My Gym Playlist-Bollywood Edition

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Hello Dolls! Hope you’re having a splendid day! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do so by clicking right here. Also, keep up with me on Instagram! As I mentioned in this post, I’ve finally got an updated gym playlist, Bollywood edition, for you (this was on my playlist before...has it changed? You tell me)!

  1.  The Humma Song
  2. The Breakup Song
  3. Nashe Si Chadh Gayi
  4. Kala Chashma (I am always jamming to this)
  5. Tu Meri
  6. Baby Doll
  7. Ok Jaanu (Title Track)
  8. Kar Gayi Chull
  9. Tukur Tukur
  10. Cutiepie
  11. Mauja Hi Mauja
  12. Sau Aasmaan (I forget I’m at the gym and I’m in Lala land with Sidharth Malhotra)
  13. Diamond Koka
  14. Desi Thumka
  15. Gulaabo
  16. Dilliwali Girlfriend
  17. London Thumakda
  18. The Disco Song
  19. Yeh Kali Kali
  20. Chura Ke Dil Mera (LOL the dance moves)

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

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Review: Tom Ford Beauty’s Cheek Colour Blush In Wicked

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Hi Dolls! Hope you’re having an awesome day! If you haven’t checked out my previous post then you can do so by clicking right here. Today, I’ve got a review of a blush for you. This is not an ordinary blush though, this particular gem is made by the coveted Tom Ford Beauty line. And if you know me personally, you already know that Tom Ford has to be one of my favourite designers out there, specifically for men’s clothing (seriously he enhances the handsomeness of every man who wears his designs). So when he came out with a beauty line, you know I fangirled hard!

First Impressions

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When I first saw this at the Holt Renfrew counter, I was mesmerized. Even though it’s got a hefty price tag, I fell in love at first swatch. Literally. I’m not even kidding. I tried it on my cheeks in the store and it brightened up my complexion so much that I just had to have it. I opted for the shade called Wicked. The shade is your typical reddish pink and the formula on first touch felt smooth! What I instantly loved about this is the fact that it’s neither sheer nor super opaque (you know clown looking) and that’s the perfect formula for a blush. It’s a powder that is supposed to feel like cream on your cheeks.

Product Formula & Packaging

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The formula of this blush is incredible. It’s smooth and it blends into your cheeks SO well. Since it’s a powder that’s meant to feel like a cream on your cheeks, it isn’t powdery at all. In fact, I didn’t have any sort of fall out even when I had it on my brush. It’s SUPER buildable. If you want a sheer glow added to your cheeks, then all you have to do is tap it on your cheek bones and blend. If you want bold pop of colour, then you can layer to build intensity without looking like a clown. It felt like velvet on my cheeks and it didn’t bother my skin or my foundation at all. Also, it stayed put until I used makeup wipes to remove it! I think the best way I can describe this blush’s feel is that it’s super luxurious….and I like. The packaging is adorable, sleek and very Tom Ford. It comes in a velour pouch, perfect for travel. It also has a ginormous mirror as well as the size of the blush is pretty big.

Packaging Rating: 10/10

Product Formula: 10/10

Swatches

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As I mentioned, the shade I went with is called Wicked. It’s a pink with hints of red. All I have to say is that this has to be one of my favourite blushes to go to just based on colour and opacity. You can build the colour, you can have it sheer…YOU are the one in control and that’s the best part! The colour payoff is magnificently great!

Swatch: 10/10

Price, Availability, & Accessibility

So, it does have a hefty luxurious price tag attached to it. You can have this for a cool $71 (CDN) and it can be found online or at any Tom Ford Beauty retailer. I got mine at Holt Renfrew.

Final Verdict

Despite the price, I absolutely love this blush. It’s luxurious. The colour payoff is incredible and the best part is that YOU have control over how much you want on your cheeks because it’s so blendable. If you’ve got extra cash around, this is for you!

