Beauty Cravings: 6/11

Saturday, June 4, 2011

In my usual materialistic (duh) form, I'm back with the second of my "Beauty Cravings" posts, where I write about all the shallow and petty things I'm currently lusting after. If you missed my first beauty wishlist, you can read it here. And if you're wondering why I'm currently in Switzerland, I explain everything in the first paragraph of this post.

1. Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF: A powder sunscreen in a little canister that you sweep over your face with a fluffy brush--absolutely genius! None of that greasy liquid or cream sunscreen feel, and the powder will likely cancel and absorb shine--perfect for us oily-skinned folk. This is probably one of those products that would live in my purse as it's super compact and perfect for middle of the day touch-ups.
2. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: This facial cleanser is supposed to be an absolute must-have for oily skin and it sounds like it's right up my alley--very gently exfoliating, and tingly cool. I happen to be trying out a lot of different cleansers at the moment in an effort to banish my horrendous cystic acne, but I'm still dying to try this out. I'll probably wind up buying the small sample-size bottle of it at Sephora just to see if I like it as much as I think I will.
3. Ojon Reverse Restorative Treatment: This hair mask is exceptionally famous, both for it's incredibly nourishing and moisturizing properties, as well as for its gag-inducing scent. I'm actually really curious about this product because it sounds unlike anything I've ever heard of before. The solid, chunky mask is supposed to be melted down into an oil which is then applied to the hair. I tend to envision myself putting the oil in and then wrapping my hair up and sitting under some heat, in old-fashioned hair salon style.
4. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer or Corrector: Maybe it's jet lag, but I suddenly feel like my under-eye circles have considerably darkened. I'm not sure my beloved Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller is really enough to cover them anymore, so it might be time to get a good concealing product. According to some of the research I've done, the Bobbi Brown ones are supposed to be some of the best and pretty reasonably priced. I'm just not sure if I should get the corrector (pink-toned to counteract blues and purples) or the concealer. So if any of you have tried either of these products, please write a comment and let me know which you think is better?
5. Philosophy Fresh Peaches with Cream Lotion: Committed though I am to my St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Moisturizer, I can't get over this philosophy one! No peruse in Sephora is complete without applying a pump or two of this lotion all over my hands. It smells absolutely heavenly--all peachy and delicious but not at all artificially so. Its texture is somewhat similar to the St. Ives--very hydrating but still light so absorption time is pretty comfortably short. My only qualm is that $24 for a lotion is kind of a lot, especially considering how cheap the Naturally Indulgent is. I'll probably wind up getting the shower gel in the same scent as it's cheaper at $16 and lasts a lot longer.
6. Real Techniques Blush and Powder Brushes: If you love watching makeup videos on YouTube as I do, you'll likely know all about Pixiwoo--the makeup artist sister duo from England. Their tutorials are some of my favorite--impeccably and skillfully done and fun to watch no matter how good or bad you might be with makeup. Sam Chapman (the older sister) recently launched a line of makeup brushes sold at Ulta and I am determined to get my hands on the blush and powder ones. Normally I'm deeply suspect of someone with a huge audience trying to sell their own product, but Sam is humble about the whole thing, and from what I've heard, the brushes sell themselves. They're supposed to be amazingly soft with minimal to no shedding, and the price is unbelievable! The blush brush is $8.99, and the powder one is $9.99! Best of all, these brushes have a wider, rounder handle at the end, meaning that they can comfortably stand up on their own. Absolute perfection.
7. Butter London nail polishes: Despite my extended collection of nail varnish, I don't own any Butter London ones, which is a crime as far as I'm concerned. The English company is famous for their smooth, creamy formula free of the "Big Three"--formaldehyde, toulene, and DBP--not things you want anywhere near you. Just look at these colors! Gorgeous! I want more of them than I feel comfortable saying.
8. Tarte EmpasEYES Inner Rim Brightener: This peachy-pink eye liner is meant to be worn on the water line to make small eyes look bigger and brighter. I tend to use the Benefit Eye Bright to get a similar effect, but in a side-by-side comparison I did, the Tarte one looks much more natural on me. The latter is also the size of a normal eyeliner which means less product getting unattractively caught in my lower lashes and has a much longer staying power.
9. Olay Thermal Pedicure Foot Treatment: Salon pedicures tend to scare me--I've heard far too many reports of fungal infections, ingrown toenails and bacteria spreading. Not to mention, of course, I'm not sure I'd want to subject some poor woman to my gross feet after a long winter! This product is supposed to be be scrubbed all over your feet to slough off all the dead skin, and then heats up to make the treatment more intense. It sounds completely enjoyable and perfect for the current state of my soles and heels. The only trouble is that I've had a bit of a hard time finding this little guy, but when I get home, I'll check my hole-in-the-wall drugstores. They usually have the random products nobody else does.

I won't actually be able to buy any of these things for a few more weeks, until I return from my trip, of course. But I just thought it'd be fun to keep you all posted on what I'm currently eyeing up at Sephora and the like.

We'll be leaving in an hour to try this fantastic German chicken I talked about in the post below. Still not sure I understand what all the hype is about, and why we're going to a different country for some poultry, but it'd better be seriously delicious to be worth an hour and a half in the car.

I'll continue keeping you guys updated, I promise!

Check back here soon--and leave me a comment regarding this dream shopping list!

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