Would You Rather…Christmas Edition 

Hello everyone! 

Thank you to Lauren for tagging some of us to do this fun tag. Make sure to go check her blog! 

Eat brussel sprouts or cauliflower cheese ?  

I used to hate cauliflower but have been eating it for a few years now. I honestly love vegetables but would rather eat brussel sprouts. I actually eat them all the time, I just mix them with other veggies. 

Have twinkling lights or still lights?

Twinkling lights are cute when you don’t look at them for long, after a while I just want them to stop. So if I had to look at them around me I’d prefer still lights, I feel like it’s more calm and nice. 

Eat gingerbread or Ferraro Roche?

Ferrero Roche for sure! I hate gingerbread! For Christmas I love decorating girderbread houses or cookies but I don’t want to eat them. 

Open your Christmas presents with only immediate family or with all of your family?

For Christmas we gather with my whole family, we’re about 30 people,  on Christmas Eve; we watch movies or play games with my cousins. We say a prayer at midnight, eat turkey and then open presents. My aunt calls out the names and most of us open the presents in front of everyone but I always go hide in a corner lol I usually open them in front of my closest cousins and my brother. So I can honestly say I prefer to do it only with immediate family, I get nervous when I have tons of people watching my reaction. But even when we celebrate it with my boyfriend’s parents on Christmas day, I still get a bit anxious about opening the presents in front of them. My first choice would be to open them alone lol but I don’t feel as uncomfortable if I’m only in front of my parents and brother. 

Cook Christmas dinner for the whole family or don’t eat Christmas dinner at all?

If I had to, I’d probably make the turkey but I’d cheat and buy the rest of the food. Most of us eat the turkey on a sandwich anyways so it makes it easier as I wouldn’t need much stuffing or side dishes. 

Have a real Christmas tree or a fake Christmas tree?

I have never had a real Christmas tree! Back home there is no such thing as having a real tree. I only realized that people actually do that when my aunt told me they did it years ago, I thought it was only in movies haha. We’ve been in Canada for about 9 years now but still have never done it. I hope that when I have my own house, I can do it at least once just to experience it. 

Use blue, yellow and white lights or multi coloured lights?

Hmm..I think they bought look nice but I think id go for multi coloured lights, specially if it’s outdoor lights, they just look super festive. 

Eat mince pies or Christmas cake?

I don’t think I’ve ever tried minced pie, I had to Google it for a picture and description, it doesn’t really sound appetizing to me. And I think Christmas cake refers to fruit cake, right? Haha if that’s what it means then I’d pick Christmas cake. My boyfriend’s mom makes fruit cake every year for Christmas and I love it! 

Wake up at 6am or 10am?

10 am, since our tradition is to celebrate Christmas at midnight we end up going to bed at around 4 am and we have already opened presents before Christmas morning. We usually don’t do anything on actual Christmas day with my family, I’ve had to work the last couple of years or me and David go over to his mom’s for dinner. 

Drink champagne or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate. I don’t really drink very often, I do sometimes have one or two drinks at home or drink socially but very rarely. I do enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the cold weather though!

Eat Heros or Roses?

I love candy in general so I don’t really have a preference. Roses maybe?

Get a puppy for Christmas or a kitten?

I’m not into the idea of getting neither for now but if someone was to give me one, I think id go for a puppy. We never had pets growing up cause my mom wouldn’t let us. I have 4 guinea pigs now but hopefully one day we will get a puppy or a kitten. 

Watch Elf or Home Alone?

Don’t hate me but I’m not crazy about neither…I know! I think they’re  just okay movies and I do enjoy watching them for the holidays just cause theyre classics. If I had to pick, I’d watch Elf. 

Listen to Christmas songs all year round or never hear a Christmas song again?

Ah..but I love Christmas songs! I think I’m going for listening to them all year round, only because they’d be like any other songs which means I can skip them and only choose to listen to them and enjoy them during the holidays. 

Wake up early and get the best boxing day sale goodies or stay warm and cosy in bed wearing your new Christmas pjs?

I’d rather stay in bed. I hate going to crowded busy places, so boxing day and black friday sales are not for me. On those days there’s line ups to go in to some stores, one for change rooms if they’re even open and another one to pay..no thanks. Plus most sales stay around for a week, so I’d much rather stay home warm and cosy. 

Thank you guys for reading! I’m tagging everyone that’s read this post! Please leave a comment once you’ve posted it so I can go read your answers. Have a good weekend!  

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Makeup Look

Hi everyone! 

I wanted to quickly share my makeup look from yesterday. My boyfriend and I decided to go downtown Toronto to watch a movie, “My friend Dahmer”. They were only playing it in selected theaters. We have watched documentaries about Dahmer and we were intrigued about the movie, so we planned on watching it in Toronto. To be honest we hate going to the city, the traffic is awful and it’s so busy, expensive and overwhelming, but we thought to just go and have fun. The way there wasn’t so bad, although we encountered tons of terrible drivers, but the way back was a nightmare; we thought we would never be back home. We were in traffic for about 2.5 hours and weren’t even out of the city yet, so we drove for about about hour after that and we thought numerous times that we would witness a crash, it was so stressing. It might not sound bad if you’re used to it, but we live about 1.5 hours north from the city so it’s much more calm here. I think it will be a while until we plan on making another trip down there. 

Anyways, let’s talk about my makeup. 

Eyes: For my eye look, I used a brown eyeshadow from the Carli Bybel Deluxe Palette pretty much all over the lid. Then I used a Colourpop super shock eyeshadow in the shade Fluffy . I am obsessed with this eyeshadow and have been wearing it so much. I wore the Lash princess mascara by Essence and I used the make me brow gel mascara also by Essence to keep my brows in place.

Face: I wore my usual #instaready BB cream by Physicians Formula, perfect finish HD powder by Elf and Tarte clay blush in the shade Paaarty and sealed it all up with my Sephora setting spray. 

Lips: I used my Essence lip liner in the shade Satin Mauve and a Colourpop matte liquid lipstick in the shade beeper.

Thank you guys for reading and have a great weekend! 

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Easy Knitted Gifts

Hi guys! I wanted to share with you guys 2 easy knitted gifts for anyone in your life! I have recently started to knit, so am in no way an expert and I still found this two projects easy. I learned from watching youtube videos, which are great since you can watch the steps while they explain it, instead of just reading from a book and looking at pictures. 

My first ever knitting project was a pair of slippers. I bought some a while ago and I love them, so I thought it’d be great to make something I knew I’d enjoy. It was surprisingly easy, I think I made the pair in about a week and I was only knitting about 2 hours per day. The first slipper took me much longer, I think I made the second one in less than half the time. I am planning on making a pair for my mom as soon as I finish with the project I’m working on now. These slippers are so warm and cozy and I know that she will love that I made them. 

I watched videos by Sandy Davis on youtube. She explains it step by step so it’s easy to follow. Like I said, this was my very first knitting project and I was able to make the slippers. Check her videos if you are planning on making these. 

Another idea is the project I am working on right now. I am making a scarf for my boyfriend; he has a couple that he doesn’t wear and I know if I make it he will finally wear one! 

This one is definitely more time consuming  as it is a bigger project. I’ve been working on it for about a week now and I am more than half way there so I should be finished with it in a few days. I usually knit about 2 to 2.5 hours while watching TV or a movie. He has seen me work on it but he has assumed I’m making it for myself. It’s just hard to find time to knit whit him not around. I think it will still be a nice surprise when he sees it in his gift bag, specially cause he’s seen me working on it for some time. I also followed a video for this one, at least for a few minutes. You do the exact same thing for the whole scarf so there’s no need to really follow a video or a pattern. I watched a video by VeryPink Knits on youtube. Check her video or check the pattern here.
 

I thought these two were really cute gift ideas to make for a loved one, I know it’s time consuming and you put effort into making them but that’s what makes them so fun and special. I hope this was helpful and even if you don’t think you can finish them by christmas, maybe consider them for a birthday or anniversary gift. Thank you guys so much for reading and have a great day! 

 

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Revolution Yoga

Hey guys! 

I thought I’d do a quick update on my yoga practice. I am proud to say I completed the 30 days of yoga challenge! I admit it did take me longer than 30 days as I was so busy or tired some days and skipped the practice. I was doing morning yoga which were different videos than the challenge videos and some different workouts too. I already feel stronger than when I started and when I finished the challenge, I knew I wanted to keep practicing yoga. I found the Revolution 31 days of yoga, is by the same yoga instructor so I like that as I feel like I have grown and will keep growing stronger with her. As of today I’m on day 9 of revolution yoga, which is crazy! This yoga practice is harder than the 30 days challenge and the videos are longer so it has been more challenging to find time to do it but I am also having fun completing the videos and feeling my progress. 

