December Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Benefit Cosmetics Cookie Highlighter

I never knew the power of bronzer and highlighter until I got my makeup done for that wedding in October. I had just come back from St. Maarten with an small tan (your girl is so white she doesn’t tan and even the Carribean could barely do it) and still wanted to look tan. I looked white again once she put my foundation on (remember I wasn’t that tanned to begin with) but once she put bronzer and this highlighter on I was in love with it. The highlighter is the perfect shade and not too much shimmer. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00

Skin Care Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

I’ve always skipped toner because it usually came in a liquid or mist form and I hated it. My sister actually told me about these then so did the makeup artist, most likely because First Aid Beauty is the one brand that hasn’t irritated my face. It’s simple, after washing your face, you take a pad and wipe it across your face then use your moisturizer. You can get a pack of 60 at Sephora for $42.00.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist 

In a perfect world, when we come out of the shower we brush are hair, put of heat protector in (yes everyone should!), put your styling cream then blow dry and style your hair as you please. The next morning you don’t wash your hair but it needs to be fixed, with this thermal spray you mist the hair before you re-style your hair giving it heat protection! I use this everyday because I fix my hair every morning (were not all perfect, no one is). You can get this at Aveda salons or stores for $41.00.

Home Favourite:

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Artic King 3.5 cu. ft. Chest Freezer

As most of you know I have a dog, we switched him to raw food and we got a hook up from a friend that we get 80lbs of meat. So we needed a place to store all this meat so it wouldn’t go back. My boyfriend actually got this on sale so it was cheaper for us but Walmart has sales all the time. You can get this at Walmart for $220.

Music Favourite:

Hate Me by Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

November Favourites

Makeup Favourites:

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Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define

I wrote about before how I had a wedding in October and I got my makeup done, and loved my makeup. She used this brow pencil on me and they looks great without looking freaky! You can get this at Sephora for $32.00

Skin Care Favourite:

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Ombrelle Face Stick 

I went on vacation in October and your girl is pretty white/pasty so she needs her SPF (but real talks, we ALL need our SPF. Protect yourself!) I found this face stick and it works wonders, since normal we put the cream on your face but as soon as you sweat or go in the water it goes straight into your eyes. With this stick, that does not happen. Only thing is because it is a stick you really got to put it on so you dont get random lines across your face.  I got this at Walmart for $16.00.

Body Favourite:

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Chaos4K9’s Show Me Your Pitties Sweater

I went to the Pet Expo in November and I got this show me your pitties sweater because pitties are awesome and goofy! It cost $40 and it all went to the cause (plus I wanted the sweater). You can get these like anywhere online for different prices but Chaos4K9’s is $40 online or if they’re at a show near you.

Home Favourite: 

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KSP Viva Tension Bathtub 4-tier Corner Shelf

I love organization and the bathroom needed some love so we got this! My mum has this at her house and I liked it so we got it for our house. It makes the shower so much better and cleaner. I got this at Kitchen Stuff Plus for $59.99.

Music Favourite: 

Lalala by Y2K

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

October Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

I had a wedding in October and decided to get my makeup done at Sephora in Barrie (because that’s where the wedding was taking place) and absolutely loved my makeup artists and loved the products she used on me. I don’t like having a lot of makeup on my face because 1. I don’t like the feeling of it and 2. I hate hiding my freckles (yay UK background). I told the stylist this and she nailed it. This foundation was the best anyone has used on me to this day. It didn’t feel like I had anything on and I could still see my freckles. You can get this at Sephora for $40.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

When it comes to Aveda I love anything that’s the ‘Shampure’ smell (it’s the typical Aveda smell if you know what that smells like) so I love this hand creme in the shampure scent. It also comes in a cherry almond scent that I love. You can get this at Aveda stores or salons for $34.00

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil

DRY HAIR! Do I have your attention? This Aveda oil works well out of all oils because it actually goes into the hair strand rather then sitting on top and making you think it’s working. This bottle will last you a while as with every Aveda product, a little goes a long way. You can put this in wet or dry hair before blow drying or after or just to refresh your ends on non-wash days. You can get these at Aveda stores and salons for $41.00

Body Favourite: 

