Blogmas Day 3: Holiday Baking

If there’s one thing that announces the arrival of the holidays in my house, it’s the sudden and inexplicable presence of Christmas baking.

During my childhood plates full of ginger snaps, butter tarts, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip cookies would seem to appear almost magically come the start of December. As much as I loved all those seemingly spontaneous appearances of treats, as I’ve gotten older the more I find I enjoy being the one to surprise my family with plates full of goodies.

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In the interest of spreading some holiday cheer, I’d like to share my go-to Christmas cookie recipe. Enjoy this gingersnaps, from my home to yours.


Granny’s Ginger Snaps

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In one bowl, mix together:

3/4 cup butter

1 & 1/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

Beat until smooth. Mixture should be grainy but without lumps.


In another bowl, combine:

2 cups flour

1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tasp salt

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Mix together dry ingredients and then combine with wet. Mix until all flour has been absorbed and mixture resembles brown playdough.

To finish, fill a small bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Shape dough into one inch balls and roll in sugar to coat. Place in 3×4 rows on greased baking tray. Optional: squish down with floured glass. Bake for 11-13 minutes and set aside to cool.

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Makes: 2 dozen cookies.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own recipe?

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I Got a Lash Lift & Tint– And You Should Too

As quite a few of you will have guessed by now, my beauty routine is fairly low maintenance– I’m all about anything that saves me time and keeps me looking great.

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On any given busy day mascara has to be the one thing I never leave without– even with the temptations of lipstick and concealer a mascara wand and an eyelash curler are the two things in my hand on my way out of the door.

I’m a strict believer that thick lashes are a quick fix to tired eyes and the key to keeping up a put together appearance (even if you’re about two seconds away from falling apart at any given moment, like me.) The problem is, I’m a perfectionist– and more often than not messing with clumpy mascara and flimsy wands eats up a big chunk of my morning.

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When my girl Amanda at Lash Boutique and Lounge first offered to treat me to a Lash Lift & Tint, I was naturally a little skeptical– why pay for something I was already doing myself? Lucky for me, Amanda (bless her heart) is one of the sweetest and most patient girls I’ve ever met– and she was the one to completely change my mind.

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Be sure to give her a like on her Facebook & Instagram!

But before we get started— Here’s a quick FAQ.


About Amanda–

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Amanda and I met each other on Instagram a few months ago and we quickly bonded over all things beauty. She’s truly one of the sweetest and most genuine people I’ve ever met online, and we didn’t waste anytime becoming close– she’s honestly one of the nicest people I’ve met in the beauty industry. Go follow her on insta right now at @lashboutiqueandlounge!

Amanda has been in the beauty industry for a while now, starting back in 2012 when she moved to Leduc with her fiance Jeff. Initially she started doing lashes at Lash Affair in Edmonton, then went on to work out of her home, and is currently working out of Relax and Renew Spa as she’s in the process of opening her own Lash Studio in Leduc.


What is a Lash Lift & Tint?

To be blunt– it’s exactly what it sounds like. Unlike lash extensions, where additional fibers are added to your lash line to give the appearance of fullness and length, a Lash Lift & Tint is a curling and tinting solution that curls your lashes upwards towards your brows and tints them a darker shade.

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Like Amanda says, “It’s 100% your natural lashes. What creates the illusion of fullness is the fact that your lashes aren’t being viewed straight on, but rather curled up.”


How long does a Lash Lift & Tint Last?

“About 6-8 weeks,” says Amanda. “The Lift & Tint falls over time and fades as new lashes begin to grow in. You lose about 3-4 lashes each day, so it all depends on how quickly your body regrows lashes.”

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In my opinion, a Lash Lift & Tint is way more time saving than traditional mascara and curling– the entire process takes about an hour and means no mascara or curling for about 2 months.


Who is a good candidate for a Lash Lift and Tint?

“Honestly, anyone can get a Lash Lift & Tint. The only thing you need is lashes– and there are even options for those with damaged or lost lashes. I do work on women of all ages… My youngest client is 16 and my oldest is 68.” Amanda laughs. “The only thing I require is parental consent if they’re under the age of 18!”


Anything else clients should know before they get a Lash Lift & Tint?

“Well, the important thing to remember is that it’s like getting a perm in a way. You can’t get the hair wet for 24 hours.” Amanda tells me.”And no touching your lashes either. I tell most clients to wait at least a day before applying mascara. Although if you must, anything that isn’t waterproof is fine.”

