Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Shopping List Fall 2017 Edition

Hey! I’m back. 🙂 Just in time for the Sephora sale. In a way, this is a bit of a cheat post since it was much easier to prepare than a review – ease my way back into blogging, right? 😉 If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was on vacation for a portion of my time away from the blog. Here are some more of what I did in the past month:

• Visited some cities in Alberta (Calgary, Banff / Canmore, Jasper and Edmonton) – the Canadian Rockies are truly incredible and I highly a recommend visit! ❤

• Attended my first “by invite only” L’Oreal warehouse sale – don’t get excited, since I was on a No-Buy I didn’t get makeup, but my friend went nuts for the $1 nail polishes. I got several bars of Kiehl’s Coriander exfoliating soaps which were limited edition from Christmas – yay! (Kiehl’s Coriander is one of my all time favourite scents)  The most interesting part of attending the sale was seeing all of the brands that L’Oreal owns (besides L’Oreal): Maybelline, Essie, NYX, Lancôme, Shu Uemura, Urban Decay, YSL, Givenchy…

• Went to Canada’s Wonderland (amusement park) to ride the roller coasters – our favourite rides were Leviathan and Behemoth. Fall is the perfect time to visit since it wasn’t too hot and the line-ups weren’t long.

• Donated blood – it’s been years since I last donated because I almost fainted the last time. This time, everything went smoothly, although I did develop a large bruise that’s the width of my arm afterward. :/

• Cleared out old mementos, photos, clothes – just stuff – from our storage locker – there were some hilarious gems… ah memories 😀  We’re doing some significant refurnishing soon so we need to make room – new couch, dining room table / chairs, shelves for the spare bedroom, etc.

Finally finished the entire series of the Sopranos. It took us about 10 months to get through all 6 seasons (more like 7 seasons since season 6 was split into part 1 and 2). I’m not a fan of this show – I did not like the characters and the story line was only mildly interesting. I was so happy to be done with this show. Guess what? Now we can order Netflix! 😀 😀 😀

It feels great to be typing up a blog post again. At this point, I can’t promise that I’ll be posting as frequently as I was previously, but I’ll try my best! 🙂

Onward to the Sephora VIB Fall sale!

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Taking a Break

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Happy first day of Fall / Autumn! 🍁🍂🍃 It’s been unseasonably warm here (weekend high is 32ºC / 90ºF) so it doesn’t feel like Fall / Autumn at all.  What’s the weather like where you are?

I didn’t think I’d be announcing another break so soon but lately I’ve been unmotivated to blog.  I also feel guilty about not blogging. My post frequency has diminished recently and it’s due to several factors: more social activities, starting a new job, and generally being less interested in beauty stuff.  Wait, what? Not interested in makeup?!! 😮 I know, it’s strange to type that out, but I just have nothing to contribute relating to beauty stuff right now. 😳 Maybe it’s a phase and I’ll get back into it, who knows – has this happen to any of you?  I decided instead of feeling obligated, I’m going to give myself permission to take a break.  I do still enjoy reading and commenting on your posts, but I won’t be contributing to my blog for at least a month to gauge how I feel after that.  Thanks for your understanding! 🙂

China Glaze Shades of Nude Collection

It’s been a while since I’ve done a nail post! Today I’m showcasing a collection that was released for Spring this year, but I personally think a good nude collection is season-less. 😀 I’ve got 3 of the China Glaze Shades of Nude Collection to show:

• Minimalist Momma (sand beige creme)
• Fresher Than My Clique (mushroom taupe creme)
• Kill The Lights (deep mauve creme)

I received these China Glaze polishes from Nail Polish Canada (NPC) to review.

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June and July 2017 No-Buy-Low-Buy Accountability

I hadn’t planned on being MIA last week but it was my final week at my old job and it was so busy!  I ended up having a lot of social engagements last week (goodbyes) – being out every night makes it difficult to blog!  Things likely won’t settle down until after Labour Day weekend…

This post is a combined June and July accountability (I know, I’m so late with this!)  June was a No-Buy month whereas July is a Low-Buy month.  My budget for July was originally $200 but since I slightly overspent back in April, I had to subtract off $1.70 from my budget, leaving me with $198.30 to play with.

I was able to stretch my budget by supplementing with gift cards – plus, I received some birthday presents! 😀

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Online Hauls: Makeup Geek, Glossier, and Beauty Bay (Shipping to Canada)

July was my “Low-Buy” month which coincided with my birthday month (it was no accident, I orchestrated it so that I was able to haul for my birthday 😉 ), so the floodgates were open and I especially went to town with online orders.  Here are the 3 online retailers I purchased from:

Makeup Geek, Beauty Bay, and Glossier!  It was my first time ordering from Makeup Geek and Glossier. 🙂 For reference, I live in Toronto, Canada and costs will be stated in Canadian dollars (CAD) unless otherwise noted. As an “international” customer from most online sources, it’s always a challenge when it comes to shipping time and costs from a Canadian perspective – here’s what I bought and my experience.

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Trash Stash: June and July 2017: Part 2 (Body and Hair Care, Makeup)

And here’s part 2 of my June and July Trash Stash:

This is the balance of what I used up in the past couple of months and includes body and hair care, plus makeup!

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Trash Stash: June and July 2017: Part 1 (Skincare and Sample / Travel Sizes)

Since I skipped June’s Trash Stash, I’m breaking up this post into 2 parts instead of overwhelming you with a monster post. 😛 Here’s about half of what I used up in the past 2 months:

The first part will be solely focused on skincare and sample / travel sizes, and part 2 will be on the remaining beauty products.

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I’m Back (Sort of) – What I’ve Been up to

I committed to being back by the end of July and I’m squeaking in just on the last day! 😛 First, I want to thank you all for the Birthday wishes! 😀 I had a great birthday! My SO and I baked a cake… a Betty Crocker boxed cake in the Cherry Chip flavour. It’s a nostalgic flavour for me as I remember having it at birthday parties when I was little! I don’t have great photos of the masterpiece but here’s what a slice looked like:

It turned out really well for our first ever baking attempt! 😀 (It’s not fancy like the ones I see online but it’s the taste that counts, right?) Aside from my birthday, during my time away from blogging, I’ve been doing some fun stuff…

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Birthday Break

A quick note to let you know that I’ll be taking a short break from blogging, just in time for my birthday which is tomorrow! 😀

I’ve been busy lately and haven’t been able to devote time to writing or photographing for the blog but I plan to be back in a few weeks! I’ll still be reading and commenting on blogs in the meantime. 🙂

30 Day Masking Challenge

No one gave me this challenge but I just decided to do it out of curiosity. Would using a mask every single day truly help my skin?

I focused on using single-use sheet or clay masks for the whole month of June.  [warning: long post]

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