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3 Tips to Create a Perfect Smoky Eye and Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Hello, lovelies!

A smoky eye can appear tricky to master, but there are a few simple tips you can implement to craft an edgy look. Here are my favourite tips to help you create a perfect smoky eye!

1. Clean up your lines

Applying dark eyeshadow is often messy. To avoid smudging impacting the rest of your makeup, apply your eye makeup first to clean up any fallout. I like to use makeup remover or a Q-tip to clean up my lower lash line after applying eyeshadow.

2. Play with colours

A smoky eye doesn’t have to consist of black or grey eyeshadow. Try experimenting with rich, dark colours like plum, bronze, or brown to elevate your eye makeup.

3. Apply primer to stay smudge-free

Primer is a lifesaver when I create a smoky eye. Applying primer to your eyelids will ensure that dark shadow stays in place, and won’t crease.

What is your favourite tip to create a smoky eye?

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3 Simple Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

Hello, lovelies!

It’s no secret that we should drink more water. As I write this post, I’m sipping on my second cup of coffee, though I’m consistently aware of the importance of staying hydrated. If you find it difficult to maintain your fluid intake throughout the day, hopefully these tips will help you!

Get creative with your water

Many people fail to drink enough water because plain water is boring. Getting creative with your water will make it more hydrating, and enticing to drink. My favourite ways to upgrade my water include adding lemon and other fruits to enhance the flavour.

Set a timer

Setting a timer to track your water consumption is a great way to attune to how much you’re actually drinking. One simple tip to time your water consumption is to set a timer for every hour on your phone. When the alarm rings, drink one glass of water. The important thing to remember is to keep a consistent flow of water going into your body to prevent dehydration.

Minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake 

This can be tricky. Both alcoholic beverages and caffeine contribute to dehydration. To avoid becoming dehydrated, consume these beverages in moderation. If you drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, for example, drink one glass of water per cup to supplement your fluid intake.

What tips do you use to drink more water? 

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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?

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Skincare 101: A Guide to Clear Skin Based on Your Skin Type

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Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.

Dry Skin

If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.

Oily Skin

Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Concealer in Your Daily Makeup Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Concealer is one of my holy-grail makeup products. While I use it daily to conceal blemishes, it has become a versatile tool in my makeup kit. A lightweight, buildable concealer formula is ideal for use in unexpected ways:

1. Use it as an eyelid primer 

Concealer quickly became my eyelid primer. Priming your eyelids with concealer creates a smooth, even base for eyeshadow. Gently dab concealer on your lid before applying eyeshadow for crease-free, vibrant color. Concealer is also an excellent primer for the lips because it neutralizes your lips’ natural hue.

2. Enhance your contour 

Once you’ve contoured your cheekbones, use concealer to “reverse contour” by applying concealer above and below where you’ve applied your bronzer. This trick will sharpen the contrast between your contour and highlight, chiseling your cheekbones.

3. Brighten your eyes 

I adore using concealer to brighten my eyes. Dab concealer to the inner corner of your eye and below the browbone for an instant lift. Applying concealer underneath the eyes will brighten and add dimension to your face.

Do you have any creative uses for concealer? 

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4 Simple Productivity Tips for Busy People

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It can seem tough to complete every task on an endless to-do list. There may never be enough hours in the day to complete everything, but with a few simple tips, it is easy to increase your productivity.

1. Complete the least desirable task first 

Starting your day by completing the task you dread the most will encourage you to complete it faster so you can move on to more enjoyable tasks. Completing the hardest, least-desirable tasks first will make your day better.

2. Create a daily ‘to-do’ list

love creating daily lists of tasks. A daily list enables you to visualize the tasks you must complete throughout the day. Also, it is a helpful tool to prioritize each of those tasks. Are some tasks urgent? Does it have to be completed by the end of day, or end of the week? A ‘to-do’ list provides you with a framework of what must get completed on a daily or weekly basis.

3. Stay positive, and take breaks

A positive outlook will help you stay on track. Working hard is easier when you are happy and positive. One way to increase your positivity is to take regular breaks throughout the day – breaks help you refocus.

4. Schedule everything 

My planner is attached to my hip, and I believe that if something doesn’t get scheduled, it does not get done. Scheduling every appointment I have or task to complete helps me stay productive and on-time.

Do you have any time-management tips? If so, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about them! 

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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? 

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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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3 Essential Tips for Wearing Dark Lipstick

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I adore dark red lipstick. When I first began wearing lipstick, that was not the case. Deep-toned hues can be intimidating to wear. Today I share tips to pull off a dark-coloured lip.

1. Exfoliate your lips

An important tip for wearing dark lipstick is to start with a smooth base. Exfoliating your lips ensures that the colour won’t settle into any dry patches. I often exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub or clean toothbrush.

2. Apply concealer to the edges of your lips to reduce any mistakes

Dark lipstick can get messy. If your lipstick bleeds, apply concealer to the natural lip line to reduce discolouration.

3. Prime the lips

Applying primer to the lips will ensure that lip colour will show its true shade. Priming the lips with a translucent colour also prevent feathering. If you don’t have a lip primer, a light concealer will work in a pinch!

Do you have any tips for wearing dark lipstick?

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3 Life-Changing Beauty Hacks for A Busy Morning

Hello, lovelies!

If you’re prone to sleeping past your alarm, you may feel that you don’t have enough time to engage in your regular beauty routine each morning. If pressed for time in the morning, I like to make changes to my routine. Here are a few simple tips you can use to simplify your beauty routine in the AM:

1. Highlight and contour in one step 

To highlight your face, apply concealer in a “3” motion. Using a concealer that is lighter than your skin tone, draw the top line above your browbone, the middle line above your cheekbones, and bottom line right above your jawline. To contour your face, apply bronzer in a backward “3” motion. Blend the highlight and contour together for a seamless finish.

2. Moisturize while you sleep 

If your skin is feeling extra dry, apply your moisturizer before bed. Applying moisturizer before bed allows the lotion to absorb into your skin, and it eliminates one step from your morning.

3. Simplify your makeup routine 

I enjoy applying makeup each morning, but sometimes there just isn’t time. Pick 3-4 products that you use daily, and apply those each morning. I often use concealer, mascara, and a red lipstick for a simple, easy makeup look.

How do you simplify your beauty routine during a busy morning?