SDM Fragrance Sampler - Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure

Here we go with my thoughts on each of the Fragrances that I got in the 2016 SDM Fragrance Sampler that I picked up during a Black Friday weekend Bonus Redemption weekend!  I have recently finished up with the Mascara Sampler that I picked up during that same shopping trip and luckily the Certificate was still good, heres hoping the same for this one.

 What is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler.

What is inside the SDM Fragrance Sampler.

As with the SDM Mascara Sampler, I am hoping to do give you my thoughts on each fragrance once a week.  The fragrances I will be trying out each week are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancome-Tresor La Nut, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, Mugler-Angel Muse.  As I said in my intro post, there are a few fragrances included in this set that I already know that I like.

I decided to try out the fragrances in the order that they are shown in the Fragrance Guide booklet.  So the first fragrance on the list was Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure.

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Here is the description from the Fragrance Guide-

Style: L'Eau d'issei Pure is an invitation to go back to the source, to L'Eau d'issei.  It all began as a rare and precious drop...which transformed into a bottle and became L'Eau d'issei Pure.  Enjoy a moment suspended in time, a moment of reverie and escape.

Tones: Water, the vital element in L'Eau d'issei Pure, is embodied by a Marine and Ambergris accord which blends with a bouquet composed of fresh and light lily of the valley, indulgent jasmine and sweet Damask Rose.  Underneath the eau lies a vibrant Cashmere Wood base.  As pure as a drop of water on a woman's skin...

The Woman: The L'Eau d'issei Pure woman is natural, elegant, and modern just like the confident woman of today.  The very essence f femininity.

I love the simple look of the bottle, it is just beautiful!  I only wish that the perfume smelled good on me.  I am not a huge fan of floral-y scents and on me that was all I could smell.  I think it was the Lily of the Valley that I was smelling.  On me this seemed to be a very strong floral scent, but if I had read the description a little better I would have noticed that that is what this fragrance mostly consists of.  The scent lasted all day on me as well, not so great when you don't like it!  I would apply the fragrance around 630 am and I could still smell it at 9 pm, thats pretty great for a perfume!

For me I would rate the Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey Pure as a 1.  

I will happily keep the bottle though as I said earlier, I love the simple lines of it.

Zoya Brigitte - Review and Swatches

I thought that I would give another Zoya polish a chance from the mini haul I did back in January, you can see what I picked up here.  Up this time is Zoya 'Brigitte', described by Zoya as a 'full-coverage, bombshell mauve cream'.   Brigitte is also part of the Zoya Naturel collection, im not sure if its part of 1 or 2 though.

 Trying Zoya nails polish with my usual base and top coat.

Trying Zoya nails polish with my usual base and top coat.

For trying out this next Zoya polish, I thought I would use my regular base and top coat, Sephora Base and Seche Vite Top Coat, to see if I was able to get more wear out of the polish.  If you remember when I tried out Zoya 'Normani' I used Zoya base and top coat and had quite a bit of tip wear by day 2, not what I like to see.  I will say that the tip wear didnt get much worse after that, or at least not that I noticed Normani is a neutral leaning polish as well.

 Zoya Brigitte, 2 coats for full coverage!

Zoya Brigitte, 2 coats for full coverage!

I love the color of Zoya Brigitte!  For me it is a great neutral mauve that is not in your face.  Brigitte on my nails is the kind of neutral that can go with anything I think, its not to mauve nor is it to neutral, just the right amount of color.  Brigitte also was almost opaque after one coat but I did a second coat to even things out a bit more.  I'm not sure if the Base coat and Top coat had much to do with how smooth and easy this shade went on, but im loving it!

 Another shot of Zoya Brigitte!

Another shot of Zoya Brigitte!

I think that if you are in the mood for a new neutral, go-with-anything, polish you could do far worse than Zoya Brigitte!  I can definitely see me pulling this polish out and wearing it over and over again!  Which is not something I have said in a long time!  

What are your favourite shades of polish?  Have you used Zoya before?  Let me know your thoughts.

SDM Fragrance Sampler

Continuing with pulling out things I picked up quite awhile ago, 2016 for this one!  I had picked up the SDM Fragrance Sampler box during the same SDM Bonus Redemption weekend that I had picked up the SDM Mascara Sampler, reviewed here.  Since that coupon was still good, we will see if the one from this SDM Fragrance Sampler box is as well.

 Sorry for the not so great picture of the box! 

Sorry for the not so great picture of the box! 

I am sorry for the not the greatest pictures of this product!  I had thrown out the box a while ago and was lucky enough that I had some pictures of the box from when I had picked it up so long ago!  As I had said in the post where I had picked up the SDM Fragrance Sampler, I had been eyeing these Fragrance boxes for quite some time and it was finally in stock when I redeemed.  I love mini products, especially perfume bottles when they look like miniatures of full size ones.  

