Product Reviews

REVIEW: Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge


Hello, lovelies! 

I love my Beauty Blender. This palm-sized, pointed sponge is the perfect tool to apply makeup. I use it daily to apply liquid foundation, concealer, and blush. 

The Packaging

The sponge comes in a circular, lightweight plastic case. This is an ideal package to transport my Beauty Blender sponge. I also store it in the package to keep it clean. 

The Sponge 

This sponge is egg shaped, with a rounded base and pointed tip. It has a soft, pliable texture. The Beauty Blender I own is black and fits in my palm, but it comes in a range of colours and sizes.

How to use it?

My favorite aspect of a Beauty Blender is its versatility. The wider side of the sponge is ideal to use on larger areas of the face like the forehead, while the pointed end is percise for under the eyes, and nose. The tool can be used wet or dry. Simply run it under water, if using wet, squeeze the excess water, and apply makeup to the sponge. Dab the sponge onto the face to apply your product of choice in a patting motion. 

This is a versatile, easy to use tool to add into your makeup kit. The tool needs cleaning often, but a simple combination of soap/water will keep your sponge in top shape! 

Sephora sells the Beauty Blender in various sizes and colours. I own the Beauty Blender Pro, which retails for $28 on Sephora’s official website.

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Common Blogger Mistakes & How to Avoid Them


Hello, lovelies!

There’s no single way to blog, but there are common mistakes that new bloggers can make. I started my blog over a year ago and learned a lot of these mistakes myself. With a few tweaks and tips, I overcame these mistakes to improve my blogging. These are 3 common mistakes:

NO PROMOTION 

Publishing a new blog post on your personal Facebook page is one way to increase page views, but your content is likely to only be seen by your Facebook friends list. Posting to Facebook is not enough. Share your content on other social media websites, or groups dedicated to blog promotion to increase your reach and page views. A helpful hint is to tell your audience about the blog post, instead of simply leaving the link on the page.

NO OR LOW QUALITY PHOTOS

Blogs are largely about visuals. I like to include one main photo that captures the essence of my blog post. If I am writing a product review, I will often also include swatches of the product to demonstrate the colour/texture. Multiple editing tools exist to enhance and refine your photos to make them more appealing. Practice makes perfect, and keep practicing your photography until you’re happy.

NO PLANNING/CONSISTENCY 

I publish new blog posts 3 times a week. I publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while devoting each day to a specific topic. I plan my posts extensively before I begin to write them, and this actually speeds up the writing process. Consistency is key to maintain an active following. Try using a calendar to schedule content and keep your blogging on track.

What are common mistakes you made as a new blogger? Do you have any tips to share to avoid common mistakes? 

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3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout as a Student or Professional


Hello, lovelies!

I’m halfway through my second-last academic semester of university. As a social work student, I know that it is essential to avoid burnout by devoting time to myself. This task sometimes seems impossible with looming deadlines, a long reading list, and more. Self-care comes in many forms, and this list is just a few of the ways I implement a routine to take care of myself.

What exactly is burnout?

Burnout is essentially mental or physical collapse from becoming overworked. Burnout manifests itself in different ways. I’ve experienced physical sickness, mental exhaustion, and anxiety. By the end of a semester, for example, it manifests in me as a cold or tension headaches.

3 Ways to Avoid Burnout 

1. Clear out 

De-cluttering not only clears out your physical workspace, but it also clears out the mind. If you have a lot of items in your visual field, the brain works harder to ignore it all and focus on the task at hand. This can be tiring, and cause stress. I like to tidy up my desk daily or weekly, and arrange it so that only my calendar, laptop, planner, and a few notebooks are in my field of vision.

2. Practice positive affirmations/self-talk 

Self-talk happens to everyone. We can use these conversations we often have in our headspace to our advantage every day. It can help us feel better, reduces anxiety, and improves confidence. One simple way to implement positive affirmations is by using words like “I can” and “I will”.

3. Sleep 

Sleep is so important but often undervalued. There are times when I skimp on sleep, though I fully recognize that I shouldn’t. Sleep helps us restore memories, recharge, and improves brain function. Maintaining a solid sleep routine is beneficial to all aspects of your health/wellness. Most health experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults.

How do you practice self-care? 

 

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Erin Angela’s 4 Favourite Fall-Inspired Lipstick Colors 


Hello, lovelies!

I already discussed popular beauty trends for fall here on the blog. It features some of the lip colours I’ll mention in this blog post. I rotate my lipstick shades of choice based on the season. With fall (and October!) officially here, I decided to showcase lipstick colours I love this season.

1. Deep burgundy 

Any shade of red or burgundy can be adapted for any season. A deep burgundy shade creates a rich, colourful canvas for light or dark makeup. This shade is the epitome of fall colours for me. My go-to shade of burgundy is M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.

2. Eggplant 

This purple-toned pigment gives the lips a bright, fun pop of colour. This colour is slightly brighter than plum but not as intense as a rich violet. I enjoy pairing it with silver or metallic purple eye makeup and highlight. One shade I adore is Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV. 



3. Brick red 

Reds are versatile enough to wear year-round. A brick red pairs well with plush scarves and boots. A brick red always reminds me of fall, and I wear it often throughout the season. While I cherish all my red shades, my must-have for fall is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rocksteady. 


4. Peach

This colour might be a surprising addition to my list. A bright, summery lip colour is a great way to deviate from the darker colours I have in rotation. This peachy-orange shade was created using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette


 Which lipstick shade do you love to wear during the fall?

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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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I Tracked My Sleep for a Week Using FitBit… Here’s What I Learned


Hello, lovelies!

love my FitBit. This wearable fitness tracker became my favourite accessory within a few days of buying it. It has various features for tracking sleep, nutrition, and exercise. The feature I am most interested is the Auto Sleep Tracking. I decided to intricately track my sleep for one week to answer this question: Just how much sleep am I getting per week? 

The Fundamentals 

I set my tracker to record my sleep. It automatically detects when I fall asleep and when I wake. This function is surprisingly accurate. The tracker records your sleep data and sends it to the FitBit App on your phone using Bluetooth technology. The graph created displays your Sleep Pattern – including time spent asleep, the time you went to sleep + woke up, and the number of times you were awake/restless.

My Sleep Patterns 

Below is the graph FitBit generated of my sleep patterns from the past week.


I gained important insights from tracking my sleep. I sleep for shorter periods of time throughout the week, but I catch-up on this on the weekend. My lifestyle patterns affect the length of time I sleep and the time it takes to fall asleep:

  • Any alcohol I drink before bed impacts my sleep quality. My total hours of time sleep decreases if I drink a glass of wine in the evening. Just one glass causes restlessness throughout the night. I sleep less, and feel fatigued the next morning.
  • I sleep for longer periods on weekends. I catch-up on my sleep on Saturday and Sunday. I sleep longer into the morning to reset my sleep schedule. Without an alarm clock to wake in the morning, I sleep for a longer period of time.
  • My sleep is restless when there are interruptions at night. My tracker detects higher periods of ‘restless sleep’ on nights I sleep with a television left on, or am woken by my beloved pet. According to FitBit, I sleep best on nights when my room is quiet and dark.

 

What is your favourite feature to use if you have a FitBit? Do you track your sleep at night using the device?