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3 Interesting Lessons I’ve Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

Hello, lovelies!

As I approach my three-year blogging anniversary, I decided to reflect and write a post about the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

1. It’s okay to take time to reset 

I’ve blogged consistently for the past year and a half. In that timeframe, I’ve taken a few breaks. One important lesson I learned from these breaks: It’s okay to step away from your blog, as needed! Instead of feeling down about not posting as usual, a break provided me time to reset and develop new ideas, content, and inspiration.

2. Developing a blogging schedule is a good motivator

Determining a schedule for my blog post topics has been a great way to stay motivated. I know exactly what to write on each day, and it has kept my ideas flowing.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers

Everyone has their own path to success. It is easy to get sucked into the competition surrounding blogging, but it’s important to remember that there is no formula to achieve success. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far in my blogging journey, and recognize that everyone achieves different levels of success. (Reaching 1, 000 subscribers has been my biggest accomplishment to date!)

What lessons have you learned since you started blogging?

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What I Eat In a Day: Blogger Edition

Hello, lovelies!

This is a different post from what I normally write, but I’m always inspired by ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos and blog posts. I’ve recently started to incorporate more water, healthier meals, and less refined foods into my diet. Here is what a typical day looks like on my plate:

Breakfast

I start each day with two essentials: a cup of coffee and a glass of water. I like to drink a tall glass of water after waking up to hydrate. I then brew a coffee with my Keurig. Currently, my flavour of choice is Starbucks Caramel-Flavoured Coffee. My breakfast usually consists of a homemade breakfast sandwich – made with an English muffin, egg whites, turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese.

Lunch

My lunch varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I’ll favour a salad, or other days I’ll make my favourite pasta dish. One meal that I’ve eaten often in the past two weeks is naan bread packed with veggies. After toasting a naan bread, I add a heap of lettuce, red pepper, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The veggies keep me full and satisfied for the afternoon so I don’t snack throughout the day.

Dinner

I have an eternal love for pasta. Fettuccine alfredo is one of my favourite comfort foods, and I recently began making it with fresh pasta. (Fresh pasta tastes much better!) On the day I photographed these meals, I knew pasta would be my final dish of the day. I crafted this one with alfredo, fresh pasta, and a lot of mozzarella cheese (you’ll see a trend in each of these meals…)

What does your daily plate look like? If there are specific recipes or foods you eat on a typical day, let me know in the comments below! 

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4 Face Masks I Use to Achieve Clear, Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin and a clear complexion are two of my skin care goals. I like to add face masks into my weekly skin care routine to clarify, detoxify, and moisturize my skin. As a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I’ve tried a variety of masks. Today I share the masks that made it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list.

1. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask

This was the first hydrating face mask I’ve ever tried. This product is from GlamGlow, and I’ve used various masks from their collection. I immediately loved how it added extra moisture to my skin without weighing it down. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment  leaves my skin hydrated. glowy and smooth. I typically use this mask 1-2 times a week to supplement with my regular moisturizer.

2. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask 

I adore Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was excited to learn that the brand also has a range of face masks. The Dewy Skin Mask is actually a lightweight sheet mask. Because it does not require rinsing, it is a great skincare option for busy mornings. This mask has the consistency of a serum – perfect for dry skin.

3. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

GlamGlow’s YOUTHMUD mask is unique. You apply the mask like others from the GlamGlow collection, but it works differently. Upon contacting the skin, the mask begins to tingle! This mask is excellent for brightening. I enjoy using this mask to exfoliate and clear any blemishes.

4. Sephora Collection Face Masks 

Sephora Collection offers single-use sheet masks for the face, eyes, lips, hands, and feet. I like to rotate face masks from this collection into my skincare routine for an instant refresh. Each face mask is reminiscent of a flower, and the names of the masks range from Lotus to rose. My favorite mask from the collection is the Rose mask – it moisturizes and brightens my skin while preventing blemishes.

Do you use any face masks as part of your skincare routine?

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul: Spring Edition

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Sephora’s spring VIB sale took place from April 20-23 for members. During the sale, VIB members received 15% off all purchases, and this was a perfect opportunity for me to stock up on skincare and makeup I recently ran out of! Here’s what I picked up during the sale:

1) Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil has become my regular makeup remover. I had a few sample-sized bottles of the oil, but purchased a full-sized bottle after realizing just how often I use it! It is a gentle, effective cleanser to remove my makeup daily and lightly refresh my skin.

2) Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer/Setting Spray – I put a sample of Too Faced Hangover Primer in my cart after my beloved MAC Fix+ ran out. The first thing I noticed about this primer after trying it last week was the coconut scent. I like that this product acts as a primer or setting spray. I tested it as both my primer and setting spray yesterday, and it refreshed my skin while holding my makeup in place all day!

3) Bite Beauty Lip Pencil – I apply lip pencil every day. I own two shades of the lip pencil from Bite Beauty (020 + 044). The shade 020 is a beige-nude that is an excellent color to apply underneath any lipstick. I repurchased another pencil in that shade to replace the one I used up. (Plus, I love how easy it is to toss these lip pencils into my purse for touch-ups!)

4) Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick – Bend and Snap – This Too Faced lipstick purchase was an impulse-buy. I own tubes of this formula in a deep, mahogany red and a subtle lavender. One shade I do not have in my lipstick collection is a bright magenta. The shade ‘Bend and Snap’ is that exact match. The formula is lightweight and non-drying on my lips.

5) Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer – Finally, I bought a powder bronzer from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I did not have a bronzer in my collection after misplacing my favorite Too Faced compact. The bronzer from Anastasia Beverly Hills is finely-milled and provides matte coverage. I bought the shade Rich Amber, a gorgeous honey-toned color.

6) Living Proof Restore Conditioner – I received a sample of conditioner from the brand Living Proof. This conditioner renews softness and shine to damaged hair. I’ve tried the conditioner once, and my hair felt softer, bouncier and smooth.

Did you purchase anything during Sephora’s VIB Sale?

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How and Why I Motivated Myself to Begin a Fitness Routine

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Finding motivation to get fit can be a struggle for people. I’m a walking injury, and typically don’t exercise for fear of injuring myself again. One of my resolutions this year was to become more active and fit. Today I share why and how I’ve rejuvenated my fitness routine/goals.

Why Did I Begin a Fitness Routine?

I’m petite (aka: 4’11”) and easily feel any weight that I gain. Upon noticing that I was gaining a few extra pounds, I decided it was time to start a fitness routine again. I lead a sedentary lifestyle and decided to incorporate more exercise, and better nutrition into my life.

How I’m Doing It

I struggle with sticking to a set of exercises or a mundane exercise routine. To re-motivate myself, I downloaded the Fitness Planner Pack from Blogilates. Blogilates is a website/Youtube channel developed by fitness instructor/entrepreneur Cassey Ho. Her workout videos, meal plans, and other resources are easy to follow, fun, and effective.

After I subscribed to Cassey’s newsletter, I received a monthly workout calendar (available here). The calendar lists videos from her Youtube channel that correspond to each day of the week. Each day is categorized and features 2-3 videos (e.g. Wednesday is categorized as ‘Crazy Core’, Thursday is categorized as ‘Total Body Blast.’). Along with these motivators, I’ll add three specific tools to compliment my fitness routine:

Fitbit

My Fitbit will be my integral fitness tool. The activity tracker monitors my sleep, daily steps/activity, and weight. I’ll use it daily to record these various statistics plus my weekly weigh-ins. My Fitbit will allow me to track my fitness with little effort.

Blogilates Monthly Calendar + Meal Plans

I printed a copy of Cassey’s April Monthly Calendar and selected exercise videos to complete each day for the remainder of the month. A visual calendar lets me put a red X through the workouts I’ve completed (I don’t know about you, but writing an X through items on a list is oddly satisfying!) In addition to each daily workout, I’ve decided to incorporate Cassey’s meal plan printable into my nutrition-tracking.

Weekly weigh-ins

Because my Fitbit calculates my weekly statistics each Sunday, I will be completing weight-checks on that day to track the data. I’ll have a visual record of my weight each week, and any changes that occur.

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My Sephora Haul: Spring Edition

Hello, lovelies!

My most recent trip to Sephora involved restocking my makeup essentials. While I browsed, I added a few additional items to my cart. In today’s post, I’ll break down the products I restocked and the new additions to my makeup collection.

NEW ADDITIONS 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette 

This palette is a perfect combination of subtle earth-toned shades, sparkling rose-gold and matte black eyeshadows. I do not have a set of neutral mattes in my collection. Two initial shades drew me to this palette – a matte carbon-black and a rose gold with an iridescent finish. This palette will be an essential component of my spring makeup! I often do not wear neutral eyeshadow tones, but this will be a perfect place to start.

