Friday, March 17, 2017

new to me beauty part 2: youth to the people, briogeo, pure anada +

Here is a look at the rest of my spring beauty buys as I have been swapping out products to be natural/cruelty free.

bite beauty matte lip crayon in pastille: (99% natural, cruelty free)
This was a sephora point perk this month I will pretty much try anything bite beauty beauty has to offer. The bite beauty matte lip crayons are really nice and light on the lips while not making them look like crepe paper. The shade pastille is a wonderful bright mauve, very unique and unlike anything I already owned. A welcome addition to my lip stash

ole henriksen counter balance oil control hydrator: (cruelty free)
This was also a point perk and sadly a miss for me. I am not sure what essential oil it is in here but it makes me oily, oddly most "oil" control products do but seeing as this was a lotion not a primer per se I had high hopes it would work. The other little downside I found is it is not a matte finish you can see the tell tale lotion line of shine where ever you apply this...

pure anada natural mascara: (100% natural, cruelty free)
This is made near by in Morden and is a fair price for a natural mascara (some can be pretty pricey) it has a natural bristle brush which I have not used in years, it is also curved which I am personally not a fan of. Besides that it seems to be okay I have to make sure not to apply to much as you can go from good to cakey quite fast. I have a feeling it will get better with age. It does not flake through out the day and washes off easily so far so good, it is too early to tell if it has converted me to natural mascaras.

method body wash in lilac blossom: (biodegradable, cruelty free)
I love lilac anything and religiously use other method products so this is a match made in heaven.  This particular scent is very light and reminiscent of the gentle lilac smell in the air. Don't expect you or your bathroom to smell of it, it is very subtle but I don't mind it. The bottle is gigantic and a bit hard to use but overall I am a fan of it.

briogeo rosarco blow dry cream: (95% natural, cruelty free)
I don't do too much to my hair just shampoo it and blow dry so hair products are not my thing...I do like to use a blow dry cream and to find one almost all natural was fabulous. Despite being made from oils this cream really absorbs into your hair nicely and does not make it feel greasy or like you have any product in it. I am finding it had been doing a great job and overall quite happy with my purchase. 

youth to the peopl kale + green tea age prevention cleanser: (vegan, cruelty free)
I could not wait to try this cleanser anything with green tea in the name gets me. I also really like the fact this come with a pump. It smells like crushed up salad which is unique and refreshing. As for being a good cleanser... it foams and washes away easily and has not caused any skin troubles for me so far so it gets a thumbs up.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

new to me beauty - cruetly free with frank body and well people

Quite a few of my beauty items ran out recently and I am trying to slowly swap out as many products as I can to be natural, hand made or in the least cruelty free. There have been some real winners so here is a look at them.

frank body lip balm (cruelty free)
This came in a set with a lip scrub so I was happy to try it. It is really thick but is wonderful to wear on the lips overnight. There is no scent or color making it great for sensitive skin types. My only complain it the packaging, it is really hard to squeeze out of the tube a pot might have made more sense with this one.

frank body lip scrub (cruelty free)
I am a lip scrub fiend and could not wait to try this (it took me 6 weeks as my first order got lost in the mail...but it was worth the wait!) This is made with coffee oil (it smells divine) and has the perfect texture, not too crumbly but also not more balm than sugar.
I was really impressed with my order from frank body that am already planning on stocking up on the lip scrub it is that good.

real techniques stippling brush (cruelty free) found at Walmart or Rexall in Winnipeg
I was looking for a new brush to help me apply bronzer/contour properly since I just can't seen to get the hang of it. This brush does look crazy but it is 100% what I needed for me not to get too heavy handed in my application. It deposits color fabulously and also blends it in so there are no harsh lines.
Online reviews state that the bristles fall out I have washed my brush and it seems to be all good, so fingers crossed.

w3ll people bio correct concealer in fair (natural, vegan, cruelty free)
Oh how I want to love this... It has amazing ingredients which made me excited to try out a new concealer but I can't get on with it. I will use it until it is done but won't repurchase. It is an odd mix of being creamy with not as much coverage as I would like for under my eyes but also to dry for my skin. I do have to apply a really thick eye cream before hand for this not to look cakey.
As for covering blemishes I also haven't found it to me amazing for that either. The shade fair is good match for me just a warning these are peach toned to cancel out darkness so don't think they will be skin colored.

