Adventures in Squirrel Watching

Last 'Adorable Sunday', I told you guys about how my dog loves keeping watch of our backyard for squirrels. I love it, she loves it...but of course she loves it in a different way than I do. I love feeding the squirrels (fruits and nuts), but she loves chasing them off all the way back to Narnia. As my mom says, "It's hard to make a living, you know!" (about the squirrels hunting for food).

And so, here my dog is, sitting patiently and guarding the backyard from the treacherous squirrels.

"Where da free loaders at? They can't just sit on the fence and eat! What do they think this is, a restaurant and patio? "


I love these fat munchkins. It's a shame I can't get clearer pictures! If I opened the door to get better shots...well, we both know what would happen. 

Sometimes my dog will chase squirrels up our house walls, and they will literally yell at her. It's definitely an ongoing feud between the two parties, heh (or Romeo and Juliet?). Sometimes I like to squirrel chatter, so I feel like I'm having a real conversation with them. Actually, I've gotten really good at imitating my dog's whining, to the point where my dog just tilts her head at me, and my mom wonders if the whining came from me or the dog! SCORE. (^v^)

P.S. - These pictures were taken in the fall before hibernation, so these squirrels are not fat because I overfed them! I read too much about squirrels to know that if I provide them with too much food, they'll start overpopulating and start relying on human interference for food, instead of naturally foraging.  

It's a Mask Off! {Origins&Queen Julep}

Months ago when I was reading about the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque in comparison to the Origins Clear Improvement mask (which I owned), the Google search results were a bit disappointing. However, I did manage to find this link, which was quite helpful.

Anyways, today I'll do a comparison/review between the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Origins Clear Improvement Mask, and Origins Out of Trouble mask, just in case it may be helpful to people out there who want a comparison. 

10 pts. for you if you recognize the quote! (Clear Improvement is not pictured because I had already returned it)

Origins Clear Improvement mask - $23 USD/$27 CDN for 3.4 oz

What it is: "When environmental toxins, dirt, and debris get under your skin, its waste-filtering system gets jammed, pores get clogged, and skin looks cloudy. Nature's complexion clean-up crew gets to the bottom of skin's overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best."

This was the first mask I had ever bought (what the what!), and I bought it back in January this year. Having read so many favourable reviews about it's ability to unclog oil and debris from the skin, I purchased it, hoping for the best for my super clogged T-zone. When I used it for the first time (after using a Clarisonic to open pores), I could see the oil being absorbed from my pores, which was fantastic! I washed it off 45 minutes later, and to be honest, I wasn't super impressed by the results, especially for the price. I didn't really see a difference in my pores, even after multiple uses of the product. I'm glad this mask worked for other people, however, it just didn't work for me. I ended up returning the product after I picked up my Queen Helene mask because I was so impressed with the new mask. (On the other hand, the Clear Improvement mask will last for a very long time! I used it often for several weeks, but when I had to return it, the tube was still quite full!)

Origins says it's suitable for all skin types, but I found that this mask can be quite drying on the skin, even for my oily T-zone, and I'm about as oily as they come.

Origins Out of Trouble mask - $23 USD/$27 CDN for 3.4 oz

What it is: "When skin is too slick or when more pressing problems start to pop up, it's Origins to the rescue. Formulated with natural troubleshooters, including super-absorbent zinc oxide and sulfur plus calming camphor, this mask rapidly responds to problem skin with a three-part plan: sop up oily-shine, slough off sticky, dead cells, and sweep away irksome debris.

If Origins' Clear Improvement was 'quite drying' on my skin, Out of Trouble is the motherlode of drying dryingness. Back in the pre-Queen Helene days, I loved this product. So much that I actually managed to use up half of it within 6 months. Reviewers actually said to use this as a spot treatment, and I actually found this to be a decent spot-treatment product for active blemishes! I would apply the product after my night  shower and leave it on until the morning. However, I've found that is product won't work on acne cysts or acne that has not formed...a white...head? (that...sounds so weird). Also, this product is quite expensive, and you could find better spot-treatments for a lower price. This product also has a strong medicinal scent, which I personally love, but others may find it extremely overwhelming. 

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque - $3.99 for 8 oz. 

What it is: "A fantastic home acne treatment, this mint julep masque is designed to dry up acne, rinse away blackheads, and shrink large pores, leaving your face clean and blemish free."

