Ten Things I’m Loving Right Now

November 16, 2009

Here’s November’s List of Ten Things I’m Loving Right Now. As always, I want to hear your lists too! And they don’t have to be beauty/makeup related.

1) Henri Bendel Candles from Bath & Body Works $26 – these are the best candles I’ve tried with so many feel-good scents. My favorites are Vanilla Bean, Fig, Quince, Pomegranate – and my husband loves these too.

2) L’Occitane Holiday Sets – Still loving the scented hand creams, in particular the Shea Vanilla and Frangipani scented ones! I wish they weren’t limited edition. Also love the Shower Celebration set – wish all the scents came in larger sizes (I believe the only one available individually right now is the Almond Shower Gel).

3) Paul & Joe Lip Lacquers $20 – You’ve seen these in my look features earlier in the month and my regular readers know that I bought practically every color. They are absolutely fabulous and I hope these are here to stay. They are great alone or over a liner/lipstick. I can’t rave enough about them. Cute packaging, nice pigment, non-sticky texture, very wearable colors. I’ve purchased my Paul & Joe items from Bergdorf Goodman, The Primping Parleur’s Online Boutique, Beautyhabit.com and Dermstore.com – but check the Paul & Joe Beauty website for locations around the world.

4) PhytoSpecific Integral Hair Care – this is a spray hair treatment which is supposed to “restore moisture, smooth, redefine curls, detangle, make setting easier, and protect hair from heat damage.” I have thick slightly wavy hair which I cannot air dry because it poofs up into a huge frizz ball. Up until a year ago when I started using this, I religiously blow dried and straightened my hair daily. I tried a number of no-frizz serums and straightening sprays, but I still had to go through the daily ritual of blow dry/straighten. This spray is incredible for me and once I spray and comb through, it allows my hair to air dry without turning into a huge frizz ball. I haven’t tried any of the other PhytoSpecific products, but I do love the shampoos in the regular Phyto line.

5) Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Blush $44 – I love nude blushes and this one is pretty without looking muddy on my skin. You can buy D&G online at saks.com, but I highly recommend ordering through the Saks NY or Beverly Hills counters because you get excellent customer service and the makeup artists who run the counter are very good at recommending colors. If you have any questions about other products, you can ask me too! I’ve accumulated quite a few things from them since they launched the line.

6) Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer $48 – By far my favorite powder bronzer of the moment. Wasn’t so thrilled with the hefty price tag, but I have to say that it gives that natural tanned glow. My skintone is on the pale side right now, I’m the equivalent of what’s in between MAC NC30-35. Normally I’m more of a NC35-40ish. You can purchase Edward Bess at Bergdorf Goodman or online at EdwardBess.com. Compared to some other bronzers:

7) Le Metier Eye Brightening & Setting Powder $36 – I’ve always been skeptical of brightening powders mainly because I usually don’t see a difference when using them. This, however, is every bit as great as Ellyn (from Neimans King of Prussia) and Lisa (my fellow Le Metier fan) have both raved. I use the shade Revive which is good for medium-tanned skintones. The next shade down Refresh is quite a bit paler. Seems like they need a shade in between. I use it after I apply my foundation in place of concealer under the eyes and it is an instant-brightener/evener all in one. (FYI – Neimanmarcus.com has free shipping with code and a promotional Peche Lip Creme with any Le Metier purchase, good as long as supplies last.)

8) MAC Pigments: Naked, Fairylite, Your Ladyship, Shimmertime – I like light/neutral pink shimmers for a natural barely-there all over eye color. I believe all of them have been discontinued except Naked, but you can get a full sized Shimmertime Pigment in one of the MAC holiday sets and Naked is also available as a mini in one of the holiday pigment sets.

The swatch picture couldn’t capture the real color, so I’ll try my best to describe the differences:

  • Naked is the most neutral
  • Fairylite has the most pink and most visible silver sparkle/micro glitter
  • Your Ladyship has a golden sheen to it
  • Shimmertime is the most pink/frosty throughout

9) MAC Style Black Mineralize Eyeshadows: Gilt by Association, Cinderfella, Young Punk $19.50 each – Yes, I do like MAC products even though I don’t write much about the line! I was afraid these would be too glittery, but they work well when applied with a damp brush or over a gel liner for a pretty smoky eye. It appears they are sold out online, but most MAC stores usually still carry seasonal stock so check your local store.

10) Hot Chocolate – I know many of you prefer I stay on the beauty topic, but I really love this time of year because it’s the perfect time for hot chocolate, apple cider, and warm teas. A classic favorite is the Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate that they only carry during the holidays. I’ve seen a few at Godiva and Crate & Barrel that I’m dying to try out. I know Trader Joes has a lot of holiday ciders and goodies, so I’m hoping they have a hot chocolate too. Do you have a favorite hot chocolate?

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  • Ooooh, I love your list! I'm also currently just in love with MAC pigments though I prefer the more medium-toned ones as a wash. Glad to know you're NC30-35 too though!

    I positively adore hot chocolate as well! I have two Godiva ones and a Mexican hot chocolate purchase in Tijuana. I think they're spiced up really well with just a dash of peppermint schnapps too!

