January Favourites

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New year, new opportunity to try to remember to post monthly favourites! I always love writing up these favourites posts, but I find it so hard to remember to post one at the end of each and every month. My brain is so wrapped up in uni mode that I often neglect my blog :( But here’s to turning over a new leaf and making more of an effort with my blog!!

With that being said, here are my favourite things from January!

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Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter [Shampoo // Conditioner]

Oh my goodness. This shampoo & conditioner set is truly to die for. I was in the market for a new shampoo and conditioner as I was pretty disillusioned with the one I was using before. I picked up this Marc Anthony duo on a whim, as I knew that Marc Anthony was a good brand (fun fact: my dad went to school with Marc Anthony himself!). It’s soo nice!! It makes my hair so soft and hydrated, and the scent reminds me so much of a tropical holiday! In other words, it’s a very strong coconut scent. If you don’t love heavy scents in your hair products, steer away from this bc it’s powerful haha. But the coconut scent is what makes me love it!

Bath & Body Works Comfort Body Butter [Similar: Body Cream]

If I could smell like Bath & Body Works’ Comfort scent 24/7, I would. Is there a way to make that happen that doesn’t involve going through ten tubs of body butter per month?! This Comfort scent is part of Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy line (which I absolutely love btw) and its fragrance is a combination of vanilla and patchouli essential oil. I think it’s an unusual but also really nice scent that isn’t too overpowering at all. Plus, the body butter is very hydrating on the skin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem they’re selling it online anymore (I got mine in the semi-annual sale) but I’m sure the body lotion version - which I’ve linked - is very similar!

Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Body Cream [Body Cream]

Surprise, surprise, yet another thing from the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy line!! I really love the Stress Relief scent so so much. The eucalyptus is lovely and genuinely soothes my anxiety. I’ve got this scent in a million different versions - soaps, wallflowers, sprays, you name it - but I find this body cream is one of my favs. It’s also very moisturizing!! And I got it for like $4 at the semi-annual sale this Christmas so I simply couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to buy it ;)

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash with Soothing Oat & Coconut [Body Wash]

This favourite of mine was actually a complete fluke! My boyfriend went to the store to pick up a few things and I asked him to pick up the Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash. I typically use the fragrance free one as I have super sensitive skin, so I like to be careful with washing. But he accidentally picked up the coconut one and can I just say I am absolutely in love with it?! It’s completely added to my coconut scent obsession!! I find it doesn’t irritate my skin at all, so the skin relief part is still useful. But it just adds a lovely scent to my skin - so it’s a bonus!

The History Chicks Podcast [Website]

Unlike the rest of the world, I’ve not been totally obsessed with podcasts these past few years. For me, I’m very much a visual sort of person so I find that while listening to audiobooks or podcasts, my mind often wanders off as I get bored of listening. However, the one exception to the rule is The History Chicks podcast! I’ve been listening to this podcast on-and-off for the past year or so, and I’ve recently fallen back in love with it! It’s very simple - two women sit down and chronologically discuss the lives of prominent women, real or not, in history. Being a massive history fanatic, especially when it comes to women’s history, this is right up my alley! Personal favourite episodes include Jane Austen, Marie Antoinette, and Mary, Queen of Scots - because those are my fav historical women. However, there are hundreds to browse through and listen to!

Game of Thrones

I know I’m so late to the party, but I very recently started watching Game of Thrones and I’ve been loving it. Totally see what all the buzz has been about these last, what, 8 years lol. But whatever it’s all good!! I basically binge-watched the entirety of the available seasons in January alone, getting all the way up to the end of season 5. I’m v excited to see what the next two available seasons have in store and even more so what the final season has to offer! I’m pretty bummed that I’ll have watched all of Game of Thrones in just a few short months though… Feels like I missed out on the journey a little bit! If anyone’s wondering, my fav characters so far are Daenerys and Tyrion!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Broadway Musical Soundtrack

It somehow managed to slip my knowledge that The Hunchback of Notre Dame had been turned into a Broadway musical at some point… How?! I absolutely love Hunchback, and always have, ever since I was a kid. And I adore musical theatre, if you hadn’t already guessed that. So I had to check out the Hunchback Broadway soundtrack and BOY am I glad I did!!! The OBC is incredible and although I highly doubt it’ll happen, I would be extremely grateful if they cast Michael Arden as Quasimodo in the upcoming Hunchback of Notre Dame live action adaptation.

So that’s all for this month! Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my little favourite bits and bobs of the month!

Felicia x

Blogmas 2018 Day Nine: Winter Skincare Routine

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Winter can be real nasty when it comes to skin.

