Ola chic meninas! To think that Christmas has past in the blink of an eye and that I am here writing a post on my 2017 blog goals almost seems unreal. I hate to be the 39823829th person to say it but 2016 flew by, thank God! I have always been a person to set goals in all aspects of my life, career, personal, blog – you name it. I feel as though short term and long term goals are a must and I love revisiting my goals and checking things off the list or reevaluate what it is I am looking to achieve. For 2017, I decided to share my blog goals with you! Why not? I’m a big believer in positive energy and putting what you want out there into the universe.
I have already slowly started tackling the above check list and I’m glad that I found some motivation before the new year! Sometimes our goals and resolutions are put off for a couple of weeks because we have to get into the habit, but this time around, I started before January 1st!
So chic meninas, any career or blog goals that you have set for the new year? We’d love to hear what they are.
In the blink of an eye and the snap of a finger, November disappeared just like that and I know I am not the only one who thought that too. Can’t believe we are in our final month of 2016 but I can truly say that I am excited for the year to end, 2016 has been a roller coaster, but, a good one at that!
I’ve dipped into a lot of new goodies within the last couple of months / month and I thought I’d take advantage of sharing these great products with a monthly favourites post. Stay chic meninas.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation: W2 Light Ivory No word of a lie, I discovered this product in high school and religiously used it for years. As many women do, we bounce around different foundations to see if our hidden holy grail is out there. I started using L’Oreal true match foundation within the last couple of months because I noticed that my skin started changing as the temperature got colder, and I am so thankful to have it back in my makeup collection. It is a bit pricey for a drug store foundation but a little goes a long way. I find that they carry an array of colour selection that can truly match your skin tone. It is a liquid foundation but it is not heavy and does not sport a strong scent at all. What I love the most about this foundation is that it feels light upon application so you can build it up pending on how much coverage you are looking to achieve.
Jordane Cosmetics: Peachy Keen Blush
I was excited when I grabbed this product at IMATS this year because I knew instantly that I wasn’t going to just use this as a blush. With most of my bronzers and blushes, I tend to give them a duo purpose and use them as eye shadows as well. As peach is the new neutral, I knew this was a must have. The product itself is pigmented, has a shimmer to it and has a lovely velvet feel to it.
Overnight Intensive Oil Repair + French Pink Clay Facial Scrub I will discuss more in depth in my upcoming updated skincare routine how amazing these products are. Not only are they a Toronto based company but their products are filled with benefits that my skin has personally been loving. The Oil I use at least once a day, usually before bed and I use the facial scrub 3-4 times a week as it is not harsh. Stay tuned for more on these two products!
Royal and Langnickle Concealer Brush I was complaining to Aggie about my makeup problems (what else is knew) and that I couldn’t find a perfect concealer brush to apply product under my eye. During our IMATS trip she picked out this beauty for me. It was only $5.00 and the best $5.00 I have ever spent in a while. Although it is a synthetic brush, the hairs are soft and don’t soak up product. The product you apply to this brush, evenly distributes onto your skin without leaving streaks.
Pink Fresh and Clean Body Mist There is nothing I enjoy more than a soft mist or perfume smell. This mist from Pink is exactly what its name says, fresh and clean. It has a subtle smell but its notes of apple and lily really do burst through. A great item to have in your purse or gym bag.
NYX Intense Butter Gloss: Toasted Marshmallow + Stilla Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: Patina
I have been loving these two colours for the Fall and I know they will be staples when Winter rolls around. The NYX Butter Gloss has a stickier consistency but is extremely pigmented and has a gorgeous gloss that really intensifies your lips. I cannot say enough about the Stilla liquid lipstick. The formula is creamy and different from what you would expect from a liquid lipstick. It does not crack, isn’t dry and will last all day.
Maybelline Facestudio Master Conceal: 20 Light This is probably one of the best full coverage liquid concealers that I have used in a very long time. My under eye area tends to get dark or purple and this product hides it perfectly. The formula is hydrating so it does not give you a cakey look underneath your eyes or wherever you are hiding your blemishes.
Anastasia Beverly Hills: Illuminator Peach Nectar
This gorgeous illuminator can be used for both daytime and nighttime looks and for…you guessed it, an eye shadow ha. It is a great highlighter that instantly brightens your face and goes on smooth so it doesn’t leave blotchy noticeable patches on your face. I love the peach undertones and gold shimmer.
Hopefully I will test out more products in the month of December that I’ll be able to share in the new year. I am so happy that every now and then I find products that I genuinely adore and have the opportunity to share with you gals. Any products that you are loving and would want to recommend? Let us know!
Last week I came across a very interesting article. It featured four women who revealed how much they spend a year on their “beauty routine”. I had to re-read the article twice, because I couldn’t believe the amount of money they spent on their beauty regime. All of them had a hefty bill and some even ranged over $19,000. Yes, no joke. Check it out yourselves here.
This included hair, make-up, spa treatments, nails, skincare, fitness, you name it. They covered every crevice of the earth. I thought to myself- can this be true? Are we really dipping that much into our bank account to look and feel great? I 100% know that I am nowhere near spending that kind of dough a year on my beauty regime because, well, until I make 6 figures a year, that is not an option. I decided this would be an interesting task to take on and tallied up how much I spend a year on my beauty routine. Let’s just say, I was shocked to say the least. Things really do add up.
