I’m Baaackkkk

Okay WOW!

I haven’t posted in MONTHS, when letting my blog go a couple days without a post used to bug me.

Granted I’ve had a bit of a hectic year some of which I will not share – but I am going to try to write again, update anyone out there reading and hopefully post much more in the coming weeks (though, probably not every day).

So where have I been?

Well the year started out with the company I had been working for, restructuring – giving me two options; move to part time, or take a severance package – I opted with the package. Three days later, I sold my motorcycle and four days after that, I went to Florida for a week since I had never been able to take advantage of a last minute travel deal before.

March took me to Washington D.C. to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.

Fast forward to May when I finally got another job (part time). I left that job for another and I recently left that job for my current one… one I love… Sephora.

Now in between these highlights, I kept busy (to name a few):

– I applied for other jobs

– I got my gun licence and first aid certificate to apply for a job.

– I travelled to NYC

– I travelled to San Francisco

It’s been a busy year so far, with a lot of high-highs and a few lows and with all the instability, I just couldn’t find the will to write. But it’s almost the end of the year and I can’t wait for 2015.

Back to Sephora though:

For those of you who don’t know, I went to school for Cosmetic Techniques and Management, I never really did anything with that as I had a stable job, but everything happens for a reason and now I am working for a company where I go to work excited, where I can do bold makeup if I want and still fit right in. One that also allows me to feed my makeup obsession…. So you can look forward to some makeup favourites coming soon ;).

Sorry to have neglected this site, but I’m back now!

To see what I’ve been up to you can follow my instagram.

Also check out my friend’s blog if you’d like!

I’ll post in a couple days with the things I’ve been loving this fall!

Let me know if you want to see anything in particular!

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A POP of Colour

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If you’re like me and have a massive nail polish collection always looking for that ONE colour… this brand might be for you.

I’m talking about POPbeauty and their nail polish line. Ever find such a nice fluorescent pink, but about 30 minutes later, it chips? Yep… BIGGEST PET PEEVE.

While browsing Walgreens on my recent trip to D.C. I saw some of the hues and HAD to try them, I was a little sceptical because I have tried 3 different hot pink colours by different brands, all of which end up chipping.

I have to say though, so far I am impressed – I have tried 2 of the colours so far and they haven’t chipped any more than any other top brand. These colours are pigmented and bright! As with any nail polish – it’s better to do more coats of thin layers, than less with thicker layers.

The colours I have are:

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Have any of you tried them? Which are your favourite colours??

Keep in mind, these colours look different online than in person, they’re all brighter in person & perfect for spring and summer!

Definitely a brand I want to continue trying!

IMATS Haul & CONTEST!

Hey Guys!

Today my sister and I went to the Toronto IMATS, we bought a fair amount, but didn’t go overboard. I have pictures of all of the products I purchased, and below will also be a “Haul Video” along with the NOVEMBER giveaway! :)

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Eye Kandy’s colour selection!

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Some makeup done at the show

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O.P.I. Colours (in YouTube Video)

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Real Techniques

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Eye Kandy goodie bag

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Minked Lashes

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Makeup Forever HD Foundation *Also in my makeup favourites blog post*

Contest

*This is what you can win from the giveaway*

If these products don’t interest you (or you’re a guy) – you can also use these as a gift :)

If enough guys enter I will have a male prize in my next giveaway!

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These products can be yours! See the YouTube Video to find out how!

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My Week: Photo Blog ♡

Hey guys! Here is a look at some pictures from my week!

Have a great week!

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Filmed: My Everyday Makeup Tutorial!

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Made some spicy veggie spaghetti

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I love birds on wires.. saw a photo op :)

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Got a new phone <3

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Woke up at 4 am… couldn’t fall back asleep so I was able to capture the full moon at 530am

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Did an overhaul cleaning on my saltwater tank… hopefully no more algae :)

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Tried a new kind of special fx I hadn’t attempted yet- *Tutorial to come*

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Some Makeup I’ve Done!

Hey guys!

