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    Kelowna Getaway

    My husband and  I recently drove up to Kelowna to celebrate our 4th anniversary! I thought I would go through a few fun things things that we did + my favourite spots to visit.

    After the drive, the first thing we did was stop for some food! We went to the Craft Beer Market, they have an amazing patio and the beer selection was crazy! It’s right in the downtown strip and has a view of the lake – what’s not to love.

    We drove up to the top of Knox Mountain and the view was so beautiful! Theres a few lookout points that you can drive to, or you can hike up a bit to get to the very top!

    We also went to the Kasugai Garden which was super cute! Its quite small, but the plants are beautiful, and the whole thing is very well maintained. Also, its free!

    Lastly, my absolute favourite part of the trip was going to Kangaroo Creek! The animals are so sweet, and they all seem to be very well cared for.

    Petting the kangaroos + holding the baby joeys was honestly such an amazing experience. They are so freaking cute, and surprisingly soft!

    In addition to the kangaroos they also had capybaras, maras, goats, a very friendly emu, some exotic birds and a little sugar glider!

    Have you been to Kelowna? Tell me your favourite things to do in the area!

    Until next time,

    J

    Skincare : My current routine + Progress

    Hello friends! I’ve been waiting a while to share my little skin journey with you, and I’m finally ready (and so is my skin) so here we go!

    I’ve always struggled with my skin, around age 16 I started having really bad breakouts around my cheeks and had to go on a prescription to clear it up. Since then I have always had hormonal breakouts, along with mysterious Idontknowwhatshappening breakouts, dry patches and occasionally allergic reactions.

    My main concerns have always been acne, uneven tone and dullness. I would usually find a product that worked for me (like really worked) but after a few months the magic faded and I was back to square one!

    I started to see Danika (Omega Skin and Laser Studio) in March of this year, and have continued to see her monthly and the results have been nothing short of amazing. My first appointment we did an enzyme facial – my skin looked incredible, but then unfortunately I had a  very bad reaction to a medication I was on for a throat infection (who would have thought). I felt so discouraged, this was probably the worst my skin has looked.

    *this is my skin during my reaction – my entire face was covered in little spots, and in addition to that my skin was so dry and flaky, even with makeup it still looked red and bumpy. (This photo is with makeup).

    Thankfully Danika is super knowledgeable and told me how to calm my skin and begin to repair it. Because this was a reaction I used hydrocortisone along with my regular skincare and it began to clear up within a week. Even though the reaction was clearing my skin was left feeling dull, rough and looking pretty uneven.

    *this is after it had cleared, as you can tell my skin still healing but it’s much better!

    Now after a few months and following my at home regime and of course with Danika’s help my skin is looking awesome! I have been getting derma planing done (which is a great way to exfoliate!), followed up with an enzyme facial and then LED therapy to help with bacteria that causes breakouts as well as helps stimulate collagen!

    * this is my skin currently (yes I am wearing makeup) – my breakouts have been minimal and usually around my period (thanks hormones!). But I feel like that is totally normal, and again my breakouts are smaller, and much easier to manage compared to before I started this skincare routine/began to visit Danika!

    My at home routine:

    1. Cleanse: Alumier MD sensi-calm cleanser
    2. Tone: Alumier MD Bright & Clear Solution
    3. Retinol: Alumier MD Resurfacing Serum 0.25%
    4. Moisturize: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

     

    If you’re looking for great skin tips definitely check out Danika’s site and blog, she has a ton of information and easy things to do to get your skin looking its best!!

    If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you asap!

    Until next time,

    J

     

    Spring Favourites

    Hello friends! It feels like it’s been forever since I wrote a blog post (oooooopsie). Life has felt busy and honestly I haven’t really been in the headspace to be writing and sharing (even if it is about makeup).

    But hey, I’m back now! I figured with summer right around the corner I would share my spring favourites. All of the products I’m sharing today are beauty products – not because I don’t have skin care favourites, but rather I plan on sharing my routine in another post!

