Weekly Medley #49

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My, my, has time flown by … since I started writing these posts last January, in the most unbelievable way – but I digress. Back on Monday, I headed back into classes and began the winter semester, emerging myself back into that whole life completely. I’m exhausted and it’s sort of ridiculous that I’ve only been back a full week but in some ways it feels like I did not actually have a holiday break in the first place. It has been one of those week that manages to both feel like the longest and shortest ones ever. When you’re exhausted in the mornings (and afternoons too to be completely honest), time feels like its frozen and its hard to believe that only an hour has passed when it feels like an eternity that you have to endure three more times that day, but in terms of being a productive human being and accomplish your designated tasks, time seemed to slip between my fingers. Another common feature of my week was just how cold and how typically Canadian it has been this week, with temperatures going between freezing and -20 plus a generous windchill. We might have had a mild December around these parts, but now winter has definitely hit us full force. I should have taken notice of this when I referred to a -2 degree day as nice weather in conversation without even a hint of sarcasm.

I’m actually quite a fan of the cold weather, as I tend to get perpetually overheated, can tolerate low temperatures surprisingly well and kind of adore that whole cozy feeling, but the unpleasant side effects are certainly there – the perpetual skin dryness, having to leave extra-early in the morning, the need for gloves etc. and generally questionable road conditions. Going with that whole cozy theme, I have been enjoying lazing around in my room underneath my covers, or under a blanket when I’m not just casually hanging out in bed with the gloriously relaxing Target Be Peaceful Jar Candle($12.49) burning in the background. The soy candle is not overwhelming in the slightest in the way that some other candles can be and has been a much appreciated Christmas gift from the mother as the lavender and eucalyptus scent is just so relaxing, calming and mellowing.

On Thursday, I finally managed to post my Top Fourteen Products of 2014 and it was kind of ridiculously laborious, even by my standards. As I’ve mentioned before, I spent eons debating which products deserved to be included in the post but even outside of that, I had this sort of block against writing it in full so I wrote it bit by bit in chunks, beginning on Monday. Long ramble aside, I’m very pleased with how it turned out and have not questioned any of my choices – as of yet. The weekend brought a nice dose of rest and pure relaxation and also spending money on two things. The first happened on Friday, when I was strolling around town and suddenly found myself surrounded by Chanel makeup and at the cash with my second Chanel product ever, the Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Colour in 57 Darling Pink ($39)  In my defense, I had received Christmas money and I could not resist the good feeling that comes from retail therapy-ing your sorrows away even in the smallest of doses. I’m pleased yet mildly terrified to report that the stain gloss duo somehow is the most ridiculously long-wearing lip product ever while being pleasantly silky to apply and not particularly drying or irritating on the lips whatsoever. I’m stopping myself before I dedicate a couple of paragraphs to my newfound lip product love even before I’ve had it for three days. The second thing I spent money on was movie tickets – something I rarely do – and on Saturday, I dragged my migraine-afflicted but out of bed to attend Exodus: Gods and Kings with two of my long-time close friends. Believe it or not, it was worth the money and I actually found myself enjoying the length biblical biopic even outside the amazingly beautiful ancient scenery. I’ll give you a warning about the movie, though: don’t expect it to be anything faith-affirming.

How was your week?

Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #48

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It was by no means intentional, but regardless, I seem to have ended up saying most of what I had to say for this weeks roundup post in my introductory ramble for Thursday’s Daily Highlights post – so I’ll allude to it again and add some other general thoughts. I wrote about the weird feelings and attitude that I had towards blogging over the Holiday break, namely that I was beyond excited to finally have time to type my beauty-related musings and publish them over here, but at the same time was burnt out and needed time to just lay in bed, read actual books for fun and all that jazz. As I said before, I’m ready to get back at it again with fresh ideas that will hopefully pave the way for interesting content that will appear with a bit more frequency but I know myself well enough not to make any promises about the number of weekly posts and the like with school on the go – I head back Monday (yikes). I kind of can’t handle how fast my Winter semester is approaching.

I had a rather enjoyable Christmas, filled with family visiting – there were 27 of us at our house on Christmas day – and whatnot and devoid of the usual sense of catastrophic stress. The gifts were also really great and I’m not one to ramble on and on about how glorious gifts are without cause and I’m not going to lie, the mellow relaxation time afterwards was divine and much needed. Strangely enough around Christmas time, we had ridiculously warm weather, reaching about 15 degrees Celsius, and for a brief period I was sweating in my own home from the heat of the oven and like things, but I’m pleased to report that as It headed towards New Years, we got a taste of our authentic Holiday weather, dipping to zero and then almost twenty degrees lower of NYE. My New Years Eve was a lovely night as well, true to my low key preferences, spent with a few friends, hanging out, having drinks and playing Cards Against Humanity.

