Summer To-Do List

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I’m someone who loves to have lists. Whether it be things I need, things I need to do, things I want to do…..I think you get the picture. Whatever it may be I have those lists everywhere, and every year I make a list of things I want to accomplish throughout the summer, and for the most part, I accomplish most of my goals that summer. So, to keep that tradition going, here are the few things I’d like to do this summer.

1. Play tourist in my own city, there are so many things I still haven’t done or seen around my own hometown

2. Bake a traditional strawberry rhubarb pie

3. Go see a Jay’s game

4. Read the books/novels I keep telling myself I will read eventually

5. Go see a play

6. Have a picnic

7. Experience all the cafés in my hometown at least once

8. Visit the beach at least once, because it’s harder than you would think

9. Remember to cherish the little moments

10. Live a balanced lifestyle, eat clean, workout, but to also enjoy life

*Make sure to visit 2015 and 2014 summer to-do lists to get more inspiration

And please, let me know what is on your summer to-do list!

April Favourites

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This year has been crazy, in more ways than one, and I feel like I have barely had time to myself, to really just enjoy time on my own. This is no way means I’ve hated being busy, let’s be real, I love having a busy schedule, it gives me a purpose to my day. But, since school has been done for the summer, it’s given me a chance to spend some quality time to myself, and pamper myself, which has resulted in some new favourites for the month of April.
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The first thing I need to talk about is this mask. I cannot rave about it enough. I know I posted it on Instagram, and that was for a good reason. I try to use it once a week, but if my skin is feeling a little more dull or congested than usual, I will grab this, leave it on until it dries and once I wash it off, my skin looks great! I’m no longer embarrassed to have no-makeup days, and I think this mask had a big part in that
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I decided to give these Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads by Nip + Fab, and man was it a great decision on my part. I was having a bit of texture on my forehead, using these pads every night has really helped to clear that up. Not just that, but it has helped to brighten my skin and has helped with some dark spots that I had. It is so great for the price point!
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As many of you may know, I have combination skin, and I regularly struggle with making sure that my skin stays relatively matte all day long. I love to wear my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation, and I think the translucent powder really helps to set the makeup and gives me a flawless finish that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else, plus it really helps to keep my skin matte all day.
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For Spring I like to keep my lipstick fresh, fun and like to stay within the berry-pink hues. MAC Plumful completely fits the bill. It’s definitely a classic for a reason, and it just screams Spring to me. I pair it with a shimmery eyeshadow on the lid, mascara, pink blush, cream bronzer. The look is fresh for spring and really makes it a classic look.

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Now lets take a quick minute for this bronzer. I have been so impressed with it! It is so hard to find a bronzer that works with my pale skin in the Fall and Winter months. It isn’t too orange, so gives you the appearance of some natural colour when realistically you haven’t had a tan in at least four months. Plus, this bronzer is matte, so you can definitely wear it everyday, and the colour will look natural.

 

February Favourites

blogphotoI think everyone probably says this regularly, but I can’t believe February has passed us already. It’s absolutely crazy how quickly time is going by. On the plus side though, I’ve had the time to try out some new products and have found some products that are now some absolute favourites.

Although I only got this product about two weeks ago, I’ve already noticed the changes it has made on my skin when using it every night. Not only is it nourishing with the essential oils it uses, the scent is therapeutic, and it has really changed the appearance of my skin and in the morning it looks plump, hydrated and flawless.

My Clarisonic, although not new is still absolutely necessary in my everyday skincare routine. I’ve had it for about two years and sometimes I take breaks from it, to try something new, but always seem to come back to it, not finding anything I really like better. I mentioned it here, and although it’s been two years, and my night time routine has changed drastically, I think it shows how much I love this handy gadget.

I love having a blush that works with any look I want to try. That is why this NARS blush has quickly become a favourite. It works with any makeup look I’m doing, whether it is a night out, or just a minimalist look. It is a subtle brown seashell pink with a hint of peach flecks. It is gorgeous and works with any skin tone, which makes it perfect.

I’ve been having a lot of skincare favourites lately. Because another favourite of the month is this Juice Beauty toner. Last year I tried this toner and realized that I love a toner with rosewater in it, so when I found this one, I knew I needed to give it a try! It is so refreshing, hydrating, and the scent is so therapeutic with pure essential oils of ylang ylang and rosehip.

 

It Will All be Okay

It's all going to be okayWhen I finished my undergraduate degree this past spring, I felt like a deer in headlights, not knowing what to do – what direction I should take. And although I knew I’d be continuing with my education in the fall I was still confused about what I should do. But a few weeks ago I came across this article that really put things into perspective for me. I know plenty of people that are rushing to define themselves, the relationship they are in, their future and work status. And I felt like I was falling into that routine, which was something I didn’t necessarily want. It was just taking over my thoughts, and I was no longer enjoying my alone time or time with my friends and family. Rather, I was constantly worrying, and thinking what I should do next to get myself ahead. After reading the article, I started to slow down. I finally realized that there are a lot of things I can’t change in my life, and that unpredictability in my life will not put me behind the game by any means, rather it will help me enjoy life to the fullest. I’ll be honest, I sometimes still struggle and question where my life is going, what I will be doing 10 years from now. But, I can say that it is not a constant question in my thoughts, I can breathe, relax and enjoy; because isn’t that really what we should really aim to have in our lives?
Like the article mentions; “Your life will go in the direction it is supposed to. Trust that you will be taken care of, and don’t overthink the things you can’t control.” Our relationships, work status, and overall future will fall into place, so take your time. Understand yourself, and what you want in life, and it will fall into place. Don’t rush through life, but understand that good things happen to those that are patient, so let’s be calm, and remember that we are a generation that has accomplished so much, and that it will not stop by relaxing and taking a breath once in awhile.

Back to School Roundup

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As we get closer to that first day of school, I can’t help but make up my yearly list of necessities that will get me through the year (check out previous posts here and here). Not only are they things I will be using on a daily basis, but finding cute alternatives will help to brighten my day, especially on those gloomy exam prep days.

1. I use headphones daily, whether I’m studying, reading, or just sitting on the bus; and these are gold (amazing) and these are noise reducing which is an absolute must (and you can save 15% right now!!)
2. I use notebooks in class constantly – whether to take notes, or just jot down a meet time, they are so handy! This one has a cute cover, which to me is great incentive to remember to use it
3. I love a good neutral bootie, you can wear them with basically anything, so these definitely fit the bill. They are affordable for an everyday bootie, so on a student budget you won’t feel like you’re breaking the bank!
4. Every student needs a sturdy backpack, and this one was just too cute to pass up! Obviously the pattern is a great sell, but the backpack is also so spacious, that it will fit everything you need in a day – whether you’re just going to school or have a job or even going to a sport practice!
5. I love products that help make a difference, and this bottle is no different. Yes it is a little costly, but it is a 2-in-1. It helps keep your coffee hot for up to 12 hours, and water cold for up to 24 hours! Also, for every wood-grained bottle sold the company has partnered up with American Forests to plant a tree! Not just that but the company is partnered with UNICEF to provide clean drinking water for children around the world! So feel good while doing your back to school shopping!
6. This has become a necessity for me. I have for most classes given up on bringing my laptop, and have preferred just bringing a tablet to follow along with. It’s way less heavy and has just become practical, you can buy yourself a portable keyboard and you can even take notes in class with it!