Making the switch to reusable cotton pads

Hey guys! Today I will be discussing reusable cotton pads or rounds (whatever you like you call them). I am trying to be more mindful of the waste I am creating because climate change is real and alive everyone. While I am by no means perfect, I am trying. One product that I noticed I used a lot was cotton pads. I use them to remove my makeup, tone my face and remove nail polish. I have a massive stockpile, and once I was on my last package I decided to buy some reusable cotton pads.

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I know there are many options on Amazon, but it felt counterproductive to buy a sustainable product and have it shipped in plastic to my house. So when my friend told me about OKO Creations, I decided to check them out. They are a Canadian company and are in 200 stores across the country. I was able to buy them at my local Organic Garage.

I purchased the OKO Creations Makeup up removal pads. They come with eight pads. On the package, it says that the pack replaces up to 750 disposable pads per year. Not sure how they got that metric but either way switching to reusable pads does save on disposable ones.

I have decided to use these pads for makeup removal and for toning my face. I don’t feel comfortable using these pads for removing nail polish, so I will still use disposable pads for that purpose. But since I don’t remove my nail polish very often and only use one pad I felt like that was okay.

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Washed (left) vs. brand new (right)

These pads before quite well. I find that they work better once they have been washed once, so it might be good to wash them when you first get them. They are larger than normal pads, so I can remove a full face of makeup with one pad. I will say that they do absorb more product than a normal disposable pad, especially toner.

The pads clean fairly easily. The instructions were to rinse and soap after using to reduce stains, and then to put in wash and dryer like normal clothes. I put them in a small garment bag. I haven’t had any issues washing and found the staining to be minimum to none.

I have only been using the reusable pads for a couple of weeks so I can’t attest how long they will last. But I think even if they only last half a year that’s still better than using disposable pads every day.

I like these pads and will continue to use them! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to switch over to reusable cotton pads. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

Revisiting my 2018 Favourites

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great holiday! I didn’t have a post go up on Tuesday because I was travelling, so I will have a bonus post go up on Sunday come back for that. Today I will be going back to my 2018 Beauty Favourites and sharing my thoughts on those products. Do I still love them and recommend them?

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My palette recommendation was the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette. I actually just brought that palette with me to Punta Cana because I love the cream contour. I don’t use the highlights or bronzers very often though. I have tons of highlights that I use more often than these, but maybe that’s something I should work on using more.

My foundation pick was the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation and I still love this foundation. I use it all the time still and I 100% still recommend this foundation.

My two concealer favourites were the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer. I still love the Nars concealer. It’s basically the only concealer I used all of 2019. I didn’t use the Estee Lauder concealer that much. I find the shade I have to be a bit too yellow, so I don’t use it very often.

My powder recommendation was the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder. I still really like this powder. I don’t use it as often because I am trying to use up other powders in my collection, but this powder is still really great if you have oily skin.

My two mascara favourites were the  IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara and the Butter London Double Decker Mascara. I finally threw away my Butter London mascara because it was getting really old and flaky. But I really do like the Butter London mascara. It makes my lashes look naturally wispy. This mascara is just not easy to purchase in Canada. I did repurchase the IT Cosmetics mascara and I do find it’s great at giving lashes volume. But I do have different mascaras that are my 2019 faves, so stay tuned. 👀

I had four favourite lip products. The first was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm. It’s good, but I prefer other lip balms over it. I will finish my current one (currently living in my car lol), but I don’t think I will repurchase it. Next was the Girlactik Long Lasting Matte Lip Paint. Man, I still love this lipstick. I wear it all the time, it’s just a great shade and is comfortable on the lips. Next was the  Creme Lux Lipstick by Colourpop in the shade What’s Your Sign. I do like this lipstick, but I don’t wear it very often. I definitely should wear it more! Finally was the Sephora Collection Outrageous Effect Volume Lip Gloss. I’m not as into this gloss anymore. I find the lip plumping effect to be a little annoying. Like I do like the look of the gloss, but I could do without the lip plumper.

