The Goal – Month of April

So confession time: three goals are waaaaay too many for my life right now. My plan of cementing three goals into my routine of every day life was a pipe dream. For the sake of transparency, here is a review of how I did with March’s goals..

  1. Get 30 minutes of exercise every day: Made an honest stab at this one, and did manage to get in 30 minutes or more of exercise most days. Wasn’t an every day achievement though.
  2. Make healthy lunches for work every day: I did try.. really I did. But I am currently lazy af in the morning so this was a 50/50 situation. Many days I just had a can of soup instead.. ah well! I’m only human!
  3. Clean my dishes at work as soon as I dirty them: This happened for two days. Honestly. I am a monster.

So! I will keep my goal a little more modest for this month and see how that works out. My goal for April is.. drum roll..giphy1

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Dolce Vita, Four Ways


When I find a colour that speaks to me, my first instinct is to collect it in every possible form. I experienced this hoarding feeling with NARS Dolce Vita. It is a beautiful and versatile dusty rose, an instant classic for me. No matter the time of year (aka if I am starkly pale or slightly tanned) it works beautifully on my lips and cheeks.


Note: NARS is a cruelty-free brand, however they are owned by Shiseido, which DOES do animal testing for their own products.

The Blush ($38 CAD). I’ve mentioned my love for NARS’ blush before and hands down, Dolce Vita is my favourite of them. They last and last but never upset my skin. The Dolce Vita blush is a gorgeous rose that suits me throughout the year.

The Lipstick ($35 CAD). This is my ultimate MLBB (my-lips-but-better) shade. It is a gorgeous sheer but build able rose shade that gives me a great make-up free/light look but still put together.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($33 CAD). I think if I ever finish a lip product (jk, no way) it will be this one. It is my go-to lip colour and formulation for every day easy use. It applies creamily but is instantly matte, yet somehow, never drying. I imagine this is what Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayons are like.


Sheer lipstick, matte lip pencil, blush heavy and light

The Lip Gloss ($33 CAD). This is sadly not pictured, as it had gone south some months back. NARS lip glosses provide great colour pay off, and Dolce Vita is no exception (trust me!). The gorgeous dusty rose with shine and a hit of moisture is basically the only thing you need for a fresh spring look.

Do you have any ride-or-die colours from NARS or other brands?

8 Tips to Spring Clean Your Life


Spring is finally (sorta) here! We’ve had a handful of gorgeous days in Ottawa, and everyone is a grumpy bear waking up from hibernation. It is literally like every movie scene where someone comes into the light for the first time: people are shielding their eyes, blinking in wonder, experiencing warmth on their face for the first time (in 6 months). It’s a beautiful time to be alive! After seeing the sun for the first time in many weeks, I am feeling inspired to clean up my life in every way to make for a happy, and healthy spring. I’ve compiled a list of ways I plan on tidying up my home, phone, and life to help inspire you to do the same.

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The Review – Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Blush

imageI’ve been loving these blushes for ages, and thought it was about time I wrote about it. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes are a bit of a marvel and are well loved throughout the blogosphere. Tarte as a brand is also pretty amazing, a cruelty-free line with a focus on natural and high performing products. I love that you can trust that each item is created without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and even gluten!

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