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!  

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, 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

Purchased by me

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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MAKEUP | Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Camo Lip Swatches

Shu Uemura and Maison Kitsune are back with this year's summer Camo Collection! Unlike the previous Maison Kitsune Christmas collection that was characteristic of Shu's bright and fun esthetic, this collection is smoky and cool and makes me feel like I should be vaping while wearing one of these lipsticks. Though there is also an eyeshadow palette as well as an Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, I am all over these incredible lipsticks!

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune Camo Lip Swatches

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NAILS | Purple and Glitter Crescents #CBBxManiMonday

Today is my Friday and I could not be happier! I don't normally work 5 days in a row as I usually have my two days off scattered throughout the week, so I am really feeling the need for a break! Continuing on the glitter train AND the theme of Canadian brands, I am using two new shades of Prim + Proper I picked up two weeks ago in today's glitter-packed manicure!

Purple Glitter Crescent Nail Art

MAKEUP | MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Nude Creme Lipsticks

Slowly getting back on the glossy lip train and whenever I see a new product from MAKE UP FOR EVER I am rarely disappointed! Now that it's summer, I am all about glowy skin and nude lips that make me look sexy AF now that I am blonde so when I saw the new Artist Nude Creme Lipsticks where I was bound to find my "ideal nude", I legit could not WAIT to try these out for myself! Coming in 12 shades, I am already feeling the twinges of my Plexigloss rampage from 2015 when I bought four more on top of the four press samples I already had! I just loved those things and now I know I will be picking up at least one more shade of these liquid lipsticks! 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Nude Creme Lipsticks

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SHEET MASK | The New GLAMGLOW COOLSHEET No Drip Hydrating Sheet Mask

I think I am a bit jaded when it comes to skincare and now that I am more familiar with ingredients, there are a lot of hyped up products that I don't buy because a lot of products contain just filler product. When I see a luxury product or a $500 moisturizer riddled with dimethicone and preservatives in higher concentration than the featured ingredient, I have some serious doubts. I also tend to avoid "Hollywood brands", BUT if the price is right and I think the experience might be worth it, I will give it a shot. I also figure it might help some of you in your decisions as I humbly volunteer as tribute to test out the new GLAMGLOW COOLSHEET No Drip Hydrating Sheet Mask!

GLAMGLOW COOLSHEET No Drip Hydrating Sheet Mask

NAILS | More Glitter and Stuff #CBBxManiMonday

I have been a good little nail artist and have had this and NEXT WEEK'S ManiMonday prepared for the last 2 weeks! Since the theme for this month is glitter, I have been using a peel-off basecoat which means that yes, the glitter comes off with an easy peel, BUT my manicures last only for 1-3 days. If I wash my hands a lot, the manicure might not even make it a full 24 hours...which is why I have had the chance to paint my nails more frequently! The CBB is also focusing on Canadian brands so you will be seeing London Drugs house brand, Prim + Proper, in this post and the next few since they are a 7-free brand as well as vegan!  

Magenta and Blue Glitter Nail Art

SHEET MASKS | Lumeclat by Bioesque Biocellulose Masks #CanadaEh

It is that time of the week where I talk sheet masks again and though I know they aren't everyone's cup of tea, out of all the beauty products I have ever featured, sheet masks seem to be such an icebreaker! I don't know if it's because I've gone from "I should look glam and pretty" to "I'm wearing a sheet mask, wanna fight about it?", but I feel less embarrassed about being bare faced and more confident in showcasing my own skin. I feel like if I'm going to invest in my skin like this, you all should get a chance to see how it's doing right? 

Sheet masks come in all price points and materials, but the real "investments" are when it comes to biocellulose masks! The good ones are usually more than $10 per mask and while I have enjoyed some good ones at a lower price point, there is nothing like a truly luxurious biocellulose mask like the Lumeclat ones from Vancouver-based company Bioesque!

Lumeclat by Bioesque Absolute Radiance and Complete Rejuvenate Biocellulose Masks

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MAKEUP | Conair True Glow Glam Vibrating Makeup Blender and Brush Set

Lemme tell ya that the last week and a half of testing these makeup applicators was really confusing...for my cat! The vibration sounds like his favourite motorized toy mouse so every morning I have gotten some VERY curious eyes looking at me in the bathroom! I remember first seeing motorized makeup tools and being fascinated with whether they really made THAT much more of a difference to how a cream or powder formula looked and whether I could really get airbrushed looking skin as the vibration is meant to mimic the tapping of the fingers on skin. This was years ago and now foundation finishes are so flawlessly perfect that I wonder if the added vibration will really change anything which is exactly what I sought to find out with Conair's new True Glow Glam Collection! 

