Empties No. 7


There is nothing more satisfying than squeezing the last drop out of a tube or bottle then stashing away the garbage to share with you months later. That’s what I live for! Yes, when you put that all together it sounds weird, but I truly think that using a product in it’s entirety is the best review you can give it; it was good enough to finish until the last drop. That’s why I love reading empties by other bloggers and why I love sharing some of my empties with you.


Top 5 – November


It certainly seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve done this. Another month has whizzed past us quicker than I care for. But I’ve missed a few Top 5s over the past few months and I have quite a few favourites to catch you up on. So buckle up and bare with me for a sec here while I sort out my thoughts.

Now, as I’ve already packed up the majority of my belongings, and I’m moving in two days, I really only have the essentials left to photograph and talk about for you at the end of this month. But that’s okay since the essentials are always the most used and therefore easily the top products used in a month. If you’ve followed my musings and writings for quite some time now, you’ll remember the days of minimal makeup and early mornings back when I was travelling and working in the food industry. Well, guess what? After 9 months of dabbling in a different field I’m back in the food service game and back to those days of minimal makeup and early mornings. It has it’s pros and cons.

My first favourite over the past few months has been the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector , which I’m shocked I haven’t talked about more. I’ve been absolutely in love with this product. It really is a miracle worker for those dark under eyes. Keeping it simple, I’ve been making use of the Maybelline Brow Drama to define and tame my brows on a daily bases. Next, the hair. Although nothing beats my Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifying Cream, I’ve been using and enjoying the Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion for softer waves for my work days and early mornings. With the changing weather my skin has had trouble with some pretty harsh dryness so the Lush Breath of Fresh Air has been great to prepare my skin for the harsh cold and wind. And finally, with a mix of dry skin and tattoo healing I’ve been attached to my Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotionseriously, it’s been a lifesaver.

What have you been loving lately?


Tattoo Aftercare


Four weeks ago I got a tattoo. Something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember, but never quite worked up the courage to do before now. Something always seemed to make me change my mind in the past, but when I thought about it again this year, as my 24th Birthday was approaching, I realized the only thing that was holding me back was the fear of pain. Not a good enough excuse I said! So for my 24th Birthday I got myself a tattoo.

Now, tattoos are very personal things. Whether or not there is a big meaning or message behind your tattoo doesn’t matter to me. It’s for you and you alone really, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone else. So I’m not going to dive into a long tale or winded story of why I got my tattoo and what it means to me. I’ll just have you know that it means the world to me. I will also tell you that it’s an exact sketch of 1907 drawing of a grasshopper by the great Pablo Picasso; “La Sauterelle.”

The important part about tattoos is the healing process. Everyone has a different way of caring for and healing their tattoos and really, it’s different for everyone. The best bet is to follow the advice of your artist. They do it for a living, so really they’re the experts. I went ahead and started out with my artist’s advice. Since the tattoo is on my foot, it was best to cover it with a sock for at least a week. Wearing open shoes, or dirty, previously worn shoes without a sock would/could cause bacteria growth and infection. Sounds about right to me. She also said to keep it dry. Absolutely NO creams within the first week. I followed her instructions and all went well until about day 10. This is when the healing reached the stage of itchiness. It was so unbearable that I couldn’t sleep for two days so I reached out to all my tattooed friends to ask for advice. From then on I went sock-less and lathered up the lotions. I just used the original Aveeno Daily Moistuizing Lotion since that’s all I had and I was away on vacation. But I would suggest either a Vitamin E cream or even Polysporin.

All in all my tattoo probably took a full 4 weeks to heel, which was longer than I thought. The unbearable itchiness was 100% worse than the pain of getting it done, so if I can find a way to combat the itchiness then I’ll definitely be willing to do it again!

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should have done? How do you care for your new tattoos?