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Friday, June 22, 2012

Shop it Out:

I live in a small town and often can't find everything I'd like in local stores. That and I don't always want the same things everybody else has. Thanks to modern technology, it's pretty easy to resolve such a problem.

One of my favourite online shops happens to be Bleu Dame*. I originally found them while looking for headbands (waay back in 2008) and have been ordering ever since.They carry a bit of everything, but they specialize in sunglasses and jewelry/accessories. Over the years, they've expanded to include bags, hats, gifts, and clothing. I love that shipping is only $2.95 for US and Canada. Yes, even to Canada! It is seriously the lowest shipping ever, and thanks to the flat rate, you can shop your butt off and never pay a penny more than that. What is not to love?

They've recently redesigned their website (it's looking super stylish) and have started selling some higher end items, but still at great prices. Everything they sell is reasonablly priced and the quality of everything I've gotten has been great. I'm a fan of their scarves ( I have at least 10) and their necklaces and earrings.

A few items that might just have to hop into my cart:

Swatched: Gosh Attitude

Last month, I rescued two Gosh polishes from the clearance bin at my local drugstore. They were all alone and needed someone to care for them and give them a loving home. I'm so glad I was there, you never know who could have gotten their hands on them.

Attitude is a deep almost cobalt blue with a jelly-cream finish. It does require a few coats to be completely opaque, I ended up with 2-3. Some nails look a bit patchy in the photographs, but that wasn't visible in person.

I haven't gotten to play around with this yet, but I think it could make an interesting look if paired with a glitter. I'm thinking of layering it with Nfu Oh GS05, a chunky holographic. The colour itself, isn't super unique, but it is gorgeous and super shiny.

Gosh hasn't been a very accessible brand for me in the past, but my local drugstore just got a permanent display of Gosh, so I suspect I'll be picking up a few more in the future. Do you have any Gosh polishes? Which shades do you recommend?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

I've been going steady with Blistex Lip Medix since I was in seventh grade (which, was almost.... well let's just say it was a long time ago.) It really is an amazing product: inexpensive, portable, and most importantly, worked like magic. It was my go to, and I've been known to have a pot, yes, always the pot version, stashed everywhere. I tried the stick once and it just wasn't the same.

So, before this turns into a full on Lip Medex rave, let's get to the main subject: Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Dior DiorSkin Forever Invisible Retouch Powder

I usually don't spend my makeup budget... well okay, it's not really a budget, but whatever. I don't tend to purchase really expensive products. I have a few pricier items, but I tend to feel a bit silly (I hate the word silly, but you know) spending so much on one product, especially when I know it's the brand name that is bumping up the price and not necessarily the quality of the product.

All that said, I did spoil myself a bit and purchased Dior's DiorSkin Forever Wear-Extending Invisible Retouch Powder for my birthday. I won't lie, spending $42 CAD on this felt a bit wrong, but I was still pretty excited to give it a try.

"The 1st invisible pressed powder by Dior. Light and non-cakey, DiorSkin Forever Invisible Retouch Powder instantly refreshes and extends the wear of makeup for a fresh, matte complexion all day long. The powder contains ingredients that help the skin to protect itself against external stressors such as pollution and free radicals, for comfortable and flawless stay-true beauty throughout the day." -product box


I must have had a harsh case of snap-happy the day I took these photos. When I finally got around to editing them I was a bit shocked at how many there were. Oh, well, you've all had a proper look at it I guess. As you can see this compact looks is a bit bigger than your average. For comparison MAC Studio Careblend is 10g while this is 12g. The deep blue with silver accents is also quite stylish. While it didn't capture well on camera, the compact top also has a CD emblem that 'glows' through when in the light hits it. The compact also comes packaged securely in a velvety pouch, which is a nice touch, but in the end a bit useless for day to day use. The pouch, along with the sponge applicator that came with the powder are both useless for me, so I tossed them (buh-bye!) I have a little twist up brush that lives in my purse for touch ups. I find the sponges to be icky. I don't want to store something that's rubbed all over my face stored on top of my product. Eww, just eww.

Dior DiorSkin Forever Invisible Retouch Powder 001 Light

 Dior DiorSkin Forever Invisible Retouch Powder 001 Light

While the product is labeled as transparent, there are three colour options (light, medium, and deep.) I have the shade 001 Light. The colour is very sheer, which is something I look for in a powder, and won't change the colour of your foundation. 

I don't even know where to start with this... it's jsut, wow. This is the most amazing powder I've ever used. I thought I liked my other MAC powders (sorry MAC) but this is... really good. It is soft and delicate feeling, and when you swatch it, it disappears onto your skin. It took quite a few passes to get enough built up to get a photo. It melds onto your skin invisibly and leaves it looking flawless. The description says it is a matte finish, but I don't care for the matte look, and I wouldn't call this matte. It leaves your skin looking naturally amazing. 

I don't tend to reapply powder through the day, my skin normally doesn't need it, but if you happen to need a touch up every now and then, this is the product for you. It just doesn't cake! It stays beautifully silky and natural. I'm not sure how this fares in terms of mattifying oily skin as it isn't a problem for me, but I honestly think it would probably stand up to the challenge.

Overall, I love this powder! This ended up being my best splurge yet. Have you tried this powder? Do you have an expensive item in your stash that you love?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

For Dad

 Rick and Bailey at Nan's 1987

June 6th marked one year without my dad. While this technically isn't my first Father's Day without him, it is the first of such that I'm able to truly appreciate everything he was to me. As cliche as it sounds, it's not often that you know what you've lost until it's gone. I always thought he'd be here, he seemed so indestructible. He could fix what seemed impossibly broken, braved disgustingly hair filled bathroom drains to find rouge diamond earrings, drove miles to pick up three college kids on the side of the road, in the middle of the night, in the worst part of the city... I could go on for days.

While time has made it easier to remember all the good times the absence is astoundingly clear. I don't know where I fall in terms of the afterlife, but Dad, wherever you are, know you're missed and loved and will always be remembered.

I hope everyone has a moment today to appreciate their Dad for everything he is or was. Dad's don't always show it, but they all have a soft side and sometimes need a bit of a reminder of how much you care.

Review: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick- Heavenly and Divine

The CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks were quite popular in blog-land when they were first introduced, but somehow, I never partook in the fanfare. A few weeks ago I spotted these on sale and couldn't help but pick up two shades that caught my eye: Heavenly and Divine.

"Enriched with Silk Moisturizing Complex, our formula helps sustain levels of moisture and helps create soft, smoother, beautiful lips in just 7 days.*" (*vs. bare lips) -CoverGirl

 CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks- Heavenly and Divine

Friday, June 15, 2012

Recent Empties II

It's no secret that I love the thrill of a nice haul every now and then, but lately, I've become hooked on a better 'high'... finishing a product. I don't know about you, but there is just something that feels pretty fantastic about the satisfaction of finishing something up. 

YSL Toning & Cleansing Micellar Water and Evian Brumisateur Facial Mist

YSL Toning & Cleansing Micellar Water was a deluxe sample from Sephora, and at 2.5fl.oz/75ml it was quite generous. As a micellar water it was just okay. It didn't really remove mascara that well and it had more of a scent than I would have liked. It was a clean, fresh scent, it was just a little on the strong side. I can't see myself purchasing the full size.

Swatched: Revlon Zealous

This is an odd colour... I've been through a spectrum of feelings in regards to it. When I first saw it I thought it was kind of lemony and limey, a more subdued take on the neon trend. Then I got it home and it looked a bit too... just too somehow. Then it was on my nails and it seemed just plain wrong. I'm still not too sure what to think of it.

As you can see, the shade changes in differing lights. The brighter the lighting the more yellow it looks, while in lower, dull light you get the lime tones. Zealous also has a glass like shimmer that catches the light and provides a lit from within glow. The formula of this is super thin. I was impatient and loaded it on in three thick coats (which I don't recommend) as it did bubble a bit. These are my second set of photos with this polish and I was not impressed that I had to do it again. I don't know if it was me, the camera, or the polish, but between blurry photos and lighting issues I had a hard time with this one.

What do you think of this shade? I honestly doubt I'll ever wear it. What was I thinking?

Banish Nail Polish Streaks...

You know when you see a really gorgeous metallic nail polish? What is the first thought that coems to your mind? For me, it's streaks. All too often, metallic polishes (or shimmery/frosty shades) apply with brush strokes. Ugh. They're not really a great look. Want them gone?

Go from this...

China Glaze Hook and Line

To this...

In one step! That's the best part really. All you need is a sponge, like an eyeshadow applicator (the ones most of us throw away) or a piece of a cosmetic wedge. After applying your streaky polish of choice,  then lightly stipple it with your sponge. Let it sit a second (it will look worse before it looks better) so the polish can level again. Finish with top coat and voila! Streak free polish. Now, this was not my great idea, I read it on Nail Polish Addiction, but it is such a great idea I just had to share it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

And then there were none...

I've been a bit neglectful in replying to comments the past week or so, and I thought now would the perfect time to get to them. Thing is, they seem to be disappearing... *cue eerie horror movie soundtrack*

I LOVE reading your comments, and I still get embarrassingly giddy every time I open my email and see the notifications, and I tend to remember the comments. Where am I going with this? If you're comment is gone, don't think I went all super bitch and deleted it, I can see it on my Disqus dashboard, it just isn't on the site. If you know how to fix this, I'd really appreciate the help.

Anybody else having issues with Disqus?

Rage the Machine, Ladies

It should be no secret that a certain company, who I don't even think needs naming (hint: they make those 'undressed' palettes and gorgeously creamy eyeliners that I'm going to miss) is making the move into China.

I don't think I need to repeat the whole debate, we all know it's a crap idea and is all about 'the Benjamins' as someone much hipper than I might say.  What can the average consumer do though? Well first off, don't. Don't consume, that is. Sure, one person who doesn't whip out the plastic doesn't do much to the company's bottom line, but en mass and they're going to get the message. We're pissed and we have a point to make.

Also, you can add your name (and opinions, if you're so inclined) to this petition. It literally takes seconds. Will we make the big, bad corporation see the error of their ways? Likely, not (I'm being realistic here, okay?), but at least by banding together we'll show them there is more to the cosmetic purchasing women who make up their target audience. We have brains and aren't afraid to rattle a few feathers to get our message across.

Monday, June 11, 2012

BIG things are Gonna Happen...

Okay, so they may not be BIG, but still, things are going to happen. For starters, IKATW can now be found at! Aewsome-sauce, right? I'm pretty pleased about it!

In the next few days there will also be a few design updates and when everything is all prettified, I'll be hosting a birthday giveaway! My little blog will be turning three and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than thank everyone who has followed/read/commented so far. Hurrah!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

I've done a bit of haul damage the last little while, and now I have a ton of goodies to blog. Problem is, where to start? I couldn't decide, so I figured I might as well get through a few things I've already been loving.

As most know, the Sephora Insiders Birthday gift this year is a set of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments (balms.) I was excited when I got mine, as I have heard a lot of love going around for the product, but at $22 (and more depending on which on you choose) they're a bit pricey, and I never indulged in owing one. That was before I tried them!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Great Colleges Offering Cosmetology Classes

If you love all things beauty, you know that this little obsession can just about take over your life (and your bank account). A passion for color and aesthetics isn’t something all people share, however, and you might want to consider leveraging your beauty instincts into a more fulfilling career. Here are a few top schools, including the training and degree programs available in cosmetology areas:

  • Virginia College – This private college offers career-oriented associate through master’s degree programs. Their diplomas and certificates in cosmetology can get you started on the basics of cutting and styling hair and applying makeup. If you’re more business-oriented, they also have an associate degree in salon management.