October Favourites

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I must say that while I’m not the biggest fan of the large volume of tasks and the associated stresses that October has brought, I do absolutely adore that whole cozy laid-back feel that has come over us all with the cooling weather – that I love, being someone who is always warm and detests being in such a state. I’ve also rather enjoyed having the justification to burn candles and being able to wear cozy sweaters and this can be easily found in my favourites.

Aldo Lazares Satchel ($60)

I will admit that because I’ve been loving this colour-blocked crossbody bag so much on a daily basis this month, I’m afraid it is not in the most immaculate shape and I’m both sorry and not for that. It’s not real leather or anything but I find Aldo quality to be pretty good for resisting wear and I’ve enjoyed carrying this bag around because it’s not too out there but looks stylish (IMO) and it fits my laptop and a nice amount of other stuff inside it without any sort of difficulty.

Gap Drop-Shoulder Sweater in Mushroom ($54.95)

I have been similarly obsessed with this lightweight but warm slouchy sweater that I picked up at the same time as the bag, for not entirely different reasons – it’s practical in terms of comfort and whatnot and I think it looks much more pulled together than the usual alternatives. It is not itchy which I rather like and I find the slouchy silhouette suits my typical leggings and rather slim-fitting jeans, plus I’m having a love affair with the grey hue. I’ve worn this sweater as often as would be seen socially acceptable and then some.

Bath & Body Works Flannel Mini Candle ($5)

I was indeed distraught contemplating whether to include this one in this months post, not because I was not loving it immensely throughout the month (even above other candles as I was in the candle burning mood) but instead because Bath & Body Works apparently decided to get rid of it when their Winter candles came out – I found this out the hard way. Alas, I’ve been loving burning this quite musky somewhat-masculine scent that has this pleasing fresh undercurrent to it that somehow reads as unisex and enticing. It’s like Mahogany Teakwood without the woodsy element but might perhaps make me feel even more relaxed. It should be noted that it kind of smells like an attractive male who might be wearing flannel.1

Phillipa Gregory ‘The White Queen’ ($14-19)

Thanks to picking up this book again and rereading it, I’ve fallen back into the habit of reading for fun – shock horror – and have been enjoying it tremendously. It has that accurate historical spin that leaves you reeling paired with good writing and an astonishing lack of clichéd-ness – certainly not a word I’m aware…

DiorSkin Star Fluid Foundation ($50)

We’re coming to the final stretch of this favourites segment and I promise the rest are all products of the beauty variety and I can say with absolute certainty that this one has earned the top spot. I’ve been wearing this pretty much exclusively since picking it up a month ago and it has quickly earned its place among my top favourite foundations. It somehow manages to impress me despite its otherworldly claims and hype, bringing that luminosity and texture-concealing factor that I’m looking for with ridiculous longevity and impressive coverage at the same time.

It’s not quite like my sheerer luminous foundations in the sense that it looks 100% like bare skin – it is hardly detectable on the skin unless your looking for it – and is the most flattering on moderately dry patches and textured areas. Plus, I love that this foundation is lightweight and hydrating, formulated without irritating alcohols; I believe this is what allows my skin to not look a bit dull and dehydrated as the day goes on but rather luminous and all that jazz. There will be a review in the near future and it will be glowing.

MAC Powder Blush in Style ($21/26)

Although I seem to have had taken quite a break from my usual obsessive chronicling of blushes in recent favourites, I promise that I’m here again in my typical fashion to ramble on about my current obsession. This month I’ve fallen in love with this peachier coral with the most gorgeous gold sheen to it and I’m not even going to apologize for being consistent with my year-round coral blush loving. It’s life. Plus my palette is out to get me and won’t let me get the pan out.

Indeed Laboratories Facial Powdered Exfoliator ($29.99)

I’ve been enjoying this fruit acid packed powder exfoliant for a few months but I’ve been relying on it 2-3 times a week in the last month or so because it’s delivered on the brightening front, rescuing my skin from dullness, especially coming with the cooler weather.

L’Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo ($9-10)

I finally succumbed to the hype of this sulfate-free affordable shampoo and I couldn’t be more pleased with myself. It cleans the hair effectively but gently and doesn’t cause any adverse effects such as tangling up my hair or weighing it down and comes awfully close to my favourite Pureology shampoo. It also smells delicious.

Garnier Deconstructed Texture Tease ($7-8)

Especially when I’ve been touching up my natural waves after day or two of wear by adding some curl with my straightener, I’ve been enjoying liberally spraying my hair with this texturizing and volumizing spray. I tend to lean upside down and work it into the roots of my hair in that position and it works to add instant volume that doesn’t fall after five measly minutes. It adds a fair bit of grittiness so it’s not one that I would recommend to anyone who loves that clean soft feeling in their hair.

 What were you loving this month?
Maggie, x.

