SKINCARE | Vegreen Vegan Skincare Routine


This is a sponsored post.

Even after all this time, I still LOVE discovering new skincare no matter the price point as we have all learned that results and efficacy are really what matter! I was recently introduced to the vegan Korean skincare brand Vegreen, which is a blend of the words "vegetable" and "green" with the idea being that the main ingredients used are renewable from nature and the products are made with minimal packaging. 

NAILS | Spring Flowers with REAL Flowers! #CBBxManiMonday

The Hungry Asian Kiwi Smoothie Swatch
Purchased by me about a million years ago

As I write this, I am battling a sore throat and slight ear ache and have had to take a sick day as I don't want anyone else sick and I have a busy week coming up! Before COVID, I think MANY of us would work through a cold, flu or any of those "pre-cold" symptoms, but now I would rather have staff stay home if they feel even the slightest bit sick since we are such a small team and even having two people gone can be stressful. I am hoping to be somewhat better by Monday and so far, I have gargled with saltwater, drank 4 mugs of lemon ginger tea with honey and unfortunately have had to check my email a few times as I had appointments today that I obviously couldn't make! I feel a nap coming on though!

SHEET MASK | Lassie'el Real Vitamin E and C Powder Masks

Lassie'el Real Vitamin E and C Powder Masks

Purchased by me

I was going through my stash a few months ago as I had a couple (who am I kidding, it was a bajillion!) of masks I had set aside from my old FaceTory subscription that I wanted to review. They always sourced such interesting sheet masks and the two I found were from Korean brand Lassie'el which seemed intriguing with their white powders...

NAILS | OPI Left Your Texts On Red Swatch #MidWeekMani

OPI Left Your Texts On Red Swatch 

Press sample

It's funny. I was SO GOOD about scheduling posts ahead of time for Sun, Mon, Tues and Wed and when it came to Thursday's #MidWeekMani, I wanted to be more "honest" as usually this post is about how my week is going so I did not schedule it. Here I am writing in the raw and as I expected, I am TIRED. I usually write my blog posts on my days off when I am better able to mentally function, but tonight I am writing after what always feels like a long day at work.  

SKINCARE | NENA Skincare Glacial Micellar Water and Overnight Lip Mask

 NENA Glacial Micellar Water and Overnight Lip Mask

Press samples

Last November, one of my favourite local skincare brands, NENA Skincare launched two brand new products that were the perfect additions to their ever-growing collection! I have featured NENA a lot on the blog because not only do I love the products, but I love their commitment to sustainability, respect for nature and their partnership with the Homlaco people to harvest the Glacial Oceanic Clay used in all of their products.

MAKEUP | Caliray Glazed and Infused Plumping Lip Gloss

Caliray Glazed and Infused Plumping Lip Gloss
Purchased by me

Ever since the pandemic hit and I started wearing less makeup once I went back to work, I have found myself VERY far removed from the colour cosmetics world. Between what I have been sent over the years from PR and my own crazy purchases, there is very little I feel justified in spending money on that I have not seen before. I have also slowed down in what I accept through PR as I can no longer guarantee that I will have the time or energy to post. I was busy before, but I have allowed myself to be tired and not blog every night which is what I was doing before. Sometimes I still do it, but generally I only sit down to write on my two days off per week. If I have a vacation day here and there, maybe I do a little more, but generally speaking I no longer push myself unless I have a sponsored post coming up.

NAILS | Rainbow Honey Demeter Swatch #CBBxManiMonday

Rainbow Honey Demeter Swatch
Purchased by me

I was hoping to have some time to do some more intricate nails as I had a few days off for vacation, but between catching up on housework, blogging, organizing the beauty room and spending a whole day shopping last Thursday with a girlfriend (this was the most fun of course), it has been a pretty packed couple of days!  

SHEET MASK | Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask
Press sample

Where was this mask when my skin was dry as a bone last December?! The new Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream-Infused Mask is for the driest of skin and is an instant sigh of relief delivering moisture around the clock! When this showed up in my mailbox, I immediately put it in my "to-try" rotation and my goodness was it ever an experience!

SKINCARE | The MaskerAide Night Routine

Night Time MaskerAide Routine
Some press samples

For someone who loves skincare, there are actually just a handful of brands that I use and feature consistently and one of them is Toronto-based MaskerAide. I have been a customer of theirs ever since receiving my very first sheet mask from them to try in my Topbox subscription back in 2013 so I guess this is our 10 year anniversary! There are some new products from MaskerAide that I purchased on my own during Black Friday and when I received my order, the team included doubles for me which was so nice! I have been enjoying this little routine whether all together or just one or two products at a time and thought "why not share it with you all?!"

NAILS | Cirque Colors Mood Ring #CBBxManiMonday

Cirque Colors Mood Ring Swatch
Purchased by me

I am going to be cheating a bit with today's post as it is more of a swatch than anything, but I couldn't mess with the fact that this is the first time I have featured a MAGNETIC polish on the blog! Magnetic or "cat-eye" polishes aren't anything new, but this is the first time I have seen them in such vibrant colours! The nicest ones I have seen are from my favourite indie brand Cirque Colors, a brand I have featured on Cosmetic Proof many times over! 

SHEET MASK | Missha Ice Sorbet Cooling Brightening Sheet Mask

Missha Ice Sorbet Cooling Brightening Sheet Mask
Purchased by me

This is another mask from the archives back when I took pictures of EVERY mask I used, BUT I actually still had extras of the Missha Ice Sorbet mask so even though it has been awhile since the photos were taken (my hair was in its smoky blue phase), the experience is still quite fresh! I try to buy at least two of each mask I plan on reviewing as sometimes I don't use a mask correctly or I can't quite remember the experience! 

SKINCARE | Tocobo Skincare Routine with the Best Sunscreen EVER!

Tocobo Skincare Routine

Purchased by me via the Bellbees Mystery Box

Last year, I fell in love with Korean skincare brand Tocobo - specifically, their Bio Watery Sun Cream which I full on finished over the summer! It's not an easy brand to find and while there are a few Canadian retailers who carry Tocobo as a brand, I found the sunscreen the most challenging to find so luckily when it came back in stock at my favourite Canadian K-Beauty store, Bellbees, I picked it up and immediately knew after trying out the sunscreen that I would need to experience more!

NAILS | Holo Green Spring Flowers #CBBxManiMonday

Spring Flower Nail Art
 Some press samples

Green is one of my favourite nail polish colours which is why I am always so happy when March comes around for CBBxManiMonday as we usually do either Green/Spring themes and today I have kind of combined the two with this green flower manicure! 

SHEET MASKS | Andalou Naturals Hydro Serum Facial Masks

Andalou Naturals Hydro Serum Facial Masks

Purchased by me

I feel like it has been a long time since I have been in my digital beauty space and really it has only been a week, but this week has felt like a long one! I don't normally work 5 days in a row so when I do, it just feels like by Day 5, I have nothing left. I don't know how people can work a regular M-F and have energy by the end of the week. I've only worked a few jobs in my life where this was my schedule and lemme tell ya, by Wednesday I was wondering how I was going to make it until Friday. Granted, it was a job for a local skincare company that had me so unhappy and overworked that it could have been more the environment than the actual schedule! Thanks to how challenging the last week has felt, I haven't had a chance to try any new sheet masks so we are delving into my Vault of Unblogged Sheet Masks with the Andalou Hydro Serum Facial Masks!