Top Makeup Picks from Sephora

I have been meaning to share this post for weeks! I purchased these items a few weeks ago when Sephora had their Beauty Insider Appreciation Event.

I purchased the items below and I am going to share my favourites from this round up.

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First up is the Tarte Tartelette™ Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette caught my eye because of all the neutral colours. I love wearing these shades (maybe with the exception of black) and typically stick to shades of brown with other products I have tried. It’s a long-wearing clay-infused powder formula that blends effortlessly. It retails for $49.

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The first and second row shades are the ones I wear most often (as you can see in the photo).

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in the colour Perversion. It’s the blackest of their black shades and is a matte base. Personally, I am not a fan of shimmery liners, so this matte black is perfect.

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This creamy eye pencil glides on smoothly and is easy to blend before it dries. I apply it to my bottom lashline in the morning, and I only touch it up in the evening if I am going out somewhere (which isn’t often in Mama land; unless the grocery store counts). It’s soooo good and I love it!

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It retails for $25.

The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick is a MUST with the cold weather quickly approaching.

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This oil-infused lipstick provides so much lip hydration. It’s formulated with 65 percent oils which provides moisture and a hint of colour. I have the Rose colour and I swear my lips feel softer after having used it for a couple of weeks. It also smells amazing.

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It is a little more pricey, retailing at $44; but it’s totally worth it and there are so many colours to choose from.

The Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer from the Peaches and Cream Collections is the best bronzer I have ever used. This bronzer is made up of four shades that blend together effortlessly.

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My favourite part about this bronzer is that you don’t need to do any other contouring. I apply it to my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and across my forehead. This blend of colours adds the perfect amount of dimension to your face.

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If that doesn’t convince you, the smell alone should. It smells sooo good. This retails for $38.

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Last but not least, and my favourite purchase from my Sephora hull was the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation from the Peaches and Cream Collection. This is hands down the BEST and my absolute favourite foundation I have ever used. Seriously. It’s that good.

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It’s a medium-coverage foundation that provides a flawless matte look that never cakes or flakes. It’s oil controlling and provides up to 14 hours of wear. It’s also vegan for those who prefer to use vegan makeup.

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It’s in  a tube but it has a pump. It is honestly the best foundation I have ever used; and, because it’s part of the Peaches and Cream Collection it smells amazing. This retails for $45 and is worth every penny.

So let’s summarize: It smells amazing, is long-wearing, it’s oil controlling, gives you a flawless look, and it doesn’t flake. What more can you ask for in a foundation? If you are going to take anything away from this post, let it be this!

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Thanksgiving/Fall Tablescape

This weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada and I had the honour of hosting dinner for my family. It’s usually my Mom who hosts all major holidays but since she beat breast cancer and still battles MS daily – I have been taking the reigns for Thanksgiving.

This year I was all about neutral Fall decor with a touch of vintage meets modern.

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I wanted neutral colours, simple patterns and different textures. I first found the table runner from Home Sense and loved how simple it was. I knew I had beige place mats at home, and I wanted to get another textured place mat to add some dimension to the place setting. The napkins caught my eye right away and I knew they had to come home with me.

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I just love all of the different textures here!

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The large plates are actually Rae Dunn melamine plates that say “BBQ”. Haha BBQ can be Thanksgiving/Fall themed too, right? The smaller plates are actually part of my Royal Dalton china collection and I never get to use them so this was a great opportunity.

I just purchased some rosemary from the grocery store and tied a bow made from twine around each piece, and placed them in the centre of each plate.

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The centrepiece was probably my favourite part of the table.

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I wanted something in the centre of the table to add some dimension with a vintage feel.

I got a piece of barn board from a dilapidated barn and lightly sanded it; covered it in wax and then did a light white wash on top with some chalk paint.

I found the faux plant piece from Home Sense and then filled large mason jars with a variety of fresh flowers. The candlestick holders and candles I had, and the little white pumpkins I picked up from the grocery store a couple of weeks ago.

