Magpie in the Mirror

Jul 29

#ManiMonday #latergram is @julepmaven’s Braiden, a Stardust Finish polish!

#ManiMonday #latergram is @julepmaven’s Braiden, a Stardust Finish polish!

Jul 28

Abby puppy says “KISSES” #batldog

Abby puppy says “KISSES” #batldog

Beauty Box Five: June 2014


Summer Chic: Less effort, more cool.

This is the mantra of Beauty Box 5’s June box which bridges us from a cool May to a (hopefully) hot July, with a few summer necessities. I wouldn’t say that all of these products are really summer specific, but you be the judge.

The Backgrounder

Beauty Box 5 is a really affordable beauty box that is $8 a box for a year subscription, $10 a box for a quarterly subscription and $12 a box if you buy individually. I highly recommend this box because it sends a variety of American brands you can’t always find in Canada, and has been leaning towards products that are more natural and paraben-free in the last few months. And month to month? I use pretty much EVERYTHING I get from the boxes up! If you’re interested, please use my referral link here. (Please keep in mind, there is a $3 charge now, per box, to ship to Canada, so subscribing for quarterly or yearly is the best deal.)

June 2014 Beauty Box 5



Nicka K New York Nail Polish in Ripe Apple - Full size

I really enjoyed my Nicka K lipstick from BB5 a few months ago, and I was happy to receive a new polish from this company. But I was a bit surprised at the colour. This is more of a fall/winter colour than summer. But I do like the red which resembles the sheen of a red delicious apple. And, bonus, this polish is formaldehyde-free.



Organix Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner - Foil

I’m a slave to coconut oil. I use it as a makeup remover, moisturizer for knees/elbows, in my lip scrub and for the occasional facemask, but I’ve never used it in my hair! This Organix set promises to rehydrate parched, sun damaged hair with coconut water, electrolytes and coconut oil. And, these products are sulfate-free!



Glam Natural Mascara - Full size (Yeah, it’s tiny)

I’m definitely not in the market for a new mascara as I am already addicted to Benefit’s They’re Real and have a bunch of other dupes waiting on the sidelines, but this is a great product for women with sensitive eyes. Glam Naturals mascara is a vegan formula that is gluten-free, paraben-free and hypoallergenic for ladies who always wanted to flash darkened lashes but could never find the right product for their peepers.

Vita Bath Body Wash Wild Red Cherry - Sample size

If there’s one thing I love, it’s body wash. But if there’s one thing I don’t need any more of? It’s body wash! Vita Bath’s Wild Red Cherry has an amazingly rich smell that reminds me of orchards and gardens, a rich cherry that is delicious but also luxurious. I can’t imagine a better smelling bath. It’s a great scent for summer because I can’t stop buying cherries from the farmer’s market!



Eslor Introduction Collection Calming Kit - Foils

This is a sulfate and paraben-free collection of products made for people like me with sensitive skin that likes to erupt every now and again. I haven’t tried these yet because they got stuck in a box during my move, but it has a variety of cleansers and masks to test out.

All in all, this was a good box. The VitaBath is probably my favourite thing in the box, but I like the Nicka K polish colour and the Organix shampoo smells sooo delicious. Good going BB5!

Jul 27

Julep Maven, July 2014 - Poolside Collection: It Girl & June 2014, Core Classics


My round-up of the Julep Maven nail polish/beauty subscription box is later than usual this month, mostly because my order came late. It came so late that I’d already made my decision for next month’s box before this one came in the mail. That said, July was one of my favourite collections in months, read on to learn why.

What is Julep Maven?

Julep Maven is a monthly beauty/nail polish box that sends nail polish and beauty products. Every month they release a new collection and you get to choose what box/products you want!

To give Julep a whirl, use my referral link for a free box, using the code FREEBOX. These boxes change every few months but offer a few neat polishes and products for you to sample before you want to dive in. If you like it? You can join Julep by paying $19.99 a month for a quarterly subscription, or $24.99 for a month-to-month subscription. You can also use the code POLISHPERK from now until July 31 to get a free polish with any order of $15+. So get polishing!

Don’t want to subscribe after getting your welcome? Call Julep and cancel. Easy peasy, but I’d try a few months to build up a small arsenal of their products. I’m particuarly a fan of their Oxygen base/top coat.

Julep Maven, July 2014: Poolside Collection



When I think about nail polish in the summer, I think of brights and neons, blues and yellows, colours that look fantastic in direct sunlight and that reflect a fun, light-hearted approach to beauty. I was less than enamoured with June’s offerings, but July more than made up for it. The colours were stunning and I was particularly taken with the It Girl box for the combination of Linden, a ‘poolside’ blue creme polish, and Dawn, a citron yellow creme. These colours scream SUMMER to me, and reflect that happy-go-lucky look that I desire. Also added in the It Girl box was Braiden, a graphite coloured Stardust polish (it leaves a rough, sandy-looking finish.) All in all, a nice playful collection for summer.



My Add-On? Tegan, a brick/rustic red Stardust polish!



Julep Maven, June 2014: Three Wishes Collection



Most of the colours in June’s collection were metallic/shimmer-y and I have more than enough of those in my collection as it is. So I opted for the Core Classics box which comes with two full-size beauty products from the Julep collection, Beach Tonic dry body oil which leaves the smell of summer on your skin, and the ever-popular Bare Face Cleansing Oil. I’ve been very impressed with Julep’s beauty products and these two are no exceptions. I’ve used the Beach Tonic after every shower and the Bare Face as part of my cleaning ritual. Great stuff.

The shipping problem

Last month and prior, Julep has come under massive fire for being unable to handle the shipping requests of all their Mavens. My Julep Warehouse purchase took a month to get to me, and one of my polishes was open and dried out. It took almost three weeks of emailing customer service for a response. Add my late-shipping for the next Julep box on TOP of that and I was an unhappy Maven. Since I still hadn’t received my July box when the August window opened, I opted to skip next month. They rewarded us Mavens with bonus Jules and have offered a replacement for my damaged polish, but I just needed a month on ‘break’ with them, so to speak. Since then, I received this box in the mail and was reminded as to why I continue buying their polish, so I expect I’ll be back to normal come September.

Are you a Maven? What did you get this month?

Jul 26

#Caturday

#Caturday

Jul 25

I get it.

I get it.

(via thebluthcompany)

John found a giant squid. #TNTNightMarket #Omnomnom

John found a giant squid. #TNTNightMarket #Omnomnom

leslieknope:


travtrav87 So this just happened at the #gameofthrones beer launch party. #pedropascal posing with my #moonstick from #sailormoon

#stop pedro pascal

Oh my god. He’s so cute.

leslieknope:

travtrav87 So this just happened at the #gameofthrones beer launch party. #pedropascal posing with my #moonstick from #sailormoon

#stop pedro pascal

Oh my god. He’s so cute.

(Source: lagerthastormborn, via cinemastatic)

This is the part of growing out your bangs that really sucks

This is the part of growing out your bangs that really sucks


Beetlejuice (1988)

I see Catherine O’Hara around Toronto all the time and I just want to scream this at her.

Beetlejuice (1988)

I see Catherine O’Hara around Toronto all the time and I just want to scream this at her.

(Source: vintagegal, via cinemastatic)