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New In Beauty Haul

15/06/2017
Hello beautiful people, welcome back to my blog!

I did a few beauty related posts and I found that I've had great success with them, so I figured that I would make this a regular installment on my blog; whenever I buy new products, I would showcase them together and let you know my thoughts about them.

I'm not a person who stays loyal to a brand or a specific product as there are so many options out on the market and with so many new releases, sales and brands being introduced, I find it hard to justify buying the same product over and over again; it has to really WOW me in order for me to repurchase it.

Read below to see what I bought!



Garnier Clean + Pore Purifying Clay Cleanser + Mask

I bought this face wash for a number of reasons, firstly, I got a facial at Elmwood Spa (my third one) and this was the first time that I had a conversation with the esthetician about my skin and beauty regime. I always thought that I had dry skin, but it turns out that my skin isn't dry, rather dehydrated. Because of my clogged pores, it turns out that I had combination skin with an oily T-Zone. None the less, I bought this face wash because it was made for oily/combination skin and WOW what a difference it's made. It makes my skin feel fresh after using it as a face wash and when I use it as a mask (literally just keep it on for 10 mins until it dries) I find that it really helps calm down my skin. Once rinsed off it feels refreshing, kinda like your mouth feels after you brush, floss and use mouthwash.

Although I mentioned that I'm not a person who stays loyal to a product/brand, this is a product that I would 100% rebuy. I've never used a cleanser that's given me results  like this one, usually I find that cleansers make my skin feel dry. At it's price point (about $7) and the fact that it's a 2-for-1…. Steal!



L'Oreal Sublime Soft Soothing Gel-Cream Wash

This product is made for dry/dehydrated skin (so I bought this before I bought my Garnier one) and honestly I find that it smells really soapy/detergent like, and it dries my skin out. I find the smell and the type of product surprising see as this one is said to be made without any additional fragrances or perfumes. I use this one randomly just so that I can use it up but I feel as if it strips my skin of it's moisture so I'm not a huge fan of it. I don't think that I've never not liked a face wash as much as this one. 
SKIP IT.

L'Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Toner

I recently just started using toner regularly in my routine so I'm not sure if I can really comment on how good/bad this one is as it's only the second one that I've ever used (the first one being the Pixi Glow Tonic).  I will say that it does help to hydrate my skin, and my pores aren’t as clogged up since I started using it, but yet again it could be a combination of things as I've changed up a few aspects of my skin care routine.

The next toner that's on my list to buy would be the Deciem toner- it's said to be a stronger (and much cheaper!) variation of the Pixi Glow Tonic which I'm excited to try out!

A few days ago I was watching Chriselle Lim on Youtube and she recommended that instead of putting toner on a cotton pad and rubbing your face with it, to put the toner directly on your hands and press it into your skin... much like an essence. I've starting doing that and I do think that I prefer this method. Have do you put your toner on; cotton pad or directly on your skin? 


The Ordinary Squalene Serum

I've heard so many great things about Deciem/The Ordinary, so when I saw their Queen St. store, I just had to pop in. I knew that they had good prices but DAMN GIRL-  the serum only cost me $9!! The serum is 100% plant derived squalene... nothing else, literally just squalene in the bottle. What's squalene you ask? Honestly I didn't really know much about it either, but it's a Korean beauty product that's really good for hydration and occurs naturally in our skin. What I do know is that this product works really well, the price is right and the packaging is cute af. 

 I would love to go back to The Ordinary to see their other options for serums. At first I was debating between this one and the rosehip oil option, but the (very nice) rep at the store said that if you use serum every morning and night, the squalene option sinks in to your skin faster. 

I'm very happy with this purchase, and am glad that it's so cheap because I'm using it up so quickly!





Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

I ran out of my usual concealer (Bare Minerals) and was planning to buy the Nars concealer ( I wasn't sure if I wanted the creamy concealer or the new pot concealer) but I knew that Maybelline's concealer was a drugstore dupe. I found it on sale for about $6, grabbed the lightest one and was sold right away. I love how easy this is to apply, how it looks on my skin and how cheap it was. 

It's great for quick touch ups on the go and I find that the product doesn't look super cakey. It's medium coverage and you can easily build it up on your skin for more coverage.

The concealer has a black stripe on the tub and that rubs of SO easily (you can see it in the photo!). I literally touched it and had the black smear off onto my skin. FYI because I accidentally got some on my chin and walked around like that for a bit before realizing.

Essie Topless and BareFoot Nailpolish

My sister asked me what the best nailpolish colours were and I told her that one of Essie's most popular ones is this pinky/nude colour. Low and behold- the next day it was on sale at Shoppers. Coincidence? Fate? You decide.

