Today I'm going to do a review on a foundation I've been testing out for the past couple months. From the title you can already guess that this review is going to be on the COVER GIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid foundation. I got this foundation at my local target for $6.99 in the colour 105. The first thing I noticed when purhasing this foundation is that it has the same amount of product as the COVER GIRL 3 in 1 Stay Fabulous Liquid Foundation (One of my absolute favourites). Being significantly less expensive than the 3 in 1 Stay Fabulous foundation I was excited to try it out.
The packaging of this foundation is great because it is in a squeeze tube, which makes it a lot more hygienic. This also makes it a lot easier to squeeze out the exact amount of product you would like to use, therefore significantly decreasing the amount of wasted product.
The foundation itself has a very liquidity consistency and feels very light on the skin. I like to apply this wih my fingers or damp beauty sponge. It sets quickly and gives a light coverage. It can however, build up to a medium coverage without looking cakey. This foundation is great for people who want something to just even out their complexion and conceal minor blemishes. This product is also great for oily skin because It's oil free, dries matte and leaves such a soft finish. But if you're one to have your oils seep through throughout the day then of course pair this foundation with a primer and powder. I would say this is the best natural, "my skin but better" drugstore foundation I have ever tried. It also does not transfer onto clothing which is always a plus.
All in all, this is the perfect every day foundation and I would reccomend this product to somebody who wants something super low maintenance and natural. It is also the perfect foundation for people who are new to makeup!
The only disappointing thing about this foundation is that the inside of the cap can get quite messy from the foundation if you're not careful. The best way to prevent this from happening is just to simply wipe off the excess foundation surrounding the tip of the tube after each use.
Hopefully this review helped you guys decide if you want to buy this foundation or not!
I'm sorry..I SUCK at blogging. I know I was supposed to post a "July favourites" but that is definitely now overdue. So instead I'll just update you guys on what has been happening with me and I'll let you in on some ideas I have for future posts :).
Since my last post, a lot has been going on in my life. The most exciting thing however, is that I got my braces off! I had my braces on for 4.5 years (So long! They became a part of my identity LOL.) So it was very exciting for me to FINALLY get them off. Once I had gotten them off, I realized I had forgotten what my teeth felt like, so for the first couple hours I kept feeling my teeth with my tongue..it felt odd that I didn't have brackets there anymore! For those of you who have gotten their braces off after a significant amount of time, let me know in the comments below if feeling your own teeth for the first time in a long time was weird too! Hopefully it's not just me. :S Here is the last picture I took with braces, and the first picture I took without my braces. If you guys have any questions regarding braces, don't hesitate to ask them in the comments either, I'll answer the best I can with knowledge from my experience.
I have also been working a lot in the last several weeks. I decided to work as much as I could before school started because we all know that "student life = broke life". Obviously now that school has resumed for me, I am not working as much, therefore leaving me with more time to tend towards my blog :). Speaking of this blog..I do have a few ideas in mind that I would wanna post about. First off, because my "July favourites" is crazy late, I was thinking of doing a "current favourites" instead. I also wanted to do a photoshoot of some of my favourite outfits for the back to school/autumn season. If you guys didn't know, autumn is one of my FAVOURITE seasons because I'm really sensitive to the cold, the idea of being able to layer clothes, wear chunky knit sweaters, scarves and touques sounds amazing to me. I have also recently bought the new COVER GIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous liquid foundation so if you guys want a review on that, let me know as well!
And that's about it.
Let me know what else you guys would want to see in the future!
I'm so sorry for disappearing again, I really have no good excuse this time. All I've been doing is enjoying what is left of summer. If you are nosy like me and want to see what I've been up to, feel free to follow me on Instagram. I'll leave the link below. So to fill the gap I have left, I decided to do a quick Outfit of the Day. I also have a July favourites coming up, I know it's already August 11 so I sincerely apologize! By the way, I didn't get a tattoo on my hand, its henna from an Indian festival that I went to :)
So I was nominated by the lovely Cindy from Cindysmusings to do this Liebster Reward tag. I was a bit confused to what it was at first but once I read her post, I thought this was a pretty cool idea! So thank you Cindy for nominating me. I'll leave the link to her post right HERE :)
So let's get started.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the set of questions they set you
3. Nominate 11 bloggers
First I'll answer the list of questions Cindy has left for me.