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I needed a new winter jacket because thanks to my dog who ate my old one. So naturally I fell inlove with the most expenive jacket. (LOL) I got this one at Sports Chek for $399.99 but it was worth every penny.
Home Favourite:
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Structube Shari White Dining Table
My boyfriend and I finally got a bigger place that allows us to have an actualy dining table so I found this one and absolutely love it. I actually got a noise complaint putting it together because I was so excited for my new purchase. I’ve fallen in love with this store because they have better quality products then Ikea but you’re not breaking the bank for it (don’t get me wrong they do have expensive things but you can find good ones for cheaper here too.) This cost me $299 at Structube.
Music Favourite:
Take What You Want by Post Malone
Thanks for reading,
Maeg

September Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Aveda feed my lips pure nourish-ment lip treatment

This has all the wants of a chapstick but more. You can use it as a chapstick or use it as a pre-treatment before putting your lipstick on. You can get this at Aveda store or salons for $34.00.

Skin Care Favourite: 

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Heavy-Duty Face Protector

I was using a different face cream but it was too heavy after using it for awhile it made me break out. I decided to randomly try the body shop since it was cheaper and I wanted to try something new. It’s light weight, doesn’t smell like hemp that much, and it last awhile. This is $14.00 at The Body Shop.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

A styling serum that smooths frizz, tames flyaways and adds shine. Its light weight and a little goes a long way. It’s used best after you’ve styled you hair. You can get this at Aveda stores and salons for $42.00.

Home Favourite: 

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russbe reusable bags

I wanted to spot wasting plastic bags because I noticed my boyfriend and I have been using them more and more so I ordered these! I asboluely love them and I want to order more. They’re durable, easy to use and super easy to clean. You can get these online at russbe.com or try at Winners. They’re roughtly $8-10 USD online.

 Music Favourite:

Saint-Tropez by Post Malone

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

August Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Sephora Makeup Brushes

When I was in hair school I needed makeup brushes because we always put finishing touches on clients but they wanted us to use q-tips for everything to keep things clean/sanitary. My sister ended up getting me a set similar to things and now that I’m done hair school I just use them for myself and I love them. I don’t use that much makeup so this is something basic and works perfectly. You get this sets from almost anywhere but I got these at Sephora for roughly $60.00.

Skin Favourite: 

whiteQuo Rose quartz facial roller

I got this at a gift from my best friend and fell in love with it. You roll it on your face to help make puffiness go down and it totally works. You use the large end on your cheeks, forehead and jawline and the smaller for under eye and chin area. You can get this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $25.00.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Nourishing Styling Creme

This creme is a leave in styling creme that provides moisture and lock out frizz even on humid days. After showering, apply small amount into damp hair, and style as you want. You can get this at Aveda stores or Aveda Salons near you for $38.00.

Body Favourite: 

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Sun Bum Cool Down

Sum Bum is hands down the best SPF product I’ve seen out there and their after sun care is just as good. Its thick so you don’t need a lot and it spreads easily all while smelling so good. You can get Sun Bum at different places but I got this at Sports Chek for $14.00.

Home Favourite: 

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Zinus Bed Frame 

We needed a new bed frame bad and I was getting so sick of Ikea bedframes always breaking on us so I went to Amazon/my parents who got this bed. It’s easy to put together, lightweight and its sturdy. You can get this on Amazon for $80 plus shipping.

Music Favourite:

 

Good as Hell by Lizzo

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

July Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette

My sister got this at Sephora and gave it to me to practice. I’m not sure this exact one is still at Sephora but they do have other similar ones. It has all the basics you would need for that look you want. This was roughly $38.00.

Skin Care Favourite: 

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Tulasara Wedding Masque Over Night

It’s called the wedding masque because your skin should look as good as it does on your wedding. This over night masque brightens skin, hydrates and makes skin feel firmer over time. It’s light, people testes and cruelty free. You can get this at any Aveda store, salon or concept salon for $85.00.

Hair Favourite: 

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Aveda Texture Tonic

This is Aveda’s version of a sea salt spray but it doesn’t leave your hair dry and hard. You can use this on dry or damp hair, spray and either blow dry or let air dry. You can get this at any Aveda store, salon or concept salon for $36.00.

Body Favourite: 

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Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen

I’ve discovered Sun Bum and I’m so glad I did. This is my second favourite sunscreen, close to my first. It smells great, leaves your skin feeling great and it has cool little characters. You can get this at Sports Chek for $17.99.

Home Favourite:

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Walmart Canadiana Comforter

I needed a new comforter but didn’t want something that couldn’t be washes because I have a dog. So it needed to be cheap enough that I wouldn’t mind it getting ruined over time, needs to be machine washable and it needs to be cheap-ish. So I went to Walmart and my boyfriend actually picked this one out and I didn’t mind it. It matches our current sheets so it works and it was only $90.

