March 25, 2016

VAPING - Over 75 Days Smoke Free

So this blog will not be make up related however it is about something I would consider to be health related and something I am personally very proud of. I reccently decided to quit smoking. Techincally it has been 77 days smoke free. This was not meant to be one of my new year goals, but something I wanted or would like to have accomplished before the end of 2016. In all honesty I didn't think it was ever going to happen. Then I discovered vaping.

Now again in all honestly I had heard of vaping a couple years ago but didnt really understand the concept. I couldn't understand why someone would want to switch from smoking to another product that is still nicotine based and "pretty much the same thing" - which it isn't. My opionon on this has completely changed.

First let me explain a litte about vaping. Before I begin please note that I am not an expert in vaping. I am still a begininger. As much as I have dove in head first (haven't been into something as much as this since discovering make up!) and have learnned so much over the past couple months I am in no way, shape or form an expert on the topic. Vaping can be dangerous if done inccorectly. Please follow all saftey rules and guidelines. You need to know and understand battery saftey. A good rule of thumb with vaping is if you don't know how to do it or think it may be dangerous, then STOP. Please do all your research, visit shops and ask questions. 

I will not be going through all the in's and out's of vaping, simply because there is so much information and as mentioned above I am in no way an expert. However if I do get a good response or recceive questions another blog may have to follow.

My personal vape story goes like this... I had discovered vaping through a couple friends and seeing a couple videos online. One night I had randomly purchased one of those gas station vape pens. It had a ego style battery and a clearomizer with filling measurements. It seemed pretty legit for a starter pen. I enjoyed using this pen for fun but it wasn't something that was helping me kick the habbit right away. Part of my problem was I was using shitty e-juices at way too high of a nicotine level. That's what happens when you dont educate yourself first. 

A couple weeks later I was at the mall and decided to stop in at our local 180 Smoke shop. At this point I had watched a lot more videos and was looking to purchase my first real beginer kit. I was already leaning towards the Kangertech Top Box Nano in Pink. I ended up purchasing the Top Box Nano and begann ti quit smoking that very day. It has offically been 51 days since that purcahse and I haven't have a ciggarette since. The entire set up cost me around $120.00. That included the Kangertech Top Box Nano kit, battery and e-juice. Everything to get you started vaping that night. If your still unsure of what your doing a good shop will help you set up your vape right then and there.


That very night I went online and placed an order for some "real" e-juices. I also purchased one from 180 Smoke wiith my kit, but wasn't really a big fan. I will say there premium e-liquid is great. My favorite and regular go to nicotine e-juice is called Deez Peanuts by 180 Smoke. You don't have to get this e-juce with nicotine.

E-Juice: 

E-Juice, also known as E-Liquid, or E-Cig Juice is the liquid used to fill the tank or clearomizer on your vape pen or mod. E-Juices come in a varitey of tastes and flavors. Typically you have a few categories. Fruity, Fruity Cream, Dessert, Alcholic Drinks, Tabacco, and Menthol.  You can find pretty much any 
flavor you can imagine and if you can't there are serveral places where you can make your own.

E-Juice is generally made up of 2 key ingredients. VG and PG. VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin. VG is a natural chemical made from Vegetable oil. PG stands for Propylene Glycol. PG is a petroleum byproduct commonly used in asthma inhalers, medical producats and beauty products. When these liquids are heated they create a vapor which can be inhaled. Depending on the ratio of the VG and PG used in your e-liquid you will find diffrent results when vaping. More PG will create a thiner e-liquid that will also have a harsher throat hit. If the e-liqud contains more VG then you will see a thicker juice that generally will produce more clouds. Make sure you are using the proper PG and VG percentages for your set up. I personally like a higher VG then PG in my e-juice simply because I like to chase clouds and don't want as harsh of a throat hit. It is more suited for sub-ohm vaping and has less of a thoat hit.

You also have your flavoring which can be natural or attifical. You can also add nicotine depending on your prefence, Nicotine will give your juice a stronger (harsher) throat hit. Nicotine levels range from 24mg - 0mg. I personally started at 18mg's. I should have started a lot lower then that considering 18mg is a pretty strong dose, I quickly dropped down to 12mg for a short time. I worked my way down to 6mg and now 3mg. I am personally giving myself at least 3 weeks between each level to ensure I am not rushing the process. 

