Happy Victoria Day! (Canada)

Happy Victoria Day! We Visited the Royal Ontario Museum (May 2017)

It’s Victoria Day weekend in Canada, and we took the kids out to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), a first for them. I’ve posted my photos here if you’re interested!

This weekend, the ROM has a code (SAVE5, use it online or mention it at the museum) for $5 off their general admission or the Blue Whale special exhibit, so there’s still time if you want to go and check it out.

Sample photos:

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), May 2017. Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale Story.
Vintage advertisments for products made from whales (margarine, soap, meat).
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), May 2017. Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale Story.
Blue whale skeleton. I always love seeing the finger bones in the flippers.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), May 2017. Earth's Treasures Gallery.
Gemstone jewelry. Is this the ROM or Birks?
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), May 2017. Earth's Treasures Gallery.
Okenite in a geode. Aren’t they cute?

Have a great day!

New Release: Essie — Wild Nudes (Summer 2017)

Collection: Essie 2017 Summer, Wild Nudes

Essie has released their Summer 2017 collection, Wild Nudes, consisting of eight neutral cream shades.

Bare with Me
apricot tone
with gray cast
Clothing Optional
natural
sienna brown
Exposed
mossy green with
a slight white overcast
Mooning
light shadowy blue with
an undertone of black
Skinny Dip
light peach pink with
a slight hint of black
Wild Nude
light tan with
a wash of white
Winning Streak
dark purple with
a grayish tone
Without a Stitch
clean light gray

Nothing too unique, but I do like the subtle nuances to each shade. Clothing Optional and Winning Streak are the ones that catch my eye.

Happy Shopping!

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag "Summer Friday" (May 2017)

Ipsy — May 2017 Glam Bag “Summer Friday”

I missed getting a post up yesterday—it was so freaking hot in the city, our air conditioning isn’t working 100%, and I could barely think. Uggggh, I hate hot weather. I believe that if I had grown up in a hot place, I’d never have made it through school as my brain shuts down so badly when it’s very hot and humid. We’re talking a mere 27°C/80°F that will do it.

But hey, it’s only fitting that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) is posted on a Friday! It’s also much cooler today, thankfully.

And, once again, Ipsy sent me a Glam Bag that color-coordinates, in shades of bright aqua, bronze, and cherry red. I don’t know if it’s coincidental (or that a lot of their products this month just happen to coordinate), but it sure makes for a nice photo op.

Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”

Image: ipsy.com

Thanks to some referral points (many thanks to those who used my link!), I was also able to redeem some of my Ipsy points for a full sized Estée Lauder foundation.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup To Go Liquid Compact in 2N1 Desert Beige (12 mL full size; US$45 / CA$50) [750 pts]

What I Received

  • Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl (11 mL full size; US$18)
  • BeneFit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Deep (5) (1 g sample; 3 g full size US$24)
  • Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric (2 g full size; US$22.95)
  • Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackNoir (0.8 g sample; 1.2 g full size US$12)
  • trèStiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Tuscan Wine (0.025 oz sample size of just the matte crayon color; full size is a double-ended Lip Crayon + Shiny Balm, US$28)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, May 2017, Summer Friday

fivezero’s Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag: “Summer Friday”

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Adesse New York: 20% off any purchase + free US shipping with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017; US only)
  • Estée Lauder: 20% off all Double Wear with code DWIPSY20 (through 05/31/2017; US only)
  • Jelly Pong Pong: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 06/30/2017)
  • Pixi by Petra: 25% off any purchase with code PixiIpsyMay (not case-sensitive; through 6/30/2017; US only)
  • trèStiQue: 30% off any $40+ purchase with code IPSYSPRING30 (through 06/30/2017; US only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Rosé All Day, swatch

Deco Miami — Rosé All Day (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deco Miami

Last November, I spotted Deco Miami‘s beautiful, jewel-like bottles of nail polish on Ashley’s blog (Short Nail Swatcher), and immediately placed my own order. Like, the next day.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers in Black Like My Soul,
Brickell Blue, Champagne Mami, Rosé All Day, & Tied Down.

Just. Look. At. Them.

Russell Crowe Gladiator entertained meme, are these not the cutest little things

So yes, I bought five of them all in one go and haven’t played with them until last month! The packaging was just so spring-y to me that I buried them all winter…but now it’s time for them to come out and play!

I’ll do a little review here of Deco Miami’s online store, too. Ordering was super easy, and they delivered to Canada, no problem (US$12.99 for my five polishes). They arrived in about a week, and included was a surprise free glass file with Swarovski crystals! Yay! I think it may have been because I bought five, because right now there’s a promo on their site for a set of five Winter 2016 polishes that comes with a free glass file.

fivezero's haulage, Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers + Glass File with Swarovski Crystals

Each polish comes in an adorable, illustrated triangular box, making it perfectly giftable.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer, box unfolded

Here’s a box unfolded!

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me, swatch

L’Oréal — Tweet Me (Colour Riche Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2012, Colour Riche Nail Color

I originally swatched this for a Throwback Thursday post, but then I realized it’s not quite old enough, being from a 2012 collection. So, here it is on a Tuesday!

Tweet Me (101) is an adorable canary yellow with golden shimmer. It is, most unfortunately, on the sheer side.

The name is, obviously, inspired by social media site Twitter, and should you wish to do as the polish says, click here.

L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me

L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me

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Zoya Wanderlust Collection (Summer 2017)

New Release: Zoya — Wanderlust (Summer 2017)

Collection: Zoya 2017 Summer, Wanderlust

Zoya has released their Summer 2017 collection, Wanderlust, consisting of eight opaque cream and four (slightly less) opaque shimmer polishes.

River
shimmering cobalt blue
Lois
rich magenta violet cream
Esty
rich bubble gum pink cream
Byrdie
muted fuchsia pink cream
Winnie
soft watermelon pink cream
Mandy
shimmering berry pink
Sonja
summery crimson red cream
Journey
shimmering strawberry red
Cora
muted coral cream
Sawyer
soft taffy orange cream
Scout
shimmering moss green
Arbor
rich olive green cream

Is Scout a reference to the classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird? (The author, Harper Lee, passed away last spring.)

These are beautiful, bright summer shades, though I confess not many are unique enough to call to me, and the olive greens just don’t suit my skintone. I might go for Sonja, Journey, and Mandy. Scout might find its way into my collection just for the novelty of having a shimmery yellow-olive!

Happy Shopping!

fivezero's tarte Custom Kit Sale haulage (May 2017)

Haulage! tarte Custom Beauty Kit Sale (May 2017)

Last week, tarte ran a pretty awesome one-day sale for a 7-piece Custom Beauty Kit, and as I’d never taken advantage of it before (or even ordered from tarte’s website), I took the plunge!

My order arrived last Thursday, which was great, as I wasn’t entirely sure whether it had to ship from the US to Canada. As it turns out, my package was shipped from Richmond Hill, ON, so tarte seems to ship Canadian orders domestically and additional duties were not incurred. Just what I need, another Canadian online store to shop from! Haha…

tarte sent a bonus code with my order, as well:
use the code REVEAL for 15% your order through May 31, 2017.

Here’s the damage (all for CA$84, though there was an additional $10 off code that I didn’t learn about until after I’d ordered, rats!). All items are full-size.

  • Unicorn Fabric Cosmetic Bag (MSRP CA$12)
  • Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Neutral (MSRP CA$51)
  • Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Peach Bronze (MSRP CA$40)
  • Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Surfer Girl (MSRP CA$26)
  • Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner (doubles as cream eyeshadow) in Rose Gold (MSRP CA$25)
  • lights, camera, lashes Double-Ended Lash Fibers & 4-in-1 Mascara (MSRP CA$28)
  • Double-Ended Camouflage Brush/Tool (MSRP CA$45, on sale for $38)

So, I got a total of CA$227 ($220 if you use the brush’s sale price) worth of product for $84. Not too shabby, especially since I definitely see myself using everything!

One issue: I meant to select the lipstick in Happy, a rose shade, but somehow I ended up with Surfer Girl, a fuchsia, in my final order. I went back to the website after I noticed this and saw that the it was making shade selections even if I just moused over a swatch; I’d assumed that a click was required. Gah! Once again, I am reminded that I need to double check my orders before clicking “Submit”! In any case, Surfer Girl turns out to be quite pretty, so I’m all right with my mistake.

Check out detailed photos of the items:

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