Inside of the box I got 7 mini perfumes, some had boxes included in the centre of the box some did not.  There is also a Fragrance Guide as well the gift certificate.   The Gift Certificate allows you to redeem for a full size bottle of one of the mini perfumes included in the box.  The Fragrance Guide gives you some hints on choosing a fragrance as well as descriptions of each fragrance.

 The 7 mini fragrances, Gift Certificate and the Fragrance Guide.

The 7 mini fragrances, Gift Certificate and the Fragrance Guide.

I believe that all 7 mini perfume bottles are very similar, if not the same, as the full size counterparts.  Aren't they all beautiful?!  I knew when I picked up this Fragrance Sampler box, that I do like 2 of the fragrances already.  So I know that I will be able to get one that I already like.   Which is a good thing considering that the sampler set is $105 CAD to buy now , here is a link to the one available now.  I am pretty sure that when I picked it up that is was under $100 though.  Each mini fragrance bottle contains between 3.5 ml to 7 ml, depending on the fragrance.  The fragrances included in my SDM Fragrance Sampler box are - Issey Miyake-L'Eau D'Issey Pure, Versace-Eros Pour Femme, Lancome-Tresor La Nuit, Giorgio Armani-Si, Chloe-Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo-Signorina, and Mugler-Angel Muse.

The Gift Certificate gives a list of the fragrances with a 1-5 rating selection.  That way you can rate how you liked each of the fragrances as you try them out.  So once you have tried each one out and rated each one, you will be able to pick between the ones that you rated the highest.  There is also a short survey to complete at the bottom of the second page asking you a few questions about the fragrances in the Sampler.On the back of the Gift Certificate it gives you instructions on how to redeem for your fragrance of choice.

The Fragrance Guide included in the Sampler gives you a list of each fragrance, with the corresponding page number for each one.  There are some helpful hints about testing a new fragrance, like to test on your skin, sample 1 0r 2 at a time as the scents start to blend together and your nose can't distinguish them, etc.  Also that Fragrance on your skin will smell different up to 2 hours after application, I never noticed that before!  It also reminds you to check semi-annually as the assortment of fragrances in the Sampler gets updated.

I plan on testing each fragrance for a week, and than I will report back on each one as I try them each out.  Similar to how I did the SDM Mascara Sampler.  I will also share the tones and style of each fragrance as we go along!  Who knows, maybe I will find a fragrance that I like that I can even wear to work, in a hospital setting!  Have you ever tried a Fragrance Sampler Box?  What did you think of it? Worth it? Or not?  

New In For April 2018

I have been trying to really think about what I am picking up each month, my sister is helping with telling me that I probably don't really need that!  I am happy with what what came in over the course of the past month.  Doing these New In for each month is helping as well,  I can see what I am picking up and if I am really using it.

 Sent from Glam Sense, a great assortment of L'Oreal goodies.

Sent from Glam Sense, a great assortment of L'Oreal goodies.

I was lucky to be chosen to participate in the L'Oreal Glam Sense box last month.  I received quite a few goodies to try out, some good and some not so good for me.  If you want to see what I thought on the products I was sent I wrote a post on it and you can check it out here

 I choose to pick up the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara from the SDM Mascara Sampler I picked up in 2016...

I choose to pick up the Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara from the SDM Mascara Sampler I picked up in 2016...

I was happy to find out that the coupon for a full size mascara of my choice from the SDM Mascara Sampler from 2016 was still valid!  I wasn't to sure that it would be after a year and a half!  I choose the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara as it just worked the best out of the ones that were in the sampler for me.  I also liked a few other ones that were in the set but I do frequently get deluxe sizes of them.  If you'd like to check out my thoughts on all the products from that box you can check it out here.

The Walart closest to my house finally had the other new Wet N Wild palette that I was interested in trying out, Not A Basic Peach is another more neutral palette with a pop of blue.  I haven't tried this out to much yet but from what I have tried its not bad!  Especially for under $10.00.  

 That Tatcha sample was the reason for this order pre Sephora sale, not to mention I had used a shade completely in the Basics palette and it was on sale!

That Tatcha sample was the reason for this order pre Sephora sale, not to mention I had used a shade completely in the Basics palette and it was on sale!

I placed a Sephora order before the Spring sale for 2 things....one being a sample offer!  There was a sample offer to chose 2 deluxe samples and one of them was the new Tatcha primer that I have seen great reviews for, the other sample I chose was the Drunk Elephant eye cream.  I saw that the UD Naked Basics palette was on sale for $18 and I had been eyeing the Kristen Leanne Daydream palette and it was on sale as well!  The 2 palettes put me at the $35.00 spend to get the samples so I didn't think anymore about it and ordered.  I also redeemed 100 points for the Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Colour as I have been liking using the ones I have lately.

