March 2015 Favourites

While for the consensus of others who make content detailing their favourite products of the month, the theme that they’re working with is the beginnings of spring, warmth and sunshine, my month was full of snow, more snow, ice, a storm or five and zero times when the temperatures rose above freezing. However, don’t despair now; in April, we’ve had a few promising days when it’s been a good five or six degrees and I’ve been convinced that the seasons are changing despite the presence of huge snowbanks everywhere you go around these parts. Anyway, my March consisted of more cold weather, a good amount of weather-and-personal-stupidity-induced skin irritation and subjecting myself to an unhealthy amount of stress, reading, essay writing and sleep-deprivation. Fortunately, I have not amassed a large quantity of items to share and declare my love to and I’m thinking this is a somewhat of a more interesting lot of products… don’t hold me to it, though.

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  • Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($20)

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Although I’m sure that my extremely irritable skin would have fared better with a fragrance-free moisturizer and with a product with more stable packaging, I was loving this soothing and nourishing margarita scented cream. Unlike just about every other scent with sugar in the name, it smelled more zesty than nauseatingly sweet and it moisturized without even stinging my eczema’d skin even though I was going through a flare up – thanks to my elevated stress levels and the problematic weather. I also adore how rich and concentrated the cream is and how it’s not just immediately absorbed into your skin, leaving the feeling and itchiness of dryness in its wake.

  • Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment ($30 US)

I didn’t receive my order from Paula’s Choice until the middle of the month, but given my love for the products – particularly this hydrating AHA-based exfoliant – I couldn’t hold back from including one. I love how this is formulated with a serum-like texture for added extra soothing action and moisture to my face and more than that, I love how it has effective AHA along with a small percentage of BHA to reap the benefits of gentle chemical exfoliation without irritating my skin further. Upon the first couple of uses, I could see the brightening and smoothing effects of the acids, even though they never leave my routine.

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  • Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($55)

Throughout March, my face was extra dehydrated, irritated and sensitive because of my lovely stress response in my skin, the erratic weather/heating, my stupidly frequent use of a brand new retinoid product and my daily use of sunscreen on my sensitive skin – using this nighttime labelled oil before moisturizer in the morning and the evening has worked wonders to soothe, hydrate and help smooth the texture of my skin. It’s like a breath of fresh air for my skin and adds a bit of glow, which was helpful particularly under makeup.

  • Essie Cashmere Matte Nail Lacquer in Comfy in Cashmere ($9.99-11.99) | review

Despite the deadlines and general lack of extra time that I had available in March, I relied on painting my nails frequently as a means of relieving stress and it was almost always this greige polish that has the most interesting blue iridescence despite being matte. I reviewed it before, but in short it dries so fast that it’s kind of amazing but it unfortunately could chip pretty fast so I wore it with top coat. This aside, this has become one of my favourite polishes ever!

  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($8.99)

The fact that I was dealing with dry, flaking and irritated skin in March had me reaching for anything that promised to help foundation apply more seamlessly and highlight the whole skin situation less and the damp sponge application method seemed to fit the bill. I’ve tried a couple of these sponges and I’m rather a fan of this one because it expands drastically, gets appropriately squishy and has nice edges to get into the nooks and crannies of the face. It also leaves the face looking glowy too.

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  • MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Blankety ($19)

As I’ve mentioned before, my mom and I have this tradition where she lets me pick out a MAC Lipstick for Valentine’s Day and this year it took a bit of time before I headed to the standalone store so I didn’t pick up this slightly deeper pink-beige hued nude offering until the very end of February. I’ve actually been going for slightly smokier eyes lately and this lipstick definitely fits the bill but it has enough colour to it that it flatters when I’m not wearing loads of makeup. Before, I had been afraid that this classic shade would pull to brown/mauve on my pale lips but rest assured, it’s so good that it’s joined the ranks of my favourites. The formula is ridiculously good, too.

