2018 Intentions and Goals

This is my second annual New Year intentions and goals post! 2017 was a good year for me personally. Of course, there were highs and lows in my life personally and events in society that have affected the world at large, but nonetheless 2017 has been a overall good year for me. 2018 will be the year of transition for me and I can’t wait to see what it brings after I graduate the big bad university.

Run 21km. I feel like this may have been a goal last year but I made it to 12km. This may have something to do with my injuries that interrupted me but this year I shall do a half marathon.

Keep up with blog content. I really felt this year like I honed in on my skills. This was more towards the second half of the year. With my current job I have learned a lot about Abode illustrator and want to foray into Lightroom to improve my photo qualities. I also feel like I have found what I enjoy writing about. While those that know me know that I am an activist and enjoy long discussions about world happenings I also love running (WHO AM I) and beauty/lifestyle/skin care/becoming more environmental and I can’t wait to create more content.

Drink lemon water (super millennial I know). My mom got me this snazzy water bottle that has a little shield so the fruit doesn’t go through the top. Also I want to drink more matcha lattes so I’m going to order a snazzy whisk from amazon so I can finally make them properly.

Get a real bullet journal. In the summer I ordered one from amazon, but it’s a bit too big to drag around at school so I want to get a legit one from Chapters, so I can take it everywhere and keep up with my habit tracker and purchases and inserting events and such into my calendar etc.

Buy less crap. In general since I have begun a capsule wardrobe I have actually been really good in 2017 with clothing purchases. But it’s other random things that make me go “where did all my money go” you know? I haven’t been horrible with makeup, I bought four palettes over the course of 2017, not too bad for me but excessive for others but I find myself going to “run errands” because I am bored when I could likely use that time for something that is a bit more productive.

Eat out less. I used to think I didn’t get fast food very often and then I started tracking my expenses and by god Chipotle gets me every time. I spent more on fast food then I thought. I am going to limit myself to the eating out once a week. While the max I would do in a normal week is twice, I think it’s doable with my school and work schedule for this semester to only do once a week.

Read more. Particularly more career books and more personal finance books.  I know this is a goal I had last year and did not follow through. I read hardly any books in 2017. My goal is to read more both nonfiction and fiction. I got Estee Lalonde’s book Bloom: Navigating life and Style for Christmas as well as and the Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and her Flowers. I finished Bloom in a day and can’t wait to start Rupi’s novel once I get back to school.  I will start with that then move my way onto what is on my shelf currently.

Find a great clean and green mascara. I have been eyeing the lily lolo one and the 100% Pure black tea ones but I want to find one that doesn’t flake easily or run easily. It can be done it will just take some searching. Any suggestions for green beauty mascaras?

Do 38 military style push-ups. Again, this is a goal that will hopefully be attained. It will require a lot of work on my part as I know I slack on the strength but not this year!

Graduate. Obviously this is the goal of university, but it is coming so fast and I’m really excited to see what 2018 brings!

What are your goals or intentions for 2018?


2017 Favourites

IMG_0277.jpgLip products:  Top three of the year were my Burt’s Bees lipstick suede splash, 100% Pure lip caramel, Lush perspective  (which is sadly being discontinued). Of course how can I not mention the Fenty beauty gloss bomb? It has made all my lipgloss dreams come true, its a beautiful rose gold shade that makes your lips look like glass. If you don’t have this, you need it.  I have raved about the Burt’s Bees and 100% Pure lippies before but I just can’t stop using these hydrating products.  I do love my a matte lipstick but lately it has been easier to just go with these hydrating lipsticks or my Fenty gloss because they are comfortable and easy to use. They also match everything.

Highlighters: My favourite cream highlighter has been nudestix illuminaughty. Nudestix illuminaughty is a skin glossing highlighter that makes the dewy and fresh look on the skin.

