1/16/18

Why I Don't Feel Guilty For Making My Parents Empty Nesters

Dev and I have officially moved into our home and for the first time in 27 years my parents are empty nesters. Now, being an only child, I always thought I would feel extremely guilty or sad when moving day came around. But for some reason the whole experience felt quite natural!

Before anyone jumps to conclusion or calls this post ruthless (like Dev did when I mentioned the idea to him) I wanted to share a quote my Mom posted to Facebook shortly after we moved:

"To raise a child, who is confident enough to leave you, means you've done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own." - Author Unknown. 



I love my parents! They've raised me to become the person I am today - someone who is responsible and privileged to purchase a home where I can live independently and begin making new memories, and I am truly grateful.

I'm choosing to spread my wings and be the best Birdy I can be! Although I assure you, my parents will always have a job to do. I will continue to call them for advice or suggestions when things seem to fall apart (literally and figuratively) and they will forever be my Mom and Dad - my biggest supporters, motivators, family members and friends.


Luckily I have only moved 20 minutes away. I couldn't imagine what it would have been like if I had moved across the country, but I'm positive it would not have been as easy.

I actually think this experience will be good for my relationship with my parents. In fact, I've talked to my mom on the phone every day since we've moved out. Whereas before, it was not uncommon to sit in the living room (silent) while watching TV or scrolling on our phones. Even worse, there were times when we would hibernate in separate rooms because of a difference in TV show interests. It may sound crazy, but I imagine I will talk and see my parents more now that I'm not living with them, and I look forward to doing so!

Gone are the days of feeling like we're living on top of each other, and gone are the days of being told what to do (OK, this might be a bit harsh, but it's true - especially for only children, no matter what age).

Of course, I must take a bit of onus...gone are the days of doing laundry during the day because I didn't pay the hydro bill. And I'm sure my parents are looking forward to this one...gone are the days of strolling in late at night, drunk and loud, therefore waking them from their slumber.

I hope it will be good for their relationship with one another as well, for they will no longer need to worry or argue about me. Instead they can focus on themselves and do the things that make them happy - whether that be together or individually.

It's a time of change for everyone, but change is good!

xxx

1/5/18

My Favourite Drugstore Discoveries of 2017

Hello 2018! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and partied hard on New Years Eve! Personally, my holidays were quite busy, but in the best way possible - Dev and I officially became homeowners!! We received the keys to our home on December 29 and have been busy shopping at IKEA, building furniture, cleaning, painting, packing and unpacking. 

I had hoped to get this post up sooner but there are just not enough hours in a day! I'm planning on writing a similar post featuring my favourite high-end discoveries of 2017, but I can't make any promises! All of my makeup has been packed away and by the time I find everything, take photos and  sit down to write, I'm worried we'll be deep into the new year and the post may no longer be relevant. Let me know if it's something you would like to read regardless of when it gets posted. 


Anyhoo...long intro over, here are some of my favourite product discoveries of 2017:

Revlon ColourStay Crème Eye Shadow in Crème Brulee
I'm all for quick and easy makeup that will get me out the door faster in the mornings and this Revlon Colourstay Crème Eye Shadow is perfect for swiping all over the lid. It's such a beautiful metallic champagne colour and stays put without creasing.


ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Fluffy
ColourPop is not a new brand for me, but this particular shade became available when the "drugstore-priced" company launched at Sephora in 2017 and I've been OBSESSED with it ever since! Similar to the Revlon ColourStay Crème Eye Shadow, it's super easy to swipe all over the lid - I like to use my fingers for maximum opacity - and looks great with any lip colour! It's basically all I've used towards the end of the year, and when I packed all of my makeup away, I set aside a few key products that I'd need to create an everyday look and this stunner was one of them! Along with concealer and mascara, of course!

Being X Sanctuary Spa Salted Caramel & Macadamia Bubble Bath
I didn't think I would ever cheat on my beloved LUSH Bubble Bars, but this particular product made me do it! The salted caramel and macadamia scent is insanely delicious! The bubbles aren't quite the same, but the yummy fragrance is definitely worth it!


L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
I went through several tubes of this magical mascara in 2017 and it was definitely one of my favourite discoveries! I have an entire review (here) if you're interested! It's a little pricey for a drugstore item in my opinion (L'Oreal in general has higher prices than other drugstore brands) but luckily it goes on sale frequently. I've also noticed that it can dry out or get goopey quite quickly, but the length and volume this mascara gives my lashes is 100% worth repurchasing...over and over and over again.


e.l.f. Cosmetics Nourishing Tinted Lip Oil in Mocha
This is another late discovery for me, but I've been using the e.l.f. Cosmetics Nourishing Tinted Lip Oil in Mocha non-stop since I hauled it in November. It feels so lightweight on the lips and adds a ton of shine. Plus it smells like cookies!


DECIEM The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I've fallen hard for The Ordinary brand and can't wait to try more products in the future, but the stand-out for me has to be the Hyaluronic Acid! I'm on my second bottle and I've even encouraged Dev to start using it too. It really helps replenish and attract moisture and I've noticed a difference in how plump and smooth my skin feels.


Garnier Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Sheet Mask
My go-to sheet mask for any pamper sessions is always the Garnier Moisture Bomb! It's inexpensive (regular $4.99, but I generally find mine on sale at Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart for $2.99) and I really love how saturated it is. It contains Hyaluronic Acid (ya baby!) and helps boost moisture for softer, more hydrated skin.


Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals
For just $5, this highlighter takes the cake! It's really pigmented and applies nicely to the skin without looking powder-y or chunky. I also personally like the pink tone of this particular shade and find that it lasts pretty much all day long on the tops of my cheekbones. Sometimes I'll even use it lightly as a blush topper!


Before signing off today I want to thank you all for taking the time to read my posts! I can't wait to produce more content for you in 2018, but please bare with me while I settle into my new place and get organized. I may not be able to stick to my regular posting schedule, but I promise I won't be M.I.A. for too long.

xxx

12/29/17

End Of Year Empties

For some reason, empty product posts are my least favourite to write. I have no problem putting them off as long as possible. The empty bottles, jars and tubes always pile up and mock me every time I walk by, yet I always wait until the bin is overflowing (and I become overwhelmed) before forcing myself to sit down and write each mini review.

But seeing as I'm moving in a week, it doesn't make sense to pack and transport garbage, so here we are...


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This cleanser is as simple as it can get. It's not scented and it doesn't foam, it's not colourful, nor does it contain glitter - and that's why I love it! It's super gentle on the skin and although it's not the best at removing makeup, it is good as a second step to truly clean and remove toxins from the skin.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
I recently purchased the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, and while it is beautiful, I have to say the Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater version is my favourite! It's soothing and the fragrance is refreshing - like a quick trip to the spa! Check out my full review (here) to read more!

The Body Shop Pinita Colada Shower Gel
This fragrance reminds me of summer! I'm a big fan of The Body Shop shower gels and this one was deliciously fruity and a delight to use.


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (Travel Size)
Removing makeup with an oil or balm feels way more luxurious. It makes the process not only easier, but also much more enjoyable, and therefore I become excited to wash my face every night. It's also a sneaky bonus step to help my skin feel more moisturized.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (x2)
Applying foundation and concealer with anything but a sponge feels super strange to me. Unfortunately, I can't justify a beautyblender every few months, so instead I opt for the more affordable (but just as good) Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have to admit, I am terrible at cleaning them after each use so sometimes they stain or get mould-y. Hence why I'm tossing two!


L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Even Moisturizer
This is my favourite moisturizer from the drugstore! I've gone through 3 tubs this year alone and until an affordable brand comes out with something new that knocks my socks off, this will continue to be my go-to.

Deciem The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I love this stuff so, so much and I have already purchased another. It helps my skin drink up moisture and I've noticed a significant difference in the overall tone. I find I've experienced less breakouts since I started using it too.

PS. I'm super excited to see Sephora carrying this brand now! I highly recommend checking out the entire line.


LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask
I really enjoyed using this face mask! It's kept in the refrigerator to ensure the all-natural and fresh ingredients don't spoil, and therefore feels super cooling on the skin. But unfortunately it expired before I had a chance to finish it up. *Sad Face*

The Face Shop Green Tea Face Mask
Last month I had a couple of pesky spots under my skin that weren't really pimples, but they were annoying and noticeable (especially when I wore makeup). I actually think this sheet mask helped get rid of them! It's drenched in a green tea serum, which is said to help soothe skin irritated by environmental stressors. I enjoyed my experience using this mask and can see myself picking up more in the future!


Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes
I honestly don't think I will ever buy any other brand of face wipes. OK...that may be a lie...I'm sure some innovative and super interesting product will be released that I won't be able to say not to. But until then, these are just so super affordable and they get the job done. A box costs $20 and contains a total of 150 wipes. The flip-top lid helps seal in the moisture and I recommend storing the packs upside down to ensure all of the towelettes are saturated (otherwise the first few can feel a little dry). They remove my makeup and never irritate my skin.

OPI Pink-ing of You
This is my favourite colour to wear on my toes in the summer and I'm super sad to learn that it is discontinued! It's such a perfect, girly pink and I was hoping to pick up another bottle now that this one is empty. If you know of any similar colours, leave me a comment below!

OPI Alpine Snow
Any nail art enthusiast needs a good white nail polish! It can be used as a base or accent for the coolest designs. It's is also a go-to of mine in the summer - I love how it looks with a tan.


Essie Matte About You Top Coat
Do you remember this post, when I confessed my love-hate relationship with matte nails? Despite the fact that they don't last very long, I do love the look of matte nails and I will probably repurchase this top coat...

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
I went out and bought a second tube of this mascara immediately after I tossed this one into my empties bin. It's one of my favourite discoveries this year and I absolutely love how thick and long it makes my eyelashes look.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
You guys know this is my holy grail eye liner! There's one in pretty much every empty products post...


Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain (Mini) in Blackberry Sorbet
I knew the size of this product was small, but I underestimated how quick I would use it up. I guess it just goes to show how much I loved the deep, burgundy colour. I have yet to buy a full-size (especially because I'm trying to use up some lip products in my current collection) but I have no doubts that it will be in the back of my mind when the time comes to contemplate a new lip colour to buy.

Now that wasn't so hard...

I really don't know why I wait so long to write about my empty products, and funny enough, they're actually some of my favourite to read or watch on YouTube. I think they're a great way to get an idea of how a product works, and generally when something is used up entirely, it's a good indication that it was enjoyed (or at least not totally hated). I hope you enjoyed this one!

xxx