Empties: November 2018

Empty skincare, body care, and makeup and beauty products being reviewed by Vancouver life and style blogger Solo Lisa for November 2018

15 products! This month's empties round-up features a couple of not-quite-empties. Which ones are they? You'll just have to read on to find out.

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Solo Lisa Reads: November 2018

Round-up of book recommendations for November 2018 from Vancouver life and style blogger Solo Lisa, including The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella, Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines, and The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

True to my winter wellness goals, I've been trying to go to bed by 11pm and read more. This month's round-up includes a couple of lighthearted romances, a cookbook, and a prequel to one of my most beloved childhood books. Looking for more reads? Check out some of my past book reviews.

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My Winter Wellness Bucket List

white peonies against a white wall

Despite what Instagram might have you believe, September and October were not all good times and husbands bearing Tiffany earrings. I hit a few snags with my mental and physical health and there were days here and there where I didn't feel like myself at all. As we close out 2018, I'm trying to focus on my well-being by following the self-imposed rules in this list. The holiday/winter season can be stressful, busy, overindulgent or all of the above, so why not have a simple list of rules to ensure you're taking care of yourself despite all that? Pretty ingenious idea if I do say so myself. What would your list look like?

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Product Review: NeoStrata Enlighten Dual Acid Brightening Peel

NeoStrata Enlighten Dual Acid Brightening Peel

Did you know that the lower-than-average UV rays during winter make this an ideal time to try a peel? This is just one of many fun facts I learned during the NeoStrata session at this year's #LDBeauty event. NeoStrata has gone through a bit of a makeover recently, with new branding and Instagram-friendly white packaging, as well as revamped formulas and an overhaul of their entire product lineup. Now their collections are organized by primary skincare concern, clearly labeled and easier for consumers to navigate. But at its core NeoStrata remains a science-forward brand devoted to proven results and effective ingredients; this was the skincare brand that first pioneered the use of AHAs, after all!

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Drugstore Delight: Herbal Essences Detox Black Charcoal Shampoo & Replenish White Charcoal Conditioner

Herbal Essences Detox Black Charcoal Shampoo & Replenish White Charcoal Conditioner

This blog is no stranger to charcoal-infused beauty products, whether they're all-natural, Asian, or drugstore. (See here, here, here, here, and here for evidence.) Now we have charcoal-infused drugstore haircare with the new Herbal Essences Detox Black Charcoal Shampoo and Replenish White Charcoal Conditioner. The charcoal purports to "detox" hair and remove buildup. In other words, think of these as gently clarifying shampoo and conditioner formulas.

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Product Review: Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm & Queen Of Hungary Mist

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm & Queen Of Hungary Mist
As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, I've noticed a definite shift in my mood. I'm craving cozy and quiet evenings at home, either trying new recipes and cooking up a big batch of soup, stew or chilli in the kitchen, or indulging in a bit of self-care à la skincare. Lately two new-to-me products have made this at-home skincare routine feel a little more luxe and spa-like: the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm ($135) and Queen of Hungary Mist ($110).
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