Hi there, my darlings! So, today, we'll be taking a break from our regularly scheduled beauty features with a fun little lifestyle post, courtesy of  the date night experts, Crated with Love! Now, between the huge international moves, the constant search for meaningful employment and all else life has thrown at me, I haven't had time for a romantic life in...well, let's not go there. Let's just say it's been awhile! Toronto has done wonders for my social life and I'm hoping my romantic life follows suit. Fingers crossed! Until then though, this post is aimed at all the lovely couples out there who are in search of a little date night inspiration.


Tyler and Michelle (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) , founders of Crated with Love launched Crated with Love together in 2014 after noticing how much date night strengthened​ their relationship. They were at a point in their lives where they were surrounded by stress and the first thing to go was their one-on-one time together. So, they decided to create a $20 a month budget to spend on a date night (no matter what). A few months in, they started to see how powerful that time together was to strengthening our relationship and figured more couples could benefit just like us! And thus, Crated with Love was born!

There are several subscription options on the website, including a gift subscription for your favorite couple!

First of all, my review box is absolutely adorable so brownie points for the cuteness factor. Secondly, the tiny little box was jammed packed with various components to a fun, stay-in, date-night game, all centered around the Safari theme. You get a little box of playing cards with cute instructions, along with dice and your game pieces (shown below). You also get an instruction/game manual. 

The game "board" itself is a sturdy but foldable piece of paper, which you could glue onto a piece of cardboard if you intend to play the game a few time. Along with this, you get a spinner card (yay!), stackable wooden game pieces and a set of activities (based on where you land on the board). All the activities are geared towards appreciating your partner--how cute!!!

At the end of the game, you are presented with a Goals Journal and a little scorecard because what's a game without scores, right?! Is my competitive streak showing? Oops!

Finally, prizes! Adorable little pins that you can (if you want) wear with pride! And that's how date night is done when you don't want to zone out in front of a video game or reach for an old staple like Monopoly. Perfect for couples who love games...and each other! =)

So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick one of the various Crated with Love subscriptions on their site HERE--it's $19.99 USD for the monthly subscription option. They even have the option to purchase a single box to try out. Shipping is available throughout the US.

For more information about them, you can find Crated with Love through the social media outlets below:


Do you and your partner schedule regular date nights? What do you think of this subscription? Tell me in the comments section below!

***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

Hi there, my darlings! Ah Spring! After a brutal first winter in Canada, I can honestly say that I have never been so glad for Spring to finally arrive. Even being a utterly nocturnal creature, I missed the sun! Everything is finally, finally coming out from the constant gloom (and random storms), the ice is melting and new possibilities are in the air! What better way, then, to celebrate my very first Spring season in Canada than by sharing the brand-spankin-new, limited edition Spring 2019 collection from Shoppers Drug Mart's in-house brand, Quo Cosmetics. Take a peek!


Build coverage and buff away imperfections with the Quo Luxe Buffing Brush. Ideal for using with liquid, cream and powder foundations, it achieves a natural-looking finish with less product absorption. The rose gold hardware and soft-touch handle add a professional touch. The brush is also perfect for swirling on powder for a streak-free finish.

This brush is not only abosltely beautiful and totally on trend for the season with the rose gold handle but so soft yet densely packed. When I say densely packed, the bristles are super thin and plentiful. You know how some brushes just go in every direction? Not this one! The brush is just solid while still remaining pliant and gentle on the skin so that it's up to any face makeup task. Very impressed!


Quo face palettes are your all-in-one soluion to the latest looks, from dramatic contours to a soft, natural glow. Each palette contains one contour powder and three highlighters to create a custom glow for spring.

Available in 2 shade collections, Sand Dune and Badlands (shown below).

Ah so gorgeous! If you know me, you know how much I love a good highlighter! And these are fabulous, especially with the range of color of the three highlighter shades. Yes, they are all shades of pink and gold but different enough that they allow for customizable looks depending on which ones you use and blend together. The contour shade also may just work for my skin tone--it's just dark enough without being too much for a believable contour. Overall, a pretty perfect palette for the season!


