Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sticky9 review

I ordered from Sticky9, a website formerly known as Stickgram that specializes in making digital images come to life on "real life stuff" with their main product being square magnets (3x3). These magnets are supposed to be your choice of Instragram photos, easily printed and shipped to you. You can chose any other non-Instagram pictures and cut them to square shape easily on their website.

 November 27th (Thursday) and I received it December 2nd (3 business days later). I am VERY PLEASED with this service! WOW.

They arrived safely and looked pretty good. They are not glossy pictures, they are a matte finish, which makes them look lower quality and this is the part I liked the least. I imagine that for instagram pictures that have been filtered with older-looking styles, it would look good this way, but for my pictures it was not the case.

I purchased 2 sets of 9 magnets on special from them so for the price I paid, I'm really happy. I might go elsewhere if I decide to want custom magnets in the future just because of being a bit disappointed with the matte aspect of these photos.

Overall:

pros:
GREAT and fast shipment
EASY to use website
FAIR price

cons:
matte pictures

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween

I had such a nice Halloween! Made myself up as a sad mime during my day at work and went out trick or treating with the kids in a different neighbourhood than usual. It was great, so many kids, it reminded me of my neighbourhood when I was a kid! A neighbourhood that is now completely void of any children, since the kids are now in their 20's and the parents that still live there are enterring elderly status lol

Here's my sad mime:
 
I was supposed to do a co-worker's makeup too, so I practiced it on myself the night before and overall liked the way it turned out. It would've been better and improved on her if I did it, but she ended up doing her own makeup (which looked very cool in the end too):


My daughter was a princess vampire like last year and my son was a firefighter. I even did some makeup on my husband - a huge scar on his face. He put on a lab coat with fake blood on it and looked pretty intimidating!! It was his first time putting on a costume for Halloween. He normally comes with us dressed in his normal clothes.

Me and my daughter followed up trick or treating with a haunted house with the mother in law (think a 65 year old woman in hijab) and she got really scared! It was quite something. She was a really good sport, coming with us when it's not something she's used to doing or celebrating at all, being an Egyptian Muslim.

Then after all that, me and my husband went to a midnight screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! We saw alllll sorts of things. Again, picture the Egyptian Muslim man seeing men dressed in drag, women dressed in lingerie, seeing tits and asses (male and female), women dressed as men, drunk people all over the place, etc. It was, again, quite something! :D I really took these Muslims out of their comfort zones this Halloween hehe

How was eveyone's Halloween??

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gay Pride Parade Montreal and FOTD :)

Miaow, I love makeup :D 


It was 10am but I went for a look that, for me, is pretty "out there", having lots of shine on the eyes AND bright lips. I think I did a much better job than I normally do with eye makeup and I'm quite happy with how this turned out, even though in the end, with my glasses, it didn't give the full effect of the look... 
I think the next makeup skill I need to learn to do well is highlighting and contouring. 

A couple pics from the parade: 





Monday, July 14, 2014

Going Cruelty-Free


I want to make some steps towards going cruelty-free. For things not beauty related, I've been making small (tiny..) steps with my eating habits. I've cut my meat portions down and I try to eat cruelty-free (organic) eggs as much as possible. Today I'm trying to find a list of sustainable wild fish so that I can limit myself to only eating this fish, avoiding the farmed fish industry as well as harming the ecosystems and stuff by eating fish that is endangered or not sustainable. I seem to be on and off with my consumption of dairy products. Sometimes I buy rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk, flaxseed milk, some flavoured for the kids and alternate and for a couple weeks we drink just that... And then we go back to cow's milk. I guess it's an improvement over drinking ONLY cow's milk - I have to see the positive. I'm not a very drastic person so I couldn't do it all in one shot.

NEXT. Beauty products. I really really need to go cruelty-free. There are PLENTY of options for good quality cosmetics, even in different price ranges so really no need for me to buy products that have been tested on animals (directly or through its raw ingredients). It'll take a bit of effort to go cruelty-free on my shampoo since I always just purchase whatever is on special for my hair. I'll need to get informed.

