Fresh Face Friday – Dermaplaning

Smooth, blemish free skin is a dream for all and with endless treatments on the market we are bound try anything! Dermaplaning is a great non invasive treatment for exfoliation dull, lack luster skin and velous hair (those baby fines on your cheeks aka peach fuzz). Now I know you are going to do a quick google and gasp when you see deathly razors perched up against faces, or alternatively run to the store to grab a pack of blades, but just slow down; let me explain! Dermaplaning uses a sterile medical scalpel to exfoliate your skin by sloughing off the dead skin from the epidermis. As it is using a scalpel it also removes those baby fine hairs, peach fuzz. This procedure is done under the care of a specially trained medical esthetician, please don’t go running out to buy a scalpel and try this at home, eek, that could be dangerous.

The results from this treatment are instant, smooth dewy glowing skin. It is a versatile treatment as it is suitable for almost all skin types. Those with severe Acneic skin should avoid this treatment. For those looking for a gentler alternative to microdermabrasion this is for you!

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Toddler Travels – Oregon Road Trip

I love sunny summer days filled with road trips, fun music and a lot of laughter! Being a mum of a toddler I wasn’t sure how my little on would fair on a long journey so we have been holding off on any road trips since the little guy was born. This year we thought we would do something small and see how he does. We decided to head down the coast into Washington and Oregon, our first stop was Great Wolfe Lodge – our little man absolutely loved it! If you have children who adore swimming this is a haven for them, with lots of slides for every age, activities and a big play structure it is fun for all ages. It is definitely catered to the kids so don’t expect any fancy meal options, but there is a Starbucks on site should you need your coffee fix.

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The Holy Grail – Eye Shadow Primer

Hello boys and gals! I have been out of the loop as school and work has been hectic! I am excited to tell you all (drum roll please!) that I have found some new employment which is back in the beauty industry! I am super excited as it is at a Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center which is going to be an amazing learning experience and more new things to blog about. I have been there about a week and it has been great so far, lots of learning!Thank_Me_Later_full_size_grande

I also wanted to do a little product review on my new fave make up product. I am excited to share what I think may be the most amazing eye shadow primer ever! I am not really big on primer more so because it never works, I have tried a MAC primer and one by Jane Iredale and they just didn’t do the trick. I was subscribed to IPSY for a while and hoarded a bunch of samples which I am still trying to work my way through and one of the products I started using a month ago turned into my absolute favourite, the Continue reading

Lashes for Days

The celeb trend that is rubbing off on just about everyone is the obsession over long thick luxurious lashes. Whether your fortunate to be blessed with lashes for days, have been faking it til’ you make it or are just trying every thing out there I think I have found the holy grail! Or at least I like to think I have.

As an avid curl-a-holic, my lashes have thinned out over the years. I have been avidly curling them since I was probably 14 or 15, needless to say it caused them to be sparse and thin. Unfortunately, unlike my husband and tot I don’t have curly lashes mine go straight down. I used to use falsies for special occasions and nights out but all I wanted was my youthful lashes back and more. Then came along latisse! I bumped into the product a little while ago but I was a little skeptic, fast forward 2 years and my optometrist was carrying it! I was actually there for Kiyan’s eye appointment but couldn’t resist asking the doc how she felt about Latisse. She told me it was a great product and all I would need to do is book an appointment with her to ensure I could use it and I would be on my way. So, yessss, I did! 2 months later I friggin love it! My lashes are definitely longer. At the 2 month mark I went to visit my optometrist for a lash growth measurement. I started at 3.5mm and I am up to 5mm – amazing!  I try not to wear mascara daily so I am not continually curling my lashes. I guess you live and learn. Check out my before and after:

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Sugarfina – Candy for days!

sugarA few sweets to celebrate! I am officially 30 everyone! After having a well deserved week off work I feel great! My hubby and I had the week off together and decided to have a staycation exploring the city and doing things we didn’t ordinarily do. We started off our week with some cross-border shopping. I scooped up these amazing Kate Spade sunnies for a cool $45 US, what a steal!

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The Ultimate Hair Product Guide

Ok, first off I am not a hair stylist, I studied skin but not hair. However, being in the beauty industry and having a bestie who is a hair stylist I feel, has allowed me to kind of know what I am talking about haha.

So it all started last year when I was working at professional distributor for hair products and holy crap did I learn a lot about hair! I also experimented with mine, I am not really very adventerous but I dyed my natural dark brown/black locks a dark red. I got bored of that quick then cocktail shampooed the colour out, went back to dark brown, then added a balayage, and then more recently an all over level 3 before babylights. So my hair was totally A-ok well kind of! I am not going to lie the cocktail shampoo dried my locks out a bit, as that involved a de-colourizer, mixed with bleach and shampoo. Yes, I know, but that was the only way to strip the red out of my hair. The one thing I learned through all this was the importance on using good quality hair products. No drugstore short cuts for me.  I fell in love with a line called L’Anza they literally have some of the best ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioners out there. Why do I love it? It doesn’t weigh my hair down. I tried Moroccan Oil, now the oil I love but the shampoo and conditioners are very heavy and leave your hair lifeless. Having tried a huge amount of product I have come to realize that  you really need to find the right product for your hair. Remember it isn’t a one size fits all, same with skin care. So here are some of my go to’s and friend favourites for different hair days.

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Bumble & Bumble Pret a Powder   I   Living Proof Full Thickening Cream   I
Verb Volume Spray    I   Living Proof Instant Texture Volumizer   I
Show Beauty Lux Volume Lotion

Wavy:

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Blowpro Textstyle Dry Texture Spray   I   Big Sexy Hair Powder Play   I   Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1
I   Verb Sea Spray   I   Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry

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April Obsessions

April Obsessions

April has been a hectic month for me to say the least. My hubby left for work for 6 weeks to Asia and I have been juggling a 2 year old, work and getting in some much needed exercise. I applaud all the single parents out there! I am really fortunate to have a workplace that allows me to have flexibility to do pick up and drop off to daycare as well as family close by to help out whenever needed. The entire month I was caught up in keeping Kiyan busy and making sure I had lots of fun activities planned out for him that I wasn’t really taking care of myself and ended up having a cold mid month which wasn’t so fun either.

On a happy note, I had a few successes this month! I have a 2.5 year old who is potty trained! Success! It was hard and I had to enlist the help of my mum on days I was at work but the deed is done, I am so proud of my little man. He was also using a soother up until April and with the help of a great friend that has gone now too.

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I did also find time to obsess over a few things! I was in desperate need of some casual shoes and after searching high and low I found these super comfy Keds for Kate Spade. These are my first pair of Keds and so far I really like them. They are slip-on’s which is handy and they are really comfy to wear all day long. There were a couple of others I was eyeing but of course no luck in my size! Continue reading