Vancouver has been my home since moving from Iran when I was 6 years old. It sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, so I thought I would share one of my new favorite places in this beautiful coastal city.
Sea – to – Sky Gondola
This is one of the most exciting things to do with an afternoon in Vancouver. First of all the drive up to the gondola from downtown Vancouver is beautiful on it’s own. The Sea to Sky highway travels along the water at an altitude high enough to create spectacular views of not only the water but the mountains as well. Once there you jump into a gondola big enough to fit 8 people with padded seats and floor to ceiling glass walls for maximum views.
The ride up is a total of about 10 minutes and it is breath taking. I was lucky enough to recently go on a clear, sunny day and I was completely blown away. Once you get to the top there are other things you can do like walking trails, viewing platforms, and the Sky Pilot Suspension bridge. I’m actually very scared of heights so this was a great way to overcome that. The view makes you completely forget about everything else.
Have you ever been on the gondola? What are some of your favorite Vancouver attractions I need to check out? I want to be more of a tourist in this beautiful city and experience all of the amazing places it has to offer!
I have always loved the blogs & Youtube channels that feature a story on what’s inside their handbag. I’m constantly curious to see what your must have/go to products are. I’ve put together a quick list of my top essentials that always live in my bag- no matter what bag I carry!
Saje Pocket Pharmacy- Never leave home without this. It includes everything you could need to help you get through a tough day. I highly recommend you picking one up. My favorite one out of this is the Peppermint Halo. Laura Mercier Vanilla Fragrance- I fell in love with their fragrances a long time ago and this is always my go to scent. I LOVE the smell of vanilla! So if you have any suggestions, please let me know 🙂 Kat Von D Compact- I love to use this for a quick touch up after a long day. Hands down one of my favorite powders on the market. Comparable to the Armani Luminous Silk compact powder. YSL Wallet- Never go anywhere without my Wallet. I love an all black wallet and instantly fell in love with this when I saw it, so I had to get it!
Now lets move on to lips… what are my go to products? Buxom Cosmetics Lip Balm & Plump Liner- The big O lip balm is hands down my favorite lip balm to date. It’s hydrating but adds a tint to your lips. The tone almost self adjusts to your lip tone and will look different on everyone. It’s also very cooling on the lips!!!! Lastly, the plump liner…Cannot live without this. I have them in all colors, thanks to Buxom Cosmetics. I use it to line and fill my lips. Long lasting, pigmented and comfortable to wear.
PS. One last thing that I always have in my bag. My hand lotion!! I cannot go anywhere without my hand lotion. It is a necessity. I only love the Glysomed hand cream. If you know me, you know how much and how often I use my lotion. #addictedtohandlotion
A lot of you have been asking if I’ve gone to makeup school and if I recommend it. The truth is that education and learning is ESSENTIAL in your personal and professional growth. I am an advocate of learning. Some people go to school and take away very little information, while others retain almost everything. Figure out what works for you.
I have personally gone to makeup school for global make up artistry and the program included Tv & Film, SPFX & Prosthetic’s. If you’re looking to go to makeup school to learn the basics, look no further and check below.
I had the Online Makeup Acadamy reach out to me through my social channel to do a review of their program. After looking over their program and kit, I must say that it is an incredible starter program for those of you that want to pursue your passion without it costing an arm and a leg. They offer a full program with a starter kit which covers the essentials.
You have projects and assignments that you need to complete through this program and I highly recommend you all reaching out. This isn’t a paid post, just an honest review. The items below are ALL part of the kit!!!
They have several different courses that you can decide one, below is the master makeup artist course. Check out http://www.onlinemakeupacademy.com for a detailed version of their other courses;
The Master Makeup Artist Course includes:
A complete professional makeup education, beginning with the Essential Makeup course continuing through to our Advanced Makeup Artist curriculum.
You will receive an exclusive Master Makeup Kit, which has been expanded from our original kit, and is specifically selected by our team and includes all products necessary for fashion, beauty, editorial, bridal, and beyond.
15+ hours of video training and a complete makeup artist manual.
You will receive a certificate of completion, showing that you have mastered the in depth knowledge of the Master Makeup Artist Course.
Upon graduation, you will qualify for PRO cards and will automatically receive access to registering for PRO cards from our partners.
We have created industry guided assignments and highly encourage our students to use this opportunity to build their professional portfolio.
We included a module focusing on business, branding, and marketing. We teach you how to create a website, get business cards; we are here for you every step of the way as you begin to build your business!
Lifetime course access and post-graduation support.
Our specialized curriculum has been proven successful through hundreds of students within our New York City school.
Let’s talk brush cleaner. I’m always looking for a great cleanser that will thoroughly clean out ALL of my brushes. I’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and have fallen in love with one only, Cinema Secrets. If you haven’t tried that, do it now and you’ll thank me later. I was however searching for a new solid cleanser and came across Ativo Natural Skincare . They have one of the BEST solid cleansers out there.
Now you might already have your favorite, but I encourage you to check out their site or Instagram page to see all of the amazing products they have.
I love this cleanser for a few great reasons;
They added Argan and Apricot oil….. YASS!
Vegan & Organic
Conditions my brushes– I spend a lot of $$ on my brushes and like to take care of them.
VANCOUVER based brand. I am ALL about supporting local brands.
Check out their page and if you want one for yourself, use the code MINALOVE to receive $5 off their product.