February Favourites!

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I love watching YouTube videos of people sharing their favourite beauty products. In February, I actually bought a few new products that I was obsessed with so I thought I’d join in on the fun. Generally, I buy a couple of things and like them enough to keep using them but not enough to advocate purchasing them. I can’t predict whether this will be a regular post just yet so we’ll play it by ear.

February began with me having very dry skin. You would think that dry skin would be more of an issue when it’s -40C and not when it’s hovering around -10C. However, my regular creams were no longer working. I should mention that I have combination to dry skin for comparison’s sake. Also, I get eczema on the palms of my hands and on my eyelids if I’m not paying attention so I’m worried about introducing new things because they can often make things worse. FYI – Vaseline (and the new Live Clean non-petroleum jelly) are the only things that work on my eyes when I have eczema so I generally just use that as a precaution.

Lush’s The Sacred Truth: $6.95 for 2.1 oz.

I decided to go to Lush and try a fresh face cream mask to help repair the dry skin. I ended up with The Sacred Truth which is made with wheatgrass, green tea and papaya. I really loved this! I felt a difference right away and I started using it 2-3 times a week all month. It is a slightly green colour and the mask has to be refridgerated. I see myself purchasing this again & again. I even think it’d be good in the summer to destress the skin after the heat and humidity sets in.

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Lush’s Full of Grace Moisturizing Bar – $14.95 / 20g

While as I was at Lush, they mentioned that I should try the Full of Grace serum with the mask for maximum impact. Although Lush can be a bit full on with the recommendations, I decided to pick one up because although I love the idea of serums, I haven’t found one I loved yet. I really love this one. You hold it in between your hands for a few minutes so it melts and then rub on your face. I started using this before the masks and at night. Sometimes I would put moisturizer on top but most of the time I just used as is. It was thick enough to last all night. However, I wouldn’t wear as an am moisturizer. Also, the scent of this one is a little heavy. It reminds me of patcholi even though I’m not sure patcholi is even in it. The only downside is that it looks like it’s only lasting for about 6 weeks. I will purchase it again though.

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Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil – $18 / .5 oz

Literally the day after I purchased the above two products, I went to Sephora with my friends. I’ve been looking at Josie Maran’s oil for weeks and wondering about it. The thing is that it’s quite expensive so it’s hard to take the risk. The 1.7 oz bottle is $58. However, I kept hearing great things about it so I picked up the tiniest sample as a treat. Naturally, I loved it. It’s quite different to the Lush serum as it has no fragrance and it’s a lot thinner. I thought it was a good complement for the am. However, I had to reapply it in the am for the first couple of days. I wouldn’t wear it at night alone because it wouldn’t last. I would repurchase this for the quality but the price is holding me back. I’m interesting in some homemade olive oil options I’ve seen online. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

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I have to say that using the above three products for 2 days made a huge difference in my skin. I could feel relief immediately from the Lush products and by the time I had all three in rotation, the dry spots on my skin disappeared.

What were your favourite products in February?

February Seasonsbox!

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Last month, I found out about Seasonsbox and immediately became obsessed. Seasonsbox is a bit different then other beauty boxes as it also includes items for the home. Since I purchased this condo, I’ve definitely become more interesting in home decor. It’s a lot more fun when you have more than a bedroom to decorate!

The other thing that’s different about Seasonsbox, is that they guarantee 3-4 full size products each month based around a specific theme. They’re also an eco-friendly and organic company. So, what was in the Seasonsbox?

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Dream Organics Rose Water (full size value – $22): I’ve been loving spritzing this on mid-afternoon or post workout. It’s smells so lovely.

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Bambu Earth Sugar Cookie Body Glow (full size value – $18): I have not tried this yet but it smells incredible. I actually want to eat it. lol Also, I like how grainy it is. It’s actually quite dry but you can feel the oil in it.

From their website: Bambu Earth™ Products are: • Made with Organic Ingredients • Phthalate Free • Paraben Free • Sulfate Free • Preservative Free • No Synthetic Fragrances • No Synthetic Dyes • Sustainable Palm Oil • Never Tested on Animals

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Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths (full size value – $17.99): I was excited to try these because they’re biodegradeable & cruelty-free. They smell like citrus which is so nice. I’m a bit cheap when it comes to makeup wipes. I use baby wipes (thanks Star Jones for the tip lol!) and so it’s good to compare to see if there is a difference. I haven’t used them long enough to figure that out yet.

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Galerie Au Chocolat Fair Trade Bar (full size value-$5) : This is such a lovely treat! I love Belgian chocolate and I like how they included something edible in the box. I’ve been eating a square every so often and it’s very good.

Seasonsbox is a bit more expensive than regular beauty sample boxes (It’s $29.95 plus $5.95 for s&h) but for me personally, I think it’s worth it. I really don’t purchase a lot of beauty products outside of the boxes. I might spent $20 a month outside of the boxes on average. You also get to preview what’s coming in your box before you order it. If you’re interested, click here.

What do you think about this Seasonbox? Have you received one? If not, what’s your favourite beauty box?

New Obsession : Silent Films

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This weekend I’ve been focusing on writing an essay which is due tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’m very easily distracted. In researching this particular essay, I had the pleasure of doing something that’s been on my list for quite a while – watch a silent film.

Silent films are such a romantic idea for me. The silent film era stars like Mary Pickford & Theda Bara are all so dramatic and mysterious to me. I loved watching their Biographies on A&E when I was growing up. I feel like I know so much about them yet I had never seen any of there films. Fortunately, YouTube has many full length silent films online. How fantastic is that? Plus, I just downloaded the new YouTube app for Wii and it’s seriously amazing.

The film I watched was the 1914 version of Cinderella starring Mary Pickford.

