Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sephora Birthday Gift 2024 | Kosas Lip and Brow Set In Unbuttoned with Swatches


Every year, Sephora offers a selection of deluxe samples that you can get for free during your birthday month! You can select one item per year and you must be a Beauty Insider which is free to sign up.

I shared my pick this year of the Kosas Set on my Insta and wanted to share here, too. 

This year, there are four choices:
  • Kosas Lip and Brow set
  • Moroccan oil Hair set
  • Youth To The People skincare set
  • 250 points
  • Charlotte Tilbury set for VIB and up
I found it a tough choice this year. I would have chosen the Charlotte Tilbury gift but you have to be a Sephora VIB or above, which I am not. And, since I already have the Moroccan Oil hair oil and I didn't have high hopes for their shampoo and conditioner, and the fact that I already have so much skincare, I decided on the Kosas Set. I looked for swatches online of the Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned but could not find one, so I figured I'd put it "out there" for others to see.


Kosas

Lip & Brow Birthday Set


- Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss in shade Unbuttoned (Soft Warm Blush): A hybrid lip treatment and gloss packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate and visibly plump, without the sting, in a bestselling, soft, warm blush shade. 0.06 oz / 2 mL

- Air Brow Clear + Clean Lifting Treatment Eyebrow Gel with Lamination Effect: A clear brow gel boosted by hair-care actives that lifts and sets brows in place while supporting fuller, healthier-looking brows. 0.06 oz / 1.77 g

Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned and Kosas Air Brow in clear


The Kosas Lip Oil is what I was most interested in. The shade Unbuttoned is described as a Warm Blush Shade. I find it more peachy and would describe it as a warm nude shade.


The Lip Oil comes with a typical doe foot applicator in a tube typical for a lipgloss. I found it very easy to apply and the colour is quite sheer but adds a hint of colour to my pale lips. It's not sticky nor too oily, so it doesn't slip around on my lips. It adds a hint of colour plus hydration to my lips for a healthy and youthful look. The nude shade goes with any look and should suit many skin tones, although will probably look clear on more pigmented and darker lips. The lasting time is average, but even after the colour wears off, my lips still feel more hydrated than before the application.


The clear Brow Gel works well to groom my wild brows and hold them in place. It dries down but doesn't flake off. It claims to have a lamination effect which I have not noticed. In general, I prefer a tinted brow gel but clear ones are great to have on hand for no makeup days as I still like my brows to appear groomed.

Keep scrolling to see the other birthday gift offerings from Sephora for 2024.




All in all, I am happy with my choice this year of the Kosas Lip and Brow Set.

Note that offerings in the USA may be different than the ones here in Canada.

You can get the free Birthday gift on Sephora.com but you must spend a minimum of $25 to get it online. If you pick up your free gift in a Sephora store, no purchase is necessary.




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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year 2024


We want to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year! May 2024 bring you and your loved ones health, happiness, and prosperity ✨️ πŸ™

See you in 2024! πŸ₯‚ 



Saturday, December 30, 2023

Choosing the Perfect Paint Finish: A Guide to Enhance Your Home

Choosing the perfect paint finish can transform your living space, creating the ideal aesthetic and mood. This guide aims to help you navigate through the myriad of paint finishes available, from matte to glossy, so you can make an informed choice that best suits your style and the function of each room. 

Whether renovating your entire house or updating a single room, understanding the different paint finishes and their unique characteristics is the first step towards creating a home that reflects your personality and taste. 

Matte Finish

Matte finish is the most common choice for interior walls. It has a non-reflective surface that helps hide any imperfections on the wall and gives a smooth, elegant look. This makes it perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. 

The absence of shine also creates a cozy atmosphere in these spaces, making them warm and inviting. However, there may be better options for high-traffic areas as they can be difficult to clean and maintain.

Eggshell Finish

The eggshell finish is slightly more reflective than matte but has a low sheen. This makes it a great compromise between matte and satin finishes. It's durable and easy to clean, making it suitable for hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. 

The slight shine also adds depth to the color, giving a sophisticated look to your walls. A painting company in your area can help you achieve this. 

Satin Finish

The satin finish has a soft, velvety sheen that adds a touch of luxury to any room. It's more durable than matte or eggshell finishes and is easy to clean, making it ideal for high-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. The subtle sheen also reflects light, making the room appear brighter.

Semi-Gloss Finish

Semi-gloss is a highly reflective finish that adds a modern touch to any room. It has a shiny surface that can make colors appear more vibrant and glossy. This makes it perfect for highlighting architectural details or creating an accent wall. However, it's not recommended for large areas as it can be overwhelming and show imperfections more easily.