There is a reason this mask is considered a classic. This mask is everything I wanted 'Clear Improvement' to be, and more. When this mask dries, I can see the excess oil being absorbed from my pores, and when I rinse it after about 30 mins later, I see immediate tightness in my pores, and my face looks brighter and more 'glowy'. UGH, if I see tightness in my pores, I am immediately happy because the pores around my nose are huge, and I'm not kidding! This mask is instant gratification is a tube, and you could even use it as a spot treatment! Did I mention the beautiful minty scent this mask has? Because it makes having this mask on more enjoyable. Did I mention how cheap it is? BECAUSE IT'S 4 DOLLARS AND IT ACTUALLY DOES WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO! (I mean, it rids blackheads from more forehead, but my stubborn blackheads on my nose are putting up a damn good fight) There is a reason I had to return my Clear Improvement mask, and that's because this $4 product outperforms the $23 product! :( THE ANGELS AND I CAN SING PRAISES ABOUT THIS PRODUCT 5EVER. *´▽`*

P.S. This mask can be a bit drying though, but nothing a moisturizer can't handle. 
P.P.S. I recommend you not watch any funny videos/have hilarious online conversations while you have this mask on because, well, it's hard to move your face after the mask has dried. 
P.P.P.S. Where can I find this in Canada? I heard Sally's Beauty Supply carries it, but I've yet to pop into my local SBS to check if they carry it.

Basically, Queen Helene does what the other two Origins should do, so in my opinion, just pick up the mint mask.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnd yeah! I hope this post was somewhat helpful to those considering any of these masks, and hope you have a fantastic weekend!


I'm not kidding when I saw I have a thing for groomed brows, rosy cheeks and voluminous lashes. I doodle eyes and eyebrows like crazy whenever I'm in class. It's the only way I stay awake, truthfully ;-;

I'm not kidding when I say I'm in love/obsessed with glowy, rosy cheeks. It is often the subject of my art, and I'm sure my art has had a great impact on how I do my own makeup. I study the eyeliner. The eyeshadow. The lashes. The lips. And it all translates into my art. 

But yes, can't stop, won't stop--because I'm in love.


HG Concealer Search {Part I}


Today's post is going to be about my current and on-going search for my personal HG concealer.

Having suffered from acne for about four years now, I've always been on the hunt for my HG concealer--a concealer that is long-wearing, medium-full coverage, matches my skin's texture, and fairly matches my skintone (obviously, but you'd be surprised at how limited some shade ranges are ._.). Nowadays, I rarely get active breakouts, but I'm still left with the mass amount of hyperpigmentation that needs to be covered up by either foundation and/or concealer.

Quite honestly, I never started using concealer regularly until last year, which really makes me wonder how people viewed my face  ゚ Д゚

Anyways, this is going to be a review of the concealers I currently own: Benefit's Boi-ing, NARS concealer, and Olay x Covergirl concealer balm.


Meet the Resident Fatcat

I know, I know. When I first started this blog, I intended to post pictures of animals as well as pictures of makeup. And maybe you're (my non-existent blog readers) wondering, "WHERE DA PICS OF CHUBBY ANIMALS AT?". So every Sunday I will be posting images of the adorable animals that happen to want to be 'internet famous' so they posed for me. Whatever 'internet famous' is.

Meet Mittens, otherwise known as 'Mickey', 'Fat Cat', and 'Kitty'. I really don't know why we call here various sorts of names, but she is our grumpy little Shih-tzu mix that enjoys keeping watch of our backyard for random squirrels and birds. Devious little one.

When she's not squirrel watching, she likes to brush up on her academics, so here she is doing a bit of light reading ;)

Hope you're having an enjoyable Sunday!

P.S. - Ugh the weather is so intolerable/humid/hot in Toronto right now :(

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation + Sheering Out Foundations

Oh Revlon Colorstay, one oh the most talked about and loved foundations on the 'blogosphere'. Being the 'hipster' that I am, I avoided this product for years, but I finally caved in a month ago while I was in a Walmart in the States. I picked up a bottle of Revlon Colorstay, in the shade 'Buff' in the Oily/Combination formulation.

I won't bore you with details, because there are so many reviews/opinions out there, and chances are, if you're reading this, you're probably already somewhat familiar with it. This post is more of a 'what-do-I-do-with-this-thick-medium-coverage-foundation-ugh-help-me' type post.


Sephora Haul + Ariel Storybook Palette Pictures!

So, I placed orders at Sephora about a week and a half ago, and this week, my packages have finally arrived!

Here are some of the items I picked up:

More photos after the jump! (Warning: image heavy)

Inspiration Board I

I'm very picky about makeup, and I don't think there's anything more gorgeous than luminous, healthy-looking skin, with well groomed brows and all topped off with a gorgeous rosy blush. Equally gorgeous in my eyes is a velvety finish to the skin with a soft smoky eye.

Here is a board of the looks I'm currently in love with:
PhotoCred: TS//CD//HA//RHW//JG//KK//SK (Some were pulled off Tumblr)

(ONE OF THESE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS, MUAHAHA [Threw in Groban because his face is just as flawless as the others ;)])

Each and every one of these me me go "UGHHH" because look at that face! Kudos to their makeup artists...and their parents for that impeccable bone structure...:(

Tarte Cheek Stains {Tipsy & Blissful}

I suppose this would be my first review I've ever done for a product...!



First post!

Anyways, blog in renovation. A blog to ramble about ~cosmetics~ I suppose