CHIRP COSMETICS

i follow Megan`s blog about her daily struggles with mental health and OCD but i most enjoy learning about all the awesome beauty products she comes across and shares.

i was super excited (and completely jealous) when she reviewed the entire line of eye shadows from a Canadian beauty product company based in my BIL`s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario called Chirp Cosmetics Company.

the loose shadow powders that Megan reviewed were rich and silky and the colour choice was emmense!  i couldn’t wait to get online and find out more about this company.  i found Chirp Cosmetics had a website (obviously), a FB page and an Instagram account @chirpcosmetics.

i reached out to the Owner and Creator of Chirp’s products and let her know that Meagan’s review had reached and impressed me.  I mentioned that I was totally jealous and would have loved to have been the one to review her shadows hahaha. she told me she had a new line of matte lipsticks in the works that she would be releasing this summer.  she kept me in mind and the other day i received three cute little pots of matte lipsticks to try out and review  🙂

this is my first time reviewing a product and i hope i do these amazing little lipsticks justice.

first i’ll share with you a little bit of information about Chirp Cosmetics

“handmade in small batches with high quality ingredients, chirp cosmetics company offers a beautiful alternative to conventional makeup

based out of sault ste. marie, ontario, chirp cosmetics company began with a vision to offer unique makeup colours based on both popular and timeless looks. there is so much unique inspiration everywhere! an added bonus to the beauty of the products is that they all have a natural and/or mineral base.

chirp cosmetics company is the fruit of a true partnership. we are a married couple who live in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, and we run everything to do with chirp! she’s been arty all her life, loves playing with colour, and just so happens to have a knack for science. she makes, wears, sells, and talks to people about chirp’s makeup. he is a gamer, programmer, graphic designer and sign manufacturer, and he does the design, promotional signage, and packaging.

the name chirp has an unexpected and short story behind it. when our cat is in an affectionate mood, she communicates with us in chirps. and we love her to bits! so it was a natural fit for our company’s name”.

i love supporting handmade, small businesses and when a company’s products are cruelty free and paraben free, they adhere to health Canada’s cosmetic notification program, and source ingredients and supplies from north american suppliers i love supporting them even more!

SHIPPING PACKAGING

my three cute little matte lipsticks arrived in a very clean, nice white paper bag.  it was stamped with the Chirp logo and sealed with the cutest little birdie sticker (also part of the logo).

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PRODUCT PACKAGING

the lipsticks came in 3 ml plastic clam shell pots ($4.00 each) with a very generous portion of matte lipstick in each. (along with a business card).

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SHOCKER                                  VAMP                                FRUIT PUNCH

(COLOUR SWATCH IMAGES BORROWED FROM THE CHIRP COSMETICS WEBSITE)

THE LIPSTICK

SHOCKER – VAMP – FRUIT PUNCH

all of these colours are super vibrant.  i initially feel in love with the colour VAMP when i saw it released on Chirp’s FB page. it was the epitome of sexy.  when my samples arrived it was SHOCKER that i fell in love with.  it is summer so i am drawn to pink tones at this time of year.  i am finding that shocker and fruit punch are going with all of my outfits.  i am waiting for a night out in a nice white or black top with jeans and heels to bust out the VAMP 😉  these lipsticks go on very smoothly with a lipstick brush and a little goes a long way.  because the lipstick is matte it is very easy to forget you are wearing anything on your lips at all.  i have kissed my little babe’s head on several occasions and remembered i am wearing lipstick only after i see the stain left behind.  the pigment is strong so if you do get it on your skin, on any other place other than your lips, it does leave a bit of a stain.  this, however, is easily remedied with soap and water.  it is long lasting if you are not eating or drinking or wiping your mouth.  if you are doing those things you definitely have to reapply to keep the colour strong.

