NYX @ SDM = OMG

A few of my favorite acronyms in the same sentence. OMG. Have you heard?!? NYX Cosmetics is coming to Shopper’s Drug Mart! Finally. I cried over Target’s tragic goodbye. I hunted down Ulta locations when I was on vacation. And I stalked London Drugs NYX displays hunting for LE items. But no more! Because my favorite store and favorite drugstore brand are making love becoming one.

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Rumor has it that Shopper’s did not renew their contract with Almay and instead will be carrying NYX Cosmetics in it’s place. I’m not complaining. Looks like SDM will also be carrying Joe Fresh cosmetic products in 2016.

With a rewards program like Optimum, I have a feeling I will soon be the proud owner of the entire NYX line. Are you as excited as I am?!?! I apologize in advance if you can’t get your hands on any because I’m pretty sure it will all be in my makeup bag.

Life Happens

Shit happens. Life happens. Sometimes it happens all at once. Sometimes it happens one after the other. Sometimes it feels like it will never stop. But the journey is just as important as the destination. Sometimes things happen that we can not control. Sometimes it’s about letting go of the control. That’s my struggle. CONTROL. Control of my life. Control of my body. Control of my finances. Control of my time. Control of my emotions. When I lose control, I feel like I lose my happiness.

Happiness is about letting each moment be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.

That’s my problem, What I think it should be. I have so many expectations, of myself. But when life happens and alters situations, I have incredible difficulty altering my expectations to reflect the situation. When did the pressure to have everything “perfect” get taken so personally? When did I allow “loss of control” to equal “vulnerable”?

Sometimes stressful times need to be held. “Held” in the sense that sometimes we rely on others to carry our emotional burden when we aren’t strong enough to hold it ourselves. I’m a holder. If there is even such a thing. Maybe it’s the psychologist in me, but the people closest to me tend to turn to me first when times get tough. I can handle it. I can be honest. I can be blunt. I genuinely want to help be their emotional support. Why is it that I can be realistic with others, but with myself I’m lacking self empathy? Why is it okay for everyone else to be human, but towards myself I show no compassion? Why can I carry others emotional burdens but never expect anyone to carry mine?

Moral of this rant? When I’m find myself climbing a never ending uphill battle, carrying so much that I can’t possibly carry anymore, I’m going to stop beating myself up over the fact that my arms are full … and just get a wagon.

Beauty After Hours

Who is going to the Sephora Beauty After Hours VIB Rouge Event?!?! I am!! And I’m so excited. I had a great time at the Beauty Before Brunch event in the spring, and I’m definitely looking forward to this event. The cosmetic bag filled with samples looks amazing! I’m loving that they are (once again) being offered for VIB Rouge‘s guests as well, regardless of their membership/loyalty level. And obviously I’m also loving that they are free with ANY purchase. On a budget or saving for all of the holiday collections? No problem. Because that’s my problem … too much want, not enough cash. I’m curious what the “Learn & Play” workshops will be! Maybe some trend looks like “Strobing”?
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The event takes place on Wednesday August 5th at 7pm. A much better time in my opinion. That 9am start was brutal!! And of course … 4x the points for Beauty Insider Appreciation Week! Hopefully there are some awesome rewards to redeem for!! ♡

Extrodinary Rewards, Extrodinary Disappointment

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Sephora. You perfectly pissed off the majority of your customers. But I’m sure the never ending complaints via phone and email, clued you in pretty quickly. Yes. I’m talking about the “Extrodinary Rewards” that were released today. Or should I say last night? I’m not sure, since they were released in the middle of the night, the wee hours of the morning.

So here’s my issue. I’m a VIB Rouge member. That means I spend an embarrassing amount of money at Sephora. You would expect that this level of membership would mean you were informed of all special events, promos, and sales. Not the case. I never received a single email about the “Extrodinary Rewards“. I found out about them on Instagram and through a little research. I kept waiting for my email. It never came.

Even if I had received an email, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference because they didn’t give away any details. Sephora simply said to check the Rewards Boutique in the coming days. Great. Thanks, Sephora. It’s more of the point that I spend lots of money at your store, but I get overlooked and don’t receive emails. Leave it to the masterminds, to somehow hack the html code (or something), to figure out that the release date was going to be May 5th. That’s the rumor, but either way SOMEONE, SOMEHOW, did indeed figure out the date.

