Currently listening: Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Currently drinking: water
Currently feeling: excited for the holiday weekend
Katy Perry has been sharing some pictures on her twitter lately that has me drooling. What is it that has me reacting that way? Her nails!
I noticed they were by Minx right away. I might consider this just enough inspiration to stop biting my nails and save up enough money to have this done! If you don't know what Minx are, it's like a shrinkwrap for nails. They heat the material and apply it to the nail. They come in various patterns and colors! They are not long-term, but they are perfect for wowing people at a special occasion. I love the flowered pattern that Katy chose!
P.S.- Just a head's up that Monday is a civic holiday here, so I may not have time to post!
Also...Happy birthday to Harry Potter and JK Rowling! :D
Friday, July 31, 2009
Currently listening: Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Currently watching: Gilmore Girls
Currently drinking: water
Currently feeling: chilly
Time for a monthly favorites post!
2. Nikon D60. I have not put this down since I got it. I think it's one of the best cameras out there. I absolutely recommend it. Now I can't wait to take a photography course to learn even more!
3. My new wallet from F21. It's this wonderfully fab leopard and rose print.
4. One A Day vitamins for women. I started (finally!) taking vitamins daily last month. I can't even begin to tell you the differences. The best one is that my hair is feeling stronger. I have very thin hair and perhaps it's mental, but I feel like it's just a little bit thicker. We all should take vitamins daily! In today's society, fast food is all the rage. You have to get proper nutrients somehow!
5. Soap & Glory's Righteous Butter. I know I keep raving about S&G products, but I cannot help it! This is the best skincare line I have ever come across. This body butter is my favorite and makes my skin so soft!
6. Sephora by OPI's Mermaid to Order. It's such an unique color. It's on my nails right now!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Currently watching: Goode Family
Currently reading: my Nikon manual
Currently feeling: full from dinner
I thought I would do my first ever FOTD (face of the day)!
Clinique Almost Makeup Foundation applied with a damp Sonia Kashuk blending sponge)
Clinique Perfectly Real makeup compact
MAC Refined MSF as a blush
Clinique Glosswear in Cocoplum (which I'm pretty sure has been discontinued)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner
Benefit BADgal Plum mascara
two shades of brown eyeshadow in my matte Coastal Scents palette
Obviously, you can do this look with similar shades of eyeshadow and a plum-colored lip product!
^Clinique gloss in Cocoplum and Benefit BADgal plum
^The arrows point to the two shades that I used. The colors in the first picture are more true to color.
Hope you like it!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Currently listening: Soulmate by Natasha Bedingfield
Currently excited: to see Ice Age 3 tonight!
Currently feeling: exhausted
I went into Sephora on Sunday and actually only came out around $13 poorer. Not bad!
I'm a Beauty Insider and if you're not one and you shop at Sephora, you should sign up too! It's completely free and you get some nice perks. For every $1 you spend, you get 1 point. For every 100 points, you get a deluxe sample (there is a choice of three each month). If you save up to 500 points, you can get a pre-determined full-size product.
Since this month's full-size product was not something I wanted to spend my 500 points on, I used 100 of them to get the Stella perfume sample. It's a scent that I've been wanting to try for awhile and this is a fair-sized product. And now I get to try it without any real commitment to like it. However, I really am liking it. It's not like any of my other perfumes and I'm thinking that it is a nice scent for a night out.
Another perk of being a Beauty Insider is that you get a free gift on your birthday! Last year I got a bottle of cupcake scented bubble bath. This year I received a trio of mini lipglosses. I have not really tried them out yet, but the red one is absolutely gorgeous in color.
The other thing that I got (and the only thing I paid for) was the Sephora by OPI's Mermaid to Order nail polish. This nail polish is fantastic for summer. It's a nice and shimmery blue-green color. I'm wearing it right now, but I won't dare show my nails at the moment. I'm a biter! :/ However, I have swatched it on sheet of white paper and it looks almost exactly true-to-life. It's fabulous and I will be wearing this often!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Currently listening: Adele's 19 album
Currently doing: working on graphics
Currently feeling: indifferent
There's an offer for free express shipping on MAC's Canadian site that ends today, so I just had to take advantage of it. These are just the stock images of what I am getting, but I will absolutely do swatches, pictures, and reviews when I receive them in the mail. :)
Concealer. I actually did not get this to just use as a concealer. I actually rather like Benefit's Erase Paste for that. Though I will probably try this out for blemishes, as well! However, I have bright pink pigmented lips and I plan to use this as a neutralizer. I've heart that it is a great backup to MAC PRO's Lip Erase. That simply means that I will put this on my lips to cancel out the pigmentation, making it the perfect canvas for a nude lip and various other looks.
