Quick Tip: How to remove tough makeup stains 


Here’s a quick tip to remove tough waterproof makeup stains.

In order to save my flimsy arms from scrubbing my porous sink,I decided to try using a couple drops of makeup remover to my disinfectant wipe.  To my surprise, it worked perfectly!

If you try this tip, let me know!  

Much love,

SS

Live shows and fun things

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I found some footage from my Canada Day (July 1, 2016) pre-show, so I wanted to share how I get ready for a live podcast and filming day.

I chose to change up my look with a custom wig from XtraWaves.  It is 22 inches long and I absolutely love it.  I have over processed my natural hair with bleaching and colouring so I endure a lot of frizziness and dryness, but I still want the option to change up my look without having my hair fall out lol.  Wigs it is!!

I love being on podcasts and live-streaming, but a gal needs work to get camera ready.  Enjoy my quick video and check in for more of my fashion fun.

Cheers!

SS

Getting Show Ready With Me video

Urban Decay: Alice Through The Looking Glass palette – “Alice” look

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I’ve been having some more fun with the Alice Through The Looking Glass palette by Urban Decay.  This time I decided to create my idea of the character “Alice”.  The first row in the palette that suggests Alice as the name of the row.  I used “Milk” and “Electric Blue” by NYX as shadow bases.

Using the second colour called “Reflection” I applied it all over the lids of my eyes and put “Dormouse” in the crease, then I applied the lightest shimmer colour in the row, “Looking Glass” under my brows.  I added the bright blue “Metamorphosis” to the outer corners of my eyes.

Lining my upper eyelids with gel eyeliner “Blacktrack” by MAC, I left a space outlining the blue eyeshadow with the liner.

I added “Ice Queen” limited edition lashes by House of Lashes and for an added touch I applied the letter “A” in the black gel liner, to my cheek.  For the lips, I used “Gubby” in the Vice lipstick sample palette.

I will be doing more looks so make sure you add me on Periscope TV/StilettoSuprmom to watch me live with my upcoming looks and shenanigans.

Here’s my edited version:

“Alice” look with Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass palette

Much love my peeps,

SS

Review: Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette – Mad Hatter look

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What a crazy and productive week, I held a birthday party and in the process of getting the shopping done for the upcoming Back to School.

I’ve managed to find a few things that will help with the boys’ lunches and backpacks and I even have some fabulous snack recipes I’ll be sharing with you in the weeks to come.

During all my running around, I got inspired to practice some great costume ideas for Halloween and Comic Con (I can’t wait to attend this coming October in New York).

But first.. let’s discuss this eyeshadow palette…

I purchased the palette for my makeup collection for the main reason that it had all the vibrant colours I could turn into both costume and wearable makeup looks.  The packaging is GORGEOUS and is reminiscent of when I was a kid playing with plastic lipstick and powdered eye makeup, ahh those were the days.  The palette shipped and arrived in 3 days which was pretty impressive, but Urban Decay Cosmetics  sent me samples of all 24 of their new Vice lipsticks, which I haven’t opened yet.

My first look is my favourite character in the story, the Mad Hatter character.

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First, I primed my lids with NYX Jumbo eye pencil in the colour, Milk, then I started with the orange colour, Paradox, in the crease and also placed it on my lower lash line.  I placed my favourite colour and name in the palette, Cake, which is a vibrant pink.  I placed Cake in the inner and outer corners of my eyes, leaving a space for the green colour, Hatter, at the centre of my eyes.  I staggered both Cake and Hatter lightly on my lower lash line.

I used a Lorac blush colour in Flaunt, which is also a bright pink and I loaded it onto my cheeks and added the Tartiest lipstick in Hangry (this is a product I regret buying ).  For a special touch I added the lipgloss Candy Yum Yum to the centre of my lips.

Urban Decay still provides pigmented colours in their shadows and I know I will get a lot of great use out of this eyeshadow palette.

So far, I haven’t seen this palette anywhere but on the Urban Decay website .

I can’t wait to do more looks so make sure you follow my Twitter and Periscope for the next time I’ll be live streaming my makeup and shenanigans.

Click below to watch how I got this look:

Late night music n makeup with Stiletto – Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette by Urban Decay

Final Mad Hatter look with Stiletto

Much love

SS

 

What a Week!

It’s Sunday and the week is officially over and I couldn’t be happier.  I had an unusually productive week that lead to a relaxing weekend.  I’ve been making my Christmas lists and planning out the colour scheme of this years Christmas.  Being in the new house makes this year extra special and makes me more excited about all the holiday activities I have planned for the kids.

I’ve been editing and uploading new videos to my YouTube channel more regularly and I’m enjoying the routine.   I’ve been working on some projects with my sons and we’ve all been having such a great time.  My kids never cease to amaze me with their fabulous ideas, they inspire me every day!

I hope everyone has a fabulous day, much love to you all! 😉

SS

Here are my most recent uploads:

Mixed Blind Bag Toy Review
#WhatIsLifeVlogs S1V3: It’s raining…Let’s buy stuff!
#WhatTheFace : 30-minutes-or-less Look

A 3-Beauty-Product Review

Since the kids have been back in school I’ve been running around keeping up with their schedules as well as my own. My deadlines are coming up quick and as I was rushing around to get to appointments; I realized that I ran out of some key makeup products: eyebrow pencil and mascara.

I headed to Walmart to pick up some items and picked up a few items to try out.

I haven’t purchased drugstore products in a few years so I was very interested to see how far along their formulas had come. I found some false lashes during my search so I decided to try them all exclusively for the upcoming weeks.

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Currently using this 3-product combo on a daily basis

Brow Artist Designer by L’Oreal
At first I found the pencil to be really stiff, however I warmed up the product with my fingertips and it glided on nicely. It isn’t a very pigmented product but that also helps for those who are a little heavily handed with brow pencil applications. The attached spool brush is so handy especially for travel purposes.
*Tip: Use short strokes with a light hand alternating the spool brush to distribute brow product evenly

The Super Sizer by CoverGirl What drew me to this particular mascara was the brush. It is a thin rubber brush with short bristles which makes getting into the root base of my lashes effortless. The formula is like a gel consistency and it surprised me with it’s staying power. It survived my 12 hour day without flaking nor running.
*Tip: The formula takes a little longer to dry so wait 5-10 seconds after application to ensure the formula is fully dried.

Demi-Wispies by Ardell
I chose to try these out after they caught my eye with how pretty the curl is in each false lash. In comparison with my pairs of lashes from the Premium Luxe Collection by House of Lashes, these lashes have a much thinner band and are easier to apply. The design of the lash flares out in length and width as it approaches the outer corner of the eyes making the eyes look more flirty. This is a great affordable and versatile lash that you can easily transform any look from day to night.

Click here for the video review:  #WhatTheFace : A Quick 3 products Review

If you try any of the above listed products, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of them.  🙂

Much love to you all!

SS

Schedules, interviews, streaming… Oh my!

The last few days have been filled with all kinds of action with the kids’ schedule and with my own.  My projects are all coming into fruition and I am loving every minute.

Due to the recent arrival of Meerkat into my life I’ve been enjoying the interactions and the pace of the social app.  I have to admit it has steered me far from my usual online social networking apps for a bit, but I’m fine tuning my schedule constantly.  I’ve met so many amazing people over the last few weeks that I can’t help but be completely addicted.

I did an experimental #20ToppingPizzaChallenge which I concocted with the help of my viewers.  They chose the ingredients and I put it together and ate it!  I live streamed the entire process and ate it in front of my audience as well as recorded it on my radio show.

IMG_1620 IMG_1621 IMG_1623It tasted exactly like it looks and it reminded me of the floor of a wild house party from my partying days.  I managed to eat a rather large piece and yes my stomach totally hurt after.  There are a ton of screenshots and Vines of the whole thing, my facial expressions were hilarious.

