Decluttering my makeup brushes and simplifying my vanity| Gimmemymascara

I’m a 20 year old, university going, beauty blogger and vlogger. I think it’s safe to say I spend about 80% of my days in my bedroom. This is my happy place.

And, considering I spend so much time in here, I like having pretty things to look at, and clean things are prettier than dusty old things. I’m not a neat freak, but I appreciate a good Spring Cleaning as much as the next gal!

A specific problem area of mine I’ve been meaning to work on for weeks now is my makeup brush collection. If you’ve read my post about what a Makeup Addict I am, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, check it out, here!

My biggest problem with my brushes was A) There were just too many of them and they wouldn’t fit in the DIY Brush Holders I made them and B) They were filthy. Cleaning makeup brushes is definitely one of those daunting tasks that I try to avoid for as long as possible.


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My First Week With A VERTICAL Planner! | GimmeMyMascara


Hello and welcome back to Gimmemymascara!

I know I’ve been absent for quite a while but I woke up this morning to a notification from WordPress letting me know how well my blog has been doing, even in my absence, and how my views were sky rocketing! WOAH! That’s definitely one way to help me out of bed on a #HumpDay! I went through my stats to notice planner related posts are what y’all are loving most right now, and today being the Erin Condren Life Planner release day, I thought a planner post was fitting!

I got word of the EC release last week, and while bloggers like Elle Fowler were raving about the new planners, I thought of how much I would really use a vertical planner and how it would fit into my day to day life. I also remembered I had bought the MAMBI 365 Happy Planner at Michaels a few months back while it was on sale and I thought I would use it this week as a test run for the EC. Here’s how the week’s going so far:

A) FULL BOX STICKERS!!! I recently got a few of the full box stickers from ItsJustPaperCo during one of her ToonieTuesday sales and i’ve been itching to use them! This week I used the Welcome to Paradise collection and having a full row of full box stickers in the center of my planner has been so fun and colourful! I’ve always thought full boxes took up too much room but it’s summer, and I really don’t have all that much going on this week, so it worked out perfectly! So far so good.

**I didn’t think I was doing a post on this spread so I didn’t bother taking any pictures of it before the pen! I’m sorry I can’t show you the whole thing, for privacy reasons, but here’s what I do have..**


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VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask- Treats Dark Circles, Wrinkles & Aging- Review! | Gimmemymascara

Welcome Back!

If you’ve been following my blog, or YouTube channel, or social media, for a while you’ll know this year hasn’t been the best in terms of my health. I hate taking breaks from doing what I love but I do have to put my health and safety first! While I’ve been in bed sick, I haven’t been wearing much makeup but I have been loving trying out new skin care products! It’s a lot easier being in waiting rooms and doctors offices for hours without a full face on, and it’s easier to nap without looking like a panda. One of the newest products I’ve tried is the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask.

IMG_6750As you know, I have super puffy and dark under eye circles, so anything to lend a helping hand is much appreciated.

I went through my usual night time skin care routine and then applied this mask right before bed, you can keep it on for a full 8 hours! My initial reaction was “Well, this is cold.. in the best way possible!” I love masks that have a cooling or warming effect, I like feeling like they’re really doing something! Continue reading

ELF Studio Contour and Blush Palettes Review(s)! |Gimmemymascara

Lades and Gentlemen,

I have found the newest, hottest, most pigmented, most versatile, drugstore palette. Not an eyeshadow palette, a set of DRUGSTORE face palettes! WHAT?! Yup.

ELF Cosmetics recently came out with FOUR brand new Studio Palettes, featuring four shades each. They have two blush palettes, a lighter option and a darker one. They also have a contour palette and a bronzer option! I purchased 3 of the 4 and here’s what I thought…

IMG_1797Each of the powders is pretty finely milled and easy to blend, the powders stay on just as well as any high end ones i’ve personally tried and the shades are super versatile for any skin tone. I love that each palette comes with four shades so you can mix and match each one to fit your needs. Overall, I love each of the 3 palettes I purchased and here’s why..  

*Follow the pictures in the first image above to see the truest colours and comparisons.*

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Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Planner Stickers- Printable | Gimmemymascara

As promised, here are the stickers I made myself for my August 2015 monthly view! I use the Large Kate Spade planner, and this month’s decor was inspired by Lilly Pulitzer! I do keep my stickers to a minimal and leave myself lots of room to write in, but here’s what I came up with.. To see the full spread, check out my Plan With Me video on YouTube!

As always, these are other people’s images that I found on google and pasted together in a word document. I did NOT draw anything you see here, and do not wish to take credit for any else’s work! I’m simply sharing the exact images with you since so many of you have asked me to!

I’ve also uploaded another sheet of stickers, inspired by both Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade, feel free to mix and match the sheets together!

Enjoy. xoxo Anisa 

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Planner Supplies Haul & GIVEAWAY! | Gimmemymascara

Hello my loves!

I was back at Michaels this weekend and found so many adorable stickers and things that I decided I would do a planner related giveaway! I’m so glad you’re all enjoying these types of posts and videos! I will still be posting my usual beauty related content, but until then… GIVEAWAY TIME! I’ve posted a giveaway on my YouTube channel and just wanted to let you all know about it! Here are SOME of the products you can win: for more details, MORE products, and to enter, be sure to check out my Planner Supplies, Stickers, & School Supplies Giveaway! xoxo Anisa

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2016-2017 Kate Spade New York, Large 17 Month Planner, First Look & Review | Gimmemymascara

*NOTE: I’m so glad so many of you are still enjoying this post, years later! Thank you so much! I’ve currently ordered my NEW Kate Spade planner for the 2017-2018 school year and will be doing a post, similar to this one, with that planner so please be sure to check back soon, and follow my blog/ socials (@Gimmemymascara on EVERYTHING!) for more details and fun content! xoxo*

2016 planners are coming in and I am beyond excited! If you’ve read my About Anisa section before, you’ll know that I love my planner and I have to write down EVERYTHING. I just wouldn’t be able to remember things without it and I think the colour coordinated events and classes look so fun!

I went to Chapters the other day and found the 2016 Kate Spade planners! My 2015 planner was also by Kate Spade and I loved the size, the layout, and way I was able to organize it so I OBVIOUSLY had to pick one up! I thought I would show you all the planner, and the set up inside before I started jotting down notes and classes. *To see the sticker sheet I’ve put together to use with this planner, also Kate Spade inspired, click HERE*

Here’s what the front and back cover looks like, how fun are these?!

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My First Glossybox! Unboxing, Initial Thoughts, Final Review |Gimmemymascara

Welcome Back!

First off, sorry I went MIA for a bit, I’ve been pretty sick and definitely feeling under the weather but one thing I ALWAYS find myself doing when I’m home sick is online shopping! I decided to order my first Glossybox a few weeks ago and it just came in the mail. I thought I would photograph the process of opening my first box and share with you all what was inside, how I feel about the products, and the service in general.

IMG_1526I had ordered my box on April 28th and got my box on May 20th, assuming I would get the May box, which wasn’t the case. What I received was the April 2015 box, but in the original pink Glossybox packaging, not the limited edition box they had for most of the other April boxes, confusing, I know. Considering how late in April I ordered my box, it was kinda strange to me to get products I had seen featured on their website already. And, considering I got my APRIL box during the third week of MAY.. there is definitely some service issue that needs to be fixed. This box came to $21 USD with an addition $5 for shipping. This was the American cost, and considering I’m in Canada, I paid a total of $32.41, Canadian, which is way more than I was expecting. Regardless, I was excited to get my first box and see what this hype was all about. Here’s how it went…  Continue reading

Summer Salsa Recipe! (AKA The BEST Mango Salsa) | Gimmemymascara

Hey everyone,

I’m trying something very new today and bringing you a recipe! Today I’m going to share with you how to make an amazing summer salsa, also known as a mango salsa but with a twist, aka red and green peppers! This recipe takes a total of 15 minutes to make, you can adjust the flavours and portions to your liking, it requires no cooking, baking, or frying. Mango salsa is quick, easy, and healthy! It’s the perfect feel good snack and it works great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!  Enjoy.

For this recipe, you will need: IMG_1507

3 Mangos- Peeled, and Diced

1/3 of a Red Pepper- Diced

1/3 of a Green Pepper- Diced

The Juice of 1/4 of a Lime

3 Tablespoons of Chopped Cilantro

1 Tablespoon of Red Onion- Finely Chopped or Minced

Salt and Pepper, To Taste



Simply chop everything up, add it all to a bowl, and stir together! How much easier can you get?

Helpful Hint: When dicing your mango, simply cut around the pitt, into halves, score the mango and scoop out with a spoon.


*This dish is best served chilled, so feel free to make this ahead of time and keep in the fridge for whenever you need a little something!

Here’s the finished product: IMG_5277

I recommend this salsa with: 

Crackers, tortilla chips, pita, In sandwiches/wraps, on toast, with some grilled chicken, steak, or even fish! It’s so versatile you can really eat it with anything, the possibilities are endless.

*I got this recipe inspiration from but switched it up a bit to make it my own.

OH NO, this post is over! Need something else to do? Check out some other posts on or sit back, relax, and head over to for more content! xoxo Anisa

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips- First Impressions, How To, & Review | Gimmemymascara


Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips!

I received a sample of this product a while back, attached to the Bioré Charcoal Facial Cleanser (which I LOVE) and I was going to try it out to see if I should bother purchasing the product or not, here’s how it went…

Here are the instructions that came on the back of the pouch, and how I went about them,

Note: I apologize for the blurriness of this picture, I just wanted to share what the pouch I received looked like, and I have copied out the instructions for you below.

Step 1: Remove strip from pouch, and twist to separate the slits.I personally didn’t see all the slits at first since the strip was black, but you can see them easier when you twist it from the plastic side, there are 6 slits in total. Here’s what the strip looks like before. IMG_5230

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