Reading List

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Here are some books I’ve enjoyed lately, and I thought I would share.  I used to do book reviews on here all the time and I don’t know why I stopped.  I still read…

  1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

    This book tackles privilege and motherhood in a story that keeps you engaged every step of the way.
  2. Atomic Habits by James Clear.

    Truthfully, I’m not done this book yet but I’m getting a lot out of it and I’m really interested in building good habits so that I get more done in a day.

3. Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu. 

Kind of like an Indian Crazy Rich Asians but not as good, it was still nice to read something set in modern day India with all its conventions and glam.

 

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Neutrogena Bright Boost Serum and Gel Cream

Find a better duo – I’ll wait.

Check out the lovely glimmer that is in the Neutrogena Bright Boost Gel Cream.  This is a light gel lotion for your face that absorbs easily but gives you a tiny bit of polish because of the warm shimmer.

Add even more glow with the illuminating serum which feels more like a dry oil on your face but is meant to be used under the cream.

I  just love how light and luscious this gel is.  It looks and feels amazing.

$26.24 each for the cream and the serum.

Available online.

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Live Clean Intense Moisture Lotion

Live Clean now has body lotion in these huge bottle and I’m a fan.  I have the unfragranced version sitting on my desk and I’m using it after I wash or sanitize my hands.  Lets see how long it lasts.

It’s also not greasy at all so once it absorbs into your skin, you are good to go!

Available on Well.ca for $8.99

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Treating Cracked Winter Lips with Carmex

Carmex lip balm was introduced to me back in high school by a friend that had severely dry skin as a result of taking Accutane. She swore by Carmex to keep her lips moisturized, and I can see why.

My lips have been really chapped because of the winter-induced dryness and the only thing that’s kept them hydrated is the little red-and-yellow magic wand I keep close at all times – I’m addicted to my Carmex lip balm.

It goes on a tad tingly, but it works instantly to make my lips smooth and moisturized. I like to apply it over a lip tint, but it works just as well under a lipstick. It has a medicine-y smell (like menthol and Chapstik), but that’s worth the compromise because it works!

All in all, Carmex lip balm is a product that has staying power, both on the shelves and on my lips.

Here’s a link to get it in a stick so you don’t have to stick your hands into a jar.

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Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen

Neutrogena Clear FaceSunscreen for your face is the most difficult to find, am I right? I’m always looking for something that goes on matte not greasy, clear not white, light not thick, and that I can layer my foundation on top of. It’s a process, but I’m finding that there are some great options out there, and the thinner the formula, the better the product.

I’m loving Neutrogena’s Clear Face sunscreen because it seems to be formulated for me in mind. This is a very thin, sheer formula sunscreen that feels absolutely light and powdery on the skin. Makeup layers on top so easily and I can honestly say that this sunscreen is comparable to more expensive Elta and Obagi sunscreens that I’ve tried… maybe even better than those, since they’re not even on my vanity right now.

I also love that there’s the option of SPF 60 or 30… so if you burn very easily, there is an option for you.

Also, Neutrogena sunscreens are made with Helioplex technology which means that they are very photo stable and will provide adequate sun protection for as long as they say they will.

Clear Face is for those of you who normally break out after wearing sunscreen… they claim that this one won’t clog pores, but to be honest, there’s no guarantee that it won’t because everyone’s skin is so different. As I mentioned, the formula is lovely and I enjoy using it so give it a try.  It works well under a mask too.

Available online, about $20.

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Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

Check out the Kiss manicure I did yesterday, just because I had some time on my hands and my nails were short.

The nails are super pretty but not a shape that I would normally go for.

I like my own nails to be more curved.  You can see that I put the curved end of the nails towards my cuticles because my cuticles are curved.  Also, the glue in the package was dried out so I used the nail stickers to put these on.

Unfortunately, the nails feel off within the house.  Possibly because my nails weren’t as clean as they could have been.  For best results, it might have been a good idea for me to rough up my nail with the nail file before I applied these on.  It’s no replacement for a professional manicure.

Have you tried press-on nails?

 

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Lise Watier Portfolio Corrector Reformulates and Relaunches

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Corrector palettes use basic colour theory to help correct colours in your skin – use orange pigment to combat dark blue shadows, use green to counteract redness, etc.  This Lise Watier Portfolio Correctors has been reformulated to be ultra smooth and blends like a dream.  I follow up with a concealer on top of them – in this case I used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger.

I love this palette, but you can see how light it swatches on my hand, and if you’re my colour or darker, I’d go to for the Dark Portfolio.

You can find Lise Watier at Shoppers Drug Mart, or online. $36 for this palette and I think it’s fully worth the price.  It’s the price of a good concealer, and if you’re correcting your colour situation first, you’re likely to use less foundation and concealer which means a more natural look where you can actually see your skin!

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Altilis Beauty

I want to introduce you guys to Altilis Beauty.

They use breadfruit extract as a key ingredient in all their skincare.  I’ve only used the body butter and face wash so far, but both are luxurious and nourishing on your skin. Breadfruit extract has antioxidants in it which makes it a powerful defense against free radical damage.

You can find them online.

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Byredo Gypsy Water Review

This is the perfect fall scent.  Woody, warm, and comforting but different too.  Highly recommend Gypsy Water by Byredo.

I’ll be honest, I was ready to hate Byredo Gypsy Water because it’s one of those scents that I figured would smell too warm or too sweet on me.  The notes are: bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, pepper, incense, orris, pine needle, amber, sandalwood, and vanilla.  Nothing that I haven’t smelled before and nothing that really reached out to me.  Amber and Vanilla together are often too much for me, so there’s that.

But maybe that’s exactly why I need to stop reading the notes all together.  Clearly, I need to smell everything and wear it and see if I like it, because the truth of the matter is that Gypsy Water smells amazing on me.

Gypsy Water is totally a mood.  It’s easy to wear, it’s not too heavy on any note, and it isn’t too strong but it lasts.  A day after I wore it, I can still smell it on my favourite sweater and I like that.  At the end of the night I can still smell it on my wrist and I like that too.  It’s warm like hugging an old friend or a summer night.  The scent of pine and sandalwood make it slightly woody that makes you think of the outdoors.  It’s friendly without crossing any boundaries and it doesn’t have any strong notes like most of the scents I pick.  Each facet kind of just blends into the next and that’s what’s good about it.

Gypsy Water is unassuming and calm, tranquil, and it’s perfect for fall or winter weather.

$226 for 1.7oz.

 

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Review

So L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise is maybe the most hyped mascara of the season.  You’ve probably seen it everywhere being compared to Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which itself was a very hyped mascara and worth the coin.

Maybe it’s the rose gold packaging which is inspiring the comparisons and that’s probably on purpose.

The thing is, these mascaras are actually different.  They have different wands, different formulas, and overall different feels when applied.

What made the Too Faced mascara so great was that it went on super thick from the very first swipe and instantly gave you thick and voluminous lashes.

Lash Paradise doesn’t do that, but it does give some volume and length right from the get go, and lets you build as much volume as you want.  I actually like the Lash Paradise formula better than the BTS formula because it builds better, and the colour is a more pleasing carbon black rather than a blue-black.  It also lasts longer during the day and doesn’t smudge on me like the BTS formula did – and keep in mind that I’m trying this during the peak of my summer, and I haven’t had any problems with it.

I found this for a very reasonable $8.95 online.

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