September 28, 2013

Fashion Saturday: My Favorite Fall Shoes

Hello Beautiful People,

           I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday! I personally worked today and made a bad shoe choice. My feet were aching by the end of the day. Anyways, I am home now and ready to give you guys something to chew on. Today I am going to talk about some of my favorite fall shoes. I have quite a few pairs of shoes but I really wanted to just show you some of my favorites. At first, I was modelling the shoes but by the end of it all, my feet were too swollen to put any shoes on. But here they are...

Chic Combat Boots

Alot of people say that they don't feel like they can pull off combat boots, but I don't agree. I do agree that there is a fine line between juvenile and chic, but I feel like they can easily be turned into a fall staple. I would not normally wear these with no pants, but I was wearing my PJ's when I took these pictures lol. No judging. I think these would look super cute with some blue skinny jeans and maybe some woolly lumber jack socks. I would try and spread the sides out a bit to give them a 'wing' look. I look forward to putting on a cardi and a cute scarf and heading out to the pumpkin patch. I picked up these cute brown ones at Target for a mere $40 CAD. I am in Lurv!!!!

The Silver Bombshell Pumps

These my recent favorite shoes! I have seen in several magazines that this a major shoe trend right now. I think the awesome alot!!!! I picked these up at Target for about $20 CAD.
thing about them shoes is, they can be dressy or casual. They look super cute with skinny stiletto jeans but they also look good with a pencil skirt. I wear these bad boys

The Chunky High-heeled Loafer

I had been looking all over for some chunky loafers in my size but had no luck. I finally came across and they carried my size in these super cute loafers. I bought them and the rest is history. These look very 'sexy secretary' when worn with a pencil skirt and white blouse. I also love to pair these with black or even nude fishnet pantyhose. I got these beauties from for $29 CAD. (See my review on

The Foxy Studded Toe

Studded toe shoes have been on trend for a while. They are lady-like but still give a rebel Payless shoes for around $60.
edge. These ones sport a chunky platform sole and a thin heel. I would usually wear these with a pencil skirt and a simple top and scarf. I feel like these have enough sass to carry even the simplest of outfits. I would also pair these with black tights and maybe a long mid-thigh length top. I picked these up at

The Sweet Ankle Boots

These ankle boots may not have a high heel (about an inch and a half) but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to style. I would wear these with burgundy tights and a pencil skirt. I feel like a pencil skirt is a major staple piece lol. You could also pair these with a skinny jean for a more casual look. I picked these up at Walmart for around $15.

Well, That's it for my favorite fall shoes. These are just a few of my favorite shoes. If you liked this, please let me know below and I will do more like this. Also, upload pics or describe you favorite fall shoes!

Until Monday...Adios!

September 26, 2013

Tips Thursday: When good bangs go bad! How to hide botched bangs.

Good Evening Beautiful People,
            I know this post is super late and in all technicality, it isn't even Thursday anymore, but today was jam packed with so many things. I am just catching up on my Thursday night shows and then off to bed because I have to get up super early in the morning. I wanted to quickly give you a post so here I am.

So, I have a tendency to take to the scissors and razor to try and shape my own bangs. FYI...not as easy as you think. For those who have done this, they know what I mean. I usually get them shorter than I want but this time was the worst. I looked up a video and tried trimming. Let's just say, this is proof that youtube doesn't have answers for everything. Needless to say my bangs are super short and I need a way to camouflage them. So, for all you guys who have put your faith in tutorials that claim to be as simple as 1, 2, it is.

 Things You will Need

Hair Spray, Rat Tail Comb, bobby pins and small foam rollers


 Make a Fake Bang Piece

Sometimes you just need to cover it so, a good way is to get a fake bang piece. Some beauty supply stores sell them but if you have a pair of old extensions, then you can make your own.

