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Celebrating THREE years | Curly Spring Blossom

Celebrating THREE years | Curly Spring Blossom

Oh, boy! What a year!! Due to my mom & step dad major illnesses and my own health playing tricks on me big time, I unfortunately managed to post scarcely this past year. To tell you the truth, I had to stop blogging altogether and in my mind, the adventure was over and done! I even threw away all my backdrops when I moved to a new place in July 2017. Another factor that began to take its toll on my blogging regularity was BeardMan’s hectic working schedule. Normally, he reads and corrects some obvious grammatical mistakes (remember I’m french Canadian) but with the new job, lots of traveling and bigger responsibilities, I still need a mandatory second eye to look over my work and make it “postable”!

That being said, I ended up missing blogging and most of all you, my followers! So I started writing again, bought a new camera and slowly repurchased some new photography props! I call it my second “blogging” wind.

What’s coming for Curly Spring Blossom’s 4th year?

On year four, I will focus on finding the BEST cruelty-free “beauty” products available. However, since I still have in my collection lots of products that unfortunately aren’t cruelty-free, I’ll use up those too and feature the best ones in occasional posts (let’s call that my metamorphosis period). All in all, there will still be reviews, empties, hauls and suggestions based on what’s new in this crazy makeup world.

But Curly’s expanding…  Since it’s debut, this blog has been mostly BEAUTY related; from now on, this next chapter will also feature subjects that are dear to my hearth – health, wellness, books, diet, fashion & four legged friends to name a few. These new ventures will be posted only on weekends and rest assured, the soul of this blog aka “the makeup & skincare emphasis” will still be my main priority.

Thank you so much to everyone who takes a few precious minutes to read this blog; I appreciated it and cherish it so much. Blogging is not my full time job, it’s just a hobby that I happen to be very passionate about!

Cheers to my fourth and hopefully, my best year of blogging!

Note: By the way the real blogging anniversary is in October. As they say better late than never 😉

Celebrating THREE years | Curly Spring Blossom

Thank you for being there!

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My Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

I guess it’s fair to say that I went a little crazy on my Sephora VIB Sale shopping spree this year! Trust me, all these were thing I needed (in my mind anyway😜).

Curious about what products I got and as a result, went bankrupt (just kidding!)? Keep on reading… In the coming months, I WILL write a separate review on each product, so  for now, this is just a bird’s-eye report on my investment and consequently, the damages on my credit card!!!

Makeup

BAREMINERALS Nudes for Days 6 Piece GEN NUDE Lip Wardrobe

Full Review: HERE

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

DR. JART+ Premium Beauty Balm

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

BUXOM Lips Off Leash Plumping 15-Piece Mini Lip Collection

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

LAURA MERCIER Mode To Modern Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Caramel)

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect and Perfect

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

Marc Jacobs Beauty  Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation (x2)

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

 

Skincare

Sephora Favorites Scouted by Sephora

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

KATE SOMERVILLE All Glow, No Glitter Exfolikate Trio

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

DR JART+ Best Face Forward

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

SUNDAY RILEY Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

BAREMINERALS Prep Step Broad Spectrum 50

Sephora VIB Sale “HAUL”| Fall 2017 (Curly Spring Blossom)

I went with products I will try to use up in 2017/2018. If I don’t (or if they are just average items), they will be declutter by the end of the year. I have become a heartless makeup user – no time (or space) to collect products for the sake of it…

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Disclaimer: I paid for all these products!

 

Books · Reviews

Curly’s Book Club |Chapter 1

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I love reading and I thought it was about time I shared the books I read (or listen to), and you know me,  give my impressions, good or bad!

How NOT To Die

Author: Michael Greger MD |Editor: Flatiron Books

Available: Now

Curly's Book Club | How NOT To Die (Dr.Michael Greger)

This is by FAR the best book I’ve listen to in recent years. It’s saying a lot when you’ve listen to it three times already right? This is the most comprehensive book on health and nutrition that I’ve stumble upon in the last 10 years. Very easy to understand for those new to the subject, but also substantive enough that those very familiar with diabetes , hypertension or other diseases will learn a great deal of new information.

Dr. Greger, through tons of researches, transport you in the world of a plant-based diet, and the benefits that this life-changing approach will bring. It’s not a book about veganism, even if the principals are the same, but it’s solely based on years of research about THE diet that can optimize our health (even cure some diseases already present).

