Saturday, 20 December 2014

First Semester Empties (And Mini Reviews)

Hey everyone!

I rarely have empties, it takes a very long time to collect them up, so I very rarely have Product Empties posts.  However, I've recently decided I'm going to do a little post at the end of each semester with mini reviews of every product I've used up. I hope you enjoy it! It's mostly face/body care, but there are a few makeup bits and other things thrown in too.

Luckily, I've really enjoyed using most of these products, so hopefully you get some ideas for new things to try out!

Makeup
I don't know why, but I don't go through makeup products that quickly.  I do have a few empties to show you, but not many.


The first cosmetic item I have used up is the e.l.f. eyelid primer.  I LOVE this, it does an amazing job of keeping shadows in place all day.  It's also incredibly cheap, and I'm 99% sure you can buy it at Target as well as online (if you have a credit card).  I have repurchased this, and would suggest you buy one too if you're looking for an amazing eyelid primer!


I also used up the L'Oreal Voluminous mascara and I was so glad when I did.  I didn't like this, I found it got all over my face, flaked off, and just generally didn't stay on.  When it was on, it looked clumpy and didn't separate my lashes.  I loved this when I first got it, but it deteriorated to one of my most hated products really quickly.

Face and Body



Up first in the Face and Body category is the Dove Cool Moisture body wash in the Cucumber and Green Tea scent.  I really enjoyed this, I liked the scent and it lathers up really well.  I switch between shower gels daily and am always trying new ones, so while I may or may not buy this again, I do recommend it.


I have also used up the deodorant in the matching scent.  I think I had one of these in my last empty products post as well.  I've used this almost continuously for a couple of years, I really like it.


Let's just get the hygiene products out of the way.  I've used up my favourite toothpaste, the Colgate Cavity Protection toothpaste in the Winterfresh flavour. I've used this for as long as I can remember, it doesn't taste gross like other toothpastes which  is why I like it.  It's also super cheap, under $2 a tube... (I'm a student, cut me some slack!)


For makeup remover, I've used up this Guinot One-Step Cleansing Water.  I hated this.  It left my skin feeling sticky and tight, and the scent was so overpowering and fake.  It also stung my eyes, even though it says it's suitable for taking off eye makeup.  I also didn't find it did that great of a job.  I wouldn't recommend this at all.


I have also (finally) used up this 56 pack of Balea facial wipes.  I adore these, they are the best wipes I have ever used.  They can be a little pricey, but I always buy them when they're on sale at Shopper's Drugmart. 10/10, highly recommend.


I got given a pack of Simple facial wipes as well.  I didn't like these as well as the Balea ones, mostly because of the smell. On the upside, these aren't as dry as the Balea ones.  I would recommend these, but not as highly.


I have also used up an actual face wash, because face wipes are NOT the same thing people!  This is the St. Ive's apricot scrub, which has little bits of ground walnuts.  I found this effective, but very harsh.  Towards the end, I started using it to exfoliate my legs before I shaved, which it is also very good for.  In the future, I'm going to buy a small travel size for when I need a really harsh exfoliant, and something less harsh for bi-weekly exfoliating.  It left my skin feeling a little raw and looking a little red, not good signs.


This teeny guy is a sample size of the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel.  I liked this so much I bought the full size, even though it's on the more expensive side.  This gets rid of pesky zits so quickly.  I apply it at night directly to spots, let it dry, them moisturize.  By the time i wake up, it's like nothing was ever there.  I also apply this all over the face in a thin layer under my moisturizer if I'm having a really difficult time with my skin.  Again, I highly recommend this.  If you can get your hands on a sample, they last for a really long time and there's enough in there to give you a good idea of whether or not you will like it.


Also in the vein of facial care, I used up my tub of the Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C facial moisturizer.  I've already bought another one of this, I think it is an amazing moisturizer and I love that it smells like oranges!


You would know this if you follow my Bought It, Forgot It series, but I used up the LUSH Dream Cream Lotion in November.  I loved the formula and scent of this, and for the price it actually lasts a long time because you don't need to use very much.  It sinks into the skin beautifully and feels like a very luxurious product.  I've washed out the container and kept it, because if you bring 5 back you get a free face mask (and this one makes 5!)


