A cold, refreshing smoothie makes a quick snack or filling breakfast. Multiple combinations of fruits, yogurt and other ingredients make it a customizable drink. There are tips to help you make the creation process smoother.
Hack #1 – Freeze fresh ingredients into ice cube trays
If you don’t have ingredients like spinach, coffee, or banana on hand try freezing them the week before into ice cube trays. I sometimes create coffee-flavored ice cubes to add into my frozen coffee drinks.
Hack #2 – Start the blender slowly
Beginning the blender use with the lowest speed option ensures that you don’t put as much wear/tear on the machine.
Hack #3 – Create a smoothie bowl
Pour your smoothie into a bowl and top it with fruits or nuts to upgrade your typical smoothie routine.
My desktop is not always the most organized. During the semester it is piled with textbooks, notes, and reminder Post-Its. There are specific items I use throughout the year – my desk essentials.
My laptop is a staple object on my desk. I use it throughout the day to edit posts, respond to e-mails and complete research for new posts. My laptop usage increases when a semester is in session. I bought my MacBook Air when I began university.
CALENDAR + PLANNER
I keep both a calendar pad and planner on my desktop. Both pieces of stationary track important dates, assignment deadlines and reminders. As my planner is portable, I take it with me when out of the house.
A teal blue clasped notebook holds all my blog post ideas. I track each date and post topic. I found this notebook at my local Chapters-Indigo. While this notebook sits next to my laptop most of the time, it is small and portable for travelling.
Keurig pods for a quick caffeine boost.
I stay hydrated with a combination of coffee and water. Both a water bottle and coffee cup remain on my desk while I work. I drink
I search for a new fragrance every few months and vary the scents I wear based on the season. I found Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume at Sephora. Upon testing the fragrance, it reminded me of spring. Viktor & Rolf are an Amsterdam-based design team. Flowerbomb is their debut fragrance.
The glass bottle containing the perfume is octagon-shaped. Inside the bottle is the pale pink perfume – the colour of a peony. The geometric pattern on the bottle is fun and unique. Like other perfume bottles, this one contains a spray nozzle.
Flowerbomb is a delightful combination of floral notes. I sense hints of jasmine, freesia, and rose. The scent is mildly floral, but not overpowering. The fragrance begins with hints of rose and citrus. It dries down to a sweet vanilla scent with light jasmine notes. I often avoid flower-scented perfumes. This one, however, is mild for my liking.
The perfume is long-lasting. It reveals different fragrance notes as it dries down. I enjoy the scent. Floral perfumes are often cloying and overpowering. This one is the opposite – light and mild.
This fragrance is is just one of the company’s perfume sets. Other perfumes available in Viktor & Rolf’s collection include the Bonbon Collection and the Spice Collection. Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Perfume retails at Sephora for $195.
Keeping a consistent sleep schedule contributes to better health and wellness. Achieving adequate sleep is easier than you think. From living with petds, I’ve adapted and simplified my nightly routine. Today I share tips to help you get better shut eye each night.
1. Practice a bedtime ritual
A relaxing routine before bed helps separate your sleep time from activities that cause excitement. Practice relaxing activities like taking a bubble bath or turning off technology 30 minutes before bedtime will help you achieve deeper sleep.
2. Exercise daily
Vigorous exercise is best, but any amount of physical activity attributes to restful sleep. Exercising at any time of day is beneficial.
3. Ensure your mattress and pillows are comfortable
The typical lifespan of a mattress is 10 years. Your mattress and pillows should be cool, comfortable and supportive.
I’ve learned a lot about beauty in the past few years. Different products, lessons, and routines shaped how I view beauty. Here are three of those pieces of advice I learned:
1. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated
, I simplified my skin care routine based on what suits my skin best. I tried a range of products and steps to care for my skin. What I discovered was the more steps I used, the worse my skin became. Your skin care regime doesn’t need to be complex. I primarily use soap/water and supplement it with a charcoal mask weekly.
2. A new haircut is liberating
I started cutting my hair short in the last two years. Each trim creates a sleek, professional style that I will keep once I graduate. My hair feels lighter and smoother every time.
3. Drinking enough water does wonders for your skin
I drink more water than I used to. The more water I consume, the brighter my skin appears. Adding more water into my routine has vastly improved my skin. I’ll admit – it’s difficult to drink enough water sometimes. I add extra fruits and flavouring to make the task more exciting.
4. Find your signature colour
A signature colour is one that you feel confident and unique in. You can incorporate this colour into your makeup, clothes, or accessories. My signature colour is a bright red, seen often in my makeup,
After months of viewing photos and swatches of Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits, I decided to try them out for myself. I tested a mixture of both light and dark lipstick shades to compare them.
Kylie Lip Kits come in a cardboard box with the word KYLIE embossed on the front. It features a design of Kylie’s lips with the lip kit colour dripping down them. The lipstick colour contained within is also visible on the top panel of the box. The design is eye-catching. Each package contains a liquid lipstick and matching lip liner. The lipstick itself cokes in a sleek tube that displays the lipstick colour and a matte cover with a dripping design.
