Monday, February 20, 2012

4.42 Package + Mail Call

Last week I received a package from Ichigobunnie! We agreed to do a little mail exchange kind of thing between us. It's kind of like a swap but feels more like a care package.

These are the things she sent me. I was so surprised because the L'oreal Infalliable eyeshadow in "Midnight Blue" was the same exact colour I wanted to buy but last minute put it back (I got "Burning Black" instead). I've been very curious of the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow pots since I heard so many good reviews on them. I even entered a Youtube contest but didn't win haha. She got me "Bad to the Bronze." I swatched it on my hand already and I'm impressed. I think I might end up picking up "Tough as Taupe". I also can't wait to try out the Physicians Formula eyeliner because my L'oreal Lineur Intense eyeliner is the only liquid eyeliner I've tried. Thanks for the package Ichigobunnie! I love everything!

These personalized packages kind of feel like those $10 monthly subscription things people sign up for (of course the products being more than $10 lol). I get to try new things and they're full sized products! I actually find it very fun to shop for someone and of course I love mail haha.

Today I received my second package I ordered off the Walmart website. Now I have the one I want and can return the one I don't want.

Remember the time I bought my H&M blazer with the $5 card H&M gave me, and then after purchasing that they gave me another? Well, I made sure that I would use it.
I bought myself my first skinny belt like I said I would. I really like the colour.

Mail Call~

This is the box I got from Dollarama that I store my unblogged mail in. Remember, you can follow me on twitter, like my FB page, use the downbar FB/Twitter dashboard, or check the sidebar to get in on these coupons and freebies too.

4imprint was giving out more blue boxes but on their US based FB page at the time. I was lucky to get one because they said it was okay for people from other countries to join. I got so excited when I opened it, I couldn't believe my eyes when I found the coffee cup. It's the exact kind of cup I've been searching everywhere for- the kind with the plastic top not made of silicone.

This was a super surprise as I didn't know Maybelline was going to send me one. I had heard that they were giving away free full-sized mascaras randomly to their fans but I can't remember the details. Perhaps I entered a contest previously? I must have given my address to them at some point because how else could they send it to me?

This was the e-points that I used to buy my second pair of Esprit pants. I already ripped the coupon portion to use of course.

Sample of two of Lancome's serums. I would love to include Lancome Visionnaire in my skincare regimen. But at $100 for only 30ml of product, it's not really in my budget.

This was the free Quaker oatmeal FPC (free purchase coupon) we redeemed. My brother loves to eat oatmeal so this was perfect.

I wonder if this would be uncomfortable to try. I don't experience dryness in my nose but if I ever do, I'll know what to turn to.

I'm going to be honest and tell you that I have no recollection of signing up for this cookbook haha. I probably did but I can't remember with all the offers I sign up for.

There was so much controversy over at the Timothy FB page when they failed to come through with their first freebie for pumpkin spice flavour coffee (or whatever it's called). They eventually came through and honoured their word. Everyone who signed up previously for the other freebie ended up getting FPC for a box of Timothy's of their choice. I got mine at No Frills. French vanilla is my fave!

I've never tried Kiel's products before but I heard they're good.

I think this Oreo coupon is still available actually. Check my tweets, it should still be there.

I signed up for Air Miles because I wanted to redeem five pins which totaled to 50 points that I got from TTC for riding the transit on New Years. It's about time I started collecting Air Miles anyway. Better to collect than to collect nothing at all.

This Biotherm hydration serum must be expensive. If it's just for hydration, I would rather stick to Laneige since it's cheaper.

This Philadelphia cooking creme must be a gimmick. I'm sure you could just cook with their other cream cheese you eat on bagels. My mom said this was expensive and I'm glad we get to try it for free. I'll let you know if it's any different. [Update: it's actually a bit different, made the pasta very yummy].

"Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead." -Fannie Flagg

Friday, February 17, 2012

4.41 Chapters Indigo - Platinum Script Plate

Tomorrow I'm suppose to help my mom clean out the rest of the crawlspace in my basement. I didn't mention it yet, but a few days ago my brother discovered a mouse in our house. I find it ironic that we feed and take care of Kirby (our guinea pig) yet we find a mouse in the crawlspace a problem. We caught it though and I'm hoping it was just that one mouse that wreaked havoc. I'm not even sure how long it was living with us for. My mom found droppings and pieces of styrofoam and paper all chewed up in the crawlspace. We're just thankful it didn't find our food stockpile that we store down there. The last rodent problem we experienced was almost two decades ago when I was little and we were living in a townhouse. They lived in our kitchen and I specifically remember pouring milk out of the fridge when I got startled after hearing the sounds of scurrying feet. I immediately put the milk down and ran to my mom haha. My mom found one special item down in the crawlspace for me that I'll share soon. We already donated so much things to Goodwill and we still have more to give. It felt so good to get those things off our hands. I hope someone else can make use of what we don't need anymore.

This was taken at Chapters Indigo. For those of you who don't know, it's mainly a bookstore but they also have a small section for home goods. I love to shop their clearance.You can always find me in the clearance section, and when I can't be there in-store, I do so online. They have some really great things going for 50-75% off and it's free shipping if you spend $25+

Taken from the site: "The Indigo Mission - To provide booklovers and those they care about with the most inspiring retail and online environments in the world for books and life-enriching products and services.

Our Values - We exist to add joy to customers' lives. We anticipate their needs and exceed their expectations. Excellence matters in everything we do. Success is only attainable through outstanding people working together in an open environment that promotes knowledge and growth. Books, reading, and storytelling are an integral part of advancing society. Innovation is the key to growth and can come from anyone, anytime. We have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we operate."

 This is what I got in clearance for $10. If I waited (but you can never tell with discounts), I could have bought this for only $4.88 (75% off!).

I saw this in stores around the Holidays for $20 and thought it was absolutely beautiful. The price was a bit steep for me so I didn't bother with it- but good thing I didn't!

The lettering is metallic silver.

At the time of purchase I didn't know what I would do with it, but I couldn't pass on such a beautiful piece. I figured I would use it to store jewelry. I had assumed that the plate would be too small to store my perfumes (I was on a hunt for a leaf-shaped plate to store them on) but after giving it go, I found it fit my perfumes perfectly!

I only store my treasured perfumes here. I have a couple of others I don't really care for sitting in my beauty cabinet.

It fits right in.
You might remember some of these items I've blogged about in previous posts.

I keep my long necklaces hung in the back.

As mentioned above, the plate is discounted even further at an unbelievably price of $4.88. You can try to get yours in-store or online too. Here's the online link: There's also some other amazing things on there as well so you might want to check it out.

"Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand." -Hayley Williams

4.40 RECIPE: Savoury French Toast

*Please read ingredients and instructions carefully. If you don't know terminology please take the time to look them up or ask in the comments*

There are many versions of how to make French Toast. I like to eat mine savoury. Here is my version of how I make French Toast.

Crack two eggs in a bowl or deep plate.

 Add a splash of soy sauce.

A splash of milk to make the egg more creamy and fluffy.

Add a pinch of nutmeg.

And a pinch of pepper.

Mix and soak bread in just before cooking in the pan. Doing this prevents the bread from being soaked too much.

While cooking in the pan I also make sure to squish the bread down to squeeze out any excess egg that's soaked in the bread.

Once the side down is cooked, flip and cook the other side. Repeat steps with second slice of bread and you're set for breakfast!

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." -Raymond Lindquist

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

4.39 Sanitizing Makeup + Talize + Essie "As Gold As It Gets"

I'm good at deep cleaning my makeup brushes often but I'm guilty of not sanitizing my makeup as often as I should. Although I don't have a ton of makeup, I do have more than the average person needs... which only makes maintenance more dreadful. I used to only sanitize by spraying my products with alcohol but this time I took it another step further.

What you'll need:
- Alcohol in a spray bottle
- Cotton rounds and Q-tips
- Spoon
- Dustless tissue (I used a toilet roll because it's cheaper). *Some tissues produce more dust particles than others, so make sure you get one that produces the least.

First I lightly scraped the surface of the powder with some force (but not too hard!). I start from the edges and scrape towards the middle.

 I know it might be a "waste" of product, but it's for your skin's own good!

Then I take a clean dry tissue and wipe the surface of the powder to remove any excess.

Lastly I take the alcohol and spray the surface to get rid of any remaining bacteria. I also at this point spray some alcohol on a cotton round and wipe the interior and exterior of the compact- making sure I don't touch the product itself. I do the same with a Q-tip to reach for any nook or cranny a cotton round can't reach.

You can do the same procedure with cream compacts but do leave a little more time for the alcohol to evaporate. For lipsticks you can spray a tissue or cotton round with alcohol and wipe the surface that has been used. And for any container that doesn't have a powder surface (such as loose powders), simply sanitize the container with alcohol on a cotton round.
*Please note that you should not spray a cotton round or tissue with alcohol and proceed to wipe the surface of a powder. Doing so will "seal" the product and create a surface you won't be able to use.

These are all my face products I sanitized. I also did my blushes but I'm dreading to do my eye shadows... I think for those I'll just use a dry tissue to wipe the surface and spray with alcohol to sanitize.

Not too long ago Talize, a thrift store, had a major sale of 50% off all their items. Although I'm not into thrifting, I do enjoy the occasional accessory, book, or decor find. I steer clear of clothes in general just because I don't like the idea of wearing a piece that I have no clue who used to own. The idea of sweat and dead skin cells creeps me out.

Talize also sometimes carry new items that weren't pre-owned. These items weren't part of the 50% off sale but they were really cheap regardless.

Remember how I'm collecting the dvds of all my favourite movies? Well now I can cross two more off my list! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw "V for Vendetta" and "I Am Legend" in this double feature dvd pack. I had to spend quite some time in front of those dvd racks before I came across this gem. I think it was the only one in the store.

And the best part is, it was only $3.99! That's two bucks a dvd!! This is probably the best price I have ever bought dvds for. I was so excited.

Also, do you remember me saying in this post how I regretted not getting Essie's "As Gold As It Gets" from the LuxeEffects line? I mentioned that I ordered it online but not long after I actually caved and got one in stores.

So now I have two. But I'm glad I have both because I wanted a back-up (that's how much I love it). 

The one I bought in-person was at Walmart and I got it for only $5 after I used a $5 gift card. I got the gift card in stores from a promotion for signing up for their credit card. If approved, I would get the remaining $25 in the mail. Of course I got rejected though, after all, I am in student debt and currently unemployed. That's alright because I still got 5 bucks in my pocket puhaha. And the one I bought online was free by doing Superpoints.

I took lots of shots in an attempt to capture the beautiful gold particles.

It sort of resembles granite since it looks as though it's incorporated into the base polish. The gold flakes also remind me of that one Guerlain primer. It's just so beautiful and it totally fits into my style and what I'm currently into- black and gold! Is it weird to feel a little more glam and "rich" with this polish on? I feel as though I have real gold on my nails LOL.

"To have a broken heart means that you have tried for something." - Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray Love)