Used up Stuff

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I think reading about products bloggers have used up are some of my favourite posts to read, they are ridiculously informative and I love learning about new products. Over the past couple months I’ve been finishing some things, collecting them all, and it is now time to delve into my favourites.

Okay, getting into the skincare, I’m going to just say, I do have combination skin, which is important to note when I’m explaining what products I loved and why.

The Sephora Collection micellar water has got to be one of my favourite makeup removing products I have used to-date. I use it on a cotton round after I’ve massaged some Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter all over my face. That is my makeup removing routine, and they are two products I cannot rave enough about – seriously obsessed, and I need the two always.

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Another product I tried was a Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish. I was using this as a morning facial wash, it’s nice, it is a polish, so it is a very light exfoliant and did help refresh my skin and give some brightness to the complexion.

Although I was using a polish, I still liked to use an exfoliant once a week, this one is by Burt’s Bees, the peach and willow bark deep pore scrub. This, not the biggest fan of; the smell wasn’t my favourite, although an affordable price, not worth it for me.

I tried a Vichy toner – Pureté Thermale Toner, it was not bad, it’s a normal to combination product, and it does a good job of getting rid of any dirt that may have been left behind by my cleanser, and balancing my pH levels.

I tried this NeoStrata AquaYouth eye cream, it wasn’t bad, but nothing that made me overly impressed. I found it to be a bit too greasy for my skin, or what I like to use for an eye cream. I don’t think it would be something I would buy again.

I bought these Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads, I was using this at night time, after cleansing, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s such an easy product, already pre-soaked with the product, and it helps to remove any extra dirt that was left behind, and also lightly exfoliates the skin. While they were great in helping cleanse, I didn’t notice any exfoliation happening – maybe that was just me.

Another product I went through, which I actually really enjoyed was the Biotherm Aquasource! Okay, this is a great daytime moisturizer, it isn’t oily, but makes it perfect for oily and combination skin, which means it’s great to use under makeup. It’s definitely one I would repurchase again!

The last product to talk about is the Mary Cohr eye makeup remover. It definitely did the job, but I still have a pretty strong attachment to my Sephora Collection Micellar water – it’s just that awesome. So although it did its job, I don’t think it’s something I would repurchase again.

If there are any products that you love, comment and recommend them! I would love to give them a try!!
Also, if anyone has natural products that they love, make sure to leave a comment, I’m definitely trying to get into more natural based products!

Chocolate Overnight Oats

I have been wanting to try making overnight oats for awhile now, but hadn’t found a recipe that I was in love with. The other day, knowing I would be rushing to work in the morning, with little time to make breakfast (and not wanting to buy a breakfast sandwich), I thought it would be the perfect time to try my own recipe, I definitely took some inspiration from the Oh She Glows cookbook, but I knew I needed something with chocolate. They are easy to make, filling, and hello…chocolate, need I say more?

Chocolate Overnight Oats

Makes 2 servings

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder

For serving:
Fresh mixed berries
Hemp seeds
Pure maple syrup (optional)
Coconut flakes

In a small bowl, whisk together the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate to thicken.

In the morning, stir the mixture to combine. Add the toppings of your choice. I added mixed berries, and maple syrup.


Time Saving Tips

As a student, I feel like everyday I’m racing out the door, trying to get to school on time because I completely missed my alarm and woke up a half an hour later than I should have. After having read this post by one of my favourite bloggers, and having realized that this will forever be a continuous cycle for me, I had the idea of thinking up some of my own tips that help me get out of the house in time for that 8am lecture.

1. I always make sure that the majority of my bag is packed for the next day. What I mean by the majority is that my notepad, pens, and planner are in the bag I plan on using that day, but I still keep my ipad and phone out charging so that by morning I can just unplug and quickly stuff them in my bag as I run out the door.

2. I used to be a HUGE coffee fanatic. Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good cup of joe, but I’ve been trying to incorporate more teas into my diet. Not only are they better for me, but I’m not adding terrible processed sugars like that Starbucks PSL would have. For those early mornings I use a tea bag, boil water, and add them into my tea travel mug, and I’m ready to go. This tea even tastes like coffee and even has the caffeine I need –  which is perfect to help start my day in the morning.

