2 Ways To Get Defined Brows Using NYX Brow Products

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Hey there, friends! I bet you’ve seen those brow video ads on Facebook of different web influencers demonstrating how they use that famous brow product! You know which one I’m talking about! The one where they try on one brow product and then it just smudges and then they compare it to the other product which is waterproof and doesn’t smudge! Hey, I can’t help but watch it either! I’m just mezmorized by the videos but the bottom line is, brows are all the rage these days! People want big, bold, defined brows. Read more

How To Rock Your Maternity Photoshoot

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Hey friends! Today I have a very special post to share with you! I should have shared it with you all sooner but I’m 34 weeks pregnant and doing ANYTHING is getting much harder! I’m just so heavy and huge that, I’d much rather just sit in my comfy chair with my feet up and watch Netflix if you get what I mean. Read more

MUST HAVE Drugstore Make-Up for that Radiant Healthy Glow

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Hey friends! Today, I am so excited to share with you guys one of my latest discoveries. When I was younger (and not married), I would buy only name brand make-up products either from MAC or Sephora. All my lipsticks came from MAC and I loved wearing NARS. But now that I have three kids, a house and you know…tons of expenses and responsibilities, buying expensive make-up just doesn’t sound reasonable. Read more

Mommy’s relaxing day off- getting my hair done at Salon Era in Richmond, BC

My hair was in desperate need of some TLC!  My roots were showing, my hair colour was uneven, I had split ends, and it was just too long so, I headed down to Salon Era, in Richmond for a hair colour update and hair cut. My experience was awesome from beginning to end. The moment I got there I was greeted by the friendly staff. They offered me something to drink and made sure my cup was always refilled with my favourite, green tea.

PRIVATE LOFT/VIP TREATMENT

The atmosphere is nice and relaxing. They had some cool jams playing in the background and the design is clean, sleek and modern. What I really loved about the place was that they had a loft where clients could have a more private and exclusive experience. Do you ever feel like you are being watched when you are getting your hair done? I do sometimes, to tell you the truth. In the loft, you have the whole area to yourself. You can have your kids sit comfortably on the love seat while they wait for you get your hair done. The loft also has it’s own hair washing station so you can receive all your hair services in that one area. It’s pretty cool. I’ve never seen a salon with that feature before.

MEET SEBASTIAN-MASTER HAIR COLOURIST

My hair colourist, Sebastien, was fantastic. He’s got many years of experience under his belt as he used to work at several different salons including high end salons in Quebec where he had extensive training mastering his craft. At Suki’s he was a senior hair colourist and his clients would come back again and again because he was so good. Sebastien listened to what I wanted and made sure I was satisfied with the result. He is meticulous and pays great attention to detail which is why I always go to him. I can rely on him to make sure my hair colour is done right.

COLOUR CORRECTION/HAIR COLOUR RESCUE

Have you ever had a bad experience with hair colouring? Has it ever came out too orange or brassy? Well, Sebastien is far too familiar with these hair colouring mishaps and knows exactly how to fix it. If you ever need hair colour correction, Sebastien is your guy. He’ll get your hair colour corrected in no time, leaving it feeling healthy and smooth. Trust me, he’s corrected my hair before and I was much happier with my hair afterwards!

POPULAR HAIR COLOUR TREND DONE RIGHT- OMBRE

For my hair colour, I decided to go with ombre. It’s a hair colouring trend that’s been around for some time and is still very popular. A lot of people attempt to do ombre on their own, but it’s actually quite hard to accomplish doing it yourself. You can pick up ombre hair colouring kits from the drug store and do it yourself, but you end up getting that dip dyed look. With ombre you want that gradual transition to a lighter tone. Sebastien is able to create that look easily. What I like about it is that when your roots grow out, it will still look good because the highlights are brushed in and they blend in with your natural hair colour. As a busy mom, I don’t always have time to get away to get my hair done. With ombre, I don’t need to get my hair colour done every 3 months so for me, ombre was the way to go and it’s something I’ve always wanted to try.

THE RESULT?- AWESOME!

I was very excited to see the result. The colour was perfect, not too light, but not too brown either. It’s that nice ashy, golden colour I was going for. I wanted my colour to be noticeable. I also love curling my hair on occasion and when you curl it, the colours and tones are very visible and beautiful.

HIGH END HAIR SALON PRODUCTS- SHU UEMURA

What I enjoyed most about the experience was getting my hair washed and getting a scalp massage. It was heavenly, a great way to relax. Getting my hair done is a great way to do nothing. As moms, we need to book time off from our busy schedules to do nothing! If you don’t do this moms, you will burn out! Treat yourself nice! As for salon hair products they only use Shu Uemura which is a high end Japanese product. Apparently, this brand is selective about who carries their products. It’s a very exclusive brand and the ingredients they use are exotic and rare. The best part is, the products smell AMAZING! Your hair will look good and smell good!

