Career in Question

This is a post about me feeling lost and scared about work and career path that I am on now, but despite these thoughts, I feel compelled to continue. Every year I assess my situation, whether in work, relationships and in general just where I am at. These are all pretty obvious things but this is what I am doing and considering at the moment with work and my life the moment. I wanted to share the struggles and what makes me feel motivated, by the way, is still a constant struggle, but that is for another time.

 

  1. Keep going.

 

To realize if I enjoy the work and still have something to learn is to keep going.

 

I am still fairly new in my field (social services) because I was in a different industry (finance and retail service) in the past. I have been in this full-time job for just a year, so I still need more time and experience to figure what I want.

 

Hopefully, as I continue to work in my field I will eventually realize I do enjoy the work and that I do find it rewarding and to keep going until I find something different.

2. Be realistic

 

I do feel lost at times and my thoughts would creep into other fields wondering what it would be like and they would range all the way from all sorts of areas such as engineering, accounting, medicine, pharmacy etc. When this happens, it is not beneficial to ruminate and to ponder what it will be like to work in those fields, because I will get stuck in spirals and spin out of control.

 

Instead, be realistic.

 

Let’s say if I was considering to become a doctor at this time, it will take me 10 or more years of schooling to become a doctor. I would also have to calculate the time and the money that will cost me to become a doctor. I am being realistic and if I think I am not ready to put all that work, then no matter what I think of the profession, I don’t think that is the right path for me.

 

  1. Try different jobs

 

If I am feeling stuck or feeling unsure, I will apply for a different job and become a casual or a part-time worker to see how I will do or like in those jobs.

 

I know I am the type that cannot be stuck in one type of job because I will feel bored and I need to be in a different element to feel motivated.

I try to seek for different kinds of work such as what I am doing now such as writing, sharing my experiences, reviewing makeup and so on. This gives me a break from my day job and I feel I will not get burnt out from my current job.

 

When I look back, this is what I always did by having a variety of jobs working in different sectors. All in all, they would all be in customer service, but I remember working as a cashier or a sales associate at different places and it worked out well for me. Maybe because of that experience, I got used to working in multiple jobs and I liked the fact that I got to have a variety of experiences and to meet different kinds of people.

 

I live in Vancouver and now it seems like working two or more jobs is somewhat normal to make ends meet to live in this city. And I am not talking about people who have good stable jobs and having a side hustle to make extra income. I am talking about people who have a stable job but having to work at another part-time job after their day job to make ends meet.

 

  1. Volunteer

 

If you are curious about what it’s like working in another industry, try volunteering. It will have less pressure than having an actual job and it will still give you good insights what will it be like working with the people who are working in that sector.

 

I also volunteer about once a month and that works for me with my current work schedule. I was interested in working in the justice system so I volunteer to do car patrols for my local RCMP community and so far it has been well.

 

  1. Education

 

I am also looking to do further education and I actually feel lost in this path as well. There are so many schools, so many programs, and all their distinctive requirements is making my head hurt. The time and the money that will cost is no easy feat as well. I am currently trying to get information from various programs and what I can do with them afterward such as career paths etc.

 

I don’t have much else to say other than to keep going and something eventually will turn up. It will be more productive rather than being stuck and not doing anything and trying to ponder for the perfect job or that one career path.

 

It will not show up if we don’t do anything. Everything will be stuck and nothing will turn up.

 

So this is what I am working on now when I am questioning my future career path.

 

Does anybody feel this way and if so what helped you past the feeling of stuckness in your career? Please leave a comment down below and I would like to read what helped you.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Until then

Minimalist Min(ie)

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5 Tips for Clubbing for Married 30+

So Yup. I went clubbing… And not just attending a DJ event or a concert but clubbing as in going to a regular club, and lining up outside with other clubgoers while they were smoking and drinking.

So it started out as one of my married friends said “let’s do a girls night out!” and so another married friend joined and we decided on… Well, what else? Clubbing, of course!

At the end, the night was memorable but not in the best sense. We all went through the party scene when we were 20 something but as married 30+ it was a different story.

