Back to School

Back to School


I’ve decided to make a little inspiration board for back to school.  Click the link above to view the items I used.  I went with a lot of blues in this set but the colours could be adjusted to whatever you like.  I thought they were all very simple pieces which I like for school because it’s easy to look at and gives off a very clean, organized vibe.  I really like taking two pencil cases to school.  I go to a small school so I have a home classroom that I have the majority of my classes in so I have my own desk and locker in that room and it stays like that all year.  I like to bring a small pencil case to put pencils, erasers, and pens in for very quick access and so that if I ever have to go to a classroom, I can just bring the things I need.  I actually am currently using a LUG cosmetic bag as my big pencil case that stores my scissors and calculator and whatnot.  It’s actually really cute and you’d never know it was a makeup bag from just looking at it.  It’s great for keeping stuff organized.  I’ll put a link down below.
Hope you like it!  What are some of your back to school essentials?
For the LUG cosmetic bag I use as my pencil case click HERE


What to do When I Feel Insecure

1. Prioritize – Realize insecurities are not the end of the world (good way to do this is to watch the news and realize what is going on in the world)

2. Do something special for myself

3. Exercise 

4. Try something new (ex: hairstyle, food, book, etc.)

5. Watch a feel good movie

6. Talk to someone

7. Play piano

8. Eat something delicious

9. Think of things I am thankful for

10. Do something nice for someone else

11. Clean

12. Let it out

13. Wear comfy clothes

14. Wear my favourite outfit

15. Sleep

16. Have a fresh start

17. Come up with a mantra

18. Think of my role models

19. Do something fun

20. Learn to love myself


Product Review: FAB Daily Face Cream

Today I am reviewing First Aid Beauty’s Daily Face Cream which is a moisturizer in simple terms. A very good one.
I have had my fair share of moisturizers. My first, an acne one by Merle Norman dried out my skin, made it sting and was no help at all. My second, by Clean Start, is great, but it has SPF and I don’t like using it at night. This is my third and it fits all of my needs.
Now, I use this one at night and sometimes apply it in the afternoon since it’s winter and my skin will occasionally dry out (I’ve never had super dry skin), and I use my SPF one in the day. I really like this one, because there isn’t much of a smell to it, besides that it’s fresh, and it is very lightweight but still does it’s job. It’s also oil-free (to be honest, I didn’t know moisturizers could have oil in them). If I ever get a patch of dryness, it’s usually gone within a day or two. So it isn’t instant, but it’s consistent.
I also like the design of the bottle (you’d think that wasn’t important, right). This is one I can throw in my purse and don’t have to worry about it leaking because of the twist lock on the cap. Perfect for me.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone!

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part II The Look

I think that looking good can give you a boost of confidence. I know that when I have a new outfit on or my hair looks great, that I feel good.
Now, I never wear makeup. The only time is wearing a bit of tinted moisturizer and/or blush, and I almost always curl my eyelashes (they are really long and the ones in the edge of my eye get tangled – OUCH). I am actually incredibly happy that I don’t wear makeup at my age. I’ve heard so many girls say that they feel like they can’t even leave the house without makeup and that they don’t feel comfortable without it. I am not saying that makeup is bad. I think it’s its own art medium and can give you a serious confidence boost. It’s also a pretty fun way to express yourself! My issue with today’s society is that so many people can’t seem to love themselves in their own skin. That’s these tips are for: some easy ways to maintain your natural beauty!

Natural Beauty

1) Skin Care – Whenever I see someone who has truly radiant skin, I think they are absolutely beautiful and get jealous immediately. I have very large pores and blackheads and the occasionally pimple (I think I’ve really ‘outgrown’ my acne stage, thank goodness). My skin care routine has been the same for quite a few years.
I don’t cleanse my face in the morning, I just splash some cold water on it. Then I follow up with a moisturizer with SPF.
In the evening, I use a cleanser and then a light moisturizer. Once or twice a week I’ll use a clay mask or exfoliator. I try to keep my routine simple.
I always put on hand cream before bed, and if I remember I’ll moisturize my arms and legs.
I also put on a soothing lip balm.
Your skin care could differ completely from mine. Experiment until you find something that works for you.

