February Favourites

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Another month, another bunch of favourite products to share with you guys!! I'm v excited to share these with you guys, as I've had a pretty successful month in terms of trying out new products. The first product I've been loving in February is the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo. Good gracious, that's a mouthful. I've owned this dry shampoo before, but not since they updated it and added on the "tapioca". They also changed the scent, which is pretty cool because although I did like the original scent, I am seriously obsessed with the new Warm Sugar scent. This dry shampoo leaves no white residue and does such a great job at freshening up second-day hair.

Another hair care product I've been unable to live without recently is the Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Trio. This includes the Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Shampoo, Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Lock Conditioner, and Vibrant Sexy Hair Colour Guard Post Colour Sealer. These three in-shower products are meant to be used together to keep your colour-treated hair stay looking fresh out of the salon for as long as possible. They're all SLS and SLES free, which is really important, and they smell pretty amazing. Since I've started using these, I've actually noticed a difference in both the vibrancy and the overall quality of my hair!!

I know I only picked this up quite recently, but I have fallen head over heels in love with the Lush Eau Roma Water toner that I featured in my haul post. I've been using this twice daily since I bought it, in the morning and before I head to bed, and I swear it's already made a visible difference to my skin! My skin has already been getting close to clearing up (thank Jesus) but this has only sped up the process even more. It's very gentle on the skin and quite refreshing. Two thumbs up on this one.

Moving onto non-beauty related products... I've recently been taking steps to become more mindful and positive, to help with my anxiety, and something that's really been helping me with that is the 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. This is a sort of guided journal where you follow weekly prompts for list-making which help to bring balance into your life. I've only been using it now a few weeks, but I'm loving it so far! Not only is it super helpful, but the journal itself is beautiful with its hardcover bounding, and gorgeous photos and illustrations on every page.

Definitely a more random favourite of mine lately has been Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins. These were the candies I always reached for at the movie theatre when I was a kid. Recently, I got such a craving for these bad boys, so my mum picked them out for me one day while she was out and I've since been in heaven.

Last, but certainly not least, is the beloved Disney film, Lady and the Tramp. This was one of my all-time favourite films as a kid because it's a film about DOGS. How can you not love it? Lady is just the sweetest little thing ever. Disney recently released this from the vault and I picked it up on it's release day. I went all the way out to the mall - which is 30 mins away - then all the way to Walmart - which is another 20 mins away from the mall - where I finally found it!! Thank god. Haha

What products have you guys been loving lately?

Felicia x

January Favourites

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It's the end of January which means another monthly favourites post!!! I love writing these sorts of posts. I think it would be lovely if my favourites posts could introduce any of you to a new product or music or tv show or whatever. That'd be wonderful :) Well, anyway, here we go with my January favs!!

TOO FACED PEACH BLUR TRANSLUCENT SMOOTHING FINISHING POWDER

I really have been loving the Peach Blur lately. Different from a setting powder - which obvs sets your makeup - finishing powder smooths out your makeup to make it look more evened out. I usually use it when I'm going for a no-makeup makeup look as it makes my skin look fresh and bright.

NOT YOUR MOTHER'S SMOOTH MOVES FRIZZ CONTROL

This one was crucial for me when I was in Florida at the beginning of the month. Honestly, it was a lifesaver. I just squeeze a toonie-sized amount into my palm and work it into my hair when it's wet. It does wonders for frizziness. I find that my hair dries more evenly, and it's much easier to just blow-dry it and go.

NIVEA NOURISHING DAY CREAM

I have recently switched to my winter skincare routine, and with that comes the need for a different moisturizer. Previously, I was using the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It was doing exactly what I wanted it to. But, the salicylic acid in the moisturizer mixed with the cold air was drying out my skin, so I thought I'd go with something a bit more heavy duty. This day cream has so far been really doing the trick!

TARTE LIMITED-EDITION BLUSH BAZAAR PALETTE

This was actually a Christmas gift from my parents. In the past month, I've been getting a lot of use out of it and I really like it. As it has 10 different shades - some dark, some light, some shimmery, some matte. I love the selection and how simple the blushes are to apply. It's the perfect thing to bring on holiday, as it's easily transportable and it gives me a lot of options. I love 'Angelic' and 'Authentic' the most.