Each palette contains four perfectly paired eye shadows and one double-sided mini eye shadow brush. Desert Rose includes one pink, one green and two sand-toned shades to create a cool neutral look with a pop of cactus green. Desert Sun includes one shimmery golden hue and three matching nude and brown shades. Mix and match these eye shadow palettes for the perfect collection of spring colours.

Available in 2 quartets, Desert Rose and Desert Sun (shown below).

First of all...I love this palette! All four shades are shimmers (yes!) and all four are infinitely wearable, ranging from the subtle, barely there shimmer of the first shade to the richly pigmented depth of the last. Totally nailed the name and the theme! You can truly mix and match to your heart's content with this quartet--I'm particularly in love with the bright, yellow gold and the rich coppery shade.


Blending your makeup has never been this fun, thanks to the two-piece Quo Cactus Sponge. Designed as small and precise, it is perfect for everyday use with concealer, powders and liquid foundations.

Props for the cuteness factor! Isn't this just adorable? Now, I'll never give up my Beauty Blender, but I appreciate the affordable option with this little sponge. I'll probably use this little thing for nail art!


A creamy lip stain to finish your spring makeup look. This formula starts as a gloss, finishes as a stain, and delivers the same high-pigment payoff of a lipstick. Mariposa is a soft pink shade and Apache is a the perfect nude colour.

Available in 2 shades, Apache and Mariposa (shown below).

Spring lipstick shades are inevitably just a tad too light for my liking--I'm a Fall shade kinda girl! This one too is pretty but probably not one I would reach for. I do like the formula and the stain finish--I do hope they come out with more shades!

So there you have it, my darlings! Quo Cosmetics products are found exclusively through Shoppers Drug Mart all across Canada! Grab those last-minute gifts HERE while you still can!

Anything catch your eye in this limited edition collection? Tell me in the comments section below!

***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

Hi there, my darlings! Do ever associate certain brands with certain feelings? Or certain times of the year? In my mind, I always associate Pixi Beauty with Spring and everything that comes with it. Fresh. Clean. Natural. Pastel pretty. These are all the words and themes that come to mind when I think of Pixi. So, with Spring right around the corner, it just makes sense to me to feature more from the brand! Starting off today, I'll be sharing some new products that have been added fairly recently to the brand's collection. Take a look!


Waterproof, super-long-wear, no-smudge, no-budge eye liners. They glide on like seamless silk, and in a single sweep motion create a flawless, solid jewel-toned line. No retouching required all day - or night!

Available in 20 shades, Matte Nude (left) and Rose Glow are shown below.

These are such fabulous eyeliners! So pigmented, just the right texture so they are not too hard on sensitive waterlines and so easy to apply. They just glide on and stay put! As much as I tend to avoid pencils that need to be sharpened, these are just too good to not put to extensive use. I definitely need to add the black to my collection!

LASHLIFT 188 MASCARA ($18.00 USD/$22.00 CAD)

This unique 2-in-1 dual chamber contains a larger wand for volume and a finer precision wand to coat every one of your +188 lashes. Together, the brushes create volume, length and curl for an eye-opening effect and the ultimate false-lash look!

Available in Beyond Black.

Let's start with the positives: I do like the wand since thicker, comb wands work best for my lashes. I also quite like the lightweight formula--it feels very comfortable on the lashes. As for a critique, more volume please! This does give my lashes volume but not nearly as much as I wanted...definitely not the false-lash look! I would use this but more for daytime wear than anything else.


***These are so new that I couldn't find them on the site***

As you can see above, this is some serious newness! Housed in a lovely, signature green Pixi box, these eye brushes are wonderful! Super soft yet with really sturdy handles, they are just the right size and heft for eye makeup--you know, what I mean! Some brushes are too long or too heavy to work with comfortably but these totally hit the mark. I hope these are available for purchase in-store or online soon!

LASHLIFT 188 MASCARA ($24.00 USD/$34.00 CAD)

This unique 2-in-1 dual chamber contains a larger wand for volume and a finer precision wand to coat every one of your +188 lashes. Together, the brushes create volume, length and curl for an eye-opening effect and the ultimate false-lash look!

