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Beauty : New Items I'm loving

Whilst trying to come up with an everyday makeup routine, I have testing some new beauty products for the past month. Today on the blog, I will be sharing the ones that have worked really well with my skin type and skin complexion and have made the cut to be added to my collection. These are products that I have absolutely love and will definitely be restocking on.

The Holy Grail of Face Illuminator! First of all, can we admire how beautiful and gorgeous the packaging is : 😍. Everything about this illuminator is amazing, from the packaging to the pigmentation, to the texture, and the application. With a hint of warm undertones, it blends smoothly with my skin complexion. Paired with my NARS blush in Orgasm, this illuminator works perfectly and gives an amazing natural glow.

Morphe Brushes have been my absolute favourite ever since the beginning of my makeup journey. I used to own a beauty blender but I personally prefer brushes, it gives me more control. I own so many of their brushes and I would not have it any other way. Every single one of their brushes are so soft, and smooth, and feel amazing on the skin. They are very lightweight which makes it really easy to blend with the skin

The Sephora Concealer works wonders on my dark circles, it's easily build-able and full coverage, I use it for my everyday makeup. I restocked mine during the Sephora Sale last year, and the price dropped to $7/each, such an amazing deal. If I want a more long lasting result, I combine it with my NARS Concealer in Biscuit. It is definitely a great alternative for everyday use; almost half the price of the NARS one.

The Sephora Matte Lipstick is the perfect matte burgundy shade for my skin complexion. It creates such a bold and edgy look. I usually wear nude lipsticks, but every now and then I like to pop on a bold colour, to break the cycle (I'm so dramatic, I know).  This Sephora Matte Lipstick has been added to my bold lipstick collection along with Colour Pop Matte Lipstick in Tulle and Rooch, Kat Von D in Hawkind

For someone who's not so good at eyeshadow makeup, I've got a pretty
big collection. Let me know if you would want to see it in a
future blog post.

As soon as Sephora started carrying the Morphe palettes, I immediately placed my order. I've always had my eye on their palettes but never got around to buying them due to the massive shipping fee from the US. But now, not only does Sephora carry Morphe products, but there's also a huge Morphe store in Square One Mall, Mississauga. The 35O2 Pallette has 35 warm tones, all perfect for my skin tone. It has a very creamy and pigmented formula. They each blend effortlessly to the skin and you can easily create so many different makeup looks . My favourite shades so far are : Heat, Chestnut, Brave, and Brunette.

Until next time my fellow makeup lovers ♡

My Go-to Winter Outfit

 Hi guys, today I'm going to talk about my go-to winter outfit combination. Since I live in Canada, and it gets unbelievably cold, what I really mean when I say winter outfit is everything you can see below not including all the layers of clothing underneath and the huge winter jacket I usually throw on top of this look. To keep my ears warm, I wore my white knit beanie. I think the pompom makes the whole outfit look so cute. Usually, if it's really really cold, I would also wrap myself in my blanket scarf for extra warmth.

Now let's talk about why this outfit is my go-to! I start work at 7am every day, and I go to University right after, so this outfit works perfectly in both scenarios : not too fancy and not too casual. It's easy to put together, so I get to sleep in a little bit in the morning. It keeps me warm, and the fluffiness from the sweater makes this outfit so comfortable and cozy.

Even though, I already own a similar fluffy sweater from Calvin Klein, I still bought this one from H&M, because of how amazing it feels. It was also a more affordable version and I just had to add it to my collection of sweaters.

I don't usually wear any jewelry with my daily outfits, maybe one of my watches but that's about it. I chose to go with my OTK Boots for this look, since the day we shot these pictures, wasn't as cold as it has been the last few days. 

With my crazy University schedule this semester, and this uncontrollable cold weather, it'll be really hard to create content on the blog. But I've got some ideas to work around it. Stay tuned, and stay warm everyone!

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year everyone. It's my first blog post of 2019, can you believe it? I feel like 2018 flew by, but I'm excited to see what 2019 has in store for me. I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday week.

Since last year's resolutions post did so well, I thought I would give it a try again for 2019. Even though, I did not quite follow through as much as I wanted to last year, I still think that putting my resolutions in writing anywhere is always worth it. I chose to write them on my blog, since I'm literally on it every single day.  

Looking back at last year's New Year's Resolutions blog post, I realize how much I let myself down. 

