Erin Angela’s Latest Sephora Haul

Hello, lovelies!

While this post is a Sephora Haul, it will mainly focus on skincare products because I needed to replenish them all at the same time! Today I’ll the new products I’ve incorporated into my routine, plus extras I bought while in store.

GlamGlow Waterburst Hydrated Moisturizer

Before I discuss this product, I must tell you all that it smells like blue raspberry candy! I needed a new moisturizer that was lightweight and didn’t feel sticky on the skin. GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer has a unique, lightweight formula. After a few uses this moisturizer became part of my daily skincare routine.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

This is a perfect travel-friendly eyeshadow palette for the summer months. I decided to add Huda Beauty’s Warm Brown Obsessions Palette to my collection after testing the warm coral, mahogany and brown shades. The small palette contains 9 shadows that are a combination of matte and shimmer finishes.

Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

I love Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse already! I have difficulty finding skincare products to soothe my dry, acne-prone skin. This cleanser contains natural fruit extracts to remove impurities while gently exfoliating. The formula of this product is unique – it’s a gel cleanser that contains an exfoliant that doesn’t feel scratchy on my skin. I’ve combined it with GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer and my skin feels smooth, clear and silky!

What products have you recently bought from Sephora?

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3 Simple Tips to Create and Maintain a Consistent Blog Schedule

Hello, lovelies!

Creating a blog schedule is beneficial for many reasons, including knowing exactly what to write about and when to post it. I create blog schedules 1-2 months in advance and today I share my top tips to help you create one!

1. Determine how often you want to post

I schedule my blog posts for three times per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Determining a consistent schedule to post your content enables you to stay motivated to write, and it lets you plan content in advance.

2. Find a schedule that works for you

Finding a schedule that fits your life will ease you into consistent blogging if you are new to it. In addition, writing is often easier when you can fit it into your current daily schedule.

3. Brainstorm a list of new content

If you don’t have content to write about, it will be difficult to create a content calendar! One of the best tips to ensure you always have ideas is to brainstorm a full list of blog topics.

What are your best tips for maintaining a consistent blog schedule?

4 Secrets to Becoming Body-Positive That Nobody Shares

Hello, lovelies!

Body positivity  is a wonderful thing, and becoming body positive is a journey that is achieved differently by every single person. I was recently inspired by ‘body positive’ posts on my Instagram feed to write a post about five little secrets to body positivity that may not be apparent, but are important to achieve a body-positive mindset.

1. Becoming body-positive does not happen overnight

Becoming body-positive is not always a quick, or easy, process. Learning to love the skin you’re in takes baby steps and you’ll repeat the process every day. You’ll have days where you’ll love your body; and other days you’ll revert to less-than-positive comments about your body. I’d like to think of myself as body positive, yet there are still days when my skin breaks out, or I’m bloated, and I think ‘Here we go again’. Body positivity is a continuum that changes daily, and that is okay.

2. It starts with changing your mindset 

Often, the struggles you have with your body stems from your mind. Finding body positivity will help you connect with yourself and your true emotions. A positive mindset will lead to positive thoughts!

3. Ditching the scale is a powerful motivator

I haven’t looked at my scale in over a month. It is a lot easier to stay attuned to your body and how you feel when you aren’t hyperaware of the number glowing on your scale. This small change is a powerful motivator to focus on how your body and skin feels, as opposed to how much you know it weighs.

4. Remember that beauty is not ‘one-size-fits-all’

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is achieved differently by everyone, and your beauty (and body!) is unique to you. Instead of degrading yourself for not looking like an Instagram model, focus on what makes you beautiful and gain inspiration from those around you. Beauty, and bodies, are unique to everyone!

3 Keurig Hacks for Better Coffee At-Home

Hello, lovelies!

I adore my Keurig, and I use it regularly to craft my own coffee each morning. I’m always interested in new ways to upgrade my coffee, change the flavor profile, or simply try a new recipe. Today I share three tricks I use to create a smoother, better cup of java.

1. Add a pinch of salt 

Keurig coffee is often bitter. To mellow out the taste of your coffee, stir in a pinch of salt. The salt creates a chemical reaction and lowers the acidity of the beverage.

2. Clean your machine regularly 

Much of the bitter taste you may experience is due to bacteria build-up. I keep my Keurig in top-shape by running white vinegar through the machine. I empty the water chamber and fill it with white vinegar. I then brew rinses of hot water until the vinegar rinses out. Finally, I rinse the machine with cold water.

3. Heat things up 

One downside to my Keurig? My coffee cools quickly once it brews. To combat this, I like to refill the water reservoir each time I want a cup of coffee. Because colder water is introduced to the machine, it takes longer for it to heat up. The result? My coffee is a fewer degrees warmer.

Have you ever tried any ‘hacks’ for your Keurig before? 

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.

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!

My Top Beauty Buys of 2017

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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 


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?



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?

Summer 2017 Round-Up with Erin Angela 


Hello, lovelies!

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! 

ED SHEERAN 

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!)



SUMMER EMPLOYMENT 

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.



NEW FASHION ACCESSORIES 

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.




CELEBRATIONS 

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.