1. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Hair Fragrance: I hate that I know this exists. Seriously. I hate myself for drooling over this product on the Shu Uemura Art of Hair website, and I hate myself for even contemplating spending $70 on hair perfume. I hate that I would have to pay for shipping, which would rack the price up to $80. And if you thought I couldn't hate this product any more, I hate that Shu has made it limited edition, which means I go into a panic thinking about it, constantly worrying if it's sold out never to be available again, like the Shu Uemura paddle brush. But most of all, I hate myself for not being able to stop thinking about this and imagining exactly what it smells like.
2. Hourglass Ambient Light Setting Powder: You'll have heard all about this, and how these compacts are already threatening to win the highlighting product of the year. I'm positively itching to swatch them in person, as I keep hearing such different reviews. Just about everyone agrees the powder creates the most stunning glow, but some say it can only be a highlighter, while others insist it can be used all over the face. I suppose it comes down to skin type, but I've read a few reviews from oily-skinned girls who swear it can be used all over the face, and a few from dry-skinned girls who use it only as highlighter and vice versa. Guess that just means I'll have to try it for myself!
3. Dior Diorskin Nude Bronzer: I managed to resist purchasing while these limited edition beauties were in stock, but every time the fabulous Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends uses one in her videos, I'm severely tempted to hunt a compact down. I never thought I'd be attracted to a bronzer with shimmer, but Ruth swears it looks natural, and I don't remember it looking glittery.
4. Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub: Nothing says "Spring's on its way," or "I have a love life," quite like a good body scrub, and I hear this one is phenomenal. I'm a little worried that the peppermint could be overwhelming (I think I've smelled the brand's minty shampoo which was a bit much for me), but apparently you can use this instead of shower gel and you know I love a two-in-one.
5. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks: I won't use eyeshadow in the daytime if it's not a cream formula purely out of laziness, and my go-to has been the Maybelline Color Tattoos since they were released. I still love them, but a stick would be even more convenient, especially if you have enormous hands and small eyes like I do. I would have sprung for the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks, but those creased terribly on me, so Bobbi Brown it is. Actually, the best solution would be for Maybelline to do the Color Tattoos in sticks, because if that were the case, I would probably be committed to Bad to the Bronze for life.
6. NARS Lipstick in Mayflower: I've always heard excellent things about NARS lipsticks, but had never tried them until I was recently trying to find the perfect office-appropriate lip color for my best friend. She thinks makeup is "gross" (I know!), and was looking for an incredibly natural but pretty and flattering color. I swatched and swatched until we came across Mayflower, and when she tried it on, we both agreed it was perfect. She made me try it, and much to my surprise, I loved it. I tend to veer more towards face-brightening berrys and pinks, but this peachy shade added a certain polish that feels very work-appropriate without being stuffy or too mature. I'll probably purchase as soon as I can find some extra space in my lip product drawer.
7. Murad Clarifying Mask: Despite my limited experience with it, for some reason or another, Murad is one of my favorite skincare brands. That probably has something to do with their extensive acne range, and the fact that everything I've tried so far has been just lovely (I'm looking at you, Daily Clarifying Cleanser!). I've been better about doing masks lately, and as my cystic spots are still waging a war on my face, I'm hoping something like this will help.
8. Fresh Sugar Lychee Candle: I'm absolutely addicted to the perfume, but I smelled the candle recently and promptly made it a must-have. Some day, when I'm a proper grown up and know how to do things like file taxes and write checks, my entire apartment will reek of Fresh Sugar Lychee, with these candles everywhere. Just imagining the scent of the most gorgeous perfume filling rooms and rooms is almost enough to justify the $80 price tag. Almost.
9. Jouer Essential Matte Touch: I mentioned a similar product (Mally Poreless Face Defender) in a Beauty Cravings post a while back, but the $40 price tag and online-only ordering made it too inaccessible for me. Luckily, Jouer has come out with something that I believe might be the same technology and create the same effect, though for a much more reasonable $26, and I can get it any time I pop into Henri Bendel.
10: Oribe Beach Wave and Shine Spray: I've tried the Texture and Volume spray and couldn't deal with the stiff, straw-like hair it created (more on that another time), but I've heard promising things about this product. I've recently cut my hair to past-shoulder length and am looking for a styling product to help enhance my natural wave without using anything goopy or heavy. I wish it came in a smaller size (like the Texture and Volume) so I can try it before committing to a full-size bottle, though.
No better cure to a gray and rainy Monday than drooling over the fabulous goodies you want!
Hope you're well!