Product Review Beakey Sponges: The Best Affordable Beauty Sponges on Amazon

 

Product Review Beakey Sponges: The Best Affordable Beauty Sponges on Amazon

Beakey sponges came to my attention at the beginning of the pandemic when I needed sponges, but I wasn't going into stores to pick up any products. I hear a few things about these sponges and decided it was time to try them. I ordered them from Amazon, and at the time I had to wait a few weeks because Amazon was prioritizing what items they were shipping out. My initial impressions were that the sponges were a nice size and expanded nicely. I've been testing them for months and decided it was time to review them. 

Review and Swatches: Morphe 9V Vintage Rose Palette

 

Review and Swatches: Morphe 9V Vintage Rose Palette

The Morphe 9V Vintage Rose palette is a 9 pan palette that consists of dusty rose shades. I love these type of shades, and I picked this palette up quite a few months ago. During the beginning of the pandemic, I started working from home and didn't wear much makeup. I have a backlog of makeup I need to review and test out. This palette is a favourite of mine, I think Morphe did a great job with the formula and the shade selection. If I compare this with their previous 9 pan palettes, I do think the formula has been improved. 

Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

 

A Spool of Blue Thread is a family saga that includes three generations told through snapshots. This book is universal, relatable and engaging. The Whitshank family could easily be your family, or the family next door. They’re not perfect, they struggle and like all families, they don’t always agree. Anne Tyler does a great job looking at family dynamics. This story centers around Abby and Red, their four children and the history of the house- built by Red’s father and his dream. Tyler allows readers to realize that achieving your dream doesn’t always lead to happiness. 

Review and Swatches: Natasha Denona Peak Palette

 

Review and Swatches: Natasha Denona Peak Palette

The Natasha Denona Peak palette was included in my November 2020 Boxycharm base box. This palette is a Boxycharm exclusive but you may be able to find it around on the web. This palette is a 5 pan palette "featuring Natasha's essential everyday warm-toned eye pigments that she mixes and matches from her favourite palette." These shades are not new to the Natasha Denona lineup, they've actually been taken from the Biba, Safari and Sunrise palette. The shades are (Aya, Jasper, Thorn, Amhara, Shine) from left to right. 

Review and Swatches: Morphe X Madison Beer Palette

Morphe X Madison Beer Palette (Review and Swatches)

I picked up the Morphe X Madison Beer palette through Sephora Canada and was excited to try a new Morphe palette because it had been months since I purchased any new makeup. For much of the summer, I didn't bother wearing eyeshadow. The product description claims to be "a palette that contains soft neutrals and rose-gold hues, Madison's musts for any occasion." I will admit I had no clue who Madison was, but I liked the look of this palette and picked it up for 28$. Madison is actually a singer-songwriter and this collection also contains and brush set, lip gloss and other products. I am only reviewing the eyeshadow palette, I did not pick up anything else in the collection. 

Book Review: Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn (5 Stars)

Book Review: Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn (5 Stars)

My reading for 2021 started off strong with Bear Necessity. When Danny’s wife passes away in a tragic car accident, Danny must pick up the pieces and take care of their son. Will is eleven years old and hasn’t spoken in the year since his Mom passed. Danny works construction but is let go from the job, and he doesn’t know what to do. He needs money fast, his landlord is threatening him with bodily hard if he doesn’t come up with the rent money soon. Danny tries to find a job but is unsuccessful and desperate. After observing street performers in a local park, Danny spends his last few dollars on a panda costume and hopes for the best. While performing one day, Danny sees Will being bullied by some older kids and he rescues Will while in the costume. Will had no idea it’s his father and tells him “Thank you.” It’s the first time he’s heard his Son speak in a year. During the next few weeks, Will stops by and speaks to the panda about his life and missing his Mom. Danny stays silent and tries to support his son. 

Life Update: Pandemic, parenting and history

Life Update: Pandemic, parenting and history



We are 8 days in 2021 and it’s been an interesting 8 days. Canada has our highest numbers of Covid-19 cases being reported and our day to day lives are different. My husband is back to work, I am working from home, and my son was in virtual school this week. We were juggling all the schedules this week, but it’s working and we’re doing okay. My son’s school is reopening for in-person learning next week, and I have a mix of emotions. I know the kids prefer to be in class, they learn better in class, and virtual school for a 7-year-old is tough. I do wish our numbers were lower though. I’m scared, we live in a scary world right now. Before the break, we still had zero cases reported for the school and I really pray that we stay safe.


My province has implemented a curfew that will begin this weekend, this will not really change our day to day lives since we’re home by 8 pm anyway. I see a lot of people are upset but we really need people to understand that gathering in homes is not acceptable, we need our numbers to come down- our hospitals are overloaded.  I really believe this should have been implemented during the holidays, it has been reported that 48% of people still gathered during the holidays. The people who are upset about the 8pm curfew, I want to ask, “where were you going anyway?” We’re supposed to stay home.