Real Girl Review: Becca x Chrissy Teigen Pallette

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Hey guys! And welcome to my newest post series here on the blog- Real Girl Reviews. I’m going to be trying out products that any woman (or dude!) could be interested in and giving my opinion on if it is worth your money!

The “real girl” part of it comes from being in my late 20s and on a small budget.  You had better believe that a product has to look good on skin that isn’t 18 anymore and be good value to get the nod of approval from me.  Sometimes I feel opinions unconstrained by budget just aren’t as exacting as those that are.

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The first product up is from one  of my favorite humans ever- Chrissy Teigen’s Becca collaboration. While I am totally biased because I love all things Chrissy Teigen, I feel this particular pallette is worth the buy on two fronts:

  1. This pallette offers pretty much everything you need for eyes and cheeks for the summer. It’s perfect for travelling, weekending, or being the “one” product you keep out for day-to-day use. While Rose Gold is too dark for a highlight on me since I’m so pale, it looks gorgeous applied to your eyes, as does Beach Nectar if you have a more dark skintone. The bronzer is perfect for a variety of skin tones and gorgeous as a crease color. Hibiscus Bloom is a universally flattering shade, looking just a pretty on my sister’s yellow-based skintone as it does on my alabaster skin. It’s a great “all-rounder” pallette that will appeal to many users.
  2. The “math” works on this pallette if you’ve been hoping to try out some Becca products. Essentially, by volume the product amounts offered in this pallette are at a 38% discount to their regular costing as individual items. The costing is below but the main point is that the pallette is more than “reasonably” priced, the products themselves are actually offered at a discount.

I’m in love with this pallette. I think it’s a great buy and beautiful products, and I love Chrissy Teigen so it’s like a win-win-win!

Regular Becca Products Costing:

46$ for a shimmering skin perfector, 8.5ml or $5.41 per ml

46$ for a bronzer, 7.1gr or $6.48 per ml

$41 for a luminous blush, 6.21ml ounces or $6.61 per ml

Becca x Chrissy Pallette:

Total Cost: $54 Canadian

Total Value (by comparative amounts): $86.59

5.1 g of Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold ($27.59 Value)

5.1 g of Shimmering Skin Perfector in Beach Nectar ($27.59 Value)

2.4 g of Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom ($15.86 Value)

2.4 g of Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil ($15.55 Value)

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Do you have a favorite luxury item you’ve purchased recently that is an awesome product and good value? I’d love to hear about it! Also, please let me know if you like this series by liking it or sharing it with your friends, it helps me know what type of content you guys want to see the most.

Spring Favorites!

Hey guys! I hope the couple of weeks of May have been treating you well, it finally decided to become spring here in Edmonton, with a dash of summer, so I’m enjoying the change in temperatures and the sunshine.

This post should really be called “March and April plus Half of May Favorites” since I didn’t do a favorites video in the last few months! I didn’t feel like I had much to say, but in the past few weeks I’ve been realizing… oh I have been loving things! They’re just completely integrated into my life so I don’t realize as much.

Beauty:

Exfoliating face wash

Gel moisturizer – Under $10!

Nars Laguna bronzer

Josie Maran Coconut Water Eyeshadow

Clothes:

Lavender long sleeve no longer available, similar here, here, here and here

Joe Fresh short sleeve on sale!

Blue jacket- similar here, here and here

Payless sneakers- no longer available, similar here, here and here

Lifestyle:

Perrier Lime Water

Blogger: Maries Bazaar

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Youtube: Stephanie Ledda

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What have you been loving recently? I’d love to hear in the comments ❤

Life Update: Burns, Breaks and First Aid

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook), you may have noticed that I have been rocking a new accessory:

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I mean… you may not have noticed my break from TBGB at all… but if you did, and you don’t follow me on social media… that is why. On May 9th I did a number on myself and grabbed a 345 degree Celcius skillet handle, straight out of the oven. If you’re wondering where my pot mitten was… it was on my left hand. Who knows why. Fast forward about an hour later, after I determined that my bubbling skin would in fact NOT go back to normal if I “just kept it under the cool water a bit longer”, a ridiculously attractive urgent care doctor informed me that I had sustained second degree burns.

There’s a reason why my personal directive (yes, I have one… you should, too) states that if I have sustained serious burns over a certain percentage of my body that I just want to be kept comfortable until I pass. Burns are no joke. I knew this from volunteering at the hospital, at times meeting patients who were being treated in burn units. Skin grafts, tissue debridement, the chance of infection, compression garments… it’s all been explained to me. I don’t even like lighting a barbecue.

But accidents happen especially when you’re hungry and just want your damn chicken. I’m embarrassed to say that when this accident happened, I didn’t have a fully stocked first aid kit. I had about ten bandaids, hydrogen peroxide and expired Motrin and Polysporin. Not exactly batting 1000, and I know way better from the multiple advanced first aid courses I’ve taken. Accidents happen in life, yes, and the last thing you want to be is ill prepared to treat an injury that occurs in your home. So, here’s what you should have in your home first aid kit:

  • Bandaids of varying sizes
  • Butterfly style small wound closure strips (often called Steri-Strips)
  • Non-stick gauze pads in small, medium and large sizes
  • Standard gauze pads and rolled gauze (small and medium)
  • Iodine or Hydrogen Peroxide to sterilize
  • Sterile gloves
  • Instant cold compresses
  • Medical tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • A bottle of sterile saline (contact lens solution, for flushing/cleaning wounds)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-Inflammatory and/or pain relieving medication

As you can see… I didn’t have ANY of this stuff that I needed! Thankfully… my much more responsible parents did, and given that I still need help cutting my food and doing things, I basically have lived with them the past couple of weeks. I know not everyone has family nearby that they can turn to so easily, so if you want a quick takeaway from this, go purchase a premade first aid kit (it’ll cost you 17-50$, depending on how fancy you get) at Walmart or Superstore or stock up on the supplies you don’t have.

My hand is getting better, and I’m getting better at doing things with my left hand and changing my bandages myself. I’m now firmly entrenched in the part of the process where things aren’t fully healed but I have to start re-acclimatizing all of this new skin to air and water while simultaneously trying to not break the skin. It’s great. For the forseeable future, if you see me out and about, it’ll probably be with my hand wrapped to protect it. Try not to make fun of me.

 

Have you ever had a crazy mishap that landed you in the urgent care, or with an injury you’d rather not explain to everyone? Let me know in the comments!

About my mom…

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Hi guys! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to anyone reading this that is a mom! So many moms are amazing individuals, and there are so many women who step into mothering roles that are amazing individuals, too! I really believe that it takes a village to raise up awesome kids into happy, healthy adults and moms (and what I like to call “extra moms”) are so important to that. I hope you’re all being appropriately showered with love today!

I started contemplating what I’d like to say in what I jokingly referred to as “my ode to my mom” about a month ago. My mom is a bonafide badass. She’s done everything from being a political lobbyist, to working with the elderly, to being a solo parent, to holding down the fort while my dad was away (a lot, for work), running a successful business with my dad, and caring for a family. Not the least of which being caring for our family, which at times included extra people like our friends.

I know my mom is incredibly proud of my sister and I. With her steady influence, we grew up as fiercely independent, educated and motivated women. Both of us achieving degrees and then some (my sister is a chartered accountant, now a CPA!). Both of us transitioning into home ownership, without spouses, before thirty. Both of us pretty nice people (arguably my sister nicer than me, haha). Go Mom! While other moms from our social circle have shared stories of their kids getting married and having children of their own (which is awesome), despite totally wanting to be a grandma, my mom has proudly pumped our tires right back.

I would not be the person I am today without my mom. Not in a sappy, my mom built me kind of way but in a serious, my mom has held my hand through this life and continues to pick me up when I’m down kind of way. My mom encouraged me to pursue my education (despite my objections), she encouraged me to continue into home ownership (despite my objections AND my wanting to stay in her basement… maybe forever) and she encourages me all of the time to continue with this website and career goals. She has sat on the floor with me when times have been tough and I’m sobbing my eyeballs out and she has done flaming sambuca shots with me when times have been awesome.

My mom is a bonafide badass. That’s what I want the world to know about her. Not about the tears she’s wiped away, or the kids she’s raised, the husband she’s supported, the meals (oh so many meals) she’s made… But that she, as a person is a bonafide badass and the best cheerleader and mentor in life that I ever could have asked for. That anyone could have ever asked for.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you.

Party Palomas

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Hey guys!

It has officially decided to be spring in Edmonton, which means we have transitioned into summer basically. It’s like that here.

But that’s not what this is about. Apparently, tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Well, it’s definitely the fifth of May but I mean… tomorrow is the celebration of Mexico’s independence! I feel like our once-removed southern neighbors don’t get enough shout outs for anything other than tacos (so wrong, just like how we’re more than maple syrup in Canada!), so in recognition of their day, I wanted to celebrate a little! I love when people love on Canada, I’m extremely patriotic, so being that I appreciate that so much, I love to share some love on other amazing countries!

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Anyhow. Palomas. I was researching some fun drinks to make for taco night at my house, and I found palomas online but was really discouraged when I saw things like fancy grapefruit pop, simple syrup, mescal (which is hard to find here). So I decided to try to cut out the sugar and just keep it simple!

The recipe I came up with is for two drinks. You can multiply it however you like!

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Party Palomas

3 ounces of tequila

4 ounces of grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon juiced lime

Club soda to fill

Ice, sliced grapefruit and lime for garnish

Start off with a jar or cocktail shaker, and about 4 cubes of ice. Pour in your grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and a slice of grapefruit. Shake vigorously and then split between two glasses. Fill with club soda, garnish with a grapefruit or lime slice (or both!) and enjoy.  If it’s too tart for you, add a SMALL sprinkle of regular sugar into the jar before shaking.20170427_174101

Save Vs. Splurge: Micellar Water

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Hey Guys! It has been a little while since I posted a new blog, which is partly attributed to it being playoff season (late games are killing me!) and partly attributed to life just being… life. But I’m back sharing my thoughts on if you can save or if you need to splurge when it comes to micellar water!

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I’m the type of person where if I’ve found a great product, I’ll use it and use it forever. That said, when something is expensive… I’ll tend to try to find more affordable options too. That was the spirit that lead me to seeking out a more affordable option than my much beloved Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water.

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And I found one! Please check out my full review of the Garnier SkinActive Micellar water and how it holds up when compared to the Bioderma Sensibio here:

You can watch the products both in action in this video… and see me 100% makeup free! Lucky you.

All in all, I’m in love with the Garnier SkinActive product AND it’s affordability! I really couldn’t find a distinct difference between the two products other than the price point, and having tried out the Garnier version the past month, it also doesn’t dry out my skin or cause breakouts.

Do you have a favorite drugstore micellar water product? I’d love to hear about it! I’ve heard there are micellar water makeup remover wipes and I’d love to try those sometime as makeup remover wipes can be pretty harsh sometimes.