Sep 9, 2014

Life Update!

Hey guys!!! Very long time no see. Unfortunately a combination of broken laptops, internet issues and busy days has made it impossible for me to post here in months. I will hopefully be back to my regularly scheduled programming soon though! I have really missed blogging and can't wait to get back to it. I did want to let you all know that I am living in BC for the rest of the summer! I got a fantastic job at a B&B in the Okanagan region. Hello wine country! This was just a short little post to let you all know I'm back! The next moment I have free I will be doing a post on my summer in BC, and look forward to a new makeup look soon too!!!

Apr 30, 2014

Review: Zoku Slush & Shake Maker

Today I have something a little different from my usual makeup reviews. I will be reviewing a fun little kitchen gadget instead. With the summer heat just around the corner, most of us will be looking for ways to stay cool. This is where the Zoku comes in. You can make slushies or milkshakes easily, with only a few simple ingredients! I believe this is available exclusively at Williams Sonoma and costs $19.95.

This was a gift from my parents because they took a trip to the US recently and had a chance to go into a Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma does exist in Canada, just not in Ottawa, so going to one is always a treat. This is honestly not something I would have bought myself, since I already own an ice cream maker, but I am glad to have it now.

The Zoku comes with three parts. The inner core is the part that you freeze, the outer sleeve is like a cup that the inner core fits into and it also has a stir stick. To use the Zoku, you first must freeze the inner core for at least 8 hours. Once you have done that, put the inner core into the outer sleeve and pour whatever drink you want into it. Next, stir and scrape the sides every minute until you reach the consistency that you want.

I decided to do a full demo of the Zoku Slush & Shake maker, so you can all see how it works for yourself! I made myself a coffee concoction for the demo, in the hopes of having something like an iced capp when I was done. I started by freezing the inner core overnight, to make sure I would hit the 8 hour mark. The next day I made some strong coffee and let it cool before mixing it with some almond milk and simple syrup. I did leave that mixture in the fridge to get as cold as possible before starting.

I poured the coffee mix into the Zoku when it was good and cold. This is it at the very beginning:

As you can see, it is still completely liquid. I sat with the cup, stirring every minute or so and this is what I had at the 10 minute mark:

It looks like a slushie!!!!

This product definitely does what it says! I had an awesome frozen coffee in ten minutes! I did notice a few pros and cons while using it though, so I compiled them below.

- It does work and can make a fun slushie or milkshake on a hot summer day.
- The design is really nice and comes in many fun colours!
- I love the stir stick/spoon design, it's fun to eat with.
- All the parts are easy to clean and wipe out.
- Overall it was a very fun experience!

- It only makes one serving before you have to freeze it again (but if you pour your slushie into another cup immediately, rinse it in cold water, dry it really quickly and throw it back in the freezer, it only needs to freeze for about 2-4 hours)
- The Zoku is hand wash only in lukewarm water, which doesn't bother me, since I have no dishwasher anyways, but some of you might want to take that into consideration.
- It isn't as fast as making an iced coffee or smoothie would be (but it is fun to make).
- It takes up precious space in the freezer.

So overall I am very pleased with my Zoku Slush & Shake Maker! Like I said before, I probably wouldn't have paid $20 for it myself, since I already own an ice cream maker, but I still like it. I have really enjoyed the first few drinks I tried in it and can see myself getting a lot of use out of it this summer!

What do you think of the Zoku? Would you try something like this?

Apr 26, 2014

Happy (Late) Easter!

I hope everyone had as good a long weekend as I did! I sadly didn't see my parents this Easter, but I still had a very full and fun weekend! My family isn't very religious, so we decided to postpone our family dinner to later in the week because I had plans with other people. I unfortunately don't have many pictures to show you though, since I was busy and forgot my camera most of the time. I know this post is a bit late, but I have had a busy week!

I spent Friday grocery shopping and Saturday preparing various foods for an Easter party at my friends place that happened on Sunday. I absolutely looooove when I get an opportunity to bake food for other people so I went a little overboard and made 4 different things. I made curry stuffed buns, soft pretzels, chocolate crinkle cookies and a pan of monkey bread! I have photographs of none of it, but if anyone wants to see a post about any of those recipes, just ask in the comments!

