Hand Cuffs

March 23, 2014

I do believe that wearing an elegant, understated cuff bracelet or two, without going into arm party territory, is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. The only bracelet I own right now is a delicate gold chain with a tiny cubic zirconia stone, and while I do love it, I often long for something with a little bit more punch.

I once owned a hinged bangle that was quite perfect, but the hinge came loose and I lost the bracelet. Though I miss it very much, I am reluctant to purchase it again since the hinge was so flimsy — I wouldn’t want to lose it again. I browsed a little to find other options.

I’ve seen accessories by MIRLO featured on AndyHeart very often, and couldn’t help but notice how perfectly simple the pieces are. I am particularly smitten by the Horseshoe Cuff (seen on the left), though I am a little worried the chain would be in the way.

Etsy is my favourite place to browse for jewelry. The large number of artisans on there give you the widest range of styles to choose from. I found Favor while looking for cuff bracelets, and I quite love the hammered cuff (left) and the bar ID bracelet (right) in particular. They are both 14K gold fill, and are really affordable.

Who doesn’t love Catbird? I can only dream to own one of their pieces at the moment, but their Ballerina bracelet found a place on my wishlist as soon as I saw it on their Instagram.

I am not really picky as far as quality goes for my jewelry. There is no need for precious metal as long as the piece doesn’t rust or tarnish, so I do appreciate materials like brass, steel or 14K gold fill which don’t cost too much. I also don’t mind buying my accessories from chains like H&M, which admittedly offer many, many affordable and beautiful cuff bracelets, but finding one that fits my smaller wrist is often very hard.

I’m curious to know if you guys have any more suggestions of designers and stores for dainty wrist jewelry. I’d love to hear about them!

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Getting me through winter

January 21, 2014

Merino sweater

With temperatures ranging from -25°C to -40°C, it’s really hard to convince oneself to get out of the bed in the morning. I don’t handle the cold as well as I used to and have increasingly chosen comfort over appearance to keep myself warm. I have given up my tall black leather boots — they are good-looking but my toes were always icy — and have succumbed to the warmth and comfort of sturdier Sorel winter boots (thank you, boyfriend!). Here are a few other things that helped me get through winter so far.

Banana Republic Extra Merino Wool Vee sweaters – These sweater are very flattering, warm, and most of all very affordable. I have trouble finding wool sweaters that don’t itch me, so to find these are like a miracle to me. I tend to throw them on whenever I know I will have to spend a lot of time outside and don’t feel like layering up. I loved my first one in black so much that I purchased two more in navy and grey (how predictable). Banana Republic so often has promotions that these end up being very inexpensive.

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Aquiesse Sandalwood et vanille candle – This candle is what started my mild obsession with home fragrance. When I saw another one at Winners a couple of months back, I purchased it as a backup even though I am only half-way through with my first one! The scent is a blend of “bergamot & lavender, white vanilla fleur, sandalwood & musk” and is very comforting during colder weather. I love burning it while studying or reading.

Getting me through winter

Winter skincare products are hardly the most glamourous — they need to be protective, soothing, calming, which means they are often heavy and thick. These products worked their way through my routine in the last two months.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream – Determined to take better care of my body skin and taking the time to moisturize in the morning, I purchased this trio of trial size body butters by Soap & Glory over the holidays. I had heard a lot of good things about the brand, and thought, why not? Loud packaging aside, I was pleased to find out that these body butters, though very hydrating, are not sticky at all and absorb very quickly. Right now I am using up the Sugar Crush one, which smells like lime. The scent can be a little bit cloying at times, but it thankfully doesn’t linger on the skin or smell too strongly once absorbed.

Dior Crème Abricot – My cuticles are always dry and my nails break easily, even if I avoid nail polish for a long time. I picked this up during a recent trip to Sephora and have been using it every night since. It’s definitely too heavy for daytime use, but applying it just before bed makes my cuticles visibly more moisturized and my nails haven’t been breaking or flaking as much.

Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter – I have sort of a love/hate relationship with this lip balm. On one hand, it keeps my lips from chapping even in harsh cold weather, smells absolutely delicious (like chocolate candy), comes in the cutest tiny jar and is very affordable. On the other hand, I am pretty sure either the petrolatum or the cocoa butter is making me break out slightly around my mouth. I would have to try out the original version (without cocoa butter) to see if this issue could be avoided, but at least meanwhile my lips are not cracking or bleeding.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum – I have been suffering from dehydrated skin, especially on my cheeks, for a year or so now (my skin had always been combination oily in the past). This serum really helps boost the performance of my facial moisturizer, without making me greasy or shiny.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra – This is my moisturizer of choice all year long. It has very few ingredients in order to suit sensitive skins (I can be irritated by just about anything, I found out). I used to use the Fluide version, which is lighter and meant for oilier skins, but found it to be insufficient in recent months. I apply this over the Caudalie serum and my skin looks and feels hydrated all day.

Rosehip Seed Oil – Some nights, in lieu of moisturizer, I apply one pump of rosehip oil — the brand I use is Aura Cacia — on my cheeks. It helps in rejuvenating the skin thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also reduces redness on my cheeks and heals my post-acne marks much faster. On really cold or windy days, I use it under my serum and moisturizer, but I otherwise find it a little too heavy for daytime use. I don’t like use it on my T-zone though, and it makes me break out when used for too many days at a time. I have been experiencing with different facial oils and so I am not too committed to this one yet, but for now it’s helping me a lot.

Have you been hit with a harsh winter as well? What are you favourite ways to cope with the cold weather?

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Atame: Aphrodisiac Cuisine

November 29, 2013

My last post was about autumn style, and now there is cold hard snow on the ground. The last few weeks really came and went! I got struck by school and work, and before I knew it, I turned 26 and I am one semester away from finally graduating university. Whoop!

Obviously, birthdays mean restaurant outings, and this year my boyfriend brought me to Átame, which is said to be an aphrodisiac restaurant. Now, let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a prude, but upon learning about the type of place this was going to be, I was a little worried that this wasn’t going to be a nice little romantic evening. Their menu is centered around supposedly aphrodisiac foods and on some nights, there are shows such as erotic tango or 50 Shades of Grey-inspired… who knows what? My boyfriend was quick to reassure me that there was only going to be a female singer with her acoustic guitar that night, and that the restaurant had received great reviews about their food. I was still a little skeptical, but I quickly realized upon arriving that I had overreacted.

Located in a quiet corner of the Montreal Plateau, Átame took over what used to be an Au Vieux Duluth restaurant. The renovated place is absolutely beautiful, with soft gauze curtains and white furniture, making it very romantic and intimate but not intimidating or corny (or uncomfortable). I did not think of taking a photo of the space, but luckily there is the Internet to help me show you what it looked like.

We were seated at a table by the window by a very nice and friendly waitress. She gave us the one-page menu, and explained each item listed. The categories were renamed Nibbles (small plates and snacks, perfect for those who just want to have a drink), Foreplay (appetizers), Shared Pleasures (entrees) and Climax (desserts). They certainly went all out with the erotic theme, but the actual plates were normal-sounding — in fact they seemed delicious.

Beef tartare with tonka beans and cocoa

Beef tartare with
tonka beans and cocoa

Oysters with passion fruit jelly and lychee mignonette

Oysters with passion fruit
jelly and lychee mignonette

We started off with the Togarashi taro chips and the strawberry and watermelon soup served in a small glass, both not pictured unfortunately. The taro chips were fresh and just lightly salted, just perfect. The soup was interesting, not something I would drink a whole bowl of but it is meant as a palate cleanser of sorts. We continued with some appetizers, including a very delicious beef tartare and some jazzed up oysters topped with a passion fruit jelly (aren’t oysters the most famous food said to be aphrodisiac after all?). Those were very good as well, the jelly adding a different texture to the molluscs, but I prefer my oysters plain with a just a little bit of tabasco and maybe some lemon juice.

Slow roasted filet mignon with pomegranate juice

Slow roasted filet mignon
with pomegranate juice

Lobster tagliatelle with snow peas, parmesan snd lemon zest

Lobster tagliatelle with snow peas,
parmesan and lemon zest

My boyfriend’s main meal was their filet mignon, which practically melted in your mouth because it was so tender. The sides were simple baked potatoes and carrots, but everything went really well together — sometimes the simplest foods are the best. I had the home-made tagliatelle with a sauce that was creamy but not at all heavy, and topped with delicious lobster.

We finished off the evening with dessert, namely the chocolate brownies with salty caramel and amarula milk shake (which was actually a dip). I was so quick on attacking these small decadent cubes of chocolate that I completely forgot to snap a picture. They were absolutely heavenly, a perfect mix of sweet and salty and made even better with the amarula. They were so good that my boyfriend, who usually never eats sweets or desserts, gobbled up two pieces! His words were, and I quote, “It’s dancing in my mouth!”

All throughout our meal, singer and actress Christine Ghawi performed a few songs with her guitar, which really made the whole evening much more romantic. As we left, the owner came to talk to us and ask for our feedback (all very positive). It turns out that Átame had been open for only about six weeks, and they are very dedicated to bringing the best experience for their customers. It is definitely worth the visit as both the food and ambiance are great, but I would probably make sure that on the night you are going, there is no event that could be a little embarrassing or uncomfortable to you if you are a little shy about these things. Otherwise, the aphrodisiac theme is no more than just that, a theme, and it does not affect the quality of the restaurant or the cuisine.

Átame
351, Duluth E. St.
514-667-5848
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A Wardrobe for Fall, and Beyond

September 11, 2013

It’s that time of the year: my favourite season rolls around, and I can’t wait to take out my trench coat, sweaters, scarves and ankle boots. With the arrival of fall, I usually crave for something new to fit the colder weather, but I would have to say, right at this moment, I don’t feel any rush to expand or refresh my wardrobe.

I believe I am having a bit of a difficulty reconciling my expenses with the amount of happiness and satisfaction I am actually getting at the moment. I definitely think a reassessment of my spending habits is in order. In an ideal world, I would save absolutely all the money I would be using on shopping for travel instead. I long to fly out somewhere again, spend a week away from my current routine and live some new experiences, more than I wish to acquire something material and new. The reality, however, is that I am nowhere near that mindset yet. I get swayed, I can change my mind easily in just a few days, start obsessing over a sweater or a scarf and completely dismiss what I have just said.

My long-term wishlist still exists, but again, there is no rush, and until I find the perfect piece, I won’t commit to anything. It is definitely not a checklist in any way, but here are some style wants fit for the upcoming months.

Fall Wardrobe Wishlist 1Country Road / J.Crew / Zara

A polka dotted knit — If there is one thing I am actively looking for, it is a comfortable grey knit with black polka dots. The size of the spots and the distance between them is also very important. I am being very specific, but since missing out on the J.Crew one pictured above, I have been on the lookout for something similar if not identical. Nothing affordable and accessible has come up yet.

A pair of black ankle boots — I’ve featured these Zara boots in the previous post. I have tried them on, they look great and are comfortable, but I am less ecstatic about the lack of zippers. The opening of the boots are narrow, which I hoped for, but it makes it difficult to slide your foot in without sitting down. I am not ready to commit on these yet, but black ankle boots have been on my wishlist for a while and I can certainly wait a little more.

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A touch of burgundy — Burgundy red and plums seem to have been featured in a few fall lookbooks I have seen so far, including Madewell’s and Jack Wills’. I own absolutely nothing in these colours, and I have to admit I am finding myself drawn to them this season. I would want a knit, out of which I would probably get more wear than a clutch that isn’t practical for everyday life (or school, for that matter). I have not seen anything particular that I liked, however. I just like the idea of adding burgundy to my established personal palette of grey, navy, black and white.

Fall Wardrobe Wishlist 2Source unknown / Madewell

Nude footwear — Nude shoes elongate the legs and are very elegant and versatile. Probably not a shade suited for fall, but I will keep my eyes open if I walk by any sales — without being tempted just by the price!

The perfect denim — You know when you’ve found the perfect style of jeans and keep buying it over and over again in different washes? I thought I had found it when Gap first released their 1969 Premium Jeans line. They have since changed the construction of a lot of their models and they now leave much to be desired. Despite trying on dozens of pairs at various retailers, I have not yet come across one I’ve loved. I still wear jeans almost daily, but I would really like to find the perfect non-saggy, mid-rise skinny jeans that won’t cost $200 or that will last longer than a year of wear.

What would help you achieve your idea of perfect personal style for fall?

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Wishlist Wednesdays No. 4

August 14, 2013

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Zara Combination Neoprene Ankle Boot / FujiFilm X100S

Affordable options of simple ankle boots with a narrow opening are scarce. The closest thing to perfection I have found is a discontinued Stuart Weitzman model that still sells for hundreds on eBay. These new boots from Zara look amazing, though I would have to see them to reach a final verdict. I am hoping they are suitable to take me through the upcoming autumn months!

