last week. I have had a few press events in the middle that have been a pure joy to attend, but even the long weekend felt a bit stressful because I just wanted to sit and veg out. The vegging led to less blogging than usual and a larger than normal backlog which then stressed me out. I haven't even done my nails for over a week which is a HUGE deal for me!

Seeing as how I like to amuse myself with all types of face masks, I thought I would try to have a bit of fun throughout this tiring week with a hydrogel mask from The Face Shop. Although I haven't been smiling all that much this week, I do smile other times which has led to some slight lines around my mouth now that I am older. I picked up the Goodbye Smile Fold Modeling Gel Patch not because I thought it would the cure but because it looked rather amusing!

The Face Shop Goodbye Smile Fold Modeling Gel Patch Review

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MAKEUP | Clarins Spring 2018 Collection with Swatches and Look

I know we are already getting whiffs of the Clarins Summer collection, but I thought the Spring collection was so pretty that I needed to share before we start moving into the bronzed goddess looks of the summer. What I have loved about this year's Spring collections is the dose of pink we are getting! I have chatted about the launch of Clarins SOS Primers which also launched in Spring and I am grateful that they are not going anywhere just yet, but for now let's talk about the other stuff!

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NAILS | Oooh! It's a Red Holo! #ManiMonday

I wore this holo in the hopes that the sun would come out today for me to take one of those epic holo photos where all you see are rainbows on your eyeballs. Alas, it is bright, but cloudy today in Vancouver so we will have to contend with the ringlight and my telling you that this is the shade Gamma Ray* from the Born Pretty Holographic Holo Series. I have two red holo polishes and though Gamma Ray is nice and juicy, I had some issues with application.

Born Pretty Red Holo Swatch in Gamma Ray

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HAIR | Mugler Alien Beautifying Hair Mist

Fragrance is definitely one area of beauty that I do not feature a lot on the blog and it's not because of lack of love, but more so the lack of knowledge on how to even brooch the subject. Fragrance is more about storytelling than about ingredients. Yes, I can tell you about the notes, but that is literally one or two lines of information. The rest is purely emotional which let's face it, for those who know me, is not me. I am the typical stoic Asian when it comes to my emotions so trying to seduce someone with a story about how a fragrance makes you feel is not my strong suit.

Though today's product is not solely a fragrance, I will do my best to romance you all. We have all heard about Mugler Alien. This is one of the most iconic fragrances of the Mugler and really fragrance world and it was one of the first scents I was introduced to when I started by fragrance collection. Alien is a warm floral and has a unique blend of: Jasmine Sambac, Cashmeran Wood and Amber Gris and to this day is a scent that I have not smelled anywhere else. This scent can be strong for some and I have my moods for when I use it, but for days when I just want a hint of it I have been using the Mugler Alien Beautifying Hair Mist* ($50.00 CDN)! 

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SKINCARE | Avon Anew Firming Sheet Mask #AvonForMay

I really wanted the long weekend off and I got it, but needed to work Monday to Friday like a good part of the working world. I don't know how you all do it, but if I had to do it all the time, I would dread Mondays SO MUCH. I also felt pretty spent by the afternoon and avoided being seated by running around doing little things around the office. I had full intentions of blogging, but the last few days have been a whirlwind especially going to Stars on Ice last night! I worked all day and then we didn't get home until 11pm, but it was SO WORTH seeing Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue skate live!

Since the week has been a bit busy, I really had to make a conscious effort to use my sheet masks and with this month's personal focus being on Avon, I decided to pull out the Anew Firming Sheet Mask* for both a little TLC and in the hope that it wasn't quite as tacky-feeling as the Anew Brightening Sheet Mask that I reviewed last year.

Avon Anew Firming Sheet Mask Review

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MAKEUP | All 39 MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencils Swatched! Use Them on EVERYTHING!

