In Transition // Trains of Thought

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It’s only March and I’ve already broken one of my New Years resolutions – to sit down and write a blog post (or some sort of written piece) every two months. The last time I wrote anything substantial was in November.

Truthfully, I have been swamped with a bunch of career and life changes, and battling some health issues. I wrapped up my undergrad degree in December and have been on the job search since – transitioning from school to the “real world”. In the past weeks I’ve had some big decisions to make about which opportunities to pursue and which path I should go down, but I am very lucky to have a strong support system and people who are always willing to help (even without me asking!).

Finding the intersection between my long-term career objectives and my opportunities on the table has been an interesting journey – but I’m happy to say that I’ve made a choice and I’m not looking back or second guessing my decision.

In the Fall, I got very sick for a month and was put through four rounds of antibiotics before I recovered. I had never been so sick in my life and it really slowed me down from my usual fast-paced lifestyle.

This past month, one of my wisdom teeth got infected and had to be extracted. The accompanying medication came with a myriad of side effects, which I’m still very much struggling with. But all of this taught me a lot about patience, and the importance of good health. It’s something so critical to have – because without it, you can’t do anything else.

These days I have been looking back at what my life was a year ago – and it’s amazing to see how things change year over year. For example, in March 2014, I had just returned from my first-ever trip to Toronto during reading week, full of energy and motivation to make my dreams come to life as a 3rd year student. But living and working there was still just a far-fetched dream.

In March 2015, I was doing just that – working in Toronto, for not the first time but the second! Living on my own in a cozy apartment on Bay Street. Braving -30 degree weather and “real Canadian winter” for the first time. Having full independence, meeting new friends, and flying out of Pearson more times than I’d like to count.

And now in March 2016, I am back in Vancouver and have graduated, started my first full-time job out of school (in a completely new-to-me area), and recently bought my first car so I can drive to work – whaaat? I am experiencing another kind of independence – without the safety net of being a student, things like your finances become a heightened burden. Ensuring you keep nurturing friendships and relationships that are close to your heart (without the convenience of proximity) requires more effort. As does balancing work with other aspects of your life.

I am excited to see where this next chapter of my life takes me. What will life be like come March 2017?

Only time will tell.

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Beauty Essentials for School!

Now that school is back in full swing, I thought that I’d make a blog post about my beauty essentials for school specifically. It’s a stressful time for all of us students, and these products just help make things easier and brighten up my day. Most of these have been well-loved and trusted by me for years, so keep reading!

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1. First off: the most basic essential. Clear lip balm. Now I love my Burts Bees and have for years, but I picked up this Maybelline Baby Lips about a month ago because I wanted a lip balm with SPF, and I LOVE it! It’s so moisturizing and emollient, sits well on the lips, and smells like sugar and citrus fruits. Even if you’re going without makeup for the day, keeping your lips moisturized is important. Plus, it’s got SPF 20!

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2. Continuing with the lippies, this is my all-time favourite lip colour. And that’s saying something cause I am a lipstick hoarder. This is the Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. I received this as a gift last year, and I’ve loved it to death ever since. I even got quite a few of my friends hooked on this! It’s such a wearable, everyday MLBB (my lips but better) shade that is universally flattering on many skin tones, it has incredible staying power (it actually stains your lips without drying it out!), and it’s affordable. What’s not to love?

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3. Believe it or not, groomed eyebrows can make a big difference in your appearance, and especially in photos! Your brows frame your face and your eyes, and taking that extra minute to touch them up will make you look instantly more polished and put together. This is especially important if you’re going through company recruiting or networking sessions (commerce kids, you know what I’m talking about. It’s not just the suit that counts). My favourite brow wax is the ELF Eyebrow Kit. It comes with a little dual-ended brush for on-the-go touchups, but I prefer to use an angled eyeliner brush to apply this. It stays all day and best of all, it’s only $3! Definitely worth a try.

