Monday, April 29, 2013

5.141 Spring Splurges - Lippie Love + Sephora 15% off

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Taking a walk with the Mister on Philosopher's Walk.

One last crazy haul post and then I'm off for a dry-spell- no more shopping for the next month!

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Earlier in the Spring Season Shoppers Drug Mart had their Spring Bonus where you had to spend x amount to get a bunch of luxury samples in this cute cosmetic box (you might have remembered the Fall Bonus I partook in too). I always try to plan in a way that I get the bonus when they have their 20x the points event too so that it's an even sweeter deal. I'm so glad this time around they had a nice cosmetic case unlike that awful space-like bag in the last bonus. These bonuses are so much better because luxury samples like these cost 100 points each at Sephora!

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Yes, I've kicked back into my love for Dior :x I have this new obsession over lip products lately which you will totally be able to tell by the end of this post. I bought the 3 Dior Addict lipsticks and a coral lipgloss to get enough for the Spring Bonus. The lip glow products I bought during another 20x the points event.

I got two things from Dior's Cherie Bow Collection for Spring, the eyeshadow quad in "Rose Ballerine" and Dior Addict lipstick in "Charmante" #437. The eyeshadows are iridescent but more on the sheer side which I prefer. "Charmante" is a gorgeous coral shade; it's more on the balm side than a lipstick.

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Here is what I got from the Sephora 15% off sale. Since I'm VIB I got a free sample bag and I also re-qualified for VIB status so they gave me another card lol. This time I really took advantage of the sale as I went back 3x! That's a first for me. I got another Dior Addict lipstick, the last Fresh Sugar lipbalms I needed to finish my collection (oh heck yes I did), YSL lipsticks (I've already started collecting a few), and a couple skincare products from Caudalie.

My collection is complete! I'm so happy to have them all because it took me a while to collect them all.

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And here are all the YSL lippies I have right now. So far I have a Rouge Volupte, a few Volupte Sheer Candys, and a few Rouge Volupte Shines. I will let you know which ones I love most in another post. And I also got myself the Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in 20 Clair. I like to use it to set my liquid foundation or on days when I want to powder but don't want any coverage. I'll talk about this again when I get more face products a few months down the line.

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This is my latest purchase. I ran out of my Lancome cleansing water about a month ago and went without it because I wanted to wait until The Bay came out with a Lancome gift with purchase event. This is still on-going now if you wanted to participate. The SA was extremely helpful and told me about this special limited edition bonus sized bottles Lancome had for their popular products which included the cleansing water. For double the amount it was only about $2 more! What a great deal!

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Sneaker wedges. You either love 'em or hate 'em. I love them. They are exactly the style I was looking for. Before sneaker wedges came out, I had been looking for a funkier street style shoe that had a high top. But all the ones I looked at were too colourful and too hip-hop/gangster/basketball for me. Only the boys had cool shoes, girls always have a limited selection when it comes to these kinds of things. So when these came out I was jumping for joy. The Mister bought these for me. I had been eyeing these at Aldo ever since they came out so I was super happy when they finally went on sale. They are super comfy; the only downfall is that the insoles inside suck! They literally came off and are now sliding down. I need to have them replaced.

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Indigo bangles that came together and H&M bracelets that came in a pack. I mainly bought the H&M one for the bracelet to the farthest right. I think it would pair so nicely with a lot of my clothing.

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I planted these seeds a couple weeks ago but didn't have time to share. They've already started sprouting! Garden update will come soon after I work on it some more.

"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all." -Stephen Hawking

Saturday, April 20, 2013

5.140 Winners (Part II)

I have another Winners post to share because I made another visit recently. Winners is one of those places I can't resist stopping by. I just love shopping there!

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The first department I went to was accessories. That's where I found this bag. I had been looking for a tote-like bag and this reminded me of that because of how simple it was. I almost got it but didn't after convincing myself that I probably wouldn't give it much love as I do with my designer bags. Now that I look at it again, it's also reminiscent of those Longchamp nylon bags isn't it?

