Wednesday, September 28, 2011

90% of blog content is recycled.

Or in my case...100%.

I was attempting this no-heat curl tutorial from The Lipstick Diaries and I wasn't going to post anything about it...until the video I had planned for you guys stopped uploading after 401 out of 423 minutes.  Am I bitter?  You judge.


Okay, I've calmed down.
Not enough to actually apply make up or touch up my
skin at all, but enough to write this post.

 A few things when you attempt this:

  • The top layer of my hair was much more curled -- I think it's because I started running out of room on the elastic when I got to the longer layers at the back.  You can kind of tell in the picture below that the longest pieces of hair have a little body to them, but not really a curl like you see in my bangs.
  • I kept worrying the headband would fall off my head.  Granted, it didn't stay as far forward as I hoped; it kind of pulled back towards my crown, but I'm kind of glad that happened or I'd have super tight curls around my face and really loose ones everywhere else.
  • Spray liberally with hairspray if your hair is as stick-straight as mine.  I'm going to play with the idea of hitting it with my hair dryer's hot then cool blast.
  • The tutorial was for vintage curls but since my hair is so resistant to heat-less curl, it just ended up looking like beachy waves.
  • I'm so into this heat-less thing.  Big sweeping declaration: this year, my hair will be long AND healthy!  It has been said, it shall be done!

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Best Hair Trick

This is nothing revolutionary, creative or original but I've been using this so often that I can't not write about it.

It's exactly what it looks like.

I first discovered this about seven years ago when my high school forced us to go on a winter camping trip.  For me, that meant four days of unwashed hair.  Not so much a problem now, but back then, I had this nasty habit of washing my hair everyday, without fail.  It was after that hideous experience that I immediately set about having my hair last longer between washes.

Anyway, my friend (who you may remember from this post) brought a giant bottle of baby powder with her and I was immediately curious.  I originally thought it was to keep her socks dry to prevent Legionnaires' Disease, but turns's a greasy hair CURE.  She offered to put some on me but of course, my first thought was: white powder...on my almost-black Asian hair...hmmm.  She convinced me to test a patch and it blended away shockingly well.

Now I can go about six five four days without washing it, but around the third day or so I need a little help.
I dust the tiniest bit into my hands and rub my hands into my scalp.  It's that easy.  Occasionally I'll be wearing some article of black clothing and it'll ruin it, but we'll call that collateral.

I can't use too much because if I powder too heavily, it does turn my hair a little gray.  Not like Jamie Lee Curtis gray (doesn't she just rock it though??) but it looks less dark than before.  Usually with enough finger combing that goes away.

And yes, I've tried a million other dry shampoos that are specifically made for this purpose (as opposed to preventing diaper rash), but none of them work nearly as well.  I'm looking at you Ojon Full Detox Cleansing Spray, Tresemme Fresh Start, Oscar Blandi Invisible Volumizing and T360 Refresh.  These worked for a split second, then immediately made my hair look greasy.  Not impressed.

Friday, September 23, 2011

My New Chanel Love

It's a little late, but this is what I've been wearing for the past week or so.  My Chanel counter never called me when this came in (grrr...bad Holt's!) so I missed out and ended up trekking to Buffalo to get it.  Greatest hitchhike ever.


I have no idea why this is upside down

It's a midtone silver with the most gorgeous shimmer running throughout -- it is the sole reason I'm willing to shell out $28 CAD a bottle.  There is no shimmer in the world that exists that can even compare to Chanel shimmer.  There is a certain depth and opacity that comes with these colours that you simply cannot find in another brand, including salon nail brands like OPI.  I've chosen this photo because it most clearly displays each particle of shimmer like none of the others did.

This is one of those goes-with-everything colours.  This is that I'm-feeling-indulgent-but-lazy-and-want-to-look-polished-so-I'll-choose-this-one colour.  This is that colour that will never let yo udown.  Does it replace Kaleidoscope?  No.  That's too optimistic.  Damn close though.

I'm contemplating making another trip for another bottle just in case when I run out.

I's only a three hour drive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Makeup Favourites

A few things I've been liking...

