Winter Skincare Routine

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Winter is a total bitch for your skin, eh?? It's only mid-February and I'm so ready for winter to be over. I don't care what Punxsutawney Phil says - this week, it's gonna be double digits in southern Ontario and I'm taking that as a sign of early spring. Unfortunately, that's more than likely a blip and I'm sure we'll be back to the regularly scheduled winter mayhem any day now. With that in mind, I thought I'd share my Canadian winter-proof skincare routine to help you guys get through this terrible cold.

STEP 1: CLEANSER

I've been recently using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser which I discovered in Florida and have since fallen into a serious love affair with. I'm not even exaggerating when I say that it made MAJOR improvements to the overall quality of my skin in like three days. After even one use, my skin is glowing. It's hella good.

STEP 2: TONER

Lately, I've been getting good use out of the Olay Oil Minimizing Clean Toner. I've had issues before with toners being too harsh and doing damage to my ever-so-sensitive skin, but this one is really gentle and doesn't cause any irritation in the slightest. What I really like about it is that it has witch hazel in it, which is a great remedy for acne. I just put a bit of this on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face after cleansing.

STEP 3: MOISTURIZER

For moisturizer, I've been using the Nivea Nourishing Day Cream during these cold winter months. It's very hydrating and as it's pretty thick in consistency, it's much better to use in the winter as opposed to the summer when you need your skin to be able to breathe in the heat. It has really done battle with the dryness that I usually struggle with during the winter and for that, I've been extremely grateful!!!

EXTRA STEP: FACE MASK

Using a face mask in the winter is crucial. It gets all the dead dry skin out of your skin so that it's not clogging up your pores, and also really refreshes your skin. I've personally been loving the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin, which I received as a gift this Christmas. I have never come across a face mask so nourishing and cleansing before. Use this a couple times a week during the winter and you'll def see your skin looking amazing in no time!

Here's hoping for a very early spring!

Felicia x

Treat Yo' Self

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Hello everybody and welcome back! As you may have noticed, I have been MIA all week. I'm so sorry for my absence, I've been fighting off a cold all week and with that plus everyday life plus planning for our Christmas party tonight... I didn't have much time - or energy, for that matter - to post on my regular schedule. But I'm back, and I've got a special pampering post for you all today! Doesn't everyone love a good night in? I know I do. There's nothing better to prepare you for a week, or to relax you after a stressful one, than a rejuvenating evening of doing nothing but unwinding and overindulging. If you're looking to plan a pampering evening of your own sometime soon, here are some of my favourite things to do to inspire you!

A CUP OF HOT COCOA

First and foremost, I always love indulging in a cup of steaming hot cocoa whenever I need a little pick-me-up. Recently I have been loving Coffee Crisp-flavoured hot cocoa, which is absolutely to die for. I usually make my hot cocoa with milk and mini marshmallows on top, and I always put it in a super cute mug.

HAVE A SOAK IN A BATH

I used to be super opposed to the idea of bathing. I was pretty vocal about my dislike until I discovered Lush bath bombs. Now I've started having baths, I'll never look back. Though I do still prefer showering over bathing, I do enjoy a bath every now and then for a pampering evening. Bath bombs are so lovely. I love watching them melt and spin in the water, turning the colour pretty colours. The scent is phenomenal. And they make my skin feel ever-so-soft. Ones I love are Sex Bomb, Twilightand Butterball

FACE MASK

Once I've hopped out of the bath and put on a pair of comfy pyjamas, I immediately wash my face. It makes me feel so clean and refreshed. Once I've washed my face, I love to put a face mask on. My favourite face mask of all time is the L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Cleansing MaskIt makes my skin glow, honestly. I love how my skin feels and looks afterwards. Long-term, I have noticed major improvements after using this mask and so it is perfect for my pampering evening.

PAINTING MY NAILS

I think we can all agree that no girly pampering evening is complete without painting your nails - am I right?? I love painting my nails. Looking down and seeing freshly painted nails, as opposed to crap chipped nail polish, is soo lovely. I feel more put together when I've got my nails done. My favourite nail polishes at the moment are the Essie "With the Band"and"Comfy in Cashmere"

PLOPPING DOWN IN FRONT OF A FILM

Netflix is my BFF on my pampering evenings. If you know anything about me, you'll know that there's not much I love more than cuddling beneath a thick blanket with my favourite film on the tv. So, obviously, this is a huge component of what I consider to be a chill night in. Some of my favourite films to watch on these kinda nights are Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Mamma Mia. 

LUSH "SLEEPY" LOTION

The very last step of my pampering evening, when it's time to head to bed, is to apply the Lush Sleepy Lotion, my new favourite body lotion. I talked about this lotion in my Bedside Essentials post a little bit. Safe to say, it's one of my holy grail products. After a night of spoiling myself, I'm ready for a great night's sleep - and this lotion definitely helps with that. Once I'm all lathered up, I wrap myself up in my big comforter and drift off to sleep.. zzzzz....

What do you do on a pamper night-in?

Felicia x

Autumn Berry Makeup Look

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Happy Halloween everybody!! Whether you're spending the holiday at a costume party, or sitting at home eating sweets, I hope you have a great night! Myself and my family will be handing out candy to the kids in our neighbourhood while eating chocolates and watching films. Today I want to do a quick post, going over one of my favourite autumn makeup looks. It's a berry/rosy kinda look, which is very flattering but also ever-so-simple to replicate, especially if you're rushing off in the morning to work or to class.

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To prep my face, I use theAveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, after washing my face with either the Olay Clearly Clean Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Scrub or the Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser. Once my face is prepped, I go in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, basically anywhere that I need to conceal any redness or blemishes. I blend that out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush and then move onto my eyebrows.

For my eyebrows, I've lately been using the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit with the e.l.f. Eyebrow Duo Brush. I use light strokes, following the shape of my eyebrows and the directions of my eyebrow hairs, and then I brush the product through with the little spoolie. Once I've finished, I go back in with the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and apply it below and above my eyebrows, blending it out with a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.

For my eyes, I've been using the Too Faced Natural Love Palette a lot recently, as I think the colours are very autumnal. I blend the colour Honey Butter, which is a neutral pink, in my crease - then I blend the burgundy-coloured Makeup & Chill into the outer corner of each eye. I finish off with applying Honeymoon all over my lid to give my eye that extra pop. If I have time, I'll do a cat-eye flick with my eyeliner, using the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Waterproof Eyeliner. Once I've finished my eyeliner, I complete the look with my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara on my upper lashes.

For my face, I use the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, which I apply all over my face using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I set my foundation with Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder, and then apply the contour shade of the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit to the contours of my cheeks. Lastly, I apply Dripping in Gold from the Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Glow Kit to my cheekbones.

The very last step is applying my lipstick. I typically opt for the Colourpop's Lovebug Ultra Matte Lip, as it's a perfect burgundy shade for this season, and for this look.

Felicia x