Beauty & The Book #2

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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.

 

Weekly Medley #55

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On the positive side, last week I managed to conquer that dreadful cold and I had the week off from university to rest, recharge and complete three rather large assignments. The Reading Break wasn’t exactly a break for me in the slightest but I was productive and I caught up a good bit on blogging, getting four posts out there that I felt really good about. In particular, I had such a nice and productive Saturday morning that I took it on myself to apply each and every of the eight MAC Lipsticks that I own and it turned into a full-on lengthy collection post complete with thoughts and lip swatches and I can’t even tell you how pleased I was with it – so that was a nice thing.

1. The Daily Face #24 | Smokey Eyes and Rosy Lips & Cheeks
2. I Used Up Things #5
3. The Disappointment: Essie No Chips Ahead
4. MAC Lipstick Collection + Lip Swatches, Musings & Favourites

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but in the last maybe three weeks, we’ve had more storms around here that I can count and it’s been absolutely freezing. Now, I’m well used to dealing with winter (being a Canadian and all) but my skin in particular has taken a hit from these subzero temperatures. I’ve been continuously reaching for the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil to combat the drier and more sensitive skin, not just nearly every night but also in the morning when things are a little dry and foundation application would be a little frightening with just the standard moisturizing routine. Also on the dealing with drier skin theme, I’ve dug out my Quo Foundation Sponge that’s long overdue for a replacement – with the tearing starting to happen – and even longer overdue for a thorough clean and as one would imagine, I wet it and wring out the excess water and then use it to apply foundation seamlessly and more forgivingly – most likely because the sponge is wet and it sheers things out a bit. And finally on the most interesting beauty note, I sucked it up and finally admitted to myself that I had somehow lost my beloved NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil, had quite the freak out slash hissy fit and then obsessively searched my bags and finally found the treasure missing from my life. Let me tell you, the comfortable and long-wearing deepened red-berry hue was just as great as I had originally remembered and our romance has been rekindled.

Er, how was your week etc.?
Maggie, x.