My September 2014 Ipsy bag arrived!!!!! This is my very first Ipsy bag and I couldn’t be more excited!

Ipsy is a $10 per month subscription service (+$4.95 shipping if you live in Canada like me) that sends you 4-6 (usually 5) deluxe sample size items every month in a little makeup bag.

I hope you guys like what I got! Don’t forget to like, reblog, and follow me if you liked the video!

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Favourite Friday #1.5: Bonus Item that I totally forgot about

Hey guys, you might have noticed the lack of bonus item in my Favourite Friday post from yesterday. I am here to rectify that this evening.

If any of you have been following North American weather patterns for the last week you may have noticed that Calgary got shit on and we received a whopping 12 cm off heavy, wet snow which ruined nearly half of our trees and nearly caused me to lose my life while walking twenty feet from the train to my university. So, my favourite bonus item this week was my winter coat.

I am not in a position to photograph my winter coat just now, but you’ll see a selfie with it later this winter, I promise. My winter coat looks very similar to this one, except that mine is an ultramarine colour.

My coat is called a “janker” (pronounced “yah-ng-ka”) which is a traditional Austrian boiled wool coat. The company Geiger makes both traditional ones and modern ones, the latter of which my coat is classified as. Being 1/4 Austrian, I like connecting to this portion of my heritage a little bit while still being practical. You can only wear so many dirndls before people start asking questions.

I really like this jacket because it’s really warm but the fabric is actually really thin. The boiled wool captures all of your body heat and keeps it close to your body, so I feel comfortable wearing this coat into -20*C or so before I think about switching to my other coat. Of course, at that temperature I’m also wearing a sweater over a shirt (so a cardigan, usually), a scarf, hat, gloves, etc. So I’m not just throwing this on over a t-shirt.

Geiger Janker’s are not cheap. If I bought mine regular price, I would be in debt for months. If you live in Calgary or can come to Calgary to purchase a beautiful coat, go to Kimberley’s on MacLeod Trail, she sells Geiger at a massive discount all year long, usually pushing 30-50% for most of the year but around holidays it can go to 80-90% off, which is how I got mine.

Sorry about the mix-up with forgetting this and stuff, I wrote the Favourite Friday post while I was waiting for a class to start so I was trying to finish before my lecture started :P I hope you guys liked the amendment, and I’ll be back with another (complete) Favourite Friday next Friday!

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My Ipsy is in the Mail!

Hey guys! My very first ipsy bag is in the mail and I’m really looking forward to showing you guys whats in that! In the mean time, I wanted to talk about ipsy a little bit, and give you guys the chance to go check it out.

Ipsy is a $10.00 per month subscription service (+4.95 shipping to Canada) which promises you 4-6 deluxe/sample size products in a makeup bag every month from lots of amazing brands.

If you guys are interested, please check ipsy out here. This is my personal referral link, if you guys click and sign up I get points, so I just thought I’d leave this here so you can check it out. Don’t worry about signing up if you don’t want to, I don’t want to pressure anyone, I just wanted to leave that there.

I’ll show you guys the unboxing when it gets here!

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Favourite Friday #1: 2014 Week 37

Hey guys! Since I’m back in school and I’m really busy working on my classes and other stuff that’s important, I wanted to make sure that I don’t neglect the blog. I came up with the idea of Favourite Fridays which is like a monthly favourites post, except it’s once a week.

I’ll be labelling them by week number (this being the 37th week of 2014).

I’ll be featuring my favourite:

- Skin Care item

- Face item

- Makeup item

- Lip item

- Bonus item (this can be anything and everything all at the same time)

So without further ado, I’m going to get started with my favourites from this week!

Skin Care

I picked up the Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam from TheFACEShop in Peach.


I hesitate to call it peach scented because I’ve now tried two and I couldn’t smell the difference. Anyway, each “scent” is supposed to do different things for your skin. The peach is meant to draw impurities, dirt, and makeup out of your pores for a fresh start. I find that it leaves my skin super clean, squeaky to the touch, but quite dry. This is fine for me because moisturizer is one of my following steps in my skin care routine, so it’s easily remedied and the cleanness is worth the 5 mintues of dryness.


My favourite face product this week is the Kat von D Tattoo Concealer.

Mine is the colour “Sand,” the pictured tube is significantly darker than mine. I’ve been blending it out with the concealer brush I talked about from the bamboo brush set I reviewed earlier this week. I can use this product in place of foundation or bb cream on the spots of my face where I need it the most. I’ve done my makeup at Alex’s house or at school a couple times this week and I’ve found it to be a true life saver!


My favourite makeup product this week is definitely my L’Oréal Miss Manga mascara.

I like the drama and defined effect it gives my eyes. All I’ve been wanting this week is great lashes to make me look awake and wide-eyed. This mascara is great for lengthening and for definition, it volumizes a little bit but the true drama comes from the definition.


I’ve been wearing the Revlon Lip stains all week this week, particularly “Twilight.”

I love these because they are easy to throw in my bag and reapply during the day. They’re quite long lasting and they last through coffee and food and pretty much anything else. They come in a wide variety of colours so you can fit the stain to what you’re going for with your look.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Favourite Friday and I hope you’ll join me for more favourites next week! Have a good weekend everyone.

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Little Surprises: The Story of a Shipping Error Sending Me One of My New Favourite Things

I should start by saying that  I did not, in fact, steal anyone’s mail. I ordered a second brush set from My Makeup Brush Set, a cute little 4 piece mini set for my backpack, and they sent me the wrong item. After e-mailing with them, we decided that I could keep the set they’d sent me since it was their fault and I kind of wanted to try this set at some point anyway. I reordered the mini set that I’d ordered in the first place and decided to give these new ones a try.

The 10 Piece Bamboo Brush Set are my favourite brushes in the history of forever. For the most part. As always, there’s one that I don’t really like already, but I have a bunch of new favourites in here and I really couldn’t be happier.

I’d like to introduce you to the most fabulous set of brushes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using on my face.


The brushes come in this little canvas sack which, although not particularly attractive, makes them very nice for tossing into my bag for overnighters, which happen at least twice a week for me.


Don’t these look lush in the bag already? I had a good feeling about these when I looked at them.


The first one that I had to try was the flat buffer brush, as I use one of these daily for my BB Cream or my foundation. It is so soft on my face and it doesn’t eat my product, all of it gets distributed on my skin evenly and smoothly. I would say that this is my favourite brush in the set, but I want to save my favourite for last.


This powder brush is leaps and bounds better than the one that came in the Pink Glory set that I unboxed last month. It doesn’t smear my powder onto my face like the other one managed to. It’s really soft, like the buffer brush, and it gives me good coverage and a light application.

The blush brush is excellent, I can see exactly how much product is going to go on my face so I can prevent disaster before it occurs. Again, it’s really soft and fun to use!


This one is the crease blender. It’s clearly been used a few times judging by the colour. I’ve been on a purple kick lately. It does a really nice, efficient job and it’s really soft on my eyelid which I can’t say as adamantly about my other blending brush that I got at Sephora.


I haven’t tried the foundation brush but as I mentioned in my Pink Glory video, I don’t really use them much because I haven’t found one that I’ve really liked, I go for buffers more often. This one feels better than the Pink Glory foundation brush, so I think I’ll give it a go and see how it feels.


I got a really nice pencil brush here as well. I’ve got a big pencil brush, but it’s really not what I wanted, so I was really happy to see this. It’s great for hard-to-reach corners and detailing.


I got a fluffy angled brush for crease application. It does a really nice job, it doesn’t apply too much colour at a time, so I can build my crease colour gently.


I got a stiff angled brush as well which I think I can use for eyeliner and/or brows. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it’ll do as good of a job as it’s Pink Glory counterpart.


I think this brush is supposed to be a concealer brush, but I don’t use it for that. I used it for eyeshadow application. It got the job done, but I woudl have preferred a fluffier eyeshadow brush in this set. “Why don’t you use it for concealer then?” Well, it’s because of my favourite brush in the set:


This fluffy blending brush is a god send. It’s too big for my eyeshadow by a long shot, but it’s perfect for concealer. I’ve never had a fluffy brush to do concealer with, so I’m super happy about having this.


