3 Simple Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your FitBit

Hello, lovelies!

always wear my FitBit to track my daily steps, nutrition, and sleep. It can be tricky to understand all of FitBit’s features, but I’ve learned a few simple tips I’m sharing with you to help you maximize the use of your fitness tracker.

1. Try out the FitBit Coach feature 

Your FitBit is more than just a step tracker. The FitBit dashboard includes a feature called ‘FitBit Coach‘ that features over 100 guided workouts and complete fitness programs. This program is customizable to suit your fitness goals, weight-loss plan, or current exercise routine.

2. Scan your barcodes 

Tracking your daily nutrition is easy with FitBit’s Food Tracking feature. It is often tedious to enter the macros and micros for every food you eat throughout the day, so my favourite way to track my nutrition is by scanning the barcode of my food packages before eating. This feature includes a camera function that allows you to scan/photograph the barcode.

3. Increase your battery life 

To increase the time between charges, it’s a good idea to turn off the ‘All Day Sync’ feature on the FitBit app. Another option to preserve battery life is to disable the amount of reminders and alarms you have set on your device.

Do you have any tips to get the most out of your FitBit device? 

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REVIEW: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I wear a lot of lipstick. As a result, my lips consistently feel dry and chapped. I decided to try Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. I have not tried a lip mask before this one, but this one delivers intensive moisture!

The Packaging

The mask is contained in a triangular, slate-grey tube. It is sleek and sophisticated, bearing the ‘Bite Beauty’ logo on the outside. I like that this packaging is lightweight. The tube has a small nozzle to dispense the mask.

The Mask

The mask itself is dense and thick, with a slightly grainy texture. Because of the thick texture, I find that the mask creates a transparent film on my lips that effectively locks-in moisture. The mask has a pleasant honey scent with hints of vanilla. To my surprise, the mask feels lightweight when applied to my lips.

How to use it

Squeeze a small amount of the mask onto the tip of your finger and apply to the lips.

Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is available in 5 colours:

  • Lavender – Pale pink
  • Maple – Sheer bronze
  • Champagne – Rose gold pearl
  • Smashed – Sheer candy-apple red
  • Natural – Clear

I own the shade Natural. If you are looking for a hydrating, quick lip mask I’d recommend Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It retails for $30 at Sephora.

3 Simple Tips to Help You Stay Hydrated

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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? 

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.

What I Eat In a Day: Blogger Edition

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This is a different post from what I normally write, but I’m always inspired by ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos and blog posts. I’ve recently started to incorporate more water, healthier meals, and less refined foods into my diet. Here is what a typical day looks like on my plate:

Breakfast

I start each day with two essentials: a cup of coffee and a glass of water. I like to drink a tall glass of water after waking up to hydrate. I then brew a coffee with my Keurig. Currently, my flavour of choice is Starbucks Caramel-Flavoured Coffee. My breakfast usually consists of a homemade breakfast sandwich – made with an English muffin, egg whites, turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese.

Lunch

My lunch varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I’ll favour a salad, or other days I’ll make my favourite pasta dish. One meal that I’ve eaten often in the past two weeks is naan bread packed with veggies. After toasting a naan bread, I add a heap of lettuce, red pepper, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The veggies keep me full and satisfied for the afternoon so I don’t snack throughout the day.

Dinner

I have an eternal love for pasta. Fettuccine alfredo is one of my favourite comfort foods, and I recently began making it with fresh pasta. (Fresh pasta tastes much better!) On the day I photographed these meals, I knew pasta would be my final dish of the day. I crafted this one with alfredo, fresh pasta, and a lot of mozzarella cheese (you’ll see a trend in each of these meals…)

What does your daily plate look like? If there are specific recipes or foods you eat on a typical day, let me know in the comments below! 

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.

3 Ways to Feel More Energized After a Sleepless Night

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Do you ever feel perpetually tired, no matter how long you slept the night before? Trying to fall asleep at night can feel dreadful. If you find yourself hitting the ‘Snooze’ button after a full night of rest, here are some tips for you! (I like to use these tips myself after Daylight Savings Time to compensate for the lost hour of sleep.)

1. Don’t hit the ‘Snooze’ button

I know, it’s tempting! Each time you hit the snooze button, you never know how your body will react – you may fall asleep, but not always. Instead of reaching for the ‘Snooze’ button when your alarm sounds try getting out of bed immediately and reach for a glass of water to refresh yourself.

2. Let the sunshine in 

Inviting sunlight into your window, or getting outside, can help you feel more awake. Bright light helps your brain stay more awake in the morning. A brisk walk in the morning is usually enough to wake you, but if that is not an option, a bright light is a great substitute.

3. Try a cup of coffee

This is my favourite method of waking in the morning. Coffee contains caffeine, which acts to block sleep-inducing chemicals in your brain. A moderate amount of coffee is usually enough to increase your alertness throughout the day. I often start my day with an 8-ounce cup of coffee.

What activities do you engage in to increase your energy in the morning? 

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!

3 Quick Ways to De-Stress When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

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Stress is a normal part of everyday life. As much as we’d like to just drop everything and start a vacation, we usually just have to power through it and keep working. It is not easy to relive all the stressors in your life, so here are three quick ways to de-stress:

1. Find a short, relaxing exercise routine 

A short exercise routine like stretching or a brief jog is ideal when you don’t have a lot of extra time. If you devote just 10-15 minutes to exercising each day (even if it just involves taking the stairs instead of an elevator) you accomplish three things: (1) You get your blood flowing, (2) You relax, and (3) You stretch any tight muscles.

2. Set a daily routine for yourself 

Any joyful tasks that you enjoy doing on a daily basis have therapeutic benefits. For me, drinking my daily cup of coffee and applying makeup are calming activities. Maintaining a daily routine is an effective personal development practice. By engaging in a daily activity, you devote time to you.

3. Just breathe 

Practicing deep breathing exercises can dramatically reduce stress and tension. Take a few slow, deep breaths each day to relieve stress. Mindfulness apps that include breathing techniques (my personal favorite is Calm – it features meditation and deep-breathing techniques for stress reduction.

What techniques do you use on a daily basis to de-stress? 

REVIEW: Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

Hello, lovelies!

With winter approaching, I like rotating a new moisturizer in my skincare routine. I received a sample of Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate during a trip to Sephora. This moisturizer is hydrating and soothing on my skin. The unique formula immediately added a boost of hydration to my face.

The Packaging 

I’ve always been a fan of Clinique’s tidy, sophisticated packaging. That quality shines through with this product. The moisturizer itself comes in a cylindrical, sleek tube. It is clear to show the fun pink-colored gel inside. My favourite aspect of the package is the pump-dispenser. It is an ideal format for releasing a small amount of product without creating a mess.

The Product 

This product is a water gel that delivers a boost of moisture to the skin. I sometimes hesitate to use water gel formulas, but this one suits my dry skin. It has a smooth texture that cools once it touches my face, similar to a serum. The lightweight gel doesn’t add heaviness to my skin and feels rather light once it dries. An added bonus of this product is that it is fragrance-free. If you have sensitive skin like I do, fragrance can be an irritant.

How to use it 

I cleanse my skin before applying the product. It is ideal for morning or night use, depending on your skincare routine. I dot a small amount on my skin and gently massage it in. Due to the hydration it contains, you only need to use a little product to refresh your entire face.

Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate retails for $17 (for the smaller size) or the full-size is $46  at Sephora.