HAIR CUT BY COMPETITIVE HAIR STYLIST KEN

Ken took care of my hair cut. When it comes to cutting and styling hair, Ken is your guy. Don’t be deceived by his boyish looks. He’s also got tons of experience and has been involved in many hair styling competitions. He’s passionate and driven and loves owning and running his salon with his team. My cut was pretty simple. I wanted it shoulder length. I didn’t want to lose any volume and I wanted basically a long bob that was slightly longer in the front. Ken listened to my request and delivered and I got exactly what I wanted.

Thanks to the whole Salon Era team for the awesome service and pampering! I so needed it that day! I love my hair and now I’m all ready for Christmas and all the parties! If you need to get your hair done before Christmas, head on down to Salon Era. Just mention happy mom blog and you’ll receive 15% off! Sweet deal!

9 Of My Favourite Beauty Products

I love reading blog posts about beauty products. You know when you go to the drug store and you take a look at mascara or lipstick and you wanna try it but you don’t want to risk wasting 10 bucks if you didn’t like it? Well here are my favourite beauty products that I use daily to help minimize some of the guesswork. I like to use a variety of products from different price ranges but usually, they’re reasonably priced. I used to use this Revlon mascara that my sister in law showed me but I think they discontinued it! =( I also used to used benefit’s Bad Gal Lash which was really awesome but I wanted something cheaper. There’s tons of great products out there, I’m sure, that are very affordable and I just don’t know about them. That’s why I love blogs! Everyone shares their secrets. Here’s my top beauty products!

Buying make up doesn't have to break the bank. Check out 9 of my favourite beauty products!

Maybeline’s Rocket Volum’express

My little sister showed me this one. I was just going through her make up collection and asked her if I could try her mascara and it worked great. It lifts it, thickens the lashes without being too clumpy and you don’t have to do a billion strokes before you get the look you want. My lashes aren’t very thick or long and this product definelty gives me the look I want. It’s fairly cheap at 5 to 6 bucks.

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Bare Escentuals  was having a sale and so I picked up a bunch of different face products. I love using this concealer under my eyes to hide the bags. Most nights, I don’t get much sleep, so this product definitely helps to cover those dark areas. I also use it over my eyelids which also makes me look more awake (I hope!) Lol! The sales associate also told me that you can use this product all over your face to cover up the blemishes or discolouration. Bottom line, great product!

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BareMinerals Original

I used this a long time ago and then I stopped using it because I went to a compact powder and now I’ve switched back to using this. It’s an oldie, but a goodie for sure! It’s easy to apply, its gives you a nice medium coverage, it blends easily, and it gives you that nice dewey, healthy skin look!! You can never go wrong when you go with this product!

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Benefit’s Brow Zings

I’ve also been using this product for quite some time now. It goes on easily with an angled brush. The colour matches my natural eyebrow colour. In the compact you get a darker colour and a lighter colour. Both work well and help fill in the areas of my brow that are lighter.

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Ever Bilena liquid eyeliner

I bought this liquid eyeliner from Daiso. If you are not familiar with Daiso, it’s a Japan based discount household and lifestyle product store. That’s the description that I got off their website. I call it the 2 dollar store because most of their products are around that price. I’ve been using this brand of eyeliner for several years now and it works perfectly for me AND it was 2 bucks! You definitely can’t go wrong with that price! I hear their false lashes are also awesome but I haven’t tried those yet.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Ok, brows are all the rage these days! I’ve seen pin after pin after pin on how to get more defined brows. So…I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and decided to try a new eyebrow PENCIL. Before using this pencil, I was more into using the brow powder. After reading a brow tutorial, I now use this awesome NYX pencil to draw the outline of the brow and then I fill it in with the benefit Brow Zings. I like this pencil a lot. No need for sharpening. It doesn’t break. Lots of pigment so it goes on easily. At around 12 bucks its a pretty great product.

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JLB Cosmetics Contouring Palette

I love shopping at stores like Ross and Marshalls for make up. Why? Because the make up is great quality and ridiculously cheap. So if it doesn’t work out, no problem, it was cheap anyway. The last time I went to Marshalls I lucked out and found this contouring palette for super cheap. I can’t remember how much it was but I’m sure it was under 10 bucks and it came with two! If you want to try this brand you can find on Amazon and other websites.

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MAC lipstick- Plumful

MAC is still my favourite for lipstick. There’s no smell and it leaves your lips feeling moisturized. Plumful looks natural on me and is subtle enough to wear everyday. I’m not brave enough to wear a bold lip daily but on special occasions I will.

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

If I want more coverage I add this to my beauty routine. It feels good on and easily blends. It covers up imperfections well and it has an SPF of 30 which is a plus! BareMinerals has been coming up with great products!

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Well, that’s all folks! What are your favourite beauty products that you can’t live without?

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