I’m in heaven blogging-wise right about now with all of the yearly favourites posts scattered through my Bloglovin’ feed and one of my favourites of these posts would have to be Christine of Temptalia’s “Top 10 of 2014: Best High-End Blushes” for obvious reasons, basically because Christine’s blog is amazing and I’m a blush hoarder/obsessor/lover and all that jazz. I’m not going to lie, I’ve both gotten ideas of what blushes to try in the future and have found comfort that she rated two of my latest and most loved blushes highly in the list, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat and the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal, if you’re curious.

There were a variety of beauty things that I’ve been enjoying within the last week or so, especially because of the small influx of products in the rotation since opening some Christmas morning, but one standout has certainly been the Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil ($55) that I’ve either been applying as a moisturizer or before moisturizer nightly and on a good number of mornings too. I think this might just beat out my love of the single oil treatment products because I find that the soothing and hydrating action even more intense. I’ve been loving this with the cooler weather as it has helped my skin from freaking out and getting all flaky with its grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, rose essential oil and palmarosa essential oil blend. I will note, however, that it does contain some potentially irritating fragrance in the essential oils – I love it, though.

How was your week?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #47

Recently Updated47Until maybe the last day or two, I’ve been in this odd sort of post-exam funk where I haven’t known what to do with myself now that I don’t have classes, required readings or essays and exams to study for. I’m not complaining but its been an interesting adjustment – it’s felt weird not to be constantly on the go and such. I’m also in absolute disbelief that Christmas is just so soon.

Speaking of Christmas, I’m pleased to report that my personal shopping is now done and when I finished, I also picked up a bit of a treat for myself, a book to read for fun. I enjoyed it and I’m not afraid to admit that I demolished it in one evening.I was feeling something different so I picked up ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen after hearing that it was a recommended new novel and mistakenly believing that it was historical fiction. Although I was wrong about the time the novel was set — it’s actually dystopian future where there is a return to a feudal system –, I swallowed the novel whole finding it to have that guilty pleasure vibe that young adult novels can have with an added maturity and complexity to it. I have my eyes out for news on the next book in the series.

The last few days have been a bit more fun, festive and fast-paced. On Sunday night, I got together with two of my closest school friends to exchange gifts, have drinks and enjoy a nice meal together, along with our usual craziness. It was great. It also gave me the excuse and motivation to stop being lazy and actually get all into the full-on makeup thing with winged eyeliner (courtesy of the brush-tip version of L’Oreal Lineur Intense), vampy lips with my also newly acquired NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice, along with the usual glowy skin situation. On Monday, I joined my cousins for an adventure, braving the mall so close to Christmas and although I was pretty much done shopping for Christmas, I enjoyed hanging out, looking around and goofing off. I may or may not have been motivated to go in for a chance to visit Sephora but before you judge me, it was to make an exchange. I know I included the Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in 456 Jardin in last week’s post and have raved about the quality and uniqueness of the quint, however, after much deliberation I had decided to exchange the quint for a more versatile everyday option that included both matte shades and shimmers that worked well as a solo source of shades. Although I wasn’t expecting to go for the hyped Cuir Cannage palette, I have to say that I’m pleased that I did on account of its wearability and versatility – expect more on this soon. Another exciting find came in the form of a 500-point-perk – this really interesting Formula X Kit. I haven’t tried out any of the four products as of yet (the nail cleanser, base coat, neutral rosy polish and top coat) – I plan on remedying this today – but I thought it deserved sharing because of its great value as a reward.

How was your week?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #46

Recently Updated46I’m free and this whole feeling of freedom has been disorienting, feeling as if there must be six or seven things that I should be doing at the moment that have slipped my mind but I’m definitely pleased with the change of pace around here. By no stretch of the imagination has my week resembled anything interesting, on account of it being spent stressing, being unable to sleep, studying and finishing exams until the last couple of days where I have been thrilled to be doing absolutely nothing, but I’m not disappointed. I’m actually rather pleased with my influx of blog posts over the last couple of days — namely Saturday’s “A Holiday-Themed Wishlist”, Sunday’s “The Beauty Bargain | L’Oreal Collection Exclusive Lipstick in Doutzen’s Pure Red” and yesterday’s “I Used Up Products #4”. So its probably pretty obvious that I’m relieved that the semester has come to an end and that I now have some time to relax and enjoy the holidays. And blog, of course.

