Best Makeup Products of 2017

Is it just me, or does it really feel like the years just blow by the older we get? Seriously, 2017 came and went in, what felt like, a blink of an eye! I’m disappointed in how sporadically I posted throughout the year, and I truly apologize for my lack of activity on this blog. Even though it may not have seemed like it based on what I’ve shared, this year has been incredible. I had so many life changes happening, and while I don’t regret anything, I wish I was able to document it a little more with you guys. I want to commit to being a better blogger in 2018 and actually review more of what I’ve acquired, so please stay tuned for (hopefully) much more content in the new year.

To close this year off, I’m going to stick to a common tradition here in the beauty community by listing off my favourite products of 2017. Even though I got my hands on so many different products, there were a few products that really were my main squeezes throughout the year. These products were my fool-proof, go-to #1’s – and I’m almost certain that many of these also made it onto other people’s favourite lists for the year as well. If you’d like to know why I thought these products made it to my top list of the year, please keep reading!

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REVIEW | Glossier.

A couple of months ago, Glossier finally became available for Canadians to buy their products. If you’re not familiar with Glossier, it’s the epitome of minimalist beauty. All of their products cater to the “effortless but flawless” aesthetic, and they’re mostly very subtle – quite the opposite of the ubiquitous glam and glitz found on well-known Instagram beauty accounts. I’ve been really into the whole simple beauty routine lately, so I grabbed a few of Glossier’s fan favourites and tried them out for myself. Keep reading to learn more about my thoughts!

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REVIEW | Texture Hair Salon

The other day I was invited to come into the Texture Hair Salon in Ottawa to get my hair styled by the wonderful Kelley. I had never been to Texture prior to this visit but I have heard many wonderful things about the salon, especially when it comes to colourful dye jobs.

The moment I arrived into the salon, I was immediately greeted by Kelley in a very warm and inviting manor. I really appreciated that because good customer service is always something I look for, especially in salons. Kelley sat me down at her chair and suggested a hair style involving big, voluptuous waves – it was like she read my mind! While she was doing my hair, I felt like she really took the time to get to know me and we had some wonderful conversations. I usually don’t like to have conversations while getting my hair done because I always feel awkward making small talk, but Kelley made me comfortable enough to have a pleasant and meaningful conversation that flowed very organically.

I asked Kelley a few hair care questions, and she was very helpful in addressing some of my concerns. She suggested a deep hair conditioner by Sebastian that I ended up buying, and she also suggested ways that I can keep my hair nice and healthy with minimal effort.

It took about 40 minutes to wash and style my hair, and I was very happy with the result:

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If you’re looking for a very personable hair stylist with great skills, I cannot recommend Kelley enough. Even at a glance of her Instagram page, you can see so many examples of her work with styling, hair cuts, and dye jobs. If you decide to check out the Texture salon on Dalhousie or have any other experience with the salon, let me know in the comments below! And if you happen to go with Kelley, tell her I sent you!