MASK | Truly Organic Rainbows in Mirrors, Star Fruit and the Star Kisser Jelly Lip Plumping Mask

On any given day, I'm masking some part of my body and though it is mostly my face, I also enjoy finding new masks for my hair and lips! When I was on my girls shopping day in March, I stopped in Nordstrom to look at some shoes and on the way out, a clean beauty pop-up caught my eye because it had a number of US-based brands that I had only seen online like Rael, Clove and Hallow and Truly Organic. I had seen so many colourful, millennial-bait style posts on Instagram for Truly Organic from glitter lip masks to unicorn body butters that I had to see what the big deal was! Was it all just for show? Or were the products actually effective in addition to being so cute that I hated myself for wanting everything?!

Truly Organic Rainbows in Mirrors, Star Fruit and the Star Kisser Jelly Lip Plumping Mask

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NAILS | Purple Roses #CBBxManiMonday

I wanted to make up for my laziness the last month and finally sit down and commit to some hand-drawn nail art so even though it was midnight and I was still reeling from the last night's Game of Thrones episode. *SPOILER ALERT* I was rooting for Daenerys, but after what she decided to do with King's Landing, it was evident that her reign would have been like that of a dictator as she probably would have slaughtered everyone in the North for not bowing down to her, but I am sad that her end was written this way. I was sad that Jaime made the decision to basically commit suicide by leaving Winterfell and I still don't know what his purpose was at King's Landing, but that was another ending that left me feeling unfulfilled. You know what DID have me feeling good last night though were these nails! 

Rose Nail Art

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SHEET MASK | Soo'AE Intensive Neck and Decolletage Mask #AnywhereButTheFace

You know I hadn't intended on writing a blog post about this mask. I was just going to post a photo on Instagram, do a "micro-review" and call it a day, but I have since decided that because this is a style of mask I have NEVER tried or featured on Cosmetic Proof, it seemed appropriate to share my first experience with the brand Korean beauty brand Soo'Ae

Soo'AE Intensive Neck and Decolletage Mask

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MAKEUP | The Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collection

After last Sunday's GoT episode, I was too unmotivated to talk about GoT because for any of you who tuned in, it definitely wasn't the best. Stories are feeling rushed, characters are doing some tragic things despite becoming better people these last 7 seasons and my biggest pet peeve with all of this is how seemingly easy the battle with the Night King seemed to be. This was an enemy that had been built up for so long and now it's over. I almost miss the bastard after seeing Sunday's episode!

Now, that we have one more episode to go, where I'm pretty sure Dany is going to have to be eliminated (she would have been a total dictator), we might as well talk about the only makeup collection that has gotten me excited for a long time! In general, I have definitely moved towards skincare as my vice, but the Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Collection got my blood pumping again so let's get into it! 

Urban Decay Game of Thrones Makeup Collection

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NAILS | Red, White and Blue #CBBxManiMonday

I started out my Saturday morning with a very painful sore throat that lasted all the way through Sunday and all I was doing was praying to God that it wasn't strep throat because not only is it contagious, but the last time I had it, I was coughing for months and had a fever for over a week. Thankfully, this has only evolved into being a small cold with my throat feeling much better and just the occasional sneezing attack here and there. I still wasn't feeling 100% last night so combined with that horrific Game of Thrones episode, I decided to take it easy on myself and haul out my trusty water flower decals!

Red White and Blue Flower Nail Art

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SKINCARE | Head to Toe Dry Skin Loves

I love how just as I am in the process of putting together this post, summer hits in Vancouver and I kid you not, it was 17 degrees when I left for work this morning! All I needed was a very light cardigan and by afternoon I was pretty much sweltering! Nevertheless, maybe some of you will still enjoy these products if you struggle with drier skin or you can add these favourites of mine to your winter wishlist!

Dry Skin Products

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HAIR | The Body Shop Shea Butter Collection

Almost 2 months ago to the day, I attended the launch of some new products for The Body Shop's Shea Butter Collection at CF Pacific Centre downtown and even made an exfoliating lip scrub to take home all by 8:45am (gotta love morning events)! The Shea Butter range is not a new one, but over the last few years The Body Shop has revamped packaging, added new products and more importantly, raised awareness for ethical wage compensation, community trade ingredients, animal testing and transparency within the global supply chain. All of us were able to see the women in Ghana make this very shea butter I'm using as well as how these job opportunities have given these women their independence. Here I was being all grumpy about having to go to work after the event and then I hear these women talk about how proud they are to finally be able to provide for their families instead of relying on their husbands and I shut right up!

The Body Shop Shea Butter Collection

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NAILS | Sketch Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

I will make this short and sweet as I pulled a longer day at work and got home much later than I had anticipated, ate dinner at 9pm and then showered at 11pm. All in all, I should be sleeping now! This month, the CBB ManiMonday crew and I are dedicated to bringing you the best in flower power so I am starting off the month with some rather messy, sketch flowers which look pretty awful from far away, but less of a trainwreck up close! 

Flower Nail Art

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SHEET MASKS | "Menstrual Masking" with Rael Beauty

I love it when a product lives up to its pretty packaging. I first came across LA-based feminine care brand Rael Beauty on Anna's (@maskaddict) Instagram feed and though she does share with all of us A TON of sheet mask brands, this was one of the ones that I immediately looked up, found on and purchased 4 boxes of all 4 masks available! Not only was the packaging sexy, but I loved the sustainable materials and ingredients and the brand's story. Created by three South Korean women, Rael's main focus is feminine hygiene and menstrual care with their initial products being 100% natural cotton  pads, tampons and liners and added holistic care like the sheet masks intended to combat those hormonal skin freakouts we all get during our periods as well as provide some added pampering. I adore these sheet masks and have already signed up to receive on autoreplenishment in a few months because I KNOW I cannot be without these! 

Rael Beauty Facial Sheet Mask Review

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NAILS | Peelable Polish (?!) with Suncoat Lovely Lapis #CBBxManiMonday

With this being our last Monday, us gals decided to use vegan, water-based and Earth-friendly Canadian brand Suncoat! I used a Suncoat polish years ago as well as a nail polish remover that didn't work out too well, but more than 5 years later, the formulas have changed and I was ready to give this brand another go because there is nothing I love doing more than supporting a Canadian brand, created by a female organic chemist and wants to make the beauty space a healthier place. I won't lie that I had a few challenges with the colour I am wearing today, but I am hopeful with the other shades that I will work out the kinks and have more designs to share with you!

Suncoat Lovely Lapis

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BODY | My Favourite Earth-Friendly Deodorants #EarthMonth

My first foray into deodorants as a teenager were the Secret sticks that came with those Teen Packs for girls and eventually just hated the perfumey scent of them. I also went through my very brief phase of antiperspirants and soon realized that sweating was a good thing and shouldn't be stopped! I started using deodorant salt crystal sticks about 10 years ago and really loved how neutralizing it was on body odor, but at the time there weren't a lot of natural options short of just not wearing ANY deodorant! Now, there are LOADS of options and amazingly enough, I actually had to pare down what I wanted to share!  

Natural Deodorant Review

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SHEET MASK | Boo Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Masks #EarthMonth

I am always raring to go when it comes to talking about sheet masks and though I now have far too many to count (probably around 800?) I never get tired of finding new ones to try! Last summer I tried my first brightening charcoal sheet mask from clean and Canadian beauty brand Boo Bamboo and now I have its three sheet mask siblings to share with you!

Boo Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Masks

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NAILS | Confused Easter Bunny #CBBxManiMonday

I don't know if you can tell, but I had a slight nail break on my pointer finger hours before I was supposed to paint my nails! The weather has been wreaking havoc on my nails and hands so underneath this pretty polish is pretty much a set of horrific, peely nails. I have a couple of nail treatments I could try, but to be honest I haven't been taking care of my nails as well as I normally do so I'll try to remember to give them some TLC soon or you might be lookin' at nubbins soon! It is Easter Monday today so we all decided to give Easter nails one last go before we say hello to some new themes for May!

Easter Bunny Nail Art

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HAIR | John Masters Organics Honey and Hibiscus Collection #EarthMonth

I cannot believe that I have the next three days off as that is practically a vacation for me and though today was a bit of a grocery day as well as blog photo day, I will try to enjoy the next few days off as best as possible at with my furbabies and Casey. I have already had a nap with Hugo purring away on my chest which I consider such a luxury to do since I am rarely home to cuddle them like that.

As we are approaching Earth Day, let us continue on with some more Earth-friendly products this time for the hair! I have seen John Masters Organics products for years in salons and randomly online, but it didn't dawn on me that they were a clean brand until I saw that Whole Foods carried it in their beauty department! John Masters products are free of sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and is safe for use on colour-treated hair. Their ingredients list for the shampoo reads almost like a skincare list! 

John Masters Organics Honey and Hibiscus Collection

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KBEAUTY | Laneige Lip Glowy Balms

Just when I thought I was set with the lip balms I needed in life, Laneige just HAD to come out with a sister to their insanely good Lip Sleeping Mask - the new Lip Glowy Balms! Think of these as the daytime version of what we have all come to realize is one of the best, most delicious lip masks on the beauty market! 

Laneige Lip Glowy Balms Review

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NAILS | Easter Bunnies #CBBxManiMonday

I started watching the Game of Thrones premiere Sunday night and then realized I still had to do my nails for today! I had a more complex bunny design in my head when I looked at the time and calculated how much sleep I would potentially be losing should I go down the more time-consuming route so I "hopped" (pun intended) on over to Instagram to look for cute Easter manis and came across these "Sleepy Bunnies" by @melonpolish which were just TOO CUTE! 

Bunny Nail Art

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SHEET MASK | Yes To Coconut and Grapefruit Bubbling Paper Masks #EarthMonth

I am back with another Yes To mask session! Though I haven't had consistently good luck with Yes To masks, their new packaging is so damn cute and they have been coming out with so msny fun collections and products that I just cannot keep up! When it comes to affordable Earth-friendly products, I find Yes To fairly reasonable and most of all accessible. Even though I didn't have the best luck with their paper sheet masks, their mud masks and now I can say their bubble masks are quite good! If only the Bubbling Paper Masks were available in Canadian drugstores because they have some seriously yummy scents!

Yes To Coconut and Grapefruit Bubbling Paper Masks

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LOOK | Gettin' Chrome-y with Revlon

Yowza. The last time I did a makeup look on here was back in January?? That doesn't sound right, but that's what my search shows and I am disappoint! I used to be able to pump out one look a week, but it really slowed down last Spring when I found it really hard to bring myself to put on makeup and spend 2-3 hours photographing on a day I had off. I think if I had regular days off, planning would be much easier, but when they are all over the place where some days I'm at events or running errands, it becomes more important to have time to relax. Oddly enough, I don't think my job has changed much in terms of workload, but I don't think I have ever gotten used to not having energy so it's probably time to start working out and exercising like a healthy person since I'm not gettin' any younger!

Revlon Chrome Makeup Look

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NAILS | "Never a Bride, Always a Mermaid" #CBBxManiMonday

Almost 5.5 years ago, my husband and I said 'I Do" (wedding post) and because our wedding was VERY small (36 people) we had the opportunity to make every element more personal which meant wedding favours that reflected who WE were. At the time, I was massively into indie polish and loved the now defunct Pretty and Polished. Well, it's not like the owner isn't around, but she has moved on from nail polish and specializes in Bohemian household things now which is sad because so many of her polishes are among my favourites. She did thermals and glitters so well that I will cherish the MANY bottles of Pretty & Polished I purchased. For our wedding, all of the women received mini bottles of nail polish from the Bridal Collection including this gorgeous teal stunner - "Never a Bride, Always a Mermaid"

Pretty and Polished Never a Bride, Always a Mermaid Swatch

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SHEET MASK | Burt's Bees Hydrating Sheet Mask #EarthMonth

The next Earth-friendly product I have is one that I was unexpectedly disappointed with so it's possible I might get a bit ranty with improvements. Burt's Bees - we know and love this brand for skincare, makeup and being one of the earliest brands to have "natural" and affordable products right at the drugstore. I keep feeling like I want to apologize for what I am about to say about the Hydrating Sheet Mask*, but I just don't get how this mask can be given a passable rating and it seems I'm not the only one from reviews I have seen on Influenster and the Burt's Bees website!

Burt's Bees Hydrating Sheet Mask

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SKINCARE | Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream #EarthMonth

It's April which means more of a focus on Earth-friendly and clean beauty products! You will have to forgive the order of my skincare reviews as you all know that I take a loooong time to review things, but starting with what I started using over the Winter season, I reviewed quite a number of different things some of which I featured over on Instagram stories. I don't often care much about moisturizers because my skincare focus tends to be more on serums and treatments with moisturizers acting more like a "cap" for my illustrious routine, but I wanted to give a big, beefy blog shoutout to the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream!

