15 Ways to Look & Feel Put Together

15 Ways to Look & Feel Put Together

We all have those days that we just feel blah, but thankfully there are a few tricks that can actually help us look and feel put together. They’re easy, quick and pretty simple I think!

Whether it’s your mood or appearance, these tips will help you to look your best, and then hopefully feel your best! Keep reading to find out what they are…

  1. Wash your hair. Everyone knows that a freshly washed head of hair makes the world of a difference in your appearance!
  2. Wear black. No matter what the occasion, wearing black makes you look put together! If you’re not into black though, you can certainly wear a different monochrome outfit 😛
  3. Use a lint roller. Lint-free clothing screams “I’ve got this”. It’s a quick clothing fix so why not do it before you run out the door!
  4. Put on some mascara. If you’re looking tired, mascara can do wonders for your face. A natural makeup look really makes a difference!
  5. Shave. This is pretty self-explanatory… who doesn’t feel awesome after they shave their legs?!
  6. Be mindful of your eating throughout the day. Eat good, feel good.
  7. Wake up early. Ever since I started waking up early everyday I’ve seen a huge difference in my mood throughout the day. Waking up early gets you on the right track for the day and you’ll feel good 🙂
  8. Put on some perfume. Spray some on, thank me later.
  9. Write out a to-do list. Stay on track with your productivity and feel good about what you’re doing throughout the day!
  10. Listen to some up-beat music. Nothing is better than a little dance sesh!
  11. Chew some gum. Does this really need an explanation? What beats fresh breath?
  12. Do a five minute breathing meditation. Feeling blah? A quick meditation will immediately refresh your mind.
  13. Get dressed as soon as you wake up. Take action as soon as you jump out of bed!
  14. Have a 30 minute workout. A workout has been proven to increase positivity and productivity.
  15. Put on a pair of earrings. Going out but still feeling blah? Throw on a pair of earrings or other jewellery. Usually when you look good, you feel good.

If you have any other tips on how to look and feel put together, feel free to share them below!

xoxo,

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My Favourite Brown Lipsticks

My Favourite Brown Lipsticks

I’ve recently been going a little outside of my comfort zone when it comes to lipstick, and brown has been my #1 colour! I find it hard to wear a red or burgundy lippie during the day but I’ve found comfortable ground wearing brown shades. It’s a little more natural looking than the bright reds and burgundies and can easily be toned down if nude is added on top.

I have a few favourite brown lipsticks so I’ve listed them all below! To lighten the shade of brown I like to add the Mac “Velvet Teddy” or Marc Jacobs “No Angel” lipsticks to the center of my lips!

#1 Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Matte {200}

This brown lipstick is the darkest that I own but is easily lightened with a nude ontop! I love this one because it has a bit of shimmer.

#2 NARS Satin Lip Pencel {Bansar}

If you’re looking for a hydrating lip pencil, this is the one. It seriously applies like butter! This shade is a really lovely rose brown and looks great alone or with a shiny balm underneath.

#3 Marc Jacobs Crème Lipstick {No Angel}

Although this lipstick is more of a nude, if you really layer it on it (depending on your skin colour) it can turn into a very light brown! Since my skin is a little paler in the winter months, this lipstick is a great choice if I want a more subtle look. Not to mention it’s SUPER hydrating!

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What are some of your favourite brown lipsticks? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to try out some new ones! 🙂

xoxo,

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Current Makeup Favourites

Current Makeup Favourites

Quite a few of you have been asking me on Instagram how I do my makeup and keep my skin glowing so today I’m sharing my current makeup faves! Part of the reason behind my glowing skin is natural oils because I do have combination skin, and the other is great products.

You all know that I love a natural look so the products I use are typically very light but provide decent coverage. I also tend to stick to the same routine just with different products! My everyday routine consists of the following:

  • tinted moisturizer (or none at all)
  • concealer (always)
  • pressed powder
  • eyebrow powder
  • mascara
  • blush
  • highlighter
  • lipbalm and lipstick

With that being said though, I don’t wear makeup every single day unless I’m shooting or going out. Giving my skin a break from time to time is probably also a factor in it staying smooth and bright. Below are the products that I’ve been using a lot lately.

Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint

I’ve been using a sample of this tinted moisturizer almost every time I go out and I LOVE it! It’s super light, hydrating but gives the prettiest finish! It also smells amazing. I think I may actually buy the full size of this once I run out of my sample because it’s something I can see myself using quite a bit. I don’t wear foundation so this is a great alternative, plus it’s SPF 30! Shop here.

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Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Liquid Blush

Since my skin is already starting to get dry because of the colder weather I’m really liking liquid products and this blush from Armani beauty is perfect. I have Shade 50 which is a nice bubble gum pink but blends out to a natural rosy look. It applies easily almost like a liquid eye shadow and gives a great healthy cheek glow. Shop here.

