NAILS | Remembrance Day #CBBxManiMonday

For those of you enjoying the long weekend, I hope you are taking it easy and relaxing. I rarely get all three days off, but I am happy with having Sunday and today off which is nice. I have a pressure headache that I woke up with so I will be trying to avoid the ibuprofen and continuing with the errands I need to run today as I did nothing yesterday, but enjoy an awesome girls day out with Jaime! We actually scheduled an improptu meetup at around midnight the night before because there was a CND x Swarovski event downtown that we both were planning on attending and it turned into a day of Sephora, Purdy's chocolates and poutine! Not a bad way to spend a Sunday if you ask me, but while I was at Swarovski, I ended up getting my nails done with one of the shades from CND's new Crystal Alchemy Collection!

Remembrance Day Nail Art

Some polishes gifted

GIVEAWAY | Win a NENA Skincare Routine!

Last month, I raved about the Canadian brand NENA Skincare (review) and was impressed with everything from ingredients, their stance on sustainability and their commitment to making sure their ecological footprint was at a minimum. This local BC brand is one you need to try and get to know so they have kindly offered one Cosmetic Proof reader a chance to try out FULL SIZES of the entire glacial clay routine so be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form below!



GOOD LUCK!


TERMS OF GIVEAWAY


  • Open to NORTH AMERICA ONLY
  • Giveaway ends on November 14th, 2019 at 11:59pm PST
  • The winner will have 48 hours to reply once they are contacted
  • Do not follow only to unfollow because that's just rude and it makes Hugo and Harper VERY unhappy.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

HAIR | SNP Overnight Hair Mask in Strengthens and Restores

I feel the urge to say thank you to anyone who is still reading this space as even I am finding it hard to find time to read the blogs of some of my favourite bloggers nowadays which makes me sad because I feel like I don't READ as much anymore. I have been trying to do my Goodreads Reading Challenge and I have only hit my goal of 30 books once - back in 2011 I think. That's a loooong time ago and now I am struggling just to read my second book of the year. SO SAD! The one constant I have had going on in my life is masks of all kinds and back in May I focused on masks that had nothing to do with the face and had everything to do with all the other parts of the body with one of the more effective masks being the SNP Overnight Hair Mask*!

SNP Overnight Hair Mask in Strengthens and Restores

PR sample

NAILS | Cult Nails "I Got Distracted" Swatch #CBBxManiMonday

The CBB ManiMonday girls and I decided to do a bit of a palette cleanse after the Halloween nail art to gear up for next weeks theme of "Emo November" where we pretty much use just vampy fall shades, which I am not always a fan of, but every once in awhile it's nice to be a little moody in the nail area. I'm sort of writing this in a bit a funk as I am trying to focus on the positives in life, but man, can people be mean! With the sun shining today and lots to do both with the blog and in real life, there is plenty to keep me busy starting off with what has turned out to be a swatch of the now defunct company Cult Nails in the shade "I Got Distracted"!

Cult Nails "I Got Distracted" Swatch

Purchased by me a looooong time ago

SHEET MASK | Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Oh, the lovely Tatcha. This was one of the first truly beautiful skincare brands I came across when I first started blogging and in 2011, Tatcha was still relatively new to the skincare scene having only launched just two years prior. Their philosophy, packaging and products were new to the North American market and to this day, though they have some stiff competition in skincare, I still find the whole Tatcha experience to be quite Zen and almost romantic from opening up the packaging to using the product. While there are a few Tatcha products I enjoy, today's feature is all about the Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Mask!


Purchased by me

NAILS | Halloween Skittles #CBBxManiMonday

Well, Halloween is upon us and though this is normally my favourite time of year this month has been a whirlwind purely due to my day job being not very fun. Let's just say that I wish people could just go to work and work? There is only so much gossiping I can do in a day and it literally serves no purpose than to create a toxic work environment. Anyway, I have been enjoying my week off and I am sad that I have to go back this week, but here's to things getting better from now on! 



