Birthday Trip to Monterey, California

It was my birthday not too long ago and my boyfriend took me down to the Monterey area to celebrate. I’ve always wanted to check out the area and was ecstatic to go! I wanted to share some of my pictures with you from my trip. My family always enjoys seeing my travels so I decided to post it on my blog.

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Ipsy Glam Bag September

This will be my last review of Ipsy until later next year. I’m going to be traveling a bunch so I have decided to cancel my subscription. I already cancelled my Birchbox because I knew I wouldn’t get it before heading home to Vancouver. September’s Ipsy Glam bag came in a really cute gold bag. I will be saving this one for sure. I have a pile of these small bags and use them to help sort things when traveling. For example I just flew home on the weekend and put all my cords into one of the Ipsy makeup bags in my carry on. I use another one of their bags as a pencil case. They have actually come in handy.

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Was I on Naked and Afraid?!

If you didn’t know me and did a quick Google search for my full name, “Danielle Beauchemin” you might be surprised to know that I may have been on the TV show “Naked and Afraid“. The truth is… I was NOT on the show Naked and Afraid. But it was actually another young woman named, Danielle Beauchemin The series aired a few months ago now but I decided I should write about it after Googling my name again today. As an online business owner it’s important to Google yourself and your business occasionally. We need to protect our reputation. You never know what might come up when you Google your name, but hopefully it won’t be something strange like my situation. If you aren’t familiar with Naked and Afraid, it is a reality show where two strangers have to survive in the middle of nowhere with no clothes, food or supplies for 21 days. Quite some time ago I came across some interviews of Danielle and how she was going to appear on Naked and Afraid. Like I mentioned previously, I Google my name occasionally to see what comes up. So that is how I found out… About a year passed and one morning I woke up with a ton of Facebook friend requests form strange men. I was like hmm that is weird. When i clicked on the profile of one of the guys they had a post about Naked and Afraid. I was like… oh no, it’s happened. Over the next few weeks I continued to get friend requests. I’m sure I would have got several people... read more

Target’s Beauty Box

Subscription box services seem to be the thing right now. At moment I’m subscribed to two boxes, Ipsy and Birchbox. Target’s Beauty Box isn’t technically a subscription box, but it reminds me of one. It comes in a box like Birchbox, and it isn’t a subscription service. You have to actually purchase it when they release a new box. You know exactly what you are going to get before you purchase it so you won’t be surprised by anything you receive. I like that cause I can decide if it’s worth spending $7 before hand. Target typically releases their Beauty Box at the beginning of the month or for a new season. I was lucky and got the one for August and it looks like there’s going to be a box for September as well. I wanted to tell you now about the Target Beauty Box so you can get your hands on the next one. So far I’ve only purchased one Beauty Box because they have a limited quantity available and it’s hard to say when they will release them. I received an email from Target announcing the August box at the beginning of the month and I purchased it right away before it sold out. I suggest signing up to Target’s newsletter so you will be notified. Target’s Beauty Box is sold for $7 and that includes shipping. It’s not available in stores so you have to order it on their website. In August’s Target Beauty Box I received 6 items valued at $35. It came with two full sized products which is pretty amazing! I’ll quickly... read more

Birchbox Opening and Review August 2015

I just received my Birchbox because my bank card was compromised so my payment didn’t go through. It ended up delaying the box like a week. I wasn’t even going to bother writing about it but though I should since I won’t be able to next month. I’m headed back to Vancouver in a few weeks so won’t get my subscription boxes until I’m back in the US. :(

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DIY Makeup Brush Holder

My bathroom sink is located outside of my actual shower and toilet so I wanted to store my makeup brushes on it. I don’t recommend storing them in an open area in your actual shower/toilet area because they can collect moisture and bacteria. I looked around for awhile for the perfect jar for my brushes. It took awhile actually, some were too short and  some too tall. I finally found the perfect one at Ikea, it’s a rectangle glass vase. I believe it is the REKTANGEL vase on their website for $19.99. I only paid $9.99 for it, so it must have been on sale when I bought it or something? I then picked up some sand from the same area in Ikea. I used the KULÖRT decoration sand for $1.99 a bottle. I bought about 6 containers but only used half of them. I chose the finest grain and lightest colour. When I got home I washed and dried the container and filled it with sand. Then stuck my brushes into it and placed it on my counter. It fits perfectly along the side wall of my bathroom counter since the glass container is long and skinny. I like it much better than the round brush holder I used to use. The entire project cost me less than $20 and I love how it looks. The only negative is that the bottoms of my brush handles get a little dusty from the sand and sometimes when I’m in a hurry I end up flicking sand around. But oh well. How do you store your makeup brushes?... read more

Birchbox July Review

Received my July Birchbox and the contents are actually pretty exciting! I said in my Ipsy July Review that Birchbox wouldn’t be able to compete this month. They did a pretty decent job. Once again I don’t think I’m going to be able to cancel either of them…

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Ipsy Glam Bag July 2015

Holy Ipsy! I’m super impressed with this month’s Glam Bag. Wow! There’s no way Birchbox can beat this month’s items. I received 5 products in my Ipsy Glam Bag this month, and three… yes, three of them are full size! Let’s get into what I received and my thoughts on all the items.

