Favourite Spring Lip Products!

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I love wearing brighter and softer colours in the spring after wearing the darker, more bold colours of the winter. I also am a big fan of sheerer lip colours. They’re easier to wear and even the really bright ones tend to still look soft and pretty.

Top Left: Revlon Lip Butter in Creamsicle – this is a really nice nude for me, so if you are quite pale, it’ll probably be a good one. It is slightly orange (warm) tinted, so if you like warmer, sheer nudes, you’ll like this!

Top Right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling - this is SUCH a pretty light lilac pink. If you want to try a purple lip colour, but you’re not too sure, this one is not too intimidating.

Bottom Left: Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti – The perfect sheer coral-y orange

Bottom Right: Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction - I love the texture of the Color Whispers. They are really buttery and lovely. This colour is just a nice, fairly bright, sheer pink. Really easy to wear. Slightly brighter than a “my lips but better” colour, but just as easy to wear.

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Which one do you like? What’s you’re favourite spring lip colour?

Nails of the Day: Essie’s Lapis of Luxury

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Essie’s Lapis of Luxury is such a beautiful periwinkle blue colour. I think it is just perfect for Spring!

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Do you have a favourite pastel polish for Spring?

Review: Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner

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I picked up this sample package of Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Organi-Gro Deep Conditioner. I try to deep condition my hair about once or twice a month and this one was quite inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a shot.

The scent is very mild and somewhat boring; it smells very much like a generic soap. The instructions say to put it on damp hair out of the shower and leave it on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing it off. I sprayed my hair to make it slightly damp and then worked the product in and left it for about 45 minutes. One thing that bothered me a little bit was that there was hardly enough product to do all of my hair. My hair is very long, but it is not particularly thick, so I think if you have thick hair, you may not have enough product in this sample package.

I did like the effect that this deep conditioner had on my hair though. It made it slightly softer, shinier and more manageable, which are the things that I tend to look for in a deep conditioner.

Overall, this deep conditioner did the job. If you are looking for an inexpensive, good-value-for-money deep conditioner, I can recommend the Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula. I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve ever used, or that it stood out in scent, ease of application or effect, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and it is a good value product.

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(the results!)

What’s your favourite deep conditioner? Do you prefer higher end ones, or will a drug store one do?

DIY Jewelry Storage and Display: Corkboard Makeover

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This is a really simple project to do and the result is a really pretty, functional way to store and display your jewelry. Read the full post »

2014 Resolutions February Check-in!

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This month has flown by! I can’t believe it’s March already.

1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week. 

I have not been super good with this one this month. I’ve only done 2 masks this month. I am going to make a regular day to do a mask. It will probably end up being Saturday or Sunday, but my schedule might change around a bit this month, so I may have to adjust. Doing my first one of the month today!

2. Write at least 3 pages a week.

Again, this has been ok, but not with the consistency that I would like. I want to set aside specific times in the week to write and not just “when I have nothing better to do”.

3. Read one book a month.

I failed this one. I know, I read like 7 books or something in January, so maybe it evens out? Ha. I did start reading Emma by Jane Austen, but I didn’t finish it. I will finish it this month and try to read one more as well.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

This month has been very successful! The scale has not necessarily shown just how great it has been, but I lost 6 lbs this month. Which brings my total to 17.8 lbs for the year so far! I’m very happy about it. This month has been really good though, I have been more consistent and I’ve really been tackling some root issues. One of those issues is emotional eating, and I have done SUPER well this month with that. I’ve also updated my guidelines quite a lot. If you want to see the originals, they’re here.

  • I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full
  • I eat what I want,  but I try to make it healthy and varied most of the time
  • I exercise when I want to and do something that I find fun
  • I talk to someone or do something productive when I am at risk of emotional eating
  • I don’t keep junk food in the house and I don’t buy fast food
  • I keep healthy foods like fruit and vegetables easily accessible
  • I plan my meals ahead of time (even if it’s just in my head)
  • I keep my kitchen clean and organized

So excited for the rest of the year!

5. Make a monthly blog post about how my resolutions are going and what I have done to work towards them.

Check!

This month has been full of a lot of changes, and also a lot of progress. I am already looking forward to writing March’s update!

It’s not too late to keep going with your New Year’s Resolutions or just make new goals to improve your life! Do you have any goals you’re working on at the moment?

Snowy Day Makeup

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So it snowed in Vancouver. Weird! Haha. Here is my very minimal, Snow White inspired makeup for a Snow Day!

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1. I used Covergirl Tru Blend Foundation in 405 (Ivory) and Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer (in Classic Ivory)as a base. I apply the Smashbox Photo Op under-eye brightener before the concealer. I like these products because they have pretty light coverage and I like my natural skin to come through as much as possible.

2. I used Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to take out any darkness on my eye lids and then used Venus as a subtle inner corner highlight. This really brings a lot of light to the eyes, without being too bold. I applied these using a Real Techniques brush.

3. I curled my lashes and applied Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket mascara (this stuff is brilliant!).

4. To prepare my lips I used the Mint Julips lip scrub from Lush and then applied Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore. I also used Adore on my cheeks. I just put a couple of small strokes high on my cheeks where I naturally flush, and the blend it out.

Review: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush

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I mentioned this product in my Winter Skin Revamp post, but it is so awesome that I decided to do a full review of it.

The Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush is basically a body moisturiser that you put on in the shower, and then rinse off, similar to using a hair conditioner. This stuff works amazingly well! You can certainly use it as your only body moisturiser. I tend to double up and use this about every other shower, and then apply a lotion when I get out as well, for an extra layer of skin conditioning. I find it works the best if you leave it on the skin for a minute or so before you rinse it off (again, similar to a hair conditioner).

