June 2015 Favourites

My apologies for the most belated favourites post that I’ve ever done but I’ve been busy and exhausted with a new job, so this later date is going to have to do. I’m pleased to report that while this is a smaller edit of product favourites (and hopefully a less lengthy post), I’ve been loving these beauty products dearly and borderline obsessively throughout June. Aaaand I will have another post up in the next few days detailing my more random favourites because they did really add up this time around…

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Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($35)

Throughout June, my dry and irritated skin was loving this gentle and indulgence fragrance-free treat. Although there is nothing miraculous in the formula, – not that it would have an impact if there was considering the jar packaging – I have been enjoying this slightly pricier rich cream because a little goes a long way and it instantly soothes even more severe dry eczema patches without any sort of burning or stinging sensation.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter in 860 Fair/Clair ($15)

I’ve been reaching for this light-coverage concealer-highlighter-hybrid on a daily basis, either over the top of a more intensive correcting concealer (when my dark circles were severe enough that I knew that this pale pink formula was not going to provide enough help) or on its own when I was just looking for some brightness. I adore how light and weightless the formula is and how undetectable it is on the skin but I don’t love how alcohol-laden the formula is – and I’m not sure how I feel about the colour match, as it seems a bit too pale for any sort of coverage at the moment. However, it was a nice one for adding instant brightness in a few seconds.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo in 01-Clair Brunettes ($60)

Throughout June, my obsessive love for this limited edition bronzer did not wane in the slightest. Unless I was reaching the next product for a more contoured look – rather than a healthy glow – I’ve happily been swirling this gorgeous bronzing powder on my cheeks, forehead and jawline. With a kabuki brush, I find that it adds the perfect amount of warmth and a non-shimmery healthy glow to the skin with minimal effort and time involved – and I love that you can use the sliver of peach as a blush. It’s just so smooth and finely milled. I promise I will actually get onto doing a full-fledged review of this – honestly.

MAC Matte Powder Blush in Blunt ($21/$26)

On days that I’ve wanted a sculpted look rather than a bronzed glow, I’ve been reaching for my newly acquired neutral brown contouring powder. It’s not actually cool toned but it isn’t warm either so it can help to sculpt but it does not leave any sort of grey cast – and it’s so pigmented that I have to be careful but because of this, it would suit a wide variety of skin tones. I like to concentrate it in the hollows of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Contour Brush before dusting the excess along my temples to achieve a subtle sculpted effect that doesn’t read too over the top in everyday life.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment ($15)

I wasn’t gravitating towards or particularly enjoying any sort of high maintenance lip product throughout June, but I did adore this staining but nourishing non-sticky balmy product. I love the semi-sheer tangerine tint that it leaves on my lips even after I’ve drank coffee and the like – and more than that, I love how it stains effectively but still leaves that balmy hydrating texture. There’s something so indulgent about this hydrating and lightweight formula that actually fades in a gradual subtle way that does not require any maintenance or thought.

What were you loving in June?
Maggie, x.

 

Stash Shopping #5

When you get easily overwhelmed by too much choice and have a larger than moderate sized makeup stash as I do, periodically rotating through products to use on a daily basis can be extremely helpful to ensure that you’re switching things up and using different products. It’s particularly helpful to do this rotation at the beginning of each new season, as to switch products up to match the change and avoid buying unnecessary shiny objects. Here we go.

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Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment

Last summer I was all about this slightly sheer tangerine balmy staining lip product, but I put it away after the summer was clearly over as it’s a shade that suits the spring and summer the most. I adore the easy brightening shade precisely because of how low fuss and comfortable the cushiony product is.

MAC Sheertone Powder Blush in Tenderling

I long ago reached the point that I could say I needed another blush like a need a whole in my head but that hasn’t stopped me from buying more so it’s easy for me to forget blushes that I have in my collection, even ones that I adore such as this one. I tend to gravitate towards my brighter, more exciting and sheeny blushes so although I love this matte neutral warm-pink leaning shade, I tend to ignore it in favor of more immediately illuminating options.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose

Although I raved about this hyped limited-edition sheeny coral blush recently and I find it flattering even when I’m paler, I have to admit that I have scarcely been digging out this blush to wear during the winter seasons. Now that I’ve gotten a bit more colour – with sunscreen of course! – and have been gravitating towards more quintessentially summery makeup, I’ve dug out this luminous corally hue and have been loving it. I will warn that it’s not for everyone and it can look sunburn-esque on cooler skin tones, or particularly fair ladies.

