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Have a few of these left so Summer Scoop is done and I’ll stick this one on (:

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NOTD: Thursday 25th September 2014 (:

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September Favourites (2014)

First up is a mini trial size of Benefit’s “Girl Meets Pearl” highlighter that I got in a gift set from my brother for Christmas maybe last year or the year before. I’m not too experienced on applying blush, highlighter or bronzer and I’m pretty clueless about it but this makes it really easy. I don’t use a lot of blush or bronzer so I thought starting off with how to use highlighter would be the perfect start then gradually adding more blush to my routine. It blends really well and it’s not overpowering either.

My Clarisonic Mia has been really on and off with me. I love it so much and it does amazing things for my skin but once there’s no charge left, I always forget to charge it for a few weeks. Always. I’m trying to remember to keep charging it because I love using it but the 18 hour charge time (or is it 24 hour?) always puts me off. Apart from that, it exfoliates my skin amazingly and it just gives me skin some life when it really needs it. I got a special deal with mine when I bought it last year but I think it’s honestly worth the price.

This is my new skin care routine and I can’t tell you how much I love it. I actually had a routine for about a month and a half and while it was good, the difference in my skin was pretty small compared to this. I’ve tried the Cleanse and Polish before but once I used it up, I didn’t repurchase for some reason. This set was on a Today’s Special Value price on QVC UK included with a few other products but these products have become part of my everyday routine and they’ve made a huge difference. They’re all Liz Earle products and they are:

  • Cleanse and Polish (Hot Cloth Cleanser)
  • Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spiritzer
  • Skin Repair Moisturiser (Dry/Sensitive)
  • Brightening Treatment Mask

The only product I don’t use everyday is the brightening treatment mask, I use that two or three times a week. I’m planning on doing a more in depth review on this set soon, but I would highly recommend Liz Earle products because they make you want to take your make-up off at night and actually enjoy it.

This is my fancy shampoo. This is the shampoo that I use when I want to treat myself but I don’t use it everyday (or else I wouldn’t call it fancy). But you HAVE to use conditioner with it. It dries your hair out a lot, it gives you that squeaky clean feeling but once you blow dry your hair, it feels amazing. It’s from LUSH and it’s called ‘Big’ and it does give you a lot of volume, but just be aware that it’s very drying (but the blow drying result at the end is worth it).

My star favourite, possibly of all time. This is the nicest thing I have ever owned in my entire life, and that’s not exaggerating. My brother recently came back from the States and as a present, a late birthday present slash holiday present slash Christmas present, he got me a Michael Kors watch! I’ve seen a lot of women with Michael Kors watches, mainly the rose gold ones; and they are lovely but I’m glad that my brother got me something a little different. It’s so gorgeous, I wear it every day, I love absolutely everything about it and it’s just so so beautiful.

I went to LUSH at the end of last month and fell in love with the “Fairtrade Foot Lotion”. The same day my Mum got an order from the Body Shop and she got the “Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray” and I’ve been ‘borrowing” it ever since. It’s such a nice combination, they both smell of peppermint, it’s not too messy and it’s really soothing just before bed or after a foot soak (or after the shower). I hate feet, I hate my own feet but your feet are really important so that’s why I’m making sure to take extra care of them lately.

Ripped jeans. It’s a fashion trend, I’m not one for fashion trends, mainly because I have zero fashion sense but I am loving these ripped jeans. I got them from TKMaxx for about £20 and that’s quite a reasonable price, considering the average price is around £30 it seems. They’re really comfy, they look taddered but they don’t make you look like you’re not dressed right (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend them for the work place).

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❤ September 2014 Favourites ❤



Bourjois Bronzing Primer: I’ve heard this is a dupe for the Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing makeup base. I’m not a huge user of bronzer, but I decided to give this a go. I really enjoy it! I use it with a Real Techniques brush (mentioned below), and find that it’s not too dark or overwhelming on my light skin. I apply it over my completed makeup. I haven’t really tried it as a primer. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz: I got this in early spring, and honestly was less than excited about it (the Maybelline brow pencil is just as good). However I’ve been using it lots this month and last month, and it’s been working great. I like pencils as I find they define my brows way better than powders or brush-on gels/mousses. Probably won’t repurchase though.

Benefit Gimme Brow: I use this regardless of what I define my brows with, but it works particularly well with brow pencils (Anastasia or Maybelline). It’s ok in its own, but really great when paired with something else. I will definitely repurchase this when it’s out. 

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm: I have this in #5 Mouthwatering Berry and #4 Succulent Pomegranate. For all the lip products that I own, I tend to not really lip stick/gloss all that much. These are the ones, though, that make me remember why I love lip products. Gorgeous packaging and relatively fool-proof application. They’re sheer and balm-like, but have a surprisingly good colour payoff that isn’t intimidating. (I’m sometimes intimidated by lipstick!)

The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base: I skipped my August favourites, but had I posted one, this would have been included. I’ve been using it for about the last 2 months, and really enjoy it. This was highly rated on Paula Begoun’s website (Link here - she has wonderful product reviews, especially for skincare). I use this everyday with a fluffy face brush. With out without foundation/bb cream, it has good coverage and feels light on the face. It’s been a great way of getting away from using foundation everyday while still giving me the confidence with some coverage to even out my skintone.



