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

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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

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

 

So what is this blog going to be about anyway???

My vision for this blog is to cover a variety of topics and ideas that are relevant to my life and interests. I guess that means the blog may change and evolve as I change and evolve but as of today some of these topics and ideas include:

Parenting
Cooking & Recipes
Healthy Eating
Fitness
Weight loss
Tutorials
Living on a budget
Beauty & Fashion
Product reviews
And other random topics I am not thinking of right now 🙂

Maybe I am biting off more than I can chew here so we will see how it goes. I will be working on this during my down times when the little one is asleep and the house is all settled away so the time I have will vary from day to day. I just want this to be something that I enjoy doing and if I can help someone along the way or even just brighten their day that would be fantastic.

Stay tuned for my first official “topic” post….I don’t even know what that is going to be yet, I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. I am so excited to get started!!

Katie

A bit about me

I am a stay at home mom to my beautiful one and a half year old daughter Mila. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be at home with her so I can be there for every special moment and milestone. It is seriously the greatest job in the world! Mila keeps me very busy along with keeping the house, cooking, shopping, budgeting, cleaning, errands etc. etc. As many of you out there can probably relate the list just goes on and on!

However being a wife, mother and homemaker although very fulfilling are only part of what defines me. I am a girly girl at heart and really love exploring the vast worlds around beauty, makeup, hair, nails and fashion. I also love food (a little to much), cooking, baking and exploring new recipes. I am a very creative person and thoroughly enjoy playing the piano, crafting, creating artwork and decorating the house.

During the growable months of the year I like to try my hand at gardening and growing fresh vegetables. This can be somewhat challenging living in the city with limited space to work with but I do my best!

I am an animal lover through and through and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to grow up on a farm with all sorts of critters. Now I live in the city so no longer have a farm full of furry friends but I do have an adorable Miniature Schnauzer named Watson whose antics can keep most people very entertained.

There are many other things I could talk about here but I don’t want to make this a novel. I just wanted to give you a bit of a glimpse into my world for now and will allow the other stuff to come out as this blog unfolds.

Now for anyone with the burning question in their mind as to what exactly will this blog be about, my next post will better outline some of the topics and types of content I hope to explore.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Katie