4/14/14

What Should Be On My Vanity

my current beauty wish list
A good mix of both new and existing products are currently trying to make their way onto my vanity. While I do love a new launch, I find myself not wanting to miss out on great staples from each line.  Where is that unlimited trust fund when you need it??  What is currently on your wish list? Click on each item for more information.


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4/11/14

My MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC lipsticks
I feel it is every beauty lover's rite of passage to buy a MAC lipstick.  Or even acquire a collection that defies all common sense and reasoning (you know who you are).  I have a rather modest collection (compared to some I see out there), but I have given many away over the years or traded them in during the Back 2 MAC recycling program. So here is where I stand with my current MAC lipstick arsenal - a handful of nudes, raspberry pinks peppered in, a couple of violet/purple tones and some classic and standard reds that border on all time classics.
MAC lipstick swatches
I have to be honest they are not my favorite lipsticks out there, but there is just so much buzz and hype around new launches and collaborations, that I find myself adding new ones all the time.  MAC probably has one of the most versatile color ranges out there, so you are bound to find a shade to suit your needs.  And if you don't, you must have some pretty specific needs!  A few stand out favorites for me: Hug Me - the most easy breezy neutral, Modesty - an amped up everyday pinky brown lip color that gives a beautiful defined lip that I can wear with anything, Speak Louder - a vibrant raspberry that is summer time perfect, Ladybug - one of the most wearable reds ever and Spice It Up - a deep burgundy that is fall lip personified.
MAC lipstick swatches
The second round of swatches are all my bold MAC colors and ones that I don't reach for as much.  A bold MAC color is BOLD.  Pigmentation is never an issue with this brand.  Girl About Town is an oldie but a goodie fuschia that makes a statement, while Lady Danger and Ruby Woo are two cult classic reds that everyone at one point should probably own - one has a vibrant orange undertone while the other has a decidedly blue undertone.  These are not wall-flower lip colors - these will get you noticed. That I know for sure. How many more will I collect? Hard to say - but there are already some new collections I have my eye on, so count on seeing an updated post at some post with a whole new crop of MAC lip colors. 

How large is your MAC lipstick collection? I am dying to know. I am sure some of you must have a separate storage unit just to house them. 

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4/9/14

Bits and Pieces: Black And White


I recently bought sneakers this year - actual sporty, get your workout on, yoga pants approved sneakers. And they replaced the old ones I had which actually fell apart.  I had them since 1998 and the sole legitimately just fell off. Yup, it's true. My point being - I do not wear/buy/like sneakers.  Don't know why - just don't. I was a figure skater growing up so my footwear of choice was skates naturally.  And then I became big into yoga/pilates where shoes are not allowed.  Hence, my need for sneakers was zero to none.  So you can imagine my surprise when I came across these Vince slip ons and fell in love.  Since I had back surgery a few years ago, I have a new found appreciation for flats - and now slip on sneakers.  These are ridiculously comfortable, and look cute with jeans, a dress, shorts, skirts - basically anything.  Truth be told, I am already contemplating another pair.  I know I have said this before but it needs to be said again.  My 25 year old self would be horrified by the present day me. 

Jacket - GAP | Blouse - Club Monaco | Jeans - Hudson | Shoes - Vince | Lips - Dior Addict Fluid Stick in "Open Me"

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4/7/14

Face Oils That Work For My Oily Skin

It almost seems impossible - oils for oily skin?  Cleansing oils - ok.  But face oils? When I am already an oil slick as it is? I have dabbled here and there recently in a few different face oils and nothing really stood out to me - until now.  I have finally found two face oils that work beautifully for my skin - adding moisture and nourishment without any dreaded additional shine.  And an added bonus, I actually find my skin is less oily the next morning.  Snaps all around for my balanced skin.

1. NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil - Being the star of the Nude skincare range, this oil is receiving accolades left and right and for good reason.  Chock full of various plant oils and omega 3,6,7 and 9 (frankly I didn't even know there were that many omega fatty acids - #collegechemistryfail ), this face oil is great at soothing and calming my skin when irritated.  It is quite rich so a little goes a long way for me, and a drop or two at the most is all I need for my entire face.  I prefer to use in the evening either before or after my moisturizer depending on how my skin feels, and so far no breakouts.  Thumbs way up for that.
2. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil - Oh, Boscia, the love affair continues.  Remember this post that I dedicated exclusively to my love for Boscia? Well it continues with this beauty oil.  The first time I ever tried it, I actually had to do a double take in the mirror.  Did I just apply a face oil and 30 seconds later, my skin looks matte? How is that possible?  Usually with face oils, there is a slight dry down time and some still just sit on the skin.  Not this bad boy - instant absorption.  I find it best used at night under my moisturizer or alone if my skin feels well hydrated.  My medicine cabinet slowly looks like it is having a Boscia invasion, and I am not mad at it. 

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