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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

First Impression: New Soap & Glory Products









Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss
I'll start by saying I've never tried any Soap & Glory before! I always walked past it in Shoppers Drug Mart and wished I could get it all, the packaging is more than cute. These lip glosses make your lips sting a bit but leave you with a puffy look. I could do without the glitter (just not my style) but they really do work. New and improved with "superfill" plumping spheres and "lipswell" natural plant oils for a smooth finish. 

The Fab Pore Cleansing Cloths
I'm pretty much obsessed with cleansing clothes so I love testing new ones. These ones smell amazing and are suppose to purify your t-zone. I welcome anything that claims it can help my pores while removing my makeup.

Body Spray
I honestly have not used a body spray in years, maybe even since high school locker room days. There's really no reason I stopped using them, I sometimes choke up on how heavy the perfume is I decided to coat myself with... so I appreciated this throwback. I received the Original Pink scent which is sweet but refreshing. The scent sticks around with you all day, even if very lightly. I've been using it each day and I definitely want to try out the other two scents, Smoothie Star and Sugar Crush. 

Sugar Crush Body Lotion
Love how big this 500ml bottle is. This is their new scent in Sweet Lime, I definitely didn't think I would like anything lime but this is quite fresh and warm at the same time. I love how big the bottle is and how it has a convenient pump. I found myself grabbing for it throughout the day. It feels great on my legs and hand and soaks in nicely to the skin without residue.

The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion
Another item from their Fab Pore line. Again, anything that claims to help my pores is a go for me. I've worn this under my makeup a few times and I really like how it looked. I've been applying it evenly with a foundation brush and really have enjoyed it (and its refreshing scent)!

Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
I've wanted to try this stuff for years, ever since I saw Zoella raving about it. This is their new great maple scented scrub and it really does smell amazing. Definitely a perfect addition to a Canadian product release. The product not only scrubs skin but also uses three moisturizers (sea butter, glycerin, and sweet almond oil) to add life back to your skin. I fake tan a lot so this is a new staple in my pre-tanning routine. 

All products are now available at Shoppers Drug Mart! I received these products for testing purposes but all opinions have been my own :) Have you tried Soap & Glory before? What product would you like to try from above? Let me know below!


     
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Review: New in from bareMinerals


How have I been obsessing over foundations for years and never tried bareMinerals? I've heard a lot of good things about them but never made the commitment at the Sephora check-out.. so I was VERY excited to find these in my PO box. These new releases from bareMinerals immediately replaced my skin priming and foundation routine. It was a perfect transition from ultra light oil control routine in the summer into fall. 

BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation - This has a great full coverage yet natural look and lasts all day. It comes in 30 shades so you're going to be able to find the perfect colour for you. I received four shades to try but sadly two broke in the post (it happens!) and I think those darker shades would have matched me better :( I'm currently satisfied using #16 but I think I'll go into Sephora and have them give me a colour match since there's so many to choose from :) It has SPF 20 and gives your skin a nice "soft-focus" effect for a perfect smooth complexion. 

Luxe Performance Brush - The perfect foundation brush! I'm used to using a Beauty Blender so I usually have doubts about brushes but I was pleasantly surprised. It worked great with the BAREPRO foundation and the shape fits perfectly on more difficult areas. 

BAREPRO Contour Face-Shaping Trio - I haven't actually ever bought a contour pallet! I ended up really enjoying how well they blended and the colour selection as these can sometimes appear orangey on my skin. It's much more convenient to have all the colours you need together in one pallet. Photographed is the "tan to deep" pallet and it also comes in "fair to medium."

GOOD HYDRATIONS Silky Face Primer - This product is both moisturizing and priming. It conceals pores without that heavy feel of some primers. It sits very well underneath the BAREPRO foundation and makes my skin feel extra soft. 

SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Infusion - Love this serum, it simply gives my skin a smooth and glowing look before I put my makeup on. 

SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Eye Gel Cream - This feels light-weight around my eyes, I hate the feeling of heavy eye creams. I was not able to tell a notable difference when using this cream but my eyes are definitely not a problem area. The Skinlongevity items promote a more youthful and supple look to your skin. 

