Monday, 25 April 2016

YSL Baby Doll Mascara Review

YSL Baby Doll Mascara Review

So I have been on the search for a new mascara that could out do my long time favourite Eyeko Skinny brush mascara.     
The reason that I want replaced replace the Eyeko is that it's not available in Sephora Canada anymore.

This mascara has a similar hard brush much like the Eyeko mascara so I was hoping that it could reach my outer lashes without having to work the brush into the corners, this was not the case.  The mascara needed about 3-4 layers too to even coat the lashes and even then it wasn't thick enough for me.  (By mascara layers, I mean that I do one eye while the other one dries and then go back back on top.)

This mascara also did not pass the racoon eyes test past 4 hours.  It left a smudges around my lower lashes where I never apply mascara after around 3 hours of wear.

All in all FAIL


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Dark Turquoise Dresser DIY

Here is my little chest of drawers redo!

The spray paint I used is one that I really like by Rust-Oleum, it is a satin finish called Lagoon.  I like the outdoor kind because I find that it coats better.  I only sprayed one coat and had enough left over for another project coming soon.

With a house full of hard flooring I definitely need something to soften the blow on my knees so I wear Crocs around the house which the girls like to hide from me!

Now my big girl has a place to hide all of her tchotchkes.

This little dresser is one of many pieces that I purchased from London Drugs years ago in my Chinoiserie phase (which was a total fail).  I'm still repainting pieces from that phase.

Handles are brass from the Habitat for Humanity Restore ($2 each).  Luckily I live close to one so I like to donate and poke around. Euro pillows are from Anthropologie and bedding is from Home Sense.
When working with bamboo it likes to splinter a lot! The original handles were just stapled in so they were easy to remove.  Any splintering when I removed the original handles were covered very well by the thicker paint.   I got so many slivers just taking the drawers out.  So before I drilled holes for the drawer pulls I taped over the dry paint with painters tape to prevent any further splintering of the bamboo.  Taping also helped to mark the drill holes without having to leave permanent marks on the wood if I messed up.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank-you for reading!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Daughters 6th Birthday Party

I finally have something special to post, my daughters 6th birthday party!
She originally wanted a Veterinarian themed birthday but I couldn't find enough good ideas on Pinterest that wowed me.  Instead I just convinced her that people could just bring items for donation to the Edmonton SPCA in lieu of gifts so that got her excited.
I wasn't actually going to make it a big deal this year but that changed a week prior to her birthday when I got the idea in my head that I was going to do a Peter Pan theme.  So BOOM, I told my husband that I needed to build a teepee and do games in the back yard and that we needed to finally get the grass that C has been asking for since spring.
We sent the girls off to their grandparents for a couple of days since I wanted this whole theme to be a surprise.

A long time ago I saw a similar black and white tent at the Land of Nod and was reintroduced to the teepee while searching through Pinterest for ideas.   So as usual I went shopping at my moms house for fabric and supplies (I also discovered that she has a room full of fabric and ribbon).  The tent was originally set up in the back yard with rope but it wouldn't stay together so we duct taped it instead.  I wrapped the fabric around the pvc pipes and then marked and sewed where the ribbon would tie and  hold the fabric and tent together.    

 I was only able to find green felt at Michael's for the Peter Pan hats despite looking at Dollar Tree, Dollarama, and Walmart.  I bought a regular sheet and folded and cut diagonally.  To make the brim I just turned up the back edge and sewed a seam closely along the bottom along with a feather.  Other than the tent, I spent the most time on these hats looking for fabric and sewing them and neither boys that came to the party wanted to wear them!  Go figure.

Birthday flags are made from the left over poster board that I made the shadow Peter Pan characters out of.  Black letters are from Dollar Tree that I flipped around to use the white side, some are cut as well since not all letters can be flipped to look the same.

Probably 12am at this point of decorating.

All of the characters were drawn free hand on poster board and then taped onto the ceiling.  It would have been easier to have them projected somehow to trace but I couldn't figure out how.

 We got bow and arrows (not shown) from Dollarama to shoot through Tick Tock's mouth as a fun game.  I drew him free hand on poster board, then cut and glued his stomach and eyes on.
Unfortunately the mermaid lagoon never made it outside for water.

We decided to saw off the tops of the pvc pipes around 1am so that they wouldn't wreck the ceiling.

 The "Neverland" banner is made from and old Kung Fu sash that my husband wasn't too happy about me drawing on.

