Inspiring Posts

Inspiring Posts I’m so excited that it’s finally starting to look and feel like spring here (let’s just ignore the snow from Tuesday), last weekend I went for two walks and the sun on my face was pretty amazing. Needless to say I’m feeling inspired (as per usual) by all things spring and anything that reminds me of warm weather and the summer to come. Here are my favourite inspiring posts from this past week, which includes a few of my all time favourite blogs and Essie nail polish, anything that involves Essie nail polish is good in my books.

1. Salted chocolate diablo cookie ice cream sandwiches, it’s all in the name people, and I think I found my soul mate in a dessert.

2. These copper airplant holders from Poppytalk are too cute, the world is having a copper moment and I’m on board.

3. A DIY rope sign that spells out the word ‘relax’, the perfect project for this summer.

4. Beautygeeks’ post of the new Essie Summer Neon collection, why must Essie do it so right every single time? That plus Karen’s perfect nails make me want the entire collection, but guess what I’m not buying nail polish this year.

5. These vegan pesto Parmesan breadsticks from Minimalist Baker look so good and they’re vegan which is great.

6. Kendi’s denim top is definitely on my wish list for this summer.

xo-Caitlin

At Home Facial

At Home Facial

I have a thing for face masks. Any kind, I love them all and I afford myself the luxury of using one every day right after I work out and before I take a shower. There is always a least 10-15 minutes where I’m doing nothing right after working out, usually trying to cool down, catch my breath and put away any equipment I might have used so I like to take advantage of this time and do something that I might not make time for otherwise. I really do feel like certain face masks make a huge difference in the way my skin feels and looks so fitting one into my schedule has been a skin care priority this year. Usually I choose one mask based on what I feel my skin needs the most and I always try to rotate between the ones that I have as to not use the same kind everyday. But if you’re feeling extra indulgent and have some time on your hands I love combining three or more masks to create an at home facial. Here are the three steps that I take to create my own at home facial and really pamper my skin.

At Home Facial

1. First I purify with a clay mask, below are the three that I use on a weekly basis. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let dry then rinse with warm water, your clean will feel super clean and smooth. I would hands down recommend the Freeman one as it’s less than $4 and is definitely one of my all time favourite masks.

At Home Facial Nu Skin Epoch Glacial Marine Mud// Vichy NormaDerm Tri-Activ Mask// Freeman Facial Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal

At Home Facial

2. Exfoliation is the second step and my favourite because my skin is really congested and I have lots of scarring from previous break outs. Right now I’m using the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, and while it’s a new purchase I think I love it. I got a sample of the GlamGlow Tinglexfoliate Treatment from Sephora and I really like it too but it’s expensive and I’m not sure if it’s worth the $70 price tag to be honest. The Bliss mask is good if you don’t have a lot of time or are afraid of acid exfoliants, it’s really light and subtle in it’s results.

At Home Facial Clarisonic Brush// Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask// Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant// GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

At Home Facial

3. Finally hydrate, after all the cleansing and exfoliating you need to put some moisture back into your skin. For this I love sheet masks, they are really trendy right now but the way my skin feels the next day after using one it like no other mask I have. They make my skin feel so plump and soft and smooth and they only cost a dollar or two. I bought some from a Korean makeup store but I also found the same brand at Walmart so definitely check out Walmart if you don’t know of any Koran or Asian stores near you.

At Home Facial Purederm Snail Cell Illuminating Multi-step Treatment// Purederm Firming Lift Coenzyme Q-10 Mask// Purederm Age Defying Collagen Masque// Tony Moly Natural Pulp Essence Sheet Mask Tea Tree

At Home Facial Mario Badescu Silver Powder// Mario Badescu Whitening Mask// Dr. Brandt Pores no More Vacuum Cleaner

If you have any specific skin issues that you want to treat you can add an extra step into your facial, I would so this before the hydrate step though unless you’re using a mask or treatment that needs to be left on the skin over night. I like the Mario Badescu Silver powder for when my t-zone is extra oily, the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask for any scarring I have and the Dr. Bradt Vacuum Cleaner for when my pores look huge.

xo-Caitlin

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

I have a confession to make, I really like cake from a boxed mix more so than probably any homemade from scratch cake that I have ever had. Although this confession is limited to vanilla and chocolate cakes, there is something about a mix that makes them so fluffy and moist that I haven’t seen replicated in a homemade cake. So that being said these cupcakes were made with a mix, but to be fair these Creme Egg cupcakes are all about the frosting so I figured I would make the cake part as easy as possible, there that’s my excuse. I used extra large cupcake papers to make them substantial and striking to look at, it’s all about the visual for these cupcakes. I made a vanilla frosting (recipe bellow) and coloured a small amount yellow to act as the yoke. I put the white and yellow frosting into plastic bags to pipe onto the tops of the cupcakes. I practiced a couple of times to make sure I knew what I was doing. First swirl a lot of white frosting to act as the egg whites and then a small amount of the yellow in the center, or off to one side for the egg yoke. Very easy (especially if you use a cake mix) and perfect for Easter.

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes Vanilla Frosting

3 cups icing sugar, sifted

1/2 cup shortening

1/3 milk (I used soy milk)

1/3 cake or pastry flour (I used slightly less because I find that it can taste a bit like flour if you put the whole amount it)

1/a tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla (I used french vanilla flavouring and the taste was so much better than just plain vanilla extract)

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

Creme Egg Cupcakes

xo-Caitlin

Spring Wish List

Spring Wish List {Enjoy the spring weather as much as possible}

My first post this year after the craziness of the holidays was over was a winter wish list, I wrote about five small goals or things that I wanted to accomplish before spring. I didn’t quite accomplish all of things that I wanted, getting up early every single day was a bit hard for me as I really like sleep but now I do get up between 8 and 9 instead of 10 or later. I was kind to my skin for the most part, it still needs a lot of work though and that goal will definitely carry on into the next season’s goals. I bought a new camera and I like how my photos are evolving, but I didn’t read a single thing or cut my hair short. I liked that I set some goals and made some decisions and had something to look forward to during the winter months plus it forced me to be more motivated in general, I’ve been working out since January almost every day, drinking more water (part of my be kind to my skin goal), and posting here five days a week.

Today I’m putting my spring wish list out into the universe, a few goals that I want to accomplish and few fun things to keep me excited and inspired. I wanted to enjoy the spring weather every day and not get into the habit of just staying inside and being lazy. I want to be more adventurous in the way I dress, jeans and a grey or black top is the rut I’m in right now. Go for a walk outside every second day as part of my workout routine (running seems like way to much of a commitment and I hate running). Actually cut me hair this time, I’m excited for a little change. Finally, I really want to try some new things, not sure what they will be but it “could be fun” as the boyfriend likes to say about things he knows I’ll enjoy but am too scared or worried to try.

Spring Wish List {Be more adventurous in the way I dress}

Spring Wish List {Go for a walk 4 times a week// image}

Spring Wish List {Actually cut my hair this time}

Spring Wish List {Try new things// image}

xo-Caitlin

Painted Nails

Painted Nails

No time to polish my nails this week as my mom and I are in repainting mode. We decided the room that formally belonged, at different points in time,  to both my sisters (who have both moved out) needed a little update. The previously half orange and half white paint job just wasn’t quite what we wanted anymore. I really wanted a light grey colour, something nice to take photos against. We settled on Sterling by Behr, it does air on the side of blue but it was the only light grey colour that we liked so we went for it. I’ll share some before and after photos with you in the next couple of weeks once the room is complete.

Painted Nails

xo-Caitlin