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My experience at a Cat Cafe…

Happy Monday Everyone!

Let me just start off by saying that it was a HUGE struggle getting up this morning, but I had some things to get done this morning. If you are new here, then welcome to my blog! My last post was all about how I stay motivated, check it out for my tips on what has been working for me!

So last week Samantha and I decided to go check out one of our local business called My Kitty Cafe. It is located in downtown Guelph, ON. Here is a link to the website

The front part is a shop with everything you need for you cat from accessories to food and toys. You pay a $5 entry fee or if you purchase one of their amazing homemade coffee style beverages, it goes down to $3.

We then walked into another closed off area that was set up like a little house or apartment which gives it a nice comforting feel for you and the cats! We got so excited that we immediately split up and started playing with all the cats. We honestly lost track of time, which was not bad at all considering I was in heaven!

It definitely is a great cause, and with the help of the community they are able to keep helping local strays and rescues. To this day, more than 430 cats have been saved and adopted. If you live in the area, go check out this amazing cafe. If you don’t live near, then check out your local shelters or cat cafes and adopt don’t shop!

We did Vlog our experience, so definitely check it out if you want to see all the kitties we met! Don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel!

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I STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL…

Hi Everyone,

You’re probably thinking, wow this girl just stops posting and now two posts in one day?!  That’s because I have so many things to share with you all!

As you can tell by the title, I have decided to do something that terrifies but also excites me all at the same time. I started a YouTube channel with my best friend and it’s called S and Em.

The reason for this was because we both have always thought about doing it but were always too scared to do it by ourselves so we decided let’s do one together! To be honest, it’s JUST as scary. We are putting ourselves on the internet for everyone to see in hopes that we can maybe inspire other people too.

Our channel consists of a bunch of different things like:

  • Challenges
  • Vlogs
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Promoting local business
  • Just our adventures
  • Reviews
  • Hauls

We appreciate all the support from our family and friends and cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for us. Our content may not be everyone’s style, but it ours and you can’t please everyone in the world, right?

As of right now we have two videos up with a third one pending. We post every Sunday and if you all are interested in checking it out, make sure you show your support and subscribe as well as give the video a thumbs up! If you have ANY ideas on what you want to see, leave a comment on this post or the video as well! Everyone has to start somewhere but with the support of others we can grow into somethings great!

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How I stay motivated…

Hi Everyone,

I know I am bad with disappearing for a while and I apologize (Once again) to you all who have followed me.  As cheesy as it may seem, it’s a new year and I’m ready to get to work!

Every year I always find myself reflecting on the past months and everything I have accomplished or goals I didn’t quite reach.  I usually create a mental list/a scrap piece of paper of everything I want to do this year but it gets lost within two days.

So this year I am doing things very different.  I bought a massive planner to help keep me organized and I usually carry it with me everywhere. ( I have a really big purse…) In the very first page I put an entire list of things I want to accomplish or do this year. Each month I try to break it up so my list doesn’t become so overwhelming. I need something to keep myself organized and motivated so I can actually track my own progress! So far it has been working really well for me… considering this post was on my list  of things I need to accomplish today!

I recently came across a saying, and I apologize that I can’t remember where it came from but essentially it said “Just because something doesn’t go the way you plan it doesn’t make it a failure, it’s a detour and a stepping stone to success ”

Personally I can get really discouraged when things don’t go as I plan or if something falls through it’s tough not to let my emotions get the better of me. That is why I really liked the above saying. It reminds me that everything does happen for a reason, and even if it’s not how you planned, things always get better and you just need to keep motived even when you’re knocked down by obstacles in life.

I hope this post was helpful in any way and if you are a visual and a list person like me, you definitely should try this! If you have any other cool suggestions, let me know in the comments below!

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HAIR GROW

One of my biggest struggles has always been growing out my hair.  About 6 years ago I box bleached my hair which was one of the worst things I have ever done. In result I had to chop all my hair off and I have been trying to grow it out ever since.

I have discovered my holy grail for shampoo and conditioner. Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo and Conditioner by Straight Arrow. Yes, it is technically horse shampoo but it also works just as well for humans.

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My hair hit a plateau and would not grow past a certain length and I was always frustrated that my ends were always fuzzy and no matter how many haircuts or treatments, nothing seemed to work. That being said, this shampoo and conditioner is THE BEST and affordable!