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4. This is probably my favourite thing out of all these products. The Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm has been a lifesaver for a sleep-deprived student like me. Getting out of bed when you’ve barely slept is hard enough, but you can help ease the pain with this eye balm. Just swipe it on your undereye area (read: eye bags) and you will instantly feel this AMAZING COOLING, REFRESHING SENSATION. I don’t even know how to accurately describe it. It’s absolutely amazing and helps to really wake up your tired eyes, and the sensation lasts for about an hour for me. I’ve tried many undereye rollers but they all fall short compared to this. It’s a steep price at $36, but it’s worth it, and one tube will last you for ages! You will thank me during those inevitable zombie mornings this semester.

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5. I’ve stated in a previous post that I don’t really like concealers cause they tend to crease on me, especially in the undereye area. However, this Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer also doubles as an undereye concealer & brightener.

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It’s a sheer formula as you can see (I didn’t blend the swatch out at all), but it absolutely will not crease, and helps to brighten up those dark undereye circles from staying up all night studying. This is the only thing that has worked for me for years, and it never fails. So if you have problems with creasing, give this a try!

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6. Let’s say you’re running late but you still need to look nice and polished for something. The L’Oreal Magic Souffle Cream Blush in Plume is the perfect on-the-go blush to stash into your makeup bag. This matte pink shade will complement any makeup look, from a bare face to a smokey eye, and is so easy to use: Just lightly press your finger against the blush, dot it a few times on your cheeks, and blend with your finger. No fussing with brushes or powder fallout. Just a natural, healthy flush that brightens up your complexion!

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7. I’m really picky about hand creams, mostly because I don’t like lotions in general. They leave behind a sticky film and I am one to constantly wash my hands to feel clean. However, over the past year I’ve noticed that during the wintertime, my hands get really dry. This has never happened in the past, so I tried a bunch of hand creams until I finally came upon this one. The L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream is my HG, and this little tube has lasted me for ages! It’s so emollient and deeply moisturizes, but absorbs quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave any residue. A staple in my makeup bag!

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8. Okay. This is the one thing I can’t leave my house without. I have supremely oily skin, especially in the nose area, and have to blot twice a day usually. Shiny isn’t a good look on me. I’ve tried so many different types of oil sheets but I just keep coming back to this one. The Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets does the job like no other. These especially come in handy when you have P.E. Class in high school, or you have to make an unexpected sprint for the bus or from class to class.

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They’re not actually papers, which is what most of them out in the market are, but blue films that actually soak up all the oil. Yeah I’m going to stop cause it’s kind of gross, that’s as much detail as I’ll go into. If you have oily skin, try these! They are a total lifesaver. I always have them around with me.

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9. I don’t know about you guys, but when I stress out over school, I simultaneously break out, and it sucks (my skin tends to be so nice during summer!). This is my favourite non-prescription acne treatment. The Clean & Clear Popped Pimple Drying Paste has really high reviews all over the Internet, and for good reason. You apply this before you go to bed, and when you wake up in the morning, your acne will be dried up and diminished, less inflamed, and just less prominent.

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It works especially well if you have a tendency of popping pimples. This will help minimize any scarring left behind and heal it quickly. I never pop pimples, but sometimes you can do so by accident (ie: scrubbing at your face too roughly with a washcloth). This is for bedtime use only, as it dries to a bright white colour (like the swatch above) and I don’t think anyone wants to walk around outside with this on their face.

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10. I am not usually big on perfumes, but I will always have a rollerball or atomizer stashed in my bag for emergencies (ie: P.E. class in high school, crashing at a friend’s place and not being able to shower, etc). I received the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue EDT as a birthday gift from my friend, and I love the fresh, clean scent of this perfume! It’s very wearable for everyday and not overpowering.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I took off the cap and saw that it was a spray bottle, and not a rollerball! Rollerballs are a cost efficient way of trying new perfumes, but can be kind of gross (sweat can dilute the true scent of the perfume). Sprays are more hygienic and easier to use. This scent is sophisticated, understated, and clean, all of which I love. It won’t overpower the senses of the person sitting next to me, so it’s wearable for school as well.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I have wanted to post for quite some time, but have been ridiculously busy and each blog post takes a lot of time to create. If you swear by any products for the school year/wintertime, I would love to know! More beauty-related posts will be coming up soon, so stay tuned, and have a great school year!

My Top 10 Summer Beauty Favourites!