I was very restrained during the Spring Sephora sale and only picked up 2 things!  I have had a few samples of the Dior Forever foundation and really liked it but had a hard time spending over $60 for it! I finally found that Sephora had my shade and waited till the sale and than quickly picked it up.  The goodie bag for the first weekend of the Rouge event was very lacklustre....  I picked up the Bite Bag to try out the newer liquid lipstick formula, already knowing that I like the lip balm.

 The gift for the Parkinson's Hair Affair, Milk Shake Hair Mask.

The gift for the Parkinson's Hair Affair, Milk Shake Hair Mask.

I finally got a haircut during the London Parkinsons A Hair Affair, a fundraiser here in London where for $40.00 you were able to get a shampoo, cut, and style.  This was the second time I have done this fundraiser and I have to say that Erin at Chatters in Masonville mall did a great job!  It was well worth the $40.00!!  Along with getting the hair cut you also received a goodie bag from Milk Shake, mine had the Milk Shake Beauty Mask Hair Mask.  It smells really good!  I will be trying it out soon!

What do you think of what was New for me in April?  Is there anything here that interests you, that you would like to read my thoughts on?  Let me know down below and I will get to it asap!

 

Trip Through My Trash - April 2018

Again with getting on top of my Trash in a timely manner!  I think that after 6 months of my new work schedule I may have figured out how to manage my time a bit better.

 A few new products and a few old used up in April.

A few new products and a few old used up in April.

I was quite surprised when I emptied out the bag that I use to hold my empties for the month and saw how much I ended up using up.  Its always satisfying to see that I am actually using some things up, it also helps to show my other half that yes I do need that when I go and buy more stuff!

If you are interested in what I thought of what I used up last month grab a beverage and keep reading!

 Quite a few full size products bit the bullet last month.

Quite a few full size products bit the bullet last month.

I managed to use up more than I thought I had in Hair, Body and Skincare products in April.

  • Fluffs Cotton Pads - I think I have talked these to death around here!  I don't spend a lot on cotton pads, these are $1.25 for 100 at Dollarama.  Repurchase? Always
  • Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes - another repeat product, this time from Costco!  I use these after I have used a makeup remover and before I use my Clarisonic.  Repurchase? Always
  • South Mane Under Eye Gels - I had meant to use this eye gels I got in Boxy Charm and than used 1 and forgot...  It was nice and didnt slip around on my face to much.  Boxy puts a value of $10 for 3 of these, which isn't bad but I will hold out my thoughts until I use them more.  Repurchase? Not sure yet
  • Swiss Line Cell Shock Anti Wrinkle Serum - This was my favourite serum from the Elle Canada Grand Prix that I was lucky enough to be a part of, and yes it was awhile ago!  After having used this up, I can't say that it would be my favourite anymore.  It may be that it was old?  Not sure, but for $230 CAD I had hoped for more.  Repurchase? No
  • B&BW Fresh Sparkling Snow Foaming Hand Soap - Another repeat product in some scent or other.  The B&BW Foaming Hand Soaps have been out soap of choice at our sinks for awhile.  Repurchase? Usually!
  • Olay Pro X Anti-aging Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser - My daughter had picked up the Olay version of a Clarisonic and this cleanser came with it.  She didnt like it so gave it to me.  I have to say that I wouldn't use this cleanser with a facial cleansing device.  There is grit in the cleanser and to me if you were using that with one it would be to harsh.  I used this up in the shower and it was ok.  I wasn't a huge fan of the scent, a little to soapy smelling for me.  Repurchase? No
  • Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel - Sorry about all the repeat products!  But at least you know that these are my favourites.  I use the Thayers Witch Hazel in the morning after washing my face and before I use my skincare products.  I tried to go without this, but after a week and a half I was missing it and had a few breakouts so I promptly went and picked up another bottle.  Repurchase? For the forseeable future.
  • Boscia Luminizing Black Mask - This mask is actually a deluxe sample that I had gotten, probably from Sephora.  I have been using this on my nose instead of the nose strips to see if it could do a better job.  It doesn't pull out quite as much as the strips but I think it is gentler.  It does take awhile to dry enough to peel it off but thats ok.  I think that I will continue to use this type of product for my clogged pores and see if it continues to pull the gunk out without damaging my skin.  Repurchase? Maybe, when I run out of samples...
  • Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micelle Solution - I have to admit that I picked this up because everyone is always saying how great it is.  It is good as a first step in removing makeup, but it wasn't able to remove waterproof mascara for me.  I have a few more Micelle solutions to try out but I do think I liked this one.  I tend to use a separate Eye Makeup Remover for my eyes anyway.  Repurchase? Maybe, unless I find one I like better.
  • Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme - Another Boxy product!  It took me forever to use this up.  I rarely blow-dry my hair but I do like to put a styling creme in my hair after I wash it.  This creme seemed to help with frizz and when I did flat iron my hair on the second day it seemed to help it stay straighter.  Repurchase? I doubt it, it didn't impress me that much, although I also don't blow dry my hair..
  • Schick Intuition razor refill - Repeat offender here again.  I got these refills at Costco and this is my razor of choice.  When you are getting in the shower at 4am, you don't want to messing around with shaving cream + a razor!  Not to mention the fact that I have never nicked myself since I started using these.  Repurchase? yes!
  • L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream - My husband I used this at night when we were watching tv and we both liked it.  It dries quickly without leaving a greasy feeling on your hands.  It helped both of us to not have dry cracked hands over the winter.  Repurchase? We will have to see if it is our favourite after we finish up the backlog I seemed to have amassed...
 A nice amount of samples gotten rid of, but more came in!