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

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SHEET MASK | Repiel Perfect Fit Advanced Biocellulose Masks

I have more sheet masks for you HA! Hey, it has been a whole three weeks since I last chatted about sheet masks and such that I am sure you are all DYING to see what I have been up to! I have been doing a personal masking challenge #MarchMaskness which I think might be fun to do every year! I miss masking when I don't do it for a day or two and I find my skin has just taken to daily masking like a moth to a flame, but I am careful to balance out the type of masks that I do back to back so when I wanted to review the Repiel Perfect Fit Biocellulose Masks*, I planned my schedule accordingly as biocellulose masks are known to be INTENSELY hydrating!

Repiel Perfect Fit Advanced Biocellulose Mask

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NAILS | It's Wedding Season! #CBBxManiMonday

I know I'm one day late for this, but I started typing this post really late last night and after what I can only say was "not a positive day" at work, my husband told me to come to bed and get some sleep! Last week our little group of ladies who dutifully paint our nails once a week celebrated ONE YEAR of sticking with our #ManiMondays! I think Trysh was probably the only one who kept up with it every single Monday as I know I took a one week break while I was on vacation in the Fall, but missing 51 out of 52 Mondays ain't half bad! For today and next week, we will be practicing our wedding themed nail art skills as wedding season is upon us so get ready to see lots of pink and lace! For me, bridal nails always involve either a French manicure or glitter gradient and since glitter is way more sexy, I went with that for this week's manicure!

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HAIR | My Design.ME Routine!

I have been struggling to write blog posts for the majority of this month due to a more grueling schedule for my day job and though I have remained fairly chipper on social media, the reality is that I am coming home from work, having dinner then sleeping (plus sheet masking of course!) which has had me feeling so unproductive. I have pretty much written off this month for writing my usual goal of 15-20 blog posts so I hope that April will be a fresh start! For now, we need to discuss the hair care line Design.ME because I fell HARD for their dry shampoo and now that I have tried almost the rest of the products I feel like I have a much more well-rounded view of the brand, BUT their dry shampoo foam is STILL my favourite product out of everything!

Design Me Hair Review

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NAILS | I am a Coral Minimalist CBBxManiMonday

March has been a complete write-off for me in terms of trying to hit my usual blogging goal of 15-20 posts a month. It started out alright, but all in all it has just been really tiring on the day job half of my life and I have been struggling to stay awake after coming home from work. These nails were tough to do as I had already fallen asleep for the night, but knowing that my girls Renee and Trysh had their nails done for today motivated me to at least do SOMETHING! Coral was still our theme for today, so I went through my many many untried polishes and found Dior Smile* which seemed like both a great colour and apt polish name for the start of the week!

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GIVEAWAY | Live Clean Foaming Body Washes (Yayyyy!)

When it comes to shower time, nothing delights me more in my bath products than ease of use and the least amount of fidgeting to get bottles open. I'm sure I'm not the only one who adores ANY bath product with a pump whether it be shampoo or shower gels, but now Live Clean has seemingly come out with what we have all been wanting - a Foaming Body Wash! Talk about ease of use, now I don't even need a bath puff! These new body washes come in three delicious scents: Shea and Murumuru Butter, Moringa and Matcha Butter and Mango and Aloe Butter all made with the same Live Clean promise of 98% plant-derived ingredients and being SLS and sulfate-free, silicone and phthalate-free, DEA and paraben-free and of course Leaping Bunny Certified! 

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NAILS | Coral with the New CND Sweet Escape Collection #CBBxManiMonday

These are definitely not my normal nail colours, but because the girls and I are embracing "Coral" this week, the timing to try out the new CND Sweet Escape Collection was perfect. This is a romantically candy sweet array of pastel-esque shades that are easy to wear with any Spring outfit. I didn't have time to get my nails done at with this collection at the CND event last Monday, but I was sent home with all five shades as well as the new Effects Top Coats which you will see over the next couple of manicures because they are pretty cool!

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SHEET MASK | St.Ives Soothing Oatmeal and Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask

These are the BEST drugstore sheet masks I have used! I was hesitant to review the St. Ives Sheet Masks as they were not available in Canada, but now that I see that the Shoppers Beauty Boutique online is carrying them I feel it is time to share the love! While I was in Maine last Fall, I headed on over to CVS to pick up every sheet mask known to man that we did not carry in Canada which included the Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask and the Soothing Oatmeal Sheet Mask. I hadn't used a St. Ives skincare product since my Apricot Scrub teen years and really did not know what to expect when it came to these sheet masks. All I knew was that nothing could be worse than the Yes To ones!

