Dior Holiday 2015 State Of Gold: Eyes! Eternal Gold, Blazing Gold, and Blazing. It’s All About Gold, If You Can’t Tell

Let’s talk about all the eye stuffs in the Dior Holiday 2015 State Of Gold Collection. One post-boom-bazinga-done. Fast and furiously gold, although not as gold as I thought it was going to be. Which for me is a YAY, because I’m not a fan of gold on my eyes, especially the more yellow golds.

Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #886 Blazing Gold

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #886 Blazing Gold

This one is a stunner, that’s for sure! Look at that red! And I love a good red eyeshadow, and this one is NICE you guys.

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #886 Blazing Gold


The shadows all feel soft when swatched, are nicely pigmented, and blend beautifully on the eye.

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #886 Blazing Gold


I had no problem, other than significant fallout when applying them, so best to put your foundation on AFTER. The pink and the gold shade are more matte, and don’t have a ton of colour payoff, although the pink is surprising. You can definitely see the pink when you apply it-like a wash of pink. It’s quite pretty, and different, since most pinks are usually sparkly. And that glittery black shade I applied wet which worked quite well! It made the sparkles stay put much better. I like this palette.  :D


Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #576 Eternal Gold

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #576 Eternal Gold

Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #576 Eternal Gold is a cooler toned palette, so I personally prefer this one.

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #576 Eternal Gold


The shades are a bit more boring compared to that red shade, but easier to wear, and just looks better on me I think. With this palette, you can wear whatever pretty lipstick shade you want, so for me, I’d get more wear from this palette for sure. It all depends on what you want to showcase for holiday parties-eyes, or lips. This palette is better if you’re a lip gal like me.  :P

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Dior Holiday 2015 5 Couleurs State Of Gold Eyeshadow Palette #576 Eternal Gold

Most of these shades worked quite well again, but since these shades are a bit lighter, be careful to not overblend them.

In this next picture I’m wearing that plummy taupe on my eye, but I also used the Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow($36) in Blazing on the centre of my lid.

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Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow Blazing

Wow! I didn’t think I was going to love this as much as I do! It’s great to add a bit of god sparkle on top of your eyeshadows. It stays put too.

Finally thoughts? I’m much more impressed with the Dior Holiday 2015 State Of Gold Eye products this time around. The shadows are really easy to work with, and blend nicely. The shades are pretty as well! But, are they worth $70 CDN? Well, again that’s up to you. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again-I think Dior Eye Palettes have gorgeous colour combinations. Their shadow formula for me, is not one of my favourites-although this time around they perform a lot better, so that’s a good thing. If you love Dior, you will love these. Personally? I say get the Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Blazing and be done with any ‘holiday’ eye products. All you need is a bit of gold sparkle and any eyeshadow you have will look ‘holiday’. Save your money for a really pretty holiday lipstick, which Dior has for sure! I’ll show them soon, but spoiler alert-it’s real love for me!  ;)

The Dior Holiday 2015 State Of Gold collection will be available on counters October 15 in Canada.

What do you think? This is the first ‘Holiday’ collection I’ve seen so far. They’re ALWAYS GOLD. Sigh. When is someone going to do an awesome Navy and Silver Holiday Collection? WHEN.

Do you love holiday makeup collections? Or are you like me, and think they’re just all the same and all too gold?

The Happiest Day Of Your Life

Today is the greatest
Day I’ve ever known
Can’t wait for tomorrow,
I might not have that long
I’ll tear my heart out
Before I get out

~Wilamette Stone version of the Smashing Pumpkins song, Today

I’ve been sick the last few days, and therefore not doing much. And I’m by myself too. So, that means I can watch whatever movie comes on with no whining from Terry HAHA! Seriously, he’d watch the movie I, Robot every day if it were on :P I love my hubby, and I love Will Smith, but that movie is not one of my faves by the guy. Gimme I Am Legend any day, or Pursuit of Happyness-those are Will Smith GOLD movies.
Anyways, yesterday I happened to catch the movie If I Stay, based off of a YA novel that I guess is much loved. If you’ve never read the book or seen the (kinda’sappy) movie, I’ll fill you in. It’s about Mia, who happens to be a talented young cellist, that feels out of place in her rock n’ roll family. She meets the love of her life, Adam who is also hugely talented and in an up and coming rock band. Mia decides to apply to Juilliard, but that puts a real damper on her relationship with Adam. One snowy day, her and her family get in a car wreck, and Mia ends up in a coma, and of course, has an out of body experience(otherwise that’d be the end of the book/movie lol). She loses everyone in her immediate family while in the coma(mom, dad, and little brother) and has to decide whether she wants to live and fight on, or…well,  join her family and die.

