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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March Cosmetics Haul

March was a great cosmetics month for me! I discovered the elf website (RIP money), and I got a couple of great beauty boxes in the mail. That being said, I’ve decided to tone it down a bit, so there’ll be some changes to the sorts of things you see on here.

I purchased my first elf lipstick from Target when it was still in Canada (also, RIP), and I loved it. So upon discovering how inexpensive it is to shop from them online, I bought another two lipsticks – the one I originally got was pink, so I  tried a tan shade, and also black which is my new favourite thing ever. I also picked up another pink lipstick, and a couple of different black eyeliners that I’m excited to try!
This month’s Topbox was pretty great – on top of my four expected products, I received  a handful of Dove hair products, which was cool. Whenever I see lip products, I get excited – so the NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss is already one of my favourites (even though it is a gloss and gets my hair sticky when I headbang at concerts). I haven’t tried the Eyeko London Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner yet, but eyeliner is something I love to experiment with, so I’ll be giving that a go soon. As for the L’Oreal Professionnel Fix Anti-Frizz, I am in love. Anything anti-frizz is super helpful to my hair. And the Cake Beauty Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse I haven’t tried yet, but I am excited to see how it works.

Once again, my monthly ipsy glam bag was awesome. It keeps getting better and better. I already am in love with the tarte cosmetics quick dry matte lip paint. Like I’ll probably purchase it regularly now. The INT Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Goddess Gold and the Skone Cosmetics Luxe Pro Blending Brush have been happily added to my collection, with intent to try these for an event I have coming up. I’m also super excited to try the OUAI Treatment Masque because I tried their Wave Spray a couple months ago, and I love their products! When I saw the Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream – I was so interested. I’m not typically a cream person, but this just looks too cool (and cute) not to give it a go.

As for the changes coming up – I actually unsubscribed from Topbox. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but I’m making some cutbacks and budgeting, and I chose ipsy over Topbox for a few reasons. I like the bags you get from ipsy, and I greatly prefer the bag-reviewing process. So I’ll still be posting beauty hauls, but it’ll be narrowed down to ipsy and whatever else I happen to buy that month!

See anything here that catches your eye? Are you an ipster with some preferred products in the March bag? Let me know!


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Michelle Muses: January 2017

You know how this goes by now – here’s all the stuff I’ve been up to this past month!


Mini-putt: Early in the new year, Luke and I went on a glow-in-the-dark mini-putt double date with our friends which was super fun! I haven’t gone in a while, and still managed to not suck.


Skating: I went skating with a friend from work – another activity that I managed to not suck at. Which is quite surprising because I did the math, and I haven’t put on a pair of skates in 10 years. Crazy! But it’s sort of like riding a bike, and once I got on the ice, it took a couple laps of the rink before I was feeling more confident in my abilities!


Couple-y stuff: Things with Luke have been going pretty awesome, and not to get too personal, but I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon. We’ve been talking about future plans together and our anniversary is coming up; it’s just been making me Image result for heart eyes emojiImage result for heart eyes emojiImage result for heart eyes emoji a whole lot recently. Life is beginning! It’s getting exciting!


Dinner date with bestie: I have a few besties, but it’s safe to say Sam is my oldest friend. I don’t have a lot of friends from elementary school, but me and Sam have always stuck together whether it be to play Pokemon at recess, or complain about adult life over a cup of coffee. But I haven’t seen him in forever, so finally getting to do a dinner at our favourite Toronto diner meant a lot. Also, we went shopping afterwards, and he introduced me to Lush Cosmetics – so safe to say my life is ruined now.

I feel like January was so busy, but not a lot “happened”. Well, I’m pretty stoked because February begins the fun stuff and I’ll have a couple of concerts and other fun activities to share with you in my next Michelle Muses!


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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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Love this product in my December ipsy Glam Bag!

First of all, not ipsy-related, but I got these NYX products recently that I had to share with you guys. This Liquid Suede is my new favourite lipstick. I’m into bright pink shades, so this one, called Life’s a Beach, is perfect. It’s moved its way up to almost daily usage for me. And I tried the green liquid eyeliner this morning and love it! It’s not super bright, but does add a great pop of colour.

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But now onto the real reason you’re reading this. You want to know my favourite products in my December glam bag!


This month’s glam bag

Out of all five products I received, my favourite is hands down the Ouai wave spray. I never use hair products. My hair is very flat and no matter what I do to it, it always falls straight. I’m considering getting a curling iron to add some wave to it… but I digress. I used some of the wave spray this week, and anytime my hair felt flat, I just muss it up, and voila! Not flat hair! I love it!

The other products I enjoyed from this bag are the Jersey Shore lip balm (this is so smooth and pepperminty, like why is all lip balm not this smooth), and the Ofra eyeshadow/highlighter. I don’t ever wear eyeshadow unless I’m feeling particularly artsy with lots of time on my hands, but I tried this one out and it adds just a bit of colour and sparkle to my lids. It was subtle but pretty – I got a couple compliments throughout the day about it!

I’m not a huge fan of oils – my face is oily enough. So I tried the Tarte skin oil once and sort of stayed away from it. Not my thing. I was also really excited for the Ciate London liquid lip colour, but the shade was a little flat for me. I have a redder face, so I like to try and make my lips pop – but this shade made my lips look the same as my face. I’d love to try the product in another colour, because it felt comfortable!

Can’t wait to see what next month has in store!


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Ten Things I Learned in 2016

I feel like this hasn’t really been a good year for a lot of people. But it’s almost over! And although 2016 has been one of the most emotionally and mentally stressful for me, I’ve also learned quite a bit about myself and how I want to conduct the rest of my life. So here we go.

1. Take chances. Sometimes you’ll surprise yourself.


We had to find an internship for my final semester of school, and I was terrified I’d be the only one without an internship. But I found one! And it went okay. Did some networking, got some social media experience for my resume. I didn’t think I could do it, but pushed myself, and ended up in the perfect internship for me.

2. Put 110% effort in… not everything you do.


I’m the kind of person that puts all of my effort into everything. Anything I do is Michelle certified 10/10 effort. But this year I got burnt out to the point of mental exhaustion. One of my teachers sat me down and actually told me, “if you redo this assignment so you can get higher than an 80%, I will be mad at you. Go home, relax. Like, don’t do any homework. Don’t do chores. Don’t worry. Just relax. Do nothing.” So now I kind of take that advice and apply it to other things in my life. It’s okay to take a mental break – watch TV, play video games, veg out in bed. Meditation and learning how to chill out has been a huge breakthrough for me.

3. Broken hearts fucking suck.


I’ve never been heart-broken before. I mean, I’ve liked people who never liked me back, but there was some acceptance there. This was a case of “You’re with someone who you shouldn’t be with, and yes you love him but you need to get out of this so you can grow as a person –  thank me later”. It hurt a lot. I’ve never been that depressed before. I’m fine now, but at the time, I didn’t want to see how I could be okay without my best friend. It’s given me a new appreciation for being hurt – and trying extra hard not to hurt other people.

4. Adventure is fun, but being reckless is stupid.


After the break-up, I was reckless. I wanted to adventure and try new things. But at the time, that meant going out until 4am with my friends, not remembering how I got back to her house, or going on dates with people just to get out of the house and keep my mind off things. It took me meeting the right boy at the right time to realize that I should be respected and respect myself, as well. I deserve to make relationships and friendships with people, and that in itself was sort of a great adventure. Now my adventures are cultivating friendships and trying new things that don’t hurt me.

5. The best things are worth waiting for.


Look at this guy. My beautiful boy. I can’t even. I’ll give you the cliffnotes version: Luke and I grew up down the street from each other. Same grammar school, same high school. I always knew who he was, always thought he was such a cute dork. Never spoke to him. We met on Tinder after this year’s rough break-up when I was trying to meet new people and get a fresh start, and he was the nicest person. No boy has ever been so respectful and kind and gentlemanly to me. Neither of us wanted a “relationship” at our first encounter, but we fell pretty hard and it’ was downhill from there. I sort of believe in fate now, I don’t know. But we didn’t rush into anything, and now I am the happiest I have ever been in a partnership. ❤

6. Act confident and you’ll be confident.


Fun fact: the girl who runs this blog hates herself most of the time. It’s something I’ve been working on fixing this year. It’s also been helpful to have friends and a partner in my life now who are supportive. I got hired on full-time at my student job, and was given a lot more responsibilities and that one thing sort of made me feel like a superstar. It’s a desk job, nothing fancy shmancy – but I acted the confident part of someone who deserved the job and now I have this job I love, and am actually pretty good at.

I also overthrew the girl in my head who said I couldn’t do anything athletic and ran a 5k this year, so that was pretty awesome. I’m going to keep this confident streak up through 2017 because it opens a lot more doors than when you hate on yourself all the time.

7. Friend and family bonds must  be cared for, not assumed.


I don’t care what people say about friendships and family relationships being “meant to be” or “if you’re related to them, you have to love them”. If I’ve learned one thing this year, this may be the most important one. Do not force friendships with people who clearly don’t want to be your friend. Do not feel tied to family members who mentally and emotionally bring you down. If they’re not supportive, find yourself a “family” that is – even if that family is a group of friends.

I’ve spent this year nurturing the friendships with the few people I do appreciate and love. I’ve also spent this year re-connecting with old friends and strengthening those bonds, or talking to new people who have grown to be some of my best friends. Find people you can rely on, blood relative or not, and surround yourself with them – I’ve been a lot less insecure this year, and it’s because I put my trust in people who I can actually rely on.

8. I’m an adult.

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Guys, I  turned 25 this year. I graduated college. I got a full-time job. I’m looking at apartments now. Like. I’m a full-blown adult. I’m adulting all over the place and can’t hide behind the “I’m still a kid” thing anymore. This year was the first time I’ve thought about the independence of adult life and not felt super sick and anxious. I feel like I can do it. It’s very exciting.

9. Feeling beautiful on the outside doesn’t make you vain.

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I grew up being told that girls who were into makeup and clothes were dumb and trying to fill voids in their life with lipstick and shoes. That was a mix between teen girl movies making all the “bad guys” look like the Plastics from Mean Girls, and my family knowing I’m a weirdo who had no friends, so they tried to comfort me with: “You’re better than those girls, you don’t need them”. Well. 2016 was the year I embraced my femininity and really got into things like fashion and makeup as a form of expression, and let me tell you, it is not dumb on this side. I can be smart and nerdy and still like dresses and shoes. It’s been a fun and eye-opening discovery, to say the least. The fact that I judge people less makes me feel like I’m being judged less. Funny how that works, huh?

10. Live like there is “no day but today”.


I got my first tattoo this year! In January, the words from RENT’s “Another Day” got etched into my arm as a double reminder: don’t put off until tomorrow what could be said  today, but also, remembering to take things one day at a time and to move at my own pace.

I went on a roller coaster this year even though I was terrified. I went dancing a few times even though it was later than I’d like to be downtown. I met new people and tried a lot of new things just by saying yes when I wasn’t entirely up for an outing. At the same time, I’ve taken a lot of days to myself, staying in bed playing games and saying no to people when I need to take a mental break. “No day but today” is a reminder to live in the moment, but also to take care of myself.

Maybe 2016 wasn’t entirely terrible. A lot of crazy good things happened, and I’ve kind of been inspired to start my own life.

So that’s a huge step for me. How was your year? What are some positives you’re taking into 2017?


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Michelle Muses: November 2016

This month has been pretty full with plans – plans that are a little low-key, possibly, but ones that I have found very helpful. I have had a lot of problems recently with feeling connected to the people in my life. I know they’re there, but sometimes it’s hard to get together, or sit down and have a good talk, or feel emotionally connected when everyone’s so busy. So I guess this month has been really helpful in getting me to feel close to the most important people in my life.


Disenchanted: One of my best friends, Christine, asked me one night if I wanted to go see this “Disney princesses gone wrong” musical with her. It ended up being a lot better than I expected, and we had SUCH a great time laughing at this ultra-woman-power musical (check out my review here).

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Michelle’s first hockey game: Yup. You read that right. I’m Canadian, and I’ve never been to a hockey game in my 25 years of life. So my boyfriend Luke got some tickets to a local game, and we went with our friends to watch our team get destroyed. I’ve actually never been to a sports game in my life, not just hockey – but anything, so it was quite an experience to see the crowd. But I had a lot of fun and hope we can do this again this winter!

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Musing Wallflower: This month I renovated my blog! Instead of being just a book blog, I wanted to expand what I write about, so I added style, beauty, and daily life sort of posts to this page. I’ve enjoyed blogging a lot more this past month, which means more content for you guys, and I get to enjoy what I’m doing, so it’s win-win!

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Dinner with my sister: Guys. I live with my sister. We essentially share a room. We hang out all the time. Yet we rarely go out and do stuff together – so when we got a chance to go out for drinks and dinner, and sit down and have a good talk, it was just a really nice change of pace for us. Also yes, that is a waffle in my milkshake. And yes, it was freakin’ delicious.


Photo with Santa: I haven’t done this since I was nine. That was when I sort of grew out of the Santa thing. But Luke thought it would be cute. What a sweetheart. It ended up not being that bad – I’m just really nervous around strangers, and mall Santa was sort of scary, but we talked about getting my vacation for Christmas, so that was nice. And now I have this photo sitting on my desk at work.


Birthday drinks: One of my other best friends, Nikki, celebrated her birthday this month, and since our original birthday plans got re-scheduled to next year, we went for drinks and dinner instead! It was so nice getting to sit and chat like, literally all night. We haven’t done that in a long time.


Work dinner party: Luke had his work holiday dinner party this past weekend, and I was invited. This is the first time I’d be meeting all of his co-workers that I hear so much about all the time, so that was kind of scary, but they were all super nice, and I think I gave off a good first impression. Wine, yummy food, dressing up and lots of laughs. Yeah, it was a good night.

Overall, November’s plans were fairly typical – drinks, dinners, some exciting outings – but they all meant a great deal to me.

I honestly cannot wait to write my December 2016 post, because I have a TON of Christmas and holiday plans lined up already. Christmas isn’t really my favourite time of the year, but I have great friends and a super boyfriend, and they’re going to get me out of the house this month quite a bit!



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