Gloss Finish

Gloss finish is the shiniest and most reflective of all paint finishes. It creates a sleek, modern look that can make any room feel bigger and brighter. This makes it great for small spaces or rooms with low natural light. However, it's not recommended for walls as it can be too overwhelming and show every little imperfection.

Choosing the Right Finish

When choosing a paint finish, consider both the aesthetic and practical aspects. The function of the room should also play a role in your decision-making process. For example, high-traffic areas like hallways and kitchens may benefit from a more durable finish like eggshell or satin. At the same time, bedrooms and living rooms may be better suited for a softer matte finish. 

It's also important to consider the lighting in each room. Natural light can make glossy finishes appear even shinier, so if you have a lot of natural light in your home, opting for a less reflective finish may be best.

How to Prepare Your Room for Painting

Preparation, Tools, and Cleaning

Proper preparation is crucial to achieving a professional-looking paint job. First, clear the room or cover your furniture and floors with drop cloths to protect them from paint splatters. Remove all fixtures, outlet covers, and switch plates. 

Then, clean the walls using a mild detergent solution and let them dry completely. Any holes or cracks should be filled with a suitable filler, sanded smooth, and cleaned of dust.

The right tools make a significant difference in the quality of your paint job. For most interior painting projects, you'll need a paint roller for the large, flat areas and a set of brushes for detail work and cutting around the edges. 

A paint tray is essential for holding your paint, and a roller extension pole will make reaching tall walls or ceilings much easier.

After painting, cleaning up properly will ensure your tools are ready for future projects. Brushes and rollers should be cleaned immediately after use. If you use water-based paint, warm water, and a little soap will suffice. 

You'll need to use a paint thinner for cleaning for oil-based paints. Always rinse your tools thoroughly and let them dry before storing them. Dispose of any leftover paint according to your local regulations.

Remember, taking the time to prepare properly and using the right tools will make your painting project more efficient and provide you with a finish you can be proud of.

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect paint finish for your home is all about finding a balance between aesthetics and practicality. Consider the function of each room, lighting, and your style when making your decision.

And remember to prepare properly and use the right tools for a professional-looking finish. With this guide, you'll be well on your way to creating a beautiful and inviting living space that reflects your unique personality.




a collab with Groovy Hues

Friday, December 29, 2023

The Best Product For Dry, Damaged, Brittle Hair | Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength Fortifying Conditioner


I'm a hair product junkie! Having such difficult hair my entire life has led me down the road of trying out endless hair products, always looking for the next best thing.

Over the last couple of years, my hair has become even worse. It is now very fragile and brittle. With some grey hairs coming in and the texture seemed to change after getting covid in 2022 (not to mention extreme hair loss).

I recently stumbled upon Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength fortifying conditioner for weak, breakage prone hair, so I just had to try it. This products key ingredient is castor oil, which is known to make hair healthier and even aid in hair growth. 

I decided to start out with just the conditioner as I still have about 5000 bottles of shampoo to finish and I figured the conditioner would be a better gage of its efficacy.

 
Product Claims:
  • MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER FOR CURLY HAIR: Helps target weak hair, restoring intense moisture and strengthening hair so each strand is stronger from root to tip; Can act as a hair detangler so there’s less breakage and curls can keep its length
  • FOR WEAK, BREAKAGE-PRONE HAIR: Our paraben free deep conditioner for dry damaged hair, blended with Castor Oil, Black Cumin Seed & Ginger to support the strength of curls as they grow; Delivers 15x stronger hair & 94% less breakage in one use
  • COILY, CURLY, WAVY HAIR PRODUCTS: Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength created for natural hair and 4C, 4B, 4A, 3C, 3B, 3A, 2C, 2B curl types; Complete the routine: Curly Hair Shampoo, Leave in Cream & Hair Oil to improve manageability and frizz control

After the first use, my rough, frizzy and brittle hair felt like a completely different head of hair after blow drying it. My hair became smooth and soft, I couldn't stop touching it! My hair was much more hydrated and didn't feel as fragile and brittle. I did find that I couldn't go as long without washing it after the first use. I went 2 days without washing vs. 3. After my hair got used to the product, I am back to shampooing every 3 days now.

This product really lives up to its claims. It's my favorite hair product now and I'm definitely going to add the shampoo to my routine and I'm hoping my results will be even better. 