Tips for pulling this off:
  • Take a piece of extensions and measure from one side of the bang to the other. If you need to, re-position the clips
  • Separate bangs into two sections and clip back the top section, tease bottom section and then clip piece onto bang
  • Un-clip top half of hair and brush over extensions
  • If the bangs need to be trimmed or shaped, do so while they are in the hair

Head Bands

This works because you can push and hold the bangs out of the way.

Tips for pulling this off:
  • Push head band over the bangs 
  • Pin or gel back bangs that are sticking out
  • This style works best after using foam rollers to direct the hair backwards

Pin Hair to the Side

This style has a very vintage feel and you can do this two ways, you can do a front faux suicide roll or a side roll.

Tips for pulling off the faux suicide roll:
  • Use foam rollers to direct the bangs forward
  • Make a 'U' shape by adding hair from the crown, you will need longer pieces
  • Use a large curling iron to curl forward
  • Tease the bangs and long pieces together
  • Take hair and swoop it to either side
  • When swooping, make sure they cradle or cover the short bangs
  • Secure on side
Tips for pulling off a side roll:
  • Use foam rollers to direct the bangs forward
  • Make a 'U' shape by adding hair from the crown, you will need longer pieces
  • Use a large curling iron to curl forward
  • Tease bangs and long pieces together
  • Take hair and begin to wrap it around your pointer finger and roll until you reach the scalp, pull to the side and secure with bobby pins
  • Spray the hair with hair spray to set and secure

So that's it! Hope this helps all you bang hackers :) Thanks so much for reading everyone!!!

September 24, 2013

Review Tuesday: Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily skin

Hello Makeup Lovers,

              First of all, I wanted to take a moment to say that I am sorry that I did not post my fashion post on Saturday but I just had so much going on this weekend and my special guest was feeling under the weather. But I will be posting a fashion post this weekend for sure. Anyways, onto the review for today. Today's review is for the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combo/oily skin. So let's begin, shall we?

The Product

This product promises to provide 24 hours of lightweight coverage and comes in 8 shades. It is oil-free and provides medium to full coverage. This 1.0 oz bottle of product give SPF 6 coverage and runs for about $18 CAD.

My version of the Product

I purchased the shade 110 Ivory.

What I liked about the product

I have been on the hunt for a long-wearing foundation for a long time. I am a face sweater and my foundation wears off very quickly. The first time I used this foundation, I was floored by the lasting power of this foundation. I did not use a primer and it lasted me from 10 am until 11pm that night and my foundation looked great. This was after a day of working and then an evening of dancing. This foundation is extremely long-wearing. It does not oxidize and go darker on your skin tone. It is comfortable to wear and covers almost anything. I have bad acne scars and this covered them all. I sometimes do not even need concealer.

What I didn't like about it

This foundation is awesome but there are a few pitfalls with it too. It is a very sticky product that needs to be set. I also noticed that it is a bit harder to get off the skin because it adheres so well.

How I apply it

First things first when it comes to any foundation routine, moisturize. This will help the makeup to apply flawlessly. I have tried a few application techniques but my favorite so far has been a damp egg sponge, you can pick these up at shoppers drug mart or sephora. Because of this foundations sticky nature, I always set it with a powder or setting spray.

My final word on this product is...I am in love! It a great, long-wearing and flawless foundation. I recommend it to everyone. Go buy it now!!!!

Keep you eyes peeled for a new tip/tutorial post this Thursday and a hot new fashion post on Saturday! Also, for updates, follow me on all of my social networks, which are linked on the left side. 

I want to know, have you tried the Revlon Colorstay foundation? What did you like? What did you hate? Will you re-purchase? Let me know below!

Until next time...

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored or affiliated with the companies mentioned

September 18, 2013

Tips Thursday: Happy, Healthy Nails

Happy Thursday Everyone,

                 I hope everyone if ready for the weekend because we only have two more days to go. On the agenda for Tip Thursday is happy, healthy nails. How can nails be happy? - You may ask. Well, they can be crack-less, smooth and jagged-edge free and to me, that spells 'happiness'. I have had my struggles with weak, short and brittle nails and now I am going to show you how I take care of my digits. Here are some tips to help you have strong, health AND yes, happy nails.

