Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

When I picked up that dusty pink mailer from FedEx, I knew it was going to be a good day. Of course I wasted no time and dug right into the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection. I’ve had the Pillow Talk lip liner for a long time and it’s been a colour I return to time and time again. In this video, I try on ALL of the lip products as well as use the three Pillow Talk Palettes. Let’s just say, it’s a real Pillow Talk moment – I probably should have been wearing pink too. Anyway, I’m still trying to find my new normal at this house so bear with me until I find a filming setup that works well. Keep scrolling for photos of the collection and links to all the products I used to achieve this lewk.💄

DISCLAIMER: all items marked with * indicated gifted product

💦 SKIN  PRODUCTS USED 💦

*CHARLOTTE TILBURY  Magic Cream Moisturizer

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection

There are quite a few items that make up the complete Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection so thank you very much for sticking with me throughout the whole post. I know it’s a lot to take in! This is one of those collections that I believe will be on regular rotation for me every day. If you want more post like this, check out the Beauty section of my blog or head on over to my YouTube channel for more videos like this. I also have a Full Face of Charlotte Tilbury Makeup post as well! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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Hydrated Skincare Routine with Neutrogena

Hydrated Skincare Routine with Neutrogena

Hydrated Skincare Routine with Neutrogena

This post is sponsored by Neutrogena. All opinions on this blog are my own.

Winter is one of those times when I have to go the extra mile for my skin. Despite putting on my humidifier nightly, I still have to be vigilant when it comes to keeping my skin hydrated. Neutrogena Hydro Boost is all about keeping the skin hydrated. It’s a line I’ve been using for a couple of years now so you may recall I included it in My Morning Skincare Routine post. Since then, I’ve also been testing out the other products in the line. I love combining it in my existing routine, and as a Hydro Boost specific routine. The key ingredient in Hydro Boost is hyaluronic acid, which helps to hold your skin’s moisture in. This is absolutely necessary for me living in a dry climate – I need all the moisture I can trap! With that said, here is my hydrated skincare routine with Neutrogena Hydro Boost. 

Morning Routine

Every morning routine should always start with an exfoliation to scrub away the dead skin and start fresh. I’ve loved the Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser for a couple of years now so it’s always how I start my routine. It’s not abrasive and leaves my skin feeling fresh. After that, I follow up with the Hydro Boost Multi-Vitamin Booster with Hyaluronic Acid. Always 👏🏼Use 👏🏼 A 👏🏼 Serum 👏🏼! This one in particular combines Vitamin E capsules (known to reduce the damage of UV rays) and purified hyaluronic acid. The last step of my routine is adding a gel moisturizer with SPF – my first choice is the Hydro Boost Gel Cream with SPF 15. On days when I’m spending more time outside, I will wear a SPF of 30 or 45 like the Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion over top as well. It’s lightweight and soaks in quickly and never leaves me feeling sticky (like some sunscreens). ☀️

Nighttime Routine

In the evening my skincare routine has a few more steps. First, I cleanse with the Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel. I love the texture of it and can also use it with my Clarisonic. As I mentioned before, serums are everything! For nighttime, I use the Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum but the Multi-Vitamin Booster would work great too! Since it’s winter, I top off my face with the Hydro Boost Gel Cream Extra Dry formula which also contains hyaluronic acid. 💦The Hydro Boost Gel Eye Cream is an essential! I typically shower before bed and then moisturize my whole body with the Fragrance-Free Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream. I love that Neutrogena has scentless options! Their Whipped Body Balm is also great for dry winters and easy to take along for travel. As for the hands, I always have cream in my bag at all times, the Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream has been my choice as of late. 

Hydrated Skincare Routine with Neutrogena

Taking care of my skin has always been a priority for me, even back when I was using Neutrogena as a teenager. It’s so cool that I’ve been able to partner with a brand I’ve used for decades! Especially since I’m able to talk about some products I’ve been using and loving for years. These are all items you will be seeing in one of my forthcoming empties videos! Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help support this blog!