The lipstick is vanilla-scented. When I apply the lipstick with the doe-foot applicator, it is smooth. It does not have a mousy texture, as compared to some other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. The formula has a thin, but this makes it easy to apply. My only complaint about the lipstick is that it tends to be drying.
I tested 4 shades for this review: Kourt K, 22, Dolce K and True Brown K. The wide range of shades in the collection is a great feature.
- Kourt K – a deep magenta-purple
- 22 – vibrant burnt-orange
- Dolce K – beige-nude with a light pink undertone
- True Brown K – Light chocolate brown
Below is a swatch of each colour:
Kylie Lip Kits retail from Kylie Cosmetics website for $29.
I adore all shades of red lipstick. The colour adds elegance to any outfit I wear, and it elevates my makeup. Today I share my favourite tips yo achieve the perfect cherry pout.
1. Apply powder or concealer to the lips before lipstick
Blocking out the natural pigment in the lips gives you the truest shade of your lipstick. I dust translucent powder on my lips before applying lipstick to create a white base for the colour. Blot your lips with a tissue to remove any leftover powder.
2. For percise application, apply lipstick with a lip brush
Using a lip brush gives you control over where the lipstick is applied. My lipstick sometimes bleeds outside my natural lip lines when I apply directly from the tube. I like to use a lip brush to apply lipstick to prevent this.
3. Pick your perfect red
The ideal shade makes your teeth whiter and your skin glow. Lipstick shades with a blue undertone flatter all skintones.
Fair complexions usually have a pink undertone. Use blue-based or pink-based reds to compliment the pink undertones in the skin. Light complexions have a yellow undertone, an orange-red compliments this undertone best. Brick-red lipstick suits olive complexions. If you have a darker skin tone, try a cherry-coloured red.
I recieved a sample of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer at Sephora a few weeks ago. This bronzer is a product that combines natural cocoa with the company’s signature bronzing pigments. It smells chocolately and delivers a soft, bronzy glow.
This bronzer is pressed in a small black compact with Too Faced embossed on the cover. It is a slim compact that does not include a mirror. The compact also features a texturized, dotted design around the edges. When you open the cover, the delightful chocolate scent emerges.
Because of the drier finish, the bronzer gives the skin a matte finish. It isn’t creamy or soft, but it gives the skin a light bronzy glow.
How to Use It
I apply it with an angled blush brush to softly blend it into my skin without dispensing a lot of product. I blend it into my temples, underneath my cheekbones, and the edges of my chin to contour. I use this bronzer when I wish to achieve a lightly bronzed look. In comparison to Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer, this one is not as intensely pigmented.
This bronzer is perfect for giving the skin a pop of colour without overpowering the natural skin tone.
Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer retails for $38 at Sephora.
A BeautyBlender makeup sponge is an applicator for foundation, highlight, and contouring. These sponges double in size once wet to absorb product as you apply it to the face.
Know which BeautyBlender to use
Five types of BeautyBlender products exist. The Original pink BeautyBlender is perfect for applying foundation. The Black BeautyBlender sponge works best when applying bronzer or self-tanner. Green Micro Mini BeautyBlender’s help blend foundation. The white Pure sponge absorbs moisturizer for easier application. The Blotterazi is a set of two mini pink sponges that blot away oil.
Keep the sponge wet
Rinse the BeautyBlender sponge with lukewarm water. Squeeze any excess water before applying makeup. A damp makeup sponge helps makeup adhere to the skin better than a dry sponge.
How to apply makeup with a BeautyBlender
Start by dampening the sponge with water. Pour the product you wish to apply onto the back of your hand. Dab the sponge into the product and apply it using a tapping motion. Use the pointed end of the sponge to blend it into the skin.
How to clean the sponge
Ideally, you should clean your BeautyBlender sponge after each use. Squirt a small amount of face wash or soap onto the sponge, rinse it under running water, and squeeze it until the water runs clear. You can also deep-clean the sponge by using bar soap.
How do you use your Beauty Blender?
Cleaning out your closet can be difficult. I cleaned out mine last week, and I’ll admit, it’s difficult to let go of that sparkly seath dress you wore once but hang onto just in case. Every few months, it’s a good idea to assess the items in your closet. As you scrutinize each item, ask yourself the following questions:
- Will I wear this again?
- Is it still in style?
- Does it fit?
- Have I worn it in the last 6-12 months?
- How do I feel when I wear this?
- Would I buy this is I were shopping right now?
If the anwser to any of these questions is no, then its time to say goodbye to those items.
Are you unsure of how to let go of these items? You have a few options.
Option #1 – Donate
Most cities have specific organizations that accept gently used clothes. Within Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association offers dropbox locations to leave clothing you wish to donate.
Option #2 – Sell
Apps and websites make it easier than ever to sell clothes you no longer wear. Websites such as Tradsey let you sell clothing by uploading a photo and information about the item. Tradsey then computes the price the item will sell for on the website.
Option #3 – Swap
Host a clothing swap with friends and family. This is a fun way of finding new items and saying goodbye to old ones.