‹ The Hair Essentials ›

I'm not one to spend the extra time or money on hair products because quite frankly I can't be bothered on a day to day basis. I am fortunate to be blessed with wavy hair that is typically quite manageable on its own and easy to style with the help of a couple of basic products.

Each strand is fine and often gets tangled up with the other strands to form quite the nest after a good night sleep or proper wash. The Tangle Teezer is quite the life hair and time saver when it comes to brushing this mane. I'm not sure what it is about this brush but it can get any knot out without the damage. It is the reason I broke up with my ten year old basic purple hair brush from my childhood. I can't give this brush all the credit for being the key to tangle free hair though. The Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion is a detangler that doubles as a style primer. It is just nourishing enough to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy without weighing it down.

Most days I'll just stop there but if I'm looking for a beachy look or texture for an updo later on, I spritz a couple spritzes of the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. This product is a beach in the bottle without the funky scent. It gives me the second day hair feel without the shiny roots. I love that I can spray this in damp hair, give it a little scrunch and let it air dry.

For pin straight hair or bouncy curls I grab the only hot tool I own, the GHD Classic 1 Inch Styler. I can straighten my hair in about ten minutes for a perfectly polished look, and those ten minutes include waiting what must be about 30 seconds for the tool the heat up. Bouncy curls can be easily achieved too and while it is a little challenging at first, it does get easier once you get the hang of it. Usually after heat styling, I will run a dime sized amount of MoroccanOil Treatment Light through the ends of my hair for a little shine and nourishment.

Told you I keep things simple. What are some of your hair essentials?


‹ September 2014 Favourites ›

This month I've been pretty predictable with what I wear. Being back in school, the morning laziness kicked in and I found myself reaching for the same few things over and over again. Typical, but what can you do?

The single most used product this month is definitely the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. Hint of rosy glow without being too much, check! Definition to the cheeks, check! By the end of the day, the blush still sat looking pretty on my cheeks. Closely following this blush as the second most used product this month is definitely the NARS And God Created The Woman palette. I was often found wearing either Alhambra, the top left shade, or Kalahari, the top right shade, on my lids with a hint of eyeliner and a lot of the Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black on the top lashes. Simple yet defined and pretty. Done.

On the nails, I have been all about the Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Grosvenor Cresent. As soon as I started class, I jumped into the dark nail polishes and repainted my nails with this particular polish over and over again. It looks nearly black but is still obviously a very deep purple shade. I absolutely love it and I don't know if I'll switch it out for anything else any time soon. 

As the seasons change, my skin has been feeling a little more dry. I've been consistently using the Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream to keep my hands nourished throughout the night. I've actually been using this particular product for months now but I'm really seeing a difference right now as we transition into autumn.

What have you loved throughout this September?


‹ The Autumn Edit: Cheeks and Lips ›

Autumn is my favourite season. The the falling leaves, the sweater weather, and the darker colours to wear are just some of the reasons why I love autumn so much. Switching out the fun corals from the summer for the beloved plums right now, I figured I'd share what the selections are. 

I can never go wrong with a neutral blush and I particularly like them for the autumn and winter. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed has been the one I have found myself reaching for most often. It is a rosy nude shade that gives the cheeks a hint of colour while still being sculpting. For a less rosy and more sculpting option, NARS Douceur is the one to go for. It is quite similar to the Tarte offering in the pan but swatched, you can really see the difference. 

The blush I am most excited to pull out again is NARS Sin. This berry toned blush with subtle golden shimmer in it is the perfect blush autumn and winter blush. It gives such a beautiful flush to the cheeks and suits any skin tone, in my opinion. It may look a little scary in the pan but I can assure you that applied, it looks gorgeous, especially paired with a dark lip.

For an everyday lip shade, I'm sure I'll be reaching for MAC Syrup. This everyday muted plummy pink shade can be applied sheer for just a subtle wash of colour or full on for a wearable lip. For something just that little more bold but still suitable for daytime wear, I'm thinking of MAC Plumful. It's an easy to wear brighter plum shade for a pop of colour that goes perfectly with darker cheek shades.

In the evenings, Topshop Beguiled will be my first choice. It's a dark plum that has just that slight hint of red to still make it easily wearable. For a full on vampy lip, Relvon Black Cherry is the way to go but for a sheer finish, it can easily be dabbed and blotted too. Sometimes, it's just nice to go for a moisturizing and sheer plum finish though, which is when the Korres Lip Butter in Plum comes in. I honestly don't reach for it enough as I find it a bit of a hassle to dip my fingers in the pot to apply the product but it does give the most lovely sheer wash of plum one could ask for.

What blushes and lipsticks are you switching into the rotation this autumn?