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Mono in Universal Sun

Although my face is still fair thanks to my meticulous sunscreen application daily, I seem to have acquired a bit of a tan on my body so I’ve reached the point where I find warmer and deeper bronzers flattering and nice to unify the colour of my complexion and my body; last summer, I discovered the fabulously smooth bronzer with red undertones and I’m excited to pull it out again, after finding it difficult to use in cooler weather. Unfortunately, however, I haven’t spotted any of these bronzers in stores in Canada since last summer, although I know they remain available overseas.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Van D’Go

I might have taken a step back from nail polish in the last three weeks or so to let my nails grow and breathe (not literally, though), but I am excited that we’ve reached the time of year where we can comfortably dig out these bright summery hues. I’m perhaps the most excited to pull out this jelly polish that can only be described as a coral leaning salmon pink hue, particularly for the toes. It’s a pink that I can actually get on board with and I find it flattering with even a little bit of colour – whether natural or self-tanner-brought.

Have you rediscovered anything lately?
Maggie, x.

 

 

Weekly Medley #23

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(1) Just one of the many swatching-related fails of the week (2) The responsible Shopper’s purchases – gah (3) The beauteous “Weekend Makeup Staples” post over at VDM (4) I got a bit dressed up for my cousins’ graduation and took a picture obviously (5) I wrote and brought my “Summer Edit” post into fruition (6) The rediscovered love and a newfound one (7) My extremely lengthy favourites post is up here (8) My new Tom’s shoes (9) The glorious Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment

 

Ahh, don’t you love lazy Sunday’s where you neither wake up, feeling as if you’ve just finished working up a sweat at the gym (without having the knowledge that for once you got off your ass and did something) due to sweltering summer heat or with a disgusting taste in your mouth as a result of questionable three am snacking? Well, I sure do. As per usual, I don’t feel as if I accomplished anything that can be likened to any sort of great feat but it wasn’t one of those weeks that rarely involved leaving the house and consisted of reading blogs, writing a post or two and watching copious amounts of Netflix and Youtube. It was quite a week filled with spending time with my lovely extended family down at the dock/ pool — we live by the ocean and my cousins have a lovely pool — and then eventually watching two of them graduate high school, later celebrating by going out to dinner and in the midst feeling suddenly a bit old at my mere two decades of experience. More on the getting old note, I had another moment of the same realization when I was excited to see that sunscreen was on sale. In my defense, it is a really great spray sunscreen.

I’ve been soaking up the hot weather but unfortunately have been really slacking on the photo documentation front. I’ve been swimming in the ocean all week and it hasn’t been cold so things have to be pretty great – am I right? While I’ve been doing less than ideal at general life snapshots, I’ve been making a real go of it, going out of my way to take swatches on the regular and attempt to capture them somewhat adequately with photography. I’m also rather pleased with the six posts that I put up during the week. Moving away from my blog in particular, Anna’s “Weekend Makeup Staples”post was phenomenal, perhaps even more so than her usual posts. She knows how to write these chatty posts that have me scribbling down a thing or six down on the wishlist whilst being so so so so much more concise than I have the potential of being.

Now, I’m moving onto my personal standout items and this week I have one that’s not of the beauty variety – my new Tom’s that I picked up long after completely destroying my last pair that somehow manage to be extremely comfortable and not too horrible for my feet while being rather attractive with their blue and white print. There’s another two products on the beauty-front this week, as well. First up, I’ve rekindled my love for my all-time favourite, the Maybelline Falsies Mascara;I’ve had this one for going on six months so I had been thinking that it was irritating my sensitive eyes so I had cast it off to the side and although it’s certainly not advisable to use a mascara for so long, I brought it out again and instantly remembered how much I love this mascara especially when it’s getting to be dried out. I’m one of those girls who adore drier mascara formulas, by the way. At the beginning of the week, I spotted the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains for the first time in stores here and although I hadn’t been particularly excited by the news of the release, I couldn’t resist picking up the muted tangerine-coral Milan Moment hue, even at it’s rather steep price but it was worth it because I’ve fallen in love. The staining power isn’t the most impressive in the world, the pigmentation begins on the sheer to medium side of things and the precise wand can apply the liquid lipstain in a slightly streaky way at first but the formula doesn’t irritate my lips, appears to be unfragranced, is a dream to apply with its lip-gloss wand, lasts through eating and drinking but doesn’t dry out my lips unless I leave it on for so long that shine has faded and feels weightless and balmy on the lips – without any hint of stickiness in sight. The shade also happens to be a unique one and one of those ideal everyday shades for me. It might just be worth the $13-15 that they retail for here.

I think I’ve summed up things rather nicely and the ocean is calling my name so it appears that this post has come to a close. Happy Sunday everyone! How was your week? I’d love to hear any thoughts!
Maggie, x.

 

 

 

 

Summer Edit

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I’m not sure if I’m in the small minority of those who notice this or what, but since devoting more than a little bit of my portion of free time to this whole beauty blogging thing, I’ve become a walking contradiction, promising one thing one minute and then something contradictory the next. The significance of this seemingly abstract musing? A bit inspired by Anna’s “Summer Edit”, here I am bringing you the standard summer edition post despite declaring these standard posts overrated and going for slightly different ones in the past and I’m excited.

I’m sure I included this in my ‘Spring Edit’ post, but to be honest, the non-irritating mineral sunscreen only did make an appearance on my face on the sunny days so the Avene High Protection SPF 50 Mineral Cream ($30 CDN)is a much more accurate pick for Summer. The sunscreen performs like nothing else with its hydrating texture that isn’t greasy (but doesn’t exactly help to control oil) and has a tint to mask the dreaded white-cast, adding a bit of coverage with it’s slightly pink leaning beige cast. Although I’ve gotten a wee bit naughty on the whole getting sun front, the Jergen’s Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer ($9 CDN)has remained a staple for actually hydrating and soothing the skin my skin whilst adding some gradual colour that looks natural. In my opinion, this takes the edge off of the pressure to escape pastiness.

On the polish front, Essie’s Van D’Go ($9 CDN) has been brought into the rotation, especially on the feet. It was a gift that I received for my birthday from family friends and it was a much-appreciated one, considering that the pink hue isn’t usually something that I’d usually try. The lighter pink has a coral tinge to it and leaves a flattering salmon pink hue to the nails that compliments a bit of colour. It doesn’t hurt that the formula is a standard great Essie one that’s fully opaque in two coats and is relatively goof proof. Because I haven’t been completely converted to the pink side, I’m sure that I’m also going to be rocking the muted cornflower blue, Essie Bikini So Teeny Nail Lacquer ($9 CDN)that has the same great formula but might be slightly sheerer.

Moving onto the makeup, not only has the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup ($48 CDN)found a place in my heart as this foundation-obsessed girl’s latest obsession but I’m convinced that for my dehydrated skin (and for loads of different skin condition’s) it’s the Summer foundation that gets as close as possible to perfection. I’m the lightest shade (10) so it’s definitely not one that caters to the fairest of skins and it does contain a good amount of fragrance with some alcohol thrown in (less than Chanel VA, though) but it feels like absolutely nothing on the skin (even in the hottest of weather) and looks like perfected bare skin. More than this, it offers surprisingly good coverage (medium that’s buildable) and controls oil with its velvety but luminous finish that somehow doesn’t cling to dry patches. Hallelujah. Even though I’m a drier and dehydrated gal through and through, one of those non-powdery powders is a godsend in the summer with the increased heat and my normal t-zone. I might not need one to set the foundation but if I’m wearing the Avene underneath, it’s nice to have one to freshen things up with and for this I like the L’Oreal True Match Mineral ($14-16 CDN).

