- less time to get ready in the morning
- less hair products used
- less heat damage on hair
- less drying on hair (from product/blow dryer/heat)
- help to increase the staying power of your hair color
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
So yesterday as an awesome day! Its not that I did anything really exciting, or went anywhere or did anything out of the norm of my life.
I just felt really good about myself for some reason. But the funny thing that I found out, which people have told me but I never really believe/listened to them, that when you are happy, you do make others around you happy as well.
Now just calm down, I'm not going to go all preacher on you guys, but I'm just pointing out an observation. I'm not usually the happy go-getter in my group of friends. If there is a negative point, that is what I zoom in on, and can't let it go. But I have been following another blogger Kandee Johnson, and she is the most optimistic, positive, and kindred spirit type of person that you will, for sure, ever having the pleasure of reading about! When I first started reading her blog, I was like "Wow" this person is soo fake, there is no way anyone can be that positive about things...just not possible. And I take it all back, in fact, I even feel guilty about even thinking that way about her.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So as I had mentioned in an earlier post, last week was rough. I was in a little fender bender, due to the other driver not stopping at a stop sign. Its a little more then just a "fender bender", but I'm recovering really well now and have learned some very valuable makeup lesson in the whole process! (a little trivial? sure, but best to look on the bright side of the issue, me thinks! lol)
If you are looking for mascara that is lengthening, separating, and waterproof without actually being made waterproof (so you avoid the chance of there being any possible tar on your eyelashes) I have found it!
It is Revlon Lash Fantasy, and mine is in blackest black (do I ever see much difference from black to blackest black....well not that I can say, but I always buy the most possible darkest one).
The website states "Revlon Lash Fantasy Total Definition™ Mascara nourishes, thickens and lengthens lashes with amazing clump free definition!
- Vitamin enriched primer nourishes, lifts and makes lashes look up to 70% longer
- Mascara delivers thickness and rich, intense color impact that lasts all day, without smudging or flaking
- NEW Lash Separating brushes comb through every single lash for beautiful clump free definition"
I can't really argue with them on anything. It does make my eyelashes look longer and thicker, it doesn't flake on to your checks, and you get very, very minimal clumping (i think mine is just getting old).
I am on my second tube and have gotten a third. I never, and I mean never, buy two of the same mascara. I'm always looking for something better/newer to try. But this one it seems to have stuck. I love the primer (which is the white end), it doesn't clump on my eyes and really helps to coat the lashes. This helps the black mascara look longer, then you have less coats of black to apply. The black goes on without an issue. I like that the brush is not rubberish in the bristles, and it's not really thick/wide so when I do the backs of my lashes (which helps to cover the whole lash and make them stand out more) the brushes doesn't ruin my eye makeup. I have rarely, like once on every blue moon, had to use a eyelash brush to comb out any clumps.
I don't think that a good mascara should have to be combed out to look good. But maybe I'm alone on this, leave a comment with what your thoughts are (please and thank you).
And back to my discovery, I had the whole thing under control. I got witnesses names and numbers called the police, i was shaking, but I was not crying, I was being strong! For the time being anyway...as soon as I called my Mom to get Dad to come, and heard her voice, I was done for.....the tears just kept coming and coming. Then when my Dad did show up I just cried and cried...it was pathatic really. So i cried for longer then I'm willing to admit. But after my eyes were puffy and red (not such a great look) I had to go the hospital, and I didn't even check myself out before going to walk in. Right before the doors I looked at my Mom, and I was like "OMG what do I look like? Is there mascara runnin' down my face!?". To which she said "No", but please, moms tend to tell us we look great regardless, so I ran to the bathroom, and lo-and-behold not one smudge of mascara could be found on my face.
I had thought that I was pretty good when I was in the DR and went into the pool, it didn't move. Now after my "experimental crying fit" I know it is a kick ass mascara. And before people start saying "oh well you obviously got the water proof one". I am here to say NOPE, it is not waterproof, they do sell that but I didn't get it! It is the standard old normal non-waterproof. But to me it has proved itself it can be waterproof, and will be the mascara that I go for from now on.
|Before Mascara - lashes only curled|
|After Mascara - 1 coat primer - 2 coats mascara|
Friday, August 20, 2010
I have a slight pet peeve with eyebrows. They frame your face....you need to take care of them and maintain them, to showcase your face in the best possible way.
There is more to maintaining your eyebrows then just having them waxed or plucking them. There is the trimming as well. Take the picture below...yes the woman got her eyebrows waxed...but waxing doesn't take care of the length of the eyebrow hair.
