SKIN CARE for when you’re broke + lazy.

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I don’t know about you guys but when I get home at the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is go through some extensive skincare routine.  Like, it probably should seem nice and refreshing and like an ideal way to prep for sleepy time but it just… isn’t?

That’s why I like to keep it as simple (and cheap) as humanly possible – difficult because my skin doesn’t love cheap products.  SO after much experimentation here are my three favourite, SUPER gentle ride-or-die products… all under ten dollars.

1. I’ve tried a few different makeup removers, but right now I’m loving this micellar water from L’Oreal (9.99).  I love this stuff because it’s soothing, refreshing, and takes off everything.  It’s awesome because you don’t technically need to wash/rinse it off (in fact that whole point of micellar water is to keep your hard tap water from messing with your skin) – so if it’s really one of those nights you can just wipe and go, ya know?

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2. Even though you don’t really need to, I always wash my face after I take off my makeup – it just makes me feel so ready for bed.  I like Nivea’s gentle cleansing cream ($7.77) for this.  This stuff is so creamy and smooth and smells so sweet – plus it’s pink so, like, #onbrand.  On a serious note though this cleanser is amazing and feels so luxurious on your face.

3. I always finish with a bit of moisturizer and my honest to god ride-or-die is this $4 tube from St.Ives.  It’s simple, unscented, and super gentle – plus it’s full of collagen, which theoretically will ward off wrinkles (although I’ve kind of accepted my wrinkly-forehead fate tbh).

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That’s it!  99.9999% of nights I do these three things and then pass the heck out – and it seems to be working pretty well for me.  If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll slap on a facemask before I shower — either a clay mask (which I will write about soon) or my all time favourite, straight up organic honey (so good for redness + inflammation!!!).

So there you go; if you’re broke and lazy like me, you can still be a dewy, glowing goddess — I promise!  What are your favourite cheap skin care products?  I’m always down to try something new.

scrub-a-dub,

– L

PS, let’s ignore the massive amount of time that has passed since my last post.
PPS, still very much obsessed with the new Harry Styles and Paramore sooo

BEAUTY: best! primer! ever!

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GUYS, I’ve cracked it.

It’s been a long, hard road but I have finally – FINALLY! – found the absolute best green primer in all the land.  If you have redness that drives you nuts, then you have come to the right place because this is life changing.

….. okay I’m getting a little extra about the whole thing, but honestly I need you to understand how obsessed I am.

The primer is NYX colour correcting liquid primer in green.  I bought it at the NYX store in the eaton centre for… 18.99 I think?  In terms of NYX products it’s on the pricey side, but truly for me it is so so so worth it.  Not only does it neutralize your redness BIG TIME, but it’s got a really shimmery luminous finish to it that will shine through your foundation and give you the most glamorous dewy look EVER.  I used to be SO about the matte look because… I’m sweaty?  and I thought that powdering my face like mad was the answer.  But anyway I am officially so over it, and very much into the dewy sex bomb look.  So yeah, if you are too, this primer + rimmel wake me up foundation (my drug store fave) is the ultimate combo.

On an unrelated note, I’m currently listening to a stream of Gala Darling and one of the Astro Twins talking about Venus retrograde.  Fun because venus rules love/sex/etc (all the good stuff really), and everyone could use more of that.  I am really into reading my horoscope and knowing what’s going on with the stars and all that, even though my horoscope never seems to be all that applicable to me – which is weird because the Sagittarius “profile” fits me so well?  Anyway, who knows – it’s fun to read either way.  I’m a sucker for anyone or anything telling me things about myself and/or telling me what to do with my life.

Alright I’m off – so much homework to do.

love love love,

L

 

SWEET NOTHINGS: chillin’ essentials.

Chillest of chill nights tonight – I finally finished my class registration today, and it was more stressful than anything.  I genuinely was near tears the whole time – thinking over and over  I should never have moved here.

In some ways it’s true – moving from Victoria, BC to Toronto was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done and, in a lot of ways, it’s made my very easy life very… not easy.  “Maybe,” I said to my roommate today, while I paced around our kitchen with my arms in the air, “I was better off as a big fish in a little pond.”
“Do you really think that?” she asked me.  I fell into a kitchen chair defeatedly, sipping peppermint tea while Megan watched me through curious eyes.  After a little while I shook my head.
“No.  I don’t.  It seems like it would have been so easy to just power through another two years in Vic, hating everything.  In reality though… maybe that’s not the case.”
I’m so so glad I’m here – it’s harder but it’s better.  Nothing worth having comes easy, right?  It’s just hard.  Everything is just hard.

The point is, it was a long day.  A long day after which I wanted nothing more than to light a few candles and put my feet up.

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My relaxing essentials?  WELL, glad you asked:

  • these lil foot softening booties!  like a facial for your feet.  So good.
  • peppermint tea.  I’m trying real hard to facilitate better sleep lately; part of that is coolin’ it on the coffee.  AND I got a grocery store gift card for christmas which turned out to be the best present ever because it means I can buy nice organic tea.  oh!  I also added a bit of fresh ginger, just because I was feelin bougie.
  • candles.  Always candles.  Especially vanilla!
  • White Collar – my latest netflix obsession.  Oh, and Matt Bomer is a dreamboat.

