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Loreal Pure Clay Face Masks

Hey guys! I thought I would drop in and talk about this new face mask I tried out! I had previously tried L’Oreal’s Pure-Clay Mask in Black Charcoal and really liked it, but ran out. When I went to the drugstore to pick up a new one I decided to try this one this time.

This mask is made from red algae and is supposed to exfoliate and smooth your skin while reducing pores. Sounded like a win to me.

First impression was that it went on a lot differently than the black charcoal one and as it dried it didn’t feel as tight to my skin. It actually felt pretty nice on and has exfloliants in it that you can feel as you rub it in.

While I was waiting for the mask to dry I made myself my lemon and warm water drink that I try to start my day with. This lemon juice is organic, from Italy, and tastes fantastic if you’re looking to do the same. I would recommend lemon and water every morning on an empty stomach because it debloats you, levels out your level of acidity, and is really good for your digestion.

Anyhow! I sat with the mask on, drinking my lemon water for about 10ish minutes and then rinsed of the mask. It came off no problem with a little water and a face cloth (I’ve had others that have been horrible to get off). My skin felt so soft afterwards and I applied a moisturizer to help that as well.

I would highly recommend this mask if you are looking for something to sooth your skin and make it feel really smooth! Let me know if you decide to try it!

xoxo

Sarah

 

**PS this is not sponsored or affiliated with L’Oreal in anyway!**

Beauty, Fashion, Travel

How to Pack for a Beach Vacation

Hey guys! Scott and I are in Mexico for our anniversary trip! I find people are always a little unsure of what to bring when traveling for a tropical beach trip. I mean, you plan on spending most of your time in a bathing suit right?

When traveling to a resort I feel it’s important to research it a little before you go. You’ll want to know if there’s any dress codes at any restaurants or anything like that. For example, the resort we go to asks that men wear a collard shirt and long pants to dinner. You wouldn’t want to get there and discover you didn’t pack what you needed and have to miss out!

I know there’s hundreds of these lists on the internet but here’s what I think about when I’m packing:

  • Swim suits – obviously! I bring two (at least) so I can swap them out if one’s still wet from the previous wear!
  • Beach cover up – Not 100% a necessity but I don’t like walking from my room to the pools in just my bathing suit! It’s also convenient to throw on to grab lunch because a lot of resorts don’t like it if you go to one of their restaurants in just your bathing suit!
  • Excursion outfit – Think about any trips you may take off the resort and what you will need for them. There’s nothing worse than going for a hike and climbing Mayan Ruins in heeled sandals…trust me. I learned the hard way!
  • A couple nice outfits for exploring the resort – I don’t like wearing a bathing suit all day. So I bring a couple interchangeable outfits I can wear for lunch, shopping, or taking in one of the shows.
  • A fancy dress (or outfit) – A lot of resorts have fancier restaurants you can go to for dinner. It’s nice to get a little dressed up for a night out as well. I know we like to go for dinner and then to one of the shows and sometimes it’s nice to feel fancy!
  • Shoes – Ok I know a lot of guys hate it when a girl brings a bunch of shoes, but lets think about this. You need one pair for every day use, a pair of flip flops or sandals for the pool, a fancy pair for nights out, and runners if you plan on using the gym. Right?
  • Gym clothes – Ok so some people think working out on vacation is crazy…but I like it! I spend most of the day on vacation eating so I like to combat that with a little workout in the morning. It gives me more energy as well!
  • Necessities – For this I include everything from camera chargers to medication! Make sure you write down everything you cannot forget and only check it off once it’s in your bag. Ladies, this includes products as well. You bet my deep conditioner is on my list to help combat the chlorine of the pools!

I hope this helps if you guys are going on vacation soon! Colder months are coming and it’s always nice to get a little break! Can’t wait to tell you all about our trip when we get back!

xoxo

Sarah

Beauty

Summer Nails

I’ve just been browsing around Pinterest and came across so many cute nail ideas for summer. I’ve rounded up some inspo below! Disclaimer: these images are not mine and found on Pinterest. I don’t take credit for any of these!

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Victoria Secret Body Care

 

The Victoria Secret Semi Annual Clearance Sale has just wrapped up again and I stopped by to see what kind of deals they had going on. Let me tell you…I had to rein myself in. They had so many great products for a fraction of what they normally were.