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Neutral colours can still bring a Fall feel and florals are a great way to add pops of colour to your tablescape. I love how the flowers brought out the orange and green tones in the napkins.

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I hope this brings you some inspiration for your Thanksgiving/Fall table.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bench ReDo

Tell me I’m not the only one that has multiple projects on the go that are only half-completed…I finally tackled a project that I have been meaning to do for months but just hadn’t found the time for.

I recently compiled a list of “projects” that I would like to start/finish before the end of the year. It’s not a “to-do” list (if you missed my post on why I don’t make “to-do” lists you can read it here) but rather something to look at on a day where I have some extra time (wait, do those exist?) to tackle a fun project.

I have had a bench sitting in my front foyer for months that I have been wanting to redo.

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There is a lot sentiment behind this piece which I will share more about in another post, but I had to be careful with how I tackled this project. The entire top portion of the bench is made out of burned matchsticks. It’s quite amazing actually.

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Thousands and thousands of burned matchsticks, glued together to make a beautiful piece of furniture. For this reason, I had to be so careful with how I sanded the top of the bench. I only wanted to strip a thin layer of the Varathane off, without damaging the matches. I sanded the legs (a little more abrasively), followed by the top and sides.

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As you can see, I had some extra little hands help me with the sanding.

For the legs, I used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ulta Matte Paint in the shade Country Grey. I love how this paint goes on and how quickly it dries. I have shared it before on my Instagram Stories, and all the different colour options.

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I used two coats on the legs, and allowed 30 minutes of drying time between coats.

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Then I flipped the table over so I could stain the top.

I chose a grey Varathane Wood Stain for the top. I couldn’t use the chalk paint on the seat because it would have covered/filled all of the details of the matches, so I chose a wood stain.

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A little goes a long way, so I applied a thin layer across the bench – using long even strokes with the paint brush.

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Then, I took a rag and wiped off any excess stain, which also helps it seep into all of the grooves in the wood.

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If you choose to not wipe off the excess stain, you may find it will remain sticky for a long period of time and it won’t have a smooth finish (speaking from past experience).

I decided I wanted to distress the legs of the bench to pull out some of the original wood. I think it really tied the whole piece together.

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This is what I ended up with!

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You can see the stain on the top is a very subtle hue of grey but it made such a difference in the overall look.

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I am so pleased with how it turned out and I love this piece even more now!

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Minecraft Party: Maxton Turns Seven

A few weeks ago Maxton turned seven and we celebrated with a Minecraft themed party. He loves video games right now and that was his gamer theme of choice. I had a few ideas on what I wanted to do for the party, most of it just came from watching Maxton play the game; and asking him what characters he wanted to see incorporated into the party.

He asked for Herobrine, a Creeper, Pig and TNT. Everything in the world of Minecraft is very geometrical, so I figured it would be fairly easy.

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The sign and balloons I purchased from Party City and the “Max” portion of the sign I made myself.

I found some shoe boxes and used construction paper to transform them into TNT, a Creeper and Herobrine.

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I asked Maxton if he wanted to do a “Pin the tail on the Pig” and he thought it was a funny idea so I purchased some bristol board and glued a pig made out of pieces of construction paper onto it.

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He actually turned out pretty cute and it was so easy to do!

I purchased plain green paper bags for the gift bags, and just cut out black pieces of construction paper to glue on to them to turn them into little creepers.

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The cake I had made by a home-based cake decorator and she did a fantastic job! I was so pleased with how it turned out; and it tasted amazing! It was a chocolate cake, at Maxton’s request.

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I love planing the kids birthday parties and I am always excited to see what theme they choose each year.

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If you are looking to plan a Minecraft party for your kiddo, I hope this offered you some inspiration!

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Summer to Fall Transition Outfits: Instalment Five

This is the fifth and final instalment in my “Transition from Summer to Fall Outfit” series. Today is all about scarves!

Scarves are a great accessory for Fall and can add so much colour to a simple outfit. I picked my two favourite scarves for Fall and I’m showing you three different outfits to style the scarves with. You can use a lightweight, midweight or heavyweight scarf, depending on the day and the temperature.

