So I might be a full blown Glossier addict now...I have never been one to stick with a brand of makeup, I'm always testing out different mascaras or face masks. However, when I first started seeing Glossier's products I was instantly intrigued, not only by their minimalist style but how few products they had. I really appreciated this because to be honest, nothing stresses me out more than walking into a Sephora. Their products are amazing and they literally have everything but I have no idea where to look or what to buy half the time. Even online shopping on their site is intense, the only thing I get excited about is getting my free samples. I think that's why it's fair to say me and Glossier really clicked. My first purchase was the Balm Dot Com trio pack, one for me and the others as gifts and then my love for their brand blossomed. I now have quite the collection of their products but I continue to love everything I've bought and I usually reach to their products when thinking about gifts for friends.
Boy Brow in Blonde
I remember when one of my good guy friends looked at me when I was in high school and said: 'Do you even have eyebrows?' Well needless to say, I did and I still do have brows but they are very fair. I never thought twice about them until the big brow trend came around courtesy of Cara Delevigne and I wanted those brows. Cue my favourite Glossier product Boy Brow. I think this is probably everyone's favourite product that has tried it too. It makes you look like you have brows all the while not looking like you painted them on. The brush is like a small mascara brush and helps brush your brows into the bushy big brows that are very in style, still to this day. I love this look and I often find if I use this product I will lean on a lighter face of makeup, just mascara, blush and a little lip colour.
Lidstar in Moon and Slip
As I have mentioned to you before, I am not much of a makeup person, well until I discovered Glossier. They recently came out with eyeshadow that they launched by using it on Oscar nominees. Really the best marketing scheme ever. The shiny lids of the stars were noticeable to many as they were seen across social media and I was intrigued. I had a palette someone had given to me 3 years ago and I knew it was time to get rid of it. I like eyeshadow but I like just a little bit of sparkle not a full blown smokey eye, so this was the product for me. I always bought a couple as gifts for a friend and my mum. They come in a small tube which is great for travel and they last all day, even through a workout. No fuss and no mess, my sort of makeup!
As I mentioned in my skincare post I love a face mask no matter what kind. I decided after reading some great reviews to purchase this moisturizing mask from Glossier. It comes as a pair with a detoxifying mask but I just wanted and needed a moisturizing one. I use it every Sunday after my weekly bubble bath and long distance run. I love my Sunday night ritual and this Moon Mask definitely makes it better. Don't get me wrong I am excited to use my sheet masks from Sephora on the plane to London, but having a cream mask is great. It is always available to use for that extra bit of moisture and it's also easier on the environment with no disposing of masks.
Generation G Lipstick (+gloss)
This lipstick was sort of a mishap. I had originally ordered a trio of Balm Dot Com lip balms for me and gifts for friends when Glossier sent me this lipstick. I emailed them immediately and they apologized, told me to keep it and also sent me my original order. I got really lucky, but it also made me realize they were a great company for doing something like that. I was pleasantly surprised by this gifted lipstick. It looks more like a stain, as if you have blotted your lips after applying fresh lipstick. This makes it look a little less done up, which I prefer. It also came with a lip gloss that you can pair with it to wear on top. The combination is a shiny, high gloss finish that I love.
Balm Dot Com
After the Boy Brow, the Balm Dot Com lip salve is my favourite product. This is my go to for everything. I always have it on me because it gives your lips a little sheen to looked pulled together but also some moisture. In those really cold and dry months I was using it on any dry spots on my face and on my cuticles when I thought of it. It really is a good beauty tool to have on hand for lots of things. I have the Rose flavour, which I love the scent of. I bought my friend the Birthday flavour, which she loves because of the sparkles in it and another friend the Cherry one, which has a red tone to it.
If I were to recommend any Glossier products to my friends or family it would definitely be these. My favourites are my Balm Dot Com lipgloss and Boy Brow but I get use out of each and every product I have purchased.
Makeup Bag Must Haves
Compared to some of my friends I am very amateur when it comes to makeup. Only over the past few years have I invested in more quality makeup. I consciously look for cruelty free and more organic based products now that I am slowly learning more about the makeup industry. I really only have two looks when it comes to makeup, my day makeup which consists of the same products every day. A light face, eye and no lip colour. However, for any events or evenings out I do try to change things up once and awhile, usually going for a a liquid eyeliner and some sort of colour on my lip. People are very casual when it comes to makeup in Tofino and Ucluelet so when I go away or go home I enjoy putting more makeup on.
