Ilia Beauty Bonanza: Lippies Galore!

A few weeks ago, I noticed Fresh Faced was having a sale on select makeup items, 20-30% off (pssst…it’s still on-going! Some brands aren’t for sale anymore, but there are still some items at this serious discount!). As I’ve been keeping my beauty purchases to a minimum, I decided now was the time to splurge on a few of their lip products, as I’d never tried them before. In order to be well-rounded (OBVIOUSLY a totally justifiable reason to buy more makeup), I ordered three items – their Lipstick in the shade Femme Fatale, a deep red (normally $29CAD, I scored this for $23CAD); a Lipstick Crayon in Call Me, a pretty, cool pink (marked down to $21CAD from $27); and one of their Lip Glosses in The Butterfly and I, a universally flattering neutral peach (also priced at $21 from $27CAD).

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I have tried samples of the Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioners, but I didn’t really like them for some reason – at least, as a sample they felt kinda gritty and the shades I picked were a little garish and light for my skintone. But that’s the past! I decided to give the brand a proper chance to WOW me, and I have to say – it totally did!

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I really wanted to cover a spectrum of shades, and I think I did pretty well. The gloss is a lovely warm neutral, the lipstick crayon a fun, in-your-face cool pink, and the lipstick is a classic, wearable red. Below, some swatches:

IMG_3805 IMG_3827Left to right: The Butterfly and I Lipgloss, Call Me Lipstick Crayon, and one swipe and three swips of Femme Fatale Lipstick.

I was (pleasantly) surprized to see just how neutral The Butterfly and I is – I don’t own a really fool-proof, go-with-anything gloss, but definitely fits the bill! On my lips it looks almost clear, but it has just a hint of warmth and color so it enhances my liptone. The gloss formula itself is smooth, not at all sticky, and lasts for about 1-2 hours – not incredibly long-wearing, but you won’t get that without some stickiness. It IS nicely moisturizing though, and a pleasure to reapply, so there’s that.

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Call Me is especially cool-toned and light on me, which I used to be against, but I’m starting to like the contrast against my darker skin. The texture is sort of creamy-matte – it takes a little effort to put on (it doesn’t have much slip) but it’s not an issue, and it wears well and feels very comfortable on, for a matte finish. I quite like this!

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I thought this might be similar to Revlon’s Matte Balm in Showy, and in the swatches below it looks like it is a bit, but IRL it’s actually much lighter, while Showy is more bold. They give completely different looks overall.

IMG_3908Left to right: Revlon Showy, Ilia Beauty Call Me

Last but certainly not least is Femme Fatale, which I think looks quite nice against my skin tone; it’s just the right shade of red and not too bold, but not boring in the least – it’s so darn wearable! And I think it would be one of those shades to work in all seasons as well. The texture of this is great, creamy and smooth and so, so comfortable to wear (and hydrating!). And it lasts! This shade wore on me easily for like, 5 hours – even through eating. And even after that time, it left the prettiest stain on the skin. I love all three shades I bought, but I think this *might* be my favorite.

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I suspected Femme Fatale would be quite close in colour to MAC Dare You, another deep red. In swatches, it looks incredibly similar, but like Call Me, when worn it shows a different story. Dare You has more pigment, or perhaps not more but is a thicker formula – therefore it results in a bolder, richer look. That makes it *sound* better, but I actually think Femme Fatale holds its own – the formula’s thinner formula means it wears closer to the lips, and it looks more natural. I love both shades, truthfully, as deep reds are more subtle yet easy to wear, and I think both will get worn equally as often. I do feel that Femme Fatale translates across more seasons because of it’s slight translucency, however.

IMG_3906Left to Right: MAC Dare You, Ilia Femme Fatale

I don’t really need to tell you that I love all three of these lippies, do I? I think my love for each comes through loud and clear. For once, ordering sight unseen (which I try to avoid with makeup shades) paid off well. Granted, I did quite a bit of research beforehand, but it was well worth it to have three new shades that aren’t already wholly represented in my collection. Add that to the lovely formula on each of these Ilia lippies, and you can be sure I’ll be ordering more colours down the road!

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Have you tried any Ilia Beauty makeup before? Do you own any green/organic makeup products?

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Halloween nail art…not my forté, but still kinda fun!

Is everyone ready for Halloween yet or what? I know I’m NOT…Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year, but every year I’m scrambling for a costume at the very last minute. In truth, everything usually comes together – last year I went as Foxxy Cleopatra, and Ryan went as Gold Member (hehe), but I’m pretty sure we ended up spending WAY more than necessary on our costumes due to last minute scrambling. This year I’ve been invited to a friend’s place for a party, one in which I helped instigate, as we were talking about our favourite video game characters and saying we needed to have a costume party so we could dress up like them [ehhh....yes. I am a (not-so) secret semi-gamer (which means I haven't played in a while, but I have a SERIOUS love for the Final Fantasy series of games...and Street Fighter {lol!})].  ANYWAY….I don’t have a costume IDEA yet, let alone a costume. Damn, I suck.

bun-in-the-oven-46-99Maybe I could go as a bun in the oven? ;)  (source)

In lieu of having any thematic dress prepared, I came up with a fun manicure idea for Halloween, which is infinitely easier to do – at least, the idea was. I am by no means a nail art expert, and in fact I usually avoid it as much as possible (with the exception of St. Paddy’s Day…for some reason I’m always inclined to do something fun nail-wise then), but when Julep contacted me about their Halloween Nail Art contest, I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun.

As I lack both the skill and the tools to create wildly original, interesting nail art, I decided to go relatively simple – a little dripping blood for spookiness, and then a embarrassingly terrible  cute little vampire accent nail. The result:

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Haha, GOD that is bad! I didn’t want it to be too boring with just the blood, but it probably would  have looked OODLES better if I’d just kept it at that. I think when I recreate the look on Halloween I’ll keep it simple. Drawing details like faces with no polishes with skinny brushes/dotting tools is damn hard! Let’s take another look for a chuckle:

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He is kinda cute though, isn’t he? :P

Thankfully, you guys don’t have to use my lacklustre example for Halloween inspiration – Julep provided me with an awesome tutorial to use to create a REAL work of art. Check THIS baby out!

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

THAT’S what nail art should look like! Haha…oh well. Can’t win ‘em all! I do think this is super-fun though, and if you have the ability and/or the right products to make it happen, I say go for it! In fact, you could participate in the contest yourselves! You can connect with them through social media in a few different ways:

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The plan is for them to choose their favourites to feature on social media. Unless you’re incredibly skilled at this sort of thing, I’d highly suggest checking out their nail polish page to pick up some key tools like their plié wand and striping brush (along with some gorgeous polishes!).

Are you dressing up for Halloween? Do you do nail art for special occasions, or skip it altogether?

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Covering the fall polish bases with Essie and Zoya

As many of you are aware, I’ve been scaling way back on my beauty purchases lately, for various reasons (personal quest to reduce, baby on the way, and working toward a new home to sum it up). SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZE. I’m so tired to repeating the same ol’ every friggin’ day, and I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it! SO, today I had the chance to take a ton of photos of a bunch of fun makeup and the like, some purchased and some received, and this week I plan on showing you guys all the good stuff that’s helping me keep my beauty game tight (or as tight as it can be given the circumstances). Today we’re going to start slow with the few nail polishes I’ve added to my collection that are just perfect for fall.

Fall nail polishes

As soon as the Zoya Entice and Ignite fall collections were announced, I knew I had to scoop up some of those gorgeous shades! Zoya is probably the brand that’s most represented in my collection, followed closely by Essie. I love both brands for different reasons – Zoya tends to come out with original shades that just reel me in every. damn. time., and Essie creates beautifully feminine and elegant shades that always make me feel at once both chic and refined. It should come as no surprise, then, that the three shades I have to show you today are from both brands. Let’s begin with the Essie shade I’ve been eyeing for ages and finally purchased – Master Plan.

Essie Master Plan swatch

Master Plan is described as a ‘mischievous soft grey’ and I’d say that’s reasonably accurate. To my eye, it’s one of those true ‘greige’ shades, that falls smack dab in the middle of grey and and beige and tends to be incredibly wearable for most skin tones. Interestingly enough, initially I felt that Master Plan looked odd against my skin, almost clashing with the brown tone in a bad way – but after wearing it for a mere day, I completely did a 180 and decided that I loved how striking it looked, and the ‘clash’ I had perceived was actually a good thing, as it kept the shade from being too plain and melding too closely to my skin.

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The formula on this polish was particularly wonderful, as Essie does tend to be a runnier, thinner formula. This shade had a thinner yet intensely pigmented formula which *almost* allowed it to be a one coater, but of course I used two because c’mon – two just looks better. It flowed so easily on the nail, and was a quick and easy manicure to pull off, which is a HUGE plus for me lately as I just can’t be bothered to fuss more often than not. It was quite shiny on it’s own (these shots were taken after 5 days of wear) so I skipped top coat. Glorious all around!

