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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Awesome update!

Hey guys! I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m trying to get back into the YouTube thing, and I’m making some advancements in my tech line up. First, I ordered a tripod for my iPhone, which I’m currently using to film my videos. Second, thanks to a wonderful series of fortunate events I’m getting a 20.1MP Nikon Coolpix camera with 720p video capabilities! This is very exciting for me because although I have a lovely camera already, my iPhone honestly does a better job at both photos and video. So we will probably see a marked improvement in my videos in the time to come! Stay tuned for something hopefully awesome!

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Shoppers Drug Mart Teen Pack: Boys’ Edition

Hey guys! As promised, I infiltrated my boyfriend’s Teen Pack to bring you a quick What’s In the Teen Pack post. As I mentioned in my look through the girls’ box, I love these boxes, I buy them every single year and, now that I have Alex, I can experiment with the guys’ stuff on him ;)

So without further ado, let’s see what he got:

This is the box. As you can see, it’s $9.99, the same as the girls’ box BUT I’m a little disappointed, because I’m pretty sure the girls’ box was only worth $42, not $48. I think he won this one, guys.

It’s probably because hair gel is more expensive than tampons…

See, he got a Dial soap too! I just like the “Power Scrub” because it makes me think of Power Thirst :P Unlike mine, which was just a body wash, this one seems to have “Micro Scrubbers” in it which tells me that this is a mild exfoliating soap, which I’m a little bit jealous of. His is orange scented.

He also got Axe Primed Just Clean Shampoo. Aside from their atrocious body sprays, I really like the scent of Axe products. I think that the light amount of fragrance that would remain in his hair after washing is just enough of that scent to work.

He got exactly the same toothbrush/flosser set as I got, both from GUM. Can’t say no to more toothbrushes!

He got a corresponding tube of Colgate Total toothpaste. I’m pretty sure this is the same one I got. He might not use this either, he uses a Pronamel product, but he’s more likely to use this than me because if I use it, my teeth with actually physically hurt.

Here it is: the infamous hilariously named Purell Hand Sanitizer. I present to you: “Warm Fireplace Gathering.” How’s that even a scent?!

He also got Right Guard Total Defense 5 Power Stripe deodorant. He’s skeptical about this one because he tends to sweat through anything but Mitchum. He said that the 72Hr note on the bottom of the stick made him curious to try it out, but he wasn’t going to hold out much hope.

He got a Schwarzkopf göt2b glued spiking glue. He already has a tube of this and he tried to spike up his (at the time) long hair with it and was sorely disappointed. I can’t imagine why… Anyway, he had short hair now and he’s been looking for something to spike his hair with occasionally, so this might be the ticket.

Here’s another reason why his box is worth more than mine: Axe Chilled Cooling Face Wash. I got makeup remover wipes, which I know retail for $2.99, and this is worth at least double that if not a little more. I hope he uses this, he doesn’t really have a facial skin care routine short of rubbing soap on his face in the shower, but I think he’d benefit from it.

And that’s all she wrote! He got a pretty good haul, if I was a guy I’d be pretty stoked about this. Alex seems to be pretty pleased with it, so I’m happy! He can go back to school in a week here and look awesome!

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Hey guys! So I filmed another YouTube video today, but today I did a makeup tutorial for a dramatic eye look. I wanted to show you guys what I did today, so here’s the video!

Here is a full list of the products used:

- Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
- MAC Matchmaster with SPF 15 in “1.0”
- e.l.f. HD Lifting Concealer
- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in “Medium”
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Eyeshadow in “Naked Lunch,” “Expensive Pink,” “Sketch,” and “Carbon”
- Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in “Black”
- L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara in “Black”
- Korres Blush in “15 Natural”
- Sephora Blush in “04 Pêche Tendre”
- Korres Lip Butter in “Plum”

I really hope you guys like this, this is one of my favourite makeup looks to do on a day to day basis, it makes me feel really pretty and confident when I leave the house.

Let me know what you guys think! What are some of your favourite eye makeup looks?

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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 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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