Who here makes efforts to be cruelty free? What do you do? What are some tips or favourite brands or other ideas you can share? THANKS!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wayne Goss brushes ordered!!

I don't even have anything real to share but I can't contain my excitement about ordering 4 of the Wayne Goss brushes just now!!! My brush collection is basically a 15-piece kit from elf, the eye set from Real Techniques and a few kabuki brushes so this order is really really something special! I hope I won't be disappointed because just these 4 brushes are worth more than 3x what I paid for the whole rest of my collection (about 25 brushes).

I really love Wayne Goss on youtube and based on that and the reviews... sounds like I can't go wrong. I just hope I picked up the right ones that I will love.


There's: 
Brush 04 - a medium sized crease brush
Brush 06 - blending brush, but I also want to be able to use it for applying eye shadow to the lid
Brush 14 - elongated-shape and not too dense, I hope to like this for pigmented blush especially
Brush 11 - the largest "powder brush" by Wayne Goss... I mostly want it for that reason (powder) but it'll be nice to try for blush and foundation to see what it can achieve.

After 3 days of intensive research from reading the descriptions, reading a lot of blogs, watching a lot of videos on youtube... I decided on which ones I wanted to buy. I wasn't sold on every single brush of any of the sets (based on what they do and my own needs) so I went for a couple brushes that I feel more sure that I'd want to use often. 

When I set up my low-buy for summer 2014 (June to mid-Sept) I gave myself a 120$ budget... When I started wanting these brushes, I gave myself a 200$ish budget, convincing myself by saying it's about the equivalent of buying one full set, but that I'd customize it myself... I'm proud to say that I purchased fewer brushes than I originally thought and it was 124USD for these. I'm sad that this is my whole summer's budget though!!! lol I have a feeling I'm going to fail... Whichever brush of these I didn't have an equivalent for, I'll re-give myself the amount as my summer budget. Better fail with limits than fail like crazy! 

Have you tried these brushes, what did you think of them? Any link to a blog post or youtube video you made? 

Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Julep Konjac Cleansing Sponge - Dry vs Wet

I just wanted to add to my previous review of the Julep Konjac Sponge (CLICK HERE to see original post) by showing what it looks like when dry and rock-hard vs what it looks like when it is wet.



I still love this sponge; it's part of my routine to use it every couple days so I got back-ups during a secret store sale. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Easy Eyes - TIP

This is a good tip for people like me who have close-set eyes. Helps the eyes seem wider by adding some darkness on the outside of the eye so check it out:

I'm talking about step 4 in particular. Here is a full eye look from THIS BLOG in a language I don't understand:

Here's my "look" doing nothing else than step 4 for my eyes. No eye shadow on the lids, no liner, no mascara, just some matte brown shadow (Urban Decay Rewind I think from Vice 2) at the edges and I find it makes my eyes seem wider apart and more styled with this 30-second tip.


FOTD - natural look!

I have been going "bare faced" a lot lately. I'm not someone who needs to have makeup on every day but I do love makeup, so it feels great to do my face up a little bit! The goal here was a natural look even if it takes a lot of products to achieve! I think we all know that ;)

It features Etude House BB cream (not full coverage foundation), cheek and lip tint by ModelCo on both cheeks and lips, Urban Decay Naked Basics on the eyes (very very light look) and the Julep kajal eye glider (brown side) for my eyebrows. The most obvious makeup is the eyeliner, which is Milani liquid eye liner in purple. It looks almost black, but it's got some purple glitter and from close it's not as natural-looking as the rest of the face not only because of the purple glitter but also the wet shiny look, as this is a pencil with the look of a liquid liner. Not the best choice for the theme of my face but I'm still quite happy with it and I know it won't budge.

I timed myself for the fun of it because I normally do my makeup piece by piece as I get the kids ready, get myself dressed, etc. and I was alone this morning. It took 16 minutes. It's more than I thought! lol