I did manage to snap a quick photo of my friday shopping makeup and Easter Sunday makeup, so here they are!!! Light makeup for errands:

This was just foundation, a bright coral blush, mascara and a Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Mischievous. The next day for the Easter party I wore this:

This look was once again done using my Sigma Creme de Couture palette. It has the most perfect pastel Easter shades so I just grabbed it without even looking at anything else that day.

The easter party was so much fun! I got to see a lot of my friends and we had a great time and ate a ton of great food. One of my friends made awesome bacon wrapped chicken bites and another friend made a delicious stew. We played Cards Against Humanity (wich I won wooo!) and watched movies. It was a really special day, and hopefully the starting of a new tradition for us!

The next day my boyfriend and I went to his parents house for their egg hunt and Easter dinner. The egg hunt at Nick's parents is always tons of fun because his dad takes hiding the eggs very seriously. To him, he wins if we don't find all the eggs, which makes the game hilariously difficult. We also had a really good dinner there of ham, roast beef, asparagus, potatoes and lots of other extras! Unfortunately I got no pictures of this day either! It was a pretty camera-less weekend for me...

I finally saw my parents a few days later and had my first barbecued meal of the season, Chicken and grilled vegetables. Yummy! I have truly eaten like a king this week. The rest of my week has been spent spring cleaning. My boyfriend bought us disinfecting wipes with our usual cleaning supplies this time and I love them so much! They have made cleaning so much easier in a lot of cases!

Anyways, that's it for my little life update. What did you guys do for the Easter weekend?

Apr 16, 2014

More Empties!

I didn't think I would have another empties post for you guys so soon after my last one, but I do! It seems I have been successful in using up more old products while on my spending ban. Most of these are skincare products, not makeup, but it's still an accomplishment!

In the back row there is the Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream for dry skin, the L'Oreal Volume Collagen Body Boost Root Lifting Spray and a bottle of Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner. In the middle row is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara and the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick. In the front is a Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning lip balm.

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream: This was a nice light gel cream for the face. I have a review for it here. I have to admit, I didn't completely use all of this cream up. One night while applying my face cream before bed, I accidentally knocked the open jar onto the floor and a ton of it flew everywhere! I probably lost half a jar of product. :( This was a nice cream regardless of that issue though. I might repurchase this product again. It was a really nice refreshing gel, but I love to try new face creams, so we shall see.

L'Oreal Volume Collagen Body Boost Root Lifting Spray: As you can see in the picture, I barely touched this product. I bought this shortly before starting my no 'poo challenge. I also found it didn't do all that much to my hair. I am giving this to a friend of mine to see if she likes it any better. I personally wouldn't repurchase this product.

Thayer's Witch Hazel Toner: This is my favourite toner! You can see liquid in the bottle and that is because I repurposed it to hold my apple cider vinegar and water mixture for my hair. I like the spout part, it makes it easy to get the stuff in my hair. I did use up all of the original product that came in here though. To hear me rave about witch hazel click here! I will definitely be repurchasing this toner as soon as I use up all my samples and other bottles of toner.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara: This was a very run of the mill black mascara. I probably won't be repurchasing it because I love trying new mascaras, but if that weren't the case, I might.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick: This is a fantastic foundation. For a full review click here! One thing not mentioned in this review though, is how quickly the product ran out. After about 3 weeks of daily use it was almost completely gone! This does make my foundation routine much faster and leaves a nice finish on my face, but I don't want to have to buy a new foundation every three weeks! For that reason, I probably won't ever repurchase this.

Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm With Kokum Butter: This was a really boring lip balm. There is no flavour or scent to it, which I don't mind, but it also feels like it doesn't do much for your lips. It wears off really fast and doesn't leave my lips feeling any softer. Although I love the rest of the Burt's Bees line, I will not be repurchasing this lip balm again.

That's it for my empties post. If I keep using products up at this rate, I might be able to make this a monthly thing! We will just have to see though. Are there any products that you finished lately? Tell me what they were in the comments!

Apr 15, 2014

Quick Look: April Showers

Today's look reminds me of spring rains. The eyes are mostly blue and green with a bit of yellow bursting through, like the sun through the clouds. This is what the weather here has been like for the last few days. Even though it is warmer and sometimes sunnier than it has been in a long time, the rain keeps randomly bursting out. We even had some pretty crazy thunderstorms yesterday. I hope my eye makeup reflects this a little bit.