The bristles are really dense and super soft, so I can blend out my undereye concealer, my nose concealer (I can do nose concealer again with this without it being a hassle), and blemish concealer in a matter of seconds. I get a smooth, seamless finish and great coverage. I’ve use it every day since I got it and I can’t wait to use it again tomorrow. I’m in love.

I would rate this brush set a perfect 10, despite the silly concealer brush that really doesn’t do much, and I would recommend that everyone invest in this. It’s $14.99+shipping right now, and it’s worth every penny!

I hope you guys liked this review!

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August Favourites 2014

Hey guys! It’s officially September today :’( so it’s time for an August Favourites post. I did a lot of experimenting this month, much to my wallet’s chagrin, and I found a couple of gems that I really want to talk a little bit about today.

Skin Care

1) Philosophy’s Purity Cleanser, $13.00

I finally caught up with all the hype and bought a bottle of Purity cleanser. It feels really nice when you’re rubbing it into your skin and it washes off completely leaving your skin feeling really and truly clean. I haven’t used a cleanser like this for years, I’ve been more of a scrub kind of girl for the last long while, but I’ve switched back because of this cleanser. I couldn’t be happier with this!

2) Sephora Scrub Pad, $8.00

Since I was a scrub girl for so long, I couldn’t be satisfied with just using my fingers. I picked this little scrubbie up at Sephora for $8.00. It does a nice gentle job that feels like it cleans more than just my fingers do.

3) Body Shop’s Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel, $11.00

I. LOVE. THIS. EYE GEL. I found this online on the Body Shop’s website and I went in store the next day and bought it. I made a wonderful purchase here. I was drawn to it because the description mentioned that it contained witch hazel, which is an ingredient great for ebbing your skin’s oiliness. My eyelids have taken a dramatic turn for the better with this gel; my eyelids are ungodly oily and this gel has put it on a amuch more manageable level. I can finally use MAC Paint Pots as primers!


4) MAC Blush in “Springsheen”

Every summer I pull this blush out of my makeup collection and I love it every time! This blush is a really deep coral pink with gold shimmer in it, but not too much shimmer. It gives me a really nice flush and gives my face lots of dimension after I’ve applied foundation or BB cream. It’s a yearly favourite! I don’t use it in the winter, though, because I like a more sultry look in the snowy months, and this more lively colour in the summer.

5) Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in “Light,” $6.74 on sale

I was lucky enough to find this on sale at Target this month! I needed a refill. I always love this product, it conceals redness and blemishes really well. It’s light and easy to apply, which makes it perfect for school! I love it during the summer because it’s got SPF 30 in it and it gives me a natural look.

6) L’Oréal Miss Manga Mascara

I’ve been using this mascara for just shy of 3 weeks and I think I may have found my new favourite. It defines every lash, lengthens like no one’s business, and when it dries it has a very flexible finish which doesn’t flake off. The black is very intense, which it good for my style, and I think that it works wonders on lower lashes.

7) Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

I really wanted to try a felt pen style liquid liner and I’m really loving this one. It has constant flow of product which makes application a breeze and it always makes a perfect line. I actually find it easier to manipulate than my Line Stiletto which, if you know me, is really hard for me to admit. I found a new favourite eyeliner!

8) Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in “Twilight”

I’ve got three of these. I love how convenient, pigmented, and easy these are to use. I use them pretty much every day, I have a neutral one, this berry one, and a bright red/orange one. They go on really strongly, giving you lots of colour that doesn’t fade for hours, and it’s easy to throw in your bag and reapply during the day. It lasts through food and drink, too.

9)My Brush Set Smudge Brush

I’ve never had a good smudge brush before and I really love this one. It helps me make my eye makeup looks come to life and gives me more dimension in my looks. I really recommend finding a good one!