The two shades I picked up from Zoya’s Ignite collection (the Entice collection was lovely, but a little bit more unoriginal in my opinion) were Remy, a ‘brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic,’ and India, a ‘deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer.’ I found that both descriptions were close, but not completely on-point. Remy is a gorgeous deep teal-indigo shade, yes, but the shimmer I see is not copper and gold, but rather a lighter teal. This could just be that the base shade has coated the copper and gold shimmer – either way, it’s a complex and beautiful shade that I absolutely love. Two quick coats plus top coat to really amp up the shine and shimmer, and you’re good to go!

Zoya Remy swatch

Unfortunately, while wearing Remy the sun made a disappearing act for a few days, so I don’t have any shots of it in it’s full glory – but I think you can still get the idea of the depth and of it’s inner glow from my swatches (indoors – above; and in natural yet overcast light – below).

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India in the bottle, is indeed a deep, luxurious red, and I can see the golden shimmer better here – but it does lean a touch plum in the right lighting. I was hoping for it to be a bit more ruby red, but nonetheless this is also a stunning shade that is absolutely perfect for fall. Again, application was a breeze with two quick coats plus top coat.

Zoya India swatch

Above, in overcast light, you can still see the shimmer but it’s glowing quality is reduced somewhat. However, can you see what I mean about the plummy tones? Below, the shimmering goodness is on full display in sunlight, and it’s here that the polish really comes to life. The second photo again you can see a bit of a plum leaning to India – totally pretty, just not what I’d expected.

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Both Remy and India were easy to apply, but take care in removal because they are a touch messy (but not really that bad). Remy I found stained my nails a bit more than India, but nothing too serious.

I’ve made a point this year to pull out 10 of my favourite fall polishes and display them on my dresser, to be the only shades I wear during the season (an effort to use things up!). However, I feel a strong urge just to put these three polishes on rotate, as they cover the bases for me in terms of what I desire in a fall polish – an edgy neutral; a unique, moody hue; and a feminine shade with just a hint of vampiness. I’m utterly pleased with all of them!

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Have you picked up any new polishes for the season? What types of shades do you gravitate toward the most this time of year?

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Clinique Cheek Pops in Berry Pop and Peach Pop {a delayed review}

Though I’ve worked for Clinique since 2005 (almost 10 years, crazy!), I’ve never been head over heels for their makeup – it’s always been a bit too mundane for me, a bit too soft. Ever since they re-launched and re-vamped the super-popular Chubby Sticks (we used to have them back in the day, did you know?), Clinique has been upping their makeup game, and I’ve been taking notice. In my last gratis from Clinique back in early spring, I ordered two Cheek Pops ($24CAD) to try as I had read so many great reviews on them, and since I was getting them for free – hey, why not? Being a *wee bit* into blush, I was excited to try these out.

IMG_1908 IMG_1905Left – Peach Pop; Right – Berry Pop. This is what they looked like when I first bought them…

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The two shades I went with were Peach Pop, a peachy-orange, and Berry Pop, a fuchsia-berry shade. As I discovered a while ago, fuchsia is kind of my JAM, and so I was unsurprized to find that Berry Pop looked lovely on my skin. Interestingly, the shade isn’t comparable to anything else I own – all my other fuchsia shades were MUCH cooler, whereas Berry Pop is, well – more berry!

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IMG_2018Clinique Berry Pop (natural light)

Orange-y tones however, are not often flattering on my skin tone, and Peach Pop initially seemed like a poor choice, as I found it looked kind of dull and blah. I stuck it in my train case (where all my ‘extra’ makeup is stored) and forgot about it throughout the rest of spring and summer months.

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IMG_2019Clinique Peach Pop (natural light)

When September hit, I did my annual rotation of makeup products – which I tend to do every season, and sometimes more if I’m feeling bored – and I decided to give Peach Pop another go, as I felt it’s soft peachy tones would work well with earthy, fall-appropriate shades, as well as not compete with any bold eye or lip looks I tend to favour during this season. Surprizingly, for whatever reason, I fell madly in love with the shade this time around, and find myself reaching for it the most out of my edited collection of ‘fall’ blushes. It gives a wonderful ‘fresh’ glow to my skin and wears equally well with heavier makeup as with very simple, basic looks. I should have known better, in truth – Peach Pop is very similar to Chanel’s Blush Creme in Revelation, which I love and wear the heck out of when my tan has faded (it’s too soft to wear otherwise).