2) Eyebrows – I have naturally thick eyebrows (both a blessing and a curse). I am constantly tweezing and getting them waxed. Personally, I find nothing can make my face look better than having nicely shaped eyebrows. Filling in my eyebrows with makeup has never really been an option for me so I’m not really sure what to tell you about that idea. I think just having them nicely shaped and cleaned up from stray hairs is perfect. If you have never tweeted your eyebrows before, go to a professional. At least for the first time, and they should be able to give you some good tips.

3) Hair – I wash my hair every other day. I only really have two guidelines for hair: it should be clean and out of your face. Experiment with products (I use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner because I like to keep my hair healthy) and develop a solid routine. Sometimes I also use hair oil on the ends.
When it comes to styling your hair, I like to limit myself to fifteen minutes (I normally never reach that, but I think it keeps you prioritizing that your hair isn’t that important). I love styling my hair because there are so many different things to do. Your hair is unique, just like you. I normally straighten my hair (my hair is straight, so I just have a few kinks to work out) and always pull back the front somehow. I really like French braiding one side back or wearing headbands. I also use classic ponytail. My hair is currently at a growing out stage, but when it was longer, I did lots of braids and buns.

4) Shave – I believe this is totally optional, depending on your views, but being from Canada and just not liking body hair in general, my razor is used quite often. Legs, armpits, bikini line (if that’s your thing), I think are all musts. Nothing makes me feel more uncomfortable as walking out in shorts with hairy legs. Just pick up a razor and some shading cream and follow up with moisturizer after. Super easy.

5) Nails – I really like painting my nails, because it makes me not chew them (I have a really bad habit here, guys), but i think it’s most important to have your finger and toenails be clean and trimmed. Nothing else I think is really that important. Invest in a pair of good quality trimmers and maybe a nail file. Just be careful doing this! You don’t want to cut your nails too short.

That’s pretty much all I can think of. Notice there was nothing like, contour you nose or wear colored contact lenses, because that’s not naturally you! If you like that stuff then that’s fine and dandy, but it think it’s always important to learn to love and accept yourself as who you are.

For part I click HERE

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part I Attitude

Lately, beauty has been getting me down. I’ve felt bad about how I look and keep comparing myself to others. I wish my nose looked more like hers…her hair is so perfect…she must not have a worry in the world.
This has led me to come up with some ideas on how to feel and look more naturally beautiful. The first part will be all about attitude.

Truly the most important step is attitude. I think it really either makes you or breaks you. What’s a pretty face if they are actually really mean on the inside?

1) Stop comparing yourself to others – This to me is the most difficult step. With media shoving down their ideas of perfection, it makes us think that our beautiful and unique features are actually flaws. Learn to accept not only yourself, but everyone around you. We are all different. If you try and focus your whole life about changing your face shape, you’ll only get sad about something you can’t change.

2) Don’t think it’s bad to think you are beautiful – Often, if I have a day where I feel particularly pretty, I think I’m full of myself or delusional and end up feeling sad again. Why can’t I feel pretty? Understand it’s not a bad thing to love yourself.

3) Be a nice person – Be grateful, kind, listen to others, the works. This is what truly makes you beautiful.

4) Don’t make looks define you or rule your life – There are so many more important things. I think volunteering at your local hospital is a lot more beautiful than the shade of lipstick you have on. That being sad, you don’t have to ignore looks completely. I think that if you feel pretty, it can lead to confidence. Just remember to prioritize.

5) Let someone know they are beautiful every day – You know how great you feel when someone compliments your hair or your eyes. Make someone else feel that way too. Saying a few words like “I like your blouse!” can give someone a great feeling.

I will post some beauty/appearance tips later!

For part 2 click HERE