On Hiatus

Hey everyone!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been posting less and less frequently.

I am officially on hiatus for the time being, for several reasons:

1. I don’t wear as much makeup as frequently because I teach phys ed – really, just brows and liner on the daily, and unless I’m going somewhere special, I rarely wear any makeup at all on weekends

2. Due to reason 1, I’m also not buying all sorts of makeup these days so there’s nothing too interesting to report on

3. My focus right now is mostly on my social media accounts (@StaygorgeousLC on Twitter and Instagram) so if you like my content, I hope you’ll follow me if you don’t already!

4. I’m really trying to use what I have instead of accumulating even more, so while I’m going to try to take photos and write reviews, these posts will probably be sporadic – especially during the school year where work takes priority

I will be back some time in the future; I just needed to finally give myself permission to take a step back and admit that my blog isn’t in my current list of priorities to be fair to my readers as well as the wonderful brands and PR companies I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I had been feeling a lot of guilt yet still couldn’t find the motivation to blog regularly anymore since the backlog seemed insurmountable.

This is not the end!

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EATS: CNE 2018

Hello everyone! The end of summer is near and of course that means a trip to the CNE. While the trend of wild and excess is still hot, the HF and I are not trend-chasers when it comes to food. Now I’m no stranger to doing it for the ‘gram, but really – just because it looks wacky and contains a plethora of ingredients doesn’t mean it’s automatically going to be good, and at this point in my life, I don’t want to waste money on something that is likely going to be mediocre at best. ANYWAY. I knew as soon as I saw Shook Noodle on social media that I needed to give it a try. From the people who brought you Yatai (home of the ramen burger in the food buiding), they’re offering the perfect portable bowl of ramen. It occurred to me after I had begun eating that I should’ve taken a pic without the lid…oops! You choose your protein, broth/sauce, and toppings and have the option of adding an onsen tamago (sous-vide super soft barely-poached egg!) I went for chashu pork, shoyu broth, and every topping except bean sprouts…there was bamboo, mushrooms, cilantro, corn….and a few others I can’t recall. The only tip I have for this is that while you may be inclined to use chopsticks because it’s ramen, I actually suggest using a fork because the chopsticks are a little too long and hit the sides of the container a lot which makes it a bit of a challenge to eat efficiently. OH – and yes, you’re supposed to shake the container before eating. Would absolutely recommend, especially if you don’t go out for ramen a lot (or even if you do!)

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EATS: Montreal

Hello everyone! I hadn’t really been to Montreal before (1 hour lunch break on the way back from Quebec City with colleagues doesn’t count!) and the HF hadn’t been since he was in high school so we were excited to plan a trip (albeit short) to this amazing city. Our focus obviously was food and Montreal did not disappoint. This post is food pic heavy so if you’re hungry – grab a snack first because I am starving while writing this LOL.
On our first night, we had dinner at Tacos Frida. According to our friend who lives there, this is the most authentic taco spot around. It was only a 10-15 minute walk from our Airbnb (my first time booking one of those too!) and it was awesome. The main reason we were interested was because we had read their tacos were not only delicious, but extremely affordable ranging from $2.75 – $3.50.

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EATS: Pokeh x Rony’s Pop-up 2.0

Hello everyone! When I heard that Shayne and Salar Madadi of Pokeh were doing another pop-up at Rony’s, I was immediately in. The HF and I had a fantastic time at their last one in January and this one was going to have an Asian street food theme (Salar was very inspired by his recent travels through Asia) so I was excited.
The first course was a Cambodian bar snack of peanuts with lemongrass, kaffir lime, chili, shallots, but with a slight Canadian twist with a drizzle of maple syrup mixed in. I’m not one to eat peanuts on their own, but this mix was highly addictive. Sweet and savoury with a hint of heat, I could eat handfuls of this all day. The next course was the popular Thai curry dish of Khao Soi. The HF and I first tried this at Pintoh and immediately fell in love with the delicious coconut curry broth. The Pokeh guys definitely did this justice with the fantastic broth and noodles. Fun story: I was speaking very animatedly with our table mates (we were seated with some strangers who became new friends) and I accidentally knocked my hand into the waitress who had a bowl of Khao Soi in her hand and it went crashing to the floor. I was mortified and felt so bad (I literally almost cried) and apologized profusely. Fortunately they had a few extras so no one had to miss out on this delicious dish.  Continue reading

Great Summer Skin Starts With Palmer’s Coconut Oil* (+ IG GIVEAWAY!)