I then found my way to the home section, of course you know me, and came upon a few neat candles like the ones pictured left. They smelled so good! They were exactly like what they were suppose to smell like but I didn't pick them up since I was already getting the Woodwick candle shown on the right. I was ecstatic when I found this because they sell these candles online for a lot more. The scent is in "Rose Blossom" and smells exactly like one of my favourite hand creams, Rosewater, from Crabtree & Evelyn. I love rose scents so this candle was not going to be left behind. I've really enjoyed burning these Woodwick candles. The sound of the crackle it gives off is so soothing and the scent is nice and not overpowering. I really recommend them.

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I also came across some storage organizers for makeup. Winners often sells these kinds of things from time to time if you're ever looking for these kinds of things.

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I ended up getting some new pillows that my shoulder and upper back desperately needed. I had been experiencing aches and pains for weeks from sleeping on a pillow that suddenly flattened one day. I bought that pillow from Sears last year so I didn't even have it for that long. That's my luck from Sears though, anything I buy from there turns to crap!

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I also picked up these nice hand towels with the cute little bee detail. I like the how the stitching is like a honey-comb pattern. Lately I've been into the whole "hotel" thing so I've been wanting to recreate it in a sense, if you know what I mean. When I brought it home my sister said she was surprised that I would pick out a towel with a bug on it LOL. I don't see it so much as a bug than something that symbolizes prestige/royalty- at least that's what I'm going for.

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And last but not least, I only lightly skimmed the ladies department because I wasn't into shopping for clothes that day. I did manage to find this top rather quickly in the Junior department. They always have nice edgier and funkier pieces. This has a faux leather front and just cotton material in the back. I've been venturing a little bit with my wardrobe and I think I've made some great strides. I think this would look great layered with other pieces like a jacket or blazer with some edge. I can also see ripped jeans pairing well with it too with nice long necklace.

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So that's all I picked up at Winners. I also made a quick visit to Marshalls but didn't end up getting anything. I did come across a couple great things though.

These Steve Madden Girl heels were so cute. I liked them and how they looked on but I could not stand how they felt on. My feet were already starting to hurt only a few seconds after trying them on. That's definitely a no in my books, comfort is a big thing for me.

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Saw these famous Sam Edelman heels that look so kick-ass. If I was able to wear heels that high, I would totally get it. They look fabulous.

I saw this really great jacket but there was only size xs left! There was one in black in my size but I found that their sizes run really small. Pity because this looked really nice on and I don't own a grey jacket! Found Lady Gaga's perfume here too which I thought was interesting.

I'll try to express my thoughts and talk more like I did in this post. I like it because I want to document what I think, how I feel, and the things I'm into currently so I can look back one day and remember.

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of." -Bruce Lee

Thursday, April 18, 2013

5.139 Winners (Part I)

I made a trip to Winners a couple of weeks ago and came across a couple great finds.

While I was browsing around in the home section this chest of drawers caught my eye. The composition itself reminded me of those acrylic makeup organizers (the Clear Cube and Muji Drawers) but way more affordable than the Clear Cube at only $49.99 and easier for me to get than the Muji drawers. Also, I always think about my future home and how something I buy would fit into that, I think this chest of drawers would fit nicely with what I have in mind. I played on the idea of storing my makeup in here but I already love my makeup organization via the pull-out drawer. It was then that I thought it would be great to store my jewelry. I like it because it can store a lot as opposed to those traditional jewelry boxes. I keep most of my jewelry here but the majority of my earrings are still stored in my jewelry box on my vanity.

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I saw this in the Juniors department and fell in love with the skull design. The skull itself is made of a velour-like fabric. I find myself fascinated by anything skulls right now.

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This Sanctuary Clothing long sleeve shirt was a great find. I like the collar detailing and the quality of the fabric itself. It's nice and light yet feels durable and isn't prone to wrinkles as much other shirts I have.