That dry, frigid air just loves to suck every ounce of moisture out of your skin until you’re all dry and flaky and gross. Blegh. I hate it.

When it comes to skincare, my routine changes up a bit during this season to reflect the beast that is Canadian winter. I try to keep my routine light and moisturizing, as opposed to using products that will dry out my skin even more. Today I thought I’d run through my routine with you guys, to give you an idea of the process I typically go through to keep my skin refreshed throughout the bitter cold months!

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My morning and nighttime routines are very similar, aside from the fact that in the night, I have to go through the process of removing my makeup.

In the morning, I start off with washing my face with the La Roche-Posay Toleraine Purifying Cleanser. It’s a gentle, light cleanser that doesn’t dry out my skin or strip my skin of its natural oils, which is really nice. It’s also got a very light scent to it that’s not very overpowering but is still refreshing. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to produce this particular product anymore (booooo) but I’m sure the other Toleraine products are just as nice! Once I’ve washed my face, I’ll use my Lush Eau Roma Toner. I absolutely love Lush products as they’re natural and I feel like you can find a product for any type of skin concern. This is a rosewater toner made specifically for mature, sensitive or dry skin, so it’s perfect for this season. I’ll spritz it a couple times over my face and then remove the excess with a cotton pad. Finally, I’ll moisturize my face with my Olay Active Hydrating Face Moisturizer. This has a lovely scent and is soooo moisturizing!! Whenever I put it on, I can feel the life coming back to my skin to be honest. Once I’ve rubbed this into my face and neck, I’m ready to go!

In the night, I basically follow the same process, but with an additional step for makeup removing and a couple different products. To start, I remove my eye makeup with the Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover. I just pop a bit of this onto a cotton pad and wipe off my eye makeup, including my mascara. This is actually quite gentle which was surprising to me when I started using it - as a long time ago, when I first started makeup, I used a similar product that really irritated my eyes. It does a really great job of removing mascara as well, which is always tricky business. Once I’ve got all my eye makeup off, I’ll start on my face. To remove my makeup and cleanse my skin, I’ll do a double-cleanse to get all the gunk out. For this, I use the Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk. I LOVE this cleanser!!! It’s so so gentle and refreshing, plus it has a wonderful scent. I've read a few reviews before on this product and they’re mixed on whether it removes makeup or not - I think it really has to do with how much/how heavy your makeup is. For someone who’s makeup use is on the lighter side, it works perfectly. Again, that’s not including my eye makeup. Once I’ve cleansed my face twice, I move onto toner. In the night, I use my Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I’m sure y’all have heard about this before as it’s one of the most raved about toners out there, second only to the Mario Badescu one. I only use this at nighttime during the colder months as I feel like it’s a bit more heavy-duty than my Lush toner, so I’d rather not have to go out in the blistering cold after applying it. I just a squirt a teeny bit of this onto a cotton pad and wipe it over my face. Finally, I finish off with Bio-Oil. I think I’ve probably talked about Bio-Oil on my blog about a thousand times already. Essentially, it’s a vitamin-rich scar and stretch mark oil. It works magic as a skincare product, especially if you - like myself - have some acne or acne scarring. It’s honestly almost eradicated my acne scars.

Every now and then, I’ll do a face mask to fully cleanse my skin and unclog my pores. My favourite face mask product is the Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask. It’s an absolute god send. My skin is left feeling so clean and refreshed after I use it. I really recommend this if you’re looking for a really deep-cleansing face mask.

And that’s it! What is your go-to skincare product in the winter?

Felicia x

To view a list of all my Blogmas posts, click here.

Recent Favourites

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Hello everybody! How are you all on this lovely afternoon?

I’ve been having the hardest time keeping up with my blog schedule now that I’ve started up with classes. I haven’t really ever had to juggle the two, as I picked up my blogging around the time that I left school… So that’s definitely been an adjustment! But here I am, with a new post, finally. Today I’m wrapping up all my beauty (and miscellaneous) favourites of the past couple months. There have been definitely been quite a few of those and since I haven’t done a ‘monthly favourites’ in awhile, I thought that this would be a great way to combine them all :)

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Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk - $15.75 CAD [x]

Early last week, I decided that I wanted to treat myself to a little pick-me-up so I stopped at my local drugstore to do some poking around. I ended up finding this lovely Soap & Glory cleansing milk. I've been a fan of Soap & Glory since my high school days but I haven't bought anything of theirs in a long time. When I found this, I knew I needed to give it a go. It's got a lovely scent and every time I've used it, it's left my skin feeling refreshed and looking glowy af! 