The final favourite was the PUR PRO Eyelashes. I still like these lashes. I am super careful with my lashes, always taking the glue off so these lashes are still kicking around. Because I like these lashes so much I don’t wear them very often, but I probably have a few more wears before they are done.

And those were my 2018 favourites. It’s funny how some products I still use all the time, and others I have barely used in 2019. On Tuesday I will be sharing my 2019 favourites, so make sure it check that out.

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – November 2019

Hey guys! So this is a new series I want to start on my blog. After decluttering my makeup collection (post coming soon!) and watching a few project pan/no buy videos, I wanted to implement something myself.

So the plan is for every month (except this one lol) I will pick a products that I am going to focus on using. I will try and use those products as much as possible. Then the first Tuesday of the next month I will give an update and pick new products for the month!

I have selected two products for this month. The first is the Colourpop Element of Surprise palette. Now unfortunately I just realized that it’s unavailable anymore. But I think it’s good for me to use up products. So all month long I am going to focus on only creating eyeshadow looks using this palette. Next month I promise I will select a palette that is still available lol!

The other product I have selected in the Steve Laurant Lip Liner. I have a bunch of lip liners in my collection, but I never use them. So since this one is basically brand new – I only got it in my Boxycharm three months ago – I thought it would be good to get some use of it.

So I have included some photos of what the products look like now, and in my update I will share if I have made any progress and my thoughts on the products after using them for a month!

I would love if you guys would join me in this journey! Let me know if you are working on any project pans in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

Book Review 001

Hey guys! This week’s blog is a little different than usual – it’s a book review! While I love talking about beauty and makeup, there are other things that I am passionate about that I want to share. Something you might not know about me is that I am a big reader. So I have decided to write some reviews for you guys! I was totally inspired by Jess of Sunbeamsjess. She has an amazing Youtube channel and a blogger, and she is definitely one of my idols haha! I totally recommend you guys check her out 🙂

Please keep in mind that while I love reading and writing, I don’t study literature or anything like that. So my reviews are going to be pretty superficial, but I thought they might be useful if you are looking for some normal suggestions. I’m going to group a couple books together in one post because I won’t be writing in depth reviews of them. The three I’m going to write about today I read in the summer. I am currently in the middle of a series that I started at the end of the summer – expect a review of that once I’m finally done that!

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A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

If you like historical drama/mysteries, you will love this book. The novel is based off the real murder of Grace Brown, from the fictionalized perspective of Mattie. The novel is set in the 1900s in the Adirondack Mountains of New York – a place I’ve been to and love! The story switches between before and after Mattie has learned about Grace’s murder, which really kept me in suspense. While the murder mystery is pretty obvious, I was intrigued by Mattie’s story. I finished this book really quickly because I was so captivated. Highly recommend for all my fellow historical fans.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book is very commonly read in high school in Canada, but I actually never read it! I decided to read it so I could watch the tv show (which I still haven’t watched yet…). I’ve never read anything by Margaret Atwood, but I can understand why her works are studied. The text is full of imagery, symbolism, and philosophical monologues. Atwood does a great job of balancing those passages with tons of action, so the reader never is bored. The story is a near-future dystopian tale, and while it was written over 30 years ago, the novel is still very applicable to today. A little funny side story about this novel: my coworker had to read the novel for summer school, and she told me this the day after I finished the novel. She said I really hyped up the book for her, and she actually ended up enjoying it! If you want a thought-provoking tale, I highly recommend The Handmaid’s Tale.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

After reading The Handmaid’s Tale, I wanted something a little more light-hearted. This is the second book I’ve read by Jennifer E. Smith. I also read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, and to be honest I liked that one more than this one. The story is about a boy and girl who get stuck in an elevator during a blackout and who basically fall for each other that night. They then almost immediately move apart, and through the whole novel meeting each other for one-off nights. While I think the characters and story was well written, the whole time I was just waiting for them to finally come together. While it was cute, it was a little too drawn out for my liking. This isn’t a bad book, but there are definitely better ones out there.

