Listen up, I got a question here?
Would anybody miss you if you disappeared?
Well your life is the song that you sing,
And the whole wide world is listening!
Well the answer to the question is,
You were created, your life is a gift and
The lights are shining on you today- You got something to say!

~Matthew West, Something to Say

I’ve been SO so tired this past week… sorry I haven’t posted much. Hiking in Jasper was awesome believe me…

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Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

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Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

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Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

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Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

 

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Maligne Canyon, Jasper AB

 

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Post hike face-just sunscreen and no blush-that redness is evidence of the hike haha!

But man, it kicked my chubby BUTT. Well, maybe not so much my chubby butt, because I’m pretty fit for a fat girl, thank you very much  😛  …But my MS legs dudes…they are my NEMESIS. I HATE THEM. They get tired really easily when I overdo it. I’ve been recovering from the Maligne Canyon Hike since I got back and today is the first day I feel half ok again. HALF mind you…yet I made my ass go to Zumba this AM because I was tired of being TIRED. It’s just a NO LIKEY for Tracy.

I sometimes forget I have Multiple Sclerosis?!!! Yeah I know that’s weird…but it’s true. Most days I am fine. FINE. And then I try to do things like that hike and my body says HELLOOO mother-effer…forGOT you have a disease HEYYyyyy? 

It’s been 15 Years since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. FIFTEEN YEARS YOU GUYS. My actual diagnosis day was September 15, 2000. And back then it was a probable diagnosis…you had to have another relapse to PROVE you had the disease to get on the expensive meds that were available then. And well, you all know how I HATE to disappoint hahaha… :P…and so in October I had another Multiple Sclerosis attack..which changed my diagnosis to DEFINITE Multiple Sclerosis and I was OK’d to go on a medicine of my choice. Yeah, you get to CHOOSE when the medicine costs a lot of money. It’s like they fight for your insurance money-kind of hilarious to be honest. November 1, 2000 a nurse came over to my house to teach me how to inject myself every day with the medicine I chose to take -for the rest of my life.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO…..WOW.

I truly forgot about how long I’ve been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, until the Nurse that comes along with my expensive meds checked in on me a couple of weeks ago, and reminded me of that little tidbit. Yeah, when you pay $1800/month for meds you get a personal nurse that emails you and asks you if you need anything…go figure, hey?  😛

And you know what? It was a good thing she emailed me and reminded me of my anniversary. Because I’m truly a lucky ducky compared to a lot of others with MS. #NoCaneYet #15YearsStrong   She called me an inspiration? And wanted to know what kept me going strong, taking my meds all these years?!

And, I had to think about that to be honest. It wasn’t an easy answer for me actually, because I don’t take my meds regularly-which is supposed to be every day-anymore. Hey, 15 years of needles…HURTS….I’m sorry…I just can’t every day lately..but I try 5/7, well maybe more like 4/7 …3/7 ???!! days to prick myself and grin and bear it. It’s a sub-cutaneous injection and I don’t use my arms anymore…haven’t for about 7 years now. When you cry because of the pain your meds cause, you tend to SKIP that hurty part…no more arms dudes. I also happen to have the curse of lipoatrophy-a rare side effect from the meds and needles. It means just what you think it means-the subQ layers of fat get attacked and eaten away…which would be ok if it was nice and even of a fat attack. It’d be like free liposuctions HAHAHA! Instead, I’m left with holes and dents in my thighs and abdomen. It’s not pretty, that’s for sure. So when people complain about stretch marks and crap? I’m sorry, you have NO. IDEA. I don’t wear shorts anymore. I can’t…I have HUGE dents in my thighs that look…well, scary.  🙁

But, I don’t care? Because those dents in my body are what partly keeps me walking. It’s worth the defect! #fairtrade

And so? I think I need to TALK about it. Talk about Multiple Sclerosis. About my disease. And my mindset. Because honestly? I think that has had a BIG part in how I’ve managed my disease.

When I was diagnosed with MS, I didn’t see it as a SENTENCE as to what my life was going to become. My neurologist, bless her, was quite matter of the fact when telling me what MIGHT happen…like waking up one morning not being able to see..or walk. HA. Being blind one AM in my future was slightly disconcerting though, I’m not gonna lie. But, she also said she had patients well into their 70s that were still walking and doing fine?