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Powder

Since I have combination skin it’s important that I carry around a pressed powder to apply during the day to my shiny spots. This one from Chanel is so light but really works to cover up oil without the cakey look. Shop here.

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Marc Jacobs Creme Lipstick – No Angel

If you’re looking for the perfect nude and creamy lipstick, this is it. I like to apply lipbalm before putting this on for extra long wear. It never dries out my lips and applies basically like butter. Shop here.

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Lancôme Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara

I cannot stop using this mascara! Out of all 8 in my collection I am constantly going to this one because of the volume and length it gives. It doesn’t clump , flake or smudge! This is definitely my #1 mascara. Shop here.

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Let me know what makeup products you’re loving right now in the comments below!

xoxo,

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My September Favourites

My September Favourites

As September is already coming to an end I thought I’d share what some of my favourite products were this month. From shoes to makeup, these are the items that I was constantly using and loving!

I really started to bring out my fall wardrobe this month, AKA LOTS OF BROWNS. I was also obsessing over pointed toe shoes, micro sunnies and some amazing hair care. Keep reading to find out all the deets on these pretty little things!


Cognac ALDO Mules

These mules have been a STAR in my wardrobe this month. I received them as a gift from ALDO in the summer and honestly only started loving them now because of their colour. They’re a wonderful fit, easy to walk in and match just about everything in my wardrobe. Find them here.

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H&M Straight Cut Jacket

I picked up this gorgeous jacket from the H&M fall 2018 collection and have been LIVING in it, I swear. The colours are subtle with a hint of cognac, so obviously I paired them with the mules mentioned above! It’s also loose enough to fit a hoodie under and great for a casual outfit. Find it here.

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Glen Check Collar Coat

I love a good coat and my bestie and I were so lucky to have been gifted this gorgeous one from Le Château! It’s not too light, not too heavy and the perfect checked pattern. The colours make it extremely versatile too! Find it here.

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White Pointed Toe Ankle Boot

Half of my shoe collection is white, let’s be honest here. So it’s no surprise that these chic boots made their way into 70% of my outfits this month! I purchased mine last year from Payless Shoe Source so they’re no longer available, but you can find a similar pair here.

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Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

When this hair oil by Negin Mirsalehi first came out I could not bring myself to spend $84USD on it, so I waited until a smaller version was available. Let me tell you right now, I think it’s worth it. There are very few hair oils that actually work on my fine hair and this is one of them. It smells delicious, feels luxurious and doesn’t leave my hair greasy in the morning or after application on dry hair. The travel size was $45USD and you can find it here.

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Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

You’ve already heard me rave about the product here, but I wasn’t lying when I said it was worth the hype! I use it EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT! You can shop it here.

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Bon Look Stellar Sunglasses

As soon as I laid eyes on this pair of sunnies, I fell in love. I’m so happy I got to take them home with me! Shop them here.

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What products were you loving this month?

xoxo,

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Evening Skincare Routine

Evening Skincare Routine

You all know I’m a skincare junkie, I love buying, testing and reviewing products but that also means my routine is constantly changing. With the recent season switch and new products arriving all the time my evening routine has changed a little since I last shared it!

My evening routine is what helps me wind down after a busy or stressful day and it’s something that I NEVER forget to do. Even if I’ve had a couple drinks, even if I’m dead tired or not feeling well, I know that my evening care is what keeps my skin from freaking out.

I have a naturally oily face (in my t-zone) and normal in the other areas so I like to use gentle products. Below are my go-to skin treats in order of my routine! 🙂

  1. Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution – Oily Skin: I start my routine by removing all makeup with this water and a cotton pad. It’s amazing at getting (mostly) every bit off, even waterproof makeup! micellaire.jpg
  2. Olay Oily Minimizing Foaming Cleanser: I continue with this super gentle and non-drying foaming cleanser. I love it because you don’t need a ton of it for a good clean and it leaves your skin baby smooth. olay
  3. Rodan + Fields Unblemish Clarifying Toner: This is the only toner that I use because I find that it really helps to shrink my pores and give my skin a deep clean if there’s any leftover bacteria. untj125-unblemish-clarifying-toner-lg
  4. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate: I received this serum as a gift 3 months ago and haven’t stopped using it since. I’m even going to buy the serum in-store once I run out. That’s how AMAZING it is! I honestly believe that this serum is what prevents breakouts and keeps my skin hydrated and plump 24/7. 3605533117217_1.7OZ_ADVANCEDGENIFIQUE
  5. Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask: I now use this mask as an overnight under-eye treatment because it visibly reduces my dark circles in the AM! It’s also very hydrating which is going to be great during these dryer fall and then winter months. s2071322-main-zoom
  6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: I hate having chapped lips so I always apply this last and right before I sleep. It’s a really nice thick consistency and smells like fruity bubblegum! I wake up with SUPER moisturized lips every time. zoom_263e9a674cf11988b0edd6af94da81dd41db8879_1520356136_33733_Laneige_LipSleepingMask_Classic_WEB

Voila! My 6-step evening skincare routine! If you have any questions about this routine or the products feel free to contact me 🙂

xoxo,

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Summer Fridays Review: Overtime Mask

Summer Fridays Review: Overtime Mask

I’m back with yet another face mask review, and once again it’s a trending Summer Fridays mask 😉 I wasn’t going to purchase this (like I said with the Jet Lag Mask as well), but I thought why not, it’s pumpkin scented, it’s fall and I do love a good mask LOL.

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This mask has a different mission and benefits than the Jet Lag mask so I’ve shared a few more details about it below before we dive into the review!

Mask Goal: Exfoliate & Hydrate

Key Ingredients: Pumpkin, Apricot Seed Powder, Oat Kernel Protein, Vitamin E

How it’s supposed to work: This mask is supposed to gently rub off dead skin cells to smooth the skin’s surface and brighten the skin’s complexion.

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Review

I used this mask per the instructions written on the back to make sure that I got the best results. I cleansed my face with an everyday face wash, pat dried it and then applied a thick layer of the Overtime mask. I let it sit on my skin for about 10 minutes and then rinsed it off.

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Applying it was easy and even though there are tiny exfoliating pieces, my sensitive skin had no negative reaction to it. It never once stung or irritated the skin, which is something that I was originally worried about! I think that the all natural ingredient list had something to do with how well it worked on my sensitive skin. It also smells delicious which is a huge bonus! My mom said it smelled like a “thanksgiving dessert” and I totally agree LOL.

After removing the mask my skin was left feeling baby smooth AND hydrated. Often with exfoliating masks my skin tends to feel dry afterwards, but not with this one. It felt truly renewed and fresh and I could visibly see how smooth it was too.

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I applied my jet lag mask right after along with the rest of my skincare routine and the next morning my face was glowing and felt brand new. When applying makeup I could really tell the difference of having those dead skin cells removed, because my creamy products applied so much easier.

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What do you think of the new Summer Fridays Overtime Mask? Shop here.

xoxo,

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The Best Volumizing Products for Flat Hair

The Best Volumizing Products for Flat Hair

If you’ve got naturally flat, limp, or oily hair then these products I’m about to share are definitely for you. I too have naturally straight and flat hair, which makes it hard to hold a good hairstyle for longer than an hour. After using these two products though, my hair was super voluminous and had insane body!

The first product that I use right after towel drying my hair, is the Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Spray. I spray this in my roots, in all areas of my scalp and massage it in a little with my fingers. The ginseng and biotin in this product help to soak up oil from the scalp, therefore giving it more volume and thickening the hair! (It really works you guys!)

I then follow up with the Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection and Heat Protectant Crème from root to tip. This creme is super lightweight and does all kinds of good for the hair. It smoothes, de-frizzes, enhances shine and protects against heat damage of up to 450F degrees.

The very first time I used these products together my jaw actually dropped when I looked in the mirror. After doing a full blow dry of my hair, it was insanely voluminous and stayed that way during my entire evening out.

The best part was that my hair felt natural, not as if I had just pumped a ton of product into it. That’s what I love about Briogeo though, their ingredients are effective but give truly natural looking and feeling results. They’re also 6-Free Hair Care! No sulfates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, dea or artificial dyes. AND they’re cruelty free.

I have quite a few other products from the brand that I’d love to share about if you’re interested, so let me know in the comments below! Do you want to see a hair care tutorial? 😉

Xoxo,

THE Mask for Exhausted Skin

THE Mask for Exhausted Skin

The mask I’m about to share with you all has continuously left my skin plumped, hydrated and quite honestly, looking like a million bucks! It’s a product that truly lives up to all of its hype…it’s the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask.

Summer Fridays is an American brand founded by bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores. They’ve now successfully launched two masks, the Jet Lag Mask and the Overtime Mask and people are raving about them! I waited a couple of months after the launch of the Jet Lag mask to purchase it so that I could get a better sense of whether or not it was worth it, and let me tell you, it’s worth it. This mask visibly reduces the appearance of stressed out and tired skin so much that no one can tell if you only get 3 hours of sleep at night 😉

I find that I examine my under eyes a lot in the morning to see if I’ve actually had a good night’s rest, but now since using this mask, I might feel tired but I certainly don’t look it. It’s pretty magical if you ask me.

The best part about this mask though is that it’s Paraben, Synthetic Dye, Synthetic Fragrance, Sulfate and Cruelty Free! Plus it’s Vegan, AKA, everybody has the opportunity feel it’s amazing results.

My favourite way to use this mask is overnight and under my eyes. I apply a pretty thick layer of it to my under-eyes at the end of my skincare routine and I wake up looking like I’ve slept for two days straight. It’s now an essential in my routine and something that I’d recommend to a friend or a stranger. It de-puffs, hydrates, reduces darkness and really makes the skin glow. Even as a 10 minute face mask, this product proves itself worthy by leaving your skin radiant as ever.

I haven’t yet applied this as a primer under makeup, but when I do I’ll share how it goes! If you’ve tried it as a primer I would love to hear how it works!

xoxo,

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A Body Moisturizer That Does More Than Just Hydrate

A Body Moisturizer That Does More Than Just Hydrate

Hydrated and glowing skin is important to me, therefore I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest body moisturizers. I’ve finally found one that goes above and beyond and not only hydrates from morning to night but also prevents future moisture loss. The brand new moisturizer is called the “Active Hydration Body Replenish” from Rodan+Fields. This is something that we should all be using, especially as we move into the dryer months of autumn and winter! Take a look below to see why this hydrating moisturizer is ALL THAT.

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Benefits

Let’s keep this plain and simple! A great body moisturizer should show great results but shouldn’t be so complicated!

  1. This hydrating moisturizer sincerely keeps your skin hydrated from morning to night. It’s “long-lasting” capabilities aren’t just written on the label, they’re demonstrated every time the cream is applied to your skin. After one day of wearing this moisturizer all over (legs, arms, chest) my body felt more hydrated at the end of the day than at first application of other brand moisturizers! This stuff works deep in your skin and ensures that you can FEEL the hydration.
  2. It makes your skin GLOW. We hear the word “glow” everywhere, I’m even an offender of this, but this cream really does leave your skin glowing. Just yesterday I put it on and realized that my skin was sparkling the tiniest bit! Are there tiny sparkles in it? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it leaves your skin dazzling 😉
  3. After just a few days of using this moisturizer consecutively your skin feels brand new and it’s difficult to return back to your original state of dryness. Which is good obviously, we don’t want to go backwards! The mix of Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin in this cream actually draws in moisture from the atmosphere and LOCKS IT IN. No wonder the hydration effect doesn’t wear off!
  4. A little goes a long way. Just like any luxurious product, a little goes a long way with this body moisturizer! Considering that the tub is so large, one of these could last months which is great for the budget IMO.

How to Use It

This might seem like a silly subject line but there is a specific way that you can apply this cream so that its full potential is used! I personally like to apply this cream as soon as I towel dry my body after a bath or shower. This ensures that the skin is getting full hydration as soon as you’re out in open air!

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Pricing & Availability

This large tub (200mL) goes for $76CAD and can last you anywhere between 3-6 months depending on how often and how much you use it. If you ask me, that’s a killer price for the quality of moisturizer that you’re getting! This is available online only and luckily I’ve got a link for you right here!

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What are your thoughts on this brand new product? Let me know if you’re thinking of trying it or already have! 🙂

xoxo,

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The Best Products for Clogged Pores

The Best Products for Clogged Pores

Summer has been hitting us hard with the humidity lately, especially in Vancouver, which means that the quality of our air isn’t as great as it could be and our skin is suffering in one way or another. The skin issue that bugs me the most is clogged pores because one, they cause unwanted tiny bumps on my face and two, they’re the worst surface to put makeup on (specifically matte products and highlighters).

When I run into this skin concern I use two very specific products and they seem to work pretty well! The morning after I use them my existing blackheads are gone and almost completely closed and the pores that were so open before are barely visable. Note: I have combination skin, the oiler parts being between my brows, nose and chin which is where most of my blackheads appear.

The first step to unclogging my pores is using a Micellar water. This helps remove leftover makeup and bacteria as well as provides a deep cleanse for my skin. The one that I’ve been using non-stop lately is the Bioré Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water. The charcoal actually helps to reduce oiliness so it’s a win-win for me! I simply apply this water to a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. They say that you don’t need to rinse after using this product but I actually prefer to when I have more clogged pores than usual.

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Next up I like to use pore strips on my nose because that’s where most of my blackheads reside. I’ve probably tried 10 different brands of nose pore strips by now but the Bioré ones have proven to work the best for me. I really like the Charcoal Pore Strips because again, they pull out excess oil.

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After I complete these two steps I apply my regular skincare routine and try not to wear makeup for a couple days!

What do you do to unclog your pores? Which products work the best for you? Please comment them below!

xoxo,

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