Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's in My Work Backpack



Recently, I made a small change to my daily routine that has made a huge difference in the way I feel. I switched to a backpack for my walk to and from work and I've been loving it! I can carry all my essentials and it is still so comfortable... and my neck, shoulders, and back are thanking me. Come take a look to see what I am currently "backpacking" with me to and from work! :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Hotel



Dear blog, can you tell I've missed you? I felt a strange sensation today. I actually had the urge to blog... and by blog, I mean to put up a proper blog post, not just an embedded YouTube video. Since I was meeting my bestie to celebrate our mid-year holiday, I decided to bring my tiny DSLR and nifty fifty lens so I could document our annual tradition with photos instead of video. It felt good, and while I've learned not to make any promises, I may try to start posting more frequently again. There's something nostalgic about still images and the written word... even though we're talking about blogging here and I've really only been away for 6 months or so! Ok, let's get our heads out of the clouds. Here is our afternoon tea adventure at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto.










Needless to say, we had an amazing afternoon despite the pouring rain in Toronto today! We got a great table in the Lobby Lounge right in front of the fireplace, the service was excellent, we both enjoyed our tea selection, and the food was incredibly tasty. I normally am not crazy about the cakes and such at afternoon tea (the savoury bites and scones are my favourite) but the sweets at the Shangri-La were excellent. Highly recommend!

Finish 5 by Fall 2015

It's time for another FINISH challenge!



This challenge was originally started last year by jenn10orless.

Products:

1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
2. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
3. Benefit Coralista Blush
4. Lippy Girl Lipstick in Schmappy (thank you to my friend Kathleen for the idea to use one of my more "natural" lipsticks)
5. Five Mini Fragrances: YSL Parisienne, Ralph Lauren Romance, Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche, Dior Addict Eau Fraiche, Balenciaga Rosa Botanica

Challenge start date: Jun 21/15
Challenge end date: Sep 23/15

Will you be participating in Finish 5 by Fall?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Collective Haul - Clothing, Accessories, Home Stuff

It's haul time!! Here are the things I purchased during our road trip to Pittsburgh (and Niagara-on-the-Lake). This is also a bit of a birthday haul as I included a few gifts I received from my loved ones. TGIF! :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Trinity Bellwoods Annual Yard Sale!

Updated Jun 12/15: I will also be selling these products! All of these products are brand new and have never been used or swatched.

Benefit Hervana $25
MAC Eye Shadow in Swiss Chocolate $10
Dolly Wink Lashes in #23 (2 pairs, purchased in Japan) $10
Be A Bombshell... Eye Shadow in Dancing Queen $5
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Beige (Medium 2-2.5) $5
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (mini) $5
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious $3
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling $3
Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure $3

Hope to see you tomorrow!

***

Hi everyone!! It's been a while since I've posted on this blog. Towards the end of 2014, I found I was stretching myself really thin and feeling a little stressed out about neglecting my blog... so I made a conscious decision to stop blogging and focus on my YouTube channel. Fast forward 6 months, and I have to say that I do miss blogging. Part of me wishes I had kept up with posting, particularly with my Travel Tuesday series. I'm not sure I'm ready to start blogging again on a regular basis just yet but perhaps I'll ease into it again. That being said, I'm here today to share the list of products I'll be selling at the Annual Yard Sale at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Sat Jun 13 at 10am!

I may be adding to the list of items tomorrow but I wanted to post this in the meantime. Unless otherwise indicated, all makeup items are unswatched and unused. For hygienic reasons, I will be keeping all makeup items behind our tables so please come up to me and ask to see the products you are interested in. I am posting this list in advance in case you want to research the product or look at swatches online before Saturday as I will not be allowing swatches at the yard sale; however, if you want to see the inside of the product, I will open it to show you. All items will be first come, first served (cash only - exact change would be great if you have it) and there will be no holds. I have tried to price everything fairly and at a significant discount compared to retail so unfortunately prices are firm.

Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park - the yard sale is usually towards the Queen Street end of the park. We are not sure where our exact spot will be so please follow me on Instagram (user name = petitepearstyle), Facebook, or Twitter as I will be sending out the exact location the morning of the event. The yard sale will begin at 10am.



EYES
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette $50
Sleek i-Divine Storm Palette $5
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette from the Bow & Go 3-in-1 QVC Holiday Gift Collection (eyeshadow palette only) $20
Note: I'll also have some drug store mascara priced at $1.