Speaking of other shirts...
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I'm quite appalled at how tops I own that I haven't had the chance to wear yet- with tags still attached! I never thought I'd be one of those people who had things in their closets that have never seen the light of day =S

Lastly are the Juicy Couture shades I've been eyeing for a couple of weeks. I'm glad I didn't get it the day I saw it because they got marked down from $49.99 to $40! The tags says it retails for $120. Very sweet find if you ask me.

I also really like the cute little heart cut-out at the end of one of the sides. I also adore the pink hard case and cleaning cloth that it comes with.

Here are my two designer sunglasses side by side.

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And here are all the sunglasses I've ever owned (minus my very first one since I gave that to my cousin long ago). From top to bottom (newest to oldest): Juicy Couture, Coach, Kensie, Oscar de la Renta, Unknown.The pair at the bottom are retired so I don't wear it anymore. You can probably tell what general shape I lean towards since it suits me most. None of these sunglasses are over $50- woot woot.

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 15, 2013

5.138 Bullseye

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Target haul!! I've always wanted to say that. Target recently opened their doors in Canada and I couldn't have been more thrilled.

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It was fun browsing around Target. Their food section isn't as great as Walmart but they do have a better bag/accessories/jewelry department. I found their beauty section harder to browse in than Walmart because of the way it's set up. Parts of the wall fixtures would block the view from anything from the waist down so that you would have to kneel to see what's at the bottom. Prices seemed similar to that of Walmart and I really liked how they carry brands that weren't available in Canada before.

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One of those brands I had been eager to get my hands on were the Sonia Kashuk brushes. I couldn't help myself and got both the face and blush brushes. They were on sale for 10% off. If you've ever tried Ecotool brushes then I can tell you that they feel pretty similar. Similar but not the same. These Sonia Kashuk brushes are better in terms of shape and softness. They feel like silk on my skin, so buttery soft! I plan to get more, like the flat-top foundation brush which was sold out at the time. Once I get all the brushes I want I'll do a full review. As of right now, I give the brushes two thumbs way up.

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The section that really stood out to me was their home section, not only because I'm into all that home stuff, but because they really did have a wonderful selection. That includes decor, organization, and the kitchen department. It was like a mash-up of Chapters with a hint of Ikea. I can definitely see myself visiting often to see what's new.

And of course you know me, I couldn't walk away with nothing!
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I saw this pretty soap dispenser and matching toothbrush holder on sale for 20% off. I love how pretty and glam they look. I just recently threw away my makeshift toothbrush holder (a pencil holder from the dollar store) because I got sick of the way it looked. I also was using Method hand soap in the same bottle it came in, it too was a bit boring. It's a relief to have them both replaced.

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I came across this beautiful poppy flower that reminded me so much of Spring. It was too pretty to pass up.

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I was totally obsessed with their candle section. There were so many candles I wanted to get but I stopped myself and was a good girl. They even had those wood wick candles!

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I managed to limit myself to one candle. It was a difficult choice but I think I made the right one. I liked how these line of candles are available in different sizes, containers/jars. I like having a variety of different candles so that it isn't so boring. These candles are soy-based so they're purer and burn slower and cleaner than wax candles. Not only that, they're eco-friendly, sustainable, and come from renewable resources (something I really really like). The scent was very light and clean which was perfect to burn in my room. I really liked how it isn't overpowering like those Bath and Body Works candles which can be too overwhelming at times. I'm definitely going back for more, that's for sure.

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Also in home fragrance I came across this pretty looking diffuser (I've been wanting one for years) that smelled like those nice (emphasis on the nice people) public washrooms- minus the nasty smells, okay? I'm not crazy I swear. I thought it was perfect to put in the washroom since candles are a no-go because of the open flame and plug-ins just look awful. With diffusers, you don't have to worry about leaving it unattended and there is no electricity required! The scent I got was also the most popular among the four scents that were available. There was only four boxes left while the other scents were still fully stocked.

"A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be." -Abraham Lincoln