Hi there, my darlings! TGIF! I literally don't even know where this week even went...is it almost April already?! Wherever did March go?! Anyways...I'm going to be working on a contract for the next couple of weeks (yay, income!) and this feeling of the days rushing by is going to become all too familiar! Especially since I have to wake up bright and early in the morning. So, I'm taking full advantage of this week, and the upcoming weekend, to get blog posts squared away. I mean, Spring is here and I have much I have been saving to share. First up, let's check out some new goodies from Almay!

SHADOW SQUAD ($6.99 USD/$8.97 CAD)
  • Your favorite shades, in each of four finishes: matte, satin, metallic, glitter
  • Mix it up in monochrome
  • Soft texture for beautiful color payoff
Available in 15 adorable little quads, I have Thrillseeker shown below.

I love this concept! If you gravitate towards certain shades, like I do, you'll love these monochromatic palettes. Apllication-wise, I really liked the metallic and glitter finishes which were pretty easy to work with and, while they start out quite subtle, they allow you to layer on for a bolder, richer effect. The satin and mattes? Well, they left a little to be desired. There was a bit of fallout out and I found I spent a good amount of time blending and layering to get the desired effect for these swatches. Nonetheless, I'm totally willing to try a bunch more of these travel-friendly quads!

PALETTE POPS EYESHADOW ($14.99 USD/$14.26 CAD on sale at Walmart)
  • 9 shades in 1 palette
  • Use wet for more POP!
  • Layer, blend and mix for limitless looks

Available in 2 color schemes, I have Fabulista shown below.

This was an interesting palette for me in that I was undecided, even after swatches, if I liked it or not. Still am, to be honest. I have zero complaints about the formula of these shadows--in fact, both mattes and shimmers were surprisingly easy to work with. Mattes, in particular, can be a bear sometimes but these applied beautifully. Still, I wasn't completely sold...with a name like Fabulista, I expected more richly pigmented or bolder colors. It's a pretty enough palette, especially for the price and most especially with those last three, darker shades, but I can't say I'd be reaching for this one very often.


Make it metallic with NEW Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow. Wear each shade individually or combine for a dramatic customized eye look. Quick and easy application – apply with fingertips or an eyeshadow brush. No shadow fall-out during application.
  • Cream eyeshadow in a fun paint tube format 
  • Long wear formula – up to 24 Hour wear 
  • High intensity color 
  • Crease-proof, smudge-proof, fade-proof all day 
  • Infused with Vitamin E and a botanical blend of ingredients.

    Available in 10 (although Walmart seems to show only 9) shades, from left to right, I have Golden Vibes, Lunar Disco and Silver Lining (missing on Walmart) shown below.

    MAKE THEM JELLY HI-LITE ($14.99 USD exclusively at Ulta/$12.46 CAD, older shade, at Walmart)
    • Jelly highlighter that illuminates and shimmers, giving you a celestial glow.
    • Iridescent glitter sheen complements all skin tones
    • Instantly illuminates and adds moisture to skin
    • Buildable highlight for customized level of radiance
    • As always, hypoallergenic & fragrance free
    Pro Tips!
    • Brush onto cheekbones and the bridge of your nose for an iridescent gleam
    • Apply to collarbones and shoulders to make them pop
    • Mix with moisturizer or primer for an all-over glow
    • Add to foundation for customized radiance

      Available in (at least) 3 shades (of which two of the newest shades are exclusive to Ulta), I have 24K Dreams shown below.

      Here's where the going gets good...and I mean, really good! Starting with the Velvet Foil shadows, right off the bat, I was very pleasantly surprised with just how little product you need! A little goes a long way with these babies and you still get killer color-payoff. Yes, they are THAT pigmented. As for application, velvet in the name should say it all and yes, it totally lives up to its name. These go on smooth as velvet and dry to a finish that will NOT budge. Huge fan of these!

      Now, coming to the jelly highlighter, I know it's technically not an eye makeup product, but hey! I can absolutely see myself reaching for this one as not only a highlighter but a subtle eyeshadow...an eye-lighter, if you will. Pardon my penchant for puns! The formula is light and easily blended, application was just lovely, and really, I am quite taken with this!

      So there you have it, my darlings! You can grab these gorgeous glosses in select retailers and drugstores across the US AND Canada, such as Ulta and Walmart.

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


      What do you think of these new products? See any must-haves? 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! I have just noticed that all my recent posts had an over-riding theme--SPRING! I hope you, my wonderful readers, aren't tired of the season yet. I mean, it's just begun and I can't be more excited. My first winter in Canada was no joke and I have never been so happy to bask in the sunshine. And get out of boots! And the return of a bit of color to the world! So, with the theme of what's turning out to be my life lately in mind, let's talk about a few new additions from one of my fave brands, NYX Cosmetics. Today, we focus on the latest in eye makeup!

      OFF TROPIC PRO LINER ($5.00 USD/$7.00 CAD)

      Bring your wildest artistry dreams to life with our all-new Off Tropic Pro Liner! Available in nine vibrant shades ranging from pink and red to yellow, green and blue, this water-resistant formula is perfect for creating bold, beautiful looks. Each creamy shade is rich with bright pigments and dries down to a matte finish that always stands out.

      WHAT IT IS: Nine playful professional liners for creating endless editorial looks.

      WHAT IT DOES: Makes it easy for the pro-in-training to draw imaginative designs with expert precision.

      WHY WE LOVE IT: The water-resistant formula makes it perfect for festival season!

      HOW TO USE: Twist each retractable pencil and apply to skin.

      Available in 9 shades, I have Crushin' It (left) and Pool Boy shown below.

      Part of the brand new Off Tropic collection, these are some beautiful shades! I love the soft tips and the rich pigmentation. Bold colors, especially when applied directly to the lower waterline, bring an unexpected pop of color to your look and that's what I go for, when I play with liners that are not your usual black or brown. The blue, in particular, is so gorgeous!


      We named this collection the Ultimate Shadow Palette because that’s exactly what it is—a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows and pressed pigments in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades. Available in four striking color combinations—Neutral-Cool, Neutral-Warm, Bright and Smokey/Highlight—each set features a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes that range from mattes and satins to shimmers and metallics.

      Available in 6 themes, I have Ash shown below.

      If I had to categorize this particular, I'd put it in the Neutral-Cool category with its moody grays and dusky blues. Yeah, this would be a great palette for Winter but I also think these shades would work for Spring. Now, I'm a fan of both the color pay-off and the pigmentation of the shimmers but this palette has a few great, super pigmented matte shades too. I did find the mattes a little more of a challenge to work with in that they need a heavier hand and would probably be best applied wet. That being said, the dark blue and the black was pigmented enough to make up for any issues with the other mattes!


      Don’t be fooled by its adorable size—the Ultimate Edit Petite Shadow Palette is small but mighty! Choose from our two best-selling assortments (Brights and Warm Neutrals) and two new shade combinations (Ash and Phoenix). Each travel-friendly palette is packed with six handpicked hues in a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes.

      WHAT IT IS: A trimmed-down version of our best-selling Ultimate Shadow Palette.

      WHAT IT DOES: Each creamy-rich shade glides on and delivers the ultimate color payoff.

      WHY WE LOVE IT: Perfect for travel or touch-ups on the go.

      HOW TO USE: Smooth on primer. Apply base color all over with our Tapered All Over Shadow Brush. Then use the Buffing Brush to apply the darkest color. Blend well.
      Available in 4 themes, I have Phoenix shown below.

      I saved my favorite for last! Now, these shades totally scream Spring (and yes, probably, Summer) to me! 2 matte shades and 4 shimmers make up this travel-friendly palette. Once again, I found the shimmers much easier to work with, both in terms of pigmentation and color-payoff. They even applied better. That bright matte red? Yeah, it's gorgeous but a bear to work with--I really had to layer it on to get the color to swatch evenly. That being said, I do believe the use of a primer or applying wet would take care of these issues. I love the colors so much that I'm still going to be reaching for it. Just look at that gold!

      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 new eye makeup products do you like best? 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, 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!

      LUXE BUFFING BRUSH ($15.00 CAD at SDM)

      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!

      FACE PALETTE($20.00 CAD at SDM)

      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.

      CACTUS SPONGE($10.00 CAD at SDM)

      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!

      CREAM LIP STAIN($10.00 CAD at SDM)

      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!

      ENDLESS SILKY EYE PEN ($12.00 USD/$16.00 CAD)

      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.***
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