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Packing For a Weekend Trip

With summer being right around the corner that means vacation and impromptu weekend getaways. Whenever I leave my house I am notorious for over packing. Here are some ways that I’ve been trying to get myself to stop over packing for those weekend and short trips.

 

  1. Pack necessities first. Things that you should for sure be bringing with you.

 

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, underwear and socks, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, tampons and pads if it’s that time of the month.   

 

  • Makeup? I personally don’t wear a lot if any makeup on a day-to-day basis so I can usually get away with only bringing an eyeliner, mascara, maybe a bronzer/highlighter duo that can double as eyeshadow if needed (Lip balm is my only must and I feel so lost without one). I know lots of people have their go to makeup looks/products that come as singles or aren’t always in palettes but think about where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing. Have some lesser used duos or palettes stashed away in the back of your collection? Maybe dig one of those out for the weekend. Picking products that can be used in more than one way is also a great way to pack less. Also think about what is the bare minimum look you could get away with but still feel comfortable (even though everyone is beautiful with or without makeup ;P). Just make sure you bring your makeup remover as well! I use a cleanser that doubles as a makeup remover.

 

  1. Clothes – this one is where I ALWAYS get stuck over packing but I think I’ve been getting better!
    • If you’re going away for the weekend think of what you need during the day and during the night. For example: I go to my friend’s cabin a lot during the summer so I know during the day I need a swimsuit, something to wear over my swimsuit, and then something comfy and warmer to wear for the evening around the campfire. In reality I only need 2 outfits.
    • If I’m going to the cabin for 2 days I don’t need 4 outfits. I’ll wear one outfit in the car ride there which usually includes say my yoga pants, a tank top, and a hoodie. There, I’m all set for my evenings at the cabin without having to physically pack it into a bag.
    • Yes you can re-wear your clothes. If I’m only going for a few days mix and match your clothes to create different looks. This can easily be done by packing one pair of shorts and two tops etc. If I’m going to the beach really my clothes are only there so I can walk from point A to point B.
    • Dresses are great for going from day to night if you’re going to be out and about all day. Easy outfit with one garment. OR pack one skirt. You can mix and match the tops you already have with the skirt for more looks. My summer fave is the maxi skirt which you can really wear almost anywhere.    
    • Pajamas are a must have for me.

 

  • Swimsuit

 

  • Accessories? I personally don’t usually bring accessories aside from sunglasses, my beach bag, and a hat but try and get multiple looks out of the accessories you do bring.

 

  1. Shoes – this is where I’m also notorious for overpacking even though it seems so simple.
  • What are you going to be doing and therefore what shoes do you need. When I think of this question it seriously seems ridiculously easy to me: Flip flops and shoes that cover my feet that are comfy to walk in. That’s all I need for a weekend at the lake. If you’re going from day to night consider some cute and comfy strappy sandals like gladiator sandals. They’ll stay on your feet and you could wear them on the boardwalk and out for dinner. If you’re exercising, pack appropriate footwear but at the same time consider if you could wear your runners instead of other regular shoes you were considering. Also you need shoes in the car so just wear a pair you’re going to be using for the weekend.

 

  1. Electronics
  • Phone charger
  • Camera – if that’s your thing
  • Portable speaker? These are great anywhere if you have one.
  • Depends on what you’re doing do you need to bring your laptop? Most likely not, but depends on what your weekend trip entitles.   

 

  1. Extras – things you may or may not need depending on what you’re doing.
  • A towel
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Snacks 🙂
  • Were you in charge of anything? Make sure you bring it 🙂 

 

Happy packing and adventuring 🙂 -Kayla

Review – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Gel effect nail polishes have taken on a huge trend in the market and I understand why. After getting shellac and gel nails done previously it’s hard not to love how amazing your nails look. However, I find that my nails always end up destroyed and in horrible condition after getting gel or shellac off. This makes the cost of getting them done not worth it to me; which is why the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish line has been on my mind for months. While these nail polishes are on the pricier side in my opinion (around $10 per bottle) I love that Sally Hansen offers a “starter kit” that comes with a color and the topcoat for around $20 regular price. On sale I have seen the starter kit as low as $16 (I’ve found Walmart to be the cheapest at around $16 regular price!) and the polishes around $7-8.  Their normal collection offers starter kits/ value pack in a nude, medium pink, and red and during limited edition collections they offer different colors in the kit (for example their current festival collection has a purple and a blue featured). The kit that I ended up purchasing is called Birthday Suit which is the nude that they offer as a value pack in their regular collection. I choose this color because I don’t have any nude nail polishes, as well as, it’s a color that I’d be able to get a lot of use and wear out of.

 

The application

The first thing I noticed is that I love the brush. It’s a very wide brush that I’m able to cover all of my nails except my thumb with just one swipe. The first coat of this color didn’t have very much payoff and looked like it just neutralized my nail color. The second coat provided more color but the color was still a little bit streaky/blotchy in areas. Therefore, I opted to do a third layer which provided the opaqueness that I wanted. I’m a very impatient person when it comes to doing my nails and I felt like this color took longer than normal to dry. I actually had to redo a few of my nails because I kept touching things and messing up the nail. This is where this starter kit felt like it changed my life. The top coat was magical. After applying the topcoat my nails were so shiny and glossy I was amazed. I’m not sure if I applied too much of the top coat or it was because I wasn’t doing my nails in natural light but it seemed to take a very long time to dry as well. However, I loved the result that I got. Majority of my nails (the ones I didn’t have to redo) looked amazing. The shininess and even the thickness of the nail polish layers made my nails look as if I gotten them done with shellac in a salon.

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Day 1: Nails still look as amazing as right after I painted them. I did get a few dents in the nails I redid as they were probably not as dry before I went to bed.

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Day 2: No chipping and no wear on the tips of the nails. However, this is where I noticed the same problem that I have with the majority of nail polishes – cracking. All of my regular nail polishes (except for my Defy and Inspire one! Check out that review in my April Ipsy Glam Bag) will show cracking a day or two after I apply the polish. Now this polish showed large cracks opposed to some of my other polishes where the whole tip of the nail has a shattered pattern across it. The cracking is only noticeable up close so it’s not too big of a deal especially since I do a lot work with my hands and my nails take a fair beating daily.

