Exploring Canada: A family Day Trip to Vegreville - #GoFurther150

In celebration of Canada's big 150th anniversary, I recently had the opportunity to try out the 2017 Ford Edge for a few days & take it to a nearby landmark. 
Because neither my husband nor myself are from Alberta (obviously), we were pretty excited when we saw that the landmark on our itinerary was the giant Easter egg in Vegreville. We have explored the Rockies quite extensively but neither of us had been to that part of the province. 
It was a pretty gloomy day, but we had fun the entire time despite the rain. 
We started the day with breakfast at Cora's and grabbed coffee for the road (we're Starbucks people but always drink Tim Hortons for road trips; it doesn't get much more Canadian than that!).
We had a backpack filled with goodies and I may or may not have eaten all the Smarties... 
We did stop in Mundare to check out the world's biggest Ukrainian sausage (yes, there is such thing).
And when we finally made it to the Pysanka in Vegreville, we were all pretty amazed! It's huge and very impressive in person. My son loved it, and he loved checking out the CN train across from the egg, too.  

We grabbed some food at an old fashioned diner in Vegreville & headed back to the city. We all had a ton of fun playing with the car's features and exploring our province. 

In the days that followed, my son kept asking where Mr. Ford's car was, haha! 
Thanks to Ford Canada for such a great opportunity to explore my adoptive country. 

The Quick Review: Clarins Lip Comfort Oils

Dried-lipped beauty lovers, rejoice! Cult French beauty & skincare brand Clarins just came out with four new Lip Oil shades for the summer.

The Lip Comfort Oil is the perfect hybrid between a lip care oil, hydrating and moisturizing, and a lip gloss, shiny and glossy.

The idea is to make your lips look and feel their best, by enhancing their natural beauty.

Candy is a pretty raspberry and cherry scented pink gloss. It is formulated with an intelligent pigment that adapts to your natural lip color to create the perfect, natural, bitten lips pink.

Tangerine is a vitamin-charged red currant scented gloss, formulated with an intelligent pigment to create a beautiful coral shade.

Honey Glam was inspired by - you guessed it - honey. Its nourishing formula is transparent but contains multi-faceted gold shimmer to enhance the lips.

Mint is a pretty turquoise shade that comes off transparent on the lips but is formulated with menthol for its refreshing effect and lip-plumping properties.

They all smell amazing and are extremely comfortable on the lips. The intelligent pigment really does create a personalized color and I absolutely love it.
I love how cute they look and the fact that the formula is not overly sticky.

They can be a bit goopy so be careful when applying.
I am not a fan of the shimmer of the honey shade. It tends to linger on way after the gloss is gone, leaving you with leftover glitter on the lips.

Overall, these have become my go-to summer lip products. They are the perfect 2 in 1 product, and give off a fresh, natural, glossy flush of color that isn't too heavy or made-up for warmer days.
They retail for $25 CAD and $26 USD each.

* I received these products for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Beauty: Benefit Boi-Ing Concealers (2017 release)

Good news! One of my favorite beauty brands of all time, Benefit Cosmetics, just re-launched their cult concealers in a cute new pink packaging and even added a brand new product to the Boi-ing line. 

We all know by now they are experts at hiding the pores on our faces, but their Boi-ing concealer and Erase paste were equally famous. 

Here is a quick overview of the brand new, rebranded, relaunched, repackaged Benefit Boi-ing concealer line

Benefit Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer (formerly known as Fake Up) is a convenient little stick that provides sheer coverage and is best used to hydrate the undereye area and hide dark circles. I like it under my eyes in the winter (the formula is a little rich and tends to crease a little on me on hot summer days). I don't love the smell, but it is very faint, and I love how easy it is to use and carry around. 

Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer (formerly known as Erase Paste) is a salmon/peachy toned creamy concealer meant to provide full coverage on dull, dark undereyes and discoloration spots. The coverage is amazing, it is very pigmented and opaque but easy to blend without creasing or causing buildup. 

Benefit Airbrush Concealer is the new kid on the Boi-ing block. It is meant to provide a sheer to medium coverage that blurs, smoothes and conceals. Its soft-focus, light weight formula should conceal any imperfection flawlessly without creasing, running or fading. While the formula took some getting used to (it is very creamy and it can be hard to know how much to use at first - a little goes a long way!), this is a very interesting texture and I love the idea of a lightweight but potent concealer that melts seamlessly onto the skin. 

Benefit Industrial Strength Concealer (formerly known as the original Boi-ing concealer) is a full coverage, do-it-all concealer that will mask anything from dark circles to blemishes, spots or scars. It is heavy duty and doesn't budge. My first issue with this one is the range of shades - somehow #1 is too light for my lightly tanned skin, but #2 is way too dark! You might have to get two shades to find your exact match. The second issue I have is with the packaging: it is not sturdy at all (the pan will sometimes not be glued on properly inside the jar) and the lid is kind of a pain to screw back on. It's a shame this one feels almost cheap, because I absolutely love the sturdy pink packaging of the other concealers.

Which one fits your needs? Or do you want them all? 

The Boi-ing concealers are $27 CAD each and are available now where Benefit Cosmetics are sold. 

* These products were sent to me by the brand for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Beauty: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Body Care & Perfume Review

It is no secret that I love Estée Lauder's Bronze Goddess body line. I've talked about it herehere, here and here. I'm not lying when I say it's my favourite warm weather scent! I thought I'd do a quick overview of the products I own from the line, and help you decide which one is worth the splurge.

Before I get started, I do want to mention that I will not be mentioning the new Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum as it features a brand new scent that is nothing like the original. I personally don't love it, and do not see it as a summer scent. As such, I have decided not to include it in this review. 

I thought it would be my least favorite but it's actually my favorite product from the line. This body moisturizer is deliciously scented and so incredibly luxurious, I actually prefer it to the actual perfume. It is rich, silky, moisturizing but not heavy. The scent lingers on for hours, leaves your skin soft and moisturized but never sticky. 

This is the one you want! The roll-on isn't available anymore, but the full-size bottle is definitely worth the splurge. This scent is heavenly and I get compliments every time I wear it. Think tiaré flower, sunscreen, a hint of coconut and fresh sun-dried laundry. If you don't get to go on a tropical vacation this summer, this will bring you there for a few moments.

Last but not least, this dry oil is lightly scented with the divine Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche and contains gold shimmer that enhances your tan and makes your skin glow. It's the ultimate summer product if there ever was one and I absolutely love it. The only con? The bottle is a little clunky for travel and it tends to leak, leaving oily stains everywhere. Be careful where you store it! 

*All prices are in USD. 
* Some of these products were sent to me for review purposes. Opinions are my own. 

Beauty: St. Tropez Self Tanners Review

I am a fair skinned girl, and I do not tan easily. I have come to accept, and appreciate that fact and have learned to preserve my skin and keep it youthful looking for as long as possible. However, in the summer, I do like it better with a tan (don't we all, at least in the Western world). 
I am also a little lazy when it comes to beauty treatments - and cheap, let's be honest, I'd rather spend my money on an actual trip to Hawaii than on my appearance to make it look like I just came back from a trip to Hawaii.

What's a girl to do? 

Well, after years and years of hearing wonderful things about St. Tropez self tanning products, I finally got to try them.

I tested the Luminous Face Veil, the Tan Sculpt and Glow, the Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, and the One Night Only Finishing Gloss. These are all fairly new and I can tell you right now, I enjoyed them all except for one, and I'll explain why. Also keep in mind that aside from a plethora of drugstore gradual tanning lotions, I am a self-tanner newbie and probably have a lot to learn. 

I was a little afraid to try this at first, picturing dark orange eyebrows or brown patchy spots on my face, but I finally gave it a few tries and I can say with confidence that 1) it looks incredibly natural 2) it it easy to apply and impossible to mess up 3) it did not break me out. It's a great way to add a little color to your face, or if you want to color match your self-tanned body, etc. 

I love using this to create a deeper "base" tan that I then maintain with gradual lotions or quicker-to-use sprays (the Bioderma Photoderm is my favorite). Again, I was scared at first and discovered it is very easy to apply, the mitt makes blending completely effortless and it lasts well. It is worth mentioning that it does not have that terrible wet-dog self tanner smell, nor did it stain my white sheets (two of my main concerns when it comes to self-tanner). The one issue I have with this is: who has the time to apply self-tanner and let it develop for 3 hours (while not wearing clothes) before they can shower? WHO?

I love this. I use it every 2-3 days to maintain my tan and it's the best gradual tanning lotion I've ever used (and I've used many). It is smooth, easy to apply and blend, doesn't ball up when you rub it in, and I love that it has firming properties. Yes, it does make me smell like a wet-dog, but the smell is definitely not as strong as it is in some of the other brands. It doesn't stain my bedsheets or bath towel and doesn't rub off on my clothes, either.

I'll just come out and say it: I don't love this. But it's one of those "it's not you it's me" situations. I have tried leg/body makeup before and while it makes my legs look incredible, I can't stand the feeling of it (and the feeling that I will stain everything I touch). This product will make your skin look divine  - IF you already have a tan. Otherwise, it looks a bit spotty. It is a rather sticky product that you definitely "feel" on your skin. It is also, like most body makeup, a pain to rub off in the shower. Unless I decided to become a professional bodybuilder, I probably wouldn't use this on a regular basis. 

Do you self tan? What do you use? 

These products were sent to me for free for review purposes. Opinions are my own. 
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