Saturday, 15 December 2018

Two-Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is by far my favourite face primer lately! You can purchase this product at Sephora, and it retails for $21 CAD (for the mini size, 0.68 oz) or 
$42 CAD (for the full size, 1.35 oz) and $16 USD (for the mini size, 0.68 oz) or $34 USD (for the full size, 1.35 oz). 

I have been using this product for about a month, I purchased the mini size and it still has not run out, however when it does run out I will definitely be purchasing the full size of the product. If you are unfamiliar of how to use a face primer, this is how I use mine; I will put on my moisturizer and let it soak into my skin for about a minute and then I apply the primer. After applying the primer I immediately put on my foundation, concealer and powder. After using this primer, I find my foundation goes on a lot smoother and has a more flawless finish compared to when I use a different primer. I also find that when using this primer, my foundation stays on a lot longer when compared to other primers, and especially when compared to not using a primer at all. I find that this primer also keeps my foundation looking fresh all day, like I just applied it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this primer to anybody who is looking for something to keep their makeup looking fresh all day. I would give this product a 5/5 rating and definitely will be repurchasing it when it runs out!

*Disclaimer, picture is from too faced*

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Zaful Review

I finally have received my first Zaful order, I ordered four different bikinis and am going to review them for you. For those of you who don't know what Zaful is, it is a website that sells cheap bikinis, accessories, and clothing that is located in China. A lot of people are skeptical of this website, because of the extremely low cost of the bikinis, so I know for myself personally, I read a lot of reviews and watched a lot of different youtube videos before I made my purchase.

Before I get into reviewing the bikinis that I ordered, I want to tell you a bit about my body type. I am 5'2 in height, I weigh around 110 pounds, in bikini's I usually wear a small or extra small top and small or medium bottoms. For reference to jean sizes, I usually wear a size 1-3. After ordering, it took about two and a half weeks for me to receive my bikinis.

Halter Cut Out Wrap Bikini Set- Light Sky Blue
I got this bikini in a size small. I loved the style of the suit and the colour was amazing! The light blue really brought out my tan and made me look even darker. However a few negative thoughts about this one for me were, the padding was really awkward and looked weird in the top. Also the material was ever so slightly see through in the water, so you could really see the padding. As far as the fit goes, the top fit well however the bottoms were a little small and dug into the skin around my hips, kind of making it look like the fat was spilling out over top, just not flattering on me. The bottoms were pretty full coverage and not very cheeky, making them good to wear around the family. I do think that if I got a medium instead of a small, the bottoms would have fit a little more flattering and because the top ties at the top and around the waist, the top would probably still fit well too! Overall I would give this bikini a 3/5 rating.

Padded Knotted Bandeau Bikini Set- Black
I got this bikini in a size small. This set was a lot smaller than I thought it would be so I definitely recommend sizing up in this one. Although it was much too small, I loved the style and material of this bikini so much, and I definitely will be repurchasing it in a larger size. The bottoms on this suit are extremely cheeky, and the top has a clasp in the back, however the clasp is a little unsecure. I love using this bikini for tanning, as it gives very minimal coverage which is good in terms of tan lines. Although this does run very small, in a bigger size I think this suit would be amazing and my go-to. I would rate this bikini a 4/5.

Front Knot Strappy Bikini Set- Blue
I got this bikini in a size small as well, and absolutely love the colour. I would recommend sizing up in this suit as well. The bottoms were very cheeky and had what Zaful calls a "scrunch butt." I found the bottoms again were too small on me and dug into the skin on my hips. The top is a really cute design, and I love how the straps criss-cross in the back. It is slightly adjustable, as the strap length is not adjustable, however you can tighten the lower part of the straps to make it a little tighter. If you do have bigger breasts then you will definitely want to size up, because it does feel like a nip slip may occur at any second. I would give this bikini a 3.5/5 rating.

Knot Padded Bandeau Bikini Set- Green
This was the final bikini of this order for me, and I got this one in a size small. I would say get your actual size in this bikini, as it was the most true to size out of the four that I got. I would even say this bikini fit me a little bit big, when wet the bottoms got a tad baggy, however girls with a bigger booty probably wouldn't have this problem. The bottoms overall fit super well, they are high waisted and are super flattering on the hips. Also the top is not adjustable at all, which I found gave it a little bit of a looser fit on me, however it was not bad at all and is definitely manageable. I did take the padding out of my top, which made it a bit looser but overall made the top look a lot more flattering. Overall I did love this bikini and would give it a 4.5/5 rating.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Summer Essentials

With Summer finally arriving, everybody is looking for new, go-to products that will have them looking and feeling their best this summer. The following are just a few of my favourite things, essentials, for the summer time.

Hawaii Tropic Oil Spray SPF 4

If you're somebody who loves spending time outside, by the pool or beach, then this product is for you! This product does come with SPF, however it is only SPF 4. So if you are prone to burning, I would recommend using a sunscreen with a higher SPF underneath this product. The oil itself attracts the sun to your skin, so even if you do use a higher SPF underneath this product it is still possible to get a tan. It does take a little bit to notice a darker colour, it is not one of those products, in my opinion, that you see online that helps you get super dark in one day. With that being said, it does still definitely help you develop a darker tan over time. I would give this product a 4.25/5 rating.

Floppy Hat
While this isn't a specific product, a floppy hat is definitely one of my summer essentials! Any hat is important to be wearing in the sun to protect your face and eyes from sun damage, as well as to keep you a little more cool. Hats are also great on bad hair days, which tend to happen more in the summer time whether that's from humidity or chlorine pools and no product. A floppy hat is definitely my favourite type of hat to be wearing during the summer. Not only does it protect you from sun damage, and can cure a bad hair day, but it also looks super cute! For summer time, although its not a specific product, I would definitely give floppy hats a 5/5 rating!

David's Tea Cold Brew Tea
On the David's Tea website there is three different flavours under Cold Brew Teas. These three flavours are: southern peach, orange blush and berry burst. These retail on the website for $19 CAD. Some of their other teas you are able to make as a cold brew, however these three are specifically made for cold brewing. Cold brew teas are the perfect summer time drink for tea drinkers. When the weather is hot, sometimes drinking a hot beverage is not what we are craving. Instead, with a cold brew tea you still get what you're craving, in a cold refreshing form. I would give this product a 4/5 rating.

Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30

In the summer months SPF is really important, however what a lot of people forget about is the lips. Using an SPF on your lips in the summer is extremely important. The easiest way to do this, without really having to think about it is by using a lip balm which contains SPF in it. The specific one you use is up to you and there are a lot of different ones out there. However, the one I have been using is the Sun Bum Lip Balm with SPF 30. This product comes in a variety of flavours, the one I use is coconut. I would give this product a 4.5/5 rating.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Revlon Colourstay Foundation Review

Revlon Colourstay Foundation- For Normal/Dry Skin

The Revlon Colourstay Foundation retails for $21.99 CAD (this was the price it was at my local drugstore). Unfortunately I was unable to locate the USD price. You can find this product at pretty much any drugstore that sells cosmetics. This foundation comes in two different formulas; for combination/oily skin and for normal/dry skin. As you might have read in the title, the formula I use is the one designed for normal/dry skin. 

I purchased this foundation last year and loved it, but after it ran out I didn't repurchase it. Recently, after running out of the foundation I was using and after becoming more tan and needing a darker shade of foundation, I decided to pick this one up again. After using it for about a month I am so glad that I picked this up again! The coverage I would say is a medium coverage, but can easily be built up to close to full coverage. Personally I love the coverage, it covers what it needs to and evens out the skin tone, while it also allows my freckles to pop through for a more natural look. The staying power is pretty good, when set with powder it will last pretty much all day. One thing I would say that turns me off of this foundation slightly is, the price. For a drugstore foundation, I find this foundation on the expensive side, when for just a bit more you could get a MAC foundation, or a foundation from Sephora. Personally, most foundations I usually would buy for the drugstore would retail for between $10-$15 CAD. Overall I would rate this product a 4/5 and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a drugstore foundation who doesn't mind spending a little more. 

Friday, 1 June 2018

Tips For Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

With summer right around the corner, a lot of people are wanting to start eating better and working out, starting an overall healthy lifestyle, before summer and swimsuit season arrives. However, it is important to remember that fitness and a healthy lifestyle cannot happen overnight. It's okay if you slip up sometimes! It's okay to eat that cookie or skip a workout. The following are just a few tips that I feel have helped me along my own healthy lifestyle journey. Some of these you have probably heard of before, but I'm hoping you learn something from this post that might help you to reach your goals this summer.

Tip #1: Drink Lots of Water
I know what you're thinking. "Is she serious? I think we all know drinking water is important by now." But it is honestly such an important tip that makes a world of difference. Drinking a lot of water flushes out the toxins in your body and once you've been drinking more water for a while, you will start to notice your bloating decrease. Another benefit you will notice once you start drinking more water is an increase in energy. This increase in energy can result in more motivation for you to get some exercise which is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. In my own personal experience I have found that after I increased my water intake, and when I consistently consume more water,  I feel more energetic and am more likely to workout, as well as I get full faster so I am less likely to over eat. You will also notice positive differences in different places such as your hair and skin.

Tip #2: Start Small and Start Simple

One reason many of us fail at starting our healthy lifestyles is, we try to make giant changes right away. If you're used to eating out all the time and eating super unhealthy, chances are that if you one day decide you're going to eat salads for 3 meals a day, after a few days you're going to fall back into your old ways of eating unhealthy. Instead, start with small and simple changes. For example, start with cutting down your fast food or eating out to a couple times a week, and each week cut it down to less and less times, until eventually its a rare occurrence or a treat to get fast food. Another small and simple change you can make in regards to eating at restaurants is to opt for a healthier choice instead. So instead of getting a Big Mac, a large fry and a coke, get just the burger and a water. Or, eat at a restaurant with healthier options like getting a pita or having a sit down meal. Another way to start small and start simple is with your exercise routine. If you're used to getting very little physical activity, and try to jump right into an intense workout routine and going to the gym 5 days a week, it is probably going to fail in a couple of weeks. Instead, try starting with going to the gym 2 or 3 days a week. Also, start just trying to get some form of physical activity as often as you can. Some small and simple examples of this could be, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going on a 30 minute walk at night instead of watching Netflix, walk to where you're going (if it is close enough), go for a bike ride with friends, do some squats and crunches while you watch TV at night, or put on your favourite playlist and dance around your room. By starting small and simple, and increasing as you go along your journey you are more likely to be successful.

Tip #3: Reward Yourself for Small Victories
By rewarding yourself for small victories, it encourages you to continue on your journey and motivates you to accomplish even more. Something I like to do is reward myself with a cheat day. Some people will agree with cheat days, however some people also really disagree with cheat days. Personally, I find that looking forward to a day where I can eat what I want and make more unhealthy choices. So if I am craving a big juicy fast food burger, I will look forward to that all week and use it as my motivation. If a cheat day isn't your style, look to a different type of reward. An example of a possible reward for your hard work could be, treating yourself to a new workout shirt, or a new lipstick after a successful week of eating healthy and getting some exercise almost every day. The choice is up to you, but a small reward might motivate you to keep going with your healthy lifestyle journey when it feels like it's easier to just give up.

Tip #4: Cute Workout Clothes
This tip might seem silly to some, but not only do I personally find this helps, a lot of people I have talked to about the subject also believe that this helps with motivation to hit the gym. So treat yourself to a cute workout outfit that you'll want to put on. This can also really help your confidence, and working out when you're confident will be a way better experience than working out if you were insecure in what you were wearing. Obviously you don't need expensive or cute workout clothes, however if it's going to help up your confidence and make you want to workout more, than go for it!