That brings me to my next complaint. Because the date was released (or leaked), some people waited up ALL night to get a reward. ALL NIGHT. Then, as it turns out, the rewards could not be shipped to Canada. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!!? So after all of that hype, all of that effort, and all of that time, some people couldn’t even redeem the rewards?!?!?!?!?!

As if that wasn’t enough, I got an email at 9:17 am (this morning, May 5th) from Sephora saying that they had released the rewards and to hurry to grab some as quantities were limited. But the kicker here is that 1) all of the rewards had been sold out for hours by this point, and 2) I’m Canadian and they wouldn’t have shipped to me anyways!!! Sephora, WHY are you rubbing all of these beautiful, unattainable rewards in my face?!?!

So no emails for me. No rewards for me. And apparently no rewards for basically anyone else either. I’m extremely pissed off with Sephora. And this isn’t the only reason. I have been Rouge since December and still haven’t gotten an email with a single Rouge exclusive gift with purchase. I used to see these all the time on other blogs when I was just a VIB. I would even buy some of the free gifts on eBay because they were so great (Buxom Lippie Trio, Fresh 4 piece set, etc.). That was one of the things I was looking forward to the most when I finally reached “The Top“. I’m nearly halfway through the year, and have yet to see an exclusive free gift with purchase. Another big factor, is the amount we have to spend to get free gifts or samples. Americans spend $35 USD, us Canadians have to spend $50 CAD. It’s been like this for years, even when the dollar was pretty much identical (give or take a cent or two) for both country’s. But there is more! Make your Canadian order online, and you will only be awarded your rewards points based on the AMERICAN price. The bigger the order, the more points you lose. Sometimes it is worth it to take the points cut based on free offers, but most of the time, it’s most beneficial to buy your products in store. If you need another reason for why I’m hating so hard, Canadians can’t use gift cards online! Often products are released online early, exclusively for Rouge members. If you have a gift card, you can forget about getting that product early, and you will have to wait until it’s released in store for everyone else.

If you are Canadian, or just a frequent reader of my blog, you know about the Shopper’s Optimum Rewards program. I did the math and if I stick to buying only during bonus events, like 20× The Points, and redeem my points only during Super Spend Events, I can get $290 CAD in product after spending only $600 CAD. That’s nearly a 50% return!!! Why would I spend that money at Sephora when I get barely anything back for my loyalty? When they leave me out of emails? When they release rewards in the middle of the night in such small quantities. I think I’ll be taking the majority of my beauty spending to Shopper’s/Murale. They give lots and lots of notice about events and rewards. Hell, they even publish it every week in a flyer!!

So Sephora, this is my “it’s not me, it’s you” speech (this and the email I sent this morning – haha!). Get your act together before my Rouge expires in December. Otherwise, I will be happy to be nothing more than a BI to you. And I’ll only stop in for my free bday gift. Did I make myself clear!??

In Honor of Valentine’s Weekend

I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Saturday, either cuddling up to the one you love, or throwing back a few tequilas in celebration of being single!! I thought it would be fun to bring to light a few truths in lieu of all the beds that got a good “bouncing” last night. Whether you’re gearing up for round two, or nursing a hangover, these facts will make your day. And as with everything I write, read at your discretion.

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25 Awesome Sex Facts

1. Sexuality is on a continuum. It is not a dichotomy like society presents it to be (gay or straight).

2. The clitoris, like the penis, has a shaft, glans, and foreskin. Both organs form from the same genital tissue in utero.

3. Condoms were originally made from animal intestine.

4. Globally, we have sex: 103 times a year, or 1.98 times a week, or 0.28 times a day.

5. Vaginismus is a condition where a woman’s PC muscles contract uncontrollably and penetration of any kind is impossible.

6. Caucasian women who have received their college degree are the most likely to engage in anal sex.

7. The oldest sex toys are from 500BC (officially).

8. There is some research that shows the urinary tract may play a role in female “squirting”.

9. The Kreung tribe build love huts for their daughters so she can have sex with multiple boys, until she finds one she wants to marry.

10. Doctors can grow skin for burn victims using the foreskin of circumcised infants. One foreskin can produce 23,000 square meters, which would be enough to tarp every major league infield with human flesh.

