This week’s Swatch Sunday features the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette which was a limited edition palette over the 2014 holiday season.
This week’s Swatch Sunday features the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette which was a limited edition palette over the 2014 holiday season.
It’s now the end of February, and it’s taken me two whole months to finally get back on track with my running and weightlifting. That feels like an excruciatingly long time. I’m still slipping up every now and again (3k calorie days are cramping my style), but for the most part, I’m feeling positive and upbeat – frustrated at times, but still mostly positive.
February has been spent mostly running around the track above at my gym (I snagged that shot from blog.to – that’s the track I run on, but I’ve never seen those people there in my life). I was originally gearing up for a 10K race I intended to do in Panama City, Florida while on vacation in April, but the whole race moved to the week before we’re going to be there, so I’m kind of training for nothing right now (so irritated… who moves a race that people have already signed up for?!?!). However, having a schedule is what’s helping me stay on track so I’m sticking with that. I’ve been running indoors this winter season because the sidewalks are a goddamn disaster in Toronto!
I do have a St. Patrick’s Day 5K that’s rapidly approaching and I’m a bit nervous for that because I don’t feel like my 5K race pace is anywhere near what it was last year. And since I’m planning on breaking a sub-25 minute 5K this year, I’m fairly confident this won’t be the race I do it in. I do, however, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day immensely so I’ll wiggle my butt into my green running pants and freeze my tush off during a mid-March race. If anything, it’ll help me get back into the swing of things.
Most of my running plan has been adapting Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 10K race plan as it’s geared towards lowering my race times. And man, I was not prepared. The tempo runs are interesting, and I can definitely see how they’re speeding me up, but those interval days can go die in a bloody fire.
I’m also planning on running the Sporting Life 10K (early May), a half marathon during Ottawa’s Race Weekend and, of course, the Pride Run in June (when it’s always face-meltingly hot).
I’m also really happy to report that my weightlifting is also back on track!
While running gives me that “hell yes I’m a super hero!” feeling, it’s really weightlifting that makes me feel the best about myself. It’s shaping my muscles the way I want to be shaped and it’s tightening areas that were wobbling around only last month. I’ve also happily dumped three pounds in the last thirty days which I can only attribute to the consistent exercise.
Now if only I could stop thinking about all the food I want to eat ALL. THE. TIME….
I’m posting about something a little bit different today – something that has absolutely zilch to do with makeup or fitness, but instead something I was given for my birthday that I’m so incredibly excited about that I just had to share it.
I have been a longstanding Veronica Mars fan. I’ve watched the series many, many times over the years, and while I may not be able to kill at VM trivia like I can massacre anyone at Buffy the Vampire Slayer trivia, I am still an enormous fan. I supported the Kickstarter campaign, saw the movie opening day and will forever be a Marshmallow at heart.
One of Veronica’s most iconic objects aside from her camera (obviously) is her enormous bag that she carries throughout season 3 and subsequently in the movie as well. It’s one badass accessory, but one I never really needed because I am adamant about not carrying a purse. I have, however, relatively recently picked up a nice DSLR camera that needed a camera bag. Out of nowhere, my husband decided to order this bag for me (I don’t even know why or how he did it, I’m sure I’d never mentioned it to him before) and surprised me with it for my birthday.
I was floored. This was something I had really wanted but couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on! Not only that, but he also had it customized so that there’s a pocket inside that fits my new camera and lens. Hell, it’s padded and shaped to fit the camera in the bag safe and sound!
Elated to receive this gift, I wanted to know more about the designer he had purchased it from. As it turns out, she’s entirely local to Toronto! I got in touch with Karen Kalashnik, and she was more than happy to answer my questions about her work and the Veronica Mars bag.
I always liked to make my things on my own instead of buying them, so I’ve always been a creative person. I started sewing from a young age but never really made anything more than a pair of shorts. I always had big ideas of great pieces of clothing to make but every time I tried they never turned out exactly as I had hoped. My grandmother and my aunt were the ones who first showed me how to use a sewing machine when I was in public school but after that I never touched a sewing machine until I was about 23. I took a two beginner sewing classes and read the Complete Idiots Guide to Sewing, then went out and bought my own machine. From there I made some pyjamas and did alterations for friends and family.
Then, for some reason, I had this grand idea that I wanted to make leather bags. It really came out of nowhere. My mother bought me the special sewing machine that I needed to sew leather with (it’s a heavy duty machine that has a walking sewing foot, which means it actually walks the leather through the machine as it stitches it. A regular sewing machine doesn’t do this so leather just gets stuck in it if you try to sew with it). Then I bought some leather and made a bag. I’m not really sure how I figured it out, but sewing bags just seemed to come naturally to me. I can see all the purse pieces in my head and am just able to put them together like a puzzle. I think that’s why sewing in general just comes to me easily – it’s like putting a puzzle together and I love puzzles. I found out I work really well with pictures. If someone can send me a picture of a bag they want me to recreate I can usually copy it just by looking at the pictures of the bag. That’s how I learned to sew all the bags I make.
A customer came to me and asked me to make a replica of the bag that Veronica Mars wore in season 3 of the TV show. Originally it was made by Nordstroms but they discontinued it. I had never heard of the show, so she sent me some pictures and I made her a bag with the snaps on the strap and a plain front and back of the bag (that’s what she wanted, not all the stitching detail or the snaps on the base). I then posted a picture of the bag on my Etsy site for sale and the VM fans just flocked to my Etsy site. This is definitely my most popular bag!! From there I’ve made a few variations of the bag. A version with the snaps and stitching detail, a version with silver snaps instead of the original antique brass, and I’ve also done other custom variations for customers. Since then I’ve seen the VM movie and season 1 of the TV show. I’m not a crazy fan, but I do love the show!
The Veronica Mars bag is really easy to create. Over time I’ve adjusted my patterns and the way I make the bag to be able to make it as quick and efficiently as possible (since it’s the bag I make the most often). Now, instead of just making one of them at a time, I make about four. I’ll make the straps, the inside cloth pockets, the inside leather pocket, and the front and back of the detailed bag (but without the snaps). Then, when someone orders one, I already have several of the pieces ready to go. I’ll draw from my inventory of straps, pockets, and then make the other pieces and put the bag together. This way I have the generic pieces ready so that if someone wants any alterations or different colour snaps, I can still use the pieces I’ve already got in my inventory and just make a few other parts. This method really helps me to save time when making this bag. I do a lot of my work in front of the TV too so it never feels like work! I love my job and I get to watch TV while I work!
Customizing bags is challenging at times, but also sometimes easy. I do like a challenge because it makes me think and teaches me new techniques. I’ve had a lot of requests from customers to copy designer bags. Although I don’t like to copy other people’s work (everyone does it, from Guess to Michael Kors, so I don’t feel too terrible doing it), it has taught me how to do a lot of incredible things with my bags. If you check out my Facebook album with all the purses I’ve made to date you’ll see that my talent has definitely improved over the years as I’ve continued to make my usual bags as well as new ones. I don’t advertise that I copy bags, but if someone asks and I think I can do it, I’ll usually say yes and replicate it. I’m lucky too that when I copy a bag it usually turns out to look just as good as the original and goes for about an 1/8th of the price!! The Tom Ford bag on my Etsy site is a copy of the Tom Ford Jennifer bag.
I typically get requests to add extra or custom pockets, just like your bag did with the camera-shaped pocket. I’ve even done a bag with an inside bottle holder for a baby bottle. I’ve made an inside pocket for a beach bag that was water resistant so that my sister-in-law could stash her wet bathing suit and not get the rest of the bag wet.
The VM bag is my favourite one to create because it’s easy and quick. I like to be able to touch and feel the finished product of a project, that’s why I hated working in the tech industry because the end result of a project was never tangible. I like to see the finished product and touch it and that’s how I know it’s complete. So the VM bag is finished quickly and I like that.
MTV did an article about Veronica Mars right before the movie came out that talks about her clothes and bag. They mentioned that the real bag can’t be found anymore but that they found a great replica on Etsy (which is my shop!). I think that definitely helped me to get more sales. Once the movie came out last March my sales doubled that month, it was awesome!!
Recently I’ve been creating fringe bags that are my new favourites because they are also quick to make and I really like creating the fringe (I have a special tool that you pull the leather through and it cuts the fringe for you). I used to manually cut it by hand but then stumbled upon that tool and it just made my life so much easier!! Since I never went to school for sewing, I’m unaware of all the awesome tools that are available to make my life easier! Because of this, I do everything by hand until I find a better tool.
All in all, I’m beyond pleased with this bag! There’s only so many ways to express my excitement over a camera bag, but rest assured that I am a seriously happy camper. If you’re interested in a Veronica Mars bag of your own, or one of Karen’s original designs, please be sure to check out her shop. All relevant links below!
February turned out to be a month full of MAC purchases. I hadn’t planned it really, but there was one item in particular that I wanted to pick up (hell yes RIPE PEACH re-release!), and it kind of snowballed from there!
