Mental Health and Wellness

8 Ways that Having Acne can Control your Life (a.k.a living with face gremlins)

I have struggled with acne with over two thirds of my life. That's a long time to deal with a face that has never really fit today's standard of beauty, and it has most definitely been (and continues to be) quite the journey of problem-solving vs. self-acceptance. I write this now, with a sheet mask… Continue reading 8 Ways that Having Acne can Control your Life (a.k.a living with face gremlins)

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Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

The Privilege of being Cruelty-Free (and why we need to acknowledge it)

Life is about choices, and there is no limit to what drives us to decide the way we do. There are endless reasons why anyone would choose to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, for example, anywhere from health, to religion, to moral and ethical standpoints, to even peer pressure or familial expectations. The same… Continue reading The Privilege of being Cruelty-Free (and why we need to acknowledge it)

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

My Most Unprofessional Correspondence with Maxlash (a.k.a how NOT to do customer service)

I have been on the hunt for a new eyelash growth/enhancement serum, and as such I've been Emailing some companies inquiring that they clarify their stance on being (or not being) cruelty-free. As would be expected, many of these companies responded promptly and politely, regardless of how much detail they provided regarding my specific questions.… Continue reading My Most Unprofessional Correspondence with Maxlash (a.k.a how NOT to do customer service)

Mental Health and Wellness

Why getting let go is the best thing that could have happened to me (a.k.a getting real, folks)

Time and again I have considered sitting down and writing this out--not only to finally put people in the know, but for myself, and my sanity. But each and every time, I stopped myself for one reason or another. Either I was feeling too emotional or confused, or I just couldn't find the words. To… Continue reading Why getting let go is the best thing that could have happened to me (a.k.a getting real, folks)

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

As dedicated as I am to my (complicated) skin care regime, I can't deny that there are times that there are times when my skin needs a pick-me-up, but I'm just not up for much of an effort. Fortunately, for times like this, we have a magical, 1-step, zero effort option that we call sheet… Continue reading DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

If your skin is anything like mine (as in, after 3 Acutane regimes I'm still dealing with blemishes), there seems to be no end to the factors that cause acne. Even when it seems you're doing everything right, your face is never 100% clear of pimples and zits. You sit back and bitterly think, "This isn't damn… Continue reading 10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

Mental Health and Wellness

7 Signs your Work Environment might be Toxic (and why you need to get out)

Many of us have been there, at one point or another. There was that terrible summer job that left you too exhausted to do anything for yourself during your down time. Or that part-time position you took as a cashier during your post-secondary years, which earned you just enough not to get evicted from your apartment… Continue reading 7 Signs your Work Environment might be Toxic (and why you need to get out)

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

DIY Lipstick that Lasts (a.k.a how to create any colour you’ve ever wanted)

Ever seen a shade of lipstick that you weren't sure you liked enough to buy, but kept coming back to? Or couldn't find that specific shade or colour that you've been dying for? I'm sure other make-up enthusiasts were just as excited as I was when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Limited Edition Lip Palette came out, for… Continue reading DIY Lipstick that Lasts (a.k.a how to create any colour you’ve ever wanted)

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Why We Need to Stop Dismissing Critical Analysis of Popular Media (a.k.a 7 common arguments that just aren’t a justifiable excuse)

A couple of years ago, for completion of my Masters degree, I centered my thesis around one of my favourite book series, that being Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy (this was before any subsequent companion novels were released). The first time I read the trilogy, I loved it; it was enthralling, made me feel empowered, and as a… Continue reading Why We Need to Stop Dismissing Critical Analysis of Popular Media (a.k.a 7 common arguments that just aren’t a justifiable excuse)