The Other Favourites


I’ve really been enjoying sharing a few of my miscellaneous favourite things in posts as of late but at the same time, I feel that including them in my usual already beyond lengthy post can seem a little excessive; therefore, I felt that a post of this nature was in order, for detailing a few of the other things that I’ve been all about lately.

Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea

I’ve mentioned a good few times lately that despite being the kind of girl who prefers coffee over tea, I’ve been really getting into the routine of drinking tea lately and loving the whole cozy autumnal atmosphere and mellow state of mind that it puts me in; this is the tea that I have been going for. It has that definite autumnal feel and doesn’t have an overly herbaly taste to it, instead being kind of a hybrid between apple cider and tea without all of the sugar in juice. It also just smells amazing and can be sniffed for enjoyment.

Indigo 2014-2015 Academic Planner

I’m not exactly the most naturally organized individual but I do actually take measures to change this aspect of my nature and using this agenda for the last month in particular has been massively helpful. I quite like how this agenda is laid out daily for the week but also has a week overview with a to-do list section, don’t forget list etc. and I’ve been able to keep track of the crucial more general things. I’ve been keeping track of what I want to get done each day and what I actually need to get done in terms of university work requirements and readings along with the blogging details and it has been helping massively with my productivity. This would only be perfect if there was also a monthly planning page…

Elle Canada Magazine (October 2014 issue)

I’m a massive fashion/beauty magazine junkie and this Canadian one has ticked all of the boxes this month while being extremely affordable to subscribe to. Generally speaking, it has the perfect balance of articles that are actually informative and relevant with all the fashion and beauty stuff that we live for. This month was particularly good and autumnal-themed but magazines this time of the year tend to be particularly good. Regardless, I poured over this issue and enjoyed it tremendously. It really helped me get into the whole cozy autumnal spirit that I adore.I’m sure whatever your country’s issue was equally as good – I am aware that many of you do not in fact live in the cold abyss that is Canada.

Fever Aesthetica, Jane’s youtube channel

This month, I’m pleased to note that I made a fantastic new youtube channel discovery and I’m kind of addicted. I actually did discover Jane’s channel while wasting my time watching an endless supply of beauty videos and clicked on an empties video of hers after running my subscription feed dry and seeing hers as a suggested video. Man, am I glad that I did. For how amazing her videos are, she sure doesn’t have a lot of subscribers and that did kind of draw me in. She’s absolutely gorgeous, informative and articulate while being an absolute treat to watch, entertainment-wise and I may or may not have binged watched every single video on her channel. With sensitive skin herself, I find her helpful on the skincare note with her knowledge and there is the simple fact that her hair is amazing.

Hello October, Suzie’s blog

So I may have declared my love for Suzie’s blog (as well as her youtube channel) a time or twenty but I’ve been obsessed with her content within the last month. I love that she’s amusing and relateable while still being so helpful to watch. I’m not going to lie, I adore reading her posts because we share similar easily-irritated skin concerns but she also puts out a whole bunch of more lifestyle related content that I’ve been enjoying. She’s also an absolute inspiration because she somehow manages to work full time and run the whole blogging shindig and despite not being much of a vlog-watcher myself, I rather enjoy hers. I may have been stalking her blog in an obsessive way this last month…

What have been your ‘other’ favourites lately?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #31

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In a nutshell, last week was a week of feeling under the weather. I’m not saying that I began to not feel well last week but previously I chalked the feeling down to hormonal origin but now I know that I was most certainly fighting something off. There were also a few days of scorching weather and as nice as those days can be, I was not in the mood and continously found myself wishing for cooler autumnal weather. Don’t shoot me. Along with feeling more than a little bit run down, I experienced quite possibly the worse eczema breakout in my life with that painful itchiness and burning, along with the unsightly physical symptoms. I can’t chalk it down to one specific thing considering that I’m one of those people that are mildly sensitive to a myriad of things but I did go with my cousin to pick up her new kitten at the pet store (stupidly because I am quite allergic to dander) and suddenly felt awful; BAM, then the symptoms occurred. Allergies and skin sensitivities are no fun. At all. Ever.

