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Month: January 2016

Beat The Winter Blues

Since the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (also known as Winter Blues) prevalence is around 5% in North America, having good tips to avoid it can be really helpful. As someone who gets affected a lot by the weather, I read a lot about it in my textbooks between 2 of my studying sessions. Here, I’m gonna spare you doing all the researches since I’ve made them for you. These 3 tips are scientifically proven to get you through the short winter days.

1) Get outside. I know, I know, it seems so simple but yet too often neglected. The main cause of the SAD is the lack of daylight. Even if it’s not sunny outside, even if it’s cold, you need to go out. A 15 mins walk in the morning will highly improve your mood for the day and/or a 15 mins walk at night will drastically improve your sleep. And hey, don’t forget to open all your blinds during the day!

2) Moderate hearty foods. (Well, only after the holidays of course) Sometimes, in winter, we tend to eat a lot more of hearty foods and forget about eating healthy snacks and meals. I understand that hot pizza and fries seem more comforting than a pineapple. Just think about how you will feel afterwards. Eat food that will give you plenty of energy and naturally your mood will improve a lot.

3) Keep active. Unlike some websites will tell you, you don’t need to exercise like a crossfit athlete to beat the winter blues. By keeping yourself from having a 3 hours Netflix marathon everyday and staying busy instead you’ll see a difference in no time. The reason is quite simple. When you occupy your time with simple or harder tasks, you tend to forget about how it is outside. It’s a wonderful time to start a new hobby or even declutter your home.

As you can see, you don’t need a list of 50 ways to beat the winter blues. The best way to keep on track is to keep it simple.


Get The Best Skin You’ve Ever Had

GET THE BEST SKINI’m guilty as charged. I watched like 100 different skincare routine videos on YouTube and you know what? Throughout all the research I’ve done on the subject, I came to find the most universal and best way to look good when bare faced.

Yes. It works for pretty much everyone. Well, it WOULD  if people gave the runner a chance. In the beauty industry, people want to sell products. Sad but true. They want to make you believe that you need this $75 toner and that $45 cleanser. Well, you don’t. In fact, if they do wonders for you I’m happy but I want to help you to upgrade your skincare regiment while making it wallet friendly.

For fun, let’s make a list of what we are supposed to need:
-Face makeup remover
-Eyes makeup remover
-Night hydrating cream
-Day hydrating cream
-Hydrating serum
-Eye cream

I think that’s pretty much it. Then, what if I told you that you could replace a lot of products mentioned here with only one? I know I know, it seems too wonderful to be true but trust me, as someone who struggled with severe acne (I literally had like 3-4 breakouts for every square inch of my face and back -gross, I know) I had to find a solution. Back in time, I tried almost every ProActiv and Clean & Clear acne product on the market. Every one of them left me with even worst acne a few days later. Those products strip your skin of its natural oils and then, naturally, your skin reacts by producing more and more oil, making the acne uncontrollable.

That was all before I went to see my doctor about this issue. She told me that the less products I would use, the better my skin would react. In fact, she told me to use regular Dove soap to wash my face (or the one for sensitive skin). That’s right, your good old Dove soap can make such a big difference. Believing her was hard at first since I was taught by all those beauty gurus that I needed 15 different products in my bathroom cabinet. Then, I gave it a chance. It’s so gentle that you can remove your eye makeup/face makeup with it, wash your face, and dish your toner. Even more, if you use it at night you won’t necessary need a night cream since Dove soap is made with 1/4 hydrating cream.


By doing this, not only did I save a HUGE amount of money, but within a month, I got rid of about half my acne. (The contraceptive pill took care of the other half a few years later) I’ve been using Dove soap to wash my face and body everyday for 7 years and I never had an issue with it. I only use a daytime moisturizer under my makeup  but that’s it. My face is as smooth as a baby’s. And now, studying nursing, we know a lot about skin and I can assure you that Dove soap won’t do any harm to your face. Sure, when you’ll tell your aesthetician what you use to wash your face she might have an heart attack but you and I know that she won’t find as much blackheads as the last time you went to see her.

Happy skincare!


Why Coffee Is Actually Good For You

PERFECTOriginally exported from Africa to countries around the world, coffee is now all around us. This slightly acidic beverage is mostly loved for the energetic boost it gives but have you ever wondered about its other benefits? Maybe you heard people talking about caffeine addiction and how it is a highly addictive drug and all that stuff but don’t be scared. Once we know how it works in our body, our regular cup of joe doesn’t look harmful at all and to be honest, it’s pretty healthy. With around 1,6 billions cups of coffee consumed worldwide everyday, our favorite brew has to be good for us!

Type 2 diabetes:
Coffee has been proven to lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 35% for regular consumers. As you might know, diabetes is one of the worst disease one can have since it affects pretty much every system in our body. As long as you don’t put 4 pack of sugars in it or worse, drink a caramel frappucino everyday, coffee and pancreas health go hand in hand.

Parkinson’s disease:
Authors of a study in the U.S. found that caffeine is linked with a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease as well as helping control movement caused by the disease.

Liver health:
Your liver love its cup of coffee. If you’re someone who drinks alcohol regularly, this one is especially for you. Coffee consumption may lower the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis. Well, don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you that drinking  booze becomes harmless paired with coffee. This time, it’s not linked with caffeine content, decaf shows the same benefits for the liver.

