Friday, 22 September 2017

Shiseido Tokyo

I was lucky to receive Shiseido products complimentary for reviewing purports & here is my in-depth review for you today!

Shiseido was founded in 1872 & is known for being the largest cosmetic firm in Japan & the 5th largest cosmetic company in the world. You don't hear much about Shiseido as it is more of a prestige line that is only sold at cosmetic counters and select department stores like Hudson's Bay Company for example. The company does, however, own numerous brands underneath like: NARS Cosmetics, Joico, and Qiora.
While Shiseido has partnered with Influenster, a platform for savvy shoppers who like the review products and if you're lucky you get sent product for review purposes. Today I will be reviewing Shiseido's Synchro Skin Foundation, Inkstroke gel liner & their Rouge Rouge Lipstick!

Inspired by the ink used in Japanese calligraphy, Sumi Ink. 
Intense, highly pigmented & water-resistant!  This gel eyeliner let's you draw your desired lines effortlessly in one stroke... If you're a pro at liner! It Defines bold or delicate thin lines without creasing, blurring, skipping or smudging. Achieve a perfectly smooth line that doesn’t fade. You can also purchase the angled liner brush which I highly highly recommend! I loved how smoothly it glided onto my lid! I have an issue with gel liners skipping accross my lid if I don't tug on my lid (I know bad bad habit). Using this liner I didn't have to tug on my lid! Hello young eyes, goodbye soon to be crows feet from the pulling?!

Inkstroke Eyeliner retails for $35.00
Photo credit: Shiseido 

Moving on to the Synchro Skin Foundation. While first applying this foundation it reminded me a lot of my luminous silk foundation by Armani. lightweight, easily blendable & buildable. However, I did notice it would look a little drier on my nose so I would suggest a good primer like Shideido's Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother for $29.00 I personally have combination skin right now so I do suffer from some dry patches. Although, the issue with my nose the rest of my face looked freaking flawless. I loved the wear of this foundation. I also didn't need to set it with a translucent powder! Normally I would need to because my skin was so oily everything would just slide around.  Thanks to Miiko Skin Co. My skin has now balanced it's self out for the most part! If you're interested in hearing more about Miiko click here.

Shiseido has recently come out with a new formula for their Rouge Rouge Lipsticks that features a rich, creamy-but-matte texture which applies evenly! No patches pleaaase.
The color & moisture to become one with your lips creating a smoother lipline and defines the shape. No liner needed! The formula kept my lips from drying looking or feeling dry while I wore this. It also doesn't stain your lips! 

Shiseido's Rouge Rouge retails for $35.00 


Monday, 18 September 2017

» Make The Time To Be Successful

Time is one of those entities you will never get back. As I work in a busy office assisting 4 lawyers & soon to be on maternity leave taking care of my little babe & still running my social media platforms & of course my blog.. Time is of the essence for me! I’m assisting lawyers 8 hours a day, running a home, and growing my own brand/social media.

In order to be wildly successful, or what my perspective on what success means to me and yet still keep a flexible work schedule I have several steps I have learned along the way that I need in order to have a flexible work schedule that doesn’t consume my day:

1.) Emails are checked & returned in the morning on my way to work or on my breaks & often on my way home from work.

2.) Social Media posts are done between 8am-10am when my engagement is at it's highest & in the evening around 5-6pm if I post twice a day. Depending. Keeping your engagement high is a must for social media platforms. Always responding to your audience and interacting with brands, friends & those who follow your profiles is very important. 

3.) Have designated work hours. This is a little tough for me BUT it also depends on what you choose is work and what is a hobby. I see social media & blogging as a hobby and not work. It make's me enjoy it more! Crazy, I know.  I honestly spend most of my "me" time working on creating content, vegan dishes, nesting (now) or brainstorming!
I feel it is important to create everything you put out. It keeps you authentic. You're not using someone else's photos and playing them off as your own. 

4.)HAVE A LIST. Write it down. Complete it then cross it off. Though this sounds so very simple so many people don’t do it. And trust me it is instant gratification when that lines goes across those letters or you check the box off the list. Ever sit down at end of the day and wonder what you did all day? Terrible feeling. You feel accomplished once you see that list at the end of the day! List's are my ride or die for work & getting things done. I especially need lists now that baby brain is in full effect!

5.) Have a plan. Stop trying to go out there and wing it every day. I know based on what has been successful for me in the past what I need to do to continue being successful. So I start each month with a plan of action. Goals are set then I follow those goals up with daily and weekly steps needed to reach those goals. I like to reflect weekly on what I got done and what I need to move. My spouse & I have a wicked morning routine & Sunday evening routine for meal prep. I think we're almost pros! ... Kidding.

Share your time-saving tips below that keep you sane while trying to rule the world.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

32 & 33 Weeks

Uncomfortable, Bed Rest & Lack Of Sleep.
Babe is approx 4 pounds, 17 inches long and opening his eyes when he's awake! 

It's crazy how quickly things can change from week to week! I had just given my work HR department my maternity application, given them my last date as I was given the go-ahead to work up until my due date and a week or so later.. Here I'am... Overheating, major baby brain to the max & feeling like I have no room for my own organs!
I had full intentions of going to work on Friday. Spencer was off to his Bachelor party in Seattle and I wanted to keep busy so I wouldn't miss him as much. Unfortunately I didn't go to work and I didn't keep very busy. Instead, my body decided and the baby decided that today was the day to have something go wrong or seem to go wrong. I got up to go to the washroom and had a little scare. what good timing for my body to do this right when Spencer's about to leave for an amazing weekend with his buddies.. I was OK until I started getting anxiety after my doctor told me to come in right away! I called the taxi, slapped on a face, and off I went. Getting to my doctors office 10 minutes later I did the usual, peed in a cup and the doctor got me and one other rooms quickly. I was examined and what upon examination the doctor said "wow baby is right there!" As she checked my cervix. Thankfully, I wasn't dilated but my cervix was irritated from the baby pushing on it which was causing bleeding. My doctor recommended that I take bed rest for three days and see how I'm feeling if I'm up to going back to work. She said " We don't want baby coming this week." She then also recommended that I talk about medical leave because of all the pain that I'm having in my ribs from sitting or my SPD acting up during the day from standing or walking too much.

I feel kind of silly being only now actually 33 weeks along and feeling so uncomfortable, whining and complaining constantly but I'm always reassured by my coworkers that I'm growing a human inside me and it's not easy. They are right! I did grow a freaking foot or an arm and a leg, torso, a brain or even a freaking healthy heart! So crazy to think about how our bodies can do such amazing things and I don't take the time to think about it and what my body has achieved and how much is actually going through.
So, i've taken it upon myself to get the medical leave forms and once I see my doctor again will be filling them out because I need to take care of myself and I need to take care of my baby and I need all the rest so I can get.

Sleeping is not easy anymore... At the beginning of pregnancy that's all you could do. All I want is a good night sleep without any interruptions but I won't be getting that for a very very long time. I'm totally OK with that but for now I need to take the time to sleep as much as I can before a little baby comes because right now... He's having dance parties at four in the morning, pushing against my bladder so I have to get up at least 2 to 3 times a night and now I have no room to eat! I feel like I have no stomach because now I eat so frequently because I can't eat very much in one sitting feel like a little piggy. Hahah, but I'm just trying to get all the nutrients I can get for him. Sometimes I feel like a baby! cry, eat, sleep, frequent washroom breaks, constant whining. Anyone else feel this way ?!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

» Miiko Skin Co «

Natural, Sustainable & Non-Toxic

Simple & Local

If you would like to know the process & how Kimiko Foster decided on every ingredient, down the packaging, just watch the video I have linked below! Kimiko has such a soft presence. Sustainable skin care from local Victoria BC.

I have been using the Glitter Face Line by Miiko Skin Co. for the last month and have seen a noticeable difference in my skins cleanliness and the feeling of not being dried out like most skin care lines would do! Strip you of your natural oils.
  I have also noticed the anti-inflammatory benefits on my small break outs I get! My skin has been so happy using this line and my oil production has gone way down. I use to be very oily because I thought the more alcohol based products, the more salicylic acid products I use the better to help keep my acne at bay. Holy moly was I ever wrong! Miiko is made with natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals "
We are not interested in making a product that can sit on a shelf for decades and remain unchanged."
If you purchase this line and you are eligible for a 15-minute phone consultation with Kimiko the owner of Miiko Skin Co. Together you will create a customized Miiko Skin Co routine just for you. Also at check out if you request your consultation in the "Notes" portion Miiko Skin Co will follow up within 48 hours.

Using this line the only trouble I had was coming to terms with putting MORE oil on my face! I was chatting with Kimiko and she kindly supplied me with education and science behind adding oils to your routine.
"Our skin naturally produces oil to create a strong brick wall that will prevent water loss (dry skin), and infection (break outs and eczema). When we wash, wash, wash our skin will go into over drive 
to make more oil and fulfill its "job". So when we use oil (specifically jojoba oil) as a moisturizer, we not only support this "brick and mortar wall" but we also tell our skin it doesn't need to make any more oil!"

Using oil lightly will actually balance oil production over time and reduce the oily-ness on your skin!

Here is the break down on the way Kimiko designed the recipes for this line.

