Spa Sunday

I love to get naked and have a “Spa Bath” on Sunday nights. Prep my skin for the busy week ahead. Wash away all the stress from the week before. Sometimes I grab my tried and true favorites. Other times I go through my samples and minis and pick out a few goodies to make the ultimate DIY spa.


Today’s Picks!! It was a glorious rub a dub dub

1) GlamGlow THIRSTYCLEANSE Daily Hydrating Cleanser ($43 CAD) – The first step is to wash your face. This cleanser starts out as a mud and turns in to a foam. You apply the mud to a dry face and spread it around evenly. Then apply water to your hands and massage your hands into the mud. The water will cause the mud to lather into a cleansing foam. I very much enjoyed this product. The mud was calming and soothing, my skin was left clean and refreshed. I would totally consider buying this product in the future. I really enjoyed it!!

2) Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($90 CAD) – I followed up the cleanse with this scrub. The scrub brightens skin, reduces the appearance of discoloration, and helps increase the absorption of other skincare products. It felt very fine and although you could feel lots of gritty pieces, it wasn’t at all damaging or abrasive. It felt like a very fine scrub. It didn’t leave my skin dry or irritated. I have sensitive skin, and still found this scrub to be gentle enough for a weekly treatment. This scrub is NOT suitable for daily use. It is intended to be used with a minimum of three days between treatments.

3) GlamGlow BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment ($76 CAD) – Next, an eye treatment. This GlamGlow treatment is made to minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. It also claims to brighten and hydrate the eyes. I prefer to do one eye at a time, applying was a bit tricky. You open the pod and “tap” the product on to your eye. This did not work for me. I had to scoop the product out and light tap my fingers to my eye (and undereye) to apply. Left the treatment on for three minutes and then wipe off with a soft dry tissue. I did feel a slight burning sensation for a few seconds, but it went away quickly. My eyes did appear fresh and hydrated. My puffiness had subsided.

4) Indigena Blueberry Bliss Sugar Scrub ($60 CAD) – This scrub is AMAZING! All natural, food grade (yes, it’s edible!), and never tested on the fur babies!! The best thing? You can use this scrub on your face, lips, and body. It has a coconut base, citrus essential oils, and wild Newfoundland blueberry seeds. This is hands down, the best scrub I have ever used. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling revived. I can’t wait for my next trip to St. John’s to stock up on more Indignea products!!! For Spa Sunday, I used this on my entire body for a much needed polish.

5) L’OCCITANE Ultra Rich Body Cream Rich in Shea Butter ($48 CAD) – After a relaxing Spa-esque soak, I need to immediately hydrate with a thick cream. To help seal in moisture, I like to apply the cream immediately after toweling off, when my skin is still plump and hydrated from the water. This cream was rich and luxurious. It made my skin feel like a dream. The sample size was very generous and I was easily able to use it for my entire body (face excluded).

6) AmorePacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence ($105 CAD) –  A serum specifically for the eyes. This one works on three levels: de-puffing, lifting, and brightening. It has a very light, watery consistency. It’s so runny I had to be careful with the packet to not make a mess. However, this consistency made it very light and fresh, and easily absorbed.

7) ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II ($65 CAD) – I love this eye cream. It reduces all of the key signs of aging around the eyes. I can feel it working with a slight tingling or tightening sensation. You only need a tiny amount, and it’s best to pat it into the skin (as in don’t rub it in). Although it says “night” in the name, this eye gel can be used morning and night. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite eye products.

8) Dr. Brandt Skincare Laser FX Lift Serum ($89.50 CAD) – This serum is used for the face, and is great for signs of aging (it will tighten and firm). Serums are designed to penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. Used with an exfoliant, your skin will be primed to make the most of this product. I love the way my skin feels and looks. I also enjoyed the combo of the the two Dr. Brandt products in the sample. They really compliment each other.

9) Biotherm Skin Best Night ($71 CAD) – I follow up the serum with the Skin Best Night cream. This is a favorite of mine. A staple. A routine. This is a thicker, heavy cream best for overnight, or in this case after a heavy string of products. When I have a Spa Sunday, I don’t put make up on for the rest of the day and I use a night cream (even if it’s only the afternoon) to really boost hydration and repair. I get so many compliments on my skin, and it’s all thanks to my daily regimen of Biotherm.

10) RELAX. And drink lots of water. And get a good night’s sleep.

This is my favorite way to use samples. Just make sure you compliment your products and don’t use too many “treatments” at once, for example, I chose to do a facial scrub so I didn’t do a mask. If you use bath bombs, bubbles, or oils in your bath water, be sure to use fresh tap water for all DIY facials. To make it the most amazing spa day ever, pair your face and body treatments with a mani, pedi, and hair mask. Don’t have a hair mask? Coconut oil is all you need. Apply it to wet hair and let it soak for ten minutes BEFORE you shampoo and condition for a quick boost. Or apply it after you shampoo and condition and leave it in overnight as a mask.

You’ll have Monday all like “Meowwww, Bitch!“. But seriously, you will be fierce and ready to Carpe Diem seize the day!! How do you use your samples? And how do you prepare for the busy week ahead?!


Holiday Cheer Sephora Style

Recently, Sephora released 1 of 3 free holiday must haves bags with all purchases over $35 CAD. This was a few days before their big VIB Sale. You know I couldn’t resist some FREE make up! Here is what I purchased:


Too Faced Melted Kisses Set
$30 CAD
I have been wanting to try the Melted Lipsticks for so long. This set is the perfect opportunity, and four shades for only $30!! This is why I love the holiday gift sets! Shades included are (left to right): Melted Nude, Melted Peony, Melted Fuchsia, Melted Berry. The range of shades are perfect for day or night!

