Monday, April 28, 2014

Mini Makeup haul- Sephora and Marshalls

Back in high school I used to wear foundation on a daily basis since I wanted to cover up my pores. Then I stopped caring as much about how I looked when I attended university and stopped using makeup till mid January 2014 that is when I had dropped out of school temporary. After I realized I was left with lots of free time as I am unemployed at the same time so I decided to catch up with all the beauty trends and started watching some beauty gurus on youtube. I was surprised how well some of the products worked for them so I figured I had to get my hands on those products to test out myself. This is my first sephora haul that isn't a gift from my boyfriend and I feel proud that I saved up for it with the money I made participating in online surveys and in person research studies held at my school to make some allowance money. As of now, I already gotten 2 part time job offers so until I get my first few paychecks my makeup collection won't be growing as fast as my interest towards makeup and super soft makeup brushes.
This is my mini beauty haul: 
I usually wear drug store foundation which ranges $10-15 but I never understood if it was me or the makeup since it just never covered my redness that well even with concealor or when I layered my foundation. I read a lot of reviews on the sephora website about the kat von d tattoo foundation to find out most agree that the product coverage is so high you don't need concealer then I decided to buy it. The packaging is really pretty, the bottle and the pump design feels very luxrious when you pick it up. My first impression I was just astonished by the results since I have a lot of redness due to sensitive skin. By a lot I mean more than half my face on both sides got redness all over and around my nose area too. I also have big pores, I find that this product does minimize the look of my pores like other foundations I tried but it has better coverage. The foundation is pretty thick compared to ones I have bought in the past though I still find it easy to apply and I'm mentioning this because one of my friend didn't like the texture. This product has a matte finish, I find it last about 4-5 hours on my combination skin before I start to notice my nose look a bit shiny. I personally hate my face looking shiny so I could easily fix the look with powder or blot sheets then reapply a bit of the product. I don't like how this product makes my dry skin more obvious since the product clings on to the pieces of dry skin which they normally don't look that visible without foundation. Overall I would rate the product 8/10 since it is a bit pricey too.  
I haven't tried the porefessional product yet since I have been obsessed with the tattoo foundation and fasincinated by the high coverage. I got the product because of all the hype and good review hope it lives up to my expectations when I get the chance to try it out. It's a bit pricey for the amount you get hopefully a little goes a long way and I wish sephora had the bigger size in stock. As for the eye lash glue I got it because I ran out of my last one and needed one more item to qualify for free shipping (haha). I also went to Marshalls on the same day to look for some real techniques brushes but they didn't have the ones I was looking for. I did end up buying 2 other brushes by essential beauty which I never heard of them before. The bronzer brush cost $8 and the blush brush cost $7 these were the only 2 left of this copper gold color (I swear in stores the color looked more gold which is why I bought these on impulse but oh well still like them). 

The next 2 pictures are a comparison of the size of the brushes.

Both brushes are super soft duo fibre and haven't shed after washing. The bronzer brush is more dense and softer compared to the blush brush. I would recommend the bronzer brush if you ever see this brush selling at Marshalls it blends out my bronzer really nicely to give a softer and more natural contoured look. 
What is your favourite foundation and makeup brush? I really want to add the real techniques blush brush to my collection it looks uber soft plus in pink one of my favourite colour!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Have you met Bubbles ?

You know when Barney from How I met your mother says "Haaaaaaave you met Ted?" well that inspired me to name my title.  Bubbles is my 7 months old puppy, he is a shih tzu, pomeranian and jack russel mix who is about 20lbs. He is my first pet and I am still learning everyday to be a great mom to my puppy. It was a great decision to buy him but to be honest I did have some doubts of keeping him during the first two months. I got him at a bad time since it was a few weeks before final started for university. During the first month he whined almost every time he was alone and he would wake up every few hours at night whining which lead me to be sleep deprived. I had to give up a lot of my time for my new puppy to play and nuture him properly while also preparing for finals. It was difficult but I am so glad I made it past those hardship and never gave up on both of us. 

Bubbles still whines maybe one or twice a day from loneliness but it is definitely easier to handle now as he stops whining pretty quickly. He eats 2-3 meals a day and excretes less often woot. He doesn't like eating out of his food bowl so he would try to knock the food out on to the ground. He loves it when we feed him especially when he is lying on his bed you just put the food near him he will try to stretch his neck out as far to reach it since he's lazy to get up. There's something I honestly don't understand. He would chew off paint and wood of the closet frame, chew the wood off his gate, a plastic handle of his toy...etc but he gets so picky with his actual food which probably taste better and have more flavor. His sleeping pattern has adjusted to the same time as ours so he would fall asleep from 11pm and doesn't whine till about 9am to clean up his mess. We usually try to clean it as soon as he lets us know to prevent him from eating his poop. I don't know if he really likes us cleaning up after him since he learned to hide his poop, we have found it in his cage and under his blanket before so we always have to check when we clean up. On the bright side he is always full of energy, love socializing especially with strangers and very welcoming when we get home. The things I miss which he grew out of is his constant hiccups and him sitting on my lap whereas now he just comes up to sit beside me. 

For some unknown reason when I put him in my room at night time he tends to stay up and wonder around to chew my things that's sitting on the floor but he sleeps right away in my boyfriend's room. I do get a bit upset because I want to sleep with my puppy who is ridiculously fluffy and cuddly. I hope this post gives you a basic idea what it's like being a pet parent and help make your decision about getting a pet or not. Feel free to ask me questions about my experience. 

These two pics are taken on his first day (8.5 weeks old) at a new home he looked so fluffy, tiny and precious. Miss him being this size.

This is him getting his manicure done by me and showing them off haha. I'm actually teaching him the trick "leave it" and he is just waiting for me to let him eat the pieces of carrot. 
Okays maybe he doesn't fall asleep hugging his stuffy but I couldn't help it for the picture.
One of his favourite things to do is looking out the window, he can sit there for hours looking at other animals passing by in my backyard, birds flying in the sky or my neighbour's kids jumping on their trampoline. I find it really cute when he is standing up against the window and alternating stepping side to side due to excitement.
Yes, my puppy is spoiled I recently upgraded him food/water container to this one so he wouldn't have to bend his neck so much. I mixed his wet and dry food but he's obviously being super picky with his food and spitting out the dry food all over the kitchen floor. 
Finally spring came so it was nice to take him out for a longer walk to the pond 
Here is a picture of him falling asleep while keeping his head up.  

Hope you guys enjoyed looking at the pictures of this little guy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Plushie

Hi guys, this blog post isn't a tutorial it's intended to share with you guys my new loved hobby. Once I find a new hobby that I get super hooked onto, I find myself spending my days away on that hobby. I'm sure some of you guys are the same; like some guys gaming, they just can't put the controller down. Well for this hobby, I couldn't put my sewing needle down. I basically get lost in my hobby world and forget what's going on around me. This only takes someone with some basic sewing skills by hand and know how to make or find plushie patterns online to get started. 
These are so worth making, it takes about 1-3 hours to make a plushie depending on level of difficulty and the detailings but once you finish these little guys you feel a surge of success and happiness. You can buy the materials all from dollar store except for the stuffing which you can buy from a craft store. The felt pieces approx 30cmx20cm cost about $0.56 with tax and it's enough to make 2 mochi plushies. The cost of making one plushie isn't a lot but it may cost you some money to start but if you decide to make a bunch of plushie it's not going to cost that much overall. You may also be able to buy a pillow that uses stuffing and you can take it apart which is what I did since I got the pillow for free from Leon's giveaway around Christmas time and it was just sitting around. Have fun trying this out! Pictures below. 
This is the first plushie I made and it's great for starters. You can easily find templates and tutorials of this. Isn't he so cute? 
I'm a sushi fan so I had to make and add him to my collection 
I made this one for my little cousin. 
Part of my plushie collection: