Favourite Drugstore Makeup Products

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Another quick post to share with you some more of my favourite products. This time it is 3 of my favourite drugstore makeup products. A full coverage foundation, a concealer and a pressed setting powder. So without further delay here they are!

 

Concealer – Maybelline New York Fit Me Stick

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The Maybelline Fit Me Stick is just a nice silky smooth concealer that does a great job of covering up those dark under eye circles and other unwanted skin imperfections. I have been using this for a few years now and it is my go to concealer. I believe it is generally about $10.00 CAD give or take depending on the store and if you can get it on sale or not.

 

Foundation – Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay Foundation

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The Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay formula is just a really nice full coverage foundation. It goes on smooth, covers up all the imperfections really nicely and doesn’t feel super heavy on your skin. It really does seem to stay in place very well all day. This is definitely my go to drugstore foundation and has been for a couple of years now. I generally find it to be around $16.00 CAD give or take depending on the store and possible sale pricing.

 

Pressed Powder – Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder

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I have been using the Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder for many years now and that is because I just really like this product and how it goes on and keeps everything in place all day. I don’t find that it feels heavy and it doesn’t seem to cause unwanted dry skin. It comes in a variety of shades and you can also pick the best formula for your specific skin tone (cool, neutral or warm). I believe this goes for about $15.00-$16.00 CAD again give or take depending on the store and if you can get it on sale.

 

So those are the 3 favourite drugstore makeup products I wanted to share with you today. You can also check out my corresponding Youtube video below

Until next time!

Katie

Favourite Dry Shampoo Products

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This is just a quick post to show you my 2 favourite dry shampoo products. One is a drugstore product and the other is a higher end product you would typically find at say a hair salon or beauty store such as Sephora. I LOVE dry shampoo because it is a great way to get an extra day or two in between hair washes. I really don’t like to over wash my hair because I already damage and dry it out so much with hair colouring, blow drying and straightening/curling. I like to give it as much of a break as possible in between and dry shampoo really helps me out with that. A good dry shampoo will remove that oily hair look and feel and leave your hair feeling clean and refreshed for longer. I always have this on hand!

 

Drugstore Product – Batiste Dry Shampoo

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My favourite drugstore dry shampoo product by far is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Coconut & Exotic Tropical scent. This works just as well as the majority of the higher end products I have tried and for a fraction of the cost. It goes on a bit white but once massaged in and brushed the white residue disappears. I find dry shampoos to typically have a fairly strong scent so finding a scent I like is important to me. I really like how this one smells which is a nice bonus since it works so well. You can also get Batiste in 2 other scents that I know of, original and another which I believe is a floral scent. I am in Canada and often find this at Winners for a great price but I have seen it at other big chain drugstores and grocery stores. At winners I usually pay $6.99 for the 6.73 fl.oz. can and I think I have seen it for about $8.99 at other stores (in Canadian funds).

 

Higher End Product – Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo

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I really love this dry shampoo. My favourite scent is the Mango Coconut but I believe there are a few other scents to choose from as well. This dry shampoo works really great and I find it leaves my hair feeling very refreshed. Like the Batiste I do find that this goes on with a bit of a white residue (but less so than the Batiste) and again that goes away once the product is massaged in, left to work its magic and then brushed out. I purchase this from Sephora and in Canada it runs for about $27.00 for the 4.75 fl.oz. can. I believe it is available in a smaller more travel size can as well.

 

So there you have it, my 2 favourite dry shampoo products. If you are interested you can also check out my Youtube Channel for the corresponding video to this post.

Thanks for stopping in!

Katie

What I Ate Today On The Starch Solution

I FINALLY have a “What I ate” post for you! If you follow me on Instagram at all you probably already have a general idea of some of the things I am eating these days but if not this will be a bit of a look into what a typical day of eating might look like for me. I definitely do not eat the exact same thing everyday so I will try to get another one of these done again soon. Today was a bit light on the potatoes compared to a lot of days!

 

Breakfast

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For breakfast today I had dry fried (no oil added) frozen hashbrown potatoes with some chopped fresh red pepper and green onion mixed in. On the side I had half a slice of whole wheat toast with a very thin layer of natural peanut butter and some slices of mandarin orange. To drink I had a big glass of water with some fresh squeezed lemon juice (I drink this every morning with my breakfast).

These hashbrowns are not fat free, they are store bought and do have a bit of oil on them. I haven’t been able to find these in fat free yet and these are the closest thing to that I have come across so far. They are fairly low fat and fry up really nicely because of the small amount of oil on them. I do sometimes dice up my own potatoes instead but these are great to have on hand when you just need to quickly get breakfast made. I usually also add in spinach and mushrooms but I just didn’t have any left in the house at the moment. I also often change up the colour of pepper and type of onion as well.

 

Lunch

For lunch I had some Happy Planet Thai Coconut Soup over top of some white basmati rice and corn kernels. On the side I had some oven warmed whole wheat naan bread with an ever so thin layer of Earth Balance spread and a touch of garlic salt. I also had some cucumber slices with a bit of garlic hummus and a couple of my mom’s homemade beet pickles. To drink I just had water.

I usually eat brown rice instead of white rice but I am totally out right now. A trip to the grocery store is in order very soon!

 

Afternoon Snack

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I was feeling a bit hungry right before I started getting supper together so I had a small handful (half a serving at most) of Luke’s Organic Superfood Tortilla Chips. These are a much healthier alternative to the ordinary tortilla chip and are so delicious. Sometimes for a full on snack I will have some of these with garlic hummus, hummus mixed with sriracha sauce or tomato salsa. We buy big bags of these from Costco.

 

Supper

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For supper tonight I tried a new Thai Green Curry recipe from the actual Starch Solution book (apparently I have a Thai theme going on today). To keep this fat free the recipe calls for using a non-dairy milk such as soy, rice or almond milk and adding coconut extract to get the coconut flavour (instead of coconut milk). I had never tried this before and it was great! I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. I didn’t have all of the specific veggies the recipe called for so I just added and substituted with what I did have on hand.

Essentially what you see above was made with white basmati rice, almond milk, vegetable broth, coconut extract, low sodium soy sauce, Thai green curry paste, broccoli, carrot, onion, garlic, peas, corn, red pepper and yellow pepper. It was really delicious, I will definitely be making this again!

 

Evening Snack

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It is a couple of hours before I head to bed and I am feeling a bit hungry so for an evening snack I am having some beans in tomato sauce (the kind you buy canned) with a couple of Luke’s tortilla chips stuck in there to scoop them up. For the remainder I will just use a spoon! I find beans of any kind to be very filling and satisfying. The perfect snack to hold me over until breakfast tomorrow!

 

That is it for what I ate today for weight loss on the Starch Solution. I hope you enjoyed and found this post helpful. I also made a Youtube video of everything I ate today so for a little more footage on the actual preparation of my main meals check that out!

See you again soon!

Katie

Baby Product Review: Boon Grass Drying Rack & Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer

We have a couple of baby products my daughter has now outgrown so we are getting ready to send them out of the house but we really liked these 2 items so I thought I should do a quick review on them just in case it might be helpful to anyone out there who may be considering purchasing one or both of these.

The two items are the Boon Grass Drying Rack with Twig Accessory and the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer. I purchased the Boon Grass and Twig from West Coast Kids which is a small chain Canadian boutique type baby store and the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer I purchased on a great 50% off sale from Amazon.ca. Both items I have seen at BabiesRus as well and I am sure they can be found at many other major chain and privately owned stores that carry baby products.

The actual review you will find here on my Youtube Channel:

 

And as promised on my Youtube Channel review, here are a couple of detailed pictures of the two items:

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We really liked both items and would definitely recommend them to our own family and friends. I found them to be very handy to have around as they made the process of bottle feeding and cleaning up simpler and quicker which is always a blessing when taking care of baby!

I hope you are all having a fabulous week! Until next time!

Katie

Makeup Brush Storage Ideas

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I just wanted to do a quick post to share with you how I store my makeup brushes. This is not my original idea as I saw it somewhere (I can’t remember where) a few years ago when I was trying to find a better way to display my brushes. Before this I either had them sitting loosely in a taller glass container or stuck in a drawer and I found that both ways were not ideal because I was always having a hard time finding the brush I wanted to use…especially with the smaller and/or shorter ones. They would always annoyingly disappear into the abyss that was my makeup brushes!

The idea I came across was to fill a glass container with unground coffee beans which work like how sand or gravel would in terms of holding the brushes upright in place when you push them into the container. Coffee Beans also smell great (unless you hate the smell of coffee) and they are a really beautiful  and rich dark brown colour. The beans do stop smelling (unless you really stick your face in) after a few months so if you love having that coffee smell in your makeup area you would have to change the beans out every few months.

To add some extra glam to the beans you could mix in some glitter or instead of using coffee beans you could use coloured gravel (like what you see in fish tanks), other types of small decorative stones, glass stones or beads, coloured sand etc. There are really so many different things you could do depending on what type of look you are going for.

You could also change up the shape and size of the glass container you are using. Mine is just a simple cylindrical shape but I have seen rectangles, cubes, triangles, hearts, ovals…all kinds of things. You could really easily and inexpensively make this your own!

Anyway I hope that you might find this helpful if you have been struggling with trying to find an effective, easy, attractive and inexpensive way to store your makeup brushes.

I would love to see pictures of your creations if you decide to try this out!

All the best!

Katie

 

Festive Holiday Swag Tutorial

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Yes, another tutorial! I promise this will be the last one for awhile but I wanted to use up some of the leftover greens and things that I had from my Festive Holiday Planters. I hate to waste something when with a little bit of effort I can make another beautiful item to add to our holiday decor.

This tutorial was my Youtube video for Vlogmas Day 4 which if you are interested in checking out you can find it at the very bottom of this post.

I made 2 identical outdoor Holiday Swags (I still can’t believe that is what they are called but my research keeps pointing me in that direction in terms of naming what these pretty bunches of greens and ribbon are). I have them hanging on either side of our garage door which is a pretty traditional place to put them I think. I see quite a few of them out in our neighbourhood already.

I chose the red accent pieces for them so they would tie into/coordinate with my Holiday Planters. I just love how pretty all this fresh greenery looks displayed in front of the house!

 

Materials Used:

  • Western Cedar (I had a bundle I purchased just for this project as well as some leftovers from my Holiday Planters)
  • White Pine (this was leftovers from my Holiday Planters so I thought I would incorporate it)
  • Red Mesh Ribbon
  • 2 small stems of artificial red berries
  • Florists Wire
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Measuring Tape

My finished Swags were about 24 & 1/2 inches long and I made them to be roughly that size because that is what was proportionate to where they were going to be hung on the outside of the house. You could make yours shorter or longer, wider or thinner, whatever you prefer and/or works best for the area you plan to hang them.

You could also use different types of greens than I did or use a larger variety and/or different placement. If I had any of the Silver Fir leftover from my Holiday Planters I probably would have found a way to incorporate that as well. You could also use a totally different type of ribbon. I see a lot of Swags made with velvet ribbon instead of mesh ribbon. I think burlap ribbon would also look pretty if you were going for a more rustic look. You can also buy a pre-made bow instead of making your own like I did.

There are also so many different accessories you could use, the variety of berries to choose from seems endless and you could also add maybe a poinsettia flower or pinecones or glitter leaf stems etc. There are just so many options to make these your own and change them up every year!

 

Cost Breakdown (in Canadian Funds):

  • $5.87 Western Cedar (I am only including the cost of the bundle I bought specifically for the Swags as I costed the leftovers from the Planters into that project already)
  • $0.00 White Pine (I accounted for the cost of this in my Holiday Planters already and what I used here was just the leftovers)
  • $4.71 Red Mesh Ribbon
  • $2.09 Two Stems Red Berries
  • $1.98 Florists Wire
  • $0.00 Glue Gun & Sticks, Scissors, Wire Cutters, Measuring Tape (I already had all of these items on hand)
  • Total Cost: $14.65
  • Price Per Swag: $7.33

*The Cedar and Pine I purchased at Lowes and I purchased them at 20% off. The Mesh Ribbon, Berry Stems and Florists Wire I purchased at Michaels and they were all purchased at 50% off. I should have enough Mesh Ribbon and Florists Wire leftover to use for next year and I hope to use the Berry Stems again as well.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try making these on your own! They are fun to make and look so beautiful hanging outside the house.

Happy Holidays!

Katie

 

Festive Holiday Planter Tutorial

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It is day 2 of Vlogmas on my Youtube Channel and today’s video was a tutorial on how I made my outdoor festive holiday planters for the 2015 holiday season. If you are interested in watching the tutorial and maybe attempting one of these on your own you can check out my video below at the very bottom of this post.

Materials I used:

  • 2 large ceramic planters. These are planters I already owned that I use for my summer annual flowers
  • Potting soil and Sand. I filled the bottom half of the planters with the potting soil (which I had leftover from the summer) and the top half with the sand (I purchased an 18 kg bag from Canadian Tire and used about 3/4 of it)
  • Fresh cut Silver Fir, White Pine, Western Cedar and Dogwood Branches (these I purchased at Lowes)
  • A variety of accessory pieces to use as nice pops of colour and sparkle in the planters. I purchased these all as artificial pieces so I can reuse them for the next few years if they hold up. For the 2 planters I used in total 2 poinsettia flower stems, 3 red berry stems and 4 gold leaf stems. I had also purchased some red mesh ribbon but did not end up using it. (All of this I purchased at Michaels)
  • Wire Cutters, Scissors and a Cerated Knife all of which I already had in the house. I had also purchased some florists wire from Michaels but did not end up needing it.

 

Cost Breakdown (in Canadian funds):

  • $0.00 for the 2 Planters (I already had these)
  • $0.00 for the Potting Soil (I already had this)
  • $6.28 for the Sand (I have 1/4 of the bag left)
  • $4.89 for the Western Cedar (I got this for 20% off)
  • $6.99 for the Silver Fir
  • $4.79 for the White Pine (I got this for 20% off)
  • $4.79 for the Dogwood Branches (I got these for 20% off)
  • $18.51 for the accessories used (poinsettias, gold leaves, berries)
  • Total Spent: $46.25 to make 2 planters
  • Total Price Per Planter: $23.13

*I did not include the cost of the Red Mesh Ribbon and Florist Wire in this breakdown because I did not use them in the planters, however I will be using them in another project very soon which I will be making a tutorial for and will include the cost of these 2 items there.

I did get the majority of the accessories from Michaels for 50% off. I almost never buy anything full price from Michaels as they are always having sales and they always seem to have a coupon running that gives you 40-50% off of one regular priced item. As well they often run coupons for anywhere from 20-50% off of your entire purchase.

 

White Planter

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Green Planter

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I hope you enjoyed and found the tutorial helpful. I just love doing projects like this! I find them to be so fun and relaxing so if you have even a little bit of the crafting bug in you or like to explore your creativity I urge you to give something like this a try for the holidays this year. You will get so much satisfaction in seeing your beautiful creation(s) every time you go in and out of your house.

Thanks for stopping in!

Katie