5.06.2016

Some of my Favourite Products!

For some reason when Spring hits I always get the urge to go and try new cosmetics. I have a list of products from the drug store and sephora that I want to try this spring and summer but before I test those, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite products that I currently use.

I used to be a legitimate product junkie. The amount of products that I would purchase and never use was kind of gross now that I think about it. So much waste! I'm definitely not perfect now because even with the best intentions I will still try new products and if I don't like them than I just don't like them. Now I am more careful about what products I buy to try and I also try to make sure that I don't get too swept up in the idea of new products and I tend to rely on my good ol' favourites a little more often.

I love reading blog posts or watching youtube videos for recommendations but the most difficult thing is that we all have such different skin types! I did my own makeup for my wedding and I became obsessed with trying to find my ideal under eye concealer. Do you know how difficult that was? My under eye concerns aren't going to be the same as other women's. I'll be doing a follow up blog post as well about the favourite products I discovered while planning for my wedding makeup look!

So let's quickly talk about my skin type so you can decide if some of these products will work for you! It's dry. That's my professional opinion. Some days I feel like my face is so thirsty that it just sucks my makeup off my face through my pores which is annoying but if I moisturize enough that doesn't happen. I find it happens the most when I'm tired so maybe my skin just has temper tantrums when it's sleepy. I could guess that my skin might be dehydrated but I drink as much water as humanly possible without drowning internally so if it is dehydrated than it just needs to get over it because there is not much else I can do!

A little something to note, please don't judge my nails in these photos. I recently had a shellac manicure (because I'm such a lady) and naturally when it started to grow out I ripped the shellac polish off of my nails like a maniac instead of getting it removed professionally. So my nails are looking rough. Could I have attempted to make them look better before taking photos of them while holding products? Sure! But I'm lazy and flawed.  (Also, I swear my hands aren't as dry as these photos make them look. My dreams of becoming a hand model have officially been crushed).

Let's get into it!


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up remover. Starting with a makeup remover might not make the most sense but it's probably the item in this post that I have repurchased the most. I can't even put into words how much I love it (which is handy when I'm writing a blog post). I just shake it up, put a small amount on 
a cotton ball and gently wipe my makeup away. It takes all eye makeup off effortlessly. Back when I was blogging more I had been given samples of other eye makeup removers to buy and nothing compares in my opinion. At least from the drug store! I still have yet to find a face wash that I love so if anyone has any recommendations please let me know!

Also, before anyone comments about how cotton balls absorb access product and waste it and I should use cotton pads... I just don't like them! I get way better results with cotton balls and they feel better on my skin. They also remove the makeup easier so I don't have to rub too hard. If I waste a tiny bit of extra makeup remover in the process, so be it.
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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel Cream: If you can't tell by the empty container, this was my go to gel cream last summer. I switched to another cream in the winter when my skin got extra dry (which I don't love enough to share just yet but maybe soon). I will be buying another one of these this summer as it was the perfect amount hydration for my skin last year.
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Two Faced Natural Eyes. I'm going to be honest and say that I have no idea if this palette is still available but I just wanted to talk about it because it's rare I hit pan on eye shadows. I love 'heaven' for an every day neutral colour and I used silk teddy, cashmere bunny and pushup a lot. Chocolate martini is gorgeous for a smokey eye and sexspresso has been used to fill in my brows on occasion. I've been using this palette for a while so I haven't really tried out any drug store eye shadows recently but I know there are some great new ones out on the market so I'll let you know if I find any I love.
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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polish: This is the only nail polish I have tried which will last on my nails for longer than one day. One day. That's how long nail polish normally lasts on my nails. This will last 3-4 days which probably means on you normal ladies it'll last a lot longer. Also the price is great and the variety of colours just keeps on growing!
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Revlon Colorburst balm stain in the colour Honey is my perfect "your lips but better" shade. I have repurchased it a couple times now and I really love it. I can't say that it has amazing staying power but it's been one of my favourite lip colours for a reason!
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This Almay bronzer (I think it's in the shade sunkissed but it's rubbed off the back so I can't read it very well) was perfect for the winter months. It adds the right amount of bronze to the skin without making it look dirty or overly tanned. As someone who doesn't self tan my body regularly, I don't want a bronzer that will make my face 2 shades darker than my body so I love the subtle healthy glow I get from this. My favourite drug store bronzer for the summer at the moment is Annabelle's Biggy Bronzer in Haute Gold. I couldn't take a photo of it because it is almost empty haha. Their website will show you what it looks like here.

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These are my three favourite mascaras at the moment. I really love the Benefit Roller Lash and have purchased it more than once. It creates a really full, lush lash on me and does actually life the eyelashes a bit. It also lasts well throughout the day.

The Annabelle Big Show was one that was given to me at a London Drugs cosmetics event a few years ago and it ended up being a huge pleasant surprise! I have since re-purchased it but forgot about it after discovering the benefit roller lash. I spotted it again at the drug store and bought another one and still love the bold lashes it gives me. It doesn't last as well as the roller lash and by the end of the night (after a good 12 hours or so) can flake a little bit onto the skin. I still love it though.

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is fairly similar to the Roller Lash actually. It just creates a really nice full lash and has good lasting power. I wore the waterproof version at my wedding.

There are SO many mascaras available in both the drug store and in stores like Sephora but I really struggle to find ones that work for my light and fine lashes. I have also loved L'oreal's Voluminous Power Mascara in the past but it really didn't have much lasting power on me.

I think that's it for now! I do have a few more favourites that I discovered while researching wedding makeup so I will post those very soon as well. I also have some new products I've been trying that I love as well as some products I've seem really hyped online that I haven't really decided that I love yet.

If you have any recommendations please pass them along.

*I purchased all of these products and am not being sponsored by any of these companies*

4.19.2016

Let's Chat




I’m still trying to figure out the types of things I want to chat with you guys about on this blog. My focus on this blog previously was my love for style but right now there is a 6% chance that I will want to take style photos. I just wanted to say hello and update you on my super exciting life.

A huge piece of our life right now is trying to figure out where we will be living in the next 4 months. We had hoped to buy a townhome outside of Vancouver but entered the market at a time where it’s not fun to be the buyer. If you’re from Vancouver and the surrounding areas you will know of some of the challenges we are facing. I personally feel like (and I’m sure Kevin will give you another story about this ;)) that I have been pretty good at keeping my pregnancy hormones in check. Aside from being extra impatient I haven’t been overly emotional… until it comes to this process of trying to buy a townhouse. I have burst into tears at the most ridiculous times. I recently showed up for a coffee date with a friend and had to start the conversation with “if it looks like I’ve been crying, I have. And just to be clear, nothing is wrong”. Or the number of times I’ve called Alicia and started the conversation by saying “I don’t want to scare you because I’m crying but nothing is wrong”. It’s been a blast. 

Pregnancy wise things are moving along. I am in a constant battle with trying to accept my pregnancy body. I’m at a good 50% acceptance level at the moment. Half of the time I am okay with the fact that every part of my body seems to have expanded in every direction and other times I’m really mad at myself for not being the tiny, perfect pregnant woman I see on Instagram. I'm finding that having an hour glass figure is tricky during pregnancy because your smallest part (your waist/ stomach) is suddenly growing larger than your “largest” parts.  However, feeling baby move around reminds me how lucky I am so it’s easier to accept being his home for a while. I also remind myself that this is 9 months of my entire life and no one has set the expectation on me that I need my pregnancy body to look a certain way. It’s just me being hard on myself as per usual. I’m just so eager to meet this little maniac because I know this will all be worth it when I get to snuggle him.

I haven't really started to nest and we've purchased next to nothing baby wise. We have our fingers crossed that one of our townhome purchasing leads will work out and when we know for sure (we should know in the next couple weeks) I think I'll be ready to start getting everything organized.

A fun little Melissa-ism I thought I'd share is that the other day Kevin and I were on a walk and I got way too confident about how far I could walk in between bathroom breaks. We were about 20 minutes from home and I had to pee so badly that I approached a young couple that was doing some yard work outside their house and asked if I could use their bathroom. So that happened.


Sadly I think those are all my updates. How have you guys been? I have a couple blog posts lined up that I'm excited to share with you. I did my own make up for my wedding back in October so I have discovered quite a few products that I love so stay tuned for some product posts.

Happy Tuesday!

3.29.2016

Recipe for No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

Good afternoon, everyone. It's been a gorgeous day here in Vancouver and I am so thankful for the extra vitamin D because I really really need it right now. I'm also thankful for the chance to go for a walk without getting soaking wet from the rain. I was extremely motivated to walk every night regardless of the weather a few weeks ago but then I got hit with some extra fatigue and it was a lot harder to make myself (and my husband) get out into the rain. It was then that I decided that watching netflix on the couch would be just as healthy for me and the baby as being active. (I'm going to be a great mom).

