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Beauty Budget Challenge Update

So I’m participating in the April Challenge over at Krystal’s blog. This month I have challenged myself not to spend more than $60 on health & beauty products. I know that seems like a lot, but with spring here it’s time to refresh everything. And I’ve also been running out of some of the things I use regularly.

Anyway, I’m just over halfway spent on the budget and we’re on the 2nd last week of the month, so I think I’m doing well! I was at under $30 before, but this weekend I visited Wally World and picked up some toothpaste, deodorant, etc. I did manage to get some razors for free! Gillette Mach 3 was giving away coupons at the Bloor station not long ago so I scooped one up. I don’t need a pink razor to do my legs, a man’s will do just fine, thank you!

I think I’ve been doing pretty well in abstaining from purchasing new eye shadows, moisturizers, etc. so far. Because of that money pinch I was in for a while I definitely could NOT afford to be buying fancy new stuff. I think it was good for me though. Pinching my pennies has forced me to look at my existing beauty collection and I’ve found some things I didn’t even know I had! So I’ve been trying them out lately and I’m surprised at how well everything is working out.

I must admit however that I did go to a Geox shoes outlet sale this weekend with mom. I bought 2 pairs for about $120, but that’s a good deal to me since they’re such good quality (and will keep my feet dry!) and are usually much more expensive. I’m fairly certain they’re last year’s styles, but I don’t really care since they look good on me and will work with my wardrobe!

So that gives you a bit of an idea on how my spending is going these days. I finally got my tax return and GST cheques which I promptly threw into my savings, and also paid my credit card bill with. I’ll have to update my goal bars when I get home tonight. I also made a Jenny Craig cost spreadsheet to help me keep track of my spending on the program, and also to help me create cheaper menus each week. This will help me save even more money.

I guess spring cleaning fever really has hit me! I’ve been cleaning up my place, my body and my finances! Watch out summer, here I come!

Product Review: Cake Milk Made Hand Creme

I’m on a roll, folks!

Here’s a review of one of the other products I was pleasantly surprised by: Milk Made Hand Creme by Cake.

I first received this as a gift from the W Network about a year ago. I had no idea what it was and had never heard of the brand before (apparently it’s some sort of upscale trendy brand?? And it’s Canadian!) but decided to give it a go.

Boy, was I surprised! This hand cream is absolutely divine. It feels creamy and very smooth, and spreads easily on your hands. It absorbs within a reasonable amount of time and doesn’t leave that gross greasy residue.

This cream gets big points on the moisture factor: it leaves your hands supple and soft; I particularly like using it on my cuticles and areas of my hand that get the most dry. It is quite simply a pleasure to use.

So what are the major drawbacks?

The Smell: It has marshmallow extract in it, which makes it smell like some sort of super-sweet, somehow creamy vanilla marshmallow. Totally eatable. If you’re into smelling like candy and/or baked goods, then you’ll probably love this to bits. I, however, prefer a less noticeable scent. Though I must admit that I’ve gotten used to it now, and the benefits still outweigh this minor detail.

The Price: At $18 a pop for a small tube, it is definitely an indulgence. I have received 3 tubes in succession as Ad Gifts therefore never having to purchase it myself. Will I buy it again once I run out? Possibly. Though I would definitely check for sales, discounts or trades on Makeup Alley, etc. first, and avoid paying full cost if possible.

So where can you get this?

I’ve seen the line at certain Bay stores. I’ll bet its at the nicer Sears locations (Eaton Centre) as well. Oh, what the hell. Here’s a link to their locations.

Overall I think this is a great product and would recommend it to anyone who’s not afraid to splurge from time to time. I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried this product, and what they thought of it!

…I sure hope I get some more as gifts!!!

Product Review: Avon Supershock Mascara

I mentioned ages ago that I would start doing unpaid reviews on products or services that I thought needed to be reviewed… so here is the first!

I am totally in love with this new mascara by Avon.

Supershock Mascara ($9.99) is their newest mascara and comes in your basic colours (navy, brown, black & black/brown) and promises the following:

Up to 12X more volume in only one step!

– Unique microfibres expand & plump lashes for unprecedented volume
– Thickening base coat and volumizing mascara in only one step
– Flexible bristles coat and separate lashes for a precise look that’s bolder than ever
– Does not glob!

