In my opinion nothing can compare to Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara. Yes it's a lot to pay for a mascara ($32), but it makes me SO happy. It gives the perfect amount of volume with actual curl and it doesn't smudge or flake in the least bit. This has a small-medium size natural brush and will keep your look going all day long. Bottom line: very very flattering.
I had been wanting the Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer for ages and finally bought it during Sephora's VIB sale (it is also available at Ulta). It did not disappoint! It's a nice, fairly neutral-toned, bronze color with a surprising amount of pigment - all you need is a very light touch. One side of the heart is a lighter shimmery bronze, and the other size is deeper with a satin finish. Personally I like to swirl the two sides together for a luminous look, but you could play around with it. And as with all Too Faced makeup the packaging is adorable - lots of product inside as well!
I am in love with Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream! The scent is wonderfully addictive but the cream is also hydrating and I do think definitely firming. They say to use it on any body parts that need a little lift and firm, but I love it so much I just use it all over (besides who has time to be applying two or three different moisturizers?). Normally I dislike body moisturizers that come in a jar because I am fundamentally lazy and prefer an easy-to-use pump. I almost didn't buy the Bum Bum Cream because of that but I am so glad I didn't listen to my inner lazy girl. This stuff is a joy to apply and I don't seem to mind what kind of container it comes in - it is totally worth it.
Whenever I wear eyeshadow from my Juvia's Place The Masquerade Mini Palette I get massive compliments. People will say I look so pretty, or that I am looking especially well that day. Now, who wouldn't like that? I did a whole review on this palette so you can get all the deets there, but needless to say I am crazy for it. The colors in this palette may not be everyone's cup of tea but the quality and texture of Juvia's Place eyeshadows is divine so you might want to check out The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette that is more tame/mostly neutrals. I know I will be buying that one next.
Another beauty item that always garners compliments is my new Pinrose Merry Maker Eau de Parfum. I bought it last month and have been wearing it a ton since then. It is bright and fresh and fun and fruity, and think I like it for nostalgic reasons because it reminds me of two very pleasant times in my past. One was in the early 90s when all the hot young guys were wearing CK One, and the other was 2007 when I was newly emplyed at Sephora and we had a really terrific group of people working together there. Merry Maker notes include: nectarine, grapefruit, cassis, violet, rose, plum, musk, moss, Tonka.
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita is described as a "matte dusty rose" but I love it because it also has a warm undertone of terra cotta. It's a beautiful color combination. At first I didn't like the texture of the lipstick because it is dry. But strangely it's not cakey dry. It somehow molds to my lips in the most flattering way so that it doesn't look dry. It is a matte, slightly on the sheer side formula that wears for hours. With a clear gloss on top it is truly stunning. I have come to crave the look and feel of it on my lips.
What were your beauty favorites this month?
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