This book is divided into two major parts. The first part consists of 15 chapters, one for each of the major afflictions that cause people to die. For each, Dr. Greger explains the disease or affliction, and then describes the foods that have been found to reduce the risk, prevent, reverse, or cure the disease.

The second part of the book, (that I highly suggest you read first), contains chapters for every healthy food groups. Dr. Greger explains which chemicals, elements, enzymes, or anti-oxidants are particularly useful for preventing or curing a disease (I assure you that you will want to take some notes!!!).

Note: If you are a fan of Audible or other apps to listen to your books, I would HIGHLY suggest this medium instead of plain old reading, as Dr.Greger’s voice is very pleasant, even funny from time to time.

Curly’s Rating: 5/5 (Top 5 book of the year for sure)

Curly's Book Club | Curly spring Blossom

Clean Protein: The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost Your Energy—and Save Our Planet *

Author: Kathy Freston & Bruce Friedrich / Perseus Books, Weinstein books

Available: January 2018

Curly's Book Club | Clean Protein: The Revolution that Will Reshape Your Body, Boost Your Energy—and Save Our Planet (Kathy Freston & Bruce Friedrich)

This book is written for people who are open-minded about a plant-based/vegan diet or just want to explore the idea of other sources of proteins. Having read the masterpiece  How Not To Die from Michael Greger, M.D. (look up if you wonder what on Earth I’m talking about 😂 ), I still had in the back of my mind that this new way of living and eating would leave me somehow deprived of the amount of protein I need. To my knowledge and experience, I always thought I needed a lot, I mean a massive amount of protein on a daily basis, which scientifically is absolutely not true thanks to this book.

Kathy Freston & Bruce Friedrich offer a very well researched (adding sources, statistics and quotes) approach to clean protein and most certainly why we should partly or totally change to that method of eating for our environment, health reasons and all the debacle of the animal-based farming. The format is easy to read and really interesting.

Trust me, all the why? what? and how? will be answered in this book. The last part of the book offers a ton of easy recipes incorporating of course all different sources of clean protein. A must if you are open to the subject or just curious. Chances are that after reading it, you will make some partial or total changes and find yourself feeling better than you over did. I know this for a fact!

Curly’s Rating: 4/5

Curly's Book Club | Curly spring Blossom

 

Mindful Thoughts for Walkers : Footnotes on the zen path *

Author: Adam Ford / Quarto Publishing Group

Available: Now

Curly's Book Club | Mindful Thoughts For Walkers (Adam Ford)

This Adam Ford book really surprised me. I found myself appreciating this spiritual sort of guidebook and frankly, it made me reflect on how I approach my walks (and my life). This well-written publication consists of short chapters that focus on mindfulness tips that we should all explore when connecting with nature or walking in the city.

As an avid walker and mostly nature lover, I was surprise to realize that my walks are always not goal-oriented and my thoughts are always filled with problems to solve, things to do, etc…, and that I’ve been missing the real connection with my environnement. Just as a small example, on my last walk, I sat on a dead branch, closed my eyes and just listen to all the sounds that was surrounding me and I had an epiphany: I felt zen … I never do, as my life is very chaotic and I never relax. Lovely piece of writing!

Curly’s Rating: 4/5

Curly's Book Club | Curly spring Blossom

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Author: Mark Manson / Harper Collins Publisher

Available: Now

 

Curly's Book Club | The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Mark Manson)

As you may noticed, I have a slight addiction for self-motivating books. Sometimes, these books give me some tips, some values or ways to deal with different problems or just make me think and reflect on my day-to-day life; but not this one. I listen to the audiobook version and the narrator was very good and the book by itself is really entertaining, even sometimes humoristic. I wasn’t bothered by the hundreds of “f*cks” of the first pages nor the author many stories, but at the end of the day, it just didn’t bring no additional clues on How not to give a F*ck in my personal life!

Enjoyable but not what I expected.

Curly’s Rating: 3/5

 

Note: Chapter 2 of Curly’s Book Club will be coming very shortly as I’m reading like there is no tomorrow! 😉📖

Curly's Book Club

Happy Reading!

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DISCLAIMER: The books were purchased by myself. Except the ones mark with a * that was giving (e-book) by Net Galley for review purposes.