For my face I do not like to put any foundation or powder on. I only use concealer on my spots when I get them, however, I am looking for a good concealer for my under eye bags. Right now my go to routine for my face starts with my Origins Vitazing SPF 15 moisturizer. This has been my favourite moisturizer since I got introduced to it a few years ago and I have been using it ever since. It smooths out redness in your face and gives you a slight tanned appearance, which is important for me because I am very fair, no matter what time of year. Bonus it has SPF 15 in it so I feel protected when I'm out.
My next step is giving my cheeks some colour and definition. I bought this bronzer Hoola by Benefitalmost three years ago for my sister's wedding. Everyone I talked to about it said it was the best so I tried it out and love it. I do not contour with it because I don't know how, nor do I want to. So I just put a swipe of it on my cheeks and move onto blush. My favourite blush is Orgasm by NARS. I have it both in the powder blush, which I have been using more these days but also in the cream form. It is such a beautiful colour and a cult favourite. Finally I top this off with a little bit of highlighter by BECCA. I had a large one of this that I bought at the same time as the bronzer but sadly it broke and after lots of spills it was time to give it up. I recently got this travel size one from my cousin and it also came with the liquid version and I love it. It gives you that extra glow that just finishes the whole look off. I just put it on the tops of my cheek bones but some people use it for contouring as well.
If I could wear (and afford) lash extensions everyday I would! I like to get them for my holidays and they are so good for travel purposes to make life and makeup easier while being away. However, in my day to day life I rely on a simple eye shadow and mascara. I don't like to wear a lot of eye makeup for day and I recently binned an eye shadow palette I had for way two long (almost three years.) When I got rid of that I decided to try out Glossier's Lidstar sort of liquid eye shadow and I am so glad I did. I have two now, Moon and Slip, which are light yet still noticeable when you put them on, and they last all day! I usually follow my eye shadow with a liner, I have one I like from Sephora, however, lately I have been leaning towards not using it. For special occasions I reach for my Stila liquid liner, which is great and so easy to apply. I follow this with mascara. Mascara is the hardest thing for me in my makeup bag and no matter how many I have tried, I'm still not happy with them. I find that they often leave black marks under my eye half way through the day so currently I'm on the hunt for a new one. Right now I am using Benefit's Roller Lash in a travel size that a friend gave to me, until I can find the glass slipper of mascaras.
I love a bold lip, however, that isn't usually the case for my day to day makeup routine. Living in Ucluelet and working in Tofino, lipstick isn't really a priority to me because people dress quite casually here. However, if we're going out to dinner and I'm wearing a simple outfit like a tee and jeans, I love to elevate the look with a bright lip. Daily I wear Burt's Bees Lip Balm and Glossier's Balm Dot Com, which is my favourite 'lipgloss' out there. It is similar in texture to Vaseline, however, it reminds me of my favourite Australian purchase: Papaw Cream. Not only is it great for chapped lips but also works as a salve on your cuticles or any cuts you may have.
If I decide on a lipstick for an evening look my three favourite brands are: Glossier, NARS and MAC. I try not to have too many lipsticks as it can get quite overwhelming and overall too messy in my makeup bag. I usually reach for a classic red, like Russian Red by MAC, however, in the summer I love to pull out my MAC lipstick in Girl About Town, a bright pink to change it up. In the winter I love my Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick because it is a darker raspberry colour and topped off with the gloss is the perfect look.
What are you makeup bag must haves?
My Skincare Routine
After listening to the Forever35 podcast religiously I have been thinking more and more about self-care, especially when it comes to my skin. When I was in my late teens and early 20's I was lucky enough to have pretty clear skin and I would just wash my face once a day and moisturize it with whatever drugstore brand. This year I turned 30 and listening to the podcast has made me realize that I have to look after my face if I want to continue looking young and healthy throughout my 30's and into my 40's. I thought I would share with you my skincare routine that I follow now but also what I am still looking for to balance it all out.
In the morning I cleanse my face with either a foam cleanser or a face scrub, depending on the day. The foam cleanser is a Tea Tree Oil & Witch Hazel one from Boots (a pharmacy in London.) I found it in Thailand and was so excited that I had to buy it. I used to always buy this cleanser when I lived there. My facial scrub is an Apricot Scrub + Mask by St. Ive's. After I wash my face I follow that with my favourite moisturizer, VitaZing from Origins with SPF 15. This moisturizer is a dream and I suggest to everyone to try it out. As you apply it to your skin, it changes colour to match your skin tone and evens out all your redness or spots. I use it instead of a foundation or concealer and I love that because I hate applying too much to my skin. I follow that with my makeup for the day.