Conair True Glow Glam Vibrating Makeup Blender and Brush Set

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NAILS | Teal Love #CBBxManiMonday

I adore the colour teal. If I had to wear this family every day, I may actually say yes because it takes my love of blue and green and fuses them together to create this beautiful shade! Continuing on with our CBB theme of  "Glitter", I really really REALLY wanted to use a gorgeous polish I picked up last year - Cirque Paraiba from the 2018 Facets Collection! The colour is inspired by the very rare and expensive paraiba tourmaline which I have actually had the pleasure of seeing live in the form of a ring and tiara from Chaumet and it is a stunning stone! The tiara was about $500,000! 

Teal Glitter Nails

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SHEET MASKS | MaskerAide Signature Line #CanadaEh

I posted my first review of MaskerAide six years ago and it was of one of my favourite and now discontinued sheet masks The All Nighter.  It has been loved by many including Kim Kardashian and though I was sad to see it discontinued, I have enough of a supply for the next year or so, but I don't know how I will react after that so I will have to cross that bridge when it's time! Along with changing up their product lineup, MaskerAide has also revamped their packaging giving it a facelift from the original 2012 designs, BUT thankfully nothing else about the formula or actual sheet masks has changed! I love all their masks, but since I have only really featured The All Nighter on the blog, I figure it's time I talk about the other fantastic masks in the Signature Line collection!

MaskerAide Sheet Mask Review

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MAKEUP | Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polishes with Lip Swatches

I am rediscovering glosses again as I find that glossy lips tend to go better with the summer "bronzed goddess look" and recently came across the new Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polishes which promise one swipe, high shine, ultra pigmented colour that also feels luxuriously smooth to apply! Yes, I'm sure we have heard or seen something like this before over the years, but I would like to think that technology now has allowed for better formulas so let's see how these guys performed!

Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polishes with Lip Swatches

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NAILS | Happy Canada Day and Birthday to Me! CBBxManiMonday

I feel like I just celebrated my 35th birthday, but low and behold it has been ONE WHOLE YEAR and now I am 36 and moving into a new age bracket when it comes to filling out surveys. I am pretty sure Influenster is ONLY going to be sending me anti-aging skincare now and not fun makeup! I am quite content with now being closer to 40 than 30 as life seems pretty good. I wish Hemingway hadn't gotten sick, but other than that, life has been truly good. I still have my grumpy days, but they never last outside of 24 hours and by the next day, I'm ready to go again!

For the month of July, the CBBxManiMonday theme will be "glitter" and since it's also Canada Day today, it was finally time to break out the NCLA x Cutepolish collection I picked up 2 years ago!

Canada Day Nail Art

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SHEET MASK | Avon #NakedProof Dare to Bare and Stand Firm Body Masks

Though I missed out on my breast mask for last month's #AnywhereButTheFace Challenge, I did manage to double mask with some brand new Avon body masks! In addition to some new face sheet masks (coming soon to the blog!), the Dare to Bare Decollete Rejuvenating Sheet Mask* and Stand Firm Body Firming Sheet Mask* are targeted treatments for those parts of the body that often get neglected when it comes to skincare. While I am not a regular body masker, I do find them fun to use once in awhile as an intensive hydration treatment. These new body masks are free of mineral oil, D5 silicone (cycloPENTAsiloxane which found in a TON of skincare which I try to avoid), parabens, synthetic colorants and phthalates and contain ingredients that rejuvenate and firm the skin so let's dive in!

Avon #NakedProof Dare to Bare and Stand Firm Body Mask Review

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NAILS | A Kitty Tribute #CBBxManiMonday

It's hard to believe that the last time I posted, I had mentioned dealing with a sick kitty and now Hemingway is gone...the last two weeks have felt both too fast and incredibly long with Hemi going from a being a normal 4 year old kitty who loved food to being diagnosed with lymphoma in the liver and spleen 2 weeks later. We only said goodbye to him this past Wednesday and yet it feels like so long ago. He was such a special cat in the sense that he was kind slow when it came to certain things and he never had the typical conniving cat face. He was such a child in his behaviour that you always knew what he was thinking and never had a menacing bone in his body. He was just so simple and uncomplicated which is why we felt so badly when he got really sick. Having to put furbabies down has still got to be one of the worst things anyone needs to do and even though I don't have kids of my own, even friends of mine who are parents find it just as awful. I love cats so I will always have then in my life, but I guess I was just expecting to be doing this every decade, but life goes on and I will never forget my first black kitty.