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

How To Get A Killer Workout

Why hello dolls! Hope you’re having a phenomenal day! If you haven’t checked out my previous blog post, then you can do so by clicking right here! Also, make sure you’re following me on all my socials listed at the top of this page! Now that I’m trying to get into a daily gym routine (it’s hard let’s be real…I’d rather Netflix & eat nachos), I thought I’d share with you 10 ways you can get a killer workout, whether you are at the gym or at home! I am by no means an expert, so don’t judge me or you can (lolz…) 

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  1. GET A KILLER PLAYLIST TOGETHER: A great playlist really makes a HUGE difference when you’re trying to get a workout in. I think I blogged about this in the past, but maybe I’ll post an updated playlist next week. My current fav song that gets me super pumped is David Guetta’s Play Hard (so hyppeee).
  2. PINTEREST/YOUTUBE WORKOUTS: Pinterest is one of my favourite places to go to look at different workouts. Especially for ones I do at home. Majority of the pins have pictures showing you how to do the workout and what part of the body you are targeting. Youtube is great too…and so is Instagram.
  3. INVEST IN CUTE WORKOUT CLOTHES & GEAR: Majority of the reason why I’m even hitting the gym more is so that I can wear my Ivy Park gym swag (thank you Beyonce). Going workout clothes/gear shopping in itself motivates you to hit the gym more. On those sluggish days you don’t want to go, think about the CUTE stuff you can rock…also, why not throw in taking a selfie too!
  4. FIND A GYM BUDDY or BUDDIES: Having a gym buddy or a group of friends who want to hit the gym with you is SO motivating because it makes working out fun! You’ll hit your fitness goals quicker by motivating and pushing one another to hit them. Plus, think of all the cute selfies and boomerangs you can take (I know all for the Instagram).
  5. WANTING TO READ THAT BOOK? DOWNLOAD AN AUDIOBOOK TO LISTEN WHILE WORKING OUT!: So, I never thought I’d say this but listening to an audiobook while working out (especially on cardio days) is pretty effective. You’re focused and you’re getting to listen to a book. Plus, it helps you get through your workout quicker! So head to your local library and get yourself a free audiobook to download and listen to!
  6. SET REALISTIC WORKOUT GOALS: So this is probably one of the most important aspects of getting a killer workout as well as making sure you hit the gym on a schedule. When you set realistic workout goals, you’re motivated to go back and not be bored. For example, I try not to do the same activity for the same amount every time I workout. Also, I start off easy and build my workouts with each day. This way you see progress and you’re not overworking yourself (hello, you don’t want to be injured).
  7. FIND AN APP TO TRACK YOUR WORKOUTS: I’ve been using the Fitbit app to track my workouts and I can’t explain to you how much of a difference it has made in me achieving my fitness goals. With any fitness app, you can track all your fitness activity PLUS your daily food/water intake. I love this because I don’t drink a lot of a water daily and by tracking it, I drink more! Also, don’t forget with apps you can set daily, weekly, and monthly goals…which in itself is super rewarding when you hit them! AND AND AND, if you’ve got friends with the same app, you can challenge one another to healthy competitions (SO motivating).
  8. INVEST IN A FITBIT OR AN EQUIVALENT: If you asked me about this 6 months ago, I’d tell you that you are crazy for investing in something that tracks your steps. BUT, now that I’ve been using my Fitbit for a few months, I can say that it was def one of the best investments I’ve made because it motivates me to get up more and hit my target steps. So if you don’t want to hit the gym or do a home workout, you can track your steps daily. This way you’re getting fit by doing normal everyday things.
  9. START TO CHANGE YOUR DIET & HYDRATE YOURSELF: Eating healthy is important especially if you’re putting in all that energy in your workouts. You need to fuel yourself! The best way to do this is by eating healthy (you know more veggies and all that). I’m still working on this aspect, so I can’t preach what I don’t completely follow always (I have more cheat days sometimes). BUT you can make little changes (replace sugar with honey, drink pop only once a week, eat protein after a workout etc). ALSO, MAKE SURE YOU DRINK A LOT OF WATER! Dehydration+gym/workout= more tiredness and sluggishness. Avoid that at all costs!
  10. HAVE FUN AND HAVE A POSITIVE MENTALITY: This one’s the most important one if you ask me. You won’t achieve anything by working out if it’s not fun. So, don’t do the same thing at the gym every single day because you will get bored. Change it up. Day 1 can be cardio and day 2 could be weights and day 3 could be a yoga class. Also, you need to have a positive outlook on getting fit. Don’t do it to just lose weight but do it to get fit and think of it as a fun physical challenge. If you look at it negatively, you will burn out and not go back.

