Hair-Raising… Literally!

I have shiny hair. That may not sound so bad but it’s bad. Mostly due in fact because I don’t dye or use any styling products on my hair. The only items I use on my hair is a blow dryer and flatiron and the only thing those do is give me split ends!

I used to dye my hair. It used to be brown, then caramel, then red and finally blonde. It was when I went blonde that it really did a number on my hair. The dye job was so bad that my hair started to break leaving a ton of fly-away’s. That was about 15 years ago and the last time I ever dyed my hair.

To put into context about how horribly shiny my hair is, I can’t keep elastics to stay put nor will any styling product keep my hair styled in any way. The latter is the worst part. It created such a problem that when I was getting married, I went for a consult with my hairstylist and she told me that all the mousse and hairspray she used just “melted” off my hair. The rollers she put in my hair to give me curls lasted all of 5 minutes before my hair went stick straight again. When I was leaving, she suggested that I put in some streaks so my hair wouldn’t be so shiny and hold the styling products and hairstyle better. Veto.

When I go running or go to the gym I’m constantly stopping to retie my hair so again, off to the store I went.

The first hair bands I bought were from Goody. I’ve always used Goody hair accessories and since these were advertised as “Slide Proof” I gave them a try.

Goody Slide Proof Hair Elastics

Goody Slide Proof Hair Elastics

If these weren’t an epic fail then I don’t know what is! Not only did they slide off my hair, the band itself stretched out after a week of using them every day; I would only use them for about 2 hours everyday when I went to the gym. I had to start my search all over again.

I was at the mall one day and walked into Zellers and saw some “No Slip” hair elastic bands by Scunci.

Scunci No Slip Grip

Scunci No Slip Grip

These ones worked out better. The only problem I had with these were that the grip part that holds onto my hair is only on one side so when I tied up my hair, I had to make sure that the grip part is touching my hair. I used these for a few weeks until I noticed another problem; the plastic grip would start to break into pieces and fall off rendering the elastic to be no longer “No Slip” .

I went back to Zellers to pick up another pack thinking that I would just have to deal with these Scunci ones and that it was just my lot in life to spend my entire paycheque on hair ties. That’s when I saw these:

Scunci The Evolution No Slip Hair Elastics

Scunci The Evolution No Slip Hair Elastics

They were on sale so I figured what could I lose by trying them so I picked up the coloured pack. One word… WOW. I went back for the second pack of black and white ones.

They still stretched out a bit like all elastic bands do but they held up incredibly! Pun intended lol! When I went back to get the black and white ones, I also bought their No Slip Grip Evolution Headbands and their No Slip Grip Hair Clips.

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What A Hunk of Wood

I hope you all had a great weekend. It was a long weekend for us up here in British Columbia. I’m on maternity leave right now till next year so every week is a long weekend for me lmao.

Ever since our little boy arrived, our weekends are pretty uneventful. We have to plan our trips out around him. Being that this was a long weekend, we had a lot of stuff planned and errands we needed to run. One of them was trips to furniture stores.

When we decided to start a family we also decided we need more room. Somehow 2 adults, a baby and 2 dogs in a small one bedroom condo just wasn’t going to work. We found a place and purchased it back in February and will be moving in September. Why so long you ask? Well it’s a new build home so back in February, it was just a pile of dirt… A very expensive pile of dirt!

With a bigger home, comes more furniture = shopping muahahaha! And hubby can’t even stop me! Hubs and I never had a dining table… Like ever. We ate in the living room on the coffee table, which was harder for him than it was for me since he’s 6’3″. But that is no longer! Well… At least it won’t be in another month lol.

Over the weekend we went in search for the perfect dining table. Factoring in that we have a dog that has a wood obsession, a newborn that will grow into a toddler and the huge fact that we don’t plan on replacing the dining table for a REALLY long time, we wanted to be really happy with our selection. This is what we bought:

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Ain’t it purdy! We liked the look of the “raw” wood tables but wasn’t overly fond of the prices. I mean seriously $3000-$5000 for a dining table?! Do I look like I’m made of money?! And then there was light. We were walking out of the store when we saw this beautiful hunk of wood. Hubby jokingly said he’ll “think about if it’s on sale”. So being the dutiful wife I am, I looked at the price tag and what do you know?! It’s on sale lmao.

Me in the background photo bombing

Me in the background photo bombing

We ended up going home empty handed; hubs wanted to think about it before making the purchase. Verdict, we went back the next day lol.

Next up: dinning chairs

Eyelash Curler Pads

I never even knew you could replace them! And of course I never put too much thought into it before until I dropped $20 for a Shiseido Eyelash Curler about 10 years go. Don’t ask me why I did that… I’m still asking myself that question!

The curler came with 2 replacement pads and I used the crap outta those. And being the resourceful (cheap) person that am, I would flip the pads and use the unused side to get the most out of them before tossing them. And then came the inevitable… I needed to buy more. Eyelash curler pads are amazingly hard to find and when you do find them, they either don’t fit or are expensive. Shiseido wanted $6.99 for one… ONE!!!! Are you kidding me?! So I went on the hunt. Worst case scenario was that I would just have to buy a new curler (sob). Thankfully I didn’t have to.

Tweezerman eyelash curler replacement pads

Tweezerman eyelash curler replacement pads

I made a trip to my local drugstore and went in search. I saw these Tweezerman pads and asked the salesgirl if they fit all eyelash curlers. She said she didn’t know. They were regular $6.99 for the package but was on sale for $4.99 . I figured that if they didn’t fit I would only be out five bucks so I bought them. I went home and put them into my curler.. Woot woot!!! We have a winner!

These pads are made in a way that it prevents you (me) from using both sides but I’m not complaining lol. When I first put them into my curler, they were a bit small but after using it a few times it stretched out and fit perfectly. The purple colour is also a bonus; who doesn’t like a bit of colour?! Lol

Liquid Eyeliners Scare Me

They really do! One wrong move and BAM… you have to wipe it off and start all over again. Which is why I stuck with good old pencil eyeliners. Unfortunately I have really oily skin and my eye makeup always ends up creasing and I constantly find myself reapplying my eyeliner.

I used Prestige Eyeliner for years. I would buy 2-3 at a time so I wouldn’t have to keep running back to the store but because it’s a pencil, I would have to always sharpen it to get a nice thin and crisp line.

Prestige Eyeliners

Prestige Eyeliners

When I said I used this product for years, I mean YEARS. Until one day (2 years ago lol) I decided that I am now a big girl and big girls use liquid eyeliners… Gulp! So again, I made my way to the local drugstore to purchase and try the liquid sort.

After about an hour of ooking and trying to decide which one to go with I picked one out (I can’t remember which one) and went to pay. The girl behind the counter asked if I had ever used that particular one before… I think she could smell the newbie in me lol! I told her no, so she recommended that I try the Quo liquid eyeliner instead because it “dries faster and easy to use”.

Quo Liquid Eyeliner

Quo Liquid Eyeliner

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So I paid the $16 plus tax CAD (wtf?!) Boy was she wrong! The brush itself was great but because it “dries so quick” I also had to dip it back into the bottle to get more colour. It also seemed that it only dries fast on the brush and not on your skin. I would literally need to sit with my eyes closed for about 5 minutes to make sure I didn’t smudge it and some times it still smudged! I was in a rush one time and thought I had given it enough time to dry… Nope. Imagine my embarrassment when I looked in the mirror and realized I had a nice dark black line on my eyelid!

I complained about it to a co-worker after that horrid event and after some laughter (a lot of laughter) she recommended a liquid eyeliner that is a pen and gave me one that she uses.

Kate Liquid Eyeliner

Kate Liquid Eyeliner

The brand of this liner is called Kate and it’s an Asian line. My co-worker gets her makeup sent from Asia and after the conversion, it only cost me $7 and worth every penny. The only drawback to this liner is that it’s not very dark so I would need to apply it twice in order to get a nice black line.

Top is Kate, bottom is Quo

Top is Kate, bottom is Quo

I’m not sure where you can find the Kate liner here. I actually want to try the Geisha line of liners after I use this one up.

Even with using liquid eyeliner, it still gets creased every so often if I sweat too much and would have to reapply but it’s not nearly as bad as the pencil kind. One thing for sure though, I am now converted and won’t be going back to the pencil liners!

What are your favorite liners?

Blogging From An iPad… Mini

And it’s not easy!

Why do it then you ask? Well because my iPad is just so darned portable and convenient lol! Plus my laptop weights about 10lbs, is about 20 years old (alright maybe more like 5 years old!) and is slower than a snail going turbo. My iPad also makes it easier for me to blog and surf while I’m caring for my little Peanut.

I’m not using the WordPress App because well… I don’t lIke it. I find it easier to post on the iPad via browser. It’s also not easy to post from a smartphone either lol.

Blogging on my iPad Mini

Blogging on my iPad Mini

And no bluetooth keyboard either lol. Going to need to get myself one of those. While blogging on he iPad is most convenient, it’s not very easy when I want to take and attach pictures with good quality. I am currently relying on the camera on my phone and iPad… Again, not easy!

Please Excuse Me

Or rather, please excuse the site of my blog for the lack pictures and the poor quality of the ones there are.

I’m currently sharing a one bedroom condo with my husband, newborn baby and two dogs so needless to say, space comes at a premium lol. We’ll be moving into our new house in September so please bear with me until then!

