BLOGMAS | My Current Winter Skincare Routine

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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My skin is weird. I have oily / combination skin. However, come winter time my skin gets a bit dry to where it’s noticeable but not uncomfortable. I take advantage of this season to really hydrate my skin as doing it during the rest of the year makes my skin oilier.

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My morning skincare routine
I have a pretty quick morning routine as all I do is “wash” my face using Bioderma Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution. I then proceed to apply my moisturizer with SPF in it. I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15. I love this moisturizer because it doesn’t leave my skin greasy compared to the other ones I have tried.

My night time skincare routine
I usually start of by washing my face. If I have make-up on, I take those off first then wash my face.

A favorite that I use all the time is Lancome’s Creme Radiance facial wash. You don’t need a lot of it and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Every 2 or 3 days, I will use my St. Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate my skin.

I have also started using a vitamin C serum to help event my skin tone. I purchased Maritime Naturals Professional Anti-Aging Serum a month ago and it’s been working great for me. It smells like oranges, but doesn’t irritate my skin. It has also helped in lightening my dark spots. I mean they’re still there but they’re a lot lighter now compared to when I started using this serum.

For moisturizer I am currently using my Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I got it from a mini set last year. This stuff is amazing. It’s thick so you don’t need a lot of it. However, it spreads nicely on my skin and doesn’t feel heavy. Plus it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

My skin care routine for the past few weeks have been pretty simple as what I’m mostly concerned about is getting the dirt and grease off of my skin. I don’t have a lot of time spend on my self so being able to find a quick morning and night time routine is essential.

What about you? Do you ave a skin care routine specifically for this season?

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2017 Sephora VIB Sale Haul

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Twice a year, Sephora rolls out a sale for its Beauty Insider members. The discount amount depends on what your membership is. You don’t have to pay for membership as it all depends on how much money you spend altogether in a calendar year.

Because Sephora rarely do sales like these, I make sure to take this time to stock up on things I need, and purchase products I’ve been meaning to try.

I made two “trips” (one in-store, one online) this year because there was a certain item I needed which is out of stock online.

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REVIEW | Sephora’s Silicone Brush Cleansing Pad

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I remember when Sigma came out with their silicone brush cleaner pads a few years ago. I wanted one. I thought about: a) how much easier it’ll be to clean my brushes; b) the time it will take me to clean my brushes; c) and how much cleaner my brushes will be compared to using the palm of my hands.

Fast forward to a few years…

I bought Sephora’s Polish Up on a whim. It’s their silicone brush cleansing pad which retails for $18.00 CAD. I wanted something to help clean my brushes easier and faster so I didn’t even think twice about it.

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The bag comes with a small towel to dry brushes on, and a pad with a “textured surface”. The product also claims to be “ergonomically-designed to fit comfortably over your hand”.

Did it work? Yes! I was able to clean my brushes easier. The textured surface made it easier to get all the build-up off of the brushes much faster compared to just using the palm of my hand. I was also able to use less cleanser which is an added bonus.

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The hoop on the back of the pad helps to keep it in place while you wash your brushes.

The only thing I didn’t particularly enjoy is the size of the towel it came with. It’s size is too small and it’s too thin to be drying your brushes on. Also, it will not keep your hand from getting wet but it does what it’s supposed to do.

I have only used it once since writing this post but I love it. I have kept it in our bathroom drawer for easy access whenever I need to clean my brushes.

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What’s In My Weekend Makeup Bag?

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A month ago, my family and I decided to spend the long weekend right before school starts at Edmonton. My brother-in-law would be heading there for a bachelor party anyways so we thought why not go there as well.

The bag I brought with me is roughly about 7×6 inches and I was surprised it fit everything I thought I would need for the weekend. I knew for a fact there will be a lot of walking, swimming, and shopping involved. Also, we will be staying in a hotel room so I needed something that would allow me to quickly get ready.

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Colourpop Haul

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Oh makeup hauls, how I missed you. I have not been very proactive in documenting my makeup hauls for the past few months because I have not been wearing makeup as much. For a while now, most of my purchases were repurchases of my holy grail products and I have no issues with that. I just wish my job would allow me to wear make up again. If you don’t know already, I work in a restaurant where most of my shifts are kitchen shifts. As much as I can actually wear makeup still, I simply find it useless knowing it will melt off of my face because of 2 things: 1) the oil from my skin; 2) the heat from all of our cooking equipment. Setting sprays can’t even do anything to prevent it. So whenever I get a front counter shift, I put a full face of make up on. You just got to do what you got to do sometimes.

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