Not so Last Minute.

Even though I may be writing this post last minute it’s not. I have been pondering ideas of what to write about since Friday is the day that I always post. I at least wanted to give you something today.

Today was an eventful day. I got my wisdom teeth out. Great. Or not. Right now, hopped up on the drugs, I feel great but I’m sure tomorrow I won’t. Let’s just say this journey will be interesting.

Starting from the beginning, I had to wake up at 4:30 this morning and be at the hospital by 6:00. I had to drink 2 cups of cold apple juice before 5:00 and, because I didn’t actually get out of bed before 4:55, I only had a couple of minutes to drink it all. Not a good idea.

Honestly, at this point, I can say that it isn’t that bad. Just some bleeding and minimal pain. As long as I can get back to my mom’s cooking soon, I think I’ll survive.

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.


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.


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.


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.

My Pinterest

Just Chatting

Let’s just talk for a minute and figure some stuff out. I feel as though it is important for me to define my blog and the kinds of things that I am going to be publishing. From what I have already posted, I hope it is clear that I am going to be posting reviews about makeup, fashion and beauty as well as general things in those categories. I don’t have a set schedule yet for my postings but I am definitely going to try to get out at least one post per week.

I will also be posting about things that are going on in my life. Whether it be adventures such as travel or excursions or just places that I want to go. I will be posting about my life in general and of course about things in the news.

If you have anything that you would like me to review or share my opinion about, I would be more than happy to do so after all I am doing this for you.


Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick

I absolutely love trying out new makeup products. Now I’m not going to claim to be a professional when it comes to makeup or anything like that, heck I usually just slap on a coat of mascara and go out the door. But when I need to look slightly more done up, I certainly can.

I decided recently to purchase a new foundation since my skin has gotten darker since the middle of December and the foundation that I had did not match anymore and I never really liked it. It left a cake-y like look to my face, it would rub off and if felt way too heavy.

While on my hunt for a foundation that needed to be perfect enough that I could wear it to prom, I came across the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick. So of course I went home and did my research on the product before I went out to buy it.


Just in case you are researching the product like I did, here are some facts. The foundation stick is available in 12 shades ranging from Porcelain to Coconut so you will most likely be able to find your colour. Creamy gel foundation transforms to a matte powder. The stick includes an anti-shine core that contains powders to absorb any excess oil from the skin that leaves the skin looking shine free and matte with a powder-like finish.

Now for my opinions. Before I go any further it would probably be helpful to know that I have normal skin. Not oily or dry. Now moving on… When I first used this product, I was a little skeptical about how it would look against my skin. I didn’t want it to be too cake-y but I wanted it to conceal some of the redness on my face and give me an overall matte look for pictures on a hot day. Maybelline recommends that you use your fingers to blend the product throughout but I decided to try a couple of different techniques. For the first technique, I tried my fingers and that worked but I felt as though by touching my face with my hands, I was just adding more oil and not allowing the product to work to the best of it’s abilities. Moving on I also tried using an applicator much like the ones that you would receive in a powder. I felt as though that method took the majority of the makeup off of my face rather than distributing in over my face. Finally, I used a brush and this method was by far my favourite. This distributed the product evenly and with the most natural look.

When I apply this product I always apply it in a very thin even layer so my natural skin shows through but I get as much coverage as I need. That being said there definitely the option to build up this product to get more coverage and still have it look very natural.

Even through this product gives that powder-type finish I still set it with a pressed powder just to give an added matte look and security to the foundation that will last all day and all night.  It was my perfect prom foundation.

That's me in the blue dress.
That’s me in the blue dress.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with this foundation and would definitely repurchase it! Especially if it was on sale. Hint hint

Waterfall Outfit

Seeing as it is the summertime, I thought I would spend a morning down by the water. And what better place to go than the Wild Water Preserve in Minden Hills? Of course I took some pictures to capture its beauty but it was just so amazing to see such a natural, gorgeous and incredible place.

