Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wax Melts 101

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing my latest obsession with you all! Now I know, it doesn't pertain to beauty and makeup but I'd really love to share this with you guys!

Lately, I have been in love with wax melts!! If you are unaware of what these are, it is basically a wickless, flameless candle. You warm scented wax in a melter to release scent into your home! This is a much safer option instead of candles. They still give off a gorgeous scent, without the risk of harming loved ones from the open flames. This is also essential for anyone with pets.


Okay, so the warmer that you use, can really make or break the scent throw. (How strong the scent gives) Warmers come in many different wattages and heat temperatures. One of the most popular warmers uses a tea light in a bottom section to warm the wax on the top section. These still use a form of flame to melt the wax, but the flame of the tea light is enclosed in the bottom compartment.








The other kind of warmer, and my preferred type, features an element with a plate resting on top. I can easily clean out the dish by removing it off the element and this method requires no flame to heat the wax. This type of warmer is the most kid and pet friendly. The particular warmer I am currently using is from Glade. They are available to purchase at your local Walmart and always have $5-$10 coupons out, available for use with your purchase!


The wax that you melt in the warmers can be purchased and found at many different places. You can purchase at a store like Walmart or Target as well as popular candle companies like Yankee Candle. Wax may come in a "clamshell" which will hold 6-8 cubes of wax.  The company Scentsy is also very well known for having clamshells. Depending on the size of the space you'd like to scent up, you can pop in 1-2 cubes to heat in the warmer!









Wax can also come in a tart shell shape! These are popular from companies like Yankee Candle. In this case, you can just pop the whole tart in the warmer to melt and release scent.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Favourite at Home Zumba Videos

Hello everyone! Today, I have gathered up a list of my favourite videos to zumba at home. This is perfect for people who don't have access to a gym or community club where zumba classes may be offered.

I highly recommend you try these out and just have fun with them! :)

This is a great starter one! Super fun and the steps repeat so it's easy to catch on and follow. 



A upbeat one but still easy to keep up. Great tune! 



A lot of hip shaking ;) a girly take on fitness! 



I like this one for a warm up or cool down. This one is super fun and doesn't have a lot of intense jumping! Woo hoo... haha

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Strobing 101

What the heck is strobing!?! After just mastering how to slim down our face by contouring, makeup trends take a sharp turn and contouring is out the window for this summer. But let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, highlighting is here to stay!
Strobing is the new fancy word for highlighting... but like highlighting on steroids. This is perfect for summer since glowing, bronzed skin looks most natural. 

Some points on the face to highlight to achieve strobing are:
  • bridge of the nose
  • top of the cheekbones
  • under the bottom lip
  • cupids bow (above upper lip)
  • center of the forehead 
  • under the brow bone 
This look can be achieved with cream products if you have dry skin and powder products if you have oily skin. Anything that is a light shimmery shade that will reflect light is perfect! 

Happy Strobing! <3 

Friday, July 10, 2015

DIY: Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

 Hello everyone! Today I have a super exciting recipe to share with you all! This is a quick and easy snack to make that is easy to take on the go.

INGREDIENTS
  • ⅔ c. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseed 
  • ½ c. natural creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips or M&Ms, 
  • Optional: coconut shavings 
DIRECTIONS
  1. Place the oats and flaxseed in the bowl.
  2. Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  3. Carefully fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Favourite Shadow Combos: June 2015

LORAC PRO Palette 2Hey guys! So this is a new type of post I decided to give a try. Here I share some eyeshadow combos that I have been loving the past month. If you have any of these shadows, try pairing them together!

Let me know what you think!


MAC
Lid: Honey Lust
Crease: Satin Taupe
Browbone: Blanc Type
Inner Corner: Nylon
Notes: Could use sketch to deepen outer v






MAC
Lid: Retrospeckt
Crease: Tempting
Browbone: Blanc Type
Inner Corner: Nylon

LORAC
Lid: Beige
Crease: Light Brown
Inner Corner: Snow
Browbone: Buff
Outer Corner: Cocoa

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Favourites 2015

Hello everyone! Yet again, I have another monthly favourites blog post for you! June went by super fast, the weather is warming up, it's staying lighter for longer into the night and everyone is just generally in a better mood! Woo hoo!



My first favourite for this past month are the NYX Lip Pencils. They have been a staple in my makeup collection since I've been wearing brighter, bolder lip colours. I like having a clean crisp line when rocking my lipstick and these are amazing lipliners. For only $4.99, these have great pigmentation and last a very long time. Let me know if you want to see a post of NYX lip pencils that match Mac lipsticks.

 in color The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette has been another fave of mine this month. I especially enjoy using the dark brown shade "Faint" to line my eyes. This is a new trick Iv'e been loving lately because it makes my lashes look thick and it isn't as harsh as my usual liquid liner.



I've also been loving highlighting my face lately. My favourite products for this are the Mac Mineralized Skinfinishes. They aren't overly shimmery and don't appear glittery on the skin.




My final favourite from this month is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I blend it onto my face with my beauty blender and it gives a natural, medium coverage look that is perfect for summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MAC Haul: Snob Lipstick


Hello everyone! Today I Back-2-Mac'd for a free lipstick! Now if you are unaware of this program, all you need to do is bring in 6 MAC containers that have plastic on them to redeem for free products! If you go to a mac counter, for example in The Bay or Macy's; you can redeem for a free lipstick. If you go to a pro store, which can be found in many big shopping malls, you can redeem for a lipstick, lipglass or even eyeshadow! If you have any other concerns, I recommend checking out Mac's website for more specific information. 

So today, I returned a lipstick and 5 blushes for my free lipstick! WooHoo!! Thanks to depoting all my blushes and placing them in a palette, having 6 empty products wasn't that difficult! 

So the lipstick I chose was the colour Snob. Mac describes this colour as a "light neutral pink" and I think it is an appropriate daily lipstick colour for many skintones. Snob is a satin finish, which is my favourite finish from Mac. It is almost matte looking on the lips but still has a creamy texture. Unlike a cremesheen finish, this has a bit of "slip" but will stay put. I find this finish very low maintenance! 



Natural Light

As you can see, in the photo taken with flash, the colour shows up more purpley. On me personally, it pulls more blue based which can make your teeth look whiter, but if you are more warm tones, this could pull yellow based. "Neutral" like Mac says. I personally would describe this as a "light lilac-pink".
With Flash

If you haven't tried Back-2-Mac, I would check it out. It's very rare that Mac has sales so take advantage of this and get free products!

My question for you guys, is if you know of any good matching lipliners to go with this lipstick! I love a clean, crisp line when rocking my lippie!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Zumba Classes.... My Newest Obsession?

Hey everyone! How have you all been? Lately, I have picked up a new hobby that has become a new love of mine! ZUMBA!!! 

About 2 months ago, I discovered a Zumba program at a community club in my area. I was going into this looking for something new, that I hadn't tired before but still fitness related... and this my friends, is exactly what I was looking for!

My number one reason I love zumba is the music. It makes zumba feel like you're dancing and you don't even realize the instructor includes a squat or lunge here and there. The music is upbeat and the pace is fast but everyone does their own thing. The important part is to keep moving and keep your heart rate up!

Also, my instructor is super friendly and positive! She will demonstrate a low impact vs. high impact version of a move. For example, jumping up and down with a fist pump, can just be bouncing on the spot and grooving to the music.

Now I obviously haven't lost a ton of weight from this, but that's not what I am looking for. I just wanted something to do to stay active and be fit.

Here is a recent song we have been working on. This isn't my class in the video but these are the moves we follow! Enjoy!






I definitely recommend looking in a leisure guide in your area or something like the YMCA to find out if they offer weekly classes.  

I believe this can be something for everyone! All ages are capable of grooving to some cool music! :)


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Upcoming MAC Collections 2015

Hey guys, long time no talk! I have some super exciting news of some new Mac collections launching later on this year! 

The first is a collab with the famous singer Ellie Goulding. This collections focuses on all neutral hues which is right up my ally! This collection will be a crowd pleaser I'm sure. 












Another upcoming collection is Miley Cyrus' Viva Glam 2. Check out a swatch of the lipstick here. This lipstick will be launching around September. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Bronzer

Hey guys! Today I have another makeup review for you on a product that has recently become a holy grail makeup item for me. I use it almost every single day and have been absolutely loving it! If you haven't already guessed from the title above, it's going to be about a bronzer.