Tip #1- File Free Edge

I do have a few nails that seem to get jagged faster so I like to file whenever the edges aren't even. This helps me not to bite (I am reformed biter) them and cause more damage. Make sure when you are filing your natural nails, that you aren't using a nail file with a grit too coarse for your natural nail. Some people like to use a 180 grit on natural nails but this is typically used on a thicker nail such as an acrylic or toe nail. This can damage the free edge of the nail and cause it to split the layers. Ideally, use a extra fine grit such as a 280 or 320 grit. This will give a fine file that will simply smooth the edge. When filing, always file in one direction, do not use a back and forth motion. This can also cause the nail to
split. I know this can be a hard habit to break, it looks cool in the movies when the chick is being all sassy, filing her nails. I still do it by accident once in a while.

Tip#2- Buff the Nail

There are a number of reason why we develop nail ridges but it is something we have to come to terms with, because as we age, they will deepen. But you can decrease there visibility and give yourself a smooth surface, whether it be for a clean look or a smooth canvas for a polish or nail design. Whatever the case, you will want a fine buffing block, which you can pick up at your local beauty supply store. The buffing blocks will be used in the same way as a the file, sweep in one direction, no back and forth motion.

Tip #3- Moisturize Your Cuticles

Health nails start from the cuticle. Therefore, if you want health nails, you need healthy cuticles. Do you follow? Day to do routines, such as washing hands, doing dishes and every bathing/showering can dry and damage your cuticles. Use a cuticle cream or oil daily (if possible) to soften and moisturize your cuticles. My favorite cuticle cream is European Secrets Hoofers choice cuticle and nail cream. This is available at Sally Beauty. The product is a thick cream consistency and moisturizes like you wouldn't believe. After filing and buffing, I always massage this product into my cuticles. It makes a big difference.

Tip#4- Minimize (Don't remove) Cuticles

These next few tips are more so for when you get down to an actual manicure. They do sell cuticle nippers, yes, but when possible I suggest to minimize more than cut cuticles. Cutting your cuticles can cause pain, bleeding and infection. The only time you should cut cuticles is when you have a hanging piece. Never cut an intact cuticle. (Trust me, I have done it before and it kills!) Instead, invest in a cuticle minimizer and cuticle pusher. They are usually affordable and easily obtained at a beauty supply store. Apply the minimizer and wait a few moments. Gentle push back cuticles with a cuticle pusher and Voila! Small, hardly noticeable cuticles without the pain and bleeding. Score! My favorite cuticle minimizer is the Barielle Advanced Cuticle care. It also has Argan Oil for more moisture.

Tip#5- Use a Nail Strengthener

A word of caution when using nail hardeners/strengtheners, sometimes with the product, it can be too much of a good thing. Too much protein can actually damage and cause the nail to split more, so use with caution. A nail hardener will tighten the curve of the nail, making it harder to break and/or split. My favorite is O.P.I Nail Envy.

Tip#6- Use a Good Base coat

The final step before applying polish is to apply a good base coat. A good base coat should prevent nail polish from chipping and also create a strong, hard reinforcement for the nail. My favorite is Orly Bonder.This product has a rubberized texture helping the polish to stick better.

Some final words with regards to healthy nails. Make sure to clip them regularly. Like a good trim of the hair helps it to grow longer and stronger, a good nail trim will help keep the nails strong. Avoid hand creams with heavy perfume scents as they contain alcohol with can have a drying effect on your nails and cuticles. When a snag occurs, simple file the edge and re-shape. If a nail breaks, do not be quick to cut it off. Visit a local beauty supply store and purchase a nail re-enforcement. These are relatively cheap and will keep your nails looks good!

I want to know...What are some of your healthy nail tips? What kind of files do you use? Do you use a buffer? A Cuticle Minimizer? Let me know below!

That's it for Tip Thursday! Stay tuned for more tips and tricks EVERY Thursday and keep your eyes peeled for my Saturday Fashion Blog with a special guest! Thanks for all the love and support and do forget to share this one Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. All my links are just one the left- hand side! 

