Friday Chats: Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set, Eyeliner Trick For Hooded Eyes, and Winter Love

Hey how you doin’? 😛 After my angry rant of a post I needed to step back and take a deep breath and remember: STUPID PEOPLE will always be around and it’s how you deal with them is the key to keep on truckin’….that and knowing you’ve got an upcoming trip to visit California and Marky! 😀 This has been the longest time in my life that I haven’t seen my daughter! I haven’t seen her since September 4th you guys! That’s like forever for a mama. And I think she misses home too because looky at her homework she posted on Instagram:
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And yeah, it’s kind of silly we’re going next week when she’s coming home Dec.18th for Christmas break, but my Disneyland Annual Pass expires this month so, one more visit! Whether I renew it or not is something to think about…it’s a lot of money, and you have to go at least 4 times a year to make it worth the money. And with our dollar tanking like it’s the 2000s(OMG I swear it’s the 2000s again because I saw Panic At The Disco perform for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade), so I’m not sure how often we’ll go back next year, and that makes me sad.  🙁  You all know how I love California! Oh well, let’s just hope Justin Trudeau can help out, right? Hahaha, he makes me so happy…again…it’s like the 2000s again with the Liberals in power. I love it.

Went back to see the bison at Elk Island National Park! It’s just 20 minutes away for us, so we thought we’d go visit again before the snow started to fly here.

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Had a delicious Saskatoon Berry milkshake too!

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Of course I shared it with Terry because ME:

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Winnie the Pooh is me in cartoon form I swear 😛

And it finally snowed! It sure took a long time! Usually we have snow before Halloween here.

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I love the snow, and I love winter! And when winter comes here it’s usually BOOM. WINTER. No easing into it haha! FULL THROTTLE. As much as I love California, I’d sure miss the cold and snow! #freakIknow

So, I had my yearly neurologist appointment this week and passed with flying colours! #15yearsstrong #nocaneyet I love my MS neurologist-she’s actually from Winnipeg like me and just a couple of years younger than I am. She’s tiny! I’m 5’10 and well…husky LOL, and she weighs about 90 pounds wet at about 5’2″ and it makes me giggle when she does this one test where stand and then close my eyes with my feet right together. I used to start to tip over years ago and she’d try to catch me….and my thoughts always were: Little lady if I go down, you go with me. But…I don’t tip anymore! I don’t have to worry about crushing here anymore HAHA! I’m BETTER now than I was 5 years ago…our bodies and our minds can do amazing things with a positive mind set I tell you! I’m proof.

My neurologist is downtown, which is a good trip from my house, so when we go there we make the most of it! We stopped in to get some dessert at the amazing Duchess Bakery. It’s one of the top ten bakeries in the world, in case you didn’t know…HERE…in EDMONTON…amazes me how lucky we are!

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Duchess Bakery Paris-Brest Hazelnut Pastry

SO yummy…I’m kind of glad I don’t live nearby as I’d be a LOT chubbier that’s for sure!

Then we decided to check out the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton. We haven’t been in YEARS.

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Our Conservatory is really cool and has 4 pyramids that house plants and flowers from different climate zones.

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The pyramids are designed that way so that the snow falls off easily. Thoughtful and Winterproof designing! And it’s neat because it sounds like mini avalanches when the snow slides off, and you can really imagine what a full-fledged one probably sounds like because these mini ones are scary enough!

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The Muttart grows Poinsettias and always has an amazing display of them every year.

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And you can even buy some to take home, like these aqua ones which are so cool:

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Pretty, hey? I don’t know how they get that shade though. I do know that Poinsettia shades are dependent upon how much light they get when growing. My piano teacher, the nun, used to grow them and sell them, and she had these cardboard houses all over the piano room with poinsettias in them. I suspect the blue is because of some blue dye in the water? If you know, tell us!

Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set

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Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set

This little Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks($45) set is DARLING….and I think worth it! It’s been one of my favourite holiday makeup items I’ve been lucky to preview.

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Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set

I mean, the blushes are tiny, but they’re so pigmented you’d get so much use out of them-I’ve been wearing this Love Hangover blush and the Nude Melted Kisses Liquid Lipstick in Nude a LOT and there’s no dent it it yet. Just a little dip is all you need for these babies!

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Too Faced Love Hangover blush and the Nude Melted Kisses Liquid Lipstick in Nude

Swatchy Time!

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Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set


And the other shades in the set are just as pretty:

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Too Faced Fig Melted Kisses, Your Love Is King Blush Peony Melted Kisses, Justify My Love Blush

And lip swatchy time! I like the Too Faced Melted Kisses Liquid Lipsticks, although they can be a tad drying. I always prep my lips with a lip balm before wearing them. BOY, they last! If you’re a fan of liquid lipsticks and blush this Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks set is nice. And hey-you could easily split it up into three gifts/stocking stuffers too!

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Too Faced Melted Kisses Nude, Fig, and Peony

I also wanted to show you how I’ve been wearing eyeliner lately. I’ve got a TRICK you guys, and it’s a good one especially if you have hooded eyes like me.

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So, I don’t do full on liquid eyeliner cat eyes because HELLO…Hooded Eyes dudes(I’m holding my eye really OPEN here hahaha). I’d have to make the liner really thick to show up and sure…sometimes I enjoy that look. Marky does it pretty much every day of her life. But it covers up any eyeshadow on your limited lid space. So, this is what I’ve been doing lately and it works well.

I’ll line my upper waterline with a really good eyeliner like the Urban Decay pencil ones. But I’ll go a little thicker on the outer edge, still just the waterline though…and then SMUDGE IT OUT onto the outer corner of my LID with an angled liner brush…like a tiny cat eye flick…take a look.

