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.

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

Makeup Bag for a 1-month Vacation

Here is what I brought to Egypt with me during my 1 month vacation there. I'm not saying all my choices were the right ones though and I'll you what I personally would have done differently if I was leaving again right now.

List of products below is from the top left downwards, middle downwards, right side downwards finishing with the brushes.

Julep cleansing oil
Bioderma cleanser

Nivea (pot with pink top)

(eyes) Hard Candy
(face) Avon Magix
(face) Benefit Porefessional sample

Benefit Dandelion
Lippy Girl in Tongue in Cheek

NYC in Sunny

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye

Foundation (BB Cream):
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit

Eminence Sun Defense SPF 30 powder

Eye Shadow:
Quo Back to Basics
Wet N Wild trio

Benefit posietint
Maybelline Baby Lips
Revlon Colorburst laquer in balm in Demure
Revlon Colourburst matte balm in Elusive
Avon glazewear shine in darling pink
Sugarfresh balm

Tokidoki marker liner

Benefit They're Real

BRUSHES.... Well, it's just a variety of brushes for foundation, blush, bronzer, eyes...

After all this

I made a couple mistakes. First of all, I should have brought a better variety of lip products, because it always came down to a very natural balm or glossy look. A real lipstick and a more vibrant shade would've been useful for different looks for one month. Second, I brought the WRONG eyeliner. I wish I brought Urban Decay's 24/7 in Zero instead, which can be used on the waterline, and simply looks waaaaaay better than this one in all situations. That was a bummer. I also needed a setting powder or finishing powder.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Majorest HAUL ever!

... for me :)

I've got stuff from a year-long swap with 11 other ladies... I've got a few things I purchased in the USA (Milani and Jordana top right), a couple things by Flormar which isn't available here that I picked up in Alexandria, Egypt and I've got my Julep April box with add on and secret store purchase (top left).

I haven't tried everything, but I'm really enjoying my bath products by Lush... so fragrant and relaxing and beautiful and even exciting when it fizzles and stuff!

Also, I tried the Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment and liked it, at least so far. I also put on Julep Kayla and it was sheerer than I was expecting. I had to use 3 coats which I hate doing... I ended up not having quite enough time for it to fully dry so it looked a bit "off" the next day and wasn't as great as I originally believed. The colour is amazing (even in my crappy picture, top left purple-blue colour) but it wasn't that good with my unevenly dried nails. The Julep blush and bronzer are incredibly powdery, it's difficult to get the right amount on the brush - must be VERY careful. They still seem like good products though and I found gave a nice glow.

Urban Decay Naked Basics... Wow! I'm in love! The pigmentation is out of this world... the colours are not at all powdery and gross like some mattes can be. One shade is actually a bit shimmery surprised me but it fits perfectly! I really love this palette for the products and even packaging, how compact it is!

Physician's Formula 2-in-1 lash boosting serum liner. I really like this a lot! I have no idea about the serum, but this is a long-lasting, super pigmented black, thin eyeliner!

Hard Candy sheer envy primer... I tried a small amount on my hand when I got it - thought I probably got a bad batch or something. The stuff was PILLING on me!! But it seems that's just the way it is with the primer... Applied a bit more carefully a little at a time all over the face, it creates an even canvas for what's next to come and I'm actually LOVING this budget product. I totally recommend it!

MAC lipstick in creme cup. My very first MAC product!!! I'm so beyond words excited by this product! I've been wearing it constantly since I got the package upon my arrival from Egypt. I have a few lipsticks that I sometimes put on in the morning but I never ever bring them and reapply, I just kinda wipe it off when it becomes uneven and go with a gloss or tinted balm... Well, I have been carrying this product - I want it on my lips at all time! :D It's making me want to toss most of my lip stash away and start fresh with more MAC products. :)

I'll leave it at that for now!

"Figuring Out my Eyebrows", from my Jan 2013 beauty resolutions!!

