Life With Boys…

If you have kids, you know its the most rewarding and joyful feeling in the whole world. You carry them for nine months, you feel them grow inside you, and then you watch them enter this world. It is the most overwhelming love I have ever felt in my 35 years on this earth.

As babies, we watch their every move, every breath, every stumble. We clean boo boo’s, we kiss bumps and bruises, and we show them what love is. We teach them right from wrong, we instil values that we hope will last a lifetime, and we show them the meaning of a loving and caring home. These are the most crucial years or their little lives.

THEN THEY GROW UP!! I have two boys, Noah, age eight and Riley, age twelve, and OHHH MAAA GAWD…. They are so rough with each other! Somedays I feel like I live in a zoo, and I pray to god its not just me! haha The smallest thing will set them off on each other. And I don’t mean like a little argument, I’m talking about an all out WAR!

My daily conversations consist of “don’t hit your brother”, “don’t pull his hair”, don’t go in each others rooms”. The quotes are endless. Some days I think they are going to drive me crazy. I LOVE MY KIDS I LOVE MY KIDS I LOVE MY KIDS.. haha I tell myself its life with boys.

My kids are very active. I feel like my schedule revolves around theirs. No, actually it does revolve around theirs. Picking up from school, go home and feed them, leave again and rush to drop one off at hockey practice early because the other has hockey on the opposite end of town. It’s so exhausting! Not to mention having to leave town every other weekend because my oldest,  plays competitive hockey and travels. Sometimes on 14 hour bus rides, for a 2 game weekend. But, I would never change a thing about my life. At the end of the day we jump into bed for a family cuddle and all the madness is totally worth it. Everything that happened that day is forgotten. We laugh, we joke, and we love each other.

Throughout all the craziness, we are a normal family. A family who loves each other beyond words. A family who would do anything for each other. And ultimately, a family who supports one another, no matter how crazy the idea may seem. We may be a crazy and busy family, but we are a happy family. I hope my kids can look back once they are older, and tell our crazy stories to their own families, with smiles on their faces. Laugh about the good times, and cry about the sad times. I hope they are wonderful men who put their families first, and I hope they are mama’s boys forever.

Feel free to comment if you can relate to having a crazy, busy life like mine. And… if sometimes your kids just drive you a little cray cray haha

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Sephora Haul

There is nothing I enjoy more than getting a great makeup haul. Especially if I can get it on sale… Like hello, how can you ever say no to a sale. YOU CANT! Some of these items were sales, others were not that I just bought because I was in the mood for new makeup.. which is everyday. Haha. Lets jump right in. I will be doing reviews on each of these products once I use them a few times.

Sephora Favourites Sunkissed Glow: What it is:
A multi branded kit with bronzer and highlighting essentials.

What it does:
Score summer’s most wanted bronzed glow look with this coveted collection of seven bronzers and highlighters in an array of finishes and formulas. The set includes one full size and six deluxe size summer essentials, so you can experiment and find your ideal glow.

This set contains:
– 0.08 oz/ 2.4 g BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast
– 0.1 oz/ 3 g Benefit Cosmetics Hoola in Natural Bronze
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Ciaté London Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm
– 0.05 oz/ 1.4 g Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Champagne Flash
– 0.06 oz/ 1.8 mL Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01
– 0.23 /oz/ 6.8 mL MILK MAKEUP Highlighter in Lit
– 0.11 fl oz/ 3 mL tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Overall, I love this product. These kits are such an amazing way to try products without purchasing the full size.

Kat Von D Limited Edition ‘I Am Devine” Eyeshadow Pallet: A new, limited-edition eyeshadow palette with eight high-pigment matte, shimmer, and metallic shades inspired by the drag queen Divine’s iconic look. This set contains:
– 8 x 0.06 oz/ 1.7 g Eyeshadows in Babs (champagne with blue-green shimmer), Hard Magic (matte jet black), Baltimore (cobalt with blue-purple glimmer), Waters (matte sky blue), Filthy (metallic gunmetal), Pink Flamingos (pearlescent lime green), Female Trouble (matte pure white), Hairspray (metallic pewter with silver and gold glimmer)

Cover FX Contour Kit: 
A convenient contouring palette with all you need to contour, strobe, and highlight. What it does:
The pros know the secret to an expertly contoured complexion is a combination of the perfect shades and a cream texture that leaves a natural-looking finish. This kit features four ultra-blendable cream shades including a light contour, deep contour, highlighter, and illuminator allowing you to sculpt, strobe, and highlight your features. The Contour Kit comes in six global shades based on depth and undertone, so every skin has an ideal match. It includes a step-by-step instruction card to ensure perfect pro results.