To start it off though (and really, I think I can hold this fully accountable for some of these purchases), I have MAC‘s limited edition release of Kinky. I won this lipstick on Julie’s blog (Swatch and Review) in a giveaway. The shade is dissimilar to Russian Red (which I’m getting down to the end of), but it’s in their (new?) Retro Matte formula. While slightly drying, the retro matte formula doesn’t feel quite as dry as other mattes I’ve owned. The formula has spurred me on to make more purchases of shades in the Retro Matte formula because I love the longevity that it seems to have on my lips.
Along with the lipstick, Julie snuck in a foiled eyeshadow from Makeup Revolution in Emerald Goddess. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t offer much insight. At first glance, however, the shade is lovely and I’m curious to see how it works in conjunction with the mixing medium that’s also provided with the product. These seem near identical to Stila‘s foiled eyeshadow release, although I’ve not tried those.
I knew I was going to buy this. There was no getting around it. I have been DYING to get my hands on MAC‘s Ripe Peach Ombre Blush for four years now. FOUR YEARS. I refused to pay the astronomical prices on Ebay (over $100 I think) and so I sat and waited. And waited. And I watched the years slip by before this damn thing got released again! But finally… it did with the MAC Toledo collection. So I did the nutbar thing and I ran to MAC on the morning of release and snatched it up. And I’m glad I did because it was sold out the very next day!
You’ve seen this before in my hauls, so it’s nothing new. I needed a new MAC Prep + Prime Lips because the one I keep at the office was running low (I keep one at home and one at work). This keeps my lip product in place and prevents that awful lip line bleedout that I’m prone to.
I bought this because I freaked out when the Miley Cyrus Viva Glam lipstick got released. I kept meaning to pick up Viva Glam Rihanna 2, but kept putting it off. So when I eventually went to the counter to get it, the woman told me they weren’t allowed to sell it anymore! What the hell? Like, she was implying they physically had it on site, but she could not sell it to me at all and that I’d have to order it through their web site. Excuse me? How stupid is that? Anyway, I ordered it online and had it shipped for free with a code. So they sent me an enormous box… with a single lipstick in it. Ridiculous. ANYWAY. This is by far my most adventurous lipstick, but I did stick to my guns and wore it to work. Oddly, I got told two or three times that it looked BLUE on me, something I’m still rather confused by as it’s very decidedly a grey-brown. I’m not sure how often I’ll wear it, but I like owning it because it’s very different from anything else I own. (And no, it’s not flattering, but it sure is interesting.)
Are we noticing a trend yet? I really did go hogwild at MAC this month. I picked up Relentlessly Red because it looked STUNNING on Sharon Farrell and she is far and above my most beloved YouTuber (here’s the video she used it in). This shade veers pink on my lips (as it does her) and I appreciate that because I didn’t need another “almost red” in my life. It’s another lipstick in the Retro Matte formula which means it stays in place like nobody’s business. It’s also not dissimilar to Too Faced‘s Melted Candy which makes me love it all the more. I’m really looking forward to wearing the bejesus out of this shade in the spring and summer (not that it’s stopping me from wearing it now).
And lastly… another Retro Matte lipstick from MAC. This time from the Toledo collection. I had fallen oddly in love with the packaging for the Toledo collection (after having spent months thinking it was tacky as all hell) and loved the name of the lipstick called Barbecue. It’s a red that swerves orange on my lips and was one of the more unique shades out of the collection. It’s not a shade that’s especially flattering on me, but I find it a nice change from my usual colours.
That’s it for the month. I was surprised how much I picked up from MAC because I’ve been opting for other brands over the last year or so. They have, however, definitely sucked me back in with this retro matte lipstick formula!
Last week I swatched up Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, but this week we’re going back to the original. I have previously done a Challenge Week with this palette in case you’re looking for any inspiration.
Hello, I’m Sarah from Workaday Ramblings. This month’s CBB guest post theme is red, pink and white, and since Chelle has an amazing red eyeliner that appears in her posts semi-regularly, I decided to guest post about red eyeliner.
I love red eye products because they are so unexpected, but can look awesome. I don’t have a red eyeliner exactly, but I do have a few red loose eyeshadows, which can be used as eyeliner.
For my look, I’m using quite a few products as I actually included base products too, which I don’t always wear. But the main products for my eye look are Moi Cosmetics eyeshadow in Juliet, Essence How to Make Bright Eyes palette, Beauty People eyeliner in Glitter Beige, and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.
I started with a base of colour, and a bit of shading, using the Essence How to Make Bright Eyes palette. My actual red eyeliner is Moi Cosmetics eyeshadow in Juliet. I used a damp angled brush to apply it like an eyeliner. I finished with a swipe of Beauty People eyeliner in Glitter Beige under my eye as I love the champagne-pink-gold shimmer colour, and added a coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara to my lashes.
Overall, I think this is a fun look that offers an unexpected eyeliner colour. Part of the trick of wearing red on your eyes is figuring out what shades of red look good, and not like you’re sick. All it takes is a bit of experimentation, and you’ll end up with a look that’s different from everyone else.
Chelle’s Aside: Sarah’s such a sweetheart and I really hope you visit her site. When I first started blogging, Sarah was my most avid commenter and really made me feel welcome in the blogging world. I’m tickled pink (red?) that she did a red eyeliner look since it’s one of my absolute favourite things to do on my own eyes. I think it looks gorgeous on her and I hope she wears it often! It’s such a striking look and really sets off her eyes. And good GOD, can we TALK about her lashes? Are those even LEGAL?
Pan porn time! This is my third instalment of products I’ve hit that oh-so-magical pan on.
Let’s take a moment here and just stare at this one in awe. That blush right there? That’s the first blush I have ever hit pan on and I’m more than a little excited about it. (It’s the little things in life…) Tarte‘s Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed has been my default blush throughout the cooler months.
I don’t know what it is with bronzers lately, but I have no luck finishing them up! I used this bronzer for almost 70% of 2014 and I *only* hit pan on it because I finally snapped and stuck a pin in the middle of the product to see how far I had to go. And now I can safely say that I am nowhere NEAR finishing this damn thing up. While I love the shade, I would also love to have some variety in my life! With a price tag around $5, NYC‘s Fire Island Tan is definitely a compelling option since it seems to last FOREVER! Lovely shade too, particularly if you want a bit of a bronzy-shimmer in the summer.
Oooo this one’s neat. Halfway through 2014 I switched to using Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde (I was using an eyeshadow before). And man oh man – this stuff is magical. It makes my non-existent brows finally look like I’ve got hair where hair is supposed to be! The only downside is that using a pomade is a lot more time consuming because you need to be a lot more precise. So although my new brow game has tacked on an additional five minutes, it’s soooo worth it!
Now this isn’t something you see often… I mean, how often do you get to claim that you hit pan on a lipstick? Tragically, I’m a chronic lipstick murderer so I had to depot (de-bullet) this one and throw it into a sample pot from MAC. This was a limited edition shade called Hibiscus from the 2011 summer collection. It’s a *beautiful* shade, but I don’t reach for it often because it now requires that I have a lip brush with me.
Maybelline‘s Color Tattoo in Barely Beige is in my Use Up 2015 bin, but I haven’t been using it much lately since I think it’s starting to dry up. This is the easiest shade to reach for when you haven’t got any time in the morning. Throw this shade all over the lid, blend a brown into the crease, whack on some mascara and you’re good to go!
It really surprises me how long it takes to use up a gel liner. I picked up Tarte‘s black gel liner in March of last year and I’ve been using it non-stop ever since. I mean, if you look at my Makeup Looks you know that I do winged liner at least 4 out of 5 times, so it’s surprising to me how long it’s taken me to hit pan. I’ve been super impressed though, it’s just as creamy and smooth to use as the first day I bought it and it’s almost 12 months old now!
And, of course, I had Kolme helping me out while I took photos!
Let’s cut right to it: I *love* this palette. I loved the first Chocolate Bar palette, but I love this one just that slight bit more. It’s currently knocked out my other favourite neutral palettes and is firmly sitting in numero uno place as my most beloved. For me, it’s the combination of shades that this palette includes. From the super orangeness of Peanut Butter, to the deep darkness of Hot Fudge, to the intense glitteryness of Pink Sugar (which, by the way, I’m well aware that Pink Sugar is a seriously unloved shade by others, but I *love* it. It’s pressed glitter and you can use it however you want, which is something that is usually restricted to loose pigments.).
I created five looks with this palette. (If you’re looking for swatches, please see my previous Swatch Sunday post.) Let’s take a look!
Although this is a very warm palette, the first look I did was quite cool-toned.
I lined the outer corner of my lower lash line with MAC‘s eye kohl in Phone Number and then tapped Puddin’ on top. On my lashes is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.
Rest of the Face
This is where the Semi-Sweet palette really shines for me. I love the orangey-brown shades and how they all work together.
I used Hot Fudge to line my upper and lower lash lines. On my lashes is Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.
Rest of the Face
As a side note, after I took these pictures, I decided that lightshade was just too bright for what I wanted to wear that day and I ended up swapping it for a matte red shade instead (MAC – Kinky).
To create the wing I used Tarte‘s Black gel liner and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara to my lashes.
Rest of the Face
Never in my life would I think to pair bright red lips with blue eyeshadow, but I think it works! It was Valentine’s Day after all, so I had an excuse! I also really, really love how Peanut Butter looks in my crease. The orange tinge really changes up what would traditionally be a blue smoky-ish eye.
I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean all over the lid and patted it in. Then:
To line the lower lash line, I used Urban Decay‘s Black Velvet liner and then patted Blueberry Swirl on the inner half and Hot Fudge on the outer half (on top of the liner).
Rest of the Face
This palette make it so easy to bust out a bright lip! And I really do like Pink Sugar – it’s subtle, but has a really nice way of sparkling up your eye look. AND the glitter won’t budge once it’s on your lids!
Rest of the Face
In addition to my regular schedule of posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I’m starting a new series on the blog called “Swatch Sunday”. These aren’t meant to be reviews, but rather just flat out photos and swatches of products I own. I’ll be starting off with my palettes, and then probably add in lip products and whatever else suits my fancy as time goes on. I hope someone will find the swatches useful at some point or another!
To kick start the series, I’ve photographed and swatched the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette. Enjoy!
It’s very odd to me that running a blog these days seems to require a lot more self promotion in the social media world. Back in MY day (when I was in high school and throughout university in the late 90s/early 00s) Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter wasn’t anywhere on anyone’s radar and Instagram wasn’t even possible since data plans didn’t truly exist for cell phones. Back then it seemed to be about getting known for your content and posting on message boards was a great way to make people aware of your site. (Hell, my Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan site is still online for anyone interested.)
Now, the world seems to revolve around hash tags and self promotion via social media. I’m not opposed to it really, but it sure did take me a long while to hop on the bandwagon! (Probably due to my outright stubbornness to be perfectly honest.)
So where can you find me? Here’s the list!
If you’re looking to keep up with me or what I’m wearing on my face on a day to day basis, you can see me posting near daily on Instagram as @mu_your_mind. Instagram has become my latest and greatest obsession and I’m surprised I held off as long as I did to join it. I’ll typically post my eyeshadow look of the day using my lower quality camera on my phone (before it makes it live to this site in a collection of looks) and some shots from my life as random things happen. For instance, I went snowboarding at Blue Mountain this past weekend and the trees were covered in a beautifully thick dusting of snow. I love Instagram for this – getting to take a picture and share it with people immediately – it’s actually quite a gratifying experience. Oh and instant hauls? Hell yes!
Next up is Facebook. I’ve created a Facebook page for this site, which helps get my posts out to the general public a bit more. It’s neat how a few hash tags will increase my viewership exponentially (my New Year’s Resolution post had something ridiculous like 306 audience reach when my average is usually around 40-50). I was originally linking to my blog posts on my own personal Facebook page, but I felt more than a little ridiculous telling my friends and family what was in my garbage or what makeup I was buying that month, so I’ve created that separate page for my site so I feel less like I’m spamming my friends and more like I’m spamming people who actually care about the makeup side of my life.
While not technically social media, Bloglovin’ is for anyone out there who has a plethora of bookmarks on their browser bar and is loathe to click the “open all in new tabs” button. Through Bloglovin’ you can input any URL and add it to your feed. I follow about 80 or so blogs and keeping that in a bookmarks folder was a living nightmare until I discovered Bloglovin’. Now, Bloglovin’ gives me a feed and alerts me whenever there’s a new post on any particular blog I’m subscribed to. This site is INVALUABLE for anyone and everyone who is an avid blog reader. If you’re so inclined, you can add my site to your feed!
And last, and certainly the least, there’s Twitter. Dear jesus I do not like Twitter. It’s one way to get noticed (hell, I was tickled pink when Marlena of Makeup Geek re-tweeted my swatches and review of her Foiled Shadows) but it feels like a sandbox where the cool kids hang out to get noticed. I dislike trying to condense my thoughts into 140 characters, so I really only use Twitter for blog promotion/connecting with others when necessary. It’s also helpful for getting up to date information (like when the MUG eyeshadows are back in stock… squeeeeee). If, however, Twitter is your thang, you can find me on there as @mu_your_mind.
That’s my social media round up du jour. I’d love to connect with you via any of these platforms! I realize not everyone likes to leave blog post comments, so please connect with me via your social media of choice.
As a side note, since most of my handles have been forced to be condensed to “mu_your_mind”, I do end up referring to my site as “Moo Your Mind”. And then all I can think about are cows…