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BEAUTY REVIEWS & VINTAGE FINDS

Hall of Fame: Eye Shadow Primers

Where were these back in the day when I was younger? I’ve suffered my share of bad eye looks from creasing between the time I left the house in the morning to walking into work. Using a primer under shadow helps your eye makeup last all day and/or night ensuring that your makeup looks more polished and professional. I’ll never be without one. Below are my fail-safe favorites. Urban Decay

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10 Beautiful Things

The Best & Worst Store Bought Mac ‘n Cheese Where To Buy Black-Owned Beauty Brands 50 Lists for your Bullet Journal 3 Hiring Strategies Will Land You the Best People 12 Bookstores Worth Traveling For Apartment Therapy’s Favorite Living Rooms of All Time Protect Yourself From Online Trolls Seven Ways to Make New Friends 12 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze 39 Cheap Things That’ll Make You Look More

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190 Cookbooks

When I moved apartments at the end of 2017, I counted all of my cookbooks and was surprised (not surprised) that I owned 219 cookbooks. Wanting to possess only cookbooks to be used and cherished, and not wanting to move that many cookbooks ever again, I presented myself with the challenge of cooking a minimum of two recipes from each cookbook followed by an informed decision whether or not to

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Modern Renaissance

I’m in the process of editing my wardrobe which means trying on everything I own. This has given me the opportunity to reminisce about some of my earlier vintage pieces. Vintage beaded tops make up a high percentage of my wardrobe. I’ve been collecting them for over twenty years. For the beginner collector, they are affordable and easily found in thrift shops and vintage stores. As a seasoned collector, I

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Hall of Fame: Eye Creams

The eye creams I’ve included here in my Hall of Fame focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. I’ve been testing more affordable eye creams as of late and will include some of them in an upcoming post but none to date deliver the results of the following eye creams that come at a higher price. I will

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Pharmacy: Vancouver BC

I’ve been traveling to Vancouver, BC for decades. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit. While my main objective is usually to visit friends, explore the city and surrounding area, eat good food, and hit the shops on Robson Street, a beauty run to the nearest pharmacy is always on the list. It goes without saying that there are numerous skincare and makeup brands available in Canada that one

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10 Beautiful Things

People Share The Advice That Changed Their Lives In 2018 Tips from Calligraphists to Improve Your Penmanship 20 Photos That Will Make You Say “Wow” 43 Simple Habits That’ll Improve Your Life Intelligent People Go to Bed Late, Leave a Mess Everywhere, and Use Bad Language Hacks to clean and de-clutter your computer If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think Photographer

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My 10 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2018

Garden of Wisdom Skincare – In the same vein as The Ordinary and Indeed Labs, Garden of Wisdom offers active ingredient skincare at a very affordable price. These brands (including The INKEY List) are the disrupters in the overpriced, overpackaged, highly marketed beauty industry that we’ve known for decades. I’m excited about the products and thrilled to support the brands. The INKEY List – This no-faff budget skincare line was

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Makeup Favorites: January 2019

2019 is the year of my low-buy as I focus on using up products that I own before I buy new ones. My current makeup routine here includes a few things I purchased last year as well as some old favorites that I need to use up before they expire. e.l.f Beauty Shield Primer + SPF – I didn’t care for this primer at first but then I learned to

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Favorite Thrifted Decor: Art Edition

I’ve been decorating my living space with thrift store art since I moved into my first apartment many, many years ago. Since my entire home is decorated with 2nd hand, found objects, combing thrift stores and yard sales for art remains a favorite pastime. Although, I have officially run out of wall space so I endeavor less frequently nowadays. Choosing and buying art is a deeply personal decision. Art speaks

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