Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.

I love seeing posts on monthly favorites and often contemplate doing them myself.  However, my personal favorites do not change on a monthly basis, rather morph with the seasons.  By now, I’m sure all of you have realized Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows are magnificent, Nars Eyeshadow Primer is indispensable and Inglot AMC Gel liner is my HG tightline color.  So for this edition of, Things I Have Been Loving, I will show you some of the items that have been brought out of storage and bring me great solace–along with a few new goodies 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

  • Too Faced Medium/Deep Chocolate Soliel Bronzer has been in my collection for years and my old compact looked like it was ready for the undertaker.  This chocolate scented matte bronzer is really the best tone for my coloring.  Normally, I’m all about the “glow”, but as my skin returns to its original pasty coloring, I’m finding the matte texture of this bronzer more compatible.
  • Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The Indecent Proposal is newly acquired, but I can tell you this beauty is just as good, if not better, than some higher-end blushes.  This dusty plum color closely resembles Nars Sin, but sans the parabens and inflated price.  This subtly infused gold plum shade compliments my skin beautifully and gives the most realistic flush to the cheeks.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation (reviewed here) is a wonder.  There are times I look at photos of myself and wonder, “Is that really my skin?”  It’s that good.  Try it and see for yourself–that’s if you can find a color match.
  • Dior Mini Kabuki Brush came with my Dior Skin Bronzer and I find this soft little creature buffs in my powder foundation to perfection.  Truth be told, I also have been using this little guy to apply my bronzer and blush.  What can I say, if a brush works, wipe it clean between products and go to town. 🙂
  • Diorskin Star Concealer (seen here) was purchased because of Gyudy from Gyudy’s Notes of Beauty.  Since spying this concealer in her October favorites and reading her review, I knew I had to take the plunge–so glad that I did.  My review and comparisons will be up next week.
  • Dior Minuit Nail Lacquer (reviewed here and found here) was released last winter as part of Dior’s Holiday Collection and continues to be the most alluring color I have ever seen. Although Dior has release four new lacquers this holiday season (seen on Temptalia), I’m still mesmerized by the beauty of Minuit.  Smoky, a dark aubergine color, looks striking, but easily dupable and definitely not worth the extra expense.
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (reviewed here) is my go-to winter time facial moisturizer.  As you may already know, I only utilize oils (Argan, Coconut and Castor) as my daily moisturizers; however, during the cooler months my excessively dry skin needs a thicker balm.  This is the only cream that is all natural and rich enough to alleviate the tightening feeling on my skin.  I purchase the large 13.5 oz tub for my husband and one for myself, and we find the generous amount lasts the entire season.
  • Toyko Milk Dead Sexy Parfum is one of two scents I can tolerate.  The musky blend of vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony is not overpowering and does not linger throughout the day.  I know the lasting power is not an immediate draw for some, but I prefer when fragrances dissipate within a four-hour window.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro (reviewed here) has become my HG brow product.  This cream formula adheres to the skin seamlessly and does not budge throughout the day–even stays put through a workout.  Who wouldn’t want that?
  • Burberry No.10 Smudger Eyebrush has been discontinued, but I find the tapered end and soft hairs perfectly diffuses GA Eye and Brow Wengewood on my brows.  I suppose MAC 119 would make a suitable substitute.
  • Lip Combination:  Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is my ultimate lipstick/lipgloss base. YSL The Mats 205 (reviewed here and recommended by my sweet Instagram friend Zvoncnjica26) is a deep dark seductive berry/plum color that has the most potent staining effect.  Dior Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue (reviewed here) compliments 205 perfectly.  Together, this combo makes one dynamite Holiday Lip.
  • Gold Hoop Earrings are classic and timeless.  This particular pair was purchased when I was 13 years old with my very first paycheck.  I recall Alyssa Milano sporting a similar pair on an episode of Who’s The Boss and I figured if she looked good in them, I would as well.  Fast forward, ten years later (did you catch that?) these little gems still manage to look good and are the ideal shape to wear with bulky scarfs.
  • Sydney Evan Diamond Disc Pendant has been worn non-stop.  I’m really enjoying the simplicity of this piece and how well it pairs with everything.  One need not go out and spend a fortune on a SE piece; many companies now produce similar designs for a fraction of the price.
  • Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is added to my post workout shake everyday.  My nutritionist sister (here) recommends this product to her clients to aid in healthy elimination.  I know this is not the typical beauty channel topic; however, this is something that does effect our health and the appearance of our skin.  I add a full scope (3 tablespoons–amount will vary from person to person) to my shake, along with Spirulina (seen here), Whey Protein Powder and Chia seeds.  Adding Psyllium to any flavored drink, would be highly recommended seeing as how it has a strong earthy flavor. Psyllium thickens the more it is submerged in a liquid, therefore drinking your shake within 5 minutes is highly advisable.  Read about all the health benefits of this fabulous product (here) and judge for yourself.
Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2. My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
My post workout shake with Psyllium.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Psyllium in all of its glory.

