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Fragrance Friday | Frau Tonis Veilchen

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Veilchen by Frau Tonis Parfum

NOTES | Violet, Raspberry, Licorice

VIBE | Vintage, Elegant, Sultry, Flirtatious, Eccentric, Mysterious

This dusky scent is nearly 100 years old and smells unlike anything else. The signature scent of 1920s goddess Marlene Dietrich, it has a vintage vibe that is utterly unusual, exotic, and mysterious. It’s what I would imagine a femme fatale in a film noir would wear. While it’s officially been classified as a floral, it’s hard to put my finger on what it actually smells like. It’s a little bit sweet but it’s not a juicy fruity or dessert-like gourmand. It’s powdery with a suggestion of spice but it doesn’t smell like a warm, enveloping oriental. Like the vixen in black and white movie, it’s complex and difficult to define.

I first discovered Veilchen when I was in Berlin a year ago. My boyfriend and I were exploring without any particular direction and I happily wandered right towards Frau Tonis, a German perfume house that has been crafting olfactory confections for a century. The fragrance-obsessed addict that I am, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was going to leave with a perfume. I ended up leaving with three (Veilchen, the airy floral Linde Berlin, and the aldehydic Akazie, both of which I will review in the future). As soon as I smelled Veilchen I was in love. Seriously, I practically swooned. To me it captured the way I felt about Berlin. It was at once vintage and dark yet modern and vibrant. And when the sales associate told me it was Marlene Dietrich’s favorite perfume, the deal was pretty much sealed. Because it’s so different than any other perfume, I knew that every time I wore it that it would take me back to the beautiful, historic streets of Berlin. Although I don’t wear it all the time (I want to savour it), every time I put it on, it transports me to that shop when I first smelled it.

There are only three notes in Veilchen, which is surprising because it really does smell intricate and extravagant. Violets, licorice, and raspberry are the three magic ingredients that combine to create this beautiful fragrance. After discovering that those were the three notes, it made sense because the overall aroma does smell powdery (like violets), sweet (like raspberry), and spicy (like licorice). The perfume is seamlessly blended though and it is hard to distinguish each note.

Veilchen is not a fragrance that I wear everyday (it’s too special for that and it’s difficult for me to order it) but it easily could be. Even though it smells exotic and sultry, it’s still soft and stays close to the skin, making it a good choice for daily wear. It’s especially beautiful when worn in the evening or during a romantic encounter – I feel that is what Veilchen was created especially for. It’s seasonless and luxe enough to be worn to formal occasions, such as a wedding. Like all timeless classics, Veilchen is gorgeous no matter what the occasion is.

Overall, this is a stunning, complex fragrance that centres around violet with a kiss of raspberry and licorice. If you’re looking for a perfume that is dark and sweet with a powdery, vintage elegance, then you must try Veilchen. Besides, who wouldn’t want to smell like Marlene Dietrich?

xoxo,

Alicia

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April Beauty Picks

So I really had quite the opportunity to discover new beauty products this month. Why? I lost my entire bag of makeup in a cab on the way home from my friend’s house. Cue the violins. So after I had a good little cry (kidding, not kidding) I had to go out and stock up on all new beauty essentials. The silver lining of my taxi tragedy was that I found a few gems that I absolutely love. From a mascara that can withstand sweat, rain, tears, and naps, to a luxe serum that has pearls in it, these are my five favorite beauty finds of the month.


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1 // Artistry – Ideal Radiance Illuminating Essence

First things first, this serum is a freaking godsend. My cousin Marina actually introduced me to Artistry when she began selling the line and I instantly became intrigued by its quality and cult-like following (Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez are fans). It was difficult to choose which products I wanted to buy, but I ended up settling on this one. My skin is pretty clear but I have always been prone to blotchiness and dullness. With antioxidant packed ingredients like acerola cherry and skin-soothing pearl protein and flower essences, this oil free serum has already made my complexion brighter and my skin tone more even and fresh looking. It’s a splurge at $133 but I think it’s worth every penny.

2 // CoverGirl – LashBlast 24HR Mascara

If there is one thing I never leave the house without, it’s a few coats of mascara on my lashes. My biggest pet peeve however, is when it flakes under my eyes and I look like a raccoon at the end of the day. This is one of the few mascaras I have found that looks as fresh at 7 pm as it did when I applied it at 7 am. It makes my lashes full, long, and lush and doesn’t flake at all. The only flaw? It’s a bitch to take off. I find coconut oil does the trick though, and it’s a small price to pay for fresh, fluttery lashes all day long.