I have been struggling with my cravings because they are literally just cravings for sugar. I am envious of anyone who craves anything remotely healthy because I am not exaggerating when I say that I could probably just eat sugar cubes at this point. I haven't done that for the record, so don't judge me just yet, but if I'm being completely honest I wouldn't put it past me ;)

On Easter Sunday I had a serious craving for something sweet around 7pm. A legitimate obsessive craving so I asked Kevin to go to the grocery store for some Easter treats. (I haven't sent him on any crazy craving runs just yet so don't worry, he's doing fine haha). Turns out the grocery store was closed for Easter which I was not happy about. I didn't want to send Kevin on a wild goose chase so I thought if I just distracted myself for a little while the craving would go away. It. Did. Not. I ended up looking through my pinterest boards for a recipe that would curb my craving for sweets while having less of a sugary impact than sugar cubes.

I stumbled across this recipe for No Bake Chocolate Macaroons and while it's not "healthy", I do think it's a better choice than what I would have chosen from the grocery store. I only made half a batch to be safe but I was extremely happy with the results and I knew I had to share them. I didn't take photos while making them because I was a woman on a sugary mission and the last thing on my mind was the idea of blogging. Nothing stands in the way of me and my treats.

photo credit goes to wannacomewithit.com

You can find this delicious recipe here.

If you have any healthy-ish recipes that could help curb my sweet cravings please pass them along! I have been eating more fruit and that helps sometimes but other times I just need something chocolatey and indulgent.

3.18.2016

Goal Setting

It's the end of the week and we are getting close to a new month so I thought I would talk a little about something I am awful at, Goal setting. I've always felt like setting goals was something I struggled with. I would definitely say that my awful goal setting was most evident any time I tried to change my health and fitness routine. I am an all or nothing type of person so when I wanted to set a new goal it would always be so extreme. Cut out sugar completely (if you know me, you know that's a hilarious thought), go to the gym 6 days a week for an hour or more, do yoga 7 times a week... I'm sure you get the picture.

 Planner purchased from Design Love Co.

This past January, in lieu of New Years Resolutions, I decided to set smaller goals each month. I know that goal setting as a concept has "rules" that come with it. You want your goals to be 'smart' - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely etc, etc, etc. I decided that I needed to remember who I was setting these goals for (me - a very tired and easily overwhelmed woman) and remember why I was never meeting my previous goals (I'm crazy and would try to pile on too much too soon). Maybe I should scratch the word Goal all together. Perhaps I am setting monthly intentions?

I decided my intentions for January would be vague because I already knew how horribly the alternative always ended up.

My "goals" for January were

- Move my body more.
- Cook one new recipe a week.
- Feed my body good whole foods.
- When I'm feeling overwhelmed, focus on the positives.
- List 3 positives daily (keep in mind this was during my first trimester where I was feeling awful and my mind was bogged down by some pretty negative thoughts).
- Organize my space.
- Allow myself to make mistakes.

I guess some of these goals or intentions were specific and/or measurable but most of them were just things I wanted to start doing.

The outcome from January? I accomplished all of them. I moved my body more than I did in December, I tried new recipes even if they were extremely simple, and I fed my body more whole foods that would nourish me but at the same time wouldn't punish myself when I was craving oreos haha.

For February I planned on continuing my intentions from January but set some new ones to focus on.

- Get out of my comfort zone and do one thing a week I think I am bad at.
- Drink 2L of water a day.
- Have a consistent evening routine (falling asleep on the couch at 7pm and then moving to my bed at midnight was becoming an issue haha).
- Work off of a to-do list.

I can happily say that these were all things I was able to accomplish.

I know that I'm not saying anything new or that hasn't been said before. Goal setting is something that some people love and excel at so I'm sure those people are rolling their eyes at this entire post haha. I am someone who struggles with knowing how to set limits when goal setting and who needed to find a new approach. I'm also something who beats myself up when I don't accomplish my goals and I was tired of setting myself up for failure.

I just wanted to share this in case you're like me and you tend to go a little overboard when setting goals. I'm really finding that setting these monthly intentions has helped me stay focused on the positive changes I want to make without the stress or guilt that was attached to my goals I wasn't able to meet.

Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for setting intentions or goals that has helped you out.