Nov Favourites

So the last few months have flown by and I haven’t done anything to improve my blog or up my internet game. I said in October that I was going to be posting more, well.. School is kicking my ass.

Being a teacher is ROUGH. Like.. Grade 7-12. Holy shit balls.

Ok, I digress. I wanted to do a favourites post. Cuz it’s fun, and sort of easy to ease me back into blogging. I mean, I spend so much time on social media, I could at least put like an hour a day of that into my blog, right?!

Exactly.

so without further ado, here’s my favourites from November, and possible the other months because they all just sort of mush together now.

I’ve been obsessed with the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum. It’s crazy expensive, and I only had a deluxe sample of it, but that sample lasted me at least a month of everyday use. And I freaking loved it. It made my skin beautiful. But I ran out, and I got the Ole Henriksen Invigorating night treatment as a replacement (like half the price) so we’ll see how that one works out.

Dry bar Pep Rally. Omg this was amazing. Until I cut off my hair. Pep rally got rid of my tangles, made my hair smoother to comb and manage and style. Then I cut my hair to my shoulders and I don’t need it anymore. So there’s that.

Another hair product I’ve been obsessed with is the Caviar Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist. I started using this without changing anything else in my routine and my boyfriend instantly commented on how nice my hair looked. Volumized hair, and my bf likes it? Yes please. It isn’t a miracle workers (honestly) and you have to use it on wet hair or it just gets sticky in dry hair, but I certainly notice a difference in the life of my hair when I don’t use it.

My Starbucks Stainless Steel travel mug is my favourite thing ever right now. I bring it to school with me everyday, and it usually doesn’t leak and it keeps my drink warm. It says it isn’t 100% leakproof, but it does a damn good job! Plus it’s cute.

In terms of makeup, I’ve been loving Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny. It’s a bit dark, but I can still wear it to school! It’s such a nice formula, I can wear it all day, even through lunch, unless I have something super greasy like an oil based salad dressing or… Spaghetti. Haha Otherwise I don’t have to touch it up all day! And it isn’t as drying as most of my other liquid lipsticks.

It’s a constant struggle to find the perfect highlight, but I think Becca Moonstone and Too Faced Candlelight glow (the pink one) are in a tie right now. I use them both everyday interchangably. Sometimes switching it up with the ABH Sun dipped glow-kit.

It’s hard to come up with things that I’ve been super into lately… OH.

I started selling this brand called Stella & Dot and one thing I’ve been wearing like everyday is my engraved neckalce. They have a bunch of different styles, but I just have a plain horizontal bar that’s rounded. It’s so pretty.

 

Besides those things.. It’s just my usual makeup routine. Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (like everyone right? Secret, I use creme brule under my eyes first to cover up the red, then I go in with vanilla over it, it’s like colour correcting cuz creme brule is a bit yellow on me!). And my eyeshadow is never the same.

Oh! I have been LOVING the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara lately. Holy balls it’s amazing. Like.. Dare I say… Better than Too Faced better than sex mascara?

Oh, and Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel in Brunette. Like everyday religiously.

I think I should stop there.

 

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“beauty-ish” Products I can’t live without

My daily life can be pretty boring, and hectic at the same time. These are some things that I reach for time and time again without fail, and they never let me down.

 

Vaselline. Face moisturizers come and go but Vaselline will never steer me wrong. It removes makeup in a pinch, will moisturize and protect skin, it’s the #1 reason why I rarely have chapped or dry lips. A small container will last you literally years.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I use this so much. Like for years it has been my saviour and the best part is that it is super cheap and works great. It will forever be a staple in my life. Wear this under makeup, on its own, hand or body lotion, soothes irritated skin, helps with itching. It is so gooood.

Benzagel 5 Acne Gel. I don’t get pimples often, but when I do it’s usually one or two massive ones due to stress, hormones, or from touching my face too much at work. (Germs!) This has yet to let me down. This 5% Benzoyl Peroxide gel clears up most of my blemishes without hassle. It works on the occasional back/body pimple (I play a full contact sport, dried sweat = pimples) and after one application I forget all about any problem I had. The one issue is that it does make your makeup spotty since the pigment will stick to the dried gel. Put it either underneath your moisturizer, or on top of your makeup (or if you’re not leaving your house just slap it on and go about your chores etc). Thats the only way I can get it to work decent. Warning: It will burn a little, it being a chemical and all, but not all the time.) Pair it with a Salicylic Acid toner or wipe or wash and pimples don’t stand a chance.

Dry Shampoo. I like Batiste right now. I don’t love the “original” smell (Have to try the other scents asap) but I use this at least twice a week because it works so dang good. It’s one of the only dry shampoo’s that I’ve used that actually makes my hair look and feel like it’s clean, and not gritty, sticky, and still greasy like other ones do. (I even bought the coveted Klorane dry shampoo to try, 15$ later… halfway through the day I had to touch-up with Batiste…) Do yourself a favour and pick up a bottle.

Sunscreen. Yeah, I’m not kidding. I’m a super super pale person, so sunscreen is mandatory for going outside. There’s tons of face sunscreens, and body sunscreens. Pick one. Wear it everyday. Your skin will thank you. Plus if your’e into skin care you’ll know that sunscreen is probably your best bet for preventive measures against aging skin!

Visine for Allergy Advance with Antihistamine. Without this I probably would have scratched my eyeballs out by now. It is the only allergy eye drops that stops the itching. It has regular visine properties like anti-red eye, plus the added benefit of saving me from cats, hay fever, and whatever else finds its way into my eyes. Just make sure it has the Antihistamines in it. The regular “Visine Allergy” does absolutely nothing. I will always have this on me.

Everything Summer Favourites

Lets just assume that there is no Sephora here (there wasn’t when summer started) and so all of my actual favourites are from either online purchases or Shoppers Drug Mart, or Walmart. I’ve taken quite a liking to pink this … Continue reading