‹ October 2014 Favourites ›

I feel like since I started doing my On Rotation posts, my month favourites become rather predictable. That's okay though, right? I mean, it's not like I loved everything from my rotation but you'll know what may be coming.

I'm so happy I dug out my MAC quads again. Surprisingly, I used MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow a lot. I wore it on its own with smudged liner, with MAC Satin Taupe in the crease, and with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze underneath. By the way, thank you Hannah for passing on the idea of wearing All That Glitters over Bad to the Bronze in your September Favourites post. I forgot about the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze for quite some time and while it's a little on the dry side now, it's getting some love all over again.

There's something about MAC Syrup that I just love for an everyday look. It looks fantastic paired with a blush like NARS Douceur for that muted, dusty pink look. The two make a great combo for any eye look from something more dramatic to something just simple. Both are perfect for autumn and if you haven't tried either of these yet, I would highly recommend that you check them out as they're worth all the hype in my opinion!

My skin hasn't been the greatest recently as I've been stressed from school. Breakouts are the worst but fortunately I have the Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask. I use it about twice a week and it does help to calm the blemishes without being too drying. It is such an affordable product too but unfortunately it's not available in Canada. I would definitely always keep a tube of this mask in my collection if I could! For a little help every day, I use the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. I apply it on the problem areas before going to bed and by the morning I can definitely see a difference.

What were some of your favourites for October?


‹ Stash Staples ›

It doesn't matter how many variations of these products there are in my stash, I will always turn back to these specifics and I can't imagine being without them. Some things have come and go but these are truly the staples that are appropriate for any time of the year that I know I can rely on.

The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm is a true staple in my collection. I can't think of a single night since January this year where I didn't go to bed with a thin layer of this product smeared over my lips. It is such an incredibly nourishing lip balm that is the perfect overnight treatment for smooth, soft lips every day. I keep it by my bedside table so I always remember to put it on. 

Whenever my skin acts up, I turn to the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque for help. I have since found more affordable options to use on a weekly basis as this mask is rather pricey for frequent use but when my skin really needs assistance, I will always reach for this. It's effective at taking down spots yet it's not drying. I'm always left with skin that feels refreshed and detoxified after using this. 

Almost every day, I will apply at least a little mascara and I always need to curl my lashes first. I have fairly long lashes but they're stick straight. The Shiseido Eyelash Curler really helps to curl and lift my lashes before mascara to open my eyes a little and give that flirty look. The top lashes are not the only ones that get love though; the bottom lashes are never left out as I always have the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara to define them. I was feeling skeptical at first when I introduced to the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara but as soon as I started using it, I could not go back to a regular mascara on the bottom lashes. It's a long lasting formula being applied with a teeny tiny brush that does an incredible job at quickly defining the bottom lashes. Trust me and try it.

Another Clinique product is the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots o' Latte. It's such an easy cream eyeshadow to work with as it does not require a primer before application, even with my oily lids. It blends easily and will stay put for hours and hours. I blend it out with my trusty MAC 217 brush, the best brush in my collection for eyeshadow application suitable for beginners and pros. I don't know what I was doing without this brush before.

Are there are products in your collection that you can't see yourself without these days?


‹ Empties #6 ›

I absolutely loved this body butter while it lasted! It's so incredibly nourishing without being too sticky and it smells sweet without being sickly and overpowering. Of all the body butters I've used, this is certainly one of my favourites. I will definitely be repurchasing this.

I used this hand cream every single night to keep my hands nourished without feeling too greasy. I do find that it sinks in quite fast and it is effective. The scent isn't too strong which I always appreciate. The metal tube also meant that I was able to get every last drop of the product out of it. This was a repurchase and I can definitely see myself repurchasing it again.

This is a product I have repurchased time and time again. It's an affordable day cream that is simple but works and sits fantastically under makeup. I absolutely love this day cream and would recommend it to anyone with combination oily skin. Of course, I've repurchased this.

I'm sure most of you have heard of Hydraluron before. It's a serum containing hyaluronic acid that you apply underneath a moisturizer to help the skin drink up. I use about a pea-sized amount of this every evening before applying moisturizer and it just feels so comfortable on my skin. I haven't repurchased it yet, but I will.

This is the Bioderma for the combination skin gals. I picked this up just to see how it performs compared to the original pink top version and while I do like it, I find that it's a little less gentle than the original formula. I've repurchased this one as the original was sold out and I was in need of a new makeup remover but next time, I'm going back to the original. 

This was a sample thrown into one of my Sephora purchases and I liked it enough to purchase the full size. It's quite potent and really zaps those problem areas without being too drying like some other spot gels I've tried before. A tiny bit goes a long way. 

This is an essential in my collection. It does wonders to my long but thin bottom lashes and is also great for the inner and outer lashes on my top lashline. I could not recommend this enough! Again, I've already repurchased it. 

I purchased this early in the summer as I couldn't deal with liquid foundations in the heat and humidity anymore. This provided buildable coverage and helped to control oils throughout the day. I primarily used it as a foundation but when using a liquid foundation I would use this as a powder on a big fluffy powder brush. I've repurchased this one but as I'm switching back to liquid foundations, this is now being used as a powder.

What have you used up recently and have you repurchased them?