3 // Revlon – Kiss Balm in Berry Burst

I’m more of a lipstick gal than a balm girl, but this tinted formula is kind of like a hybrid between the two. It’s super hydrating and leaved a pretty wash of colour on my lips that brightens my whole face. It’s also SPF 20 which is an extra bonus. I love this for when I don’t want to have a dramatically bold lip but I still want a little colour.

4 // Marc Jacobs – Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer

I love this eye liner for the same reason that I love CoverGirl’s Lashblast 24HR Mascara. It. Lasts. All. Day. Long. I truly hate when my eye makeup smudges and this highly pigmented gem never fades. Unlike the mascara, this is super easy to wash off. It glides on easily and can make my eyes look subtly defined or sultry and dramatic. It’s pricey at $33, but I love, love, love it.

5 // Artistry Essentials – Pore Cleansing Masque

My favorite thing to do after work is as follows: light a few candles, switch on Netflix, apply this mask. My face always feels a bit greasy at the end of the day and this deep cleansing mask is perfect for soaking up excess oil. With mineral clay, brightening ginseng, and nourishing copper and zinc, this reaches deep into my pores to pull out dirt, debris, and sebum. It also tingles in a very satisfying way that makes me feel like it’s really working. I use this two or three times a week depending on what my skin needs, and it leaves my complexion soft, smooth, and matte. It also doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, but as always, you should always spot test a mask before slathering it all over your face.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Au Naturel

I have a ton of beauty products littering my life, ahem, vanity. Despite this fact, every now and then I like to put my Martha Stewart pants on and mix up my own skin elixirs using time tested natural ingredients, most of which can be found in my kitchen. What’s great about making one’s own beauty products, aside from it being a lot of fun, is that you can decide exactly what goes in it. This means that there will be no nasty preservatives or cheap, irritating ingredients coming in contact with your skin (mineral oil is the WORST and is in so many store bought moisturizers). You can also customize your potions to better suit your skin type, whether you have ultra sensitive skin or your complexion is a little more on the oily side. Below are four of my go-to beauty DIYs. They can all be made in five minutes out of four ingredients or less. So slice up some cucumber for your eyes, light a scented candle, and pamper yourself with an at home spa day.

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1 // Matcha Rose Face Mask

Matcha (finely ground green tea) is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that your skin loves. Rosewater is a natural humectant (draws moisture into the skin, keeping it hydrated) and has anti-aging and antibacterial properties that keeps your skin soft, supple, and youthful. Plain yogurt is incredibly soothing and helps to hydrate your skin while calming redness. This mask is very gentle and excellent for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. I like to do a mask like this two or three times a week to keep it in tip-top shape.

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until the mask turns a pale green and is a creamy consistency. Spread it evenly over your face and leave on for 15 minutes before removing with a warm washcloth. Rinse your face with cold water and apply a light moisturizer to lock in the hydrating effects of the mask. Easy peasy.

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2 // Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

Honey has natural antibacterial and moisturizing properties, making it an excellent ingredient for fighting both acne and dry, flaky skin (combination complexions, this is your holy grail). Brown sugar softens skin and sloughs away blockages and dead cells, while olive oil deeply hydrates. Lemon juice is great for balancing oil production while brightening dull, tired skin. This scrub can be used on the face and the body. If your skin is sensitive, ease up on the lemon juice as it can be irritating for temperamental complexions. This is great for deep cleansing the skin, keeping it looking glowy and radiant. Because of the astringent lemon juice and scrubby sugar, I would not use this scrub more frequently than once or twice a week.

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Enough olive oil to get a fluffy consistency

Combine ingredients in a bowl until you get a fluffy, snow-like consistency. Customize the mixture depending on your skin type – if your skin is dry, add more honey and olive oil, if your skin is oily, add extra lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your skin in gentle, circular motions. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Apply a light lotion to make your skin even more soft. Your face will feel like a baby’s tush, no joke.

