These Are A Few of My Favourite Things – May 2013

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to a new feature here on the blog called These Are A Few of My Favourite Things where every month, I will be highlighting some of my favorite products over the past month.  The things that appear as part of this list can be pretty much anything.  Everything from beauty products, books, movies, events and so on.

Even with May being such a crappy month for me, I managed to have some favourite things this past month.

May Favourites

  • Aviator Sunglasses – These are just a pair of cheepies, but I am absolutely in love with them.  I think I got these Canada day weekend in 2012 when I was at Harbour Front.  I’m pretty sure I paid $25.00 for two pairs of sunglasses that day, and these Aviators were one pair.  Seriously, everyone should own a pair.  They work on every face shape and never go out of style.  The ones I have are a super dark tint with a silver reflective lens.  I love them so much that I think I’m going to have to pick up a few more pairs in different colours.   Read More

Bling Chic Party with Bourjois Paris and Jeanne Lottie


So one of the best parts of being a blogger is getting the opportunity to attend various events.  Yesterday was no different when I was given the opportunity to attend the Bling Chic Party with Bourjois Paris and Jeanne Lottie.  Held at the Pink House located in the Yorkville section of Toronto, the event featured both the launch of the Bourjois Paris Holiday Glam Collection and the Jeanne Lottie Retro Luxe Collection.

Can I just say wow!  Bourjois Paris and Jeanne Lottie are a match made Paris Chic heaven!

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My Daily Skincare Routine

Being a freelance makeup artist, I tend to get asked a lot of makeup and beauty related questions.  Everyone is always concerned about their makeup and trying to figure out what works best for them.  This is all well and good, but the bottom line is you need to take care of your skin before you even begin to think about makeup.

I’m 31 years old and I have to admit that I am not overly worried about the effects of aging on my skin.  Why?  Because I take really, really good care of my skin.  I’m not obsessed about it, but I am conscious of what works and what doesn’t work for me and I do what I can to maintain that.  Since I tend to have fairly good skin, I will let you into my daily skin care routine.

It all starts with a Clairsonic Skincare Brush system.  Really, this thing is freaking expensive (it cost me over $200.00), but it is so worth it.  After two uses, my skin felt like silk.  I use this every day.  EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. without fail.  When I went to NY in June, I didn’t bring it with me and it was the biggest mistake I have ever made.  I will be picking up a travel edition of this as my Christmas present to myself.

The brush is super gentle and it is just so easy to use and the replacement brush only costs $29.00 (I have only replaced mine once or twice in the two years I’ve had the system).  Seriously, I really can’t say enough good things about this product.

Available from Sephora Canada for $225.00

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Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

I received this book for free from From the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Born Wicked by Jessica SpotswoodBorn Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR
Published on: February 7, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 330
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
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About the Book

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.


So back in August 2011 I got my first glimpse of the cover of Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and it was love at first sight.  I even went on to feature the book as one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks because a cover that pretty deserves to be shared with others.  Then I read the synopsis and I knew that I needed to add this one to my wishlist.  The only downside was that I had to wait until February 2012 to get my hands on a copy…except I ended up getting a copy at the end of August.  I tried, I really tried not to read it right then, but it just kept calling me.  I think I lasted like a week before I picked up it up and just devoured it in one sitting.  Fast forward to today and I have read Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood three times.

This is not the first time I have been in front of my computer trying to write this review.  Indeed, I’ve tried to write this review every time I read the book and I am still at a loss of exactly what to say or how to phrase my review so that I don’t sound like a gushing fan girl moron.

Born Wicked is one of those books where so much happens without really happening.  Confused?  Well don’t be.  Born Wicked is a foundation book.  It tells the background, it sets the tone, introduces you to the characters and the world the story takes place in.  Born Wicked is written in such a way that while nothing huge is happening at any given time, the story is moving along so fluidly that you really don’t realize it.  You get drawn into the story and are able to connect with the characters from the beginning to end.  You have plenty of ‘didn’t see that one coming’ moments and usually when you least expect them.  Born Wicked is a truly masterful debut that will leave you eagerly anticipating the next instalment in the Cahill Witch Chronicles.

That ending!  Oh, that ending!  As many times as I have read this book now, the ending still gets me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.


The Jefferson Key: A Novel by Steve Berry

I received this book for free from Personal Copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Jefferson Key: A Novel by Steve BerryThe Jefferson Key: A Novel by Steve Berry
Series: Cotton Malone #7
Published by Ballantine Books
Published on: May 17, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 456
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Copy
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Also in this series: The King's Deception: A Novel, The Nest: A Novel, The 14th Colony: A Novel
Also by this author: The King's Deception: A Novel, The 14th Colony: A Novel

About the Book

Four United States presidents have been assassinated -- in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 -- each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time.
But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution -- contained within Article 1, Section 8 -- that would shock Americans?

This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing -- only to find himself at dangerous odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. In their most perilous exploit yet, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt race across the nation and take to the high seas. Along the way they break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a centuries-old document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves, one powerful enough -- thanks to that clause in the Constitution -- to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.


Every time I read a book in Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series, I inadvertently find myself humming the Mission Impossible theme.  Well that or the MacGyver theme.  People on the train tend to look at me like I’m nuts, but I just can’t help it.  I get so involved in the books that I don’t usually realize that I am doing it until someone comments on it.  Well when I decided to read The Jefferson Key, I told myself I was going to read it from the comfort of my own home to prevent me from freaking out the general public with my reading soundtrack.  Well I forgot, read the book on the train, and had everyone giving me a wide berth as a result.

Steve Berry has done it again.  He has created another story that artfully blends historical fact, politics, drama, suspense and mystery together into one amazing book.  For the first time, Cotton Malone and company are back on US soil.  Of course this is not an ordinary vacation for them as they soon find themselves involved in a plot to assassinate the U.S. President.  Like all of the books in the Cotton Malone series, things are not always what they seem and around absolutely every corner lies another piece of the puzzle.

The best thing about this series is that while it relies on a host of characters, they each play a big part in the story.  It helps to give the story added depth and dimension and allows for a suitable progression of events.  In The Jefferson Key, Cotton, Cassopiea, Danny and Stephanie are once again racing to find the truth about a series of startling events.  The bonus is that they are finally back on home turf and taking on some of their own.

I must say, that The Jefferson Key is right up there with The Alexandria Link in being one of my favourite books of the series.


Be Sure to Check Out the first six books in Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone Series and visit him on his website!

The Templar Legacy
The Alexandria Link
The Venetian Betrayal
The Charlemagne Pursuit
The Paris Vendetta
The Emperor’s Tomb
The Jefferson Key