Friday, August 28, 2015

DIY Marble Table

Happy Fri-YAY! I have been marble obsessed. Who hasn't? From little details to big pieces. I wanted all the things. Especially some of those West Elm mid-century modern coffee tables. Well, I am living in a teeny-tiny apartment in New York City. All my furniture is from IKEA, and though, I am not planning to move for awhile, eventually I will have to move, so investing in furniture isn't on the radar right now. I feel like I haven't done a DIY in forever, so I decided to give it a go after stumbling upon the secret ingredient to this project. Now, DIY-ing furniture may seem like a big task, but this was the simplest thing ever. And it can cost less than $10 or less than $20. Either way- a bargain.

The secret material in this case is marble-patterned contact paper. Basically, it's a big giant sticker that is intended to be used to line drawers and such. I wanted to mix up some of the backgrounds on this here blog and when I came across this at the discount store for less than $2, I decided to give it a go. I was really just going to use it on a piece of cardboard and call it a day, but instead decided to give my IKEA Lack table a facelift. The trick is actually that it's two IKEA Lack tables. I had the brown one since moving into apartment. So, I stole the legs off that one. For the marble base, I bought a second Lack table-in white-for $7. I covered the top with my marble contact paper. Carefully smoothing out an inch at a time with an old credit card. The marble contact paper is a bit sheer, so going with the white table was the perfect choice. Pairing it with the brown legs, made it look a bit classier. Now, this isn't going to fool anyone, but from afar it looks quite nice. And hey, I was using an Ikea table anyway, so at least it's more personalized.

Are you a fan of marble furniture?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Too Faced Most Loved Set

Too Faced does some great mini sets. I have gotten quite a few over the past year. They work great for me as I rarely go through a full-sized product and who doesn't want more things to try for less. They tend to always come with a Shadow Insurance and a Better Than Sex mascara. Very useful items in my book.

The only new products for me are the Melted Lipstick in Fig-which I really wanted to try-and the HangoveRx Primer. I love the formula and colour of the melted lipstick. Long-lasting and the Fig shade is a perfect transition to fall everyday shade. The primer is a great alternative to the silicone-based ones. It smells and feels like coconut water lotion. The Chocolate Soleil bronzer is a fav contour shade that I use all the time. And as mentioned before, Shadow Insurance and Better than Sex mascara are always a welcome addition. I ended up buying two of the kits-one for me to stock up on essentials and one as a gift. Perfect for any make-up lover.

Are you a fan of mini sets?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mini Love | Sephora Bonuses

These little samples are so cute-I can't even. These are a few of the point perks recently offered at Sephora that I couldn't resist. I feel like I had to come up with the full-sized products because I really just wanted to get these little things.

Buxom Shadow in Mink Magnet. This is the most itty-bitty shadow. I love the shimmery taupe shade, and the texture is similar to Too Faced or Urban Decay. I might be convinced to build my own palette. I think this sample may not be available online-perhaps a local store might still have this 100 point perk?

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Life Eye Creme. Another ridiculously adorable little mini. Eye creme samples are always useful. This one has an awesomely thick texture that really wakens and firms your under-eye instantly. It also has a great cucumber scent. Refreshing. This isn't showing up on the discount page-but there are many, many skincare sample options. Don't forget to use these codes online for extra samples.

Bite Lip Lab Limited Edition Trio-Bellini. I have been hoarding points for awhile now. Finally a larger point perk that I wanted. This one is 250. Not bad. It comes with a mini lipstick, mini lipgloss, and little mirror. I love Bite lip products, so I had to get this set. The bright pink shade is super fun too. The minis aren't too shabby size-wise either. It's still available, so if you are looking to cash in some reward points-go for it!

Do you spend your points as soon as you get them or do you hold on to them for bigger sets?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ABM Happy Mail | August 2015

Another fun neon, silver foil month. I love having a large assortment of stationery on hand. They are pretty to look at and functional for legit get-togethers as well as for just-for-the-heck-of-it moments.

Here were my favourites this month. I used the smashed cupcake 'Happy Birthday' card already. Love the neon envelope and silver foil detail. Succulents & cacti are always a win. I love the simple design of the moon card and the engagement ring card. The moon phases would be cool to use as a print. I love the black envelope though and the silver envelope for the engagement ring.

The larger prints are an easy was to get some art going or even start a gallery wall. They are always so motivating-perfect for an office space or dressing table.

What were your favourites from this batch of Happy Mail?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Physician's Formula Cat Eye Mascara & Eye Booster Liquid Liner

Please ignore my whack-a-do bang situation. It happens. Anyway... I mentioned loving these two products from Physician's Formula in my monthly favourites. I saw these products on display advertised as a cat eye kit. And I am all about the winged liner look, so I was suckered in. Plus, it was buy one, get one. So really- no loss. The Eye Booster Liquid Liner has been around awhile, but I hadn't tried it yet. I got the black shade. I love the metal packaging and the felt pen like applicator is perfect for wings both bold and thin. I was initially hesitant regarding the serum claims, but I actually think my lashes are longer. It took a week to notice, which makes me think it's true (the placebo effect would occur much earlier right?). I usually prefer natural-styled mascara wands, but the Physician's Formula rubber ones get my seal of approval. It takes using it a week though before I am a fan of the formula-which is probably true for most of my run-ins with mascaras. I can't exactly say that the Cat Eye mascara is really any different from the leaf tube, or the green leaf tube, or the pink leaf tube-but hey why not try the black with red velvet tube for a change.

Have you tried any of the cat eye products?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review | Nars Cheek Palette 'Blame it on the Nars'

I have been crushing on Nars blush palettes for what seems like forever. I finally went for it with the Blame it on the Nars palette. I have been using it everyday and love every piece they included.

The bronzer is Casino, which is a nice mix-up from the usual Laguna. I don't think it's too dark for me as a contour which is great. I use the included mini Ita brush and love the result. The blush shades are perfect everyday essentials. Day Dream is a warm pink with a hint of shimmer, and New Attitude is a matte cool-toned pink. I have been mixing them together for a great summer-but still office appropriate-shade. Satellite of Love is a sparkly highlighter, but I don't think it looks to obnoxiously glittery on the skin.

I read mixed reviews on this palette, but I am all in. I haven't been using any other bronzers, blushes, highlighters since. Plus, the packaging is gorgeous-inside & out.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Haul | Zoya Nail Polish

I ordered these awhile ago, but forgot to share! I picked up some summer shades from the most recent summer collection, while also getting a few oldies to transition to fall.

Talia -Blue-Teal Creme
Cecilia-Green-Teal Creme
Serenity-Blue-Toned Purple Creme
Ryan-Navy Blue Creme
Hunter-Forest Green Creme
Blu-Palest Blue Creme

My Zoya collection is growing!  I am really looking forward to the Focus & Flair Fall collection. Aggie & Charli are on my list for sure.