As you all know, Valentine’s Day is coming very soon and the hashtag valentine’s day makeup has been super popular these days. As I was looking for some inspiration for Valentine’s Day makeup to share with you all, I noticed that most of the looks are quite similar and repetitive with lots of soft, neutral colors and pink or red lips. For that reason, I was inspired to do something totally different from the normal romantic, good girl image for Valentine’s Day. I want to look a little more than just peachy cheeks and soft glam eyeshadows. I want to create the look that will bring out the sophisticated side of a woman but still soft and sexy at the same time. This has been so far my most favorite look and I hope you also love this look just as much as I do!
For this look, I want to create something more than just peachy cheeks and soft glam eyeshadows. I want to come up with the look that will bring out the sophisticated side of a woman but still soft and sexy at the same time. This has been so far my most favorite look and I hope you also love this look just as much as I do!
Hello everyone and happy new year! It’s the 12th day of 2017 and I hope that you have your goals and dreams ready to conquer for this year. Today, I want to talk about the importance of having a dream board and how to make one!
Three more days until 2017! How many of you have been reflecting on your journey and what you have done in 2016?
As I was reflecting on my own journey after quitting my 9-5 corporate job and becoming a full time entrepreneur, I realized that I have learned so many valuable lessons and I would like to share with you the 5 most valuable ones that will surely help you to succeed and achieve more in 2017.
Today, I want to share with you a simple holiday-inspired glam makeup look I have created a couple days ago. For those of you who love to have a glamour holiday look that is not too intimidated and not too hard to create. This look is for you!
When it comes to the face, I always make sure I select the right foundation for the occasion. If you are preparing this look for a Christmas or a New Year’s Eve party, this foundation below is a great fit for you.
I love this foundation because although it is a liquid foundation, it dries like powder. This is perfect for those of you who have oily skin like mine and want your foundation to stay flawless throughout the night. You can dance the night away without worry about your makeup melting or looking oily!
A tip for you: always set your foundation with loose powder!
Since I have oily skin, I have to be super careful when it comes to highlighter! Motives Shape & Sculpt Duo Compact has always been my go-to because it is super easy to use and doesn’t add too much shine on my face.
In order for your eyeshadow and your eyeliner to last for hours, make sure you don’t skip the primer step!
My favourite eye primer has always been Motives Cosmetics Eye. I found that this formula is more creamy and less oily than other primer out there in the market. The best part is, a little goes a long way. This little jar has lasted me for 2 years already.
For the eyeshadows, I first use Motives Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Vanilla all over my eyelids: You don’t have to use the exact colour of eyeshadows to create this look, you can use any vanilla eyeshadow for this step.
I was recently introduced to this eyeliner by my good friend & also Lancome National Makeup Artist, Myles Sexton and I have to say that I am in love! I like the fact that how I have a lot of control with this eyeliner and it doesn’t smudge at all no matter how long you wear it.
To finish the eyes, you can fill your bottom waterline with any of your favourite black khol eyeliner.
Make sure to go for those that are waterproof so you don’t look like a panda by the end of the day!
For the lips, I use Motives Cosmetics Matte Liquid Stick in Scandalous because this colour is fabulous for this season and it is also super long lasting. I love that although it is a matte colour, it does not dry out my lips at all and I can wear it for the whole day sometimes without having to retouch or reapply.
To add a little shine on the lips, I also applied LancômeJuicy Shaker in Walk The Lime on top of my lips. I am loving these little Juicy Shakers. They are super cute and they smell amazing. You totally have to check them out!
Don’t forget to complete your look with a pair of your favourite falsies! I bought these when I was in Asia a long time ago so I don’t even remember what brand they are.
Last but not least, always remember to set your makeup with your favourite makeup setting spray to make sure your make up is long lasting and you can celebrate this Christmas and New Year while looking flawless!
I hope this post can help and give you some inspirations to create your own glam look tonight for Christmas Eve and for the up coming New Year parties!
Looking glamorous doesn’t have to always be smokey eyes and big bold lashes.