 

Day 4: No further signs of wear on the tips of my nails even after them going through a paintnight. Some more cracking noticed though.

 

Day 6: Some more minimal wear on the tips of the nails. Some chipping at the base of the nails closer to cuticle. Cracking is significant and noticeable at arms length.  

 

Day 10: Is the day I decided to take the polish off. The main reasons being because of my job and I just couldn’t stand to look at the cracked polish any longer. By the 10th day the tips had less wear compared to the base of the nails and they didn’t seem as shiny as the first week. I completely believe that this nail polish could last 2 weeks. Keep in mind I did use three coats of color and one coat of topcoat. I will pick up new colors or try and test it again with only 2 coats of color and a layer of the top coat for more accurate results.

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The Removal: This polish is meant to come off with regular nail polish remover. I found that while nail polish remover worked, it was more difficult than regular nail polish. I just did the simple pour some remover onto a cotton pad and scrub it off which took me forever. I’d recommend placing cotton soaked in remover onto the nail and then wrapping it up with tin foil as a more effective method.

 

Final thoughts: I loved this! It’s a method that takes time to do but the results are worth it. I definitely want to pick up more shades. If you’re someone who uses their hands a lot or struggles with nail polish always chipping I’d give this a try! Even though I find the nail polishes to be pricier than most at the drugstore I think the price is worth it.

May Glam Bag – Summer Friday

I think this month’s glambag is really cute for the summer and I like that the plastic makes it easy in case sunscreen or a lipstick melts everywhere. To be honest, I don’t really understand why this month’s theme is called “Summer Friday” I just feel like there are tons of other titles that would have been a better choice.  I’m not overly excited about any of the products this month but it’s also not the worst glambag I’ve ever gotten. I did enjoy that I was able to complete a full face look with all of the products I received.

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Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Posh

I’ve gotten a Mellow lipstick in the past in an orange shade (electro) that I never wear so I’m glad I received a wearable color this time around. However, this was not the best color choice for my skin tone. I would describe the color as a true nude. It’s a combination of brown and dark pink undertones. I find that this color is a little too brown which sucks all of the color from my face and blends my lips into my skin color. In order for me to wear this color I’d have to use it under lip gloss or have heavier eye makeup. Even then I’d probably grab one of my other nude lipsticks that suit me better. The lipstick itself is quite nice. It applies smoothly and is a good consistency. It does not feel overly dry for a matte lipstick but also not creamy enough that it slides around. As a bonus it has a pleasant scent. I’m not likely to purchase any of these lipsticks in the future as I’m not a fan of any of their other shades and not necessarily because of formula. 

Full size product. Retails for $13.00  USD on the Mellow website. 10% off and free shipping on orders over $40 [Ipster]

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Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Radiance Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo

When I first look at this pan honestly it bothers me that the split between the pans is not straight down the middle. This was followed by my struggle of trying to open the dang product because the packaging is fairly slim and that sucker is just snapped closed tightly. Along with these two things, the product is still just meh to me. The size of each of the pan halves seems small if I wanted to use one of my face brushes to apply the product. Both colors seem soft when I used my fingers to swatch the colors on my hand but the payoff was a little powdery. The highlight was nice but nothing special. The bronzer is shimmery and I tend to use matte bronzers more than ones with shimmer so this half of the pan wasn’t too exciting. I think this product will most likely live in my on the go bag rather than with the rest of my collection mainly because of the size and I might get more use if it’s in my makeup bag. I think this product would be better lived as an eyeshadow duo. I don’t believe this product is worth the retail cost because you could find much better highlighters and bronzers in the drugstore.

Product is 3g and might be full size? I’m not sure because there’s nothing for me to compare to on the Manna Kadar website besides the photos. This product retails for $21 on the website. Get 30% off any purchase at Manna Kadar [IPSY2017]

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Peek Beauty – metalimatte in A-Boo

This is my first time trying out Peek Beauty and so far so good. The tin is tiny tiny which makes it great for on-the-go and super fun to fidget with since the lid just slides off the bottom. The color is a nice and happy peachy pink color that’s super creamy. I originally applied this color with my fingers and it was easy to blend into my skin. It’s also super easy to build the color up to where you want it. I’m not the biggest fan of cream blushes but I think this one is just great for on-the-go again because of the size of the product and also ease of application.

The product came as 1.5g or 0.05oz. I couldn’t find this product individually on the website but the they have a metalimatte mini tin set of 4 for $33.78 CAD and the rest of their products are $30 CAD and up.  Get 20% off any purchase at Peek Beauty with  [IPSYBLUSH20]

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Pacifica Island Life Eyeshadow Palette

Out of everything that I got in my Ipsy this was the one I was most excited to try. Not only do I love eyeshadow but this palette is limited edition to Ipsy! All of these colors have shimmer and felt super soft and creamy. I really enjoyed the color scheme of this palette and it’s one that you could easily take from day to night. They blended well but some were better than others. I tried all of these eyeshadows on top of my Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin. Colors from left to right:

Skinny Dip – light sand shade: this color applied nicely. It was pigmented and creamy and I had no problems with it.

Coral Sand – light coral pink: this was the shade I was the most excited for however the pay off was disappointing. Swatched on my arm the color was powdery. When I applied it with a short shader brush I wasn’t able to get the color to build up so it was just muted shimmery shade.

Golden – dark golden shade: I loved this color. It’s a true gold color and it applied well with good color pay off.

Treasure – medium shimmery brown: This is your standard medium brown shimmery shade that can be used all the time and with almost any look. To me it’s only a hint brighter than Smog in the Urban Decay Naked Palette. It has great pigmentation and blends wonderfully.

Sandalwood – deep purple brown: originally I thought that this color was a deep brown but it’s actually a deep purple and brown shade which I find makes this palette more unique. This color blended and applied easily with good pigmentation.

