20 for Jeni: resolutions, goals, and my fav beauty products

Happy New Year!

Whether you are a resolution-setter or hate the very idea of them, January tends to be a good time to set some goals. Especially after a holiday season filled with rich foods, treats, and possibly more drinks than you would usually consume.

I have a few goals centered around being better to myself and the environment:

  1. Remember my travel mug. Better yet, I should stop buying coffee out altogether. That would be a good environmental and financial goal!
  2. Say no to straws. We don’t like using them, but sometimes forget to specifically say ‘no straw’ when we are out. We have stainless steel straws at home, and I am thinking it might be good to have a few in my purse for times when the kids really need a straw to reduce the chance of a mess!
  3. Get up and get moving. My day is not structured in a way that I can fit in the gym. I know there will people who read this and say ‘you can always find the time!’ but honestly, I don’t see it. Instead, I want to get up at 6 and do a workout video. The key will be sticking to my guns and telling the kids if they want to be up they can come with me, but I’m doing my workout first and then feeding you. 😛 Who knows, maybe it will become a family affair.
  4. Obey my physio. I’ve had back pain for a while and it stems from some weaknesses in my body. I have exercises I should be doing, but I have to just do them. So this kind of goes with the one above. There is no reason why I shouldn’t be moving pain-free!
  5. Sleep. In order to make the resolution above work, I have to make sleep a priority. I want to focus on getting as close to 8-hours as possible. That will mean less time watching TV or finishing up work late into the night. But it’s important.

Plus, of course, all the usuals: be more present, eat better, try new things etc. etc.

I also want to revamp this blog a little. I don’t find it very easy to navigate. If you have any thoughts, comment away!

As for this post, it continues to be a little something on what I’m thinking about in the moment.

What I’m reading this month: A Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling. I only started it a few days ago, but it’s good! Part of my goal to get more sleep is shutting off devices 20-30 minutes before bed. Which is tricky because that’s often when I catch up on news or social media. The book is good enough that I look forward to putting the phone down and reading a bit. Let’s see how long it takes me to get through it!

my favourite beauty products


Volum’ Express The Colossal Mascara

Everyone has their own opinion on what makes the best mascara. I like a thin mascara that doesn’t clump but makes my eyelashes pop. I’ve spent a lot on mascara, and I’ve spent a little and lately this one is my favourite. I got it for less than $10 at a drug store and I personally find it better than any I’ve paid $20+ for.

Batiste Instant Hair Refresh

I’ve never been able to go more that one day without washing my hair without looking like a total grease-ball. Enter dry-shampoo. Batiste is the best I have tried. It doesn’t make your hair look grey, but it gives me an extra day without washing. That said, it’s not exactly good for the environment so I might start looking into homemade options. I used to literally sprinkle talcum powder at my roots. If you have a good diy formula comment below!


I didn’t want to like ipsy if I’m being totally honest. It is a monthly subscription where you pay $10 and receive a bag of new products each month. I didn’t like that they wanted you to post on social media to get off the waiting list, so I posted something snarky, still got off the waiting list, and have kind of loved what has arrived in the mail each month. I have to think of what to do with the bags that come each month (I’m thinking I could fill them with toiletries and donate to a shelter next year?) but the products have been great and I’m trying new things! Each month you also get a makeup brush (or at least I have so far) and they have been great.

Fluid Colour Concept Salon

Last summer, I learned paying top dollar for a haircut doesn’t necessarily mean you will walk away happy (*cough* Jet Black Studio *cough*). But when you find the right stylist it’s definitely worth spending the money. I recently finally took a friend’s advice and went to Fluid Colour Concept Salon in Ottawa and had my hair done by Kevin. You know that feeling you have when you’ve had a great haircut? I walked out with that feeling. I love every part of what he did – highlights and cut. Having a good haircut totally makes a difference in my day (as crazy as that might sound) so I’m sticking with Kevin (also good in the city, though, Le Petit Salon).

Organic Barrera

I promise I won’t write about this product every month, but I’m trying to be honest with this blog, and right now I use this every day. My feet were literally the worst; cracked, dry, calloused. I got a pedicure and they were still rough so I made an effort to apply Barrera each night before bed and put on socks. As you can see in the photo, I didn’t remember to get the socks first, and my floors need to be refinished so now I have a series of footprints from my bed to my dresser. Maybe it’s good for the floor as well? This is also the time of year for chapped lips and mine were painful recently and nothing was working. I tried Barrera and they improved in a day. I love it!

Clearly, I also need to be more consistent in this space so that’s another goal for 2018. I have a few posts in my drafts folder that have to be finished up. I just have to make more time. 😛


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