Well, I’ve decided that when I’m at a loss for blog posts some days that I will pull from a long line of YouTube video tags. I was originally planning to make a video out of this one, but I’m going to use it as a tag blog post instead today and see how it goes. This tag video was creative by Essiebutton and Amelia Liana. We all know I idolize the human being that is Estée Lalonde of Essiebutton fame, the YouTube beauty guru that lives in the UK, but is actually Canadian and originally lived in a city only an hour away from me. I don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t be the first tag blog post to do because I believe that everyone deserves some me time, so let’s see how I spend mine!
What do you watch or read during me-time?
When it comes to television and movies during my me time, I will pick something that I don’t have to watch at the same time as my boyfriend, so usually I’ll pick a new show to watch on my own or catch up on something I don’t think we will enjoy as much. A show I save specifically to watch alone is Parenthood because no one needs to see me sobbing like a baby when they hit you in the feels every single episode. For movies, I’ll watch the more indie-feeling and chick flicks movies by myself because I need to be able to enjoy it myself without other people giving a lesser opinion on it. Reading is all left up to Audible and currently I’m working on finishing up the Mindy Kaling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). It has been a fantastic book so far and I’m glad I waiting until now to read it because I’m obsessed with The Mindy Project now as well.
What do you wear during me-time? #nobra
Pajamas all the time! Sometimes I really wish I could leave the house wearing my pjs, and there have been a few occasions where if I just needed to drive somewhere quickly that I stayed in my pjs, but usually I’ll change out of them for looking a little more put together in public. A good pair of soft and cozy plaid pants and a slouchy t-shirt works fine for me! It’s been really hard to find the perfect sleep t-shirt except for my one green Starbucks logo t-shirt and it’s my absolute favourite lazy day shirt to use as part of my pajama ensemble. It has been a lot colder lately so I will often through on a crew neck sweater or a cardigan to keep extra warm. Socks and/or slippers usually during the colder seasons as well, except when it’s time for bed.
What are your me-time beauty products?
Everyone should use me time to treat their skin to a make-up free treatment with some really skin benefiting products. First of all, take the make-up off! My “me time” usually falls in the evening and I will wipe off my makeup by first using the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. This really works well to break up the make=up on your face and adding water helps cleanse it off. I have been usually following this up with a good cleanser, which is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser. This cleanser has the exfoliating beads in it that will really make sure your skin ends up being really clean and very smooth afterwards. Any sort of face mask can be thrown into he routine here to really treat yourself, such as the Lush Mask of Magnaminty fresh mask. I’ll make sure to use a toner, eye cream, serum, and opt for a more deep hydrating moisturizer meant for night time and not a day use cream. For this step I’ve been using the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial lately. I find it to smell fantastic and really give my skin the moisture it deserves.
Current favourite nail polish?
This is a little tricky for me to pick favourite nail polish at the moment because I’m switching between my nail polish collection and all the Jamberry nail wraps I have ordered lately. I bought a bunch of nail wraps that fit perfectly with the winter season and New Years festivities. I am currently wearing nail polish in the form of Essie’s “Style Cartel” which is a really nice deep navy blue. I have a stripe of Essie’s “On A Silver Platter” down the middle of each nail, which is a really nice gold and blue mostly opaque glitter. As we can tell, I’m a big fan of Essie brand nail polishes, they’re fantastic. I’m sure you’ll be seeing photos of me shortly rocking one of the Jamberry nail wraps and I can’t wait to put those on later this week!
What do you eat/drink during me-time?
Anything I want to eat and drink! I wish. Unfortunately my options are a tiny bit limited, but I indulge in a piece of chocolate from time to time. I try to make it dairy-free as much as possible, but it’s just not the same satisfaction as regular milk chocolate. My favourite chocolate bar as of late has been the Zazubean Smooch chocolate bar, which is a super delicious flavour of vanilla, caramel, and sea salt. The sea salt just is the perfect touch to this treat. I’ve found this chocolate bar at Goodness Me and I suggest getting your hands on it if you can find it! My drinking options are a little more open with my tea collection, but definitely whatever tea I feel like drinking, caffeinated or not. I usually opt for a mint tea these days though. *cough* David’s Tea Santa’s Secret black tea *cough*
Current favourite candle?
If you didn’t see in my November Favourites post here, I talked about my new favourite candle in the form of the Illume Balsam and Cedar scented candle. This heavenly scented and gorgeously designed and packaged candle is at the higher end of candles these days, but was worth every cent. I have definitely been going towards the more woodsy scents lately and as a second candle I will mention a very similar one that I have a miniature version of, Bath and Body Works’ Fresh Balsam candle. It smells very similar to the Illume candle, but maybe a little less woodsy and a tiny bit more fresh smelling, even more so like a fresh Christmas tree. I love the smell of both, just the presentation and container of the first is by far the winner here. My preferred scents change per season so I’m expecting more beachy and salt watered scents by summer.
Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
This is rare. I’m sure my boyfriend would love to get me out on more hikes, but I’m stubborn about being outside and cold when I don’t have to be. In the winter it’s too cold, in the summer it’s too hot, but there are chance moments that I feel like being outdoors. If it involves being on a fairly empty beach on a really nice summer’s day, then count me in! We shall see what we get up to over the next few months with snow and chilling winds.
Would you ever go see a movie alone?
I applaud the people that already do this, but I have never done this. I wouldn’t object to seeing a movie alone, but I would prefer it be a movie theatre that is on the emptier side so you’re not sitting next to a stranger if you start tearing up at a sad moment or snort laughing through a comedy. I enjoy watching movies alone at home so I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy going to the theatre to watch one by myself.
Favourite online shop?
Sephora. Was that a trick question? It’s a curse and a blessing that Sephora has an online store, but I will call it a blessing right now because it saves me from going to the mall while everyone is stuffed into the mall trying to buy Christmas presents. Thankfully my shopping is done for Christmas!
Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
I like to sleep during me time. If given the opportunity to sleep early if I’m not too busy worrying about something that has to get finished or out at night, I will definitely sleep early. I love sleeping in as well, but I don’t find myself sleeping in too late into the morning and find myself waking up between 8-10am. A girl needs her beauty sleep!
Feel free to participate in the tag blog post in any sort of way that you wish, through blog of original YouTube video format. I always love to see how other people spend their me time.