AND RIGHT THERE AND THEN I DECIDED THAT WAS GONNA BE ME TOO.

As soon as I was diagnosed, I went to a Support Group held by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada to learn about the monster, because dang it-I hate surprises. I wanted to KNOW. EVERYTHING. What could and couldn’t happen to me. And it was weird? Because most of the others there had been diagnosed 5-10 years ago and FINALLY decided to learn something about MS. They all told me how they admired me for going so soon…it was a month after finding out for me…and hitting Multiple Sclerosis head on. Most of them ignored it at first, until it was too late for them.

I don’t follow any “diet” for MS…I mean c’mon seriously…how can what I eat contribute to the demylenation of my myelin sheath?

Like screw off…don’t come on here and tell me how your 5th aunt removed beat MS by eating turnips every day. I’ll find you and kick you in the nards I SWEAR. It’s BULL. SHITE.

What’s done it for me? A few things I think, and exercise is one. Even though I’m not as slim as I was pre-diagnosis, I believe it helps me a lot. Why? It helps with STRESS. And I swear, stress is a HUGE and major problem not just for Multiple Sclerosis, but also for other diseases as well. I remember my neurologist telling me that keeping stress levels low was beneficial to my disease progression, and I took that to heart. I really did. And exercise helps keep me calm. I can’t do anything too strenuous these days, but even just a nice walk is enough to make me feel so much better and helps me destress.

Also, I don’t wear my disease on my shoulder…I don’t play the Multiple Sclerosis Card every chance I get. Believe me, it’s tempting some days. But like I said, I don’t think of myself as being sick, so it just doesn’t come to mind most days unless I’m feeling extra exhausted. And even then, I don’t use my disease as an excuse? EVER.

I BUCK UP…like my Zumba BFF Annette says I do. Yup. BUCK. UP.

I could sit around and feel sorry for myself and believe me, this week I did, LORDY. And this morning in bed when the alarm went off, I really did not want to get up to go to Zumba. But, I did. Because why NOT. I had no reason to not go. Yeah, legs were still felling tired, but so what. I know they’ll never feel all PERFECT. So, what else was my excuse to not go? I couldn’t think of anything else. So, I bucked up, got up, and went. And it was FUN. And I feel better for going.

And the last thing that helps me deal… is LAUGHING. Finding the funny in my day. I’m a weird bird! You all know it, don’t you? 😉  Marky knows it and has told me so-nothing like your kid calling you WEIRD hahaha! She’s been with me in the car when I drive and road rage sets in…and then…I’ll say something like F$$K BUS..yeah, I’ve said that…like a noun…and when I do??!! I LAUGH SO HARD AT MYSELF, and so does everyone else around me. Laughing is another way to deal with stress. And I love laughing. A lot!

I wish I could say there was some magic pill, some magic turnip(not sure why I’m on about turnips in this post, I do love eating them haha) that has helped me stay well all these 15 years of living with MS. But, I can’t tell you that’s the case.

What I do know? Is that it’s all about how your mind sees your cross in life. We all have our crosses. And not one is worth more than another’s? I mean what’s hard for you, is hard for YOU. BUT, it’s how you deal with setbacks…that’s the key. You can either melt into a puddle and give up…or, BUCK. UP.

It’s your choice. And, if I can do it? You can too. Here’s to another 15 years of walking without a cane! ‘Cause oh YEAH, that’s what I’mma gonna do. You can count on it.   😀 ‘Cause I got SOMETHING TO SAY. 😀 😀

 

HUGZ,

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.

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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?

HEY! How you DOIN’? 

I know, I’ve been awful at posting lately. But as you know, I’ve been BUSY MONSTERrrr(that’s a French accent typed there in case you didn’t know). Warning for all you MOMS out there: BE PREPARED FOR WHEN THEY FINALLY MOVE OUT…It’ll STILL COST YOU $$$$$$$. You think they’re gone and stuff, but then NOPE they PULL you back in, and you’re buying bedroom furniture and putting it together in 106F heat. What is that? WHO can live in that kind of heat I ask you? Not me. Or my hubby. Usually I enjoy our little trips to California, but this time? I was BEGGING to come home to Canada.

I should have taken pics of Marky’s final bedroom look, but PFFFT…I just wanted to get outta there as fast as possible to be honest-before it cost me any MORE monies! And I wanted to start our actual little REAL holiday!

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Disneyland Hotel

We’ve been going to Disneyland for over a decade, but we’ve never actually stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. So, since this September 29, 2015 will be our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we decided to finally spend the stupid amount of $$$ on ourselves and stay there. We did get 20% off the rates, since I’m an annual pass holder so YAY for that!

And you know what? It was WORTH IT. Even with our failing dollar, it was amazing to be so close to the parks, and have such comfy beds!

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Disneyland Hotel Toiletries

 

And the H2O Plus toiletries made the stay even sweeter! I love their products, so it was kinda’ nice to find them here at the hotel! I may have brought them all home though, to use at a later date… #beautyhorderextrodinaire

No lack of detail was overlooked in the rooms at Disneyland though, I mean look at the bathroom sconces:

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Disneyland Hotel Bathroom Sconces

 

Our first meal is usually this flat iron steak with chimmichurra sauce and garlic frites at the UVA Bar at Downtown Disney. It’s always done perfectly to your liking! And never grisly or awful. My fave steak at the resort for sure! And the garlic fries are SO GOOD. They’re garlicky enough to satisfy this Ukrainian!

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Disneyland Uva Bar

 

They had these spicy tomato popsicles to put in beers too, so Terry had one.
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It was good! But all the spicy ends up at the and of your popsicle melt so beware! Spicy beer alert!

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The Haunted Mansion is my second fave ride at the park after Big Thunder Mountain, so to say I was disappointed that it was closed down was an understatement. They’re prepping it for the Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas dress starting Sept.12. WHY SO EARLY GODDAMMIT. Seriously. Why don’t we just start Halloween season August 1st already? CRIPES. So, yeah anyways…it just means I have to go back sooner, right? RIGHT. I almost bought that purse btw…but I came to my senses after I realized it was almost $300 US, which is what???!! Like a MILLION CANADIAN NOW. Fuck you Harper. You’ve ruined our economy you rat commie bastard. DON’T talk to me if you’re voting them back in. 

I wore NO MAKEUP on most of my trip. Because WHY. HOT. This is what I wore:

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That Coola Liplux Lip Balm SPF30 is great! I really liked it and applied it liberally. Lips felt smooth, soft and protected all the time! Win! The Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin Moisturizing Anti-UV Mist was my other companion, thanks to the lovely Melissa from @KissandMakeupBeautyBlog! She so kindly sent me this and I’m forever grateful! It’s amazing. It’s basically like water, yet a really effective sunscreen. And you can reapply OVER makeup too! I wasn’t wearing any makeup on this trip, but I have tried it and works SO WELL over makeup and makes an amazing setting spray. Plus you can reapply at your will with no worries of makeup getting ruined. It’s like a dream come true! Although, if your’e planning to go to a rave, or to Disneyland where there’s a lot of black light on rides, you may encounter THIS problem:

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Stuff GLOWS under black light hahaha! My hubby said I looked like the Mummy! It was weird for sure! But at least I had proof that the sunscreen was working hahaha!

Mint Juleps are a daily must at Disneyland. Keeps you going.

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Now, I’ve been on the Tower Of Terror ride ONCE. When it first opened. And that was enough for me. I actually bruised Marky’s arm while trying to save myself from DYING on it hahahaha.

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But I ALMOST made it back on again this trip. After getting some Instagram love to grow a pair and just do it, I walked up to the gates with every intention of going on the damn ride…but the park was CLOSED..at 7:30!!!! WHY. ARRGH…

So, I had a beer instead. 😛 Celebrated my PANSY ASS hahaha. Next time though I shall DEFEAT YOU TOWER OF DEATH. PROMISE.

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Isn’t that the most CANADIAN beer label you’ve ever seen? Yeah, it wasn’t one of ours though! But it was good!

This thing of beauty is the Rocky Road Sunday at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in California Adventure Park.

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Disneyland

 

A little too much whipped cream for us-I pushed most of it off. There’s a time and place for whipped cream people.  🙂 And on most sweets I don’t care for it that much. Just give me the goods I say, and keep the fluff.  😛  This was our lunch that day – I mean it has dairy, protein, carbs-what else do you need, right? 😀

Ok Tracy, but tell us what you actually BOUGHT beauty-wise? Well to be honest loves? Not a whole lot this time. I bought this set of Clinique lipsticks at the Duty Free @LAX:

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LAX Duty Free Haul

 

And this is the other stuff that I bought:

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Yup. That’s about it. Not that much at all-at least for me. With the dollar being so low, it was hard to justify buying all that much.

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DOVE

 

The Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner for Naturally Curly Hair is AMAZE. It works so well at keeping my hair frizz free and soft. I don’t get WHY it’s not sold here in Caanda??!!I always pick one up on my trip and savour it until the last drop. Oh, and it smells SO GOOD too… like a perfumed, spicy heady vanilla that’s OH so nice. I like Dove hair stuffs. So c’mon Dove, get this stuff sold up north here, EH?

AND YES I caved and picked up my first ever Tatcha product:

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I tell you this: I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS YA’LL. Everyone and their frickin’ dog has hyped this cleanser up to be the BE ALL END ALL…so…it better deliver. I better be hearing THIS SONG when I use it:

That is my Beauty Holy Grail song btw, in case you didn’t know, and it’s called Liz On Top Of the World from the Pride and Prejudice Movie Soundtrack starring Kiera Knightley. You’ll find me watching that movie when I’m alone and have nothing else to do. I adore the soundtrack, it’s one of my faves forever.
So yeah, if that cleanser doesn’t change my world…BE PREPARED FOR THAT REVIEW.

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I’m pretty damn excited about the sample pack of L’Artisan Parfumeurs Scents I picked up.

These are the scents in the pack:
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I’ve been kind of bored with my usuals, so I’m looking forward to discovering something that smells awesome for fall!

Oh, and can I tell you how HAPPY I was to come home to this:

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Not many people enjoy a 30 degree temperature difference that goes towards the negative, but I sure do! Jacket weather is BACK! HALLELUJAH! After the last week and a bit in California, I think I can safely say NO MORE SUMMER PLEASE! 😛

There’s my trip! It was a lot of hard work, yet fun at the same time. And it wasn’t that hard to leave Marky this time as it was last year, go figure. I guess I’m finally used to my empty nest. Is that bad? Sad? I don’t really know. But maybe it’s just a realization that it’s TIME. Time to separate and move on. My job is pretty much done. She’s all good. And that? Makes me quite happy. And PROUD too. 😀

I’ve missed you all! I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule, but to be honest there’s less and less stuff showing up at my doorstep these days to review. While I was gone there was NOTHING delivered, and that’s a first. I’ve been saying NO to a lot of stuff lately. I’m getting tired. I don’t have time or the WANT to do idiotic reviews of stupid stuffs.

I want to write about what I want to write.  So, it may mean less posts, but more meaningful ones in the end. I hope that’s OK with you all! If not-well, hey..life is short and you need to find a beauty blog that fits you and your needs. If it’s not Beauty Refelctions, then godspeed dudes. Those of you that stick with me-you’re sick, like me. And I like that, so WAHOOOO…let’s have some real FUN now, hey? I really want to reduce my makeup stash like  Liz@BeautyReductionista has been doing. So, maybe I’ll start taking you through that process, I don’t know?! Let me know what you’d like to see on here! More snark? More life stuff? More reviews? I aim to please!

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray.

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Supergoop Setting Mist SPF 50

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.

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I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.

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All the flowering trees

 

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
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Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.

You know the preacher liked the cold.

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The Hatbox Ghost Returns to the Haunted Mansion!

He knows I’m gonna stay.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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Terry drawing something for Marky at the Animation Academy hahahaha

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.

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Surrat Blushes OMG GET ONE

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.

