APRIL | FAVOURITES

Hi lovely people! Can you believe we are officially entering May? I hope your April was filled so all the light and love.

Lets get on to my favourites, shall we?


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Beauty

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation – So pleased with this foundation! I recently hauled it. It gives the most beautiful glowy, medium coverage and lasts all day on my skin.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow – This highlighting palette is something I’ve never imagined. It’s somehow so bright, yet much more natural than my Becca highlighters. I LOVE this.
  • Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick in Nudie Red – I got this scent to me in a subscription makeup service. It’s quite matte, but long-wearing and not drying. The colour is beautiful.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Shadows in Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe – SOO gorgeous. I don’t know how I’m so late on this train, but this eyeshadows are beautiful.
  • theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner in Bordeaux – This is perfect. I smudge it out under my bottom lash line, and the colour is beautiful. You have to second glance to realize it’s a dark purple, but it makes my green eyes pop…and lasts all day!

Perfume

  • Thierry Mugler Alien EDT – Some may find this more of a fall/winter scent, but I find it so sexy for Spring and Summer nights. I’ve had it in my collection for about a year now, and I keep grabbing for it. I can only imagine how strong the EDP is because my EDT lasts from dawn until dusk.

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Health

  • Nature’s Boundy Hair, Skin, Nails Gummies – My hair is finally starting to grow! Until I chop it off again, I’m sure. However, having these sweet little gummies to start my day off is nice as well!
  • Cellular C4 Preworkout – I really like this pre workout. Typically I take my pre workout in shot-form so I don’t have to prolong the tasting experience. However, the C4 tastes great and gives me a healthy pump!

Music

  • Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman 
  • T.I. – Money Talk 
  • Drew Baldridge – Rebound 
  • Rascal Flatts – I Like the Sound of That
  • Elton John – Benny and the Jets

Quote

  • “Find that place that brings out the human in you, the soul in you, the love in you.” – R.M. Drake

 

Thanks so much for reading xx.

I would love to hear what your favourites were this month,

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SELF-LOVE & Depression

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I am not looking to escape my darkness, I am learning to love myself there.

-Rune Lazuli

Hi everyone!! This post may stray from my lighthearted makeup posts, but I have some things I want to share with you.

As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression in December. It was a dark couple of months. I had quit my job to focus on my mental health, found myself contemplating ending my life on the bathroom floor numerous times, and began hating myself for inflicting such emotional agony onto myself. These thoughts of self-hatred, anger, and pity spiralled me deeper into my depression. There was a point where I believed no amount of beauty could outweigh the tremendous pain in the world.

In an attempt to heal myself, I began expressing love and attempting to radiate kindness. I began volunteering, smiling at strangers, and taking the time to wish acquaintances happy birthday. I loved my friends unconditionally through their bad days. I lended them a hand to hold without judgement.

It was then that I relized that the only way out of my depression was to love myself through it as well. My depression was not a result of my brain trying to hurt me. My depression was my brain’s way of coping with the losses I had experienced. Depression is the way your brain copes, grieves, and, most importantly, transforms.

I didn’t have to “battle” my depression – nobody should ever have to battle themselves. I  had to accept that my brain was coping and I had to love myself through it. I had to be kind to myself, be gentle with my heart. Instead of hating myself for falling on the bathroom floor crying, I let myself sob, I cradled myself through it, and I congratulated myself when I stood back up. It was when I began to love myself, depression and all, that my depression began to subside.

My advice to you is to just love yourself through the bad days. There is nothing wrong with you just because you hurt. You are strong and you are capable and you are beautiful and YOU DESERVE YOUR OWN LOVE. For the people who struggle with depression, I had a girlfriend tell me, “The opposite must be equal”. We can feel so much hurt, but we can feel the equal intensity of love, happiness, and light.

…And then there was a moment on Tuesday where I heard the ducks quacking and saw the budding green on the trees and I thought: “moments like this outweigh the pain”.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I wish you all the beautiful light and healing xx,

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MISS DIOR | BLOOMING BOUQUET

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Hey everyone! So the perfume hoarder (AKA me) was back at it again.

I recently picked up Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. The 3.4oz bottle is for sale at Sephora for $124.00.

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This scent is unlike any others in my collection. I typically gravitate towards sweet scents. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is the epitome of a girl in summertime. It’s light, floral, bubbly, and elegant. The staying power isn’t the best I’ve had but it’s worth it for me. It’s subtle and so sophisticated.