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I must attribute some of this new-found love to my friend Larie, who recently discovered peach herself. She always gets me thinking outside the box!

IMG_1218Wearing Clinique Peach Pop…sorry for the less than stellar photo, it has been overcast for the past few days, and late afternoon sun can by tricky! But FYI – this photo was taken with my new iPhone 6! Not a bad shot when you think of it that way, eh? The camera on it is pretty sweet :)

Though I haven’t worn Berry Pop too often (to me it’s a more winter/spring shade), I suspect I will enjoy it just as much as Peach Pop when the time comes. These blushes are fool-proof to apply, going on softly and subtly if you so desire, but building up to a beautiful bold color if that’s your preference instead. I adore the satin finish that imparts a soft glow to the skin without any shimmer whatsoever (this is my favorite blush formula), and they blend out like a dream. And as much as I’m not a ‘cute-sy’ person when it comes to packaging, I think these little pots are adorable! Love the clear glass packaging, bypassing anything tacky or twee-looking, and the flower pattern inside is intricate and sweet without being saccharine.

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I probably should have written about these a long time ago, eh!?

What was the last product you bought that ended up being a sleeper hit for you?

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Operation Reduce: Eyeshadows, Part III

I’m back with another instalment of my challenge to reduce the number of eyeshadows in my collection! Today we’re going to tackle some of the more neutral shades from the Urban Decay BoS III palette, as well as a couple from the Kat Von D Spellbinding palette (which has also been completely deconstructed and the packaging thrown away, huzzah!).

Let’s dive right in, starting with everyone’s favourite eyeshadow shade, taupe!

Urban Decay Bordello

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Ok, I tricked you a bit here, because while I compared Bordello to numerous purple-leaning taupes in my collection, Bordello is actually more of a mauve. It didn’t really have any identicals in my stash, but there were a number of shades that looked close, so I swatched ‘em all for good measure.

IMG_3518 IMG_3519Left to right: MAC Sable, Urban Decay Rehab, bareMinerals Meteorite, Sephora + Pantone Tuscany, Urban Decay Bordello, MAC Shale, Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, Hourglass Exhibition duo (pale lilac-taupe side)

IMG_3522Left to right: MAC Sable, Urban Decay Rehab, bareMinerals Meteorite, Sephora + Pantone Tuscany, Urban Decay Bordello

IMG_3521Left to right: bareMinerals Meteorite, Sephora + Pantone Tuscany, Urban Decay Bordello, MAC Shale, Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian

IMG_3520Left to right: Urban Decay Bordello, MAC Shale, Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, Hourglass Exhibition duo (pale lilac-taupe side)

Swatched on my darker skin, it looks the most similar to the pale shades of Hourglass’ Exhibition duo. This is unsurprising to me, because Bordello doesn’t look very nice on my skin tone – too light and too greyed out – and neither does the Hourglass shade. Since I LOVE the deep eggplant side of the Exhibition duo, I’m not getting rid of that anytime soon, so Bordello can hit the road – I don’t need TWO unflattering shades in my collection!

*On a side note, though I seem to have quite a few, purply-taupes are not generally my friends. As mentioned, if they lean too grey, they tend to wash me out terribly. My favourites from the above are Urban Decay’s 24/7 Shadow Pencil in Rehab, bareMinerals Meteorite, and MAC’s Shale. It is entirely likely that I will be getting rid of the Sephora + Pantone shade, and I’m battling with keeping LMdB Corinthian – it’s much-loved by the beauty community, but on me it looks kind of blah. ~cries~ 

Onwards! Next we have the blacks/charcoals/dark browns from my collection (hint: there aren’t many!).

Urban Decay Perversion & Kat Von D Dark Throne

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IMG_3417Left to right: Laura Mercier Espresso, Urban Decay Perversion, Kat Von D Dark Throne

It’s probably strange to compare brown to black, but truth be told – I never use these kinds of shades (sacrilege, I know), so any deep dark shade like this is all one and the same to me. Which is to say, I only NEED one – and the winner here is Espresso, since it comes in the only palette I have left – Laura Mercier’s Artists Palette from Holiday 2013. The other two are fine, but as you can see, Perversion isn’t all that black, and Dark Throne (which to be fair is a charcoal shade, not black) is kinda patchy. Bye bye!

Finally we have a whole slew of pale shimmery shadows from both the UD and Kat Von D palettes…let’s get this over and done with. These shades are the bane of my existence!

