Empties: December 2019

24 empty beauty products featuring makeup, hair care, body care, and skin care from drugstore, natural, and department store/luxury brands

I skipped last month's Empties post, which means I have a whopping 24 empty beauty products to recap today as we say goodbye to the last year and the last decade!

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3 Micellar Waters With A Twist

Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water featuring Probiotics and Rooibos, Avene Micellar Lotion, La Roche Posay Eau Micellaire Ultra

What did we beauty lovers do before micellar water? Oh, that's right. We settled for makeup removers that were at best ineffective and at worst would sting our eyes (unless we were savvy enough to buy those dual-phase blue-and-white ones that you had to shake, which were still kinda inconvenient to use). We used harsh cleansers in the mornings. We didn't have a Lazy Girl way of washing our faces after a sweaty workout, or on those nights when all we wanted to do was pass out in bed. I could go on like this, but you get the point: micellar water rocks. These days it seems like we're all loyal to one of the ubiquitous Pink Bottle Cap Micellar Waters (Bioderma or Garnier). If you're looking for a new one to try though, I've got three recommendations coming your way, all of which work just as well as the cult faves I just mentioned and feature an innovative twist on the classic formula.

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Best Beauty & Wellness Items Of 2019

Round-up of beauty and lifestyle blogger Solo Lisa's favourite items from 2019

Happy holidays everyone! The past couple weeks have passed by in a blur of parties, work, and squeezing in a barre class whenever I can. At the same time, the slower pace of the season has been getting to me too—think sleeping in, eating shortbread, lounging in PJs, watching movies, and taking naps. Now that we are now officially in the twilight zone between Christmas and New Year's, I wanted to wrap up the year with a couple of final posts, including a look back at the beauty and wellness items that made the biggest difference to my 2019 routine. If I could sum up this year's beauty MO in one statement, it'd be "Makeup minimalist, skincare maximalist, and athleisure-y AF." Let's take a deep dive, shall we?

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Solo Lisa Reads: Holiday 2019

In the midst of the busy holiday season, what better form of self care is there than curling up on the couch with a good book? Just picture it: A cozy throw, your favourite pajamas, fuzzy socks, a cup of tea or a yummy snack within reach, and a fresh new read to dive into and a fictional world to get lost in. I have six books to recommend if you're looking for just such an escape.

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The Cozy Introvert Gift Guide

A shout-out to gorgeous blog/barre buddy Sheila, who commented on yesterday's post and inadvertently predicted the theme of today's gift guide! I'm the type of girl for whom "introvert" is a verb, and today's gift guide spotlights the items that have made my Cold Weather Cozy Indoors Time delightful. Bring on all the hot drinks, new books, and Netflix. If you have someone on your list who's the same way, all I can say is happy introverting!

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$25 And Under Gift Guide

After over a decade of blogging, I have a love-hate relationship with holiday gift guides. After all, how many years in a row can I recommend some iteration of the same thing? Aren't all these tchotchkes wasteful and guilt-inducing, especially with concerns about climate change? Am I being hypocritical in trying to live a more minimalist and clutter-free life, but at the same time recommending stuff for gifts? In that spirit, I thought long and hard about the picks in this year's gift guides. The items that made the cut are admittedly eclectic, but they strike a fine balance between reducing waste, being practical, and sparking joy. And in most cases they're tried, tested, and true by moi. Enjoy!

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