Summer Essentials

Hello all, as a second post this fine summer I thought I would take you through my summer essentials! Also if you notice I didn’t write down spf or sunglasses that cause I feel like these are implied and actual essentials. These are my “essentials” like you don’t need them but they are nice have yah know?

Burt’s Bees Lip gloss crayons: These bad boys are AMAZING. I work in a very casual office and I feel like these are the perfect thing for my casual work style. YES I still do the bold matte lip and sometimes even a liquid lip to spice things up but these are a great everyday thing to slap on and not worry about fussing with my lip line 😉

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Mom jeans: oh yes you read that right. I have discovered that shorts are just not my thing. I like soft shorts and FINALLY found pairs that were long enough whilst on my European journey. BUT I am no longer afraid to say: I love jeans. Specifically mom jeans. I have four pairs. They go with everything, crop tops, tank tops, t shirts, buttons up. ALL THE THINGS.

Lip balm: also a winter essential, really a year round essential. A good lip balm is where its at if you wear lots of lipstick.

Dry Shampoo. This is a life saver. My hair gets super greasy, so I like to dry shampoo before I style it in the morning, even if it is freshly washed from the night before cause it doesn’t get as greasy near the end of the day.

Cream eyeshadows. I do like to wear eyeshadow everyday, but sometimes I find powders can be a bit too much if I’m sweating like a mamajama. I like to do the one eyeshadow look during the summer. Especially since I do work everyday and sometimes the morning is limited and it’s a time crunch. A one swipe and your done is one of the easiest things that make you look like you spent forever on your eyes.

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Highlighter. UGH my bae (and I don’t use that world lightly), my boo, my muse. They just add a glowniess that you see in the magazines. They are also widely available. If you are on a tight budget, the elf baked highlighters are a great option, as well as anything from wet’n’wild or the essence pure nude highlighter. If you want to foray into the high scale at the drugstore I love the physicians formula shimmer strips and thanks to my wonderful Aunt I also enjoy The Balm Mary Luminizer which gives you that J’Lo glow.

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Some good reading material. Now, as many of you know one  of my new years resolutions was to start reading more. But, alas because of such a busy school I did not exactly get to that. But, through work we had this huge book sale and I attained 10 new books that I want to read all of this summer. Currently I’m reading “Somewhere in France” by Jennifer Robson. A cheesy romance novel set in World War One but nonetheless has been an good read so far.

Having fun and enjoying the lazy days. Not a material essential but an essential for me. My school year last year was busy, with work, class, council, and my training schedule its often hard to find time for yourself. The summer is a time to recuperate and do things that you otherwise may not have not during the year. For me, its not having to rush while I’m running errands, cause I’m not rushing back to homework or readings.  Its also being able to go running after work and not feel the need to rush myself because I have no homework and very little duties to do other than wash my dishes.

What I Learned about Myself Travelling to Europe for the First Time

recently had the wonderful opportunity to go to Europe for 8 days. It was a whirlwind trip, full of amazing sights, being extremely tired, some good French fries and creating art in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Jardin Du Luxembourg

The thing about travelling long haul for the first time is you never know what to expect. I went with a tour group which was fantastic, because had I not I would not have gotten to experience art in Paris, to experience Versailles, or to experience the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. We also went to perfume museum in France where to say the least I was in heaven, we saw a pick pocketer get taken down outside of the Notre Dame and I got to experience the streets of Amsterdam (and by golly I loved it there, kind of want to move there now). This trip was by far an adventure, it was jam packed like the Amazing Race, from tulip gardens to Vimy Ridge to the extremely overpriced mall in Paris I feel as though I got a wonderful tourist experience that I signed up for.

I cannot describe how the vibe of countries change, Europe is a different place, there is no concept of time, all of the buildings are stunning and people are so fashionable. I think my favourite moment was seeing the women on their bikes in Amsterdam wearing their straight out of a magazine clothing and just riding along without a care in the world.

 

However, I wanted to tell you a few things I learned about myself during this trip.

I like to have a single room. Plain and simple. Nothing further needs to be stated.

I love touristy things but I also love free time. Versailles was amazing, tours are my jam, but I also like to wander. Since our trip was tightly planned (which I am a personal fan of) there wasn’t a whole ton of free time. However, one of my favourite places was Flanders, Belgium. We got some gelato, and I had some time to myself so I got to wander and go shopping, pick some makeup you cannot get here in the Canadas.

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Essence stand in Flanders. LIKE HOW

I like Canadian plumbing. Not going to lie folks, we encountered some pretty sketchy washrooms. And I mean sketchy. Like the toilet seats aren’t big enough and their toilets also don’t fill up? And they smell odd, kind of like when you haven’t flushed your toilet in awhile but all the time.  This doesn’t speak for everywhere we went, but it was an interesting aspect of culture shock I didn’t think I would have. However, this was a small price to pay for such a wonderful adventure.

I want to travel more. Aye there’s the rub. I want to travel but travelling costs money? Okay, so here is what I learned. My bank account is almost empty, there are hidden costs in travelling so OVER BUDGET for things like food, drinks, bathrooms (be sure to have small change on you cause most public washrooms, at least in Paris, cost money to use). BUT despite my bank account being almost empty my heart couldn’t be more full. Its cheesy, but its true.

Amsterdam is a definitely a place I want to go back to. On my travel wish list is London, Scotland and Budapest! Hmmm perhaps the next trip 😉 Where do you want to travel next?

Skin care

Hello all. Now this is a bit of a different post for me. Usually I dabble in things unrelated to my actual beauty routine such as fitness, feminism and old lady posts. But I thought I would make a post on my skin care routine. I recently went home, back to northern Ontario where my skin FREAKED OUT. I mean I have never had acne…like ever. A spot here or there. I am blessed with my grandma’s skin (I swear I’ve never seen a spot on her face in all my years of seeing her). But this past time at home of which I brought most of my normal skin care, my skin was just breaking out left, right and center. I wasn’t doing much differently, I was eating pretty much the same way I usually do but it’s a vacation, I think I deserved a few butter tarts to my name. Now, the north is a different beast and our water is different then it is in Southern Ontario, which I think had a lot to do with the state of my skin. I any case I thought I would take you through my normal skin care routine and what I do to maintain a rather clear complexion.

TEA TREE OIL PRODUCTS. I can’t shout this enough. Even when I don’t have blemishes, my Tea Tree oil scrub from the Body Shop has saved my skin along with the “let the good times roll” face cleanser from Lush. Don’t let the tag: “for blemished skin” scare you dry skinned gals. I use this pretty much every day I wear makeup as I like to do the double cleanse.  The combination of the lush exfoliatant and the scrub after a long day just cleanses my skin beautifully after I have used my cleansing oil to take off my makeup (which admittedly I wear pretty much every day other than weekends). As for the spot treatment for those pesky ones I recommend the grease lightening treatment from lush. Even if I feel some breakout action coming one I will put it on that area and WAH BAM clear the next day.

MASKS. Well folks, I used to think masks were a sham. I don’t know, I was like “who has time for this” but by golly I started using them and my skin life changed.  When I returned from Northern Ontario I decided to use by Red Algae L’Oreal clay mask. I bought this mask because of all the hype in the YouTube sphere and have used it a couple times but honestly never noticed a visible difference other than that fact that my face felt super clean and purified afterward. I have this mask since October and never once have I noticed such a huge difference as I did when I used it the night I got back to school. It just took out the gunk from my t-zone.

OIL. Rose. Argan. Coconut. Get that oil, get it. I have dry skin. I started using oil based products and my skin just loves it.

A different morning than night routine. In the morning I use the Burt’s Bees brightening day cleanser, the aloe vera toner from the Body Shop, and the Desert Essence moisturizing cream. That’s it. Plain and Simple. NOW the night routine is a whole other story- starts with Burt’s Bee’s cleansing oil, the Squeaky clean tea tree scrub, Let the Good Times Roll face cleanser, sometimes a mask, a rose water toner, and then a night cream infused with some sort of oil, along with an eye cream. YES its long and yes folks I do it every. Single. Night. I love it. It’s a ritual. I encourage you all to find your own skin ritual.

The New Year is upon us

2017 is upon us. I have never believed in resolutions which are defined by the firm decision to do or not to do something. But I just feel like this world can hold a negative connotation because for so many people resolutions can be very stringent and taking something away from yourself.  So this year instead of making strict resolutions (not that I usually do) I’m making some goals (I guess that can be seen as the same thing).