Urban Decay & Kat Von D Light Shimmery Blah Blah Blah SMACKDOWN

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Displayed together, you can see some similarities, yes, but I bet to most of your eyes there are also quite a few differences, eh? HA, I say to you. Behold:

IMG_3516Left to right: Urban Decay Maui Wowie, Kat Von D Precious, Kat Von D Galore, Kat Von D Instaglam, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Kat Von D Holy Bible, Urban Decay Uzi

IMG_3514Left to Right: Urban Decay Maui Wowie, Kat Von D Precious, Kat Von D Galore

IMG_3510Left to right: Kat Von D Instaglam, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again 

IMG_3508Left to right: Kat Von D Holy Bible, Urban Decay Uzi

As you can see, these are easily grouped into three separate areas in my swatches, and each section has almost no discernible difference on my skin. In the first, the more golden shades, Maui Wowie stands out the most – but I hate that it has glitter bits in it. The fallout doesn’t look too bad here, but it annoys me when I wear it, so it’s going. The other two were in the SAME PALETTE and yet look almost identical on my skin. I decided to keep one, Galore, which is a hint more rose-gold on me and therefore makes it better :)

In the second grouping, Instaglam has better pigmentation than Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and it doesn’t have that blasted glitter – you can see the fallout here more plainly. UGH. However, truth be told I wouldn’t wear either of these shades much, if at all – too frosty and garish on me – so I’m getting rid of them both.

Finally, we have the frosty whites. I FREAKIN’ HATE these kinds of shades, and I’m dead serious when I say that I will skip a palette altogether (no matter what size) if they have a shade like this in there, because I’ll NEVER use it. I know some gals of darker skin use these to do really dramatic looks, but even at my most OUT THERE in terms of makeup, I still wouldn’t go this all-in. I just can’t, you guys! I guess I’m a more natural girl at heart than I even realized. And so, sayonara to both Holy Bible and Uzi (like I’d keep that fall-out-tastic shadow anyway! BAH!).

Urban Decay Snatch

I was just about to do a recap, stating that I have now finished swatching all the BoS III shades, when I realized I never talked about Snatch. Oops!

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I missed this one because I thought I had no similar peachy shades in my collection. However, I just happened to have MAC’s All That Glitters sitting here next to me, and I thought I’d compare the two just for the hell of it.

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I sure am glad I did! Though these are exact dupes, they’re close enough for me – and I love All That Glitters so much, that I’d never choose Snatch over it. I was going to keep it by default since I didn’t have a close match, but now that it clearly does – one more down! Yeehaw!

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OK! Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows III swatch-a-thon – COMPLETE. Let’s do a recap thus far: of the 16 shades in the palette, I am keeping a mere 6 (Suspect, Smog, Radium, Haight, Psychedelic Sister, and Rockstar). I’ve also made great headway with the Kat Von D palette, so far eliminating 7 shades (Bukowski, Babe, Gunner, Dark Throne, Precious, Instaglam, and Holy Bible) and keeping 5 (Fallen, Wonderland, 8 Bit, Stupid Autocorrect, and Galore). Only 12 more to go!

I am TOTALLY buying a few of the shadows on my wish list after all this is done! :)

Do you have any goals set for an ‘appropriate’ number of particular beauty products (eg. only 20 lipsticks, 40 eyeshadows, etc.)?

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Winner of the Summer Beauty Envy Bag Giveaway!!!

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Congratulations to Jennifer A., who has won the Summer Beauty Envy Bag! She has already been contacted and claimed her prize. Thanks to all who entered; we look forward to sharing more of our favorites next season!

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What I did this summer: Recap and Update!

As summer has now come to an end (sorry guys, I know it’s hard to accept!), I find myself reminiscing about the past season and feeling quite content  that I really made the most of it this year. While I generally have a wonderfully fun-filled summer season every year, this one in particular felt very satisfying. I suspect that due to the lack of weddings (only one as opposed to the usual five or six!), I had an unusual abundance of time in which to spend on my own pursuits.

Because this summer was one of my favourites, I thought perhaps it might be nice to share some of the things I got up to and sort-of re-live the whole season in all it’s glory, all over again :)  Get comfortable, because photos abound!

This summer, I:

1) Traveled to Orlando, Florida

IMG_2294The gals :)

IMG_2271…and the gents (lol)

IMG_2314Driving down Daytona Beach!

2) Went away to Country Stiles B&B for my mom’s birthday

IMG_2376Country Stiles B&B in Amherst, N.S.

