September 2015 Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Apologies for being MIA the passed couple of weeks, I was away at the cottage and then I caught a nasty cold. Alas! I am back and so excited to be writing my September favourites post for you guys!
The leaves have started changing here in Toronto, and it’s gotten a little bit chillier which makes everything so cozy and lovely! I love autumn! Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite things about fall are!

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First up is actually a re-discovered favourite! The GlamGlow Youthmud mask is not one I used to reach for very often, I found I prefer to use detoxifying masks or hydrating ones, but lately I’ve noticed my other masks just weren’t doing the trick for me. My skin has been feeling a little bit rough and uneven, my foundation even started bunching in weird placed on my face, so I thought I’d give this baby a try for some intense exfoliation. (This is a small sample size)
This masks tingles ALOT, to the point where it’s actually slightly uncomfortable, but the effects are incredible! After one use my skin was softer and radiant! I noticed a bit of purging a few days later, which was great because my detoxifying masks weren’t helping me out with any of my congestion. After using this my moisturizers and treatments absorbed faster, and my foundation applied seamlessly! I think I’ll be using this at least once a month from now on!

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Essie’s fall line of nail polishes knocked it out of the park this year! I picked these 2 up at the beginning of September and have been wearing them non-stop!
The one on the left is called “frock n’ roll”, which is a really beautiful dark purple with silver micro-glitter in it. This applies incredibly opaque, it looks almost black until you see it in certain lights and the glitter comes into play. It’s incredibly easy to take off, considering it has glitter in it as well! Wearing this one makes me feel super vampy and sophisticated!
The polish on the right is called “leggy legend”, it’s a really gorgeous copper/bronze shade that looks like a sunset on your nails. When the shimmer in this catches the light it’s absolutely stunning! it’s not a colour I would normally go for, but when I wore it I feel in love, because it makes me feel edgy!

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Revlon Black Cherry is the perfect berry lip for fall, it’s a gorgeous merlot shade that makes my lips look fuller and sexy without being too matte or too glossy. I’ve been wearing this a lot recently, and I just love it, obviously I have to re-apply after eating but other wise the longevity of this is really great. Since the formula isn’t matte, it doesn’t dry my lips out at all, which makes it comfortable to wear all day. If you’re looking for a new vampy lip colour I would highly suggest picking this classic up!

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My last favourite is a book I could not put down in September! The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the best book I’ve read in quite a while. I’m garbage at describing things without completely ruining the whole book, so I’m going to copy the insert from the book.
“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best from is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovered a power of her own – an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard – the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart”
If you enjoy fantasy novels, with magic and mystery I would definitely suggest giving this a go! The second book in the series comes out in February and I cannot wait!

That’s it for this post! I’ll be back very soon with a fall make up look for you guys!
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

Product Empties #3!

Hello beautiful people!
Did you all have a lovely weekend? Mine was pretty quiet, just running errands and cozy evenings in, which was really nice after a hectic week. The weather here was pretty chilly this weekend too, so it was nice just to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea after dinner.

I seem to have gathered up a few more empties I thought I’d share with you guys!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo $6.99
I love this stuff! It keeps my hair fresh between washes, and the original scent is really fresh and nice without being too over powering. It is white in colour, but I like to just spray it into my roots, sit for a minute or two and then really work it into my hair with my hands, and you can’t see any white at all. This gives a nice amount of volume to second or third day hair as well, and it doesn’t build up on the roots or scalp which I really like. I’m currently using a Cake dry shampoo, but once I’m finished with that I’ll definitely be repurchasing this guy!  (I think this sells for about $11 dollars at shoppers drug mart, but you can find it all the time at Winners for $6.99!)

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Origins Original Skin Serum $48
This was my second bottle of this, and I’ve already purchased a third. I love love love this serum, I’ve definitely raved about it before so I wont ramble too much. It’s helped even out my skin tone, made my skin softer and smoother, helped keep breakouts at bay and definitely brightened my complexion! If you have not tried this, please do, it’s amazing!

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Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer $78
I don’t think I ever mentioned this in a post while I was using it, but this was a really lovely moisturizer. Super nourishing, quite a light consistency that absorbed quickly. This was an expensive cream, but it made a difference in my skin in terms of keeping it well hydrated and soft; while I was using this my skin felt pampered all the time, and make up layered on top of it beautifully. I didn’t repurchase this right away, but if I’m ever feeling like my skin really needs a pick me up I’ll definitely be getting another bottle of this stuff.