I was convinced I needed a new summer scent, and this is the one I chose. At first, I purchased Juicy Couture Rosé but on my skin it smelt like a cheap rose-scented soap. So, I returned it, and went with the Blooming Bouquet.

I feel like I’m turning over a new leaf and beginning to purchase more grown-up scents. Between this purchase and my Replica Beach Walk, I should be ready for summer. I posted my previous five favourite fragrances here.

I never thought I would say this, but I think my perfume collection finally has everything I need. Even though I have my eye on Coco Mademoiselle and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.

What are your favourite scents? I’m always looking to try out more.

Let’s cross over and be instagram friends!:) Have a wonderful week full of light and love…and May 1st.

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SEPHORA | HAUL

Hi everyone! I’ve missed you all. I hope your week is filled with so much love and light.

As I’m sure majority of you know, the Sephora VIB Sale just passed. I did a little damage there, and wanted to share my purchases with you guys. After that, I purchased a few drugstore makeup items, so I thought I would add that as a little bonus.

 

  • Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop ($28.o0 CAN)
  • Beauty blender Nude ($28.00 CAN)
  • Smash box Photo Finish Primer Water ($15.00 CAN for travel size)
  • Too Faced Sweetheart Bronzer in Sweet Tea ($38.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow ($52.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 ($23.00 CAN)
  • Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops in Morning Glow ($19.00 CAN)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Melon ($23.00 CAN)

 

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Light Infusing Foundation 
  • L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
  • Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

 

Did you shop at the Sephora VIB Sale? Let me know if there are any products you would like a review on!

Have a beautiful week,

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P.S. let’s take our friendship to the next level on Instagram! (For an embarrassing amount of dog pictures)

INTRODUCING | WYNN

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Hi everyone!

This post has been in the works for about a month, but I wanted to postpone the announcement until I knew everything was going all right. As I’m sure a handful of you know, I am a proud owner of two sweet little pups. A Chihuahua cross and an Australian Shepherd cross.

About a month ago, we (kind of impulsively) decided to add a third edition – a sweet little American Staffordshire Terrier. Being that we have two small dogs, I was a little on edge – but we hit the jackpot with her.

So here’s Wynn, the biggest puppy you’ll ever meet. Favourite activities: sleeping, cuddling and kissing.

Thanks for reading and hope you’re having a wonderful weekend xx,

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MARCH | FAVOURITES

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Happy April, you beautiful souls!

 

I wanted to do a roundup of a few of my favourite beauty products for the month of March, as well as a few lifestyle favourites…and a new addition to the family. I also included one of my new favourite perfumes. So…let’s get to the favourites!

  • Benefit Hoola bronzer 

Finally we are seeing a little bit of sun here in Canada! So I’ve really been loving bronzed skin lately…and this product does just the trick! Not too ashy or warm, just a perfect neutral shade, perfect for bronzing or contour.

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Such a boring item for me to mention, but I’ve been loving it lately! With Spring finally arrived, I love a glowy complexion, and Mac Fix+ takes any trace of a powdery finish off of my skin.

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This is my perfect pink-nude. I’ve heard BeautyCrush (SamanthaMaria) talk about this shade before, and it truly is perfect. The formula is creamy and comfortable.

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I got a sample from my Ipsy bag. It’s beautiful. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m finding my Becca highlighters a little too much, so this has been a great replacement. I’m waiting to buy the full size.

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These little lip balm tins from Lush are INCREDIBLE. I ran out of my last one, and had to go pick up a replacement immediately. My EOS, Burts Bees and Soft Lips can’t compare now. (Not to mention, cruelty free and natural is such a good marketing strategy). This product actually soothes my lips, and doesn’t force me to reapply every 20 minutes.

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  • ColourPop highlighter in Wisp 

This is a beautiful shade. I’m especially looking forward to wearing it in the summer, as it’s a little dark (but it still looks nice on my fair skin). It’s described as a golden champagne colour on the ColourPop website.

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I picked this up in March, and wrote a blogpost a couple days after that (blog post here). I have just fallen more in love with it – it is a perfect summer scent.

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Lifestyle Favourites

  • Topknots – the little twist kind because my hair is finally long enough, and it’s scruffy-chic.
  • Boyfriend Jeans – once again, a little scruffy-chic…and oh-so-comfortable.My favourite are from Express.
  • Our new family member – WYNN!!! She’s a sweet little ten week old puppy. She’s been a handful, but worth every minute. I’ll be posting an introduction post later this week for you guys.
  • Calligraphy – it’s my new hobby. I’ve been practicing every night.
  • SELF LOVE – my recent struggle with depression has given me a whole new appreciate for self love. I’ll follow this up with a post as well.