Some polishes are PR samples

SHEET MASK | Patchology x Kim Chi Collaboration with Selfies #100DaysofSheetMasks

The brand Patchology is one of the coolest mask brands I have come across with their focus beginning over 10 years ago with patch technology for the medical field. Now, Patchology has peels, eye and lip gels, mud masks and of course, some very hydrating mud masks! Then, they did one of the coolest sheet mask collaborations I have seen by partnering up with Kim Chi of Ru Paul's Drag Race and featuring 4 of her top beauty looks with the designs being some of the most complex I have seen for a printed mask!


Purchased by me

MAKEUP | Avon Soft Matte Liquid Lip with Swatches

I know matte lipsticks aren't everyone's cup of tea and it took me a long time to get onboard, but now I am there and I will wear anything from nude to bright red to purple so let's say hello to the new Avon Soft Matte Liquid Lips! These lipsticks come in 8 pigmented shades that feel weightless and featherlight and contain poppy seed oil and vitamin E for comfort. This non-drying formula is supposed to last for hours on end while still looking fabulous until the very end of the day so let's see how they performed!

Avon Soft Matte Liquid Lip Review

PR samples

GIVEAWAY | Live Clean Fresh Water Collection

It's Halloween so instead of tricks, let's do some treats! I realize that last October I also did a Live Clean Fresh Water giveaway so obviously I must like this particular collection! This year there is a new deodorant to add which I have reviewed (here) and of course many other goodies to enjoy!


PR samples

NAILS | Not All Monsters are Scary! #CBBxManiMonday

I was up a little too late doing these nails - 2am to be exact and not because they took a particularly long time to paint, but because I started to once again organize my beauty stash after not touching it since my staycation ended in the middle of September. Everything is literally frozen in time from the makeup wipes I had on hand for swatching to the microfibre cloth I had to wipe everything down so that it looked perfect for donating or giving away. I have a bit of time coming up that I took off to celebrate our anniversary so in addition to spending some quality time with my husband, I will also be using that time to reconnect with my beauty space. For today's manicure, Monsters Inc. nails are something I have been wanting to do for years so this is nail art bucket list item CHECKED!



PR samples

SKINCARE | NENA Skincare: Powered by Canadian Glacial Oceanic Clay

I first got acquainted with NENA Skincare from a Shop and Shout campaign where I had the chance to try out their internationally beauty-acclaimed Clay Mask as well as their Cleansing Cream. NENA is based right here in Vancouver with all products made in Canada. What sets this brand apart from others in the natural beauty space is their use of sustainably harvested glacial oceanic clay from Northern British Columbia. This clay has been and is still used for centuries among the Homalco First Nations tribe for medicinal and wellness purposes. It is even ingested to boost the immune system! NENA also works in partnership with the Homlaco people to harvest and use this clay which I was glad to hear about because there have been so many wrongs done to First Nations communities that are slowly being healed so partnerships like these are steps in the right direction. Glacial oceanic clay is constantly being refreshed by the ocean and is only available for harvest ONCE a year under strict Canadian environmental regulations and NENA does this harvesting with ZERO ecological footprint!

NENA Skincare: Powered by Canadian Glacial Clay

PR samples

SHEET MASK | 7th Heaven Animal Face Masks #100DaysofSheetMasks

I am definitely struggling with content across all platforms this month and not because I feel uninspired or down, but I have just been feeling really tired and especially since last week's LDBeauty event, I just haven't caught up to life yet. Work has been making me grumpy and it's just one of those weeks where I feel completely alone. I guess I still have my fun sheet masks though so we will cut to much happier things with the new 7th Heaven Animal Sheet Masks! Coming in three prints, the kitten, tiger and panda is guaranteed to make anyone smile and as always these masks are made with the same vegetarian-friendly ingredients!