That’s it for my August favourites! I hope you guys enjoyed, and I hope you all had a great August! Here’s hoping for a great September and a smooth back-to-school transition for everyone!

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Back-to-School: How to look fabulous in 10 minutes for school

Hey guys! I wanted to share a look that I use several times a week to look like I put tonnes of effort into my appearance in only 10 minutes in the morning. It’s really very simple, and it’s great for when you’ve hit the snooze button a few too many times.

This look is going to include fashionmake-up, and hair. Don’t worry, they hair advice is not to cut it all off like I did, although that is an option. I’m going to share my favourite hairstyle from when I had long hair!

Here we go:

The Outfit:

The outfit really couldn’t be simpler:

A dress. It’s just a dress. It’s a whole outfit, and it only takes you 30 seconds to pull over your head. You look polished and put together and you don’t even have to wear pants. If you feel like taking an extra second, pull on a pair of tights. I think this adds to the polished look of the dress, and it keeps your legs a little warmer in the winter, which it always is here in Canada. This particular dress is from Rosegal, I just got it a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to wear it to school! It’s a nice, stretchy, wool dress, and you can find it here. Pair it with your favourite comfy shoes in a corresponding colour.

The Makeup:

Makeup doesn’t have to take 20 minutes. I’ve got a fool-proof 2 minute 30 second makeup routine for school that I promise will leave you looking put together and ready to go. You only need 5 (maybe 6) products.

Start with a pressed or mineral powder. I recommend applying it with a powder brush instead of the included powder puff for better speed and precision, but you’ll get a nice matte, even complexion from a thin layer of a product like this.

If you have super oily eyelids like me, take a second to put a primer on before this. Put a long lasting cream eyeshadow like Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo shadows or Benefit’s cream eyeshadows. They take seconds to apply and blend out and they last all day.

If you’re an eyeliner girl, you can do a quick thin line of liquid eyeliner on your top lashes for more definition. Don’t waste time on wings. If you want something a little more fancy, extend the line downwards the outer corner, following the line of your upper lashes. This gives you a wide, puppy-dog look and takes a fraction of the time of a wing.

Top it off with mascara. I like the L’Oréal Miss Manga mascara because it’s really good for definition and length.

Finish off with a lip stain. These Revlon ones are the best I’ve ever found, they come in a wide range of colours and they’re easy to put in your bag and reapply during the day.

You’re done your makeup!

The Hair:

So obviously I’ll take a minute to suggest that short hair is really quick to style with gel and get out the door, but most girls have long hair so here’s my favourite quick and polished style:

French or Dutch braids are both really quick and easy to do. A Dutch braid is just an inverted version of a French braid, so it ends up looking embossed on your head. If you have layers, don’t worry! These look just as good as pigtail braids as well! It’s more polished than a ponytail but only takes 2 minutes.

There you go! You’re out the door! All you need to do is figure out breakfast and you’re ready for class. I do this routine frequently during the latter part of the semester and I swear by it.

Good luck!

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And… another haul

I swear I don’t shop this much, like, EVER. I don’t know what’s happened to me. Anyway, this should be the last haul post for a good long while. I went to a couple of stores for this one, and I’m really excited about one of those stores!

1) MAC

I went into MAC looking exclusively for a transition/blending shade for my crease. Nothing more, nothing less. And I stuck to my budget here for once.

I went with Cork. I was stuck between this and Wedge, but I went with Cork because people were calling it “the MAC dupe for Urban Decay’s Buck.” I fell in love with Buck from the Naked Palette but I wanted a single eyeshadow that I could just keep on my table without having it take up too much room. So, Cork.

2) The Body Shop

I made a shopping list the night before and I was set up to buy these products because I needed them for my face routine.

I needed a cream for the evening since my Korres Greek Yogurt Sleeping Facial sample is almost empty. I consulted with the girl at the store and we ended up choosing the Seaweed Day Cream. I already use the Seaweed lotion with SPF 15 during the day in the summer, and I’ve always been impressed with the results. They don’t make a dedicated night cream for the seaweed line because it’s their “Combo/Oily” line and they don’t think that oily people need moisturizer in the evening. I disagree, but this works just as well.

