Lipsticks for Spring

The weather has been getting pretty nice in good ol’ southern Manitoba so I’ve been pulling out my springier lip colours.

  • Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. These lip butters were all the rage a few years ago. They are a lovely lipstick/balm hybrid with a lot of colour payoff. This shade is a really nice everyday light berry that can be worn year round.
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti. Orange is so good for spring, but can be difficult to wear. This colour is slightly sheer, but still packs a good amount of colour punch.
  • Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me. A super sheer red lip that is perfect for just that bit of colour.
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 110. The boldest of the bunch. A beautiful deep pink that will last all day long.

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What are you wearing on your lips now that spring has sprung?

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New Book: Skin Cleanse

all my books are from the library

all my books are from the library

I recently picked up the book “Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin” by Adina Grigore. Grigore believes diet plays a crucial role in skin health and advocates for a super minimal routine that includes everyday pantry staples (think olive and coconut oils, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda) and very little (natural) make-up.

While there is a lot of sense in Grigore’s ideas, I think, like many things, they may be best used in moderation. I love my junky processed foods and gin and tonics too much to give up on them, but I’m going to try to be more mindful of my dairy intake. I really like using a variety of products and make-up, but perhaps I will work on paring things down a bit. While not entirely practical, Grigore’s book is a good reminder that healthy skin starts from the inside.

Have you read this yet? Would you ever replace all your beloved skin care products with pantry staples?

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A New Plant and an Old Concealer

Just wrapped up a four-day weekend in which I slept a lot, ate a lot of chocolate, and finished up season 2 of Gilmore Girls.

I also finally visited Shelmerdine Garden Centre, which was magnificent, and bought this wee aloe vera plant to add to my collection. My Mom had these when I was growing up and I remember how useful they were for various skin ailments. Looking forward to re-potting it and watching it thrive.

Oscar is a fan of the new plant

Oscar is a fan of the new plant

I also finally (FINALLY) finished this Revlon Photo Ready stick concealer. It was recommended by Emily from Beauty Broadcast, which was the first beauty vlog I watched. She had it in her top products of 2011 and so I went out and purchased it and have been using it since. I probably should have thrown it out years ago. I don’t even know if you can still get this, but I would recommend it for light concealing.

Buy any plants or finish any make-up recently?

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W3ll People Narcissist Foundation

Recently, I thought I’d try out this W3ll People Narcissist Foundation sample that I ordered through Clementine Fields. As this is a stick foundation, the good folks at CF chopped a bit off and put it in this little pot for me to try out.

I ordered the shade fair golden which is a good match for my skin tone, if a tad bit too dark. The consistency is quite thick so it doesn’t spread out very far and so you need a fair bit of product to get it all over your face. It has a matte finish, offers medium coverage, and lasts pretty well throughout the day. Well I was just sort of so-so about this as a foundation, its thick consistency, medium coverage, and ability to be built up, are great qualities for a concealer.

Not a bad product, but I would not purchase the full size.

Have you tried any W3ll People products? I hear their mascara is fabulous.

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March Update and April Intentions

Time to check in with my March intentions.

Continue my meditation practice. While I have not been doing a traditional seated practice, I have been doing a lot of yoga, which can count as meditation. However, I’m usually more focused on watching the video and making sure I’m doing it right, than on my body and breath.

Play the piano. I did this exactly once. But it’s better than nothing, right?

April Intentions

Get thee to an eye doctor. I’m overdue for a check-up.

Continue my yoga practice and work on healing my knee. I’m currently on day 21 of my 30 days of yoga. I’m really enjoying it and am hoping to be able to do something a little more strenuous when it ends. I also need to do the exercises my physiotherapist recommended for my knee – I can’t believe it’s still causing me grief

Be mindful. This can include formal meditation, three-minute breathing spaces, mindfully eating, yoga, and walking meditation. It’s been so helpful for my anxiety and I need to make it a regular part of my day.

Get some new basics. Perhaps TMI, but my underwear collection is looking rather sad. Also! I recently found this on the interwebs and decided to measure my bra size. I was astounded when it came back that I am a 30 DD!  I’ve been wearing a 34 B for years. I’m going to try to get to a department store ASAP and try on some bras.

Do you have any goals for the month ahead?

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Face Serums

I often wonder if face serums are worth their expensive price tag. Supposedly, they are a crucial component of a skincare routine packed with anti-aging ingredients that keep your skin looking young. However, because they are generally touted as offering long-term results, it’s hard to justify spending lots of money on products that don’t seem to be doing much on a day-to-day basis.

In my case, I do usually spend more on serums than other products. I figure why spend a fortune on a cleanser that is going to be rinsed off in a minute or a toner that is just going to evaporate off my skin? If serums do what they claim, then where is my credit card?

(I’m not too concerned with going all natural when it comes to serums – you want some powerful anti-aging action, you’re going to need some chemicals.)

Though skincare gurus tell you to use a serum in the morning and evening, because they are expensive, I only use them in the evening. I cleanse, spritz on some rosewater, and while my skin is still damp, I apply a bit of serum. I’ve been alternating between two as of late:

Neither seems to be doing much for my skin in the short-term, besides providing some extra moisture. Ask me again in 25 years.

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Another Book Post

Currently reading: The First Bad Man by Miranda July. In true July form, this book is quirky and funny and super unique. So far, so good.

Cookbooks I have out from the library: Momofuku and Momofuku Milk Bar which are beautiful to look at, but too complicated to actually make something from. The Portlandia Cookbook which is for fans, not foodies. Mark Bittman’s VB6 (the tofu jerky is amazing!) and the aforementioned Joyous Health.

On the to-read list: Michael Crummey’s Sweetland. Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train. Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Reading anything good?

p.s. Have you seen this hilarious tumblr of actual Kindle covers?

p.p.s. As always, I review the books I read on my instagram.

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Lemon Water and Yoga

For the last 12 days, I’ve been doing something new…

I’ve been starting everyday with a glass of lemon water and yoga. The former was inspired by Joy McCarthy’s book Joyous Health. According to her, drinking lemon water first thing in the morning helps cleanse and alkalize the body, increases bile (in a good way!), and clears your skin.  I don’t know about all that stuff, but I have come to enjoy starting everyday with a burst of hydration.

Following my lemon water, is yoga. I’ve been so lax in the exercise department since my knee injury (which I am currently in physiotherapy for) and have been craving some way of moving my body that doesn’t aggravate my knee. I found this wonderful 30 days of yoga YouTube series and have been faithfully doing it every single day. It is a good mix of relaxing and challenging, movement and stillness, and the instructor, Adriene, is super cute and personable.

Starting my days this way has been such a wonderful ritual that sets a positive tone for the whole day. Do you do have any feel-good morning rituals?
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Affordable Natural Skincare

When it comes to creating a natural skin care routine, there’s no need to break the bank. Here are a few affordable and natural skin care products I’ve been trying out:

  • On the high end of the affordable spectrum is this Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream. I’ve been using this as a night cream and it is lovely. Smells like marzipan and absorbs well.
  • I just started using this Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Creme with Argan Oil and Mint. A really nice simple cream cleanser that smells like a mojito and rinses off cleanly.
  • When my skin is breaking-out, I like to use this Now European Clay Powder as a face mask. The first time I used it, I followed the directions and mixed it with water, but after a minute or two on my face, it started drying out and got SO ITCHY and I couldn’t stand it and had to rinse it off immediately. I now mix it with honey and a tiny tiny bit of water and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Maybe it’s psychosomatic, but after I use it, my skin seems to glow.

When it comes to skin care, do you stick to high-end products or are you more a fan of budget buys?

p.s. Use the code QZC051 for a discount at iherb.com.

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TV, TV, TV

Seems like there is either nothing to watch or too much to watch and I’m in the latter category these days.

Shows I’ve have on the go:

On Netflix, I’m watching House of CardsI was pretty excited when the third season came out, and so far, so good. I’ve also been giving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a chance. I adore Tina Fey and 30 Rock is one of my favourite television shows of all time, so there was high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, I’m not that into it, but I’m going to watch the whole season in the hope that it starts getting better.

For my dose of reality shows, I’m really into Masterchef. And even though the couples theme this season is unfortunate, I can’t give up The Amazing Raceespecially since former New Kids on the Block member JONATHAN KNIGHT is on it.

Then of course, there is my favourite, Broad City, plus Better Call Saul, and Gilmore Girls. 

Good thing the days are getting longer as I have a lot of watchin’ to do.

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