I purchase mine from a grocery store of all places because you get the massive bottles for only $9.99 CAD or you can get the small bottles for $7.99 CAD but the extra few dollars is worth it.

I found it doesn’t make your hair dry, it has a nice smell to it, and I immediately noticed the shine in my hair. I’ve had comments on how much my hair has grown and even got a few people hooked on this product too!

 

 

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EMMY BEAUTY REVIEW – MAYBELLINE FIT ME LOOSE POWDER

Alright everyone, I have got a good one for you today and I am SO excited to share. Drum roll please…

The Maybelline Fit me Loose Finishing Powder

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It is a great loose powder to give you a flawless look without breaking the bank. I picked this up from Walmart for only $9.00 CAD!!!!!

I personally got a shade that is a tad too light for me but I have mostly been using it for highlight in my under eye area. I use a damp beauty blender to apply to the areas on my face I want an extra highlight or smoothing look. I found when I did bake with it, it did leave a harsh line from where the product was applied and I had to buff it out more than usual. If I use a brush instead of a damp beauty blender I don’t run into this issue. Either method still doesn’t leave the product to settle into my creases.

If you find you have textured skin and can’t seem to get rid of it, try this product! It goes on beautifully and amazingly blurs out imperfections! I even had two girls from work comment on how my skin looked recently. My secret weapon – Fit me, loose finishing powder! It also helps to control oil and shine all day!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but yet AMAZING loose powder, this is your winner! The only thing I would say is the packaging is a little cheap and messy but otherwise, great drugstore product!

 

EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW 8.5/10

 

 

 

 

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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEWS – BECCA APRES SKI GLOW COLLECTION

Hi Everyone!

I am extremely excited for this post today. During the madness of Black Friday, I decided to be brave and venture through the mall on my break to check out Sephora. I happened to be walking by the Becca section, and I immediately stopped. I saw this palette and first of all couldn’t believe I got it on sale, and second it was freaking gorgeous! I basically ran out the store thinking START THE CAR. If y’all don’t know that Ikea commercial reference you need to stop what you’re doing and watch this

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Honestly can we take a moment to appreciate this packaging!! If you are reading this and thinking you need this palette (Which I’m here to say you most definitely do!), get it quickly! I believe it may be sold out in Sephora but you can still order it on the Becca Website here

Below I have put the different shades that come it comes with. I’ve even gotten compliments on my skin and highlight since I’ve started using this.  On the Becca website it also gives you different combinations to get different looks. I find I’ve been using this for quick on the go looks as well as when I do a full face of makeup.

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Since I have been using the Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette I actually don’t have anything bad to say about this product. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take it from day to night. A nice soft glow so everyday but then a bold statement for a night out. Let me know your thoughts below!

 

EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW 10/10

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EMMYS BEAUTY REVIEWS – Tarte Pressed Powder

Hey Everyone,

If you guys read my last post here, it was all about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. This post is about the pressed finishing power I have been using with it for the everyday makeup routine lately.

Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder – $43.00 CAD 0.39 oz Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder

The colour was perfect and the packaging is beautiful, like all their other products. It definitely is a light setting powder to finish off that matte look. What I actually didn’t know when I first purchased it until I had looked it up on Sephora website is, “contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients vitamins A and E, antioxidants.”

I did notice my skin was feeling nice and soft after using it, and didn’t notice as much transfer or kickback in the powder as some other brands which was a nice surprise. I personally like a little bit more coverage in a power, and I found this to be a slightly too light for me.

Overall a nice product, would recommend for anyone who loves a soft and matte finish! It wasn’t a powder that was bad but also wasn’t one that left me amazed either. Let me know your thoughts about it if you have tried it yourself!

 

EMMY BEAUTY REVIEW 7/10

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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEWS – TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY FOUNDATION

Hi Everyone!

I would first like to start by apologizing for my lack of reviews and posts. So many things have been going on, but I have some stuff lined up to share with you all!

Over the past several months, I have heard such great reviews about Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. After a while I decided, I have to try it!

TARTE – Amazonion Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation 1.7 Oz. $51.00CAD

Tarte Amazonion Clay Foundation

First of all, what I LOVED about it was the shades. I personally have troubles finding a nice neutral foundation because I have fair skin with both pink and yellow undertones. Tarte definitely carries a wide variety with many different skin colour options.

