October 7, 2011
After receiving the fuschia version of Stila's Long Wear Lip Color in the Betsey Johnson NYFW gift bag, I knew I'd finally found a great all-day lipcolor that is actually long wear - instead of just advertising that it is! With a smooth application that goes on matte without drying your lips, this highly pigmented lip color lasts for hours - even if you're eating and drinking. It's my new favorite thing! Pictured in Fuschia and Fiery Red.
Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre. I hate spending this much on a single beauty product (they're $36 a pop), but it's just something you have to see to believe. The eyeshadows are smooth, velvety to the touch, and even after hours of wear, they don't crease - at all. Eyeshadow primers tend to irritate my skin, so these are the perfect solution for a smokey eye.
Like I hinted above, I have extremely sensitive skin - so even the most "sensitive skin friendly" moisturizers and creams tend to make me break out, (this is also the reason you won't see any foundation in this list). Chanel Hydramax Moisturize Gel is my go-to for fall, and once winter hits I switch to Chanel Beauté Initiale. They last forever.
I admit to being a total nail polish junkie (with a horrible habit of changing my nail polish at least a few times a week), and Barry M is one of my favorite drug-store brands - with amazing colors and a tempting price (less than $6 a bottle). Though the brand is UK based, you can purchase Barry M through ASOS. Bright colors here & classic colors here.
I picked up Anna Sui's Loose Face Powder last year when I was in Japan after falling in love with the packaging. If you're super pale like I am, the light purple powder is a perfect finishing layer, with a light, luminous glow. Oh, and it smells like roses. Divine.
No explanation needed. Just get with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics program, already. Lip tar = everything.
I've never been a "signature fragrance" kind of girl. I like changing my scent depending on my mood, the weather, etc. I finally tried Bond No. 9 fragrances after visiting their enormous, gorgeous new boutique in the Meatpacking District, and I absolutely fell in love with their Chinatown perfume - but, being commitment-phobic when it comes to fragrance, rather than buckling down the dough for a full bottle, I opted for the super adorable Bon Bon Box, ideal for my mercurial tastes. The truth? I'll probably be going back for a bottle of Chinatown, soon. It's just so perfect.
I'm definitely a skeptic when it comes to Salon-brand haircare products, and am more likely to use Garnier Fructis than Frederic Fekkai, but after seriously processing my hair when going from black/blue/purple to bright, coppery red, I knew my hair was in major need of repair. I've tried a lot of different products, but it turns out the ones from Arrojo, the salon where I get my hair cut and colored, are actually the best. I've become addicted to the Hair Repair Masque. If you have dry or damaged hair, I can't recommend it enough! It's basically straight protein for your tresses - and my locks are super silky after just a couple of weeks of use. In NYC and looking for a new 'do? I can't sing enough praises for Topher (stylist) and Flores (colorist). It took years to find stylists in NYC that I could commit to, but this is it: my hair is officially married to them.
Okay, I'm not an expert by any means, but these are the products I'm loving right now. What are your favorites? Any new beauty secrets or discoveries you want to share?