If you are curious about it, check out her channel on youtube: Yoga with Adriene. I was never into trying yoga at all, I even thought it was a waste of time but yoga practice has totally made me change my mind. I’d recommend to check it out just for fun! I feel like around this time of year we start thinking about the new year resolution, and most people want to start working out and being healthier in the new year. I feel like yoga for me has been a great way to ease back into it, but it has been challenging as well. Let me know if you decide to give it a try! 

Thanks guys for reading and have a great weekend! 

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20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Men 

Hi guys!

I can’t belive how fast time is flying and Christmas is just around the corner. I’ve had a busy couple of weeks at work, and haven’t been able to post much. I figured I’d post another gift guide since those are pretty helpful around this time specially when you don’t know what to get for your loved ones. This will be a gift guide for any men in your life. These are all ideas I have previously gifted to my dad, brother or boyfriend and they have all enjoyed. So in case you are struggling to find a great gift, I hope this guide is helpful. 

Keep them cozy:

1. Robe: I love lounging around in my robe, specially around this time of year. I think this is a great gift for anybody as it’ll keep them warm after a shower or around the house. 

2. Winter gear:  If any men in your life is like my dad, this always comes in handy. My dad loses his gloves all the time so he is always happy to get an extra pair. And of course a scarf and a hat are great to keep your loved one warm. 

3. Pj Pants: This has become somewhat a tradition for me, I always give Pj pants to my parents, brother and boyfriend for Christmas. It’s something practical that will always be welcomed. I try to find fun patterns and warm fabrics. 

4. Slippers: A nice warm and cozy pair of slippers are always a great way to stay comfy. I’m actually thinking of getting a pair for my brother. I got a pair for my dad last year and he’s worn them all year round even though  they’re really warm. 

5.Blanket: I love blankets. They are perfect for when you’re watching TV, playing video games or working on the computer. Make your loved one a blanket and follow this tutorial.

6 & 7 Heating Pads: This two are pretty similar ideas. A heating pad to put by your feet in bed or pocket sized pads to take with  on the go. You can either buy them or make them yourself. I’d recommend making them, they are super easy to make and it’d make it more special if you put the effort into it. Check how to make them here.

8. Mug: If they love tea, coffee or hot chocolate, a cute mug is always a great idea. There are so many different and cute mugs everywhere, you are bound to find one perfect for that men in your life. You can always DIY your own unique design. Check this idea.

9.  Socks: I remember hating getting socks when I was little,but now I’m always happy to get new socks. I feel like everyone around me also appreciates getting socks, even if they are ones to take them off right when they get home, they will still wear them out or to work. 

Personal Care: 

10. Shower Set: These are great for when you really have no idea what to get them. I mean, everyone takes showers, or so I hope. 

11. Razor or Trimmer: Getting a nice razor or groomer is handy for most men. My boyfriend still loves the one I got him a couple of years ago and it was nicer than any trimmer he has bought for himself. I think is because is something he buys every couple of years so he doesn’t even try anymore so it’s nice to look around for one that might work really well and that will last them a little longer.

12. Beard Oil: Most men like to keep their beards neat and healthy, after all, is hair and it should be taken care of just as hair on your head. There’re different types of oils and he might enjoy trying new ones or even trying one for the first time.

13. Shaving Cream: This goes with number 11, really. I’ve seen many good reviews on Dirty from Lush and I’m considering getting one for my brother. 

14. Skin Care: My boyfriend has recently discovered my face wash, he has raved about the difference it makes and how much better his skin looks. Some men don’t think much about skin care, but it’d be nice for them to try some products that might improve their skin. Everyone likes their skin to look great. 

Help them relax: 

15. Neck and Shoulder Massager: I have considered this for my boyfriend so many times as his neck and shoulders ache all the time. Ive just never actually gone for it but I think I will get it for him.  Check it on amazon.

16. Head Massager: This little massager is awesome. I bought one from forever21 for one of his birthdays and we love using it. It’s so relaxing and great for blood flow.

17. Foot Scrub: After a long day at work a foot scrub is super nice. We have tried different ones but don’t really have any favourites. Just making time to soak your feet in water with a nice foot scrub makes your whole night relaxing, and he might appreciate the thought.

18. A good book: This will depend on the person. Making time to sit back and read a good book can be relaxing. If you know the person well, you might have an idea of what they like to read, or you can go for popular or best seller books that might interest them. 

