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August Favourites

Is it better late than never? Not so sure when it comes to favourites posts. Oh well, I need a break from doing my readings. As you probably know, Nic and I moved back to Ottawa August 31st, and spent the past week setting up our new home. I can’t wait to show you pictures of our new place once it’s properly decorated. We’ve still got lots of things on the ground, but the most important things are done. August was a really awesome month-I didn’t work much (which was problematic for our bank accounts) but that also meant we got to visit our parents in Ottawa, go to the cottage, go camping, and go on a canoe trip to Killarney Provincial Park.

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Killarney Canoe Trip – Heading to lunch on Norway Lake

No one is surprised that Killarney was one of my favourites. I had such a fun time, and can’t wait to go on another canoe trip, maybe Temagami next!

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Drake Hotel

Toronto is famous for brunch, and I’m sad to say the only time we went for brunch was our last weekend there, but the Drake Hotel was worth the wait.

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Yoga Mat Spray turns to… facial setting spray?

One of my friends who is a makeup artist and only uses cruelty-free and vegan products, suggested using water and essential oils for a makeup setting spray. I turned to my yoga mat spray, and it was definitely refreshing this month on days where it was 30 degrees out.

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Super cool Nalgene

I haven’t had a Nalgene water bottle in years, so I was pretty excited to get this one. It has a mountain lion on it!

Maddy, Alina, and I lived together in my fourth year. Maddy is getting married next week, so the three of us went out for dessert at Cacao70 to celebrate. If you have one in your scity, you HAVE to go. AMAZING.

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July Favourites

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July was probably my favourite month of 2016 because I had such an awesome time. We got to go camping, to the cottage, back to Ottawa, we found our apartment in Ottawa, and I discovered some fun new things.

I started using my journal way more frequently, as a quasi-bullet journal. Technically those are also your agenda, but I want to keep my beautiful new Moleskine (yes, back in a Moleskine, my Ban.Do was wayyy too huge to take in my bag for grad school) as an agenda. In a few weeks I’ll probably post specifics about my bullet journaling, but for now, I use my journal as a habit tracker (that colourful page shown there with the graph-certain tasks I want to be encouraged to do), my editorial calendar for blogging and Instagram, monthly goals, money tracker, my daily gratitude notes (which is technically just a regular journal entry), and fun things like Passion Themed Life’s doodle challenge. I coordinate between my journal and agenda with a new colour for each day to track completed tasks.

Sally Hansen “No Hard Feelings” is my newest favourite nail polish colour. I found it at Dollarama, so obviously got it for super cheap. Yes.

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Obviously one of my July favourites has to be the time Nic and I spent at the cottage. I hadn’t been since the September long weekend, so that was pretty hard on me. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait until August when we’re going back again!

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I love Stiegl radlers- they’re so refreshing in the summer.

There’s a super cool documentary on Netflix-“Fittest on Earth,” which is about the 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games. Nic and I loved watching the movie, and then got obsessed with watching all the lead-up to the 2016 games, and then streamed the games last weekend on YouTube. I’ve never been interested in doing a crossfit workout, but the Games are insane. Those athletes are so talented! Check out their youtube channel and cheer along the athletes!

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Obviously I’m obsessed with my thrifted Tevas. Or, rather, someone lost them at camp 4 years ago and never claimed them, so I took them. I do have to reapply glue between the layers to keep them functional, but I feel so old-school hippie with them on.

Nic and I leased our apartment in Ottawa! I’m pretty stoked! It’s a two bedroom, so we’ll have space to host people, have an office, and a fitness room. Can’t wait to share our new place with you!

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Follow the beaver!

We also had a great weekend camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park with my family.

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My Favourite Toronto Restaurants

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For our one year living in Toronto, we agreed that although we did not have much money (grad students and people who work at front desks of gyms aren’t rolling in it) we wanted to explore Toronto well. Sometimes that meant exploring it with our stomachs. We found some really great restaurants all over the city, and you should definitely try some of them!

For our first wedding anniversary we went to Byblos, which is a Mediterranean restaurant. Their drinks are amazing, their food is amazing, and we had a wonderful time.

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There are many ice cream and gelato places around our neighbourhood of St. Clair West, but Booyah is the one we’ve loved the most. You can have these amazing dessert tacos, or ice cream sandwiches, all customizable.

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Sea Witch Fish & Chips

The Sea Witch is another of our favourites in St. Clair West. We’ve taken several people there, and everyone always loves the awesome service (the owners remember you!), the spicy pickled onions, awesome fries, and best of all, the sandwich. For two people, you only need one order of fries since the sandwiches are so big and awesome. The first time we went, Nic only got the fish, not the sandwich, and he was definitely jealous.

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Glory Hole Doughnuts

Nic and I love doughnuts. Glory Hole (don’t think about it!) is sort of difficult for us to get to in Parkdale, but it’s awesome. Nic had a malted doughnut, and mine was strawberry rhubarb. So fresh, the inside is delicious, perfect.

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Box Car Social

The coffeeshop we’ve returned to the most is Box Car SocialBox Car Social. They’re one of those coffee shops that turns into a bar, so you can get flights of different alcohol etc. We love the service, the latte art, and their chai tea lattes are up to my standards. The location on Yonge Street near St. Clair is super cool with lots of different rooms upstairs to hang out or work in, and a patio on the first floor.

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Pho Hung

Our favourite Asian cuisine has been at Pho Hung- a Vietnamese place in Chinatown. Their Vermicelli is delicious.

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June Favourites

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June was a really awesome month! I had lots of shifts at work so that’ll help save up for a first payment for an apartment, we got to see family, we had our first wedding anniversary, and we went to the beach a bunch.

Aloe gel – I got a really, really bad burn when we went to the Toronto Islands for our annivesary. I used up our entire aloe plant easing the pain, so Nic went and bought the Life brand aloe gel from Shoppers. Ahhhh.

Washi tape – yes, my washi tape is from Dollarama, but it still works. I bought a few more rolls so I can coordinate my journal/bullet “agenda” with pages for blogging, favourites, my habit tracker, and goals. I made little tabs on each page that I wante to be able to flip to quickly.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm – still my favourite nude lip. It’s subtle enough that I can wear it while I work at the gym, but can be fancy with a smokey eye.

bareMinerals marvelous Moxie in Rebel – beautiful pink, not too sticky

Lush Aromaco deodorant – Yes, it’s that white chunk in the middle of the picture. I’ve been using this one for years. I love the smell of the patchouli, and unless I’m doing a hard workout, the scent covers any bad smells.

MUJI Moisturizing Milk – I mentioned this in my most recent skincare post. I love how gentle this is and how well it works with the MUJI cleansing oil.

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Our first anniversary date at Byblos – amaaazing Mediterranean food and drinks.

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I have absolutely loved my waterproof tablet pouch which I put on my KOBO. I bought it last year and have used it while reading at the dock, at the Atlantic ocean, at the beach… Just be careful you don’t leave it in there for too long if it’s super hot out, or the KOBO will overheat. Oops.

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I had lots of fun building a sandcastle last week. I’ve also loved wearing tons and tons of rings.

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I love my new bikini from La Vie En Rose. It’s a push-up, which is crazy (cleavage in a bathing suit?!) but I love the strap detailing.

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May Favourites

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Product Favourites

This month I didn’t have too many new product favourites, but I will share with you the wonderful things I did love.

Aromaforce Lavender Essential Oils – In the fall I bought an essential oil diffuser because I had read that lavender can help with insomnia.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash pink grapefruit – So necessary when you work out a lot, super helpful for bacne. The biggest issue with working out.

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 day smooth – I don’t do much to my hair, but when I do blow-dry it I like to use a smoothing cream so it looks nice. This argan oil cream makes my hair super smooth and beautiful when I apply it before blow-drying. However, it doesn’t do much if you just put it in and then let it airdry.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel for Acne – Tiny, expensive tube, but cleared up the bacne I had really quickly in time for the wedding I went to recently. I’ll probably keep it on hand for when I have a bad breakout, but for cost effectiveness I’ll just use tea tree oil every day.

Squish Strawberry Rhubarb – I discovered Squish in the fall, and love their candy. They’re based in Montreal and are gluten-free, use real fruit extracts, no artificial colours, no-GMOs, and are fat-free. These are perfect to make me feel like I have a strawberry rhubarb pie with me right now.

Lush Aromaco patchouli deodorant – I’ve used this deodorant for years. I love the smell of patchouli, and unless I’m working out and going somewhere afterward, this is strong enough to block out any B.O. I keep mine in a small plastic container to keep in the moisture, and one $5 block can last me for a whole year.

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Our herb garden

Check out what’s in our herb garden!

On Saturday, Nic and I got to check out an Olympic Lifting class, run by his friend Winston, at CrossFitYKV. It was a lot of fun learning snatches and cleans, and I look forward to incorporating some more of those movements into my powerlifting routine. At the end of the main workout, Winston said, “let’s do accessory work now.” For Olympic lifters, their accessory work is squats and deadlifts. That’s my main as a powerlifter. I squatted less than I normally would, but Nic and I were definitely sore on Sunday. I’d definitely recommend that gym, it’s BEAUTIFUL.


My Makeup Brush Collection and Care!

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A short while ago I posted my vanity tour, and promised that I would be featuring my brushes and brush care soon. I have quite a few brushes in comparison with many women, but I don’t have any doubles. That would probably be useful!

