Monday, November 30, 2009

2 Quick Tips!

Hi there! Remember me? I used to be cool and blog all the time, then my camera collapsed and I have been missing in action since? Yeah, well, I'm still here, and I haven't forgotten about how much I love to blog and the wonderful people that read what I write :)

I will have to make do with what I have at the moment - iPhone and laptop cameras - until I get a new camera or steal my boyfriend's.

On to the main scope of the post - before I head to bed, two quick little tips that I put in practice every once in a while:

1. The Problem: White/light haired brushes that never really go back to white no matter how hard you cleanse.
It always bothers me when I can't get the bristles looking nice again. I find that even thorough cleansing with my brush cleaner doesn't get some brushes bright and clean anymore. This especially applies if you use brushes such as the MAC 187, 188 (stippling brushes) or a flat foundation brush like the MAC 190. Some product traces can still be seen.

A SOLUTION: Try an oil-based makeup remover on them. I was amazed at how my MAC Cleanse-Off Oil got my 187 brush back to bright white in seconds. It also got all the traces of lodged foundation out of my 190, stains out of my 217, etc. Give it a whirl and let me know if it worked for you!

2. The Problem: A button-up shirt in your closet that you don't want to throw out, but that looks weird when you try to button it up and wear it by itself.
I don't own many button up shirts, but the ones that I do, I feel awkward in.

A SOLUTION: Wear them over a t-shirt, unbuttoned. This works best with non-white button-up shirts. I have a couple of strange coloured silk shirts that have accumulated in my closet over time and I wear them as "jackets" instead. I'm sure I'm not the only one :)

That's enough from me for now.
Let me know what your quick tips are in "sticky" situations.
Take care and have a great week, everyone!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

In & Out: X


- finding amazing clothes when you least expect it! On sale!

- applying concealer with a fluffy crease brush (think MAC 224 or something similar). I had a Sephora rounded crease brush that I never used since I preferred the 224 for my eyes. I have been using it for concealer and I love it! Buffs and blends the concealer in wonderfully. If you are wondering, it's the Sephora #13 Rounded Crease Brush. It's a bit more dense than the MC 224 thus I find that it does a better job buffing a thick concealer. I am currently using Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer.

- the Clarisonic! I have only been using this for a few days and will post a more in depth analysis in a few weeks, but so far the initial impressions are great. I haven't experienced any redness or irritation from it (I'm using the "Sensitive" brush head, so maybe that's the reason) and it has given me the cleanest clean! My face doesn't feel tight after using it, and the texture of my skin seems more refined after each use.

- Frederik Fekkai "Advanced Glossing" shampoo. Not sure if the advanced formula is different from the original Glossing range, but it really leaves the hair incredibly shiny and moisturized, without weighing it down.

- Croissants. I love them.


- lacking candy in the house. Must. Buy. Chocolate. ASAP.

- when TV shows take really long breaks. I'd rather them space out the breaks, like one new episode, 1 week or 2 week break, etc. But a 6-8 week break? Cruel!

- rude people at the movie theatre. I sat in front of a bunch of drunk 16-17 year old guys during New Moon the other night. You can imagine the wonderful cinema experience I had.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Good evening, lovely readers, it's been a busy wednesday night and before I head to bed, I just had to post this photo and scratch my head a little bit...
Here's a photo of Leighton Meester (who is usually one of my favourites) out and about this week, at an American Eagle event.

Can someone please explain to me what happened to her face?
Who did this?
*shakes fist*

Not only is this unflattering on her skin tone, but the colours together are just... mind-boggling. I am slightly disgusted, to be honest.
What are your thoughts?
PS: no, she wasn't at a theme party.

Good night :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Attempted "Spending Diet"

This month I've come to the conclusion that I should take it easy until a week before Christmas (yes I'm one of those people who procrastinate in the Christmas shopping department) and save up some money to spend on others, rather than myself.
Mind you, I just bought an iPhone and ordered a Clarisonic, so it seems like the wisest of decisions to make right now haha :)

The Clarisonic has not arrived yet, it has been backordered on the site I ordered it from and it should get shipped out on monday. I also ordered a St. Tropez tanning mousse along with it since I've always wanted to give it a try. This now marks the end of my spending era.

I am determined not to spend any money on cosmetics (aside from utter essentials like cleanser and moisturizer - which I am close to running out of) until the new year, and I mean it! I have 2 different foundations, 2 different bronzers and 2 different powders on rotation to keep me busy until the end of the year.
I have also been prudent with spending on clothing since my return from Italy. I purchased a pair of J-Brand denim leggings (which I am absolutely obsessed with) and I would love a cool pair of boots to wear them with but I am sticking to my plan. Perhaps Santa can get me some boots for Christmas ;)

I hope you will not get bored of my blog in the mean time, and I apologize for the lack in posts but exams are creeping up on me and necessary preparations must take place. Next weekend I am hoping to finally get the chance to write about my haircare products of choice - I've been sticking to the same routine for several months aside from changing up the shampoo and I swear by it. I always get complimented on my hair and it always feels soft and smooth. I just got about 3 inches cut off as well, it needed a new shape very badly.
Stay tuned!

What are your plans in preparation from the holiday season?

Friday, November 6, 2009

One Word Tag!

I saw this tag as I was catching up on one of my favourite blogs (Bubblegarm) and decided to tag myself and do it :) ... so here goes:

Questions with one-word answers

Where's your cell phone: hmm...
Your hair: ponytail
Your mother: energetic
Your father: working
Favorite food: healthy
Dream last night: none
Favorite drink: tea
What room are you in: living
Hobby: reading
Fear: dark
Where were you last night: boyfriend's
Something that you aren't: arrogant
Muffins: yuck
Wish list item: puppy
Where did you grow up: Romania
What are you wearing: pyjamas
Your pets: wishlist
Friends: busy
Something you're not wearing: socks
Favorite store: :)
Favorite color: gray
Last time you laughed: today
Your best friend: mom
Best place you go to over and over: Toronto
Person who emails you regularly: haha
Favourite place to eat: Italy!

Feel free to do this if you're just lounging around and looking for something fun to do. Consider yourselves tagged :) Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and catch you later!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Jenny Humphrey looking not so bad!

As you all probably know by now, I am a huge Gossip Girl fan and have been watching it steady since it first came out. Jenny Humphrey is probably my least favourite female character on that show (well... tied with Vanessa, at least) and the character's wardrobe choices recently seldom have left me wanting for more. However, I was browsing around, looking at set photos and came across the above shot from next week's upcoming episode.

Dare I say... I love this look! I'm glad they toned down the red-lipped racoon face she had going on for the past 20 episodes. She looks quite lovely with a toned down smokey eye and a neutral lip. Her outfit is hot as well. Now let's hope that the episode will also rock :)

Have a good night, everyone!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Some monday night "droolworthy"-ness...

Sexy handbag alert!!!

Here's Hilary Duff (an actress that I didn't mind until she started polluting Gossip Girl with her eyelash-fluttering), with a gorgeous Givenchy Nightingale handbag. It's larger than the other ones I've spotted, and the chain detail is to die for.
Sadly about $2500 stand between me and this bag, so for now all I can do is admire it in photos :)


I hope everyone had a great weekend, with it being Halloween and all - growing up in eastern Europe, I was completely oblivious to this phenomenon. Now I've embraced it (as you will see in the photo below... haha)
I went out with a group of friends and had a very itchy scalp due to my 2 blonde wigs - but it was a success! I dressed up as an 80's bright pink Barbie doll, like the kind I used to play with as a child. I originally wanted to do the 1959 version and I even have a bathing suit similar to the one Barbie wears, but it was absolutely freezing and storming here this weekend, thus a bathing suit wouldn't have made me too happy. Without further ado, here we go:

I've gotten a few comments from friends that it looks like Elle from Legally Blonde (due to the skirt/jacket combination), but it was the brightest pink thing I could find when I rushed out to search for things at the local thrift store. Pink ruffly lace top was purchased at Urban Behavior (a cheap Canadian Forever 21 type store), shoes are from Aldo, and sunglasses are also from Aldo (I can't believe they're part of their regular stock... haha).
2 wigs were layered on top of each other, and I slapped on the make-up pretty thick to get that flawless doll face.
I went with purple for the eyes (MAC's Fashion Groupie eyeshadow, MAC Dollymix blush on eyes and on cheeks, and the 2 purples from the Urban Decay Ammo palette).
For the lips, none other than YSL Rouge Volupte #7, Lingerie Pink!
Sticking with bright pastels, I opted for China Glaze "For Audrey" on the nails.

How was your weekend?

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