monthly top 5

Top 5 – March


A few days late on this one, sorry folks. I could say I’ve been busy…but sitting on a beach with a drink in my hand is really no excuse. I’ve returned home now and as I nurse a crazy sunburn and a recently neutered cat, I finally have time to share my March favourites with you.

I will once again admit to a few make-up less days this past month. It’s been another busy one, but I’m heading back out on the road next week so hopefully back to some later starts to my day and some more time for me in the morning. For the month of March I’ve been enjoying some really basic products.

1. Elf Eyebrow Kit – I’ve tried a few different eyebrow fillers recently and haven’t been overly fond of any of them. But I picked up the Elf Eyebrow Kit at Target about a month ago and I love it. Perfect match to my eyebrows and easy-peasy.

2. Covergirl Flamed Out Eyeshadow in Melted Caramel – This is such a perfect all over simple eyeshadow. And the fact that it’s in pencil form makes everything that much easier. No other colours needed. Another easy product for quick mornings.

3. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer #3 – This is the second month in a row this guy has made it onto my top 5 list. It’s just so simple and such a great colour, a beautiful honey glow. I’m quite happy with this one!

4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – With the endless early mornings for the past three months the dark circles have been getting bigger and sinking deeper. Its about time to pull out the under eye cream, but to start this product has been doing wonders to hide the darkness. So far this is the best product I’ve found and the best match for under my eyes, even when put up against the more pricey concealers.

5. Orly Nail Lacquer in Dare to Bare – I was so excited for vacation last week for the chance to finally paint my nails!! I didn’t have time for a full on manicure, so I did it myself and treated myself to a new nail polish. Nude nails have been really in lately and from what I see they are the nail of the season. This colour is perfect!! Just a few shades lighter than my skin colour, which is apparently the way to do it. I’ve never used Orly Nail Lacquer before but I think I’m sold. This is the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used. and I just absolutely loved it. Haven’t been this happy with a nail polish in a long time.

So there you have it. What did you love using in the Month of March? And early April favourites?



Top 5 – January


Once again, another blustery winter month has come and gone. This month in particular has been  filled with early mornings, late nights, and long busy days with not enough hours of sunlight. Besides last weekend’s day of dress up for my work party, this month has seen a record breaking number of makeup-less days. But lets see what products I’ve been loving this month.

1. Got2B Beach Trippin’ Salt-Infusion Waving Spray: I’ve had this guy within my pile of hair products for awhile now. Since I’ve been doing nothing but early mornings this month I haven’t been using my regular hair products. I couldn’t be bothered with actually properly styling my hair. A spray is so easy, literally just a few spritz’s through the hair. The product leaves my hair wavy, not it’s regular curl. But I find that I don’t get the fuzzy dry look that a lot of other sprays create. I’m not a big fan of the fact that the product has salt in it, seeing as it’s adding to the dryness of my hair, but I like the outcome of the product enough to overlook the salt.

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I’ve definitely talked about this one before. This is my favourite moisturizer out there, and I’ve recently suggested it to quite a few people who are looking for some better dry-skin relief this winter. The moisturizer comes in two different types: an oil based moisturizer, or this gel which is oil-free. Both of which have the same moisturizing outcome, one just being more friendly for those with oily skin. I have switched to other moisturizers in the past but always come back to this one. It’s the best out there.

3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Makeup: I acquired this piece more recently upon a suggestion of Sandra’s (@ travelwithscarves). I use it under my eyes after applying my foundation and before applying my setting powder. I’ve used concealers and under-eye correctors before to no avail, but this product does an amazing job. Perfect match to my skin, and such a great price. I’ve spent up to $40 on concealers before that aren’t even close to this one. It’s so nice to finally find something to hide my dark, patchy, sleep deprived eyes.

4. Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream: I mentioned this hand cream in my “Handy Tips for Cold Weather” post (read it here). I bought this hand cream at target while I was on a work assignment in the states in December – my hands were incredibly dry, cracked and sore. My hands have been even worse lately (today being the most painful yet), but I think that this product has been slowly helping to heal my damaged hands. It’s not greasy and absorbs quickly so I’ve been using it often – the jury is still out as to whether or not it is properly healing my hands. This winter has been brutal…I’ve never felt anything like this.

5. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Exfoliating Scrub: This is the second time that this exfoliating scrub has been featured on a Monthly Top 5 post – making an appearance in November 2013 as well. These cold months and dry skin need a little extra help and this exfoliator has done a great job. It smells amazing. But like I said before it’s probably a little too rough on the skin for everyday use, so I like to use it about twice a week.

Hopefully these products can get me through the rest of this month. I’m so sick of this winter and can’t wait for spring! I’m already dreaming about the weather, the colours, the flowers, the clothes, the shoes, the pink lipsticks…..sigh.

What have you liked this month? Are you surviving this weather? If you’re not in Canada….lucky you!