FOTD: October Rotation

Transitioning into the cooler months, I have decided to switch up what's within reach on my dressing table for some, perhaps, more appropriate products. I often find that with the cooler months, even my combination skin needs a boost of hydration and my lips in particular need extra moisture.

The first to change is my foundation. I've been testing out the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation* in Y245. Paired with a buffing brush, this foundation gives a flawless, even coverage that is long lasting and comfortable to wear. I shake it up, take about 1-2 pumps of the product on the back of my hand, and dot it around my face. It blends so seamlessly and easily that it really takes no time in the mornings to make sure my base is in place. I don't find that it oxidizes throughout the day which is fantastic and with the incredible shade range, there really is something for everyone. For areas that need more coverage or for touch-ups throughout the day, the matching Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation* is the perfect candidate. I typically take the product on a smaller brush and buff it over areas that need the extra coverage instead of popping on a heavy concealer for a lighter finish.

I still haven't been able to put down my favourite Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed for that natural flush. It is just such a no-brainer for me that I just keep exposing more of the pan each day with use. To highlight and contour, I'm still using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. The highlight is beautiful when applied lightly down the bridge of the nose and top of the cheeks, and the contour shade is just the right shade to give a very natural looking chisel. 

Next step, eyes. I've rediscovered the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, using Skimp as an even base and a mix of Cover and Primal in the crease for definition and dimension. I'm also back to busting out that cat-eye effect with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner. It is so easy to use with the fine, felt tip. Of course, no eye look is complete for me without the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara on the top lashes and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the bottom lashes. 

The sample of the IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil has proven to be a staple in my collection as it is just so easy to use. With a tiny wind-up waxy pencil on one end and a spooly on the other, this little pencil is the perfect product to get those brows looking "on fleek", whether it's at the dressing table early in the mornings or on the go.

Of course, the star to most of my upcoming looks this season will be the Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Understudy. It's a muted pink that is perfect for a slight pop of colour in an everyday look. The formula is sort of a gel-cream and feels nourishing, yet it delivers quite a lot of colour that lasts. I'm definitely interested in trying more from the range.

What have you added to your October rotation of products?


Welcome Back, Vampy Shades

October has made its entrance meaning we're all the way into autumn now. For me, this means pulling out those vampy shades again.

First to the table is NARS Blush in Sin, a gorgeous berry shade with golden shimmers running through. It looks terrifying in the pan, but applied lightly it gives a deeper flush that goes perfectly with anything of similar tones.

Newest to my collection is the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine. This range by Bite Beauty has quickly become my favourite for matte shades as they are comfortable to wear and evenly pigmented. This shade is a little more red-toned than the typical vampy purples. It's similar NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Damned which I forgot to photograph! Though the NARS offerings are more drying, they're still comfortable to wear and certainly long wearing. 

Another vampy one I like from the line is Train Bleu, a true deep purple shade. Back to more wearable options, I switch between MAC Lipstick in Rebel and Bite Beauty Maple Matte Creme Lipstick in Sugared Maple. Both shade are a more wearable purple tone and the only obvious difference between the two is the finish. While the MAC offering has slight shimmers and more of a sheen through it, the Bite Beauty option is matte, as the name would suggest.

On to the nails, my most recent purchase is the Nails Inc Alice & Olivia Nail Polish in Rose & Poetry. It is a purple shade, almost grape-like and just in between two of my other Nails Inc favourites. For the deeper purple version, I reach for Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Grosvenor Crescent. For the red version, I've been loving the Nails Inc Nail Kale Nail Polish in Victoria. A more affordable option from my collection is Essie Bahama Mama, a long time favourite of mine that is more of a bright vampy.

What vampy shade of products have you been reaching for?


Life Lately: The "Things You Need Too" Edition

I didn't plan on making a post this lazy Sunday. All I really planned to do was clean, work, and eat but hey, I figured I'd write a little about what I've been up to and what I've been obsessed with. Let's keep things informal. 

The short version of this post would be a list about the things I've been loving. It would look a little like this:
1. Drake General Store, your quirky things are just too hilarious to not have. Talk about adding fun to your life.
2. It has been tough resisting buying everything at Aritzia but so far I've stuck to this way-too-comfy Community Veritas Shirt and way-too-chic-for-me Babaton Pearce Wool Coat.
3. Looking for a new food blog? You should probably check out Honestly Nourished because it's honestly ah-may-zinggg. 
4. The Nordstrom Ottawa beauty department is a beautiful trap full of lovely bits like the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne and the Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Texturizer. If you're ever there, go see Chris at Burberry and tell him I sent you. Say hi!
5. My partner, M, has made me appreciate brunch and the occasion sweet treats. He introduced me to Pressed for brunch, Cacao70 for sweet treats and the best dark chocolate mochas, and plenty other quality food places I should probably write a whole post about soon.

Being back in Ottawa has been great. Although nothing will replace the West Coast where I call home, I do consider Ottawa my second home now as I've become so familiar with the place and have grown to really enjoy it here. 

After all the updates that have been made to the city's offerings, I'm so glad to see the shopping has improved. The Drake General Store re-opened in The Bay on Rideau, shelves stocked full of fun goods from onesies to Squish Candies to the British Columbia toque I will proudly wear in the cooler months. Hooray for Canadian made goods. 

So long story short, when I'm not glued to a self-study guide for a network management certification or stuck at work surrounded by either cables or cubicle walls, I've been out and about in this either scorching hot or freezing cold city of Ottawa. My two hour daily commute to and from work hasn't been terrible as it gives me time to read the paper or blogs, and living downtown has meant that everything I like to go to is within walking distance. Hello, weekly bowls of delicious Tom Yum soup from Phuket Royal in Chinatown. 

I could share so much more about what I've been up to lately that you need to experience too, but I need to get going. In the meantime, give me a list of questions for an overdue Q&A post. I'd really love to connect with all of you more.

Until next time!
The Celution.
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