Deciem Serum Foundation 2.1Y | Review 

Canadian brand Deciem has everybody in a tizzy! First with their affordably priced skincare products and now with their (The) Ordinary Colours foundations, they’ve taken the beauty world by storm. What can I say; Canadians are fabulous! Of course, I might be a teensy bit biased.

Price: CAD 6.70

The Colours line has two different foundations: Serum and Coverage. With a waiting list of over 25,000 people – I had to wait a little bit longer than normal to get the serum foundation in the mail. So read on to see if the wait was worth it!

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Maple Sap on the Face?! Let’s Talk About May Coop’s Raw Sauce

Now you must be wondering, am I so Canadian that I also put maple syrup on my face?

Well, not quite.

I’ve gotten massively into my skincare this year (my friend N will say that I’m following in her footsteps 😜), so when I heard Stephanie Nicole raving about May Coop’s Raw Sauce,  I knew I had to try it for my self.


Price: CAD 18.00 (1.35 oz) | CAD 53.00 (5.07 oz) 

Claims:

  • packed with nourishing botanical complexes, along with ingredients possessing antioxidant properties (neutralizing free radicals and supporting natural skin cell regeneration)
  • smooth, non-sticky texture that quickly absorbs into the skin (as maple tree sap particles are almost the exact same size as our bodily fluids (even smaller than water)
  • intensely hydrates and promotes a radiant complexion
  • preps skin to better absorb subsequent products, such as serums and moisturizers
  • this product is cruelty-free.


Having tried it for a few months now, I’m pleasantly surprised to say that it’s actually a welcome addition to my skincare routine and I will be repurchasing it once I finish it.

I don’t know if I can give you tangible results, as I do not have terribly problematic skin, however, I do have extremely dehydrated skin. This can cause an oily t-zone, flakey skin, dullness in the winter, etc. However, more than ever, my skin feels and looks plump & hydrated (with and without makeup). It’s even been commented upon! As the rest of my routine has not changed, I say that’s down to the Raw Sauce. It has helped to balance out my skin, and it assists in the efficacy of my other skincare products. Also, don’t be scared when looking at the ingredient list; alcohol is the second ingredient, however the first ingredient (sap) is 93% of the product! If you’ve never used an essence before, here’s where it goes in the order of things:

  1. Cleansed face 
  2. Toner  
  3. Essence
  4. Emulsion
  5. Serum 
  6. Moisturizer 

This may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that any or most of these steps can be optional. Use products as you see fit (or as your skin needs them)!

 

Spring Fashion: The Off-Shoulder Trend

I’m like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to fashion. You’ll either find me in boring ol’ pjs (looking like a hot mess) or totally dressed up. I do love the hoopla and rituals associated with the latter though. So thank God summer is just around the corner, that I can finally shave my legs and bring them out of hibernation again!

Anyways, I got all gussied up recently and this was the result!

 

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Charcoal Face Mask | Missha v. Glamglow

Everybody and their mother goes on about the Glamglow Mud Masks on YT.  Speaking of mothers, I hope you all had a fantastic Mother’s Day! I spent the weekend gorging on food with my family (and tried my hand at zucchini pasts for the first time – I might write about that later)!

Anyways, back to Glamglow – who the hell’s got that kind of money for a mask of that price anyways?

I’d rather spend my money on travel, to be honest. Therefore, I was pretty pleased when I came across (what I perceive to be) a very good alternative whilst browsing the Real Canadian Superstore!

The Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask by Missha is simply amazing. It does have a learning curve, but once you figure it out, it’s grand. I only put it on my t-zone, because only the inner portion of my face gets oily, or dull etc. The box recommends keeping the mask on for 10-15 minutes, however I’ve never been that good at listening to the rules or following instructions. I basically do whatever the hell I want (aka, keep it on for an hour or more).

Price: CAD 14.00 (approximately)

The Claims: “absorb sebum + purify pores + remove dead skin cells + tighten pores”

This mask contains a number of gentle plant extracts (antioxidants), along with kaolin – a soft, white, mineral clay (absorb sebum), bentonite – a clay derived from volcanic ash that constricts the skin as it dries, squeezing excess oil and sebum from the pores in the process (antibacterial) and Moroccan lava clay – also known as ghassoul, or rhassoul clay. It is high in silica, extremely absorbant and possesses skin-softening properties. Lastly this mask contains charcoal powder which is highly absorbant.

On the (somewhat) negative side, the this mask contains cetearyl alcohol, which some people are sensitive to in larger quantities. Cetearyl alcohol ranks a 4/5 as a potential acne trigger on COSDNA, and a 3/5 as a potential irritant. Additional potential acne trigger include palmitic acid and stearic acid, which both score 2/5 as potential acne triggers.

The Results

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Wooden Watches & Other Eco Friendly Finds! 

Yoohooo.

Yes, I am still alive!

My semester is now over, and I finally know what ‘free time’ means. Well, basically it means that I have a sh*t tonne of posts to write but that’s my idea of a good time.

Now back to a post I wrote a while back but never properly finished.

I must have had my head stuck in the sand all these years, but I actually didn’t know the Green Living Show was a thing until I was invited to attend this year. I’m glad my eyes were opened though as there were many interesting vendors in all categories: beauty, food, furniture, automotive, etc.

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The Green Living Show is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. It is put together by Green Living Enterprises, Canada’s leading cause-marketing agency focused on social and environmental program development.

There were so many unique and innovative vendors, but here are just a few that caught my eye…and my wallet.

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How to Cope in Grad School

I need a nap.

Between school, work and more work, I am perpetually tired. Overwhelmed, even. However, I have developed some coping strategies that I try to stick to…most of the time. I do slip and wallow in my stress once in a while, but that isn’t always healthy, so here goes:

  1. Make a list: whether a daily to-do list or weekly, write down all the items you have to do and break them down into do-able chunks. This makes major tasks seem less overwhelming. I usually use my Notes app or write it in my journal (LINK HERE)
    1. Ex. Monday: write 2 pages (of the 10 page paper)
  2. Take breaks: get up, rest your eyes from your computer or textbooks and get a little activity in.
    1. drink water
    2. watch a Youtube video, or an episode of a show while eating a meal (give your brain a break)
  3. Sleep: take 20min power naps if you are in dire need of sleep; it’ll help ward off headaches.
  4. Eat: try and eat healthy, whether through pre-planning meals, or getting lots of healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day. And whatever you do, don’t forget breakfast!
  5. Pamper: if you ever have an evening’s break – feel free to totally veg out! Right now I’m marathoning Murdoch Mysteries like you wouldn’t believe. A face-mask usually joins me on these pampering nights in.
  6. Confide: in friends, supervisors, family, etc. Let people know when you’re having a hard time. I was having difficulty with handling the volume of assignments and didn’t talk to my supervisor(s) when I should have due to fear of what they would say, but it turns out they were nothing but massively supportive!
  7. Get out: do not neglect your friends. Socialize, if you can, because you’ll be surprised how much their company will revitalize you.

And most importantly….remember that the semester is almost over and we’ll soon be done with this academic hell!

Best Cream for Dry, Peeling Skin | Cerave SA Renewing Cream

Oh my god, you guys.

Remember when I talked about my ultimate holy-grail lotion for dry skin? If not, here, this’ll refresh your memory. After all the lotions and potions I’ve tried, I thought that the Nivea SOS could not be matched in its efficacy.

Well, I’ve found a cream that is equally good, but for a slightly different skin-state! (Warning: tmi) my skin sheds at a faster rate than normal, particularly in the winter. Exfoliating only does so much, and it can make my skin feel a little raw, and while the Nivea SOS is brilliant for hydrating the skin, putting it on dry patches just hides the flakes temporarily.

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Lip Care Must Haves (Hydration)

My lips have been as dry and cracked as the earth’s crust. That sounds gross, I know, but truly, they’re not having a fun time this winter!

If you’re like me, on the dehydrated dragon boat, as I like to call it, these products might help. They all have different purposes so you can pick and choose which suit your fancy (or use all of ’em, as I do).

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (CAD 24.00)

This product has been a game changer! I cannot even tell you (well, obviously I’m going to try) the difference it’s made. In a nutshell, I can go to bed with dry, flakey lips, and I’ll wake up with moisturized, plump lips, and all I have to do is slough off the dead skin with a washcloth. No more buffing the flakes away with a toothbrush for me!

As the product has a thick gel-creme texture, it comes with a handy-dandy teeny-weeny applicator. This makes it easy to apply and keeps the product very hygienic. It melts into the lips, coating them in a slightly thick comforting film. Don’t worry, it’s not sticky, and when your lips need a pick-me-up, it feels great!

Nuxe Reve de Miel (CAD 17.00)

I’ve talked about the Nuxe lip balm in more depth in this post. Tl;dr: it’s a thick (somewhat gritty) balm with a matte finish. It is perfect to wear under lipsticks or sleep in as it provides long term hydration throughout the day or night.

Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream (CAD 29.00) –> buy it for less at TJX stores

This is a cult product for a reason. I’m sure others will say it has an obnoxious scent but I find it quite reminiscent of my childhood for some reason, and therefore it is comforting. It’s a natural, herbal fragrance. I’ve talked about its usefulness here. To sum it up though, it’s a thick ointment that can be used on dryness or in makeup looks – as a gloss on the lids, wet highlight on the cheeks and shine on the lips.

Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel (CAD 5.00)

This is my most surprising, most repurchased beauty aid. It’s supposed to be an after-bath oil to moisturize the body. However, I use it to protect my lips from winter winds and dryness. It’s also a great makeup remover in a pinch! It makes my lips feel comfortable and adds a glossy shine, amongst its many other capabilities.

 

Missed Me? A Quick Update! 

Oh, hello there. Is it March already? I’ve just been enveloped by a deep fog caused by school, work and even more work! Granted, I did have a reading week respite in February but I hightailed it off to Ottawa for a chance to let my brain get some rest. I walked a crap ton, realized how out of shape I am and ate a whole bunch of junk food. It was damn good fun. I also watched 50 Shades Darker (no plot but mighty amusing because of its terrible content). It was practically an unwitting comedy! Here’s a little glimpse into what else I got up to in Ottawa…

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Makeup 101: Placement of Products

Let’s talk about makeup!

Shocker, I know.

Specifically, let’s talk about the placement of makeup products. After talking with my sister, I realized that I take for granted my knowledge of products and the placement of said products. Therefore, here’s my handy dandy list of products and where to put them.

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