Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Kickstarting 2014 On The Right Foot

For me, 2013 was a so-so year. Between school and work it was quite easy for me to fall flat on my commitments and personal goals. I lacked inspiration and motivation in almost every aspect of my life, and just ultimately caused me to fall flat. I want my 2014 to be a happier, healthier, more organized and more motivated year.  If there's anything I've learned from this year is that you have to go for what you want, if you have to fight for it - then fight for it.

 I went out to Chapters and picked up a few things to get my 2014 started on the right foot. I picked up this adorable notebook for only $6.50, it has a cute little Where The Wild Things Are quote on it which made me fall in love with it. This is going to be my blogging notebook, just to help me stay organized and inspired. I also picked up Demi Lovato's book Staying Strong 365 Days A Year, It has a quote and goal for each day of the year. This will really help me stay inspired and motivate me on the days that I'll really need a kick in the butt. Finally, and probably most importantly, I found this adorable recycled calendar from Sugar Paper. I heavily rely on my monthly outlines to keep me on track, this one's a little more grown up compared to my One Direction choice last year (I regret nothing).

That being said, here are my resolutions for 2014:

1. Look for inspiration everywhere
2. Drink more water
3. Post at least one blog post a week
4. Make a point to exercise weekly
5. Eat clean as much as possible
6. Always choose to be happy
7. Save enough money for a trip abroad
8. Take action towards my dreams

What are your personal goals and resolutions for 2014?


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Nightime Skin Care Routine | Winter

Come Winter time, my skin tends to be victimized by the harsh Canadian weather. I typically have combination skin, but my skin tends to really dry out in the Winter. To prevent my skin from drying out I've started to heavily moisturize right before bed. This gives my skin the chance to hydrate overnight and provides a nice smooth surface to apply my makeup in the morning - nobody likes the look of foundation over flaky skin. This is the 3 step system I've found to work best for me this Winter, I would definitely recommend each of these products in a heartbeat!

1. Bioderma Créaline Lait - This summer, a friend of mine visited France and was kind enough to bring this back for me. I have been (impatiently) waiting for Winter to roll around so I could finally test it out. So far, I absolutely love it. I prefer using this at night just so I can give my skin a chance to hydrate overnight. This is a creamier formulation compared to the regular H20 formula, providing a little extra moisture for your skin - an absolute must for the Winter months!

2. Bioderma H20 - This will forever be a staple in my skincare routine. Despite recently switching out for the Lait formula as my main cleanser/makeup remover before bed, I still find that I reach for this to remove my eye makeup. It's not necessary, the Lait can sufficiently remove any and all makeup, I have just personally found this to be gentler on the eyes and a little easier to get my mascara off with.

3. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum - After getting a baby sample size with my bottle of H20, I thought I'd give this a try. After 3 straight days of squeezing the life out of the sample bottle, my skin felt baby soft. That has never been the case for my skin, I actually enjoy moisturizing now, simply because I can actually see a great difference in my skin! My skin hasn't been this hydrated in as long as I can remember. It is hydrating enough to use at night and light weight enough to use before I apply my makeup in the morning. It is a very concentrated serum that allows for maximum hydration while still keeping a light weight formulation - to put it in simpler words, it's everything I've ever wanted in a moisturizer.

What are you using to treat your skin this winter?

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