Please excuse my gross hair. One side of it seriously needs to calm down!

My entire eye look was done with the Sigma Creme de Couture palette. I feel kind of bad for using it so often because it was a limited edition item, but I have been waiting all winter to bust these colours out in full force! They are just the most perfect shades for spring! I basically used all of the blue shades and the mintier green shades, as well as the yellow. I also darkened my crease a tiny bit with the brown.

I tried something a little bit different with my blush. I applied it along the top of my cheekbones and all the way up to my temples. It gave me an extra flushed look, but I can't decide if it looks cute or like a sunburn. :P To do this I used a mixture of the peach and golden pink shades from my BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette.

Finally for the lips I used Impulse Cosmetics' lipstick in Psychedelic. This sort of broke the April Showers look up a bit, but I really like how the colours worked together anyways!

This look was especially fun to create because I love the colours, but also because the Sigma Creme de Couture palette is so much fun to work with. The pastel shades in it just make me happy to look at. I hope you enjoyed my pastel version of a spring shower themed eye! I hope your April has been less rainy than mine so far!

Apr 14, 2014

Quick Look: It's Spring!!!

I know I said I wouldn't do another pink eye look so soon, but I was clearly mistaken. Spring is finally here and I was inspired to do this bright look!

For this look I used my BH Cosmetics 88 matte palette again. I used a bunch of colours in the pink rows to do it and finished with a winged eyeliner. On my lips is a lipstick by Impulse Cosmetics in Circus. It is a great pastel teal colour that I think is perfect for spring. And finally on my cheeks is the brightest pink/purple blush from the BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette. I kept most of the colour concentrated on the apples of my cheeks.

That's it for the look. I hope it got you all in the mood for spring! What colours are your favourite for spring?

Apr 10, 2014

Drag Queen Inspired!

I have a confession to make. I wish I was a drag queen! No really, I want to be a man who dresses up like a lady. I saw my first drag show at around the age of 16 and I have been in love with queens ever since! The giant hair, the bright makeup, the glittery clothes, for some reason it all looks better on a man! :P

Anyways, I have been on a RuPaul's Drag Race binge lately and was inspired to come up with this look:

I took another foray into the world of fake lashes for this look. It wouldn't be a proper drag queen look without false eyelashes! I took me about 3 tries and one eye stabbing to get them on properly though... I also find them very uncomfortable to wear, but they are just cheap-o lashes from amazon. I went with the most natural looking lashes I had since I tried heavier ones first and gave up on those, lol. You can sort of see in the third picture how messed up my eyeliner looks and this is because of all the eyelash issues I had.

For my eyes I mainly used my BH Cosmetics 88 matte palette, except for the inner 1/3 of my eye and inner corner which is Pistachio eyeshadow by Madison Street Beauty. I used various shades of brown from the palette to do the cut crease and the bottom lashline. I then filled in the centre of my lid with a bright green from the 88 palette.

The most fun I had in this look was with the contouring. I don't know how well it shows up in the photos, but I really contoured the crap out of my face. I first used my ELF Blush & Bronzer Cream in St. Lucia under my cheeks, under my chin, along my jawbone and hairline, as well as in my temples. I set that cream with the ELF Blush and Bronzer powder in the same colour. I then used a medium brown from the 88 matte palette to contour my cheeks further, as well as the sides of my nose and around the end of my nose. I then used a very small bit of the blush side of the St. Lucia duo on the sides of my cheekbones, just for a slight hint of colour in my cheeks.

I filled my eyebrows in with a very dark, almost black brown shade. I made them as arched as I could and blended the inner part downwards into the cut crease line. I then pulled the corner of the blended part further in toward my nose.

And finally, just to keep this look as crazy as possible, I needed to add a bright teal lipstick. I used my trusty Impulse Cosmetics lipstick in Lobotomy. In true drag queen fashion I did go farther outside of my lipline to make my lips look larger. I didn't go very far outside of it though, so my lips still look pretty tiny, but did make my cupid's bow as pointy as possible.

That's it for the look! Do you watch RuPaul's Drag Race? Let me know in the comments below!