INDIGO MAGNETIC BOOKMARKS

Up until very recently, I have been using the receipt of my book purchase as the bookmark for whatever book I'm reading. So, when I went out to buy the books from my January reading list, my mum insisted that I finally bought myself a bookmark. I ended up finding a pack of magnetic bookmarks with really cute designs and sayings on them. They're really cool - you just clamp the magnetic around the page that you're currently reading and it sticks there without leaving a dent or falling out at all. I'm a huge fan so far and would definitely recommend picking these up if you're an on-the-go reader like I am!

That's a wrap on January! What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

November Favourites

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Hello everybody! As it we are now in the first official week of December, I've got a November favourites post for you all today.

The very first thing that I've been loving this month, which is a very new addition to my beauty product collection, is the L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo. I've been loving this shampoo. In the winter time, my scalp gets very dried out, which gets only worse with product use. I've been on the hunt lately for scalp-friendly shampoos and came across this in the shop the other day. The idea here is that this shampoo deep-cleanses your roots so that your scalp doesn't get oily which as a result stops you from overwashing which dries out your hair. I did find that this shampoo kept its promises for me and my scalp definitely felt cleaner post-use than it did after using other shampoos. I'd also like to mention that this is the first shampoo that left my hair tangle-free post-wash, which I love.

I recently picked up the Essie "With the Band" Nail Polish at my local drugstore. I love a classic red nail but I wanted something that strayed a bit from the typical bright red shade I use. Which is exactly what "With the Band" is. It's hard for me to describe the shade exactly so I looked at the site and they describe it as a toasted spice burgundy, which I believe is the best description of it. I love this colour so so much. It's beautiful and personally, I think it compliments my skin tone nicely. The one thing I will say, which I find with all Essie nail polishes, is that it requires a top coat in order to keep it from chipping off. It does chip quite easily, so you'd need to be cautious of that.

The next item is one I mentioned in a Friday Thoughts post awhile back: the e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in "Rose Gold". I was kinda skeptical at first at how well this product would work but I was genuinely so amazed. It feels very strange to apply, as it's essentially a lip gloss tube and applicator that you put on your eyes.... But the result is lovely. It's a very shimmery, beautiful pinky shade. I find it looks particularly nice as a final touch to a pink/berry eye look. I look forward to experimenting more with this bad boy and seeing what other looks I can create with it.

It's kind of odd that I haven't mentioned this product already before, as I've been using it for a couple months now and I've even had to repurchase it already. It's the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. I've had a few bad experiences with cakey concealers prior to this one (I'm shuddering just thinking about them haha) so when I came across this one and tried it out, I was so relieved. It does an incredible job of hiding undereye circles, as well as masking the horrid acne scarring I've been trying to hide for a while now. It's very easy to blend and it doesn't come off looking very pale or cakey.

I know I've already mentioned this product in a post this month and I'm sure I'll mention it again after this, but I just had to include the Lush Sleepy Lotion in my favourites post. I know this is known to be a hit-or-miss product, but it was a definite hit for me. I have horrible re-occurring insomnia, especially lately - I'm talking staying up until three, four, even five o'clock in the morning because I can't sleep. I've tried a bunch of different things including Melatonin, different pillows, darker room, reading before bed, etc. Some have worked better than others, but this lotion has made a major improvement to the dilemma. On top of its magical sleep-inducing qualities, it has a lovely yet subtle scent and it is very hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus especially for the winter months upon us.

Another product I've mentioned recently that was worth re-mentioning is the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Room Spray. As you may or may not know, I do suffer from anxiety and that majorly impacts a lot of areas of my life but specifically my sleeping patterns. I've found that spritzing this spray in my room, above my bed where I'll definitely catch a whiff of it, has really helped my anxiety lately. It calms me down enough that I can actually have a chance at falling asleep (this is the part where the Sleepy lotion takes over!). At first, I was a bit iffy on the eucalyptus and spearmint scent, but I've actually come to really like it. I also have a candle of the same brand and scent that I love just as much as this spray.