There were a lot of recurring memories and events that emerged from the past but we were simply not ready for what was bound to happen. We were stunned like a deer before it got stuck. (ugh… I don’t like that example… I get sad when I see road kills)

Anyways even though you may be younger or older than 30+ hopefully this can be a guide to all of you guys before heading out for the night. Hopefully, it can save you money (I am all for that), time and stress.

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Me and my friend clubbing (gasp!!)

 

  1. How to Avoid Line-Ups

 

a) Plan your destination

This may sound basic for some of you folks, but we had no plan! We just decided on a  club while driving and heading out to downtown. The first couple of clubs we picked (got the information on the internet ><) were closed down or not a night we wanted to attend, so we asked around and received recommendations and so we went.

If we had picked a club to go to, in the beginning, we could have contacted the club earlier in the week to get on the guest list and save time on lining up and maybe perhaps the cover fee.

b) Use your or friends’ connections

We didn’t want to resort to this but especially in the colder months, we would try to see if we have any connections with the promoters or know who knows one so we can get in the club with little to no lineups.

c) Or be a keener and head to the club early to avoid long lineups!

If the club opens at 8pm, get there around 8pm to avoid line ups! You will still listen to some great music, get drinks, dance a bit and maybe call it a night!

 

  1. How to save money on drinks

a) Pre-drink

This is kind of an obvious thing, but yes pre-drink or pre-game before you head to the club. Obviously, do not get so drunk that you stumble everywhere and puke before you head in (we kinda broke that rule ourselves but one of our friends was lightweight in drinking!). I remember back in my 20’s, we used to pre-drink at friends’ homes or even in cars! I remember I used to carry a bottle of drink in the back of the trunk in case someone wanted a drink.

Now, we might still pre-drink at friend’s home or drink at a bar or restaurants, but do remember! Drinks at bars and restaurants might be as expensive as in clubs so do calculate your costs as you go.

b) Research for drinks’ specials for that night

Check out what the drinks’ specials are when searching for the club(that is if you already picked a place!) so when you are ordering at the bar you know what to order. Also, ask for the price before you order! When I went to the club that night, I didn’t ask for the price and the drink turned out to be 20 dollars a shot! I think I got ripped but the drinks were already poured and I did not want to make a scene and get kicked out so I coughed up the dough. It woke me right after that.

C) Just don’t drink!

Save money and your health by not drinking and just getting thumpin with the music!! If you absolutely need drinks, read the options above but just don’t seduce and tempt guys to get a drink. You are independant woman and who knows what’s inside the drinks? Get drinks for you and your friends and they can get the next round and so on.

 

  1. Comfort is everything

When I was in my 20s comfort was the last thing on my mind. I just had to look hot or sexy and that was it. Oh and also cheap. I remember I would wear a short dress with no jacket in winter because I wanted to save money on coat check.

I would wear heels like no other and would rather bring band-aids with me to cover up my wounds because I would rather have sexy legs than worry about the pain and blisters that would incur later.

Now, comfort is everything! I am not at that stage where I would forego style over comfort but it’s getting close. I would rather wear comfortable, somewhat stylish shoes rather than sexy heels. I know my feet, and legs and let’s face it, my whole body would thank me as soon I walk into the club.

Showing off my B&B (accidentally) and B&B stands for Boobs and Butt and vice versa is not what I want to show off due to tripping over because of some gnarly shoes.

Wear something you would feel comfortable in for your whole body, from head to toe and they will all thank you.

 

  1. Avoid unnecessary conflicts

Back in the days, if someone bumps or elbows into you (on purpose) and you just want to smash them into pieces and you actually do it?

Well, think twice before you do that especially at this age. I am guessing you might have a job and maybe a family and some sort of a reputation (if you are in a gang, this might not apply to you or maybe it does) you would not want to risk all of that just from that one night, one person.

People are drunk and it is crowded with people, so give them the benefit of the doubt. If you are near people who are too rowdy, just walk away. Sometimes, it is just not worth it.

That night, I had this girl dancing near us flailing her hair and she was getting closer to us and we “gently” nudged her away but she came in full force shaking her hair like no other and so we just walked away and giving her the space to bang her hair.

 

  1. Plan, plan, plan

I feel like this is a recurring theme for this whole post. It’s not the funnest thing one can imagine when going out for the night and to plan for events that seem so far away and yet to happen.

However, it will be a good night at the end.