Cover FX The Perfect Light Highlighting Pallet: A highlighting palette with four total highlighters—two cream and two powder—that’s designed to highlight, strobe, and illuminate your complexion.

What it does:
The Perfect Light Highlight Palette’s four, coordinated shades are ideal for customizing your glow. Highlight, strobe, and layer your light for multidimensional radiance with these palettes of coordinated cream and powder highlighters. The ultra-creamy texture of the two cream highlighters provides a dewy, radiant glow while the two, talc-free powder highlighters impart a silky, luminous finish. Just use them on the face and body individually or layer them together to modify your glow.

TOO FACED White Peach Eyeshadow Pallet: A matte, shimmer and glitter eyeshadow palette infused with peach and sweet fig cream.

This palette contains:
– 12 x 0.04 oz / 1.25 g Eyeshadows in Peach Cream (matte soft cream), Peach Suede (matte dusty rose), Peaches & Dreams (golden peach pearl), Crème de la Peach (soft coral with gold sparkle), Peach Sorbet (matte creamy peach), Glistening Peach (rose gold with sparkle), Peach Smoothie (matte rose taupe), Sweet Fig (matte smoky mauve), Peach Ice (white shimmer with gold sparkle), Fuzzy (matte creamy grey), On the Grill (matte charcoal grey), Peach Passion (deep orchid with blue and purple sparkle)
– Step-by-step how-to glamour guide

HUDA Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Pallet in Coral: A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe.

Featuring two duo chrome shimmers and seven creamy, matte shadows, this palette combines warm shades of burnt orange and dusty pink, for a daring look that delivers a warm glow.

HUDA Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Pallet in Gemstone : A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe.

A collection of nine creamy, metallic and duo chrome shadows inspired by the rich reflection of gemstones. Packed with stunning shades of amethyst, ruby, emerald, and sapphire, this palette is perfect for adding a hint of sparkle to the eyelids.

Reviews will be coming on all these products soon so stay tuned!!

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Sharing my look and products I used to create this gorgeous glam🌹 with pictures

Today I am going to share with you all the products I used to create this flawless look. Good makeup application begins with a great skincare regimen, so if you don’t already have one in place, it’s time to start. I will be doing a full article on my most beloved skincare products within the next few days, so stay tuned for that!

For this look I was going for a glam/girly appearance. Below are every product I used.

Primer: Because I absolutely adore HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer (see my review on this product) it was a clear choice for this look. I feel like I am always talking about this primer, but it’s just so amazing! It’s my absolute favourite primer out there right now.

Foundation: I wanted a full coverage finish so I used Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation. It is very full coverage and I just love the way it feels on my skin. My shade in this is honey.

Concealer: I love a full coverage concealer. With 2 busy boys I need all the coverage I can get… haha.. bring on the coverage baby!! For this look – and pretty much every look – I used Tarte shape Tape Concealer. The coverage of this product is unlike anything else I have tried! My shade is medium.

Contour: Yes, I am the contour queen! I mean, who doesn’t look a chiseled out cheekbone? Am I right? For this look, I used the Kat Von D shade and light pallet. It’s my tried, true, and trusted pallet. I have so many contour pallets but this is one of my favourites.

Brows: I am a a benefit brow girl through and through! I have yet to find a product that even compares! I am a shade 3 and for this I used precisely my brow pencil as well as ka – brow.

Eyeshadow: The eye pallet I used was the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Pallet. I adore this pallet. The shades are so rich and pigmented.

Highlight: I have so many highlighters it’s hard to keep track. For this look I used Wet n wild in precious petals. It’s a fantastic drugstore highlighter and it’s super affordable!

Lips: Can I get an amen for a bold look 🙏🏼🙏🏼 I love a beautiful bold lip. In this look I used Mac Cosmetics Matte lipstick in ruby woo. This is one of my all time favourite lip colours.

Mascara: I have quite a few mascara that I use on the regular. For this look I used Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real. I absolutely love the want in this mascara. It’s so precise that you can get the little corner lashes as well.

I hope you enjoyed today’s look! I had fun creating it to share with you all 🙂

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Physicians Formula: The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 Review

Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 CAN $14

Today’s review will be on Physicians Formula The Healthy foundation SPF 20. First off we will start by reading what Physicians Formula says.

What PF says about this foundation:

What It Is:

A long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation that provides lightweight, medium coverage with a healthy, satin finish.

Why It’s Good For You:

Compatible with all skin types and featuring our exclusive Brightening Complex and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone. Added boost of Vitamins A, C & E provides a flawless, healthy coverage.

Key Ingredients:

Brightening Complex (Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Salts), Vitamin A, C& E Antioxidant Blend, Protective SPF 20

My opinion on PF SPF 20: When I first saw this at my local drugstore, I was a little disappointed with the shade range. I had to buy two shades to create a custom shade for my skin tone. I wanted to try this so bad, so for $14 per bottle I was ok with purchasing two.  I LOVE this foundation. I find myself reaching for it more than some of my high end foundations. Its a pretty full coverage foundation, and building up is effortless, with no drying or caking up.  It has a large doe foot applicator (similar to Tarte Shape Tape Foundation).  No wasting product whatsoever. I absolutely love these types of applicators. You can use your choice of tool to apply. I use a beauty blender, but you can use a brush as well. It feels fairly light on my skin. Some foundations feel super heavy for a full coverage look. This one felt fantastic. I will definitely be re-purchasing this foundation once I run out, and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a reliable and affordable drugstore foundation.

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Depression: Real Talk

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and any information you read is not meant to be a diagnosis.

Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time, but they usually go away within a few days. Depression is something more. It’s a period of overwhelming sadness. It involves a loss of interest in things that used to bring us pleasure. It affects people from all walks of life, no matter what their background. It can affect people of all ages as well. Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and some people view disorders such as depression as a weakness. But, similar to the way anyone can develop certain physical health issues, mental health issues aren’t always preventable. Today I am telling you my story on depression.

Back in 2005 I became pregnant with my first child. I was 23 years old at the time and had been married for one year. I was excited, but also very nervous, as I was going to become a young mother. Fast forward to the birth of my son. May 17, 2006, he was born 4 weeks early. I began to have feeling of severe panic. As if something were going to happen to him or he would get sick. I loved this little boy with all my heart and the thought of anything happenning to him made me obsess over his health. I remeber one morning at 3am, I thought he was breathing too quickly, so I packed him up and had taken him to the hospital just to get peace of mind that he was ok. He was 4 days old. Yea I was obsessed! I felt an overwhelming sadness and I had no idea why I had these feelings. I would sit and cry while rocking him to sleep. I thought I was going crazy. However, once the 2 week mark had passed I started to feel myself again. Thank goodness! I wasnt crazy! Everything was good once it passed. I realized later that I had a very mild case of postpartum depression.

Skip ahead to 2008. I became pregant with my second child. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, no sickness or other major pregnancy symptoms. My second child was born on August 18, 2009. He was perfect! He completed our little family of four. Unfortunately, my symptoms started returning the day after delivery. I fought the feelings as I knew that with my first pregnany it only lasted a few short weeks, and I had returned to a normal state of mind. Two weeks went by with no changes. A month went by, and then 2 months. By this point I had days where I could not even care for my children. I was completely taken over by thoughts of sadness and hopelessness. My amazing mother would come to my home after work and care for my children as I was mentally, not able to at this point. I cried every waking moment. I couldnt sleep, I wasnt eating, I was just a very sick individual. By this point, I knew I had to go see a doctor as I could not fight this alone anymore. He diagnosed me with depression. He prescribed me a medication, but warned me it may take weeks for the meds to start working. The weeks ahead were hell. My depression seemed to be getting worse, and the meds did not appear to be working. I was looking for an instant fix, which isnt possible. I would wake each morning praying my life would return to normal and that I would become the person I once was.

Finally about 4 weeks into taking my medication, I awoke one morning and the storm had passed. I was feeling a little better as each day passed, and I became the mom that I always thought I would be. I was so thankful. My life was returning to normal!! I could enjoy things that I hadn’t enjoyed for months. My storm had finally passed. This was a long process and definitely not something was was fixed overnight.My children are 12 and 8 years old now. This is the first time I have spoken out in public about my illness. Even today I have good days as well as bad days, but the good days are in a much greater number than the bad. I still have days where I fear my depresion will return, but I have learned to live my life one day at a time.

If my story can help one person, it was worth it. I hope read my personal experience and take something away from it. Depression is not something that should be looked at as a bad thing. It’s an illness that one cannot control. Some of you reading this may be able to relate, and for some its just a story of ones life. If you fell the way I did, just know there is hope and help available. After the storm theres always a rainbow.

