REVIEW: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

When you’re drinking your coffee for a morning pick me up, do you ever wish it would also awaken your skin at the same time?

I’m quite a huge Rimmel London fan, and recently have read several great reviews on their Wake Me Up foundation. So, when my mum gave me a $1 off coupon for any Rimmel product, I knew it was fate giving me a nudge. I wasted no time, and headed on over to my local Wal-Mart to take the plunge. This product has quickly become my go-to summer foundation, and I will tell you why!


It is long lasting, so I don’t need to worry about it slipping around on my face or melting off with the heat of the day. Also, it gives a beautiful glow and healthy appearance to the skin, which illuminates the face and adds dimension. Now, it does have shimmer, which is something I usually try to avoid, but the shimmer is so fine and not overly obvious that I don’t find it to be a problem. In fact, I quite like it.

The coverage is light to medium (and buildable), so it’s not heavy or cakey on the face. As for the smell, it has a nice fruity scent that isn’t too overpowering and doesn’t last long after application. And finally, my favourite part, the packaging is so cute! It comes in a curved glass bottle, with an agreeable pump, meaning the more you press down the more foundation comes out, so you get to decide exactly how much you want to use. And the lid and pump are ORANGE!

One thing to know about this product is if you have oily skin you will need to powder: because the foundation creates radiant skin, it will cause your skin to appear slightly on the oily side. I like to pair it with my Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, to balance out between a glowy and a matte look. And if it’s really hot out, I’ll lightly reapply the powder every few hours or so.

I’ve been really impressed with this product, and will certainly repurchase once I finish my first bottle. Well done, Rimmel!

What’s your favourite summer foundation?

x B


Vitamins with a B

Lately I’ve been having unwelcome episodes of anxiety. Now, this isn’t anxiety that has a specific source that can be dealt with, like being stressed about school for example. It comes on randomly, and goes whenever it decides to go. In my last post, , I mentioned that I have a gluten allergy and one of the many symptoms I have when I come in contact with gluten is intense, overwhelming anxiety. Also, my B vitamins become depleted and need replenishing. Having said that, I don’t suspect gluten to be the culprit, since none of my other symptoms are present. It’s purely anxiety that I’m battling.

I decided to bring this up with my mum, because she  works for a natural health group, which means she’s constantly doing nutritional research, and thus is very knowledgeable in this area. Her diagnosis for my anxiety: Vitamin B deficiency!  A lack of vitamin B can cause anxiety, and one to feel as though life is too hard to cope. I had never known this about vitamin B, and was quite surprised to hear that my problem could very well have an easy solution.


It makes sense. When I eat gluten I become deficient in vitamin B, which then causes anxiety. Simple, right?

Since my Mum’s diagnosis, she has given me a variety of  B supplements to take every day, and guess what?! No more anxiety! All my body needed was the right combination of vitamins.

My Mum is not a doctor, and neither am I. So I don’t suggest you just go out and start taking a whole bunch of supplements without seeking proper counsel. But, the moral of the story is, sometimes a big problem has a simple solution (that doesn’t require medication). Don’t take for granted the huge role that vitamins and minerals play in the body.

Being healthy and happy contributes more to beauty than any makeup!

x B


Sea Salt Scrub


It was the last few weeks of winter and I was reminiscing wistfully about my time living in the Northern Beaches of Australia. Days spent floating in the pool, lying on the beach, or relaxing on a café patio along the beach, my skin feeling crisp from the sun, sipping on a flat white. Those were the days. So there I was at the tail end of Canadian winter, looking longingly through my Australia 2010 iPhoto album, when I was shocked to see how clear and healthy my skin looked. I began to question why that would be so, and came up with a list of possibilities, the key one being the salty ocean air, since sea salt is known for reducing inflammation, detoxifying, and softening the skin. This led me to wonder if washing my face with sea salt would clear up my complexion, and from what I read, it sounded like a highly promising option.

As I mentioned in my last post, this was during my finals at uni, and my skin was in pretty bad shape. So I began exfoliating my face with finely ground sea salt almost every day, and the improvements have been exactly as I had hoped. Pimples healed up within 1-2 days, redness was reduced, and my skin was left feeling soft and moisturized.

Here are the steps I take when exfoliating with sea salt:

  1. Wet face and pour a heaping teaspoon of sea salt into hand.
  2. Apply all over the face and exfoliate by moving hands in small circles for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Rinse off the excess.

I would recommend doing this in the shower, as it can get a bit messy otherwise. I have had really good results with this, and surprisingly, my skin feels hydrated and silky after the exfoliation, even before I put on moisturizer.

Now I would much rather pack up and spend the rest of my life in Sydney, all for the sake of my skin. However, since that’s currently not an option, I will settle for a sea salt scrub.

x B