IMG_0275.jpgBronzers: The Elf contouring blush bronzer in St. Lucia and the Essence sun club bronzer, Nudestix bondi bae and the Physicians formula butter bronzer. The the first two bronzers are my summer shades, since I run outside and tend to sweat off even the sport sunscreen I can utilize some warmer shades. Nudestix bondie bae is a recent purchase but its beautiful, very blendable and buildable and something I have been using everyday since I got it. I recently saw Sam Ravndahl rub her beauty blender on it and then blend it into her cheeks. By golly I had to just try it for myself and it was beautiful! The physicians formula Butter bronzer is just a classic – easy peasy to use, a great crease shade – works for everything.

Blush: My top three of the year are The Body Shop multi stick, Milani luminoso and Elf candid coral. This year I noticed I own a lot of blushes….and have been religiously using my cream products or using my hourglass ambient lighting palette that also has two blushes. The Body Shop multi stick is a blessing really, I have worn it on my eyes and cheeks and it’s just a beautiful invention really. Milani luminoso and elf candid coral are my class summer and fall blushes and they just match with many eye looks.

Single eyeshadows: The Annabelle cream eyeshadow  and the Kathleenlights Colourpop eyeshadow way back from her first collab. In the summer I was an avid cream eyeshadow gal. This Annabelle cream shadow in rose gold was the perfect shade to slap on and go. The Kathleenlights Colourpop shadow was a similar texture and never creased.

Face powder: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I mean how can I not mention this? I know, I know I got it in November but with my dryer winter skin it works as a setting powder and while it cost an arm and a leg I don’t see it running out anytime soon.

IMG_0274.jpgFace palette: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal light, the only link I can find is on net-a -porter since its no longer available at Sephora or on their website. Again, I have spoken about this before its a true gem. It has great blushes, a great bronzer, and is pretty much great for all the things. The Anastasia glow kit by Nicole Guerriero was my shiznit in the summer, sorry folks I can’t find this one online. Anastasia makes a lot of options so there is one out there for you!All of the colours are usable, even the darker highlight shades can be used on the lid and other shades can be mixed with the light white shade to create a perfect highlight

Palettes. I have palettes that I used quite frequently this year, the Covergirl nudes, Too Faced Sweet Peach palette, and the Naked 3The Covergirl nudes, I don’t LOVE this palette but I don’t dislike it either, it is a great (as the name suggests) nude everyday palette and I’m almost done it I mean look at that pan. The Too Faced Sweet peach, again my classic spring, summer going into fall palette, I love all the colours and you can get so many different looks with it.  The Naked 3, while not a widely loved Urban Decay palette I quite enjoy it. It is the perfect professional palette. I wear this palette to interviews, to professional networking events as well as when I just need to look put together without too much heavy eye makeup.

Concealers: Pur disappearing act and the Nudestix concealer pencil. When I bought the Pur concealer  it was before I left for Europe because I wanted it for an easy, no fuss concealer for my jet lagged self and it’s BEAUTIFUL. I don’t need to set it and it hardly creases. I was going to try the glossier stretch concealer after I’m done this one but I think I might just have to repurchase. Ah the Nudestix concealer. I would say this is the most underrated product in the entire Nudestix line, it’s easy to blend out and needs minimal setting which makes it great for quick makeup looks in the morning. 

Mascara: I have two I have in this list aren’t my favourite favourite, but I like them a lot better then the covergirl ones I used to use. I have been for half of 2017 liking the Physicians formula organic wear mascara and the other is the Nudestix mascara which was a Sephora VIB purchase. I mainly like these two because they don’t irritate my sensitive eyes and they are both organic certified which is a bonus.

What have been your stand out or most frequently used products in 2017?


Last Minute Gift Guide

This post is my very first gift guide. This year I didn’t really want much, or need much! As I was perusing the malls and the internet for presents for family and friends I realized I was trying to find meaningful gifts and coming up short, because its hard in our consumer society to find gifts with true meaning and not gifts that we just feel obliged to buy. So I thought I would put together a gift guide of possible (last minute) meaningful gifts for people in your life.

