Makin’ friends at MAKE UP FOR EVER

Tuesday morning I made my way over to Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara. After being there a handful of times since moving to NorCal, I knew this would be the mall I’d probably frequent more often than the others around my area. This mall reminds me of something you’d see in Toronto’s Yorkville area. It was up scale on one end of the mall, and the other end had regular mall stores like J.Crew, Sephora, Nordstrom, and an amazing free standing MAKE UP FOR EVER store.

Since I’ve been working with the Canadian team the past few years, I was e-introduced from my Canadian contacts to the American side of things. A consultation was made for me and I headed into the store to talk a bit more, and meet my new buddies, face-to-face.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-selfieSo that’s what I did! Talk about a sweat-fest. I get intimidated easily, and then resort to being introverted and shy. I was a little nervous going in, but I did it and it wasn’t awkward, or frightening in the least. I had so much fun.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-chairI plunked my toosh down into one of these chairs and little did I realize, we had such a blast playing with make-up and learning a few new beauty tips, I was there for over two hours! I guess that’s what happens when you put a few gals interested in make up together in a room.

Make-up-used-on-meJust because I work with certain brands, doesn’t mean that I love everything they have to offer. I like to be transparent and tell you (or anyone for that matter) what I think. When I went for my consultation with Tobey, we talked about doing a complete makeup look. I notified her that I wasn’t a fan of the Mat Velvet+, or the HD foundation that everyone seems to use and love. Both are too matte looking on my already dry face, and offer full coverage which I don’t need, nor strive for. I knew the consistency of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s face and body was very water based, and had a medium coverage. Troy Jensen, told me to try that when he came to Sephora at the Toronto Eaton Centre last fall. My local Sephora in Kitchener-Waterloo didn’t carry it, so I never really got the chance to try it out.

Tobey used it on my face and I loved it immediately. You know how some foundations you really need blush, or bronzer to give your skin some depth, otherwise you’d look all flat? This foundation didn’t. Needless to say, we didn’t stop there.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-HD-blushNext up was the new HD blush. I picked out this colour because I knew already I had the universal colour in shade 410 Coral to play with when I got home. I don’t remember the name of this shade, but I can find out if anyone is interested!

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-lookThe final look (left) was definitely a lot more make up than I was used to wearing, especially with lip liner. I’m not entirely sure I’d wear a liner because quite honestly it just takes up too much time and you need to be precise. I didn’t love the look of the liner but it was sure fun to play with the make up for a while! On the right, I’m still wearing everything but the lip products. Tobey also filled in my eyebrows which I LOVED. Emphasis needed. They looked fuller, and very natural. Can you even tell they’re done? I can’t. The Guy couldn’t either. He did make one comment though which confused me. “I don’t like those hooks”. Uh. What? I had no idea what he was talking about — at first I thought he meant my eyebrows, but he was talking about the winged eyeliner. Ha ha!

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Face:
HD Primer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Face and Body Foundation, MAKE UP FOR EVER
(for under eye) HD Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
(for face) Full Cover Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Mat Bronze, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Pro finish , MAKE UP FOR EVER

HD Blush, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Luminizer, MAKE UP FOR EVER
HD pressed powder, MAKE UP FOR EVER

  Eyes:
Mascara, Buxom
Aqua Creamliner, MAKE UP FOR EVER
Aqua Brow, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Lips:
Lipstick
, MAKE UP FOR EVER

Aqua Lip Liner, MAKE UP FOR EVER

At the moment I’m rotating and sometimes using three foundations in the run of a day: Estée Lauder Double Wear, Dior Hydra Life BB cream and DiorSkin Nude BB Cream. I’ll be adding this as my fourth in rotation (or mixing in with them all) in my make up routine.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-goody-bagI headed home with this amazing generous goody bag that the NYC head office sent down to me. Whoa! I’ve been playing with it all the last couple of days.

I can’t wait to head back there in April. They’re launching an eyebrow bar inside the MAKE UP FOR EVER store. While I do have nicely shaped brows, they could definitely use a little help to thicken them up and open my eyes a bit. MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-valley-fair

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-lash-barI don’t recall if this is the only lash bar in the USA at a MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique, or if there’s just a handful. Either way, I’m stoked that it’s at a location not terribly far from where I am. I haven’t tried my take at applying false eyelashes before. I’m a little intimidated by them because I know I’ll put them on sideways. But I did have fun playing with the wands, and seeing what ones looked fun, or just easy-to-wear natural.

MAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-fun-stuff make-up-stationsMAKE-UP-FOR-EVER-Valley-Fair-Mall

If you’re ever in the Santa Clara area, visit the MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique in Valley Fair Mall.

Tobey-and-NancyAsk for Tobey. She definitely knows what she’s doing.

Wunder Unders, Blogger Meetups and Jamba Juice

I feel so lucky that we have a gym in our complex. The Guy and I take advantage of it and go together when he gets off work.

30-Min-Treadmill-WorkoutI completed this thirty minute treadmill workout that was tough towards the end. I actually had to stop at 29:30 because I couldn’t keep my breathing up. It was a toughy! It’ll take you to about 2.5 miles after you’re finished. Which isn’t so bad considering the 10 minutes of it you’re just walking at 4.0.

CrossFit Waterloo tee, MPG leggings, Mizuno sneakersAfter last night’s treadmill workout, I woke up at the crack of dawn in the best kind of a mood. Who am I? Why was I awake so early? I decided to listen to my body and just get up out of bed, have some breakfast and then put on some comfy clothes before heading out the door to drive to beautiful Santana Row to run some errands. Definitely missing my old CrossFit Waterloo gym, so I decided to represent them today around town. 

Santana-RowIsn’t it beautiful?

AnthropologieI’m really trying to find some nice olive green towels for our bathrooms, but they’ve proven to be difficult to find in a shade that I want. So I got fed up and went into Anthropologie. Even though I love going to Anthropologie and it’s one of my favourite stores, I’m starting to realize that World Market has a lot of similar items that Anthro has, but without the jacked up prices. I’m excited about this, because I can scope things out I like at Anthro and get them for cheaper. Both places have really cute towels, and great smelling hand creams.

lululemon wunder undersI headed over to Lululemon to see if they had any of the Wunder Unders in stock since they were all out of my size online. Luckily, Santana Row’s Lululemon had them in stock. I bought them as a very early birthday gift to myself. My birthday is in May. Ohhh well.

Yoga at LululemonThat’s also where I found out that they offer complimentary yoga, and running groups — not only that they are having a CrossFit elements class on Sunday morning if anyone is interested in attending, just phone the store.

Jamba-Juice-Chocolate-MoodShortly after I met up with Jessica and we grabbed a Jamba Juice together while browsing around. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Chocolate Moo’d tastes exactly like a Wendy’s Frosty. So good. I’m excited for this evening though, because both of us are going to a blogger-meet up in another city. Hopefully I’ll meet some new people that way too.

Balance BarThen on the drive home I dug into one of my many delicious Balance Bars. S’mores is the only way to go.

What’s your flavour at Jamba Juice?

Have you ever gone to a blogger meet up?

Do you like Lululemon?

What colour are your towels?

Things I’m Loving // Two

Storage ideas for the home. I have a healthy obsession with baskets, boxes and anything else that help a room come together and get organized. The wire set of drawers I have, thanks to Jessica. We’ve put them in our spare bedroom for now, which holds all of The Guy’s athletic wear.Storage-Ideas-For-The-Home

Dotted Baskets // Rose Gold Crate // Glass Jars // Jute Basket // Wire Baskets

Daiso is a great spot for getting things organized. I bought a lot of clear baskets for under the counters in the bathroom and kitchen. I ended up getting some cute clear pencil cases from there too. Love that store, seeing how everything is just $1.50.organized desk

How do you stay organized?

See older things I’m loving:
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Nailed it!

I’ve nailed it with my top five nail polishes for spring, for both fingers and toes!

nailed-it

5-spring-nail-polishes 1. YSL Rose Scabiosa // 2. Dior Bloom // 3. Dior Bouquet // 4. Barry M Peach Melba // 5. Sally Hansen Pink Slip

Brucci-and-Dior-Gel-CoatFor nail hardener and top coat I’ve been using with 100% thanks to Jessica who introduced me to both these nail products. Brucci nail hardener is what I have on, in the photo with my hand, along with the Dior gel coat on top which is just as shiny as shellac nail polish is. Tip is to apply just one coat of Dior the day I use a polish, and apply another coat a few days later for added shine. It stays on incredible well without chipping, almost like a shellac but can be removed easily with nail polish remover.

How often do you wear nail polish?

Disclosure: YSL Rose Scabiosa, Dior Bloom & Dior Bouquet were supplied to me by the PR companies. The rest of the polishes were either bought or gifted to me.