Brush Egg: I randomly found out about this when the Brush Egg account liked one of my photos on Instagram. So I did exactly what they wanted and bought their product! I am not really great at washing my makeup brushes, so this has been working well and was pretty inexpensive. You just wet and soap up your brush and rub it along the textured surface of the Brush Egg. 

Real Techniques Powder Brush: I use with this The Body Shop All in One Face Base and it provides good coverage. It’s not super dense, though, so it would also work well for a light powering with translucent power. 

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I use this with the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. The tapered tip is a good shape for a bit of contouring that isn’t too precise and still looks natural. 



Paula’s Choice Skincare: I ordered a few sample and trial sizes of Paula’s Choice skincare this month. I really like that the website has the option to buy samples. Instead of spending $20+ on one product, I bought several samples (around 80 cents each) of a few products. I like the she breaks down the products on the website by what they do and what their key ingredients are. For example, I bought a few types of AHA and BHA exfoliants. So far, so good. 

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir: Another Paula Begoun recommendation. This has glycolic acid in it, but no burning sensation upon application. I’ve only been using it for around a month (and I don’t have wrinkles to begin with), but I think all of the products above have helped to even up my skintone and make my skin look fresher and brighter. 



Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Silky & Seductive Body Oil Mist: This was a total splurge. I got it on 20x the points day at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canadian drugstore), so I got a bit more value for the money, but it’s definitely overpriced. It’s gorgeous on my counter, though, and a nice addition to my morning routine. I spray a bit on my arms for a bit of added scent and moisture.

Lollia Relax Eau de Parfum: Another August & September favourite. I bought the lotion version of this a couple years ago and fell in love with the scent. I was so happy when I saw they have  shipping to Canada now, so I scooped up the mini perfume version. It smells like lavender and honey, and has a really sweet, delicate scent.

Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot hand cream: OH MY GOD. This may have eclipsed my beloved Sweet Cimmamon Pumpkin as my favourite B&BW scent ever

Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush: This month I tortured myself by going to the dentist for the first time in a couple years. I am terrified of the dentist, and had to choose a new one, because since graduating university, I chose not to move back to my hometown where my parents (and former dentist) live. My teeth were in fine condition and I had no cavities, so I don’t feel so bad about going so long without a checkup. However, the dentist recommended an electric toothbrush, so I  bought a relatively inexpensive one ($30) from Target. My teeth feel SO MUCH CLEANER now. 



Gold headband from Claires: No explanation really - except to say that I get headaches very frequently, and most headbands only exacerbate the problem. This one doesn’t need to be super tight to stay on, and looks really nice too.

Pandora Key and Lucky in Love silver dangle charms: I put these on my Pandora Essence bracelet a couple days ago, so that’s my new preferred way to wear them, but previously I’ve worn them on my bangle, my multi-cord bracelet, or on a necklace chain. (My Pandora Collection here). No matter how I wear them, they’re a really delicate, pretty addition to any jewelry. 



Paper mache: Ever since high school, I’ve loved making really heavy-duty paper mache bowls, painting them nicely, and varnishing the heck out of them with clear glossy top coats. Well, I got into that again and made this.


Fuji Instax camera (in pink): I totally impulsively bought this in early September. My sister got the same one a few months ago, but it wasn’t until I saw how many different themed films there are that I KNEW I needed it. I got the Rilakkuma, Little Twin Stars, and Hello Kitty films from ebay. 


DigiCal app calendar for my phone: This app is so useful! I like seeing a full calendar right on the home screen of my phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S3). 


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: For someone with a masters degree in English, you’d think I would read more. I think once I finished school, I dropped books and found Netflix. Regardless, when I find a good book, I LOVE reading again. This book was amazing. Totally, ridiculously crazy, but amazing. I cannot WAIT for the movie (Ben Affleck starring doesn’t hurt either. UGH, so hot.) 


A side note: This month I also started a university course. I work for the medical school affiliated with my former university, and as part of our collective agreement, employees of the medical school can take university courses for free (well, paid for by our employer). I’ve been out of school for 2 years and only became permanent at my job in May of this year. As such, this is the first school year I’ve qualified to take free courses and took advantage of it as soon as my former manager reminded me. I’m taking an Intro to Law online course, as in the back of my mind, I’m still considering law school. It only started September 8, but so far I’m already excited to be going “back to school”! 

My Tumblr BBF (Whitney) always has the best favourites!  If you don’t follow her, you need to, she’s the best (:

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Burning these this afternoon (:

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I swear down, this is one of the best feelings! I took this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post it. I need new shorts 🙈

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Another break through! Yesterday was the first time I was able to lift my shins off of the ground in this pose. So so so hard 💪

Life goal right there

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Morning abs—new weigh in today!! At 106.8, 4.5 weeks out. Hoping my comp bikini comes in soon so I can stop rolling up my shorts

Anyway, I’ve got my fingers crossed for staying on track in Vegas, we leave tomorrow at 6 am!!

Clients and plans to catch up on, packing, nails and spray tan, upload a video, prep food:
It’s going to a busy day!! #nikkibnation

See y’all at the Quest Nutrition booth from 11am-2pm on Fri and Sat!!! 💕

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