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Top 5 – September

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September may be one of the most depressing months ever. Summer ends, school starts, style transitions are awkward and questionable, and I get incredibly busy at work. I’m sure many people would agree with me. Hell Green Day even wrote a song about sleeping through the whole month….thats what “Wake Me Up When September Ends” is about is it not….? So with another month ending and my favourite month beginning, here are my Top 5 picks for the month of September: a small grouping of delights to make it through this miserable month.

1. L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga  – I’ve discussed this one quite a bit in the past, and you can read my review of it here. I went back to other mascara’s last month to try to use them up, but I just couldn’t do it quick enough. I chucked them aside. I was missing my Miss Manga. For the first time ever, if someone was to ask me the one makeup staple I couldn’t live without, I would say mascara. Thanks to Miss Manga!

2. Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette – I used to use this brow pencil and gel duo a lot, but I put it down and moved on. Having some difficult times plucking in hotel mirrors and needing some easy, travel friendly help this month I rekindled my friendship with Brow Fantasy. Yet to make things easy I just used the gel side, and I liked it much better. The spoolie comb tames the wild brows and adds just the right amount of brunette colouring to my ever-growing sparse brows.

3. The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Hand Cream – Back on the road and busy days at work means I’m washing my hands more and more and more. I love to lather up just as much as anyone else, but my hands always suffer – becoming dry and cracked from the constant washing and sanitizer submersions. This hand cream may not do the down and dirty soothing and protecting, but it’s travel friendly and smells great. Perfect for the ‘in the moment’ fixes.

4. DevaCurl Set It Free – I’ve been desperate for a haircut lately. My bad haircut from March haunts me still. Yet I’ve promised myself to wait to grow it out more. So my dry and damaged hair needs some help and a good spritz of moisture any chance it gets. This Moisture Lock hydrating leave in conditioner is just that. Taming my fuzzies one spritz at a time.

5. Lancome Viole de Rose – It’s not often that a lipstick shows up on my Top 5 (usually balms, pencils, or glosses). But with the endless uniform wearing and lack of makeup I’ve been experiencing lately I’ve needed a simple, subtle little pop of girliness. I’m really loving this rosy pink neutral lipstick and I just can’t get enough of it!! I’ve been wearing it almost daily.

So there you have it. What have you been loving this month? Whose excited for October?! Best month of the year

Autumn Lips

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Autumn is my favourite time of year. The weather, the leaves, and the fashions. I love the darker colours, the scarves and jackets, and the return of the leather boots. But one thing I love most about the fall is that it is time to bring back the dark shades of lipstick that are unacceptable in the summer. When it comes to lipstick, I find that dark is the only way to go. Nothing is sexier than a confident woman with bold lips. So, which colours do I go for in the fall?

1. Lancome Natural Beauty Cream – neutral every day colour

2. Revlon Mink – neutral/brown colour. dark neutral for every day

3. Lancome Designer Bloom Sheen – Glossy/Shiny pink-burgundy. every day/dressy

4. Lancome Groupie Shimmer – dark red-burgundy with a slight sparkle. fun/dressy

5. Lancome Maraschino Velvet – ultimate red lips. My all-time favourite. perfect red.

6. Rimmel Bordeaux – Dark burgundy. fun/party/night

7. Topshop Depth – Dark dark purple/black. night/party

I like to wear lipstick as often as possible in the fall. But of course not every colour is acceptable for every occasion. I’m still trying to work out which colours are best for me in day-to-day fashion and life, but either way I find that there is nothing better to boost my confidence than a swipe of lipstick, creating a va-boom bold lip!!

Which lipsticks do you like in the fall/winter? Any suggestions?

Whats in my Travel Bag?

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As you may have already figured out, I seem to be on the road a lot. Travelling for work, visiting friends, etc. Throughout the years I’m proud to say that I’ve become quite an efficient packer, but my makeup bag is always heavier and more full then my suitcase has room for. On this trip, 3 weeks in Alberta, I decided to cut down and only bring the essentials, things that can be used in different ways in order to eliminate certain products. So what is in my travel bag you ask? Let’s see:

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Face: 4 products and 2 brushes have gotten me pretty far in the past 3 weeks. I’ve come to realize that I don’t really need much more while traveling. I start off by using Benefit The Porefessional Pro Balm as a base and primer. I got a sample size from sephora a few months ago and it’s lasted me ages! Perfect travel size. Next I use the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum which I apply with the realTechniques expert face brushI’ve been following the hype about the Healthy Mix Serum and when I finally decided to try it out I think I got the wrong colour for my face. But this foundation is really buildable, and maybe I have a bit of a tan now, because it’s working wonders. The last two products are from MAC so are a little bit more pricey. I got them both as gifts. The first is the MAC Select Cover-Up in NW20. It’s perfect for brightening under my eyes. It makes the biggest difference. And finally the MAC Sunbasque Sheertone Shimmer Blush with the MAC 168SE Brush which is the most wonderful summer colour, somewhere between a blush and bronzer and giving the perfect glowy finish!

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Eyes: 3 products and 1 brush. That’s all I need. First is the Lancome Colour Design Sensational Effects palette. The packaging is really compact and has a tiny amount of each shade, perfect travel size. I have 4 shades in the palette: Filigree, Model, Chic, and Couture. The first two are quite shimmery, perfect for dressing it up a little bit. And the second two are matte and together make a great smokey eye. The 4 colours really work well together and can easily be worn for work, everyday, and even for going out at night. The perfect travel foursome. I always bring along the Quo All Over Shadow Brush for that one. I love Covergirl Lash Blast Volume mascara. It doesn’t clump and can be reapplied in a few hours without caking onto the previous application. And finally, the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner in Black. This is a liquid eyeliner pen and is incredibly simple to use. It has a felt tip that is not too thick or too thin. It’s perfect for simple thin lines for work and everyday, but is also perfect for thick liner and winged liner, great for going out and really dressing up the look. I’m a sucker for thick and winged eyeliner lately, but love having the option of normal thin lines. This is perfect, I don’t need to bring like 5 different liners.

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and finally Face: My face is something that I’m not willing to compromise for, so I’m okay with lugging around bigger bottles and packages if I have to. The first is the Biotherm Biosource Tonifying Exfoliating Cleansing GelNot only does is smell like heaven, but it makes my face feel like heaven. Definitely one of the best face cleansers I’ve found in a long time. Next is the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 which I have been using for years. Its a great toner and I’d be lost without it. A small bottle of the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion goes a long way. I find that my hands get really dry on the road, but it’s also perfect for all over body lotion. Who wants to travel with massive bottles of body lotion? Not me. And finally the Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment Cocoa Butter. I don’t go anywhere without this. 100% the best lip conditioner I’ve ever found, and I love the smell. Absolutely amazing. I put it on before bed and wake up with the softest lips. Perfect!

Other then that, I usually have a lipstick or two in my purse (currently Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum and Revlon Super Lustrous in Mink). I’ll admit that after three weeks I’m excited to return home to a bigger variety, but for three weeks or longer on the road, these products are all I need. The perfect travel bag combination that can all be used in several different ways for several different looks.

Do you travel a lot? Whats in your travel bag?