Inspiration was lacking this week, but I wanted to feel somewhat normal again and join in on today's CBBxManiMonday so in remembrance of Hemi and his black bean toes, here are some paw prints <3

Paw Print Nail Art

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NAILS | Watermelon Season #CBBxManiMonday

This manicure almost wasn't done on Monday as I've had a busy weekend at work and a sick kitty that I have been worrying about. I have just been feeling a bit run down by the time I get home so crawling into bed seems like the best option most nights! It's still brights this week so nothing says summer fun like a watermelon mani!

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MAKEUP | Almay Goddess Glosses

Ah, it has been a bit quiet for me in this space this week NOT because I haven't been wanting to blog, but mainly because I haven't been home a few nights and the days at work have been jam packed with what feels like mentally stimulating activity which means that by the time I get home, my brain may as well be filled with glitter and marshmallows. I am going to attempt scheduled blogging again with my goals being Sunday and then MWF as I miss the consistency myself so wish me luck! I am also making an attempt at including makeup back into my blog posts starting with a drugstore brand I have not featured in a long time - Almay!  

Almay Goddess Gloss Review and Swatches

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NAILS | Bright Blue Leopard Skittle #CBBxManiMonday

I could wear bright nail polish all year round so I am pleased that for the month of June, the CBB ManiMonday crew and I will be showcasing our favourite bright polishes and designs! I love blues, purples and fuchsias, so you will be seeing a lot of these colours over the next couple of weeks starting with the bright blue skittle design!

Bright Blue Leopard Nail Art

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MASK | Nannette de Gaspe Vitality Revealed Decollete Dry Masque #AnywhereButTheFace

For this month's #AnywhereButTheFace masking challenge, I initially looked to Nannette de Gaspe because not only did they pioneer the dry sheet mask technology, but they have masks for EVERY part of the body! While this is certainly a luxury brand, I have to say that everything about their masks fascinates me from the technology down to the application and in the world of skincare this is difficult to do! I was strolling through Holt Renfrew one day and I noticed that there were some new masks that had been released in addition to the Youth Revealed line knows as Vitality Revealed which rolled in a slightly higher price point and from what I can see from the ingredient list, have additional peptides delivered over a 5 day "mesotherapy ritual". There are currently three masks in this collection: Face, Neck and what I will showcase the Decollete!

Nannette de Gaspe Vitality Revealed Decollete Dry Masque

Purchased by me

SHEET MASKS | ORGAID Organic Sheet Masks and New Honey and Brown Rice Face Polish!

Way back in 2017, I attended Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, which is an annual beauty trade show focusing on beauty brands with cool technologies, so you won't be seeing anything boring! Favourite brands like Odacite, Purlisse and Pai were all there to showcase what made them different from everyone else and the lineup this year looks pretty amazing too! While visiting the Green Beauty area of the show, I came across the brand ORGAID, made in California and developed by Korean chemist Dr. Baek, and at the time, was exclusively a sheet mask only brand. Not only was the essence free of parabens, alcohols, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, sulfates and artificial fragrance, but what REALLY set this skincare brand apart from the others was the invention of a sheet mask material called Ecoderma!

ORGAID Organic Sheet Mask and Face Polish Review

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NAILS | Daisy, Daisy, Daisy #CBBxManiMonday

I took a few days off this week to essentially clean up the apartment and get my home life back and track. As I mentioned before, when work life is productive, I never seem to have the energy for home life, but I was thinking to myself this morning that if I didn't blog my days off would be more free to do the housework that I don't seem to have time to do more regularly. Without blogging though, I would be a most unhappy individual and the overall joy I feel from being surrounded by beauty products is well worth it so as I write this, I am soaking some long overdue hand-washing (I despise hand-washing dresses and sweaters) and finally ticking my first house-related chore off the list! When people ask me how I have time to do my nails even just once a week (I can't believe I used to paint them 2-3x before!), I legit have to make at 12am sometimes which is what happened with these nails because my husband and I ended up watching the movie "Booksmart" last night (it was ok).

Daisy Nail Art

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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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