Monday, December 31, 2012

December Favorites

Is it just me or did December FLY by!?!
That being said, here is a little (trés petite, in fact) favorites post. 
I will be doing a 2012 favorites, but I wanted to get this up so that I could include some of the things I've been loving this month.

Soap & Glory Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
I raved about the scent of the Soap & Glory Flake Away scrub here and I was so obsessed with it that I decided to get the shower gel. No surprise with this phrase, but I'm just going to say it anyway - IT SMELLS SO GOOD! Okay, that's enough.

Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush
This was in my favorites last month...and here it is again. I did a post on this here so just check that out if you'd like to find out more.

Origins Frothy Foaming Face Wash
Let me be clear - THIS IS MY NEW HOLY GRAIL FACE WASH! Wow, a lot of caps lock is being used in the post, eh? You may have seen this in my "Origins tings'" post and I only got this about a week and a half ago, but it has cleared up my skin completely (within two days). I haven't broken out since and my acne was pretty bad. I use this with my Clarisonic and it feels so milky, creamy, and foamy. I just can't get enough.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter
I have worn this nearly everyday in December! For me, that's a big deal. It gives a really natural, pretty glow and it's so easy to blend. P.S. I'm almost positive this is a dupe for the MAC lustre drops in Pink Rebel, which I bought me mom for Christmas.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer
I since I finished my Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick *pats herself on back*, I needed a new one...and here you have it! This concealer blends beautifully, covers completely, and looks (???) so nice! If you'd like a review of this, let me know.

That's it! Pretty short, but...c'est la vie! Watch out for my "Best of 2012" post that should be up tomorrow!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry (Belated) Christmas

Bonjour, mes amies! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas / all holidays. Life has been...busy, and I thought I'd just do a light and fun post for you today.
My Christmas was filled with fuzzy socks, pancakes by the fire, and brimming stockings. One thing, in particular, which relates greatly to this blog is a new makeup mirror...

Look y here! That's a new vanity! Well, my desk which I *just so happened* to turn into a vanity. Just a quick unplug of the desktop, a cleaning of a few drawers...three hours worth of work. Doesn't sound too easy, eh?

I think it looks pretty nice though. I'm quite a pleased *uhhehh* woman (??)

Just a few "bits and bobs" *insert British accent* I got in my stockin'.
MAC Paint Pot in painterly and Mineralize Skinfinish in soft and gentle

ANNDD my mom knows me so, so well...
Maybelline Color Tattoo in bad to the bronze and Lip Butter in berry smoothie

There you have it - a bit of my Christmas. How'd you spend your holiday season? Anythan' Santa brought you?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Origins Tings'

Unlike most beauty bloggers, I'm not really a skincare junkie. I guess my hoarding of packaging and all other things makes up for it, but ya know what I'm sayin'. While I was ordering a few gifts online from Sephora, I decided to pick up my Beauty Insider gift (proof that I've spent too much money there). I also picked up the Origins Super Spot Remover (which I'll get into later), which was technically free, but it's kind of a long story...

I tried a sample of the Super Spot Remover and I really liked it. Weirdly enough, I've been getting "spots" (hey! I like that word!) in the most random places where I have never gotten them before. What the $%*# is going on with my skin?!?

The Beauty Insider kit came with a Plantscription Anti-aging Serum, Checks and Balances face wash, Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream, and A Perfect World moisturizer with SPF 25.
This isn't normally a gift I would pick up, but I already have enough makeup (amen!) and I've been wanting to try some things (or tings') from Origins, for I've heard such good things about their brand.

A Perfect World SPF 25
This is supposed to be anti-aging (something which I don't really need, but prevention is good, eh?). I have been using as a day moisturizer and I love it! It is moisturizing, yet sinks into your skin really fast and doesn't leave a oily/shiny residue. This also has white tea in it, hence the smell. I personally hate the smell, but it's something I can deal with.

Super Spot Remover
I'm going to keep this simple: if you have a spot, pop this on it at night, and in the morning, it's gone.

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream
I have been wanting to try this for a while, but it's just so bloody expensive!!! I'm not sure if this is doing much for my eyes, but it's really nice to apply and I *imagine* it doing good things.

Checks and Balances Face Wash
Before I begin, let me start by saying: this may be a new "holy grail" product for me. I've been using this with my Clarisonic at night, and I LOVE  it! It is so creamy, milky, and foamy. It smells like mint and works beautifully on my combination skin. It gets my face squeaky clean, doesn't over-dry my dry areas and rids oil on my oily areas. I will DEFINITELY  be buying the full size!

Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum
After the previous long review...I haven't used this. I'll probably just give this to someone special...

Wheww! Now, in all honesty, I know where the hype is coming from. What are some of your favorite Origins products? Is there something else I need to check out?

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Chic (and European) Holiday Gift Guide

When I decided to do a holiday gift guide, I tried to think of some way to make it unique. Then it hit me (I know, I just amaze myself sometimes) - since I dream of European lands, what's a better idea than to do a gift guide inspired by my two favorite (well, I've only been to one) citites. I've tried to include gifts at every price point so you can choose how "generous" you'd like to be. I've also included links to take you directly to the product, my "generous" gift to you.

Premiére - Paris. Did you really think I'd start with anything else?

Parisian Gift Guide
One of my "holy grail" products. Review here.

If I hear one more bit of hype about this...okay, I'll just buy it.

The primer, moisturizer (miracle product?) in one.

The universally flattering lipstick. I would add this to my list, but...

I have been dying for one of these! I confess, I just want to use the glass as a brush holder.

Yet again, the universally flattering blush. Review here.

I've heard such good things about this contour...if only.

Second, yet last, London! London! London! After looking at so many London beauty blogs, I think it's fair to say, I'm obsessed. Not surprising...I seem to be obsessed with a lot of things.

London Gift Guide
These high quality liners are supposed to be amazing! The nude color is great for the water line of tired eyes.
I'm not a huge lipstick lover, but just look at that packaging!
I'm just not going to talk about this until I finish up my Soap & Glory Flake Away scrub...empties!
Is anyone else obsessed with Soap & Glory like me?
I really want to try some Aesop stuff. Their also supposed to have really good skincare stuff as well.
If you are obsessed with Vivianna like I am...well, you'll probably already have this.
All the UK beauty bloggers have one of these.
*Just copy description above*

Well, there you have it! I hope you have enjoyed this gift guide and have gotten some good ideas. Tell me if you decide to give any of these as gifts, for I would love to know and it would make my day! Happy Holidays (and happy gifting)!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dior Rosy Glow Blush

For those who have been reading my blog for a while, you may know that my overly red cheeks are something I have been self conscious about for a while now. That being said, it makes it even harder to find the right blush colors. Reds, pinks, peaches, berries....ayyayyeh! 

Now, let me tell ya: I have heard so much about this blush! From missglamorazzi to essiebutton, everyone seems to have this blush...and love it. I know this is probably the last thing I need, but I'm so glad I got it. Firstly, just look at this packaging!

The idea behind this blush is that it's supposed to react with the moisture levels in your skin to give you the most natural shade of color for your skin tone. It smells like roses, it looks gorgeous, could it get any better?

In the pan, I'm not going to lie, this looks ugly. Yet on the skin, it transforms. I know that is the point of this blush, but I'm serious. Let me make this clear for you:
This is by far the prettiest blush I have ever seen.
If I were to make an all time favorites post, this would (without a doubt) be in it.

As you can see, on the skin, it gives the prettiest, most natural effect. A touch of pink. A touch of purple. Red. Peach. What else is in there? I honestly cannot say enough good things about this. Now, this swatch is particular to my skin tone...I guess that means you are going to have to go try it out for yourself...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Birchbox December 2012

Birchbox! Birchbox! Let me tell ya, after the past two boxes, I was about theessse close to cancelling. After this box, let me tell ya...well, just look - 

Look at that box, eh!

Usually the Birchbox wrapping is pretty drab, but this month - quite the contrary. The theme is "All Wrapped Up." Fitting for the holidays.

Inside, I was very, very pleased. 

Frownies Eye Gels
Eye-fitting gels enriched with cactus-derived collagen and toning niacin. This is exactly what I need! They help fight dark circles, bags, and puffiness - exactly what I need after this semester!

Juicy Couture Perfume
Their signature scent, Juicy Couture, I already own. You can never have enough samples. I like the smell, but it's definitely not my favorite.

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo
Usually, with my dry scalp issues, clarifying shampoos are what I stay away from. On the other hand, this shampoo claims to be gentle enough for everyday use, while getting rid of build up without stripping hair of essential oils. Completely unrelated to what it may do for my hair: this stuff smells amazing!

Per-fékt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel
A girl can never have too many mascaras, eh? A multi-tasking primer, conditioner, and mascara. This mascara may do all the above, but it also gives amazing length and volume. Definitely worth a try if you're a mascara junkie.

Tea Forté Skin-Smart Teas
Cherry marzipan - tea?!? I'm not particularly fond of green tea, which all of these tend to be, but I'm daring and adventurous.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What did you get in your beauty boxes this month?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Stila's Kitten | My New Favorite Eye Shadow

The cult favorite. Everyone has Stila's Kitten. 

Like I mentioned in my haul post, when I say this in a blog sale it just had to be mine.
 I was a bit skeptical of it at first, for I am more into matte or satin shadows, not something with obvious shimmer. 

As you can see, it is quite shimmery. 
That being said, for some (strange, strange) reason, I love it! 
It just looks pretty, especially when you use more of a amber, pinky shade in the crease.

Second, I never, ever wear eyeshadow, let alone the same one for more than a day. 
I have worn this eyeshadow every single darn day for the past five. Five!

Another reason why I put off getting this for so long was because I thought it was going to be similar to theBalm's Mary Loumanizer, which I got in my Birchbox.
 In the pan, they do look quite similar, and they are, but they are just not quite the same.

