Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Latest Loves



Kevyn Aucoin: The Celestial Powder in Candelight 

I first learned about this highlighter many months ago when it was recommended by the lovely Rachel of Makeup Never Sleeps. When I received this and swatched it on my arm I was worried at first, as it didn't really seem to have much of an effect, but when I applied it on my face and caught my reflection in the mirror later in the day I was very happy to see a subtle yet definitely discernible radiance. The powder is smooth and long lasting, and I love that there are no chunky flecks of glitter. It just gives you a soft, lit from within look. The only negative I can point out is that the brush it comes with is not commensurate with the cost of this item. It has rough, blunt bristles that mar the surface of the powder. Of course, it's easy enough to just use one of my own brushes instead! 




Bare Minerals: READY Eyeshadow Duos in The Epiphany and The Top Shelf 

I like several of the Bare Minerals loose powder shadows and blushes, but find I don't really use them as much as pressed powders. I've tried a few of the brand's more recent READY blushes and shadow palettes and have been impressed with the quality. These two duos, The Epiphany and The Top Shelf, stood out to me among the other duos. I guess I've been in a neutrals mood lately! I don't think you can really go wrong with pretty shades like these.


 


Yves Saint Laurent Dessin du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencils #8 Luminescent Gold and #9 Azure Blue have a buttery smooth texture and intense pigmentation. These two shades were included with the Summer 2012 collection. I have a weakness for anything gold, so #8 was a no brainer for me. The blue is very bold and not something I'd wear every day, but it is fun for a change and very eye-catching. I love the texture of these pencils and plan to go back for a basic brown or black shade in the future.



MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow in Superwatt

Have you tried MAC's new Electric Cool shadows? These have an interesting spongy cream texture that is similar, but not quite the same, as Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre shadows. Superwatt is a basic, but gorgeous, shimmery taupe. I also love all of the other shimmery shades included in the collection: Coil (a beautiful bronze), Love Power (pale pink), Pure Flash! (champagne/beige) and Electroplate (gunmetal). 



   Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in BE 208 Baby and PK 307 Tourmaline

Shiseido's Perfect Rouge lipstick range was introduced a few years ago, but I had not purchased any until recently. BE 208 Baby is a great neutral/nude shade that has the right level of brightness and color so that it won't wash you out. PK 307 Tourmaline is a pretty mauve-pink. These lipsticks have a comfortable, smooth texture, hydrating feel, and a subtly luminescent finish with a slight shine. 





MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Star Wonder 

Star Wonder from the Heavenly Creatures collection is the most beautiful Mineral Skin Finish I've seen from MAC in a couple of years. In fact, I think this one has bumped my beloved Stereo Rose into second place. This MSF is more versatile than some, as it can serve as both blush and highlighter in one. The swirls of plum, peony pink, and champagne shimmer combine to produce a beautiful rosy shade that is flattering and complexion brightening. 

    
Star Wonder MSF,  The Epiphany & The Top Shelf shadow duos, MAC's Superwatt, YSL #8 and #9 eye pencils


Kevin Aucoin's Candlelight, Shiseido lipsticks BE 208 Baby and PK 307 Tourmaline




Banana Republic's Wild Bloom Vert 

Wild Bloom Vert is a summer version of Banana Republic's orginal Wild Bloom scent that was introduced in 2011. Simon Kneen, Banana Republic's creative director, enlisted the talents of perfumer Ilias Ermenidis to create this scent. Wild Bloom Vert is a bit lighter, fresher, and sweeter than its predecessor. Although it is called Vert, it is not what I would consider a traditional green scent. For me, this one is not really "love" but is more of a "like." Top notes are Crisp Pear, Green Violet Leaves, and Pink Lady Apple. Middle notes are Peach Blossom, Gardenia, and Magnolia, followed by base notes of Coconut Wood, Teakwood, Sandalwood, and Musk.


This is a special Brilliantly Bold edition of Sonia Kashuk's classic boar-bristle hair brush, in a vibrant fuchsia and lime green combination instead of the traditional black and orange. I like the size and quality of this brush but, of course, the bright colors are what really make this one a favorite! 