  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Chilled On Ice ($25)

When I was picking up my lipstick, I was struck by the desire to pick up another shade in MAC’s lovely cream shadow formula, and justified it because of all of the cream shadows I had seemed to be straddling the line of unusable. Although I’m not usually any sort of a glitter fan, I wound up going for this kind of white gold frosty shade that has gold microglitter running throughout. I’m pleased to report that this shade is pigmented enough to look nice on its own and that the formula of this cream shadow might be the best (even out of the paint pots), as it doesn’t actually seem to crease on me – or if it does, it creases the minimal amount like the NARS Pro Prime does. I’ve been wearing it as a base or as a base and my lid shade consistently.

MAC Chilled On Ice | MAC Blankety
MAC Chilled On Ice | MAC Blankety
What were you loving throughout March?
Maggie, x.

Another Round of Stash Shopping

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I’m fortunate enough to have a great deal more makeup than any ‘normal’ human being found outside of this obsession would deem justifiably normal, however it’s not like I have a dresser full like many others seem to. Lately my general daily makeup organization has gotten out of control and I’ve had no choice but to go through an impose some organization and I’ve rediscovered some neglected beauties that I’ve been excited to add back into the rotation. Plus, I kind of want to minimize extraneous beauty-related spending as much as possible and this seems to be my ticket.

Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Crème Bronzer in Rich Bronze ($10.99)

I remember picking this one up earlier this summer after really enjoying the lighter-toned Warm Tan shade for months previously but I know that I had cast the cream formulations aside during the time that I was suffering from stubborn breakouts along my cheeks that just wouldn’t leave me alone and I had just completely forgotten about it months since. About ten days ago, I randomly picked this darker but still warm-toned shade and have been enjoying sculpting and adding warmth to my face ever since, paired with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow ($41)

Considering how I constantly waxed poetically on my love for this pale cooler-toned pink blush for the good four months after I bought it (more than) consistently, it seems outlandish that I could ever include this in a rediscovered products post – that would require me to stop using it, after all – but in my recent state of frightening makeup disorganization and rushing to the nth degree in the morning constantly, I had neglected this beauty. It’s so light and cool-toned that it appears deceptively light and chalky and even swatches slightly that way but somehow it translates onto the face with buildable pigment that reads as an angelic soft-focus flushed effect that’s especially stunning on fairer skin. I may or may not have another shade of the expensive blush line on the way, courtesy of the Sephora VIB Sale. I don’t regret it, at all.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl ($36)

As obsessed as I am with getting that glow, highlighter tends to be an afterthought in the makeup routine, often neglected completely or thrown on haphazardly in the last few seconds remaining and the cream offerings tend to be completely neglected because I don’t want to think about using cream-powder interaction. However, I’m rather sad that I neglected this gorgeous and easy-to-use pale salmon-tinged pink offering that has the prettiest subtle golden duochrome to it. It’s cream but somehow easier to use than most of its texture.

Annabelle Lip Liner in Demure ($5.95)

This is one of those beauty bargains that I really got my mileage out of this summer and lead-up to Fall but then came my laziness, my obsession with much bolder lipsticks and the great makeup organization catastrophe – with my reorganization, I was more than pleased to spot this again and remember its existence. It might sound boring but this warm-toned dusty brown-tinged neutral pink liner works perfectly with my lips and my most neutral of offerings, adding longevity and a little bit of polish – with minimal effort or time involved, of course.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Layin’ Low ($25)

I’m no stranger to the concept of the MAC Paint Pot and I’ve been a fan for numerous years but after discovering my favourite NARS primer this August, I had kind of cast these coloured cream bases aside for the most part, only reaching for the occasional more exciting hued Maybelline offerings. However, I forgot just how nice, gorgeous and most of all creamy (even after six or seven months) that this medium-toned warm brown matte shade is in recent months until I couldn’t find any other sort of base the other morning and dug this one out. It might be basic but it’s beautiful and requires extremely minimal effort.

DSC_1219From the top: Hourglass Ethereal Glow, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Sonia Kashuk Rich Bronze, Annabelle Demure, MAC Layin’ Low

Have you ‘shopped your stash’ lately? If so, what were your finds?
Maggie, x.