If you shop at Ulta get 20% off all Pacifica cosmetics at ulta.com [PACLOVE]
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Royal and Langnickel MODA Precision Angled Brush

I love getting brushes but this one actually confuses me a bit. The brush seems too big to use on my eye but too small to use on the rest of my face so I’m not really sure what I’ll use it for. Maybe to blend eyeshadow? The brush is still super soft I just need to find a use for it. Might not necessarily a brush that I would gravitate towards if I were buying from the site.

I couldn’t actually find this brush on the website but the brushes are relatively inexpensive averaging about $8 USD per brush.  20% off any purchase [Ipsy20] at the Royal and Langnickel website 

-Kayla

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Party Like A Pineapple cup and coaster I purchased from Walmart because I have a pineapple obsession now.

Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino

When you’re studying sometimes you just need to treat yourself which is why Caroline and I walked a total of 6 kilometers to get some Frappes and take advantage of Starbucks’ Frappuccino Happy Hour. This time we opted for the new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino hoping that it wouldn’t fail us; and good thing it didn’t.

This frappe is delicious! Going with the barista’s recommendation we got our frappes coffee based instead of milk based. This frappuccino was a perfect blend of chocolate and mint that wasn’t too sweet or overpowering. The coffee base contributed only a slight flavour in my opinion was the right amount. If you really like coffee/ the coffee flavour you might not find that the flavour is very strong or noticeable. If you like mint and chocolate together I’d recommend giving this frappuccino a try!

I would purchase this frappuccino again if I was craving some mint and chocolate!

Caroline: “It was good! Not as sweet as I expected it to be but I would buy it again”

-Kayla

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

For many, Mother’s Day is coming up soon and sometimes it’s hard to think of ideas to get your mom. Here are some simple ideas and strategies I’ve come up with that may help you out.

Some strategies I’ve used to think of gifts for my mom:

  • If you’re with your mom a lot  (aka living at home) or talk to her a lot try and pick up on things she says. Does she mention something cute she saw somewhere? Does she mention how she would like something or wished she had something? Does she need something new because her’s is worn out/ broken/ or old? Is there anything that would make your mom’s life a little easier?
  • Something I’ve done before is creep my moms makeup bag. I know what shade of lipstick, eye shadow, and eye liner and even brands my mom likes so I can pick her up some new makeup according to that.  I can also see what products she’s running low of and pick her up a new one.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your mom what she’d like to do!

DIY gifts are awesome because you can personalise them to your mom and go in any direction you want with it:

  • Print out a cute photo you love of your mom and you, grab an inexpensive frame from the dollar store, some cute craft supplies, and a glue gun. Decorate and wrap however you want!
  • Create a spa day gift basket or jar. This one is great because you can be budget friendly or as luxe as you want to be! 1. Grab a cute box, jar, basket, or even decorate a shoe box with some cute paper. 2. Go out and grab things like nail polish, sheet masks, makeup; a cute tumbler, wine glass, or mug; chocolate, tea, or her favourite treat; maybe flipflops or other cute accessories. You can take this in any direction you want and spend according to your budget. Whenever I do my own little gifts like this my favourite thing to do is hit up Walmart and start with some things I want to get and then see what else would be cute to add.
  • Is there something you cook or bake that your mom loves? Maybe whip up a batch of her favourite cookies or fudge.

 

Not everyone lives close to their mom so here are some online gift suggestions:

  •  Send something as simple as flowers, chocolate, or a Edible Arrangement.
  • I really like the brand Charmed Aroma. They have candles, bath bombs, soaps, body  scrubs and cream that all include a silver jewellery item (earrings, ring, necklaces or a bracelet)! Your mom can enjoy two gifts in one! They also have a Mother’s Day candle on their website.
  • Websites such as Shutterfly have tons of items that you can customise with photos or words from pillows and wine glasses to jewellery.
  • Find something cool on Etsy.
  • Find something off of their favourite online shop.
  • Shops like Chapters have a whole mother’s day section this time of year with some really cute stuff like wine glasses.
  • Get her a subscription box! There are subscription boxes out there for almost every interest now and many provide a gift option.

 

You don’t have to get your mom a physical gift spending time with her is also a great idea!

  • Take her out to her favourite restaurant or whip up a home cooked meal or brunch.
  • Plan a simple shopping date. Grab some Starbucks or ice cream and head out!
  • Go out and see a movie together
  • Take her out for a spa day or mani and pedis.
  •  Drinking + painting what else could be better (or maybe go wrong)? Hitting up a Paint Night is always fun because you don’t need to have amazing art skills. I mean after a few drinks maybe you’ll think your Leonardo Da Vinci.  I’ve also seen Paint Nights that aren’t on canvas such as painting a wine glass.
  • Is your mom into fitness? Does she wanna try a new class or go to one she already loves?
  • Does where you live have a cute local cafe? My city has things like a cat cafe and a board game cafe.

And here is just a list of easy go to gifts:

  • Bottle of wine or her favourite alcohol
  • Her favourite tea and a mug
  • A new book
  • Cute accessory like a clutch, necklace, sunglasses etc
  • Prepackaged body care gift set such as from Bath and Body Works
  • Candle or diffuser
  • Flowers
  • Gift certificate to somewhere she loves going

 

Happy gifting!

-Kayla

McDonald’s Oreo Ice Frappe

So after the excitement over the Starbucks Unicorn Frap and the disastrous outcome from it I knew my excitement for the McDonald’s Oreo Ice Frappe couldn’t fail me too much. I already love both of the McDonald’s Ice Frappe flavours and I especially enjoy their price points during the summer. In my opinion I like their coffee frappe better than Tim Hortons and Starbucks. It’s the happy medium of actually tasting like coffee and isn’t too overpriced.

So how did the Oreo Frappe hold up?

All I can say is that it will probably become my go to treat of the summer! It was delicious. It had the perfect amount of the coffee base with the chocolate to make it taste like a mocha.  Unlike the regular frappes, the Oreo one is topped with whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumble which is also mixed into the drink.  This drink had the right amount of sweetness and none of the flavours overpowered one another. I guess the only downside to the drink is you can’t drink all of the Oreo chunks through the straw so you have to scoop them up at the end.

If you like coffee, chocolate, and Oreos (who doesn’t like these things?) then I would suggest trying this drink next time you want to treat yourself!

April Glam Bag – Side Show

I think this month’s glambag is cute for the summer especially if you’re hitting up festivals or summer fairs. However, compared to other glambags I don’t think this one would hold as much as some of their other designs due to the shape and fabric. I felt okay when I got to see what was in this glambag. I was excited about the Luxie brush as always, the ColourPop eyeliner and I was actually excited about getting a nail polish this time around because of the cute spring/summer colour.

 

Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in Paradise Island

I really like this nail polish. Not only does it not include ingredients such as formaldehyde it is also made in the USA. I love the mint – light blue color and so far it has been chip free. The brush was the perfect size. I was able to coat my whole nail with just one swipe and only took 2 coats to get an opaque color. I did feel like it took longer than normal for the color to dry. If I find these polishes in store I would definitely consider picking more colours up.    

[Update: This is probably one of the best nail polishes I have ever used. I’ve been wearing this colour for a week now and there are no to minimal signs of wear on the tips of my nails. I am extremely surprised because I find my nails take a fair beating and always chip on me within a few days. I did only two coats of polish and didn’t apply a top coat until 2 days after because I wanted to change up the textures by using both a matte and regular top coat and both textures are holding up phenomenally. I would highly recommend this polish to anyone who has problems with colours chipping on them easily or want long wearing nail colours!]

Full size 14.7 ml (0.5oz). I’m not sure how much it is as the link on Ipsy’s website sends me to the Target website that further says available only in store.

 

The White Company Seychelles Hand and Nail Cream

This is a London based luxury brand that I have not heard of until now. The hand cream is a nice fresh summer scent and I find the vanilla and bergamot notes are most noticeable. I’m not sure if the hand cream is thicker than most like the Ipsy website says but it did absorb quickly and didn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. Although, I believe that I have hand creams that work better than this one but it will live in my purse either way.

Sample size is 30ml (1oz). I wasn’t able to find this hand cream on their website but from looking at the other products it’s most likely expensive which means it’s not worth purchasing in my opinion when there’s other less expensive better products.  

 

Hikari – Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Honey Dew

I’ve gotten Hikari products before and to me they’ve all been okay or not that great. This shadow seemed promising when swatched with my finger and nothing too special about the colour it’s just a bright shimmery shade. I don’t really think it’s a metallic coral pink hue like the Ipsy website says I’d say it’s more muted than that. I tried to apply this color to my eyelid with my Luxie short shader brush and it was not working for me. I don’t think the colour was being picked up by the brush and so I found I got better results when I applied it with my finger. After wearing it out for the day it creased on me really badly which is not what it’s supposed to do apparently according to the description. I did wear it without my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer so maybe I’ll get better results with a primer [UPDATE: I tried the shadow again with my Urban Decay shadow primer in Sin and it still creased just as badly. However, layering a powder eyeshadow on top prevented it from creasing as much]. The shadow came in a pan inside a plastic sample packaging and will most likely live in my travel makeup bag.

UPDATE: Turns out I’ve actually gotten their Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in a previous glambag in the colour Mink (chestnut shimmery brown) which actually came full size. This color swatched and applied better than the Honey Dew colour I received this time around.

This product is half of the amount of the regular pigments at 2g (0.035oz). It retails for $13.00 on the Hikari website. Code: IPSY30 for 30% off any purchase.

 

ColourPop Cosmetics Creme Gel Eyeliner in Best O

This is my first time trying the Creme Gel Eyeliner from ColourPop so I was very excited. The colour Best O is described as a deepened burgundy color and I would agree with that. The pencil applied very smoothly to my lid however the tip broke off when I was using it. Kind of disappointing in that remark but not too big of a deal. The colour stayed very well on my eyelid even after I accidentally rubbed my eye (I forget I’m wearing makeup sometimes). I love coloured eyeliners and would consider picking up more of these (sigh exchange rate and international shipping).

Full size product. Retails for $5 on the ColourPop website

 

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660

I love my Luxie brushes so I’m always excited to get them. Like all of my Luxie brushes this one is super soft. I most likely won’t use this brush for foundation (I rarely use foundation as it is and I also use a different brush for application) but probably for cream blush, bronzer, or highlighter. To me the brushes are expensive (especially with the exchange rate) but comparable in price to brushes of similar quality and I’m lucky to get them in my glambags. If you buy higher end brushes I’d definitely consider looking into this brand.

This brush retails for $30.89 CAD on their website.  Code: IPSY660 for 30% off Luxie Brushes

You can join Ipsy here: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=ppzx

Orange Theory

Today my boyfriend and I finally attended our Orange Theory free trial class that we got when we went to FitFest. For those who don’t know what Orange Theory is, it’s a one hour group workout that is coach lead, heart monitored, and is basically a HITT (high intensity interval training) workout. They say you can burn between 500 – 1000 calories in an one hour class (depends on your intensity of course), and this was something I was interested in seeing was true.

I felt kind of intimidated at first since I haven’t done an intense workout in a while due to school and thought I wasn’t going to make it through the one hour class. The class we did today was a strength workout and incorporated free weights, rowing, and the treadmill. The coach started my boyfriend and I out in the free weights and because both of us workout and have a good fitness background he encouraged us to push ourselves and have fun. Little did my boyfriend and I know, there were 2 more sets of workouts after we pushed ourselves through the first one (we became noodles after that). This was followed by a quick row and then onto the 25 minutes of the treadmill. Both of us were dreading the treadmill after we had already tired ourselves out with the first half of the workout. The treadmill portion of our class was done as interval training. The coach guided you through what incline and how fast you should be going. They had 3 target zones that you could choose to be at: Speed Walker, Jogger, and Runner. I’m not a fast runner and tended to float in between the speeds of the upper end of speed walking and the lower end of jogging while my boyfriend stayed at the Runner level. After this the workout ended with a group stretch.

Coaching:

I really enjoyed the coaching. He demonstrated all of the exercises in the set before we started and walked around ensured everyone was doing them properly. While my boyfriend and I work out already, he was able to give both of us tweaks to our form. I thought the coaching was the most useful during the treadmill portion. I do run on my own but I tend to get lazy with it and rarely push myself. I enjoyed just being able to do what the coach said when he said it because it made it easier for me to push myself.    

The Environment:

The environment was also great. Upbeat music plays throughout the whole class but you can still hear the coach. Two screens allows you to see what heart rate level you’re in and there’s just enough space to complete the exercises in your own little area. The class has about 15-20 people and it was comfortable and you just do your own thing. You can go at your own pace for all the exercises and push yourself as much as you want. However, I think you should try and push yourself a little but there’s no competition.

Recommendations and final thoughts:

We both really enjoyed the workout. You will get sweaty so wear good workout clothes and bring a big water bottle. If you have an Orange Theory near you, you can go onto their website and try a class for free. They have classes running all the time throughout the day and week so there should be a class that will fit into your schedule! The classes also are also different everyday and tomorrow’s workout at my Orange Theory is supposed to be a partner one. I’d recommend anyone of any fitness level giving it a try. If you want to get into working out and think you would benefit from coaching this would be a good place to start. If you’re an athlete or someone who enjoys fitness this would be a great way to push yourself.

How did we do?

My stats are in the photo above but I was amazed I burnt 635 calories and my boyfriend burnt 988 calories. The highest heart rate that I saw I got to was 200 beats per minute. The performance summary from the class is emailed at the end.  

Would I go back?

I would totally consider it. Right now I still have my membership to my school’s gym and I haven’t considered joining a different gym membership quite yet (making money is a factor lol). This style of workout is also very similar to the workouts we do at my boyfriend’s dad’s house. His dad sets up similar workouts for us in his basement (he’s a firefighter with a home gym and of course this isn’t realistic for everyone) so I could do similar workouts already. My Orange Theory is extremely close to my house and since all the workouts are one hour it makes it feasible with busy schedules. I’m unsure if I would choose it over going to my community rec center/ traditional gym and I’m not sure if paying for both an Orange Theory membership and traditional gym membership is worth it.        

[Update: I went back for a second class and my heart rate tracker didn’t work during my whole class so my stats and calories burnt were not accurate. However, if you sign up during your initial membership fee your own personal heart rate tracker is included.]

Feel free to leave any additional questions and comments!

-Kayla

 

Unicorn Frappuccino

 

 

SOO.. we hopped on the colourful bandwagon today and tried the new limited edition Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino!! Everyone can agree this is probably one of the most instagrammable drinks Starbucks has created; with it’s layers of pink, blue, and whipped cream topped with the same colourful powder. Now what does a unicorn taste like? According to Starbucks it’s a crème frapp with mango syrup and sour blue raspberry. First of all, who came up with this very interesting flavour combination?! Who knew unicorns could be so sour!

The drink started out with a sweet surprisingly more real than fake mango taste. Kayla did the mistake of licking the pink and blue powder on top saying it was super sour and told the rest of us not to try it, but of course all three of us did. This is where the magic seemed to run out for Kayla who mixed the whole drink together. After mixing both the blue drizzle on the side of the cup and the whipped cream into the drink, it was completely ruined. It became really really sour and no longer tasted like mango. Kayla’s reaction: “I wish I didn’t mix it. It tasted way better before.” She expected it

Caroline also had a similar opinion, she thought it was really good until she mixed it. She suggests that if you do want to mix it, don’t mix it all the way, so you can retain the mango fruity flavour with a tinge of sourness.

Sahra actually enjoyed the flavour and the sourness but found it was just a little teeny tiny bit TOO Sour. And for myself, I actually really liked the drink, I didn’t end up mixing it at all, I didn’t scrape off the blue syrup and just drank it like a normal person lol. After the first little mango sugary rush, the drink started tasting a little more flavoured, and then soon became soury. However, because I didn’t mix the frap, the magical unicorn taste remained!

So will we be drinking the Unicorn Frappuccino again?

  • Kayla: Sadly nope. The drink doesn’t match the cuteness.
  • Komal: I would totally get another one but because it’s only available for 3 more days, I probably will not be ready.
  • Sahra: Probably not
  • Caroline: I wouldn’t drink it again. If you want the taste just get a vanilla frap with a mango shot. The unicorn frap is mostly for aesthetic

Did you try the Unicorn Frappuccino? If so what were your thoughts?

– Komal

March Ipsy Glam Bag- Tres Jolie

I absolutely love this month’s glam bag design. It’s so cute and different than previous glam bag designs. As for the products, I’m okay with them. I’m not jumping up and down about it but I also don’t hate it. Brushes always get me excited and I was happy that I didn’t spend points on the Ladykin cream that was up for redemption a few months ago. I don’t mind hair products once in awhile, but Eva NYC makes it a little more exciting to get. TheBalm powder samples are always small so this is kind of just a meh for me, and eyeshadow is one of my most loved products but this one doesn’t stand out to me.  

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

I first discovered Eva NYC through Ipsy and it has become one of my favourite hair brands. I’m always excited to try their products and they all smell amazing. I will need to keep trying this product to see if it does all of the things it says it does for my hair.  

Sample size is 30 mL (1 oz). Full size 6 oz and retails for $14.00 on the Eva NYC website . 25% off any purchase [evamarch25] 

 

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream

Okay first off how cute is this packaging?! I am so in love with this little snail I will definitely be keeping it once I’m done with the cream. Ladykin is a Korean brand and the first Korean brand I’ve ever tried. This cream is apparently made from snail secretions which is kind of cool and weird? This cream does make my face feel super soft and it smells great.

Sample snail is 5 ml. Full size 100mL is $22. 00 from the Ladykin website. 10% off any purchase [IPSY] 

 

Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush

I love getting more makeup brushes and this is the first one I’ve ever gotten from Elizabeth Mott. The brush itself is really nice. The bristles and soft and this blending brush is more dense than some others that I have due to the shorter bristle length. Either way it’s a great addition to the collection. I also loved the “how to dry your makeup brush” tip that went along with this brush (and all the other brushes this month) on the Ipsy website. If you’re an Ipsy member I highly recommend checking out their trick to dry your brushes if you don’t already have an effective method at home for drying them upside down.

Retails for $15.00 on the Elizabeth Mott website. 50% off any purchase [BLENDING50] 

 

theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

This sample is just meh for me. The powder samples from theBalm are always very small, making it difficult to use with larger brushes. The bronzer itself is a nice matte shade and something that I can thrown into an on the go makeup bag. Nothing wrong with the product, the sample of it is just kind of lame.   

Sample is 0.57g  (0.02oz) Full size is 7.08g (0.25 oz) and  $20.00 from theBalm website. 20% off purchase [IPSY20] 

 

mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Chestnut

This is the first time I’ve received this brand. The color is nice, but it’s basically just a satin warm brown. This is a product I’m sure will get lost and forgotten in my collection.  

Product is full size and retails for $15,00 on the mPrincess website. Free eyeshadow of choice with purchase [IPSY03] 

– Kayla

February Ipsy Glambag

 

Originally I was fairly excited about the products I was getting. Can never go wrong with Nyx or Luxie; and a bronzer and powder are fine by me; face cleanser is okay not as big on skin care as I should be and I’ll use it at my boyfriend’s house most likely. This month’s glambag design is one of my least favourite. I like that they showed customisation ideas on the Ipsy social media sites but I wish it was more Valentine’s themed.

 

Nyx Butter Lipstick in Liefguard

I got a Nyx Butter Lipstick in my glam bag before and loved it so I love this one just as much. I don’t wear red shades very often but I like that I can make this an addition to my collection. These lipsticks are nice and creamy which doesn’t make them as long wearing but they feel good on the lips.

Full size product. $6 on their website.  

 

Winky Lux Diamond Complexion Powder in Medium

I was super excited to get this however, it’s a much smaller size than I was expecting. At 3 grams it’s about the size of an eyeshadow. Size aside, I really like this powder! Honestly, I’ve never owned a powder before this one so I don’t have much to compare it to. The powder feels soft and buttery and applies really nicely. It’s branded as having finely-crushed diamonds in it which is pretty cool I guess 😛 The packaging is also really nice for such a small sample. It’s made of a sturdy hard plastic that’s nicer than high end brands.

Sample size 3g. Full size retails for $26.19 CAD ($20 USD) on their website.

 

Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer

I was excited too get this in my glambag but was disappointed in how small the sample actually was. It’s only 0.7 grams and about this size of a quarter which makes it difficult to use a brush with it.  The color is a good neutral brown and like the description on Ipsy says it’s soft and silky.

Full size is 8 grams and retails for $25 on their website.

 

BeFine Food Skin Care Gentle Face Cleanser

[Review to come] I’m not big on skincare so I haven’t used this yet! 

1 oz sample size. Full size 3.4 oz (15mL) and retails for $24 on their website.  

 

Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514

I love getting brushes in my glambag and this is my 5th Luxie brush from Ipsy! The brush is super soft as always but feels less dense and has more give than some of the other brushes I have. I really like Luxie brushes however I’ve had problems in the past with their brush ferrules. My blending brush ferrule has actually completely come apart from the handle and my tapered highlighter brush ferrule doesn’t sound like it’s on the handle very tight you can hear it wiggle around but it hasn’t come off yet. Other than those small things I enjoy using this for blush if I want a very light dusting of color.

Retails for $23.57 CAD

 

-Kayla

A Lesson From A Patient For A Baby Nurse

It’s my 6th day into my final preceptorship (and finally my weekend) and a few days ago I had a patient tell me something important that he wanted me to know as a baby nurse.

As I was doing my routine check on my patient I had asked him if there was anything else he needed and he said “yes you can come talk to me”, and so I did as he was my only patient. I  sat in his room and listened to him talk for over an hour about his cat, his life when he was young, and his shop in his garage. My buddy nurse came in to get me after a while to do a task for her and so I left him in his room. Later that evening when shift was almost over and I was doing my final checks he told me to make sure I come back to see him before I left for the night. As I promised, I went back to see him and he told me he had something important to tell me. He told me about how when he was in the hospital before one of his nurses told him a story about how when she was young nurse. She told him how she once had a patient who had wanted to talk to her for a moment, and because she was busy she told him that she couldn’t talk to him at the time. Later on she went back and learnt he had passed away only 5 minutes after she told him she didn’t have time to talk to him. While this man was on his deathbed he had only wanted someone to talk to before passing and this nurse had regretted it ever since but wanted to pass on an important lesson. She told my patient if he had ever come across a young nurse to tell them her story and to tell them if a patient ever wants to talk to you take a moment to talk to them because you don’t know what it could mean to them.

This is something that will stick with me for the rest of my nursing career and it meant a lot to me that my patient wanted to tell me this (I’m a big sap so I almost got teary when he told me this). It just shows how important some of the smallest acts we do while caring for our patients can have such a significant impact and meaning for them. People will always notice the little things you do even if it doesn’t always seem that way. 
-Kayla 

Prior to Preceptorship. 

As we end our final weekend before starting preceptorship, there are a flurry of emotions. Excitement to be so close to finishing. Fear of the unknown. An eagerness to learn. And the biggest one of all, anxiety about whether I will do well as I transition into becoming a Registered Nurse.

I will be completing my final placement (Preceptorship) in Acute GI Medicine. It will last ten weeks, and I will experience things I never have before. I know that this placement will allow for me to hone in my assessment and time-management skills, as well as gain a newfound appreciation for the GI system (which to be honest, has been my weakest and most looked-over system).

Although I have not started my first shift, I feel these emotions looming over me. I want to be so excited to learn and experience things I never have, but I am also so nervous of what is to come. We have never practiced outside of the watchful eye of our clinical instructors. They have always been there to watch us, to save us, to help us, to calm us, to teach us.

Now, we have a Preceptor. Someone who is there to teach us the ins and outs of Nursing. How to function on our own, how to manage our workload and how to care for different patients. Being a Preceptor is a huge responsibility, and I only hope that my preceptor will teach me, guide me, and help me flourish into the best RN I can be.