So I'll go through a picture step by step to help you achieve the perfectly groomed eyebrows!
First off all you need is two items. A pair of small, sharp, and pointy scissors. An old, cleaned mascara wand, or a disposable one, that comes in a package from the drugstore. Either one will work.
So first step is to brush your eyebrows up wards towards your hairline as such. As you can see the hairs that show above the wand...are too long and need to be trimmed down a bit.
You don't want to be like those old men whose eyebrows curl and stuff right?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
So take a few hairs at a time with the scissors first pointed up to the left, then the next section with the scissors pointing to the right and down, and keep switching the directions up..this is what allows for the natural looking fall of the eyebrow hairs.
Please excuse the lack of makeup on these pictures, its been a rough week.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Keeping checking back for more posts, and an explanation as to my absence I promise it's a really good one!
Friday, August 13, 2010
A few weeks ago the Bed Bath & Beyond’s back to school flyer came out. Now I’m not heading back to school, but remember back to school shopping always entails storage units especially the university related ones. Most stores understand that students don’t have a lot of extra money (if any) to “pimp out” their rooms. So now you’re all like “well duh!”. Stop and think..if you are in the market for storage this is the time of year to get cheaper storage units.
So off I went o Bed Bath & Beyond and picked up two things from their “back to campus” campaign, all of which I have used for a while now and love it!
The first thing is under the bed storage. Which is the one in the middle of the picture double stacked. I got two of these storage things for only $14..STEAL! Which is a whole lot cheaper then getting a Rubbermaid tote that I have been looking in to. I had previously gone through my closet and taken out all my winter items to put away for the summer, and they had been living in one of those big butt Winners bags...well shoved into it actually barely fit. I was scared that I'd have to go get more but the sweaters all fit in...fit into ONE bag...I was beyond enthused. The material is not super industrial heavy duty but if you are not yanking on them you will be beyond ok.. The plastic is a little thin, and then the pink fabric is like a tent fabric..nylonie I think.
The second and most favorite item purchased for a mere $13 which I got in pink....but of course!
Since starting this system I have been really good at applying these things nightly only missing a few times. And you know what....I noticed a difference.....funny how actually using something consistently will make a difference.....hmmm...
Oh...case you were wondering...the storage stuff is all by Gear Box Sport and are available in green, blue or pink.
Well hope this gives you some ideas for your own rooms.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Band Aid Blister Block is a must have for the summer months and even if you wear shoes bare feet all year round. It is soo nice to have on your fav shoes and not have to worry if you have to go bare foot after lunch!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
I was talking to a fellow co-worker the other day, and as the topic usually does it drifted to makeup/skincare…(I’m likely the cause of those shifts..hehe) then onto sun protection. I don’t know if it is because of the course in esthetics and other skincare types ones, but she didn’t know too much about sun protection products, other than its good to wear them outside. Which is good to know but there is soo much more to it.
There is one main difference between most sun protection products, sunscreen and sunblock, if you look close enough on most bottles near the SPF level it will state this difference.
Now to discuss the difference between UVA and UVB rays. There is always a lot of talk, but what are and what do they do? Well, UVB are generally refered to as the “tanning ray” as it affects the outer layer of the skin the epidermis and is the usual suspect that causes the sunburns. UVA rays are the major contributor to skin damage and cause acceleration of the aging process. They can penetrate deeper into the skin through the epidermis and disperses in the dermis (the true skin).
Hopefully this little lesson will help in protecting your skin….beacuse no one….and I mean ABSOLUTLY NO ONE want to look like this EVER
On that happy note (haha), enjoy the sun!
I was in Winners today in Charlottetown, and OMG!!! They must have gotten a new shipment in of makeup, and facial cleaners and the like. It was a goldmine, they had some drugstore products, and my fav Milani brand, which is so good.
Beware this post will contain a number of pictures with descriptions...bear with me if you don’t like these kinds of posts.
The picture above is of the fully stocked makeup section there...when I saw this I was soo happy, I could barley contain myself. Good thing my mom is used to that behaviour....moms are the best!Milani had a package put together, and the only place on the Island that I have found this was at Lawton’s. I have the Sunset duo’s, which has a super nice luster bronzer and a blush all in one package. That alone was close to $7ish, and this whole kit, with the sunset duos, the glimmer stripes, lipstick (gloss...can’t recall, and a loose eye shadow was only $10 *jumpy claps*. Can you believe it, you can’t imagine my restraint to not purchase this product.
The lipstick I have in another type from Milani and love it, so that is a good choice, the eyeshadows are pigmented. The Glimmer stripes are another bronzer type, but the strips you can also use as eyeshadow and a highlighter. Its a lot like physical formula shimmer stripes. Its multipurpose and a wonderful consistency not at all chalky...I have swatched it quite a few times at Lawtons, but I have too many bronzie things as is. This is a must have if you are looking for bronzer/eyeshadow....its awesome. But it is Winners and things can go quickly.
The next thing my little eye spied was ECOTOOLS......they are completely eco friendly they use soft, cruelty-free synthetic hair, the joint from the bristles and handle is made from recycled aluminum cans, the handle is made from bamboo, and they have reusable Packaging - the pouches are printed with plant based ink. It’s not really a key point in my makeup decisions, but hey...its an added bonus. I bought another eco tools kit at Winner’s before Christmas and they are actually my favourite, above and beyond even my professional brushes. I just had to buy both kinds. The box set, has a lovely zippered cosmetic bag made out of hemp with flower details, a blush sized brush, a stippling brush, an angled eyeshadow brush and an eyelash eyebrow comb. The smaller kit is a travel kit, with a mini foundation brush, small powder brush, a full size facial brush and a little hemp kit with a snap closure. These brushes are soo super soft, they wash wonderfully. Basically, if you are looking for new brushes or even if you’re not....you have to buy these brushes, they will be your new go to in the mornings....trust me! Ohhh prices.....you want prices the box set is only $14 *jumpy clamps* and the travel set is only $10...if you pass this up you are something crazy...lol.
Now for all the men in our lives here comes Jack Black (no, not that overweight "funny guy"). You can’t get it in Canada, as they don’t ship it to here and I’m not aware of any other stores that sell it especially in PEI. But you can check out the website here to see the other products. They had face wash, face buff, all over body wash which does 3-in-one, face moisturizer and hand repair. The prices range from around $10-$19. But the size is pretty large so it will last long. Plus the package is very masculine, aka in men terms...they will actually use it in the presence of other men. Also the smell is of man, no floral sense here. If your guy is looking for something, this is it. And if he's not, then maybe you should be...sometimes they need a little nudge (well sometimes a lot...more like a good old shove). Picked up the Bf a package set for around $30 (only $10 a bottle...yeah!!), I shall fill you in on his opinion later on.
Found these big beauties in clearance section out front....love the clearance. This soap comes in two different smells the pomegranate which is out of the box, but smells more like fruit in general. The other in the yellow box is Vanilla, which you can never go wrong with ever! They were regularly $7 got them for $3 each. You have no idea how big this soap it is bigger than my hand, its huge. Love it....and the smell is delicious. You should definitely check it out there was still a lot left.
Now this is my favourite thing I got...but I guess I didn’t really get it yet as my Mommy got it for me for my Birthday. I love it soo much that I just had to share with you, in case you wanted to pick it up. It will not last long at Winners’. It is a makeup palette by Ed Hardy, (Ed Hardy is what the Jersey Shore peoples are usually seen wearing..but do not hold it against it). To the left is the box it comes in...really pretty oh and it is only $20 regular at least $70 so huge steal. The picture to the right is of it open. So it opens up and out it also has led lights which gives a super good light if you are in a pinch with touch ups. The mirror is in the back and is actually clear...just didn’t take off the protective coating...as its a gift yet to get..hehe. there are three brushes...not wonderful but not crap either. Near the mirror are the eyeshadow choices, which range from neutrals to some darker colors which are totally usable. The middle is the blush/bronzer and is a peach color...which works well on all complexions. The little tins to either side are solid perfumes...which are great to keep at work, in a purse or in the kit...plus smells good. And lastly the lip colors...do not be afraid...they are sheer colors...like lip gloss, not lip stick....which is freakin’ awesome. Bottom line love the packaging, love the colors and the lights.. Yeah a little gimpicky but loves it!!! So excited can't wait until I can actually use it.
Picked up a few little other odds and ends...thought I just share a pic of that. Well I hope that this posts helps you get excited about checking out Winner’s my most favoritist store! Remember, you must look and search to find things at Winner’s which is the best part.
Hope this gets you interested in the products, if you do nothing else...please go get the ECOTOOLS brushes...you will fall in love with them. And if you do nothing else - get the brushes...I beg you. You will fall in love with them and then shower me with praises....hahaha
Enjoy your own searching,
I am going to go ahead and plow along with this blog, with hopes that it will catch on *fingers and toes all crossed*, at least in the Atlantic Provinces!
