Another quick post to share with you some more of my favourite products. This time it is 3 of my favourite drugstore makeup products. A full coverage foundation, a concealer and a pressed setting powder. So without further delay here they are!
Concealer – Maybelline New York Fit Me Stick
The Maybelline Fit Me Stick is just a nice silky smooth concealer that does a great job of covering up those dark under eye circles and other unwanted skin imperfections. I have been using this for a few years now and it is my go to concealer. I believe it is generally about $10.00 CAD give or take depending on the store and if you can get it on sale or not.
Foundation – Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay Foundation
The Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay formula is just a really nice full coverage foundation. It goes on smooth, covers up all the imperfections really nicely and doesn’t feel super heavy on your skin. It really does seem to stay in place very well all day. This is definitely my go to drugstore foundation and has been for a couple of years now. I generally find it to be around $16.00 CAD give or take depending on the store and possible sale pricing.
Pressed Powder – Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder
I have been using the Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder for many years now and that is because I just really like this product and how it goes on and keeps everything in place all day. I don’t find that it feels heavy and it doesn’t seem to cause unwanted dry skin. It comes in a variety of shades and you can also pick the best formula for your specific skin tone (cool, neutral or warm). I believe this goes for about $15.00-$16.00 CAD again give or take depending on the store and if you can get it on sale.
So those are the 3 favourite drugstore makeup products I wanted to share with you today. You can also check out my corresponding Youtube video below
This is just a quick post to show you my 2 favourite dry shampoo products. One is a drugstore product and the other is a higher end product you would typically find at say a hair salon or beauty store such as Sephora. I LOVE dry shampoo because it is a great way to get an extra day or two in between hair washes. I really don’t like to over wash my hair because I already damage and dry it out so much with hair colouring, blow drying and straightening/curling. I like to give it as much of a break as possible in between and dry shampoo really helps me out with that. A good dry shampoo will remove that oily hair look and feel and leave your hair feeling clean and refreshed for longer. I always have this on hand!
Drugstore Product – Batiste Dry Shampoo
My favourite drugstore dry shampoo product by far is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Coconut & Exotic Tropical scent. This works just as well as the majority of the higher end products I have tried and for a fraction of the cost. It goes on a bit white but once massaged in and brushed the white residue disappears. I find dry shampoos to typically have a fairly strong scent so finding a scent I like is important to me. I really like how this one smells which is a nice bonus since it works so well. You can also get Batiste in 2 other scents that I know of, original and another which I believe is a floral scent. I am in Canada and often find this at Winners for a great price but I have seen it at other big chain drugstores and grocery stores. At winners I usually pay $6.99 for the 6.73 fl.oz. can and I think I have seen it for about $8.99 at other stores (in Canadian funds).
I really love this dry shampoo. My favourite scent is the Mango Coconut but I believe there are a few other scents to choose from as well. This dry shampoo works really great and I find it leaves my hair feeling very refreshed. Like the Batiste I do find that this goes on with a bit of a white residue (but less so than the Batiste) and again that goes away once the product is massaged in, left to work its magic and then brushed out. I purchase this from Sephora and in Canada it runs for about $27.00 for the 4.75 fl.oz. can. I believe it is available in a smaller more travel size can as well.
So there you have it, my 2 favourite dry shampoo products. If you are interested you can also check out my Youtube Channel for the corresponding video to this post.
I FINALLY have a “What I ate” post for you! If you follow me on Instagram at all you probably already have a general idea of some of the things I am eating these days but if not this will be a bit of a look into what a typical day of eating might look like for me. I definitely do not eat the exact same thing everyday so I will try to get another one of these done again soon. Today was a bit light on the potatoes compared to a lot of days!
For breakfast today I had dry fried (no oil added) frozen hashbrown potatoes with some chopped fresh red pepper and green onion mixed in. On the side I had half a slice of whole wheat toast with a very thin layer of natural peanut butter and some slices of mandarin orange. To drink I had a big glass of water with some fresh squeezed lemon juice (I drink this every morning with my breakfast).
