#NYXinthe6ix

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NYX, the Los Angelos make up brand, has finally opened its own brick-and-mortar store in downtown Toronto. Replacing the MAC store at 363 Queen St. West, I finally got a chance to see the store in person. The brand, now owned by L'Oreal, can be found in Rexall Drugstores, but with the new flagship store, it offers the whole range of NYX goodies.

Walking inside for the first time, it was packed. As with most new and trendy things to happen in Toronto, the market gets saturated very quickly. That being said, it did not deter me from shouldering and elbowing my way through! The store is laid out similarly to MAC, sleek black counters and shelving for the products, and vanities in the centre, with giant mirrors. As well, the typical hot white lights beaming down on you. You really can't hide any flaws with those lights, or sweat. I have to say, they were smart about how they laid out their products. I could find most things in more than one area, which is nice when you're trying to navigate a sea of teens. The personnel, from cashiers to makeup artists were very helpful. For the most part they were ready to help, but did not approach me. Which is fine, considering there were so many people, to me it made more sense to stand by and let the shoppers shop. The cashier who checked me out was really friendly and helpful, even helped me spend more money, ha!

The things I bought and the price break down:

Lip Lingerie (Liquid Lipstick), Exotic - $9 CDN
Full Throttle Lipstick, Con Artist - $10 CDN
Pore Filler - $16 CDN
NYX Pro Fan Brush 06 - $17 CDN
NYX Pro Dual Brow Brush 18 - $10 CDN

The Lingerie Liquid Lipstick that dries matte came highly recommended, my friends have told me that they were even better than NYX's soft matte lip cream, which I already love, so I'm excited to try it. I tried the Full Throttle lipstick in store. It is a lovely brick red colour, it's very matte and apparently waterproof! (You can tell that I love my mattes.) I haven't used the brushes too much to make a full review yet, so I won't say much more. I purchased the pore filler by the recommendation of the cashier, and I already love it. It refines your pores and creates a smoother surface for your makeup, something I will talk about further in a later post.

Overall, I think the prices are quite reasonable for a higher end drugstore brand. I have always loved using NYX products, particularly the lipsticks, so I'm excited to continue to explore the brand.

Go check out the store and brave the crowd. Or shop online, at NYXcosmetics.ca

Let me know what you think! Until next time, 

xo, Karen

Take It All Off – My Skin Care Routine

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For me, skin care is very important. As I've said before, I have crappy, oily, acne prone skin. To maintain it and have minimal spots, I need to take care of it. Even on those long days when I feel too lazy to do it all, I'll at least do the bare minimum. Here is my skin care routine for night time, day time, and my lazy nights.

Night Time Routine:

I take showers at night, so I do part of my night time skin routine in the shower:

Step 1: Before getting into the shower, I always remove my eye makeup first. I use Vichy's Waterproof Eye Makeup remover on a cotton pad to take off my eye makeup and waterproof mascara. I also use any excess product on the pad to remove the product on my eyebrows.

Step 2: In the shower, I use Vichy's one step 3-in-1 milk cleanser, toner and makeup remover all over my face. If I have a particularly heavy makeup day, I'll use Bobby Brown's Oil Cleanser* (not shown). I like doing this in the shower because I can easily rinse it off after.

*Oil Cleansers are good at picking up the oils and removing them from the skin. This follows the principle of "like dissolves like", oily stuff mixes with other oily stuff, making oil cleansers very effective at removing the oils built up on the face throughout the day.

Step 3: Still in the shower, I further cleanse my face with a charcoal-based cleanser to remove any excess dirt from my pores. Here I'm showing Biore's Charcoal Cleanser, you can read my post on my favourite charcoal cleansers here.

Step 4: Out of the shower, I will apply Vichy's Perfecting Toner all over my face with a cotton pad. There are two reasons why I do this. First, any remaining dirt after cleansing is removed. You'd be surprised by how much residual dirt is left over, you can even see it on the cotton pad! The second reason is, toner "tones" the face. As you scrub your skin with cleanser it opens up your skin cells, and pores. Toner helps realigns and smooths out your skin cells, and tightens your pores.

Step 5: I apply my night cream. In this case it's a benzoyl peroxide based acne cream.

Day Time Routine:

Step 1: I wash my face with some warm water using a wash cloth. The cloth helps scrub off my night cream and whatever is left on my skin when I wake up in the morning.