Such a classic colour, easy to apply, not streaky and works on so many skin colours.


Crest 3DWhite Brilliance Toothpaste

Ok so this is a bit random as it's toothpaste, but I love Crest Whitestrips! They make such a huge difference in the whiteness of your teeth and it really is a big confidence boost. You think that your teeth are fine until you try them out and then you realize how yellow they were!

None the less, I saw the toothpaste at No Frills for 50% off, so I decided to give it a go. You wash with the first toothpaste for a minute, and then you add on the whitening gel and continue washing for another minute. 

I can't say whether or not the toothpaste alone has made a big difference in the whiteness of my teeth, but I can say that I'm always pleasantly shocked with how clean my teeth feel once I do the two steps. 

Not sure 100% if I would re buy this, doing the two steps can be annoying, but once you do it you realize how amazing your teeth feel.

This is where I spent my money these past few weeks- what are your thoughts, do you have any of these products or have you thought about buying them?

Thanks for reading! :)


Road Trip Essentials

03/06/2017
 Hi friends, if you follow me on other social media platforms (twitterInstagram, bloglovin', pinterest hit me upppp) you might know that I went on a road trip to Boston to visit my sister, who just graduated from Optometry school- YIPEE! My parents and I drove down together with me and my dad splitting the driving, that’s 9 hours of sitting on my butt. A few hours into driving you wonder whether or not you’ll ever get there, that the road looks all the same and that after passing the thousandth rest stop, you want to rip your eyes out.



Anyways, if you’re lucky enough to travel somewhere but have to drive there, here are some tips that I’ve amassed over the years to make the best of it

Leave home early
So I’m an early bird, but I feel as if this would be logical. Literally just get up, roll out of bed, have a quick breakfast and LEGGO. You’ll eat in the car, you can do your makeup in the car, there’s no reason to really herp derp around at home. Prepare everything the night before, including all of your food and try to pack up the car the night before if you can. I’ve done road trips where I’ve left later in the day, resulting in me getting home around midnight and it’s the worst. You’re so tired, you just want to sleep, but you still need to shower and eat dinner. If you have to get up early the next day for work or school then it really throws you off as you have that packed suitcase staring at you from the corner of your room. There’s also something quite nice about getting up before everyone else and having the sunrise slowly while you’re in the car. Try to be the passenger right when you start your trip... that way you can continue napping while someone starts the driving. #protip 

Food and Drinks
There are probably so many people who will tell you to bring apples and bananas to munch on, butttttt to be honest with you, I’m not that kind of a person. In general, I’m not much of a snacker so I’m ok without bringing snacks, I would rather just make a sandwich and pop it in the cooler and eat as needed. I would recommend making some coffee in the morning and bringing it with you in a thermos, that way you don’t have to keep stopping off to buy coffee for everyone. However, if you’re like me and enjoy iced coffee, there’s no problem stopping off to get some either. Just be careful though, because you might be put in a situation where you have to pee really badly but can’t because the next stop off station isn’t for at least another 40 minutes. Can or cannot be confirmed that I pulled over to the side of the road to pee in the bushes. #junglewoman

Wear comfy clothes
Leggings, running shoes, and lots of layers, those are my pieces of choice. If you leave early in the morning, (depending on the season) it’ll be slightly chilly and then as the hours pass by and the weather changes you might find it getting really hot... especially if you're sitting in direct sunlight. 

Books and Movies
Download some movies or Youtube videos to your phone or laptop and catch up on some shows during your ride. Once you run out of batteries (it’s bound to happen) crack open the books!

Now, I give you this advice and yet I’m not sure if I should be as every time that I go on a roadtrip and bring any reading items, they sit in my lap for 90% of the time, but I’m staring out the window or sleeping. None the less, if you can focus on reading/homework while in the car, this is a great option.



Travel Sized Beauty Products
This saved my life! I quickly did my makeup in the car, and seeing as my skin felt really dry and parched, I was able to put my moisturizer on my skin a few times, or I did a few spritzes of my Pixi refresher spray which felt really nice and refreshing.

A Dope Playlist
So yet again, I’m not sure if I should be the one to give you recommendations seeing as my car doesn’t have an AUX cord so it was just the radio. Should you be in the same position as me, I’d recommend looking up good radio stations along your route as every few hours you’ll have to change the station. If you’re one of those blessed souls (haha) that has a car that’s up to date, you can also look into podcasts to listen to. Although podcasts are something that I keep meaning to listen to, I keep procrastinating with updating my list. I do really enjoy Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential while Anna from the Anna Edit (one of the influences of my blog name) and Lily Pebbles recently created a podcast called At Home with Lily and Anna where they interview beauty gurus in their own home.



