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❤ September 2014 Favourites ❤
Bourjois Bronzing Primer: I’ve heard this is a dupe for the Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing makeup base. I’m not a huge user of bronzer, but I decided to give this a go. I really enjoy it! I use it with a Real Techniques brush (mentioned below), and find that it’s not too dark or overwhelming on my light skin. I apply it over my completed makeup. I haven’t really tried it as a primer.
Anastasia Brow Wiz: I got this in early spring, and honestly was less than excited about it (the Maybelline brow pencil is just as good). However I’ve been using it lots this month and last month, and it’s been working great. I like pencils as I find they define my brows way better than powders or brush-on gels/mousses. Probably won’t repurchase though.
Benefit Gimme Brow: I use this regardless of what I define my brows with, but it works particularly well with brow pencils (Anastasia or Maybelline). It’s ok in its own, but really great when paired with something else. I will definitely repurchase this when it’s out.
YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm: I have this in #5 Mouthwatering Berry and #4 Succulent Pomegranate. For all the lip products that I own, I tend to not really lip stick/gloss all that much. These are the ones, though, that make me remember why I love lip products. Gorgeous packaging and relatively fool-proof application. They’re sheer and balm-like, but have a surprisingly good colour payoff that isn’t intimidating. (I’m sometimes intimidated by lipstick!)
The Body Shop All-In-One Face Base: I skipped my August favourites, but had I posted one, this would have been included. I’ve been using it for about the last 2 months, and really enjoy it. This was highly rated on Paula Begoun’s website (Link here - she has wonderful product reviews, especially for skincare). I use this everyday with a fluffy face brush. With out without foundation/bb cream, it has good coverage and feels light on the face. It’s been a great way of getting away from using foundation everyday while still giving me the confidence with some coverage to even out my skintone.
Brush Egg: I randomly found out about this when the Brush Egg account liked one of my photos on Instagram. So I did exactly what they wanted and bought their product! I am not really great at washing my makeup brushes, so this has been working well and was pretty inexpensive. You just wet and soap up your brush and rub it along the textured surface of the Brush Egg.
Real Techniques Powder Brush: I use with this The Body Shop All in One Face Base and it provides good coverage. It’s not super dense, though, so it would also work well for a light powering with translucent power.
Real Techniques Blush Brush: I use this with the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. The tapered tip is a good shape for a bit of contouring that isn’t too precise and still looks natural.
Paula’s Choice Skincare: I ordered a few sample and trial sizes of Paula’s Choice skincare this month. I really like that the website has the option to buy samples. Instead of spending $20+ on one product, I bought several samples (around 80 cents each) of a few products. I like the she breaks down the products on the website by what they do and what their key ingredients are. For example, I bought a few types of AHA and BHA exfoliants. So far, so good.
Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir: Another Paula Begoun recommendation. This has glycolic acid in it, but no burning sensation upon application. I’ve only been using it for around a month (and I don’t have wrinkles to begin with), but I think all of the products above have helped to even up my skintone and make my skin look fresher and brighter.
Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Silky & Seductive Body Oil Mist: This was a total splurge. I got it on 20x the points day at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canadian drugstore), so I got a bit more value for the money, but it’s definitely overpriced. It’s gorgeous on my counter, though, and a nice addition to my morning routine. I spray a bit on my arms for a bit of added scent and moisture.
Lollia Relax Eau de Parfum: Another August & September favourite. I bought the lotion version of this a couple years ago and fell in love with the scent. I was so happy when I saw they have shipping to Canada now, so I scooped up the mini perfume version. It smells like lavender and honey, and has a really sweet, delicate scent.
Bath & Body Works Black Cherry Merlot hand cream: OH MY GOD. This may have eclipsed my beloved Sweet Cimmamon Pumpkin as my favourite B&BW scent ever.
Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush: This month I tortured myself by going to the dentist for the first time in a couple years. I am terrified of the dentist, and had to choose a new one, because since graduating university, I chose not to move back to my hometown where my parents (and former dentist) live. My teeth were in fine condition and I had no cavities, so I don’t feel so bad about going so long without a checkup. However, the dentist recommended an electric toothbrush, so I bought a relatively inexpensive one ($30) from Target. My teeth feel SO MUCH CLEANER now.
Gold headband from Claires: No explanation really - except to say that I get headaches very frequently, and most headbands only exacerbate the problem. This one doesn’t need to be super tight to stay on, and looks really nice too.
Pandora Key and Lucky in Love silver dangle charms: I put these on my Pandora Essence bracelet a couple days ago, so that’s my new preferred way to wear them, but previously I’ve worn them on my bangle, my multi-cord bracelet, or on a necklace chain. (My Pandora Collection here). No matter how I wear them, they’re a really delicate, pretty addition to any jewelry.
Paper mache: Ever since high school, I’ve loved making really heavy-duty paper mache bowls, painting them nicely, and varnishing the heck out of them with clear glossy top coats. Well, I got into that again and made this.
Fuji Instax camera (in pink): I totally impulsively bought this in early September. My sister got the same one a few months ago, but it wasn’t until I saw how many different themed films there are that I KNEW I needed it. I got the Rilakkuma, Little Twin Stars, and Hello Kitty films from ebay.
DigiCal app calendar for my phone: This app is so useful! I like seeing a full calendar right on the home screen of my phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy S3).
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: For someone with a masters degree in English, you’d think I would read more. I think once I finished school, I dropped books and found Netflix. Regardless, when I find a good book, I LOVE reading again. This book was amazing. Totally, ridiculously crazy, but amazing. I cannot WAIT for the movie (Ben Affleck starring doesn’t hurt either. UGH, so hot.)
A side note: This month I also started a university course. I work for the medical school affiliated with my former university, and as part of our collective agreement, employees of the medical school can take university courses for free (well, paid for by our employer). I’ve been out of school for 2 years and only became permanent at my job in May of this year. As such, this is the first school year I’ve qualified to take free courses and took advantage of it as soon as my former manager reminded me. I’m taking an Intro to Law online course, as in the back of my mind, I’m still considering law school. It only started September 8, but so far I’m already excited to be going “back to school”!
My Tumblr BBF (Whitney) always has the best favourites! If you don’t follow her, you need to, she’s the best (:
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