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ME – ROCKIN’ THAT MATTE LIPSTICK IN SHOCKER

all in all i am VERY impressed with these matte lipsticks.  they are reasonably priced and will last a very long time even if used daily.

i am going to place an order for some of Chirp Cosmetic’s other beauty products, starting with some eye shadows!

if you would like to try out something from Chrip Cosmetics as well, use code – REVIEW15 – for 15% off the total purchase of $10 or more 🙂

our potato

i’m behind quite a bit now with posts and updates.

i can easily see now how it can happen.

maeve is up a lot more in the day and is currently in “cat nap” mode so not too much gets done around here haha.  her favourite thing currently is to always be held.  gone are the days of laying peacefully on the play mat or holding her in cradle position.  she wants to see it all and she wants to see it NOW!  she found her legs a few weeks ago and always wants to be “standing”.  when being held it’s sitting up, facing outwards or else!  she is “talking” up a storm and loves to smile at us.  she is generally a happy baby (if she’s getting what she wants and doesn’t have gas).  life is getting pretty fun with her now that she is interacting and communicating with us.  one of my favourite times of the day is my bath time.  she still loves the water.  she no longer needs the sling in her tub and now happily reclines in the basin and kicks and splashes away.  she’s smiling and babbling the whole time.  i like taking the tub out to the deck under the umbrella and she can splash away and make all the wet mess she’d like.

this phase is posing a challenge for me as she literally is only happy sitting up in my arms.  well, that’s a little dramatic. i do get some time where she’s happy to lay down on her play mat or in her crib but it’s not as long as it used to be.  only a few minutes here and there before she starts yelling to be picked up.  ya, she can yell now. my arms are getting stronger!  my back is getting more sore 😉  i tried putting her in the baby einstein exersaucer but she’s still so small.  i have to wedge blankets all around her and even though she’s “standing” she’s not too happy about it.  she’s almost 3 months and almost 13 pounds so she’s just in the awkward in between stage.  we’ll get through it.  i’m sure in a few weeks when we’re on to the next phase i’ll be missing this one!

i am still having way too much fun photographing her.  my husband has actually gotten on board with it too and thinks up ideas of how to “style” her.  it’s our thing hahaha.  we are currently taking part in a community photo scavenger hunt.  we have to take photos around our community and submit them for points. this is part of our town’s goal to improve our public living spaces. of course maeve will be a part of this adventure. we already have a bunch of plans for her photo shoots hahaha.

i am feeling okay.  i have feeling very happy. no signs of baby blues or postpartum depression.  i am very happy about this as my past put me at high risk for this.  i am still at 140 lbs.  this is no surprise as i have not tried to work out or lose my baby weight in the slightest.  i talked about it previously, wanting to get the post surgery go ahead from my OB so i could get back to working out.  ya, that’s not happening haha.  yes, i am a little self conscious about my added weight but now the problem is that i am literally too sore to work out.  i feel as though i have arthritis.  my knees are KILLING me.  i can barely bend down and if i get on the floor i have to get on all fours before i can get up.  it’s insane!  my feet, ankles and shins are so sore ALL THE TIME. i have read a few threads about women having this same postpartum issue.  they all said their doctor’s tested them for rheumatoid arthritis and all the tests for it can back negative.  they said their doc’s told them “it’s just a postpartum thing” and it would be cleared up in up to 18 months.  18 MONTHS ?!  you’ve got to be effing kidding me. i do think i need to see a chiropodist.  i have had sore feet for years.  even before i was pregnant.  i spent 3 years at work on concrete floors in steal toed boots and my feet have always been sore, like since i was a little kid.

this could be a whole post on it’s own but i’ll just briefly touch on it here.  PUPPP.  my worst nightmare.  i had it for several weeks at the end my pregnancy.  it started to go away at 3 weeks postpartum.  it came back, in a nightmareishly worse form at about 7 weeks and now at 11 weeks it seems to be almost gone.  the shingles-like red, raised rash part is gone.  i got through that hell with tea tree oil based gels (active naturals and after bite gel).  i also took a homeopathic antihistamine. i am still very scaly and bumpy in places and am smoothing that out with galaxal base cream.  i am a little concerned as i have been very, very itchy the past few days….no sign of a fresh rash starting up again though so that’s good.  the skin where the rash was it not back to normal.  it’s very smooth and shiny.  almost like a burn that is healing.  it’s hard to describe.  also, when i scratch it now it burns afterwards for quite awhile.

well the little potato is waking up now i’ll just leave you with some recent photos 🙂

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up at nana’s house

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oma’s birthday

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play mat and tummy time – awesome garage sale find $7!! (normally $65)

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camping at Pinery – Grand Bend, ON

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baby stimulation.  maeve loves looking at her shapes!

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more camping at Pinery.  first family camping trip – great success! xoxox