Lush Rehab

I surely didn’t have the best year hair-wise. With some health issues and the recent change in climate and water pressure, my hair has decided to fall flat and lifeless.

When picking up a new shampoo, I decided to go with an old favorite I knew was going to nourish my hair and bring back a bit of shine and life into my limp locks.

Lush Rehab Shampoo

Lush Rehab is a great pick that promises intense hydration and nourishment for the hair. Since my hair is color treated and getting pretty long again, I was looking for a shampoo that helps with the damage without weighing my fine hair down to much.

While I still rely on some additional styling products to inject a bit of volume, I feel like Rehab has saved my hair during this transition period and has definitely made it more manageable and less tangled.

I picked up the medium size and with continued use, I haven’t made much of a dent in the product, so I don’t think I’ll need to get a replacement anytime soon. So while Lush products may not be the cheapest on the market, this shampoo definitely delivers in terms of value for money.

Sephora Wishlist 2015

Sephora is probably the one store I could go absolutely nuts in. Their selection is amazing, especially here in North America and the carry a lot of brands that aren’t readily available to me otherwise. So while I’ve already made several trips to my local branch and have picked up a good handful of beauty bits, here’s what’s on my current wishlist:

Sephora Wishlist 2015

I’m a huge fan of the First Aid Beauty line, so I’m looking to stock up on my favorites, the Ultra Repair Cream, which is a wonderfully simple moisturizer and the Facial Radiance Pads.

In terms of base, I’ve seen a huge amount of rave reviews for the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. I’ve swatched it in store before and it feels and looks amazing. So once my current tinted moisturizer runs out, I will most definitely pick up this glow inducing base product.

A scent that I fell in love with was Aerin Waterlily Sun, and since Sephora sells these convenient rollerball sizes, it’s pretty much a no brainer. This is a beautiful fresh floral that feels sophisticated and chic. I fell like this is one of those year-round signature scents that I won’t want to be missing from my collection.

For color, I’ve been so impressed with the Kat von D products so far and her new Metal Crush Eyeshadows are absolutely stunning. They’re highly pigmented and buttery soft, so I don’t think I will be able to pass them by another time without picking up at least one of the shades.

And finally, there are some new colors in the Cream Lip Stain line-up, which is a lip formula I absolutely adore. I’ve already got a classic red and a warm pink, but the berry and orange tones in the new collection are calling my name very loudly.

Music Monday #11: Hunting for Vinyl

I have only started my record collection last year, and although I’ve made some amazing finds and have gotten a few great records as gifts, it is still lacking a lot of classics and new releases.

Record Player

So now that I’m in a new country with new record stores, I am going on the hunt for some amazing vinyl. Here’s my list:

Brand New – Deja Entendu

This is an ABSOLUTE classic in my books and one of my favorite albums of all time. I sadly missed the limited edition release this Record Store Day, but I am determined to grab a copy of this asap.

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes – Blossom

A new release but an absolute stunner of an album, I’m hoping to maybe find a limited edition colored copy of this.

La Dispute – Rooms of the House

I’ve talked about this album before, and since I am (hopefully) going to see them play live this fall, it is only right to add their latest record to my collection as well.

Favorite Halloween Looks

I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween, mostly because where I’m from, it’s a pretty new thing and there’s not much tradition behind it.

But at this time of year, it’s hard to avoid anything Halloween-related and my favorite part still are the insane beauty looks being created for this holiday.

Pixiwoo always do amazing Halloween tutorials and this year, my favorites have been the Harley Quinn look (for an easy one) or the super-elaborate Gamora tutorial.

One that’s not specifically Halloween related, but a lovely take on spooky beauty, is this monochrome skull tutorial by Mariah Leonard.

And finally, while not being scary or spooky at all, Lisa Eldridge‘s succinct history of beauty might offer some inspiration for a beautiful period look.

Recently #14

So, Canada has been amazing thus far. I’ve done my fair share of exploring and although the weather has been as temperamental as promised, I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of things and have established a good routine of work and getting out there and play tourist.

Osgemeos Giants

Of course, there has been a good amount of shopping as well. I’ve done some damage in Sephora, but it seems that my wish list hasn’t really diminished at all (more on that soon). Besides that, I’ve found some real gems at smaller local stores, which is my favorite type of shopping anyway. Hunter and Hare

So far, fall has been treating me very well and while I don’t subscribe to the Pumpkin Spice hype, I do love a good walk through the colorful streets of this new city while feeling all cozy and bundled up in knits and scarves.

I also can’t believe that shops are starting to roll out their Christmas merchandise, even though, looking at the calendar, it most definitely is that time of year. Since I’m going back home for Christmas, I’ve had a lot of fun browsing for unique gifts for my loved ones, who I am so excited to see in a couple months’ time.

Travel Beauty Tips

With my recent bout of transatlantic flights (and more travel days coming up), I finally managed to corral a succinct beauty routine that kept my skin from freaking out after being exposed to the recycled, dry air in a plane.

If I could narrow it down to one word, it would be this – hydrate.

The most important thing is to keep skin clean and moisturized in order to fend of dry patches and blemishes. Aside from the obvious choices of antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, here are my top picks.

Travel Beauty

I tend to save up samples for when I travel, so I have little sachets of serums and oils on hand to apply consistently throughout a long haul flight. This time, I relied on the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate to keep my skin supple, but a small selection for different concerns is always a good idea. I even threw in a few packs of the Fresh Lip Therapy Serum in there, which is a good call since (for me) lips are the first place to show cracked, dry skin.

Before I apply serum, I like spritz a bit of thermal water on for some extra hydration and slip. This Avène one is a classic and comes in a convenient size, but I think most companies do them now and there’s not too much of a difference. For oily skin, the La Roche-Posay Serozinc might be a good idea, but the Avène one is great in terms of soothing the skin.

Then I like to carry some sample sizes of regular moisturizer and eye cream to seal the deal. I’m not to fussy here, so I pick whatever is on hand. The La Roche-Posay Toleriane was an amazing pick though, since it provides a good amount of moisture without feeling heavy or containing any irritating scents.

And finally, the most important step is to hydrate from within. As someone who is very prone to migraines, it is my absolute priority to keep on top of my water intake. I picked up this BKR glass water bottle, which, while being a tad heavy, is amazing if you are not a fan of drinking from plastic all the time. It comes with a protecting silicone sleeve, so it is super sturdy and so far, I’ve been loving it. I picked up the opaque grey (London), but it comes in a variety of cool colors and to be quite honest, I am very tempted to pick up another one…

Hero Product #8: MAC All that Glitters

Traveling with a limited amount of products really makes you aware of the absolute stars in your collection. Case in point – MAC All that Glitters eyeshadow.

MAC All that Glitters

This is one of the rare make-up products that I would repurchase time and time again, and for good reason.

These days, I’m not much of an eyeshadow wearer. If I put anything on, it is usually a wash of color, either a matte light brown, or this. I love All that Glitters so much because it is a beautifully brightening peachy shade that goes with everything and is absolutely inoffensive. Some people might find that boring, but I love a good versatile product and this surely is one of them.

The formula is great as well as it manages to hang on to my oily eyelids without creasing for a decent amount of time. If I pair it with a good primer, this is sure to stay on all day and I can just forget about it.

A few years ago, MAC’s Satin Taupe was THE eyeshadow everyone needed to have, but in my opinion, All that Glitters should be right up there. If you’re looking for a similar tone that leans a bit cooler and more pink, Naked Lunch would be a great alternative as it’s pretty similar in texture and staying power.