A Thousand Years

Heart beats fast
Colours and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

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Moroccan Oil

An ode to Moroccan Oil! My HG hair oil for the longest time…until I discovered Macadamia Natural Oil hair products.  On my recent trip home to visit my parents, I stopped in to see my good friend (and the only hairdresser who cuts my hair!) and decided to splurge and get this! I used it tonight… it’s VERY moisturizing. love love love.

Crisis Averted

Finally! Crisis averted.  No one will be losing their job after all! My order is in my hot little hands!!  The main goodies of my order: Sephora Professional IT Natural Foundation Brush, and Angled Natural Blush Brush.  They both retail for about $45 CAD a piece. You can’t beat true quality! I will most likely do a review later on when I’ve had a chance to use them a bit more.  I did use both brushes when I did my makeup this afternoon, and I am absolutely obsessed with the angled blush brush! Perfect for contouring.  The foundation brush? I need to use it a bit more.  It does give a flawless airbrushed effect after applying your foundation; I’m just not sold on the size of it just yet.  It is small enough to get into smaller regions like around the nose, but since I’m so used to using a kabuki brush for foundation application it’ll take me some time to truly get used to this brush.

The other main contender? Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette.  I’m in love. Enough said.  It will definitely be competing with my Stila “In the Light” palette (my past HG shadow palette).

Of course, NARS blush in “sin”.  It’s such a gorgeous colour, and I feel like “orgasm” and “deep throat” are a bit too overrated.  This one’s the perfect deep berry colour, with a hint of gold shimmer.  So if you’re looking for a matte blush, this one is not for you!

I didn’t feel swatches were necessary.  These items are pretty main stream and popular across YouTube right now, so it would be rather redundant.  But of course if you request me to I will be willing to post some swatches!

Urban Decay All Nighter – I’ve heard fantastic things about this.  I chose to get the smallest bottle just to trial it.

Sephora flirt-it lash duo. I’m a suck for falsies on special occasions/nights out.   I do usually stick to Quo, but for $8 or $10 (forget the price) it’s worth giving it a try.

Blotting papers. Always necessary.

Samples: I did only request 1. D&G The One perfume, 2. Chloe perfume, 3. Cartier Baiser Vole perfume.  In addiction, for some reason they also sent me Givency Play perfume and a bareMinerals powder sample.  I won’t complain.

In addition today after getting off night shift at 0730, I slept until about 4pm and then decided I needed a few odds and ends from Walmart.  I hadn’t been to one in ages! While there I browsed down their cosmetics section to find HARD CANDY cosmetics! Woo! I had seen it across YouTube with good reviews. It was $5.98. In the middle is Hard Candy’s Tinted Lip Balm in Lovestruck.  They didn’t have any Maybelline Baby Lips left.  This was $2.98.  And the last thing is Hard Candy’s Plumping Serum volumizing lip gloss in 152 Uptown Girl.

I got these two bad boys just to try out.  When it comes to fluffy powder brushes, I don’t splurge.  This one was $7.77 and the second brush (which I’ll use for a shadow brush) was only $2.97.  Steal! Considering these two brushes cost a 1/4 of what one of my Sephora IT brushes cost me! LOL…

Finally, of course I indulged in a sugar-free cinnamon dolce frapp! Perfect end!

Esthetic Tip: True Age via Neck and Hands

One of my Esthetic professors stressed an important point I had never really thought about. We spend all this time and money to keep our face looking luminous, youthful, and smooth, that we often forget about one area that can be a dead giveaway for your age; our neck and hands.  This area below the chin is exposed to just as much sun damage and harmful environmental stressors as the rest of our bodies, yet we neglect to provide proper care.

So the real question is, what can we do about this?

You can panic, run to your nearest department or drugstore, and spent major $$$ on specialty creams and serums for the skin on your neck, when in reality there’s a simple solution to combat this issue. Extend your regular products used on your face downwards.  This means exfoliators and moisturizers – you can most definitely utilize these great products on the neck and decolletage area (upper chest).  Choose a moisturizer with Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) in it to act as a chemical exfoliator as well. This will promote cell turnover, supporting the structure of the skin to keep it soft and smooth.  Ahhh.

What else can we do? Sunscreen. Slather it on, ladies and gents. Many of us, including myself, don’t even think twiceabout not using it — when it’s the one thing we shouldn’t be leaving the house without! Don’t bother with just using sunscreen in the summer months either; winter for us Northern gals is just as bad, if not worse, than the blazing sun and sand on the beach.  Many moisturizers and makeup products label the inclusion of “15 SPF” … but in order to properly protect our precious skin, ensure you use a sunscreen with full protection.

Final thoughts: hydrate and protect whatcha got.

Can you recommend any specific products you’ve used that has made a difference

Product I can personally recommend:

Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials – with AHA.  Fast absorbing, non-greasy. Leaves my skin feeling smooth due to the AHA acting as a gentle exfoliator.

♔ Kimmie.L

Keep Your “Pearly Whites” Pearly and White

I’ll be the first to admit; I love coffee.  So when people say skip the caffeine in order to maintain gorgeous, white teeth that everyone lusts after, I laugh.

So no, you don’t have to switch to Chardonnay or give up your daily cup to keep your smile sparkling. Use these simple tips instead!

• Chew sugarless gum, or have a quick swish with water after you eat or drink to eliminate stains. So grab those reusable water bottles and packs of Stride gum, and enjoy your cuppa!

• When drinking dark-coloured fluids such as coffee, or pop, try to keep them from touching the front of your teeth. A simple way of ensuring this is to use a straw a la Mariah Carey.

• Snack on celery — or carrots or cucumbers.  These foods require a lot of choewing, which steps up saliva production and flushes away stains.

• Floss!! It helps to erase those icky stains between teeth. Plus helps freshen breath, as food particles often get stuck between teeth and start producing an unpleasant odour.

• Stop smoking. Tobacco is the top tooth stainer — and you don’t want all those at-home whitening trays to go to waste. They’re not cheap!

With these simple tips, you can ensure you’re camera ready anytime. It’s your life; smile!

♔ Kimmie.L