Beauty Cravings: 2/18/12

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, but given the amount of products that have caught my eye lately, it's about time!

1. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: My skin's cleared up a bit, so I'm on the hunt for a great oil-controlling foundation without all the high coverage of my beloved Revlon ColorStay. This product sounds perfect for just that, as it's all about the matte finish, and, according to the description, less concerned with full coverage. It's also weirdly anti-aging, which is not something I associate with mattifying foundations, but I don't suppose that could do any harm. I'm dying to give this a try, so now it's just a matter of waiting for my Sephora to stock it!

2. Diptyque Rosa Mundi Candle: I've always wanted to be one of "those" girls who collects and burns Diptyque candles. You know the type--impossibly fabulous, yet effortlessly beautiful; basically, everything I am not. I caught a whiff of this at some store or another and absolutely fell in love with how delightfully fresh and floral it is. It's quite rose-scented, which isn't something I typically like, but it's not powdery or grandma-like. Something about the level of intensity with this candle is exquisite, as it's enough of a fragrance to perfume an area, but not so strong that it could be noxious or offensive. I'm still not sure I could drop $65 on something as frivolous as a candle, so if I do happen to buy it, it'll probably be a gift for a family member or friend.

3. Benefit High Brow: As someone with small, droopy eyes I depend on that light, shimmery shade around my tear-ducts to brighten my peepers. I used to use Benefit's Eye Bright for that purpose, but it didn't have very good staying power and looked a touch too pink. Technically, this product is meant to go on the browbone to give your brows a lift, but I imagine it'd be great for inner corner highlighting as well.
4. Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel: I tend to think Murad is really a top-notch brand when it comes to acne, much as I love the slightly more holistic approach Ole Henriksen takes. The worst of my dreadful cystic acne has gone away (for now!) but there are still small reddish marks all over my face. They're not exactly acne scars, so I'm assuming it's just a case of hyperpigmentation. A sales associate once told me this was "top of the line" when it came to lightening skin pigment, but it's quite expensive and with these types of products, you really need to commit and use the whole bottle, and even then there's no guarantee that it will work. 

5. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer: I first saw this product featured in a QVC kit ages ago, and thought I'd wait for it to be released at Sephora and the like. Some Maracuja (oil) lip glosses have come out, but this one still hasn't so I'm considering ordering it online. I'm a bit picky about under-eye concealers, but this one sounds like it's right up my alley--moisturizing, creamy, high coverage and longwearing. Obviously, those are all claims the brand makes, so I guess I'll have to test it out for myself!

6. Davines Rebalancing Sebum Control Shampoo: Why don't more brands come out with oil-controlling shampoo?! It's such a genius idea and I know I'm not the only person who suffers from a greasy scalp! I stumbled across this product at my favorite little hole-in-the-wall pharmacy and will likely wind up trying it out sometime soon. I've tried Davines's NouNou Nourishing Repairing Mask before and it's one of my favorite hair treatments, but this would be my first foray into their shampoos. This brand can be a bit hard to track down, so I'd suggest you either look in your small local beauty stores or try an online retailer (the Davines website is an absolutely baffling pain to navigate).

7. Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Cream: At that same pharmacy, I saw a very distinguished-looking man walk in and purchase no less than four of these hand creams. He looked like the professional type (my guess would be a doctor) and as I snuck a look at his hands, was very impressed with how soft and smooth they looked. That may seem like a totally ridiculous reason for wanting to try a product (because it is!) but Dermalogica is a fantastic brand and if a no-nonsense type man is into their hand cream, I imagine it must be something special. 

8. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads: We're slowly but surely headed into spring, and I'm craving a bit of color to my face. I haven't had very good luck with sunless tanners or gradual self-tanners in the past, but these seem to be as foolproof as it gets. Simply take out the cotton pad, swipe it all over your face and neck before bed and wake up to a bit of a bronze goddess-type glow. What could be easier and (hopefully) less prone to streaks?

9. CARGO Blush in Rome: CARGO used to be wildly popular a few years back and has since sort of fallen off the map. I spotted their famous blushes in Sephora a few days ago (careful, only JC Penney Sephoras stock the brand!) and immediately fell in love with this shade. Their cheek color selection is fabulous, but this satiny coral in particular is absolutely gorgeous and from what I could tell from the swatch, the formula of the powder itself is lovely and applies very smoothly. I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more blushes, so maybe I'll let myself pick up Rome when I use up a cheek color I already have. 

Let's end on an "in your dreams, Leili" note, shall we?
10. Harry Winston Midnight Rose Gold Watch: Oh my God, this watch. I've been drooling over it for months, since I first saw it advertised in FT's How to Spend It. It's absurdly, wildly out of my price range ($16,100!!!), but I'd gladly never buy a watch again if I had it--frankly, I wouldn't need to! It's beautiful and perfectly unobtrusive and feminine, not to mention that it literally goes with anything! I actually prefer the version without diamonds, and I'm not just saying that because it's significantly cheaper less expensive!

If only money were no object!

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