Learning to love your body the right way; eating disorders & the negative effects on the mind/body

Learning to love your body the right way; eating disorders & the negative effects on the mind/body

“You are not fat,  you have fat. You also have fingernails, but you are not fingernails”.

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      Talking about body image is not the easiest topic in the world to discuss. Weight seems to be the number one headliner that is coming out of everybody’s mouths these days, especially girls and women. Girls even at the age of 12 and under are discussing among their friends if they are considered fat, skinny, or even too skinny. The media has also portrayed a negative image towards viewers that emphasizes the importance of being “skinny” and staying thin. Girls, women, men and boys all look up towards celebrities and stars in the media, and view them as being “our role models”. A role model can be defined as someone who you look up to and who you admire. It saddens me how people want to change who they are and what they look like in order to mimic people within the media. Such changes can be so extreme that they can harm your body and cause permanent damage. Your’e probably thinking who are you to talk? You have probably thought the same thing once in your life .. and your’e right. There was one point in my life where I wanted to change one thing about myself in order to look like the celebs in the media. My weight. I wanted to lose some, and I wanted to do it fast. I am going to share with you a personal story that I wrote in grade 12 for a school assignment and had to share with my class. This assignment was geared towards sharing a personal “turning point” that has happened in your life so far, and this is what I chose.

“Life as I knew it”

    I wasn’t always thin. My body was never jealous with the amount of food I would consume on a daily basis. My stomach and my body got along with one another; best friends as I would recall. I was a content girl, and I had once believed that I could be invincible. I got a long with people who were around me and close to me, for I was an agreeable person, but that would all turnover. God didn’t prepare me for my poor decisions. Was I due for something negative to occur in my life? Maybe I was too greedy as a teenager,but all I could realize was that I was not in control of my life after the age of 16.

     Two summers ago, all it took was one day to comprehend that I was worthless in one man’s eyes. I had meant the world to him, but he had a passion for another girl. Why did he not want me? My security level shrunk dramatically. Why couldn’t I look more like the models on the television? Why do I have love handles and they have none? How come they are a size 0 and I am a 5? I was disoriented in my own world. Thoughts fluttered my brain as to why I was not worthy enough for him? My weight. Maybe if I looked and appeared more like some of the models on TV he would like me? One question that lingered on my mind for ages was what would make me stoop low enough to starve myself? The answer: one boy.

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     Two falls ago, all it took was a drastic diet change in my meal plan in order for me to feel desired in life. Society and the media were eating my mind whole, swallowing every meaning of health in my life. I had a desire to change into the “perfect body image“, like the media advertises to young teens in magazines,ads and television. I could not determine or identify what was so wrong with the idea and process of starvation. I would never think of consuming food. Ignoring the intensifying growls within my crying stomach became second nature to me. It was official, my stomach f***ing hated me, but I didn’t develop an interest for anything anymore. I was too selfish to acknowledge the cries for help that my body was conveying. I refused to eat all three meals on a daily basis, for I had no idea what the word “breakfast” meant. After a while I was seeing slight changes with my weight, and my body image. I had a positive outlook for the results.

   Two winters ago, all it took was one thought that appeared in my mind, to dig myself into a deeper hole.Puking. If I gave in and ate something, I would binge it up right away. Being referred to a “hoe” would’ve hurt less than knowing the truth of who I’ve become; anorexic and bulimic.  Nobody knew who I was changing into. Nobody knew that I headed to the bathroom after every meal to binge. I was surrounded by a clueless family, no boyfriend, and a poisoned mind. My body had become possessed and I had not even come into contact with a Ouija Board, just my evil thoughts. Although I was seeing more changes, I had no idea I was slowly sucking the life out of my body. I was becoming used to the idea of binging and starvation, for I could tell you all about these two strange words I thought I knew so well.

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   Last summer, that’s all it took for my mood swings to come into affect. Impatience, irritation, and ill tempered were the three “I’s” of my life. I had developed a relationship with anger- he owned me. Depression was my bystander. I was abused and wounded, for I was paying the consequences of my actions, all because I wanted to be “skinny“. I was skinnier, so that’s all that mattered right? To me it was. I secretly loved myself under my layers of emotions. I felt like a model with anger issues, for the lack of food made my mood decrease dramatically. I was beginning to not even recognize myself anymore, but in a sense I was blessed with my results. This was all just a normal process I was going through correct? I would get better? That wasn’t the case at all.

    Last fall, all it took was cries from my family members, a guilty conscience and one disgusting number on a scale to make me give in. I was deprived of my body, my weight and my appearance. I had lost a descent relationship with my mom and my family, for I hid all my dirty secrets from the world. I was sucked into a society in which I was blinded, and could not see dangers approaching me. 135 pounds to 120 pounds patted me on the back, but I did not feel deserving, for I was not proud of my accomplishments. I was terrified. My dream was for my mirror to tell me “I” was fairest of them all. The thing that stared back at me was nothing but a broken twig. I eventually brought the topic up with my mom about my “bad habits”. She had taken “hints” on the account of me hurrying to the bathroom after every meal. A weight was then lifted off my shoulder knowing that I was no longer invisible. A doctor’s visit greeted me a week later, as well as an offer to get professional help from an eating disorder program. I had refused to go get the help I needed because in the back of my healing mind, I wanted to get rid of this illness on my own.

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    Last winter, all it took was a group of friends and relatives to make me feel like I mattered in the world. A distraction to get my mind off starving myself, that’s all I needed. Food was staying in me. Cries from my family reached out to me, everyone kept an eye out when they found out about my problem, even my new boyfriend. All it took was a clear mind, a sense of security, stability, a sense of determination and support from my family to start a better life.

By: Alyssa Hotrum

      It’s crazy how much I look back on those years and think to myself “what the hell was I thinking?”. Sadly this kind of thinking happens all over the world, and people just want that perfect body image. Individuals need to realize that you are never going to be perfect. There’s only one of you in this world and you should appreciate that and learn to love YOU for YOU.  Although this is easier said than done I can’t emphasize how true this is. If you don’t learn to accept yourself and love yourself, how are you going to be happy in life? You only get one life and instead of damaging it on risky diets, unsafe eating habits and negative thoughts, try living a more healthy and positive  lifestyle.  I know so many individuals who are dying to change so many things about themselves, one being their weight. There are many different ways to going about losing a couple pounds, and doing this the right way. Exercising in a healthy manner is one of the main key factors when wanting to lose a few pounds.  Do not try to attempt to lose weight with the two unhealthy methods of starvation and bulimia. Trust me.. it’s not worth it one bit.  Look up different exercise routines to help target the areas you are not happy with.  There is no harm in trying to improve certain areas of your body, you just don’t want to change your entire  “you”. Even though I am not a size 0 or 00, I am now content with the way I look. Going for walks or runs everyday, fitting in a nice workout, and making some yummy healthy food is what I try to do as much as I can. Do I go to the gym and workout everyday? No. And that’s okay, you do not need to go and do that. You need to find out what makes you happy, and feel good in order to love yourself and who you are on this world. Don’t let the media suck you in. You need to realize that a lot of people in the magazines and in the ads are photo shopped in order to have the “perfect body image”. There is no such thing. Whether you are a size 0, 3, 5, 8, 11, 14, you are beautiful.