Real Techniques Core Collection Set

I ordered the Real Techniques core collection on Amazon a few years ago.

Contour Brush – I alternate using this for my matte or shimmery bronzers
Buffing brush – what I use for my foundation brush
Pointed foundation brush – my under-eye concealer
Detailer brush – If I’m putting eye shadow under my eyes

Sephora brushes

Sephora #55 Pro Airbrush – for blush, soooo soft
#49 Pro Angled Brush – Contour
#73 Classic Crease Brush  – definitely can tell it’s worse quality than the pros, so someday I’ll invest in a pro one.

The Body Shop

Blusher Brush – Do not buy this for a blush brush. I now use it for my translucent powder.
Slant – Perfect for eye shadow liner

Sonia Kashuk, Loose Button & Quo

The only brush I use from these four is the Quo shadow brush, which gets the job done, but I definitely need another one, or to clean my brushes more frequently.

Wash with baby shampoo and warm water

Don’t bother buying expensive brush cleaners- baby shampoo works really well, and it has to be super gentle. I haven’t had any fiber loss over the 2+ years I’ve had most of these brushes, and it’s very cheap. I use Johnson & Johnson’s baby shampoo- the same $5 bottle I bought two years ago is still going strong!

Don’t go too hot on the water or it can damage the fibers. Keep on lathering and rinsing until the brushes are back to their original colour.

Letting it dry

I always set my brushes on a towel on the windowsill to dry over night. If you can, wash them once a week to prevent buildup of product and acne, but I usually go for twice a month.

March Favourites

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Another month has finished, so it’s time for my favourites! Keep reading to find out what I put on my face, ate, and did during March. 
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I don’t change up my products that frequently (since I don’t have that many) but I’m definitely feeling the spring vibes with these ones!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte BronzerI got this bronzer in a LuxeBox a while ago, and haven’t stopped loving it since then. I love that it smells like chocolate, but it also blends really well into my face. The colour is really good for me, it doesn’t look muddy or anything, and contours well.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer I’ve loved this primer for the whole year that I’ve been using it. Paired with their long-wearing foundation it feels very silicon-y, but recently I’ve just been wearing BB cream and this keeps it put even during a workout.

Joe Fresh Matte Sheer TintI featured this in last month’s favourites as well, but I couldn’t help myself. I often work out before my shift at the gym, so I don’t want to bother with re-applying makeup: with the primer, this lasts really well, and isn’t too matte for my dry skin.

Bausch & Lomb Bio True contact solution – When I first got my contacts in December, I went for the lens solution that had the most interesting packaging in Shoppers. Yup. Turns out I really like the product! I bought a small bottle at the start, and now I keep that one for when I’m travelling, and a big one for home use. I have pretty sensitive eyes but this works very well for me.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar PaletteThis is my only real palette for eye shadows (I have Naked Basics and a Clinique quad) and I don’t feel the need to buy another (although the Loreal Nudes and the Nyx palettes look so cute for their price!) which is great considering how many Beauty YouTubers I watch. It’s such a great collection of colours, and there are so many different combinations you can make.

Morgan Taylor nail polish in “Eye Candy” I received this in my Spring LuxeBox, and LOVE it. I got so many compliments on it all March, and am already sad that I put on a different colour for today.

Ombrelle Face Ultra Fluid SPF 30 – You should wear sunscreen every day! This one is a great mattefying primer, too!

The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth serum This was one of those products I got tricked into buying when I needed another product to get stuff free at the store, and it turns out that it’s really good for me.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in “Bad to the Bronze” My basic eye look is this eye shadow and maybe some eyeliner. Perfect.

Nyx Butter Gloss in “Eclair”I wasn’t sold on this colour when I first got it in an Ipsy bag a couple years ago (wait, is it expired by now?), but now I love it.

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I absolutely love my agenda from The colours are gorgeous, the spaces are just right, and who doesn’t love their beautiful floral cover?

I also picked up “Tropical World: A Cloring Book Adventure” by Millie Marotta, which is a lot more fun than my previous colouring book, because I have lots of freedom with it.

My Hubmar AromaSens Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Nebulizer is fantastic.

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Lots and lots of paska. What is paska? It’s a Russian Mennonite/Ukrainian Easter bread, it’s eggy and citrusy, and we put icing on it. Breakfast, lunch, dessert, pre-workout, it’s great for everything. Check out the recipe that Nic used, on Mennonite Girls Can Cook
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Like I said before, Nic and I have enjoyed using our new colouring book. It’s pretty fun to sit side-by-side and do it.

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On Easter, one of the boys in youth brought his adorrrable bunny, Flopsy. Mom and I were so excited to hold her! 
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My favourite DIY of the month, these cool marble Easter eggs!