2019 Favourites | The Makeup

Rather than doing one big lengthy post of my favourite beauty product discoveries of the year, I’ve decided to do it in segments I’m thinking. Today I’m starting with the makeup products that I’ve discovered and fallen in love with over the last year. Hopefully this won’t be too atrociously long-winded…

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L’Oreal Infallible Glow-Lock Illuminating Primer ($18.99 CDN): I’m kind of shocked that I found a primer I liked throughout the year, as I’m not usually impressed by them. It’s a water, silicone and plant oil based formula that leaves the skin moisturized and smoothed with a soft glow – but no actual shimmer particles – and allows for a more skin like foundation application on my drier skin. I find it to be less of a glowy primer and more of a great hydrating one that has a slight brightening effect.

Laneige Whitening BB Cushion ($43.70 CDN): This was easily my most reached for everyday base. It never clung to dry patches, looked like my actual skin but evened it out and brightened it to a significant degree, leaving a luminous skinlike finish. It has broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen with a PA+++ rating, containing zinc and titanium dioxide, along with the chemical active octinoxate. Despite having skin that typically gets irritated by chemical filters, I happily used this one. It offers buildable coverage too and actually lasted hours and hours on my skin. I also applaud the product for having actual skincare benefits. It contains a healthy dose of the superhero niacinamide, anti-inflammatory green tea and a stable form of vitamin c.

Dior Forever Skin Glow 24h Wear Radiant Perfection Skin Caring Foundation ($64-68 CDN): This foundation discovery almost makes me forgive Dior for discontinuing my longtime favourite Star foundation. I might say it actually improves on that formula. It has become my go-to foundation when I’m looking for more coverage and substance than the cushion provides. It’s a solid medium buildable coverage foundation that leaves a luminous finish and brightening, skin smoothing effect. It has a much improved shade range and lasts forever on my drier skin without highlighting texture and dryness.

L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer ($16.49 CDN): It’s rare that I find a concealer worth raving about, let alone one that I love enough to purchase in multiple colours for any sort of skintone variations; this one has made me do both. It’s super full coverage but doesn’t highlight dryness excessively when you thin it out to the degree I do, so I’m able to achieve coverage without much in terms of creasing. Also, it wears fantastically as an eyeshadow primer on my crease-prone lids. I love using it under my eyes to camouflage my dark circles and it also functions as a spot concealer. The shade range is ridiculously good as well and it comes with much more product than the typical concealer, making it economical.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($54 CDN): I honestly can’t tell you the last time that I found myself reaching for a highlighter that wasn’t this one, and it’s even made its way into my more minimal makeup routine. The oversize doe-foot applicator allows for effortless application and it leaves a gorgeous pale dewy sheen to the skin that doesn’t read makeup-y and doesn’t highlight texture. I also love that it’s alcohol free – especially because I apply it to a particularly sensitive area on my face – and features replenishing squalene.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo in Fair/Medium ($85 CDN): You could say that 2019 was the year I tried out and fell in love with this hyped luxury line. The real reason I loved this product was the perfect neutral bronzer tone that the bronzer has. To be honest, the highlighter isn’t my favourite. This bronzer builds up nicely and with ease and has a nice neutral golden tone that helps to sculpt my moderately fair skin while still providing a sun kissed hue.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette ($55 CDN): This crimson-leaning neutral palette was actually included in last year’s version of this post with the caveat that it was a last minute discovery. I’m happy to report that I still love wearing this mostly matte palette for natural to smokier looks. I really enjoy the combination of pale shimmery lid and highlight shades and rustier and pinky-red hues. I’m even willing to forgive the powderiness of the formula.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette ($60 CDN): The latter half of the year, I invested in and happily used this eyeshadow palette. Initially I was hesitant of investing in yet another influencer collaboration but I must admit that I like the selection of colours and textures featured in the palette. I really enjoy the pigmented and powdery formula, also. Rather than being comprised primarily of mattes, the palette is an even mixture of mattes and shimmers/metallics. The colour scheme is surprisingly versatile, with a nice selection of neutral shades with fun metallics and pops of colour thrown in, creating neutral looks, smoky looks of varying intensity and looks with a bit of colour. I do get the most use out of the warm neutrals, however.

Any favourites to share?
Maggie, x.

 

The Acquisition | Dior Miss Dior Le Parfum

It started with the December Sephora Bonus. They were offering a significant discount — I can’t remember what, maybe it was $25 on a $75 purchase. I also had a gift card that would take care of a significant portion of the rest. I decided that I would be good and wouldn’t buy any more makeup and skincare so I decided I would invest in a perfume. I had loved the Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum for years. I had never bought myself a bottle because it was expensive and I had seemingly never ending smaller sampler bottles from past Sephora purchases. I was ready to buy myself a bottle but then I remembered that due to the changes in fragrance regulations, it had been reformulated in 2017 and I didn’t love the reformulation as much. Upon research, I decided to take a risk with the Christian Dior Miss Dior Le Parfum ($129 CDN | 40 mL), as many reported it was similar to the scent prior to the reformulation and hadn’t had the reformulations that the other versions of the scent had. To be honest, I don’t find it that similar but I do love it.

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This scent seems to be marketed as the Miss Dior scent with a higher concentrations of fragrance oils and more intensity. However, I’d describe it as more like a flanker to the original scent, with less notes and some different notes. The fragrance relies on a singular top note, which is mandarin. The middle notes are Bulgarian and Turkish rose absolut. It’s in the base notes, however, that the fragrance really deviates from the line’s standard notes; it dries down to a blend of patchouli, amber and vanilla. I only get the citrus vibe for a moment in the very beginning and the rose leaves a general floral impression but is subdued like in older versions of the scent. The scent really smells like a warm, deep and spicy amber and patchouli blend with a bit of floral in the background. The sillage and projection is insane. The longevity is also like twenty four hours on my skin itself and days upon days on my clothes. This scent is so powerful that I can only really use a spray or two.

I’ve been loving this scent, nevertheless. I will caution you that the strong amber note may really bother those scent sensitive and could potentially give a headache to some. I can be scent sensitive, however, and this scent applied lightly does not bother me in the slightest. It definitely makes a statement — especially at first — but I adore it sprayed lightly. It has the patchouli and subtle rose scent of the original, but has unique depth and warmth with the spicy amber. It makes me feel cozy, warm and indulgent. I also find myself enjoying the scent even more the longer it sits on my skin. While I wouldn’t say its filled the hole of the reformulated 2012 scent, it’s become a valuable addition to my fragrance wardrobe that I didn’t quite know I was searching for.

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

 

A Weekday Wishlist

Another day, another non content rich blog post. In the last few years, I’ve made a conscious effort to be a smarter shopper, only buying things I love and will get use of. This post kind of came to fruition from me deliberating over potential future purchases. Enjoy. 

  1. Zara Coat with Wrap Collar ($259 CDN): It’s true that I certainly don’t need another coat; for interest, the next item included will be the coat that I recently bought — I love it and it’s still available. In the past few years, it’s been difficult to find wool coats with flattering nipped in waists and this camel option would be great day to night option. It does tick the boxes that I’ve had in mind for a few years now but I’m trying to tell myself that I can hold out and wait to see if it’s included in their post Holiday sale. After all, I most certainly do not need it.
  2. Zara Oversized Boucle Coat ($139 CDN): I’m actually kind of cheating by including this coat, as I already picked it up after deliberating when it was included in Zara’s 50% off mad-dash Black Friday clown fiesta. It’s a warm grey colour that looks great with all of the grey in my wardrobe and matches everything I wear, as it is actually a neutral. It’s oversize shape is actually balanced by the wide lapels and feels like wearing a blanket. An incredibly chic blanket. I’m in love. I’d say it’s worth a look at full price too. I will say it definitely runs large, especially for an item from Zara. It only has a small amount of wool content but is warm enough for a mild winter, in the freezing to about -10 range.
  3. Zara Plaid Double Breasted Blazer ($99.90 CDN): I promise this is the end of my Zara musings for this post. This is an incredibly stupid item to be wanting to buy, as I bought the black, red and white plaid version of this earlier in the fall and this is merely a slight variation on the theme. It’s an oversized double breasted boyfriend blazer style with more of an emphasis on the white and a bit of houndstooth thrown in. If you were thinking of investing in a plaid boyfriend blazer, I think this one is super cool but I won’t let myself buy it. No matter how much I want to. 
  4. Nine Zero Lacquer Onesie ($9 US): Before mid December, it had been a hot minute since I painted my nails. However, I’ve been having fun with this brand’s crelly (cream/jelly plus glitter) formula and I’m lusting after another polish. The formulas are really good, sidenote.
  5. Babaton Lance Cardigan ($168 CDN): One of my most worn and loved pieces throughout the fall was my Babaton merino wool open cardigan that I’ve had since maybe 2016. My grey one is nearing the end of its life and I’m thinking about going for the longer version from this year. It’s lightweight but warm and doesn’t irritate my eczema in the slightest in the way many kinds of wool do.
  6. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum ($119 CDN): I’ve been making an active effort in keeping my beauty purchases to a minimum, or at least somehow in check. And I’ve been thinking about adding another fragrance to my rotation, as I have a rather restrained collection, especially compared to all other things beauty. I’ve wanted this luxurious warm floral fragrance for years and I’m seriously considering nabbing it. It’s a citrusy warm floral with patchouli and vetiver.
Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

 

A Holiday Gift Guide

A good three or four times before, I’ve actually intended to write a gift guide kind of post but have never gotten my act together to post. This time, I’m throwing together a hodgepodge of items that I think would be great ideas for women in your life. There’s definitely some beauty picks but with my recently rekindles interest in style (thanks to my wardrobe clearout and attempts at the capsule wardrobe), there’s some fashion as well. Let’s get to it before I get entirely sidetracked:

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  1. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($54 CDN): While Charlotte Tilbury’s packaging screams luxe indulgence as a gift, the product here is actually the best part. Enriched with squalene, this liquid illuminator creates the look of dewy skin under the most flattering lighting impossible. The shades have a sheerness that makes them easier to choose for someone else and are flattering with their lack of actual shimmer particles.
  2. Zara Menswear Style Coat ($159 CDN): In a sense, outerwear is something rather difficult to buy for someone else. However, I feel comfortable with the sizing of this classic Zara coat enough to recommend it. It’s a wool-nylon blend that has held up rather nicely – I have last years version – and has a classic fitted tailored silhouette. It runs a touch small but the sizing is fairly standard, especially for Zara. It has flattering tailoring, a single breasted closure and a slightly nipped in waist. It’s also warm enough for below-zero temperatures. The quality is impressively good, too.
  3. Fossil Elle Crossbody ($198 CDN): This was actually a gift I received maybe three holiday seasons ago that I love. It’s a good quality leather purse that isn’t exorbitantly expensive or trendy. It’s the perfect cross body size, with two different zippered comparments that have the dimensions of an agenda roughly but are deep enough for all of the essentials. I have a beige one that I reach for often without thought. It straddles the line of being classic but also cool.  The leather holds up well and the bag is surprisingly versatile.
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Palette ($60 CDN): If you are someone who loves their neutrals but wants to incorporate some metallics and jewel tones and just generally have some fun with eyeshadow, I think this palette is worth a shot. The one thing that I’d say is that the metallic shades can have severe fallout but that’s kind of expected. I like the balanced mix of warm and cool toned shades and neutrals and more fun shades. Also, I appreciate the mix of mattes, shimmers and metallics. The quality is good but the real gem is the colour selection which is great for neutral, amped up and looks with some colour.
  5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask ($12/ 30 mL): While this mask is among my absolute favourite deep conditioners for my waves and curls, I think it actually holds universal appeal. I don’t really know of anyone who couldn’t use a masque or deep conditioner during the cooler weather and this is an excellent one for all hair types and textures. It has a good balance of moisture and protein, is nourishing while being lightweight, has slip and is concentrated. The ingredient-conscious crowd will also appreciate the composition.
  6. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo with Brush ($99 CDN): It appears that my makeup picks are very Charlotte Tilbury heavy, here. This was unintentional. I can say that this limited edition holiday packaged set would be an excellent pick for anyone kind of fair to medium in skin tone. The bronzer is so smooth and easy to apply, kind of light to medium in depth with neutral undertones that can provide sculpting action and a touch of warmth. I’m not usually one to wax poetically about packaging but the compact is lovely and the brush looks great. The highlighter is soft and golden in tone as well, on the subtler side of the spectrum.
  7. Zara Double-Faced Biker Jacket ($159 CDN): Motorcycle jackets are some of my favourite pieces of outerwear and they had a major moment this fall. However, they are usually reserved for Fall and Spring. This season, shearling lined aviator styles are trending for the winter and they give effortless cool girl vibes.    The cream version might not be super practical but looks great and the easy fit would make it an easy gifting pick.
  8. H&M Off-the-shoulder Sweater ($29.99 CDN): I think sweaters might be the easiest item of clothing to gift to someone else and they are one that I always appreciate. This is actually I sweater I picked up when H&M was having a sale event and I’m wearing it non-stop. It’s super soft and non-itchy – with a little bit of stretch and some wool content – that’s cozy without making me overly warm. It looks great with a front tuck into jeans and I also like wearing it as a cowl-neck kind of sweater, also. It runs a little oversized.

 

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

The Acquisition | MAC Iridescent Powder in Serenity Seeker

I have always had a thing for MAC’s limited edition multicoloured shimmery face powders. On a complete whim, I saw the MAC Electric Wonder Iridescent Powder in Serenity Seeker ($40 CDN/ 0.22 ounces) and picked it up from the Sephora VIB Sale. The powder itself is smooth and sheen-y with some visible shimmer particles that honestly don’t really transfer onto the cheeks. The powder itself is a pinky coral with a hefty amount of antiqued gold veining throughout. As a result, the colour that deposits is a sheeny light bronze with a hint of rose gold thrown in. On my fairer skin, it ends up reading like a bronzy hued blush. However, I’m sure it would be a nice highlighter on medium and deeper folks that isn’t too dramatic. Also, if a sheeny bronzer is your thing, I think it could be used as a bronzer.  What I like about the product is that I can throw it on my cheeks without thinking about it on an everyday basis and find myself looking a little less pale and a bit more radiant and awake. It doesn’t require any thinking or much care, or additional cheek products.

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Did I mention that it’s part of one of those limited edition MAC collections? The packaging is a pretty marble design but I think the product stands up on its own that the packaging is merely a nice bonus. The product has nice buildable pigmentation, a smooth but not powdery texture and good ten hour longevity or so without significant fading. If I zoom in on my face, it may highlight texture ever-so-slightly but let me tell you, it’s to much less of a degree than most highlighter-blush hybrids on the market.

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.

Early Fall Faves

After such a long hot and humid summer, I couldn’t be more thrilled about all things Fall. I love cool weather, anything pumpkin spice, wearing sweaters, hoarding scarves and orange eyeshadow. Actually, scrap that. I could be a little more excited about the new season if I wasn’t struck by the glory that is the seasonal cold, with an eczema flare up and temporary unbelievable fatigue thrown in. Here I type, kleenex box in close proximity, about my current favourites.

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Afterspa Hair Towel Wrap ($18 US): This was an item that I received in a Fab Fit Fun box and was pleasantly surprised. It’s one of those microfibre towels that helps to remove water and moisture from the hair with minimal friction on the strands. I have a lot of hair and it’s quite long so I was pleasantly surprised that this turban-style towel actually allowed me to twist my hair out of my face. The best thing about this item is that it let me get good results in drying my natural waves and curls without my wash day taking over my life. It definitely cuts down on drying time but doesn’t make my hair tangle, frizz or lose definition.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 1 Fair ($54 CDN): With such a hot and humid summer, whenever I did get around to wearing makeup, highlighter was not the focus. For once, I actually had enough glow on my own for the most part. As a result, I happily went for this golden glow in a bottle because it made me look luminous but not sweaty or shimmery. However, even as the weather has cooled down I haven’t had the desire to reach for anything else.

L’Oreal Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Angora ($12.99 CDN): As soon as the fall vibes roll around, I seem to find myself reaching for this neutral brown-grey leaning liquid lipstick. Unlike most liquid lipstick formulas I’ve tried, it’s comfortable on the lips and actually does last throughout a full-on meal. It fits into the neutral brown kind of colour family but gives cool girl kind of vibes with the grey lean.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette ($55 CDN): Sadly, I was very late to the bandwagon on this one. However, I find myself keep coming back to this warm rusty leaning but neutral palette, especially in this season. The fallout from the powdery shadows can be a bit annoying but I’m always happy with the results from this palette. It leaves me with a bunch of variations on the warm everyday to smokey eye, providing options for flattering traditional crease colours and rustier options.

Zara Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($79.90 CDN): So my moto jacket had become quite a staple in early fall weather in the past few years but was legitimately falling apart at the seams. I took that chance to pick up this warm pinky brown variation this year as non black options tend to go in the blink of an eye. I’m happily reaching for this jacket daily, along with a scarf for the truly chillier weather. Aaaaaand I think it’s still available…

The Ordinary B Oil ($9.20 CDN): Even though the afternoons of September and October have been beautiful and sunny, I still have felt the cooler weather in the mornings and evenings in my skin. With such a hot and humid summer, I didn’t have to worry about keeping my dry sensitive skin hydrated and kind of slacked off on the  routine front. However, now I’m definitely reaching for an essential-oil free oil blend. It soothes the skin, adds antioxidant protection and really helps to seal moisture in the skin. This has been especially indispensable now that I’m fighting off a cold and kind of feel like a prune. This affordable offering is squalene based, but also includes marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage oils and a form of micro algae. It’s not the most lightweight oil but I love it and it’s great value for money.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask ($47 CDN): I hadn’t realized it but I started stretching out the time between hair washings or detangling sessions as soon as Fall rolled around. For me, this means that I need more slip and nourishment in my routine. I guess sweat was a factor with such a hot and humid summer. Also, with the weather changing and starting to wear scarves and such, my hair needs some babying and this is one mask I happily reach for. It’s expensive but has a great balance of moisture and protein, containing biotin, hydrolyzed keratin and nourishing plant oils. I always find my curls have bounce after this and clump nicely together.

Any fall faves to share?
Maggie, x.

 

 

 

 

 

Curly Girl Method Update | 9 Months

I’ve been following the Curly Girl Method for a solid nine months now and while the journey has definitely had its ups and downs and I’ve had my good days and bad days, I’ve gotten to a place where I can really enjoy experimenting with hair products and learning about them without it feeling like it’s taken over my life. I did cut five inches off my hair, which has definitely helped and relayered my hair. In all my trials with my hair, these are my favourite products at this point in my journey. As a frame of reference my hair is fine, I have high density hair, high porosity and hair that falls into mainly a 2c kind of pattern with the right kind of products. For reasons I don’t entirely understand, my hair always looks straighter in pictures…

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As I Am Coconut Cowash ($11.99 CDN | Sally’s Beauty Supply): I’ve discussed this cleansing conditioner before in a fairly recent post, so I’ll do my best to keep this brief. As someone who has fine hair (but loads of it) and a scalp that can get easily pissed off, cowashing has not been for me for the most part. However, I really like this one. It’s slightly more cleansing than the traditional cleansing conditioner and has out of this world slip. I like using it in between washes with a sulfate-free cleanser, especially in the cooler seasons. It’s also nourishing enough that I can use it as my one product to cleanse and condition when I’m feeling lazy.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Conditioner ($11.96 CDN | Walmart): Shea Moisture conditioners, shampoos and masks have been a favourite of mine for a long time but this easily accessible conditioner was an impulse purchase that I don’t regret in the slightest. It won’t be for everyone because it has a bit of weight – which is why I find it curl clumping – and doesn’t have the most slip that I’ve ever experiences. However, I like how concentrated it is, how much moisture it brings to my thirsty hair and the juicy clumps it helps bring to life without weighing my fine waves and curls down. It uses shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and a touch of hydrolyzed silk protein.

Curl Junkie Repair Me Reconstructive Hair Treatment ($34 CDN | honeyfig.com): This is a deep conditioner that is both protein rich and deeply nourishing. It’s not easy to get a hold of in Canada but it has been worth the hassle in my opinion. I’ve been using it since January on a regular basis and I love how nourishing (and detangling) it is, while containing hydrolyzed keratin protein as the fourth ingredient. My hair was never in dire health or anything but it responds well to protein, being fine and porous. I don’t notice a sudden huge increase in elasticity and bounce but it’s always smooth, shiny and forms nicely clumped up curls after I’ve used it. I think it would appeal to many, especially because it’s a treatment that works but doesn’t even contain shea butter, coconut oil or any of those ingredients that are too heavy for some.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($47 CDN | Sephora): Honestly, I’ve only had this hyped-up deep conditioner for about a month but it’s given me such happy hair that I couldn’t compile this post without including. It has a bunch of fatty alcohols, which lend slip, panthenol, biotin, argan and avocado oils, aloe and some hydrolyzed keratin protein. The texture of it is light and fluffy whilst deeply hydrating my curls and helping them clump together. It’s a nice balance of protein and moisture, as everyone seems to say and the slip was really nice. It’s a lighter weight deep conditioner that doesn’t sacrifice on the nourishment it lends.

Devacurl Leave-In Decadence ($36 CDN | Chatters and select Sephoras): As someone who has finer and wavier strands and who tends to use heavier conditioners – without rinsing them completely out – I often find leave ins heavy and dismiss them as an overpriced, needless step. However, I like this newer product from Devacurl. It’s much lighter weight than the rest of the Decadence line and features coconut oil, pequi fruit oil, hydrolyzed quinoa protein, argan oil, avocado oil and aloe in the top of the ingredient list. It smells amazing, even from someone who typically does not enjoy the smell of coconuts; it’s a musky coconut and baby powder kind of scent. It helps my hair remained clumped, smooth and moisturized without compromising volume and bounce.

Devacurl B’Leave In Miracle Curl Plumper ($26.55 CDN | Chatters and select Sephoras): When I want to spend a bit of extra time and effort on my hair and to get my best curls and waves, I apply this protein-rich gelee before my gel. It relies on glycerin, wheat amino acids and a couple of different kinds of hydrolyzed protein to enhance curls. It really helps my fragile curls to clump together and adds additional bounce.

Devacurl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler ($38 CDN | Chatters and select Sephoras): This hot and humid summer has helped me rediscover my love of curl cream, with a little help from a Sephora 100 point perk. This curl cream is definitely intended for tighter and drier textures than mine. However, I love the curl clumping and control it provides without weighing down my hair. I find I can actually get away with using it as a standalone product but I get my best results pairing it with a gel. It provides light hold on its own and adds the right touch of moisture to my waves and curls. It’s glycerin heavy and also has coconut oil and jojoba protein in it.

Devacurl Ultra Defining Gel ($32 CDN | Chatters and select Sephoras): Writing this post has made me realize how much I’ve been enjoying Devacurl products this summer. I’ve been consistently pairing this gel with a curl cream either on wet or damp hair and I don’t really have any complaints. It’s a gel that’s loaded with hydrolyzed proteins, which are known to be curl enhancing, lending structure to the hair and protective in the sense that they work to block out humidity. It’s glycerin rich — my hair likes glycerin at all dew points — and offers medium-firm hold without much crunch, while being lightweight. It’s also a godsend that this gel doesn’t leave my hair wet for hours like some do.

AG Re:coil Curl Activator ($22/$38 CDN | Chatters and select salons): This cream-gel of sorts was something I had added to my collection when I started the Curly Girl Method for the first time, but it wasn’t until restarting the journey last December that I really began to enjoy the product. In fact, this is even a repurchase. It sits somewhere between a traditional cream and a gel, with more hold than a cream whilst still lending enhancement. This is a product that I find can help encourage the hair to spiral when paired with a harder hold product on day one but really shines as a product used to refresh my curls and waves combined with water. Also, it performs well for me in all dew points.

Ouidad Vitalcurl Tress Effects Styling Gel ($34.28 CDN | ulta.com): Within the first week or two of restarting the Curly Girl Method, I was lucky enough to find a litre size of the old bottle — formula is hardly any different ingredient wise — for maybe twenty dollars upon seeing it didn’t have silicones or drying alcohols in it. While it did not perform the greatest in the super humid weather this summer, I have gone back to this gel since the weather has began to simmer down and have rekindled my love of it. It’s a lightweight gel with medium hold — but can be built with a second application – that has nice slip, provides the hair with shine and moisture. I enjoy it in mild to subzero temperatures. It contains glycerin, humidity-resistant polymers, film-forming humectants and a modified form of shea butter.

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.