Plan what will happen afterward. If you want to eat afterward, scope out what’s good to eat around the club and check it out. I was hungry afterward, so I went to the nearest pizza store and later having to find out one of my favorite pizza was store was just a block down. Now, you may say what is the big deal? Well, the one I favored had better flavours and was a bit cheaper. I don’t know about you but I like tasty food and to save money. The gnawing annoyance is something I would only feel.

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My friend and I grabbing mediocre pizzas (meh)

So there it is. My short guide to having a fun night out on the town for married 30+.

 

Basically, plan the crap out.

 

Do you have any tips on going out for the night? If so, please share and comment down below!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Until then

 

 

Minimalist Minnie

 

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Power of Red Lips

Whenever I thought about red color in makeup I automatically thought of as old or rather mature color. It could be when my first encounter with makeup was my mom’s red lipstick and when I put it on and looked in the mirror, I thought I looked terrible but in a way oh so mature!

 

I eventually broke off with red color during my high school years and even in my 20s because I thought it felt too old on my complexion.

 

It’s so different when highschoolers nowadays, especially in Korea, where they were the blood red colored tint to school and that’s a trend. I think in my days which was in the 90’s,  the “it” color was the dark, brownish color that made our lips look sort of dead or we had just smeared mud pie onto our lips or something. Oh, the 90’s.

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I change my makeup looks every week to spice up and to use the rest of my makeup products that I don’t use all the time. I also carry a makeup pouch and change the contents, which are mostly lip products, every month. Does anybody else do that?

 

Last week, I left my makeup pouch from my weekend job, so I didn’t have my makeup pouch on me. I was carrying Peripera tint in orange and it is quite pigmented so I sported flushed color lips throughout the month.

 

I could have used my other lip products that needed some love, but I tried to wear basic chapstick with no other color and see how I looked. I am pretty big on lips so I wanted to see how I looked and felt with my natural colored lips.

 

Oh boy. I thought I could be confident at this age, let alone relying on a lip product, but oh my goodness… I felt like I looked so dead without some color on my lips.

 

Here are what I used in the month of September for red lips: 

 

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Picture of my almost everyday natural lip color

 

Peripera Tint in Orange

 

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From far away, the lip color looks more blended. This makeup is what I wore when I went to an outdoor music concert a few weeks ago. 

Quick Review:

Okay, this is technically not red, but it is still a bright color, so I will include this lip product in this post. This is what I used every day and the formula was quite liquidity. The formula was wet and it took some time to dry it out but afterward, the color was also really pigmented. After it dried up, the color stayed intact for a few hours even though I’ve consumed water and food during those times. This was a sample size that I’ve gotten from past beauty subscriptions box so the bottle was quite small. I saw the regular sized bottle online and reading other reviews, and from my personal experience,  you have to be really careful with these bottles. If you tip them, which I did, the liquid formula spilled everywhere and tinted the surface and to make it worse, it was extremely hard to take it off, so be careful!!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam

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Quick Review:

I only used this lip color for my night outs which I went clubbing last night with two of my married friends. There will be a post about that because it was quite a night and not in the best sense. Anyways, this is a gorgeous red color that suits my skin color which has the warm yellowish undertone. It’s wet but dries matte and the color is pigmented that it also stayed intact the whole night and that is after consuming a bowl of ramen, a pint of beer, appies and a couple of shots. It freaken stayed on the whole night and I just needed to put lip balm to smooth my dried lips but sheesh, the color stayed put!

 

Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red

 

Quick Review:

I’ve heard good reviews about this lip product so when I visited Korea last year, I purchased it. It is a stick form, but the formula is liquidity. Also on the packaging, it states that it cannot be put back when twisting to get the product out. Because of this, I try to be careful when twisting the product to get it out and I normally dab it onto my lips. The color is quite gorgeous, and it again suits my skin tone quite well. One thing though, it says it is a “tint” but the color was not as pigmented as the Periperi one. Although, I must add, when I put Peripera tint in orange and added this tint on top of it, it was like a match made in heaven. It worked quite well and gave a vibrant orangey/reddish top that brightened up my looks.

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With both Peripera Tint in Orange and Aritaum Water Sliding Tint No.14 Carribbean Red and after eating and drinking, the pigment still stayed put. 