7th Heaven Animal Face Mask Review

PR samples

NAILS | Halloween or Hayfever Eyeballs? #CBBxManiMonday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and ate lots of great food. Though we rarely do turkey, my husband and I try to do something a little bit special every Thanksgiving since it's usually just the two of us. This year, I decided to try a very North American dish of...casserole! A post from The Food Network popped up on my feed last week with Trisha Yearwood (she always does great looking comfort food) and a Broccoli Chicken Casserole that was super easy to make in the end. It tasted so good, but I'm sure it was because there was so much mayo, cheese and sour cream in there that there wasn't much to NOT like! It was very decadent and then we topped it all off with apple pie and vanilla ice cream! Needless to say, the holiday weight gain has begun!

Halloween Eyeball Nail Art

PR samples

MAKEUP | NYX Bare with Me Collection

OMG, I didn't intend on being away from this space for as long as this, but hopefully some of you caught that I was still alive and on Instagram especially with my Story feed being filled with beauty goodness from the #LDBeauty event this week! Lots of fun things coming soon from so many brands including NYX! Though I received the newest Bare With Me Collection from Chickadvisor, it was showcased during the LDBeauty event and it is a stark contrast to their more adventurous products! Their Cosmic Lips glosses were one of my favourite releases and ever since then I haven't really come back to NYX even though I know they have incredibly solid products. Their Jumbo Eye Pencils and their Slide On Eyeliners are fantastic and were the first few makeup products I ever talked about on the blog so I feel like I have reconnected with an old friend when I gave this new collection a go!

NYX Bare with Me Collection

PR samples provided by Chickadvisor 

NAILS | Pretty & Polished Candy Corn #CBBxManiMonday

This is definitely a first as my ManiMonday is coming out on a Wednesday, but work has been extra crazy and I am now finally finished working seven days in a row which rarely happens, but had to this time as I am currently on my way to the LDBeauty event! I have been fortunate to be able to attend this media event for the last 5 years and it's always a fun time. This week's manicure also uses an untried thermal indie polish from the now defunct Pretty & Polished as well as some very Halloweeny nail vinyls!


Purchased by me

SHEET MASK | Fashion Angels Selfie Trio #100DaysofSheetMasks

Some sheet masks are just about being ridiculous and taking selfies so when I saw the #BestSelfie Fashion Angels sheet mask on Renee's blog earlier this year, I marched my ass over to Indigo.ca and found not just one, but two other printed masks that were calling my name! I mean, even the packaging is made to look like a phone complete with home button! How could I resist?!

Fashion Angels Sheet Masks

Purchased by me

NAILS | Dotted Abstract Nail Art #CBBxManiMonday

Here we are on the last day of September and though I am just shocked at how quickly this month has passed, I am really excited for October because...HALLOWEEN! I am excited for the manicure and the crazy sheet masks I have planned! Today's #CBBxManiMonday is about the clash of two brights once again - blue and pink! As you can tell, I have REALLY been into abstract nail art as of late so I wanted to give it one more go before we start doing the creepy, crawly manicures!

Dotted Abstract Nail Art

PR samples featured

MAKEUP | Physician's Formula Butter Highlighters, Bronzers and Blush

I know I'm getting to this a little late, but better late than never, right? The CBB brand of the month is Physician's Formula and though I had SO MUCH planned for this while I was on vacation, time got the better of me once I started my cleaning of the Beauty Vault so I chose my favourite PF face products for now and then I will have one more on their lip products next month!  

Physician's Formula Review

PR samples featured

NAILS | Pretty & Polished Clouds in My Coffee #UntriedThursdays

My two week staycation was amazing and it's not that I took the time off to relax, but with my husband gone, it gave me just over a week to declutter and make a mess without worrying about disturbing him since he has asthma and the dust can really upset his lungs. I also needed to use HIS desk as extra space to lay out everything for my decluttering so it really did work out. I still have a lot left to do, but I made a massive dent and gave away so much stuff that I can finally see the floor of my office as well as other surfaces! One area that I have not even touched because I know how long it will take to do is decluttering NAIL POLISH. When I first started blogging, indie nail polish was in its heyday so I have A TON of beautiful indie nail polishes from a number of brands that now cease to exist. I don't want to just give them away without trying them first so I am going to attempt TWO manicures a week - #CBBxManiMonday and #UntriedThursdays!

