Life update.

Hellooo!

So I’ve been in the thick of it with school and balancing life. It’s all just pretty much school lately. Been I’ve been on a self love, self care, health journey too – which is pretty rad. Some days are really hard and some days it feels easy.

I’ve lost about 10 pounds, and lost more inches then I thought I could! But recently I’ve made the decision to skip the scale. It’s always been this thing with me where I either have a good day or meh day depending on my weigh in – and if I know I’ve been off the wagon – I dread it. So am I really going to give this object that kind of power ? The answer is no.

I’ve really gotten into my yoga practice too again which I’ve been loving! I don’t have the strength I used to but I’m working on that. I’m in the process of relearning and gaining strength for the crow pose and a headstand. It’s hard but I am addicted.

As for beauty, I have a couple new favs which I’ll be reviewing as soon as I have a chance to really sit down. Some bb creams and some cheap and high end face serums!

As for now my plan is to scroll through blogs and catch up, light a candle, and soak in my tub with some lavender Epsom salt.

Hope you guys have an amazing morning/day/night xo

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Ultra Moisturizing Face Skin Care

I live in Canada. Our average temperature lately has been -25C (-13F) and with windchill -35C (-31F). So it’s been cold.

I usually have oily prone skin but even this weather has been drying me out and leaving behind that tight, red, angry skin. So I made a little self-care, skin-care routine.

I usually use the regular Neutrogena makeup wipes but found these night time calming ones. I then go in with a calming clay mask, which feels so refreshing and light on the skin.

I love love love my Blistex balm for my lips.

After I still use toner because regardless of dryness I’m prone to acne so I use this Clean and Clear one.

I then had a sample from Sephora I’ve been trying out and it’s the Estée Lauder advanced night repair. It’s so silky feeling and doesn’t leave residue. It is simply refreshing and hasn’t broken me out!

My last step is going in with an under eye gel. The one I’ve been using is Skin Lab eye gel. Not only is it helping to keep the moisture in my skin, but reduces my puffy dark circles.

Overall, this has significantly helped keep my skincare stay simple but effective. Even when I have to brave the cold!

Simple Holiday Look ~

I know this time of year is crazy for most people, so I like to simplify my makeup look all while still feeling pretty and pulled together. I know it may look like a lot, but it is so quick and to the point that you could pretty much be out the door in 20 minutes.

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My items:

  1. tartlette bloom palette by tarte
  2. bronzer powder by MAC
  3. highlighter by MAC
  4. green colour correction by Naked
  5. idealist skin serum prep by Estée lauder
  6. Power foundation by Clinique
  7. mascara by Maybelline
  8. cream eyeshadow by Revlon
  9. under eye concealar by Maybelline
  10. Tinted moisturizer by Bare Minerals
  11. Chapstick by Roc

If you want to know details, ask below and I’ll let you know – but I just want this to be general so you can substitute your own likes and what you have.

Throw on some christmas music and off we go!

I started with moisturizing my lips and applying my pore minimizing serum. I then went in with my tinted moisturizer and blended that all out. I dabbed on a light layer of my cream eyeshadow which was a brownish metallic. I blended it out of course. I then went in with my green concealer and dabbed on some acne that popped through the tinted moisturizer. I concealed with my age rewind stick under my eyes and over those couple of acne spots. I honestly don’t mind having some show through because I like the bare face feel, but a little coverage is nice. I then went in with my palette. All over the lid I applied ‘rebel’ and dabbed ‘rocker’ into my inner corners. For some flare I added ‘firecracker’ dead center of the lid. I finished off by blending some ‘flower child’ into the crease to lighten it up and for just under the eyebrow I put ‘charmer’.

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To finish off I concealed over my acne, T-zone and under eyes with my powder foundation by Clinique.

The finished look:

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Happy Holidays guys!

Review: Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate Cleanser’ – daily foaming wash

So I don’t typically invest in my face products, but with adult acne and oil prone skin I am attempting to help myself and really take the time to replenish and cleanse my face with better quality products. I started this with a trip to my local Sephora and asked around for some ideas on what would be worth a shot and what wasn’t super expensive/worth the money.

I ended up with the Kate Somerville Cleanser.

I was told it is a light exfoliate both chemically and physically. But gentle enough I could use everyday. Although this isn’t typically a problem for me because I really don’t have very sensitive skin. So I thought why not, and purchased it for $48 CAD.

The sales woman promised me I would love it and that it would help my acne tremendously. She did not lie.

This product is fantastic! I haven’t used it every day but have still have noticed major skin improvements. I would definitely recommend to friends and I will continue to use/buy. The texture feels very soft and non-irritating and there is no chemical smell.

I feel refreshed after using it and honestly like I am really caring for my skin – which is a bonus.

 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration* Review

It’s been awhile guys, but beauty reviews are back! I got a mia 2 (face cleansing brush) about a year ago and it came with the first aid beauty ultra repair cream intense hydration. I am obsessed.

It ranges from a small tube (about $15 CAD) to a large jar (about $37 CAD). For what it does and how it works, it is hands down worth the money. I am learning to invest more in what products I use on my sensitive acne prone skin, and a product under $20 that is a miracle worker – I’m good with.

It says it’s good for all skin types but oily, however I have oily skin and use it as a night time cream. For me this works because I wash my face in the morning anyways and overnight my face gets extra hydration help. It has oatmeal, shea butter, and other ingredients that provide the ultra moist skin. It lacks parabens, and sulfates which is an added bonus. It is fragrance free which is huge for sensitive skin and allergies.

Overall, worth it. 5/5 thumbs up.

 

Simple Fall Look

Red lip? Check. Winged liner? Check. Warm eyeshadows, and a glow? Check and Check.

This is my simple fall look, still slightly sun-kissed but ready for the fall season.

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First I wash my face, and prep with my Neutrogena Moisturizer that’s oil free.

Then for the eyes I use small pieces of tape to define a winged edge from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. I used my Walmart branded Natural Eyes palette which is always extremely pigmented and worth $8 CAD. You can use any palette I just used a light brown as a base and layered on the outer corner some darker browns and blended it all out with a shimmery taupe.  I then go in with my Estée Lauder Idealist face primer to minimize pores. And today I decided to use an old favourite, my L’Oreal True Match in Classic Ivory (N2).

To finish up I use my lovely Marc Jacobs sample (216, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and dust some MAC bronzer over my nose, forehead edge and cheek hollows. To complete the look on my cheek bones I lightly apply highlighter, this one is Lumi by L’Oreal.

Stay Matte and Flawless with $8

Back to the good old roots of budget friendly yet good quality. I found this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation by Rimmel and it is great! It can be risky with mousse and oily skin to not look glowing but shinning. This claims to be a lightweight shine control foundation – bonus points.

img_8159  Before: As you can see my skin naturally shines, and is acne prone with some under eye circles (not severe but there). I look for in a foundation, one that covers acne, controls the oil and stays put.

I have found this in my $8 CAD purchase.

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This is purely foundation and mascara. No blush, bronzer, powder, anything. As you can clearly see it covers quite well and keeps the shine away. As I wore it through the day, I did add some powder and found no issues. There was a little under eye loss of product but nothing major or devastating.

Overall, 4/5 thumbs up.