Yeah. I know. Sappy. Predictable stuff to be honest. It wasn’t great, and it wasn’t bad. Just something to keep me from falling asleep with this cold I’ve been battling.

And then, this scene happened:


As she narrates the scene, Mia describes what she finally realizes was the Happiest Day Of Her Life. And that got me thinking about what was mine?! I started thinking, and sure…the old cliché ones came up….getting married, the birth of Marky….

But to be honest? I can’t really say those days were the happiest ever…I mean to me, the happiest day ever would mean a day of pure and utter smiles, bliss… and both of those days, weren’t all smiles and giggles, lets get real. Can a wedding day really be without any worry? ‘Cause mine wasn’t. My mother had really bad arthritis, so the morning of my wedding I had to drive her to the ER so she could get a cortisone shot in her knee so that she could walk relatively pain-free the rest of the day. SIGH. And that’s just ONE example of wedding day troubles for me…I could go on, but eh…you get it I think.

And I don’t know, giving birth for me was a two-day, REALLY painful affair-when I say I was happy, it was because she finally was OUT of my body and it was all over :P

Nope. Those memories weren’t it. Which made me start thinking again…I know…I shouldn’t think so much. It really is a curse.

Can you REALLY label a day…ONE DAY…to be the Happiest Day Of Your Life? Can you?

I can think of moments where I was REALLY HAPPY. Like the moment Marky said her first word…MOON…as she pointed to a picture in a book I was reading to her…The New Year’s Eve where Terry and I stayed up all night talking about LIFE…our plans….When my worried mama grabbed me a couple of hours before my brother’s wedding to ask me to put some makeup on her, because she was feeling less than glamorous next to the in-laws(who were WAY over the top for a wedding my god-never seen so many sequins on old ladies in my life)….My dad telling little Marky he LOVED her…which changed him… and from then on he never had any problem telling me, or any of us kids that he loved us too…Marky finding out she got into CalARTS wow, I still remember sitting on my bed, eyes closed HOPING YES while she checked on the computer…the first time I was able to run a mile without stopping…How every wedding and dance in my youth I attended and the first polka I danced was with my brother Mark…as soon as the song would start, he’d be there in front of me-it was our tradition, and we’d smile the WHOLE dance…it was so much fun whirling around with my brother…we were REALLY good dancers you guys…bonfires at the beach and singing with my friends all the old, traditional Ukrainian folk songs…

Moments of pure happy. I have loads of them! But to say that a day, ONE day, is the happiest day of my life? Not sure I can think of one, whole, day.

Is that weird? Is it? Am I some kind of freak here? Am I over thinking this? Please. Tell me if I am. I need to know!

SO. What this happy day wondering has done, is make me realize that I haven’t been all that happy lately. Like Mia says in that clip-her parents had a scene, her boyfriend Adam had a scene, and she was alone with her cello, and until that moment…she finally felt part of something, and that made her happy. Weirdly enough, I feel just like that. BAZINGA, right on the mark exactly how I feel lately. Marky is gone at college, Terry still gets to leave and go to work…and then there’s me. Left here. By myself. No scene of my own to feel a part of. And sure, there’s blogging. That’s a scene I guess. But, even in that I feel not so much a part of lately. I’m not one of the bloggers that gets most of the new releases sent to me. And honestly, I don’t care about that…most of the makeup these days is SHITE to be honest. Pffft…most of my happy moments do NOT deal with makeup and stuff, so that wouldn’t make me happy anyways. I have some up and coming things that are kind of exciting though, and I’m really proud to be a part of. That makes me kind of happy I guess?! Yeah. Maybe the problem is that I’ve lost touch with NOTICING those moments…seeing the little things that can make me feel happy.

So….I’ve decided that every day from now on, I’m going to find the happy in every day. Find something, DO something that makes me HAPPY. Even if it’s just looking at the sunset! I love looking at the sky lately for some reason, maybe it’s an aging thing, I don’t know.