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The Effects of Bulimia on the body

  • tooth decay
  • facial swelling
  • moody blues
  • sore throat
  • bloody vomit
  • dry skin
  • irregular heartbeat
  • feeling faint
  • red eyes
  • a secret life
  • compulsive exercising
  • trouble conceiving
  • low sex drive
  • complications in childbirth

The Effects of Anorexia on the body

  • tooth decay
  • dry and chapped lips
  • dry skin
  • thinning hair
  • bruises
  • frail appearance
  • heart disease
  • blood problems
  • hormonal change

“still worth it?”

“Losing weight is not your life’s work, and counting calories is not the call of your soul. You surely are destined for something MUCH greater, much bigger, than shedding 20 pounds or tallying calories. What would happen if, instead of worrying about what you had for breakfast, you focused on becoming exquisitely comfortable with who you are as a person? Instead of scrutinizing yourself in the mirror, looking for every bump and bulge, you turned your gaze inward?

-Lisa Turner, “losing weight:what’s the point?”

Another key point that I want to bring to your attention is never change who you are for a guy. If they truly like you, they will love you for YOU. A good boyfriend will not pick apart your weight, and you shouldn’t have to worry about changing for someone. I am now dating someone who doesn’t mind my stretch marks on my inner thighs, my breakouts that I sometimes get on my face, the freckles on my nose, the way my one finger bends slightly to the right and even the little chip in my tooth. Because you know why? Nobody is perfect. Everybody has imperfections, and they should not matter towards people that love you in your life.  Do not be afraid to ask for the help if you need it.

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Much love xo.

How I cope with anxiety- my personal story and coping methods

How I cope with anxiety- my personal story and coping methods

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It’s that “A” letter word that a lot of people dread, 7 letters, yet it can literally take over your life. Anxiety.What is anxiety? Anxiety is a feeling of worry and it can come in many different shapes or forms. A lot of people feel uneasy or get nervous about many different things. This is never an easy topic to talk about and discuss, since a lot of people like to brush it off or cope with it differently. Whether it’s feeling uneasy about a job, a presentation, boys, relationships, school such as college or university, you name it. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to admit that I have had anxiety since grade 6. Let’s jump a little bit back into my personal life shall we?

In grade 6, I did not really know what anxiety was nor did I know I had it. I went through different phases throughout that year such as: the no lying phase (silly I know, but I couldn’t tell a single lie without feeling extremely guilty), the hearing voices stage (I would hear negative thoughts going on inside my head) and lastly the worry stage (I would constantly worry that I would get into trouble at school). These 3 stages started to slowly take over my daily life to the point where I thought something was wrong with me. Was I possessed because I was hearing strange voices in my head? Great… I am turning into the Exorcist. Were all the other kids worrying so much about school like I was? Questions were constantly running through my head, and I wanted them answered. I eventually informed my mom about the whole ordeal and my parents them took me to go see a psychiatrist. At first, I was nervous, scared and anxious to see this doctor because weren’t they for crazy people? This is where I want to make it very clear that actually a lot of people go and see these specialists..it’s natural, normal and it’s okay.  I wish someone would have erased this image that I had towards these doctors earlier. If it helps, they have probably heard a lot more nuttier stories than what you are about to tell them, so do not feel judged.  This is another image that I had drilled into my head, “what are they going to think of me?”. For starters,  this is their job, they are well educated within this field and have heard a lot of stories, so trust me… You are not losing it. The psychiatrist wanted to right away put me on anti-depressants. Of course, my parents rejected this, as I was only in grade 6 and no coping methods were offered to me except medication.

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Eventually the 3 phases began to slowly disappear and ease up until I was into my  early years of university. Meeting new people (especially if you are shy), not knowing anyone, dealing with a breakup and entering a new atmosphere is enough to slowly start to put someone over the edge. Little things such as presentations were enough to make me feel sick to my stomach the night before. What if I mess up? Oh my goodness, I know that girl over there…she’s going to judge me. What if I choke up on my words? These were constant questions that would keep me up the night before a presentation, preventing me from getting a goodnight’s rest. Let’s not even begin to discuss the actual presentation date. I would feel my palms getting sweaty, my nerves kicking in, my throat getting dry and my stomach turning. I remember clear as day telling my best friend, “I am thinking about switching my program because I don’t think I can do this one presentation”. That was an awful feeling. Already mastering one year of university and now wanting to back out over a silly presentation? This was when it hit me. I NEEDED to go and see a psychiatrist again because I couldn’t live with constant anxiety each day. The psychiatrist began to ask me multiple questions such as, “What is your first memory you remember with your dad?”. I was thrown off-guard. Seriously?! I don’t even remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday and you want me to remember that?! She continued to ask me random questions which I didn’t see the point of. Little did I know she was trying to see if I had a good childhood growing up and if I was struggling with depression or anxiety. For anyone who is struggling with anxiety, it can be extremely hard to figure out yourself if you have some sort of depression because we do have our ups and downs. Our ups may range from having a really good day and smiling to wanting to be alone in your room and cry.

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I was later informed that I had a general form of anxiety and  was taught different coping techniques/methods to help deal with the “A” word. I found that the methods did work, but they were not working fast enough for me since I was constantly surrounded by stress from university.  This was when I was prescribed a pill for anxiety. Since my Serotonin levels  or “happy levels” were low in my brain, I  needed the extra boost to get them back up. A lot of people have negative views towards individuals who take the medication thinking it’s “the easy way out”. Newsflash… there is no “easy way out” when you are struggling with anxiety. Even when you are taking the medication, you still worry a bit, the medication doesn’t just magically make anxiety disappear. There is nothing wrong with taking medication for this mental illness that a lot of people around the world struggle with. I would rather see a person get the extra help they need then to get to the point where they do not want to be here anymore. Easy as that.

From dealing with anxiety on a daily basis, I have heard a lot of statements from people I know such as, “don’t worry, be happy”( thanks Bob Marley, I would if I could),”quit being sad”, ” what’s there to worry about anyways?”, and the list goes on. A person who struggles with anxiety can not simply turn it on and off. A lot of people do not understand the severity of anxiety which reminds me of the statement, “they don’t know you broke your leg until the cast is on”. Some individuals hide their forms of anxiety better than others, while others (like myself) have  a hard time hiding it. If you know someone who has this mental illness, try to educate yourselves a little more. Look up different ways to approach them without setting them off. By no means am I saying to “walk on eggshells”, but just be a bit more cautious on how you say different things.