 


I like these stylish note cards, designed by Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade (available at Nordstrom). I don't use paper cards often, but these will come in handy from time to time, especially for thank you notes.  



I found this rose gold bangle bracelet with rhinestones at Target recently and like its design, with the narrow strands of twisted cable clamped together. I love anything rose gold lately! 




Estee Lauder Pure Nail Color in Bete Noire, Smashed, and Nouveau Riche 

If you haven't been to an Estee Lauder counter in a while you might want to head on over to the nail polish section to have a look at some of the beautiful new Pure Nail Color shades and the Metal Mania collection (for more photos and swatches visit The Edge of Sanity blog, Part I and Part II). Here are three of my favorites: 


Left to right: Smashed, Nouveau Riche, and Bete Noire 

 


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things I'm liking at the moment. What are some of your current favorites?  

38 comments:

  1. you've convinced me. I'll have to try that Electric Cool shadow. Some great choices you have there!

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    1. Hi Polarbelle, I think they are worth a try! :) And there is a nice variety of shades to choose from. I recommend buying them in-store because the texture is delicate and shipping may make it move around a bit.

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  2. Omg, every single one of your picks is amazing! It's funny, right after I discovered that my nearest Nordstrom has a Kevyn Aucoin counter and purchased a few items, I started seeing all these reviews for the Candlelight highlighter--which I (don't know why) I left without. Oh, I definitely fell in love with it, but I had been buying a lot of cheek products lately and went with an eyeshadow palette instead. I am definitely going back for it though!

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    1. Hi Becca, thanks! Ooh I wish my Nordstrom carried Kevyn Aucoin! :) I can see why you would choose an eyeshadow palette instead. The candlelight highlighter is a little underwhelming in the pan but it performs well :)

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  3. You have better hair after using Sonia Kashuk hair brush? I'm considering buying it. Happy to see it comes in fuchsia color. It's my favorite color too!

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    1. Hi Coco, my hair pretty much looks the same no matter what I use lol, but this brush works nicely, but I do think you could get a better quality professional brush at a discount beauty supply for the same amount of money. The main appeal of this one is the pretty color :)

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  4. I really enjoyed this post! So many lovely items, quite a few of which I've not come across before. I'm really interested in the texture of the MAC taupe you mentioned. Those EL nail polishes are stunning too! x

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    1. Hi Jane, Thank you! I think the Superwatt shadow would make a worthy addition to your taupe collection :) I was surprised at how nice the newer EL shades are, but I don't remember them being so expensive. At $20 they are now priced the same as Rescue Beauty Lounge!

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  5. everything looks amazing! xx

    http://www.theprovocativecouture.com/

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  6. Those BareMinerals duo's look so beautiful, I am yearning for them but thinking of getting a quad instead.

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    1. Hi emmabovary, BareMinerals does have some lovely quads as well, which would be great to have, as they would be more versatile than a duo :)

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  7. Ahh most of the things I want are there.. the MAC electric shadow, bare minerals ready and Estee Lauder's Noveau Riche :) Those are lovely things :)
    have the same YSL eyeliner and I love it so much, the color pops and it lasts pretty long.

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    1. He memoiselle, Can you tell I love sparkly, shimmery things? lol. Nouveau Riche is stunning in bright lighting. The YSL liners are great! :)

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  8. Ahh! Awesome favorites... I really like those Shiseido perfect rouge lipsticks too. I'm currently loving my Korres Cheek Butter in Chara Crimson.

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thanks! I love the texture of the Shiseido lipsticks. I will check out the Korres Cheek Butter - I haven't tried it yet! :)

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  9. You have such beautiful, elegant taste. :) I love everything you showed us. I was recently given Superwatt and Star Wonder as gift and they've made it to my favourites list as well! I'm determined to stay away from Estee Lauder nail polishes (don't want to start another collection, lol) but you have me halfway convinced otherwise.