About a week ago, I stopped by Sephora, having my eye on a gift or two for friends and knowing that I had to spend a little bit more on myself and I could get $20 off of my purchase with their Christmas promotion. So I was pleasantly surprised on my visit into the store that there was a visiting Dior educator there and obviously I had to have a chat with her about my love of Dior quints and despite firmly believing that I did not need another one, even though the range is completely new, I came out with a new one and an unexpected one, the Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow in 456 Jardin. Being much more a warm-toned neutral gal, I needed convincing on the predominantly green colour scheme and lack of matte shades but after the palette was applied to my eyelids, I was in love with the smoky look that wasn’t nearly as colourful as I would have thought. I’ve been enjoying using the palette, especially because the shadows are just so creamy and pigmented and they bring something a little bit different. My two favourite shades are the iridescent pink lid shade that brightens the lids and the amazing jewel-toned blue shade in the palette. I will admit that its not an all-inclusive palette for me and I like to add a neutral tone in the crease, but I just love it – can you even say that you’re surprised? I’m wearing the shadows above, next to the image of the palette by the way!

Honestly, my current loves have been having the time and energy to apply makeup items such as this one, the cooler weather, being able to sleep and burning candles, along with that whole lazy-day cozy vibe that I adore. If you were wondering the candle currently on rotation is the Bath & Body Works Spiced Apple Toddy 3-Wick Candle and as much as I adore it, man is it potent – in the best way possible.

I’m off to relax and maybe have a nice little afternoon reading-come-lay-down and make some tea – as I kind of have to wean myself off of the great quantity of caffeine that I’ve been ingesting in recent weeks.

How was your week?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #44/45

Recently Updated44So it may or may not be more than a wee bit after my last post in this series – I’ve been doing this for a year with impressive constancy (if you discount the last month or so) and am nearing my fiftieth post with frightening vigor. There might have been five to many adjectives in the last sentence but I’m stressed, exhausted and tend to overuse adjectives. Well, I’m more than pleased to say that it’s gotten nice and wintry around these parts and the constant rain has stopped with some snow being thrown into the mix. I’m afraid that I’m not quite as pleased to be less than a week from classes ending and the impending doom called the exam period starting. Things have been stressful and busy but the funny thing is that the deadlines were worse a few weeks ago. However, having a bit more time to write and agonize over my assignments and large research essays might not be all that great for my productivity and sanity. Still I’m not looking forward to next week when my papers all seem to be due extremely close together. Ackkkk.

In the last few days quality sleep hasn’t occurred at all and I’ve been more sleep deprived than usual. Evidence of this would be seen by my appearance in recent weeks that has not been masked with any sort of makeup all that often and perhaps has been washed a little less frequently than even I desire, giving quite the haystack appearance. Oddly enough, my skin hasn’t been freaking out and I’m convinced that that can only be chalked down to an effective and consistent skincare routine – expect something more on the skincare front soon. Anyways, one thing that I’ve been loving is my extreme binge-watching of The Originals in the last four days or so. I’m not exactly sure that it’s been conductive to productivity but considering that I have this nostalgia-driven duty to watch every episode of The Vampire Diaries ever to be aired, I figured it was time to start with the sister series. More often than not, I amaze myself with my ability to procrastinate in the most self-destructive way possible.

Continuing on the note of things that I’ve enjoyed, last weekend I went out for dinner with the family at Agricola Street Brasserie and although I really enjoyed my mash and sausage meal, the spicy margarita that I ordered was particularly noteworthy. It was rather strong in a tasty way and had a strong sense of lime along with the heat and less of that sugary sweetness that I don’t typically enjoy. At the end of last week, I also gave myself somewhat of a DIY manicure that I rather enjoyed for the five days that it lasted. The combination was all Essie, beginning with two coats of Bikini So Teeny on the nails as a base and then topped with a layer of the spectacular glitter, On A Silver Platter and the No Chips Ahead Top Coat.

I might as well start calling these bi-weekly medleys, I’m beginning to realize, but I digress. How are things around your parts?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #42/43

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I can almost believe it when I tell myself that there is a way in looking at this post as slightly early, as well as horrendously late, but the truth is that I haven’t written a blog post in five days. Believe me when I say that I would have salivated at the very thought on any day, – except maybe Tuesday when I had that horrific migraine – It was just the most work-heavy week that I’ve had this year, filled with exam studying, essay writing, reading and assignment writing chaos. I’m pleased to be back here, rambling on about my general thoughts and live musings and I’m not one to be mushy, but let it be known that I love you all dearly. And I wrote that without feeling nauseous in the least.

The good news is that in my absence of posting things regularly has left me with a few noteworthy products that warrant sharing. First up, I’ve been loving the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream ($20) as a delicious smelling, subtly sweet zesty lime-scented nourishing cream because the skin all over my body (not just the eczema-d legs that I go on and on about) has been hella dry and a little bit irritated and this fits the bill while being fun with the scent aspect. I enjoy how non irritating it is but nice and hydrating with the high shea-butter content but I must admit that its not one to put on truly irritated areas.