As we enter into this experience, and last few weeks as a student, I feel the weight of it all. I am bracing myself for the 12-hour shifts, the night shifts, the long travel times, the lack of sleep, the responsibility. I am also ready for the jokes and bonding with my patients, the comradery I will feel with my fellow Nurses, and the pride I will feel when I am able to successfully care for and manage my patients.

I guess it feels like we’re alone now, facing the world as real adults. Real Nurses. It’s a lot of responsibility, and I’m sure the next ten weeks are going to be ten weeks of tremendous growth. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am so ready to get through it.

Right now, all that stands between me and my degree is 340 hours. I can do it, I will do it.

-Sahra

Great Canadian Fit Fest

I first heard of Fit Fest on Instagram, and I thought that it was a fantastic concept and something I’d be interested in going to.  It’s a 2 day  all around fitness festival for all levels of fitness.

Admission may seem pricey at first (this years was $40 for one day with their 20% off code, $75 for the weekend) however, all the activities inside you get to try at no additional cost. This in turn, makes it a really great deal if you’re wanting to try a whole bunch of new things (not to mention they’re also all under one roof). plus a lot of the gyms and facilities give out things like “1 free pass” or discounts and not to mention almost every booth has a contest as well.

Check out their site here: Great Canadian Fit Fest

Here are a few of the awesome new things I tried:

 

  • Axe throwing and buck sawing (buck sawing was way harder than it looked, appreciating all the lumberjacks that still do it)
  • Pole dancing and aerial silk

 

  • Acroyoga

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  • Roller derby
  • Normatec Pneumatic Compression pants (This thing feels wonderful. If you’re a nurse they’re like SCDs that we use for patients just used on the full leg instead)

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Tips if you plan on going:

 

  • Bring a backpack or a bag to put stuff in or else you’re going to be carrying cards and potentially a tree cookie around the whole day.
  • Bring water and snacks. It can be a long day and you need to refuel. The facility didn’t have their food court open and there weren’t very many food options inside the festival.
  • If you’re thinking about attending the classes bring a yoga mat. The concrete can be hard on your hands and knees.
  • For things like the massages see if there’s a wait list and sign up early if you can. We didn’t even make it to our last massage before leaving (but be courteous, let them know if you’re not going to participate).
  • I suggest wearing workout leggings instead of shorts and bring a hoodie if you think you’ll get cold.
  • Try everything! You don’t know if you’ll like it till you try it 🙂

Overall I  really enjoyed this event. I would consider attending again next year depending on the vendors and if there are more new things for me to try 🙂

January Ipsy Reveal and Review: Metropolis

Sahra and I are both subscribed to Ipsy so you lucky viewers will get to see what both of us get each month! But for now, here is what I got in January! – Kayla

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The Glam Bag

I think the bag this month is really cute. It honestly reminds me of workout clothing more than metropolis and I wish I had a workout bag in this style.

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination in Medium

I typically don’t use concealer let alone for my under eyes. The first thing I noticed is that this concealer is very thick, similar to the regular Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. I need to keep trying this concealer however, I think the shade is too light for my skintone. Sample is 1.5ml – Full size is 8 mL and retails for $24 on the It Cosmetics website.

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-417 Hand Moisturizer

This hand moisturizer is quite nice and I agree with the description on the Ipsy website. It absorbs extremely quickly without leaving any greasy residue. The scent is described as fruity, however, I would describe it as more of a fresh scent but it remains subtle. It’s definitely something I will continue to use and probably throw in one of my bags. Sample is 30mL

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Trust Fund Lipgasm Lipgloss in Method To The Madness

I have never used a Trust Fund lip gloss before and I enjoyed using this one. I would describe the color as a nude rosey pink. On my lips I don’t know if there’s a difference in color but if there is it’s a ‘your lips but better’ kind of color. The gloss goes on smooth and is not sticky. On the Trust Fund website the lip gloss retails for $22 and says it’s in a Ipsy Limited Edition Design for the packaging. This product came full size

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Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color in Wildrose

At first glance all of the packaging for this product is super cute. Pink and gold foil cardboard packaging highlighting the Unicorn that’s on the lid of the container – how can it get any better? At first the blush appears to be a really dark shade but when used lightly with a brush it gives off a great color pay off. This product came full size and the Pacifica website retails it for $12

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Ciaté Gelology Top Coat

This product pleasantly surprised me when I opened my glam bag. I was not expecting it to be a full size product. I used this on my bare nails and while I didn’t notice it being any more plumping than a normal top coat to give it that gel nail look, I have a lot of positives to say about it. This is the first ciaté polish I’ve ever used and I love the brush. The brush fanned out so that it was able to coat my whole nail in one swipe. I was also so surprised how quickly it dried on my nail. I’m one of those people who tries to use their hands immediately after just painting them but I don’t think I’ll have any problem ruining what I just painted with this top coat. This product came full size and retails for £12 (~$19.66 CAD) on the Ciaté website.

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Lisa Hoffman Matte Gold Fragrance Necklace with Tuscan Fig Fragrance Beads – Cost: 300 points

This is one of the products I redeemed my points for on Ipsy. I have never seen jewellry posted on Ipsy websites for points and I decided to look into the brand before redeeming. The Lisa Hoffman collection is quite expensive, all of their necklaces retail for over $100. I enjoyed the concept for the jewellry on her website. You get wooden fragrance beads to put inside the necklace that deliver the scent. Since the brand seemed expensive I thought this was a good deal for 300 points. The necklace has a really nice design and has an okay looking 22” faceted ball chain. I’m always weary of getting fragrances without smelling them first because I’m quite picky about them but I’m really glad I enjoy this one! The description for Tuscan Fig according to Ipsy is: “The deliciously sweet and sexy notes of Tuscan Fig invite playful flirtation with a sophisticated charm. Surrounded by vanilla bean, honeysuckle, coconut wood, and gardenia, Tuscan Fig entices you with its warm essence”. I’m really bad at describing scents but I notice the vanilla most. I put one fragrance bead into the charm and it’s fairly strong on its own. The necklace sits quite far down but if people were to come near me they would be able to notice the scent.  I’m unsure of what the retail price for the necklace would be but the fragrance beads came full size and those retail for $40 a bottle.