These are some of the things that I find make the trip more bearable. What are some of your tips that you’ve picked up throughout the years? 

Thanks for reading!

The Body Shop Haul

16/05/2017
Hi friends, thanks for coming to my blog! Today, we’re looking at a few things that I bought from The Body Shop. 



I went in originally just to buy a few body butters, but no joke, when the representative asked me ‘what brings you in today’ I responded with “I’m feeling spendy” and then walked out with $50 worth of products. #oops? Granted, compared to ‘real’ beauty bloggers, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they spend, but for little old me, that’s what I would consider a haul. A few weeks later, I went back into the Body Shop and then walked out with another few items. Read below for the goodies that I bought (sorry wallet!) and what I think about them.


I originally received the coconut body butter for Christmas, and liked it so much that I went back to buy a few more after I used it- picking up moringa and olive scented ones. 

The cream sinks into your skin quickly, and although it’s body butter, I found it perfect for my hands. They have it as a part of buy two get one for free and they’re $6 a piece. This is now the second time that I’ve bought these hand creams, and I’ll more than likely be back for me! They have a variety of scents including coconut, grapefruit, satsuma, vanilla and the olive and moringa scented ones that I picked up. They’re small enough to bring with you in your bag, but they last a long time as opposed to some travel sized products that you can only use a few times before they’re empty.


The Body Shop starting selling liquid peels earlier this year, another variation of a physical exfoliant, this one containing edelweiss, sea holly and criste marine… #fancyschmancy

They have a few different versions, this one focusing on youth regenerating but they also have their drops of light line which is for discolouration and they just came out with a Vitamin C Glow variation as well which is the one that I would love to try out!

 It’s the weirdest thing, it’s a very thick gel that you put on your face and gently massage and it takes off all of the dead skin cells on you… and you can actually see and feel the dead skin cells coming off! It’s the grossest yet most satisfying thing ever. At first I wasn’t sold on it, but as I used it more and more I realized that this will be a staple in my skin care! I love using it every few nights and my mom starting using it as well. I found that it made a big difference with the size of the blackheads on my skin. I’m not sure if you should or shouldn’t do this, but if you also add in a physical exfoliator then your face is gonna be baby butt soft. I tested it out, so I can attest to that tehehe. 

Masks

Fear not- I didn’t come out of the store without any masks! They had a mini mask set with three masks to try out- at $6 for three masks, I figured why not- and threw it into my basket. The three that I have are the Ethiopian Honey (Deep Nourishing), Himalayan Charcoal (Purifying Glow) and British Rose (Plumping).

I first started off with the Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Face Mask, as my skin was feeling dry and I could do with some more moisture. It was a gel consistency, and it felt as if you were actually putting honey on your skin but not as sticky. The colour looked like honey, which I liked because I don't want my parents coming into my room and being terrified of me when I turned around (anyone else like this, or just me? lol). Taking it off was easy, I used a wet wipe and then just used some cleanser. Afterwards, my skin felt moisturized and soft. Was it good? Yes. Incredible? No. It did what a face mask should have done.

A few days later, the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask was on my hit list. To start of I was a little taken aback about the scent, not so much because it was super strong but rather because it was slightly minty which I didn’t expect. The mask was gray (like you’d expect) but it also had small pieces/chunks of charcoal in it which I found off putting. It’s a purifying mask, so it dried fairly quickly, and like expected it tingled, but the tingling was quite intense, borderline too much for me to handle. Once it dried off, I promptly attempted to wash it off, and wow was it a struggle. I put on some coconut oil to soften it up and then used baby wipes and it was still really frustrating and time consuming to get it all of my face. Once I managed to get it off my face, I found it to be really purifying and my skin felt really fresh (especially on the cheeks) but the feeling didn’t last too long. The pimples on my skin were slightly smaller and less red, but not as much as I thought they would be. I will say that after moisturizing my skin it seemed very glowy and fresh. Would I try this again? Given how much of a struggle it was to take it off, I’ll pass.

The last mask of the trio was the British Rose Fresh Plumping Face Mask. The texture of this one was similar to the Ethopian Honey mask and the scent was very subtle and nice. It smelt like roses which can be a tough scent to replicate so that it doesn’t smell too fake or strong, it was just right and faded as the mask dried.

I found this mask to be my favourite of the three; very hydrating and easy to take off with water- similar to a thick cleanser. Did it plump my skin? I mean, I guess so? I didn’t realize that my skin needed plumping before using this….