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3 // Balancing Witch Hazel Toner

Toner is an important, but all too often skipped step in most people’s beauty regimes. This simple version only has three ingredients but powerfully cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Witch hazel, a potent natural material in many clarifying skincare products, helps to kill acne-causing bacteria while balancing oil production. Lavender soothes the skin while acting as a mild astringent, and chamomile tea calms redness and irritation. Use this toner before bed to prep your skin for your moisturizer. Get ready to say ‘bye felicia’ to your pimples.

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of witch hazel
  • 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 cup of chamomile tea (brewed and cooled)

Mix all of the ingredients well and strain into an air-tight bottle. Keep your toner stored in the fridge to keep it fresh – plus keeping it cold adds to the tingly-clean sensation you will feel when you use it. After cleansing, apply it to your face with a cotton ball. Don’t rinse it off and allow it to sink it before applying your moisturizer. This is my favorite toner and I find it really helps to ward off pimples, even during shark week when my hormones make me breakout like cray.

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4 // Coconut Argan Hair Mask

If you have dry or curly hair like mine, this deeply hydrating mask is a god-send. Even if you don’t, it will help to keep your stresses glossy and softer than a baby bunny. I’ll tell you right now, the consistency is gross and it doesn’t smell great. I hate the smell of raw egg, but it is incredibly nourishing and helps to smooth the hair follicles while strengthening your strands and preventing breakages. Coconut and argan oil are also fantastic lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeply into each strand, keeping your hair hydrated and unbelievable shiny. I use this mask once or twice a month (although I could stand to use it more) and it totally bans frizz, keeping my mane smooth and silky. I am also very prone to split-ends and this mask really prevents my strands from breaking, meaning that my hair stays a lot healthier in between hair cuts. It is worth braving the slightly unpleasant smell, and after you wash it out you will be rewarded with gorgeous, mermaid hair. You simply have to suck it up and let your hair soak it up.

Things You’ll Need

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp argan oil
  • 1 egg

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave so that it is a liquid consistency. Whisk it together with a whole egg and the argan oil and apply to your hair, focusing especially on the ends. Wrap your head in a shower cap (or towel if that’s all you have) and let the mask soak in for 30 mins to an hour. Afterwards, wash the mask out of your hair and shampoo and condition as you normally would. After using this mask, I like to apply leave in conditioner to enhance its hydrating effects. That being said, you don’t need to, and if your hair is oily you would be better off skipping it. Let your hair air dry and resist the urge to make everyone around you touch your silky soft hair.

What did you think of these DIYs? Do you have any all natural beauty recipes you would like to share? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Find | Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet

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NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Sweet by Lolita Lempicka

NOTES | Sour Cherry, Sugar, Iris, Angelica, Cacao, Musk, Cashmere Wood

VIBE | Rich, Decadent, Sultry, Bold, Sensual, Girly, Stylish

I feel like gourmand fragrances are very much a love it or hate it kind of thing. Some people love smelling like dessert and others make their disdain for foodie scents perfectly clear. While I love all kinds of fragrances and really enjoy gourmand scents, I can understand why some people choose to avoid them. When these types of perfumes are made well they are complex, sophisticated, and mouthwatering. When their quality is poor, they are tacky and overbearing, choking you out with the synthetic sweetness of those cheap body sprays we all wore in high school. To put it simply, when gourmand fragrances are good they are amazing and when they are bad they are god awful.

Lolita Lempicka is a French perfume house that is well-known and appreciated for their delicious, confection-inspired scents, as well as their whimsical bottles that look as though they belong in a fairytale. The original Lolita Lempicka perfume comes in a purple and gold enchanted apple and is an intoxicating combination of liquorice, cherry, chocolate, iris, and ivy. It’s a sweet scent, no doubt, but it isn’t the saccharine cotton candy type of scent that a lot of us expect from a gourmand offering – AKA Thierry Mugler’s Angel or Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. It’s soft and ethereal with a warm spiciness that sets it apart from other bakery sweet perfumes. When I came across ‘Sweet‘, a 2014 addition to the Lolita Lempicka fragrance family, I was immediately intrigued because of how much I loved the original. The notes were promising too – sour cherry, chocolate, iris – some of my absolute favourite smells. When I first sprayed it onto my wrist I was a little bit unsure about how I felt about it. It was very, very sweet. Obviously – it’s right there in the name. The opening is like a blast of sugary cherry cola and, to be frank, smelling like I spilled soda on myself is not my jam. After a few minutes however, Sweet starts to develop on the skin, and the rich aroma of chocolate and powdery iris begin to take over. When I was reading the description for Sweet, it said that the fragrance contains a ‘chocolate cherry lip gloss accord’. While the idea of smelling like cherry flavoured lip gloss both appalls and delights me, the fragrance does not smell like lip gloss in any way. Despite its initial blast of sugar, Sweet evolves into a very deep, sensual gourmand that would be perfect to wear during a romantic encounter.