And that is my little book review! I hope you guys liked this post, and let me know your book recommendations, I am always looking for more books to read 🙂

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties

Hey guys! I am back with another product empties! These are products that I have used up this past summer/spring. I have a ton of products, so I will try and keep my comments about each product short and sweet. I will also add if I would repurchase each product, because I find that super helpful.

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First I have a large and a travel size of the Garnier Micellar Water. I always have one of these bottles in my empties posts because I love this product. I like this product because it does a good job of removing my makeup, and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Would I purchase again? Yes, I already have. Almost done my current bottle.

Another makeup remover that I finished is the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover. I’m a little extra when it comes to removing my makeup, and use a oily one for my eye makeup. I really enjoy this one because it’s oily enough to remove stubborn mascara, but not too oily that is leaves unwanted oil residue on my eyes. It does a good job and its a good price. Would I purchase again? Yes!

This summer was the summer of body lotions, as I finished three different ones. The first was the OGX Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco Lotion. This bottle took me awhile to finish. Just a little bit of this lotion went a long way. I like the way it smells. Mostly importantly, my skin felt very soft and smooth. Would I purchase again? Yes, eventually. I currently have many other lotions that I want to finish, but I would definitely recommend this one.

Unlike the OGX body lotion, I finished the sample of the Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream that I received in my Boxycharm very quickly. I found that I had to use more product to get a similar smooth and soft feeling, but I absolutely love the scent. It smells of pistachio and coconut, an combination that reminds me of summer and tropical vacations. The scent is so strong and lingers that people would ask me an hour after I applied the lotion what perfume I was wearing. Would I purchase again? Yes I already have. I adore the scent!

The final lotion I have is the Nivea Creme. This was my first time trying this classic, and I really liked it! I don’t use this lotion every day because it is very thick. I mainly reserve this for when my skin is very dry, or when I don’t want a very strong scent. Would I purchase again? Yes, I think I am going to enjoy this lotion in the winter.

This is my second time finishing a Benefit POREfessional Face Primer. I have tried a few other face primers, and I just like this one just a little more than other primers. I like the way it blurs out my pores, and I find it makes my makeup last a bit more compared to other primers, so I generally reach for this one. Would I purchase again? Yes I already have.

My current favourite toner is the Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner. This is a great toner for oily skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean and tight, ready for a good moisturizer. Since starting this toner I have noticed that my pores don’t get as clogged. Also has a nice minty smell. Would I purchase again? Yes, I love this toner!

Another skin care product is the Pacifica Beauty Kale Luxe Oil-Free Multi Cream. This is my second bottle that I have finished. I enjoy this moisturizer because it is light-weight and makes my skin feels soft and hydrated. Would I purchase again? I have purchased another one, but I am currently using a different one. I wanted something that makes my skin look matte, and this one doesn’t really do that.

A shower cream that I finished was the Body Shop Shea Butter Shower Cream. A friend gave me this for my birthday. To be honest, I thought at first it was the coconut one, so I was disappointed when it didn’t smell like coconut. I’m not a big fan of the smell, but otherwise I did enjoy it. It suds up pretty nicely and did a good job of cleaning my skin. Would I purchase again? No, because I didn’t like the scent. That being said, I would maybe try some of their other shower creams in different scents.

A hair mask that I finished was the Tresemme Repair and Protect 7 Instant Recovery Mask. WOW, I loved this mask. I would use it once a week, generally when I would shave my legs. It has an amazing scent and did an amazing job at revitalizing my hair. My hair felt so much softer and smoother after, especially my dry ends. This is a great drug store priced hair mask! Would I purchase again? YES!

The final two empties are my beloved setting sprays. The first is the MAC Prep + Prime Fix +. The second is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I am a little extra, and I use two setting sprays every day. I always use the MAC Fix + first to help melt all my makeup into my skin. It does an amazing job at making my makeup look less powdery and more flawless. It is also great at intensifying powder products like eyeshadow or highlight. After using MAC Fix+ I usually go in with a second setting spray, one that makes my makeup last longer. My favourite is by far the UD All Nighter. It makes my makeup last longer without my making my face tight or sticky. Both these setting sprays are great for different reasons. Would I purchase again? Yes, I can live without either of these setting sprays.