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Creamy Hair Butter - $11.80 CAD [x]

I've been using the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil for years now and have absolutely loved how it makes my hair look and feel. So when I came across this hair butter, I thought I'd give it a try. I've never tried a hair butter before but I've been really enjoying it so far! The cool thing about this product is that it can be used in two different ways: as an in-shower rinse out or as a leave-in conditioner. I've only used it as a rinse out so far, but I'm excited to try it as a leave-in too! After my shower, it left my hair so much more hydrated and tangle-free than usual. Plus, it smells divine. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove - $13.13 CAD [x]

Washing makeup brushes is such a chore, isn't it? I always dread when it's time to go through the process of individually cleaning my brushes (I've got quite a few by now). Which is why I bought this cleaning glove from e.l.f.! With all the different ridges across it, all you have to do is lather the makeup brush cleaner (or baby shampoo, in my case) and this bad boy does most of the work for you! Honestly, my brushes have never been so clean so quick before.

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette - $55.00 CAD [x]

Y’all already know how much I love my peaches - and my peachy toned shadows. So it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that one of my recent favourites is the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette! I have already been in a deep love affair with the Sweet Peach palette they released a couple years back, but when I popped into Sephora this summer for the first time in a long time, I couldn’t leave without this baby. The shades are absolutely beautiful and so versatile. I think they’re perfect for autumn.

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 Attmu Classic Rubber Transparent Hot Water Bottle - $10.99 USD [x]

I bought this when I was in Florida this summer and it's easily become one of my favourite products of the year (possibly of my life?). All summer, I've been suffering with fairly unbearable back and neck pain, so much so that at times, I was up all night in pain. Nothing was working to help and I was getting frustrated. I went on Amazon and after a quick search, I found this hot water bottle. IT'S A LIFE SAVER. All you do is fill the water bottle with hot water from a kettle and twist on the cap and voila! It keeps the water hot for hours and even with the sweater cover on, you can really feel the heat. 

Yankee Candle Macintosh Car Jar - $6.00 [x]

I’ve been completely obsessed with car fresheners as of late, and this Yankee Candle one is my current fave. This lovely scent hangs in a small plastic jar off your rearview mirror. The scent, Macintosh, smells sooo strongly of apples which I absolutely adore and think is perfect for the upcoming autumn season. I really find that the Car Jar produces the strongest scent, in comparison to the car vent clips (which I’ve also used) but that’s just my personal opinion!

The Fosters [Available on Netflix]

As always, I have to mention a tv show in my favourites. Recently, I've been really enjoying the show The Fosters. I have always seen commercials for this show on Freeform whenever I was in the US but I never really thought much about it. Finally, after hearing so much about it, especially with Noah Centineo becoming so popular lately, I thought I'd start it. It's about a police officer, Stef, and her partner, Lena, and their large, blended family comprised of Stef's biological son and a pair of twins that the couple adopted when they were children. Things start to change when they take in a foster child, Callie, who's recently been in juvie, and her younger brother, Jude. Y'all know how much I love me a good family drama and this one definitely fits the bill! 

What have you guys been loving lately?

Felicia x

Beauty + Skincare Haul

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Seeing as I forgot to post on Wednesday (I'm on vacay time *shrugs*), I thought I'd sneak in a lil special post today to make up for it! 

Ever since I've arrived in Florida, which was only just under a week ago, I have visited Target twice. Twice. Let me repeat that for those who didn't hear. T W I C E. I'll also disclose that there is no Target under 30 mins away. So it's a trek. But it's worth it. 

I love shopping in the U.S. as there are so many things here that we can't get in Canada (or things that are cheaper there than back home...) so it's like a totally different experience. I love poking around the beauty departments of different stores, checking out what sorts of things they've got in stock that we don't have back home or stuff that we just don't see a lot of. With that comes a lot of splurging, I'll be honest. So, from my over-excessive purchasing, I thought I'd do a bit of a haul post of the beauty and skincare items that I've picked up over the last few days! 

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The first few things I purchased came from, you guessed it, Target. My beloved. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Contour Brush [x] - Having a little look around the e.l.f. display at Target, I found that they have a lot more brushes available in store than we typically get at my small town drugstore back home. So, I treated myself to this snazzy contour brush which was only $6 usd. I love me a good, inexpensive e.l.f. brush and this was just the sort of thing I needed. 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyelash Curler [x] - This eyelash curler was only $2 usd!!!! Can you believe that? I knew that I needed a new eyelash curler and was dreading buying one because I didn't want to spend the $10 on one (I know, I can be weirdly frugal sometimes). But at just $2, there was no buyer's remorse here! 

E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit in Medium [x] - Of course, I had to repurchase this fab eyebrow kit. I've talked about this over, and over again. I'd started to run out of this just before I arrived in Florida, so I definitely had to go pick this up. The kit costs $3 usd.

