Empties: August 2019

Empty hair, body, skin care and makeup products from Hair Food, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, BV Spa, Scentuals, Riversol, Dermalogica, Caudalie, Saeve, Iope, Dior, Nude by Nature, Biore

This month's empties round-up is unusual in that the majority of empties haven't been featured on the blog before, and this will be the first time I'm reviewing them. Many were basic grooming and skincare essentials I pulled out of my sample stash or purchased to fill gaps in my routine. As I was using them, I was looking to form a strong opinion one way or another, but for the most part, these previously unfeatured products didn't seem compelling enough to warrant their own product reviews. Here's a look back at what I used up during August and, well, the summer.

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Drugstore Delight: Cover Girl Lash Blast Active Mascara

Cover Girl Lash Blast Active Mascara

Athleisure beauty is a growing category as more people look for high-performance products that allow them to sweat and look good at the same time. Personally, I avoid makeup during my workouts because I don't want to clog pores and trigger breakouts, but if I'm going to a barre class right after work I'll leave my brow makeup and mascara on. For the latter, I've been hooked on the new Cover Girl Lash Blast Active Mascara ($9.99 at London Drugs) lately, which supposedly stays put without smudging or flaking for up to 24 hours, no matter how much of a sweat you work up.

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Solo Lisa Reads: August 2019

Book review round-up

I can't believe it's almost September! Summer has passed by much too quickly, but at least I have one more lazy long weekend with lots of down time to read. If you're looking forward to doing the same this Labour Day weekend, here are 4 books you'll want to add to your reading list.

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Product Review: Rocky Mountain Soap Company Sport Massage Butter

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Sport Massage Butter

I've been hitting Bar Method often since returning from Paris and eating all the food. This uptick in exercise has been great (yay muscle tone!) and not so great (hello pain, particularly in my left tricep and elbow). Thankfully the new and improved Rocky Mountain Soap Company Sport Massage Butter ($17), which I received as a PR sample in June to test and review, promises to be the perfect remedy for all my body's aches.

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Our Fave Food Highlights Of Paris

brunch at Cafe St. Regis in Paris

Ah Paris, home of beautiful breads, buttery pastries, Michelin-starred restaurants, cozy bistros...the list of culinary highlights that the city of lights can lay claim to is endless! We always make a point to seek out memorable dining experiences wherever we travel, but the food in Paris was so good that it deserved its own post separate from the photo-heavy travel recap. If you're planning a trip there soon, be sure to add these spots to your itinerary!

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Product Review: Milk Shake Leave In Conditioner

Milkshake Leave-In Conditioner

My summer thus far has been work, barre and lazy weekends on repeat, which kind of shows in the beauty reviews I'm planning for this month; all of August's product picks are low-key and fit into an athleisure-y niche. First up? Milk Shake Leave In Conditioner, which costs a little less than $20 a pop.

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Paris Travel Diary

selfie in front of Notre Dame

In April we were lucky enough to spend almost two weeks in Paris thanks to a great airfare deal I found online; it was my second time in the city of lights, my husband's first. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous (what if people were rude? what if it didn't live up to expectations? what if Lawrence hated it?). But this holiday turned out to be one of the most magical vacations we'd ever taken—exactly the right mix of activities, leisure time, and amazing food. What a way to recharge and rediscover our zest for life!

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