    Anyways lets get to it!

    1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: I’ve always been a huge fan of this foundation – in fact this is a repurchase! I’ve been using it so much the last few months I thought I should share it with you guys. The foundation is full coverage, super smooth and comfortable on the skin. I only use a very small amount but because its full coverage a little goes a long way! The thing I love most about this is that it works over my sunscreen, and doesn’t break me out!

    2. NUDESTIX Tinted Blur: I bought this maybe a month or so ago, and I am in love. Seriously this is the best! It is very sheer but gives your skin such a beautiful smooth look. Your skin, but better! The stick formula is also super convenient to throw in your purse or your makeup bag if you travel a lot. Again this goes over moisturizer and sunscreen beautifully and sits so nicely on the skin!

    3. Smashbox Cali Contour Palette: This palette has become such a go-to for me! The bronzer and contour shades are so beautiful and work well on my fair skin. The blush is also such a perfect tone for natural makeup! It’s definitely a great all in one face palette and, perfect for travel.

    4. NUDESTIX Illumi-naughty: I can’t say enough good things about this highlighter. Its just the most perfect formula and gives such a beautiful glow to the skin. It’s also light enough for my fair skin unlike a lot of other highlighters.

    5. NUDESTIX In the Nude: This is for sure my favourite blush of the moment – I alternate between using my smashbox palette and this blush with other cream products. When applied with a brush it gives a super natural flush to the skin and lasts so well throughout the day.

    6. NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus + Gel: Okay, this gel… I don’t even have the words. I love it so much. It holds my brows in place all day and dries down perfectly. Safe to say its my holy grail brow gel. The brow pencil itself is also really nice, its a small triangle shape and goes on effortlessly! Overall a great combination product and perfect for anyone on the go!

    7. NYX Micro Brow Pencil: This is a great dupe for the ABH brow wiz, the tip is super small and goes on very smooth. The tip makes creating natural brows really easy and I also like that they include a spooly on the end.

    8. NUDESTIX gel colour lip + cheek in “Pulse”: This formula is so nice, its like a lipstick and balm in one. I love wearing this when my lips feel dry! The colour is such a pretty plummy nude and it’s become one of my go-to’s!

    9. NUDESTIX lip + cheek in “blush”: This formula is more of a lipstick, but still super hydrating. This shade is such a nice warm nude! I love it on its own or mixed with my BITE 036 lip pencil (AKA my perfect nude).

    10. NUDESTIX magnetic matte lip in “rose”: This lives in my bag (along with the other lippies mentioned) and it’s my go-to for any long/busy day. The magnetic matte formula literally lasts through anything! Its kiss proof, transfer proof and pretty much food proof. But the best part is that its so freaking comfortable. It never feels tight or dry, and even though it stays on all day, it comes off with micellar water like a dream.

    11. Urban Decay Naked Basics: I’ve had this palette for a long time, but recently I’ve found myself reaching for it a lot more! It has such great neutral shades I wear it almost everyday to work. It’s also super compact which I personally love!

    12. NUDESTIX magnetic matte eye pencil “putty”: This would be my alternative to powder shadow – I put this colour all over my lid to neutralize any redness or eye veins (because who likes those?). It’s so great because it doesn’t crease and lasts so well all day! It also works beautifully under other darker shades!

    13. Benefit Roller Lash: This might be one of my top 3 mascaras of all time. The tiny brush makes it so easy to get all the tiny lashes, and doesn’t clump or flake at all! The only downside is that it’s a bit difficult to get off, so if you buy it I would recommend getting waterproof makeup remover!


    * Clearly I am obsessed with all of my nudestix goodies (but seriously I love this brand) – and I’m sure you will be too! If you want to purchase anything from their site you can use my code “jadedallasharms10” for 10% off of your order! ALSO, I will be giving away a few of my faves on my instagram so keep your eyes peeled!

     

    Let me know what you’ve been loving this last season in the comments below!

    Until Next time,

    J