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“Another important thing to remember is to be gentle the first time you remove your make up– and to not be alarmed if you smell the perm solution the first few times you get your lashes wet. Whenever I get mine done I always notice the smell the first shower after. That’s totally normal!”


Before…

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Before ft. no makeup. Except, you know, lipstick. I’m not entirely uncivilized. All photo credits go to the lovely Emily Marriott.

Step 1: Protection

As I settled into the massage table with little idea what I was in for, Amanda made a point of reassuringly arranging my hair about my shoulders.”So you’ve never got a Lash Lift & Tint before?” She asked, double checking that I had showed up to the appointment with no eye makeup.

“Never.”

“Well, don’t worry. I’m going to walk you through it.”

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The process started with Amanda placing gel pads along my bottom lash line. These little pads have the texture of any at-home sheet mask and can contain collagen to reduce puffiness. “These protect your lower lashes from the perm solution and stop them from curling into your eyes.”

After this, Amanda used water soluable adhesive to stick silicone pads to my upper lids. “This is going to be weird. Blink as much as you want.” She warned me before she began the process of pulling all my upper lashes over the silicone pad.

Out of the whole experience, the 30-seconds or so that it took for her to arrange my lashes was probably the most uncomfortable part– and most of that chalks up to the fact that I’ve literally never had another human being touch my eyelashes. So maybe 90% of this is just my problem?

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“This is usually the part where most of my clients fall asleep.” Amanda told me, double checking that all my lashes were out and ready to be processed. “Getting your lashes done is probably one of the most relaxing beauty treatments you can get.”

“Because you’re lying down?”

“That too.” Amanda laughed. “… But also because from this point on you’re stuck with your eyes closed for the next 40 minutes.”

“Seems like a pretty reasonable excuse for a nap.”

“Totally.”


Step 2: Perm Solution

Once my lashes were arranged Amanda applied a bright pink perming solution to my lashes to encourage them to curl. “The perming solution has a bit of a stronger smell.” Amanda warned me. “If you have sensitive skin you might even begin to feel your lids itching.”

“I’m having vivid flash-backs to going with my Granny to her perm appointments when I was a kid.” I laughed.”This smells exactly like the salon.”

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Personally, the smell from the perming solution was strong but didn’t really bother me. I also didn’t get any itching or other reactions from the scent. “It mostly feels like someone is coating my lashes with cheap liquid eyeliner.”

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The perming solution stayed on my lids for about 12 minutes, with Amanda and I chitchatting and making each other laugh to pass the time. When the time was up, removing the perming solution took less than a minute and felt similar to someone swiping my lashes with mascara.


Step 3: Setting Solution

“When I hear setting solution I imagine, like, a make-up setting spray.” I tell Amanda as she swipes bright blue fluid over my lashes. “Like something to keep everything in place.”

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As it turns out, that was essentially the idea. While the perming solution curled my lashes, the setting solution was there to keep them that way. With my lashes setting Amanda and I got back to gossiping and waited out the 10-ish minutes the product was on my lids.

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“What does it look like?” I asked Amanda, trying to imagine every step she talked me through.

“Think of… Something on your lid. And your lashes pulled over it. With blue stuff on top.”

“Oh.” This actually was very instructive and made a lot of sense. “Okay.”


Step 4: Blue-Black Tint

As we got down to the final few steps in the process it came time to actually tint my lashes.

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“What most people don’t realize about their lashes is that there isn’t a ton of pigment towards the end of the hair.” She explained, coating my now curled lashes with tint. “Once this sets there will be pigment all the way through the lash. That combined with the curl makes your lashes seem much longer even though we haven’t actually added length.”

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We waited out the last ten minutes together. The moment of truth was coming.


Step 5: Nourishing Oil

The final step in the process was to remove the shields Amanda had placed on my eye lids and apply nourishing oil to protect and moisturize my lashes. After this, I attempted to pretend not to be too excited as she fanned out my lashes for the big reveal.

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“Oil draws the lashes together.” She explained. “I’m using a lash comb to separate each individual lash so your Tint & Lift makes the biggest statement.”

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With one quick removal of the gel pads covering my lower lashes, it was time for the big reveal.


The Reveal

It was very difficult not to completely freak out when I looked in the mirror. I was instantly in love.

The first thing I noticed is that it looked like I was wearing several coats of volumizing mascara– my lashes seemed to go on for days. It also looked like I was instantly younger and more rested than I had ever been.

“Oh my god!” I squealed, barely resisting the urge to hug her. “Ah! Oh my God, I love them!


After…

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In the days after getting a Lash Lift & Tint, I was obsessed.

Pretty much everyone I talked to noticed my lashes within seconds– for the week or so after everyone kept telling me how well-rested I looked. Even people I didn’t expect to notice, like my father or my brother, kept commenting on the fact that my eyes seemed bigger and brighter against the rest of my face. I even went out for dinner and had the server ask what kind of mascara I was wearing.

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Just kidding. I loved it and I love her.

But my real favourite part of the whole experience (despite the attention, which we all know I thrive on) was the fact that I pretty much stopped needing to put on mascara in the mornings– I even dashed out to run some errands with no make-up for the first time in YEARS, feeling confident that I looked good without any effort. AND when I did go out that weekend one swipe of mascara made it look like I was wearing falsies.

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False Eyelash Look? With no effort? Yes please.

All in all, I will definitely be seeing my girl Amanda for another Lift & Tint– she is a queen who knows what she’s doing and I’ve never loved the way I look more. This is something every girl should do at least once, whether for their wedding day, before a vacation, or because they want an added flair of I-Woke-Up-Like-This drama for their every day.

Don’t believe me? Here are the Before and After pictures up close:

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So go see Amanda! And tell her I said hi.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to get your Lashes done?

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I Tried Brow Razors– And Here’s What YOU Need to Know

Anyone who has ever peeked at one of my selfies knows one thing: despite my blonde hair, I was blessed with incredibly thick and dark hued brows.

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I’ve been running almost daily maintenance on my brows since about the age of 9, when school kid’s teasing led me to confidently and painfully pluck them to shit. Since then I like to think I’ve gotten a little smarter, tweezing nightly and only where necessary.

Although it’s a pretty low maintenance ritual already– I’m a firm believer in the bushy brow trend– I have to admit: it’s a little tiring. Sometimes a girl just wants to come home and crawl into bed without spending 10 minutes on her brows.

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So when I heard about the Brow Razor trend I was both intrigued and skeptical. My mother was always very firm on keeping razors and blades away from my eyes (you know, basic parenting) but I also was down for sleek results with none of the tedious and painful plucking. It also helped, when I was perusing my local Shoppers Drug Mart while exhausted and slightly delirious after work, that a full pack of brow blades cost less than $10.00.

 

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I’ve been using Brow Razors for about a month now, and I love it. They’ve literally changed my whole nightly routine, cutting down on time and cutting down on pain.

Before you give it a go, there are a few things you need to know…


DO: Know your tool.

Most Brow Razors are a single blade attached to a dainty handle, ideal for small strokes in delicate places, ie– brows, upper lip, chin, jaw line, and bikini line. The beauty of Brows Razors is that they aren’t overly sharp– you have to be pressing deliberately too-hard into your skin to cut yourself. In short, Brows Razors only have an interest in exfoliating and removing hair and dead skin, not drawing blood.

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DON’T: Get ahead of yourself.

Just because these tools can reach every nook and cranny doesn’t mean you should shave everything off the bat. I can’t stress this enough– START SLOW. That means getting comfortable with your tool by shaving less contoured places (such as the baby hairs that extend into your jaw line or forehead, or your upper lip) before diving into the harder places (between the brows and the bikini line.)

Personally, I started with my upper lip. Using delicate downward strokes (like applying mascara to your bottom lashes) I started there, stopping before the hair was completely removed to see how my skin would react. As I built up confidence handling the Brow Razor itself I worked into trickier areas, like the underside of my brows.

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As for another tip: Don’t use your Brow Razor every day. In my experience it takes about 3 days before I start noticing regrowth (and even then, that’s only between my brows.) I usually give my skin at least one day off between shaves to avoid irritation.

REMEMBER: Always shave with the skin (ie, downward) and not against it. Your pores will thank you.


DO: Prep your skin.

Never, and I repeat never, use a Brow Razor while wearing make up. Remember that time in the 9th grade when you dry-shaved before that pool party? It’s like that but worse, because in addition to razor burn you will be punished for your dumb ass-ery with acne.

