Zoella has Touched Down in Montreal

Zoe Sugg or better known as Zoella on the interwebs is one of my biggest hashtag goals. I hope to one day be at least half as successful as she is. I have been following her on her blog and youtube channel since about 2012. That’s almost  5 years of watching this amazing woman grow to become what she is today.

I live in Quebec, the exiled province of Canada. It is almost impossible to get anything in my country. Not necessarily because it’s not able to ship here it’s more like shipping is about 20 to 40 dollars. That’s insane, especially when you want to buy something that’s only 16$.

I currently work at Walmart. We don’t have Target’s around here so it’s pretty much our version of it. It’s a bit higher quality than in the United States and has a better reputation. I have a fun fact for all my fellow Canadians. If something is sold “exclusively” at Target, we most likely have it in our Walmart stores.

That is exactly what happened with Zoella’s beauty line. I could not for the life of me find any way to buy her products. Nowhere was selling it and online it was just too much for shipping or didn’t ship at all to my country. So when I was leaving the work the other day out of the corner of my eye I saw her products with the NEW label underneath. It was finally here.

I grabbed everything we had and bought it right away. It smelled amazing and I needed it in my life. I was so excited. I finally felt like I could fulfill my duty, following my idol as I should.

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I was able to grab the Fizz Bar, Soap Pop, Wonder Hand, Soak Opera, and Creamy Madley Dreamy.

The first product I took a crack at was Creamy Madey Dreamy. It smells so fresh and feminine. I just loved the scent. It’s different but exactly what I expected from Zoe. The body cream was so thick and hydrating but not sticky at all. I know that is something Zoe is very avid about she hates sticky body cream so it was great to see her incorporate it into her own products. It definitely proves she cares about the products she releases.

The second product I used was Soak Opera. I think I was a bit confused because it was called a shower cream. I had in mind that it would be like those new body washes that are like a body cream to use in the shower. It has more of a body wash consistency. It foams up really nicely and a little goes a long way!! It leaves a faint smell which is nice because it’s not over powering.

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I loved the Soap Pop packaging. It was adorable. Unfourtanitly its the product I like the least. The problem I had with it was when I opened the soap bar from the packaging it had a lot of scent but the minute I got it in the shower it stopped smelling. The scent was almost nonexistent. It also made me feel like I was in a Dove commercial. The soap made my skin feel very tight and like there was a layer on top of my skin instead of going into it. I definitely recommend Soak Opera over the Soap Pop. I will probably give it another go to see if my opinion changes though.

The Fizz Bar description kind of made me think it would so something other than it did. I thought it would fizz up like a bath bomb but instead, it left my bath a bit milking and soft. I actually love the product even though the description threw me off. I only used one square but I read a few other reviews that used more than one and it seemed to have the same reaction in the bath. I’m probably going to try and use more than one next time.

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You can get the hand cream here: https://go.magik.ly/ml/f6eq/

Wonder Hand is my go to at work. I get really dry hands from all the products I have to touch during my day as a cashier. Sometimes products are wet or have a weird texture. Or maybe it’s because I have to be opening bags and touching my computer. Whatever it is it leaves my hands a bit sad. This hand cream is a saviour. It hydrates my hands and makes them smell yummy all at the same time. I have a small suspicion it’s the same exact formula from Creamy Madley Dreamy just in a smaller hand cream container. Either way, it’s nice to have a carry on version of the cream because it’s so amazing.

Overall, the packaging of the products are incredible. It’s so beautiful I didn’t even want to open it. I’m in love with the color scheme. The scent is to die for. The only thing I was disappointed with is that the descriptions of some of the products was a bit misleading. I was going into it thinking some of the products were different from what they really are. I can’t wait till we get new products here in Quebec becuase I do know this is an older collecting.

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Beach Essentials for a Beach Hater

I hate the beach. Yes, you heard me correctly. I hate the bird-filled, child screaming, murky water filled place we call the beach. Sand and I also just don’t get along. We aren’t friends. It also just so happens that one of my ride or die best friends convinced me to go with her to our local “Beach”.

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Sunscreen is the biggest must have. I don’t care what anyone else says. I am not messing with skin cancer. It will win. My favourite brand is by Aloe Up. It’s a vegan and doesn’t test on animals. Though vegan and cruelty-free is very important part of me it’s not why it’s my favourite brand. It’s very smooth, gentle, and not oily at all. To top it off it smells so yummy. It doesn’t smell like typical sunscreen which is awesome for everyone who hates how sunscreen smells. I have very sensitive skin and the product is Aloe Vera based with cocoa butter, tea tree oil and vitamin E which is all very good for skin. It always leaves my skin feeling so soft. I also have a Chapstick, lotion and after sun gel by them that I also throw in my bag.

Sunscreen*: Aloe Up Sun & Skin Care Products White Collection SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

My bathing suit and bathing cover are all from La Vie en Rose. I can’t seem to buy bathing suits from any normal place. I really need one that makes sure my boobies stay in place. I had to invest in someones that have actual support. It’s basically like a bra but a bit more comfortable.

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A water bottle is one of the most important things I bring. I drink about 72 oz of water a day on a regular basis. I am an avid drinker. I don’t know the reason behind it. I’m not sure if it’s because I get dehydrated often or because it’s something I’ve just always been doing. So, I bring a reusable water bottle full and sometimes I’ll bring an extra bottle depending on how long I know I’m going to be out in the sun.

A good book is something I will always recommend. If you like to tan or you just don’t feel like playing in the water like me, then you need some entertainment. I brought a book by my favourite author Gabrielle Bernstein. I always bring something light and that I know I will enjoy reading. This book is about creating a life with less stress, more flow and finding your true purpose like the cover said.