Venturing further into the world of beauty blogging, I have decided to dig out my top 10 most-loved beauty products of the summer to share with you guys! I know a lot of beauty bloggers/gurus like to do “monthly favourites”, but I feel like I don’t try enough new products a month to write anything interesting. I think seasonal favourites would be easier for me to do!

These products have been tried and tested by me, and I absolutely love them. Note that they may not work for all skin types: I have oily-combination and sensitive skin, so adjust according to your needs.

First off, we have my favourite nail polishes of the summer:

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1. They’re both by Essie, and they’re Mint Candy Apple and Cute As A Button.

Mint Candy Apple is probably my favourite polish out of my whole collection- it’s such a flattering and unique colour, eye-catching yet not being too over the top. It’s the most perfect shade of mint I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I hunted through probably 4 or 5 drugstores till I found this in a Shoppers.

Cute As A Button is something I picked up by chance. I REALLY wanted a bright pinkish coral, because all the pinks I have are soft pastels, and I noticed that Shoppers was doing a sale on Essie polishes. So during my work break I ran over, swatched a bunch of corals and pinks, and ended up with this one. What I love about it is that it is the perfect combination of pink and coral. It’s not too much of either, and actually looks different under different lighting. It’s so vibrant, but it’s still not too in your face. My perfect summer colour!

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2. This is my holy grail product of the summer. I discovered this in May and haven’t stopped using this since. I was on the market for a powder foundation because I felt that liquid foundation was too troublesome to apply and take off, I didn’t need such heavy coverage, and less is more in the summertime. I picked this Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Powder up at Target, and I’m obsessed with it.

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As you can see, it has been very well-loved (the photo above is a repurchase, this is the current one I’m using). I can get away with just wearing this, it’s quick and easy to apply (and remove!), it looks and feels super light, letting my natural skin show through, keeps my skin matte, and cuts down my time to get ready in the morning. Also contains SPF 15.

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3. If I need a little bit more coverage, I opt for the Sonia Kashuk Concealer Palette. This is honestly the first concealer I’ve ever actually liked, because concealers normally cake up on me and don’t blend well. These concealers are so creamy and blendable, and meld right into my skin.

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It comes with two flesh-toned concealers, a green-toned neutralizer, and a setting powder. I use the lighter flesh-toned shade under the eyes, the darker one for blemishes (matches my skin tone perfectly!), and the green neutralizer around the nose area where it tends to be red. I don’t use the powder because I usually set everything with a powder anyways, but it’s still worth it because I can use all 3 concealers.

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4. The product that I wear every single day, without fail, is my beloved Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen. This has been a HG product for 3 summers now and I can’t live without it. Since I have fair skin that freckles/burns easily, I have to always protect it with sunscreen. This particular one is light, blends in easily, doesn’t break me out or make me look oily, and looks good under makeup.

Wearing sunscreen everyday is important as it really slows down the aging process and helps prevent skin cancer and discoloration, and it’s good to start early for prevention rather than later to fix wrinkles/blemishes.

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5. While I’ve developed very good habits with facial sunscreen, sometimes I forget about the protecting the rest of my body. But as I said, I freckle and burn very easily, especially on my arms, so I have been trying hard to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen all over my body. This Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face and Body has been my go-to this summer.

It’s a tad too oily for my face, but perfect for my body. It doesn’t leave that sticky texture that you find with a lot of sunscreen (which I absolutely hate), and doesn’t irritate my skin. Another summer must-have!

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6. This is my second summer using The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, and I basically can’t live without it. It is the only cream that doesn’t leave any residue on my face, actually mattifies my skin, and doesn’t irritate or break me out.

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It has a very light, gel-like texture, and feels cooling and refreshing on the skin! It absorbs very quickly, leaving your skin matte yet moisturized. As you can see, I’m almost through with this travel size. I think I’m on my 4th travel sized jar this summer!

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7. This is my favourite cheap find of the summer! I had tried an ELF blush earlier on and hated it, but this shade is amazing! The ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion is beautiful, pigmented, long-wearing, and best of all only $3! The camera doesn’t do it justice: it’s actually this bright hot pink shade that is very flattering on the cheeks! Even though it’s hot pink, it doesn’t look fake or unnatural when applied, but instead it gives you a nice flush of colour on your cheeks. The formulation and packaging is comparable to NARS blushes, of which I own a few! But it’s 10x less expensive, which makes this blush a very cost-effective option.

