Current Beauty Favorites

Please forgive me, I’ve failed to update recently due to some very good news: I have a new job. A real job- a big girl job. The kind of job with relatively good pay and benefits that I don’t hate showing up for. And I have a window desk. If they wanted me to stay forever then it is working. That being said- it’s been a bit of a transition getting back into the swing of working full time, but I will be trying to get back on the regular with posts.

Now that I have a paycheck again (technically the first one should arrive by owl post tomorrow or something, right now it seems like a very hypothetical situation) I can spend money! And I certainly haven’t turned down the chance. Some of my recent beauty purchases have been so lovely I felt they deserved mention, so here we are!

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(Please excuse my very lazy photography, links will be at the bottom as wordpress won’t allow me any hyperlinks.)

1. Dr. Brandt Pores No More pore refiner. I received this sample in my March (?) Birchbox and it’s a wonder! I would say it is very similar to Benefit’s Porefessional, but there is something more pleasing about the coloring of this on my skin. It has a velvety matte finish and lasts all day. My only problem with this product would be a user-induced issue, but if you get too much on your skin then my foundation tends to slip and slide which isn’t pleasant. So, the lesson is to obviously only use a small amount as it’s a strong product!

2. Hermes Jour d’Hermes perfume. I know this is unfair, but I really hate the French language because I am so bad at it, I cannot pretend to spell anything French ever. But I love Hermes! And this perfume is divine. Posting about smelly products is impossible for me since I have no idea how to describe this scent. To give you an idea, I will explain that upon entering Sephora I was hoping to find a good every day perfume for summer and spring. Burberry Brit is my signature scent, but I feel it has more of a fall/winter tone, so I wanted something light, fresh, and clean for the day-to-day. Jour d’Hermes is what I got! This product is by no means cheap, but it’s such a nice smell, I smelled a LOT of perfumes before I found it and there isn’t much else like it!

3. Philosophy Field of Flowers lotion. Shopping in the beauty section at Marshall’s is almost never disappointing to me. They always have some random fancy brand with lovely clearanced items! Philosophy is another somewhat pricey brand and I have admired their lotions from afar for a very long time. Finally, last week I was able to purchase Field of Flowers in “Gardenia Blossom”. I wasn’t able to find this particular scent on their website, but basically any floral type will be just as delicious. I’m particularly excited about this lotion as I recently also bought a gardenia scented candle. Overload? Probably not. I have an obsessive personality.

4. L’Oreal nail polish in How Romantic. This is a very nice nudey-pink color that looks really sweet next to my pale skin. Recently I haven’t been as interested in painting my nails, it is a lot of upkeep. When the break or it’s time to take the polish off I just don’t want to deal with it. Nails are apparently an integral part of maintaining a calm lifestyle for me I guess. I’ve moved on from the dark polish and glitter polishes and just want some easy colors that aren’t going to clash with my weird wardrobe. Since it is such a light color you have to apply a bunch of coats (3) to get any color pay off, but it doesn’t hurt that I bought this polish on clearance.

5. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I want to preface this purchase by explaining that I have never bought a non-drugstore mascara in my life. Until now. And it hasn’t disappointed to be truthful. I am a firm believer in Maybelline and l’Oreal mascaras, they have almost never done wrong by me. The buzz around this Too Faced mascara with a name I feel awkward about was so good that I felt like “what the hell, live a little! You’re getting a mythical paycheck one of these days and it will be worth it!” The weird shape of the wand gives my lashes body and volume and it is overall a pretty good purchase. I would get this mascara again, but only when feeling very fancy because Maybelline’s the Falsies is still superb and a fraction of the price.

6. L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute foundation in Light Ivory. It is rare that drugstores have foundation light enough for me. At least that’s the case in winter. I buy the lightest shade, get home and apply it just to feel like a phony. I can’t pretend to be tan, it’s not in my future ever. It was very exciting to open the packaging and find that the tone of this foundation actually matched my skin! This is a cream formula and is meant for age-reversing cosmetic purposes, so it may not be 100% applicable to my skin, but it has a very nice effect!

7. Revlon Just Bitten in Twilight. I love a bold lip- matte, bold colors that dry your lips out and make you look intense. This lip stain isn’t that. As you would suspect of a lip stain, the Revlon Just Bitten line gives just a light amount of coloring to your lips to make it seem, of course, like they are naturally that color. Or like you’ve just had a basket of strawberries. Think of it however it suits you. I’m going with strawberries. This is nice for a natural face of makeup or when you’re doing a heavy eye and want to keep the lip low key. Like I said, it wouldn’t be my go to product since it doesn’t have the dramatic flair of bright red lip, but it is an asset to your makeup bag and the color options are great!