So, it is now basically August, and us maritimers know that summer is almost over……one blissful month left (sigh). That being said, looking tanned is important to me regardless of the season. So I thought I would give you a run down on what has worked for me, so that you…..yes you….can stay looking sunkissed long after August has left us.
I am an esthetician by trade, not currently working in a salon….unless my friends and family count that visit my house…..but I still keep up with the new trends and products. I have tried professional products, and drugstore products.. lo-and-behold I have found one of each that works wonderfully well.
Today, let's discuss the drugstore one, as I'm assuming that's what the majority of you can get your tanned little hands on ;). It is new this year, as far as I know, and it's the L'Oreal Sublime Bronze One Day. The Canadian website doesn't have this under their list of products, even though it is included in the picture on sunless tanners (strange much?). Hopefully it is only a little glitch as, it's a great product but no one will buy it if they can't research it. It is so very annoying when us Canadian's see it in the states on TV or whatever, and then cannot locate it in Canada…we are just as important as the consumers in the USA ya know! Whatever, I did track it down on the USA site Sublime Bronze so you can check it out for yourselves. But it says "Flirt with a tanned look without committing. The new Sublime Bronze One Day Tinted Gel gives you the beautiful tint of bronzed color that lasts up to one day. The unique wash-off formula, made with natural caramel colorant and golden pears, is quick-drying and gives a sun-killed glow. Apply one layer for sheer look or add more product for deeper color. Simply wash it off with soap and water whenever you are ready."
So down to the review – it's a big bottle, can't seem to locate it right now but its about the size of a body moisturizer. It will last forever….forever!!! You only need a tiny tiny amount to get the bronze glow, it works on the body, and face. My face is super sensitive to breakouts and I wore this thing straight everyday for 2 weeks, and nothing, nada, zip not one pimple in response. Not saying that will work on everyone, but my skin seems to be a good tester. You can actually layer this stuff, the only caution that you have is BLEND…make sure that you take into your hairline, your ear, behind your ear, your neck, because if you don't blend really really well you will have a slight line, but it does cover with foundation that you wear soo…not a killer in my books. I put it on with a pair of latex gloves, I got the box at walmart so it was cheap, you can reuse the gloves too I just rinse them off like I would my hands, double duty it was always a great money saver! You do have to BLEND, I know I said that already but its worth repeating, you have to basically rub it in until it is dry to your touch, and if you didn't have enough to do the section you are working, you will get streaks, it needs enough product to blend well into the skin, because it's a gel, it dries quickly and absorbs into the skin so if you don't have enough that is what causes the streaks – the lack of sufficient product during application, not the product itself (believe me I speak from experience). The smell, well its nothing that I find offensive, and I don't even know if there really is one to it, maybe there is, and I'm just not sensitive enough to it, either way its fine with me. It gives a glamorous bronze color and I find when I wear it, I don't need as much foundation coverage on my face *thumbs up to that*. It does wash off with your regular face wash, no need for fancy ones.
So to sum it up I LOVES IT!!!! Its great, its cheap (walmart carries it, shoppers is a lot more expensive so why pay more for it when you can pay less right?), it works, what more can I say. It will defiantly be a repeat purchase for me, I just hope that they don't stop carrying it in the winter months :S.
Hope to post soon,
I have been an avid reader of all things beauty/fashion since…..well since I was old enough to dress myself I guess! lol I can give you a history on myself, my deepest darkest wants (well likely not, since this is the Internet and everything), so that you guys feel you can relate to me and my posts.
I plan to write on anything that’s going on in my life, whether it be a trip, shopping, or makeup looks that I have done on myself or to my clients. I want to be able to give you enough detail so that you can recreate the look yourself with no major problems.
I am a Canadian….strong and proud!!!! I live in Prince Edward Island, which is part of Atlantic Canada. If this blog even gets any followers I’ll for sure divulge more information but for the time being I’m going to enjoy the air of mystery around myself…haha.
Basically I want to put myself out there to experience a something new, and share the knowledge that I have gained from school and experience, and expect some funny antidotes to keep this interesting. I’m not sure what direction this blog will take, but I’m trying to get over my Type A anal retentiveness, which will show through soon enough in the posts – please stand-by me when these things do inevitability happened- so I’m going to go all free spirit on you and say…we will just wait and see….
I hope that you will welcome me into your computer whether it be at home or at work (shhh…I won’t tell) and share this never ending journey (haha I love that movie The Never Ending Story…come on you remember that right?...no? alrighty then moving right along) in the quest for glamorous makeup, fashion and everything else, us girls must endure.
Hope to post soon again,