Mascara

I may possibly have the worst and most stubborn eyelashes in the world! Nothing I use seems to work on them. I had a friend (who shall remain nameless) that was so cheap, she would give out the free makeup samples she gets as birthday and Christmas gifts. Fortunately I benefited from one such gift from her one year; there was a Clinique High Impact Mascara sample.

I actually really liked the Clinique High Impact Mascara. It’s purpose is to create more volume for your lashes. I’m of Asian heritage and our lashes tend to be lacking in the volume and curl department. If you’re fortunate enough, you may get long lashes lol. After I used up the sample tube, I thought I’d go and pick myself up a regular sized one since I liked it… Well as a girl who was working a retail job at minimum wage at the time, $16 plus tax was more than I was willing to pay. I ended up at Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up the Cover Girl Lashblast Volume Blasting Mascara (the orange one). That one worked out really well for me and I used it for quiet a few years. It didn’t clump and separated and lengthened my lashes really well. The one downside is that it didn’t curl… And I wanted it all! Back to the drawing board.

Around the same time I wanted to know if there really was a difference between drugstore brands and department store brands of cosmetics so I set out to do a little experiment starting with mascara.

Diorshow and Diorshow New Look

Diorshow and Diorshow New Look

I decided to try the Diorshow mascara after reading some very positive reviews. $31 plus tax CAD for mascara… “this better be damned good mascara!” I said to myself. And it didn’t disappoint. I was actually expecting a more dramatic look as Diorshow was touted as an awarding winning backstage favorite used on models, but i personally thought that it wasn’t dramatic at all. It could possibly be that I only applied 2 coats max. There is little to no clumping and gave me length! After using Diorshow for the last few years, I decided to change it up again and picked up the Diorshow New Look at $35 plus tax CAD. I haven’t tried it yet so stay tuned for that review!

Foundations

I love makeup. I’m not exceptionally great at applying it (that’s still a work in progress) but I love wearing it and buying it. I also seem to have a habit of using makeup that is constantly getting discontinued, therefore causing my OCD tendencies to flare up.

Like every adolescent teenager, I first started out using Cover Girl foundation… But since my parents were not supportive of their young daughters using makeup, I was relegated to using the little sample packs from magazines. Sad, I know. And then I realized one morning that the foundation did no match my natural skin tone nor was I applying it evenly on my face… Very embarrassing for a teenage girl in high school! Armed with my first weekly allowance money, I made my way to the local Shoppers Drug Mart. I decided on the Cover Girl pressed powder. Again, no research was done as to what suited my skin best. I continued to use that for a couple years until I reached my senior year of high school. It was then that my mom took my sister and I to the MAC counter at the mall.

I used MAC pressed powder foundation for a couple years after that. They have a really great product exchange program where you bring back 6 cleaned and empty product containers and exchange it for a free item… I didn’t use makeup enough at the time to utilize the program though.

I noticed that my skin was on the more oily side and I had a problem (big problem) with acne throughout high school. So much so that my mom regularly to my dr to see why it was happening. Anyways, my mom took me back to the mall and suggested I switch to the skin care line that she’s used for years; Shiseido. I started using the pressed powder foundation from their Pureness line until one day when I went back to buy a refill and they told me that it has been discontinued. Now, this was years ago and I think they’ve actually brought the line back now. So I made my way across from Shiseido over to Clinique. I started using their Almost Powder Makeup Broad Spectrum pressed powder. I used this particular foundation for quite a long time until my sister-in-law was getting married and I needed something with more coverage as the Clinique one was sheer coverage.

Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation is now my foundation of choice. You’re asking why I haven’t tried liquid? Well, I can’t quite seem to get liquid foundation to blend well. Plus I also don’t want to look TOO made up; I like a bit more if a natural made up look. Price point: not cheap! Obviously this Chanel foundation cost more than the other brands I’ve used previously. I pay $65 CAD (tax included) and there are no refill options.

Chanel Teint Innocence

Chanel Teint Innocence

I found that the Teint Innocence gave me incredible coverage and lasted me all day at the wedding (which was in July… In Vancouver summer humidity). For regular normal day-to-day wear I use a bit less for sheer coverage, for events like weddings and parties I use a bit more for extra coverage and longevity. A friend of mine also gifted me with her Diorskin Airflash spray on foundation. She didn’t like it after using it a couple of times and gave it to me to try.

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First off, the Diorskin is incredible! It gives a flawless finish because it essentially gives an airbrushed look. All you do is give one small spritz clockwise (or counterclockwise.. Whichever you want) and use a foundation brush to blend and presto! You’re done! The price point is also incredible… Incredibly high!!! I got this for free but this bad boy will set you back $65 plus tax CAD. The down side is obviously the high price and it’s definitely not meant for everyday use as the can uses up pretty quick.