Mineral powder. I've been reading reviews about how great this powder is. I'm looking forward to trying it, as I absolutely love Refined! Since the color is completely buildable, you can use it as a foundation substitute or a setting powder. Not too shabby!
I'm the most excited to try this lipstick! It's part of the Color Craft collection and I've been seeing it around youtube and other various beauty blogs. It looks simply gorgeous! I'm a sucker for soft and pink lips, so I'm really looking forward to using it!
P.S.- New signature! ♥
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I just want to announce that I have started a sister site to this one for my photography! :)
Feel free to check it out at:
Dreamy Daze Photography
Friday, July 24, 2009
Currently watching: CFL football
Currently surfing: Flickr
Currently feeling: mad
The method that I use is best explained in Gemma's video. Check the video (and her amazing youtube channel) out!
written by Wendy Banner at 10:40 PM
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Currently watching: Law & Order UK
Currently drinking: Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi
Currently feeling: lazy
Just another "in my purse" post!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Currently reading: UK Cosmo
Currently drinking: Diet Coke
Currently feeling: creative
Here is my review for Benefit's High Beam!
I rather like High Beam. It's an excellent highlighter. There are multiple ways to use it. You can mix it with your moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over glow and dewy effect. You can use it just under the eyebrows to highlight your brow bone. Personally, I use it to highlight my cheeks, right down my nose, and the part of my chin right under my lips.
For my cheeks, I draw two Xs. One bigger one near the nose and a smaller one directly down from the outer corner of the eye. Then, I use a foundation brush to blend it in going outward. Afterwards, I draw a slight line down the bridge of my nose and blend in. I use what's left on the brush and blend it in on my chin. Basically, you want to put it anywhere that the light will hit your face. This chart shows how I do it!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Currently listening: Summer Day by Coconut Records
Currently frustrated: with Kelly Clarkson's fanclub
Currently feeling: annoyed
I had a great time in Chicago and an excellent birthday! Here is where I'll show my birthday/shopping goodies that I received. :)
Things not pictured: Bumpits, Chicago souvenirs (pink Magnificent Mile mug and a ornament because I love Christmas ornaments!), Wisconsin souvenirs (a backscratcher and a magnet), items that I will be reviewing later (such as Chi hair gift pack, Soap & Glory soap, Batiste dry shampoo), camera case, a belt from Torrid, black mini-bow hair pins from Torrid, random soda that I can't get here in Canada, and a few other little necessities that I can't get here.
My first trip to an Ulta! I went in looking for a certain hair waver, which they did not have. :( To make up for my sadness, I got a big bottle of Chi Silk Infusion and a bottle of OPI's A Grape Fit. It's a beautiful purple!
I made a stop at Target, because that store is a drug to me. I got a Sonia Kashuk blending sponge (review is coming!), 3 pads of post-it notes, 3 memo pads, a sheet of stickers, an ice pack because I have a clumsy husband who always seems to need one, a notebook, and a matching folder. I did get other things, but I doubt you care about snacks, a razor, Hello Kitty bandaids, etc. Ha!
So I got the item I wanted most! My brand new Nikon D60! It's love, it really is. I've been using it everyday!
As much as I would have loved to walk out of the Marc store with a new Faridah on my arm, I did show restraint. :) My last MBMJ tote that I got has been used constantly, so I thought it was time to get a new one. The best part of the blue one is that it has a top zipper! Do you know how hard it was to choose which color of totes to get?! I got the flip-flops for when I go swimming. And then there is the adorable lipstick pen.
My new (and first) Juicy Couture Daydreamer! It's huge. Not only was it the last one that the store had, but I also got it for a great price. Score!
One of my best gifts was the Harry Potter Exhibition in Chicago! It's the only reason we really went. It was so amazing. The best part? I got to sit in Hagrid's chair! The same one that you see Hermione sitting in during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Yes, I told you I was an HP nerd. :)
I couldn't go to the Ex. and not get some souvenirs! I plan on wearing the shirt to the movie. I'm waiting to see it in IMAX 3D, so I have to wait until July 29th. I'm dying while waiting, obviously...but it's worth it. I also got two postcards, two bookmarks with a poster inside, a mug, and a sticker set (which has a sticker book and a Time Turner necklace inside).
