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Friday, February 10, 2012

January Faves

Another month closer to warmer weather! I really shouldn't complain, as our winter hasn't been nearly as cold and terrible as it usually is, but still a bit of early spring would be nice. I didn't have too many new faves this month, but I did try to use up a few older items to make way for new ones I'm itching to get to.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
With all of the excitement over the new naked palette (Naked 2, very aptly named) I thought maybe I should get a bit more use out of my original. I do love this palette, but I got away from using it for a while. Over the past month I used Sin, Buck, Darkhorse and Virgin (the best highlight shade since...ever?) pretty exclusively. Sin is just about my favourite shadow of all time for use on the inner lid area; it makes my eyes look so bright and big. I'm still on the fence about Naked 2, but chances are it will make it's way to me in the long run.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Peaceful
I recently reorganized my makeup and realized the almost disgusting amount of blush I have... I didn't realize I was a blush hoarder. That said, I've really been trying to use a bit of everything in my collection, starting with blushes that I love, but don't use enough. Peaceful is a peachy-pink blush with a fine glowing shimmer. The shade was exclusive to QVC, but may be available elsewhere by now.

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skin Finish 
I recently got hooked on highlighters, and have been filling in my lacking collection with LE MSFs. My favourite out of my new crop is Perfect Topping from the Sugarsweet collection. Perfect Topping is a shimmering light peachy, golden shade. It is quite refined and while still shimmering, does not have any oversized glitter.  I like to apply this (and other powder highlighters) with my Smashbox Fan Brush (#22) for a precise, soft glow.

Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick in Pout
Quite possibly the best pink lipstick ever? I'll keep this short as I have a post in the works that will be more in depth, but do pick this up if you happen to see it. It is said to be a dupe of MAC Angel, but I don't have it so I can't confirm.

MAC Kissable Lipcolour in EnChantee
I picked this up when it came out with the Peacocky collection, but it is available again now, as it was repromoted in the Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection. I was set to get a few more shades since they are available now, but I used the few brain cells that haven't been obliterated by nail polish and acetone fumes, to realize I really don't need more lip gloss. This is a really great product though, the creamy colour with a bit of shine that wears so well. Defiantly pick one up if you haven't tried them yet.

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Roll On Perfume
I love this scent! It is the perfect blend of delicate coconut and vanilla. Soft and not too sweet. I loved the roll on so much I also picked up the full size spray. Ugh, it is so different from the roll on, and in the worst possible ways. The spray has a powdery floral note that the roll does not. I could probably get used to it but I am disappointed. Stick to the roll on for an amazing scent. 

Cover Girl Line Exact Liquid Eyeliner
So this isn't exactly a "fave" but I am trying to use it up. I bought it when I couldn't find my beloved Marcelle liquid liner. I figured I'd give this on a chance. It's okay overall, but the black is a bit weak, the product doesn't flow into the tip properly and the pen is so short it's awkward to hold. I have a Lancome Art Liner to use next, even though I prefer the pen style as opposed to ones that need to be dipped ink well style.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Full review here. This was hard to get my hands on, but so worth it.  Great coverage and spot on colour match.

OPI Steady as She Rose
This came out with the Pirates of the Carribean 'Stranger Tides' collection, but I passed on most of them (I did review the minis here). I took a chance on SASR when I spotted it on clearance, and am very happy I did. This polish is a pale, dusty pink tinged lavender. It's slightly Spring like, but dusty enough to be a Winter shade as well. Very flattering and quite pretty on.

YSL Toning and Cleansing Micellar Water Nude Make-up
This is a huuuge sample bottle that I got in a recent Sephora order. This is a pretty standard micellar water, it does not remove eye makeup very well even though it says it can, but it is great on the rest of my face. I have a so many micellear waters that I wouldn't buy this one, but for a freebie it is great. Plus, the bottle will be great to decant other micellars for travel. 

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream
Full review here. I've had this moisturizer kicking around for a bit... I initially really liked it, but then found it wasn't enough for my prone to being dry skin. I recently started using it again to use it up, and found that I kind of like it, again. I while I wouldn't purchase this again, as it turns out it has alcohol in it (soo lame) it does make my skin feel pretty great.

Figs & Rouge CocoVanilla Organic Balm
Full review here. I think that this little wonder balm is pretty swell. Yup, I said swell. A definite must try.

Bonus Faves!
French Chocolate Caramels
I was gifted a nice little stash of my favourite French caramels. They're coated in dark chocolate and are soo good. They now live in a little mirrored box on my desk.

Colourful Leather
Now, I love a good leather purse, but when it comes to the colour I usually play it safe and choose more neutral and safe shades. I threw caution to the wind and am now the happy owner of two boldly hued leather bags. The first being an unbranded kelly green satchel, which happens to look an awful lot like that other satchel brand *cough* and a blurple (blue in some lights, purple in others) Sam and Kate Pebble Leather Crossbody. Now which to use first...

What were your faves last month?


  1. I need to smell that Pacifica rollerball, the name of it alone sounds amazing. 

  2. What a coincidence! I have Steady as She Rose on my toes right now :)


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