Finding a way to de-stress…

Finding a way to De-stress
Finding a way to De-stress

Lately, I’ve been having a rather…interesting time.

I turned a year older, and was met with a few disappointments, let downs, and just overall crap. Honestly, it has been hard. I think what made it even harder, was the fact that…just because I am older, it doesn’t always get better. Well, just not yet for me. So, I do have a few hurdles that I have to get over, even at my age. I guess, it gets harder, since I know some of the stuff is being talked down upon by people who I should be close to.

So, I have been finding ways to try and chill.

I probably shouldn’t be chilling…but I need the mini breaks.

I see alot of people on Instagram decorating lovely envelopes for their snail mail penpals. I figured it was a way that I could use my washi tape, and play around. On that note, the washi tape that I am using are generally from Daiso, and has a plastic film. This makes them rise, so I need to glue them down.

Finding a way to De-stress
Finding a way to De-stress
Finding a way to De-stress
Finding a way to De-stress
I also learned from an Instagrammer, that I could use Deco Rush and create mini stickers by rolling them on labels. Unfortunately, I don’t have mini labels, but I was able to use the name stickers I got from Daiso. The same stickers are usually used for labelling your own things.

I had made a mistake for one of the stickers, so I added other stickers to create a super strong sticker. Okay…even I am getting bored at reading this…lol

Night time thoughts…

Is started typing this, but I couldn’t find a way to condense it.

Back in high school, I lost a teammates ring during softball practice. We were practicing for the tournament that was coming up (I played centre, and third base).

Grandmas ring that was given to her before she passed.

You see, you shouldn’t wear rings in the event of an accident, and your fingers swell/cut off circulation. So, she popped it into my pant pocket. Unfortunately I didn’t know there was a hole, can you believe it?!

We were all over the field for practice. I skipped classes & spent 3 hrs combing that field, praying that we didn’t stomp it into the soil. I eventually found it. But with consequences.

Currently trying to do something similar right now with life. I’m persistent…but I find that as I’ve gotten older, I give up faster than I used to. I think that is also why I’m thankful I have people around me who push me, encourage me when I get down.

Thank you.
In the last 3 years, you have no idea how much your interactions, no matter how little, have been for me.

Trying to remember my blessings, and trying to stay optimistic.

As a side note, I desperately wanted to be on the school softball team. I went to tryouts with a broke toe. I actually ran laps around the field near my house. I worked on footwork to try and be more responsive. I was proud when I made it. I was lucky that I was able to throw further, and more accurately than most of the other girls.

Random Organization

Ah…the cheap life.
I didn’t want to spend money on organizing stuff at work, so I did this. But then stumbled across another “hack”.

Organization
Slip a smaller cup inside the taller one. That way, you have extra space to tuck other things inside.

Organization
You want the lip to be similar size though, otherwise it will not stay.

Organization
As you can see, I have clips in one, while I have washi tape and post-its in the other.
It helps me keep some things at hand, in an organized way. Then I don’t have to bother with struggling with my desk drawers.

 

Told you that this was a random post…

lol

Last week on Instagram…

Nothing eventful…as per the usual.

This mini crystal thing for our hall, catches the sun rays for a very brief moment. During this time, the hall is filled with such beautiful colours. I usually miss it, as it only lasts a few minutes…

Do you like buying jeans? Truthfully, like the others who commented, I’m not a HUGE fan of going through the process of buying jeans. There are jeans that make my butt flat…which isn’t great cause I have Mom’s flat butt. Also, because I am short, I need to buy ones for my height. I have had some good luck with the jean $7-10 pairs I buy from Old Navy, Super Skinny Jeans in Petite/Ankle cuts. Some of them are also thicker, so they last quite well. I actually loved one pair so much, I bought two of them of the same colour. Tres awesome. Anyway, because of the various sales that Gap and Old Navy have had over the year, I have acquired quite a few pairs of denim. Not a bad thing, but it was just amusing that I used to hate wearing them as a kid. I had to put away the lighter pairs, but took this shot before I replaced it with some of my heavier weight jeans.

Taking a look at recent CoverGirl goodies…

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous


Part of the #LikeAGirl campaign, the Beauty United crew got this box of goodies in June. Unfortunately I didn’t get my posts up in time for the giveaway, but I still wanted to share.

What does it mean to be “like a girl”. I didn’t get it too often, but where I did get it a lot was when I was told to sit like a girl. Used to drive me nuts. One of the reasons I hated wearing skirts, as wearing them associated me with being a girl.

Another thing that used to get me…was why can’t you be pretty like a girl. Why oh WHY did people have to say that? I didn’t have girly hair, or wear a lot of makeup in my youth. But so what…right? We shouldn’t box in anyone due to what is this weird perception. In any case, of course now I just love shopping for the perfect MLBB lipsticks, or a great full coverage foundation for oily skin…

Which brings us to the topic today…

Ready Set Gorgeous
CoverGirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous!

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation, available in 12 shades, comes in a small and neat tube.

The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation. Pair with the entire instaGLAM collection for a glam look on the go.

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Now that was an interesting read, that it was to pull oil away from the skin! That was what intrigued me when I first received it. I liked that it provides medium coverage, but I can’t say that it is terribly long lasting. On my oily skin, it did okay, but spottage in the t zone was apparent after 4 hours. Not a huge difference, but you could definitely tell as any redness in the area was rather visible.

Ready Set Gorgeous
Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer is available in 6 different shades.

Get insta-gorgeous with Ready Set Gorgeous! The oil-free concealer helps cover up imperfections and dark circles instantly. The lightweight formula blends easily for all day coverage.

The concealer, though not in my favorite dispenser, was actually pretty nice. Easy to blend, not too difficult to work with. For myself, it helped to blur the edges of any discolouring from under eye circles and such. Again, medium coverage, as it didn’t completely erase them.
Ready Set Gorgeous
(Let’s try and ignore the fact that I was doing the pictures for this post VERY late, and thus my eyes had suffered by then T___T It didn’t occur to me at all. I just wanted to try and get the pictures churned out!)
Left has concealer, right doesn’t. You can see that it lessens the look of the darkness, but doesn’t eliminate it.

Ready Set Gorgeous
Concealer on the left, and the foundation on the right. Swatched, and then blended right beside it. Pretty close match on my arm, but much lighter on the face. However, the slight oxidation on my skin corrects that.

Anyway, when they go on sake, you can probably pick then up pretty cheap. There are also coupons that are available, while helps out in price. There is also a compact version which I haven’t tried, but assume very similar. In any case, it might not be a product I’d use in the summer, but I actually have high hopes for it for the fall/cooler weather. Let’s hope I’m right cause I’m back to using it with the cooler weather we’ve been having :)
Ready Set Gorgeous

Halloween :)

So Dear Readers…
What have your children, your partner, your roomate, your friend etc dress up for this Halloween?

Personally I think dressing up is fun…but I’d rather someone dress me up and do my face rather than having to do it on my own…haha…

Anyway just for the sake of Halloween, I thought I would try a dark lip…VERY dark lip.

Halloween

I used the Annabelle Khol Eyeliner pencil in Black (~$6CAN). I picked this up as part of a duo, that was packaged with the Le Big Show mascara.

I’m assuming that what is eye safe is pretty mouth safe, but do not take my word for it. Please exercise precaution.

In any case, the black lip was a little flat on its own, so I dabbed the dark purple that is found in the Annabelle Quad Shadow in Pink-a-boo* that I received back in August. I dabbed it just to the middle inner bit of the lip…and like the effect~ Might have to try it out over a cream shadow.

Halloween
Halloween
A blurred picture to show you how pretty the shadow is :D

Anyway…
I also wanted to try out a few polishes that could be a potential Halloween NOTD. Let’s just say that it was a total fail! lol Sometimes that happens. What you conceive in your head, just doesn’t play out the right way you wanted it to.

That’s fine, you make do, or erase it and try again…and again…and again…lol

Halloween
I was aiming to try out the water spotted method (drop polish in a container of water, and spritz something thing with alcohol in it, on to the polish to create the spots). The first time I was too close, and it broke apart the circle of polish…

Halloween
It still looked interesting, but wasn’t what I wanted.