Pretty & Polished Clouds in My Coffee Swatch

Purchased by me SO LONG AGO

SHEET MASK | 7th Heaven Detox with a Bubble, Charcoal Tonic and Peel Off Clay (?!) Masks

I think we have all seen 7th Heaven (formerly Montagne Jeunesse) masks at the drugstore and for the last 30 years, this company has brought us cruelty-free and vegetarian masks that peel and bubble. Now, that I have been blogging for almost a decade, I like to look back at past posts to see how often I have featured brands that have been around and when it comes to 7th Heaven, it turns out I have had nothing but positive things to say about them since 2012! No, not all of their masks have necessarily worked for me, but have you seen how MANY masks they have? I mean, my God, if one doesn't work there are three others that will! 

7th Heaven Mask Review

Two masks are PR samples

MAKEUP | Lancome Monsieur Big Heart-Shaped Eyeshadow Palette

I realize as I am writing this that the last makeup look I did on here was also pink. I guess I'm just feeling girly this month, granted the Huda Neon Obsessions Palette is a bit more of an adventurous pink compared to today's romantically feminine palette! The Lancome Monsieur Big Heart-Shaped Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition palette filled with 12 rosy and neutral shades encased in a metallic pink heart. Totally collectable, right?

Lancome Monsieur Big Heart-Shaped Eyeshadow Palette

PR sample

NAILS | Celebrating the First Day of Fall with a "Grey"- dient #CBBxManiMonday

OMGGGG. I love how I went from feeling totally on the ball with life and blogging while on vacation and now I am so zapped of energy that I feel like I never took two glorious weeks off to begin with! Oddly enough, I was tired of cleaning my beauty space for 5-6 hours a day so I was actually quite excited to head back into work and by Day 2 I was pretty much done. Not to say, I don't enjoy the challenges of my job and honestly I feel like I can stretch my brain in a different way there than in this blogging space. With that being said, I will be honest here in that I had prepared this manicure well in advance as I wasn't sure how coming back to work would hit me. The next thing I need to be honest about is that I only remember ONE colour I used because I didn't write anything down...

Gradient Nail Art

PR samples featured

SHEET MASK | 15Twenty The Royal Treatment Collection

I was not expecting to be away from here for the entire week! I went back to work this past Tuesday after a lovely 2 week staycation which was so nice to have. With a new kitten in the house, it was good to be around for her and to monitor how things progressed with Harper and Hugo which as of right now are fairly good with a few little fights here and there. Harper is small, but she has definitely helped with mourning Hemingway as they are similar, but also very different so I feel like we see a little part of him everyday. Now, I had fully intended on swarming the blog with many many sheet masks posts especially since September's CBB theme is "Masks", but now that my body is remembering how tiring work is, I think I will be back to my normal snail pace starting with a series of masks that I started using back in May from a brand called 15Twenty Beauty

15Twenty The Royal Treatment Collection

PR samples

NAILS | Dotted Blue Gradient #CBBxManiMonday

It has rained for five days straight in Vancouver and I have had to wear socks and pants in the house. Fall is coming and though I do enjoy cooler weather, the constant rain has been a dreary reminder of what's to come over the next couple of months. Today is also the last day of my glorious staycation which has been VERY productive in terms of finally gaining some traction in purging my beauty room! I have literally been cleaning out the space every day for the last 7 days averaging about 5-6 hours/day and have filled one of our recycling bins outside to the max with old press releases and packaging and have donated NINE medium sized Aritzia bags of beauty products to friends, family, co-workers and neighbours! I still have yet to tackle my nail polish collection and that is something I will not be able to complete this week, but I am hoping that by the end of the month, I will have created some space! Then, the exciting part of getting a new desk and new storage can happen once I know what I am working with!  