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Now that you know a bit more about my personal life and my anxiety background, I am going to provide you with tips and methods to help cope. All of these methods have helped me over the years, and I strongly recommend trying them out for yourself if you are having a difficult time.

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  1. Herbal Tea. It’s the night before a huge presentation and you can’t seem to calm your body down, so what do you do? If I am very anxious about an event the next day, I love to make a “relaxation tea or a sleep time tea”, is what I like to call it. You can purchase this item at any grocery store in the tea section, and there are many different kinds of it. The tea that I am in love with is by Tetley and it’s called, “Dream”. When you are looking for a herbal tea, you want to keep in mind one of the major ingredients which is Camomile. This helps to relax the body and the mind as well as place you in a calmer state. Herbal teas are extremely beneficial and even inexpensive. I purchase dream tea for under $5.00 and simply sip a cup before bedtime. I do not add any sugar or milk to it, I just drink it as is.
  2. Listen to relaxing music. Since our minds tend to over think at nighttime, our anxiety can sometimes get the best of us.  One technique that I love doing while I am laying in bed is listening to “rain sounds”on my laptop or iphone. The sound of rain is extremely relaxing, and before you know it, you are sound asleep. This technique is super easy and I do this all the time if I know I can’t settle down.
  3. Answer your “what if’s”. Being an individual who struggles with anxiety, I am constantly bombarded with “what if’s” in my head. Simple things such as: “what if I choke up on my words through this presentation”, “what if that girl over there is judging me”,and so on. My therapist taught me this simple yet effective technique to help cope with this questions… answer them. Grab a pen and paper and write down everything you are currently anxious about. Beside your “what if” try to answer it as best you can. For example: “What if I choke up on a part of my presentation?”. Answer: “Everyone makes mistakes, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be human. You practiced the night before, you have put a lot of effort into this, and you are just going to try your best. That is all you can do”. This simple strategy helps individuals to realize that certain things are out of your control, and it’s okay that you are not perfect.
  4. Take 10 deep breaths. If you can feel yourself slowly starting to have a panic attack or you anxiety is kicking in, take a second to take some deep breaths. Often our breathing starts to race and quicken when we are anxious or nervous about something. Taking deep breaths helps to slow down your breathing and make you relax more.
  5. Bach’s rescue remedy spray.  This simple spray is extremely effective when calming down your nerves 30 minutes prior to the nervous or hectic situation. When I first heard about this spray I was doubtful and did not believe that a spray could calm you down. I tried using this spray before a huge presentation that I had to do myself and was shocked at how effective it worked. Of course I was still a bit nervous (it’s good to be nervous a bit) but I wasn’t as nervous as how I usually would be. I was completely fine, and managed to score a 90 on the presentation speaking in front of people, which is my weakness. I continue to use this spray before going into work or any other situation I am nervous going into. This is an all natural supplement, and you can purchase it at any local grocery store for  around $20.00.  You simply spray two sprays at the back of your mouth. Be aware, it does not taste the greatest but it works like a charm! If you have tried this product and are not very fond of the taste, you can also try “Bach’ Rescue Pastilles”, which looks like little gummies that you can swallow.  You can purchase this at your local grocery store as well and it is around $10.00.
  6. Don’t let anxiety win.  A lot of people who struggle with anxiety often feel that they are defeated and weak. Just because we have anxiety does not mean we have to let it win and define who we are. Often people do not help themselves out when they are struggling, but in order to move on with life, you need to fight it. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are afraid of speaking to people, try making little goals for yourself each day like saying hi to at least one person. I talked about this technique in one of my other blog posts earlier on but it is very effective. If you push yourself out of your comfort zone and embarrass yourself, then what is there to be embarrassed about later on?
  7. Exercise.  When I know I am getting into a funk or am really nervous about something I set time aside to complete a work out. Distracting your mind and releasing endorphins will help you relax and feel good about yourself. Even a quick 10 minute workout is enough to ease the mind from racing a hundred miles a minute.
  8. Have a strong support group.  Having a good group of friends and family members by your side to help you along the way is always beneficial. Having your closest support group there for you and well informed about anxiety will help you along the way, and give you reassurance that there are always people there for you. Luckily for me I have friends and family members who are already well aware of what anxiety is and some even struggle with it as well. Do not keep everything bottled up inside you. If you continue to do this chances are you are going to lose it eventually. Talking to your support group or even a close friend may help to ease your anxiety and help you feel more relaxed.
  9. Write in a journal or diary.  While going through my rough patch I was recommended by my therapist to keep a journal near by and write how my day was. I was instructed to write down with all honestly how my mood was that specific day and what I ate and did as well. This helps you become more aware of your thoughts,mood, and activities that you do each day.  When you are having a really good day, you can look back on one of your bad days and reassure yourself that you don’t want to feel like that again. Of course we can not control how we are feeling certain days, but it helps document any progress that you are making.
  10. Try to think of a few positives for every stressful or nervous situation. This can be extremely difficult if you are constantly on edge. Coming up with a few positives for each negative situation will help you slowly develop a more open mind and optimistic outlook. This method has helped me a lot over the years and I constantly use this technique everyday. A few examples could be: You are scared to do a speech infront of a group of people. Positives: the speech is only 5 minutes out of your day and life and you hardly know any of these people. Do you really think they are going to matter 5, 10, 20 years from now? No. This outlook helps to ease up the nerves and can be brought into any nervous or hectic situation.

I hope this heart to heart blog has helped some individuals who are currently struggling with anxiety. If you have any questions on today’s blog feel free to comment below. I know that it is a constant battle each day but you can not let it win and take over your life. “You cannot move onto great things if someone else is writing your script”

Much love xo.

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My top 5 all-time favourite concealers

My top 5 all-time favourite concealers

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“Maybelline “Instant age rewind Eraser”

Concealers are a big part of everyone’s makeup routine in the morning. Usually when we wake up from a goodnight sleep, we are welcomed by the lovely appearance of dark baggy circles under our eyes and even the unwanted blemishes. Let’s face it girls… they absolutely suck and can be extremely hard to conceal. Don’t worry, I have come up with a few of my favourite concealers both high end and low end to help achieve a flawless complexion. There are 5 concealers that work amazing and I would highly recommend trying them out for yourself if you have not already!

