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.


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!