St. Jacob’s Farmers Market

I know I’ve talked about it before but the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market is definitely a place that you need to visit at some point in your life.  It is so tranquil and peaceful.  The look of the village and the market take you back in time to when it all began in the 1800’s.  There are so many different locations within the town that you have the option of checking out but there is already so much within the market itself it would surely take a while to check out everything.  Here’s a little sneak peak.

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College Wardrobe Essentials – Lazy Days

1. Joggers.

Just think of these magical pants as sweatpants but much, much more fashionable.  If you really want to wear sweatpants but think your crush might show up or you have already worn sweatpants for the past 3 days straight, these are the perfect alternative.  It’s like sweatpants and your most fashionable bottoms had a baby.  Joggers are the perfect hybrid of comfort and style.  They feel like sweatpants but look one hundred times better and more put together.

2. Blanket Scarf.

When you just want to crawl back into bed or when you want to bring your bed with you to class, a blanket scarf is the perfect alternative.  You’ll look fabulous since it can be styled in so many different ways and you can get a variety of patterns but you’ll feel like you never even left the most comfortable place in the world.  It’s the perfect accessory.

3. Flannel.

You can wrap it around your waist or wear it as a shirt.  Flannels are probably the most versatile piece of clothing you can own and they are super trendy for school.  There are so many different colour palettes and styles that you’ll be sure to find at least five that you love.  And that’s perfect! One for each day of the week!  You can never have too many flannels.

4. Converse/Vans.

I have been wearing Converse shoes for years and just recently purchased a pair of Vans.  These two brands of shoes are the only ones that I do not need to break in at all!  They are extremely comfortable even if you are standing on your feet all day and the variety of colours and styles make them perfect for any occasion, especially school.  You can express yourself and look stylish and trendy while you do it, not to mention your feet won’t be aching at the end of the day.

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College Wardrobe Essentials

Summer is the perfect time to update your wardrobe. Whether you are entering high school, university or starting a new job, revamping your wardrobe can give you that confidence that you need to really succeed.

Below is a list of articles that are essential to have in your wardrobe and can be combined in an abundance of ways to create a new look almost everyday.  They’re super easier to grab and throw on in the morning if you slept in or just don’t know what to wear!

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My Hair Donation Experience

About a week ago, I made a somewhat rash decision to make a hair appointment.  I never make hair appointments, my mom usually just trims my hair herself so this was a big decision.  I had been growing my hair out for a long time with the intention of donating it right after my grade 12 prom.  Grade 12 was a strange year for me,  I ended up getting sick and was in the hospital for a couple of months.  I had lost a lot of my hair and as I was recovering my hair grew back.  I wanted my hair to grow back more and be healthier so I could donate it when it was at its best.  I trimmed it a couple of times just to keep it alive without all of the split ends and breakage.  Finally, after prom this year, I decided to make the cut.  I made the appointment in a moment of braveness one Wednesday night and told the salon to make it as soon as possible.

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Exploring Home

Since it is summertime, many people are expected to travel to exotic worlds and spend weeks lying in the sun like a gecko.  While this may seem quite intriguing and satisfying, it is also extremely expensive. Ain’t nobody got money for that!

Earlier this week, one of my best friends and I went on a little adventure in a close-by little town.  It was the perfect escape from everyday life and it didn’t cost a pretty penny, well except for the $2 I spent on a mousse cake but let’s be honest, I probably would have paid way more for that!

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Festival Fashion

Spring and summer is the perfect time to go out to music festivals. Coachella kicked off festival season already this year but we have tons of festivals to come.

I’ve been asked many times already what people should wear to a festival. My answer? Nothing. Okay, maybe not really but festivals are a place for crop tops, bralettes as shirts, short shorts, no bra and sometimes even no shirts. “Nudity is a must at festivals.” Couldn’t have said it better myself Alexa Chung. It’s so true. And the more festivals become popular, the more it becomes true.

So what if you’re not in the mood for showing off everything that you have to offer? Here are some festival trends you can’t go wrong rocking.

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St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser – Blemish Control

Let me just say something extremely cheesy first. This is my holy grail product. Now that that’s over with… This is, quite honestly, a product that I absolutely love and use almost everyday and I have been using almost every single day for the past 5 years.

I always use this product first thing in the morning with just a little bit of water. I wet my face first then apply one pump of the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser. After rubbing this on my face and lathering it up, I rinse it off and pat my face dry with a clean towel. The reason that I pat my skin dry rather than rubbing it is that rubbing the skin can irritate it especially if you have sensitive or dry skin as well as remove essential natural oil cause your skin to become dry.

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This product also has 100% naturally sourced extracts. Now this sounds great but what does it really mean? Well, the word “natural” all depends on who you are talking to and what you are talking about. The phrase “naturally sourced” has raised plenty of questions as it appeared on more and more products over the years and I am still not 100% sure of what it truly means. In this case, I tend to believe that the scent is 100% natural. I have to admit that I do like the whole”naturally sourced” aspect of this product even though I’m not sure of it’s meaning. I fell into the trap.

Even if the scent was added, which, now that I think of it in more depth, I’m glad it’s not, there are so many more reasons why I fell in love with this product. It’s paraben free! If you’re like me, you are scratching your head wondering what that means and why you should care. Parabens are widely used preservatives in cosmetics. They act like salt does in food to prevent fungus, mole and bacteria from growing in your products. They is quite the controversy surrounding parabens with some researchers saying that parabens are bad because they can act as the hormone estrogen and cause infertility or even breast cancer while others state that in small amounts this chemical does not significant damage. I think the keyword there is “significant”. But I for one believe that since this product is paraben-free, there is no danger related to the little guys here.

Continuing on, this product is “oil-free”. Now I can be slightly skeptical when products are labeled as such since a lot of the time the company will produce the oil synthetically and this will allow for the product to be labeled as “oil-free”. After looking at the list of ingredients in the St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser I noticed two things in particular. Well, two ingredients more so. The first ingredient was something called cocamidopropyl Betaine. Now this is an organic compound but it is also derived from coconut oil. I know it says “derived” and not “it is…” but the two are actually very similar. The second ingredient is even worse. Menthyl acetate constitutes approximately 3-5% of the volatile oil in the peppermint plant. Since this can be synthetically produced much like cocamidopropyl, it is still okay for the label to say “oil-free”. Why is it such a big deal that a product is oil-free? Well, to me it’s not since I don’t have oily skin but either way, the more oil Ina product, the more likely it is to break you out.

Next on the list of “benefits” on this label is this product contains salicylic acid. Most cosmetic products that claim to help acne or are blemish clearing will contain approximately .5% to 2% salicylic acid. The St. Ives Cleanser contains 2%, so it is on the higher end. This range is the best for clearing mild to moderate acne without causing the skin to become overly dry. Looking at how salicylic acid actually works is kind of scary but since it is used in a diluted solution and it has been working for me,I have no problem with it. When salicylic acid is applied to the skin it gently removes the excess skin and causes the outermost layer of skin to swell, soften and peel. This removes dead skin and will also clear out pores as it removes excess skin from the hair follicles. By doing so. This prevents acne from occurring.

Finally, this product is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic meaning it is relatively unlikely to be the cause of an allergic reaction. I always feel a little bit better about applying a product that is tested by dermatologist because this way I know that what I am putting on my skin is going to be relatively safe. That being said, the FDA does not require proof that products with this label really are tested by doctors. As well, almost every product is going to cause an allergic reaction in somebody with sensitive skin. Again, this label is misleading but they are able to put it on their product.

Through all of their packaging changes, I have been there for this product and this product has been there for me. In the end, I still love this product because it has worked for me. Even though I do not agree with some of their advertising on the label, I would still highly recommend this product for the product itself.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics

Let’s just take a minute to appreciate this palette. No. It deserves more than that. It deserves an eternity of silence because it is absolute perfection. Well maybe not exactly… That being said I do think that I would probably talk after about ten minutes less than eternity because there is just a couple of flaws with this palette, one of which I think actually works out in it’s favour. I’ll quit the chit chat and get into it.

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This palette consists of 6 neutral colours, which I was led to believe we’re all matte when this palette first came out but that’s not true. The Naked Basics palette of “must-own shades (with four exclusives!) features both mates and satins for lids, liner and crease.” The colours are Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint and Crave in order from lightest to darkest. Venus is a slightly shimmery colour that works great to highlight the inner corner of your eye and below the brow bone. This was the “flaw” that I had mentioned earlier. Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint and Crave are all matte colours that can work on almost any part of your eye. These colours are extremely pigmented and last quite a while especially when paired with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (I prefer this primer in Eden). These colours are great for creating a simple and flawless lid or jazzing it up for a night out. The shades in this palette will also act as great base colours for any shadow look. I will link my pinterest page down below so you can access the Naked Basics tutorials that I have pinned.

Now to get into the nitty gritty part of this review:

What was my initial impression of this product?
The colours are stunning. It can be very versatile and worn on ever occasion. This palette is very compact and great for travel. This palette, unlike the Urban Decay Naked palette, closes very snug so no product will be damaged (hopefully). This palette would look great on every skin colour and eye colour. One slight problem for me that I noticed was that the shadow “Crave” seemed to fall apart in the palette and it caused a slight layer of shadow dust to form on top of the solid, compact product.

How does this product apply?
In applying this product, I noticed that it apples very heavily to the area that you first touch with the brush and that can sometimes be frustrating, especially if it does not blend out completely. With that said, if you are blending out into the outer corner or the crease, it does take a little bit of work but it blends very nicely. The product applies smoothly and, for the most part, evenly.

Does this product withstand wear and weather?
This product has lasted me an extremely long time when I wear it especially when I apply a thin layer of the UD Primer Potion underneath. I wore this product to prom which was on a very hot day and it lasted throughout the heat, humidity and the very stuffy room. This product has also lasted me through sweat and tears.

Does this product fall out?
Like with all makeup, this product does have a slight fall out off of the brush when you apply it but it is extremely minimal. This is nothing to worry about in my opinion.

Does this product crease?
No. Not for me anyways. Not when I wear a primer underneath. This product lasts and it look flawless the entire time. I have oily eyelids so it is usually a problem for me to have eyeshadows crease but this product does not do that to me.

Would I purchase this product again?
Overall, this product is great. It is amazing and for the amount of product that you get and the quality of the product that you get, it is very affordable. So to answer this question, yes. I would definitely purchase this product again.

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