A Weekend Wishlist

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While in my experience it is crucial to write unique content to your aesthetic, it can be fine to follow the herd at other times, especially ones like this one where it feels authentic; without futher ado, I’m jumping onto the bandwagon with my first ever cliched ‘Weekend Wishlist’. Keep on reading if you’d like to hear my latest musings about this edited selection of items that I’m lusting over at the moment…

1.Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm ($19) 

The Nuxe balm is one of those products that are constantly raved about by other bloggers with supposedly similar lip concerns as mine but it’s something that I’ve always passed off as purely hype but when I was strolling around the large Shopper’s Drugmart in downtown Halifax, I spotted the balm and gave the tester a try on the back of my hand. I was impressed with how rich the translucent matte balm felt instantly and I’ve got my eye on this one now. I have reeeeeeally dry, sensitive and chapped lips, if you weren’t already aware and I’m always searching for a cure, or at the very least a product that works rather well.

2. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita ($30)

I’ve been on a NARS kick lately (and loving it) and I’ve had my eye on this deep rosy hue for ages  so it only seems prudent to include this one here. I haven’t tried the velvet matte lip pencils yet but I have tried the Satin formulation and I want to try more. I’ve been really into these your-lips-but-deeper shades that instantly make you look less dead but aren’t too over the top and this one seems to be the quintessential autumnal shade.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush ($41)

I’m fairly certain that I included the Diffused Heat shade in my last wishlist post and I haven’t since indulged in a second shade of the luxurious blush range but I figure that since I just bought another coral blush, I should have my eye on one in this range that is at least slightly different than my 383 coral blushes. Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose” and from what I’ve heard the description is apt, being a more glowing warm rosy shade. I am aware of my blush problem, if you were wondering.

4. H&M Powder Oversized Jumper ($19.95)

I absolutely adore these lightweight and relaxed sweaters — in fact, they are a wardrobe staple — and I loved the pale blush-hued lettering on this one. It seems to tick all of the other boxes too, being very affordable and having the bold lettering graphic. A sweater like this, skinny jeans or leggings and a slouchy scarf are the main components of my quintessential fall outfits.

5. MUJI 5 Drawers Acrylic Case ($27.95)

Given how horrifically cliched the inclusion of the typical makeup storage is here, I’m doubtful that much of an explanation is required. Even after looking around for a local and more affordable storage option, I’ve come up with nothing and am seriously considering paying the monstrous shipping rate and ordering from the storage experts themselves. It’s funny how I used to laugh at those who got excited over beauty storage but now seem to be turning into someone who spends time researching makeup storage. If any of you have used Muji storage, let me know if its worthwhile below – please?

6. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink ($32)

Again, I’m emphasizing my awareness of my teeny-tiny blush buying problem. Lately I’ve been really enjoying the natural-looking luminosity that cream blushes bring to the cheeks and this multi-purpose formula instantly came to my mind as an option; they’re not overly pricy and they go gorgeously onto the cheeks and lips. I already have the much warmer and deeper Rose shade (which I love) and this lighter/brighter warm pink shade seemed right up my street. Plus, it’s not even coral…

7. NARS Radiant Cream Foundation in Fiji ($43)

My foundation obsession slash buying problem might just rival my blush one but this product is actually one that I’ve sampled for a good amount of time and believe to be worth the money. The cream texture feels lightweight on the skin, doesn’t highlight dry patches and provides a gorgeous luminosity to the skin while offering good medium-plus coverage. Somehow this manages to perfect the skin without giving that dull mask-like effect in the slightest. Although Punjab is a better match for me now when I have a bit of colour, Fiji seems to be a better match for me throughout the year with it’s peachy-beige undertones. I can definitely see this foundation as a staple in the cooler months, but I’ve been using my sample in the hot weather and it works well too.

8. Dior Star Fluid Foundation in 20 Light Beige ($58)

So I need another foundation like I need a hole in my head but when I heard about Dior’s new foundation offering and it’s alcohol-free ingredient list, I was instantly intrigued. Dior has impressed me before with the Diorskin Nude foundation so when I heard of their new brightening and illuminating foundation and read the impressive ingredient list, I knew that I at least had to try it. It also helps that I’ve heard great things about this one, being all illuminating and skin-like and all that jazz. It shall be mine.

9. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant ($24)

Despite not trying her actual line of products, I have been listening to her product recommendations for over a year now and have watched my skin improve so naturally I’ve been curious about her affordable but effective product line and given my love of well-formulated alcohol-free chemical exfoliants, this brightening daily formula was an obvious contender.

10. Citizens of Humanity Avedon Ultra Skinny Jeans ($209)

Even as I type the words into the keys of my laptop, I can scarcely believe that I am seriously including a two hundred dollar pair of jeans in one of my realistic wishlist but nevertheless here I am, doing this. Last year, I picked up a pair of these jeans for less than half of the retail price in a plum colour and fell in love –they suck in the stomach like nothing else, make the butt look less flat and are comfortable to boot — and I’d love to snap up another pair in a more traditional hue if the price was right. These skinny jeans are magical on my thin and stick-like legs slash rather nonexistent butt —if you know me in real life, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

11. Nude Skincare Miracle Mask ($60)

It was not intentional in the least, but it does seem rather fitting that both skincare products mentioned are brightening options, loaded with AHA’s. The one, however, it significantly more expensive but what others have said in praise of this one and the ingredient list make it into a promising option; it’s an exfoliating treatment with gentle rice powder along with the chemical exfoliants in mask form that is meant to combat dullness and an uneven skin tone. In my experience, AHA’s have done all of these things and more for my skin so I’m always up for trying more.

What products are topping your wishlist at the moment?

Maggie, x.