1. What are your aspirations?
Wowza. First question and it's already getting deep haha. I guess i'll just be honest. I have short term aspirations and long term aspirations. My short term aspirations would be to graduate with a high enough average to get into the graduate school I want. There's a school in California that I hope I get into once I finish my undergrad :). As for long term aspirations, I want to graduate from that school, start my career in California and hopefully along the way I become more "grown up". As in, being able to take care and fend for myself without the help of others because I think it's important to learn certain life skills (I tend to depend a lot on my parents woops.) since I also hope to become a good mother who can take care of her kids one day hehe.
2. Are there any food that you wouldn't touch with a 10ft pole?
For me, this one has to be Stinky tofu. I've tried it once before and it tastes just like regular tofu. HOWEVER, the smell is just so bad to me that I could never bring myself to go near it, let alone eat it again. I'd rather just eat regular tofu....because it tastes the same....what was the point of making it stinky? I don't get it.
3. What is your aim in life?
Other than the stuff I mentioned in #1..I guess my aim in life would be to live life without letting my anxiety choose what I get to do for me. I have to be more consistant with doing things for myself without worrying about pleasing others.
4. Have you ever experienced 'blogger's block' and how did you overcome it?
Of course I have! I'm sure everyone has. I guess I overcome it by taking a break and getting back to it after a while, or at least until I get an idea. I just feel like with blogging, or any writting, it shouldn't feel forced. I think it can most times come across in a person's post when a post is "forced out". So I tend to just wait it out, until I feel inspired again or just in the mood to blog. That way, everything just flows a lot more naturally and feels genuine.
5.What is your favourite non-living object?
Fairy lights. I just love them. They make a room so much prettier and they set a tone I really like. So enchanting, romantic and girly!
6. Name the actor you are a fan of and why
I really love Rachel McAdams. Every movie she's been in I love. I guess i'm just a sucker for those romantic flicks. And who can forget Mean Girls? Am I right?
7.What is your favourite makeup brand?
This is a hard one, because I have bits and bobs of everything. I guess i'll just name what I find myself reaching for the most. Rimmel, Maybelline & Benefit
8. Finish the sentence. To me, blogging is ________
9. Would you be disheartened and unhappy if you didn't become big like other popular bloggers out there?
Not at all. I never started this blog with the plan to become "big". I started this blog as a way for me to escape and release some stress. I guess in the long run if I get more well known, then sure that would be cool. But becoming "big" was not the point of this blog. So no, I wouldn't be disheartened or unhappy.
10. Would you ever consider "vlogging"?
Haha I don't know! I don't think my life is that interesting to be vlogging.
And those are all of the questions!
Questions for nominees
1. How did you come up with your blog name?
2. What is your favourite book?
3. What are your 3 most favourite nail polishes?
4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
5. What is your holy grail skincare product?
6. If you only had 3 days left to live, what would you do?
7. What is your favourite drugstore make up brand and high end make up brand?
8. All time favourite movie?
9. What are you wearing at the moment?
10. What is your favourite app?
Leave the link to your post below so I can read them!
Even if you weren't "tagged" by me, and you want to do this tag, also leave the link to your post below so I can read them as well :)
I'm sorry I didn't post last week, I had a lot going on so I wanted a small breather and take some time off for myself. On a more positive note, I am now back and I wanted to do a post on my current skin care routine because it was so highly requested. Those of you who have read my blog for a while now, know that I have acne prone oily skin and my main concern are dark spots that are left behind from a blemish. So the products that i'm going to mention are obviously catered to that. Also, I just want to apologize that most of these products are high end (most as in...all except 2) so I am very sorry if these items are not in your budget. It's just that I have tried many products for my skin over the years and this is what I have found to work the best for me.
