Favorite Makeup and Products - Dec 2012
Here is a listing of some of the things I’ve been going hog-wild about the past few weeks!
Clean and Clear Advantage Mark Treatment
I purchased this in October while I was in NYC. I’m not really using this to treat spots per se; I apply a thin layer of it every other night just to clear my pores when I sleep. I figure if it can slough off dead cells and lighten old marks at the same time, that must be a good thing!
(As previously mentioned, salicylic acid is the only acid that is able to clean the inside surface of your pores. All other acids work on the surface.)
Lush BIG Shampoo
Oldie, but a goodie. I use a regular shampoo, and then do a second rinse using BIG, for more volume. Do note if you live in a hard-water area, BIG is not going to work as well unless you are in the habit of doing a final rinse with distilled water.
Body Fantasies Sugar Vanilla Fantasy
Coconut, vanilla, and woods. This isn’t a food-y scent. It’s a creamy coconut-y vanilla with a trace of - dare I say - sophistication. I’ve been going nuts over Body Fantasies sprays in general and I’ve smelt 6 so far. (I like the Apple, the Raspberry, the Sugar Vanilla, the Signature Vanilla, the Cotton Candy which I mentioned previously, and I threw out the Pear; it smelt nothing like a pear, sadly.)
Pink Sugar Sensual Perfume
The subtle, more fruity and more grown-up sister of original Pink Sugar, which I also love as well. Pink Sugar Sensual is the older sibling that is always dressed just right, never talks to loud, and doesn’t say the wrong thing either. It lacks the exuberant, tooth-achingly sweet girliness of Pink Sugar, but it’s still very delicious.
Try this if you find Pink Sugar a bit too much, or just feel you’ve grown out of it.
MAC Viva Glam I (above)
I don’t know how it took me so long to work my way to THIS MAC red. I own so many. If you have medium to tan/dark skin and Russian Red and Ruby Woo are just TOO red or show up orange on you, Viva Glam I is the baby you want to try.
Just this, a little mascara, concealer, 10 minutes, and that’s all I need to make an entrance.
It doesn’t go pink or brown; just a deep, saturated dark-red a la Gwen Stefani. (It DID use to be her signature shade back in her No Doubt days, so you know you can still wear it even if you aren’t tan.) And as far as mattes go, this goes on pretty creamy.
C. O. Bigelow Gingerbread Latte Mentha Lipshine
I’m not sure if this is discontinued or only available during the holiday season, but I love everything from the minty feel to the DELICIOUS smell. It would be a crime to discontinue this!
Nikon Coolpix S6300
I’m not an expert or enthusiast when it comes to photography, but I do want to take clear pictures, so I need cameras that are a balance of affordability and function. This little baby is just that, and a recent gift from the DH. I’m loving it so far!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #14
The richest, most luscious chocolate brown. Goes on and stays on.
You don’t really need much else for nice, smoky warm lids, but this would work as a great base any day too.
“The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday,” says Kristjan B. Jonasson, president of the Iceland Publishers Association. “Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading. In many ways, it’s the backbone of the publishing sector here in Iceland.” (via Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual ‘Christmas Book Flood’ : NPR)