Some PR products used

MAKEUP | Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 with Lip Swatches

I love Charlotte Tilbury makeup just as much as the next girl and though I am fortunate enough to receive the occasional press package here and there, I do buy a fair amount of CT product on my own especially when I need to restock on my dry sheet masks! When the original Hot Lips launched back in 2016 (review), I was psyched to get my hands on them and bought a few more after enjoying the formula and shades quite a bit. Now, there are 11 brand new shades with two formulas coming in 5 collectable cases! Oh, and the cases are refillable!



Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Review

PR samples

GIVEAWAY | All Your Hair Needs Taken Care of this Fall with Live Clean!

We are closing in on Fall which means a revamp of all things beauty like me feeling the urge to go from a glossy to a matte lip, bright to darker nails and more moisture EVERYWHERE! While I generally try to keep my hair fairly hydrated all year round, I pay extra attention in the Fall and Winter season with switching to more moisturizing shampoos and oils, oil, oils! Now, do I have a treat for you! 

Live Clean Shampoo and Conditioner

PR samples

SHEET MASK | Kocostar Lemon Sliced Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Ok, I am cheating a little bit as this was a mask that I wore for last year's #100DaysofSheetMasks challenge, but I am determined to empty out my "Masks Unblogged" folder by the end of 2019! I was a bit overzealous last year in thinking that I could pump out 100 sheet mask reviews, but better yet that EVERY mask deserved a dedicated blog post. Some masks are just pretty to look at on the outside, but then when I try it there is nothing in particular that makes it different from another plain white sheet mask that you have seen before. With Kocostar though, the packaging is cute, but then you NEED to know what these slices look like on the skin! I have already reviewed the salad portion of their mask slices series (cucumber and tomato) so it's time for some fruit!

Kocostar Lemon Sliced Mask Review

Purchased by me

NAILS | Going Abstract Again #CBBxManiMonday

I used to think that I could never pull off an abstract manicure and when I started seeing more and more of the minimalist/geometric style manicures being showcased by big brands and other nail artists, I still wasn't sure if I had the creativity to design something and I still don't! I'm not a particularly creative person so I really do need to go through Pinterest or Instagram to get some ideas and today's manicure is from the feed of one of my favourite nail artists @thehangedit. I have also really been loving the shades from the new CND Treasured Moments collection so this manicure gave me a chance to use them again!

Nude Abstract Nail Art

PR samples featured

SKINCARE | KBeauty Routine with Seoul Sundays

It seemed only fitting to talk about Vancouver-based Korean beauty e-tailer Seoul Sundays on a Sunday! Launching earlier this year, this is a curated set of products by some lovely ladies who, like many of us, have run through the gamut of skincare and have a fairly good idea of products that work. When it comes to Kbeauty, technology and products tend to be more advanced and have fancier mode of actions than North American skincare. If anything, by the time something hits North America (remember BB cream?), it has already been done and revamped a thousand times over in Asia. Though the Seoul Sundays product listing isn't extensive, the products that ARE there are all ones that have been tested out personally by the staff themselves and the products I did recognize I KNEW were excellent! You will often see the products in action on the company's Instagram Stories making what you might be buying more relatable to your own skincare routine.

Korean Beauty Routine

PR samples

SHEET MASK | Ultru I'm Sorry For My Skin S.O.S Jelly Mask

Have I mentioned how much I love my FaceTory subscription? I have discovered so many cool brands and masks that every month has me so excited to put all this stuff on my face! Though I discovered the brand Ultru through the Beauteque mask subscription and subsequently fell hard for the clay sheet mask, Facetory also carries the brand and included a summery-looking jelly mask in the August 2018 box that I finally tried out this past July! Hey, don't judge me! At least it wasn't expired and even then, I would probably would still put it on my face!