So please, stay tuned!

Let me know what your favourites for March were…and if you have any Spring/Summer fragrances that you suggest!

Thanks for reading xx,

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LIEBSTER | AWARD

I was nominated by a couple wonderful ladies! Emma (EMMAUNDECIDED) and Sadia (SparklingBeautyBee). I answered the question from my first nomination by Emma, but I’m so honoured that a couple girls had nominated me for this. I love blogging, and I have met some incredible women online. I am so pleased to be part of such a wonderful community.

The rules include:

  • Answering the nominator’s questions
  • Posting 11 facts about yourself
  • Creating a list of new questions for your own nominees
  • Nominating bloggers for the award

Questions asked by EMMAUNDECIDED:

1. What is your favourite social media application? Why? 

Other than my blog, I would have to say Instagram. There is something so intimate about pictures of people!
2. What is your favourite beauty product ever?

I would have to say my Becca Backlight Primer. It is so beautiful and glowy, and even on no makeup days, it makes the skin just glow.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

My hometown, Sylvan Lake. It’s a beautiful little lakeside town in Alberta, Canada. I’d also love to experience living in a quiet little countryside town in England, or in New York, NY.
4. What is your favourite movie to watch when you are sick at home?

Honestly…I prefer watching TV shows when I’m alone. Especially when I’m sick. There’s less of a commitment, and if I fall asleep, I only miss a little bit of an episode. My favourite watch is Grey’s Anatomy.
5. What is the meaning behind the name of your blog?

I have been going through a transition the last few years, so I began a blog called “DiscoveringC”. C is my nickname and the first letter of my first name. It’s been a journey of finding myself.
6. What is the one quote you live by?

One of my favourite quotes is a song lyric from one of my dad’s lullaby’s. It says, “All that you ever dare to dream…” In fact, I have that part of the song tattooed on my foot.
7. If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?

Probably E.E. Cummings. He is one of my favourite poets.
8. What is your favourite food?

This is super basic. It’s what I eat every morning for breakfast – oatmeal with a banana and chocolate protein powder.
9. If you were to give someone one piece of advice on blogging, what would it be?

Just start it – you’ll meet so many people that inspire you. Blog about what you’re passionate about. Be unapologetically yourself.
10. What is an item you cannot live without?

A little plushed dog my mom bought me when she was in the hospital battling cancer. I was 17 years old at the time, but my mom just wanted to surprise me with something when I came to visit that day, so she bought me a dog. I asked what I should name it and she said “Marvin”. So there we have it, Marvin my plushed dog. Sure enough, I still sleep with it (even though I might be too old to sleep with toys).
11. What is it that you love most about blogging?

The incredibly funny, witty, kind, selfless people I’ve met doing it.

11 Facts About Me: 

  • I have four tattoos, I would probably never get any more
  • I have three dogs! A Chihuahua cross, an Australian Shepherd cross, and a Pitbull puppy (which is technically my boyfriends dog, but we live together).
  • I love working out. It’s the best medication for anxiety I’ve ever known.
  • I have three brothers.
  • I am a morning person! 8 AM wake up on my days off…I love taking on the day, and being in bed by 9 PM.
  • I want to travel but I’m terrified of planes.
  • My favourite holiday is Christmas. My tree goes up in November.
  • I don’t like to cook, even though I’m trying to teach myself to love it.
  • I’m learning calligraphy.
  • I love all music (except metal).
  • My favourite movie is probably Stepmom. Julia Roberts AND Susan Sarandon! Sign me up.

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  • What is your favourite memory of all time?
  • What is one thing that you’re really passionate about?
  • What do you love most about yourself? Get descriptive…I want to see some serious self love here.
  • What is your biggest accomplishment?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • Where would you like to travel the most?
  • What is your favourite fragrance or scent?
  • What do you crave? (Sweets, salty, etc.)
  • What’s your favourite beauty product?
  • Where do you escape to when you need a break? (Mountains, lake, etc.

Nominees

  • I don’t want to put anybody on the spot by tagging them! I’ve met some great girls here though, so if any of you get the opportunity to post, please let me know, I’d love to see your answers!
  • If you don’t want to do a blog post on it, please leave your answers in the comment section!

Thanks for reading xx,

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