Fall Edit: Blush

With fall fast approaching, I noticed a shift in the cheek products I was reaching for on a daily basis. Gone are the dewy cream formulas and bronzy, glistening shades. Instead, more earthy, warm tones have been on heavy rotation.

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Here are the four shades that have made the cut and will be seeing me through the colder months. Of course, I am a very fickle human being, so there might be some more shuffling around in my collection in the coming weeks, but for now, these products are doing me very well.

MAC Powder Blush in Peaches and Buff

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These two MAC shades have been in my stash for a long time and are staples that I come back to again and again. Peaches is, as the name suggests, a warm, matte, peachy orange that looks wonderful in conjunction with the residual summery freckles left on my cheeks.

Buff, on the other hand, is a beige-y reddish color that offers a more sculpting effect without having to bust out the heavy contours. I love this with bolder lipsticks, since it is a kind of nothing color that still provides definition but doesn’t clash.

Since both of these blushes are matte, I like to use a bit of highlighter on top to brighten up my skin. There are a few highlighting products I love, so a separate post might be in order

 

Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Peach

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This cheek color sits somewhere in between the MAC blushes in tone and is my best bet for a subtle everyday blush. Brightening and beautifying, this is as pretty as blushes get. Again, this doesn’t clash with any eye or lip looks and provides a bit of warmth to my pale complexion.

 

NARS Blush and Bronzer Duo in Deep Throat/Laguna 

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Judging from the picture, I have busted this compact out mainly for its bronzer, which is a cult classic for a reason. But I am trying to make it a point to use Deep Throat more, since it is a beautiful color. A shimmery warm pink, this blush is great to perk up the face and bring a bit of light to it along with a pop of color. I think this will be a great option for the last of the warmer days of the year, so I am excited to use it more.

 

With the summery shades stashes away, I think this round-up will have me covered for any occasions this fall. It is, after all, my favorite season and I cannot wait for cozy knits, colorful leaves and dark lips. 

Hero Product #2

Today I bring you the product that has saved my skin. *cue dramatic music*

A few weeks ago, my skin had a veritable freakout, where, from one day to the next, my forehead decided to sprout about 7 huge and painful breakouts. I still don’t know what caused it (I’m guessing some kind of allergic reaction but I could be completely wrong…) but I immediately went online in search of a blemish treatment to clear the mess.

I came across a few options including the Origins Super Spot Remover and the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Gel, but finally settled on the Soap & Glory Dr. Spot.

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It was a wise decision, because in a few days, my forehead went from the land of sore bumps back to it’s regular state without any residual dryness or flakiness. 

To add to the amazing effectiveness of the product, the gel is also clear and inoffensive in its smell, making it easy to reapply throughout the day. It does say however that it can make the skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so make sure to either avoid the sun or wear a decent sunscreen over it.

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Personally, I found that applying it overnight did wonders for my skin and I am happy to have this in my stash to fight the occasional breakout. Good job Soap & Glory!

Minis!

Even though my summer vacation fell through at the last minute this year, I am still enjoying what might arguably be one of the best parts of going away (at least for a beauty addict) – travel sizes!

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I’ve corralled all the minis from my stash into a sizeable collection and picked out the ones I liked most. I haven’t used everything shown above for long enough to give detailed reviews, but here’s the low-down on a few of my favorite beauty travel companions.

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First and foremost, the ubiquitous Bioderma. I love this to remove my eye make-up, even if I give my skin a more thorough cleanse after. I feels like water and does not irritate my eyes, which is a major plus during hay fever season. Even tough it falls short of removing more stubborn mascara formulas, this is a firm staple in my skincare stash, traveling or not.

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Into these bottles I have decanted my cleanser and face tanning product. The cleanser in question is the Clarins Extra Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, which is a fuss-free gentle cleanser that usually comes in a humongous squeeze tube that could not be more unfit for travelling, so I put a bit of it into this handy pump bottle.

Incidentally, the other product is also from Clarins. It is a subtle fake tan for the face called Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, which gives a nice glow that doesn’t make you look orange or like you have the wrong head screwed onto your pale body. I love both of these, so they were a no-brainer to bring along.