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Review: Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask

Hello Dolls! If you haven’t read my previous blog post, then you can do so right here! As always, follow me on all my socials by searching “Daff Diaries” or click the links on the right hand side of this blog page.

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Okay, face masks were and still are the IT thing. Everywhere I went, everyone would be asking me about face masks or telling me about the face masks they’ve tried. Of course, in true Daff Diaries manner, I made a trip to my local Sephora to pick up a few to see what the rage was all about…and now I’ve got a review for you!

First Impressions

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When the worker at Sephora pointed me towards their face masks, I knew that there was one brand that I can always trust…and that’s Origins (remember how obsessed I was with THIS). Well, of course I had to go ahead and see what Origins had to offer. They had plenty but this was the one I gravitated towards the most. I have combination oily skin that’s also sensitive; so all I really wanted my face mask to do was not strip my face of moisture but still clean everything out. Also, I wanted that oh-so-glowy-face. This particular one made claims that it could do it all, including minimizing my pores (YES!). As I opened the bottle to smell it, I was mesmerized. It smells amazing. It’s got rose clay, which is great because clay is supposed to attract the dirt out of your skin. It’s also got Canadian Willow herb (which I’m assuming smells amazing because this product smells great) along with jojoba beads to exfoliate your skin (you can read more on their website). This product’s first impression for me was great and I couldn’t wait to go and try it!

Product Application & Result

I absolutely love the texture of this face mask. Even though it’s got jojoba beads to exfoliate, the formula/texture isn’t grainy at all. In fact, it’s smooth and very simple to apply on your face. I applied a thin layer and waited the 10 minutes the product recommends for it dry. It dried really fast and I could feel my face already tightening. Washing this product off was super easy. All you need is your fingers to gently massage the face mask off and warm water. Nothing else. So easy! The results were amazing. My first application of this product left me with super smooth, glowy and radiant skin! Although my pores didn’t minimize completely at first application, by the third application (I use this once a week), I could see my pores begin to vanish. I don’t think I’ve gotten this many compliments on my skin ever! Makeup application was easy (the next day) and my face looked healthier than ever!

Product Application Rating: 10/10

Price, availability and accessibility

As mentioned, I purchased mine at Sephora for $32 (CDN) and it’s worth EVERY single penny!!

Final Verdict 

This is a perfect face mask for anyone looking to try a face mask! Every claim made by this product is true! Not only was I left with the best skin of my life, it didn’t seem to irritate my super sensitive combination oily skin (SCORE)!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

10 Beauty Hacks I’m Obsessed With

 

Hi Dolls! If you haven’t checked out my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking right here! As always, follow me on all my socials–>! Also, I’m currently laptop less (oh man, life is so different #firstworldprobz), so the blog posts might be not filled with pics as it normally would!

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Beauty hacks are literally the it thing right now. I mean I spend a lot of my time on Pinterest and Buzzfeed, looking for hacks I can try (I know I should do more productive things). But after trial and error, I bring you 10 of my favourite beauty hacks!

  1. Making a fishy face to contour your face: I know you look silly doing it, but it works. I am not an expert at contouring (I wish I was though…the need for instant cheekbones is real) but this trick has helped me get the most natural looking contour (is that even right to say?).
  2. Pulling your finger through your mouth so that excessive lipstick doesn’t rub onto your teeth: Woo, that was wordy. Basically, you already know how I’m obsessed with liquid lippies, right? Well, I used to have an issue of having lipstick get on my teeth (not cool). SO to avoid that whole fiasco, I take my index finger, make an ‘O’ shape with my mouth and put my finger in (omg, this sounds really weird but it works trust me).
  3. Using dryer sheets to make sure your hair doesn’t frizz, especially in the winter: THIS WORKS. AND IT MAKES YOUR HAIR SMELL NICE IN BETWEEN SHAMPOOING (you know it’s real, when I type in all CAPS).
  4. Using a flesh tone eye liner to line your lower lash line to make your eyes look more awake and pop: You know I use this since I started blogging. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this to fake being awake (cuz you know I love sleep more than going to early morning meetings). It’s coffee for your eyes.
  5. Dusting translucent powder through tissue paper on your lips to make sure lipstick doesn’t fade: I tried this for the first time this summer before a wedding and NOTHING CAME OFF. You already know how much I adore makeup that doesn’t melt when you’re out all night.
  6. Using Olive Oil to clean stained makeup brushes: I posted about this a while ago. You can read all about that here. Olive oil cleans all the makeup off brushes so well. FYI, it also softens your brushes too.
  7. Using old (or even new, cuz let’s be real I’ve bought the multipack toothbrushes for a reason) toothbrushes to scrub your lips: You can also create your own lip scrub by using baby oil and raw sugar. Works like a charm for the softest lips ever!
  8. Using a T-Shrit to dry your hair quicker: I also wrote about this hack A WHILE ago, I can rewrite it but I think it’s easier for you to just click right here.
  9. Do you want easy beach waves without the fuss? Easy. Braid damp, slightly air dried hair and go to sleep. You will wake up with instant waves: This WORKS. You can read about my easy beach wave routine here.
  10. Want the perfect eye lash curl? Use your hair dryer to warm up the curler and then use your lash curler: OH GIRL PLEASE. THIS IS THE BEST BEAUTY HACK. EVER. My lashes fan out so perfectly, even the tiniest ones. If you pair it up with this mascara, oh the wonders it’ll do!

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

Fashion Diaries: Kerry Washington’s Best Style Moments

It’s Wednesday and we all know what that means? It’s time to unveil this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday! The sassy and classy Kerry Washington takes this week’s crown. We know this gorgeous actress from her incredible role as Olivia Pope on the hit show, Scandal (it’s so super addictive). Not only is she a super talented actress but she’s also quite the fashionista. This hot mom of one always dresses to impress. Often, I find her to be the most stylish of this generation of actresses. She takes fashion risks, which always pay off in her favour. You don’t see her repeating trends but rather she tries to create them. Her ensembles are always put together wonderfully. Whether she is walking the red carpet at an event or just grabbing coffee, she never fails to impress. All her outfits are always so elegant and classy that I often find myself trying to recreate them in my life. Kerry Washington is one of the best-dressed women on planet Earth and that’s why she’s one of Hollywood’s best! Below you will find a few of my favourite looks Kerry has rocked:

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Kerry looks chic in this black t-shirt blouse with a pleated printed skirt. The leopard print shoes and the detailed neck work on her top elevate the style factor. A shoulder bag, curls off to the side & neutral makeup finish the look.

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Kerry looks elegant in this white gown. The flutter sleeves & the square neck look great on her. She uses light blue as her accent colour in her accessories. She finishes the look with wavy hair, neutral makeup and a white clutch.

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How incredible does Kerry look? The bright yellow printed dress with a low-cut neck is pretty! She uses berry purple as her accent colour, which is seen through her shoes, purse and bold lips. Her signature hair finishes this look.

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I love the bold colour of this dress & Kerry looks amazing! The long body-hugging gown with detailed work on the bodice is beautiful. A matching red clutch, defined eyes, light coloured lips and hair pushed back finish this look.

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Kerry looks stylish in this black leather dress, which she pairs with neutral coloured heels. The long necklaces and rings on her finger are perfect. Chunky bangs with wavy hair and neutral makeup finish this gorgeous look.

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I love the fashion risk she took here. The abstract print at the bottom is trendy. The black bodice with a low-cut neck & sleeves is pretty. She finishes the look with orange shoes, a white clutch, side parted waves and a bold lip.

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Kerry hits it out of the park with this ensemble. The long-sleeved white flare dress with black detailed work on the top is amazing! A black clutch & shoes,  an updo, minimal accessories and smoky eyes finish this pretty look.

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Kerry looks amazing in this sequined colour blocked shift dress. The asymmetrical lines on the colour block part is beautiful! Kerry pairs this look with shiny heels, no accessories, smoky eyes and her signature hair!

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I love how Kerry has styled this ensemble. She pairs a long-sleeved fitted red leather dress with black pointy heels & a black box clutch. Side parted hair, no accessories & a bold red lip finishes this beautiful look.

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Kerry looks elegant in this beautiful fitted black lace dress. The dark band on her waistline & the flared lace bottom is cute. Black pointy heels finish the look. I love that she pairs her bold lip colour with the colour of her clutch!

Happy Wednesday Dolls! x

(Images courtesy of pinterest.com, usweekly, instyle.com)