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!