February Favourites 2020!

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Somewhere in one of my previous monthly favourites I wrote about the new dining room table I got; the one where I got a noise complaint from me attempting to put this thing together! Well, for Christmas I ask for chairs to go with it and I got them! This year for Christmas I’ve been adulting hard, I’ve never been so excited for towels, chairs and a toaster oven in my life. I guess we all get to an age where useless things aren’t cool anymore and organization and a nice dining set is sexy af. My boyfriend’s mum ordered them from Structube, on Christmas day they were sitting in a big box and two were out in the open (which was totally fine). With Structube you get quality items for a descent price however you do need to put them together.  The chairs were really easy to put together with two people. I unpacked and unwrapped everything and my boyfriend screwed in the pieces (all he had to do was attach the legs to the seat part). We had a good system and got it done in 30 mins or so. The chairs are absolutely amazing, they’re comfortable, sleek and stylish and cost $39 each.

 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

Do you have dry, itchy, irratated or even build up and oily scalp? Me too! Literally the whole world has had something wrong with their scalp at some point in their lives and it’s nothing to be embrassessed about. As a hairstlyist I’ve seen some bad scalps that needed some serious TLC, thankfully there’s hundred of products out there to suit your specific needs. I’ve heard great things about Briogeo and have wanted to try it for awhile; at Christmas I got a Briogeo hair box that had 3 or 4 products in it. As you see in the photo the shampoo in grey, that’s because of the charcoal and it feels gritty. I put it on my scalp and rubbed like I normally would when washing my hair. It feels amazing when washing, it does have a menthol feeling (but that is normal with most detox/cleansing shampoos) but it doesn’t hurt. It’s just refreshing. Once I got out of the shower and used my regular products, air dried then felt my scalp, it felt so good! I was seriously impressed with the product and want to work it into my hair routine. In the pack it was a small shampoo but Sephora has the regular size for $54.

 

Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

I always have the hardest time when it comes to finding a good makeup remover. No matter what I always find something wrong with the product, whether it be it doesn’t remove all the makeup, it’s not good with waterproof or that it stays and leaves a residue. I have found a couple and wrote about them but I’m adding in this one to the list. For Christmas my mum, sister and I got The Body Shop advent calendars because they’re cool af. This advant calendar was way better than getting chocolate (because lets face it the older we get the more our bodies can’t handle chocolate like the way it use too). The first day I used this remover I was impressed because I actually got it directly in my eye and it didn’t hurt. So it’s definately safe to say that it’s actually gentle. I had no problem removing the makeup, it smells good and calming, it’s suitable for sensitive skin (HELLO) and contact len wearers (I don’t wear contacts so I can’t say). I have used the bottle almost everyday (Tuesday to Saturday) since December and I still have the same bottle, it is definately worth the money and it’s not even that expensive. The Body Shop has it regularly priced $19.00. Not bad!

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

January Favourites 2020!

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Do you ever feel like no matter how much deodorant you put on you’re always sweating which eventually leads you to smelling like b.o? This was literally my life and I hated it. I would be at work doing a client and sweating for literally no reason, so I would sneak to the back to dap my pits and apply more deodorant so they don’t smell. Eventually one of my coworkers told me about this new antiperspirant that she had been using and she loves it. She sent me a picture, told me it’s pricey for deodorant but it was well worth it. At this point I’d try anything no matter the price so I bought it (thankfully it was on sale the first time) and holy sh*t this stuff actually works. Literally for weeks I was telling people to smell my armpits after I worked a full shift of doing hair and they didn’t make a face like I smelt like death of b.o. They come in different scents but with me having sensitive skin I decided to go with the ‘free’ to keep it clean. You apply two clicks of the product on at night before bedtime then you’re set in the morning. I have woken up in the middle of the night to apply this because I forgot to after my shower and didn’t want to smell. I’m obsessed. I got this at Walmart for $7.97 plus tax.

