April Cosmetics Haul

April was a great month for makeup! My beauty subscriptions were awesome and I bought my first Sephora products! Let’s review:


First off, the ipsy glam bag for April was actually adorable. The bag in itself. I’ll be using this clutch as a concert bag at least a few times this summer! My favourite products in this bag were the TONYMOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom and the Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey. I’ll use both of those at least semi-regularly. The other products, the OFRA Cosmetics Blush, the  Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter and the Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel are all things I’ve never really experimented with before. So I’ll probably try them out this summer!


As you may remember from last month, I actually unsubscribed from Topbox because I wanted to cut down on cosmetics expenses. So this was my last bag before the end of my subscription. And now I really regret cancelling because this has been my favourite beauty bag I’ve received so far from either Topbox, or ipsy. I may re-subscribe once I’ve budgeted my life a bit better.

I’ve never used lip liner, but I tried the LARITZY Cosmetics Lip Pencil, and it may be a more regular tool for me. I’ll also definitely use the La Roche-Posay Micellar Water ULTRA. But my favourite items in this bag were the Cake: The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray and the Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Volume Up. Dry shampoo gets me through so many hectic days (more than I care to admit), and my hair often falls flat, so I love volume sprays. I may purchase the Cake dry shampoo on a regular basis now.

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I’ve never actually spent more than 5 minutes in a Sephora before this month. But there was one thing I really wanted, and I knew Sephora was going to be the place to have it. And that was a quality bright blue lipstick. After searching the store for the best shades, I decided that Sephora’s Cream Lipstain in Siren Song was the way to go. I’m so excited to wear this shade out to some great shows this summer!

I also picked up Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Beloved, because a friend of mine posted about it and I love the shade. It’s similar to one I wear to work often, so adding this to my collection was actually super productive.

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See anything here you’re interested in? Do you subscribe to beauty boxes? What are some of your favourite products you’ve picked up this month?


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Michelle Muses: December 2016

This is going to be a fun one, because December was an honest-to-god shitshow. I was so sick I was bed-ridden for a week before Christmas. I had other family things going on. But I’m trying to focus on the good, so here are the things that went down in December that put a smile on my face.


Christmas Market: Luke and I went to a smaller, local Christmas market, and it was so nice to be able to take a stroll around the booths. There was a carousel and Christmas music, and we went for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage which was the highlight of my night. It was very sweet and got me feeling more in a Christmasy mood for the year.


Penguin Christmas Market: I already wrote a post about this one, so I won’t go into too much detail – but Penguin Random House Canada hosted a holiday party, and it was so much fun. There was a photo booth and stations around the room that held various activities. If you want to read more, the full post is here.


Distillery Christmas Market: I also wrote a post about this night (found here). But my friend Nikki and I went to the huge Toronto Christmas Market held at the Distillery District and wow. The tree was gorgeous. So many lights and fresh sweets and photo opportunities – it definitely set the Christmas mood.


Hairspray Sing-Along: The Lower Ossington Theatre hosts a variety of “Brew & View” events throughout the year where you go see a movie (99% of the time, it’s a musical), you get a glass of wine or beer, hang out with your friends, and everyone drunkenly sings along to the movie. It’s always a good time. I’ve seen Grease, RENT, Mamma Mia, Moulin Rouge – and they’ve all been a good time. But my sister and Nikki are both HUGE Hairspray fans, so when we heard about this one, I bought tickets immediately. It was so fun to have a glass of wine and belt out You Can’t Stop the Beat!

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Rogue One: Luke and I saw Rogue One on opening night, and I am a fan. I don’t normally see movies in theatres and I’ve seen this one twice already. Throughout the movie, Luke kept turning to me to continuously reiterate how awesome the movie was so far. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you need to see this movie.


Christmas Day: I don’t remember if I’ve said this on the blog before – but I’m not a fan of Christmas, normally. It just creates too much stress and everyone is always very high-strung, and I don’t ever remember a time where Christmas was totally laid back and actually a nice vacation with family. Well, this year I finally got it. It was perfect.

I spent Christmas Eve with my mom and her boyfriend, and my grandparents who I barely see anymore. We sat around and listened to Christmas music and chatted about life. Then we made gingerbread men and devoured a delicious dinner. I was still recovering from being sick, so I couldn’t eat that much, but what I did have was yummy!

Christmas morning we did presents with mom’s side, and then I headed over to see Luke’s family – a second family I question if I deserve. They are the most wonderful group of people, and I always feel so incredibly welcome. So I got to spend some time with them, and then Luke and I went to see my dad’s side of the family and do dinner and presents with all my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. which went very well and I had a great time.

The day ended with me, my dad and sister sitting around our Charlie Brown tree opening gifts and enjoying our time together. It was lovely.


New Year’s Eve: I’ve never actually been to a New Year’s Eve party before. Growing up, I always spent the night with my grandparents, but then I got to an age where I’d go to a friend’s house and we’d count down then go to bed. This year I got invited to join Luke’s group of friends in hanging out, drinking, playing games, laughing a lot… Then I got to have a kiss at midnight and toast to the new year with everyone. I’m extremely grateful I got to have this experience with this awesome group.

Happy New Year to all of my readers! Thank you for supporting me throughout 2016, and here’s to 2017 being an amazing year ahead!


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Thrifty Shoe Shopping

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetRecently I’ve really become addicted to thrift stores and buying all of my clothes second-hand. I needed to revamp my wardrobe from “starving student” to “professional office employee” without spending too much on individual pieces. And the main thing I was worried about was shoes. Nice shoes are expensive, but they can also transform jeans and a pull-over into something a little more stylish.

Personally, I do a lot of thrift shopping at Value Village, because of convenience – there is one very close to my house – but there are lots of great stores out there, so check out the thrift shops nearest to you and do some hunting!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI find a lot of people buy shoes at full price thinking they’re cool, but then can’t actually find a way to fit them practically into their wardrobe, so they donate them. Well, one woman’s  trash is another woman’s treasure, and I am all about the funky shoes that they toss away!

The blue suede boots pictured first in this post are probably my favourite, comfort-wise.  The heels aren’t too high, and  they slide off and on without any laces or zippers. They’re different enough to have snagged some compliments, yet aren’t too crazy. I think I paid $8 for those babies. I tend to wear them with either a cute dress that needs a pop of colour, or take it the totally opposite, comfy direction and wear them with black tights and a sweater.

The brown heels in the second photo are the best of both world – comfort and style. Originally from A&F, they are pretty comfortable due to the wide heel, and are super cute. These heels go well with everything, but I love wearing them with skinny jeans and a plaid button-up, or a short, classic, polka-dotted dress.

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This last pair I bought most recently, so I haven’t had the chance to play with them as much. Also, the lighting in the photo is misleading – these shoes are a little more on the olive green side. So far the smaller heel is taking a lot of getting used to (my ankles hurt wearing them, but I have weak ankles – hence all the boots), but they are definitely adorable. The mix of patterns and textures is exactly the kind of style I love, and these ones I use to spice up an otherwise dull work outfit. Jeans and a blazer paired with these guys keeps things a lot more funky and fun!

What have been some of your favourite thrift store finds?