On top is theBalm's Mary Loumanizer and on the bottom is Stila's Kitten.
As you can see they are similar. 
Mary Loumanizer is more on the yellow, orange (gold, if you will) side of things.
Stila's Kitten is definitely more pinky, peach, but definitely more leaning on the pink side. 
If I were to compare this to something like MAC's All that Glitters, I would say it is very different.
I found that All that Glitters just looks weird on me. It is just too warm toned and too orange. Kitten is just the perfect balance.

Do you have Stila's Kitten? What eyeshadows do you like wearing with it? I really am starting to get into pink eyeshadows. I think it just looks so effortless and pretty.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Wishing

Christmas Wish List
Come on, who doesn't love the holidays? Since I love wish lists and it is that time of the year, why not combine the two?

Philosophy Shower Gel
I just love these shower gels and they have so many good holiday scents this year!

NARS Eyeshadow Duo
The only problem is I don't know which shade to ask for...

MAC Eyeshadows in Era and Copperplate
More recommendations from EssieButton. Are you really surprised?

Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
I have been wanting this for a while, but remember, I can't buy any more beauty products.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Cream eyeshadows really have my attention.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag
The perfect day, night, spring, summer bag. Could a girl ask for anything more?

What are some things on your wish lists this month?

Monday, December 3, 2012

November Favorites!

Another month passed, and the beginning of my faaavvvorritte month: December!
Not that much this month, but sometimes less is more, eh?

Stila Eyeshadows in Earth and Ebony
My lashes have been in need of an extra little boost. I've been mixing these two shadows on an angled brush and pushing it into my lash line for that "my lashes naturally have this much volume and yours don't" kind of look.

Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that my cheeks are naturally very, very rosy. I usually cover it up, but then I'm left looking like a ghost sometimes. I had a gift card and I decided to pick this blush up. It is perfect! It's not too red, it's not too pink, it just looks...pretty (in lack of a better word.)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in Rose Shimmer
I know I talked about this in my last favorites, but it's making its way in. If you do not have this lip gloss, you NEED it and that is no  exaggeration. I use it non stop, everyday.

Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion
I just got this a few days ago, but who cares. The smell is to die for (think honey and peppermint) and it is moisturizing. It isn't as creamy, thick, and nourishing as Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, but I love it just for the smell.

The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Body Mist
A purchase purely because of Elizabeth. I love this body mist because it's light and you never have to worry about spraying too much. If you like rose, you're going to love this. I think they make a whole body line of this scent, too.

Again, I only got this recently, but it's just that good! It gives such a natural, flawless finish.

MAC 217 Brush
I don't really see the point in spending a lot of money on brushes, but this one is definitely worth it. It's good as an all of the lid brush, blending brush, crease brush, you name it! I don't reach for any of my others.

ModelCo Lash Extend Mascara
Since I've got volume covered with those shadows, all I need is a little extra length. This mascara makes my lashes look long, but not too long, all while still making them look natural. I'm impressed!

There you have it! November Favorites. If you would like any more in depth reviews of the products above please, please, please let me know. What products have you been loving this month?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rest Assured | Last Haul of 2012

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Let's just say that the title explains it all. I am not, *repeat* NOT, buying anymore beauty products for myself until far, far into 2013.
I'm not sure how I accumulated so much stuff, but, you know, things happen.

My ever so kind mother gave this to me as a "thank you for helping during Thanksgiving" kind of thing. If you ask me, it was completely unnecessary, but thanks again, Mom. I have used this only once and, I must say, I. love. it. It gives such a natural and light finish. Do I think it is overpriced? Yes. May it be worth it? I think so, but we'll see!

Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
I was in desperate, desperate need of a new body lotion (I've run through two of my Palmer's ones!) I have been wanting to try this for a really really long time, ever since I saw EssieButton talking about it. I used it today and, I must say, it may be my new favorite!

LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub
I adore my LUSH bubblegum lip scrub and I'm almost out. When I saw that this scrub was part of LUSH's new Christmas collection, I figured why not. I ended up buying this off eBay. I just couldn't bring myself to spend $7 on shipping from the LUSH website.

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
I was in need of a new mascara, so I picked up this one (because, are you surprised, EssieButton was talking about it)? I've only used it once or twice, but I really, really don't like it. I'll be doing a review soon, so watch out for that.

Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush
I have been wanting this blush for forever, ever since I saw MissGlamorazzi talk about it. If you don't know what this does, the blush interacts with the moisture levels in your skin to create a natural flush of color on the cheeks. Another review of this coming soon!

Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten

I have heard so much about this eyeshadow, it seems like every beauty blogger out there talks about it! When I saw this in a blog sale for only $8, I knew it was just a little too good to be true. Logically, I bought it! I'll let you be the judge if that was a good choice...

MAC 217 Brush
The. most. talked. about. brush...EVER. I'm going to make this short and sweet: this brush is so worth the hype. If you'd like to see a "products worth  the hype" post, leave a comment!

So, there you have it: the last haul of 2012. If you would like any specific reviews of the products above, leave a comment!
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