Hey everyone! First off let me address my long absence from this blog. Life has literally been insane! If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know my exciting news, but I wanted to do a full on post about what has been going on!!! So about 3 weeks ago I started a new business! It's something that I never thought I would ever do! I've been completely blown away by the response and I can not wait to see what lies in store for my family!

Now I'm sure you're all wondering: "Come, on get to the juicy details." So here it is :) The company I signed up to be a part of is SeneGence International, but the product I am focusing on selling right now is LipSense. I first heard about this product in May of 2015 and I was SO skeptical!! This product is huge in the blogging community in Utah, and a lot of my friends became distributors. I immediately thought: "Oh great, another pyramid scheme, get rich quick scams that sells a crappy product." Well boy oh boy was I ever wrong!!

Over the course of 6 months I kept seeing it everywhere, and it kept growing and growing, and I started to get interested. So I did what I always do: research. I watched 100 of videos, read countless reviews of the company setup and finally signed up to sell it on November 4 2015. Believe it or not I actually signed up to be a distributor before I even tried the product. I knew it was going to be a huge success in Canada too, and I wanted to take advantage of the timing!

I'm a goal setter. I always have been. The day I signed up I wrote down 3 goals (one long term, 2 short term), and over one week I blew my short term goals out of the water, and I am currently on track to make my long term goal!! I'm still so amazed at the success I've received! I've really been focusing on educating people about the product and the benefits I've experienced personally. I've never been a person that enjoys selling, especially if it's in a pressured environment. But this product literally sells itself, and I love it myself. I always share with my friends and family whenever I find a product that wows me, now I get to do it as my job!
I'm sure you all have a bunch of questions, so let me go into more detail about the product itself and how it works.

What is LipSense?

LipSense is a lipstick that molecularly bonds to your lips, it is not a stain. When applied properly this lipstick will last up to 18 hours of wear, be kiss proof, smudge proof, transfer proof, and water proof. It sounds too good to be true, but it is literally lipstick magic. The first time I tried it I was completely blown away!! 

How does it work?

It is a 2 part system that includes a colour and a gloss. The bonding takes place with the colour, and the gloss seals everything into place. When you apply the colour tiny little molecules settle in the small, natural grooves of your lips and bond. Then when the gloss is applied it creates a seal that makes it last longer than any other lipstick. 

What are the benefits?

Along with lasting for forever, and being pretty much life proof, LipSense is the most moisturizing lip product I have ever used! I've always had chapped, dry lips. No matter how much water I drink, or how much lip balm I put on, my lips have always been dry. Well after 3 weeks of wearing it every single day, my lips have never looked or felt better! The gloss is made with shea butter and vitamin E, so not only is it sealing your colour in place, but it is also healing your lips and keeping them hydrated. 

Is it tested on animals?

All of SeneGence products are cruelty free, gluten free, GMO free, wax and lead free, vegan and made in a pharmaceutical grade facility. 

What colours are offered?

We have over 70 colours if LipSense, and 10 different glosses to choose from. The colours range from neutrals, to reds, to even a black (which I am obsessed with!!). Not only do we have a huge colour selection, but you can also layer colours together to create custom looks. The possibilities are endless!

Where do I buy it?

LipSense is only sold through independent distributors. Luckily for you all, I am one of those distributors! If you are interested in more information, or want to view our colour selection, you can join my Facebook Group Page (linked here). To order all you do is send me a personal message, or comment on the page and I will get back to you ASAP :) 

What if I don't like the colour I've ordered?

We have a complete 100% full money back guarantee. So if you don't like a colour, or are not satisfied with the product you can return it with no hassle! There is no risk, so why not try it? ;)

What is the price?

When you purchase LipSense, you order a starter collection which includes:
1. A colour of your choice
2. A glossy gloss (our most hydrating gloss)
3. An Ooops! remover (for touch ups and removal)
For all of this the cost is $76 (including taxes). I know it sounds pricey, but one tube of LipSense is equivalent to 4 TUBES of regular lipsticks, which means it is actually cheaper by the ml than most lipsticks. Once you have the starter collection you can add as many colours ($30 each) and glosses ($25 each) as you would like!