And those were all my product empties! Do you like prefer when I have lots of empties in one post, or would you prefer me doing them more often? Let me know down below! I am also working on doing a big makeup/skincare declutter, so look forward to a post about that soon!

xoxo

Lea

Beauty Empties

Hey guys! So today I am sharing a bunch of beauty, skincare and hair empties, letting you guys know my thoughts on the products and whether I would buy them again! I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile so here it is!

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First I have two empty bottles of the Garnier Miscellar Water. If you guys have been following my bog for a bit, you would know that this stuff is my favourite miscellar water. I prefer using miscellar water instead of using face wipes, it does such a gentle job of removing all my face water, and leaves it feel refreshed after. If you’re looking for a miscellar water, highly recommend this stuff.

Next I have an empty bottle of St. Ives Fresh Exfoliating Apricot Scrub. I remember reading somewhere that some celebrity really likes this scrub so I decided to try it out. I only used this scrub in the shower for some reason, just because I’m lazy like that. The combination of the scrub and shower makes my skin feel a little dry after, but it also makes my skin feel really smooth. It’s an amazing product, but I did buy it again because it is a reasonable price.

It seems like I went through a lot of dry shampoo, but the funny is that I actually finished three of these dry shampoos on the same day because they were are almost empty. First there are two Batiste ones, the Tropical and the XXL Volume. I really like both of the Batiste dry shampoos. They do a good job of getting rid of grease and stays that way all day. They do have a white cast, but it goes away easily. I also was surprised at how much I enjoyed the XXL Volume. If you are looking for a voluminous dry shampoo, this one goes a good job. The Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo I got in my Boxycharm. It was nice but I didn’t like it as much as my Batiste ones. It gave a nice scent to the hair, but I found by like 5pm by hair looked greasy again. Finally was the Dove Dry Shampoo, which was okay. I only used it when I ran out of my other dry shampoos.

My next skincare empty is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF 15. I liked this product so much that I bought a second one, but now using the second one I’m not so sure I like it anymore. My face was breaking out when I was using this product, but I haven’t for sure figured out if it was this product or something else that was breaking out my face. It might be the SPF that my face doesn’t like, because my face is really sensitive to SPF. I’m really on the fence about this product. I think I want to switch and get one of Neutrogena’s moisturizes that doesn’t have SPF in it.

Another makeup remover I finished is the Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes. I prefer a more oily makeup remover to get rid of my eye makeup, I just find it’s better at removing stubborn mascara. I decided to try this Marcelle one because it has good reviews. It was good, but I found it was really oily. Like after I was done removing my eye makeup, I would have to back over with my micellar water to remove the excess oil. It was good, but I did not repurchase because I also found it to be a tad expensive compared to other drugstore remover.

You can tell I bought my All Nighter Setting Spray awhile ago because it is in the old packaging. I have repurchased the product since then, and I am actually getting close to finishing it.  This Urban Decay setting spray is by far my favourite that I own. It really does a good job of making my makeup last longer. It was gives a beautiful finish to my skin. Highly recommend!!

Finally, I finished my POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics. I have also repurchased this primer. What I like about this primer is that it not only feels in my pores and makes them feel smooth, it also makes my face more matte. I have very oily skin, so I really need help making my face matte. This is a staple product that I use almost every day!

Those are all my empty products! Let me know what products you guys finished and think I should try!

xoxoxo

Lea

September Boxycharm

Hey guys! So this month I got my Boxycharm box super late. I usually get my box near the beginning of the month, around the 10th-14th, but this month I didn’t get my box until the 21st. I actually had to email the Boxycharm support because two weeks after I had been charged I still had no received any tracking information for the box. Boxycharm’s support was really good though, they emailed me back within the same day and gave me my tracking information. Now they did send it to my parents house even though I updated my address….but that’s another story! Either way I got my September Boxycharm and this is my review!