1. For the first 2 months, I really stuck with maintaining a bullet journal, which is a source keeping tabs of my daily activities. Unfortunately I decided to stop. It was too time consuming to invest in every day.
2.  I wasn't as consistent with going to the gym, as I was in 2017, after I came back from my vacation in July 2018. 
3. I'm proud of myself a little bit for dyeing the ends of my hair a reddish colour at the beginning of the year. One of my many resolutions going into 2018.
4.  I am proud to say my Instagram account, as well as my blog, saw consistent growth from an audience perspective for most of 2018.  Unfortunately with the new algorithm implemented later in the year (2018), both of my platforms saw a dip in terms of activity. 
5.  My Skin Care Routine is not perfected yet, but has definitely improved over past year. With the addition of The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice exfoliator face mask, the unevenness in my skin has improved.  
6. Another resolution of mine was to stop overthinking, but honestly I don't think that I can do that. It's in my DNA and I can't really help it. Once something goes wrong, my mind blocks off all good things and keeps producing thoughts of negative possibilities. 

Over the year, I also got the opportunity to work with some amazing brands such as The Body Shop, Febreze, iDealOfSweden, and MyMakeupBrushSet.
I also bought my very own camera and tripod, which I'm totally ecstatic to learn more about.

Anyway, enough about 2018, let's move on to 2019 New Year's Resolutions!
These are mine but hey if it works for you as well, go ahead and snatch them :)

1. Work out more, if not at the gym, at home. Drink more water, less fizzy drinks and cut it down to 1 coffee/day.  Eat healthier.

2. Be more involved with my followers with Instagram Stories. 

3. Use my camera and tripod to take my own photos. Be more proactive and creative. Find what works the best and use it.

4. In an attempt to remain fresh and new with my future content, I will continue to develop my style in clothing, apply new colours to my outfit and make up posts, and discuss new patterns, and textures. I have a great passion for a vast array of different styles and fashions and concepts that exist, and I will look to convey all my opinions to my reading and viewing audience.

5. Create and follow an editorial calendar. Follow schedule to be more consistent with blog posts. (aiming for at least 1 blog post/week). Upgrade blog with new features.

6. Start my YouTube Channel, and create 1 minute video content for Instagram.

7. Travel and explore as much as possible.

8. Spend more time with my family, and friends. Make new memories and capture them with my camera.

Snake Skin : The New Trend Everyone Is Wearing

With the recent animal print for Fall trend such as : leopard, tiger, zebra and the latest snakeskin, I thought I'd finally give one of them a try. I haven't really been into patterns before; I was more of a stripes/plain clothing kinda gal. But that changed this year with the addition of floral patterns and now the snake skin print. What I love about the trend is how versatile it is. There is a vast array of colours in different types of prints.

My Instagram feed is filled with fashion girls who I follow for inspiration, and every time I'm on the app, I see at least one girl wearing some kind of snake skin clothing/accessory. From a blouse to over the knee boots, snake skin patterns are taking over.

I will link down below some other amazing and affordable snake print clothing and accessory I found online and also my outfit details. I think it's just unbelievable to what extent this trend has taken over everything.

Snake Skin : The New Trend Everyone Is Wearing
Fluffy White Sweater - H&MBomber -Forever 21, Skirt - H&MOTK Boots - ALDO

I was on the hunt for something that would not catch too much attention. I chose something I would be comfortable to wear, simple yet still cute. I absolutely love how this look turned out; a simple snake skin print mini skirt, a fluffy white sweater, see-through tights, over the knee boots, and an olive green bomber.

While on the hunt for this skirt, I found some really cool and amazing things : 
SnakeSkin-Patterned Clothing
Denim Jacket (Boohoo),
Body Suit (TopShop),
Faux Leather Ruffle Wrap Mini Skirt (Boohoo), 
Wool Coat (Boohoo),
Midi Dress (Boohoo),
Bodycon Cami Dress (ZAFUL).

SnakeSkin-Patterned Accessories
Bracelets (H&M),
Hoop Drop Earrings (ROMWE),
Leather Loafers (H&M),
Shoulder Bag (H&M),
Ankle Boots (ALDO),
Bikini Set (ZAFUL).

Toronto Christmas Market 2018

The magic of the Christmas season at the Toronto Christmas Market is beyond amazing, and I got to experience it this year. I am definitely making it a tradition to go every year. Hosted for the 9th time at the Distillery History District, the festival includes local vendors, amazing food and drinks, Christmas carolers, and stunning light displays. You can also enjoy family-friendly activities such as Santa and the elves, children's storytelling, a ferris wheel, a carousel, and at the center of it all, a gigantic Christmas tree.

The festival is free on weekdays until Friday at 5pm except Monday (closed) and a $6 entry fee on weekends starting at 5pm on Fridays. The Toronto Christmas Market is running till Dec 23rd this year. Go rediscover the magic of Christmas and enjoy an amazing atmosphere with your friends, family or your loved one.

However you celebrate the holiday season, I hope you truly enjoy and savor it. And may it bring you love, happiness and everything that you've ever wished for.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

1 Item 5 Ways : Black Turtle Neck

Something I've always scouted for, was a nice thin basic black turtle neck; mostly to use as a layer in the winter time. I found this one from ZARA at the beginning of Fall, and I'm obsessed. I have probably worn it more than 30 times already. l have styled it in different ways, and I just love how the outfit turns out all the time. 

