The Preppy Scientist

Friday, August 18, 2017

What's In My Makeup Bag

I am always curious to know what other people have in their makeup bags. It's a bizarre obsession, but I just love knowing what beauty products my friends and favourite influencers are using and love. It inspires me to test out new products and add them to my makeup routine. 

I am far from an expert when it comes to makeup. I know my way around very basic products and tools, then find a way to make it look presentable. I have definitely stepped out in blush that is too bright, or eyeshadow that is not blended properly - so I would classify myself as a novice. What I love about the products I'm sharing today is how easy they are to use and how quick I can put a look together with them.

Primer: Benefit - The Porefessional
I usually start with this primer after I've let my moisturizer settle for a bit. It gives me a smooth canvas to work with and isn't too drying like other primers I've tried. 

Foundation: Bobbi Brown - Cool Walnut
I was browsing a newly opened Holt Renfrew a while ago, when a Bobbi Brown associate approached me and asked me if I wanted to have my makeup done. I couldn't turn that offer down and she ended giving me a mini makeup lesson! She colour matched my skin to this colour foundation and mentioned the stick formula was perfect for people with dry skin. 

I absolutely love this foundation! It's so creamy, easy to blend and is a perfect match for my skin tone. It is not easy finding a foundation to match my skin colour, as most dark colours have a warm yellow undertone but I am a cool blue undertone. Bobbi Brown makes her darker shades in cool and warm, so you likely will find a colour match with this brand!

Brows: Benefit - Precisely, My Brow Pencil in Black
My eyebrows are pretty full already, so I don't use a lot of this. I love that it has a spooly on the end for combing through your brows before applying the pencil! 

Eyeliner: Ecriteure de Chanel in Noir
This is a pretty expensive eyeliner, and I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives, but I love this stuff! Other liquid eyeliners I have tried dispense too much product at once and makes a huge mess. For someone like me who doesn't have a steady hand, I love that the product dispenses evenly and also the fine tip!

Mascara: Too Faced - Better Than Sex
So many people rave about this mascara, and if you try it you'll know why. Perfect eyelashes every single time. The formula is awesome, and I've never had any smearing!

Blush and Tools: Mac - Raizin, ELF blush brush Beauty Blender
I love this blush. It's a perfect pink for my skin tone and I always get compliments when I wear it! I use the ELF angled blush brush to apply it and a Beauty Blender to blend it in (I also use the Beauty Blender for my foundation)! 

Lips: Clinique - Black Honey
I cannot express my love for this lipstick enough. I have multiple tubes of it all over my house, in the car, and in my various purses so I'm never without it. This lipstick goes on like a balm and is not sticky at all. The shade is also flattering on everyone (yep you read that right) no matter your skin tone. Best part - it's under $25! 

Setting Spray: Urban Decay - De Slick
I received this is a sample from Sephora and I liked that it seemed to keep my makeup in place. I haven't tried any other brands (aside from the Evian facial spray) so if you have a personal favourite, let me know and I'll test it out!

There you have it - everything in my makeup bag! I'd love to know your favourite beauty products and recommendations! 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wear to School: Ruffle Hem Sweater

I'm back today with another back to school outfit! I love the way this one came together with fairly simple pieces. Since it's still pretty warm out in September; a lightweight, short-sleeved sweater looks great and won't cause you to overheat. I am obsessed with the ruffle trim! It is so cute and adds a lot more character to an otherwise simple grey sweater. 

Ponte knit pants are a wonderful option for school because they have all the comfort of a legging, but the thickness of a pant. I am strictly team leggings are not pants, so the Ponte knit pant is perfect for me. The pair I am wearing comes in regular, tall and petite lengths; so no matter your height you will get the perfect fit!

Pointed toe flats and a large Le Pliage round out the look and give a classy, campus ready feel. I personally loved how effortless a sleek braid and minimal accessories looked, but you could totally go the other route if you are going for a dressier look!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ways to Practice Self Care

I had another post scheduled for today, but after everything that happened this weekend in Charlottesville it didn't feel right to post it. We are certainly living in uncertain and stressful times and the need for self-care is at an all time high. Social media is a great way to stay informed, but constant negative messages and images can take a serious toll on our mental health, and it's so important to take care of that. Self-care can look like many different things, so it's important to find what works best for you and stick to it. I put together a few ideas if you're feeling overwhelmed.

1. Step away from your devices
2. Take a walk outside 
3. Take a bath
4. Open your windows 
5. Listen to your favourite music 
6. Take your medication
7. Sleep
8. Declutter your living space
9. Enjoy some tea
10. Read a new book
11. Indulge in your favourite treat
12. Watch your favourite movie (Breakfast At Tiffany's is mine!) 
13. Light a candle
14. Drink more water 
15. Exercise 
16. Avoid triggers
17. Buy yourself some flowers
18. Do a face mask
19. Cry if you need to 
20. Take a short trip 
21. Do a good deed for someone else
22. Catch up with an old friend
23. Write out whatever is on your mind
24. See a therapist
25. Be kind to yourself

How do you practice self-care?

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Dorm Decor Ideas!

I am super excited about this post today! When I first moved away for university - I remember how much fun it was to plan the decor for my residence room. I would take every chance I got to browse through Pinterest and home decor stores to come up with ideas for the perfect room. I love how you can take a dreary 4x4 room and turn it into something that resembles home. I seriously miss planning the decor for my dorm room! 

It's all about finding pieces that reflect your style and work with your budget. Pinterest can be a great starting point, but it can quickly turn into a black hole of unrealistic and over the top dorm rooms. 
I find there are way more budget friendly options available on the market right now, which is perfect heading into university. While you want your room to look cute, you definitely do not want to break the bank on items which realistically won't serve you past 4 years. 

There are so many great options out there for dorm room decor and I picked out a few of my favourites from Though we no longer have Target stores in Canada, the website has been optimized for international shopping - by showing prices in CAD and what can be shipped internationally! 

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