The notes that are the most prominent on my skin are the cherry, cacao, and iris. It’s a decadent, delicious fragrance that makes me think of a box of chocolate dipped cherries. It feels like an indulgence and, like the original Lolita Lempicka, has a sophistication that a lot of other gourmands lack. This is a very rich fragrance and not one I would wear during the summer time or in the office, but it is a gorgeous gourmand scent to wear in the evening or for a romantic occasion that you want to make extra special. The bottle – a deep red apple just like the one in Snow White – is reason enough to add this bad boy to your collection.

Have you tried Sweet by Lolita Lempicka? What are your favourite perfumes? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Best of Beauty | Cake

If you have been reading any of my other posts, you know that I truly love all things beauty. I love trying new brands and products and I believe that switching up one’s beauty and skincare routine every now and then keeps it fresh, interesting, and effective. There are a few brands out there that I really love – Tarte, Aveeno, and LUSH are a few of my favorites. Every now and then, however, I come across a line of products that blows me away. Canadian company Cake Beauty is one of those brands. Started by CEO Heather Reier in Kitchener, Ontario, Cake began as a small assortment of vegan, all-natural beauty products and then blossomed into a full-fledged line of everything from bath goodies to hair and skincare products. Everything from Cake is made with cruelty-free practices and vegan ingredients, so you can rest easy knowing that these products are not only effective and sweet smelling, they are made with lots of care and conscience. I have a ton of Cake products and always find myself buying more when I come across them. Not only do they work like a dream (their dry shampoo – see below – is the stuff freshly showered dreams are made of) but they smell absolutely delicious. When it comes to Cake I could go on and on but I decided to cap my list of favorite products at six (just so that this post isn’t the length of War and Peace). So with that in mind, here are my top sweet treats from this Canadian confection.

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1 // Desserted Island Bath & Shower Froth

The best way to unwind after a long hard day? A hot bath filled with luxurious coconut and Tahitian vanilla scented bubbles of course! This sweet smelling gel lathers up like crazy, filling your tub with fragrant, frothy foam reminiscent of whipped cream. Bonus: this multitasking formula can also be used as a shower gel!

2 // The Do-Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

It’s gross to admit, but I use a lot of dry shampoo. Like too much. My hair is so dry and curly and gets really frizzy and dull if I wash it everyday, so I try to skip a day. Sometimes that skipped ‘day’ becomes two or three days (ew, I know) and that’s where this bad boy comes in handy. Unlike a lot of other dry shampoos out there, this dry spray leaves ZERO white reside and leaves my strands looking and feeling miraculously clean (how?!) and not at all sticky. The scent is a little bit strong at first, but it does smell like lemon sugar so I am not complaining.

3 // The Locks Smith Hydrating Dry Conditioner Spray

Whether your hair is dry to the point of crispy like mine, or a bit on the oilier side, this dry conditioner spray is pretty fantastic for all hair types. It’s hydrating but lightweight and adds a glossy sheen to hair without making it look greasy or weighed down (the downfall of a lot of leave-in conditioners). It’s filled with ultra moisturizing ingredients such as coconut and argan oil, which keep your tresses soft and silky, even if you’ve just heat styled the sh*t out of them. The yummy caramel-vanilla-lemon scent is the icing on the cake – shameless pun totally intended.

4 // Inca Rejuvenating Facial Oil 

I am a huge fan of facial oils and this one is the cream of the crop. It’s made with antioxidant and omega (3, 6, and 9) rich inca inchi oil, as well as grape seed oil and vitamin E. The freshly peeled orange scent doesn’t hurt either. Use it to give your complexion a healthy, hydrated glow, or smooth a tiny bit onto your hair to tame split-ends and frizz.