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Typical Walking Day at Disneyland

 

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Dole Whip

BEER at HOB

Beer at the Hose Of Blues, Anaheim

If I didn’t tell her I could leave today

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Happy Daisies

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California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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Olaf Olaf Olaf-he’s growing on me

 

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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My Alex and Ani Disneyland Exclusive Bracelets!

 California Dreamin’. Always.   😀

HEYYyyyyy How ya DOIN’? I know, I’ve been a bad blogger. But you see, I was in California all last week and just didn’t have the time, or the will to blog! So forgive me! But I’m here to to share my trip and some other stuffs too!

Before I left, I decided to clean out my computer room-a bit HAHA. I found this, but didn’t have the heart to throw it out!

 

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GAWWWWD. I miss those days! The whole waiting for the delivery! And sitting all day and all night reading until you finished the book! Sigh… I miss it SO MUCH.

 

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I got some new Nikes again haha! I love Zumba! And I needed another pair to rotate with the other ones I got. And man, runners(not SNEAKERS LOL) are so bright and happy now! If I wore a colour like these in the early 80s, it would have been social suicide dudes. Thank the lord you don’t have to deal with THAT.

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Yup. I hit VIB Rouge with Sephora….which isn’t hard when you buy for two people. I buy things for Marky too, and mostly we buy skincare to be honest. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed but most skincare items are starting to cost about $100 each easy so…yeah. It’s not hard to get VIB Rouge if you are like me. I’ll say this…I LOVE the Le Marc Le Rouge Lipsticks…more on that in another post!

 

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I got the most AMAZING gift from my Aveeno friends: the NEW Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration Lotion which is AMAZING. It feels so GOOD. SO LIGHT. And they sent me a gift certificate to Bliss Spas! You know, as a Beauty Blogger I’ve NEVER had a pedicure. Like ever. It scares me haha! But I’m thinking of getting a facial! Or maybe some yoga! Not sure yet! But I’m excited and grateful nonetheless.

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Before we left for California, Marky’s College CalARTS had their Portfolio Day, where students showcase their work and companies come to the school to look and see and hire and offer internships! It’s pretty cool!

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Disney Features and Dreamworks Products were very interested in Marky’s work and called her back to talk to her! And since then she’s also had emails from Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to apply for internships! SO excited for her! Although, that means she won’t come home this summer. 🙁  But hey, such is life…it’s all good! And I’m so PROUD of her.

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She gave me her Beymax Pin Disney Features gave her–I will treasure it FOREVER. It represents everything I hoped would happened for her-proof she’s doing well at college and proof that someday, Marky will be a force to be reckoned with in the Animation world!

Then it was time for us to leave for California to visit my Marky!

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This Dermalogica Climate Control Lip Treatment was awesome on the plane ride. Kept my lips comfy and hydrated the whole trip!

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Found some Laneige skincare at Target WTF. See, this is one of many reasons they failed in Canada! Why wasn’t this brand sold here? This Sleep Mask is pretty awesome! Glad to have found it! I don’t notice the comforting scent it apparently has, but it works really well!

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I love California. And all the fresh produce. The hotel we stay at when visiting Marky is a Marriot Residence Inn, and the staff remembers us-heck I give them HUGS now lol! And so, we get a special bowl of fresh berries when we come down…I’m telling you…HUGS is money. Hugs will get you all kinds of love! HUG more often. You’ll thank me!

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Friday Chat: California, Disneyland and Marc Jacobs Oh My

 

Every morning, these guys cross your path in California…we don’t see many of them in dry Alberta. They fascinate me…like wow. So cool…but I like worms too so…sorry haha. I should have studied Entomology or Biology more at University instead of Chemistry methinks….  😛

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Bobbi Brown Peachy purchases

 

I’m kinda’ having a Bobbi Brown Moment for some reason! I never really got into the brand, but lately as I’ve gotten older, the brand is starting to appeal to me for some strange reason. I picked up a few peachy items in California, and so far I’m loving them! Especially the Pastel Peach Powder Blush-it looks so pale in the pan, but WOW pigmentation! And it glows too! Blush Fiend LOVE.

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Disneyland California

 

DISNEYLAND. You know I had to visit! These orange flowers on some of the trees there were so pretty! I wish they’d grow here! WHAT ARE THEY!!!

