If you’re like me you can usually tell by the first or second use of a product if you like it or not – even if I really want to love a product my gut will know that it is not for me. Thankfully, my buyers intuition has saved me A LOT of money.
But the big question, how do you contour and highlight your face?
First, I apply highlight: under my eyes in an upside down triangle, down my nose, on my chin and forehead also in a triangle shape. Then I blend!
Second, I contour my face by: applying a thin line in the shallows of my cheeks (under your cheekbone), and then along the edges of my forehead to my temple. Again, then I blend!
I like to add blush to my whole HAC (Highlight And Contour) routine because it perks up my complexion. I apply a tiny amount of my cream blush to the apples of my cheeks, then I use a flat foundation brush to blend my cream blush.
And finally, I use illuminator on my cheekbones and on my brow bone to create that glowing effect.
Then I tried the Bite Beauty Lip Primer and Liquid Lipstick – as always I loved it. The colour is very rich and pigmented. It doesn’t stay on as long as I would like it to, especially when you drink and eat, but the colour is still very beautiful.
Do you prefer darker makeup during the fall?
I love travelling to near and far away places! Even with Calgary, Alberta being a 4 hour drive away it supplies a completely different atmosphere to Edmonton.
This past girl’s road trip to Calgary we took down the 2017 Ford F-150 Ranch King and the truck made the drive feel like we were flying down the highway. I especially loved the double sunroof and massage seats, and dare I mention the park assist… it truly does work!
I was hesitant on using it with such a large vehicle but as long as the parking space is long enough the truck does the parking for you, which is a blessing for me because parallel parking is not my forte!
During our stay at Hotel Elan in Calgary we had access to the most delicious restaurants downtown. The first night, we ate nachos and had Poodles (like Bulldogs, but a margarita with a mini bottle of CHAMPAGNE) at Blanco Cantina.
The next night, we dined at Goro+Gun on 7th Avenue. Never have I ever had such delicious dynamite rolls – the food was a whole other level on both quality and quantity. You receive a large portion for the price, and I’m not complaining about taking half the portion home for a midnight snack.
Our final destination for food was 1410 Bier Haus for brunch after we grabbed a quick latte at Al Forno – we wanted to test out Calgary’s pub brunches. The menu was full of hearty breakfast items and we all chose different dishes. I chose the Breakfast Bowl, and the crispy potatoes and poached eggs hit the spot that morning. And their mimosa – pineapple or orange – were exactly what we needed to complete our bff brunch.
And I will never stop going to Rosso Coffee Roasters when I visit Calgary – their sweet lattes are officially my favourite. And their new Tuxedo location is so sleek, you have to check see it for yourself.
I can’t wait until our next girl’s trip and the adventures we’ll have then!
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and TD Summer Reading Club and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
Parenting is hard. Some days it’s easy, other days I feel like a failure.
I feel like I don’t do enough when it comes to my children’s development – it’s been a learning process and challenge for myself as a parent to develop my girls’ vocabulary and reading skills.
Plus, the amount of information on children’s development is overwhelming – especially when the information to do certain things when Annaliese was born had changed by the time Abigail was born (2 years later). My conclusion is: there is not one right way to parent.
One of the only consistent developmental activities my husband and I have done with our daughters is: read to them. It’s never too early to start reading to your children! A few ways we’ve encouraged reading as they’ve grown are:
We developed a bedtime routine that included a book being read every night, and it’s something they both will fuss over if we forget to do.
My husband (a book lover) reads his novels in front of them, demonstrating through actions how enjoyable reading is.
I keep books in the car for my daughters to read/look at on long or short trips. It always warms by heart when I can hear Annaliese reciting her book (she can’t read words yet) to the best of her memory to Abigail.
We make picnic dates where I let the girls fill a backpack with their choice of books, then we go somewhere in our community, treat ourselves to a snack, and read. It’s easy. It let’s my daughters feel involved in the planning, and gets us out of our home for some fresh air and books.
We visit our local library – we love exploring new books and topics. We signed up for the TD Summer Reading Club (the preschooler version) this year and set our goal to read new books every week.
Annaliese loves filling her notebook (which is bilingual, half in English and the other side est en Français), that she received at the library when we signed up, with stickers for every new book we read together. It’s humorous how stickers can be the ultimate reward.
How to raise a reader? Take part in the TD Summer Reading Club anywhere! It’s a free program available at 2000 public libraries across Canada and online, and is easy to fit into your summer plans. Better yet, it’s never too late to participate.
This year, Canada’s 150th birthday, the TD Summer Reading Club is highlighting Canadian culture, authors, illustrators, and stories. The 2017 recommended reading list includes 75 English titles and 75 French titles showcasing the diverse talents of Canadian writers and illustrators.
There’s no better time to start good reading habits with your children than now! Stop by your local library to join the TD Summer Reading Club!
And the best part? You can enter to win the TD Summer Reading Club’s top reads list by entering below!
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I can’t get enough of these sales! All year long I debate and negotiate with myself to justify buying products for myself, and then when I see them for $90 off I know I cannot pass up such amazing deals. So, here I am again sharing with you what I ordered and what is still on my wishlist from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
I hope you find something that is exactly what you need for a little pick-me-up, retail therapy!
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It’s no secret that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a HUGE hit with bloggers. The fact that Edmonton doesn’t have a Nordstrom store is probably saving us a ton of money throughout the year, but when I do purchase anything from Nordstrom it’s during the Anniversary sale.
Here’s what was in my cart and on my wishlist! I spend the most amount of money on two things (which are super important while living in Canada): 1. Shoes and 2. Outerwear. Those two categories are the ones I want to last the longest and so I always buy high quality shoes and coats.
What items do you spend the most on?