Steering away from beauty-related favourites, the last thing I've been loving this month is the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. 500 Days of Summer has one of my favourite soundtracks of all time. It has songs by Hall and Oates, The Smiths, Simon and Garfunkel.... all some of my favourite bands. There's not one song on the soundtrack that I don't enjoy. I've been listening to it often this month and I've been loving it so much that I actually purchased it on vinyl this week! I cannot wait to receive the record in the mail :) My favourite song off the album has probably got to be "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" by The Smiths because it's one of my all-time favourite songs.

What have you guys been loving this month?

Felicia x

October Favourites

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Is it really almost the end of October?! This month whipped right past me. And truthfully, I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to... But, oh well! There's always next month. And November means that Christmas is right around the corner!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am for the Christmas season this year. My December is jam-packed with fun things, and my mum and I have already started purchasing some decorations for our first Christmas in the new house. Anyway, I'm getting distracted haha. What I'm really here to talk about today are my monthly favourites! I have quite a few favourites to go over this month and I'm very excited to share them all, so let's just jump right in.

The first thing I've been loving this month is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. I purchased a tube of this liquid lipstick in the shade Kitten Heels in an order from one of my favourite online shops, Lulu's, and after the very first experimental use, I fell in love with it. I already own one of these lipsticks in Life's a Beach, which I leave in Florida as it's a coral that looks best with a tan. So I was happy to add another one to my collection, this time in a gorgeous bright red shade. I have loved wearing this with darker clothing, primarily the black turtleneck I purchased at the same time from Lulu's (don't you love when things work out like that?) as I find the contrasting dark-clothes-bright-lips combo is very flattering. It's not a terribly drying lipstick, either, which I obviously like.

Continuing on with make-up, I've found that I've often been reaching for the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner. Wow. That's a mouthful.I received this a long time ago in an Ipsy bag but kinda forgot about it for awhile and recently we have become reacquainted. It's been awhile since I consistently wore a winged eyeliner look, which used to be the only make-up look I ever wore back in high school. But lately, I've been "winging it" more often (haha) and I've been using the Skone eyeliner to do so. I have recently fallen out of love with former go-to eyeliner, the Maybelline EyeStudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner (again, a long title), for a number of reasons, but mostly because it doesn't make a very dark line no matter how black the shade of liner is. But this Skone liner goes on very dark and stays on very dark, thankfully. So I think this one will stay in my day-to-day makeup look from now on.

Moving onto skincare, I've probably mentioned this product before, this is the Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil. It's a product used primarily for stretchmarks, scars of any kind, uneven skin tone, aging, and dehydrated skin. I have been using this on my acne and minimal acne scarring for awhile now and I've really started to see an improvement this month. I have a cluster of spots on the side of my face and some scattered elsewhere, so I just take a bit of this oil and rub it in all over my face. It makes your skin look and feel a bit oily so it's best used at night before bed or when you're sure you'll be staying-in, but once it soaks in, it's like magic. Obviously, it doesn't work overnight, but it does make a difference over time and I'm okay with waiting as long as it works!

Jumping over to haircare products, the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Treatment has been my bff this month. I used this religiously when I lived in my old house, but when I moved, it got misplaced and I never went out to buy a new one for reasons unknown. So I dealt with my frizzy, poofy hair for months. But, luckily, I found it at the bottom of my haircare bin in my bathroom earlier this month. I'm a happy gal. This argan oil is used in a few pumps on either dry or damp hair, as a styling product, or before bed as a treatment. It honestly does wonders for my very dry ends. My hair looks silky, even the day after using it. I don't know how I lived for a few months without it!

Now, moving onto a bit more random, non-beauty-related things I've been in love with in October...

