Wow, it’s been quite some time since I updated this blog. As you know, I was pregnant for what felt like the longest time (but not really when I look back on it) and I had plans to work on my YouTube and produce more videos and less written posts for you guys, even though I still plan on updating this blog with everything that I’m doing over on YouTube! 😉
Well, I’m very excited to share that my little girl, named Ariella Kristen Freeman came into this world on November 3rd weighing 7lbs 1 oz with lots of strawberry blonde hair and quite the set of lungs on her! She has taken up all of my time since then and I’m now slow-ly trying to figure out how to set time aside for myself again to work on updating my blog and creating new videos.
Halloween was an exciting time for me as I was not only very anxious for her arrival and was hoping that she would be a Halloween baby but, unfortunately that didn’t happen, although, November 3rd is close enough. But I tried to get back into the swing of creating video content for my YouTube channel. I was able to post 2 videos before Ariella came into my life and I’m very happy that I was able to do that, although I wish I could’ve been able to put out more. Writing has always been an easy thing for me and what made me happy about these videos was that I was able to share a side of my personality that I didn’t really reveal when I rebooted my channel back in the winter of this year.
I’m quite shy and introverted when I meet new people and talking to a camera makes me feel even more shy and nervous but I was able to let that go and really be myself. This is partly because I knew I wanted to take advantage of being on maternity leave but I also joined the second bootcamp that Erika Vieira launched this year called Zero to Influence. These bootcamps aren’t cheap, so I knew going in that I had to take this very seriously and use the bootcamp to help me better my channel and what I bring to the YouTube community.
I would love it if you guys checked out my most recent videos! Even though the first one is more geared towards Halloween, it’s really good for a laugh and the other one is a makeup look that I feel could be used any time you want to look really extra! I shot a video the day before I got induced to have Ariella and will try my best to get that up for you guys as soon as possible! And then I’m going to try to be as strategic with my time as possible while working with Ariella’s schedule that she has for me in order to start working on new content again. I love Halloween so much but I also really love Christmas and all of the creative looks that are perfect for this time of year, as well as all of the great makeup collections that come out at this time! So stay tuned for that and let me know what you think of my videos and any requests or ideas for content that you’d like me to work on!
With the seasons about to change and my skin always changing (thanks pregnancy hormones!), I am always looking out for new products to test out that are compatible with my skin’s current needs. There are so many great, new products out there that I’ve reviewed but I’ve found these ones are really working for me at the moment. They’ve become my go-to skincare essentials that my skin has been enjoying and I wanted to share them with you all 🙂
Sekkisei Clear Cleansing Oil / $29 / 160ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I’ve become addicted to cleansers this year but I’ve found that a lot of them end up stripping my skin and making it feel tight and dry. So then I switched to a cleansing oil and my skin (and life) changed. I actually discovered this one back in March but didn’t start using it until this past month and I’ve been loving it ever since. It’s gentle yet effective at removing all makeup, dirt and impurities from your skin and leaving it feeling soft and supple. It’s formulated with herb extracts like coix seed oil, apricot kernel oil and grape seed oil, to name a few with provide tons of nourishment and hydration.
Mary Kay Botanical Effects Invigorating Scrub
Mary Kay Botanical Effects Invigorating Scrub / $21 / 88ml: Since my skin has been feeling extra dry, I always make sure to scrub my face with something that isn’t too rough on my skin but still gets the job done while leaving it feeling soft and smooth afterwards. This new Mary Kay scrub is formulated with natural exfoliating fruit seeds (which you can see above) that help unclog pores and get rid of any dead skin, as well as most of the ingredients come naturally derived from coconuts and apples. It also contains dragon fruit extract that helps fight damaging free radicals, as well as contains aloe extract that comes with tons of antioxidants. The scrub also smells amazing and gives my skin a nice glow whenever I use it.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum / $49 / 30ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I love a products that provide moisture and anti-aging benefits to my skin and when I can get those 2 qualities in one product, I love it even more. This anti-wrinkle serum from La Roche-Posay not only helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines over time but it also replumps your skin to give it more bounce and a suppler, healthier look overall. It feels really hydrating on my skin and very soothing so it’s a really nice anti-aging product to use when you don’t want to use anything that’s too aggressive.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum / $42.95 / 30ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I love switching between this serum and the LR-P one depending on how my skin’s feeling. When I need more moisture, I gravitate towards this Vichy serum which compliments the moisturizer I’ve been loving lately. It contains hyaluronic acid, mineralized water and plant sugar mannose. The serum helps replenish dry and dehydrated skin to give it a dewy, soft and freshly hydrated feeling that lasts for 48 hours.
Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel / $68 / 15ml / Available at Sephora: Biossance is a new brand to me that has quickly become a new skincare favourite. This eye gel is very lightweight and helps with puffiness and dark circles. Sleeping has been HORRIBLE lately and I have to avoid looking into the mirror before putting this on because my eyes always look so bad. The formula is rich in peptides and squalane, which acts as a barrier and prevents moisture loss. It’s a Sephora approved clean product and made without Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. It’s very gentle yet very soothing under the eyes and I always notice a difference in my eyes whenever I put it on. This eye gel is going to continue serving me well when sleep gets even worse with a new baby around!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream / $39.95 / 50ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: My skin has been a lot drier than usual so I’ve had to amp up my moisturizer with something a little heavier. I’ve reviewed the original Aqualia Thermal line and this is an even richer formula that helps those with really dry skin. Like the serum, this cream contains hyaluronic acid, mineralized water and plant sugar mannose. The cream hydrates dry, dehydrated skin giving it a moisturized, dewy look that lasts for 48 hours. I definitely feel like this cream really soaks into my skin and plumps it up quickly and gets rid of any tightness and flakes.
From L-R: Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream & Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion / $18 / 500ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I enjoy body lotions but admit that I never use them as much as I should. I have NEVER come across a body lotion that smells as beautiful and feels as hydrating as this body lotion. It completely took me by surprise as soon as I pumped some of it out. I knew immediately that I wanted to apply it EVERYWHERE. It is scented with bergamot, peach, vanilla and sandalwood.. so pretty much everything I look for in a perfume but in body lotion formula. This body lotion is rich yet lightweight and formulated with shea and cocoa seed butters, sweet almond and rosehip seed oils, aloe vera and vitamin E, as well as a special sourced seaweed that helps smooth rough skin. Since it is lightweight, it sinks into your skin really nicely and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and smooth.
MaskerAide Face Masks / $7 ea. / 8ml / Available at Rexall: I am and always will be a face mask fiend. There’s something so relaxing and pampering about putting one on and kicking back while it works its magic. MaskerAide makes some of my absolute favourites and I just can’t get over the adorable packaging their masks come in. They have a mask for every concern and area of the face that needs extra attention and these two masks have been it for me lately. The Sweet Treats Mini Mask Sheets are perfect for targeting the troublesome areas on my face and it contains Vitamins C, A, B1 and B2 to help smooth and moisturize by replenishing your skin’s natural lipids and helping prevent moisture loss. It is a real treat for really dry areas on my face, especially along my jawline where I have areas that are drier and rougher in texture. The other mask I’ve been loving is the ROSÉ ALL DAY Rose Gold Peel Off Mask. Not only do I love it because the mask is a rose gold tone and *ahem* made with 24k gold flakes, it helps luminize and refine your skin tone, as well as helps visibly shrink your pores. The mask also helps firm your skin and gently removes any hairs on your face to give you a brighter more luminous tone. It all depends on what I’m needing at the moment but I know I can always find a treatment mask that answers all of my needs from MaskerAide!
I also wanted to share that I’m going back on YouTube! I’ve signed up for Erika Vieira’s Zero to Influence YouTube Bootcamp to help get my butt into gear and utilize and dedicated a lot of my maternity leave, aside from taking care of my baby girl of course, to creating more videos and sharing my makeup looks and thoughts on products through that format as opposed to just writing and taking photos of it. I hope to connect with you guys more on there and I hope you enjoy what I come out with! If you haven’t already subscribed, please check out my channel at The Glitter Diaries 🙂
What do you guys think of my current go-to skincare essentials? Have you tried any of these products out?! Share your thoughts below!
Disclosure: Some of these products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.
I know I’ve mentioned this before in a previous post, but Lip Smacker was one of the first beauty products I found out about and started wearing. The flavours, the scents.. everything drew me in. What young girl didn’t want to collect them all and keep one (or a few) with her at all times? Now flash forward today and I can’t help but still reminisce about that time in my life and how it means more to me now than ever before. I think about it so fondly now because one day I will get to share my first beauty love with my own daughter and get her as obsessed with them as I used to be and frankly, still am.
Lip Smacker has come a long way since I discovered them in my childhood. They still have the classic lip balms like Dr. Pepper, Watermelon, Strawberry, and the list goes on, and they’ve released new balms over recent years that target young and old adults alike with their Coffee House Party Pack and launching balms in packaging that makes it necessary to buy at least 2 of so you can put one on display.
They are always staying innovative and fun with their new product lines which still gets me excited to add to my collection but also excited for when my daughter can start wearing lip balm. I’ve got quite a few years until that time comes, since she hasn’t even been born yet, but that will not stop me from introducing her to my collection and telling her all about my childhood experiences with Lip Smacker.
One of their new launches comes in the form of their Disney Emoji Flip Balm’s. Not only does this merge the love I have for Lip Smacker lip balms but also for Disney anything. The Disney Emoji Flip Balm’s ($4.95) feature a different emoji expression on each side of the balm that flips open to reveal a yummy flavour within and also comes with 7.4 grams of product. For instance, they have Disney princesses like Belle from Beauty and the Beast who, of course, is scented/flavoured with rose. And there is also Cinderella who has a berry scent/flavour. You can also get the Mickey & Minnie Duo ($9.49) where Mickey has a birthday/vanilla cake scent and Minnie smells like strawberries. Each one has a different scent/flavour to them and that’s another thing about them that makes them fun to collect.
The next new collection that I cannot wait to show my daughter is the new Lippy Pal Lip Balm Trio’s ($10.99). It’s an adorable collection featuring cute little animals on the packaging that contain fun flavours inside. Each of these Lippy Pal’s come from different trio’s and the pink Fox is flavoured with apples, the Panda Bear has a cream puff flavour, and the Kitten has a watermelon flavour. There really isn’t a rhyme or reason to most of the flavour and animal pairings but it just goes to show how different each one can be and how addictive they are to collect.
These are absolutely collection-building worthy and are so cute to display on your vanity or pull out of your purse. Gone are the days when lip balm used to nothing fancy to look at and just something you put on your lips and toss back quickly into your bag. Now you can show them off and have fun collecting them especially if you’re like me and love anything Disney related and anything with adorable animal packaging. This makes the experience of applying lip balm more exciting than it used to be and even though Lip Smacker balms were pretty exciting to buy and wear back when I was a kid, it’s even more exciting now because of how far the brand has come and I can’t wait to share that with my daughter. I don’t want her to grow up too quickly by getting her into makeup at a young age (even though I’m so excited and anxious to) but lip balm is something you can get a kid into before all of that because not only is it beauty related but it also gets them in the habit of starting to take care of their skin as they grow up and that is something I absolutely want to pass down to my baby girl.
What do you think of the Lip Smacker Disney Emoji Flip Balms and Lippy Pal Trio’s? If you have kids or are pregnant like me, what are some beauty traditions you have or are going to be passing down to them?! Share your thoughts below!
Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.