HOLIDAY | Shu Uemura x La Maison du Chocolat Collection

Though the Super Mario collaboration is still my favourite Shu Uemura collection, La Maison du Chocolat checks in at a pretty close second because their chocolates are SO DAMN GOOD! I am lactose-intolerant and I will eat like 10 of them without a care in the world and they don't even make me feel sick! This year's holiday collection is incredibly on point with the season of MANY chocolates (probably 200 Lindt balls and counting) and as someone who considers chocolate a food group, applying my eyeshadow from a chocolate bar palette and wearing a lipstick that smells like chocolate gets me excited to just EAT MORE CHOCOLATE!

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NAILS | Happy New Year's Eve! #CBBxManiMonday

Just like that, it is NYE and the last day of 2018. I had a decent time in 2018 and though I try not to be too sentimental about looking back, but I have overall positive feelings about 2018 and am thankful for it! Each year seems to fly by so quickly and I always wish I could have accomplished more, but such is life. One thing that I have been so happy about is having three lovely bloggers join me for #ManiMondays since Spring this year! These girls are just as crazy about nail polish and more importantly, we never let the team down. I think there have only been a handful of Mondays this year that we all didn't have our "nails on" so for me personally, I love being held accountable even if it's just for something like #ManiMondays.

Glitter Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | Papa Recipe Bombee Rose Gold Honey Mask #MerryMaskmas

I feel like I talk about Papa Recipe a lot and though I may not do it here on the blog, I often use my Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask when I need a recharge, recommend this mask 100% of the time whenever people ask me "What sheet masks do you recommend?" and have just purchased another 10 of these masks during the YesStyle Boxing Day Sale! Needless to say, my eyes were truly opened when I first tried this mask two years ago and when I read my review now, I feel like I am a little wiser after having tried just over 200 sheet masks this year! I *thought* I sheet-masked a lot two years ago, but if you had told me I would be doing it almost everyday now in addition to having done it for 100 days straight, I would have told you to GTFO!

Gifted at Cosmoprof North America from Papa Recipe

MAKEUP | Avon Iconic Lipsticks

The whole concept of the Avon lady knockin' on your front door was really how I first perceived direct marketing as a child. The thought of people coming to your door like Jehovah's Witnesses now strikes terror into the hearts of most, but back then it seemed so wholesome and convenient to have that one person who could help you with the perfect red lipstick or the perfect shade of posy pink. A couple of years ago, yours truly was an Avon consultant on the side because I wanted access to endless bottles of nail polish and though my main clients consisted of women in their 70s, whenever I would deliver their orders, they would often chat about how long they had used certain Avon products and what fond memories they had of Avon when they were younger and watching their own mothers buy from the "local Avon lady". Avon was a tradition in their households and this year's Iconic Lipsticks are inspired by just that - a rich heritage that began all the way back in 1886!

Avon Iconic Lipsticks

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KBEAUTY | Dr. Jart Hydration Lover Rubber Mask #MerryMaskmas

Dr. Jart has been SO HOT the last few years for first their BB Cream, which was the first product I ever tried from the brand, followed by the latest installment of sheet mask - the RUBBER MASK. When I think of rubber masks, I think of the messy modelling masks with the powder that you mix with water so for the longest time I assumed that's what these masks were. They were also not cheap at $15 a pop so I figured I would get to this mask in time, but when the Sephora VIB Rouge event rolled around, this was one of the few masks I had NOT purchased yet from Sephora (LOL) so not only did I buy Hydration Lover, but I also bought the limited edition Dr. Jart Best Of boxed set! Then I bought another one last week so needless to say, this review is going to be a positive one!

Dr. Jart Hydration Lover Rubber Mask

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HOLIDAY | Goodies from the Sephora Collection

MERRY CHRISTMAS! If you are a beauty lover, I am sure you have already shopped at Sephora three times over in the last month, but if you are still needing a few gift ideas, the Sephora Collection never disappoints and it is possible that I may have stocked up on a few of these for next year! It also may or may not have been the sheet masks LOL!

