Blogmas Day 5: 5 Pieces of Lingerie on my Naughty List

Personally, I find the holiday season is a great time to stock up on lingerie.

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While most places have sales designed to attract hoards of desperate male shoppers struggling to find a present for their wives or girlfriends, I usually hit up the discounts with the intention of getting myself a new treat– regardless of the fact if I have a special someone to wear it for. For Blogmas Day 5, here are my favorite lingerie looks.


Very Sexy Chantilly Lace Garterslip

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This is probably one of the more covered looks on this list, but there’s just something so sexy about the mesh!


Dream Angels Lace Short

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Okay, how adorable are these little shorts? I’m a sucker for white lace but just imagine how adorable you’d look running around in these?!


Very Sexy Chantilly Lace Babydoll

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I hands down love baby-doll styled lingerie– it’s just so unintentionally sexy, you know? Also love the blush color here as well as the gorgeous satin!


Mercy Corset Black

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Personally I’ve never been ballsy enough to strut around in a corset, but come on– this is beautiful. And will probably unlock some inner sex-goddess inside me that has yet to make an appearance.


Very Sexy Pleated Babydoll

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And finally, another baby doll. Because I am predictable but have great taste.


 What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Excited to stock up on lingerie?

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Blogmas Day 2: What’s on My Budget Unfriendly Holiday Wishlist

I’m a simple girl, with mostly simple desires– as a broke blogger I generally don’t ask for anything really crazy for Christmas.

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But every so often my family gets tired of being handed the same old holiday wishlist that usually consists of socks, new pajamas, and maybe a cozy sweater or two (although let’s get real– if you’ve been peeking at my instagram lately you’ll know I have more than enough of those.)

So to kick off day 2 of Blogmas here’s a special wishlist that I’m sure my mother will enjoy reading: all the ridiculously expensive and never-going-to-happen stuff I secretly want for this holiday season.


10) Nicole Miller Boatneck Sequin Gown, $465

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That’s right, Mom. You wanted something different? You wanted something extra? This is about as far out as I can get.

To be entirely real, I do think this is completely fabulous. I look forward to wearing it in the year 2025, when we appoint the first openly gay Pope and he invites me out for Beyonce karaoke.


9) Kate Spade New York – 34mm Park Row Watch , $225

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This watch would honestly be a dream to have wrapped around my wrist. And at $225 it is probably possible that one day I’ll have it. If any of you are rich and are willing to toss $225 my way, let a girl know.


8) LC Collection Diamond 18k Gold Ring, $36, 295

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It’s just a humble ring, mother. So what if I can’t lift my hand? So what if it costs more than my English degree? It’s a small price to pay for self-esteem.


7) Michael Kors Floral-Embroidered Stretch Pebble-Crepe Dinner Jacket, $4,995

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The year is 2027. My husband, Reginald Jenkins the 5th, has mysteriously fallen to his death down a flight of stairs in our country mansion. As his childless window I stand to inherit over 30 billion dollars. I enter the church wearing this outfit and diamond encrusted sunglasses. Photographers take my picture as I place a hand on his casket, a lone tear straying down my cheek. My bestie, the gay Pope, snaps a candid and posts it to my instagram. Somewhere in the distance an acoustic version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” plays.


6) Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Eau de Parfum, $90

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(Okay but Mom, if you’re reading this– I really love Daisy and I need another bottle. It can be the little one. Thank you! I love you!)


5) Marc Jacobs Big Shot Saffiano Leather Tote Bag, $450

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Marc Jacobs, why you gotta be so pretty? I’m absolutely obsessed with red accessories regardless of the time of year. Red is a classic! I will fight you about this.


4)  Taryn Winters Kharis Bespoke Demi Bra, $230

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I want to one day be so rich that I can buy underwear that really does nothing for my body other than look beautiful as a hulking man rips it off.

(Sorry Mom. Please don’t buy me this. It’ll be weird.)


 

3) bkr Rose Gold Tutu Bottle, 16 oz, $185

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Diamonds? At the gym? I changed my mind, this is too extra.


2) Urban Outfitters Lips Mirror, $89

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I mean, I love the concept of this mirror. Rose gold? Lip-shaped? We all know those are two of my favourite things. But looking at it now I can only think about how inconvenient it would be to take a selfie in– and we all know how important selfies are to me.


 1)  Saint Laurent Black Crystal Niki Over-the-Knee Boots, $9,995

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I just… I don’t even know why I want them. They’re beautiful, but I have no clue what I would do with them. Take instagram photos? Put in a display case? Auction them off and donate the money to prevent world hunger? Who knows.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to let me know?

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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?

Hit like, leave me a comment, and don’t forget to like my girl Amanda on Facebook and Instagram and call her to book your lash appointment at 780-340-5274!

 

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.


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

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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…

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to let me know?

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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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