Scarves are also a great option if you’re not comfortable with wearing large prints, but still want to add texture or colour to your outfit.

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This midweight scarf is the perfect accessory for a solid coloured dress. It adds both warmth and colour, and this particular scarf comes in four other colours.

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You can shop the look here:

 

Don’t be afraid to wear a scarf with your favourite Fall tee. You will probably want to stick with one that is either lightweight or midweight if you’re pairing it with a tee.

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Notice anything else? Yup. I paired a scarf with white denim pants! I told you, I love pulling white into the Fall, especially with a cute pair of booties!

Shop this look here:

 

I also loving pairing a heavyweight scarf with my favourite cardigan. I love the pattern of this particular scarf and it comes in four other colours. Again, carrying white pants into chilly fall days.

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The colour scheme of this outfit is very neutral, but the mauve in the scarf adds some colour to the look. Again, a scarf is the perfect opportunity to add colour to an outfit.

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Shop this look here:

 

I hope you enjoyed this whole series! If you missed the other four instalments on transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall, you can read them here.

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DIY Fall Wreath

A few years back, on my old blog, I shared a Fall DIY wreath that ended up being featured on Michael’s Pinterest page; so I was pretty proud of myself at the time.This year, I decided I would make two new wreaths, because my hunt for ones I loved, left me empty-handed.

I actually took off all the decor from my old wreath so I could reuse it, and then just picked up another one from Michaels.

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They are just basic 18” wreaths and are under $8.

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The faux flowers and greenery I used for the wreaths were all purchased from Michaels. They can be expensive so watch for sales or use their weekly coupons. I lucked out and got all of mine when they had a “buy one get one free” sale on all of their faux fall arrangements.

I also find it easier to shop if you have a colour palette in mind. For me, I wanted to stick with green, white and peachy tones with some subtle hues of burgundy or deep purple. Pinterest is a great place to start to get some inspiration if you’re unsure. So, with that palette in mind I grabbed different types of flowers, some individual and a couple bouquets. I always purchase more than I need so I can play around, and then return what I don’t use afterwards.

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I brought everything home and laid everything out, so I could get a clear visual of what I had to work with, and just started to play around. It took me about a half an hour of re-arranging and adding/removing flowers before my vision came to life.

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Depending on the type of flowers you chose, and the length of the stems, you can weave them through the wreath itself, without having to glue anything. If you have smaller flowers or blossoms that don’t have stems, you can just use a glue gun and glue them on. For these wreaths, I was able to just weave everything through without having to use a glue gun.

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That’s all there is to it! It’s much more affordable to make your own and you get exactly what you’re looking for. You can also change it up, or add to it year to year if your taste changes.

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I hope this brought you a little fall inspiration!

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Summer to Fall Transition Outfits: Instalment Four

We have all heard that you’re not supposed to wear white after labour day. I’m not sure who came up with this “rule” but I don’t follow it. I love a good ol’ pair of white distressed denim jeans with a nice big cardi and cute pair of booties in the fall.

So for this week’s instalment? You guessed it. How to transition white pants into your fall wardrobe; and I’m showing you how with my favourite distressed denim pair.

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I love the look of brown on white. Pairing them with this rust coloured waffle henley and a cute pair of booties is a great look for fall.

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Who says white can only be a summer colour?  You can shop this look here:

One of my favourite things to pair with distressed white denim pants is a big soft cardi. This luxe tank I wore all through the summer and this cardi I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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You can pair this outfit with a bootie or your favourite pair or flats or mules.

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You can shop this look here:

I recently picked up this ruffle sleeve tee for fall and it comes in so many colour options. I love this striped colour with white pants and a light grey bootie.

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This look is simple and casual and you can throw on a light jacket or cardigan on a cooler day.

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You can shop this look here:

So don’t be so quick to toss your white pants to the back of your closet until next Spring/Summer. Incorporate them into your fall wardrobe!

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