November Favourites

I might actually be posting a favourites post on the first day of the new month – what is this? Regardless, I’m pleased to get back into blogging at this busy time of year, especially after much neglect. Despite being so busy, November was a more interesting month beauty-wise for me and I enjoyed playing with loads of products, and I’m excited to share them!

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Bath & Body Works Flannel Medium Candle ($12.50): Given the colder northern climate that I live in – Atlantic Canada – it should be a given that throughout November, I would experience a drastic emergence of cold cold weather. I don’t mind this completely though, as I love that cozy atmosphere that it provides, and the excuse to get into extreme candle burning mode. I burned candles like a mad woman this month – as you’ll see in my next empties post – but my favourite was this returning cologne scent. It has the perfect throw without being overwhelming, adds that cozy atmosphere with the warm cologne vibe with a hint of citrusy musk and woodsiness and doesn’t seem to cliche or generic.
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Liner ($19.50): Sometime in the last couple of months, I found myself at MAC and couldn’t resist picking up a few products that have been on my wishlist forever, this being one of them. Throughout November, I’ve been attached to this shade and formula. It is not entirely different than many of my rosy-neutral-brown liners that I adore, but it has that peachiness that I find perfect with nudes, neutrals and underneath just about anything. The peachiness keeps the shade a bit more flattering, I would say, though.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in 50 ($62): Before that new NARS cheek palette came into my life at the midway point of the month, I was reaching for this neutral brown powder with rosy undertones to do some bronzing and sculpting at once, on a daily basis. The colour is great and does not read orange or grey in the slightest and the formula feels just as luxe as I would hope for.

Maybelline Superstay Betterskin Concealer in Light ($9-10): In November, I would say that I found my favourite all-rounded drugstore concealer and its this one. It’s neither hydrating nor drying, so it hardly creased underneath the eyes but also goes over dry patches around my chin and nose without accenting them, so it also works on my face. The palest shade works on me unlike many others with a limited shade range, as it has neutral undertones and it has medium-full coverage that looks natural too.

NARS One Shocking Moment Steven Klein Collaboration Cheek Palette ($92): I normally set rules for myself about how long I’ve had to have used a product before including it in a favourites post, but I’ve loved a few of the products that I’ve gotten from the Sephora VIB Sale so much that I couldn’t resist writing this without including them. One of them is this years NARS palette, which has impressed me with its value and inclusion of permanent shades that I’ve wanted to try from the line. NARS Laguna has definitely impressed me as a satin-y brown bronzer that has some sculpting abilities and not an ounce of orange to it and I’ve been rotating between three of the blushes on a daily basis, all of which I adore: Dolce Vita, Luster and Blasphemy. The formula of these powders are definitely impressive and even more than that, it’s versatile, including the essential shades, at a discounted price.

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Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Nude Lipstick in 43 ($7-8): Rimmel’s newer nude lipstick range has an impeccable, easy to wear and comfortable formula, and this brown-hued peach lipstick remained in my purse all month long and I grabbed for it whenever I wanted anything on the lips but quite honestly could not be bothered. It suits dry lips and instantly brightens the face, making you look much less dead.
Sephora Collection Oil Infusion Colour & Care in 03 Peach Tea ($18): I’ve only recently become acquainted with Sephora’s house brand but I’ve been hugely impressed as a whole – so much so that this is the second product that I’ve broken my rule for. It’s an oil-infused gloss that is not sticky at all and more than that is more hydrating than just about any lip balm that I’ve ever tried. It’s essentially a balm in liquid form with a nice sheer peach tint and it’s another product I’ve reached for non-stop. If only it stained slightly or deepened in colour as the YSL offering supposedly does…

Youngblood Brow Artiste Sculpting Pencil in Natural Brunette ($32): If we’re being completely honest here, the Youngblood brow pencil is incredibly pricy and its buildable-rather-than-pigmented and waxy texture could definitely be offsetting to some who prefer to pencil in their brows in a single stroke, but I’ve been enjoying using this pencil regardless. It’s the perfect shade, very ashy without being overly dark on my brows and the combination of the waxy pencil and the spoolie ensures that the brows look groomed but extremely natural. I will say that it makes for quick and easy brows.
MAC Feline Kohl Power Pencil ($19.50): I keep on forgetting to include this intensely black eyeliner in my favourites posts for months on end but this time I did remember. I love the ease of the formula, its creaminess and how it does not budge, but most of all I love the definition it provides with the ease of the pencil formula. I’m definitely an eyeliner girl and this is a nice compromise product when I only have a few minutes to get ready and can’t be bothered with liquid.

What were your November loves?
Maggie, x

The Payday Acquisitions

There’s something life-affirming about waking up naturally and feeling sort of rested, on a nice summer day and not being woken by an alarm signifying that you are due at work in a rather short amount of time. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really like my new job and I’m not knocking that whole responsibility thing in general but I was enjoying the little vacation from its less appealing calls. Alas, I’m going to try to stop with that unrelated rambling thing and get to the point. In honour of receiving a couple of paychecks from my new job, I made a few celebratory purchases – yes, aside from the Paula’s Choice order – and I’ll begin with the three items that I picked up at a going-bankrupt sale from my only local Chanel Beauty counter. I’m more than heartbroken, by the way.

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in N0 10 and N0 50 ($65): Since their release a fair while back, I’ve desperately wanted to try out Chanel’s luxurious glowing non-powdery powders and took this 30% discount as an opportunity to pick up 10 as a sheerer setting powder, to add instant glow, a little bit of coverage and some SPF protection with a light dusting. I was going to stop there but I saw 50 as well and it (rightly so) struck me as the ideal medium toned contour or cooler toned bronzing powder. The foundations that I wanted were out of stock so I somehow justified the purchase of the extravagant powder in two shades and haven’t looked back. In terms of first impressions, the powders are smooth and give that seamless glowing look to the skin that I’m all about.

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Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme ($34.75): With my rebellious and petulant mass of dry and tangly fine wavy curls, I’m always on the lookout for a cream that will offer the hold and definition that I’m requiring while offering hydration and manageability to my hair. I might already have a few newer curl creams on the go but I couldn’t resist picking this one up with its discounted price, mainly because I adore Bumble & Bumble and was intrigued about its performance, being marketed towards finer curl types. My thoughts thus far are that it smells amazing in an understated way and offers some solid hold along with definition.

Prevens Paris Makeup Remover Wipes ($6-7): While I’m not exactly the greatest supporter of using makeup wipes, since trying some gentler options from Costco, Neutrogena and L’Oreal, I have succumbed to their allure for when I need to wash my face and remove makeup and I can’t be bothered to do anything else. Upon first glance, I was impressed with these ones because they are affordable yet don’t contain the harsh drying ingredients that many contain – namely irritating alcohols – and do contain nice hydrating ingredients like glycerin, oils and shea butter along with a couple of antioxidants. They do work nicely to cleanse the skin instantly without irritation or dryness but they unfortunately don’t leave my skin as soft as the L’Oreal Sublime Soft Soothing Cleansing Wipes do.

Studio Makeup Smooth Endurance Creme Eyeshadow in Souffle ($26): Well, the store where I work has recently acquired a few cosmetic brands and Studio Makeup has been one of them and I’ve found myself constantly showing this champagne cream eyeshadow to many customers and ah-ing over it. I figured that was a sign for me to try it out for myself and I’m not displeased in the slightest. The formula is creamy and comparable to Paint Pots and it’s essentially MAC All That Glitters in cream form.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($23): I’ve discussed my desire to sample Becca’s highlighters at great lengths in a variety of wishlist posts, so I had to snap up this more affordable smaller size of their standard famous liquid highlighter when I spotted it at my local Sephora (that doesn’t really carry Becca). I adore how well it meshes with my skin and agrees with my skin despite its finickiness, but most of all I adore the non-shimmery white gold luminous sheen that it leaves wherever its applied. Somehow it seems to add an intense sheen without any sort of visible shimmer; it’s sorcery, obviously.

Have you done any notable beauty shopping recently?
Maggie, x.