OotD - Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Here’s my outfit of the day today. It’s laundry day today, and blogging day. I’m out of the house for most of the weekend, so I need to make a few blog posts for the queue to work through while I’m out. I’ve got another YouTube video coming up, which I’m kind of excited about, I’m trying to figure out the whole videoing-on-a-budget thing. It’s a bit tricky, as I’m sure you can imagine.

I’m wearing a pair of Olsen Europe Lisa jeans from last summer’s collection with a boat neck striped t-shirt from Banana Republic also from last summer. I’m carrying an old Coach Poppy handbag/shoulder bag in black patent leather. For accessories I’ve got a gothic style necklace (can’t remember where it’s from), and a couple of rings on my right hand: the big one on my pointer finger is from Silpada and the one on my right finger was a Valentine’s gift (originally from Paris Jeweller’s) from Alex. On my left hand I’m wearing a Fossil watch with a rose gold face and a mint coloured leather band. I’ve done some henna on my left hand as well:

I was in the mood for a new tattoo, and I had some paste left from a party I did recently, so I figured that now was the time to do it! I think it’s going to stain pretty well, too, I’m hopeful.

I hope you guys like my outfit today, I’m pretty happy with it!

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Target + Sephora Haul

Hello everyone! I had a little time to kill the other day and I wanted to pick up a few things that I was really excited about, and I wanted to show you everything that I got! Since I went to Target, I got some really great deals, so let’s see what I got.

Firstly I got this little squeeze bottle. It’s a bit of an odd purchase, but I had a good reason for it. I have 3 sample packets of Philosophy’s Purity cleanser, and I didn’t want to have open packets lying around everywhere, so I wanted to amalgamate them into a little bottle, so I picked this guy up for $1.49.

I saw these in regular size for $8.99 each and I decided that once I got paid I would go back for them. THEN, I found sample sizes in the travel aisle for $1.57 each, so I grabbed them to try out! Always check the travel aisle just in case something awesome is waiting there for you.

This was one of the items I was looking for specifically when I went to Target. I didn’t know which brand I wanted, I just wanted an eyeliner pen. This was the most reasonably priced one I could find with the best review on MakeupAlley.com. I like going shopping with this website open on my phone so that I can check reviews while I go so that I make an informed decision and don’t regret my purchase when I get home. And let me tell you, after $7.99 this purchase was anything but a bust. I’ve used it since I got it and I absolutely love it! Eyeliner application goes so much faster, and frankly, I can wing my eyeliner for precisely. I’m hooked, I’ll definitely be rebuying this product.

Lastly, I picked up a Mead notebook. At $1.49, I wanted it because it fit in my bag and I would finally be able to write down incidental ideas that I get for this blog. I’m trying to come up with cool stuff for you guys, and sometimes I don’t think of anything until I’m daydreaming on the train! Always a good idea.

I also hit up Sephora while I was out. I always have to control myself in there, I could spend hundred of dollars way too quickly in there. BUT I was a good girl the other day and I only bought one thing, but came out with 2 freebies, as well.

This is what I actually bought: I got the 3 fl. oz. Philosophy Purity facial cleanser. I know, I know, I already said that I had a bunch of samples, but 15 mL isn’t going to get me very far is it? No. So $13.00 for this was a great deal. AND I got freebies!

I got this guy for 100 VIB points. I’ve been wanting to try a skin oil, but they are ridiculously expensive; the mini Argan Oil is even $20!!! SO I got this for free, and I’ll see how I feel about it.

I also got this one completely free. I didn’t actually realize I had it until I found it in my receipt :P SO we’ll give this one a try this weekend, give me a nice facial ^^

That’s all I got! It was a nice little treat for myself (I seem to be treating myself a lot lately…) and I’m stoked about what I got!

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Back-to-School Series: Backpack Essentials/What’s in my Backpack

Hello my lovelies! Today I want to do another one of my Back to School posts and I wanted to do this one on one of my favourite topics of all time: What’s in My Backpack?!

So here we have it: I’m going to show you how I organize my backpack and give you a few tips and tricks to keep yourself equipped and prepared.

Don’t be afraid if my backpack looks a little empty, I haven’t purchased my textbooks yet and, being an English Major, most of my backpack contents is books.

This is my backpack! I carry a Dakine backpack in the pattern “Juno.” Dakine backpacks come in a lot of really fantastic prints and in tonnes of different styles so you can have as many or as few pockets as you want and you can find backpacks to fit guys’ bigger bodies as well as girls’ smaller bodies all in the same prints!

I have the Hana 26L bag. This fits all my school stuff plus whatever I need for my after school activities, such as my character sheet folder and dice for D&D, my gym shoes and gym strip for when I go to the campus gym, or my belly dance outfit when I have an event with my clubs.

How many pockets have I got on this sucker?! I have 3 pockets and 2 waterbottle holders, which comes in handy when I carry a water bottle AND a juice bottle in the mornings.

I have my main pocket for books, a front pocket for stuff, and a small top pocket for essentials. So what’s in my backpack? Let’s find out!

I’m going to start with my front pocket because I’ve got so much cool stuff in it. All of my survival gear is in here. I’ll show you what I mean:

Glasses! I can’t see the board from any desk that’s not in the front row, and I don’t really want to sit in the front row, so I keep these in my backpack.

This is my tech bag. I carry all of this stuff in a little coach wristlet.

From the top down I’ve got a stylus, which can be used on either of my touchscreen devices, which I’ll touch on later.

I have an iphone charging cable and wall outlet because iPhone batteries don’t last that long when you use your phone like I do.

I’ve got a little 1 GB iPod shuffle and its charging cable. I use this guy exclusively at the gym because I just don’t want to be tied down to my phone while I’m on the elliptical. It’s not what I would deem safe, so I want something I can clip to my shirt.

I have a pair of emergency Apple earbuds; I hate them, but every now and then I forget my good ones at home and I just need something for the 45 minute train ride to school.

I have the wall plug and charging cable for my Asus Transformer Book. I’ll gush about that little guy in a bit.

And finally on the left I have a portable charger for my iPhone. The little cable that it comes with is only compatible with Android and Windows phones, so I need to use my own iPhone cable to charge my iPhone, but I also need that little cord to charge the battery. It’s a life saver on the train when I may not have had the ability to get to an outlet before heading home. My phone died while I was on the phone with my mom once on the worst day of winter. My bus hadn’t shown up for half an hour and we were trying to figure out what to do. The moment the phone died, a bus showed up. I had to charge my phone on the bus with my laptop. This is considerably more convenient.

This is my little drug bag :P I got it at the Coach outlet and I carry pain killers, Claritin, and Advil Cold&Sinus. All of the things you never think you need until you get cramps, or you can’t stop sneezing, or you suddenly can’t breath because of congestion. It’s a good thing to carry in some form or another.

Keys! Always have keys. I have a couple of fun things on mine that make them extra handy to carry around: I have a mini pen for emergencies, I have a Swiss Army knife which I use at least once a day, and I have a David’s Tea Frequent Steeper card because one way or another I’ll find myself at David’s Tea.

First I wanna talk about Kamille. Herbacin Kamille is the best skin product ever on the planet hands down. This is a German brand and it has been a thing that I’ve been using since I was a very small child in some form or another - lotions, soaps - and it is a tried and true favourite. This tube of hand cream is sold at my campus pharmacy for $4.99, so utter bliss is truly affordable.

The other thing I have here is a Dove Go Fresh deodorant, for when I go to the gym or for when I realize that I’ve forgotten to use deodorant, or for when once application simply isn’t enough. It’s handy.

Here it is, the holy grail, the makeup bag. What’s in the makeup bag? First of all, this is a limited edition Olsen Europe makeup bag which I got with a purchase. I was so happy to receive it because I used to work for the company and couldn’t receive or purchase the special gifts. I did this time! And damn does it hold a lot!

I want to start off by saying that I carry enough cosmetics to do a full face of makeup if I haven’t had time in the morning. It feels good to skip makeup when you wake up, but at some point that day I’ll regret it. So I have a stash of samples in my backpack.

I carry a Covergirl compact which is specialized for oily skin. I’ll use this on top of the Kat von D Tattoo Concealer which I’ll just use on my under eye circles and on my nose. I’ll put the powder everywhere. I have a retractable kabuki brush as well, which helps with a smooth application. This brush is not pictured, but it is a wonderful thing to have with you. I got mine at Chatters.

I’ve got a sample size of Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I’ll put under my Benefit Cream Eyeshadow in Busy Signal (a warm brown that I can smoke out, I don’t even need eyeliner at that rate) and finish off with BADgal Lash.