Ultru I'm Sorry For My Skin S.O.S Jelly Mask

Purchased by me as part of the FaceTory yearly subscription

SKINCARE | My Summer Skincare Routine (Other than Sheet Masks!)

Gone are the days where I used to do single skincare product reviews! I personally have found round-ups a bit more helpful unless it's a single amazing product that can truly stand on its own because of the price, ingredients or mode of operation.  I also like seeing how people are using various types of products together and now that I am older and more proactive about my skin and health in general, I am hoping some of you might find my skincare routine interesting too! 

Summer Skincare Routine

PR samples marked with *. All other products purchased by me. 

MAKEUP LOOK | Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette in PINK

I wear makeup everyday for work and not just a little bit of tinted moisturizer and lipgloss, but full on corporate job, gotta look put-together makeup so wearing primer, long-wearing foundation, eyeshadow, and setting spray are all products I use 5 days a week. The only thing is that my look is one that is fairly neutral. Occasionally, I dabble in purples or I will whip out the Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows which almost always has clients commenting, but generally I am a rainbow of light brown to dark brown. I do my gradient from inner corner to outer V and that's pretty much it, but then this summer neon struck! I saw the trio of Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palettes and the 90s kid in me lunged for them, but then the 36-year old woman in me said "how often are you REALLY going to wear these shades?" Turns out, pink is my jam!


Purchased by me

SHEET MASK | Sephora Collection Freezing, Peeling and 2 in 1 Oil Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Sephora is kind of killing it right now when it comes interesting sheet masks. Yes, some are awesome while some are duds, but all have been featured in such a way that I am utterly fascinated and HAVE to experience them! The three newest masks to the Sephora Collection are the Peeling, Freezing and 2 in 1 Oil Mask - all of which seemed too cool to miss out and I am SURE you all have been dying to find out what they are all about!

Sephora Sheet Mask Review

Some PR samples

NAILS | Clashing Colours #CBBxManiMonday

This month's #CBBxManiMonday theme is "Colour Combinations" which is a pretty open-ended so I took that as an opportunity to keep with my bright summer colours and go with two shades that kind of clash, but also seem to work at the same time -  pink and fuchsia! 

Pink and Purple Flower Nail Art

PR samples

GIVEAWAY | #TheGreatSheetMaskGiveaway

Well, hello there! I don't think I could ever top my #35SheetMaskGiveaway from last year, but maybe when I turn 40 I will do something similar! It has been a year since I shared some of my favourite masks with you and it is time again for another round of sheet mask sharing! One Cosmetic Proof reader will be winning 20 awesome sheet masks that will either make you glow or look like a tiger! As easy as this would be to run this giveaway on Instagram, the platform has been been a hard one to gain visibility for everyone I think so I'd rather this be on the interwebs so that more people have a chance of entering as this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!



NAILS | Dots and Jagged Edges with the new CND Treasured Moments Collection! #CBBxManiMonday

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of joining the CND Canada team at Onyx Aesthetics in Gastown for another fabulous manicure to showcase the brand new Treasured Moments Collection for the fall season. I had originally wanted to do some nail art since I had the day off and had the time, but once I saw all of these luscious colours, I realized I wanted to play around on my own at home to see what I could come up with.

Abstract Nail Art

PR samples

SHEET MASK | FaceTory Sun Bae Soothing Mask

I will be honest that I haven't gone out in the sun much this year. This whole summer I have pretty much worked and stayed inside since I feel like I don't spend that much time at home. I had a ton of plans to outfit the patio with summer chairs and tables at the end of June and while I did get the patio cleaned up, everything in June fell to the wayside when Hemingway got sick. Since then, my motivations for getting things done have gone downhill and while I wouldn't say I've been wallowing and doing nothing, my picturesque view of a carefree summer has been tainted and I will always think of "Summer 2019" as one of loss. Throughout all of this, there have been small joys with friends and thankfully beauty which will always be a source of enjoyment for me.

