What do you get when you take Godzilla to the mall?

It’s hard to believe it, but July like totally flew by! As we look to August I thought I might share some of my favourite things!!

  1. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale – The biggest and best Nordies sale of the year, where else can you get in season new items up to 40% off? Two words: No where! Because of my low/no buy initiative that I try to follow, I bought things that I needed and a couple to clearance splurges. You can see what I picked up (here)
  2. Lust For Life – LDR’s latest record dropped, it’s worth a listen or two! You can check my take on the record (here).
  3. Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss– I have been using this gloss instead of a lipstick since I used up my whole tube of MAC VIVA Glam VI, I wanted something lighter for Summer, and I had a mini tube from a point perk. I like the light coverage, and the formula isn’t sticky.
  4. Game of Thrones – It’s here, Winter is here, and some major shit is about to go down! If you haven’t watched this show yet you should probably binge watch it and prepare to be blown away it has everything you need in a show: dragons, death, sociopaths, war, magic, and ice zombies among other things. The show is now in it’s seventh season and I can see some big things happening soon!
  5. Harney & Sons tea – My Head Teller (God bless her) loves this brand of tea, and tries almost all of them, the Japanese Sencha and Chinese Flower were two that weren’t her cup of tea #punsointended, so she gave me the tins. They are a bit expensive, but through amazon you can get big bags of loose tea! And sometimes its better to have the loose tea.

This post was very, very late because my laptop died… With my whole life on it. J is trying to salvage what he can, but as it stands my blog back up, novel, a few screenplays, countless songs and pictures are gone. Not to mention all of the years I have been collecting images and funny gifs… So stay tuned for updates, they might be even more irregular for a little bit until I sort out my life. And, on that not it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Godzilla by Kesha

All around me are familiar faces, Worn out places, worn out faces…

I loved writing my first empties post so much that I decided to do another one.  I use a lot of products and I buy a lot too.  Last year I decided to use up a significant portion of my beauty stash.  I’m also hoping to only rebuy products that worked well for me.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money in the hopes that something might work, I’m way past that.  So over the past few months (so many months, this was supposed to be a quarterly feature) here are some of the products I’ve used up.  Some I love and others not so much.  Here are my thoughts, I hope you enjoy round two of empties.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple – My favourite gentle face wash.  It has a natural scent that is not over powering, over drying, or in anyway harsh.  I love this stuff and I like to keep a back up.

Philosophy Microdelivery – My favourite exfoliating face scrub.  It’s gentle exfoliation, lightly scented, and really works.  I also like to keep a back up of this around just in case.

Philosophy Miracle Worker  – I got a deluxe sample of this moisturizer and I generally liked it, I prefer HIAJ, over this.  I’m glad I tried it, and I love the brand, but this moisturizer was not for me.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Eye – I got this a a point perk and I figured I would try it out.  I was using this with okay results, it’s your basic run of the mill eye cream, then I lost the top to the container, and it started to dry up, and it became balmy, I still used it all up.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase even though I am a big Philosophy fan to begin with.

Fresh Seaberry Restorative lotion – This lotion is of medium thickness, absorbs quickly and smells a little lemony.  I used this lotion for a while and even at the beginning of my pregnancy.  It is a bit expensive, but it is very worth it and lasted me a fairly long time.  I wish the price was better, because I really like this stuff.

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion – I got this lotion after I ran out of my Fresh body lotion.  I liked this because it was less expensive and there was no scent.  It is thick and absorbs well.  I decided not to repurchase once it was empty, and I got Cocoa Butter instead.

Mac Zoom Lash mascara – I got this as a sample expecting nothing.  I like how this mascara coats my lashes, separates, and defines them well.  But it melts and smears all over my eye area and that I am just not into.  I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on this mascara, because I am so moving on.

Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base – This stuff is of miracles!  I love it so much, when I use it my eye shadow does not budge.  I’ve already repurchased and when I wear eye make up I don’t want to be with out it.

Benefit Benetint – I love this stuff, I have been using it for years.  It is a great multipurpose product, easily blendable as a blush, and buildable as a lippie.  It also smells divine.  I prefer the smaller deluxe sample size because the applicator brush is smaller and I feel I have more control when applying.

Fresh Seaberry Oil – This was my fifth bottle.  I can’t go on with out this HG oil.  I use it day and night, for my face moisturizer, on my elbows and knees too.  It is mid weight, absorbs quickly, and smells really nice.  I have been using it for almost two years now and I am so glad that I took the leap into face oils, because I am never going back.

Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal mask – I bought this in the hopes that it would replace my GlamGlow superMUD, but it in fact was not up to my standards.  It did not clear my pores as well, or keep my skin as tight.  I’m back to superMUD, even though its really expensive. (Not pictured because by “using it”, I really mean, I gave it to my Sister)

L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – I was on the hunt for a new eye cream after my Fresh eye gels that I tried throughout last year.  I am so glad that I tried this one.  I really love it, it smells nice, has a great consistency, absorbs quickly, and lasts a long time.  I feel it’s reasonably priced, my crow’s feet are slowing, my dark circles are becoming a rarity, and my eye puffiness is less frequent.  I have a few deluxe samples to work my way through but I am really sold on this one.

Benefit Rollerlash – I got this as a deluxe sample, in the hopes of finding a less expensive alternative to Diorshow.  I’ve read a lot of reviews online about this mascara, and decided why not.  The consistency I feel is similar to Benefit They’re Real, but with that being said, this mascara doesn’t melt, flake, or give me raccoon eyes buy lunchtime, more like 3:30.  I feel the application is even, it coats my lashes well, and it’s reasonably priced.  I have a few more mascaras to work through, but right now, I generally like it.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase.

EOS lip balm – I finally finished (a lot of the way), the fruity one.  I wasn’t really into it.  It smelled nice, but I really love the sweet mint (which I am currently loving/using). The egg shaped container is really obnoxious, and not very portable.  Which is why I prefer the stick version.  The stick version broke about a week after I bought it.  I was super upset.  So I probably won’t buy either again after I use up all of my back up lip balm stash.

Clinique Perfectly Real Make Up – I have been using this foundation for years now, I have not found a reason to switch.  It is a lightweight, medium yet buildable coverage that last all day.  I prefer to use either my Beauty Blender or a foundation brush for my application.

Chanel No. 5 – I have been wearing the Eau De Parfum for years now.  I can not get enough of it.  It really is the best smelling perfume I have ever worn.  Yes, the price can be steep, but I don’t wear a lot of it, and the scent lasts all day.  I haven’t found another perfume that smells as great or better one me.  I have no reason to ever wear anything else.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo – I have been using this dry shampoo for a few years now, and I love it.  It’s very reasonably priced and it works really well.  I recommend this dry shampoo to everyone.

Sephora Collection Express Cleansing Wipes – These are probably the best make up removing wipes I have ever used.  They are durable, gentile, have a light clean scent, and can take off a face full of make up with ease.  They also don’t leave any residue.  I am sold, I always try to keep a back up so I don’t run out.

EOS Shave Cream – I don’t normally use shave cream, but my Mother gave this to me for Christmas, so I decided that I should try it.  I really like it, it smells nice, “lathers” well, and I find it gave me good results.  It’s not that expensive so I may repurchase in the future.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil – I got this as part of my Sephora birthday gift last year.  I started to use Rikugien first, it is a rose shade.  And I really love it.  I don’t know if I would rebuy for two reasons: I have to sharpen this pencil, which I know is part of life, but it’s not great when I’m trying to get portability out of it.  And It doesn’t last as long after it’s applied like the lipsticks from the brand do, which I can eat, drink, and go for most of my day with out having to reapply.  With this lip pencil this is not the case.

Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial – I got this mask as a deluxe sample, and thought since I’m trying to use up my beauty stash, why not use up my samples too!  I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, because I’ve never tried the brand before.  Let me just start with the scent, because it is strong.  It smells like roses which I really enjoy, but if you don’t enjoy that aroma, steer clear, because after about twenty minutes it was still strong.  The texture was like butter, so soft and creamy, and my skin just drunk it right up.  After leaving the mask on all night I awoke to radiant, supple, brighter and well hydrated skin, and that was just after one application.  I was pleasantly surprised and I think this may be an option I may pick up in the future.

Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant Original Clean – I have been using this deodorant for many years now,  and I really like it a lot.  It has a very light clean scent, it goes on smooth, and for a normal, work day, it holds up.  During the dog days of summer, or maybe some strenuous activities you may need to reapply.  Some times I mix it up with a fruity scent, but I always go back to the clean scent.  I also enjoy that I can snag a two pack, or multi-packs from places like Wal-Mart, Target, or Sam’s Club.

Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Spray – I got this as part of the set when I got my Buttercup  blow dryer in 2014, it took me a long time to use this, mainly because this winter I chilled way out and I haven’t been styling my hair as often.  But now that it’s getting longer again I am doing more blow outs.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase this spray as it’s just okay, I feel there are better options that are less expensive, and also don’t smell like booze, much like the other Texas Tea products do.

