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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Winter Style Wishlist


It's that time again; the time I share with you the top five items I would like to add to my wardrobe this season. Let's get into it:

Columbia Shimmerlicious Jacket in Blue Macaw - I've been wearing the same handful of winter jacket for many years now. I usually wear items until they absolutely need to be replaced. However, I think it's time to get a new one. This jacket is a beautiful colour, looks nice, and has a fur hood which I love. Living in Canada, I have to sacrifice a chic looking coat for something a bit more practical, unless I want to pay a ton of money. This coat is the perfect middle ground for me. It has a ton of 'features', more than I can share here, but if you're interested, just click the link above.

Topshop Fairisle Beanie Hat - I love beanie hats in the winter! This one is super cute cream one with the fairisle print, and the faux fur pom.

Dynamite Sequin Bodycon Dress - This dress is amazing. This dress will work great for New Years, and also my birthday which is coming up in January. The cut is flattering, and not too short.

Boohoo Petite Ivy Oversized Jumper in Silver - I definitely need more warm basics in my wardrobe, which for whatever reason I've always been lacking, despite the frigid temperatures here. This sweater is flattering because of its oversized cut, but doesn't look boxy.

Hunter Original Six-Stitch Cable Boot Socks in Greige - The more I wear my hunter boots, the more I love them. To winter-proof them I would like to purchase some warm boot socks such as these. The grey colour will go with everything as well, and is my favourite neutral.

What is on your winter style wishlist?

Emily ♥   

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ipsy December 2015 Unboxing


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a lovely time with your families this holiday season.

As far as I know, this month doesn't have a theme, but the card in the package expresses thanks from Ipsy, which is a nice touch!

This is the third month in a row that I haven't been a fan of the bag the products come in. However, I don't subscribe to this 'box' for the bag, I do for the products inside.

Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover - Contains soothing cornflower. Safe for sensitive face and eyes. This has a slight sweet floral scent to it. I'm always looking for a better makeup remover, so I'm hoping this removed mascara and eyeliner well.

Pacifica Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red - 100% vegan, cruelty-free. This is a nice rosy nude shade, and is in similar packaging to ColourPop lippie stix. You can use the code MTMPAC for 10% select Pacifica items at Target.com.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder - I have never used a loose finishing powder before. This product will give me the opportunity to try the baking trend that has been all over YouTube. Tarte is a pretty great brand to receive in an Ipsy bag too!

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer - I use eye shadow primers every time I do my makeup. I have oily lids and require mine to prevent creasing. This is pink in colour, and has a bit of a silicone-y feel.

Acure Cell Stimulating Facial Mask - Argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor. This is vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, paraben free, gluten free, and so much more. Wow, I'm quite impressed the those claims. It's hard to find beauty products that are so sustainable.

Ipsy must have been saving the best for last. I am super excited to try every product I received this month. They have definitely redeemed themselves from the last few months!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Emily ♥

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review | Too Faced Born This Way Foundation


The Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has been hyped up in the beauty community over the past few months. I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I could 'justify' *cough cough* a high end foundation purchase, and have been loving it since.

Claims

"This oil-free foundation masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. Coverage so undetectable and skin so naturally radiant, they'll think you were born this way."

100% said this foundation blurred their imperfections
98% said this foundation made their skin look absolutely perfect
97% said this foundation provided natural coverage

Beneficial Ingredients

Coconut water to delicately replenish skin's moisture levels.
Alpine rose to brighten skin's appearance and promote elasticity.
Hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Product Overview

The packaging is luxurious. The heavy, frosted bottle with the gold writing is beautiful. It comes with a pump for easier application, and so you don't waste as much product.

The formula of this foundation is not too heavy. It feels nourishing on the skin. Provides a natural finish, which stays looking great all day, even on my oily skin, and doesn't cling to any dry patches I have currently.

The shade range at Sephora is pretty good, in my opinion, with 18 shades to choose from in a variety of warm, cool, and neutral undertones.

This foundation is C$49, which is on par with other high-end (not luxury) foundations at Sephora.

I always wear this foundation with a primer underneath, as I do all other foundations. Usually a pore filling/smoothing primer in my t-zone and a hydrating one everywhere else. I also perfect to apply it with a brush as opposed to a sponge. The Sephora Collection Classic Multitasker Power brush #45 does a great job.

I would recommend this to those of you who have oily skin, like I do. Despite it not being a matte foundation, it does not leave me looking oily within a few hours of wear like others I have tried. I wouldn't know if it would work well with other skin types, but can tell you it doesn't cling to my dry patches, as mentioned above, that I've gotten due to the colder months.

I hope this review was helpful. What are your thoughts on this foundation?

Emily ♥

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter Skin Essentials



As the winter months are finally upon us, it is time to integrate more moisturizing products into our routines. Today I'm sharing with you my favourite winter skin essentials for your body, hands, lips, and skincare.


Body

The Body Shop Body Butters - Every winter I dig out all my Body Shop Body Butters. They smell amazing and are super moisturizing. As they are so thick, I only apply these before bed. When I wake up the next morning my skin is so lovely and soft, and it stays hydrated all day.

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - This shower oil smells amazing!! It cleans  your body just as well as a standard shower gel, but leaves your skin silky smooth. I don't feel the need to moisturize after using this.

Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream - Throughout the winter I get really sore dry patches, almost like eczema patches. This happens mostly on my calves, elbows, eyelids and brow bone. Every other lotion I tried to heal them stung so bad I just opted to leave them. I was actually digging through my sons lotions because he's getting really dry skin this season as well and tried this baby lotion. It is so incredibly gentle and nourishing. I would recommend this for anyone with eczema, or just super sensitive skin.


Hands

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter - I apply this to not only my cuticles, but my knuckles too if they are cracking. It smells like lemon candy. It does a great good at preventing and healing hang nails.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream - This is the most luxurious hand cream I have every tried. It has 98% natural ingredients. It's supposed to protect your hands with anti-oxidants. To me, it smells like earl grey tea, but in the best possible way. Is that weird?


Lips

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub - If you get dry lips in the winter, but still love to rock a matte lip colour, you need a good lip scrub in your life. I love this sugar scrub from Lush, it smells and tastes great; like mint chocolate. This is also a great vegan option.

Melaleuca Sun Shades Lip Balm - This lip balm contains SPF, which so many of us forget to protect our lips from the sun all year round. Any hydrating lip balm will do, this is just the one I've been reaching for.

Lush Whip Stick Lip Balm - This whipped chocolate orange lip balm in heavenly. Like the lip scrub, it smells and tastes amazing. It's super thick and hydrating. I apply this every night before bed.


Skincare

Josie Maran Argan Oil - In the summer I have super oily skin! But now that the winter months have rolled in, it's done a 180 on me and I have dry patches, and irritated skin. For a ultra nourishing treat for my skin, twice a week I skip my usual serum and moisturizer and apply this argan oil.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer - Dull skin is another problem many people face in the winter months. The current day time moisturizer has been this. It livens up my skin, and smells of orange candy. Yum!

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - As mentioned above, I've been struggling with super dry patches on my brow bone and lids. This eye cream has been another game changer. My under eye area has been transformed by this. Pictured above is the sample size, but the full size is $80!! It would be too heavy for me in the summer, but right now it's perfect.

What are your winter skin essentials?

Emily  ♥
 

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