The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette has been a cult-favourite palette for quite some time since it was released last year. This palette comes highly recommended for both formula and colour range. It was many people’s favourite palette of 2016, and I honestly thought that the hype was going to die down into the new year. I still see people rave about this palette, so during the Sephora VIB sale, I decided it was time for me to try this palette out for myself!

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So… It’s been a few weeks since I last posted here. The longer I wait to write, the harder it seems to get. I want to come on and say something, but I just genuinely don’t know what to say. For a few weeks the idea of coming here and posting about products seemed odd and Now is as good of a time as any to let you know what’s going on and to get back to chatting to you here.

At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I would take blogging more seriously. I want to create more content, and focus a lot of my creative energy to this platform. The year started out pretty good. I was posting consistently on both my blog and instagram, trying lots of new products and exploring. But these past few weeks I’ve let that go by the wayside.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I had surgery last Thursday. It was a minor surgery, but as it was approaching I focused all my energy on thinking about that. I spent my time preparing to take time off work, go for walks and enjoy the weather while I could. I worried a lot about what I would eat and how I would do everyday things during recovery. Being an over-thinker, I guess that makes sense. But I didn’t take the time to do the little things that make me happy – trying new makeup looks, exploring with colour, photography. Now that I’m in recovery and on the way uphill, I want to put my energy back to these things. I get so much joy and fulfillment out of these creative things.

Over the past few days, I have had a lot of time to think. I’m off work for a little while and am honestly doing so much better than I ever expected I would be this soon after surgery. I have lots of fresh ideas and I am feeling reenergized. I’m excited to be back to my blog!

As all of us beauty junkies know, the Sephora VIB sale just passed. For Beauty Insiders, VIB & VIB Rouge members, it’s a special time that only happens twice a year! 15% off of beauty is kind of a big deal! I always look at this time as a great way to save on essentials and to try something new that I’ve been coveting for a long time. Although my haul isn’t massive, I still spent a fair amount and purchased some items I am SO excited about so wanted to share them with you!

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After seeing endless hype for the Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation, I needed to give it a try for myself! This liquid foundation retails for just $8CAD (just $5.99 for my US friends) and is getting so many amazing reviews comparing it to higher-end formulas. So, how could I not be intrigued?

The claims

Weirdly enough, this product doesn’t claim much at all. Both the packaging and the Wet n Wild website talk about how it performs under lighting conditions. Basically, this is said to give you camera-ready skin and reduce the white cast caused by photography. Strange claims. There is nothing about coverage, longevity, skin concerns. This was pretty weird to me when I started seriously looking into the product, but for $8 it was worth trying out on my own. I do love that Wet n Wild offers this in 20 shades, which is a great selection! The range does seem to be lacking in selection for darker skin tones, however.

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Since today is Earth Day, I thought I would share with you some of my green beauty essentials. I’ve been purchasing more natural products a lot over the last few years, especially when it comes to skin, body and haircare. This is a topic that is very dear to me, so I’m surprised I have not yet shared these products yet.

I’ve been leaning toward purchasing fewer, but better quality products when it comes to personal care. I know, I could definitely do the same in regards to makeup, but I just can’t… yet. As I said, I’ve been paying so much more attention to ingredients, ethics and sources of the products I’ve been using. There are so many great brands on the market that offer these clean solutions, and I have found them to be extremely accessible. My favourite sources for natural beauty are National Nutrition (which I visit in Orillia, Ontario) and well.ca (which is based in Toronto & Guelph Ontario) so hurrah for supporting local businesses too! Let’s jump in and go over all the great natural and green goodies I’ve been using, loving and hope you get inspired by!

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