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.

March Favourites

Makeup Favourite:

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Sephora Eye Pencil To Go – White

Whenever I need a basic eye pencil I always go to Sephora brand. They last forever, have a great pigment and they’re affordable. I have a basic black one that I bought years ago, it was a full size and just now it’s a small pencil. I got this mini one from Sephora for $8.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

I loved my Boscia cleanser but I wanted something new, I’m starting to really love First Aid Beauty and I asked someone what would be good for my skin. I grabbed it and love it. It isn’t harsh on my face, it’s moisturizing and it removes my makeup (the little that I wear) and a little goes a long way. I got this at Sephora for $26.00.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Aveda Volumizing Tonic

This product is best with fine to medium hair, with aloe and wheat amino acids it helps build body and adds shine. This product is made for the root, you spray when hair is wet and style as desired. Aveda products are natural and cruelty free! You can buy this at Aveda stores or Aveda Salons for $31.00.

Body Favourite:

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Roots Hybrid Hoody Jacket

I’ve been looking for a jacket like this forever since my other one fell apart (it was leather) finally I saw one that I liked from Roots. I tried it on and loved it so I had to buy it. I got this at Roots for $138.00.

Home Favourite:

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CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner

When this first came out I wasn’t a believer what so ever but we recently did a mini mirror upgrade on our bathroom to get things off the counter, we ended up having some rust on the counter from metal getting wet. I let the CLR soak for 5 mins and rub off about 3 times and it was complete gone. I was so impressed because the rust stain would have drove me crazy. You get can get this at Walmart and other stores for $9.00.

Music Favourite:

I’ve been waiting by Lil Peep & ILoveMakonnen Feat. Fall Out Boy

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

February Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Custard

I’ve slowly been getting into more makeup other then lips and mascara, which comes with concealer! I decided to try Nars and love it, the only thing is you don’t need a lot! That was my first mistake with this but it’s moisturizing, doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a lot of makeup on your face. I got the mini version at Sephora for $16.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm

I absolutely LOVE this lip balm. I got the different one from first aid beauty that I’ve written about before but wanted to try this one as well. This one is amazing, it’s long lasting and it works! My lips feel amazing after. It does give you a tingly feeling once you put it on but that just means it’s working. I got this at Sephora for $25.00

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Aveda Thickening Tonic

As we all know I work at an Aveda Concept salon so I love Aveda products. This product is for fine to medium hair which helps thicken the strands to have a full style. Aveda products are natural and cruelty free. You can get this this at Aveda stores or Aveda salons for $39.00.

Body Care Favourite:

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Hannah Bower/The Gym

Recently I’ve wanted to get back into shape so I bought Hannah Bowers workout guide. Let me tell you it kicks my ass! I drip of sweat every time I do her workouts (which are HITT base) and I feel amazing after it. You can get her workouts at https://hannahbower2.com/ The guide I got was $50.

Home Favourite:

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Swell Water Bottle

I got the Swell water bottle as a gift for Christmas and ever since then I bring this bottle with me everywhere. I pour water in from my Brita in the fridge, went to bed and woke up and it’s cold like I just poured it. Its durable, has amazing colours and designs and it works. You can get these from a lot of locations but the most popular that I know of is Chapters. For the 17oz it’s $45.00.

Music Favourite:

Lets Fall in Love by Mother Mother

 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg

January Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I got this beside I want to get into makeup but I wanted a cheaper foundation but also not bad quality such as shoppers foundation for my sensitive skin. I wanted something that would cover my face but that wouldn’t completely cover my freckles. I tried it in store and had another person try a different brand on my face but I liked this one better. I also hate the feeling of having makeup on my face, this one doesn’t give me that feeling. I got this at Sephora for $52.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Caudalie Purifying Mask

I wanted a mask to help my skin from the break outs I was having due to all the chocolate I was eating at Christmas. Online everyone said that this didn’t help the breakouts but their skin felt amazing. For me it was the opposite, it made all my pimples come out then they went away, so things got worse before they got better but that’s life. It smells amazing, as I said leaves your skin feeling great. I got this at Sephora for $47.00.

Hair Care Favourite

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Aveda Air Control Light Hold Hairspray

This has to be my all time favourite hairspray I’ve ever used. It smells great, it’s a light hold so it doesn’t make your hair crunchy and it lasts a long time. In fact usually the spray button usually needs to be cleaned before you run out of it. I use this for everything, if I straighten my hair I put a little on my hands then “swipe” the top of my head to put those flyaways away, after I curl my hair I spray it, if I need my curl to last even longer then it does I spray before I curl and so on. You can get this at Aveda salons or store for $40.00.