So if you live in Canada, and want to give this amazing stuff a try, head on over to Facebook Group and request to join. You can also comment below and I will get in touch with you!!! 

All about LipSense

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Skincare has always been an important step in my beauty routine. I remember when I first asked my mom if I could wear makeup, she turned to me and said: "You have to show me first that you can take care of your skin." That night she stocked me up on Clinique and The Body Shop products and explained the importance of keeping my face clean. Ever since then I have been adamant about keeping a 3 step regimen: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Continue reading to see what products are in my current skincare routine.
Nivea Creme Care All-in-One Facial Cleansing Lotion

When it comes to makeup remover, I have always preferred cream over oil/liquid formulas. I find that cream makeup removers do such a better job at taking of all my makeup, so I don't wake up with racoon eyes from left over mascara. I used Nivea's cream eye makeup remover for a couple years, then switch to Garnier's makeup removing cleansing lotion. But since it has become increasingly hard to find, I was intrigued by the new Nivea All-in-One. I'm pretty surprised at how much I love this product, since I was such a fan of the Garnier one. The Nivea one, however, has almost double the amount of product for the same price!!! I was a little worried when I first saw it, because I thought it was meant as an allover face wash, but when I continued reading the bottle it said it could be used for removing face and eye makeup (which is what I primarily use it for). If you are looking for a great eye makeup remover that even takes off waterproof products, I recommend you look into this product! Definitely become my new go-to makeup remover!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Daily Cleanser

I am constantly trying different face cleansers, so this is another product that I've recently added to my skincare routine. First of all the smell is absolutely beautiful!! It's a very soft, fresh scent that has a hint of floral in it. I usually don't like my cleansers to be scented, but I'm really loving this one! Along with the scent, this cleanser leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and clean! I usually avoid gel cleansers since I have dry/sensitive skin but when I was reading the packaging of this cleanser, it looked pretty promising. I've now been using it for a couple of weeks and my skin has been responding so well to it!
Ganier All-In-1 Cleansing Water

When micellar water first came onto the scene, I was a little sceptical. How on earth could it be able to do so many things with using so little product? After months of fighting the urge, I finally decided to give one a try back in April, and I am officially converted! I was expecting my skin to feel tight and dry, but it leaves my skin soft and hydrated! I use this product quite a few different ways: 1// To remover my entire face of makeup when I am wearing natural, light products. 2// As a toner after I cleanse my face to ensure I have no traces of makeup left. 3// First thing in the morning. A great product that lives up to its "all-in-1" name!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

I'm pretty picky about moisturizers. I want my skin to be hydrated, but I don't want to feel like I am wearing heavy products on my face. Luckily this moisturizer is absolutely perfect for me! I could go on and on and on about this moisturizer. It soaks right into the skin and leaves my skin moisturized all day! It also acts as a great primer before you apply your makeup. It makes me skin feel even, which is perfect for applying makeup.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

What are your favourite skincare products?

Current skincare favourites

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Finding a shade pale enough for my skin tone has always been a struggle. For the longest time I could  not find the right shade. Luckily the past few years the drugstore has really upped it's game for shade selection for us pale girls! I'm still waiting for the concealers to join the bandwagon, since no drugstore concealer is light enough to use as a highlight. But this post is about foundation, so enough about concealer!

Today I am sharing my top 5 drugstore foundations that are great for pale skin. Now when I say I'm pale, I mean I'm pale. Even in the summer I don't really tan. I just get a lot of freckles and get a teeny tiny bit darker. I used to have to mix in a white foundation with every foundation in order to get my custom shade. After a couple years of experimenting and trying new products, I am completely confident in these 5 foundations. They all have incredible coverage, last all day and don't make me look like a muddy oompa loompa.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 110 Porcelain 

Although this foundation does have a yellow undertone, it is by far the lightest shade currently available at the drugstore. Because it is so light, I find that once the foundation is applied and blended you can't even notice the yellow undertones. It has easily become my go-to foundation, and I know I will be reaching for it everyday in the winter when I am even more pale! One thing to note: the Fit Me Dewy and Smooth foundation in the lightest shade is about 3 shades darker than the Matte and Poreless for some reason. So I definitely recommend you stick to the Matte and Poreless (instead of the dewy and smooth) if you are super pale like me :)

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff

This foundation actually has one shade lighter than this one available, but since I bought it in the summer I knew I could get away with the second lightest shade. The swatch below makes it look a little orange, but it definitely does not look like that once it is applied to the face. This foundation has been a staple in my makeup collection for about 5 years now. I am constantly re-purchasing it and I absolutely love it!
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

Most Rimmel face products are too orange and dark for my skin, but for some reason the Lasting finish 25 hour foundation along with the Match Perfection have a great shade selection for pale skin girls! I just recently picked up the Match Perfection foundation and I have absolutely fallen in love. The finish is stunning and the colour is so perfect for me! As much as I love the 25 hour version of this foundation, I think I prefer this one because it is lighter and more natural in coverage. It has just the right balance of neutral and pink undertones to match my skin perfectly, I guess that's why it's called match perfection!
L'Oreal True Match Foundation in C-1

I remember reading and watching countless reviews on this foundation. Everyone kept saying that it was the lightest foundation available at the drugstore. And although I do not agree (I still think the Maybelline Fit Me is lighter) it is still a great option! What is so great is that they offer 3 different tones: warm, neutral and cool, along with various shades in each of the mentioned categories. I actually might repurchase this foundation in the lightest neutral shade next, because I think the shade C-1 is a little too pink for my liking.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in Classic Ivory

I find that this foundation is right between Rimmel Match Perfection and L'Oreal True Match with pink undertones. It's not quite as pink as the True Match, but it is slightly more cool toned than the Match Perfection. If you have dryer skin don't be turned off by the "matte" in the name. I have slightly dry/normal skin and this foundation isn't over the top matte. It isn't drying in the least! I'm really interested in trying the Pro-Glow version of this foundation, and by what I've seen both the lightest shades are the same (as opposed to the Maybelline Fit Me mentioned above).

Thank you so much for reading! If you have any suggestions for future posts, let me know in the comments below! 

What drugstore foundations are your favourite?

Top five drugstore foundations for pale skin

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Makeup brushes are an absolute game changer in terms of how your makeup looks. They can make or break the way your overall look turns out. Depending on the types of tools you use, you can achieve anything from quick, and natural to full coverage glam. There are so many different affordable brands to choose from, but if you don't do your research you can end up with some real duds. Today I am sharing my entire makeup brush collection with you as well as highlighting my favourites.
Real Techniques

I have been using Real Techniques products for almost 4 years now, and they are definitely the best all around makeup brushes at the drugstore. From face brushes to eyeshadow brushes they get 5 gold stars from me! They're soft, blend makeup like a dream and are such amazing quality for the price. I haven't tried a brush of theirs that I don't like! Although each brush has it's use written on the handle (great for beginners), you can experiment and use a brush multiple ways. For example theircontour brush is perfect for highlighting.

If I could only recommend one thing from this entire line it would hands down be their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I do not go a day without using it to apply my foundation and concealer. Such a phenomenal product that is a great dupe for the Beauty Blender, and it's less than half the price! With that being said, anything from this brand is incredible! So you really can't go wrong picking something out.
Quo by Shoppers Drugmart

These brushes are the most expensive out of all the brushes I own, but they are often on sale for 40% off, which gives them a more budget friendly price tag. Their eyeshadows brushes aren't the best at blending, but their face brushes are incredible!

I bought their large bronzing brush 5 years ago and it still performs as if I bought it yesterday. I also love their cream blush brush for blending out cream blush seamlessly. Their fan brush is great at packing on the highlight and giving an intense glow. Unfortunately this brand is only sold in Canada, but for all my Canadian beauty lovers out there, I would definitely check them out!

I've got a few random brushes from a bunch of different stores that I thought also deserved a little shoutout. Elf Cosmestics and Wet n Wild do extremely cheap brushes ($1-$8) that both surprised me with peformance. I wasn't expecting much from them but they are SO good! I particularly love the Elf blush brush for setting my under eye area with powder. Because it is slightly tapered it fits right in the corner of my eye to protect from creasing throughout the day.

Angled brushes are an absolute must have in my opinion! I have 2 that I use for  cream eyeliner and brow pomade/gel. One is from Essence and the other is from F21 (believe it or not!). I can't complain about either one of them! Because they are so small, thin and stiff I'm able to get a really precise sharp line. I would recommend picking up the Essence one, since it is such a versatile product!

Now although I do not encourage purchasing makeup on eBay since they are 99.9% of the time fake, and made with super sketchy ingredients, you can find some great "fake" makeup brushes on eBay that are extremely affordable! I've never spent more than $2 on a brush. The only downside is that they do shed quite a bit, and can be a bit scratchy feeling. Just make sure to wash them a couple times before using them and they are fine!

I can't get enough of my fake Nars brush for contouring. It is the perfect size to define my cheekbones and jaw. I also really love my fake MAC eyeshadow brushes. I was pretty sceptical when I ordered them since they were only $0.99 each, but I use them on the daily to blend my eyeshadow. I don't consider myself a pro in terms of eyeshadow application, but these brushes definitely help!
I hope this helped you out! Thank you so much for stopping by!!

What are your favourite affordable makeup brushes?

Affordable makeup brushes

Thursday, October 13, 2016

I realized a couple days ago that I haven't posted anything about myself on this blog. Most of you probably know me from my personal blog, but I thought I would post 10 random facts about myself so you can get to know me a little better.

1. Most of my closet consists of the colours blue, white and black. I'm definitely a neutrals kind of gal.

2. I prefer water views to mountain views. River, lake, ocean, doesn't matter, I just love being near water.

3. I got my first pet when I was 22. Samwise Gamgee is the cutest tuxedo cat that I still call kitten.

4. When I get sick the only two things I want are my bed and someone to keep me company.

5. I always count the pages in a chapter before I start reading it. I have literally been doing this for as long as I can remember. I can't start a new chapter without counting the pages. Every. Single. Chapter.

6. My favourite actor is Matt Damon. He's just, uh, the best.

7. I can fold my tongue into the shape of a clover. Not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of it.

8. If I could trade places with any fictional character it would be a toss up between Pam Beesly and Sookie St. James. My two favourite characters from my two favourite shows!

9. Over the years I have collected quite a few hats, and I love each and every one of them.

10. I have been married since July 2013, and have a toddler son. I'm officially outnumbered but I absolutely love it!

What is a random fact about you?

10 random facts about me

Friday, October 7, 2016

(Don't mind my dirty brushes since these photos were all taken before they were cleaned)

I don't know about you, but I always seem to put off cleaning my makeup brushes. It's a really bad habit that I need to get out of! Every time I clean them I think to myself: "That's it! Going forward I'm cleaning my brushes once a week." Then an entire month goes by and I realize I haven't washed them. It's bad, but it's life and I'm convinced that everyone is like this! I used to really hate cleaning my brushes because all the cleaners I used wouldn't get the job done as well as I wanted them to. Luckily I've found a routine that is super quick yet still offers a deep clean.
You will need:

A hand towel
A place for your brushes to dry out on

Bowl of water/tap
I prefer using a running tap, but you can also use a bowl of water. (I was watching the newest episode of Once Upon a Time so I didn't want to be stuck in the bathroom when I could be in the living room)

Baby shampoo 
Out of all the cleansers I have used over the years, this is definitely my favourite! It's super gentle and creates a great lather. Not to mention it is super cheap!!
Step One
Lay down the hand towel to avoid drips and spills. Put your bowl of water on top and lay out all your brushes

Step Two
Squeeze out a small amount of baby shampoo into the palm of your hand. I try and squeeze out a nickel size amount which should be enough for 2-3 brushes, depending on their size and the product buildup. 