If you have checked out my last few posts, I have mentioned my combination skin type. Oily + dry skin = an unhappy Emmy. This foundation was a really great coverage which you can build if needed.  The consistency is thicker than most, but still feels lightweight on the skin. It leaves a nice matte finish too! One problem I found was you need to work with the foundation quickly since it is so fast drying.

I was really impressed with how well it went on, the real question is how long does it last? Let me put it to you guys this way. I work in a very fast paced, intense retail environment. Recently we had black Friday which I ended up working a 12 hour day. 9am-9pm. I definitely put it to the true 12 wear test! When I got home afterwards I was actually shocked.  I usually have troubles with my makeup separating in my T-Zone. To my surprise my makeup looked pretty damn good by 9pm and I didn’t even do any touchups. My oils were controlled and my makeup hadn’t separated either!

Overall it is a great foundation, and I would definitely recommend to anyone who cannot find a good shade to match their skin or is oily. My only concerns I had was how fast drying it can be and of course it is a little bit of the pricy end of foundation.

 

EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW

Packaging 10/10

Cost 6/10

Coverage 8/10

Long wearing 9.5/10

 

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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEWS – Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette

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Let me start by saying I have tried several makeup palettes and this one is by far one of my favorites. It’s the Carli Bybel deluxe edition palette. If you haven’t heard of her, here is Carli Bybel’s YouTube channel. She uses her palette in several of her makeup tutorials which is inspiring to see the different eye looks she creates.

This palette has 21 everyday shades of matte, shimmer AND highlighters. The matte blends out smoothly and the highlighters are stunning. They are very pigmented so trust me when I say a little goes a long way!

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It almost seems too good to be true and you’re probably wondering how much you gotta dip into the funds to own this beauty. Check out  BH Cosmetics to order for yours for only $22.50!! This isn’t sponsored in anyway I am just really excited to share a gorgeous palette without breaking the bank.  Sometimes things come up that can be a financial burden and I’ve been there many times but this is not only affordable but a great find. The packaging is beautiful and the colors are pigmented and blend smoothly. The only thing I am going to mention is if you go in to pick up product from the palette make sure you have a light hand otherwise is does break a part easily.

I hope this was helpful and if you would actually like to see my own swatches let me know!

EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW 9/10

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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW – Make up primer

Let me just jump right in and say, for the longest time I never used makeup primer.  I didn’t think it would make that much a difference. I wish someone would have shook some sense into me back then because I couldn’t have been more wrong! If you are in the same boat as I once was, I am that person that’s about to give you a wake up call!

There are different primers designed for different skin types but regardless it is a base for your foundation to go on more smoothly. It smooths creases, blemishes, large pores and helps give you a more flawless finish.

Again, I have that oily/dry combination skin and always find my makeup will separate in my t-zone area. By mid day, I will catch a glance of myself in the mirror and see half my makeup is missing. After some experimenting I managed to find two primers that work wonders for my skin. One is on the higher end scale and the other can be found at your local drugstore.

The first and more expensive one is HOURGLASS veil mineral primer. There are three different sizes as listed below. This primer is definitely worth the investment because of it’s extremely light weight and silky feel.  It leaves your face feeling and looking instantly smooth for a flawless finish and it is oil free! Let’s not forget to mention how beautiful the packaging is!

1.) Travel size 0.31oz – $24.00 CAD

2.) Large 1oz – $63.00 CAD

3.) Jumbo 2oz – $87.00

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If you’re not sold on wanting to make the commitment than let me tell you about the affordable option. The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer – $8.98 CAD (Give or take depending where you go)

This is my everyday primer because I personally love a long wearing matte finish and this definitely does the trick. It has a thicker consistency compared to the Hourglass and feels more like a facial cream but it’s also fast absorbing and long lasting!

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If you are also new to using makeup primer, here are a couple quick tips I use:

1.) Start with a clean face.

2.) Use it sparingly, Only apply a small amount otherwise your foundation may not set on your face correctly and clump.

3.) Give yourself enough time when doing your makeup and let your primer set for about 15- 20 minutes prior so your foundation blends more smoothly and lasts all day.

I hope this is helpful in anyway and if you have any other tricks I would love to hear your feedback!

 

EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW

Hourglass veil mineral primer 9/10

Rimmel stay matte primer 8/10