EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

EOS (Evolution of Smooth) products are known for being extremely aesthetically pleasing because of the unique packaging and product line variety. I believe the trend of owning EOS products started from their lip balms and branched out from there. Their lip balms have very unique packaging in being circular, round, and pleasantly pastel coloured. It’s a step up from the typical tube-like lip balms you find at your local drug store. People have even DIY-ed lip balms out of the left over EOS packaging. The EOS trend has exploded in the online community.

Now I will admit, I have never tried the products before until now. The nice people at Zak Communications sent me a package with a couple of EOS goodies and I was ecstatic to try them all out. It ranged from the well known lip balms to things like shaving cream. Did you know they carried shaving creams? I didn’t! So here’s my run down of how I felt about the products.

Lip Balm

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

I was given three flavours: Blueberry Acai, Summer Fruit, and HoneySuckle HoneyDew. These are products people have raved about and I did want to test out the “spherical” lip balm. I have to say though, I am fairly biased towards my original and basic Burt’s Bees Lip Balm that I’ve been using religiously and faithfully for years. I think I may have been spoiled with it. But putting aside the fact that I’m forever faithful, these lip balms are interesting. I feel like they don’t glide as smooth across my lips, but the distinction between flavours is what piques my interest. For many flavoured lip products, a lot of the sweeter flavours taste more or less the same. However, EOS made these flavours very different. I honestly though I’d like Summer Fruit the best, but I ended up liking HoneySuckle HoneyDew the most. It’s quite a surprise because I’m not a huge fan of HoneyDew. The HoneyDew is a nice, mild, but still sweet lip balm. It’s not too overpowering but still very pleasant. For some reason I thought Summer Fruit would taste like strawberries, but it’s more or so a blend of sweet fruits. It reminds me much of my childhood lip balms. As for Blueberry Acai, I’m just biased because I’m not a huge fan of blueberries. The flavour is quite true to the name, though.

Shaving Cream

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

This product was interesting to try. I was given the Lavender Jasmine Shaving Cream. I’m not a huge shaving-cream girl. I do enjoy using it, but it’s not really in my budget to keep buying them. As a result, I usually end up using a bar of soap lathered up. One thing I noticed and liked about this shaving cream was that it had a very lotion-like consistency. Most shaving reams I’ve used puff up into foam or bubbles. I actually like that it’s lotion-like because it is less prone to wash off if you’re shaving while showering and the water drops splash onto your legs. This way, you’ll know for sure if you’ve missed a spot or not because there will be product still there. However, I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t wash it off well enough, but my legs did feel a little sensitive after shaving. My legs normally don’t, but I felt the need to use lotion after which was quite different from my usual shaving routine. Usually my legs are fine after. Other than that mishap, this is quite a decent product.

Lotions

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

EOS Product Reviews : Lip Balms, Shaving Creams, Lotions

I was given quite the variety of lotions to try out. I had the Delicate Petals Body LotionBerry Blossom Body Lotion, and Cucumber Hand Lotion. One thing that I found peculiar at first was that the body lotions were both different sizes but the same product. However, after a little research, I found out that these actually come in two sizes which is amazing! I think I prefer the smaller sizes just because it’s a squeeze bottle rather than a pump (larger size). The lotions themselves were quite moisturizing and served their purpose. As for scent, the Cucumber Hand Lotion was mildly sweet but refreshing. The Lavender was slightly perfume-like. The Berry Blossom was sweet and fragrant. I do enjoy the scents of all the lotions and will definitely be using it. 

Have you ever tried EOS products before?

What’s your favourite?

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Travel Diaries | A Trip to Paris, France

Travel Diaries | A Trip to Paris, France

In October of 2015, a friend and I took a trip to Paris, France. This trip was our first big trip to a foreign place. We knew we wanted to go somewhere adventurous and foreign because we wanted it to be unforgettable. This trip was planned very last minute. We for sure had to have this trip during our winter breaks, but we were just waiting and searching for the right deal. Finally, we found a deal on YYZDeals and nabbed it quickly. And so, our big girl adventures to Paris had just begun.

To shed some light, we have had mandatory french classes from grade 4-9, but none of us are actually fluent in french. Even if we were grade A students, we’d lack the familiarity with the accents. French we heard in classes was no where close to the French we heard in Paris. As a result, if it weren’t for the people who were bilingual in Paris, we would be very lost. 

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During our time there, we didn’t have our phones. Well, to be accurate, our phones didn’t have data, texting, or calling. All we had was the support from some wifi hotspots and multiple screenshots of maps. As you can imagine, getting around Paris was really frustrating because many streets were diagonal or hard to navigate. Trying to get around Paris made me miss New York’s simple street system. However, the frustration was well worth the views.