5 // Delectable Everything Balm

As a girl who is constantly on the go, I appreciate products that are made to do it all. This moisturizing, delicious smelling balm literally (and I do mean literally) does IT ALL.  It’s made with super ingredients such as cocoa butter, castor oil, shea butter, and coconut and sunflower oil.It feels utterly delightful on the lips and skin (it melts on contact like butter). So, what does this super hero of a product do, you ask? Every. Damn. Thing. It can be used as a lip balm, to moisturize dry skin, to plump up lips, to smooth frizz, to soothe itchiness, sunburns, and bug bites. It can be used to seal split ends, to fade under-eye circles, and tame unruly eyebrows. You can also use it as a highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones! I keep one in my purse religiously and I am totally addicted to it. Because why wouldn’t I be? It’s basically my vanity in a tube. If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you need this. You need it.

6 // Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse

How many lotions can a girl have? A lot. I have too many lotions and it’s getting to the point where I have no space at all on my dresser (partly because of my perfume collection as well – I now have 80 fragrances. I should be on an episode of Hoarders.). Despite this fact, I couldn’t help adding this delicious confection to my excessive collection. It was love at first sniff and touch and there are so many reasons I adore it. Reason number 1: it smells like a tropical vacation with dreamy notes of coconut and vanilla. Reason number 2: although it is very hydrating, it is incredibly light and airy (just like a mousse should be). It’s not at all greasy and sinks right into the skin. 3) It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth ALL DAY. Usually I have to reapply creams and lotions constantly throughout the day, but this keeps my skin quenched and supple for hours on end. I bought this one in bulk (I have a giant bottle in my bathroom and a travel sized tube in my purse) and I suggest that you do too. It’s like ultra-nourishing body frosting and my skin eats it right up.

So there you have it, my six favorite products from one of my favorite Canadian brands, Cake Beauty. Have you tried any of these products? Are there any other Cake products I simply must try? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Find | Still by Jennifer Lopez

  
NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Still by Jennifer Lopez
NOTES | Earl Grey Tea, White Pepper, Mandarin, Sake, Freesia, Rose, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Sandalwood, Musk, Amber, Orris, Pepper

VIBE | Soothing, Soft, Feminine, Sophisticated, Airy, Clean

Okay, okay. I know what you must be thinking. This is a celebrity fragrance so how can it really be taken seriously. Trust me though, this is a quality perfume and is like a fresh breath of spring air on a cloudy, wintry day. It’s not quite floral, not quite green, with a hint of warming spice that really ties the notes together and keeps the scent interesting. I’m a firm believer that beautiful fragrances can be found in all kinds of packages and that one shouldn’t count a scent out just because it happens to be endorsed by a pop star. Still could easily be an expensive designer fragrance and it radiates an aura of refined elegance and sophistication. 

Every aspect of it earns top points from me. The bottle is gorgeous. I love the way the name of the fragrance is printed on the back of the bottle so that it peers through the front, looking watery and ethereal as if we were peering at it through a pond in a tranquil Japanese garden. It’s adorned with a chunky silver ring with a huge rhinestone, and although it’s not something that I would wear, it looks lovely on the bottle. Much like the bottle, the juice itself is stunning. Still opens with a crisp, sparkling blend of white pepper, mandarin, earl grey tea, and sake. The top notes of the fragrance are my absolute favorite, and, luckily for me, they stay prominent throughout the entire experience. The heart is a understated, delicate bouquet of florals (my favorite flowers in fact), with rose, orange blossom, and lily of the valley taking centre stage. Dewy freesia and jasmine are also present but they are not as pronounced. They are really just accent flowers in this scent and add to the watery, fresh floral feel of the scent. As Still lingers on the skin, it dries down to a warm and spicy mix of sandalwood, amber, musk, pepper and orris. Even as the fragrance concludes, I feel as though I can still smell remnants of the earl grey tea and sake from the top. 