You can use the conditioner as a mask or regular conditioner.  I honestly could get rid of all my other conditioners and just use this one and feel my hair will be far healthier in the long run.

At only $11.99, you just can't go wrong! Purchased on Amazon.



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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Perfect Blend: Combining Privacy and Transparency with Glass Walls

Have you ever been in a room with glass walls while still feeling comfortable and secure? It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between transparency and privacy, especially when designing a workspace. Glass walls are becoming increasingly popular for offices, considering their benefit of natural lighting as well as their modern look.

In addition to these practical advantages, businesses have started using glass walls for another purpose: achieving both security and openness in one space. Combining privacy and transparency is possible with the right design choices — let's explore how you can have your version of this 'perfect blend.'

Getting the Best of Both Worlds with Glass Walls

To achieve both privacy and transparency through glass walls, one option is the use of smart glasses. Smart glass technology allows the transparency of the glass to be controlled by a switch, depending on the need of the moment. It can transform from being transparent to opaque, thus offering privacy when required while maintaining a sense of openness.

Privacy in the Workplace

While open-concept offices have become more popular, there is still a need for private spaces. Meetings, discussions, and phone calls are some examples of situations that require privacy. With smart glass technology, these spaces can be created within an open workspace without compromising on natural lighting or aesthetics.

Moreover, adjustable transparency offers employees the freedom to choose between privacy or openness while working. This autonomy can increase productivity and motivation, as employees can create a workspace that best suits their needs.

Transparency for Trust

Transparency is crucial for building trust in the workplace. It promotes open communication and collaboration among team members. With glass walls, there is a sense of transparency between different departments or teams, promoting visibility and accountability.

Furthermore, transparent workspaces offer a sense of equality, as everyone is able to see each other's work and progress. This can foster a positive working environment and encourage teamwork.

Enhancing Natural Lighting

Glass walls in office spaces allow natural light to permeate the room, reducing the need for constant artificial lighting. This creates a more comfortable working environment and contributes to energy efficiency. Natural light has been associated with improved mood, reducing the risk of eye strain, and promoting overall well-being among employees.

Building an Aesthetic Environment

Transparent glass walls contribute to creating a visually appealing and contemporary workspace. They add a sense of sophistication and modernity to the office design, making it aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, the ability to see through walls can make spaces seem larger and more open, eliminating the feeling of being boxed in.

Versatility and Customization

Glass walls enable a high degree of customization. The addition of decals, logos, or frosting can add a unique touch to the office space, reflecting the company's brand and culture. Thus, glass walls not only serve the functional needs of privacy and transparency but also offer creative possibilities to make workspaces more personalized and engaging.

How to Implement Glass Walls into Your Interior

Integrating glass walls into your interiors demands thoughtful planning and design to maximize their benefits of privacy, transparency, natural lighting, aesthetics, and customization. Here are some suggestions on how to effectively implement them in your workspace.

Consider the Layout

Start by assessing the layout of your office space. Identify areas that would benefit from increased natural light or visibility. Similarly, note down spaces where privacy might be essential. This will help you determine where to position the glass walls most effectively.

Choose the Right Type of Glass

Not all glass is created equal. For areas requiring more privacy, consider using frosted or tinted glass. For meeting rooms or collaborative spaces where transparency is valued, opt for clear glass. Using the right type of glass according to the needs of the space can enhance functionality while preserving aesthetics.

Use Smart Glass Technology

Smart glass is a great option for spaces that require both privacy and transparency at different times. It allows you to switch between transparent and opaque with the touch of a button, providing flexibility and convenience.

Incorporate Branding

Customize your glass walls with your company's branding. This can be done through decals, logos, or frosting. It adds a personal touch to your workspace and can reinforce the identity and culture of your company.

Work with Professionals

Consider hiring professionals for the installation of your glass walls. They have the experience and knowledge to ensure that the walls are installed correctly and safely, ensuring maximum benefits from your investment. A reliable glass installation company can also offer advice on the best type of glass and design for your specific needs.

In Conclusion

Glass walls offer a perfect blend of privacy and transparency, making them an ideal choice for modern workspaces. They not only enhance natural lighting and aesthetics but also promote trust, collaboration, and versatility in the workplace. With the right planning and design choices, you can incorporate glass walls into your interiors to create a functional, visually appealing, and personalized workspace for employees.




a collab with Gatsby Glass

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas 2023


I want to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas πŸŽ… πŸŽ„  

However you spend it, I hope you find time to have some fun, enjoy some good food, spend time with the ones you love, or just take the time to relax and maybe reflect on this past year. 