I have a Kat von D lipstick in Cathedral, just in case none of my other colours happen to be in my backpack at the time.

I tend to have emotional breakdowns at school from stress, so I have a little sample size Clinique eye roller which will cool my eyes down and de-puff them quickly. I find it works well both over and under makeup.

Other than that I carry tooth floss, gum picks - which are basically a soft version of toothpicks -, pads, and bandaids. Bandaids are a must guys, shit happens.

On most campuses these days you can get free hot water from one vendor or another. SO instead of forking out $2.00 every time I want a cup of tea, I smile at a barista, get a cup of hot water, and put my own tea bag in it. You can also do this with powdered hot chocolate (which I have) or instant coffee pouches (Starbucks Via guys).

Sunglasses! I like these ones because I got them for free from my Students’ Union during Frosh week last year.

My emergency nourishment kit. I carry a small Coach wristlet with a couple food items in it. I love Clif Bars, they have become my emergency meal replacement in the mornings because I sometimes skip breakfast. I feel a little nauseous when I wake up in the mornings because my body likes to stay up late and sleep in instead of go to bed early and wake up early. I also have gum in a really fun Lemon Bar flavour and some Halls Vitamin C drops for if I start feeling like I’m catching something.

What’s in the top pocket? Not much, it’s pretty small, but it’s handy!

I’ve got my EOS lip balm (see my Top 5 of All Time), my good earbuds - a pair of Skullcandy ones - and my phone case/wallet.

I was using my phone to take these pictures, so forgive the lack of phone! I have a white iPhone 4s, if it helps :P

I store my debit card, credit card, my driver’s license, and my school ID/bus pass in here. During the school year my ID is my bus pass, but it’s August, so no dice this month. I’ll also put some cash in the area under the cards.

Down to business: what’s in the school-y part of my school bag?

This is my baby. I have had back problems for the last few years because I lost control of my weight for a while after high school (I’m bringing it back into check, I’m currently at the weight I was at in 11th grade) so I don’t like carrying my big Dell with me to school.

Alex came to me one day and said that they’d had an Asus Transformer book returned to the store without some of the stuff in the box so they were selling it for a substantial discount. Counting his employee discount, I got this little transformer for $300.00 including a full warranty.

This is a 32 GB machine, but you can insert a microSD card into the side of the tablet to extend it’s memory by up to 64GB (or as high as you can find a microSD card).

The case is a Greene+Gray case that I picked up at the Microsoft Store grand opening. HELPFUL HINT: Students get 10% off at the Microsoft store! Just show your Student ID. Pictured here is the handy back pocket for stuff!

You gotta have an agenda of some description. I just got this one at Chapters for $12.95. The covers are made of recycled juice boxes!

I like the inside of this one too because it’s divided by hour, so I can schedule all my stuff. I work a lot, but my shifts can start as late 8, so people want to hang out and do stuff, but I need to be able to fit everything in, so I can fill this in and see where I can squeeze in a coffee or two.

This is my pencil case. I picked up this lovely little bag at Chapters for $9.00 last week. In it I’ve got a 16 GB memory stick for everything that I could ever need. A mechanical pencil, a stick eraser, and a packet of lead are also in here. I have a stick of chalk that I found in the hallway outside my work, so I took it because if Chalk is on the list of items in the Player’s Handbook, it’s probably useful for something. I have highlighter pencils, which are cool because they do a good job of highlighting your things in a non-obnoxious way and without bleeding through your pages. I have a Sharpie pen in purple with which I mark up fellow Creative Writing student’s work. I have a Staples Opti-flow pen. THESE ARE THE BEST PENS EVER. Although they bleed through some types of paper, and especially on paper in novels, so I got a multi-pack of RSVP pens. One colour for each subject! And what’s that Matrioshka doing there…

She’s an eraser AND a sharpener! I picked her up in Montréal, and I think she’s too cute to leave behind. I love her to bits ^^

And last but not least, 4 notebooks. I got these at Staples for $0.05 (yes you read that right) each during a back to school sale they had a couple weeks ago before the back to school rush.

With these and the 5 different coloured RSVP pens, I plan to work through one notebook at a time using one pen colour for each class. That way I can easily sort by date and prevent myself from wasting paper.

I hope I gave you guys some good ideas here, if there’s anything I missed that you HAVE to have in your school bag leave me a message! Talk to you guys soon!

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Shoppers Drug Mart Teen Pack 2014

Every year Shoppers puts out a Teen Pack, one for guys and one for girls. I bought the girls’ one and Alex bought the guys’ one. I don’t have his handy today, as I’m at my place, but I do have mine! So I’d like to show you what I got in my 2014 Teen Pack!

So here’s the box! From what I understand, not every box is the same, they kind of take samples from whatever stock they’ve got and fill the box. There are some constants: they pull a shampoo from the shampoo basket, a body wash from the body wash basket, etc.

I want to start with my favourite product in the whole box, Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash. Mine is grapefruit scented. I’ve been using it for half a week here, and I LOVE IT. It smells so fantastic and I feel quite clean after I use it. It’s got Vitamin C boosters in it, so it’s great for your skin’s health too!

In the guys pack, I know that Alex got a Dial soap as well. I remember it because it’s called “Power Scrub,” and that make makes me think of Power Thirst which makes me start giggling.

I got some Playtex Sport. I’ve been stuck on U by Kotex for a few years, so it might be nice to branch out and test the waters.

This little guy is pretty neat, it’s a Purell Hand Sanitizer in the scent Wintergreen Mint. I’ve put it in my bag but I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t speak to the scent.

Alex got a funny one, something like Fireside Warmth. I’ll do an unboxing for his box when I go over to his place later this week.

These are Simple Cleansing Wipes. These look awesome and I’ve tossed them into my bag.

Colgate Total! I really wish I could use this, but I have really sensitive teeth and I can only use Sensodyne. But it’s a killer staple for anyone’s bathroom! The tubes last forever too, if you’re the only one using it.

To go with my Colgate I got a GUM Toothbrush and a pack of GUM Flossers. I’ve put the toothbrush in my drawer, once my current one which I just started dies I’ll replace it with this. I’m really bad at flossing my teeth, so I’ve tossed the flossers into my bag for whenever I remember to floss during the day.

This is the Lady Speed Stick Fresh Infusions deodorant. I have hyperhydrosis as a result of another medical condition, which means that I sweat like a pig and anything boasting 24hr protection is almost sure to fail within 2 hrs tops. I also don’t really like that this is scented, I like my perfumes so I don’t want my deodorant to change the scent of my perfume. Not sure about this… it might go in my gym bag for emergencies.

I got some Balea disposable razors. I use Schick Intuition so I’m not sure that I’ll actually use these, but I’ll find a use for them. Did you know that disposable razors are excellent pill removers for your sweaters?

I got some Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy shampoo. I’ll probably bust into this pretty soon here. I’m getting a little bored of my current stuff.

And that’s all my stuff! The great thing about this box is that it’s usually worth about $40.00 and you only pay $9.99+gst. This is great for pre-teens, teenager, uni students (like me!), grown ups (like the lovely lady who sold this to me), or gifts for someone who fits one of those categories. I know that dorm life can get a little tight for money, and this is definitely a good way to spend what little you might have.

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FotD: New Brushes & Experimenting with Asian Style Makeup

Hey guys! So as you all know I recently received the My Brush Set in the mail and I was really excited to get trying these brushes. To do that, I decided to do a look that frankly, I’ve been wearing daily for the last few weeks.

I was doing some research into Japanese and Korean makeup a few weeks ago (let’s face it, I still am), and I’ve found a colour combination that helps to make my eyes pop and look huge! So without further ado, let’s show you what I did!

I started off by just priming my face with a moisturizer. I use Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream. It feels watery when you put it on your skin, but it disappears in seconds and you’re moisturized and ready to go! It comes in 2 different types, one for dryer skin and one for oilier skin (that’s me!).

I used the foundation brush to apply my foundation. I wasn’t completely sold on the application, I like my Sonia Kashuk buffer brush much better, but I’ll keep working with it before I give up. For foundation I use MAC Matchmaster. It has SPF 15!!!!

This one doesn’t look much different, but all I did was apply concealer to my under eye circles. I used the concealer brush, and I think that it might be a little bit too small to handle the under eye circles with much efficiency, but I can see it working well on blemishes. For concealer I use e.l.f. HD Concealer.

In this picture I’ve applied MAC Mineralize Skin FinishMilani BronzerSephora Blush, and MAC Naked Lunch as a highlighter. I used the powder brush, blush brush, contour brush, and fan brush. The fan brush did a good job, I think that the powder brush did a pretty good job, although I don’t want to say I’m happy with it, the blush brush didn’t apply as much as I was hoping, and the contour brush applied the product well… a little too well. Major blending needed.

On to the eyes. I started out with Urban Decay Primer Potion on my lid, applied with my fingers. This is the only eye primer aside from Too Faced Shadow Insurance that I am able to use because my eyelids are so oily. Any one have any suggestions?

I applied MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow to my lids with the large eyeshadow brush. No complaints. It did its job.

I applied MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow on the lower half of my lid and under my lower lashes with the small eyeshadow brush. It’s not supposed to be a very stark difference, just a bit more colour closer to the lashes.

I used the smudger brush to smudge some of the MAC Espresso eyeshadow into my upper and lower lash lines, only about halfway along my eye.

Again using the smudger brush, I took MAC Carbon and went over the lines I made with Espresso but not as far towards the middle of my eye. I want to create a gradient along my eyelashes.

I used the fine liner brush and some MAC Blacktrack Fluidline gel liner on my upperlashes. Instead of winging the liner out, as in Western style makeup, Korean makeup tends to pull the eyeliner down at the end of the lashline so that you can create a rounder, puppy-dog eyed look. It makes your eyes look significantly bigger and you don’t look quite as “done” as you do with winged eyeliner.

I topped off with L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I am loving this mascara, it lengthens and defines every single lash. It’s dry enough to use on the lower lashes as well, creating a wide, doll-eyed look. 

I finished off by using a fluffy angled brush and a sponge tip applicator to apply MAC Naked Lunch as a highlighter on my brow bone and on the inner corner of my eye. When doing the inner corner, drag the highlight one third to half way across the lower lash line to bring more light into your eye and to make your eye look bigger.

I finished it off with an apricot tinted lip balm, and this is the end result! Big eyes and a nice, lightly sculpted face. I hope you guys got some good ideas from this look. Send me a message if you have any questions about the brushes, the products, or my technique!

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My Brush Set Unboxing

Hey guys! I ordered a 24 piece brush set from My Brush Set a couple weeks ago and it finally came in the mail! It was an 85% off deal (although I’ve never seen them full price) and I got them for $19.99+shipping. I wanted to share my unboxing joy with you, so here we go!

This is the envelope as it was sent to me in the mail. It fit in my dinky little neighbourhood post box which was nice!

So when I opened it I was surprised to see more than just my makeup brushes.

I got 2 coupons for My Brush Set, each for 20% off, and 2 coupons for Florence Scovel which, judging by the imagery on the card, is a knitting operation of some sort. They offer me 20% off, free shipping, AND the possibility of winning a $100 gift card! Can’t say no to any of that!

Now let’s get down to the brushes themselves:

They come in a pink roll like this, I’m pretty sure it’s vinyl, it doesn’t smell very good right now, but much like the new car smell I’m sure it’ll fade in time.

Here’s the line up of goodies! There is a 25 brush option apparently (that I can’t find online right now) where you get one more powder brush type of brush in between the big fan brush and the powder brush. Let’s take a closer look:

Each of the big brushes and the smaller fan brush each came with a little plastic bristle guard which I thought was quite impressive, I like keeping those things in shape, especially because they’re so long and can get tangled in other brushes so quickly.

These are the big brushes! From left to right I got a massive fan brush, which has all sorts of uses like light contouring, powder application, etc. I got a basic powder brush, which is never a bad thing to have. I had a slightly angled blush brush, a distinctly angled contour brush for bronzer, which I’ve just gotten into, and standard foundation brush. I really hope this one does a better job than the one I’ve got now. I don’t use my current one if I can avoid it.

These brushes I’ve heard bad things about. Mind you, they had wooden handles when they were being reviewed (and yes, they had wooden handles in the pink set) so maybe they’ve redesigned them a little bit. They feel really soft and I feel like they’d do a good job, so I’ll see what all the hype is about. From right to left we’ve got: a basic eyeshadow brush, an angled contour eyeshadow brush, a fluffy blending brush (definitely not domed though, which I like in blending brushes) and a flat(ish) blender.