Goals:

Read more books. I have been on screens way too often this year. I watch TV, YouTube, type all of my notes, am constantly researching for school, many of my readings are online and I’m on social media not only personally for my extracurricular activities because that is just how organizations and clubs communicate now a days. It’s a great way of course to stay in touch and make sure everyone knows but I would LOVE to read for pleasure this year. Even if its just 30 minutes a day.

Another goal, FaceTime my best friend for once. I am always telling her I will FaceTime then it just doesn’t happen. I forget or she forgets or I just revert to my introverted ways and text her instead.

Be better at not making impulse purchases. Do you really need that wet n wild palette? Sure its only 3.99 but in the grand scheme of things do you really need that? Also that 3.99 adds up.  I guess I could say this year 2017 just focus on things I need, like a well fitting beige bra because I don’t own one. Or a pair of black jeans to wear to council events and more casual job interviews. I have been quite good this year with not making impulsive  purchases but sometimes you have that moment of weakness in shoppers drug mart and you total ends up being $50 and you question everything.

Use up ALL of my makeup. I know, so many of you who know me personally know that makeup is my muse. I love blushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, highlighters, you name it I love it. I shall admit, I may have bought a bit too much makeup in first semester, a blush here and there, a lip stick or extremely affordable eyeshadow palette at Loblaws this “treat yo self” mentality I took a bit too far. This goal directly ties into to the above goal.

Wash my dishes on the nightly. I have been sticking to this quite well but sometimes I forget and then wake up to a sink full of them and I have that instant, well dammit I still have to do these today.

Wake up earlier, yes this is a rather granny like thing to do (stay tuned for a post on this granny life of mine) but also go to bed earlier. I have been finding then when I’m  at home away from university, I go to bed much later than I usually do at school albeit I am currently on holidays. I want to be in bed by 11 and wake up by 8 because I really would love to get things done in the morning. I have been pretty good with this throughout this first semester at school so I’m hoping to keep that up.

I think that instead of people depriving themselves of something in the new year, like the typical “eat less junk food” I would say just focus of adding something positive to your life, even if its just a small positive thought per day or complimenting a stranger, or smiling more or eating an apple a day or making an active effort to hold doors for people, anything really that you think that will have a positive impact on your life.

De-Stressing During Exams

HELLO HUMANS. I have seen on social media several people several stressing over exams and studying at all hours, and worrying about their marks so I wanted to do a blog post outlining a few ways that you can destress.

Find a hobby that is actually fun. No don’t go to the gym if that doesn’t make you happy like people tell you to do, try something else. Try colouring, trying reading a book (and a gasp because who reads for pleasure nowadays), or just try  a new fun makeup look! My personal fave hobby is the art of the crochet, currently I’m making a toque with a pompom. My other hobby is pool but you know since I don’t have a pool table the art of crochet will do.

Take a step away from studying. Okay, I get it many folks study ALL DAY for like 8 hours and need certain grades to get into certain programs. I mean if it works for you then by all means continue doing you but for me I find I do better on exams if I don’t study all day leading up to the days of the exam and all day before. Yes I am in a different, more concept based program, but I find that studying 2-3 hours a day and planning out which lectures I want to study makes me retain the knowledge better. So I suggest (obviously I’m not a professional) to take a step back from studying and also to take a look at the bigger picture. YES grades matter for many programs, but when you are older, and in an actual career its not going to matter if you got a 65 in a class, what is going to matter is that you actually learned something that you can apply to your future.

FaceTime your pet. Okay so not everyone has a pet they can FaceTime, some of you might be pet-less, others might have a pet at school with them (lucky butts).   But I find that FaceTiming my wee Buttons is so amazing, because her very virtual presence puts me at ease and I JUST LOVE HER SO MUCH. Again another picture of my cat.

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Have a pamper night. I’m not going lie I have recently gotten very into face masks. I used to think they were a sham but honestly they are so relaxing. I did an at home facial recently and it was the best damn decision I made all week. I recently got the Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Anti-stress mask that is an amazing refreshing mask!

And remember fellow students, exams are not representative of your intelligence and your worth, you can get through this.