I have been a bad blogger as of late, but in all honesty I haven’t been wearing much makeup since I was traveling, yep we were in Ireland for what I’ve been told was a very rare heat wave, and also since summer finally arrived here in Germany in full force. I mean when you live in a place with no air conditioning to speak of with the exception of the sanctuary that is McDonald’s and temperatures often rocket up to or close to 30° C to 38° C (86° F to 100° F) since we too are amidst a heat wave, it makes me feel a bit hard pressed to put anything on my face aside from the necessity that is sunscreen. Okay, so enough rambling and onto the favorites!
M.A.C. Modesty Lipstick – I was looking for a new lipstick that was a tad more neutral than my signature Russian Red and I am happy to report that I found it in Modesty. It is a lovely subtle shade of pink which is described as a “muted neutral pink” on the M.A.C. website. I feel that for me, this is the perfect “your lips but better shade.”
Essie Peach Daiquiri – My gal pal Mayti sent me this ages ago and I hadn’t ever used it since corals and oranges look horrendous on me since I tend to resemble Casper the Friendly Ghost much of the year. However, I have gotten a bit of color this summer and thought that even though this wouldn’t look so hot on my fingers that it would look great on my toes, which it did.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate – All my fellow fair complected ladies need to jump on this stuff. I originally thought this would be great for contouring, which I personally stink at, but I think that for me this works better just as it was intended to be, a bronzer. It really does give you a natural looking touch of bronze without making you look like a Jersey Shore cast member. Oh, and did I mention that it smells like chocolate?
L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder – I find this powder works well on it’s own to swipe over my face to even out skin tone as well as to combat redness and shine. I prefer to apply this with a brush rather than the sponge applicator that it comes with for a more natural even finish.
Real Techniques Powder Brush – Just like all of the other Real Techniques brushes I have, is incredibly soft and works well to go over your face to blend everything together for a finishing touch as well as to apply powder to set your makeup.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 – This has become my go to everyday sunscreen, I even use it on my face and it hasn’t broken me out or irritated my skin at all. I love that his combines a moisturizer and an SPF which sinks into your skin leaving you feeling soft and moisturized rather than sticky or greasy like most sunscreens. It has a really nice fragrance that I personally can’t get enough of. However, if you’re a fan of sweeter scents that this may not be for you.
Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil – This is such a great body oil and it smells amazing. I like to apply this right after the shower, especially after shaving my legs. It absorbs into the skin nicely and gives you one hell of a healthy glow. Just be aware that a little goes a long way.
Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo & Conditioner – I believe this is a newish product and I am rather enjoying it. Upon first use I noticed that my hair was in fact softer and shinier. I am naturally a brunette and go blonde so my hair needs some help in that area. These have a nice fragrance. As with all Redken products, these are little on the pricey side, but well worth it especially if you can find them on sale.
Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash and Body Scrub – After hearing these from numerous bloggers and YouTuber’s I decided to hunt these down and give them a sniff while I was in Ireland. I obviously liked what I got a whiff and quickly snatched these up. These smell awesome, kind of like super lime infused Coca Cola. Aside from smelling great, they actually are lovely products for your skin. The scrub super exfoliates your skin while still being gentle and moisturizing and the body wash leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Yankee Candle Co. Sicilian Lemon – So apparently they have Yankee Candle Co. stores in Ireland, I just wish I knew that before because I would have allowed for more weight in my luggage on the way home. Anyhow, I am a sucker for citrus scents, especially lemon. It’s also one of the few candle fragrances that Captain Canada doesn’t object to and actually quite likes as well. This scent is a little less sweet than the previous Lemon Zest candle I had from Yankee.
Flavia de Luce Mysteries by Allen Bradley – I had to include these because they are that great. I’m currently on the third book in the series but I was hooked upon reading the first. The setting is early 1950’s post war England in small picturesque country village and revolves around the life of and eleven year old girl. However, she is not your typical eleven year old girl, Flavia has a deep love and natural aptitude for chemistry and she is about as quick-witted as they come which combines with her insatiable curiosity to contribute to her development into quite the formidable super sleuth. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re a fan of fiction and wouldn’t mind an interesting fun read then definitely give it a look. If you would like to read more about the books and to find a chronological list of the series then click here.
That’s all for now as I am off to get ready to head to the beach and I use the term “beach” loosely, it’s more like the local swimming hole. Hey, we are landlocked and for Captain Canada and I being from the Great Lakes region, it’s as close as we can get. Besides, when it’s this hot, you don’t discriminate just so long as you can find a way to cool off. As always, thanks for reading, check back soon and I hope that you enjoy your weekend as much as we plan to.