Monday, April 9, 2012

My Latest Loves

I haven't been posting monthly favorites, simply because I'm not as disciplined or good at time management as I'd like to be, but I do always enjoy seeing other bloggers' and YouTube guru's favorites. I thought I would try to begin posting on a fairly regular basis some of the things I'm liking lately. These won't necessarily be new products, and just to keep it interesting they won't always be beauty related!


Fresh Citron de Vigne 
I purchased this gift set at Sephora right before Christmas and got a really great deal, so I gave one to my mom and kept one for myself. Whenever she wears it I always notice how nice it smells. I finally started using mine over the weekend.  According to Fresh, "The sun-drenched days, earthy vines, and sparkling wines of France’s Champagne region were the inspiration for the notes in this intoxicating, effervescent scent." It's a light and fresh citrus scent that's not too sweet. It reminds me a bit of jasmine tea with lemon, and it's an ideal scent for the warm spring and summer months. 



Lancome Precision Cheek Brush #7 
I purchased this rather pricey blush brush ($45) from Nordstrom a few weeks ago solely for the purpose of qualifying for a free gift! But, hey, who couldn't use a new blush brush, right? (Or at least that's what I like to tell myself to justify overspending! ha). I don't own any dense, flat-top blush brushes like this so didn't know what to expect, but had read some good reviews of this one. I'm happy to say this is a very nice brush. I like that, because of the shape and length of the bristles, it gives a really precise application to just the apples of the cheeks, or cheekbones if you prefer, without distributing any color elsewhere on the face. The bristles are dense and soft and it picks up just the right amount of product. No regrets! 



Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover 
I used this while testing polishes in the Sephora store a couple of months ago and loved the way it removed the polish so quickly. I use this mostly for those times when I've tested different colors on one or two fingers and want to take it off before I go out, or when I'm just in a big hurry. For other polish removal jobs I often use the inexpensive pure acetone from the drugstore.  

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads
These plush pads are large enough that you only need one pad to remove eye makeup on both eyes. They are nice and soft, do a good job of removing mascara, are fairly inexpensive, and are easily accessible. I buy these at Target, but they are also available on Amazon.com for around $6. Each container holds about a one-month supply. 


Molton Brown's Vitalising Vitamin AB+C Bath & Shower Gel 
I received a mini size of this gel in a free gift from Saks and liked it so much I purchased a full size. All of the Molton Brown products are great, but I really love the scent of this one. It has a hint of of orange blossom, but is not overly citrusy, just fresh smelling and pleasant. 


Banana Republic Mazzy Thong Sandal 
I purchased my first pair of these in gold last year. Since then, I've added quite a few more pairs to my closet! As a South Florida resident, I live in sandals practically year-round. The Mazzy is dressier than a flip-flop but just as comfortable. I like the narrow straps, simple, classic design and padded sole. These are among my favorite go-to weekend shoes for running errands during the day, shopping, or just about any time I need to do a lot of walking. I like to wear them with a casual dress or jeans. These are $39.50 regular price, but can often be found on sale.


   


MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Modern Pewter
I'm a sucker for shades like these. I guess it all started with Lancome's Erika F a couple of years ago. MAC's Modern Pewter is a worthy addition to my ever-growing collection of platinum-olive eye shadows. This is my favorite shade from the new Extra Dimension collection.

Smashbox Limitless Cream Shadow in Riches 
Have you seen Smashbox's new cream shadows? I picked up just the gold shade, Riches. This is a medium metallic yellow gold that is not too brassy. This particular shade is quite sheer when blended out and has a fine sparkly finish, but is still daytime appropriate. It applies smoothly and sets to a long lasting finish. The texture is on par with that of Maybelline's popular Color Tattoo formula. 



Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural in N37
I love this sheer peachy melon shade. The formula of Rouge Artist Natural is a lot more emollient than the Rouge Artist Intense formula. The only drawback is that it is not as long lasting. N37 is a beautiful shade that's a lot easier to pull off than a vibrant coral or orange, but is still cheerful and spring appropriate. If you liked Rouge Artist Intense #38 but thought it was too bright, you may want to give N37 a try! 

From left to right: MAC Modern Pewter, Smashbox Riches, MUFE N37 and MUFE 38



Spa Ritual Nail Lacquer 
I took advantage of Sephora's VIB 15% discount and picked up some new Spa Ritual polishes. I was impressed with the formula and like the bottle design and easy-grip handle, not that I have a problem with dropping brush handles or anything, but I swear this one does seem to make application a little easier! I'm looking forward to trying more from the brand.  

Left to right: Last Tango, Provocateur, Sun Salutation, Idyllic


  • Last Tango is an intense coral, with a formula that covered really well. Great spring and summer shade! 
  • Provocateur is a sophisticated deep magenta creme.  
  • Rose-gold metallic foil Sun Salutation is a lot like Orly's shade, Rage, but even prettier! 
  • Sheer pink Idyllic is a great basic, very sheer, ballet pink. 


Left to right Satsuma Body Butter and Copacabana Illuminator

I received a sample of the Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter from Sephora recently and like the scent and texture. Satsuma is a type of orange fruit, but to my nose this also smells like grapefruit. I like that my local Sephora is now giving away samples at the register with every purchase. It's always fun to try out new things I might not have noticed otherwise!