This month’s theme was Boxy Baddie and I was very excited to receive the box from the sneak peaks they gave.

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First I got the MAC Eyebrows. I got the shade Spiked, a rich brunette shade. Luckily for me this is the perfect shade for my eyebrows. The shape of the pencil is perfect to create tiny hair like strokes. If I were to compare it to my favourite pencil, the Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz, I would say the MAC pencil is slightly waxier but still very good. While I am very happy to receive this product it is just unfortunate that the everyone got they’re perfect shade. Price: $18.00

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Now while I got the perfect eyebrow shade, I did not get the perfect liquid lipstick shade. Everyone got a different shade of Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lip. I got the shade Littlestitious and I personally dislike this shade on myself so much. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice shade, but I knew as soon as I saw the shade that it would be too light for me. This shade is much lighter than my lips so it gives me a pink hued concealer lips kind of look. As well, this liquid lipstick is very cool toned, so it pulls almost grey on my lips. Honestly I will probably never wear this lipstick, but that’s just my personal taste on the shade. The formula itself is not bad, I just can’t handle the shade. (Unrelated side note to the quality of the product, but I accidentally dropped the lipstick twice while trying to swatch it so it’s now all over my sheets. I think this lippie hates me lol) Price: $6.00

Next I got the Bare Minerals Face Perfecting Brush. This brush is designed that you put your foundation in this special fluid reservoir of the brush and then buff it in. Now my favourite foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, does not have a pump nor a dropper so I could not put the foundation in the fluid reservoir, so this might affect how I feel about the brush. But overall I thought the brush was alright. I did a decent job of blending out my foundation, but nothing spectacle. The main thing about this brush that I do not like is that it is so small. I generally use a foundation brush almost double the size of this brush so it took me way long to blend out my foundation. Overall not a bad brush but not my favourite. Maybe if I was using a more liquid-y foundation I would like it more. Price: $28.00

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Next, my favourite item in the box, is the Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette by PUR Cosmetics. The palette comes with 12 eye shadows, eight matte and 4 metallic/shimmery shadows. Now I have only swatched the metallic/shimmery shadows but they are so sparkly, I cannot wait to use them on my eyes! I have used many of the matte eye shadows on my eyes and I really like them. They are smooth and blend really nicely. What I also liked about this palette is that each vertical row matches to create a different eye look. Overall I really enjoy this palette and I am excited to continue playing with it. Price: $34.00

Next is a Loose Blush by Studio Makeup. This blush is pretty pigmented! The first time I used it I put way too much one, so definitely use a light hand. There are tiny little shimmers in the blush which I don’t mind too much but would prefer not to have. The many thing is that since it is a loose blush I have to tap some out onto a cap before I can use it. Overall not a bad product but not my favourite mainly due to the simmers and it being a loose powder. Price: $35.00

This month we got six products! The sixth product is a deluxe sample of the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. I am unsure about how I feel about this product. While I love the fact that it doesn’t have any sulfates or parabens, I felt like it only did a mediocre job. I have deep conditioners that leave my hair smoother and softer than this one. I did only use it once so I am willing to try it again since it has good reviews online. Price: $20.00

The total price of the box is $141.00 USD. Overall it was a pretty decent box. I liked the eyeshadow palette and brow pencil a lot and will continue to use them. I am also very happy to receive six products this month instead of the normal five!

October is my one year anniversary of my Boxycharm subscription! I am thinking of doing a post about my favourite and least favourite product that I have received, what do you guys think?

xoxo

Lea

New to blogging!

Hey guys!

My name’s Lea, and this is my first time ever blogging! I decided to start this blog to work on my writing and media skills, but also share my passion for food, fashion and beauty.

I’m currently in university, which basically makes me very budget conscientious. This is quite unfortunate though because I have an expensive taste. This leads to me having to create creative and look for good deals to save my money.

I’ll be sharing recipes, reviews and hauls! Here’s to hopefully many posts to come *cheers*

xoxo

Lea