August Favourites!

Makeup Favourite:

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – Champagne

I actually got this as a sample but loved that it was a lip mask but with some colour! It is thick so your hair will get stuck to it but the colours are great. My sample came with the colours, champagne, natural and smashed. I tried them all and they’re great, the colours aren’t too bright so it’ll go well with everyone. You can get this at Sephora for $30.00.

Skin Care Favourite: 

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Tarte – Tarteguard 30 Vegan Sunscreen SPF 30

As most of you know by now I have sensitive skin so I was looking for something that I could put on my face without breaking out. I bought this and decided to give it a try, now I liked it, I didn’t love it. It did the job, my face didn’t get 3rd degree burn, however, my face was still incredible red after spending the day at the beach (and yes I did reapply every 30-45 mins). After not being in the sun (the hour drive home) my face seemed to not be as red but still I thought the burn will show up later. In the end my face wasn’t burn’t! I bought this product at Sephora for $40.00.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner

Cherry Almond is a softening shampoo and conditioner, it gently cleanses the hair all while maintaining natural lipids and oils. It’s creulty-free, vegan, colour safe and it smells amazing! I’ve used this on muiltple clients and they all love it. You can buy this at any Aveda salon or store for $21.00 for 250 ml.

Body Favourite: 

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Ombrelle SPF 30 Lightweight Sunscreen

Beach days are the best but you have to protect yourself from the sun. My Mum had just bought this but I needed sunscreen so she let me take it. Now sunscreen works my friends but you have to reapply it and that’s what I did. When I got there I put it on, sat in the sun for a bit and went in the water, after I got out of the water, I dried off, let the sun dry me out for maybe 2-3mins then I reapplied again. I did this all day, I was at the beach for 4 hours and didn’t get burnt! This product is thick so it works wonders, rub it in good but a little goes along way if you’re putting it on smaller areas. You can get this at Walmart for $20.00.

Home Favourite: 

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Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

I saw this movie on Netflix and decided to watch it and found out this was based on a true story. I love reading books, they give you so much more information than a movie can so I decided to get her book. I couldn’t put it down even after watching the movie and knowing what happens, this is worth a read. You can get this at Chapters for $21.00.

Music Favourite: 

Better Now by Post Malone

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

The Can’t Cook Book Trials

If anyone knows me they know that I can’t cook, I’m actually so bad at it – well I think I am.

I have many of cook books at home that are for teens, easy instructions and with lots of pictures but I still cannot cook on my own. This is how bad I am at it, the couple of things I am good at cooking is grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, egg sandwich and a Nutella and strawberry grilled sandwich for a dessert.

For Christmas 2013 my mum got me a cook book that is called, “The Can‘t Cook Book by Jessica Seinfeld.” It’s a cookbook that you have to read in the beginning because it teaches you all the things you need to know. For example, it teaches you what a paring knife, Chef’s knife and a offset serrated knife is, the difference between all the pans you could buy in the world, and even how to cut garlic, an onion, an avocado and even how to get fresh herbs off the plant. I mean this is the cookbooks of all cookbooks.

For tonight my mum told me that it was a “fend for yourself night.” Meaning that the people who usually cook, which are my mum or my sister, are too lazy to cook and you need to make your own meal. Usually this night involves me going out with friends, microwaving something, or sticking something from a box into the oven. Tonight I decided that I would give cooking a try, plus it would cure my boredom.

I actually did two different recipes to make one meal. The first one was Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast and the second one was Smashed Red Potatoes with Chives. I know this probably sounds so simple to some of you but remember I suck and to be quite frankly I’m scared of cooking.

I started off with defrosting the chicken in the microwave since I didn’t plan this, which ruined the chicken because my microwave is so damn strong – it’s a good one. I left that there and started the potatoes since it would take the longest, it didn’t involve much work besides boiling them, smashing them with a plate to be flat then putting chives on them; the boiling is what makes it take so long. As they were boiling I started to season the chicken like the book told me and got the pan ready with the oil. Oil really? Great one to start with I know, nothing scares me more then cooking with oil. To my surprise it went well until the end when I over cooked the chicken. As I was over cooking the chicken I thought my potatoes were ready to be smashed so I drained the water and got a plate only to notice that the potatoes were still hard as a rock, I was in fact, premature like a little boy.

My mum at this point came downstairs to see how I was doing and she gave me a little advice of these century, put things in the microwave if you took them out too early. This in fact worked and I was ready to smash away, which was actually really fun. Cooking fun? Who would of knew. I plated my meal, took pictures, sent them to my boyfriend and being a 22 year old, put them on instagram. I then enjoyed my over cooked chicken and smashed potatoes.

I will try the chicken again, some parts actually tasted really well but I want the whole breast to taste good. The potatoes were excellent and I didn’t even put ketchup or butter on them like I normally would – this is a good sign. Image

My goal is to try every recipe in this cookbook and actually be able to cook by the end of the year.

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More recipes to come!

No power on Christmas Eve

December 24th we go up to my dad’s for Christmas with him. This year I went up with my best friend and my sister. Before we left the house we knew he didn’t have power because of the storm so we had to dress warm, the only problem was it was the coldest night out of the week (-14). We left the house and went to a Tim Hortons by my house, when we got there it was jammed and the drive-thru was closed. We left and went to a different one, when we go there the line up for the drive-thru was long but we waited. When we were in line I remembered that I forgot my rum balls I made for everyone – we went back to my house to pick them up. Finally, we were on the road to my dad’s, which is a 45min drive. By the time we got there the sun had just gone down and it was dark, you could still kind of see the trees when we noticed that the big tree house we had was crushed because the tree fell over. Inside the house was pitch black, I couldn’t see where my dogs were and I don’t think they are like cats where they can see in the dark so you trip over them. My dad put the fire place on and lit all the candles – thank god my step mum has an obsession with candles. The house was freezing, none of us ate so we literally ate two whole chickens they bought from the store then we opened our gifts. 

We made my step mum, dad and step brother open theirs first and explained everything, my best friend opened hers next and then finally we opened ours. I hope I can remember everything they got me but I’m going to try. I got nail polish, perfume, two roots t-shirts, one roots sweater, two movies I believe, socks, eyeliner, lip scrub, a photo album, old bottle of coke, Blue Jays book, and The Great Gatsby book. 

From my best friend (since I opened it at my dad’s house), I got a yoga block, yoga ban, yoga DVD, Nutella cook book, Nutella, cookie spread, and a wooden spatula. 

After we opened all our gifts my step mum and brother were both so cold that they went to their friends house to warm up and sleep. My dad stayed with us and chilled until he could no longer stay awake – which was pretty early since he worked the night before – we said goodbye and left. 

Before we got into the car my dad told us to look up. Since the power was out in that little town the stars were so wicked, you could literally see all of them because he was a clear night too. It was actually so cool to see. 

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(Above – this is the tree house the fell down, it use to up standing up right and there was a slide on the other side of it.)

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(Above – this is some of the food we ate and candles we had so we could see.)

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(Above –  it was -14 inside the house, the whole time we were there even when we opened our gifts we had our winter coats on, with hats and mittens.)

20 favourite books.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  2. The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell
  3. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
  4. Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey
  5. The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
  6. Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
  7. Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper
  8. The Girlfriends Guide to Hockey by Teena Spencer
  9. i am neurotic (and so are you) by Lianna Kong
  10. Can’t Get There From Here by Todd Strasser
  11. Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
  12. Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
  13. The end of the world as we know it. by Lesley Choyce
  14. Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
  15. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  16. Entwinded with You by Sylvia Day
  17. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
  18. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman
  19. Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi
  20. Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin