ten autumn beauty and wellness favourites

hello lovelies!

it’s been a while since i’ve posted. apologies! hopefully i’ll be able to post a regular basis from now on!

as a little fun comeback post, i’ve compiled a list of beauty products that i especially love for fall. although i have combination skin, i do tend to be dehydrated and very dry on my body.

1. bite beauty agave lip mask, $30 CAD

bite beauty agave lip mask

i gave in to the hype…this product is great! i have been having serious chapped lips for a few weeks and none of my lipbalms have been working properly. i have recently found out that i do not agree with products containing petroleum. lanolin, the first ingredient of the lip mask, seems to do the trick. what really makes this a winner, however is how thick the product is. it is very moisturising and i don’t feel the need to reapply, which is great considering the price. however, for those of you who do not like scented products, this is very sweet (think vanilla birthday cake).

2. avene cold cream, $36 CAD

Avène Cold Cream

my legs have been very itchy lately and this product has really helped. i apply the creme right after a shower, normally before bed. it doesn’t leave a greasy film, which is handy if i do need to apply in the morning before getting dressed. it is unscented but it does have a funny smell that i’m not really a fan of. however for me, it’s all about performance! it doesn’t linger and i prefer to use unscented products since i do have a perfume that i like.

3. avene cicalfate hands repairing barrier, ~$16 CAD

Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream

much like the cold creme, this is excellent before bed. non-greasy and effective, it does the job right and keeps my hands in top condition.

4. tressemme rejuvenating mud mask, $5 CAD

Tresseme Rejuvenating Mud Mask

the change of season also led me to have dry hair! this mask is wonderfully inexpensive and often on offer. i have fine hair, but a lot of it and found it to be light enough for me.

5. stila convertible colour, $33 CAD

Stila Convertible Colour in Camellia

this product is an all-year favourite but i especially love the shine i get on the apples of the cheeks during autumn. i own four shades (this is how much i love the product…) and my current favourites are camellia and rose. they are great on the lips as well but i find them a little drying.
(pictured: camellia)

6. stila lip & cheek stain, $32 CAD

Stila Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush

i own this in the shade pomegranate crush. absolutely love the fact that i can build it up to an intense colour. smells wonderful and has good staying power! haven’t tried it on the cheeks and feel it might be too sticky for that purpose.

7. traditional medicinals herbal tea, $5 CAD

Traditional Medicinals: Chamomile Lavender

herbal tea is my new bff! i have been feeling very bloated for the past couple of months and herbal tea has helped me keep that under control. my current favourite is chamomile and lavender, great for unwinding before bed. this brand is not for people who like very flavoured teas, the brand focuses on the performance of the ingredients and have a solution for just about everything.

8. calm.com

feeling stressed? meditation can surely help! this is my favourite app to use for a quick meditation session. love the sound effects as well!

9. un-fancy.com & into-mind.com

i am trying to keep it simple recently and caroline and anuschka’s blogs have helped me clear out and manage my closet. i am happy to report that i shop less and have a better idea of what i want while shopping. a huge thank you to both these ladies!

10. nujabes

what a wonderful discovery! i love nujabes’ album modal soul and would recommend it to everyone. great for those rainy cold autumn evenings.


what are your autumn favourites? please do share in the comments!

wishing you all the best for this beautiful season!




forgotten beauty essentials

hello all!

today’s post is about my not-so-glamorous beauty essentials, the ones that i often overlook but are honestly important steps in my routine (click on the product image for more info).

1. tweezerman: slant tweezer


oh, the tweezerman. i have this one in red (so that i always find it in the bottom of my packed makeup bag) and i can not go a few days without pulling it out. i struggle with a lot of stubborn tiny little eyebrow hairs and this slanted pair does the trick. when i first purchased it years ago, i thought the price was a little outrageous, but to be honest, it’s still going strong and it’s been at least…four years?

2. nivea: hydro care lip balm


a perfect example of something that is purely functional and unglamorous. it honestly just keeps my lips hydrated. i like this particular one because it has no smell, no tingly feeling (i’m talking to you, blistex) and doesn’t do that awkward stuff at the corner of your mouth if you apply too much (if that’s tmi, i’m sorry!).
i only have this guy around during the colder months because i reapply so often that i need something that can endure my reapplication obsession.

if you don’t like slippery lip balms, this isn’t for you. but for someone like me who reapplies every minute, then it’s something to consider since it’s not too expensive (usually comes in a pack of two that are often on sale!).

3. clinique: take the day off cleansing balm


thanks to caroline hirons for lighting the path to this product. i am still mourning the fact that i can’t get the emma hardie cleansing balm for a decent price (or decent shipping) so i opted for this functional cleansing balm. although it may not be a spa-like experience, it really does get the job done. you don’t need much, it’s not scented and it takes off my stubborn waterproof mascara.