In my second trip to the Body Shop, I went there knowing that I wanted to look for a serum/oil as my Caudalie night oil was running out. I ended up buying the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil because I remember hearing great reviews about it. It comes in a light pink bottle with a dropper and the smell is really light and simple. Is it good, yes. Amazing? No.. It moisturizes my skin and makes it soft; as it said it would.

I also decided to buy the Tea Tree Oil Targeted Gel Blemish Stick as I heard great things about it and the Body Shop and they had a buy 2 items get a third free. I decided to pick up 2 tree tea oil blemish sticks, one for home and one to go… you never know when you’re gonna get a zit on your cheek and need to fix that, concealer can sometimes only go so far, ya feel? Does it work? Yes and no… it helps, but it’ll still take time. Would I buy it again? On a whim maybe, if I felt like it, but I don't think that I’d feel like I was ‘missing’ something without out.

I found that a lot of beauty reviews are incredibly positive, and I never understand how everything could be so amazing. The Body Shop has some great stuff and some repurchases, but not everything. They also have a points reward card and it’s always nice to know that they don’t test on animals and have a lot of vegan/natural options.

Have you tried anything from the Body Shop that you loved or hated? Let me know!

My First Time Trying Out Barre Class

22/04/2017
Hi friends, thanks for coming to my blog! Today, I’m writing about my first time doing barre class- specifically Barre3, originally from the US which made it's way over to the King West area as the only Barre3 location in Canada. I went to an event set up by Embiria which curates events where you can meet new people, try out something new and then eat afterwards, ending up with a goodie bag at the end (which I forgot to pick up when leaving).

Keep reading for what I thought about Barre 3 and the Embiria event!

Barre


If you’ve never heard of barre (pronounced bar… just so that we’re on the same page here!) it’s a low impact workout that combines ballet movements, yoga and pilates into one. The movements are simple and repetitious but the time passes by and I never felt bored at all, the pain in my muscles was what I was feeling. 

The studio is super bright and open, very clean with hard wood floors and natural lighting. There are lockers in the back as well as a shower and toiletries for you to use. Razors, dry shampoo, bandages, elastics? They got em for you! Shame I didn’t see the set up until after the class was done because I actually lost my hair elastic before class started.

All movements have three aspects, holding the move, small 1 inch movements where you bounce/pulse in that same position and large movements where you do deeper pulses and larger motions. 

I used to think that I was fit, but this workout gave me a run for my money!

Barre class participants experience something called the ‘shakes and quakes’ which is when your muscles won’t stop shaking because they’re being used so heavily. I couldn’t believe how intensely they were shaking from such seemingly ‘simple’ movements like lunges and squats- and without any weights either.

When we moved onto upper body, you had the choice between no weights, or, 1,2 or 3 pound dumbbells. Originally I picked up the 2 pound dumbbell but on a whim decided to use the 1 pound ones, an wow what a great idea. If anyone used the three pound ones- you're an absolute boss. I wasn't able to complete all of the movements, and I wasn't the only one (thankfully!) Many of us had to pause because it was too intense (can I just stress again how this was from a one pound dumbbell!)

The workout has no breaks between it at all, and it’s not aligned so that each song has a perfectly curated set, rather the movements flow in and out of the songs in a more natural motion. At first I wasn’t a fan of it, but then I ended up really liking it because the momentum carries you forward and allows for the time to pass by quickly.

If you decide to sign up for Barre 3, you're also able to go onto their website and take online variations of their classes to do at home, as well as read their blog and gain access to healthy recipes that you can try out.

 After the workout we all picked up salads from a local company called The Goods; vegan, organic, natural, gluten, dairy and nut free.  After salads came acai bowls from Lilo Foods where we were able to add in toppings such as goji berries and coconut slices. This was my first time trying an acai bowl and wow was it good! I even took an extra one home ;) If you've never tried out and acai bowl it really is great, similar to a pudding but not as sweet.

The event was curated by Embiria and I really love the idea behind it as it brings people together, be it that you come alone (like I did) or with some friends to try something new. Everyone that took the class was very friendly and talkative and I didn't feel like I wasn't invited or that I was the odd one out. If it wasn't for this event, I likely wouldn't have ever tried out barre, rather pushing it off as something that I wanted to do, but never got around to. I also got to eat amazing local food and have a chat with other people, as we literally made a circle on the floor and shared mats so that we could talk and eat together in an open and inviting space. 

Would I do Embiria again? 100% There are so many options for events including yoga, and barre as well as discovery events where you can learn more skills such as creative writing and how to curate a flat lay (which, if you've never done before, seems incredibly easy but is actually super time consuming and hard).

Would I take a barre class again? In theory- yes because I really enjoyed it, felt that bootay burning, and the studio was really nice (it’s the little things, you know?) while having a great event to go to and meeting other people who were also beginners was also a plus. However, I do have a yearly pass to Goodlife fitness and this studio is all the way in the city but I’m out here in suburbia so I don't see myself going all the way out there for a class. If my sister or a friend was interested in trying it out or if there was another similar Embiria event than I would totally do it again.

Thanks for reading- what are your thoughts, have you done Barre before, or gone to a curated event like Embiria?

-Diana


Spring Updates

14/04/2017
 Hi everyone- thanks for coming to my blog! Today, we’re talking about how spring is a great time to change things up in your life.

With the warmer weather and the longer days, spring is a great time to change things up and get out of the winter slump. People usually associate spring with spring cleaning, but there’s more than one way to benefit from the change of seasons. After 6 months of the cold, multiple layers of sweaters, short days, freezing nights, it’s nice when the sun starts shining, the days are getting longer and you’re not freezing half to death.

So, instead of using spring to just clean out your house, read below for the other ways to have it benefit you.




Wardrobe

Inevitably you’ll have to swap out your winter clothes for your spring/summer clothes, but while you’re doing that, have a good purge and see what should be donated or thrown out. You can start looking to see what items need to be replaced, tailored, dry-cleaned or donated.

Grab inspiration from your favourite Instagram accounts, celebrities, magazines, bloggers etc and update your wardrobe with what you like. Flutter sleeves, lighter colours, and cold shoulder tops and dresses are all really popular right now, so if you want to add some trendy pieces to your wardrobe, you know what to buy.

Let me guess, 90% of your wardrobe is black to match your soul (eye roll). Fine fine, you wanna stick with black, be my guest, but (in my humble opinion) I feel like it’s a bit over used. Throw in some colour, you won’t die, and you’ll see what a change white, light pink, blue (pick a colour, any colour) will do for your energy and for how it lights up your face. The simplest change of a shirt or a blazer will completely update your entire wardrobe. I’m currently loving a few blazers from Dynamite after my colleague told me that I should look into them. The mix of flower prints, the navy, the light pink/nude colours… Major heart eyes

A good idea is that with every one thing that comes into your wardrobe, to throw out/donate another thing. That way your closet will never increase in size, but will still be up to date and fashionable.

Here are some of my favourite looks for spring! 

  




Hair & Body

Now that it’s warmer (and everyone is fitting it extra gym sessions for that #summerbod) it’s nice to change up your look. If you dye your hair, change the shade or colour of it, and start to venture outside of your comfort zone for your makeup and nailpolish.  

Even if you don’t want to change anything about your look, now’s a good time to take a bath, deep condition your skin, do some fake tanning, a deep massage, haircut or a facial. Professional facials are incredible, and I would recommend getting one done every season. My favourite place to go is Elmwood Spa in downtown Toronto, if you go four times in a year you become an elite member and get special discounts and promotions. If you don't want to pay for someone to give you a facial, there are always at home options too. You can either buy a face mask from a store (I just bought a sample pack from The Body Shop) or you can make it yourself by mixing together items that you can find in your pantry like honey, cinnamon, avocado, banana, yogurt etc etc.. You name it, you can probably put it on your face. 

Interiors

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, it’s where you sleep, where you relax and spend time getting ready in the morning, so it only makes sense that you would put in a lot of effort to make it relaxing and enjoyable.

You can always change your entire room by buying new furniture, painting your room, and redecorating. If you don't have the time or finances to change everything up, new pictures, bedspreads, or even reorganization of how the room is set up will give your room new life. Even easier than what I mentioned? Just get a bouquet of flowers and plop them on your desk!

I previously had a world map hanging above my bed but I decided to change it up, so I took it down and bought a large frame at IKEA only to debate for a few weeks with what I wanted the picture to be. Ultimately, I finally took the plunge and bought this Kate Moss poster poster called “life is a joke”. I used Pinterest as my inspiration and I found some incredible interiors that included this picture! 


                             





Daily Routine

Humans are creatures of habit, so once you develop a routine it’s hard to break it. . However, now that the days are getting longer and aren’t as cold, it's a good time to look at what you do and when you do it. Can you do things on a different day or a different time? It might allow for you to meet new people, make time for all of those things 'that you don't have time for' like working out, cleaning, and figuring out your finances. The sun is rising earlier so can you wake up earlier? Start eating breakfast and take more time for yourself, it'll help to change your mindset and keep you motivated and creative. 

These are some ways to help you out, not just when it's spring, but whenever you need a change.
Let me know your thoughts about what you like to do and how you do it!

-Diana