But there’s a certain point in the evening when the light is just…PERFECTION, and you can see everything so clearly. And you have no doubts about what you’re looking at. Is that HAPPY?! Maybe. One thing I’m gonna do that’s gonna bring back the happy for me, is finally get myself a piano again. I really miss music in my life! I miss it a lot. This movie also really made me realize that as well, damn YA novel, teen-pull-at-your-heart-strings-movie…lol. Music was a big part of my life growing up, and I need it back now. I’m sure of that.

I urge you to find the HAPPY in every day as well…to not dwell on the things that bother you. I’m so guilty of doing this, focusing on the one thing in my day that annoyed the F$$K outta’ me. I want to stop it.  In the end, as this movie/book finally says…it really doesn’t matter? Does it?

It’s the HAPPY that does. So, let’s TRY to be HAPPY. Every. Day.


 Tell me the things that make you happy!


Fall Skincare Update with Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector

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Avène Hydrance Optimale

My love of Avène($44) is well documented on ze blog. It’s the next best option to bathing in the Avene Thermal Spring waters in France, I swear to god. And I’m a Ukrainian Orthodox married to a Ukrainian Catholic so when I swear, I SWEAR hahaha! #notkidding #angelswillsmiteme #beenwatchingSupernaturalsoForgiveMe #angelsareDICKS

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has the HIGHEST concentration of Avène Thermal Spring water of any product they make. And you all know how good that water is for your skin! It’s rich in silicates and trace elements, has perfectly balanced minerals, a neutral pH, and as my favourite horsey found out for us-is a naturally soothing anti-irritant. #alwaysthankthehorsey

Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum adjusts to your skin’s hydration levels according to its NEEDS. How? Avène Hydrance Optimale Serum has liposomes. Liposomes are tiny bubbles (vesicles) made out of the same material as a cell membrane. They can be filled with different things, and in Avene Hydrance Optimale Serum they’re filled with-you guessed it- Avene Thermal Spring Water! And, because these water saturated liposomes are similar to cell membranes, they can just slide right on into the deep layers of our skin and diffuse that good for us horsey spring water deep into skin cells, all day long.

Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector jpg The Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Cream is FANTASTIC as well. It’s basically a cream version of the serum so, it is an INSTANT love for me! It seals in all the goodness from the serum. The new product in the line is the Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector in Light, and this is something I’ve been waiting for from Avène. I love everything by Avène, but now??! I can have all the healing benefits of the healing water with a bit of colour too! SIGN. ME. UP. NOW.

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector

Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector($38) is particularly well suited for dehydrated normal to combination sensitive skins like mine! It gives you that BONNE MINE healthy radiance to your skin that’s something I love and adore, but to be honest, is hard to believably achieve when you’re as pale as I am.

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light Swatch

It feels a little grainy when you rub it on to your face, and that’s because it has colour adjusting technology from mineral pigments, so it will give you your perfect, healthy glow and correct skin tone imperfections as well. It also has pre-tocopheryl, a powerful antioxidant, and of course Avène Thermal Spring. Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector blurs imperfections with a combination of mattifying soft focus agents to fill imperfections and disperse light. Violet mother of pearl gives radiance, while copper hues help shadows appear brighter.

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light before and after

I really like it! Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light evens out my skin tone and does a good job of easing up the redness in my skin. Not only is my skin perfectly hydrated all day, but it’s glowy and healthy looking too.

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Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector Light

And who doesn’t want glowy, hydrated skin for fall, right? Right! Pick up the Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector, and the other Avène Hydrance Optimale products tout de suite! 

And don’t forget to enter this great giveaway from Avène to try for yourself!
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Amope™ Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail Care System For Perfect Natural Nails

You all know that I’m not really into nails and nail polish. In fact, I really hate nail polish. I don’t like wasting time painting my nails, waiting for them to dry, and then just having the polish chip off within a day or two. What’s the point?! Plus, I don’t like having long nails anyways. I was never allowed to have very long nails when I was younger, so I just prefer them to be short since that’s what I’m used to. And as far as my feet go, I’ve never had a professional pedicure. I take care of my feet on my own, thank you very much. And I don’t wear polish on my toes either, which probably doesn’t surprise you. It’s harder to see those toes when you have aging eyes!
I do like my nails to look naturally healthy though, and I’ve recently discovered the perfect tool to help me out.

Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System

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Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System

The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System gives me mani/pedi perfect nails quickly, without having to use clear nail polish. It comes with three file inserts so I can file, buff and shine my nails in no time at all. Just three little steps and I have shiny, natural, beautiful nails!

The file attachment is the first step and it really makes it so easy to shape your nails into whatever shape you want. There are two speeds, but I find the higher speed is the best to use when shaping nails. I like my nails to just look pretty naturally rounded, but if you like them to be pointier, it’s really easy to do too. Toe nails though, should be filed pretty square so you don’t get ingrown nails. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen. The buffing insert is my favourite one though. There’s something really satisfying about smoothing out the surface of your nails. I tend to get ridges on my nails, so this takes care of them really well. The polishing insert is the last step, and it makes my nails look shiny and healthy, which I love.
Here’s a before and after my pinky finger nail:

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Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System

Works really well as you can see! And it’s so fast too. The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System is especially great for taking care of my toes, because like I said, as I get older, seeing those toes is getting harder! I can still reach them thanks to Zumba though haha!

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Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System

The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Nail Care System and replacement heads can be found at all major retailers across Canada. It’s the perfect system to make your nails look clean, shiny, and healthy!

The Amopé™ Pedi Perfect ™ Electronic Nail Care System is the perfect and effortless way to keep your toe and finger nails natural looking and shiny. Its ergonomic design allows for use on both toe and fingernails, and comes furnished with two different speed settings (Normal and Fast). The easy to use product comes with three different heads that allows you to file, buff and shine in less than a few minutes. Get yours now!

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Amopé™ Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Amopé™ Canada.

Some Stuff I Can’t Live Without Right Now-Hourglass, Hats, Hylamide and Chocolate Covered Raisins

I’ve been feeling a lot more relaxed and focused lately. I don’t know why, but I am! Maybe it’s the decluttering-who knows. But, a side effect of that feeling is REALLY noticing the things I love to use. And I mean LOVE. Not just like…LOVE.

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Some of these things I’ve had for awhile, but I didn’t care for them back when for some reason or another. Some of these things are new. Hey, I’m not a perfect declutter-er. Sue me. And some are just too yummy for me to keep my mouth shut-although, I don’t keep it quiet for long HA.   :P

Let’s start with the bunch of Hourglass I got going in that pic.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting EDIT Palette and Hourglass Blush Palette

When the Hourglass Ambient Light Powders first came out I LOVED them. But then I started to notice that they deposited too much colour on my face, and even oxidized a bit. So I stopped using them. Fast forward to now, and I discovered the shade Diffused is my best friend now, after reading my good friend Paris@MyWomensStuff review about it. I think the key to these Hourglass Ambient Powders is finding a shade that works for you, and Diffused is my baby. I use this faint yellow powder every day now to set concealer, my BB or CC Cream, or just even on its own with no other makeups underneath it. It makes me look less ruddy, more glowy, and YOUNGER. MAGIC. So when Hourglass released the Edit Palette, I ordered one. I had to.

The Hourglass Blush Palette you see up there I actually stole from Marky during the last trip to California. I let her have it because I wasn’t all that enthralled with them. But I borrowed it from her when I was down there and fell in love with them this time. I like to blend the pink and peachy shade together and it gives my cheeks the most gorgeous healthy flush ever! And they last forever and a day too, which amazes me. Marky wasn’t using it, so she let me have it back. Bless that red head. Seriously considering dumping ALL of the powered blushes I have left after decluttering and just keeping this Hourglass Blush palette…am thinking hard about it, and you know what? It’ll probably happen in time. I just need some time to say goodbye to the others!

I never understood the whole Tangle Teezer business, until this past summer. My hair is REALLY long-well for me-at the moment. And with long, curly hair you get tangles like you wouldn’t believe. I haven’t felt that pain of brushing out tangles since THIS picture was taken:

See the pain in little Tracy’s face??!! Yeah. And that’s my mama! She was only 5’2” and the chubbiest Ukrainian lady that was an AMAZING cook. I miss her every day I swear, even though she inflicted so much hair brushing PAIN. See the elastic at the ready in her mouth HAHAHA! I love it. Oh, and the quintessential 70s striped shirt I’m wearing like WTH-was that the only pattern that existed back then? Anyways, WOW this Tangle Teezer brush works! It really takes out tangles without hurting at all. I’d give anything to let my mama use this on me that pic!