11. Sleep deprived men are more likely to believe that women want to have sex with them

12. The clitoris is the only organ that exists solely for sexual pleasure.

13. 79% of men are “grow-ers” and 21% are “show-ers”.

14. Bonobo chimps engage in oral sex.

15. The longest clitoris ever measured was over a foot long!

16. The brain isn’t necessary for ejaculation. The order comes from the spinal cord.

17. Most nerve endings in the vagina are within the first two inches. Therefore, girth, and not length, is what matters most.

18. Semen is good for your teeth.

19. Freud used vibrators to cure women of hysteria via orgasm.

20. Globally, there are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse daily.

21. 1/400 men are flexible enough to give themselves oral pleasure.

22. Without testosterone, a (xy) male fetus will develop a vulva. Therefore, being female is the default sex.

23. A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of DNA info. One ejaculation is the equivalent to the capacity of 62 MacBook Pros.

24. The most common cause of penile rupture is vigorous masturbation.

25. Men’s orgasms average 6 seconds. Women’s orgasms average 20 seconds.

And just for fun …

26. The average erect penis measures 5 inches.

Hmmm … someone should tell that ^^^ to the men on Tinder!!!

Happy Valentine’s WEEKEND my lovelies! Hopefully the celebrations continue tonight … it is the long weekend!!

Keeping Up With The Kardashians …

Is hard!!! Really hard. I mean first you have a 16 year old rocking what may or may not be lip injections. Then you have the one known for her sex tape saying she regrets making it, yet flashing her pussy vagina all over the Internet, and lastly you have the patriarch of the family, fighting to become the … matriarch? Let’s not even get started on the one who hides until he emerges for a McDonald’s trip. I mean lots of money means nutritionists, cooks, and trainers – who couldn’t lose weight with a team of weight loss allies? Okay. Okay. I might be a little harsh. But seriously, who has the time to keep up with the Kardashians??

First, let’s talk about Bruce. Bruce Jenner, the Olympic Athlete/Motivational Speaker turned woman. Allegedly. I mean maybe he is, maybe he isn’t, but if a mini doc series and an interview with Diane Sawyer have anything to do with this, I’m assuming maybe he is. Jenner recently had a laryngeal shave to flatten out his Adam’s Apple because he says “I just never liked my trachea”, he has been photograpphed wearing nail polish (see below), he has grown out his hair, and his own mother has spoken up saying he is indeed transitioning. I couldn’t imagine how difficult it would be to come out as a Transgender individual, let alone come out with the whole world watching. I sometimes wonder how much of Hollywood is scripted. Not the shows or the movies, but their supposed “real lives”. Is it coincidence that Jenner is going through this right before the (supposed) last season of KUWTK is about to air? Is it really probable that all these crazy things happen to one family? I’m not going to go as far as to say that Bruce isn’t really Transgender, but maybe he has been open about it for a lot longer than we believe, and so timed his “coming out”, with the break between filming the next season of the show.

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With the Kardashians everybody has their turn at scandal. But ironically, it seems to happen one after the other, with minimal trainwrecks occurring at once. Of course the younger generation Jenner girls grew up with this spotlight, so it will be interesting to see if they follow in the footsteps of other stars who grew up in the public’s eye like Amanda Bynes, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan etc. Without getting to deep into it, kids in the spotlight don’t mature the same way as kids who are not. Eventually, the pressure of being constantly scrutinized becomes too much and supports are not in place to handle these situations. Is it really a coincidence that we find these young people with mental illness and/or drug addictions? The youngest Jenner, Kylie is the center of attention lately with questions about if her lips are real or not. She is 16. And possibly already a victim of the pressure of Hollywood. I mean you can only over line your lips so much. I’m not going to debate on whether or not she had lip injections (you can look below and decide for yourself) but the very idea of a surgeon working on a minor for purely cosmetic purposes, is beyond terrifying.

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Kim. Yes, she’s beautiful. Yes, she has a killer body. And yes, I have applauded her before for baring it all regardless of other’s opinions. And I still do. Again in her latest (but very odd) photoshoot she is naked. I think we, as a society, are way too paranoid about nudity especially when we are fuelled by sexuality; in ads, in TV, in books, in music, everywhere! However, what rubs me the wrong way, is that in the mentioned LOVE Magazine shoot, the accompanying article mentions how Kim says she regrets her sex tape:

If I do have one regret in life, that’s it.

