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Monday, September 22, 2014

My Skincare Routine! #TeenBlogSeries

It's Monday so it's time for another #TeenBlogSeries post! They've actually become my favourite posts to write, because I'm curious to see what other people will write on the same topic! And this week's especially, which is all about skincare routines! I used to watch so many of these on Youtube, but then I discovered other bloggers also blogged about their skincare routines...so of course I switched over to reading more blogs ;). Personally, my skincare routine has always been the same, but I guess that means it's a good one, right?
Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser
I've used this cleanser for forever! I rarely switch cleansers after I found this one...I used to use the Clearasil Gentle Skin Cleanser because it was recommended in a lot of magazines. But one day I started using the Aveeno cream cleanser, and it made my skin feel so much better! I prefer the creamier textures, and this one also has little exfoliating beads. And it has salicylic acid to help little pimples. ;)

The Face Shop Chia Seed Water 100 Face Cream
Long name for a face cream, but that's okay because it does exactly what it says! It's super light on the skin yet it's still very moisturizing. I love this face cream :). Plus, it smells so good!
The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
When I reviewed this product last month, a lot of people agreed with me that it really is the best body butter! I use it in the summer mostly, but it would be so useful for the winter dry weather too. This tub has lasted me for so long, I have yet to try another scent!

Bath & Body Works Hand Cream
I don't specifically use the Vanilla Bean Noel one, I just like Bath & Body Works hand creams in general. They make your hands so soft, and seriously, every time you open the bottle, the delicious smell fills the room until everyone looks around wondering where the magnificent scent came from. I love the little squeezy tube, and they always have sales where you can get a few for a really good price, so of course I have quite a few :).
Face Masks
I don't really have any particular face masks that I use in particular, but these two clay ones are my current favourites! I like clay masks more because you can feel them shrinking your pores...and it's always funny waiting until the end and not being able to move your face anymore since the clay hardens on your face. I still get amused every time. Is that just me? I also really like the face masks that you have to peel off you face instead of washing it off. It doesn't take much to entertain me ;)

What's your skincare routine must have? Any products I should add to my routine?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jewellery Ever After- Alice in Wonderland Necklace!

As usual, I've been obsessing over necklaces...I just can't seem to get enough! This is my first time getting a handmade necklace, and this one was just way too unique to past up sharing with you! I've never had anything like this...can you tell how excited I am? I got the Alice in Wonderland themed necklace* from Jewellery Ever After and could not be happier with how it turned out :).
The necklace came in a well packaged envelope and it even included a jewelry bag, which I thought was a cute touch. The bottle part is glass and the lid is of course, cork...it's basically a miniature version of the potion from Alice in Wonderland! Every time I wear this necklace I feel so magical. ;) The quality of the necklace was so much better than I thought. It's under $10 CAN, but when I first tried on the necklace, I noticed that the chain was a little heavier than the typical costume jewelry, meaning it actually has some substance and will hold up very well. Plus, the large loop that connects the little bottle to the chain is very secure too- I know I won't have any problems with it breaking :).
Of course, since the necklace is silver (and clear), it goes with everything! I'm sure there's a better outfit that pairs better than the one I'm wearing here, but I wanted to show it with my typical style to show how versatile it is.
And the best part- you can actually open the bottle up and put small stuff inside! I'm thinking adding some glitter would be really fun...

I just looked on Jewellery Ever After's page, and now they have jewelry inspired by Frozen too! They also have lots from The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel...and even Harry Potter, if that's more your thing. Here are their links if you're interested:

Esty
Twitter
Instagram

P.S: They usually have giveaways on their Twitter and Instagram, wish I found out about that earlier!

P.P.S: If you were confused about my different spelling of the word "jewelry", it's because we spell it differently here in Canada compared to the UK! Sorry about that.

Do you like themed jewelry? What kinds of jewelry would you like to see?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Healthy Food Recipe: Banana Oats Muffins! #TeenBlogSeries

This week's #TeenBlogSeries is to share a recipe that everyone can make super easy and quick! I chose a muffin one since I've been loving how convenient they are to take anywhere, and this one is super healthy. Well, actually, I'm not sure how healthy it is, but it contains oats and fruits, so it's got to be somewhere up there on the level, right?
My go-to healthy food recipe is... the banana oats muffins! I thought I'd share a snacks one, because they're kind of my expertise (see here for proof). And who doesn't make time for snacks?