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Tangle Teezer

I guess it’s all those little teeth of different lengths that makes the difference. All I can say is that if you have problems with tangles in your hair, get yourself a Tangle Teezer. You’ll thank me. It’s really worth the money!

My hands have been dry again SIGH. And one hand is drier than the other and it’s weird. I think I’ve told you about this before? Well, my crypt keeper paw is back again, and no matter what I’ve been slathering on, it’s still all skeletor looking. Sometimes I get this feeling that my hand is in another dimension, getting all old and creepy without me. Or, it’s aging at a normal rate, unlike my face which is still pretty untouched by any extreme aging at the moment. BUT ONE HAND? WHY JUST ONE??!! I’m going with the other dimension theory for now, because it’s just more plausible. Crazier, yes. But more logical-you have to agree.

Well, I found this little tin of AWESOME in my to review pile-which isn’t as big as it used to be THANK GOD. This saying no to more crap is great!

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Paul & Joe Treatment Balm

Paul & Joe Treatment Balm is a solid balm until you pick some out. It instantly melts into an oil because of the warmth in your skin. There’s Organic Jojoba Oil and Orange Honey to deeply moisturize skin that’s parched like my hand. It’s supposed to smell like violet, but I think of Guerlain’s happy smell when I think of violet and this doesn’t smell like that at all to me. It’s more jasmine with some cedar in there too, and I LOVE it. This little tin is in my purse all the time now, and when my skeletor hand starts to creep me out, I put this on and Bazinga! Bye, bye old lady hand!  You can also use it on your hair too, which I love doing as well. I haven’t gotten a haircut since February now, so sometimes my ends tend to look a little parched. This stuff fixes that problem toot sweet. You need to look for this little tin of goodness you guys!

Anything that has the name Hylamide from Deciem is my obsession right now.

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Hylamide by Deciem

I’m not going to go into any detail about these amazing skincare products today, but I will soon. There’s just so much to talk about that I can’t fit it all into this post which is already ungodly long. But trust me, these products are just SO good. I hardly use any other skincare(besides Avène and Vichy-can’t pry me away from those brands no matter what) these days. Look out for my reviews coming up soon!

I get nauseous a lot. I always have. It doesn’t take much either-even too much coffee makes me sick. Getting up too early makes me wanna woof. I could make a list of about 20 things that make me nauseous, which in turn, would make YOU sick.  :P

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Gravol Ginger

I keep these Gravol Ginger lozenges on me all the time. They help me feel better. Way better than taking actual gravol every time I feel sick that’s for sure. I’d be sleeping all the time if I did that! Plus these taste good too-a little spicy gingery goodness in every one.

I sweat A LOT during Zumba. I always take my Mission Enduracool towel with me to class.

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Mission Enduracool towel

Mission Enduracool towels are made of some kind of magic fabric that you wet, and then snap in the air a few times, which makes them cool instantly to 30 degrees Fahrenheit below body temperature. And it stays cool for up to 2 hours too. It’s the best to wipe my face with during a sweaty Zumba class! Refreshing! I even bought one for my favourite Zumba teacher and she loves it!

These two products have taken up permanent residence in my shower.

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Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash in Pink Grapefruit, Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

That Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash in Pink Grapefruit is YUM. Smells just like a grapefruit! And it has 2% salicylic acid so it helps clear up the chicken skin on my arms, and any other body spots that may pop up because of sweaty Zumba. And my love for the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is well documented on the blog, just check out my review here and I promise you’ll be wanting to buy it. I ran out of it, and was thinking I’d get something else to try. WRONG. I  just recently got a replacement and WOW did I ever miss it. Yeah, I’ll never let that happen again! My skin just loves it so much. No other face exfoliator has done such amazing things to my skin as this one has.

I’m not a huge fan of raisins. So I was kind of ticked when Terry brought these home.