Body Favourite:

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

I’ve written about this before but for a face cream, the reason I’m writing it for body favourite is because this product you can use all over your body. Lately my body had been super dry so I’ve been putting it on the areas that need the most love, my hands and forearms. I know that sounds weird but it’s because my hands and forearms are constantly in water and they get dried out. I put this on every night and it’s been helping a great deal. I got this at Sephora for $40.00.

Home Favourite:

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Dakota Boot Dryer

If your Canadian and live in Ontario you know we just got beat with 32cm (12.5 inches) of snow in one day. This is fine, I’m Canadian but our boots still get wet and we usually only have one part. My boyfriend works outside in the winter and he bought this boot dryer, it’s the best thing. It’s small, all you have to do in plug it in and let it go to work. I’ve been using this like crazy because my dog wants to go out every two minutes so my boots are absolutely soaked from that and shoveling. You can get these at Marks Works Warehours for $50.00.

Music Favourite: 

Chlorine by Twenty One Pilots 

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

December Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-ment – Vibrant Red

I love a good red lips and Aveda has a great red lip and it’s natural! You can get this at Aveda for $30.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Boscia Charcoal Imperfection Corrector

Ever need a good spot treatment? Boscia Charcoal Imperfection Corrector is the one to get. The charcoal helps dry out the unwanted impurities without irritating the skin. Be sure to not to shake it! The water and treatment need to be separate! I got this at Sephora for $37.

Hair Care Favourite:

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Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray 

I got this randomly when I was waiting to cash out at Sephora and thought it was a good thing to try. I curl my hair a lot and need a like hold hair spray that will give some texture to my short bob. I got this at Sephora for $32.

Body Favourite: 

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Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

One day I was at Sephora I was walking around and I randomly put this moisturizer on the back of my hand, I continued to walk around looking at other products then rubbed my hand. It was so unbelievably soft that I just had to have it. I did the exact same thing to my friend and she fell in love with it as well. This is $50 at Sephora.

Home Favourite: 

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Cuisinart Programmable Coffee Maker

My boyfriend and I went to a Kitchen Stuff Plus Warehouse sale and found this coffee maker for $50. Now I don’t personally drink coffee but my boyfriend does and this was a good deal, it works wonders and you can’t go wrong for $50.

Music Favourite: 

Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.

November Favourites

Makeup Favourite: 

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Sephora Eye Lash Curler

As I wrote before I comb my lashes before curling them, I curl them with a simple eye lash curler from the Sephora Brand. There’s not much to say about a eye lash curler, it does it’s job and it’s not that bad of the price at $19.00.

Skin Care Favourite:

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Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask

Recently I’ve been getting into more skin care and masks as my face is losing it’s mind as we get closer to the holidays. I found this one and gave it a try (so did my boyfriend), my skin felt so smooth and soft after. Putting it on is easy, it dries fast and doesn’t hurt to peel it off. I got this at Sephora for $45.

Hair Care Favourite: 

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Pramasana Scalp Care

Once again Aveda products are my favourite when it comes to hair care, and to have the best hair care you have to have a healthy scalp. Pramasana is a 3 step at home scalp treatment. Step 1. Exfoliating Scalp Brush, work around in circles on your scalp which helps remove build up. Step 2. Purifying Scalp Cleanser, you can use on dry or wet hair, use like you would shampoo all over the scalp, rinse, shampoo with regular shampoo, condition. This helps cleanse and exfoliates to help balance sebum. Step 3. Protective Scalp Concentrate helps balances sebum levels and helps protect the scalp. After coming out of the shower part clean hair and use dropper, cover head with small drops and massage in. This product helps HUGE when it comes to all scalp issues, unfortunately it doesn’t come cheap, Step 1 is $30, step 2 is $45 and step 3 is $57. If you can’t afford them all separability Aveda salons will have the treatment that they can do for you for roughly $30.

Body Care:

Cool Shower Water

Believe it or not in Canada when it gets super cold everything gets dry; hair, lips, eyes and our skin. I don’t know about other ladies but I myself loves a good hot shower but that doesn’t sit well with my skin. I constantly have to remind myself to not have a boiling hot shower even though it feels good at the moment, I know it will dry my skin out and cool shower water will help that.

Home Favourite:

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Rogers Anyplace Tv 

My boyfriend and I don’t have cable but we love watching the Leafs play but finding a link can be hard. Thankfully my amazing Mum has cable and anyone with Rogers apparently have Anyplace Tv. Using her login we can watch hockey in peace!

Music Favourite: 

 

High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco

Thanks for reading,

Maeg.