If anybody has any suggestions for a natural concealer that they use do share!

There will be a part two soon as I will have a new cleanser and a few other bits to test out.

Monday, February 20, 2017

sea salted chocolate date balls

I struggle to find something good to eat at work. I usually eat all the larabars and larabites but find they can be a bit dry so I decided after months of having date bites pinned on pintrest to give them a go. Making these isn't really any quicker or easier to clean up after as a batch of cookies but they do taste better than their pre-packaged counterparts and the best part is you can put what ever you like in them.

What you will need (makes about 19 balls)
  • pitted dates (I bought mine in the baking isle, and used half the package)
  • nuts of your choice (I used salted peanuts)
  • dark chocolate
  • large sea salt flakes
  • food chopper (I have a kitchen aid mini one) 
  • wax paper

How to make
  1. My dates came in a brick so I took about half the package and hand chopped it to be in smaller pieces. Place the chopped dates in a food processor and pulse until broken up and soft (this is actually pretty hard the dates are sticky and take a few minutes to break down properly) near the end when they are almost into small bits add in the peanuts and pulse until combined.
  2. Transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Using a tablespoon scoop out the date mixture and form into a ball with your hands, place on wax paper.
  4. Melt your dark chocolate and dip half the date ball in the chocolate. Let cool slightly and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Keep the balls in the fridge until ready to eat, they should keep fresh for the week ahead. 
Enjoy!

Monday, February 13, 2017

brown sugar coffee and cream cookies

I found this recipe via pintrest to make for a friends birthday and wow is it a winner. I made these two weekends in a row because everybody wanted more. I did make some adjustments so I wanted to share the recipe and what I did.
Original recipe can be found here.

What you will need: (taken from original recipe)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened (I used margarine and it was fine)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature (I used egg replacer for one batch they turned out just as good)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder (I used a full tablespoon)
Icing
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
How to make: (edited a bit from original recipe)
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 30 seconds. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and instant coffee for another 30 seconds.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and mix into the sugar mixture
    (I used a spoon and my hands)
  • Using a tablespoon, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down the dough with the back of spoon.
    These spread but not bad the more you flatten them the "flatter" they will be
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until nicely browned on the bottom. Like a snickerdoodle these will look puffy and under baked when you take them out of the oven. You can let them cool for a minute on the pan and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool, they flatten and harden when cool. 
  • Once cooled make the glaze (you want it to be runny enough to drizzles but not too runny add icing sugar as needed) and drizzle over the cookies.
    These cookies don't "need" the icing but it does add a bit extra to them:)
I usually keep my cookies in an airtight container overnight and these cookies turn so soft they are really good the next day! The first time I made them they were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The batch with egg replacer were soft the same day they were baked. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

indeed labs 10 balm vs farmacy honey savior

I have a bit of a thing for honey as an ingredient in skincare. These two honey based balms are surprisingly different so here is my take on them!

Indeed labs 10 balm (found and shoppers drug mart or on the indeed labs website)
Indeed labs 10balm boasts 10 skin soothing ingredients such as honey extract, bee pollen, vitamin e and arnica. It is a pale yellow light weight lotion that sinks into the skin nicely. With my oily skin it does seem a bit heavy to wear under make-up but at night it is fine.
I was having really stressed out hormonal skin when I decided to buy this, it did soothe the dry and red skin but sadly didn't stop my skin from scarring as much as I had hoped it would. I am still using it on my acne scars since the ingredients are really quite nice.

Farmacy honey savior (found at sephora (online only not in winnipeg stores) or farmacy's website)
Honey savior is a more traditional oil based salve made with honey extract and other essential oils. It is pricey so I stuck to my guns and waited for it to be offered as a sample at sephora luckily I didn't have to wait long!
I wanted to use this on blemishes to try and help them heal while not drying my skin out. The texture of this is a clear thick gel which doesn't really absorb well into my skin, which I am okay with. I like to dab a big dollop of it and let it soak in overnight on blemished areas. It does seem to combat the redness and stop blemishes from being flaky in the morning.