Side note/ Little Rant: For those of you who are thinking of trying to quit smoking with vaping- Dont be surprised when people see you are vaping, praise you for it and then pretty much take it back because you are vaping with nicotine. Dont let these people discourage you or make you think you are doing something just as "bad". You are not. You are doing a wonderful thing for YOU and your body, The way I look at it I may be vaping with nicotine which is an addictive substance and harmful to you, however I have also managed to cut out the other 1999 chemicals found in icky sticks AND am slowly reducing the amount of nicotine I take in. For the record you also don't need to always vape with nicotine. I personally switch between a couple tanks. Only one of which contains any nicotine. Thank for coming out haters. ;)



Battery Saftey:

Battery saftey is key when vaping. You need to make sure you are alway using the appropriate batteries for the device you are using. You also need to be charging your batteries with the apporopritate charger or device. Most regulatd mods have difrent types of battery protection which helps the mod stay safe. You also want to be sure your mod has good ventalation. I always like seeing a good amount of vent holes near the battery area, Helps the battery stay cool. If for some reason your batteries do heat up, remove then from your mod. Leave then for a couple minutes. If they continue to heat up, move your batteries to a safe location where they can do whatever they are going to do. People and pets should reamin clear of the area. Any battey waste or mess should be cleaned up appropriately. Google how to clean up a battery mess.

One thing I love about vaping is the ablity to customize pretty much everything you do. You can customize the look of your vape by customizing the mod or adding your own drip tips. For advanced vapers you can even build your own coil on a RDA or RTA. (I am just learning about this myself and have only reccenly purchased RDA. I will say it has been sucessful, but there is still a ton to learn. Maybe a blog for a future date.)




Vaping has already become huge in places like the UK and California. I am so excited to see the industy expand and blow up even more. I can't wait to see what this exciting hobbie will become. I am a huge advocate for vaping. It's a fantstic way to kick the habit of cigarettes and a much healther way to chuck some clouds.

Vaping has become so popular that in some areas it is looked at as a sport. People enter competeitions and win money or sponsorships from blowing the biggest clouds or doing wild vapor tircks. Check out some of these videos online. They are truly incredible. So much more skill and knowlege involved then it looks. 

Since starting to vape I have already purchased a Kangertech KBox 200W mod. I am in love with it. I needed a mod that would go up to a higher wattage and tempraure. I understand that the KBox 200 does not do a full 200 watts, but realistically I'm not regularly vaping past 95-110w. You do not have to max out your mod. The Kangertech KBox is great for me because it gives me all the information I need and is small enough to fit nicely in my hand. 


If you are looking for more infomation Vaping360.com has some great guides for new and old vapers. This site breaks down pretty much everything you need to know about getting started with vaping.

I apologize if this post was too much information or a little confusing. There is just so much to go over. I have only touched the surface. Like I've said several times during this blog, do your reserach. There are a ton of articles and videos out there to explain. 

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email me. I can also be found on Instagram, as well as Facebook and Twitter @warpaintluv (MU) @warholluv (personal).


Happy vaping everyone!

Peace & Luv

March 14, 2016

Nails... Dragon Scales, Mermaid Tails. Fairy Dust, Sparkly Nails

This month I chose to go with a some what more simply designed nail. With that said I am still in love with them. They remind me of dragon scales, no wait mermaids tails, no wait fairy dust, no wait... Theysparkly  and shiney nails are eye catching in any lighting. I love they way they sparkle and shine from any angle.

These nails were created by using a gel coat and them sticking the glitter peices to my nails by either dipping my nail into the glitter or tapping it onto the nail. She used a combanation of glitters. A super fine purple sparkle and some big chunky green glitter peices. The larger glitter has a duo chrome shine basically giving off multiple colors depending on the light and angle you are looking at it from. When you hold a few of these glitter pecies in your hand they actually look purple, so be careful when choosing a color. Looks can be deceiving. My nails were sealed and toped off with another gel coat to make them smooth and shiney.


As always my girl Lynn at Y2K nails in Brampton made these happen. She is fantastic and would recommend her to anyone, but especially those looking to try or do something new. These nails are super fun and really well done. They always last me at least 4 weeks. ( :( I know, I know. Get em filled.)