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See what I mean? I hope so! There’s NOTHING on my upper lash line…it’s just the outer corners where I drag the eyeliner and smudge it out to LOOK like I’ve got full on eyeliner.

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It’s a gentle flick! But it still gives that lift and the illusion that I’ve got a bit of a cat-eye flick going on without taking up all of my lid space and covering up my eyeshadow.
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Neat huh? I hope I explained it well and you can see from the pictures what I’m talking about? If not, let me know, I’ll try to take more in depth pics…or even a video..GASP…hahaha!

So starts the holiday season! I love winter and Christmas in THEORY…but I honestly don’t really care for all the freakin’ Christmas music. I KNOW…and I’m a musical person! I play the piano, guitar and violin! BUT…I don’t like all the bands and singers doing their version of Christmas SONGS…not the carols… I love Christmas CAROLS…you know, the traditional stuff. But I can’t stand crap like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus…WHY. And I don’t need to hear Gwen Stefani and everyone else singing it, ya’ know what I mean? #ChristmasMusicGRINCH

Happy Black Friday Shopping! Are you picking up anything today?

  • Angela

    Wild @ss guess here, but I’m thinking you’re probably not into the whole Black Friday BS, hey? If I’m right, then I’m with you on that LOL. and AMEN on the Christmas carols, Tracy. Though I think Bare Naked Ladies’ Christmas album is pretty lovely. As is your new eye liner trick! I have absolutely NO luck with lining my water line – looks good for a few minutes and then it’s eye goop city. Not a good look. I’ve had better luck with very carefully using the Kat von D tattoo liner just to fill in the gaps between my lashes but certainly nothing else has worked before. Hope you have a lovely trip! and happy winter!!

    • NO hahahaha….I tell you I made the mistake of going to WEM on Saturday and HOLY CRAP all the people. I wanted to go to Murale to redeem points and SHEESH.
      I like the BNL album actually! They don’t stray too far from the original versions so, I like that! Awww, that’s too bad!
      And thanks! I’m so excited to go back haha!

  • Ah, three cheers for the successful neurologist appointment! That’s amazing news. Treating yourself with a world-class dessert sounds like a perfect way to celebrate 🙂 And yeah, that Too Faced set looks lovely! xo

  • dowantmakeup

    Ooooo I’ve been eyeballing that Too Faced set, such a good value! But there’s no way I can justify more makeup haha!

    And hurray for good health! I’m not into Christmas music or even Christmas itself particularly, but wow I didn’t know you were so musically inclined! I’d love to see you playing piano or violin.

    • It’s such a cute little set! They’re gonna live in my travel makeup bag from now on.

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m not huge into Christmas either-it’s so much WORK haha! Yeah! I am! Maybe someday! 😉


  • AGH I forgot all about Duchess bakery and now I am missing it all over again. 😉 Congratulations on your improved health – that’s amazing, I’m really happy for you!!

  • I should someday visit Duchess; I’ve heard a lot of good things about them.

    The Saskatoon berry shake sounds so delish.

    I haven’t been to the Muttart in years. Last time I went was well before the reno when I was around 12 years old.

    I almost wanted to get a few items from an indie makeup shop but they’d run out of a few items I’d wanted by the time I got home. I decided buying 2 items didn’t make the shipping cost worth it. I may get a necklace from Skeletos on Etsy. I have to research customs costs first and I agree with you how the exchange rate isn’t too great. :/

    Take care!

    • Oh yes Iris! You have to!
      It was YUMMmmmy! Me too, I haven’t been since Marky was little so it was nice to visit!
      Yeah, that whole exchange rate now really puts a damper on buying things!

  • Lily

    I always love to read your Friday Chats. Firstly, YES to positive mindset! It takes a tough babe like you to put MS under control. I love seeing all these places you go to (jealous of that bakery too, but thankful those we have here are bad – extra pounds otherwise!).
    I’m also excited for you to see Marky soon! I totally understand how you’d miss her. I think I’d go a little crazy if I didn’t see any of my kids for that long 🙂

    • Awww, thanks Lily! xx
      Thanks! That’s me-tough haha! I’m so excited to see her! It’s been so LONG!

  • Wowza, look at those neon blue poinsettias :-O I also wonder how they do that…

    And I know the struggles of living close to a good bakery. In my college years we lived right across from a bakery. Needless to say my breakfast and lunch every day were some form of pasty or cake or pie or bake.

    • Yeah, I have no idea! Maybe I’ll go back and ask!

      Right? The hubby wanted to go back again on the weekend and I had to put my chubby foot down LOL!

  • I love reading your posts. I play brass and love playing the Christmas Carols. 🙂 There are some songs that I think should go the way of the dodo but my all time fav Christmas Song is Snoopy’s Christmas by the Royal Guardsmen

  • When isn’t our winter bod good to go?? I must say your daughter has some talent there, I’m going to stalk her instagram a bit later on today 😀
    And yes the neon blue poinsettias are because they add die to the leaves, just spray it usually.

  • Toya

    I feel similarly about Christmas music…there are a few songs done by contemporary bands I like (really dig ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ by Barenaked Ladies w/Sarah McLachlan…so jaunty! And ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’ by Sixpence None The Richer is beautifully done) but overall I’m like SHUT IT.

    That Too Faced set is sweet! I passed on it because the blushes looked so tiny, but you make a good point. Might have to revisit… O_o

    Also, that eyeliner trick is genius! My eyelids are semi-hooded (moreso as I get older) so I should try this out.

    Lastly, you are an MS ROCKSTAR…lol that sounds ridiculous I know, but honestly I am just so impressed by you all the time and how you’ve totally made MS your bitch and aren’t letting it rule you…frickin’ ROCKSTAR, see? xx

  • Ooh Fig looks good! And that Paris Brest OMFG