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Current Beauty Favorites

Well I told you I’d be back soon with more content, didn’t I?

While going through my previous blog posts to get rid of The Bad & The Ugly, I realized I’ve never done a monthly favorites post. To be honest, I don’t really have any plans to start at this point (especially since Youtube’s got that more than covered… ) That being said, I recently acquired a lot of wonderful new products since my birthday & thought I’d (more…)

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I’m often telling you about all the wonderful new things I discover and fall in love with, but in an effort let you get to know me a bit better, I thought I’d share with you some of my truly, all-time favorite things.

 

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Books:
I love to read and never ever go anywhere without throwing a book in my bag. I especially love fiction and murder-mysteries. Some of my past favorites include Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments series, I-III (Cassandra Clare should’ve ended it there if you ask me…). Next up, I want to read the Percy Jackson series because I really enjoy Greek mythology (the story of Icarus is my favorite). I’ve had the books for years but never gotten around to reading them!

 

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Red Nail Polish:
I’m an absolute sucker for pretty, shiny nails. I especially love red nail polish and am always searching for that perfect red (like the one Kim Cattral wears in the first Sex & The City movie– if you know what it is, please let me know!).  My current favorite is Essie’s “Russian Roulette”. It’s a beautiful bright red shade with orange undertones.

 

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Fine Chocolates:
I love chocolate. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. I currently get my fix at Chocolats privilège. They make the most sumptuous chocolates (some of my favorites include the Marc Champagne truffle, the Amaretto truffle and the sea salt caramel)! Definitely something to try if you’re in the Montreal area!

 

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Blue jeans and a white tee-shirt:
I know it sounds so simple, but I really do think there’s nothing quite like a good pair of fitted denims and a crisp white tee. I think it’s one of the sexiest things a person can throw on. It’s my go-to outfit when I have no clue what to wear– that or all black. It always works and will never go out of style!

 

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Aldo Accessories:
These are actually two gifts given to me by my amazing best friend Fabby. I love all things 50’s-inspired, so she gave me this beautiful pearl cuff and head-piece as a birthday present. I just wish I had more of a reason to wear them as often as I’d like to!

Everyday Beauty Essentials

I’ve gone through a slew of beauty products over the years because I’m constantly searching for something better than what I’m currently using. Though I’ve encountered a few misses, I’ve also come across some wonderful hits, so I thought I’d share them with you. So without further a do, here is personal list of everyday beauty essentials.

Huggies baby wipes:
I like these because they’re just as good as makeup removing wipes without the jacked up price. I usually get mine at the dollar store so they’re even cheaper. I recommend getting the natural ones because they have a lot less in them ingredient-wise, but I just love the shea butter scented ones!

L’Oréal Touche Magique Perfecting Base:
I’ve recently rediscovered this product and I absolutely love it! I was looking for a primer that would extend the life of my foundation and it definitely does just that. My only qualm is that it’s advertised solely as a “perfecting base” and not as a “lasting primer”, but I think people would gravitate towards it more if they knew it made your makeup last all day, as well. Word of advice: A little goes a long way, so don’t over do it. Especially if youère a woman of color. If you do, you’ll wind up looking pale and ashy because of its pink cast. Trust me. I know.

Cosmetic Sponges:
I like to apply my foundation with a damp sponge for more natural looking coverage. I’m currently using Real Techniques Pefect Complexion Sponge but I much prefer triangular sponges. I usually get mine at (surprise, surprise) the dollarstore.

L’Oréal True Match Foundation:
I used to hate this foundation– then I realized I was wearing the wrong shade, got the right one and I’ve been using it ever since! It offers just the right amount of coverage and looks flawless all without costing a fortune.

Maybelline “Define-A-Brow” Eyebrow Pencil:
My best friend Vanessa put me on to this eyebrow pencil a few months ago. I like it because it’s the only thing that doesn’t make my brows look heavily filled in. I always buy it in “Light Brown” because I can never find it in “Medium Brown” in stores but honestly, there’s hardly any difference between the two shades.

Annabelle blush in “Rosewood”:
It’s just the perfect color for a natural, rosy flush. I see it complementing a multitude of skin tones… A perfect dupe for MAC’s “Love Rush” if you ask me, and this one only costs a fraction of the price.

Clear Lip Gloss:
So here’s the thing: I’m a little obsessed with clear lip gloss. I never go without it– even on days when I don’t wear makeup. And the stickier the better (I don’t like to reapply often). I’m currently using MAC’s clear lipglass but if you wanna skip the 20$ price tag, I’d suggest getting Wet n’ Wild’s Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in “Through the Looking Glass”.

Facewash:
I have treacherously oily skin so I’m very serious about my cleansing game. I’m currently trying to simplify my beauty regimen (I just feel like putting too many different things on your face can’t be good for your skin…) so right now I’m using CeraVe foaming cleanser. It’s gentle on the skin and gets rid of all the gunk, just like a good cleanser should.

Lip balm:
My favorite is Cocoa Care Cocoa Butter Lip balm. It’s ultra moisturizing, gives your lips a nice sheen and smells great! I get them for two bucks at little beauty shops.

Perfume:
I rarely leave the house without spritzing something on. My altime favorite is Halle by Halle Berry, which is perfect for everyday wear. My other favorites include Nude by Rihanna, Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works and Coco Noire by Chanel.

Let me know about your personal beauty favorites (or if you know about a really good, super sticky gloss!) by commenting below. Take care and have a wonderful week!