E.l.f. Cosmetics Kabuki Face Brush [x] - I've always wanted a kabuki brush, but had never come across one I liked and couldn't be bothered to order one online from e.l.f., so seeing this at Target made my day! I love how multi-purposeful this brush is, and also how compact it is as well. This brush cost $5.49 usd.

NYX Matte Bronzer in Medium [x] - I was in the market for a new bronzer, one of a darker shade, now that I'll be getting a tan (hopefully soon). This one is just lovely. It's a matte bronzer, which is perfect as shimmer would not look great mixed with sweat which is pretty inevitable in Florida. This bronzer set me back $6.29 usd. 

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold [x] - I picked this highlighter up sort of on a whim, after briefly hearing someone rave about it on Twitter. I've already used it and I actually LOVE it!! It's so vibrant and gorgeous. I feel like a sun goddess whenever I wear it hahaha. This bad boy cost $7.49 usd.

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The second, and last stop, I made for purchases was at Ulta Beauty, the American cosmetics shop. 

Not Your Mother's She's A Tease Volumizing Hairspray [x] - I've already purchased this a few times before - as I'm sure you remember, I've raved about Not Your Mother's products time and time again. I was in desperate need of a hairspray after facing the horror of humidity once again, so I picked up this lovely hairspray which cost $7 usd. 

Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Skin-Calming Gel Mask [x] - A few weeks ago, I saw a girl post her skincare routine on Twitter and she included a handful of Formula 10.0.6 products. Seeing how lovely her skin was, I definitely had to try this brand out! This was the first thing I picked up - a lovely coconut and cucumber gel mask. I looked at some of the peel-off masks, but frankly, they sort of scare me, lol. This mask cost $7 usd.

Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector [x]The other Formula 10.0.6 item I picked up was the P.M. Perfector. I really wanted to find a new nighttime face cream, so I thought I'd try this one. It's got blackcurrant and licorice in it (??) which is kind of odd but I'm hoping it's not too bizarre of a scent! This nighttime cream set me back $9 usd. 

And that's all for now! I'm very excited to try out all these lovely bits of skincare and beauty products, and I'm hoping they live up to my expectations! 

What new products have you guys tried recently?

Felicia x

 

Empties

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How is it that I've been writing for this blog for this long and yet I've never made an empties post?? I love reading empties posts by other bloggers. Mostly because I'm nosy af. But hey, who isn't! It's always cool to see what products other bloggers have been using and what they thought of it after using it the whole way through. Soooo today I'm going to do a post of my own!

NEUTROGENA NIGHT CALMING MAKEUP REMOVER CLEANSING TOWELETTES - I've been using Neutrogena's makeup remover wipes for a while now, but this was my first time purchasing the 'night calming' ones. I actually liked them better than the original ones!! They have a really lovely scent, which is supposed to help you sleep but it's debatable whether or not it actually works, haha. Neutrogena is by far my fav brand when it comes to makeup removing wipes as they're really gentle on sensitive skin but clean off makeup really thoroughly. I'll def be buying these again!!

MAYBELLINE BABY SKIN INSTANT PORE ERASER PRIMER - I picked this up on a whim a while back and ended up actually really liking it! It's not something I'd use for heavy duty makeup or if I was trying to make my makeup last for several hours. But for casual, day-to-day use, I think it works pretty well! It definitely made my skin feel really soft and smooth, so that was cool. And the bottle looks so tiny, but it holds a shocking amount of product in there. I kept thinking that it was nearly empty but it held up for a while yet.

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA - My go-to mascara!! I just picked up a replacement for this bad boy, as I simply cannot be without it. I've been using this for a long time and I talked about it recently in my Holy Grail Beauty Products post (x). I just love it. I'll probably be repurchasing this over and over again for the foreseeable future.

GARNIER MICELLAR WATER FOR OILY SKIN - This has been sitting near-empty in my makeup drawer for wayyyy too long. So it's time to part ways with this. I was really into the Micellar water trend for a while, particularly during the spring and summer seasons of last year. But I don't know, it just doesn't do it for me anymore. I'm over it. Won't be repurchasing this again. Neutrogena wipes have my heart, sorry micellar water!!

What products have you used up entirely? 

Felicia x

February Favourites

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Another month, another bunch of favourite products to share with you guys!! I'm v excited to share these with you guys, as I've had a pretty successful month in terms of trying out new products. The first product I've been loving in February is the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo. Good gracious, that's a mouthful. I've owned this dry shampoo before, but not since they updated it and added on the "tapioca". They also changed the scent, which is pretty cool because although I did like the original scent, I am seriously obsessed with the new Warm Sugar scent. This dry shampoo leaves no white residue and does such a great job at freshening up second-day hair.