4. eucerin: calming crème


now, i use this because i have extremely dry and eczema-prone skin. i also tend to scratch my dry patches during my sleep and can not for the life of me keep gloves on during the night. this was recommended by my dermatologist and i have ignored it for the past two years because i was longing for a nice scented body lotion. but nothing calms the itchiness quite like this body creme. it is extremely effective and does the trick. after taking a shower in the morning, i mix it with something that smells nice and i use it on its own before going to bed. if you have scaly legs like i do, this is a product worth trying.

5. the turbie twist


i bought this on a whim this summer and do not regret it. although it is not the most absorbent towel out there, what is amazing about this gimmick is that it stays put. and that’s what i want it to do! a little elastic on the back of your head allows you to keep your towel in place while you do other things. i have so much hair that i am extremely thankful to be able to run around the house with this on while my hair towel dries a little bit. otherwise blowdrying would take me about an hour!

i hope these products will inspire you to appreciate the daily essentials that are often underloved.

take care!


winter skin

good monday morning to you!!

today i wanted to share my winter skin essentials and what’s currently on my personal wishlist when it comes to skin care.

here goes!

1. drink water/tea

my new habit is to drink water as soon as i wake up. i used to drink water or tea in the morning but never realised how thirsty i was until i gulped down two glasses of water one after the other! water keeps you alert and hydrated and we should all make sure we get at least 8 glasses of it a day.

2. hydrating toner

i am a huge fan of caudalie’s beauty elixir but realised it wasn’t doing much for my skin when the temperature suddenly dropped.

my current favourite is clarins’ toning lotion with camomille. i can not express how dramatically hydrated and plumped my skin feels after using it. i’ve also noticed less breakouts after it being the only thing i changed in my routine. i use it after my exfoliating toner and before a face oil & moisturiser which brings me to…

3. face oil

i use face oils all throughout the year but add a drop or two more during the colder months. i even like to apply it in the morning, even if i’m putting makeup on. the one i am currently using is the clarins’ lotus face treatment oil. it’s a nice oil that smells wonderful and that is targeted to oily and combination skin. i have combination skin and found it to have been light enough for daytime and hydrating enough for bedtime. the essential oil blend may be too much for people with sensitive skin or eyes but the clarins counter is very generous and gave me a nicely sized sample to try beforehand.

4. moisturiser

i used up my kate somerville goat milk cream which was perfectly suited to my combination, acne prone skin. however, i am currently on the hunt for something more nourishing and am eyeing the aesop camellia nut facial hydrating cream or the primrose facial hydrating cream. both products were given to me in a gorgeous little sample routine the aesop rep gave me and i loved them both! i vaguely remember the camellia nut being more potent and extremely effective for dry patches.

so there are my current winter skin favourites! will keep you updated if i try new products as the season unfolds!

have a jolly day!


little changes

hello everyone!

it has been a busy week for me, november is definitely hectic over here! i’m looking forward to winding down with my family and cats when the winter break comes around.

today’s post is inspired by zen habits. i am currently going through leo babauta’s blog and love his simple, straightforward advice. i have been trying to find more balance in my life and trying to get rid of negative habits.

in order to avoid relapsing into old habits such as binge eating, procrastinating and being critical towards myself and others, i am starting with small, manageable steps:

1. drink more water

i have a little passion for skincare and beauty products but found that my diet and water intake didn’t really reflect that interest. instead of changing my whole diet in a single day, i am starting by being more mindful of the amount of water and tea that i drink.  i have done this in the past and saw dramatic differences in my skin’s condition and my general well-being. also, by making this small change, i saw myself drinking less coffee, and more tea. tea is truly a wonderful way to drink slowly and enjoy subtle flavours and sometimes i forget that and reach for coffee when in need of a caffeine boost.

2. make a realistic checklist of things to do

i have really high standards of what i want to accomplish in a day and to be honest, i almost never achieve what i thought i was capable of doing. i realised it wasn’t a question of potential or laziness but mostly not knowing how long a task takes to be successfully and satisfyingly accomplished. i really dislike finishing something for the sake of finishing it and i am trying to find balance in my everyday schedule to get things done properly and efficiently.

these days i find myself to be working at a slower pace but i am definitely more aware of how my attention span deviates and when i need to take a break. i hope that by studying how i work i can find a happy medium between being efficient and finishing tasks properly. making a checklist helps me keep track of my progress and see what truly fits in one day and what doesn’t.