So let's get started.
For both morning and night I like to use the Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser. I've mentioned this in one of my "monthly favourites" before. It's a creamy-thick cleanser that foams up once you add water to it. I like that it gives me a really deep cleansing and removes any left over makeup that I may have. I also like to actually cleanse my face twice with this, I just find that by cleansing my face twice I really get rid of all impurities and by doing so, I noticed that I don't get blemishes as often.
After cleansing, once or twice a week I will use the Rituals Brightening Face Exfoliator with Lotus flower & Moringa extract. This product has a similar consistency to lotion with very fine exfoliating grains (?) in it. The best I can describe it is that it's a lot more fine than the St. Ives exfoliating apricot scrub. This product has helped lighten my dark spots significantly and removes any dull/dead skin cells effectively. It leaves my skin very smooth and because it's like lotion, when I step out of the shower it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or tight.
For toner, I use the Garnier Pure Control Acne Astringent Lotion. A lot of people tend to skip the toning step but I think it's important because a good toner will remove any impurities left behind from your cleanser if you do a crap job cleansing and it will also restore the skin's normal pH balance. This toner does both and it also helps soothe blemishes when they are present.
After cleansing and toning, of course the last step is to moisturize. I actually like to use two different moisturizers.
During the day, i'll use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin. I know I dont have combination skin but I really like this moisturizer for day time. It's light and dries quickly. A little also goes a long way for me. It's a good everyday, "student budget friendly" moisturizer that will do the job.
At night, I use the L'Occitane Divine Creme which I believe I mentioned in my "May Favourites". It's a rich, luxurious moisturizer that is simply amazing. It has a lot of ingredients in it that are very beneficial to the skin. My overall complexion has improved since using it. Of course it also helps lighten my dark spots which is always good in my books. I like to use this one at night as opposed to the day because it's a lot thicker. I like to have my skin soak this up undisturbed. I find that if I wear this during the day, because it's a thicker cream, my face will become oilier quicker because it's being exposed to impurities, sweat and the sun, so it's just not nice to
wear during the day.
A few times a week I will also do a face mask. The one I use is the Origins Clear Improvement Active charcoal mask to clear pores. I did a full review on this product a few months ago so you can read on how I like that HERE :) .
And that's it!
That is my current skin care routine. Leave a comment below telling me which product you love most in your skin care routine or any suggestions you'd want me to write a post on in the future :)
I'm not usually one to wear eyeliner on a regular basis since I like to keep my makeup pretty natural..But today I thought "what the heck" and decided to do a cat eye. I'll list the products I used below. Also, I'm drinking an iced green tea "organic detox" with two pumps of agave from David's Tea, If you were wondering!
I don't know about you guys, but a red lip always makes me feel like a million bucks. So today I wanted to show you guys my favourite "red" lip products. A lot of these aren't truly red, they're more off red. Also, a couple of these lip products you guys will have already seen from previous blog posts. I just want to add that the pictures below are taken with natural lighting haha, in case you were wondering (and I'm wearing a tank top! My hair covered the straps so it doesn't look like I'm wearing a top..:S awkward territory...eek.).
So let's get started.
1. Maybelline Babylips- Cherry
I'll start off with one I wear almost everyday. No surprise here, it's the Maybelline Babylips in Cherry. I wear this one everyday because it's easy to just slap on, it's moisturizing and smells delicious haha. It's perfect for school, on the go and one I would reccomend to start off with if you're new to colours since it's just a tinted lip balm and super sheer.
2. Mac- Lady Bug
This lipstick is actually my first "big girl" as in "high end" lipstick. It's a lustre finish which means it has a more moisturizing formula with a bit of shine to it. I would say this lipstick is a great pick to start off with if you're new to red lipsticks and aren't scared to dive right into them. It's a very natural red and buildable. This means it can apply super sheer and tint-like if you just dab it onto your lips for a bit of colour, or you can build up the intensity with a full layer or two. Either way, it's a beautiful red that will suit almost everybody.
3. Wet n Wild- Hot Red
This is the cheapest lipstick I own. I believe I bought this for under $2 at my local drugstore. I like this lipstick because when I first came across it, I thought it could've been a dupe for Mac Lady Bug, but I was kinda off haha. This lipstick is super bright, super pigmented and super cheap, so you can't really go wrong picking this one up. When applied lightly, it has a bit of a pink undertone but once you build up the colour, it's simply a bright red. The only complaint I have about this lipstick is that it can be drying. So just apply a good lip balm underneath and you should be good to go.
If you find that it's hard to tell the difference between Mac Lady Bug and Wet n wild Hot Red because of the pictures (sorry!!), here is a swatch of them side by side. Hot Red is on the left and Lady Bug is on the right! As you can see, Hot Red is a lot more brighter and pigmented where as Lady Bug is more sheer and not as bright.
4. Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick-107
This is actually my favourite lipstick to wear during the winter time. It's dark, vampy, but so wearable and pretty. It's a berry-wine colour with a matte finish. It's very long lasting and for the summer time, I actually like to lightly dab this product onto my lips for a slight flush of colour. Wearing this at its fullest opacity is too much for me during this time of year, especially during the day. But for the autumn/winter time, this lipstick is perfection. I think it smells really sweet too, kind of like candy.I also just wanted to add that with this lipstick I like to go quite simple on the eyes since it is very bold. So just some eyeliner and mascara would suffice. I think adding any shadows would be too much.
5. Tony Tint-01
This is a lip tint that was featured in a previous post. It's by a Korean brand called Tony Moly I believe..I really like the colour of this tint, it's a deep red and it gives the effect you'd get after sucking on a red lollipop. When I wear this tint, I actually prefer to wear it on top of the Maybelline Babylips in Cherry to intensify its colour. This product however, works just as well on its own. It's a tint so it will stain your lips and stay that way all day until you remove it. It will become a bit dry after a few hours, but I think that happens with most liquid tints. So just apply lip balm with this product and all will be well :).
And those are my favourite red lip products! I hope I explained why I like each one well, and hopefully I kind of helped those of you who are new to red lips and are planning on getting your first bold lip colour :)
What is your favourite lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!
Where has June gone?? This month has come and gone so fast. Anyway, it's time to do my June favourites! I enjoyed some new products this month. I've decided to also include music and people favourites to the whole bunch.
So let's get started.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
why is the picture yellow? I have no idea. I'm not super familiar with make up sponges, but I decided to pick this one up when I found out that the Cover Girl 3 in 1 foundation applied so much better with a damp sponge. This sponge is super inexpensive, and I especially love that it has a pointed tip which is great for concealing and the shape makes it easy to get into more difficult areas such as, the sides of the nose. This is a great sponge to pick up If you're new to sponges like me, it leaves a super natural finish, blends founation and concealer beautifully and its easy to clean as well. I have not personally used the beauty blender but I've heard that a lot of people prefer this real techniques sponge over the beauty blender.
Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Facial Cleanser
My mom is a huge fan of Shiseido facial cleansers, so when she brought this one home, I didn't hesitate to try it out. It has a thick creamy consistancy and when you add water to it, it foams up. It cleans super well, and is definitely a more luxurious cleanser. It also has a really pleasant smell. I like to wash my face with this twice after removing my makeup to really get rid of the make up, dirt and oil that accumulated throughout the day. I also found that by cleansing my face twice has improved my skin a lot.
Target Exfoliating Loofa
Words can not describe how in love I am with this loofa. Plus, it's not just a normal loofa, it's an EXFOLIATING loofa. I feel like this loofa has helped my body wash work so much better. I can not shower without this loofa, it does a really good job removing dead skin cells, leaving my skin soft, smooth and clean. Plus it's super inexpensive!