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I do have to say though, compared to Texas and Canada, Paris was very cold. I can’t even believe I said Paris was colder than Canada. I was also told the weather was still warm so I didn’t pack many long sleeves, but the mornings were still unbearably chilly. It wasn’t until I got back home that my dad informed me that many people living in Paris don’t use heat this early into the winter/fall seasons. He actually lived in Paris for quite some time, so I should have consulted him about the important things to know before going.

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If anyone is curious about where we went: Rue Montorgueil, Rue De Ravoli, Perrault’s Colonnade, Musée du Louvre, Louvre Pyramid, Le Jardin de La Tuilerie, Jardins du Luxembourg, Latin Quarter Paris St Germain, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Église Saint Jean De Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre, La Fontaine des Mers, Arc De Triomphe, Champs Elysées, Printemps, and The Eiffel Tower. 

For a 4 day trip, I’d say we explored and accomplished quite a bit.

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Texas Travel Diary | Driving to Lubbock

Texas Travels | Driving to Lubbock

Texas Travels | Driving to LubbockDuring my one month stay in Texas, my boyfriend and I took a drive to Lubbock because he had to visit for school orientation. We stayed there for 2 days. I have to say though, Lubbock has nothing there but Texas Tech School. The school is gorgeous, stunning, and large, but every where else in the general area, meh. I don’t have too many pictures from Lubbock because we were simply too tired from the long 5 hour drive there. However, I did take some pictures of our drive there to pass the time.

On a side note, I’m not one to enjoy long car trips because I have a bladder the size of a tennis ball, so it wasn’t too pleasant of a trip. I was thirsty from not drinking water and had to constantly resist the urge to go to the washroom and limit it to once per drive there and back. The views was the only thing that kept me sane (beside my boyfriend as well) on the drive to Lubbock.
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I honestly never thought I would like windmills so much because they’re so straight forward and plain. However, after driving by many fields and seeing them up close, they’re actually very therapeutic to look at and  stunning in a minimalistic way. Does anyone else feel that way when look at windmills?

The drive there was also interesting. We went from Frisco to Lubbock and there were many tiny towns that we drove through. They were very old-school looking, much like that I had imagined the Wild West of Texas to look like from cartoon stereotypes. The lifestyle seemed very simple and quiet. I think in one point of my life, I’d love to try living in one of those tiny towns to see what it’s like.

Where in Texas would you recommend me visiting next time?

Other places I visited while in Texas: Dallas Art Museum | Nasher Sculpture Museum| Frisco Central Park | National Video Game Museum | Dallas Arboretum

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Texas Travel Diary | Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden

Texas Travel Diary | Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden

This was my last stop during my stay in Texas. I didn’t even know there was a Dallas Arboretum until my boyfriend pointed it out to me. I do love nature, so I thought it’d be fun to check it out. I have to say though, this place is bigger than you think it’d be. We got there an hour before they closed and decided to take the main paths. There isn’t too much to see but a small overview on the main path. However, when we started venturing deeper into the little paths, we came to realize that this place is actually HUGE. The Dallas Arboretum has a lot of really pretty hidden places. I say hidden because they’re not on the main path and we were both never the type to look at maps when visiting places. 

Texas Travel Diary | Dallas Arboretum Botanical Garden

The day we chose to visit was quite hot, or rather “hot” according to my Canadian standards. We didn’t bring water bottles with us because we didn’t see the need to. But oh boy, there really is a need to. There were no places that sold water and if there was, it was closed. We also saw people at the Dallas Arboretum having cute little romantic picnics and playing in the water at the end of the tree tunnel. This is like a giant park for families to enjoy and spend time with each other. Unfortunately, after not much walking, I got very thirsty and dehydrated. Thus, I felt the urge to touch all the water.

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I thought I’d adjust to Texas weather after a month, but definitely not. 

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I think this picture of a squirrel we took just chilling on this picnic table explains how the heat makes me feel. I am super glad I wore white and shorts for this weather.

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Texas Travel Diary | Frisco Heritage Museum

Texas Travel Diary | Frisco Heritage Museum

Going to Texas means food. Yes the food is cheaper there than in Canada for a lot more to consume, but you do also run short of money. I especially ran short because of having to buy a new charger since the hotel at Lubbock shorted mine out. The other museums like the National Video Game, Dallas Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Garden, and Dallas Arboretum costed some money to enter, but the Frisco Heritage Museum was free. Score! It was also one of my top 3 favourite places to visit in Texas because everything was preserved history in its original spot. Walking into the Frisco Heritage Museum was like walking into the past. Unlike the other museums they were very modern feeling and/or consisted of artworks. However, the Frisco Heritage Museum created an atmosphere as if you were right there in that frame of time experiencing everything. 

