Brush Cleaning

I tend to avoid sites that explain how to clean make-up brushes. Not because they’re inaccurate but because I can’t bear the shame: I’m more of a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do type when it comes to cleaning habits. And honestly, when I braved a Google Search to put together this post, the information I found wasn’t much more…

Review: Australis Eyeshadow Primer

I was nearing the end of my Urban Decay Primer Potion, but before I could go back to Sephora, Sara took me to Regina’s own Blush Beauty Bar. Blush carries a number of brands, among them being Australis, an Australian-owned cosmetic company. Their eyeshadow primer was selling for the same price as UD’s Primer Potion…

A Fascinating History of Nail Polish

Title and images from Mental Floss. Infographic text by Elizabeth Segran, Illustrations by Julia Rothman. I have a pretty healthy stash of nail polish. Okay, so maybe teetering on unhealthy. I like it a lot, and who can blame me? So many pretty colours. I figured a post on beauty history would be a refreshing break…

Review: imPress Gel Press-On Nails

I went looking for a quick and inexpensive way to spruce up my nail situation for a family get-together on Sunday. My nails aren’t in terrible shape, but they’re short, a little brittle (thanks, winter), and in need of some TLC that I simply couldn’t provide during the month of March. Prior to catching my…

What’s In My Travel Bag?

Greetings, all! This blog post is coming to you from my childhood room in the GTA. I’m on the road for a few days, visiting friends and family, eating way more than my fair share of delicious food, and enjoying the brisque, beautiful spring weather! Traveling is nothing new for me. I won’t claim to…

Confessions of a Nail Polish Addict

For those of you that know me–even if you don’t know me but have seen me around–you probably know or have noticed that I love nail polish. A couple of months before my MBA class trip to China, we had a mandatory trip meeting. We were asked to sit with a classmate we didn’t know…

Indie Brands + Local Loving

Sarah will tell you that if I have even the tiniest opportunity, I’ll pick local shops or indie brands over a chain when it comes to any occasion or shopping experience. Restaurants, coffee, and beauty are my biggest go-tos for localizing my purchases. When it comes to beauty brands, I love to tout the little guy…

Do I Need…? Supplements

I’ve been hearing a lot about beauty supplements. Sephora sent me several promotional e-mails and has a pop up for their site advertising them. Seems like a perfect timing. Supplements, in general, have been a big question mark for me, actually, since I stopped eating meat a couple weeks ago. I knew I would need…

Old Trend, New Tricks: The Cut Crease

I saw a blog post declaring the cut crease to be a new make-up trend, and boy, did my eyes roll. New? Nuh uh. The cut crease is getting close to the big 6-0, seeing if not its conception but certainly its heyday in the swinging sixties. A cut crease is a technique where a…

Pragmatic Pregnancy + Keeping it Frugal

Pregnancy and pragmatism sound like mutually exclusive concepts, am I right? Hormones, all the fun things that come with that, sigh. I’ve managed to go through my own pregnancy (6 months so far) with a pretty small list of things I’ve purchased outside of clothing, and have been very picky and selective about how to…

Review: “Natural” Nail Polish + Indie Beauty Product Love

About a year ago, I purchased a stockpile (I’m not exaggerating, a stockpile…minimum orders for wholesale were 100 bottles) of natural, vegan, water-based, odorless, fast-dry, peel-off nail polishes from a company called Little Ondine out of the UK. PS, if you’re looking to try a few of these out yourself, use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC”…

Hello, Hydration!

Keeping my skin hydrated is a priority, particularly in winter. Saskatchewan winters are a dry kind of cold, the kind of cold that leaves skin chapped, dry, and prone to cracking. While dressing warmly helps, I also keep an ample supply of lotions around to keep my skin healthy, happy, and hydrated until spring. Here…