I've been on the fence about getting the burgundy and/or the white one, because I'm trying to be a responsible adult and not spend too much on unnecessary things. I hope you like how I styled it and let me know if you guys think I should go back to the store and get the other colours?

LOOK 1 : Styled with a dress and OTK boots

LOOK 2 : Styled with a suede mini skirt and ankle boots

Look 3 : With Overalls and OTK Boots

Look 4 : With a Sleeveless Top and Mini Denim Skirt and high boots

Look 5 : With Red Pants and OTK boots (styled as ankle boots)
Let me know which one is your favourite and if you like this kind of blog post? I'm thinking of turning this into it's own category on the blog

The Body Shop Products Review

         Hi guys! First of all, let me just say that I have been a fan of the Body Shop ever since I moved to Canada. I pretty much own all of their Tea Tree Oil products (face mask, night cream, drops, and cleanser). I am always restocking on my favourite moisturizer Vitamin E, and I absolutely love their body butters. So to partner with them to review these products, was a HUGE thing for me.

         Secondly, let me tell you how awkward it was for me to pick up these products from the store. I wasn't sure what to say since I've never done anything like this before. Initially, I walked into the store and told one of the associates that I'm here to pick up a package, and she immediately thought that I ordered something online and came to pick it up. It took her some time to realize, but she finally called her manager who knew what to do. 

         I thought I was only going to receive a little something to post a picture of, but OMG they gave me so much to review and comment on. At that moment, upon receiving everything, I felt very overwhelmed.

         Being such a perfectionist, wanting to do everything right, I instantly starting checking out the work of some of the other bloggers out there, and realized that I'm going to have to be creative about taking a photo of the products. I realized that I needed a colour palette for the photo, so I grouped all the yellow products together and all the pink ones together, and started looking for some props to use them with.

         I hope you like the photos, and that the review helps you get an idea of how amazing their products are.

         Before we get started, here's a breakdown of all the products I received :
1. British Rose Collection Premium Set ($46)
2. Vanilla Marshmallow Delights Festive Sack ($28)
3. Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying and Polishing Face Mask ($28)
4. Vanilla Marshmallow Body Butter 200ml ($21)
5. Coconut Beautifying Dry Oil for Body, Face and Hair ($16)
6. Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask ($16)
7. Coco Calming Face Mist ($10)
8. Lipstick 

SCENT : British Rose
The first thing I chose was this British Rose Set. I went with this particular scent because I am already addicted to their British Rose Face Mask, and I knew I was going to absolutely love the collection even more. Everything in this collection has such an unbelievable amazing and strong Rose flower smell.
I have incorporated the British Rose body yoghurt into my everyday routine. I use it in the morning when I'm mostly running late as it absorbs in seconds.

I cannot live without a hand moisturizer, especially during Winter time. I moisturize like crazy. I keep the British Rose moisturizer at my work place and constantly use it. What I absolutely love about theses hand moisturizers is that even though I'll wash my hands, the scent pleasantly remains. So, if I ever forget to moisturize after washing my hands, it still smells fabulous and feels extraordinary.

As for the shower gel, from what I've used in just one week of using, you could probably tell how much I am loving it. I have always loved a good scented shower gel. I had been obsessed with the Watermelon Yves Rocher Shower Gel but unfortunately it has been discontinued months ago. Luckily I think that I might have found a new favourite one, the British Rose shower gel.  

Vanilla Marshmallow, is my new favourite thing. Again, just like the British Rose one, this has been added to my everyday routine. I carry this hand moisturizer in my winter jacket's pocket, as it has become my favourite. I finished the mini shower gel in 3 days and then moved on to the British Rose one. I love the body butter so much that I gave my Strawberry one a break and instantly started using this one. I mainly use the body butter after a nice long shower at night. I just love how smooth and moisturized my legs feel before going to sleep. 

The Chinese Ginseng together with my favourite British Rose face mask has been a great combination. The Chinese Ginseng face mask works amazingly on some parts of my face to remove unevenness in my skin. It's an exfoliator face mask, leaving my skin with glowing and fresh skin. I use it on my chin area, on my forehead and on the apples of my cheeks. Combining both the Chinese Ginseng face mask and the British Rose face mask, allows to treat the dark circles underneath my eyes and the unevenness of my skin. 

I haven't gotten the chance to try every single product, but so far, everything that I have used, I have loved (probably because I love the scent so much, it automatically makes me love the product).
To finish, I wanted to thank @thebodyshop for giving me the opportunity to try some of their new products, and to review them. I am also happy to report that Vanilla Marshmallow products such as the body butter and the shower gel will definitely be kept in my routine for now.

I hope you liked this blog post and that it was helpful for you and hopefully we can all be body shop users together.