Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Makeup Storage Set Up

I love seeing how people store their makeup for function and decor and to learn more about the products they have, etc. so I thought I would share my set up. 

So here it is! 

I put the 5-drawer "Alex" from Ikea on top of my bathroom counter beside the sink and mirror. I'm 5'9" so I'm tall enough to see the brushes and lippies and not have a hard time reaching them, but my young children are NOT able to reach very easily :D 

I put: 
  • Brushes in 2 mason jars + kabukis 
  • Lipsticks and glosses in 2 holders from Dollarama (total 18 lippies)




Here is my "main drawer". It contains: extra lip products, blushes, bronzers, high lighters, eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows (singles and palettes). It does not contain: foundations, BB creams, concealers, primers and 2 palettes (Coastal Scents and NYX).


And in the bottom drawer I store my nail polishes. The basket with all the Juleps and a few other randoms are polishes that I purchased or received myself, the ones in the back are a batch of old ones my friend no longer wanted that I need to try to see if they're keepers and the ones on the right side and in the baggy are my daughter's mini ones.


Voila! My makeup stash and storage! So far, I'm liking this set up. It's not the best display of products, but it's functional and everything is easily accessible so for that, it's A1.

Do any of you have blog posts up showing your set up and can you link to them? Or just describe it in the comments! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Budget of 68$ for November and December

I bought myself the Vice 2 palette by Urban Decay in October - totally impulsive  and crazy. I regretted it so I ended up returning it and I decided that this 68$ was going to be my budget for the end of 2013!

Here's what I purchased:


  • Real Techniques your eyes/enhanced starter set - 18$


















  • NYC bronzer in Sunny - 3$




















  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio - 3$



















  • EcoTools tapered blush brush - 8$




















  • EcoTools Kabuki brush set - 13$





















  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive - 9$
  • Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure - 9$
she happened to buy the same 2 as me!



TOTAL = 63$ 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Recommend 10 TAG

First, this isn't exactly a tag, it's meant as a swap but I find the tag version more open since it's not catered to a specific person, and so more suited for a blog post. I saw this on The Shopping Queen blog.

Here are 10 products that I recommend (in no specific order): 


1) MUA palette in Heaven and Earth

I LOVE this palette. Since I got it, I no longer want to use my Quo Back to Basics palette since they have a lot of the same shades and this one simply has better, more pigmented shades. For such a low price, I find it really amazing. 

2) Cake Beauty shower froth in It's a Slice

After I started using this, I really never wanted to try any other body wash EVER. I have because I'm trying to be reasonable and to use my other ones but I have repurchased this like 4x at Winners and I don't plan on stopping! When using other body washes, I use a ton of product to empty it asap so I can get back to the Cake shower froths!  

3) Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution

After reading so many raves about this product I decided to go for it just recently. I use it as an eye makeup remover mostly and I definitely feel better using this than any other that I've used. It feels just like cleansing water or something, not oily, not stripping my skin of anything either. I don't wear heavy makeup though and usually no mascara so I don't know how it performs as a makeup remover for someone who puts on multiple layers of mascara, but it is very good for my purposes and I will have to try it for a week or so as a sort of pre-cleanser for my whole face to see what kind of results I get. Will I be converted to the fullest?

4) Benefit Benetint

I love the natural flush that this product gives my cheeks. You need to apply it a certain way for it to be even and not too intense but once you  learn, it's simple and looks great and natural. 

5) Nutra Nail 5 to 7 day Growth Aloe Formula

I am really liking this product a lot. My nails look better and stronger, but honestly I can't be as enthusiastic about this recommendation because I just tried it recently and it's my first time trying a nail growth product... Without comparison it can be hard to know just how good it really is, but so far so good. I like that it smells like nothing and massages well into the nail without leaving any unpleasant stickiness or oily feeling. So I think it's nice!

6) Fresh - Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

I got this as part of the birthday promotion at Sephora in November (2 weeks after my October birthday) and I just finished it. I don't know if I ever finished a lip balm so this is a testament to how much I like this product! It smells great, feels amazing and has a very light tint which I like. I'm going to stop myself from re-purchasing until I finish another balm that I have and really like, but it's good enough to make me wish I didn't even have the other one so I could re-purchase right away; that's a sign of a great product!