I realize there are some relatively pricey items in my beauty list right now, but I can promise they would all be worth the investment. If you are having a fancy day and want to go for something a little more high end (or if you walk past the clearance sections and things call out to you like these did) you will not be disappointed with any of these products.

Pores No More- http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4200231
Jour d’Hermes- http://www.sephora.com/jour-d-herm-P382746?skuId=1568765
Field of Flowers- http://www.philosophy.com/floral-scented-moisturiser/field-of-flowers-body-lotion,en_US,pd.html
How Romantic- http://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-colour-riche-nail-hopeless-romantic-collection/-/A-13967109#prodSlot=medium_2_25
Better Than Sex- http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5530007#reviews
Visible Lift Repair- http://www.target.com/p/l-oreal-visible-lift-repair-absolute-foundation/-/A-14583636#prodSlot=large_5_30i
Just Bitten- http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipcolor/Just-Bitten-Lip-Stain-Balm.aspx

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February Friday Favorites

I haven’t written a favorites post in a while! I feel the time has definitely come for a reprise.

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1. Downton Abbey. Being a very generous and thoughtful daughter, I bought my mother the first three seasons for Christmas which she then binge watched over her Christmas break. I tried starting the series once and got caught up in how much there was to keep track of when you first get into the story and how slowly it dives in. So I didn’t really start. After catching a few episodes while my parents watched I got the gist of the show and decided it was time to do the thing. And I haven’t been able to stop. I love an English period piece, I’m only human.

2. MAC’s Rebel lipstick. I love a bold lip color and Rebel is one of my favorite go-to shades. It’s that perfect purpley-fuscia color, pretty dramatic, but still a nice shade.

3. Yankee Candle’s Hazelnut Coffee candle! I’ll admit that I am a pretty mediocre coffee lover- which is to say that hazelnut coffee is my favorite kind unless someone is doing all the fancy steps. I am a sucker for those Yankee Candle coupons, it’s just an effective marketing tool! This candle gives my one of my favorite things about coffee without the work.

4 & 5. John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. This is sort of a double favorite. First, this book is lovely. If you have ever read any other works by John Green then TFiOS definitely will not disappoint. If you have never read John Green, it still won’t disappoint. Admittedly, the story is pretty sad, but it is an important narrative. Second, John Green is one half of the Vlog Brothers on YouTube and I have been slowly progressing through their channel. I’m probably only 200 videos into over 1000, but what is unemployment for other than accomplishing goals like watching every single Vlog Brothers video? Their content is funny, nerdy, intelligent, and incredibly challenging. There is a little bit of something for everyone.

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6. Vodka tonics. Enough said.

7. Tarte blush in Memorable. Now… I just searched online to link this product and discovered it is not available online… Or anywhere else? This particular shade came in my Christmas gift set this year so I don’t know whether it is impossible to find anywhere else, but I think Tarte’s Amazonian clay blushes are still worth talking about. I have a hard time with blush because it’s counter intuitive to me. If I put on foundation to make my face look like it is all one normal color, why am I then putting this pink to red colored product onto my face? Qu’est que c’est le point? These are lovely blushes if you can get past the initial dilemma that blush presents.

8. Spring Oreos. I think I’ve made my feelings about seasonal Oreos clear here before . If further clarity is needed though, I will make another reference to it here (just remember the basic idea is how good seasonal Oreos are).

9. Soap and Glory Hand Food. Essentially, I love all Soap and Glory products. The packaging is cute, they smell delicious, and, to top it all off, they are incredibly effective at doing what they promise. Hand Food is especially nice in the winter months when there’s a lot of hand washing and hard water and dry skin…. I’m getting shivery just thinking about it. Plus they make a neat little travel size for purses.

10. Jimmy Fallon. In general, I would say he is a lovely person and overall favorite of mine. This last favorite is a specific ode to his taking over the Tonight Show. Nothing about Jay Leno ever struck me as entertaining. Conan started strong, but the whole debacle became more than it was worth, and now Jimmy has stepped in. Again, he is overall a lovely person, humble, funny, and kind. His show is fun to watch and doesn’t spend a lot of time on things I don’t want to spent a lot of time on. If that makes any sense. Probably not. Where else would you get to watch Paul Rudd and other beloved celebrities lip sync like this?