NOTD: SpaRitual Spirit Child

So first off before I get into my nails of the day, I just want to say that this is my 100th post! Wow, these first 100 went by so fast and I’m shocked that I even had 100 ideas to blog about!  Here’s to another hundred more! Moving onto my nails of the day, I decided to get in the festive mood and wear a shimmery red polish.  The one I chose is Spirit Child by SpaRitual.  This colour is from their fall 2011 Wilde collection, which if you ask me if full of holiday colours even though it’s not their holiday collection. I am a huge fan of SpaRitual polishes as the colours are great and they are a vegan line so they are good for the environment.  The polishes are also free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene.  I also love the tops of the bottles, they are rubber so they are easy to twist off.

Now just like red lips, I’m not a fan of red nails.  Red, to me, is a boring, unoriginal colour. Okay, don’t get mad yet.  It’s classy, I’ll give you that, but to me it’s a safe colour. I like bold shades like hot pink, blue, green, etc.  I like to think outside the box and I find that red is a safe fall-back colour.  Now with that being said, this is one of the few reds I really like.  In the bottle there is an orange iridescent to it but once you paint it on it’s a nice candy apple red shade with a hint of shimmer.

Ring: Forever 21

Have you tried SpaRitual’s Spirit Child?  What were your thoughts?  Also, what’s your favourite red nail polish?

Cheap and Chic: Online Shopping the Smart Way

Are you a compulsive online shopper?  Are you planning on buying some gifts off the Internet this holiday season?  Want to know how you can make money back?

I occasionally shop online for things that I can’t find here in my hometown or if I can get it at a cheaper price online.  I’m very impatient so if it was between going to the store or ordering it online I would choose buying at a store hands down.  That’s until I found out about Ebates. Basically what Ebates is is a website that is full of affiliate links to different sites but instead of the company keeping the affiliate dollars they credit your account and you get some of your money back.  Sounds too good to be true right?  Well, it isn’t!  I’m not sure how Ebates makes money exactly (probably through advertising and partnerships), but it’s totally legit.  And, no I’m not getting paid by Ebates or anything to say this.  I found out about the site a couple of weeks ago and I already have over $15 coming my way.

So what stores can you find on Ebates?  Oh gosh, they have seriously everything. Anytime I shop online now I’m going to check out the list of stores Ebates offers because if I can get a percentage back from my purchase why wouldn’t I?  It’s basically free money for shopping (well, kind of). The site has everything from Bath and Body Works, Nordstrom, Sephora (eight per cent back!), Wal-Mart, iTunes, Groupon, you name it.  So basically all my favourite stores.  Each store has a different percentage back and they often have higher percentages on some stores depending on the time of year.  In addition to cash back links they also provide coupon codes for some websites as well. To make sure that Ebates credits your account you have to click the link through their website.  So for example, when I clicked on the Sephora link Ebates takes me directly to the website and you just go through there.  You have to make sure that you go through Ebates website first, if I went to directly I would not be credited. Also, if you leave the page and then come back I don’t think you would be credited either.  If you leave, go back through Ebates.  Finally, you also get a $5 bonus for signing up and making your first purchase.

So when do you get your cheque?  They mail them out every three months for the appropriate spending period.  For example, for anything that you accumulate from January 1 to March 31 you would get your cheque near the end of May (they mail them out May 15).

So why am I telling you about this?  Well, a lot of people shop online during the holiday season (well, any season really), so why not get some cash back while you are doing it?  It doesn’t cost anything to sign up so what do you have to lose?

What more information about Ebates?  Check them out online!

Have you used Ebates? If so, what were your thoughts?

Neat Freak: Makeup Organization

So up until a few weeks ago I was using a purple Caboodle On The Go Girl makeup case that I literally have had since middle school.  My collection has grown this past year and I found that I had to keep some of my larger items outside the case because they were too large and didn’t fit.  Also, when I closed the case (the latch broke off years ago) it got quite tight.  Long story short, it was time to buy something that fit all my makeup comfortably and kept it organized.

I really wanted a Clear Cube (or something similar) but the closest I could find was from Muji and with the shipping it got quite pricey.  I looked high and low for an acrylic storage unit but I couldn’t find anything so I decided to go the Wal-Mart route.

The organizer I got is one of those universal Rubbermaid units that although plain, can hold a lot of stuff, especially if you get compartments to break it up and keep it organized.  The product comes in two sizes, a smaller one that would be perfect for holding desk supplies, and this one.  I obviously went with the larger one (it cost me $18.97 CDN I believe). Alright, so on the top I keep my larger bottles that stand up as well as my brushes.  I also have my moisturizers, makeup removers, deodorant, Urban Decay Setting Spray, and my Holt Renfrew Paramount Beauty Bag that I put cotton pads, Q-tips, etc. in. I have the first drawer separated into three different departments.  In the back I have my larger palettes like my Ed Hardy one, my Tokidoki Chromatico in Devil Girl palette, my MAC Pro palette, and my UD Naked palette.  In front of that I have some large powders and beside that in the long rectangular compartment I have my face powers like my Bare Minerals ones and my Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.  In the rectangular compartment near the front I have eyelashes, my Laura Mercier foundation, a retractable kabuki brush, eyelash curler, and a sponge.  Just random items really. In the second drawer I have four compartments.  One for my lipsticks and another for my lip glosses.  In the third container I have foundation primers and eos lip balm spheres and then in the fourth I have eye items: concealers, Urban Decay Primer Potion, sharpeners, a gel eye liner, and Clinique All About Eyes Serum. Finally, in the third drawer I have two larger compartments (one for cheek products like blushes and bronzers and another for single, duo, and quad eyeshadows) and one smaller one.  In the smaller compartment near the front I have mascara and lash products on one side and then liners on the other.  In front of the smaller compartment I have a few hair removal products.

So that is how I store my makeup, I can’t believe that the majority of those things used to fit in that little Caboodle case, crazy!  I think altogether the whole unit cost me $50 which isn’t bad considering that a Clear Cube costs $300 and up.

How do you store your makeup?  Leave me a comment below.


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