I’m not really a huge makeup person. Once I find what I like, I tend to stick with it. Every once and a while, when I’m hanging out with my sister, or when the mood strikes, I’ll try a new lipstick or a cat eye, but generally, I like products that do their job, make my morning easier, and make me feel pretty and put together. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve focused less on makeup and more on skin products. I love Glossier’s slogan – skin first, makeup second, smile always (once they start shipping to Canada I’m definitely ordering this).
For the most part, I try to use natural, organic products that are free of harsh chemicals. I rarely if ever buy anything with fragrance or perfume in it.
Some of my trusty products are super popular and cult favourites, while others are a little less so. But here’s a look at them all!
One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser
I’ve been using this for a few months and it’s working great. Simple cleansers are best for my skin. I’ve found that lots of water, adequate sleep, and good food do much more than any cleanser I’ve tried. So I use this easy one in the morning and at night. Also, my sister just started using this Cleansing Oil and she says it is amazing.
Everything from Eminence Organics
My mom got me into Eminence back in University, and I’ve used something from their line ever since. The products are some of the best I’ve came across, and they’re all natural. Right now I’m using the Calm Skin moisturizer, and the Bright Skin serum. But if you buy it in a spa (where it’s often sold), just ask for a little consult. I also use the Sun Defense Minerals everyday (it has SPF 30).
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I picked this up in the summer after reading lots of great reviews. It’s lovely when your’e feeling a little overwhelmed or just need a little pick-me-up before you run back out of the house again. And I find my skin a bit glowier when I use it frequently.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick
This guy works wonders, and you can feel it sting, which always feels encouraging when you’re really trying to get rid of a big ol’ pimple.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
I know, everyone knows about this one, but it’s a cult classic for a reason.
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
This is the best natural concealer I’ve tried. I use it under my eyes, and on anything red like blemishes and around my nose. I use the mini Beauty Blender to apply concealer.
Benefit Brow Zings in Medium
This brow shaping kit comes with a powder and a wax. It’s great for shaping and filling in those sparser spots.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
I tried this mascara for the first time a couple months ago and it definitely works – long lashes, and it conditions your lashes. Sidenote, when I don’t feel like spending $40 on mascara, my go-to is Loreal Voluminous Original. It doesn’t last as long, but it also does the trick.
HAIR + BODY
The Honest Company Shampoo + Conditioner
These guys leave my hair feeling nice and soft, plus they don’t irritate my skin when I rinse them out (like every fragrance-filled product I tried before). I also use the shampoo as a body wash.
The Honest Company Body Lotion
Same deal with the lotion. Soft skin, no sensitive skin problems. Win-win. Sometimes I mix it with a dollop of their body oil for extra moisture.
A Dry Brush
I use one before I hop in the shower. They exfoliate so well and feel great – nice and energizing.
J.Crew No. 57 Perfume
Musky enough but still feminine – I’m obsessed with this scent.
What are your favourite products? When I do try something new, it’s generally because I’ve heard rave reviews and/or my sister uses it. :) So let me know what products you love!
Who doesn’t love an easy outfit? I know when I’m getting ready for a meeting, the less I have to figure out as I rush out the door, the better. This jumpsuit is like the antithesis of fussy outfits and harried mornings. It’s feminine, flattering, and would look beautiful with delicate gold earrings and bed head.
Check out how cute it looks on Cambria. And pick one up here (I know I will be).
Can anyone believe that today is the last day of September?! I certainly can’t. This past month flew by, but it has also been filled with some of my favourite things, like crisp early fall days and hot cups of tea. Here are a few things I’ve been loving this month, and that I thought you might like to check out too:
Mindy Kaling’s New Book / I’m about halfway through Why Not Me, and it is (unsurprisingly) hilarious and insightful. It even got me through an anxious dentist waiting room session (and that’s a tough job).
Brown Booties / While I was sad to put the sandals away, I was pretty stoked to pull these new guys out. I wore these with high waisted jeans to IDSWest last weekend. Here’s a similar pair.
Seasonal Blooms / This cool flower looks a bit like a really pretty cabbage. How great would it look on a cozy fall table?
Dainty Gold Jewels / I like how feminine and easy little gold jewels are. Here are some pretty ones.
Easy Beauty Goods / This J.Crew perfume is my new obsession. Light enough for everyday but still feels special. And if you haven’t tried the Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, I would pick up a tube. It dries pimples out in no time. This past month had its busy/stressful times, and this stuff did the trick.
Madewell Blouse / The weather has been hot-to-cold this month, and I’ve been doing a lot of layering with easy blouses. This other plaid top is next on my wishlist.
What products/books/trends have you been enjoying lately? I’d love to hear!
It seems crazy to even mention it yet, but eventually it will be fall (gasp). For those of you whose hearts sing for hot cups of coffee and snuggly scarves, this is a welcome thought. But if you’re dreading the passing of summer (hand up here) then you’ll want to do everything you can to hold on. No matter which group you fall into, I’m sure we can all agree that coming up with some outfits to smooth the change of seasons is just good sense.
Lately I’ve been focused on purging what I don’t need. As an avid collector of stuff, it can be a challenge to part ways with my things. But I’m trying to be more intentional about what I bring into my house, and what I keep — clothing included. And to take a page from Caroline’s book, I’ll be planning my summer/fall wardrobe early and buying what I need to fill in the gaps.
Here are a few dresses (and styling ideas) that will get you through.
Hello lovelies, and happy hump day! I hope that you had a super Easter weekend and that you ate your weight in delicious chocolate treats. Lately I’ve really wanted to get going again with some form of style posts, but I wasn’t really feeling the traditional outfit post format. Because of this, I’ve decided to try out a new series, documenting easy & wearable outfits that can take you all the way through your day.
I hope you enjoy!
Lately I’ve been craving lighter, more textured pieces. With the weather warming up I’m happy to start pulling out some spring favourites.
It’s a bit embarrassing how many colours of these Gap khakis I own, but they’re just so comfy!
I picked up this top at a clothing swap with some girlfriends last fall! I think it was from Free People originally (here’s something similar).
I brought these cut-out oxfords home with me from Target on the weekend, and they’re my new favourites. The pattern of cut-outs on the sides are the best feature, in my opinion. And they only set me back $30!
Are you getting excited for warmer weather and the bevy of style choices that come along with it? What pieces are you looking forward to pulling out? I’d love to hear!