NAILS | Minimalist Rainbows #CBBxManiMonday

For the month of June, the ladies and I will be doing something different with our manicures in that we have chosen 5 colours (rainbows, neons, sunset, pink and black/white/nude) and 5 themes (gradient, minimalist, matte, texture and inspired by packaging) to work with. We will each "roll the dice" to see which combination of the two we will get, but we aren't telling each other so not only will every week be a surprise for you, but it will be a surprise within our group as well! As you can tell with my combination, it initially seemed challenging to try to do an understated rainbow as rainbows on their own are loud and colourful, but leave it to a dotticure to make something look minimalist!

Nail polishes PR gifted

SHEET MASK | Dr. Althea Premium Squalane and Conditioning Silk Masks

This is going to sound crazy, but now that I've tried so many sheet masks (and will continue to try more in my lifetime until I am but a little Asian prune) it takes a lot to catch my eye. What caught my eye with these two Dr. Althea sheet masks was the fact that the packaging was metallic and...horizontal. I just thought it was interesting even though it's all just a matter of perspective, but I also had heard good things about Dr. Althea and had used one or two sheet masks through my FaceTory subscription and had a positive experience. I was also really curious about just HOW silky these masks would be and now I wish I could have my sheets made with this sheet mask! 

Dr. Althea Premium Squalane and Conditioning Silk Masks
Purchased by me

MAKEUP | YSL Rouge Volupte Rock'N Shine Lipsticks

It feels a bit strange talking about glossy lip products since they won't be something I will be wearing in public for the next little while since they smear all over the inside of my face mask. While I don't necessarily need to wear a mask at work every single second like if I'm alone or working far away from my co-workers, I do wear one with clients. Even some of my matte or satin finishes have transferred and stained all up and down the inside of the face masks and though it might be easier not to wear any lip colour whatsoever, I do derive much joy from wearing lipstick and looking put together for work. That doesn't mean I don't wear glossy lips when I'm at home (because I do!) or that I can't still ogle some beautiful YSL Beauty packaging and prepare for the day when we will be rid of COVID or at least have a resistance to it. I just pray to God that there isn't COVID version 2.0.

YSL Rouge Volupte Rock'N Shine Lipsticks Review
  PR gifted

NAILS | The Ciate Denim Manicure #MidweekMani

When I used to work at the mall, browsing at Winners was a dangerous lunch time activity and a lot my beauty self purchases came out of that store for years with many things purchased on a whim or because they were "such a good price" only to be used 6 years this Ciate Denim Manicure kit. This is when I am glad nail polish doesn't go bad! I made it a point during my 7 weeks off work to go through some of these kits that I purchased and because the #CBBxManiMonday team and I have monthly themes, "denim" never really seemed to fit it with any of them, but since I had a bit more time over the last few weeks, I sat down one night to watch Tati and paint a pair of jeans on my nails!

The Ciate Denim Manicure
 Purchased by me SO LONG AGO!

HAIR | Conair Unbound Cordless Auto Curler

I have been back at work just one week and I am already struggling to write. This past week has been challenging and tiring both in just getting back into the routine of going to bed at a reasonable hour and getting up early (I am NOT a morning person). I rarely have breakfast so being able to sit down in the mornings and have a proper meal was something I truly enjoyed. I am also still trying to keep up with meal planning and baking since I don't plan on getting prepared food anytime soon. I know we want to support local business and restaurants, but the process of sanitizing the packaging the food comes in reminds me so much of grocery shopping that in my mind, it isn't worth the stress. I can feel that at some point I will want some takeout as I miss some of my favourite restaurants, but right now we are still enjoying cooking everything. I am all for buying a meal for someone else though so once I get back into the groove of work, I plan on continuing what I started earlier this year with buying from local and small businesses and giving to charity. I just got some cute reusable face masks from the Vancouver Aquarium for my husband and I as they have and will lose much of their tourism business this year like so many other places, but I have a soft spot for animals so I will happily support them. Now, I have totally digressed, but such is the way of things since this pandemic began so I'm sure many of you can relate!

Conair Unbound Curler Review
 PR gifted from LDBeauty

NAILS | OPI Mexico City Inspired Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

Summer always has the BEST nail polish collections because everything is just so BRIGHT and I love it! The sad news is that now that I wear gloves at work, no one will see them except all of you, but it just goes to show that I do the nail art for my own enjoyment so even if I wear gloves most of the time ManiMondays are here to stay! Today's manicure was inspired by OPI's North American Education Manager Sigourney (@nailartbysig) as I had been looking for a way to use more of the OPI Mexico City collection and when I saw her nail art, I knew I had to give it a whirl!

Bright Flower Nail Art
 Polishes PR gifted

SHEET MASK | Huxley Secret of Sahara Mask Oil and Extract

My last experience with an oil mask was less than stellar, but that was mianly because I didn't realize that the Sephora mask was a cleansing oil mask as opposed to an oil-in-essence mask which, after using both now, are VERY different! I first heard of the latter mask after seeing a few kbeauty reviews on the brand Huxley, which other than having a very popular skincare line, also has a sheet mask called the Secret of Sahara Mask Oil and Extract. This is a blend of certified organic Sahara prickly pear seed oil and cactus extract that will level up your sheet masking experience especially if your skin is in need of hydration!

