NAILS | OPI Left Your Texts On Red Swatch #MidWeekMani

OPI Left Your Texts On Red Swatch 

Press sample

It's funny. I was SO GOOD about scheduling posts ahead of time for Sun, Mon, Tues and Wed and when it came to Thursday's #MidWeekMani, I wanted to be more "honest" as usually this post is about how my week is going so I did not schedule it. Here I am writing in the raw and as I expected, I am TIRED. I usually write my blog posts on my days off when I am better able to mentally function, but tonight I am writing after what always feels like a long day at work.  

SKINCARE | NENA Skincare Glacial Micellar Water and Overnight Lip Mask

 NENA Glacial Micellar Water and Overnight Lip Mask

Press samples

Last November, one of my favourite local skincare brands, NENA Skincare launched two brand new products that were the perfect additions to their ever-growing collection! I have featured NENA a lot on the blog because not only do I love the products, but I love their commitment to sustainability, respect for nature and their partnership with the Homlaco people to harvest the Glacial Oceanic Clay used in all of their products.

MAKEUP | Caliray Glazed and Infused Plumping Lip Gloss

Caliray Glazed and Infused Plumping Lip Gloss
Purchased by me

Ever since the pandemic hit and I started wearing less makeup once I went back to work, I have found myself VERY far removed from the colour cosmetics world. Between what I have been sent over the years from PR and my own crazy purchases, there is very little I feel justified in spending money on that I have not seen before. I have also slowed down in what I accept through PR as I can no longer guarantee that I will have the time or energy to post. I was busy before, but I have allowed myself to be tired and not blog every night which is what I was doing before. Sometimes I still do it, but generally I only sit down to write on my two days off per week. If I have a vacation day here and there, maybe I do a little more, but generally speaking I no longer push myself unless I have a sponsored post coming up.

NAILS | Rainbow Honey Demeter Swatch #CBBxManiMonday

Rainbow Honey Demeter Swatch
Purchased by me

I was hoping to have some time to do some more intricate nails as I had a few days off for vacation, but between catching up on housework, blogging, organizing the beauty room and spending a whole day shopping last Thursday with a girlfriend (this was the most fun of course), it has been a pretty packed couple of days!  

SHEET MASK | Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask
Press sample

Where was this mask when my skin was dry as a bone last December?! The new Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask is for the driest of skin and is an instant sigh of relief delivering moisture around the clock! When this showed up in my mailbox, I immediately put it in my "to-try" rotation and my goodness was it ever an experience!

SKINCARE | The MaskerAide Night Routine

Night Time MaskerAide Routine
Some press samples

For someone who loves skincare, there are actually just a handful of brands that I use and feature consistently and one of them is Toronto-based MaskerAide. I have been a customer of theirs ever since receiving my very first sheet mask from them to try in my Topbox subscription back in 2013 so I guess this is our 10 year anniversary! There are some new products from MaskerAide that I purchased on my own during Black Friday and when I received my order, the team included doubles for me which was so nice! I have been enjoying this little routine whether all together or just one or two products at a time and thought "why not share it with you all?!"