Weekly Medley #56/57

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After a relatively busy week of essay writing, exam preparation stress and minimal sleep, I had somehow convinced myself that during last weekend and the early days of this week I didn’t have to run around like a chicken with its head chopped off and make serious headway on the assignments with steady and continuous deadlines that were looming. It was a mistake, it was only by the grace of the finest caffeine, my disturbing ability to work under the worse conditions optimally and my ability to perform while being very sleep deprived. I survived, which is the important thing – and I didn’t screw anything up royally. Oh, the joys of university student life. Things haven’t slowed down that much but it has gotten to the point that I’m ecstatic that I don’t have any assignments due in the next week and that I have some time to breathe as I conquer my mountain of readings and get on that essay writing train…

  1. Oh, Coffee, how I love thee… We may or may not have plans to elope, but more seriously I don’t know how I would survive without the potent kind of the divine beverage.
  2. Essie Cashmere Matte Collection’s Comfy in Cashmere … My nail polish obsession has continued and this has been my latest object of fixation. It’s one of those gorgeous greige colours with a matte finish – as the name would suggest – and the most gorgeous blue iridescent lean running throughout. I can understand why people are so divided on the polishes in this collection though, – while they are interesting neutrals that have nice pigmentation and interesting hues, they don’t last long on the nails especially without being top coated and they can kind of dry ridiculously fast – but I love this one regardless.
  3. Keeping up with the daily sunscreen … Even though I don’t love wearing sunscreen every day because of the hassle and how finicky my skin is with the stuff, I’ve been keeping up with going for it on the daily and since switching to Differin and going a little heavy on it, using any sort of chemical product (i.e. the Clinique Superdefense) has been out of the question, I’ve gone back to the Avene High Protection Mineral Cream as a moisturizing step in my routine and its been working like a charm, even though it takes some time to blend it and to set to neutralize the pinky white-ish cast.
  4. A New Top-Coat Lemming… I’m one of those people with nail chipping issues so a good top coat is a requirement and at the moment I own zero that can be described as good and have a still functional and usable texture. Over the last few days (somewhat out of frustration), I’ve put some research in and I’ve come to the conclusion that the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat needs to come into my life. I don’t even care that it’s not the fastest drying top coat if it keeps polish on as long as people say it does!
  5. Another Drugstore Dash … I’m not going to even apologize for my foray into the local drugstore after class last week, fueled by my desire to buy things and forget about the 2737 things that I was stressed about and joined by my partner in crime – at least I kept it at three items and two of them I’m really pleased with and the other is just fine. First up the OPI ’50 Shades of Grey’ Nail Polish in Cement The Deal has the most amazing formula ever and is far more interesting than it appears as a dullish grey cream, second, I was more than pleased to pick up the Garnier Curl Construct Creation Mousse for a mere few dollars on sale and I’m equally pleased to say that it has been a much more impressive one than the last few that I’ve tried – actually working and neither drying out my hair or leaving that weird residue. On the final note, I like the Maybelline ‘Rebel Nudes’ Lipstick in 700 Barely Bloomed just fine but I made an error with my shade choice, as it’s just another peachy nude that seems to look very similar to a number of lipsticks that I own and love – in the bullet, it appears much more peachy and pastel-y and because of this, I wished I had gone for one of the more corally shades!
  6. My first Paula’s Choice order… Just a tad over a week ago, I bit the bullet and ordered a few things from Paula’s Choice for the first time and this product (the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment) was one of those things and I would have it now if there wasn’t this stupid mix-up that happened with shipping with our bad weather conditions. Regardless, I’m pretty excited to receive my products (and plethora of samples) and should have it early in the week.
Any thoughts on the last few weeks?
Maggie, x.

Recent Drugstore Acquisitions (Minus the Lip Product Buying Binge)

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Do I really need to say anything more? Although I’m pleased to report that I have been fairly in control with my purchases as of late, I have acquired a nice number of new things from the drugstore in the last month or so. I’ve been pretty reasonable when you take the semi-crazy heavy load of purchasing at Target with its liquidation sale — it’s unfortunately leaving Canada — out of the equation at least, particularly when I bought over five lip products without batting an eye. I’m leaving the majority of the lip products out for a later overview post but there were a good few other Target buys worth noting and I picked up a few things today.

Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($14.99):

I’m typically very interested in these smaller brands created for use on curlier hair but more often than not, they tend to be rather difficult (or impossible) to get a hold of in Canada and are remarkably expensive. Naturally, with Target — the only place that stocks Curls unleashed — closing down and a small discount offered on all products of the hair variety, I couldn’t resist purchasing the promising sulphate-free shampoo. It does not disappoint in the slightest. It’s gentle, being free of sulfates but it also doesn’t have silicones to provide that nourished feeling and therefore is gentle enough on the hair but provides thorough buildup removal and leaves no sort of weight in the hair. The herbal lemon and rosemary scent is all kinds of amazing, too!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime Primer in Blur + Redness Control ($11.99):

Eager to experience the skin smoothing and perfecting magic that primers have been touted as providing, I grabbed Maybelline’s new green-tinged redness correcting and imperfection correcting offering. I’ve been enjoying the silicone-based primer but unfortunately, I have not found the colour correction abilities to be overly potent, however, I have to say that I quite like the smoothing hydrating texture.

L’Oreal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Makeup in 603 Classic Ivory ($15.99):

I fully acknowledge that I have a monstrous foundation buying problem but the sale left me unable to resist. I’m a fan of L’Oreal in general and have wanted to try one of their foundations for ages – despite how pricey they are for drugstore – so I went for the natural-finish longwearing formula that has been regarded highly by Lisa freaking Eldridge. I find it to be more semi-matte than natural finish but I’m pleased to say that its a long-wearing base that actually works on my dry skin.

NYX Powder Blush in Cinnamon ($8.99):

Being interested in that natural rosy-cheeked effect, I’ve had my eye on a few of those matte red blushes over time so naturally, I was thrilled when I spotted the orange-red NYX beauty for the first time at my Target and it wasn’t tampered with, I couldn’t resist. It’s a nice blush to add that authentic rosy effect, but I have to admit that I haven’t fallen in love yet as it doesn’t quite provide that instant glow that I tend to find myself grabbing for.

Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in 02 Charmed ($9.99):

I couldn’t very well leave Target and its lovely sale without picking up something from their exclusive Sonia Kashuk line, could I? Being dry skinned and generally into that glowing life, I was intrigued by the multipurpose balm formula, especially when I spotted the true coral colour offering. It’s definitely a unique product but in a nice way. It doesn’t have the most pigmentation but it’s effortless to use and has that build ability that makes life easier; the texture feels gel-like, which is a nice departure from the potentially waxy consistency of a dewy balm product, but it also offers a bit of natural looking luminosity. The nail polish kind of applicator is actually fairly simple to use on both the cheeks and lips and I’ve found the formula to be compatible with both areas.

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Essie Cashmere Matte Nail Lacquer in Comfy in Cashmere ($8.99-11.99):

All February long, my close friend, Lauren and I, have been obsessed with the Cashmere Matte Collection from Essie so naturally I was more than pleased today when I spotted the collection after nearly a month of stalking the stores. This shade is part of the grege-y family that I adore and has that matte textured finish with kind of the most amazing blue iridescence. I’ve only just applied it so I can’t comment on longevity or anything but the formula is almost opaque in a single coat and dries like a champ, as far as I can tell. I’m very excited – can you tell?

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($7-8):

With the current weather lately and generally dry and lacklustre skin I’ve been going back to the damp sponge method of foundation application and my old one was falling apart, so upon spotting the beauty blender “dupe” at Lawton’s today (on sale for five dollars this week), I was not going to resist. As it’s still inside packaging, I will report back.

Have you done any drugstore shopping recently?
Maggie, x.

The Weekday Wishlist #3 | February

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Today I had a paper due, I’m sick with my yearly cold from hell, I have a growing pile of work to get accomplished, I’m exhausted and we had yet another storm today so it’s safe to say that I was not up for much blogging wise – but I did want to post something. Although it has only been a few weeks since my last wishlist post and I haven’t really gone shopping so I’m still lusting after those items big time, I thought I would gather another collection of items that I’ve got my eye on.I’m not complaining, but I’m complaining.

Remember when I talked about how nail obsessed I randomly became last week and lusted over nail polishes? Well, the whole gorgeous Essie Cashmere Matte collection was the main object of my lusting, with a gorgeous collection of interesting neutrals with matte but reflective shades. I’m forcing myself to narrow myself to one polish and this mauve-hued taupe shade has to be my top pick with the amazing pale blue duochrome. Unfortunately, I don’t know a single person who has managed to nab them in stores around me.

I came to accept the sad truth the other day, that my loved Caudal moisturizer is nearing the end and as much as I want to purchase another out of my anxiety for being without the soothing cream, I want to try something else – namely this mineral sunscreen enriched moisturizer that has enticing ingredients but actually costs under thirty dollars. As regular readers might be aware, I tend to suffer from bizarre reactions to sunscreen but I am definitely attempting to get sunscreen into my daily routine, rain or shine – especially after learning that your skin is damaged by the UVA rays as soon as the sun is out, even inside your own house. Moderately terrifying, no?

Ever since falling in love with the formula of the hella expensive Chanel Rouge Double Intensites last month, I’ve been eager to have a go with the more affordable dual-ended long wearing lip products in the same vein and I’ve heard great things about the new L’Oreal offering. The fact that it actually comes with a balm and not that gloss topper intrigued me as did the medium-toned peachy rose hue.

Just like every beauty blogger seems to be on the planet, I’m somewhat willingly taking a ride on the Hourglass train and the current object of this obsession is this eyeshadow palette despite the fact that I need an eyeshadow palette like a need a hole in my head and I’ve heard some questionable things about the blend ability and powdery nature of these shadows. There’s something so intriguing about their smokey palette offering – even beyond the gorgeous packaging – with a matte cream, a metallic gold, matte medium-dark brown, a darkened teal blue with a shimmery finish and a metallic taupe-leaning silver. The palette has an interesting combination of both warm and cool-toned shades and it appears to have a healthy mixture of matte and shimmery finishes, along with the colours for a multitude of interesting variations on the smokey eye theme.

I’ve mentioned more than once or twice in recent months that I’ve been getting into that whole lip liner game that has been oh-so-trendy in recent months and obviously that might be conducive to adding a new liner or two from the stash. MAC’s probably my go-to place for all things makeup because they are trustworthy, have a lovely return policy and aren’t actually ridiculously expensive and I’ve heard great things about this rosy shade. Believe it or not, it’s actually not red, but like the name could suggest half way in between a nude and a red.

For years and years American Eagle has been my go-to haunt for all things clothing, although I’ve definitely stopped my frankly obsessive weekly visits in the last year or two. There’s something about the store that allows for a stress-free shopping experience, they have great sales and generally decent prices – although this is a rather expensive t-shirt – and do that comfy slouchy top thing that I absolutely adore. I love this burgundy hue and that whole loose and slouchy vibe and just about everything else minus the retail price and the fact that it only comes in one size. Lame.

What do you have your heart set on at the moment?
Maggie, x.