On arriving to my appointment it was a bustle of people and lovely ladies sitting in chairs surrounded by reflective mirrors and beautiful displays of make up. I was excited to meet my make up artist for Stila. Of course she had amazing winged eyes done with the famous Stila liquid eyeliner. I wanted a holiday glam look and was most interested in trying out their shadows with glitter. I know, they had me at glitter too. Holiday and glitter, sugar and spice, apple and cinnamon, bread and butter. I decided on purple glitter shadow and purple eyeliner. They are great colors for making green eyes pop.
Before my job starting taking up 10-12 hours of my day I was doing lots of research and practice on contouring. I took this as an opportunity to have a professional teach me about contouring. We had about the same amount of knowledge and I think she had more practice but I wasn’t all that pleased with her contouring skills. I ended up purchasing the contouring kit to do more at home practice. That was a least 2 weeks ago and I have not even opened the package.
Overall, I wasn’t blown away by the Stila products and they are pretty expensive not be loving them. I did receive a really nice holiday clutch and a bag of product from Shoppers that I will probably give away.
It is always a good experience when you get to try out a variety of products in a new to you line.
Another great thing about purchasing from Shoppers Drug Mart is you get Optimum points and with the purchases I made this day and the bonus points you received on this particular day I scored $60.oo in free merchandised.
I remember the first time I fell in love with lavender it was on a visit to a coastal lavender farm. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. It was an experience that heightened and calmed all the senses from sight, smell, touch and taste and brought a sense of peace and relaxation. The wind was slightly blowing and even from the parking lot I got a hint of aroma from the awaiting lavender fields. Walking the lane and looking ahead of me I was taken with the field of purple and green. Then taking a few small buds from the plant and rolling it between my fingers which immediately erupted the natural fragrance. I was completely hooked once I tasted a buttery shortbread with a hint of lavender and lemon.
Lavender is known for it calming and relaxing benefits. It can help with anxiety, depression and insomnia as well as headaches and stomach problems. In the garden, lavender will keep away insects and it will prevent deer from coming into your garden and eating all your plants.
Here are some of my favourite ways to use lavender.
Pure Lavender Oil
Rub on wrists before bedtime for a restful sleep.
Epson Salt Bath with Lavender
Adding lavender to your epson salt bath will add another layer of relaxation to your bath time.
All natural bar soap
Nothing says a better good morning or good night then fresh smelling lavender suds in the shower. If mixed with pure cow’s milk your skin will not only smell great but be super soft.
Summer Tea Time
Want to have a summer tea party? Make it a lavender theme and serve up these shortbread with a lavender lemon iced tea.
Here is my best tip when using and trying out lavender always use 100% all natural lavender products and oils.