This was a simple craft for the kids.  I bought glittery insect stickers that the kids just stuck straight onto the headdress and it was backed with the exact same shaped sticker.  Feathers were held on the same way.  I got some colourful scotch tape to hold things as well but the stickers worked the best.

These treasure boxes for the kids to paint and fill occupied them for quite a while.   We used clear glitter paint and jewel stickers.  They wrote their names on them and then I allowed them to have handfuls of jewels and chocolate coins to fill their boxes up with.  
The fairy wings are from Dollar Tree for $1.25 each.  Treasure boxes, glitter paint, pipe cleaners, feathers, paint brushes, jewels, chocolate coins, jewel stickers are all from Dollarama.  

My daughter loves watermelon so this tiered cake was perfect.

Fairies are from a set at the Disney Store.

These mushrooms were one of a few sweet things for the party since my daughter doesn't care too much for candy.  During the party while her friends were tossing the apple tops she ate her tops and dumped her marshmallows in the garbage!

Water melon tiered cake and apple/marshmallow mushrooms are ideas via Pinterest.  I didn't need to hold the 'mushrooms' together with anything as eventually the apples just stuck to them.

The kids filled up their tiny glass jars with "Pixie Dust".  NEVER AGAIN, reports of broken glass and dust on parents beds floor is still sticky!

Does anyone recognize these table and chairs?  Once upon a time they used to be taller!

All in all it was worth it because three times that day C said that her party was 'the best ever'!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hand me Downs

Hi people!
Sope, when I have light colour purses they tend to discolour quickly especially around the handles.   I'm super worried with my light coloured 3.1 Phillip Lim since I want to be able to pass it down to my girls one day.  I got the brilliant idea in the middle of the night to wrap the handles with a couple of square scarves that I already owned.  I couldn't find any tutorials that square scarf, they all used a skinny one so I decided to create this post to help y'all out!

The scarves I used are 24" square.

Fold the scarf in half leaving about 1" border around the edge as shown below.  This helps when wrapping the scarf so there is only one seam to manage when wrapping.

Start folding the scarf 1" from the base of the triangle up until you get a folded long piece like below.


Then tie the scarf of one end of the handle and tightly wrap the scarf around until you reach the other end.  Wrap and tuck the end through itself.

Easy peasy!

 Handles are protected from wear and tear.

Dress and belt Forever21.  Purse 3.1 Phillip Lim, scarves old Paul & Joe.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015



So, I love matching my girls but I think that I might have over done it this time.  My mother is a classic hoarder which is awesome for me because I like to go shopping at her house when she makes dinner.  I recently picked up the navy polka dot and pastel chrysanthemum fabric that has been sitting around her sewing boxes forever.

Originally I was just planning on making simple pillow case dresses that I saw on Pinterest so that the 3 of us girls could match.  I failed to foresee that polka dot matching dresses are total
over kill!  We will NOT be wearing these dresses all at once as to not cause seizures in public!
Sorry, there is no tutorial since I totally winged this dress pattern with an a line dress from the girls closets.   I made a lot of mistakes on my own dress so I highly suggest buying a pattern to do this which I will be doing for the pastel floral fabric.

                                        My Dress Front                                                       My Dress Back

I sewed all of these in one day so after I was done two dresses by 9pm , I didn't even want to make a dress for my youngest daughter because I was so frustrated with the mistakes that I was making on my own dress.  Just before bedtime though she looks at me with her giant doe like eyes and says "mommy where is my dress?"  and who feels like an asshole?
So I whipped one up with a large front pocket for the junk that she likes to collect. 

And if I wasn't tired and sore enough from sewing all day, I even made a dress for #1's doll, the other doll will get something when I cut the pastel fabric.

After sewing all that stuff the day before so that we can all MATCH blue and white polka dots, what do I find in my my closet?!?

This and this!!!

 Oh well!

Important info:
Ribbon for the dresses, Crate and Barrel Christmas gift wrap ribbon haha (free).  Yellow and rose hued purse, 3.1 Phillip Lim medium Pashli, Red Sparkly Stilettos old, Jimmy Choo similar, Red Tassled Flats old.  Doll, GlamMa (Jenny Ma).  "C'est La Vie" print, Chapters.  Long navy polka dot maxi dress old, Joe Fresh.  Baby blue cross body old, Tory Burch.  Blush rose espadrilles old, Gucci.  Pencil cut navy polka dot dress with red ribbon old, Anthropologie.