Maybelline Bad to the Bronze Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow

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There's a lot more beauty posts up on the blog these days. And this is because I've found some beauty staples that are amazing and affordable. Today's review is on the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze.  badtothebronze4 This shade is perfect for daytime. It is perfect for nighttime. It is perfect for layering or wearing by itself. It is all around amazing. It's so versatile, and is really easy to apply. I just apply it with my fingers on my eyelid. You can make it smudgy if you want to achieve a smoky eye look or use it as a little oomph for everyday. It also comes in way under $10 and I'm sure it will last forever. This shade is a great neutral for anyone, and since it has a little bit of shimmer it really does well at opening up the eye. Definitely worth the buy!

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LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

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It's no secret that I love LUSH and all of their products. I've tried loads of their products and there hasn't been one that I don't like. I think that my favourite product is the Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask. It's a great mask for all skin types, and if you haven't tried it, please go try it! lovelettucelovelettuce2

I love this mask (as with all of LUSH's products) because it's all natural. This mask is made with honey, seaweed, and french lavender oil. It's so nourishing but still does a remarkably good job at unclogging your pores. I usually like to put it on after I take a shower or while I'm taking a bath so my pores are open and ready to enjoy it. I like to keep it on for about 10 minutes, and my skin is so soft and glowy afterwards.

I definitely recommend this face mask to anyone. It's very affordable and does make your skin feel pretty amazing.

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How to Get a Good Sleep

There are the days when sleep isn't just possible. Either you know you're supremely stressed or you're not very tired due to a disruption in your sleep cycle, or you're overtired and left wired. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me, and will hopefully help you! IMG_0216

The biggest rule of thumb I think is to tire yourself out. Do as much as you can in a day to be productive and also help your sleep cycle. If that isn't enough, then make sure you add in a workout. Working out can release stress, toxins, and will help you sleep better at night. Also try a yoga routine when you wake up or right before bed. I find yoga to be a great help.

Have a sleep routine in place. By this I mean to go to sleep at almost the same time per day and wake up at roughly the same time. If you keep this in check it should keep your inner clock in check too.

Set time before bed to relax. This is key. Either you can read, watch TV, lie down, anything that lets you relax. Then before bed, unplug yourself from the world.

Try a bath or aromatherapy. There are plenty of bath salts and body lotions that can help with sleep. Look for products with lavender in them as lavender is a good sleep aid. Some of my favourites are from Bath and Body Works and Johnson & Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion.

My pup, Bingley, is a great sleeper. Hopefully this will help in getting a better sleep. If not, try counting some sheep. Happy sleeping!

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Canadian Snow Days

Canadian Winters are cold, bitterly dry, and snowy. Luckily this year the winter is only really cold with manageable snow so us Ontarians are able to keep up (not like last year). As I write this, 10 cm of snow is coming down, and I'm really enjoying the beauty of it. Snow days give us a day to actually rest. It's a day where you can kick up your feet, cozy up, and really enjoy the warmth. I unfortunately have essays to right so I'm not completely relaxed at the moment, but after they're done I could be doing any of the following snow day activities. (These are solely indoor) Make some comfort food. Make food that is slow cooked or that is a treat for yourself. Warm food, warm heart.

Catch up on some reading. I have so many books that I want to read leisurely, and a snow day is the perfect opportunity to get through a book.

Watch TV or movies. (Possibly binge watching) TV shows and movies allow you to forget about reality, and escape into comedy, romance, history, or even other peoples' realities. Watch whatever meets your fancy, and enjoy it.

Hot drinks. I drink hot chocolates, lattes, tea, and coffee on a regular basis but a snow day is the perfect opportunity for hot chocolates topped with whip cream and those yummy marshmallows.

It could also be hobby time. By that I mean that if you have a hobby, make some time to do it. Whether its knitting, painting, or anything else, do it and enjoy it.

Lastly, all of these activities can only be possible if you're wearing comfy clothes. I personally like to dedicate a snow day into a pj day, but sweats, leggings, anything that is not restricting is allowed. I'm all for the cozy comfortable look.

These are some examples of things to do on a snow day. Essentially a snow day should be a day where you can take a day for yourself and enjoy the things you like to do. Make sure its cozy, cuddly, and full of heart warming things.

Bingley loves snow days. He loves to watch the snow come down for hours.

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Flower Beauty

I'm a huge fan of Drew Barrymore. I love her films, how she looks on the red carpet and now I love her new beauty line. Flower Beauty offers high quality cosmetics at ridiculously great prices. It launched at Walmart in mid October. Her line of products includes everything under the sun. Powders, foundations, concealers, lipsticks and glosses, eyeshadows, brushes, you name it! I picked up three of her products, each under $10, and I am now a lover of her line. Last weekend I had a wedding, and last minute realized I didn't have the dark burgundy lipstick I thought I had. So I headed over to my neighbourhood Walmart, and looked all over for a lipstick, but couldn't find one. Then I saw the very pretty and white Flower Beauty section, and found the perfect lipstick. This was the Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Colour in the shade LS21 Desert Flower. This lipstick lasted through an entire wedding of eating, drinking, and dancing and I did not get a ring around my lips at all! It's so smooth and really does make your lips feel like velvet. It is the perfect burgundy lipstick, and honestly, I think it beats out any other lipstick, high or low, out there.

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I also picked up another lipstick in the shade LS3 Tender Tuberose. It's perfect for daytime, and has a mauve undertone to it. Another favourite. I bought the Loose Powder in the shade LO1 Light. I've never used a powder over top of my foundation before, despite probably needing it since I have an oily t-zone. Again, I was not disappointed. Lightweight and did the job perfectly.

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I will be trying out many more products, and definitely some of the brushes from Flower Beauty. Another bonus about the line is that nothing is tested on animals! These cosmetics feel high end but are at a very reasonable drugstore price. I'm a firm believer that one shouldn't be spending an arm and a leg on beauty products, but I still love to try out new things. Give Flower Beauty a go and your wallet will thank you!

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A Few Skincare Buys

Hello! I recently splurged and bought three new skincare products. It was just my birthday so I thought I'd treat myself. I purchased the Clarisonic Mia, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. All three products are wonderful, but the Clarisonic is the one most worthy of a purchase! IMG_2994

Now, if it wasn't for my birthday and have some birthday money from last year, I would not have purchased it. It was something I definitely saved for and took a long time to consider buying. I have combination skin, and suffer from tons of blackheads on my nose. After using it for only three weeks, I have noticed a difference already. My skin is softer, clearer, and definitely cleaner. The Clarisonic is meant to clean down to 6 layers under your top layer of skin. So happy with the product, and I've been using it with my cost-effective Neutrogena Naturals products (See my previous post here). Worth the purchase.

The First Aid Beauty products are also pretty great. The Lip Therapy is moisturizing, and helps to keep the Autumn winds at bay. Would I switch back to my other more cost-effective lip balms? Yes. It's great, but other products do the same job. The Repair Cream is awesome on the other hand. I have pretty dry skin so I use it on my body, my hands, and my face if I need extra moisture. It's worth the buy if you have sensitive skin, and uber dry skin at that. My dad gets cracked fingers this time of year, and they've been completely healed with using this cream.

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Do you have these products? What are your thoughts on them?

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