Nov 30, 2014

Winterize Your Nails With Julep

It's so important to pamper and take care of our bodies, especially in the winter time. Our skin and nails definitely feel the cold and dryness the most, so it is imperative to have a monthly, or even weekly, routine to take care of our hands and nails. 

So here, along with beauty brand icons Julep, is a guide on How to Winterize Your Nails.

I received my Julep Maven box in the mail, and was blown away by the rich colours and beautiful packaging of their nail polishes.

Along with the polish, I also received this Gel Eye Glider, which lives up to its name and glides on smoothly and evenly.

For more gorgeous colours, check out Julep's nail polish colour page.

I started out with moisturizing my hands with this Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. I love this stuff. It's non greasy and moisturizes so well. I made sure to pay special attention to my cuticles, which were dry.

I made myself a special cup of coffee, and set in to get to work.

Make sure to soak your cuticles with warm water.

My nail care kit from Revlon by Marchesa came in handy for the operation.

I didn't need to cut my nails too much, as they were already short. 

Next up: shaping.

Push down those cuticles.

Once you have clipped any extra skin from your cuticles, it's time to paint! I chose the colour Myriam, which is a rich, red colour.

I have never tried the Julpe brand of nail polishes before, and I have to say, it is the BEST formula I have ever used. It goes on perfectly, and I only needed one coat. It dried super fast, which is important to me, because I have zero patience for slow drying nail polishes! And no, I did not get paid to say any of this, I just really love the brand.

And there you have it folks! Well-taken care of hands and nails.

What is your favourite brand of nail polish? Have you ever used the Julep brand?

Nov 29, 2014

Holiday Spirit

“Come, woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humor, and like enough to consent.”     - William Shakespeare

This Week in Pictures

Another round for this here blog. My week was full. Busy with life, busy with work. Also busy with crashing on the couch at 8:45PM. Winter...pssshhhh. As much as I love it, it kills me. It's like a bad relationship I love to love.

Last Friday I hopped on a GO train to make my way to Barrie, only to find that 20 minutes into our trip we had to turn back around to Union because of operational issues. We had to wait on the tracks for half an hour before we turned back, and as we were sitting there, people started to flood the doors. Just to stand there and crowd everyone. WHY? WHHHHYYYYYY? Why are you so stupid that you feel the need to do this? What is this making better?

Anyway, long story short, I should have been in Barrie by 5:20PM and instead didn't get there until almost 7PM. 

I was not impressed.

It's ok though. Chrissy and I tackled two bottles of wine as soon as I got there and needless to say, we were victorious. Well, not the next morning, but whatever.

We were still able-bodied enough to schlep and get the tree decorated.

And Chrissy's kids were as cute as ever. She has stockings on her feet. What a ham.

Dave came over to Chrissy's on Saturday night (for a dinner party she had planned and also to take me home afterwards). We drove home in fog and gross rain, but made it in one piece. It was an excellent dinner party.

Picked up a couple of things from Ikea this week as well. Like this wine rack.

And this pot rack, which I have only been talking about for YEARS. Finally, it is mine.

I had to make my way to the Eaton Centre twice in the past week for work, to pick stuff up from the Apple Store. I couldn't get over how busy that place was in the middle of the day on a Monday. But I got to see the tree!

As much as life can be nuts sometimes, coming home to this every night makes everything worthwhile.

And life is good.

Nov 23, 2014

Christmas Past

It's certainly amazing to look back on Christmases past, to see how much we've grown and physically changed. We've come a long way from then. Let's take a walk down memory lane to some of my past Christmases, shall we?


We mostly celebrated this Christmas at Jessica's house. We decorated her tree and drank and sang Christmas carols. I don't think we have any pictures of our own apartment from this Christmas.


I attended my sister's work Christmas party this year, back when she worked at Home Depot. This was also the year that Dave got me my Macbook Pro. I am a very lucky girl indeed! Our Christmas tree was up and looking very lonely as we hardly had any furniture in our place at this point.


Our tree is looking a little less lonely this year. Again, I went to my sister's work Christmas party.


Tree is getting some love from me.


The FIRST year in the 8 years that we had been together at that point that we spent Christmas morning together. We were like two little kids, super anxious to wake up and open our presents. This was the first year we really had presents under a tree for each other. We also went to Dave's work Christmas party at Ubisoft.


Last year, we continued our new tradition of waking up on Christmas morning together, and it was another exciting one! With our tiny tree, it looked like we had so many presents on Christmas morning. We made coffee and opened presents and had a lovely morning before we headed off to my parents house. We also attended Dave's work Christmas party again.

And this year will be just as lovely I am sure! I addressed all my Christmas cards tonight, and now have glitter all over my house from wrapping paper and cards. Which I don't mind one single bit.

What's your favourite part of the holidays?