Good Morning Loves! Mothers day is approaching us quickly so I wanted to share some amazing gifts that any mama would LOVE!
Last year Ryan spoiled me for my first Mothers Day which was so darn sweet. He made sure my day was perfect from beginning to end, and I am so thankful! This year I am planning on having a major fam day and would love to go to the zoo or a park. Quality fam time is what I’m looking forward to… however… every woman loves gifts so lets get into these cute/lovely gift ideas!
This year I think you can see a theme in the gifts that I’m sharing.. self care & cozy! (minus that gorgeous purse..) I think all mama’s need some time to themselves to be able to relax and unwind. Self care is so important for your mental health especially after a tough day with toddlers! I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful!
What are your Mothers day plans? Comment Below!!
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Ryan and I went on a quick vacay to Cancun and I thought I would share a little how to pack for this type of vacation! Here are my essentials when packing for a beach vacation.
#1 will always be cute bikinis/swimsuits! I absolutely LOVED this one!
#2 A Cover Up. I had a couple options on our vacation, one like THIS and one similar to THIS. I also love THIS one.
#3 Beach bag. Okay, if I had endless $$$ I would get THIS bag. I would keep it forever so the investment would make sense… however if you are like me and would be brutally murdered by your husband for spending that kind of money on a beach bag.. opt for something like THIS one!
#4 Sunscreen *protect your skin!!! it’s SO important! Last summer I fell in love with THIS sunscreen. It worked so well on myself and the more importantly my little guys! I recommend THIS one and THIS one.
#5 A Variety of Dresses – okay, you clearly need dresses and even more dresses on vacay. Cute summer dresses like THIS for any daytime looks, or a dress like THIS for dinner/evenings out.
#6 SUNNIES! I love THIS pair of sunnies that I bought a few months ago. I am obsessed with how dark they are and the over-sized look. It is perfect for those days where you want to hide your face haha!
#7 Sandals that are durable in the sand/water are super important! I always pack a pair of flip flops, but again I am DYING to get a pair of THESE. So many reviews say they are really durable and last forever so they are worth the investment.
#8 Lipstick. Weird essential I know, but when you aren’t wearing any make up, adding a pop of colour to your lips will make huge difference in how you feel when wearing a bikini & sunnies! I am obsessed with the NARS lipsticks lately. I recommend THIS one.
#9 Hair ties/accessories. A hat is a must and silly me ended up forgetting a hat on our vacay and my face paid the price of that by getting a terrible burn. THIS hat is super cute and beachy, or if you want to go a little more transitional, go for a basic ball cap like THIS. I also recommend bringing hair ties. I am obsessed with THESE and am not sure how I lived without them before. Major must have for any female.
#10 a laundry bag – keeps everything tidy and so easy to just dump the bag into the washing machine when you get home!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Where is your favourite place to travel to?
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Why am I just discovering Nars? Someone please tell me why!!
As most of you are aware my skin after having babies has gone a little haywire therefore leaving my foundation looking super cakey on my face. (Yes, I am making CAKEY a word.) So I started doing some research on different finishes of long wear foundations and happened to stumble upon the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. It had great reviews and I really wanted to try out a luminous finish vs matte that I typically gravitate towards. There is something about dewy skin and a flawless complexion that just draws me in. I also started using the radiant creamy concealer which you all know is just amazing. Then I saw the bronzers and holy smokes are they pretty. As I was making my way through all of the Nars products in the display, I also discovered the Powermatte lip pigments (new liquid lipsticks), and finally caved to get the ITA brush. Curious to know what I think about my new products? Keep Reading!
Nars has a few foundations that were catching my eye, however I chose the Luminous Foundation as my newest makeup family member. And here are the reasons why:
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
With this foundation, it is great for all skin types which is a major bonus for me as my skin typically likes to change half way through the day. It comes in 19 shades, and it was actually very easy to do a shade selection in store! I went to the Sephora in Polo Park and was able to swatch a few colours and within two tries, I found my perfect match. One of the things I love about this foundation is how weightless it is. I really feel like I’m not wearing ANY foundation at all. The coverage is full, and blends out perfectly with my sigma F80 brush! I have been wearing this foundation for about a month now and am in total love. I highly recommend this foundation!!
Again, this is suitable for all skin types (common theme for Nars). I love how easy it is to apply because it comes with a built in applicator brush. It blends out really well with my sigma F64. I love the pairing of the foundation mentioned above with this concealer!!
Okay this bronzer is the most creamy bronzer I have ever touched. I absolutely love the matte finish (yes, I am mixing a matte bronzer with a natural/luminous finish foundation). The combination looks incredible together!! The size of the bronzer is amazing too, so yes it is a little pricey upfront but I can guarantee you that you’ll have this Nars product for a long time!!
I can honestly say that in the 3 times I have worn this lipstick, I have NEVER received so many compliments on the colour! I got the shade Save The Queen, and people love it on me LOL! I love love love love love the formula of this liquid lipstick because it is the first one I have ever owned that IS NOT drying whatsoever. I can reapply and I don’t get weird build ups of product anywhere.. it really is the best liquid lipstick I have ever tried. I want ALL of the shades! If you are a liquid lipstick lover then give this one a shot! You won’t be disappointed!
Now I already know what you are thinking.. you paid HOW MUCH FOR A BRUSH?! I know. This is the most expensive brush I own by a LONG shot. It is actually exactly double what I spent on my last most expensive brush, HOWEVER, is it worth the money?
YES! The shape of this brush is perfection for anyone who struggles with contouring (*insert girl with hand up emoji*). it really takes the complicated-ness out of adding bronzer to your face. The product goes exactly where you place it and leaves a little wiggle room for you to play around with the product.
Highly recommend this product for people who are incapable of contouring.
I have been itching for a new hair style for quite some time now and I have finally bit the bullet. I want to share with you my first Hairology experience, my hair inspo and the final result!
Okay so let’s start with my hair inspo. I wanted a change but I didn’t want to venture out of the brunette world. I do love my dark hair but I find when photographing it, you can never see the structure of my hair. It always ends up looking like a dark blob around my head. I figured that I would add some balayage to give my hair a little life and dimension. I also wanted a softer colour, I always stick to dark colours for my hair and felt this needed to change a bit.
For my inspiration I used Sivan Ayla and Marianna Hewitt. These beautiful ladies have the most incredible hair and exactly what I was envisioning for my hair transformation. Also if you follow Hairology on IG you know that they are the masters of balayage so I knew I’d be in great hands.
My appointment was for 9AM and typically I am super nervous for hair appointments, but when I walked in and was warmly greeted, I felt at ease. Maybe it was all of the gorgeous greenery in the salon that brought this calming vibe, but I was loving the salon. Jess did my hair (follow her HERE), and she was the sweetest human being ever! I just adored her and although I was there for longer than I thought I would be, she made the time go by so fast. *side note, I have a TON of hair so my hair takes forever to do any step, it had nothing to do with the salon for my reason on being there longer than planned. She also told me how much longer it would be to achieve my goal before she even started!*
From lifting the original dark brown colour out, to creating the balayage, to toning, to blow drying and styling, the process went seamlessly and I could not have asked for a better experience!
The Final Result
I very highly recommend Hairology! So if you are in the Winnipeg area and looking for a new salon to go to, give them a try! You will not regret it!
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I FINALLY caved and purchased a Clarisonic. Curious about my thoughts on it?? Keep reading!
I contemplated on which model to buy for months. I’m not exactly why this became the hardest decision in my life over a matter of 3 months, however here we are. Lets do a little break down of each product and what each has to offer.
Price $389, four speeds, Body Turbo Mode & Brush Head, Three Year Warranty
SMART PROFILE UPLIFT
Price $429, four speeds, addresses 15 signs of aging, Body Turbo Mode & Brush Head, Three Year Warranty.
MIA 2 Review
I purchased the MIA 2 at the beginning of December and have been using it religiously with THIS face wash. Within the first week I noticed a change in my skin. My pores were drastically smaller, and my skin felt insanely clean. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my skin has taken a beating since having the boys and to this day it is not the same.
So why did I choose this model? Well, after reading a bunch of reviews, I thought having the traditional style with the handle would make the most sense for using the product. I also wasn’t ready to splurge on the higher end models! If and when this one decides to go I will probably go with the smart profile for the body option as well. My skin is awful on my body lately!
I have been using the clarisonic twice a day (morning/night) on the cleansing speed. You are supposed to do circular motions while it is working and it will beep at you when it’s time to move to a different area of your face. It is super user friendly which is the best part.
Introducing this clarisonic into my skincare routine has been the best thing I have done for my skin in a LONG time. I highly recommend this product for everyone! Also, an amazing part about this company is that they have a risk free money back guarantee for 90 days!
Give it a try, let me know what you think. Your skin will thank you for it.
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It’s almost that special time of the year! Hate busy crowded malls during the Christmas season? Me too. Today’s post is dedicated to making things simple! Enjoy your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home. Grab yourself a glass of wine, that credit card and put your feet up. Here are some perfect gift ideas for the “HER”‘s in your life. Enjoy!
She is major mom goals, body goals, hair/makeup goals.. basically ALL of the goals. I’m sure you all are already following her, but if you are not, please do so. She has amazing style, the cutest family and is so sweet. I adore her and definitely look up to this girl! xo
Onto probably the sweetest woman I have ever met, Natalie Bell of PegCityLovely.
