Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Serious case of shiny-face is always an issue for me, all year-round and especially in the summer. Lately, I've been relying on Philosophy Total Matteness Pore Eraser (30 mL for $42 at Shoppers' Drug Mart, Sephora, and Hudson's Bay) to keep my personal oil slick in check.
"Now you see them now you don't. Watch pores pull a disappearing act." The Philosophy Total Matteness works exactly in the way it suggests. It smooths over pores, creates a matte finish, and lasts ~4 hours on a hot day. However, there's very comparable products at lower price points. I like Philosophy Total Matteness because it's liquid. It feels a bit lighter than a thicker lotion or silicone (i.e., Bioderma Pore Refiner, Rimmel Stay Matte, Make Up For Ever HD Primer, the Body Shop Instablur). My only issue with this is that I'm having a hard time finding a foundation that smooths over Total Matteness without picking up dry patches on my nose - so the Total Matteness Pore Eraser works best on days when I don't want to wear any base makeup.
Overall, a good product with very comparable dupes. I'd pick a primer/pore refiner based on how heavy you want something to feel. If anything, the Philosophy Total Matteness is more lightweight and less-heavy duty, so if that suits your skincare needs definitely check this one out!
Do you prefer a lighter or heavier primer/base/pore-refiner?
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
PSA on social media - I love my readers and blogging friends (aka you) and the best way to reach out to your audience is social media... so since my beginnings with blogging (November 2012), I've forced myself to figure out what's what and how to use the what. I find social media quite the struggle - as a young'un (yes, that's what I call myself), my "followers" on instagram, twitter, facebook, and google plus consist of close friends, strangers, and everything in between. Managing two accounts for "real life" and "blogging life" would be painstakingly time consuming. So my makeshift solution is to find the perfect balance between life posts and blogging stuff...I'm still working on it.
Anyways, it's Monday, and Monday calls for manicures. I guess that means it's social media Monday this time around, as my manicures feature Facebook and Google Plus. Both of which I know I underutilize as a blogger (I'm a bigger fan of the twittersphere and the instagramz).
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A testament to the prowess of a mascara comes about when a boy says, "your lashes look long today". And in my mind I'm thinking, "YESSSSSS. Not only do my eyelashes exist, they look LONG!" (and I apply my make-up at 9am, at the time it was 10pm). The Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara ($29 CAD, 15% and free shipping with the code DRAW15 on shuuemura.ca) has proven itself worthy of my short, stubby lashes.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
KISS MY FACE - A brand founded in the 80s that is cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, SLS free, free of dyes and synthetic colours. Kiss My Face's goal is to help consumers "nourish naturally" because what you put on your body is also what you put in your body... Today... two products from the brand - the Kiss My Face Pomegranate Acai Moisturizer ($11.95) and the Kiss My Face Lip Shimmer in Ruby ($4.95).
Friday, July 25, 2014
Five dishes paired with five unique beers, for my food baby's pleasure. FINALLY. An event in Waterloo (my university town). I'm not huge on the beer drinking but and anything that goes good with food is good for me. From the Tap-to-Table event with Muskoka Brewery I've learned that "beer is food", beer can have diverse flavour profiles, and beer is certainly not limited to Molson and Labatt.
Muskoka Brewery is one of Canada's most recognized breweries known for their innovation in the craft beer industry. Founded in 1996 by Gary McMullen and Kirk Evans, Muskoka Brewery's beers are unfiltered (to preserve flavour) in addition to "all natural, premium and pure).
The beer and food pairing with Muskoka Brewery was held at Ethel's Lounge (114 King Street North, Waterloo), a convenient 15 minute bus ride from my apartment.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I'm back into the nail sticker game - this time with a set that's fairly inexpensive from Born Pretty Store ($4.99). The Light Blue Lacy Pattered Design Nail Stickers are complex enough that it'd be hard to achieve on your own without some stamping skills or an extremely steady hand.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Last Friday, I took a day trip to Toronto for the unveiling of Katy Perry's new fragrance - a sweet little tea party at the Windsor Arms. Coincidentally, Katy Perry was also in town the next day for a concert. My thoughts on Katy Perry? She's a stunna - talented, unique, quirky. Yes, yes, and yes. First, take in the beauty of sweets, scones, and sandwiches and then scroll down a little further for my thoughts on Katy Perry's new Royal Revolution Eau de Parfum!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"Long hair, don't care" - words to live by but not easily so. I love my long hair to bits but it can often be hard to maintain, unruly, and difficult to work with. As of late, I've welcomed the TRESemme 7 Day Smooth System and the Conair Flat Iron into my life and will likely never look back.
Believe it or not, when it comes to hair I'm pretty low maintenance...I don't own any heated hair tools so it was interesting to test out a flat iron for the first time!
The TRESemme 7 Day Smooth System consists of three products - shampoo, conditioner and heat-activated treatment. Together, the system claims to keep hair sleek, shiny, and smooth for 7 days (or through 3 washes). Basically, you wash your hair as per usual with the shampoo and conditioner. Then, after you hop out of the shower, you apply the treatment liberally to the sections of your hair, blow dry, and then straighten for sleek, salon-perfect hair.