When I got my DSLR, and then my prime lens to go with it, I was the happiest girl and lugged my gear around almost everywhere. Over the years, however, I have found myself too lazy to bring such heavy equipment with me just to take casual shots. I have a great compact camera that I use on occasion, but lately I (and my boyfriend) have been lusting after the FujiFilm X100S. It’s a great camera — in looks and in functionality — and I dream about getting my hands on it. It’s a pricey little one, though, so I have to save up. A lot. Isn’t it just beautiful?

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The Perfect Skirt

July 19, 2013

J.Crew Double Crepe Skirt
In order to stick to my shopping goals, I keep a very concise long-term wishlist as far as clothing and accessories are concerned so I can focus on my actual needs when shopping. I do bookmark some items I stumble upon while browsing for later consideration, but a lot of them end up being 86′d when I realize they were just a spur of the moment thing. It’s a good way for me to avoid impulse purchases.

For a long time I had two specific types of skirts on my needs wishlist, chosen because they would integrate my wardrobe seamlessly — at least in my head. One was a grey textured (think tweed-esque) skirt and the other a navy blue skirt. For both pieces I wanted specific characteristics, mostly a flared or tulip shape, a non-flimsy construction and on-seam pockets. While I am still on the hunt for a perfect grey skirt — and I may end up asking my mother to sew me one — I have found the most perfect basic navy skirt in the form of J.Crew’s double crepe skirt.

I had oooh-ed and aaah-ed over it for a few weeks before committing to the purchase during a 30% off promotion and using a gift card. Otherwise, the skirt would have been more expensive than I would have wanted it to be (note: prices are higher on the Canadian website), especially for something I couldn’t see in real life beforehand. I was very pleased when I received the skirt in the mail, however.

I was worried about the quality, as the material is 100% polyester, and about the fit, since I could not try it on. The material is a weighty fabric that will definitely not make the skirt fly up with a gust of wind. I’ve loaded the pockets with items — card wallet, keys, transit pass, blotting sheets, lip balm — and it held up well. You know how sometimes putting things in your pockets causes your garment to sag? Didn’t happen here. So even though the material is polyester, with proper care, I can feel this skirt lasting a long time and it definitely does not feel cheap.

The size 2 was also perfect: tight enough to show off my waist and body shape but without restricting my breathing. For reference, my natural waist measurement is 27 inches on a normal day if I haven’t, ahem, gotten carried away with food.

I’ve already worn this skirt a couple of times — with a striped top, a sleeveless silk blouse, a grey v-neck t-shirt. It truly is a versatile and flattering piece and my favourite latest purchase. What is yours?

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Brunch at Régine Café

June 30, 2013

Latte

Once in a while, you hear about a newly-opened restaurant that you just have to get to as soon as possible. I would say Régine Café is one such restaurant, but I unfortunately only had the chance to go a couple of days ago with two girlfriends. Opened in October of last year, Régine Café specializes in brunch and lunch, all week long. It had gotten really great reviews from customer and media critics alike, it’s near my house and brunch is my favourite meal to go for when I eat out, so needless to say I was very excited.

I wished I had gotten a proper inside shot of the restaurant, but it was decorated in a very shabby chic manner. Multiple ornate frames lined the walls and the furniture was of Victorian style, with brocade and pattern upholstery. Some might think it was all a little kitsch, but I personally found it worked well.

Upon sitting down, we were served the shooter of the day: a pear and spinach smoothie. I was a little apprehensive about the mix, but it was actually quite delicious! I would have taken a full drink if it had been available on the menu.

Chic Croissant

Chic Croissant

Le Big Fish

Le Big Fish

One of my friends got the Chic Croissant: French croissant with scrambled eggs, pulled ham, old cheddar and spinach sauce. This plate was served with greens, beans, homestyle mashed potatoes as well as a side of fruits, which is typical of almost any breakfast or brunch menu item. I only got a small bite of the croissant, but the pulled ham was very good. From my friend’s comments, the sauce was creamy but not too rich and paired well with the rest.

The other got the Big Fish, which was focaccia, trout gravlax, cucumber, sour cream and dill. This was actually a lunch menu item. It was good, she said, but nothing to write home about.