Minden Collage

The Minden Wild Water Preserve is approximately 100 acres of land that spans over a portion of the Gull River. In the vicinity there are campsites where you can have a campfire or a picnic, there are small and large picnic shelters, there are trails on which you can hike, bike or cross-country ski in the winter time, and of course, the water itself.

The rapids that are throughout the preserve will be the location of the 2015 Pan American Games. I thought that was pretty cool and I am so excited to watch the games and be able to say that I was there. While I was there, I got the opportunity to witness some very intense kayakers preparing themselves to tackle the water. Could you only imagine how terrifying that would be?

I didn’t, or more accurately, couldn’t leave without taking some pictures. As well, I had to throw in a couple of myself. I love to see what others wear, not only during the summertime but all year around so consider this a review of my outfit.


My shorts are definitely the focal point of this outfit with the small daisy print that resembles me in a flower so well. They are just so loose and flowy. My tip for purchasing a pair of flowy shorts like these is if you can buy a size or two bigger, do it. This was easy for me because these shorts are drawstring so I could easily adjust around the waist. By buying the shorts a size larger, they become even more flowy. These shorts are definitely on point in my books and get a 4.5/5 stars for comfort as well.

My denim top adds an essence of laid back and casualness to this outfit. It’s oversized and extremely comfortable making it the perfect piece to throw on over a cute summer outfit on those chilly summer mornings.

The black bralette top that I am wearing is definitely a staple in my wardrobe. This pairs with pretty much everything and brings the outfit together. If I wanted to remove the denim top, it would reveal a very strappy and flirty back that I believe is perfect for the summertime and great as a little added detail to any outfit.

Finally, of course, I am sporting my classic all white chucks that I wear almost everywhere. They are super comfortable and very stylish. Along with my chuck converse I had to add a pair of sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun. These have been one of my favourite pairs this summer and the added gold detailing along the sides make these sunglasses look so much more expensive than they actually are.

Shorts –
Top –
Denim Top – Bluenotes
Sunglasses – Ardene
Shoes –

This is Me

Get to Know Me

Probably like a lot of you, I get bored during the summertime. When there are a thousand things to do, I can’t seem to find a single one or, to put it more truthfully, I’m lazy. But I think everybody is to an extent. I also think that I am just saying that to make myself feel better.
Anyways, I forced myself to make a list for the past couple of summers of things that I wanted to accomplish. Kind of like a bucket list for the summer. Well, one of the things this year was to get back into blogging. I started a blog a long time ago for school (if that even counts) but I never really got into it. I have been tossing and turning the idea of putting myself out there for a while now and I figured that there is no time like the present (that was cheesy…so cheesy).
So I guess this is about the time that I should introduce myself. Although, if you are like myself, you have most likely already “creeped” my profile and know more about me than I might mention here. Either way, I hope this allows you to get formally introduced to me.
My name is Julia Dippel, I am 18 years old as of April 8th, I live in a not so little city in Ontario, Canada but when most people ask me where I just say Toronto because everybody knows that place.  I am very adventurous but am definitely shy as well.  I love to run and play sports, I love to dress up and lounge around.  I am currently going to high school (I am taking a fifth year or “victory lap” due to health issues that I can get into if you want). I aspire to be in the field of sciences but I also want to go out and defy odds. I love to get together with my friends and relax with my family even though that always risks a classic dad joke and some strange moments. Hopefully that is not just my family. I don’t have an extremely exciting life where I do something crazy and different everyday. I like to sit back, relax and take some time for myself but I always try to make the best of every situation that I am in. I take silly selfies that I look back on and wonder “why”. I act like a 6-year-old when I am with my best friend and I think way to much about everything (I’ll leave that open-ended for now).
I’m not going to lie. I want you to like me as most people want to be liked for a number of reasons but mainly I want to have fun, express myself and keep you and I both coming back for more (was that just me or did that sound dirty to you?). Oh gosh.