Totally Random Friday – Sept 4: Things we did in Winnipeg/Manitoba Round-up

Hard to believe it’s September already! Where did the time go? Instead of doing a regular TRF today, I thought I’d do a round up of all the activities we did around Winnipeg/Manitoba this summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice some of these are repeats.

Dirty Donkey:


Cally and I commuted on the Water Bus one day:

We spend a few days at South Beach hotel and Grand Beach:  

And a few days in Lac du Bonnet area: 

And spent time at Grandma Dee’s camper, both with and without cousins: 

Even though summer went by too fast, we have lots of great memories. How was your summer? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – July 24th

Hey folks! It’s been longer than I care to admit since I’ve posted a TRF, so let’s get right into it.

This summer has been lovely weather and we’ve been out enjoying it:

At the playground at the Fort Rouge Spray Pad


The Fort Rouge spray pad


At the Earl Grey Community Centre wading pool


At Auntie’s house


At the Corydon Community Centre splash pad


Did I mention they are free? For a full list of splash pads and wading pools, see the City of Winnipeg site here.

We also went out to Edmonton last weekend and visited Rebekah and her family.

I’ve been styling some new outfits:



Pants: H&M; white tank: Gap; and denim jacket with Birkenstocks (both so old I don’t remember where I bought them)


My new hat from Urban Waves in Osborne Village


Yellow dress: Out of the Blue; jacket: Hush in Osborne Village


And my wonderfully ugly Adidas jacket from Platos Closet

And ran in the 5K Foam Fest with my hubby and some friends:

I start summer vacation tomorrow and it can not come fast enough. Looking forward to two weeks of visiting family, playing in the pool in the front yard, going to the beach and generally just not going to work.

How’s your summer going? Happy Shopping!

Summer Luxe Box 2015

So apparently my Spring Luxe Box was so underwhelming that I didn’t even talk about it on my blog at all. It actually didn’t occur to me that I hadn’t used or photographed any of the products until my Summer Luxe Box turned up. Oops! Oh well.

Spring Luxe Box
Spring Luxe Box

Well, now looking at it again, I did love the Buxom Weightless Foundation and I do use the Eyeko Brow Gel on the weekends when I don’t want to use my usual Dipbrow.

Anyways, the Summer Luxe Box was much more exciting. I got 7 products with a good range of hair, makeup, skin and nail products.


Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara, 1.5 mL, value $3.13

A do-it-all mascara for larger-than-life lashes. This volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, and long-wearing mascara is designed to curve around lashes and coat from all angles with intense black colour.


First up is the BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara. I already know I love this mascara, having gotten it in the Sephora lash sampler from last summer. What came as a shock was the tiny tube it came in. 1.5mL?? It’s about the same size as my pinky finger. It probably cost more to produce than what I’ve figured out it’s worth is above. Speaking of that, I used the cost from Sephora for a full size instead of the price on the Luxe Box card, $23 vs. $18. Anyways, I will throw this in my purse for some emergency mascara touch-ups.

Here’s a photo of me using the deluxe sample of Lash Domination from last summer.


essie Nail Lacquer, 13.5 mL, value ~$10

After applying an essie base coat, apply 2-3 thin coats of colour, waiting 2 min. between each coat. Finish with ‘good to go’ topcoat.


This is a pretty coral-y pink shade that I would never buy but I will wear. Win-win. Name of shade: Cute as a button (haha, Luxe Box, that’s a good one)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50, 3 mL, value $2.01

Advanced 100% Mineral sunscreen + antioxidant protection in revolutionary ultra-light texture, slightly tinted for a healthy glow.

So, I knew 3mL wasn’t a lot. It’s about enough for one application…. which has left me feeling ambiguous about the product. First of all, I liked the tinted aspect. It covered up my dark circles and the couple of zits I have and evened out my skin tone. The fact that it’s tinted did kinda make me feel like I should be applying with a brush instead of my fingers but whatever. It went on smoothly and seemed to sink in right away. I have been out in the sun and my face doesn’t appear to have burnt, so it’s doing it’s job there. I just wish there was more. Maybe there are other effects that would be more noticeable if only I could’ve tried it for a week.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, 50 mL, $5

Batiste Dry Shampoo is your secret weapon for fresh looking and feeling hair anytime, anywhere.

I love dry shampoo. I’ve tried about 15 kinds looking for the perfect one. (This is the perfect one but it is perpetually sold out, bummer). I started using this product this week and have already emptied the container. Apparently there’s only about 3 uses in this size. It works well, I mean, it gets rid of oily hair but overall this is a dud product. It is stinky and it turned my hair white when applied. Not a fan, will never be buying again.

Fruits & Passion Cucumber Face Mask, $2.50

This refreshing Face Mask contains an essence specially formulated to improve the appearance of your skin. Your skin is moisturized, softened and more luminous.


This is going with my other products for an at-home-spa day. You know, a day that I have some time to myself, like never.

Medusa’s Makeup Eyeshadow in Xtinct, 2g, $8

Highly pigmented mineral pressed powder with micro sparkles. For best results, apply “Stick It” primer and then apply with a brush.

I was not thrilled with this product. I thought it would be this lovely bright purple with sparkles. And it is, just not on it’s own. I used Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk and then it finally looked sort of the way I wanted it to. Not a great product.


Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum, 3mL, $31

Help tighten, firm and smooth the appearance of visible aging signs around your eyes with Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum. Pair this with PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum for face to improved texture and ton and achieve younger-looking skin.


Wow, this little tube is $30! I’m only in my 30s and super happy with my skin care regime with Julep’s Bare Face oil and Biotherm’s AquaSource Deep Serum. This sample will probably go to my mom. It seems more than what I would need at my age. I also don’t need to get hooked on $155 eye cream just yet.

So, that was my box this quarter. Overall I liked the products and felt it was a good mix. Fairly good value too considering I pay $26+taxes and the items total $61.64. This is the first box since Topbox took over Luxe Box/Loose Button and they have done a great job. My only (small) complaint was that they included this card to tell me all about my products, which didn’t allow me to cut and paste all the descriptions, which is what I normally do instead of typing them out. This is the extra mile I go for you guys. 😉

What did you think of the box? Did you get one? Or did this one make you want to sign up to receive the fall box? Check Luxe Box’s Instagram and/or Facebook to see the fall product leaks. Happy Shopping!