So I tried it again over China Glaze Mummy May I (a Halloween collection from a few years back)
Halloween

Too dark, it didn’t show up.

Fine then…lets try the orange again…

Halloween
Halloween

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haha, well I tried. I do like the green sheen that is seen in the Revlon Haunted House polish. On the plus side, at least I got more spots this time :P

In any case, what is more horrifying than a majorly failed polish excursion?? :P

Hope that you have fun tonight, and good luck snagging 50% candy tomorrow xD

The #BeautyUnited unveiling…

Such a fail…I know.

This post should have happened sooner, but I wanted to transcribe the recordings I took during the event. Well guess what? Turns out when I switched to the Nexus 4, I didn’t transfer the files on the iPhone. Fail! lol

So here I will do what I can.

I did post pictures on my Facebook Page, but here is a few more.

There are I believe 34 bloggers in the program. Unfortunately I don’t know them all, but I hope that there will be another chance that I can introduce myself to them. You can catch some of the other posts HERE.

Basically, this program means that I get access to some products or events, which is a lovely opportunity for my blog. I have already been a part of a few things (Getting to join in a Google Hangout, or checking out the Janelle Monae concert). And can’t wait to participate in more in the future.

In any case, I was excited about joining this program, mainly because of the fact that they reached out to bloggers not just in my local area, but from the west and east coast! (The two that I got to meet who were in town were Gerry from PbunnieP, and Annick from thesmallthingsinlife)

In any case, this is a fabulous opportunity for me, and can’t wait to share the goods and the experiences I have with it :)

Anyway, the event was hosted at the Trump Hotel Downtown Toronto. I gotta say, it is one lovely venue. I would love to do a staycation there :P

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In the picture we have Steph of Fun Sized Beauty, through who I got to meet Michelle.

One of the great things about this event was that I got to meet lovely individuals whom I had chatted on twitter with, and see faces I haven’t seen in awhile :)

I look back on this picture of the treats with VERY fond memories that we were spoiled with :P

The event started off with presentations of some information gathering that went on with P&G. It was interesting as it was a conference call type of deal.

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“We have used makeup, and have always used makeup for what it can do for us and to others”

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“We set out to answer the following:
Does wearing make-up, as well as well as applying it differently and in different combinations, impact snap judgement?
Do a person’s impressions of someone wearing different make-up combinations change over time?”

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The variables they were testing out…

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The finding’s were kind of interesting. The picture gets a little bigger if you click on it. Hopefully you can see most of it though.

We then got a two different talks on looks that were big for this fall.

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Justin German|Pantene Consulting Stylist & Greg Wencel|Covergirl Makeup Pro
Sleek hair and bold metallic red shadow. Red seems to be hard to pull off at times, but is all about finding the way to make it work for you. So have fun, experiment :)

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Denis Binet|Pantene Pro-V Consulting Stylist & Amelie Ducharme|Covergirl Make-Up Pro
Big hair and Lush lips. I want big hair. It doesn’t really stay that way though…but one of the products I’ve been trying has been helping out a bit, so yay! Regarding lush lips…well I am still working on that one, but I’m getting there!

As a general comment, don’t you just love when two people work so well together? I loved that the passion from each part of the teams meshed so well with the other.

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It was then time for us to browse the products that were being featured that night.

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Well before that, can I just mention that I LOVED the washroom at the Trump?! Loved the black interior as well as its lush wallpaper.

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Venus Razors which had different interchangeable heads. I got a box of blade refills in my swag bag, and no razor. I probably would have been scratching my head had I not learned that they were interchangeable that night :P So luckily I do have a Venus razor, and will be using that for this refill box.

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It has been a few years now, since this type of deodorant has been released on the market. I was super excited, and I have inherited my dad’s genes, and do sweat in all situations. I used the Secret one when it was first released, but have been trying out others since then, so I didn’t know they came out with additional scents. In addition they target different issues. I believe one was that it targeted stress sweat, which smells different from normal exercise sweating.

