Is it October already? For most of this year, I have been thinking about living an intentional life. At first, I was quite flummoxed by it. I thought that I had to give up makeup, all the things that make me happy and walk around looking and feeling miserable and disheveled. Gradually, I came to realize that I had to make the concept fit my life, instead of the other way around. In my heart of hearts, I knew it was unrealistic to expect me to completely give up shopping, eschew anything that came in a package and start making everything from scratch a la Little House on the Prairie. I thought about my priorities and values and I know that, when I do buy something, it is important to get good value for my money. So I thought that I would do a roundup of things that I have been loving and which have been working for me. Keep in mind that what works for me might not necessarily work for you as everyone's skin is different. First up, is the Live Clean line of shampoos and conditioners. The Sensitive and Hypoallergenic Shampoo and Conditioner and Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo for a weekly deep clean are my favourites. It isn't easy to find haircare that is free of the usual nasties and at an affordable price. I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart, which, thankfully, is a national chain pharmacy, so no more having to make a trek to a health food store and paying inflated prices.
Next up is the Simple line skincare. I cringe when I think of the years when I didn't bother with sunscreen or moisturizer. And then, one day, I woke up and found that wrinkles had decided to set up camp on my face, never to depart! It is light weight, doesn't cause me to break out, and is widely available at an affordable price point. It does the job, no muss or fuss, which is enough for me. I do wish the Protecting Moisturizer had a higher SPF than the baseline 15 but that is my only quibble. If you have any suggestions on a good moisturizer, please let me know!
And, last but not least, is my new love, Too Faced lipstick in Spice Spice Baby. I have always felt a little self-conscious about wearing a lot or any makeup at all. There was a time when there really wasn't a wide range of colours and a lot of what was out there just wasn't suitable for my skin tone. I was that girl who would scurry past the makeup counters in a sort of embarrassed state. When I finally screwed up the courage to really, really explore Sephora, I was astounded, not least because of the pounding music and manic crowd of 18 to 20 year olds. Is that store every empty? It really is amazing how the right colour(s) can wake up your entire face. This lipstick is that perfect shade of coral that makes my lips look like my lips, only better. I haven't been 18 in years but now you will find me determinedly jostling, elbow to elbow with the 18 year olds, happily swatching away.
This week I am linking up with Share Your Cup. This is not a sponsored post. All items mentioned I purchased myself.