Last Night’s Daily Highlights 12.31.2014

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I was not lying – or being anything but genuine – when I went on and on about how excited I was to be able to move my attention back to blogging frequently with the time dedicated that it deserved as soon as I finished exams but somehow the promised blogging action did not quite happen. To be completely honest, I discovered that I was burned out and with family constantly around and a surprising amount of things to do, I did not have the energy to even blog about the things that I love most; I didn’t have the energy to do anything but lounge around in my pajamas, drink copious amounts of coffee, binge-watch youtube videos and netflix and make a dent in the books I got for Christmas to read for fun. But now on the very first day of the new year, I’m back with gusto and ready to rumble and by rumble I mean ramble about my most loved beauty products with a few others thrown in. I had a deliciously mellow NYE with some of my closest friends, a nice little game of the classic Cards Against Humanity and some low-key drinks and I thought I would share some of my favourite things for the night. And don’t roll over in disbelief, I have some non beauty products to share as well.

I’ll begin with the more fashiony bits, but just to warn you, my evening was beyond casual so there’s not particularly interesting and coincidentally they were both Christmas gifts – and much-appreciated ones at that, I might add. My most extravagant gift came from the parents of course, and it was the Fossil Sydney Crossbody Handbag in Taupe, my first leather bag that I love and was absolutely shocked to unwrap. I enjoy a good handbag and often find myself admiring the most gorgeous ones, but I have trouble putting the investment into a higher quality one so I was thrilled to find one in my possession and it doesn’t hurt that it was an actual practical purchase, being a small bag, as I tend to go for the larger ones that can hold the kitchen sink. In a nutshell, I love the quality and versatility of the bag, the fact that it’s a practical crossbody with two nice compartments inside. I’ll stop now. The other fashiony item worthy of note was the Garage Tartan Scarf, another lovely part of my Christmas gift from my friend Laura and her family and I love it because it looks nice and all that jazz along with being practical and warm in our recent cold winter weather. I never thought I would be a tartan kind of girl but I have to say that its yet another nice addition to my large scarf collection. It doesn’t hurt that it’s mega soft, either.

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Now we are moving onto makeup, beginning with the newest product to me, the L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Eyeliner in Carbon Black that I picked up a few days before Christmas in hopes to be able to create a more precise wing on account of the wetter texture. While this liner is definitely one of those traditional difficult-to-use liners that I’ve always shied away from, I have to say that when I have the patience and the steady hand required, I love the precision that this provides while creating a little wing. Even though I certainly was not doing much, I wanted to go for quite the smoky eye, as I tend to do and the majority of this was based around my MAC Eyeshadow Quad; believe it or not, I actually neglected Coquette completely, reaching for All That Glitters all over the lid, Soft Brown through the crease and Smut in the outer v to add that smokiness. On the lips were a fairly recently acquired product, the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and I’m leaning towards feeling devastated that I’ve been ignoring the perfect rosy hued lip pencil in recent weeks in favour of either full-on bold lips or my typical sheerer nude shades.

DSC_0100I’ve raved about the DiorSkin Star Fluid Foundation a good number of times in the last few months but I couldn’t resist mentioning it again. Sidenote: I do insist that my long ago promised review of this foundation will happen soon but my love of it is so strong that I take reviewing it as something that must be done in precise detail. Although the foundation in shade 20 is not my ideal winter shade, I’ve been making it work by actually applying it down my neck and that’s the only somewhat negative thing I can say, this foundation is so good. It’s flattering on my dry patches, lasts a ridiculous long time and just looks like natural but perfected luminous skin. The last makeupy bit that I just had to mention on account of the awe I felt after applying it was the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Rasberry/Opal. It’s the most gorgeous luminous mellowed-out wine toned blush and despite having a mousse-come-cream texture, it might just have the easiest and most foolproof application method, just tabbed on with the fingers. The glow is crazy and I’m pretty sure I could apply this nicely very drunk or half asleep.

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My apologies for the questionable iPhone photos! How was your NYE?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #31

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In a nutshell, last week was a week of feeling under the weather. I’m not saying that I began to not feel well last week but previously I chalked the feeling down to hormonal origin but now I know that I was most certainly fighting something off. There were also a few days of scorching weather and as nice as those days can be, I was not in the mood and continously found myself wishing for cooler autumnal weather. Don’t shoot me. Along with feeling more than a little bit run down, I experienced quite possibly the worse eczema breakout in my life with that painful itchiness and burning, along with the unsightly physical symptoms. I can’t chalk it down to one specific thing considering that I’m one of those people that are mildly sensitive to a myriad of things but I did go with my cousin to pick up her new kitten at the pet store (stupidly because I am quite allergic to dander) and suddenly felt awful; BAM, then the symptoms occurred. Allergies and skin sensitivities are no fun. At all. Ever.

I might not have been wearing makeup every day of the week and when I did I didn’t exactly go for the full deal but despite these two facts, there have been a good number of makeup related items that scored highly on my “things I loved” metaphorical checklist last week…

  1. Essie Sssssexy Snakeskin Magnetic Nail Colour- At the very end of the previous week, I had painted my nails in this opaque oxblood hue and despite my extremely questionable polish skills (pertaining to its magnetic effect), I found myself really enjoying them. Also, there were about five coats of polish on my nails (because it took that long for me to figure out how to create the design) and it still lasted nicely for 4-5 days. I will definitely be reaching for this colour in the very near future.
  2. A cup of tea in my favourite mug – Traditionally I’m much more of a latte kind of girl but since feeling so drab and generally questionable, I’ve found a cup of tea to be therapeutic and relaxing. There’s no type in particular but I have consistently been enjoying that whole relaxed tea-drinking experience.
  3. My new Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base & Contour Blush in Paloma – I have gone on and on about my intense love for the contouring blush on a few occasions since receiving my order in the mail and that still hold’s true as the product is pigmented and buttery, providing instant cheekbones but I’ve been really impressed with the primer as well; it might not always prevent creasing for me but it minimizes it the best out of any primer that I’ve tried.
  4. Kate’s “Forever Repurchased #8” post – Kate’s blog-posts are just the best in general, so life was extra good when I was reading her chronicle those products that are so amazing that she actually does that crazy thing and repurchases them rather than trying something new. These posts are really helpful as they show what products truly are so amazing that they beg to be repurchased but hers was also entertaining to read as well!
Apologies for the late post; regardless, how was your week?
Maggie, x.

Tuesday’s Daily Highlights

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Tuesday was all kinds of crazy, beginning with an early start (and stressful one), involving getting my first fillings, and didn’t slow down until nighttime, being out and about all day but it was a day that I was pleased with the whole makeup etc. situation. So despite not getting a good quality photo in the slightest, I thought I would share the items that I was particularly pleased with along with some thoughts; I’m sure you know the drill by now.

Although my nails weren’t quite as presentable as in the above photo — it was a good few days later and the polish was quite caked on — I was loving them. I was wearing (and still am) the Essie Snakeskin Magnetic Nail Colour in Sssssexy and although it took far too many coats to get there, I actually managed to get the magnetic effect to work — the secret is in shaking the bottle to activate the magnetic ability by the way — but I only figured out on my forth coat. I love the opaque formula, as I could almost have gotten away with one coat and the oxblood hue and the magnet-induced gradient gave them cool-looking definition. This was my first foray back into the autumnal shades that I adore and I don’t expect to be putting it down soon.

The thing about getting up and ready early, especially when you’re nervous, is that your practical senses aren’t exactly on point. This rarely happens but I managed to leave the house while wearing a dirty top so I was left without the time to come home and change and had to find something to buy where we were. Although I haven’t shopped there consistently since my junior high years, I popped into Garage and quickly found a cute paper-thin sweater to replace the shirt I had on; said garment was called the Black Slit Dolman Sleeve Tee and I’ve surprised myself by how much I love the faded ‘greige’ top. I love that I can wear it in the warmer weather that we’re having because it’s so lightweight and doesn’t make you overheated but still attractive with it’s slightly cropped cut (I was wearing high-waisted jeans) and slouchy shape. I’m having a love affair with these grey-beige neutrals at the moment. It also has that cute-yet-impractical open back.

Even though it was quite a quick and low-key makeup day as it was so early and I was so tired, there were three products worthy of mention and two of them were new ones chronicled in yesterday’s post here. I’ve mentioned my love of eyeliner on even the most minimal of makeup days and because everything was low-key, I figured it was the day to try my sample of the Marc Jacobs Beauty High(Liner) in Brown(Out) and I was as pleased as can be about that decision; I had never had anything glide on so smoothly (yet nicely) and with as rich colour as the bronzy-tinged liner. It also lasted like nothing else and now I’m intrigued by these liners… The second new product that had to be mentioned was the rosy-tinged tan and ivory coloured NARS Contour Blush in Paloma because with a few swipes on the cheekbones and temples, my face was given instant shape and cheekbones.

And last but not least, my beloved Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup had to be mentioned – yet again. With my fingertips, I can quickly blend this velvety foundation into my skin in a way that makes it look like its my skin rather than makeup, it lasts well and it has that natural luminosity to it. It’s a nice one for tired skin especially when you’re wearing SPF underneath and want to avoid that shiny effect that would happen with a dewier foundation. And it offers a good medium coverage somehow. It’s fantastic.

What have your daily highlights been?
Maggie, x.

The Daily Highlights 07.16.2014

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Before I really get into things here, there are two things that I want to say and if we’re lucky, these two things won’t turn into a novella… First, I’m in this weird blogging funk where I have so many blog post ideas but as a result am unable to commit to one of them and therefore unable to bring anything into fruition and secondly, for some reason that I appear to be unable to articulate or even think about with any sort of coherence, I am even less competent at taking decent selfies with my new and improved camera than on the good ol’ iPhone. The point of the second thought? A picture or two of lesser quality might appear in this post seeing as I was unable to capture an aspect or two of the daily face otherwise. And I have the need to ramble, even if it is through typing.

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Mono in Universal Sun: Given the number of times I’ve made declarations of my love for this bronzer, it shouldn’t be surprising that I can’t put it down and that I don’t want to. With it’s pigmented and creamy soft-matte texture, it’s the most forgiving true warm red-toned bronzer; it works to add authentic-looking colour to the skin but also seems to be able to help with a bit of cheekbone sculpting as well. Love.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation:It seems like many absolutely adore this foundation and place it as superior to all others but I don’t exactly fit into that camp — I go through phases of liking it but find myself resenting it and putting it away for months at a time. If you ask me, it’s one of those products that only works well when applied in the most precise of ways and with it’s tendency to highlight dry patches on the face, it can easily look very obvious on the skin and isn’t the easiest to sheer out either. However, I applied it optimally today when I decided to pull it out and I instantly remembered why it was worth putting the effort to prime the skin for it and spend ages massaging it into the skin. This is one that I like to be very well moisturizer for and applying a primer on top doesn’t hurt either.

MAC Creme d’Nude Lipstick:I know I’ve gone on before about how this shade was my first lipstick love but now I tend to find it difficult to wear unless I’m sporting a serious smokey eye as it washes me out but when I paired it with a neutral lipliner today, it was perfection. The creamy formula does show the most severe of all dry patches but other than that, it can’t be faulted when applied in this way. When the concealer lip effect is eliminated, this warm peachy nude shade is gorgeous. Note to self: apply in this manner more often.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow:I may have stopped constantly declaring my love for this cool-toned pink blush, shot through with marbelized pale opal veining, however, I still love this blush to pieces for giving that gorgeous pink rosy glow to the cheeks. It actually helps with diffusing imperfections which is nice and I can’t exactly explain why I love this one so much – I just do. With a little more colour to my skin this one does require a little more building up though, but that’s to be expected with such a muted colour. I’m in need of at least one more shade of these. Ahh — run, wallet, run!

Have you tried any of these? What products have caught your attention today?
Maggie, x.