Eau De Parfum

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Xo, Victoria by Victoria’s Secret

Pure Cali by Hollister

Happy Sunday!! Hopefully you’ve had an amazing weekend so far. I wanted to share this post with you because recently (well a year ago but who’s counting?) I was wearing this great perfume by Aeropostale that had everything. A cute bottle, great scent and best of all, it was around $15 CAD!! How great is that?? Apparently it was too good to be true. I wore this fragrance for years until it went out of production when the store was doing a huge overhaul to revamp all their products and this perfume didn’t make the cut. I won’t even being to tell you how much my world turned upside down at this new development. I was stuck with only a few spritz left in the bottle and no new perfume! It was quite the dilemma, let me tell you. Haha. Anyways, I was looking for months to find a fragrance that had a nice scent, a cute bottle and that was not too expensive. I came across these two beauties not too long ago and they are perfect!

Xo, Victoria has a pretty bottle and a really nice floral scent. It said on the card in the store that it has notes of Victorian Rose and English Ivy but apparently my nose is not good enough to sniff those out so I’ll have to take their word for it! I just love that it’s a light scent but it smells mature… I mean, if a child was wearing this you might give a bit of a raised eyebrow but if a young adult and up were wearing it, there would be nods of approval all around, do you get what I mean? Yes? Maybe? Alright, let’s just move on. The only thing is that for my little rollerball perfume bottle here, the price is $24.50 CAD. Kind of pricey for what you get but I just use it on occasion so I don’t waste it all in one go.

The Hollister perfume, So Cali, is also a floral scented perfume that has an even lighter scent than the VS perfume so I find it’s a nice one to use as a daily perfume. I love the cute bottle and price, $27 CAD I find is reasonable for the size of bottle I purchased. I love these perfumes and if you’re looking for a new floral scented fragrance and a reasonable cost I don’t think you can go wrong either of these scents. They also can go on sale around special holidays so if you are looking to buy these, I typically wait until they are marked down a bit.

Also, just a little side note here, how cute is my sparkly owl ornament?? I got him from Pier 1 and I’m in love with him. I just have him propped up in my bookcase as a decoration instead of a holiday ornament but isn’t he cute? 🙂

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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The Art of Racing in the Rain: Garth Stein

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I don’t really know how well known this book is to all of you but if you haven’t heard of it then you need to find it and read it… like, now! This book is from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. This dog is absolutely hilarious; he has an obsession with thumbs, loves the idea of being human and has trained himself to listen to humans speak so he can understand them better. He managed to accomplish this task by watching TV and listening to his owner, Denny speaking. Denny is a race car driver who has all the skills but has yet to get his big break. Through Enzo’s eyes, the reader is able to see deeper into what makes up a human’s characteristics and Enzo learns through race car driving that life isn’t about going fast or winning, it’s about the skill used to navigate through difficult situations and to race the best you can with the tools you have. This book takes place when Enzo is an old dog who is slowing down. Enzo takes the time to look around at the human life he sees through Denny. The book is Enzo’s reflection of what makes up the human condition and while it is sad it also has a fantastic message to readers and touches on different themes of family, love, loyalty and determination. This is an adult book but I think any mature YA reader could handle it. There are a few heavy themes but overall it’s a funny, sad, amazing interpretation of how strong humans are through the point of view of a dog. I would highly, highly recommend this book to anyone!

A Great and Terrible Beauty

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A Great and Terrible Beauty: Libba Bray

As a kid I had such an imagination. I loved thinking up ideas for playtimes that were out of this world and not at all possible so that is probably a huge reason why I’m in love with the fantasy/supernatural genre. As I’ve said before in my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child post, I love the Harry Potter series and the imagination that’s required from the author to create the story but also from the reader for being able to see what the author sees and believe everything that is written. When I read a book I am so invested in the story that I don’t see the words, it’s just a film that’s playing in my head for me alone. It’s the best feeling to get when reading, I think, but it’s so devastating to realize that you’ve finished the book and now have to either wait for the next book to come out months later, or find a new book and get invested all over again! A Great and Terrible Beauty was a book that I loved as a kid. It’s a historical fantasy YA book (my favourites!!) that feels like a mix of Narnia with a dash of Alice and Wonderland. It’s an amazing book that is about this girl, Gemma Doyle, who starts to have visions just weeks before she goes off to an all girls’ boarding school. From there she has to figure out where she belongs in this cliquey school as well as figure out how to deal with her new abilities like having visions and having the power of travelling to other-world realms. Soon everything gets out of control and Gemma and her friends need to learn how to contain the dangerous magic they’ve been playing with so that it doesn’t cause complete destruction.

It was an amazing book and the other two books in the trilogy were just as fantastic. When I first read this book when I was about 12 years-old and there are a lot of different components to this book that I struggled to keep track of at that age; when I reread this book  a few years later (as I often do with my favourites), I had no trouble following all the rules of this magic that Gemma deals with but just as a little note that anyone who is younger and attempting this book, you may need to take your time because there are some weird rules for this book’s magic. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for anyone. I love fantasy and pairing fantasy with a historical novel makes it a winning combination.

Back to Beauty Basics

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Hi everyone!  So I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was talking about how her skin as a lot of issues with it in terms of oiliness, dryness, prone to acne and whatever else and she know her problems come from her constant, heavy use of makeup but it makes her feel good to wear makeup up so it’s hard for her to stop. Well this got me thinking. I’m sure many people agree that they love to wear makeup because it is a confidence booster and it makes them feel good about themselves but I also think it is just as important to make your skin feel good so you can help prevent issues before they start or manage any issues you have properly. Above are three products that I love and use often. The first is a scrub from St. Ives that is a Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange scrub. I love the smell of this scrub and how good it is at exfoliating my skin and taking off all those dead cells. I don’t use this everyday, maybe once a week because I find that my skin will get a bit dry if I use this too often but I really like the feeling of my skin afterwards. Just make sure if you do get this product to use a good moisturizer after because you skin could get a bit dry or irritated from the harshness of the sandy bits in this product.

The next product that I’m in love with is Nivea‘s Express Hydration cream. I love cream to begin with (see my post on Bath & Body Works  for what I’m into this summer) but this cream is especially nice because it is made for normal to dry skin. During the winter, and I’m sure this happens to a lot of us, I get really dry skin just from the cold dry air of winter. I love that this cream is light and not greasy and it makes my skin feel really good after I use it! You can get this cream for different skin types like if you have sensitive skin or if you want a hydrating cream for you skin or whatever which is nice to have those options with such a good brand of cream. I think it is anyways! Haha.

The Bioré strips I found ages ago because I wanted a solution to help get all the oil and dirt out of my pores. This product is amazing at getting out all the dirt that is in your pores, you can’t use it everyday, I think the package actually says to use 3 days apart if you need or want to use it that often, but I find that though they are amazing they do dry out my skin a lot. I would recommend trying these out for that intense deep clean feel because I find it’s difficult to not build up some dirt and oil in your pores even if you wash your face everyday and treat you skin well. These products are just some that I love to use to help out my skin but if you have any that you love or think I should try let me know in the comments!