Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beautiful Freakshow Tour

On Tuesday this week, Matt and I went to Hamilton for Dean Brody's Beautiful Freakshow Tour, with High Valley and the James Barker Band.

I saw Dean Brody back in 2012, just after Canadian Girls became such a big hit. I love some of his new music, and as soon as I saw High Valley and James Barker Band were opening, I knew I needed to go!

It ended up being such a great concert, and Matt and I had a great time in Hamilton during the day too. We went to a garden centre, Limeridge Mall, and out for dinner before the show.

James Barker Band was up first, and after their recent singles I was extremely excited to see them. They're a band from Ontario, so it was super exciting to see some great local talent.

It was really tough to get good pictures from how far away we were, so I'm sorry I can't offer some better visuals.

Their set was short, but it had the three songs of theirs that I knew, and a few more. Lawnchair Lazy was their single last year that really took off, and then after that was I'm Just Sayin'. I'm Just Sayin' is the song that really turned me on to their music. They really had a great stage presence, and they were very infectious to watch.

The one thing Matt and I noticed that seemed kind of strange was that the band members didn't all look like they fit into the band or the genre.

Regardless of that, they played very well together and they were a lot of fun to watch. I'm so happy to have gotten the chance to see them, and I will definitely be on the lookout to see them again sometime!

Up next was High Valley, composed of the Rempel brothers from Alberta.

They've recently been gaining popularity in the United States, which is unusual for a Canadian country band. They've been on my concert wish list for quite a while now, and I actually almost went to see them when I was living in Ottawa.

High Valley played a good mix of their newer songs, and some of the older ones. It's particularly interesting because they used to have a third brother who was in the band, but when he left the other two continued as a duo with the backup band.

They had a lot of fun while they were on stage, and actually played a cover of John Michael Montgomery,

They were trying their hardest to get everyone moving in that little concert hall, but regardless of how well that worked, they were great performers. You really can't blame them either with it being a Tuesday night.

And, the grand finale, of course, was Dean Brody himself.

He's certainly a weird guy, but he had a lot more success getting everyone on their feet. Everyone seemed happy

The most talked about moment of the night would have to be his dual chainsaw wielding solo. Apparently, last time he toured he had a chainsaw that he brought out, but he felt that this time he needed to outdo that. People were roaring and screaming along, which made it that much better.

The weirdest thing I found about the show was that it cleared off before 10:40 pm, whereas I've never before been to a concert that ended before 11:00 pm!

I've been trying to set up the few videos I took on Youtube, but it's slow going. I had a moment of terror during the show because one of the ushers came up to a lady behind me and told her she's not allowed to take any videos. Thankfully, I never got caught taking the videos I did, and I was able to get a whole song from each act. Or, at least, close to one because I missed the last twenty or so seconds from the James Barker Band song I recorded. Oops.

It was a really great concert, and I'm happy we were able to go after such a stressful semester.

Keep an eye out for new posts on my Youtube Channel as I am uploading videos from Tuesday!

-Erika Elise

See what seats are still available for other shows here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

This Week in Nail Art: Current Top 5 Polishes

This week, I decided to show you my five favourite polishes that I've obtained in the past year. I don't have to many new ones, but I did get some that I really love and with the stress of the past week, I hadn't been feeling up for some actual art.

So, my top five favourite nail polishes right now are, in no particular order:

1. Therapewter by Sally Hansen Colour Therapy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Military Children: I Was a Lucky One

April is Military Child Appreciation Month, and it's a month of appreciation that is well overdue. I have spent all my life as the child of military veterans, and a long period of time as the child of an active military member.

I was a lucky one.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Back to the Blog

Over the past week, I took a break from blogging to be able to focus on my school work for exams and the end of the semester. My semester officially ends tomorrow, and I have just under two weeks left in my upgrading course, so I'm ready to start blogging again. There's still lots of work to do, but I'm not as stressed as I was, and I have time to share some of what's been up in the past week.

Yesterday, I shared some pictures in a Facebook post that show some of what I've been up to in the past week when I wasn't studying. Without explanation, they probably don't mean much. So, today I'm going to tell you a bunch of those mini stories!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blogging Interruption

This week and next week, there will likely be a big interruption from the regular blogging schedule. Why is that?

It's finally the exam period!! After next Friday, I will be 100% done with college! It's great, but for now it means that I am not able to keep up the same blogging standards. I will post for sure, and let you know what's up, but I can't write any feature posts for a bit. I have two tests tomorrow, a few assignments, an exam next Tuesday, two tests next Wednesday and then a test, a presentation and two assignments due next Friday.This weekend I should be able to make a long post or two, though!

And, oh my gosh, I will finish the Thomas Rhett Home Team Tour Series!! All that's left is the show openers and TR's set posts, plus one more "what I bought" post and then it's done! I will work on getting those out to you, I promise!

Buuut, I do have one exciting thing for you to see today. Look what came in the mail!

My Product Review Club coupons! I'm so excited for this!

The kitties are ever so excited for this one. I'm less excited, but it'll be interesting to see if it makes an actual difference. And, oh my goodness, pardon the mess on the floor. It's been a rough few weeks.

Aaaaaand, my Ben and Jerry non-dairy stuff! It's so cool, they didn;t just send a coupon, they also sent that cute little cosy with the wooden spoon. Matt and I are so excited to try this stuff! It looks fabulous!

So, the week is looking up. I'll probably be getting that stuff tomorrow, we all know I'll need it after two exams tomorrow!

Hope your end of semester is going well if you're in school, and if not, have a great week anyways!

-Erika Elise

Sunday, April 09, 2017

This Week in Nail Art: Week 14

This week's nail art post is bringing you an end of the semester update on school.

First things first, I'll show you the nails. These ones are pretty much no tutorial needed.