1. Acid Mantle: The skin makes a thin mucous membrane on the top of our skin using its natural oils (sebum), water (sweat), and good flora. This mucous membrane is called your acid mantle. It is acidic... about 4.5-5.5 PH.
  • When we use the face wash we are gently cleansing the skin of dirt and bad bacteria but also washing away our acid mantle.
  • Using the toner as the second step after the wash will help to bring the skin back to an acidic state
  • Having the skin expresses this acidic state is crucial to reducing the number of break outs because bacteria, fungus, and viruses cannot thrive in an acidic environment. (Think of areas where we wash/sweat a lot... backs, hairlines, feet, groin) These are all areas prone to breakouts, and fungal or bacterial infections! 
  • The wash + toner combo is developed to wash and then protect!

2. Lipid Matrix: The skin's top layer of skin resembles a brick and mortar wall... where the skin cells are bricks and the mortar is the natural sebum (OIL) produced by the skin. ** this will address your concern about using an oil or serum!
  • The purpose of the face oil products is to nourish and maintain this brick and mortar wall.
  • Often excessive washing, or using alcohol based products (like hand sanitizer), or even change in climate can strip the skin of its natural oils and as a result leave gaps in the brick and mortar wall.
  • When the brick and mortar wall has holes, we experience dry skin (because water is being lost from our bodies to the air), and irritation. Bacteria and allergens get between the bricks and cause break-outs, and commonly eczema
  • It is very common for new moms and nurses to experience dryness and issues on their hands because of excessive washing. This is a good example of the brick and mortar wall breaking down and irritation occurring. 


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Good for irritations and skin sensitivities
  • Brighter complexion
  • Reduced bacterial breakouts and blemishes 
  • Balanced oil production
  • Minimized scars and wrinkles
  • Nourishes and hydrates lipid matrix
  • Optimize skin health and longevity

Using these products you have a couple of choices on how you go about your routine. I've taken this information from  to give you an idea on the difference routines you can do using these products specifically! 


Saving Face Wash + Saving Face Toner + light/moderate application of Face Oil 
  • Here is where you will discover the rate at which your skin will ingest oil.
  • Generally, this is a good daily routine for regular-dry skin types and anyone living in a dryer climate.
  • Women who do not deal with acne or blackheads enjoy this daily routine to help with age prevention, scar treatment, and reducing the signs of sun damage.
  • Suggested products: Saving Face WashSaving Face TonerGlitter Face Oil, Golden Face Oil, & I-Coco


Saving Face Wash + Saving Face Toner
  • This is your go-to routine for acne-prone and oily skin. This is also a great routine for active lifestyles. When you finish sweating at the gym or at a juicy yoga class wash out your pores with the Saving Face Wash, and balance the skin surface with the Saving Face Toner
  • Great for the summer season and more humid climates
  • Women love this routine for smaller pore size and reduced blackheads.
  • Regular use of the Saving Face Toner will provide a natural chemical exfoliation and contribute to a healthy glow of your skin. 
  • Suggested products: Saving Face WashSaving Face Toner,


Gently massage a Miiko Skin Co Face Oil onto a dry face in circular motions, and rinse off using a warm cloth/warm water. Follow with a light use of the Saving Face Toner
  • Oil cleansing is a natural way of cleaning the skin without using any soap at all. After all traditional soap is made using an oil base. 
  • Also, oil cleansing will moisturize the skin and help strengthen the stratum corneum (the top layer of your skin)
  • This method will also help balance oil production on the skin. Letting the skin know it does not need to product anymore oil in the oily zones!
  • Completing this routine with toner will help reduce pore size and balance the skins PH.
  • Suggested products: Saving Face WashSaving Face TonerGlitter Face Oil, Golden Face Oil, &I-Coco


  1. 5 pumps Face oil + 1/4 c epsom salts 
  2. 1 tsp I-coco + 1/4c morning coffee grounds
  • Using the Saving Face Toner will provide you with chemical exfoliation every day. (learn about the difference between physical and chemical exfoliation here)
  • Physical exfoliation is good for maintaing a healthy young skin tone, however it should not be practiced more than 2 times per week. Do not practice physical exfoliation if you suffer from severe bacterial acne inflammation. It is just spread the bacteria around. 
  • Let the epsom salts sit on your face to allow minerals to absorb into the skins surface. Helps to support mineral balance in the skin.
  • Apple the coffee grounds under the eyes to bring circulation to the surface of the skin and reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Thank you Miiko Skin Co for collaborating with me and making this post possible! Overall I highly enjoyed each product and have seen a significant change in my skin texture, pigmentation and overall my oil production! 