My next mission is to complete another Meerkat Marathon where I stay up for at least 26 hours to beat my previous record of 25 hours of live streaming.  I will not sleep throughout the whole 26 hours so I’m hoping I will be joined by my frequent viewers to help keep me awake.  I’m already exhausted just thinking of it, however I love to entertain and hanging out with some great personalities online.  Much like my MeerkatPizza above, the people who watch me are a mixtape of flavours, from sweet to awkwardly uncomfortable.  We are all watching each other and although it is a voyeur’s dream, I believe Meerkat and other live streaming apps have changed the online game completely and I am loving the changes!

This Saturday weather has been fabulous and I have the windows and curtains open, which translates to perfect nap time ambiance. 😀

I wish you all an amazing weekend ! ❤

SS

 

Return of the false eyelashes

I have been wearing false lashes on and off since I was 15 years old and I’m happy to see that they are back in my life with even more varieties and styles to choose from.  I now feel “naked” without them.  Since my friends have asked me many questions on how I apply them, I decided to make a video tutorial on how I apply false lashes.  I hope you all enjoy it and if you know anyone in need for it please pass it along.

Take care everyone and have an awesome day! 🙂

SS

Time to get in…DEEP: How I deep clean my makeup brushes.

What annoys me the most about being a makeup enthusiast is cleaning my brushes.  I know I’m not the only one as I’ve heard my friends and my makeup artist complain about the same thing.  There are brush cleaning gloves, solvents, cleaning sponges and good ol’ soap and water.  I’ve spent many afternoons washing and conditioning my brushes and I knew there had to be another way.  Here is my method:

  • You will need:  a glass jar; paper towels; rubbing alcohol and a clean flat surface
  • Wash the jar thoroughly, I chose an apple sauce jar as the tapered neck helps with the deep clean process and peel off label for a better visual of the brushes during deep cleaning
  • Prepare your cleaning surface and have paper towels close by and ready to use

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  • Fill bottom of jar with about ½ – 1 inch of rubbing alcohol
  • insert brushes, one at a time, into jar and submerge the brush hairs into the rubbing alcohol avoiding the brush ferrule *Note: Never submerge the ferrule (metal part) of your brushes in alcohol nor water as this can loosen the manufacturer’s glue that holds the brush hairs together.  The results would be increased shedding or the brush hairs falling out completely.
  • Dip the brush into the alcohol, repeatedly, releasing as much makeup product out of your brush
  • Drain the excess alcohol by pushing the brush against the jar’s sides or, in my case, I pushed my brushes against the tapered neck of the jar. Use your fingers to squeeze any leftover alcohol out of the brush hairs
  • Fold a piece of paper towel and press the brush into it, this will help remove even more product

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  • Repeat steps with each brush
  • You don’t need to replace the dirty alcohol as the makeup products settle to the bottom of the jar
  • Use paper towels to dry your brushes and determine how clean each brush is

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  • At this point you’ll have a couple options:
    1.  You can refill the jar with more alcohol and repeat the steps with each brush until you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your brushes
    2. You can wash off any excess residue with warm water and the soap or shampoo of your choice
  • Allow your brushes to air dry on some paper towels either flat or on a slight angle with the hairs pointing down to make sure no liquids settle into the ferrules

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I use both synthetic and real hair makeup brushes and the results were equally awesome.  If you are worried about the alcohol being too drying on your real hair brushes after the alcohol clean, rinse them with warm water and a hair conditioner of your choice.  I personally never had to do this, but it can help preserve your real hair makeup brushes.

I hope this helps my fellow makeup enthusiasts!  If you try this method, I’d love to hear what your results were, leave a comment here or on my other social media platforms.  I’d love to hear from you!

Take care everyone and have a happy day!

SS

New shows, products and outlook for the future

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After revamping our radio show (Talk Loud Radio) I’ve been keeping myself busy and loving every minute of it!  It takes a lot of background work to make things come together, so it’s nice to see the product of my hard work.  It’s true, what they say, when it’s something you love it’s the best kind of work.