Overall I like using both and I think they serve two different purposes. I would use the honey savior on more cracked and cut skin while the 10balm is great soothing lotion that can be used on the face and is great to use on dry skin around the nose.

Monday, January 23, 2017

last week in pictures

Last week I sorted through some more of my kitchenware and found a few more items I am ready to part with (they have found homes). I am trying to keep/own items I really love and adore while trying my best not to come home with vintage just because it is vintage. The yellow pot was the toughest choice it is not ergonomic enough for me and my little fingers get burnt touching the enamel but oh it is cute!
naked skincare was having a 25% off sale and I did need to stock up on my cleansing oil so I decided to try out a new product at the same time. I chose the exfoliating mircrograins because the ingredient list made me drool, matcha, pineapple, oats and chamomile...
I did buy it thinking I could use it as a mask if I added more water to it and well no that doesn't really work. I did add some clay to try and make it a mask as well and that was still a bit too chunky... adding a squirt of my gel cleaner was the winner it made it less messy to work with (if you have ever used cleansing grains you know they are messy) It smells AMAZING yes all caps were necessary and does a really good job of naturally exfoliation the skin, another winner from naked skincare!

I ended the week with some tiny little vintage treasures...I originally left them at the store since they weren't really a set I would have preferred them all to have aqua stars buuuut I was out running errands a few days later and decided to pop back into the thrift store to see if they were still there and yes, yes they were so they came home with me. I don't know why I wanted them but I did. Still trying to find a good use for them.
and that was my week.

Monday, January 9, 2017

last week in pictures

Last week I was able to meet up with an "instafriend" (@thecrinolinequeen) for coffee and a bit of vintage hunting. I adore chelsey's feed for her winged liner and vintage style. It was really nice being able to finally meet up with her and exchange a few items from my closet that I thought would fit her style. The above cardigan was one of those items, and it looks fabulous on her!

We visited a few thrift shops and one vintage store I had yet to venture out to (aka brian's corner)
I able to snag a vintage lucite brooch and a 1940s corde purse at the salvation army. While value village broke my heart...I picked up the most fabulous grey wool cardigan but sadly it is now in the trash can... turned out I had the vintage version of drunk goggles on the cardigan is covered in moth holes which are not fixable *le sigh*. I picked up an adorable jadeite planter from brian's corner.

Over the weekend I added a few new listings to my etsy shop including this fabulous 1940's wood and sterling silver spider brooch!

Has was last week for others?

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 thrift wish list

You never actually know what will be at the thrift but it is good to have a plan so you don't come home with things you won't use. Here is my wish list of items for 2017 plus the things that I always keep an eye out at thrift stores and pop-up sales.

glassware/ kitchen
@thatretrochick posted her Christmas gifts those along with her profile picture have many of my wish list items. I would love to find a hazel atlas candy stripe bowl, polka dot grease jar and and glassware that has writing on it like that adorable drippings jar. A catherine holm bowl or two would not hurt either.

I always like to look through the planters. I would love to find a mc coy offering like the one below found on etsy.

clothing
For 2017 I am really going to try and "try" clothes on at the thrift. Last year I was lazy and left a few pieces I should have just tried on! I am always on the hunt for vintage knits and blouses and one white rabbit that I have never been able to find a 1950s cotton circle skirt...

furniture
The past few years I have been looking for a mid century wood dresser or bookshelf etc anything wood and mid century really. Fingers crossed I stumble across a good piece this year.

I think that is it, I was able to find some real gem in 2016 so fingers crossed my luck continues!

Monday, December 26, 2016

shopping local with raven press co

I found raven press co on instagram a few months back. It is an online stationary store based here in Winnipeg. They carry a small curated selection of goods. With the new year approaching I knew I wanted to pick up a writable calendar in hopes that the 2017 me can write things down. I manage social media for two businesses and my memory eludes me sometimes.

My order did not disappoint! They offer 15% off your first order and free shipping within the city (free over $30 for the rest on Canada!) I picked up a few extra bits for a gift. 

