It has been forever and a day since I wrote up a favorites post. It’s not something I do monthly because in reality, my favorites don’t always change month to month. Since it’s been several, I feel like I have plenty of new ones to share this time. 🙂 Also, I totally forgot when I decided to do this post yesterday that it was the end of the month and therefore you would be seeing LOTS of monthly favorites…but hopefully you are like me and lurrrve seeing favorites posts 😉
First up, skin care:
Clarisonic Mia (Berry color)– I purchased this during the first Sephora Friends & Family sale back in…I think the end of September. LOVE this. I feel like I’m finally a “true” beauty lover owning one. It has had an incredible effect on my skin’s overall even-ness and softness. Dry patches begone! This will be a winter lifesaver. Nothing, absolutely nothing I have tried makes the skin on my face and neck softer or smoother. I am talking out of the womb softness. Clarity of my skin (i.e. blackheads) is noticeably improved. I am using the deep pore brush and it seems to be a good fit for my skin. I will have a more in depth review of this in the future. I want to use it for several months before I share my final thoughts. 🙂
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner*– I received this in my Cosmo VoxBox from Influenster several weeks ago. I don’t always use it daily (oops) but I use it a couple times a week and if I feel a spot coming on. It works amazingly well for preventing spots if you use it in time. Feels refreshing too.
The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash– I purchased this after seeing J from Lil Lady’s Life talk about how much she enjoyed the Seaweed line (her review is here). Mine is almost gone (!!!) and I have really enjoyed using it with my Clarisonic. I purchased the toner as well, but find that I like the Proactiv one better when it comes to spot treatment. I will be repurchasing this as soon as it runs out! 🙂 Although, as a 100 point perk from Sephora when I picked up the Clarisonic I got a full size Murad cleanser, which if I was any kind of practical, I would use that up first. We will see… 😉
The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Cream– Thank goodness for J of Lil Lady’s Life again, because this was a total skin care win for me. Again, this tub is almost gone. It worked wonders on my combo/oily skin and it’s almost gel-like in it’s consistency. Most creams/lotions are too heavy for my skin and clog my pores or break me out. This is lightweight and smells fresh.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel– I found this in the bins at the checkout line in Sephora a few weeks ago. I have heard good things about this and since my Seaweed moisturizer was almost gone I thought, “Why not?” Although my intention was not to try it until my TBS one was finished, I tried it right away. It gives a similar feel/finish actually. I like it. I haven’t used it enough to say if I like it more or less than the Seaweed one…only time will tell!
Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base– I am pretty sure I bought this in fall 2010. I wanted to use it up because again, it’s almost gone. I surprised myself by falling in love with it again. It really helps create a nice base to apply my foundation over.
Skindinavia No More Shine Spray– I have talked about this before, but I am still loving it. My first bottle is gone, and I’m about 1/4 through this one. I will continually repurchase this. It’s refreshing and really does make a difference in the oiliness of my T-Zone. I can tell if I’ve forgotten to use it.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation Beige 30– I have really been enjoying this foundation. Those who suffer with oily skin will like this more than those with dry skin. It’s a drier foundation. It lasts so well on me throughout the day and melts into my skin so nicely. I have been applying it by spraying MAC Fix+ on my Tarte Foundation brush and buffing it into my skin. You can expect a full, in-depth review soon.
Loreal Magic Smooth Souffle– An unexpected favorite. On days when I’m not bare-faced or wearing Perfection Lumiere, I wear this. It has a very similar texture to the primer I talked about above. It makes my skin look airbrushed! I tweeted a twipic with this on half of my face, while the other half was bare (you can see that picture here) and it really does wonders. It wears well. I actually won this in a Beautylish Twitter contest along with lots of other Loreal goodies. Yay for contests—I rarely ever win! 😉
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection in Medium– I got this in a swap with 25FLondon and have love love LOVED it. It’s a great concealer for under the eyes or for on the face. Also, I miss her blog posts.
For nails I have been loving sparkly metallics. I will be doing some polish posts in the very near future with swatches, so be on the look out for that.
L-R: OPI Designer…De Better!, SOPI Keep Me on My Mistletoe, SOPI Already Famous, SOPI Chestnuts About You, OPI Warm & Fozzie
ItCosmetics Nail Love Pen*- I have been using the heck out of this. It’s a twisty pen full of nourishing goodness for your nails (technical). All the same, this is an amazing and handy item to keep by your bedside, by your desk, in your purse. I have not been suffering from the usual seasonal nail issues because of this.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #9 Rock Sand– Rock Sand is a peachy shimmery shade that is so wearable for everyday use. I originally liked #8 Champagne better (see my review of that here)and didn’t purchase this shade. But, I actually prefer this one at the moment. Go figure.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #19 Gold/Silver Mix– I wish they had named this shade instead of just calling it gold/silver mix or whatever the websites all have it listed as. It gets the point across, true enough…but still. *moving on* I freakin’ love this shade..see the dent already forming?? Yeah. I love it that much. I will weep rivers of tears when this pot is gone….maybe I will purchase my first backup product ever, since this shade is limited edition for the holidays this year.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Black Pearl– I can’t help but think of Pirates of the Caribbean every.single. time I wear this. It’s great as a base and I have DelytefulSpeaks (who posted about this many months ago) and J of Lil Lady’s Life (who sent this to me many months ago) to thank. It’s a gorgeous ultra-shimmery shade that reflects so many different colors. It’s beautiful!