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo

Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation CAN $51

When it comes to foundation, finding the best one for you can be an extremely daunting task. Not to mention an expensive one. Not everyone has the ability to just go out and purchase a $60 bottle of foundation, only to find out that we hate it! It’s happened to me and I’m sure it has also happened to you as well.  That’s why I love doing reviews. I can share my experience and opinions with different products I have tried,  in hopes that it may help you out if you are curious about a specific product.  Today I will be reviewing Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation. I want to include that I did not receive this for testing purposes. I purchased this myself.

What Tarte Cosmetics Say:

WHAT IT IS

A vegan & oil-free full coverage foundation that feels weightless on skin, with a modern matte finish inspired by our iconic shape tape contour concealer.

WHAT IT DOES

• Full coverage with modern matte finish
• Absorbs oil & shine
• Helps refine pores
• Won’t flake or cake
• Vitamin E helps nourish

My Feelings On Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation:  When I first saw this all over IG, I knew I had to get my hands on it and see if it was as great as everyone was making this out to be. There was such a mass hype over this foundation, and I was intrigued. However at CAN $51 a bottle I hesitated for a while. It could only be ordered online and I had no idea what my shade would be. My curiosity got the best of me and went ahead and ordered myself one. Upon arrival, the first thing I loved about this foundation was the large doe foot applicator. You can apply as little or as much as you feel necessary without wasting any product. I don’t know about you, but wasting  product is a huge    no- no for me. This applicator is fantastic in preventing that.  I have combination skin. Typical oily t-zone and chin, so I was interested to see if this foundation would prevent that from happening by mid day. IT DOES!!  This is most definitely a very full coverage foundation. I would not suggest using this if you have dry skin.  When the description tells you this is a matte foundation, they were not lying! However if you have combo/oily skin like mine, I think you will love this. The only deterrent for me is that it has to be ordered online. Most people, like myself,  have a hard time deciphering what shade they may be.. I know I did. If this were to be sold at Sephora, I would be a lifetime user. The shade that i choose was a little too light for my skin tone, but I made it work by using a little bronzing powder after application. Worked like a gem 😉

My Final Thoughts: Yes I would recommend purchasing this to anyone. If a full coverage foundation is what you are in the market for, then look no further. Tartes Shape Tape Matte Foundation will leave you looking flawless.

Until next time…

Sheryail Marie xoxo 💋

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER  CAN $63/30ML  $87/60ML

It’s no secret that I am truly a primer junkie. If it has the word ‘primer’ on the label, you best believe I’m the sucker who will buy it! I have spent so much money trying out new brands and formulas that I have lost count. However, my husband probably hasn’t 😉

Today I will be giving my honest opinion on HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER. I was not given this to review, I purchased myself so you can ensure this is my true feelings on this product.

What Sephora says in their description: What it is:
An oil-free primer with a silky, airy texture that leaves a smooth canvas for makeup, while reducing the look of redness, pores, and wrinkles.
What it does:
With a texture unlike any other, this silky primer extends the wear of makeup while also concealing redness, minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and providing broad spectrum SPF 15 for a perfect complexion that lasts. It leaves a smooth, even surface so that foundation effortlessly glides on and stays put for all-day makeup wear. This unique primer has an airy, silky cloud-like texture and layers onto skin without added weight or a greasy after feel. It delivers Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sun protection with mineral-derived sunscreens. It’s ideal for all skin types, even sensitive, blemish-prone skin, and it repels water so makeup stays looks freshly applied all day long.

My personal opinion on HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer: First of all I have combo skin so finding a primer that does what it says isn’t always an easy task.  Upon seeing this primer I was drawn to the sleek packaging. The frosted glass pump style container is long, and fits perfectly around your hand. No awkward shaped bottles here. It dispenses the perfect amount of primer so you can use one pump, or more if you feel necessary. Once I started applying this primer, it was love at first feel! OH MY GOD, my skin felt like silk. It gave me the most incredible canvas to start my foundation application. My fine lines were filled, my pores appeared smaller, and any discolouration and redness had dramatically been reduced. I was in Love. I feel as though it made my foundation look flawless. As I stated, I have tried so many primers but HOURGLASS Veil Mineral Primer is one of the best I have ever purchased. It exceeded my expectations and I can justify the hefty price tag attached for such a great product. I will most definitely repurchase this primer and I would recommend any skin type to try it. I know you will love it as well!

Suggestion: Go to your local Sephora and ask for a sample. If you love it as much as I do, I would suggest purchasing the 60ML as it is a much better value as opposed to the 30ML bottle.

I hope this review helps you out if you are in the market for a new primer.

Until Next time….

Sheryail Marie xoxo