  1. Revlon Lip Gloss in Nude Lustre and Pearl Plum
  2. Chanel Graphite
  3. Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Parfum
  4. Covergirl Lip Perfection in Rush
  5. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 210
  6. Rimmel Lash Maxxx in Black
  7. Sonia Kashuk Foundation Brush
  8. NYX Eyeshadow Trio in Golden/Rust.Walnut Bronze
  9. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Food of the Day?

Tod's and my first attempt at quinoa!

And just in case it was terrible, we balanced it out with short ribs, green grapes and Kinder Chocolate bars.

What are you having for lunch today?

Seriously, we like looking.

The first thing Tod does when she goes into someone's house is look through their fridge.

Not in a creepy, invasive way.

Monday, September 19, 2011

At Long Last...

Words: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

1. What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
2. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
3. What do you call gym shoes?
4. What do you say to address a group of people?
5. What do you call the kind of spider (or spider-like creature) that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
6. What do you call your grandparents?
7. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
8. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
9. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Back into high gear, folks!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back to School: What to Wear?

For most of my life, I've been in a uniform.  Yes, including the kilt, the tie and the blazer.  Not to mention the boy's oxfords my mom made me wear because girl shoes were too narrow to go around my frog feet and orthotics.  I was that kid.

Every once in a while we'd have these things -- civvies days?  Anyone else have those? Essentially, you pay a dollar (this was back in 1995 -- I'm sure with inflation it's closer to $5 now) to wear normal clothes for a day.  I went to such a strict school that we weren't even allowed to wear jeans on civvies days because they were sloppy.  We got one day a year where you had to pay five (5!) dollars to wear them.  They told us the money went to charity.  I could have cared less, I just wanted to not wear knee socks or tights for a SINGLE day.

This highly uniformed regimen resulted in me having close to no normal clothes. Since I only wore casual clothes on the weekends, I took every single opportunity to dress up.  I would wear my funkiest (yes, I'm a child of the 90s) jeans with my cutest tops and have a ball putting outfits together.

Now here lies the problem: When I came to university, I didn't buy new clothes.  I also thought it would be awesome to be able to pick outfits every single morning.  I was an idiot on both counts.

Picking my outfits got old really fast.  Why?  I didn't want to wake up that early.  It's different in the summer -- you wake up whenever you want and have time to leisurely ponder ripped jeans vs khaki capris.  Not so in college.  Not to mention, since my clothes were so unique, people could identify them immediately.  Oh hey, didn't you wear those purple zebra-print jeans yesterday?  Ew...don't you change your clothes?  Yeah. That was the kind of thing I'm sure went through people's heads.

Finally I buckled down and bought a pair of plain blue jeans and three solid coloured long-sleeved t-shirts and lived in them religiously.  It's been a few years since then and I'm sad to say not much has changed.  Here are my back to school style items...try not to be too overwhelmed with the immense creativity.

I never said I was original.
Okay, so as you can tell...I've made myself a new uniform.  It essentially consists of basic tanks and tees, with skinny bottoms and constantly rotating outerwear.  You know, that's not even true -- I end up wearing the same jacket all season when it's cold enough, but I figure you can't go wrong with a cardigan, a blazer, a leather bomber and a trench.  I also usually end up wearing the cardigan under the other three.  Just in case.

I usually buy two scarves:  a gauzy, light one in a bright print and a heavier, cozier one in a solid earth tone usually.  I'm not sure why, it's just what I do.  In the winter, muted becomes my bright.

As for school shoes, I always go for boots.  I'll get a flat (because they're convenient and not awful if they're properly broken in), but they're really only for super hot days and there aren't that many of those.

I know.  It's beyond creative and exciting.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Back to School: Schoolbag Analysis

School starts...well, today, but in university I've always done the BTS thing a little late.  I think it's because I buy my books after the courses start.

I was looking in J.Crew the other day and found this green tote that hung soooo well on my body, but it looked a little uncomfortably like that Longchamp Pliage that every. single. girl. has carried.  Kind of like those hideous toggle heart necklaces from Tiffany between 2003 and 2008.  Damn you, Elle Woods.

H&M, J. Crew, H&M

Anyway, my thing for a school bag is that I need it to be sturdy.  I ruin my totes.  I put books in them, food/water/crunchy snacks end up all over them and they end up attracting all the receipts in my house.  I'm not sure why.  Bottom line, it will be a glorified trash receptacle.  A pretty one, though.

So I need something that's roomy enough to keep me going from work to school, that will be sturdy enough to carry a water bottle and various school-type things, and not be too heavy in its own right.


I've also toyed with the idea of keeping one of those re-usable bags that you get from stores and putting all my actual notes and textbooks and things in that and using a smaller purse for my purse-y essentials.  Also, because I have three LONG days of school a week this year, I've also purchased a lunch box.  Don't make fun of me.  Okay, fine, only a little.  But my issue with that now is that I don't want to look like a bag lady with three different bags hanging off my arms.  Not to mention the fact that I'm running to work in the morning, then walking across the city to school (it's just not convenient to take any form of public transit) and then walking home.

To recap, the bag must:
  • Be inexpensive.  Read, less than $80 CAD. Unless I think it's sturdy enough to take my abuse.  Unlikely, though.
  • Be sturdy.  That is, the straps can't just be sewn on.  I'd prefer them to be buckled on or look like they're  reinforced.  Hence, a cloth tote likely won't work unless the straps are one continuous loop through the bottom of the bag.
  • Be light.  I will not carry anything monstrously leather-heavy.  A leather/fabric combination would be ideal.
  • Be water-resistant.  I keep notes in there and I can't afford for the notes I make to run, nor can I afford to lower the resale value of my texts.
  • Be shoulder-carrying friendly.  I want a long enough drop in the handle that I can sling it over my shoulder and not have to carry it in the crook of my arm. Am also open to messengers, but would like a shoulder option since I find that heavy messengers hurt me.
  • Go with everything.  That should be fairly self-explanatory.
If I think of any others, I'll let you know!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Diary of a Cleanse Victim, part II.

Continued from here...

Day 3: What's scary? I'm not even hungry anymore.  I couldn't even finish my juice.  Each sip was an effort to force down.  Even scarier?  I started getting all these awkward flu symptoms -- chills, joint pain, etc.  I finally went home to sleep it off, but on my way, picked up a Fresh date almond smoothie.  Did you know that if you go between 3:00 and 5:30, you'll get a 16 oz for 5.75 and they'll throw in a dessert?  I couldn't eat mine, but I figured...almost there!  But seriously..I didn't want to eat anything.

Credit:Women's Fitness Blog
If you're in Toronto, get yours from here!

Cheat:  I actually went out to dinner with some friends and started my raw food a little early.  And by raw food I mean I had a celeriac soup and a salad.  So...not exactly raw food.  It wasn't too hard to eat though so I think the key is this:  if it must be cooked, it should be pureed.  If it is raw...a little dressing won't hurt you.

Day 4:  Still starting my day with hot water and lemon, but I made a mistake of attempting the muffin I got when I purchased my smoothie yesterday.  I feel beyond sick. I think I have to really be careful with what I ingest today or I could spend the entire day with that hideous "Am I going to throw up?  I don't know.  Maybe...Not right now?  Okay, a little later then..." feeling.

Final cleanse thoughts?

  • Don't cheat.  If you must, don't cheat all the way.  You know, when people argue that if you rob a bank, you may as well rob a bank for $40 million versus $5000? Yeah, in this case, start low.
  • I would do it with a less sugary juice than we did.  I think it was the reason for my headaches, at least.  Also, my throat started really hurting from the sugariness.
  • By the third day, TOD's headaches had completely cleared up!  If you need to quit caffeine, this is the way to do it.  PUSH THROUGH.
  • I had a shocking amount of energy.  I walked a little more slowly than I normally do and slept more than usual, but in terms of mental focus -- holy mother of Ritalin, I was a freakin' machine.
  • I was cold - all the time.  TOD works at a hospital where she regularly finds it far too warm, but she told me that once she'd stopped moving for a while, she needed a sweater.  It will be chilly.
  • Would I do it again? ...Possibly.  TOD says she never will, but I'm mildly intrigued with this semi-annual cleansing business.
So, does anyone dare to cleanse after this experience?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

10 2/3

Possibly?  I really wanted to finish with a makeup item is technically Project 10 Pan!

H2O Sea Salt Skin Smoother, in case you can't read the patchy label =P

Since I've discovered skin brushing, I've not really had a reason to use this, but it's actually a great product.  It's essentially sea salt immersed in some sort of oil, but I love how glowy and moistureful (yes, it's a word.  One I made up) my skin is afterwards.  A few days of solid foot-scrubbing and it's empty!  I will likely have another one come December since my aunt gets me one of these every Christmas.  She's an H2O fanatic.

Diary of a Cleanse Victim

Okay, so I don't know how if I should count this as Day 2 or 3...We'll go with day Wednesday.

A little background:

When TOD and I went to the Canadian National Exhibition (haul to come!  There were some fun makeup-y things there!), we gorged ourselves on fries, slushies and...deep fried butter.  It was possibly the most magical moment of my day, and that includes finding a Manicure-in-a-Minute by Sally Hansen for about a dollar.  That's right.

In the weeks before that, I'd just started a new internship (a very desk-based one) and as a result, have been ordering in terrible food for lunch and not walking as much as I normally do.  Also, since it's that precious time between semesters, TOD and I have been staying out much later than we are normally wont to do and my poor skin has just been freaking out.  Time for drastic action.

Credit: Converge Magazine
I don't regret these for a moment.

At first TOD wanted to do that cayenne-maple-lemonade cleanse but a year ago, on a whim, I tried mixing it and it made my throat close.  Not sure what happened since I've had all those ingredients before, but it was a little scary and I didn't want to attempt that again.  Then we decided to slowly work our way down to a one-day water cleanse -- that is, raw fruits and vegetables, then juice, then water and back up again.

How'd it go? Well...

Monday, September 5, 2011

5 new things...

This morning, I got back to the apartment and headed straight into the kitchen for food (obviously).  I got in there and I noticed a weird texture under my I was walking on crumbs.  TOD was still passed out, so I took a closer look.  They were dry, brown particles that fell apart when I touched them.  I woke her up and she proudly declared, "I was sharpening last night!"

Joe Fox

Despite the fact that neither of us has had a use for pencil crayons in nearly eight years, she'd clearly been bitten by the the back-to-school bug.  That got me thinking...the start of a new year has never been January for me -- it's always been September.  That said,  I've come across some fun, new (to me) things I thought I'd share with you!

  1. New banner: Notice anything different?  Yes, that mishmash of product vomit has been replaced by something sleeker, prettier and specially made by the best blogging buddy in the world -- Superficial Sanctuary!  I mentioned in passing that I'd been in the process of creating a new banner for a while and next thing I know, she's emailing me three different proofs.  There aren't enough thanks in the world!
  2. New site: ThoughtCatalog -- wow, is this the happiest thing in the world?  Some of the funniest articles I've read in a while, I spent the entire weekend combing through them.  Their most recent is a first-person perspective on a near-death experience.  Go check it out right now!
  3. New routine: TOD and I are starting a cleanse this week!  We start school on the 12th and we're on this huge cleansing kick.  Since she also just moved in, we've been decluttering and reorganizing to within an inch of our lives.  Possible room tour?  Possible twitter updates on how tired/cranky/cleanse-y we are?  But of course!  Today we're doing all raw fruits/vegetables, tomorrow juice, and water for the day after that.  If you want more detail, let me know!
  4. New habit:  Going make-up free.  I know.  Blasphemy.  But my skin has gotten so much better!  It was a part of my skincare rules that I posted here.  For the past 10 days or so, I've been washing my face, sunscreen-ing and leaving.  Get this -- I haven't even curled my lashes.  Gasp!
  5. New (old) product: Since having that Macadamia shampoo strip my hair down to nothing, I've been going back to an old stand-by; Herbal Essences Hello Hydration! Conditioner.  I used this shampoo/conditioner combination for almost two years before making the spontaneous switch to Joico K-Pak, but I'm so glad to be reunited with it!  I love the scent of this shampoo, people always ask me what perfume I'm wearing.  I tell them it's aaaall me!
What's come into your life recently?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Last night's dream...

If there's one person who makes me want to go nude...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Levelling up in our relationship?

Don't know if I've ever mentioned this product (I just finished it today so...I think that brings me to 9 and 2/3...?), but I was really obsessed with it for a while.  Then, of course, I found yoghurt --

I need to stop for a second.

This spellcheck keeps telling me I'm spelling yoghurt wrong.  I'M CANADIAN GODDAMMIT.


Nope, still angrily underlined in red.

Back to my post!

This looks awkwardly...not-orange.  It's orange.