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Living Proof PHD 5-in-1 Treatment $18
This treatment is my hair saviour! But, again I’ve reviewed this before so I wont ramble. This cream makes my hair softer, smoother and easier to style! It also keeps it feeling cleaner for longer when you use the shampoo and conditioner with it. I’ve repurchased this because my hair does not preform the same way without this stuff! A bottle lasts a long time because you only need a pea sized amount for your locks!

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Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara $12
This little guy is a holy grail product for me, I could not do without this in my collection. It adds the most incredible definition and length to my bottom lashes, and the tiny little brush allows me to coat every single one of my lashes! The formulation of this does not move, you can rub your eyes, go swimming, work out – doesn’t matter, your bottom lashes will still be perfect!

That’s all for now my loves,
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Tanya Burr Cosmetics – Eye Shadow Palettes Review & Swatches!

Hello beautiful people!
Today is a holiday here in Canada, but for those of you at work or starting school today, I hope your Monday hasn’t been too bad!

If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, or really if you know me at all, you know that my favourite YouTuber of all time is Tanya Burr. Maybe a year ago, she brought out a line of nail polishes and lip glosses – unfortunately the nail polishes wont ship from the UK to Canada but I managed to get my hands on her glosses through Feel Unique, and I absolutely love them, I think I have about 5 in my collection! Then, a few months after that she brought out her line of lashes (which are also fab) and then at the beginning of August she re-launched her whole beauty line with a gorgeous new look and a few new products.
The new look of her products is much more sophisticated and luxurious with pretty gold and clear packaging – but, the products I was most excited about in the re-launch were her new eye shadow palettes! The day they launched I went onto Feel Unique and ordered all 3 of them, they arrived in the mail early last week and I couldn’t wait to play with them!

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The packaging is super compact, so it’s easy to carry them around in your make up bag! Each one has a different pattern on it, and the shadows themselves actually have the pattern embossed in them, which I think is a really nice detail to add a little something extra to the palettes.

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I also really love that they have cute little heart shaped mirrors in them, which are actually still a great size to use to apply your make up!
All of the shadows are super pigmented, blendable and buttery. She brought out a great range so that there’s something for everyone, no matter your eye colour or skin tone. There’s also a great range of finishes, some are shimmery, some are matte and a couple are even glittery shades. She also did a great job naming her shadows, they’re all super cute!
Every one of these is wearable for every day or evening, and they’re super affordable at around $12 or so depending on exchange rates.

My favourite palette of the three is the Hollywood Eye Palette

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This palette is super warm and neutral which is right up my street, wearing these gold-bronze-brown shades is when I feel my absolutely prettiest, so I’ve been reaching for this one a lot! My favourite shade in this palette is Enchantment, because it’s a gorgeous glittery bronze that’s great for all over the lid in summer, but it’s also a good shade as we transition into fall.
(Swatches from left to right: Nude delight, gold coin, enchantment, bookworm)

Next up is the Galaxy Eye Palette
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This is a much cooler toned palette, with quite a grey-lilacy undertone to it. I love using this for a night out, the shades just compliment each other so much with a good mix of shimmer and matte. I find I feel very sexy and classy when I wear colours like this! Also, the shade snowflake has the most intense pigmentation, especially for a frosty white shadow.
My favourite shade from this palette is Moonlight, it’s the perfect light grey/silver that really makes blue eyes pop!
(Swatches from left to right: Snowflake, moonlight, stormy sky, starry night)

Last but absolutely not least is the Fairytale Eye Palette
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This palette is definitely a more low-key everyday palette with three mattes and one shimmer shade. it has a good mix of warm and cool tones, and would be a great one to have in your make up bag to go from day to night. I also love that this palette has a matte black, because it’s a great versatile shade to add definition to the lash line or smoke out the outter corner.
My favourite shade in this palette is Alohomora, not just because it’s a Harry Potter reference, but because it’s almost an exact dupe for MAC’s Satin Taupe, which is my all time favourite MAC eye shadow.
(Swatches from left to right: Cream tea, velvet cushion, alohomora, witches cat)

If you live in the UK, I would highly suggest heading to your local superdrug to pick up one (or all) of these, and for those of us who aren’t in the UK, Feel Unique is a great site to pick these, and a lot of other UK cosmetics up.

That’s it for now my loves,
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Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo