Current Favorites + Where I’ve Been


Hello! It has been so long since I’ve sat down to blog. The truth is, the last two months have been really difficult. In August, my cousin passed away unexpectedly. During Labor Day weekend, I went to Disneyland and that was a blast. Unfortunately, a week after I got home, my golden retriever passed away suddenly as well, without even a clue that she was sick. Since then, I’ve been trying to process it and keep my border collie happy, as she is having a really difficult time with it. My husband and I had a trip to Montreal planned already, so we left a day early to take a trip to the Dog Chapel in Vermont. If you have ever loved a dog, it is a must see. The trip was very therapeutic and now I’m just trying to get back to life and adjust to the new normal.

Onto the beauty products! Here’s what I have been using a lot of lately.

Smashbox 15-Hour Cream Shadow in Topaz– I used up ALL of my MAC Groundwork Paint Pot, so I’ve been using this a lot. I have fallen back in love with it and like wearing it alone or with shadow on top.

Studio Makeup On-the-Go Eyeshadow Palette– I *just* got this about 2 weeks ago in my Boxycharm and I really like it! I even brought it to Montreal with me. I love it for when I don’t want to spend a ton of time on my makeup.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette– Still loving this palette!

Surratt Artistique Blush in Guimauve– I am so in love with this blush. It’s just the perfect marshmallow pink and the packaging is so compact.

NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette– I have a whole post coming up about this. I love it!

Drybar Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray– This is the BEST sea salt spray I have EVER used. I wash my hair, spray it all over wet hair, and let it air dry. When my hair finally dries, I’m left with smooth, natural waves.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder– I’ve almost hit pan on this powder, as I’ve been wearing it daily for a few months. It is long-wearing and provides a lot of coverage.

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo– I received this in my first try with the Petit Vour subscription, which is a vegan/green beauty subscription box. I am completely obsessed with the highlighter in this little duo, and the contour powder is easy to use as a bronzer.

The Brow Gal Eyebrow Gel- Another Boxycharm product here, one that I’m almost out of and don’t want to admit. I LOVE this brow gel! It is way better than Anastasia in my humble opinion.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper– This deluxe sample came in my Play! subscription this month. I’ve used this before and am excited to have another!

Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF 50– I bought this in June and am almost out. This is one of the best sunscreens I have ever used. It doesn’t smell, doesn’t create white cast, and doesn’t take forever to sink into the skin. I will definitely purchase another tube.

That’s everything I’ve been loving lately! I’m happy to be back, too! 🙂

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2 Responses to Current Favorites + Where I’ve Been

  1. Katherine says:

    Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin and golden retriever. My condolences to you and your family. I understand how you are feeling. My aunt passed away unexpectedly from cancer in June. She got diagnosed on a Monday and passed by the Saturday. It was very shocking and I’m still hurting. My 18 year old cat Simba passed away in July. He was dying from kidney failure. I have 2 golden retrievers aged 2 and 3. I know what lovely dogs they are. If you ever need someone to talk to email me anytime 🙂 As you already know I love your blog and I’m so happy you are back 🙂
    Katherine xoxo

    • MelissaC says:

      Hi Katherine,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so sorry about your losses as well, and wish you many happy healing vibes. 🙂 And yay, another golden retriever person! 🙂 🙂

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