Let me know in the comments below if any of these items caught your eye or if you've tried them before and have some opinions to share :) All products are available at Sephora and Sephora.ca!


     
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Lookbook: 3 Ways to Transition into Fall using Thigh Highs ft. Tobi



If you've ever scrolled through my Instagram you know that I am obsessed with thigh high boots and socks. It's almost rare to see a photo of me without them. I'm SO glad fall is here so I can finally wear them again without being too warm! Tobi was kind enough to send me some clothing items to help with these looks. If you haven't checked out Tobi before they're a clothing website that has on trend styles and thankfully ships to Canada.The thigh high boots I am wearing in each look are from CallItSpring.

Look 1: A simple sweater dress is casual and cozy. Details like cuffed bell sleeves make the dress stand out.

Look 2: Mixing shorts and sweaters together are perfect for a transition into colder weather.

Look 3: By using a plain miniskirt you can seperate the dressier boots and eye catching top.

Let me know what you think of these looks in the comments below, and please leave your links so I can check out your blogs and Instagram's!


     
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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Giving Old Furniture New Life with Premier Paints at Canadian Tire








Each time I move into a new apartment I get the urge to totally redo my entire d├ęcor. My boyfriend and I recently upgraded from a small bachelor to something a bit bigger (our cats really appreciate this!) Though I can’t go out and buy all new decorations and furniture, I can make something old new again. I’ve had an old hallway table for years, and my parents had it for even longer before that. With the opportunity to work with Canadian Tire and their new line of Premier Paints I knew just the piece of furniture that needed some TLC.

To my boyfriend’s dismay I really love whimsical and unique pieces. Pastels and vintage silver and golds are my favourite. I decided to paint the top of this dark and dreary table in pastel stripes, and have the rest a creamy white with a hint of pink. When I received the colour folder from Canadian Tire I could spot the shades I wanted right away. I chose “Angel Food Cake” and “Lavender Lace”, and surprisingly I didn’t just choose them for their adorable names.

The first thing I noticed when swatching the tester colours on the table first was how they immediately covered the extremely dark wood and paint underneath. I painted the edges and cracks with the light cream first with a paint brush, and then went in with a small roller to evenly coat the top, bar, and legs. One coat with only a few tiny touch ups and I was set. I was absolutely amazed by the paints coverage! The colour applied extremely creamy and smooth and proved to be an easy application for someone who isn’t a DIY pro.

After allowing it to dry I measured out the length apart I wanted my stripes to be and laid my painters tape down. It’s important to make sure your first coat dried entirely so you don’t pull up any colour when removing the tape. I rolled on the beautiful vintage lavender and again, with just one coat, it was a perfect application.


I can’t recommend trying something fun with your old furniture pieces enough. They add character and conversation to your rooms. With Canadian Tire’s Preimier Paint line you have all the tools and colour options to do whatever project you dream up.  


This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

     
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Current Skincare Routine



Since my last skincare routine was over two years ago (and now gone forever since a glitch deleted most of my old posts) I thought I'd share an updated one! I've been able to collaborate with a few of my favourite skincare brands over the past year and it's really opened my eyes to the importance of a healthy routine. I am not being paid to review these products, I just received them and fell in love with how they've changed my skin for the better. For reference my skin type is normal-oily with dry patches. Below I will list the products in the order I use them and when I use them because there's no way I put 14 products on my face at once!

Wash
Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash - I use this with a Clarisonic Mia face brush, it gets rid of all my makeup and leaves my skin totally clean. I thought I would need a harsh cleanser but this is so gentle yet somehow clears my pores entirely and removes every product I have on. 