Hello everyone! It has been a minute because I’ve been enjoying my first full week of summer off and to be honest – I left my laptop at home while I’ve been staying in Hamilton. Anyway, thank you for your patience and I’m excited to share with you the new Coconut Oil Formula range from Palmer’s which is absolutely perfect for these hot summer days when you’re showing more skin! You may be familiar with their most popular item of all time (or at least the one I’ve seen the most), Cocoa Butter. I always found it a bit on the thicker side which is why I wasn’t a frequent user, however their new line is pretty great. This range includes a body lotion, body oil, and a facial oil. I was a little bit iffy first on the ideas of oils because in past experiences I’ve found that they didn’t absorb fully and I’d be an oily mess. That and everyone and their grandmother’s have been hyping up coconut oil (like just straight up from the tub) so I’ve been somewhat disinterested. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well both the body and facial oils absorbed into my skin and how long they kept me looking smooth and hydrated. I also love the fact that they are thinner than applying a body lotion or face cream, which is fantastic during these extremely hot and humid months. That being said, I do enjoy the scent of the body lotion, and will definitely be more inclined to use it when the weather is cooler. My favourite of the bunch is definitely the facial oil as it kept my natural oils balanced and kept my skin looking moisturized and feeling super soft all day. If you love the scent of coconut and are looking for skincare that is free of harsh chemicals and ethically and sustainably sourced, you should absolutely give this range a try.

***GOOD NEWS! I’ve partnered with Palmer’s to give YOU the opportunity to try all 3 of these products! To enter, click on this link to my Instagram contest post and you can enter to win 1 of 3 prize packs which include all 3 of the products reviewed in this post. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only; please read the entire contest post for more details.***

The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula range (approx. $6-$10 CDN) is available now online at http://www.palmers.com.

Have you tried Palmer’s products before? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by!

DISCLAIMER: The products mentioned in this post were provided for the purposes of testing and review. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect the brand or any of its affiliates. This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links.

QUICK REVIEW: Dadi Oil

Hello everyone! This product is known to most nail techs in the industry however it is not so well known to anyone who’s not. I first discovered Dadi Oil through my friend Kate of Nail Kandy and every nail tech I talk to highly recommends it as well. But what is this magical oil with the funny name?

From famousnamesproducts.com: Dadi’Oil offers fast, non-greasy deep penetration and a clean, light aroma made up of 21 essential oils. The benefits of Dadi’ Oil include:

  • Absorbs quickly and penetrates deeply.
  • Enhances flexibility and prevents nail brittleness.
  • Long-lasting color stability and shelf-life. Compare the color to other products…no comparison!
  • Great moisturizer for the skin with quick, non-greasy penetration.
  • Why use non-certified oils when you can have 95% certified organic Dadi’®Oil?

PROS: Smells like gummy bears (LOL to me at least) and penetrates through the nails to fully nourish and strengthen. Also moisturizes the cuticles.
CONS: Not the most convenient to apply as it applies like a nail polish (with a brush) so it’s not something you can necessarily do several times a day. Also a bit challenging to find (unless you frequent higher end nail salons.)
Would I repurchase? Absolutely! I like applying it at night before bed so that it can work its magic overnight. My nails are stronger and healthier because of it. I also really like the lotion since it has all the benefits of the oil, however more convenient to use after handwashing as a regular hand lotion (but again, hard to find and the lotion is a bit pricey in comparison to conventional lotions.)

I can’t seem to find a Canadian retailer but I buy mine from Nail Kandy located at Lift Salon (179 King Street East) in Toronto. I’ve also seen the small bottles being sold at Raw Beauty Bar (3830 Bloor Street West) in Etobicoke.

If you know of anywhere else that carries Dadi Oil, please let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by!