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Em Cosmetics Shade Play Artistic Eye Color Palette in Melbourne Blues – Cost: 300 points

I’ve redeemed my points on Ipsy before for an Em Cosmetics palette and was impressed with the quality of the shadows so I decided that 300 points was worth it to get another one. The Em Cosmetics packaging looks somewhat inexpensive but does not feel that way. The Melbourne Blues palette is a collection of 3 blue shades and 3 sandy neutral shades all in different finishes. Without an eyeshadow primer some of the colors did not seem as pigmented when applied with a brush (the center blue shade), however, with an eye primer or my finger the shade was more pigmented. I’m not sure of the exact retail price for this palette as the Em Cosmetics website is being updated, however, I believe it was around $30

 

 

A Rant About Donuts

Don’t get me wrong I love donuts (and I’m getting some on Thursday shh), but I want to talk about the baked donut. My mom was looking at a recipe for  baked donuts and while watching her write it got me thinking; the baked donut is a lie. When you see the word ‘baked donut’ you might think “wow, this is healthier than a normal donut because it’s not deep fried” but really aren’t you now just eating a round cake with a chunk taken out of the middle? Are you really being any healthier? And then what defines a donut – is it still a donut if it’s baked?

My intent is not to hate on donuts or those who make these wonderful creations, but it’s interesting how one word can change how you think of something.

 

– Kayla

Appreciation: First Time Cadaver Experience

As a Nursing student we all have unique learning opportunities at different times and we sometimes don’t get to share the same experiences. Today, I was privileged enough to take part in a Cadaver lab. Cadavers are human bodies that are donated to science by the individuals prior to their death. -In this case, each individual came to the program and agreed to be of benefit to the education of future students-

As I walked into the Medical Sciences building and went up the elevator, the worry and excitement hit me all at once. The worry stemmed from this being the first exposure I have had to an embalmed human body. I was excited because I knew that I was walking into a very unique opportunity that would allow me to solidify my understanding of Anatomy.

The lights in the room were so bright. Almost like a big, white, cold OR. There were multiple tables with containers, and body parts covered in cloth. Everyone was quiet as we looked around wide-eyed. An eye-opening experience, literally.

The first thing anyone should prepare for is the smell. The chemicals used to embalm the body give off a strong scent that may be difficult for some individuals to handle (make sure you eat!). We were each told to put on aprons and a pair of gloves. As I tied the apron around my waist, my heart began to pound at the sight of the many “stations.” There was a heart station, a brain station, a thorax station, a pelvic station, etc. My first stop? The heart. I approached the table with a few other students, and we created a perfect circle around the table. We all stared in awe. The Doctor picked the heart up and began pointing out the various areas. As she was speaking she looked at us and said “feel.” I was the first person to her right so she grabbbed my hand and led it to touch the heart. I was the first to touch it.

I was most surprised by the colour and firmness of the tissue. I’m not sure what exactly I expected but it definitely felt weird to hold a heart and imagine it once beating. This is when my instructor started to make food analogies 😩😭 This lab is NOT for the faint hearted, or the light headed.

As we moved from table to table, learning more and more, the lab became this amazing learning experience. I felt a “click” go off in my head, as I touched and looked at everything. Seeing arteries up close, accurate sizes, organs in relation to each other, the “flower-like” appearance of the intestines. It was all so amazing.

There were two parts that I believe impacted me most, leaving me with an overwhelming sense of appreciation: the face and the brain.

The face: This was the most difficult on my stomach, because it was the hardest for me to desensitize. The face we examined had been cut in half to expose the different components inside and I noticed every detail. The shape of the nose, the mouth, whether the person who donated their body was female or male, the shape and size of the tongue from the inside, the freckles, the eyelashes.

The eyelashes. I looked at the eyelashes, grateful that this person signed a paper willingly donating their body to Science so that students like myself can further their knowledge. I felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation and respect for the entire lab.

The Brain: The last stop was the brain. “This is it. It’s everything that makes us who we are.” Everyone was quiet as the Doctor pointed out different areas of the brain, and she handed one for us to pass around. When it got to me, I picked it up and realized it was heavier than I had imagined. Quite dense. There was also one brain sectioned into two parts so that the internal components were visible. As I looked at the Cerebellum, I heard someone say “wow that’s beautiful.” And I thought “Exactly. So beautiful.” I’ll be the first to say how surprised I am that I was even able to think something like that. But, the detail in each area of our bodies really is so beautiful.

The human body is amazing. The detail and complexity involved in even the smallest of thoughts/actions is so amazing. It’s a difficult feeling to describe, but following this experience I felt so refreshed, empowered and appreciative.

If you are ever lucky enough to receive this experience, make the most of it. Ask questions, feel everything, note the size and location of each part in relation to another. You will walk out of it feeling accomplished, appreciative and ready to take on your role as a Healthcare Professional ❤

-Sahra

Carve the Mark

It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a new book, but I finally picked up my pre-order of Veronica Roth’s new book yesterday.  Let’s be real, as a nursing student I don’t have time to read books for fun so I probably won’t be reading this anytime soon. Once I do get around to reading  it  I’ll post my thoughts and comments about it 🙂

Side note: big shout out to Indigo who ships their books to store wrapped in plastic because my water bottle decided to empty itself into my gym bag

– Kayla

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If you want to buy this book and shop online consider using Ebates  to get some money back. We can all relate to the broke student life 😛

A reminder from Angie

As nurses, we see patients during some of the hardest and sickest times of their lives but also some of the most special and beautiful. I got these bracelets for the four of us as Christmas presents before going into our last semester of nursing school. They are a reminder of why we chose this career path and the four years of hard work we’ve put in as our degree comes to an end. I couldn’t have done it without these girls. 💜

These gorgeous bracelets are handmade by the beautiful Angie Rose who has fought her battle with Leukemia. She sells them to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital that provided her treatment. If you’d like to purchase a bracelet or read about her incredible 8 year journey you can find them at  www.angierose.org 

— Kayla

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