Hello everyone! Since the weather has been super cold lately and the snow has made its way to our daily life, I decided to share with those of you who have oily and acne prone skin my must-have products for this winter.
Every skincare routine should start with these two basic steps: cleanse and tone.
This is my favourite cleanser of all time! I have been using this for the past 4 years and I don’t think I will ever want to switch to another brand. The price is super affordable(CAD $24.56) or(USD $18.95) for an 8-oz bottle which can potentially last you up to 3-4 months. What I love the most about this cleanser is the fact that is botanical based, hypo-allergenic and it helps me keep the oiliness under control. It also removes dirt & makeup (waterproof makeup sometimes) without making my skin feels dry and tight. You can also use this as shaving cream to avoid razor burn and roughness.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
4 years ago, I discovered this product and I have to say that it is better than any of the toners out there. It tones and balances the PH level of your skin without any harsh ingredients. If you have ever experienced applying so much moisturizer on your face in the winter and your skin is still so dry? That is because your PH level is off balance. For this reason, it is super important to keep the PH on your skin balance after cleansing (as most cleansers usually strip off the natural oil on your skin as well).
This spray is perfect for oily skin and acne prone skin as it works to balance your skin’s oil and leaves the skin a great fresh look. With natural ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, lavender extract and geranium extract, this spray will keep your skin and your face smooth and calm all winter!
I like to also use this as hair conditioner. If you feel like your hair is getting dry and frizzy, just spray this all over your hair and start enjoy the difference.
I also love the price of this product as I always look for great products at good deals. For the same price as the cleanser (CAD $24.65 or USD $18.95), you can make sure that your skin and hair are looking great for 4-5 months of this winter.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
Now that the first two steps: cleanse and tone is done.
There is a reason why this is called ‘Super Cream’. It is not your everyday moisturizer, this cream does not only improve the texture of your skin but also help brighten up the skin and dark spots. I highly recommend this product for night time only because it does have some peeling effect. You might see some dead skin being peeled off your skin but don’t be alarm! It is absolutely normal. Your skin will feel amazing after a few usage. This is also the reason why it stays on my MUST-HAVE list for the winter. When our skin is dry, it is very important to get rid of dead skin and built-ups to make sure that your skin is renewed and vibrant throughout the season. Getting rid of dead skin also means less space for acne and pimples to develop on your skin.
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINK to check out the product.
LancômeÉnergie de Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask
I recently did a collaboration with the amazing Myles Sexton (@MylesSexton, Lancome National MUA, and he introduced me to this life saver called The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask. You don’t have to use this everyday. I use this once or twice a week and it is a major saver to my combination skin.
You can purchase this product through Sephora or click on this LINK to earn 2% cashback on any Sephora‘s purchase.
Last but not least, I want to talk about my two amazing treatment products:
I cannot live without this product. You know as someone who has been battling with acne and breakout, I have a lot of dark/acne spots that I have to deal with and this is where this serum is amazing. It can remove any type of dark/acne spots in the matter of a few days and also can make your scars less noticeable. Sometimes, this can even help with the redness and the pimple itself so you don’t even have to use harsh chemical based products to deal with your breakout.
If you think that your moisturizer is adding more oil on your skin than the actual hydration, this is the product for you. For the years that I have been using this product, my skin has improved dramatically. Using all the natural ingredients from the earth and the sea, this product will not only improve your skin collagen, it will also add a natural glow to your skin. I have to say that if you have been using the ‘not so good’ products out there, your skin will need sometimes to get used to these healthy ingredients so don’t worry if you feel a bit tingling or a bit of redness. Everything will go away in a week and your skin will show the transformation.
This is so far the most expensive product I have invested my money in and I have no regret. Ever since I discovered this product, my skin has never been a stress or concern anymore. I can wear no foundation to the gym or go outside without feeling insecure about my skin. This product is truly a blessing!
