Beauty Product Upgrade

When it comes to my ‘beauty’ routine, I definitely put in the time and effort. I like having polish on my toes, product in my hair and makeup on my face. Shortly after L was born, I recall a fellow mommy friend asking why I bothered putting on makeup when, with a new baby, it was socially acceptable to not wear any. My reply was that it helped me feel like myself. With my life as I knew it in total upheaval thanks to a newborn, my daily beauty routine was the one constant I could count on. It was definitely modified due to the lack of time I had to myself but it was still there! All that to say I like taking the time and energy to try to look pretty 🙂

However, when it comes to the beauty products I use, I’m pretty impartial. I usually just buy whatever is on sale. I’m not loyal to any specific brands or even specific products. If I need hair product and gel is on sale, that is what I will buy. If the same gel isn’t on sale the next time I visit, it’s not uncommon that I will come home with something completely different like a mousse or curl cream. The same goes for makeup, face products, and any thing else that I use on my body.

I am starting to reconsider this approach after reading How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank. The author lists a ton of tips and tricks from the beauty business on how to look great on a variety of different budgets. My favourite part of the book was the many product recommendations she provides.

Here are some products I’m looking to integrate into my beauty routine:

Supplies:
Conair YOU Reel 2-in-1 Styler
Remington T-Studio Ceramic Pearl Professional Styling Wand
Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Wide Straightener
Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

Hair:
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum
John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Stying Spray

Skin:
Dermalogical Dermal Clay Cleanser
Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV Lotion SPF 15
RoC Retinol Correxion Daily Resurfacing Disks
Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser

Do you have any product recommendations? What can’t you live without day-to-day?

Friday Faves

Happy Friday everyone! Today is another day off and another 8 hours to myself. While I didn’t get to work on any DIYs, I still got quite a bit accomplished.  I drove M to work, visited my brother, had lunch with my mum, washed the dishes I had neglected all week long and folded some laundry.  Oh, and of course I wrote this post 🙂

Here’s a quick entry with some of my favourite images from Pinterest this past week. They are definitely giving me some inspiration for upcoming projects. Stay tuned!

On a side note, I am having some trouble getting the links to open in new windows so if you click on one of the pics below, be sure to hit ‘back’ on your browser to finish up your visit!

1. Watercolour Heart

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Source: Emma Plunkett’s Art Paintings

In honour of my most recent birthday (the big 3-0!), I decided get another tattoo. While my birthday was in April, I haven’t taken the plunge yet because I just can’t decide what to get! I want it to include the girls’ initials but I’m still working out the design. Lately, I’m digging watercolour tattoos and I love this heart. The colours are beautiful and the design is really unique.

2. Artwork Feature Wall

Source: Idea Interiors Montreal

Source: Idea Interiors Montreal

This is definitely going to be a project for me this summer. I have an open wall in my dining room that currently has a mirror and a couple pieces of artwork. Something like this would really make the space pop!

3. DIY Push Pins

Source: What Katie Made

Source: What Katie Made

How cute are these? And so simple! Pretty buttons + thumb tacks = a one of a kind way to display more pretty things!

4. 8 Can Taco Soup

Source: High Heels and Grills

Source: High Heels & Grills

This sounds delicious and so easy to make! Now I just need to get M on board with soup for dinner!

5. Pretty Hair

Source: Refinery 29

Source: Refinery 29

So pretty! I’m definitely trying this soon!

Interested in seeing what else I’m up to on Pinterest? Check our my boards here!

Have a great weekend everyone!