These hashbrowns are not fat free, they are store bought and do have a bit of oil on them. I haven’t been able to find these in fat free yet and these are the closest thing to that I have come across so far. They are fairly low fat and fry up really nicely because of the small amount of oil on them. I do sometimes dice up my own potatoes instead but these are great to have on hand when you just need to quickly get breakfast made. I usually also add in spinach and mushrooms but I just didn’t have any left in the house at the moment. I also often change up the colour of pepper and type of onion as well.
For lunch I had some Happy Planet Thai Coconut Soup over top of some white basmati rice and corn kernels. On the side I had some oven warmed whole wheat naan bread with an ever so thin layer of Earth Balance spread and a touch of garlic salt. I also had some cucumber slices with a bit of garlic hummus and a couple of my mom’s homemade beet pickles. To drink I just had water.
I usually eat brown rice instead of white rice but I am totally out right now. A trip to the grocery store is in order very soon!
I was feeling a bit hungry right before I started getting supper together so I had a small handful (half a serving at most) of Luke’s Organic Superfood Tortilla Chips. These are a much healthier alternative to the ordinary tortilla chip and are so delicious. Sometimes for a full on snack I will have some of these with garlic hummus, hummus mixed with sriracha sauce or tomato salsa. We buy big bags of these from Costco.
For supper tonight I tried a new Thai Green Curry recipe from the actual Starch Solution book (apparently I have a Thai theme going on today). To keep this fat free the recipe calls for using a non-dairy milk such as soy, rice or almond milk and adding coconut extract to get the coconut flavour (instead of coconut milk). I had never tried this before and it was great! I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. I didn’t have all of the specific veggies the recipe called for so I just added and substituted with what I did have on hand.
Essentially what you see above was made with white basmati rice, almond milk, vegetable broth, coconut extract, low sodium soy sauce, Thai green curry paste, broccoli, carrot, onion, garlic, peas, corn, red pepper and yellow pepper. It was really delicious, I will definitely be making this again!
It is a couple of hours before I head to bed and I am feeling a bit hungry so for an evening snack I am having some beans in tomato sauce (the kind you buy canned) with a couple of Luke’s tortilla chips stuck in there to scoop them up. For the remainder I will just use a spoon! I find beans of any kind to be very filling and satisfying. The perfect snack to hold me over until breakfast tomorrow!
That is it for what I ate today for weight loss on the Starch Solution. I hope you enjoyed and found this post helpful. I also made a Youtube video of everything I ate today so for a little more footage on the actual preparation of my main meals check that out!
We have a couple of baby products my daughter has now outgrown so we are getting ready to send them out of the house but we really liked these 2 items so I thought I should do a quick review on them just in case it might be helpful to anyone out there who may be considering purchasing one or both of these.
The two items are the Boon Grass Drying Rack with Twig Accessory and the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer. I purchased the Boon Grass and Twig from West Coast Kids which is a small chain Canadian boutique type baby store and the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer I purchased on a great 50% off sale from Amazon.ca. Both items I have seen at BabiesRus as well and I am sure they can be found at many other major chain and privately owned stores that carry baby products.
The actual review you will find here on my Youtube Channel:
And as promised on my Youtube Channel review, here are a couple of detailed pictures of the two items:
We really liked both items and would definitely recommend them to our own family and friends. I found them to be very handy to have around as they made the process of bottle feeding and cleaning up simpler and quicker which is always a blessing when taking care of baby!
I hope you are all having a fabulous week! Until next time!
I just wanted to do a quick post to share with you how I store my makeup brushes. This is not my original idea as I saw it somewhere (I can’t remember where) a few years ago when I was trying to find a better way to display my brushes. Before this I either had them sitting loosely in a taller glass container or stuck in a drawer and I found that both ways were not ideal because I was always having a hard time finding the brush I wanted to use…especially with the smaller and/or shorter ones. They would always annoyingly disappear into the abyss that was my makeup brushes!
The idea I came across was to fill a glass container with unground coffee beans which work like how sand or gravel would in terms of holding the brushes upright in place when you push them into the container. Coffee Beans also smell great (unless you hate the smell of coffee) and they are a really beautiful and rich dark brown colour. The beans do stop smelling (unless you really stick your face in) after a few months so if you love having that coffee smell in your makeup area you would have to change the beans out every few months.
