It was by no means intentional, but regardless, I seem to have ended up saying most of what I had to say for this weeks roundup post in my introductory ramble for Thursday’s Daily Highlights post – so I’ll allude to it again and add some other general thoughts. I wrote about the weird feelings and attitude that I had towards blogging over the Holiday break, namely that I was beyond excited to finally have time to type my beauty-related musings and publish them over here, but at the same time was burnt out and needed time to just lay in bed, read actual books for fun and all that jazz. As I said before, I’m ready to get back at it again with fresh ideas that will hopefully pave the way for interesting content that will appear with a bit more frequency but I know myself well enough not to make any promises about the number of weekly posts and the like with school on the go – I head back Monday (yikes). I kind of can’t handle how fast my Winter semester is approaching.
I had a rather enjoyable Christmas, filled with family visiting – there were 27 of us at our house on Christmas day – and whatnot and devoid of the usual sense of catastrophic stress. The gifts were also really great and I’m not one to ramble on and on about how glorious gifts are without cause and I’m not going to lie, the mellow relaxation time afterwards was divine and much needed. Strangely enough around Christmas time, we had ridiculously warm weather, reaching about 15 degrees Celsius, and for a brief period I was sweating in my own home from the heat of the oven and like things, but I’m pleased to report that as It headed towards New Years, we got a taste of our authentic Holiday weather, dipping to zero and then almost twenty degrees lower of NYE. My New Years Eve was a lovely night as well, true to my low key preferences, spent with a few friends, hanging out, having drinks and playing Cards Against Humanity.
I’m in heaven blogging-wise right about now with all of the yearly favourites posts scattered through my Bloglovin’ feed and one of my favourites of these posts would have to be Christine of Temptalia’s “Top 10 of 2014: Best High-End Blushes” for obvious reasons, basically because Christine’s blog is amazing and I’m a blush hoarder/obsessor/lover and all that jazz. I’m not going to lie, I’ve both gotten ideas of what blushes to try in the future and have found comfort that she rated two of my latest and most loved blushes highly in the list, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat and the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal, if you’re curious.
There were a variety of beauty things that I’ve been enjoying within the last week or so, especially because of the small influx of products in the rotation since opening some Christmas morning, but one standout has certainly been the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($55) that I’ve either been applying as a moisturizer or before moisturizer nightly and on a good number of mornings too. I think this might just beat out my love of the single oil treatment products because I find that the soothing and hydrating action even more intense. I’ve been loving this with the cooler weather as it has helped my skin from freaking out and getting all flaky with its grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, rose essential oil and palmarosa essential oil blend. I will note, however, that it does contain some potentially irritating fragrance in the essential oils – I love it, though.