Huxley Secret of Sahara Mask Oil and Extract
 Purchased by me

HAIR | Meditatively Washing my Hair with the Innersense Organic Beauty Pure Trio

There are A LOT of brands out there and I don't know about you, but with Instagram becoming oftentimes, the SOLE platform that brands get famous on, I am constantly saving photos to my created "Wishlist" of products to look into and try. Though I only discovered Innersense Organic Beauty through a Detox Market press box a few months ago, this brand seemed to have a large following on Instagram so I did a bit of investigating. I'm always in the market for healthy haircare that will be safe AND effective on colour-treated hair as it is still generally the salon-grade products that "cut to the chase" the quickest. Innersense seemed to be a blend of the two having been founded by husband and wife team Greg, the chemist, and Joanne, the hair stylist, and has since become a well-known and beloved brand especially among those in the textured hair community. The products are pH balanced and I kind of enjoy the philosophy behind the brand of treating the act of hairwashing and haircare as a ritual or "ceremony" as they would phrase it. I think of a skincare routine that way, so why not my hair which influences so much of my life and how I feel?

Innersense Pure Trio
 PR gifted

MAKEUP | Avon Cashmere Complexion Longwear Foundation and Concealer

Nothing excites me more now than a fresh bottle of foundation to try out. I didn't always used to be this way with the first foundation review only appearing on Cosmetic Proof in 2013 because that is when I first used foundation EVER! Up until then, it was Asian BB creams or the Pur Minerals 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Foundation because it was powder and easy to blend. Liquid foundations would freak me out because I was convinced they would be cakey, but over the years I have found that by taking care of the "canvas underneath", most foundations get a fair chance and give me a good idea of how they wear and look throughout the day.

Avon Cashmere Complexion Foundation and Concealer
 PR gifted

MAKEUP | Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cremes with Lip Swatches

When I first started getting into makeup, it was the drugstore stuff that pulled me in. At the time I was watching Michelle Phan and Holly Ann get ready with NYX, Maybelline and Milani. Those were the brands I heard a lot about and I bought everything they used because they were the first Asian influencers I saw using shades that worked with my skin tone. Now, I have MANY women of colour to choose from which is fantastic and though I feel like I have moved on from drugstore makeup as a whole, there are still brands that stay on my radar because they do have some cult favourites that I swear by. When it comes to Milani, it has to be their Liquif'eye Eyeliner and their Luminoso Blush. I am literally wearing this blush as I type this! Now, I had never tried a lip product from them and why I decided to be adventurous and blindly buy these Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cremes I don't know, but it was on a lunch break at work and maybe I was feeling sassy. Regardless, they did not turn out to be something I would want to experience often, but they did seem pretty cool in theory.

Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme
Purchased by me

NAILS | Fun Spring Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

I have a Pinterest board/archived Instagram list of nail art that I want to do and with only doing my nails once a week, it'll be a long time before I ever check everything off the bucket list! This is why I love having our #CBBxManiMonday themes every month as I get to focus on one area for 4 weeks and try all the techniques and looks I have been interested in! Today's nail art features the brand Bio Sculpture whose performance has been rock solid with every colour I have used so far. Even shades I think would be sheer are opaque so you will be seeing more manicures with Bio Sculpture shades for the summer season because there are some really pretty colours!

Spring Flowers Nail Art
All polishes PR gifted

SKINCARE | 5 Facial Oils That You May Want in Your Life

I love that facial oils are more common and seen as more acceptable in a skincare routine. I tend to use oils in place of moisturizer on days that I have sheet masked (I guess that's almost everyday?) if my sheet mask is on the more hydrating side. There are so many options and scents to choose from now that I realized I was using quite a number and hadn't really talked about them all in one place before so today I've got everything from drugstore to luxury beauty pricing!

 PR gifted

MAKEUP | Avon Glimmerkiss Liquid Lipsticks with Lip Swatches

It seems silly to think that it is very possible that no one outside of my home will ever see my lips again as they will probably be covered up at work and shopping with a mask, but I have to keep thinking positively and have faith that one day we will be able to show our full faces again. I guess for those of you who are able to work from home and take Zoom calls, then you might be able to get all glammed up and show off some sparkly lips with the new Avon Glimmerkiss Liquid Lipsticks! It's possible I may have grabbed one of these and baked with it on just to feel fancy because these guys pack a punch without feeling heavy. You can even eat your baked goods without the lipsticks budging as that has now become a VERY important requirement for me!

Avon GlimmerKISS Liquid Lipsticks
 PR gifted

MAKEUP | The Urban Decay Wired Palette: The Trials, Errors and Successes

Ever since my subscription to Seventeen magazine in high school, Urban Decay has had a special place in my teenage heart along with brands like Hard Candy and Revlon's Streetwear line. It was makeup that was edgy, something I could never be brave enough to wear or make enough money to afford. While I wouldn't call Urban Decay an inexpensive brand, I have always found that the quality I get is fair for the price. The eyeshadows have always been among my favourite formulations with every palette I have used being consistently solid in pigmentation and colour payoff. I had no reason to believe that the brand new Wired palette would be any different from previous ones, but lemme tell ya, this one is not like the others!

Urban Decay Wired Palette Review and Swatches
PR gifted

NAILS | Abstract Tulips #CBBxManiMonday

I have just gotten word that I might be headed back to work as early as next week as part of a limited team and I won't lie that I feel a mixture of relief that I still have a job, fear of how to stay safe and sadness that I won't be able to blog every single day, but it has been a good run! I know I won't have the same energy to do the volume I've been doing let alone actually schedule posts a week in advance which is something I have been able to do the last few weeks which I have to say has felt really good. Having the last 6 weeks off has been a myriad of feelings, but having the freedom to be in this space more has been very cathartic and a silver lining to the shitstorm that we will all need to wade through and start to understand in the coming months. No more handshakes, kissing on the cheek (I hated this custom anyway and it was only for meetings with French people) and what about if I need to help a little old lady who has fallen? This has happened before where I was the only one who rushed over so do we now just let bystander effect officially take over?

Abstract Tulip Nail Art
PR gifted

SHEET MASK | A by BOM Ultra Cool Leaf Mask

I started taking my sheet mask game REALLY seriously in the middle of 2018 and from there, I discovered so many Korean brands that took sheet masking to a whole other level. To this day, even with the amount of masking I do, there are thousands of masks I have yet to try! The quality, creativity and technology of Asian sheet masks has always been so much more advanced than what is available in the North American market with the multi-step masks being among my favourite examples of this. A. by BOM is one of the coolest and earliest brands I discovered and I cannot believe I have let almost two years go by without featuring them again!

A by BOM Ultra Cool Leaf Mask
 Purchased by me

BODY | Apothekari pH Balanced Natural Deodorant

Earlier this year, I pledged to feature more local brands and I thought I was doing so well until I looked back at every post I have written this year and realized that THIS will be the first time I am doing so! Granted, I have been doing a fair amount of it in my Instagram stories especially when it comes to bath bombs, but today is all about Vancouver and science-based skincare company Apothekari. They have a fantastic sunscreen that I reviewed last year and last Fall, after over two years in the making, Apothekari released natural deodorants! Coming in three scents, these deodorants are free of aluminum, parabens and baking soda with a formulation focused on pH balanced pits! We talk about using pH balanced products for our skin in our skincare routines, our hair and scalps, but what about one of THE most finicky and sensitive places like our underarms?!

Apothekari Natural Deodorant
 PR gifted

MAKEUP | Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipglosses

As we have seen many times on social media, everyone deals with this quarantine in different ways and it has been interesting to observe how we all as a group manage every week. I do agree that no one should judge another person on how they choose to deal with what's happening and I generally like to keep busy as accomplishing even little things like taking out the recycling or emptying out the dishwasher make me feel somewhat productive. The two things I seem to have focused on are blogging and making sure we have some form of baked good in the house. It seems that having muffins, cookies and cake at any given time is VERY important to our mental well-being! I have also realized that makeup and looking good has worked wonders for my mental state and though I have taken a few days off to be makeup-free, I have been enjoying all of the products I never had a chance to take out of their boxes and coming up with content to share in this space! When I picked up this gift set of Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipglosses probably two Christmases ago, it was going to be my first foray into his lipglosses and though I only opened up the package last summer, I'm glad I got the pack of 5 to play the field a bit instead of committing to almost $40 for a single lipgloss!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipglosses
Purchased by me

MAKEUP | Playing with Some New-to-Me Purple Products

I cannot believe that I haven't been at work for over a month now as I feel like the last 5 years of my life have been so devoted to my day job that I never thought in a million years I would suddenly have the time I have to play with makeup AND the universal okay to do so! I literally can do whatever I want whether it'd be nothing at all, to a few things or to cleaning the whole apartment from top to bottom. Like most of us, I had more steam at the beginning when staying at home was a newer concept mentally and the "world" was my oyster, but now I find that even though I'm still consistently posting on all Cosmetic Proof avenues, I'm getting hung up on the fact that x, y and z are still not done. For example, I wanted to finish my crazy book by the end of April and I still have 400 pages left (it's just over 1000) and I wanted to clean out my beauty room, but all that has happened with that is that I've made MORE of a mess because I am rediscovering things in there that I want to blog about or use. I've organized a few beauty areas, but with my husband working from home, it's hard to organize when he is taking calls in the same space.

Purple Makeup Look
Some items PR gifted and are marked with a "*"

NAILS | April Showers Bring May Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

I did these nails on Friday afternoon which is a true testament to how life has changed as I don't think I have ever done a #ManiMonday early AND during the day! I never do my nails during the day because something always comes up where having no hands available proves detrimental like when I realized I wanted mushrooms in my omelette and had to chop very slowly. Anyway, this month is actually our flower theme which I did not realize as I snuck in some flowers last month because I didn't read our group chat properly! Last week, I used two polishes from the new Sally Hansen Pure collection, one of which I loved so much I wanted to try it as a full base for today's flowery manicure!