Sephora Midnight Wishes Collection

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NAILS | Let It Snow #CBBxManiMonday

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Some of you know that I work in luxury retail so these last two weeks have been VERY busy for me and our team hence the slowdown in blog output as I have been coming home late, falling asleep, waking up to shower and then going back to sleep. Life hasn't been all that exciting and to be honest I haven't had too much energy that last few days to even CARE about the pile of holiday material I haven't and probably will not talk about before the end of the year. There is no use in being sad though, so let's go ahead and just talk about these awesome snowflake nail vinyls that I used to create today's ManiMonday!

Snowflake Nail Art

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SKINCARE | Bliss Hangover Fix Holographic Foil Sheet Mask #MerryMaskmas

Though I have many masks left to talk about this year and probably won't get through, I thought I'd chat today about a mask that seems fitting for the holidays as there will certainly be some late nights and celebratory drinking! The Bliss Hangover Fix Holographic Foil Sheet Mask claims to be a flexible foil mask that contours perfectly to the face to deliver one 30mL bottle of serum in a single treatment! This mask has probiotics in it (bifida ferment and lactococcus ferment lysate), pear extract and electrolytes to instantly cure and rebalance dull, dehydrated skin in the most visually appealing and creative way possible!  

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HOLIDAY | Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette with Makeup Look and Swatches

It's mid-December and you are FINALLY seeing a holiday makeup post from me! I feel like I have had my blinders on this year when it has come to reading holiday posts for fear of overspending because let's face it, Christmas has become a consumer occasion and my goal this year is to focus on the feelings behind the gifting and making sure I am helpful to clients and kind to my brothers and sisters in retail!

I haven't done a lot of looks and palette reviews this year as I have really enjoyed being makeup-free on my two days off each week so if I am going to play with a palette, it is DEFINITELY going to be one worth having and that is EXACTLY what is happening today! The newly released Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette is indeed a sight to behold if you love metallic shades!

Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette with Makeup Look and Swatches

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NAILS | Christmas Gradient Dotticure #CBBxManiMonday

I haven't done a dotticure since the beginning of October and I was just itching to do one again and though I had grander things planned for today's manicure, there was just too much to do and I didn't get a chance to start my manicure until 11pm which is when a dotticure is the ultimate solution! 

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KBEAUTY | AmorePacific Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque #100DaysofSheetMasks

Before we even get into the mask, let's start off this post by mentioning that THIS IS MY 2000th BLOG POST! Not that all of my posts are incredibly meaty, but well into my 7th year of blogging I have managed to stay relatively close to 20 posts a month from when I was still in school to now having a full time job and I have realized that as long as you keep talking about things that interest you whether they be the newest beauty releases, heart to hearts or endless sheet mask chatter, the content will never stop and never feel like work. It will always feel truly fun and I hope I will be able to write well into my menopausal years!

What's in store for this 2000th blog post? One of the luxurious masks from the 100 Days of Sheet Mask challenge - the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque!

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Intensive Serum Masque Review

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BEAUTY TOOLS | Miniso x Pink Panther Makeup Sponges, Brushes and Puffs

Having a Miniso store so close to my work has made me a very loyal "client" of theirs as I often go there on my lunch to see what new sheet masks and beauty products they have. A large chunk of my sheet masks from brands like It's Skin, Papa Recipe and Mediheal have come from my trips to Miniso so needless to say, I LOVE this store. Earlier this year, Miniso officially partnered up with the Pink Panther for some SUPER cute beauty tools and even a sheet mask! A couple of months ago I came across these adorable makeup sponges and applicators and had to see how they measured up against the "big guys"!

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KBEAUTY | Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask Tightening #100DaysofSheetMasks

BEST. CLAY. MASK. EVER. Ok, review done. We can all go home. All kidding aside though, this mask was such a surprise to me and I would not have given it a go until much later in my mask journey if wasn't for some prompting from YouTuber @sarireanna who is also a skincare addict like myself! I received the Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask as a press sample from the June Beauteque Monthly Mask Box and thought to myself "Meh, it's clay so it'll be messy and drying for my skin". I was oh so wrong and now I have purchased two more because I am over the moon for the results!

Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask Tightening Review

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NAILS | Wintery Trees #CBBxManiMonday

This time of the month is what I think of as the "sweet spot" of Christmas where we still like the holiday music that is now playing in every store and there is still ample amounts of time to get things done and wrap up unfinished projects and goals before the year is out. Working in retail and especially the luxury retail sector means that reaching out to clients is the only name of the game until Dec.24th so I am waiting for the holidays to hit me like a ton of bricks around next week as it always does. Like on my wedding day, I am trying to stay "present" and calm so that I can think logically if a staff member or client has a problem as well as enjoy the season where clients shake your hands and wish you all the best for the New Year!

Winter Trees Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | Kocostar Tomato Sliced Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

I do apologize if some of you are sick of seeing sheet mask after sheet mask. I don't know if some of you have noticed, but I try my best to never talk about the same beauty category back to back unless there is something reeeeeallly special going on and until now, I think I have only done two back to back sheet mask posts once or twice, but it's getting down to the wire and the end of 2018 and I still have so much good stuff to share! Oh, and if you haven't noticed, the amount of holiday material on Cosmetic Proof this year will be fairly minimal because I'm just TIRED. The day job and playing catch up this year has been exhausting. What you WILL be seeing here is stuff I am truly, madly, deeply loving and feel is worth having 5 hours sleep to write about starting with tomatoes on my face!

Kocostar Tomato Sliced Mask Review

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SKINCARE | For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Biocellulose Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Almost three years ago, I tried my very first biocellulose mask when Taiwanese brand For Beloved One made their Canadian debut in select T&T supermarkets. Sheet masks were just starting to catch on in the North American market (of course nothing is REALLY cool until Sephora starts doing it right?), but biocellulose is like NOTHING else. First developed in Taiwan by For Beloved One, the actual mask itself is made of what we all keep referring to as "biocellulose fibers", but do YOU know where those fibers come from? Our lovely friends - bacteria! Specific strains of bacteria are able to ferment glucose and produce cellulose which is then purified and made into a mask! So, essentially bacterial poop! Don't let this freak you out though because biocellulose masks are not only biodegradeable, but have long been used in the medical industry for burn victims or very dry skin to seal in and enhance moisture uptake in the skin as biocellulose fibers exhibit very low toxicity. Whether you love the science behind biocellulose masks or not, once you wear one, there is no comparison to a cotton sheet mask!

For Beloved One Advanced Anti-Aging Ceramide Squalane Bio-Cellulose Mask Review

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NAILS | Holly and Ivy #CBBxManiMonday

I have a very early morning so I'm going to try to keep this post as neat as possible, but from here on out, it's going to be holiday nail art and I will try to do more than just one a week like in the olden days. I am not the biggest fan of holiday nail art, but once a year it is fun to be have more focused themes and use up all the red, gold and green I have in my 2000 bottle nail polish collection! Today's mani is all about those exact colours with some simple holly and ivy that I somehow forgot how to draw midway through one of the nails so apologies for the one gimpy leaf.

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HAIR | Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner

In the blink of an eye, it is now December. One last month of 2018 and we are officially done! For me, I was quite excited about 2018 and need to go through my "Accomplishment Jar" to see what has happened this year because though I remember some notable things, the rest seems like a bit of a blur so I always like to go back and reflect on what I got up to throughout the year both in work, life and blogging just so I feel like I have accomplished SOMETHING. I have found the accomplishment jar to be a MUCH better strategy than the New Year's resolution one from a mental standpoint. Anyway, once again I have digressed and need to stop rambling so that we can get to my newest favourite haircare duo from new-to-my-hair brand - Giovanni!  

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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KBEAUTY | Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Gold Hydrogel Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

There's no mistake that when it comes to sheet masks, the ones that aren't just plain white get a little more attention so even though I try to space out when I use gold and silver masks, I always get a tiny "mask-gasm" when I know I am about to use a gold sheet mask! The last gold sheet mask I reviewed was the Holika Holika Gold Caviar Foil Mask and now I have an iconic gold hydrogel mask to share - the Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Gold Hydrogel Mask! I know it's a bit of a mouthful, but this was probably one of my favourite hydrogel masks to date!

Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Gold Hydrogel Mask Review

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SKINCARE | Dr. Roebuck's Tama Healing Mask

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim and Zoe Roebuck in a one-on-one session and you would never know that these twin sisters were in charge of a cult clean beauty brand.  Talk about Aussie down-to-earthness, these girls know exactly what is going on with their products and I felt confident that Dr. Roebuck's products were going to be a good addition to my skincare routine. Now, you know that I am super slow with my skincare reviews and I only got the chance to use their eye cream until this year when Dr. Roebuck's completely re-branded and came out with Instagram-worthy product packaging! 

Dr. Roebuck's Tama Healing Mask Review

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SKINCARE | Sephora Collection Face Masks in Rose, Coconut and Pineapple #100DaysofSheetMasks

Did you know that the SEPHORA Collection is the CBB Brand of the Month? I used to have my doubts about house brands until President's Choice and the SEPHORA Collection. I have discovered some legit products within Sephora's house brand so when sheet masks arrived I obviously had to pick up eight LOL, but for today I will share three of the ones that seemed the most interesting to me and probably anyone who is a skincare lover!

Sephora Collection Face Mask Review

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NAILS | One Last Attempt at Fall #CBBxManiMonday

I never really got to do a Fall Leaves manicure mainly because I thought I could manage a ManiMonday while I was away on vacation in September and as it turns out, vacation-Jayne is pretty lazy and does NOT feel like doing her nails! By the time I got back to Vancouver, it was already October and time for Halloween manicures so the fall season definitely got neglected. 

Fall Leaves Gradient Nail Art

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BEAUTY | Burt's Bees Fall Makeup Look

Yes, I still have makeup posts that involve me NOT wearing a sheet mask! At last month's London Drugs Beauty event, I had the pleasure of visiting the Burt's Bees booth and experiencing a couple of the makeup products I hadn't tried yet. While I have only tried their lip products and skincare, I was curious about the quality of their face and eye products as I hadn't read or heard too much about them. Obviously the great thing with Burt's Bees is that I know the packaging and the ingredients will always be good for me and the environment.

Burt's Bees Fall Makeup Look

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KBEAUTY | Wonjin Effect Withbee Honey Bomb Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Whenever people ask me for my favourite sheet masks, I obviously cannot narrow it down to just one because that's insane, but I definitely have my sort of go-to Top 10, always have in the house list of masks with the first ones being my MaskerAide Detox Diva and All Nighter (sorry this is SUCH an old review, but a redo is on the way!), the Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask and the Wonjin Effect Withbee Honey Bomb Mask! I have more masks on my list to discuss next week as I feel the #100DaysofSheetMasks Challenge warrants a bit of a summary of what was best and I think I owe to you guys to go out there and try some amazing masks your skin will love!

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GIVEAWAY | Aromatherapy with Scentuals Natural and Organic Skincare

Aromatherapy was a necessary part of my life long before it became trendy as I try to avoid alcohol or prescription medications if I can as I have always been that 1% that gets that random unpleasant side effect in the fine print. I have a phobia of vomiting and nausea so the minute I know I can potentially feel sick from something, there is no stopping me so as hippie as aromatherapy used to be, it became a part of my life as soon as I realized I was prone to daily headaches, motion sickness or just having a hormonal day. I even get headaches from high air pressure so surrounding myself with scents that feel like they are opening up blood vessels in my brain and alleviating pain can take me from zero to hero so when I saw that Canadian brand Scentuals had specific headache products, my interest was piqued!

Scentuals Natural and Organic Skincare

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KBEAUTY | Mediheal x BT21 Face Point Masks #100DaysofSheetMasks

I am going to try my best to review the masks I used in my #100DaysofSheetMasks challenge by the end of this month, but with just 10 days left to go in November (WTF!) I am cuttin' it real close! In the last week of the challenge I was DYING to use my new Mediheal x BT21 Face Point Masks which I discovered on while hunting for mini masks after finding the ones from MaskerAide SO CUTE! If you are a BTS and/or Kpop fan you will know that the boyband BTS is basically ruling the world right now, even making their way a number of times onto the Ellen show! BT21 is the first collaboration of the Line Friends creators with eight characters all designed by BTS themselves. Six of the characters have their own mini mask in collaboration with Mediheal and though I was thisclose to buying all six, common sense kicked in and I bought the characters I thought were the cutest!

Mediheal x BT21 Face Point Mask Review

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SKINCARE | TULA Limited Edition INSTA BRIGHT Energizing and Brightening Sheet Mask

I wanted my 100th sheet mask to be EPIC which meant that it was most certainly going to be holographic and though I had been looking at a couple of different brands, when Shayna from A Pop of Colour alerted me to the new INSTA BRIGHT Energizing and Brightening Sheet Mask from probiotic skincare line TULA, I knew I had found my 100th mask. After using TULA products over the last couple of months (a review of their Pro Glycolic Resurfacing 10% pH Resurfacing Gel Toner is coming!) with positive results, I knew that good things were about to happen with this probiotic blend of Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, fermented birch water, hyaluronic acid and lemon extract. I was ready to experience THE GLOW!

Tula Limited Edition INSTA BRIGHT Energizing and Brightening Sheet Mask

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NAILS | Galaxy Nail Art #CBBxManiMonday

Have you ever had one of those days where you make constant typos and sit there trying to form a coherent sentence? That is me today so I think for everyone's safety, Imma keep it short and sweet! This week's CBB ManiMonday theme is "Galaxy Nails" and though I did them back in 2012, I have learned a few tricks and techniques to improve and I definitely like these Galaxy Nails much more! 

Galaxy Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50

I knew this week would kick my ass. The last couple of days have been a blur and though I love blogging, there are times like this past week where my day job comes first because I like a little bit of extra money and the occasional praise from my bosses. The last three nights have had me coming home much later than anticipated and blogging just wasn't in the cards, but this week is a less stressful week for me so I look forward to the breathing room. 

For the last couple of weeks I have been testing the Laneige BB Cushion Hydra Radiance SPF 50*, which is the radiance-enhancing and hydrating version of Laneige's classic BB Cushion foundation. This is great for all skin types and though I tend to use liquid foundations more often, there is something so quick and compact about cushion foundations which Asian cosmetics companies have really perfected.

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KBEAUTY | The Creme Shop Calm Down, Skin! Cat Face Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Talk about terrifying looking sheet masks! Certain animals are just destined to look creepy, but when I saw The Creme Shop Calm Down, Skin! masks on sale at Winners the kitty cat on the packaging looked so cute that I was convinced I would look just as adorable when wore it. Yeah...not so much. This mask reminded me so much of The Face Shop Homer Mask, but with a better fit and equally disturbing eyes. 

The Creme Shop Calm Down, Skin! Cat Face Mask

NAILS | Lest We Forget #CBBRemembers

Today felt a bit like a Sunday, but for many like myself it was a regular work day. It was a quiet day though so I got a chance to catch up on some paperwork and prep for our client event this week without feeling overwhelmed. I missed out on Remembrance Day nails last year, but with the present political climate and the recent shooting in California, those fighting around the world, veterans and those who have survived and need support have been on my mind.

This year, I decided to go back to the classic poppy design, but instead of painting on a white background, I decided to try a new thermal nail polish from Born Pretty (I did not realize that it was thermal until I started painting!) to simulate the sky.

Remembrance Day Nail Art

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JEWELRY | My Everyday Rings #NaBloPoMo

I will preface this by saying that although I have dabbled in a few professions over the years including: bioinformatician, social media and e-commerce specialist and skincare rep and trainer, the one job I have had the longest is in the luxury jewelry industry. I wouldn't say it's my passion, but I like it enough as long as I still have the freedom to do the beauty stuff. I am part of a great management team and when it comes to understanding people and true client service, the jewelry industry has taught me the most.