19. Massage Bar: I have tried massage bars from lush and I enjoy them. Like I mentioned, my boyfriend aches all the time so these are great to help him relax. Lush has so many kinds and some are specifically for sore muscles.

20. Candle: Not everyone enjoys candles, but they can make a big difference to make the room more cozy. My boyfriend likes to burn them when he’s reading a book or just relaxing on the couch. Bath and Body works have aromatherapy ones that he has enjoyed. 

And that’s it for now! I have some more ideas but will be talking about them in another post soon. I kinda wanted to keep this guide for the laid back and cozy gifts. I hope that some of you have found this ideas helpful. 

Thank you for reading and have a great day! 

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Sephora Skin Care Stockings Stuffers Under $20

Hey guys! I’m back again with more stocking stuffers idea from sephora, but this time is regarding skin care. I think these are great for anybody since everyone likes to have nice skin, whether you wear makeup or not, skin care is a must for most people. 

Clinique Double Cleansing Set: I have only really tried Clinique samples, but I always enjoy them. These set include a cleansing balm and cleansing gel. 

Philosophy Always on The Glow: I think I’m going to end up trying this set, if I can get my hand on it. It includes a day cream and night cream, to help with dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. 

Caudalie Mini Mask Trio: I love face masks. They are one of my essentials for skin care as they can make your skin feel so refreshed and brighten. This is such a fun set to try discover new favourites or what works for your skin.

First Aid Beauty Long Live The Clean: This set includes a face cleanser and face moisturizer. I’ve heard good things about first aid cleansers, the moisturizer is a great bonus. 

Skyn Iceland Cleanser and Moisturizer duo: This set includes a Face cleanser and face moisturizer. It claims to be for blemishes, dullness and uneven texture. This would be a great set for anyone with problem skin.

Olehenriksen Dashing Through The Glow: This set includes a moisturizer and foaming cleanser. I honestly don’t recall hearing about this brand but that makes me want to try it ever more as it claims to help for uneven skin tone. The cleanser also removes makeup which I prefer. Another great set for anyone looking to try new skin care products. 

And that’s it! There’s tons of other skin care sets on Sephora website so check them out and maybe you can find a great set to gift to a loved one or one that you’d like to try yourself. I hope this was helpful in giving some of you ideas for christmas gifts. 

Thank you guys for reading and have a great week! 

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Sephora Beauty Stocking Stuffers Under $20 

Hi guys! I was browsing through Sephora website and noticed some sets and items that would make great stocking stuffers for makeup lovers. I picked items that I would love to try and would love to get in a stucking. Most of this items are under $20! Here are the ones I’m curious to try, but check the website to find more. 

Winter Magic Sephora Palette: I have never tried any eyeshadows by sephora but this one looks so beautiful and it has generally good reviews. For $13 I think it’s worth trying and it’d be a fun addition for a makeup fanatic. 

Winter Flush Blush Sephora Palette: I personally love trying new blushes, and I switch from one to another constantly. Whether Im wearing a full face or little makeup, blush is always a must for me. This blushes look so beautiful and I think it makes a fun stocking stuffer. 

Colourpop Take Me Home Palette: If you have ever read my blogs, you’d have noticed that I love Colourpop. This is one of their new palettes at sephora and I would love to try it for $15. 

Becca Wake Up Call Kit: I’ve never tried any Becca products, I honestly  find them too expensive and can’t justify spending the money. But, I think this is a great value and I would get it to try the brand. Also, I’ve been the most curious about trying their highlighters so this would be a great start. 

Precious Picks Color Tarte Set: This is such a great price for this tarte set. I personally didn’t like the mascara, but the blushes are amazing and I would love to add this to my collection. I think everyone can enjoy this set,and it’s a great way to introduce this brand to anyone that hasn’t tried their products yet. 

Too Faced Mora Than Meets The Eyes Duo: I have seen so many good reviews on the better than sex mascara, and the primer is just a bonus. I think we all go through the stage of looking for that perfect mascara, and I think this is one that everyone should try, including myself. 

Tarteist Lip Wardrobe Volume ||: I have tried one mini size of their lip paints and I love it. It’s so easy to apply, and feels comfortable on the lips. I think everyone needs to try them out.

Kat Von D Mini Lipstick Duo: I tried one of Kat Von D s liquid lipstick in store and I personally didn’t like it. But there’s tons of people out there that love them! This set is a great way to try both her lipsticks and liquid lipsticks.

