Normally I never start dressing until at least late October, but this year I was given the opportunity to start in August, a very hot August.
The summer here in South Eastern Ontario was brutally hot, so even though I had the opportunity to dress, it was too sweltering to do so most times. I tried, I really tried to dress on some of the warm days not wanting to waste the time that I had, but in 25-degree heat, I was sweating again after even having a cold shower and foundation does not apply well at all on a sweaty face.
But now that fall is starting to creep in and the days and nights are getting cooler it’s way better. And with the extra time I have had in this seasonal transition period I have been heading out of doors for some better picture taking. I was able to head out last weekend and get some pictures of myself in the beginning of the layering/sweater weather season.
I started with working on my makeup, using mostly products from the Maybelline Fit Me lines I have been picking up. I am really, really loving the Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation in Buff Beige (130). The coverage is awesome and the match is what I have been dreaming of. I was also trying out the Maybelline Master Blush Color and Highlight kit. This is the first time I have really used a highlighter and I really liked how it turned out, just an extra little POP.
For my lips, I used some Maybelline Color Sensation lipstick in Blissful Berry (410), it’s a gorgeous berry shade but does not really show up great because my cameras are not the greatest. I spent a lot of extra time on my eyes this time and used my Covergirl Trunaked Dazed palette which has some really striking colors in it if you are trying to make a statement.
So after I had my makeup all done I decided to start casual with just a pair of jeans and a few tops and get a bit dressier from there. The first top is longer with slits on both sides. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it has a red metallic thread woven throughout the top which gives it a really nice look.
I first tried A infinity sweater. I think these were popular about 5-6 years ago but I have not seen any recently. It looked okay, but with the ammount of extra fabric this piece has it’s probably easier just to get a basic top and a scarf.
I then moved onto a knee length cardigan which I think is my favorite look of all. I love how this sweater trails behind you in the wind when you walk. With the extra large holes in the knit, I doubt it would be the warmest but it lookes nice.
I changed from the shimmery top to a sleeveless wrap top with a ruffle. This is more of a summer top but with the right sweater it could be a bright pick me up into the cooler fall. I paired it with a black ruffled bolero.
I moved on from the tops and pants and tried a dress that I had purchased back at the start of 2016 but have not worn a lot. It’s long sleeved, so it’s perfect for cooler weather and the fabric is a bit heavier. It has a slit up the leg on the left side. With the long sleeves I would not wear a sweater with this but I may try and pick up a shawl to go along with it
So there are some of my fall picks. I am sure as the weather gets cooler andI still have some decent time outside I will have some more posts to throw up.
I love trying new brands, looks and styles. I love being able to sit down at my makeup mirror and just practise putting it all on and seeing how much better I get each time. The only thing I really need now is more time to use it all in.
So here for you to see is all the products I am using or testing out.
Just like everything else you need the right tools for the right job, same goes for makeup. I have invested in some decent, but not overly expensive brushes and sponges that seem to be working for me.
I have brushes from Still Cosmetics, E.L.F. and EcoTools. I have also been using Joe Fresh foundation sponges along with a Quo Blending sponge.
Moisturiser gets your skin ready for your makeup. This is all I apply before as I don’t use primers or anything else. Olay complete had lots of positive reviews and really works well in my opinion. It does not leave your face feeling greasy and sets in really quick.
Recently I finally found my perfect match with Maybelline Fit me Matte + Poreless foundation in Buff Beige (130). I really like the finish and so far it looks good in pictures. I had picked up a couple of different shades and I know I will have to get some more because right now I am still tanned from working outside all the time
Currently using Maybelline, Covergirl and E.L.F. The Covergirl and E.L.F. are both stick style and the Maybelline is a liquid type.
I have been using Covergirl CG Smoothers powder and just recently picked up some Maybelline Fit me loose finishing powder which I am really enjoying to use to set my foundation.
Blush and Highlighter
When it comes to blush or highlighter I am a total Noob. To be honest I always forget that I even have a blush palette to use most of the time. But if I do remember, My E.L.F. Eyeshadow palette contains a entire blush collection plus I bought a E.L.F. Rose gold blush/highlighter combo. I have tried the highlighter a couple of times now and really like the way it looks so I will be working more with it.
My second favourite makeup product and you can tell by the amount I have of it. I love how I can mix colours to make new types of looks. Using E.L.F., Covergirl and Wet n Wild.
Mascara and Eyeliner
I’ve never really had luck with pencil style eyeliners, but lord knows I tried. I find they always jump causing a dotted line effect or maybe I’m not doing it right. I have taken the plunge and started using liquid eyeliner and I gotta say I really, really like how they work. It takes no pressure at all to leave a nice dark line along the eyelid. Does take some extra time to use and learn though.
I have liners by Mary Kay, E.L.F. and Maybelline.
Hands down my favourite part of my makeup routine. I started with very muted shades at first but have moved up to very vibrant reds and pinks.
Been using Covergirl, Revlon, Maybelline, L’oreal, Mary Kay, Lancome and E.L.F.
Eye Makeup Remover
To take my eye makeup off I have been using the Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover. I have not tried many other methods, but this seems to work really well. Takes off all the shadows, liner and mascara. It does not take very much at all to completely remove everything.
I don’t have the package for these because they work so well for me the contents outlasted the box. They are Olay Daily facials, and are great for removing all the rest of the makeup off your face.
They are dry and you just add some warm water and foam them up. Plus if you want to get even more mileage out of them you could cut them in half. I am not sure if this style is even made any more.
So there you have it, everything that I usualy use in my makeup routine.
I was a little bored the other night and while searching the vastness of the internets came across some makeup question tags on various blogs. I decided to have a little fun and answer them for myself. Over the years my appreciation for makeup has grown and I love to use and practise with it every free chance I get.
I pulled these questions from 3 different blogs and kinda mixed them all together and also deleted questions I could not answer, and then added a few of my own.
While reading this just keep in mind that my makeup knowledge is limited to the few drugstore brands and only one other that I have been able to try in all my Dressing. I wish I did, but I do not have the budget to go off and try everything that I would like too. That list is far too long and expensive.
I have added the links at the bottom of the post to where I found these questions. I am not trying to steal anything and want to give credit back to where I found them.
1: Do you remember your first makeup item? Yes, Way back sometime in 1996 the wife was gracious enough to take me out and help me purchase my first makeup. Some really bad eyeshadow and some fire engine red lipstick. Looking back not the best color choices but I needed to learn.
2: What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation? Full.
3: What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? M.A.C.
4: Favorite drugstore brand? Covergirl, Revlon or E.L.F.
5: Do you wear fake eyelashes? No
6: What is your most cherished beauty product? The very first “Real” brush set I ever purchased.
7: How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? Usually, I’ll wait and save some money then splurge.
8: Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? I hate to say it but freely.
9: Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards, and sales when you shop for cosmetics? As much as possible.
10: What type of product do you buy the most of? Lipstick, with eyeshadow a close second.
11: Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand? I don’t think I have tried one yet that I would say I can’t stand.
12: Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? Mostly Shoppers Drug Mart, sometimes Rexall.
13: Favorite bath and body brand? Olay
14: If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose? My favorites are all over the spectrum of brands. I could not pick just one to use at this point.
15: What brand do you think has the best packaging? I always thought the Mary Kay compacts were a good idea. Although their eyeshadow pans are very small you could customize 3 eyeshadows, blush and a lipstick.
16: Do you belong to any online makeup communities? Yes, MakeupAlley
Well the summer of 2018 is almost over and what do I have to show for it.
It’s been hot here in South eastern Ontario, one of the hottest that I can ever remember. We had almost a whole week with a heat warning in effect where the temperature was in the high 30’s and when you factor in the Humidex it felt more lit it was in the 40’s, not fun to be in at all.
But heat aside the Summer was a pretty good one for Family and Myself, we have had time to get out fishing and swimming and just spend some time together. Also I have been able to get some dressing in which I normally never do until the colder months like late September, but I was given the opportunity and took it.
Before dressing though I was able to save up some money and treat myself to some new makeup, I may have went a little overboard on the Lipsticks but what can I say, I love a bold red lip now. Between my saved up money and my points from Shoppers Drug Mart. I spent no more than 35.00 on new lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation and mascara which when you think about it is not a lot at all.
I picked up all the make up with sale prices of at least half off and some I had coupons for that gave me mega points towards money off again so all in all it was a very good deal. My favourite’s right now is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks, I love the feel and I love the colour pay on this brand. I was able to pick up 4 new ones which were 2 creams and 2 mattes. The colours were Certainly Red, Love is On, So Lit! and Red Rules the World.
The only tried the cream ones so far, but both really really pop when on and don’t seem to make me look too bad.
Along with my my Lipsticks I also picked up some new Mascara as I have never used it very much and need all the experience I can get with it. I picked up some Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express. The formulation seems to be okay and does seem to add some volume to my lashes, but I did not pay attention and picked up blue. Does not seem to make a big difference.
And seeing as I love eyeshadow as well I had to pick up the new Covergirl Trunaked pallet in Dazed. I have 4 of these now and I really like the way they go on and how much coverage I can get out of these.
But Possibly my best buy of all was some new Fit me Matte+Poreless foundation from Maybelline in 130 Buff Beige. If you have ever read my blog before you will know I have spent years trying to find the right shade of foundation with no luck yet. Someone on Twitter told me to try and Maybelline Fit me line and I was not disappointed. I did pick up a few and ended up getting one that to me seems to be a great match. It covers well and seems to leave a nice surface that does not accentuate my pores, which other foundations I have tried do. I am so happy I found this.
I decided since I have the time and there is no snow on the ground, I was going to leave my comfort area and head out of doors which I don’t normally do while dressed. I do live in a very rural area, but it’s not uncommon for people to just either head up to the house or just show up unexpected. Needles to say I did feel exposed while outside of the house in broad daylight, but it was a thrill and I can’t wait to do it some more. It was pretty hot while dressed so I am hoping by the time fall rolls around I will have more pictures to take.
So the last time I was trying to use my makeup I was having a hell of a time, I have so much stuffed into a small box it’s almost impossible to find what I want to use. I decided it was time to sit down and really take a look at what I had, what I needed and what I could get rid of and start getting it a little bit more organized.
We don’t have a lot of space to store all my stuff, and since it’s not really a priority it has to be all packed away after I am done using it. That’s where my overflowing makeup bins comes into play.
There is way more stuff packed into here than there should be at this point and I have already down sized (A bit) by giving some stuff to the Wife and Kid. Plus now I need to add all the stuff I picked up on sale from the Holidays. What to do?
I headed off to the Dollar store and picked up the same type of box I already have most of the makeup in because I dropped the other one and it’s pretty much done.
As well as a new box I also picked up some drawer organizers and a cosmetics case to keep all my new brushes in. I would rather have a roll-up brush holder because I think these would be a better option to protect the brushes, but at this time I can’t seem to find one. The wife suggested the art store so I may have to take a trip downtown.
I started by emptying the whole box out on the bed and trying to figure out exactly what I have.
Got rid of some and moved some others into a second box for products that I don’t use all the time or brand new ones still in packages like sponges.
I tried as best as I could to separate into smaller piles so I could sort them into their own bins. I figured the smaller pots would work well to hold all my lipstick’s and the larger ones would be better to hold eyeliners and mascara while the last big one would hold all my eyeshadow’s
The drawer organizers do not really fit in the bin like I wanted them to but for the time being, they will work just fine keeping things apart from each other. The only saving grace is that after I put all of my eyeliners and mascara in the bottom pan I was able to stack the upper pan with all of my eyeshadow palettes on top and it still seems to work ok.
Of course, all of my brushes in their protective cases from the store would not fit into the cosmetics bag. Once removed they fit just fine but I was still a little leery about putting my new E.L.F. eye brushes into the case unprotected due to the very small and fine bristles on the head.
I had a great idea to place them into one of the smaller cases before placing them into the larger case, Worked just great. Also, some of the brushes also came with a protective slipcover that pulls up over the bristles, I left them in place for added protection.
This is not my ultimate storage solution but for the time being, it will have to do. Someday I would love to have a nice vanity in the corner where all my stuff can be set out and stay in one place instead of having to cram it back into a box.
So yesterday was a cleaning and chore day, but I did not wear myself out because I had plans for dressing in the evening.
During breaks between cleaning, I had decided to make a new pair of longer rounded nails for the night. Recently I had picked up some new Revlon nail polish on sale and other than on my toes I had not used them yet. I made them longer than I normally do but I wanted something a little more fancy for the night.
After finishing all my chores it was around 4 pm and I had my shower and shaved my face. I was going to do a full face of makeup but just slapped on a coat of Covergirl Colorlicious lipstick in Bombshell pink. I like how this feels on the lips and the amount of color but it is very staining so if I needed to get it off quickly, this is not something I would reach for.
I decided that this would be a casual night with trying on some recent hand me downs from the wife. I pulled on my only pair of Jeans, a floral embroidered pair from Addition Elle and pulled on the first top which was a short sleeved animal print top from Laura Plus. It has a gold ring stitched into the center of the neck line that add’s a little pop to it. I paired it with an Infinity sweater from Addition Elle and tossed on my heels and voila, Casual night in.
I decided to pop into another top I recently picked up which is a black and white sleeveless top with an attached silver chain with plastic crystals.
Normally I would not wear anything that is sleeveless because I do not really want to draw attention to my arms but I was able to pair this with a longer Addition Elle crocheted sweater top.
After getting all dressed I applied my nails and sat back and watched some Netflix and surfed the web.
It was a pretty uneventful night which is just the way I like them.
I had planned on putting this posting out on Monday the 2nd of January, as you can see I got a little behind. Well better late than never.
Well, we made it, Yet another trip around the sun and here were are fresh and new in 2017. I hope all my Readers and Friends had a great New Years Eve. Mine was slow paced and I didn’t even make it to midnight but that’s okay it was still fun enough. I was able to dress and just hang around the house with some movies and snacks and have a laid back easy night.