Step Three
Dip your brush into the water. You don't need to place it all the way to the handle, just enough to have an even distribution of water on the ends. 

Step Four
Rub the brush around in circular motions on your palm until the shampoo is lathered.

Step Five
Rinse the brush in the water and repeat step four if there is still makeup on the bristles.

Step Six
Very gently dry off the excess water using a paper towel.

In order for your brushes to dry properly, lay them on a flat surface, evenly spaced, with the bristles in their natural position. I like to keep them like this until the next morning to ensure they are completely dry and not damp.

And there you have it! Clean brushes that are soft and look brand new!


How to clean your makeup brushes

Thursday, October 6, 2016

As much as I love experimenting with makeup, some days I like having a quick and simple look I can just throw on in under 10 minutes. Something that doesn't involve contouring, bronzing or blending. Let's be real, the time consuming part of makeup is the blending. Today I'm sharing with you my favourite products to create a quick, natural look that lasts all day long!

Base: BB cream in matte by Rimmel

A few years ago I tried the Revlon BB cream and did not like it at all! I found that it offered barely any coverage and felt weird on the skin. So I have always been a bit hesitant in trying BB creams. This year I decided to give another one a chance, and I am so glad I did. I pretty much wore this BB cream by Rimmel the entire summer! It has such a beautiful finish and offers a coverage that is natural but build-able. When I want less hassle I skip concealer all together and just layer this BB cream to get a little extra coverage.
Blush: Color Icon blush in rose champagne by Wet n Wild

These newly formulated Color Icon blushes by Wet n Wild have been all over the beauty blogging community this year! I hadn't tried their old blushes so I don't know what exactly makes them better, but I do know that I am seriously obsessed with these blushes! They are extremely pigmented and don't fade throughout the day. I have a couple different colours but my favourite by far is Rose Champagne. It's very subtle on the skin and since it has a bronze undertone I can get away with using it as bronzer/blush on my cheeks.

Eyebrows: Make Me Brow eyebrow mascara by Essence

I've heard a couple bloggers mention that this eyebrow gel is pretty good dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow. I used to use the Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara to set my eyebrows, but I found the consistency to be a little too thick for me. This gel mascara by Essence however is really good! The colour is a perfect match for me, it keeps my brows in place all day, and it also has some fibres that add a little extra volume to sparser areas. I still prefer to use an eyebrow pencil for everyday, but when I'm a little rushed, or feeling lazy I apply a quick coat of this to my eyebrows.
Eyeshadow: Creme Brule by Wet n Wild

This eyeshadow is a pale girls dream!!!! I have been looking everywhere for the perfect skin toned eyeshadow, and this is definitely it. It's perfect for covering up veins and making the lid look uniform. I use the eyeshadow every single day! Whether I'm doing something a little more detailed or keeping it simple. And it's only $0.99, so bonus!

Eyeliner: Scandaleyes kohl eyeliner in nude by Rimmel

I don't wear eyeliner that often, but when I do it's usually this eyeliner in my waterline. I find that it brightens my eyes and makes me look more awake. I remember years ago using a white eyeliner to get the same effect, and boy oh boy did it look harsh! Sticking with a nude eyeliner is much more natural, subtle look. These eyeliners are so silky smooth and last all day, which is incredible considering I use it just for my waterline.
Mascara: Full Lash Bloom in black by Covergirl

This mascara is my go-to whenever I want a very soft, natural looking lash. It's definitely not my favourite mascara, but I do like wearing it on my lighter makeup days. It separates my lashes really well and adds just a little bit of length. I just wish it gave a little bit more volume.

Lips: Lip Therapy in rosy lips by Vaseline

I get pretty dry lips all year round, so I constantly use this lip balm! I used to use EOS, but I felt that throughout the day my lips would feel a little "goopy". This balm however soaks in over time and leaves my lips hydrated along with a slight tint.
And that is it! Quick, easy and very natural. Not to mention extremely affordable!

What are your favourite products for natural makeup days?

Natural makeup days

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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