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My Favourite Moisturizers for Winter

With the weather here in Toronto constantly changing; cold to super cold.. back to it feeling like spring, and then right back to coldness.. It's just going to get super cold again... sigh Mother Nature needs to get her act together! 

During the winter, my skin gets really dry - especially on my face and hands. This year, my go-to products are First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, Softlips Cube in Fresh Mint, & Bath & Body Work's Sweet Pea Body Butter.

First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer is my go to face moisturizer for morning and night. It has a gel consistency and is very lightweight. It absorbs very quickly and is perfect to wear under makeup. I found it to combat my dry skin very well in the winter. I bought mine from Sephora, only because they don't ship to Canada through their website.

I actually got my Softlips Cube from ChickAdvisor a couple of months ago for free (in exchange for my honest review). I really like how it packs quite a bunch of flavour in addition to the vitamins and sunscreen that's added in it. I brought this little cub with me on vacation to Mexico to help hydrate my lips from being out in the sun all day!

For my body, I recently picked up Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea Body Butter. This has been one of my favourite scents for a while now.. I get their car scent in the same scent too. This body butter has some a great texture (it's almost like a whipped cream lol). A lot of this goes a looong way, so I think this will last me for a while!

What are your favourite moisturizers? I'll be needing a new face moisturizer for the summer, especially one with SPF in it.

Casetify Review - Customized iPhone 7 Case

Wow the Christmas break seems like it was FOREVER ago.. *tear*
Me and my friends decided to do Kris Kringle, which saved us from all buying each one of us a gift. If you're not sure what Kris Kringle is, it's when you get a group together and write down everyone's names and put it in a bowl. One by one everyone picks a name and that's who they buy for! No one knows who got them until the day you exchange gifts.

My Kris Kringle got me a new customized phone case with my Beyond the Nail logo on it! How amazing is that? I had designed one about 3-4 years ago for my old phone and it's completely faded now. I even tried to make my own phone case when I got my new phone but I didn't want to spend even more money then I already did.

The phone case is from Casetify. They have a huge variety of phone cases (for different phones), apple watch bands, iPad and macbook covers and more. If you can't find anything you like, they even do custom designs where you can design it yourself! The phone case I got is made of a high quality frosted semi-transparent plastic and is really durable. It doesn't feel bulky at all, which I was afraid of since it's a harder plastic. The buttons are easy to access and press, and the sound quality isn't affected at all.

Since this was a gift, I'm not sure how much it exactly was.. but after looking around their website, I think it's around $40 USD

Check out Casetify and all their awesome phone cases:

BH Cosmetics Review

Every couple of months I go through a phase where I want to master all these makeup looks. I try out a couple and then I fall off that bandwagon.. until some months pass by and then I want to do it all over again. It's a costly cycle let me tell you.. Anyways, as I was scrolling on instagram over the Christmas holidays, I saw so many pictures of beautiful eye makeup that I just fell in love. I ended up searching for new makeup brands because I wanted to try something new. I stumbled upon BH Cosmetics, & now $40 later, here I am with some new goodies to share! 

While searching BH Cosmetic’s website, I found three eye shadow palettes that I had to add to my makeup collection. I picked their Modern Mattes ($10 USD), Foil Eyes ($12 USD)Essential Eyes ($12 USD) Eyeshadow Palettes. I wanted a mix of matte and sparkly shadows and I think I achieved that perfectly with all three of these palettes. The Modern Mattes shadows are vibrant colours that have no shimmer or sparkle.. perfect for when you don't want to draw too much attention. The Foil Eyes Palette is packed with metallic shadows that are great for adding a punch to your look. The Essential Eyes palette is a great mix of both matte and shimmer shadows and has other shades that the other two palettes don't have. I tried the Essential Eyes palette first and was surprised how little product goes a long way. They’re easy to blend and are very buildable so you can get away with a light or dark colour.

I also picked up their Eye Essential 7 Piece Brush Set ($9.50 USD). I figured I’d try their brushes with their own products to see how they work together. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of these brushes. I usually use a sponge applicator (years of using them as a teen have made me actually like using these), so it's a nice transition to use a brush - and many at a time! I'm sure many of you are appalled by that.. but as long as my end result looks great, does it really matter how it was applied? My favourite brush from the set is the blending brush (the big black fluffier one). I was expecting it to be really loose but it's really sturdy and great at blending!

The Foil Eyes Palette

The Modern Mattes Palette

The Essential Eyes Palette

The packaging of all these products are great, and well worth the price! I can't wait to try out some looks with these shadows - especially the Foil Eyes shadows! I bought all of these products for the prices listed throughout this post. They were on sale at the time of purchase, so if you're reading this and the prices have changed - that's why!

Stay tuned for some makeup looks I'll do with these palettes :)

Pastel Glitter Gradient

I did this manicure months ago but I wasn't exactly sure if I liked it or not. I wish the white stamping design came out more opaque.. maybe I would like it a lot more then.

I started with a base of one coat of Beyond the Nail - Bright White. I sponged over it with a gradient using Beyond the Nail's - Spring Blue Creme, Lilac Creme, & Spring Pink Creme. When it was dry, I painted one coat of Beyond the Nail - Scattered Holographic Topcoat over it. I stamped over every nail using Beyond the Nail - Bright White ... since I did this month's ago, I forget the stamping plate I used :( I finished this mani off with one coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.

Neon & Holographic Mermaid Nails

I love neon polishes all year round.. it makes even the cold days seem a bit warmer (not really, but it brightens up my day!).

I started by painting my index finger with two coats of Beyond the Nail - Tropical Grove. On my middle finger, I painted one coat and sponged on another coat of Beyond the Nail - Countdown. On my pinky finger I painted on two coats of Beyond the Nail - Sunset Islands. On my ring finger I sponged on a gradient using Tropical Grove & Sunset Island. When it was dry I stuck on a Mermaid Nail Decal overtop. I topped everything off with one coat of PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat and placed on some glitter from Countdown on my index and pinky fingers.

Purple Overload

Ever have something that you forget about, and once you find it, you're obsessed all over again?? That's how I feel with these purple nail polishes! I forgot all about my purple creme polish and now I want to wear it all the time!

I started by painting my index and pinky fingers with two coats of Beyond the Nail - Violet Creme. I painted one coat then sponged another coat of Beyond the Nail - Purple Microglitter onto my ring finger. On my middle finger I painted one thick coat of Beyond the Nail - Lilac Creme. When it was dry, I placed on some Line Nail Guides across the nail and painted over it with the Violet Creme polish. I immediately peeled away the nail guides and left it to dry for a while. I placed some more Line Nail Guides on it in the shape of a "V" and painted in the middle with the Purple Microglitter. I peeled away those nail guides immediately and left it to dry before painting each nail with PRO-FX - Quick Dry Topcoat.