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!

City Tourist

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{American Eagle knit (old, similar here and here), Gap jean jacket, Forever 21 shorts (old, similar here), Old Navy sandals, Danier handbag (old, similar here), Aritzia scarf (on sale here)}

There is something so amazing about going to a city you know and finding a new part of town you have yet to visit. Everytime I visit Toronto I somehow find another part of it that is still so new to me, it’s like the city never ends. Over the holiday I took a spontaneous trip to the Distillery in Toronto with a friend. We were able to catch up, give each other some much needed advice, eat some great food, drink amazing coffee and just relax – having nothing else to do for the evening. It’s a fantastic feeling just to leave your own city and be a tourist in some not so familiar surroundings. Also, can we take a minute and just look at that scarf – as a professional student, my budget runs somewhat low, which means Aritzia is usually out of the question, but it was such a great steal when I found it on sale and with a chillier evening it was the perfect solution!

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My Fitness Wishlist

fitnesswishlist1As some of you know, if you’ve been following my instagram, or saw these posts here and here, you know I’ve been incorporating fitness into my daily routine. I joined a gym in May, and started going with a close friend of mine not just because she is in super awesome shape (making me hope I can accomplish that too) but because I needed that motivation to start. Now I’ve become a regular gym-goer, by hitting the gym at least three times a week. With that being said, there is no better motivation than new gym gear (I know that from personal experience – of course)!! So I thought I’d start a new series and share the top six items I have on my radar – and if anyone has any recommendations feel free to comment down below!

1. I’ve been told countless times that a foam roller is basically necessary to stretch out muscles that have just been worked out or are feeling tense, plus this one has an awesome pattern would make me look pretty tough

2. I currently use a fitbit, and although it’s been great thus far, I want something that can do more. This watch tracks calories burned, heart rate, tracks activity, and the list goes on. It’s definitely an affordable option I have in mind.

3. When I go to the gym alone, I like to listen to music to pump me up. Carrying around my phone is a bit tricky, especially when trying to find where to keep it without it bothering me. An ipod shuffle seems like the best solution. It clips to anything and is so small it would never get in my way

4. I have developed some calluses over the past couple months as I lift weights. And although they don’t bother me, the weights can hurt my hands at times. That’s why these are definitely on my list, to give my hands some protection!

5. Sometimes I’m just lazy to go to the gym, but that doesn’t stop me from doing a small at-home workout. But there are times that I feel like I’m just not getting the same results. These ankle weights seem like they would help with some resistance offering a challenge to those workouts

6. I love Nike running shoes. I’ve had my current ones for at least three years and think it’s time to start looking for a new pair. These have been recommended to me countless times, and I love all the colour options (makes me want more than one pair)!