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The 30 min strips aren’t new to me. My brother is a huge fan, and uses one box throughout the year as maintenance now. I accidently left mine on for over an hour (I got distracted with my Korean Dramas -___-), and left my teeth SUPER sensitive for days. So after that incident I let my teeth be, so they could recover. In any case, I think that they are great. I mean professional brightening is great, but costly. Anyway, don’t be like me, ensure that you use it for the specified time!

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I have issues with trying to dye my hair brown-ish. It doesn’t actually suck in the colour. It was suggested to me that I try using a developer before dying my hair. I have enlisted the help of friends who dye their hair, and have done some more research, and I think I will be ready to embark on that tip this Christmas holiday…we will see :P

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Such a little thing, but I love the red bottles. They stand out so well when you walk down the aisles. Anyway, these guys smell quite lovely. I am a pretty loyal Pantene user, so I haven’t tried out their shampoo and conditioner, but am working on the other products at the moment. Once in awhile there are coupons on the shelves in the stores, so check it out.

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Budget friendly, maybe an alternative to the Clarisonic?? Well then…might be something to consider…

I did miss a few stations, so my last picture to share is…
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Covergirl. Now I still have these cooling sensations eye shadow pencils that they had back in 2000. I had a light blue and a white one that I would incorporate in to my day. They are TINY now, but I can’t part with them, so they sit in a memory box that I have lol. Oh fun times. Okay enough reminiscing. The Covergirl station was fun. I loved that there was the screen with the demo happening, plus the pictures of their Hunger Games promotion. I am not that big in to the Hunger Games, truth be told, but I did appreciate the beauty in the looks that were created. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I mean to do a post on it soon, but go check out the website in the meantime. Such fun! Well most of them are quite interesting. Some of them don’t make much sense in terms of the District they are trying to represent. However some of them were quite fun to check out. Some might might you scratch your head. Regardless of what kind of reaction you have, at least they were able to coax a reaction out of you. Which means that it is imprinted in your memory anyway…which is what it was meant to do in the first place. On a side note, the collection is popping up in stores now, and if you are a polish nut, you will HAVE to check them out. I have seen swatches from the ladies in the US, and there are a few that make my heart flutter :P

Oh be still…be still…<3

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Near the end of the event, while people were starting to leave, I got to join in on a small convo happening with some of the lades. It was such an honour to hang out with them, and to share some laughs~ As my tweet states :P (it was also an opportunity to get to know Amy of theprettyvain and Aleeza of Stylish & Literate~^^ both lovely ladies who were such fun to to take photobooth pictures with xD)

I also got to say hi to a few other lovely ladies I hadn’t seen in awhile (some a year, others a few months, regardless was great to see and say hi :)), like Meredith, Anna, Ande, Jenn (who was out lovely contact that evening), Elaine, Christine, and Enrica. Again that is only a small group of all of the ladies who were there, but can’t wait to meet the others throughout my time w BeautyUnited.

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I took this as I was heading back home. The Sky Dome, and the CN Tower.

Some of the goodies that I was sent home with. Thanks P&G and MSL Group for them :D

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Hair products are a little harder to write about, but I have enlisted my friend to try out the Herbal Essence one, that has 100% Moroccan argan oil extract. Not sure what the extract refers to…but I’m sure my friend will fill us both in when she gets back to me :) The Vidal Sassoon stuff is currently in my rotation, amongst a few other Pantene products, and I hope to report back soon.

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I was also sent home with these goodies, which I still am working on trying. Have put a few thing in use, but still need some time.

In any case, being part of this group has been quite interesting thus far, and can’t wait to share some of the products that I have. In any case, I’m glad for this wonderful opportunity, and note that really nothing changes to much in terms of what happens on this blog. Yes, I might have access to these products, and yes I still encourage you to make your own judgements. However I am still here trying to show you products that I, myself, would be willing to spend money on, or not. I mean as a student (and other grown up bills like helping with the mortgage), I can’t spend money on everything I want to try out, so I am thankful for this partnership. In any case, I will always blog because I want to blog, and because I do it to share my own opinion on it. That won’t change kay :) what may change is that I get to meet more awesome people…but who doesn’t want to meet fun and fabulous people!? :D

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*