Flower Nail Art with Sally Hansen Pure
 PR gifted

SHEET MASK | Lancome Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Hydrating Double Wrapping Cream Face Mask

*gleeful laughter* Lancome has a new sheet mask and I am freakin' excited! This is a double wrap cream-based mask with 20g of moisturizer that promises to firm, hydrate and add long-lasting radiance to the skin. While this type of mask is fairly new in the North American market, as always the Asian market has done it before but I will say that it isn't done very often and is actually one of the most luxurious ways to sheet mask! 

Lancome Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Hydrating Double Wrapping Cream Face Mask

 PR gifted

MAKEUP | MAKE UP FOR EVER REBOOT Active Care Revitalizing Foundation

I was trying to figure out the last time I talked about MAKE UP FOR EVER  and it was last freakin' year! For a brand I use so consistently and have a plethora of product reviews for on the blog, I feel a little guilty for letting them slide this last year. Quite honestly, I have let a lot of things slide over the last two years mainly because of work so I have been looking at this time at home as a way to get back to what makes me happy and it seems that I need to find a way to not let my day job zap all of my energy. If I don't get back to work next month, you can bet that you will see more of MUFE, but even if I do go back, I have been organizing and making a list of things that I would like to share as this is a brand with A LOT of products! The last thing I discussed were the Artist Nude Creme Lipsticks and after buying two more since that post, they are still one of my most used longwearing liquid lipsticks. Now, we get into one of MUFE's specialities and that is FOUNDATION. I want to say there is a new formulation every year and just when I think MUFE has covered it all, they come out with REBOOT which, after close to 3 weeks of testing, has been a bit of tempestuous journey for both of us.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Reboot Foundation
PR gifted

MAKEUP | Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette

It's #PinkWednesday again and yes, I have yet another Natasha Denona blush palette, but it was just a coincidence that the scheduling of last week's post was also one of her palettes and boy was it a beauty! I have been waiting to photograph the Bloom Blush & Glow Palette ever since I purchased it last Fall, but time seemed to always be a factor and there was no way I could bring myself to put my hands on the creams and powders before immortalizing its perfection in a flatlay. Now, that I have done so, I feel like I must have ALL of the other Blush & Glow Palettes, but then the rational part of my brain keeps asking "How many highlighters do you REALLY need?!"

Natasha Denona Bloom Palette
Purchased by me

SKINCARE | Masking with My Tata Harper Trifecta

If you have been with me awhile, you will know that about five years ago, I used to work for Tata Harper. In fact, I was the first Canadian-based employee when the brand first launched in Sephora Canada! I took a year off to explore the world of beauty and skincare and even though it didn't quite work out, I look back on my days with the Tata team fondly and still buy her products because they are among what I call my "ground zero" products. These are the products that reset my skin when I can't quite figure out what's going on with it. I have reviewed a number of Tata Harper products over the years both through gratis (given to me while I was an employee) and purchased on my own and though there are certain products that do not agree with my skin or just don't do enough for the luxurious price tag, there are a few heroes that I have consistently repurchased and these masks are some my all-time favourites!

Tata Harper Face Masks
Purifying Mask was PR gifted

NAILS | Inspired by a Lipstick #CBBxManiMonday

While I was working on my "Lipsticks that Look Like Crap on Me" post, I noticed that one of the lipstick tubes from the Sephora x Pantone Collection had a really pretty gradient on it. Actually, there are SO MANY makeup products with inspiration for nail art that I was even thinking of doing a series #InspiredByPackaging! I have been trying to get up to two nail posts a week, but even in this time of quarantine, I don't really want to do my nails more than once a week! I don't even paint both hands anymore because why bother? The packaging on the lipstick also gave me a chance to try the brand new Sally Hansen Pure collection which are their new 100% vegan, plant-based, 16-free polishes!

Pastel Glitter Gradient Nail Art
Nail polishes were PR gifted by London Drugs

SHEET MASKS | Fruits & Passion Olive, Avocado, Aloe and Rice

I know most of you are familiar with the brand Fruits & Passion for their bath, body and Cucina house products, but did you know they also made sheet masks? This is largely in part to the rebranding and ownership by South Korean conglomerate LG Corp, parent company of Nature Collection, and I'm not complaining! Sheet masks are currently the only skincare product sold by Fruits & Passion and come in 10 different "flavours". I say flavours because every sheet mask is inspired by food! Except for the Aloe mask I guess, but could you eat aloe if you wanted to? At any rate, I have mentioned before that Avon has partnered up with a few brands under the Nature Collection umbrella and Fruits & Passion is one of them so here is a breakdown of four, very affordable, sheet masks that are all available now through Avon! 

Fruits and Passion Sheet Mask Review
PR gifted

SKINCARE | The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual

I seem to be exhibiting a bit of a pattern this last week when it comes to what I have been talking about in that a lot of my posts have been personal purchases over the last year or so. I go through these phases where I see something cool and new, envision a beautiful flatlay and post idea, tell myself I'm going to try the product "as soon as I finish what I'm working on now", then time starts to fly and now I'm quarantined and forced to come to terms with the fact that it has been 15 months since I purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual and am finally sharing my thoughts with you! 