CHEEKS
Sleek Blush by 3 Palette in Lace $5
MAC Powder Blush in Frankly Scarlet $20
Dior Rose Diamond (discontinued) $40
Benefit High Beam 13ml $20
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy (no box) $20
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Achiote (no box) $20
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Thankful (mini) $10
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Bronzer $10

LIPS
Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Spice $10
YSL Glossy Stain in Rose Baby Doll (limited edition) $30
Sleek Pout Paints in Pin Up, Port, Peachy Keen, Milkshake, Cloud 9, Rosette, Mauve Over $5 each or $20 for all 7
Buxom Big & Healthy (Full-On) Lip Stick in Havana $5
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout $3
OCC Lip Tars in Clear, Electric Grandma, Hoochie, Authentic, Pretty Boy, and NSFW-mini (being sold as a set, all gently used, no brush included) $20

NAILS (all nail polishes have either been swatched or gently used and are priced at $1 unless otherwise indicated - I will bring my swatch sticks for all shades so you can see what the colour looks like in person)
American Apparel Rose Bowl
Bourjois 1913 (mini)
Cheeky Monkey Free Love
China Glaze Electrify
Color Club Port-Folio
Color Club Wild and Willing
H&M Glitter Red + H&M Super Red ($1 for both)
Julep America
Julep Angela
Julep Angelica
Julep Candace
Julep Dahlia
Julep Echo
Julep Jane
Julep Janel
Julep Kenya
Julep Kirsten
Julep Love
Julep Marion
Julep Marisa
Julep Valerie
Nicole by OPI Follow Me on Glitter
Nicole by OPI Kardashing Through the Snow
OPI Big Hair... Big Nails
OPI Care to Danse
OPI Don't Touch My Tutu
OPI My Pointe Exactly
OPI Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em
OPI The "It" Color
OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know
Revlon Chocolate Truffle
Revlon Hot for Chocolate
Sally Hansen New Lengths Glitter Top Coat
Sari By Ocean Paprika
**
Butter London Knackered $5
Butter London Trout Pout $5
Essie Chinchilly $5
Essie Fiji $5
NARS Disco Inferno $5
Paul & Joe #20 $5
Zoya Kimber $5
**
Dior Porcelaine $10
Note: I'll also have various nail wraps and imPRESS press-on nails priced at $1.

MISCELLANEOUS
Beauty Blender Liquid Blender Cleanser (150ml) $10

HANDBAGS
I will also be selling several of my older handbags that I don't reach for anymore. I haven't been able to let these go but since I'm nearing my decluttering deadline, it's time to say goodbye. All bags are authentic, purchased and worn by me, and will be sold as-is.

Coach Crossbody Bag (with dust bag) $40
Originally purchased for $225 at the Coach outlet in Niagara Falls, NY


Furla Shoulder Bag (with non-original dust bag) $40
Made in Italy, originally purchased for $175 at Marshalls in Niagara Falls, NY


Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag (with dust bag) $100
Originally purchased for $450+ at Marc Jacobs store in Manhattan


Tod's Shoulder Bag (with non-original dust bag) $100
Originally purchased for $500+ at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets


Gucci Shoulder Bag (with dust bag) $250
Made in Italy, originally purchased at Winners for $700+ (they wrote a number on the inside pocket, and there is some corner wear & scratches on the bottom)


Besides the above items, my friend and I will have tons of other stuff for sale! There will be books, DVDs, puzzles, toys, clothing, household stuff, tons of costume jewellery, and more. I also have a HUGE box full of jewellery findings, beads, etc. that I will be selling for $40.

In case you missed it, here is my announcement video on YouTube:



I've shopped the yard sale in the past and it's a lot of fun with tons of vendors. I hope to see you there!! :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

October 2014 Empties

It's been nearly two weeks since we've returned from Japan and I am still jet lagged! My sleeping habits are about the same (still a night owl although perhaps I get a little less sleep overall), but I feel so incredibly tired during the day. The only time I feel like myself is during the early morning hours. I'm wide awake and also extremely productive. Today, I'm going to catch up with my empties posts by sharing the products I used up waaay back in October. I finished a lot of deluxe samples!



* = Disliked the product - would not repurchase
** = Liked the product - might or might not repurchase
*** = Loved the product - would repurchase

Note: Similar to last month, I'll provide my thoughts on full size products or deluxe samples (versus 1-3 time use samples, which I'll just list).

1. Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Breakage to Strength Shampoo
Source: Free sample
Cruelty Free: No


2. Pantene Smooth & Sleek Taming Shampoo x 2
Source: Free sample
Cruelty Free: No


3. Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Shampoo
Source: Free sample
Cruelty Free: No


4. Clear Men Scalp Therapy 2-in-1 Complete Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo x 2
Source: Free sample
Cruelty Free: No


5. Neutrogena Clean Shampoo
Source: Free sample
Cruelty Free: No


6. Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-Yuzu Bath & Shower
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Yes


7. MGM Grand Jasmine Body Wash
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown




8. Damana Gentle Soap with Nourishing Extracts of Olive Oil
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown


9. Personal Paradise Noni Papaya Pineapple Bath Soap
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown


10. Portico Spa White Ginger Restoring Facial Bar
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown


11. Molton Brown Ultra Pure Milk Soap
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Yes


12. Ocean Breeze Facial Bar
Source: Hotel sample
Cruelty Free: Unknown




13. Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Softening Lotion
Source: Purchased by hubs
Thoughts: I was surprised by this lotion - it was very fast absorbing and felt nice on the skin. I didn't detect much of a scent, which I don't mind at all. While I wouldn't quite call this product "intensive," I really enjoyed using it.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


14. Murad Clarifying Cleanser
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: Unfortunately, despite the good reviews, this product did not work for me. I found it too harsh and the menthol in it stung my skin.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


15. Nuxe Youth & Radiance Revealing Fluid
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: I loved this cream! It is thick, creamy, and soft... and it did a great job moisturizing my skin in the evening. My skin would always be baby soft in the morning!
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: No (products sold in China)


16. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
Source: Kiehl's sample
Thoughts: This is a great light night cream. I don't find it moisturizing enough for the winter, but I definitely enjoy using this in other seasons! :)
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


17. Dream Organics Rose Water
Source: February 2013 SeasonsBox
Thoughts: I love this stuff so much, I was actually trying to save it! I like to spritz this on my face right before bed for a little extra moisture and some aromatherapy.
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes


18. Boxx Cream Corrector in Amber
Source: May 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: This corrector is thick and creamy. I found it a little too creamy, especially in the summer.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Unknown


19. Dior Pore Minimizer
Source: January 2014 Dior Secret Diva
Thoughts: I wasn't crazy about this primer at first but it really grew on me. It goes on really smooth and silky. I don't think it really does much to minimize my pores, but I enjoyed trying it.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


20. Benefit Bad Gal Lash in Black
Source: Sephora sample
Thoughts: I thought this mascara was alright - I liked the brush but nothing else about it really stood out.
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: No


21. The Body Shop Born Lippy Lychee Shimmer Lip Balm
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I really really liked this lip balm... so much so that I considered giving it 3 stars. I held back because of the shimmer... while it didn't dry out my lips at all, I'm still not a huge fan of lip balms with shimmer. This product has a nice texture/consistency, an amazing lychee scent, and no flavour (yay!).
Rating: **
Cruelty Free: Yes




22. The Body Shop Green Tea & Lemon Body, Room & Linen Spritz
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I am really loving products from The Body Shop lately! This spray smells amazing and 100 mL of product lasted a surprisingly long time (although the scent does fade quickly so I have to spray it often).
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes


23. Clean Well Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes in Original
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: This has a bit of an herbal scent but I still really like it as a cruelty free alternative to my other favourite wipes (Wet Ones).
Rating: ***
Cruelty Free: Yes


24. The Green Beaver Company Frosty Mint Natural Toothpaste
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My first foray into cruelty free toothpaste. Unfortunately, this has a flavour to it that turned my stomach and made me gag. I couldn't use it but my hubby was ok about it so he was able to finish the tube! That being said, this particular package came with a free lip balm, which I love!!
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


25. The Green Beaver Company Green Apple Natural Toothpaste
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: To me, this had a similar flavour as the Frosty Mint, so I couldn't stomach it. Hubs also did not like this one so we ended up tossing it.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes


26. David's Tea Lemon Myrtle
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My favourite infusion of the moment! So deliciously lemony - it became a nightly ritual for me to have a steaming mug of lemon myrtle with a touch of honey. I can't wait to finish a few other teas/infusions so I can repurchase this one.
Rating: ***


27. Method Daily Shower Natural Shower Cleaner in Ylang Ylang
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: This stuff smells way too strong! I had to spray it and then run out of the bathroom because it stung my nose. As a result, I didn't use it consecutive days (this bottle probably lasted me well over a year), so I'm not sure how well it works.
Rating: *
Cruelty Free: Yes




Hooray!! That's it for my October empties. I'm sorry I've been gone so long... I tend to update more frequently on my YouTube channel so you can always find me there. I'm posting a video every day in December... starting with all my Japan content. Hope you're having a great start to December! :)

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