Sephora Collection Instant Eye Makeup Remover – I got this last Autumn, after using up the Lancome eye makeup remover I got from a GWP.  I like it, I feel it’s a basic eye makeup remover.  I think I will try the waterproof version, just because sometimes some of my more stubborn makeup won’t come of when I use this stuff.

I hope everyone enjoyed this round of empties.  I decided to share them on a quarterly basis instead of monthly so that I actually had some time to accumulate some.  I’m looking forward to using up a lot of my make up stash this year.  I mentioned before that I would be repurchasing what has worked for me in the past, and products that I really liked from last year, and items I have yet to try this year that I have already purchased.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Mad World by Gary Jules

Like my lipstick, the color of dawn…

As I did last year I’m going to share some of my favourite beauty products from 2016. This is a little late going up, being that it’s now the end of January, but better late than never! This year I didn’t splurge too much, I stuck to a lot of what I know, so with that being said, I took the time to use up samples and look for less expensive alternatives to established faves.

1. Fresh Sugar Face Polish – I got this as part of the spa discovery trio, and I only recently opened this scrub. I found a refreshing scent, a gentle exfoliate, and a skin master. My skin looks great after using this scrub, not that I was surprised!

2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream – When I read that Burt’s Bees was releasing a BB I knew I had to try it! And I found myself loving it. All the essentials are there, the coverage is buildable, the formula light, the colour match great! And the best part is the price, I have spent a lot of money in the search of a great BB, and it can be found at your local Target!

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Cream – This is my first Bobbi Brown product experience and it’s not going to be the last, as I am with most eye creams, I don’t expect much going in, but this is right up there with L’Occatain Immortel Eye Balm.

4. Josie Maran Argan Oil – If there is one thing I love, it’s a face oil, I got this as a point perk from Sephora and in between switching up my skin care I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised, it’s a lightweight, well aborsbing oil, there’s no scent which is also nice, and it’s a little less expensive in comparison to my Fresh Seaberry oil, and there is also a jumbo size.

5. John Freida Sea Waves – very similar to the original from the late 90s early 00s. It enhances my natural waves and give great texture, all for a whole hell of a lot less than Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray. And a lot more nostalgic for me too.

6. NARS Cruella – I’ve always been a red lippie sort of gal, but I, like many struggled to find the right shade and the confidence to pull it off. I have always been team NARS and this is no different. It’s rich deep red with a huge colour pay off, I rarely find myself reapplying. And I love this shade for Autumn/Winter, when deeper matte reds are in order.

7. Earthmama Angelbaby Nipple butter – about 6 months into my pregnancy there was a lot going on with my body, one strange thing that happened was my nipples were so dry that they were flaking.  Regular body lotion and cocoa butter did not work, this was the only product that did the trick. Also great for use on your elbows to smooth them.

8. Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil Shampoo and Conditioner – I got both as a point perk and finally decided to try them, that was a mistake, because I love them and they are expensive! They both smell great, the shampoo makes my hair feel really clean, while the conditioner leaves my hair really soft and manageable. I prefer to use them before a blowout.

9. Water – Legit just drinking a shit ton of water. During this year alcohol and coffee were kept to ridiculously low minimums, and rightfully so, and water stepped up in a big way! Once I calculated how many ounces of water I drank and is was triple digits. It was summer and really hot.

10. Fresh lip balm – I got this as part of a holiday set I got at last year’s VIB Rouge sale and I freaking love it! I didn’t want to because of its steep for what it is price tag and because I have a million EOS lip balm eggs, but I will repurchase in the future. I love the lemony scent, you don’t find that with many Fresh products.

I’m looking forward to work through a lot of my beauty stash again this year and focus on skin care.  I’m looking forward to a healthier 2017, and little by little I will share my skin care and wellness progress.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Bentley by LDR

If you steal my sunshine…

Now that Spring is here again, I thought it might be nice to share my got to look for the season.  I tend to keep my make up look fresh, easy, and simple.  So for this look refer back to my every day tutorial (here), then follow along!

Always start with clean, moisturized skin, apply primer (I use Benefit) and desired coverage base (I use Clinique), or concealer (I use Benefit) if you have only a few trouble spots.  Set with pressed or loose powder (I use Besame).  Apply blush along cheek bone and sweep up to temples, also apply on apples of cheeks.  I use Nars Orgasm blush.

For my eyes I am using my go to base Mac Shroom all over my lid and under my brow bone.  Then I use Mac Swimming for the outer corners of my eye, I then line my eyes with Mac Humid.  I love these Mac shadows.  The pigment is great, the colours last all day, they blend well, and are reasonably priced.  I finish my eyes off with Mascara, I am currently using Benefit Roller Lash.

base MAC Shroom
base MAC Shroom
mmup2
Blending Swimming and Humid
mmup3
Benefit Rollerlash

I am finishing my look off with my lips, for this look I chose Mac Viva Glam V.  Such a great lippie, I have been using this shade for a long time.  I first bought it for my wedding make up.  I am still loving this shade and formula.

