I haven’t done a first of the month post since MARCH… but with one month left of summer, and so much to reflect on, it felt like a good time to pick the habit back up.
July was… a weird month for me. It started off strong — I was working lots, seeing lots of friends, meeting new people, drinking more than my fair share of organic apple ciders on various downtown patios. It was exhausting, but also kind of magic — my bustling big city life was all coming together.
Then I lost my job.
Well, okay, one of my jobs… but still, it threw a bit of a wrench into my plans.
I needed a bit of time to soothe my ego – truth be told, it’s still a little bruised. But last night I had the realization that holy shit there’s only a month left of summer. And honestly, it freaked me out a little.
I guess this month is a good reminder that the end of things is not the time to give up. Summer is ending, and 2017 is more than half over, and it kind of feels like it’s going out with a bit of a… fizzle? Like I could just sit here and wait for the next thing, wait for school to start or the New Year New Me buzz to kick in. Wait for that excitement to bring me back to life. But why?
This morning was good for me — I drank my coffee, I read my horoscope, and I refocussed. It’s never a good time to give up. It’s never a good time to wait. Why wait for the next thing?
This month, it’s all about focus. Enjoying the now. And keeping in mind that, hey, summer ain’t over yet.
How are you making the most of your last month of summer? Soak up that sunshine.
Let’s get real; no one washes their hair anymore. Is anyone still pretending they wash daily? I’m not.
Can’t lie, though – sometimes the situation gets a little dire. A day or two is good, but after that it’s just a mess up there. Thankfully I’ve gotten pretty damn good at hiding it — adorable pin-up girl style.
front + back view all in one… inception
It’s simple, quick, effective, and cute. Here’s the breakdown.
you need: bobby pins, dry shampoo, a teasing comb, a hair elastic, and a cute bandana (or scarf).
1. dry shampoo your hair, brush it through, and tease your roots. 2. pull your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head — give it a little tug so the elastic isn’t too tight; you’re not going for the slicked back look. 3. tease the ponytail, then roll the hair backward and pin it down. As someone with relatively short hair I find this is the best way to make a nice full looking bun. 4. fold your bandana and tie it, then tuck the ends in. I like to leave it fairly wide at the back. 5. add a few pins to keep it in place.
BAM, your greasy roots are hidden from the world and you look adorable. Add a pop of red lipstick to really give yourself some vintage flair – the one I have on is The Red from Sephora.
Oh, and btw, please please please do not waste 20 dollars buying a bandana from Aldo -you can get one like this at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar. They have all sorts of colours. Just don’t tell anyone I buy my hair accessories from Dollarama, k? That can be our little secret.
I’m currently on a bus (YES, this bus has WIFI!!!!) to Stratford (Biebs’ hometown, for the record) for a visit with a friend and of course to see a show at the Stratford festival. I’ve never been before, but I’m beyond excited. Summer adventures, here I come! I definitely won’t be washing my hair while I’m there so the world is about to see a lot of bandana moments.
I’ve been kind of obsessing over lilac highlighter lately. It’s just so… magical-looking. It’s high fashion and it’s edgy and it’s different but somehow it’s still not weird, you know? I love toeing that line.
So yeah, I decided it’s time to bite the bullet and try one out.
I have my fair share of powder highlighters, so I went for something new – the Milk holographic stick in supernova. And – yeah, it’s super.
but before I go on… can we talk about the fact that there is actual stardust in this stuff? Like, really. Don’t believe me? Check the website.
Anyway, magical stardust aside, this stuff is fabulous.
It’s chocked full of mango butter, coconut and avocado oil, and something the website calls “twilight pearls”. Whatever those are, they lend your skin a gorgeous dewy glow in a luminous lilac colour that is TO. DIE. FOR.
A little dab is natural and dewy and delicious. A few layers? BAM glowy unicorn goddess.
My only complaint is that if you swipe this on over your foundation it can move your base around a bit; best way to counter it? Swipe it over your finger and dab it on your cheeks. I also like to give my foundation a bit of time to dry on my skin before I go in with this product – it just seems to work better.
What do you think about the holographic highlighter trend? Are you as into it as I am? What’s your fave?
ANYWAY, I’m back on the Scandal bandwagon, so I’m gunna toast an everything bagel and continue watching the US government destroy itself…. you know, not that it’s remotely realistic, or anything.
love + stardust,
PS, how cute are these beaded bracelets? I bought the supplies at Michaels yesterday and have been beading up a storm ever since.
I don’t know about you guys but when I get home at the end of a long day the last thing I want to do is go through some extensive skincare routine. Like, it probably should seem nice and refreshing and like an ideal way to prep for sleepy time but it just… isn’t?
That’s why I like to keep it as simple (and cheap) as humanly possible – difficult because my skin doesn’t love cheap products. SO after much experimentation here are my three favourite, SUPER gentle ride-or-die products… all under ten dollars.
1. I’ve tried a few different makeup removers, but right now I’m loving this micellar water from L’Oreal (9.99). I love this stuff because it’s soothing, refreshing, and takes off everything. It’s awesome because you don’t technically need to wash/rinse it off (in fact that whole point of micellar water is to keep your hard tap water from messing with your skin) – so if it’s really one of those nights you can just wipe and go, ya know?
2. Even though you don’t really need to, I always wash my face after I take off my makeup – it just makes me feel so ready for bed. I like Nivea’s gentle cleansing cream ($7.77) for this. This stuff is so creamy and smooth and smells so sweet – plus it’s pink so, like, #onbrand. On a serious note though this cleanser is amazing and feels so luxurious on your face.
3. I always finish with a bit of moisturizer and my honest to god ride-or-die is this $4 tube from St.Ives. It’s simple, unscented, and super gentle – plus it’s full of collagen, which theoretically will ward off wrinkles (although I’ve kind of accepted my wrinkly-forehead fate tbh).
That’s it! 99.9999% of nights I do these three things and then pass the heck out – and it seems to be working pretty well for me. If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll slap on a facemask before I shower — either a clay mask (which I will write about soon) or my all time favourite, straight up organic honey (so good for redness + inflammation!!!).
So there you go; if you’re broke and lazy like me, you can still be a dewy, glowing goddess — I promise! What are your favourite cheap skin care products? I’m always down to try something new.
It’s been a long, hard road but I have finally – FINALLY! – found the absolute best green primer in all the land. If you have redness that drives you nuts, then you have come to the right place because this is life changing.
….. okay I’m getting a little extra about the whole thing, but honestly I need you to understand how obsessed I am.
The primer is NYX colour correcting liquid primer in green. I bought it at the NYX store in the eaton centre for… 18.99 I think? In terms of NYX products it’s on the pricey side, but truly for me it is so so so worth it. Not only does it neutralize your redness BIG TIME, but it’s got a really shimmery luminous finish to it that will shine through your foundation and give you the most glamorous dewy look EVER. I used to be SO about the matte look because… I’m sweaty? and I thought that powdering my face like mad was the answer. But anyway I am officially so over it, and very much into the dewy sex bomb look. So yeah, if you are too, this primer + rimmel wake me up foundation (my drug store fave) is the ultimate combo.
On an unrelated note, I’m currently listening to a stream of Gala Darling and one of the Astro Twins talking about Venus retrograde. Fun because venus rules love/sex/etc (all the good stuff really), and everyone could use more of that. I am really into reading my horoscope and knowing what’s going on with the stars and all that, even though my horoscope never seems to be all that applicable to me – which is weird because the Sagittarius “profile” fits me so well? Anyway, who knows – it’s fun to read either way. I’m a sucker for anyone or anything telling me things about myself and/or telling me what to do with my life.
…and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.
Listen, I’d like to think I’m a fairly modest woman, but if there is one part of my appearance that I will take pride in it’s my eyebrows. I think part of my eyebrow pride is a product of the fact that, back in middle school, I used to actually be made fun of for my brows – they’re thick, and they’re a lot darker than my natural hair colour, and oddly enough they grow in completely uneven.
So yeah, middle school was a tough time for my eyebrows. I cleaned them up a little bit in high school, but honestly eyebrows weren’t a thing then like they are now – at least, I don’t think they were.
When I actually started shaping and filling in my brows I learnt from thisvideo on Rookie (side note: I just read an interview with Tavi Gevinson the other day… I want to be her). Ever since then I’ve had what I’d consider to be some pretty serious brow game… but here’s the thing: eyebrow hair keeps growing. And I could ignore it for a long time, but it finally got to be too much.
So last night, for the first time, I took some scissors to my precious eyebrows.
And honestly? It worked out pretty well, I’d say.
If your brows are getting a little unruly too, here’s what I did – it’s super simple:
the brow pencil that I use (the NYX one, of course) came with one of those little spooly things on the end, so I used that to brush all my eyebrow hair upwards. If you don’t have one of those you can actually just use a fine-tooth comb.
Brush the hair so it points straight up and then take a pair of little scissors. You can buy scissors specifically for trimming your brows at the drug store but… why? I used these little nail scissors that I had lying around. I tried using my hair shears but they were a bit big.
Follow the line of your brow shape and trim all the hair that stands up above it. No, really, that’s it! Move slowly – it’s easier to cut more hair off than it is to wait for it to grow back. When you think you’re done just brush the hairs back with the spooly/comb/your fingers, and clean up anything you missed with your scissors or tweezers.
Whoa! That easy.
I wanted to write this post last night after I did this, but my eye literally started twitching, so I figured it was time for bed. I’ll be back to posting every day soon, I promise.
Sooo… what’s your go-to eyebrow routine? Have I gone about this all wrong?
PS, ignore the weird face I am making in this photo and focus instead on the glorious state of my eyebrows. What do you think? Success?
Yeah, me too.
I know, okay, I’m already getting predictable. First a Lush post, and now my top 7 make up products? Who am I?
I dunno. Just a girl who likes to have nice skin, I guess.
Anyway… I have more make up than I need. Way more, actually. If I could get back all the money I’ve spent on makeup in my life I could buy… I don’t even want to think about it. The point is, in those three giant makeup bags there are seven products that are always there for me.
My main squeezes.
My ride or dies.
They seem like a good place to start.
I just bought this foundation a little while ago, but I’m already hooked. I actually went into Sephora to buy the one from Kat Von D’s line, but they didn’t have my colour in stock. A friend of mine got me a sample of it when I complained about the redness of my skin. I know I mentioned this last night as well, and I definitely intend to write a full post about it soon… for now though, just take my word for it; it’s very red.
Anyway, I really liked the Kat Von D one, but when they were out of stock one of the ladies in Sephora suggested I try Urban Decay’s All Nighter instead.
I have to use a really firm foundation brush and only the tiniest bit in order to avoid it looking cakey. Usually when I finish I take a dual fibre brush (the one I have is from MAC) over it in big circles to get rid of any brush strokes. The coverage is AMAZING – so good, in fact, that instead of using concealer over pimples I just dab a little extra foundation over them now.
Anything that eliminates a step from my routine is an instant fave.
While we’re on the topic of skin, let’s talk contour.
…I’m not sure how to feel.
It’s a big thing right now, I get that, and I can definitely appreciate a solid contour… but for me personally, subtle is the way to go. That’s why I use powder blush.
I use MAC blush in “harmony” for mine. I like it because it’s right in the middle of brown and red… brown would definitely clash with my skin tone, and if it were pink it wouldn’t serve much purpose… so, this is the perfect shade for me. And, as a bonus, it looks great in the crease of my eyelids, too.
For highlighter I like Sephora’s “light beam”. It’s definitely very sparkly, so if that’s not the look you’re going for, this might not be the one for you (in that case Revlon has a really nice one that is more shiny and less sparkles, and NYX’s liquid illuminator is great too!).
If you know me you know that I rarely leave the house without a thick black cat-eye going. I’ve been doing my makeup more or less like this since 10th grade and I show no signs of stopping! I’ve tried lots of different types of liquid eyeliner, but at the end of the day I always come back to MAC’s gel liner in “blacktrack”. MAC is my all time favourite makeup brand, but it’s hardly affordable for a student, unfortunately. If you – like me – are on a student budget (and, unlike me, did not receive a MAC gift card for your last birthday) I’d definitely recommend NYX’s matte liquid liner! Another thing you’ll learn about me is that I am the world’s biggest NYX fan. Not only is it super affordable, but all of their products come in so many amazing colours, and their staff is always super badass.
Speaking of NYX, my last three faves are from them – surprise, surprise.
Firstly, their tame and frame brow pomade. I bought this pretty recently too, but I already can’t live without it. I find it’s not super solid looking, so I usually fill in my brows with brown eyeshadow first… then I take the pomade on an angle brush, brush it over, and BAM, brows are on fleek.
I also use their mascara. I bought a big pack of four different ones for twenty dollars, but
the ‘stacked’ one is my favourite. It’s the perfect combination of length and volume, and never clumpy. Yes please!
Finally, of course… my all time favourite lipstick. Of ALL TIME.
… NYX Lip Lingerie, in Embellishment.
I love this lipstick possibly more than I love myself. It is beautiful. The texture is so creamy and smooth, and the colour is the perfect purple/grey colour and it wears all day and I could go on about this forever. I have a few of the Lip Lingeries, but this colour is my all time favourite.
Can you tell?
SO anyway, there you have it… my seven faves… my go-tos… my ride or dies. I swear I couldn’t live without them.
What are the most important things in your makeup bag? What could you not live without? And have you ever tried any of my faves – what did you think?