Another hair care product I've been unable to live without recently is the Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Trio. This includes the Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Shampoo, Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Conditioner, and Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Guard Post Colour Sealer. These three in-shower products are meant to be used together to keep your colour-treated hair stay looking fresh out of the salon for as long as possible. They're all SLS and SLES free, which is really important, and they smell pretty amazing. Since I've started using these, I've actually noticed a difference in both the vibrancy and the overall quality of my hair!!

I know I only picked this up quite recently, but I have fallen head over heels in love with the Lush Eau Roma Water toner that I featured in my haul post. I've been using this twice daily since I bought it, in the morning and before I head to bed, and I swear it's already made a visible difference to my skin! My skin has already been getting close to clearing up (thank Jesus) but this has only sped up the process even more. It's very gentle on the skin and quite refreshing. Two thumbs up on this one.

Moving onto non-beauty related products... I've recently been taking steps to become more mindful and positive, to help with my anxiety, and something that's really been helping me with that is the 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. This is a sort of guided journal where you follow weekly prompts for list-making which help to bring balance into your life. I've only been using it now a few weeks, but I'm loving it so far! Not only is it super helpful, but the journal itself is beautiful with its hardcover bounding, and gorgeous photos and illustrations on every page.

Definitely a more random favourite of mine lately has been Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins. These were the candies I always reached for at the movie theatre when I was a kid. Recently, I got such a craving for these bad boys, so my mum picked them out for me one day while she was out and I've since been in heaven.

Last, but certainly not least, is the beloved Disney film, Lady and the Tramp. This was one of my all-time favourite films as a kid because it's a film about DOGS. How can you not love it? Lady is just the sweetest little thing ever. Disney recently released this from the vault and I picked it up on it's release day. I went all the way out to the mall - which is 30 mins away - then all the way to Walmart - which is another 20 mins away from the mall - where I finally found it!! Thank god. Haha

What products have you guys been loving lately?

Felicia x

Mini Homeware, Bath + Clothing Haul

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Looking back on the history of this blog, I am fairly certain that I have never written a haul blog post. Isn't that crazy??? I mean, I rarely have the money to buy myself that many things anyway, so I guess it's not that much of a surprise lol but still!!! Today, however, I've got a mini haul post to share with you all after taking a successful trip down to the mall.

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The first thing I picked up were these candle holders from Bath & Body Works. My mum and I have been on the hunt for candle holders for about a month or so, as we needed a lil something to decorate the mantlepiece and these were just perfect!! They easily fit Bath & Body Works candles, as well as candles from other brands that are the same size. Definitely a nice addition to our living room.

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Next up, I grabbed these Ultra High Rise Jeggings from Garage. I promise they're different shades of blue!!! Garage jeans are by far my fav for two reasons: 1) they're SUPER high-waisted which I find flatters me way better than low-rise jeans and 2) they're stretchy and crazy comfortable. They were actually having a BOGO 50% off sale, so it was the perf time to buy some new jeans which I needed so badly.

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My last purchases were from Lush. The first thing I picked up was the Pink Bath Bomb, which is shimmery and has a wonderful candy & vanilla scent. Kinda worried about the shimmer, just because I don't want the sparkles clinging to my tub, but hopefully it will be ok. I seriously cannot wait to hop into a bath and just soak in this!!! I also grabbed the Eau Roma Water, which I've heard a lot about and have been dying to try out. It's a toner with rose water and lavender in it, which is geared towards 'mature, sensitive or dry skin' which is perf for me. I'm v excited to give this a try!

Have you tried any of these products before? Lemme know in the comments!

Felicia x

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

What I Got For Christmas (+ Life Update)

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Hello everybody! Merry Christmas to you! I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday with your family and your loved ones. I love to read other people's 'What I Got for Christmas' posts. I don't know about you, but there's something so lovely about hearing people so excited to share what they were gifted. I know that some people find these posts to be braggy, but I don't think that at all. I love haul posts, and why should these kind of posts be any different? I def don't want to come off as a 'show off' or anything. I am genuinely so grateful for everything that everyone gifted me. I have the most generous, kind, giving family and boyfriend ever - not to brag or anything haha. If you're as nosy as I am about what others receive for Christmas, then keep reading to hear about some of the things I was gifted this holiday season!

Kate Spade Cameron Street Perforated Large Lanemy boyfriend gifted me this beautiful red-wine-coloured Kate Spade purse. I'm in love! It's the perfect size for day-to-day outings (shopping, going out for coffee, etc.) and I love that it has a shoulder strap. I especially love the perforated rose decal on the purse's exterior. My parents also gifted me the matching wallet so now I feel very put together when I'm out and about!

Soap and Glory The Righteous ButterI mentioned my love for The Righteous Butter back in my September Favourites post. I won't go too much into this one since I've already done so in my favourites post. My parents slipped this into my stocking this year and I was so jazzed when I found it in there! Haha. I already have a tub of this, but I asked for another so that I wouldn't run out anytime soon.

Funko PopsI got a ton of Funko Pops this Christmas. I've been making a list of them that I want to collect for months now and I've already got a whole set-up planned out in my head, so I'm glad to finally have some to get started with! I received Belle (Beauty and the Beast 2017), Maui (Moana),Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks), Lorelai Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), Rory Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), and Sookie St. James(Gilmore Girls). I have a lot of organizing to do!

Juniper BooksIf you've never heard of Juniper Books before, you're missing out. Juniper sells custom books and collections - essentially hardcover books with beautiful front covers and dust jackets. I fell in love with them earlier this year and received a bunch from my boyfriend for my birthday. But this holiday, my parents bought me three Charles Dickens books - Great Expectations, Bleak House, and A Tale of Two Cities from the Make Your Own Literary Classics set.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem SkinI am very very very excited to use this product! I have heard really good things about this face mask and Origins as a brand. You may know through previous posts that I have been having some pretty substantial issues with my skin as of late.... in short, my skin and I are not simpatico at the moment. Hopefully, this mask comes to the rescue!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing PowderI just love Too Faced's peach products. Don't we all? The Sweet Peach palette is something I constantly reach for in my makeup drawer, and now I'm excited to add this powder to my collection. I've already used this a couple of times and I absolutely love it.

I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I received this year. My parents have always been very generous with their gift-giving and I am so glad that I'm old enough to give back to them every Christmas season - with gifts bigger than 'DIY soup in a jar' (yup, my parents received that about 11 years ago - be jelly).

On another note, I thought I'd quickly update all of you on what's going on in my little world. Posts are going to be more disorganized for the next couple weeks as I am currently on vacay with my parents and my boyfriend in Orlando, Florida! I'm trying to write out some posts while I have a free moment, but obviously, it's been go-go-go ever since we touched down in Orlando on Christmas and I can't keep up like I usually can. I will write up some posts on what I've gotten up to and hopefully upload those soon... It's moments like these that make me wonder if I should start posting again on my YouTube channel.....

I'll def see you guys before the New Year but until then, have a wonderful holiday break!

P.S. I'd love to hear what you guys got for Christmas! Lemme know in the comments :)

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

Bedside Essentials

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I'm a total night owl. Waking up in the morning for me is absolute hell, but that's probably because I'm up until 3-4am the night before. It takes soo much to get me to fall asleep at a decent time so when I find out I have to be up super early the next morning, I have a whole system to coax me to sleep. With this comes a collection of products/items that I cannot live without, which permanently reside on my bedside table.

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A book

If I'm having trouble falling asleep, one of the only things that can help me get tired. (On the other hand, I also sometimes stay up all night to finish a book... but anyway). Currently, I'm reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven at night. I can only read young adults novels at night. I find any other genre keeps me wired, as I'm too enthralled in the novel.

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Nighttime Face Cream

Nighttime skincare is so important as I'm sure you know and I'm sure I've said about a billion times. I have been using the e.l.f Nourishing Night Cream since the beginning of the summer and it feels so lovely on. The scent is also very relaxing which def helps me calm down at night.

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray

This is more aimed towards stress/anxiety, but I find it is also very soothing and useful for the issue of insomnia. You just spray two bursts of this in your room, perhaps over your bedding, and let it work it's magic. It seriously does wonders for me.

Lush Sleepy Lotion

This is a new purchase for me but it definitely deserves to be on this list. I've only used it once but I'm already super impressed. You've probably heard already heard of this lovely product and the rave reviews it's gotten from people with insomnia, anxiety, and chronic illnesses. It works so quickly to help you sleep naturally. Not to mention it makes your skin feel so freaking soft. Thank you, Lush!!

What essentials do you keep close to your bed?

Felicia x

October Favourites

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Is it really almost the end of October?! This month whipped right past me. And truthfully, I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to... But, oh well! There's always next month. And November means that Christmas is right around the corner!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am for the Christmas season this year. My December is jam-packed with fun things, and my mum and I have already started purchasing some decorations for our first Christmas in the new house. Anyway, I'm getting distracted haha. What I'm really here to talk about today are my monthly favourites! I have quite a few favourites to go over this month and I'm very excited to share them all, so let's just jump right in.