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8. This is the second Freeman mask that I’ve tried, and my first-ever peel-off mask! The Freeman Facial Cucumber Peel-Off Mask makes your skin feel so clean without drying it out, feels nice and cooling, and is very affordable (ranging from 2.99 – 4.99). One tube will last you for ages! You apply it and leave it on for ~10 minutes, and when you peel it off, it’s the neatest thing ever, like seeing all the gunk on your skin being peeled away, leaving your face feeling squeaky clean!

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9. The Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment is my holy grail oil control product all year round. I’ve repurchased this countless times, and even though it’s a steep price ($44 CAD), one tube will last you for a long time. It mattifies my t-zone like no other. I only use this on my nose, because that’s where I get the most oily, and I use this day and night. I can’t live without it (and believe me, I’ve tried- and failed).

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10. And of course, we can’t finish off a beauty favourites post without a lipstick! This has been the perfect summer shade for me: the Maybelline Color Whisper in Who Wore It Red-er is the perfect balance of red and pink, and instantly brightens up your complexion without being too over the top. I like my deeper reds during the Fall/winter, and more pink-ish lipsticks during the summer.

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This is a comparison of the colour in the tube vs. the colour swatched. It looks really red in the tube, but comes out a bit pinker. The formulation is very light and moisturizing, but with that being said, it doesn’t have much staying power. If you eat or drink it will definitely come off. For that reason, I prefer the Revlon balm stains or lip butters over these lipsticks in general.

I hope that I gave anyone who was looking to try out new products some inspiration, and that you enjoyed reading this post! I’m still relatively new to beauty blogging, so hopefully this was thorough and in-depth enough of a review. I hope to be doing more review-type posts in the future, so stay tuned!

My Love Affair With Coffee

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There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a coffee. I can give up a lot of things in the pursuit of health. I even gave up Starbucks (and I was the biggest addict around for years), but I can’t give up coffee. In fact, I have one on my desk right beside me as we speak.

When I was younger, my parents and peers always talked about coffee as if it was this terrible thing, and I supposed their words weren’t entirely untrue. I am now well past the *growing stage* in a human’s development, and I am still shorter than both my parents. You can thank coffee for that. I started drinking it right at the peak of my growth spurt- at age 14- and effectively stunted my growth.

14 years old, or ninth grade, was when I started staying up very late, and so I compensated for it by drinking massive amounts of caffeine. Genetically speaking, I could have grown at least another 2-3 inches, but I stupidly undermined myself without even realizing it. So if I could go back in time, I would stop myself from drinking coffee until senior year, because girls typically stop growing or slow down at that age.

For years, I was a caffeine fiend. I’d have 2-3 coffees a day when it was crunch time (or even when it wasn’t). I’d drop tons of money feeding my Starbucks addiction with pumpkin spice lattes or caramel macchiatos (while simultaneously setting myself up for diabetes, probably- I had no idea how much sugar was in those drinks). I soon became dependent on caffeine to stay awake/alert past regular school hours (ie: tutoring after school), and even when I got enough sleep, I still felt the need to grab a coffee. This continued on for a long time, from the time I started drinking coffee and into university.

In the Fall of my second year in university, I knew that I had to improve my health because my diet was terrible, I did little exercise, and I always felt tired and sluggish. So my cutting out of Starbucks and excess caffeine came with my promise to live a more healthy life. I’ll save the extra details for another time, but I had to slowly wean off of it because I was so used to having 2+ caffeinated drinks a day (ie: a latte in the morning, a small coffee in the afternoon).

Eventually, I cut out all drinks that were not coffee, plain tea, or water (which meant no more lattes). I got my intake down to one morning coffee a day, and it’s stayed that way ever since. Because while I do want to live a healthy and balanced life, life is too short for me to not enjoy the things I love most in moderation. A coffee a day never hurt anyone, and for those that didn’t know, coffee actually provides health benefits when taken in moderation. Coffee itself has almost zero calories- it’s just the cream and sugar that makes it ‘bad’.

  • Coffee may be good for your liver –  regular coffee consumption may reduce a person’s risk of certain liver disorders, lowering the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.
  • Coffee can help you burn fat and and boost your metabolism – this is the reason why caffeine is usually the primary ingredient in most over-the-counter diet supplements. While drinking coffee will not make you lose weight, it can help raise the metabolic rate and boost your athletic performance.
  • Coffee is an all-around performance booster – both physically and mentally. Best of all, it’s legal.
  • Coffee can lower your risk of diabetes – research has found that having 3-4 cups of coffee a day is correlated with a 25% lower risk in type II diabetes.
  • Coffee is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – as you age, coffee can slow down “the onset of neurodegenerative disease,” and can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 60%, and Parkinson’s of 32-60%.

So despite these health benefits, too much of a good thing can be harmful, especially if you are just starting to drink coffee and haven’t yet developed a tolerance for caffeine- even one cup can have you up half the night. Do enjoy this wondrous beverage, but enjoy in moderation, and adjust according to your body’s needs.

(Information taken from here and here.)

Perspective: Life Without Regrets

How amazing would it be to live a life free of regrets? Where you don’t look back and beat yourself up for not having done differently? To freely live out the cliche of “you only live once”?

News flash: You can. Despite all the shortcomings, the times you’ve failed, you can live a fulfilled life where you look back and say, ‘I have no regrets’.

To me, it’s all about perspective. I could go walk down memory lane and point at each “mistake” that I made, and say how I could change this and that if given the chance for a do-over. OR I could think of each mistake as a learning experience, and remind myself that if things hadn’t gone the way they had, I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today.

Each life experience has helped shape who I am. Through adversity, I learned how to stay strong and keep my eye on the prize, and to take the high road. I matured and learned to take criticism with both an open ear and a grain of salt. When disagreements arose, I’d always think of what I did wrongly before placing the blame on others.

Through each trial and tribulation, I would constantly try to better myself as a person to make me feel better. I’d pour my heart and soul into things that mattered, such as my studies, work, fitness, and spending time with those I love. And when I emerged from the tough times, I’d always bounce back stronger than before.

To be quite frank, I’m not quite at that stage where I’m happy with every single choice I’ve made in life. Because I’m not. But it’s one thing to beat yourself up for the choices you’ve made, and another to accept your decisions, know that you did the best you could in the circumstance, and label it as a lesson learned. Now you know for next time.

And letting go of regret is the most liberating feeling ever.

My Top 5 Ways to Destress and Relax

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Like most of the population, I am often prone to stress and anxiety, and suffer long days (and worse, nights) in front of a computer working or studying. As a working student, I completely understand how it feels like to be completely exhausted and drained after a long day, and never seeing the light of day because you’re always at work or school.

However, I do my best to carve out some time to relax and destress, even when I am in the midst of a crunch time. I know that it’s hard to give up even a minute or try to relax when you have deadlines coming up, but it’s crucial to keep a sound and clear mind so you can actually accomplish and do a good job at whatever you’re doing, and avoid completely burning out. Trust me, crashing from overworking yourself is so brutal, and always happens at the worst possible times (like in the middle of an exam! Yes it’s happened before).

Here are my 5 personal favourite ways to destress and unwind. They range from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on how much time I have.

  1. A face mask is my favourite quick fix way of unwinding after a long week. It feels refreshing, refines your skin, and it feels like you’re getting a spa treatment but for a fraction of the price. It takes 10-15 minutes tops, and helps to reset my mind and wind down for the night.Some of my favourites include:
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    Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask, $4.99 at London Drugs
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    skoah aha mask, $35.00 at skoah.com

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  2. Exercise. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but a good workout actually takes the tension out of my body and puts me in an instant feel-good, relaxed state post-workout, shower, and meal. It’s literally the best feeling ever as I’m relaxing in my chair after I’ve done all three. Staying active helps to keep you healthy and in shape, sharpens your cognitive abilities, and improves the quality of your sleep. all of which are especially important during crunch times.

