Beauty Cravings: 7/14

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It's been too long since I last shared all the beauty goodies I'm currently drooling over! I'm still in San Francisco and have actually decided to extend my stay another week, so I'm a bit limited where reviewing product is concerned (thus today's post). But, given the changes my skin has recently gone through, and the fact that I'm sort of straddling summer and fall (it's chilly here in SF!), I'm eyeing up a whole slew of new products that I obviously don't need

1. Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse: I've decided that this will be the summer that I master the beast known as self-tanner. I'm probably over-complicating it in my mind, but since the allegedly fool-proof Jergens Natural Glow looks streakily orange on me, I need all the help I can get. From what I've read online, this is the easiest and longest-lasting which will hopefully make it a winner!

2. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer: I adore the original oil, so I won't lie, I'm eyeing up the entire Invisible Oil hair line, but this primer looks the most interesting. Unlike most of its kind, you can use it on both damp and dry hair, it protects against UV damage and works as a heat protectant…hello, overachiever! 

3. Alterna Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Dry Shampoo: I've actually already tried this, and fell so in love with it that I'm going to purchase as soon as I'm home. Normally, I'm strictly an aerosol girl when it comes to dry shampoo, but this one (while being slightly messy) was so easy to apply. It's a very clean powder, so no weird stickiness or uncomfortable tangly feeling, and best of all, it smells gorgeously tropical and summery. Just don't ask me how it compares to my beloved Batiste…I'm not ready to answer that question!

4. By Terry Cover Expert Foundation: Sheer Expert probably gets more love, but my kind of acne/acne-scarring needs something with a bit more oomph to it. Lately, my skin's actually been dry instead of extremely oily, and I still haven't quite worked out what to do with that. The hunt for the perfect medium coverage, but hydrating and natural-looking foundation has led me to this, and hopefully a test in Space NK will confirm that it's the one for me.

5. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil: I've been more into the oils in general lately, just because of the dry skin that's been plaguing my face. I do love a good cleansing oil and typically stick to the Shu Uemura one, but after the rave reviews the Take the Day Off Balm receives, I think it's time I give the oil a try. 

6. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil: More oils! I've always liked the idea of them, but never thought they were the best pick for moisture where my oily skin was concerned. (As in, I'd apply before bed and wake up with an greasy hairline). I won't lie, this is where having a whole new skin type secretly excites me, as I can now use all sorts of things I couldn't before (hello, cream makeup products!). I've been looking at a few face oils, and as a sucker for anything detoxing, this one caught my eye almost immediately. 

7. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight and Sculpting Creamy Glow Duo: Speaking of cream products, this one looks absolutely beautiful. It looks like a reasonably good dupe for the outrageously priced Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, and as far as I can tell, the highlighter is the cream version of the famous candlelight powder. It's actually fairly affordable, but I just hope it's a bit bigger than it looks!

8. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick is Es Vedra: I don't believe Charlotte Tilbury is available in the U.S. yet (I heard something about Saks in September?), but I've been eyeing up her stunning products online. Honestly, I want to try them all from the powder blushes to the brushes to the eyeshadow palettes, but this cream blush stick looks the most user-friendly from a slightly intimidating (is that just me?) line. All the shades this product comes in are gorgeous, but Es Vedra is a bold, bright orange poppy shade that I don't have in my stash and would be terrific for summer. If only if it wasn't for that price tag…

9. Smashbox Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette: I really don't need another eyeshadow palette, but I saw this on pop up on Sephora, and I swooned. These are my kinds of colors--the shimmery taupe, the pearlescent highlighter shade, the navy, and the warmer, coppery shades to stop the look from getting too dark and intense. It's nothing groundbreaking, but I've never tried Smashbox's eyeshadows before, so clearly this is meant to be. 

10. NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush: This is more wishful thinking territory, as it's unlikely that I'll ever drop $55 for a brush, especially when I have a $10 Real Techniques one that I love. But ughhhh, this brush is absolutely beautiful. It makes me want to be better at applying makeup, and have the most beautiful old-fashioned vanity to do it at while wearing a white silk bathrobe. This brush makes me want to be a better person, so much so that it's definitely out of my league, but it doesn't hurt to dream, right? (I also desperately want the Ita brush, but apparently you can't find one of those for love or for money). 

I happen to be close to a large Sephora (their headquarters are based here as well), so the next time I blog, it's possible that I might have acquired a few of these goodies. You know, just making the most of my trip! =)

Tell me what products you're lusting after! The new GlamGlow mask, anyone?

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