Neutrogena recently sent me a sneak peak of their latest line, Neutrogena Bright Boost that promises to restore my skin’s brightness and treat the three main signs of dullness – dehydration, uneven tone and texture; I can’t wait to try it out! It’s available now at Shoppers Drug Mart. And for Canadians, if you buy anything from this line from @shoppersdrugmartofficial, you can get 5x the Optimum points until January 24th 2020. 

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A Vlog About Nothing

A Vlog About Nothing

A Vlog About Nothing

Cecily, my bff, came to town for a short visit and we made the most of it! I hope you enjoy our banter together, it only took 17 years to perfect. We talk about traffic circles, collecting things, and the internet. You know, just the interesting stuff! So please enjoy! This is A Vlog About Nothing…. Just as Seinfeld was a show about nothing, this vlog is truly about nothing… and yet everything at the same time. It’s about friendship, it’s about quality time, and it’s about getting warm beverages on cold days. 

If this was enjoyable and you want more video content, check out the Watch section or head directly to my YouTube channel. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

In my opinion, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing renovation progress! My 1970s Condo Renovation Before and After has been a post in the making for a few years. I originally bought the condo as a major fixer upper at the end of 2015. It was a painfully slow process but now looking back now, it was very rewarding experience. In the meantime, I have now sold this place and moved onto my next project, a 1960s bungalow where I can live out my grooviest life. The “after” photos are courtesy of my realtor, Patti Proctor, and we taken by Cheryl Silsbe.   

Dining Room

My dining room was the first area of my condo that I publicly revealed. This was mostly due to the fact that not a lot needed to be changed in here in the first place. The walls were extremely yellowed so a fresh coat of white paint was in order. Before we did that, I took down the vertical blinds, my personal nemesis when it comes to window coverings, and ripped out the ugly carpet. I originally wanted to do polished cement floors but it would have taken me a century to buff out the concrete so I opted for a faux wood look instead. All that was left to do after that was to find a swag light with a long enough cord which I talked all about in my Dining Room Reveal post. It was surprisingly elusive.

Living Room

It feels like a cop out even mentioning this as a seperate room since it’s attached to the dining room and bar area but I make the rules around here so let’s talk about it like it’s a seperate space. Even though I know it’s not. For the longest time I had camping chairs as my living room furniture. I was a blogger with a dark secret – my house was not a home by any means. Those were weird times. Eventually I tore out the carpet and took down the severely stained silk curtains; I wish they could have been salvaged! Those were replaced with the same flooring that was throughout the condo and velvet curtains from IKEA. 

 

The Bar

Again, this isn’t a seperate room but you will have to humour me here. I took out the velvet arm rest that was attached to the bar. It was weird. Everything else I kept exactly the same aside from changing the floor and lightbulbs. This little nook was what originally sold me on the condo when I first saw it. I even made an episode of Cocktails with Sandy – the Spicy Caesar in it.

The Kitchen

The kitchen was a real wild ride and one of the rooms that had a complete overhaul. We stripped it completely down which included replacing a piece of drywall due to what appeared to be mould. I’m still trying to figure out why anyone would have saloon doors in such a small kitchen – those were the first to go. Then the hideous textured wallpaper, crooked cupboards, burnt olive countertop, stained linoleum, and old appliances. When I stay everything, I mean it. I bought my appliances from Costco, the cupboards from IKEA, and the countertop from Habitat for Humanity. The subway tiling I found in a second hand store in Arizona for super cheap. Big thanks to my dad for really making the kitchen come together with all his skillz.

PROGRESS SHOTZZZZZ

While my bathroom was being reno’d I had to move my life into the kitchen as it was the only working sink. I do not miss this phase. Also, I left the blue plastic on my kitchen cupboards for the longest time because I had a feeling I was going to be selling it sooner than later.

What an improvement! I ended up going with a smaller fridge just so it would be flush with the wall and countertop. Nothing drives me more insane than when an appliance sticks out in a weird way. Clean lines and surfaces!!!! (If you’re a fan of Absolutely Fabulous, you know.)

The Bedroom

Mostly this room just needed a little refresh which included new floors and paint. And of course new curtains! The rug in here was a stained pink number that matched the stained glossier pink drapes. Yikes. Check out the link below for a full video room tour.

