Massive Shopping Haul Post #1: Makeup, Books, Jewellery, Candles, Skincare!

Soooo I feel like lately all I update with is hauls, but with starting a new job tomorrow (eek!) I realized I desperately needed some new work attire. Besides, who doesn’t love to see shopping sprees?! I know I do.

So this past weekend I headed to Toronto and raided all the stores I normally don’t get to experience. I REALLY tried to stay away from focusing on my usual favs (LuluLemon, Forever 21, Sephora, Victoria Secret etc.) and more on the quality work clothing stores (Banana Republic, Tristan, etc.)

So for this post I will start off with all the accessories/fun little things I got and do another for the clothing!
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Chapters

A Life in Men by Gina Frangello
Already halfway through this book and really, really enjoying it. Hope to do a review afterwards!

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Loved The Kite Runner by this author so I am excited to try this one out!

LUSH

Skin Drink (face moisturizer) and DreamWash (body wash)
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LUSH was out of Celestial, my regular face moisturizer, and since I am hardly near a LUSH store ever I had to get something. The lady working recommended Skin Drink was my next bet. Interested to see how it compares.

Bath and Body Works
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Now that I am back living at home, I’ve unfortunately had to ease up on my candle obsession since my mom hates them…..buuuut, with her going on vacation soon, I figured I’ve got some time to put them to use! Smelling like a pina colada, I love how this scent fills the room!

Sephora
So I tried to stay clear since I JUST did an online Sephora haul (which can be found here) I couldn’t resist. Toronto is 3.5 hours away from me sooo I gotta take advantage while I can right?! Right.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
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After trying the Go Brow Kit, I couldn’t deny that this pencil works some pretty get magic on my brows. Therefore, after regretting not getting it in my online order, I knew it was my chance to grab it in stores.

NARS Deep Throat Blush
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My original excuse for going in store was to return NARS Amour. It just wasn’t my colour, and no matter how light of hand I used I felt like I looked like permanently embarrassed all day long every time. But after seeing deep throat and practically swatching my whole arm with it, I had to have it. Fingers crossed this one works out better!

H&M
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Hard to tell from the picture, but this necklace came with all the letters of the alphabet….so you can choose whatever you use it for! It is only one per letter…therefore my name, Heather, doesn’t work. Thats okay though! I like using just my initials, and I love the fact I can change it up whenever I want.

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I think this necklace will look wonderful with a rounded neckline or high neckline. I’ve worn it once and it definitely is a stand out piece. I love it!

Forever 21

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I think this is a unique necklace as well, that will go with a lot of things.
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This ring was $1.80. ‘Nuff Said.

Stay tuned for my clothing haul! 🙂

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April Favourites!

With May approaching, I figured it was time to take a look back on the things I loved most over this past month!
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Laura Mercier Highlighter
Got this not even a couple of weeks ago as a part of a 500 point perk Beauty Insider gift from Sephora. Worn it pretty much every day since. This highlighter has inspired me to go with a more natural look lately,  because with its warm golden shimmery glow, add a touch of bronzer, and thats all I need.  It’s pigmented, it glides on so smoothly, and it somehow in no way is sparkly/frosty. It will be perfect for the approaching summer. I am in love!
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Rainforest Sugarcane Candle
It’s funny, other than my boyfriend and I, any friends I’ve had over have not liked this candle! lol But I personally love it…in fact I no longer even have it cause it is already completely gone. It’s hard to describe this scent. Definitely a light tropical smell. It’s description is that it is a mix of vanilla orchid, fresh lime, and raw sugarcane. Definitely don’t smell the vanilla, but I suppose that may be what adds to the lightness of it. Have any of you smelled this candle? Do you like it?
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L’Oreal Paris Carbon Black Intense Liquid Eyeliner
Picked this up at the beginning of the month, have been using it since. It lives up to it’s name as an intense black, goes on smoothly and stays all day. The brush is super thin, making it easy to create a precise line or bold stroke.
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Lanza Shampoo/Conditioner
Omg I am in love!! If you take anything from this post, please take this brand. I have the most difficult frizzy hair, and this stuff works better than ANYTHING I have ever tried. I have such a hard time not touching it because it is so incredibly soft and healthy looking. Yes, it is on the expensive side of things ($20.00), I fortunately got it on sale for $14, but even at full price I think this shampoo and conditioner are completely worth it.
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Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser
I discovered this facial cleanser this winter and it really does make a world of difference for dry skin. The reason for rediscovering my love for it this month was that I ran out, and since I wasn’t around a Sephora decided to try another brand. I guess my face had been so silky smooth for so long, that it was like seeing an unfriendly face after long periods of time — you just want to turn right back the other way! Picked it up again, using it daily, loving it big time all over again.
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Bite Beauty, Deconstructed Rose “Two” Lipgloss
Recently purchased Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose Lipgloss set (which I will be doing a review on very soon!) and have to say I am loving one particular lipgloss from the set, “Two” (yes their names are just numbers, lame.) Haven’t had too many fancy places to go this month, and from day-to-day I like a natural look. “Two” provides a very natural sheer pink that provides a touch of colour and a nice shine. Going to the movies, grocery shopping or out to dinner, I have been loving this gloss.
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Burning Desire…for Candles!

Next up for bat would be something I have had an obsession with ever since I moved into my own place. With a mother who doesn’t trust me to not burn the entire place down, now that I am into my own space one might say, my fiery passion has only grown (see what I did there?) Candles!

Candles, upon candles and candles! The amount of amazing scents out there are endless, and with such a popularity there are stores upon stores to get them from. However, sticking my nose in this topic (ha), I would say my favourite place to shop for them would be…………….Bath & Body Works!

You see, there is a checklist for me when it comes to my burning love, and I’d say Bath & Body live up best to my needs.
These needs would be:

  • scent
  • longevity
  • price
  • appearance

Don’t get me wrong, if you are only looking for decorative purposes only then yes, there are much more luxurious lines of candles to aim for. However, I go through candles like I go through milk — and lets just say I am far from lactose intolerant.

Bath & Body Works go through hundreds of candle scents every year, showcasing season appropriate scents throughout the months. Nearly every time I go in the store there are new candles stacked upon rows of rows for your smelling pleasures. Everything from the classics like vanilla or apple harvest, to mouth watering Red Velvet, distinctive scents such as Marshmallow Fireside, and the best of the best for every season, Bath & Body Works will have it at one point in time. You are bound to fall absolutely in love with something, just as much as you are bound to crinkle your nose in disgust with another.

With approximately 25 – 45 hours of burning time for the 3-wick, I myself am a true testament to just how long-lasting these candles are.

My personal favourites? Why, I never thought you’d ask!

My favourite season of scents is Fall or Christmas. One of the best feelings is to get home from a stressful day of work, out of the cold and into your comfy jammies and bundle up in a warm blanket next to your candle filling the air with Vanilla Bean Noel.

But OMG…Fall scents just hit it out of the park for me.

Meet the loves of my life:
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How cute is the mason jar!?

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Both fall scents….both absolute obsessions.

And my absolute favourite:
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I love the golden lid and packaging of this one, and the smell certainly lives up to the name. Its creamy, with a slight hint of caramel, but is most definitely true to the nutmeg part of the title. Yum!

The biggest thing about Bath & Body Works is the never ending promotions + coupons. You are bound to get at least one coupon with purchase — often free. Whether it be a free item with purchase, 30% off or buy one get one free, I advise you to NEVER shop when you have to pay for a candle full price — I guarantee you the next couple of days you’d get it for a deal. If there is a rare time there is no promotion on, you can fill out an online survey with the code from your last receipt, which allows you to receive some sort of special discount/offer in store.