This month, I received my brand new iPhone 8+ in the mail and I'm in love with it. Coming from an iPhone 6, it's been a huge adjustment, but totally worth it. The camera is to die for, and the new features are an absolute bonus. But, aside from just the phone, I received my new case for the 8+ in the mail, and it's BEAUTIFUL. It is the Casetify iPhone 8 Plus Castle Classic Grip Case. It's see-through on the back, with a bubblegum pink exterior and a beautiful image of a castle on the back. Usually, when buying a new phone case, I go onto Amazon and pick out a cheap, cute case. But this time, I saw this gorgeous case while browsing Casetify's site and had to have it. It totally screams Cinderella's Castle in Disney World (pretty sure that's what they intended) and since Disney is so important to me, I thought there was no better case out there for me. SOOO I dropped nearly $50 Canadian on it... Yikes. But so worth it.

Another random online purchase I received in the mail this month was Catherine Mason's "I Drink Coffee Like a Gilmore" Coffee Cozy. If you're not familiar with coffee cozies, you're probably not alone. I came across the concept when I was browsing the hundreds of accounts I follow through my Disney account on Instagram. A ton of people seemed to be taking photos of their coffee mugs around the parks with cute Disney-themed crochet cupholders. I clicked a link on one of the pictures, which brought me to an Instagram account and eventually to a website-shop, where I found this beauty. Am I obsessed with Gilmore girls? Yes. Do I love coffee? Yes. So, I decided this coffee cozy had to be mine. I ordered it back in July but unfortunately, with making the product and shipping it out, I didn't recieve it until a couple weeks ago. But it's here!! And I love it. I use it whenever I grab a Starbucks or a Tim's. My dad thinks it's ridiculous haha, but I just think it's so cute.

Lastly, this is something both my boyfriend and I have been loving, and that is The Office. I mentioned in last week's Friday Thoughtspost that my boyfriend and I have been watching this lately. But when I said watching, I meant bingeing. And by bingeing, I mean we watch it every night before bed. It's such a funny show and it's lovely to get tucked into bed in our pjs, wrap up into plush blankets, and throw on an episode (or three) of The Office before we call it a night. I'd say my favourite character is probably Pam, but I find everyone hilarious (except Andy ugh I hate Andy lol) especially Dwight. And yes, obviously my boyfriend and I are praying to god that Pam and Jim get together because that's meant to be.

So, there ya have it! Those are all the things I've been obsessed with in October. I hope you all enjoyed reading. Let me know in the comments if you're also a superfan of The Office haha.

Have a great week, everyone!

Felicia x

Current Beauty Favourites

Hello everybody! As I have returned to Florida for March Break, I have gotten ample opportunity to not only pick-up some new beauty products at my local Ulta shop, but also to rummage through my current stash. Through doing so, I realized which of those were my absolute to-die-fors and decided to share those with you all today!

(1) NYX Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in "Exotic"

I picked up this liquid lipstick at the beginning of this week, and I'm already loving it. It's a stunning matte dark shade that shows up really nicely in photos. I cannot get enough of it. Also, I was extremely impressed with it's price, it only cost about $6 USD and it has amazing quality for the price

(2) Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I've been using this brush to apply foundation for over a year now and I have personally found that it's one of the best (if not the best) brushes for foundation that I've ever used. It's one of my all-time favourite beauty buys, by far

(3) Smashbox Contour Palette

This contour palette is my first palette, a Christmas gift from my parents. Back in Toronto, I have the Clinique Sculpting Contour chubby stick, but I prefer this palette just because I think it gives a softer final product. The set comes complete with 3 shades - highlight, contour, bronze - and an angled brush.

(4) EOS Coconut Milk lip balm

EOS lip balms have a lot of hype surrounding them, which made me somewhat hesitant to give them a go until I bought my first one just over a year ago. Ever since then, I've been hooked on them ever since. My most recent EOS purchase was of the Coconut Milk lip balm and I love how soft it makes my lips. Plus, it smells amazingg

(5) Maybelline Fit Me concealer in "Light"

Typically, I'm not the type to stick to just one concealer. I like to try out different ones and if I like one, I'll stick to it for a month or so but then as soon as I've gone through about two tubes, I switch to a different kind. The sole exception to this trend is this Fit Me concealer. I love it so much, the shade is perfect to my skin tone and it blends quite nicely