Monday, 31 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 31: DO NOT BUY 24/7 Nourishing Concentrating Eye Cream

Sorry to end B.E.D.A. on a bad note guys, but this is an emergency.


I know on my blog I have talked about this eye cream positively before, but DO NOT buy it!

I have purchased 2.  The first one was fine, but one day had what looked like mould on the top.  I threw it out, but assumed it was just fall-out from an eye shadow I had been using (I'm notorious for leaving creams open while I do my makeup).

HOWEVER.

I have recently purchased another one.  And the same thing happened.  So I went online and looked up the product.


I could only find it on Amazon, but every single customer review said they had had the same experience as I did, with mould growing on the top of the product.

I urge you all to not waste your money on this, or risk your well-being.  I didn't notice the mold until I had applied the cream, and even though I immediately washed it off I'm still afraid it could do some sort of damage to my skin or eyes.  This isn't worth the risk, nor the money you are wasting.

Sorry everyone for such a negative post, but this is something you all deserve to know.

xoxo
Laura

Sunday, 30 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 30: Post Sun-Burn Skin Care

Hey everyone!

The long weekend is coming up, and that means a final vacation before school starts again.  This is when people forget about sunscreen in their last efforts to enjoy the summer, and when that fateful sunburn scalds your cheeks, this post will help you through!

Day 1


The first day, when you initially get the burn, it's so important to start caring for you skin ASAP.  First step is to apply burn gel, one that's aloe vera based is best. This will cool the skin and ease the pain of the burn, while still hydrating and not blocking pores or irritating your skin.  If you are a green-thumb type who grows Aloe plants, crack open a leaf and rub the liquid directly onto your skin.

It's really important to start this before the burn hits its full intensity. Hydrating as the burn develops will make it less painful and help to stop some of the damage.

Day 2-4
This is when your skin really feels the pain of being burnt.  My advice is to stay out of the sun as much as possible.  If you're outside, wear a hat.  Keep that burnt and damaged skin away from further damage.


The other thing you should do is moisturize.  A LOT.  I use The Body Shop's Vitamin E cream, and apply it every 2 hours or so to hydrate and soothe the skin.  It's really light, so it doesn't block your pores or leave a layer on your skin.

Avoid face makeup, especially foundation.  I would recommend using ONLY a thin layer of mineral powder if you want to mattify your skin.

It's still really important to cleanse, but at this point you should use a creamy cleanser without exfoliants in it to gently clean while hydrating.

Days 2-4 are all about hydration.  Keep your skin hydrated and the effects of the burn won't be as bad.

Day 5-7
At this point, your face may or may not be starting to peel.  Sometimes I can stave off the peeling if I'm careful through days 2 and 4, or if the burn isn't as severe, but sometimes there's nothing you can do.

When I start to peel, I incorporate tea tree oil back into my skin care routine because it's a natural AHA (but it initially really hurts if you apply it on a sunburn).  If I apply it before bed, my skin isn't as peel-prone in the morning.


For cleanser, I'll start to use something with a little bit of a physical exfoliant as well.  The Olay cleanser is great for this, because it's creamy and hydrating but it still gently exfoliates your skin.

As always, make sure you are moisturizing.  You can stop applying moisturizer every few hours, but make sure you apply int he morning, and then apply a thick layer of moisturizer at night.  I also carry around a moisturizer with me, just in case my skin feels dry during the day.

Post- Day 7
Usually after 7 days my skin has returned to a relatively normal state.  If there's a lot of peeling, but the burn doesn't hurt any more, I'll use my cleansing system to really remove that dead skin and get my face fresh again, but I pair it with a creamy cleanser so my skin doesn't end up dry and stripped.

Other Tips
Just generally after you burn, you should drink a lot of water.  Through sweating, you've lost a lot anyway and if your body is properly hydrated your skin can repair itself more easily.

Try to wear sunscreen, and reapply every 2 hours.  The best thing to do is PREVENT a burn, not deal with treating it.  Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every 2 hours.  SPF 30 is the generally accepted SPF that you should be using.  If you don't like sunscreen because it blocks your pores or makes you skin sticky, try baby sunscreen.  It's lighter and less likely to clog your pores or feel sticky on your skin.

