Scented Candle Favorites

One thing that just screams fall and winter is burning a scented candle. While one could view it as literally burning money, a beautifully scented candle is just so cozy and adds to that quintessential feeling of warmth and home that is one of the most beautiful things of the winter months.

While there is a plethora of candle offerings on the market, the P.F. Candle Co. ones are firm favorites for me. Diptyque and Byredo are beautiful but out of my student budget and the sickly sweet and artificial scents of Bath and Body Works are plain migraine triggers.

P.F. Candle Co. sits nicely in the middle with sophisticated and seasonal scents at a decent price. And they look beautiful as well. Housed in a simple brown glass container with a gold lid, you can easily keep them from getting dusty and gross and use them with almost every decor all year round.

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One of my favorite scents is their best seller Teakwood & Tobacco, are gorgeous woody and warm scent that is wonderfully unisex and not too cloying. With hints of leather, tobacco, and cedar. It evokes scenes of dark cigar lounges and cozy gloomy days. Fun fact: I also own a mini size of this one, I love it that much.

Another seasonal fave is Apple Picking. While definitely a sweet scent, it is not to heavy or sickening but delivers a beautiful waft of fresh and warm apple and cinnamon goodness. This scent just screams fall, but works equally as well in winter, which is why I love it so much.

Finally, a bit of a fresher scent is Golden Coast, a herbal and light offering that takes home scents nicely throughout the whole year with a woody undertone of Cedar and Palo Santo.

I know it is slightly decanted to rave this much about candles, but I really do love them. The candles look chic and cozy and add so much warmth and atmosphere to my home. If you are a candle addict as well, please let me know about your favorites!

Kérastase Densimorphose

I swear I didn’t plan it this way, but here’s another hair product to talk about this week. A good while before I purchased the Alterna Volume Travel Trio, I picked up a bottle of the Kératase Densimorphose Mousse.

I usually steer away from mousses as they often leave my hair crunchy and sticky, but after I heard Estée Lalonde rave about this, I knew I had to try it for myself.

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The whole Densifique range from Kérastase is geared towards fine and thinning hair, which is exactly what I need. Since struggling with low iron levels last year, I have tried to get my hair back on track, so this seemed to be a good addition to my stash.

The mousse is unlike any other I have tried before. It is super light and not at all sticky, so there are no tangles or crunchy bits when blowdrying the hair. It provides a natural volume and a slight bit of hold that helps with any styling done afterwards.

For my tastes however, the volumizing action could be more intense, as my hair needs any help it can get in that department. Still I do think that it helps, at least a little bit, with the overall health of my hair as it hasn’t been this soft or shiny in a long time, especially when color treated.

So I would say give this a go if you’re looking for a modern mousse that strays far form the sticky messes of the past. I am tempted to try out more from the Densifique range, but I am not sure where to start. Any recommendations?

Alterna Volume Travel Trio

If there’s one thing I can’t pass up, it’s a good beauty deal. And if it comes with cute travel sizes and a free little bag, I am game.

This is exactly why I absolutely needed to get my hands on the Alterna Volume Travel Trio. It comes with the Shampoo and Conditioner from the Caviar Anti-Aging Bodybuilding Volume range and a trial size of the Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist, which is a product I had wanted to try for ages.

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While the shampoo and conditioner went straight into my travel beauty stash, I used the Volume Mist the very next time I washed my hair.

Since my hair is very fine and limp, I do love a good volumizing spray and this Alterna version has definitely come out on top of the list. Lately, my hair has been very soft and slippery, which, while speaking for good hair health, makes it impossible to style as it slips out of hairbands, clips, you name it.

What this spray provided besides a good amount of volume is a certain amount of hold and grip that I so appreciate when styling my hair.While it still feels soft, it keeps its shape and volume for a good while longer now and looks a bit fuller.

The verdict? As soon as this dinky trial size runs out, I am going to pick up a full size of the Volume Mist, especially since my Oribe Maximista is on its last leg as well. This spray might not be cheap, but it is much easier to come by and provides amazing results immediately.

Sample Extravaganza

While I do love a good brick-and mortar shopping experience, I am always appreciative of being able to pick out a few choice samples before checking out as a little treat to myself.

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I do try to weed out the duds as soon as I get my samples in, but there are always the few that are supremely above the cut and that I can’t wait to try out.

After my recent trip to Aesop, I went home with a handful of samples that could make up a beautiful skincare routine if they work for my skin. From the Fabulous Face Cleanser to the B & Tea Balancing Toner and the brand new Lucent Facial Concentrate, the sales assistant geared the little sachets towards what I had told her about my skin beforehand. I have tried out the Lucent Serum on my hand and it felt lush, so I am happy to be able to give it a try before springing for the expensive full size.

