Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Glymm Box

One of my closest friends bought me an incredibly thoughtful birthday present: a subscription to a monthly beauty box service.  With Glymm, you get a box of monthly beauty treats mailed to you.  It costs $12 a month with free shipping.  When I received the subscription notification, I filled out a survey describing my skin type, hair type, likes, dislikes, etc so that each box will hopefully cater to my needs.  (In Canada, there aren't many to choose from in comparison to the US and UK.)  I have always wanted to try a beauty box service and could not be more thrilled with this gift!

So, I am going to bring you along every  month to show you what I receive, what I think and show you photos/videos of the products.  The box arrived mid-month, but as I was away, I've only just opened it.

(Please let me know if you'd like to see me un-boxing it for the first time on camera, or if you'd rather me wait to try each product and then give you my thoughts.)

In this month's box came a beautiful black make-up bag which I plan to put to use right away:
Included in my box this month (I think each box can vary from person to person) was a sample of this Naked Princess lip gloss:

This hair conditioner from NuMe:
MAI Couture blush papers, which you literally just take a piece of paper and rub it on your cheeks as blush.  A very interesting concept I'd never heard of.
Face cream from Bentaberry for both men and women:
A clay mask from Vitamine and Sea:
And a perfume sample from Atlelier Cologne in the scent Vanille Insensee:
At first glance I am excited about the lip gloss, clay mask and blush papers.  I wish there was information included about each product, like how you use it, what it's for and how much it retails for.  I love that these are all brands I've never heard of because I love to discover new products.  Also, maybe this is just a coincidence but in researching some of the brands to include as links above, it seems they are all very organic and conscious of the products they use (paraben-free etc).  

I am excited to receive these boxes and will continue to share with you!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wise Word Wednesday

"Great minds discuss ideas; 
average minds discuss events; 
small minds discuss people."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Questionnaire

1.) Mood:  Does humid count as a mood?  Hahahaha, it's so warm in the Eastern US and right now my mood is humid;)  You will see the humidity's effects on my hair in my latest video. 
2.) What is your favorite article of clothing to shop for?  Probably scarves or dresses because I feel like with a dress you get a whole outfit for one price:)
3.) Three hours ago, I was ____________.  Enjoying dinner with my brother and my sister-in-law with her family.
4.) Current nail polish:  Deborah Lippman's Daytripper

5.) When is the last time you read an actual paper newspaper (not digital)?  Probably a couple weeks ago at work.
6.) Current outfit:  Dress from Banana Republic
7.) What is your natural hair texture? Bit frizzy, awkward wave
8.) Would you rather go a week without your phone or a week without your computer? Phone
9.) What is your favorite musical? Rent
10.) Weekly goals:  I have the rest of this week off so I plan to film and edit a few videos, relax, take T to the beach and try to soak in the last bit of summer before a very busy two months at work.  

(Once again, this questionnaire is from the lovely Amarixe.)

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Carry-On Bags

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nail of the Day

This colour is my first foray into polishes by Deborah Lippman.  This particular shade is Daytripper, a pretty watermelon pink.  Ever since my not-so-fantastic experience with Butter London, I've been nervous to try other high-end (aka higher priced) brands.  But, as I am visiting my sister-in-law and she had a Lippman polish, I thought, why not?  
Well, this polish I think is worth its price.  Look how shiny it is and this is without a top coat.  It went on very easily and I only had to do two coats.  If you are looking for a luxurious splurge, I think this would be a good bet:)   

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tattoos Tag

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Hello:)  Just a quick note to apologize for not updating daily.  I am on vacay and staying off the computer as much as possible.  But, I am doing things that will warrant blog posts and videos a-plenty! From what to pack in your carry-on with a baby to how to deal with flights getting cancelled and being stranded in an airport twice with a baby to make-up hauls, new products, clothes, shoes to sightseeing....lots to share!
I hope you are well and I will chat with you soon,
oxox Mare

Friday, August 17, 2012

Nail of the Day

Today's Nail of the Day is Hot 'n Spicy from OPI.  I took these pictures four days after I painted my nails with this colour.  As you can tell, not a chip in sight.  This is a fun colour for summer on either your fingers or toes and can almost look coral in some lights.  But it's really just a nice, bright orange.  I did three coats, but you could defintitely get away with just two coats. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We Are Never Getting Back Together

I promised I would tell you what I thought of this new single as soon as it came out.  Well, it's out.

And it's amazing. 
This is a new sound for Taylor Swift, less country, more Top 40.  Which is perfect for me, as I host a morning show on a radio station that plays all things pop music.  I got to debut the song this morning on my show.  (Insert happy dance here.)  The song is all about breaking up with a guy and deciding to not take him back over and over.  Speaking from experience Ms. Swift?  I think so.  The beat is catchy, the hook is addictive and I think I already have half the words memorized.  I am so excited for her fourth studio album Red to drop October 22nd.

On a side note, every day we produce a 30 second commercial that runs throughout the day and night as a promotion for our show.  This is today's.  I was just a tad excited;)  If you aren't on the Taylor Swift bandwagon, this is the perfect time to hop right on.  Any of her first three albums are fantastic but if you want less country, more pop, invest in Speak Now.  You will not be disappointed.

Tuesday Questionnaire

Courtesy of Amarixe, I thought I would do a random Tuesday Questionnaire:)

1.) Mood: Tired and already excited for a nap.  Too bad I have to wait about 4 hours!
2.) If you had to guess, how many beauty products would you say you use a day? I just calculated and at least 20!  This was surprising to actually think about.  I included everything from shampoo to perfume. 
4.) Current nail polish: OPI's Hot n Spicy (NOTD to come) on my fingers and a fuchsia colour from Orly on my toes.  (Side note, pet peeve when nail polish doesn't have a name.)
5.) What is your favorite dinner dish? Right now, pretty much anything I didn't have to prepare!  Because of our schedule, I make dinner every night.  If we are eating out I usually choose something with a vegetable like salad with chicken or stir fry.  I also absolutely love sushi!
6.) Current outfit:  Even though it's supposed to be 30 degrees today, it is freezing with air conditioning at work.  So I am wearing skinny jeans from Old Navy, a black tank with sequins and a mint green cardigan.  Flip flops with silver embellishments too. 
7.) Do you like to dance? Love to.  Don't think I go a day without dancing around our house:) Or the studio during my show.  
8.) Can you drive a manual transmission/stick shift car? This question's timing is funny because this morning on my show I was talking about how only 20% of people can drive stick with that number shrinking.  No I can't drive stick because I'v never had one.
9.) What is the last beauty product you purchased? New conditioner from L'Oreal with aragon oil.  But, next week I am going to be doing some fun shopping.  Prepare for hauls:)
10.) Weekly goals:  I have an extensive to-do list because this weekend we are leaving on a ten day trip to see my family in Philadelphia.  Seems daunting right now to get everything done as it's our first flight with Thomas.  

Me riding the old school escalator in Macy's in NYC on one of our previous trips.  Can't wait!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Ladies and gentlemen, behold the album cover for Taylor Swift's upcoming album!  It's called Red.  Couldn't be more perfect in my redheaded world:)  Taylor just announced a few minutes ago that the album will be released October 22nd.  Yes I may mark this on my calendar.
The first single off Taylor's fourth studio album is coming out on iTunes later today!  The title?  We Are Never Getting Back Together. 
She's baaaaaack!
Expect a full review of the song.  
Yes I am currently refreshing iTunes.  I hearts me some T-Swizzle. 
And yes, I realize this is the third blog post today.  But I just couldn't wait! :)  

How I Got Into Radio

Review - Unbroken

This week I am reviewing Demi Lovato's latest album, Unbroken.  I thought it would be fun to listen to her most recent release and tell you what I think because she is going to be seen on the upcoming season of X Factor as a judge, alongside Britney Spears.  I didn't really know much about Demi before listening to this album, except that she had been on Sonny With a Chance on Family Channel, Camp Rock and, that she'd been in rehab.  She's had a pretty eventful life, considering she' s not even 20 yet!

Anyway, on to the album.  It has an impressive list of cameos including Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Dev, Iyaz and Jason Derulo.  Demi also is listed in the writing credits on five songs.  To be honest, at first I expected this to be a teeny-bopper, bubblegummy album that I wouldn't really enjoy.  The first time I listened to it, I wasn't overly impressed.  But, upon second spin, my opinion changed.  There are some pretty fantastic songs on Unbroken.  First, I absolutely love Skyscraper.  It's one of the most played songs in my iTunes library.  The message, the tune, Demi's vocals, it's all superb.  This is a fantastic track if you need a bit of a lift or inspiration.  This album kicks off with a bang with All Night Long featuring Timbaland and Missy Elliott.  How Demi got Missy to record and come out of hiding I will never know, but will be forever grateful!  I wish she'd release this song as a single so we could play it on my radio station.  Who's That Boy featuring Dev is also great.