A nice amount of samples gotten rid of, but more came in!

I didnt think I had used very many samples last month, but pictures don't lie!  Of the 2 foundation samples (Dior Forever Skin and Nars Natural Radiant, I much preferred the Dior.  After wearing the Nars one for a few hours my face got really shiny and not in a good way.  I have had samples of the Dior before and liked it a lot but it has been out of stock on both Sephora and Beauty Boutique, but they did have a bottle of my shade in store at Sephora so I picked it up during the sale.  The Dr Belmeur samples had barely enough product in them for one use, so I can't say much about them they were just ok.  I really like the Liquid Blendercleanser for cleaning foundation off of brushes.  I got the Cetaphil samples from Sample Source, they are nice and light feeling on the skin.  The Cleanser does not foam up at all.  The other samples were ok, nothing groundbreaking that I need to run out and pick up a full size right away though.

Benefit They're Real Mascara is the only Makeup product I used up last month, and I didnt really use it up!  I went to use it and it had dried up!  I do like this mascara even though it is a plastic wand.  I can't remember when I opened this sample so its probably for the best that it is dried out!  I do have more samples and even a full size of this that I was lucky enough to score from the Sephora Rewards Bazaar. 

 I didn't burn much last month.

I didn't burn much last month.

I only managed to burn 3 votives last month, I guess my house wasn't to stinky?!  Either that or I wasn't home much!  I liked all 3 of these scents, none were to sweet.  I am surprised that I liked the Salt Water Taffy, I don't usually go for those scent anymore.  I'm not even sure where I got that one!  My sister probably gave it to me!

I am quite surprised and happy about what I used up last month, a lot of full size products.  Some of them were new to me and some not so new.  Hopefully I can keep up with using up samples and such, it would be nice to get rid of some of them!   Any hints/ideas on how I can get to using them up?

Zoya Normani

I am finally getting around to trying out one of the polishes I picked up during my Zoya purchase in January!  I am hoping to try out all of the shades I picked up within the next little while.  I am also planning on trying out the Zoya Base and Top coats to see how they compare to my favourite Sephora Base Coat(now discontinued :() and Seche Vite Top Coat.

 Zoya Naked Manicure Base Coat, Normani polish, and Naked Manicure Glossy Seal.

Zoya Naked Manicure Base Coat, Normani polish, and Naked Manicure Glossy Seal.

Normani is described as a sable, mauve cream.  Pretty accurate description if you ask me!  Normani is part of, I think, the Natural 2 collection.  The Natural collections seem to be a range of easy to wear neutrals ranging from light to dark tones that there should hopefully be a shade for every skin tone.

The Naked Manicure Base coat dried fairly quickly so I was able to start in with Normani fairly quickly.  I will say that the brush on all 3 of these is fairly skinny, not sure I am quite a fan of that.  If you use a fairly thick coat, Normani can cover in one coat.  I ended up doing 2 thinnish coats on my nails and that seemed to do a great job of being opaque.  It didnt seem to take that long for each coat to dry, a couple of minutes?  I waited about 5 minutes before applying the Naked Manicure Glossy Seal top coat and that seemed to be enough time for Normani to dry.  The Glossy Seal Top Coat gives a lot of shine to the nail which is nice.

I will say that as of now, on day 2 of wearing the Zoya collection, I am not so impressed.  My nails are still shiny, but I do already have tip wear on 4 fingers.  I don't remember that happening with my regular base and top coat.  I will keep you updated on how they wear, both with other brands of polish and the Zoya with my regular base and top coat.

Sephora Bubble Mask

I thought it was about time I gave you my thoughts on the Sephora Bubble Mask that I had picked up during the March 1 Sephora Exclusive Soiree!

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I am pretty sure I paid around $20.00 CAD for the mask, I can't remember off the top of my head and it appears that you can't get this mask online.  I will check on the price the next time I go into Sephora and update this post.

I had gone in to Sephora a bit before I picked this up and asked an associate if they had any bubble masks, I was interested in trying them out!  My helpful associate showed me this one, I guess it was the only one they had, and I tried some out on the back of my hand.  I could feel it tingling and pretty much knew I would be picking it up during the next event that came around, it wasn't a need just something fun to try so I could wait.

