Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Road trip 2014- Day 1

We left Vancouver really early in the morning (7 o'clock ish) and headed for the border, which we were really lucky and didn't have to wait longer then 5 minutes. Anyone who lives near the Canada/USA border knows this luck. We drove straight to Seattle to hit up a MASSIVE Forever 21, this definition of massive is based on my small town roots, and we also stopped at Barnes and Nobles essentially the Chapters of America in my opinion. 

Our main objective in Seattle was to go to the Museum of Flight (Dad's choice- we were dragging him shopping for 4 days, and it was really interesting for the Air Force Brat in me!)

And to go to the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners Baseball Game. Side Note: Canada only has the Blue Jays for a MLB team, so seeing them play on the West Coast was very cool! Sadly, the Jays lost 2-0 and were swept in the series.. 

Forever 21 Shopping- I got 3 tank tops I honestly wear a tank top under every shirt I wear, so stocking up is important- for 1.90 each. I also got a knitted sweater and a earth toned sleveless cardigan. 

Barnes and Noble- I picked up the 5th book in the Mortal Instruments Series which I have been reading, I knew I was going to finish the 4th on this trip and needed the next one! 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Freedman Facial Brightening Mask Golden Grain: Review

Freedman Masks have found their way into my weekly routines for some time, I have used their Cucumber and Dead Sea masks to great success. They sell their masks in small individual use packets as well as in tubes which retail for $3.99 and are available here.

Product Description:
Gel mask with natural golden grains helps raise moisture levels in the skin. Vitamin C helps prevent the formation of dark spots firm and brighten skin.

Apply to freshly washed skin, I used a mask brush I recently purchased, let sit for 5-10 minutes, rinse off with warm water. I kept the mask on for 10 minutes.

My Thoughts:
- Made my skin very soft
- Made my breakouts tingle
- Skin felt more moisturized!

I would rate this product an 8 out of 10, as I did not find it really brightened my skin after first use. I do enjoy it however to continue using it!

What I Packed for Vacation

This is my second of six posts about my trip to Portland with my Family, and it's all about what I brought with me to wear for our vacation/road trip/adventure!

I packed the obvious undergarments, a couple plain tank tops, flip flops and my black toms which are not pictured in the following photos. I packed in my purple canvas Long Champs bag. I really went for comfortable clothing for this trip because we were going to be doing a lot of walking, and I packed mostly shorts because the weather was supposed to be warm. It wasn't absolutely freezing, but it wasn't really hot either. I also set the record for staining 2 tops on the trip- but not the white pants..

Top- Old Navy White Blouse
Shorts- Green shorts from Stitches
Shoes- Flipflops 
Top- White sheer back from Stitches
Shorts- Coral lace bottomed shorts from Stitches
Shoes- Black Toms (comfort over style sometimes)
Top- Back Sheer back from Stitches
Pants- White Capris from Stitches
Shoes- Black Toms 

Kimono- Black Daisy kimono from Stitches
Shirt- Aqua Chiffon top from Stitches
Shorts- Dark Wash Denim shorts from Stitches
Shoes- Black Toms

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Inside my Travel Beauty Bag

Recently my family and I went on a 4 day vacation that involved 2 hotel stays and a lot of fun! My family does travel a lot, either on weekend trips, overnight stays or legitimately planned vacations. Needless to say, the 4 of us have gotten very effective at organizing and packing for a trip.

While we were on vacation I realized that I usually bring the same products with me whenever I go somewhere, or some variation of the same things. In fact, I keep some of these products in the bag and store it in my suitcase so I don't need to pack everything all the time.

I ALWAYS bring this London 2 pocketed travel beauty bag that I got for christmas last year. I believe my mom got this particular one from London Drugs in Vancouver. One side is the plastic side for things that could spill, or be wet from the shower etc. and the other side is mesh for beauty products and whatever else you wanted to put into it.

Breath of Fresh Air Toner water by LUSH.  Grease Lightning Tea Tree Spot Treatment by LUSH. Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Mist by Bath and Body Works. Garnier Balancing Gel Exfoliator My face is currently broken out for some reason, so I went back to basics and only brought this one light cleanser as to not anger my skin anymore. Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Wash and Lotion by Bath and Body works, these stay in this bag permanently along with the body mist- always prepared with my go to scent! Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion, super moisturizing and great for my skin. Olay Fresh Effects Cleaner Brush I use this to really get the cleanser into my skin and get it super clean and soft. Nivea Happy Time Deodorant 48 hour protection, perfect for travel.. and everyday..

 Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads Perfect for on the go, small little wipes that will remove all my makeup. NYX Baked Blush in Spanish Rose a recent purchase, but one I have been enjoying enough to take with me on holiday for a nice wash of colour. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Very Fair my current without a doubt I need it every day product, I am shamelessly addicted to this concealer. NYX Tinted Moisturizer in TM01 Buff I hate worrying about foundations and all that jazz on a regular day, much less vacation- hello tinted moisturizer- you make me lazy. Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude a must to look for awake on a tiring roadtrip! Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded current eyeshadow base of the month, in love. Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent amazing to set everything in hot sticky weather and an absolute must for the summer. Urban Decay Naked 3 I usually just bring whichever palette I seem to be in a rut with at the moment, and for August the Naked 3 and all its rosy pink toned wonderfulness was it. Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof my current drugstore favourite, it's only a couple weeks into it's rotation too. Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit in Light brows, a must, that is all.

I use my Sigma Call me Crazy Brush Kit container whenever I travel to make sure that all my brushes stay safe and clean. This tube is just so handy! Inside I packed Sigma F30 my go to powder brush (also good for light bronzing!Sigma F40 blush brush for the rest of my beauty loving days I can 99% certainly commit to this EcoTools Eyeshadow Brush great for packing on colour S-I-L-K Green Line Eyeshadow Brush another great packing brush Sigma E55 and E40 dual ended Flare Palette Brush 2 brushes in 1? Perfect for travel! Love the Sigma E40!! the E55 is wonderful for colour and a little blending, while the E40 buffs it all!  Sigma E65 My only angled eyeliner brush- it's a necessity!  Mirabella Eye Blender  you can't travel without 2 blending brushes! One might get dirty! Urban Decay 24/7 Blending Brush I like this one to get colour in the outer v, it's really dense so great to get the colour in there and as light/dark as you want! Urban Decay Naked Palette Brush just another useful brush incase the other ones are dirty it never hurts to be overly prepared? 

Check back tomorrow for photos from my trip!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

A Few New Products...

I know I've been MIA lately, I'm in the stage where I am trying to balance everything and really figure out my routine and methods when it comes to blogging. While I've been trying to find my way I have been busy! Maybe I'll have a photo diary of what I have been up to coming, but today I thought I would share some of my recent purchases over the last couple of weeks.

Revlon ColourStay Moisture Stain 015 Barcelona Nights 

Revlon Parfumerie Ginger Melon
The Balm Meet Matt(e) 

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof Black
Q&A A Day 5 Year Journal 
NYX Tinted Moisturizer 01 Buff 

NYX Baked Blush Spanish Rose (it's very sheer so I couldn't get a good swatch picture :(,) 
NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie 01 Watermelon Cooler 
Well, that's all I've purchased in the last couple of weeks, look for upcoming reviews coming soon on all of these products!

xo Mikayla

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun: Review

I am a pasty person, the sun and I do not agree, which is why I am for anything and everything that will help my skin in its battle against the sun. Every summer of my entire life has been plagued with coverups, sunscreen, cold tea bags, and moisturizer. Recently while on a Target trip with my sister I stumbled across their summer section which had a bunch of skin care products like sunscreen and after-sun cream. I picked up the Hawaiian Tropic After Sun lotion in the Lime Coolada scent, for just around a dollar- for a sample size, which realistically is perfect for a beach bag.

Luckily I have had a couple days off and some uncharacteristically extremely hot weather in Vancouver, which meant walking across the street and enjoying some time on the beach with my family. I was only at the beach for an hour or so, and even with children's SPF 60 sunscreen I managed to walk away with quite the burn. Okay to the point, this lotion has been getting used a lot in the last 24 hours, on my nose which got quite burnt and my upper back which is very burned. 

Overall, I enjoy the product, it is moisturizing and soothing to sunburns, and when applied directly after being outside it very refreshing. I think it is worth the money, it's not crazy expensive, it smells amazing, and is everything that is important in a moisturizer.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ole Henriksen Truth To Go WIpes: Review

These Ole Henriksen wipes have been raved about for a while now in the online beauty community. I first heard about them in monthly favourites of a youtuber, but I cannot remember who. Regardless they sparked my interest but I was not able to find them, and $9 for 10 wipes is a little steep for me. Luckily I was sent them in my Ipsy Glam Bag for the month of June (to see what else I got check it out here).

Product Description:
Made with Vitamin C, Micro Algae, CoQ10, and Green Tea to brighten, tighten, increase collagen production and anti-oxidants

My thoughts:
I'm glad I was sent these for free as I did not loose any money, but I am not overly impressed with them. I find they are not as wet as they should be to remove makeup, and I find myself tugging at my face to try and get my makeup off. I find that my skin feels very dry after I use the wipes, and I currently find myself using them just to get rid of them. I am however going to spend the $9 and get another back to see if it was just the sample I was given, or not.