Beauty Haul

1 Sep

Lately I’ve been more and more interested in beauty products. I usually wear makeup everyday but in years past have not really paid too much attention to what I was doing unless it was for a special occasion. Instead I’ve mainly applied makeup absentmindedly, only focused on achieving a generic end result of some powder on my face for good measure, a quick swipe of eye shadow and mascara, perhaps some blush and if I remembered some lip gloss or lip balm. In fact, there have been times when some of this makeup has been applied without a mirror!

Now I’m exploring, discovering and learning more about different products and having a lot of fun with it. Here are some recent purchases:

Clockwise from top left: AC Almond Bar Soap; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner; BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss; Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner; Body Shop Body Scrub in Coconut; Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen; Say Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes; Sephora Formula X; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Coverage Foundation; Body Shop Body Scrub in Shea; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

Clockwise from top left: AC Almond Bar Soap; Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner; BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss; Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner; Body Shop Body Scrub in Coconut; Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen; Say Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes; Sephora Formula X; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Coverage Foundation; Body Shop Body Scrub in Shea; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

AC Almond Bar Soap with Pure Tuscan Olive Oil
I picked this lovely bar of soap up at Winners just this weekend. I love buying new soaps to use in addition to my usual Dove bar and this one smells amazing. Almond soap is always a good idea.

Say Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes
I’ve used these before and they are probably my favourite out all facial clothes because they are so gentle. The price point is kind of high though and I basically purchased the travel version for an upcoming cottage weekend.

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer
I am quite enjoying this lipgloss. I’ve been wanting to explore more nude shades and this one has a hint of gold. It’s sheer to medium coverage so it’s not too overwhelming which is what I’m looking for in a nude shade.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in Deep Sand
These two purchases were purely influenced by beauty vlogs that I’ve been watching lately. I actually was not “in need” of a new foundation but I was curious to try something new. The deep sand shade both matched and blended into my skin so flawlessly I basically decided that I could not, not get it.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Jet Black
I knew this was a cult favourite and I’ve been curious about trying the winged liner technique with a liquid liner. In fact when I went to my local Sephora, only 3 of these were left on the shelf. I have yet to try the winged technique but I’m absolutely loving the look of this liquid liner. It also stays on really well, even after a gym class.

Revlon CustomEyes

Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in Naturally Glamorous
This was a bit of a random purchase from one of those beauty stalls at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). I’ve visited these stalls on previous occasion usually purchasing some odd nail polish shades with regret. However, I’ve wanted to try out some eye shadows in a nude palette so I thought I would explore with a fairly inexpensive option. This one cost me only $4!

Body Scrub
Body Shop Body Scrub in Coconut and Shea
I purchased the travel size of these to first test them out. So far I’ve only tried the coconut one but it is delightful! A nice change from some other rather abrasive body sugars that I’ve purchased in the past. I think I’m going to be using these up rather quickly.

Neutrogena UltraSheer Face Sunscreen in SPF 45
I have been using sunscreen from purchased from a dermatologist for a couple of years but they no longer carry the particular brand and my last bottle recently expired. I’ve been in desperate need of something new. I decided to try Neutrogena which is usually pretty good for sensitive skin types. The application of this sunscreen is so amazingly smooth and works very well under makeup. I wear sunscreen almost religiously everyday and I’m really loving this one so far.

Nail polish
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in I Lilac You and Sephora Formula X in Standout 
I absolutely love, love, love these two shades and both nail polish brands have great durability. I wore the Formula X all long weekend and could not stop showing off my nails to anyone who would pay attention. Just tonight I switched to Sally Hansen, which is a perfect yet fun neutral for the work week ahead. These shades are my conscious move away from more shimmery colours that I’m used to wearing. I’m hoping to continue wearing these spring/summer shades well into the fall.

That about sums it up. Can’t wait to do this again with some new purchases in the future.

Until next time.



When Your BF is a Jokester

29 Aug

Took me a second to realize what was really going on…



The Return to Spin

23 Apr

I’ve been spinning a lot lately. I’ve worked it into my schedule to attend spin class at least once a week, sometimes twice. Last night’s spin class was pretty amazing. I was on point! I pushed myself hard. I got into the music and climbed all the hills and raced all the flat roads. It was great.

