January 2018 Beauty Favourites

Essie Nail Polish in Licorice – I wear a lot of black so of course I need a black nail polish!

Nars Blush in Orgasm – I am a huge fan of Nars products, especially their Exhibit A blush, but I had never tried Orgasm, the brands cult fave before! I get the hype- it is the perfect gold tinged pink to make you look healthy and fresh but not overly made up.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil– I literally cannot say enough about my love for this product!!! It is meant for dehydrated skin and I use it over my serum before my moisturizer. It locks in hydration and feels amazing on my face. I have only been using it for a few weeks, but I really feel like it is soothing the redness and irritation around my nose and mouth and also helping blemishes heal faster.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation– This is a super light textured, medium coverage foundation. So far, I like it but I am never sure how to apply cushion products. I don’t want to use my fingers but the little pad that comes with it is pretty disappointing. After some trial and error, I am now applying with a foundation buffing brush which works a treat.

Benefit The Pore Professional Pearl Primer– I like the original pore professional but it was a bit too matte for my taste. The pearl version gives a nice glow under my makeup and the texture is so soft and smooth. My only complaint about this product is that it doesn’t spread across the face that well so I feel like I end up using too much.

Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo– This iconic lipstick is the perfect pin-up red. I can’t believe I have never owned this before!

Pixi Glow Tonic– This is a bit of a cult favourite so I decided to check it out. I like its exfoliation properties but I think I have to put it away until spring because my skin is too dry for it at the moment.

 

Any products that you tried this month that I need to check out??

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Simplify for 2018

I have decided that this is the year I actually do it. I simplify. I get organized.

I won’t call it a resolution because if I do, it FOR sure won’t happen.

Two things really sparked this for me. First, our long-awaited basement renovation is finally starting this week. I cannot begin to describe how excited I am about this. The basement will essentially be a playroom/family room/guest room with laundry and a small bathroom.  I am thrilled that all the kids toys and books will finally have a permanent home (as well as the husbands extensive vinyl collection) but the basement was full of crap. Like SO. MUCH. STUFF.  Basically our entire childhoods were boxed up and living down there. We have moved it all out now but it is taking longer to go through the piles of things and purge then I had ever imagined. We have taken about three van loads of stuff to donate and I am sure we will be sending at least three more soon. Getting rid of massive amounts of stuff I have been holding on to for literally decades has been hard but very invigorating and I have decided to continue the purge throughout the house and, dare I say it, my life!

Serendipity is my friend. The other day I was scrolling through the ‘gram and I stopped at Emily Ley’s account (a fellow twin mom and mom of three). She is the founder of the Simplified Planner and also the author of A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living. She was offering a free e-book for her Simplicity Challenge when you sign up to her mailing list (find it here without signing up) so I printed it out right away. There are so many amazing tips in there and mixed with the goals that I had already set for myself, I have come up with a list of ten ways I will be simplifying my life in 2018.  Again, not a resolution. Goals.

