Hello! How have you all been? I feel like I’ve barely gotten to talk with you guys since reducing my blog schedule. 2020 has been so busy, I was hoping for a slower year but nope! To be fair if I hadn’t been sick for literally an entire month I might have felt differently.
I’m trying to make an effort to be social this year instead of hermitting myself in my house and pouring all of myself into the internet. It’s kind of working. I’ve been spending more time with friends & family, and Mike & I even snuck a date night in! We also just booked a few days away in Banff for our anniversary. We haven’t been in a long time, so we chose a fancier hotel and are planning on going to the Fairmont Lake Lousie for High Tea and doing some hiking! I’m looking forward to it.
Anyways, that’s what’s going on with me so far in 2020. Life hasn’t slowed down but I’ve still been enjoying trying new makeup and skincare throughout the last month. Today I’m writing an OG favourites post. I’ve made a few life changing discoveries this month and I can’t wait to share them!
Things I’ve been Loving In February – Beauty
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish remover
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish Remover blew my freakin’ mind this year. I love to paint my nails at home but I always find it so tedious removing the last traces of polish from my fingernails. I usually buy QUO polish remover from Shoppers Drug Mart but I was wasting an entire cotton ball for each fingernail!
I decided to try Mineral Fusion, a brand that was highly recommended on Amazon. This nail polish remover is pricier than Quo but it’s fantastic — I can remove the polish from both hands with only one cotton ball. I’m shook!
I’m never going back to Quo polish remover, Mineral Fusion has it beat. It’s also acetone free!
OPI Matte Top Coat
I finally found the OPI matte top coat at Marshalls! It came in a $10 set with a magenta polish. I kept the matte top coat and gifted the magenta polish to my sister in law for Christmas. I love that I can change any polish into a matte finish now! My favourite winter combo is currently the shade 1735 from KL Polish (a cozy blue that is sadly not available anymore) paired with this top coat.
If you can’t tell I’m pretty happy about my new Zoya Polishes too!
BH Cosmetics Eyeshadows
At the moment I’m absolutely obsessed with BH Cosmetics. I bought my first BH Cosmetics eyeshadow palette in December and I was absolutely blown away by the quality. I specifically picked up the Love In London (reviewed here) and Desert Oasis palettes. The mattes are the most buttery, pigmented things I’ve ever seen at the under $20 price point. I think the only palette I own that’s actually better than this is my Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 Palette. Move over Colourpop, there’s a new favourite in town!
The metallics in these palettes have such a beautiful, foiled shine. They’re too shimmery to be worn as a face highlight but they’re stunning on the eyes.
I recently picked up the Glam Reflections Rosé palette for $7CAD at Marshalls. It’s been discontinued online, but I’m mentioning it anyways. I encourage you to pay less attention to whether a release is “older” or not. I see so many creators apologizing for sharing something that isn’t “new” and I’m like, who the hell cares? If you love it, love it! Never apologize.
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
Recently one of my ColourPop BFF Mascara’s bit the bullet – it rolled off a counter and the tube completely broke… What kind of cheap packaging does that!?
I never purchase new mascaras because it takes me so long to finish the ones I already have. I have a backlog of unopened minis from when I was subscribed to a million beauty boxes, so I went through my minis and chose the Bad Gal Bang Mascara from Benefit Cosmetics.
This mascara is so good! It gives my lashes serious length, and while it doesn’t do much for curl (nothing does for me) I find that the effect gives my lashes enough of a boost that I haven’t worn eyeliner in a month. This is actually a big step for me! Bad Gal Bang doesn’t flake and the tiny spikes on the wand are great for getting at my teeny tiny short bottom lashes. I found tiny baby blonde bottom lashes that I didn’t even know existed with this mascara.
I’d love to say that I would purchase it full size, but let’s be real — I have four mascaras in the queue which will take me three years to get through. But for the record I highly recommend the Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara,
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin
I can’t rave about this gel moisturizer enough. I’ve shared been sharing hydro boost in favourites posts since 2017!
If you have dry skin like mine that can also be acne prone Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a lifesaver. It’s lightweight so it doesn’t clog my pores like thicker creams and it’s packed with hyaluronic acid!
I keep testing out other moisturizers but after my Paula’s Choice Resist Line trial resulted in dry flaky patches on my cheeks I’ve realized that this is it. My holy grail, my ride or die. Nothing gets better than Hydro Boost for me and I’m going to stop trying to find something better. After two days of using this my dry patches were almost gone, and with continued use they will stay gone. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
Related Reading: Neutrogena Hydro Boost for Extra Dry Skin Review
Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lipsticks
I don’t understand why these lipsticks don’t have a 5 star rating online. I’m really skeptical of Shoppers drug mart reviews these days, I don’t trust most of the reviews on shopping sites anymore. These lipsticks dry down matte, but they’re not incredibly drying like ColourPop’s Ultra Matte lips or the Kylie Matte lip kits.
The formula is really comfortable, and I find that these lipsticks last a good amount of time before fading. My favourite is the shade Posh Nude from Maryam Maquillage’s Pixi Pretties Collab. It’s sad that you can only get that shade in a kit with a black glittery fairy lights shadow. I’ll never use the shadow but I love the lipstick.
I’m also loving the shade Pleasing Pink!
*These lipsticks were gifted to me, but this post isn’t sponsored. All opinions are my own*
Our new Bed
My husband & I decided that it was about time we bought a proper bed frame. Now that we’re in a home without carpets our creaky metal bed frame with wheels was rolling across the room every time we got in bed.
We spent some time browsing Wayfair before settling on the Braiden Sleigh Bed. I love the filters on wayfair, you can narrow down thousands of results to find what you really want. We needed a bed with a headboard that wasn’t going to be five feet tall. It’s surprisingly hard to find shorter headboards in stores these days!
As a disclaimer, the instructions to put this bed together were awful. It took us three hours when it really only should have taken half the time. They instructed us to use the wrong screws for the headboard and never mentioned securing the headboard to the rest of the frame, or what screws to use for that. There were also no words, only diagrams. We were pretty grumpy after a few hours, but my husband got to try out his new power drill so he wasn’t too upset.
Now that the bed frame is together though I must say, I love it! The bed is now stationary and doesn’t roll across the room when I sit down. There’s no more creaking every time I turn over in my sleep and the pillows no longer fall behind the bed. I’m so glad we decided to upgrade!
If you want to see more home inspo check out my Home Decor Wish List!
Mike & I are on season 2 of Schitt’s Creek. I didn’t know this but it’s a Canadian show! The premise is that a wealthy family loses everything and has to move to a backwater town called Schitt’s Creek without any of the comforts they’re used to. Everyone in the family is ridiculous, except maybe the Dad who is trying to hold his family together.
My husband I I like to yell “EW DAVID” just like Alexis sometimes. Watch the show, you’ll get it.
The Wolf Among Us
I finally played The Wolf Among Us, a darker fantasy inspired story by Telltale Games. The game focuses on a world where Fables come to life and live in Fabletown, the magical side of New York. The Fables are Glamoured so Mundanes don’t know what they are. You play as Bigby Wolf, otherwise known as the Bag Bad Wolf. The Wolf has left his past behind and is now the Sherif of Fabletown. Early on in the game you begin working a murder case. It gets rather dark.. but the story was compelling enough that I had to know what happens!
This is one of those games like Life Is Strange where all the choices you make matter and will affect the outcome of the story. Speaking of Life Is Strange, I just completed Life Is Strange 2 Chapter 1!
What have you been loving this Month?
Thanks for reading x