    I think I'm gonna do this 10 things as a tag on my blog. It looks like fun!

  • em

    mmmmm hot chocolate, yummy!

    I always love reading your lists, I think I'm going to do my own over the weekend when I have time to think it through πŸ˜€

    and I really need to try Edward Bess and Le Metier don't I?

  • Ooohh nice list!! πŸ˜‰ I really want to try D&G Cosmetics Line… and Paul&Joe ahh…

    I think I might do this list when I can…

    I'm liking… long hair, nyx red bean pie, ysl everlong waterproof mascara, online shopping, putting makeup in the morning and noticing that they still look alright by the end of the day… =) that's it for now… I'll do a post on it hopefully sometime this week and I'll let you know!!



  • Lina, do you still like Jouer? Did you see the 25%?

  • Hey Lina!
    Loved reading this post! Here are some of the things I am loving:
    1. MAC Strobe liquid mixed in with MAC Studio Sculpt foundation as a glowy foundation
    2. MAC Superdupernatural Mineralize blush
    3. MAC Pearlglide eyeliner in Black Russian– I have multiple back-ups of this perfect-with-a-smokey-eye liner!
    4. Victoria's secret lipgloss in Blush– a MLBB color
    5. Chanel Winter nights quad, LOVE this so much am scared to use it!
    6. Martin and Osa for jeans and classic clothes
    7. Starbucks holiday lattes!! Especially Eggnog πŸ™‚
    8. Chanel Cosmic Violine nailpolish
    9. My iPhone <3
    10. Holiday season shopping πŸ˜›
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

  • Hi Lina,

    I don't have 10 things, but I did do a post on the current 5 things I'm loving on my blog.


    I should have added Almond Joy steamers and cashmere sweaters!mmmm!!

    Oh, and I have to try Edward Bess! Maybe for Christmas.

  • i always enjoy your posts and all your pretty goodies, you have impeccable taste! πŸ˜‰
    don't know about any of the posh hot chocolate but aero hot chocolate is heaven!
    i'm stocking up on candles too, using my fruits and passion ones at the moment.
    oh & l'occitane is love! best hand creams and their travel bottles are really cute,love the vintage style flip lids.

  • wow everything looks so lovely!! thank you for the Paul & Joe swatches.. i've always wanted to try those out, they look so pretty! πŸ™‚

  • Rach

    Love your blog, it's my fave! Anyway, my TOP TEN:

    1. L'Occitane Creme Caramel Candle
    2. My Country Road "Edith" bag (Australian brand)
    3. Grey Goose Vodka
    4. Zoya Jessika Nail Polish
    5. Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Nearly Violet (SPF15 too)
    6. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush
    7. Time Balm The Balm Concealer
    8. Max Factor Masterpiece MAX
    9. Dior Beige Sunshine Eyeshadow
    10. Dior Creme de Gloss – I love Red Venetian Satin and Creamy Rose

  • I'll be in New Jersey after Xmas – just in time for New Years. I get one day of shopping in the city – I'm making my list…Edward Bess…DG blush at Saks…my husband is going to dread this day hahhahaha!

  • my favorite things right now?
    1. Rag and Bone bf cardigan I bought at the Barney's outlet in Orlando
    2. big scarf bought at H&M for $12
    3. Nars Lipstick in Flair
    4. Nars Lipstick in Fabala
    5. perfume samples bought from the Parfum Del Rae website – LOVE Bois de Paradis!!!
    6. dressing my daughter in her little red pea coat.
    7. The yellow vintage Mickey tee bought at Disneyworld.
    8. Morning cup of coffee – ALWAYS in style!
    9. Timex watch bought at Orlando outlet – haven't had a working watch in over 5 yrs!
    10. Coming home from a hectic flight – my daughter was a trooper. Thanks BENEDRYL!!!

  • *squish* Lina! Clearly I need to try that Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate, don't I? =)

    Let's see what I'm loving in November:

    1) Paul and Joe Creamy Powder Compact – mine is almost done, actually! This is by far the best foundation I've ever used. I barely need concealer with it and the coverage is perfect. And it's the best color match I've ever had.
    2) Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy – this made all of my super shimmery/glittery eyeshadows completely wearable because it eliminates fallout completely! And it's SUPER inexpensive.
    3) Fyrinnae Snow Leopard eyeshadow – my new favorite taupe
    4) Edward Bess Night Romance lipstick – you never steer me wrong, love! This is the prettiest lipstick I've worn in a long time.
    5) Giorgio Armani #4 eyeliner pencil – it's the basic black, and I forgot about mine. Still my favorite black eyeliner.
    6) Zico – coconut water is the perfect drink, the end.
    7) Crumbs cupcakes – I got my boss hooked and now she buys us some every week!
    8) Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Blusher Brush – my new favorite brush! It's soft, synthetic, and amazing for foundation or cream blush/highlighters
    9) Concerts – I've been going to so many concerts lately! This month I'm seeing Deadmau5 and next month probably Rooney and Fischerspooner. January is Lady Gaga!!
    10) L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black – my original HG mascara. I kept trying new mascaras but I always come back to this one =)