Rebecca Minkoff, Je t'aime Medium Crossbody in Opal Iridescent

Holiday Haulage! Christmas & Boxing Day 2017

I still need to browse through other bloggers’ holiday hauls (I love haul posts!), but here’s my beauty-related Christmas and Boxing Day sale haulage for 2017.

Deck the Haul Gift Set

  • The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray (7 fl oz)
  • The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray (2 fl oz)
  • The Brush Crush Dry Styling Dual Bristle Brush
  • 2 × The Grip Clip Dry Styling Hair Clip

The MSRP was C$73 (really?) but I got it after the holidays at Shoppers Drug Mart for $11!

Cake Beauty Deck the Haul Gift Set

Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction (582)

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Fiction

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Haulage! November, Part II & Christmas

This post has been a long time coming!

I’m sure many of us have been insanely busy over the last month or two, and for me, I’ve finally reached a point where I can heave a sigh of relief and, hopefully, get back on track, blog-wise. I hope you haven’t been terribly bored by my recent non-nail polish related posts on perfume, more perfume, washing your hair in reverse, and handbags! While I enjoy collecting perfume and handbags, I’m no full-fledged perfumista or fashionista.

So, back in late November, I posted Part I of my birthday beauty haulage. In this post, I’ll combine Part II with my Christmas haulage.

I splurged on beauty products for my birthday; less so for Christmas. I tend to receive money for Christmas (our families like do that, including DH and myself simply exchanging Christmas budgets so we don’t have to go through the rigamarole of picking out unwanted gifts for each other), and while I spent a bit of it on beauty products—on sale post-holidays, of course!—I spent a lot of it on two non-beauty products, which I’ll post about at the end.

Unwanted Christmas gifts
Unwanted gifts! Image:

Without further ado, here’s Part II + Christmas:

November (Part II) & December Haulage


Haulage: AMOUR June Is Here / MORGAN TAYLOR Mint Chocolate Chip / IBD Dolomite / BARIELLE Jess’ Champagne Toast
Amour Nail Lacquer in June Is Here, and Barielle Shades Nail Color in Jess’ Champagne Toast (yeah, I don’t get the name, either! Purple champagne?). Always like trying new brands! I actually have one other Barielle (Jordana’s Skinny Jeans) that I picked up from Winners some time ago, but it’s untried, so this brand remains new to me.

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Rimmel Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish in Camouflage, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Rimmel — Camouflage (Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: Rimmel 2007, Underground

I haven’t reviewed too many Rimmels on my blog (the last one was Mintilicious) even though I’ve got quite a few that should be in the queue, particularly for Throwback Thursday.

So, today’s Throwback Thursday polish, chosen in part to celebrate Christmas Eve, is from Rimmel’s 2007 Underground collection from their short-lived Play Fast line.

Rimmel Play Fast Quick Dry Nail Polish in Camouflage, bottle

Camouflage (800) is less of an army green, as you might imagine from its name, and more of a Christmas tree green! It’s a bright, festive green with loads of fine shimmer. It is a warmer shade, with hints of light gold, but on the nail it looks just like a shiny green satin ribbon. It’s perfect for Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.

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Tag Tuesday! 10 Christmas Beauty Questions

I saw this tag over at Fierce Paint, a Malaysian beauty blogger, and loved his thoughtful answers!

Here’s my version of this festive tag:

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?
Definitely nice, if only because I’ve been so bad about it in the past! I have a terrible habit of neglecting my skincare, but since I’ve been blogging regularly since spring, I’ve been perhaps “shamed” into doing a better job. I still need to get more sleep and keep myself better hydrated, but hey, I’m also doing a better job of removing my makeup and using sunscreen!

Cocoon Apothecary Rosehip Oil
Cocoon Apothecary Rosehip Oil

2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends?
I don’t think there’s any one thing; the people I give cosmetics to are all kind of into different things (eye makeup vs fragrance vs lipstick vs skincare). I love giving lipstick and perfume, though, mostly because I enjoy buying those things! I’d love to give nail polish more, but I think I’m the only nutjob I know.Read More »

Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Ciaté — Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar: Part I (December 1–16) Swatch & Review

Apologies for the late post today. Photobucket is having major upload/delete issues, and I am not getting any useful feedback from them! Well, that, and…Christmas!

Collection: Ciaté 2015 Winter, Mini Mani Month

I received the Ciaté Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar as a gift last month, and I meant to post about it by the week in December, but obviously things have gotten too hectic!

So, now I’m in a rush to get these babies all swatched up before Christmas is actually upon us! It’s just crazy how as a kid, I got so excited for Christmas, and it seemed like a week would go by like a whole year. Now, as an adult and having to prepare Christmas for the family (who can be a little ungrateful at times, or is it just me? Ha! I kid. Mostly it’s just the peanut batting at ornaments when he knows he’s not supposed to…), it seems like Christmas sneaks up and jumps on me before I even realize it’s not November anymore.

Calvin & Hobbes, Hobbes jumping on Calvin

Here we are in the middle of December, nine days from Christmas, and instead of cleaning house, preparing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, buying booze, and enjoying time with the family, I’m furiously swatching Ciatés for the blog!

As an overall note, these are all Ciaté mini bottles (there is one full-sized bottle in the Advent Calendar, but it’s reserved for the 24th), which hold 5 mL. The brush is a proper, full-sized brush: slightly thick and flat, and easy to handle. Ciaté definitely makes one of the nicer mini bottles!

And off we go! Ciaté Mini Manis for Dec. 1–16:

Dec. 1: Heirloom (PPM116)

Stunning in the bottle: a fine glitter with raspberry plum, antique gold, and a splash of deep bottle green iridescence. On the nail, it’s desperately sheer and needs at least three coats to get a bit of color on. This is probably awesome layered over a deeper shade; I’ll have to try it over black!
Ciaté Paint Pots Mini in Heirloom, swatchCiaté Paint Pots Mini in Heirloom, swatch

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Bill Nighy as Billy Mack in Love Actually, performing Christmas is All Around

Tag: Favorite Christmas Songs

Everyone’s been doing this, so I just thought I’d throw in my version of this holiday post! I missed Tag Tuesday yesterday, so I’ll just do a late Tag Wednesday.

I am generally a bit of a Scrooge, as I have my birthday in November and I can’t stand it when stores and radio stations are playing Christmas music before it. But, I am pretty much OK with Christmas and other holiday music in December!

Here are some of my favorites from my Christmas playlist, new and old:

Jack Johnson, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. I love this slightly re-written version of the classic song.

Guster, “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”.

Roxette, “It Must Have Been Love”. Can you believe they meant this as a Christmas song? Its full title is “It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken-Hearted)”. SO depressing. But I adore it.

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Haulage! Ciaté Mini Mani Month (2015)

My awesome little brother just sent me a birthday gift of nail polish! Normally I would not think he’d be great at selecting beauty products, but I suspect he’s researched my blog and concluded that I don’t have enough of Ciaté (true! I only have four).

Ciaté Mini Mani Month 2015
They stacked them, so I don’t have to.

From Ciaté:

Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month is the ultimate holiday beauty haul, packed with 17 mini paint pot polishes, three mini nail treatments to pamper nails for longer lasting mani’s, and two decorative nail toppers to put you in the party mood! You’ll also find our mini Crystal Nail file plus a full size Paint Pot in an EXCLUSIVE SHADE. Shape, treat, paint and create endless nail looks – this mani-filled month is our favourite time of the year!

Nail. Polish. Overload! And there’s zero overlap with the three Ciatés I already have.

Carlton Banks dance, Christmas sweater

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