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I like to use my Brow Razor post-shower, when my skin is at its cleanest and my pores are the most open. After a shower, I make sure my make up is fully removed and my skin is cleansed before swiping toner over my entire face and shaving as usual.

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Another thing: Make sure you are always using a fairly fresh blade. I usually pitch my Brow Razors after 3-4 uses.


DON’T: Shave over acne.

This is basic but important. Running a razor over pimples only accomplishes two things: first, you ensure the bacteria from the pimple gets caught in the edge of the razor and spreads to the rest of your face. Second, on the off chance you break open the pimple, you run the risk of infection and scarring.

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(Also, it hurts like a motherf*cker. Just don’t do it, okay?)


DO: Step up your after-care.

You skin is very vulnerable after shaving (which anyone who has ever shaved their pubes will tell you) which is why it’s important to really give it some love when you’re finished.

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After I use my Brow Razor, I tone my skin again to make sure any dead skin or lingering hair has been removed. Sometimes (depending on how sharp my razor was) I need to do a little clean up with my tweezers between and below my brows. Then I’ll apply some Vitamin C serum, moisturize, and apply night cream if I’m getting ready for bed. As a last step, I usually apply tea tree oil to any pimples (not to my whole face– this will dry skin the f*ck out!)

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Here’s one last secret: if your skin is irritated from the shave, apply any good diaper rash cream to the area in light dabs. My favourite is Penaten Cream, which my mother will tell you kept my ass lovely and soft as an infant.


DON’T: Shave your face if you have sensitive skin.

This last tip is a little tricky in that it’s up to your own discretion. I’m going to be honest with you: the first few times you use a Brow Razor will be awkward as f*ck. It takes a while to get used to the small strokes the tool requires, and you might inadvertently irritate your skin.

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BUT– If you’ve been using the tool for a while and notice your skin is red, rashy, and sore (or if you notice your acne has been getting worse in the areas you shave) stop using a Brow Razor. Tweezers are without a doubt a safer option for your skin– and let’s get real, it’s a lot harder to f*ck up your face when you’re literally removing one hair at a time.


TL;DR…

Honestly, making the decision to shave any part of your body should be something you make on your own, without the influence of a blogger.

HOWEVER… Using a Brow Razor is definitely something I’d recommend to a friend. While shaving your whole face isn’t something I’d necessarily tell you to go for, I will say that when it comes to things like my brows and my upper lip– I adore it. I find it way less time consuming than daily plucking, although unlike tweezing you do run a few more risks– like, you know, accidentally shaving off a brow.

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The bottom line: Brow Razors have officially become a part of my routine.


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Silicone is in, Sponges are out: 3 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Beauty Blender For This Budget Friendly Marvel

To be entirely honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Beauty Blenders.

I mean, I get the appeal. It’s cute. It’s functional. It’s a smart sponge devoted to cramming makeup into every facial crevice you can possible posses– seen here, in its many incarnations.

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Look, I’ve tried them. I put in the effort, did my time. And while I sat around listening to my friends rave about this cutesy little sponge, I could only think one thing: There will never be a product that blends my makeup better than my own goddamn hands.

I was young and naive, Broke Babes. It was a much simpler time.

When Silicone Blenders made their way onto the scene a few months ago I was, of course, doubtful– as I stood there at my local drugstore, squishing what could only be described as one of the plastic cutlet things I used to stuff my bra with between my hand, how could I not be? Nevertheless, I was curious. And curiosity was worth the $8.00 price tag.

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Guys, I sh*t you not. This was the best $8.00 I ever spent.

I’ve been riding the Silicone Blender high for a about a month now, and as much as I would love to write a clean 10,000 word essay on why I love it– let’s face it, neither of us have the time. So I’ve decided to compress my love for this genius beauty tool down to 3 reasons why you have to give the Silicone Blender a try.

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It’s A Money Saver

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And not just in that it costs less than $10– the beauty of the silicone sponge is that unlike traditional sponges, it doesn’t absorb a drop of product you put on it.

When applying makeup with a sponge blender, you either spritz foundation/concealer on the sponge itself or on your face, then pat out to blend. The problem there is that the porous nature of the sponge absorbs up to 60% of the product your applying (depending on the brand.) And even when I use my hands for application I still end up losing a lot of product to my finger tips.

