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Top 5 – October

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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?

WOMF – Birthday!!

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Yesterday was my 22 Birthday! My friends and I went out on Friday to paint the town red (oh Whitby…you never fail to disappoint). But either way, I had such a great time!! My friends are the best! Although my pictures are not the greatest, this was my birthday face:

– No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base

– Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

– Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

– MAC Sunbasque Sheertone Shimmer Blush

– Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel Flame

– Barry M Eyeshadow Pencil EP7 Purple

– Maybelline Eye Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen

– Maybelline Winged-Out Falsies Mascara

– Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux

Small Haul – Ireland

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After a 4 day whirlwind trip, driving more than 1000km of the Irish countryside and eating more than my body can handle, I finally found a quick half hour to go to Boots before jetting back home. Yet with slight disappointment I left with a mere 5 purchases. Maybe I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Boots, maybe I was taking this ‘budget’ thing seriously for once, or maybe I found too many things that I can find cheaper at home. But either way my head sagged as I walked away with my few purchases. Yet after careful consideration, and a few trial runs I’ve come to be quite delighted with my small Boots haul.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder – Many of the bloggers that I follow rave about this product. Although SDM (Shoppers Drug Mart) carries a few Soap & Glory products, they never carry any of the makeup line. As I stood in front of the Soap & Glory section overwhelmed, I chose this powder seeing as its the one I’ve heard the most about. I’ve only used it once so far and I liked the results, but I’ll have to see how it compares against my ever-trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips – This Vaseline lip product is similar to the original petroleum jelly based Vaseline product, although this is specifically formulated for your lips. Made with rose and almond oils, the lip jelly leaves a pink glossy finish with a great scent. I do believe that SDM sells Vaseline lip products,  but I have never seen one of these lip therapy products before.

RealTechniques Blush Brush – You’ve probably heard me rave about RealTechniques brushes already. They are by far the best makeup brushes out there, so of course I had to get another one. They are very hard to find in Canada, yet sold at all Boots. Little hint: if you are willing to battle through the beauty aisles of Winners they may sometimes be found there.

No7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base – No7 can be found in SDM but not a huge selection. Seeing as No7 is a Boots brand, they have large sections such as what you would find in the SDM Beauty Boutique. I’ve heard that No7’s primers are some of their best products so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’ve used it once so far and was a little disappointed…the texture is quite thick and seemed to flake a little when I smoothed it across my face. Maybe I need to try a different method of application. This product is still on the fence.

Barry M Eyeshadow Pencil – This product was a quick pick that I didn’t give much thought to. I’ve heard a lot about Barry M and we cannot find it anywhere in Canada according to my knowledge. I’ve had a thing for eyeshadow pencils and creamier eyeshadows lately so I thought I’d give this one a try. I’m not quite sure why I chose such a dark colour, but I think it’ll be great for nights out. I’m really looking forward to giving this one a try!!

So there you have it! I can’t wait to see if these products are winners. Do you ever shop at Boots? What are your favourites?!