Achieving deep sleep is beneficial for overall health, wellness, and beauty. Healhy sleep habits make a huge difference to your overall quality of life.
1. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
A consistent schedule involves going to sleep and waking at the same time each night/day. This helps regulate your body’s internal clock. It also may help you fall asleep and stay sleeping for the night.
2. Sleep on a comfortable mattress
The typical lifespan of a mattress is about 10 years. You should ensure your mattress and pillow are comfortable and supportive.
3. Turn off your electronics
You should turn off all electronic devices about 30 minutes before bed. The glow emitted from bright screens can disrupt sleep.
I deemed 2017 as the year of the face mask. To give my skin a refresh, I decided to test different face mask products. I received a sample jar of this mask with purchase at Sephora, and was eager to try it. This is the first product I’ve tried from Fresh. The mask is composed of a vitamin fruit complex (and smells like citrus fruits!)
The product is packed into a heavy glass jar. I like the removable insert that sits on top of the product, it keeps the mask fresher. One issue I encountered with this packaging is the cover. It takes some twisting and turning to remove, which is not a quick process once hands are wet. The size is ideal. At 100 ml, this is a lot of product.
Once the jar is opened, you are greeted with a refreshing citrus scent. The mask itself is textured like a gel. I initially thought this to be a thick texture. Once applied to the face and mixed with water, the mask thins. It contains crystals of citrus fruit, which do not irritate the skin. It is light orange in colour. After the first use, I noticed my skin felt softer. My skin appeared more radiant and bright.
How to use the mask
Apply the mask to clean, damp skin. I rub it into my skin in a circular motion. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. I use this mask 1-2 times per week.
I enjoy refreshing my skin with Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask. The process of using the mask is not complex, and it is a quick addition to my weekly beauty routine. (Plus, the citrus scent is heavenly!)
This mask retails for $80 at Sephora. It is also available in a sample-size.
Have you tried any Fresh Beauty products before?
Natural oils and ointments are useful for beauty. Coconut oil is an edible (yes, edible!) oil extracted from the kernals of a coconut. This oil has a surprising number of beauty benefits.
1. As a deep conditioner
Many hair conditioners contain coconut oil. This ingredient prevents protein loss and it penetrates hair better than other oils. If your conditioner does not contain coconut oil, apply the liquid to your hair, comb it through, and twist hair into a bun. Place a soft towel over your head. Rinse as usual in the morning.
2. As a lip balm
Coconut is a perfect lip balm, as it is semi-solid at room temperature. To create a lip balm with it, pack it into a miniature jar and smooth over lips.
3. As a body scrub
Mix half a cup of coconut oil with a handful of coarse salt (or sugar!) This creates an exfoliator. The oil gives the scrub a moisturizing effect.
4. As deodorant
To create a DIY deodorant, mix coconut oil with arrowroot powder, cornstarch, baking soda and a scented oil.
5. As a treatment for dry ends
Apply a pinch of oil to the ends of your hair. This replenishes moisture to dry, damaged ends.
6. As a healer for the skin
Coconut oil contains beneficial fats, which helps skin heal faster after a burn or injury.
7. As eye makeup remover
Use the oil on its own to create a simple, effective makeup remover. Dab a small amount on a cotton pad and wipe on skin until clean. Rinse the skin after applying.
8. As a cutical softener
Apply to cuticles twice a day to soften dry or chapped skin.
9. As razor burn protection
Apply to the skin before shaving to prevent irritation.
10. As a skin moisturizer
Coconut oil contains a unique fat composition. Combined with its natural antioxidant properties, the oil moisturizes and prevents skin irritation.
Have you used coconut oil as a beauty item before?
On mornings when I am rushed, I simplify my makeup and skincare routine. This routine required modifications and trimming to include basic products. It took considerable time to reduce my daily products to the bare essentials. This routine saves me at least 10 minutes in the morning! Today I share my five-minute makeup and skincare routine:
If I am pressed for time, I skip a detailed facial cleansing. I wash my face with Dove soap. The moisturizing ingredients leave my skin soft and refreshed. I rinse my face, press it into a warm towel to seal my pores, and follow with moisturizer.
Simplifying this step took a lot of effort. I often wear a plethora of products each day. If I have only five minutes to spare, I use the products listed below:
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
- BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
- Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara
- The first red lipstick I place my hand on (This results in either my: Kat Von D, Sephora Collection, Bite Beauty, or Urban Decay lipstick)
Because I do not wear foundation when pressed for time, I forgo setting powder.
I highlight underneath my eyes using concealer. I use it to spot-treat any blemishes or imperfections. I apply BECCA’s Skin Perfector to my cheekbones and highlight my specific areas of my skin. When I forgo eyeshadow, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner helps me achieve a full-makeup eye look. I finish my eyes with two coats of mascara. I tie my look together with a red lipstick.
Do you have a 5-minute makeup routine? If so, what does it look like?
Bite Beauty released a trio of agave-based lip products. Agave is nectar derived from the agave plant. This product is infused with both agave and sugar crystals. I searched for a lip scrub to help banish winter dryness in my lips. I picked up the Agave lip scrub based on recommendations.
The scrub comes in a clear glass container with a matte black, twistable lid. The lid is embossed with BITE’s signature stamp. It is a heavier container. I like the simplicity of this packaging. It is clean and elegant.
I adore the texture of Bite’s lip scrub. The combination of brown sugar and pineapple enzyme give the scrub a grainy texture. It tastes like brown sugar. It foams lightly once applied to the lips, and rinses clear.
How to use it
Apply the scrub to the lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for a few seconds, then rinse. I use it 4-5 times per week as part of my makeup routine.
Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Scrub offers a convenient method to keep lips soft. It is a great base for lipstick or gloss. The agave formula is also available as a lip balm or mask.
This lip scrub retails for $18 at Sephora.
Have you tried BITE’s Agave lip scrub?
Today I share my favourite beauty hacks. I’ve tried each in the past, and they’ve resulted in a fresh take on my beauty routine.
Make your own nail polish topcoat
Combine a teaspoon of cornstarch with your topcoat polish. Apply one coat of this mix to on top of your nail polish to mattify it.
Revive dry face wipes
Some brands of face and makeup remover wipes are dry in texture. To add extra moisture fo the wipes, pour micellar or regular water to them.
Fix a broken lipstick
It is heartbreaking when your favourite lipstick cracks in half. To fix it, use a lighter to melt the bottom of the broken piece. Re-attach this piece to the stick, hold it in place for a second, and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Apply eyeliner to your eyelash curler to line and curl at the same time
This works best with a kohl liner. Use the liner to draw a line across the edge of your eyeliner where it will touch your lashline. Curl as you normally would to apply.
What are your favourite beauty hacks?
Today I decided to write a different type of blog post. I offer my list of top 25 self-care ideas. These tips may be used throughout the day:
- Take a bubble bath
- Paint your nails
- Have coffee with a friend or loved one
- Watch a movie or television show
- Bake or cook
- Pamper yourself (e.g. Do your nails, hair)
- Practice mindfulness
- Cuddle a pet
- Create a playlist of your favourite songs
- Practice your skincare routine
- Indulge in your favourite treat, like a new lipstick or novel
- Write affirmation Post-It notes
- Take a nap
- Create a vision board
- Light your favourite candle to create a soft environment
- Surround yourself with people/things that make you feel happy, inspired and energetic
- Congratulate yourself on every task accomplished – whether it is big or small!
- Practice breathing techniques
- Indulge in retail therapy
- Devote a specific time of day for you
- Read a good book
- Hug a loved one
- Plan your week – I rely on my weekly planner, and it is surprisingly therapeutic!
What are your favourite self-care techniques? If you use one on this list, or one that is not on the list, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
I recieved a sample of Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick in the shade Venom at Sephora. This shade is darker than the the other Vice lipstick shades in my collection. Venom is a cool grape colour. It is a perfect addition for springtime.
Vice lipsticks come in a chrome-silver bullet. It is lightweight and fits well into any clutch or purse. The cover is tougher to remove than full-sized lipsticks. I attribute this to the size. Attached to the bottom is a sticker that displays the colour, shade name, and finish.
I adore this colour. I favor darker shades of lipstick during fall and winter months. Venom is a bright plum, with muted pink undertones.
The cream finish is moisturizing and soft. It is slightly shiny. I enjoy how the finish gives the lipstick a demured shine once on the lips. It lasts 3-4 hours on the lips without eating/drinking. If you prefer a matte finish, this colour is available as a liquid lipstick! Urban Decay released a Vice Liquid Lipstick line earlier this year.
Urban Decay Vice lipstick retails for $17 ($21 in Canada). The selection includes 100 shades.
Have you tried Urban Decay lipstick? Which shade is your favourite?