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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Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue review and photos.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue packaging.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue packaging.

What do you do when your significant other asks you what you would like from the store?  My conservative altruistic-self could have answered, “Oh nothing honey, but thank you for thinking of me.”  But such pretenses would have been immediately interpreted as insincere, therefore, I allowed my true nature to take the reins and a list was instantly formed for my beloved to purchase.  Amongst the spoils of the day was Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue ($35 USD/ 5.5 ml).  This gorgeous full-bodied Cabernet color definitely arouses an air of intrigue when worn–I can already hear the whispers when walking the streets, “Who’s that Girl?”  🙂

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue lipswatch.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue freshly applied on bare lips.

Although gorgeous to look at, I found the pigment of this particular Fluid Stick to settle a bit unevenly and appear slightly patchy when applied heavily to bare lips. However, when approached with moderation and/or paired with other lipliners and lipsticks, the formula blended seamlessly.  As with all Dior Fluid Sticks, the applicator head performs brilliantly to distribute the color and outline the lips perfectly.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue applied over Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue applied over Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue four and half hours later.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue four and half hours later.

Typical of all Dior Addict Fluid Sticks, the formula is hydrating and smooth to the touch.  The longevity and staining effect of the darker shades are more pronounced than their lighter counterparts.  For the above photos, Intrigue was applied over a light coating of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, the lasting power of this combination was beyond impressive.  I was able to snap a photo by the 4½ hour mark, and as you can see, the color and shine were very much present even after copious amount of talking and laughter.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I use Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) as my go-to lipliner/base for all of my lip combos.  This wonderous product keeps feathering at bay and lip color in place for the long haul.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

For the above look, Intrigue was placed over Estee Lauder Decadent Pure Color Envy Lipstick.  The wine tone of Intrigue complimented Decadent beautifully; giving this rich brown shade much-needed dimension and shine.  I decided to pair this sumptuous color with a very neutral eye, giving the lips the spotlight they deserved.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick.

BEFORE:
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick.

AFTER: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue.

AFTER:
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue.

For the above photos, Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue also paired perfectly with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.  The bright blue based red color was instantly transformed into a deeper red wine color.  This combo lasted comfortably for six hours without any of the color feathering into my fine lines.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L_R: 995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L'Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L-R:
995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L’Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick Swatches.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks L_R:
995 Intrigue, 893 Trompe L’Oeil, and 975 Minuit.

  • #995 Intrigue does not apply as intensely as depicted in the tube (this swatch is three coats).  In fact on me, the wine color transforms more into a succulent cool based grape color.  This would be the ideal shade for those ladies that prefer cool tone plum reds.
  • #893 Trompe L’Oeil (reviewed here) is a much lighter version of Intrigue (this swatch is two coats).  In comparison, Trompe contains more red pigment and the texture is more even and dense.  Personally, I cannot wear any of these colors without a lipliner/base due to my feathering issues; however, if that is of no consequence to you, then this color applies seamlessly on its own.
  • #975 Minuit (reviewed here) continues to be my favorite color of the lot (this swatch is one coat).  This brown based red compliments my skin tone perfectly.  The color remains rather stable and does not appear patchy when worn on its own.

Dior Addict Fluid Sticks can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Macys, etc…

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

Makeup would tell you Dior Addict Fluid Stick 995 Intrigue makes an excellent addition to my growing Fluid Stick family.  The deep rich wine color compliments all of my red lipsticks perfectly–just remember to approach this shade with caution.  Will you exude a ton if intrigue when wearing this shade?  Absolutely–at least that’s what I tell myself when I’m walking the dog 🙂  Someone has to look good for my Yoshi.  Special thanks to my husband for putting up with all of my obsessive makeup demands.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Shiba Inu

Yoshi the Shiba Inu, thinking, “Yes, Mommy your lipstick looks nice, now please, just take me for a walk.”

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