Perfume Picks: Spring & Summer 2017

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I’d share my top perfume picks for this Spring & Summer with you today. Several of them are ones I go back to year after year, but a few of them are new. I should preface all of these by saying that I’m very seasonal when it comes to my chosen scents, so for Spring I typically go for light floral scents, and for Summer I like ones that smell beachy and almost maybe a bit sunscreen-esque. That being said, I basically interchange my Spring and Summer ones depending on how warm the weather is, regardless of the actual season. You can see all of my current faves, and my (terrible) attempt at describing them below!

MT

 

 

Perfumes

  1. Prada Candy – This scent is the perfect choice for anyone who likes really sweet perfumes. It literally smells like sugar; like a lollipop or cotton candy! I usually wear it during the day in Spring, and in the evenings during Summer, since it is a bit of a heavier scent compared to the others listed here.
  2. Oribe Cote d’Azur – I have to admit, I bought this one hoping it would smell like my beloved classic Oribe scent (ya’ll know I’m a huge fan of their hair products!), but if I’m being honest it doesn’t smell the same. It’s close. Really close. But something is a bit off. Nonetheless it’s a beautiful scent if you love that fresh, citrusy smell Oribe has.
  3. Victoria Secret Bombshell – I have loved his perfume for years and years. Probably since I was in high school. It smells florally, a little sweet, and a bit like sea water. I like to travel with this one since it’s less expensive than the others so I don’t fear the bottle breaking. It’s one I spray on as often as I like without concern that I’ll use it all up, and it has great staying power.
  4. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua – It took me almost two years to bite the bullet and buy this fragrance. These TF ones are expensive, and I had originally wanted the Neroli Portofino, but every time I would get a tester of it, I found that the scent wouldn’t last more than an hour or so. Last Summer, they released this Neroli Portofino Acqua and it’s a very similar scent, but I like it a bit better, plus I find it lasts for hours and hours on me. It smells very beachy, a bit citrusy, and almost a tad fishy like fresh sea water does (weird, I know – but it’s delish). As a side note, I bought this TF one for Hubs last Spring, and he loves it! Most of this TF collection is meant to be unisex but I find this one to be very masculine.
  5. Bobbi Brown Beach – If I had to pick my number one fragrance to wear all Summer long, it’s Beach. It legitimately smells like sunscreen. It’s fresh, light, and you get whisps of it all day, making you feel like you’re ready for the pool, even if you’re stuck in your office working. Smell this one NOW!
  6. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc – This one was also released by TF last summer, it smells very beachy as well (notice a theme here?). It has the sunscreen undertones to it like Beach does, but adds in some coconut and a bit more sweetness. This one is pricey so I understand the hesitance to purchase it, I find that this one is an almost exact dupe and a better price point, if you want to compare them!
  7. Atelier Cologne Clementine California – This perfume is brand new for this Season. I’ve had a few of the Atelier scents, but I love the fresh clementines in this one. It basically smells like Summer, light flowers and oranges in a bottle. It’s my top choice for Spring right now, and it’s limited edition.
  8. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue – This one is another evening scent for me. I’ll occasionally wear it on a gloomy or chilly spring day, but on the whole I wear it for a night out in both Summer and Spring. I find this scent so hard to describe, but I feel like almost everyone has sniffed it before. If you haven’t it’s a heavier but still fresh citrus scent with touch of musk to it. Very classy and timeless, in my opinion.
  9. Bond No. 9 Madison Avenue – Madison Avenue is the newest scent to my collection this season. I picked it up while we were in NYC in February. The store had so so so so many fragrances I wanted but I landed on this one in the end. I’m not sure that other people would agree, but I find it has the scent of strawberries & cream, with tulips, and perhaps a grassy undertone. I highly recommend checking out Bond No. 9 if you haven’t already. My only complaint is that I can’t smell it on my self for more than an hour or two so I tend to put more on frequently. That being said others compliment it near the end of the day so I do think it has some staying power.
  10. Chloe – I think I’ve mentioned Chloe several times on the blog before. It’s my all time favourite scent, no matter the season. That being said, I don’t wear it as often in the Spring and Summer as I do the rest of the year. I like to think of her as my ole faithful, the one I wear every time I don’t know what to put on. She’s a must have!