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The texture is very similar to the other body lotions from Lush (I’m thinking of Dream Cream here), but a bit thicker. It is fairly expensive I would say, but the ingredients are top notch (REAL rose absolute and argan oil) and a little goes a long way.

Apart from how well it works, my favourite thing about this product is the smell. It is the most divine rose scented product that I have ever tried. If you like the scent of real rose, you will love this. Since they use authentic rose absolute, it really smells like a rose garden or something. Ha. The scent also lasts on the skin very well. For a product that you rinse off, I would say that is pretty impressive!

This is one of my absolute favourite products from Lush and my shower wouldn’t be as good without it!

Have you tried Ro’s Argan? Do you like the idea of a Body Conditioner?

Winter Skin Revamp

Let’s face it, our skin hibernates a bit in the winter. Covered in long pants and sweaters, we can forget to really take care of it the way we should. Not to mention how the cold weather and central heating dry it out.

These are my steps to waking up winter skin and getting it back into good condition.

1) Basic Exfoliation: You need the right tools to get started. A loofah, a good razor and a body brush for the rougher bits are my necessities. I like the Schick Intuition razor because you don’t have to be bothered with shaving foam. Any body brush will do, but I’m a fan of The Body Shop’s Cactus Body Brush.

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2) Intense Exfoliation: When you’ve been neglecting the skin a bit, it might need some extra help. There are some fantastic body scrubs out there, but they can be pretty expensive. This DIY one is super simple and cheap. Just mix olive oil and a little lemon juice into normal granulated sugar until it forms a nice paste consistency. You can also simply mix sugar or table salt with some shower gel. I suggest doing this a couple of times a week until your skin gets back into shape.

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3) Moisturize! The Kiehl’s skin softening body lotions are really amazing. They are super hydrating and sink into skin very well. I love the scent of the Fig Leaf & Sage lotion. I also like to double up on moisturizer sometimes and use the Ro’s Argan body conditioner from Lush in the shower and then apply a lotion once I get out as well. This body conditioner smells heavenly too. A couple of budget lotions that I absolutely adore are the Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing oil (which smells like sweet almonds and absorbs very well), and the Vaseline Intensive Rescue. I have the unscented version of this, but it does still have a subtle pleasant scent and it WORKS. It’s a great moisturizer.

4) Don’t forget the feet! Just because they won’t be in sandals for while, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get some love too. I like to use more intensive, thick lotions on my feet. The Peppermint Foot Lotion from The Body Shop is very nice, and I also find the The Body Shop’s body butters are great for the feet, because they are so thick (and they smell awesome!).

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What are your best tips for getting winter skin back into shape?

2014 Resolutions January Check-in!

As promised, this is my monthly check in on how my resolutions are going. I’ve had quite a bit of success this first month, but also a few things that I could improve on. I struggled a little bit with consistency this month and also adjusted things a bit as I went on.

1. Use a face or hair mask at least once a week.

I didn’t do one EVERY week, but I have done three this month, which I think is a win. Still trying to focus on this though. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin and hair after using masks.

2. Write at least three pages a week.

This I did, although it was a bit of a struggle and I’m hoping to get into more of a routine with it in February.

3. Read one book a month.

I actually read a ton of books this month, including The Hunger Games and the Divergent series (both very good). This month I’m starting on Emma by Jane Austen.

4. Lose 100 pounds.

I’m well on my way! I lost 11.8 lbs in January. I had a whole set of “guidelines” for myself that you can check out on my post here. Some of them I stuck to and they were very useful, but some I’ve modified a bit. The most useful things I’ve found are making dinner from scratch every night (rather than take-out or something processed) which has actually been super fun. Also, instead of imposing limits on how much cheese and bread I have, I find it more useful just to try to eat a variety of types of food. So basically, don’t have bread for breakfast and bread for lunch. Also the guidelines I’ve followed to the letter: Don’t keep junk foods in the house and don’t have fast food. This has also saved me a bunch of money, haha, so it’s definitely worth it!

One other thing that I’ve found helpful is to have things that I can snack on, if I need to, like carrots and hummus, or sweet things like low fat chocolate pudding or hazelnut coffee.

5. Monthly resolutions blog post

Check!

So all in all I think I’ve done pretty well and I am still motivated to keep these things going and I am super excited for the rest of the year!

Did you make resolutions? Have you stuck to them so far? It’s not too late!

Midwinter Decor Highlights

A few recent decor and organisation changes I’ve made lately that have made a BIG difference:

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I got this new bedding set from Winners. The light yellow and grey pattern brightens up the whole room, which I think is really important when it’s so cold and dark still. The bamboo wall decals are from Ikea and the wall has a sage green paint in a ragged on effect.

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I used to have a chair here in the bedroom that always ended up COVERED in clothes. So I took out the chair and added some functional storage instead. In the wicker chest (from Winners) I keep spare bed linens and in the Ikea small storage boxes, I keep off season shoes and other odds and ends. The pillow is also from Ikea and I have decorated it with pins that I’ve gotten all around the world whilst travelling. The slipper booties are from Penningtons.

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Last, I have filled this Ikea candle dish with white pillar candles, a random votive candle and a scented (Chai Spice) candle that I received for Christmas. It also has a collection of decorative stones and a wooden heart that I’ve received over the years. It makes cold, dark nights so much brighter and warmer!

What are you’re favourite ways to spruce up your living space in the winter?

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