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  • honey face masks.  A friend of my mom’s is a beekeeper, so for christmas I got a little jar of organic vancouver island honey and it is ah-mazing.  Honey is anti-bacterial, which means it’s good for treating and preventing acne and bringing down redness.  It’s also full of antioxidants!  Read more here!

That’s all I got for ya – and it’s more than enough.  What are your essentials for a delicious, indulgent evening in?  Do tell!

 

 

love and cozy vibes,

– L

SURVIVING (NOT THRIVING): that ontario winter.

I woke up this morning to a voicemail from my mom, warning me about what the weather was supposed to be doing in Toronto today.  Yeah okay mom, I thought, you’re 3000 km away, just chill.  But then I opened up the weather app and saw that it was -8 degrees; -23 with the windchill.

WOW that is cold.

Being a West Coast gal, I have never experienced that kind of cold before; anything below zero meant I did not leave the house.  If I was lucky it meant I didn’t leave my bed!  But of course now that I’m a real Toronto person, I had to get up and go about life as if I was completely unfazed.

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basically my life today

Today was definitely the coldest day so far, but the last few weeks have certainly still felt pretty frigid; temperatures below zero aren’t even a shock anymore.  And slowly but surely, this West Coast girl is learning how to survive (but definitely not thrive) this winter.

If any of you are experiencing a killer (apparently this is actually very normal, but it’s definitely killing me) winter for the first time right now, I got ya.  Here’s what you absolutely must have.

1. a zippered purse.  I really really love just carrying around all of my worldly possessions with me everywhere I go – kind of like a Tibetan monk, if Tibetan monks were full of anxiety and owned a lot of lipstick.  Anyway the purse that I usually carry is a very cute (and very big) one from H&M, but it has no zipper or way of closing it.  As I discovered last week, that is a surefire way to end up with a purse full of snow.  Also a great way to ruin all of your class notes!  So yeah, a purse with a zipper is essential – don’t tell anyone, but the one I’m currently using was 15 dollars at Ardenes.

2. hand cream.  My hands were literally bleeding a few days ago because it is so damn aveeno.jpgcold and they are so damn dry.  I bought a tube of Aveeno hand cream, and I swear by this stuff now.  Officially can not live without it.

3. good chapstick.  My lips were also definitely suffering – I had been applying burts bees like crazy but it was not helping.  Time to pull out the big guns – Blistex, all day every day.

4. a toque.  What do non-Canadians call toques?  Are they just… hats?  Whatever you call it, you need one, immediately.  Pull it down over your ears and put your hood up for the ultimate cozy experience.

5. waterproof boots.  Listen, no one looks cute in winter clothing, okay?  But believe me on this, once your feet are cold there is no going back.  You will wish you were dead.  I mean it.

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currently on sale at express!!

6. a blanket scarf.  One of the most important investments of my life.  Doubles as a cozy blanket for those late nights at the library!

7. those text-y gloves.  I finally got a pair of these today.  It was a little hard to text what with the snow that was constantly pelting my screen, but STILL better than nothing.

8. waterproof mascara.  I learned this lesson the same day as the purse thing.  My friend Kelly, who grew up in Ontario, was actually dying laughing at me.  A quick lesson about snow: it will hit your face, it will become water, and it will turn you into that snapchat filter with the running mascara.  Not cute.  I’m currently using one from L’Oreal that I like a lot!

9. a totally shameless attitude toward keeping warm.  In spite of the fact that I have literally never experienced weather quite like the blizzard I walked through today, I was actually really not that cold.  Why?  Because I was so damn prepared for it (thanks mom!).  When it’s -20 you don’t get to concern yourself with looking cute.  Wrap your damn scarf around your face, put up the hood of your parka, wear 8 pairs of socks and leggings under your jeans.  I look dumb as hell in hats but you better believe I will not leave the house without one until I can finally see the ground beneath my feet again.  I never look that cool anyway – may as well look like a warm dork, not a shivering/dying one.

All in all, I’m very much looking forward to hopping on a plane in four days and flying home to Victoria for a little reprieve from the magical winter wonderland Toronto is becoming.  I love this city more than anything, but I miss my family, and the ocean, and being able to go out without worrying about losing my fingers.

How do you cope with winter – any real Canadians out there who can give me tips?  Also, important question; why does walking through snow feel like such a damn workout?  I’m over it.

On a slightly related note, I’m thinking this is going to be a new feature – “surviving (not thriving)”.  Too many blogs are teaching you how to be the very best ever at everything !!! and that’s great, but I think maybe if you want to one day be the best then it’s important to first get yourself to the point where you are… well… surviving.  So far in the works are posts about uni, moving out, and dating.  Any other thoughts or suggestions??

I have an exam tomorrow (actually 10.5 hours from now, if we’re being precise), so I’d better go get a bit more studying in before I call it quits.  I have to be at the school by 8am, which just seems cruel and unusual, considering the recent developments of my sleep patterns.  Wish me luck!

