Well, it's been over a month since I've posted. I hadn't planned to be away for so long, but my mom became very sick unexpectedly and it has been a difficult time. After taking care of all the things that needed to be done every day while trying not to neglect my full-time job, I found that I did not have any energy left for anything else. Thankfully, things seem to be looking up at the moment, and as the year winds down, I can look forward to having a nice, long break to relax over the holidays! With today's post I wanted to catch up with you all and share a few of the things I've been enjoying lately.
First up are earrings that were originally intended to be a Christmas gift for my boss's mother, but after looking at them a few times I fell in love with the beautiful, sparkly teal green stones and decided I must get her something else and keep these for myself! (This is the sort of thing that happens when a magpie like myself attempts to buy Christmas presents for others.) I like that these can be dressed up or down and because of their relatively small size they will work well at the office.
|Carolee Regal Reflections oval drop earrings|
At this time of year I always like to have a few holiday scented candles on hand. My favorites right now are NEST's Holiday and Birchwood Pine scents. I won't be enjoying the scent of a real pine Christmas tree in my home this year, but these are the next best thing! The gold votive on the right is a Slatkin & Co. candle I purchased over a year ago and has a scent very similar to NEST's Holiday candle.
|Left to right: NEST Birchwood Pine and Slatkin & Co. Holiday|
Earlier this week I received the special edition Guy Bourdin blush in Day Dream, purchased during NARS' friends and family sale. It is such a pretty shade of pink that really brightens the face. I had planned to skip this shade, thinking I did not need yet another peachy-pink blush, but after reading a few glowing reviews and factoring in the twenty percent discount, I could not resist it, and I'm glad to to say that I have no regrets! It is a perfect, effortless and flattering pink that I foresee becoming a daily go-to shade.
|NARS Blush - Day Dream|
YSL's Pure Chromatics eye palettes have been on the market for over a year, but for some reason they did not really catch my attention until recently. For my first purchase, I chose #20, which I consider to be a "safe" neutral palette containing two beautiful shimmery golds, a brown, and a champagne. Next, I was tempted by last year's colorful holiday palette Arctic Night, which is still available directly from YSL. Blues have always been out of my comfort zone but, after seeing the two gorgeous looks created with this palette by Raeview and Perilously Pale, I was sold! My third (and final) Pure Chromatics purchase was this year's lovely holiday palette, Avenue Marceau, from the Parisian Nite collection. I have a weakness for golds and purples, so this one was a must-have for me!
|YSL Pure Chromatics Palettes left to right:|
Avenue Marceau (holiday 2013), Palette #20, and Arctic Night (holiday 2012)
A fragrance favorite at the moment is Kiehl's Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit ($40, 1 fl. oz.). A while ago, while shopping in Nordstrom, I noticed an intriguing, warm and sweet scent in the air and knew I had to track down the source. After some inquiries, I was told that one of the sales associates had just applied Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit so off I went to give it a try and ended up going home with a small bottle. It is made up of notes of pear, grapefruit, ginger, soy milk, and white musk. I think what I like most about it must be the warm "soy milk" and musk notes--they linger on the skin once the top notes of citrus and floral dry down.
|Kiehl's Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit|
I hope you enjoyed this look at a few of the things I'm enjoying at the moment. Thank you for visiting and I hope that you are enjoying your winter and the holiday season, and keeping warm wherever you are in the world! I will be back soon to share with you a few photos of my holiday decorations.