St.Ives Soothing Oatmeal and Glowing Apricot Sheet Mask

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MAKEUP | Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip with Swatches

I have worn a matte lip almost every day for the last 2.5 months and almost every day it has been one of the Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks! Granted I have stuck to the more neutral shades, even getting to the half empty point on one of them, but these have truly become one of my favourite lip products for both their comfort level and performance! 

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip with Swatches

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SHEET MASK | The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask

When I attended The Body Shop holiday preview last Fall, I was literally on Day 100 of #100DaysofSheetMasks and that's when it was hinted to me that there may or may not be a sheet mask in the works for the Drops of Youth line in the new year. When the Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask* dropped, I had instant grabby hands because that's apparently what I do now with sheet masks. I'm like a crow for sheet masks instead of shiny objects!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask Review

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NAILS | When All Else Fails, Do a Dotticure on your Nails #CBBxManiMonday

Dotticures always save the day like a glitter gradient. They are fast to do and look impressive even to a more seasoned nail art lover like me. I was going to feature this super cool green glitter, but then it turned out to not be the right kind of green and would have looked weird painted on top of a nude base so at midnight last night, I whipped out my dotting tools and dotted away to "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" on Netflix. I was exhausted when my alarm went of this morning at 6am for work, but looking at my pretty nails made it all worth it!

Green Polka Dot Nail Art

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SKINCARE | Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum

The first thing I noticed when I started looking at Volition products was how each product seemed extremely appealing. The Snow Mushroom Water Serum immediately caught my eye because I adore mushrooms (raw and cooked) and serums are my favourite part of my skincare routine other than sheet masking. If anything, I find that these two loves of mine go hand in hand.What makes Volition different from other skincare brands is the creation of their products because YOU get to create products "of your own volition". You get to be an inventor and submit your idea through the Volition website or vote on ideas that you would love to see become a reality. Instead of a brand telling you what the next big thing should be, Volition has decided to let you come up with the idea and they will then take it to the lab to test out. Oh, and Volition products also have the Clean Beauty stamp of approval at Sephora and after looking at the ingredients of this serum and most of their other products, I am liking the ingredient choices!

Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum Review

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NAILS | Mixed Greens #CBBxManiMonday

I feel like this last week has gone by in a blur, but with little to show for it you know? I feel like a lot has happened, I'm tired and grumpy, but I'm not really being productive at home. At work, things are fine, but I'm not feeling very motivated. I have a been feeling a bit stressed and today had so much going on that I had my Saje diffuser on full blast and even went up to the Saje store to pick a new scent called "Deep Breath" which seemed appropriate for today and with its blend of lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus it definitely helped my mood! As for the nails, apologies for the lack of nail art, but I really wasn't feelin' it BUT these shades of green are something!

NCLA Lavish Spender Swatch

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SKINCARE | #CBBGetsSheetFaced Week 4 with Su:m37, Sulwhasoo, Dr. Jart, Neogen and Trish McEvoy #LuxeWeek

OMG the final week of #CBBGetsSheetFaced is over and what a ride! Renee, Chantal and I all managed to stick to our masking schedules and have our skin not completely freak out! I did get my one very painful pimple which has now scarred so I'll have to stay on top of my Vitamin C treatments for that! This last week was all about luxe sheet masks being any sheet mask that cost more than $5. At this point, I have become quite comfortable spending $20 on a one-use sheet mask just to satisfy my curiosity and let you all know whether it was worth the price, but hopefully I chose some masks that some of you have been interested in trying!

One PR sample featured as denoted with "*"

MAKEUP | BECCA Year of the Pig Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

It is the Year of the Pig have been hunting piggy beauty products since last year in the hopes that I would have a bounty of pig products for you, but in the beauty world most seem to be in Asia or are packaged in pig paraphernalia, but the products themselves are just normal or in red for the Lunar New Year. When it comes to LE things, I really need to enjoy using them too so I didn't want to spend too frivolously. My friend Jessie knew of my "hunt for the pig" and alerted me to the BECCA Year of the Pig Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter at Beautylish just after New Year's. I have never clicked "COMPLETE ORDER" so fast!