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Birchbox June 2015

I received my Birchbox finally, a week after my Ipsy and wasn’t too thrill with what was inside. I think I’m going to cancel and stick with Ipsy. Or maybe wait one more month? Ahh, decisions.  I’ve always liked Birchbox cause they tend to give more skincare items than Ipsy. Ipsy tends to lean more towards just makeup.  I wasn’t even going to post this cause I don’t have much to say, but I said in my last post that I was waiting on my Birchbox to come in. So I thought I better share with you what I received… The box is so pretty, I really like when Birchbox customizes their boxes. I will have to find some use for this box cause I can’t throw it away. This month’s theme is “Say Yes to Adventure”.  Here’s that I received, I don’t really have an opinion on the products yet cause I haven’t had much chance to use them so bare with me. Cotz Sensitive SPF 40 Sunscreen – 5 g I swear I get sunsreen in my Birchbox quite often. I don’t really care to test out sunscreens cause I’ll never pay $20 for a sunscreen. I just buy basic ones at the drug store. I tried to squirt some out of the bottle and it’s pretty much empty, so that’s disappointing. Anyways, it doesn’t really have a scent which is nice but I can’t see myself buying a sunscreen for $20.  DR. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint – 5 ml This is a type of product that I enjoy. The shade is a little light for me right... read more

Ipsy June Glam Bag

I decided to sign back up to Ipsy this past month and received my bag yesterday. I signed up to Birchbox as well and told myself I can only be subscribed to one and have to decide which one. I’m quite impressed with what I’ve received from Ipsy this month and Birchbox has quite the competition. I’ve only used a few of the things in the bag so far but will update this post again once I try them all. Ipsy #JuneGlamBag The makeup bag this month is really cute. It’s black with a fluorescent pink zipper. Ispy is written all across the bag as well. The bag is very soft and I might find some use for this one.  I received 5 different products in this month’s bag here’s what I got… It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil – .07 g I was really excited to receive this brow pencil because I’ve been wanting to try some higher end brow products. The universal brow pencil comes in one shade, Universal Taupe. The colour is perfect for me, I have blonde hair but my brows are darker than a standard blonde haired person. I think this is a full sized product but am not quite sure, it retails for $24. I’ve tried this pencil once so far and love it. It has the pencil on one side and the brow brush/comb on the other side. I wore it on a hot California day and it lasted all day. I would probably repurchase this product in the future. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – .25 fl. oz. I was... read more

The Best Fries Ever – Codeman’s Fries

If you don’t already know, I come from outside a small town in Ontario. They don’t have much there. A liquor store, two small pubs, a pizza joint, a corner convenience store, and an ice rink. They used to have a library and probably a few other things when I was growing up. To the west of the town about 5 minutes there is my favourite place in the world to get fries. It’s called, Codeman’s Fries, it’s a chip truck. It was always a special treat to go there growing up. It still is a special treat anytime I visit my home town. I was visiting Ontario this past month and HAD to stop and get the chip truck’s fries. They seriously have the best fries ever! I don’t know what they do that’s so special. I make my own fries in the deep fryer and theirs just taste so much better. My Grandpa says they use a special oil and won’t reveal their secret. When I was growing up the chip truck was this old white truck. Now it’s a bright yellow truck in the exact same spot in Hamilton Township. It’s beside the tennis courts right at a four-way stop. It’s at Burnham St N and Oak Ridges Road. Also known as Country Road 18 and Country Road 9. You can’t miss it, there’s nothing else there. It’s not open all year and opens when the weather warms up. I was lucky enough to catch it open when I was there in May. If you are ever in the Hamilton Township area then you HAVE to... read more

Products That Let Me Down

I decided to make a compilation blog post of all the products that didn’t work for me. Keep in mind, this is my opinion and everyone is different. These products may have worked for you, but they didn’t for me. Let me know in the comments below about your experience with any of the products I talk about. I think I’m going to put them in alphabetical order so you can find my mini reviews easily. I always post quick reviews with pictures of products that don’t work for me and also products that I love on my Facebook Page so make sure to Like my Facebook Page to stay updated and see all pictures from these mini reviews.  I will continually update this post as I try products that don’t work for me. I didn’t add photos for every product as that would make for a really huge post, but if you pop on over to my Facebook Page you will find pictures of most of the products.  Colgate Optic White Toothpaste I’m a Crest person, always have been and probably always will be. I ended up getting a decent size bottle of Colgate Optic White Toothpaste when I purchased the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen at some point. I decided to take it on a 2 and half week vacation with me because it was a good sized tube. Boy, did I ever regret that. I did not like this toothpaste at all. I didn’t like the taste, it was awful. Because I didn’t enjoy the taste, my mouth wasn’t left feeling refreshed like my typical toothpaste. I... read more

L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Fibralogy Line Review

Let me start out by saying, I love the colour of the bottles. It’s my favourite colour combo! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s get to the actual product…

I was sent this line by Influenster for review purposes. I have an obsession with hair products so was immediately overjoyed about receiving this box.

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