Now, on to the recipe~

Healthy Banana Oats Muffins

You will need:

  • 1 3/4 cup white flour
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (any kind of oats will work)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas (the riper, the better)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions:

It's very simple- take three bowls, mash the bananas with the milk and vanilla together. Then mix the dry ingredients in the second bowl and the wet ingredients in the third bowl. I always mix wet and dry ingredients separately when there is baking soda involved, because mixing them together too early can mess up the ability of the muffins to rise! And of course you want that moist goodness. Anyways, mix all the ingredients together and pour into baking cups. Bake in the oven at 375F for 22 minutes. I ended up having enough to make 18 muffins.
These muffins are so moist and soft, I love them! I actually like them more than vanilla or chocolate cupcakes that have icing, because sometimes you just don't want anything too sweet, you know? This recipe is perfect for those times you want to feel at least a little healthy! ;)

I would love to know...what are you go-to healthy snacks? Do you like to make muffins too?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photo Diary: CNE Part 1! {18.08.14}

Another Photo Diary? Yup, but it's from the summer break! Don't worry, I'm still studying hard for school and I basically haven't gone anywhere interesting...but I did have some photos saved from the day I went to the Canadian National Exhibition! If you're Canadian, you probably know what that is, but if not, it's the world's largest traveling amusement park! Every summer, they come to Toronto and set up lots of booths, games and most importantly- the rides! Just kidding, that's not the important part, they also brought entire washroom buildings/trailers that are very nice compared to the ever dreaded portable toilets (you know the ones I'm talking about!). Kidding again...the most important part was all the super fun stuff they brought! And everything's so colourful too, makes me so happy to look at all those booths!
Starting off the day by consulting my map! I have to say, after all the map reading I've done while exploring new places this summer, I'm practically a map reading expert by now ;).



Even the rides are so pretty to look at! A rainbow feris wheel? Of course I have to go on it :).

I actually decided to vlog for the first time in forever, but I didn't get a complete day's worth of footage. Just random clips of me screaming on rides!

Me the whole day- running to the next ride!
I wish I remembered what I was pointing at...

This the scariest ride I have ever seen. Well, at least, the scariest one I have seen in a long time. It's two sets of seats, one at each end of the "arms" and the arms spin up and down to form a full circle. The seats themselves are rotating too. But the scariest part is when you are at the top and the bottom people haven't come yet (because everyone is too scared to go on), you are literally hanging upside down up high in the air until someone decides to come! I can't imagine ever going through such a frightening experience! And yes, in real life, it is a lot taller than it looks here.
My favourite not scary ride- the swings! They're so much better than the playground ones because you don't have to swing yourself.
Can you see me here? Hint: The bright blue should be easy to spot ;).

I was too scared to go on this one but does anyone recognize this ride? It's the one from Diary of The Wimpy Kid (the book)! I didn't know it existed in real life! Or maybe I just don't go out a lot.



Sadly, the lines of the rainbow feris wheel were too long, so we went on some other ones instead :).

That's it for now! I cleverly ended the photo diary with a photo of us running away, but don't worry- I'll back soon with part two of the day! ;) There were just too many fun stuff to pass up!

Have you been to the amusement park this summer? What are your favourite rides?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OOTD: Pink Roses!

It looks so summer-y in this photo, I just realized. And summer-y things make me happy! This is actually one of my favourite outfits even though it is so simple. I'm just wearing a t-shirt with pink roses and stretchy pink shorts. I guess that you could say anything with pink is an appealing colour scheme for me ;). I also wore flats for the first time in forever! I don't typically wear them because my feet get very sweaty super fast (TMI? Whoops!) so I have to wear socks specifically for flats. But the problem is the socks are so small, they're so easy to lose! So it was a bit of a accomplishments that I found some and took out my flats for the day :).



I'm wearing my favourite sunglasses too! I think that's why I'm smiling so much in these photos. Wearing what I love always brightens my day :).

The necklace was a gift from my friend and it is the perfect girly necklace! Bows made out of pearls? Yes, please! ;)

By the way, I've decided to stop making Friday Favourites and Weekend Reading posts. School is just too much for me this year :(. I'm still debating on whether to continue my Saturday Weekend Reading posts, but it's too hard for me to keep up with my weekly favourites to take pictures every week. Plus, my life mainly involves school now and there's nothing really interesting about that! I might do them once in a while, but not every week anymore. As for Weekend Reading posts, I'm thinking of doing them biweekly or maybe a monthly round up? Do you enjoy those posts?

