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

My February Topbox!

Hello beautiful people! Yesterday I received my February Topbox, if you’re not sure what Topbox is, it’s a sample service similar to Birchbox or Glossybox. It’s around 13$ a month and you get 4 or 5 samples of different beauty products! They also promote wish list boxes, where you can pick a box that has one specific brand as opposed to different samples from different brands that come in the regular Topbox.
February was my second month receiving a Topbox, in January I got my wish list top box which was a Benefit Cosmetics box, I wasn’t OVERLY impressed with that box as I had tried most of the products it came with, but it was nice to get some travel/handbag sized versions of a few of my favourite benefit products.
This month I received the regular Topbox with came with 4 products as well as a coupon!

First thing was a full sized Essie nail polish which is called Head Mistress and it’s a gorgeous red polish. I like this one because it’s not dark red like the colours that were really trendy throughout the holidays and winter months, but this is a light enough red that it will be really cute to wear for the rest of the winter and going into spring before pastel colours become really popular.
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Next was a So Susan lip & cheek sublime stain. I had never heard of this brand before getting this box so I did a little bit of research. They’re a company from the UK that primarily focus on anti-aging skin care and cosmetics, I’ll link their website at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in checking out their products. I wore this lip stain today and it’s a really gorgeous pink colour that has great stain power and has lasted pretty much all morning. It’s got a really buttery texture and is nice and hydrating as well. It says on the packaging that it’s hypoallergenic, and it is fragrance free so If you’re sensitive this product is great. I definitely think this is going to be a handbag must throughout spring and summer for me.
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This product is not something that is new to me but I am so stoked to have a smaller size of it! And it’s the Elizabeth Arden Eight hour cream. I have the jar of this on my bed side table and I apply this EVERYWHERE I have dry skin, I put it on my lips before I go to bed when they’re feeling really chapped and dry, and I wake up with the softest lips ever. The Topbox came with the original formula that has a pretty distinct smell, but you can get a hold of a fragrance free version. A lot of people don’t like the smell of the original but I don’t mind it, you can find this cream in so many different sizes and forms which I think is pretty cool. This is definitely taking a permanent place in my purse for the rest of the cold months!
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The final product I got in my box was an Epic Blend lip balm in the Hemp Coconut flavour. This stuff smells like a Pina Colada, it’s so delicious, just makes me want to eat it all. I had never heard of this brand either, so again I did my research, I believe they’re a North American company as their prices are in dollars on their website.
I’ve worn this a couple of times and I do find it’s very moisturizing, and like I said it smells divine. The cool thing about these lip balms is that they have so many different kinds; they have a hemp line, a vegan line, and an intensive moisture line. The flavours they offer are cool as well; they have hemp chocolate rum, or a vegan pineapple mint. I’ll add the link at the bottom of the post and you can check them out! Over all I’m really excited to continue using this as my day to day lip balm and maybe purchase some other ones!
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My box also came with a 25% off coupon for Epic Blend which is a nice touch for when I want to try some other flavours.
So that’s everything I got in my February Topbox, let me know in the comments if you want me to do a breakdown of these every month or if you’re subscribed to a sample service that you’re absolutely loving!
until next time, xoxo
-Lo

**Just a little disclaimer, this is not a sponsored post and all my opinions are my own**

http://www.epicblend.com
http://sosusan.com/index.php
http://www.essie.com/#
http://www.elizabetharden.com