Texas Travel Diary | Frisco Heritage Museum

I had to take a picture of a tumbleweed because it’s on my bucket list of things to find like I said in my Frisco Central Park Travel Diary. 

Texas Travel Diary | Frisco Heritage Museum

Outside, there is an authentic train that was used by the people of Frisco. Some railroad tracks are also preserved from when it was used. Right beside it, is a real railroad track that is more modern and advanced which is kind of interesting because you have both present and past times beside each other. 

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I do enjoy railroad tracks and the rustic look of them. So obviously, I had to take a photo or actually- many photos on the railroad track. Also, I do love these booties because I can wear them everywhere, everyday, for long periods of time, but walking on the large gravel and railroad tracks? Not such a great idea. Be warned!!

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Inside the Frisco Heritage Museum, there is a small tower with a 180 degrees view that overlooks the entire surrounding area. They made it so you can see whatever you want to explore before venturing outside. The building is one of the buildings that can be rented out for events like weddings or ceremonies. It’s nice to know that people still enjoyed the traditional or historic look of things.

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Although this is a small museum, there were many things in there that you could some-what relate to. For example, you know what radios, hair tool, hair salons, and medications look like, right? But how did they look like back then? You can really see the difference and advancement in technology that took place. It’s also interesting to see how worn in some things are. I have to say, the hair perm contraption is quite terrifying. I see how it works, but very very scary. I really like the Frisco Heritage Museum because it’s full of things that you could relate to, but in the past. This is definitely in my top 3 museums in Texas

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Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

This museum is by far my favourite place in Texas. The National Videogame Museum is the happiest place on earth for me. I can be a nerd, I love games, I love playing them, I love watching game plays, it’s just all around fun for me. I appreciate the history of games and how they’ve evolved and this place is all about that. The other museums like the Dallas Art Museum and Frisco Heritage Museum don’t even compare. I had so much fun here and I’d totally go back again to play more games! 

First off, can we please just take a moment to appreciate the fact that you can play EVERY game in this videogame museum? The way they preserved these games and opened it for everyone to have a real feel of history is amazing. They has games from the first era up until the most recent era. 

Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

Texas Travel Diary | National Videogame Museum

This videogame museum even had an arcade style fun-room where we were given tokens we could slip into the games and play. I really do miss these traditional style games where you’d be limited to very few buttons and just had to make do with what you’ve got. Some games even had multiple games in it, which was really interesting to see because I had never encountered something like that before. My main game here was the bubble popping game. Haha, a classic I’ll always love. 

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I will admit though, there are games in this videogame museum where I looked at it and was like “how do I play this…”. i.e. the image above. The funny thing is we had to ask little kids how to turn this thing on, haha! They did it for us so we could experiment. How is a controller so simple a game? It’s amazing how much videogames have advanced since the first prototypes.

I think when I come back to Texas, I’m going to come back and play more games. I want to try them all!

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Texas Travel Diary | Frisco Central Park

Texas Travels | Frisco Central Park

If you know Texas, you know it is HOT. I’m a girl from Canada and I am definitely not used to the heat at all. I will say that I do prefer the heat over the cold though. Because it’s so hot, my boyfriend and I tried to refrain from leaving the house in the daytime. Instead, we slept during the day and went out at night like owls whenever we could. The weather at night is beautiful. It is warm enough to wear light layers or no layers at all, but cool enough where you don’t have to be wiping the oil and sweat off your face every 5 minutes.

One place I’ve been wanting to visit is the Frisco Central Park. As you can tell from photos of my Texas adventures of Nasher Sculpture Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Arboretum, I do have a fond-ness of water and waterfalls. Even if you don’t touch the water, it’s very refreshing and nice to look at. That’s why I had to take a trip the the Frisco Central Park!

Texas Travels | Frisco Central Park

I love the fact that Frisco Central Park was lit up even if it was late at night. It was really hard to take photos because I didn’t have my DSLR or a tripod, but we tried to lean against many random things to keep a steady hand. I’d like to say our attempts were successful. 

Texas Travels | Frisco Central Park

There is history at the Frisco Central Park about how Long Horns became one of the major animals here. There are even steps explaining how Texas became what it is because of the Long Horn trails. If you want to learn more about it in detail, take a visit to the park and read the history as you walk up the stairs to this wonderful scenic view.