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With a Silicone Blender, there’s nowhere for your product to escape to, and no need to apply excess foundation to get a proper blend. Simply dab small amounts of foundation either onto the blender or your face and slide it over your skin to blend out. If you feel it’s heavy in some places or if you’re applying concealer, dab to blend.

No product wasted, no dirty sponge or filthy finger tips. And speaking of dirty sponges…


It’s Easier to Clean

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Yet another non-shocker, but one thing I love about Silicone Blenders is that cleaning is as easy as rinsing with soap either before or after application.

When I was applying my foundation with fingers, sponges, or brushes, one of my biggest pet peeves was clean up; either I ended up with wasted product all over my hands or I was forced to spend a good ten minutes scrubbing it out of my brushes and sponges– and knowing full well that I wasn’t really getting them clean.

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With a Silicone Blender, cleaning is fast and easy. And as a bonus– there’s no drying time needed, given that you can simply wipe it dry with a towel. Which means that even if you forget to rinse it the day before, there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a quick clean the next time you use it.


It’s Better for Your Skin

I know I’m not the only one guilty of forgetting to clean my brushes for weeks on end. Or even worse– applying makeup with not so clean fingers.

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Because my Silicone Blender took exactly ten seconds to clean I did just that more often, and I ended up applying makeup with a clean tool each time– and let me tell you, the difference it made on my skin was noticeable within the first two weeks I started using it. I went from having routine breakouts all over my face to just a few minor pimples almost overnight, all because I was working with a clean tool

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I know: clean tool, clear skin. Not exactly the break through of the century, but still worth mentioning.


Long story short, Broke Babes– the Silicone Blender has officially stolen my heart. At least until the next genius beauty tool comes along…

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October 2017: Fab Fall Favourites

October is hands down one of my favourite months– in my home town it usually marks the end of the Autumn and the beginning of a long, cold Winter.

I don’t know about you guys, but this month just completely got away from me. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I’m still getting back in the swing of things after such a fun summer in the mountains— I spent most of October stunned by the fact that it wasn’t still August!

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brb, still mentally on top of this mountain.

 

When I wasn’t busy forgetting what day it was, October actually had a lot of fun in store for me. I spent most of the month catching up with friends, hunting for bargains in Consignment Stores, and hitting up Edmonton’s Brewery district for some retail therapy. I even managed to sneak in a quick trip to Calgary to impose on a couple of besties who live down there– if there’s one thing this broke blogger knows how to do, it’s mooch.

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But now it’s time to get back to reality in this crazy city of mine! With only a few days left in October it’s time for me to round off my end of season makeup favourites.


Stila “Eyes are the Window” Palette in Spirit

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This month I did my semi-annual purse purge (you know, the one you hate to do when it comes time to change over from your summer to winter bags) and happened upon a gift certificate to LUX Beauty Boutique here in Edmonton. At first I thought it was something the previous owner had left behind (hello, the joys of buying secondhand) when I realised that Emily and I had actually won the gift certificates at an online convocation event– meaning that the gift card had been sitting in my wallet since July.

Naturally I rushed out to get an expensive goodie for my makeup bag, because duh– Treat Yo’ Self!

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I’ve always loved Stila but normally can’t afford it– $60 for this palette is way above my standard budget! Of course, it was worth the splurge. These colours are so pigmented and totally perfect for Fall– and the reds will look amazing into the holiday season!


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour(s)

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This babies are a summer find that I’ve been working into Fall. We all know I love a good lippie, but it was my friend Jess who introduced me to these beautiful new creations by Revlon!

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Seen here, looking fabulous.

Think all the staying power of a lip stain combined with the pigment of a lipstick. One swipe from these bad boys and your lips stay coloured for hours– plus, they’re matte and totally perfect for winter wear!


E.L.F Highlight

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Another returning find, this puppy made the list based solely on how much I love it– not to mention the fact that every girl I recommend it to goes nuts for it. I recently ran out of my highlight stock pile and was nervous to reorder (did they change the formula? Would it still work on my skin tone? Would it still last for hours?) and I’m happy to report that this highlight is still the best in the low budget game.

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If you haven’t tried any E.L.F products yet you’re missing out– their highlights in particular are super pigmented, meaning a little goes a long way. Put on a little for a natural glow, or layer it on for bolder shine!


Essence “Make Me Brow” Brow Filler

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I’m usually a fan of pencils for shaping my brows, but I was surprised to discover how much I love this gel formula. I stumbled across it about a week ago when my brows were going through some growing pains and needed something more natural looking to fill them in.

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This liquid formula is light and natural feeling once on, but I think the real treasure is the application wand– the brush is basically like a mascara wand and actually simulates the look of hair when applied to sparser areas. Definitely a game changer!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have your own fave October finds?

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Consignment & Thrift Finds: Autumn 2017

In case you couldn’t tell by my blog name: I’m a huge fan of saving a quick dollar. Unfortunately, I’m also a huge fan of shopping.

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I’ve been into second hand thrifting for a while now, but let’s face it– as much as I like wading through piles of discards to find a real treasure it can get a little tiresome.

Enter: the utopia that is the Consignment Store.

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The beauty of the Consignment Store is that someone has already done the digging for you– meaning that your pieces are still second-hand, but they’re in good enough condition that they can be resold. In other words– you’re getting a high quality, low price second hand item.

Because inventory turn-over can be pretty quick in the second hand business, I try to hit up my local Thrift, Resale, and Consignment Stores about twice a month. Here are my best finds for September!


Betsy Johnson Bag:

  • Retails for: $128
  • Purchased for: $45

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Perhaps one of my favourite finds to date is this Betsy Johnson bag. I pretty much fell in love with Betsy’s signature heart stitching and bow detailing. It was originally priced at $55 dollars, but I managed to talk the sales girl into giving me an additional 10 bucks off due to a missing shoulder strap. Found at: Red Pony Consignment in Edmonton.


Michael Kors Rosegold Watch

  • Retails for: $335
  • Purchased for: $90

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I’ve always been a sucker for rosegold on anyone else, and when I saw this watch I literally couldn’t resist. Although the watch has a slightly scratched face and desperately needs a new battery, one quick google told me that it was worth it– no need to haggle with this one. Found at: Peacock Boutique Consignment in Calgary.


Random Stallion Sweater

  • Retails for: ???
  • Purchased for: $8.99

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This purchase is 100% random and probably the riskiest on this list, but let me explain– I’ve always loved a thick, woollen sweater with animal detailing for autumn, and a piece like this would be perfect for into the holidays. Although this sweater has no labelling (which leads me to suspect it was made by someone’s very talented grandmother or was stolen from a sweatshop) I’ve decided it’s worth its weight in sentimental gold. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Forever 21 Necklace

  • Retails for: $11.99
  • Purchased for: $2.99

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Although this is another VV find, this one is a lot less sketchy. This piece is actually an exact dupe of a necklace I loved but accidentally gave away inside the pocket of an old Matt and Nat bag during an unfortunate donation incident some 3 years ago. Hell, for all I know it’s the exact same necklace. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Aritzia Plaid Blouse

  • Retails for: $65
  • Purchased for: $12.99

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In case you couldn’t tell by this post, I’m obsessed with this plaid blouse. It’s pretty much the perfect go-to piece for any fall outfit, and since acquiring it it’s pretty much haunted my instagram posts and snapchat stories. And with over $40 dollars off the original price– can I get a hell yes? Found at: Velour Clothing Exchange in Calgary.

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Minimal Mountain Beauty Hacks: What I Learned From a Summer in the Rockies

Hey Broke Babes! Guess who’s home?

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Well Babes, it was a long hot summer in the mountains. I feel like I could probably write 10,000 words telling you guys everything but let’s get real– this is a beauty and style blog.

But here’s the thing about beauty and style in the mountains: there isn’t a whole lot of it. I rolled into Kananaskis with one suitcase full of push up bras and another full of 20 different shades of red lipstick and let me tell you– I didn’t wear either of them.

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Yes, I know. Shocker.

In many ways mountain beauty is the most minimal form of style I’ve ever experienced. Women up there still want to look and feel beautiful, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only so much time you can spend looking in a mirror before you start missing out on campfires, early morning hikes, and midnight skinny dipping. Beauty and style in the mountains is done to a minimum, with importance placed on products that are durable, long lasting, and offer a whole range of uses.

Let’s face it, I’m always going to be a bit of a city girl. But after a whole summer of immersing myself in what can only be called “dirty mountain livin'” I’ve emerged with some of the most genius beauty hacks I’ve ever encountered. And even better? I’m going to share them with you.


