my beauty pick: sephora lip stain

I am very bad at finding lipsticks that stay on and that I actually like. These stains are a little heavy but not too bad. I’m sure if you were used to wearing lipstick on a daily basis they wouldn’t feel so heavy. I like the darker colour for fall and winter and like the lighter one for the spring and summer. I love these because they don’t come off very easily. I find that if I eat or drink for a few hours, I have to reapply to the centre of my lips, otherwise, it stays on there no problem. You do need a make up remover to take it off because it is really on there. 

I also hate paying a lot of money for cosmetics. There are somethings I’ll “splurge” on, but even then it usually means like than $35. I like the price tag on these most of them are $15. 



10 – Everlasting Burgandy & 03 Strawberry Kissed

I like the ‘everlasting burgandy’ for the cooler times of year and the ‘strawberry kissed’ for spring and summer. They have a total of 10 shades, some are a bit too adventurous for me, although I think purple is in for the fall. Check them out, let me know what you think or if you have any other make up favourites!

well they said it would be hot

I tried hot yoga for the first time today, it was definitely an experience. We were met with a warm welcome (no pun intended)  we registered and picked our spots. It was so hot. It was already 40 degrees and I’m sure the floors were heated. It was a 90 minute class, I think a 60 minute class would have been less overwhelming. We were just about to finish the warm up and I was already feeling ill. They tell you to try your hardest to stay in the room, even if you aren’t doing anything. I found it even difficult to lie on the floor because it was heated. At about the 50 minute mark I started to feel short of breath. I went to sit on the bench outside. The person in reception talked me into going back in, that it’ll be a litte easier every time if I just stay in. So I went back in. I found it difficult to do a lot of the poses, not really because of the heat, more because I was absolutely doing with sweat, sexy I know. I kept slipping out of position.
I’m pretty sure by the end it was around 47 degrees. It was crazy. Everyone who is into it says I need to go back. Luckily I signed up with a friend,  I don’t know if I could survive this trial month alone. 

buytopia – quickly becoming my favourite deal site

There are so many out there right now. They all have their pros and cons and are all a little different. I recently discovered Buytopia through Ebates (maybe you can tell, I really like Ebates). What originally caught my eye was the fact they gave 12% cash back. It is a promotion, normally it is 6% but they are double what their closest competitor is giving. So far, in the two weeks I’ve been checking them, I’ve bought a hair cut, a home cleaning and tickets to the delicious food show in October. I like the site a lot because there isn’t too many deals. I know that sounds ridiculous, but some sites have so many its hard to navigate through all of them. The deals on Buytopia don’t seem to last that long (probably to get you to purchase) and they always have something I’m interested in even if I don’t purchase that time. Some sites I check on a regular basis but have never bought anything from them, either the products don’t interest me or I don’t find it to be a “good” enough deal. If you’re someone who checks the deal sites on a regular basis, I would suggest adding Buytopia to your rotation. 

back to school

It’s that time of year. Time to start saying “I don’t know where the summer has gone” and “I can’t believe its September already”. That means it is back to school time, and for many post-secondary students that means buying lots of really expensive textbooks. I recently found an Ebates partner, BookMob that sells new and used discounted books. Being an Ebates partnere means that you get cash back for all of your books, which will be a nice bonus during the next payout time. You also have the option of renting books. Plus, once you’re done, you can sell the textbooks back to them. I received my books quickly and when I bought the wrong one for one class they had no problem taking the return. Another bonus, they’re Canadian so you don’t have to worry about crazy shipping or duty charges. Also, some American buyback places won’t except Canadian books. I would highly recommend them for the upcoming year. Happy studying!


Side note: I’ve also had good results selling my textbooks back to TextbookRental but they are not an Ebates partner. 

habitat for humanity – women’s build

Ready to unleash your inner superhero?

I’m doing something I’ve never done before. On September 18th, I’ll be joining a group of women in building a home for someone in our community. Habitat for Humanity helps low income families build and buy their own home. The idea is that these families will then require less social assistance and break the cycle of poverty. You can help this great cause by clicking on the link and donating any amount to Habitat for Humanity. You’ll be helping make a difference to families in need in our own community. 

