For months, I have really suffered with my skin and finally, I can write this post with confidence; in hopes of helping some of you. My relationship with my skin has been very off and on the last 6-8 months. Anywhere from a minor breakout to a cystic pimple and anywhere in between. I have fairly sensitive skin and have tried a lot of products through this journey to clearer skin. I wanted to avoid oral medication to treat my skin and try and fix things on my own.
A friend of mine had recommended trying products from Kiehl’s. I went to the location at Toronto Eaton’s Centre and was blown away by there helpful staff. I explained my skin concerns and they worked with me to pick out the best products for me. I use a variety of their products daily; in the morning and night. I really noticed a difference in the appearance and feeling of my face. As an everyday cleanser, I use the Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser. It is super gentle and you only need a small amount of this. Most of my everyday skincare products are from Kiehls because I find that they work best for my skin and they are fairly priced for the quality I also really enjoy using the Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub by Kiehl’s. I did not include a photo of this because I actually need to replenish, but it leaves your body feeling smooth and radiant. My favorite scent is the Grapefruit!
After using my Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser in the evening, I use an additional makeup removing product. I use the Cleansing cloths by Consonant Skincare to help ensure all of the makeup is off of my skin before bed. They are super gentle on the skin and are 100% biodegradable!
Now…for what really changed the skincare game. I got the Luna Play brush by Foreo not too long ago and I can honestly say it has improved my skin so much. I never really paid much attention to these types of devices, but this one works! I use it with my Kiehl’s cleanser for one minute 2x a day. This is my favorite part of my face washing routine.
Lastly, something that has drastcly helped my skin is making healthier dietary choices. I go to a lot of restuarants and try a lot of foods that are unfirmilliar to my skin. I try to limit the ammount of dairy I consume because I know that can cause flare ups sometimes…but I cant say no to icecream. Drinking more water has really helped with clearing up my skin too. Sometimes we forget to be good to our bodies, not oly from the outside but the inside too.
These are some cost-friendly gift ideas for that special woman in your life. Making the most out of a budget is something I personally really enjoy and look forward to. Just because the item is on sale or under a certain amount doesn’t mean it’s not as valuable. How to score a gift for her under $50, without it looking under $50.
Okay, ladies and gentleman… just because sandal season is coming to an end it does not mean you need to neglect your feet. Yes, mitten weather is quickly approaching but your hands still deserve to feel healthy and pretty.
I can admit that growing up, I was never good to my nails and took very poor care of them. I rarely got my nails done because at the jobs I had; they would immediately get ruined. Not to mention… I am a nail biter. I am not proud of this and I am getting a lot better because I don’t want ugly 10-year-old boy fingers for the rest of my life. I want to have natural, long, strong, healthy nails that people assume are fake because they are so beautiful.
I highly recommend checking out CURES STUDIO in Liberty Village, Toronto. I tried them for the first time and what an amazing experience. The studio is stunning and so clean, which is most important to me. The facility is toxic free and they only use high-quality products.. even some local ones too! One of my favorites being the scrub by VO BATH & CO.
Not only is there studio beautiful, they really do an amazing job and the girls take great care of you. This is the perfect place to bring your BFF for her birthday or to make it your regular beauty spot.
Having fair skin, I find it extremely difficult to find products that works well for me. Most of these products I have purchased several times and have been using for years and some are new to me. Of course, some are more affordable than others but believe me, they are all worth the money and are all amazing in their own way. If you are looking for a new blush, these are perfect for everyday and evening wear.
It’s that time of year again boys and girls! The moment when you feel like you just bought that special someone something. Not even 2 months after Christmas, the lovely Valentine’s Day quickly approaches. As much as I do like material things, nothing compares to a gift from the heart. A handwritten letter or card are always amazing to get on Valentine’s Day, makes you feel thought about and cared for. Homemade gifts are always fun and sentimental, something that I personally appreciate the most.