Friday, 8 September 2017

31 Weeks

Where do I begin, 31 weeks pregnant is uncomfortable of course but I went camping starting on 31 weeks and the 4 days being in nature was great! My only complaint would be walking because of my SPD.
Spencer & I ate really well on the camping trip besides a couple vegan s'mores! We went to Long Beach, Tofino and watched the surfers, took funny photos

Oh and I GOT ENGAGED! Here is what happened:
We went to the beach at our campsite because I wanted to take photos of the sunset & the beach! Spence told me afterwards he wanted to do it at the beach but there was so many people. & it worked out perfectly because I saw this cave & wanted to go to it!
I was taking a video of us going to the gave because it was a little tough since the tide was coming in. It's kinda long and anticlimactic hahah but going to it and then he went into the cave further & was like " whoa! Come loook!" I thought there was like a crawl space to another side and I leaned over and he turned around on one knee and asked me. "Will you marry me?" Eeee!! I could feel my heart beating out of my chest & my pulse on my wrist going crazy. 

As far as planning a wedding goes, we have always talked about just eloping. We don't believe in spending thousands on a party. It's going to be super intimate with just the parental and our commissioner. We have already chosen a date and couldn't be more excited! I will be HUGE by the time we do get married so I will need to find a dress that works for my big bump. We wanted to get married prior to delivering because we all want the same last names <3   

We sat by the campfire tons & Julie, Spencer's mother made our little one this cute toque! I requested a pom pom and Julie hadn't made one for a very long time but she made it perfectly! Spence & I already decided little ones first hat he comes home in will be this one. We love it so much! 

Over all, 31 weeks wasn't that bad. I can only complain about being in pain so many times too! I do however, have a new rib pain I don't know if I stated that last week or not.. BUT it's gotten worse as baby grows and so I've taken off the last couple of days at work.. I only made it through 2 days this week so I'am highly considering medial leave at this point.. My lovely supervisor and I have talked and will be seeing what we can do to accommodate the rest of my pregnancy with a standing desk is we can get one in quick enough. Mine is meant to be one but I think it may be broken because it doesn't go very high and is still very much a sitting desk. My work ethic is so important to me that the other day I cried because I feel like I'm becoming useless. I don't know what it is or why I have such a hard time with relaxing & taking care of myself so I'm not uncomfortable but I just feel guilty lazing around at home! I hate it! 


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

• Vegan Pumpkin Bread •

It was a gray skied day in July and the Fall bug hit me! Yes, in July.... No Shame! Although I am posting this now in September it was just in the list of things I wanted to hold off on posting so I didn't look like a fall crazed lunatic.. I had some Pumpkin Agave from David's Tea left from last year so I made myself a Decaf Pumpkin Spice Latte.    

I’ve bookmarked many, many recipes to try, but this recipe by Beaming Baker intrigued me the most. So naturally, I had to try it ASAP. I bought the ingredients the night before and was so ready to bake! I accidentally picked up more almond meal & coconut sugar even though I already had it at home... I blame baby brain, so we took it back and got a refund because it is EXPENSIVE if you don't buy from bulk or Costco!

I baked my loaf in just your regular 9x5 loaf pan and this recipe is a one bowl clean up! So not as bad as multiple. it filled my house with the amazing aroma of pumpkin spice and I couldn't get enough! 

My Spouse loved the pumpkin break just as much as I did. I ended up making a glaze/icing to go with it because I felt it just need a little touch of sweetness. If you go look on Beaming Baker's recipe page for this... You will see she did up to 6 trials of this loaf! I don't blame her. I wouldn't be able to master a vegan loaf in one go!
That being said, my loaf felt different to me. I think it was because of the almond meal OR because maybe the baking soda was a little old? I need to try another recipe with my baking soda before I can blame it on that. The loaf was super moist and delicious. I was a little disappointed with the texture but Spencer said it was amazing and I should never be disappointed! Kudo's to Spence for the lovely compliment. I am pretty hard on myself sooo..

If you would like to try the recipe, see below & enjoy! 

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisked together, set for 5 mins)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8.5x4.5 or 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to a large bowl: pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, flax egg, and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. In the same bowl, add the dry ingredients: oat flour, almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk together until just incorporated, making sure no flour patches remain.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer. Using a butter knife, cut a slit down the top of the loaf, making it slightly off center. This will create a beautiful split down the top of the loaf. Bake for 50-65 minutes.* Test for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center of the loaf. The toothpick will come out clean when the loaf is done.
  5. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 2-3 hours, or until completely cool. Lift out, slice and enjoy!
- *Bake time for each loaf: In an 8.5x4.5 inch loaf pan, mine took about 60 minutes. In an 9x5 inch loaf pan, mine took about 55 minutes.
- Storage notes: Cool completely, then store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- This loaf freezes well. Wrap in parchment paper and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, or pop in the microwave for 20-second increments until warm.

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