I wanted to try this eye cream out because a) I don’t already have an eye cream and b) it was witch hazel in it which is really good at helping curb oilyness. May I say: my eyelids are noticeably less oily today. I’m just saying.

I wanted to try this out for daytime use, just to wake my skin up in the mornings. Once school gets going I’m going to be up at 7:30 every morning for school - in the winter - and I’m going to want a little pick me up for my face. Vitamin C is really good for skin’s overall health, so this one will be a good one to use.

3) The Face Shop

This isn’t related to The Body Shop at all. I didn’t know this until I went shopping yesterday. Holy crap, I was avoiding this place because I thought it was a cosmetics boutique for The Body Shop. In actuality, this is a Korean beauty store. I took almost an hour to look through their stock, and my God, I’m going to be going in there every time I go to the mall now. I’m in love. Their essentials are really reasonably priced, I got a pack of 20 facial cleansing wipes which I haven’t pictured because I left them at Alex’s house; they work really well at taking off makeup, they are quite perfumed which I could do without but which isn’t awful, and they were only $3.00.

This acetone nail polish remover has a really light, unoffensive scent, and only cost $1.00

This tiny little package contains 12 spot patches for zits. At $1.50, I’m willing to try them out the next time I get a blemish.

I wanted to try out some of their masks, which is what made me come into the store in the first place, and at $2.00 each I figured why not? I picked up a bamboo water one and a red ginseng one. I’ll do reviews when I try them out!

The last and most expensive thing I got was this pore minimizing emulsion. It works as more of a day cream to moisturize my skin and control my oil. It’s made with mushrooms, apparently, and I have to say it feels really good on the skin so far. It only cost $13.00.

I’m really excited about The Face Shop and I can’t wait to go back and keep browsing. I highly recommend finding one at a mall near you.

I hope you guys have liked my series of hauls, I promise these won’t be all I do, I am a student and I really don’t have that much money! I’ll bring you guys something new very soon!

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Mini Sephora and Lush Haul

Hey guys! I’m still stocking up for back-to-school, so I went shopping again. I’m trying to flesh out my skin care routine in particular, because I know that in the midst of my studies, I panic. And when I panic, I break out. I get splotchy. I look like I got put through the ringer and my attitude isn’t far behind. I figured that this year I might as well at least look like I’ve got it together, even if I totally don’t. I’m planning a skin care post within the next few days to show you guys what I’ve put together.

Here’s what I got today:

I grabbed the 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion from Lush. I was stuck between this and the Ultrabland which is apparently amazing, but the girl who was helping me said that this one was better suited to combination/oily skin which I have. It didn’t hurt that the smaller bottle of this was almost $3.00 cheaper than the Ultrabland, so it was a win/win. I’m going to make this guy my new night cleanser.

At Sephora I grabbed a Precision Pore Cleansing Pad, which is basically just a silicone scrubby pad. When you put your cleanser on your face, you rub it in with this little pad for a gentle daily exfoliation. It’s really soft and I’m excited to try it out! It’s not as big as I thought it would be, it was a little shorter than my middle finger. It was only $8.00 too!

I finally picked up a package of the Shiseido Facial Cotton, which I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. They’re really squishy and soft and I can’t wait to use these! However, I couldn’t think of an elegant solution for my makeup table, as I didn’t want to keep a big pack of cotton on my table. Then I had an idea:

I had an old Fossil watch container that had nothing in it. It was the perfect size to keep a handful on my makeup table while the rest can hang out in my storage drawer!

That’s all I got today, I’m really glad I picked these up, I’m really confident in my skin care routine now! I might be ready for the school year with this!

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Mini Back-to-School Haul

Hey guys! It’s almost time for back to school - I got back in less than a week - so it’s time to get stocked up on some essentials to tide me over in the transition back into full time school. I went to the mall today and hit up Target, H&M, and Claire’s for a few back-to-school goodies to prepare me for the challenges ahead.

1) Target

At Target I picked up 2 things, although I only photographed one of them. The other was pack of Fruit of the Loom Bikini underwear. I didn’t really want to show you guys that because it might get weird, but it was cool because I got a pack of 6 with 2 bonus pairs, so I got 8 for the price of 6. Can’t say no to that, right?

The other thing I got was a new tube of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light. I wanted a new tube of this because although I’m loving my MAC foundation, I want something light and quick to apply for school. I live really far away from my campus so I have to get up at 7:30 in the morning (I know it might not sound that bad to a lot of people, but I like staying up really late  and not getting up early) so I don’t want to make the mistake of not blending my foundation well enough because I’m tired. BB Cream is almost impossible to not blend well; it’s so creamy and light that it takes half the effort to blend in and you still get the same awesome results.

2) H&M

I picked up 2 things at H&M:

I found this online last night and I decided that I needed it in my life. It also came in light pink. I wanted the black because I thought it would be more appropriate for fall and winter as well as for my wardrobe. I’ve got sort of an edgy thing going on as opposed to a soft thing going on, so I think the black will work better for me.

I found some little socks so wear with my flats! I’ve always wanted some of these because my toes blister really easily and I know that socks are the answer.

3) Claire’s

I haven’t gone into Claire’s in years, I left it behind a long time ago, but I’m really in the mood for statement necklaces right now, and I figured I’d give them a try while I was in the mall.

I’d say I was quite successful! I happened to go in on a day when they were offering buy 1 get 1 50% off, so I didn’t spend too much on these either. I think they look like something I would find at either Banana republic or J. Crew which was ultimately what I wanted to find. I don’t have the money to buy from those other brands on a regular basis, so finding convincing dupes was quite satisfying.

I hope you guys are having good luck shopping for back to school! Let me know what you guys got!

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Japanese Festival Tea Haul

Hey guys! August 23rd was Alex’s birthday and I found out a couple of weeks before that that was also the date of the Calgary Japanese Festival! Luckily for us, Alex is into anything and everything Japanese which meant that he was totally down to go and check this out!

We had a wonderful time, we saw Midnight Taiko perform - they are a Calgary based (I think) taiko drumming group -, we had donburi rice and gyoza for lunch, both of which were fantastic, and we browsed the shops.

Alex’s favourite stall was one showing very old katana, some from the early 1800’s and earlier, as well as newer ones. It was truly amazing to see!

Of course, the Univeristy of Calgary’s Otafest table was set up. Otafest is a semi-annual anime/manga festival that is hosted at the U of C. They came and had a table up and everyone was having fun over there.

MY favourite, however were the 2 tea tables. One was selling teas and tea ware, the other was selling pottery, including tea cups! I spent a lot more than I was meaning to, but I have absolutely no regrets and I am so happy with what I’ve done this weekend ^^ Let’s see what I got!

From the tea vendor I picked up 2 teas. If you bought 2 or more you got 20% off, so of course I had to get 2!

The one on the left is a genmaicha with matcha. Genmaicha is a green tea made with popped or toasted rice, which means that it has a very smoky overtone. The matcha is in there to wake you up!

The tea on the right is called Yuki Oolong. I’ve only had 2 oolongs in my life before and I’ve quite liked both of them. They’re very smooth, mild, non-offensive teas and I find that they have a really nice buttery finish. I’m looking forward to digging into this one!

Then I went to the pottery shop and I found this little guy:

I just thought the pattern was so pretty! I’m going to use it for my green teas. Green teas need to be steeped at a lower temperature to keep the nutrients in tact, so the fact that this cup is so thin means that I can better control the temperature of my tea.

And then. I found. This.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you already know what this is. It is my new favourite thing in the whole wide world.

Isn’t… isn’t it perfect?! They had three of these mugs displayed each with a little paper in front of them with a more clear printing of the Japanese script and then an English translation. It was so hard to choose, I wanted all three of them, but at $10 each I had to pick just one. So I chose this one:

"Take care of yourself. It’s ok to take a breather once in awhile. You can nestle coquettishly to me."

I like to think it’s my tea talking to me :P Anyway, I thought that this sentiment will serve me well in my future as I’m going into my last year of University and then I’m moving on to my big girl job. I need a little pick me up and a little reassurance that I’m not going to die.

This mug is significantly thicker than the other cup, so I’m going to use this for my black teas more, because they need to be very hot. The handle is really thick and sturdy which I like as well. In short: I adore this mug and I am not sorry that I bought it!

I hope you guys liked this little tea haul post, I will probably do these from time to time because I get in trouble at tea stores ALL the time!

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Away From Home Makeup Tutorial

Hey guys! Today I’m at my boyfriend’s house so I wanted to show you guys what I do for away from home/overnight/travel makeup. I’ve streamlined this process as much as I possibly could because I really like doing as close to a full face of makeup as I can everyday - because I’m a diva like that - so I’ve figured out how to make that look portable. I have done this with these products:

You’ll probably recognize this set up from my Back To School Essentials post. I’ve revamped the bag since then to incorporate a more dynamic look as well a couple products which I love and wanted to use more.

I also used these brushes:

My cousins bought me this set from Shopper’s Drug Mart, it’s a Quo brush set. They probably still sell something similar, but I’m sure you can find something on the internet that’s just as portable. I’m only using 4 of these brushes today:

I’ll be using the angled eyeliner brush and the pointed blending brush on its opposite end, the flat eyeshadow brush, and the blush brush.

Let’s get started with a blank, moisturized face!

This is my face.

I’m going to start with concealer. I use Kat von D’s Tattoo Concealer which, although it doesn’t work very well on tattoos, is fabulous at being an undereye/general face concealer! It truly has no equal in that department! You only need a tiny tiny amount, I used about the size of half a pencil eraser for this as you can see. I dotted it around my undereye circles and around my red nose. I blended the undereye concealer around my under eye area and then in a triangular shape down the sides of my nose and coming up my cheek bone. As you can see, it brightened my face up quite a bit and made me look super even.

I took my Covergirl Pressed Powder next and just applied it all over my face to mattify. Sorry for the grainy photos, I don’t know why my phone wasn’t cooperating today.

I just applied Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over my eyelids. This is  a tiny little travel size, it’s about the size of my pinky finger!

I used this palette next, it’s one of the Hello Kitty Limited Edition Palettes from about two years ago. I love this one because of the versatility I can get out of these 2 neutral colours and these 2 bright colours. I’ve also got a super pretty pink blush on the bottom which I could use as an eyeshadow in a pinch, and can use as a blush everyday. It comes out really naturally, as you will see.

Using the flat eyeshadow brush from my Quo set, I applied the cream coloured shadow all over my eyelids, as you can see in the top left picture. Then I took the angled eyeshadow brush and applied the purple in my creases, followed by the brown on the pointed blender brush in a V-shape around the outside of the eyelids and then under my lower lashes. That’s it for eyeshadow already!

While I was in the palette I applied my blush. As you can see, it’s really a natural pink. I applied it on the apples of my cheeks and blended it back onto my cheek bones.

Next I took this pale, shimmery pink pencil and applied it to my brow bones and the inner corners of my eyes. I’m not telling you what this specific pencil is because I’ve had for an unholy long time and you’d all probably kill me for still using it. (Hint: Remember when Mary-Kate and Ashley started a make-up line…)

Next up was my Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I did a thin line along my upper lashes and then a nice dramatic wing.

I finished off the eyes with a nice coat of Benefit’s BADgal Lash on my upper and lower lashes. 

The very last thing I needed to do was my lips, so I used Korres’s Lip Butter in “Pomegranate”. It’s a light wash of pink and it’s super moisturizing.

And that’s it! It’s easy to pull off a relatively complicated look on the fly, you just need to know your products and collect sample sizes! I swear by sample size products, they last me forever and I can’t imagine where I’d be without them. I do this look whenever I’m up here at Alex’s place or when I get to school in the morning and I was too tired to do my makeup at home. I always regret not putting on makeup at some point during the day. I have a way out!

I hope you guys liked this look!

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