How Often You Should Get a Facial

Many factors come into play when getting a facial; your skin type, conditions, age and budget. I am certainly not a derm or a professional in the skincare industry, but I have had my fair share of facials and I’ve been able to chat with a lot of different estheticians in the process. Therefore I wanted to share the knowledge I’ve learned from these skincare professionals!

If you’re already using a good selection of products in your skincare routine (not your average drugstore products) then your skin is probably in better condition than you think. Facials, however, are a fantastic way to give your skin a boost. After all, your skin is a living organ 😉

Without getting too scientific here I want to explain why facials are good for your skin. Basically the cells within your skin move up to the surface every 30 or so days and they “die”. These are those “dead skin cells” that your dermatologist and estheticians always talk about. So there you have it, every month you should be getting a facial!

There are other factors that will affect how often you should get a facial though, as I mentioned above. Your skin type (dry, oily, combo, sensitive, normal) will affect this. I personally have combination skin so I should be going every month, or maybe every 3 weeks because there is more to clear out in terms of blackheads and clogged pores. Dry and normal skin are totally fine to get facials every month or even every 5-6 weeks and people with sensitive skin might consider going less often to prevent reactions and irritation.

The type of facial you’re getting will also affect how often you should be going. There are many different types of facials out there; chemical peels, hydration facials, light therapy, etc. If you switch up the types of facials you’re getting then you may be able to go more often, or even wait longer between each one. Definitely ask your esthetician the next time you get one!

Lastly, age and budget will affect how often you should be getting facials. Younger people have an easier time generating new cells therefore we don’t need to go as often as people with less collagen growth. Budget is a huge factor because facials can get quite pricey and unless you’re purchasing bundle deals then they’ll add up quickly. I recommend doing your research on your local spas, even get a few consultations before booking.

If you have any tips on getting facials I’d love to hear them! Comment below if you have anything to share 🙂

xoxo,

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Acne Spot Treatments That Work

Lately I’ve been struggling with acne more often than usual. This is partly due to hormones and partly due to all of the sweets I consumed over the holidays. Either way, I’m paying for it now. So today I thought I’d share the acne spot treatments that actually work for me. This isn’t a list of “best reviewed” spot treatments, but rather a list of things that I’ve genuinely tried and can honestly say have helped get rid of my spots, or at least make them smaller.

I’ve never had severe acne so please keep this in mind while reading. I typically start to flare up in my chin area when it’s that time of the month, or when I’ve been eating too much junk food and sweets. And if you know me at all, you know I love sweets. So I’d say I need spot treatment for at least one week out of every month.

My skincare routine never stays the same for longer than a month and although I switch up serums, cleansers and moisturizers from time to time, my acne spot treatment always remains the same. Once you find something that works, you gotta to stick with it. So here they are…

#1 Rodan & Fields – Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment

This has been my #1 since the day I laid eyes on it (November 2016), however it’s a tad pricey so I’ve been testing out other options in the meantime. This treatment helps overnight if I have a pimple that’s about to surface. It really helps to prevent it from enlarging and it dries it out pretty well too.

#2 The Body Shop – Tea Tree Oil

This is the product I’ve been using over the past week and I love it because it seriously dries out my spots overnight. If I need a quicker fix then this is my go-to spot treatment. I use a q-tip to apply a small amount on top of my pimples and they’re smaller and less red when I wake up.

If you thought the list would be longer then I apologize, but it is difficult finding acne spot treatments that genuinely work the way they’re supposed to! Next up on my list for review is the Mario Badescu drying lotion, I’ve heard great things about it. If you’ve tried it already I would love to hear your thoghts on it in the comment section below. Let’s kill this acne together!

xoxo,

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4 Product Natural Makeup Routine

New year, new….makeup routine? 😉 Since I always seem to be trying out new makeup products I thought I’d share my current natural makeup routine with you! I’m always on the hunt for products that make my skin feel good while looking good and all of the products below do this.

A natural look comes easy when you’re using amazing products, and they don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg! On those days where I’m feeling blah and I just want an effortless look, these are the three things I immediately gravitate towards.

#1 Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation – Colour 4 Warm Olive

My boyfriend got this for me this Christmas because I’d said I wanted to try it after seeing so many raving reviews! I can happily say that this foundation lives up to its name. Even without a primer beneath it it stays on all day/night and gives off the smoothest glowy look. It’s also very light but build-able so you don’t need much product for a natural look!

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#2 Glossier Boy Brow – Brown

I love a feathered, full and natural brow and the Glossier Boy Brow makes this look possible with two strokes of the brush. This will forever be my favourite brow filler out there. When I use this product I don’t add anything else to my brows because its also build-able and can give a thicker look depending on how many layers you apply.

