REVIEW: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, you may remember a sneak peek of this journal from September’s stories. I shared all the chapters and a bit of the photography on the day before the official launch date.

Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness journal review
Today’s review post is particularly exciting for me because it’s for the second book by one of my favourite Seattle-based shop owners, Moorea Seal. Moorea’s first book, The 52 Lists Project (review post here), was such a personal favourite of mine because of the perfect prompts for self reflection and development. Fun fact: her first book sold out multiple times over the 2015 holiday season, requiring 5+ reprints just to keep the shelves stocked! It’s hard to not fall in love with such a productive journal. I may have gifted 5 copies to friends and family for Christmas last year.

This second book, 52 Lists for Happiness, is even better! Instead of being sectioned by seasons like her first journal, this second one’s “chapters” are in order of reflect, acknowledge, invest, and transform. In her first journal, I jumped from section to section, whereas I’ve been working through the sections in chronological order for this second one.

My partner and I have a weekend tradition of exploring Seattle’s coffee shops and spending a morning unplugged from our phones, laptops, etc. During this time, we bring the Sunday newspaper, books, magazines, or journals to enjoy some unplugged quiet time with each other.

Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness journal prompts

On top of my weekly magazine reads, I’ll pack my 52 Lists for Happiness journal and spend 10 minutes reflecting on my week based on the prompt. Being unplugged helps me to stay focused and grounded during these quiet mornings. What I love the most about Moorea’s journals and prompts are the actions at the end of every list.

Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness journal review

Aside from the content itself, let’s talk about the design! The rose gold foil looks so regal against the floral cover. Similar to her first book, the 52 Lists for Happiness is full of gorgeous photography and illustrations throughout the journal. Not only is this journal an emotional and self-reflective treat, but it’s also a very visual and creatively-stimulating one!

To avoid making the same mistake I did last year of waiting too long to stock up on these journals for the gift giving season, I made sure to stockpile. I purchased 3 copies of the 52 Lists for Happiness journal so that I can avoid scrambling to find them in stock this holiday season!

Moorea Seal 52 Lists project journal review
If you’re looking to get a copy of your own, you can purchase one from Amazon (here), or directly from Moorea Seal’s online store (here).

Disclosure: I received a copy of the 52 Lists for Happiness journal to review in exchange for this post. I did, however, also purchase 3 in addition to the review copy because I just love the journal so much! All opinions are 100% my own.

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REVIEW: Tonymoly face masks

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite things, face masks. Having been introduced to them years ago while backpacking around South Korea, I’m excited to see that they’ve made their way to mainstream North American stores! One of my current favourite brands for sheet masks is non other than the Korea company Tonymoly. Tonymoly face masks come in packs of 11 sheet masks for $10 on Amazon here!

This post is not in partnership with Tony Moly. I purchased this product on my own and absolutely love it, so wanted to share my pros & cons:

tonymoly face masks review

Pros

– Face mask sheets themselves are thick! They’re 3-layered, which helps to retain the pulp and moisture
– 5 free-parabene, talc, benzo-phenone, troethanolamin, artificial pigment
– Individually packed and the 11-pack comes in a wide variety of effects; you can also buy singular effects as well
– Eye holes and nose flap are perfect sized. As someone with a wider face but with smaller features, this is huge! Most North American-designed masks usually have very large eye holes and nose flaps which require me to “scrunch” up the mask on application. The Tony Moly ones fit perfectly!

Cons

– Sheet masks are well packed with goodness, although the liquid will occasionally run down the side of my face/into my hair

Final verdict

I love these masks. Of all the masks I’ve tried so far, these are my favourites! At less than $1 a piece, I would highly recommend them. The variety pack is so perfect for selecting from when you need to pick a few favourites to take along on a plane (aka the most moisture-sucking vessel to travel in).

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Glamping toiletry must-haves

Around the same time as planning the trip to Alaska, a friend of mine floated the idea of staying in a yurt. While the yurt plans never panned out for Alaska, I kept glamping in a yurt high on my list of things to do before the end of the year. Needless to say, my dreams of glamping in a yurt came true a couple weekends ago!