To add some extra glam to the beans you could mix in some glitter or instead of using coffee beans you could use coloured gravel (like what you see in fish tanks), other types of small decorative stones, glass stones or beads, coloured sand etc. There are really so many different things you could do depending on what type of look you are going for.
You could also change up the shape and size of the glass container you are using. Mine is just a simple cylindrical shape but I have seen rectangles, cubes, triangles, hearts, ovals…all kinds of things. You could really easily and inexpensively make this your own!
Anyway I hope that you might find this helpful if you have been struggling with trying to find an effective, easy, attractive and inexpensive way to store your makeup brushes.
I would love to see pictures of your creations if you decide to try this out!
Yes, another tutorial! I promise this will be the last one for awhile but I wanted to use up some of the leftover greens and things that I had from my Festive Holiday Planters. I hate to waste something when with a little bit of effort I can make another beautiful item to add to our holiday decor.
This tutorial was my Youtube video for Vlogmas Day 4 which if you are interested in checking out you can find it at the very bottom of this post.
I made 2 identical outdoor Holiday Swags (I still can’t believe that is what they are called but my research keeps pointing me in that direction in terms of naming what these pretty bunches of greens and ribbon are). I have them hanging on either side of our garage door which is a pretty traditional place to put them I think. I see quite a few of them out in our neighbourhood already.
I chose the red accent pieces for them so they would tie into/coordinate with my Holiday Planters. I just love how pretty all this fresh greenery looks displayed in front of the house!
Western Cedar (I had a bundle I purchased just for this project as well as some leftovers from my Holiday Planters)
White Pine (this was leftovers from my Holiday Planters so I thought I would incorporate it)
Red Mesh Ribbon
2 small stems of artificial red berries
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
My finished Swags were about 24 & 1/2 inches long and I made them to be roughly that size because that is what was proportionate to where they were going to be hung on the outside of the house. You could make yours shorter or longer, wider or thinner, whatever you prefer and/or works best for the area you plan to hang them.
You could also use different types of greens than I did or use a larger variety and/or different placement. If I had any of the Silver Fir leftover from my Holiday Planters I probably would have found a way to incorporate that as well. You could also use a totally different type of ribbon. I see a lot of Swags made with velvet ribbon instead of mesh ribbon. I think burlap ribbon would also look pretty if you were going for a more rustic look. You can also buy a pre-made bow instead of making your own like I did.
There are also so many different accessories you could use, the variety of berries to choose from seems endless and you could also add maybe a poinsettia flower or pinecones or glitter leaf stems etc. There are just so many options to make these your own and change them up every year!
Cost Breakdown (in Canadian Funds):
$5.87 Western Cedar (I am only including the cost of the bundle I bought specifically for the Swags as I costed the leftovers from the Planters into that project already)
$0.00 White Pine (I accounted for the cost of this in my Holiday Planters already and what I used here was just the leftovers)
$4.71 Red Mesh Ribbon
$2.09 Two Stems Red Berries
$1.98 Florists Wire
$0.00 Glue Gun & Sticks, Scissors, Wire Cutters, Measuring Tape (I already had all of these items on hand)
Total Cost: $14.65
Price Per Swag: $7.33
*The Cedar and Pine I purchased at Lowes and I purchased them at 20% off. The Mesh Ribbon, Berry Stems and Florists Wire I purchased at Michaels and they were all purchased at 50% off. I should have enough Mesh Ribbon and Florists Wire leftover to use for next year and I hope to use the Berry Stems again as well.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try making these on your own! They are fun to make and look so beautiful hanging outside the house.
It is day 2 of Vlogmas on my Youtube Channel and today’s video was a tutorial on how I made my outdoor festive holiday planters for the 2015 holiday season. If you are interested in watching the tutorial and maybe attempting one of these on your own you can check out my video below at the very bottom of this post.