 The Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual
 Purchased by me

MAKEUP | Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Citrus

It's #PinkWednesday and although I promised to write about something pink every Wednesday this month, I didn't last week, BUT it's not like I forgot. It's because I was a bit anal and had already written down in very permanent ink in my bullet journal that I was going to talk about a sheet mask, but couldn't find one that was pink and ready to review. Today is a different story though and I DO have something beautiful, stunning AND pink to share! Since December of last year, I had made a point about being more discerning when it came to my beauty purchases. I receive a healthy amount of press samples and still continue to make my way to VIB Rouge (which my husband often says is ridiculous). When I see things go bad or expire before I have even used or opened the package, it makes me so sad that no one got to enjoy it. Keeping that in mind, I "kept it in my pants" until February when a friend alerted me to the Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Citrus that was on sale on the Sephora website. While I had a relatively solid collection of ND mini eyeshadow palettes, I did not have any face products yet so this became my first Sephora purchase of 2020 and it is a beauty!

Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette in Citrus Review
 Purchased by me

SHEET MASK | Garnier SkinActive Fresh-Mix Sheet Masks

Garnier has been doing insanely well with their SkinActive line and though I have some reviews pending for their "bottled skincare", my eyes always jump to their sheet masks first as they were probably one of the earlier drugstore brands to have a solid selection of sheet masks that addressed specific skin concerns. There hasn't been anything new on the sheet mask front for awhile until I spotted these SkinActive Fresh Mix Sheet Masks on the shelf while waiting for a prescription at London Drugs and I grabbed them right away because the trend of "popping"the essence and infusing a dry sheet mask is one of my favourite Asian skincare innovations! It feels like I'm being all #girlboss with my skincare and just taking charge! 

Garnier SkinActive Fresh Mix Sheet Mask
 Purchased by me

NAILS | Obligatory Spring Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

I actually did this manicure EARLY for once. Friday night to be exact which has not happened in forever! I'm always doing them Sunday night at 11:30pm so having an actual scheduled post is really something! I've never been that organized when it comes to hunkering down and getting posts done in advance because if I don't feel like writing about something at that exact moment I find I get writer's block or I have a hard time stringing together actual words. What I tend to do is write a week's worth of post ideas in my Bujo and complete whatever I feel like writing about first. It's very haphazard and is probably why I could never commit to blogging/freelance writing full-time. My writing is very emotionally motivated and right now I am very happy to be chatting about this manicure and new polish from Essie I've just tried!

Expressie Mic Drop It Low Spring Flowers Nail Art
Essie polish purchased by me

HAIR | Hot Tools One Step Blowout Volumizer with Before and After Pics!

I talked a little bit on Instagram about this revolutionary hairstyling tool last Fall after receiving one through the London Drugs Beauty event as we were all quite enamoured with it! It became one of those things like a hairdryer where I was just using it all the time and it felt like I didn't NEED to talk about it as it was such a big part of my life as is, but the One Step Blowout Volumizer really isn't like any hairstyling tool I have used before. I have already reviewed a blow dryer and a straightener in the past and after you review one of those, it's hard to to add much more to the conversation unless it makes your meals too! 

Hot Tools One Step Blowout Volumizer
PR gifted

BEAUTY | 5 Ridiculously Expensive Things I've Spent Money On

Ever since I made the decision to stay home for the sake of my asthmatic husband and take on the financial uncertainty of not having a paycheck and going on EI, more than ever have I stared at my beautiful and encompassing beauty hobby in the face numerous times over the last month and realized over and over again how much I have and how little I need. With the Sephora Spring Sale starting today and my single purchase of $40 (made with an unused Christmas gift card), I have to say I am pretty proud of myself, but then again the fear of not being able to pay for food or rent tends to outweigh wanting an eyeshadow palette. This new and pragmatic, bordering on pessimistic, view of money has made me go through some of my own personal beauty purchases that have been more luxurious and would never fall into the "need" category.

5 Ridiculously Expensive Things I Spent Money On
All items purchased by me and my husband doesn't know about some of them. He also doesn't read my blog so he still won't know.

SHEET MASKS | 7th Heaven Renew You 24K Gold and Charcoal Hydrogel Masks

I don't really know what happened to today, but it seemed to be both super chill and a bit tiring. I am also pretty sure I lost 3 hours to watching Jenny Can Cook because I was looking for an easy bread recipe and then realized I was watching Jenny Jones! I don't know if any of you watched trashy TV in the 90s, but she hosted one of those daytime shows with paternity tests and secret crushes etc. in the days of Ricki Lake and Maury Povich. She's actually got some super simple recipes and she's fun to watch so I totally recommend her channel! Now, I know in the photo below I have three masks, but ummm I seem to have misplaced the eye masks so this will be just a review of the 7th Heaven hydrogel and gold masks. I'm actually surprised I don't lose track of more sheet masks considering they are in six locations all over the apartment! 

PR gifted

MAKEUP | Mary Kay Spring 2020 Collection

I unboxed the Mary Kay Spring collection back in February on Instagram and quite honestly, was not sure if I would ever get to play with it let alone feature it here because of my work schedule as we were wrapping up the end of the fiscal, but things have changed and here I am on what is one of the longest blog post runs I have had since last year! I have NO IDEA how many people are reading, whether they are even on their computers or phones, or better yet reading blogs, but I have found that I often go back to past entries and feel so nostalgic because I am immediately transported back to that time in my life and often times feel relieved to have moved past a certain point! Hopefully, that will be the case with now and the next few months when I look back at Cosmetic Proof later on. I will also have a whackload of content for reference so that sort of satisfies the "gotta get this out there" side of me, but I hope you know that I only talk about things on here that are of interest to me and if anything, the last year has been very much focused on products I enjoy as opposed to what the masses do. Obviously that might mean lower viewership, but it's hard enough to get noticed now even if you do all the right things so I've pretty much just focused on being a little selfish and just talking about what excites me. Now, that I've done my daily monologue we can move on to the real matter at hand - the makeup!

Mary Kay Spring 2020 Collection
 PR gifted

NAILS | Drunk Elephant Tribal Art #CBBxManiMonday

I am often inspired by packaging of beauty products, but I often forget to make a note of doing them because I feel like when it comes to remembering beauty things, my brain has slowly gotten overloaded and my short-memory worse and worse. Luckily, I remembered to write down the idea in my bujo and do these Drunk Elephant -inspired nails! A lot of their packaging has pastel elements and I never realized this, but each their skincare products has its own symbol on the front of the bottle which is what comprises their black and white tribal design of their unicartons!

Drunk Elephant Nail Art
 PR gifted polishes used

SHEET MASK | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask

I was watching someone IG video this morning about how she was getting nasty DMs from people about her content saying that she wasn't being sensitive to the current situation by "telling people to buy beauty products". Listen, we can't keep talking about COVID-19 24/7 because right now and for the foreseeable future, this is our new normal - quiet streets, staying local and using a ton of Internet. When the lockdown in Canada first started, I would spend hours each night getting lost in Twitter, Facebook and the news of COVID-19 saying it was how I would stay informed of what was happening. Yes, being informed is good, but 3-4 hours of "information" and walking away feeling scared shitless that things aren't going to get better wasn't exactly a great way to spend my time and it impacted how I felt in the future. When I compare how I am writing now to 3 weeks ago, it is evident I have adjusted by mental frame of my mind because right now, my husband and I are still healthy. My family is still healthy. The kitties are healthy. I'm basically living in the moment because I can't really think too far off into the future. My job may or may not be there next month when I am supposed to be able to go back and the situation changes daily so with no guarantees for anything, I seem to have automatically decided to live for today (and perhaps tomorrow), meal plan for two weeks and talk about beauty NOW. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair PowerFoil Mask
PR gifted

SKINCARE | LASPA Intensive Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel from Day 1 to Day 7

A couple of weeks ago, I embarked on a journey that when it comes to skincare, required great discipline. I like having a fairly intensive routine at night and for seven days last month, my routine went from eight steps to just two. TWO! It was all for a good reason though and that was to try the brand new LASPA Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel! We've all seen and tried a lot of AHAs, peels and treatments emerge, but what caught my attention with this particular product was the very brief and succinct list of just eight ingredients, the 10% glycolic acid strength and most importantly that the source of the glycolic acid comes from a patent pending two-step fermentation process using sugarcane. I've read a lot of information where people just say "use sugarcane juice for similar effects", but there is a difference in acid strength if you extract the acid which is what has been done here! This post is probably going to be pretty intense and wordy, but I found this peel quite unique so I feel like it needs its own narrative for anyone who would like to know why this particular peel is so special!

LASPA Intensive Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel
PR gifted

MAKEUP | 5 Lipsticks That Look Like Crap On Me (With Ugly Lip Swatches of Course!)

This was a post idea that had been brewing in my head since last year when I was doing my beauty clean out and seeing so many strange shades of lipstick emerge from my collection. There was the time of the unicorn hair and crazy lip shades that I really wanted to be able to pull off, but in reality were just something fun to experiment with and bring out for Halloween. When NYX came out with their Cosmic Metals Collection, it was one of the more adventurous posts I worked on (crazy lips here) as I was also enjoying my purple/blue hair, but I think I've mellowed out a bit now as my hair was starting to die from all of the bleaching,  but I am left with lip colours that I feel some could pull off, but not this gal. Keep on reading to see what I mean...

 Some PR gifted and are marked with a "*"

SHEET MASK | Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask

On Wednesdays, we wear PINK! I've realized now that I have a fair amount of pink cosmetics so maybe I should make it a thing to feature something pink on the blog every Wednesday? It seems fun enough to do on Instagram so why not here too? I like pink and I definitely like diamonds so although the Rodial Pink Diamond collection isn't new, it wasn't until I tried Rodial's Vit C sheet mask that I saw there was also one in the Pink Diamond collection and was curious to see if it would be a better experience than the Vit C sheet mask (review).

