Look at you, kids, with your vintage music….

I have been away for a while, mainly because the transition into motherhood has been a challenge, meaning it’s the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.  I have also been adjusting to my new position as Branch Supervisor at work.

But the reason we have gathered here today is to speak about the Sephora VIB sale.  I carefully curated my order for several days.  I mainly went with products I’ve used before, with a couple of new buys.

  1. Rosebud Salve – I went with the minted version after three tins of regular.  I love everything mint and I am hoping this is no different.
  2. Clinique Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm – I tried a deluxe sample of this and I love it! It really melts away my makeup. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a full size.
  3. Boscia Luminizing Mask – I have been looking for a new clearing mask for awhile now, GlamGlow SuperMud is no longer cutting it for me. I’m excited to try this because it’s a peel off mask.
  4. Shishiedo Sun Screen – I used the wet force version last summer or I should say my Husband did, and I needed some more, I’m looking forward to trying this version.
  5. Sephora Makeup Remover – I really like this product I’ve been using it for a while now, I feel it works well and it’s a great value for the money.
  6. Clarisonic Repalcement heads – I have been using the delicate brushes for a few years now and I feel they work well for my sensitive skin.  The sensitive brushes were too harsh, I’m glad I switched.
  7. L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Balm – I have used a ton of different eye creams and gels and this is the one.  It’s “balmy” and delicate, the scent is light and the moisturizing power is top notch.
  8. Clinique Mascara – I used this mascara before, I liked it, it was a basic tubular formula. I went back mainly for the price and I’m hoping round two is enjoyable.
  9. First Aid Beauty Moisturizer – I’ve never used this branch before but I have been wanting to try this. Since giving birth my skin is no longer the same and I’m hoping going back to a more traditional moisturizer will help.

That rounds out my Sephora order, I went with a light order, I tend to go big with the Autumn sale.  I’m looking forward to getting my order in the next few days.

I’m hoping to get back into posting on a more regular basis, it’s been an interesting few months and everyday has been a journey, an amazing crazy journey.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,

Kiki

Title from:Love by LDR

Putting on my make up…

After my hair tutorial and how much fun I had doing it, I decided to give it another go!  This time round we are focusing on make up.  I decided in regards to make up it is probably best to start with an everyday look.

No make up.

I always start with a clean, moisturized face.  In the morning I wash with Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser, then moisturize with Fresh Seaberry Oil.  Here I am pre make up.  My skin isn’t too bad.  I have been using Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil at night and I think it is making a big difference!  I haven’t been having as many blemishes.  And if I do get one, they aren’t sticking around as long as they used to.  I’ve also noticed that my fine lines and crow’s feet aren’t getting worse.

Beauty Blender

My first step is Primer my go to is Benefit POREfessional.  I have been using it for years and works wonders for me.  I let that set for a moment before moving on to foundation.  I apply my Clinique Perfectly Real foundation with a moistened Beauty Blender.  I “stipple” my foundation on, it gives a flawless, air brushed look, and I don’t need a lot of product to get great results.

If I need to cover a blemish, or dreaded dark circles I turn to Benefit Erase Paste which I apply with a Sephora Brand Concealer Brush (similar) then I blend with my middle or ring finger (which ever is convenient at the time).  For this look my skin ended up being nice, and I didn’t end up needing to cover any blemishes, I was pretty happy about that!

Powder

I then use a setting powder, recently it’s been Besame Violet Brightening Powder with a big fluffy face brush.  The one I use is also from Sephora Classic Uniform Complexion Brush (similar).

Afterwards I move on to blush.  I almost exclusively use Nars Orgasm.  And I have been for years.  It’s the perfect peachy pink with the perfect amount of shimmer.  I use a MAC powder brush (similar).

Eyeshadow

Next up is eyes I start with Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, then I sweep MAC Shroom all over my lids. I use Nars Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush (part of the And God Created the Woman Kit), for the rest of my shadows I go between Nars, MAC, or Lancome.  For this look I am using the Nars And God Created the Eye palette.  I use Coconut Grove to cut my crease and  Night Clubbing as my liner, with a Sephora Angled Liner Brush.  I finish with a mascara right now I am using Lancome Definicils Mascara, which is a basic black.  

Lippie

I finish my look with a lippie, I change up my lips dependent upon my mood.  For this look I am using MAC Viva Glam V which is a lovely pearly pink shade.  This is one of those “my lips but better shade” and I am all about it!

Finished look

And that is my typical routine.  I have it down to about fifteen minutes, which is pretty good in my book.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Off To the Races by LDR

I like your hair much better that way…

Buttercup

I had been on the fence about doing a tutorial for a while now.  Yes, they have been done before heavily.  And I watch/read a ton of them.  If you are anything like me you find them very useful and helpful.  I thought to start on the hair front.  Since I am fighting a losing battle with frizz, volume (where I don’t want it), and all around crazyness (waves, curls, thickness).  For my first look I am going to share how I blow dry my hair.  I had the great fortune of investing in a professional grade blow dryer, and I am so glad that I did.  It was worth every penny.  I use the Drybar Buttercup dryer.  I’m not sold on the yellow, but I am sold on the power, durability, and ease this dryer has afforded me.

Tools of the trade

So I start with shampooing my hair twice, using a small amount of shampoo (my hair is still pretty short, reaching about shoulder length now), you’ve all heard the saying wash, rinse, repeat.  Well, my friends do that!  Then I condition my hair from mid shaft to the ends, again I am not using a lot of product here.  Then I towel dry my hair for about 10 minutes.  I then spray Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hair Dresser’s Oil Primer throughout my hair and I comb it through to distribute the product.  Then I rough dry my hair until it is partially damp.  Then I section my hair with Sephora Brand Sectioning Clips.

Do I look like a drowned rat?

I start with my bangs, that is the first place most suggest you start, and they would be right, your bangs tend to dry very quickly.  And it’s the first thing people see, so why not spend the most time on it?  I use a Sephora Brand Round Brush to aid me in the process.  After I’m satisfied with my bangs, I move to the back of my head and move forward.  That’s where I start to go against the grain, most tutorials recommend you move backwards.

I section my hair in big sections, from there I split my big sections into smaller sections.  So that I have more control when smoothing the sections.  I go over the sections until they are smooth and shiny.  I also leave my bangs up in a medium size Velcro roller.  I feel that it helps with setting my bangs.

Once I am satisfied with all of my sections and my hair is completely dry I then use the cool setting to set my style.  I also flip my head upside down to get some added volume (where I want it).

I finish my look with a few mists of hair spray right now I am using Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray.  My hair ends up very flippy, I don’t really mind, I feel it looks best with a deep side part, and if I style my hair just right no one can see my gray or tinsel hair as my one friend says!


I hope everyone had as much fun as I did with my very first tutorial.  Like I said I know they have been done before, so I hope I brought something new to the game.  I know there are way more pictures than I normally post, but unless I did a video, which was not in the cards today, not that I haven’t considered doing a video, I guess I’m just not ready to take that leap, and I also don’t know the first thing about video editing.  I’m still not the greatest at photo editing, but it might be something that I may explore in the future!  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Red Dress by Motion City Soundtrack

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

For those of you who frequent Breakfast @ Kiki’s then you know I am obsessed with skincare and beauty products.  And I almost exclusively shop at Sephora, yes, there is the occasional drug store find, gift, or exclusive department store splurge.  And I try to keep it to a minimum (who I am kidding, I made Rouge in April!).  But in all seriousness, this is a post I have been wanting to put up for a while now.  Over on the Sephora message boards (Beauty Talk) there is a thread about empties, a lot of patrons (Beauty Talkers, BTers for short) go through what they’ve used on a monthly basis and talk about what they liked and didn’t.  This thread is one of my favourites.  I’m addicted to reading about what everyone has used and their thoughts.  I love reading reviews, especially before trying something new.  And I feel as though I can’t write a helpful review until you’ve trialed a product for at least a couple weeks.  So I thought I’d share some of the products that I’ve used up recently. So here goes!

Empties:

Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Gel – Fresh – Okay, I liked the smell and how cooling it was, but even with the smallest amount of product, it made my eyes tear.  I’ve moved on to L’Occitane.

Translucent Pressed Powder – Shisiedo – Easy to use, convenient size, reusable compact, not long lasting, I think I went through it in about a month.  Will continue to search.  I just started using Besame Violet powder (which smells divine, BTW) and have had good results so far.