  • Clean out your bag- If you are like me, I carry around a ton of stuff in my bag. I change bags frequently but somehow all the junk just migrates. I am now trying to keep my bag more organized by keeping makeup and bits and bobs in a pouch so that everything is contained and there are no random hair ties and lipsticks floating around the bottom of my bag.  I am using a cute Kate Spade pouch similar to this one. If you like the look of your pouch, you are more likely to use it!
  • Purge your wardrobe and make it look pretty– I went out and bought a bunch of new velvet hangers at Homesense in an attempt to fit more in my fairly small closet. In the process of replacing all my bulky wooden hangers, I took literally every single piece out and had to hold it in my hand and look at it. If I didn’t think that I would wear it soon, I threw it in a pile to donate. For my drawers, I pulled every single piece out and dumped them all on the floor- when I reached for piece to re-fold it, I had to make the same decision.
  • Buy better, not more– Now that I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff, I have decided to try to cut down on impulsive, fast fashion purchases. I plan on keeping a list in my yearly planner (more on that later) of items that I want and really do my research to find exactly the right piece. Maybe it’s from Zara or maybe I will have to spend more, but it will have to be the perfect piece to make it into my newly arranged wardrobe.
  • Make a list of books you want to read this year– If you are a regular follower of mine, you know that I am a bit of a book addict. I buy a TON of books… more than I can ever realistically read. I need to curb the spending on books so I have decided to make a list of books I want to read this year and try to stick with it.
  • Clean out the pantry- If your house is like mine, you pantry or wherever you store your dry goods becomes a total disaster. Stuff gets crammed in there and soon enough, you are buying repeat items because you have no idea what you have. Cleaning it out, tossing anything that is too old or expired and arranging it so everything is visible will help cut down on unnecessary purchases. Also- you may find that you have some items that you can donate to a local food bank!
  • Weekly Meal Planning– Another way to avoid purchasing more food then you require. Planning meals cuts down on expense and food waste. I used to be very good at this but in recent years, life with babies got in the way. Really excited to get back to it!
  • Family calendar- My husband and I both have work events and separate social events that we need to keep track of in addition to appointments and activities for the kids. Sharing a calendar on iCal means that we always know what everyone is up to so we don’t double book. I have found that being able to see how the month is shaping up keeps me from getting overwhelmed and enables me to make sure that everyone gets to where they need to go.
  • Use my planner– Every year I buy a beautiful planner and every year it gets woefully neglected. The most successful year I had with a planner was when I used it more as a journal and a goal keeper then to track appointments (which are on the shared iCal calendar anyway!) This year, I received a lovely day per page planner from Paper Source  (pictured below) for Christmas. The day per page give me lots of room to take notes, make lists and write down random thoughts.
  • Purge that junk drawer– Don’t lie and say you don’t have one. Everyone has one somewhere in their home. For us, it’s in the kitchen island and it is where rubber bands and batteries go to die. Clean that puppy out and you will realize how much garbage has accumulated in there and how good it feels to say goodbye to it (until next year when it is full again!)
  • Go through the kids things every month– this may seem excessive but when you have three rapidly growing and changing kids, it really helps keeping their clothing and toys from getting out of control. I do this especially with the twins stuff, as once they outgrow something there is no need for me to hold on to it anymore (no more babies coming our way). I usually divide the purged items into a pile for charity and a pile to sell at a consignment store (if you live in Toronto, I suggest Merrily Merrily for consigning)

** Bonus- Take time for just you every day. Even if it is just a 10 minute shower, a 20 minute bath with a glass of wine or a walk or bike around the neighbourhood. Clear your head away from the family. It will make you a happier parent, partner and human!

 

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Holiday Style- Seeing Stars

I am obsessed with stars right now- it is the perfect minimal yet festive print which can easily be carried over into 2018!  I have the Zara sweatshirt below and my daughter has the cutest black and silver star patterned dress from Old Navy (similar here) and we have so much funning twinning in them (only once in a while because, otherwise… weird) Here are some other star pattern pieces I am currently lusting after!
Seeing Stars

Boots- Mango  / Jeans- Stella McCartney/Sunglasses – Gucci/Bag- Coach/ Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti/ Sweatshirt- Zara/ Earrings- Cara/ Dress- Zara

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Style Obsession- Teddy Bear Coats

All things 1990’s are back and that includes “fun fur”!!! But now instead of the bright garish colours that brings to mind raves and dance music, these faux fur Teddy Bear coats are chic and classy. Maybe that is why I bought one at age 37 when I never owned one when I was 16 (neon green was not my colour)!