Here are some makeup I’ve done, hope you enjoy!

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Life is: Lush

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While looking into a new face wash a couple months ago, I stumbled into Lush. Not only did I find a new face wash, I found new shampoo, conditioner, face mask, moisturizer, toner and lip scrub! I love these handmade products so much, I will probably never go back to the drug store brand! Listed below you’ll see my favourites, hope you like them just as much as I do! ♡

The links are to the Canadian site, above, I included a link to choose your Country :)

Face:

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Fresh Farmacy -This bar works well for all skin types! Calamine lotion based, this bar is great for sensitive and dry skin. My skin is oily and it works great on mine too, doesn’t dry it out and the tea tree oil fights acne!

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Mask of Magnaminty – This is a face & back mask (for those who tend to get acne on their back). I love this mask for a couple of reasons; it smells minty/fresh, when you put it on, the mint causes your skin to gently tingle and it is even gentle enough to use a couple times a week. Whenever I use this mask, my skin feels refreshed, looks brighter and it seems to clear up any minor breakouts I may have. I will never allow myself to run out of this mask – I highly recommend you try it for yourself (or at least get yourself a sample ;) )

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Tea Tree Water– This is a spray toner, you can either spray it directly on your face or onto a cotton pad to remove excess dirt. I personally like spraying it directly on my face before putting on my moisturizer – it makes your face feel extra clean and refreshed. This tea tree oil toner is cut with water, grapefruit and juniperberry, to keep blemishes at bay, while not drying out your skin!

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Enzymion – This moisturizer is perfect for oily skin types, it includes a lot of astringent based citrus fruits that keep oily skin under control. I have noticed my skin has seriously improved and feels better throughout the day, even makeup goes over it nicely. This moisturizer smells great too!

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Gorgeous – Now, I personally haven’t purchased this one, partly because it’s pretty pricey but also because I am happy with Enzymion. HOWEVER, I did ask for a sample (because online it has great reviews), I wanted to try it for myself. I have to say, it really is a great moisturizer! Gorgeous has a lot of organic oils, and smells a bit like a Creamsicle – it leaves your skin moisturized but it doesn’t make your skin oily. For those of you that don’t mind spending extra for a great facial moisturizer, this one is worth considering!

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Mint Julips – with winter around the corner (at least where I live), this product will definitely come in handy! It is a lip scrub that smells fantastic, and when you’re done scrubbing, you just lick it off your lips! This is especially perfect to use right before you put on a lipstick that could show cracked lips – such as red ;)

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Hair:

Whenever I travel, I get anxiety that if my shampoo tips the wrong way, I’ll have the biggest mess to clean up, how is that relaxing? That’s why when I saw these solid shampoo and conditioner bars, I thought they would be perfect – I didn’t anticipate how much I would like them for everyday use!!

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Seanik– Made with sea salt and seaweed, it adds volume and shine! This was the first solid shampoo I ever purchased and even with trying others (that are also great), this one is still my all time favourite. It lathers nicely and has a light fresh scent! Don’t let the little pieces of seaweed worry you though, they wash out, so you wont have little bits in your hair.

*My hair was literally squeaky clean after using this gem :)*

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Ultimate Shine– Loaded with essential oils, and flecks of gold shimmer, this shampoo is softening and adds a nice amount of shine to dull locks! I really like this solid shampoo bar, although it doesn’t lather as well as the Seanik bar, it is still one of my favourite products!

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Big Solid Conditioner – I l o v e , love, loveeee this product! In my opinion, it smells fantastic, it has such a light pretty scent – a bit like baby powder. This bar has virgin coconut oil (my favourite – from previous posts), sea salt – for volume, and is infused with “toothed wracked seaweed” to soften hair. It doesn’t have the typical “slimy soft feeling” in the shower as most liquid conditioners do but after your shower, you will have smooth, shiny hair.

There are a couple ways to use it:

The standard way (as they explain on their website) : we your hair and the bar and rub the bar along the hair shaft and ends (I stay away from my roots).