These girls are not sweating enough!

These guys are not sweating enough!

And then this song came on and I emptied the tank until fatigue!

We cooled down soon afterwards and when I put my leg up on the handle bars to stretch, a leg SPASM began. Oooh it was so painful! I paused for a moment trying not to panic. I even thought I would just continue stretching but then I realized how insane that would be and quickly dropped my leg like a ton of bricks. I’m sure it had something to do with lactic acid build up or something. Crazy way to end an intense workout. Hopefully next time (i.e.: tomorrow), I don’t end up with the same nasty surprise.

Until next time…

Oh yeah…

13 Apr

I forgot I had a blog.
Someone mentioned to me the other day that I should start it up again.

Here are some other blogs I’ve been enjoying during my hiatus:

Healthy Living/Fitness

Run Eat Repeat - She’s always running and is obsessed with watermelon.
Tone It Up - These girls always keep me in check.
TrulyJess – Check out her YouTube channel. Uber motivational and super positive.

All Things Home

Apartment Therapy – A necessity.
desire to inspire  – Pure eye candy.
My Scandinavian Home – A personal fave.


Sincerely Jules – Love her style!
The Beauty Department – Always full of useful information.
The Backseat Styles – They always have their finger on the pulse.

See you next time!

Tiki Made Me Do It

6 Aug

This morning I got up, went outside and RAN. I haven’t run outside for a long while but someone inspired me…

Tiki Gelana, the 2012 women’s olympic marathon winner.
Frankly I cannot imagine how these olympians can run for over 2 hours at such a fast pace. So crazy. So if they can do that, then I can run around my neighbourhood several times!
Plus the temperature dropped 10 degrees today so I really had no excuse.


4 Aug

Summer Runner


17 Jun

Sometimes this happens…

This image should be multiplied by 1,000 but I’m too lazy to do so (..due to the chip coma I’m in.)

….When you were really hoping this would happen

She looks so much happier then I feel right now..haha. Plus, she’s also getting a good bicep workout while holding up that heavy bowl of fruit.’s a win-win.

Let this be a lesson to MYSELF! OD-ing on chips is never a good thing.


My job is making me fat …a.k.a. I have no willpower.

10 Jun

The Meeting Leftovers

This is the food that is placed on the communal table that happens to be right in front of my desk. It comes from breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, and afternoon, “why do we even need snacks in this meeting” meetings.  When the meeting is finished, it all comes back to my office space.

Sample Leftovers:
-sandwiches and wraps in all shapes and sizes
-assortment of cookies
-blueberry, apple, cherry danishes
-assortment of muffins
-chocolate, cheese and butter croissants

 The Catered Affair

We have been having a lot of events at my work lately –parties if you will, that are professionally catered with hot and cold food, wine, etc. When the event winds down, we assess how much food is left and so not to have it be a complete waste, our real task of the night kicks in – eating what’s left!  Well, it’s not that drastic. We usually try to give it away to the students who helped work the event but since by the end of the event our job is done, we do tend to indulge a bit before it goes in the trash.

Sample Catered Goodness:
-crackers and cheese
-baked goods of every kind
-chicken skewers
-mini pizzas
-fruit and veggies with dip

The Baker’s Goodies

This is the co-worker who likes to bake but is smart enough to not get herself fat and as a result unloads her goodies on her unsuspecting colleagues. I had one of these at my old work. She claimed that she was allergic to sugar and flour etc. and couldn’t eat the cookies she made, so we all had to. Maybe she was indeed allergic to sugar because the sheer amount she put in them was shocking! Bless her heart.

A couple of days ago my colleague unloaded chocolate chip coconut squares. They were nowhere near healthy judging from the yummy buttery sugar base. When she brought them over she kind of plopped them on the communal table saying: “Here you go!” I think she was really saying: “Damn I overdosed on these over the weekend and it sure as hell cannot continue! Be gone sugary goodness!”

