Currently Loving No. 1
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.
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.
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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