Happy Birthday to Me!

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My Birthday Haircut

Many people make positive changes in their life on January 1 to celebrate the New Year, but I personally like to start making positive changes on my birthday.  New Year’s Day is a new beginning for many people but I like to measure my personal growth and happiness each year on my birthday. On October 9 I turn 32 years old and honestly I am a little bit excited about it.

My last two birthdays have been really crappy but this year I am excited to celebrate my birthday because I am finally in a semi-happy-place. Two years ago on my 30th birthday the psycho step witch (aka my dad’s alcoholic girlfriend) violently attacked me.  I was so upset by her violent behaviour and by my dad’s decision to stay with her that I basically slept through the rest of the year; I spent 2010 in a perpetual state of emotional instability.  Once I finally woke up from my self-loathing I continued to replay the events of the step witches violent behaviour over and over again in my head. Why did she attack me? What could I have done differently? Can I live a life without my family? I spent all of 2011 in a state of uncontrollable anger.

In 2012 I decided that I can’t change what happened that night, I can’t make the step witch sober up and become a better person, and I can’t change the fact that my dad chose to stay with a woman who physically hits him. So I decided to start making positive changes in my life, I made a list of all the things that make me unhappy and I started making positive changes towards loving life and learning to love myself.

This year I went to two blogging conferences (and blogged way too much about them), I started exercising on a regular basis, I began trying new experiences to get out of my comfort zone (which I usually never leave), I decided to go back to school in a journalism program, and I made blogging daily on My Diary Entry my ultimate priority. I am currently working on my first book “A Better You” and I hope to have it finished, or be close to finished, by December 31.

Happy Birthday to Me! This is how I spent my 32nd birthday:

New Jeans from American Eagle. Artist Cut and Regular Boot Cut.

 

My birthday gift from Sephora’s Beauty Insider club.

My birthday gift from The Body Shop’s Love Your Body club.

My birthday cheesecake from Broadway Cheesecake in Montreal.

 Photo: Oh yes happy birthday to me

Love Always,

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Product Reviews from The Body Shop and Lush

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Over the past few weeks I have tried some new products and I felt the need to share my best kept secrets with you. I purchased some new bath and shower products from my favourite stores such as The Body Shop, Sephora, and LUSH Cosmetics. I have been a loyal customer at The Body Shop, Sephora, and LUSH for many years, and therefore I always feel the need to at least try their new products just once.

If I love them it’s great, and if I don’t love them then no harm done, at least I tried them. In case you didn’t know, I have an entire category dedicated to LUSH, so be sure to check it out on the lower right hand side. While you are reading these product reviews keep in mind that I like sweet scents, I am not into anything that smells like flowers.

For the most part I really love all of my new bath and shower products from The Body Shop, Sephora, and LUSH Cosmetics, however there was one particular product that I was not crazy about. Keep reading to find out which one.

Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Body Wash

In general I really love Philosophy products, especially their lip gloss and body wash. This Vanilla Birthday Cake bottle was actually my birthday gift this year from Sephora for being a Beauty Insider member. It’s free to join so if you are not yet a Sephora Beauty Insider member I definitely suggest that you sign up.

Philosophy Body Washes can also be used as Shampoo and Bubble Bath, but I honestly don’t recommend it. I find that the Philosophy product works best as a Body Wash. Philosophy Body Wash is creamy and it makes a lot of foam on my loofah. As a bubble bath the bubbles don’t last very long, and as a shampoo I find that my hair is too squeaky clean and not very soft.

Spiced Pumpkin Shower Gel from The Body Shop

The Spiced Pumpkin Shower Gel from The Body Shop is a new product and it was actually created by a customer. Since I love fall and I love everything that smells sweet or anything that smells like cinnamon or pumpkin I had to try out this new Shower Gel from The Body Shop. I am happy to say that my instincts were right because I totally love the smell of this Spiced Pumpkin Body Wash. It has a strong enough smell to make me enjoy my shower, but the smell is not so strong that it is overpowering. This is a Great Product! Everyone should try the Spiced Pumpkin Shower Gel from The Body Shop.

Softsoap Indulgence Chocolate Body Wash

Softsoap recently introduced an Indulgent Chocolate Body Wash; if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I totally Love It. It is very hydrating and it makes tons of foam on my loofah…which is always a plus in my shower book! The smell is amazing, it actually smells like you are washing your body with a bar of chocolate or a cup of hot cocoa. Honestly I can’t say enough good things about this Softsoap Body Wash. It smells very similar to the Chocolate Fudge Body Wash from Philosophy, and it is a lot cheaper. You can find the Softsoap Indulgent Chocolate Body Wash at your local pharmacy.

LUSH Cosmetics Pumpkin Soap

You may remember this LUSH Pumpkin Soap from my I Totally Love Fall post a few weeks ago. I bought this cute little Pumpkin Soap because it was at the cash counter while I was checking out, I love anything that smells like Fall, and I needed a new hand soap for my bathroom. All signs pointed to yes and I thought that the LUSH Pumpkin Soap was my best purchase of the day. Well let me tell you that it was definitely not a great purchase, and after a week I actually threw it in the garbage…what a total waste of money.

The LUSH Pumpkin Soap is orange but when it gets wet it leaks fluorescent yellow. That’s right, when you wash your hands with this soap your sink and bathroom counter will be bright bright yellow; I feel that this is a vital piece of information that the LUSH employee should have mentioned before I purchased the Pumpkin Soap. I was sad to throw out the soap because I really loved the smell and the little pumpkin face was cute, but I got sick and tired of cleaning up a florescent yellow mess every single time that I washed my hands.

This one bad purchase does not change my opinion of LUSH Cosmetics and I will continue to be a loyal customer, but I have to say that I was extremely disappointed. Of all the LUSH products that I have reviewed on this blog, this Pumpkin soap was the only one that I didn’t like. So it’s ok; you win some, you lose some.

Happy Soap Shopping Everyone!

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My “Me” Day

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I love the weekends.  Mostly because I don’t have to wake up to the sound of an alarm clock, but mostly because I have two whole days just for me.  Don’t get me wrong I love my job, but I also like to have some “Me” time.  On Saturday and Sunday I love to just chill and enjoy my days out and about in Montreal. Yesterday was my “Me” Day and here is what I did:

I woke up at 12:45 pm to a bright and sunny day.  Thanks to daylight savings time it was actually 11:45 am.

I took a warm bubble bath. I love  reading a book while taking a bubble bath; I am currently reading Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor.  I used Fresh Lemon shower gel from The Body Shop as my bubbles, using shower gel as bubbles makes me feel cleaner. I am usually a more sweet flavoured girl rather than citrus but I love Fresh Lemon shower gel from The Body Shop.   It smells just like yellow suckers.

When I got out of my relaxing bubble bath I took a nap.  I love napping in the mid afternoon on my days off.   I really love falling asleep and waking up in the warm sunlight.  It makes my nap so much more cozy.  Do you every nap during the day? After I woke up from my nap I decided it was time to get out into the real world. I had to run some errands and when night falls there are less people out.  I went to Blockbuster to reserve my copy of Eclipse, which is being released on December 4. 

I finished my night out with some chocolate and banana yogurt from Yeh! Yogurt on St. Laurent Street.  Yeh! Yogurt is a fun self serve frozen yogurt shop where clients add fruit, nuts, and assorted candies to their frozen yogurt.  Then we can weigh our frozen yogurt and enjoy our treat. I know it’s very cold outside, but every time I pass by Yeh! Yogurt I can’t resist.

Working is great…especially if you love your job. But sometimes a girl just needs a little time off!!!

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