MAN THEY ARE GOOD these President’s Choice Milk Chocolate Raisins! First of all, these are mutant raisins or something because look how big they are:


And it’s not because there’s a generous coating of chocolate on each raisin(which makes them hard to stop eating, and frankly makes raisins tolerable) but some of the raisins really ARE that big-like almond big! DROWN ALL RAISINS IN CHOCOLATE I SAY. I need more. At least it’s a fruit, right? :P

HATS. Specifically knitted hats for cold weather:

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I got this one in Lake Louise, and it’s LOVE. I’m so excited that it’s almost toque weather here! I wore it at Lake Louise, because it’s a lot colder there. We’re getting a last blast of summer here this weekend, with temperature reaching +22C, so I’ll have to keep it off my head for a bit here in the city. I got this hat mainly because no matter what colour I decide to put in my hair, it’ll go with it HAHAHA! And that pompom on top makes me happy.  :D

Thanks for sticking with this long-ass post haha! These are honestly some of my favourite things at the moment. Not so much makeup, hey? I’m telling you one of the side effects of decluttering the makeup stash, is noticing OTHER things. Try it. You might like the effect it has on you too!

What things have you been really loving lately? Let us know! And not just makeup stuff either…think HARD about what else you really love lately!

Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette #PurSelfieCanada

Pür Minerals will always be one of my favourite mineral makeup lines. Their 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder is one of my favourite powder foundations actually. I’ve been using it forever. It’s the fastest way to a flawless makeup. But I’ve never really tried much else from the line, which I think was a BIG mistake.

The Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette($49) is freakin’ AMAZING.

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette

The Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie is a travel-friendly kit that’s filled with everything you need to get a picture perfect makeup look. Inside the palette are eight limited edition eyes shadow shades, a lip gloss, mascara, and three face powders-a bronzer, blush and highlighter. What else do you need?

Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie

Eyeshadow Swatchy Time!

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Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie

Shades from left to right: Exposure, Fade, Filter, Photobomb, Flash, Capture, Sepia, Closeup

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The eyeshadows are pretty great! There’s a nice mix of mattes and shimmers in the palette. The only shade I had some problem with was Photobomb, the purple one, and that’s because there’s glitters in it. I think it’s better used as a liner. Everything else blends nicely and stays put over a primer all day. I love the shades too, as they’re all so easy to wear. This is going to be my permanent travel palette from now on. Yup.

You get a deluxe sample size of the Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara too.

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Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara

I like it! It’s got Argan Oil in it, so it leaves your lashes nice and soft. It gives nice definition, and the brush I like too-it’s one of those spiky silicone wands, but it’s doesn’t hurt at all. It stays put on me too, with no smudging. AND it doesn’t sting or hurt my eyes when I remove it. I’m going to get a full-size one as soon as I’m finished with this one for sure.

The palette also contains face products too, so it’s Face and Lips Swatchy Time!

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Mineral Glow Bronzer, Chateau Cheeks Blush In Savvy, Afterglow illuminating Powder, and  in Exposed

The Pür Minerals Mineral Glow Bronzer is wow! I’ve tried this bronzer before, but it’s a lot prettier than I remember it being! It’s really natural looking, and makes an amazing contour too. The Chateau Cheeks Blush In Savvy is a warm pink that goes with everything and looks really pretty on the cheeks. And the Afterglow Illuminating Powder is one of the best highlighters I’ve tried in a long time! It doesn’t emphasize any fine lines or wrinkles and gives a really pretty, natural looking highlight. Last, there’s a full size of the Chateau Kisses Lip Gloss in Exposed, which is a great, neutral rose gloss that’s quite pigmented. And it’s not sticky at all. I don’t do sticky glosses at all. It’s really moisturizing too! It’s an anti-aging gloss, with Resveratrox from Bordeaux grapes to help reduce lip lines and wrinkles, and also plumps up your lips(no tingle plumping though).

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Wearing and loving the Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie palette

I really, REALLY love this palette! It’s simple and I’m all about simple lately. I’ve been getting rid of a lot of makeup that I just don’t use, but this palette is staying with me. It’s just too awesome, and I know I’ll use it a lot, especially when I travel. I think the Pür Minerals Love Your Selfie is a palette that’s worth getting if :

1. You’re interested in trying the best that Pür Minerals has to offer

2. Need a great travel makeup palette, because this is IT

3. You love Pür Minerals

4: Because there’s a really awesome Instagram Contest you can enter if you get it!

