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July 2013 Favorites

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!

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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.

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August 2012 Favorites

It’s that time again…for my monthly favorites! Are you excited? I’m a little excited. I feel like I have some wonderful products to share with you. So if you’re the least bit intrigued, then keep on reading.

M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle: Holy Grail Product alert!  I purchased this back in July and have been using it on the regular ever since. Although it’s a bit pricey, I feel it’s worth every penny as it really is an amazing multi use product that will last you ages. It gives your skin such a beautiful healthy glow and would. Love!

Real Techniques Setting Brush: I have actually been using this brush to apply my Mineralize Skinfinish. This brush is so soft and dries in no time. When I first opened my RT brushes I was astonished by the high quality. You can use this brush for so many different things, and that combined with it’s reasonable price tag might make it well worth it to invest in more than one.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush: This brush just like the Setting brush, is incredibly soft and dries quickly since they both have the same type of bristles. The Stippling brush also has numerous uses but I use it for applying my foundation. I feel it gives me control over how much coverage I want over different areas of my face and gives a flawless finish.  This as well as the whole Real Techniques collection is very affordable.

LUSH Fresh Farmacy Soap & Tea Tree Water Toner: I originally started using these at the beginning of July but felt as though I needed to put them through their paces. Since then I have used both of these products solely to cleanse and tone my face, neck and décollatage morning and night. Without going into too much detail, because I plan to do full reviews on both of these very soon, these two products have really helped get my crazy breakouts and redness under control.

L’oréal Colour Glow Mythic Oil: Such a great hair oil. This one is specifically formulated for color treated hair, but L’oréal has other formulations available as well. It’s not cheapest one on the market but you get a lot of product and a little definitely goes a long way. This makes my chemically treated hair super soft and shiny. In fact I have not been using conditioner every day and once I apply my Mythic Oil, my hair is just as soft, silky and smooth as if I had used it, maybe even more so.

Original Tangle Teezer: What can I say that I didn’t already say in the full review I posted of the Tangle Teezer which you can see by clicking here. It does exactly what the name would suggest, it teases the hell out of your tangles and sends them home crying like little babies. It is safe to use on wet or dry hair. I have super short hair but it’s so dry and damaged from bleaching that it too needs some sorting out from time to time and the Tangle Teezer does the trick nicely without causing nasty breakage like combs or other brushes. By the way, I’m not the only one loving this sucker this month, LeighAnnSays also included it in her August favorites.

A-England Nail Polish in Dragon & Lady Of The Lake: Not only are these beauties STUNNING, but the formula will knock your socks off. I dare say it might just be the best nail polish formula I have had the pleasure of slathering my fingernails with. In fact I wore both of these for significantly longer than I do any other colors because they didn’t chip and they’re just so bloody gorgeous. Just buy a bottle of one of these, or both, or any A-England polish for that matter. You will not be disappointed.  I’ve done reviews and swatches of both Dragon and Lady Of The Lake.

Kneipp Wärme Balsam mit Arnika: I use the normal Kneipp Arnika Balsam for my troublesome feet but decided to give this version a try. It’s basically a salve/cream for sore joints and muscles that is gives a warming effect similar to products like Ben-Gay or Icy Hot. However this product is made from more natural ingredients. It works great and the warming effect is more intense and longer lasting than any of the other products I’ve used, and I’ve tried a lot. The Kneipp Wärme Balsam with Arnika also does not have that awful smell that other similar products have. In fact it has a very pleasant lemony scent.  (German brand, but arnika creams are available US.)

IKEA SKUBB 6 Box Storage Set: I picked these up in purple to organize the huge drawers in our PAX units as well as the antique dresser we inherited from the Captains grandparents. I also have a few on my desk/makeup table. These are just great because they’re not bulky, and they’re the perfect height and very affordable.  It’s also nice that three different sizes are included in this set. IKEA does have a full SKUBB range with multiple storage solutions to choose from in various colors. (Not pictured but you can see them on IKEA’s website by clicking here.)

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Munich LUSH & M.A.C. Haul

Last Friday while on our way to Zell am See, Austria we made a little stop in Munich to pick up or friend Stefan who joined us for the weekend.  We had a few hours before Stefan finished with work for the day so we took the opportunity to do a little shopping.  First stop was LUSH, where Captain Canada decided to pick up two giant bars of Bohemian soap.  I have been wanting to try out some of their skincare products myself.  So I spoke with the sales woman and she suggested the Fresh Farmacy soap and the Tee Tree Water toner.  I’ve only used both of these for a few days so I can’t give a full in depth assessment, but I will say that my skin not only feels incredibly fresh and clean, but I definitely notice much less redness & oil.  I will keep on using these and give a full review later for sure though.  Since I still had a bar of Honey I Washed the Kid at home I decided to give Rock Star a try.  Not only is bright pink but it smells so yummy.

Next it was on to the Apple store to try out the new Retina Display Macbooks and then to the M.A.C. counter.  Sadly my feet were not holding out so I had to take a break rest.  For those of you who do not already know, I have suffer from terrible flat foot and arthritis.  Anyhow, my husband was kind enough to make my M.A.C. purchase for me.  I was torn between two shades of lipstick, Ruby Woo and Russian Red.  Since I was sidelined, I told Capt. Canada to make the executive decision on my behalf.  Well I have to say he made a great choice because as soon as I applied Russian Red, I was in love with it.  I’ve only used it a few times but it really seems to stay put and it is a really flattering color, but I will do a more thorough review on it as well at a later time.  A month ago I did not own one single M.A.C. product and sine the beginning of July I have acquired two lipsticks on two different trips so I think it’s safe to say that I’m hooked.  In fact I already have plans to place an order for one of the Mineralize Skinfinish powders in Light Year of Soft and Gentle, so please let me know what you think about those two products if you could.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

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