What? Nails Type?Shellac Manicure Cost Per Visit? $30-40 (depends if I get designs or do a full manicure) Frequency? Once a month Annual Cost?$480
Type? Pedicure Cost Per Visit? $45 Frequency? Every 3 months Annual Cost? $180.00
What? Hair Type? Cut, Colour, Wash and Style Cost Per Visit? $80 Frequency?Every 2 months Annual Cost? $480
Type? Blowout Cost Per Visit? $50 Frequency?Twice a year Annual Cost? $100
What?Upper Lip Type?Waxing Cost Per Visit? $5 Frequency? Every 3 weeks Annual Cost? $85
What? Sugaring / Shaving / Nair Type?Bikini, Legs, Arms Cost Per Visit? Varies- also includes at home services Frequency? Varies Annual Cost? $300
What? Martial Arts Type? Taekwondo Cost Per Visit? Monthly Fee Frequency? Two – three times a week Annual Cost? $1150
What?Personal Training Type? One on One Cost Per Visit? $40 Frequency?Twice a week Annual Cost?$3840
At first, I didn’t want to be so transparent about how much I spend on what I do. But…who cares? I do what I do to make myself feel great and look good. I’m not ashamed. I don’t need to justify why I do what I do or spend what I spend. I like to live an active lifestyle, I like to look crisp and fresh whenever I can. I want to age gracefully and that usually comes with taking care of yourself.
So ladies, if you ever have the time to calculate how much you spend a year, let us know! We’d love to compare notes.
I think it is safe to say that Aggie has officially earned herself the title as “Queen of Makeup Giving”. For Christmas she recently gifted me a bunch of NYX lip glosses among other fabulous items and I thought they would be some great products to review.
I’ve been a fan of NYX lip creams and glosses and since they recently opened their first free standing store in Mississauga- we now have the opportunity to get our hands on more NYX goodies- woohoo!
Milan is the only product that has a matte finish as it is the only product that is a lip cream, the rest are intense lip glosses which have an obvious gloss finish.
First on our list is the gorgeous Milan lip cream. It is such a soft subtle pink. I love the finish and formula. They are not dry or sticky. The formula and texture in my opinion are just perfect as they are extremely moisturizing for a matte lip cream. It is more pink than brown compared to what it looks like on the tube.
A gorgeous vibrant pink, the intense butter gloss in funnel delight is truly what it’s name claims to be- intense and a delight. These glosses are really a two in one. The colour pay off is beyond any gloss I have ever worn and there is absolutely no need for additional gloss. I foresee this being one of my favourite summer glosses 😉
In love with this GORGEOUS colour, toasted marshmallow. It will work well with almost all skin tones and is a great fall/winter and night time colour. Again, product is moisturizing, pigmented and isn’t sticky (a huge PLUS for us). The only downside is that I find it bleeds a bit.
It look a lot for us to get the colour to look the way it does in this photo. As you can tell, it almost looks like a glossy mess on my lips. Upon first and even second application- it looks streaky. You need to apply multiple coats in order to get the full intense colour. I love vampy looks so I will be reaching for this in the future- it just won’t be my first pick. I love the colour though and next time I’ll also use a lip liner as this bleeds. Perhaps that will help the application in the future.
So ladies, that’s our mini review on our new NYX Gloss / Lip Cream reviews. Are you ladies fans of NYX products? Any suggestions you can make? Have you tried any of these four? Thoughts? We’d love to hear from you.
I may be a creature who enjoys timelines, organization and routine, but it’s not always the case. I like to “live a little” outside of the four corners but I still feel there is value and tons of benefits when it comes to routines and/or just simple to do’s.
Today we share a new series called “AreYou Doing This?”. We’ll start with the best one of all, before bed! Enjoy ladies, let us know what your night time routine is.
Picking Your Outfit “I have nothing to wear” can quickly turn into a morning irritation and waste time. Pick your outfit the night before and have it laying out / hung up looking all nice and pretty. Not only does it get you excited to wear your outfit BUT it saves time and can turn a potential bad morning into a good one!
I always find that creating a short term meal plan is perfect for anyone with a fixed weekly schedule. It relieves stress and time in the morning I like to plan only a couple of days out. For example, on Sunday I will make lunch for Monday-Tuesday , maybe Wednesday. Then on Tuesday I will prep for the remainder of the work week.
Breakfast I make in the morning quickly but lunch is already ready to go at least a day or two in advance.
Getting Clean and Fresh I had a friend once tell me that she skips the night time routine as she just wants to relax and go to bed. Although it may seem tempting to star fish on the couch for a good hour or two, try to squeeze in a night time routine. Mine will consist of either a bath or shower (varies based on if I am washing my hair or not), a quick face wash/scrub and brush my teeth. You should be cleaning your face from all the dirt and makeup accumulated from the whole day and of course oral hygiene is a must. Seems basic but you’d be surprised how many people skip this.
Set Goals and Reflect
Reflect on your day. Was it good? Was it bad? Think about what you would have done differently or why you had a bad day. Think of how it was a good day and keep doing it. I also like to set an intention for the next day. “Tomorrow I will…..” and I set an intention on something I want to accomplish the next day. Sometimes it’s personal. Sometimes it’s work related. Sometimes it’s both.
Relax and Unwind
This week on the blog we discussed tips on how to unwind and deal with stress. Very important that you do this. Whether it’s watching your favourite show, reading a book / magazine, or doing a puzzle. Whatever keeps you calm, relaxed and happy.
Keep The Bed For “Sleeping”
Okay- aside from something else we can think of, keep the bed for sleeping. I suffered from insomnia at a very young age and it dragged on for many years. A tip that I learned was to keep the bed for sleeping. Don’t read, watch TV, use the laptop and so on while in bed. Studies prove that our minds can translate these habits and turn the bed from a place of rest to a place where of “doing something” . This will then lead to restless nights as our minds are wondering “why aren’t we doing something”.
Thanks for checking out the blogs chic meninas. The rest of this series will include a “Are you doing this: in the morning, during the day”.
I’m wishing you all a fabulous weekend and we’ll be back next week.