Bath & Body Works Island White Pineapple Hand Sanitizer
I picked this up because I work in retail so its just nice to always have hand sanitizer handy. I am personally not a fan of a lot of the hand sanitizer scents they have at Bath & Body Works. This one however, I really Like. So much so, that I went back and bought 7.
The Fault in Our Stars (Film)
I read the book last summer so I was incredibly stoked when I heard they were making a movie. This movie is perfection. I think it remained faithful to the book which I really appreciate. Ultimately, I really enjoyed this movie and I can't wait until it comes out onto DVD so I can buy it and then watch it over and over again. TEEHEE. (Picture courtesy of Google).
X - Ed Sheeran (Album)
I have been Ed Sheeran crazy this month. There are so many songs I love from his new album. Some of my favourites are Sing, Don't, Thinking out Loud, Afire Love and I See Fire. (Picture courtesy of Google).
All of The Stars- Ed Sheeran
Surprise, surprise! More Ed Sheeran. This became my favourite song after hearing Ed Sheeran perform it with Christina Grimmie on The Voice. Then I got super excited when I found out it was written for The Fault in Our Stars. I have been playing this song on repeat alongside other Ed Sheeran songs on his new album. So definitely a favourite!
And lastly, my favourite person of the month is...
You guys probably all know her, she's a 14 year old beauty guru on YouTube. I really enjoy her fashion, outfit videos and when I first discovered her, I couldn't believe she was only 14. She has already accomplished so much at her age so it's very inspiring to watch her grow even more. (Picture courtesy of Google).
And those are my June Favourites! What did you guys enjoy last month? Let me know in the comments below :)
For the past few weeks I have been really reflecting on how much my life has changed and how I have changed within the past year. A situation recently came up and it made me realize that a person should never have to feel the need to compromise their happiness. A lot of you guys now know that I suffer from anxiety and have been working hard to try to manage it. Even though it has gotten more manageable, there are still times where I tend to over think every little detail in certain situations, and then find myself compromising what I'd want to accommodate what others would like. The stress from trying to please others would have been extremely overwhelming for the person I was a year ago. I now realize that it is okay to say "no" if I am feeling terribly uncomfortable in any situation .
Sometimes certain people and situations will make me super anxious, and in those moments I think it's really important to cater to my own needs. Everybody has their own personal bubble or boundaries that are not meant to be crossed. When a boundary is crossed, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and get yourself out of the situation. I know that sometimes when I find myself in a situation where a boundary of mine has been crossed, I can personally come across as a bit snappy whilst trying to get out. I like to think however, that that is better than being quiet and scared of what people will think, because in the long run I'd just give in to what others wanted and ultimately be unhappy. Plus, everyone deserves a life full of happiness since we only get one life to live..(Haha YOLO). So we might as well make it a good one right?
I have been trying hard to become a more independent person and I think that standing up for myself is a good place to start. In life, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to want you to be a certain way and want you to bend over backwards for them. In those situations, you're going to have to choose who or what you're willing to bend over backwards for, or change for without ultimately violating your morals, values and happiness. It's easy and completely natural to feel guilty or bad for not always accommodating other people's wants and needs. But I guess my point is that it's okay not to accommodate to what they want if it's going to make you uncomfortable and unhappy.
Just some food for thought. I promise my next post will be fashion or beauty related! I know these past two posts have not been relevant to that. Hopefully you guys are enjoying the little "life" posts haha. I guess let me know in the comments below?
A few days ago, my friend Mikayla came back from an exchange program in Sweden. We decided to meet up and catch up on life since she's been gone for the past six months. She actually daily blogged her entire trip, so if some of you guys are thinking about going on an exchange or are going on an exchange and are curious about what to expect, you can read all about her adventures HERE :). and tell her I sent you!
We decided to go for some Thai cuisine since she was craving Asian food and I had never been to a Thai restaurant before. We both ordered the Pad Thai & Salad and it was super delicious! The restaurant that we went to was called Thai Basil.
