Review and Swatches: Tarte Cosmetics Power Bar Neutral Palette

Review and Swatches: Tarte Cosmetics Power Bar Neutral Palette

Tarte has some of my favourite palettes and products. They're not talked about as much in the Youtube beauty community, but Tarte still has my heart. This 6 pan palette really caught my attention on the Sephora Canada site, and it actually reminded me of the Natasha Denona Camel palette which has been on my wishlist for a while. I can't say if the shades are dupes for each other, I really don't think they are but the packaging and shades reminded me of that palette. I've really come to appreciate a nicely curated smaller palette. This 6 pan palette has the perfect amount of shades where I can create a full look, and I have options with this palette. This is a great palette when I don't want to overthink a look, I can grab this and get my makeup done quickly. 

Review and Swatches: Viseart Minxette Etendu Palette

 

Review and Swatches: Viseart Minxette Etendu Palette

Viseart Cosmetics has really caught my attention this year and their palettes have really become staples in my everyday collection. This Minxette Etendu is a beautiful bronze warm palette. If you like a one-and-done palette that has all the shades you need to create a look, you will love this palette. It has a cream matte, a shimmery inner corner and it has a deep brown to darken up the outer corner. This would also make a great travel palette since you won’t need to grab a different palette to complete the look. I also have the Natasha Denona Bronze palette and I like them both. The Minxette still stands on its own and I like the range of shades. When I use the bronze palette, I have to pull in a different palette to complete a look. The Minxette has a lot of depth to the shadows and the mattes blend beautifully. 

Indigenous Nation to Nation Cooperation (Gespeg-Kanesatake Vaccination Campaign)

Inter-nation Gespeg Kanesatake Vaccination


This past weekend, my husband and I were able to be vaccinated in the Kanesatake community through an inter-nation vaccination campaign. My nation is Gespeg, a small nation in GaspĂ©, Quebec that has no land base and half of our members reside in Montreal. Urban Natives are often left without the knowledge of resources available to us. My band stepped up and reached out to our members early on and those who wished to be vaccinated were placed on a list and we were guided through the process of having our vaccination booked. This Nation to Nation cooperation with Kanesatake proves that given the proper resources and the proper funding Nations can work together and support each other. Historically, First Nations have suffered greatly during pandemics and I’m happy to see the Federal and Provincial governments provided the proper funding, resources and understanding during Covid-19. We need to protect our elders, and protect ourselves.

Book Review: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

 

Book Review: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Goodreads Description:

The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. 

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands. 

This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope -- a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future

A Low Buy Year: Shop Less and Use What You Own

 

A Low Buy Year: Shop Less and Use What You Own

Have you heard of a low buy/no-buy year? This is something that I came across on Youtube, and I recently read a book by Cait Flanders called The Year of Less and I'm really intrigued. The idea is to really pay attention to your shopping habits and try to spend less. Before purchasing the next thing you've decided you need, take a step back and see if you have something similar or might change your mind about the item. I've done spending freezes before, and it really helped to reset my brain from impulse purchasing. The longest I've gone was 30 days. I am an impulse shopper, especially when it comes to makeup and beauty items. At the same time, I also get overwhelmed by stuff and love to declutter and give away items I'm not using. I want to end this cycle and be a more conscious consumer. 

Book Review: Home Front by Kristin Hannah

 

Book Review: Home Front by Kristin Hannah


Book Description:

In this powerhouse of a novel, Kristin Hannah explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost. . . .

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday lifechildren, careers, bills, choreseven as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then a deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defence attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier, she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-coloured version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his ownfor everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family, Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honour, and ultimately, hope.

Book Review: The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

Book Review: The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller


Rating: 4/5 
Book Description:

A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking

When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambĂ©ed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts.

Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uber enthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired—to help Margaret reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.

With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small-town life. And when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought.

But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee—or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected—it could be even better.

Weekly Chat (Pandemic, Dollar Tea Club Subscription, Reading, Life)

Weekly Chat (Pandemic, Dollar Tea Club Subscription, Reading, Life)


One of my favourite parts of blogging is the journaling aspect for me. I love to go back and revisit my more personal posts. I wanted to bring back my life update type posts. Yes, I'm working from home and life has slowed down quite a bit but at the end of the day, life is still happening. This morning was freezing, taking my son to school. It was -27 degrees celsius, and you know it's cold when the snow under your feet is crunching as you walk. If you live in a cold climate, you know exactly what I'm talking about. This cold is sticking around for a few more days, I believe.