Overall the whole experience was really lovely. My order included a handwritten note and was delivered within 48 hours to my door beautifully packaged.

I will definitely be ordering from raven press co again!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

last week in pictures

Last weekend I delivered my cookie bags (recipe can be found here) I wrapped them in a simple cello bag and topped with my favorite vintage doily added some ribbon and it was birds on top of birds, just how I like it. 

For the winter I have gone back to making simple masks to help hydrate and soothe my skin. I used my beeproject apiaries honey (which has frozen in my cupboard...) I warmed it up for 10 seconds in the microwave added a drop and lavender oil and spread on my face with a mask brush. Honey is surprisingly easy to wash off and leaves your skin so soft and subtle.

My friend in Vancouver set over my Christmas gift and I opened it early... it was filled with locally made products from Vancouver. I am not brave enough to use natural shampoo just yet but this soap bar has been perfect to wash my make-up sponge with. The dry shampoo is super heavy duty but perfect for my dark hair. Me and the mask are working on finding the perfect way to mix and use it.
I am out of loose tea bags and have to wait to enjoy my tea.
I am currently working on a local Winnipeg box to send back:)

This year for the holidays I decided that Tarte's shape tape concealer was going to be my little splurge to myself. I 100% gave into the you tube hype... sadly I do not get on with it. I "may" have picked the wrong shade? I picked up light neutral which is a peach shade with both yellow and pink undertones which I thought would be perfect for my dark circles. It is supposed to be high coverage but I can definitely still see my blue bags peeking out. It is drying and cakes up a bit under my eye through out the day. Not worth the shipping and duty fees I paid for it, live and learn.

How was last week for others? 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

thrift snapshots

I haven't bought anything from the thrift store in a little over a month. I have been trying to make sure the things that come home with me I will use or be able to gift. Trying not buy something just because it is vintage. I have done pretty good, here is a look at what tempted me this month.

vintage cardigan:
I own a black version of this and it is my favorite cardigan because of the material (it is easy to wash and does not pill!) so a white one would have been fantastic, sadly this one was way to big and the white semi sheerness would have made it tricky to sew. I sent a picture to a friend but she passed on it too.

pyrex...
Finding refrigerator dishes is hard and this one was in pretty good condition but the color would not go with anything I own so I left it behind. In terms of kitchenware I am trying to stick to blues, jadeite and yellow.
 
salt shakers...
I don't know why but I always look at the salt and pepper shakers. I have a good set and don't really need another. I enjoyed their "cat liner" and how their faces where painted.

what did come home with me
Ever since the Christmas items have been put out I have been looking through all of it to find some vintage ornaments. Last week I was able to find a box! I am however not used to how delicate these are and I chipped (you could say broke) one taking it out of the box. I taped the broken top back on and it looks alright... I also managed to straight up smash one since I forgot the box was broken...oh well I have three now:)
The turquoise melmac set has been at the thrift store for a few weeks now and I always look at it. My grandma has a set so I figured it being there three times now meant I was to take it home. I have a thing for cream and sugar sets so this is oh my fifth set...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

mocha shortbread

My office party was two weeks ago and I always like to make up cookie bags for my coworkers.
That being said this year I did not bring them any cookies because I messed up my recipe twice, with #cookiefail pictures to prove it. I wanted to try out a simple salted dark chocolate chip cookie.
I apparently cannot make simple things. So I tried again this week with something more fancy in mind and well they turned out perfectly. I neeeeed to bake fancy things!

Here is what I did to make the above cookies
(this recipe was adapted from a vintage recipe on the back of a cornstarch box made by Fleischmann's)

Mocha Shortbread
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup soft butter
1 Tbsp instant coffee (next time I would add 1/2 Tbsp more)
1 Tsp boiling water

Boil water, pour your instant coffee into the bottom of your mixing bowl and add in the water, mix. Add the softened butter and mix well. In a separate bowl whisk dry ingredients. Sift them over the butter and coffee mixture and mix well. 

Seperate dough into two disks and wrap in plastic. Chill in the fridge for 30min or more.
Roll out dough and cut with desired cookie cutters. **
Place on cookie sheet and chill for a few minutes before placing in oven.

Bake at 300' for 15 minutes (or less is needed). Transfer to a rack and cool. Coat with chocolate if desired.

** to get the pattern on my cookies I used a plastic doily. I pressed it down onto the dough and then cut out my shapes. You could use any material/pattern as long as it is sturdy and will not stick to the dough.

** if you are using a pattern watch for excess flour on your cookies before you bake them. The flour does not come off after baking, It is easier to dab the cookies with a damp paper towel before they go into the oven rather than try and brush it off after baking. (you can see the flour in the pictures, it does not go away)

Overall these look amazing and taste wise this is the best shortbread recipe I have worked with.
This shortbread can easily be made gluten free by using a gluten free flour mix.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

reviewing my sephora sample stash

Here is a round up of what were hits and misses from my recent stash of sephora samples! Useful if you happen to see them at the counter and can't decide if they are worth giving a try:)
All of these can be found on the sephora website. I did not link each one separately you may copy and paste the product name.

hits
lancome hypnose drama mascara: I haven't tried a mascara mini in years, I used to live off them. This mascara is really good! It gives me volume and fans out my lashes without looking clumpy. My little sample has already lasted a bit over a month. I don't think the full size would have the same effect as I really like the shorter wand. I will happily take more samples sizes of this.

dr. jart cicapair tiger grass cream: This cream is meant to soothe red and irritated skin. I have been using it on blemishes in the morning before I apply make-up and really do like it. It is cooling and calming on the skin. I wish the full size was cheaper and smaller I doubt I would ever use up the full tube but do really like this and will keep an eye out for more samples.

ole henriksen sheer transformation: Truth be told I had bought this last year for day use and never got on with it, but after being given another sample and used it at night and it has become my go-to cream. It gently exfoliates the skin while brightening scars. I have noticed my skin become softer and less textured and yes even brighter. I have tried out a few other creams to make sure this one was at the top and yes I will be purchasing it in a larger size. (well sunday riley good genes is a bit better but also almost $200...)

ole henriksen the truth sugar glow mask: I really enjoy using exfoliating masks and this one smells like jam! It was gentle yet effective and left my skin feeling soft. The subtle warming effect was nice as well. I am a mask-a-holic and this has been a favorite that I have tried recently.

first aid beauty ultra repair cream: At first I wasn't going to try this because a body cream isn't all that exciting but I am glad I did. It is the least greasy body lotion I have ever tried. It left my hands velvety soft. I will be purchasing a full size super soon.

mehs:
origins maskimizer: I like this idea of this but didn't really see it being any better than just spritzing a toner that you may already own as a mask primer.

josie maran 100% argan oil: I am fan of oils but can't really tell if this is better than the other simple oils I have tried (ex. jojoba) it is a generous sample and will be used but I doubt I will repurchase in full size.

misses:
fresh vitamin nectar face mask: I was excited to try this, this mask is made from real fruit. However it was a little to "jammy" it was hard to spread and felt melty on the skin. I did not notice anything spectacular in term of glow or softness in my skin after using it.

philosophy renewed hope in a jar: This is an exfoliating cream much like sheer transformation. This one however had a stronger unnecessary scent and never seemed to sink into my skin. I was able to get four nights out of it and wasn't sold that my skin was looking more refined.

Do you enjoy trying out beauty minis? If so what has been your favorite recently?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

last week in vintage

Nothing came home with me from the thrift store last week. I did spot this adorable beaded knit top which I posted on Instagram and it was one of my most liked pictures! Local vintage lover Marissa loved it so much she was went to the store to snap it up. No regrets, she let me try it on before buying it so I could really make sure I didn't want it. I have to learn to start wearing the beaded tops I already own and not add more to my collection.

Kali from atomic age vintage had messaged me a few weeks back saying that she had found the match to my lone norcrest salt shaker. I met up with her at a holiday vintage sale where she ended up gifting it to me along with the matching tooth pick holder, which is 100% being used right now.

At the vintage sale I did treat myself to a 1940s brass and bakelite necklace. I always search for these at sales, the thrifts and online but always seen to come up empty handed. I didn't over think things and just bought it. It is very different from anything I already own so that is a good thing.

Has was last week for others?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

shopping local: public general store

Image borrowed from their Instagram account @shop_public
Beautiful images from public general store have been popping up in my insta feed for quite some time now.  Sybil a few weeks back did an amazing round up post on her blog and gave me that last little kick to get down to see what they offered.

I went on a beautiful Sunday because I could (they are open Sundays!) I was in search of a locally made or organic lip scrub. They do offer one but that is not what I can home with, help me. Instead I choose a coffee argan face/body scrub from leaves of trees, it smelled too good. As for using it as a lip scrub...it is oil based so it melts on your fingers and lips not the best option but I am making it work. It is lovely used on the face.

I adore mint green tea blends and had yet to try the offerings from teamate a Winnipeg based tea shop and blender. Some teas feature locally grown in Manitoba ingredients, my mint green is one of them! The blend itself is a lot more green than mint. The mint is very subtle but overall it is a very nice blend.

Public general store had a really nice assortment of local and Canadian products. I do hope to go back and maybe pick up the lip scrub I left behind.


Monday, November 7, 2016

recent drugstore hits, mehs and misses



A few new affordable beauty bits have made their way into my bathroom. Here is a look at what has been a hit and what was not.

hits:
covergirl clean matte BB cream:
This come out over the summer to rave reviews, it took me until September to try it out and well it is wonderful. It does not keep my skin matte all day but the great thing about it is that it does not break down weird on my oily skin. I can wear this all day at work and not feel like I want to wash my face. It has good coverage too (I would say almost like a medium foundation)  It is very similar to the ready, set, gorgeous foundation by covergirl but I find this one transfers less and does not oxidize as much so it is my pick out of the two.

annabelle oil free eye makeup remover:
My previous makeup remover got discontinued so I was happy to be able to replace it with one from a Canadian brand. Oil free removers are great for being able to touch up smudged mascara and eyeliner. It truly does not leave any residue on the skin, if you mess up your cat eye you can use this to take it off and put eyeliner right back on. It is good!

essence pure nude highlighter:
I am not personally a "highlighter" girl but I think it is good to have one on hand. I was waiting for sephora to offer a highlighter as a point perk and well that hasn't happened yet... so I saw this on youtube and decided to give it a go for $5.50. It is a baked mineral highlighter so there is no glitter just glow to it. It is a nice golden champagne color that doesn't look obvious on my pale skin.

mehs:
marcelle flawless skin concealer:
I have used the foundation that matches this and really liked it so I figured the concealer would be fabulous. Sadly this is very thin and a bit too orange for my skin tone (I am sure the peach is meant to counter act dark circles but I can't see it working) it does not settle into fine lines and feels very light. I am still using it but need to use 2 layers.

misses:
L'oreal extraordinary clay shampoo:
I should have known better than to be swayed by advertising. The commercials promised 3rd day hair! I am looking for a good second day hair so I figured this would be a hit. It isn't a terrible shampoo I have used worse it just did not make my hair less oily the next day and I didn't like how my hair felt while using it. The one upside I did notice with it, was that is tamed by static-y hair. 

What have others been loving from the drugstore?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

thrift snap shots

things that did not come home with me:
I did bring the above hat to the till and almost pay for it but put it back after I found out it was not on sale. It was a club members sale day and I got things mixed up. I was in a mood and didn't want to pay full price that day apparently!
I adore lipstick holders while this 1960's girl was cute the $9.99 price tag was not.

things that did come home with me and went back:
I should not be allow to buy things that are not complete it dives me nuts trying to track down original pieces. My green mixer was missing it's beaters it took me 5 months to find something that fit and then a month later I go find a twin mixer with the original beaters... so obviously I bought it to see if the factory beaters were better. I am glad I did they are actually not very good and super noisy, the beaters I made work are shockingly better so I brought the cream one back and exchanged it for the items below!

my new to me beauties!
I snagged the little jadeite bowl off the cart as new items were being put out, whoop whoop. The jewelry are the stars here though. I haven't found any worthy brooches in months so I was super happy to add an older plastic (not bakelite) leaf brooch to my collection. The 1940's paste bird was a must as well as the moon!
I put my simichrome to good use. I did feel weird swabbing these out in the open but I am sure glad I did, they turned out to be bakelite! This will be my first time thrifting such a thing. I didn't test any other pieces in the store since I figured I would probably get caught so I happily snagged these.
One will be for a gift while the other pair should be in my etsy shop next week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

my october thrift finds + thrift stories

all the plates: 
Usually I come home with all the bowl but this month all the plates came home with me. I found a long searched for jadeite serving platter at the salvation army (pictured here) and at another salvation army the above franciscan starburst plates. Believe it or not I put these plates back because they were chipped. I went back later in the week and they were waiting for me! I adore them and now have been fully bitten by the atomic starburst bug.

rookie mistakes:
I made a few poor choices at the thrift this month. One by not trying on vintage clothes and two by putting vintage clothes back on the rack. There was a grey cashmere holt renfrew cardigan that I have been dreaming about all month. It had a hole (completely fixable) and I put it back, didn't try it on so I could fall in love with it and over look said hole. I went back for it later in the week and it was gone... I hope it did not get thrown out because another customer saw the hole and complained that is my worry. Maybe next month I will learn.

"fakelite" 
This month I finally bought simichrome polish so I could properly test out my vintage plastic. As it turns out all the pieces I have bought were not bakelite. It is good to know, eventually I will be able to train my eye better.  I was so darn sure the above bangles were real! They are now listed in my etsy shop. They are still vintage just made from resin and are the best fakelite pieces I have seen.

How was October at the thrifts for others?

Monday, October 17, 2016

shopping local with callia flowers and charleston and harlow candles

Last week I picked up a few pieces from some local businesses, that I have wanted to try for quite some time.

First off is Callia flowers, I spotted them on Instagram a few months back and was waiting for the perfect moment to use a promo code they sent me. It was my moms birthday and I had the "bright beauty" bouquet delivered. The whole experience was fantastic. Their website is very easy to use and the bouquet was delivered beautifully packaged. The box is absolutely huge if the person you are sending them to takes a bus home from work keep that is mind, lol.

It is now almost a week later and the flowers are still alive!
They offer $10 off your first bouquet with the promo code sharethelove10
I highly recommend them as a new way to send beautiful flowers here within Winnipeg.

I also came across Charleston and Harlow via Instagram. I really like that their candles come in a square glass votive and that it is double wicked on the full sized version. They are also very decor friendly with a simple yet gorgeous gold label.

I am also absolutely in love with their scent offering. They have a candle called mid century mod, MID CENTURY MOD based on the notes I will need to smell that one in person but I can't wait to be in the same place with the whole range.

I blindly ordered mad for plaid off their website while they were having a flash sale and couldn't be happier with my choice. Featuring warm woodsy notes of cedar, ash, and fir, with soft undertones of pear, lily of the valley, and rose. This candle is the perfect mix of floral and wood it sometimes smells like mens cologne but that is a-okay by me.

If you live in Winnipeg, what local brands have you been loving lately?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

last week in pictures

what did not come home with me:
I spotted some cute things at the Salvation army last week. Sadly I couldn't think of a legit reason I would need a deer ashtray, I am sure somebody snapped this up. A fabulous kit cat clock was up for auction, again I couldn't find a good reason why I would need it...

what did come home with me:
I happily added a jadeite platter to my dish collection. I have been wanting one for ages, patience paid off.
I pretty much thrifted only green items last week. The gloves and federal glass bowl are now listed in my etsy shop as well as this adorable bow hat!

(Jessica you may message me if any of these tickle your fancy, the green glove are a bit bigger than the blue ones)

For Thanksgiving we didn't host a traditional dinner but had a casual afternoon of snacks with family. I spent oh about three hours in total working on two dozen owl cookies. They turned out really cute, and were a hit
These were pretty easy to make, all you need is two circle cookie cutters one big one small to make a cut out for the ears. I painted melted chocolate as the wings and icing for the beaks. Next time I try and find something more ingenious for the beaks my icing wasn't the best. if anyone has any suggestions for beaks let me know!