  1. This concealer I use for under my eyes to help conceal my dark circles. I absolutely love the appearance of really light coloured skin for underneath my eyes. If you are looking for an under eye concealer, I would strongly recommend shopping for one that is a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. This concealer is called “Instant age rewind eraser” by Maybelline Cosmetics. I have previously mentioned this concealer in one of my earlier blog posts. You can purchase this product at any local drugstore, and is approximately around $11.00, which is much cheaper than any high end concealer. This product is a bit on the thicker side but I find that it does not crease. The shade that I purchase this product in is “light”, and it is the perfect shade to help brighten my skin. After applying this product with the sponge applicator built into it, I simply blend it out with my beauty blender.

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2. The second concealer that I absolutely love and have been using over the years is the “Coverstick corrector concealer” by Maybelline Cosmetics. This is a great concealer to use for under your eyes or to even highlight other sections of your face. I usually use this product for under my eyes, highlighting the bridge of my nose, forehead and so forth. This product has a yellow under tone to it, which helps eliminate the appearance of dark circles underneath your eyes.  This product really helps brighten up your face and is even under $10.00! What a steal! I would highly recommend trying out this product if you have not done so already.

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3. The third concealer that I have for you beauts is called, “Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous” concealer. This line of cosmetics is by the beautiful Katy Perry and it works wonderfully. I have used this product for concealing my blemishes on my face, as a highlighter and even an under eye concealer. I sadly removed the label stating which shade I use, but it is in the lightest shade available. Again, I try to go more towards very light concealers which help to “wake up” my face. You can buy this concealer at your local drugstore for under $10.00.

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4. The fourth concealer is a more high end product that I purchased from Sephora. There was an extremely big hype about this product all over Youtube so I had to try out this product for myself. This concealer is called, “Nars Radiant Creamy concealer” and it can be purchased for $29.00. Personally, I did not find that big of a hype about this product as others,especially how much I was paying for it. I found that other low-end concealers did a nicer job than this one or the same job. I do however use this product to highlight my eye brow bones and to make my eyebrows appear more sharper and cleaner.If you do plan on trying out this concealer, make sure you ask for assistance when matching the colour to your skin tone. The colour that I was matched up to with was in the shade “medium-custard”. I do wish that I went with a lighter shade, but it still works well towards highlighting my brows.

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5. The fifth concealer, otherwise known as my favourite under eye concealer is by MAC Cosmetics. I can not emphasize in this blog post how much I adore this concealer. Even though it is on the pricier side, $25.00, it is worth every penny. This concealer lasts up to 15 hours of wear and is water proof. After I apply this product with a foundation brush and blend it with a beauty blender underneath my eyes, the coverage is flawless. The shade that I purchase is NW20, and it’s a very light shade which is perfect for eliminating those dark circles. If you have not tried out this amazing concealer, stop what you are doing and go buy it. What are you waiting for?

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my different concealers that I use on a daily basis! If you have any questions please feel free to message or comment below

Much love xo.

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Tips on how to spice up your dorm room! Decoration techniques.

Tips on how to spice up your dorm room! Decoration techniques.

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When decorating your dorm room, you can be extremely creative and show your artistic side. It is sometimes hard to come up with different decorative techniques and styles. First of all, your room is your special place and you want to ensure that it’s very personal and helps show off your personality. I have looked on Pinterest (god’s gift) over the past years while trying to come up with ideas towards decorating my room at my student house.  While trying to think of a layout, I wanted to go towards a more “classy” look rather than my pink and green bedroom I had at home. I mean, I am in university now, the last thing I want is a childish looking room when I brought friends over. You first need to come up with different types of designs and colours you like. I knew that my room was beige, so it was easier to come up with a “classy” look, since a lot can match with that colour. This is a colour I would strongly recommend when deciding what colour to paint your room in the beginning.  I do get a lot of compliments when friends come into my room, but I have spent a lot of time decorating it as well. A lot of my decoration techniques and tips are very inexpensive, but look as though they are expensive. Get it? That was the look I was trying to pull off. So without further or do, let’s get into some tips and techniques when designing your college or university dorm room!

I know that a lot of my beauty readers are females so you must have some makeup kicking around. Makeup can be extremely messy, and we often leave it lying around on our desk after we use it to get ready in the morning. Am I right? Why not try to organize it on your desk or makeup table, that way it looks more presentable and even pretty to look at ! The first product that I decided to make was makeup brush holders. This is a very easy DIY to do, and you can even gather all your materials at your local dollarstore, very cheap! First, you need to pick out your containers, in my case I found two glass holders. Do not worry if they do not look the most appealing.. you are going to decorate them later anyways. Then you need to make sure you have paint brushes and pick out which paint you would like to use. I went for a gold colour, because I find this looks very elegant and classy. Then you need to pick out ribbon that you would like to tie around your container once it is painted.  Now that you have all the materials needed to make your own makeup brush holder, you can paint your container and leave it to dry. Once it is dry, simply take a piece of your ribbon and tie it in a bow around your container. Voila, you have a beautiful elegant makeup brush holder that looks expensive and cute seen in the picture above! Approximately under $5.00 to do this project!

I don’t know about you, but I love designer labels, and showing them off throughout my student bedroom. This is a very cheap DIY and takes under 10 minutes to make! This is my lotion holder, or you can simply put any kind of product in the heel that you want to show off on display in your room. You can purchase the heel at your local dollarstore as it was originally a tape dispenser/ holder. I simply took out the tape and placed a lotion in there instead! I love MAC makeup and do not hesitate one bit to show off that label throughout my room. If you do not have a MAC bag kicking around, you can simply print out the label online and cut around the letters. This is what I did after purchasing products at the MAC cosmetics store, and cutting up the bag. After cutting around the label, I took a piece of tape and placed the label where I wanted it on the heel. To add a more classier look, I took one fake flower that I had lying around, and placed it inside the heel as well. Now you have a cute MAC heel holder that looks very cute and classy on display on your dresser or desk!

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The next decorative technique that I have in my bedroom is geared towards my makeup desk. I wanted to make this piece my focal point within my room as I spend a majority of my time at my makeup table in the morning before school. If you do not have a makeup table in your room I would strongly recommend getting one, then you can place different cute things on top of it for display as well. I did not go full out to buy a professional makeup table, I just happened to use my old student desk and transform it. You can find many different decoration techniques for your makeup table on Pinterest, and this look just happened to work for me.  You need to ensure that your makeup is organized on your table. You can purchase little organizers at the dollarstore and use these bins for your different makeup products. I bought a few and have used them for different products such as my concealers, mascaras, eye products and even powders. I have a pull out drawer originally used as a keyboard tray for your laptop, and placed all my bins on here instead to hide them. This helped to make my desk appear less cluttered and more organized. In the morning, I find it way easier to do your makeup in a tidy atmosphere.

