May 2016 Favourites

Yet again, this month – I don’t actually know which month I’m referring to by the way – has been a complete failure for posts. I just haven’t been able to get myself around to posting. I’m not exactly sure why. Regardless, I’ve got some products that I loved throughout May to share:

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I couldn’t write a favourites post without including a product from last month’s post, to be completely honest. I’m still in this state  of obsession with the Shea Moisture Mongogo & Hempseed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Masque ($17.15) that I was in throughout April. I’m still very impressed because of how nourishing yet lightweight the masque is, especially without being exorbitantly expensive. I’m pleased to report that I have gotten used to the very fragrant floral scent. After using the accompanying Shea Moisture Mongogo & Hempseed Oils High Porosity Moisture Seal Shampoo ($15) for another month, I’m confident enough to say that it is deserving of almost the same praise. Without being formulated without any silicones (or harsh cleansers for that matter) it imparts impressive moisture and slip whilst removing residue and the like. I’m yet another one to join the Shea Moisture shampoo loving bandwagon. It hydrates and is impossibly gentle, which I love, all whilst not weighing down my finer strands in the slightest.

Being incredibly lazy in terms of removing my makeup and washing my face at night, I gravitated towards using makeup wipes in May. I tried out the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths ($11-12) and used them on a frequent basis, enjoying how gentle and soothing they were whilst removing makeup well. They are among the gentlest wipes that I’ve tried and impressed me, even with my beyond sensitive skin.

Fairly late in May, I had quite the drugstore beauty spree with one of my closest friends, and one of the results was the much-anticipated Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm ($17). It was a rather late acquisition to be included in a favourites post to be honest but the thick balmy potted balm was good enough to make the cut regardless. It’s soothing and nourishing, remaining on the lips all night and providing nourishment to the lips that lasts after it wears off. I’m partial to the matte finish that it leaves for under lipsticks.

When I got into the routine of wearing more face products on a daily basis,  I became committed to using  MAC Fix Plus ($26) to get rid of that makeup-y appearance and give my skin a luminous glow. It’s not exactly a novel product, but I will admit that the glycerin-based spray does what it intends to do and is hydrating – especially in comparison to the alcohol-based offerings.

Always eager to find the latest and greatest product to camouflage and brighten my dark undereyes, I’ve been trialling the Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach ($34) – with success. It’s not a daily product for me, I’m afraid, but it’s a great additional product underneath concealer to counteract the natural darkness that I have. The issue that I have with the corrector is that it is so pigmented that it requires a product applied over the top to hide the orange cast. However, it blends like a dream and supports the seamless application of a product on top.

My greatest two discoveries of May were colour products. The first of which was the fairly recently released Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer ($19.99) that I reviewed last month hereI’ll keep my ravings to a minimum as I did enough of that in the review but I must say that I have adored the neutral brown bronzer tone and the easily blended texture of the bronzer to add some shape and a golden glow to my skin. One of the product’s assets is that it requires almost no work to look nice. My other love that I have yet to mention is the MAC Versicolour Stain in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop ($28), an expensive but lovely balmy and glossy new-generation stain. It does not have the high colour intensity of a matte liquid lipstick or anything but the formula remains balmy and comfortable, whilst providing a lasting even stain on the lips hours after the product has faded. The medium peach (with a tinge of coral shade) is a great everyday one for me, adding some brightness without much effort or upkeep.

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The makeup in action

 

Any favourites to share?
Maggie, x.

 

 

 

Project Use Up

After my failure to use up my complexion products in last year’s Project 10 Pan within the allotted time period, I’ve been hesitant to officially begin another project or challenge. Nevertheless, I’ve been getting better at using products up to completion as of late and want to continue so I thought I would begin this – without any imposed restrictions this time.

DSC_0747Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment ($11/59 mL): This is a particularly excellent 2% BHA product, with a soothing lightweight gel-cream base but now that I know that Neutrogena has unfortunately discontinued the product, I’m ready to move on and try something else to help with inflammation and clogged pores. It’s particularly impressive as a chemical exfoliant because it’s so affordable while not containing drying alcohol like every BHA product ever, and it has a nice amount of the antioxidant, green tea. I’ve enjoyed using this gel BHA a few times per week and only have 1/3 of the tube left but I’m going to force myself to continue using it despite the wave of anxiety I feel when I even think of being without it. Irrational, I tell you.

Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser ($10-12/ 200 mL): In previous reviews of this lovely cream ‘hot cloth cleanser’, I’ve stated that I adore this affordable luxe-feeling and gentle cleanser and that definitely still stands but now that I’ve had it in the rotation for over a year and the packaging is peeling apart, I think it’s time to make a move on with finishing this up – especially before I even contemplate picking up another cleanser.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick ($8/ 0.14 ounces): While this stick-format balm is not exactly holy grail material because it does not instantly bring about smooth hydrated lips, it is the best that I’ve yet to try overall – with its easy packaging and substantial emollient texture. This balm is a standout because it never irritates my sensitive lips with menthol or anything of that sort and actually seems to actively leave my lips hydrated after application. This is another example of the case where I avoid using up the last little bit of a product out of fear of the change of getting by without the product but I need to get over it. I bet I could justify trying out the traditional balm from this line after I use this up…

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory ($11-12/ 30 mL): Without a doubt, this affordable hydrating foundation is among my absolute favourite formulas because it always suits my perpetually dehydrated skin but I’m going to be extremely upset if this is not the first product to be finished. Over the last month in particular, and the last year more generally, I’ve driven myself insane by forcing myself to wear this foundation as frequently as possible – which has been daily as of late. I reviewed it in the earlier days of my blog here. The end better be near.

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter in 010 Ivory ($7-8/7 mLs): Rimmel’s “highlighting” concealer is a nice concealer, however I don’t find it highlighting in the slightest. I have included it in faavourites posts before and I stand by that because I have difficulty with concealers to disguise my under eye darkness and this medium buildable coverage offering fit the bill. Now, I’m just kind of done with it because it’s not my absolute favourite as it has enough coverage that I don’t find the yellow tone and matte finish to be ideal. I have a good number of drugstore concealers that aren’t ideal for me and I just want to work through them, this being the first one as its lasted so long.

Any thoughts on using up products etc.?
Maggie, x.

January 2015 Favourites

DSC_0287 So, January’s favourites post is more than a few days late but it’s not because I forgot about sharing my monthly favourites in the slightest. I’ve actually been so busy, stressed, sick with this year’s horrible cold and piled with work to do that I haven’t been able to put my thoughts about my most loved products to pen and paper until this (long) weekend and now that I’ve had time, I managed to make myself so sleep deprived that it was not a possibility until now with the aid of caffeine. And when I say sleep deprivation, I slept maybe four or five hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights combined… and this wasn’t even stress induced as far as I’m aware.

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Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($55)

To be honest with you here, I’m informing you that throughout January I’ve been using this soothing night oil treatment, not just at night before moisturizer — or by itself when I can barely be bothered to wash my face — but in the morning as well and have been loving slash enjoying it tremendously. In the latter weeks of the month I’ve come down with a cold so that factor, my generally dry and sensitive skin along with the authentic-Canadian-winter weather we’ve been having have lead me to seeking more moisture and calming action. This oil blend has been my guy – I’m unsure of what pronoun to use – for boosting that hydration and delicate skin situation with its plentitude of antioxidants and thin, lightweight but rich texture.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick ($9)

All month long my lips were as dry and as chapped as can be, even when taking my usual lip condition, the colder-than-cold weather and the onset of my cold into account. However, the situation would have been far more dire had I not had this lightweight soothing balm that both works fairly intensely and is effortless to use, both in terms of packaging and texture.

