Its EMPTIES time again! This year, I have decided to really focus on finishing up what I have and because of this focus, I have a few full size skincare empties this month. This is something that is quite rare for me so I am relishing it! This month, a few of my favourites have been completely used up and whilst it is really sad to say goodbye, I know that I will be reunited with these products again soon (or have already) as I have enjoyed using these very much.Read More
Well here we have it, 2016 has come to an end and what a crazy year it was on both a personal level as well as a global level. This year will be remembered for all sorts of reasons - it will be the year that Brexit happened, Donald Trump was elected into the White House and we also lost icons such as David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher. This year will be the year where the Olympic Games in Rio, once again showed us great sportsmanship and humanity between all nations, no matter what race or religion. An article written in 2016, showed me personally that compassion, inclusion and acceptance shown by some Canadian citizens can make a world of difference to those most in need.
On a more personal level, 2016 was the year that brought me to uproot my life and move overseas to be with the Mr (the man I am marrying in less than 8 weeks!), only to move back home again. It is the year that pushed me to create this blog - orchids&peonies - an outlet where I can let my skincare nerdiness run rampant and free haha. For me, 2016 marked a year of forming amazing friendships, connecting with some amazing brands, learning more about the world of beauty and skincare and overall just have a new found respect and gratitude for everyone who has crossed my path in both their generosity and time. I have met and connected with some amazing people, been able to do some serious travelling this year and have come across some really exciting products and brands! The knowledge that I have built upon this year has amazed me - in both literal knowledge about skincare and just knowledge about myself and what I am able to achieve. Overall, 2016 has been a truly inspiring year and I have many of you to thank for it.
Today's blog post is a little look back on some of my favourite products, my favourite brands and some of my favourite blog posts that I have since starting the orchids&peonies blog back in May 2016!Read More
December has been a very busy month and probably goes down as one of the most busiest months on anyone's calendar. The festive holidays always generate an exciting buzz as everyone is busy preparing for the holidays. It is amazing just how fast time flies in the final month of the year and I hope that everyone has had an amazing festive holiday with their loved ones and for those who do not celebrate Christmas - I hope that you did enjoy some well deserved time off.
I have been having some fun trialling some new products this month both of the skincare variety and of the makeup variety which has been most exciting. I absolutely love playing with different makeup bases and have been searching for the perfect lightweight foundation - I believe I have come across something quite close to this with a product from local brand, TMF. I have also really enjoyed using some really different products in my skincare regime - a unique milk based powder cleanser from Odara Skincare being one of them. This month also allowed me to finally try something from the infamous Zelens Skincare line and from Pestle and Mortar Cosmetics - both brands frequently are raved about by the wonderful Caroline Hirons. December has been a really fun month of new products and these just so happen to be my favourite five for this final month of 2016!Read More