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Friday, October 09, 2015

Products On Trial #3 | First Impressions

Friday, October 09, 2015
Products On Trial #3: First Impressions

I rarely buy make-up because I relish that feeling you get when you completely use up a product and all you have left is the empty shell of a container. When I noticed a couple of my beloved make-up items had reached the end of their days, I had the perfect excuse to indulge in some new beauty purchases.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Fervor
I'm pretty sure I meant to pick this up in Adoration instead of Fervor but I'm glad I made that mistake. Although this blush duo looks a little intense in the pan, on the skin they look beautiful. I love the flexibility of these dual blushes, you can use either shade on their own or blended together, and apply them wet or dry for a different effect. I bought this to replace my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (RIP) and so far I'm happy with my decision.

NARS Limited Edition Christopher Kane Blush in Silent Nude
I spent a lot of time searching for swatches and reviews of this product only to find very little information. The colour looked perfect for what I was after - a natural bronzer/blush ideal for pale complexions - yet all the swatches I found online were done on fair-medium skin tones, which barely showed on the skin. I took a chance and it paid off; NARS Silent Nude is absolutely beautiful, it adds a subtle, natural warmth and it's perfect for pale skin.

Anatomicals Cruisin' For A Snoozin' Sleep Balm
I have not been sleeping well lately at all. I know this is just a pot of beeswax and essential oils but it's often the simplest of tricks that work the best. I'm going to apply this to pulse points before I go to sleep to help me unwind and get a better night's rest. So far I keep forgetting to use it..

Dr. Bronner Organic Lip Balm
I have numerous lip balms yet they all seem to be in pots rather than sticks; I needed something I could throw in my bag and use when I'm out instead of sticking my fingers into a pot all the time. I'm not sure how excited you can get over a lip balm but I'm really impressed with this one by Dr. Bronner. The balm feels really nourishing and comfortable on the lips, and it doesn't contain any synthetic ingredients.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

October's Reading List

Wednesday, October 07, 2015
October's Reading List
October's Reading List

I really need to concentrate on getting through my to-read pile. September started off promising, I raced through most of my reading list but then I got caught up with replaying the Mass Effect trilogy (all the feels) and reading dwindled to almost nothing by the end of the month.

A few of these books have been sitting on the "shelf" for quite some time; I'm eager to read And the Sea Will Tell, The Pale King and Then We Came to the End intrigue me, and I've thrown in The Odyssey because it's one of those books I love to read over and over.

#1 And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi
#2 The Odyssey by Homer (reread)
#3 Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
#4 Rework by Jason Fried
#5 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
#6 Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
#7 The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
#8 Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
#9 The Once and Future King by T.H. White


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Perfect Cup of Tea

Tuesday, October 06, 2015
The Perfect Cup of Tea
The Perfect Cup of Tea
The Perfect Cup of Tea

I love coffee, the smell, the taste, and that first cup in the morning? Bliss. But more than one cup makes me feel queasy. Tea is something that's a bit of a passion for me; I appreciate the history behind tea drinking and the ritual that comes with brewing it. There are a few teas in particular that I feel create the most wonderful brews to drink.

Whittard English Rose
This loose leaf black tea has a subtle flavour, which is sweet, delicate, and aromatic. The taste is light and refreshing but very floral; admittedly this blend of rose tea is not for everyone but it's one I drink and enjoy regularly.

Joe's Tea Co. St. Clement's Lemon
A beautifully smooth blend of lemon grass, orange peel, and spicy ginger creates a deliciously refreshing tea. Drinking lemon tea as part of the morning ritual is fantastic for hydration, digestion, boosting immunity, and can lift our mood and make us feel more awake and refreshed.

Whittard Honolulu Hula
Green tea is a beautiful drink and this version combines high quality Sencha with tropical fruits and coconut. Crystallized pineapple combines with large coconut flakes resulting in a fruity blend with creamy sweet notes that creates a refreshing tea and something a little different from the standard green tea blends.

Tea Pigs Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is a classic, it's a refreshing and soothing taste with numerous health benefits. Tea Pigs uses whole leaves, which creates a stronger, fresher blend. If you have a mint plant, you can easily make your own fresh mint tea by steeping the leaves in hot water.

Bluebird Tea Co Nuts About You*
This caffeine free rooibos blend contains almond pieces, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. This tea has a strong cherry bakewell fragrance and it tastes divine; it has a subtle almond taste that blends nicely with the rooibos.

Twinings Salted Caramel Green Tea
Sweet yet salty this green tea is rich and warming with a fresh and smooth taste. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, which can improve your overall well-being and dental health with regular consumption. I regularly drink green tea on its own but this salted caramel blend is irresistible.

Whittard Liquorice Twist
Liquorice and peppermint sounds like a peculiar combination yet the mild herbal taste with subtle minty notes produces a buttery smooth tea that's comforting to drink. This blend keeps things simple by combining pure liquorice root with peppermint leaves - and that's it.