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Pureology Curl Complete Moisture Melt Masque ($50)

It really should not be a shock that I fell in love with Pureology’s newest deep conditioner in January, after purchasing it towards the end of December, cringing as I thought about the price of the conditioning product, considering that I have a great track record with their pricy but concentrated hair care, particularly on the treatment front. Despite being wary of the inclusion of silicone, – amodimethicone in particular – I have been loving using this very hydrating but lightweight deep conditioner after washing my hair throughout the month but more than that, I’ve loved how concentrated the product is despite its gel-like texture, how its pump dispenser is much more practical in the shower, the intense way that it detangles my problematic hair with minimal effort and product along with the kind of amazing floral scent.

NUME Classic Reverse Wands ($30-139)

When I had woken up with generally questionable hair and had the time and effort to add some heat styling to the mix to remedy the situation, I’ve been reaching for the hyped-up brand’s conical wand that I picked up in December, at Winner’s after seeing it on for a good price and being frustrated with just how heat resistant my hair is. This is the only curling iron, or maybe even hot tool, that my hair will hold the shape of for multiple days and it actually heats up adequately – and in like twenty seconds – to actually be able to style my massive quantity of fine wavy hair in well under a half hour. The reverse wand style looks funny but I have gotten numerous compliments on the voluminous beachy curls that it provides – and it’s great for wavy or curly haired ladies who suffer from the flat and relatively straight top sections of hair, particularly at the front that have a penchant to look pathetic. I don’t know how it managed this feat, but my generally unpredictable hair holds the curls from this for multiple days with the teensiest amount of hairspray, even when I’ve been caught in the rain!

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Quo 8-Piece Fall 2014 Brush Set ($30 – from $60)

At the beginning of January, I took the opportunity to pick up the Quo brush set when it was on sale for half price after being interested in trying some new brushes and realizing that I hadn’t actually tried any from the Shopper’s house brand. I have been in love and I would even have been in love if I had actually paid for the brushes in dollars rather than those lovely things known as Optimum Points. Overall, I have been massively impressed with the softness and quality of the brushes but my absolute favourites are the surprisingly firm crease brush – an amazing brush that sits halfway in between a traditional crease brush and everyone’s favourite MAC 217 -, the delightfully firm angled liner brush (for my brows), the traditionally shaped blush brush and the eyeshadow smudger brush – for a bit of that smoky action, particularly on the lower lashline.

Pixi Brightening Peach Correction Concentrate ($12)

I do love me a good corrector and after I spotted this relatively affordable salmon-toned offering in Target in late December, I couldn’t pass it up – and I’m glad I didn’t. It works in much the same way that my beloved Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque does but with a slightly lighter weight but creamy formula and a more brightening paler hue, with more product and for a fraction of the price. I am not pleased that I will not be able to get my hands on these in the future because Target is leaving Canada…

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite in Darling Pink ($39)

There was one lip product that I found myself reaching for in January, whenever I had enough time to actually grab one before leaving the door and I’m sure you have a good clue of which one it was. I am even more surprised after falling in love with the non-sticky two step lip colour that wears like glue that this expensive formula does not receive more buzz, as it does the unthinkable with these long-lasting formulas, lasting a good six hours through eating and drinking that actually feels comfortable on the lips. It also amazes me that I’ve loved the muted pale rosy pink shade, being someone who kind of cringes as the thought of pink lip products on themselves. Unfortunately, I believe this shade is limited edition – but the formula is not, fortunately.

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Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Cuir Cannage ($63)

Speaking of products that I loved throughout January that shouldn’t surprise regular readers of my blog, I have my latest Dior quint and while it might not elevate itself above the status of the absolutely-phenomenal-but-unfortunately-now-discontinued Grege offering, it has come close with its amazing textures and versatility as a warm neutral eyeshadow palette (with that interesting element of plum smokiness). The palette has a shimmery ivory champagne, a golden-tinged shimmery taupe, a gorgeous metallic plum, a medium toned matte brown and a satin purple-tinged black and I have been reaching for all five of these shades throughout the month for my typical neutral but kind-of-smokey eye. The blackened plum has been particularly intriguing in my experience because of how easily the pigmented shade can be used with an angled brush for effortless soft liner. If you’re looking for a small but all-inclusive palette, you would likely be satisfied with this one if you were wondering.

 What did you love in January?
Maggie, x.

 

The Essential: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick

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The condition of my lips cannot be described as anything but slightly mangled and disastrous; regardless of care and all that jazz, my lips are extremely sensitive, chapped, dry and all kinds of uneven. While I have not found a miracle balm to cure all ills, I’m pleased to report that I’ll fallen in love with this balm that not only does not irritate my lips – you wouldn’t believe how irritated my lips get from the most seemingly benign formulas – but even more than that provides nice soothing moisture on the lips without feeling heavy or leaving any sort of cast or wonky texture. The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturising Stick Stick ($9) is all kinds of awesome, coming in an easy, practical and hygienic chapstick form and containing nourishing ingredients like shea butter, oils galore and honey and none of those aesthetically-pleasing ingredients like copious amounts of fragrance, alcohol, menthol and the like. It may not be ideal for some, but I appreciate that this lightweight but very hydrating balm is suitable for daily wear even under makeup but does not contain SPF – I really tend to have sensitivity issues with sunscreen found in lip products. Being in a stick form, it doesn’t contain the greatest amount of product, amounting to 4 grams.

I was tempted to leave this post at the previous paragraph which would be impressively concise slash short and sweet for someone as wordy as me but let me paint the picture of how this balm came into my life. It was the end of August, with my third year of university in the near future and I was at the mall with my friends. Frustrated with the condition of my lips, despite many attempts to cure them, I had decided that I wanted to try the traditional Nuxe Reve de Miel pot lip balm that so many bloggers that I adore tremendously had declared their love for and as luck would have it, I was without lip balm and my lips felt like they were going to fall off. I scampered into the larger Shopper’s Drugmart and headed into the section with the like French brands, ready to shell out $17 dollars and then I realized that the cult-favourite formula was sold out. How rude. I was disturbingly enraged until I spotted the less expensive more traditional stick formula and convinced myself that it was worth a try and would be easier to justify to myself as a purchase. As soon as it was paid for, I aggressively applied the balm and things were instantly better, both on the moisture and sensitivity front. Maybe 4-5 months later, I’ve still held onto that little guy and have been enjoying the results and believe it or not, I’ve made a major dent in the stick. Pointless ramble over.

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Maggie, x.

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The Cold Edit

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Shortly after getting back into the swing of things and heading back to the university routine, I noticed that I was feeling irrationally exhausted and just kind of dazed; fast forward three days of yawning, laziness, fatigue and later on sneezing and congestion and I figured out that a cold was the culprit of things. Thinking back to it, I should have thought about things as soon as the chronic dehydration came in and many areas of my body began to instantly start peeling. Anyways, things are definitely changed up on the beauty front when you’re feeling as gross and groggy as I am and I thought I would chronicle them for you all. Am I the only one feeling under the weather?

I could have gone on for days in the skincare category and I’m not sure whether or not I’m exaggerating here but regardless, these two products that I limited myself to are essentials. I definitely add in my By Nature Organic Rosehip Oil when I feel any sort of illness coming on because it definitely delivers on the hydration and soothing front and my skin becomes dehydrated and irritated as soon as I’m hit with some sort of illness. Recently, I’ve tried out using the oil as a serum, prior to moisturizer and this really gives the skin an extra boost — and a much appreciated one at that. Being an oil, it also helps to combat the dull skin that becomes constant whenever I’m feeling like I am at the moment. I mention my problematically chapped lips frequently but they do get even worse with the dreaded cold and carrying around a balm that is both very nourishing and easy to apply out and about is essential; for me, the ideal choice is the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick, which is a lovely new addition to my whole skincare regime.

I’m going to be honest here and speak the truth that I’m less likely to get up early to brave the shower in the mornings quite as much as I should so a little bit of perfume to ensure things are smelling fresh and nice tends to be a welcome step. I’m definitely not typically a body spray girl but the Victoria’s Secret Pink Warm & Cozy Body Spray has blown me away as a warm vanilla-themed scent that instantly makes you smell nice and feel relaxed and cozy in the most low-key of ways. The next product could have been included in skincare because its sold as such but I don’t tend to count these spray cans of glorified water as skincare, however I love reaching for the Vichy Thermal Spa Water to help the makeup sit on my dull and dehydrated skin the most seamlessly — plus, the whole spritzing action feels pretty great, too!

Primer is not something that I can find myself reaching for daily because I can’t necessarily always view the step as worthwhile but on sick skin the Annabelle Colour Control Instant Perfecting Luminous Finish Base can make a big difference in the nicest of way; the hydrating opalescent liquid both delivers on the glow-giving front and helps the foundation to sit nicely over drier skin. In very much of a similar vein, the Bourjois 10-Hour Sleep Effect Foundation is a staple for me. The rather affordable foundation is quite possibly the foundation that makes my skin look the most luminous and it glides over dry patches the best out of any that I own. The Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque is something that I rely on regularly for camouflaging my dark circles without much effort but when I’m sick it’s doubly as important and when I experiment with anything else, it tends to be rather disastrous.

I’m a bronzer girl through and through but it’s dull days like these where it can make the most of a difference and as you might expect, the one I’ve been showing love is my favourite L’Oreal Glam Bronze Mono in Universal Sun. In the million times that I’ve mentioned this, I’ve repeated this fact constantly but the lovely deeper red-toned bronzer has the nicest texture and formula and it had to be said. There’s another cheek product that I’m afraid I must declare my love for again here because it just adds life back to the face with minimal effort involved and that product is the satiny Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow.

I’m also aware that an eyeliner is a weird choice here but being someone who doesn’t like their makeup without eyeliner being involved but cannot standwearing heavy or intense liner (and eye makeup in general) when I’m feeling as such — honestly, if it’s too much, I will start to feel drained when I look in the mirror and instantly remove my entire face. Anyway, this bronzy liner, the Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi(Liner) in Brown(Out) strikes the perfect balance of adding adequate definition while not being effortful or overly dramatic and it has the most magical formula to boot, gliding on and staying on like a dream. As nice and energizing that wearing some colour on your lips can be, I tend to favour something much lower maintenance but still flattering and brightening, so I tend to reach for the naturally rosy Annabelle Lip Liner in Demure and a neutral rosy lipstick to wear on top. I would be temped to forever go for my beloved MAC Patisserie, but I’ve found that colours that are a little deeper, in the rosy mauve family can be nice for a change when in those forgiving sheerer formulas like today’s pick, the L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipstick in Eva’s Nude.

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I thought it would be nice to provide links for these products below and a few of them are of the affiliate variety, as a disclaimer, except for the foundation and blush that I couldn’t locate online.

The Products

L’Oreal Collection Privee Colour Riche Lipstick in Eva’s Nude ($10.99) | Annabelle Lipliner in Demure ($5.95) | Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) ($30) | Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque ($30) | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow ($41) | Annabelle Colour Control Luminous Finish Instant Perfecting Base ($16.95) | Vichy Thermal Spa Water ($11.95) | PINK Warm & Cozy Body Mist ($18) |  Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Lip Moisturizing Stick($7) | By Nature Organic Rosehip Oil ($22-26)

What beauty products do you reach for when you’re feeling under the weather?

Maggie, x.

 

 

 

The Pre-Fall Haul

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I can’t completely explain it in a comprehensible way but I kind of detest the word ‘haul’ and as a result I tend to tiptoe around posts of this type and call them by another name; however I’m just going to bite the bullet and call it what it is this time. As per usual, it’s not a massive supply and this one is a bit collective and it is centred around picking things up for the upcoming school year along with the usual pick or two. If you’re anything like me, this will sound all too familiar. Because I’m paranoid about violating disclosure policies, I’m going to say now that a few affiliate links will actually appear in this post.

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It was about a month ago when I picked up my first Bath & Body Works candles and that purchase included two fall-themes options, the Cayenne Caramel and the Spiced Pumpkin Cider 3 Wick Candles. I’m new to the candle party but I do find them nice and relaxing with the ability to help boost productivity too. The second candle was a safe pick for me as I typically adore those spiced apple/pumpkin scents but the first one surprised me- cayenne
And caramel did not sound appealing but it has that nice warm spicy feel to it with a hint of caramel sweetness. Somebody stop me now.

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Before getting to the beauty bits, I’m going to share the four items that have served to update the wardrobe for fall. It’s not large enough for a school bag but I first picked up the smaller red cross-body structured bag from Forever 21 because I’ve seemed to kill all of my cross-body styles and it seemed to be the perfect everyday bag when you don’t want to carry the content of your life with you. I mentioned picking up this thin light beige slouchy sweater from Garage in last weeks ‘Daily Highlights’ post but I feel compelled to include it again here. It has a cropped cut in the front of the sweater that graduates to a longer length on the sides and has an impractical but cute peekaboo back.

More recently I finished off these little wardrobe updates with another slouchy lightweight sweater and a new pair of jeans. The H&M sweater is nothing shocking, especially considering that it was just included in my ‘Weekend Wishlist’ post. It’s quite oversized and slouchy because I picked it up in a large – the only size I could find – and it will become a staple paired with jeans and leggings. The jeans were a far more surprising purchase for me as they were from Hollister, a store that I very very rarely venture into, let alone go as far as to try something on from. Hollister had all of their jeans on sale for $27 dollars and I loved the Blake Natural Waist Jeggings so much that I had to have them instantly. Despite their name, they are more of a high-waist jean and the waist served to really suck in the stomach and they were more than flattering on my non-existent butt etc.

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DSC_0416In my day out shopping with friends, we went all over, so of course I couldn’t help but checking out both major drugstores and ending up with more than a few items. First up, I hit up Lawton’s and ended up with six items, all but one of which were on sale. L’Oreal was on for 40% off and I was tempted to try out loads more but I was good and picked up the L’Oreal Glossy Balm in Ginger Candy ($6), a flattering and comfortable peachy nude and the typically-my-lips-but-better L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipstick in Eva’s Nude ($5). These both have impressed me as comfortable and flattering everyday lip options so I’m fairly proud of myself. There was quite a sale going on with La Roche-Posay, with most things on sale for more than the usual dollar or two off and I took the opportunity to try out the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP ($12.50) because it looked promising for eczema-ridden legs with its high niacinamide and shea butter content. I’m liking it thus far. 

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Then I found myself in the nail-care aisle with my polish-savvy best pal, Lauren and somehow ended up buying three items there. First off, I spotted the Sally Hansen Kwick-Off Moisturizing Nail Polish Remover ($5) and I couldn’t resist replacing my used-up pot with this one – it’s seriously amazing. Before heading through the cash, I noticed that Essie was on sale and I was compelled to pick up the gorgeous On A Silver Platter Nail Lacquer ($7), a gorgeous antiqued silver shimmer with cobalt glitter running throughout and the No Chips Ahead Top Coat ($7).

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I might not have spent much less at Shopper’s Drugmart, but I did come away with only two products, neither of which would be considered typically affordable drugstore products. Frustrated with my drier-than-dry lips, I went to pick up the pot of Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, but it was unfortunately out of stock so I went for the $9 stick format of the Rêve de Miel® Lip Moisturizing Stick in its place. Thus far, I can say it’s a nice balm but it’s not a rich and nourishing treat like I had heard the pot formula to be. The big purchase of the stop was in the high end section and was a palette that I somehow justified to myself as completely realistic as I hadn’t bought a palette in a while but I know it wasn’t strictly essential. The palette was the Smashbox ‘Photo Op – Cherry Smoke’ Eyeshadow Palette Cherry Smoke that contains eight smooth and pigmented warm autumnal eyeshadows for $39 US or $44 CDN. I’ve tried the palette out and it is fantastic, as the below evidence might indicate. I would return it to ease my guilty conscience if it wasn’t so beautiful and amazing.

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What have you picked up lately?
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.