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Going on a little vacay

Priorities: snuggling

This has been awhile in coming, but I think it's time that I took a little vacation from the blog. That means no more posts here for the next while, for various reasons.

When I started blogging, it was because I loved makeup, talking about makeup, and writing. Blogging seemed like the perfect amalgamation of these and it's definitely been a life changer for me in terms of opportunities, friends and learning new skills - but, it's also been draining, time-consuming and anxiety inducing. Lately it's gotten to be too much.

For anyone who thinks little of the blogger who talks about PR samples, then get your head fixed. The reality is that for any blogger to have readers, they need to be featuring new product. Nobody wants to read about the same products and old stuff that came out years ago, and frankly that's what most people's normal makeup collections are made up of. In order to keep your content fresh, you constantly need to be trying new products, which means either you go broke (because for sure I make no money off this thing!) or you work with brands to get free product to talk about.

Having those brand relationships though are the best and worst things about blogging. It's super fun getting to work with brands and share new products with your readers before they hit shelves. It's exciting to go to cool events and meet the people behind the brand, but maintaining your blog's presence, stats and whatever other criteria PR use to judge whether you're worthy enough to work with is exhausting. The game always changes and the people themselves change as someone you may have spent months getting to know, could just as easily disappear and move on to another brand or firm without notice. Then it's back to the beginning again, proving your case, sending your media kit, tweaking your SEO, posting to multiple social feeds... and so on and so on.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this. I really do. It's just right now I feel I've lost my inspiration. I still love trying new things and sharing my thoughts with others who also love skincare and makeup, but the act of blogging, scheduling tweets and Instagram, building up a following, taking photos, scheduling when to start testing what, is more chore than passion anymore, and frankly it was causing me a lot of (self-inflicted) stress to maintain. When the work becomes greater than the fun, then it's time to question priorities and I don't want to continue unless I can give you all 100% of my effort and joy.

So I need to rediscover my blogging mojo. Or maybe I won't. Things are changing in my life and maybe it's time for me to make a change as well.

Is this the end? I hope not. I can't see myself not writing in some sort of form. All I can say is that right now, it's farewell while I go enjoy the spring time weather and my sudden expanded free time!

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Essence Lipstick Mega Review: Matt Matt Matt, Longlasting and Sheer & Shine Lipsticks

essence matt matt matt lipstick review

You know what makes finding a great new makeup item even better? When it's dirt cheap! This is why I'm dancing with glee after discovering these (new to me) Essence lipsticks.

Essence is a German drugstore cosmetics brand that's still kinda under the radar in Canada. You can get them primarily at Shoppers Drug Mart, online, and recently via Ulta.

Essence is known for its extremely affordable, fun, and beginner-friendly makeup. I've tried a few Essence items before, but my favourite Essence products by far are their lipsticks.

Recently, Essence was kind enough to send over 5 different lipsticks for me to try, from the Matt Matt Matt, Longlasting and Sheer & Shine lines.

Gunmetal Grey Makeup Look Inspired by H.E.R

Gunmetal Grey Makeup Look Inspired by H.E.R

I've been mulling over this idea of doing makeup looks inspired by songs for awhile, but the thing holding me up with finding the right song to use for my first look! As soon as I stumbled across Rn'B singer H.E.R on Spotify though, I knew I had my inspiration.

I grew up in the 90's so you know that I love me a good smooth jam and H.E.R's debut album is full of honey-smooth anthems. Her songs run the gamut of emotions in a relationship: love, lust, doubt, yearning and the type of powerful confidence unique to women everywhere.

For this look, there was never any question of not doing a smoky eye. I wanted this look to be sexy, soft and perfect for making dreamy bedroom eyes that say "come get me."

Dr. Roebuck Boost & Tighten Serum Review | Get smoother skin in seconds!

dr roebuck boost and tighten serum review

I love trying out serums as unlike many other products, you can usually tell a difference with your skin right away! If you've never tried a serum before, then I highly recommend getting into them. They're a super-concentrated version of a moisturizer that's targeted to penetrate deeper than a moisturizer and provide long-lasting benefits.

Lately I've been using mainly oil-based serums, but my new favourite right now is this gel-based one from Dr. Roebuck. This Aussie brand is known for their capsule collection of pure, effective skincare that is eco-friendly and inspired by the best ingredients in nature. I haven't tried too many products from the range, but I was very impressed by the instant results I achieved after using this serum just a couple of times.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Review | Velvet glow IS a thing

shiseido synchro review

Woohoo! Spring is finally returning. Flowers are blooming, the sakura are peeking their pink heads out and we're beginning to dry out from the winter. What I'm most excited about though is the change in the air as that will facilitate my skin changing!

As I'm sure you're sick of hearing, this past winter threw my skin for a loop. Winters are always hard on my skin and especially this one. My skin was super dry and if I wanted to wear anything more than a tinted moisturizer, my skin would just go "nope nope nope!" 

Thankfully, I seem to be turning a corner. I've been masking multiple times a week, I switched to a gentler exfoliation routine, added in some better oils and essences to my daily routine and I've been drinking loads more water.

One of the only foundations my skin seemed to be able to tolerate during this bad period was the Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. I'm totally new to Shiseido foundations, so I didn't know what to expect, but I'm super happy that this was gifted to me!

My Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

It's one of the most wonderful times of year - Sephora VIB sale time! For just 1 week (or less, depending on your membership level), everything at Sephora is 15% off. Sephora only has these sales for their loyal shoppers a couple of times a year and it's 100% the reason why I haven't saved enough to retire yet. 

As with most times, I'm always scrambling last minute to think about what to buy. I really should download the Sephora app, so then I can just add things to my shopping list as I go as I'm constantly thinking to myself "I want this" when I see something shiny and pretty on a blog or Instagram.

Read on to see what items I've narrowed my cart to so far:

Pixi Glow Tonic Review | Time to ditch that face scrub!

pixi glow tonic

One of the biggest tips I have for anyone who wants to maintain their skin, is to exfoliate. Your skin is continuously bombarded with pollution, sweat, dirt and just plain ol' dead skin cells and your regular cleanser just gets the surface. To truly make your fancy skin treatments effective and to ensure a youthful glow and clear complexion, exfoliation is a must - provided you do it right.

Once you get into exfoliation, it's easy to go overboard. Trust me I've been there and all of sudden you'll be facing skin that's going into full on rebellion! When I entered my 30's, I hit such a period and suddenly my skin wasn't as tough as it was and unable to handle as strong an exfoliation as previously.

To fix that, I started to get into chemical exfoliation, which can be gentler for sensitive skin. The latest one I've had on rotation is the famous Pixi Glow Tonic.