Farmers Market Adventures

I always used to think that Edmonton was one of the most boring cities, but when I go to the farmers market downtown, my opinion totally changes. I went to the 104 st. market on Saturday and it was so fun. The weather was perfect and everything was lovely. Absolutely lovely.

The first thing we did when we got to the market was find a place to eat breakfast. We stopped by The Fork and Spoon Brigade food truck and got the Breakfast in a Bowl. It was so delicious and was filled with scrambled egg, meat, mushrooms, potatoes, veggies, and cheese. Basically everything you could ever want all in one bowl. Yum.

One of my favorite things about markets is all the handmade jewelry for sale. You can find such beautiful and unique pieces. One of my favorites was Yeonhee’s Jewelry. Their necklaces were so stunning! I wanted all of them. In addition to all of the lovely stalls, we also stopped by the stores on 104 St. I was so excited to stop by Workhall Boutique. If you live in Edmonton, you have to check this store out! It’s really similar to Oak and Fort and Noul and equally as gorgeous!

Make It Yourself Monday- Sunglass Hanger

Beginning today, I’m starting a new weekly segment on my blog called Make It Yourself Mondays! Every Monday (it won’t be every single Monday, I’m not that crafty!), I will show you a new project idea! These won’t be how-to posts. They’re gonna be so easy-peasy that you won’t need instructions. So for this Make It Yourself Monday, I present to you (drumroll please)… the sunglasses organizer! Now, I don’t know about you but I could never figure out the perfect way to store my sunglasses. Unless you have one of those specialty sunglass drawers in your closet, aka you’re Kylie Jenner, there is really no easy way to store your sunglasses without getting them all scratched and being able to see them all laid out. Ready for your solution? I call it the Sunglass Hanger. Catchy right? Not really. All you need is a hanger. I like using the velvet ones so the sunglasses stay on better and won’t slip off! Next you can go ahead and hang all of your sunglasses on it. Mine held about a dozen pairs but you can decide how spaced out you want yours to be depending on how many pairs you own. Lastly, go ahead and decorate your hanger! I draped some jewelry across mine so it could accent the purple in my room and pull everything together. It’s pretty cute if I might say so myself. Are you going to try out this Make It Yourself Monday? Tweet me (@bettathanhannah) or Instagram me (@taylorlainee) pics if you! I would love to see how yours turns out.

Tay’s Thoughts- Benefit Big Easy

Now that the warmer weather has finally hit Edmonton (it was literally snowing last week), it’s time to switch up my foundations. During the winter, I wear my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation but that one is way too oily to wear during the summer. It just sweats right off. So I’ve been switching to the new Benefit Big Easy ‘foundation’. It’s not really a foundation but it’s a bit more than a BB cream so I’m not sure what to call it.

This foundation is such a cool product and I was so excited to receive it at my Benefit training. There are so many awesome features about it. First, it is a liquid to powder formula so it can be applied easily but then it transforms into a more matte, smooth finish. You don’t have to worry about having your face look oily throughout the day. Also, this foundation contains SPF 35! SPF is one of the most important things to have on your face in the summer (and throughout the whole year for that matter). Thirdly, this product custom matches to your skin shade. I wear shade #02 light but I can also wear #01, #03, and even #04 if I was a tiny bit tanner. That means you could wear this same foundation all year long even if you tend to tan more in the summer. As for coverage, this foundation has less coverage than a typical foundation but more coverage than a BB Cream. However, I find that the Benefit Big Easy has the perfect amount of coverage for the summer. If you want more coverage, just layer this with your favorite concealer.

I was very impressed with the Benefit Big Easy foundation. It’s a super innovative product that doesn’t seem to compare with anything else! I think this is the perfect Summer product!

Check out Benefit:

Shop Benefit Big Easy here

Want to feature your company on When I’m Older? message me here or email me at

*ftc disclaimer: I was gifted the Big Easy from Benefit but all opinions are my own.

Tay’s Thoughts- Covergirl Smoochies

Tinted lip balms have become so popular lately but I feel like many just miss the mark. However, these Covergirl Smoochies lip balms are amazing, yay for fabulous lip products!

I have two of the twelve colors available but I totally want to go pick up some more. First, is Tweet Me, a cherry red color. Next, is Luv U, a mauve mid-tone pink. Both colors are a very moisturizing formula with sheer but still pigmented color payoff. These remind me a lot of the Maybelline Baby Lips. The Tweet Me Smoochies is almost an exact dupe for the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me, except it has a less obnoxious smell (I hate the smell of artificial cherries). The Covergirl Smoochies in Luv U is definitely my favorite of the two. It is such a wearable color and it looks great with almost every makeup look! Plus, I find the formula decently moisturizing which is very uncommon for my dry lips. As for scent/flavour, the Smoochies remind me a lot of BonneBell lip smackers. It’s a very fruity scent, not my least favorite but not a fantastic smell either. These are kind of like the grown up version of Lipsmackers. We all have to grow up sometime. Other than that, I love the Covergirl Smoochies and you probably will too okay? Okay.

University Advice

go to orientation: I am an orientation leader for all you incoming freshman this year, so of course I want you all to go to orientation, but in all honesty, I found orientation so fun and it really made me love campus! Also, it helps you figure out your way around campus and meet new people!

-get a locker: If you aren’t living on campus, a locker can be really helpful. I mostly use mine for storing my winter jacket, textbooks and lab coat and goggles in between classes! I don’t want to be carrying all that all over campus!

don’t buy food: During my first semester of uni, I bought food almost every day. Apart from it being incredibly unhealthy (um hello New York Fries Braised Beef Poutine <3), my wallet suffered. I have been a bit better this semester. I still buy supper on campus when I’m staying late but I usually bring my own lunch. Yay me!

-used textbooks: I don’t understand why people buy textbooks new. If you’re using it for only a semester, who cares if the pages are bent or the cover is torn. I used sites like Kijiji, Bookmob, Chegg, as well as friends for finding the cheapest textbooks!

find classes ahead of time: make sure you take the time to find your classes before they start! I hate walking into a lecture and trying to find a seat when the class has already started. Also, find the best routes in between classes because once winter has hit, you’re gonna hate going outside.

sit near the front: don’t worry about being a keener. I find that sitting near the front makes me more engaged in the class and keeps me from chatting too much with my friends. (even though I still do oops)

-have breaks with friends: I love my breaks with my friends. It helps you forget about the stress of school for an hour and you can just catch up. It’s fab. 

-friends/support group: I can’t even begin to tell you how much I need my friends in university. They are going through the exact same thing as you so they are great for ranting to (or crying or hyperventilating y’know). 

-stay at school to do homework: I don’t know about you but if I go home right after school, I just go on tumblr or watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians for like 8 hours straight. Alas, my homework doesn’t get done. Therefore, I usually stay at school and try to get all my work done there. Uni has such great studying places. If you go to the University of Alberta, try fourth and fifth floor of CCIS and of course, my favorite Cameron Library.

-keep organized– Stay on track, keep all your notes organized, keep up with textbook readings etc etc. You know the drill.

-ratemyprof: The professor you get really determines your grade in the class. Research the type of notes he gives, how hard his tests are, his accent (I’m horrible at understanding accents!), how easy he marks, flexible office hours etc.

-make friends: I’m not a posterchild for this tip because I definitely didn’t make many new friends last semester. I tended to stick with my high school friends but I did make a couple of new friends! If you are going to a university with no one you know, definitely just start chatting to people in your lectures. They will be so grateful that you did!

-go to class: It is so easy to skip classes at university. Nobody will notice and nobody cares. However, I find that going to class is really beneficial. It forces you to keep on top up of all that new information and you can hear the profs explain things which is usually pretty helpful (sometimes not). 

-sorority: I’m not in a sorority right now, but I did do rush (recruitment) and I absolutely loved it! I’m definitely going to be joining this year and I’m super excited. It’s such a great way to feel involved in university and meet new people (and boys just saying— hey frat boys!)

-grades: study lots and try your best but your gpa doesn’t define you. You will accomplish everything if you are determined. Your health is more important than your grades. 

-live: I know that the most important thing about university is your grades but do you really want to spend these four years just studying? When you exit university, you are going to be an adult and your are going to be in the real world. So why not just relax a bit and enjoy your last years of freedom. Sometimes you need a few nights out of a month to enjoy what life has to offer. For example, me and my friends devote every friday (termed Friday Funday) to explore the shops around campus and eat at a new restaurant. Sure, we could be studying and saving our money, but we look forward to every friday and it has become such a fun tradition. 

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that follow these tips but don’t put a lot of stress on yourself. I hated the thought of university but once I started to relax and get acquainted with it, I fell in love. University has so much to offer. It is full of so many new experiences. I know that I always said how much I love high school but university is truly so much better. Say goodbye to cliques and drama and say hello to a whole new life (and cuter boys #holla).

Tay’s Thoughts- EOS Lip Balms

I have been meaning to write a post on EOS lip balms for a while now. So here I am, finally doing it. I should give you a bit history first though. 3 and a half years ago, EOS lip balms didn’t even exist in Canada. They were extremely popular in the US but alas none could be found in Canada… Until we discovered a little clothing store called RW&Co sold them. We were desperate find them, but they sold out almost immediately every time new stock came in. I remember me and my friends phoning every day, asking if they had gotten any in. Finally, they did, and my first EOS lip balm was born. It was the Honeydew Honeysuckle one. Soon after, Walmart and Shopper’s drug mart started carrying them so my collection grew and grew.

There was just one problem. I hate EOS lip balms. I know what you’re thinking… “Taylor, you have 8 lip balms that you supposedly hate?!” Yes, yes I do. But here’s the thing. The only thing I hate about them is the actual balm. I find then extremely unmoisturizing and a hard consistency, I like lip balms that just melt onto my lips. These do absolutely nothing for my dry, cracked lips. Now back to the important question, why do I have eight of them? I find the packaging and appearance completely adorable. Yes, I am judging the book by its cover. Plus, the scents are so yummy. Summer fruit, vanilla bean, sweet mint… How could I pass those up? And I do occasionally use these. As you can see by the photos, they don’t just sit in my room untouched. However, I only reach for these when I just need a quick swipe of something under my lipstick, not looking for extreme comfort and hydration.

That being said, if you don’t have particularly dry lips, these would probably work find for you. But, let’s be honest, who doesn’t choose their lip balms based on adorability factor? And since these are the cutest lip balms around, go pick up a few.

Check out EOS:

Scents (In Color Order): Summer Fruit, Watermelon, Strawberry Sorbet, Vanilla Bean, Honeydew Honeysuckle, Sweet Mint, Blueberry Acai, Passionfruit

Tay’s Thoughts- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

Although the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + has been out for several months now, I’ve been holding off doing a review. I really wanted to gather my full opinion about it before I mentioned any word of the new formula. Growing up, I always he noticed the gel formula was so much more popular than the lotion. And after trying both I could see why. The gel is a much more lightweight texture and oil-free so it is much more suited for oily skin. I never liked the formula of the old lotion. It felt too heavy, almost sticky on my skin. I have combination skin- cheeks tend to be a bit more dry with my t-zone being normal or a little oily on some days. However, I’m very happy to say that Clinique really fixed these problems in the new formula. They’re still very similar with the only noticeable difference being the texture. The lotion + feels very similar to the gel now! with the exception of being a mineral oil-based creamier texture. Also, the lotion + aims to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier helping it stay hydrated and keeping that moisture locked within the skin. That results in my cheeks feeling more comfortable rather than the tight, flaky feeling I was used to. I was also surprised this didn’t lead to breakouts on my t-zone or excess oil. This lotion was great at moisturizing my cheeks while controlling the excess oil. So much better than the original in my opinion!

However, I still think this product has a few limitations. I highly think this lotion should only be in the hands of the younger generation. It has no ingredients to help anti aging or really combat anything for that matter. It’s a really basic moisturizer whose only benefit is moisturizing the skin which it does effectively do. So teens, if you’re looking for a simple moisturizer, this one will be perfect,  but I would advise adults to stay away from it, Clinique has other moisturizers like the Even Better, Youth Surge, and Repair Wear creams.

Check out the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + :

Tay’s Thoughts- Wet N’ Wild Palette

I haven’t bought eyeshadow in a long time but when I saw this Wet n Wild Palette, I couldn’t resist. And I’m so glad I decided to pick it up! I feel like Wet n Wild makeup is often overlooked because people view it as not the best quality. However, I totally disagree! I have never tried any of their other makeup, but their eyeshadows are so pigmented and smooth! They go on wonderfully and are easily blended.

This palette is in the shade, Comfort Zone. It comes with eight shadows, all shimmery colors. I wish there were some mattes but that’s honestly the only downside. There is a wonderful mix of shades. I love how there are both neutrals and a few wearable colors. My favorites are the silver taupe color (top right) and the gorgeous brown-blue duo-chrome (bottom right) that reminds me of the Blue Brown Pigment from Mac.

Oh, and did I mention, this palette is only $3.99?! Yup, that’s right. This is basically the best palette ever. There is so many different eye looks you can create from this palette, anywhere from a basic neutral eye to a dark smoky look. This palette has everything you need in it for a complete eye look! It’s perf!

Tay’s Thoughts- Eye Products

Aveeno Anti Fatigue Eye Roller

Thoughts: This eye roller reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles. When I first used this, it felt like it was stinging eyes but that irritation went away in a few minutes and my under-eyes looked refreshed. This can be used every day in the morning and at night.

Price: $18

Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart

Ole Henriksen Truth is in the Eyes Eye Peel

Thoughts: Although you are not supposed to exfoliate the fine tissues in your under eye region, this eye peel offers a natural, gentle antidote to dark circles and fine lines.

Price: $52

Where to Buy: Sephora

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel Roll On

Thoughts: This eye gel is great at soothing tired eyes and reducing puffiness while helping firm the eye region with peptides. I love the feel of the stainless steel roller in the morning!

Price: $35

Where to Buy: Sephora

Clinique All About Eyes Serum

Thoughts: This is just a little trial size but I love this eye serum! It’s perfect for young adults whose concerns isn’t anti-aging yet. This is great to use as a preventive as well as its ingredients, including caffeine and antioxidants, work immediately and over time to brighten the eye area

Price: $34

Where to Buy: Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart

Tay’s Thoughts- Benefit Ultra Plush Glosses

So to be honest, I think lip glosses are the most annoying things ever. Either they’re super sticky and messy to apply or not pigmented at all. However, I have always been a huge fan of Benefit lip glosses. The ‘plush’ glosses glide on so smoothly and they smell so yummy! There are six shades in total to match each of the Benefit boxed powders. First is Dandelion, my personal favorite. This one is a soft pearly pink, perfect for everyday! Next is Coralista, a sheer coral, which I love to wear in the summer over a bright orange lipstick and Hoola, a shimmering golden nude.

Dandelion Ultra Plush

Coralista Ultra Plush

Hoola Ultra Plush

Benefit Cosmetics: