30. 11. 2011

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:

Recent Skin Care Loves

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… 😉

Start out fresh!

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.

Aces of Bases

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.

Nailing it

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.

Creamy and Dreamy

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!

Eye love these shades!

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.

Palettes from the Past

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.

Swatches! L-R: Urban Decay Uzi, Purple shade of CG Pure Romance Quad, MAC Keep Your Cool, Bobbi Brown Black Pearl, GA ETK #9, GA ETK #19

Lovely Lashes

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.

Lip Lovin'

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.

Swatches! L-R: Chanel Triomphal, MAC Deliciously Forbidden, Burberry Coppr, Revlon Peach Parfait

Aww, I'm Blushing!

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!

Swatches! L-R: GA Sheer Bronzer #1 (built up), NARS Deep Throat, Milani Fantastico Mauve, Chanel Rose Ecrin

Random Favorites

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!

*Items marked with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only*

29 responses to “Loves of Late, Vol. 1”

  1. Larie says:

    😀 I did a favorites post, too, but mine is teeny! I do find myself loving the same thing from month to month – creature of habit, I suppose. ._. Love reading your favorites!

  2. Alex says:

    Oh my gosh, so many goodies! I’ll definitely be trying out the Body Shop’s Seaweed line now – I too have oily skin. I like their Tea Tree Cleanser, but have yet to try the Seaweed line. I love the Skindinavia spray too. It even keeps my skin matte when I wear Face and Body, which is an oily girl’s nightmare in my opinion.

    • Danielle says:

      Wow Alex, using the Skindinavia spray with the F&B foundation is a true testament! The Seaweed line is so nice, you will really enjoy it!

  3. Meg says:

    Love reading about your favourites. Especially the Clarisonic Mia, now I definitely need to get my hands on one!

  4. You are right, this IS the mother of all love posts!

    Bobbi Brown Black Pearl — I MUST OWN IT NOW.

  5. D: So many products! *flails*

    Seriously, though. You’ve just put SO many shades onto my to-swatch list. Our skintones are hugely different, but… well. They just all look so pretty in your swatches!

  6. Arianne says:

    What… what’s this? You actually like a Chanel baked blush? 😛 Weren’t you one of the non-believers?

    I tremendously enjoy your favourites posts. The ultimate enabler. I need to try that LASH EM stuff. 🙂

  7. lilladylife says:

    wow wow wow great reccs all around!!! thanks for the shout out(s)! I see your dent in the GA shadow!! i was like WOW so deep! and LOL-ed at your Rose Ecrin statement, what is this shade!? – im temptalia-ing right now!!!! the Bronzer looks divine!!! I want to SWATCH it, but im swimming in bronzers (sigh) make up addict problems! need to order that shine spray once my fix + is out!!! fantastic list overall!!!! love a good favorites post when I havent seen one for a while!!! Great reccs as ALWAYS!!!!!!!

    • Danielle says:

      Awww, thanks hun!!! Yes, the dent is there and it’s making me happy and sad at the time! Check out the GA bronzer when you can, it’s really really nice!

  8. Betty says:

    So many great products!
    I absolutely agree with you on Chanel Chance, it took me one sample to buy the full bottle, but I got the medium size, Love it!
    I’ve been also enjoying sparkly metallics like Revlon’s Copper Penny with a bit of SOPI’s Traffic Stopper Copper on top.
    I have my eye on 2 nail polishes you mention: Keep Me on My Mistletoe and Chestnuts About You.

    • Danielle says:

      oooh, yes! Chanel Chance ftw!!! Copper Penny is gorgeous! I am going to have to try that combo, thanks for the rec! 🙂

      • Betty says:

        You’re welcome!
        I finally got Keep Me on My Mistletoe and I couldn’t help but add a layer of SOPI’s Traffic Stopper Copper AND Only Gold for Me…gorgeous!! I think you might like to try that as well 🙂

  9. makeyuup says:

    I almost bought that loreal foundation ages ago, I’m kinda wanting to try it again! I also like the seaweed facewash but other stuff in the line didn’t do it for me 🙁 you’ve made me want a clarisonic too now! 😛

    • Danielle says:

      Ah, Yu! I think you would really like the Clarisonic! It’s been working wonders on my skin. You should check out the Loreal one when you are in the market for a new foundation, it’s really lovely!

  10. Sarah S. says:

    You have nice skin anyway but I am pretty impressed with the coverage of that L’oreal foundation! I am also Beige 30 in the Chanel, so can you help me out by letting me know the shade in the L’oreal? I like the Mia all right, but I really feel La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo has made my skin texture amazing… it’s erased my pores and dramatically reduced my acne. Obviously it hasn’t cured my acne completely, but I will keep using it as long as they sell it because of how it has re-textured my skin 🙂 Also, much love for So Hooked on Carmella <3 Great post!

  11. Eliza says:

    I love your faves dear! 🙂 Do them more often alights!? 🙂

  12. wow thats quite a bit of favorites. I love to browse to see what you all have cause you sure put me to shame.

    • Danielle says:

      Aw, lol. I have been collecting and testing make up for quite awhile, and it’s one of my most favorite hobbies. I admit I have plenty, but it’s a lot of fun too 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  13. I loved reading this post! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed reading a favourites post so much! I really want to try perfection lumiere and the rose ecrin blush now! Great blog! xx

    • Danielle says:

      Wow, thank you so much! I don’t think you would be disappointed with either! Definitely try them out at a counter! 🙂

  14. Oh bloody hell, WANT all the eyeshadows, lip colours and cheek products *____*

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