FaceTory Sun Bae Soothing Mask

Purchased by me

HAIR | Masking with Marc Anthony

Not only are sheet masks important to me, but hair masks are something I cannot live without! I use a hair mask twice a week and there are dire consequences if I don't! My hair just looks and feels so lackluster that I don't take the risk anymore. While I generally focus on hydration masks, I have been getting more and more into masks that also focus on volume and cleansing the scalp without drying out the rest of my hair (Christophe Robin mask I am talking to YOU!). While I do enjoy salon level hair care products, I have had some great luck with higher end drugstore brands one of which is a long time love of mine - Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony Hair Mask Review

PR samples

NAILS | Cactus Makes Perfect #CBBxManiMonday

I will have to make this brief as I can barely keep my eyes open and have been struggling with fighting fatigue for the last couple of days just from having busy days at work with trying to cover for people who are either on vacation or sick.  Today I finally attempted some cactus nail art and looking at the design, I wish I had gone crazier and drawn them everywhere because they were quite fun to draw!

Cactus Nail Art

PR samples

SHEET MASK | New Biotherm Aquasource Aura Water Jelly Sheet Mask #100DaysofSheetMasks

Biotherm has a new sheet mask and it's seriously a good one! The new Aquasource Aura Water Jelly Sheet Mask* is a hydrogel sheet mask containing 500,000 distilled droplets of medicinal aura leaf thermal water which, if you have been following Biotherm since Life Plankton Essence, is kind of their thing! Thermal water is supposed to contain some major skin healing and revitalizing properties because of the richness in minerals and in addition to taking your skin from zero to hero, does not contain artificial colouring, fragrance, parabens, alcohols, silicones (YAY!) or mineral oil!

Biotherm Aquasource Aura Water Jelly Sheet Mask Review

PR sample

MAKEUP | Mary Kay Timewise Matte 3D Foundation

You know what I have just noticed? It seems that I only have blog reviews for foundation every summer despite switching things up during the colder months as well. Maybe summer just feels like a good time to do it, but for the last 3 years that seems to be the trend for me so in keeping with old habits, here is my review for the new Mary Kay Timewise Matte 3D Foundation

Mary Kay Timewise Matte 3D Foundation Review

PR samples

HAIR | Oils for Shine, Hydration and Protection

I didn't understand who would ever need a hair oil until I became a blonde. Not only do hair oils make my hair look healthier, but it also helps protect it from heat styling and UV damage. They are almost like a liquid helmet and once I realized how necessary they were to my haircare routine, I went from high-maintenance to hair-maintenance achievement level SUPREME! 

Hair Oils Review

Some PR samples featured

NAILS | I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! #CBBxManiMonday

Today's manicure was inspired by one of the oldest and most well-known nail art bloggers around - Sarah from Chalkboard Nails! While browsing the #summernailart hashtag, I stumbled across these ice cream nails and realized it had been awhile since I had done some fun, cartoony nails. I won't lie that with all of the different colours, this manicure took about an hour of continuous painting to finish, but the results were worth it!

Ice Cream Nail Art

Some PR samples featured

SHEET MASK | FaceTory Woah that H20 Hydrating Mask

I thought I had given up on subscription boxes until I finally gave in to FaceTory a year ago after spying their Instagram and website for months before taking the plunge to subscribe to the "7 Lux Box" for a full year! The subscription is not an inexpensive one at around $330 with the exchange rate, but it works out to about $4/sheet mask which is actually a great deal because almost all of the sheet masks I have gotten in these boxes range from $4-$8 and are hard to find. For most masks, I have really had to search Ebay or very specific Kbeauty sites and once I factor in the Canadian exchange and shipping, pricing ends up being more expensive so needless to say, I have LOVED my FaceTory subscription a lot!

FaceTory Woah that H20 Hydrating Mask

Purchased by me via the FaceTory subscription box

HAIR | Kristin Ess Bubble Mask and Scalp Scrub

I exfoliate my skin like crazy, but I never thought about "detoxifying my scalp" since isn't shampoo supposed to do that? After watching a few Asian hair spa videos where part of the treatments actually include scalp scrubbings, I started looking into hair exfoliation products as it wasn't until I started colouring my hair and using dry shampoo more that I noticed my scalp felt itchy at times. I thought at first that my scalp was too dry, but then I realized it was more than that - it needed a good scrub! Then during a sale on Kristin Ess products on Well.ca, I saw two products that spoke to me: the Scalp Detoxifying Bubble Mask and the Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub! I mean, how GOOD do those sound?!

Kristin Ess Review

Purchased by me

SUNSCREEN | Five New Sunscreens That Have Wowed Me!

How the hell are we in AUGUST right now? The summer feels like it has just begun and with this heat, I am totally feelin' the summer burn. I know it doesn't stay warm in Vancouver for very long so I should really be enjoying this, but the air has been feeling really heavy and muggy which I can't stand so I hope things lighten up a bit! This post has been a long time coming and now that we are in the throes of summer it seems a good a time as any to chit chat about some new (and maybe not so new) favourite sunscreens that I have been reaching for this season!

Sunscreen Review

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NAILS | Abstract Brights #CBBxManiMonday

Ssshhh, but I haven't actually painted my nails in two whole weeks! I had pre-planned all of my July posts in the first two weeks due to some fluke organization on my part, but this week I'm back to my Sunday night paint schedule and now that I am doing #100DaysofSheetMasks again, I need to make sure my time for beauty rituals and posting is a bit more spread out! This month, our theme is using the #summernails hashtag on Instagram to inspire us and it was this abstract nail art that caught my eye as I had never attempted such a "messy" manicure before and would give me an opportunity to use all of my favourite shades from this summer's CBD Prismatic Collection!



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SHEET MASK | Viva Organics Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Mask #CanadaEh

I am going to squeeze in one last Canadian brand for this month's Canada theme and that is Vancouver-based Viva Organics! Best known for the Amaze Exfoliating Gel, Viva Organics was founded almost 20 years ago by husband and wife duo Amy and Jimmy when there were fewer options for skincare with effective and more herbal ingredients. Now, we have a ton of options, but even so, the natural skincare industry is becoming saturated with phrases like "no harsh chemicals" and "non-toxic" to a point where I don't even know what to use anymore to describe this category of beauty/skincare products. All I will say about Viva Organics is that their brand focus is on small batch natural skincare technology made without parabens, synthetic fragrances, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens or GMOs. Though I haven't tried the Amaze Exfoliating Gel yet, it was the Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Mask that caught my eye and has turned out to be one of my favourite mask discoveries this year!  

Viva Organics Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Mask

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NAILS | Girly Bits Le Freak #CBBxManiMonday

Going to the Backstreet Boys concert on Saturday night seriously screwed up my blogging and overall life schedule (even though it was AMAZING and seriously a dream come true to go!) because I was just exhausted after the concert was over! I had to work the next day and I honestly don't remember how I was even able to get up in the morning. On top of that, my ears were RINGING for about two days and I was so worried that I was going to have to live with tinnitus for the rest of my life and have to listen to white noise 24/7 in order to not go insane! Thankfully, my hearing came back on Monday and all was well, but I did not have a manicure prepared until today, but now that I do, isn't it purrrdy? 

Girly Bits Le Freak

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SHEET MASKS | New Avon Anew Sheet Masks That Brighten, Calm and Smooth!

It has been two years since Avon launched a sheet mask and now that we are well into the sheet mask craze, I am excited to say that in addition to the body sheet masks I reviewed last month, there are now three more yummy-looking sheet masks to try that focus on calming, smoothing and brightening the skin - three things that I cannot say no to! 

Avon Sheet Mask Review

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