Magpie in the Mirror

Sep 20

My September No-Buy / Low-Buy Check In

NEW POST: My September No-Buy / Low-Buy Check In with bonus anime gif/reference #moemoneymoeproblems


Willpower is a funny thing. People can use sheer willpower to convince themselves to achieve amazing physical feats like running a marathon, lifting a car to save a child, climbing a mountain. Or they can use willpower in smaller ways, like writing 500 words a day, learning a new language or paying off debt. But when it comes to focusing on the little things, willpower may not always be enough.

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Sep 19

The Covet Clique, September 19

Since I’m on a pretty strict September No-Buy/Low-Buy, I’ve spent more time looking wistfully at products than purchasing them. To battle my constant stream of wants, I’ve decided to collect them all into a weekly/bimonthly/whatever ‘wish list’ of sorts to be evil and give you all some great products to add to your wish list. You’re welcome.

Clinique - Black Honey Beauty Collection - $29

Black Honey is one of Clinique’s most recognizable and popular shades, so it’s no surprise that this fall they’re featuring a collection of the most popular products in the Black Honey shade. The thing is, Sephora had a very similar collection last year with almost every single item. The only new addition is the quickliner instead of mascara, but I think that everybody has a few Clinique mascaras in their makeup drawer, so it’s for the best. The gloss and lipstick resemble a sort of blackened raisin hue, the nail polish is a red wine/oxblood colour, and the quickliner is a great, softer alternative to a jet black liner.
The damage? Only $29 at Sephora.

Zoya Ignite Collection

Don’t just settle for boring, leather inspired creme shades this fall, let your fingers do some dazzlin’! The Zoya Ignite collection is a six piece set with a variety of metal metallics with some bite. With a copper, gold, eggplant, grey, dark red and indigo, you’ve got all the expected fall colours but with some extra shimmer and shine. My favourite of the bunch is Yuna, a grey with copper and gold shimmer in it.You can see Temptalia’s swatches here.
The damage? $50 for the full set at Nail Polish Canada or $9.75 each.

MAC Cosmetics Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

Do you see me shiver with anticipation? That’s because it’s only a few weeks until MAC Cosmetics releases their Rocky Horror Picture collection to celebrate 40 years of sex, drag queens, aliens and chainsaws. AKA. 40 years of the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

I don’t even know what I’m most excited about with this collection. Some of the products will join the permanent collection, so I’m leaning towards the limited edition ‘Bad Fairy’ nail polish, ‘It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time’ burgundy pigment and the ‘Frank-n-Furter’ lipstick which is a matte raspberry, but I can’t decide! Click here to visit Temptalia for a great list of which products are permanent and limited edition!
Damage? All depends on what you’re buying. The collection goes on sale on September 29 online and October 2 in stores.

Women in Clothes Essay Collection

Ok, so this isn’t a beauty product BUT it’s an anthology made up of writing from over 600 women about clothes and what they mean. Curated by Sheila Heti who wrote 2010’s How Should a Person Be?, this anthology promises to be a thought-provoking and insightful read on the clothes that we wear, and how we view ourselves and other through a lens of fashion and outerwear. It’s on my fall reading list and you should add it to yours.
Damage? $22 at Chapters.

That’s it for this week! What are you looking forward to this month? Holiday palettes are out soon!

Sep 18

My frugal life hacks

How I do Money: My frugal life hacks EXPLAINED! #whysoserious

I, as well as many others, have a love-hate relationship with’frugal life hacks’ and the word frugal in general. The internet is littered with Pinterest galleries dedicated to ‘Turn your CD spindle into a bagel tote!’, ‘100 surprise uses for muffin tins’ and ‘How to make your garbage work for you!’ but what does this all mean? Everybody has different spending habits and consumption habitsand…

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Sep 17

Nails of the day: @DeborahLippmann’s Groove is in the Heart with a glitter-French tip of @sallyhansen Gem Crush.

Nails of the day: @DeborahLippmann’s Groove is in the Heart with a glitter-French tip of @sallyhansen Gem Crush.

My Favourite Beauty Steals: Under $10

When I tell people that I have a beauty blog, the responses range from ‘Oh, that’s amazing!’ to ‘That must be expensive.’ I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere in my early-twenties, after the Sephora-revolution in Toronto, makeup collecting became ultra-serious.

As much as I love my Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, and my Urban Decay lipstick, not all beauty is costly. To prove it, I’ve made a list of a few of my favourite beauty steals. Keep in mind that everybody’s skin and style is different, so it may not work for you, but for less than $10? You can’t go wrong.

1. Eyeliner: Hard Candy Walk the Line Eyeliner in Asphalt

I didn’t start using liquid eyeliner until I was in my twenties. Until then all I knew was that eye pencils were the devil and I loathed having to use them. I had ONE kohl liner that I stuck to like glue, that is, until I met this product. The Walk the Line brush is REALLY LONG, it took me awhile to get used to it but now I prefer it. It goes on smooth and can easily be used to make a delicate cat eye or a thicker line. The only caveat is that the other colours aren’t nearly as pigmented. I’ve tried the black with glitter and the purple and it’s only asphalt that really makes it pop.
Cost?You can get this for $6-8 at Walmart.

2. Mascara: Maybelline - Volum’ Express The Colossal

While I’m currently a slave to the nice collection of high-end mascaras in my arsenal, I definitely spent a lot of time with this mascara. It’s quite the value for a drug-store brand, providing a lot of coverage and great length, but allowing for a more natural look if you dab the applicator a bit. It comes in waterproof or non-waterproof for your own personal tastes and comes in black/brown, etc. I highly recommend this as a quality backup mascara if you’re traveling and don’t want to bring the pricey stuff with you.
Cost? This baby is only $6 on Amazon

3. BB Cream: Rimmel London BB Cream Matte

Back in the day, we didn’t bother with BB/CC/DD cream, we just used moisturizer or tinted moisturizer and called it a day. But times, they are a’changing. I’ve had poor luck with BB creams in the past, but after doing a bit of extensive research I found this one that provides great coverage, mattifies my oily skin, and evens my skintone. Compared to some other BB creams, it is quite thick, but I find that the lighter BB creams actually extend my oiliness, so this matte formula is much preferable for my skin. It’s almost like a foundation, but not quite, so it’s great for those more natural day looks.
Cost? This will cost you about $10 on Amazon.

4. Eye Pigment: Annabelle Eye Dust/ Mineral Pigment Dust

When I was in high school, my boyfriend at the time lived with his makeup-artist-aspiring sister and if it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I ever would’ve found my way to this product. Pigment is a funny thing, it’s intimidating to some, but it’s actually really easy to work with. Annabelle’s eye pigments are multi-faceted and each pigment come in two tones. ‘Golden Pink’ is exactly that, pink with a gold shimmer, and Solar is gold with orange/peach tones. A little goes a long way with this product, as I’ve had them for almost a decade and I still have at least 50% of my dust. I recommend using a base, as with any pigment, to make sure an optimal amount stays on your lids. But yeah, great payoff, great colours and Canadian!
Cost? You can find this online or at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $9.

5. Blush: Essence Cream Blush - Beauty on Tour

Oh, Essence! If you’ve been to a drug store lately, you’ve probably walked by a colourful end-cap full of Essence products, ignoring them in favour of Rimmel, NYC, Cover Girl or Revlon. But I’m going to encourage you to walk back to the Essence rack and take a look at what they’re offering! From mini nail polishes, to bronzers, eyeliners and eye pigments, Essence has a lot to sell and all of it for under $10. My favourite Essence steam is a pink-coral cream blush from the Ready for Boarding collection. It gives the colour payoff of a pricey brand but for less than $5. They come out with a new collection every month so do yourself a favour and take a peek at their next launch.
Cost? This blush was $3 and you can find it at Shoppers Drug Mart.

So there you have it. Five of my favourite beauty steals for under $10. What are some of yours?

Sep 14

Hanging out with Dan Stevens at #TheGuest for the closing #MidnightMadness #TIFF14

Hanging out with Dan Stevens at #TheGuest for the closing #MidnightMadness #TIFF14

Sep 13

Director Jemaine Clement reads to us the amazing rider for When We Live in Shadows (and @colingeddes wears red pants!) #TIFF14 #tiffbingo

Director Jemaine Clement reads to us the amazing rider for When We Live in Shadows (and @colingeddes wears red pants!) #TIFF14 #tiffbingo

Sep 12


Sep 11

Day 8: My #TIFF14 results thus far. 8 films down,  7 to go! (Saturday is four in one daaaay!) #imissmybed

Day 8: My #TIFF14 results thus far. 8 films down, 7 to go! (Saturday is four in one daaaay!) #imissmybed

Sep 09

I’ve been so busy with #TIFF14 that I forgot to share my #GoshGoddess haul from @chickadvisor!

I’ve been so busy with #TIFF14 that I forgot to share my #GoshGoddess haul from @chickadvisor!