When it comes to WHERE I spend the bulk of my disposable income, it would be without a doubt on skincare and jewelry. I rarely wear costume jewelry and though I do not want to sound like I am looking down on this category of jewelry, but after 12 years in this industry and seeing countless repairs, things that last are fine jewelry pieces when cared for properly.

Diamond Rings

SKINCARE | 111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment #100DaysofSheetMasks

Well so much for #NaBloPoMo and blogging everyday! I had a feeling it would kick my ass last week since there was quite a bit going on at work with our Client Event happening this Thursday. It's the biggest one of the year and I have been coming home exhausted from preparation in addition to the daily grind of luxury retail. I think my goal this month will be to blog more than my average number of posts (around 20) and call it a success because I don't see the point in suffering from lack of sleep at my day job and writing nonsensical blog posts! That being said, back to blogging!

There is so much wonderful skincare out there at all sorts of different price points and I have gotten to an age where I find myself spending more money on skincare and less on makeup. Almost exactly a year ago, I was introduced to a new skincare line launching at Holt Renfrew called 111SKIN. This is a British skincare company created by plastic surgeon, Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, who initially had developed his own line of products to be sold at his own practice to aid his clients in healing and aftercare of their cosmetic procedures. One of his clients happened to be very well-connected and raved about Dr. Alexandrides' products with him eventually agreeing to partner with Harrods to create 111SKIN. I had the pleasure of hearing him tell this story in person and he tells it far more eloquently than I do, but he was well-spoken (yes, the British accent helped) and answered many of our questions regarding ingredients as well as what makes 111SKIN different from the sea of skincare options available.

111SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Review

HAIR | Design.ME Quickie.ME Dry Shampoo

I have become quite the collector of dry shampoo spray especially now that that there are so many good ones out there for dark hair, but as many as I have tried, I still currently stick to COLAB, Kristen Ess and now Design.ME

Design.Me Quickie Me Dry Shampoo Review

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KBEAUTY | Mimiang Animal Mayu Wrinkle Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

After these 100 days of sheet masking are over, I SWEAR you will start seeing me in some makeup! I promise! I'm sure most of you would believe me if I told you that I spend 24-7 of my day in a mask of some sort at this point and I almost want to try masking outside just to see if I would have the ladyballs to do it! When it comes to sheet mask reviews, I try to feature ones that are visually interesting or have something special going on. There are masks that are ho hum and perfectly fine, but wouldn't really be all that interesting to write about because they don't look like THIS ONE. When are you ever going to see me contemplating the wonders of the universe while looking like a zebra?

NAILS | Inspired by Design.Me Dry Shampoo Packaging #CBBxManiMonday

I had already been planning this manicure in my head after trying out the new Design.Me Quickie Me Dry Shampoo Spray (you bet I've got a review coming!) and loving the colours and matte finish of the packaging when our little CBB ManiMonday family decided that today's theme would be "Inspired By"! I will admit that whenever I feel uninspired for a design, I look to the packaging of MANY of my beauty products!

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SKINCARE | Biotherm Life Plankton Essence in Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

The last time I featured Biotherm on this blog was a whopping FIVE years ago when we only had blogs to read and no Instagram accounts to maintain as well! While I was a fan of Biotherm's body products (their Lait Corporel is an orange lover's heaven!), I have never been a huge fan of their skincare. Not because it doesn't work, but because I feel there is always a lot of hype around their products, but when it comes time to look at the ingredients list, they just aren't as impressive as I think they should be. Though I have had the opportunity through press samples to try quite a bit of Biotherm product, there have only been a few things here and there that have caught my eye and they are the three in this photo - Life Plankton Essence, Aquasource Aura Concentrate and now the Life Plankton Essence-In-Mask!

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence in Mask Review

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BLOG | 5 Tips for Prettier Flatlays #NaBloPoMo

It's November which means mustaches for Movember, Remembrance Day, getting ready for the holidays and of course, National Blogging Post Month or more affectionately known as #NaBloPoMo. I thought about doing this last year, but my current average of 17-20 posts per month is already quite the struggle for me so doing 31 will prove challenging, but what I have decided to do to fully embrace and become one with #NaBloPoMo is to talk about other areas of interest. This is when I wish I was FAR more interesting and could give you a glimpse into my secret life as an exotic dancer or part-time pirate, but alas that is not the case and you will have to settle for my relatively PG-13 life.

JBEAUTY | Design Face Pack Japan Captain America and Iron Man Sheet Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

My last day of this epic sheet mask challenge is coming up next week and I still have so many reviews to share with you all! Some masks were definitely more interesting than others, but even though there were some nights where sheet masking felt like yet another thing to do, by the time I did it, I felt so much better mentally. I do miss my regular skincare routine and the nights where I paint my nails are much less complicated without having to wait 20-30 minutes to finish sheet masking, but I will continue to mask and definitely keep to my mission of bringing the weirdest and most wonderful sheet masks to you and the blog!

When I was in Montreal's Chinatown, I wandered into one store that happened to have the Marvel Face Pack containing printed sheet masks for both Iron Man and Captain America. The Design Face Pack brand has been quite hard for me to find in Vancouver and online at a decent price without insane shipping so when I saw this duo for $25, I snatched it right off the stand! 

BATH | The Lush Halloween Collection

It's tiiiiiime for Lush Halloweeeeeeen! I got to this year's collection a little late as Inventory at work pushed my schedule for everything way back, but as always there are some old favourites (I'll link them here) and new goodies that have positively bewitched me!

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NAILS | "Walkin' Into Spiderwebs" #CBBxManiMonday

It's crazy that we are now on the last Halloween ManiMonday of the month and though I would like to do one more set of Halloween themed nails on the 31st, I really don't know if I will have the energy to do something incredibly creative, but for today's manicure, I have mixed feelings mainly because it didn't go according to plan and I did not have time to redo them since I am one of those people who prefers to paint at 10pm the day before she has to get up early for work. On top of that, I am still sheet masking every night which NORMALLY I wouldn't do because it's just too many things to do in the 4 hours I have free every work night. When it comes to saving on time while providing amazing results, nail vinyls are my go-to option and I have been dying to try these spiderweb vinyls from Whats Up Nails since last year!

Spiderweb Halloween Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | Jayjun Cosmetic Baby Pure Shining Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

When I started my sheet mask hunt for what to try first and fan favourites, any sheet mask from Jayjun Cosmetic (and yes it's Cosmetic not Cosmetics) kept popping up so I made it a point to find what sheet masks I could from this baby of a Korean company (launched in 2014) to see what the fuss was all about starting with one of the more highly chatted about masks - The Baby Pure Shining Mask!

Jayjun Cosmetic Baby Pure Shining Mask Review

BEAUTY | Cleaning My Makeup Brushes Naturally with Ativo Skincare

I think we all have a love-hate relationship with cleaning our makeup brushes and I swear sometimes that's why I have so many as to avoid washing them everyday! I am not the best at keeping to even a weekly schedule for cleaning my brushes, but three years ago I decided to try Sephora's Solid Brush Cleaner as a less expensive option for the Beauty Blender version and was so impressed that it has been the only brush cleaner I have used since. Then something happened last week. The Ativo Skincare Brush Cleaner arrived at my door and after using it I pretty much LOVE IT and will use it forever. 

Ativo Brush Cleaner Review

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SKINCARE | Naruko Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

I keep talkin' Korean beauty, but the Taiwanese people make great skincare too! Last year I discovered Taiwanese brand Naruko and was really pleased with what I had tried so I was super excited when they agreed to be a part of my #100DaysofSheetMask Challenge! My 100th mask will be on November 8th and lemme tell ya, 31 day mask challenges will be a BREEZE compared to this one! I haven't seen anyone online do 100 straight days of sheet masking and it definitely isn't for the faint of heart. My skin is quite resilient so I haven't had any breakouts, but I am systematic about which combination of masks I am using so I will not use for instance, a super hydrating biocellulose mask back to back with another. Naruko makes some pretty good sheet masks (review here) with the Magnolia Brightening and Firming Mask being my favourite from them so far so let's see how the Jing Cheng Face Renewal Miracle Mask* fared against my current favourite!  