Music Favourite:

Gooey by Glass Animals.

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

 

June Favourites

Makeup Favourites:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

I got this as a mini to start practicing and try out different things when it came to makeup. I have extremely dry skin so I need something moisturizing and this definitely is but me having dry skin it absorbs quickly. I got the mini for $20.00 at Sephora.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Hemp Hard Working Face Protector

This product was suggested when I got another product that could potentially dry out my face and I needed a new cream since my other was making me start to break out. This face cream works wonders, it heavy duty but not heavy on your face, and it helps protect against the elements. I got this at The Body Shop for $14.00.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Brilliant Damage Control

This pre-style spray helps protect against breakage that can get caused by brushing/combing and heat styling. As anyone knows I love Aveda products and this also works wonders to detangle the hair. You can get this at any Aveda store, salon or concept salon for $33.00.

Body Favourite:

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Victoria’s Secret Hiphugger Underwear

I get all my underwear from here, they’re super comfortable, last a long time and come in every colour and design. You can get them in store or online for $10.50 each.

Home Favourite:

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Ikea VARIERA Plastic Bag Dispenser

My boyfriend and I had tons of plastic bags around the house (since he always forgets the reuseable ones) so we needed to get organized do we could reuse the plastic ones. Now they’re perfectly tucks away in this dispenser and gave us more room under the kitchen sink. You can get this for $2.99.

Music Favourite:

Fill Me In by Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd.

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

May Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

I got this as a start primer to my journey of getting into makeup. I do have redness in my face so this was a good start. I don’t like having stuff on my face so getting use to it would be hard but I didn’t find this to be too heavy which is what I liked about it. You can get this at Sephora for mini size $20.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I know Tea Tree oil has been written about before on my blog but that was awhile ago. I got this because at times my chin will break out and it drives me up the wall. So I went to the body shop to see if they had something for me, the last time I got the stick but this time I got the oil which is more concentrated. It makes them smaller and gets rid of them way faster then just waiting for them to go away with washing my face. I got this at the Body Shop for $13.00 for the small bottle.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo

This shampoo is clay based to help fine, limp hair look more voluminous! It works as a pair the shampoo and conditioner so unfortunately you shouldn’t just use the shampoo and a different conditioner because you won’t be getting the full effect. You can get this at any Aveda salon or store for $24.00.

Body Favourite: 

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St. Ives Shower Foam

This product for me was a struggle, first off I only ended up buying it because they were out of my normal shower version of this. I used it but I found that I had to use a lot of it in order to feel clean because it’s foam so it disappears fast. Other than that it was good, it’s soft and skin feels great after. You can get this at Walmart for $6.00.

Home Care Favourite:

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Ikea Foljaren Shower Curtain

I needed a new shower curtain and I’ve always liked Ikea’s because you can wash them so my boyfriend and I picked this one. My house has a lot of brand and nude colours so I’m trying to make it lighter and brighter, especially the bathroom. I got this for $15.00.

Music Favourite:

So High by Wiz Khalifa feat. Ghost Loft

April Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Sephora Mini Color Switch By Vera Mona Brush Cleaner

My sister got me this because I was just starting out with discovering makeup but didn’t have anything to use to clean my brush while i was switching colours to blend. It works well for something so simple and you can clean the brush cleaner. You can get this at Sephora for $18.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum

I got a facial at Sephora and told them I get red and have super senistive skin. She used this on me and I fell in love. I use to use it everyday but I found it to be a bit much for me skin, so now I use it maybe once a week or when I’m going out and I don’t want to be red! You can get this at Sephora for $59.00.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam

This is Aveda’s version of mouse, it gives “weightless body and volume on fine to medium hair.” It works well for someone who wants hold but a gel is too heavy for their hair so you can use a foam! To put this into your hair, spray some onto your paddle brush and comb into hair. You can get this at Aveda stores or salons near you for $32.00.

Body Favourite:

Oribe Cote d’Azur Nourishing Hand Creme

Anything Oribe smells amazing and works amazing, I’ve written about their shampoo and conditioner before. This hand creme is super thick and creamy but works wonders while smelling amazing. You can get this at Oribe suppliers near you for roughly $30-$70.

Home Favourite:

Ikea Silveran Mirror Cabine – White

My boyfriend and I needed more space and storage in our bathroom so we decided to go to Ikea since I had a gift card for there. I had an idea in mind which ones I wanted to look at but I needed to see them in person, there was another one but it was too big so we got this one. As in usual Ikea fashion it was a pain in the ass to put together, it literally took two people. Once we got it up and functioning it was great! The white takes away from all the brown in my bathroom and makes it look clean! You can get this at Ikea for $79.99.

Music Favourite:

Hey Look Ma, I Made It – Panic! At the Disco 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

6 Basic Hair Care Tips to Healthy Hair and Scalp

Tip No. 1: Get Quality Shampoo

Most drug store shampoos have Sulfates and Silcones in them which are bad for our hair. Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) are also found in dish soap and laundry detergent, so if you run out of your drug store shampoo just hop on over to the kitchen and wash your hair there (just kidding!) Sulfates cause the shampoo to work more which causes it to strip away natural occurring proteins, oils and colour; aka drying out your hair (are you wondering why your hair is in tangle after washing?). Now that being said you do need some Sulfates (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate), all this does is allow you to work the shampoo through the hair or else it wouldn’t lather.

Silcones are like rubber/plastic, it gives the illusion of shine but it’s just coating the hair with plastic. This is bad because it’s preventing moisture from penetrating the hair shaft leaving your hair even more dry. This also cause your hair to be more oily.

Now I know ‘better quality’ shampoo can be expensive but you can find them at cheaper prices. In my opinion with better shampoo you tend to need less so if you go for the bigger bottles it’ll be more bang for your buck.

Tip No. 2: Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday

By washing your hair everyday you’re washing away the natural oils that help your scalp and hair. Now that being sad, listen to your scalp and hair. Washing every other day is a great start (some people this is their absolute max days they can push their hair), if your scalp starts to hurt and get itchy then you need to wash your hair. If you have highlights to the root or a bleach out you can probably go way longer because your hair is dry and will absorb the oils.
Waiting too long and not washing you hair can actually cause hair breakage at the root. It happens before the hair gets a chance to grow. If you look at oil under a microscope it’s actually sharp and it can cut the hair before it gets long. It can also clog the pores preventing growth! If you want great hair, have a healthy scalp!

Tip No. 3: Do Nothing To Your Hair

I know this sounds strange and not to mention impossible for most but if you don’t colour, heat style or put up your hair, only wash and dry you’ll have healthy hair (if you get cuts). Basically if you don’t have to style your hair then don’t!

Tip No. 4: Use Product

I know, another scam! Wrong! I work at an Aveda salon because I use Aveda products, I wouldn’t sell you something I don’t use or don’t believe in. If you don’t like products and you style your hair all I ask is you to use a heat protector. This protects the hair from burning when you use your blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, triple barrel, etc. If you love products then talk to your hairstylist and see if you’re getting the right one for your hair, some products are not made for every hair type.

Tip No. 5: Get Treatments

I know this sounds like a scam when your hairstylist suggests doing a treatment but (most) stylist are being honest and you most likely need it. If they’re suggest a treatment they’ve probably noticed a change in your hair or scalp and are trying to put a fix to it as soon as possible before it gets worse. At my salon we have a couple of treatments we absolutely live by and clients see the difference.
If you have highlights/Balayage/Bleach Outs/Breakage we always do Olaplex.
If your hair is Dry/Damage you need moisture and/or protein we do the Aveda Botanical Treatment.
If you have any issue with your scalp (dry, itchy, oily, flakes, etc) you need a scalp “detox” treatment (Aveda Pramasana Treatmeant). If you have any of these issues talk to your stylist they are trained to know scalp and hair issues and can help!

Tip No. 6: Get Hair Cuts!

I know most people think hairstylists are scissor happy and we always cut off more then you want, but if you say an inch we are cutting off 1 inch. We suggest getting haircuts because if you don’t your hair won’t grow. It’s simple and no one believes us. When you don’t cut your hair your hair gets split ends, the ONLY way you can get rid of split ends is a cut, there is NO treatment for this. If you don’t cut the split ends they continue up the hair strand and won’t stop until it reaches the top of our head or until the hair strand breaks off leaving you with less hair. Also when you don’t cut your hair the ends get extremely thin/fine, that’s because it’s dead and it’s getting ready to break off. Please, please cut your hair, even getting a dusting is better then nothing!

That’s it! Those are my 6 basic tips for having healthy hair and scalp!

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.