Travel Essentials

Hi Lovelies,

I thought I’d switch things up a little here today and share with you my travel essentials. I basically include all of these in my carry-on, but that’s simply because I typically carry my most important items with me incase my luggage is lost. It’s worth noting I also like to bring an extra set of clothing with me, especially if I’m travelling on long flights or to different climates. That way, I’m not stuck in the tropics sans a bathing suit and shorts while my suitcase makes it way to Iceland – thankfully my luggage hasn’t went that far off track . . . yet! I also always have a pair of fuzzy socks because I typically wear flats onto the plane and my feet/ankles usually get cold. I love to feel snuggly and warm so I can curl up with an audiobook and try to sleep my way through the flight. On that note, I’m also the type of person who prefers to fly either through the night, or very early in the morning. I get motion sickness very easily and my medication makes me quite drowsy so flying during the day is never ideal for me; that being said, if I do fly during the day, I try to stay awake and get work done, or catch up on tv shows since I’m not a great napper and always land feeling sluggish and yucky. Anyways, to see what else makes the cutoff for my carry-on you can check the pics below!

MT

 

The Essentials

  1. Laline Monoi Hand Cream – I always, always, always carry hand cream with me. Dealing with papers, dry office areas and washing my hands leaves my skin continually dry. BUT, this Laline hand cream is a recent discovery of mine! My Sis and I came across it in NYC and I get so so so many compliments on the scent.
  2. Murad Wipes – Facial wipes are always good to have so that you can either wipe your makeup off if you’re on an overnight flight, or give your face a quick refresh after a long flight, especially if you’re planning on putting some makeup on before you land. These specific ones are my favourite wipes ever because they are not greasy, have great ingredients and legitimately feel like you just washed your face, with almost a minty fresh feeling to them.
  3. Macbook – This one is a given and maybe doesn’t even need to be included, but I pretty much carry my laptop in my bag at all times. I use it mostly to do work in the airport or on the plane, but in general I just can’t leave it behind no matter where I’m headed.
  4. Travel Folder – I’ve had several travel folders throughout the years, and made great use of all of them. This one is my newest version and I like that it has some folders on the outside for the most frequent documents you’ll need, and several on the inside for everything else. If you haven’t used a travel folder before, they have little labelled pouches for every different document you’ll have so it’s super easy to stay organized.
  5. Airline approved liquids bag – I know a ton of people who like to just use ziplock bags for their liquids when travelling – I personally prefer these ones from Sephora because they are silicone, therefore more sturdy. I generally keep all of my little extras including medication, lip products, mini perfumes and any other liquids I’ll have in there even when I’m not flying so that I never have to think twice when I stroll through security.
  6. CoverFX Foundation – I like to have a little bit of makeup with me for situations where it’s been a long travel day, I have to get off the plane and head straight somewhere, or my suitcase is MIA. I try to choose ones that won’t spill, hold up well for long periods of time, and can all be applied simply and quickly. This cover FX foundation is a cream which makes it ideal to use a concealer if you want to just pop a bit on after a long day, but can also easily be used for a full face if that’s the look you’re wanting. Plus, it’s long wearing and super natural looking.
  7. Buxom Lipgloss – I’m pretty positive I’ve mentioned this lipgloss before on the blog, but if I haven’t it’s an easy to apply and long wearing formula. I love this shade specifically because it’s very glittery and shiny so it applies well on bare lips. Fair warning though, to make it so long wearing, it is fairly sticky. If that’s not your thing, stay clear. It’s worth noting though that I have went through probably 6 tubes of it, and my Sister is obsessed too, so I’d say try it out!
  8. Purell Wipes – These wipes are a staple for me on flights. Actually, scratch that. They are a staple for my life. I use them for everything. I wipe down seats, armrests, tray tables, my laptop, my hands, the bottoms of my purses that get set down, and on and on. I go through so many of these on just a regular day, letting alone spending 5 hours cooped up on a plane with strangers breathing on you and 50 other people sitting in your seat that week.
  9. LV Neverful GM – This bag (in the damier azul or damier ebene) are what I almost always use as my carry on. Typically, it’s the bag I carry to work as well, so it’s easy for me to repack a few things and have it transition for travel. It’s obviously humongo so it fits pretty much everything I need in it, and it still fits under the seat in front of me. I hate having things in the overhead bin more than anything – I need to be able to reach all of my goodies easily, so this is a perfect option.
  10. Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette – I use this eyeshadow palette as my travel one on the regular. It doesn’t have enough shades for me to do any complex eyeshadow looks but has enough to make a simple swipe of color and some definition in the crease. Plus it’s super tiny and lightweight and legit smells like chocolate. Hallelujah!