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    1. Hi Liz, aw, thanx! I understand not wanting to add another brand to your polish collection. I am like that too! So you won't feel too bad I will say that the Estee Lauder bottles are bulky and take up way too much storage space! :)

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  10. I've been tempted to try those new MAC shadows, but as always, I can't pick a shade ._. I don't want to go and swatch them because that could be dangerous, so I will just stay in the cloud of indecision with my wallet firmly closed, ahaha. Your picks are lovely, as always - I especially love that bold blue liner :)

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    1. Hi Larie, haha, you are wise to avoid temptation! I know once I start swatching away I keep finding new colors I must have. The good side of me tries to convince me I don't need yet another taupe or purple, etc., etc, but then the other (bad) side of me says, go for it!! :)
      The blue YSL liner is amazing!

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  11. Ooh...those YSL liners look very pretty. I have a weakness for gold too. And the blue is very stunning though it would be a shade that I won't use it very often as well. How well do they last on the lower lash line? Staying power is a very important factor for me. It irritates me when a 'waterproof' eyeliner smudges under my eyes only a few hours later.

    My favorites at the moment? Chanel Calypso glossimer (loving the juicy orange lip look lately), NARS tinted moisturizer, and Soleil Tan de Chanel sheer illuminating fluid. The last one was a surprising find as I have always stayed (far far!) away from illuminators due to my oily skin. My trusted Chanel SA recommended it to me when I was looking for a bronzer. I am amazed at how it gives me just of touch of sun-kissed look without being extremely shiny.

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    1. Hi Paige, the YSL liners last well without smudging on me. I also hate smudges under my eyes. I have been meaning to get a good tinted moisturizer to use instead of my usual powder foundation - I think I will give the NARS a try! I have sampled the Soleil Tan de Chanel illuminating fluid & it's gorgeous! It is on my wishlist :)

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  12. GAH. I want them all. Hahaha. But the Epiphany duo really caught my attention. What a great starter duo, and fantastic colour payoff!

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    1. Hi Arianne, The Epiphany duo is really nice. These shadows have great pigmentation! There are some lovely quads as well - "The Truth" has some great everyday neutrals :)

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  13. There is a lot I am liking the look of there :) I picked up the Epiphany on Saturday funnily enough (great minds) and really like the colour and quality x

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    1. Hi Replica, Thanks :) that is funny - great minds really do think alike lol :)

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  14. Gorgeous post! You're lovely pictures always create so many new lemmings for me! I think I want everything in this post now! *sigh*

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    1. Hi Christa, aw thanks! :) It's always fun to put together favorites posts!

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  15. Your posts are hazardous to my bank balance!
    After reading your post this morning I did am mad rush off to my MAC store & managed to pick up their very last Star Wonder:)
    It's sold out on all the online stores here already. Actually, I really wasn't planning on getting any of this collection but your beautiful presentation got me into 'have to have' mode AGAIN!!
    While I had my credit card in hand I picked up another two lemmings created by your reviews. The Armani face & cheek palette AND the Bobbi Brown twilight polish. Happy Monday to me:)))

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    1. Hi Buggsiebee, Oh no, I'm sorry to be such a bad influence! ;) But I hope you enjoy your new things! :) When it comes to beautiful things I've seen in reviews & blogs I am a total lemming sometimes!

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  16. Not only are you NOT a bad influence, you gave me a 'lemming' lesson too:)
    I've always just read lemming here, lemming there so I just sort of adopted the word without bothering to investigate where it came from. After your reply I realised that I'd better do a bit of research before using the 'lemming' again:)
    OMG the behaviour of those poor little creatures is so misunderstood. I certainly won't be using the lemming word in vain again.

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    1. :) Thanks, I think the word lemming kind of a took on a whole new meaning in the online beauty community! :) I remember the first place I saw it used was when I joined Makeupalley a few years ago. The poor misunderstood lemming!

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  17. Yes, I need to go back for Superwatt before it is completely sold out! I love stationary and always will. The handwritten note is a lost art!

    I love your loves!!

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  18. Hi Lexi, thank you! Superwatt is really nice! It will look great on you - I heard it was already sold out at my local Nordstrom, but Macy's had some left in stock! :) I know not many people use note cards anymore - but I still love stationery. :)

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    1. Hi Red lips, Black hair, :) Thanks for commenting!

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  20. Top Shelf is my go to eye shadow. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Heather, Top Shelf is great - I find myself reaching for it often :)

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