My Bedroom Tour

The Hallway

The only redeeming quality about the entrance was the built in shelf with the undermount lighting. It was exactly what any 70s pad needed and another design detail that attracted me to the property to begin with. More beige textured wallpaper had to come down, linoleum had to be peeled, and walls needed to be painting. We even replaced the lighting as it resembled the brass display cases elderly ladies have for their miniature crystal figurines. Not for me! The final touch was painting the inside of the front door a glossy black. 

Bathroom #1

Where do I even begin with bathroom number one? The unit above me was under renovation and the really amazing plumbers they hired managed to drain both their toilet and bathtub through my ceiling fan and hatch. It was a nightmare and was the reason why I didn’t go to SXSW despite having media accreditation. I will never forgive them for that! I digress, I recently rewatched the video I took of the water coming through the ceiling – my advice for anyone in a shared space situation like a condo: always take photographic/video evidence. If you’re a woman, tradesmen will always try and make you feel as though you’re over exaggerating the situation and talk down to you. One cannot deny live footage of water pouring out of a ceiling. Thanks to that, I had my drywall replaced and a dehumidifier brought in. They tried to tell me it would dry on it’s own, that it wasn’t a big deal, I refused to be quiet until they did the right thing. 

The rest of the bathroom reno was very chill. This is a short list of what we did:

  • bought a new sink / vanity / faucet from IKEA because the old ones were HIDEOUS
  • wayfair gifted me this cute circular mirror
  • sanded down + painted the tub white
  • left the tiling because I really loved it
  • spray bombed the light fixture silver because I also loved it and wanted to repurpose it (it’s amazing what you can do with spray paint!)
  • added towel racks and changed the lightswitch plates

En Suite Bathroom

This room pains me a little. In my heart of hearts I wanted so badly to save this majestic wallpaper but it was not meant to be. It was damaged in many spots. In addition to that, I would have to keep the terrible counter over the toilet too which meant keeping the janky vanity as well. RIP that foil beauty which was an absolute nightmare to remove. We ended up having to re-drywall over the entire washroom because the wallpaper destroyed the walls. I ended up losing a few inches on square footage in the washroom because of that but it was no big deal since it was already absurdly larger than it needed to be. There were two closets in there too! The sink and vanity I bought from IKEA, the mirror was gifted from Wayfair, and I kept the original lighting to because it was rad. My dad painstakingly figured out how to replace the metal closet doors with all mirrors – my favourite!

Me doing my best impression of a Goblin muppet from the Labyrinth

1970s Condo Renovation Before and After

Thanks so much for coming along on this renovation journey! For my next project, I’m thinking of updating as I go along rather than waiting for a huge reveal – let me know if that interests you! I didn’t bother including the two other bedrooms because not much changed in them that was worth noting – flooring and paint! If you want a complete tour of my condo, check out My Home Tour post below. I hope you enjoyed my 1970s Condo Renovation Before and After.

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Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Edmonton Ice Castle

Hellooooooo ice. Here’s me at the Edmonton Ice Castle looking like a 60s girl group member meets 90s skater. And I’m into that. The jacket I found last winter while thrifting. When it comes to vintage coats, I gravitate towards anything quilted. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve been hanging around here for a while. Anyway, here are some frosty photos of me. Check out info on the castle here. For more vintage coat work, check out Thrifted Winter Coats.

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Products I’ve Used Up – 2019 Empties

Products I’ve Used Up – 2019 Empties

Products I’ve Used Up

All the fun year-end wrap up posts are happening this week! Here’s a video of me going through last year’s garbage aka my empties and talking about which ones I liked most of all. I definitely filmed this as I was packing up my condo in September so this isn’t *all* of my 2019 empties but I most likely won’t film another one of these for a while because that would be a snooze. And with that, I present to you: all the Products I’ve Used Up! For more videos, peep my YouTube channel here or my blog’s beauty section. Can’t get enough of snooping my garbage? Here’s my 2018 Empties Tour. xo 

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