Adulting and Other Things

Helloo out there. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. But life has been a bit hectic. I’m in my second last semester of nursing, and between class and placements, things have been a little tough.

I still love nursing and am so passionate, but it’s so time consuming and takes a lot of brain power and physical exertion. My classes are challenging but I feel like I’m genuinely learning so much.

I’ve also lost 5 pounds! I joined weight watchers a couple of weeks ago and have increased my daily activity. I even feel better. I’ve also been mediating again and occasionally even through in a bit of yoga. It’s quite nice and I’m working on balance of self care, career, and living.

My moods have been up and down and sideways. But it’s balancing out again. A couple weeks back I had a major up swing and felt on top of the world. And then of course following I had a major fall, and dealt with my depression side. However I made it out and am feeling a lot better.

Life gives us so many obstacles to overcome even when following our chosen path. And I guess that’s half the experience, seeing your true strength.

We are all capable of so much.

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It’s all about you and the pamper.

So lately I have not been actively blogging (and I’m sorry) but I’ve come into some health issues and the best advice I’m finally taking is sometimes ‘it’s all about you’. So I’ve taken the last little while to focus on priority matters and focus on myself. This has come to me re-taking up yoga, and walking a bit more. Spending time with friends and family and of course and mostly at home with my dog. So what’s some pampering I’ve picked up? Here’s a list.

  1. face masks – are amazing, and fun to experiment with.
  2. bathes – not only good for a sore body and stress relief, but with some scented bubble bath; winning combination.
  3. comfy clothes – sometimes it’s nice not to stress about what you’re wearing and some yoga pants and a long t-shirt go a long way.
  4. yoga – good for the body and mind.
  5. meditation – the just re-centres me and allows me to truly focus on how I’m feeling and let’s me breathe
  6. no makeup – now I know not everyone is comfortable but you should try it, it is freeing.

 

Any other suggestions I’m missing? Let me know

Fall Essentials.

I love summer don’t get me wrong, but I am the girl who enjoys her pumpkin spice flavours, fall colours, cozy sweaters and warm blankets. Here are some of my fall essentials so far…

So I’ve started to use a new foundation and serum combination (review to come) but I think I’m in love. It is the Estée Lauder serum – Idealist Pore Minimizing and the Estée Lauder foundation – Double Wear. This combination is mind blowing.

Of course candles are on the list of fall essentials. I’m a huge fan of any scent most of the year round but especially during fall – lavender and mint, marshmallow, and just got a new creme brûlée scent!

Sweater weather. Two key words, with not much explanation needed.

Food wise, classic grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. It is warm and comforting and all those great childhood feelings wrapped into a meal.

Another go-to is having a girls night in, loving netflix and a good early 2000’s show ‘Scrubs’. It is a hospital comedy – really amusing.

I also have been enjoying journalling more and writing down whatever comes to mind. This could mean to-do lists, blog ideas or just how my day went. This with meditation is very stress relieving and calming.

Who doesn’t love to feel good?

I’m Sick.. Now What?

Safe to say I’ve been down for the count the last week, sinus infection, bronchitis, and more. So here are some of my tips and tricks on mending and improving your health.

  1. Hygiene! This seems basic but you need to be washing body everyday and brushing teeth and washing hair. As well, cleaning bed sheets after the brunt of the illness is passing and making sure clothes are washed and not re-worn. You want to kill all chances of bacteria spreading.
  2. Tea. This is amazing hands down. My go to has been chamomile and honey lemon. It is soothing on the stomach and throat and non-caffeinated. It is relaxing and aids in a nasty cough or upset stomach.
  3. Mouth wash. This is huge for keeping bacteria at bay in the mouth and throat. Anything helps.
  4. Mints. This helps keep sick breath manageable and coughing fits doable.
  5. Water. Part of being sick is dehydration. Keeping your body hydrated is key in helping it get stronger.
  6. Medication. If your doctor prescribes something – you need to remember to take it!

 

Get Ready With Me *

First thing to do is hair up and out of the way and moisturize.

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Right now I’m listening to the top Canada playlist on Spotify. Then gets into the eyes. I usually do eyeshadow first because I’m a big fan of the angled tape trick to let the eyeshadow look sharp. I do this by de-sticking the tape a bit then aligning it from my outer eye to the outer point of my eyebrow. Today I used the Sonia Kashuk pallet I got from Target awhile ago. Used the top left to blend and bottom left as a lid cover.

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Then I used a lighter coverage Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover Grapefruit Tinted Moisturizer blended with a beauty blender, then for under eyes my older Clinique translucent powder, and my stay matte powder for the rest of my face. I used my Mac bronzer (which I just did a review on in my previous post) and my L’Oreal Voluminous original mascara. To finish off, for the lips, Revlon colour burst matte balm in nude.

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Above is the finished look – very subtle and more natural. I don’t wear much makeup often but when I do this is my preference ! Takes me about 20/30 minutes. If you need a quick out the door look, I have a post that is ready in under 5 minutes.

Enjoy your day!

An Honest What I Eat In A Day..

So I love these blog posts and videos, and it’s interesting to see the range of food everyone has every day. So here’s mine!

 

Breakfast – Tuna sandwich and ice coffee

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Lunch – A Donut. I know not good it wasn’t a proper meal but I had a late breakfast and needed something quick (it was divine).

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Dinner – Now this was the best part, I love indian dishes and completely forgot to take pictures because I just dug in so quick but it’s as follows: butter chicken, naan, samosa, mattar paneer, and veggie marsala. Water to drink.

Post-Dinner – More water and a small mini-sized cookie.

I definitely do not have perfect eating, and often try to make the best choices for my body but no one is perfect all the time! I do pretty much only drink water and coffee as my beverages and then the healthier options and better portions of whatever I’m craving that day.

Let me know what you think of this sort of post by liking if you do!

 

 

The Perfect Winged Eyeliner

The perfect winged liner is a mystery to most, and continues to be hard to figure out. Although I am not a master of it, I would say I’ve finally moved on from the rookie stage. So here is my tip by tip how to.

1. Make small dots along the lash line with a pencil eyeliner

2. Take a liquid eyeliner (preferably not felt tip) and connect the dots

3. Build it up. What I mean by this is keep the line thin on the inner corner of the eye and build towards the outer corner

4. Make a small dot where you want your wing to point/end and pull the liner back towards the eye

5. The best part! Any mistakes, just take a q-tip and clean up the area.

Another trick I’ve tried and sometimes works well, is using tape and creating a stencil for your eyeliner. The only downside is you have to wait for it to completely dry, but 9/10 times it turns out great.