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The One with the “Chatty” November Instagram Recap {Week One}

Hello! This is my first Instagram post for the month of November. I am a little behind on, well, everything, but I suppose that’s just how life goes. I so wish I had more time to devote to the blog!

You may have noticed that I changed the title of these posts to include the “chatty” aspect of them. These posts are intended to pull double-duty between showcasing my photos of the week as well as being able to chat about anything I want, non-product related!! I titled it “chatty” after the many YouTube videos that use the same format but in video form.

I really haven’t had an eventful November so far. The reason I’ve been so busy is simply because of work, and I had a couple of after-school obligations for my son, as well. I don’t have a lot to talk about but there is something I kind of wanted to rant about so here goes…

The other night at work, a co-worker of mine pointed out a female customer with pale skin and said something along the lines of, “She needs to get some sun. I think she would glow in the dark.” Now, I’m not one to be confrontational and I just want to get along with everyone so I said in the nicest way that I could, “that was a rude comment.”

I really wasn’t impressed. I don’t like when people make comments about other people’s appearances unless it’s positive. I just think there is so much insecurity in this world, especially for women, because of mean things being said. I know a girl who was always very hurt when men at my old job enjoyed teasing her about having pale skin.

I don’t know why it’s considered a “bad” thing to be fair skinned. If anything, kudos to that person for using sunscreen, staying out of the sun, taking care of their skin, etc. It reminds me of when people say someone is too skinny. Some people think it’s acceptable for some reason.

I just had to rant a little about this because it’s very bothersome. I know there are worse things that could be said about someone’s appearance (ugly, fat, racist comments, etc.) but I think no matter what, people need to be more respectful. I’m happy I didn’t just nervously laugh or say nothing. Having bad anxiety, you can imagine how hard it was to say something! I hope next time he will keep his rude thoughts to himself.

Anyway, let’s look at the first week of November’s Instagram photos!

November Instagram Challenges:

Day 1 of the #SkinEmmies2017 is "first cleanse." I only do a first cleanse if I'm wearing makeup and I consider it a 2-part first cleanse! Details below! ⬇️ ・・・ 1️⃣ Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil 🌿I start with a cleansing oil to really loosen up my makeup and dissolve it! @julepbeauty 2️⃣ Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup-Removing Micelle Solution 🌿 I follow up with a micellar water to remove any traces of makeup I missed with the oil such as on my hairline, neck, eyes, etc. @biodermacanada ・・・ Day 1 of the #glitzyunicornschallenge is "fave drugstore products." There's so many great drug store products out there but I chose to feature just a couple I love! ・・・ 1️⃣ L'Oréal Infallible Pro Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray 🦄 I've been using this for a couple of years now in between trying out many other brands but I always go back to this one! It's the best I've tried! @lorealmakeup 2️⃣ Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish 🦄 This is my favourite formula for drug store polish! It's so long lasting and not hard to remove at all! @essiepolish ・・・ I'm already behind 😅 but my day 2 photo will be posted later today! What products do you use for a first cleanse? And which drugstore product is your favourite? . . . . . #firstcleanse #julep #bioderma #loreal #essie #essiegelcouture #skincare #skincareobsessed #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 2 of the #SkinEmmies2017 is "second cleanse." Depending on what my skin needs, I'll use different cleansers to address the issues! ・・・ 1️⃣ Murad Clarifying Cleanser 💎 If I'm struggling with breakouts, this has been my go-to cleanser. I'm sad because it's almost gone. It's amazing because it doesn't dry out my skin like a lot of acne fighting cleansers do and I love the smell of it. @murad 2️⃣ First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser 💎 If I don't have breakouts, I use a gentle cleanser such as this one. But tbh, I'm not liking this one that much. It's leaving my skin feeling tight. I do like how easily it lathers and cleanses though. @firstaidbeauty ・・・ Day 2 of the #glitzyunicornschallenge is "HG skincare products." There's only one product that I can safely say is 100% holy grail status. ・・・ 1️⃣ Laneige Water Sleeping Mask 💦 I mention this product a lot but that's because I really love it. I use it as my final step after my serum and moisturizer when my skin is feeling parched. It's particularly helpful when I'm using acne fighting products that dry out my skin. The extra layer of moisture really helps and it's so lightweight that it doesn't break me out. @laneigeca ・・・ Do you have a favourite cleanser? I'm definitely looking for my HG daily cleanser. I need one that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight af. . . . . . #secondcleanse #skincare #skincareobsessed #murad #firstaidbeauty #laneige #hellokitty #kawaii #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 3 of the #glitzyunicornschallenge is "products yet to try." This theme gives me the opportunity to showcase my VIB sale event purchases from today because I have not tried them yet! Swipe to open the palettes! ➡️ ・・・ 1️⃣ Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette @hudabeauty 2️⃣ Tarte Blush Bazaar Amazonian Clay Blush Palette @tartecosmetics ・・・ Both are so unbelievably gorgeous in person!! I'm glad I splurged on them. I haven't swatched them yet because I'll want to take more photos first but hopefully soon! ・・・ Did you indulge in anything for the VIB sale? Or plan to? . . . . . #hudabeauty #hudabeautydesertdusk #desertduskpalette #tarte #tarteblushbazaar #blushbazaar #sephora #vibsale #vibrougesale #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 3 of the #SkinEmmies2017 is "brand." I love that today's themes are allowing me to tie in my recent purchases as well. 😅 I am choosing The Body Shop because I love their products and I can showcase my little haul as well! ・・・ 1️⃣ Peppermint Cooling & Reviving Foot Spray 2️⃣ Satsuma Shower Gel (free for spending $60!) 3️⃣ Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion 4️⃣ Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist 5️⃣ Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner 6️⃣ Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover 7️⃣ Piñita Colada Body Butter 8️⃣ Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On (not pictured because I left it out accidentally lol) ・・・ I haven't tried the foot spray, face mist or that particular scent of body butter before. All the others are repurchases! ・・・ Do you like The Body Shop? What are your favourite products from there? @thebodyshop . . . . . #thebodyshop #footspray #bodybutter #facemist #showergel #skincare #skincarehaul #skincareobsessed #skincarejunkie #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 4 of the #SkinEmmies2017 is "toner/mist." This is a fun category for me because I love toners and mists are new to me but I'm loving them as well! Details on what I'm using currently is below! ⬇️ ・・・ 1️⃣ Pearlessence Rose Water Hydrating Face Mist 🌹 My first mist! I really liked this one and the fact that it was only $10. It adds a shot of hydration to my skin and helps reduce redness as well. 2️⃣ Nars Skin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner 💦 This was a Winners find and it's sooo good! I have no idea what its regular price is but I want to buy this again. It's so moisturizing and smells so good. @narsissist 3️⃣ Lush Tea Tree Water Toner 🌱 I've been using this off and on for the last 8 years or so! It's great to soothe broken out or irritated skin and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight. @lushcosmetics ・・・ Have you tried any of these? What is your favourite toners and mists? . . . . . #toner #facemists #pearlessence #narsskin #lush #skincarefavourites #skincare #skincareobsessed #skincarejunkie #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 5 of the #SkinEmmies2017 is "AM moisturizer" and day 6 is "exfoliator." I decided to merge these two days for this photo and I chose two items each that I am currently using. Details below! ⬇️ ・・・ AM Moisturizers ✨✨✨ 1️⃣ First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream 🌻 This is now empty! But I wanted to include it because it's a great daytime moisturizer for those with oily skin! It really helped keep my oil at bay and I would repurchase! It lasted me a year! @firstaidbeauty 2️⃣ GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer 🔥 I just started using this today! My first impressions are that it's amazing. It mattifies my skin but also leaves it looking bright and glow-y without the greasy shine! Can't wait to see how it performs all day. @glamglowcanada ・・・ Exfoliators ✨✨✨ 1️⃣ The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Microdermabrasion 🍊 This has a special place in my heart because it really transformed my skin a couple years back. I didn't know I should be exfoliating and this gave me such smooth, soft and radiant looking skin! So I always have it in my stash. @thebodyshop 2️⃣ L'Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Scrub Cleanser ☀️ Can you tell I like brightening products? My dull red skin really benefits from them! This one is so nice because it contains glycolic acid and it's super affordable! @lorealskin ・・・ What is your daytime moisturizer of choice? I like to go for lightweight brightening or mattifying for the day. What about exfoliators? What's your favourite? . . . . . #daytimemoisturizer #exfoliators #firstaidbeauty #thebodyshop #glamglow #lorealrevitalift #fallvibes #skincare #skincareobsessed #skincarejunkie #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 6 of the #glitzyunicornschallenge is "minimalist makeup routine." If I really want to keep things quick and easy but still feel good about myself, these are the products I'm likely to use! ・・・ 1️⃣ Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara 🥝 Mascara is a must no matter what for me so this is a given. @touchinsolus 2️⃣ Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer 🍉 Covering up dark circles gives such life and vibrance to the face so I'd definitely take the few minutes to apply concealer under the eyes! I'd also cover up any spots I might have on the face. @benefitcanada 3️⃣ Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder 🍍Setting my concealer is essential for me! @lauramercier 4️⃣ Em Cosmetics Brush Tip Illustrative Eyeliner 🍇 And to finish off, I would attempt a wing to give a final touch. @emcosmetics ・・・ These are the products I used the other night for my birthday when the boyfriend took me out for dessert last minute so I didn't have a lot of time to get ready. But I was still able to feel good about myself! ・・・ Do you have any go-to products for a minimalist makeup look? . . . . . #gotomakeup #easymakeup #touchinsol #lauramercier #benefit #emcosmetics #simplemakeup #benefitboiing #makeupobsessed #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Day 7 of the #glitzyunicornschallenge is "most repurchased items." These are the items I have repurchased a lot and will continue to! I love trying new things but I will always have these on hand because I know they work for me! ・・・ 1️⃣ Batiste Dry Shampoo @batistecanada 2️⃣ L'Oréal Infallible Pro Spray & Set Setting Spray @lorealmakeup 3️⃣ Nivea Lip Balm @niveacanada 4️⃣ Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer @physiciansformula 5️⃣ Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder @rimmellondoncan ・・・ Notice how these are all affordable products?! I love that! What are your most repurchased items? What do you have to have in your collection at all times?! . . . . . #repurchase #affordablemakeup #drugstoremakeup #batiste #loreal #nivea #physiciansformula #rimmel #butterbronzer #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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This was a tag on Instagram I did:

I was tagged by @snailormercury to do the #10factsaboutme challenge! Everyone please follow her because she is a sweetheart! ・・・ 1️⃣ I've always wanted to dress up as Jem from Jem & the Holograms for Halloween! 🎤 Next year, I need to actually do it! ・・・ 2️⃣ I'm a tea lover and lately my tea of choice is simply Earl Grey. ☕️ I'm obsessed again! ・・・ 3️⃣ Tomorrow is my birthday (Nov 3). I'm going to be 31! 😱 I still feel young at heart though! 😂 ・・・ 4️⃣ I listen to the "I Don't Get It" podcast every time I'm commuting to work. It's so entertaining! ・・・ 5️⃣ Tigritsa is my alias! It means tigress in Russian! 🐅 I use an alias for my blog so bosses and co-workers don't stumble across it if they happened to google my unique name. 🙈 ・・・ 6️⃣ Wondering my real name? It's Keesje! Pronounced Kaysha. My dad is from The Netherlands so that's how I got such a unique name! ・・・ 7️⃣ I'm absolutely obsessed with Camila Cabello's song Havana! 💃🏻 It's such a jam! ・・・ 8️⃣ I rarely ever attempt winged liner if I am wearing eyeshadow. I always screw it up so I don't want to ruin my eyeshadow as well. ・・・ 9️⃣ I have a dog that is almost 18 years old! 🐶 His birthday is this month! 🎉 I've had him since he was a puppy! ・・・ 🔟 My favourite part about Fall fashion is wearing booties! They are so cute and go with literally everything! ・・・ As part of this challenge, I am tagging some friends to participate! Don't feel obligated but I'd love to get to know more about you! ・・・ Tagging @chaos_andreason @hkastell3279 @polishedandinspired @brittanyannbeauty1985 @brittsbeautypicks @dorkyfication @per_la_pelle @supernovarrh @honest_reviews @zeyin73 @warpaintreview . . . . . #selfie #selfiethursday #snapchatfilter #makeup #beauty #beautycommunity #beautyblog #blog #bblogger #bbloggersca #30plusblogs #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #canadianblogger #canadianbeauty #instabeauty #instablogger #beautygram #beautyaddict #wakeupandmakeup #flatlay #beautyflatlay #slaytheflatlay

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Thanks for reading/looking and I hope I can get some blog photos done soon, particularly my empties from October! It’s been a constant battle with the sun! XD

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18 thoughts on “The One with the “Chatty” November Instagram Recap {Week One}”

  1. Well done for standing up for her! It really upsets me now when people make horrible comments about others. Before it didn’t really bother me but since I’ve seen the effects that comments like these have, I’ve become more sensitive to it!

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    1. I should have clarified it was a man! I really can’t stand when people make rude comments about people’s opinions. I think the older we get, the more we learn about what is hurtful but unfortunately, some people did not get the memo!!

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  2. I find it really weird when people out of the blue needs to point other peoples “flaws”. Like why do you feel the need to do so? :/ But I also think sometimes we say things without thinking twice, and how some people actually get offended or hurt by an innocent comment.


    1. Yeah there’s really no reason to point out other people’s flaws! I know some comments are intended innocently and I’m really not one to be offended easily at all, but when it comes to people’s appearance, I don’t accept it!

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  3. Good for you for saying something!! I’ve been told way too many times that I’m too skinny and need to eat a cheeseburger. Or on the opposite spectrum when I have a giant meal and get told that I need to watch out because someday it will catch up to me. Thanks people. I’m going to try my best to enjoy my double cheeseburger now.


  4. I’m trying to get caught up on your posts right now. I love your flatlays, as always!

    I don’t understand why pale skin is a bad thing in Western society. In Asian countries, women try to make their skin pale the way we try to make our skin tan. But I digress – why can’t we just be happy with whatever skin tone we have and not try to make everyone look the same? I also agree with the whole skinny thing. If a woman is skinny, she “needs to eat a burger”; if she’s not society’s vision of what skinny is, she “needs to lay off the burgers”. How about we just leave women’s appearances alone? /rantover I’m glad you stuck up for her though!


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