NARS Copacabana Illuminator launched over a year ago, but I hadn't tried it until a couple of weeks ago when I received a sample from Nordstrom. I've tried a few different highlighters lately and I like this one for those days when I'm in the mood for something with a lot of impact. Many highlighters are so subtle that they almost disappear on the skin, but not this one! Since only a small amount of product is required per use, a tube of this should last for a very, very long time. The shade is a very pale, icy pink, similar to Benefit's High Beam. When you look closely you can see it has the most beautiful multicolored sparkles. 



I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my current favorite items and please let me know of any products you recommend or are enjoying now! 

24 comments:

  1. Ah, no! Modern Pewter was the one shadow I wanted from that collection. I swatched it in store, decided it was pretty but I didn't *need* it, and walked away proudly. But now I want it again!!! Haha. Ah, well.

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    1. Hi Larie, Oh no! I'm sorry for tempting you! Stay strong! ;) It is a nice shade but not an absolute must have :)

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    2. I have to say this post has had the same effect on me! I've been trying to resist but this swatch is so lovely!

      ♥ Jessica

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    3. Hi Jessica, I like that it's a mix of warm and cool together which makes it a kind of interesting color! :)

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  2. I absolutely love MAC In Extra Dimension (I have Warm Thunder) and Sephora nail polish remover - buy it 4 years already.

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    1. Hi time4beauty, It's so pretty isn't it! Warm Thunder looks great in swatches, I may have to go back and check it out! :)

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  3. I love platinum olive eyeshadows because they are so flattering for blue eyes. Maybe you could do a post on them? The MUFE lipsticks look very pretty too, so I will have to check those out the next time I go to Sephora.

    Thanks for the pretty swatches!

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    1. Hi Kathy, yes, these shades do look lovely on blue eyes! I will definitely try and do some comparisons of the ones I have sometime in the near future :)

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  4. I love reading monthly favorites! Hmmmm, that MUFE Lipstick looks really tempting! Thanks for the swatches! :)

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    1. Hi Blog Rince, I was pleased with the MUFE lipstick -- it's a nice shade for spring and summer if you want something peachy but don't want to go too bold! :)

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  5. I really love the Fresh products myself. And would like to try SpaRitual nail polishes.

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    1. Hi Marina, Fresh has a lot of pretty scents that aren't too overwhelming. :) I'm glad my local Sephora started carrying SpaRitual. They don't have as many shades as other brands, but there are some nice basic colors.

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  6. Oh my, that Modern Pewter eyeshadow is tempting me despite my eyeshadow ban! If I crack, I will hold you responsible ;)

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    1. It is pretty, isn't it? I feel I didn't do too bad by only getting ONE shadow from the whole range. Now, if only I don't go near a MAC counter again any time soon I won't be tempted by the other shades! :)

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  7. Great array of items, I am loving the look of MUFE N37 and MAC Modern Pewter. The NARS Copacabana Illuminator looks really good as well, I know I was going to get this when it launched then there was some review I read that made me change my mind, but I can think what it was now! x

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    1. Hi Replica, I really like MUFE N37 because it is not too bright so I don't need to add anything to tone it down. I can just put it on and go! The little sample of Copacabana should last me a while. Such a small amount goes a long way! x

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  8. I adore reading posts like this. Thanks for sharing your wonderful favorites. I sure wish I had seen that SpaRitual Idyllic color at the salon last weekend. I'd have picked it up in a snap. Seems Robert only stocks the darker colors, but maybe he'll get some better ones in stock for summer.

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    1. Hi ZP, Thank you! I like the Idyllic shade - it's sheer but is perfect for hands when you want something that is neutral and polished looking and will go with any outfit :)

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  9. Beautiful favorites--- Fresh citron de vigne sounds... so fresh! I'd love to smell it (adding it to my mental list). I'm always on the fence with the NARS copacabana illuminator; it's so pretty and iridescent. The BR flip flop tip was helpful too--- the soles do look comfy. I'm looking for a pair of nice light flip flops for the coming summer and those look like they fit the bill :)

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    1. Thank you Dovey! The Copacabana looks so pretty close-up in photos! Because I'm pale it blends into my skin tone, but I wonder if it might be too frosty for some? I'm glad I got this sample which is giving me a nice amount to test out for a while. :) I really like the BR sandals. Definitely wait for a sale - a lot of times I see them 30% off, and certain colors get marked down for clearance sometimes.

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  10. Smashbox Riches looks absolutely divine, I am a sucker for warm gold shadows. I wonder if it is long wearing. I have oily lids but I would definitely love to try this. MUFE N37 looks amazing too, such a lovely summer color. Thanks for sharing your favorites.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, Riches lasted all day on me. I have super-dry skin but I think these are made to dry and set so hopefully they will last you a long time too :)

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  11. I like reading monthly favorites. It gives us readers an overview of recent products that we may be missing out. Fresh Citron de Vigne sounds interesting with jasmine tea note (love jasmine tea! Well, me, any tea! I'm a tea-fiend :D ) I'll be sure to sample a smell of it on my next Sephora visit.

    Molton Brown's Bath & Shower Gel sounds interesting as well. Orange blossom is my #1 favorite scent. Have you tried DKNY Golden Delicious? It has a hint of orange blossom blended with golden delicious apples. It's light and delicate suitable for springtime.

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  12. Hi Paige, Thanks I love orange blossom! I saw a video a couple of days ago where someone also mentioned that DKNY Golden Delicious was their favorite scent. It sounds great :) I will definitely try it out next time I'm in the mall.

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