While Unbroken is definitely geared towards a younger audience, I think you will find some songs that you want to crank and play over and over.  It's Demi Lovato's third album and I think her fourth will have an even more mature sound.  Maybe Britney will influence her while judging together on X Factor.  That show debuts this fall. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nail of the Day

This is Essence Colour & Go in 53 You Belong to Me.  The colour first caught my eye because it seemed like the perfect Tiffany blue.  I completely love this shade.  Actually, I really like this nail polish brand in general.  I have raved about it in my July Favourites video and also my Favourite Nail Polishes Under $3 video.  It is $1.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart and I was skeptical until I saw it in my LouLou magazine.  It's easy to apply, dries evenly and quickly and lasts well. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Simple Greek Salad

When I was pregnant I craved greek salad.  
I had a bowl of greek salad every single day for a good five months.  Now this was a bit bizarre because although I love it, I'd never made greek salad myself.  It was a favourite to order once in a while at a restaurant but that's it.  Once my son was born, the craving vanished and I didn't make it or order it for almost a year.  Now I am getting back into this salad so I thought I would share this super easy recipe I swear by.  I love a salad in the summer.  Who wants to cook when it's so hot outside?  This is also a great option to bring a bbq or a potluck.  It's from my friend's mom whose house I frequented growing up.  I'm confident she's never made a bad meal!

Super Easy Classic Greek Salad

Cut up into chunks and mix together whatever quantity of the following ingredients:

Roma Tomatoes
Green Pepper
Red Onion
Olives (I'm not a fan of olives so I just add more veggies) 
I also like to add celery and mushrooms if I have them on hand

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice (I use freshly squeezed)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp pepper

And that's it!  I usually make a huge salad and keep it in the fridge in this container.  Then I make the dressing separately and just add it to the salad when I dish out a bowl.  This keeps the veggies and feta crisp longer.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review - JLo Dance Again

This week I am reviewing Jennifer Lopez's album, Dance Again - The Hits.  Whether you are a longtime JLo fan since her days when she was just 'Jenny From the Block' or you've just discovered her along with American Idol, this album will appeal to you.  It's got all the great JLo songs like Waiting for Tonight (takes me back to high school:), Love Don't Cost a Thing, On the Floor…the list goes on and on.  All 13 tracks are hits and just two are new for this album.  Also an interesting aspect, nine songs feature at least one other artist. 
Jennifer hasn't changed her sound too much throughout her career and I think that's a good thing.  It shows just how dominate she's been in her music career, listing hit after hit.  Also, the tracks aren't dated.  The earliest would sound just fine on the radio today.  Her songs have great messages and no matter who you are, I think they are good esteem-builders.
When your read the back of the cd you will see that a ton of the songs say they are remixes which always makes me a little wary.  There's nothing worse than hearing a great song ruined by a terrible beat and weird remix.  There's none of that on this disc.  In fact, I actually can't even tell why they are considered remixes.  Everything sounds just like good ole Jenny to me:)  Although, I was disappointed that a couple songs aren't the versions with a rap as I love a good collaboration and rap break.  I am interested to see where Jennifer's career goes now that she's quit judging Idol.  You may remember she had quite a lull before getting that gig.  What now? 

Wise Word Wednesday

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mare Reads - Harry Potter

I realize that I am one of the last people on the planet to pick up this series.  When I tweeted the above picture and that I was thinking of reading Harry Potter, so many people shot back in disbelief that I would be reading it for the first time.  But, since starting it, many people have confessed to me that they too have been skeptical about Harry Potter.  So I guess I'm not the only one.
But, now that I have fully given myself over to this land of wizards, witches and muggles, there's no turning back.  (In case you are not familiar with the story, I don't want to give too much away.  In fact, I am staying away from all online content for fear of the story being ruined.  But, read more here.)
I have read the first two books, The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets and am halfway through The Prisoner of Azkaban.  This has all happened in ten days.  
 Yes, ten days.  I have been reading these books at every possible chance.  They are just so well-written and descriptive, action-packed and rich with characters who you root for.  Also, many characters who you'd never want to come across!  I know these books are written for children, but there is so much for adults as well.  Many times I have marvelled at the attention to detail and the sheer creativity of Rowling's mind.  
I picked up the first book (in the seven novel series) with a bit of trepidation, thinking, "do I really want to commit to this?".  It was daunting to think of reading seven books about the same characters and story.  Clearly, I should not have been worried!  I am sure I will be on to the fourth installation in the next day or so.  I was intrigued to read the Harry Potter series, because nothing had really grasped by interest since finishing The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I've read a few chick-lit but have only been semi-impressed.  I knew I was looking for something that had been widely successful.  I noticed the Philosopher's Stone paperback gathering dust on my bookshelf and thought, "why not?".
Now I wonder, "why did I wait so long?"
PS: To all of you who recommended HP to me, no one told me how obsessed I would get!  No one warned me to say goodbye to all other forms of entertainment.  This is all I want to do!  A lil head's up next time, please? ;) 

