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Plenty of wonderful THANK YOU’s to send to Furless Cosmetics for sending me some fab products.

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I am so impressed with the quality, the pigmentation and the softness of the bristles. I also LOVE the name because going FURLESS is SO incredibly important to me. I’ve even gotten “in to it” with some fur wearing fashion bloggers. Yikes.

They have an incredible range of products and it’s all top notch.

Check out my video to see how I use the brushes and eyeshadow pigments!

 

 

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Jackson Galaxy!

I have appreciated Jackson Galaxy ever since I stumbled upon videos of “My Cat From Hell” on youtube. His passion, adoration and heartfelt feelings towards Cats who needed his help was something that deeply moved me. I believe that there’s something incredibly special about Jackson and the work he does. He sometimes has to help the human family before he is able to help the Cat. The work he does is multi faceted.

My boyfriend, Justin and I were lucky enough to find out that he wasn’t too far from us and we were able to go to his book signing for “Total Cat Mojo”. He spoke so intensely and with a lot of humour.

Afterwards, we were able to meet him and get our book signed! Quickly, I told him about Ruby and how she bonded with Buddy right away. He said something along the lines of how rare it was or how lucky we were. It’s so cool to meet someone you have idolized for years and REALLY appreciate the work they do with such a vulnerable population of feline companions!

I’ll never forget this moment in my life and will continue to follow Jackson’s PHENOMENAL career.

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Learning something new

I never could have imagined I would ever be lucky enough to have a job with an incredibly supportive environment. Yet, here I am.

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I’m not stressed out when I have to go to work. I’m not feeling like i’m going to be repeatedly in trouble, have my self worth continually diminished and feel like I am at the bottom of the food chain.

I’m FINALLY EMPOWERED. I am constantly surrounded by incredibly passionate individuals who are happy and are patient with me.

The lighting isn’t overpowering, the only smell is of vibrant and rich coffee, which I love. I’m learning so much. I’m allowed to be on the point of sale system, connecting with customers, preparing their orders & giving them an authentic smile.

I don’t feel like I constantly have to remind people that there are things I find difficult. Sure, my short term memory sucks, I’m having to figure out things in a pace that works for me but the best thing of all is really feeling appreciated, accepted and valued.

There’s something to be said for a place of work where customers and employees are valued. I think this is the key to success and the key to being profitable.

I am so fortunate to have a great work/life balance and have the opportunity to have my blog and go somewhere to learn and grow as a decent human being.  Thank you for joining me on this CRAZY journey!

 

Buddy and Ruby update!

I’ve heard from a lot of you and you have expressed you’d like more cat updates.

Well we’ve had Ruby since October 16th and she’s made so much progress. Ruby is so bonded to Buddy now and she’s the happiest little lady.

I couldn’t help myself. I had to make this video:

Actually Autistic: Rejection and Defeat

Missamé Brushes & Au Naturale Cosmetics

 

I would like to thank both Missamé and Au Naturale Cosmetics for sending me some fab products. They are both being used in my video above.

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They make an INCREDIBLE Synthetic Makeup Brush Set which they were kind enough to send me. The bristles are so silky smooth and the coverage is flawless. I am so impressed, this is my first real set of brushes and I could not be happier. They come in a roll up case too.  They can be purchased here!

 

Au Naturale Cosmetics

I love the fact ALL their products are natural. They were kind enough to send me a couple of samples and 3 full size su/Stain Lip Stains in On Pointe, Hero and Terra Cotta. I was apprehensive at first, thinking there was NO WAY I could pull off each colour but I was very surprised. They are ultra pigmented and taste like berries. You definitely have to carry it with you and make sure you reapply but the colour pay off is so worth it. I got tons of compliments and it’s ultra moisturizing. Check out their extensive line of products here!

 

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L’Oreal needs to be inclusive

If you are a fully abled individual without any sensory or mobility issues, you may not notice what’s wrong with this picture.

For months and months now i’ve been waiting for a response to what prompted this entire thing in the first place which i’ve described in the video above.

Here’s the entire story.

Summer, 2017. I had just attended my very first Autism meet up and was feeling like I finally fit in with people. I felt good about myself. I was happy. I also had time to kill and thought it was a great opportunity to visit Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby BC, it was on my way home and I thought I could get a few things done.

I noticed an Urban Decay store and they were celebrating their birthday in the mall. How exciting, I thought to myself. I love their products, the pigmentation and thought that this was just super cool and I wanted to get in on the action.