Minimal Mountain Hack #1: Setting Spray and Powder

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If you aren’t already using setting spray, you’re doing your makeup wrong. Much like hairspray, one spritz from this little magic bottle will keep your face in place and fresh throughout a whole day of wear. While back home I would spray my face with matte setting spray and then apply translucent setting powder to my oilier areas (tip of the nose, between my brows, chin) my mountain babes taught me better.

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There is a lot of setting spray holding us together.

After finishing a full face of makeup, spray your face with dewy setting spray and allow to dry. Then, gently pat translucent setting powder onto areas where makeup is most likely to run (under the eyes, around the lips and nose, etc.) Then spritz matte setting spray over the entire face, allow to dry, and finish with another round of setting powder.

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My faves are the NYX Professional Makeup Dewy Finish Setting Spray and the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray. Click the affiliate links to shop!


Minimal Mountain Hack #2: Vaseline

If we are talking about wonder products, Vaseline might just take the cake as one of the best to have in your makeup bag.

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This was a 6 hour hike. Inside my bag is 3 litres of water, a cliff bar, and Vaseline.

Basically, Vaseline is awesome. It can be used to smooth ragged cuticles, soften callouses, and quench dry hands; it can be swiped over lips as a gloss, and rubbed on the ends of hair to camouflage split ends; it can be dabbed on cheeks, collar bones, and the inner corners of eyes as a highlight; it can be rubbed on lashes to imitate mascara, swiped on brows to tame them, and dabbed over the entire face to remove makeup; it can be scoured on shoes to polish them, mixed with sugar to create a body scrub, and swiped over the blades of your razor to prevent rusting. And that’s just the few I can remember off the top of my head.

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Long story short: this is a product you will want in your bag in the event of a global apocalypse.


Minimal Mountain Hack #3: Braids

More than once during my time in Kananaskis I was faced with the following challenge: I worked the 9-5 shift, but we were driving into the city at 6.

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More often than not it was a 1 hour drive for McDonalds, but still. You gotta look good for those city boys.

Rather than face a night of flat hair, my mountain babes and I rehashed this old trick of my mothers: shower in the morning (or hey, even the night before if you’re extra lazy) and braid your hair before continuing on your way. Then, simply unwrap your braids and finger comb before teasing your roots. Voila!

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I know, pretty basic. The trick? To keep my waves beachy rather than scrunchy, I sprayed salt spray into both the ends and roots of my hair prior to braiding. I also unwrapped my braids when my hair was about 80% dry (read: the outsides of the braids were dry, but the pieces woven together were still barely damp) and gave them a final spritz of salt spray before driving off into the sunset.

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Check out some of my favourite Beach and Salt Sprays: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Bumble and Bumble Foam Blow Dry Spray, and Got 2 B Kinkier Gloss n’ Define Curling Spray Gel! Click the affiliate links to shop!


Mountain Hack #4: Lip Stains

Let’s face it: between all the sweat and smudging, lipstick has no place in the mountains.

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This might have normally been blasphemy for me, but this summer I discovered the joys of lip stains. Unlike traditional lipsticks that need product built up on the surface to show pigment, lip stains actually stick to skin and stay intact for up to 8 hours, regardless of reapplication.

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Two girls, one lip stain.

(P.S– Worried about dryness? Swipe some Vaseline on before you apply!)


Mountain Hack #5: DIY Dry Shampoo

Mountain babes get dirty and sweaty on their best days, and between work and hiking there wasn’t always time for a shower before going out. Even worse, I was in a fix when I realized I was out of my favourite dry-shampoo before the summer was even half over.

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Luckily for me I was surrounded by a bunch of women who were more resourceful and fearless than I had thus far dared to be, which meant some pretty creative fixes for my greasy strands.

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Low and behold: the weirdest thing I am now taking with me everywhere. Click the affiliate link to shop!

It was a trial and error process but we discovered something: depending on your hair colour, almost any powdered product in your pantry can revive your hair in a matter of seconds. For blondes, I recommend baby powder or corn starch, and for brunettes coco powder. Simple sprinkle on your scalp, massage in, and go!

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Yeah, whatever, I know it’s weird. But you gotta do what you gotta do!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some minimal beauty hacks you want to share?

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