If you are stuck for gifts this year for that special woman in your life, here are a few cute and fun ideas.
Recently, I have begun a new hair routine to strengthen my thin and broken locks. A product that has already made a difference is my new AQUIS Hair Towel. I received this towel about 2 weeks ago and have used it after every hair wash. It is made to soak all of the water out of your hair to reduce the use of a blow dryer. When hair is wet it is most vulnerable, so minimizing heat is very important. Aquis is made up of a material that quickly and safely drys the hair. The longer that your hair stays wet, the more it stretches and water it absorbs. But, when it gets too stretched and bloated the keratin bonds rupture and your hair loses all natural elasticity. So it’s crucial to dry your hair fast to prevent damage. But to do so in a way that doesn’t stress or stretch your hair. It is lightweight, so it does not pull on your head and you can continue with your beauty routine while having this gentle towel on.
I got LUXE LONG HAIR TOWELin Moody Grey and Ive noticed that by keeping this towel on my head for as little as ten minutes, my hair is about 75-80% dry. This is perfect for the winter months because coming out of the shower with wet hair, is uncomfortably chilly. This drys the hair fast and damage-free.
This is one of the first summers in a long time that I have truly felt happy with my skin. I’m not bragging or anything here, I am just happy that I feel confident with it because I struggled with nasty spots growing up. For years, I felt insecure about my skin because first of all, it is very fair and freckley. Second of all, it was not very smooth and always had an obvious pimple. Third, I felt like everyone around me had flawless skin.
Just recently, these pasts couple of years I have learned to love my freckles and I get excited when I get more! Honestly, it kind of looks like a tan when you have so many. Freckles make me who I am and there is no point in hiding them because they are unique. They are awesome, they fade in the winter and come out and multiply in the summer.
Anyways, this summer I have been taking really good care of my skin and making sure it feels and looks it’s best. In the morning and night I typically wash my face with MARCELLE BB CLEANSER and just pat dry it with a towel. This takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling smooth and fresh. In the morning, before I put on my makeup, I put on a facial sunscreen. I do this to protect my skin from whatever sun I will be exposed to during the day and to moisturize my skin. For this, I use SPF 60, because I do have very sensitive skin.
At night after I wash my face, I use the BOTANICAL SIGNATURE OIL for brightening skin. In the morning when I re-wash my face, it feels so soft and smooth.
In the summer I do try to wear as little makeup as possible for the daytime because at work I do sweat a lot. It is also very important to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated. Eating a healthy diet is key to good skin as well. But when I do start to notice a few blemishes I use and excellent coffee scrub. There are a few that I normally use and would recommend. I have posted about these before if you are interested in coffee scrubbing.
If you are looking for some new skin care products to add into your routine, these are great! Or if you have any questions, let me know. Protect yourselves from the sun and have a great summer.
This post is meant for girls only, because males do not get a monthly period…
Recently, I have collaborated with a subscription box company called Fleur Organics. They provide you with monthly feminine hygiene products, by mail. This is a great idea and makes your period experience a little less annoying. Sometimes those monthly visits to the drugstore can be out of the way, embarrassing or sometimes you just forget.
The founder of Fleur Organics is a Registered Nurse, who realized there are so many negatives with using some products. She wanted to find a safer and healthier option for all women. By creating these more convenient products, this had definitly caught my attention. Using organic cotton is actually very important because there are so many harmful chemicals in tampons and pads, that we are not aware of. The “average” woman uses approximately 11,000 tampons in her lifetime and if they are potentially hazardous, thats pretty scary. A lot of well known tampon brands contain plastics, wood pulp and dangerous chemicals.
With Fleur Organics you can customize what you would like to receive each month, what fits your lifestyle best. By scheduling delivery around your cycle, makes periods more simple and less of a hassle. It’s so important to take care of your body, from the inside out.
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Thank you Fleur Organics for introducing me to your amazing idea and products.