My heart sank and the mood quickly changed.

Why?

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This is why. Yes, it may look like your very ordinary wind booth where you have various pieces of paper flying around but only ONE will win you a coveted full size product.

I couldn’t figure out what someone who had sensory issues or mobility issues was to do since they were not presented with that opportunity.

I was sweaty, anxious, visibly upset and mustered up all the courage I had inside of me to march in to the store and ask for a manager and said I wanted to speak to the marketing department, that I was an autistic individual and didn’t think it was inclusive at all. I met this lady, Tania Garrigo-Meza and she did not tell me she wasn’t the manager, she’s actually the “Retail Biz Dev and Education Executive for Urban Decay Cosmetics”. Her response to me was the most disingenuous “oh, i’m sorry, our marketing team just left!”. Ugh. I asked for a pen and paper and she reluctantly gave me it. I wrote down my information, expecting a prompt response.

Did I get one? NOPE.

I then found her on Instagram. I found her with pictures of the staff and yes, I commented in regards to this situation. The assistant manager contacted me. She knew nothing of what happened. I wrote to every single channel I could possibly think of. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and LinkedIn.

Want to see the response I got from Line Miserere who’s position is “Information Management at L’oreal Canada”:

September 13th:

Thank you for sending all the communications. In terms of future contests/promotions, nothing has been determined yet but we have certainly learned a great deal from your experience. It would be my pleasure to send you the full-size product at home, unless you prefer something else. Please let me know.   

A course of action? Policy change? Nope. Just excuses, excuses, excuses.

I decided to write the mall too – because I believe there should be strict standards when promotions are run in the walkways of the mall. Their response:

Hi Margaux Thank you for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about this unfortunate experience that occurred with one of our tenants events. Please also allow us to apologize for copying you on our initial response. We review customer concerns received on our social media platforms internally, and that first message was meant for our internal group. In regards to this event, It is something that is put on with the Tenant, Urban Decay. They were responsible for all items. Accordingly, please do follow up with them directly in regards to your concerns. Regards, Metropolis at Metrotown

There isn’t a single person who wants to take responsibility for this and wants to come up with a policy for inclusivity moving forward.

Just take a look at the stocks:

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Falling. Sure, it’s climbing back up there–but maybe they’d learn a thing or two, if, OH, I DON’T KNOW- they LISTENED to their (former) customer base?

I just want a policy where they have criteria that ANY promotion has to meet to include EVERYONE from ALL walks of life and ALL abilities.

L’Oreal owns ALL THESE BRANDS and until I get a response or a resolution, i’m not supporting them and i’m not wearing them.

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You know what else is complete irony? They are working with AUTISM SPEAKS which is all kinds of HORRIBLE! MMMM EUGENICS.

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Want to make your voice heard since they’re not hearing me?

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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I’m a Chewigem Ambassador!

 

Chewigem Products are made for the NEED TO CHEW.

I wish I had these around when I was a kid. I always twirled my hair and chewed on it. I also chewed on my pencils, erasers and my nails.

Their products are not only totally functional but they are very attractive looking. They have a chew chart to showcase the different densities offered to suit different needs.   They are safely made from FDA approved silicone and provide a great anxiety and stim tool, which can be super calming.

I’m excited to be one of their ambassadors as this is something that is incredibly important to me. Products like this help make managing daily life and challenges a bit easier. Having a product like Chewigem on the market fills an important void.

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KQC Beauty – Hair Straightener/Curling Iron Review & Giveaway!

KQC Beauty Products are professional grade, top quality and efficient. They are ceramic and have been featured in so many magazines.  Sold in Canada and mostly at independently run salons, they have a wide variety of styling products to suit many different needs and style outcomes.

I’ve been lucky enough to try the X-Heat Original Ceramic Straightener and the imatic Automatic Curling Iron (also ceramic)

Guess what? You can win both items! SO AWESOME, achieve those GORGEOUS curls or pin straight hair with ease!photo-on-2017-11-02-at-1-29-pm-4.jpg

ENTER CONTEST HERE

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I’d like to thank KQC Beauty for supplying me these styling tools for my own review and an additional set to give away. Contest is for Canadian Residents only (excluding QC)

Routine Natural Deodorant Review

 

I have tried SO many natural deodorant products and GUESS WHAT! I found one that really works and is totally worth it. Canadian Made and honestly innovative and made with love.  Watch my video for more info!

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I received this product from them in exchange for my honest review.