Enjoy the snow – L

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS | Blogmas Day 4

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Here are a few (totally cheap) current obsessions of mine.

  1. honey face masks!  My lovely friend Sarah recommended this to me, as did my mom.  It makes my skin feel wonderful and smooth, and I believe it’s even helped with the redness.  Wow!  So simple – so good.
  2. a nice fresh mani/pedi – done from the comfort of my bedroom of course.  I bought this little nail kit on sale at Rexall a while ago.  Usually I just clip my nails and paint them, but sometimes it’s necessary to go through all the steps – if for no reason other than feeling fancy.
  3. dark chocolate with orange.  So delicious.
  4. Egyptian Musk essential oil.  A little dab on the wrists and behind the ears smells amazing.  It’s super cheap, and something about it just makes me feel good, y’know?
  5. Tea. Obviously.  It’s warm and cozy an delicious and I just… love tea.
  6. Most importantly?  Oh. My. God.  GUYS.  Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries…. you have to watch it!!!  I am obsessed.  SO GOOD.  A 1920s flapper woman in Melbourne solving mysteries, having sex with all the hot men, wearing all the amazing outfits.  She speaks four languages.  She gas a gun tucked into her garter.  She is full of light and love and joy, in spite of the difficult times she has seen.  She is my idol.

OH, and just so you know – I’ve added a bit of Christmas cheer to my bedroom.  Are you proud?

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Thought you’d want to know.

Anything you guys are loving lately?  Happy Blogmas!

– L

 

BEAUTY: catastrophe cosmetics facemask.

I thought today would be a write off.

I slept in way later than I had intended – this has been happening to me a lot lately, and I think it’s because I’m not eating properly… but more on that some other time.  The point is, by the time I rolled out of bed I already felt like I had wasted a whole day.  Part of me wanted to just go back to sleep so I wouldn’t have to deal with life.

But NO, not today!  I dragged my ass into the shower and I proceeded to give myself a stern talking to in the mirror.
“This is not who you are anymore,” I told my reflection, “you are not wasting any more days!  Hustle, girl, hustle!”
For some reason the word hustle really gets me going.  I follow a lot of cool people on instagram, and they’re always posting about the hustle.  Up until recently I wasn’t doing a whole lot of hustling, and quite frankly I was feeling a little left out.  But now… school’s in full swing, I’m working on weekends, I’m trying to hit the gym, and of course I have a very important blog to run… the hustle is real, my friends.

Don’t worry, I won’t start using the hashtag on instagram.  As much as I respect the idea, I think the actual thing is a little overdone.

Anyway, the point is, I kicked my ass into gear and got a bunch of stuff done.  And, okay, none of it was school related… but that’s what my day off tomorrow is for!  Right?

Once I finished being productive for the day I figured it was time to reward myself.  I currently have two missions in life, and those are

  1. bring down the ridiculous amount of redness in my skin (no, it’s not rosacea, but there is something wrong with me… I’ve changed up my diet and my skincare routine to figure it out, but that’s another tale for another time); and
  2. treat myself in ways that don’t involve food (especially barbeque chips and donuts,, which have somehow become my two biggest vices)

And so, the logical way to end my night was… a face mask!

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definitely looks like something I want to rub on my face.

In my quest for the ultimate soothing face products I naturally turned to Lush.  What can I say?  I’m basic as hell.  Anyway, in addition to boring things like cleanser, I also felt like it was necessary to get a face mask.  The lady who worked there recommended I try Catastrophe Cosmetic – a blend of blueberries, calamine, and chamomile.

Honestly I nearly didn’t buy this mask for the sole reason that it has to stay in the fridge, and that is very, very far away from my bed.  Don’t judge!  But I ended up being very glad that I went for it (in spite of the massive inconvenience of walking fifty paces to the kitchen).

It smells great, as all Lush products seem to (except that one mask with garlic in it, probably… I’m sure it feels fantastic, but what’s the point if it doesn’t smell nice?), and it feels even better.  Because it comes straight out of the fridge it’s nice and cool, and it’s super smooth.  It washed off easily, and left my skin feeling totally smooth, clean, and gorgeous… exactly how it should be!

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not really how I imagined my first selfie on the blog, but…

Of course on this particular occasion I was drinking a mimosa (left over from a baby shower on the weekend), so I can’t say it helped in terms of redness.  But that’s my own fault, now isn’t it?  And hey, it certainly helped in terms of feeling like a damn goddess!  I’m quite certain that whatever is going on with my skin can’t be fixed with an $8 face mask anyway.  The first time I used it I definitely noticed a temporary improvement, and when my face is feeling hot and irritated this mask is my new go-to.

You know those days where you’ve been running around for hours, eating junk food, probably putting on sunscreen or sweating or even just wearing foundation and you can feel it all on your face?

Yes.  This is for those days.

If you’ve tried this mask before, what did you think?  Have you tried any other face masks you liked – or made any yourself?  I’ve definitely done the ol’ yogurt/honey/banana before… tasted great, but felt too sticky.  Any others to recommend?

Happy tuesday, lovelies – see you tomorrow!

– L