And I have to say, I’m sold! At first blush this mascara actually scared me; it comes in a giant tube which is much fatter than your average mascara tube. The wand is also super-sized. The closest comparison would be the diameter of a Bic pen. I have no idea why they made it so large, but it seems to do the trick! After the initial fright of having something that large so close to my eye, I soon saw how good a job it does at making my lashes lovely.

It goes on clean and easy, and separates my lashes without clumping or gobbing. Far superior to my previous L’Oreal mascara. The formula is easy to build up for a more dramatic look, and has minimal flaking even though it includes microfibres. I don’t know if this is the right way to describe a mascara, but I felt…comfortable putting it on.

I was really pleased with the results, my eyes seemed brighter and more open, my lashes plumper, longer and more feminine. And it’s easy to take off at the end of the day. My last mascara would cling and clump so badly to my lashes that I could hardly clean it off, and it would actually pull some of my eyelashes out with it when removed. Ugh.

This is a good mascara for women with sensitive eyes or contact-lens wearers. I have extremely sensitive eyes and have not experienced any irritation in my 2 weeks using the product.

I would recommend this mascara to anyone. For the price, results and ease of application it is definitely worth it. I’ve tried the higher-end mascaras (Clinique, Stila, MAC, Lancome, etc.) but this simple Avon innovation trumps them in all areas.

The single drawback is that it is only available through your local Avon lady. If only I could pick it up at the drugstore!

Think in Pink?

Spring must be in the air… I am finding myself oddly attracted to pink again!

Today I volunteered at a marketing conference all day, and in return they gave me a $50 gift card for the Eaton Centre! Yay!

So I went with my coworker N to blow our cards on something frivolous. We were even lucky enough to finish our day by 3pm! (however it started at 7am… ugh).

So what did I spend my money on, you ask? Why PINK stuff, o’ course!

Earlier I posted about getting my makeup done at an ad event in the Stila lounge at Muzik Club. I really loved the look, so the artist wrote down some of the colours he used. I’ve been meaning to pick them up and try them out, but they’re just so darned expensive! Like, holy-cow expensive! And since I’m in money-saving mode I decided to forgo on the fancy beauty treat.

But! With the gift card I was justified in buying something fun for myself! Sure, I could have bought some shampoo or the bobby pins I needed, but that’s so boring. So I popped into Sephora to pick those items up. It was great, the girl showed me how to use them and even helped me apply them, so I won’t look like a rouged whore when I do it myself. Always a good thing!

Here’s what I got:

Stila Lip Glaze in Papaya

These two items came to a whopping $66 after taxes… but since I had the $50 gift card, I only paid about $16 of that… and therefore am not overspent on my beauty budget challenge that Krystal is hosting!

On our way out of the mall we also stopped in at the Trade Secrets and I oogled the new OPI India collection of polishes. Y’all know how I love my OPI! Today I picked up this beauty:

I’m wearing it right now with a layer of Fireflies on top… it looks awesome! The irridescent Fireflies just adds that extra dimension to the matte colour. Very nice.

Anyway, that was an extra $11.25, but even then I’m still within my Beauty Budget Challenge amount of $60. I have spent a total of $27.25 so far.

Yay for pink! Now I’m off to bed to recoup after my insanely long day!

Schtickers Love!

Ok, I was browsing The Windowshoppist not long ago, and she had a post featuring a seriously cool laptop sticker from

I can’t believe I did this, but I actually bought one ($24 after shipping & conversion), and I applied it today!

I totally fell in love with the fine art schticker of Flaming June by Leighton.

Isn’t it beautiful? They had a really great selection of other designs too, that ran the gamut from trippy patterns to fine art. I’m a fine art friend, which is why I got Junie up there.

Here’s what the real thing looks like on my lappy!

Since I don’t use my laptop anywhere except on my desk, it didn’t make sense for me to stick it on like the website shows. I often keep my laptop closed when I’m not using it, so I put it on upside down so I could enjoy it closed!

It wasn’t until after I ordered that I discovered that you can actually design your own Schticker. I think next time I will do that! I like the fact that these are vinyl and reusable so they won’t harm my laptop and I can switch them out whenever I choose.

Pretty cool, huh?