Available in 3 themes, from left to right, Mixed Metals, Natural Beauty and Reflex Light.

Swatches below, just a quick note: the middle swatch is me playing around with the some of my favorite shades from each palette while being able to show you how well these eyeshadows blend.

Mixed Metals: I really like the shades in this palette and, unlike many metallic eyeshadows I have worked with in the past, there was minimal fallout. That in itself is a huge plus for me!

Natural Beauty: I'm not one for nudes/neutrals, as most of you know by now, but I really appreciate the range of neutrals in this palette. I love that there are enough darker shades to complement tanner complexions while still having enough light shades for my paler sisters. It's a solid, imminently usable neutral palette!

Reflex Light: This one is my favorite of the three! All shimmers, all absolutely gorgeous, I had a blast just swatching these! Plus, I won't lie, I love that every single shade looks pretty darn good on my skin tone, if I do say so myself. Love, love, LOVE!

Last but not least, just a quick shoutout and thank you to Pixi for this beautiful, custom mirror. I LOVE IT! Isn't it gorgeous?!

So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these beautiful products on Pixi Beauty's site HERE. Shipping, as always, is free over $25 within the US!

For all of us Canadians, Pixi is available exclusively through Shoppers Drug Mart, both in-store and online HERE.

Not in the US or Canada? Pixi Beauty ships globally through their UK site HERE. Free shipping over £35 is a great bonus!

Don't forget to follow Pixi Beauty through the social media outlets below for all the latest about their products:


What do you think of these new products from Pixi? See anything that you instantly love? Tell me in the comments section below!

***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

Hi there, my darlings! Spring is in the air! Finally! After a brutal (at least, for me) first winter in Canada, I'm SO ready for Spring! It'll be nice to be able to breathe outdoors again! In celebration of the upcoming happy Spring season, let's check out March 2019's BoxyCharm! Last month was not my favorite but they really hit it out of the ballpark this month! Take a look!

WANDER BEAUTY Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Mask ($34.00 USD)

A bright berry pearl purifying and brightening peel off mask packed with intense antioxidants to instantly detoxify and awaken dull skin.

Our bright berry pearl peel off mask containing a blend of skin-loving acai, goji berry, blueberry, lychee, mangosteen and green tea extracts that instantly purify and replenish dull skin. Kaolin absorbs excess oil and draws out impurities, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. This skin-saving mask dries quickly and lifts off effortlessly to reveal a smoother, clearer, and brighter complexion.

Cruelty Free. Gluten Free. Vegan Friendly. Dermatologist Tested.

    My skin has been SO troublesome lately--it seems like I get a new pimple or blemish or zit every other day. No matter how clean I keep my skin or how many serums I apply, I just keep breaking out. I guess that's what stress will do to you. But since my skin has been such a pain, I was really glad to see this mask in this month's box--I could definitely use some purifying action! Plus, there's something so satisfying about a peel-off mask, right? Absolutely going to use this addition A LOT!

    MODA Limited Edition 2 pc Powder and Soft Glow Kit ($29.99 USD)

    An icy cool pink with a metallic finish

    Everybody gets a lippie. This matte liquid lipstick is long-lasting color that perfectly outlines and fills in lips, turning your pout into kissable velvet. Stunning pigments stay put all day with minimal transfer while maintaining a comfortable wear. Infused with Vitamin A and antioxidants, lips look and feel healthy all day.

      IT'S SO FLUFFY!!! Do you hear that in the voice of Penny from Despicable Me? You do? Good, just as I hoped! These brushes are so very soft and yes, so fluffy that you just want to use them. The larger powder brush is great for applying full-coverage face or setting powder, which I use pretty regularly. The Soft Glow brush would be perfect to use with your more intense highlighters or loose highlighting pigments--it picks up just enough product to allow for a subtle glow, without either the result getting too overwhelming or the product being wasted (read: a mess being made). Happily added to my brush collection!

      APPEAL COSMETICS Rose Gold Liquid Eyeshadow ($21.00 USD)

      This highly pigmented eyeshadow is exactly what your vanity was missing.The liquid formula adds a multidimensional shimmer to your eye look, giving it that sparkle that looks almost unachievable.
        I haven't heard of this brand before Boxycharm so I was happy to be introduced to it. That being said, this shade is supposed to be rose gold but honestly, it was more of a burnished, coppery gold on my skin tone. I really didn't pick up much of the rose tones in any light. Nevertheless, a super pretty shade! The formula, too, was quite easy to work with--it's a thinner liquid so it applies very easily and with the first layer, it isn't too in-your-face, if you know what I mean. Of course, you could layer it on for a bolder, sparklier look, like I did with the swatch below, but this one allows for a more subtle look too, if that's more your style!

        COVER FX Perfector Face Palette ($57.00 USD)

        A convenient palette that contains all you need to Contour, Strobe, and Highlight your complexion.

        What it Does:

        Six must-have complexion essentials in one travel-friendly palette designed to take on-the-go. Sculpt with contour and blush, illuminate with two shimmering highlighters, and find your perfect finish with the brightener and finishing powder for a glowing, multidimensional look anywhere and everywhere you go.

        This clinically tested vegan and cruelty free product does not contain: parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, talc, gluten, sulfates, or phthalates.

        Available in Light/Medium (shown below) and Medium/Deep.

        Last month, there was no full-size palette included in the box. This month, they more than made up for it  in my eyes by including this beauty and that too, from one of my favorite brands! I have reviewed Cover FX in the past and pretty much loved everything that I tried--their formulas are always on point. This beauty is no different! Admittedly, the shades would probably work best on a lighter skin tone than mine but I still love it and will use it! The highlighters, for sure, will get good use! At that price point, I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own but what a steal that it's in the Boxycharm!

        OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick - Monaco ($20.00 USD)

        An icy cool pink with a metallic finish

        Everybody gets a lippie. This matte liquid lipstick is long-lasting color that perfectly outlines and fills in lips, turning your pout into kissable velvet. Stunning pigments stay put all day with minimal transfer while maintaining a comfortable wear. Infused with Vitamin A and antioxidants, lips look and feel healthy all day.

          Ah yes! A metallic! Metallic lippies are just so pretty...you know, I'm a sucker for anything with a little shimmer and shine! Besides, this pretty, rosy shade is one of the few pinks that actually look pretty good on my darker skin. Plus, I love Ofra's formula--moussey is the perfect description for it! It starts off as a light, creamy mousse and dries to a perfect matte. I really need more of these in my life!

          So there you have it, my darlings! You can sign up for your very own Boxycharm subscription on their site HERE--it's just $21 a month! Shipping is free within the US and an additional $5 throughout Canada!

          For sneak peeks and all the latest, don't forget to follow Boxycharm through the social media outlets below:


          Have you signed up for Boxycharm yet? What do you think of this month's box? Tell me in the comments section below!

          ***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

          Hi there, my darlings! You know, when I moved to Canada, I was in equal parts dismayed at just how many of my favorite beauty brands were NOT available and relieved at the fact that so many were! That being said, if there's an advantage to being in Canada, it's this--we have some killer drugstores (read: Shoppers Drug Mart) which are filled with both affordable AND high-end brands. So, today, we'll be talking about one of my favorite beauty products (LIPSTICKS) from one of my favorite beauty brands that is thankfully readily available in Canada! Take at all the gorgeous, new lippies from NYX Cosmetics that I have tried recently!

          LIP LINGERIE ($7.00 USD/$10.00 CAD)

          Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes—from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown, to warm mahogany red and classic nude beige—each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.

          WHAT IT IS: A liquid lipstick with a lush, matte finish in 24 sultry shades.

          WHAT IT DOES: Covers your lips in luscious and lightweight color.

          WHY WE LOVE IT: Each stunning shade is infused with vitamin E.

          Available in 24 shades, I have Lace Detail shown below.

