Seven Spring salads you have to try

March 29, 2017

Since it’s officially SPRING (screaming of joy inside), I thought I’d share some of my healthy eating inspirations…refreshing fruity salads! There’s something about warmer weather and sunny days which seems to make salads taste much better…maybe it’s just the BBQ steak that makes it taste so good. Although it still feels like the middle of winter here in NB, I thought I’d still get a head start on finding some salad recipes I can add to my list.

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I always say I’m gonna eat more salad but I don’t always follow through with it. To be honest, they can be pretty BORING…but with the help of Pinterest, they don’t have to be. I know veggie salads are probably healthier but I find they are so bland. Some of my favourite ingredients to use are Kale, berries and goat cheese. I also prefer making my own vinaigrette in a salad dressing bottle that I can store in the fridge. I like knowing exactly what is in the vinaigrette…store bought ones are usually full of preservatives and sugar.

After browsing through Pinterest, I found some recipes I am dying to try…

Honey Crisp 

Berry Feta

Broccoli Apple

Basil Watermelon and Goat Cheese

Kale Apple with Honey Dressing

Blueberry Feta

Peach with Grilled Basil Chicken

What ingredients do you like in your salad?

xo

Dominique

Five Ways to Use Essential Oils

March 2, 2017

Welcome to Essential Oils part two!

Last time I talked about Essential Oils, which you can find here, I was very new to it. When I first started using Essential Oils, I thought they were mostly used for aromatherapy but there are SO many different ways to use them…the options are endless really.

Here are the five ways I’ve been using my oils…

1- Skin Care

As I’ve mentioned before in my Makeup Routine Post, I’ve been going through some hormonal breakouts. Thankfully, I discovered Frankincense Essential Oil. Some people see it as the holly grail of Essential Oils and I must say, I am one of them. It’s most commonly known for its anti-aging, scars, stretch marks and acne benefits.

I made my own night time serum which consists of 3 tablespoons of Apricot Oil mixed in with 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil. My skin absorbs it so well and leaves it soft and glowing. I sometimes use my regular moisturizer and add one drop of Frankincense oil to it before applying it on my face.

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2- Eczema

I sometimes get Eczema around my ears and neck and once it starts, it lingers forever. I’ve tried a Hydrocortisone cream but it seemed to be more of an instant fix. After doing some research, I learned that Lavender is one of the best oils for healing skin such as eczema, cuts and burns.

I mix the Lavender with some Apricot Oil and apply it on my Eczema at night and in the morning.

3- Relax

Lavender is also knows to be the best oil for relaxation. Again, I mix it with some apricot oil before applying it behind my ears and sometimes on my feet before bed. I also diffuse it in the evening while I’m reading in bed. Trust me, your sleep game will be on a whole other level!

I pre-mix my essential oils with some Apricot Oil in these Glass Dropper Bottles. I’m more consistent with using my oils if they are pre-mixed with a carrier oil…seems like less work every time. It’s very important to mix your oils with a carrier oil if you are using them topically. Not only for safety reasons but it makes the oils more effective. Without a carrier oil, it evaporates before it can be absorbed in the skin.

4- Headache

Peppermint is excellent when it comes to headaches. I actually keep it in my purse at all times. I’ve been getting a lot of headaches lately since I’ve been trying to cut out coffee…I know, what am I thinking?! So I add a little bit of oil to my temples and take a few whiffs of it directly from the bottle.

5- Cleaner

I’ve been wanting/trying to get rid of all toxin cleaners in the house so I started off with making my own multi-purpose cleaner. I mixed 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water and 20 drops of lemon oil and 5 drops of lavender oil. The Essential Oils masks the smell of the vinegar and I love the combination of lemon and lavender oil in the air. If you still find the smell of vinegar too strong, you can add more oil.

I mix my Multi Purpose Cleaner in these Glass Spray Bottles. It’s very important to use glass bottles, especially if you are using Lemon Essential Oils.

I’m also dying to try this Breath freshener and this Linen Spray

What are your favourite ways of using Essential Oils?

xo

Dominique

Makeup Routine – Daytime

February 22, 2017

I’ve had the same daily makeup routine for probably the last 5 years. Some of the beauty products in my makeup bag, I’ve actually been using since high school. I still love to get out of my comfort zone and try new products but I always seem to go back to the same ones.

As you know, I love shopping for sale items but makeup is one thing I allow myself to splurge on. I do most of my shopping at Sephora but some of my daily products I get from drugstores.

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Lately I’ve been battling with some hormonal breakouts so it can be challenging to find a good balance when it comes to coverage and light weight makeup but I think I found what works for me. I start off by applying Marcelle Matt BB Cream which doesn’t give a lot of coverage so I apply Physicians Formula Foundation Powder over it. I actually tried switching to the Bare Minerals Foundation Powder that everyone seems to love but I just couldn’t do it. The Physicians Formula powder is so much easier to blend on your skin and doesn’t make my face feel as oily.

When I’m going through a lot of breakouts and my face feels oilier, I switch to Cover FX BB Cream.

Literally, I felt like I hit the jack pot when I found the Mac Pro-longwear Concealer. It’s the only concealer I’ve tried that still looks good at the end of the day. I also use the Mac Paint Pot in the colour Painterly over my eyelid before applying eye shadow. I use it as a primer…it helps keep my eyelids moistured.

When it comes to eye shadow, I like something very light for the day. I use the Canyon Classics Physicians Formula Eye Shadow palette. I use the top right colour (as you can tell) all over the eyelid and then a bit of the bottom right colour in the crease. This eyeshadow gives a really nice smooth matt finish.

My all time favourite mascara is the Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I naturally already have long eyelashes but this just gives it that little extra it needs. I sometimes switch to the Buxom mascara to switch it up.

For my blush, I use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the colour Soft Plum. I love this colour for Winter as it gives a more natural look. This summer I might switch to something a bit brighter.

Last but not least, I finish it up with the Benefit’s Ka-BROW Eyebrow Cream-Gel to fill in my brows a bit. I prefer this cream-gel over a pencil…it makes it look a bit more natural without harsh lines.

Now that I’ve written this post, I’m thinking “WOW” I actually wear more makeup than I thought. That won’t stop me from trying new beauty products SO please comment below if you have beauty products you use daily and swear by!

xo

Dominique

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Styled in Blush

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Lately, a lot of blush style items have been catching my eye and since I’m not BIG on Valentines day, I thought this could be a good day to share this post.

How beautiful are the colours on this Scarf ?! The perfect scarf to transition into Spring.

I feel like everyone needs a Pleated Skirt in their closet. I have a black one that I wore ALL summer…I’m looking to get a new colourful one this Spring.

I’m a big fan of small cross body bags like this one

So I know this Swell bottle isn’t exactly a style item, but come on…it’s beautiful!!

This Dress though!!!! SO versatile…can be worn with a denim jacket and sneakers or with a blazer and heels.

I definitely don’t have enough Casual Sweaters like this.

I’ve been meaning to buy a pair of slip on sneakers like these…great for a casual weekend style.

xo

Dominique