Blogmas Day 4: Gift Ideas for the Feminist on Your List

In light of recent news, it’s time we all band together to uplift and reignite the feminist and girl power movements.

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Whether you identify as a woman or an ally, here are some must-buys for all the feminists and nasty women on your Christmas lists. Happy Blogmas, ya’ll.


boohoo Regan Girl Boss Slogan Hoops

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Werk, girl. Let everyone in the club know exactly what kind of girl they’re dealing with.


Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant Art Print

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Girls are amazing– but sometimes we need to be reminded of that fact. Perfect for decorating an office or bedroom.


Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace By Jessica Bennett

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“Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious guide to navigating subtle sexism at work providing real-life career advice for a new generation of professional women. Named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust + CEO Reads, Bennett blends personal stories with research and statistics, providing a new vocabulary for sexist workplace archetypes and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world.”

Flamingo Candles Flamingo Glow Getter Rose Velvet & Precious Oud Candle

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Get that glow, crush your goals, and fill your work area with a beautiful scent and cozy vibe while you’re at it.

2018 Fiercely Female 12-Month Wall Calendar

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12 whole months of girl power– which, while I’m thinking of it, sounds like a great start.


Skinnydip Holographic Pencil + Eraser Set

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Writing a test? YASSS QUEEN. Filling out reports? KILLIN’ IT. Fighting for basic human rights? IT’S LIT.


Feminist Sticky Notepad

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The sticky note is white with colored edges so only you will know you’re spreading girl power like wild fire. You know, in case your hastily scribbled messages threaten someone’s masculinity.


Slay Bath Mat

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Think of this as a daily reminder when you are doing that sad post-shower look in the mirror at your naked body. YOU ARE A QUEEN. SLAAAAY.


Feminist Throw Pillow

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We all need a feminist throw pillow. Very useful when smothering the haters and throwing feminism around everywhere.


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud By Anne Helen Petersen

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“You know the type: the woman who “won’t shut up,” who’s “too brazen,” “too opinionated” – “too much.” She’s the “unruly woman,” and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In her book, Petersen uses the lens of “unruliness” to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj + Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures.”


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

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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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Blogmas Day 1: My Christmas List

It’s that time of year again: there’s frost on the window panes, hot chocolate in your cup, and another blogger is here to harass you with daily Blogmas posts!

For those of you who don’t know what Blogmas is, let me explain– it’s basically a one month challenge where bloggers try to post about all things Christmas at least once a day. Sounds easy? Well, it’s not. I usually give up around the 7th.

Still, I’m back at it again! To kick off this year’s Blogmas I’m dropping my Christmas list! Affiliate links are present, so click to shop!


One Bella Casa Read Books Pet Dogs Drink Tea Pillow

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Because every girl needs a pillow that describes, in detail, her exact desires in life. I mostly want this pillow so any man who enters my home knows exactly what he’s getting himself into.


Amber Ibarreche X UO Negative Funds Positive Vibes Embroidered Tapestry

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I am a big fan of having a positive attitude in the face of adversity, and if spending $50 on wall art makes me feel better about my lack of money, so be it. This also functions as a deterrent for anyone who insists labeling me as “the rich friend” just because I work 3 jobs. Spoiler alert: I am working those jobs because I’m broke as hell.


2018 Hot Dudes Reading 12-Month Wall Calendar

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I just want to look at hot, seemingly intellectual dudes. Is that so bad?


Boux Avenue Princess Hooded Wrap Around

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It’s like a house coat. But it’s a cape. A Princess cape. Also it has a hood, so while wearing it I wouldn’t have to do my hair. I feel like if you don’t want this something is seriously wrong with you.

Update: my mom came up behind me and saw this. “You want to wear this?” She sighs, shaking her head. “This is why you’re single.”

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Um, okay, rude?

Pixi Glowtion Day Dew

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I’m pretty much known for my infamous going-out glow, so I’m pretty sure this Pixi Glowtion can bring some of that night time fabulousness into the day. Getting your glow on is basically a human right at this point, right?


Blue Q Girl Power Socks

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Swearing and Feminism. My two favourite things.


Kate Spade Square Tote

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Okay this is definitely the most serious thing on this list… But it’s also the most expensive. If any of you have $450 to blow and are feeling generous, please buy this for me. I’ll tag you in all my instagram posts, I swear.


Merkury Innovations 12 Flamingo LED Light

 

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Okay but this is just cool. I’m not the only one who thinks this, right?


The Art Studio Boston Terrier in Cocktail Glass by Fab Funky

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Look at him! Look at how fancy he is! You love him right?

I just want weird animal art! Leave me alone! Why don’t you love this fancy dog as much as I do?


Slant Collections Boss Babe Bottle

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Because I am a boss. Maybe. One day. Hopefully?


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? What’s on your Christmas list?

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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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Book Clubbin’: Made by Hand

Alright Broke Babes, it’s time for another reading assignment…

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Lena Corwin’s “Made by Hand”


I’m a big fan of DIY. If done correctly, I think you can save a ton of money and create something truly unique to you. Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems with Do It Yourself is that you are, unsurprisingly, doing it yourself– which means that unless you really know what you’re doing, you’re likely to blow a lot of cash on wasted or unused materials and end up with something you don’t really like.

And come on. This is Bankrupt Beauty. Blowing cash is never an option.