I got it from my momma (actually, I just bought it myself)

SKINCARE | #CBBGetsSheetFaced Week 3 with JM Solutions, Jayjun Cosmetic, NO:HJ, Naruko and Dewytree! #FlowerWeek

We are almost done with #CBBGetsSheetFaced and what a wild ride it has been! I LOVE that I have been able to do this with ladies I respect, admire and of course share an extreme love of sheet masks with! This month has been a month of enabling for Chantal, Renee and myself with all of us making notes of what we would like to buy once we see a mask we like on each other's Instastories. It has truly been a fun time and though we will be resting in March we will be getting together again in April to feature sheet masks from clean beauty brands, but for now let's get on with #FlowerWeek!

CBB Gets Sheet Faced Flower Week Review

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NAILS | More Hearts! #CBBxManiMonday

This is our last "Red and Pink" themed ManiMonday for this month and though I know it's not Valentine's Day anymore, when I saw this heart mani by Rina Alcantara, I had to try it! It looked so cute and not overly tedious to do especially since most of it is done with acrylic paints which are a little easier to work with than nail polish. I was very close to not doing this mani at all as I have had a grueling weekend with Inventory at work and I am now in my weekend (though it's going to be spent running errands). Truthfully, I have only done the one hand and I am not sure if I will do the right hand or just remove my left hand and and get a headstart on next week. Even though I feel like the hard part of the week is over, I feel somewhat apprehensive that February is done in just a few days and we will be almost a quarter of the way through 2019!

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KBEAUTY | Laneige Two Tone Lipstick and Getting The Perfect Gradient Lip #LunarFebruary

In July 2016 I went on a little shopping spree with two blogger buddies to Aberdeen Mall in Richmond (the Asian cosmetics mecca in Vancouver) to check out the newly opened Aritaum store. I picked up one Laneige Two Tone Lipstick in Pink Salmon and swore to myself that I would talk about this "brand new" lip product at some point. Then they launched in Sephora a year later, I received a press package and when I looked at it last December I realized I now had two Pink Salmons! I guess I made a good choice in selecting it the year before! Now, I have tried to achieve the Korean gradient lip and it felt like a lot of work with lipstick so having two seemingly perfect lip shades that I can apply in one swipe seems pretty awesome!

Laneige Two Tone Lipstick Review with Swatches

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HAIR | Klorane Mango Collection #MangoRitual

All I can say is Klorane should make mango desserts to go with this collection because ALL OF IT smelled good enough to eat! Known for their plant-based formulas with 96% of the ingredients coming from natural sources, Klorane's new Mango Collection is for dry and dehydrated hair which is probably everyone's hair right now since we are in the middle of winter. Vancouver even got a taste of below freezing weather last week and my hair was ever thankful that I had a nourishing line like this one to keep it soft and touchable instead of crunchy and scary. 

Klorane Mango Butter Collection Review

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NAILS | Happy Year of the Pig! #CBBxManiMonday

I so wanted to have this little piggy nails ready two weeks ago for the Lunar New Year, but there was just a bit too much going on for me to have the energy to do anything more than paint with a brush. Now that we have a long weekend, I have the energy and while I was browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I came across this pin and I knew it was perfect for today's #CBBxManiMonday!

Year of the Pig Nail Art

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SKINCARE | #CBBGetsSheetFaced Week 2 with CNF, Ariul, Feferafe, XOY, Mustus & Origins! #FoodWeek

OMG, we are at the halfway point of our sheet mask challenge AND February! WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? Week 2 of #CBBGetsSheetFaced was all about food which gave me a chance to try out some "dessert-themed" masks from my collection. 

Sheet Mask Review

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NAILS | Sexy Emoji Valentine's Day Nail Art

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I wasn't actually planning on doing a set of themed nails, but after getting nostalgic about the days where I used to do more detailed nail art and came out with creative designs like the Trojan Condoms I decided it was time to challenge myself again so we had an easy, early dinner, I took an early shower and I plunked myself down at my station to do these "sexting" nails!

Sexy Emoji Valentine's Day Nail Art

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GIVEAWAY | MaskerAide "FUN" Sheet Masks!

In the spirit of celebrating the joy of sheet masks and the love they bring to me and to many of you (in addition to fantastic skin of course), I will be doing a few sheet mask giveaways over the next couple of weeks! This first giveaway features the newest sheet masks from Canadian brand MaskerAide - the FUN line! This is truly an amusing set of masks that will have you giggling and then reveling in gorgeous skin!   

