Beauty & The Book #3

Just to state the obvious, it has been a lengthy amount of time since my last installment in my ‘Beauty & The Book’ series and while I am endeavouring to get back to it in the next few hundreds of words, this one is going to be a little bit different; there’s a connection between the beauty product and the piece of literature – as the book is a beauty-themed one – and they are created by the same company or individual.


Paula Begoun’s “Don’t go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me” Vol. 9 ($22.95): In any other circumstance I would be incredibly skeptical of taking complete (or even incomplete) skincare advice and information from anyone who had their own brand – simply because I wouldn’t be able to move past the suspicion that they were just saying what ever they wanted to spout in order to sell their product. However the visible improvement in my skin during the last couple of years thanks to her advice, the fact that she created her line as a response to the lack of products that performed well in respect to their claims, the truth that she is willing to recommend products from lines other than her own and that she cites studies to support her claims has all but eliminated this skepticism. This book provides a trustworthy account of her philosophy, the ways in which the consumer is mislead by marketing and general myths and how skincare can realistically work, whilst providing compelling evidence of why and educating the consumer on how what kind of ingredients and products to incorporate into their routines. It’s incredibly comprehensive and goes over skin concern, type and just about anything. And this is just before she reviews individual products from from a plethora of lines for a good 800 pages, which is incredibly helpful for sorting out what products you should include in your routine and the like. She and her co-writers somehow manage to do this without entering bland writing territory that bores one to tears.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner ($20): For ages I’ve understood that there were such things as toners with non-irritating and even beneficial ingredients, but I never truly understood the allure of these hydrating milky liquids until this calming offering has entered my life. Unlike traditional toners in their ingredients, consistency and questionable efficacy, this is a lightweight hydrating serum served in liquid form with a plethora of beneficial ingredients and absolutely nothing known to be irritating. Just as a good serum or treatment should, this toner contains the usual hydrating ingredients along with a healthy dose of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients and ingredients that can combat irritation and inflammation. I could see the difference hours after my first application of this cloudy milky toner – my skin was notably less dehydrated, much more plump and radiant and calmed significantly. It has a healthy dose of the barrier-repairing hyaluronic acid, vitamins c and e, the cell-communicating niacinamide along with the expected nourishing plant oils. I’ve only been using this toner for maybe two weeks, but I’m definitely hooked.

Any Thoughts?
Maggie, x.



Beauty & The Book #2


Let’s start with my two (in)significant musings of note today: (1) I’m fairly certain that the only reason that I’ve found the time during this crazy season – in more ways than one – to actually whip out a blog post on a Tuesday or Wednesday (or maybe even Thursday for that matter…) is that I actually slept like a functional human being last night, along with the fact that I don’t have any impending deadlines this week and (2) that it’s the last week of Winter. Despite being one of those rare human beings that enjoy Winter, on account of the relaxed and cozy vibes that come along with it, I can understand the desire for the season to end – and I even share that desire – but the truth is that we are scheduled for yet another snowstorm tomorrow so it appears that Canada isn’t quite joining the changing seasons yet. Now, let’s get on my second installment in the series where I ramble on about my love for both a book and something of the beauty variety.

Thomas King’s “Green Grass, Running Water”

While it’s true that my love of books can only be described as insurmountable, I was not expecting to love it because I’m a terrible Canadian and have low expectations for pieces of ‘Canadian literature’ and that it was read as assigned reading for my Canadian lit class. It’s a really interesting, strangely humorous and poignant tale that describes the experiences of individuals of the Blackfoot community, particularly focusing on the intersection between the larger Euro-centric Canadian society and aboriginal culture. The writing is all kinds of beautiful, even whilst there is so much going on (especially in terms of the sheer number of references) and I’m partial to the dialogue and storyline that occurs between Coyote (the dancing and laughing demigod), the Lone Ranger, Robinson Crusoe, Ishmael, Hawkeye and the unidentified first person narrator.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($7.99)

Believe it or not, I have never used the actual Beauty Blender, nor have I been tempted to try it, let alone think about purchasing the hyped $26 dollars beauty sponge, however, I have to say that I’ve fallen in love with using this dampened sponge to apply foundation or concealer, especially on my currently very dry skin. As much as I was enjoying the purple Quo Beauty Sponge as an alternative to everyone’s favourite pricier offering, I have to say that this one takes the cake because of just how bouncy it is and how it absorbs water and expands after you wring it out to an even larger degree. I’m also partial to the smaller pointier end for some highlighting and concealing with minimal effort.

Any recent book or beauty recs?
Maggie, x.