Which is why Corwin’s book is awesome– inspired by the DIY classes taught by herself and her close friends, “Made by Hand” can teach you how to dye, weave, crochet, sew, and craft pretty much anything you can think of, along with step-by-step instructions and helpful pictures that allow you to make what you want without reproducing a carbon copy of what’s in the book. I’m pretty much the least crafty person I know and I managed to turn a pile of yarn into a beautiful (if somewhat knobby) crochet blanket, so if that’s not proof that Corwin knows what she’s talking about, I don’t know what is.

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Between baby showers, garden parties, and anything else that gets me out of winter’s hibernation, I find that spring always gets me itching to try new things. And if you’re anxious for a fresh start (or even just jittery for a new hobby or obsession) “Made by Hand” makes for excellent Sunday morning reading– even if you never end up making any of the projects, Corwin’s writing is easy to read and offers plenty of inspiration for your home and wardrobe.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? New to the DIY game?

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~Bankrupt Beauty

Survival Guide: How to Avoid Going Broke During the Holidays

If you’re anything like me, the fast approaching holidays are a cause for both celebration and financial despair.

Look, as much as I love the general spirit of Christmas, I find it incredibly difficult to tame my spending habits from year to year– I’ve spent quite a few holidays going absolutely nuts with present shopping, home decorations, and big heavy dinners only to discover come January that I’m absolutely broke.

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I’ve gotten better about my spending the last few years– which might have something to do with growing up, maturing, and the crazy kind of frugality found only among the stars of extreme couponing and University students– and rather than keep my secrets of financial success to myself I figured I’d share them with the masses.

Make a List– & Check it Twice

I know it may seem pretty obvious, but having a list of who you’re shopping for is one of the few things that really helps that often gets easily over looked. Sure, you’re buying for your family, but what about your friends? Your boss? Co-workers? Neighbors?

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Not only does a list help keep you focused, it also helps prevents the f*cking heart wrenching and dreaded moments of realizing you’ve overbought for someone, or forgotten someone else.

Be Real About Your Budget

Now that you have your list, it’s time for a real and very frank examination of your bank account.

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If you only have $200 dollars to spend this year, you’re going to have to be honest with yourself– be prepared to face the reality that not everyone on your list will be getting a $75 dollar gift. Sit down and be the bitch you have to be– decide who you are going to spend your more serious cash on, who you’re going to cut back on, and– if necessary– who you simply can’t afford to buy something for.

Establish a Limit

And alternatively– be honest. If you can’t afford to buy someone a present, or maybe have to lower the limit of what you’re willing to spend, LET THE OTHER PERSON KNOW. Nothing is worse that opening up a new sterling silver watch and realizing you forgot to tell the other person you could only drop $25 on them.

It may be an awkward talk to have, but setting a spending limit makes everything easier. My parents generally insist I don’t spend more than $40 on them, while my friends and I have had some pretty killer Christmases on $20 or less.

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The most important thing is to be honest about what you can spend– any person worth buying a gift for will be understanding, and will probably appreciate the heads up not to drop a ton of cash on you in return.

Ask What’s in the Box

You don’t need to know specifics, but sometimes knowing the type of present someone is getting you makes it way easier to shop for them. Are they getting you one big thing? One small one medium? A bunch of small?

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One year I dropped all my cash on a really nice sweater for my brother, and he ended up getting me a bunch of low budget gifts that were really thoughtful– despite the fact that were spent the same amount of cash, I still felt awkward sitting there unwrapping for a good ten minutes. I know it sounds silly, but knowing how another person is planning on distributing their cash on you makes it easier for you to reciprocate with the appropriate gift back.

Deals on Deals

I know we all dread the mall, but the fact of the matter if that larger scale shopping tends to have the better deals. And if you’re looking for something really specific for someone, they can be really handy.

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Starting Black Friday onward, almost every store (in person and online) will have some kind of deal in an attempt to clear out their winter merchandise. Don’t be afraid to shop around or scroll online to find the best possible deal on anything specific you’re looking for.

If you don’t have the perfect gift in mind, it can also be to your advantage to go in person and scope out a retailer before you buy– big box stores, boutiques, and almost any shop will have their Holiday merchandise out by early November. Plus, stores are full of employees who can tell you when Holiday sales are going to start and what they’re going to discount before it happens, which might make it easier to pinpoint a direction for your present buying. Do your research!

Get Jolly!

A lot of my best Christmases have been the ones that were less than traditional present wise. My boyfriend and I once halved the money we were going to spend on each other, pooled it, and spent a whole night eating, drinking, and dancing at the best clubs in our city.

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Some years my friends and I skip the presents altogether and spend time together– sometimes we go out for a low-key dinner, sometimes we get the whole gang together for cookie baking and movies. One year we dubbed the season “Not Christmas” and deliberately bought each other trinkets and other crap from the dollar store with the goal to be the giver of the worst present– nothing beats the look on someone’s face when they unwrap a defaced Barbie doll, an old butternut squash, or an expired calendar.

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One thing about Christmas that I’m not crazy about is the fact that it can so quickly become all about the money– and if you don’t have a ton of cash, this can make you feel like you aren’t doing the holidays right. However, if you take the time to plan and maybe get a little creative, you can still have a ton of fun and beat the bank in the process.

What do you think Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to hear more about Not Christmas?

Hit like, leave me a comment, and spend smart this holiday season.

~Bankrupt Beauty