October Favourites

All September long to early October, we had an unusually late final surge of summer, but suddenly this month, Fall, that dreadful cold, the emergence of dry skin and the cooler weather hit me like a ton of bricks. These transitional months have me appreciating the skincare products in my routine because of my increasing needs in said routine and this month was the perfect exempli. And they just so happen to all be Paula’s Choice because the brand is precisely that impressive and all of my most recent additions have been from them. My other favourites that veered from the realm of skincare were themed around looking polished with minimal effort, especially whilst being ill, and hiding how crappy I was feeling.

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Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Repair Cream ($32 US): At first I was concerned that I was actually breaking out from this highly emollient cream, as I was plagued with those weird bumpy breakouts around my lower cheeks and chin, but I can happily report that its not the case. It does have a thicker more emollient texture but I love using this rich cream at nighttime because it actually soothes my skin from all the irritation and dehydration from the day without leaving an unpleasant feeling. The combination of lower-dose retinol, sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide, miscellaneous plant oils and emollients must really agree with my sensitive skin has managed to heal dry patches overnight, leaving my skin radiant and plumped in the morning. It works fantastically as an eye cream, too.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Lotion SPF 30 ($28 US): It was not until my skin became so intensely dehydrated and sensitive that I fully appreciated the beauty of this almost impossibly hydrating lotion moisturizer with potent mineral protection. It only has the slightest white tinge that fades quickly but more than that it neither irritates my skin or dries it out, while still protecting from sun damage, and the minor issues I was having with the overly emollient texture during warmer weather have vanished as my skin has drifted back to the dry to very dry end of the spectrum. | review

Paula’s Choice Clear Acne 2% BHA Body Spray ($24 US): Funnily, I bought this lightweight but nourishing 2% salicylic acid chemical exfoliation mainly for use on the body to deal with breakouts but it’s been on the face that I’ve fallen for this product for. I was always sure that I was more of an AHA girl, suffering with drier skin and experiencing more impressive brightening benefits with exfoliants of that variety but adding the anti-inflammatory and pore-declogging product every day or two has improved my skin in terms of irritation and those stubborn bumps that I get. I will say, though, that bringing this high strength salicylic acid into my routine did cause some purging at first but it did go away after a week or two – this purging was part of why I thought the nighttime moisturizer might have been breaking me out.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($46): Even when I could hardly be bothered with the full-on face of makeup, I’ve been happily applying a generous amount of the peachy gold highlighter to the cheekbones because the visible shimmer somehow fills the void in my soul and makes me look instantly more alive. In my laziness, I’ve discovered that it also makes a gorgeous eyeshadow, especially when paired with winged liner. It’s not that amazing highlighter that will instantly flatter anyone, though, despite what many claim.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown ($23): There’s no way around it – brows make the biggest difference in terms of looking pulled together with minimal effort and now that my pot of the gel brow product has dried out somewhat and has become much easier to apply without looking like you’ve painted your brows on with permanent marker, I’ve been relying on the ashy shade to add shape to my arches and fill in sparse spots without regrets. I’ve never heard anyone mention this in relation to the product before, but like mascara, it does get better with time.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara ($9-11): In October I added this new mascara to the rotation and even before the formula dried out significantly, I was a big fan of the dramatic volumizing effect that it provided along with moderate separation and length – and its only gotten better. In fact, I’ve gotten numerous compliments on my lashes and I have to agree that it creates loads of drama without looking clumpy – and it does not feel heavy or require effort in the least.

What did you love throughout October?
Maggie, x.

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.