I had been dying to try their body care line for a while but each bottle was around $20 CAN so it was hard for me to justify. I didn’t want to just buy one, I wanted to try all four! Low and behold for the clearance sale they had the four main products for $5 each! What? So I got the four I wanted to try for the price you would normally pay for one! Craziness!

So I bought the Soothing Scrub Wash in Shea, Ultrarich Creme Wash in Coconut Milk, Hydrating Body Lotion in Shea, and the Weightless Body Oil in Coconut Milk. So I’ll be honest…I’m not sure if you’re supposed to use all four products in one go seeing as there’s two body washes and two moisturizers, but they all are numbered on the back from 1 to 4 so I went for it.

I enjoyed the soothing scrub because it smelled so darn good and the scrub itself is very fine and felt gentle on my skin. The creme wash smelled equally as good and lathered nicely so I felt really clean afterwards. I could tell my skin was a lot smoother stepping out of the shower already, but after applying the hydrating lotion I could really tell. My knees and elbows really benefited from this thick lotion and I just felt my elbow while writing this to confirm that they still feel great a few days later haha! So the oil felt a bit weird to me. I had never really used oil on my skin before and I felt a bit shiny after. I had to wait a few minutes before dressing because I still had a slick feeling on my skin. A little while later after the oil fully absorbed into my skin I couldn’t get over how my skin felt. Is this Victoria’s Secret? haha!

So all in all I’ve very impressed with this line. Like I said: no idea if you are supposed to use it as a set, but it works! I may just pick one cleanser while in the shower and one moisturizer for when I get out and mix and match the combos to see what works best for me. Let me know if you have ever tried these products, what you thought, or if you’d like to! Oh, and this is 100% not sponsored I just really like these products!

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Skincare, whoa what a difference

Hey guys! I’ve been off the grid for a little bit now. Some of you may know I’ve been working two jobs, which has been exhausting, but I’m just getting over a nasty round of strep throat. I had it for about a week and didn’t want to do anything but lay around all day!

Anyhoo I’ve really been concentrating on my skin lately. It’s been looking pale, dry, and lifeless looking lately and I’ve just been packing more makeup on to try and cover it up. Of course this just made it worse so I decided to try a few things to refresh my face a little bit. I’m actually blown away by how quickly my skin has turned around and am feeling more confident to go out without makeup on. I haven’t quite gotten there yet (I have the worst dark circles that make it hard for me to convince myself to be 100% makeupless) but a bit of BB creme goes a long way. So this is what I’ve been doing this week that has been working for me!

Go Makeupless – Letting your skin breathe is sooo important. It gives it time to recover from having makeup on it all the time!

Remove Makeup Properly! – Sounds simple right? Well not if you’re as lazy as me! After a long day of work I fell into the habit of just quickly wiping my face with a makeup wipe and call it a day. Well this doesn’t remove all of the makeup and then it settles into your pores. I’ve been using a miceller water to make sure I get it all, including dirt and oils from the day.

Cleanse – This falls under the “wiping my face with a makeup wipe and calling it a day” thing. I barely washed my face with a cleanser. I know that’s so sooo bad and now that I’ve been washing my face twice a day I can really feel a difference in my skin. Disclaimer: washing your skin with cleanser too much can bother your skin as well. Try and find an alcohol free one and test it out. If twice a day irritates your skin only use it once a day and just rinse your skin in the morning. It all depends on your skin type!

Tone & Moisturizer – I’ve been using a toner as a follow up to the cleanser and I find my skin is a lot less red. After the toner I moisturize as normal and my skin just soaks it up. So much smoother.

Drink LOTS of Water – Again, kind of obvious, but a lot of people forget how good water is for the skin (me included). I can really tell when I’m less hydrated because my skin looks really shallow and dry.

Ok so these tips may be obvious and you’ve probably heard it a thousand times. It doesn’t help to have a reminder though, I sure needed it as I had been neglecting my skin. Just remember to do these simple things every day and your skin will bounce back in a few days!