I discovered my way by accident when traveling: I kept mine in a travel soap container and some water snuck in but it made the bar softer. I scoop out a small amount and rub it into a paste in my hands and apply it just like any other conditioner. I let it sit in my hair for a couple minutes and then rinse out!

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If these products aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, I at least recommend looking around the site and/or going in and getting a sample if you want to try something. You’ll be glad you did!

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My Skin Care Journey.

Hey Everyone!

So like many people, I have been on a roller coaster with acne prone skin. This is my journey, I’m not suggesting it’ll be the right path for you, these are just my experiences with it.

I’ve never had great skin – I started using Proactive in elementary school, it helped a bit, but the acne came back. In high school it wasn’t horrible, but it was still pretty bad; which is the reason my doctor decided to put me on Accutane. Accutane cleared up my skin incredibly. It has a lot of side effects, but the only ones I really experienced with it were: nose bleeds, dry lips and light sensitivity. All in all, Accutane in high school was a pretty good experience.

When I went away to college, I went on the pill; but after a couple of months on it, I decided I didn’t like the way it made me feel, so I stopped taking it. Going off the pill caused my skin to get BAD, it was so bad that washing my face would sometimes bring me to tears because it was so painful. My skin was riddled with cystic pimples and regular whiteheads – it was awful.

My makeup routine soon involved: tattoo covering makeup (I used it from my cosmetology kit I had for school), Makeup Forever HD foundation and then for added coverage – M.A.C. powder foundation. Granted, the makeup probably didn’t help the situation – as soon as I got home and on my days off, there was no makeup on my face.

This caused me to go back to my doctor, who put me on Accutane… again. This experience however was not as pleasant as my last one; I constantly felt awful and when my second month blood test came around, my liver levels were through the roof – my doctor said they were 12x the regular levels. I immediately stopped taking it, my skin was still pretty bad. *The way I got my liver levels down will be posted below*

After trying everything I could think of, including Proactive, things were looking bleak, until the day my Aunt called saying she might know someone who could help. My Aunt told me that her friend works at a laser clinic and that I should try something called “Pixel Therapy”. It removes the top layer of skin, stimulating the natural healing process, treating acne while improving acne scars. It isn’t a cheap treatment, but it has kept my skin fairly clear for the last 3 years and I definitely cannot complain!

*To get my liver levels back to normal, I did a lot of home remedies*

  • Milk Thistle pills (I took “Liver Plus” pills)
  • Drank a concoction of water, lemon juice & extra-virgin olive oil – pretty gross but might have helped
  • Ate beets.

My doctor was so surprised how quickly my liver levels went back to normal (she laughed in the message she left me). 

Hope this helps with any questions you may have had, if you have any other questions I didn’t answer – just comment and I’ll reply!Frame Artist-1

 The Before picture is from July 2010, After is January 2013. I get the odd breakout, but my skin has stayed pretty clear :)

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Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Let me just start by saying I LOVE organic, virgin, coconut oil!

I use it for EVERYTHING… cooking, skin care, hair care, and even healing! So of course, because I put my hair through the ringer, between colouring, bleaching, straightening… you get the picture, I needed some major help.

You can skip the honey, if that’s not your thing… but it definitely adds to this hair treatment.

I used about 2 tbs of organic honey (I purchased it from bulk barn)

and about a 1 tbs of organic virgin coconut oil (Costco.. but you can purchase from most grocery stores)

 I mixed it together, heated it quickly with a hairdryer (to make it a bit runny… not hot) and applied to my hair. Throw your hair in a bun and if you have it, a shower cap and read a magazine or relax for about 20-30 minutes (depending on the dryness and damage of your hair, you can leave it in longer). I left mine in overnight with a shower cap and towel on my pillow.

 If your hair is oily like mine, I don’t recommend putting it near your roots, especially if you have somewhere to go after. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add in egg whites or avocado for added silkiness!

Shower and shampoo as normal…

Now you should have some shiny and smooth locks ;)

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