Saturday, 2 May 2020

April Snaps

Hello lovely readers! Can you believe it's already May? I was looking back at my old posts, and I haven't done a Snapchat roundup since 2016. I do enjoy seeing these kinds of posts, and they're especially fun to look back on years later. My April has been pretty boring, as can be expected with the social distancing. I've been doing a LOT of reality TV binging (thank God for Vanderpump Rules), eating a lot of snacks, and daydreaming about my boyfriend (who I haven't seen for over a month now!). I'm managing to stay sane through it all, thanks to my family and being able to connect with my friends virtually. It's crazy to think we are living through a big piece of history! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Here are my favorite Snapchats from April 2020:

1 - My snack haul
2- Admiring the sunlight on the wall
3- A delicious brunch
4- Homemade cocktail
5- Steak dinner
6- I made delicious banana bread
7- Coffee selfie
8- My mood since the lockdown began
9- I'm in love with these Starbucks energy drinks 

A few businesses are opening up on Monday, with strict guidelines, but at least it's good news! I hope things settle down more and more in May... Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Rusk Sensories Brilliance Leave-In Conditionner Review

Hello lovely readers! I wanted to share my thoughts on another hair product that I've been obsessed with: the Rusk Sensories Brilliance Leave-In Conditionner. I've been using this leave-in conditioner for about a year now. It leaves my hair feeling a lot more moisturized, has a light grapefruit smell, and tames my fly-aways. The best part? It also gives me beautiful waves that last all day when I let my hair air-dry!!

I apply one pump to my towel dried hair, focusing on my ends, and spread what's left towards the top of my head. I never use an actual comb to spread the product, I just finger comb it through. I normally wash my hair at night and let it air dry. When I wake up, I'm left with these soft waves. I don't brush my hair, I just part it and go! It's my secret to good (bed) hair days ;)

My mom actually gave me this product as a gift after my Dad accidentally purchased it for her online. She wanted the actual conditioner, not the leave-in conditioner. I defenetely lucked out! The bottle is huge (33.8 oz) so it will last forever!

What's your favorite leave-in conditioner? Thanks for reading! xo

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash Shampoo Review

Hello lovelies! It's already been a year and a half since I went blonde. I've tried a few purple shampoos in that time, some which worked better than others. My hairstylist recommended the Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash to me. He used it to wash my hair before my last trim in early February. Despite it's expensive price, I decided that I needed it in my life. First of all, the name is awesome, I mean who doesn't want to be a Blonde Angel? Secondly, the scent is incredible!

Kevin Murphy Angel Wash had a rich, thick consistency. A little amount of product goes a long way. In just one wash, my box dye (not going to lie) yellow-toned hair looks a lot more light and golden. I definitely think this shampoo is worth the higher price point. Like almost every girl who cuts their hair short, after looking at old photos of myself with long hair, I've decided that I want to grow it out again. I've been doing a bit of research, and the same bit of advice keeps coming up: only wash your hair once a week, and use dry shampoo in between washes. This is the number 1 tip to help your hair grow faster and healthier (according to my brief YouTube research). I normally wash my hair hair every 2-3 days, so if I start spacing it out to once a week, I'll save money on shampoo ;)

I've tried a few different products by Kevin Murphy, and I've never been disappointed. Keep your eyes out for more reviews coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, 3 April 2020

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner While Physical Distancing

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and staying safe. It's day 19 of physical distancing for me. I'm quite enjoying the quiet time and the slower pace of life, but I really do miss seeing my boyfriend. It's weird being in a long distance relationship with someone who lives in the same city as you.