 

Beauty, Reviews

5 Great Drug Store Makeup Finds

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You know when you seem to run out of all your makeup at once? Then you’re digging through scraps trying to find something that works to get you through the next day or so until you can go restock? That happened to me last week and I felt like I had to buy so much! I always feel like it’s a lot of pressure to go pick out a new foundation or mascara, but I managed to find a few jems that I love in case you’re on the hunt for something new!

1. Elf Primer – Poreless

The original Elf Primer is great, but the poreless version is my favourite. It really does a great job of smoothing the skin and minimizing pores. I have found my pores have been bugging me a lot lately so this is an area I was looking to improve. If you are fine with your pores as usual you are probably good just sticking with the original. I find the poreless version has a bit of a tea tree oil smell to it. It isn’t unpleasant or overpowering at all however. This primer really makes me feel like my foundation just glides on my skin and helps it last a lot longer.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Matte and Poreless

Once again I’m going with a poreless look at the moment. I’ve used the regular version of this foundation before and I liked it, but there is something so nice about the matte finish of this one. I find this foundation covers well without being too cakey or heavy on the skin. You can also build it up if you need more coverage and it lasts a long time. I also would like to try the dewy version of this foundation as I’m sure it would give a nice finish as well.

3. Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

This is a tried and true classic for me. When I was first getting into makeup I bought this all the time and decided to pick it up again after all this time. I’m always so pleased at how well this product blends and how it covers my dark (and I mean dark) circles.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I didn’t realize how many Maybelline products I bought until right now! Haha! This is hands down my favourite drug store mascara however. I pretty much only use this one and have since my makeup artist for my wedding introduced me to it during my makeup trial. I find it makes my eyelashes look a lot longer and thicker and the wand gets all my little lashes as well.

5. NYX Liquid Eyeliner

I love this eyeliner. It goes on true black and makes wings easy. There’s not much to say about this one other than it does the job!

So these are the products I’ve been using lately. Do you guys have any you’d recommend? What should I try?

Beauty

Trend Alert: Pink Eyeshadow

Did you catch the images from the Met Gala on the weekend? I love checking out the fashion and beauty from the evening. This year some of the outfits were quite out there, but I loved so many of them. I mean JLo…wow!

One trend really stuck out to me. Pink eyeshadow. What? Crazy right? I first saw the look on Taylor Hill’s Instagram and wasn’t quite sure about it. But after seeing it a few times, and then on people like Selena Gomez and Jennifer Connelly, it really grew on me!

The dark shade Taylor Hill is wearing is so striking and really stands out because the rest of her makeup is so understated. Rihanna went with a lighter shade but carried it down to her cheekbones. I’m not sure if that’s a look you’d want to try in your everyday life, but I mean it’s Rihanna…she can do what she wants! Jennifer Connelly’s look is perfect if you want to try the look in the day time. The soft pink stands out but still looks appropriate for work or school.

I have to say I love love love the pink on Selena Gomez. It’s so bright and really draws attention to her eyes. This would be so fun for a summer music festival or a night out dancing. Paired with nude lips and simple makeup elsewhere I just think it’s great!

What do you think? Would you try pink eyeshadow?

Beauty, Reviews

Bronzed: Pros and Cons of Top Sunless Tanners

I’m a huge fan of sunless tanners. I have a drawer full because I’m constantly picking up new ones to try. It’s pretty stressful sometimes to choose which brand to go with because there’s so many options and no one wants to look streaky or orange.

Sunless tanner is so effective in achieving that healthy summer glow without having to worry about sun damage or skin cancer. I know so many people that used to bake in the sun or go to tanning beds and they’ve now switched to sunless tanning as well. Not only is it healthier but it helps prevent wrinkles later on in life! Win win right?

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Lip Tattoo Review

Ok…so I have been seeing these lipstick masks/tattoos everywhere online. I’ve been so so curious so when I saw them while doing some running around I had to pick them up. This set comes with a bunch of different colours so I was super interested.

My first attempt at using this was not great. I didn’t expect the gel like substance to be so runny so it dripped all down the tube and when put on my lips spread onto my teeth. It stains your teeth really quickly and takes a lot of toothpaste and scrubbing to get it off.

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What I’m Loving This Week

I decided to compile a list of the things I am using a lot of this week. It’s very green themed, which is hilarious to me. I didn’t mean for it to work out that well and didn’t even notice until after I shot the photo!

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