March 2011 Favourites Continued!

So I loved doing a favourites post so much that I thought I would do another one but about other things non-beauty related. Stuff I loved last month (I’m a little late with this one…) other than beauty and fashion.  Whether it was music, movies, books, etc.

Music


Okay, number one would definitely be Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale, although this will probably be on April’s list as well because the CD came out on March 29th.  All the songs are so good and it is on crazy repeat right now.

Other tunes I really liked were:

I liked a lot of other stuff as well but these were my favourites.

Movies

I don’t think I actually saw a lot of movies this month.  Let me think here… when did Never Say Never come out?  February?  Well regardless, that was a good movie, I’m not ashamed to say that I love the Biebs.

I saw this really weird foreign film on Netflix actually, it was called XXY and it’s an Argentinian film that was Spanish with English subs.  The movie was about an inter-sexed 15-year-old girl named Alex who is going through this identity crisis after this doctor and his family moves in with their family and she falls for their son.  I don’t want to spoil the end of the movie in case anyone actually watches it, but her challenge, as well as her family’s, is whether she will stay a girl (by her keeping on taking her medication), or go off and turn into a boy.

It was kind of a weird movie and definitely not kids or anything but it was interesting enough to watch.  Whenever I’m bored and can’t decide what to watch I always look at the foreign films, I enjoy them a lot and you get to see a different culture.  I especially like Spanish language films because the subject matter is usually really good.  One of my favourite films actually is called Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother). It’s a film by Pedro Almodovar (he did Volver and a number of other Spanish-language films), a very well-known Spanish director.  I believe that Penelope Cruz is in the majority of his films (including this one).  Anyways, this is something for another post, but if you come across this film, definitely check it out.

Books

Image via the New York Times

 

I didn’t read anything this month! Shame on me!  I’m still trying to get through Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, it’s really good but I haven’t had time to read it (the chapters are long!).  I did pick up Good Housekeeping’s Drop 5 lbs: The Small Changes, Big Results Diet at the library and that was pretty informative.  It had some really great recipes that I unfortunately didn’t have time to try.

Television

Image via Design Rulz website

Okay, favourites for this month is easy: Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Holly’s World, 18 To Life, and Desperate Housewives, although I think there has been like one new episode maybe this month.

I just want to say real quick how much I love 18 To Life. It’s a show on the CBC which I found on Netflix.  It’s about these 18-year-old neighbours that decided to get married much to their parents disapproval.  They end up living in his parents attic apartment and it’s about the relationships between the two families. The show is also set in Montreal and I love that city so that may be why I like it so much.  But anyways, it’s actually so good.  I have been really into CBC programming, in the past I was all about the U.S. networks, but between 18 To Life, Dragon’s Den, and Being Erica the CBC is slowly becoming my new favourite channel… well other than E! Canada, CosmoTV, and MTV.

That’s all folks!  Let me know what you have been liking this month, everything from music to movies to television, I want to know!

Until next time..

Lash Obsessed

Excuse the red eyes, I took this when I got home from the appointment..

I just got home from one of my favourite beauty appointments – eyelash extension fills!  I have been getting eyelash extensions since June, 2010 and I absolutely love them.  I thought a blog post about them would be good for anyone wanting to know a bit of information about them and my experiences with them.

I want to start off by saying that I don’t have a lack of lashes, I have pretty normal lashes and a good amount of them.  I have always loved the look that falsies gave me and there is such a significant different between my natural lash and the oomph power of the fake lashes.  Also, I was travelling to Mexico and I wanted something that would make my eyes stand out.

So I started to do my research and came across a place in my hometown that specialized in the service and thought a while about it.  Why?  Because it is pricey.  It costs around $200 for the initial application and you get around 30-40 lashes per eye.  I decided to go with the “Cat Eye” option, which was not as expensive, and it was basically like 20 lashes per eye concentrated to the ends of the eyelids to give you that cat eye, flirty effect.

So I went to my first appointment and after I thought that they did an okay job.  I didn’t find them that noticeable and they were a bit uneven.  After a few face washings they did get significantly more noticeable (they started to darken because of your makeup and they clump together but not in a bad way) but I didn’t know if I wanted to keep continuing with them (fills can cost anywhere from $55-65 depending on where you go).

A few weeks after I got them done the first time.

I decided to keep up with the fills because I did get people commenting me on them (“Oh my God, are those your real lashes?!”) and I mean, like everyone else, I loved the compliments.  Now I was still getting the cat eye fills but I wanted to try the complete look and get full fills so I got them and then after a while I switched salons (for a number of reasons) and I have been going back to the same place ever since (I go to Wink Studio in Winnipeg if any of you are interested, they do a great job).

There are a number of pros and cons with the lashes as I list below:

Pros:

  • No mascara needed
  • Waterproof- perfect the pool, beach, or the gym
  • Good for people with sensitive eyes
  • Cuts “getting ready” time in the morning significantly shorter
  • Easy to maintain
  • Make your eyes prettier
  • Low maintenance

Cons

  • Pricey
  • You can’t use oil-based makeup removers (the kind I love)
  • Once the lashes start to fall out you kind of go through an “awkward” phase, if that makes sense.. basically it’s like when your roots grow out
  • You have to go for fills every month to month and a half

So there are a number of things that are great about them and a few things that aren’t so great.  I know the number one thing is definitely the price.  It can get very pricey to maintain and it is quite an initial investment to get them in the first place.

If you want more information on them, I recently wrote an article for Clippings magazine which explains the process more in detail, as well as other ways to get bold, luscious lashes.  You can view the article here and here.

Anyways, I hope this blog post helps if you are deciding to take the plunge and invest in some longer lashes.  They are relatively easy to maintain and I really do love having them. Do I regret getting them?  No.  Will I keep getting fills for them forever.  Who knows? I do miss mascara some days, but you know it’s awesome with summer coming up and everything and I can go to the beach with them and still have that same look because they are great in the water.  It’s like having long, natural lashes.. the fake way.

March 2011 Favourites

Hey all!

So I have decided that I’m going to do a favourites post at the end of every month, whether it’s beauty, fashion, or just random stuff. Fittingly it’s the end of March so here are my faves for the month!

ELF “C” Eyeshadow Brush

I absolutely love this brush! I got it last month when I was in Vegas and we stopped at a local Target. The brush retails for only like $3 and if you don’t have a retailer near you that sells ELF (like me) you can pick it up online.

The brush is made up of synthetic bristles, I myself tend to go towards animal hair (shame on me, I know) for my brushes but I’m very impressed by the quality in this little brush. You can use it for lids, creases, blending, etc. It’s one of those brushes that you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. I highly recommend it.

Hello Kitty Perfume To Go Solid Perfume Necklace

If you know me, you will know that I absolutely love Hello Kitty. So naturally when Sephora came out with a Hello Kitty collection I was excited. Not gonna lie though, when I first saw it in person I was kind of let down. The stuff looked kind of cheap and in true Sephora style it was overpriced. Especially in Canada. This little necklace retails for $64 in Canada and $39 in the States. That’s almost a $30 difference and the Canadian dollar is pretty much at par. And no, you can’t just order it online and get that price, it switches to the Canadian pricing.

Anyways, when I was in Vegas I mad hunted this down and found it and lucky for me it was the last one. The scent is really pretty and fresh and young, perfect for teens or little girls just started to experiment with fragrance and makeup. The only thing I don’t like so much about this is the chain. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this too, just Google it and you will find out. The chain is long (hits mid-boob) but there is no clasp or anything so you can’t adjust it, which is annoying because in the product ad it’s a lot shorter. And to top it off, the charm is attached weird to the chain so it tends to flip over so you can’t see Kitty’s pretty face.

If you can get over those flaws (or you could just get a new chain, I’m too lazy to) I would pick this baby up. However, if you are Canadian I would suggest going to a U.S. Sephora (if there is one near you) and picking it up there, the Canadian price hike is ridiculous.

Neutral Nail Polish

I have really been loving neutrals lately. From nude pumps to cream coloured blouses, I’m all over it. So naturally this trend has stretched to my nails as well. I only have the two shades right now, but I absolutely love them. The one on the right is “You Don’t Know Jacques” from OPI’s Fall 2008 collection, La collection de France. I believe it is one of OPI’s most popular colours and I can totally see why. I was rocking this colour all week (I literally just took it off like half an hour ago because it started to chip) even though it is practically spring. You can definitely wear this colour all year but I think it would be most perfect for fall.

The one on the left is “San Tantonio” from OPI’s current Texas collection. It’s more of a brown colour but not as dark as You Don’t Know Jacques. I also think it’s more wearable for spring. But I mean I think that both colours are universal for all seasons because they are neutrals. Funny story about this though, I was torn between San Tantonio and Over the Taupe and I actually chose Over the Taupe but when I got home and put it on it was the wrong colour! Whoops! That’s okay though, I like this one too, maybe in the future I’ll pick up Over the Taupe as well.

H&M Leopard Print Shoes

Another Vegas purchase! I knew that I really wanted to pick up a pair of leopard print shoes ( I’m going through a huge leopard phase right now) and originally I was going to go for these super hot Steve Madden ones, but I think that these are more wearable and not to mention cheaper! They were $34.99 I believe, somewhere in that price range.

I love wearing these with black jeggings and a neutral coloured top. I don’t think I would do leopard with leopard because that may be too much animal print going on. Maybe a scarf actually, so it wouldn’t be too in your face.

Not sure if H&M still has these, but if they do I would pick them up. Super easy to walk in and comfy. Not to mention affordable and you can definitely take these from day to night.

ELF Undereye Concealer and Highlighter

So another Vegas purchase (this is like a Vegas haul, geez) which I absolutely love. One end is a concealer and the other is a highlighter.

I’m really loving ELF, these are my first products from them and I am totally loving the line. I wish the shipping to Canada didn’t take so long otherwise I would order more stuff (it’s so affordable!). I can’t remember what I paid for this but I know it wasn’t that much.

The concealer part really brightens my eyes and other areas that need concealing and the highlighter is just fab. I use it on my cheek bone above my blush, as well as on my brow bone. It really does create that extra oomph to make your complexion glow. I think I have used it practically everyday since I got it.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer

I have recently gotten into face primers. I actually never knew about them until I got a mini one with a Bare Minerals foundation kit and now it is part of my regular makeup routine. Foundation just goes on way more smoothy with it underneath.

When I ran out of the Bare Minerals one I got a mini Nars one from Sephora as part of a sampler event for Beauty Insiders. Of course that lasted me like a few days so I knew I had to pick a new one up. Okay, let me just say, who knew how expensive these are?! Seriously, the cheapest one at Sephora is like $18, so naturally, I was like “okay, Wal-Mart time!”. I knew that Hard Candy does a line at Wal-Mart and thought that maybe they would have an affordable primer to try (I mean as much as I love primers and everything, it’s a part of your makeup that you don’t see). I found this one for like $8 and I really like it. It’s a bit greasy when you first put it on and I find I have to shake the bottle before I dispense it (it can get a bit runny) but it does its job and it’s affordable. Big plus!

Okay, this post is like super long now, I feel bad because I’m ignoring Ziggy. So I’m going to sign off, hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites for March and let me know what you were loving this month.

Until next time!

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