 A small pump of the Sephora Bubble Mask.

A small pump of the Sephora Bubble Mask.

The directions are easy to follow - Once a week, apply a fine layer over slightly humid skin.  Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes until its texture becomes frothy.  Massage with fingertips and rinse with water.  Be sure to close well after each use.

When you first pump out the mask, it comes out as a clear gel.  Nothing to exciting there!  1 pump is more than enough to cover your face though.  It does feel slightly cool when you first put it on.  I put 1 pump in my hand and than dot it around my face rubbing it in.  It very quickly starts to foam up.  After about a minute I can start to feel the bubbles popping on my skin, it tickles!

The one thing I can say that I found out when using this mask, is when you are massaging it into your skin before rinsing, that its best to wet your hands!  The first time I tried the mask I didn't and there was some tugging, the mask almost becomes sticky.  Other than that I followed the directions.

I have been using the Sephora Bubble Mask once a week since the beginning of March.  I didnt find that the mask dried out my skin, nor did it seem to hydrate.  I haven't noticed a huge difference in my skin, other than the fact that my pores don't seem to be clogged at all, no pesky breakouts or anything either.  I have been enjoying using this mask, partially for the fun factor, it tickles!  But also the look on my families faces when they see the white frothy foam on my face!  It isn't a pretty sight, but it is funny!

Have you tried out a bubble mask yet?  How did you like it if you have? 

 

Urban Decay Naked Basics

I picked up this palette plus another one from the sale section before the Spring sale for 2 reasons. 1-it was on sale for $18.00 CAD!!!  2-there was a great promo on at Sephora if you spent $35.00 CAD.  If you spent the required amount you were able to pick 2 deluxe samples with the code 'HOLYGRAIL', Tatcha-The Silk Canvas, Drunk Elephant-C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Kate Somerville-Cold Cream Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover, Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer.  I picked the Tatcha and Drunk Elephant.

My sister actually helped talk me into picking it up.  Along with the samples it was well worth not waiting, the samples are worth more than the discount, not to mention the palette seems to have sold out online, but when I was in store yesterday they had quite a few there, it won't hurt to ask if they were on sale!  The shade WOS is well worth $18.00 to me.  It is a perfect blending/brow bone shade for me.  

 Pretty new Urban Decay Naked Basics.

Pretty new Urban Decay Naked Basics.

I didn't just pick up the Urban Decay Palette because of the promo, nor just because it was on sale.  I picked up the palette because I have completely used up WOS in my old Basics palette!  The Naked Basics palette may seem like a very boring, almost all matte, basic neutral palette and to some extent it is.  But it is also the perfect little palette to take with you if you travel.  This palette along with a couple shimmery singles and you can get a lot of different looks out of it.  For me it is the perfect companion, or solo for that matter, palette.  I can get a very natural look or I can deepen it up if I feel like it.

The Shades in the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette-

  • Venus-almost white shimmer shade, the only shimmer in the palette
  • Foxy-yellow based cream, matte
  • WOS-pink based cream, matte-the only shadow I have completely used up!
  • Naked 2-pale taupe brown?, matte-perfect blending shade for me!
  • Faint-medium toned brown, matte-great for darkening up the outer corner a touch
  • Crave-black, matte-works great as a liner!

As you can see my old palette was well loved, especially WOS!  I think WOS is the first eyeshadow I used up!  There is a pretty good dip in Naked 2 as well.  I tried to use Foxy as a substitute for WOS but it just wasn't it, it shows quite yellow on my eyes.  I have given my sister the old Basics palette, I asked her if she wanted it and she said she can never say no to shadows!  Hopefully she can finally see what im talking about with this palette, it is my most used palette that I have, and thats saying a lot....

Have you tried out the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette?  Or completely used up an eyeshadow shade?  Whats your favourite eyeshadow palette, I may need a new one!

Dollarama DIY Felt Letter Board

Since I did my last DIY Letter Board that my husband did most of the work for, I really wanted to keep trying to make the ones I had originally read about.  So I headed of to Dollarama to see what I could find and try it out a few more times.  I am happy to say I was able to make it work, but it did take a few times.  You will see pictures of 2 different attempts, but I will explain that as I go!

 The final DIY Letter Board, that holds the letters in while upright.

The final DIY Letter Board, that holds the letters in while upright.

You can get almost everything needed to make this letter board from Dollarama, minus the letters.  I have only been able to find letters on Amazon.

