Mascara Showdown

Mascara-Showdown-HeaderIf there’s anything I don’t need with finishing off my makeup, it’s definitely mascara. I don’t know why, but it’s one of my two favourite makeup items to own/purchase. That, and of course my ultimate favourite: bronzer. As a little girl, I use to flutter my lashes at my parents friends who came over. They always complimented me on my eyelashes, and to this day when I don’t wear mascara people still compliment the ol’ lashes. K, is that weird? Enough about that.

I guess I enjoy mascara because when I do wear it, it almost looks as though I am wearing false eyelashes. To an extent, I suppose. So I thought I’d combine a few of my favourite mascaras into one post, and show you before and after photos of each one and let you be the judge on what one is your favourite.

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Hair Cuts from Basement Dweller

I had a bit of running around to do during my lunch hour today, because I won’t have access to my car for the next few days. Had to get the errands out of the way and do a little beautifying.

I dropped into Sephora since I received an e-mail about getting 3x the points this week. Couldn’t pass that snazzy opportunity up.

The goods: Dior BB cream (which I use for foundation) and a delicious Philosophy shower gel.

Then… let me give you a little back story before I jump into it. Mom cut my hair, until I was in my early twenties when I ventured into a hair salon and never looked back. I’ve had a few bumps in the road and didn’t stay with one hair stylist for very long. That is, until I found out my friend did hair for “fun”. I went to him for a few years and he would never let me see what he was doing to my hair. I’ve ended up with some crazy colors in my hair. Looking back, it’s pretty out there for an introvert like myself.


Unfortunately he had a few addiction issues and literally disappeared off the face of the earth. All I know is that he’s still alive. Doesn’t that sound sketchy. Either way I’ve been back and forth cheating on hair stylists and going to different ones for YEARS. I was never pleased with the service I received, and since I go so infrequently, I never developed a relationship with my stylists. I was paying upwards to $70 for a flimsy ol’ haircut. In and out of the chair within a half hour. Not the most affordable option.

So I started cutting my hair and finally I got a new pair of scissors to use. It wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but it was cheap and the scissors were sharp.

Over a year ago, I stumbled upon basement dweller and it’s in no way making fun of her (well, kinda) but it’s true. She does hair out of her 80’s, always under renovation dark secluded basement. Yet, somehow the woman (who is my age) does some kind of wonderful, magical thing with my hair and I always love it. I have yet to be disappointed. So yesterday marked the 14 weeks and I was due for a hair trim. I also ended up getting it dyed. It’s darker than what it was since I had some highlights put in, in April.

This is the outcome, before and after:


I’m off for the night, to finish my delicious lemon pepper chicken stir fry!

How often do you get your hair cut?
I usually go every 14 weeks

Are you a fan of Sephora?
Clearly I am, being a Sephora VIB


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Popcorn for supper!

Popcorn for supper!

Those that know me, understand the meaning behind when I announce that I’m having popcorn for supper.  It means the boyfriend is out of town, and I don’t have to cook. So I don’t. Instead, I have popcorn for supper.

Since I’m usually home alone and bored when he’s gone. I also like to organize things. This can be either a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at the situation. It looks good, yea — but I have no idea where I put anything. Oops?

My target shopping trips have been steady and on a rigerous routine since it opened. Each Sunday (with skipping a few because hello weekly is a little overboard) I head over to Target to spot some goodies.

I bought 2 pairs of PJ bottoms, 5 new pairs of Gillian & O’Malley thongs (the best) and scoped out some organizing tips from this fancy aisle.Target aisles

When the boyf was away last weekend I took it upon myself to finally organize the bedroom step-by-step. I got out the handy dandy measuring tape and got to work. Once I had all my measurements down pat I knew that before I went to Ikea to get the supplies I wanted to check Target’s prices, and to scope out the price of the rubbermaid closet organizer I was given to review on my blog. heh. It was $49.99. Target Closet Helper

I’ve been wanting a new desk out in the living room for my computer for the longest time, and I also wanted to have a book shelf in the bedroom for shoes and makeup storage. I don’t want to reveal everything fun and organizey in one post, so that will have to wait another time.

Thank goodness I had a ton of patience this day because I had to read the instructions on how to put it together, and sort through years of the boyf’s clothes that he doesn’t like to purge even though he hasn’t worn them in the 8 years I’ve known him.

The closet is all of the boyf’s stuff. I hang up my blazers and dresses but my tops and pants are elsewhere in the bedroom. Brace yourselves. Just looking at this makes me short of breath ;) This is how the bedroom closet looked like before:Closet-before

We tried organizing the closet in the past with these hanging cubes. It worked for a little while. But as you can see it ended up not working to our advantage.

The Rubbermaid Closet Helper was fool-proof. If I get impatient reading instructions yet can still put this together, that’s tellin’ ya something. No tools required either. Meaning no structural damage done because we still live in an apartment building. Closet-Before-and-After

First I gutted the closet and laid out all the clothes on the bed. Holy moses it was a high pile. I was starting to get overwhelmed. Alfie is holding down the fort, making sure I’m doing everything rightfully so. gutted

Sometimes I just walk away, do something else and come back to the task at hand. Anyone else like this? I swear this took 5 hours longer than it should’ve. Just because i decided to do laundry, eat lunch and shower in between putting this closet together. Success:Closet-Helper-built

Now to put all the clothing back. Will it all fit? I had no idea. I hoped it would…I started color co-ordinating his shirts by color. One side is all short sleeved shirts, the other side had long sleeved.  Hot dang, it all freaking fits! Halleluiah. This is when I started getting excited, bbming the pics to the boyf, and instagramming them.  rubbermaid-closet

It feels so refreshing to finally be able to look at the closet and not want to cringe at the sight. In fact, I got rid of 15 or go hangers. Everything fit in the closet again! Mostly because the second rod was added on the bottom, which is where my blazers are stored along with the Boyf’s ties and a pair of his dress pants.


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