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Black + Decker Crisp ‘N Bake Air Fryer Toaster Oven in Stainless Steel

My mum came over to my new apartment with my boyfriend to check out the place. Once she walked into the kitchen and saw our $10 toaster oven she said, “Well I know what I’m getting you for Christmas.” This thing wasn’t cute, it was white so you could see every piece of dirt, dust and food I couldn’t get off of it. It was so small you couldn’t even put two of those small personaly pizzas in let alone bread. Meanwhile with bread all it did was burn it so then you would under cook your toast so you didn’t end up with black toast. There is not one good thing I could say about our old toaster oven besides that I’m glad it’s gone. Sure enough, Christmas comes and my mum bought us a new toaster oven. On the day I didn’t get a good chance to look at it because that day is just hectic. On the 26th though, I had time to put stuff away and really get a chance to check things out. I set this bad boy up and got excited because it has an air fryer. I didn’t even know air fryers were going to be all the rage this year but I’ve always wanted one. The first thing we made in it was chicken wings, they were pretty damn good! Cleaning the oven after  was pretty easy (which I’m obsessed with doing now, it has to look good and work well so I take care of it), and it fits perfectly on our counter. Making bagels and toast is amazing and easy with no burning. I’m not sure where my mum got this but I found it on Walmart’s website for $99.98 plus tax.

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

December Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Benefit Cosmetics Cookie Highlighter

I never knew the power of bronzer and highlighter until I got my makeup done for that wedding in October. I had just come back from St. Maarten with an small tan (your girl is so white she doesn’t tan and even the Carribean could barely do it) and still wanted to look tan. I looked white again once she put my foundation on (remember I wasn’t that tanned to begin with) but once she put bronzer and this highlighter on I was in love with it. The highlighter is the perfect shade and not too much shimmer. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00

Skin Care Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

I’ve always skipped toner because it usually came in a liquid or mist form and I hated it. My sister actually told me about these then so did the makeup artist, most likely because First Aid Beauty is the one brand that hasn’t irritated my face. It’s simple, after washing your face, you take a pad and wipe it across your face then use your moisturizer. You can get a pack of 60 at Sephora for $42.00.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist 

In a perfect world, when we come out of the shower we brush are hair, put of heat protector in (yes everyone should!), put your styling cream then blow dry and style your hair as you please. The next morning you don’t wash your hair but it needs to be fixed, with this thermal spray you mist the hair before you re-style your hair giving it heat protection! I use this everyday because I fix my hair every morning (were not all perfect, no one is). You can get this at Aveda salons or stores for $41.00.

Home Favourite:

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Artic King 3.5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer

As most of you know I have a dog, we switched him to raw food and we got a hook up from a friend that we get 80lbs of meat. So we needed a place to store all this meat so it wouldn’t go back. My boyfriend actually got this on sale so it was cheaper for us but Walmart has sales all the time. You can get this at Walmart for $220.

Music Favourite:

Hate Me by Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

October Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

I had a wedding in October and decided to get my makeup done at Sephora in Barrie (because that’s where the wedding was taking place) and absolutely loved my makeup artists and loved the products she used on me. I don’t like having a lot of makeup on my face because 1. I don’t like the feeling of it and 2. I hate hiding my freckles (yay UK background). I told the stylist this and she nailed it. This foundation was the best anyone has used on me to this day. It didn’t feel like I had anything on and I could still see my freckles. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

When it comes to Aveda I love anything that’s the ‘Shampure’ smell (it’s the typical Aveda smell if you know what that smells like) so I love this hand creme in the shampure scent. It also comes in a cherry almond scent that I love. You can get this at Aveda stores or salons for $34.00

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil

DRY HAIR! Do I have your attention? This Aveda oil works well out of all oils because it actually goes into the hair strand rather then sitting on top and making you think it’s working. This bottle will last you a while as with every Aveda product, a little goes a long way. You can put this in wet or dry hair before blow drying or after or just to refresh your ends on non-wash days. You can get these at Aveda stores and salons for $41.00

