Everyone needs an easy, throw it on makeup look in their arsenal for everyday wear. While I don’t typically wear the same look on a day to day basis, I definitely have learned how to throw on a quicker face of makeup for the days I’m running late, or I’m too tired to come up with a full face look. It’s designed for faster application and runs on the more natural side. Well, except for my eyeliner. That will probably never be all-natural looking but hey, we all need a trademark, no? Waterline- a black waterline is mine without a doubt. My face looks weird at this point without black goo smeared along my bottom eyelid. Anyway, above is a time lapse of my ‘everyday’ makeup routine. Let’s be real though when I say ‘everyday’ I mean my lazy face. Still gotta love it though!
Below is the finished look. Not the most perfect look I’ve ever presented you with but it’s not meant to be. I’ve made a few key changes to speed up the process which make a noticeable impact on the quality of the finished look. Frankly I’m quite content with the look like a garbage human somedays so I may not be setting the highest bar for myself there. But as far as ‘throw it on in fifteen minutes then run for the bus stop’ looks go this is pretty on point.
Important changes are made to ensure this look can be accomplished in the most efficient manner possible. First, and probably most important, I switch out my Foundation for a BB Cream. BB Cream is lighter, and often quicker to apply. Mine goes on easily with my hands (and better to be honest). When using a brush I find I waste more product with the BB Cream formulas. This saves me a minimum of five minutes. Foundation is a lot of work, and while it’s worth it when you’re after a flawless finish it’s not always right for this look.
Another notable change to my typical routine is abandoning my winged liner. This can save me anywhere from two to seven minutes depending on what kind of day I’m having. Wings take measuring and precision and often times, correction. One does not have time for such foolishness when late for school. I also tend to go simplistic on the eyeshadow. A light eye contour just for some definition and we’re set. Trust me, this is quite a sacrifice in my book. I love eyeshadow. Finally, if I’m really, really in a hurry, I’ll leave out my lip primer. But that is a big sacrifice for me because of my dry skin and not wanting to constantly reapply. But hey, sometimes I guess being on time is important too. Or so I’m told.
Anyway, that’s really all there is to it! My quick and easy, everyday makeup look. What are your time saving tips? Comment below!
Something that I say a lot is, “I’m craving something thick.” That sounds a bit odd, but it’s true – sometimes, I just really want a thick smoothie! I find that the smoothies that you can get at Jugo Juice or Booster Juice are just a bit too watery and therefore, unsatisfying. So, I decided to make my own smoothie, just the way I like it.
The following recipe is actually based on one that I found on Tumblr a few years ago. I cannot find the exact recipe, but I’m certain that it was a blueberry banana smoothie recipe (apparently I really like blueberry and banana together…). This is the only smoothie that I have perfected. I’ve tried other variations and types of smoothies, but they just aren’t as great.
Please give this a try and let me know if like it! Comment below with any modifications or substitutions that you made! Also, if you have a smoothie recipe of your own/that you’ve found, please let me know. I love, love, love smoothies and would like to switch it up every now and then!
Breakfast used to be my least favourite meal of the day. Why? Simple. I thought that all breakfast foods were awful. I’m glad that I was wrong: breakfast foods aren’t awful, it all depends on how you prepare them.
Oatmeal is something that I started to enjoy in my later high school years. In 2010, for some reason, I was on a huge health-kick and ate oatmeal every single day for months. However, I didn’t eat the best oatmeal that there was to offer – I just had instant apple and cinnamon oatmeal that you added milk or water to, then popped into the microwave. That got old real fast.
Fast forward to 2017. Last year, for a volunteer role (ironically, it was a Health Peer program), I had 7am meetings on Wednesdays. One of my fellow volunteers, Henri, would always be eating some attractive mixture out of a mason jar. It looked healthy. It looked delicious. One day, I asked him what he was eating. “Uhh… overnight oats?” My mind was blown. Cold oatmeal? I didn’t know that that was a thing.
And so, I started to make overnight oats. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading the packaging on my oats and saw thatthis website was written on it. I was ecstatic because I found so many promising recipes on it.
The following recipe is based on this “Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats” recipe, which I tweaked just a teensy bit.
I’ve been eating this every single day for the past two weeks. It’s. So. Good.
Please give this recipe a try and let me know if you enjoyed it just as much as I did! Feel free to comment any modifications or substitutions that you used!
A quick, easy breakfast to make the night before a busy day!
1/2 cup One Minute Overnight Quaker® Oats
1/2 cup almond milk [I use unsweetened vanilla]
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mixed berries [fresh or frozen]*
1/3 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp chia seeds* [completely optional]
1. In a mason jar or bowl, add the oats, almond milk, vanilla extract and chia seeds*. Stir to combine the ingredients.
2. Drop in the mixed berries and arrange the banana slices as you please.
3. Don't forget the honey! Drizzle the honey on top.
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
* I would recommend fresh berries, if you can. The frozen berries will melt overnight and water down your oatmeal. ** I like gelatinous chia seeds, which is why I usually mix them in in step 1. If you aren't the biggest fan of gelatinous chia seeds, you can sprinkle the chia seeds in either step 3 or 4. If you aren't a fan of chia seeds in general, you don't have to add them in.