I've compiled a short list of ideas you can use to stay connected to your partner during this period of physical distancing. It's important to keep the romance alive! We're lucky to have so may options for doing so with technology.
  1. Have a Zoom brunch date
    • Pick a time that you'd normally have brunch, and prepare a nice meal for yourself: eggs-benny, toast, tater tots, whatever your heart desires. You can even include a mimosa or two since you won't be driving afterwards! Tell your partner to do the same thing, then set up a Zoom video chat and eat brunch together, like if you were on a real date.
  2. Watch a movie together using Netflix party
    • Choose a fun movie you both enjoy, and watch it simultaneously with Netflix Party. You can chat while the movie is streaming!
  3. Make a bucket list of activities to do together once the restrictions are lifted
    • You could use Google docs for this, and that way you and your partner can both add to the list as ideas pop up!
  4. Plan a romantic vacation 
    • This is a little less "realistic" at the time being, as no one really knows when the restrictions will be lifted and it will be safe to travel again, but it's nice to dream! I'd love to go to a resort with Mikey in Florida, and it's fun to browse hotels online. We definitely won't be booking anything for a while however! 
  5. Have a silly selfie contest on Snapchat
    • This is always fun... it's a good way to ease the stress from physical distancing with a little laughter! 
What activities have you been doing to stay connected with your partner or friends?

Stay safe!

Monday, 30 March 2020

New Decade, New Me?

Hello there! I'm finally stepping back into blogging after a 5 month hiatus. And what a whirlwind it has been! I've been through some MAJOR life changes in the past few months...

I'll start with something positive: I got laser eye surgery at the end of October! It was a bit of an impulse decision to be honest, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I heard things about laser eye surgery for years, but never thought it was for me. It seemed scary, and I thought I would miss my glasses. But one day as I was in a semi-consicious state at my dentit's office getting a cleaning (yes, I'm one of those weird people who actually likes going to the dentist, and I sometimes fall asleep in the chair), I heard a radio commercial for Focus Eye Centre. I thought "Hey!...I should totally do that!". So I called the very next day to schedule my free consultation. I was a candidate, and I decided the expensive price tag was worth the benefits. I deserve to invest in myself! I honestly do not miss my glasses AT ALL. It's so freeing not having fogged up glasses during the winter months, and being able to wear any sunglasses I want. I can't say the surgery itself wasn't a little bit scary. Upon first glance of the handout they gave me with the long list of potential complications, I felt queasy. But I practiced a lot of mindfullness visualisation exercices and went for it. I'm no longer part of the four-eyed club!

The second update is life-changing on another level: I broke up with my partner of 12 years, Simon. It came as a huge shock to some people whom I wasn't super close to, especially since we had just gotten engaged in April. However, my closer friends and my family saw it coming, as they knew I had my doubts. It was a really hard decision to make. When you're with someone for such a long period of time, the roots run deep. I was at war with myself in my mind for many months. I will always care for him as a person, but there are too many things that we do not see eye to eye on, and I really couldn't see myself marrying him. I felt like if I stayed, it would have been more out of habit and convinience. Needless to say there was A LOT of emotional turmoil on both sides... ending an engagement literally uproots your whole life. I'm glad I made my decision before we were actually married however, because I definitely would not want to put either one of us through a divorce! I'm happy to say that after some time has passed, we are now on pretty good terms and we talk on a regular basis.

Image via Pinterest

So where am I now? I'm doing well spiritually and emotionally. I definitely feel a lot more confident than I did at the beginning of 2019. As I get older, I've realized that I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I'm hoping to obtain my G2 at some point this spring and get myself a car. Who would have thought I'd be getting my own car, after being afraid to drive for so long? I'm also seeing someone, and it's going splendidly. I know I moved on quickly, but I'm quickly approching my thirties so I don't have much time to waste! I didn't actively go looking for Mikey, we met and just really clicked. It was practically an instant connection. We're enjoying our new found love, and we're slowly planning our future together.

Speaking of the future, everything is pretty much at a standstill right now while the pandemic is going on. I'm still working, since I work in medical records and we need to provide a minimum level of service. I'm only working part time though as my team is sharing the workload. I'm trying to see the silver lining in the situation. It is definetely nice to be working part time and have so much time to relax. Other than leaving the house for work, I've only been venturing out on short walks with the dogs, or to get fresh air with my mom. I'm taking the health officials' reccomendations very seriosuly, and I'm not even spending time with Mikey for the time being. It's hard, but I'm thankful that we are able to connect so easily with technology!

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I'm looking forward to blogging more, I've missed it!

Take care :)