A year and a half later, I think I've made some progress!! I recently got my eyebrows threaded in Egypt and really enjoyed what she did with them. Not at all drastic, but trimmed the hair, adjusted the shape a little bit and cleaned up the whole area from strays. Since then, I've been lightly filling them in with the brown side of the Julep double-sided kajal pencil.

Here's the result vs. a picture from a year ago:

I think I'm also  better in makeup (!) and my (new) glasses aren't irritating the bridge of my nose anymore, woohoo
I'm not 100% sure about the shape of the eyebrows, they're still uneven - don't quite have the same arch as each other. But the shaping and filling them in lightly at the right spots has seriously made a big difference.. for the better I believe! 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What to do?!

What should I do about makeup that I have and is near-new but that I have tried (either swatching or using it a few times) but that I don't want anymore?! I would feel way too badly to throw it out. It's not only money wasted in that case, but also product that is perfectly fine and decent, but that I happen to have a better replacement for in my collection. 

Last time I did a clean I gave the makeup to my mom but really, she hardly wears makeup so she's not using it. It would be better off thrown out than resting in her cabinet for nothing while she waits for it to be bad to throw it out!

I'm going to have to see if people in the internet community might be interested in sanitized swatched products and family and friends for ones that I tried on maybe, but my friends and family are not really into makeup. 

What have you guys done with your swatched/lightly used products?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lime Crime Airbourne Unicorn REVIEW + Obsessed Canada

I was asked to review a product, a Lime Crime opaque lipstick in shade "Airborne Unicorn" which was sent to me through Obsessed Canada website. This is the new beauty website sister to our beloved NailPolishCanada which sells beauty products as well as nail polish and, like NPC, ships free with no minimum!

Some basic information about Lime Crime to begin with.

Above is a pic of their website, to give you an idea of their style. They love bright, vibrant colours and looks that are a little "out there". The website gives the impression of fun and letting loose, being unique and colourful. Lime Crime is a vegan company (by default cruelty-free) and have lip, eyes and nail products. I believe their most famous and popular items are their opaque lipsticks (like the one I'm trying out) and the velveteen lip products which are liquid but dry matte. They advertise their products as high in pigmentation, smooth, colourful and I think they're going for UNIQUE.

The price is mid range (18.99$ for the opaque lipstick on Obsessed Canada, ships free). I would classify high-end in the 25$+ range which would start at Urban Decay, NARS, all the way through to YSL, Givenchy, Dior, etc. so this to me is mid-range by my definition.

I would say that the colours available for the lip products are quite vibrant, colourful and unique in that a lot of them simply wouldn't have an equivalent to be found in drug stores or even other similar-priced brands. If you're looking for unique, pigmented and bright lip colours, LIME CRIME might be a good company to check out! If you're in Canada, CHECK HERE to shop through Obsessed Canada.

Let's take a look at Airbourne Unicorn: 

The colour is so freakin' beautiful!!! Just so pretty and at the same time so unnatural as a lip colour - I love it! The lipstick is definitely opaque and applied smoothly. I have no issues with the quality, though I didn't wear it out and about nor did I test for longevity, etc. It leaves a very pink stain when removed (not too apparent on the lips but it was on my hand). 

The packaging is adorable - who doesn't love unicorns?! I found the tube a little shakey-cheap feeling though which doesn't match up with the price range in my opinion.

As much as I love the colour, I don't feel the colour suits me all that well. I wanted to take better pictures but with the weather and work, I haven't been able to get proper lighting and time to make it a full face look. Here I am with a decent "look" but awful lighting: 

Here it is with better lighting but no other makeup and not a very attentive application:

To conclude, I'm happy to add this to my collection even though it won't get a whole lot of wear. The unique colour and cute packaging is a nice addition to my lippies.

Hope you've enjoyed this little review. :)

*This product was provided for an honest review 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Julep April window is OPEN

Click HERE to see the box selection for this month with swatches.

This month features 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and brushes, along with some vivid polish colours. This collection is right up my alley so if I actually wore nail polish often, I'd probably do the full upgrade!

I'm either going to be very reasonable and use my Jules for the Modern Beauty box (blush and bronzer) or the Bombshell box because I love Kayla, the purple polish so much:

OR, be a little less reasonable and have some add-ones. I'm actually interested in the bronzer so I feel like getting Modern Beauty with Kayla as an add-on... And I love brushes too much and have honestly not found "the" bronzer brush so I feel like adding that one, or even both brushes... With the free basic box, I could be looking at 35$US (maybe 40$CAN) for the blush, bronzer, 2 brushes and Kayla polish. Doesn't feel like a bad deal, but free would be better. I've got 3 more days to reconsider!

What do y ou think of this month's box? Anyone upgrading, adding on, etc? Or skipping perhaps?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A bit of CUTE at the Office (non-makeup)

I like cuteness A LOT. I bring a bit of it to the office with me to personalize my work area :) 

There's my baby platypus plush that I keep on my computer tower (and binder and kleenex)

There's my characters from My Little Pony, the best cartoon show ever!!!! :D I currently only have Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie because my 6 year old daughter asked me to bring back Rainbow Dash (the blue one). Only reason that she didn't ask me to bring back the other two is because I bought them for myself and she also has them at home, hehe. We're both fans of the show but honestly and weirdly enough, I'm a bigger fan than she is. They are on my computer screen stand. 

This is the next thing I'm working on; cutie pie sleeping puppies! I was going to put them on my filing cabinets but since I'm changing offices in the next few weeks, I'm going to keep them aside for personalizing my new space. 

Along with this, I have photos of my children of course, and I post some inspirational phrases or ideas once in a while. Right now I only have a Buddhist reminder of the 8-fold path:

1. Right View
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil + Konjac Cleansing Sponge - Impressions Review

I ordered these two products from Julep recently (it was actually an option for the February monthly box) and wanted to give a quick review after trying them for a couple weeks! 

I'm a big fan of Julep's products, from their body frosting, hand cream, pedi crème, argan oil, mascara, etc. Overall, I've been pleased with the vast majority so I had high expectations - let's see if the products are living up to these expectations!

Thoughts - Bare Face Cleansing Oil by Julep

First, the Bare Face Cleansing Oil seen below. This is 104ml of product and sells for 28$US (22.40$ for Mavens). I have to start by saying that this is the first cleansing oil I've tried, after longing to try the higher end ones by Shu Uemura. I have no frame of reference when it comes to cleansing oils. 

I like the pump, it doesn't dispense too much product, so I've been using 3-4 pumps - no wasting. It works as a cleansing oil should, being oily when massaged on the face, then emulsifying when we add some water and continue to massage the skin, clearing impurities. I've used it with my hands/fingers as well as with the sponge (review below) and found it to be nice, light and leaving my skin soft to the touch, without being greasy. 
I don't wear a lot of makeup but I normally have foundation or BB cream on, which it removed well. 

There's a pleasant lemony scent to this oil that I enjoy and find fresh and clean. 

I very much enjoy this cleansing oil. Like most Julep products, in my opinion, it's worth purchasing through Maven secret or seasonal sales, as part of a monthly box OR possibly with the Maven discount, but I'm not ready to say I'd pay the full 28$, especially since that's nearly the price of a well-known and established high end brand like Shu Uemura (though I never tried that one and can't compare)!

Now onto the Konjac Cleansing Sponge (seen below)

The Julep Konjac Cleansing sponge is sold for 12.00$ (9.60$ for Mavens). The konjac sponge is made from the konjac plant, and that's really the only material used! Kind of like how a real loofah is made from the loofah plant... The Julep version has enriched it with charcoal which is supposed to help clear the skin.