Makeup Forever Mini Lip Duo: I think everyone enjoys a good nude lipstick. So this would be perfect for those who are looking for their perfect nude or just trying new products. 

And that’s it! As I mentioned before, this are products that I’d love to try, but I’d recommend to check Sephora to find more sets like this that you’d like to try or could make a good gift for someone in your life. I hope this was helpful! I don’t really have anyone to shop for that loves makeup since I really only buy for my family, but I totally would buy some of these items for anyone that is trying makeup or looking to expand their collection. 

Thank you guys for reading and have a great week! 

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Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 

Hi guys!

As most of you know, Sephora recently had a sale for beauty insider members. It was 15% off, which isnt much, but I figured it was a good time to get a couple items that I wanted to try.

Tarte tinted primer: I got a sample size of this product from a tarte set I bought some time ago. I’ve had it since the spring and I still have so much of it. I got it in the shade Medium, but it’s a little too light for me. I dont’t really mind because I enjoy the product so much and it isnt so obvious when I apply powder on top. I ordered the shade Medium tan which is the darkest shade, hoping that it would match me better. Comparing them side to side I see very little difference. I can barely see that medium has more of a pink tone and medium tan has an orange tone but it’s not much darker. I will still use it, but I wish they had more shades available.  

Colourpop super shock eyeshadow: As some of you might know, I’m a big fan of colourpop cosmetics, but I had never purchased their famous super show shadows. They are now available at sephora so I decided to purchase one and see if I liked it. Initially  I thought of buying the set but they had sold out. I haven’t used it on my eyes yet, but the shade is so beautiful and I can’t wait try it. I feel like I’m going to be wearing this a lot for the holidays. 

And that’s it! I didn’t buy too much but now I wish I bought more super shock eyeshadows. I just hope sephora has another sale coming up soon, im bad at keeping up with sales and offers, and hopefully  is more than just 15% off haha 

Thanks guys so much for reading, did you purchase anything from this sale? have a good weekend! 

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Mom’s Birthday cake

Hi everyone!

I wanted to quickly post about the cake I made for my mom’s birthday. Baking is one of my hobbies and I always look forward to baking for birthdays or special occasions. My mom loves everything coconut, and I baked her this exact same cake last year and everyone loved it, so I figured I’d make it again for her this year. 

We had a nice takeout dinner from a Mexican restaurant in a near city. We prefer to have dinners at home to have more privacy and is not as noisy around.

Check out the recipe here. If you’re familiar with baking you’ll find this super easy. And is easy to follow for those who are newer to baking. If you’re thinking of baking a cake soon for a special occasion, I think these one is one you should try. 

I hope you found this helpful! Thanks for reading and have a great day! 

 

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DIY Christmas crafts 

Hi everyone! 

We worked on a few christmas crafts at work this past weekend. They all turned out so cute and I figured it’d be fun to share them on the blog. They were all inexpensive and easy to make, if you like to make christmas crafts yourself or with young children, I think these would be great. 

Christmas tree ornament:

 All you need for these is popsicle sticks, hot glue, green paint and things to glue on. I love how these turned out and can’t wait to put them up on the tree. Check how to make them here.

Angel ornament:  

I couldn’t find a step to step link for this idea but it’s pretty easy to follow, I simply looked at the picture and was able to figure it out. Youll need regular popsicle sticks, thin popsicle sticks, white paint, white paper, wodden round beads and hot glue. Glue 3 Popsicles sticks together, paint them white. Cut the thin popsicle sticks to make the arms and feet, paint 3/4 of the arms with white paint and glue them on, glue the feet from the back. Cut wings from the white paper and glue them on, glue the wooden beads to make the head, and you can glue any small item so it looks like the angels are holding it. 

Advent calendar: 

I saw this idea on pinterest a while ago and knew I wanted to make it for christmas this year. I couldn’t find a step to step tutorial either. I used cardboard as the base and simply cut the pieces and glued them in place. This did take longer since I had to measure, cut and glue everything. I used a red crayon to create the rosy cheeks and nose, and and black marker to draw the eyes. The idea is to stick a cotton ball on the number everyday until Christmas day to create Santa’s beard.

These were all fun to make, and they turned out really cute. Hopefully this has given you guys some craft ideas for christmas, I always enjoy doing some this time of year.

Thanks guys for reading! Have a great day! 

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