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Now that your makeup products are now all organized in your bins, you can start to decorate the surface of your makeup desk or table. This part is very entertaining and fun,as you can put your creativity and artistic skills to use. One decorative technique that I have used around my room is the look of fake flowers. This helps to add character and classiness to your room, and you can purchase everything from the dollarstore as well!  I love the look of white flowers, and stuck with this theme throughout my whole room. You need to make sure that you don’t buy a whole bunch of random flowers and place them throughout your room. This may give off a cheap and cluttered look instead of that classy look you were originally going for. I also decided to buy cute vases as well from the dollarstore, and went for a bold colour.

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I also decided to decorate my jewelry box too to add more character to it. Before, the box was just plain white and I wanted to add a more fun design to it. I found a Lasenza bag kicking around in my room , and decided to cut it up, placing the “Lasenza” letters on the side of the box. I simply pasted them on with a piece of tape and Voila…. a cute new box! If you don’t like the brand Lasenza, feel free to use any other brand that you love! This is very cheap and literally only takes less than five minutes to do! So why not spice up your room?

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I am one of those girls that love love Love vintage or accent pieces of furniture. I think they help to create a classy and fun piece of artwork to a room, and get a lot of compliments as well! These type of pieces can be extremely expensive , that is why I rely on my good friend Kijiji to help me out. Simply type in “accent chairs”, “accent benches” or “vintage chairs”, and you will get a variety of different beautiful pieces for a relatively good price. The beautiful chair that I found on Kijiji was $40.00 and I was not complaining! It goes extremely well with the look that I was trying to go for throughout my room and I am extremely happy with the presentation. When I purchased this chair, the seat was a bright purple colour…. not the look I wanted in my room. So I simply used a piece of old fabric I had laying around that was a see-thru black, and stapled it to the bottom of my seat. This created a classy see-thru black colour with a hint of purple underneath.  I also decided to place a vine that I purchased at the dollarstore in and out around the bars of the chair. I found this helped create character and really gave off a sharp appearance!  Purchasing this vintage chair, and using it for my makeup desk was one of the best ideas I have come up with. You should try it !

IMG_3880When choosing what makeup mirror to place on your desk, make sure you can see all of your face. You do not want to purchase a really small mirror and have a hard time trying to do your makeup. One of the mirrors that I made in the past was used as my makeup mirror,and I made it all from the sticks I collected in my backyard. First, you need to purchase some sort of mirror that you wish to use either from Walmart or any other furniture store. Once you purchased your mirror you need to gather a bunch of sticks. The sticks that were located in my backyard were small and skinny, which was the look I was going for, but you can use any size sticks that you would like, You also need to make sure you have a glue gun near by and some sort of tool to cut your sticks with.  I also bought a vine at my dollar store to place on top of the sticks once they are glued. Lay out your mirror and distribute all the sticks around it,playing around with different lengths until you are happy with your look. Next start gluing the sticks onto the edges around your mirror, and place the vine intertwining in and out of the sticks once they are dry.  Now you have a vintage looking mirror that you made yourself!

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The next decoration piece that I absolutely love and has to be my favourite is the bag pictures. All you need for this DIY is a few of your favourite brand bags kicking around from purchases you made earlier and a few picture frames that you can use. At first when I heard of this project I thought “Ya right, this is not going to look that good…I am framing bags?!“, but boy was I wrong! I have a few of these DIY’s displayed throughout my room in various sizes. Some I have framed on the wall and others are ontop of my dresser. Simply measure how big you want the bag to be within the frame and cut away! It is extremely easy and you can be as creative as you want to be! Some of thee different bags that I used are from MAC, Kate Spade, PINK and Victoria’s Secret. It’s extremely fun if you bags are colourful and have neat designs that you can display!

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I also decided to hang a few of my favourite pictures throughout my room and on my walls. I absolutely love Marilyn Monroe and Audrey so I had to distribute a few of my girls! You can purchase good pictures at Walmart or even the dollar store if you are lucky! When you are choosing what pictures to hang up, make sure they do not take up a huge portion of your wall, since you don’t want it to look cluttered. Place the pictures evenly and even plan them out before nailing them in.

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Another decoration that I have in my room involves alcoholic bottles, yes bottles. This is a really good way of using your empty containers and showing them off in your room. I love this DIY because I am sure everyone has a bottle laying around somewhere I mean come on… you are in university/college. I absolutely love the way that Jack Daniels bottles look, and they work with the theme that I am going for in my room. Simply wash out the container and place it on your desk or dresser. You can even use the bottle as a vase for your real or fake flowers, which I have done in the past.  Jack Daniels bottles just look very classy and give off a vintage appeal. See what bottles you have kicking around!

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A lot of my different decoration techniques and products I have purchased from the dollar store, specifically Dollarama. I find this place has absolutely everything in it, and you can find a whole bunch of neat things in here as well! I found these cute lettering in there, and decided to display it on top of my dresser. You can even sometimes find individual letters if you wanted to get more creative! Simply place your letter, grab a candle or even your fav CD (my girl T-swift), and voila! This little display is very cute, and helps to liven up the corner of my room.

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I don’t know about you but I have a ton and I mean a TON of perfumes that always seem to be kicking around in my room. When I wake up in the morning and start to get ready for school, I am always searching for a perfume bottle even though I know I have a million lying around. Who has time to constantly search for a spritz of your fav perfume? Not US. That is why I came up with this neat idea to display all my perfumes but it does not look cluttered. You can purchase this stand at Walmart or any furniture store. Simply find a place on your wall in your room and nail away. You can then place all your favourite perfumes on this display and it’s quick and easy to find your products! This has been a life saver when I am in a hurry out the door and need a quick spritz! This is even located almost beside my door, so it’s out of the way but still accessible.

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You can even search for cute little items at Value Village if you wanted to. While looking in the furniture section I have came across some items that could be cut decorations for my dresser. No one even knows that these items were purchased there…. well now you do haha! But STILL. Why not go take a peak? The best part is these items are extremely cheap and even look fashionable!  This is where I had purchased this clock, then simply displayed my favourite sunglasses.

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Even having your favourite pets and animals come for a visit will help too!

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Well I hope you enjoyed the different decoration techniques I have provided to help you spice up your dorm room! If you have any questions feel free to message me! Thanks for reading my beauty bloggers!

Much love xo.