At night or in the early evening, depending on my day, I start by taking my makeup off. This happens earlier in the day if I have worked out because I hate leaving makeup on after sweating. I use a cream makeup remover by Avon and remove my makeup with a cotton pad. I follow this with my foam cleanser from Boots to wash any extra makeup off. Then I use a Rosewater Toner from Burt's Bees and a cotton pad. This is essential for me because it gets any last makeup or grime from the day off. I will often follow that by using my Mario Badescu Facial Spray, which is also in Rosewater. My friend bought this for me last Christmas and I love it, it just makes you feel fresh and clean, while also moisturizing. My final step is a heavy night cream. I recently got this from Avon (my mum uses it every night,) and I love it. For awhile I was just using a light moisturizer for bed, but this winter my skin was drying out so much from being surrounded by heaters all day at work. This night cream has made such a difference and I feel like my face is still so soft when I wake up the next morning.
My treat once a week is using a face mask. I love sheet masks and I had loads given to me over the holidays so I had a stack that lasted a few months. Since I ran out I have been searching for a face mask that would produce less garbage so I bought Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask and love it. What are your favourite skincare products?
This past weekend we were in Vancouver celebrating Dave's birthday and Mother's Day. After a day of shopping, a delicious sushi dinner, seeing Mumford & Sons and U2 at BC Place and surprise birthday drinks for Dave, we needed some serious rest and relaxation. After a delicious brunch at Chambar, me, my mum, cousin and sister in law headed to The Ten Spot in Yaletown for pedicures. I had been to The Ten Spot in Toronto when I used to live there but never to this location and I loved it. The decor is minimal and modern with a trendy neon sign that read: Get Nailed. When we arrived we chose our nail colours and had a seat on the bench above our own mini foot tubs. We had the place to ourselves, which made the experience even better and more relaxing.
We all chose the pedi which included a soak, nail shaping and buffing and full cuticle work. After this we were treated to buffing the bottoms of our feet, which everyone always needs (me especially!) Next came the best part, the scrub and massage. The aestheticians used a sugar scrub they make in house with all natural products. It came in three different flavours: eau natural, grapefruit and spiced pear. I took a spiced pear home with me and bought my mum the grapefruit one because they weren't like any other scrub. They left your skin feeling smoothed and moisturized without that greasy feeling most scrubs leave behind and the scents were almost so good you could eat them! Finally came the polish. I chose a beautiful coral colour to compliment my bridesmaid dress that I will be wearing this weekend for my best friends wedding. Next time you find yourself in Vancouver and in need of a spa treatment, head over to The Ten Spot for a relaxing and enjoyable time!
Nail Art: Dot, Dot, Dot
This nail art is simple and anyone can do it, however, it looks professionally done and fun! I started by shaping my nails and taking any leftover polish off (also takes the oils off and helps the polish adhere better). Essie's Penny Talk is my go to colour and I definitely use it more than any other colour. Here I applied it on two of my nails, while the other three were painted with Essie's Vested Interest, a gorgeous green shade. Once I applied two coats and let them dry, I used the end of a bobby pin to apply the dots. You can apply them wherever you want, on the top of the nails, the bottom, or even in the centre. However, I opted for the centre of the bottom of my nail in the opposite colour of the nail. Just something fun to try and to brighten up a regular old manicure!
Nail Art: Surf & Sand
I have to admit I find painting my nails therapeutic and paint them at least once a week. I have my go-to favourite colours but I love the challenge and gratification of trying out nail art once and awhile.
For this nail art I chose two neutrals and one statement colour as my base colours. I first shape my nails and cut my cuticles, then moisturize (my hands are often dry, especially in the cold weather). Make sure you remove any oils before you start the painting process so the nail polish can really adhere to the nail. I don't use a base coat, some people say it's important so you don't stain your nails but I find the colour polish adheres better and lasts longer without a base coat (just my opinion). Next I applied two coats of the nail polish to each nail and let dry for a long time. I often paint my nails in phases, for example: I paint my first coat and then go do something and then come back to my second coat. Sometimes I don't use a top coat until the next morning to ensure the colours have dried properly. For this nail art I chose to do two nails in Sand Tropez, two nails in Chinchilly and one in Lilacism.
Next step was the designs and which nails to paint them on. I did a line of polka dots on my pinkies in a white polish by MARK. I chose to make the darker nail sparkle with a gold sparkle by Spanatural. Finally on the lilac nail I did triangles in the same white as the dots. I have a nail painting tool to do these designs, one end is like a small paint brush and the other is a metal rounded end, perfect for dots. I'm still working on the straight lines, the triangles weren't perfect but I liked the look of all the nails together.
Make sure when you've put this much effort into your nails you apply a good topcoat. My favourite is Essie Gel-Setter, because it leaves your nails with a really good shine but it also helps them last longer with little to no chips.