          Now, if you've been with me for awhile, you know that I'm not one for nudes/neutrals, especially when it comes to lippies but I really like the feeling of this liquid lipstick. It's so comfortable and dries to such a nice matte. I think I may just need to explore the warmer, red-toned nudes!

          SUEDE MATTE LIP LINER ($4.00 USD/$6.00 CAD)

          Buh-bye creamy lip colors! See ya shimmery shades! A velvety, matte lip is an absolute must and we’ve got just the goodie to help you get it done right: Suede Matte Lip Liner. Available in 36 71 richly pigmented hues, these pencils were created with colors from a few NYX fan faves in mind--our Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, Matte Lipstick and Soft Matte Lip Cream to be exact. Every shade goes on super smooth and provides the perfect base for our much-loved matte lippies.

          Available in a whopping 71 (I counted!) shades, I have Clinger, Lolita, Rosé The Day and Violet Smoke shown below.

          I have to be honest here, I wasn't a huge fan of the texture of these liners since I found them a little on the rougher side. I especially had trouble with Clinger which is such a pigmented, gorgeous shade when it gets going but you do have to kind of press down to get it going. Still, given the huge variety in shades and the luscious pigmentation of these, I am willing to try a few more--I'll just soften them up a bit with the lighter trick!

          SUEDE MATTE LIPSTICK ($8.00/$10.00 CAD)

          Got a serious crush on Suede Matte Lip Liner? Then you’re about to fall head over heels for Suede Matte Lipstick, our all-new formula inspired by those velvety pencils. Featuring an adorable heart-adorned case, this super-soft and lightweight lipstick covers your pout in powdery-matte color. Pair all 24 plush shades with their matching lip liners for a look you’ll heart.

          Available in 24 shades, I have STFU (left) and Peach Don't Kill My Vibe shown below.

          I love a good, matte lipstick! In fact, I pretty much stick to matte lipsticks and matte liquid lipsticks. But, I have to admit that lately, my lips have been feeling really chapped and dry while wearing my beloved mattes, even after applying a generous layer of lip balm first. I blame the Canadian winter, which is something else entirely! So, the first thing I noticed and liked about these lipsticks was the texture--it's not your traditional matte. Yes, you have the intense pigmentation (especially STFU, which was a challenge just to take off!) but these are a much more comfortable wear. The Suede finish leaves my lips with just enough moisture to be able to brave the Canadian cold!

          SUEDE MATTE LIP LINER ($4.00 USD/$9.00 CAD)

          Give ’em something to pout about with our new Line & Load All-in-One Lippie. Featuring a super-slim applicator, this versatile liquid lipstick is specially designed for lining lips with killer precision and filling them in with creamy matte color. That’s right—you don’t need a lip pencil when you’ve got this nifty lippie. It is all you need to draw a defined and striking lip look on the spot. Choose from eight pigmented yet comfy shades that range from light nude, to hot pink and plum.

          WHAT IT IS: A liquid lipstick featuring a slender, multipurpose applicator.

          WHAT IT DOES: Lines and loads lips with creamy matte color.

          WHY WE LOVE IT: You can achieve a precise finish without a lip pencil.

          Available in 8 new shades shades, I have Biker Babe, Feelin Fine and Never Listen shown below.

          Oh these are my favorite! I have not one critique of these...just total adoration! I love the slim wand that allows a precise application, I love the pigmentation, and I absolutely the feel of these! Although all three shades are pretty (yes, even the nude!), I think Feelin Fine is my absolute fave. At this price point, I really hope they add even more shades so I can collect them all! Two huge thumbs up from me!

          Here are all the swatches, in order of appearance and shades arranged alphabetically:

          So there you have it, my darlings! NYX products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your CVS, Target and Ulta, across the US. To find a retailer near you OR to purchase online, please visit NYX's website HERE. Shipping is free with a $25 order within the US.

          For us Canadians, NYX products are found in select stores, such as your local Shoppers Drug Mart, or online HERE. Shipping is free with a $30 order within Canada.

          To discover other great products, you can follow NYX Cosmetics Canada through the social media outlets below :


          Which of these pretty lipsticks would you choose? Tell me in the comments section below!

          ***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

          Hi there, my darlings! So...today is my Gummy's birthday! YAY! For those of you who may not get the reference, the Gummy Bear is what I call my baby sister. Dreamy at times, a romantic at heart and emotionally deep, she's definitely a Pisces! So, I thought what better way to celebrate my favorite Pisces and the ongoing Pisces season than to share the second installment of my 4-month Wet n Wild Limited Edition Zodiac collection series! Today, then, it's all about Water, the Element personified by Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio.


          Illuminate your inner aurora! Brush on a luminous sheen with high-impact glow for radiant cheekbones and an all-over shimmer thanks to this highlighter’s iridescent pearls. This buildable formula is silky to the touch and blends into the skin for an otherworldly gleam.

          I've already swatched this with the last bundle and gushed about it enough. So, I won't go on and on but just as a reminder, this is a stunning highlighter and yes, you DO need it in your life!

          COLOR ICON EYESHADOW ($4.99 USD)

          Dream up a heavenly eye look that’ll put the orb in orbit. From air to earth, fire to wind, each palette has six super-pigmented, metallic shades that are designed to highlight your element with shadows that build from subtle to sultry for an out-of-this-world look.

          I love every single shade in this pretty little compact! It's such a great mix of neutrals and vibrant colors and yes, they are all shimmers which suits me just fine! I have to make a special mention of the teal and royal blue shades--the pigmentation for both is just out of this world and you really don't need a lot of product to get great color payoff. Only problem, as I mentioned in my last post, is that the design makes it really a challenge to keep the colors separate. Nonetheless, I'm a little jealous that the Water signs got such a stellar palette!

          COLOR ICON LIP GLOSS ($2.99 USD)

          Embrace your star sign with an ultra-pigmented lip gloss hue that’s just for you. Swipe on for a mirror-like shine that embraces the beams of your rising sign. Argan, Macadamia, and Jojoba Oils keep your lips soft and moisturized for a perfectly kissable pout.

          Let's start with the Pisces gloss: it's a really pretty, ever-so-slightly tinted gloss with a beautiful shimmer to it. It doesn't really show up on its own on darker skin like mine but it would be a beautiful topper for any matte lipstick.

          Moving on to Cancer's gloss, I have to say I was quite confused as to why they would include a white. But, fear not, it dries to a light, barely-there nude with a subtle pink shimmer.

          Scorpio's gloss is definitely my favorite and I think this one nailed Scorpio the best. A moody, pigmented purple with a hidden shimmer? I can't think of a better shade for mysterious Scorpios.

          Here's a better look at the beautiful turquoise shimmer in the Pisces gloss:


          Tap into your earthly element for a perfectly ethereal lit-from-within glow. This highlighting bar delivers a strobing effect that’ll look like you've been kissed by the stars. It goes on super-smooth and can be applied both wet and dry for a luminous effect that’s uniquely you.

          Blue highlighter? I know it's all over Instagram but in real life, I don't think I could rock it, to be honest. But...it's so darn gorgeous! So, I think I'm just going to re-purpose this as an eyeshadow. Win-win, wouldn't you say?

          ZODIAC WATER Bundle ($20.95 USD)

          The pearl pigments and metallic shades of our Zodiac water element set are going to leave you so emotional!

          Bundle Contains:
          • 670A - Color Icon Eyeshadow - Water
          • 688 - MegaGlo Highlighting Bar - Water
          • 682B - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Pisces
          • 674B - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Cancer
          • 678 - Color Icon Lip Gloss - Scorpio

          Starting with the Loose Highlighting Powder as little pretty starflower, here are my swatches of the entire Water bundle:

          So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab this bundle or any of the products individually on Wet n Wild's website HERE or in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada. Head to Shoppers, my Canadian beauties, where you can definitely get your Zodiac fix!

          For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Wet n Wild through the social media outlets below :


          What's your sign? Do you like this collection? What do you think of this series? Tell me in the comments section below!

          ***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***
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