March Favourites ♡

Hey Guys!

So, as you saw in my last post, I went shopping and got a couple new products! Well, those products turned into a couple more products and those turned into an overhaul of my skin care routine.

That being said, most of my march favourites are mainly skin care (because I’ve fallen in love with them and they’ve changed my skin drastically). My skin is still not perfect but it is improving.

So here it is… my march favourites, I’ll leave links and prices (in CAD)… hope you enjoy!

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Skin Care

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PMD ($179.00)- This little personal micro-dermabraison tool has become a once a week ritual. I’ve only had it 3 weeks so I still haven’t received all of the benefits this little device has to offer. In 3 short weeks though, my cheeks have become smoother, and my scarring slightly lighter. (I have taken before and after photos, which in a couple weeks I’ll do a before and after update)

When purchasing it I looked online for a code (benefits of online shopping) and Celeb25 takes 25% off! (saves on shipping too!)

 

 

 

 

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Clarisonic Mia 2 ($175.00) – I cannot wash my face without this now (why did I wait so long!?), it has improved my skin texture and makes my skin feel so clean and refreshed! Initially, it may seem a bit  pricey but well worth the money. I actually look FORWARD to washing my face and know I am actually washing it, not just spreading makeup around! I highly recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE. They have different cleansing heads for different skin types, so you can definitely find one to meet your needs. Cannot say enough good things about this product.

Side note: I didn’t want to try this initially because I’ve tried knockoffs before, they don’t work and make your skin worse (without ever improving it). Those knockoffs were $20 so I didn’t want to try something for almost 9x more money. With a 2 year warranty, you cannot go wrong :) You will go through a skin purging faze, where for a week or 2, your skin will get worse before it gets better. It does get better and your makeup does go on like butter – I PROMISE. You can also buy it HERE with a bigger selection of colours and patterns  ♡

 

 

The 2 tools listed above, seem like a lot of money, but the only thing you need to replace are the heads on them, so you’re not spending that $175 every couple of months.

Tip: When ordering your PMD, you are paying shipping, so when I ordered, I ordered a couple replacement heads so I only paid one shipping fee.

 

These are in the order I use them:

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Josie Maran Cleansing Oil ($38.00) – I don’t use this every day, only the days I wear makeup. It’s gentle on my skin so I’m not scrubbing the makeup off my eyes and it gets it ALL. It’s a refreshing scent, avoid your mouth like the plague, if it gets in your mouth (always seems to get in mine) and doesn’t go away for a couple minutes. As a product though, I LOVE IT!

 

 

 

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Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser– 16 oz ($42.00) – I started using my Clarisonic with Kate Somerville’s Daily Detox. I liked it as a cleanser but I wasn’t a huge fan of the packaging – it was both convenient but inconvenient ( the product comes out from where you stand the product). Unless you clean your sink EVERY DAY, with product, it’s not overly sanitary. So while inline at Sephora, I saw a sample of this Purity Made Simple cleanser, I wanted to try it (quite a few YouTubers use it). It smells clean and fresh, is extremely gentle on the skin, and has kept my acne in check. They have many different sizes, so you can try it before committing to the bigger sizes.

 

 

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Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic ($29.00) – I use this after washing my face and using my PMD. I like it because you can either spray it directly on your face, or spray on a cotton round and then wipe your face. I use the cotton round after using my PMD (to ensure I am wiping off the dead skin) but after washing my face I just spray on my face. It is so refreshing and hydrates my skin, I can notice a difference when I don’t use it.

 

 

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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($58.00) – I have both the original and light, however I prefer the original. I use the light when I travel because it’s in a smaller bottle. this absorbs beautifully into the skin, doesn’t leave it oily and by the time I wake up, it’s completely absorbed. I have oily skin, so I was hesitant to use it, but it tricks your skin into thinking you’re producing enough oil, so it doesn’t have to compensate (I had this idea wrong for YEARS, always trying to dry out my oil). Now my skin it still hydrated, without being oil slicked.  (I only use this before bed, it moves too much during the day).