Texas Travels | Frisco Central Park

And of course, I came to Texas to find two things. 1. Tumble weed 2. Cacti. And yes, I found cacti!! I had to take a picture to commemorate this moment of finding real live cacti. I do see them in stores, but to see a semi-wild one is amazing. I’ve also seen real live wild ones on our drive to Lubbock, but we were driving so we couldn’t stop by the side of the road to take a picture. But here in Frisco Central Park, I found one I could take a picture of! 

Unfortunately, shortly after taking this photo, red fire ants decided to feast on my right foot. I just happened to be in their path. It was my first time getting bitten and I can tell you, it is not pleasant and the bites still itch when when I’m back in Canada. I hope to never encounter them again. 

Texas Travels | Frisco Central Park

And a selfie of le boyfriend and I since I won’t be seeing him for a while again. Long distance woes.

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Texas Travel Diary | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

I feel like visiting any museum when you go to a new place is a mandatory tourist bucket-list task. It lets you learn more about the place you’re visiting. I did go to other museums like the Dallas Video Game Museum or botanical garden, but the first place I went to was the Dallas Museum of Art & Nasher Sculpture garden. They were both beside each other, so it was super convenient to be able to visit both. 

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

Dallas Museum of Art

For the Dallas Museum of Art, I was wary of taking pictures because I wasn’t sure if it was acceptable. I know in some cities it’s acceptable, but being in another country, I tread the water lightly. I didn’t want to be yelled at for taking photos! It wasn’t until the end of the Dallas Museum that we learned we could take photos. There was a huge poster in the elevator that allowed it, but we never rode it until our way down. So unfortunately, there are little pictures.

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

However, I did enjoy the outdoor areas as well as indoors in the Dallas Museum. There was a tiny patio in the middle of the museum where my boyfriend and I snapped a selfie to commemorate that we were there. It had a cute little bench and a small pond to take a break and just relax outside.

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

One of my favourite exhibits was the light room. There’s something about neon lights in the dark that amazes me. I could stare at it for hours. I do wish it was a larger section. Actually- Someone needs to make a light museum if it doesn’t exist! I think it’d be amazing and I would definitely go.

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

When exiting the Dallas Museum, there’s a lot of green land (obviously, it’s Texas, lots of area) and a large colourful mural that I absolutely loved. It’s a good thing I wore white and not colour because I’d blend in otherwise. This mural was so detailed and lovely. Although I look like a complete tourist, it was worth it for this shot.

Nasher Sculpture Garden

I was so excited for the Sculpture Garden. I’m all about 3D art. I did once make a lot of digital art, but I always had a soft spot for physical 3D art. I feel like it’s more personal because it was directly created by physical hands. You’d also be able to see the age and detail put into a project. 

Texas Travels | Dallas Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden

Although most of the museum was outside, there was a small section in the basement of the building. I will admit, it was kind of scary. I think the picture explains itself. There were many mannequins in a small quiet room dressed like humans. I bet you did a double take to see who’s real in the photo. 

The outside on the other hand was small, but beautiful. For someone who spends a lot of their time indoors, I do enjoy nature and outdoor activities a lot more.

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And of course, a little outfit of the day from the Dallas Museum & Nasher Sculpture Garden:

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Summer Fashion Essentials That Will Never Die Out

Summer Fashion EssentialsFashion is complicated sometimes. It’s nice to dress up and buy clothes, but what it does to your bank, is not fun. So I decided to make a short list of summer fashion essentials that you need that will not go out of style. That means if you buy one of these essentials, you most likely will not need to replace it for a long time. These fashion essentials are worth the investment to buy high quality versions.

1. Bralette

White or Black, whatever you feel like you wear more. These are great for layering and covering up. Tank tops can get bulky sometimes. So if something is too low cut, slap a bralette on. It has less coverage than a tank top, but more than a bra.I tend to go with black because it’s nice to layer under light-material clothing sometimes.

2. Stick On Bra

Out of all fashion essentials, this is literally, what will get you through the summer. No more scandalous parts of your bra showing under your clothes that don’t match the outfit and no more nipples sticking out when you hit a breeze and are bra-less. These are the best things that I have ever added to my closet. They’re re-useable and super cheap on eBay. I have a video on all the different types of stick on bras if you need more information.

3. Comfortable Flats

Having a trusty pair of flats is important for every season of the year. I recommend a neutral colour like black, beige, or white. As my choice, I choose beige because it’s nude for me and matches with everything. I say a pair of flats and not heels or booties because you want something comfortable and useable in any situation. For me, these are perfect height for driving in and are comfy enough for me to wear. The pair of shoes I use as one of my fashion essentials is the Dr. Martin Gizelle in Sand from Union Jack Boots.

4. Nude Panties

We’re all girls here, no need to be shy. We all need to learn about what panties to wear with what. If you’re planning on wearing white bottoms, which I am sure many of you will be wearing this summer, get nude panties. That means getting panties the colour closest to your skin tone. Getting close to perfect matches will be hard, but it will be well worth it. This means you won’t fall victim of being that person walking around the mall flashing their panties through their clothes without knowing. This is one of the most important fashion essentials. Every girl needs this.

5. Trusty Black Shorts

You know what they say and it’s true- black matches with everything. That’s why we all need a pair of black flattering shorts in our closets. These are necessary to just slap on with any top and go out. I mean you can do this with dresses too, and it is also thoughtless, but some dress style do go out of style. Unless it’s a trust LBD, that dress can not be worn to anything and everything. But a pair of shorts will go with everything and can be dressed up or down for anything.

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Embracing the Business Style | Classic Vests

Embracing the Business Style

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Now that I’m finally graduated from school, it’s time to venture out into the real world and be a full fledged adult. I have to admit, I’m not ready yet because I want to enjoy my years travelling around the world. I just feel like I’m not ready to be tied down to a 9 to 5 job with only two weeks of vacation. I’m not satisfied. Unfortunately, I will eventually have to get a job and move out, so transitioning into business style is just the start.

I know for a fact that when I find a job, I want a place where I can dress to express. I mean, it is 2016. I want the business style dress code to be professional, but I can still play around with it and make it “me”. I’m not a huge fan of the dress pants/skirt/suit/blazer combo. That just repulses me to have to wear it. I mean it may look nice sometimes, but most of the time, I’ll pass on it. 

Embracing the Business Style

One of my favourite business style inspired pieces has got to be the asymmetric skirts. I literally have 4 in my closet because they’re so simple, versatile, and classic looking. It’s my go to pair of bottoms. I actually had to stop myself from buying more in different colours because anyone who’d look in my closet would think I’m crazy. 

I appreciate fashion and expression. I believe that if I’m going to be tied down to work, I should enjoy it. Being able to play around with outfits is one of my many hobbies that I will never give up. I would imagine being able to dress up for work will motivate me to love working (unless it’s Monday). This is just one of my renditions of a business style outfit that expresses who I am and what I love.

Embracing the Business Style

Embracing the Business Style

How do you express yourself through fashion?

Where I Got Everything

ASymmetric Skirt | Sirens

Ankle Strap heels | Aldo

Tank Top | Victoria’s Secret Pink

White Vest | Oasap

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When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

Thanks to Arnold for being an amazing photographer! 

SPRING IS IN THE AIR. You can feel it in the atmosphere when you walk out. It’s just creeping it’s way around. But how do you pack for this weather? For the past two weeks I’ve been staying at a friend’s place and trying to plan ahead and packing light is so hard! I mean- basic make up, bath essentials, and school things take up half my duffel bag… So where do my clothes go?! I really had to pack light for each week, but still be able to accommodate this awkward weather. I must say, it was a real challenge. The first week, I packed way too little. In fact, I didn’t pack any pants at all (because we all know how I feel about them). So in short, I was freezing cold the whole week. I swear the weather said it’d be warm! So for the second week, this week, I packed more layers… Which I found myself overheating many of the days. However, I had more combinations for outfits. 

When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

Choosing my Basics

To start, I knew my basics had to be easy to style and plain. I needed to make sure they would all match with each other and I’d be able to wear each piece more than once without making it look like I never changed my clothes the whole week. I had school, so distinguishable outfits was a must. To start, a monochrome palette is the best to work with because black, white, and grey all work so well with each other. It’s the basics for someone getting into fashion. If you don’t know what colour clothes to buy, go with monochromes! 

With the palette picked out, I needed to narrow down about six main pieces of attire to bring or wear there that I can shed off if it’s too hot or layer on if the weather gets windy. I thought back to all the outfits I ever posted up and picked out basic pieces I found myself styling for many different outfits. My basics choices were: faux leather black jacket, plain black long sleeve, lapel knit cardigan, white slip dress, socks, and a pair of black sweatpants in case the weather got really cold. All these basic pieces, I’m sure you’ve seen a gazillian times on my social media. Regardless, happy to say, I had a different outfit for everyday of the week!

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When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

When Trying to Pack Light | Closet Basics

Where I Got Everything

Faux Leather Jacket | Zara

Knit Lapel Cardigan | Sheinside

Black Thigh High Socks | American Apparel

Heeled Combat Boots | Oasap

White Slip Dress | Sheinside

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How I Got Teal Balayage Hair | Halo Hair Studio Review

How I Got Teal Balayage Hair | Halo Hair Studio Review

Where: Halo Hair Studio & Spa

Address: 2316 Major MacKenzie Dr W, Maple, ON L6A 1W6

Hairdresser: Amanda R.

Cost: Approx. $230 after tax

About the Salon

The salon I went to is Halo Hair Studio & Spa. It was in a small plaza that I often bussed by and never noticed. It doesn’t look like a very flashy place on the outside. You wouldn’t pay much attention to it on a daily basis. However, this place is a hidden beauty. Once you walk in, it’s clean, bright, and you’re given a warm greeting from the staff. They offer refreshments for those waiting. The prices are also quite low. I’m surprised I got my balayage done for such a low price!

What I Asked For

How I Got Teal Balayage Hair | Halo Hair Studio Review

I already had balayage and ombre in my hair from last year. The first picture depicts the dark and soft ombre. That I had. My hair also grew out quite a few inches since then. Because I already had balayage and ombre in my hair, my stylist Amanda simply touched up the top layer of my hair with a lighter balayage and gave me a 2 inch trim. You can see the results in the middle photo. Excuse the way my ends look, they’re always frizzy when freshly blow dried/ air drying. It was fairly brassy toned because she needed it that shade to react well with the blue pigments later. I found that there weren’t enough highlights. I just looked like an ombre to me. I didn’t want an ombre at all because I was totally over it and I really liked the natural highlights look of balayage. I asked Amanda to put some more in that were a little higher and she was happy to do so. I never got to see how it looked with the highlights added in. Amanda just put in the blue and green dye on my balayage right after.

The technique she used was teasing and dying. She sectioned my hair into four sections and teased each thin section twice to thin out the hair that was to be bleached. When she got to the top two layers, she followed the same technique, but instead of applying bleach right away, she used the rat tail comb to weave some highlights and bleached that. 

Balayage Results

At first, I was a little put off because it was so dark in an indoor environment, but in the sun, it’s a very vibrant colour. It’s like when someone with dark hair dyes it red. It basically looks like the top half is on fire in the sun. However, after about a day, I came to love my teal balayage. I love the colour, I love that it can be both bright and dark, and I just love the different tones. Overall, I just love it.

What’s the craziest colour you’ve ever dyed your hair? 

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Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

Told you I’d wear the hell out of my houndstooth skirt. Instead of wearing it for a light outfit, I’m styling it to keep me warm. It’s been raining a lot since Spring came around. When I think of rain, I think: ick. Go away please. For whatever reason, I never want to wear colours when it’s raining. Maybe because it’s so gloomy and dark that it just puts me off. The only time I really want to wear a bright outfit is when the sun is radiating in the sky. Oh, I miss that weather. Well, I guess I’ll suck it up continue layering on clothes. :(

By the way, this is probably the last post you’ll see with my hair this colour, heh. This was a one- week thing. Can you guess what colour I’m going?! Think spriiiiing! So excited. It’s going to look so nice against all my monochrome outfits. 

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

My Layering Process

Obviously, when the weather is chilly, you’re going to want to bundle up. It’s too warm for a winter jacket, but too cold to go out with a thin shirt. This is when layering comes into play. First: pick the jacket you’re going to be working with. I chose to go with a faux leather jacket because it’d be a little rain resistant compared to everything else. Oh, and it’s warmer than all my other Spring jackets too.

Next, pick the appropriate layering piece that’s going to keep you warm. When I think cold, I think sweaters. Sweaters are so cozy. I find myself running to all of mine whenever the weather is chilly or I don’t know what to wear. They match with everything and never fail. I chose this chunky lapel sweater because I thought the lapels would drape nicely alongside the jacket.

Finally, the thinnest layers go on the very inside. There isn’t anything too special here. I just went with black and white attire. A houndstooth skirt as a statement pattern to break everything up and a black shirt just because it matches with everything. 

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures

Rain, Rain, Go Away | Layering with Different Textures Where I Got Everything

Thigh High Black Socks | American Apparel

Heeled Combat Boots | Oasap

Houndstooth Skirt | Sheinside

Necklace | DressLink

Black Top | H&M

Faux Lather Jacket | Zara

Chunky Lapel Cardigan | Sheinside

What’s your favourite season?

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Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

I love geometric pieces. They show off a sense of sophistication and edge. The hard lines make me think of a professional business woman while the colours and different dimensions of the shapes convey a creative image. They’ve been in season since winter but I haven’t been able to get my hands on the perfect piece until now. 

The best part about this geometric shirt is the different colours. It is a mix of both warm and cool tones that all compliment each other. It’s about to become my Spring staple piece. I feel like I could dress this up for a light look with other light tones, or with a darker look with faux leather to suit this bipolar weather. 

Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

Styling the Geometric Shirt

I wanted to dress this shirt to match with the weather and what I was doing. I was going to Ruelo for some afternoon tea that day, so I knew I had to wear this shirt to compliment the pastry colours (rainbow macarons!). However, I didn’t want to wash the colours out of the outfit by wearing all dark pieces. I needed something to help bring the attention to the geometric shirt. I then decided to pair the white skort with it so make an all light outfit. 

Unfortunately, Canadian weather is not forgiving. It’s still quite chilly. It’s not the season to go bare- legged yet. So obviously, no surprise, I’m going with my wardrobe staples: thigh high socks and heeled combat boots. However, it would be really unbalanced being white on top and dark heavy on the bottom. To pull the look together, I finally pulled out my men’s faux leather jacket that I thrifted a year ago and wore it. At first I didn’t like the jacket because I thought it made me look frumpy, but boy was I wrong! I absolutely love the jacket now. Who needs to wear anything fitted anymore? Altogether, it’s the perfect outfit for the geometric shirt and bipolar weather, woo! 

Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

Manning Up for the Bipolar Weather | Geometric Shapes

Where I Got Everything

Geometric Shirt | Sheinside

Thigh High Black Socks | American Apparel

Heeled Combat Boots | Oasap

Faux leather Jacket | H&M

Necklace | Romwe

What’s your favourite Spring trend?

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How I Got Rid of My Adult Acne | Skin Care Routine

How I Got Rid of My Adult Acne | Skin Care Routine

It’s not a pretty picture. But at least I shrank it so it’s not in full size. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you which is the before and which is the after. On a side note, dear future boyfriend: my skin isn’t perfect. I  can’t be the flawless sleeping  beauty you wake up to, LOL.

How I Got Rid of My Adult Acne | Skin Care Routine

I have a full on post about my acne background. If you don’t want to read it and just want a short synopses, here it is:

I have had acne ever since I was in elementary school. At first it was multiple, large, cystic pimples on my forehead. As I entered into high school, it began to spread to the rest of my face. It conquered my cheeks, chin, jaw line, etc. It’s was quite unsightly, I avoided looking into mirrors. At one point, it did start fading away, leaving many many scars which over time also disappeared. The one thing you must note about my skin is that it scars very easily. Whether I pop, pick, or leave my acne alone, it WILL scar. It will leave anything from very dark pigmented marks to deep holes. As I was enjoying my clear face in the first year of university, it all came back near the end of second year. Slowly, the nightmare that happened during high school repeated itself, but 2x worse. Which beings me here: how did I get rid of it?

Before any of you say anything about diet, sleep, and stress- don’t. I have a very plant based, clean diet. I drink plenty of water with antioxidants I add into it and I slept quite a lot despite being in University. I did a lot of my work from home, so I didn’t need to waste hours of my day commuting and missing out on rest. As for stress, well… It was only towards my adult acne. 

Ever since March last year, I can strongly vouch that I spent over 1.5k on different skincare products and supplements. It all ranged from natural products to very chemical- based formulas. I also tested out different birth control pills, vitamin supplements, and nutrient dense drinks that have been rumoured to banish adult acne. 98% of everything I tried failed. If anything, it was effective for two weeks, but then my skin built am immunity to it and it became useless. 

Obviously, I was fed up. How can no acne products or skincare routines work for me?! I’ve tried so many different approaches. That’s when I decided to test out Asian products. I’ve heard that they’re pretty good competition against American products. I then consulted my friend Bronwyn from BiibiiBeauty to help me out with picking products. I met her through Youtube and she is the ultimate skin guru. She also had a very similar skin type, so I knew I could trust her. I then went to go purchase some of her recommendations and I found that they actually worked for my skin. I’ve ordered 2-4 repeats of the products over the last few months. I made sure I used then for a thorough amount of time so my opinions would be valid. 

Before I tell you about the products, do know that: I DO STILL GET ACNE. I DO HAVE MANY SCARS. But MAJORITY of my adult acne is gone. 