The first thing I've been loving this month is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. I purchased a tube of this liquid lipstick in the shade Kitten Heels in an order from one of my favourite online shops, Lulu's, and after the very first experimental use, I fell in love with it. I already own one of these lipsticks in Life's a Beach, which I leave in Florida as it's a coral that looks best with a tan. So I was happy to add another one to my collection, this time in a gorgeous bright red shade. I have loved wearing this with darker clothing, primarily the black turtleneck I purchased at the same time from Lulu's (don't you love when things work out like that?) as I find the contrasting dark-clothes-bright-lips combo is very flattering. It's not a terribly drying lipstick, either, which I obviously like.

Continuing on with make-up, I've found that I've often been reaching for the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner. Wow. That's a mouthful.I received this a long time ago in an Ipsy bag but kinda forgot about it for awhile and recently we have become reacquainted. It's been awhile since I consistently wore a winged eyeliner look, which used to be the only make-up look I ever wore back in high school. But lately, I've been "winging it" more often (haha) and I've been using the Skone eyeliner to do so. I have recently fallen out of love with former go-to eyeliner, the Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner (again, a long title), for a number of reasons, but mostly because it doesn't make a very dark line no matter how black the shade of liner is. But this Skone liner goes on very dark and stays on very dark, thankfully. So I think this one will stay in my day-to-day makeup look from now on.

Moving onto skincare, I've probably mentioned this product before, this is the Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil. It's a product used primarily for stretchmarks, scars of any kind, uneven skin tone, aging, and dehydrated skin. I have been using this on my acne and minimal acne scarring for awhile now and I've really started to see an improvement this month. I have a cluster of spots on the side of my face and some scattered elsewhere, so I just take a bit of this oil and rub it in all over my face. It makes your skin look and feel a bit oily so it's best used at night before bed or when you're sure you'll be staying-in, but once it soaks in, it's like magic. Obviously, it doesn't work overnight, but it does make a difference over time and I'm okay with waiting as long as it works!

Jumping over to haircare products, the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Treatment has been my bff this month. I used this religiously when I lived in my old house, but when I moved, it got misplaced and I never went out to buy a new one for reasons unknown. So I dealt with my frizzy, poofy hair for months. But, luckily, I found it at the bottom of my haircare bin in my bathroom earlier this month. I'm a happy gal. This argan oil is used in a few pumps on either dry or damp hair, as a styling product, or before bed as a treatment. It honestly does wonders for my very dry ends. My hair looks silky, even the day after using it. I don't know how I lived for a few months without it!

Now, moving onto a bit more random, non-beauty-related things I've been in love with in October...

This month, I received my brand new iPhone 8+ in the mail and I'm in love with it. Coming from an iPhone 6, it's been a huge adjustment, but totally worth it. The camera is to die for, and the new features are an absolute bonus. But, aside from just the phone, I received my new case for the 8+ in the mail, and it's BEAUTIFUL. It is the Casetify iPhone 8 Plus Castle Classic Grip Case. It's see-through on the back, with a bubblegum pink exterior and a beautiful image of a castle on the back. Usually, when buying a new phone case, I go onto Amazon and pick out a cheap, cute case. But this time, I saw this gorgeous case while browsing Casetify's site and had to have it. It totally screams Cinderella's Castle in Disney World (pretty sure that's what they intended) and since Disney is so important to me, I thought there was no better case out there for me. SOOO I dropped nearly $50 Canadian on it... Yikes. But so worth it.

Another random online purchase I received in the mail this month was Catherine Mason's "I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore" Coffee Cozy. If you're not familiar with coffee cozies, you're probably not alone. I came across the concept when I was browsing the hundreds of accounts I follow through my Disney account on Instagram. A ton of people seemed to be taking photos of their coffee mugs around the parks with cute Disney-themed crochet cupholders. I clicked a link on one of the pictures, which brought me to an Instagram account and eventually to a website-shop, where I found this beauty. Am I obsessed with Gilmore girls? Yes. Do I love coffee? Yes. So, I decided this coffee cozy had to be mine. I ordered it back in July but unfortunately, with making the product and shipping it out, I didn't recieve it until a couple weeks ago. But it's here!! And I love it. I use it whenever I grab a Starbucks or a Tim's. My dad thinks it's ridiculous haha, but I just think it's so cute.

Lastly, this is something both my boyfriend and I have been loving, and that is The Office. I mentioned in last week's Friday Thoughtspost that my boyfriend and I have been watching this lately. But when I said watching, I meant bingeing. And by bingeing, I mean we watch it every night before bed. It's such a funny show and it's lovely to get tucked into bed in our pjs, wrap up into plush blankets, and throw on an episode (or three) of The Office before we call it a night. I'd say my favourite character is probably Pam, but I find everyone hilarious (except Andy ugh I hate Andy lol) especially Dwight. And yes, obviously my boyfriend and I are praying to god that Pam and Jim get together because that's meant to be.

So, there ya have it! Those are all the things I've been obsessed with in October. I hope you all enjoyed reading. Let me know in the comments if you're also a superfan of The Office haha.

Have a great week, everyone!

Felicia x

September Favourites

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I know it is so typical of me to say this, but I can't believe it's September. Where did the month go?! The days completely slipped past me and before I realized it, the month was gone. Just like that. It's been such a busy month, what with returning to school and jumping back into a daily schedule after four months of living my days spontaneously. Because I've put myself on a tragically tight budget so I can save up money for a Disney trip in the new year, I have been very frugal in the spending department. However, there are a few items I've recently purchased, plus some older goodies which I have been just loving this past month.

For some reason, the past month has been the worst in terms of my skin health. My face has completely broken out in blemishes and it's been bringing me down. Fortunately, the only thing keeping me sane has been the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It is probably one of my favourite moisturizers, ever. It contains salicylic acid, the ingredient which is used to clear acne, plus it is hypoallergenic so my sensitive skin doesn't react poorly to it at all. I use this every morning in my skincare routine and it has been making my skin feel much better than it did at the beginning of the month.

The other skincare product I have been loving lately is one that I've owned for a while, but have recently fallen back in love with. Way back in the far away land of 2013, I was fifteen years old and brand new to the online beauty community. Soap and Glory was a line that was super popular amongst beauty bloggers at the time and so, being the follower that I was, I ran to the drugstore to pick up the famed Righteous Butter body butter. I was not disappointed, and I used it religiously. Over the years, I forgot about the brand and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I glanced at the tub in my bathroom counter and decided to try it again. I've been using it now every day, especially after I shower, and my skin has literally never been so soft! It has such a lovely scent to it, as well, and I love that I can smell it on me throughout the day.

As for makeup products, I purchased the e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream in a spur of a moment decision while at my local drugstore (which I have created an unhealthy obsession with - damn you Rexall and your great beauty department!). I am always on the hunt for new brow products and this cream seemed interesting so I decided to give it ago. I have not used it as a liner, but as for a brow cream, I have been impressed so far. I use an e.l.f. duo eyebrow brush, with a brush and spoolie combo, to apply this and I have been loving the results. Even my boyfriend said the other day that my eyebrows have been looking great recently, so that's a real testimony! Haha

Last month, for my birthday, my parents gifted me the Too Faced Natural Love Palette, which was so kind of them. I absolutely love it. Typically, I tend to lean on the more neutral side of eyeshadow shades and so this palette is perfect for me. It has a few lighter matte shades and a ton of gorgeous shimmery shades. I find myself reaching for this palette every day during my makeup routine. My favourite shades of the palette are Makeup & Chill, Hot & Bothered, Satin Sheets, and Honeymoon.

With the changing seasons, of course I had to make my seasonal stop at Bath and Body Works to pick up a few new candles and soaps for autumn. Of the several I picked up, my favourite was the Hello Sugar Warm Apple Pie candle. I absolutely love this candle. It genuinely smells like a freshly baked pie which is probably one of the greatest scents in the whole world. I've lit this candle already a dozen times, and I'm sure I'll be getting a ton of use out of it this season.

Aside from makeup and beauty, I have been totally into music this month. I'm not sure but I think it has to do with the fact that I've been commuting to and from school every day, which is a 40-minute drive each way in traffic. Music has been keeping me sane haha. My two favourite artists to listen to lately have been John Mayer and Sam Phillips. Both of them have such soothing music which is great to listen to while driving and while doing homework or studying. Like, let's be real, John Mayer has the voice of an angel. How can you be stressed while listening to him sing? Currently, my favourite songs by them are "If I Could Write" by Sam Phillips, and "In The Blood" by John Mayer.

Also this month, I have been completely and utterly obsessed with the tv show, This Is Us. Yes, I know. I'm so late to the party. But basically, I am in love with it. My mum, my boyfriend, and I all watched the first season on Netflix within like a week. And now we've bought the iTunes season pass for season two, which is currently playing on tv every week. The Pearson family is so complicated and loveable and Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson is stealing my heart more and more with every passing episode. I can't wait for the next episode to come out! Ugh plus, the soundtrack is just beautiful.

And there you have it! Those are the very mismatched, unrelated things that I have loved this past month. I can't wait to see what October has in store, as I have a ton of cool things coming up that I'm so anxious to share with all of you! I'm so excited for October, and I hope that everyone has had a fabulous September.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x