Texas Tea Shampoo – Drybar – Smells like booze, does not lather, and I don’t feel like my hair is clean, I’m sticking with my tried and true Pantine.

Texas Tea Conditioner – Drybar – Also smells like booze, not very thick, I also don’t feel like it’s conditioning anything, again sticking with Pantine.

Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover – Lancome – Good basic eye makeup remover, I got this as a deluxe sample, I’m sure I can find a less expensive alternative.  I just started Sephora brand and so far it’s working well.

Visionnaire – Lancome – I got this deluxe a long time ago, and I loved it.  Then I went on the great Visionnare  search of 2015, early this year, only to splurge on full size and hate it.  I’ve since moved on to Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and I’ve fallen hard.

Sensitive Brush Head – Clarisonic – I started with the sensitive head, I think it’s too harsh, switching to the delicate head, we’ll see how that goes.

Seaberry Oil – Fresh – I love this stuff, I can’t get enough.  I use it all year round.  This was my second bottle.  I also use it as a moisturizer and on my elbows an knees when they get dry in the winter months.

Eudermine Revitalizing Essence – Shisiedo – I feel this is a basic toner, with that being said the smell is amazing, it is refreshing and the bottle is drop dead gorgeous!

Face Finishing Moisturizer – Perricone MD – I got this deluxe sample as a point perk, and I’m not impressed.  I don’t like the smell, it feels heavy on the face, the consistency feels a bit balmy, and I feel like it makes my skin red and blotchy.  Not for me.

Bad Gal mascara – Benefit -This mascara made my lashes look amazing, but then it melted and I had raccoon eyes… Very annoying, it’s not gone, but I’m trying something else.

Definicils Mascara – Lancome – I was first introduced to this mascara as a teenager, my Mom had a GWP and she doesn’t wear a lot of make up so she gave it to me.  I feel like it’s a solid basic mascara, it coats my lashes well, it doesn’t clump too bad, and it doesn’t smudge terribly.  It’s also really easy to remove.  It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst.  My one big downside: I feel the product dries in the tube super quickly.  I may be exaggerating slightly, but I just opened a deluxe sample mid November, and by the end of November, it was completely dry by the end of the month.  But if I’m going to spend the money, I’d rather spend it on Diorshow.  

Daily Moisturizing Lotion – Aveeno – I have been using this lotion on and off for the past few years.  It is very thick and it hydrates well.  I prefer it during the winter months when my skin is moist dry.  I feel like I get a good value for the price.  It has a pump, but my bottle fell and it broke off, so I found that to be annoying, even though it was totally my fault.

Dry Nail Drying Spray – Formula X – I bought this spray because I do my nails myself and I hate waiting for them to dry.  I really wanted to like this spray, but I don’t think it works well for me.  I have already switched to the Nail Drying Drops and I like them much better.

Express Wipes – Sephora – I love these make up remover wipes, they take everything off!  When I am really lazy and I don’t feel like washing my face these are a go to.  They are reasonably priced, smell nice, and when I say they take all of my make up off I am not kidding.

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer – Nars – I got a sample of this primer a few years back.  And I loved it.  I decided to revisit it mid this year, and I was not impressed.  I don’t think that it was nearly as good as my sample.  I’m sticking with Benefit POREfessional.

Complexion Rescue – BareMinerals – I tried this after my summer time love affair with Shisiedo’s BB cream.  My intent was to find something cheaper.  Yes, this is cheaper and the shade matched decently to my colouring, but I don’t really like it.  I fell like it melts off, oxidizes a lot, and I feel like I need to wear a ton of it just to get my skin tone even.  For the winter I went back to my tried and true Clinique foundation.

Perfectly Real Makeup – Clinique – This is my go to foundation.  I have been using it for years and I have had very good results.  I try to keep a couple of backups just in case.  I feel that the price is good for the quality, and it takes me at least 1-2 months to get through a bottle.  I haven’t had a reason to switch, I really like this foundation.

Ceramic Slip Cleanser – Sunday Riley – Sample from Sephora, I got this to try on a whim.  I only had enough for one try, I can’t say how I feel either way after using, but it is out of my price range for now.

Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleanser – Sephora – I use this everyday to decontaminate my concealer and foundation brushes.  I like this product a lot and I have been using it for a few years now.

Old and Gross:

Makeup Forever Lipstick #9 – The colour and formula were great, but it started to smell a bit weird so it’s time for it to go.  I may repurchase in the future.

Clinique Lipstick Black Honey – A perfect sheer berry, it’s supposed to be universally flattering.  I really liked it, this was my second tube.  I may repurchase.

Clinique Lipstick Angel Red – This shade is beautiful, more of a blue red, but again it began to smell funny.  I probably won’t repurchase.

Nars Eye and Lip palette from 2008 or 2009 (I don’t remember) – This was the best thing since sliced bread in my just getting into the high end makeup world circa 2007-2008.  It had four lip colours, four eye shadows and two multiples.  This is where I was introduced to Ondine eye shadow, a plum colour in perfect complement to my green eyes, Nightclubbing eye shadow, black with gold glitter, great for a smokey eye or liner.  I also met lip faves like Dolce Vita, a dusty rose, and my beloved Gipsy, a sheer berry red.  Anyway, this palette was so old and gross that the outside of it was sticky… It should have been tossed long ago and therefore it is not pictured.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
-Kiki

Title from: Closing Time by Semisonic

I keep my lips red to seem like cherries in the spring…

Yes, it’s that time again!  Sephora haul time!  Yay!  I know I should be focusing on the holidays at this point, but Sephora was having a 20% off coupon code for VIB Rouge and there were a few things I had been waiting for a coupon code to get like the Drybar Dirty Martini set, and the Fresh holiday sets (I was only able to grab one).  I stocked up on old faves like Philosophy Purity and Microdelivery, Sephora brand make up remover wipes, Nars Ondine eye shadow and Nars Eye shadow base.  I found a brush set on sale for (which has some brushes that I don’t have.  I know, how is that even possible?).  I found a new pencil sharpener (I seem to have lost the one I had),  which did not arrive with the rest of my order!  I’m a little ticked off, but I rarely have issues with Sephora and their customer service is impeccable, so I’m not too worried about it.  I picked up a new mascara, I went with Urban Decay (it’s tubular so maybe it won’t smudge, I’ve been having issues with smudging lately), I rounded out my order with Sephora brand lip liner (I’ve been experiencing some feathering with my lipstick), and the Butter London Apothecary set (I’ve been really into nail care and this brand, lately).  I decided to get the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.

On a whim I picked up this brush set, it was on sale for under $40 and I figured why not, a few of my older brushes should be replaced and there were a few in here that I didn’t have.  The case is nice, the brushes are decent, and for the price you really can’t go wrong.  And for the brushes that I do heave, there is nothing wrong with getting back ups.

 I was in the market for a new mascara, while I am using up some deluxe samples that I had around from previous purchases.  I still haven’t found a mascara that I love more than Diorshow, but it’s very expensive.  So I picked up Urban Decay Cannonball, it’s waterpoof and tubular, so I hope it fits the bill.  I also picked up more Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base, which I love and I am almost out of my deluxe sample size from And God Created the Woman eye kit.

I also picked up Nars Ondine single shadow, which is a big fave in my world.  It’s a great plum colour and it makes my green eyes pop.  I used to wear it all of the time.  I can’t wait to start bringing it back into my make up routine.
I also picked up Sephora brand Universal Lip Liner.  As I mentioned I have been having feathering issues with my lippies.  So I thought I might try a lip liner, and I figured I’d start with a universal before branching out to colour matching.  

 One of the reasons for my purchase during the VIB Rouge sale was to pick up Fresh Holiday sets.  I was only able to get one, but I’m glad I did!  Not only do I get to enjoy old faves like Soy Cleanser, Seaberry Oil and Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, but I get to try the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (which is full size)!  I also stocked up on Philosophy Purity Cleanser and Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, because I can’t get enough of this stuff.

 The other reason for my purchase was the Dirty Martini set from Drybar.  I was blown away (pun intended) with the quality of my Buttercup blow dryer that I got last year.  And I thought to myself, if a professional quality curling iron is half as good as my dryer than it is worth paying a little more.  I tried this bad boy out today and it heated up in about a minute, and I was floored.  I love how easy it is to use.  I am definitely a Drybar convert!

The Dirty Martini set comes with a full size Mai Tai Spritzer sea salt spray and Triple Sec dry shampoo.  Both products I have been wanting to try.  I’m so glad I spent $14 more to get the set (over the price of just the iron).  I haven’t yet used the products, when I do I’ll share my thoughts.  

I have been eyeing this Butter London Apothecary set for a while now.  I love, love, love this brand.  I feel the quality is very good and the price points for sets are very reasonable.  I am already familiar with the Flawless Nail Base and the PD Quick Top Coat.  I am most excited to try the matte top coat and the cuticle oil.  

I got the Bobbi Brown 500 point perk.  Bobbi Brown is a brand that I hear a lot of good things about, but I have never tried.  I thought a point perk was a great opportunity to try the brand.  

The samples I got with this order were pretty cool!  A lot of times I’m not so interested in the perfume samples, and sometimes there over offered.  FAB is a sleeping cream and Giorgio Armani is a foundation, but the real winner is the Dior Addict lipstick.  It’s four lipstick samples, and it came with a little mini lip brush.  The colours seem pretty wearable too.

This is probably going to but my last big beauty buy of the year.  With that being said, I think I have enough to last me though until Sephora’s next coupon code.  I may have some small purchases to make here and there, but I’m pretty much stocked up.  And of course once I start using up the new stuff I’ll share my thoughts.  And on that note, it’s time to end.

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Black Beauty by LDR

I walked a thousand miles to find one river of peace…

Today was a busy day, I’m on my third load of laundry, the third post I’ve worked on today.  I put all of my clean clothes away.  Decided my ensemble for tomorrow and watched the 2015 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix.  My man Vettel crashed out, but that’s okay, there’s always Brazil in two weeks!   J also made some eggplant Parmesan which was amazing!  This week is going to be very interesting, being that it is my last full week at the Credit Union, before I start my new job at a different local financial institution on the 12th.  I also think I finalized my order for the upcoming Sephora VIB Rouge sale, with a 20% off coupon I am looking forward to picking up some old faves and some new splurges!

The rest of the weekend entailed of having lunch with J, MIL, and my Sister at the Hoffman House.  I had the pasta special with mussels, shrimp, and clams over ligiuni with an herb lemon butter sauce, my Sister had the pulled chicken BBQ sandwich, it looked really good, I think we might need to try it next time, J had the chicken Marsala sandwich, another fave, and MIL had the lamb sandwich.  After lunch my Sister and I did a little shopping at the local mall.  She wanted to go to Old Navy to use up the remainder of her gift cards and FYE to see if she could get a new CD to listen to in her car.  I found two POP! Toys that I had been looking for Pin Head for J and Pumpkin King Jack for me!  Luckily FYE was having a sale buy one get one half off, so they weren’t too bad.  And on that note it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Autobiography by Ashlee Simpson    

I know what only the girls know…

So, it’s been awhile since I last washed my makeup brushes, and let me tell you, my face is not happy about it!  I know, I know, they should be washed at least once a week…  Just take my girl membership away… Stat!  But anyway, it’s something I planned to accomplish this weekend.  Let me just say cleaning anything is probably my least favourite activity, so I really need to be motivated to get just about anything done.  I have a small but significant collection, and with the lip brush addition from my latest Sephora from earlier this month (not pictured, I haven’t used it yet).  I have some Sephora brand, MAC, and Bare Essentials brushes.  I also love my Beauty Blender.  I tend to invest in the best I can afford, I also try to get brush sets, I like the variety and you can usually find decent sets on sale.  I realized it was high time I get these bad boys washed so they are nice and clean.  And my face will be happy again.

What I use (pictured right):

I use the daily cleanser after each use on my foundation and concealer brushes, and the shampoo on all of them to really clean the built up make up and bacteria off.  I use the Beauty Blender Liquid cleanser for my BB, it’s so easy to use.  I just have to soak my BB then push down on the top part of the bottle to get the liquid soap out.  After I cleansed each brush and my BB, I give them all a good rinse, I like to make sure all of the soap has been washed through.  Then I reshape each brush and lay them flat to dry.  I also squeeze as much moisture as I can from my BB.  Then once dry I commence the brush using!  

I know I should wash my brushes more often, but sometimes life gets in the way.  Fluffy clean brushes always make my face happy.  Oh, and not to mention that they really aid in the make up application process.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Music To Watch Boys To by LDR