Body Favourite: 

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I needed a new winter jacket because thanks to my dog who ate my old one. So naturally I fell inlove with the most expenive jacket. (LOL) I got this one at Sports Chek for $399.99 but it was worth every penny.
Home Favourite:
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Structube Shari White Dining Table
My boyfriend and I finally got a bigger place that allows us to have an actualy dining table so I found this one and absolutely love it. I actually got a noise complaint putting it together because I was so excited for my new purchase. I’ve fallen in love with this store because they have better quality products then Ikea but you’re not breaking the bank for it (don’t get me wrong they do have expensive things but you can find good ones for cheaper here too.) This cost me $299 at Structube.
Music Favourite:
Take What You Want by Post Malone
Thanks for reading,
Maeg

September Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Aveda feed my lips pure nourish-ment lip treatment

This has all the wants of a chapstick but more. You can use it as a chapstick or use it as a pre-treatment before putting your lipstick on. You can get this at Aveda store or salons for $34.00.

Skin Care Favourite: 

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Heavy-Duty Face Protector

I was using a different face cream but it was too heavy after using it for awhile it made me break out. I decided to randomly try the body shop since it was cheaper and I wanted to try something new. It’s light weight, doesn’t smell like hemp that much, and it last awhile. This is $14.00 at The Body Shop.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

A styling serum that smooths frizz, tames flyaways and adds shine. Its light weight and a little goes a long way. It’s used best after you’ve styled you hair. You can get this at Aveda stores and salons for $42.00.

Home Favourite: 

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russbe reusable bags

I wanted to spot wasting plastic bags because I noticed my boyfriend and I have been using them more and more so I ordered these! I asboluely love them and I want to order more. They’re durable, easy to use and super easy to clean. You can get these online at russbe.com or try at Winners. They’re roughtly $8-10 USD online.

 Music Favourite:

Saint-Tropez by Post Malone

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

August Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Sephora Makeup Brushes

When I was in hair school I needed makeup brushes because we always put finishing touches on clients but they wanted us to use q-tips for everything to keep things clean/sanitary. My sister ended up getting me a set similar to things and now that I’m done hair school I just use them for myself and I love them. I don’t use that much makeup so this is something basic and works perfectly. You get this sets from almost anywhere but I got these at Sephora for roughly $60.00.

Skin Favourite: 

whiteQuo Rose quartz facial roller

I got this at a gift from my best friend and fell in love with it. You roll it on your face to help make puffiness go down and it totally works. You use the large end on your cheeks, forehead and jawline and the smaller for under eye and chin area. You can get this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $25.00.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Nourishing Styling Creme

This creme is a leave in styling creme that provides moisture and lock out frizz even on humid days. After showering, apply small amount into damp hair, and style as you want. You can get this at Aveda stores or Aveda Salons near you for $38.00.

Body Favourite: 

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Sun Bum Cool Down

Sum Bum is hands down the best SPF product I’ve seen out there and their after sun care is just as good. Its thick so you don’t need a lot and it spreads easily all while smelling so good. You can get Sun Bum at different places but I got this at Sports Chek for $14.00.

Home Favourite: 

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Zinus Bed Frame 

We needed a new bed frame bad and I was getting so sick of Ikea bedframes always breaking on us so I went to Amazon/my parents who got this bed. It’s easy to put together, lightweight and its sturdy. You can get this on Amazon for $80 plus shipping.

Music Favourite:

 

Good as Hell by Lizzo

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

May Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

I got this as a start primer to my journey of getting into makeup. I do have redness in my face so this was a good start. I don’t like having stuff on my face so getting use to it would be hard but I didn’t find this to be too heavy which is what I liked about it. You can get this at Sephora for mini size $20.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I know Tea Tree oil has been written about before on my blog but that was awhile ago. I got this because at times my chin will break out and it drives me up the wall. So I went to the body shop to see if they had something for me, the last time I got the stick but this time I got the oil which is more concentrated. It makes them smaller and gets rid of them way faster then just waiting for them to go away with washing my face. I got this at the Body Shop for $13.00 for the small bottle.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo

This shampoo is clay based to help fine, limp hair look more voluminous! It works as a pair the shampoo and conditioner so unfortunately you shouldn’t just use the shampoo and a different conditioner because you won’t be getting the full effect. You can get this at any Aveda salon or store for $24.00.

Body Favourite: 

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St. Ives Shower Foam

This product for me was a struggle, first off I only ended up buying it because they were out of my normal shower version of this. I used it but I found that I had to use a lot of it in order to feel clean because it’s foam so it disappears fast. Other than that it was good, it’s soft and skin feels great after. You can get this at Walmart for $6.00.

Home Care Favourite:

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Ikea Foljaren Shower Curtain

I needed a new shower curtain and I’ve always liked Ikea’s because you can wash them so my boyfriend and I picked this one. My house has a lot of brand and nude colours so I’m trying to make it lighter and brighter, especially the bathroom. I got this for $15.00.

Music Favourite:

So High by Wiz Khalifa feat. Ghost Loft

January Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I got this beside I want to get into makeup but I wanted a cheaper foundation but also not bad quality such as shoppers foundation for my sensitive skin. I wanted something that would cover my face but that wouldn’t completely cover my freckles. I tried it in store and had another person try a different brand on my face but I liked this one better. I also hate the feeling of having makeup on my face, this one doesn’t give me that feeling. I got this at Sephora for $52.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Caudalie Purifying Mask

I wanted a mask to help my skin from the break outs I was having due to all the chocolate I was eating at Christmas. Online everyone said that this didn’t help the breakouts but their skin felt amazing. For me it was the opposite, it made all my pimples come out then they went away, so things got worse before they got better but that’s life. It smells amazing, as I said leaves your skin feeling great. I got this at Sephora for $47.00.

Hair Care Favourite

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Aveda Air Control Light Hold Hairspray

This has to be my all time favourite hairspray I’ve ever used. It smells great, it’s a light hold so it doesn’t make your hair crunchy and it lasts a long time. In fact usually the spray button usually needs to be cleaned before you run out of it. I use this for everything, if I straighten my hair I put a little on my hands then “swipe” the top of my head to put those flyaways away, after I curl my hair I spray it, if I need my curl to last even longer then it does I spray before I curl and so on. You can get this at Aveda salons or store for $40.00.

Body Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

I’ve written about this before but for a face cream, the reason I’m writing it for body favourite is because this product you can use all over your body. Lately my body had been super dry so I’ve been putting it on the areas that need the most love, my hands and forearms. I know that sounds weird but it’s because my hands and forearms are constantly in water and they get dried out. I put this on every night and it’s been helping a great deal. I got this at Sephora for $40.00.

Home Favourite:

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Dakota Boot Dryer

If your Canadian and live in Ontario you know we just got beat with 32cm (12.5 inches) of snow in one day. This is fine, I’m Canadian but our boots still get wet and we usually only have one part. My boyfriend works outside in the winter and he bought this boot dryer, it’s the best thing. It’s small, all you have to do in plug it in and let it go to work. I’ve been using this like crazy because my dog wants to go out every two minutes so my boots are absolutely soaked from that and shoveling. You can get these at Marks Works Warehours for $50.00.

Music Favourite: 

Chlorine by Twenty One Pilots 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Living Proof Healthy + Strong Trial Set Review

As my Sephora makeup interests grows so does my curiosity for hair products. I’m an Aveda trained hair stylist so I know Aveda products, I’ve heard many people use Living Proof hair products and I wanted to try some without buying the big bottles. I saw this little set online at Sephora and decided to order it when I did a big order.

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This kit cost $24 ($34 value) and it comes with Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conidtioner, Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment and Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.

Perfect Hair Day Shampoo

For the shampoo I had mixed emotions about it, some days I loved it and other days I felt like it didn’t clean my hair (that clean feeling you get in the shower) but once I got out and styled my hair it was clean. With this I felt like you needed a lot of shampoo in order to get a good lather even after trying to add water and it made my hair extremely tangly. Over all, it’s an okay shampoo for everyday use. You can get this at Sephora, 60 mL is $16, 236 mL is $36 and 710 mL is $77 (online only).

Perfect Hair Day Conditioner

With the conditioner a little goes a long way especially with my short hair and it not having to go onto my roots. If I did accidently got it on my roots, it made them greasy where as others I would rinse it out and it would be fine. This conditioner is super moisurizing and it helps with the shampoo making my hair tangly. You can get this at Sephora, 60 mL is $16, 236 mL is $36 and 710 mL is $77 (online only).

5-in-1 Styling Treatment

This product claims to be a heat protector, uv protector, helps smooth and condition, provides volume, strength and it polishes. It comes in a little package, it’s a thick cream which you don’t need a lot at all. I didn’t like this product so much,  I found it was heavy for my hair but when it came to straightening it was amazing. However, usually after a couple of days I curl my hair, with this product I couldn’t, it kept it too straight. This is $37 for 118 mL.

Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

I absolutely love this dry shampoo. Your hair looks cleaner after using it, a little goes a long way and it smells amazing whereas others smell awful. For 53 mL it’s $19 and for 118 mL is $32.

Over all, I think Living Proof is a great brand but I don’t know if the Perfect Hair Day line is for my hair (besides the dry shampoo). They do have other lines that I can try so we won’t jump to conclusions about it just yet.

Let me know in the comments if you used any of these products or any other line by Living Proof!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

Sephora Favorites Lashstash To Go Review

I got this Sephora Favorites Lashstash To Go for Christmas as a secret Santa gift and decided I was going to do a review on the products inside.

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To start, the pack costs $34 for 5 mini versions of the mascaras and it also comes with a voucher to bring back to Sephora to get the full size of your favourite one. It’s a good deal in my opinion, it’s better to be able to try these then get the full version of the one you actually like.

Now lets get started on the reviews.

Lancome Monsieur Waterproof Mascara

This mascara, for the full size, is $32. I’ve never used this brand before so I went in with an open mind but I found this mascara to be awful. It went on chunky, stayed chunky once it was on then it dried extremely hard; so hard that I thought my eye lashes might break off. That being said I didn’t like this mascara.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Anyone who has read my blog knows Tarte was my first love at Sephora so with this one I already knew, plus I’ve bought this before. This is a great everyday mascara, it goes on nice, stays nice throughout the day and it’s only $30.

Buxom Mascara Lash

The full size Buxom mascara is $25, I’ve only used Buxom lipstick so once again open minded. I like how long the brush was on this one, I felt like I could do more with it. I felt like the brush fanned out my lashes (what most mascara companies promise you) and that it lasted all day without flaking off.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

For the full size of Too Faced Better Than Sex is $31. I had mixed emotions because I’ve heard so many people say this mascara was amazing so I felt like I had higher expectations. I hated the brush on this one, it’s hour glass shaped and with the stick being so short I felt like I couldn’t do anything with it besides use the end. I did however like how it went on and how my lashes looked after. Maybe if I had the full size it would be better but mini size is a hard no.

Smashbox Super Fan Fanned-Out Mascara

The price of the full size is $24, which surprised me. I’ve never used Smashbox but I was impressed with them! I loved how this went on, it actually fanned out my lashes WITHOUT clumping them together and I think this is because of the brush. It is a more natural look which is perfectly fine for me for an everyday use. I wouldn’t use this for say going out or you could while using false lashes. Needless to say I liked this mascara and was probably my favourite out of the whole pack (and the one I’m probably getting the full size of).

Write in the comments if you used this pack or any of these mascaras and what you think!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.