I was really happy with how these turned out. This was another super easy pretty look, nails painted with a base colour and then half covered with a contrasting polish. And, I was able to use spring colours for the newly arrived season. It certainly helps me be a lot more optimistic about the weird weather.

If you want a closer look at the nails, here you go:

Now, about that end of the semester.

There are still two weeks left in the semester, but then that's it and I will be 100% done my college program! I will be graduating with my second certificate, and have an extra week to go and put all my effort into my math class.

I did have a setback with my math class actually, finding out that I'd missed a number of questions for some of the lessons, and I was unable to hand them in when I thought I would. But, this Wednesday I will be handing in the lessons I have done, and scheduling my exam for Wednesday, May 3, 2017! It's going to be a lot to get done still, but it's going to be okay. I've just got to buckle down to get a lot done in the eleven days after college ends. I'm going to need you all to believe in me for this one.

As for what's left for college?

  • Tomorrow I've got a math quiz and a chemistry test
  • Tuesday is the due date for the last part of the assignment we handed in last week. We have to rank them for voting for bonus marks, although I already finished mine.
  • Wednesday is my chemistry lab exam
  • Friday we're off school for Good Friday!
  • Next Monday or Tuesday I have my chemistry exam
  • Next Wednesday we have our biology lab exam and our final math test
  • Next Friday there's a physics test, physics presentation and due date for the communications lit review and the last communications assignment

It's just getting so ridiculously close now! I can't wait to be done! Bring it on!

-Erika Elise

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Writer's Block

I've spent multiple hours trying to write a post for the blog today, and I've been failing miserably.

I have horrible writer's block, and I don't know to do about it. I just can't come up with anything good enough for the blog today. I really still wanted to get something posted though, so I've decided to do a photo dump from the past few weeks.

So, here's some various silly and cool photos from the past few weeks:

And with that, I'll talk to you tomorrow for the nail art!

-Erika Elise

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Review: La Roche-Posay Ultra Micellar Water for Dry/Reactive Skin

In yesterday's post, I referenced the first product I received from the ChickAdvisor Product Review club, which was the La Roche-Posay Ultra Micellar Water, specifically for Dry/Reactive Skin. While I had already completed my review required by the agreement, I hadn't done an official review here yet.

It was kind of at the back of my mind, but then I got a comment telling me they were looking forward to the review! So, I decided it was time to share my review here.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

ChickAdvisor Product Review Club

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you likely remember a while ago when I mentioned that I was chosen to review the new La Roche-Posay Ultra Micellar Water for Dry/Reactive Skin. I was super excited for that chance, and it really made me more interested in the ChickAdvisor website.

If you don't remember exactly, this picture may help jog your memory. You can also read it, here.

In relation to that, I have two (or three, I guess) more exciting things to mention.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

This Week in Nail Art: Week 13

Instead of a nail art design, this week I'm reviewing some nail polish. I'm going to cut to the chase, right here, right now: it sucked.

However, that wasn't completely unexpected.

The polish I'm reviewing is Kozmic Colours, which is available at Dollarama.

The shades are unnamed, but all are varying shades of nude. They came as a set of four, and I bought them around Christmas time. Prior to today, I had only used one of these shades, and frankly, I didn't like it.

However, while I hated how it turned out, I decided I needed to give the polish a second chance. I had to try each of them, and look at it objectively. I decided to use each of the polishes on a single nail, and compare the with each coat of nail polish.

The colours on my nails are in the same order as the shades shown above in the bottles.

The first coat was overall disappointing:

None of the shades were even close to opaque. They were all very close to clear or not visible at all. The texture of them is also somewhat questionable, but it dried pretty quickly so I can't complain about that.

The second coat wasn't much better than the first:

The first shade, the lightest of all of them is the closest to opaque out of all of them after the second coat. They dried quickly again, but the texture was getting worse. It was settling in ridges, and it seemed to be quite sticky.

The third coat is where things started to change a little bit:

Except for the third polish, the polishes were starting to look opaque. They were taking a longer time to dry, and getting even stickier. I let it dry for an even longer period of time for this coat. The appearance of the nail polish after this coat was not getting any more appealing. However, I decided to give one more coat of polish a try.

The fourth coat resulted in this:

And, well, you can see it didn't really make it any better.

My overall opinion of this polish is:

  • It is far too time intensive to be worth the appearance it gives
  • The texture is sticky and takes a very long time to dry after the first two coats
  • It never really goes fully opaque
  • It doesn't spread evenly over the nail
  • The colours aren't really very appealing in practice either
  • From previous experience with it, it doesn't work in nail art either!
So, in conclusion, in the pursuit of great budget beauty products you should be skipping the Kozmic Colours nail polish. You can get some Sally Hansen at the Dollarama just the same, and it is so much better than this polish! It's just not worth the time and money. Save the few dollars and your time from the Kozmic polish so you can buy a better quality nail polish that will give you a much better look!

From me, this one is definitely a no.

- Erika Elise

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Recipe Round-up

It's been a busy week, and I've been stressed out again. The end of the semester cannot come fast enough for me, between the tests I have left, lab and lecture exams coming up, and all the other projects here and in between.

So, today I decided to take a break. I did some homework, but it was time for me to take a mental break and do something just for me. Without pressure or deadlines.

That meant skipping out on a structured blog post today, but it didn't mean I was forgetting about posting at all. It just meant that today I knew I was going to go easy on the words.

What I've decided to do is a Pinterest round-up from my personal Pinterest of recipes (and DIYs) that I want to try. I'm a huge foodie, and I actually love cooking, even though it's hard to believe from how much I've been eating out lately. Cooking is one of my biggest and most favourite hobbies, and I'm hoping to get back into it soon. I love reading cookbooks and recipes from blogs, and I've been up to a lot of it lately.