  11. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – This shimmer brick is also a travel staple for me, simply because it has a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one. If you apply it to your cheeks in a single swipe it applies the colours in the order they appear in the palette and saves you a lot of products (and effort) which is perfect for a quick travel refresh.
  12. L’oreal Eyebrow Pencil – There’s not too much to say about this, other than that it’s a dupe for the Anastasia one that everybody loves so much! The only two differences are the spooly (admittedly Anastasia’s is better given that this one is more like an actual comb), and the price. It’s a winner in my books and necessary to give your eyes that wide awake look when you’re actually tired, puffy and dried out; not just me, I hope?!
  13. Living Proof Hair Spray – This one’s a tricky one for me, because if you’ve read my hair post from a few weeks back (it’s here if you haven’t), you’ll know I’m fairly particular about what products I use. So I’d love to say that I can bring one hairspray and use it for the entire trip, but the truth is, I use this mini one in my carry on only to freshen up my already styled hair. I find it doesn’t have enough hold to use in the mornings when I do a full style, but it’s not too sticky and just light weight enough to apply throughout the day.
  14. HBC Blanket – I switch between bringing this light weight blanket, and the occasional blanket scarf. Either work to help snuggle up and get some shut eye. I just love the feeling of this blanket and can also wear it as a big scarf if my carry on gets to full or the airport is frigid!
  15. Beauty Blender–  I bring a beauty blender with me because it’s easy to use to apply your foundation and bronzer. Plus you can bounce it on a skin to give it a touch up anytime, or use it to apply your moisturizers well. It has so many uses that it’s hard not to bring it everywhere.
  16. Sunglasses – The Dior ones from this post are what’s pictured, but I bring any pair that I’m into that day with me. I’m not usually the type of person who puts them on the sleep, but I do wear them on occasion when the sun is shining in and I’m not in control of the blind, or on the train when there is no blind or when the person in the seat beside you decides to turn their light on for hours even though they aren’t reading, but rather are sleeping also.
  17. Headphones – I bring my usual apple headphones with me that plug into the lightening jack, but I also am waiting for my pair of the AirPods to come in. When I got the new 7plus I thought it wouldn’t be an issue to use the regular Apple headphones with it, because after many trials, I’ve found I like the earbud shape on those best . . .but honestly, it is a problem. I can never charge my phone while I want to listen to things and in the airport or on the train where all I do is stare the little screen, it’s kind of a big deal. I recently went for an AirPod trial at Apple and really love them (albeit they do look a bit silly), plus they are supposed to provide better sound for phone calls (and block wind – necessary in the Windy City), and I love that they don’t start playing music until they are in your ears and pause if you take one out. I’ll update ya’ll once I’ve had them for awhile! The reason I say I’d still bring my regular pair though is because AirPods only last 5 hours and they have to charge in their case (15 mins for 3 hours of power), and I think I might want some headphones for that downtime. We’ll see how it plays out in reality.
  18. Batiste Dry Shampoo – Probably no explanation needed. A long time in the tiny little airplane seat leads to flat, oily hair.
  19. Past Tense Roller Oil – This little roller ball has a magical mixture of essential oils that smells minty and makes your muscles feel amazing. I find it really relaxing and it helps with any aches and tension you can get from sitting around so much while travelling.
  20. Teasing Comb – For the same reasons in number 18, plane hair is just never attractive. I like to fluff it back up and help make me look more put together and “with it”.
  21. YSL Lipstick – This is the same formula I raved about in this post but in the nude colour. I love how moisturizing it is, and it easily applies without a mirror so you can swipe it on at any time.
  22. LaraBar – I love all of these bars, but the Peanut Butter Cookie is my all time favourite (PB&J and Coconut are a close fave, though!). The PB Cookie one literally takes like the actual cookie, and has a crumbly dry texture like they tend to, as well. I love to pair it with a hot tea and really make a relaxing moment for myself.
  23. Pretzels & Hummus (available almost anywhere!) – I’ll always pick these up at an airport because they’re easily found, a (relatively) healthy snack and delicious. I’ve found that I can’t snack on my favourite candies anymore like I used to because it makes me feel restless and that’s the last thing I want when I’m stuck in a seat for hours on end.
  24. Waterproof Mascara – I wear this L’oreal Mascara every day. Since my eyes are so small, I wear waterproof formulas on the regular, to prevent them from running or smudging. However, I do believe it’s important for travel regardless because mascara tends to smudge when we close our eyes, or flake off after a long day. No one wants raccoon eyes! Ps. I know I’ve mentioned before in this post that the Armani mascara was my all time favourite, but you guys, this drugstore mascara may have taken it’s place. It’s seriously amazing and a fraction of the cost.
  25. MAC Eyelash Curler – This one goes to number 24, I always like to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else they point straight down into my eyeballs and that’s neither flattering nor comfortable. My Sister introduced me to this curler a few years ago and nothing beats it; my lashes hold curl all day and look fluttery and natural.

