Holiday Gift Guide #1 – Coffee Table Reads

coffee-table-books

Clockwise from top left: Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla; In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney; The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details by Christiane Lemieux; Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant; Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look At The Beauty Products That Changed The World by Sali Hughes; The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

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Mauve-ing into Fall (Fall Beauty Favourites)

fall-beauty-lineup*Clockwise from top left: Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder; Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray; Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing BalmClinique Almost Lipstick in ‘Black Honey’

There seemed to be a bit of a colour theme developing when putting together my favourite beauty picks for Fall, so I went with it – hence the styling and snazzy post title.

The Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder has become one of the three beauty mainstays in my purse (along with lip balm and a mini hairbrush) and is an instant face refresher in one go. The packaging is slim, simple and lightweight, which is a bonus – it also includes an application pad for blotting.

The Instant Protection Spray is a product I used throughout the end of Summer and will be carrying over into the next season.  Heat protection is always a good idea, and this spray does double duty as it can be applied on either wet or dry hair. Something to note is that it’s got quite a strong scent, as with the brand’s Humidity Shield spray.

The Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm has been a bit of a hidden gem for this lover of liquid liner (which is not the easiest to get off at the end of the day.) The idea of using a balm to remove makeup seemed a bit strange at first, but the waxy balm melts really easily onto the skin and washes off without leaving any residue – or makeup of course.

As I don’t wear a full face of makeup, the idea of an ‘almost lipstick’ sounds pretty right. That leads us to the final pick, and possibly my favourite lip product (after the NUXE Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm) – the barely-there, hint-of-a-tint Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It’s not quite a lipstick, but a bit more than a balm and the berry hue is meant to work with the natural tone of your lips.

xo Coco