Top 5 – October


I can’t believe the time has come again to do the end of month post. Where has October gone? I’m heading down to New York State tomorrow for work, so sadly Halloween has been cancelled for me. Such is life. So although I was planning on adding some great Halloween make-up tips, this will be my final October post.

So what have I been loving this month? This month it was difficult to get it down to only 5, and I may have cheated a little. But take a look. This is what I have loved this October:

1. Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin – this candle has been in my possession for quite a few years now (several of them, since they run out quickly). October is my favourite time of year and I don’t think I love anything more than pumpkin. This candle is utter perfection. But sadly as the month comes to a close I’ll pack it away again until next year. Because of course we can’t have pumpkin every day of the year.

2. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – As I mentioned a few posts ago when I reviewed the Body Shop’s Seaweed line (see review here), the Day Cream is amazing! It seems that with the colder weather coming my skin is getting more and more dry. But using this in the morning is quite moisturizing and is the perfect matte effect under my makeup. It seems that matte is all in this season – eyes, lips, face, nails, etc.

3. Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot – Perfection, thats what this is. Although the Seaweed Day Cream is great at mattifying my make-up, and I don’t need to do so with powder on top, I find that this powder perfectly finishes off my make-up. But this powder is also the perfect mattifyer. I recently used a little brush of it across my lips to mattify a highly glossy L’Oreal lipstick and it was perfect!!! Like a brand new lipstick. And it stayed all night after eating and drinking without a single re-application.

4. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum + No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base – see I told you I was cheating. This is a two-in-one. But only because these two would not have made the October favourites list without each other. They perfectly compliment each other and leave a completely flawless finish on my face. I absolutely love them together.

5. Vaseline Deep Conditioning Cocoa Butter – As the cold weather gets colder, my dry skin gets drier. So I’ve been pretty good about using body lotion and butters every day. I found this old-ish bottle of Vaseline and decided to use it all up before my big move, trying to get rid of the things I have. I’ve been loving it though. I’m not fond of cocoa or vanilla scents, but this is very subtle. I love the feel of the lotions formula as well. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, but well hydrated. I might have to repurchase in the future when this bottle is all used up.

So there you have it. What have you been loving this month?

Review – The Body Shop’s Seaweed Line


It’s a blustery Autumn day outside today. The perfect day to sit at home with cups of steaming tea and no makeup! Just a day for clean skin and a hearty moisturizing routine! A few months ago I picked up a $15 package of travel sized sample of The Body Shop‘s Seaweed face cleansing line for combination/oily skin. After having already tried and loved the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask, I was really looking forward to trying the complete line.

The sample starter package came with 4 of the 5 Seaweed products:

– Seaweed Deep Cleaning Facial Wash: this refreshing gel is meant to remove impurities, make-up, and excess oil from your face. Although I usually prefer foaming cleansers, this gentle cleanser leaves me skin feeling quite clean and refreshed. I do believe that I will be repurchasing this face cleanser when my small sample is all used up.

– Seaweed Clarifying Toner: This toning liquid is meant to minimize pores, as well as remove impurities and reduce excess oils that remain after cleansing. As toner’s go I’m usually pretty set on my Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 and I think after a trail run of the Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner I have not been swayed. After some trial and error I have discovered that of all 4 products in the package, this item, alone and in combination with the other items of the seaweed line, leaves my face feeling quite greasy the next morning. As much as I’ve enjoyed testing this item, I will not be repurchasing the Clarifying Toner from the Seaweed Line

– Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment: This moisturizing lotion is meant to balance remaining oils on your face as well as deeply moisturize. Along with the Clinique Clarifying Lotion, I am also quite attached to the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel from Clinique. Once again the Seaweed Night Treatment has not swayed my love of Clinique. I find that the formula used to ‘balance’ my face’s oils actually brings them out more. My t-zone becomes more oily and I awake with a greasy face. I will not be repurchasing the Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment.

– Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream: Of all 4 products within the sample package, this Day Cream is my favourite. I am all about the matte affect. I have combination/oily skin, and on those days when my face is shiny, or that I wake up feeling a little greasy, this mattifying cream is amazing. It feels great on my face, is highly moisturizing, and keeps my face matte under my makeup. I’ve started using this cream every day! I apply it after a shower and before my makeup. This will most definitely be repurchased. 

So in all, I’ve grown to love 3 products of the Body Shop’s seaweed line! 3/5 isn’t bad. (Ionic Clay Mask, Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, and Mattifying Day Cream) There are a few more in the line (I think) that I’ll have to try to make a final decision about the line as a whole. But for now, as the rain is starting to fall outside, it’s time to wash my face, tone, moisturize, and curl up with my cup of tea and my kobo (ereader). So get out there! The Body Shop sell’s small sample packages of many of their facial lines. (Tea Tree, Chamomille, Vitamin E, etc). I can’t wait to try others!