That’s all my tips and tricks for travel essentials. Kudos to you if you made it to the end of this! I always question making longer posts, but I know personally if it’s a topic I’m interested in I’ll want to read an entire post, and if I’m not that interested I’ll just skim the photos. So I figure this was the best of both worlds. See ya Friday, babes!

How I Keep My Hair Healthy (and a little surprise)!

Hi Lovelies,

I’ve been keeping a tiny secret from you for the last week or so – I’VE CHOPPED MY HAIR OFF!!! I’m too excited to put this at the end of the post, so pleaseeee read on to see how I kept my extremely long hair very healthy and well maintained. I used to get quite a few people asking me if it was my real hair or extensions, and it was my own hair – so I’d like to think I was doing something right. The cut is super blunt with almost no layers and it’s coloured a really ashy light blonde. I’m so in love with it thanks to my amazing new stylist Jenna (@beautybybullaro) from Dennis Bartolomei salon. She’s so much fun and incredibly talented; definitely go see her if you’re in Chicago! Okay, I won’t torture you (or myself) any longer. Here’s the new ‘do:

P.s. My Shirt is from Lilly Pulitzer, but I snagged it during their sale and it’s sold out now. They have so many beautiful patterns though – so you’ll definitely find something similar.

Now that I’ve shared the exciting news, here’s a little bit of information on what I do to keep my hair healthy. I’m going to discuss products I love in a bit, but I think the main reason my hair stays so healthy and shiny despite only having it cut twice in the last 6 years is because I use minimal heat on it and blow dry it only a few times a month (if that)! I also only wash it once or twice a week. My Mom and Sister have a totally different hair texture than I do, much thinner and more finicky, so I get that this won’t work for everyone but it definitely took my hair time to adjust to my new process, too. I used to wash it daily, or at least every two days, so when I switched to only washing it once or twice a week, there was definitely a stage where my hair felt a bit greasy in between washes – but I gave it time (and switched to a few products discussed below) and eventually my hair adjusted. Now, the only real reason I need to wash is because I like to pile the hairspray on, not because it gets over oily (and that’s saying a lot with daily workouts).

  1. Oribe Royal Blowout Spray – I spray the Royal Blowout in my hair almost every time I shower. Not only do all of the Oribe products smell amazing they work really really well. I know they’re pricey (and I’ll be the first to admit that some of them aren’t worth the hype – I’m looking at you Gold Lust Dry Shampoo) but the ones I’ve named here are solid products. This is technically a blow dry spray and heat protectant but I mostly use it as a heat protectant and spray it in while my hair is wet because I know that I’ll most likely being using a flat iron or curling wand on it once it’s dry.
  2. Osis Dust It Powder – I’ve been a die hard fan of this for almost a decade now – although I sometimes switch to this one because it is cheaper, but the Osis is quite a bit better. I sprinkle it through the roots of my hair by my part and a layer underneath my part and then shake my fingers through it. It gives a gritty texture to my hair that provides more volume and helps hold teasing at the crown if you want even bigger hair (and I say the bigger the better)! I only use the product the first time I style my hair after it’s washed though, it lasts really well  – even through brushing, and if you over do it your hair can be a tangled sticky mess.
  3. Shu Uemera Color Lustre Shade Reviving Balm – This is actually a new product for me. My stylist that coloured my hair recommended I use it as a conditioner it to keep the light blonde a very ashy tone. I’ve used it twice and it works miracles! It’s has a very luxurious and creamy texture which I prefer in a conditioner, and really does correct the yellowing that you naturally get as a blonde. Although, I’d suggest not using it every shampoo because it definitely might be too purple for that, especially if you wash your hair more than I do. Also, my stylist suggested that I roughly dry out my hair with a towel after my shampoo so that the conditioner absorbs better, so of course I tried it and found it actually did make a difference. Don’t put your purple products on extremely wet hair anymore, ladies!
  4. Kenra Blow Dry Spray – This spray is similar to the Oribe spray in number 1, and you by no means need both, but I prefer using this when I’m blow drying my hair because it makes it extremely soft and smells wonderful. I just find that it is maybe a little too oily to spray on my hair if I don’t blow dry it, but makes it silky smooth if I do.
  5. Lush Shampoo Bars – this & this  – There are no words for how much I love these! I actually use several different kinds, but these two are my top faves. The yellow one pictured above is my number one but both are worth trying. It definitely takes a little while to get used to using shampoo in a bar form, but once you do you’ll love it. It’s easy to travel with, it lasts a long time (which is important to consider when you have mega long hair because shampoo goes so quick), and most importantly, it just works really well. They both leave your hair feeling extra extra clean, and then I like to follow up with a hydrating conditioner. The yellow bar makes hair shiny because of the lemon oils, and the blue bar gives hair some extra volume with the sea salt.
  6. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion – This is a beach wave spray and I spray it in my hair when it’s wet all of the time. There’s an original beach/salt spray called Surf Spray, and this Infusion one mixes that original spray with a light oil so the salt doesn’t dry your hair out as much.