I’m not strictly a warm-weather bronzer girl by any means, so they’re a constant in my daily makeup rotation but as soon as the warm weather comes around, the uber-affordable NYC Sunny Smooth Skin Bronzer ($3 CDN)never leaves my sight. Whilst the bronzer isn’t exactly orange-y, it does have stronger warm undertones to it that make it much more flattering on skin with a bit of colour to it and despite it’s price, the matte bronzer lasts and applies like a champ with its pigmented and creamy texture. The Maybelline Master Hi-Light Hi-Lighting Bronzer in Deep Bronze ($12-16 CDN)might be sold as a bronzer but as I said in my initial review during the Winter, it’s a bronzier blush in my opinion and is an amazing offering for the summer as it provides that bronzy glow like nothing else. The rosy copper hued formula offers on the longevity, texture and glow front and no doubt will be found on my face constantly in the warmer weather as it’s one of my favourites regardless of the weather and this is the season for it. Being the blush-addict that I am, I couldn’t confine myself to one (or even two). The second blush worthy of mention is my favourite, the unfortunately limited -edition MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish ($38), the lovely sheeny rosy coral pot of magic that instantly brightens up warm skin and adds a glow like nothing else. And of course I couldn’t resist mentioning a third one that to-be-honest is not miles different from the former, the cult-favourite NARS Orgasm Blush ($33 CDN)that I talked about my love for yesterday in great depth here. And although liquid illuminators such as Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in are typically more of a Spring (or even winter) product with the subtle dewy luminosity that they provide because things can much to easily enter into sweaty territory but I’ve been going for less overtly glowy foundations as of late and enjoying more of a highlighted look. And look I did more swatches here:

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                                                                    Left to Right: NYC Sunny, Maybelline Deep Bronze, MAC Stereo Rose, NARS Orgasm

Moving onto the eyes, I’ll be bringing the expectedly coppery, MAC Coppering Eyeshadow ($12/18 CDN) into the rotation, both as something a little bit different on the lid on an everyday basis and perhaps as the base colour for a more interesting smoky eye. I’m aware that I’m not really a minimal eye makeup kind of girl but as Summer rolls around, I definitely tend to go for less fuss (and less in general) in this region and my-go to product for this is the ever-hyped Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze ($9 CDN),  for it provides that gorgeous bronzed-taupe hue to the lids that is flattering without looking like you’re trying or putting in loads of effort. Another fantastic shadow that I always go for in these warmer months constantly is that golden bronze sheeny shade named MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow ($12/18 CDN) and I’m sure many of you have this laying around. In terms of summer shadows, I definitely go for these warm and bronzy hues and if I’m not reaching for these three shades, I assure you, I’m sporting the good ol’ Urban Decay Naked Palette ($64 CDN).

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Left to Right: Maybelline Bad To The Bronze, MAC Coppering, MAC Woodwinked

I assure you this lengthy post is nearing its close now, as I come to you with my narrowed-down lip options. I talked about my love for the muted tangerine MAC Sweet & Sour Lipstick ($19 CDN) during the spring season but I think this shade is equally on point for the summer as it has that oranginess to it but is more than a little bit more wearable. In terms of a sheerer balm-colour hybrid offering, I’m sure the medium-toned pinky coral L’Oreal Sunset Angora Colour Caresse ($12 CDN) is the surefire winner, not only because the formula is spectacular on chapped lips like mine but that it offers on the pigmentation front as well. It might not seem like it but it did actually require some deliberation to narrow down my picks for lips down to these four and on some level I knew that choosing the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment ($15 CDN) was more of a questionable one given that I haven’t had it for a week yet but the colour and formula screamed summer perfection and I couldn’t resist; the balmy liquid-lipstick that impressively doesn’t seem to have a scent both felt weightless on my lips and offers on the longevity front with its muted papaya hue so I suspect that it won’t be leaving my sight for long. Going along with the more minimal eye makeup theme, a nice bold lip is essential and my pick has to be the vibrant warm pink hue from my favourite balmy-crayon line — the Revlon Lacquer Balm in Vivacious ($9 CDN).

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For those of you who have stuck around to the end of this post, you’re kind of sort of amazing and I’m sure you know the drill already – I’m curious and want to know a few of your Summer picks below in the comments!
Maggie, x.