7) Josie Maran 100% pure organic argan oil

I got a sample of this in my Ipsy box and I LOVED it. I couldn't justify purchasing the full size because of the price when I saw that a bunch of other 100% pure organic argan oil options existed for less. I now use the one by Julep but even though it's the same ingredient, I preferred the Josie Maran one for an unknown reason. For the price, I would rather go with Julep but the one I am recommending for quality is the Josie Maran one.

8) Skinfood Good Afternoon BB cream (Rose Lemon)

This is my favourite BB cream! I love the smell and how it goes on. For me, it's a pleasure to use and that counts for a lot. I haven't tested wear time and oil control nor have I really tested it in any real way against other foundations or BB creams but since it perfectly suits my needs and I love putting it on in the morning, it's a great product for me!

9) Julep Quick Dry drops

You add a drop to each nail a couple minutes after applying the polish and it helps set your polish quickly so you don't have to be a zombie for over an hour. I love this product and it's because of this product that I can do my nails. With a baby who still wakes up a lot in the night, I can never guarantee a whole hour to dry nail polish and with these drops, I don't have to!

10) Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe

I hardly do anything with my  hair except washing it (I mostly don't use conditioner, I don't dry it, style it, etc) but I will use this on my hair once a week or two and it makes my hair so amazingly soft and rejuvenated! I tried it after getting it in my Glymm  box and bought the full sized product from Winners, they have a lot of items from Joico and will occaisionally get this treatment.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My First TATTOO - Experience

My tattoo is of a red heart with a yellow rose in the middle. I thought to myself: What is the most important thing to me, something so important that I couldn't imagine not passing on its importance on to my children, the thing that can solve all? It's LOVE. Aesthetically, I wanted something about the size of my palm (it's actually a bit bigger) and a lonely red heart didn't cut it... For its beauty, a rose was the best idea and for me and the yellow colour just makes me happy and positive. I wanted something feminine, beautiful and something that sparks joy

I always tell my daughter how much love she has in her heart, how important it is that she holds onto that and how it will allow her to make the best decisions always. This is a sort of visual representation of this lesson.

Preparation

I went to the best tattoo shop in my city, looked at the portfolios and felt confident they could make my design work. I made an appointment for consultation since what I wanted was a custom design. I told him my general idea when I took the appointment and at that point, I was thinking of getting either a heart with two flowers beside it or a heart with a flower inside it. 

I continued to think about it before the consultation and figured out that it would be a better design to have a flower inside the heart. When I arrived at the consultation, my tattoo artist had sketched a heart and flower and had come to the same conclusion I had about the design! He then told me it would be nice to have the flower a colour that would pop, and I already knew I wanted yellow - another sign that we were on the same page with this! From there, we discussed a couple details and made an appointment for the real deal - the ink! 

Getting tattooed

First step - looking at the final sketch
Second step - putting the stencil on; we got it the first try!
Third step - it's time to get stabbed by needles gazillions of times

More on that third step



He started with the outline and I hardly felt anything at all at first, especially on one side of the design. By the end of the outline, I was glad to be moving onto something else but it was plenty bearable. Phew! 

He then did a bit of black shading behind the flower and in the leaves, coloured in the leaves, did the burgondy red, then the brighter red. Then for the flower he did the orange shadows first, the yellow petals and then the turquoise highlights in the petals. 

The whole process was a bit more than 2h but the needle time was maybe 1h 45. It felt like less honestly and though I was very glad to be done at that point, I wasn't suffering so I'd say it was painful but not terribly painful - it was pretty easy to tolerate. 

I should mention that it kept bleeding during the process, my yellow was looking orange the whole time from the mix of blood, but it was like mini-drops seeping through the needle holes, it was never enough to form an actual full-sized drop. It was just enough to have me worried for a bit until the tattoo artist told me this is completely normal. 

Final Thoughts

It has only been a couple days so I have no post-tat care advice or any thoughts about living with this tattoo, but I can tell you what I learned along the way. 



1) Finding the tattoo artist: Get a tattoo artist you trust and has a good portfolio that excels in the style you want.  Don't make price your criteria for choosing an artist.

Finding out what you want: 

2) My tip is to start with *where* you'd want a tattoo. That might narrow down *what* you can get depending on the location you chose. 