After that, we just wandered around the streets of downtown Vancouver and popped into a few shops. Later on, we stopped for some bubble tea and chatted. It was a super chill day and it was super nice to finally see one of my best friends again after 6 whole months! I hope you guys are having a fantastic day, until next time!
I'm going to do something a little different today. I have never done a favourites, but it seems simple enough, so I'd thought I'd give it a go and talk about what I have been loving during the month of May :)
1. COVER GIRL Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. I was super late to jump onto the bangwagon with this one. But better late than never right? This foundation is perfect for oily skin! It feels nice (not tacky, dries quickly), has a medium-full coverage, long lasting and still has a slight glow-y look while keeping almost all the oil at bay. When I wear this foundation, I don't even have to touch up throughout the day, it stays completely put. Love, love, love this!
2. L'OCCITANE Crème divine. I've mentioned this product in my "6 Products I Couldn't Live Without" tag and rightfully so. This moisturizer does everything it claims to do, my skin has not looked as good as it currently does since like....pre puberty. (TMI?). It's a thick cream so a little does go a long way, and it smells absolutely lovely. I know this moisturizer is a more luxurious and expensive choice but I highly reccomend it to those who are suffering from old acne scars, sun spots and uneven skin tone.
3. ELIZABETH & JAMES Nirvana White perfume. I have yet to buy the full size of this perfume (that's why there's no picture!), I'm still using the sample size I got from Sephora. But Holy moly! This stuff smells SO GOOD. It's a light floral scent that's sophisticated and girly at the same time. Some perfumes smell super chemically and gives me headaches, but this one does not! So I'd reccomend this one to those who are more sensitive to fragrances like I am because its not super pungent.
4. JOHNSONS' Extra Conditioning Shampoo. I know this is a baby shampoo but I think this shampoo works best on my hair. I have colour treated hair so it's super gentle and makes my hair feel super soft and healthy. I don't even have to use a conditioner afterwards because the shampoo itself is already super moisturizing.
5. REEBOK Skyscape shoes. These shoes are the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned. They're cute, stylish and perfect for everyday run-around activities. What I love using these shoes for though, is work. I can stand in these shoes forever and not have my feet hurt. Definitely a love for this month.
And those are my favourites for the month of May! I can't believe it's already June, time has definitely flown right by. Go enjoy the sun everyone, until next time :)
Summer is approaching really fast so I did a little bit of shopping to prepare myself for the upcoming hot weather. Here is a little mini haul of what I have bought :) I only bought a few things and thought it'd be fun to share. I also have a post coming up where I'm going to talk about my May favourites, so stay tuned!
One of my first stops was J.Crew and they were having an additional 50% off all sales items sale, so I bought another one of their plain t-shirts, but this time in a grey colour with specs. I think their clothes are super good quality and I always say that this store reminds me of a Banana Republic for younger people hahaha. I would've gotten more of these t-shirts but they didn't have too many left in my size :(
I was also meaning to find a new pair of sunglasses so at Forever 21, I bought a pair of these cat eyed sunglasses with gold rims. I am obsessed with cat eyed sunglasses at the moment and fell in love with a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses that look identical to these ones. So when I spotted these in the store, you can imagine my excitement. And for a fraction of the cost!
At Victoria's Secret I got this hot pink training bra which was part of their semi annual clearance sale. It was the last one and in my size, so I took it as a sign that I was meant to buy this training bra hahaha. I have been doing a lot of Pilates and ballet beautiful so another training bra never hurts.
And lastly, my most exciting purchase is this small black back pack from PINK. I have actually been looking for a small backpack for a while now. Sometimes I get really tired of using cross body bags, so I thought this would be a cute alternative. It's a fake leather material and is big enough only for my essentials. which is perfect! Because then it'll prevent me from over packing :).
And that's the end of my mini summer haul! I hope you guys enjoyed that, and I'll be back shortly in a few days with my May favourites! Until next time,