Product Reviews

REVIEW: MAC Gleamtones Powder 

Hello, lovelies! Today I’m reviewing MAC Gleamtones Powder. 

I recieved this as a Christmas present. I love all things MAC, and was excited to test out this powder. MAC Gleamtones is part of the company’s Vibe Tribe line. I’m excited to add this to my winter makeup routine to brighten and highlight my skin.
What is it?

The Gleamtones Powder is a combination of bronzer and highlight. The compact features a colour block of four shades.

The Packaging

MAC Gleamtones Powder is cased in a tan-coloured compact. On the compact is a spiked, colourful design. The compact is lightweight and durable. Each shade blends into the other in a geometric design.

The Shades

The compact features a colour block of four shades:

  • Coral
  • Champagne
  • Tangerine
  • Bronze

Below is a swatch of each shade. I primed my skin before applying to enhance the colours.

I apply the powder to my cheeks and the high points of my face. This achieves a soft, subtle highlight.

MAC Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder offers the perfect highlight and glow. The smooth formula applies softly to the skin, with little fallout. The powder retails for $38 from M.A.C’s official website and retail locations.

Tips and tricks

4 Methods to Help You Create a Better Morning Routine for Success


A solidified morning routine sets the tone for the day ahead. It wakes you up and refreshes you (literally!).  I’ve developed a list of methods to help you create a better morning routine.

METHOD #1: Develop a consistent sleep schedule

Sleep is the foundation of any morning routine. I know that not getting enough sleep throws of my rhythm the following day. A consistent sleep schedule may involve going to sleep and waking at the same time. Developing a consistent schedule balances your circadian rhythm. This attunes your body’s sleep and wake cycles.

METHOD #2: Wear a power colour

When you choose your clothes and makeup in the morning, be sure to include a colour that inspires you. I often coordinate my outfits with red lipstick to spark my inspiration and strength.

METHOD #3: Fuel your body

Eating a healthy, filling breakfast in the morning helps improve concentration throughout the day. With a clear mind, you are better able to focus on tasks and problem-solve. Fuel your body with nutrient-dense food to power your morning and day.

METHOD #4: Use a planner

Take a few moments to write down tasks you wish to do during that day. Organizing these tasks in a manageable fashion decreases anxiety. It allows you to better organize each task. If you know that you cannot complete a specific task that day, simply move it to the next. This is the first year I’ve dedicated a specific planner to maintain organization. 

What are rituals or tasks you always complete each morning? Do they help you develop a routine?



My 2017 Resolutions Guide

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2017.

I decided to share insight into my resolutions this year, and the steps I plan to take in  to keep them. Like many of you, the resolutions I make in January fall to the wayside within a month or two. I’m determined to change that this year. I devoted time over the holiday to compose a list of my resolutions, and outlined methods to stick to them.

1. Take care of my body 

This resolution is crucial to keep. The busier I become, healthy eating and caring for myself minimizes. I plan to start the year with a healthier diet, and the goal to eat more.  I plan to regulate my sleep schedule and engage in more self-care to supplement this.

2. Refine my skincare routine 

I often omit steps from my skincare routine in the interest of time. I hope to refine my routine to include the basic steps. I’ve determined the products that work for my skin. My goal in the new year is to organize these products into a sequence that works to control my breakouts.

3. Stay completely organized

My Kate Spade planner will help immensely with this resolution. I bought it specific for the task of remaining organized throughout the year. I function best when all my to-do’s are written on paper. I’m committed to using the planner for this purpose, and to stay consistent throughout the year.

What are some of your resolutions for 2017? Are you worried about not following through with specific resolutions?