3) Size. You don't want your tattoo to be a blob of something so if you want it to be small, keep in mind you cannot have much detail. If you want lots of detail, keep in mind you will need to get a bigger tattoo. 

4) There's nothing wrong with a tattoo that isn't personally or spiritually meaningful! Some people's first motivation is for the tattoo to have meaning, the second one being aesthetic. Some people's first motivation is adornment, with the second being meaning if at all. All of that is OK. You might want to figure out where you stand on it all. 

(I am personally a balance of both, I like the idea of very clear-cut words or dates or design that says explicitly what I want it to mean, like a "Mom" tattoo, children's names, a slogan I live by. But I also like a design like the one I got that subtly means something to me but is more about the look of it. Some people get elaborate designs where the number of petals on the flower means something, the colours used, the number of beads on the necklace, followed by cryptic initials that mean something only to the individual, etc... Well, that's not my style but I think it's great still!)

5) Decide what you want. When you're really sure, here's another tip which is the complete opposite of what others might say... If your friends and family's opinions are important to you, run your final idea by them. Your reaction to their reaction should either cement your idea or make you think it over a second time. If it's the latter, you'll know that if you decide on this design anyway you won't be disappointed in a bad reaction since you already know that they aren't fond of it. 

Don't get influenced by their reaction to early, "rough draft" versions of your ideas though because they'll be telling you their preferences at this point, but when they know you've chosen, they should be more careful with their reaction, which will be closer to what you'd get with a real tattoo. 

6) Dealing with pain: Relax your body and try not to tense up! Also I kept looking at stuff around me and focusing on noticing things, also talking, etc and time passed much faster. 

Do any of you have tattoos and if so, what of and how did you decide your design? Share anything, I'm super interested :) 


A blush TIP



If you have pale skin like I do, I'm sure you've had blushes that are simply too pigmented to work with! It's so frustrating to have high quality products that you love but that just don't work for you. 

Well, I saw this amazing blush-changing tip on Temptalia (amazing blog, every beauty blogger probably agrees). 

You can use a FAN BRUSH for a very light application of blush (or highlighter) to your cheeks! I've been doing this with one of my new blushes I was so disappointed about and instead of looking like a doll, I look just glowy and alive with no application issues, it's just perfection!  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Plan Towards Veganism



I'm not vegan but I'd say I'm aware and this is my Step 1 towards veganism. I'm aware of the horrific treatment of animals, the environmental impact, the health problems it causes us. I want to make the next step.

I guess I'm a bit past Step 1, I'm like at Step 1.2... About 2 years ago I cut my family's meat consumption in half (approximately) and started adding more vegetables to the plates and started having vegetarian or fish meals more often.

I'm trying to build myself a PLAN and here are my ideas so far on how I imagine this journey. I would really appreciate any tips from you guys on vegan eating AND on cruelty-free products while we're on such a related subject. 

1) Stop drinking cow milk, introduction to a bigger variety of alternatives.

2) Stop eating eggs, introducing eggless-egglike breakfast options.

3) Change snack habits to reduce sugar intake and keep a more balanced, less "cravey" self. 

4) Change over to "organic" meat, poultry and fish and sustainable wild fish. (This will no doubt reduce consumption further - it will be important to add more protein alternatives at this point)

5) After a good base of vegetarian and vegan meals have been tested and tried out, make the switch for a set number of days per week that is bigger than what I've been doing up until then... Gradually add more of these.

6) Tackle things like ice cream, cheese, yogurt (in the dairy section) and cakes, mayonnaise, etc (in the eggs section). 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fitness Post: My first 5K completed!!

My 5K run was this weekend and it went just simply amazing! I ran the race I wanted to run.




I ran the 5km distance only a couple times before doing the event, but I learned some valuable things while running these distances. Things that were useful for me (may or not be for you):

1) Don't carry water with you if they have a water station halfway through, if you can. You should be able to go 15 minutes without drinking if you're well hydrated to begin with and the extra weight isn't worth it in my opinion.

 2) Don't start too fast or you'll be burned out before the end of the race. Take the first half at a comfortable pace. It's tempting to follow the flow of the race or a faster person who is in front of you especially when you have the energy to do so (short term) but listen to your body and don't overdo it! Keep it for the end!