The Popular Coworker

This is when your colleague becomes your favourite person in the office by bringing in some purchased treat just for kicks: “Here’s your morning pick me up guys. Enjoy!” or “What a tough afternoon, this will make it all better!”

Sample Offerings:
-multiple Tim Horton’s Timbits
-Twizzlers Licorice


The Manger’s Bounty

I think part of the way my manager presents herself as a friendly person is the ever-present candy at her desk – always at least two varieties. She sometimes grabs a handful to share during a small meeting but usually they are there in front her desk, for people to graze over during a meeting in her office. And the best part – people, including me at times, have a tendency to go into her office just to grab some candy – both when she is there and when she is not!

Sample Bounty:
-Werther’s Originals
-Riesen Chocolate
-Hersey’s Kisses


So… you can see how my willpower is a bit strained.

What is your workplace feeding you? Do you exercise willpower?

Excuse Me Sir

4 Jun

Dear Sir,

Kindly refrain from bringing a fresh box of pizza into the gym.  No one needs to smell that while you wait around.  And just who are you waiting for…with a box of PIZZA… at the GYM?!  I mean come on!

Sincerely yours,

Annoyed gym goer.







Race Highlights

28 May

So you may remember that I was all set to run a race. Well I ran it, survived it and did pretty well! Here is my race story:

Getting ready for my first race!

Race day for me started at 6am.  I got up early to get ready and most importantly eat because I wanted ample time to digest. Running can do “funny things” to your stomach, as the Healthy Tipping Point explains (see GROSS-OUT #2) and I wanted to do all I could to avoid said “funny things.”  My friend, her sister, and I got dropped off near the race headquarters. We were über excited and nervous. We were all running our first races!

Corral Lineup.

We took in the atmosphere and had lots of time to get to our corrals.  In fact my friend and I thought that we should use the extra 35 min we had to visit the bathroom one last time (nervous pee!).  Where we were stationed in our corral, the port-a-potties disappeared and coffee shops were our only option. The line up wasn’t crazy but everyone was taking so long that by the time it was our turn, we had maybe 2 minutes to pee and then run all the way to the start line. When there are over 22,000 people running a race, and you decide to be in the last corral, you start lining up a long way away from the start line!  So we sprinted and just as we got there, we had maybe 30 seconds to catch our breathes before the start gun went off!

Obviously this is not my photo.

The start of the race was really fun. There were groups of people cheering along the way, and my friend and I kept cheering back. We weaved in and out of people, sometimes bumping into each other to maintain a fast pace and avoid the “clumps” of people.

Everything was grand until maybe the 3km mark, which is when my shin started paining. Every step was brutal but I kept at it. Why this happened, I don’t know. And then my pre-existing injury, the Achilles tendon, flared up at 5km. Double pain! By the time we got to 7km, I didn’t even care because all I could think about was how tired I was.

My amazing friend kept cheering me on and telling me how great I was doing. Where she found the energy to do this, I don’t know.
Then at around 8.5km, I got annoying.  People watching the race kept yelling that we were almost there, yet I couldn’t see the finish line and I reeealllly wanted to see the finish line! I made sure to express this desire to my friend by repeating a million times:

“Where is the finish line?! I don’t see it! I don’t see the finish line! Where is it?!”

Finally we crossed a bridge, loud music was playing ahead of us and there it was! Soon enough, with maybe 1/4 of a kilometre to go, something came over me and I felt a sudden urge to sprint..HARD!  And so I did. My friend told me later that she was stunned and couldn’t believe where I got the energy from. She was amazing too because as soon as I started to dash, she was right behind me!  I felt like a real athlete and crossed the finish line proud!

Can you spot me?

We were both elated to finish the race and even more to do it under an hour! I came in at 55 minutes and change and my friend finished a couple of seconds later at 56 minutes.

I’m a runner yo! See, I wasn’t lying about the sprint! I’m not even touching the ground!

My friend is now ready to run marathons, take on triathlons and maybe conquer an Ironman. I’m just happy that I finished and have a medal to prove it! :)




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