BareMinerals Matte Liquid Lipcolor Mini 

I received a sample of this liquid lipstick from BareMinerals. I always enjoy trying new lipstick formulas to determine how they compare to my favourites. This sample is in the shade Fire. This shade is a beautiful orange-red that is different from shades I typically wear.

RESTOCKED 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 

My beloved eyeliner lasted me a long time. I have worn the Tattoo Liner formula for the past two years, and knew I would return to this Kat Von D product once my eyeliner dried out. I restocked the eyeliner in the shade Trooper – a crisp, matte black. I actually did not realize my eyeliner was beginning to dry out until I tried the new pen. In comparison to the tube I’ve always used, the new one delivered a bold, crisp line.

What products have you recently purchased from Sephora? 

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Pretty in Pink: Erin Angela’s Top 3 Rose-Toned Beauty Products

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I’ve become increasingly fond of the rose-toned makeup products in my makeup bag. I usually rotate through different color tones in my makeup palette. Rose tones are the central color this month, and today I share three products I use to achieve it.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 

Each Blush Trio offers a combination of pink blushes that are highly pigmented. I own the Pool Party compact. It features pink tones that range from bubblegum pink to coral. This blush is one of my favorite pink-toned products – it adds a beautiful tint to my cheeks without the color appearing too pink. I wear these shades daily, but they compliment any pink-hued eyeshadow.

2. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette 

This eyeshadow  features nine pink-toned shades. The shimmery pinks and matte mauve shadows are an ideal base for a rose-colored eye makeup. I often mix the pink pearl shades with my Modern Renaissance palette to create a soft, warm smoky eye.  My favorite shades from this compact are coral, mulberry, and a shimmering icy-pink.

3. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb 

I rarely wear lip gloss but I picked up this gloss to compliment some of my matte lipstick shades. This gloss from Fenty Beauty is a shimmering rose-nude. It gives my lipstick shades a soft rose undertone. I use this product to add a hint of pink to my lips, and it is ideal to balance a smoky eye.

What beauty products do you use to achieve a rose-toned look?

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Back to Blogging: Why I Took a Break

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to my blog! I haven’t been very active online this year, and plan to return to my regular blogging schedule. Before I publish new product reviews and content, I’ll explain why I disappeared:

My Internship

I began my four-month long internship in January. This is the last semester of my social work program and I’ve devoted a lot of time to the internship. It involved a new schedule and activities that I had to become familiar with. Maintaining a regular blogging schedule was not easy!

Illness

2018 definitely came in with a bang. I ended up catching the flu more than once, which required time to recover from. I desperately wanted to continue blogging while I was ill, but resting was my top priority.

My daily schedule is regular, and I’ve devoted specific times to write new blog posts each week. I’m excited to welcome everyone back into my blogging space!

If you have any ideas for future beauty/lifestyle content that you want me to write about, leave a comment below!

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3 Products I Bought at Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

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I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.

1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 

This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.

2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment 

I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.

3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 

One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.

What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below! 

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My Top Beauty Buys of 2017

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome to the last few days of 2017! I bought a range of new makeup and skincare products throughout the year. While it was difficult to narrow down, today I’ll share my top four products of 2017.

1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

This palette was my favourite eyeshadow to use this year. The matte, shimmer and pure glitter shades made this palette very versatile. I adore the range of colours – from shimmering champagne to burnt orange with pops of purple. This palette enabled me to effortlessly create an everyday eyeshadow look or a glittery smoky eye.

2. Beauty Blender Sponge

I sacrificed two BeautyBlender sponges this year. The small, pointed sponges became a staple in my makeup kit to apply face makeup. I adored my BeautyBlender this year because it is portable, easy to clean and is a quick tool to use daily.

3. MAC Fix+

My MAC Fix+ spray kept my makeup looking flawless all year. This light, refreshing mist solidified my daily makeup and I used it religiously. This spray also became a versatile mist to dampen brushes.

4. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

I spent most of the year testing different skincare products. My skin is acne-prone and I’ve tried a lot of products before I found a routine that works for me. I discovered GlamGlow’s Super Mud mask collection in October and it has dramatically cleared my breakouts. The mask became a perfect addition to my skincare routine this fall/winter.

What were your favourite makeup and skincare products to use in 2017?