November Favourites!

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Katie

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My Baby Story: How we told our families the pregnancy news!

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:

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The t-shirt we purchased for our dog Watson. (Picture from zoeysattic on Etsy)

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:

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The bags I made up were similar to these but without the lollipop and I sat a fortune cookie on the top layer before sealing the bags with ribbon (photo from marthastewart.com)

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: 

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The picture we emailed to 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katie