My Daily Beauty Routine

As I’ve ventured more into my love of products and beauty in the blog, I often get asked about my routine and what I use on a daily basis. These questions come up enough (and I will read any post that has the words “daily” or “routine” in it) and I’ve finally got a set daily routine so I figured it was time I shared exactly what makes the magic here on The Enthusiast.

From what I use in the shower, to those final finishing touches, here’s exactly how I go from drab to fab on a regular day!

The Shower

I probably take the shortest showers of anyone I know. 1) Because I am very environmentally conscience and 2) I would rather lay in my bed for 20 minutes post-shower than to stand under water for 20 minutes. Continue reading

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Why My Mom is My Role Model

Happy birthday to the most loving and classy mom in the world!

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Graduation with the woman who honestly kept me from a mental breakdown for three years.

I want to give the biggest shoutout to my mother who spent her birthday (which was technically yesterday) driving five hours to help me pack up my apartment and clean my kitchen because she’s literally the most amazing mom on the planet. Seriously, what wouldn’t she do for her kids?

I am the luckiest girl ever because my mom is more than just my mother, she is my best friend and my role model. If I could be anyone, it would be my mother. She is all the qualities I hope to be and lives a life I aspire to. I couldn’t imagine being something greater than her. She is such a great person and in honour of her birthday I thought I would list all the reasons I hope to be like her, aka the coolest, classiest woman in the world. Continue reading

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The 5 Best Foundations for Oily Skin (By Someone with Oily Skin and a Real Budget)

Oh the joys of having oily skin!

And by joys I mean the complete and utter pain and despair that comes with making your skin look nice. It isn’t easy. Between the enlarged pores, the gross sheen of sweat, and the impossibility of finding the perfect foundation, I believe all oily skin people should be given awards or free treatments.

I’m just saying…

However, as someone with extremely oily skin I am always on the lookout for a great foundation that does at least one (if not all) of these things:

  1. Provides coverage of all discoloured spots
  2. Fills in my pores
  3. Stays on through the oil and sweat
  4. Provides a matte coverage that only looks dewy after a long day

If I can find a foundation that hits all four target areas then I am very happy. And after a lot of trial and error I have actually found five that I think are pretty great. And they are all different price ranges, so at least something will be affordable for everyone!

So here’s my list of the foundations that I believe will be the end of all gross, slidy foundation for oily skin owners! Continue reading

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Favourites Friday #42

As I enter my post-grad life and do the exhausting dance of 9-5 Monday through Friday, I realize now that it is the small luxuries that make or break my day.

This week has been a long one. And when I get ready to leave for work at 8am I need all the special beauty love I can get to make sure I feel beautiful until I get home and change into sweats. Because feeling beautiful is important!

This week I focused on the things that made me feel beautiful and I hope if you try them you’ll feel as beautiful as I do!

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A Reminder to Live Your Best Life

While my average day includes me watching one more episode of SVU before showering, rushing out the door with toast, going to work undercaffeinated, and then collapsing on the couch with a bowl of pasta before bed, there is a lot to say about taking care of yourself to live a more fulfilling life.

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Hidden on my laptop, in a special little place where I keep quotes and photos that remind me of who I want to be, is a step-by-step guide on living a more fulfilling life. It isn’t difficult or confusing or meant to stress anyone out, but rather gives helpful tips to living a life full of simplicity and content. With everything going on recently (finishing college, leaving my job, moving) I have been living a very unfulfilling life as of late. I’m not doing those small luxurious things every day that make me happy. As a Taurus I thrive from those things, and here I am depriving myself. Continue reading

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