Even though I know many people do their favorites posts around now, I couldn’t help adding myself to that group. I don’t usually do a favorites every month because frankly my routine doesn’t change that often. Wearing something 2-3 times in a month isn’t enough to warrant mentioning it. However, if I wear something a dozen times it’s probably safe to say I was really into it. So, that’s wear this post comes in (intentional grammatical misspelling for horrible pun purposes).
It was kind of a month of rediscovering old favorites.
Estee Lauder Sea Star Bronzing Blush- I got this a year ago. It’s such a smooth powder, very finely milled and it’s one of those blush/bronzers in one that were so big last spring/summer. It’s been great because when it saves time in the morning just using one product
NARS Oasis Gloss- One of my most favorite glosses ever. I got it last fall and it’s been my go-to gloss ever since. I feel like it looks nice when I wear it alone, but I can also top ANY lipstick or lipliner with it if I want some extra shine. Not sticky at all!
Fresh Sugar Rose- I got this in a 500 point perk sometime last year. I never touched it until I think January. I believe all the hype I heard about these lip treatments now. I prefer to my Jack Black balm by far.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #9- The perfect lid color by itself or as a base. Doesn’t budge all day (I don’t use primer with it) and it is so eye brightening.
Urban Decay 24-7 liner Demolition- This was a new shade to the Urban Decay line and I picked it up in January. I love the staying power on this and it’s the perfect color of brown that I was looking for. It’s creamy and smooth.
MAC Embrace Me lipliner- I believe I got this at the end of January or early February. It’s been my staple color this month. You can wear it sheer or heavy for a highly pigmented lip (I wore it in this FOTD here). I have also been preferring lipliners to lipsticks. I pair them with a light balm or a gloss. Longer lasting color than most lipsticks I own.
Guerlain Cruel Gardenia- If I used highlighter at all it was this. When I am short on time highlighter is usually something I skip. The Estee Lauder blush I showed above is kind of glowy in and of itself so most days I didn’t need it.
MAC Everyday Palette- I first showed this palette in my 2011 year end favorites, and you can see swatches of all the shades here. Again, I was short on time so many days this month and I tend to reach for something that doesn’t involve a lot of thought. I used Moleskin and Charcoal Brown everyday for brows (second row left and middle shades), and Moleskin just about everyday for blending.
Swatches L-R: Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, Giorgio Armani #9, NARS Oasis, Estee Lauder Sea Star, Urban Decay Demolition, MAC Embrace Me
Most of the month I wore coral or nude polish.
Laura Mercier Cabana- Part of the newest collection. It’s a lovely shade and smooth formula. Very glossy looking. It might be the color I have chosen to wear for vacation
Essie Topless & Barefoot- Although this was the nude I wore most this month, I have found a new favorite shade like I much more prefer over this one. More on that soon.
OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston- This was from OPIs collection last summer I believe. It’s what they call a ‘sorbet’ but that’s just their fancy way of saying ‘jelly’ polish. It’s shiny/squishy looking and the color is bright coral, perfect for spring and summer. I still have this on my nails right now.
L-R: Laura Mercier Cabana, Essie Topless & Barefoot, OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston
I also had a few favorite posts I wanted to share with you that I have come across recently:
J. from Lil Lady’s Life always has the most amazing pictures of her daily life in NYC (among all the beauty and skincare) and this post was no exception.
I always admire the FOTD posts that Jenny from My Funny Valentine does. She is so gorgeous! This post made me want to rush out and buy a new NARS lipgloss!
When the always amazing Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog posted about the new Estee Lauder Mad Men collection it made me feel secure in my decision to pre-order the collection (arrives tomorrow, eeek!)
What were your favorites this month? Anything that you really clung to or were you all over the place? Speaking of clung to, I think I found a new favorite hair oil (no, not Orofluido). I am still testing it, but expect a comparison to my favorite-cling-for-dear-life hair oil Moroccan Oil soon.