Halloween weekend has come and gone but there are still remnants of candy wrappers and Halloween movies playing all day.  I threw a Halloween party for my kids and my nephews (as this is our favourite time of year) calling it The Carnage and they loved it.  We played Metallica all night which scared some of our trick or treaters lol.  My MardiGras Madness costume and the faces of classic Halloween slasher movie characters surrounding my table, there were last minute preparations that I needed to do for the table decorations to the food to getting the candy.

IMG_6005I was given this mask from my mother a few years ago and they were part of my decorations in my dressing room.  Being so busy trying to get my kids costumes together meant that I had to make due with what I had.  The best part was that I live by a fabulously huge thrift store which always has the best costumes and accessories even at last minute.  I purchased 6 strands of mardi gras beaded necklaces for less than $5 in total, the feathered boa and a nice maxi dress which had all the bright colours I was looking for.  I dusted on some black eyeshadow around my eyes to make the mask look a little more spooky.  My total cost for my costume was under $20…and the dress, well I love it and will probably use it around the house and next summer.

IMG_5975I saw the above idea online and I knew I had to recreate it.  I purchased the table cloth for $5 at the thrift store and bought a few tubes of fake blood, dripping and spreading it around to give the effect of a slashed victim.  Finding old men’s pants and shirts was perfect for creating my carcass.  I wanted as many finger foods as possible to make my Carnage theme come to life.  I got the tins from Dollarama (1 pack of 3 for $1) and filled them with chicken wings (chopped bones), large Costco sized hot dogs (intestines) a couple of racks of pork ribs (human ribs), white rice (maggots) and a bowl of caesar salad (regurgitated greens, not shown).  I set the oven at 450 degrees and let the meat cook covered in foil and in my homemade sauces.  During the last 5-10 mins of cooking time, I set my oven to broil and charred the meat.  The results were just awesome!

IMG_5995I had Jason from Friday the 13th, a serial killer, an escaped Asylum patient, Mike Myers from Halloween, Magenta from Rocky Horror Picture Show,  a pirate and Steve from the game Minecraft, complete with their weapons, at my table ready for my Carnage feast.  Thanks to Dollarama, I didn’t have to wash any plates or utensils as we went plastic! lol  My feast and all the activities had the kids hyper but they were finally all asleep by 11pm.

Since my nephews and a few of my son’s friends slept over, I carried my theme on for breakfast.

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IMG_6025Costco was my best friend for all the food I offered.

For lunch we had leftover chicken wings and ribs which helped fill the kids bellies and I believe it helped prevent a lot of stomach aches from all the candy the kids were sneaking.

With Halloween being finished, I found myself needing some “me” time.  I booked an appointment at the MAC store in the shopping mall to get a makeover.  For those that aren’t aware, if you purchase at least $50 worth of product from MAC your makeover is complimentary.  My makeup artist had over 5 years experience and it was nice to talk “shop” with her about the different products I loved and used.  I asked her for a dramatic purple evening look with false lashes that would also be photo friendly.  She delivered the look fantastically!  I plan to hire her again for upcoming projects too.  Here’s what she came up with:

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I purchased the lashes (#36), the eyeshadow palette she used and the lipgloss which were, luckily, part of the newly released Keepsake Collection they had launched towards the end of October.  The several purple shades really made my eyes look stunning and I was more than impressed.  The packaging of this collection is so gorgeous.  It has that old world feel with a pendant piece on the top of the packaging it also doubles up as a decoration for my makeup table.

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I went out for a sushi dinner with one of my best friends and we had a great time catching up, then we jetted home so I could do an evening radio show with Princess Stepford.

This was my favourite weekend of the year, full of fun and laughter and ending with some “me” time.  It’s now Sunday afternoon and it’s a lazy one.  The house is cleaned and recovered from the Carnage feast, laundry is in the washer and the kids are getting their school backpacks together.  I will most likely be trying different looks with my new makeup and just relax.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you all.

Much love to you!

SS

 

 

 

 

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