What is your must-have red lip color? Please leave a comment down below! 

 

Until next time,

Minimalist Minnie

Back to School Summer Sale T shirts transition to Fall Looks

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So I know we are still in mid-August, (it is September now -.-) and I don’t want to dampen the moods, but we all got to admit. We are all feeling the hot, sticky, air slowly turning into slightly cooler air at least where I live which is Vancouver, Canada which is located on the west coast of North America.  I swear, I can “smell” the fall air, the back-to-school air.

 

I still remember when it was back to school time, especially if you are transitioning into a new school year such as elementary student becoming a middle schooler or a middle schooler becoming a high schooler, and so on.

 

When it was back to school, we will always go shopping to purchase new school supplies, whether we had them from previous years, it didn’t matter. I was specifically excited about getting new clothes for back to school especially figuring out what to wear on the first day! That was when you wear your best-est clothing, to exude and to show off your worthiness (?) and coolness factor to others. The first impression always counts, especially if you are entering into a new school grade system.

 

From my recent haul from Forever21 Canada online [not sponsored], I realized all the items I got were T shirts that were on sale. I am trying to be mindful of what I purchase nowadays so I thought why not do a fashion haul post and back to school post altogether incorporating with what I already have in my closet?

I also visited the Vancouver Mural Festival to check out the art and it was amazing! I did not attend on an actual day which was June 24th, but about a week after. It was great because it wasn’t busy and I did not have to bump into crowds, and I had the time to take pictures leisurely without having to line up.

 

Here is how I transition my summer sale T shirts into Fall looks.

1. World Tour 1991 Graphic Tee $8 CAD (everything is in CAD)

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First of all, this T shirt is wayyyy too short for me so I will wear a tank top underneath so my midriff is not bare. I will pair this t shirt with any pair of jeans and sneakers and I will be good to go!

For those of you who want to wear this shirt solo, it will look good with high rise jeans to offset the midriff t shirt. If not, go wiiiild!

Style Point: Handkerchief instead of a regular scarf for those of you who want to have extra oomph.

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  1. Camo Print Tee $12

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F21 Description: A knit tee featuring an allover camo print, short sleeves, and a crew neck. 

I always like a good camo print but I try to be mindful of not going overboard. For example, I don’t want to be mistaken to be in an actual army because I did not go through hard training that soldiers go through.
I want to have a casual with a bit of tough look to my style. This is a no brainer where I will wear any colored  jeans with this look but it will especially go well with anything black. Black jeans, black jacket, black moto jacket,  black anything.
Style Point: T shirt tucked in front of jeans

This is not anything new, but I’ve recently noticed people tucking their T shirts into their jeans for a more polished look.  It makes them look slimmer and look neater when tucked.

If you tuck them half side, it sort of looks fashiony (?) as well.

  1. Turn Up The Music Graphic Tee $8.45

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F21 Description: A knit tee with a crew neck, short sleeves, and a “Turn Up The Music Turn Down The Drama” graphic on the front.


I like T shirts that have catchphrases on them especially when I agree with what it says. I am still loving my music loud (at certain times) so this message does pertain to me.


Style point: I have been seeing sock heeled boots that are gaining popularity and apparently it will be one of the “it” boots! Especially the red color.


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I feel like 80’s punk style is coming in strong for upcoming seasons. I will personally not wear them because of my feet issues, and cannot really wear heels for a long period of time.
I will probably go with my all time favorite beat up clunky boots ❤

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  1. Peachy Face Graphic Tee $11.45

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F21 Description: A cotton tee featuring a “Peachy” and a happy face with heart eyes graphic on front, distressed design, short cuff sleeves, and a round neckline.


I like distressed t-shirts to a point. When they are distressed, I think to myself, what look am I trying to portray here? Is it because it’s trendy? Is this really hipster? Is this too shabby? Do I want mosquitos coming through the holes and suck my blood?

I think this t-shirt has just enough distressed look without going overboard.

Style Point: I hear men’s’ style inspired blazer is going to be huge for Fall season, especially the plaid design. 

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Photo by Mariya Georgieva on Unsplash

Okay, this picture clearly look trendy and modern but I just liked this picture 😉

The plaid style of blazer which you will probably see a lot of them in Fall fashion blogs or magazines and they might look like it would be worn by old men wearing their blazers that are from their hay days and smoking cigars and playing their favorite games which is kind of awesome in its own way 😉
I don’t have many places to wear those kinds of plaid blazers, so I will probably stick to my leather jackets or flannel shirts! Fall is the perfect weather to wear this outerwear because of the mild weather.  Well, at least it is like that in Vancouver, Canada.

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What are your summer transition pieces to fall fashion? Please comment down below!

 

Thanks for reading!

Minimalist Minnie

 

 

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My first experience using tampon as a 30 something years

I participated in this obstacle course called Tough Mudder. However, I will write more about it in my next post with what to bring and what to wear etc. (which I did so please check it out here) I did not want this post to be too long because I wanted to share a different type of #myfirsts.

 

Here is my first experience with using a tampon.

 

Now, I am almost in my mid 30’s and I have never used a TAMPON in my life!! I was always scared since I was young and I heard stories from everyone that it would get stuck down there, or it would make my vijayjay loose down there etc. By listening to various of reasons growing up, I was never gravitated or interested to use tampons! I was used to my granny pads (hey some pads can be cool!) and I was okay with that. 

 

There was one time I should have used a tampon because I was out on the beach, and I was wearing a pad, and I did not think I was going to go in the water but I did…and when I did, my pad got soaked and it made me feel like I just pooped and I felt I was walking with hanging poop in my underwear. Apparently, I also had light red streaks coming down my legs (sorrrrry TMI) but yeah…. I was not traumatized but I felt uncomfortable and a bit(?) mortified,  so because of that experience, I now know that I have to wear tampons if I think I might come close to going in or possibly falling into the water.

 

I know Tough Mudder will involve MUD (hence ‘Mudder’) so I thought it would be a good idea to wear a tampon and yes, I had to wear it, because I had my period at that time.

 

I am not going into full description, because by now, probably most of you have used tampons wayy before me.

When I first used it, I was afraid it was going to get stuck down there and my younger sister told me it should be tight as in, it should not be loose and fall out. Check.

I got the plastic applicator out graciously (?). Check.

And that’s it!  

And I learned there was a difference between plastic and paper application and apparently plastic applicator is bad for the environment but it is easier to take it off because it is nice and slippery and the other one is not? I can now nod knowingly if people talk about plastic and paper tampons because before then, I had no idea!

 

Anyways, I just wanted to add my two cents and say that if 30 something tampon virgin passed the wearing tampon test (?) and I did not get any disease or faint or get traumatized from it, I think most of you guys are good to go! If not, I am sorrrry to hear that :((((((

 

For the leakage, I was out for 8 hours or so including getting up to Whistler and during the course, and afterwards when I checked, it did leak onto my underwear (light so it didn’t soak through to my pants) but it wasn’t too bad. My body was mostly covered in mud so there were no red streaks going down my legs so that was a bonus! And I would have replaced it before 8 hours for next time. Taking it out is a different story, but I was glad and that I would definitely wear it again if I have my period and I have to go under waters.

I will still stick to my pad over tampons, thank you very much.

 

Overall: I recommend! I will not post the tampon brand as I was not paid to advertise.

 

Anyways, what was your first experience using a tampon? Please share 😉

 

Thanks for reading!

Minimalist Minnie

 

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My First Experience with Tough Mudder

I recently participated in an obstacle course called ‘Tough Mudder’. It was something I would have never had the guts to do it. One day after my workout class, I was talking to a fitness mate and when she mentioned about Tough Mudder and I happened to peruse Tough Mudder website that weekend, it got me excited and then we both got excited with each other’s energy and enthusiasm, and then we decided to join and then we decided to bring our family into it and our fitness instructor and basically, nobody had the gall to stop the process and there we went, to a faraway place, where we can never return (seems so dramatic).

Anyways I am writing about my experience after partaking Tough Mudder so that means I am still alive! (Haha) For some people, it may be a piece of cake, but for me, it was a definite challenge. Especially, at that time, I was sick with cold, too.

Here are my #myfirsts!

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When I perused the Tough Mudder website, it stated it was going to be around 10-12 mile obstacle course with lots of mud involved (hence ‘mudder’). According to the website, it stated “… mud run events designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough”.