It has dropped. The first pencil that is actually intended for eyes, lips, blush, contour, rainbow freckles so that if you have always wanted your blue eyeliner to literally match your lips, now it can! The brand spankin' new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencils* ($23.00 CDN) have now landed in Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques and can be worn on their own for a true monochromatic look or layered to create boundless makeup looks. Each pencil has a matte finish and is a blend of silicone, vegetal and crystalline waxes allowing for glide across any surface, but not so creamy that the colour will slide off wherever you decide to put it!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencil Review with Swatches
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NAILS | Pastel Punk Leopard Print #CBBxManiMonday

See, I told you there was more leopard print in the works! I had a couple of packages to pick up over the weekend and since I work a very erratic, all over the place schedule, I wouldn't have had time to pick it up for another 2 weeks which is what husbands are for! My husband dutifully picked up three packages and then made me dinner when I got home from work. What a keeper, huh?

One of the packages contained the all new Canadian exclusive Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk Collection which had the perfect shades for a gradient! The gradient was beautiful, but the leopard spots I totally made the wrong shape and size which was unfortunate, but because I am teaming up with Renee and Trysh again I did not want to let them down!

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HAIR | LaCoupe Naturals Collection with Fresh Avocado Frizz Control

I have been using a lot of different hair products lately and I feel like every product I try has slight upgrades from the last! I go through phases where I really don't switch up my hair care too much and then phases like right now where I am ploughing through different products every 2 weeks. I have a feeling it has been because I haven't been able to change my skincare for the last 45 days (for review purposes) so the itch to try new things has moved to another area of my body!

I have used LaCoupe once before, around the time I started blogging, and actually wrote to the company almost 10 years ago to say how much I liked their ORGNX shampoo and conditioner! With the recent interest in green beauty, LaCoupe has introduced the Naturals Collection featuring four lines specially curated for your hair's needs all while being sulfate, silicone, paraben, propylene glycol and petroleum-free! There is Moroccan Rose which gives volume to fine or thinning hair, Coconut Milk which softens and nourishes damaged and dehydrated hair, Royal Honey to revive overprocessed hair and Fresh Avocado to fight frizz and hydrate curly hair.

NAILS | The Neutral Leopard Print #AvonForMay

Ever since I did my Lisa Frank-inspired nails, I have been on a leopard print bonanza. Don't believe me? Check out my Pinterest board! I wanted to try a more neutral leopard print and in pastels, but I feel I may have gone too neutral? This won't be the last you guys will see of the leopard print as I have a few more colour combinations that I really want to try!

Nude Leopard Print Nail Art

BATH | Lush Mother's Day 2018 Collection

How is it coming up to the middle of May? Once it hits June, it will be the summer and then half a year would have gone by! I STILL have stuff from December that I want to blog about that feels recent...tell me I'm not the only that is still trying to get organized! While I was fumbling my way through filing my taxes last month (filed on April 29th!), I realized that there was something special about May and that was Mother's Day! Lush has again blown it out of the water when it comes to new and sweet-smelling things so let's dive in!

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NAILS | Inspired by JGoldcrown's "Bleeding Hearts"

When I reviewed the Sephora x JGoldcrown Bleeding Hearts Brush Set, I looked at the multi-coloured hearts on the brush handles and knew they would make perfect nail art!

JGoldcrown Bleeding Hearts Nail Art

MAKEUP | The "Just OK" BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

I was painting my nails one night two months ago and had left YouTube to play from my now massive subscription list of beauty "gurus" and Tati popped up with a "WTF Review" of the new Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder. Though I don't watch Tati's videos quite as often as I used to, her WTF segments have introduced me to some interesting products and though I wasn't looking for a new setting powder, this one caught my attention because it is made of 50% WATER. Like, what does that even MEAN?!

BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder Review

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SKINCARE | Beauty Bioscience R45: The Reversal

When it comes to the term "anti-aging", most of that can be addressed simply with hydration which is what most skincare products on the market do, but for those who wish to raise their skincare regime to another level, there are what I call the more "fun" or technical products that go the extra mile with ingredients and need some instructions for use. I know that might not sound fun for everyone, but as I have gotten older, I have steadily been making my way into the world of peptides, retinoids and bears, oh my!

