Makeup by One Direction Giveaway!


A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to test the Makeup by One Direction line and write a review on it (you can find that here).  And now, you’re the lucky one!  To celebrate the release of Makeup by One Direction at Macy’s, you could win a set of your very own! But it gets better!  You could win a SIGNED set of Makeup by One Direction, that is actually signed by the band!  This contest is open to Canada and the US.

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To Enter, follow THIS LINK and fill out your information!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Alysa

This post was sponsored by Markwins and Makeup by One Direction.  All the opinions are my own.

Bump Day: Week 30

dress: thrifted // collared shirt: thrifted // tights: Joe Fresh // shoes: Le Chateau // necklace: gift // hairband: F21

 

 

How far along?
30 weeks!

Baby Size:
Weighs as much as a cabbage (aka 2lb 13oz)

Maternity clothes?
Nope

Stretch marks?
None that I can see

Sleep:
Pretty bad. Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I don’t

Best moment this week:
Seeing my uncle who is here from Switzerland, and spending time with family

Movement:
Still lots! Especially when I’m lying down.

Food cravings:
Ketchup chips!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
The scent of mango

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or moody most of the time:
I feel like I get grumpy really easily, but usually happy

Looking forward to:
The wedding this weekend, and all of it’s accompanying satellite events!

xoxo,
Alysa

happy day!

oh dear. this is the last Monday in August! That means that school starts again next week for a lot of people (and some are already back in school). Yikes! Summer went by in a flash, and I just know that the rest of this pregnancy/this term is going to go by in the same way also.

I won’t lie: last week was hard.  Between total lack of sleep, and being deeply hurt by someone who should have had more empathy, it was a pretty rough week and I was glad for it to be over.  I finished the week feeling pretty discouraged, and it’s not something that went away super fast.  The lack of sleep, and just being uncomfortable in my own skin being the pregnancy-related response to this didn’t help that fact either.  While there were definitely moments of great joy, overall the week was not great.

But I keep going back to this verse.  It was first given to me by a good friend of mine, and I’m glad that I can re-read it whenever I’m having moments like this.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear Not.
(source)
I especially love the part about strength.  I feel that I really need some of that strength going into this week.  There is a lot happening this week (all good things that I am looking forward to) and I hope that I am able to go into them with as much joy as they deserve.

But, if all else fails, this is something that has been giving me a lot of pep this past week when I really needed it:

I just love the song.  The video has some problematic components, but I LOVE the general song! It’s so great!

What’s helping you get through this LAST WEEK OF SUMMER?!

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 29

 

dress: Thrifted // shorts: Modcloth // flats: Target // necklace: gift // hairband: f21 // sunglasses: Osborne Village // bracelet: Pandora

 

 

 

How far along?
29 Weeks

Baby Size:
Butternut Squash (aka approximately 2lb 10oz)

Maternity clothes?
None

Stretch marks?
Nope (at least, none I can see!!)

Sleep:
Ok.  Though sometimes I get to wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, just to lie there.. so that’s fun

Best moment this week:
Spending the day with my husband yesterday

Movement:
Lots! And lots of it seems to be on both sides of my stomach at once.. so this little one is gonna be some kind of gymnast or ballerina :p

Food cravings:
Popsicles! Though I don’t know if it’s because it’s a craving, or because it’s so darn hot out

Symptoms:
Fun stuff like random back spasms and having to use the bathroom every 10 seconds!

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or moody most of the time:
Depending on the day.. mostly pretty happy, but the pregnancy rage has shown up from time to time…

Looking forward to:
The weekend, seeing my Swiss uncle!

xoxo,
Alysa

life at the cabin

 

Life at the cabin is a little bit slower.  Wake up when you want, and have as many cat-naps throughout the day… if that’s what you need.  Sleeping sickness: the struggle is real.

Life at the cabin is a little bit wetter.  There’s no point in getting dressed, because you’ll just end up changing into your swim suit anyway!  A swim can happen at a moments notice, same with water-skiing, fishing and anything else that could possibly happen out on the lake.  Water rules the weekend, and you end up doing everything in the lake (including showering).

Life at the cabin is a little bit quieter, a little bit calmer, a little bit sweeter.

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing weekend.  I was (finally) able to unpack some more boxes that had been sitting around, so I feel a lot less stressed out in general.  I don’t know what it is about clutter, but it really stresses me out.  Now that a few more boxes are gone, and things are finding their places in our house, I definitely feel better about it.  Aside from working on the house (we now have a dishwasher that is INSTALLED!! the best), we also celebrated some birthdays this weekend with our friends.  So great!

Here are a few of the other things I’m happy about this week:

1. Bye Bye Sea World!!  Looks like it’s the beginning of the end for Sea World, and good riddance.

2. 8 Things Every Pregnant Woman Wants to Hear.  Especially the part about not telling me your labour story.  Everyone’s is different, so you’ll either completely terrify me, or lull me into a false sense of security. Just don’t! Tell me after when we have stories to compare!!

3.  What happens when you propose to a Disney Princess? You get some pretty great photos, anyway!

EW!

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: feeling hot hot hot

wildflowers at the cabin // gotta love the vintage icebox
i made dat!! // new makeup selfie
This weeks baby bump // the only way to cool off in this heat!! My own personal pool ;)

This last week has been a real scorcher, and I’ve loved every minute of it!  I complained enough about the ridiculously cold winter we had, I’m not about to complain about this amazing summer! A real summer, too.  I think that last year it was a little bit on the cooler side, so it’s nice to get a summer like the ones I had growing up: actually really hot!  Plus, I just got a sweet kiddie pool on Varage Sale, so I’m pretty much set!  This preggo is staying cool this summer!

How was your week?
xoxo,
Alysa

Makeup by One Direction Review – Take Me Home Collection


I am so excited to review the Limited Edition Take Me Home Collection from Makeup by One Direction!  As a fan of One Direction, I was really excited to hear that they were going to be releasing a line of makeup.  I don’t think that any other boy band has ever done that, and this seems like the perfect thing for them to do.  Since they have so many female fans, I believe that this makeup line will be pretty popular!

It comes with a range of products, including nail polish, eye shadow, and even a lipgloss that glows under UV light!  It’s such a fun collection, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you here :)-

This Kit Includes:
– 4+1 Eye Shadow Palette, including a velvet creme “Back For You”, a peachy shimmer “Change My Mind”, a soft taupe “C’mon, C’mon”, a smoky brown “Little Things”, and a golden glitter creme called “Take Me Home”
– Volumizing mascara called “Little Black Dress”
– Gold Glitter Nail Polish called “Live While We’re Young”
– Nude-pink sheer lipstick called “Last First Kiss”
– A chocolate brown eye crayon called “I Wish”
– A number of stencils that you can use to decorate yourself, your stuff, etc!
– A lipgloss that glows under UV light called “Kiss You”

This collection (and two others) hit stores in the US this month!  At Macy’s on August 11, and at Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands and Lord and Taylor on August 25th!  It will be coming out worldwide sometime after that, but right now it’s still TBD.  Let’s be real though, I’d say this is worth the drive to the states to pick up. 

My Review:
Pros:
I love how colourful everything is!  I love the names of everything, and how they are all from the Take Me Home album (which is probably my favourite one).  In my opinion, the quality of the product is pretty great.  The packaging is attractive, which is a big thing for me, and I love how much comes in each kit.  You get everything you need and you can use everything to complete your look!  I really enjoyed using it.

Cons:
At first, I was a little put off by one of the colours.  I didn’t think that orange was really my colour, but after trying it out, it didn’t really look orange on me and I liked that!  Other than that, I found everything about the collection fun and had no other cons!

Overall:
I really like this collection!  It’s a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to keep playing around with the colours!

 

For more information about this collection, and the other two available.. check out their Facebook page here!

xoxo,
Alysa

Disclaimer: I received this collection c/o Brandbacker and Markwins to review.  All the opinions presented here are my own.

Bump Day: Week 28

dress: Thrifted // necklace: gift

 

 

 

How far along?
28 weeks

Baby Size:
Eggplant (aka approx 2lb 3oz)

Maternity clothes?
None

Stretch marks?
None

Sleep:
Getting worse. I keep waking up in the middle of the night, either to flip sides or to use the washroom.

Best moment this week:
Floating in the lake with my mother in law and brother-in-law’s gf.  Also, just being at the lake was pretty great.  The weather was gorgeous for it on the weekend, and we had an amazing time.

Miss anything?
I didn’t get to water ski, and I couldn’t have any of the wine on the weekend.  Plus, I couldn’t help with moving some fridges (darn).

Movement:
Lots of movement of varying sizes.  Little kick, big kick, I’m positive it’s a ballerina in there ;)

Food cravings:
popsicles!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Just really strong smells

Symptoms:
Sore everything!!

Belly button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On!

Happy or moody most of the time:
oof, I don’t really know how to answer this question anymore.  I feel like I’m mostly pretty happy, but I am also quite irritable, and easily. It’s kind of annoying.

Looking forward to:
All my upcoming doctors appointments! I love hearing the heartbeat :)

Anything else you’d like to know? Ask it in the comments!

xoxo,
Alysa