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Tips on how to say goodbye to summer and hello to university

Tips on how to say goodbye to summer and hello to university

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Having to transition from a fun, relaxing summer to a stressful busy university life can be challenging. Often the first week of being back to university can be exhausting, and it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. Especially if you are entering your first year of university. Saying goodbye to summer can be heartbreaking, but  transitioning into the university life can be really easy, especially if you know certain tips and tricks. I am going to provide you with certain tips and tricks that I have learned over the years, that have helped me create a less stressful environment. Let me first start off by saying do not over think things. If you think that you are going to have a hard time getting back into the swing of things chances are you are going to! Breathe. Simply take each thing one at a time, and do not stress about a bunch of things all at once. The first helpful piece of advice that has helped me to say goodbye to summer easier is getting enough sleep and waking up earlier. If you are a night hawk you are probably thinking, “how the hell am I going to do this?”. I used to be a night hawk a few years back, and usually went to bed around 2 or 3 in the morning each night. I then would proceed to wake up around 12 or 1 in the afternoon, which is a no go. This was extremely awful when I entered back into the university life and could not wake up that late anymore, but proceeded to go to bed in the wee hours of the morning. Not only did I feel absolutely exhausted,but I had to get up early for morning classes. I became tired easily and grumpy as well.  I then decided to change my sleeping patterns. By going to bed early at night and waking up earlier each day, I felt more motivated and had more energy. I also became less agitated, and more happy throughout the day. Even simple goals such as “waking up a half an hour earlier each day”, will help you develop a more beneficial sleeping pattern for yourself.

Get Organized- Another helpful tip when transitioning into the university life is to make sure you are organized. There is nothing worse than having to rush on the first day or your classes, and try to get all your stuff organized. Make sure you have your note pads all ready, your pens, your binders and other necessities all ready in your backpack the day before your first day of classes. It also helps to have all your binders labelled with your different courses, so you do not get them all mixed up. Try buying different coloured note pads and binders to make each one stand out better. Do not buy your required textbooks for your courses the first week,as you may not enjoy one of your courses and want to drop it. This saves you a whole lot of money since university textbooks are not cheap by any means.When you are certain that you want to stay in your courses, make sure to stay on top of your required readings. Trust me, falling behind on your readings is not fun, and you will fall behind in your class. Take the half hour or hour out of your day to set aside time for your readings as this will benefit you later on when it is time for exams. Often readings in the textbook provide more helpful information than what your professors have to offer and it is much easier to understand. Having everything organized and ready to go helps create a more happier stress-free YOU.

One last Hurrah- When you are entering the final days of your summer vacation be sure to set aside one final day to see your girlfriends! After all, this is the last few days of your summer and you want to end it with a BANG. Whether it’s having a fire and roasting some marshmallows, going to the beach and roasting in the sun, going out for dinner followed by a movie, or just hanging out at home and having a movie marathon. Be sure to not hold back, and invite friends that you haven’t seen in a while or are not going to see for a while! This will help you transition into the university life with a good mood, and you will be sure to not have any regrets!

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Buy things in bulk & give yourself a budget- It can be extremely hard to spend your money wisely when you are used to buying whatever you want in the summer time. Especially if this is your first year of university that you are going into, you need to be sure you have a proper budget that you are going to work with each week. From personal experience I have learned this the hard way, and decided to spend a lot of my money the first couple of months while in university. You do not want to follow this route…trust me. Having money issues is not something you want to be dealing with while in university especially if you already have a heavy workload. Even having a budget discussion with your parents can be extremely helpful, since they already know a lot about bills and money.  Figuring out how much money you would like to spend each week and month will help you out in the long run. When you are going food shopping or shopping for supplies it is easier and more beneficial to buy things in bulk. This helps you save money and time when you start running out of that specific thing. Making a trip to Costco with your roommates and even splitting the expenses is something smart to do.

Stay on top of things-  It is crucial from transitioning to the student life from summer that you try to stay on top of everything. In summer, you were used to working, tanning, living it up and relaxing. When you enter the university life, be sure to keep up with your studies and your readings. If you have a project that is due in a couple weeks be sure to work a little bit on it each day even if it is for 30 minutes each  day. This will help create less stress for yourself, so you are not rushing around doing everything at the last minute. You will not feel stressed out and exhausted knowing that you finished the project a few days before it was due.

Touch base with your roommates before hand- If you are living in a student house and going into another year of university, then this is an extremely important step to do. Maybe a weekend before you go back to live in  your student house, see if there is anything that you need to bring up such as: detergent, toiletries, food, or even tupperware that you may need. Taking turns to buy certain things each month or week can help even the costs out, and will in turn help everyone out. This has worked extremely well for my student house, and I have had not one single problem in regards to this suggestion. Even messaging or texting your roommates before you move back in to ask them how their summer was will help break the ice if you have not heard from them all summer. After all, you do have to live with them for another year, so it’s best to get to know them as best you can and seem interested in their personal life.

Go pamper yourself one last time- When entering the student life, you become a poor broke student once again. This means no shopping sprees,  getting your nails done for a while, and no retail therapy. Now that you have textbooks to buy, rent to pay and groceries to buy, you need to limit yourself to what you are buying. Before school starts up again, treat yourself to one last pamper session. This could be going to get your nails done, buying a new purse, or in my case… both.  Doing things for yourself, or treating yourself, puts you in a happier mood when summer is coming to an end.  You then get to show off your new nails, or that brand new purse of yours to your friends at school. There are two places that I would highly recommend to get your nails done at. They are both located in Caledonia Ontario and are right down the street from each other. The first place is called Sky Nails and is a great place for getting gel nails done. I have gone there twice to get the gel nails, and it only costs you $30.00. Both times I have been extremely satisfied with the results and have no complaints! The second nail place that I would recommend is called Enliven and they do great pedicures here. I really like this place because they do not rush when they are doing your nails and it is extremely relaxing as spa music plays in the background. If you are looking for somewhere to treat yourself I would highly recommend these two places!

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Don’t let your summer die- Just because it’s nearing the university life, doesn’t mean you can’t stop doing the things you love. If you were on a baseball team over the summer months look into clubs and teams at you university you are attending. One thing that I have regretted over the years is not joining any clubs or teams throughout my university years. By joining teams,  you are becoming more involved in your school, and you can meet a bunch of new people as well. It is never too late to sign up for something new! Don’t stress so hard about the work load you have for school. Simply look into a sport you enjoy and do this on the side. As long as this does not interfere with your studies, you are golden.

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I hope that this blog has helped you beauts slowly transition back into the university life! Enjoy your years of university as they go by so fast, and they are the best years of your life! Do not stress yourself out too much, follow these simple tricks and tips and you will be good to go!

much love xo.

How to achieve long, sexy, gorgeous lashes!

How to achieve long, sexy, gorgeous lashes!

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Everyone has a certain part on their body that they love. When applying makeup, some people prefer making their brows stand out, creating a smaller nose with contouring, applying the smokey eye look to make your eyes “pop”, or even applying a  bold lipstick. Personally, I have always been a mascara girl. I love a thick, clumpy,bold mascara look to my eyelashes helps make them pop and stand out way more. I have never been a fan of “little”amounts of mascara, or mascara that you can hardly see on your lashes… I mean.. what’s the point?! Everyone has their own preference on the amount of mascara they like to use each day. If you are not a fan of the spider lashes or clumpy look, I would not recommend reading this specific blog post. If you are looking to create depth, volume and bold lashes, please keep on reading and I hope this article helps you!

There are many different kinds of mascaras that are out there in the world. Whether it be brands like Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Covergirl, or even high end brands like Benefit Cosmetics, there are many different mascaras out there to try. Being a mascara fanatic, I have tried my fair share of mascaras over the years ranging from drugstore to high end brands. Through trial and error, I have finally found my holy grail mascara. I have been asked over the years, “how do you do your mascara?” or “how do you get your lashes so long?”. Everyone has different lengths when discussing lashes. Fortunately I was blessed with longer lashes, but just because you have short lashes doesn’t mean you can’t make them appear longer. Having bold, clumpy, spider-like lashes depends on the type of mascara you use, and the application you use as well. The mascara that I have been using over the years and have fell in love with is L’Oreal Paris Telescopic carbon black mascara. This is by far, my favourite mascara of all time. You can find this product at Walmart, Shoppers, or any drug store. It is a bit on the pricey side as you can purchase it for $11.00 , but when you compare this price to high end mascaras, it’s fantastic. If you are looking to buy a high end mascara, you are looking around more than $20.00.  The brush that the mascara comes with is very skinny. This helps to ensure you are creating length for your lashes. Basically, you have a drug store product that works just as well as a high end product and it’s affordable. I would highly highly recommend this mascara !

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The next product that I use in my mascara routine each morning is an eyelash  primer. I bought this one at Sephora, and it a more high end primer. You can purchase this for around $36.00,but it is worth every penny I find! I have not really tried out any other lash primer before this one, so there may be a cheaper one out there that works just as good. This product is called Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. I know what you are thinking… why do I need to purchase a primer for my lashes? This is just like a primer for your face. It helps to keep your mascara on throughout the day, and also helps give that extra plump for your lashes when creating depth. I would highly recommend trying out this product for yourself!  Also be prepared that the serum is white. This leaves your lashes with white residue on them but disappears when you apply your mascara.

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The last product that I use in my mascara routine each morning is strictly for my bottom lashes. This is a product also by L’Oreal Paris and it is called Telescopic Shocking Extensions.  I strictly use this for my bottom lashes since they are shorter and this helps them appear much longer than what they are. You can purchase this right beside where you find your Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara.  It ranges around $11.00 just like the other mascara, but I would highly recommend trying this out for your bottom lashes.

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Now that you are all set with your different lash products, it is now time to go over the proper application technique towards applying these products. Do not rush when you are applying these products, as it does take time to achieve this specific lash look.

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If you would like to use an eyelash curler before applying any of the products you can, personally I do not use one, but that is optional! If you choose to not use one, you can start by applying the Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum to your lashes to help add a layer for extra plumping. You can also distribute this on your bottom lashes as well, but I mainly focus on the top lashes. Be prepared for nice white lashes for now ladies!

IMG_3723This process usually take around a minute or so to complete. I would highly recommend purchasing a primer and applying one before your mascara. I have noticed a huge difference in my lashes applying a primer before my mascara. My lashes appear more bold, and have a lot of volume to them as well! After you are doing this step, simply wait around 2 minutes for the serum to dry before applying your first coat of mascara.

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When your lashes have taken time to dry from the serum, you are now able to apply one mascara coat to your lashes. When applying the first coat, be sure to blink as this ensures you are coating all your lashes from the root to the top. Also ensure you are wiggling the brush from side to side when applying the mascara. Everyone has their own way of applying their mascara and knows what works best for them, but I found this technique works best for myself. You will notice a difference right away in the length of your lashes after only applying one coat… its amazing.

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Feel free to play around with your lashes and keep going through them with your mascara wand to ensure you are happy with them. Do not worry if you get some excess mascara all over your eye lid or even under your eye… this happens to me ALL the time. Simply after you are finished your mascara, take a Q-tip and remove all the excess mascara on your skin. Do not worry about putting mascara on your bottom lashes just yet. I like to leave this step for last, since it pretty much sums up your mascara routine. You should wait around 5 minutes to apply a second coat to your lashes, but this time, you are applying them to the top of your lashes. This is a mandatory step if you want to create more depth to your lashes and this is one of my secret when achieving bold lashes.

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After waiting the 5 minutes for the first layer of mascara to dry, you are able to start the second coat. When you are applying mascara to the top of your lashes, it helps to curl the mascara wand upwards while applying. You can blink or close your eyes slightly when completing this process. You will notice a huge difference after applying mascara to the top of your lashes. You lashes appear more bold, spider-like, clumpy and dramatic.

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Again, feel free to play around with your lashes until you are happy with the way that they look. When you are satisfied with the look, you can now move onto the bottom lashes. Go in with your LÒreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara and simply fan like lashes back and forth in a “wiggle“ action. This helps to ensure that you are covering all of the lash from the root to the tip. I do not usually apply a second coat of mascara to my bottom lashes, but if you want them to appear more bold, you can apply another coat.

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Now that you know how I apply my everyday mascara, feel free to try out these products and techniques! I hope that you found this article helpful, please feel free to message me if you have any questions!

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( Left side indicating the finished look after using these products as opposed to my naked right eye)

much love xo.

How to achieve long, beautiful, healthy hair.

How to achieve long, beautiful, healthy hair.

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A girl’s hair can tell someone a lot about themselves. There are many different hairstyles out there such as: straight hair, tight curls, wavy hair or even unfortunately frizzy hair. Hair can also come in numerous  colours such as: brunette, blonde, dark brown, red, ombre, or even bright colours. Even though everyone has their own unique hair design, the most common thing that everyone would love is “healthy hair”. I have been a hair fanatic and have had hair OCD all of my life. In highschool, I died my hair numerous colours over 4 years, ranging from browns to blacks….and boy.. did I learn my lesson. By no means is there anything wrong with dying your hair, but you just need to make sure you are properly taking care of it. Now being 21, I have taken the time to look after my hair and it now looks and feels more healthier than it did in my highschool years.  I have come up with a few products/vitamins/techniques to help leave you with long healthy hair.

The first topic that I would like to go into depth about is vitamins. Vitamins are an extremely important step when trying to achieve long healthy hair. I have done numerous research over the past few years, trying to determine what vitamins are the best ones to take. The first vitamin that I would recommend purchasing at your pharmacy is Organic Flaxseed oil.  There are 1000 mg and 90 softgel capsules that are inside this bottle. This vitamin helps with the promotion of hair growth as well as making your hair shiny and strong. I would recommend buying all your vitamins at once so then you can start taking them all at the same time. Be prepared that this is a bigger pill, so be sure to drink lots of water to ensure it goes down. Simply take one of these each day with food.