Tone
Clinique Clarifying Lotion for Combination/Oily Skin - This toner readies my skin for the oils and moisturizers I'll use next. It's very fresh, doesn't burn (sometime toners can do that!), and leaves my skin very smooth. I find it essential to getting rid of my final few bits of makeup and fake tan,

Serum/Facial Oil
Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate - I use this product in the mornings. If there was one part of my skincare routine I wouldn't give up it's this step. Serums and oils are packed with nutrients to keep your skin glowing. It doesn't make your skin oily but gives you a fresh faced and full look to your skin. Perfect for wearing under foundations.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - I use this product before bed. It's nice when you really know a product is working for your skin. I notice a difference when I forget to apply this at night. It brings my skin back to life after a day of dirt, makeup, and climate wear. My skin looks fresh in the morning and with long term use it's given my skin a healthier appearance. 

Eyes
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream - I use this product in the mornings. I only just started using eye creams (sadly) but I've already noticed a difference in the skin texture and appearance. I was just using my regular moisturizer around my eyes but your skin is so delicate there it's importance to use something more specialized. This specific moisturizer helps my eyes look open and less tired.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment - I use this product at night, though it's meant for any time use. It's a bit thicker and doesn't sit well with my concealer so I just use it before bed. I find it smooths the skin and helps with tough dryness I get around that area. 

Moisturizers
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - I'll keep my rambling about moisturizer short - we all know what it does. I only use this specific one when my skin is very dry or in very dry patches. It's extremely hydrating and really helps my skin in the winter. One of the best heavy moisturizers I've tried.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream - I use this at night when my skin is oily or normal. It's super light and absorbs into the skin well. I love it's oil-free texture. It's important to still moisturize even if you have oily or normal skin! This is a perfect product for that.

Origin's GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer - I use this product in the morning. It sits great under my makeup but more specifically I find it does wake me up and make my look more alive (when I'd much rather be sleeping). This product could easily be replaced by the last one but I love it's energizing effects too much!

Mask
Origins Maskimizer - I use this before any mask I put on. You spritz it on your skin and it primes your face to absorb what the mask you're about to use it for. I really think this adds a lot to the use of a mask and feels refreshing to spray on after washing your face in preparation. 

Origins By All Greens Face Mask - This is a very deep cleaning mask that you use like a face wash as you rub it in and then leave it to dry. It's very refreshing with green tea and spinach. I use this when my skin has been abused by too much makeup.

Lush Oatfix Face Mask - I love all Lush's face masks, something about them being made out of fresh product is super appealing. This is my favourite because it smells amazing and it nice to calm my dry skin down.

Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque - In the pictures I am showing you a small size, this usually comes in a much bigger jar. It's my most used face mask and I love using it before going out. It really brightens and tightens your skin.

Pores
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - I get blackheads on my nose and chin so I use one of these once every few weeks. It's inexpensive and does the job great! I wouldn't bother buying anything more high end because they really all do the same thing.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Lessons I Learned When Building a Social Media Presence + Instagram Tips!


From my short few years building an online presence I have learned a few tips and lessons I wish someone had told me from the start. This past year I have got to work with over 30 incredible brands, got to travel to California with my favourite clothing store, attended blogger events and openings, but most importantly I gained confidence and happiness by sharing my thoughts and photos with readers. I know some of you are probably thinking I am going beyond my britches offering advice when I myself am not insanely successful on my online endeavours... but I have gotten to a place where I feel like at least I am being heard somewhat, that’s why someone runs an Instagram or blog isn’t it? May you agree or not, below I will discuss (in a bit of a messy format) what worked for me as someone who wanted to share my love of beauty and fashion with others.

You have to start somewhere. Everyone has to start somewhere, even the big “beauty gurus” that are raking in millions started with no followers. An example I like to use is when I was young and first began blogging, a blog called “schoee.blogspot.com” and I followed each other. She only had a few hundred more readers than me and we posted the same sort of content. I gave up blogging after being discouraged that no one was reading my content. I came to find out a few years later that the other blogger was Zoe Sugg, who now runs the Zoella online empire that I am sure you’ve all heard of. Moral of the story is keep going and sharing what you’re passionate about even if you feel like you’re not being heard, just like she did. If you want to begin blogging I suggest using blogspot.com, it’s very easy to use and free.