Gauffré

Gauffré

Gauffré

My own plate gets two photos because I didn’t have to make anyone but myself wait before eating! I got the Gauffré, a tantalizing combination of corn waffles and trout gravlax, topped with a tomato salsa, greens, cream with chives and caramelized onions. This was absolutely amazing. The waffles were both soft and crispy and went well with the gravlax. It’s a combination I never would have though of! I devoured my whole plate and would willingly order this again a few more times.

My order also include a simple latte, which was very good, but I am not very opinionated about coffee — it’s hard to displease me!

I hear Régine Café is quite busy on weekends, with the possibility of having to line up. We went on a Tuesday and were seated immediately. The service was also great — courteous and very friendly. I would definitely go back anytime soon, and try out the other things on their menu.

Régine Café
1840 Beaubien E. St.
514-903-0676
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Currently Loving No. 1

June 25, 2013

Candles and glass tray

Today is Quebec’s National Holiday and thus a day off! I’ve spent the day so far attempting to put things in order around my place, and taking extra time in the shower. I thought I would take the opportunity to show some things I’ve been loving lately.

I have had a growing obsession with candles since last winter. I never used to like any sort of fragrance, not even perfume, which I don’t wear, but I have found that I could tolerate a good scented candle. I don’t own the fancy Byredos and Dyptiques of the world — just a mini Dyptique Mimosa candle — because they are just too expensive for my budget, but I love what I currently own. Two of my favourites, displayed on this tray, include Voluspa’s Eden and Pear which has a crisp and bright scent, and Aquiesse’s Sandalwood et Vanille, which smells just as lovely as it sounds. I just love walking around Chapters or Indigo (Canadian bookstore chains) and looking at and smelling their candle selection while my boyfriend browses for photography books.

Beauty Favourites

I have mentioned before that I am quite a bit of a beauty product junkie. I love to test out stuff, much to the detriment of my skin, so I have been slowing down lately. I do find my very problematic skin — acne, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, sebum, you name it — to be the best it has been in years thanks to the addition of two products in my routine. Mario Badescu’s Vitamin C Serum contains ascorbic acid to even out skintone and reduce discoloration, which is a big problem I have had for a long time. I have been using this every other night on my skin right after toning and it’s really brightened my skin. Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron is the next thing that has been a real skin saviour for me lately. I am a big fan of Caroline Hirons’ blog and she highly recommends this product. As soon as I have found out that Hydraluron was sold here in Canada, I ran out to buy it (and luckily, it was on sale!). Despite my combination-oily skin, my cheeks and the space between my brows are always, always dehydrated and I have the hardest time keeping the dry patches and flakes at bay. This hyaluronic acid gel really boosts up my moisturizer and has made my skin positively smooth like a baby’s bum! My skin is not perfect yet, but I feel much more confident at the moment.

Other products I have been loving include Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, a total indulgence since a lip scrub like this can be reproduced at home with brown sugar and coconut oil. I just cannot resist its delicious smell! I have also picked up NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which has been really popular in the blogosphere, and it has lived up to my expectations so far. Really hydrating, it’s perfect for covering (flat) blemishes and marks and the under eye area. Last but not least, Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise has been my go-to blush since I’ve gotten my hands on it. Cream blushes rarely work on me due to my oilier skin, but this one stays put for hours and looks so natural and pretty.

Chanel Le Vernis in Frenzy and Taboo

Aside from beauty products, I am also quite obsessed with nail polishes, but have stopped buying them since I feel like I have most of the colours I would ever want. My two most recent additions are from Chanel, Frenzy and Taboo. Frenzy has quickly and easily become one of my most favourite nail colours of all times, it is just so chic and versatile. As for Taboo, I find it so special and unique.

What have you been loving lately, and what has made you happy?

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Everlane Weekender

June 1, 2013

Everlane Weekender in Black

At the beginning of March, Everlane held an impressive funding campaign in the hopes of making their products available to Canadians. First of all, I must comment on how great that idea was. Asking supporters to pledge an amount of their choice in exchange for store credit and other benefits is an excellent way to gauge how profitable their business would be. Bringing their business over here involves a lot of risks, and they were able to minimize the impact of said risks with this campaign. The campaign was fully funded a few days before the deadline, ensuring the March 21st launch date as well as the opening of a popup shop in Toronto. I was already fascinated with their processes, and they proved to be once again quite innovative.

That said, aside from their great marketing, they of course have very attractive garments as well. I am a big fan of the sleek, streamlined look of their items, and the prices certainly don’t hurt. I pledged a small amount during the campaign which allowed me to benefit from one-time free shipping. I thus ordered the one thing I had been lusting after since the inception of Everlane.

My most coveted item was their Weekender bag. I was looking to replace the travel bag I had bought a few years ago, which was from Mural Paris. Though it is pretty durable, it is slathered with a black and cream damask pattern, the aesthetics of which I don’t fancy anymore. The biggest problem was its straps — short, hard, painful. It’s still a very good bag that I will keep, but for quick trips, I needed something a little more practical and comfortable to carry. The Everlane Weekender sports a look that is more subtle (and that some may call a little boring). It is made of canvas and has leather detailing. The leather straps are long and flat, which means the bag can be carried over the shoulder comfortably.

I have yet to use it on an actual trip, but as soon as summer school is out in three weeks, I’ll be going south of the border for a long week-end. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to go somewhere right now just to test drive this bag! Initial impressions, however, are very good. I chose the bag in black, because it will show the dirt much less. Had I ordered a week later, however, I probably would’ve chosen the new Reverse-Denim model.

The bag is quite roomy and could probably fit about 15-20 garments — depending on their thickness and size — with extra space for a toiletry kit and two pairs of shoes. Perfect for a long weekend trip, or even a week-long one if you are not going to do any shopping! There is one zippered pocket on the inside and two side pockets on the outside.

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The straps look sturdy despite some reviews saying otherwise but I wished they were double-layered or lined in some way. I worry that they will fray over time.

The ordering process was smooth and easy. There was no tracking for the package once it shipped (boo), most probably because the delivery costs are relatively low (okay, yay!). Delivery took approximately two weeks to Montreal.

One downside for us Canadians is the inflation of prices due to duties, where applicable, and taxes — always a bummer. The good thing is that the prices we are charged are as marked (before shipping), and Everlane provides a breakdown of the costs for each item. I understand that duties and taxes are inevitable, and I appreciate the transparency as I don’t think I’ve ever seen any other online store doing this. Even with the increased prices, the garments remain affordable considering the much more expensive alternatives on the market, especially after factoring in the tax, shipping and import costs for Canada.

I considered getting other things, most notably the High-Low belt, which was and still is unfortunately sold out in my size and rhum colour. I also quite like their silk blouses, but I have accumulated quite a many of such tops over the last year and my dry cleaning bill is already high as it is…

Have you ever ordered from Everlane? What items have you purchased or are on your wishlist?

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Beauty Wishlist

May 1, 2013

Beauty Wishlist

1. Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream / 2. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder / 3. Laura Mercier Secret Finish / 4. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder / 5. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum / 6. Josie Maran Argan Oil / 7. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone / 8. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules / 9. Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

This isn’t a beauty blog, but I’ve become quite a beauty product junkie in the last two years. Keeping my shopping resolutions in mind, I have to remember to not overspend, as I’ve been known to drop quite a few pennies on all sorts of cosmetics and skincare products. These wishlist collages help me visualize my wishlist and often force me to assess and narrow down my choices.

With summer coming up (finally, finally!), I’m looking to cut down on makeup. I have hyperpigmentation and acne marks that are taking a long while to heal, so I always feel the need to cover them up before stepping out of the house. I hear vitamin C is great for fading marks and just evening skin tone out overall, so I’ve been looking to add it in some way into my routine. I have the Ole Henriksen serum at home right now so I will try and finish that one up before looking into other options, but the Philosophy powder and the Mario Badescu serum both look interesting and have great reviews. Many reviews for both products mention using L-ascorbic acid instead but I don’t trust my chemistry skills enough to do that.

I would still feel more comfortable wearing a little bit of makeup for the time being, and while I’ve been consistently wearing the NARS tinted moisturizer, the newly-released BB cream from Clarins caught my eye. I’ll have to see if I can get a sample of it at one of the counters. The new NARS loose powder is also quite attractive, but I still have a lot of Laura Mercier powder left. With summer comes the need to glow, and so the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector has been really high on my wishlist.

Have you tried any of these products?

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