Meanwhile, you can flip the page and see her completely naked, pussy flaps, labia majora and all. I’m not saying the act of sex and nudity are the same thing because they are not. However, this shoot has a very dark sexual tone to it, for me it bordered on “cheap motel prostitute” type of feel. So saying you regret your sex tape, while being overly naked and sexual, is a little too condensing for me. Let’s not even get started on how people only recognized Kim K’s name after seeing the tape. I wish she would just own it. It happened. So take charge and own your mistake, or at least stop pretending like you regret it while simultaneously bending over naked. Here are some shots from the LOVE shoot:
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I feel like there could be so much more to talk about from 72 day marriages, to crack addicted NBA husbands, to a man who calls himself a “Lord“, being the most sane of the bunch. But like I said, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the Kardashians. ♡

Lust List

Valentine’s Day is coming up next Saturday (I know it’s only Sunday and I’m already dreaming about next weekend). So it is only fitting that I did a theme post with all my must haves, loves, and lusts for this cumming coming, sexy, Saturday night.

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Pandora Valentine’s Collection 2015
$40 CAD – $440 CAD
Pandora has a beautiful selection of rings, necklaces, and charms to make any girl smile, including this one. There is a twisted ring (appropriately named “Twist of Fate“) that I’m absolutely lusting over.

Alexandra Ferguson Let’s Make Out Pillow
$135.00 USD
Seriously, how cute is this pillow? I’m super blunt so this “get right to the point” deco pillow is sooooo me.

Little Black Dress
$-$$$
A killer LBD paired with a vibrant red coat, sky high patent leather stelettos, and the perfect mix of sultry yet edgy accessories. This outfit will have everyone lusting after you. My ultimate lust item would have to be a pair of Louboutins, like the ones pictured here, but realistically, any sexy heel will do.

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Ruby
$28 CAD
I am obsessed with the Melted lipsticks! So obsessed. Matte but not drying. And so pigmented I just want to scream. Pick this up in the shade Melted Ruby to get the perfect red shade for V-Day.

Beauty Blender Bling Ring
$35.95 CAD
If he isn’t going to put a ring on it, he might as well buy you this fabulous Beauty Blender Ring! It is so cute and perfect for easy storage of your BB! Basically a glorified drying rack. But it’s pink and glittery so obviously it’s lust worthy.

Milk and White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
$55 CAD
Yum!! So cliche and so don’t care. If you don’t want to spend the big bucks to buy these delights pre-made you can Click Here to get a recipe to make your own.

Good Morning Handsome & Good Morning Beautiful Mug
$10 CAD each
The perfect gift for him and her. No better way to start the day than with a nice cup of coffee (or tea!) together!

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Bath and Body Works Love Candle
$22.50 CAD
A sexy red candle in a sweet fragrance to set the mood. I prefer fruity or vanilla/chocolate/carmel scents over the floral ones. But this LOVE candle is perfect for that special night and has hints of orange and blueberry to counteract the peony (floral) scent.

KY Yours and Mine
$22.99 CAD
Keep him and her happy. Ignite your other senses. Enough said.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Leading Lady
$9.99 CAD
Be the leading lady with this show stopping glittery red. The perfect nail shade to match all things Valentine’s Day.

Victoria Secret Very Sexy Pleated Babydoll
$39.50 CAD
Every woman needs a sexy outfit to wear after a romantic night out. I LOVE the babydoll because it is flowy (aka forgiving after that huge steak). The sheer and lace add just the right amount of sexy without revealing it all.

A Dozen Red Roses
$-$$$
I’m a sucker for flowers but especially on Valentine’s Day. Again, so cliche, but that’s because it’s true. I want to celebrate the romance of the moment, and roses ARE romance.

Peter Lehmann Clancy’s Red Wine Blend
$19.99 CAD
My favorite inexpensive wine. Chances are you have already spent a small fortune on wine with dinner, so why not go with a more budget friendly, but equally divine, wine.

There it is bitches. ♡ Happy sexing, eating, drinking, crying, laughing, fucking Valentine’s Day. ♡