This sponge came pre-moist in a plastic bag. I found it weird that it was already moist in the package... but then I understood. The sponge dries to a rock-like hardness. It goes right back to a spongy texture when wet, but I imagine it would put off customers to receive a weird rock to wash their face with!

You can use the sponge with water only to exfoliate, with lathering cleanser, or with the cleansing oil to wash. I enjoyed it with a regular lathering cleanser, felt like it got right in there and really cleared everything, more than washing with my fingers only and the lather was much better.

The sponge is INCREDIBLY SOFT. I couldn't imagine it would be so freakin' soft! It's a perfect daily exfoliator because of how gentle it is; I don't think this would irritate even the most sensitive skin. This sponge would be good to use daily, with a "harsher", different, exfoliation once a week and this is what I've been doing.

Concluding Thoughts

I have to say, I'm enjoying both of these products a whole lot, and I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking of revamping their cleansing routine. Especially if the monthly box opens up again in the future with these two products for 20$, go for it! The sponge in particular is really a no-loss product as far as I'm concerned. With cleansers, it's tough to know how skin will react and a lot of times it takes adjustment even if the product is high quality, but I don't believe you should have any problems with the sponge, it's just an effective way of cleansing your face with your existing cleanser.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Why did I start spending more than I should? Let's address the issues. 

1) My main problem was that ALL family expenses were MY responsibility from rent, electricity, daycare, car payments, food, gas, activities, etc. BUT my husband worked, he was just reserving his income for his own business project which I didn't approve of.. It was a huge source of tension between us and a huge responsibility for me seeing as I was on maternity leave (receiving less income than normal)! 

Thing is that my husband actually would give me money whenever I was short, and this was the time he would help out. So to me, whether I'm ultra careful in my spending or not, all my money was gone. So spending a bit more didn't change anything to me. I was in no more or less debt, didn't save up any more or less either way. But at least I felt like my husband was there for us. 

This was reason 1. 

2) Boredom! I was on maternity leave so I was at home all the time and when I was finished with what I had to do there, I had my whole day, every day to go out and walk around, shop, etc. It became part of the routine! This routine also included beauty blogging and reading those blogs, as we all know, not helpful in cutting spending! Discovering this new passion/interest/hobby at this time helped it explode too. 

3) Stress. The stressful situation with my husband made shopping one of the best things to do! There was no relaxing with him during this period, no soft moments between us... I had a huge quantity of soft, cuddly, loving moments with my children, but I lacked something. Shopping isn't the same as a soft cuddly moment with your life partner, but it was a source of good feelings. 


I've been able to identify these problems lately because right now, things are different. 

For issue 1... Project is cancelled, husband is working normally and contributing his part to the household. I finally feel like being careful with my spending is actually going to help us save money or accomplish other financial goals. We're working together to save money for a vacation in 2014, possibly lasik surgery for us, eventually a down payment for a house. We have projects that we're both on board with financially. The motivation to save is there unlike before.

Issue 2... I'm back to work. Less time to shop even if I wanted to. There's always online shopping though which I can technically do while I work.. And I did at the beginning of my time here, but I've learned to be careful before pressing the final purchase button online, waiting until all parts of me agree (not just the impulsive part but the logical part). In real, once you leave the store after deciding not to purchase, it's a whole other trip to come back and get it, so it's easier to say, "I'll get it anyway!". With online shopping, I don't need to feel like it has to be done now, I have time to think about it, and I use it. 
Also, the newness of my makeup hobby kind of wore off with time and it doesn't kill my boredom as well as it did, when I do happen to be bored.

Issue 3... I'm OK with my husband right now. That's not to say there is no stress overall, but it has lessened because of how huge the relationship between husband and wife is in a person's life! If that is going well, any other problem is easier to deal with from kids to work to hardships of any kind. There's support,  you know? So I think this has helped change the relationship I had with my makeup and products. 

Do any of you have a shopping problem? How do you deal with it? What have been your reasons for over-shopping?