Although Fresh-Season.com is primarily a beauty and style blog, it’s still nice to talk about lifestyle… and well, just life in general. You know, the good days, the not-so-good days, and everything else in between! In attempt to make Fresh-Season.com a little “more rounded,” I’ve decided to come up with a weekly feature that touches on pretty much everything: weekly reflections, life regrets, lessons learned, favourite books, weekend brunches, etc. etc.! This week, I’m talking about pushing buttons (see below!).
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I felt like my buttons were being push all last week by a particular person. I tried really hard at just letting it roll off my shoulder (I mean, why let such little things bother you? Maybe it’s not worth it!), but the button pushing was constant. Day after day, and sometimes hour after hour. Because it was constant, I started to experience a little anxiety. I kept telling myself, “Breathe, Leanne– just let it go… let it go…” But unfortunately, I couldn’t. Annoyance turned into anxiety, and the anxiety turned into torment.
That’s right, I felt completely and utterly tormented.
What did I do? Well, nothing. I actually have no idea what to do! I cannot avoid this person, and so it’s hard. I wish I could just surround myself with only positive people, but sometimes it’s just impossible.
What do you do when your “buttons” have been pushed repeatedly? How do you resolve conflict?
For the longest while, I’ve wanted to write a blog post about prescription glasses. I work in the optical industry (it’s my job, but not my career) and wear glasses (but mostly contact lenses), so I like to think that I know a few things about prescription glasses. I’ve also been contacted a few times by various online glasses companies, like Firmoo, to review one of their products or host a giveaway. My response? No, thanks! Why? Well, keep reading!
I understand that you’re on a budget and buying online is much cheaper than buying your glasses in a store. And normally, I would recommend going with a cheaper alternative! But we are not talking about make-up or clothes here, we are talking about your vision. And I do not recommend buying your glasses online. Why? Well the most important reason has to do with the quality of the lens and the accuracy of your prescription.
On websites like Clearly Contacts, they ask you for a P.D (pupil distance) measurement. You might find this on your RX, but most of the time, they ask you to take the P.D yourself (using your camera and a ruler, I believe). This is not something you want to do yourself, trust me. Most of the time, it’s wrong. Opticians (the people who fix and adjust your glasses in store) use a special device to take your P.D. They are trained to do this. If you’re P.D is off, then this can induce prism (which you do not want– it will alter your prescription!). Basically, if your P.D is off, you will not be able to see properly.
Secondly, it is also important to make sure you know what type of lenses you are getting (I.E, Nikon, Essilor, Shamir, etc.). Each brand has its own standards, and it’s important that you understand that.
Lastly, when you purchase new glasses, you need to have them adjusted to your face. If you purchase online, you cannot get them adjusted. Yes, you can always go into an optical store and ask, but I regard this as something you shouldn’t do (why ask for a free adjustment? You didn’t purchase them from the store!).
While buying single vision glasses (as in reading or distance glasses) is not really recommended, I definitely do not recommend purchasing Bifocial or Progressive lenses online! It would be completely impossible for you to take the correct measurements without the actual frame and optician present, thus, you won’t be able to see properly (I promise you that!).
I’m always finding frames at work that look completely amazing. I love them! However, just because they look nice do not mean that they will fit you properly. For instance, because I have such a low bridge, I cannot wear plastic frames– I have to wear metal ones, with nosepads (which I hate!).
How do you know if your frame fits your bridge correctly? Well, there shouldn’t be a gap between the bridge of your nose and the frame! They should fit PERFECTLY. Take a look at these Vogue frames: There is a tiny gap between my bridge and the frame… they don’t exactly fit.
Now, I love these frames so much. And although they are not a 100% fit, I bought them. I actually plan on getting nosepads put on them (which you can do for around $50) so that they will sit properly on my bridge. If your glasses do not sit properly on your bridge, they will constantly slip down your nose and cause headaches (I know because I’ve been there!).
If you have any questions about prescription glasses or contact lenses, just let me know in the comments section!
Two weeks ago, I popped by Sephora to pick up a few things and realized that I’d finally reached 500 points! This is a big deal. I have no patience what-so-ever, so I’ve never reached 500 points before; I’d always spend them 100 at at time (oops!). But this time, I was a good girl! …And I was rewarded well ;)
For October, the 500 point perk reward at Sephora was the “Bobbi to Go” set from Bobbi Brown. I’ve actually never tried Bobbi Brown before, so I was pretty excited for this one (plus, I love receiving eyeshadow palettes like this one I got a while ago from Lancome!).
The Bobbi to Go set contains
A classic eye and cheek palette. The eyeshadow shades include Bone, Heather Mauve, Saddie, and Mahogany; the blush shade is pale pink.
An intensifying long-wearing mascara (0.1 oz/3ml)
A hydrating eye cream (10 fl oz/3ml)
My favourite part of the set is definitely the blush and eyeshadow palette. I’ve actually been using it everyday for the last two weeks! The eyeshadows are perfect for creating a smokey eye, or for just creating a very natural look (the shade “heather mauve” is great for the more natural look, and is my favourite!). The little brush that comes with the set is extremely soft and picks up the eyeshadows quite well!
