Last week I attended my very first blogger event! I’ve been blogging for 5 years now and there are never any events here in Edmonton so it was so exciting for Avène to actually come here!

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It was so much fun meeting other bloggers from Edmonton including one of my faves Rae @theNotice, the lovely France who represents Avène, and the team from Langton PR. I cold have stayed and chatted for hours and hours haha! And the pear cocktail was pretty good too!

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There’s some exciting new products coming from Avène soon, so stay tuned for that!

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Remember when I picked up the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer at the last Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Redemption Event in Calgary?

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

I picked up the shade Light Warm in both products. Swatchy Time!

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation and Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Warm

 

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is very pigmented and creamy smooth for a powder foundation. You can apparently use it wet as well, but I haven’t tried that yet because even though I really like the way it feels and covers, I have one MAJOR problem with it…maybe you can tell what that is from this picture:

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

See the ORANGE on the sponge? It looks good for about an hour or so on me, but then it oxidizes and looks quite orange on me. It’s weird because that rarely happens to me with foundations.

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

 

It’s a shame as I do like the powder! But I’m not prepared to go and get another shade to try, because I fear the same will just happen. At least I didn’t pay for it! The Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a keeper though. It’s creamy, has great coverage, blends seamlessly. It reminds me of my favourite concealer, the MAC Prolongwear, except for one thing: it creases under the eyes. It’s great for the face though and covers redness and blemishes quite well.

I bought some new Zumba sneakers, or runners as we call them here in Canada…sneakers are for sneaking around in 😛 you run in runners 😛

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I had such a problem finding a pair that were flexible enough for dance, yet in my big-foot size 11s! Nike finally came to the rescue and I love them.

I’m trying to eat healthier too and eat more fruit! I really am awful when it comes to eating fruit but it’s just SO expensive right now in Canada. And I’m not a huge fan of apples. So when I see something that I do like on sale, I pick it up. These strawberries hit the sale spot!
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I got a new hat! You all know I have a pretty great knit hat/toque collection, but I need to start beefing up my warm weather hat collection! I got this one at Old Navy on sale, and I hope I can find another one in California next week!

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Yup, that’s right-we’re going back to visit Marky. It’s Spring Break for her, so we thought we’d go down and visit, feed her, restock her supplies and visit Disneyland. For some reason it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her, so I’m excited to see her if only for a few hours. She’s so busy trying to finish her first all by herself 90 sec animation, so I don’t think we’ll be able to see a lot of her. But it’ll be my dose of Marky that I need, so yes! I’ll be happy with what I get.

And that was my week! How was yours? It’s going to be REALLY warm and spring like here this weekend! Highs in the double digits! I sure hope that means Spring is here to stay!

Have you ever had a foundation oxidize on you? Does it happen a lot? This is probably only the second foundation I’ve ever had do that. 

I thought I’d update you all on my progress with my Achieving Life Balance for 2014 goal. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I’ve lost 14 pounds! Wahoo! And that makes me so happy! It’s been hard work that’s for sure, but so slow. Being hypothyroid makes losing weight so much harder I tell ya. But truth be told, I like that it’s been slow weightloss, as that just means it’ll STAY off. Hopefully!

But I wanted to share a couple of things that have made losing weight fun and easy! And the first one is a snack that’s SO GOOD, I have to share it with you

Three Works Apple Chips are my new favourite snack. What’s different about Three Works Apple Chips is that they’re flavoured Apple Chips! Sure, they have plain ones, but how’s about apple chips with a touch of mango? Or cherry? Or Berry? OR CARAMEL BABY. Three Works Apple Chips are ready to enjoy in all sorts of really delicious crunchy chip flavours and they are non-fried, with no artificial flavours or sugar added.  And they’re gluten free too!

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Three Works Apple Chips

Three Works Apple Chips come in these two-serving cans, and also come in a single serving can too. One serving is 100 Calories and that’s awesome. Oh, and the apple chips aren’t just thrown in the can either-they’re packed in a vacuum-sealed bag to ensure delicious crispiness! You have to try them. You can find Three Works Apple Chips just about everywhere too! Click here to find a retailer near you.

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Sweaty Bands

Sweaty Bands have changed my workout life.

Before Sweaty Bands, I used to pin my hair back with a zillion bobby pins before workouts. If there’s one thing I can’t take, it’s hair in my face when I workout. I can’t STAND it. The shorter layers of my hair always slip free from my elastic pony tail holder too and fall into my eyes. But I have found the ultimate hair holder, Sweaty Bands. They’re a hairband made with a ribbon like material that has a signature non-slip velvet backing so they will not slip off, even during a sweaty Zumba workout. They absorb sweat AND stay on my head without slipping off. GENIUS. I only have this one right now, but I plan on getting more. They have loads of designs and different thicknesses too.

I’m a bit paranoid about this trip to California truth be told. I don’t want to gain back any of the weight I’ve lost, so I’m going to try to be careful. But we will be doing a lot of walking, so I shouldn’t worry so much I guess! Plus I plan on exercising too. I’ve downloaded the Zumba App onto my iPad, so I can Zumba in the hotel room if I want to!

Can I look like Gina please? I love her and her hair!

What are some of your low-fat, low calorie snacks?

*the Three Works Apple snacks were sent by one of my favourite PR people ever! How amazing is that kind of support? THANK YOU!