Skin Savvy: The Ordinary

Skincare products are near impossible to review right out of the gate. There is an adjustment period. My sensitive skin is acne-prone, so I generally give skincare about a week before I make any hard decisions. Some products are exceptions to this rule; I knew, for instance, that I didn’t like First Aid Beauty’s cleanser…

Sara’s Beauty Favourites 2018

2018 was a year full of product testing for me. SO MANY FUN PRODUCTS! Actually, there are so many products I love from this last year that I could (and will) do an exclusive skincare favourites post later on. For this one, I decided to stick with products I’ve used most frequently this last year…

Surprise Saturday Post: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser Review

The past couple of times I’ve been to Sephora, I’ve asked about skincare. I’m looking to switch up some products, not because my routine isn’t working but because change is good. Trying new things is good. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that the recommendations are centering more and more on one brand. When I…

Fall Face Care

Oh, my gosh, it’s winter already. Thank goodness my building manager has gotten the furnace going, or I would be living out of whichever room was small enough to warm sufficiently with a space heater. I’m stunned that we’ve already had snow here in Saskatchewan. I shouldn’t be; we’ve had snow in May before. But…

Sara’s September Challenge: A Diary of the First 1/3

Day 1, September 2 – Did a half-assed face washing and moisturizing plus sunscreening to go out. Mascara and Bite’s Dirty Chai lipgloss for make-up. Kept forgetting I had mascara on and smudged it (gah). Took 10 minutes to put on a face mask before going to bed. My skin is happy. Day 2, September…

Skin Savvy: Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

Conversations with Sephora employees tend, in my experience, to go one of two ways: a quick point in the direction of a particular product, or a full-blown conversation about my specific needs. In the case of my recent visit – which like so many visits was done out of habit more than necessity – I…

Salty-Sweet: Some Thoughts on DIY

Quick post since it’s been kind of busy on my end recently, but I think I can make this pretty succinct: please, please, please get your make-up from reputable sources. Look, I get it: Pinterest makes it look so easy to conjure up your own products out of coconut oil and charcoal. Whole blogs are…

Things I’ve Learned: Travel Edition

It’s a surprised Saturday post! I couldn’t name this entry Travel Hacks. I can’t fathom anything I do constituting a hack. My life is more about balance than minimalism, a middle path rather than indulgence. So no, no hacks, though I do know how to pack a carry-on that blazes through airport security. And I’m…

The Best Spot Treatment

I hate pimples. I know, I know: who doesn’t, right? What a redundant way to begin a blog post. But I feel the need to adequately contextualize all the stuff I’ve done to my face in the name of clear skin. All the DIY treatments I’ve tried, all the picking I’ve done (and shouldn’t have….

The Sunburn Series Pt. 2: Everywhere Else

I am no stranger to sunburns. I don’t go looking for them, but they have the tendency to find me wherever I go. On my honeymoon in San Francisco, I even had an allergic reaction to the sun resulting in me being covered, head to toe, in hives. My other experiences haven’t nearly been as…