If you have met her, you know that her smile is extremely contagious and you really just cannot get enough of her. She is extremely inspirational, always so positive and uplifting. She is the type of person everyone needs in their life when they are having a bad day. I can GUARANTEE she will make you feel better and smile. She also has an incredible blog on top of being a wife & mom! She is always current on local events so make sure you go follow this wonderful woman!
Her blog title describes her perfectly. From the insanely talented flat lay photos, the jewelry line, and to the perfect outfit posts, the details are always so pretty. I had the honour of meeting her at a blogging event in Winnipeg, and she was so down to earth and I adored her even more. She is also expecting her first baby with her husband, so mama’s go follow her too! I cannot wait to see how she rocks motherhood!
I met her at an event a couple weeks ago, and she was SO SO sweet. We had coffee together and had a great time getting to know each other. Her IG feed is on point!! I absolutely love her imagery and the content of her blog. Go follow this sweet girl!
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About a month ago I received an email from Hush Lash Studio to try out eyelash extensions and I immediately jumped at the opportunity! This is something that I have always wanted to try but really did not want to pay the price tag that goes along with it. I had my appointment on September 15th and I wanted to share my experience with you all!
Lets dive in!
Hush Lash Studio’s are actually located in Fabutan Tanning Studios! There are 6 locations in Winnipeg, and you can also find locations in Winkler, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie and Selkirk. I went to the Southdale location in Winnipeg for my appointment just for your reference.
Okay so about me and my lash situation. I have a lot of lashes, but lets be honest – they can never be full enough. When I am attending any type of event I ALWAYS wear lashes (strip lashes) to make my eyes look more dramatic. I love having my eyes pop and lashes make the world of a difference. Lashes to me, take your look to the next level.
When I went into my appointment the lash stylist showed me a booklet with different looks to choose from. The basics that you need to decide before heading into your appointment are if you want Volume Lashes or Classic Lashes. There are many variations of what each look like, however the easiest way to explain the difference between Classic and Volume is this: Classic – soft, natural, everyday. Volume – fuller, dramatic. I decided that going full volume lashes probably wouldn’t be a good idea for my every day, so I pulled back on what I originally had in mind however I did choose the Volume Lashes. I chose the “signature” style, which is shorter lash lengths closer to the inside corner of your eye, with a gradual build to longer lashes towards the outer corner. There are 8 different styles to choose from that will help accentuate your eyes by enhancing the shape of them. The lash stylist will be able to help you choose what will suit you best!
I then laid down and closed my eyes to get the lashes started.
I will say this – it took a heck of a lot longer than I thought it was going to. Online it says for volume lashes it can take up to 120 minutes ( an hour and a half) and I was there for 2 1/2 hours so when it was all over, I sat up and immediately felt sick from not moving for so long and then sitting up quickly.
The lash stylish was amazing though. She was so sweet and the easiest person to talk to. The first two hours went by super fast but I have the say, the last half hour I was getting pretty antsy. I was told that I have a ton of lashes and the shorter ones in my inner corner were being stubborn so it was taking her a lot longer than she had anticipated.
My lashes turned out AMAZING. I absolutely love them and have had so many compliments on them!! Also I do have to say that I am enjoying having my face partially done when it comes to getting ready in the mornings! It has cut down my “get ready time” by a ton!
Overall my experience was incredible and I would recommend going to see Andrea at Hush Lash Studio in Southdale!!
Click HERE to book online and find a location near you!
Thank you to Hush Lash Studio for this opportunity xo
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100% of women felt their lashes appeared longer and amplified
96% of women felt their lashes appeared more defined with dramatic effects
93% of women felt their lashes were instantly lifted
You can buy a 3oz size of this mascara for $32 at the following retailers: The Bay, Shoppers or London Drugs
This mascara comes in two shades – Stunning Black & Stunning Brown. The shade I have is Stunning Black
I wore this mascara every single day for a month before writing this review. I wanted to give it a fair shot before I delivered a detailed review for you guys.
Okay so what are my thoughts?
The brush is quite amazing. It really gets into all of the lashes and helps define every last lash. It does create more of a dramatic effect on the eyes, and it does lift & curl as well. I was very pleased with the outcome of my lashes even after one coat! It did not flake on me, which is always a PLUS!
I am the type of person who applies makeup early in the day and want/expect it to last ALL.DAY. Hours wise, I am looking for makeup to last 12+ hours. The mascara did not budge for me, which is exactly what I would want in a mascara. It did not flake, run or ANYTHING!! I could not be happier with this mascara!!