Spirt Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein: Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles

I always have a good towel with me, sunglasses and a few snacks. Those are pretty self-explanatory items. I typically pack a bunch of fruits and veggies, especially ones that are water based just to get that extra bit of hydration. There’s always a place to buy food but it’s overpriced and there are no healthy options. It’s just better to skip it and bring your own.

Now being wet is one of the things I hate the absolute most when at the beach. I hate being half wet, half dry. It’s just not fun. It’s also not good for your vagina. Yeast and bacteria thrive in moist, dark places like a wet bathing suit/wet clothes, assistant clinical professor and OB/GYN at Mount Sinai School of medicine, Alyssa Dweck has stated. ¹ Honestly, who wants to mess with that headache. So, I always bring a fresh pair of underwear and dry clothes. After I know I’m done swimming I change. It just makes me feel better.

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Last but not least, my secret weapon is baby powder. I wish I could tell you where I learned this trick, I’ve known it so long. Baby powder is awesome for taking off the sand and helping with chub rub. I have thick thighs and the mix of heat and water is not great. It irritates my already sensitive skin. So I just put a bit of baby powder every now and again to remove sound and sooth my legs. This is the one that I am using and I love it a lot. It’s super cheap too!

I guess you can call this a beach essentials list for the beach hater. It made my experience way more enjoyable. Maybe I’ll even go again. Maybe. It’s a big maybe.

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Confessions of a Workaholic

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I am a self-proclaimed workaholic. I am currently working as a cashier at my local Walmart I actually really love my job. I don’t know how to explain it but I just love working. It makes me feel good about myself. It gives me a goal, something to work towards. Also, money. Who doesn’t like money?

I have been able to buy myself a lot more things. I am my own sugar daddy now. I don’t need anyone else. I am self-sufficient. It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world.

The only problem is that I am always working. I am tapping 40 hours a week. I have no time to do the things I love like blogging. I am honestly so exhausted when I come home that I just go straight to bed typically. If I finish early I just bum around till it’s acceptable to go sleep.

I really want to be this obsessed with my blog. My goal in life is to be able to blog full time. I want to pour everything I have into my work. As I said, workaholic.

I am promising myself to take at least an hour out of my day to dedicate my time to writing blog posts. I love it so why not do it more often? Why can’t I be this obsessed with blogging as I am with being a cashier?

The only answer I can come up with is that it takes time to get into a roll of things. I didn’t love my job when I first started because I was confused and scared. Maybe low key I’m having the same problems here. I am confused and not sure of myself yet.

That’s something that I’m going to have to work on. The only way to get better is to try and try again. Post more often. Put myself out there. That’s very scary for me. I hate being in other people’s faces when it comes to my work but maybe that’s just the push I need to keep going. I need the encouragement I get at work. I have clients tell me all the time that I am just a ray of light and their favorite cashier or that I made their day better just by being so positive. (Not to brag or anything)

I should probably wrap up this little ramble. I will try and make an effort to do more of what I love. That sounds so strange to say but I’m sure I’m not the only one that has this problem. It should be everyone’s goal to do what makes them happy and do it every day.

Saint Jean Baptiste – 2017

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Happy Saint Jean Baptiste to all my fellow Quebecois out there. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, Saint Jean Baptiste is a holiday that is celebrated here in Quebec. It is known for its fireworks, festivities and basically an excuse to get drunk. Most of all it’s a day to celebrate our Frenchness. We get to yell from the rooftops how proud we are to be French Canadian.

My town puts together a festival every year that never disappoints. This year’s theme was JE SUIS CIRQUE. That roughly translates to I Am Circus. It pretty much means nothing. I don’t even think it means anything in French. Oops.

Every year the acrobats and circus performers come out to display their ever amazing talent. It amazes me the hard work they do and they deserve all the attention they get for these few days of fun. They have a few pop-up shows throughout the day and a huge show every night.

Not only are our circus performers are being celebrated by the rest of our community. The chip stands are our the local restaurants. The sponsors are our local supermarkets and pharmacies. I think that’s what makes this holiday so special to me. My community comes together to put together an amazing day.

Today was a hit and I am glad to share it with you guys with my first youtube video.

My video

 

A Few Words on Graduation

img_2137.jpgI have been at a loss for words for the last few days. I couldn’t find the right words to even begin to explain how I feel. I have finally received my diploma in the mail a year after my original graduation.

For anyone who knows me trying to leave high school behind me has been an immense struggle. Even though I did the whole senior year, graduation and prom last year I never actually graduated. I had failed one of my core classes.

After a year of much disappointment and hardship, I finally finished my high school. Today I get to walk across a stage shake hands with the director and know that I actually did it. I have actually finished.

I feel like there is a huge misconception about people who don’t finish high school. I am not a stupid girl. I am actually very academic. I struggled with a language barrier. I had to do my whole high school in French, a language that I didn’t know very well.

Graduating for me has been a long, difficult, humbling experience. It made me have a new perspective of people who go back to high school. It made me want things more and try harder to be where I want to be in life.

Clara 🙂

Welcome, Clara. Your Blog Awaits You.

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I have finally got the inspiration I needed to start this blog. I have been sitting on the idea for months. I first started building this site in early 2017. I knew I wanted this to be my last attempt to be the influencer I wanted to be.

I’ve tried and failed many times to create a blog that made sense to who I was. I quickly lost interest in most of my blog choices. I found my problem was pigeon toeing myself into one category. I was tired of having to write about one subject all the time. I wanted to be free to write what I wanted without my followers not wanting to read anymore because I wasn’t talking about veganism or fashion specifically.

I decided lifestyle was who I was. I felt it was more open because anything can be a lifestyle from what you eat to what you wear to who you talk to. I wanted a space where I could just share my thoughts and feelings.

So here I am. Finally writing my first blog post. I am ready. I hope you guys are too.

Clara 🙂