[WISHLIST]: Chapter One – Sephora Edition

Hey beauties, it’s funny how these past few posts were quite negative.. Anti Haul, Product Flops.. I came on here to share things I genuinely would like to try out and want as a gift or I will purchase it for myself later on in life.

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FAB – Coconut Water Cream
This is currently on sale at Sephora for 21 Canadian Dollars. I was quite intrigued by this product when I first came across it. I’m actually quite surprised how affordable it is now. I may consider getting it but I’m also quite unsure at the same time only because water, gel based creams are more effective for me to use during the summer time. I would need something waaay thicker for the fall and winter season to keep me hydrated and plump. During the colder seasons, my skin often looks very dehydrated and dull.

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KIEHL’S Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
I am an avid makeup user and sometimes I need a skincare pick me up. I am a huge believer in Good skin = good makeup so skincare will always be my top priority before makeup. This essence marketed to be able to remove rough textures on the skin’s surface and smooths out everything, creating a visibly improved skin appearance. Currently, it retails for 57 Canadian Dollars, I am patiently waiting for Sephora’s upcoming Fall VIB Rouge sale.

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Fenty Beauty – Diamond Bomb Highlighter
I am what you call an amateur highlighter hoarder. I own quite a few but I don’t own as much as beauty gurus or influencers. I went to Sephora with my friend and she kept nagging me to swatch this highlighter. Initially, I didn’t want to but when I swatched it.. I was kinda turned off how glittery it was but as I looked at even more and layered it on, I noticed that it sort of mocks the appearance of “wet skin”. The shimmers are very fine but I’m still able to visibly see them. I don’t own anything like this and I do believe it would be a great addition to my current highlighter collection.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer
Everyone seems to be all excited for the watermelon mask but I’m all about this. This looks a moisturizer I can use under makeup, as an a skincare routine idea and all around a nice product to have on the go as well.. The waves-like glass bottle makes it look so luxurious and is so aesthetically pleasing for the eyes.

That’s it for now, friends. I wonder what else I will end up wanting or buying… Stay Tuned!

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Tips&Tricks – How To Save Money

I’m pretty sure many of you find this amusing that I’m making a post like this but I figured it would be something helpful and hopefully gives some of you motivation to save money. I’m one of those girls who loves retail therapy and I will spend for the most stupidest reasons. Two examples I do at-least once a week is: 1) I don’t like what I’m having for lunch and I want fresh, hot food so I will order out. 2) I am sad/stressed/upset and I need to buy something to cheer myself up. Do these examples apply to you or you can relate? Let a girl know.

I think what is important is to not restrict ourselves because that will create more resistance and temptation later on. There should be a focus on an objective of some sort, whether it’s a handbag you wanted for so long, a property, vacation or etc. You should start off with an objective and it should be something you are passionate about, not something you want for temporary because we tend to lose track of the goal if it is.

Tip #1: Have a piggy bank

I always put my loose change, 5 dollar bills and lucky pocket money in my piggy bank. I got my piggy bank last year and he’s become very heavy now. I was tempted to open him up quite a handful of times but I quickly stopped myself because my objective is to fill him so full, that I can no longer put anything more in him then I will open him up and cash him at the bank. You will notice a significant difference how much a piggy bank can change your saving game. Cashing in hundreds, maybe even thousands of bucks?! How rewarding does that sound?

Tip #2: Skip out on buying coffee and make your own coffee at home

Wake up earlier in the morning and prepare yourself some coffee. Buying coffee every morning before work does add up. Think about it…

Let’s say you get 1 large cup of coffee every morning on a weekday…
$5 x 5 days = $25
For 1 month (30 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 22 days = $110
For 1 year (365 days length) without weekends:
$5 x 283 = $1415
That’s A LOT of money!

Currently minimum wage in Ontario is $14-$15
$14 x 80 work hours = $1120
$15 x 80 work hours = $1200
^ These are BEFORE deductions. Usually when you hit the 1k mark, you get deducted about 200 dollars per pay cheque.

We don’t realize the damage we are doing to our wallets when we buy little things here and there. I am an avid coffee drinker, I feel a significant difference in my overall behavior and awareness with and without it. I am gradually teaching myself to build tolerance to live without coffee. Some days I will give in and buy but I came from buying coffee every single day to drinking coffee maybe.. once or a twice a week?

Tip #3: Have a budget

Again, going back to what I said about restricting yourself. Never restrict yourself but make sure to budget your money out wisely.
Here is an example:
Say you make 3K a month and live away from your parents…
You spend (every month)…

$200 on groceries
$60 on phone bill
$80 for utilities
$50 internet bill
$150 for bus fare/gas
$200 on misc lunch/dinner occasions
$1200 for rent

What you have left…
$1060

Varying how big your objective is and how close you want to get to close to it. The remaining money you have left per month, you should at-least try to save 50%-60% of it. Have a Tax-Free Saving Account and just continuously save each month and you will start to notice the numbers growing bigger and bigger.

That is all for today, friends.
If you’re interested in more tips, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know you’re interested in these kinds of posts.

[UPDATE] Where have you been?

*DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT A BEAUTY-RELATED POST. PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER POSTS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THAT. THIS IS A LIFE UPDATE POST. THANK YOU & GOOD DAY*

Hello Friends! I know, I know.. I have not been as active on my blog but I can explain… So I wasn’t as clear on my Instagram as I should have been. I got laid off my previous job and I was fortunate enough to get back in my feet within minutes. I was secured a position as the exact same role and duties at another place with a higher salary. I guess some things can be a good change.

My previous company was trying to exit from the market for a while and they finally did. I started noticing few to no calls and sales so they had to do what was best for them. However that being said, I had A LOT of administrative filing, paperwork and data entry to do to restart from square one. It is exhausting but very rewarding. I promise you that I will be more active here in about 2-3 weeks or so. Things are starting to really fall back into place for me and I can finally organize my thoughts on what I can do for my blog. I have many of you to thank for providing me fantastic ideas on what topics I should cover on my blog. I absolutely love how you guys are curious of what skincare products I like or dislike, places where to shop/shop smart and etc. In my perspective, I think anyone can achieve anything they want to achieve whether it’s your social media, work, life and etc. You just got to have the proper tools to guide you. The best guide I can thank and give credit for is google. I google EVERYTHING, guys. Yes, everything. Everything I want to know… usually there will be a post, website or forum on it. Do I always go by it? absolutely not but it is amazing to connect with others online to share yours thoughts with.

For a while, I was quite embarrassed to admit that I lost my job but the more I thought about it. I didn’t lose my job because of me nor did the employees… It was just poor management lead from one thing to another. Things that are way beyond any of control. Yes, I will admit it was quite traumatizing initially but as time progressed, I started to realize how many skills and attributes I have developed from my previous jobs and most importantly now. To think, at the age of 21.. my very first job was at a grocery store. I had no experience in anything, no sense of direction where to go for job wise and somehow I was fortunate enough to land my feet on an administrative role. How cool is that? Just for anyone’s reference, I majored in arts. I didn’t find a passion in it therefore I decided to stop pursuing. It was more of a hobby for me. Sure, I have a creative mind and skill but I felt very annoyed when someone told me to draw or paint something. I would much rather do it for my own pleasure than do it for others. As selfish as it sounds, I am being very transparent on my feelings.

Anyway, if you gotten this far on my post. Thank you, I will speak to you all soon!