While the base notes are somewhat generic, they complement the rest of the fragrance. I love the way Still changes, smelling crisp and clean, delicately floral, and then sultry and spicy. Much like a jewel, it’s a multifaceted fragrance that reflects different moods depending on how long it’s been on the skin. It’s very unobtrusive, elegant, and pleasant. It’s soothing and reminds me of cherry blossom trees in the spring, lily pad laden ponds, and languid days spent meditating in a tranquil flower garden. It’s a gorgeous perfume that works great for night or day, work or play. It’s a real compliment getter and is very soft, making it a fantastic pick for the office. If you’re ready for spring time and/or are sick of the generic fruity/floral/dessert perfumes out there, this unique scent is definitely worth a spritz or two. 

xoxo,

Alicia

February Beauty Picks

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So, I have been trying my very best to cut back on my spending this month. Why? My boyfriend and I went to Jamaica last week and stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. It was an absolutely gorgeous and luxurious trip but it was all insanely expensive. Seriously. Beyonce and Jay-Z pricey. I don’t know who I thought I was. I’ll be paying off this trip for the next couple of months and so my favorite little indulgences have to be sacrificed for the time being. Goodbye $6 matcha lattes, sushi takeout, and perfume binges. That being said, my monthly subscription to Ipsy‘s Glam Bags is one treat that I will be keeping. For $14 a month I get five miniature beauty products from luxe brands like Tarte and Too Faced and that is simply too delightful to pass up. I honestly haven’t bought a tube of mascara in ages because they keep sending me different ones (and despite being samples, the sizes are pretty generous!). If you haven’t already signed up for a beauty subscription service like Ipsy (Birchbox is another good one), I highly recommend it! You get a lot for your money and it’s a fabulous way to try new products and colours that you normally wouldn’t have access to or think to buy. A lot of the products I have received have become favorites of mine and are ones that I will definitely repurchase when I run out. So without further ado, here are five products that I have absolutely fallen in love with this month.


 

1 // Trust Fund Beauty – Nail Polish in $12 Latte

Okay, so I have never in my life thought to buy a brown nail polish. I just thought it was a dull colour and I generally like my finger nails to be fresh, clean, and simple. I normally lean towards pale petal pinks, nudes, and french manis. When I received this in my Ipsy bag I was actually kind of disappointed because the deep brown/purple hue was such a departure from my signature style. I loved the cheeky name as someone who enjoys her overpriced coffee. After giving the colour a try I quickly changed my tune. It’s very dark, almost black, but seems to change subtly from deep coffee brown to dark purple depending on the light. It’s not at all goth and has a subtle sophistication that I love. I won’t wear it much longer – it’s too dark for summer. It’s the perfect moody shade for fall and provides a striking contrast against my silver rings.

2 //  Tarte – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Naughty Nudes Blush in Sensual

If your favorite bronzer and peachy blush had a baby, this would be it. It’s a beautiful shade that instantly warms up the complexion and lasts a crazy long time (12 hours is absolutely accurate). It’s great for the winter months and brightens up a pale visage. It also enhances my newly acquired Jamaica tan and looks beautiful against darker complexions.

3 //  The Balm Cosmetics – Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I am kind of obsessed with this palette. I rarely wear colour on my lids and almost exclusively opt for play-it-safe neutrals but I can honestly say that I adore every single one of these shades and they work great for day and night. Each shade is named after a different Matt – i.e. Matt Lopez, Matt Reed, Matt Evans. My favorite colour is Matt Moskowitz. It’s a lovely dark purple that is subtle enough to work for every day while still providing a fresh pop of colour. I’ve been wearing it every day lately instead of my usual brown and taupe shades.

4 // NYX – Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry

Creamy, moisturizing, highly pigmented, long-lasting – this HG of a lipstick seriously ticks every single one of my boxes. The satin finish is gorgeous and is a refreshing change from the over saturation of matte options out there. I honestly cannot get enough of the juicy colour which is reminiscent of raspberry wine. It’s very sultry without being super dark. I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it and I doubt I will be tucking it away anytime soon. Love. Love. Love.

5 //  Be Fine Food Skin Care – Gentle Face Cleanser

If any of you have read my other posts, you will know that skincare is one of my (many) obsessions. No amount of makeup can truly cover up unhealthy skin and so I make it the main focus of my beauty routine and I do my best to use quality products and a consistent regime. Whatever your skin type, I can pretty much guarantee that this lovely cleanser would be a happy addition to your own routine. This soothing cleanser whisks away all traces of makeup, oil, sweat, and gunk without leaving my face feeling parched. It also manages to remove my waterproof mascara without any problems – a difficult feat. True to its name, this nourishing cleanser is packed with vitamin-rich ingredients such as oat bran extract, wheat amino acids, and sugar cane. Sweet.

xoxo,

Alicia