Monday, 23 January 2017


Recently, a friend of mine started selling a product called LipSense by the company Senegence and she added me to her Facebook group. I saw the videos she posted of ladies putting on a liquid lip colour and topping it off with a gloss and showing that the colour stayed. They would smudge their lips with their hands or take a drink and the colour would stay put. 

I have very thin and cracked lips and most of the time my makeup routine does not include lip colours because they never stayed on. So I was very interested in LipSense products. I ordered from my friend two LipSense colours: Mulled Wine and Apple Cider. I also purchased a LipSense Glossy Gloss which you need as a top coat to keep the colour on your lips all day long. The product is a steep purchase ($30 CAD per lip colour and $25 per lip gloss) so I thought I would share with you my thoughts on whether LipSense is really worth the price.

Things I liked about LipSense:
The colours are pigmented
The product does not dry out my lips because Glossy Gloss moisturizes my lips.
LipSense stays on my lips all day! I just reapply the Glossy Gloss every 4 hours or so and the colour stays on all day.
I can eat and drink without worrying my lip colour will come off.
Things I didn't like about LipSense:
The price for the liquid lip colour is expensive.
You have to buy both the colour and a glossy gloss which makes the cost even more.
You have to use an oil (I use coconut oil) or an oil-based makeup remover or their own Ooops! Remover to get it off. A simple makeup wipe does not do the trick.
Overall I am happy with the product. When I want colour on my lips I know it is worth it to put on the LipSense as it will last all day and give me great colour. While I don't sell the product I will definitely purchase more LipSense from my friend. If you liked this post be sure to like it and follow me on Bloglovin'! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite lip product is and why! 

Xo. Tara Berries

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


January is the worst time for anyone's skin as the cold, dry weather really takes a toll on one's face. Unfortunately, regardless of the current month, I always suffer from dry and sensitive skin. I have to be so careful with the products I choose for my skin as it could dry it out even worse than before I used the product. I have finally found a skin care routine that takes away my dry skin but I have to continue with it or my skin goes back to being dry very quickly.

Step 1:
Moisturize in the morning before putting on my makeup! 
We all have been in the situation where we hit the snooze button one too many times and we have to hazardly put our makeup on in a flash. It might seem logical to skip the moisturizing part of our routine as no one sees it on our faces but if I skip this step my makeup will start to clump as my skin becomes too dry to absorb it. I received the  Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Creme 1.7oz in a gift set for Christmas and I love that it is extremely moisturizing but not overly thick, it doesn't make my skin look oily, and it smells delicious. 

Step 2:
Take my makeup off every night.
Sometimes, on a late Saturday night I would come home and brush my teeth and climb into bed without taking my makeup off. The next morning I would have mascara all over my pillow case but that isn't the only thing I would have to take care of the next day. I would have the worst dry skin on my face because I didn't take my makeup off or finish my skin care routine. Now no matter how late it is that I get home, I always use a makeup wipe to remove most of my makeup and then quickly cleanse my face. I have the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes 7 Count (Pack of 6)which I find very convenient to take with me when staying at a friend's house and they get the job done for taking my makeup off.

Step 3: 
Exfoliate and cleanse my face.
Since I have such dry skin I only exfoliate my face once a week and I use 
St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub, Apricot, 6 Ounce which I have used since I was a teenager. St. Ives Apricot Scrub smells great and exfoliates my skin so that I can have a fresh base to work with the for the rest of the week. I cleanse my face every night to get rid of any leftover makeup after using the wipes and to just give my face a good last clean before heading to bed. The cleanser I have been using is First Aid Beauty Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser (5 oz) and it has lasted me almost a year. I love the consistency and simplicity of this cleanser and that there isn't a strong smell to it. This cleanser adds moisture to my face instead of stripping it of any moisture it has which some strong cleansers do to my skin.

Step 4: 
End each night with Coconut Oil.
The night seems to be the worst time for my skin because when I wake up I find my skin is the dryest. I sleep with a humidifier and I sip on water throughout the night when I wake up thirsty but still my skin is dry. I read up on all the uses of coconut oil and I purchased a huge container at Costco. I just put a little bit of it all over my face and let it moisturize my skin while I sleep and I have to say, out of all of the steps I have described, this is the most important step for me. I love coconut oil and I find putting it on at night doesn't bother me because I don't care if my skin looks oily while I am sleeping. By the next morning my skin is already softer and is ready for a little bit of moisturizer to handle the rest of the day.

So there you have it, my complicated skin care routine! If you have dry and sensitive skin please let me know some of your advice! If you have a favourite skincare product that you think I should try, let me know in the comments below.

Xo. Tara Berries

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Current Reads 2017 | Tara Berries

I remember being a child and always having a book in my hands. During math class I would read my book with it propped open inside my desk and the teacher never knew. Any vacation trips we would take as a family I would always bring a book to read and not much has changed. I always have a book on the go with a to-be-read list a mile long. I thought I would share with you what I am currently reading in 2017.

November 9: A Novel By Colleen Hoover

I have heard great things about Colleen Hoover's novels and I decided to give them a try. November 9: A Novel is about a girl named Fallon who meets an aspiring novelist, Ben before leaving the city. Each year they meet on the same day and discuss their lives until Fallon starts to wonder if the stories are meant for a novel or  if they are genuine.

Scrappy Little Nobody By Anna Kendrick

A few years ago Tina Fey wrote Bossy Pants and then Mindy Kaling came out with her novel, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? and I loved them. Amy Poehler wrote Yes Please and I became hooked on reading autobiographies of celebrities. You can imagine my excitement when one of my favourite actresses, Anna Kendrick, wrote an autobiography and it quickly went on my Christmas Wish List. Anna comes at her life with sarcasm and wit like no other I have read. Truth and honesty are a huge part of why I love reading Scrappy Little Nobody, she doesn't try to be the good girl and she describes being a teenager with such accuracy. Kendrick's best writing came out when she discusses being a child actor and being on the set of Camp. Scrappy Little Nobody will be on my bookshelf along with my other favourite celebrity autobiographies.

I pre-ordered this screenplay before the movie came out in November but I didn't get a chance to read it until early January. I loved the movie with Eddie Redmayne and I have to say, reading the screenplay was even better. I have a better sense of the different beasts that were shown in the movie and I have a clearer understanding of what an obscurial is. If you loved the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them then you will love the screenplay and it will look great on your bookshelf with all of your Harry Potter books.

A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara

I have yet to read A Little Life but I have heard so many great things about the novel that it is on my To-Be-Read list for 2017. I have read that it is about four young adults who move to New York and their trials and tribulations. People have told me that it can be sad at times but that the novel is life changing so I am looking forward to reading it.

If you have read any of the books on my Current Reads list then let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven't heard of any of the novels list please post a book recommendation for me to check out in 2017!

Xo. Tara Berries

Saturday, 7 January 2017


I have always been a goals oriented person and I love the new year because it gives you reason to reflect on the year that has past and to think of the future year ahead. Upon reflecting on 2016 I realized that it is time to get serious and to create more specific goals to get further ahead in planning for my future. I have divided up my goals into four categories: financial, health, blog, and personal.

Financial Goal: To save my money.
I have never created a financial goal before and I have to say I am not the best at saving money. Last year I opened up a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) and put all my savings into that account but I have dipped into my savings since then so it went down quite a bit. I realized that the only way I can force myself to save is to create automatic monthly transfers from my chequing account to my TFSA so that it is like a bill payment. I have to account for this transfer monthly so that I don't end up spending it all and have nothing left to put into my account (which was happening too frequently). I went into the bank a few days ago and raised my automatic transfers and I made an appointment to discuss investing into a mutual fund. I would also like to save some money to put towards a Registered Retirement Savings Plan as I haven't yet begun to save for my retirement (which won't be occurring for a very long time).

Health Goal: Exercise 5 days a week.
The more I research on health and fitness the more I read that 30 minute workouts 5 days a week is the perfect amount to make a good fitness routine. This seems doable right? I have started the Fit Girls Guide 28 Day Jumpstart and have been working out everyday for 30 minutes and I think this is something I can stick with. Let me know if you are also participating in a fitness challenge this month!

Blog Goals: Blog on average once a week.
Over the summer of 2016 I had plenty of time to attend to my blog and write posts and publish them. When September came along I became much busier and it became harder to stick to a schedule. I want to try to publish a blog post once a week which would keep my traffic up and would give readers a sense of regularity to my blog.

Personal Goal: Read 30 books this year.
I make a reading goal every year and for the past few years I haven't reached my goal (probably set too high at 50 books a year). With 2016 being my worst reading year yet, I really want to read more in 2017. Especially when friends look to me to give them book recommendations. If you would like to follow what I am reading you can add me on Goodreads. 

Those are my goals for 2017 and I think they are each attainable goals. I just have to keep at it each day and focus on the end result: to be a more well rounded person at the end of 2017. What are your goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments. If you liked this post you can follow me on bloglovin'!

Xo. Tara Berries