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E103*- I just reviewed this a week ago, it’s my favorite black eyeliner right now. So pigmented and creamy!
MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow Keep Your Cool– I bought this when the Styledriven collection came out. It’s a nice shade and it lasts all day on my eyes–not that regular MAC shadows don’t. It has a nice formula, not too dry not too creamy and it blends well. The shade is totally me.
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Uzi– I have had this for probably about a year but scarcely used it. For some reason it’s been my go-to liner the past few weeks. It’s a nice deep grey with shimmer. It verges on black, but it’s much brighter.
Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Palette– I purchased this around Christmas time of last year after seeing how gorgeous it looked on Michele1218. I have been reaching for it again. I did a review on this palette waaay back here and did a FOTD with it here.
Covergirl Pure Romance Quad– This was another Youtube recommendation. I believe it was MissGlamorazzi that used this in a look ages ago and I fell in love with it. I love that it’s soft and feminine.
LASH EM Measurable Difference Lash Gel*- Measurable difference is right! My lashes have never looked better. They feel softer, look better without mascara and I have noticeable growth! I will follow up with an in-depth review and before and after photos when I feel like I’ve tested it long enough! 😉
Benefit They’re Real Mascara– I didn’t like this mascara at first. Now, I am really enjoying it. I changed how I was applying it and now it’s an excellent mascara! It gives volume and length and is very black. It doesn’t flake but it is one tough cookie to remove. I am still trying to find the right makeup remover for this mascara…I will be testing out the Klorane one I got in my Birchbox next.
Burberry Copper Lip Mist– When I visited the Burberry counter in October I was told this was their best-selling shade. SOLD! lol. It’s a great neutral, highly wearable and of course, the enviable Lip Mist formula and packaging.
Chanel Triomphal Extrait de Gloss– I already reviewed this shade, but I have been loving it on days when I want a bit more bolder lip. The texture is divine!
MAC Mattene Deliciously Forbidden– I got this from the Posh Paradise collection. It’s my favorite matte lipstick formula that I have tried. It’s not drying, it wears for several hours and the shade is beyond.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Peach Parfait– You probably already saw my other shades of these Lip Butters here, but this is a new addition and it’s a nice wearable shade. I got the idea for this one from Youtuber Emily Noel as it looked stunning on her in one of her videos.
Chanel Rose Ecrin– An unexpected favorite. I would never EVER have given this a second glance.. until I was getting foundation matched for the Perfection Lumiere and the SA put this on me so I wouldn’t have to wander the mall all pale-faced. As soon as I looked in the mirror I practically barked at her “WHAT IS THAT SHADE?!?!” Luckily, she calmly responded with “Rose Ecrin.” ‘Nuff said.
Milani Baked Blush Fantastico Mauve– On the days that I have been wanting a bit of glow or shimmer, I dust a bit of this on. I purchased it what seems like eons ago (May?) and this fall am starting to get good use of it.
NARS Deep Throat– I never thought I would like this shade based on swatching it at Sephora. Putting it on the cheeks makes ALL the difference. I can see why so many people have raved about this. So natural and glowy.
Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1– This bronzer is amazing. It’s also the first powder bronzer in years I am making a dent in. The powder is sooo soft and finely milled, possibly the finest of all my bronzers. It’s sheer so it’s easy to work with. It looks scary dark in the pan, but it’s not. It has a slight sheen to it, which I enjoy this time of year…goodbye dull cheeks, hello facelift!
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie– Probably my all-time favorite candle EVER. I remember my mom burning this same scent at Christmas time and now I do the same…but actually I burn it all year round, because I’m a rebel like that. Smells like freshly baked sugar/vanilla cookies!
Benefit So Hooked on Carmella– My favorite perfume for September/October. It’s the essence of fall. According to Benefit it’s a “floral vanilla” which is a pretty accurate description. I usually don’t like vanilla-y perfumes but this has just the right balance. It has notes of Lemon, Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Cyclamen, Peony, Tiare Flower, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Amber. It’s warm and not over-powering.
Chanel Chance– Words cannot express how much I am IN LOVE with this perfume. I have like a dozen samples so while I impatiently use those up, I am dreaming of the full bottle of this. It’s fresh and Chanel calls it “decidedly young.” Which, I happen to agree with. I resisted even trying all the samples I had because I equated Chanel perfume with something my grandma would wear. It has notes of white musk, hyacinth and citron, pink pepper, jasmine, fresh vetiver, orris absolute and amber patchouli
Christmas Decorations– I have been loving getting in the spirit with Christmas music and decorating my house.
Wow, congrats if you made it this far. Quite possibly my longest post EVER. Favorites FTW!
What have you been loving lately? Favorite perfume, candle, lipstick? Do tell!