Monday, 23 February 2015

Toning Brassy Hair - How To


Today in this post I wanted to show how I tone my brassy blonde hair. It had gotten pretty brassy recently and I wanted it to be more of a cool tone instead of the gold brassy look.
I used a Wella toner that I picked up at Sally Beauty Supply, in the colour T-11. And with this toner you mix it at a 1:2 ratio. So basically you pour the toner into a bowl and then mix twice that amount of cream developer. I used ion 20 volume, it's the sensitive scalp, it smells really good! I couldn't find it online, but they definitely have it in the store. After I emptied the toner container I filled it up with the developer twice, just to ensure that I was putting in the correct amount. Then of course you just mix them together and apply it to your hair - starting with the roots. 


Make sure you put a towel over your shirt (I used a garbage bag lol) just to make sure you don't stain your clothes. I had my sister put it on for me to make it easier and to get nice even coverage. Wait 30 minutes and rinse it out. I followed it with purple shampoo just for extra toning. But you don't have to do that step. 
That is the before

And the after.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, the only thing I didn't like was how much it lightened my roots. I was hoping to keep the ombré/extended roots look a little more intense but I like the more subtle look as well. 

Anyway, thanks for reading and maybe if you're planning to tone your hair you will find this helpful.(:

-A


Thursday, 19 February 2015



So today in this post I wanted to share everything about my skincare routine. It's a very simple and easy routine with only a few steps. Some of the products I use are even slightly D.I.Y-ish. I'll go over the steps I use for both my morning and evening routines. They are pretty much exactly the same, with only one or two things that I do differently. 

For my morning routine, I start by washing my face with my favorite new cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. This is a super gentle but super effective face wash. It doesn't lather, which I love, yet it completely washes away all of my makeup, not that I typically wake up with make up on my face, but yeah, in the evening, it takes care of removing my makeup without having to incorporate another product to do it. Once I've washed my face, I use witch hazel as my toner. I like the flat cotton pads to apply it. It's very cheap and super effective...way better than a lot of the more expensive toners I've tried in the past. This one is from target...click here for the link. And then every other day I exfoliate, using either my homemade face scrub - I'll go over how I make it below, or my Clarisonic  Then, last but not least is moisturizer, and I also use the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion. It's a fabulous moisturizer, lightweight and super hydrating. The perfect moisturizer. And that's it!

When I wash my face in the evening, I always do it twice, just to ensure I get ALL of the make up off. Then it's toner time... I use the same cleanser and toner here, the only thing I do differently is the moisturizer. Instead of the CeraVe one, I use a hydrating lotion from Burt's Bees. It's nice and heavy but won't clog my pores or anything, and I also like to use it on my eye area, instead of a separate product. I think eye creams are basically the same as face creams, it's just another way for companies to make more money. That's just my opinion, if you have an eye cream that you love and believe in, let me know in the comments below. I'm always open for switching things up or improving my routine. :) And that's it for night time. Very quick and easy. 

And these are a couple of my favorite face masks. I like to use a mask about 2 times a week. These are both amazing, they make my face feel and look really fresh and smooth. The Origins one is from Sephora, and the Yes to Tomatoes one is from Target, but you can get it pretty much at any drugstore. 

Here are my treatment products. The acne spot treatment is from good ol Target, it's super inexpensive, but it really works great, I apply it to troubled spots before bed. And the tretinoin is a prescription product, I love this stuff. I put on on my cheeks before bed, it's great for treating acne and also it's for anti-aging. It definitely burns and I can't put it on every single night, as it can be kinda strong. I usually go 3 nights on and 3 nights off. My cheeks then peel slightly and then I'm left with clear, smooth glowy skin. Don't put it on your forehead (or around your eyes!) or nose. Because when it peels, it will be very unsightly looking. 
For my "homemade/D.I.Y" face scrub, all I do is mix a bit of baking soda with my face cleanser and gently rub the mixture in a circular motion for a half a minute or so and it's literally a great exfoliater. 
Anyways, that's it! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you're having an awesome day.


xo -A

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Daisy Dress


Hi! I'm back. It's definitely been awhile. The whole going m.i.a seems to be a trend in my blogging story. But! I'm hoping to end that trend and stick around for a while. :) It's not something that happens by choice, sometimes life gets in the way and things happen that make it extremely difficult/impossible. But I feel that my life is now stable enough for me to become more consistent with updating etc. This post is just a quick ootd style, using crappy iPhone pics but in the future they will be higher quality. 
The dress is from: Hollister...I never ever go into that store, but I decided to pop in for a look and immediately spotted this and knew I would have to have it. 
The booties are from: Target 
And the hat is from: Pac Sun.

Thanks for reading xoxo

-A




Monday, 25 August 2014

Summer Makeup

So I thought it would be fun (mostly for me) to share a little bit about my makeup routine and the products that I use during the Summer months. I like to keep things super light and simple. For foundation, I'll typically use a BB or CC cream mixed with foundation. I find this gives me the perfect amount of coverage without being too heavy. My favorite products for this method particularly are it Cosmetics CC+ cream...this stuff is amazing! It mixes flawlessly with Rimmel's Stay Matte foundation. I use a brush from Real Techniques (the one with the yellow handle) and together, this trio makes for a smooth and quick application.  

Unfortunately, the CC cream is next to impossible to find in Canada, I picked mine up in the States. 


These are the three brushes I use (never mind how filthy they are). First one is from MAC, it's the 116 and it's works perfectly to apply blush and I also use it for contouring. The pink RT brush I use for setting powder, I stipple on my face on top of my foundation. It's important to pat or stipple it on instead of rubbing it on, this allows everything, like foundation and concealer to stay in place. And the yellow RT brush is, as I mentioned for the actual foundation. The concealer I've been loving is a surprising part of my routine, the brand is called Flower, and it's a line that Drew Barrymore did with Wal Mart. I picked it up on a whim, not expecting much from it's $7 price tag, but was happy to discover that it's really great stuff. Works well on blemishes as well as under the eye (not usually the case with most concealers). But, again this is not available in Canada. So lame

For my EYES: the theme is simple, simple, simple. Most days, all I do is sweep a little bit of gold eye shadow from my Chocolate Bar palette over my lids using a fluffy blending brush (or sometimes I'll just use my fingers) and then I curl my lashes and give them a few coats of mascara. If I want to take the look a little further, I'll line my upper lash line with this Milani eye tech liner (it's uhhhmazing) OR, I'll take it a step further and do a quick wing with the Nars liner, also an incredible product.  

If I know I have a long day ahead of me, or if I want my shadow to really stay put, I'll use this MAC paint pot as a base, but this isn't something I find I need to use on a daily bases. 

Ok, for LIPS, these guys are my go-to product. They are nourishing, they have a subtle yet noticeable amount of color, and are super easy to apply. I use them constantly throughout the day. Almost as if they were a lip balm.   

And then to finish it off....I've got my Lorac Tantilizer bronzing and highlighting duo. I use the bronzer to contour my cheekbones, and then I'll brush the highlighter over my nose, forehead, cheeks and chin. It's nice and subtle, so it gives a slight dewy glow. The blush is Physician's Formula, it's also very light pink so it give a natural sun kissed look to the cheeks. I highly recommend this product. 
Anyway, there's my little make-up and beauty rant. I will be doing another post soon about all of my favorite hair products for the summer.. Thanks for reading, if anyone did. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself with these posts lol. Oh well...it's still fun. xx


Friday, 8 August 2014

Train Tracks











This train track bridge is near my house and it's usually where I end up whenever I go for a walk. I've never actually walked all the way across it, usually I end up somewhere in the middle and then turn around. But I finally decided it was time to face my fear of heights and sit on the edge. When I first approached it, and looked down, I was super freaked out and almost gave up. But I pushed the fear aside, knowing that it was perfectly safe as this bridge is very sturdy, and as soon as I sat down, the fear was gone and I had a pretty awesome view in front of me. #worthit! The moral of the story? Sometimes things I think are scary and maybe even impossible, turn out to be amazing and rewarding...all it takes is that leap of faith. So deep, I know. :)

Outfit Details: Skirt: Brandy Melville, Tank: American Eagle
Sunglasses: Target, Flip-flops: Havaiana's 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wildflowers

There's something about skirts I love so much, and lately skater skirts in particular. This one I've paired with a cute grey crop top from H&M. I don't even know what the french words mean, but as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine :). The skirt is from Target and the heels are from Steve Madden (similar here). I'll leave you with this adorable quote since it's appropriate:

~ May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and nature of each day.~








Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Black Lace

Yesterday we spent the day in Toronto, taking in the sights. We walked the streets, saw the CN Tower, and ate some yummy Mexican food. I'm wearing a romper (or play suit) from H&M and a black lace kimono from Marshall's.