3) Running faster when it went downhill and slowing down for uphill was something I wanted to do, to take advantage of the free energy of downhill, and to not kill myself during the uphill. I think it was worth doing. I took advantage of the downhill and it helped me pass quite a few people who were going more steady, BUT it still took more energy than it should and made me have to slow a little afterwards... I think I gained more than I lost.

4) Give it your all in the final 300-500m, if you have anything left to give. Let the crowd motivate you beyond what you'd normally be able to do! :)


The race I wanted to run was a difficult race where I gave it my all, but one where I gave the right amount of energy throughout so to be able to continue on until the very end and give it a sprint at near the finish line. I did just that. I finished with a time of 26:32 which is better than I even hoped for and it's motivating me to keep training to bring the time down some more. It's all for fun but I am motivated by goals so I'm keeping that in mind.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fitness Post: Training for my First 5K

I talked about running in THIS POST back in March. I didn't run very much between March and July, but I started a running course recently so August has been more productive and IT FEELS GREAT.

My goal was (and still is) to run the 5K event happening here at the beginning of September and I'm officially signed up, there's no going back! I'm really stoked about pushing myself to the limits during the 5K event to see what I can achieve. It's on September 8th so only 11 days away!

I haven't been as dedicated as I wanted... Life gets in the way and I haven't yet gotten things organized enough to be able to go out 3+ times a week. So far I've averaged 2 runs a week since the beginning of August, so maybe 8 work-outs total. I'm going to try my best to go out and run every 2 days until the event though to maximize my shape with the short time I have left. I'm just a beginner so every little workout shows improvement.

Running Club Course


I have to talk about the running club courses I'm taking. IT'S SO GREAT to have direction when working out, like a personal trainer in a group situation, though in this case it's a coach for running exercises. It's also awesome to run with others which is something that surprised me. It's a really nice group of intermediate level runners. Generally we can all run 30 mins straight and have some drive and desire to improve our fitness levels.

The course I'm doing it once a week with 2 homeworks to do before next meeting and it has been a great preparation and motivation for the 5K event in 11 days.

I would encourage you guys to try this type of activity, in a group if you can find one! To think how far running a 5K seemed in March when I had never run. How attainable it seems now, to the point that I not only want to finish but I want to get a decent time. It feels like an accomplishment, and I know that I'm fitter than I was at the beginning of it. It's really worth it you guys! GET OUT THERE' PUT YOUR HEALTH FIRST!


Friday, July 26, 2013

IT Cosmetics on The Shopping Channel tomorrow 24h

I just saw on a blog that tomorrow IT Cosmetics will be "Today's Showstopper" tomorrow, Saturday July 27th on The Shopping Channel with this set here also sold on QVC:



It can be found on QVC right now here for 66$+ shipping and handling, though they don't ship to Canada at all:
http://www.qvc.com/It-Cosmetics-Your-Most-Beautiful-You-6pc.-Anti-Aging-Collection-Beauty.product.A235134.html?sc=A235134-Targeted&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-12-_-A235134&catentryImage=http://images-p.qvc.com/is/image/a/34/a235134.001?$uslarge$

I'm not really familiar with these events so I don't know how much of a savings this will be and I have no idea about Canadian shipping costs, etc. but it does seem like a great set. I definitely want to get my hands on this if the deal is right!!! I don't actually have a concealer except the Yaby sample from Ipsy, and no highlighter I actually like, and no brow pencil. I have a makeup brush kit but I'm not sure they include ones for these uses. I'm realizing that my brush kit is lacking lately. Only the lip product technically falls outside of my low-buy rules but it comes with! lol

Anyone have any extra info about this and are you interested in getting it? Any experience with IT Cosmetics?


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Julep

I've been with Julep for quite a while - they were my very first sub! I'm still officially subbed, though I've skipped at least the past 6 boxes just because I don't wear nail polish as often as I would want and simply don't need extras. The 20$/month, at the moment, is better spent elsewhere.

STILL, I just LOVE them. I like most of their polishes and have enjoyed the vast majority of their non-polish products from lip balm to foot cream to body butter to most recently, DRY SHAMPOO!!

I tried one other type of dry shampoo and it was just awful (tresemme) but this one - wow! Worked amazingly on my flat-lifeless hair. On day-after-real-shampoo hair, I used this and it added a whole lot of life into my hair. I was impressed.

Then yesterday morning I went to use it and BLAH, can didn't want to spray anything and was making a weird nose. I ended up with liquid in my hair when I managed to get something out of the bottle... It still has product but it kinda died on me. So that really sucked because of how much I wanted to use this product!!

I contacted Julep and they were amazingly nice with me on the phone and offered to re-ship the defective product. I'm so happy with them. I tell you, I've only ever had great-to-amazing service and overall experience with them in the past year+ I've been ordering.

Thank you Julep
:)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rest in Peace, sweet angel Talia


Talia, the talented and outgoing 13-year old beauty enthusiast/ makeup artist passed away yesterday (July 16, 2013) after a long battle with cancer.

It's such sad news that she is no longer with us... The world has lost a very special and inspiring little girl. She was a gift to us while she was alive and her memory and influence will live on.

I watched her videos on youtube for the first time yesterday after only knowing of her vaguely because of Ellen Degeneres and her Cover Girl status and the first video I watched (20$ makeup challenge) made me laugh so much I cried. I'm only getting to know her now after her death and I'm touched by her courage and positive attitude. I'm touched by her beautiful spirit.

Rest in peace Talia

Let's all have a good thought/prayer for Talia and her family.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ipsy June 2013

I signed back up with Ipsy last month when I saw some spoilers about Pacifica products, a Zoya nail polish and the other possible products which I was mostly all interested in for May. I really did like that month's bag but I still went to unsub on May 24th, a couple days after I got the bag because I had intended to only go for that one bag and wanted to respect my own plan.

HOWEVER, Ipsy still charged me and sent me a bag for June in some sort of mix-up. Instead of cancelling, they changed my delivery address back to the one I had the first time I subbed. It's as though they reactivated my old sub instead of cancelling this one.

After a bit of back and forth with Ipsy's customer service, we came to a solution. I have to say, they have AMAZING customer service and in every message sent, the response was professional, thought-out and customized. It's obvious that someone read my message FOR REAL and answered my concerns and not just skimmed through for key words while ignoring what I was saying like I've had happen in the past (cough Glossybox cough). I'm very pleased with them and recommend them even more than I did before, and will re-sub in a heartbeat if I see a product I want in a future bag.



Since I have the June bag even if I didn't actually order it, let's see what I got:

1. NYX cream blush in bronze goddess

This blush is very brown and that worried me quite a lot! Turns out I had nothing to worry about since it goes on sheer and blends out well. It ends up adding a touch of *something* on my cheeks without looking all brown, or can be used for some light contouring. I actually like this product, though I feel I get a better and more natural glow with coloured blush.


2. Chella Ivory Lace highlighting pencil

This product is a WINNER for me. I love how it adds a little pop to my eyes when used at the inner corners without needing to have a full makeup look. It's the perfect shade for me and it's just creamy and nice. I'm so happy about discovering this product that I would probably not have been that mad if Ipsy just told me to suck it up after this month's mistake. lol


3. Starlooks lip crayon in bare

I was very excited to see a Starlooks product in here since I've never tried anything from them, but the colour is not at all something I want to wear on my lips. The pencil is full size and longer than what this appears to be in the picture.


4. JCats lashes
*no pic*
I never tried any lashes so I guess this will give me an excuse to try.


5. Jcats glitter palette
I didn't get two and the one I have is neither of these shades but it's for demonstration purposes only.
Supposedly you shouldn't use this palette for the eyes, which basically means it's body glitter... I'm not a fan for myself but I'll keep it for my daughter, to add a little sparkle to temporary tattoos or face paintings and Halloween or something. Not a very exciting product since it's not very usable.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

More WANTS - I'm on a role

Other things I've been looking into and want to get are:

Benefit's "Getting Cheeky"
3-tints in Posietint, Sun Beam and Cha Cha


Beauty Blender
I enjoyed my Avon beauty sponge but have been using my fingers since it "died" a few months back. I really prefer an applicator and I think the Beauty Blender would be worth the extra expense... 




Tweezerman Tweezers
Mine are OK, nothing more. These sound like they're amazing. 




L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil
I tried a sample of this stuff and it smells amazing and is so soft and gentle. LOVED IT





Dior Nude Tan Paradise
I saw a review of this and it looks really really gorgeous and I've been wanting a Dior product forever! I also still want the Diorskin Shimmer Star in either shade too... 



Who tried some of these products and what did you think? I'm sure the vast majority have tried at least one, please comment! :)


WANTS - Ariel Compact Mirror

This mirror is beautiful! I found the others gorgeous but this one - it's *more*... I'm not even the biggest Ariel fan, I prefer Jasmine. I might have to splurge and go for it. I don't actually have any compact mirror so I could allow myself, right?


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My 1 year Blogiversary!



Today is my 1-year blogging anniversary for this blog. Wow, to think of how things have changed in 1 year! Who could have imagined that I would end up owning such a variety of makeup and skincare products?  I didn't even know what "contouring" or "blending" meant back then! I had no idea I'd end up thinking that 30 nail polishes was a SMALL collection!

Yep, things have changed! :) What an interesting year of discovery for me when it comes to makeup, nail polish and skincare. I didn't wear *any* makeup at all 1 year ago and only had some basics in my stash (see here for that) for special occaisions and now I have enough makeup to last me a couple years (see here for my January stash)! I now wear *some* makeup pretty much everyday and I'm starting to have basic skills to create basic looks for eyeshadow, bronzer, blush. I didn't know it could be so much fun to have a bunch of different colours for lipstick, blush and eyeshadow. I didn't know there were differences in finish or texture etc.


I hope you guys know how happy I am to have been part of the community I started discovering 1 year ago. This is seriously such a friendly and supportive group of people, it's great to know you guys through your comments and your own personal blogs and on Facebook for a good bunch of you. :)

THANKS for being YOU

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Started a New Tattoo Blog!



If anyone is interested, I started a new blog about tattoos. I felt the desire to post about this topic and I did a couple times on here but in the end I think it deserved its own blog because it would have taken over my beauty box/ makeup/ skincare posts on here.

It's a blog about my ideas for tattoos, pictures I found online, what I might want to get done, and the eventual experience post after I get it done, whenever that will be. :D


Here's the link:

http://mytattooadventure.blogspot.ca/

Thank you for checking it out you guys :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tattoos Again: What I'm Learning

I've been loving and wanting a tattoo since I saw my friend's mom with a cute little ring tattooed on her finger when I was about 7 or 8. That's when I knew I'd eventually get one/some. I wasn't in any rush though - I'm 26 and still don't have a single tattoo.

I like to learn from other people's experiences as much as possible and that's what I've been doing for many years regarding tattoos. I'm careful like that and tattoos are too permanent to jump into half-informed.

I've been learning a lot recently and wanted to share some points for anyone considering a first or even 2nd, 3rd... tattoo:

You need to check out this tumblr blog: http://critink.tumblr.com/




This blog will teach you how to plan for your tattoos and will teach you the difference between an awesome tattoo and one that is so-so. Seeing examples of good tattoos and reading a bunch of critiques of other people's tattoos, you learn the dos and do nots of getting a tattoo.

I was learning a bunch of this information overtime, but this site is like a compact guide to getting tattooed.

Here are some things to keep in mind, I believe most points make an appearance on this site:

General:

1) Find the best artists that you can in the style you want. This will be on your body for a long long time, don't take it lightly. A great artist is a difference between a bad, good or amazing tattoo.



What to get:


1) Think about whether it's just a tatttoo trend or really something you want. You probably wouldn't want to have a tribal tattoo right now, but it was trendy at one point and everyone got them... Is your idea the next thing that will be the typical tattoo? Placement can also be a trend, like the lower back tattoo that has a bad reputation right now. I strongly disagree with the "tramp stamp" label on lower back tattoos for women but it's still something that women with these tattoos has to live with now.

2) Be culturally appropriate. Don't put all sorts of things you don't understand on your body.

Example 1: Kanji symbol or Arabic script. If you don't speak or read the language, WHY get this?! If you want something no one can understand except you, you might as well make up your own language and go for that. It'll have the same meaning without being tacky or potentially offensive. Well... it might be tacky.

Example 2: A person of another culture (a Native American woman, an Asian woman, etc?). It's kinda racist.

Example 3: Be careful with symbols that are not part of your culture. Do you fully understand them? Are they really part of who you are? Are you contributing to making this symbol lose its meaning? Are you "stealing" from a culture that is not your's, in particular a culture that has been historically oppressed?

3) Keep in mind that a drawing, painting, cartoon or other artwork will generally not look as good tattooed as it does in its own medium.

4) Script. Don't get Microsoft Word font. Make the script original and make it work with your body curves, etc. Let it be a work of art, not a piece of paper you printed in 2 seconds. And be careful with awkward spacing between the letters words and lines. Like having enough space for a whole other line of text between two lines of text. Or cutting the phrase at an awkward spot to put the other half on the next line...

Placement:

1) Keep in mind how visible it is. Wrist, ankles and foot tattoos are popular spots for first tattoos but very visible!

2) Do you think you'll want more tattoos later on? If yes, you need to think about this when planning your current tattoo. You might like a particular, single, tribal design but it might look like crap with something else you'd want in the future. You might want a black and grey half sleeve, but if you also like colour, think about how all this will look together. You don't want to look unbalanced and unplanned. This is you and how you will look like for a long time.

3) For a better overall look, make the tattoo "fit" the space it's in...

Example 1: Getting a really tiny tattoo smack dab in the middle of your foot is not as nice as one that fills the space better.

Example 2: A round tattoo on the shoulder area will look more attractive on the roundness of the shoulder than in the flatter crook towards the chest.

Example 3: Be mindful of possible future tattoos you might want to get in a spot before you put another tattoo there. A phrase on your bicep might be hard to incorporate in with other various tattoos you also want on your arm... And it risks always looking like an obvious first-tattoo in the area.

4) For script, keep in mind that people will try to read it if it's in a visible place (like your arm, forearm, back when you're wearing tank tops) and they might touch you and approach you. It'll probably get old quick so the recommendation is to not put a paragraph of script on your forearm (for example).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tattoos

I LOVE tattoos. I don't have any yet because I was too indecisive and cautious as a teen and then since I met my husband at 19, I've been busy with life. When you have a hard time making an appointment and going for a haircut, you're not thinking about a tattoo session. And, another important factor is that my husband hates tattoos to the point of telling me he would never forgive me if I got one. That puts a bit of a stick in the wheels.

I'm trying to discover myself lately and tattoos are something that I want and that won't change so it will have to be the problem that it is when the time comes, there's only so much denying of oneself that we can do for others... That's what I'm learning.

Here are some that I like:
*No image is mine!!!


 

I love the frame and the roses. The bug is also super well-done but not my style.
The part that I love are the peacock feathers as part of the mandala


I love the embellished circle, the flowers, the placement... Not into the Buddhist prayer beads personally, I find it makes it look a little messy but the significance is awesome for her.


I don't love the execution on this, but the placement and the feather, I love.


John Mayer!!! What more can I say? He represents the transition from high school to college to motherhood for me. AND he has great tats! I love his sense of aesthetics... the rectangles, the waves, the flowers...


I ove the simplicity of this


I love birds, I think the placement is really nice and with her shoes, great photo!


Birds going free, nice symbol and beautiful too
The one on the right, I likeh the snowflake look, but it also has stars and what looks like suns... I like.

Swatch-fest

On Monday, I made an impulse purchase of Smashbox eyeshadow palette and yesterday I got my Ipsy bag and it gave me a bit of motivation to go through my makeup and re-discover it all after not really wearing any for a little while except my Skinfood BB cream and Benefit benetint.

I started swatching to see which shades in my MUA palette and Back to Basics Quo palette were similar to my new Smashbox and from there I started swatching all sorts of eyeshadows that I haven't used in forever and realized that i have many that I don't plan on using. And the swatches basically made the decision for me. Here's what I kept:


Here's what's going (+ a bit more), some that I'll offer my mom, some that is just trash:



This continued with my lip products as well with probably 5 leaving my stash. For my skin makeup, a broken MUA bronzer had to go to the trash, it was making too much of a mess but I kept the rest. Here are my quickly-done swatches of blush, bronzor and highlighting products. i thought i had kore variety there.


All in all, a nice cleanup/purge, a nice rediscovery of my products, a lot of fun!





shadow swatches



lipstick swatches


bad blush swatches

Impulse-buy - Smashbox palette


Already in my stash, my MUA primer and Mirabella primer PLUS
my NEW Smashbox palette!

I went to Winners with no intention to buy any make-up... Isn't that typical? I ended up seeing a Smashbox palette for 15$ and I've never tried any of their products so I went for it. I found out its from the fall 2009 collection so it's far from a current collection but it is what it is! I'm trying out Smashbox so I'm satisfied with this for now, though it was a disappointment to find out it's so old.  

It's a 6-shadow palette called Monarch from the Reign collection. It has the more matte (less shimmery) colour in the middle with the more shimmery one around the outside. These colours are exactly the type of colours I would wear normally. I like the packaging on it overall except that the having one colour on the outside and one on the inside isn't exactly practical.

Monarch palette by Smashbox from the Reign collection, with my Pinkie Pie sticker from my iPad showing in the mirror ;)

I swatched the eyeshadows twice, once with my Mirabella primer (from my Ipsy bag) on the left and once with my MUA primer on the right. You can see the difference between the performance of both of these primers (Note my first swatch is a bit off, I think I had some leftover of a darker colour on the brush). The MUA one which is made only for eyeshadows unlike the Mirabella one, helped the colours adhere and pop a whole lot better. I don't exactly have much experience with primers overall, but upon application, the MUA primer is better. I have no idea how it performs compared to other eye shadow primers... Like Urban Decay which is a lot more expensive than this one but is a go-to primer for a lot of people and I imagine performs extremely well. These swatches were with a brush I have which really doesn't swatch as pigmented as just using my fingers...


I'm pretty happy with my purchase! These colours are right up my alley :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Random: Our new Pet!

My daughter found and adopted a cute lil snail. It's a little bit low-energy for a pet when compared to my slightly hyper daughter, but she loves the heck out of it. Her name is Safiyah:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Appliqués - stickers and stones REVIEW

I was at Walmart the other day and after passing by the Essie nail sticker display multiple times, I decided to try a set. Afterall, it was to have nice nails for my daughter's birthday party. Any reason is a good reason to try a new product!



What are they, what do they come with?

This product by Essie is basically a sticker for your nails. It is not a nail polish strip like other brands, where the product after applied is more like nail polish on your nails and must be removed as nail polish. It's really a sticker. The product comes in a sleek white envelope that has the design showing through and it includes 18 stickers of various sizes, a cuticle stick and nail file.

Application and ease of use

The instructions recommend pushing back cuticles and wiping down the nail. You then pick the appliqué that fits your nail size the best, stick it on and file the end off.

Sounds easy, but I had bit of a hard time. First hand I put them all upside down (with the squarer part at my cuticle and rounder part being filed off) so the fit was just not good since my cuticle area is round. My mistake! Application on the next hand went more smoothly and the stickers fit better. I found that the edges I was filing off looked a bit jagged and I wasn't able to get a look of perfection with them but I think that was noticible only to me.

I had a few of the bigger nails left and I will try cutting them to try on my daughter. Hopefully that works out, and if I'm able to make a manicure for her with the leftovers of my stickers it'll be that much more worth it.

Durability

I never manage to have nail polish looking good more than 24h and these stickers looked good for more than 24h, but there was wear on them pretty fast and I removed them after 4 days. With better application, I think I'd be able to keep them an extra couple days but I can't imagine having them on more than a week.

Removing these was easy, they just peeled right off and a bit of sticker-glue left on the nail was easily scratched off and probably could be wiped off easily with a wipe or something too. I loved being able to remove them without any product.

Overall experience

The first thing that I have not mentionned anywhere yet is: MY GOD THESE STICKERS ARE GORGEOUS! For that reason alone, I want to repurchase. For the price of around 10$ and based on my experience I wouldn't go out and get them regularly but for a special occasion, these are just too beautiful to not be my top choice at this point. I will definitely prefer to purchase these than to get a professional manicure. Next time I am at Walmart, I'm getting Oh My Gold to wear at my co-worker's wedding in June.

Recommend: Yes, I do. But they are not perfection...