Beauty Cravings: March 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Right now I'm supposed to be continuing my sad job search in the hopes of actually having some form of employment lined up by the time I graduate (2 months away---@#*%!!!). I've been working away at this self-esteem draining process for a few hours now, and have decided to take a break and cheer myself up by writing a blog post and drooling over all the shiny beauty products I'm currently lusting after. This is my second break, by the way, as my first one was 45 minutes long and spent sweating and cursing through trying to learn a 2-minute work/interview-apporpriate updo.

It eventually came out like this.

Adulthood is going to be fun.

1. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle: I stopped by Malin + Goetz last week to pick up one of my favorite deodorants, their eucalpytus one (reviewed here), when the sales associate lit this candle and I immediately swooned. The name is right on the money, as the fragrance is a perfect blend of spicy masculine notes swirled with distinctly feminine sweetness--this is right on the nose unisex. I almost burned my hair trying to drink in as much of the scent as I could, when she told me that they did a perfume version as well. I was already grabbing for my wallet when she told me it was $150, at which point I thanked her, quietly paid for my deodorant and left. The candle is $50 so the overpriced theme is running strong, but I could justify it by burning it only on special occassions. This is the kind of thing I expect would be fragrant enough on its own, and in any case, it would never be far from my nose.

2. Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm: I've entered a new obsession called, "If It's a Beauty Product (or Bag) on Eva Chen's Instagram, I Want It". The Lucky Editor-in-Chief features a lot of products, but a recurring favorite is this lip balm. Happily, it's much cheaper than the candle (and perfume, obviously!) and if it smells like mojito, then it's only a matter of time before this baby is mine.

3. Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette: I'm actually surprised that I want this as badly as I do, as limited edition palettes are usually not for me. But I swatched the shades of this gorgeus thing in Sephora over the weekend and it's an absolute stunner. There isn't a bit of matte in the whole thing, but the shadows are creamy, buttery and the most beautiful, flattering and distinctly springtime colors. I don't own shades like them at all, but can't really justify another palette, so I'm still on the fence about pulling out my wallet for this. 

4. Alterna Caviar CC Cream For Hair: One of my new favorite YouTube girls to watch is TalkBeckyTalk, and she and her sister have been raving about this stuff. I'm a total hair oil convert, but people really seem to be loving this stuff, which may mean temporarily giving up my Macadamia and Shu oils. It sounds a bit like It's a 10, but from what I've seen online, allegedly better.

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: I tried this years ago and don't remember what I thought of it, but between Lisa Eldridge's new video on her skincare routine, and Refinery's post on powder cleansers (okay, it was on Eva Chen's Instagram too), I'm ready to give it another try. I'm probably not exfoliating as much as I should be, and hopefully a cleanser like this will give my skin the right kind of kick to do its thing. 

6. Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner: My cousin's wedding is coming up and I've gone from playing with really elaborate eyeshadow looks for the occasion to suddenly wanting to pare things down and keep it simple. I don't have enough lid space for eyeshadow to make an enormous impact anyway, and as much as I love piling on the makeup, I'm feeling something pretty and clean. The look I have in mind (which will probably have changed 3-5 more times by the day of the wedding), is clean, but with quite minimal eyeliner, one or two eyeshadows to define my crease, and maybe some crazy lashes because God knows I can't resist the occasion to wear them. From what I've heard, this is the liner for the job in question, and as it's waterproof and supposedly ultra long-wearing, it should be able to hold up for what will definitely be a long day.

7. Rene Furterer Dry Shampoo: I had a travel size of this a while ago and remember really liking it, but can't remember how it stacked up next to my darling, beloved, Holy Grail Batiste (post). I'm thinking of doing a post on high-end dry shampoos worth the money, only there aren't any contenders on the list so far except for potentially this one. I hate to spend the money on it, as I've gotten used to spending $8 per can of dry shampoo, but a verdict must be reached!

8. Dejavu Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara: My cousin in Taiwan is coming for the wedding, which means it's time for me to request my list of Asian beauty products--usually, it's an order of 5 Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King mascaras (seen here), 2 V Rohto EX Eye Drops (here), and some sheet masks. This time, I'm adding this new mascara to my order, as it's the fibers in the Lash King mascara that keep me addicted to it. My eyelashes don't really need lengthening, but I'm hoping the tubing effect will provide some fluffy volume as well. I just can't say no to Asian makeup technology, especially where lashes are concerned!

9. Pixi Natural Brow Duo: I saw these somewhere recently (may have been Refinery?) and they look perfect for my eyebrows's exact needs. I like waxy pencils like the Hourglass Arch Sculpt, but my unruly hairs really need a gel to keep them in place, and this baby's got them both. I've had a look online and they even do a shade for black hair which is rare for "drugstore" brands--looking at you Revlon Brow Fantasy! I'll definitely be picking this up on my next trip to Target.  
10. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation: My skin occasionally has reasonably good (or as good as my horrendous skin will get) days, and on those blessed mornings I don't feel like covering it up with a foundation, or even my It Cosmetics CC Cream. As someone with incredibly oily skin, I'm a natural contender for powder foundations, but I typically prefer liquids since I sometimes feel like powder doesn't sit well on my skin. In any case, powder foundation is worth re-trying, and I hear great things about this one (largely from EmilyNoel83). Plus, if the texture of it doesn't work for my skin, I'm only out a few dollars!

Back to the job hunt, but March Favorites will be up Sunday!

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