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  3. Retail therapy. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Go ahead, treat yourself after you’ve pulled through a particularly difficult or busy period. You deserve it! I actually feel my worries melt away after a successful shopping trip. Just don’t go too crazy with that credit card!

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  4. A good book. As a bookworm, I love to read and spend time in Chapters/Indigo, but I rarely have time to do so nowadays. So when I do get the chance, say post-finals, I will curl up with a novel and escape from the real world for a couple of hours. There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book and forgetting about your own troubles for a while. If you don’t like books, watching a few episodes of your favourite TV show also helps to take your mind off things.

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  5. Music and sleep. If I’m really pressed for time and can’t do any of the above, I will at least give myself a break when I’m on my commute home or before I go to bed, put in my headphones, close my eyes, and let the tension melt away from my body. I love chatting with friends while commuting, but it’s important for me to get in some me-time and just listen to my iPod, and music helps to calm me down and lull me to sleep. No studying. No texting. Just me and my music.

These are my favourite ways to destress- there are more, but the list would go on forever. I hope that I’ve at least helped remind you that it’s okay to take a break sometimes, and that stopping what you’re doing for a few minutes to rejuvenate won’t kill you. Happy relaxing!

Why I Love Bioderma Micellaire Solution So Much

(This is my first attempt at a real product review blog post, so bear with me. I’ve reviewed tons of things on makeupalley.com, but this will be my first time writing a full review on a product.)

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This miracle in a bottle has been my obsession over the past couple of months. I first found out about it from following some European beauty bloggers on Instagram, who kept talking about it and including it in their daily routine photos. Bioderma is a French company, so it’s readily available all over Europe, but a little harder to find here in North America.

A few months ago, I noticed that Shoppers Drug Mart had a display for this product, called Sensibio H2O, in the 250 ml bottles (as well as one for oily skin called Sebium H2O). It was pretty steep, priced at $22.00 before tax, but I decided to give it a try anyways.

What this is: It is a no-rinse, gentle, yet effective cleanser and makeup remover. It looks and feels like water, and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean without drying it out.

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My most recent haul of Bioderma Sensibio H2O (travel sizes) with a free bonus gift

I was initially disappointed because it wasn’t very good at taking off my Revlon Colorstay foundation. It took tons of cotton pads to get it all off, and I didn’t like wasting so much product as it is quite expensive. I alternate between Revlon Colorstay and a much lighter pressed powder depending on how long I will be out that day, but obviously it had no trouble taking off the powder.

Even worse, it was terrible at taking off any sort of eye makeup. I don’t even wear mascara or waterproof/liquid makeup on a daily basis, but it failed to even take off pencil liner.

However, after further experimenting, I found a skincare routine that was perfect for me and Bioderma just fit right in. I had used Neutrogena makeup wipes for years to remove my makeup, and prior to using Bioderma, I -thought- it took everything off, including foundation and non-waterproof eye makeup.

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But I was wrong. I followed up on the wipes with the Bioderma solution, and lo and behold:

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What is this?!

There was still a considerable amount of makeup left of my face. I was shocked to see I hadn’t been removing my makeup properly for years. The wipes also leave a residue on my face that I always hated, so thus evolved the best and most thorough cleansing routine I’ve ever had:

Neutrogena Wipes get 90% of the makeup off, but leaves a residue.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O removes the rest in 1-2 cotton pads, gets rid of the residue and leaves my face feeling squeaky clean without stripping it of moisture, and makes my skin feel super refreshed.
I then follow up with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which further cleanses my skin and makes sure there is no dirt, oil, or makeup left on my skin.

I also use Bioderma in the morning because I am too lazy to wash my face it makes a big mess when I wash my face over the sink. It removes the oil and dirt from my face, and then I follow up with moisturizer and sunscreen.

I have noticed my skin looking considerably clearer, as before I would just skip the morning face wash altogether. Now that my makeup is completely removed at night, and I start the day with cleansed skin, my skin is thanking me for it.

I don’t think I will ever stop using it unless something better comes out, and so far, nothing quite compares to the quality and feel of this product. I just wish it were easier on the wallet.

Final verdict: If you haven’t tried this, go out to your nearest Shoppers and try it now. Right now.