Here we have them, the eyeshadow brushes. My holy grail. From right to left I’ve got: a large eyeshadow brush, a medium eyeshadow brush (which is the same height but broader… hmm), a dense smudger brush (feels like it’ll do a great job), a short eyeshadow brush, and an angled eyeshadow brush. They feel awesome and I can’t wait to do something with these.

Here we’ve got some other small brushes, each look really interesting. Right to left I’ve got: a lip brush (it feels amazing), a concealer brush (in a more reasonable size than my current one), an angled liner/brow brush, an eyeliner brush (this brush is so big I would only use it for eyeliner or a monolid when they’re aiming for really thick eyeliner), and a precise eyeliner brush.

Here are the cool bits: specialty brushes! From right to left I’ve got: a sponge applicator (which I don’t normally use, but I can see a use for it now that I’ve got one: hello inner corner highlight…), a pointed sponge smudger (which I LOVE for my lower lash line!!), a fan brush (for highlights and sweeping away fallout), a brow comb, and a SPOOLIE!! I’ve never had a spoolie before and I’m stoked to have one now!

All in all I’m really excited about this brush set, I get a lot of things that I’ve been substituting other brushes for for ages, and I can’t wait to get started using these and seeing how they work. I just have no idea how I’m going to lay out this big roll while I’m working…

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Back-To-School Series: Miracle Products

Hey guys! The back to school videos are starting to hit YouTube so I wanted to start a little back to school series of my own, sharing some helpful tips for makeup, fashion, backpack organization, brain organization (you’ll see what I mean :P), and just general ways to make life a little easier for you in this hectic time where you’re just trying to keep your head on straight in the middle of all the craziness of having a schedule again.

Where I want to start today is with a video about some miracle products that I think make the hectic school life a LOT easier. Let’s get started!

1) BB Cream

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BB Cream is a fantastic product which I’m sure everyone’s heard loads about but you’re going to hear it again: basically this product primes, moisturizes, covers, conceals, and perfects all in one. And I’m not just saying this. The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is one of the only products that I have ever emptied and then replaced. I like this product a lot because all you need is a pea sized amount to cover your face. It’s light weight, so you don’t feel it after you’ve blended it in, and it’s super easy to buff into your skin with either a buffer brush or (in my case) a fluffy powder brush or even your fingers, if that’s what you’re in to.

The only thing about this product is that it’s meant to have a dewy finish, so if you’re like me, you’re going to want to put a powder over top of it - it can be a translucent powder - to keep it from getting too shiny. However, I understand that they’ve released a new BB Cream:

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This appears to be geared towards oily and/or acne-prone skin. I have yet to try this, but the next time I find myself at Shoppers Drug Mart, I’ll be investigating.

When I was using this product, my foundation step was taken down to under a minute including putting powder on top. Great for that 5 minute face!

2) Lush Shampoo Bars

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These suckers are the bomb. The prices above are listed in pounds, but these guys run for around $7.50 CAD and they are truly a miracle product. You buy the bar for your hair, first and foremost, so that you can meet the needs of your hair. BUT then, you use it as your bar of soap in the shower as well! You simply lather it over your skin - one swipe over an arm will do for the whole arm - swipe twice along your hair, lather everything up, rinse, and you’re done. Great for 3 minute showers in the morning! And speaking of quick showers…

3) Schick Intuition

These guys are a girl’s best friend. It takes the time and hassle out of doing the whole shaving cream thing. I’ve pretty much exclusively been using this for my shaving years since puberty and I swear by it. If I add it into my 3 minute shower routine courtesy of the Lush shampoo bar, I can shave my armpits and my legs for a cool 2 extra minutes, allowing me 5 minutes to a squeaky clean first thing in the morning.

4) Jurlique Love Balm

I have to recommend an all purpose body balm like this one or like the Rosebud Salve, which I see a lot of girls with. I picked this one up on sephora.ca and I love it to bits! You can use this on your lips, dry patches on your face or body throughout the day, elbows, or even (sorry) on your nostrils if you get sick and are blowing your nose a lot. Yeah, I do that, and that’s why I love this.

5) The perfect mascara

Lastly, I gotta talk about the perfect mascara. When you’re on the way out the door and all you’ve got on is your BB Cream and your face is crying out for something else, the perfect mascara is the way to go. If you don’t already have a perfect mascara, it’s a great idea to start here. Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara is a tried and true favourite in the beauty community, constantly resurfacing to win mascara of the year awards even though advertisements of them are scarce these days to say the least. This was the one I started with 10 years ago and if I hadn’t fallen so deeply in love with Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash (see previous post) I would come back to it. It’s a safe formula for every type of lashes and it comes in a variety of colours including black, blackest black (get this one), brown, black brown, and clear (which is awesome for setting eyebrows when you have more time on your hands).

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5: Do you take drugs?

6: Age you get mistaken for

7: Have tattoos?

8: Want any tattoos?

9: Got any piercings?

10: Want any piercings?

11: Best friend?

12: Relationship status

13: Biggest turn ons

14: Biggest turn offs

15: Favorite movie

16: I’ll love you if

17: Someone you miss

18: Most traumatic experience

19: A fact about your personality

20: What I hate most about myself

21: What I love most about myself

22: What I want to be when I get older

23: My relationship with my sibling(s)

24: My relationship with my parent(s)

25: My idea of a perfect date

26: My biggest pet peeves

27: A description of the girl/boy I like

28: A description of the person I dislike the most

29: A reason I’ve lied to a friend

30: What I hate the most about work/school

31: What your last text message says

32: What words upset me the most

33: What words make me feel the best about myself

34: What I find attractive in women

35: What I find attractive in men

36: Where I would like to live

37: One of my insecurities

38: My childhood career choice

39: My favorite ice cream flavor

40: Who I wish I could be

41: Where I want to be right now

42: The last thing I ate

43: Sexiest person that comes to my mind immediately

44: A random fact about anything

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lostatseaondryland asked:

Not intending to sound weird or anything but you have pretty nice looking toes. And that color looks really good on them.

Vaguely Hipster Answer:

Thank you so much ^^

I’m sure it’s just me being self-conscious :P

Mani/Pedi Day

Hey guys! Today I had an afternoon (well a whole day) to kill, so I decided that it was time for a mani/pedi, since my old mani was chipping and my pedi was looking a little dull.

Here’s what I used today:

My Base coat: L’Oréal Base Coat #100

My Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Clearly Quick 110

Pedi Colour: China Glaze  in Bahamian Escape

Mani Colour: Butter London in Shandy

So here’s how my mani turned out:

Shandy is the first and only Butter London nail polish I’ve ever used (considering it retails for about $17.00 CAD) and I really like it! It smooths out to a perfect finish, dries in an admirable amount of time, considering it’s not advertised as a quick dry product, and the colour is super opaque. It goes on a little streaky so a second is necessary, but really, 2 coats is all you need. I primed my nails with the L’Oréal base coat and topped it off with Clearly Quick.

The pedi turned out equally as lovely:

I don’t think I have very nice toes, so I’m a little hesitant to post this, but I wanted to show you the colour. I tried my best to bend them around a chair :P

I used China Glaze’s Bahamian Escape, which I got in a multi-set of half-size pastel colours, including a mint colour (hello), a lavendar, a pink, and a canary yellow. Out of any nail polish I’ve ever used, this is the only one that has stayed put for more than a week without chipping. And I don’t mean China Glaze. I mean this singular bottle of Bahamian Escape. It’s astounding. Again, I primed with the L’Oréal base coat and topped it off with Clearly Quick.

I hope I gave you guys some good ideas today!

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Top 5 of All Time

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done an honest to goodness post, so I’m going to give you guys my Top 5 of All Time favourite products to make up for my silence! I hope you guys like it!

5) Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease by Lush

This product is pretty fabulous: I work with henna on a regular basis as a body art medium, but I am also fully conscious of its conditioning properties for hair and nails. Unfortunately, when you use pure henna on your hair, you’re guaranteed to stain it orange or red. If this is what you want, there’s no issue. But if you like your hair colour, you probably want it to remain that colour. That’s where this product comes in.

Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease by Lush is a hair treatment that combines the nourishing factors of henna with jasmine for its beautiful scent, and other ingredients that allow this product to deep condition your hair without altering your colour.

This product runs at roughly $25.00 CAD, and it’s well worth the price. When I bought my jar three years ago, I had hair down to my waist and only got two applications out of the jar as a result. Now that my hair is hedgehog length, I can buy a jar of this and have it last for months.

If you have curly, frizzy, coarse, or damaged hair: PLEASE try this product! The great thing about Lush is that you can walk in, ask for a sample, get it, go home, try it, then come back to buy it all in one day if you feel like it! I take advantage of this all the time and I am convinced that they are the best company in the world for exactly that reason!

4) Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator by Clinique

This product is the all-time best moisturizer I’ve ever used. I’ve only ever used samples of this product, however, because this sucker runs for $44.00 CAD, which isn’t really the best for a student’s wallet. BUT, if you know where to look, i.e. ebay, you can pick up sample sizes of this product for under $20 including shipping. Or if you have some points under your belt at Sephora and we get lucky one month. You never know!

I love this product because after massaging it into my skin I feel rich. I don’t mean rich like the Kardashians, I mean rich like a good English dessert. I feel downright awesome. I will lay there in bed at night absent-mindedly stroking my face while I fall asleep. Creepy, but true. It’s epic, and worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

3) Line Stiletto Liquid Liner by Maybelline

This eyeliner is hands-down my favourite eyeliner on the market. I started my eyeliner journey when I was about 13 or so, as most teenagers do. I’d heard that liquid eyeliner was the most difficult eyeliner to master so, naturally, I decided to start there first and then I’d be a pro at gel and pencil once I’d mastered liquid, right? Wrong. Gel took me a year to get right and I still can’t figure pencils out to save my life. BUT, I’ve gotten quite good at figuring out which liquid liners are worthy of being used after all of my misguided practice. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the one that takes it.

Not only is this product much cheaper than most of the high-end eyeliners on the market - retailing for roughly $9.00 CAD - but it also has one of the most useful tips of any applicator I’ve ever run into. The extended tip is stable but flexible, allowing you to contour your line closely to your lashes while maintaining either a thick or thin line, whichever is your preference. The applicator, of course, is attached to the cap of the product, and the cap is just as long as the reservoir which holds the product, so you’ve got plenty to hold on to so you can find a comfortable fit in your hand before you apply.

The product itself, the liquid, is highly pigmented, not as glossy as advertised, but frankly I was afraid of how glossy they made the finish sound, so the bold black, mostly matte finish is exactly what I would have been looking for and accidentally found. It’s staying power is noteworthy, although keep in mind that it is not a water-proof formula and thus sweat will weaken it’s resolve, although friction will be needed once moist to seal the deal. TLDR; don’t get sweaty and rub your eyes. But I think you already knew that.

2) Sweet Mint Organic Lip Balm by EOS

Pretty much everyone knows about this product already, but let me sing its praises once more: THIS LIP BALM IS TO DIE FOR. As with many people, my favourite feature of this lip balm in the dome shape of the product, I find that I can apply more quickly and with considerably less precision than I would a stick lip balm, and I still get a perfect application.

For someone with oily skin, I’ve suffered with ridiculously dry lips for most of my life - to the point where I had eczema around my lips for several years - and as a result I have become a bit of a fanatic for a good lip balm that I don’t have to reapply every 10 minutes. The formula of the EOS lip balms isn’t in the least bit liquidy once it melts into your lips, which is what causes that reapplication conundrum that I’ve found with other products such as the Nivea lip balms. You know, the ones that used to be Lobello once upon a time? EOS has a smooth drying formula that makes your lips feel soft and lightly hydrated from within your skin, not on top of it.

And the mint smells pretty darn good too. They’re only about $5.00 CAD.

1) BADgal Lash by Benefit

This is my number one, guys. Not enough people use this mascara and that makes me really sad. This is the best one that I have ever used ever. This product is also a little bittersweet for me, as it retails for $26.00 CAD a tube. Which student’s shouldn’t be spending $26.00 CAD on. Fortunately, Sephora always sample sizes for $12.00, which is basically the price of a really good drug store mascara, or so I tell myself at the Sephora check out counter with a half-size tube and an hour’s wages.

One of the beautiful things about this product is the wand. Pros say that the wand is everything and this mascara proves that. I’ve never seen such a dense wand in my life. There are more than enough bristles on that sucker to tackle every lash on your eyelid, and then some. The formula is pretty great too: it’s not too dry, but it’s not wet either. This means that people with thick lashes and people with fine lashes can use the same product. Wet mascaras tend to weigh fine lashes down and dry mascaras tend to do not so outstanding things for thick lashes. Between the wand and the formula, this mascara is fully capable of providing you with that almost-false-lashes look you’re looking for without using falsies.

This is my holy grail product. Please use and love it, guys.

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