Putting a cold, damp towel on your skin can soothe really painful burns.  This is better for burns on other parts of your body, but it also works for facial burns.  You can also soak in a cool bath.

Most of these tips will prevent your skin from blistering, but if it does DO NOT POP THEM!  Leave any and all sun burn blisters alone to heal themselves!

Stay safe this long weekend buys, and PLEASE protect your skin!  This post exists to help, but I'd prefer if you all just took care of your skin and prevented getting burnt instead!

xoxo
Laura

Saturday, 29 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 29: An Interesting Article About Note-Taking

This post is relevent to all you University and College students reading this.

I already take all my notes by hand, but this article really convinced me to keep taking my notes by hand.  I don't get as distracted (although other people's computer screens sure distract me!) and  my notes tend to be better.

Give this a read, I found it really interesting and eye-opening and it might help you with your study habits and result in better grades!


Happy studying!

xoxo
Laura

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Friday, 28 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 28: Cocktail Recipe: Cosmos with a Twist

Hello everyone!

Well, my bartending days may be behind me now, but I still love a good cocktail, and I definitely love making them myself.

My drink of choice is a Cosmopolitan.  Normally if I order these at a restaurant, they come as a martini, but who wants that?! I like mine big.  Case in point:

So here's the perfect Cosmo recipe, and a little twist you can add to take it up a notch if you want!

You will need:


2 oz Vodka
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Bar Lime (or lime juice)
8 oz Cranberry Juice

Ice

Shaker

Sangria Glass (or large wine-like glass of some sort):


Combine all of the above in a shaker full of ice, and shake it until the canister is cold (about 30 seconds). Add a few cubes of ice to your glass, and strain the liquid over it.

I would garnish this with a few floating cranberries (frozen ones are awesome!) and a slice of orange or lime.  Some people sugar the rim of the glass,but this is sweet enough as it is, so I skip that step!

As for the twist...

On martini night at the bar I worked at, it was really busy and I accidentally poured pineapple juice into the shaker that had a Cosmo prepped and ready to go.  Instead of throwing it out, I drank it after my shift.  AND IT WAS GREAT!  So if you're feeling adventurous, throw in a few ounces of pineapple juice before you shake, and you've got a little twist on a great drink!

Hope you liked this, let me know in the comments if you want some more drink recipes from me!

xoxo
Laura

Always drink responsibly, and NEVER drink and drive <3

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 26: Babbling Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Hello everyone!


I recently read this amazing book, and had to talk about it on here for you!  You all know by now that I love to read, and I hadn't had any books really grab me for awhile, but then I read this one.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was actually recommended to me by my mom, and she loaned me her copy to read.  It wasn't a particularly challenging book, but it had that little spark that keeps you interested until the last page.

A brief synopsis: A.J. Fikry owns a bookstore on a small island.  His wife has died, leaving him bitter and old before his time.  The townsfolk dislike him, and his reclusive behaviour doesn't help to endear him to anyone.  However, a series of events dramatically change the path his life had been on, and he goes through a massive character transformation.

I blew through this book in less than two days.  It's pretty short, but it's engaging.  The characters are so life-like and real, they actually have personalities and they come out as 3D in the reading of this book.  The story itself follows the cliched path of character transformation and redemption, but the actual events themselves are so unique that it doesn't come across as pandering.


(P.S. This is my favourite quote from the book.)

I actually gave this book to a coworker to read, and she loved it as well.  So between myself, my mother, and Rebecca, there's a three-person seal of approval for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry!


xoxo
Laura

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 25: What's On My Face

Hey everyone!

My makeup the other day turned out SO well, so I thought I'd share with you what is on my face in the abundance of selfies I (inevitably) took.  I'm super annoyed you can't see my highlighter in these photos, it was super intense and looked so good! :(


Base:

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (under foundation)
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
Covergirl Age Rewind Concealer (under eyes)
Maybelline Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer (on cheeks and nose)
The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Powder (to set under eyes)
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (to set face)

Wet n Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink
Marcelle Big Bronzer in Heat Wave
Hard Candy Highlighting Duo in Lit Up (mixed both shades)


Eyes:

e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1
Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline LashSensational Mascara in Black


Lips:

Joe Fresh Lipliner in Poppy
L'Oreal Lipstick in Volcanic


Shirt: Buffalo

Hope you enjoyed this!

xoxo
Laura

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Monday, 24 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 24: Nails of the Week: Cara Mia Crimson

Hey everyone!


This week, I'm rocking this gorgeous O.P.I. shade.  It's a deep fuchsia with gold shimmer, super pretty, especially in the light where you can see the glitter.

O.P.I. polishes aren't my favourite, but I've got a ton of them (my aunt buys them and then passes them to me) and I figure I should make use of them!

xoxo
Laura

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 23: Top 5 YouTubers I Watch

Welcome back to B.E.D.A. everyone!

Today I'm talking about my 5 favourite YouTubers.  I don't think I've done this before, but I love it when other bloggers/vloggers talk about who they enjoy watching.

#1: Casey Holmes/itsbl0ndie


Casey is honestly the most genuine human being on the internet.  There is nothing fake about her.  She does the most STUNNING makeup tutorials, and is never one of those gurus who comes across as lacking in personality.  Her dating stories are hilarious, and she is so open about her life and her struggles, showing that behind that gorgeous face there's a heck of a lot more.  I adore her.

Her channel is HERE.

#2: FleurDeForce


Here is yet another woman who is so down to earth and doesn't change herself for the internet.  She's constantly doing cool things and she vlogs every day of every other month, so her viewers get to see those adventures.  There's just something about her that I really really like.  Plus she has an awesome husband, and the cutest pets.  I watch her channels for a combination of the beauty videos and the vlogs.

Her channel is HERE.

#3: Kathleen Lights


Kathleen is a recent addition to my subscription list, but her tutorials are always so on point.  Her looks are FLAWLESS, and I aspire to be as good as she is.  I also appreciate her honesty about products and prices.  But my favourite videos from her are hands down her tutorials, they are AMAZING.

Her channel is HERE.

#4: Tati/GlamLifeGuru


I can honestly say I look up to this woman more than anyone.  She does videos 5 days a week that are generally beauty related (although her videos are great even when they aren't!)  She gives the most honest product reviews, and if she recommends a product I'm thinking about buying, there's a solid chance I'll buy it.  She's honest, she's genuine, and she's funny.

Her channel is HERE.

#5: Laci Green


The final YouTuber I watch religiously is Laci Green.  She's the big sister I never had.  She hosts a series called MTV Braless that is flawless, and even her own channel is constantly pushing the way I think about the world around me.  Her videos center on pop culture, equality, feminism, and sexual health and education and it's a great resource for younger people looking to learn about these topics but not sure how to approach it (and the internet can be a scary, misinformed place!)

Her channel is HERE.

I strongly suggest you check these women out, they are all amazing and I watch their videos religiously.

xoxo
Laura

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 22: Review: Hard Candy Highlighter Duo

Hey everyone!


I saw these in the drugstore the other day and HAD to try it out.  There are so few good highlighters at the drugstore, but this one looked very promising.


This set me back a mere $7, I bought the shade Lit Up.  There's a slightly darker one called Sun Bunny as well.

I'm so torn on the packaging.  It's so bulky, but it's so cute!  I do appreciate how sturdy it is, but for the size there isn't as much product in there as I expected.


Since it's a duo, there are two highlighting shades.  One is more pink in tone, while the other is more champagne.


The product itself is really smooth and soft,not chalky or overly powdery at all.  It has a medium pigmentation, but it can definitely be built up.  The glitter in it is incredibly finely milled, so you won't end up with chunks of glitter on your face either, big bonus!

Overall, I really like this!  I'm not big on highlighting, I like it to be subtle, and this product is great because you can give your face a subtle glow or build it up as much as you like.  It's great quality, especially for the drugstore, and if you can't afford a $50 highlighter from Sephora, I would say this is the way to go.

xoxo
Laura

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Friday, 21 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 21: My Favourite Scrapbooks

Hello everyone!

I really love to scrapbook.  I have a big fancy one to remember my trip to Boston, and another nice one with photos from high school and awards and such.

My problem is, I keep so many other things that I want to remember, like movie tickets and crappy polaroid selfies, things you wouldn't necessarily put into a nice album but don't want to throw out.


And that's why I love the K & Company Smash scrapbooks.  I have two, one has a green binding and one has a black binding (there's also one with a pink binding).

These are perfect for pasting in those little memories you want to keep.  The pages are cool and funky, each one unique, and very easy to customize to your own tastes.  They also come with a double-ended pen and glue stick combo to stick the memories into place for good. The best part is, you can complete them at your own pace. I've been adding things to mine for years and they still aren't finished!

Here are a few of my favourite pages from my Smash scrapbooks:


If you want to purchase one of these, they're $15 at Walmart in the crafting/scrapbooking section.  This is way cheaper than creating a big scrapbook, and the perfect way to preserve memories.

xoxo
Laura

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 20: Natural, Pretty (and Cottage Approved!) Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone!

At the cottage, I like to wear a little makeup but nothing too heavy.  I just like to even out my skin and enhance my features.

Here's a super easy tutorial on how to get a light, natural, and very pretty makeup look for anywhere, not just at the cottage!


Clickable link HERE

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xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 19: Your Makeup Starter Kit

Hey everyone!

When you're starting off with makeup, unless you've got a mother/sister/other figure who knows what they're doing, it can be a daunting task.  My mom isn't really into makeup, so I got a crash-course from my dance instructors (0/10 do not recommend).  Over time, YouTube and Seventeen magazine taught me that blue and purple eyeshadow is not the be-all-end-all (or the AT ALL).

I hope this is helpful to anyone reading this who is just starting off with makeup and wants a few basic products to try out.  The goal here is to help you discover products that enhance your natural beauty, not to help you cover yourself up.  Just remember that no matter what, you are beautiful and makeup should never be used to cover that up <3


I'm not a big advocate of foundation, especially when you're just starting off with makeup.  Chances are, you're young and have beautiful skin anyway.  Even I don't wear foundation upwards of 50% of the time.  I personally would recommend instead a light to medium coverage powder instead.  This will allow your skin to breathe while reducing shine and evening out  your skin tone a little bit.  Physician's Formula makes great pressed powders, and while they can be a little bit more expensive, it's still cheaper than buying a powder and foundation.  Another great option is The Body Shop's Extra Virgin Minerals powder.


If you want a little bit of concealer for zits or discolouration, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer is fabulous.  It's very creamy, has great coverage, and isn't expensive.


I wouldn't recommend bronzer in a first makeup kit, but blush is something that I would include.  I really like the essence blushers because they are only $3 each but really good quality.  The trick is always finding the right colour for your skin tone.  If you go to Shopper's Drugmart, the person working the cosmetics section is always useful for helping sort that out.


Moving to eyes, I highly recommend the Maybelline The Nudes Palette for anyone starting off in makeup.  There are a variety of matte and shimmer shades that are really nicely pigmented.  This is a great way to start playing around with eye shadow while not looking like a clown (like I did.)  Definitely avoid coloured eye shadows when you're first starting off with makeup.


For eyeliner, I find soft pencils to be the easiest to use, and I have a ton of recommendations.  The Annabelle Smoothliners are amazing, and so are the Rimmel Kohl Kajals.  The Covergirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliners are also great, and you don't run the risk of creating a really thick line immediately (they also don't need to be sharpened, unlike the other two).  All are pigmented and creamy, and have good lasting power.  I would recommend going for a black or dark brown shade to start off with.


As for mascara, I 100% recommend Maybelline's Volum Express The Falsies.  The product itself is great, but the best part is that there is a separate wand for doing bottom lashes, which even I still find to be tricky to get right with a regular brush.


Last step is lips, and this is where things get tricky.  Some people would want to include lipstick, some wouldn't.  For those who say no to lipstick, I recommend a tinted lipbalm instead.  The Maybelline BabyLips are great, especially the Cherry and Peach flavours.  It's a super subtle wash of colour, but moisturizing at the same time (and tastes great!).