I might not have been wearing makeup every day of the week and when I did I didn’t exactly go for the full deal but despite these two facts, there have been a good number of makeup related items that scored highly on my “things I loved” metaphorical checklist last week…

  1. Essie Sssssexy Snakeskin Magnetic Nail Colour- At the very end of the previous week, I had painted my nails in this opaque oxblood hue and despite my extremely questionable polish skills (pertaining to its magnetic effect), I found myself really enjoying them. Also, there were about five coats of polish on my nails (because it took that long for me to figure out how to create the design) and it still lasted nicely for 4-5 days. I will definitely be reaching for this colour in the very near future.
  2. A cup of tea in my favourite mug – Traditionally I’m much more of a latte kind of girl but since feeling so drab and generally questionable, I’ve found a cup of tea to be therapeutic and relaxing. There’s no type in particular but I have consistently been enjoying that whole relaxed tea-drinking experience.
  3. My new Nars Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base & Contour Blush in Paloma – I have gone on and on about my intense love for the contouring blush on a few occasions since receiving my order in the mail and that still hold’s true as the product is pigmented and buttery, providing instant cheekbones but I’ve been really impressed with the primer as well; it might not always prevent creasing for me but it minimizes it the best out of any primer that I’ve tried.
  4. Kate’s “Forever Repurchased #8” post – Kate’s blog-posts are just the best in general, so life was extra good when I was reading her chronicle those products that are so amazing that she actually does that crazy thing and repurchases them rather than trying something new. These posts are really helpful as they show what products truly are so amazing that they beg to be repurchased but hers was also entertaining to read as well!
Apologies for the late post; regardless, how was your week?
Maggie, x.

Baby, It’s ‘Blizzard’-ing Outside

a weirdly calm moment during the storm
a weirdly calm moment during the storm

It’s not every day that one has to trek to school during a blizzard when every other school (post-secondary or otherwise) has been cancelled with good sense. Being a Canadian, I don’t exaggerate about blizzards but even I have no choice but to admit that there is one going on, freezing blowing snow, howling winds and all. Now I diOun’t actually make it out the door with makeup on so I could leave insanely early and actually arrive at the cursed institution but I’m remedying that at the moment because I clearly have a problem and am acting out of character with perhaps the cheesiest post title I’ve done to date. And okay so school was eventually cancelled and I’m finally home after the adventure but of course nothing is ever easy.

the ultimate skincare trio
the ultimate skincare trio

When you’re subjecting yourself (particularly your face) to these kinds of elements (particularly if your skin is as sensitive and dehydrated as mine), your skin will protest if you think the usual skincare basics will be adequate. On days like these, I try to load up on the soothing and gentle products. This morning, I used my recent addition, the sister product to my old flame the    Extra Gentle Cleanser, Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser ($10-13 CDN). It’s among the gentlest of cleansers with one of the pumps that gives the right amount of product and has that light and rich Cetaphil texture while being much more gentle and hydrating on the skin. On the less related note, it removes makeup better than it’s predecessor and the average cleanser, I’m pleased to report. On harsh winter days like these, it can be wise to skip out on the typical treatments in the morning and focus on protecting your skin against the elements and my current pick was the lovely-but-not-quite-as-perfectly-gentle-and-soothing as the fragrance-free Kiehl’s Stress Rescuer, Ren Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream ($66 CDN) which I’m happy to report is very hydrating and is soothing unless applied on the most irritated skin with the inclusion of beneficial antioxidants and anti-irritants high on the ingredient list. The moisturizer is lightweight but rich and leaves a flattering luminosity to the skin that sits well under makeup. To end the skincare tangent of mine, an oil can serve as that extra-protective soothing layer and for me at least, with the combination of the other two has miraculously prevented my red itchy and painful skin. Okay so I was short on time this morning so this step didn’t actually happen but I do love the By Nature Organic Rosehip Oil ($26) with it’s rich dry-oil texture.

Even if you’re not one of those avid tea-lovers, tea is essential on stormy winter days like these. I’m not hugely fussy about the particular details about the said hot beverage but it’s necessary nevertheless. I’m not usually a fan of anything decaffeinated but I’m enjoying my cup of the nice and wintry Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea. If you’re anything like me and adore spiced beverages and baking, this is for you. In weather like this it should be law to accompany the tea with wearing comfy flannel (mine are from aerie) and snuggling underneath blankets – with a magazine of course. Lately I’ve been enjoying Elle Canada, but regardless of what magazine you have kicking around it’s necessary to haphazardly flip through it all warm and cozy. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I love magazines and this one is nice as it has actual content to pair with the fashion and beauty bits.

Now that I’m back home, unable to leave the warmth of the blankets I’m snuggled underneath and muster the effort to apply makeup to the face that I will later have to remove so the previously mentioned makeup didn’t happen. You know how it is, I’m sure.

What have been your winter staples?