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Disneyland Treats

 

The desserts OH MY. Like WHY.

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BEYMAX APPLES. Sorry, too cute to eat for me!
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This Rose Raspberry Mickey Macaron was so GOOD. You could taste the rose, and the raspberries were so FRESH. YUMMM.
It’s a good thing we walked an average of almost 30K steps  every day at Disneyland!

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And that’s just counting when I had my phone in my hand or pocket. Dumb Apple. The app only counts steps that way. I’m pretty sure we logged well over 30K the days we were at the park…my body could FEEL it…getting out of bed was an experience I’ll tell ya! SO hard… like I was hit by a truck or something. But once I got going all was well!

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Oh HEY… you know the tequilas they sell in California Adventure Park sure help with any kind of pain you’re dealing with dude…that’s why they sell them there I’m positive…liquid MEDICATION. And they ain’t watered down at all nosiree…you can taste tequila for sure!

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There’s some cool Maleficent art at the parks still, even though the movie came out quite awhile ago…I’m late to the party, but MAN…I really love the movie a lot! I think it was a great live version movie of the cartoon! Kinda’ obsessed with the makeup looks in it, which is why I bought that Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Watermelon because that’s what the makeup artist used to get that amazing peach flush on Aurora’s cheeks! I’ve heard the Cinderella movie is really good too! Excited to see it now for sure! Might even go see it at theatre for once lol!

Phew! I think that’s enough haha! Loads of pics and thoughts! It’s hard to get back in the blogging groove when you’ve been gone on holidays! Posts like this help me get the blogging mojo back. I have loads of stuff to show you in upcoming posts so stay tuned!

And Bobbi Brown! It’s kinda of amazing me at the moment! Have you suddenly been intrigued by a brand you’ve ignored?

 

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. 

HEY!!! HOW YOU DOIN’?? I know, I used that line on you last week, right? I really am Sorry, but I’ve just been living life and haven’t had time to bloggy blog! I’m back from California now, and so I thought I’d share a few snippets of my trip to get my toes all dipped back in the blogging waters…:D I have like TONS of skincare to share with you over the next while…and menopausal HELP too… but for now, let’s have some FUN. I like FUN. What’s life without fun, right?

Ok so Disneyland first, because you know…it’s my second home HA.

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The biggest macaron I’ve ever eaten is this Mickey Salted Caramel Macaron from the Jolly Holiday Bakery(Yep-like from Mary Poppins-the decor is ADORBS-penguins and stuffs). We shared this of course, because it was the size of Marky’s head. Could have been a bit crispier on the cookie part though, but it was YUMMMmmmmm….

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I can’t tell you how much I love that Marvel is part of the Disney Universe now, although I know that probably angers a lot of people but PFFFT I DON’T CARE. Makes me happy to see them here and all the art work around now! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. And maybe they’ll make some attractions/rides for them! YES. PLEASE.

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It’s a family tradition to go see Disney’s Haunted Mansion redress into Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. We’ve been going ever since we discovered Disneyland did it, which was by accident actually. Literally. We were supposed to go that summer as usual, but poor Terry tore his Achille’s tendon 2 days before our trip. He was out of town too working when it happened-REGINA of all places. Not the best city to go to the ER late on a Saturday night in Canada lemme tell ya… anyways we had to cancel the trip, disappointing 8 year old Marky who cried for DAYS hahaha. Thankfully, we had booked the trip on Air Canada Aeroplan points, so we rebooked for November that year and WOW. It was one of our best trips to Disneyland ever! It was COLD. Like below zero at night which we loved. Plus, we discovered the whole Nightmare Before Christmas stuffs and Marky fell in love with the movie, with the characters-it was like foreshadow extreme now that Tim Burton is an alumni of hers… 😀 proud MAMA here or what… :D:D

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Although this FROZEN THANG??? Has gone a bit too far for my taste. Marky too. I don’t get the popularity of this film at all???? And neither does she, or the rest of her classmates..they all are really confused by the Frozen FANDOM. It’s really not that good of a story…so many flaws…and the animation is not that great…Tangled was SUCH a better story and movie! But you can’t shake a stick in California without hitting something from FROZEN. They’ve even removed my FAVOURITE MUPPETS 3D Show and replaced it with a Frozen Sing-a-long venue…UGGGHHHHHHHH…… and you can apparently build a snowman in another part…they truck REAL snow in from god knows where… like WTH DISNEYLAND. Give Frozen a rest. A lot of us that visit are from Alberta, and hello??? WE ARE WINTER. We come to escape the white stuff. Stop shoving it in our faces, PLEASE.

FOOD. OMG. FOOD.

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This was the wedge salad at The House Of Blues Anaheim at Downtown Disney. I made the server laugh so hard when he brought it over because I kinda’ screamed: WHAT THE HELL IS THIS. Like holy HELL it’s a MEAL, not a salad??? I ate 1/3 of it because LOOK AT IT! Covered in blue cheese and bacon and dressing and it’s HALF OF A LETTUCE HEAD WTF.
NOPE. Not a salad dudes.

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My makeup I wore most days consisted of these products. That Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation is like OMG so good. It’s kinda’ like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, but a bit more coverage. SO so good. Get it. I found it at Ulta. Which I kinda’ really dig! Maybe a bit more than Sephora even!

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I got this Bare Mineral Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself there because LOOK at that colour! And the lipstick holder! I DIE. Spring in a lipstick or what! LOVE.

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More food. THIS. IS. THE. BEST. ICE CREAM. EVER. Coolhaus started out as a food truck but they now sell their products in stores like Whole Foods across the USA, and DUDES. GET THIS one if you love figs like I do! YUMMM, big chunks of figs…it’s heavenly.

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I love this stuff. It helps me sleep like nobody’s business. I bring back a couple in my suitcase every time, but seriously….I wish I could bring a CASE. On the hunt for a reasonable melatonin replacement now…menopausal sleeplessness is DIRE people.

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You know I love me Tom Freakin’ Ford Lipsticks and it was KILLING me not being able to see this Lips And Boys Collection that everyone has been showing. So, when I saw them at the local(like 30 minutes away) Nordstrom’s I tried to get one that was unique and chose Orlando. ORLANDO. Which made me think of THIS of course from GHOST:

Orlando! You like it? It’s Autumn Sunrise-do you like it? LOL LOL I love that part hahaha!

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Orlando turns cooler on my lips than the swatch, as it has silver glitter in it. Which you can’t feel at all, so YAY. Feels creamy and nice, just like the regular Tom Freakin’ Ford Lipsticks I love…wish I got another! These are mini-sized too which I kinda’ dig. Makes me feel like I can actually finish this lipstick for once!

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I managed to check out the Guerlain Spring Collection! First one actually, as they put it out for me-in fact, I helped them set it up LOL. This is what I ended up buying-BLUSH BALLZ. I had to. You know I had to. Review coming soon!

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And then it was time to say goodbye to my lovely redhead for a few months. 🙁 It was so nice to have her around for a few weeks…she’s so GROWN-UP now! Different. Yet the same, if that makes sense?? Almost adult! Almost…when she finally remembers to wash towels I’ll say FULL ADULT hahaha…. Miss her lots… Those are some caricatures of her classmates she drew.
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And here’s a drawing from her figure drawing class where they get live models and draw  6 hours on Fridays…intense or what? She loves it and the teacher loves her, as she really can make people into cartoon characters!

She’s going to be extremely busy this semester as she has to make her own, all by herself, 90 second cartoon! She’s scared, but I know she can do it! So extremely proud of my kid, in case you can’t tell.. 😛

Ok, I think I’m good! Blogging mojo back haha! I have so much skincare to show you guys…like it’s gonna be :O LOTS…but I should warn you that the majority of my blogging will be about skincare in the future since I AM getting older…48 this Sunday folks holy GEEZE. I honestly thought I was going to be dead at 42 when I was little…swear to god… so every year after 42 is a gift, right? RIGHT. We’ll go with that. 😛 Even though my eyebrows are turning white…WHITE. EYEBROWS. YOU GUYZ.

*All of this was bought by me, ate by me, drank by me-except for that ridiculous FROZEN Listerine crap. NOPE.