  7. Got2B Glued Hairspray (available at all drugstores!) – Let me preface this by saying I’m a bit of a hairspray snob. I’ve used every high end brand out there, and of course loads of drugstore ones, too. I’ve never found a drugstore one I LOVED until I this. This hairspray is strong and almost a little bit sticky which is my favourite formula because you can spray some in your hair while holding it out from your head a bit and it will give you loads of volume that actually holds all day. Plus, it’s like 7 bucks – can’t beat that. I’ve converted several of my friends and family to this cheap-0 and they love it just as much.
  8. Jessie James Decker Bless Your Hair – This one isn’t really helping keep my hair healthy, but it’s a hair perfume that smells so good and lasts in your hair for days. It has a classy but fresh scent and when you go a few days without washing your hair it’s a great refresh.
  9. Bumble & Bumble Boars Bristle Flat Brush or Mason Pearson Boars Bristle Brush – This by far the biggest change I made to my hair routine almost three years ago. These brushes are expensive, I know, I know, I know. But I promise you they make a world of difference. Here’s why: The boars bristle brushes actually move the oil from the roots of your hair down the shaft of it resulting in more hydrated ends of your hair and less oily roots – the ideal result! I still use a regular paddle brush to brush out my hair when it’s wet, but I use the boars bristle brush to brush my hair in the morning and night. Since I’ve made this switch my hair has really been less greasy, the products don’t build up in my hair as quick, and ultimately I’m able to hold fresh looking styles for almost a week because of these brushes. I personally have the Bumble & Bumble brush which works wonderfully (and is better priced) but I think they’re being discontinued. The Mason Pearson brushes are most well known in the boar bristle brush world, and last forever but they do come with a hefty price tag; however, there’s several sizes available to help cut the costs a bit. If you can’t track down a B&B brush, I’d order a Mason Pearson asap!
  10. Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo – I use this shampoo in between using number 3. It’s a purple shampoo also meant for color correcting and it also works well. When my hair was long and more golden toned I only used this purple shampoo to tone my hair, and not the balm I talk about above because the balm makes it very ashy.
  11. Oribe Apres Beach Spray – This spray is hands down my favourite Oribe product and one that I’ve never found a close dupe for. It’s meant to give beachy waves to your hair but without having salt in it. It sprays out almost like a liquid light wax so you only need a few squirts to give that messy texture to your hair. For that reason the bottle lasts forever and is worth the splurge. I’ve used it a few times a week on my really long hair for over a year now and still not run out. I only use this the day after I’ve washed my hair to put a bit of grit back into it so it holds style and volume better.
  12. Invisibobble Hair Ties – I tie my hair up all of the time when I’m at home. Whether it’s long or short I just don’t like it being down. I sleep with it tied up, too. So I use these little curly swirly hair ties because they don’t pull your hair out, hold in place really well, and don’t leave that crease across your hair when you take them out.
  13. Shu Uemera Texture Wave Spray – This one is also a new addition to my hair routine post hair cut. It’s the perfect mix between the Apres Beach Spray in number 11, and a dry shampoo. It adds lots of texture to the hair so it’s easy to achieve a tousled look (especially if you put a few curls in) but it has a tiny bit of that powdery dry shampoo feeling so that your hair doesn’t look greasy. That’s why I use the Apres Beach Spray when my hair is freshly washed, and then use this Texture Wave Spray every other day!

