Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ten Things I'm Loving Right Now

Here are 10 things I am loving right now. Please share your own list with me of things you love so much you think everyone should try it out!



1) Nars Sheer Matte & Sheer Glow Foundations $42 - I am a true skeptic when anyone tries to sell me a foundation unless it is Chanel or Armani. I have super sensitive skin (but otherwise fairly normal) with golden/olive tones and usually have a hard time finding a good match since I typically fall in between shades. I was immediately stunned by the gorgeous new advertisement Nars has been promoting for their new foundations and decided to give it a try.

In the past I had used their Oil Free Foundation and had mixed thoughts about it. I loved the coverage, but always felt like I had a heavy layer of gunk sitting on my skin. Also, I was often matched with Fiji which for some reason turned pinkish on me. The next shades up were either too yellow or too peach.

With this in mind, I went to the counter with a list of shades to try out: Fiji, Ceylan, Punjab & Stromboli. Punjab is my perfect match which was a bit odd because on my hand it looked more peachy but on my face, it blended in perfectly.

Coverage is medium but completely natural and flawless looking. Another plus is that you can barely feel anything on the skin after you apply it. I've tried both formulas and they last all day - I do set foundation with my Laura Mercier Loose or Chanel Powder Foundations though. If you haven't tried this out, RUN to your counter to try it out.

I do recommend you try at least 2 to 3 different shades on your jaw line though.



Left to right: Chanel Teint Innocence Shell, Chanel Lift Lumiere Shell, Nars Punjab, Armani Lasting Silk 6.5

2) Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream $20 - I bought this because there was a gift with purchase going on at my local Bloomingdales. I had read reviews and decided to try this because Clinique had discontinued my favorite body scrub (the yellow one in the squeeze tube) and I didn't like the other tube-packaged scrub. I have to say I was pleasantly suprised. Has a slight minty scent to it leaving your skin refreshed and smooth.



3) Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot $20 - I think I've found my holy grail shimmery black eyeliner. Most blacks go on greyish or blueish or too harsh on my skin. This one gives the perfect smokey silvery black liner. I bought mine at Ulta - it should be showing up at Sephoras & Stilacosmetics.com soon. I didn't retake swatch pictures of this, but click HERE for swatches and comparisons.



4) Estee Lauder Bronze Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil $19 - this is the longest lasting prettiest bronzey eyeliner I've tried. Gorgeous rich bronzey color but soft enough for subtle definition.



5) Le Metier Lip Cremes $36 & Sheer Brilliance Lip Glosses $32 - You've heard me rave about these before - pricey, yes, but I absolutely love the formula and shades. My two current favorite colors are Toffee Creme & Cannes. Neimans has a gift with purchase going on right now - check out their website for details. Also click on this LE METIER LINK for more posts and pictures on products from the line.





6) Laura Mercier Mineral Cheek Powders in Pink Spark, Coral & Amberstone $22 - these came out a while back after Laura Mercier started introducing mineral makeup into her line. These are absolutely gorgeous. Amberstone makes the perfect nude cheek for me with a hint of sparkle. Neiman Marcus also has a super cute gift going on right now. Saks will be having their beauty event later this month, and Bloomingdales will have their event mid-October.





7) Nars M. Butterfly Nail Polish $16 - for some reason I haven't been able to find this shade instock anywhere near me, but it's still available online. The swatches didn't turn out so hot, but it's a gorgeous berry red shade. Nars describes it as a "poison berry." I have seen testers at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales so they are probably just low on stock.

8) Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powders $33 - these came out in May, check out the link HERE for more pictures and comparisons. Left is Antigua, right is Bali Brown.



9) Neutral Pink Eyeshadows: Shiseido Bare Pink, Laura Mercier Metallic Creme in Pink Gold, Laura Mercier Satinee Creme in Pink Chiffon, MAC Naked Pigment, MAC Perky Paint Pot, Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink, MAC Ego Eyeshadow - all of these are like your-lids-but-better natural pink shadows that won't give you a pink-eye look. I like to layer Naked Pigment over any of these all over the lid and then just add a simple liner in a shimmery chocolate color or deep brown. Sometimes I'll contour the lid or crease area with a soft brown like MAC Era, Soba, Bobbi Brown Hot Stone or Urban Decay Naked.



10) Sprinkles Cupcakes - have you been to a Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery? Their cupcakes, especially their Red Velvet & Vanilla flavors are absolutely divine and the frosting is pure heaven. Luckily you don't need to be near one of the few bakeries in order to enjoy these. Williams Sonoma carries the mix which is super easy to make and tastes just like the fresh made ones from the stores. Each come with a recipe card for the frosting too. They have seasonal flavors, right now they just released two new flavors, Spice & Pumpkin. (PS I think if you buy two mixes instore at WS, you save $3.)

10 comments:

  1. Love this list! How are you wearing your pink eyeshadows? With anything in the crease or just an all over wash?

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  2. Excellent post, Lina! I love your taste in MU (and cupcakes, for that matter) and a "what I'm loving now" post is a welcome treat. Please continue to do them periodically, esp for holiday collections. You have inspired me to try pink shadows again. I also think I need that smudgepot - your take on how this is better than others (they are greyish or blueish) speaks to me as I have had this problem as well.

    Be well,
    Leslieal

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  3. Thanks for this post, Lina! You made me want to go home and figure out what my ten favorite products of the moment are =) well, I can definitely tell you a couple of them are Paul and Joe! By the way, the P&J counter at Bergdorf is having an event soon. I was there Saturday morning and they were hand-writing out little event invitations to mail out! =)

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  4. Great post, as usual!
    Thank you for sharing your top 10.
    I am just writing my makeup wishlist.
    Now I want to add Laura Mercier Mineral Cheek Powders in Coral to it :)

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  5. Hi girls, thank you for all the sweet compliments!

    Julia - I've updated the post with some more info on how I use the pink shadows.

    Leslie - what are some things that you are loving right now?

    Joey - OMG this is killing me! Why can't I live near Bergdorfs? Sounds so cute, I need to place an order soon!

    Marina - please share your list of things you love!

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  6. Lina, living a 20 minute train ride from Bergdorf is terrible for my bank account =(

    But, I did end up buying Eyeshadow #23 because of you! Also, I was color matched for their foundation and I purchased the creamy powder one...I know you're extremely picky about foundation but WOW this is the best foundation I've ever tried. Please let me know what you end up ordering!! =)

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  7. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Patricia

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  8. great post! i am in love with my LM mineral blush as well! i think i need the other 2 shades too. i only have amberstone.

    smudge pot is too dry for me but i like the sound of shimmery black.

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  9. Lina,

    Here's my "what I am loving now" list:

    1. Dermadcotor Wrinkle Revenge Glycolic Acid Cleanser #1. This was a rec from a fellow poster at MUA. This really evens out my complexion and the low dose of acid doesn't irritate my skin.
    2. Laura Mercier Fragrance, Bath, and Body. They are in one catagory because you really can layer and build off of each of them. Vanille Gourmande and Nuits Enchantee fragrances, the new Creme de Pistache souffle, and the Vanille body wash are favs.
    3. BB Lip crayons! LOVE these, although the current color palette is horrible. The red plum, warm rose, and nude berry from the older collection (spring?) are gorgeous.
    4. Gorgeous nail color...Opi, Dior, and Chanel have my attention. I am wearing the Sephora OPI "I'm with Brad" color right now and love it.
    5. Chanel MU remover. This is a hall-of-fame item for me. It's pricey but lasts forever and works really, really well. Definitely better than Lancome or Clinique.
    6. Rust colored lippies...Lipstick Queen Rust Sinner, BB's Burnt Red, and Chanel's Captive are winners!
    7. Chanel Tweed Effect blush in Ambre. Thanks for the rec on this!
    8. BB eye concealer...so worth the hype! Doesn't settle into fine lines and covers nicely.
    9. Dr.Hauschka lip balm stick. Another HG. I have bought this again and again.
    10. Homemade chocolate bark from Barefoot Contessa's recipe. Use high quality Valrohna chocolate (Whole Foods) and toasted nuts, dried cherries, cranberries, and apricots and sprinkle on candied ginger. DIVINE! Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/french-chocolate-bark-recipe/index.html

    Whew! That was fun.

    Leslieal

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  10. great list! I need to try the new NARS foundations, they sound really great. xo

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