Retinol, or vitamin A, is one of the few things that those in the derm, academic and beauty world agree is a great wrinkle-fighter with its ability to even out skin tone, increase firmness and diminish the look of fine lines and even repair UV-damage skin. It is one of the more volatile ingredients so I am always hesitant to use it consistently in my skincare routine. What interested me in the Beauty Bioscience R45: The Reversal* routine was that it was ONLY to be used for 45 days, 2-3x a year. MAX. I like the idea of giving my skin a gradual boost and then having the freedom to go back to my other skincare routine after. I have never been on a retinol-based product continuously for such a long period of time, but I really wanted to see what effect it would have on my skin so join me on my 45 day journey!

Beauty Bioscience R45 The Reversal Review

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SKINCARE | Avon Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask #AvonForMay

Though the CBB has monthly brands and themes to help with blogging inspo, I tend to do my own themes as well if I feel like I have been neglecting a brand I love. After planning out my bullet journal for May as well as Mother's Day posts, I started thinking about Avon and what the brand has meant to women around the world. It has come so far since I was a kid and I did not think I would be using their products as an adult so my personal brand of the month will be none other than Avon!

I have a very intimate relationship with masks and though Avon has a number of products for literally everyone, it seemed only fitting to launch #AvonForMay with the Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask*!

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SKINCARE | A Look at Quinoa-Based Skincare with Zue Beauty

On this last day of Earth Month, I bring to you a crazy cool new company I was introduced to earlier this month called Zue Beauty! "Zue", a word meaning the "origin of life" to the indigenous tribes of South America, creates quinoa-based skincare that is vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free and cruelty-free all while creating jobs and partnering with the Paez indigenous tribes in Colombia. These quinoa farmers are given tools and training to more effectively harvest their quinoa crop so there is enough for commercial and personal use. Zue Beauty is also a Certified B Corporation which from what I have read, seems even harder than an EcoCertification! Not only must your products themselves do no harm to people and the environment, but the company's actions and conduct as well! There is green beauty and then there is GREEN beauty and this company caught my eye because of how committed they seemed to not just their products, but to the big socioeconomic picture!

Zue Beauty Skincare Review

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NAILS | Reliving my Childhood with Lisa Frank #ManiMonday

I am pretty sure that my penchant for leopard print started in the 90s with Lisa Frank. She also happens to be a REAL person and still spearheads the company now continuing to make rainbow school supplies and lunchboxes for elementary school kids. Today's ManiMonday is a tribute to all of my Lisa Frank paraphernalia from the 90s and has made me realize that I still love leopard print now as much as I did then! It's a hard pattern to wear without looking cheap, so I tend to keep the print to accessories, underwear and of course my nails!

Lisa Frank Leopard Print Nail Art

SKINCARE | Probiotics in Your Skincare? First Impressions of Tula!

Back in February, I was introduced to a brand I had only heard about at Cosmoprof, but never tried since it was only available in the US through Neiman Marcus, Spack NK and Nordstrom, but never fear because now Tula is shipping to Canada! I received a discovery kit back in February to get to know the brand so these reviews will be somewhat more brief then my usual skincare Bible-length blog posts, but I will soon have full reviews coming over the next few months!

Tula, meaning "balance" in Sanskrit, is an interesting brand because of the addition of probiotics or healthy bacteria in their skincare formulations. We all know how important yogurt is with their bacterial cultures and probiotics in skincare works the same way. Just like having healthy gut bacteria or flora, our skin's surface also has something called a microbiome which is a unique collection of microbes that are perfectly balanced at keeping our skin happy. Adding probiotics has been shown to help with inflammation and aid in hydration. Likewise, if this balance is disturbed, the good bacteria can turn bad and cause skin conditions such as acne. Since this is a first impressions post, I will not delve too much into the the biology of probiotics, but I will when I review the full sized products!

Tula Skincare Review

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