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
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!
I went away for a week and then had to play catch up in school. But I am back.
Vacation was lovely, but when I came back my lips experienced something new for me; raw, red and cracked. It was horrible, and even my side creases were cracking – quite painful if you have never experienced this before. So I went into Shoppers to see if they had a remedy (I had been resorting to Nivea at night, helpful but not what I needed). One of the girls there suggested Roc, not a brand I’m very familiar with, always thought it was for much older cliental. HOWEVER, this is not the case. They have some really amazing products that are meant to heal the skin and infuse it with moisture. I tried the Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip Care balm (I think they refer to it as a lipstick but it is definitely more of a balm). I’m obsessed.
This is what their website says
“helps reduce 44% of lip dryness. Its formula protects and moisturizes dry, chapped or damaged lips…Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies…Non comedogenic [meaning doesn’t clog up pores]”
To me this all sounded great. And after using it for literally only 2 days, my lips are far from what they were – so I believe the claims.
It was a little much for a lip balm, but if you read into what you are getting, and understand that there is much more helpful and useful ingredients in this than something like lip smackers, the $7 CAD is worth it.
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.
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.
For those lazy days, or off days where you need to look somewhat put together – no makeup makeup is perfect.
I use about 3 sometimes 4 products. BB cream, mascara, eyeshadow (basic) and sometimes powder. That’s it. If I were to put a price on it it would be around $40 for the entire look, but with items that would last you and give good quality.
And to prove how efficient this is I timed myself with a before and after.
I prefer natural eyeshadow bases and mixes. I recently picked up the Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette and it’s not bad. It only retails for around $12 CAD which for a palette is a steal. However, the pigmentation needs a lot of build up; but for $12 we can afford a little more product usage.
Below are the swatches compared to the palette colour:
All shadow swatches are with one layer directly to skin. As you can see some barely show, and some show just sparkle. After layering a bit and warming up the colours however they really start to pop. Overall I say worth the money.
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.
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.
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.