Rodial Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask
Purchased by me

HAIR | pH Balanced Haircare with the RAINCRY Smooth Collection

I don't remember haircare (and skincare for that matter) focusing on product pH but it kind of makes sense seeing as how our bodies and certain processes operate best at a certain pH and that messing with it causes are bodies to retaliate. Created by Feisel Qureshi, RAINCRY hair products are pH balanced (4.5 - 5.5) to ensure that the cuticle is closed after each use as a closed cuticle means a decrease in moisture loss, split ends and breakage. In addition to being cruelty-free, the brand focuses on a blend of plant and science-based formulas (amen!) and are sulphate, phthalate and paraben-free. All of the formulas are also safe for colour-treated and keratin-treated hair and can be used as often or as little as you would like. These gentle, but effective formulas won't strip your hair or scalp and also smell like a delicious Persian bakery!

RAINCRY pH Balanced Haircare Smooth Collection
 PR gifted

NAILS | Happy Easter Bunny #CBBxManiMonday

This month's theme is "Flowers and Pastels" and though I have a couple of flower manicures floating around in my brain, I also realized that this Sunday is Easter and I have yet to do an Easter manicure! I feel like I have exhausted most of the ideas floating around and have done most of the standard Easter things like chicks, bunnies, bunny bums, bunnies eating carrots, Cadbury Eggs and regular eggs so after these bunnies, I am going to head into flowers as the possibilities are endless. I don't know what you all have going on today, but the first thing I will be doing after this is a bit of meal planning as we have now amassed a fair amount of food and need to pair some meals with them! 

 PR gifted

SHEET MASK | Mediheal Capsule 100 Bio Seconderm Clear Alpha Hyaluronic Acid Mask

For those of you who have been at home for 2-3 weeks, I have to give you props because it has only been one week for me and I am already semi-ready to get back to work. I think because I can't really do much from home, I end up wanting to do a blend of blog and house things, but because my husband is actually working from home, I can't make noise like vacuum. I also can't organize my beauty things because that involves being in the beauty room which is now my husband's office 24/7 where they do their video conference calls and happy hours. This leaves me to the kitchen where I have been spending a large chunk of my time (like everyone else it seems!) which if you knew me, is very odd as I am not that domestic. I don't have good cooking instincts, BUT I know how to follow instructions and memorize things so really for me, practice makes perfect and having this time to do so is nice. Time has also forced me to revisit some sheet masks that I purchased back in Montreal from my last visit in 2018 where I made it my mission to seek out hidden kbeauty stores around the city starting with this 2-step biocellulose mask from Mediheal!

Mediheal Capsule 100 Bio Seconderm Clear Alpha Hyaluronic Acid Mask
 Purchased by me

BATH | Lush Easter Collection

I will preface this by saying that it feels strange to be celebratory of anything lately and while I would normally start this post by saying "OMG it's the Lush Easter collection", I do want to acknowledge that whether you still wish to support this brand is up to you based on the recent lay-off that has happened with Lush and many other companies. I am part of the group of people that have been now temporarily laid off and though I hope I will have my job back in a few weeks, I know that it's hard for companies to make guarantees on ANYTHING right now. Promising to take care of people for 2 weeks is very different than 4 weeks and beyond and we are all going to be hurting financially for awhile before things go back to normal or if they even do. I can't say that I'm not scared and full of doubt over the coming weeks and there is only so much self-care I can do until the fear of uncertainty creeps back into my brain. The way I look at my self-care experience now, whether I am masking or using a bath bomb, is that I am trying to fill my day with as many positive thoughts and memories as I can in the hopes that I can look back on this time with a sense of growth and optimism. Now, let's look at some really cute Easter stuff and may each bath bomb be a blast of good energy!

Lush Easter Collection
 Both PR gifted and purchased by me. PR gifted is denoted with a "*"

MAKEUP | Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

Anytime Charlotte Tilbury releases new makeup, my social media blows up with products I need to have with beautiful swatches and wearable looks that I feel I can pull off because the colour stories are so cohesive. The newest addition to the Pillow Talk family was a big one and though I already owned the Matte Revolution lipstick and lip liner, after waiting a couple of weeks, I started seriously thinking of adding some of the newer products to my makeup collection which resulted in THIS post and makeup look! Suffice it to say, I have new go-tos in my makeup life!

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection
 Both PR gifted and purchased by me. PR is indicated by *

NAILS | The Face Shop "Steel Navy" Gradation Nail Art Kit #CBBxManiMonday

Here we are at the last #CBBxManiMonday of the month and it has been a strange ride hasn't it? I feel like we have all lived a lifetime in a dystopian universe and today is one of those days where I have been sliding back and forth along my emotional ruler. I started off this morning feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed and then the afternoon sort of went to shit and now I'm feeling like I'm in some sort of funk. Well, at least I put some makeup on and styled by hair. I haven't been in quarantine for the last two weeks because I have been working, but I think that might change for the next two weeks as I don't feel safe being outside and potentially interacting with clients as the ones who have come in don't feel like respecting the "STAY AT HOME" advisory. It just makes me very angry to see people coming in to shop for a non-essential in a time like this or when someone comes in and tells me that "they are tired of being at home and just want to look around". I mean, REALLY? Now, is really not a good time to be a looky-loo! Rant aside, I do have some pretty nail today that are still shorter and in the rounded shape as I have found them easier to maintain during this season of handwashing.

Blue Glitter Gradient Nail Art
 Purchased by me

SHEET MASK | Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask with a Sunday Chat

It's crazy to think how day to day things are changing globally and even within my mental state. I think what has made me more fearful is that I am still having to go into work. I have been given the OK to leave if I feel uncomfortable, but it means going on EI which given the current climate, I feel like I should be grateful that I still have a job. Our hours are reduced and it's actually safer for me to go to work then to the grocery store as staff and client contact are very minimal. I have interacted with one client in 2 weeks so my overall exposure risk is low, but we're at a point where we are all feeling the anxiety of a world in quarantine. You would think that with the extra time at home, the house would be spotless and the blog posts would be comin' a mile a minute, but stress and anxiety are a funny thing. They incapacitate and cripple you and normally, I work through stressful things in life in a methodical way, but this is the first time in my life (and I'm sure your lives) that I feel this general sense of WTF that I can't shake. My husband has asthma so I don't want him going to the grocery store if he can help it so I decided to do a bulk of it on my own today and I felt so panicked trying to carry all the stuff on my own. It was also eerily quiet in Loblaws as they have restricted the number of people in-store to allow for social distancing so shopping for groceries was rushed and even though I was already carrying stuff on my shoulders (I broke blood vessels because my bags were too heavy!), I came home and realized I'd forgotten things like green onion and ground beef which means another trip that I will have to mentally prepare for. Then came disinfecting all of the groceries and keeping track of what we touched and making sure we put things down on sanitized surfaces. It's crazy times, but lemme tell ya, even going through virology and biology in school, I have learned so much about what true sanitization means! 

Clarins Super Restorative Instant Lift Serum Mask
Purchased by me

NAILS | Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Eyes Swatch #CBBxManiMonday

When I first started blogging years ago, DL polishes were all the rage and very sought after especially in Topboxes! I still think her polishes are beautiful and I have to hand it to the brand for coming out with some iconic shades like "Mermaid's Dream" and "Birthday Cake" which had plenty of dupes at a lower price point. Even Revlon duped "Mermaid's Dream" in a scented form! As I mentioned in last week's ManiMonday post, I lost most of my nails and even now they are still fairly short which may a good thing in light of keeping things hygienic. 

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Eyes Swatch
 Purchased EONS ago by me

HAIR | 5 Hair Masks

I had planned on so much blog content for this month as I had vacation time scheduled the last two weeks of this month, but then came COVID-19 and me being called back into work to hold down the fort so it looks like this month is going to be a weird one for everyone. Now, don't think me insensitive for NOT talking about what's going on in the world, but I don't think I want to read more about COVID-19 than I should. I get my daily dose from Dr. Bonnie Henry and will continue to do my best to stay at home when not at work and get from Point A to B with as little extraneous contact as possible, but we all need a bit of a break sometimes so for the next few minutes, we are going to think about our hair!

 The only product I have purchased is the OLAPLEX

BOOKS | What I've Been Reading Vol.1

What I really enjoyed about doing #NaBloPoMo in January was writing about things other than beauty. Like most people, I have other interests that I don't often get to feature with one of them being books. I was always a big reader as a child and loved going to my local library to indulge in books. My tastes tend to vary, but I stick mostly to fiction with the exception a few autobiographies or historical accounts. If I read an easy or junky book (ahem, the Brandi Glanville tell-all), the next book I read will be more "meaty". I have always advocated for literacy at a young age as it generally helps with your spelling, vocabulary and writing especially now that we are living in a time of instant gratification where we use emoticons and shorthand to communicate. Reading a book forces you to slow down and disconnect and is something I have been guilty of not doing as evidenced by my many failed Goodreads Reading Challenges over the last couple of years. Reading more was one of my goals for 2020 and so 1/3 of the way into the year, I am on track and enjoying it so here are the first five books I have read this year!

1. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

"Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcée. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside."

I purchased this book a long time ago when it was still considered "new and hot" and with a teaser like that, it seemed like it was going to be an interesting read when it came to the balance of family dynamics. As someone whose parents divorced in their late 20s and then remarried younger partners, I thought I could relate a little bit to some of the awkwardness that is sure to arise when someone new enters the family fray, but though there were promising moments, I never felt pulled in or even LIKED anyone or their relationships. Sure ongoing feuds were buried with a few funny things along the way, but it was just one of those books were when I never felt fully invested in the characters or fully understood their motivations. It was a relatively easy read especially when Valentina (the glamorous blonde) was in the picture since she had a big personality that dominated over all the other characters, but I would not read this again.

SHEET MASK | Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack

I guess now that we are all on lockdown for the rest of the month, I am absolutely determined to blog about alllll of the sheet masks I have had notes for for the last 1.5 years! When I first embarked on this sheet mask mission, I literally wanted to do a blog review for EVERY SINGLE MASK I ever tried, but now after trying A LOT of of them, there are some that just aren't very interesting to talk about for an entire post so I started reviewing select ones with cool ingredients, were super expensive and we needed to find out WHY? or looked funny/pretty once I had it on my face. The Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack is about the packaging and a very weird texture so let's have a closer look, shall we? 

Yadah Soothing Jelly Pack
Purchased by me as part of my FaceTory subscription