I debated whether or not to include this, and decided to because I think it's so great.  This is the Equate nail polish remover, and it is probably the best nail polish remover I have EVER used.  It cleans polish off in no time at all.  I think this is a Walmart purchase, and the little bottle (which is more than enough for me) is only a couple bucks.


Also from Equate, I used up a tube of cotton rounds.  Again, the Equate ones are the best.  I hate it when cotton pads disintegrate on your face when you're trying to get off your eye makeup, and this doesn't do that.  They're also super cheap, $3 for a tube of 125.  I use these for almost everything, so it's great that they are inexpensive and of good quality.

Hair
I'm not much of a hair product person, but I do have a couple empties.


First up is the Batiste dry shampoo for deep to dark brown hair.  I liked it, I thought it did a really good job of soaking up oil and refreshing my hair.  That being said, it was a little bit dark for me, especially after I lightened my hair.   This also left a brown powder residue on my hands and hair brush.  I did like this, and would recommend it.  If you have a dry or sensitive scalp however, skip it.  This will only make the dryness and itchiness worse.


I have a shampoo I've used up as well, the Garnier Pure Clean shampoo.  This is paraben, sulfate, silicone, and dye free, and 92% biodegradable.  I like the scent, I like the lather, and I've used this shampoo for the last 8 months of so, I think this is my 3rd bottle.  That said, I've bought something else now that this is used up, because my hair gets used to shampoos and then looks like a greasy mess.  But I think I'll go back to this at some point.


I have also used up a conditioner.  This is my usual Prairie Naturals hypoallergenic Arctic Sun conditioner.  I've been using this for years, it leaves my hair so soft and shiny and healthy.  I'll be repurchasing this when I'm home next, I can only buy it in my hometown for some reason, I've never seen it anywhere else.

Other

I used up my favourite candle I've ever had this semester, the Vanilla Chai candle from Bath & Body Works.  This was sweet but spicy and just smelled so nice.  I'm really sad I used it up!


I also used up a whole bottle of Fleecy fabric softener.  My mom used to use this when I was little, so the smell reminds me of home, but it also leaves my clothes so soft and completely free of static.  I've bought another one, I just love it (and I hate scratchy clothes).

So there are all of the products I used up over the last four months.  For the most part, I have liked these products and would definitely buy them again (some of them I have!)

That's all from me today, I'll be back soon with more posts!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide for University Students

It is time for Part 3 of my Christmas Gift Guide!

This one is all gifts for College/University students.  Since I am one, I think this is a valuable guide.  There are things we as students need that, while not necessarily overly exciting, are fun (and practical!)

Available at Staples Business Depot
First up on the list are these removable wall decals.  These are basically giant, peel-able, removable white boards.  There is nothing better for planning out papers and assignments and budgeting time than a giant whiteboard, and in rentals you often can't drill holes in the walls.  This is the best of both worlds.  While you're at it, buy some fun dry erase markers to go with it!


In the realm of school supplies, why not get some fun notebooks while you're at it?  I have a different notebook for each subject, and usually one for lecture material and another for textbook reading notes.  Buy some 300-page, patterned notebooks, your gift-receiving student will love it.


Here's a boring one, but something students will appreciate.  Textbooks.  These are the evil of the post-secondary education.  These things suck hundreds of dollars that should be spent on groceries that grew on a vine, and not Ramen noodles. Textbooks are why students live off of Kraft Dinner!  Even buying one of two can make a huge difference, your student will appreciate it, I promise.

Okay, let's move away from school supplies, shall we?


For clothes, why not buy your student some school swag?  An alumni sweater is never a bad idea, but for the student who already has six (me) try something different.  Hats, scarves... onesies.  I would recommend the onesie personally! (This may be me and my boyfriend...)


If you want to give a gift set, why not create your own with tea, a mug, and some cookies?  'Tis the season for hot drinks and students suck up tea and coffee like it's water!  If I wear to create one of these for a friend, I'd put in a nice mug, a few kinds of tea and coffee (variety packs are great!) and maybe some hot chocolate.  And, of course, some tea biscuits!  If you don't want to make your own, you can find these type of gift sets all over the place (Starbucks, David's Tea...)


Another great present for students are nice headphones, especially for those who live in residence or have roommates.  University is noisy, and sometimes you just want to hear your music, not the party next door (or worse...)  Beats do great headphones, and even though they're expensive, they're worth the money.