For those of you who don’t live in US & Canada, you can follow this LINKto check out the product
Hope this helps those of you that are struggling with finding the right skincare routine for yourself this winter! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions regarding my experience with these products.
Christmas is going to be here in less than a week. I know a lot of you have been busy shopping and preparing for the holidays. If you have those friends who are totally about the girlboss life and you are still not sure what gift is perfect for them, this post is for you. If you are a girlboss yourself and want to shower yourself with some great gifts this season just because you deserve it, this post it for you.
IDEA #1: PRETTY AGENDAS
You know that I know that you know that girlbosses cannot live without their pretty agendas. Notice how I said ‘pretty’? Indigo has a bunch of beautiful agendas that are on sale right now. You can also take advantage of 3% cashback on top of your discount, you can follow this link HERE.
IDEA #2: CUSTOMIZED PHONE CASE AND LAPTOP CASE
I love this store called CASEAPP. It is a perfect gift for girlbosses who love to have their brand and their items personalized. What’s a better way to brand your brand by having a phone case or a laptop case that is designed only for you.
IDEA #3: NOTECARD NECKLACE
These super cute necklaces are available at Anthropologie.
Click HERE to receive 2% cashback on your purchase and order by December 16th to receive by December 24th!
IDEA #4: SPOKEN BRACELET
Show your support to their hustle with messages like “You got this”, “Fearless”, “Dream Big” & “Be Awesome” with these beautiful spoken bracelets from Chamilia and receive 5% cashback when you click HERE.
IDEA #5: CUTE PAJAMA SETS
Okay, maybe this idea is not so unique but a lot of us forget that being a girlboss sometimes means working long hours from home. La Senza has the cutest pajama sets and they are super comfortable and warm. Receive 3% cashback when you shop through this link by clicking HERE!
And those are the 5 gift ideas for the busy and creative girlbosses! Have fun shopping and happy holidays!
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I can’t believe that December is here already. Can you believe it? We all have less than a month left to finish what we have set out to complete. Has 2016 been a good year to you? Were you able to achieve the goals & dreams that you have set out in January? Personally, I love this time of the year. Besides the fact that it’s the holiday and shopping season, December is the month when I like to have some time to reflect and re-evaluate on my growth and my progress, mistakes and lessons.
In the past, I often found myself disappointed that I didn’t get to accomplish many things that I set out to do. I always found myself getting drowned in things that kept me busy but weren’t productive. I was always late to my business meetings. Things usually got pushed back and the worst case was that I was always stressed and emotionally drained.
Things started to change in the beginning of 2015, when I realized that I needed to make a change within myself. I came to the conclusion that I was the one who put myself in disappointments and emotional distress and I had total control in changing the situation around. I also realized that improvement started with small habits, being repeated everyday.
So if you are reading this and can relate to the old me, here are some tips that will help you getting more things done in the new year of 2017:
TIP #1: KEEP YOUR SPACE ORGANIZED
Okay! Before we get into more details, I want to clarify something. I am not a tidy person at all! But what I am trying to force myself to do is to stay as organized and as tidy as much as possible. I notice that when my space is tidy and clean, I tend to become more focus and less stressed out. “I am not a tidy type” is not really a good excuse! I am not either but I force myself to get into the good habits and keep my life simple and less cluttered.
TIP #2: CREATE A TO-DO LIST/ AGENDA AND STICK WITH IT
If there is one thing that you can do right away, it is to create a To-Do list for yourself. Trust me when I say that your results or progress in life are heavily depending on this list. The most important thing about having a To-Do list is that they will save you a tons of stress and hassle. I like to cary my agenda with me and write down everything that I need to do, including small tasks such as washing the dishes or going to the bank. Write everything DOWN and cross them out by the end of the day! You will feel super productive and will have better understanding of how your schedule looks like the day after or the week after.
TIP #3: PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Before going to bed everyday, I like to look at my To-Do list to see what I have and have not done. If the unchecked item is an important one, I will not go to bed until I get it done. If it is something that is not a priority for me, I put that on my agenda for the day after.That way, you will have a good deep sleep without having disturbing thoughts or stress about what you have to do the day after.
TIP #4: KNOW YOUR PRIORITY
Don’t be that person who is always running around, acting busy but has absolutely nothing going on with their life or their business. The best thing you can do for yourself is getting your priorities straightened out. I like to carry a few different colours of highlighters with me so I can highlight and emphasize the most important items on my To-Do list and make sure that I get it done.
TIP #5: MINIMIZE YOUR DISTRACTIONS
Instagram and Facebook used to be the first 2 things I checked after waking up, until I realize how distracted they are. I try to stay away from social media and Youtube until I clear my e-mails and check up on my business reports. I also switched my phone on silent almost 24/7 because it’s less distracting and I have totally control of when I want to be distracted. Some day I can look at my phone and see 80 something messages on my phone and a bunch of missed calls. But remember, your mental health is more important than anything. You can always reply these messages and return those missed calls.
TIP #6: MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME
I don’t like to waste time on anything and I don’t like to waste anyone’s time. If a meeting is canceled, I try to squeeze in another meeting, go to the gym, get some small tasks done or meeting up with my team if possible. When you realize how valuable time is, you would not want to waste a second not doing anything productive.
TIP #7: DO IT NOW!
Trust me, “I’ll do it tomorrow!” is the enemy of success. Some people say time is money but I think time is a lot more valuable than money. If you lose your money, you can still find a way to make it back but once your time is gone, it’s gone! Sometimes, it is extremely hard for me to get myself up and finish the last few items on my To-Do list but I often push myself to.
TIP #8: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE ENERGY
People say you are who you attract. I find that when I surround myself with positive energy and positive people, I always feel more motivated to get things done. In return, when I have to deal with negative people or friends, I feel so drained and exhausted. Remember, energy is very important! If you want to be successful, you need to hang out with people who are already successful.
TIP #9: UNPLUG YOURSELF
Your laptop gets overheated sometimes and so can you! Make sure to give yourself enough time to relax and recharged because if you are tired and not healthy, you can’t get much work done either. I always recommend finding a space where you are the most relax and comfortable and disconnect yourself from the Internet and the technologies for a little bit. For some people, it can be taking a hot bath, reading a book they love or enjoying a cup of hot tea. For me, it’s taking a visit to IKEA and just leave my phone at home. I do this once in a while to make sure I don’t over stress and keep myself recharged.
TIP #10: TRAIN A STRONG MIND
You are probably thinking, what does training a strong mind have to do with time management? Well, it has everything to do with time management. Have you ever wondered why people who have great time management skills are also very discipline and emotional strong? It is because these little habits that you train yourself to develop will give you the discipline needed to grow and to succeed.
TIP #11: LEARN TO DELEGATE
If you are feeling overwhelmed and often stressed out, maybe delegation is the area you need to improve on. Asking for help or collaborate with other people is NOT a sign of weakness, it shows that you are confident and strong enough to trust that working with other people will help you achieve your goals faster and grow better.
TIP #12 QUIT MULTITASKING
I used to be super proud of myself for being able to multitask, just to find out that I could start a lot of projects but never got to finish any of them. Focus on one thing and one thing only!
TIP #13: LEARN TO SAY “NO”
I know I have said this before but if you try to please everybody, you will be the most unhappy one. Don’t be that person! Learning to say “No” to things that are not important to you will get you into the habit of prioritizing and knowing what to put first.
TIP #14: NEVER STOP LEARNING
I realized that over the years, my time management skills got better because I always try to learn and improve on it. You can get a book on time management, spend some time on Pinterest if you have to. There are a lot of great articles and resources that can help you grow and improve your time management.
TIP #15: KNOW THAT THE POWER IS IN YOU!
At the end of the day, time management is not a skill that you can learn overnight. It is a series of small and good habits being developed over time and there is nobody out there who can help you but yourself.
Hope this tips will help you turn a new leaf in 2017 and get you on your way to achieve your goals and dreams!
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