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#3 Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek Tint

A two in one product always catches my eye and this divine duo from Lilah B. is the definition of convenient! I use the shade “b. lovely beige” as a blush and lip tint. Since the product is quite small it’s easy to carry around during the day for touch ups!

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#4 Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Powder – No30

If I need to tone down the shine on my face I use this sheer powder from Chanel. This is one of the best powders I own (definitely reflective in the price) because it truly makes your skin so smooth and can be layered without looking cakey.

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These are my four go-to natural look products, do you have any others to recommend?

xoxo,

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My Top 5 Hydration Heroes

We all know that winter time = dry skin and honestly it’s hard to find products that actually work to combat flakiness and rough texture. So today I’m sharing a few products that have been working really well for me as the temperatures start to decline.

As it starts to get colder in Vancouver, I can feel my skin getting dryer and dryer so I’m trying to make sure that I use as much hydrating product as  possible 24/7. I find that even if I skip one day of using my hydrating products, the moisture is just sucked out of my skin and I’m left feeling dull and dehydrated.

I use most of these products on a daily basis and some of them only a few times a week. If you’re having issues with dry skin then these could be the answers to your problems!


Image Skincare – Vital C Overnight Mask

This mask is something that I put on 2-4 times a week when my skin is feeling super parched. I love the way it smells (like freshly squeezed orange juice) and how it makes my skin feel upon application.

I apply a thick layer of this over-top of my toner and serum and wear it overnight. I wake up with super plump and glowing skin! Works every time 🙂

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Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask

This is another hydrating mask that I love and I’m sure you’re sick of me saying it because I rave about it too often 😉 I love this mask because it can be used whenever I want and in multiple ways.

The most hydrating way to use this in the winter (IMO) is to apply a thick layer of it on the face before sleeping. You can tell whether or not your skin is dehydrated by how fast it soaks in! I also love to use it as an under-eye mask overnight to prevent dark circles.

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Jowaè Hydrating Water Mist

Whether I’ve just finished working out or need a spritz of hydration throughout the day, this water mist from Jowaè never lets me down. It’s one of the most hydrating mists I own and smells delightful! I’d carry this with me everywhere if the bottle wasn’t so big 😉

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The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Butter

If you follow me on Instagram then you know this is my favourite body lotion. The body butter from The Body Shop works miracles on dry skin. The Almond Milk & Honey one in particular is for sensitive skin so it’s especially great for the winter time.

I put this body butter on every single day after I shower and the moisture stays in my skin for over a day!

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Marcelle Cosmetics Micellar Water for Dry Skin

During the winter I find that my skin feels the most dry when I remove my makeup and wash my face. Instead of my regular micellar water and face wash I’ve switched over to the Marcelle Dry Skin Micellar Water because it hydrates while removing makeup.

I like to use this at the end of the day before showering and also after a workout to remove any sweat!

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In addition to the use of these products I’m making it my daily goal to drink at least 2L of water everyday. Drinking water is extremely important to maintain healthy skin, especially because we consume so many hot, caffeinated drinks during this season!

If you have any hydrating products that are really working for you I would love to hear them below in the comments! I haven’t found a face moisturizer yet that truly leaves my skin feeling hydrated during the winter so I’d appreciate any recommendations you might have!

xoxo,

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How to Look Cute on a Lazy Day

Sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, and that’s okay. If you’re having a lazy day, there’s still hope for looking cute 😉

Believe it or not there are ways to look cute without having to put too much effort in and today I’m going to share them with you! Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time, so take these tips and use them the next time you’re feeling tired.


1. Joggers VS. Sweats

Baggy sweats look cute on some girls, but they’re usually not socially acceptable when you’re going out, so opt for a pair of joggers instead. These babies are comfy AND cute at the same time. They’re also super easy to style, especially if you have them in a neutral colour (black, white, grey, brown).

2. Braids

If you’re not up for styling your hair, a braid is a cute and quick alternative. I personally don’t know how to french braid but even a regular braid looks better than undone locks.

3. Throw on a hat!

If you’re really not up for styling your hair, throw on a hat! A ball cap looks cute (as long as it’s in good condition) and a toque works just as well. If you’re wearing a comfy casual outfit, either of these two hats will make you look just a little more put together.

4. Jackets

Don’t underestimate the power of a jacket! Even if you’re wearing joggers or leggings, a jacket adds something unique to your outfit. Try layering a hoodie and a leather jacket with a pair of joggers for a cute off duty look.

5. Loafers

Instead of socks and slides or your torn up sneakers, try wearing a pair of slip on loafers with your outfit. Whether it’s leggings or joggers that you have on, a pair of loafers are comfy, easy to slip on and they’re cute!

How do you look cute on your laziest days? 😉

xoxo,

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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

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

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

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

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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