Next time we will be kickin it a little old school. I plan on getting some 3D art so make sure your looking out for that. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comment box below.

Peace & Luv

February 25, 2016

Nails... Mad Love

So first off I must say these are some of the coolest nails I have ever had. I would probably call this set my personal favourite. These nails consisted of everything I love in the way of nail art or how I personally like to rock my nails.

We used all kinds of fun stuff like glitter, mood polish, tribal like designs and lots of gems. This was the first time I had one of those awesome crystal or stud coverd nails. 21 crystals on one finger baby!! >.< To be honest I would have worn any one of these nails as an entire set. I'm already pretty inspired for the next couple sets.


(In the photo above my index fiinger /w 3 gems & middle finger /w 3 gems also changes shade from Black to Grey when warm.)

I got these bad ass nails done at Y2K in Brampton. They were created by a very talented young lady named Lynn. (Seriously, this is my go to girl. If you are in Brampton and like a good freestyle or heavily designed nail, see her.)

I would love to go into more detail with what was used for these nails but we had so much going on with so many different gel polishes and products. As usual my nails are arcylic. I always ask for shellac or gel polishes to be used because I find it lasts a lot longer and seems to make my nails stronger. Even the tribal style designs were done with a gel color. I know a Black to Grey mood polish by Perfect Match was used.


Reccently I have been really into clear nails with a patterned design or just some glitter on it. Probably a hint at nails to come in the future. ;)

As always if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comment box below.

Peace & Luv

February 8, 2016

February Appointments

I am now taking appointments for the month of February. 

Remember Valentine's day is right around the corner. Look your very best for that someone special.

To book an appointment or if you would like more information please contact me at warpaintsarah@gmail.com

Peace & Luv

January 11, 2016

David Bowie 1947-2016

Today's post is not a make up related blog, but I feel it deserves a post to commemorate the loss of someone who inspired me to love the arts and to do the things I love to do, including make up. 

Today the world lost a legendary artist. I am absolutely shocked an sadden about this tragic news. David Robert Jones was born on January 8th 1947 in Brixton, London and passed away on January 10th 2016, in New York, New York after his battle with cancer. Better known as David Bowie, David Robert Jones touched the world and my life with his artistic inflence and expression.

I am truly sadden by the loss of such an amazing artist. I personally feel so much reget for never geting or finding the oppurtunity to see him perform live. We are slowly lossing a generation of incredible performers and artists, and we can't take back time. I feel lucky enough to have had someone so ground breaking to look up to through out my life.

Bowie was classy until the end. Blessed to be able to release a final album, he used it as a way to tell his fans that he knew he was dying and that he would be okay. He would finally be free amoung the stars.

David Bowie was a inspration to me in many ways. So many aspects of Bowie and his career have inspired the thiings I do and enjoy artistically today, Things like music, make up, video, fashion. He was revolutionary and will always be rememebered for it.

Daivd Bowies passing as truly rocked my world today. My love goes out to his family and friends today. I am from the bottom of my heart, truly sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what you are going through. 

We'll see you on the other side. xo

Peace & Luv


December 31, 2015

Nails... New Years Eve 2016

Usually when I go to get my nails done I don't usually choose to get any crazy designs or go all out with them. This is honestly is usually due to one of two reasons. One being that I am in too much of a hurry to get anything done and can't be bothered to worry about trying to take care of the design (being careful nothing is falling off) and two why am I paying someone else to do a design or add gems when I can do it myself at home. With all this said I choose to treat myself and get a wicked design right in time for New Years.



I wear false nails. They are a basic acrlyic nail. The polish covering my nail is a gel reaction polish called.. by... This color is a bright shade of hot pink when cold, and a beautiful light peachy shade when warm. This polish has a light sparkle giving it a more pearly finish. The glitter polish on my right thumb and left pinky is by Essie. This glitter polish is called ... (I chose to apply this glitter myself at home.) The designs done on three of my fingers were ceated with a gel color called ... My manicurist used a thin brush dipped in the black gel to create the design. (Everything was painted on by hand.) The three fingers with the gems on them were applied wit a clear gel as adhevisive.



This design was inspired by other nail designs found online. I got my nails done by Lynn at Y2K Nails in Brampton. 

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box provided below. Also feel free to send or tag me in any of your New Years nail pictures. Add or tag me @WarPaintLuv 

Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes to you all in 2016. Have wicked fun and be safe. 

Peace & Luv

December 27, 2015

Un-BEARABLY Soft Socks - Shea Infused Lounge Socks

This year for Christmas I was lucky enough to get a few pretty cool bathroom or spa themed gifts. One of my favorte ones being a gift from my Aunt. 

She got me a pair of socks called Un-BEARABLY Soft Socks. At first I thought these were the same as any old plushie sock but to my surprise they were not. These socks were soft and nice to lounge arouond the house in but nothing I would ever actually wear out. 


I found out these socks were more then just lounge socks. These socks were actually good for your feet. Un-BEARABLY Soft Socks were special because they are super soft and infused with Shea Butter. The idea behind these socks is that you wear them at night when you are relaxing at home, or when you are going to bed. 


During the time you wear the socks your feet begin to feel soft and smooth. The Shea Butter gets transfered to your feet from the material letting your skin absorb all the great qualities of the cream. The skin on your feet will appear to be more hydrated after the first wear. These cute socks also have littlee round grips on the bottom of each foot to help grip when walking around on smooth floors. To better perserve these grippies they suggest washes your socks inside out.

These socks are 86% nylon, 13% polyster, and 1% elstane. The Shea Butter that is infused into the socks should last for up to 25 washes. With that said remember that this is a speciality sock, so frequent washing should be avoided. People should also understand that these socks will not last forever. You will eventually need to buy a new pair.



You can purchase these socks at your local Bath & Body Works. They come in a varitety of cute designs and colors. They are $8.50 USD a pair. They are a great purchase for yourself or to give as gifts.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the space provided below.

Peace & Luv

December 26, 2015

January Appointments

I am now taking appointments for the month of January.

If you would like to book a trial or need more information please contact me at warpaintsarah@gmail.com.

Peace & Luv

Happy New Year!! Welcoming 2016.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday seaon filled with lots of love, joy and laughter.

This year I plan on truly bringing War Paint Luv back to life. Yes, last year (even before last year) I began to slack a little on the amount of entires I was posting in my blog. It was for a lack of interet. Life had simply become busy and my attention was needed else where.

Now Im back and this year I will be posting at least two weekly blogs. One being brand and collection related and the other being a "Look of the Day". Of course there will be plenty of other beauty related posts to be seen such as nail blogs and product reviews.

As always I am open to suggestion so If you have a specific idea or topic you would like to see written about please email me at warpaintsarah@gmail.com.

I am truly excited about 2016. I look forward to this year bringing lots of fun and adventure. Best wishes to you all.

Peace & Luv 

November 25, 2015

Today's Look... Smokey Midori Green

Today's look is a light and dark green combo on the eyes, with neutural natural lips. This look is all around this is a pretty simple and straight forward look to do. I used some of my favourite eyeshadows which of course are made by Sugar Pill. 

I do apologize for the lack of lighting in my photos. Unfortunately this was the best spot I could find today so I had to make due with what Ive got. These photos sadly don't do the shadows any justice. They are a lot brighter in person. The lightest green in the corner of my eyes had a lovely shimmer as well. :(




Lots of photos and of course a list of products used below so keep scrolling!! 

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)
Lime Crime Loose Shadow (Absinth)
Sugarpill Pressed Shadow (Midori, & Acidberry)
Urban Decay 24 hr Glide On Pencil (Zero)
Stila Liquid Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
MAC False Lashes Maximzer
MAC Waterproof Extend Play Macara (Black)

Brows:
Annabelle Thin Brow Pencil (Medium)
MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (Quiet Brunette)



Face:
MAC Studio Tech (NC20)
Stila Custom Color Blush (Color Adjusting Coral)
MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
MAC Mineral Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

Lips:
Stila Color Balm Lipstick (Olivia)
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick (Heather Shimmer #066)




Moving forward I am planning and hoping to be abe to do a "Today's Look" blog o post every Monday, Thursday and Sunday. :)

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

Peace & Luv