Save Vs. Splurge: Micellar Water


Hey Guys! It has been a little while since I posted a new blog, which is partly attributed to it being playoff season (late games are killing me!) and partly attributed to life just being… life. But I’m back sharing my thoughts on if you can save or if you need to splurge when it comes to micellar water!


I’m the type of person where if I’ve found a great product, I’ll use it and use it forever. That said, when something is expensive… I’ll tend to try to find more affordable options too. That was the spirit that lead me to seeking out a more affordable option than my much beloved Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.


And I found one! Please check out my full review of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar water and how it holds up when compared to the Bioderma Sensibio here:

You can watch the products both in action in this video… and see me 100% makeup free! Lucky you.

All in all, I’m in love with the Garnier SkinActive product AND it’s affordability! I really couldn’t find a distinct difference between the two products other than the price point, and having tried out the Garnier version the past month, it also doesn’t dry out my skin or cause breakouts.

Do you have a favorite drugstore micellar water product? I’d love to hear about it! I’ve heard there are micellar water makeup remover wipes and I’d love to try those sometime as makeup remover wipes can be pretty harsh sometimes.

Sephora Spring Sale!


I got exciting mail yesterday… information about the spring Sephora sale! I’m not sure about you guys, but oftentimes in the spring I’m looking for long-wearing foundation, bronzer, products for beachy waves and glossy lips.

You know… the opposite of what I’m looking for in the winter!

I tend to purchase good products because if I find something works well, I will use it until I’m scraping out the bottle with a q-tip. To me, that’s better than purchasing three similar products and using half- so whether it’s a luxury brand or my favorite drug store item, if I like it and it’s on sale… I’ll probably buy it to stock up. This is also a great time to try something new!

With that in mind, here’s what’s on my wishlist for the Sephora VIB Spring Sale! Things don’t go on 10-15% off at Sephora very often and the 20% VIB Sale is a long, long way away if you need anything.



NARS Bronzing Powder • NARS •  BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer • Becca •  Buxom Full-On Lip Cream • Buxom •  stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow • Stila •  Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder •  Smashbox Spotlight Palette • Smashbox •  Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette • Anastasia Beverly Hills •  BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Poured Crème Highlighter • Becca •  Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup • Estee Lauder •



Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Dark Tones • Moroccanoil • $10.50–26  Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder • Bumble and Bumble • $13–27  Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume & Moisture • Sold Out  Living Proof  Prime Style Extender • Living Proof • $12–59



St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse • St. Tropez Tanning Essentials • $32–42  SEPHORA COLLECTION Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist • Sephora • $18  Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer • Origins • $27.50  tarte Maracuja Oil • Tarte • $16–48  Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream • Origins • $43–51.50  philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser • philosophy • $11–55

What’s on your wishlist?

What’s Worth the Money at MAC


20170403_172240Hey guys!

I wanted to do a post about what I love from Mac, and what I think you could probably get for cheaper or elsewhere and get a similar result/product. Sometimes living well for less isn’t just about not buying things, sometimes it’s about being smart about what you do buy.

Check out my video and the links below for more information! I’m sorry the quality looks bad at the end! I SWEAR I wasn’t trying to obscure my identity, it was just by chance that the camera went out of focus right when I started talking crap. One day I’m going to get the hang of this.



Shop the post

MAC ‘Fluidline’ Brow Gel – Deep Dark Brunette • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Sized To Go – Mini’ Prep & Prime Fix+ • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Sized To Go – Mini’ Strobe Cream • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Prep + Prime’ Natural Radiance Base • M·A·C •

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Mineralize’ Skinfinish – Cheeky Bronze • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Prep + Prime’ Fix+ Finishing Mist • M·A·C •

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer • M·A·C •

MAC ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot – Bare Study • M·A·C •

2016 Favorites!

Hey guys!

I know, I know… another stupidly late favorites post. Already we’re almost a month into 2017 (HOW) and I still haven’t posted this… shame on me ;). These were my standby favorites for 2016!



Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick • $26
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon • $24
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22 • Saint Laurent • $58
BECCA Backlight Priming Filter • Becca • $38
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter & Shimmer Compact • TheBalm • $24
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact • Laura Mercier • $42
Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Alloy • Stila • $22

Practical Items:


Bodum Brazil 3-Cup French Press – Red • Bodum •
Bonjour Riviera Borosilicate Glass French Coffee Press • Bonjour •
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Square Dish • Le Creuset •
Le Creuset Signature 10.5″ x 7″ Rectangular Dish • Le Creuset •
Le Creuset 1.75 Qt Oval Dish, Flame • Le Creuset •
Le Creuset 14 Au Gratin Dish, Cherry • Le Creuset •
Ball Pint Mason Jars, Set of 12 • Cost Plus World Market •

Lentils recipes here and here!