PHEW! That was a long post. If you managed to finish that all – thanks for sticking around! I hope you found it useful (and a bit fun).

Best Of: Sephora VIB Sale 2016

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Hi Lovelies,

The Sephora VIB sale is coming up soon (starting November 4th for VIB Rouge!), so I thought I would share my top picks for this year. The sale (which is 20% off for VIB Rouge, and 15% off for VIB – I believe) is a great time to stock up on Christmas presents, stocking stuffers, birthday gifts, or treats for yourself. To be honest, I also buy all of my regulars as well this time of year, like mascara, face wash and eyeliner – the staples I know I’ll go through in the next few months. A lot of my favourite brands come out with special sets for the holidays which are a great way to test out several products in smaller sizes, or if you’re like my family and travel frequently, you’ll have several packing friendly sizes to choose from. I’ve explained a bit about why I chose each product below, but if you’re more interested in seeing what the products are for yourself you can just click the links!

MT

 

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  1. YSL Glossy Stain (Rouge Laque): Clearly a red lip is popular this time of year (and even more so into the Holidays!). This one is glossy and goes on like a regular gloss, but also stays put like a stain. It’s almost hard to believe because it doesn’t make sense how it can do that- but it does, so much so my Mom & Sister both love to use mine.
  2. YSL Lips & Lashes Set: This set is so many of my favourite YSL products in one. This mascara is incredibly popular and makes lashes thick and super black. Their lipsticks are all amazing, creamy and hydrating, and the Touche Eclat concealer is probably the product that YSL makeup is most well known for.
  3. Murad Pore Reform Polish:This is a super fine scrub that I use almost every day. It’s great for my oily skin because it helps keep the oil from clogging up pores.
  4. Tarte Ready Set Glow: I can’t say I’ve tried all of the products in this set, but I’m excited to. The facial scrub stick is the cleanser I take with me when I travel since it’s in stick form it’s one less liquid to worry about, and it’s a scrub! The lip scrub stick is also something I love. It’s like a peppermint crayon you rub on your lips to exfoliate them – amazing for the cold weather.
  5. Too Faced Cheek & Lip Set: I have several Too Faced blushes and always love how pigmented and soft they are, but my favourite product of this set is the Lip Injection; it’s a super minty, tingly lipgloss that actually plumps your lips! Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may find it burns a bit, but I love it all the same.
  6. Tatcha Best Sellers Set: If you read my Fall Faves: Beauty Edition, than you already know how much I love the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, but their Camilla cleansing oil and Rice Enzyme Powder are also unique, excellent and worth a try.
  7. L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate: There are no words to describe my love for this product. I have had an unhealthy obsession with the almond shower oil for several years now but my love for all L’Occitane almond products is quickly growing because of their delicious almond scent – it’s like sugar cookies and marzipan had a yummy almond baby. This product in particular is super light so it absorbs quickly and never feels greasy, it actually leaves a velvety and almost silicone feeling on your skin.
  8. First Aid Beauty, 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask: This mask is unique in that its a clear, bouncy gel like the name suggests. I’ve found that it’s the closest results to a hyrdafacial that I’ve gotten at-home and over 5 or so uses I’ve noticed my skin looks more hydrated and even.
  9. Beauty Blender & Too Faced Kit: I apply my makeup almost daily with a beauty blender, so this kit which also includes the beauty blender blotter and the Too Faced highlighter (which I love on it’s own!) is a great kit for anyone wanting to try the beauty blender.
  10. Murad Clarifying Wipes: These wipes are good just about any time, but I like to use them in the morning when I’m too lazy to properly wash my face, or am running late. As a bonus, they feel a bit minty so it’s a good wake up.
  11. Too Faced Glitter Glue: I love to wear loose pigment shadows, or loose glitter during the holiday season (or any time of year really) and this glitter glue is the best way to stop the fall out and keep it on all day.
  12. Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: The best makeup remover for waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Period.
  13. Sunday Riley U.F.O.: I alternate between this oil and the one in set 14 (Luna) every night, but this one is particularly good for keeping oily or blemish prone skin clear and I’ve noticed since adding it to my routine that my skin texture has improved overall.
  14. Sunday Riley Power Couple: I can’t possibly explain my love these products in a few short sentences. They changed my skin entirely – for the best! Anyone who is looking for amazing new products should give this duo a shot. Luna has retinol in it which is good to prevent aging and Good Genes is a lactic acid treatment that also helps keep skin clear.
  15. Miu Miu Fragrance: Sephora has a lot of really awesome fragrance sets, and the sale would be a good time to pick some up! Although I haven’t actually tried this Miu Miu one, it’s been buzzed about quite a bit recently and I’m wanting to try it so this roller ball and mini size duo is the perfect opportunity.