I know I'm already thinking, just a little, about a few changes I want to make in the new year like cutting out sugar again. 

As for me, I can't wait to relax and watch some movies and TV shows after all of the hustle and bustle of the season is over. 

Whatever you do, make sure to take some time for yourself with a little self-care.  I know I'll be treating myself to some much needed face masking, which I've been neglecting for so long now. I hope you can also carve out some time to do something for yourself. 


MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!


Friday, December 22, 2023

Extend the Lifespan of Your Window Blinds with Proper Upkeep

As the days get shorter and temperatures get cooler, many of us look forward to the coziness and warmth created within our own homes. Window treatments like blinds play an important role in regulating sunlight, providing privacy, and affecting a room's overall aesthetic and mood. However, over time, blinds can become worn down and lose their functionality if not properly cared for.

With just a bit of regular maintenance, window blinds can last for years—continuing to serve both practical purposes and bringing style to your living space. In this post, we'll share some simple tips for extending the lifespan of your blinds so they can accompany you through many more seasons to come.

Window Blinds Step-by-Step Maintenance Guide

Maintaining your window blinds is as easy as incorporating a few steps into your regular cleaning routine. By setting aside just a little bit of time each week, you can keep your blinds in top-notch condition and prevent any unnecessary wear and tear. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you do just that:

Step 1: Regular Dusting

Dust is the biggest enemy of window blinds. Over time, dust can accumulate and make the blinds look dingy and can even damage the finish. A simple dusting once a week can prevent this. Use a microfiber cloth or a vacuum with a brush attachment to gently remove dust. Start at the top and work your way down, dusting both sides of the blinds.

Step 2: Spot Cleaning

Occasionally, blinds will have stubborn stains or grime that dusting can't remove. For these, you'll need to do some spot cleaning. Prepare a mild soapy solution, dampen a cloth with it, and gently clean the affected area. Always dry the blinds afterward to prevent water spots and damage.

Step 3: Deep Cleaning

Once or twice a year, your blinds could benefit from a deep cleaning. This can involve removing them and soaking them in a bathtub with some mild detergent, then gently scrubbing them with a soft brush. Remember to rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before rehanging them.

Step 4: Regular Check-ups

Regularly check the cords and mechanisms of your blinds. These parts can often wear out before the blind slats themselves, so keeping an eye on them can help you spot issues before they become major problems. If you notice any issues, get them repaired promptly to prevent further damage.

Step 5: Avoid Overexposure to Sunlight

While blinds are meant to manage the flow of sunlight into your room, prolonged exposure to harsh sunlight can cause discoloration, warping, or even cracking in some materials. Use sunshades during peak sunlight hours, or rotate the blinds you use to prevent the same set from getting overexposed.

Step 6: Proper Handling

Many issues with blinds arise from improper handling. Always use the cords when opening and closing blinds rather than pulling on the slats themselves. Twisting the rod to open and close the blind slats instead of pulling them apart will prevent damage.

Step 7: Ventilation

Humidity can be detrimental to certain types of blinds, especially wooden ones. Always ventilate your rooms well, particularly after cooking or showering, to prevent moisture from settling on your blinds.

Tip: Use Professional Services

If your blinds are severely damaged or very high-end, it might be best to rely on professional cleaning services. They have the right tools and expertise to handle delicate materials and complex mechanisms, ensuring your blinds are well-maintained without further damage. Contact a window treatment company today to learn more about maintaining your blinds and to schedule a professional cleaning service if needed.

FAQ

How do I know if my window blinds are due for a replacement?

If your blinds are showing signs of significant wear and tear, such as broken or missing slats, damaged cords or mechanisms, or discoloration and warping, it may be time for a replacement. You can also consider replacing them if you simply want to update the look of your room.

Can I clean my blinds while they are still hung on the window?

It is possible to clean your blinds while they are still hung, but it may not be as effective as removing them and cleaning them thoroughly. Additionally, some blinds may be too delicate or complex to clean while hanging effectively.

How often should I deep clean my window blinds?

It is recommended to clean your window blinds deep at least once a year, though you can do it more frequently if your blinds are exposed to significant dust, dirt, or grime.

Conclusion

Window blinds can add functionality and style to any room. With proper upkeep and maintenance, they can last for years while continuing to serve their purpose. By following these simple steps, you can extend the lifespan of your window blinds and enjoy them for many seasons to come. Remember also to contact professionals for assistance if needed, and never hesitate to replace your blinds if they are significantly damaged.



a collab with Bumble Bee Blinds
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