Tips and tricks

3 Simple Tips to Upgrade Your Morning Coffee

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I love coffee. I’m always seeking new ways to upgrade my morning coffee, and recently upgraded my Keurig to a machine that creates lattes. Whether you have a Keurig or a regular coffee maker at home, today Im sharing three tips I use to upgrade my morning coffee!

Make your own latte 

If you’re craving a latte, but don’t have a coffee maker that makes them for you, it’s easy to make them yourself! Pour a small amount of milk into a jar and seal the lid. Vigorously shake the jar to foam the milk. Microwave the jar for a few seconds before pouring it into your mug to stabilize the foam, and viola, you have an instant latte!

Reduce the bitterness in coffee 

This is my favourite trick to reduce any bitterness in my coffee. Add a sprinkle of salt to your mug before pouring your coffee to balance the flavour. Your coffee will taste smoother and it’ll cut down on any bitter taste present in the coffee beans.

Brew beyond basic 

Introducing ice into your coffee cup is a perfect trick to create a DIY iced latte. Brew a cup of coffee and add ice cubes. After the coffee brews, stir it to melt the ice fully. Carefully pour your beverage into ice cube trays and freeze to create coffee-flavoured ice cubes. Melt these ice cubes with your favourite coffee or add it into your mug for a delightful iced coffee!

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Change Your Skincare Routine

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Embracing change is hard. When it comes to your skincare routine, you may have certain steps or products that you rely on each day to achieve a radiant complexion. But, sometimes, it’s necessary to change your routine if your skin isn’t clearing, or you feel that the products you use just aren’t working. Here are three signs to look for if you think it’s time for a new skincare routine!

You’re not seeing results

Skincare should not be rooted in achieving perfection. There are many benefits of a skincare routine, including a clearer complexion, but your routine should not be focused on attaining completely flawless skin. Everyone’s version of improvement is different. If you’ve been applying the same products for longer than 12 weeks without seeing any changes in your skin, it may be time to consider changing the products you use, or how you apply them.

Your skin is suddenly breaking out

All of a sudden, it happens – new breakouts are appearing without any reason why. If you haven’t changed your routine and are suddenly experiencing new breakouts, it could be a result of ‘skin purging’ – a reactive process to a product or step in your routine.

Your skin is overly dry

Spontaneous dry patches on your skin could be a sign that a product you’re using contains the wrong ingredients for your skin type. Certain products may contain ingredients like salicylic acid, fragrances or benzoyl peroxide that increase dryness in the skin. If your skin begins to feel drier than a desert for an unknown reason, you may want to examine the ingredients in your beloved products.

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I Switched My Fancy Cleanser for Makeup Wipes and This is What Happened

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I adore makeup wipes. I use them frequently to remove makeup and gently cleanse the skin. I began to wonder how my skin would react if I only used makeup remover wipes for a week, and ditched my cleanser.

Background

My skincare routine is fairly complex. I’ve relied on Tatcha’s The Deep Cleanse to ensure that my skin remains clear for ages, so I was apprehensive to take my makeup remover wipes to the test. The makeup remover wipes that I use nightly are from Costco – Kirkland Signature Daily Face Towelettes. With a new batch of wipes in hand, I began the challenge.

The Results

On the first day, my skin felt hydrated owing to the moisture in the wipes, but I didn’t feel like they actually did anything to benefit my skin. By the third day I noticed extra texture around my chin, cheeks and nose but my skin felt soft and radiant. At the end of the week, to my surprise, my breakouts did not increase yet my skin remained smooth. Despite my apprehension, the makeup wipes actually didn’t disrupt my skin!

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Inside Erin Angela’s 5-Minute Beauty Routine for Busy Mornings

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We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!

Face

I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.

Eyes

A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.

Lips

Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red.

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3 Face Masks I Use Weekly to Achieve Clear Skin

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that my skin is constantly changing and so is my skincare routine. I love rotating the face masks that I use based on the season and select masks in the winter that will hydrate and clear my complexion. These are the three masks that I apply weekly to maintain clear skin!

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I am a devoted fan of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask but never tried the brand’s Water Sleeping Mask until receiving a sample at Sephora. After a single use, I fell in love with the mask. While this mask didn’t directly reduce my breakouts it adds an extra punch of moisture into my skin to leave it feeling soft, plump, and hydrated. I apply this mask every Sunday to give my skin a boost of hydration and even out any texture.

Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask 

This detoxifying and cooling mask from Olehenriksen not only has a fun mint-green appearance, but it also clears my acne-prone skin. With each use, the mask works to minimize the appearance of blemishes on the surface of my skin. I typically experience oiliness throughout my t-zone, and this mask works wonders to reduce excess oil!

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Clinique’s  Moisture Surge Overnight Mask  is oil-free and has a creamy texture to retain moisture in the skin. I use this mask overnight to give my skin a more hydrated, dewy appearance. This mask works to restore and rebalance the moisture barrier in my skin and gently exfoliates any dryness while I sleep!

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3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin is Breaking Out

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We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

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REVIEW: Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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I love trying new setting sprays. I usually set my makeup with MAC Fix+ but decided to try Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray about two months ago. After one use, I knew this product would become an integral part of my makeup kit. Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray is the main product I set my makeup with each day and I’ve completely fallen in love with it!

The Packaging 

I adore the packaging of Urban Decay’s Setting Spray! The spray comes in a round bottle with a nozzle for easy use. The packaging itself features a sleek, matte black colour with the Urban Decay logo and the product name embossed on it. I love the swirled, light purple lettering on the bottle. This bottle is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Mist

The weightless mist feels refreshing on the skin. It is formulated with a unique Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of makeup to increase its longevity. The mist does not feel heavy when spritzed onto the skin and dries down completely when applied. It is completely transparent and does not leave any residue when applied. The product has a pleasant cooling sensation when sprayed into the skin, owing to the mist’s unique Temperature Control Technology.

The Wear 

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. It sets my makeup for the entire day, and my makeup does not fade or crease. Further, the product doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! I spritz the product onto my skin in the morning and my makeup stays vibrant for 10-12 hours.

How to Use It 

Shake the bottle well before use. Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the skin 2-4 times in an X and T formation then allow to dry. I also regularly apply this product to my eyeshadow brushes before use to intensify the colour of shadows.

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. The spray increases the longevity of makeup, refreshes my skin and makes my makeup look vibrant and fresh! The spray is available in multiple sizes at Sephora. The mini sized bottle retails for $19, the standard sized bottle retails for $40 and the jumbo-sized bottle retails for $50.

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