To make the Letter Board you will need-

  • Deep picture frame, I picked up a 4 x 6 for $2.00
  • 1/4 inch dowels, you can get them at Dollarama for $1.25, I had this left over from my last attempt I ended up needing 2 packs.
  • felt, I picked up a 9 x 12 inch from Micheals for 0.59
  • Rulers, to measure dowels and to help push in felt
  • hand saw, something to cut your dowels to the length you need
  • glue gun
  • pencil
  • very thin something to push in felt

All in all I think you could get everything at Dollarama for under $10.00, not bad!

  1. Dis-assemble the frame, you only need the frame and the back piece with the stand.
  2. Put the back piece back in the frame and mark around where the frame is on the back part.
  3. Measure the dimensions that you marked off, mine were 6.5 x 4.5 inches
  4. I took off a 1/8 inch off of the measurement, to leave room for the felt on the edges.
  5. Cut your dowels to the length you need, mine was 6 3/8 inches, I ended up needing 14 for the 4 x 6 inch size.
  6. Run a bead of hot glue along the top of the backing, leaving enough room that the dowel isn't right up against your mark.
  7. Put your first dowel down on the glue.

Heres were you will start seeing 2 different projects!  The premise is the same just not the spacing!

  1. In my first picture you will see that I used 2 spacers, don't do that!  The space ends up being to big but all the other projects I saw said to leave a 1/4 inch space between that is way to big.  My second attempt I only used 1 spacer.
  2. What worked for me was setting my spacer next to the previous dowel and running a pencil line down the length, that let me know where the next dowel needed to go, not to mention leaving the spacers in while glueing wasn't always the best thing they sometimes got a little stuck...
  3. Keep going in this way until you have filled in the whole backing piece with rows of dowels.  I ended using 14.

Sorry, again with the 2 different ones!

  1. I checked to make sure the backing would fit inside the frame before I started putting the felt in.
  2. Now its time to put the felt in!  I did this in the same way that I did my big Felt Letter Board.
  3. You can put a few beads of glue between the dowels before putting the felt in the grooves if you want, but you don't need to.
  4. I used the rulers to hold in the previous rows but ended using an old Tupperware orange peeler to push the felt in.
  5. The third picture shows using the piece of grey felt, it was the perfect size!  I just cut off some of the excess felt and put it in the frame.
 My 2 DIY Felt Letter Boards.

My 2 DIY Felt Letter Boards.

Lastly think of a saying you want to display and use your letters!  You do have to be somewhat careful with this letter board, the rounded dowels don't hold onto the letters quite as well as the square cuts my husband made on the big one.  But it does work and it can be set upright without the letters falling out!

I am happy with both of my finished projects.  The smaller one is great because anyone can probably do that one, no power tools needed!  Not to mention that even if you have none of the materials, they are easily found at your local Dollarama.  And did I mention, it was under $10.00?!  If you want to see how we made the big board you can find it here.

Have you made anything lately?  How did it turn out?

New In For March 2018 Plus a Giveaway!

I really didn't do to much shopping last month, until the last couple of days!  I think that the things I picked up will come in handy though, some more than others.  There were a few things I needed and a couple that I just wanted to try.

It all started with a Sephora Rouge event on March 1st., called the Exclusive Soiree.  I was hoping that they would have some new things out, but sadly they didn't.  That was ok though, I still found a few things that caught my eye!  They always get me with the goodie bags, as usual at these events you got a goodie bag if you spent $50 CAD, that isn't hard to do at Sephora.  I ended picking up The Nails Inc Champagne Shine Nail Polish Duo, I only have a couple shades that I picked up on clearance and none in these bottles.  The Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set, I haven't tried anything from the line and I have read a lot of good reviews on the Gloss and this was a way to try it as well as a highlighter for not much more than the regular price of a full size gloss.  I was a little short of being able to get the goodie bag so I have been interested in trying a bubble mask and knew that Sephora had one under the house brand so I picked that up as well.

Having picked up those 3 things gave me enough of a spend to be able to get the goodie bag as well as a couple more deluxe samples!  Unfortunately for me, I already have deluxe samples of products already in the bag.  But thats ok, it gives you a chance to try out the ones I already have, there will be a giveaway at the end of this post.

 Mac got me with a 25% off sale again...

Mac got me with a 25% off sale again...

Mac keeps getting me with the 25% off sales!  I wanted to pick up the recently brought back discontinued shades of shadow, Tete-A-Tint,Uninterrupted, and Kid, but I was only able to get Tete-A-Tint in store.  I am on the waitlist for the other 2 to come back in-stock though!  I could have gotten them in the case but I prefer to have the pro pans.  I was interested in trying out the brush cleanser as well, hopefully it is as good as the sample of the Blender Cleanser I tried a few months ago!

 My Way Mart actually had 1 of the new palettes!

My Way Mart actually had 1 of the new palettes!

I have been checking Walmart whenever I am at the mall for the new Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes to come in stock and they finally had 1!  I picked up the only one they had, Nude Awakening, which looks like my kind of shades!  I have been looking for the single of Brûlée as well for what seems like forever and they had that one as well!  