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VALENTINE'S | Lush Valentine's Day Collection

It's that time of year again where you can't go out for dinner on Valentine's Day because all the restaurants are packed so if you are an old married couple like myself and KC, I will be making dinner at home and HE will be getting me jewelry LOL! I think after awhile you just want to spend time at home relaxing with people you love. I don't even know how to segue into the bath concoctions Lush has released this year because this year's collection is a little racy! All I can say is Lush, you make a girthy eggplant! 

Lush Valentine's Day Collection

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NAILS | The Pink Gradient #CBBxManiMonday

The new OPI Tokyo Collection arrived and I ran into any nail polish lover's issue of wanting to wear ALL of the shades at once and I have learned that the BEST solution for this is to do a gradient because then you can choose at least three of your favourite colours and just sponge them all together like one big, happy family! We are sticking with our theme of pinks and reds this month and while this gradient is more pink/mauve (I dunno, I just don't enjoy wearing straight-up red polish) I adore each of the colours on their own and I have a feeling I will be wearing this again this month and beyond!

Pink Gradient Nail Art

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SKINCARE | #CBBGetsSheetFaced Week 1 Round Up with Selfies!

This month, the CBB has decided to do 28 days of straight sheet masks with themes for each week and it seemed fitting to do a little round-up of all the masks I used for last week's theme of "print/animal" week. After doing 100 straight days of sheet masks, this seemed easy-peasy, but I love that I have my CBB friends Renee (See the World in Pink) and Chantal (Chantal's Corner) also joining me in this challenge so make sure to check out our stories on Instagram to see what we've all got on our faces every night this month!

#CBBGetsSheetFaced Week 1

All purchased by me except one sheet mask as indicated.

KBEAUTY | Peripera Mini Luggage Cosmetics Kit #LunarFebraury

When it comes to ridiculously cute packaging, Asian cosmetics always win hands-down! They really do a brilliant job of making sure adult women continue to squeal with excitement well into their middle ages over a lipstick shaped like a parasol, a cat-shaped cushion foundation or in this case a miniature rolling suitcase filled with mini lipsticks, a concealer and a cream contour! Leave it up to Peripera to release something as cute as this! I picked this up last year and recently got around to trying out some of the products inside and realized that if I thought this was adorable, some of you might as well!  

Peripera Mini Luggage Cosmetics Kit Review

Purchased myself

KBEAUTY | Sulwhasoo ShineClassic Powder Compact #LunarFebruary

Happy Year of the Pig! This is MY year and I have never been more excited because pigs are so cute with their chubby faces and ears being signs of fortune! I have been trying to hunt down cute pig cosmetics, but it is hard to find the line between cute and kitschy. So far, I have only picked up one makeup item that made me happy and while there are quite a number of Kbeauty releases with the pig design on them, I still want the products to look luxurious which is my segue into THIS -the limited edition Sulwhasoo ShineClassic Powder Compact! This is a thing of beauty and I actually had my name at Holts on a waitlist for when this came in because this needed to be mine!

Sulwhasoo ShineClassic Powder Compact

Purchased by me

NAILS | Jar of Hearts #CBBxManiMonday

Last year, I went a bit rogue and almost ignored Valentine's Day completely in favour of the Lunar New Year and Asian products. This year will still focus on #LunarFebruary, but Valentine's Day will not be left behind as I do have a handful of stories for this month that were of interest to me and hopefully will be to you as well! For this month, the girls and I decided to keep our ManiMonday theme simple and embrace the pink and red of both Valentine's Day and the Lunar New Year. I was very hesitant to say goodbye to the gorgeous green Zoya manicure I received at Lily & Roo last week so I decided to add some pink on top and squeak out a few more days of wear out of my manicure.

Heart Nail Art

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SKINCARE | Pixi Glow Glycolic and Plump Collagen Boost Sheet Masks

I know I just blogged about Pixi Beauty last week, but these new sheet masks NEEDED to be discussed! Just released, Pixi has added two more skintreats to their crazy large repertoire of skincare in the form of skin-boosting sheet masks! Yes, you heard me! My favourite thing in the beauty world has now come to Pixi and I had to try them immediately! It's rare that I immediately sit down and photograph a newly arrived product, but I have a feeling some of you are just as curious about these new sheet masks I am!

Pixi Glow Glycolic and Plump Collagen Boost Sheet Masks

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