Step 2: I cleanse my face with a mild foaming cleanser. In the morning I use Cerave; the one I'm using is for normal-oily skin. I like it because it doesn't irritate my skin or cause me to break out, but it leaves it feeling clean. I don't normally use an exfoliant in the morning, mainly because I don't think it's necessary to scrub my skin raw in the morning when I have already completely cleaned my skin the night before.

Step 3: I apply toner to a cotton pad, and wipe it all over my face, for reasons above.

Step 4: I apply moisturizer and go on with my makeup routine

Lazy Nights’ Routine:

Step 1: Remove eye makeup using Vichy's Waterproof Eye Makeup remover.

Step 2: I apply Vichy's one step micellar solution on a cotton pad to remove the make up on my face. I typically use two pads of the solution to remove the majority of the makeup

Step 3: Wash my face with a wash cloth, then use a cleanser, typically Lush's Coalface cleanser

Step 4: Remove residual dirt with Vichy's Perfecting Toner using a cotton pad.

Step 5: Apply night cream

Okay, it seems like this is the same amount of work but it really is faster on lazy days! I always need to do at least this much so I don't feel like an oily-faced monster.

And that's my skin-care routine. Do you guys have any particular products you like to use to remove your makeup and/or wash your face? Let me know in the comments! See you guys in the next post! And Happy Valentine's Day! xo, Karen

Be Flawless With Cover FX

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Contouring Made Easy With Cover FX’s Contour Kit

My favourite foundation and honestly the only thing I use on my face is Cover FX's cream foundation. Cover FX makes finding your shade easy and comes in a wide range of skin tones. They have three different undertones, P = Pink, N = Neutral and G = Golden, and the number represents the depth of shade; the higher the number the darker the shade. I'm G50 - the golden undertone is great for the yellow undertone in asian skin.

Cover FX's cream foundation has amazing coverage. It blends completely with my skin and hides all my skin imperfections, flawlessly.I use their cream foundation as a concealer to spot treat the areas I want to hide. For example, the dark circles underneath my eyes, my chin, and some acne scars on my nose and cheeks. I only use it all over for special occasions.

I have been using Cover FX for years now. I started using it because the foundation I was using before discovering Cover FX was causing me to break out where I didn't normally break out. A girl from university told me about Cover FX, I tried it and never looked back. Cover FX is dermatologically tested to not clog pores and is free of parabens, fragrances, talc, and a bunch of other stuff. It's ideal for those who have acne prone or sensitive skin. Not to mention it's cruelty free!

Cover FX released a contour kit which is only currently available online for Canada. Bryan went to New York recently and I got him to grab one for me while he was down there (I had to have it, of course!). You can find your contour kit by matching your shade with the range each kit comes in. There are 6 different kits that is based on undertone and depth of skin. For example, I'm G50, so my shade falls in the G medium Deep kit. In each kit you get 4 different shades you can use to highlight and define your facial features. It even comes with an instructional card - ensuring you get it right every time. Some of you may think contouring is time consuming and just added work to your makeup routine. However, often when you put foundation all over, it flattens your face, and washes you out. Contouring reintroduces shades and highlights back to your face, and enhances your features. The kit makes it easy to achieve this.

Above I'm wearing the cream foundation in G50 and have used the contour kit in G Medium Deep - I prefer a more subtle look, but you can chisel out those cheek bones more if need be!)

First impressions, I really like this kit. The consistency is the same as the cream foundation and blends super easily. The colour range I matched my skin tone to was bang on. The darker shades defines the cheek bones without looking muddy. Now, because you're working with a cream foundation, it does take a little longer to blend into the skin than using a press powdered bronzer. Having said that, if done properly, the application is much more even - less likely to be patchy, which bronzers can do. I will probably use this kit when I'm going out or for a special occasion. For me, it's too heavy to wear daily.

How to use: I suggest applying the cream foundation with a damp beauty blender sponge. The sponge helps blend the foundation with your skin effortlessly. You want to use the darker shades just underneath your cheek bones, your temples, underneath your jaw line and blend down the neck. With the lighter shade, you'll want to put it in the centre of your forehead, down the nose bridge, the chin, underneath your brow bone and the area under your eyes. The highlight shade can go on the high points on your cheeks, down your nose, and the brow bone. Set your makeup and mattify your look with a loose translucent powder all over.