 Another Dollarama find.

Another Dollarama find.

I have been trying to figure out just what I was going to use to prop up my letter board and happened across this Wooden Easel stand at Dollarama for $2.50!  I picked that up and now my letter board has a stand!

 A few deluxe samples to give away!

A few deluxe samples to give away!

Now on to the fun stuff!  In the goodie bag from the Sephora event there were a few deluxe/foil samples that I already have so I though I would give you guys a chance to try them out.  They are all either deluxe or foil samples and I may add a few more by the time I have winner!  If you would like to try these deluxe samples out just enter below.

Included in the giveaway are 

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat (0.1 oz)
  • Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (0.07 oz)
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (0.1 oz)
  • Benefit the Pore fessional primer (0.1 oz)
  • various skincare foil samples.

Rules are -

This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone but myself, I have these samples already and figured someone else might like to try them out!

I am not responsible once the products leave my house.

Must have reached the age of majority in your region.

Winner will be chosen by the Gleam App.

Contest closes April 15, 2018.

Winner has 24 hour to respond with your address, otherwise I will pick another winner.

Trip Through My Trash - March 2018

It's that time of the month, no not that time!  Its time to see what I managed to use up for the month of March.  I am happy to report that I am slowly but surely getting through an overabundance of backlogged products.

 A fair showing of used up products for a month.

A fair showing of used up products for a month.

I am happy with the amount of product I used up for the month of March, a nice mix of Skin, Hair, Body, Home Fragrance with a small amount of Makeup thrown in for good measure!  Now if only I could have remembered to use up some samples as well...oh well you can't have everything!  Maybe next month!

On to my thoughts on what I used up in March.

 My Hair, Face and Body care empties.

My Hair, Face and Body care empties.

Lets start with Hair, Face, and Body Trash

  • Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner-I am not sure where or when I got this shampoo and conditioner duo...  I can say that the they did smell great though!  Just like coconuts.  I didn't notice that they did anything great for my hair, they were nice though.  I think I liked the scent more than anything.  The conditioner wasn't very moisturizing, it did an ok job but I don't think it would be great if you had much damage to your hair.  Repurchase? I doubt it, they just didn't wow me.
  • Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes-A repeat Costco product that is almost always in my empties.  Repurchase? Always.
  • Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask- I was lucky enough to get this one from Glamsense to try out last year? It think.  It was a nice enough 'mask', but I mostly used it as a cleanser.  It did a good job of cleansing my face without stripping it, my face didn't feel tight after using it.  It has a light almost non-existent scent that did not linger at all.  Repurchase?  Maybe.
  • Belif The Truth Cream-I used this moisturizer at night as it took awhile to soak into my skin.  It was ok, not the best but certainly not the worst I have tried.  I think this moisturizer would be better for someone with drier skin than me, it would probably sink in quicker.  Repurchase? I doubt it unless my skin goes back to dry again.
  • Caudalie Vine(Activ) Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream-I really liked this eye cream.  It was very moisturizing and so I used it mostly at night, I am not sure how it would do under makeup for me as my under eye area doesn't seem to be that dry.  I didn't notice that it did anything great for me, but I didn't wake up with dry under eyes!  Repurchase? Maybe?  It was a nice eye cream.
  • Mac Cleanse Off Oil-This was my second sample of this and this time I used it properly, thanks Stashy!  I just put a small amount on my hands and massaged it into dry skin.  I don't think I am a fan of cleansing oils though, they seem to be kind of messy.  It did do a great job of breaking up makeup without any adverse affects on my skin.  I just found it a little awkward to use.  I like my remover to either be used on a cotton pad or be thick enough that it wont run down my hand!  Repurchase? No.
  • The Body Shop Vanilla Chia Body Butter-I love the scent of The Body Shop Vanilla Chai!  It smells just like a Starbucks Chai Latte.  The Body Shop butters are great in the winter months for me when my skin is drier, but not so much in the warmer months.  I will happily use them in the cooler months but than they sit around in the Summer.  Repurchase? Probably next winter.
  • Neat & Easy Deep Cleansing Green Tea Nose Strips-They have changed these nose strips again...This one is ok, its not as heavily scented as the last ones.  They do the job of cleaning out my pores on my nose and I think they work just as well as the Biore ones.  Repurchase? Probably.
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum-I was looking forward to trying out this serum as I have good things about it.  And I did like for the most part, but my bottle had a defective pump, the pump only worked for about a week and than whenever I tried to use the pump the serum would come out all around the base of the pump.  Because of this I ended up having to unscrew the lid and carefully pour out the serum to apply it to my face.  I didn't notice any fading in the age spot I have on my cheek, although I used this serum daily for about 2 months.  I loved the scent though, light citrus-y, the scent didn't linger long on my face though.  I didn't notice a difference in my wrinkles either, maybe I needed to use it longer?  Repurchase? I doubt it, only due to the issue I had with the pump.
 Getting back to using up some votives and making my house smell great.

