TIFF 2017: Red Carpet Roundup

It occurred to me that I had a red carpet roundup opportunity right in my own backyard last week with the Toronto International Film Festival!

I didn’t spot any stars around, but I don’t usually hang out at the trendy spots, either. I mean, Angelina Jolie’s not going to swing by my local grocery store to pick up a mesh bag of avocados.

As with yesterday’s Emmys roundup, I’m starting off with my favorites:

 

Top 7 TIFF 2017 Looks
(in alphabetical order)

Halle Berry at the Kings premiere

This is perfect on someone like Halle—is that a hint of nipslip, though?

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Jessica Chastain at the Molly’s Game premiere

Elegant, and the stardust sparkles are a pretty touch.

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Bella Heathcote at the Professor Marston & The Wonder Women premiere

I wish she’d done simpler shoes with this, but I’m still loving it.

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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!

Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser

Crawford Street — Rose Geranium 2-In-1 Soothing Cleanser Review

I discovered Toronto-based Crawford Street last year, with their Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub that I really enjoyed.

Since then, I’ve bought two more products from them, the Rose Geranium Toner and the Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser, which is the product I’m reviewing today.

From Crawford Street:

This cleanser will remove make up and gently clean your skin at the same time.

Made with anti-inflammatory castor oil to calm and soothes the skin. It also helps reduce acne and rosacea.  The enzymes in the Papaya extract are gently exfoliating,  and promote new cell formation. Vitamin C , a powerful anti-oxidant, will leave your skin softer and smoother. Rose Geranium essential oil is balancing and astringent.

For: All skin-types

Shelf Life: 6-9 months. Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight.

Initially, I did like this cleanser quite a lot! Even though I have dry skin, I normally have a hard time liking cream cleansers like this one. I always feel like they’re bad at cleaning (forget removing makeup!) and leave my skin feeling dirty or greasy, or both.

The Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Cleanser is a lovely, light cream that actually does a reasonably job of cleaning the skin! I mean, no, it doesn’t do a great job of removing makeup (what cream cleanser does? I wish they’d stop claiming to!), so you’ll have to remove that first.

I am currently using cleansing oils/balms to remove makeup, so I used this cream cleanser as a morning cleanser, and again at night as a second cleanser to remove any remnants of cleansing oil.

As it is a cream cleanser, you have the option of wiping it off with a cotton ball or rinsing it off with water; I’m totally a rinse person, and this cleanser rinses off very well and doesn’t leave a film on my skin.

This cleanser also smells lovely: it’s an herbal, wet rose, like an English garden. All the scents come from actual plant extracts, which brings me to the issue I had with this cleanser.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (April 2017)

Haulage! Charity Purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart

Last fall, I noticed my local Shoppers Drug Mart holding a charity sale, in which they had pre-bundled goodie bags of higher-end skincare samples for $10. I can’t remember which women’s charity it was for, but considering it was October, it may have been for Breast Cancer research.

Of course I picked up one bag (I’ve reviewed the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser)!

Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (October 2016)

Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (October 2016)

Despite the fact that I hated this cleanser, I thought the charity bag idea was a dandy one and I was delighted to see that Shoppers has stepped it up!

A week ago, I noticed more charity bags at the same store, but only in the beauty department. (Previously they were at the regular checkout.) The goody bags now costed $5 and contained an assortment of full-sized makeup and nail polish from the mass market lines like Revlon, L’Oréal, Maybelline, and in-house brand Quo, instead of skincare samples from the likes of Nuxe and La Roche-Posay.

I didn’t get a chance to grab one then, but yesterday I hit up that Shoppers again, and they had packaged up some new bags that contained foundations and lipsticks.

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One Lovely Blog Award

The One Lovely Blog Award

This is straight-up embarrassing, but I was nominated for this award 1½ years ago, and I never got around to doing it! I have a minor backlog of these awards/tags, so I’m going to finish them up on Tag Tuesdays, starting today!

Becca-Anne Beauty first nominated me for this award; she hasn’t blogged for about a year now, but she still has some great makeup and beauty posts on her site!

Then, earlier this month, I was nominated for the same award by Meg Kem Magic, who’s a relatively new blogger (like, a month old!) so please go check out her lovely beauty blog!

Thanks so much to both Becca-Anne and Meg! 😁

The One Lovely Blogger Award stipulates that I need to share 7 facts about myself. Since I’m combining two nominations in one post, I’ll do 14 facts.

The One Lovely Blog Award

The rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thanking the person that nominated you and leaving a link to their blog
  • Posting about the award
  • Sharing seven facts about yourself
  • Nominating at most 15 people
  • Letting your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

7 14 Facts About Myself

I hope I haven’t repeated any of these from previous posts!

1

My favorite color was red, for the longest time. Several years ago, I somehow no longer felt like it was, and I do not currently have a favorite color. I can find most every color appealing—it just has to be used the right way!

2

Blue cheese is my favorite kind of cheese. Cashel Blue and Saint Agur are my favorites of the blues I’ve tried (I’ve gone through Auvergne, Bénédictin, Bresse, Cambozola, Gorgonzola, Maytag, Météorite, Roquefort, Stilton, and a few others). Both are so buttery and creamy, and not the most pungent blues you’ll find, so they’re great entry-level blues, too. I really should try some more, but these two are so yummy and readily available where I am that I tend not to stray!

Blue cheese section of the Cheese Wall at Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws, Toronto, ON, Canada
Blue cheese section of the Cheese Wall at Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws
Image: fivezero.ca

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