3. meditation and spiritual time

november is slowly becoming more and more stressful and since i have the tendency to be quite anxious, i am working towards clearing my mind and thinking outside my (sometimes) overwhelming schedule. by meditating a few minutes a day, i feel more connected and compassionate to those around me and less anxious. i sometimes have days where i can’t seem to overcome the stress but i am finding myself generally calmer than previous busy months.

i also like to have spiritual moments where i recollect with my own faith and also by exploring what other faiths have to say. i have discovered really interesting and optimistic thoughts which do help me in everyday living. my spiritual life helps me to be thankful, optimistic and to open my heart to others. 

4. spend more time outside

cold weather tends to shut me in and while i love being at home, i also love seeing what the world has to offer. also, getting some sunshine is very important for me when i’m feeling stressed and i found that by taking the bus to commute (instead of the subway) and walking a little more helped me feel better physically and mentally. this asked for a little time management but i’ve found it to be completely worth it. i also like to be in a sort of meditative state where i channel my thoughts towards others and think optimistic thoughts. it helped me relieve stress and selfish thoughts and be more loving towards my family & friends as well as strangers.

5. no more sugar after lunch!

i’ve been trying to cut back sugar for the longest time and i’ve been having such a hard time. this baby step on the road to no-sugar living has helped me feel on top of the cravings. i’ve been doing research on the effects of sugar on our health and it’s not a pretty picture. thankfully, i stay away from most of the “super bad sugar” but do love fruit and chocolate and can binge on them like there’s no tomorrow. 

so that’s it! i hope this post is inspiring for those who struggle with a busy schedule. 

have a great day!!


link love #1

hello, hello!

sad to have missed my monday post after a little episode of feeling under the weather but back with a jolly post today!

we all have our little corners of the internet that make our everyday just a little bit better. in this series, i’ll be sharing my favourite links of the past week. hope you’ll enjoy!

1. leo babauta of zen habits: 12 indispensable mindful living tools

this blog is one of my favourite reads. i always feel refreshed, motivated and calmed by leo babauta’s words. this post is no exception. his 12 indispensable mindful living tools can be applied to any lifestyle, any situation and any relationships. this week, i am trying to apply them as best as i can, especially “letting go of control”, “be compassionate” and “be curious”. also, i have tried to meditate in the past but haven’t been able to keep it up consistently. as per leo babauta’s recommendations, a few minutes in the morning should be enough to implement a positive change to my routine.

2. martha rose shulman: gluten-free chocolate buckwheat biscotti

the new york times’ recipes for health series has been one of my favourite recipe database online. martha rose shulman has innovative combinations but always manageable and, most importantly, delicious & healthy!

i have yet to try these biscotti but the recipe looks absolutely wonderful. i plan to try this recipe this weekend and will keep you posted on twitter!

3. vivianna does makeup: a skincare update

anna from vivianna does makeup is one of my favourite beauty blogger and youtuber to follow. her recommendations always seem to suit my tastes and needs and her recent skincare blogpost got me particularly interested in the british brand aurelia. skincare is definitely something i love to indulge in, especially if the brand has a great ethos.

4. angie stone ft. snoop dogg: i wanna thank ya

my jogging track of the week! this groovy song gets a little pep in your step instantly.

hope you enjoyed this new series! i love discovering new lifestyle blogs so if you have any recommendations, please do share!

until next time!




friday beauty recommendations

hurray, it’s friday!
do you have fun plans for the weekend? i plan to have a little shopping spree with my mother and catch up on some reading i’ve been meaning to do.

today’s post features beauty products i’ve been enjoying recently. let’s start!

1. origins peace of mind, $12,00

for those who are feeling a bit stressed, congested or want to unwind on the go or right before bed. this little product is truly wonderful, it smells of eucalyptus and peppermint and upon application on tension spots (temples, ear lobes, nape of the neck), a cooling sensation instantly relaxes muscles.
i’ve been using it on special occasions but mostly when i’m feeling under the weather or when i sense a headache approaching.
also, the tiny packaging is perfect to throw in a bag or in a travel pouch!

2. aesop parsley seed cleansing masque, $39 & aveda hydrating masque, $22

these two masques used one after the other are truly skins saviours! the aesop really helps clearing congested skin and the aveda is simply hydrating. i use this combination once a week to indulge, and wake up the following morning with smooth and plumped skin! i also follow up with my moisturiser and am very generous with a face oil.
i thank caroline hirons for this combination inspiration. i highly recommend her blog for amazing skincare advice and reviews as well as her hilarious comments!

3. the tangle teaser

i got this highly popular gentle hair brush at the hair salon i go to and am not disappointed! i often feel that when seasons change my hair seems more brittle and this hairbrush is so gentle that it can be used on wet hair. i feel that my hair doesn’t fall out as much and love to be able to use it instead of a wider-toothed comb.

hope these little beauty luxuries will inspire you to unwind!

much love,


*this post is not sponsored and all items were purchased by me!