Make a name and stick with it. If you want to build an online presence I found it was important to use one name on all social media platforms and to leave out any numbers/characters if possible. Something catchy or maybe just your own name. You want people to remember it and it’s how you’ll be recognized. I don’t think I have the best name but people seem to remember it and the name was available for me to own on Instagram and .com domain. Consider making a twitter, snapchat, blog, Instagram, pinterest, email, WHATEVER you want to utilize.

It’s ok to not let real life friends know. When I first became committed to instagramming and blogging I was really embarrassed for people I knew in real life to see what I was doing. I felt like they’d make fun of my thoughts and photos or think I was being full of myself for trying to build up my platforms. I made separate accounts from my personal ones (and even went as far to block everyone I could possibly think of from them) and carried on that way. Younger me felt this way out of fear of being made fun of but now that I am older I realize no one is going to make fun of me (or even care hah). If you're too worried people will bully you don't let them hold you back from doing something you enjoy.

Connect with the city you live in (if you’re comfortable with that). For over a year of running my blog and Instagram I didn’t disclose where I was from. As soon as I did I was contacted by my local mall to write a feature for them. Engage with local brands, restaurants, and services (tagging them in photos, writing reviews, etc). People enjoy following others who live where they do because you’re more relatable and can show them new things to do and see around their home. Even just letting readers know I was from Canada helped both new Canadian readers and brands engage me.

Take advantage of everything that comes your way. If you’ve been working at it a while brands or events may begin to contact you. It’s very exciting when this starts to happen (and I guarantee with hard work this will happen… if you’re PASSIONATE about what you’re doing and not just trying to get free stuff). Collab with as many as possible and go to every event you can. When I began getting contacted by local brands/store openings I turned down quite a few because I was too nervous and shy. Honestly, I still turn down invites because I am too nervous to interact with new people without a friend with me (ugh don’t get me started on some of the  amazing stuff I have chickened out on). I believe the best way to build up connections and platforms is grab whatever comes your way and enjoy the ride, so hopefully you’ll be better at this than me!

Instagram tips that have helped me:
  • Post frequently
  • Follow, like, and comment on other pages like yours
  • Take quality photos with good lighting… there are lots of tips online for this
  • Have a “theme” to your page (use the same settings/filters on all your images)
  • Look at other pages for inspiration on how to take photos
  • Don’t go overboard on the hashtags, but utilize a select few that are relevant to your image
  • Engage brands by tagging them when you post a photo relating to them (may it be your food at their restaurant, clothing from a local brand, makeup you’re using, etc)
  • Try to add your own original “vibe” (cringing at my use of that word) to your page, it keeps people coming back.
  • Post photos of you! People want to know who they’re following. This is hard for me because I don’t often like photos of myself and feel weird posting them but give the people what they want (hahh).
  • Make sure your email or contact button is in your profile description.
  • Do some research on how to take nice product photos/flat lays.
  • Generally be an active user but do not spam people.
  • Avoid buying followers and likes. To be honest, when I first made my IG I bought 1,000 followers for 50 cents. This was helpful in kick starting my Instagram and I will still recommend this to new users. Those 1,000 users I bought have long been deleted by Instagram for being inactive but their impact was helpful in gaining my first real followers (people are inclined to follow someone they see other people liking). Besides doing this I would avoid buying any fake likes and followers because it’s obvious and not gaining you any real engagement.
  • Have fun! Don’t let posting be a chore, you’re here to share content with others because you enjoy it.
  • Have variety to your images.
  • Let people know your other social media account usernames.
  • By engaging brands they may post your image on their page, take advantage of that! Brands are always looking for content to post on social media and very often use tagged/hashtagged photos of them.
  • When you see a famous instagrammer they didn't just snap all these photos in a second, there's a lot of time that goes behind the images so don't think it comes to them easy or else you'll feel discouraged when taking your own photos
  • Learn from successful instagrammers that you like, what does their page have that attracts people to it?
I hope you've found a bit of this helpful, I plan to write more post like this but more specific to certain topics. My next one will be about setting up your first blog ;)


     
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