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Want to buy someone makeup? Anything nudestix – these come IN THERE OWN PACKAGING. They come in wee tins with a mirror and a sharpener! You can reuse the tins for anything you wants, tampons, lippies, essential oils you name it! This was also a great brand discovery for me this year, it’s Canadian owned and environmentally conscious.

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Saje wellness anything. Know someone that likes essential oils or wants to try them? Why not get a gift set from saje or any roller ball you think they might like! These are perfect gifts, especially if you know the person well. My personal fave is the immune rollerball. 

Tote bags – tote bags are so fun. I love them. Not that H&M is the most sustainable brand, but they do have some great tote bags, topshop has them, etsy is a hub of tote bags. These are useful for groceries, books, binders, lunches, anything!

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Lululemon align pant…or a gift card. If you don’t know the persons size but have a something in mind for someone you know who likes to workout or enjoys comfortable lounge wear then the Lululemon align pant would be my top pick for anyone who loves comfort.

Stainless steel straws. I have said it once and I’ll say it again, if you have a friend you want who has everything, or a family member that you don’t know what to get or are just looking to gift something that is useful and sustainable, i highly recommend a set of straws.

Mason jars. Need i say more? You can fill these with things or you can just give someone a pack of mason jars! They are useful and sustainable for the environment!

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A reusable water bottle. These are ALWAYS a useful gift, especially for the student in your life or the person on the go or anyone for that matter. Know someone that needs one for work? BUY ONE. You can be fancy and by a swell one or find one at Marshalls or Winners! They sell these anywhere! 

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?


Things I liked and did in November

This is a bit late, forgive me its been quite the month! It just flew by! This month was really good, but also full of assignments, midterms, etc. Without further ado here are things I liked and did in the month of November.

Personal training. Is this a cheesy and weird thing to say I like? I have really found a groove in my workouts with my wonderful trainer (who my bestie refers to as the real life wonder woman). I have finally started to notice small changes in my body. My goal isn’t to lose weight, my goal is to be able to push ups and be trained for specific testing as well as improve my own workouts. My push ups are getting there, I overcame my fear of box jumps, and my running has improved greatly as have my workouts at the gym myself.

Nudestix concealer. This is such an underrated product. It’s so easy to slap on and go, doesn’t get too creasy and makes you look alive. It also conveniently comes with a container and a sharpener.

The lululemon align pant. OMG. BUTTER. BUTT wait for it ER. I fell into the hype folks. I fell hard. I got two pairs of the align crop, they are absolutely wonderful. Stretchy, high waisted, and sweat proof (sort of). The greenish pair I have i wouldn’t wear for leg day, but then again why do we care so much about our sweat? That’s another story for another day. 

My new balance cross trainers. I bought these in September for personal training. When I was wearing nikes (far too thin for my wide feet) my feet would always be very sore after just a 30 min circuit. When I put these new balance trainers on my feet they were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. Honestly I think because of my lack of findings of good shoes I was avoiding strength training because my feet just couldn’t function. Now, I actually don’t fear having super sore arches or bunions and it’s a blessing.

My fasted 1K. OMG ALL I DID IT. I reached my lactic threshold. I didn’t believe it. I was spent after that. I’m finally seeing improvement and with anyone who is also a runner, you know improving is always difficult.

Lip balms. I don’t know folks, there was a time where I was extremely into matte lipsticks and matte liquid lipsticks but as I’ve grown this year into a busier person I just can’t do the colourpop matte liquid lips, or the Anastasia ones. I do still dabble in my NYX soft matte lip cream and my Too Faced Melted Mattes. But lately I’ve been loving (as I have said before) the Burt’s Bees lipsticks, the Burt’s Bees lip shimmers and this eos shimmer lip balm.

What have you been liking and doing this last month!?