You can help by sponsoring me in the build, my page is here: My Personal Page
Any amount will help make a difference!

To find out more: Habitat for Humanity Toronto 

thompson hotel on a saturday night

Last night was my first experience at the Thompson Hotel. I’d obviously heard lots about it over the years so I was excited to check it out. I’ll start off by saying, I didn’t make it to the patio but did have access to downstairs.

We started our evening in the lounge area on the main floor. The music was pretty good. It was a bit house mixed with top 40, really the only way I can stand house. Drinks were about the price I would expect for this type of place, about $8 for bar rail vodka. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the people watching. It is an interesting mix of people. Some people who are staying at the hotel, people dressed very fancy and some dressed down more than I expected.

We then headed downstairs, when we first arrived it wasn’t too busy but it definitely picked up. The music down there was much more suited to dancing and the dance floor was busy. The DJ was doing a pretty good job. The crowd was about mid-twenties to mid-thirties, of course with a few people out of the bracket but this was definitely a more grown up place than something in the entertainment district. 

We wrapped up our night at the Thompson with plans to head to another bar but got lured in by the Thompson Diner. And boy, am I glad we did. It was about 1:40am at this point, they were still serving food in the diner. It is nice that there  is a 24-hour food place attached to the hotel that isn’t expensive. The diner has an old school feel, with large booths were perfect for our group of 5. The place only got busier the later it got, presumably as people sought out drunk eats after last call. I had the mac and cheese with bacon. I got the side portion, at 2am, it was more than enough food. My friends at the table also got milkshakes, I’m not really sure where they put it all. 4 people at my table got the mac and cheese, one person got sweet potato fries but ended up eating half of my mac and cheese (which wasn’t too upsetting because it was way more than enough). I would highly recommend this place late at night, or really any other time that you’re in the neighbourhood.


My “side” order of mac and cheese – $7.50 at the Thompson Diner


scotiabank buskerfest

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, you should check out Scotiabank’s Buskerfest. They’ve moved to a new location on Yonge St, at Yonge-Dundas Square because they’ve outgrown their old location at the St. Lawrence Market. The acts are truly remarkable; while on a patio yesterday, we saw a man hanging upside down from billboards, removing a straight jacket. There’s jugglers, fire eaters, magicians and a lot of people on stilts. The event is in support of Epilepsy Toronto. So, head down to YDS on this beautiful weekend, take in the entertainment and support a great cause.

amsterdam brewhouse

Summer is winding down but we should have a few more beautiful days to enjoy the city. If you have not yet checked it out, you should head down to the Amsterdam Brewhouse. They have a large indoor restaurant with large windows overlooking the lake and large patio including comfortable couches and muskoka chairs. Also, once you’ve picked your favourite one (or two), you can pick up some to take home from their store.

It took us a little while to get a server but once we did we had a great time. The view is absolutely perfect. They’re aren’t many places to take in that view and a local brew, at the same time. We were only there for drinks but they do have a nice food menu. They have a large selection of beers, all locally prepared. They also have a seasonal selection which is great to keep the customers coming back. They also have “flight passes” which are sets of 4 sample glasses. I got the variety of light beers:

blonde (my favourite on and off the patio), the 416, the orange weisse and the raspberry wheat

I loved the patio, and the indoor space was also very nice. I would highly recommend trying to make a trip down there while the weather is still nice. 

trade secrets’ awesome promotion

Do you have a hair straightner/curling iron/hair dryer that you don’t use anymore? Are you looking for a new hair styling tool? Then Trade Secrets has the perfect promotion for you. From now until September 27th, you can take any gently used hair appliance and get 50% off a new one. They will then donate your old product to women living in local women’s shelters. Their “Give & Take” promotion is a great way to update your current product and help out women in your local community. Check out their blog for more details. Happy styling!

volunteer opportunity – canadian cancer society

Are you looking for a fun evening of helping a great cause?

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the ElectroDash run at Canada’s Wonderland on September 6th. The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers from 6pm-11:30pm. This 5k run is actually more of a 5k dance party, with neon lights and a DJ. They need volunteers to sell merchandise, man the water stations and maintain course safety. The only requirement is you must be over 16 years old. Use the link below to sign up, should be a fun night!

Registration
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