 

Teddy Bear Coats

 

 

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2018- Ultraviolet

I am more excited about this Pantone colour of the year then I have been in a long time! Ultraviolet is a little intimidating at first glance but it is the perfect shade for accent pieces and accessories, especially combined with black, white and/or grey (my usual colour palette!)
Pantone Colour of the Year- Ultraviolet

Sneakers- Converse /Glasses- Stella McCartney/ Backpack- Fjällräven/ Booties- Steve Madden/Earrings- Miss Selfridge/ Lipstick- NYX / Clutch- Gucci/ Pumps- Nine West/ Eye Shadow- Tom Ford Beauty

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My Holiday Wishlist

This year, I have been using Pinterest to make my Christmas wishlist (follow me on Pinterest here) for my husband. Sometimes I think I just do it to annoy him!
As usual, it is a mix of pipe dream pieces (hello Gucci bag!?) and more practical (or at least reasonable) items. Here’s whats in my 2017 list!
My holiday Wishlist 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Pallet-/ Gucci Bag/Skin Verona Sleep Shirt/Origin by Dan Brown/Le Labo Candle/Jenny Bird Hoops/ Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

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Beauty Favourites- November 2017

Beauty Favourites- November 2017

Essie Good to go! Top Coat– I am forever messing up my nails when I do them at home so a quick dry top coat is a must. This one dries as fast as advertised and also has a great shine to it. I don’t know if my mani stays put any longer than usual but it looked great while it lasted.

  L’Oreal True Match Lumi Makeup– This is not a new purchase, but a rediscovery. I was looking in my makeup cabinet for a foundation that would illuminate my dry, dull skin and this is perfect. It is full coverage and needs to be blended really well but it makes my skin look aces!

Nars Powermatte Lipstick in “Starwoman”- I received this as a sample during one of my recent (and all to frequent) Sephora orders. I am OBSESSED with the colour. It goes on super smooth and has a lot of staying power. I will be investing in a full size lipstick when this runs out and I am already looking at additional colours to buy!

 L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo– My hair and scalp are super dry at this time of the year so I decided to try this shampoo after seeing it reviewed by a beauty vlogger on YouTube. It smells amazing and makes my hair soft and smooth. It requires a serious rinse after but if rinsed out well, my hair is not weighed down at all, even though it is an “oil”

 Skin Fix Hand Repair Cream– My hands are the worst. Always dry and cracking in the winter. I have used Skin Fix products on my children with great results so I grabbed this hand cream. Love it- thick but absorbs well and doesn’t leave your hands insanely greasy.

 

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The Holidays in Black and Red

The holidays are the perfect time to get all fancy and really rock sparkles and rich colours! I wear a lot of black and I think that pairing black with a bright kicky red is the perfect holiday combo! I am especially loving read shoes this season. The two pairs below are all kinds of amazing!!!
The Holidays in Black and Red

 

Earrings: New York & Co/Dress: Topshop/Shoes: Topshop/Bag: Topshop/Bag: Chloe/ Dress: River Island/ Dress: Chloe/Top: Self Portrait/ Shoes: Nine West

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Getting hygge for the holidays

I want to be cozy this Christmas. As our calendar for the end of November and December gets totally nutty (but fun!) I am already fantasizing about the quiet week between Christmas and New Years when it is all about hanging out at home and being lazy. No school, work or lessons to dash off to and only fun things (or nothing at all) on the roster! I can’t wait. If you want to get into the hygge spirit, check out my cozy picks below!!!! Hygge for the Holidays

 

Candle- Le Labo / Blanket-Lands End / Socks-  Lands End/ Mug- Kate Spade/ Cheese Plate- Fortnum & Mason / Hot Chocolate- Soma /Monopoly

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Fall Style- Weekend Warrior

I bought a pair of studded buckle boots recently from ASOS and I love them soo much that i have been working  a casual yet fierce look to highlight them. I wore a variation of this outfit a couple of weekends ago when I was in Ottawa. It was the perfect look for the flight and for walking around the Byward Market!
Weekend Warrior

 

 Tank Top- Frame/Sunglasses- Le Specs/Moto Jacket- River Island/Leggings- Express/Boots- Missguided
On another Ottawa related note, I had one off the BEST meals I have had in ages at Riviera . The space is incredible, a barely touched 1920’s bank and the food and drink menus are top notch. If you live in Ottawa or are traveling there soon, make a reservation!

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