I Ditched My Fancy Cleanser for Makeup Wipes and This is What Happened

Hello, lovelies!

I adore makeup wipes, I truly do. I use them every night to remove my makeup but I’ve never considered how my skin would react if I use them to cleanse. This challenge emerged from pure tiredness – toward the end of this semester I just felt too exhausted to engage in my usual skin care routine. Here’s what happened:

The Challenge 

I tucked my beloved face cleansers away on Sunday night and armed myself with a package of Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes from my local Costco. I dreaded the idea of using just a wipe to cleanse my entire face. After the first night, I noticed a difference in my skin.

Day 1 

I woke on the first day and cleansed my face with water and a moist wipe. It felt soft and clean on my skin – the soft feeling is something I often miss with my regular face mask. I did not have high hopes for this challenge. While my skin felt softer, it didn’t feel like the product was doing anything. 

Day 2

Despite my hesitation the night before, my skin appeared soft and radiant the next morning. I noticed that two zits that were forming on my chin the previous week were becoming smaller. My pores looked minimized and my face looked moisturized.

Day 3 

On the third day I noticed better results. The wipes were clearing and cleansing my skin. Not only were my pimples disappearing, but the texture of my skin appeared smoother. The level of moisture in my skin increased which gave my skin a soft, plump look. My t-zone usually flares up with acne, but it remained smooth and pimple-free on the third day. Overall, the wipes helped my skin.

What products do you use to cleanse your skin? 

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My Sephora VIB Haul: Winter Edition

Hello, lovelies!

It all started when my dog, Bear, ate my favourite blush compact. I glanced at the email advertising the Sephora V.I.B. Sale but did not take particular notice to it because I had nothing to buy. The following morning, my beloved NARS blush fell to the floor and was quickly destroyed. Bear ate the compact’s contents before I cleaned them up. Off to Sephora I headed.

My main purchase was a new blush, but I did select additional items while I browsed. Here is a peek into my VIB Sale Haul:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 

This blush compact features 3 gorgeous pink-toned colours. My biggest concern when buying blush is finding colours that compliment my pale skin. The three shades in this compact deliver delicate pink tones. I normally skip very pink blush colours, but I decided to try them with this compact. The compact I bought the compact called Pool Party. This collection offers a mixture of coral, bright pink, and tan shades.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

Finding a product that doubles as a concealer and foundation is a dream come true. This foundation is formatted as a stick, which makes it easy to apply to the face. I wore it as my foundation and concealer yesterday and it delivered a comfortable, full-coverage finish. It dried matte but not cakey on my skin. I bought this foundation in the shade Porcelain. This shade is suited for fair skin with cool undertones.

Too Faced Under the Kissletoe Liquified Lipstick Set

I was not initially a fan of Too Faced Liquid Lipstick formula. That being said, I decided to test out a few different formulas in the range. The Under the Kissletoe set is part of their holiday collection. The colours in the set range from a deep burgundy to a glossy nude. This fun set contains 4 lipsticks:

  • Melted Liquid Lipstick in the shade Chihauhua – Dusty mauve
  • Melted Lipstick in the shade Chocolate Honey – Warm-toned nude with brown undertones
  • Melted Latex Lipstick in the shade Hopeless Romantic – Glossy beige-nude
  • Melted Matte Lipstick in the shade Drop Dead Red – Matte burgundy

What did you buy during the Sephora VIB Sale?

3 Tips to Help You Minimize Your Morning Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

My makeup and beauty routine definitely consumes most of the time I dedicate to getting ready each morning. Some mornings I go makeup-free. On days when I want a hint of colour on my bare face I employ a few simple tricks.

1. Gather a small, well-chosen team of products

Select 4-5 products that you always wear daily. I pare down my essential products to: concealer, mascara, blush and lipstick. I wear a full-coverage concealer that I apply to my entire face to double as foundation. Lining the lids with mascara quickly transforms it into an eyeliner dupe. If I want a little colour on my lids, I dot my favourite blush onto them.

2. Befriend a good dry shampoo

Dry shampoo works in a pinch when there’s no time to hop in the shower. It helps add volume to strands while reducing oil buildup. A quick tip when using dry shampoo? Spray it into the roots of hair before combing it through. This will distribute the product without leaving residue. I’ve tried a few different brands of dry shampoo, but my favourite one is John Frieda Volumizing Dry Shampoo

. 3. Plan a weekly maintenance night

If there are beauty habits you engage in weekly, it’s a good idea to devote a specific night to do them. Setting aside time to paint your nails and shave your legs saves you valuable time throughout the week.Do you engage in any beauty hacks to save time during the week?

Why I Bought a New Planner Before the New Year + 3 Steps to Set One Up

Hello, lovelies!

I love to plan. I usually buy a new planner every January, but this year I decided to buy a new one in November. The planner I previously owned did not have adequate space for my daily scheduling and I know I’ll need more writing space once I head into a new internship in January.

What planner did I buy?

I bought a large, spacious planner from my local bookstore. This one originates from a brand called ban.do. It features a 17-month spread (August 2017-December 2018), color-coded tabs and yearly/monthly/weekly calendar pageviews. To satisfy my inner organized nerd, it even contains a coil-bound closure and internal pockets.

So, why did I buy a new one before the year ended?

This new planner serves two purposes:

  1. It tracks all my reminders – Important dates, reminders, and schedules popped up throughout this semester. I already used up a lot of space in my previous planner, and required more writing space to track everything. (Grad photos, party reminders, group work, etc.)
  2. I can schedule activities in advance – I already have a few important dates scheduled for 2018. This new planner allows me to write those dates and times without waiting until January.

Tips to set up a new planner 

Setting up a new planner doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Here are three tips I use whenever I buy a new one:

  • Transfer all important dates into your new planner before throwing the old one away
  • Determine how you will colour-code your planner to organize it

How do you organize a new planner?

The Importance of Maintaining a Consistent Skincare Routine in Your 20s

Hello, lovelies!

This season has brought me many things, but consistently clear skin is not one of those things. The state of my skin changes a lot and I’ve modified my skin care routine in response. (I’m currently sitting at my laptop with a charcoal mask smoothed across my face). Today I’m sharing why you need a dedicated skin care routine, and how you can make changes if your routine is just not working.

Why maintain a skin care routine?

Your hormone levels begin regulating between ages 22-25, but you may notice extra breakouts during certain times of the month. Engaging in a consistent skin care routine is beneficial for many reasons:

  • The amount of collagen in your skin decreases in your late-20s and your skin’s barrier begins to thin. Sticking to a regular skincare routine ensures your skin continues to look youthful and radiant
  • Your skin is a large barrier. It continuously protects you from toxins and other environmental effects. By engaging in a consistent routine, you’re helping your skin function at its best.
  • With time, your skincare routine becomes a habit.

A few simple tips to help you maintain a skin care routine:

Developing and maintaining a skin care routine doesn’t have to be hard work! Here are a few of my favourite tips to regulate my daily and weekly cleansing:

  1. Use a moisturizer – A good moisturizer will keep your skin looking fresh and supple. Moisturizer protects your skin against wrinkles and reduces dryness.
  2. Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells which prevents the skin from appearing dry and dull

How do you care for your skin? 

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Fall Edition 


Hello, lovelies!

I rotate my must-have makeup items based on the season. With the fall season in full-swing, I focus on two main elements of my makeup collection: Hydration + Coverage. I change my foundation to adjust to changes in my skin (e.g. Dryness, dullness) and gravitate toward products that hydrate. Here are three of the items I’ll reach for all season:

  1. Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation

adore the coverage of Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation. I wear it throughout the fall and winter when my skin is duller, drier, and not supple. This foundation provides a matte, full coverage finish that transforms my skin into a blank slate. It hides any imperfections and lasts all day. I wear the shade Light 44 Cool – a fair alabaster with cool undertones.

2.  Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate 

This product is a lightweight water gel that hydrates the skin. (Essentially, a water-based moisturizer!) I like to wear a hydrating moisturizer and apply this after my skin care routine. My skin contains less moisture in the fall and this product is ideal for replenishing it. I favour this moisturizer because it does not leave residue on my skin and absorbs instantly.


  

3. Dark lipstick 

Any lipsticks with a dark, vampy colour reminds me of fall. I wrote a post a few weeks ago that featured my favourite fall-inspired lipstick colours. Each colour featured in that post are colours I wear a lot during the season. 


Fall-inspired: M.A.C. Cosmetics lipstick (Diva) combined with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Vampira).

What items are in your Fall makeup bag?



How I Pamper Myself During an At-Home Spa Night


Hello, lovelies!

I blog about self-care and relaxation often. I’ve begun to view self-care through a lens that it involves activities beyond the bubble-bath, but I do enjoy spending time creating my own spa-like environment at home. My routine does not include a bubble bath, but I do focus on skincare. Today I share my own spa-night routine.

Unplug 

The first step in my routine involves silencing my phone and other electronics. I like to ensure my environment is quiet, peaceful, and free from distractions. (Unless my cat decides to perch on the edge of the tub, of course!)

Focus on skin care 

always apply a face mask after removing my makeup on Friday nights. I tend to minimize my skincare routine during the week, and my top priority is to rebalance my skin once the weekend arrives. I cycle each mask in my collection, but two masks in heavy rotation each week are GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment and Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay.

Relax 

While I wait for my mask to set, I indulge in a glass of wine. I select a wine that is light, crisp, and refreshing. This portion of my spa night routine relaxes me after a long week. I enjoy curling up in fluffy blankets to settle in for a night of movies or reading.

 

eSalon, a California-based hair colour company offering custom colour services and haircare products, provided a list of additional ideas to implement into your own relaxing spa night!

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How do you pamper yourself after a long week?