Tip #5: Remember It Won't Happen Overnight
This tip I can not stress enough. Progress takes time. Don't expect to go from eating fast food every night to eating salad and enjoying it. Don't expect to go from getting no exercise to hitting the gym 6 days a week. And most importantly, don't expect your goal body after a week of living a better lifestyle. It is going to take time. So be proud of the small victories and know that you will reach your goal. Remember your goal and keep pushing!

Disclaimer: All photos used were found on

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Best Eyeshadow Primer Ever!

The hunt for a good eyeshadow primer can sometimes feel endless. You might think you have found your favourite primer only to have it begin creasing on you and having your eyeshadow look that took hours to perfect disappear after only a few hours. This has been my personal struggle for years until I finally came across my all time favourite primer in a gift set I received for Christmas. Since then, I have repurchased the product in it's full size and have not looked back since.

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

This primer is available at Sephora and retails for $26 CAD and $21 USD. I have used so many eyeshadow primers, some good and some not so good. A good primer, for me, ensures my eye look stays on all day, without smudging or creasing due to any oil that may be produced on my lid. The Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is by far the best primer I have tried so far, that achieves everything that I look for in a good primer.

If you're in the market for a good shadow primer, I would definitely recommend this one. Overall I would give this product a rating of 4.5/5!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Tips for Growing Naturally Curly/Wavy Hair

If you are a curly girl, despite whether your hair is considered to be more on the wavy side or on the tightly coiled side, you know it is very important to be taking good care of your hair. Of course everybody’s hair is different thus the way you have to take care of it will be different as well. My hair personally would be best described as, wavy/curly. Below I am going to be talking about some of the things I found that have really helped me to grow out my hair. 

  1. No Heat!
I know you’ve probably heard this a million times but it is honestly very true. For someone who heat styles their hair everyday, this is much easier said than done. I myself struggle with this, as I used to be the person who would heat style their hair everyday. This does not have to be achieved overnight. This process can be slow and steady. For example, if you are used to using heat on your hair everyday, try wearing it natural once a week or even once every couple of weeks. After you have been doing this for a while you can gradually wear your hair natural more and more often. When I first started using heat on my hair less I would leave it natural every other week. Now, I’ve learned to work with my natural hair and love it more, so I only use heat the odd time. 

     2. Do Not Wash Your Hair Everyday!

Again, I’m sure you’ve probably also heard of this tip a million times throughout your life and I know for some people this is also much easier said than done. When you are starting off it is important to remember that this is a process, you cannot expect to go from washing your hair everyday to twice a week immediately. When you first start training your hair to get greasy less often, your hair is going to look a little greasy. It is important to power through this stage because I promise you the results will be totally worth it! A few things that might make this process easier include; using dry shampoo on your non-wash days, wearing a hat, putting your hair up into a bun or into a braid.

     3. Protective Hairstyles

For those of you who don’t know what I mean when I say protective hairstyles, these are any hairstyles that protect your hair from the elements and from rubbing against things such as your clothes. This will decrease breakage which will allow your hair to grow longer as it will on be breaking off at the ends. These hairstyles can include things such as braids and buns. I promise they are not going to be as boring as you may think they are going to be. Take braids for example. There is so many different kinds of braids out there for you to try! These include braids such as crown braids, dutch braids, french braids, waterfall braids, and many more. 

      4. Healthy Diet

if you are a junk-food lover like me, this can often be the hardest part of trying to grow out your hair. That being said, not only will you see results in your hair when you start eating a healthy diet, but you will also notice a difference in your skin and overall well- being. For me, when I started being healthier, starting with something as simple as drinking more water, I noticed my hair was shinier and my skin was a lot more glowy. 

I know these tips are all pretty popular, and if you have been looking into growing your hair for a while you’ve probably heard these a million times. However, they have always seemed to make a positive impact on my hair and the speed in which it grows. I would definitely recommend these tips to anyone who is trying to grow out their naturally curly or wavy hair.