Materials I used:
2 large ceramic planters. These are planters I already owned that I use for my summer annual flowers
Potting soil and Sand. I filled the bottom half of the planters with the potting soil (which I had leftover from the summer) and the top half with the sand (I purchased an 18 kg bag from Canadian Tire and used about 3/4 of it)
Fresh cut Silver Fir, White Pine, Western Cedar and Dogwood Branches (these I purchased at Lowes)
A variety of accessory pieces to use as nice pops of colour and sparkle in the planters. I purchased these all as artificial pieces so I can reuse them for the next few years if they hold up. For the 2 planters I used in total 2 poinsettia flower stems, 3 red berry stems and 4 gold leaf stems. I had also purchased some red mesh ribbon but did not end up using it. (All of this I purchased at Michaels)
Wire Cutters, Scissors and a Cerated Knife all of which I already had in the house. I had also purchased some florists wire from Michaels but did not end up needing it.
Cost Breakdown (in Canadian funds):
$0.00 for the 2 Planters (I already had these)
$0.00 for the Potting Soil (I already had this)
$6.28 for the Sand (I have 1/4 of the bag left)
$4.89 for the Western Cedar (I got this for 20% off)
$6.99 for the Silver Fir
$4.79 for the White Pine (I got this for 20% off)
$4.79 for the Dogwood Branches (I got these for 20% off)
$18.51 for the accessories used (poinsettias, gold leaves, berries)
Total Spent: $46.25 to make 2 planters
Total Price Per Planter:$23.13
*I did not include the cost of the Red Mesh Ribbon and Florist Wire in this breakdown because I did not use them in the planters, however I will be using them in another project very soon which I will be making a tutorial for and will include the cost of these 2 items there.
I did get the majority of the accessories from Michaels for 50% off. I almost never buy anything full price from Michaels as they are always having sales and they always seem to have a coupon running that gives you 40-50% off of one regular priced item. As well they often run coupons for anywhere from 20-50% off of your entire purchase.
I hope you enjoyed and found the tutorial helpful. I just love doing projects like this! I find them to be so fun and relaxing so if you have even a little bit of the crafting bug in you or like to explore your creativity I urge you to give something like this a try for the holidays this year. You will get so much satisfaction in seeing your beautiful creation(s) every time you go in and out of your house.
I have yet to address the topic of beauty on my blog and I have just completed a Youtube video for Day 1 of Vlogmas which was about my favourite beauty products for November 2015, so I thought why not make a corresponding blog post as well.
These are my top ten products from November and in reality most of them are actually in my top products all the time and would make the list over and over again. Of course that’s not very interesting so I better work on coming up with some new ones to add for next time!
So here we go (and in no particular order):
Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes
These are from Costco and I love them for removing my makeup at the end of the day. They are Paraben free and Hypo-allergenic and I have personally found them to be very gentle and hydrating on my skin. They are a nice large and reasonably thick towelette and I find them to be just as effective if not better than a lot of the more expensive versions out there. I usually find that one is enough to get all of my makeup off. They come in a box of I believe it is 4 packages of 30 and 2 packages of 15. I find them to be a great value and they do go on sale for a few dollars off at Costco every couple of months.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion With Cooling Menthol
I have been using this lotion for years now and really love it. It was recommended to me by a friend to help with my dry itchy legs caused by eczema. The cooling menthol just calms the itch and burn right down which is such a relief! I have tried dozens of lotions and this is the only thing that works for my legs other than the steroid creams from the dermatologist which I prefer not to use. This is also just a great hydrating lotion for your entire body. I have found this at basically any grocery store or pharmacy that carries Aveeno products which in my experience is the majority of them.
Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
I LOVE Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap! You will find it next to every sink in my house all the time. I always make sure to stock up when they have good sales. They have so many amazing scents and along with a big stable of regulars they are always featuring scents that come and go with the different seasons and major holidays. Winter Wonderland is my current favourite winter scent, it smells like sweet and delicious candy!
Victoria’s Secret Angel Gold Perfume
This is my current go to and everyday perfume. I have been using this one off and on for a couple of years now. It has been “on” now for probably about 6 months. I tend to change up my perfumes quite frequently but this one is one of those I always keep around while others come and go. Victoria’s Secret actually has a lot of great perfumes several of which I have tried. They seem to be good quality and reasonably priced. I also think the bottle this one comes in is so pretty!
