Weekend Reads, Links and Loves

April 17, 2016

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend! We have warm spring weather which almost feels like summer, but I’m not complaining! I have a mix of things I’m loving right now. New summer beauty collections are starting to trickle in and I’m excited to see the new releases over the next month. I’m still 100% smitten with the Tom Ford Soleil Bicoastal Cheek Duo (reviewed here) and the Ultra-Rich Lip Color in Revolve Around Me (swatched here). A few of you asked if Bicoastal was too similar to Wicked to justify both. The finish and color is really similar, almost identical so you don’t need both. However Bicoastal has that gorgeous sheen that makes it extra special.

Additional Loves
  • Diptyque Oud is more of a fall kind of scent (reviewed here) but I’m still loving it for right now to burn something different than the traditional spring floral for the home.
  • Lumira Travel Candles are still an obsession of mine. My all time favorite is the Tahitian Coconut – it is truly the best coconut home fragrance I’ve tried because it’s not too sweet.
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Enamored Lip Lacquers offer a lush cushiony kind of shine to the lips, above shown is Pretty Thing (all swatched here).
  • Out of all the new lipstick formulas launched this year to date, the best in-between kind of lipstick that isn’t too sheer and isn’t too opaque is the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo. It offers medium to full coverage with a pretty shine. All shades swatched here.
  • I just discovered Muji Gel Pens and am obsessed. I bought a set in black and think I want to order a set of the ones with different colors.
Reads and Link Love
  • Makeup artist Rae Morris just launched a new book called Makeup Masterclass ($55, available via Beautylish). They sent one as a gift and the imagery and photographs are stunning. I’ve been browsing through it for inspiration on some bolder beauty looks. It’s also quite comprehensive on beauty basics for application. I highly recommend it.
  • Porter Magazine just launched their Summer Issue and this one marks the end of my year-long subscription. I’ve really enjoyed their publication and have already renewed for another year. 
  • RaeViewer uploaded a really helpful skincare video on her Favorite Skin Care for Acne + Reducing Scars, I always find her skincare recommendations really helpful!
  • Speaking of Tom Ford Summer, Tamira Jarrel has a gorgeous Tom Ford 2016 Soleil Preview tutorial on her channel which is all kinds of gorgeous in a natural kind of way (Revolve Around Me looks amazing on her and she is a bit deeper in skintone compared to me).
  • I adore get ready with me videos and this Dior Poison Girl Party in Paris via Inthefrow is so beautiful!

New In Beauty / On My Radar

Anything on your beauty radar this weekend? Or new discoveries? I received the last bits of my Sephora VIB Rouge haul last week – I stocked up on the nude beautyblenders, ordered some Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows, bought some Burberry items I had on my wishlist and finally bought 3 neutral pink Louboutin Lipsticks which I can’t wait to play with. If you want to share your haul(s) – please do in the comments!

P.S. If you have anything from Space NK on your wishlist (they carry Diptyque, Eve Lom, Hourglass, By Terry, Oribe etc.) – don’t forget there’s a special promo code for Beauty Look Book readers through May 1st. Details in this post here.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

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  • Deb

    Hi Sabrina. I wanted to thank you for arranging the BLB discount code with spacenk. I used it to stock up on non makeup items. Considering the total, it was a very nice and much appreciated perk. I realized while I was browsing the site that there was nothing in the makeup section that called to me. I think that is the first time that has ever happened! I recently got a few items from TF and the new Viseart quad in Minx from other retailers. And I think that I'm done for a while. It's a unique and weirdly satisfying experience to browse the makeup section and realize you don't want or need anything. Especially when in possession of a discount code! Happy shopping to everyone.

    • Hi Deb – glad you were able to save with the Space NK code πŸ™‚ I agree – it's nice to browse makeup online or in store and feel like you don't need or want anything πŸ™‚

    • This is pretty much the space I'm in also. I just recently bought two of the new BECCA blushes and the Viseart Minx palette. I'm good with what I have and that's a feeling I like! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for the special discount! I will be using it get several Oribe product replacements. Came at just the right time.


  • Thank you for the update about the Wicked v. Bicoastal question that several of us had. It's as I thought: As lovely as Bicoastal is, the deeper shade in Bicoastal is just too similar to Wicked to warrant purchasing it; especially since I already have a number of highlighters that combine beautifully with Wicked. Money saved for the next TF collection πŸ™‚

    I'm also in that lull where there isn't anything I really need or want. Summer collections are probably my least favorite. Once I pick up a few products to enliven my complexion and add a pop of summer color, I'm done–until the fall collections come out! LOL

  • great, helpful and infomative post!