IMG_1062Breakfast!

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IMG_2385Party games! That’s my momma on the left ;)

IMG_2399The birthday girl

IMG_2440Blowing bubbles at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the way home

3) Spent a few hours with the pup (aka our 6 year old chocolate lab Ally) at Martinique Beach in Nova Scotia (about an hour away from where we live)

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IMG_1090“Throw the stick, throw the stick, throw the stick”

4) Attended a wedding at Hatfield Farms (conveniently located 10 minutes from my house)

IMG_1091It rained for a moment…but then a beautiful rainbow came out!

IMG_1105Let me tell you, riding a mechanical bull is EFFING HARD WORK

5) Had a huge laugh watching co-workers get soaked participating in a charity dunk tank during Public Service Week (an annual event for federal public servants such as myself)

IMG_1122Fun costumes abound! 

IMG_1118Turn out was awesome!

6) Celebrated our anniversary :)

IMG_1125Unfortunately not in person…but in spirit (with beautiful flowers!)

7) Had a weekend away indulging in a lot of wine, laughs and beautiful scenery with my mom at Liscombe Lodge in Nova Scotia

IMG_2988Our spectacular view

IMG_2991And more…

IMG_2996…and more…

IMG_3008…keeps going…

IMG_3013…more…

IMG_3018~sigh~ Utterly wonderful!

IMG_3022Some neat abandoned ships on our way home. 

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8) Made two lots of strawberry jam to give away as gifts (and one lot of raspberry – my fave!)

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9) Saw the AWESOME Canadian band July Talk (amongst other acts such as Death Cab for Cutie and The Killers) at the Big Red Fest in P.E.I.

IMG_1141July Talk with good ol’ Matt Mays

IMG_1138Leah Fay is magnetic…that girl has stage presence! 

10) Bought some Hakuhodo brushes! (they’re lovely!)

IMG_3033Top to bottom: medium pointed Yachiyo brush, J142 brush, G5520BkSL brush, and the G5512BkSL brush

11) Watched a beautiful sunset and enjoyed nature with my mom and my uncle’s family at the Shangri-la Cottages in Noel, Nova Scotia

IMG_1151IMG_3040IMG_3042IMG_3041IMG_3044My mom and uncle

IMG_3049IMG_3051IMG_3059IMG_3061My wee momma ‘playing’ in the mud

IMG_3068My aunt being her sweet and hilarious self

12) Stood in crazy line-ups to eat at this years’ annual Halifax Food Truck Party….so worth it!

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13) Started a new tradition when I made hashbrown casserole for my friend, who’d never had it (we literally have HBC Fridays now lol)

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14) Played my hand (and lost as usual) during my friend’s family’s annual washer toss tourney

IMG_1160Ally lazing about in the middle of the tourney haha

And finally, the biggest event of them all was that we:

15) Created a new member to join our little family in March 2015!!

IMG_3705Our first baby gift :)

I’ve been dying to share the news with all of you, but obviously had to wait ’til the time was right. I’m 14 weeks along now – will be 15 weeks tomorrow – and things have been pretty easy so far, truth be told. Zero ‘morning’ sickness, and mostly just had the regular tiredness that comes along with the first trimester. I’m starting to experience some back pain, but all in all its been very stress-free and relaxed. I’ve been very fortunate! It definitely makes me love being pregnant that much more :D

So, aside from a very busy summer, this is another big reason why I haven’t been posting as often. Bedtime comes early! ;) And because I’ve been super busy with work, taking French lessons, working extra shifts at Clinique, and trying to get this darn condo sold, my spare time is often spent VERY low-key – mostly just reading and sleeping (lol). I’ve also started taking prenatal yoga classes once a week, which will be awesome but DAAAAAMN I’m not very good at slowing down, huh?

Now that I’m starting to get a bit of my energy back, I’m hoping to post more regularly. I haven’t been buying many cosmetics due to saving for the new house and in preparation for the baby, but I have my ‘Operation Reduce‘ that is still on-going, and I’m working on a couple new ideas to talk about. And every so often, I do pick up a treat ;)

Overall, life has been pretty amazing these past few months! I can only imagine it will continue as we start on this new, exciting adventure. I’m so totally ready (as much as you can be, I suppose)!!!  I hope all of you have had equally wonderful summer holidays – don’t forget to think back on all the fun you had, once the weather turns and you’re cursing the bitter cold! Maybe those memories will sustain you ’til next year ;)

How was your summer? Do tell!

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