How To Plan An Inexpensive Vacation

Anybody who knows me, knows that I have the travel bug. It may have bitten me before university, but I really got the fever after my student exchange in my third year of uni. Since then, I’ve done a 2 month solo trip through 8 countries, and am gearing up for another (shorter) trip relatively soon.

Solo travel is on the rise for 2017, particularly for women, and I could not advocate for it enough. It is such an enriching experience to (essentially) be selfish when travelling. You can make your own schedule, spend as much time as you like, wherever you like, and learn that you are strong enough, and brave enough to handle anything. Travelling alone also opens up your eyes to the kindness that strangers display, while making it easier to let a new culture really envelop you. I want everybody to find that same joy in travelling that I do, and now it’s easier than ever!

All of these experiences have made me an excellent planner when it comes to vacations. In my regular life, I’m fairly laid back and am happy to go with the flow, however, when planning a trip, research is key! Let me make it easy for you by breaking it down into categories.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Light | Review on Dehydrated Skin

Geez, for somebody who doesn’t wear foundation everyday, I sure seem to be testing out quite a few! I know I said I found my HG foundation (linked here) but that was in the winter, and I am getting antsy to see if there is something better out there. So far, I’ve found this one to be equally as good.

Turns out there’s a third one I’m loving!

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 Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation 

Excuse me, who is this girl and what have you done to the foundation hating Subita? I seem to be on a foundation trying binge ever since I found (and fell in love with) the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (review here) and Deciem’s The Ordinary Serum Foundation (review here). Now it’s almost become a game trying on new foundations!

As I’ll be travelling in a couple months, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of liquids I’ll be taking with me, hence the reason for picking up the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Warm Beige.

Read on to see if it lived up to the hype, or if I absolutely abhor the way it looks on my skin.

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How to Look Like a Bronzed Goddess | Becca x Chrissy Palette

Has anybody else been loving Patrick Ta lately? I’ll be honest, I’ve been stalking him on IG and lusting after his gorgeous, glowing bronzy looks. Although a shit-ton of makeup is involved, it all looks so effortless!

Chrissy Teigan, the naked-loving, twitter-trolling, model/host, wife of John Legend and mother of a hella cute baby, is one of his clients. Mary Phillips is also Chrissy’s MUA, and they both make her look like a summer goddess. I am a pyjama-loving, Netflix-watching, Master’s student who sees far too little of the sun, however this collaboration by Becca with Chrissy gave me hope that’s I’d look equally gorgeous! Plus the colours are very POC friendly.

Read on to see how the palette performs and whether it’s worth purchasing.

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Holographic Highlighters for an Out of This World Glow

If you haven’t noticed lately, coloured highlighters are all the rage. From Anastasia’s multiple palettes (Moonchild, Arora) to Kat Von D’s Alchemist palette and many, many (NYX, Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, etc).  However, I have thus far avoided falling into that rabbit hole by filling that ‘gap’, created by clever marketing, with products that I already own.

Consider this an anti-haul of sorts, as I take you through some alternatives to the holographic, neon, colourful highlighter trend.

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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) 


  • 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! 


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.


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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