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The second vitamin that I take each day in the morning is Folic Acid. I have heard a lot of raves about this vitamin and it’s relation to hair growth so I tried this out myself in my first year of university. I have been using this product since then, and I have noticed a difference in my hair growth from using this.  There are 100 tablets, and this is a pre-natal nutrient supplement. I know what you are thinking, why am I taking this when I am not pregnant!? I have been asked, “Is the only reason you are taking this for hair growth?”,  yes, yes it is. I can not emphasize how beneficial this is towards your hair.

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The third vitamin that I take towards achieving healthy long hair is Cod liver oil. I know that the name sounds extremely disgusting, but trust me… this has helped my hair a ton. This vitamin helps your hair become super shiny and it is a smaller pill, so it’s easy to take. I do not notice a fishy taste when I take this pill either which is nice. I would highly recommend this pill over the liquid as you may be able to taste a bit of fishiness.  There are 100 softgels that are located inside this bottle, and I make sure to take it with some sort of food. If you do not want “dull” hair, I would really try out this vitamin!

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The next vitamin that I take is Biotin. I am sure all you beauty lovers out there have already heard of the benefits of taking this vitamin and let me ensure you that this vitamin does wonders. Not only does this vitamin help with the promotion of hair growth, but it also helps with nail growth as well. I have noticed a different from using this product, and I have been using it for a few years now.  There are 1000 mcg and 200 tablets that are included in this bottle. Depending on the mcg’s that are included, you can take a few biotin tablets but I would recommend double checking with your pharmacist first.

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The last vitamin that I take in the morning at breakfast time is a multivitamin. Multivitamins are an extremely important supplement to take as they help to ensure you are staying healthy. Multivitamins have a lot of the other vitamins that I listed above included in them, but I like to still buy separate bottles. I would recommend buying the “gummy vitamins”, as they are extremely tasty, and much easier than trying to swallow a pill.

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Overall, I like to ensure that I am taking all of these different vitamins each day to help with the promotion of hair growth. My hair has become a lot healthier after taking these vitamins, and I feel a lot healthier as well. Be prepared at the checkout to pay a bit for these items all together. Vitamins are not extremely expensive but when buying them all at once, they do add up. Also ensure with your pharmacist if you are taking alternative medication, that you can take these vitamins with them before buying them. Now we are going to move onto the next topic besides vitamins which is, “shampoo and conditioner”.  Since your hair is full of natural hair oils, it is crucial to not strip your hair entirely of these oils. You should wash your hair no more than 1-2 times a week, as you can still hop in the shower each day and wash your body.  When you first start this process, you may be thinking “ew… only once a week?”, yes I know. This is extremely good for your hair and eventually your hair will become used to this process. I would highly recommend buying a dry shampoo to rub in your hair on the days that you are not washing your  hair. I have mentioned this in my other blog but I used the LUSH “no drought” dry shampoo, which I purchased at the LUSH store for around $14.00. This helps out with making your hair appear less oily and even smells like lemons…. YUM!

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There are many different shampoos and conditioners out there depending on what your hair is like. Since my hair is full of blonde highlights, I like to use a tone correcting shampoo and conditioner to help neutralize the brassiness of the blonde. Nobody likes that yellow blonde colour, and while using this product, I have noticed a different in my hair.  The blonde is nowhere near the colour yellow, and it even smells amazing too. This product is purple so do not be alarmed when you squeeze it  out in your hand. I only use these products 2 times a week, as it can be harsh on your hair. I may even sometimes choose to use this product once a week as well. This product is by John Frieda and it is called  Sheer Blonde Colour renew tone correcting shampoo.   You can buy these products in walmart for around $6.00 each.

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When I am not using these products on my hair, I love to use the Joico colour endure conditioner. This conditioner is absolutely amazing, and your hair feels so soft after application. This product is a bit on the pricey side as you can purchase it at Walmart for $19.00. The benefit of this product is that it is sulfate-free, so it is very healthy and good for your hair. The bottle is big as well, so it will last you a long time too, which is nice! This is a must have.

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It is extremely important to make sure that you have a hair mask in your bathroom as well. Hair masks are very beneficial towards your hair, especially if some of it is damaged. Hair masks help to repair the damage that is seen throughout the hair and leaves the hair feeling moisturized.  In my hair I use Ice cream dry-t hair mask, which smells like bananas and make you want to eat it! I apply this product in the shower after shampooing my hair, and leave it in for 5 minutes, focusing on the ends. After rinsing this out I then apply my JOICO conditioner. My hair feels absolutely amazing after using all of these products. This is around 10 dollars at walmart, and I would highly recommend it. I would also recommend buying a good brush that helps minimizing damage. When brushing your wet hair after having a shower, it becomes extremely brittle and it is important to brush through it gently. I have always used a comb when brushing my hair but I recently found this amazing product located at Walmart for $11.00. I call this my “water brush”, as it has a special material located in the bristles to help capture excess water that is in your hair. One of my biggest pet peeves after taking a shower is waiting forever for my hair to dry since I never use a hair dryer. After using this brush when I get out of the shower I do not have to wait long for my hair to dry, it’s amazing!  I love how this brush is super gentle on my hair, and it’s very easy to get all my tangles out without damaging my hair.

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When you are planning on going out and styling your hair, be sure to use a heat protection spray. The product that I have been using over the years when I am going to straighten or curl my hair is Tresemme thermal creations spray.  This helps to ensure that I am not damaging my hair when I want to style it, and it is also inexpensive to buy. You can purchase this at Walmart for around $7.00, and it works perfectly. Simply spray a bit on your hair and continue to style like you normally would do.

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It is very important to put in some sort of serum in your hair after having a shower to help with the frizziness. I have always applied an anti-frizz serum to my hair over the years, and I find that they work extremely well. I apply the Garnier Fruit Anti-Frizz to my hair when it is damp. I only use one pump to ensure that I am not  putting in too much product throughout my hair, making it appear oily. This product is also under $10.00 and it lasts me a long time as well. The fact that this product smells amazing too is a bonus!

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The last product that I use in my hair when it is damp is Got 2b smooth operator smoothing lustre lotion. I have just recently purchased this product at Walmart for under $10.00, and I have no complaints so far! I simply like to apply this product to the ends of my hair and it helps leave my hair silky smooth. Be sure to not apply a lot of this product to your hair, as it can make your hair appear oily, this is why I only apply it to the ends. I would highly recommend buying and trying out this product.

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This pretty much sums up my current hair care routine! If you have any questions regarding the products I use feel free to message me and I will get back to you shortly! I  hope this helps you achieve the long healthy hair you have been longing for, thanks for reading!

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much love xo.