My Makeup Corner

Hello wonderful readers!

Ever wonder where I do my makeup? Well here's a peek into my makeup corner!

We have a two bedroom home. We don't have a lot of use for the second bedroom so it is kind of a catch-all, which includes my getting ready space. I use this corner to do my hair and makeup every morning. It is far easier than attempting to split the time with my hubby in our 3 piece bathroom.

As you can see I have this cute little vanity. Someday, I would like to make it more "adult" by changing the chair fabric and possibly the color. The bookshelf is a repurposed dorm room piece that I wasn't ready to part with. I use office/home organizational accessories to keep everything neat. That photo up top is me with the Thunder from Down Under =).

On/in my vanity I keep brushes and tools. I used an old pickle jar for my eye brushes and a silverware organizer in my drawer. I cut off one section to make it fit properly. In the corner is a desk lamp for light.

Although not in this photo {see the first photo}, on the top shelf I have a desk sorter for my larger palettes. I keep my makeup products in three drawer bins with products organized by type {eyes, lips, face}. On the bottom two shelves, are my hair products and tools. The white thing is my at home wax system. In the corner I have a small trash can and a bag of products I need to try or review. I also have my video camera to the left on a tripod {that reminds me, I need to get back into my YT vids!}

Where do you do your makeup?


Spring 2012 Empties

Hello lovelies!

To give you all a look into the non-makeup products I use, I'm going to be posting my empties from each season! I thought doing this seasonally would be easier because I rarely go through more than 1 product in one month. 

Nivea Happy Sensation body lotion:  A basic lotion with a light citrus scent.
Aveeno Positively Nourishing body scrub: This scrub included rice to help remove dead skin. It kept me scale free throughout the dry seasons!
John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo: I loved this shampoo! It actually lifted my fine hair.
Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizer: I have been using this moisturizer for over a year and have no plans in changing that!
Just the Basics shaving cream: Not a huge fan. It seemed too watery.

These two are products I consider empties, even though they were full. I did not have success with these products so I pitched them!

Finesse Self Adjusting hairspray: This hairspray seriously weighed down my hair and had 0 hold.
L'oreal EverSleek smoothing shampoo: The reason this shampoo makes hair sleek is because it is heavy on the strands. I also found it building up on my scalp after a few uses. 

Do you use any of these products in your routine?


Birchbox: Month 6

Hello wonderful readers!

When I arrived home from work last night my Birchbox was waiting for me! The theme this month is summer travel.

stila One Step Bronze, full size, value $36
Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask, value $8
Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive, value $3.74
theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen, value $2.12

Lifestyle Extra:
tili Bag

Birchbox Man Extra:
John Varvatos Star USA cologne

Total Value: $49.86

This is the second month in a row I have received a full sized Stila product! I love self tanners and bronzers so those two products are right up my alley. For the first time, I cannot wait to try everything! Way to go June Birchbox!

What did you get in your Birchbox?


Battle of the Products: Urban Decay Primer Potion v NYX HD Eye Shadow Base

I have been meaning to do this post for months. Seriously, months. 

I began using NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base because I heard it was a dupe for Urban Decay Primer Potion. I must say the blogger/guru who recommended it, Beauty Broadcast, was absolutely right! 

I put the two primers to the challenge by applying one on each eye to see how they performed against one another. Side note: I used each primer independently for several months before testing them against one another.

Urban Decay Primer Potion, $20

NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base, $6.99

In consistency, NYX HD is similar to a concealer with a tacky quality to it. I think this helps the eyeshadow adhere. I find that Primer Potion is similar to a light coverage liquid foundation with less tack than NYX. 

When put up to battle here is the progression of my eyeshadow throughout the day:

As you can see, from application to end they performed equally. The intensity of eyeshadow color is the same with both primers. The staying power was identical too.

After this battle and using both primers for months, I think NYX HD is the perfect dupe for Primer Potion at a fraction of the cost!

What is your favorite eye primer?


OOTD: A Little Bit of Safari

Hello lovely readers!

Summer is turning out to be quite mild (for now, it's the midwest so it will probably change!) With the warmer temps, I love that I can wear dresses everyday!

dress Gap via eBay

flats Gap via Plato's Closet

belt Wal-Mart

This safari dress is so easy to throw on and head out the door. I ended up swapping out the original belt to give it a punch. I also adore my animal print flats!! I plan to do a photo tutorial of how I did the belt. It is extremely easy and a wonderful way to give a usually boring accessory some life!


Tips for Dressing for an Interview on a Budget

Hello lovelies!

Today, I am guest posting over on Glitter, Gloss and Glaze's blog. Please stop by and check out her wonderful blog! So you don't miss it, I reposted it here:

A couple of months ago I had an interview for my first "big girl" job in my field. It was nerve wracking to choose what to wear.

Let's face it-in this economy we cannot afford to spend 1,000's on interview outfits but we want to look pulled together to land that job! So how did I handle the challenge?

I began by googling how to dress for an interview. I thought some tips from the pros would put me ahead.

Here are the tips I thought were wins and followed myself:

  • You can never be too conservative. If you are going to show skin do one or the other (legs or arms) but do not do both.
  • Show some personality but not too much personality. A pop of color is the best way to do this or with a conservative print. Steer clear of neons, red or animal prints. A suit is always nice but is not necessary. 
  • Wear minimal, simple accessories. Make sure nothing clunks together because it will be distracting.
  • Closed toed pumps are a must.
  • Take a simple bag that doubles as a brief case to carry extra resumés, writing samples, letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Make sure your hair is neat and in place.
  • Manicure your nails in french, natural or a neutral, light color.
  • Keep your makeup natural.
  • Do not wear perfume.

When in doubt, look up or call the company for their dress code policy. Even if you know the company dresses casual on a daily basis, dress up for your interview. I once heard a principal say they were interviewing for a gym teacher position and the interviewee showed up in a track suit because she was "dressing for the job." Needless to say, she was not hired and the principal was completely unimpressed.

Next, I raided my closet for items that would fit into the "rules". I did not have the time or funds to run out for new clothing. Thankfully, I keep some basics on hand at all times. I found a LBD, a blue cardigan and some simple accessories. I wore the cardigan over the LBD, buttoned up completely, with a belt at my waist. My closet items were all steals because my LBD was from the clearance rack at Target, my sweater was thrifted from Plato's Closet, shoes were thrifted from ebay and the belt was from another top!

Here are some similar items, all from Target (except for the belt), which are all easy on the wallet: 

After several agonizing weeks, I received a call for a second interview. The catch? They wanted me there in the next 36 hours. This time, I truly had no idea what I could pull from in my closet. I ended up finding a printed blouse at Kohl's for $7. I paired it with a pencil skirt I already owned and the accessories from the previous interview outfit. By doing it this way, I was not blowing cash on a whole new outfit. I tucked the shirt into the skirt for a more polished look.

Here are some similar choices, again from Target:

You could also combine both outfits and do something like this:

Combination of Interview Outfits

Here, the LDB is used as a skirt and cinched in with the belt.

Let's say you do not have items in your closet to pull from. My suggestion? Raid the clearance racks and thrift wisely. All of my items were either thrifted or from the clearance rack. Everything I wore was less than $60. Choose outfits where you can reuse accessories. This will also save you some moolah! It is also helpful to keep basics on hand so that you only have to pick up one or two new items.

By the way, I did land the job!


Guest Blogger: Janna of Gloss and Glitz

I have a guest blog today from Janna of Gloss and Glitz!


If you are not following Janna, you really should be. Her blog is fantastic!! She is also a great blogging friend on twitter. I love stopping by her blog for the nail art she posts. Today's guest blog is a nail tutorial inspired by spring.

Take it away Janna!

Hi everyone!

First off, I would like to say a big thank you to Arielle for inviting me to be a Guest Blogger on her blog, Beauty by Arielle!  It is truly an honour to be featured here today. I have to say that I have been enjoying Arielle’s blog for months, and was especially excited when she revealed her surprise marriage and shared her wonderful news with the rest of us. Congrats again Arielle!

A little about me: I am from the wet coast (oops I mean west-coast) of Canada and decided to start my beauty blog, GlossAndGlitz.com and my YouTube channel back in the fall of 2011. I don’t know HOW it took me this long to start because I have been a product junkie my whole life and I’m telling ya, I have been enjoying sharing my passion and meeting some truly wonderful people online, and I am sooo inspired each and every day by what we all do! 

So today I am very excited to share with you my love of nail art!  I am not a nail pro, and would never call myself one, but I do love to paint my nails and have fun. 

Here goes...

Dotting nail art is very versatile and so super easy to do! Your options are truly limitless and so many adorable nail designs have been created with dotting nail art. I love the current trend of multi-colored polka-dots, the ombré dots, and of course the many themes that you can easily create!

I decided on daisy flowers for this tutorial. It’s simple, girly and so fun for spring and summer. You can use any color as a base (btw navy is gorgeous as well) but for today I chose a beautiful fuchsia pink. 

You will need:

1 base color polish

Yellow polish

White polish

Q-tips (with cotton ends cut off); hair pins, or a nail art tool
plastic tray, or something disposable
base/top coats (optional)


1) You may want to start with a base coat. Next, cut off the cotton ends of a few Q-tips to be used as your disposable dotting art tools.

2) Choose a base color polish. For my nails I will be using OPI Don’t Know... Beets Me! It’s a beautiful deep pink polish with a creme finish. I will only us 1 coat in this tutorial (one reason why I loooove this color!!) FYI, it’s from the Brights Collection. 

Note: If you like to do an accent nail like I do, paint your ring finger white. For this I chose OPI Alpine Snow, which is also the color I will use for my daisy flower petals. 

So now you have your base colors ready 

3) Using a plastic plate, or something disposable, drop about 3-4 drops of white polish to be used as your flower petals. You will need to work VERY QUICKLY as the polish gets gooey fast! 

4) Now dip your Q-tip into the polish and begin to create your flowers by dabbing ONCE for each petal. 4 makes the perfect size if you’re looking to try for 1-2 flowers/nail. I like to create one complete flower, then add a half a flower at the tip or near my cuticle to create the illusion of a pattern across my hands. 

Tip: If you’re finding that your polish is getting gooey then stop and continue with fresh polish. If not, your petals will be stringy and this is so hard to remove and can require you to start over which is never any fun! lol

5) Next, do the same with a bright yellow polish by dropping some on your plate. I recently bought Sally Hansen X-treme wear in Mellow Yellow and I am so happy with this color. 

6) Use the opposite end, or a new Q-tip and create the centers of your daisy flowers. 
Tip: the less your press down the smaller your dots will be. I like to make sure the centers are a bit smaller than the petals, this creates more of a “flowery” look, ha!

7) With your accent nail add some yellow polka-dots to your white nail. Funny enough, doing this brings more attention to the flowers because of the “pop” of white/yellow. It’s just for fun and totally a personal preference :)

And if you’d like to finish with a top coat I used Seche Vite. 

Tada! I would love to know what you think of this, if you’ve done something similar, or what other dotting nail art trends you’ve been loving!

janna xox

Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial, Janna! I had never thought to use a Q-tip end for dots. It's such a good idea!