Let me know if you've tried Cover FX's Contour Kit and what you think! Show me your looks on Instagram. I'm @kernh. Follow me!

Where you can buy these products I mentioned:

Cover FX Cream Foundation - Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart ($42 CDN)
Cover FX Contour Kit - Sephora ($48 CDN)
Beauty Blender - Sephora ($28 CDN)

The year is slowly drawing to a close! The next post I'll be recapping my favourite beauty products of 2015. So, look forward to that.

Until then,
xoxo, Kern.

Trial and Error I

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Blotterazzi vs. Oil Blot Sheets

Hi Internet! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a long while; I've been putting off blogging for too long. But I'm going to try and be more consistent with my posts. 

Over the pass few months, I've indulged in many new cosmetic products. I bought a lot of good stuff and some not so good stuff that I wanted to share with you guys. To show you these new products, I'm starting a series of "Trial and Error" blogs. It's pretty self explanatory - I'll try the product and let you know how it is!

I'm obsessed with finding new products that can keep my oily skin at bay. Beauty blender came out with "Blotterazzi", 'thirsty' sponges, that are meant to absorb the excess oils on your face without smudging or removing your makeup. They are washable and reusable. It's an environmentally friendlier version of blotting paper. I personally love blotting sheets, they save me from looking like bucket of grease, but they are wasteful. So when I saw this, I was excited! But skeptical whether or not they worked. I saw some reviews on Sephora and the reviews were split 50/50. So whatever, I bought it, and tried it.

First, some details: Blotterazzi comes in a snazzy pearlescent case that is shaped like a tear drop (similar to the beauty blender), inside there are two flat sponges, about 0.5cm in thickness, separated by a clear plastic sheet.

How to use it: Press the sponge into the skin for about 5 seconds and the sponge should absorb the oil. The sponge works best when dry. The tear drop shape allows you to maximize the surface area of the sponge. The fat rounded bottom is meant for larger areas of the skin, like your forehead, while the pointed top gives you the precision for around your nose, or under your brows.

First impressions, I liked that it came in a case for easy travel and keeps them hygienic. It's pricey for just two sponges, but I guess it would be worth it since it's washable and reusable. However, the sponges do a poor job at absorbing any excess oil. I have to really dab the sponge and leave it on the skin for a while before I see a difference. And even after using it, I'll use a blot sheet and remove the oils the sponge missed.

Overall, I'm unimpressed. I had high expectations for this product, especially since Beauty Blender makes terrific make-up sponges that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, Blotterazzi did not live up to my expectations and so I can't recommend this product. I'm a little sadden by this, I was really hoping it'd turn out to be amazing. But I definitely prefer blotting sheets. The sheets absorb oils instantly without any effort and leave your skin matte. So I'm sticking to the blotting sheets for now.

If you're interested in the products I mentioned here they are:

Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender ($28 CDN)

The Face Shop's Oil Control Film (or you can find different brands at your drug store)

Let me know your thoughts!

xo, Karen

Stila – In the Light

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Hi Internet,

Today I'll be reviewing Stila eye shadows, in particular shadows from their 'In the Light' palette. And I'll be showing a quick make up look.

Stila came out with three versions of these palettes, 'In the Know', 'In the Garden' and 'In the Light'. I have the 'In the Light' palette (but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on the other two..). The palette comes with ten different eye shadows, with a combination of matte and shimmery shadows: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone, Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony. It also includes their Smudge Stick Waterproof eye liner in Damsel (the one in the box shown below). My palette comes with a large mirror on the inside of the lid - I noticed that some pictures online show only a cardboard lid.

The colours are beautiful and it makes the perfect nude palette. I often use this palette over any other palette I own, even Urban Decay's Naked palette. Stila makes high quality eyeshadows that are very pigmented and go on very smoothly. They blend very easily on the skin, with very little fall out. Nothing bothers me more than putting eye shadow on and the shadow gets all over your face. Defeats the purpose of it being an eye shadow. Because this palette features neutral colours, it would look good on any skin type.

I have swatched the colours for you, I apologize for my poor camera angle. I'm a medium skin tone, and you can see how vibrant each colour stands out on my skin. From left to right you have Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone, Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony. At the very end I have also swatched Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner that I use in the makeup look - one of the best liquid liners by far. I forgot to swatch the liner that comes with the palette, but it's a very nice medium-dark brown, that glides on smoothly, and dries to a matte finish, and stays put once it's dry. Great formula that doesn't 'run' and cause raccoon eyes at the end of the day - at least from my experience.

Now onto the makeup look! I have personally designed my own character model to use for my makeup looks and for the blog - something I will do next time is to print on cardstock.

Step one: Apply 'Bare' in the inner third of your eye lid. You can sweep this colour into the inner corner of your eye and on the lower lash line as well.
Step two: With a fluffy brush, sweep 'Gilded gold' on the outer two thirds of your upper eye lid. Blend up and outwards. Check in your mirror to see if it shows when your eyes are open. With an angle brush, smudge this colour into your lower lash line, concentrating the colour in the outer two thirds.

Step three: With your favourite eye liner - I'm using Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid eye liner - line your eyes as close to the upper lash line as possible and wing it out! This may take practice, just do small strokes and steady your hand by holding onto your arm with the other.
Don't forget to curl your lashes and apply mascara - here I'm showing Covergirl's Waterproof Lash Blast mascara.
Step four: Highlight the inner corner of your eyes with 'Kitten' or 'Bubbly'.

Some tips: To make your eyeshadow lasts all day and prevent creasing, I suggest wearing a primer before applying your eye makeup. I show above Urban Decay's Primer Potion. To mattify liquid eye liner (because they always dry shiny), take an angel brush and dab on black eye shadow over the liquid liner. This not only mattifies the liner, but also gets rid of any wibbly wobblies from a shaky hand.

And that's it!

I hope this was useful to anyone out there looking for the perfect nude palette.

You can find this palette on Stila's Website, and as well, select drugstores that sell the brand, including Shoppers Drug Mart. I bought mine at Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart for $50.00 CAD (and yes you can use your Shopper points at this store! so go crazy).

If you enjoyed reading this post or have any questions, please leave me a comment! And let me know if you want to see more makeup looks in the future.

Until next time,
xo Kern

Waterproof Mascara Got Nothin’ On Me!

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Vichy's Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover - You can tell I've already worked my way through it.

So, I wear waterproof mascara everyday because I can't stand getting "racoon eyes" from regular mascara after a long sweaty day, and what happens if I cry spontaneously? (Happens more than you think). I mainly wear it because I have asian eyelashes that point downwards and the only way to keep a curl is with a waterproof mascara - it's a waxier/dryer formula - so when you apply mascara after you've curled it, it won't make your lashes "soggy" and flop back down.

To most people that would be a pain in the bum to take off every night. It really isn't! Especially if you're using the right products. Vichy's Waterproof Eye Makeup remover is my favourite. I have tried a few other drugstore brands and even higher end brands including Maybelline, Almay, Nars and Elizabeth Arden. They remove the mascara (mostly), but takes much longer to do so and with more effort.

The Vichy Eye Make-up Remover is dual layer, the top is an oil layer, and the bottom is aqueous. You shake the product until it emulsifies together. Apply the product onto a cotton pad. Press the cotton pad on your eye for ten seconds - wiggle the product in to your lashes. The oil layer helps breakdown the waxy mascara, the aqueous layer makes it easy to remove the mascara from the lashes. Afterwards, wipe off the mascara. If you missed a spot, go ahead and use the same pad and wipe/rub the edges of mascara you misses. It takes no time at all the remove all the eye makeup. What's great about this product is that Vichy's formula also helps protect and nourish your lashes to keep them longer and stronger. It's also a drugstore brand so it's easy to find at your local Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall.

I'm wearing waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner in the photo - it took about 15 seconds to remove it all, plus there is no residual eye make-up left over.

So go ahead and wear your favourite waterproof mascara! It'll be no match for this eye-makeup remover. (and yes, I wrote this post with one eye with make-up and the other without)

xo, Kern.

Charcoal Everything

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Left to Right: Lush - Dark Angels, Biore - Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, Garnier - Anti-Shine Cleansing Gel, Lush - Coalface

Charcoal-based cleansers are all the rage right now. And thank goodness they are, because they're amazing. Charcoal cleansers are great for those who have oily skin (like me!). It also great at removing excess dirt and grime built up in the pores of the skin. Charcoal is essentially charred organic material, that is removed of water and oxygen, leaving behind an ashy material, charcoal, pretty much black carbon. What goes into your charcoal cleansers is what is known as "Activated Charcoal" - charcoal that has been processed, typically with heat, to give the carbon a fine porous structure. The microscopic pores increases the surface area of charcoal and makes it highly effective at absorption, in turn, making it ideal to use in cosmetic skin care products.

