Magpie in the Mirror

Apr 22

Crummy time,  but at least I tried! #running  (at Cherry Beach)

Crummy time, but at least I tried! #running (at Cherry Beach)

Apr 20

Long Weekend Longreads - April 19, 2014

Long Weekend Longreads – April 19, 2014


There are few things more essential in the morning than finding a quick collection of longreads to get me through my morning commute. Here are some of my favourites of this week, may they help you get through family tedium this weekend (if you’re celebrating Easter) or through brunch (if you’re not.) And feel free to share your favourite finds this week in the comments.

Cersei Lannister Smug-Face
“You Win, Or You Die”: On…

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Riverdale farm donkey!

Riverdale farm donkey!

Apr 19

Beauty Box Five - April, 2014

This week was a GIGANTIC week for mail! My Beauty Box 5 came in on Monday and my Topbox Murale box, my Flare Mani/Pedi box AND my BzzAgent box all came in on Thursday. Phew. Combine that with an internet outage at my house and I’m completely behind on reviews! So here we have April 2014’s Beauty Box 5 Review.

This month’s theme? Shades of Beauty! Read along with my relatively shade-free review of the products I received this month.

This month I received:

Upon first glance I was a bit ‘meh’ about this box, but a few days in and I’m much more excited (I find this happens with Beauty Box 5). I think that’s the charm about BB5 though, it’s all about hidden gems, and products you’d never give a second thought end up surprising you :)

The Nicka K lipstick in Begonia is a very shimmery berry colour that normally I would steer clear of, but I’ve been wearing it every day since I received it! I was interested to see that the lipstick is paraben free and the reason it’s so moisturizing and not drying might be because it’s formulated with Jojoba Oil. It’s long lasting for such a moisturizing lipstick, and while it does transfer, it’s not that bad. This is my favourite product in the box by far. This lipstick is valued at $4.99 USD.

The BH Cosmetics California Collection palette is small, but it looks like a cute kit I could put in my portable make-up kit. The colours are very eye-popping, especially the purple, but the gold and bronze could be used in a day-look rather easily. The full California Collection palettes are valued at $18.95 USD.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipesin this box. It reminded me of a Lysol container and it took a little while to get the wipes to come out of the lid, but it is a soft, natural cleansing wipe that is much gentler than others on the market. I really liked that the citrus scent was fairly mild. I’m not sure this is safe around the eye area, but I used it to clear my wrist of swatches and it does a nice job and my skin wasn’t irritated at all. This portable, 30 sheet container is valued at $2.49 USD.

The two products I wasn’t too thrilled with were the Bonne Bell lipliner and the Jergens foils.

For the Bonne Bell, I feel like that is a brand that is a phase for teenagers to experiment with makeup. I haven’t bought any of their products in years and don’t intend to ever again. The lip liner is waxy and while it does match the lipstick, I doubt I’d use it. This also appears to be a discontinued product as the Lip Definer line is no longer available on the Bonne Bell website or their store. It’s valued at $3.99 USD.

With the Jergens foils, I’m simply not a fan of self-tanners. I’ll give it a try but I prefer non-tinted moisturizer. The value of the full-sized product is $10 USD.

So there you have it, despite two duds, this box was actually a fairly good deal. Once again Beauty Box 5 impresses me. I’ve continued my subscription with them, so expect to see another review next month!

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription box that sends 5 samples per month for the cost of $12 per box if you buy individually, $10 per box if you buy quarterly, or $8 per box if you get a year subscription. They also send exclusive promotions and sales offers to members. I’m a fan of BB5 because while the products aren’t exactly high-end, they send a variety of products that are harder to get in Canada, they are usually generous samples and shipping is free! To get your very own Beauty Box 5 Subscription, use my referral link here.

Apr 18

Easter Nails! #SallyHansen Salon Manicure Jaded. #nailgram #nailstagram #nailsoftheday #notd #nails

Easter Nails! #SallyHansen Salon Manicure Jaded. #nailgram #nailstagram #nailsoftheday #notd #nails

Topbox - April 2014 - Murale Topbox

Currently I only subscribe to three beauty boxes, Julep, Beauty Box 5 and Topbox and of the three, only BB5 and Topbox are ‘mystery’ boxes. I may not be thrilled by Julep every month, but I know what I’m getting. With BB5, I may not know exactly what I’m getting but they always have at least one or two products that are in EVERY kit, but with Topbox? Topbox is always a gamble and after my great haul last month, I should’ve known my luck might run out this month…

At first I was REALLY EXCITED to see the Murale Topbox tube. I had seen some awesome offerings in boxes on people’s Instagram reveals (this blog has one of the boxes I wanted) but unfortunately, it was not to be. My box contained three fairly small samples and three of the four samples were anti-aging products. Sigh.

To make it clear, my beauty profile doesn’t mention ANY concerns about aging, so I was a bit disappointed to open my box and to find these products in it.

Before you jump to defend anti-aging products, I have to say that I have fairly healthy skin in my final year of my twenties and I have MORE THAN ENOUGH anti-aging samples from other beauty boxes to last me well into my thirties, I DON’T NEED ANY MORE!

I also understand that Topbox is a gamble, I fully support that, I just wish THREE of the FOUR products weren’t essentially the same thing. But let’s get to the products, shall we?


The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel claims that it exfoliates, brightens skin tone and firms the skin and that it is formulated for sensitive skin. It has a faint smell of apple. I may keep this one just to try. It costs $8 for this sample size at Murale.

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye sample is a micro-sample in my opinion. It claims to be an eye lifting treatment, so a basic eye-wrinkle serum. I doubt if I even used it that I’d see any difference with only 0.07oz to use. The Makeup Alley reviews are pretty mixed and I can’t find a price per oz on their website, it’s not even for sale anymore? Oh well. The best I can find is that maybe this sample is worth $18.45 CAD. Yeah. Really. 25ml costs $231 at Murale. YEAH. REALLY.

Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator looks like something else I’ve received from them FOR FREE at a beauty counter, but in a different colour bottle. Apparently 1 oz is $155 USD which means this sample is worth $38.75 USD? Yeah, sure. If anything these samples prove that these products are ridiculously over-priced for people desperate and well-off enough to reach for them. Oddly, despite being in the Murale box, Yves Saint Laurent products aren’t sold at Murale.

My favourite product this month is the Ojon Revitalizing Mist Original, a lightweight detangler that smells a bit like Argan Oil, but doesn’t leave the hair greasy or heavy. My current detangler is just a few spritzes away from my empties pile, so this is a welcome addition. The full size of this product costs $27 and this sample is valued at just under $4.

The fact that the most useful object in my box is valued at $4 is a bit hilarious to me. *It really highlights how overpriced anti-aging products are. *

How cost effective was this box? This month’s Topbox cost me $13.56 and resulted in ALLEGEDLY $69 CAD in products (I laugh). My savings? $55 this month. Hah.

I think that no matter what, next month I’m hoping the Privé offering is something good or I might have to revisit my Topbox subscription, I emailed them to hopefully flag my account as NO ANTI-AGING products but we’ll see…

Topbox is a monthly Canadian beauty box subscription, for an invitation put your email in the comments or contact me, and join the waitlist today!

San Quentin Kitty

San Quentin Kitty


Apr 17

thelugia702 asked: do you accept payment for commissions in the form of hugs?


Does my landlord accept hugs in lieu of rent? Will my cell phone provider accept hugs instead of bill payment? Can I buy groceries with hugs?


“People don’t like her because it’s the making of her, right now. When she, sometime soon in the future, becomes this person that she’s been kind of building up to, for the past three seasons, now four, then people will really begin to root for her. I think even the audience doesn’t realize she’s such a dark horse. If she acted badass and tried to kill everyone there, she would be dead by now! She’s so intelligent, and I can’t stress that enough. Courtesy is a lady’s armor. She’s using her courtesy to deceive people, and she’s using her former self as a facade, and it works so much to her advantage, because people still think she’s this naive, vulnerable, little girl, and she’s really not. She knows exactly what she’s doing. She knows what game she’s playing! And no one else does. And she’s learned from the best — Cersei, Margaery, Tyrion, Littlefinger, even Joffrey. She’s learned so much from these people, and they don’t even realize it. They’re unwittingly feeding her to become this great kind of manipulator. King’s Landing can either make or break a person, and in Sansa’s case, it’s making her.” — Sophie Turner, in response to Sansa hate (x)

(Source: beyonslays, via fuckyeahgameofthrones)