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In Canada you can find Pür Minerals at Shopper’s Drug Marts, and on The Shopping Channel too! In the USA you can order online at www.purminerals.com or find them at Ulta.

What’s your favourite travel makeup palette? Have you tried anything from Pür Minerals? What else should I try that’s good?

An Alberta Mountain Adventure-Lake Louise

After last week’s emotional post about my friend, I decided I needed a break. An Adventure! To take my mind off all the horrible stuff going on around me. I love going to the mountains here in Alberta. Heck, if I could afford it, I’d move there in a heart beat. I wish I could. I really do. So, that’s where we went.

And so, I’m gonna spam you again with all the beautiful scenery I experienced last week in Banff. #lovealberta

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Banff Alberta Overpasses


This is something I’ve never showed you before. Canada Parks built these overpasses for the animals to help them cross the highways. It’s a seamless forest-y walkway for them, and I think they work actually! You hardly ever see any roadkill in Banff National Park anymore.

We didn’t spend a lot of time in Banff this trip because we really wanted to see Lake Louise this time.

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Lake Louise, Alberta


And yup. It’s probably one of the prettiest spots on Earth. She doesn’t disappoint. Get ready for the money shot.

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Lake Louise, Alberta


Lake Louise is an alpine lake, and is known for its sparkling blue-green waters. It’s situated at the base of glaciers as you can see.

Lake Level view!

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Lake Louise, Alberta


I’m sorry, I just couldn’t stop snapping pictures! I could just sit there for hours staring and thinking.

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Lake Louise, Alberta


Here’s a view to the left. I did turn my head and look around hahaha!

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Lake Louise, Alberta


This is a time I wish every picture came with a smell-o-vision button. The air up there is so CLEAN. So fresh. And you can pick out every single scent that’s there-pine? Wild flowers? Greenery? It’s surreal, and so hard to explain?! I wish I could do it justice, but I don’t think any words can really tell you what it smells like there. You just have to come and smell and see for yourselves!

Moraine Lake, Alberta:

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Moraine Lake, Alberta


This gorgeous lake view used to be on the back of our old $20 bills.

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Moraine Lake, Alberta

Moraine Lake is a lot bluer than Lake Louise, and there’s a science-y time reason for that!

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Moraine Lake, Alberta


SO blue.

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Moraine Lake, Alberta


I regret not buying this amazing toilet paper holder in Banff. I swear you can buy the weirdest/most amazing things there.

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I couldn’t get Terry on board with it for some reason HAHA. He couldn’t see my decorating vision! Can you?

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Found a stocking stuffer for Marky. It’s her favourite word I swear.

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Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream


And a little beauty bonus for you! It’s so DRY in Calgary and Banff. I thought it was dry up here in Edmonton, but every time I go down south and to the mountains my legs get SO ITCHY that I can’t stop scratching like a buffoon. This Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream saved me from scratching my legs off. It’s really thick and lathers nicely into the softest foamy foam ever. It smells very shea buttery too-nice and gentle. But it doesn’t leave your skin greasy feeling at all for something so moisturizing. It cleanses really well too! I love it, and from now on it’s coming with me on any trips for sure. Perfect for this near menopause gal who can’t stand body butters!

You just can’t beat Alberta skies I’m telling you. Nope. No way. No how.

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And that was my little adventure last week! I hope to have many more adventures to show you. You see, my hubby was laid off at the end of July, and forced to take early retirement. It was a bit of a shock to us, but he only wanted to work until Marky was finished college anyways. He has been still working though for Sportsnet Productions, but as a freelancer. At first we thought maybe he should get a full-time staff position and then we started to REALLY think about it. WHY. Freelance work is the way to go for him right now, so he can enjoy life for a change. It was a scary decision for us-since he’s the only bread winner in the family. But, life is short. And we want to enjoy what time we’ve got left here! Having sick friends really makes you think about what you want to do with what little time you’ve got left here. And we want to have some fun adventures together!

I promise to get back to blogging about beauty this week! I have quite a bit of things I’ve been loving to show you-specifically skincare. And also some decluttering posts too! YUP. Lots of stuff coming at you, so be prepared!

HUGS everyone! Have you been on any fun adventures lately?

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