 

Fall Faves: Beauty Edition

Hi Lovelies,

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this: I’m a sucker for a good beauty product. I have to try out all of the new products each season, and so I can safely say these are my go-to products going into the autumn weather – although you’ll notice by the dirty packaging that they’ve been well loved for quite some time now. On a side note, lip products are possibly the best thing to shop seasonally for but I didn’t include them here because I link each one on my outfit posts, so you’ll have plenty of them headed your way soon. You might want to pause now and grab a cup of tea and a snack because this is a long one – sorry!

MT

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Chloe Eau de Parfum: This has been my favourite scent during cooler weather for a few years now. It’s a heavier floral scent which I find to smell more sophisticated.

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Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads: Aside from the fact that these smell like a peach bellini, I love that they provide chemical exfoliation and have helped even out my skin texture –  as a plus, you can cut the pads in half to get double the amount! However, since it contains various acids it would likely not be great for sensitive skin.

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Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel: I use this as my morning moisturizer. It’s great for anyone who gets a little bit oily, and I’ve found it works well under my makeup too, even when I don’t wear a primer!

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Lush A French Kiss: Toss this little cutie into your bath for lots of lavender and rosemary scented bubbles! I’m a fan of a lot of Lush products, but this scent is a super relaxing addition to my nighttime routine. As a bonus, you can easily break it in half and get two baths out of it.

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Seaberry Restorative Body Cream: This body lotion is good, but what I like most about it is the scent; it smells herbally like a spa, and is great to use after the Lush bath products.

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Armani Eyes to Kill, Waterproof Mascara: I’ll be the first to admit that this mascara is expensive, and I’d normally not be able to justify the price tag, but it’s the only mascara I’ve found that never runs or smudges, which is typically a problem on my smaller eyes.

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Marc Jacobs The Face III Foundation Brush (amazing dupe HERE) & Cover FX Custom Cover Drops: Both of these products are really great on their own, but together they are unbelievable! I don’t use the Cover FX drops like you’re supposed to – they are meant to mix with other foundations or lotions to give it more coverage – instead I just take a small dab of it alone a use it as my foundation. With the brush, it blends right into the skin and gives such great coverage I rarely use concealer. This has to be one of the best parts of my makeup routine because I even got my mom and sister hooked on them. p.s. You can tell this is tried and true because that brush is certainly well loved.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Now, I won’t pretend that this eyeliner isn’t in rough shape, but I spilled nail polish on it, and well, what’s a girl to do when she uses it every day still?! All of the Urban Decay eyeliners are insanely smooth and last all day, but this colour is a top pick for me because you can apply it without being too precise and it’s universal enough to use with any makeup look.

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Becca Mineral Blush, Lantana: A lot of people are intimidated by the bright poppy red colour of this blush, but because the formula is so smooth, you just need the tiniest bit on a fluffy blush brush to add an autumn toned flush to your cheeks.

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Makeup Forever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer: I’d be a liar if I said this was my favourite just for Fall, because I use this bronzer all year round. It’s my favourite of all time. Ever. It’s waterproof which is amazing for hot weather, but the reason I never switch it up no matter the season is because this applies to the skin like a cream even though it’s a powder formula, so you never look cakey or powdery – even if you use it to bronze your entire face!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush, Copper: In the name of honesty, I’ll disclose that my beloved copper blush was limited edition last year. The good news is that Becca recently came out with a nearly identical product as part of their permenant collection – yay! This copper colour is, again, my favourite blush colour of life. Although the one I have is technically a highlighter I use it as a blush, and 9 times out of 10 if you see me, this is what I’m wearing because it gives your cheeks a healthy sun kissed glow and is so neutral you never have to think about what you pair it with. I.can’t.get.enough.

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Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (top left), MAC Saddle (top right), MAC Shroom (bottom left), Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (bottom right): All of these colours are perfect to create a neutral autumn look. Flame Thrower is a foiled, rich, copper colour that looks very metallic when you apply it with a damp brush, which adds a pop of seasonal colour. The Makeup Geek foiled shadows are hands down the best eye shadow formula I’ve ever used, and it’s safe to say I’ve tried almost all of them out there.