6 Effective Beauty Products

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Since I’ve moved back home, I’ve finally found the time to really focus on myself, and narrow down what works effectively in my daily routine, and what doesn’t. Although this includes a very broad spectrum of forms, today I’m going to review a few beauty products that I’ve found beneficial over the pass few months, and explain why they have now become a part of my everyday routine.

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EOS Lip Balm

EOS lip balm comes in a smooth sphere for easy application that precisely glides on the lips. It has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition, it contains vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil, which keeps your lips incredibly smooth. A few other reasons I love this balm is that its 100% natural flavour, it applies completely clear, its petrolatum and paraben free, gluten free, phthalate free, and its not tested on animals.

Personally, I have never been a frequent lip balm user. However, I noticed my lips getting much more dry when I moved back to Canada, after living in sunny south Florida for years. EOS lip balm has been a go-to for me. I love how it immediately moisturizes your lips, and the flavours smell pretty but aren’t overwhelming. My favourite flavours are sweet mint, coconut milk, vanilla mint, and honeysuckle.

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Yes to Grapefruit Spray Pore Minimizing Facial Toner

Another product I’ve recently found success with is this Yes to Grapefruit Toning Mist. It’s a natural toning spray (in eco-friendly packaging), that revs up radiance and reduces the look of pores. It achieves this through ingredients such as grapefruit, kakadu plum, and infusions of vitamin C. It also delivers hydration and works wonders at setting make-up. It’s smells delicious, and is 96% natural, paraben, SLS, and silicone free, and cruelty free. You simply spray the mist onto your skin anytime you need a little extra hydration and radiance. Another plus is that it’s super affordable!

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Dior Youth-Sorbet Moisturizer and Serum Sorbet

Although these aren’t recent discoveries, these two products have been life changers. I’ve mentioned the Youth-Sorbet moisturizer in a previous post but to reiterate, it’s an extremely light-weight moisturizer that envelopes the skin in softness while deeply reinvigorating and plumping the look of facial features. It does an amazing job at making your skin look awakened, softened, and healthy looking. It’s literally the only moisturizer I will use, and have been using it for the past five years.

The Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Essence is a serum the revitalizes the skin for a healthy looking finish. All you need is one drop, and it deeply reinvigorates the skin by supporting the natural circulation of water- leaving the complexion refreshed, healthy looking, and full of life. Although these items are slightly more expensive, I can’t recommend them enough. They truly do wonders for your skin.

In a self-evaluation of 64 women, aged 26-40, with twice daily application for 21 days:

  • 100% said skin is more moisturized
  • 100% said the complexion is more luminous
  • 73% said signs of fatigue are diminished

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Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Wash & Foam Bath

I’m a huge fan of bubble baths. Pouring a nice hot bath, lighting a candle, and reading a book is how I de-stress after a busy day of activities. And this foam bath is the perfect accessory for that. It is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind, and spearmint essential oil uplifts. Again, this is not a recent discovery, I’ve been using this foam bath for a few years and I will definitely continue to do so.

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Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

I’ve never been one to apply a mask on a regular basis, however, I recently came across this avocado and oatmeal clay mask and I have truly noticed the benefits. Its rich clay dives deep to purge dirt and oils from pores. Its nutrient-rich with vitamin E, avocado and oatmeal moisturize for lasting skin softness. After use, the skin looks and feels squeaky clean and is soft to touch. Perfect for normal to combination skin. I typically use this once or twice a week, and have noticed my skin is much more radiant after using it. It’s also very affordable.

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Beauty Smoothie Shimmer Crackling Body Mousse

I came across this product by complete fluke. I was shopping at Ulta one day and picked this up right as I was checking out. Now I’m completely obsessed. This shimmer body mousse provides a cool, crackling feel when applied, leaving the skin soft and lightly moisturized with a shimmering glow. Although it doesn’t provide a huge amount of moisture, it’s very light and refreshing on the skin.

The Best Candles For Summer 

  Anyone who personally knows me, knows that I’m absolutely OBSESSED with candles. I buy candles in bulk…literally. By adding a candle to a room, you’re able to subtly change the overall dynamic that you’re trying to achieve. For instance, tropical scents tend to create a fun and outgoing vibe. I typically use tropical scents throughout the summer season, when I’m having my girlfriends over for afternoon drinks, or getting together before we head out for a night on the town. Scents such as cookies and cream or vanilla are great for a night in watching movies or reading a good book. Lavender scents are perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere, while having a nice hot bubble bath.

There are countless different brands of candles that I love, but when it comes down to it my all time favourite are from Bath and Body Works. The reason being that 1. Their affordable and they are constantly having great sales, 2. The scent is ALWAYS strong enough to smell throughout the entire room, and 3. The variety of different scents that are available is incredible. Instead having trouble finding one I like, I have trouble narrowing them down.

I’ve put together a roundup of all of my favorite summer scents from Bath and Body works. You’ll also get a sneak peak of how I’ve styled them throughout my home.

What are your favorite summer candles? I’d love to know so I can give them a try! Comment below : )     Pineapple Palm Grass Summer Boardwalk   Nantucket Sail  Apple Crumble   Apple Crumble  Beach Cabana   Beach Cabana  Coastal Sun

15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day is just around the corner (May 10th !), which means its time to start shopping for the perfect gift for mom.

Not only did our moms raise us, she dealt with our fractious teenage years (which often included sleepless nights of ignored phone calls), she endured Disney in all forms just to make us happy, and she has been our most prevalent supporter throughout our toughest times. It’s safe to say she deserves something special on her big day.

I recently did a full tour of Bigley Shoes & Clothing and found countless Mothers Day Gift ideas, so many that it was challenging to include them all. However, I’ve picked a few of my favourites and developed this Mother’s Day Gift Guide, to assist you on your quest.

Decorating with Candles

Candles are highly underrated when it comes to home decor. Yes, when the lights go out, they create light. Yes, if you get the right ones, they can smell like heaven. But, they also create romance and a relaxing ethos. No matter where you decide to use candles, they’ll create a warmer, more welcoming environment not only for guests but for yourself too! Cluster them, use a variety of heights, use a variety of scents, use unscented and get some stylish candle holders.

I’ve put together a gallery of different ways to decorate with candles, for some inspiration!

12 Halloween Tabletop Ideas

For some weekend fun, why not try out a few of these DIY Halloween tabletop ideas!?

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1. Deranged Halloween Centerpiece

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2. Erie Candlestick Display

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3. Spooky Napkin Holders

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4. Cobweb Candles

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5. White Pumpkin Centerpiece

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6. Root Vegetable Centerpiece

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7. Forbidding Candles

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8. Creepy Candles

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9. Pumpkin Trio Centerpiece

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10. Punch Bowl Prop

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11. Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations

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12. Flying Place Cards

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Favorite Fall Candles

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There’s nothing more relaxing than slipping on a cozy sweater and lighting a sweet smelling candle. When falls rolls around, I like to switch out my more summery candles- like citrus and floral scents- for warmer, woodsier options. Checkout the roundup of my favorite fall candles. These scents will definitely put you in the autumn mood.