August Favourites | 2018

I’m kind of excited to write today’s blog post.

Ok, maybe I just realized that it’s 7pm on Saturday night and I totally forgot about writing a post.

However!!! I love talking about my favourite products, so it’s all good. I’m fine.

Although August had very limited spending, it didn’t stop me from loving some new things. They weren’t all about beauty, but that doesn’t take away from the awesomeness that they all possess.

Let’s dive into it.

John Frieda
Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery (deep conditioner)

I may have talked about this before, but this is an amazing dupe for Olaplex. My hair is long and bleached, therefore it has so much potential for damage. I throw this mask on my hair every 2-3 days and it renews my ends like no other. I’m scraping the bottom of the jar, so this will definitely be a repurchase.

Estee Lauder
Double Wear Foundation (shade 2N1)

I had been wanting to try this foundation for a long time, but I had no idea what shade to get. So, when an Estee Lauder rep was in Sephora a few weeks ago, I took her up on getting a sample of the newly stocked foundation. The finish on this is beautiful! At first I wasn’t sure, but it feels great on my skin and isn’t heavy or cakey. My only qualm with it is that it doesn’t last as long as I need it to on my beloved 19-hour Thursdays.

Finish Powerball
Quantum Max Dishwasher Detergent

I feel like this is a strange thing to add to my favourites, but it kind of left me shook. Bahahahahah!!! I did not just say that. Let’s just say, it left me speechless…and my dishes spotless. My dishwasher situation has left me in a state of contention over the years. I thought getting a new dishwasher would solve my problems, but it didn’t. Turns out, I only needed to stop buying generic dishwasher detergent. I bought this because it was on sale at Costco. In the 15 years that I’ve cared about the cleanliness of my dishes, this was the first time I was completely satisfied. They literally sparkled. Just like the commercial. Now let’s hope they go on sale more often.

Slatkin & Co
Dark Chocolate Mint Candle

This candle is not new. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve bought a candle in the last 2-3 years. I just happened to clean out my linen closet one day. Ta-da. First of all, this smells exactly like mint chocolate and I almost feel like I’m eating a chocolate bar without all the calories. We have been lighting the candle in the morning to help us wake up and set the mood to spend time with God. We’ve almost made it to the very end of the candle, so I may check out Bath and Body Works to see if they have any sales on their candles.

Indescribable Devotional
by Louie Giglio

I can not say enough about this book! I pre-ordered it when it was released because my kids love science. We read it every night as a devotion together as a family and the kids always want to keep reading it. The cutest thing ever was when my son comes to me with an overwhelmingly shocked look on his face, asking me if I’ve ever heard of Laminin. Before I even have the chance to tell him I’ve watched How Great is our God more times than I can count, he goes on to tell me that it’s literally God’s imprint inside our bodies and – get this! – it literally holds our bodies together! It was so cute seeing him so excited about our Creator and the miracle of Creation as seen in the human body.

Ok, I probably could go on and on with so many favourites this month, but I’m going to cut it there. August was a beautiful month that made me think outside of the box with things I needed and used. Sometimes it takes moments of simplifying life to truly think about the things that matter the most to us – and for me, they usually point back to the moments that glue our family together, moments that we spend cultivating a desire to know the one true God on a personal level. These moments are priceless.

July Empties

I normally want to wait for these types of posts until the beginning of the month and then I can share all of my favourites.


July has been one of those months that I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel on a few makeup staples. So, I thought writing this out might help me decide how, when and if I’m repurchasing or not.

I will probably do a favourites blog in a few weeks because there’s already a handful of products that I discovered in July!

Tarte Shape Tape

Everyone talks about how Tarte Shape Tape is their holy grail – and it definitely has been a tried-and-true staple in my makeup routine. It is full-coverage and is perfect for those under-eye dramas that present themselves after a few nights of no sleep or crying till the cows come home…or every. day. life. It’s not greasy, doesn’t crease and lasts all day. I simply love it.

The cons? I can’t buy it at a physical store in Canada, which makes swatching the product an out-of-country, $$ exchange, kilometers to miles kind of an ordeal. Also, I can tell there is still product at the bottom of the tube, but the wand can’t reach it.

Ok, down to the nitty-gritty. Would I repurchase it? Yes and no. I am going to try Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer and if it gives me the same results, I’ll probably switch. You know, because Canada.

Shape Tape

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Natural Beige

One hundred percent. This is 100% my favourite all-time foundation. I talk about it all the time. I just don’t know another foundation that gives me results like this one. It blends easily and creates a flawless finish that lasts forever. for ever. I can go swimming with this, bask in the sunshine and it is still in tact after all that (obviously as long as I don’t wipe it away with a towel or something). One of the things I love about it is that I don’t even need a lot of product (I don’t even use a full pump) to achieve maximum results.

The cons? I don’t have this on tap at my full disposal. That’s it.

Back to the nitty-gritty. Would I repurchase? Yes. A thousand times, yes. And then again for good measure.


Annabelle Lip Liner

I don’t know if this technically is an empty, but it’s almost to the point where I can’t sharpen it anymore, so I’m going with calling it an empty. This is my favourite lip liner for a few reasons. First, it’s a great nude. It matches my natural lips so I can line them with it regardless of the colour lipstick I use. Also, it has lasted me a long time – I’m guessing longer than a year or two.

Would I repurchase? Yep. As a matter of fact, I’m heading out to the drug store and might just pick up another today…


Alright, so there weren’t that many empties, but they’re kind of a big deal because if I repurchase them, I’d be spending over $100 Canadian. That’s a pretty penny. Comment below if you think I should drop that like it’s pocket change (it is, isn’t it?).