Seattle glamping in a yurt
Glamping on Orcas Island

Since this yurt adventure was the first time in a few years since I had last been off-grid, it took a while to figure out what essentials to pack. My goal was to bring no more than a single backpack for this 3-day trip. This meant packing light and bringing toiletries that would either play multiple roles, or strategically packing complementary essentials. Here were my glamping must-haves:

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REVIEW: Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil

It’s been a while since the last update on my skincare routine, and a bit has changed! Earlier this year, I started experimenting with all natural oil (especially, rosehip seed oil) to replace my traditional face creams (you can read all about it in this post). Since trying the first couple bottles of rosehip seed oil, I loved it and the results, but I didn’t love the yellow tint it left on my skin. This left me looking for other all-natural alternatives.

As timing would have it, the blogging stars aligned and I’m excited to do a Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil review, thanks to a bottle I received specifically to try for this review post. If you’re local to Seattle and looking to try it, it’s available for purchase at Pharmaca (also online here).

trilipiderm ultra hydrating all-body oil review

For starters, this is a super attractive product because it is 100% plant derived with no preservatives, no parabens, and no silicone. On top of this, it is also fragrance free, non-staining, and comes in an easy-to-dispense spray bottle. For this review, I used the product every night after a shower for 2 weeks straight. I applied the oil all over my face and body and my pros and cons are below.

Pros

– The simple all-in-one made the Trilipiderm All-Body Oil a single product go-to
– The oil itself feels light and non-greasy
– Oil was quickly absorbed, so I didn’t have any issues with waking up on a greasy pillowcase (which has happened with previous oil-based products)
– A little product goes a long way. Even after two weeks of consistent usage, I’m surprised by how much is left!

Cons

– I found myself having to wait a little longer than usual to apply makeup, if I used the oil on my face. Even though the oil is fast-absorbing, it is oil afterall and my liquid eyeliner would fall right off if I tried to apply it shortly after applying the oil

Final verdict

Overall, I really enjoyed my trial for the Trilipiderm Ultra-Hydrating All-Body Oil review. I’ll be swapping out my current face routine and body lotion for this single product moving forward.

Along with this all-body oil, I’ll be sharing some of my go-to essentials for Fall road trips in a few days!

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REVIEW: Glasses for less than you expect from GlassesUSA

As a four-eyes with no option to wear contacts (yay for horrible astigmatism!), glasses are my go-to accessory. If these are going to be stuck on my face for all hours of the day, I want them to be an extension of my style! The glasses industry is definitely not what it used to be, where I used to only be able to update my frames once every other year because of the expensive pricing. Nowadays, we can get prescription glasses for $150 and under, which makes it easier to justify multiple pairs to keep our looks feeling fresh (sound familiar?)!

When the GlassesUSA.com team got in touch for a review, of course I had to say yes! Today’s GlassesUSA.com review is for a pair of frames that are a bit outside of my colour comfort zone. As someone who loves black frames coloured, these brown pair of Barbara frames somehow swayed me to try something new.

glassesUSA review

Frame selection
There were so many amazing frames to choose from on GlassesUSA.com! From Chloe to Ray-Ban to Adidas, it was great to see so many options for less than what most in-person optical shops sell frames for. I decided to select these Barbara frames because of the intriguing blended colour and price tag of $125, including prescription lenses!

Shipping and delivery packaging
Shipping time was one of the most impressive parts of submitting my order! I put my order in at the beginning of the week, and within a week my glasses arrived. The packaging of the glasses surprised me from a minimal waste perspective. The glasses arrived in a hard case, wrapped in a corrugated box (the “Nice to See You!” box in these photos), and placed in a FedEx mailer. No bubble wrap or extra waste!

glassesUSA review barbara glasses

Glasses wear and tear
On one of the first days of receiving these frames, I took them apple picking in torrential downpour. Not only was water dripping down for 2 hours straight, but the frames were also put to the test from the cold temperatures. They held up really nicely and the cleaning cloth that came with the frames came in handy!


If you’re in the market for new glasses, GlassesUSA.com it offering an amazing 50% discount on non-premium frames (the brown Barbara frames qualify!) with free shipping when you sign up for their newsletter!

Disclosure: This GlassesUSA.com review was made possible thanks to the kind folks at the company. The glasses were provided courtesy of GlassesUSA, but all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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