There’s also the fact that I seem to have convinced myself that not only has my frequent scented-candle burning been helping me handle the stress of my ridiculous life at the moment, but has also increased my productivity. Not too long ago I picked up the ever-popular Bath & Body Works Mahogany Teakwood 3-Wick Candle ($22.50). I might be one of the few that experiences this, but in my small room I can sometimes find these candles a bit overwhelming and I enjoy that the throw of this cologne and woodsy mixed scent is not ridiculous.

I’ve dug out the autumnal warm rusty-tinged pink Benefit Boxed Powder in Rockateur ($36) and have been digging the illuminated rosy effect that it adds to my skin. It’s one that instantly adds life to the face but you don’t have to be overly careful with it which I enjoy because I’m not exactly filled with endless time in the mornings to slap makeup on my face. I’ve also been enjoying the MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy($19) and I suppose it’s now safe to say that this peach-hued deeper neutral shade has earned its place in my staples; it has more colour than a nude that suits minimal makeup looks nicely without requiring too much care or thought.

You may be aware that the Sephora VIB Sale has come and past and that there was all sorts of craziness involved in the whole online shopping experience — the site shutting down for everyone due to traffic, the international checkout ban that went on for the first few days — and I’m pleased to be waiting for my package that is now in transit full of all of the products that I intended to get. I’m excited. Another fabulous thing was ChelseaWears’s latest duo of youtube videos. They weren’t exactly of the beauty variety but they were hysterical, nevertheless, and it nearly killed me in the best way possible.

How has your week (and a half) been?
Maggie, x.

Weekly Medley #41

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Easily the most exciting moment of my week began with a conversation with my mother and it is worthy of note that this is not something that I find myself frequently thinking, let alone saying. I was talking her ear off about my makeup organization angst as I find myself doing rather frequently and apparently she had taken my words into account because she told me that she was making an Amazon order and wanted to know where to find the three-drawer unit that I’ve been wanting so she could add it to her order. I found it in seconds and although I haven’t received it yet, I am quite excited and I would expect a post sometime on what I store in each drawer in the not-altogether-distant future.

I can honestly say that as a university student in my third year – my, my time flies – that I’ve been the most bogged down with essays, readings, assignments and impending midterms this week (and the last one or two) that I have ever been outside of the formal exam period and I’m not stranger to the whole drowning in work phenomenon. This take home midterm-essay that I’ve been laboring over has been the death of me but I’m pleased to report that the end is now in sight. However, my thought that I could catch up on the slack on posts this week might have been absolutely insane and this is why there weren’t so many posts throughout the week itself. In order to combat my growing anxiety in a non-pharmaceutical way and boost my productivity, Bath & Body Works candles have been a godsend. Earlier this week, I had burned up two of my three mini-candles that I had on rotation, Wasabi Apple and Pumpkin Caramel Latte and so I had been thinking about picking up a candle or two in the near future and this plan solidified when I randomly found a $10 dollars off coupon that was about to expire. On Friday, I ventured into Bath & Body Works to pick up a full on size of the Flannel candle that I have been loving and was pleased to see that they had their candle promotion on but immediately saddened to find out that they seem to have gotten rid of the scent in question. I got over my shock quickly and found myself at the till with the cult-favourite Mahogany Teakwood 3-Wick Candle along with the divine Spiced Apple Toddy 3-Wick Candle. I’ve been burning both and enjoying them tremendously while reaping the stress-relief and productivity benefits without any complaints and I didn’t even spend a sum of money that makes me feel shameful in the process.

On the blogging note, as mentioned above, I probably should not feel guilty over the limited number of posts that graced the blog within the last week considering just how hectic things are. However, I slacked during the weekdays, only posting two in the span of the week (on Monday and Friday) and considering that I’ve been pretty inspired as of late, I want to attempt to get up three within the next work/school week that are hopefully less spread out apart than these. With all that aside, there were four blog posts published this week (including this one) that I feel pleased about across the board – though yesterday’s Sweater Weather Tag Post holds its firm place as my favourite.

I’m bubbling with ideas for posts so keep you eyes peeled but there is that matter of all my other responsibilities and the fact that I really should sleep. I’m afraid that I’ve been slacking on the makeup wearing front and I hope to have a few interesting things to share when I experiment again and to keep things up with my hair when I’ve been fairly happy with it and it’s been down and not a tangly mess. There will be a hair-related post in the near future, so if you’re interested keep stay close.
Was your week anything like mine? If it was, I express my deepest sympathies…
Maggie, x.