Urban Decay Brow Box (Honey Pot)
$35 CAD
I have mainly used pencil to fill in my very light blonde, nearly invisible, brows. I wanted to try powder and wax to really step up my brow routine. I compared a couple of different kits, including, Benefit Brow Zings and Too Faced Brow Envy. I fell for UD based on the combo of shades and wax (Benefit lacked wax), and box just for blondes (Too Faced was universal).

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (Travel Size)
$14 CAD
I had been looking for a new BB Cream since I returned the Biotherm Aquasouce BB Cream (I couldn’t deal with the highly floral scent). I purchased this universal BB cream from UD simply because I don’t feel like they can let me down!!

And of course, my FREE holiday must haves bag (plus my 3 free samples for ordering online, Glam Glow anyone?!):


My lovely pieces of holiday cheer:
1. Pharrell Williams GIRL for Girls and Boys
2. Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette
3. Philosophy Loveswept Body Lotion
4. Smashbox 24 hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer
5. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Guide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet
6. Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kissability
7. Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
8. Chloe Chloe Eau de Perfum
9. Glam Glow Power Mud Dual Cleanse Treatment
10. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave
11. Agave Oil Treatment

Happy holiday shopping (for yourself ♡)!

Sunday Special

Taco Sunday! And a little shopping too! And, as always, I found some awesome deals at a few of my favorite places ♡


You know I can’t help myself when it comes to the Dollarama!
*See Dollaramaddiction
I just had to get my hands on a few more of the Sephora by OPI Nail Gems. I currently am loving the gems, designs, and glitter. See for yourself:

Glitter & bows & everything pink. Girly to the max!

I found a few more, different nail designs/gems today, as well as these other delights:


Polysporin Lip Health Overnight
Retail: $5.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

Nicole by OPI (Loyalty to Royalty)
Retail: $9.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

Sephora by OPI Nail Gems
Retail: $11.99 CAD
Steal: $2.50 CAD

Sephora by OPI Nail Designs
Retail: $11.99 CAD
Steal: $2.50 CAD

Can I just say, this lip treatment came at just the right time. Winter isn’t even here yet and my lips are already feeling dry and chapped!

Sally Beauty

I had a 15% off my entire purchase coupon to use up before the end of the month. If you are a Sally Beauty Club Card member, then you get sent a coupon every time you spend $35 CAD total in a month. Even if you shopped sales (like me), over a 30/31 day  period, you will still qualify to receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase. The brilliant thing is that the coupon can be used in addition to current sales. That all basically means, that today was a GREAT shopping day for me. I needed wanted some new gel polish. Orly JUST released their new Gel FX line and I was dying to get my claws on it. And wouldn’t you know it, this weekend they introduced some Halloween mani deals (sale until October 31/14)!


China Gelaze (Rose Among Thorns)
Retail: $12.95 CAD

China Glaze (Rest in Pieces)
Retail: $5.95 CAD
Steal: FREE with Gelaze purchase

Orly Gel FX (Beach Cruiser)
Retail: $10.99 CAD

Orly Mini Argan Cuticle Oil
Retail: $5.00 CAD
Steal: FREE with Gel FX purchase

ASP Gel Polish (Tease Me Turquoise & Brown Sugar)
Retail: $12.49 CAD *each
Steal: Buy one, get one FREE

Zebra Nail File x2
Retail $2.99 CAD
Reduced: $1.19 CAD
Steal: Buy one, get one FREE (at sale price)

Palladio Tinted Lip Balm (Rosey & Berry)
Retail: $6.95 CAD
Steal: $3.95 CAD
*Not pictured

I also got a bottle of pure acetone and a few fine nail files. I saved $7.98 on top of the above mentioned deals, simply by using my 15% off coupon. Love those savings!!
So much nail fun, I almost can’t deal ♡ … ya right!! Happy Sunday loves. Sounds like tacos, nails, & sex The Walking Dead for me!!


I Have No Words …

Having a hangover Sunday? Maybe your couch bound (like me) with an awful autumn cold? Or maybe you’re just neglecting chores to relax and watch a Sunday movie. Whatever you’re doing, here is a little something to make you stop and question the world. Just kidding. It’s hilariously disturbing.


Diamonds in the Rough

I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend who loves shopping as much as I do!! He loves to go on adventures, searching for diamonds for my ring in the rough! Today’s crazy, amazing find, was all thanks to him!! We were driving down the road, when he shouts out that a sign says XS Cargo, one of our fav stores for great finds, is closing AND is up to 40% off! I quickly turn into the parking lot. The place was a complete mad house.  They have great deals on everything including housewares (blenders, toasters, etc.), patio and garden items, electronics (tvs, blu ray players, iphones, etc.), and even furniture! Rough: The atmosphere is very much that of a warehouse, be prepared! Diamond: We got a bunch of great finds, here was my favorite of the day:

Duracell Power Mat System (Samsung Galaxy S3)
Retail: $99.99 CAD
Steal: $14.97 CAD
**The system was also available for iPhone and Apple devices.


This all-in-one charging system is AMAZING!! First, it is a cordless charging system (for up to two devices). Second, it has a backup battery pack that can charge any Apple or mini usb device. Third, the case is sleek & allows my phone to charge wirelessly simply by being placed on the power mat!

I’m in tech heaven! The back up battery is so tiny that it can fit in my purse!! Better hurry up if you want to get in on these deals! The store closes it’s doors end of October!!