Unfortunately, the Bobbi Brown intensifying long-wear mascara wasn’t a favourite of mine. I’m very picky when it comes to my mascaras (I’ve tried so so many over the years), and this one just doesn’t cut it over me. I prefer a thick wand, and this one is rather small. It didn’t really lengthen or “intensify” my lashes at all.
As for the eye cream– well, I’m going to admit… I think this is my very first time trying an eye cream! I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but I do like quick absorption of the cream! It’s pretty light on my skin, and doesn’t have a foul smell. It’s a thumbs up in my books!
Do you shop at Sephora? Have you ever redeemed points? What did you receive? And have you ever tried Bobbi Brown? If so, what are your favourite Bobbi Brown products?
Am I right? Because let me tell you, this is pretty much the story of my life. So many amazing filters, and I feel like I’m always the last one to know! (LOL #sadtimes). But this won’t be the same for you! I’m letting you in on my favourite picture iPhone apps! Enjoy!
Line Camera – Line Camera is actually one of the first apps that I downloaded on my iPhone. It’s a pretty basic app– you can use different filters, write on the photos, and even put little “stamps” (like stars) on the photos. The best part about it? It’s completely free!
Framatic – I love Framatic! It’s an app where you can put several photos into different frames. This is perfect for publishing your OOTD (outfit of the day) posts! And it’s free!
After light – After Light was suggested to me by a friend on Twitter, and I love it! It has a nice collection of great filters that will make your photos look more “professional.” You can get this app for only 99 cents!
Pic FX – Right now, Pic FX is probably my favourite app. Not only does it have a bunch of interesting filters, but you can add little hearts, circles, etc. to your images… just like this one! For the hearts/circles/etc. filters, just click on “lights” when in the app. There are several to choose from! This app is $1.99, but so worth it!
Back in August, before I moved to Toronto, I bought two books: “Room” by Emma Donoghue and “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard. I read “A Stolen Life” in a day (it was just… wow. Words cannot describe it!), and I was plowing through “Room” quite quickly.
Once I moved to Toronto, things got a little busy. I tried finishing “Room” on the subway, but I kept forgetting to put it in my bag/was too tired to read at 6:30 in the morning etc. etc. I picked the book back up last week while on the greyhound to Ottawa and ended up finishing the other day. Let me just say: “Room” was amazing. Great book! Highly, highly suggest it!
I don’t know why, but this week has just been an off week for me. First, I ended up getting sick after my thanksgiving weekend in Ottawa. And then, I don’t know… I was put in a terrible mood for the rest of the week. I felt like my buttons were being pushed this week (well actually, they’ve been pushed all month long!), and I was pretty much at my breaking point.
But you know what? Sometimes it’s good to just “snap” a little. Especially if you tend to be passive in character. It just reminds certain people that “hey, you’ve gone too far and I’m not taking it!”
So to put myself back into a good mood, I decided to just relax a little: I (finally) finished “Room,” treated myself to mini DIY spa treatments (thanks to Philosophy!), and sipped on my favourite David’s Tea blend: Forever Nuts!
After a weekend of doing absolutely nothing (other than watching Halloween movie marathons!), I feel a little refreshed :)
Do you let people push your buttons for long? Or do you nip it in the bud immediately?
Thank God the weekend is finally here! While I didn’t work regular hours this week (due to Thanksgiving and getting sick), I felt like the week was never going to end. I felt like I was at my breaking point by Friday afternoon. But all is okay– It’s Saturday, and I’m cuddled up on the couch watching a Tremors Marathon on AMC (the best!).
I’ve always liked Philosophy. Now, I will say that I’ve only ever tried their bath and shower gels (I received a gift set last Christmas!), but I love them! The scents are out-of-this-world amazing!
Nancy, who is a huge Philosophy fan, held a Philosophy giveaway a few weeks ago, and I ended up winning! I was soooo excited! Philosophy ended up sending me a huge box of goodies (thank you!), but today I’m going to talk about one of the goodies they sent me: The Hope in a Jar moisturizer!
Our award-winning, lightweight daily moisturiser hydrates and provides antioxidant protection, while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant.
contains the ester of lactic acid for exfoliation to help promote smooth, healthy-looking skin
contains beta-glucan to help give your skin a healthy, rosy glow
high-performance moisturiser with antioxidants to help protect skin against environmental attack
When I first tried this product, I was amazed at the texture! It’s like, whipped! So smooth, so silky! I seriously love the feeling of it! A++ for texture, that’s for sure!
I’ve been using Hope in a Jar all week, and I must say; I really like it! I have combination skin (oily parts around my cheeks and forehead, and very dry spots around my nose). I could never really get rid of the dryness around my nose (it’s really, really bad!). But I noticed that the dryness is completely gone after using Hope in a Jar! I am serious. I can’t believe it!
The thing I hate, however, is the smell. It’s quite disappointing. It’s such a great product, but the scent isn’t very pleasant. Thankfully, it isn’t very strong– but this is definitely something Philosophy can improve on.
If you’re interested in trying Hope in a Jar, Sephora sells the 2 oz jar (like the one I have) for $52 (see here). But if you want to test it out first, you can always ask a sales associate at Sephora for a sample!
Have you ever tried Philosophy Products? If so, which ones are your favourite? Which daily moisturizer is your favourite?