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!


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!


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?

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Fall Edition 

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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?

4 Tips to Help You Save Money at Starbucks

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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?

Summer 2017 Round-Up with Erin Angela 

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I enjoyed a busy, productive summer. I worked, travelled and added new accessories to my wardrobe. To commemorate the season’s end, I decided to feature highlights of my summer! 


My trip to Toronto  was the highlight of my summer. I spent a glorious weekend exploring the city with Grant, and finally saw Ed Sheeran in concert. This weekend away from home gave me an opportunity to unwind and indulge in my self-care routine. The trip was exciting and relaxing. (Minus the subway exploration, of course!)


My summer job provided me opportunity to further my social work skills. I refined my social work skills while providing advocacy support to clients with disabilities. I completed this term of employment at Empower, a local disability resource centre here in St. John’s.


While I did not buy many new clothing pieces, I expanded my handbag collection. I added two new Kate Spade handbags into my accessory rotation. I received the first handbag as an early birthday present from my parents. This handbag is a gorgeous salmon-colored Cedar Street Harmony tote. It is lightweight and practical. To my complete surprise, I received another Kate Spade handbag as a birthday present. This second handbag is a Penn Place Keisha black-and-white patterned cross-body. I favour cross-body handbags while I am running errands or need a lighter handbag to use for a certain day. It’s an ideal accessory for the summertime.


I celebrated two milestones in August: my 22nd birthday and my 6-month anniversary with Grant. I also enjoyed birthdays and anniversaries of family and friends. My summer involved a lot of balloons and cake.

I Challenged Myself to Drink a Litre of Water Each Day for a Week

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I drink a lot of water each day, but I have never tracked the amount. Most experts reccommend 1-2 litres a day. I decided to challenge myself to drink at least one litre. I scoured the Apple App Store for an app to help me with the challenge. That is where I found My Water.

I opened the App on the first day, eager to begin the challenge. I input my height, weight and activity level. The App reccommended I drink 28 oz each day. (Or approximately 1 litre) 

The first day of the challenge was Day 1 of my summer job. I knew I’d be moving more throughout the day and assumed I would drink more water as a result. I spent the day moving about the office and sipped on water between appointments. I hit my target of 28 oz without difficulty. At this point, I felt energized. 

My Results 

By midweek my energy continued. I felt less tired during the day. My skin looked brighter and clearer, though I kept my skincare routine the same. I did not notice many other changes but knew I kept my body hydrated. The only other big difference was my hunger levels. I did not snack as much throughout the day. I stuck to three main meals, sometimes two. I also found myself reaching for my water bottle more, knowing I had a quota to meet. 

The challenge did provide subtle differences in my water consumption. I am more conscious of the amount of water I drink. I also reaped the benefit of clearer skin. 

How much water do you drink per day? 

Behind the Blogger: 5 Fun Facts About Erin Angela That You May Not Know (Kittens and Wine Included!)

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For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! Today I thought it would be fun to write a post featuring fun facts about me. I wrote a similar post when I began my blog. A post featuring 10 fun facts is an entertaining way to introduce myself to you. Here are 10 fun facts about me:

1. Wine and coffee are my two favourite beverages

I have not found a way to combine them, though. If anyone ever has an idea for wine-flavoured coffee, I’m all ears! I drink at least one coffee per day. I mainly drink Starbucks coffee, but I have discovered flavours from local coffee shops I enjoy. I own an expanding collection of cute coffee mugs. I enjoy a good glass of wine, especially white wine + rose wine. Wine is the main alcohol type I drink.

2. I have one year of studies left before becoming a social worker 

Social work is my dream job. I enjoy helping others, and my own life experiences  inspired me to pursue this career path. I’ve wanted to study social work since the age of 13.

3. They say good things come in small packages 

I stand at 4’10” tall. I like to make up for my lack of height with personality and determination. I’m optimistic, cheery, and persistent. I always hear, “good things come in small packages” and like to think that is true about myself.

4. I own two pets – a bright-orange cat and a German Shepherd Husky who is bigger than me 

My cat, Cody, has been a part of the family for 10 years. The dog, Bear, is a recent addition. Bear is approximately 8 months old and he weighs more than I do. I tried to photograph them together, but that is not an easy thing to accomplish.

5. Lipstick is my top beauty essential 

My purse contains at least two tubes of lipstick at all times. I wear lipstick every day. The shades in my collection range from a peachy-nude to purple. I wear red most often, but rotate the shades I wear based on the season. I reach for paler shades during the summer, and richer colours in the winter.