Speaking of high priced products, the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer must be the most luxe offering in its category but it is also on top price-wise. While the shade I got might not be perfect for me, I am excited to try out the formula and texture in order to make up my own mind.

Since I recently also ran out of primer, it is the perfect time to give the Pixi Flawless & Poreless a little try. Pixi have been rocking my socks lately anyway, so this might be a winner too.

Finally, two products that might be saving my winter skin are the VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Flare-Up Balm, an all-purpose salve for chapped and inflamed skin, and a generous travel-size of the REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream.

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Another day, another spray. It seems that I can’t get enough of spray on toners and I have talked about quite a few in the past few months, but the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist might just have topped them all.

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With the weather getting colder and colder (we just had our first snow yesterday!), my skin is yearning for more and more moisture. Instead of opting for heavier textures, I have tried to incorporate light but hydrating formulas into my routine and so far, my skin is in very good condition for it.

Is use this spray every night in conjunction with the Pixi Glow Tonic and the combination of exfoliating acids and the hydrating qualities of the mist has kept my skin soft and not at all dry or flaky.

The spray nozzle itself disperses a wonderfully fine mist so the skin never feels soaked in product but refreshed and soothed. My only wish is that it came in a bigger bottle because I tend to run out of products like this quickly. At 80 ml, it is a decent size, but I can’t see it lasting me more than a couple of months at a time.

 

Aesop Resurrection Range

Aesop has been a brand on my radar for the longest time. An Australian apothecary-style brand, they are as effective as they are instagrammable.

I have tried only a handful of products, but their hand care line in the Resurrection scent has been on my wishlist for the longest time. Still, it seemed a bit extravagant to me to spent a good amount of money on what essentially are high-turnover body care products such as soap and hand cream.

A few weeks ago however, I decided to treat myself for a job well done by visiting a brick-and-mortar Aesop store (which might be the closest thing to heaven on earth) and purchase a few products.

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First up is the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, which comes in gorgeous vintage-looking packaging and smells wonderful with herbal notes of rosemary and cedarwood as well as fresh accords of mandarin rind. The product itself is great as well, as much as you can differentiate between different types of liquid hand soap. It’s not very foaming or stripping but rather works up to a soft lather that leaves the hands clean but not parched.

The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm comes in the same scent and a pretty blush colored aluminium tube which is way too pretty to stow away in a hand bag. The balm itself is beyond gorgeous as it sinks in quickly and leaves the hand soft without any greasy residue or tacky feeling. My one gripe however, is that the smallest size, at 75 ml, is still pretty large and not handbag friendly. I wish they would do a smaller travel size at a lower price to use on the go.

I am glad I have treated myself to such luxurious everyday products since it is a joy to use them. I’m trying not to be too precious about them but I have already vowed to reuse the soap-dispenser and fill it up with a cheaper hand wash once it has run out.

Fall Make-Up Favorites

Fall is well and truly here and while I (unseasonably) lightened my hair a few weeks ago, my make-up looks have made the transition to autumnal hues for sure.

The two looks I have been going for most have been centered around the gorgeous Becca Ombre Rouge palette, which seems to be just perfect for this time of year.

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For a more neutral make-up, I have been using shade 2 and 3 for a tonal, muted and slightly shaded eye. It’s subtle enough to be worn day to day, but the shadows are just beautiful to work with and make for a gorgeous simple eye look. On the cheeks, MAC Buff is one of my favorites as it is a wonderfully neutral sculpting shade that gives structure to the cheek without interfering with any other colors on the face. Finally, I have fallen back in love with MAC Kinda Sexy, a warm nude that is completely on trend with the slightly brownish 90s lip that has come back into style.

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For a bit more color, I have been using shade 4 from the palette all over the lid. A pretty camel shade, this is perfectly on trend as well and picks up the warmer tones from the rest of the make-up. The Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey has been my go to in the last little while. A darkened neutral bronze, this works amazingly in lieu of bronzer (or additionally if you are as pale as I am) with a hint of orangey warmth and a completely natural finish. On the lips, Colourpop Poison is a gorgeous brick red that makes for a vampy fall lip with a twist.

So as you can see, my autumn looks fall neatly into a category of neutral warming tones with the occasional pop of color. Seeing as I get so much mileage out of my Becca palette, I am so glad I made the investment and I will for sure be using it well into winter and next year as well.