 

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Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel ($55.00) – I use this in between my PMD treatments. It’s gentle enough, it doesn’t burn your skin but it buffs away dead skin, leaving your skin so smooth and lovely. You can see the skin and product balling up (sounds gross but it isn’t that bad). I got a sample of this in a skin care kit but I am going to buy the full size – my sample size lasted about 6 or 7 uses. LOVE!

 

 

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Glam Glow Youthmud 0.5 oz ($21.00) – I got this for my birthday, from my sister. This is what started my new obsession with my skin care (before using Michael Todd, I would buy $6 drug store face wash that dried my skin out like you wouldn’t believe). She gave me the smaller size because the regular size is $76.00… it’s pricey but I LOVE this mask, you can feel it and see it extracting oil and dirt from your pores and your skin is way brighter after using it. If you don’t want to shell out that much money, your local Sephora may be able to give you a sample. You won’t be disappointed!

 

MAKEUP

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Nivea Lip Butter ($2.99-3.99) – I’m OBSESSED, I received the “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss” one in my stocking for Christmas and I immediately fell in love. So while I was in CVS in D.C, I saw the “Caramel Cream Kiss” and “Raspberry Rose Kiss” I immediately grabbed it. They last for a couple hours, and are so hydrating without having to constantly apply it!

Apart from the benefits it gives your lips – they smell AMAZINGGGGG

When I apply it before bed, I wake up to super hydrated lips!

 

 

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Divergent Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($71.00) – THIS IS A LIMITED KIT  it won’t be in stock long, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product, the colours are pigmented, lovely, and comes in 3 different eyeshadow palettes that come with a base, crease, highlight, transition and sparkle colour. They’re small enough you can fit it in your purse, or mix and match. It also comes with 4 lip glosses, a double ended brush (cheek and crease brush) it ALSO comes with 2 blushes, a highlight and bronzer. You WANT to try to get this before it is sold for good!

 

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Acqua di Gioia ($99.00) – This is a light fresh scent that I LOVE anytime of year. It’s floral without being over powering, and light. So hard to describe, but it’s my favourite.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my favourites, let me know which ones you use or want to try!!

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Tea Hee

Hey Guys!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than curling up and watching T.V. with a hot cup of tea! (In the summer I pour it on ice). So I thought I’d create a “favourites” list of a couple of my favourite flavours from David’s Tea!

*click on the picture to the website*

Fall/Winter

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.45.00 AMOne of my favourite flavours – this black tea has a hint of cinnamon and shimmers and sparkles with the gold and silver sugar crystals!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.53.39 AMIf you love vanilla, this flavour is for you – it tastes and smells JUST like vanilla! Soothing after a stressful day, you can even sweeten it with honey or stevia :)

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 12.57.19 AMWhen I feel like I’m coming down with something, or if I’m already sick, this is my ultimate go to! (even if I’m neither) this tea is soothing (especially with honey) and LOADED with vitamin C!! Some of my friends aren’t a fan of it, like anything, it might not be for everyone. But if you’re willing to do anything to help your illness along…. take this into consideration!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 1.03.15 AMThis tea is perfect if you are craving chocolate and/or sweets. It tastes like chocolate covered raspberries – so perfect on a cold rainy or snowy day! SO good!

Spring/ Summer

These are just the flavours I like as “Iced Tea” but you most definitely can have them hot or cold – all year round!

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This one is great cold – but also SO good hot! If served hot (with honey or agave) it tastes JUST like a strawberry rhubarb pie! Cold – it tastes like a strawberry drink – very refreshing!

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 1.11.43 AMThis tea is perfect for a hot day! Cool over ice, this tea is infused with peach and pineapple flavour! Perfect on the run, or sipping by the pool!

*Not pictured is one that is also perfect for summer (probably why it’s usually only available around the summer time) is “Tropicalia”. This tea tastes exactly  like a Pina Colada!*

These are just a couple of my favourite flavours, my mom would tell you I have way too much tea, but regardless if you choose to try any of these; stop in and even just smell a couple tea’s and find your flavour!

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Style it!

