Adding to My Makeup Collection

I like to have at least one day throughout the week where I don’t follow a schedule, where I won’t look at my to-do list or my calendar.  One day for me to relax and unwind. While I try not to plan these days, they are very routine, which suits me just fine.

The day will start with yoga, followed by homemade breakfast and a hot cup of coffee. In between loads of laundry, I try to get all my meal planning done and get back from the grocery store before noon so that I can have an afternoon of relaxation.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I decided to treat myself to a few things at the drugstore. I love experimenting with new makeup products or purchasing favorite items so that I can re-stock my makeup collection.

I started with picking up a couple of essential items that I use on a regular basis that I  had run out of. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is a favorite of mine and I love the Vanilla Bean flavour. I also picked up some new makeup remover pads. Lastly, I picked up a new sheet mask by Garnier to add to my inventory. I like to treat myself to a face mask once a week or so. I went for a purifying mask, which I thought would be helpful for my complexion during the summer months. Between sunscreen applications and humid weather, my skin is oilier at this time of year.

For new makeup products, I always like to stroll through the cosmetics aisle in search of products that I can incorporate into either a vintage inspired look or historic character makeup. The first item I picked up was a cream blush in the shade Sparkling Coral by Marcelle. I have used their cream blushes before. I find they have a good amount of pigment, but I do find they work best if you build the product through applying light layers onto the skin. When I saw this shade I immediately thought of Grace Kelly. Many of her 1950s looks included soft pinks and coral shades of rouge and lipstick.

The last thing I bought was a liquid eyeshadow by Pixi by Petra. When testing out the eye shadow, I was positively surprised at how glittery the product was. I picked up the shade SunRay, expecting a warm gold colour, however, the tint of the glitter is a cool toned shade, with lots of silver and gold blended together. I can think of a lot of vintage eras where this product could work well. The two that immediately come to mind are obviously the 1970s and 1990s, but I think for this product I will definitely go back further to earlier centuries, perhaps the medieval era or the renaissance period.

My days off don’t usually include a mini shopping spree at the drugstore, but I think it’s important to treat yourself once in a while on the weekends. Taking time out to meal plan, enjoy an afternoon or test out new makeup looks are things I truly appreciate on the weekends. It helps me feel rested, restored and inspired for the new week!

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Finding Balance: My Morning Routine

Over the past few months, I’ve realized how essential it is for me to have balance in my life. As I have learned over the years, it can be all too easy to slip into the habit of letting the workday be my entire day. It’s a habit that creeps up on you and you suddenly feel as though there isn’t time for anything else.

We hear the term ‘balance’ a lot nowadays, along with words like ‘wellness’, and ‘mindfulness’. The constant reminders of these lifestyle benefits can sometimes feel like just another burden, an added demand to also excel in. It got me thinking of what balance even means. Does it mean excelling in all aspects of one’s life but also practicing yoga every morning? Is it working part time so that there’s more time for life’s other obligations? Is it doing only the things you love to do? I’ve spent some time thinking about this and for me, balance means doing everything I can to live the life I need to feel awesome (yep, that’s the adjective I’m going for). It has taken me many years of learning to trust my intuition and listen when the signs are telling me life is out of balance.

For a long time, my morning routine consisted of waking up at the last possible minute before I had to get ready for the work day. I wouldn’t have time to make breakfast at home, partly because I valued my sleep, but also because I couldn’t resist treating myself to a large iced mocha and a chocolate chip muffin on my commute. It may not come as a surprise, but at this time in my life, I was overweight. My morning commutes took over an hour on public transit, which didn’t leave much time for a morning workout at the gym or a homemade breakfast.

It’s not easy to hear when things are out of equilibrium and my old morning routine had many signs. Luckily, I’ve since learned the importance of recognizing how to better plan my time so that I can incorporate the habits I need for a balanced day. I thought I would share three things that help get me started for the day on the right path. They are not overly time consuming, meaning I don’t have to wake up at 4 AM every morning, but they do keep me in balance.

Balanced Breakfast I love breakfast. Always have, always will. I love starting the day with a delicious and healthy homemade breakfast. Gone are the days of those high-carb muffins. I always dedicate 15 – 20 minutes in the morning to sit down at the kitchen table and enjoy my breakfast and a cup of coffee. My go-to lately is overnight oats. I make them the night before so it’s ready in the morning.

Learning Something New I like to begin each day with an open mindset and desire to learn new things. While I have always loved reading fiction; non-fiction books also take up a lot of real estate on my book shelf. While enjoying my breakfast and coffee, I take those few minutes to read through a few pages of my latest non-fiction book, or listen to a podcast. My current book is Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge. It’s such a captivating read. I love learning about the history and business of makeup.

Living Space One thing I like to do before the start of the work day is tidy up the house. I like to unclutter the living room, wash the dishes from breakfast, make the bed, etc. This only takes about ten minutes or so, but it helps remind me that at the end of the workday, I will come home to a tidy space and an evening that is all my own.

I love my current morning routine. It feels great to wake up a bit earlier so that I can go for a run or to a fitness class and then treat myself to a homemade breakfast while still having time to tidy up the house and read a new book. What I love most about it is that it makes me feel that I’ve already had a full day before the workday has even begun. What helps you find balance throughout the day?