Your skin cells are itself porous. They are very good at absorbing dirt, bacteria and oils. Of course, your skin naturally produces oils throughout the day, which is necessary to keep your skin from drying out (and you know, to keep it skin-like) - so technically those oils are good for you. However, for some, skin will produce excessive amount of oils (sebum), that can sit in the pores of the skin, clog them, and cause acne. So with everything you go through in a day, imagine how much crud gets onto your face. Activated Charcoal has even finer pores and therefore has a higher surface area. Generally, the greater the surface area, the greater the area there is for absorption to occur. It makes charcoal very effective at drawing the oils and dirt away from skin and removes them.

I have tried many different formulations of activated charcoal cleansers, above are the ones I am currently using daily and am quite fond of (with the exception of the Garnier cleanser - this is Bryan's favourite).

Lush probably makes my favourite cleanser, Dark Angels. This stuff is amazing, and anyone I have recommended this product to has absolutely loved it.

Dark Angels is a charcoal sugar scrub, with avocado oil. Scrubs exfoliate your skin, by removing dead skin cells, along with dirt and grime. Typically, harsh exfoliants, like a sugar scrub, leaves your skin feeling raw and pink. Harsh exfoliants are meant to strip you skin completely, leaving your skin and pores feeling tight. Dark Angels is different, while it does exfoliate your skin, giving you a very deep clean because of the added moisturizing effect of avocado oil, it prevents your skin from drying out and it leaves it feeling very soft and not raw at all. Your skin instantly looks and feels cleaner, softer, and brighter. It's such a wonderful product and I honestly think that it's great for all skin types.

I use this once or twice a week, since it gives a more deeper clean, I don't really need to use it everyday. I mainly use it when my skin is looking extra tired and feels extra gross - great for those days when you wear heavy make up, or you've been sweating all day long. Pro-tip: definitely use this in your shower! It gets messy! Before getting into the shower or be in the shower with the shower head off, take a nickel size amount in your hand, create a paste like texture with a little bit of warm water, and rub gently onto your face (avoid your eyes). I always work the scrub down my neck, and even on my shoulders and chest. And then rinse off with some warm water. Trust me when I say, your skin will feel and look amazing after. Go try it, seriously.

Above are Biore's Deep Pore Cleanser and Garnier's Anti-shine Cleansing Gel. I also wanted to compare these products to Michael Todd's Charcoal Detox Cleanser (not shown). These products have a gel formula with fine charcoal particles suspended in the gel. As you can see, Biore's cleanser has larger flecks of charcoal, where as in Garnier's cleanser, the charcoal particles are more homogenous.

My addiction to charcoal cleansers began when I heard about Michael Todd's Charcoal Detox Cleanser. I don't have it anymore, I've used it all (which is a pretty good indication that I liked it). It was a great product and it changed the quality of my skin. It reduced the amount of excess oils on my face and helped keep my acne at bay. Being in Canada, however, you can only buy this product online. After I purchase this one, slowly, charcoal cleansers were becoming more popular in Canadian drug stores. Biore came out with their version (I think before most brands did) and I immediately bought it to try it. In my opinion, the Biore Cleanser is pretty much on par with Michael Todd. They both have very similar consistency and formulation. Biore's is just as effective as the Michael Todd version, not to mention its cheaper and more easily accessible. When you work the Biore formulation into your skin, it gives off a nice cooling sensation. As I've mentioned before, I have oily skin and acne. I use the cleanser at night time when I shower. This product always makes my skin feel very clean afterwards. Especially since I wear make-up everyday and basically sweat in it in the summer months. This cleanser removes all the excess makeup that my makeup remover didn't catch and giving it a fresh feeling. Since using these products, along with other components of my skin care routine (which I will put up here soon) it has helped keep my skin as clear as it can be. I still get acne, but at least I'm preventing it from getting worse (and trust me, it could be worse).