If I were ever stranded on an island… 2 of the 3 items on the list would HAVE to be with me. Okay, they wouldn’t HAVE to be but if my hair dries naturally, it resembles a cross between a poodle and mop.

So my list of favourite hair tools are listed below! (I am confident, if you try them, you’ll love them!)
Don’t forget – Christmas is right around the corner ;)

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1. Hair Dryer:

T3 Featherweight 2

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This dryer is so quiet and light weight. The day I switched over from my old dryer to this one, I got so many compliments on my hair; it was softer and shinier.

2. Straightener:

GHD Gold Professional 1 inch Styler

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Gold ceramic plates – giving you a smooth sleek style. If you’re like me, the auto shut off comes in VERY handy!

Curling Wand:

AMIKA:  4P Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set

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This curling iron makes curling my hair a breeze! This set comes with a glove along with a digital temperature adjustment, so you can make it as hot as you want! This curling iron is so great, the curls stay intact until the next day – without falling.

Whether you are looking for yourself or someone else, these 3 products should definitely be considered!

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My Favourite Apps

Hey Everyone!

I’ve decided to give you a list of my favourite apps I have on my iPhone. I am sure most of these are available on android as well :)
Some of these, you may already have, some you may have never even heard of!

*I didn’t include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.48.08 PM Mint.com – FREE – I was a bit skeptical at first, but this app is AH MAZING! If you’re spend happy, this is the app for you! It uses the same security software your banking apps use, so it’s completely secure. The initial set up takes a couple minutes, but it’s all completely worth it. You can either set your own budgets, or it’ll set them for you! At the end of the week, you’ll get weekly financial summary, close to credit and upcoming bill notifications. I HIGHLY recommend trying out this app!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.49.14 PM Pinterest – FREE – If you’re a Pinterest user like me and are completely addicted, like me, this is a great app! Have all your pins and boards with you! At the grocery store and see something that reminds you of that great recipe you saw but can’t remember what else you need? This app will definitely come in handy!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.50.01 PM Snapchat – FREE – If you’re one that likes to send goofy pictures to your friends, but don’t want to suffer the humiliation of screen capture? You can set the amount of time it shows on your friend’s screen, it doesn’t allow them to screen capture it and if they try to, the app will notify you!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.52.59 PM Map my Walk – FREE – This is great if you want to track your walk, run or bike ride! It even tracks through trails, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to get an accurate reading if your route of choice goes through one! If you don’t want to constantly use the GPS for the same route, you don’t have to use it, select a previous route, it’ll use previous data and current pace to track your stats!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.54.23 PM Motion X: GPS Drive– $0.99 – This app is great if you don’t need the voice command (that costs extra) and need it for a once in a while GPS. I personally paid the extra for the voice, so that on my bike, I can just listen to the directions.

 Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.56.08 PM Songza – FREE – A great app with pre- made play lists: “Driving”, “Energy Boost”, “Brand New Music”, “College Life”, to name a few. These pre-made lists, go based off of the day and time of the week. I love this app for getting ready in the mornings because I don’t have to listen to commercials on the radio.

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 2.58.01 PM Rdio – FREE (2 week trial) – Want to listen to a band’s whole discography? Rdio is awesome when it comes to searching and listening to music – only downside is after 2 weeks the monthly subscription goes up to $14.99 (nothing in life is free, right?). At the very least, take advantage of the 2 weeks! Plus side? It has unlimited listening of radio stations :)

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 3.01.58 PM Countdown+ – FREE – I am one of those people who LOVES to know how many days until my next special event (As of Oct 7 at 3:35PM EST: 53 days until Janine’s Birthday (and the P!nk concert), Christmas: 78 days, Anth’s birthday: 82 days) I also like to know how many days it’s been SINCE an event, I’m weird, I know! (504 days since I took home my motorcycle). It has a nice, bright layout – definitely great for counting down to a birthday or vacation!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 3.00.23 PM App of the day – FREE – Everyday, this app updates with apps that typically range in price, from $0.99 – $9.99 (that’s the most expensive I’ve personally seen) for absolutely free!

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Tone It Up – $0.99 – set the in app alarm for your morning “booty call”, get your motivation from the in app message board & workouts and recipes from your trainers K&K ♡

*These are all personal recommendations based on my experiences

Hope you enjoy!

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Evil Eye Ring

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For about 3 years now, ever since I saw Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” music video, I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for a similar evil eye ring!

By a stroke of luck, I was shopping on amazon, and thought I’d try again and I finally found one that is perfect!

If you like mine or to see any other styles, you can check them out here!

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My Favourites ♡

Hey Everyone!
I have gathered a list of a few of my FAVOURITE products, that I cannot be without in my makeup drawer, hope you enjoy it! The majority of these products were purchased from Sephora. I have to admit, one of my all time favourite brands is Urban Decay, with Make Up For Ever in close second.
This is the Vice Palette 2, it’s more of a colourful palette from Urban Decay. The reason Urban Decay is a go to for me (and some people may disagree), I find their product is highly pigmented, so you don’t go through it as quickly and it lasts longer than most palettes (especially with the eyeshadow potion and setting spray – you’ll see those in a sec ;) )
Urban Decay’s Naked Palette has more neutral colours (if you want more of a natural look) with a light shimmer, brightening your eyes. I’ve had this palette for about 1.5 years and use it quite often (as you can tell). Urban decay also has a Naked 2 Palette with a couple different colours, as well as a Naked Basics Palette that has neutral matte colours if you choose to forego the shimmer.
This was one of my luckiest pulse purchases (I’ll admit, I’m notorious for those). I have very oily skin, and after a couple of hours, chances of my makeup looking the same isn’t even a question. If you have that issue, I highly recommend this product for you, my makeup stays put! This is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Urban Decay has 2 others as well, I recommend either testing them all or reading their description to decide which one will work best on your needs and skin type!
Last, but certainly not least, for Urban Decay; is their Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Used under eyeshadow, it helps dramatically prevent creasing (my eyeshadow used to crease after about 2 hours). This helps set a base so the eyeshadow appears more pigmented while helping it last. With the tinted potions you can either use them under eyeshadow, or by themselves as a quick brightening tool.
My Favourite Foundation and Power is Make Up For Ever’s High Definition Foundation and their Pro Finish Powder. The liquid foundation blends extremely well into the skin and doesn’t cake, so you barely notice you’re wearing makeup. I use the Pro finish powder to set the foundation, but also use it on it’s own and it has great coverage for a powder. *Just a tip for the liquid foundation – once you get close to being out (or when the pump starts pumping), do not throw it out! You still have about about 30-40 uses by taking a makeup brush and scraping the bottom and sides! :)
You Typically only need 1-2 pumps for your entire face to have great coverage!
If you’re looking for a good contour/ highlight palette, I personally like Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Kit.
One of my favourite blushes is Nars’ Super Orgasm, its a nice pink with a bit of gold sparkle, to add a nice glow to your face. That being said, you will want to use it sparingly- as if you use too much, the sparkle will make you look like you’ve been rummaging around your christmas decorations.
Like I’ve said in my previous post, I am not necessarily kind to my hair, but this makes my hair feel SO much better! I’ve tried a couple different brands of “Argan oil” but it didn’t even come CLOSE to how Moroccan Oil makes my hair feel, shop around to get the best price- a lot of hair salons mark it up ridiculous amounts. You can either purchase a small or large bottle.
Who ever said you had to pay an arm and a leg for great mascara? I have tried probably 20 different mascaras over the years, some from the drug store, many from Sephora at $20+. To this day L’Oreal’s Voluminous Carbon Black mascara is still my favourite. I have sworn by this mascara for about 7 or 8 years and it doesn’t break the bank! :)
Last but not least is NYX’s EBPB01 one colour fits all eyebrow pencil & highlighter. I purchase mine from Target. If your eyebrows are lighter, apply lightly, if you’re going for a darker look, apply a littler more ;)
Hope this post helped in some way, these are just my personal favourites, if you have any questions, or requests, just comment and I’ll try my best to answer!
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