Today I will be raving about the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Bronzer. I picked mine up on sale at Shoppers Drugmart for only $12.99. That is such a great deal because at Walmart, this exact same bronzer is priced at $17.99...and I thought Walmart was the cheap place!!

So let me start off my telling you my history with bronzer. When I first got into makeup, many years back, I was devoted to watching makeup videos on YouTube and would generally buy mostly everything people talked about on there. Even if I only had watched one review, I was convinced. So my first bronzer purchase was NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer. Now let me tell you, that bronzer was ORANGE. It looked incredibly fake and just horrible. Ever since then I have been scared to add bronzer to my daily makeup routine.

After watching many more than just one bronzer review on YouTube, this one seemed to be popping up in everyone's favourite videos and I now know why! It is absolutely perfect! The shade is neutral so it isn't going to look too warm toned (orange) or too cool toned (grey). It really looks like you've just spent a little time in the sun. It shows up just enough on my light skin but you could definitely build it up for some more colour.

Also, look for a special mail in rebate for $10 back on certain Physician Formula Bronzers. I mailed mine in and it virtually made my bronzer $3!!



Sunday, May 10, 2015

MAC Wash and Dry Summer 2015 Collection


It’s full steam ahead as the MAC Wash & Dry Laundromat opens for business, so make a date with the good, clean fun. The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues for a full spin or just a quick tumble. All in super-sleek packaging to set your cycle to chic!

MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Lipstick Creme DNude Morange Steam Heat Tumble Dry
LIPSTICK – $21 CAD / $17.50 USD
Creme D’Nude – light beige-pink nude (cremesheen)  Permanent
Morange – vivid orange (amplified)  Permanent
Steam Heat – vivid yellow-red (satin)
Tumble Dry – light peachy coral (lustre)
MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Lipglass Laundry List HotCold Girl on Board Domestic Diva



LIPGLASS – $20 CAD / $16.50 USD
Laundry List – vivid orange
Hot/Cold – true red
Girl on Board – light creme nude 
Domestic Diva – frosty watery pink




MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Technakohl Practice Makes Perfect Sudsy Coin Operated Colour MattersTECHNAKOHL LINER – $21 CAD / $17. 50 USD 
Practice Makes Perfect – deep blue green
Sudsy – navy blue
Coin Operated – metal grey with silver pearl
Colour Matters – lime


MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Permanent PressMAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Hot WashMAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio Green Clean

VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW TRIO – $33 CAD / $27.50 USD
Green Clean – pale white green / lime / deep khaki w/ gold pearls
Hot Wash – white with orange pearl gold, peachy orange, copper-gold-bronze
Permanent Press – white beige / calm brown bronze / black w/ gold pearls

MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Hipness blush
MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Freshen Up High-Light powderMAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Crisp Whites blushPOWDER BLUSH – $29 CAD / $24.50 USD
Hipness – light peach
Crisp Whites – pale tangerine with pearl






HIGH-LIGHT POWDER – $41 CAD / $35.50 USD
Freshen Up – color wave ranging from coral to neutral



MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Monday Blues Washeteria Nail Lacquer





NAIL LACQUER – $15.50 CAD / $13.50 USD  
Monday Blues – blue (cream)
Washeteria – blue green (cream)




MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Delicates Golden Rinse Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing PowderSTUDIO SCULPT DEFINING BRONZING POWDER – $41 CAD / $35.50 USD
Golden Rinse – light brick reddish bronze with fine shimmer
Delicates – neutral deep bronze with fine gold shimmer







MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry Refined Golden Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder




BRONZING POWDER – $33 CAD / $27.50 USD 

Matte Bronze – bronze
Refined Golden – finely spun golden with soft pearl




The MAC Wash & Dry collection will be available online May 14 and in stores May 21 (North America). 