20160319_1334313. There are two days a week when I have class at 8am. So you can only imagine how much of a struggle it is for me to get out of the house in time. For those early mornings I’ve been able to narrow down my beauty regimen to a five minute process, taking the minimal amount of time to make, using the most effective products to maximize that time. I start with a tinted moisturizer (which means I can skip the daily moisturizer, because I am oily after all, bonus!!), spot conceal, brush some powder on my t-zone, use a little bit of bronzer so that I don’t look like a zombie, finally I put on a bit of mascara. The secret is keep a lipgloss or lipstick in your backpack/bag so that you can quickly put that on as you wait for your bus, or wait at a stoplight (which you can change up at night).

4. Another way I like to save time in the morning is by making my lunch the night before. Now this may seem pretty basic, but believe me, there have been plenty of mornings where I have spent too much time making breakfast that there was no time for lunch, and I had to buy something at my school. Now I know it’s not the end of the world, but it can get a bit tricky to find healthy alternatives at school. So I completely avoid that struggle by making my lunch the night before, whether it’s a salad or a couple snacks, I’m prepared and even saving some extra money.

5. This may seem a bit basic but because I’m in school, and have a part time job, I don’t really have a lot of time to casually read. But, I’m still obsessed with reading whenever I get the chance. I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPad, and that with the books app, and some downloaded books I’m able to enjoy my daily bus commute to school. I also feel like I’m accomplishing things I couldn’t regularly do with my busy schedule, in a way it’s time to myself.

Advice to my 18 year old self


The other day, while I was talking to some younger co-workers, I began to reminisce about my years in high school. Back then, I thought I would have those same ride or die best friends for the rest of my life. I thought that I would have accomplished some serious greatness by the time I was 25. I thought my career, and my life in general, would be moving at such a rapid rate, I’d be living in the fast lane. I thought that any small bump in my plans would be a complete crisis.

I’m here to say, at 24, that all those things could not be anymore wrong. I’ve finished high school, I’ve finished university, and now I’m in college. I have a boyfriend, and we are just happy, no rushing to take that next step. I still do have some of my very true ride or dies, but I can also say I have been betrayed multiple times by other friends and have had to let them go. There have been some bumps along the way, but I can’t think of having taken a different route.

It is through the bumps and obstacles that I’ve been able to really understand myself, and maybe understand that it is okay to make changes to your future. There have been so many times that I have questioned if the decisions I was making were the right ones.

If I could give my 18 year old self any advice, it would be to relax. The minute things were not going my way I’d become a nervous wreck. The truth is, the road you’re on is bumpy. And more often than not, you’re not going to know which direction to go in. But relax and trust yourself, because where I’m currently standing, at 24, it isn’t so bad. I promise.

Everyday Makeup

As school is just starting, I couldn’t think of a better time to talk about my every day makeup, the products I could NOT, in a million years live without. They are the few products I know I can use that I know will not fail me, will help me look my best, and the fastest – because I’m always waking up way too late to give myself more than 5 minutes to get ready before I need to rush to get to school.

Starting with the first product I use, I absolutely need a primer to make sure my makeup stays on all day, especially on my longest days – going from school directly to work. This primer, I swear has been a game changer on my skin. Not only does it feel great on my skin, but it looks the clearest it has in awhile, and I think the new products I’ve been using have been helping.

I rarely wear a full coverage foundation, on a regular basis I prefer a tinted moisturizer. It’s lighter and keeps my skin hydrated in the dry weather, without making my skin look and feel oily. This one in particular is great, and I think a reason my skin has been feeling its best. In order for my makeup to stay in place I like to use a translucent powder to set everything, this one is my go-to, it works magic.

I cannot go a day without bronzer. In my opinion, it’s the only thing I need to complete my look. I use this bronzer everyday, and I don’t think I go a day without using it, you can be subtle with it, or contour with it, and can be used by many skin tones, which makes it perfect. If I have extra time in the morning, I will add a bit of blush, usually this one or this one.

For eyes and brows I keep it pretty simple. I use this brow gel, it’s easy to use, and does the job perfectly, which helps to keep my getting ready time down. For eyes, I use two products, this kohl liner by MAC, and this L’Oreal mascara. Sometimes I will smudge out the liner, or just keep it bold, depending on the day. But it is the perfect everyday look. For my lips, I keep it simple with this nude gloss. It’s moisturizing but keeps it light and fresh for a day of school or work.