Beauty Cravings: 7/13

Monday, July 15, 2013

We're getting to the point of summer when I get fed up with the absurd humidity and heat and start wishing for scarves, boots and pumpkin spice lattes. I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to slip n' slides (see my Instagram), and beach trips yet, though, so this post is a mixture of some summer items and the fall-appropriate goodies I'm lusting after. 
Elemental Herbology Moisture Replenish Starter Kit: The fabulous Kate from GhostParties continuously raves about this brand, and I've only tried one of their products before but remember myself liking it. The more I read about Elemental Herbology, the more I like their ethos and brand philosophy. I'm planning a skincare overhaul soon, so this little set might be a great way to test out some new goodies on my skin and also doubles as a travel set for some upcoming weekend getaways. I almost bought it for $60 off Beautybar, but luckily found it on ASOS for $37.33 first--here's the link
Oscar de la Renta Aubergine Nail Polish: I'm not really a fashiony girl, but there's just something about Oscar de la Renta (the brand, not the designer!) that makes my knees weak. I've long had a sort of fascination with the brand, shamelessly staring into the Madison shop window, nose pressed against the glass. Obviously, an Oscar de la Renta keychain shoelace would be enough to clean out my bank account, and a $22 nail polish still isn't cheap. Aubergine is not at all a unique shade, but with such saturated color and beautiful packaging, I've just got to try it.
Shu Uemura Lasting Gel Pencil Eyeliner: You know me, if it's new and from Shu Uemura, I always want to try it. But this new addition to their range has me itching to get my hands on it, and in typical Shu form, it's all about the innovation. Shu is famous for their drawing liner (gel liner), and they've gone and put that formula into an easy-to-use pencil. It's supposed to be waterproof, tear-proof and smudge-proof up to twelve hours. Just about everything smudges on my oily skin, but for once, I'm inclined to believe that this won't.

Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner: Happy as I am with my Caudalie Lip Conditioner, I like to treat myself to a nice lip balm every fall--sort of a fickle back-to-school present to myself. I've heard marvelous things about this balm, and if it even smells half as good as Nectarine Blossom and Honey, I'll be satisfied. It's a little pricey at $28, but it's still a cheapie compared to the likes of Baume de Rose!
Barry M High Shine Gel Nail Polish: Everyone and their mother has tried and raved about these polishes by now, and it is well past time I jumped on the bandwagon. They happen to be on sale at ASOS at the moment (link), so I'm off to place an order the second I finish this post.

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Volumizer: As much as my laziness enjoys the air-drying ways of summer, I'm starting to crave the tidiness of a blow dry. Certain hair tools of mine make the process easier (more on that in a different post), but I struggle to find a good volumizing agent. Mousse can make my hair sticky or crispy, and a lot of other thickening products give me stiff roots. I'd normally be afraid of a product like this making my roots oily, but this volumizer is oil-free, and I've wanted to try a Kevin Murphy item for a while. The brand doesn't have good distribution, so as much as I'd like to see the range in person, it looks like I'll have to order online. 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed: The liquid version was made famous by Lisa Eldridge, but I've always been a bit wary of liquid highlighters on my oily skin. I held off for that reason, and now that the powder version has arrived, this compact will definitely be coming home with me. It only comes in three shades whereas the original SSP came in four, so lovers of the Pearl shade won't be able to get their powder highlight fix. 

Joeur Mattifying Translucent Powder: I don't need another oil-controlling powder as long as I've got my beloved Neutrogena Shine Control compact (post), but this new product sounds almost like the Hourglass Ambient Light powders. It claims to blur imperfections while getting rid of unwanted shine, hydrating the skin and improving the complexion. I'm not sure if I really believe those claims, but it sounds like a cross between an oil-controlling powder and a skin-perfecting powder like the Hourglass one. That's exactly the kind of thing my skin needs, and I'll happily make room in my purse for it. 

Natura Bisse Oxygen Finishing Mask: You might know that my Holy Grail eye cream is the unparalleled Natura Bisse Eye Recovery Balm. At $95 a tube, I've never actually owned it, but it remains the only skincare product I have actually dreamed about. It's also inspired me to look into other Natura Bisse products, and the most interesting (and reasonably priced) one is this mask. It sounds a bit like the Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask, but whereas that one is purely hydrating, this one purifies while replenishing the skin's moisture content. It sounds like such a delicious treat for tired skin, and at $49, I'm willing to splurge a little. Plus, it'll give me an excuse to swing by Space NK and continue to stalk the rest of the Natura Bisse line. 
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Pencil: I've recently become aware of how crooked my lips are, and have been hunting for the perfect lip liner. I haven't found the right shade, but a long-lasting formula is top priority and no one does long-wearing makeup like MUFE. I'm thinking 2C might work on me, but finding the right mix of pink and brown has been a real headache. I'd appreciate some recommendations if you have any!

I'd love to hear if you've tried any of these, or about any products that might be on your wishlist--leave a comment!

Happy Monday!

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