Things I Have Been Loving:  Volume 2.

Things I Have Been Loving: Volume 2.
Utilizing the products mentioned. Due to the blaring sun in my all white bathroom, my skin looks particularity flawless. I wish I could surround myself with these lighting conditions all the time 🙂

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you some of these products are tried and true and other newly acquired gems have impressed me beyond expectation. 🙂  What are some things you have been loving?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish is truly a midnight passion!

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Are you looking for a unique nail color for the holiday season?  Well look no further than Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish ($26 US/ .4 fl. oz.) part of the Dior Golden Winter Collection Holiday 2013.  In French “Minuit” means midnight and this beautiful plum color with gold, copper and red micro-shimmers strikes me as a representation of the all the lights, life and energy Paris offers at the stroke of midnight.  So enamored was I with the packaging, I felt an urge to encase Minuit in acrylic and place this beauty on a pedestal to preserve it’s brilliance (crazy?..a little).  The combination of the gold colored top, round glass vessel and the sparkling plum color, is simply stunning.  I own Diva Vernis (from last year’s Holiday 2012 Collection) and the effect is not the same.  There is something about Minuit that looks and feels luxe.  According to Dior,

Diorific Vernis is available in three new shades, Minuit (plum), Marilyn (red) and Frimas (pink taupe), which enhance the nails with deep, sparkling, ultra-couture shades.

True color representation of Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis.

True color representation of Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis with flash photography.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis with flash photography.

Minuit would look spectacular on a variety of skin tones, nail widths and lengths.  The color itself is a bit of a chameleon in different lighting conditions.  In natural sunlight, Minuit’s strong dark plum base color and it’s beautiful combination of shimmers becomes quite evident.  In flash photography, Minuit’s red shimmers dominate and the color morphs into a more burgundy-red hue.  Regardless of conditions, the shimmers are very noticeable, giving the polish a beautiful sparkle and depth.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis nail polish lasted on me a full 5 days without chipping, but I did experience some tip wear.  This will vary according to one’s activities.  My daily activities, if you’re interested, consist of picking up legos, laundry, cooking, cleaning and dog care.  If you do not do any of these tedious chores, then you are a lucky duck and your manicure will last longer.  The point is, Minuit lasted well on the nails despite the hardships of my day.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish brush.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish brush.

The formula has a medium consistency that settles smoothly on the nails.  Opacity was reached using two coats.  The brush in the Diorific Vernis line is wide enough to accommodate a variety of nail widths and lengths (unlike the regular Dior polishes).  Another great feature about these polishes is they are classified as 5-free.  According to Sephora:

Dior Nail Lacquers are five-free and do not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Removal was a breeze with my trusty Zoya Nail Polish Remover (removes all polishes easily).   I love this color so much, I am planning on getting another bottle to give as a gift.  Frimas Diorific Vernis (from the same collection) is such a tempting color, but I am certain it will not mesh well with my olive skin tone. However, it looked fabulous on Sabrina from thebeautylookbook.com (here).  I wish I could pull-off some of the colors she wears on her nails.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis is sold at Nordstrom, Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and Sephora (currently sold-out online).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to run and get Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.  This polish is one of those holiday items you will regret not buying, if it sells out.  Go and experience this midnight beauty for yourself. You may not encounter all the sights, sounds and colors that Paris offers at midnight, but at least your nails will look spectacular!  Oui?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.