Random question- do you read your blog feed in the morning or in the afternoon? Is there specific time of the day you like to read blogs? And do you want to keep seeing Friday Favourites and Weekend Reading posts?

Monday, September 8, 2014

High Street Style and My Favourite Picks! #TeenBlogSeries

Welcome to another #TeenBlogSeries where I'll be showing you my favourite high street styles and stores! I have to admit I didn't know what high street style was, since we don't use that word here in Canada, but then I watched some youtube videos and realized it's just what they call the normal, not designer clothes. I think it's what you see people wearing on the streets- trendy but not overly expensive. I don't know if I can pull that off, haha. Anyways, I'm going to show you my favourite picks from my go-to clothing stores!

Forever 21 Finds
Products: shorts, sunglasses, cardigan, necklace

My first go to store for cute clothes is Forever 21! There's so many different stuff in there, sometimes it feels overwhelming to go inside...that's why you have to go when you have a lot of time on your hands, or it might be hard to get something good. I know people always say to get your basics at an expensive store, but I really like the quality at Forever 21. It's not as cheap as it is in America, anyways. But I have their white denim shorts, their sunglasses, cardigans and necklaces! Everything is mostly affordable and there's a lot of trendy and classic pieces!
H&M Finds
Products: purse, rings, skirt, dress, boots

Can't forget about H&M! I've actually been going to H&M before I started going to Forever 21, since Forever 21 only branched out in our area at a later time, They have so many jersey dresses with cute patterns- I want to get them all! I actually wore my first one at my grade 8 dance and I loved it! I still have it today :). And recently, H&M has had so many leather purses out! They look really expensive and even like they're designer. I don't use big purses, but if I did then this purple one would be perfect. One particular item I like from the store are their circle skirts! They have ones with thick and thin material, and I prefer the thicker ones since it's more sturdy :). I have two so far but I wouldn't mind having all the colours and patterns ;). The combat boots I've actually been thinking of buying for a while, but I haven't seen them in stores yet...it's almost time for boots season! Okay, maybe I'm a little early, And those rings in the photo above, I got a while ago and they're the only rings that fit me! They have XS size rings, which I haven't seen anywhere else. If you have small fingers, try looking at H&M!

What's your High Street Style? Where do you typically shop? I'd love to know!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Photo Diary: In The Water Beach Photos and Exploring! {12.08.14}

Here is the last part of my camping trip this summer! And it's the most fun part, I think ;). After all, I'm playing in the water without a care in the world, something I very rarely get to do. If you didn't already know, my family and I went on a three day trip camping at the best beach in Ontario, and it was seriously the best place to relax but still have an adventure camping. Because, you know, camping is very unpredictable- you never know when it's going to start raining or when a raccoon will decide to steal all your food ;). Anyways, these are the photos from the third day, but the water ones are mixed in from all the days, I had such a fun time experimenting with camera angles and even taking pictures with the camera underwater!
The sky looks like a painting here!

This is my favourite picture from the entire trip! It was purely accidental but I love everything about it :).

Selfie time ;) I think this might be my first time posting one on the blog but don't worry, it won't be a regular thing!
Waves! :)
Splash!
Of course another jumping photo- and in this one, you can see the water rising up above me! Yes, I'm kind of proud about that ;)

Don't you think waves make the beach look so much more pretty?
Alongside the beach, there were some cute little restaurants/food booths. Too bad I don't like tacos though.


My dad and brother ate at the taco booth, and it was actually a RV truck with...
A skeleton as the driver! Haha, hopefully that wasn't too scary ;)

I ended up eating at a family dinner- I love family owned restaurants! The waiters are always so friendly and the food tastes so homemade :).
More cute places along the beach...the street just goes on forever!


And some yummy ice cream!
Then after a long day we unpacked everything...
...and look at the difference in colour where our tents were! It rained a bit during the day, and you can see where the grass is slightly more wet. Wait, why do I find this fascinating again? Whoops, maybe I've been zoning out too much during the trip...I miss summer already!

How was your summer? Any particularly fun trips or day fun? I'd love to hear about them!

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