What surprised me most about this film was how compelling it is. I thought I would be so bored without any music but I was completely on board with it. Also, liI was really impressed with some of the technical skills. The moments when the Fairy Godmother appeared were actually gradual. I had assumed that would only be accomplished by panning away or one of those instant boom appearances like in cartoons. It made me wish I was still enrolled in a film studies course.

Also, I’ve read recently that there is going to be a new Mary Pickford film released next year. I’m very excited about it. I love Hollywood movies about Hollywood. 🙂

Have you seen any silent films? What is your favourite?

NOTD: Suncoat Peelable in Mulberry

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I received this bottle of Suncoat Peelable nail polish in a Glymm box last month. The photo is true to real life. I’m always a bit wary of peelable nail polish. I find that one little scrap can take the whole nail off. This wasn’t the case with Suncoat. In fact, I was able to have a shower & wash the dishes and keep the polish on.

Of course, it didn’t last for as long as non peelable polish but I really liked this formula. I would definitely pick up a few more colours if I had an idea where to find them. It would be great for the really dark shades like red that seem to dye the area around my nails when I try to take it off with remover. Something to think about if you’re like me and often plan your polish changes a few days in advance. It is definitely the best peelable polish I’ve ever tried.

According to their website, the polish is “Completely VOC free. Free of toulene, formaldehyde (no formaldehyde donors), acetates, acetone or any other chemical solvents.” This particular colour is vegan. Suncoat is a Canadian company and their cosmetics are cruelty-free.

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What is your favourite polish at the moment?

NOTD: Revlon – Powder Puff

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In December’s Glossybox I received another nail polish.  Love that! I don’t even know the last time I purchased nail polish myself. December’s glossybox was a bit weird. There was some controversy about it on their Facebook page regarding old products. It should be interesting to see what comes this month. Anyway, I was really excited when I saw this colour because as much as I love having white nail polish, I really don’t like to buy it. You know, it’s a basic everyday and not all that fun. I like to spend my money on the fun polishes.

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This colour isn’t exactly as I had imagined. It’s very pretty and sheer. There is some iridescence. The photo above is of two coats. You can still see the nail through but I really liked the way it looked. So even though it’s not the bright solid white I hoped for, I think it’s much more wearable and I’ll get a lot of use out it.  It is a matte shade but there is still some shimmer from the colour.

What is your favourite polish at the moment? What did you receive in your Glossybox last month?

My Favourite YouTube Glamour Go Tos!

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Today, my friends are holding their annual Christmas party. It’s always a really good time. When I’m getting ready, I love to look at YouTube videos for inspo. I wish this was possible when I was still hitting the bars every weekend. Remember having to try makeup looks using magazine tips? It was nearly always a disaster in my case. lol.

Here are some of my favourites:

For makeup:

I love Pixiwoo’s tutorials. Plus, if they use something other than MAC, they’ll mention a dupe from MAC that’s similar. Even if you don’t want to buy MAC at least you have the option of getting to the store to see the colour in person and see what you might have that’s similar. I’ve totally done this.


The best part of Rachel’s videos are that she uses a lot of drugstore brands and she’s Canadian so I know that I’ll be able to get these products as well.

For hair:

I found this channel while trying to find tips on Billie Piper’s makeup from The Secret Diary of A Call Girl. Love her tutorials! She makes everything look so achievable.

For nails:

She always makes things look so easy! Practice practice practice!!

What are some of your favourite youtube tutorial channels? Please share with me! I can use all the help I can get. 😉

 

NOTD: Nicole by OPI – Here We Kome a Karoling

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In November’s Glossybox I received a gorgeous jewel toned purple shade. It was great because even though I’m not really wanting to wear purple at the moment, I don’t have a shade like this. It’s very pretty.

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I also decided to add some of Butter London’s The Black Knight on my tips and ring finger just because I never use The Black Knight. I’m not sure why. I really like it but I just always reach for something else.

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What is your favourite polish at the moment?

Pretty Things: Retro Dining Table & Chairs

For the past few months, I’ve been trying to find a retro chrome table (preferably in red) around town. On Sunday, I found these on kijiji! The table is grey and the chairs are red but I still think it’s perfect for my dining area.

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Awesome, isn’t it? I was so excited when I went to pick them up because I loved them in person even more than I thought I would. They also go perfect with my poppy wallpaper.

Here’s a close up of the table top:

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Once I finally paint my kitchen cherry red, it’s really going to pull everything together. I already love the pop of colour that the chairs bring.

Everything together came to $125. You just can’t beat that. For the locals, these were picked up at the Candle Co. Antiques in West St. Paul.

Have you found any thrifting treasures lately?

Nail Polish Swap!!

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I participated in my first blogger nail polish swap. I was paired up with Kisha from The Glamourous Life of a French Housewife. I was SPOILED! I felt a bit sheepish about what I had sent her in exchange.

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See what I mean? SPOILED! Here’s what I received in the swap:

Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Big Money
Essie in Smokin’ Hot
Essie in Bordeaux
Cover Girl Outlast in Golden Opportunity
Sally Hansen Magnetic in Electric Emerald
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Tweed-Le Dee
Mini make up bag
Glass nail file

Here’s a NOTD of Essie’s Smokin’ Hot. The perfect dark plum/grey:
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Thanks so much Kisha!!

See what I sent Kisha here!

Have you participated in any swaps lately? Aren’t they fun?!

NOTD: Zoya’s Emme

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Just a quick NOTD today. Look at this beautiful pink pearly polish I received in this month’s GlossyBox! I generally don’t wear pearly pink polish because it’s a bit Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club. Although, that’s often what I’m going for!

I really need a new camera.

Did you get a Zoya polish in your Glossy Box this month? What’s your favourite polish at the moment?