Formula X For Sephora
Formula X For Sephora is a nail polish drying spray. You just spritz it on about 1-2 minutes after you have finished applying your nail polish and top coats. By the time it evaporates from your nails (which is pretty quickly) your nails will be dry to the touch. Not quite ready to go back to your normal activities but dry enough that you can start to move around very carefully. I am SOOOOO impatient when it comes to letting my nail polish dry so anything that helps speed up that process is worth it’s weight in gold in my books. It is so frustrating to have your nails all nicely painted and then end up smudging them before they are hard dried! I of course buy this at Sephora.
Essie Nail Polish in Madison Avenue
This Essie nail polish is SO pretty. It is a shimmery pinky purple colour that goes on so nice and smooth. I don’t always love Essie nail polish because I sometimes find with their really light shades you have to put on so many coats and it ends up looking horribly streaky but with Madison Avenue that is definitely not the case. All it takes is the standard 2 coats of colour and it looks fabulous. This is a great everyday wear colour as it is not to bright and bold. Just enough to give a nice pop of colour without being to in your face. You can usually find Essie products in most mainstream drug stores as well as really anywhere that carries a variety of nail polish brands.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
This has been my go to eyeshadow primer for years now and for good reason! This primer goes on so nice and smooth and keeps your eyeshadow in place all day, no creasing. If I am wearing eyeshadow I always have this underneath. The tube seems small but a little bit really goes a long way. I always buy this at Sephora but I’m sure you will find it anywhere that carries Urban Decay products.
Buxom Lip Gloss in Katie
No, I do not like this lip gloss just because it is called Katie! This is such a pretty light pink shimmery colour. It is perfect for everyday wear, goes on nice and smooth (not sticky at all) and has a nice peppermint taste. I always buy this at Sephora.
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect
This NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss is definitely my favourite drug store lip gloss line. It goes on nice and smooth and doesn’t feel sticky. “Perfect” is a really pretty light pink shimmery colour, very similar to Buxom’s “Katie” but just a little bit darker. This is also great for everyday wear and is super affordable. I buy it at London Drug’s which is a large drug store chain in Canada. I know there are a lot of various drug store type retailers in North America that carry this though (not sure about anywhere outside of Canada and the United States).
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface
I REALLY love the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes and Dollface is my favourite colour out of the whole line. It is a really pretty light pink colour. Great for all skin tones but I am very pale so this works especially great for me. These blushes are really concentrated so you don’t have to use a lot but depending on how dark you like your blush you can layer a little or a lot! I love how nice and smooth this goes on and stays in place. I buy this at Sephora.
So there you have it, my top ten products from November 2015. Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back again soon!
One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is getting to tell all of your loved ones the wonderful news! Although I found out I was pregnant on December 23rd, 2013, we decided to wait until I was 3 months pregnant before telling everyone. As many of you probably already know, it seems to be a mainstream agreement among doctors that during the first trimester you are more likely to miscarry than during any other trimester. We just couldn’t stand the thought of telling everyone the amazing news and then having to retract it and add all that extra disappointment and grief onto what we would already be feeling. So as hard as it was to keep that secret, we waited.
Our families are fairly spread out so we weren’t able to tell everyone all at the same time or in person and therefore had to come up with a few different ideas to make the announcement. We of course definitely wanted to tell our parents in person so we arranged to do that on a weekend in mid February of 2014. That was 2 weeks shy of the 3 month pregnancy mark but it was the only weekend we were going to be able to work out getting to see both sets of parents on the same weekend for quite some time.
How we told my husband’s parents:
My in-laws live locally so we are easily able to see them in person but my parents live about a 5 1/2 hour drive away from us which means if we go for a visit we need at least a weekend to do so (a day trip is not generally a reasonable possibility). We didn’t want to tell my in-laws and then have to wait weeks to tell my parents so we found a time that we could do it all on the same weekend.
Quite often when we go on road trips my in-laws will take care of our dog Watson for us while we are away. So we arranged to drop him off at their house on Friday night and told them that it was so we could get an early start on the road to my parent’s house Saturday morning. I had a doctors appointment Friday evening so my husband and I (and of course Watson) met up after that and headed over to my in-law’s house.
I had pre-purchased a little t-shirt from a shop on Etsy called zoeysattic that we were going to put on Watson that said “I’m going to be a big brother”. My husband and I agreed that after going in and talking to his parents for awhile I would excuse myself to take Watson out for a bathroom break walk before we headed home and on the way back in the house from the walk I would put the t-shirt on him and let him run back into the house since he always heads straight for either my mother or father in-law on the way in. So that’s what I did!
Watson ran up to my mother in-law first and her first reaction to reading the t-shirt was to ask if we were getting another dog to which my husband and I both just smiled and said no. Then she figured it out and was of course super excited, as was my father in-law once he caught on. The only other grandchild on my husbands side of the family was already 3 years old at the time and she lives about 3 hours away from us so they were so excited to finally have a grandchild who lives so close and that they can see all the time.
How we told my parents and brother:
As planned we headed to my parents house on Saturday and arrived a couple of hours before supper. What I had done for them was put together a little cellophane bag for each person (including my husband and I) made up of various layers of pink and red candies (since Valentine’s Day had just passed). I placed a fortune cookie on top of the last layer of each bag and sealed the bags with ribbon. I had used tweezers to remove the fortunes from each cookie and replaced them with custom fortunes I had made. For example, my families fortunes said “I can’t wait to meet you in fall of 2014 (Grandma, Grandpa or Uncle)”, depending on who that particular fortune cookie was for. I placed various heart stickers on the back of each bag so I could remember which bag was supposed to go to who when the time came since they all looked the same otherwise.
Our plan was to tell them the news right after supper. I handed the bags out when it was time for dessert and to keep them from suspecting something weird was going on I just told them that I had bought these from someone at work whose child was selling them to raise money for a sports team of some sort. They just bought my story without really asking any questions.
My mother was at the kitchen sink doing dishes and cleaning up from supper and my father, my husband and myself were sitting around the kitchen table talking (my brother wasn’t home yet). To get things going my husband and I started opening our candy bags and took out the fortune cookies to crack them open so that hopefully my father would do the same. Once we read out our fortunes which were just the ones that originally came in our cookies my father started to open his. He read it a few times to himself and finally caught on to what his fortune meant and got a big smile on his face and looked at us and just winked since my mother hadn’t opened hers up yet (she was still busy with the dishes). He asked her to come and sit down and open her fortune cookie but she was focused on her work and resisted so he was persistent and said well at least come over here and read my fortune. She was finally like “ok ok fine” and came over and read his fortune. She immediately caught on and got VERY excited. My mother has been begging for grandchildren literally since the day we got married so this had also been a very long time coming for her.
When my brother eventually got home we were all still sitting around the table and had his candy bag set out on his place setting so he sat down and immediately started opening it to get at the candy. We didn’t have to prompt him to open his fortune cookie, he just went for it. He also caught on right away and was very happy and excited. He was really looking forward to being an uncle.
How we told my husband’s siblings:
We drove home from my parents house the next day (Sunday) and when we got home we thought we better get right at it and send out an announcement to my husband’s siblings who unfortunately all live many hours away from us. We decided to email them the picture you see above with the two hands together in the shape of a heart. The date in the centre was my original due date and we also actually had put in the bottom right hand corner of the picture “R.S.V.P and our phone number”.
My husband has 4 siblings and within a few minutes of sending the email we started getting group email responses and phone calls with essentially the same exclamation of “Does this mean what I think it does?!!”. They were all so excited to hear the news that there would be a new addition to the family very soon.
So that is how we made the announcement to our families. We waited until I was officially out of the first trimester to tell the rest of our extended family and friends, although I am pretty sure our mothers snuck in telling a few Aunties before they were supposed to. All in all it was a great, happy and exciting experience for us and the only thing I would have changed was maybe somehow getting the family reactions on film.
I will leave it at that for this one. I hope you enjoyed the story of how we announced my pregnancy to our families and come back again soon to check out the story of my actual pregnancy, premature emergency c-section delivery at 27 weeks after I became gravely ill, NICU experience and experience of bringing home a premature baby.
If you are interested you can also check out my Youtube channel for the video version of this story as well as the rest of my baby story.