Monday, 11 July 2016

Dirty Gross Feathers & Children

Hi Y'all!
So my kids love picking up feathers EVERYWHERE despite me telling them that they are gross and full of germs.  Don't get me wrong, feathers are nice and all but my children like to rub their eyes and put their fingers in their mouths immediately after touching everything.  
Regardless I decided to make lemonade with some lemons that they brought home.  

These are 
magpie feathers, yes the same birds that like to rip apart my garbage  so I definitely needed to clean and sanitize them.
I did so with some tea tree oil I already have on hand for baths and Woolite gentle detergent.

I had a couple of picture frames that I had bought on sale from Chapters Indigo on sale for $11.  I had to trim the matting on them with an exacto knife so that the feathers would fit nicely inside the frame.

Since I had two frames I thought that it would look nicer if I could display them with some sort of symmetry so I found some gold lettering from Michael's for a quote in the other picture frame (later I found the exact same lettering at Dollarama for a lot cheaper). Michaels always has a coupon for in store discounts.  I receive their emails often so I rarely pay full price for their art supplies.
I love this quote since it can be around for a long time after my kids reach puberty.

You're not BORED, you're BORING

 These pictures do not do these feathers justice they have this glossy green iridescence to them that look so beautiful when they catch the sunlight.  

 The clock is Umbra from Winners/Homesense, antlers were from a pile of junk at my in laws and the TV stand is from Ikea similar one here. 

 Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Missha vs. SKII Essense

Missha Time Revolution Essence vs. SKII Essence
(this review is not sponsored by Missha or SK-II)

Okay, so I'm sure you have read all of the rave reviews about SK-II and their miracle essence.  I wasn't willing to spluge on it yet so I was introduced to Missha through a friend.   Missha is a Korean brand that makes cost effective alternatives to several poplar Asian skincare brands.  Missha's answer to the SK-II Pitera line is the Time Revolution line which I am reviewing today.

These are all of the goodies that I received with my Missha Canada Order.
The bottles are huge!

This is the SK-II kit that I bought with the gwp below.

                                       Time Revolution Essence       vs     SK-II Essence
                                             Set with Gifts                             Set with Gifts
                                                $173.99                                    $133.00
                                          - derived from fermented        -Pitera derived from
                                             yeast extract rich in              brewing Sake, full of 
                                             Vitamin B                            vitamins, amino acids and 
                                                                                          organic acids

For the comparison only though I used only the essences only before bed not in
 the morning as suggested.

 This is my skin using SK-II for two months


After 10 days of using the Missha Essence
                                                             -acne break outs (5+)
                                                             -redness around the nose
                                                             -ashiness around my jawline
                                                             -dark circles remained around my eyes                                                                                                      

 Not to be one to waste money on products I ended up using all of the Missha products exclusively all over my face for over a month after doing this dual test.  In my experience, the Missha essence made me break out even more and didn't help with any of my blotchy red areas or sallow dark areas.  This is not to say that the Missha products don't work for everyone, just not me.  They have a lot of other wonderful products that I will review soon! The friend who recommended Missha to me also has the most beautiful skin.  I now use the remaining products on the tops of my feet and the back of my hands because it's better than just regular lotion!

I now us the SK-II products all over my face.  My skin hasn't looked better.  I use the SK-II Clear Lotion (toner), SK-II Essence,  SK-II Facial Treatment Oil.
I recently left for Italy for 10 days and didn't bring any of my SK-II products with me.  My skin was wretched after my trip.
*Just found out that SKII is available through Nordstroms!!!!
I can definitely see that once I stop using the SK-II products my skin goes back to it's regular blotchiness after 2-3 days.  
All in all the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence really does work miracles on it's own but it can be enhanced with other SK-II products.
(my skin type is dry, dehydrated)

Monday, 9 May 2016

L'Oreal Telescopic VS Benefit They're Real Mascara Review

Telescopic $8 vs they're Real $32

 Benefit "They're Real" is on the left eye and L'Oreal Telescopic is on the right eye.  Both eyes have three coats of the mascara.

If you look closely the They're Real mascara is slightly thicker and slightly blacker/darker than the Telescopic mascara! It is hard to find mascaras and eyeliners that are a true black and not a dark brown.  When mascara is a true blue/back it will enhance the whites of the eyes and therefore making them appear larger.
Both mascaras separated nicely and lengthened.


      By the end of a 9+ hour day of wearing the mascara though the Benefit beat out the L'Oreal for wear.  The L'Oreal just left flakes and smudges by the end of 6 'ish hours whereas the Benefit stayed put.  So you decide if the Benefit is worth the $32 price tag, I think it is!                                                         

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'!