I went to this L'oreal sale, and picked up the Garnier's Anti-shine cleansing gel on a whim for Bryan - my boyfriend. He needed a new cleanser and I kinda wanted to get him to try something charcoal-based because I had such an amazing experience with them. So, I bought him this one. And let me tell you, ever since he started using it (he's on his second tube now), his skin has never looked better. I compliment him on a regular basis of how good his skin looks. Bryan gets acne, and has large pores. But lately, his acne is minimal and his skin looks brighter, and the pores look smaller. He tells me he's been really enjoying it, so much, that he did repurchase it. I tried this one to see what it was like. The formula is more fluid than Biore's formulation, and also gives a nice cooling sensation when worked into the skin. Bryan likes it, and that's all I'll say.

The last one is Lush's Coalface complexion bar cleanser. This is a solid bar of soap with powdered charcoal mixed in. Similar to the others, the charcoal absorbs all excess dirt and oils. Unlike Dark Angels, which has a moisturizing effect, Coalface is much more soap like. It strips your skin, so your skin is devoid of anything and everything, so it feels completely bare, and "squeaky" clean. It's also good to mention that it's a lot less messy to use! The small pieces of charcoal gets removed from the bar as you lather up your hands with the product, and this act as a mild exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells, and there are other oils Lush adds to help keep your skin balanced. And just like the others, removing excess oils and dirt helps prevent acne and blemishes. You can definitely use Coalface daily, I actually use this one everyday in the morning. For me, using a mild exfoliant in the morning wakes up my skin and gives a clear canvas, making it easier to apply make-up.

So there you have it! I have tried a couple more that I did not mention, but these are the ones that are used daily in my household. Below are links to find out more and where you can purchase them:

Lush - Dark Angels: in store or online
Lush - Coalface: in store or online
Biore - Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: Walmart/Drugstores
Garnier - Anti-shine Cleansing Gel: Walmart/Drugstores
Michael Todd - Charcoal Detox Cleanser: Online (at least that's where I purchased mine)

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you decide to pickup any of these products and try it yourself! If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. And if you have any recommendations for another charcoal cleanser, or any cleanser in general, let me know! As you can tell, I love trying different products.

Happy Canada Day! I'll see you guys next time =] (and hopefully in less than a week).

xo, Kern.

Welcome to Upclose&Awkward

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Welcome to my blog! I’m very excited to finally present this to you. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like this but it feels good to start all over again. I won’t lie, I’m a bit rusty. I haven’t played with photoshop in years, so this layout will just have to do for now. I’m sorry if there are a couple of unresolved issues with this site but I’m working on it =).  So, everything isn’t exactly quite how I want it to be (and this post is probably riddled with grammatical errors…sorry about that), but if I don’t start posting now, I never will.

Let’s start off with a bit of an introduction. I’m Karen (or Kern), I’m 25, I live in Toronto, Canada, and I’m a chemist. I started this website because my life and work felt a little bit inadequate. I have a 9-5 job, which I’m lucky to have, but at the same time, I feel like I’m going no where. Every day I go to work, I come home, eat dinner, go to bed, and start all over. It’s just  an endless cycle. Life has become really repetitive and like most people, I stopped liking what I was doing. I soon realized that, if I did nothing about it, this is how my life is going to be. And I hated that. I used to spend my time creating art on photoshop, playing the piano, and just indulge in any hobby I chose. Today, not so much. I feel like that’s the problem with being an “adult”. Sometimes, you get caught up in making money and having to put food on the table, you forget to enjoy the things you love. And I forgot to enjoy the things I love. That’s why I feel like my life is going no where.

So I decided I would change that.  This blog is to express my creative side and to have something outside my boring 9-5 job. This internet space is for me to get Upclose and Awkward with you guys (I had to work my website name in somehow) and talk about what interests me. I love beauty and skin care. Long story short, I have always had problematic skin. Makeup has helped me gain a lot of confidence. Over the years, I’ve tried a million different products, learning what works and what doesn’t. Today, through lots of trial and error, I know how to better take care of my skin with the right skin care regime and the right makeup. I’m not saying I have a miracle routine here, it’s just better than before =P. I want to share my thoughts and opinions on the various products I have tried and hopefully help another person struggling with problematic skin. Really, I just want to start a conversation, where we can help each other out. Because, I’m not an expert on these things, I just know what I know, and I’m always open to trying new things and learning about new products.

So, I hope you will come on this journey with me. It’ll be fun, I think.. =].

xo, Kern

(P.S. stay tuned for my first official beauty post! – face cleansers – so important, especially for oily/acne prone skin – although, everyone should be cleansing their faces!)

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