Beauty Cravings: 10/22/12

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm back with yet another list of the beauty products I've been positively drooling over lately. As usual, some are more practical things that I might very well purchase within coming weeks, and some are entirely out of my league, and most definitely out of my budget.

Let's start with the most absurdly expensive one!

1. Odile Gilbert Hair Pin: If there was one way of styling my hair I'd commit murder to master, it wouldn't be the perfect blowout, no, it would be the perfect, slightly scruffy and incredibly easy updo. Of course, that sounds like an oxymoron, as updos are always so complicated, with first prepping the hair, and then twisting and pinning with hundreds of bobby pins. But then I saw this video on the fabulous Odile Gilbert's website. With just one of these ergonomically shaped pieces of metal, the most effortlessly beautiful but still cool and unfussy updo takes shape in a matter of seconds. It's absolutely genius and is the type of thing I wish I'd thought of inventing myself. Only I'm not sure I would charge $85 (65 Euro) for it! I'm sure that's worth the investment in the long run--you have to factor in the value of good hair days--but that's still entirely out of my price range, so I've just purchased what I think may be a similar hair pin, post coming soon!

2. Guerlain Perles du Dragon Meteorites: I honestly don't know how long the Guerlain meteroties have been tempting me. They always look so beautiful in the sophisticated packaging, but my rational side forces me to walk away since they're not as practical as something like a pressed powder. But with this new launch for Chinese New Year speaking to my ethnic side, I feel it's time to give in to temptation. P.S. if anyone is confused about the exact purpose of the meteorites, they basically create a soft-focused slightly glowy effect, which can be used all over the face or as a subtle highlight. But don't just take my word for it--Christine explains it best!

3. Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair: I love a good overnight hair treatment because, really, who has the time for a proper 40 minute hair mask? This one is even more user-friendly as it doesn't necessarily have to be washed out in the morning, which means more time to sleep in. I've actually never tried a high-end overnight hair treatment (I've only used the crappy John Frieda one), but Sachajuan has a great reputation, especially where restoring the health and moisture content of hair is concerned. Weirdly enough, this is double the price of their more famous Hair Repair, for a lot less product, so I suppose it's more concentrated? Though I wonder if you wouldn't get a similar effect by dampening hair and then leaving the regular Hair Repair in overnight...

4. Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara: I typically have rotten luck with Lancome mascaras as even their driest formulas won't hold the curl in my lashes. Maybe it's the sparkly packaging or Betty Boop in the commercials, but oddly enough, I really want to give this one a try. It promises extreme volume and curl which sounds a bit gimmicky (in my mind, the weight of a formula that would create volume also pulls out curl), but I still have to give it a longing glance or two every time I'm in Sephora! If any of you mascara junkies have already tried this, let me know how it worked for you. 

5. Erno Lazslo Oil Control Day Lotion SPF 15: Back to the absurdly expensive! Any skincare line that was made famous by Marilyn Monroe would undoubtedly be pricey, but $85 for a daytime moisturizer veers on extortionate. Still, I can't help but think that it must be something special in order to warrant such a price tag, and that's more than enough to pique my curiosity. It's highly unlikely that I'll ever justify purchasing this, but I'm currently contemplating the brand's acne cleanser!

6. AmorePacfic Vitalizing Sleeping Masque: Sleeping masks intrigue me, and when I first tried a blob of this cream on the back of my hand, I knew I'd be obsessing over it for a while. I've sworn up and down that nobody does skincare like Asian companies, and the unbelievably gloriously cushy texture of this cream only strengthens my argument. It's the epitome of all things decadent and delicious, and it made my hands feel so fabulous that I can only imagine what it would do to my face. Will definitely be the next skincare item I splurge on. 

7. Burberry Glow Blush in Russet: Unless you've been living under a virtual rock, you'll have heard all about the stellar Burberry makeup line. I have yet to try any of it, but I think I might test the waters with one of their blushes. From what I understand, the texture of these powders is parallel to none (except maybe Tom Ford?), so I suppose that makes them worth the investment, even if the shades are nothing groundbreaking. I already have quite the blush collection built up, so this is more of an "aspire to own" instead of a "planning on owning in the near future", if you know what I mean.

8. NARS Sheer Matte Foundation: Lately I've been thinking it might be time to retire the old Revlon ColorStay to see what a high end mattifying foundation would be like. Base is something I tend to stick to, and I've been faithful to ColorStay for so long that I've possibly missed another fabulous foundation or two. Plus, my skin's been clearing up and I don't always need quite as much coverage as ColorStay provides, so "sheer" and "matte" sound good to me!

9. Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Beguile: Illasmasqua is another makeup brand I consistently hear such good things about, but I've never tried--no, not even a nail polish! But apparently this is one of the must-own items that makes eyelids sparkly and bright without chunky glitter. I imagine it would look best piled on top of an already done-up eyelid, but from what I've heard it's a wear-by-itself shade as well. Sounds perfect for party season! 

10. Jin Soon Nail Lacquer: I've heard so much hype about these nail polishes, and they're now available on! Apparently, the famed manicurist has a double-patented formula, so I expect it to be promising as she's claiming chip-proof nails with only one coat(!). I've already got my eye on Rhapsody (named by Karlie Kloss) and Tulle, though there really isn't a single "bad" color in her collection.


Leave a comment telling me which beauty products you're currently lusting after! And if any of you lucky ladies has an Odile Gilbert hair pin, you must tell me how sensational it is!

Have a wonderful week!

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