That sounds tough, huh, designed by the Special Forces! For more information, check out the Tough Mudder website and Youtube videos!

However, I do have to note that I did the Tough Mudder Half which is half the distance and the obstacles which were 5 mile with 13 obstacle course. When I purchased the ticket, I wasn’t even sure what the difference was but I thought Half would be easier for newbies like us (we all were), so I went with that.

I was half excited, nervous and amused at the decision that I made but at the end, I am glad, I made the decision to challenge myself and to try new things I have never tried before so I will pet myself in the shoulder.

  1. Deals

First, I had to purchase the ticket, so when I went to the Tough Mudder website, the date was only 1.5 months away from the actual event which was held on June 17. At that time, the price ranged from $140-180 (everything is in CAD as I live in Canada ;))! When I checked on the website few weeks before the event, the price went up to 200 bucks but then when it closer to the date, it went down to 130? The price seemed to fluctuate a lot and I noticed lots of discount ads were following me around as I surfed around websites.

I finally purchased the tickets on Groupon, because luckily, it happened to be there. I bought the tickets around 70 bucks!! It was a great deal, so I told the rest of the teammates to get them and we all did. I highly recommend looking through your local Groupon site before purchasing tickets!

2. Teammates

Now, you can go solo or pick your own teammates or find teammates once you get to the event. I picked my own teammates and it was a bit tricky because you have to create your team from this other site. It was confusing at first but the Tough Mudder customer service was quite prompt with their replies, so we figured it out. Also, on the website, it said to be sure to create a team name and a team 2 weeks before the event so we all can start at the same time. However, we didn’t and it wasn’t a big deal because once we got to the event, they all just gave us the same time to start.

3. Training

Tough Mudder has a how to train guide on their website according to their full, half version or the types of obstacles so be sure to check them out! My sister and I followed the 3 months training, although we started 1.5 months before, so we rushed the workouts to fit our schedule. Mind you, I was still sick with a cold.

4. What to eat during training

I didn’t follow any specific diet as I did purchase the ticket 1.5 months prior to the event. I just ate how I usually did. Trying to eat healthily, but still indulging on sweets and sugar. On the day of, my sister and I had grains and cereal and a fruit

5. What to bring (foodwise)

I brought a bunch of granola bars but I didn’t end up eating them. I felt nauseated while driving to the event because I had this strong cough suppressant drink from Korea. I did have some fruit which my fellow teammate brought.

 

During the event, there was a stand where they handed out waters, and bananas so don’t think of bringing anything while you run, unless you want to carry a huge backpack and don’t mind everything being dipped in mud! We read somewhere to bring lots of water and so we brought like 8 liters of water, but we only ended up drinking 2 liters of it.

 

After the event, we were all hungry but instead of eating our granola bars, we went to a restaurant and ate ( I couldn’t even taste the food because of my cold ><, and the server was so rude!)

 

With the ticket, you get a beer at the end, but you get a can of beer and the one we got had apple flavour, and it was super cold because we were drenched with sweat, mud, and water, we didn’t even finish the beer.

 

6. What to wear/ What to bring (clothing wise)

It really depends on the weather and where you would be doing the course. If you were running on a desert in hot summer days such as July and August, you would be wearing something different to mine. For us, it was in June, and the event was held in Whistler, a ski resort during winter times. When we weren’t drenched in mud and water, the weather would have been perfect. Cloudy with few beams of sunlight peeking through the clouds guiding us through the rocky, muddy dirt roads. I wore a long sleeve (don’t even know what material was), and a t shirt (100% cotton) and workout pants with mesh on the side.

At the end of the course, I had a mosquito bite on my leg, due to the mesh, a cut on my palm, and I thought I was going to get hypothermia because my lips and my body was shivering to bits.

At the end, I would recommend wearing a love sleeve dry fit shirt that cools and heats your body (apparently there is a shirt like that!), workout pants, and a pair of runners that you can throw away at the end. The clothes can be easily washed (we washed in the water after few hours when we got home and it washed nicely). The only thing we left was our beloved runners. They were old but still had enough traction to carry my body throughout the course. I should have taken a picture to say adieu, but I forgot. Thank you to my runners!

I would also recommend bringing a pair of goggles (for water dipping) and a pair of gloves for climbing etc.

You can also consider wearing a costume or themed wear with your teammates, but for costume wearers, do be mindful of them possibly chafing against your body and being uncomfortable during the course. Other than that, you would look super cute!! 🙂

Also, bring a towel and a change of clothes than you can change into afterward! There is running makeshift public shower to clean yourself, but it was super cold, and I was already freezing, so I just patted myself dry with the towel and it was fine. We even brought garbage bags in case for the car, but we didn’t even need them.

 

7. What to wear (make up wise)

For those of you who need a face mask (aka me), listen up! You don’t need much unless you are going there to meet someone and to hook up, specifically! Other than that, you need a waterproof and smudge-proof makeup and a whole lot of don’t care how I look mantra! At the end, your face will be covered in dirt, and sweat and a whole lot of whoooo I did it smile on your face. I had my eyebrows (Clio Tatto eyebrows) which were supposed to tint your eyebrows, but it actually doesn’t and I only like the eyebrow mascara part, and eyeliner (Bobbi Brown in Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (in Expresso) which I actually like, and they all generally stayed on. After the course, I walked around in this face in the mall, and people were looking at me raising their eyebrows, but I was so proud of my face and myself in general.

At the end of the course, you can probably tell, but we were all so proud of ourselves, of what we had accomplished. If I wasn’t planning to become pregnant, I would have pre-paid for next year’s Tough Mudder Full! There was a period of time where we could have gotten cheaper tickets if we booked ahead, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be, I did not get them. I was really interested in even thinking of becoming a Special Agent but you have to train when you are like 16 years old. Haha.

Anyways, this was my first experience with Tough Mudder and hope you can partake in this awesome, yet brutal course where you can seriously challenge your body and your mind and to make some great memories with your friends and your loved ones!

Overall: Highly recommend! 🙂

Also, I found a great article online and I would highly recommend on checking this post before your partake in Tough Mudder. Enjoy!

What tough challenges have you participated recently? #myfirsts

Thanks for reading!

 

Minimalist Minnie 

 

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Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner VS. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Hello, everyone!

Wow! Haven’t been blogging for a loong time! I work 7 days a week, so I have been quite busy, and I was sick for a month. Well I still am stuck with mucus and I cannot smell or taste anything but at least I can write, so here I am!

I have also started a Youtube channel with a friend, Alina,  and the channel is called That was Clothes so please subscribe and support! 🙂

I mentioned I work on weekends and I work day shifts which mean I start from 8 am to 4 pm. Working at 8 am on a Saturday and Sunday is tough and I would have to wake up around 6:45 am ish to get ready and to put makeup etc. I sometimes carpool, so it would be even earlier. Ughh…BUT bills gotta get paid, and I like the job, so it is fine for now. .

Around a month ago, I realized I can just put my makeup at work and that I can have that extra 15 minutes of sleep and, believe me, 15 minutes of snooze is WORTH IT!

One day, I brought my makeup stash to put on at work and realized, I forgot to bring my Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in black which I always use on my eyes. I was devastated because I need my eyeliner and for all, you girls who NEED eyeliner (most of the time ;)) will get me!! Anyways, I pondered, and I decided I will get another gel eyeliner and I thought, what is a famous gel eyeliner? And it hit me! Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner! I have heard rave reviews, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it out.

Here are the pros and cons of each product and the summary down below!

Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner

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Description

Get the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. With an easy brush applicator, the eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely, then quickly dries down to a long-wearing, water-resistant finish.

Ingredients

01 | Black: Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ceresin, Caprylyl Methicone, Talc, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Silica Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Butylparaben, BHT, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

Product Info

Colors: 01 Black, 02 Brown, 03 Pearl Brown, 04 Khaki Black, 05 Pearl Black, 06 Choco Brown, 07 Deep Burgundy

Size:4g

Pros/Cons:

 

  • Packaging: It is not bad. It comes with a free brush which I use everyday and it works out. The only thing is to be careful when transporting this item. If put with different makeup in a makeup bag, the wand might break off, or become loose, as it can be fragile in that way. I would recommend putting in a place where it can be held, so it will not move around.

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  • Color: It comes in 7 colors in total, so that is pretty sweet! When I purchased the eyeliner, it only came in 2 colors!! Black and pearl brown. I would definitely NOT recommend buying pearl brown unless you want to use it more under liner shading purpose. I haven’t tried any other colors, so if anyone out there who did, share the joy by commenting down below!
  • Texture: It glides smoothly on my skin when drawn on my eyelids. Mine dried up a bit, but still not too bad. I noticed one of the ingredient list included was grapeseed oil, so I am planning to put some of the oil into the pot so and hopefully, that will revitalize its life. .
  • Scent: None
  • Performance: The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for the most times, it does stay well during hard, sweaty workouts. I say ‘most’ because sometimes I find that the eyeliner runs (smudges a bit) at the end. It is not consistent, but it does do the job for the most part. Also, I mentioned, it does dry up (especially during winter) but if I push the brush harder into the pot (without putting oil or anything), it works out.
  • Availability: Fairly easy access as it is available online from various beauty online stores.
  • Price: Drugstore price is quite affordable. It is approx. 10 CAD.

 

Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner

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Minimalist Minnie: Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Description

A pigment-rich gel eyeliner with 12-hour wear, it offers the precision of a liquid liner without the fuss.

What it does:

This award-winning, long-wearing eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula—all with 12 hours of waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant wear. It glides easily onto lids, and then dries to a flexible finish that will not flake or fade.

Suggested Usage:

-Dip the tip of the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (not included with the eyeliner)  into the gel formula (coat both sides of brush head).

-Wipe off excess on tissue before applying to eye. Work quickly as product becomes transfer-resistant once dry.

-To remove, use Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover (sold separately).

From Sephora website

Ingredients

isododecane – cyclopentasiloxane – polyethylene – trimethylsiloxysilicate – disteardimonium hectorite – propylene carbonate – lecithin – phenyl trimethicone – hydrogenated polyisobutene – methicone – barium sulfate – bht – phenoxyethanol [ /- iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499) – mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – carmine (ci 75470) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

 

Product Info:

Colors: Black Ink – jet black, Espresso Ink – black brown, Chocolate Shimmer Ink – dark red brown, Denim Ink – navy blue, Indigo Ink – bright blue

Size: 0.1oz, 3g

Pros/Cons:

  • Packaging: It is a standard pot. Nothing fancy. One thing to note, this product does not come with an eyeliner, so you would have to purchase a separate one. The original Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush was $35 CAD (MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE PRODUCT??!!) I could not cough up the money,so I got a Sephora version Sephora Collection Pro Angled Liner Brush #22 for $20 CAD. That was expensive as well, but I bought it to try it out. After I tried it, it wasn’t anything special, so after using it, I refunded it.

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  • Color: It comes in five colors and I haven’t tried other colors, but they do look nice.
  • Texture: This product also glides smoothly on my skin when drawn on my eyelids. This was a new product compared to my Tony Moly one (to take note), so the texture was still smooth and not dry.
  • Scent: None
  • Performance: I am comparing black (Tony Moly) and dark brown (Bobbi Brown) so I cannot compare the colors 1:1.  The color is pigmented, and quite long-lasting and for the most times, it does stay well during hard, sweaty workouts. I say ‘most’ because sometimes I find that the eyeliner runs (smudges a bit) at the end. It is not consistent, but it does the job for the most part. 
  • Availability: Easy access as it is available in makeup stores such as Sephora and various online beauty stores.
  • Price: 32 CAD!!!

 

Overall thoughts:

  • I would hands down recommend Tony Moly Backstage Gel Eyeliner because it has the similar benefits to what Bobbi BrownLong-Wear Gel Eyeliner offers, but at a much lower price. Bobbi Brown did not have three times the benefits as compared to how much it cost so yay for Tony Moly! Also, I found out, if you want the dark brown/black effect, simply lighten the pressure when using the eyeliner and if you want the black color, just press harder into the product and it comes out darker! With this one product, you can have two effects, so I would definitely recommend this product. I have been using this product for almost a year, and I still have a lot left. I would not stock up on these eyeliners as they do last a long time, so just get them as you run out.

 

How was your experience using these eyeliners? Do you have any awesome eyeliners you would like to recommend to others? If so, please comment down below!

 

As always, thank you for reading and take care 🙂

Until then,

Minimalist Minnie