How was last week for others?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

lipstick minis swatch and reviews: sephora collection, bite beauty and marc jacobs

I adore mini anything and this past month four new to me lipstick samples have been on constant rotation. If you play your cards right you quite possibly would never need to purchase lipstick. Sephora often has one lip mini a month available with orders or free with points/in store offers.
Here is a look at them in case you ever seen them available to sample!

sephora collection always red and rebel chic
For the month of September (I know the Polo Park Sephora still has some available) Sephora was offering free lip minis in stores, no purchase necessary you just needed to be on their e-mail list and show them the offer.  So naturally I went back and got two!

sephora collection cream lip stain in 01 always red: I had never used a liquid lipstick so it was a real treat to try. This is such a unique texture, it dries matte and gives off a lot of color. The only downside is this particular shade wore off really badly when worn out to a meal. I tested twice when eating out and it wore off in an unflattering way. It would be great to run errands in, not 100% sold if I purchase in a full size just yet.

sephora collection rouge matte lipstick in M11 rebel chic: I was looking for a berry shade for fall and this color is so dreamy! The formula is thin and lightweight on the lips and it did not feather into my fine line like most darker shades tend to do on me. Careful application is needed since it does stain the skin but overall I really love this and am tempted to check out the shade no superstar in person.

bite beauty gazpacho and marc jabobs kiss kiss bang bang
bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick in gazpacho (100 point perk): Woo was I happy to see this offered as a point perk I pretty much save up my points for bite beauty products. Gazpacho is a true blue-based red that is bright and cheery. The only pitfall which I think is linked to it being a natural product is that at least on me in turned pink through out the day, it ends the day more of a strawberry toned red. True sticklers for red lips may not like that. It fades and wear off beautifully and had no issues of me looking like a fool after a days work.

marc jacobs kiss kiss bang bang (part of the sephora b-day kit): I could not wait for my birthday to go and pick this up. This shade is described as a baked rose and it is a welcome addition since I tend to wear and own only bright lipstick. The formula is matte but oh so lovely, it wears off evenly and lasted quite a while on me. I am now tempted to pick up a holiday set from marc jacobs to enjoy more little mini like this.

Are there certain types of samples that you will always say yes too?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

how I am using my September thrift finds

For the month of September I really tried my best to thrift clothes for my wardrobe. I usually get side tracked by house ware items. I prefer to solely thrift my clothes which does leave some pretty big gaps in my wardrobe. I dislike trying on clothes and never quite know what will end up being practical for my actual day to day life (you know not my pretend life where I got out and need beaded everything...) Here is what come home with me this month and my thoughts on them.

teal cashmere pullover (thrifted from value village, originally from talbot petites) I love this color and the cashmere but adding another hand wash only item to my closet wasn't the best decision. I don't think this sweater had even been washed it fit wonderfully when I tried it on in the store but has already shrunk:/ I am hoping I can re-stretch it next time I soak it but this is what happens with knitwear and why I would never pay full price for an item like this.

white bubble knit pullover (thrifted from the salvation army, no tag) I really have a thing for popcorn style knits. I have yet to wear this out but do think I will get some wear out of it. I wore it and didn't like how it felt the sleeves are a bit too puffy for me, it will get donated back...

black crew neck pullover (thrifted from the salvation army, originally from banana republic) This is super basic and something I was desperately missing from my wardrobe. I managed to wear it 4 times in one week. Throwing it on with a necklace or earrings has been too easy. I will say I do not like how thin the cotton on this is, it attracts fluffs like tomorrow. I will be keeping an eye out for a "better" version of this top.

vintage yellow knit tank top (thrifted from value village, vintage) I have been trying to steer clear of overly feminine tops as of late but when a dead stock yellow knit top with a bow in my size just happens to be at the thrift store.... The only downfall is that is a tank top and it is now fall. I now must try and find a chunky knit cardigan to wear over top of it this winter.

Did others have luck adding new items to their thrifted wardrobe this month?