Monday, 17 October 2016

Florence, Venice and Rome Italy!

Hello y'all.
It's been a while... my apologies.
In May I went with my super awesome girl friend to Italy for the first time and lately I have been aching to go back already.  It honestly seems like 10 years ago, maybe because I'm a stay at home mom and my life is so repetitive and mundane from taking care of kids all day err day.

Here are some pics from my little 10 day adventure.

That is Ponte Vecchio bridge behind us where we bought a lot of wares and wears in our last hours in Florence.  A city that I wish I would have spent more time in.

One gorgeous door after another.

Rialto bridge before the morning opening chaos.

Cute Alice in Wonderland shoe collection.

Baked goods.

Smart girl brought her fall coat!

So the important question is does every man in Florence look like Marc Jacobs?


Seriously, all men dress good in Italy.

Florentines in Florence!


Best eating buddy!

Swiss gaurds at the Vatican.
Fun fact, did you know that Italy has a royal family but they live in exile (the house of Savoy)!

Because who needs France pffft...jk, seriously, JK!

Wedding attire.  More on the wedding later if I can ever retrieve photos from friends.

Oh hi David!  Pssst, you and my husband are butt twins!

Boboli Palace Gardens.

Roasted chestnuts.     

Tonnarelli e Pepe with truffles,  I DIE.

Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo where the balling wedding was!

Colosseum in Rome


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Oil Cleanser

Here is my oil cleanser review.
Luckily all 3 of the reviewed products are absolutely amazing and are at three different price points.
I like oil cleansers because I don't have time to remove my eye make up separately from my normal cleansing routine.  I would rather spend that time slathering on more face cream.

Here are my criteria for an oil cleanser (I have dry combination skin)
    -must, must, must, remove my Nars Larger Than Life long wear eyeliner
    -must remove my Benefit They're Real mascara or my Eyeko mascara
    -must remove all of my long wear Dior or Era spray on foundation
    -doesn't leave my skin tight and dry
    -doesn't leave residue
    -doesn't leave my skin oily
    -doesn't make me break out

I'll start with the best of the lot because I hate anticipation.

$50 or more

The SK-II facial treatment cleansing oil ($90) is the holy grail of cleansers for me.  This stuff is amazing and lasts about 6-7 months.
  It truly melts away all of my make up with1- 2 pumps and has the added anti aging benefits of my beloved Pitera.  No residue no breakouts, amazing skin, no messing around.
Finally available to order in Canada through Nordstroms and Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks also has an SK-II gift with purchase right now!

The worst I tried was the Shu Uemura Ultimate 8 cleanser $98/15.2oz and Shu Uemura Anti Oxidant $92/15.2oz Cleansing Oils.
***no pictures***
I really wanted to love this because of all of the amazing reviews and this was the first oil cleanser I have ever tried.  I used the Ulitmate 8 on 2 separate occasions for a whole month each time but I found that it made me break out every time.   I even tried The Anti Oxidant one in Miami's humid climate versus our dry air here in Alberta and it broke me out for my short stay in Miami as well as when I used it for the remainder of the month back home.  The cleansers seemed to clean off all of my eye make up and everything but it seemed that there would be remaining oily residue that caused me to break out.

Less than $50

So while looking at other available and cost effective options after I used up all of my SK-II cleanser I discovered the Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil.   That's right, Dior is a cost effective option!  For all you oily skin ladies fearful of oil  technically though this isn't really an oil but it feels like one. This stuff met all of the above criteria and it smells so good!  The scent is very light and soft.  This is $48.00 for 6.7oz but I have to use about 2-3 pumps to get all of my make up off so the bottle roughly lasts 3-4 months for me.

Last but not least in the less than $50 category I got the DHC deep cleansing oil.  Of all of the cleansers I tried this one felt the most oily but got all of my make up off.  I found it at TnT supermarket on sale for $29 so I bought two bottles it's normally $35.  I definitely have to recommend that you use a good toner with this as I found that it left residue.

*disclaimer/instructions for using cleansing oils.  Always use on dry skin and gently massage into skin.  Proceed to rinse with water to produce a white like foam and it washes away like a dream.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Cheapie's from Target

Hi Y'all!
So I'm pretty broke because I have just been on 4 vacations in 5 months.  My problem here is that I love to shop but had no money left in LA to really do any sort of designer shopping while the girls were in Disneyland for the 60th anniversary (1st world problems).

That didn't stop me from picking up some amazing deals on everyday products that I will use.

The original Wet Brush is awesome for my girls thin tangly hair!  At home here in YEG it's around $20 and I found this boar bristle version which is good for adding shine at Target for $12.99!

Target also has free wi-fi so I was able to search out reviews for this Sonia Kashuk buffing brush.  I have been on the hunt for a really good one for my liquid foundation but I didn't want to pay $40 for one at Sephora.  This one is really tightly built brush that is also lightweight, doesn't shed and only cost $12.99.  Elf has a similar one that ships to Canada here.

I'm always looking for cheapie dupes for these amazing YSL lip stains and this elf version was only 2 DOLLARS!!!!  

And duty free at the airport I finally found this mini gift set for the Aqua Allegoria perfumes by Guerlain that I have been searching for obsessively for only $40.  It's perfect from me as I have never gone through a whole bottle of perfume.  It such a nice set of fruity fresh scents that become a nice musky scent into the evening.

This silicone baking mat is also from Target for only $9.99

All 3 of the above items pictured were less than $30!

The girls were pretty stoked that we took them to Disneyland for the last day of school.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Dirty Gross Feathers & Children

Hi Y'all!
So my kids love picking up feathers EVERYWHERE despite me telling them that they are gross and full of germs.  Don't get me wrong, feathers are nice and all but my children like to rub their eyes and put their fingers in their mouths immediately after touching everything.  
Regardless I decided to make lemonade with some lemons that they brought home.  

These are 
magpie feathers, yes the same birds that like to rip apart my garbage  so I definitely needed to clean and sanitize them.
I did so with some tea tree oil I already have on hand for baths and Woolite gentle detergent.

I had a couple of picture frames that I had bought on sale from Chapters Indigo on sale for $11.  I had to trim the matting on them with an exacto knife so that the feathers would fit nicely inside the frame.

Since I had two frames I thought that it would look nicer if I could display them with some sort of symmetry so I found some gold lettering from Michael's for a quote in the other picture frame (later I found the exact same lettering at Dollarama for a lot cheaper). Michaels always has a coupon for in store discounts.  I receive their emails often so I rarely pay full price for their art supplies.
I love this quote since it can be around for a long time after my kids reach puberty.

You're not BORED, you're BORING

 These pictures do not do these feathers justice they have this glossy green iridescence to them that look so beautiful when they catch the sunlight.  

 The clock is Umbra from Winners/Homesense, antlers were from a pile of junk at my in laws and the TV stand is from Ikea similar one here. 

 Thanks for reading!