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.

 

Mini Beauty Haul

Ok ok I know I just posted I was saving money, but I went to my local drugstore and got too excited for these products and went ahead and purchased them. I only got 3 items but I’m still very happy.

 

On the left is the Smashbox Cover Shot: Softlight Palette ($35 CAD), and on the right is NYX total control foundation ($16 CAD) and Lingerie lip ($9 CAD).

Let’s start with the eyeshadow palette. I’m a big neutral girl, and as dark as I go is with brown tones. I saw this and thought it was perfect for me.

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I feel like for $35, getting 8 shadows that are good quality and versatile are well worth it. IMG-2142

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I’ll do a look with this soon.

As for the NYX lingerie lip, I got the colour ‘pushup’. It’s very neutral for me and really compliments my skin tone right now. The NYX website describes it as: ” Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes…each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.” Um, sounds amazing.

 

Last, but definitely not least the NYX foundation. I’m not sure the acutal name for the colour as I cannot find it on the box to save me, but its code is TCDF07 – I’m fairly light with a tan right now. So its a light beige roughly. The site description is: “From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION BRUSH for a seriously smooth finish”.

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I love that this gives me coverage options. It totally suits me, some days I want that #nomakeupmakeup look and some days I love my full coverage.

Overall I’m really excited to try these products out and do some looks with them. If you’ve tried any of them let me know what you think!

Throwback Favourite

I recently repurchased an old favourite, my Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (seriously only $11 CAD). Its super light weight yet manages to cover anything I need it too, all while making me look so refreshed. It is very affordable as foundations go and is convenient to pick up most places. It also has a pump which I love, so easy to proportion the amount of foundation used. It’s description states: “Our first liquid foundation that visibly reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and a flawless, natural-looking finish. Visible anti-fatigue effect. With peptides and a Vitamin Moisturizing Complex.” and it’s very true. Definitely one of my favourite drugstore finds.

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Birthday Full Face Makeup Routine*

Hello again!

So I recently turned 23 and although I don’t wear makeup often, it was fun to do it in full for this occasion.

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Let’s get into it.

I started with my Clinique moisture surge moisturizer (not imaged above), and followed up with my Estée Lauder Idealist Serum. I then went in with my Tartelette in bloom eye shadow palette – that I am absolutely still obsessed with.

712-alt-2 I went in with a shimmery light nude (first column, third row) and followed into the corner of my eye with a red-ish brown (fourth column, third row). I blended out with a more matted brown (second column, first row) and highlighted with a nice light shimmer (third column, first row).

I went into the corner of my eye with the NYX wonder pencil to really make it look open and pop.

I then buffed in my BareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturizer, and covered dark circles and blemishes with my Clinique Beyond Perfecting powder foundation. I love this combination because it is medium coverage yet still looks light and airy.

I finally finished with L’Oreals new Voluminous lash primer (amazing) and topped it with their original black Voluminous mascara. And yes – I completely forgot to take a picture of my finished face.

Overall, this makeup made me feel confident, fresh, put together and I had fun doing it.