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

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Friday Thoughts: Harry Potter + Snow

Happy Friday to you all! Another Friday... jeez, before we all know it, it will be Christmas Eve. Who's excited for Christmas!? I know I am. Seeing all of the Blogmas posts from blogs I follow has only amplified my excitement. Maybe I'll have to partake in Blogmas next year....? We'll have to wait and see! But, for now, here's my weekly update for you.

  • I've started to re-read the Harry Potter series! I'm not really sure why, but I suddenly got into a very Harry Potter mood this week. I watched the first and then the final films last night, and today I've been lounging around in my Ron Weasley sweater, reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I'm already onto Chamber of Secrets lol
  • A few weeks back, on Black Friday weekend, I ordered two vinyl records from Urban Outfitters as there was a ridiculous sale on records (something like "buy one, get one 50% off"). SO I ordered the Moulin Rouge and the 500 Days of Summer soundtracks. Flash forward to this week, they still hadn't sent a shipping confirmation or anything so I started to panic. Then they said 500 Days of Summer was back-ordered. So Moulin Rouge unexpectedly arrived yesterday afternoon. And today, 500 Days of Summer arrived... along with another copy of Moulin Rouge hahaha, so I guess I have two copies now??
  • Exam season is upon us! I get lucky every time, being an English major who takes a lot of online classes and classes that prefer final papers over exams - I only get two or three exams per term. But my boyfriend isn't so blessed. He has two exams tomorrow, one mid-day and then the other at night. So tomorrow will be a sucky day for him :(
  • There is snow expected for tomorrow and I could not be any more excited. I love the first good snowfall of the season. I've been eagerly awaiting our first snowfall for weeks now, after a fifteen-min snow tease last month. My family thinks I'm nuts (they're not snow lovers). I don't even really like snow. I just like it in December, but once Christmas is over, I'm like bye. 
  • I'm getting very excited for my trip to Florida. We live Christmas day, as usual, and I can't wait to see all that Disney has in store for this magical Christmas season. I truly believe that Disney wins when it comes to holiday decor. I just love to see all their decorations - I promise to share it all with you guys!

Felicia x

Things I Love About Christmas

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If you hadn't already guessed it, I am one of those people who goes into full-on Christmas mode as soon as the clock strikes 12am on November 1st. I love Christmas. My excitement starts early as in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and so our next holiday after Halloween is Christmas. This is genuinely, 100% my favourite holiday and I find there is so much to love about Christmas. In the interest of pumping myself up even more for the season, and getting all other Christmas-lovers excited, here are seven things that I love about the Christmas holidays.

The Return of the Red Lip

During September/October, I tend to put my red-lip obsession on the back burner and focus more on autumn lip colours: berries, burgundies, etc. But with Christmas around the corner, that means I can bring back out my reds and rock the classic look I love so much.

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Decorating

I think my favourite time of the weeks leading up to Christmas is the decorating. My mum and I are restricted to putting up our tree at the very end of November by my dad, so we spend all of November (and admittedly, October) buying decorations and planning out how we envision our decorations in our home for the holidays. We've got a closet under the stairs full of boxes of decorations, and a Pinterest board full of ideas - we're ready to go!!

Baking

I recently tried my hand at baking my favourite autumn dessert, apple crumble, and discovered an interest in it that I didn't know I had. This year, I'm very excited to bake Christmas treats with my mum for our family, friends, and our party in December. Some of my fave Christmas treats are gingerbread cookies and chocolate fudge... yummm..... I'm getting hungry now!

Buying and Wrapping Gifts

As stressful as I find buying gifts for my loved ones (and trust me, I do find it very stressful), I love it. There's something so amazing about finding the perfect gift for a family member or your boyfriend. I love buying gifts for everyone and once I've got everything bought, I go into crazy wrapping mode - it's serious business for me! And then, it's total agony waiting because all I wanna do is give the gifts out to everyone! Haha

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The Toronto Christmas Market

Last year, I visited the Toronto Christmas Market for the very first time and I fell completely in love with it (despite my toes being frozen afterwards). For those who have never been to or heard of the market, it is held in Toronto's Distillery District which is a pedestrian-only area where an old whiskey distillery once sat in the 19th century. The whole area gets decorated for Christmas, they put on shows, and they have a massive Christmas tree at the entrance. It's so fun to walk around and take photos of everything. I cannot wait to go again this year.

Christmas Music

I can't tell you how much I love Christmas music. As soon as November 1st, I'm playing Christmas tunes in the car, while I'm doing my makeup in the morning, basically any chance I get. I even have Michael Buble's Christmas album on vinyl - which by the way is amazingggg. I love to sing-along to the classics and the newer versions by some of my favourite artists.

Holiday Films

Some of my most favourite movies are Christmas themed. Love Actually, White Christmas, Elf... to name a few. My mum and I love to watch these films in November and December every year (sometimes in July, too, but shh that's a secret). We can practically quote the entire Love Actually film. I mean, who doesn't love watching Hugh Grant and Colin Firth???

What gets you excited for Christmas?

Felicia x