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Products I've Used Up

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Time Jer Saved Our Lives

Where I live, we are heading in a long weekend, with Monday being a holiday.  I know everyone who also has a long weekend is excited to say see-ya to work and enjoy three days off.  Even if you don't have a long weekend, I'm sure you are happy it's Friday!  But, I wanted to take a minute to share a terrifying experience that happened to me last year on this exact long weekend with the hopes that you will be careful.  If it wasn't for my husband's quick reaction, we would have been in a fatal car accident.  I emailed our friends and family after it happened and thought I'd share it with you:
Do you know how you would react when you have a split-second in the face of real life-threatening danger?
Jer does.
He straight-up saved our lives Monday afternoon.
We were driving home on a four-lane highway with a ditch running down the middle, going about 110km/hr. Jeremy was driving and I wasn't really paying attention, tired in the heat after a busy weekend. All of a sudden Jeremy yelled "OH NO!!!" and I saw gravel and objects flying towards us. A car, speeding the other way had hit the ditch at full-speed and was flipping straight at us. Jer swerved to avoid objects that were presumably hurtling out of the trunk. We hit the gravel shoulder and then started to fish-tail. Amazingly he was able to correct the car and pull us over to a stop a little way down from the crashed car. It landed in our lane upside down, gas spilling out and cars screeching behind it to avoid both the car and its flying debris. We got out of the car and just hugged each other, shaking in shock while I called 911.
Thank goodness no one was driving beside, behind or in front of us. On a busy end to a long weekend there was just enough of a pocket around us.
Thank goodness Jer was driving. About twenty minutes before we had pulled over to feed Thomas and I had offered to take over.
Thank goodness I was buckled in. About five minutes before I was turned around on my knees dealing with T's car seat to block the sun from his eyes.
Thank goodness Jer knows what to do in a life-threatening situation. My car was pelted with gravel and rocks and we ran over something but there was absolutely no damage. Jer thinks it was maybe a sleeping bag.
Thank goodness the shoulder was wide enough for us to drive on to.
Thank goodness Thomas slept through the whole thing.
I feel like Thomas and I owe Jeremy our lives. He acted amazingly in a situation which scariness isn't something I can convey with words. As we continued home we saw emergency vehicles flying up the highway and a medical helicopter on its way. That night while I was alone in the kitchen I couldn't help but think, "it's amazing that I am standing here right now, simply filling my water bottle". It's hard not to think of how it could have been much much worse.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review - Lush Lip Scrub

In the summer my lips get super dry.  Ok in the winter too.  Ok maybe all the time;)  I try to take care of them with good lip balms, SPF and drinking plenty of water.  But right now they are just so dry and chapped.  I have been neglecting to use this lip scrub that I used faithfully every day for months.  Man am I noticing a difference!  As soon as I get back into the habit of using it daily, my lips are smooth and supple. 
This is my first experience with Lush and I am very happy with it.  I chose the Bubblegum flavour for the lip scrub, but there are others to choose from.     
As Lush products are made from all-natural ingredients, it is safe to ingest the scrub.  Now that might sound gross, but this stuff seriously tastes like candy!  What I do is wet my lips and a finger, put the scrub on and then press my lips together a few times to really scrub them.  Then, I just like off the scrub!  You can also wash it off if that's weird to you;)  
I follow up the scrub with a good lip balm.  I usually do this right after I get out of the shower.  This leaves time for my lips to soak up the balm and be lipstick-ready once I'm done my makeup.  By using this scrub, I find lipstick holds great and the colour really sinks into my lips.  
My lips have never felt so smooth.  Now as you know, I like a good bargain, and initially I thought the $8.95 price tag was steep.  But, now that I have been using it almost every day since February and still have about two-thirds left, it's definitely worth the price.  It also doesn't expire until well into next year. 
What Lush products do you use?  I definitely want to try some others!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Olympic Dreams

This morning on the radio show I co-host, we chatted with Olympian and World Cup Bobsleigh Athlete Justin Kripps.  Justin finished fifth at the Vancouver Olympics and is now setting his sights on the 2014 games.  This season Justin will be the pilot for a bobsleigh crew in nine World Cup races, all of which will be televised.  I am so excited to get to see Justin compete this season!  It's crazy to think we used to ride the bus to school together every morning:)
One thing that surprised me was how much Justin has to fundraise for his team.  He has to find sponsors for his sled, for his uniforms and just get support in general.  This is crazy to me! How stressful it must be.
This is where you come in.
Justin is selling these awesome shirts on his website:  I am hoping you support Justin by buying a shirt.  If you are a business owner, why not buy them for your staff to wear on race days? 
Also, as Justin talked about this morning on the show, businesses can find out how to support him and get their logo on his sled to be seen on an international scale on his website also. 
GO CANADA GO!  I couldn't be more excited to support Justin and his team!  I have caught the Olympic spirit and couldn't be happier!

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