SHEET MASK | Mediheal Capsule 100 Bio Seconderm Clear Alpha Hyaluronic Acid Mask

For those of you who have been at home for 2-3 weeks, I have to give you props because it has only been one week for me and I am already semi-ready to get back to work. I think because I can't really do much from home, I end up wanting to do a blend of blog and house things, but because my husband is actually working from home, I can't make noise like vacuum. I also can't organize my beauty things because that involves being in the beauty room which is now my husband's office 24/7 where they do their video conference calls and happy hours. This leaves me to the kitchen where I have been spending a large chunk of my time (like everyone else it seems!) which if you knew me, is very odd as I am not that domestic. I don't have good cooking instincts, BUT I know how to follow instructions and memorize things so really for me, practice makes perfect and having this time to do so is nice. Time has also forced me to revisit some sheet masks that I purchased back in Montreal from my last visit in 2018 where I made it my mission to seek out hidden kbeauty stores around the city starting with this 2-step biocellulose mask from Mediheal!

Mediheal Capsule 100 Bio Seconderm Clear Alpha Hyaluronic Acid Mask
 Purchased by me

BATH | Lush Easter Collection

I will preface this by saying that it feels strange to be celebratory of anything lately and while I would normally start this post by saying "OMG it's the Lush Easter collection", I do want to acknowledge that whether you still wish to support this brand is up to you based on the recent lay-off that has happened with Lush and many other companies. I am part of the group of people that have been now temporarily laid off and though I hope I will have my job back in a few weeks, I know that it's hard for companies to make guarantees on ANYTHING right now. Promising to take care of people for 2 weeks is very different than 4 weeks and beyond and we are all going to be hurting financially for awhile before things go back to normal or if they even do. I can't say that I'm not scared and full of doubt over the coming weeks and there is only so much self-care I can do until the fear of uncertainty creeps back into my brain. The way I look at my self-care experience now, whether I am masking or using a bath bomb, is that I am trying to fill my day with as many positive thoughts and memories as I can in the hopes that I can look back on this time with a sense of growth and optimism. Now, let's look at some really cute Easter stuff and may each bath bomb be a blast of good energy!

Lush Easter Collection
 Both PR gifted and purchased by me. PR gifted is denoted with a "*"

MAKEUP | Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

Anytime Charlotte Tilbury releases new makeup, my social media blows up with products I need to have with beautiful swatches and wearable looks that I feel I can pull off because the colour stories are so cohesive. The newest addition to the Pillow Talk family was a big one and though I already owned the Matte Revolution lipstick and lip liner, after waiting a couple of weeks, I started seriously thinking of adding some of the newer products to my makeup collection which resulted in THIS post and makeup look! Suffice it to say, I have new go-tos in my makeup life!

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection
 Both PR gifted and purchased by me. PR is indicated by *

NAILS | The Face Shop "Steel Navy" Gradation Nail Art Kit #CBBxManiMonday

Here we are at the last #CBBxManiMonday of the month and it has been a strange ride hasn't it? I feel like we have all lived a lifetime in a dystopian universe and today is one of those days where I have been sliding back and forth along my emotional ruler. I started off this morning feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed and then the afternoon sort of went to shit and now I'm feeling like I'm in some sort of funk. Well, at least I put some makeup on and styled by hair. I haven't been in quarantine for the last two weeks because I have been working, but I think that might change for the next two weeks as I don't feel safe being outside and potentially interacting with clients as the ones who have come in don't feel like respecting the "STAY AT HOME" advisory. It just makes me very angry to see people coming in to shop for a non-essential in a time like this or when someone comes in and tells me that "they are tired of being at home and just want to look around". I mean, REALLY? Now, is really not a good time to be a looky-loo! Rant aside, I do have some pretty nail today that are still shorter and in the rounded shape as I have found them easier to maintain during this season of handwashing.

Blue Glitter Gradient Nail Art
 Purchased by me

SHEET MASK | Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask with a Sunday Chat

It's crazy to think how day to day things are changing globally and even within my mental state. I think what has made me more fearful is that I am still having to go into work. I have been given the OK to leave if I feel uncomfortable, but it means going on EI which given the current climate, I feel like I should be grateful that I still have a job. Our hours are reduced and it's actually safer for me to go to work then to the grocery store as staff and client contact are very minimal. I have interacted with one client in 2 weeks so my overall exposure risk is low, but we're at a point where we are all feeling the anxiety of a world in quarantine. You would think that with the extra time at home, the house would be spotless and the blog posts would be comin' a mile a minute, but stress and anxiety are a funny thing. They incapacitate and cripple you and normally, I work through stressful things in life in a methodical way, but this is the first time in my life (and I'm sure your lives) that I feel this general sense of WTF that I can't shake. My husband has asthma so I don't want him going to the grocery store if he can help it so I decided to do a bulk of it on my own today and I felt so panicked trying to carry all the stuff on my own. It was also eerily quiet in Loblaws as they have restricted the number of people in-store to allow for social distancing so shopping for groceries was rushed and even though I was already carrying stuff on my shoulders (I broke blood vessels because my bags were too heavy!), I came home and realized I'd forgotten things like green onion and ground beef which means another trip that I will have to mentally prepare for. Then came disinfecting all of the groceries and keeping track of what we touched and making sure we put things down on sanitized surfaces. It's crazy times, but lemme tell ya, even going through virology and biology in school, I have learned so much about what true sanitization means! 

Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask
Purchased by me

NAILS | Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Eyes Swatch #CBBxManiMonday

When I first started blogging years ago, DL polishes were all the rage and very sought after especially in Topboxes! I still think her polishes are beautiful and I have to hand it to the brand for coming out with some iconic shades like "Mermaid's Dream" and "Birthday Cake" which had plenty of dupes at a lower price point. Even Revlon duped "Mermaid's Dream" in a scented form! As I mentioned in last week's ManiMonday post, I lost most of my nails and even now they are still fairly short which may a good thing in light of keeping things hygienic. 

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Eyes Swatch
 Purchased EONS ago by me