Disclaimer: I am in no way sponsored by any of the products or companies listed above. The opinions expressed are that of my own.

September 16, 2013

Review: Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes

Well Lovlies, I am back!!!

            The Pretty Pauper is rested and ready to take the blogging world by storm. I really enjoyed my few weeks off from the blog as it gave me an opportunity to catch up on other things in life. I had some family visiting for a weekend and then we went car shopping and I got back from a friends cottage last Thursday, so life has been good to me and I can't complain. But now I am back and I have some awesome stuff on the horizon but let's start off with a review, you know, since it's review Tuesday.

          Today, I am going to give you a review on the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes mascara.I will be honest in saying that I had this sitting in my drawer for a few months before I actually got into it. But I decided to give it another whirl and here is what I thought...

The Packaging and Product

The 'Claw' Brush
This mascara comes in a yellow tube with Goldy-orange lettering and leopard prints on the lid. When you take out the brush, it appears with a length-wise curve. The formula appears thinner than most mascaras. The smell was interesting to say the least. I don't even know how to describe the smell. This may sound weird but do you ever have someone sneeze next to you and you get a whiff of a random smell? That smell is what the mascara has. HA HA! You probably think I'm crazy but you need to smell it to understand. This product runs for about $7 CAD at Walmart.

The Promise

This product promises a black full lash with flared edges. It claims to have a collagen formula that gives up to 8x the volume in one swift stroke. It also claims that the 'claw' brush ( so that's what it's called eh?) helps to flair the corners for that cat eye look. It claims that for the best results, you need to apply from root to tip with one coat and remove with soap and water.

My First Impression

When I first tried this mascara I wondered what the rave was about. I didn't find it gave me the cat eye look at all. The formula was too thin to build and I didn't find that the 'claw' brush made a difference. Needless to say, I shoved this one away quickly.

My Second Attempt 

Months later I dug this bad boy out in hopes of my falling in love. I felt bad with it just sitting there in my draw collecting dust when I had paid money for it. I used it for a few days but I didn't notice the greatness until I applied it without any other eye makeup. I noticed that it looked like I was wearing false eye lashes although, I would not call this a one-coat wonder. I usually get by with about 3 coats. The formula was super black and i actually really liked the brush. It didn't flake and it looked great after an 8-hour shift!

So, lets sum it up with a round of Pro's and Cons...

Before Application


  • The claw brush does extend corner lashes
  • Good price   
  • Gives the false lash look
  • Super Black formula
  • Not much flaking




  • The smell is interesting
  • Need more than the one coat promised
After 3 coats

So there it is Ladies and Lads! I hope you enjoyed this Tuesday review. Keep in mind that EVERY Tuesday, I will be posting a new review, so stay up to date by liking me on Facebook @ The Pretty Pauper on Facebook . Also, stay tuned for my Tips/Tutorial Thursdays and Fashion Saturday's!

I want to know, have you tried this mascara? What did you love? What did you hate? Would you purchase again? Is there something better? Let me know below and thank you all for reading my Lovlies!!!!


Disclaimer: I am in no way sponsored by any of the products or companies listed above. The opinions expressed are that of my own. 

September 03, 2013

My date of return will be...

Hey Lovlies,

       Well, I am enjoying my 'time off' from the blog and I have been accomplishing alot. I just wanted to give you a quick update and let y'all know when you can expect a new post. But first, I want explain a new blog plan. This will be the blog schedule that i am going to try my hardest to stick to:

Tuesday - Review
Thursday- Tips or Tutorials
Saturday- Fashion Post

I am going to try and get my next post up on Tuesday, Aug. 17th. I am going to my friends cottage next week and i plan on blogging on my other blog about the excursion. If you have any interest in hearing all about it, hit up my other blog by clicking here: Shoes, Shopping and debt collectors .

That's it for now folks and see you in a few weeks.

XO Sarah