Beauty favorites - makeup
8. Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Eau de Parfum: I had a hard time deciding whether to include the perfume or the soon-to-be in stores perfume oil (check out Sephora on the 25th!) that I received as a gift at NYFW, but I think the perfume suits my tastes better. It lingers a little longer and doesn't require reapplication. It's fresh and intriguing, and definitely my current signature scent. The Nirvana black is equally captivating, and definitely worth checking out.
9. MAC matte lipstick in Ruby Woo: A long-lasting bright red lipstick in a perfectly matte texture. What more could a girl ask for?
10. Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner High Precision Brush: After years of using expensive liquid liners and being unhappy with poor results (liners rubbing off too soon, a line that wasn't quite dark enough, ingredients that irritated my eyes, and felt tips that were never exact enough), I finally tried Sephora's affordable high precision liner. At $12, it's a steal, and it lasts me at least four months with daily use. It's dark, easy to use, and lasts all day. Winged eyeliner was never easier.
11. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse: I'm a firm believer that a good set of brows can change a face, and this mousse tackles my thin, uneven brows whether I've just had a wax or it's been a few weeks. I've tried pencils that ran out too quickly, gels that made my brows look wet, and sticks that looked too drawn-on. This mousse does none of those things, AND it comes with the handy brush/spool. The only con: it doesn't come with enough shades! There are more than three hair colors, but there are only three options available... for now. Luckily for me, I'm a perfect match for the Medium Brown shade, but for those of you with different coloration, I can only hope that Tarte will expand their brow shade collection soon to bring great arches to a wider variety of customers.
Honorary mentions: Diorshow Blackout Mascara, Diptyque Baies Candle, NARS makeup brushes, and Kai Body Glow. Worth it, worth it, worth it, worth it.