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Even more face products come in the form of the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic, which was a gift-with-purchase, and a deluxe sample of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair that I snagged from my mom.

As you can see, I haven’t used the toner, since I use the La Roche Posay Serozinc in my usual routine, but it smells absolutely lovely from what I can tell.

The ANR however, I LOVE. Using this is an extremely pricey habit to keep up, which is why I was so excited when my mom passed this sample on to me. The serum is wonderful, it softens the skin and takes care of minor imperfections almost immediately. So if you want to treat yourself or have a birthday coming up, I highly recommend it.

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These Soap & Glory products came from a little sample bag I purchased around christmas time, so these have been sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used for quite some time. You can’t really go wrong with shower gels as long as they smell nice, so it was a go for the Soap & Glory Clean on Me, but the S&G The Righteous Butter was too scented for me and broke me out in a rash all over my legs. Bummer, because the smell is divine and from what I could tell, it was very hydrating as well…

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As a replacement for the body butter, I decided to pack this dinky little sample of the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, which is much more subtle in scent and therefore works a lot better with my sensitive skin. It’s nice and nourishing and sinks in quickly, which is one of the most important factors for using body moisturizers during the summer.

For my face, I love the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, which is an extremely simple moisturizer in the best sense of the word. Not much else to say about this besides that, but it really is great stuff.

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Finally, some hair products. I haven’t been able to try out the Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo yet, but I have only heard great things about this product made for sensitive scalps. I will definitely report back once I’ve given it a whirl.

The mini John Frieda Luxurious Volume hairspray I picked up merely because it was the most appealing in the drugstore travel size aisle. I can’t say that it gives much hold to any hairstyle, but sprayed into the roots while tilting your head upside down, it does proved a bit of oomph to my rather flat and fine hair.

The random mini Argan Oil was thrown in for a bit of hydration through my ends, but I can’t seem to remember how it came into my possession. Mysterious!

So, this is it, my would have been travel size collection of skin and hair stuff that might just get another chance if I ever make it on another vacation. Fingers crossed!

XO B.

Building a collection and general updates

Oh boy, three posts in and I’m already a complete blogger cliché…

Last week I had to take my first hiatus due to some health issues in the family. But things are finally looking up, so I’m trying my hand at this updating malarkey again.

 

Other than spending my days to and fro-ing between home and the hospital, I gave in to a serious yearning that might (it totally will) turn into a full-blown obsession. I bought my first vinyl records.

A few weeks ago I rummaged around my parents’ attic and found an unused record player that I promptly smuggled to my own apartment. Seeing as I’m now equipped to become a total vinyl-aficionado, I ordered two fail-safe new(-ish) releases – Joyce Manor’s Never Hungover Again  and Band of Horses’ debut album Everything All The Time – to get the collection started.

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So, I am now desperately trying to keep myself from one too many late-night online shopping sprees to build my collection but I am preeeeetty sure, that next to foraging new beauty loot, collecting vinyl will become the main reason for my weeping wallet.

 

 

Hero Product #1

In my book, a hero product is something that will enter my stock time and time again, something that reaches a highly acclaimed – albeit slightly over-dramatic – ‘can’t live without’-status.

The first product in this category  is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in ‘Soft Brunette’.

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Now, for years I had been a firm believer of the ‘eyeshadow and angled brush’-method, using MAC’s Espresso and the MAC 266 brush to fill in my brows every day without fail. And I was happy and probably still would be. But being a bona fide beauty junkie, I of course had to try out the blogger/vlogger favorite that it the Hourglass pencil.

It’s completely different from what I was used to, but I loved it at first application. Quick and easy, my brows looked full and defined with just a few sweeps of the pencil. Hook, line, and sinker!

The pencil is waxy enough to where it keeps the brows in shape all day and the color is a perfect non-descript brown that seems to match the everychanging shades of warm brunette that grace the top of my head.

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I also love love love the incorporated spoolie, since it seems to help achieve a nice shape and comes in handy for inpromptu flyaway-taming.

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It might be a pricy habit to entertain, but I would (and will) repurchase this brow product time and time again, it really is that good!

XO B.