Getting back to using up some votives and making my house smell great.

I burned a few votives last month, my house smelled a mixture of all the seasons!  My favourite out of the 5 I burned last month had to be the Black Coconut though, it makes me think of summer!  Beach Walk is also a nice refreshing scent.  North Pole smells like Candy Canes.  Costal Waters is another refreshing scent that just kind of lifts your mood.  Harvest was my least favourite but still wasn't bad, just not my favourite out of the ones I burned last month.  Repurchase? I always pick up the Yankee Candle votives on sale, usually for $1 CAD, to me quite worth it at that price.

 Makeup Trash! and 2 full size ones!

Makeup Trash! and 2 full size ones!

Last month I managed to finish up 2 full size products!

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer-I had a sample of this primer and now I can't see myself being without it.  It gives a little extra boost of hydration with a very slight correcting.  I still have to use a color corrector but I just love how it helps to make my concealer not crease and last longer than without it.  Repurchase? I already have.
  • Mac Fling Eye Brow Pencil-Even though this eye brow pencil doesn't;'t have a spool on the end it is still my favourite.  The color Fling is a great match for my dark blonde hair.  The formula just seems to lid eon without tugging and lasts all day for me.  Repurchase? I have a few backups already!
  • Ran Perfect Canvas Serum/Primer-I was recommended to try this serum/primer out by Scarlet who does my eyebrows at Sephora.  I like it ok, it is very similar to The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.  It has the same consistency and does do a great job of helping to keep my makeup in place and providing a smooth surface to blend over.  Repurchase? I doubt it, The Ordinary is a fraction of the price and preforms the same.
  • Dior Forever Undercover Foundation in 32-I wanted to try out this foundation to see if it was as good as the Dior Forever, it isn't!  I was not a fan of the Undercover foundation.  I found that it settled into pores and that I was an oily mess by midday.  For me it didn't last near as long as the Forever.  I will be picking up the Dior Forever during the Spring Sephora sale.  Repurchase? Nope
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara-This was one of the samples from my SDM mascara sampler.  I was not a fan of this one so even though it isn't finished I don't want to use it anymore, the racoon look is not the look I want during a work day.  Repurchase?  Nope

I know I have used up a Burts Bees Vanilla lip balm, but for the life of me I can't find the empty tube!  That is my favourite scent/flavour of the Burts bees, I find it to be moisturizing without the traditional waxy feel of a lip balm.  

I am happy with the amount of products I used up last month and hopefully I can use up quite a few for the month of April, maybe even more samples!  I am glad that I tried out a sample of the Dior Undercover foundation before I bought it, if I had bought it it would have gone back.  Do you get samples of foundation before you buy them?  Or do you just go ahead and purchase them?  What is your favourite foundation?  Anything here that you have had a different experience with?  Did I use something wrong again?!  Let me know!

 

Spring Water Decal Nails

I though I would try a little something different with my nails for this weekend, but I didn't want to go to cutie this year!  I had bought some nail water decal stickers (not to sure what they are called!) last year? or maybe the year before? off of Ebay, and they promptly went in a drawer and I forgot about them...  But the past couple of weeks my husband and I made some nail polish shelves for my collection of polishes so as I was finding everything to put up on the shelves...I found these nail water decals.

 The products I used for my first foray into Water Decal Nail Art!

The products I used for my first foray into Water Decal Nail Art!

I am not sure what seller I bought these from, it was at least a year ago if not 2!  I looked up a few videos to figure out just how you were supposed to use these things, thats how long I have had them, I forgot how I was supposed to use them.  I started doing these nails yesterday, Friday, but I should know better than to try to do something with my nails around dinner time!  It never ends well.

For my first foray into Water Decals I used only a small amount of things!  Base Coat, Sephora Formula X(Why did they have to discontinue this?!), a co-ordinating polish (Zoya Dot), Fast dry top coat (Seche Vite), the decals, an orange wood stick, tweezers and a container for water.

I painted my nails as per usual, except the Zoya Dot took me 4!! thin coats to get it opaque, stopping before the top coat.  I cut out the decals that were the closest match to the size of my nails and put one them in the water one at a time.  Using the tweezers to get the decal, still attached to the paper backing, out of the water.  I carefully separated the decal from the paper with the tweezers and laid it on my nail, being quick to make sure it was smooth.  I than put a layer of the top coat, Seche Vite, on and used the orange wood stick to just gently pull the excess decal away.

I am really pleased with how my nails turned out.  I will definitely be looking more into water decals!  It made the nail art part of the manicure so easy.  Have you tried nail water decals before?  How did you find it?  On a side note, I really hope the polishes I got from Zoya don't all take 4 coats to cover!