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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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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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A Guide to the 5 Types of Face Acne and Helpful Tips to Reduce It


Hello, lovelies!

Face acne is surprisingly common. Many of us have dealt with it, and continue to. Acne affects teenagers and adults alike. I continue to battle against acne, into my 20s. For today’s post, I wrote a guide I refer to often to determine each type of acne.

Type #1: All-Over Facial Acne

This acne appears in clusters on the face. Is it prevalant along your t-zone (your chin, nose and forehead).  I combat this acne by washing my face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. My current favourite cleanser is Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. It gently treats acne without causing further irritation. Applying toner and lotion to the face after cleansing reduces inflammation. This balances oil production.

Type #2: Deep + Inflamed Acne

It is important to avoid touching the face when you have this type of acne. Touching the face attributes to further irritation. This type of acne responds well to acne treatments, especially those containing Salicylic Acid. It is important to be patient with this acne. It takes time for it to heal.

Type #3: Chin-Area Acne

I experience this type of acne often. Chin-area acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, and elevated stress levels. This acne responds well to spot treatments. Applying cold to the affected area also reduces redness.

Type #4: Forehead Acne

Dehydration attributes to increased oil production. Staying hydrated will reduce this type of acne. It is often caused by stress, but increased oil production from the scalp will also cause it.

Type #5: Nose Acne

Acne on the nose and surrounding areas results from excess salt intake. This acne is reduced with gentle exfoliation. 

Do you experience breakouts? If so, what are your favourite remedies to use?

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Erin Angela’s Updated, Simplified Makeup Routine for Summer Days 

Hello, lovelies! 
The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!

FACE 

The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!

EYES

I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold.   I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure

LIPS

I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup. 

Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine:




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Erin Angela’s Morning Routine – How I Organize Myself for a Bright, Productive and Energetic Day

Hello, lovelies!

I love reading about other bloggers’ morning routines. This inspired me to share my own. My morning routine changes throughout the year, depending on if a semester is in session. I’ll share my current morning routine. This routine is more relaxed now that my summer season is here.

6:30 A.M. | Publish blog posts + Tend to cat 

I hit ‘publish’ on each blog post at 6:30 local time. My cat tends to wake me around this time each morning, so I naturally wake up. I feed him and sort through any other needs he may have. He settles back into bed with me.  I’ll briefly check social media. I make note any comments or notifications that I need to respond to.

8:30 A.M. | Post on social media

schedule my social media posts at 8:30 AM daily. Scheduling my posts saves time and effort. By this time, I’m ready to take on the day ahead. I spend about a half hour responding to comments, posting, and scrolling through my feed.

9: 30 A.M. | Get out of bed + Make breakfast 

I coax myself out of my warm bed. Anyone who knows me will know that I am consistently cold. It often requires some effort to leave the warmth. I throw on a robe and slippers before heading to the kitchen. I brew coffee and whip up something for breakfast. The coffee provides an energy boost for the day. My typical meals include: A smoothie, an omelette, or a bagel with cream cheese.

10 A.M. | Check e-mail + Monitor blog post 

With breakfast in my stomach, I settle in to my laptop. The first thing I do when I sit is respond to any e-mails in my inbox. I read any newsletters I’m subscribed to. Light reading in the morning keeps me focused. I monitor the status of my blog post and respond to comments on the post. I also begin drafting the next post.

I like to keep my routine quick and simple. What does your morning routine look like? 

 

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Inside Erin Angela’s 5-Minute Makeup and Skin Care Routine for Any Busy Morning

Hello, lovelies!

On mornings when I am rushed, I simplify my makeup and skincare routine. This routine required modifications and trimming to include basic products. It took considerable time to reduce my daily products to the bare essentials. This routine saves me at least 10 minutes in the morning! Today I share my five-minute makeup and skincare routine:

SKINCARE

If I am pressed for time, I skip a detailed facial cleansing. I wash my face with Dove soap. The moisturizing ingredients leave my skin soft and refreshed. I rinse my face, press it into a warm towel to seal my pores, and follow with moisturizer.

MAKEUP 

Simplifying this step took a lot of effort. I often wear a plethora of products each day. If I have only five minutes to spare, I use the products listed below:

  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara
  • The first red lipstick I place my hand on (This results in either my: Kat Von D, Sephora Collection, Bite Beauty, or Urban Decay lipstick)

Because I do not wear foundation when pressed for time, I forgo setting powder.

I highlight underneath my eyes using concealer. I use it to spot-treat any blemishes or imperfections. I apply BECCA’s Skin Perfector to my cheekbones and highlight my specific areas of my skin. When I forgo eyeshadow, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner helps me achieve a full-makeup eye look. I finish my eyes with two coats of mascara. I tie my look together with a red lipstick.

Do you have a 5-minute makeup routine? If so, what does it look like? 

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How to Get the Most Energy Out of Your Day

Hello, lovelies!

Mornings may be tiring. Sometimes crawling out of a comfy, warm bed is an achievement in itself. If you wake up with a mindset geared towards productivity, you will often find your energy levels peaking. For myself, I like to face the day with positive thoughts and a productive mindset. Today, I share a guide to help you get the most out of your day (even if you didn’t get enough sleep!)

Wake up at the same time each day

Even if you sleep at different times each night, you should set a consistent wake-up time. This helps your body sync to a specific sleep schedule. I wake later on the weekends than during the weekday. I try to set my wake up time between 6:30 and 7 AM on weekdays. This lets my body acquaint to a set schedule. If I wake earlier or later, I notice my energy levels are lower.

Drink water throughout the day

Water is a staple to our health. While I enjoy my caffeine fix, I sip water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Consuming enough water each day keeps me alert and focused. I prefer to sip water throughout the day instead of consuming large quantities at once.

Snacks are a good idea

Eating small snacks between meals helps keep your blood sugar levels even. If I eat a heavy meal, I don’t always follow this myself. I try to eat at least two snacks each day – one between breakfast and lunch; and one between lunch and dinner. Small snacks keep my energy up and fuels my body. It’s ideal to eat healthy snacks  but I do sneak in an occasional piece (or two) of dark chocolate.

Night time routine 

A few steps at night help you unwind. This contributes to a better, and brighter morning. I keep my room dark to get a deeper sleep. Other steps in my nighttime routine include reserving my bedtime for sleep.

What steps do you take to energize your day?