February 2018 Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites
You guys know the drill. Today I’m coming at your with the beauty products and lifestyle things I loved during the month of February.
The tub in our new house is easily my favourite feature and I’ve been spending lots of time in the bath. Bubbles are always a requirement, but lately I’ve been using the Dr Teal’s Ultra Moisturizing Mineral Soak Super Moisturizer with Avocado Oil too. It’s different from any other epsom salt I’ve used because it’s more of a powder than a crystal formula. It’s fine, fluffy and dissolves really quickly to help soothe sore muscles. There’s not really a scent – at least not a strong one – but the avocado oil makes my skin feel nice and soft afterwards.
I bought this bag in the states and haven’t been able to find the Avocado Oil range locally. So I’m afraid it’s not actually available in Canada. If you spot it somewhere, let me know, cause I’m buying 20!
Now that I’m contributing to a mortgage, I’m being more cautious with my spending. Which means you’ll probably see more drugstore and affordable beauty on the blog. Starting with this fabulous mascara by Essence. It was around $5 and I’m super impressed with how long and full it makes my lashes look. It does seem to smudge a little, which is something I have never experienced with a mascara. So just be aware that if you have issues with mascara transferring to your lids or lower lash line, this may not be the one for you.
I received this lipstick ages ago at a PR event, but for some reason I hadn’t tried it until a few weeks ago. The colour is a stunning, super bright fuchsia with chunks of glitter and blue reflects that not only achieve a somewhat metallic finish, but create the illusion of whiter teeth too.
The formula is interesting and not the most comfortable to wear. It’s quite sheer and thin when applied initially. It takes a couple of swipes to achieve full opacity. But once it has dried down, it seriously dries down!!! It’s locked in place and will not budge. I usually have to use a damp towel or micellar water on a cotton round to scrub away the colour.
I’m not a very organized person. And I’ve been known to purchase notebooks and agendas in an effort to get my shit together. However, the excitement of a beautifully patterned cover doesn’t last long, and I lose interest fairly quickly.
I’m thrilled to report that I am addicted to my bullet journal and I feel more organized than ever before! I took advantage of boxing day sales last year and purchased the Leuchtturm1917. The page features dots, rather than lines, and allows for complete creative control. I’m able to set up a monthly calendar and weekly logs in a way that makes the most sense for my tasks and events.
It’s also ignited a love of doodling!! I really enjoy making my bullet journal look pretty and colourful. And along the way I’ve found that practicing calligraphy, writing quotes and drawing flowers can be incredibly therapeutic.
When we moved into our house we decided not to get cable (which I’m thinking a lot of people our age are doing these days…). So instead I’ve been discovering a ton of new shows on Netflix!
I’m not sure I’ll do Altered Carbon justice trying to explain what happens. In fact, I feel as though I need to watch the whole thing from start to finish again to truly understand for myself. The Netflix original is a futuristic sci-fi series with a ton of drama. Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that most characters are basically immortal and have the ability to switch their souls with different bodies. There’s a ton of twists, turns, violence, nudity and mystery in each of the 10 episodes. Although I will admit that the first episode is slow. I wasn’t really into the show until episode #2, but I was surprised at how INTO IT I got. It doesn’t seem like the type of show I would watch (especially compared to the next few shows I’m going to discuss). But I thoroughly enjoyed it! While extremely bizarre and probably not for everyone, I do think that Altered Carbon caters to a wide (adult) audience.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
I discovered and binge watched Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 8 faster than any other show I’ve watched. Unbeknown to me, however, the previous seven seasons are not available on Netflix. (Whyyyyyy????) I was so disappointed that I couldn’t watch more.
Luckily, I only had to wait a couple of weeks before Season 9 was added!!
I love this show for a few reasons:
- Ru Paul Charles is hilarious!!!! (Gorgeous too – as a man and as a woman)
- The makeup is fierce!!!!
- It spreads really awesome messages about inclusivity and individuality
Skin Wars features artists that specialize in body painting. Contestants are tasked with telling stories, camoflaging models into different backgrounds, and creating optical illusions. Their skills are impressive!! Plus the show features Ru Paul as a judge!!
Zumbo Just Desserts
Adriano Zumbo is an Australian pastry chef and basically a modern Willy Wonka. The reality competition features skilled amateurs vieing for a top prize of $100,000 and having to please the judges with their desserts. Those in the bottom must go head-to-head and recreate one of Zumbo’s magical desserts. I was absolutely blown away by some of the creations! Some defy gravity, some tower 30cm high, some feature layers upon layers and some feature multiple desserts in one. You truly have to watch it for yourself to understand just how amazing the sweet dishes are.
What are your current favourite TV shows?