This look is really all about the eye shadow.  And green is my favourite colours, it really makes my green eyes pop!  I hope everyone has been enjoying my tutorial, because I sure have!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Steal My Sunshine by Len (remember them? Late 90s radio hits at it’s finest!)

And all the ways I got to know, your pretty face and electric soul…

Today I am sharing one of my favourite dresses.  I got this dress a few years ago from Diane von Furstenberg, and can she do a wrap dress or what?  This dress is very spring-y, and I must say I am so ready for it!

 

 

 

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (similar), Shoes: Ivanka Trump, Necklace: Tiffany and Co., Bracelets: Vintage, Lipstick: Nars Annabella
There is nothing more classic than a wrap dress, other than well the black and white pattern…  This dress is such a comfortable, easy to wear piece.  It can go from day to night flawlessly.  And on that note, it’s time to end!
All for now,
–Kiki–
Title from: Young and Beautiful by LDR

Dreaming of the water where I’d rise like a phoenix…

February was a short month and I manged to enjoy a whole heck of a lot of things.  It started off quite busy for me.  And it felt like it flew by.  We also were spoiled with the weather and had a few unseasonably warm days too!

1. Nars Audacious Annabella – This is quickly becoming my new favorite lippie.  And it’s no surprise that it comes from Nars.  I featured it for my Valentine’s Day make up and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I will definitely me adding more colours to my collection in the future.

2. Winter Uniform – I have been living in sweater and trousers for work pretty much since Autumn.  I can not stress how comfortable I’ve been and it’s easy, albeit boring, and will probably be my uniform until Spring.  Just based on how cold it is in my office!

3. The X-Files – This cult classic came back to T.V. in January, and of course like the sci-fi nerd I am I just had to check it out!  Moulder and Scully are back at it solving mysteries, most often having to do with aliens.  J thought it would be a good idea to start watching the series from the beginning while simultaneously watching new episodes.  Major spoilers came my way because of it.  Even though I know where the characters end up I am really enjoying the original series and the new episodes!

4. Popcorn – I love popcorn as a snack (sometimes dinner).  It’s salty and buttery and goes great with a nice grenacha (I like Bitch 2010).  Ever since I got my braces off in December I have been eating popcorn like it’s going out of style.

I am so looking forward to March, but really just Spring.  I love the warm weather and breaking out my S/S clothes is always exciting for me.  March has a lot in store for me, and I am really excited about it all!  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: I Can Fly by LDR

And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70…

Valentine’s day is not the biggest deal for J and I, we usually spend a quiet evening at home together.  J usually cooks dinner, I always want seafood of some sort.  We try to watch a movie or catch up on our T.V. shows.  So I have been having so much fun with my tutorials, I thought I might share my date night make up.  J and I don’t get to have many date nights with our budget, so when we do it is super special, even if we splurge on a nice dinner at home.

I always start with a clean, dry, and moisturized face. And you can find my everyday make up tutorial here, we are just adding to that.  For this look I am going heavier on the eye make up and bolder on the lip.  For the beginning steps you can check out my everyday make up tutorial.

Applying eye shadow

When I do a night look I tend to wear a bit more eye make up.  I live for Mac Shroom, I use it all over my lid, the inner corner of my eyes, and at my brow bone.  I then use Retro liner (Bare Minerals I can’t find it anymore) with an angled liner brush and I heavily apply it.  I then finish my eyes with mascara, I’m currently using Benefit Roller Lash.  I am enjoying it so far.  But I still don’t love it as much as Diorshow.  

Tools of the trade
I almost always do my lips last.  For this look I am busting out the big guns with Annabella, I have been a NARS fan for years and it doesn’t get much better than Audacious.  This is my first Audacious lippie.  This range from Nars is very popular with lippie aficionados, and I am a convert for sure.  I think it’s the perfect finishing touch to a great date night look.

 

Complete look

For my make up look I decided to pair it with my favourite J. Crew sweater and my Ann Taylor LOFT leather skirt.  No look is complete without shoes.  And I went with my Ivanka Trump pumps.  This gold clutch is amazing.  I got it from a flea market a few years ago.  I hardly use it because of how small it is.  Regardless it’s darling.

Accessories

Like I mentioned Valentine’s Day is one of those days that does not have that much bearing in my day to day.  I do how ever enjoy any excuse to dress up and have a great time with J.  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  And one that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran