7 Things I’m Loving Right Now

December 12, 2009

I’ve been writing so much on Edward Bess and Paul & Joe (my two new loves) – I thought I’d take a short break. Here is my list for December (a bit shorter than normal) of what I’m loving right now:

1) Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea – Got this in a Holiday Tea Set from Williams Sonoma (instore). I know it’s not exactly beauty-related, but I’ve been drinking this nonstop when I study or blog. Add a bit of honey, sugar and soy milk and it’s heaven. I think you can get it cheaper individually on the Harney & Sons Website.

2) Korres Lip Butter in Guava – Posted about some lip balms last month HERE. This one is smooth, sweet but light scent, moisturizing but not goopy. I love the light pink tint! My lips were a bit chapped from lack of food/water/sleep as I spent the last week working non-stop on school projects. This revitalized my lips instantaneously – no joke.

3) Dolce & Gabbana Mascara – I used up my favorite Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and felt it was time to open my D&G Mascara. This is *everything* Melissa and Rachel from Saks NY D&G have raved about. Defines and thickens lashes and doesn’t clump or smudge. I love the brush because it gets all my lashes without applying too much goop. It gives a more natural look compared to Armani Eyes to Kill/Diorshow. (No photo, but it comes in a heavy gold tube.)

4) Bobbi Brown Java Metallic Eyeshadow – I don’t know why I haven’t written about this sooner. I bought it as soon as the metallic shadows came out and love this for a smokey cool-brown shimmer. Most shimmery dark brown shadows I’ve found seem to be warm toned (Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmerwash, MAC Mulch, Nars Lola Lola, Chanel Cinnamon). If you like taupes, you will like Java – it’s a few steps up in intensity from your regular taupes with smokiness to it. Looks great when applied with a damp brush.

Compared to Stone Shimmerwash and Chocolate Shimmerwash for your reference:

5) Nars Irresistiblement Bronzer – I bought this months ago because it looked so pretty on Em from Too Much Blush. Even though our skintones are completely different, I had to give it a try. I’ve been alternating between this and Edward Bess Daydream for everyday bronzers. It’s a warm almost orangey looking bronze in the pan. But on the skin, it warms up my face like a bronzer-blush. Your mileage may vary on this, but if you have a Nars counter near you it’s definitely worth trying out even if it doesn’t look like your cup of tea.

6) Mauvey Pink Lipglosses: Bobbi Brown Pink Buff, Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 07, Paul & Joe Lip Gloss 09, MAC Lovechild and Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 10 – It’s difficult for me to find a mauvey lipgloss that isn’t too pale, too purple or too grey. All of these work perfectly because they have just the right amount of pink or brown so I don’t end up looking dead. They go well with Laura Mercier Chestnut Lipliner which is a good everyday neutral.

I bought Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 07 and Gloss 09 thanks to the genius of Caroline from the Paul & Joe counter at Bergdorf Goodman. She said they were great for girls with skintones like us (medium and Asian) but flatter almost everyone she’s worked with. Of course she was right on the money. I then bought Lacquer #10 thanks to Joey’s rave review and pictures. I was worried it would be too brown, but turns out it’s not!

L to R: Bobbi Brown Pink Buff, P&J Lacquer 07, P&J Lipgloss 09, MAC Lovechild, P&J Lacquer 10

7) Guerlain Perles Imperiales Holiday Meteorites – This is my one and only Guerlain Meteorites. I caved from all the raves and bought it online because it was sold out in stores by the time I decided I wanted it. Gives a pretty sparkley glow.

What are you loving this month?

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  • I love these posts! I'm debating whether or not I need Lovechild… maybe I'll get it with my next B2M. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Great post! These are so fun…it's like peaking into someone's life a bit, lol. I received a GWP of the BB rich color gloss in Pink Buff, and while the color is a little pale for me, I really like the texture and will likely buy a full size. To me, the formula is like Chanel's glossimers with the kinks worked out – this is smooth and NOT sticky…just what I like in a gloss. The doe's foot applicator is nice, too.

    Leslieal πŸ™‚

  • I have to order d&g mascara! Now that you raved about it, it's going to have to be a must have!!!

  • i like this post idea. i posted something similar before but it's for FOTD.

    we have similar taste in makeup other than eye shadows as far as I can see. But your blog offers a lot more stuff that I can't get my hands on so it's always a fun read for me. I wasn't a bit of tired reading all the EB and PJ stuff one bit. Keep them coming!

  • Am I allowed to go "Nyah! =P" about Paul and Joe Lip Lacquer #10? Hee!

    I must definitely try that tea out. I need to make a Williams Sonoma run soon anyway.

    Ok let's see what I'm loving right now:

    1) Lactaid Milk. I recently discovered I'm lactose-intolerant but I love milk so much, I couldn't give it up. This is the next best thing for me.

    2) Jordana FabuLiner Liquid Eye Liner in Black. It's $1.99 and gives my beloved L'Oreal Lineur Intense a run for its money! Super black and long-wearing!

    3) Paul and Joe Eye Gloss #5. Considering all the taupe I wear, this eye gloss makes the perfect base. Right now I'm wearing it with Bobbi Brown Brown Stone layered on top, and it's perfect! Just perfect. And it doesn't crease at all, which I appreciate.

    4) MAC 252 brush. Where the hell has this brush been my whole life?! I love it so much I ended up purchasing a 249 because I want a smaller version of it.

    5) Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow. Most perfect gunmetal-taupe in existence.

    6) Fake pashmina scarves, because it's cold in NYC and they're the cheapest way to stay warm and look cute!

    7) Olay Regenerist Daily Thermal Mini-Peel. This is an amazing drugstore find, and has caused a HUGE change in my skin. It has glycolic acid so it exfoliates and renews the skin, and it's warming so it feels great. Instant difference in my skin – it's faded my surgery scars and a couple of acne marks!

  • Thanks for the post. Love hearing about all your new finds. I swear for some reason, you and I must have similar coloring because all of the shades / nuances you love are the ones I love and always search for. Ha! Anyway a couple things I recently got I am really love:

    – NARS cream blush in Pennylane (this might now be my HG blush base…I still powder over it, but the natural pink glow it gives is phenomenal and so blendable)

    – MAC powerpoint pencil in Prussian (navy) ~ I love it so far. I was looking for a true dark navy and this did it. I hadn't tried this pencil before but it does pretty good on the waterline and doesn't smudge/fade too much if you layer it with some sort of powder or base. Navy is so useful with many looks and a really nice alt. to black.

  • I just started reading this fabulous blog! Your excellent writing and gorgeous swatch photos are such an asset to those whom have young children who do not appreciate makeup browsing.

    I have made my first P&J, Le Metier and Edward Bess purchases. Your reviews and descriptions have been spot on. Pls let us know if you try the retinol concealer from Le Metier~ I just purchased it and would love to here your thoughts. Kudos!

  • Ah, everything is sooo pretty! Especially that Java shadow – it looks positively lovely! I'm gonna have to look at a few of those lipglosses too – I've never gotten mauve to work well for me…

    I'm gonna try to do a Fall Quarter favorites post soon hehe, now that the quarter is finally over and I have some extra time!

  • Hey!!
    Loved reading your post! Here are some of the things I've been loving:
    1. Stila Bronze glow eyeshadow trio
    2. Everything Paul and Joe, thanks to you!! πŸ™‚
    3. Shiseido shimmering lipstick in SL3- its almost like a gloss and lipstick in one, and long lasting too!
    4. My good old MAC Studio Fix powder
    5. Shu Uemura premium cleansing oil, the green anti-oxidant one
    6. Boscia skin perfecting primer— love this stuff, its definitely pore minimising
    7. Cheap Forever 21 jewellery, especially long multi-layered chains
    8. Uniqlo cashmere sweaters and cardigans in fun colors
    9. MAC Twinks eye shadow
    10. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume
    Hope school stuff is going well for you!

  • I love such posts πŸ™‚
    As for Guerlain Meteorites. I just bought Asian Seasons Limited Edition Miniatures Collection πŸ™‚ I will write a review soon!
    And as for bronzers I can't wait to try my new Too Faced bronzers.

  • Hey Lina!
    Would you say the BB Java metallic shadow is comparable to the brown shade in the NARS Brousse duo from the Holiday collection? I just got the Aigle Noir soft-touch pencil and the Brousse duo so just wanted to know… Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Lakshmi – I never thought to check! I can get back to you on it.