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Nail Tutorial: Gradient Polka Dots


Today I have a super exciting blog post for you! I will be doing a nail tutorial on these super easy and fun gradient polka dots that I shared on Google+ a little while ago. That being said, you should go follow me on Google+ because I post little bits of info on mine of my upcoming posts. 
So to start, you need:
  • a white polish
  • 2 polishes of your choice
  • a base coat and top coat 
  • 2 different sized dotting tools

So for how to create this super easy and exciting nail art.....
  1. Apply a base coat to protect your nails from staining and keep them healthy.
  2. Paint on 2 coats of your white polish to make it opaque
  3. Get your larger sized dotting tool and dip it into the first colour. Dot a few big dots onto the tips of your nails but don't go too far down the nail.
  4. Clean off the dotting tool and dip it into the other colour. Once again, make large dots on the tips of the nails, layering a few over the other colours. 
  5. After that, grab your smaller dotting tool and go into your first colour, for me it was the teal. Make smaller dots going farther down your nail to create the gradient. 
  6. Next, do the small steps with the other colour. I my case, it was pink.
  7. Lastly, let that dry a little bit and apply a generous amount of top coat.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Face Producs I've Been Loving for Spring

Hello everyone! How have you been? Today I will be sharing a few of my current favourite products with you all. The weather has been getting nicer and I've changed up a few of my makeup routine. So let's get started...


The first thing I've been enjoying is my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. This product is an oldie but a goodie and I've recently rediscovered it. Since the weather has been nicer, I have been wearing more minimal makeup and I often skip foundation and even a BB cream. I will just moisturize my skin well and then buff this powder all over my face for light even coverage on my face.


In conjunction with  that powder, I also have been using the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer to brighten up my under eye circles. My MAC prolongwear was too heavy for my liking in the spring and summer, so I opted for a lighter texture. This is my first time trying this concealer and I really like it. It is really creamy and easy to blend, yet it sets great as well. I haven't had any problems with this concealer creasing on me, as long as I set it with a powder right away.


Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed BronzerAnother favourite of mine lately is Benefit CORALista Blush . It is a super pretty peachy coral colour that adds a gorgeous glow and shimmer to your face. I really like using it in these summer months because it compliments a tan very nicely.


My last favourite face product is the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer. I just recently purchased this and it has been an absolute essential in my daily makeup routine. It provides great warm colour for the face and surprisingly works great on my very light complexion. It never gets orangey on me. (Review coming soon)   

Friday, April 3, 2015

First Impressions: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Hey guys! How have you been?
Lash Sensational Washable Mascara - Maybelline New YorkI honestly haven't tried any new products in such a long time. I am working on trying to use up what I have but I cracked and decided to purchase a mascara. There are so many new ones at the drugstore but the Maybelline Lash Sensational has been on my list for quite some time.

The claims of a "full fan effect" and the "liquid ink formula" really intrigued me for this one. I must say that I am quite impressed as well! The fan brush has short bristles on one side and on the other side, the bristles are long and thin.

To apply, I use the short bristles (the inside of the curve) to coat my lashes and get right in by the roots of the lashes. On the second coat, I go in with the other side to separate my lashes and fan them out.


My lashes before mascara (curled) 

Fan Brush 

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara 

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara 


Pros: I have the waterproof version and I find that it does a great job of curling AND holding the curl throughout the day... which is a honest miracle.
Cons: I find that this mascara is a little difficult to remove before bed. I have to rub a little harder with my coconut oil to fully remove it off my lashes but I think it is worth it. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Unique Ways to Workout

Hello everyone! Are you tired of doing the same workout routine every single time you decide to work out? If so, you might want to stick around, and read about how you can make your workout more fun and enjoyable.

The Gym is the most standard traditional way to work out. I'm not one to go out to workout very often but it is a nice option sometimes. I like that you are in an environment where you feel motivated. You also have access to all the special equipment that you might not have at home. For me, a downfall with the gym is the price. Even a membership will run you anywhere from $25-$40 a month depending where you go, therefore it isn't the most cost effective choice in my opinion.

Image result for blogilates logo

Another way to work out while having fun but still strengthening and toning your body are the blogilates workouts. A super talented girl runs the website and plans all these super fun, awesome workouts for you and me! The thing I enjoy about blogilates is that you use your own body to provide resistance when working out. Therefore, you don't need all these super fancy weights at home, just to see results. Right now I am working on the 30 Day Sleek Arms Challenge and I really enjoy committing a small part of my day to toning up my body.


One of the more recent ways I have been enjoying working out is following workout videos. They have ones based on yoga or my personal  fave, “The Biggest Loser last chance workout”. I can work out in the comfort of my own home and not feel embarrassed if I look funny doing it!