For people who are okay with something more like lipstick, the Revlon lip butters are the way to go.  There are a ton of shades to choose from, the pigmentation is just right for young girls, and they aren't expensive.  They are also really moisturizing and don't "settle" into your lips or bleed all over your face.  I have a handful of these and love them.

That's all I have to say for products, but if you're looking for makeup brush recommendations, I would suggest the Real Techniques brushes.  These aren't expensive, especially for the quality you get. The Core Collection and Eye Starter Set are $20 each, and have basically everything you could ever need.  I will say, brushes are essential to getting makeup to look nice, so please don't skimp on them.

I hope this was helpful!  Pass this along to the ladies in your life that are looking to start dabbling in makeup!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 18: Top 5 Summer Teas

Hello everyone!

Now, summer may be the least likely of the seasons where you think about drinking a hot cup of tea, but if you're an addict like me you know there's no stopping, even if its 30 degrees!

That's why I have 3 teas that are light and refreshing, perfect for summer (even if it is hot out!)

1) Tazo Zen Tea



This is one of my favourite teas in general, not just in summer.  It's a blend of green tea, lemongrass, and spearmint and it's so incredibly refreshing.  Tazo isn't the cheapest tea out there, but it's 100% worth the money.

2) Tetley Signature Citrus Kiss



This tea is a blend of green tea, lemon, and grapefruit.  The citrus in it is great in summer, very refreshing and light.

3) Tetley Signature Keep Calm and Sip On



A little heavier than the previous two, Keep Calm and Sip On is a blend of chamomile, spearmint, and orange.  This is an herbal tea, so it's caffiene free.  If you like a mug of tea before bed, this is the perfect one for all seasons, but especially in summer.

4) Tetley Mojito Tea



Mint and lime. The quintessential summer cocktail comes in tea form.  This combines my two favourite things, tea and mojitos.  How much more summery can you get?!

5) Jasmine Tea



Jasmine tea is a fragrant favourite of mine.  Some people really hate the smell of jasmine, so if you do this might not be for you.  I love it though, it's a great tea for sipping while watching the sun set.

I hope you liked this post, let me know if you want more tea-related posts from me in the future.  I love talking about tea!

xoxo
Laura

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Monday, 17 August 2015

B.E.D.A. Day 17: What's In My Bag?

Hello everyone!

I haven't done a what's in my bag for AGES!  I think it's about time I did an updated one.


Currently, I'm using this floral rucksack from Madden Girl to carry around all my crap things.  This is a necessity as I have to be able to put all of my work clothes in it, especially when I go straight from one job to the other. (For this post, I have taken out my work clothes, lol.)


The first thing I always have in here is my wallet.  This has all of my cards, ID, bus pass... basically everything I need when I'm out of my apartment.


In the zipped portion of the top flap, I keep my keys, my bus pass/student ID, a hair tie, a pack of gum, and a lighter.  I always have a lighter because at the restaurant we always need them to light the candles on the tables, or on birthday cakes, and no one EVER has one.  It's really annoying.


Moving on to the main portion.  I usually have a book with me to read on break or on the bus.  Currently I'm reading one about the 4 Romanov sisters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia.  It's non-fiction, so it's a slower read than a novel, but I really enjoy reading about historical events (good thing too, as a history major.)


Then I have a ton of beauty-related products. I always bring my hairbrush to work with a few little rubber bands on the handle, so I can slap my hair up quickly and not look like a hot mess.


I also keep a tube of facial sunscreen in my bag, because I can't stand getting sunburnt on my face and I ALWAYS do, every single summer.  Thus far I've managed to keep it at bay.


The body spray I'm currently using and carting all over Waterloo is the Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon spray.  I don't believe they make this anymore, but I really like it and use it every day.


Then I have a Lancome makeup bag with a few bits and bobs inside.  I have my Rimmel Stay Matte powder and a powder brush to keep my skin matte throughout the day.  I have an EOS lipbalm and hand cream because my lips and hands get really really painfully dry at work.  I also have Advil for my headaches, hand sanitizer, and deodorant so I don't stink.

Aaand that's it!  I hope you enjoyed this peek into my bag, and I will see you tomorrow with another B.E.D.A. post.

xoxo
Laura

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