That's all from me for today, and that's the end of my 3 part gift guide!  If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 just click the embedded links to go see those.  Otherwise, I hope you have a great day and I'll see you soon!

xoxo
Laura

Monday, 15 December 2014

Brittany's Prom 2.0

Hey everyone!

My friend and roommate Brittany recently went to Prom 2.0 with her boyfriend, it was event held through his university residence.  She asked me to do her hair and makeup, and wore her prom dress from Grade 12, and with her permission I'm posting the pictures I took of her beautiful self just before she left.  Enjoy!


For hair, I blow dried it with a little bit of Alberto heat protectant run through.  Then I curled in 1 inch sections away from the face around the barrel of a curling wand and used the Aussie hairspray to hold them in place.


For makeup, I used a very light amount of foundation to even out the skin tone, added in a teensy bit of colour with the essence blush in adorable, then gave her a dark smokey eye and a natural lip.

Doesn't she look so nice?! If you want to see another post with Brit, we did an O.O.T.D. at the beginning of the year that you can see HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this!  It wasn't my first time doing someone else's makeup, but since it actually mattered this time I thought it was worth sharing.  I really enoyed it, and love that Brit trusted me enough to play with her face :P (and she even let me put eyeliner on her waterline!!!  What a trooper!)


Until next time!

xoxo
Laura

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

How To: Survive Exam Season

It's Decemeber.

For some of you that means Christmas.  Family.  Fun.  For students it means exams.  All-nighters, stress, copious amounts of coffee, and calculating minimum grades needed to pass (we have all done it, don't lie to me).

Here are some tools and tips for surviving the most wonderful time of the year.

Survival Tools:
-Tea
- Earplugs
- Melatonin
- Kleenex
- Agendas/Calenders/Day Planners
-Multi-coloured pens and highlighters
- Cue cards
- 8tracks Instrumental playlists
(Try THIS one, THIS one, or THIS one)

Survival Tips:

1) Don't overdose on caffeine.  If you drink too much coffee, or even worse, sugary and caffeine-ridden Starbucks, YOU WILL NOT SLEEP.  Sleep is essential, your brain processes what you have been studying while you are asleep.  Lay off the stuff that keeps you awake and that will help you with Tip #2 which is...

2) Get into a normal sleeping pattern.  Staying up late to cram seems like a great idea until you're sleeping in until 2pm and realize all of your exams are at 8:30am.  Fun fact: If you go to bed at 9pm and sleep for 8 hours, you get a better quality of sleep than if you go to bed at 3am and sleep for the same amount of time.  If you're having trouble fixing your sleep pattern, invest in melatonin.  If you take it 30 minutes before you try to sleep, you will fall asleep and sleep well.  It only takes a few days to fix your sleeping pattern.  As well, avoid electronics an hour before you try to sleep.  Do a little bit of reading instead, it helps your brain wind down (even if it's material you need to know for an exam).

3) Come prepared to exams. This seems like a no-brainer, but let me explain.  Yes, you know you need to bring a pen, pencil, eraser, and your student ID to an exam.  But what about Kleenex for when your nose runs?  And a pair of earplugs for when you endup next to that annoying person with a hacking cough or constant sniffle.  Trust me, earplugs in massive exam halls are a godsend.

4) Peppermint everything.  Peppermint actually helps you retain and remember information. Trying chewing gum or drinking tea while you study, and chew that same gum during your exam.  If you can bring in drinks, bring a peppermint tea. Your grades can only benefit from it.

5) Take time off, but don't take days off.  It's good to give yourself a break, but make sure it isn't a full day.  If you lose motivation for 24 hours, it's just that much harder to get it back.  Take some time to go out for dinner, go for a walk, watch a movie, whatever you need to do.  But don't take the whole day.  You will regret it.

6) Study smarter.  Find what works for you and exploit that.  Maybe one hour chunks are the only way you stay focused.  Great, do that.  Maybe you study better in coffee shops than in libraries.  Maybe colour-coding is what helps you learn.  Maybe flash cards help you remember and retain information.  Sitting at a desk reading the same sentence 20 times is not going to help you learn, figure out what works and DO IT.

7) Make plans for when you're done.  Having that motivation is great.  Just knowing you are having dinner with a friend or going out with your significant other is enough to motivate you to get through to the other side of exams season.

I really hope this helps you guys make it through exams season.  My first exam was today, but for those of you who are done/almost done, congrats on getting this far!

Later!

xoxo
Laura

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Welcome to Part 2 of my Christmas gift guide!

This post's focus is on gifts for the ladies in your life.  Maybe it's a girlfriend, sister, best friend, who knows.  Hopefully this will inspire you to give her something nice this holiday season regardless of your relationship! Enjoy!


So to start off, I've got this EOS lipbalm trio.  I actually bought this as a gift for someone, and bought one for myself at the same time.  I can vouch that this is an amazing product.  The flavours (strawberry kiwi, grapefruit, and orange blossom) are delicious, and the balm itself is really moisturizing and smooth.  At only $10, this is a great stocking filler or Secret Santa gift.


Along the same vein, a gift set from LUSH also makes a fabulous present. The prices range, so there's one for every budget, and I vouch for LUSH products 100%.  These are great for your bath junkies, and I personally hope to get one under the tree this year.  You can buy them online HERE.


If you're feeling really brave and don't mind spending the money, Sephora always has great gift ideas.  This year, I would recommend the And God Created The Woman eye kit from NARS.  This has a mini eye primer, a Wide Contour Eye Shadow brush, and six shadows in neutral shades, both matte and shimmer.  It retails for $68, so not cheap, but definitely worth it.


If you're buying for someone who likes fragrance, I would recommend the Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler.  They also make one of these for men, which I featured in my Gift Guide for Him.  This retails for $64, and contains 8 sample sizes of well-known fragrances.


Another great gift idea for women and girls is a matching scarf/hat/mitts set.  I personally love my winter accessories to match, I feel like it looks more put together.  You can find these sets all over the place, or go online and buy the matching pieces separately.  They range in price, but I definitely recommend you get something slightly more expensive that's lined, or made of wool.  Warmer is better than cheaper!

If you're thinking about getting jewelry as a gift, I would recommend a necklace.  I really liked THIS one from Bauble Bar, sorry I couldn't get a picture to embed in the post.  The charm is very dainty, and I love that it can be personalized with initials.  Bauble Bar jewelry is of really good quality, so for $58 this is good value for money.

That's all from me!  My only last piece of advice is that if you are thinking of buying clothes, make sure you know what size to get and DO NOT buy shoes.  There is a lot of risk when it comes to sizing on these items, so either avoid or be extra cautious.

Hope this helped a little bit.  I'm off, I'll post Part 3 in a couple of days!

xoxo
Laura

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

It's that time of year!

Christmas is slowly sneaking up on us once again, and people across the world are stressing out over what gifts to buy their loved ones.  This year, I have created a nifty little guide to hopefully help you find the perfect gift.

This is Part 1, gifts for the men and boys in your life.  Part 2 will be for the women and girls, and Part 3 will be a guide for buying for University students.  Let's hop right in!


There are a couple things here in the realm of personal care.  First is this awesome shaving kit from The Body Shop.  This retails for $35, but the products are a generous size, and it has a great shaving brush included.  It also helps children to get educations, read more about that HERE.  If you are looking to purchase this, click HERE and order online! (Side note: they also have a matching wash bag, for only $10)


Sephora also has a great collection of men's fragrances.  The kit retails for $45 and contains 5 deluxe samples of popular, well-known men's fragrances.  This is a great gift for men who like cologne, and these are definitely not Axe body spray! (Which needs to be annihilated.)


In the slightly more boring realm, these T-Max Heat socks from Mark's Work Warehouse are FABULOUS!  They have fluff in the inside and keep your feet so incredibly warm.  You can wear them as socks inside, but if you wear them outside your feet will never be cold, I promise.  They're really well priced too, at less than $12 a pair for all styles.


Now.  This is a gift idea that I personally want.  Very much.  Just this month, the new Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire came out.  They retail for $50 each, a little more expensive than usual, but if the guy you're buying for is/was a Pokemon fan, this is an excellent gift to buy.


Of course, if your man likes a nice drink every once in awhile, he may not always buy something good quality for himself.  That is my last gift idea for guys (and actually, I'm following my own advice and getting this for my father).  Yes, this is expensive, but it's a nice treat and hell, he might need it to make it through all the family time!

That's all for this gift guide, my one for ladies will be going up later this week!

xoxo
Laura

Friday, 28 November 2014

November B.I.F.I. Reviews and New Products for December!

It's the end of another month!

As you know, I re-started my Bought It, Forgot It series this month, and have really enjoyed using products I already own and falling back in love with them.

This month, I had 5 products.


1) LUSH Dream Cream
I loved using this throughout November.  It leaves a really nice scent that lingers for a decent amount of time, sinks in beautifully, and makes my skin SO soft.  I'll be buying this again for sure.

2) Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose
This was an okay product for me.  I don't find it to be super pigmented, although it is easily built up.  I do really like the shade, especially with pale, flawless skin and a black winged liner.  However, I do have nicer blushes that cost less or the same, so I wouldn't highly recommend this.

3) MAC Eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive
Oh my goodness I've fallen in love!  This is a fabulous eyeshadow, very creamy and pigmented, and looks great with my eye colour.  I need to use this more often after November has ended!

4) The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder
This is a nice powder, but it's not great.  I don't find it has great coverage, and doesn't have any lasting shine control, although it was nice for setting my makeup without looking too cakey.  Thankfully I didn't pay much for it.  I'm just not really a huge fan of loose powders, and this one and I have a serious love/hate relationship.

5) e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
I actually used this up!  e.l.f. have the best eyelid primers if you're on a budget, comparable to the Urban Decay ones.  My shadows never move.  I have bought another one of these because I like it so much!

New Products for December
I'm pulling out 5 more products this month, and I am really excited to use them!

There is a bit of a theme.  This is all makeup I would use for a holiday look.  'Tis the season, right?


First up is the essence Dark Romance Cream Highlighter.  This came out in October, I'm not sure if it was limited edition or not.  Regardless, I don't think I've done more than swatch this.  Time to put it to use!


I also want to use this lipstick from Maybelline in 640 Ruby Star.  It's a nice red with slightly berry tones to it, and it's super pretty.  I've had this for awhile but haven't touched it.  It used to be my everyday go-to.


The last three products are all for the eyes.  First up is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 05 Too Cool.  This is a really icy, shimmery white.  It will make a great base for shadows.


Then I have the Covergirl eyeshadow quad in 222 Drama Eyes.  This will be great for sultry, smokey, sexy eye looks.


My final product is the essence Gel Eyeliner.  I was obsessed with this, and I don`t know why it fell to the back of my collection.  Hopefully it hasn't dried up and I can get some good use out of it.

That's all from me!  I'll see you soon!

xoxo
Laura

Friday, 14 November 2014

Happiness and Positivity

Hey everyone.

I've got a bit of a serious post for you today.  I hope that's okay (if it isn't, you don't have to read, but I would appreciate it if you do!)

All around us are people.  Tall people, short people, people in between.  Dark hair, light hair, dyed hair.  Running to somewhere important or aimlessly wandering.  No matter where we go, people are unavoidable.

Sometimes you look at a person on the street and see their emotions and moods etched right into their skin.  Sometimes people are harder to read.  Often, it isn't until someone opens their mouth that you can tell what kind of state they are in.  But lately, I've noticed that the amount of negativity pouring from people's mouths is increasing, and dramatically so.

This worries me.  I am not naturally a positive person, but I'm not necessarily negative.  I sit somewhere firmly between the two most days, and what tips the scales is the outlook of the people around me.  If I am surrounded by positive people, I myself will be happy and have a positive outlook.  If I am immersed in the world of those who are negative, I will also view the world in a negative light and be upset, cranky, and unfortunately, I will often lash out at others because I am unhappy.

I recognize that this is my own problem, and it's not the focus of what I'm trying to say.  What I want to focus on is why we should be more positive, and why I myself have chosen positivity.

Positivity is the root of all happiness.  If we view the world in negative terms, we are focusing on the bad rather than all of the good that surrounds us.  This just perpetuates a cycle of pessimism when there is so much good to be found if we only take the time to look.

Why would we want to make ourselves miserable like that? This is the kind of self-inflicted negativity that hurts our culture as a whole and as individuals.

I see people who have so much to be happy about perpetuating negativity everyday, and see people who have so much to be down about spreading happiness.  Something about this strikes me as backwards.

I have to give an example, and got my friend Laura's permission to talk about her for a second.  Laura has been in a long-term relationship for 3 years, that last year of which she has been over 500 kilometers away from him.  Things have been so hard for them, and yet she manages to be one of the most positive people I know.  Yes, everyone has their days where it all gets to be too much, but I rarely hear her complain, and when she does, it isn't in a "poor me" way.  And this is just one example, Laura has had a lot of trials in the last year (which for her privacy I obviously am not going into) but she has handled everything with an unwavering sense of positivity.

It makes me re-evaluate my life, that's for sure.  Living with optimistic people has had a massive impact on my life, in a very good way.  I am very conscious of how I sound when I speak, not because I am afraid of what I am saying but because I always want to make sure that what I am saying is true, fair, and kind.  Are my problems really as bad as I think?  Am I complaining instead of taking action? And am I choosing happiness in my words, both for myself and those who hear them?

It isn't easy, and I know anyone who knows me will tell you that I am far from perfect.  But I'm trying.  And I've noticed that in trying to be more optimistic, I am instinctually beginning to see the world in a more positive light.

I want you to think about that this week.  Think about what you are saying, and whether it is spreading positivity.  If not, is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind?

I can tell you that negativity hurts.  Being negative hurts you, it effects every aspect of your daily life.  Holding all of that inside of you is toxic.  I'm not saying it isn't okay to let it out, everyone has bad times fall upon them.  But when your reflex is negativity, that is when you need to re-evaluate.

Even worse is surrounding yourself with negativity.  Negative people are unavoidable, but don't give those people the privilege of being part of your daily routine. If someone is constantly pessimistic, and treats you in that same way, do not subject yourself to it.  Words can hurt, and when people think it's okay to take their cynicism out on others that is not okay.  Do not let pessimists ruin your day.  Call them out, or just walk away.  But do not let them bring you down.


I have chosen positivity, and I encourage you to do the same.  It doesn't come easy, it is a constant process, but your life will feel so much better for it.

If you want a challenge, write down 5 positive things every day.  Maybe that cute barista struck up a conversation, or you got an A on a paper.  Maybe the weather was nice, or you had a cozy bubble bath on a cold day.  It could even be things you are grateful for, like long phone conversations with your mom.  Whatever has happened, finding 5 will be no sweat.  I've done this, and it makes you realize just how amazing life is, and how much you have to be happy about.

In the words of my friend and roommate Brittany, "day by day."  Just take everything one day, one step at a time.  And you will achieve happiness.

I hope you too choose to spread positivity.

Goodnight loves <3
Laura

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Bought It, Forgot It (November 2014)

Hello everybody!

A long time ago, I used to do a series of posts called "Bought It, Forgot It" where I combed through my makeup collection, picked out items I had neglected, and tried to use them more throughout the month.  I've decided to bring this back in the interest of using up products and breaking out of the 'rut' my makeup routine is currently in.

This month I have 5 products for you.  I'm going to try to do 4 to 6 products per month.


First up is this e.l.f. eyelid primer.  I've had this for ages, and used to rave about it but somehow it ended up getting neglected and consequently pushed to the back of my makeup drawer.  This month, I want to use it up!  It's just a matter of remembering to prime my eyelids...


I also want to use this MAC eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive more this month.  I was obsessed when I bought it, but recently the only love it's been getting is when I do my friend's makeup.  The colour is great, and really compliments my eye colour, so this needs to get used more (especially since MAC eyeshadows aren't cheap!) In the photo it comes off more gold than it actually is, but this is definitely a slightly golden-toned olive green.


For my face, I want to use The Body Shop's Extra Virgin Minerals loose powder.  I bought this in the summer when I was having some serious skin issues, and never really got the hang of it.  I find loose powders to be incredibly messy, and they're too much faffing around for me.  This has a pretty good coverage for a powder though, and I want to try using it on it's own, without foundation.


Also for my face, I want to use the Maybelline Fit Me blush in Deep Rose more in November.  I LOVE the deep colour of this blush, especially for winter (which explains why it got neglected so much in the last little while).


My final product isn't a makeup product, but I want to put a hair or body product in each of these too.  This is the LUSH Dream Cream body lotion.  I love this, but I never use it!  This month will be good not only for using this up but for making me moisturize (my legs are so dry!)

I'll be doing a little follow up at the end of the month, so stay tuned for that!  I hope you're as excited about this series coming back as I am :)

xoxo
Laura

(P.S. I tried something different with my photos, tell me what you think!)