I did take some pictures and tweeted them through the night but I figured I would post them all here as well for my first blog post of 2017.
So I had planned to start getting ready Friday night after work (Shower and shave legs) but that did not pan out at all, after spending the day outside in the cold I was exhausted. Normally I can make it from 4 to 10 pm but Friday night I had to take a nap from 5 to 7 just to be able to get back on my feet. After waking up I was still somewhat tired so decided against doing anything more than painting my toenails and pulling all my stuff out of storage.
After finding all my boxes I was at least partially ready to get things going for Saturday night.
The box on the Very top is all my makeup and the one below that is all Lingerie. The box on the right of that is stockings, pantyhose and where I keep my forms. The big green box is all clothes plus there were about 2 more bags from summer sales that I still have not had time to put away in the box. I should really clean that box out because I know there is some at the bottom that I never wear anymore. It would be great if there was enough closet space to hang all this up but alas there is not.
The box on the floor at left is nail polish and on the right is more stuff like deodorant, facial cleansers and moisturizer.
Saturday morning I was slow getting going and was out of bed at around 7 am. Coffee was a must and after about 4 or so cups I was ready to go. I decided I needed a nice new set of nails for the night so I set about making up a set. I decided to do something other than the squared oval that I have been doing.
I have searched before online to try and find some type of guide to nail shaping but is seems most times they are done the nails are already attached to the person before they are cut and filed into the profile wanted. It was easier said than done but I was able to measure the length I wanted and then use a circle template to roughly mark out the rounded shape I wanted. I then cut the excess off and finished off with some custom nail files I had made that have more grit for taking off material faster. I was pretty happy with how the shaping turned out and decided to go with a color that up until that point I had not used called Glistening Plum that I used on my toes Friday night.
I was really happy with how these turned out and extremely happy with this color. If the lights hit these just the right way they almost look metallic like in the top photo.
So after finishing the nails and getting a little bit of cleaning and some laundry done it was close to about 2 in the afternoon so it was off to the shower with some of my favorite stuff to really start to get ready. I love to take my time when having a shower, there is nothing worse than being rushed and missing a ton of hairs on your leg. I have been using the Gillette Venus Swirl razor for over a year now and out of all that I have tried I really like it the best. My only complaint here is with the Shave Gel, I can’t say I am really crazy about the smell but overall is decent to use. The original type I used does not seem to be made anymore, I am a little sad over that.
After taking my time in the shower it was still only about a quarter after 3 and I was so excited for the new nails that I just had to get them on right away, this was a bad idea.
The nails take me anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes to apply. Getting all the adhesive strips on then removing the second part and then finally applying the nail all takes time and patience as to not screw things up. As I was sitting there admiring my new beautiful nails I realized I was not dressed yet or had my make up on. I was not about to take them off because even though I have lots of the adhesive strips they no longer sell them at the beauty store so what I have left has to last me. This was going to be a real challenge.
Now I sometimes have a hard time doing my bra strap up as it is because I prefer to do it up from the back which I hear is less wear and tear on the garment than doing it up from the front and then spinning it around. I had to fiddle with it but was pretty happy with myself after finishing the last of the 4 clasps. Now came the pantyhose. I have a hard time with pantyhose on the best of days, my hands are so rough that even my skin can snag on them and make it almost impossible to get on let alone with new long nails that I am still getting used to wearing. After some fidgeting, swear words and some close calls I was now again one step closer.
Now makeup……..This again was going to be a little bit of a task seeing as now I was having a hard time opening up my compacts and cases to get the products I needed to use. Foundation was easy but the eye shadow cases seemed to be a bit of an issue but I perceived and even though it was not one of my best jobs the face was done.
For my first outfit, I decided to go with a short sleeve lace dress I had picked up from Penningtons in late December before Christmas. It seemed like a festive little number. I paired the dress with a black cover-up that my wife had recently given
me and I thought it finished the look off pretty well
Of course, you can’t stick with just one outfit all night, so it was time to change.
My second pick for the night was a lace pencil skirt from Penningtons and a lace 2 piece top from Addition Elle. Looking back at the pictures now I am thinking it was maybe a little too much lace but it was fun to wear for the rest of the night.
When 10 pm rolled around I was dead on my feet so I packed it in for the night and headed to bed. On Sunday I still had some time to kill do I decided to paint my natural nails which is something I don’t get very much chance to do. When it was all said and done they did not meet my expectations and the pictures I tried to take did not turn out at all so needless to say I was not really happy, but it was practice.
So that was my New Years Weekend, nothing too exciting but it was fun for me.