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4 Tips to Effortlessly Apply Eyeshadow


Hello, lovelies!

Applying eyeshadow is one of my favourite steps in my makeup routine. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that I mix-and-match on a daily basis. Working with a new palette or application technique can be daunting. Here are four tips I always come back to when applying eyeshadow!

1. Create a smoky eye using just two eyeshadows 

A smoky eye can involve a more complex routine, but if you’re short on time, it doesn’t have to. Start by creating a base with a neutral eyeshadow colour or liquid concealer to even out the eyelid’s colour. Apply a darker eyeshadow to the crease, then use a rounded brush to blend the colour inward until you reach the middle of your lid.

2. Clean up excess fallout 

Eyeshadow often flakes from the lid onto the lower lash line. You can clean any excess using a makeup remover wipe, or tissue. Another quick trick is to bake your shadow. This involves applying setting powder underneath your eyes, extending to the cheekbones. This quick trick will catch any excess shadow that falls. When your eye makeup is complete, simply brush away the excess powder.

3. Highlight and darken eyeshadow in the right places 

Lighten your eyes by accentuating the brow bone and inner corner of your eyes. I often use a white or other bright shade for this. Highlighting the eyes in the right place masks imperfections and can brighten your entire look.

4. Keep dark eyeshadows to the outer corner 

If you apply eyeshadow too close to the lash line, it can make your eyes appear smaller. Keep base eyeshadow colours light, and work darker shades up into your crease and outer corner to create the appearance of a full, big eye.

Do you have any tips for applying eyeshadow? 

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3 Helpful Study Tips for College Students 


Hello, lovelies!

Developing good study habits is essential for college/university students. These habits will help you maintain a study routine, and once it becomes routine, the act of effective studying often sticks with you! 

1. Make flashcards 

Using a system of flashcards is a useful way to stimulate your brain. It is also an effective method to organize study materials. One way to make flashcards is to dedicate a specific card colour for each subject. 

2. Refer to your class syllabus

Every syllabus I have is dog-eared by the end of the term. A syllabus is essentially your guide to the semester. It outlines due dates, exam dates, course readings, and the percentage that each evaluation is worth. Once I recieve my course syllabus, I record all due dates in my calendar and planner. 

3. Snack smart

Eating healthy snacks while studyint will leave you feeling nourished. Completing tasks is often easier on a full stomach. My favourite study-snack combinations include: 

  • Apples + nutbutter 
  • Almonds + cheese + dried fruit
  • Popcorn + seasalt + nuts

I’d love to hear about the study tips you use!

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4 Tips to Help You Save Money at Starbucks


Hello, lovelies!

Coffee is one of my favourite things. I drink it daily and it gives me the perfect energy boost. I am a frequent Starbucks customer, and enjoy trying new drinks and food items. Starbucks can carry a heavy price tag, so today I’m sharing my favourite tips to save money on your daily cup!

1. Join the MyStarbucksRewards Program 

This program involves earning Stars for every purchase. With each Tier of the program, you earn can earn free food and drinks after every 12 purchases. If you buy coffee daily, you’ll earn a free food/drink every two weeks! The program also has special promotions and Double Star Days to help you earn rewards quicker.

2. Create your own latte for the price of an espresso 

Order 2-3 shots of espresso hot or over ice. Add your own milk afterwards to create your own latte for less.

3. Bring your own cup 

I often bring my travel mug to Starbucks when I have a long study session ahead. Starbucks gives you a 10-cent discount when you bring your own reusable cup.

4. Brew your Starbucks coffee or tea at home 

I recently discovered the variety of Starbucks K-Cups that exist for my Keurig. I buy a 12-pack of K-Cups for $11.99. My at-home coffee is still Starbucks brand, but it only costs about $1 per cup.

 Do you visit Starbucks? What is your favourite tip to save money on your daily coffee?

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3 Tips to Help You Maintain Healthy Hair


Hello, lovelies!

Maintaining healthy, shiny hair can seem like the ultimate challenge. I often find myself wondering: How well am I cleansing? Are my heated styling tools too harsh? Here are tips I use weekly to keep my tresses healthy and strong.

1. Don’t over-wash your hair 

Unless your hair is very oily, it is best to wash it every other day. Washing hair daily causes dryness and breakage. Over-washing hair strips strands of their natural oils. If you want hair to feel squeaky-clean every day, try using a dry shampoo in-between each wash.

2. Take care when brushing 

Using a wide-tooth comb when brushing wet hair will prevent breakage. Your hairbrush should contain softer bristles to keep strands soft and even. It is a good idea to brush through hair every morning and night to remove dirt, dust, and dryness.

3. Condition, condition, condition 

Condition hair regularly to maintain softness. I condition daily. A moisturizing conditioner strengthens hair and prevents dryness. If your hair feels limp or oily from conditioning, reduce your conditioning regime and only apply conditioner to the ends of hair.

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Wine 101: A Guide to Choosing a Type of Wine 

 

Hello, lovelies! 

Inspiration for this post came while I sipped on a glass of my favourite white wine. Have you ever wondered what different types of wine are out there? Check out this guide to 6 types of wine! 

1. Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is derieved from full-bodied red grapes. It is flavored with bold tannins. (Describe). Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with flavorful meats (e.g. Lamb, smoked meats) and firm cheeses (e.g. Aged cheddar)

2. Shiraz

A full-bodied wine with intense fruit flavors. Shiraz often has a meaty quality. It pairs with beef, lamb, and firm cheeses.

3. Zinfandel 

White Zinfandel is my personal favourite. Flavor notes are aromatic, exotic fruits (e.g. Strawberry, lemon)

4. Pinot Noir

A light-bodied red wine with high acidity. It is dry wine with tasting notes of red fruits. It pairs with chicken, pork, and cream sauces.

5. Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, full-bodied white wine. Two subtypes of chardonnay:

  • Unoaked: Unoaked chardonnay has a lighter flavor profile. Ir is zesty with apple and citrus notes.
  • Oaked: An oaked chardonnay will contain spicier notes.

Chardonnay pairs with seafood, chicken, pork and cream sauces. 

6. Reisling 

Reisling is a white wine that is floral. It contains notes of cirtus and stone fruit (e.g. Peach). Reisling is aromatic with variable sweetness. Pairings include chicken, turkey, fondue, and Thai cuisine. 

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3 Key Tips for Treating Acne-Prone Skin


Hello, lovelies!

I spent a lot of time switching up my skincare routine until finding what works. I still experience breakouts, albeit less frequently than before. I often research new tips and methods to care for my skin. I’ve narrowed down my tips to the ones you’ll see in today’s post. Keep reading to find out the tips I use daily to care for acne-prone skin.

1. AVOID HARSH EXFOLIATION 

Exfoliation may seem like the perfect way to cleanse, but for acne-prone skin, it is too harsh. Use your fingertips to massage your cleanser into the skin gently. Avoid cleansers with ingredients like beads or ones with high alcohol contents. These types of cleansers are drying. As a good rule of thumb, pat the skin dry instead of scrubbing.

2. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes as often as I should. Makeup brushes harbor bacteria that contributes to breakouts. You should wash brushes every 2 weeks, and sponges every week.

3. BOOST YOUR SKIN’S HYDRATION 

Hydrating the skin is important. Your skin tends to lose moisture when you use exfoliating products, which contributes to breakouts. Boost the hydration in your skin by adding a water-based serum into your daily routine.

 

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3 Easy Tips to Clean Your Beauty Blender Sponge


Hello, lovelies!

I bought a new Beauty Blender sponge last week to replace the one my dog ate. I shared tips earlier this summer about using this sponge, but figuring out how to clean it has been nothing short of challenging. Here are 3 tips I use to clean my Beauty Blender that I hope you can use too!

1. Wash your sponge immediately after use 

I learned the value of this tip after noticing staining on my sponge. Washing your sponge immediately after each use is the best way to maintain it. The less time product remains on the sponge, the less likely it is to leave a stain. Like makeup brushes, washing your Beauty Blender after each use reduces the amount of product buildup on it.

2. Find a cleansing option that works best for you 

Different types of cleansers exist to clean a Beauty Blender. The creators of Beauty Blender developed two cleansers specific for the sponge:

  • Liquid Beautycleanser – Wet your sponge, pour the product onto it, and massage until the water runs clean.
  • Blendercleanse Solid – This cleanser is bar-shaped. To clean your sponge, simply wet it and rub directly onto the bar.

Beauty Blenders can also be cleaned with soap or your favourite face wash. I use soap most often to clean my sponge. This option is more budget-friendly.

3. Pack the sponge correctly 

Storing the sponge correctly will lengthen its lifespan. You should let it dry in an open space after each use, to prevent mould formation. You should also avoid placing the sponge in a coloured bag to prevent colour transfer that could stain the sponge.

How do you clean your makeup sponges?