It's hard to find a Sanrio store these days, especially decent ones. I picked up some little candies, a pack of notebook paper which I specifically got because it has macarons on it, and a gift pack that includes: a notebook, pencil, stickers, and candies. And I got a free magnet!
I got these two shirts through the Faith21 line at F21. I will be talking more about these and that fashion line later. So my fellow plus-size ladies, be on the lookout!
More F21 stuff! The one I went to was 20x better than the one here in Toronto, in my opinion. They actually had most of what I wanted in stock! I got a beautiful rose scarf which I'm infatuated with, a whale tote, three bow headbands because I obviously can never have enough bows, a navy blue beret, wood panel sunglasses, and a leopard-rose print wallet. I was looking for a different wallet but I just had to have this one the minute I saw it.
I love The Container Store! Last year when I went, I had gotten a lap desk but I used it so much that it was losing it's shape at the bottom. So I got a new one with a gorgeous damask pattern! I also got a new dry erase board for my refrigerator, two packages of things for canned drinks (a pump to save the fizz and little clips to help open the tabs), towel tablets that make little towelettes when water is added, apple scented paper soap, and Goo Gone!
Ok, I think that is all except for the stuff that I'll be reviewing later! I'm obviously broke now, but it was worth it. More later!
P.S.- Minor layout update! As much as I love purple, I think the new blue background is a little more suitable. :)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Currently drinking: water
Currently thinking: about my cousin
Currently feeling: homesick
So maybe it's just me, but I actually prefer the posters for New Moon to the ones from Twilight. I think it is much better done. I find it to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing. What do you think? Which do you prefer?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Currently watching: Unwrapped
Currently playing: Sorority Life on facebook
Currently feeling: tired
I have no idea where I have stored my before and after pictures, because I can't find them at the moment. I'll try to come back and update this post with them later!
Anyway, don't believe my word for it. Listen to what my friends have to say!
"When looking at the packaging of the product, it is very simple black with gold writing, however the way the font is used, bolding PULSE makes the product stand out. I was a little skeptical before using the product; the whole vibrating wand was a little intimidating. I have never used a product like this before. It took a little getting used to, figuring out how to hold your hand as well as the button at the same time. I found the actual product amazing. It was a creamy texture with a shiny gloss finish. It lengthened to the point where it looked like I was wearing false eyelashes. The formula wasn’t clumpy at all and separated my eyelashes beautifully. I did find though, for a “perfect” look I needed to apply two coats. The removal of the product was easy; I used a make up wipe as I normally do and it came off without a problem. The only problem I did find with this mascara was the length of the wand is a little long. All in all, I thought that this mascara was fantastic and I will definitely be purchasing it."
Katelyn's results were (left = before, right = after):
"Okay, so the first thing I noticed when I swiped the first coat of mascara on my lashes is that there was a lot of product. Which unfortunately, meant a lot of clumping. However, after a few tries, I got the hang of it and my lashes were nicely separated and thickened. BUT don't swipe too much because then you get an overload of mascara on your lashes.
The vibrations did make my eyes water a bit, but only in the beginning. It's a strange sensation but it's very easy to get used to and feels pretty good! The bristles on the wand were thin and I was really happy that I only had to swipe one time to get all my lashes coated. It definitely beats the other mascaras, where I had to swipe at least 3 times (center lashers, then inner and outer ).
In terms of effectiveness, I do think the vibrations helped disperse the mascara evenly. You just need to use a light hand, rather than heavy because you get more than enough product with a gentle swipe. A heavy hand would just clump the lashes together. Another thing to watch out for is the drying time. Wait at least 30 seconds before you blink or do anything else.
The mascara formula is quite heavy and if you blink too fast (like I did), you end up with smudges under your eyes. Even though I curled my lashes beforehand, I thought that Pulse Perfection definitely gave my lashes a pretty curl. It's about 7 hours later and my lashes are still going strong! Now, this formula is non-waterproof (I don't even think there is a waterproof one out yet) and that means it's really easy to take off. A few rubs with eye makeup remover and it's gone! But because of that, don't go around sobbing with this mascara on or you'll have racoon eyes.
So in the end, I loved the effect of Pulse Perfection. It separated, volumized and defined very well, it has good lasting power and does not flake throughout the day. I'd definitely buy it again! But I'll probably only wear when i go out at night; since my lashes are already long, 'pulse perfection' gives it that special oomph! That doesn't work well for the office. ...ah screw it, i'll wear it anyway :D Verdict: 8/10"
She gave the product to some of her friends that said:
"This mascara did everything that it said it would. I found that it made my lashes look thick , long and full. It was easy to wash off but at the same time it didn't melt. I found that it took a bit of practice to avoid clumping. But with the vibrating feature it was easy to even the mascara. I thought this product was great and I would definitely buy it again. I liked the way that Maybelline's Pulse Perfection made my eyelashes look more defined."
"Maybelline’s new Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara is good, if not better than the other mascara I have used. The vibrations of the mascara were surreal at first but it’s something you have to get used to. This mascara separated and lengthened the look of my lashes, while the intensity of the colour made my lashes really stand out. There was more than enough product on the applicator brush that I was able to do both my eyes, but applying too much did cause the lashes to clump a bit. The mascara is easy to take off as it is not water proof. For the price (around $15), this is definitely one of the best mascara around and certainly a better deal than Lancome’s oscillating mascara. I loved the result and would definitely continue using this product."
To see Sana's results and pictures, click here.
Christine's review and pictures can be found here.
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Survey is located HERE.. If you have tried this product, read this post, or are thinking of trying it, please take the survey! :)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Currently doing: packing!
Currently thinking: I'm forgetting something
Currently feeling: stressed
Anyway, I won't bore you with details! I leave tomorrow morning for Chicago. I will not be back until Monday night. Therefore, I will not be updating again until sometime next week. Sunday is my 25th birthday and to celebrate, I'm going to the Harry Potter Exhibition. Yep, I'm a HP nerd. :) Can't wait to tell you about my trip and share with you what my birthday goodies will be! Until then, take care and best wishes!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Currently watching: The Simpsons
Currently excited: for my birthday and vacation!
Currently feeling: drained
I hope you all had a fabulous Independence Day. I did mean to make an entry, but the weekend got busy. I'm sure you were all to busy to stop in just to see if I made one. :P So it's six days into July already, therefore I have decided to not let this escape me. Here are my favorite products from the month of June!
2. Sephora by OPI in I'm Wired- I am really loving coral this summer (and for the first time in my life since 1990!). This is a great coral pink color, which I love. I find some corals to be too close to orange and that could be why I never really liked it. It just took me finding the right spectrum of the color.
3. Sephora foundation brush- I use this when I wear my Clinique Almost Makeup. However, I also use it to brush in my Benefit High Beam. The brush is a nice shape and you can find many uses for it!
4. MAC MSF in Refined- Seriously, I cannot give this enough praise. I've completely fallen in love with this shade. Why does it have to be limited edition? WHY?! Review is here.
5. Benefit High Beam- I procrastinated on getting this. And by procrastinated, I mean I waited about a year to finally splurge. I am so mad at myself for waiting. This is a great highlighter. Review is coming!
6. Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara- My review is coming on this! I was actually chosen by a company (Matchstick) to review this. So stay tuned this week! :) With it being on my list of June favorites, I think you can put two and two together to know that I was not disappointed.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Currently drinking: water
Currently listening: Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox
Currently feeling: creative
New layout! After around three months, I decided it was time for a change around here. I loved the Gossip Girl layout (which is why I kept it around for so long), but sometimes I just want to see something new. :) So I hope you like the new look!
I added a new video to my youtube channel, as well. So if you have a youtube, come check it out, comment, subscribe...I'll return the favor. Unless you are going to be rude, which is why comments are only by approval on my channel. I don't put up with rudeness.
2. How do you feel about our American Flag's design? I like it. Not sure what is not to like.
3. What pets have you had? Dogs, cats, a rabbit, two iguanas, some fish, and a snake.
4. What was the last activity you wore a wristband for? Hmm...I think it was for a football game last fall. It might have been something else, though.
5. What song changed your life? Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway. I relate to that song so much.
I might be making more changes to the blog later on. So don't be surprised if something changes!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Currently watching: House
Currently doing: editing a video
Currently feeling: accomplished
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Currently watching: Surviving Suburbia
Currently drinking: Diet Pepsi
Currently feeling: full from dinner