Renegade Cluster Bracelet •
Rebel Pendant •  
Barefoot Dreams Bamboo Chic Calypso Knit Cardigan Wrap • Barefoot Dreams •
High-Rise Rockstar Built-In-Sculpt Jeans for Women • Old Navy •
Mid-Rise Rockstar Jeggings for Women • Old Navy •
Vila Cami Top With Lace Detail • Vila •
Lace-Inset Camisole • New York & Co. •
Vince Camuto Scallop Lace Pencil Skirt • Vince Camuto •
Thalia Sodi Printed Pencil Skirt, Only at Macy’s • Thalia Sodi •
Kasper Shawl-Collar Blazer • Kasper •
SHE Boutique Pink Pants Suit •
Two-Piece Skirt Suit Set •
Tahari ASL Peplum Skirt Suit •

If you are in the St. Albert/Edmonton area and looking for Stella and Dot, please check out my friend Meg Gottschalk who is an independant Stella and Dot representative. You will not find a kinder, sweeter woman to chat about jewelry with!

If you are in the Edmonton area and want to find that eczema-proof sweater I chat about in the video from Barefoot Dreams, look no further than Cloud Nine Pajamas! Their sales staff is so sweet and with three stores in the area, they’re so easy to visit!

What were your favorite things in 2016? Please tell me in the comments!


Sephora Sale – Gift Ideas


For those of you sick of my Sephora sale posts, rejoice, since this is the last one! My fellow makeup lovers can be sad with me haha. Today’s post is a gift guide of sorts (more of these coming as we fly along to the Christmas holiday) for those that may have a beauty lover to buy for! I love it when I can buy a Christmas or birthday present on sale!

Since a bunch of these are limited edition items or very expensive, I haven’t tried most of them. But I wanted to share what I’d get a friend or family member. Some of these are holiday gift sets and some are luxury items that make my insides turn they’re so expensive, but are well rated online and cult favorites.


Fresh Sugar Lip Seduction


tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case


Buxom Buxom Freezes Over




Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Party Picks Set


TOM FORD Sheer Cheek Duo


Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15


Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

Are you giving any gifts from Sephora this holiday season?


Sephora Sale – Beauty Picks


Hey all!

Finally, possibly my favorite part of the Sephora VIB Sale! Anyone who knows me knows that I loooove makeup. I dialed it back a ton for my old job to a more simple, chic and natural look but I love a smoky eye, experimenting with different shades of bright or dark lipsticks, contouring, highlighting etc etc… I love it all. It was so hard to choose just five items for each category, so I stuck with my everyday favorites for the ones I am recommending. These items are either something I use every day, use so much I buy 2 or more per year (which is why I’d buy two during the VIB sale) or both.

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is a total mainstay for loads of girls- although admittedly usually for oily skinned beauties! I love it even though I’m dry for its crazy staying power- it has lasted me through literal 20 hour days where I’m hot and moving around. I just start by moisturizing, then put down a moisturizing primer (#3!), and apply with a damp beauty sponge. I use the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder to set my undereye concealer- every day for the past two years, and while I’ve hit pan on my container of it, it’s still going strong. A great buy by my mind when you consider the cost per use. Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter is holy grail status in my mind- I love how it illuminates, hydrates and makes your makeup apply nicely. For powder, my sister and I both love the Smashbox Halo Hydrating powder. I’m a bit too pale for it right now BUT I love how it doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t make my skin flake off. Lastly, the Stila eyeshadow pallette I linked is my go-to for every day because it has twelve all-matte shades that are warm, neutral and cool, making the perfect base for any eye look. I love just swiping the orange shade into my crease, popping a bit of highlighter to the ball of my eye, and doing a quick winged liner for a fast but pretty look.

Currently use:

(1) Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup  – (2) Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder – (3) BECCA Backlight Priming Filter – (4) Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder – (5) stila Eyes Are the Window™ Shadow Palettes (Shade: Mind)

Would love to try:

(1) BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed (In Moonstone) – (2) TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE (3) Makeup Forever FULL COVER CONCEALER – (4) Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – (5) bareMinerals bareminerals® Stroke of Light™ Eye Brightener

What are your favorite makeup products to stock up on during the Sephora VIB sale?

Sephora Sale – Tools


Hey Guys!

I’m sorry I missed posting this yesterday- I decided that it was more important to spend some extra time applying for jobs as today was a bit busy (but good busy!). I’m working on getting my posts ready a few days in advance to build some “buffer” time but… you know how these things go.

Anyhow, these are my favorite tools and some of the tools that I’d be most interested in trying.

(1) SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Must Have Angled Blush Brush #50 – (2) beautyblender the original beautyblender® – (3) tarte The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush – (4) tarte Picture Perfect Duo  – (5) SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Crease Shadow Brush #73


(1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23 (For Highlighter) – (2) Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush – (3) SEPHORA COLLECTION Confetti Set of 5 Mini Sponges – (4) SEPHORA COLLECTION Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner – (5) Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner


What are your favorite makeup brushes, sponges, cleaners etc? Let me know, especially if they’re affordable!