 

My Skin Type

Incase you need a comparison to see if we have similar skin

  • combination skin (oily on T zone)
  • always scars from acne
  • skin builds immunity to products easily
  • very acne prone

 

My Favourite Adult Acne Products

How I Got Rid of My Adult Acne | Skin Care Routine

I am not promising that these products will get rid of your acne like it did mine, but these are what worked best for me and I would recommend it to anyone asking me about my skin care routine. I use the exact same products and skin care routine in the order listed below for the day and night (assuming I’ve already taken off or don’t have any makeup on). All products, I plan to and will continue to repurchase. Click on titles to go to direct product page.

1. Cleansing: Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes

I mainly use this for taking off my face make up. That means concealer, BB cream, and face powder. I don’t use this on my eye makeup because yes it does work, but it does take some scrubbing. My eye make up is heavy duty and hard to wash off, so it really needs a good cleanser to remove it without making my eyelids sore from scrubbing. I specifically use this only because it’s cheap (from Costco) and doesn’t break me out. I’ve tried lavender, tomato, and cucumber wipes before, but they broke me out. I’m sticking to this, and baby wipes in emergencies.

2. Cleansing: Biotherm Biosource Balm-to-Oil Cleaners & Makeup Remover

This is the holy grail for taking off eye make up without it feeling greasy. It has a very silky and smooth texture. It’s actually quite nice to slide on your fingers. I only use this for my eye make up. I mix it with some water to make it more liquidy and easier to use. My heavy duty, super waterproof eye make up has no problem coming off with this. 

3. Face Wash: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser

I’m not picky with cleansers, to be honest. However, I’ve always found myself coming back to the tea tree cleanser from The Body Shop even when I switch brands. I like the pump because it lets me control how much product comes out. With the gel formula that I used before, I sometimes would squeeze out way too much. If you’re looking to choose between the gel and foam, go with the foam.

4. Clarisonic Mia 2

This is great and totally appropriate for mild- acne users because it’s not rough enough to be an exfoliant. In fact, it’s very soft on the skin and doesn’t ‘scrub’. It cleans deep into your pores. I find that after using this, the producst soak better into my skin.

5. Toner: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

Make sure you shake up the bottle before you use it so the product at the bottom mixes with the liquid solution. At first I thought toners didn’t do much, but after using this specific toner over time, I found that I had less acne break outs. I use a few drops on a cotton pad and just swipe it all over my face from the centre of my face, outwards. This also acts as an insurance, getting rid of any excess make up or dirt you may have missed in the cleansing process. 

6. Moisturizer: Badecasil 7 in 1 Spot Clearing Cream Solution

This moisturizer does an amazing job. It really hydrates your skin and leaves it soft. It also soaks into your skin very easily. If you want the details of the “7 in 1″ properties, just click the picture and it’ll bring you to a page explaining it all. I’ve purchased 2 of these so far, and will continue to purchase it again. When you first use it, you will really feel it sinking into all the cracks of your skin. It’ll give a very mild stinging sensation. It doesn’t hurt, but you just feel it doing it’s job. After a while you won’t feel it anymore because your skin is well healed.

7. Serum: Dr. Color Effect Skin Protective Revitalizing Red Serum

This is also great for hydrating your skin. It also sinks into your skin easily. I don’t use the whole dropper, but maybe about 1/3rd of it each time. I find that this helps fade scars. However, it is NOT a miracle product. It doesn’t fade scars over night. it also helps reduce redness, prepping your skin for make up, or going out. I will be repurchasing my second bottle soon because I am running out. 

8. Acne Spot Treatment: SkinMiso Spot Repairing Serum

Holy grail. That sums up all my feelings for this acne product. My acne never built an immunity to this serum. This too, is not a miracle product, medium to large spots don’t disappear overnight. As for small pimples, maybe. However, it is very effective compared to the other products I’ve tested. For the tube, it’ll last you a while if you have an average amount of acne. At first I used A LOT and went through my first tube and a half quickly because I have plenty of acne everywhere on my face. However, now I don’t use very much because it has gone down a lot. I gently rub the product into my acne spots and then reapply to larger blemishes when necessary. I am currently on my third tube as I am writing this, so you know automatically, I will be repurchasing this for a very long time.

 

The Other Basics

I don’t think I need to tell you any of this because if you’re looking up acne regimens or products, I’m sure you’ve already gone through the basics. these are very very very important. Skincare really is not just on the outside, but the inside as well. Just in case, here you go: 

  • eat a clean diet (cut out excess oil, junk food, fat, salt, sugar, etc)
  • drink plenty of water
  • exercise regularly
  • don’t scrub your acne
  • don’t molest your face
  • keep everything off your face, like hair
  • don’t over- wash your face
  • make sure you MOISTURIZE even if your skin is dry
  • sleep and don’t stress

Do you/ have you suffered from adult acne? Share your stories!

 

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