Naruko Face Renewal Miracle Mask Review

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GIVEAWAY | Live Clean Fresh Water Collection

This month is Cosmetic Proof's 7th birthday and I look back at how I started, my photos and content and I am relatively content with my progress. I see evolution which is always promising, but the only thing I have always been hesitant to change is my blog template. This is mainly because I cannot stand designing ANYTHING and in the interest of keeping this space looking less like a magazine and more like a wholesome beauty journal, I have always kept things really simple. Part of the evolution process has included creating brand relationships with some brands having been with me for a long time and Live Clean is one of them! I know you all love their products as much as I do so here's to another year of blogging with this giveaway featuring the Fresh Water Collection

Live Clean Fresh Water Collection

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KBEAUTY | Kocostar Cucumber Sliced Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

I am all for putting food on my face so when I spotted this cucumber mask by Kocostar at Anthropologie, the cuteness factor won me over and I had to have this plus the Tomato and Lemon masks (reviews to come) as mini masks are my new favourite thing! Kocostar is a Korean brand that is pretty hard to find in Canada with only just a few of their masks being available at various stores around the city. BeautyMark (so sad they are gone now) used to carry a good selection of Kocostar masks so I will have those coming to show you guys as well, but for today it'll just be cucumber slices! 

NAILS | Jack-O-Lanterns #CBBxManiMonday

Last week just whizzed right by as we were preparing for Inventory at work and then actually doing it over the weekend which for anyone who has worked in a large retail environment, takes a ton of planning on the management side and traditionally has been quite stressful even if we know what's coming. It's like a combination of wedding planning and writing a final exam since there is a score at the end. Now, that Inventory is over, I am fighting the beginnings of a sore throat and a canker sore which is just FANTASTIC.

I had ordered a couple of Halloween nail vinyls from WhatsUp Nails last year, but then they got lost in shipping and ended up having them replaced in November, but WhatUp Nails was kind enough to gift me an equivalent amount of vinyls for Christmas so that I could still do some holiday-themed nail art. Big thumbs up for customer service there! I also realized in my zombie-like state last night that I had no nails for today so luckily I remembered that I had these replacement Halloween vinyls!

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NAILS | Marijuana Mummies

Call it my love of alliteration or the fact that something kind of huge just happened a few days ago, but weed is now legal in Canada and "Marijuana Mummies" NEEDED to happen! While nail art can be fun and glittery, those of you who have been with me for awhile on this crazy beauty journey know that I love creating nail art content that may not be pretty, but also a little funny, nerdy and in this case political! While I am not opposed to using pot, I do look forward to when companies like Dosist can sell their products in Canada as I like the wellness aspect that comes with marijuana usage and would probably benefit from a measured dose or two!

Marijuana Mummies Nail Art

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KBEAUTY | Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Masks #1 to #6 - The Breakdown #100DaysofSheetMasks

I like Laneige, but ever since the brand became MUCH more mainstream in North America I have been slower to jump on the bandwagon for new products. I'm weird like that where if something gets too popular, I get even more suspicious about why it's doing so well and usually end up trying it after the craze has mellowed or not at all. In the case of the Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Masks, I saw them on the Sephora website last year and though the packaging was enticing, I didn't look into them until this year when I started my hunt for "cool sheet masks" and rediscovered them! 

Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask Review

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NAILS | Bloody Monster Mouth Kitty Stitches #CBBxManiMonday

I realize looking at these photos that I have no orange in my manicure so it's almost like a Christmas manicure except for the fangs, evil kitty and blood. I guess it depends on how your Christmas celebrations go, but we are now halfway through October which means two more weeks until Halloween! I had my first piece of Halloween-sized candy over the weekend which signals the beginning of the indulgent season of chocolate and feeling like I've eaten too much every week! I have been wanting to do all these Halloween designs over the years and finally sat down today and chose a few favourites!

Halloween Nail Art

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