We heart coffee:
Drinking coffee on a daily basis can lower your risk of suffering from a heart failure. While you might think that this doesn’t make sense since you feel your heart beating faster when you have caffeine, this fact is true for someone who drinks 2 cups of joe per day. Above that, no studies have shown heart health benefits.

A good reason to workout:
When we workout, our bodies use carbohydrates to give us energy. When it’s used up, it burns fat to make energy. This thing is great if your workout is on the short side. On the other side, if you train for endurance, drinking coffee before your workout session will help you to go longer without feeling tired. Caffeine will be used first and then slow down carbohydrate catabolism, making your energy last longer.

Making your mornings better:
The happy hormone, serotonin, is stimulated when you have your morning pick-me-up. It’s also stimulated only by smelling your java. Ever wondered why coffee helps when you’re feeling a little grumpy? Now you know!

Headache relieving:
Just look at the back of your acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headaches/migraine bottle. Just look. See? They contain caffeine. If you’re the kind of person who’s scared to take pills when they need to, try a regular cup of coffee, it might work just as well. Moreover, I just saved you money. Acetaminophen are pretty cheap by themselves but when they have an other purpose, the price might go up fast. Next time, try a regular one then brew yourself a nice hot cup of coffee and enjoy your headache relief in an hour or so.

Happy coffee drinking!


Cruelty Free Makeup/Cosmetics


Finding cruelty free makeup brands may be hard these days. There are TONS of websites contradicting each other since the beauty industry is always changing. Here, I’ll tell you about brands that are 100% cruelty free in the drugstore, but also in beauty retailers. These are brands that I know well, so you won’t have to question about the quality. These are all wonderful brands that I personally love.

Available in beauty retailers (Sephora, Ulta):

-Anastasia Beverly Hills
-The Balm
-Cover Fx
-Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
-Hourglass Cosmetics
-Josie Maran Cosmetics
-Kat Von D
-Paul Mitchell
-Too Faced
-Urban Decay

Available in drugstores:

-Physician Formula
-Hard Candy
-Wet n’ Wild

Available online/Other:

-Makeup Geek
-Colour Pop

If you have any suggestion of cosmetic brands that you love and are CF let me know I will gladly add them to the list! 🙂


25 Activities To Do On A Rainy Day


Whether you are living alone, with your husband/boyfriend or with kids, rainy days always make you wonder what to do. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind on those days is cleaning. But what if you could take advantage of the rain outside to do something that’ll make you feel better? What if cleaning was not the only option?
Let me take you through 25 awesome activities for rainy/snowy days.

1- Bake something new.  Let’s be honest, you know you want to try that recipe you saw in a magazine 2 weeks ago. Why not giving it a try?

2- Read a book. Even if you think that you don’t have time to read, just take the time.

3- Learn something new. Here’s your chance to learn how to change oil in your car by yourself. Plus, it’ll make you save money!

4-Make your own Play-Doh. There are tons of recipe online. Kids will absolutely love that! And you will too, I promise.

5- Write letters. Whether you and your SO write to each other or you write to someone you miss, there’s a special thing about handwritten letters.

6- Dance party. I guarantee you, there’s nothing to be shy about. Dance around with your kids, boyfriend/girlfriend, it will boost your mood in no time!

7- Read random Wikipedia pages. It’s amazing what we can learn.

8- Plan a trip. Even if you know you won’t be going anywhere this year. There’s something really fun about looking for hotel rooms, activities in an other city, and looking at things you can’t afford. (Guilty here)

9- Declutter. Well, it’s not really cleaning. And you feel so much better afterwards.

10- Craft. Pinterest is loaded with DIY projects and I’m sure there’s one for you out there.

11- Go outside. Kids will love this. Just put bath towels in the dryer to get them warm so you can dry yourself after the puddle jumping.

12- Plan the week ahead. Write down all your meetings, appointments and activities for the week to come and you’ll be less stressed out to forget something important.

13- Play hide and seek. You know what? Even if you are an adult, there’s always something fun about having to find other players.

14- Netflix. No rainy day activities list is complete without mentioning Netflix.

15- Coloring books. If you don’t have any, print interesting drawings. It’s actually really good to calm down anxiety.

16- Have a treasure hunt. Yes, you’re an adult. So what? Make the clues harder and you’ll laugh so much hearing the other person trying to figure it all out.

17- Board games. I’m sure you have a lot of them that aren’t used since 2007.

18- Do a puzzle. It’s an amazing activity to relax and focus on something different. Attempt at your own risk if you are a cat owner.

19- Workout. You don’t need a pricey membership at a gym or fancy equipment. Crunches, push-ups, tricep dips; they don’t require anything but motivation.

20- Meal prep. You know you’ll thank yourself later in the week.

21- Do your hair and makeup. Even if you don’t leave the house, there’s something about taking some time for ourselves. It’s the best time to try out that hairdo you saw on YouTube!

22- Bowling. Do you remember that day you wanted to go but didn’t have time?

23- Take a bubble bath. You deserve it.

24- Online shopping. You’d be amazed to see how much money you can save by taking the time to look at the sales online.

25- Cuddle up with your loved ones. Here’s your chance to talk about anything and everything with them!

Hope you have fun!


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