Shiny & New

Desktop2In the interest of cultivating superhuman levels of self-discipline, I have a pretty strict policy of "hitting pan" or having an empty before going out and purchasing new beauty products, but every once in a while I figure "Why not? Let's succumb to the hype and see what the fuss is about."

New year, new products! Since I already subscribe to Glossybox and Sample Society, I get to try a lot of new products, some of which are definite keepers, but these two inexpensive and wonderful gems are things I somehow missed in 2013. I love cleansing oils and facial oils, and brutal New England winters definitely call for all the hydration a girl can get, so it's a wonderful feeling to smooth Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil on at night and wake up with plumped and glowing skin. If I'm feeling especially bold I'll layer it over Lush's Full of Grace Serum, weather be damned!

The verdict is still out on konjac sponges, but I'll report back soon. It'll be very hard to beat my current holy grail combo of African black soap with shea butter and my trusty Clarisonic, but I will say it's a great alternative to the generic shower pouf when using my favorite Lush soaps, which are being DISCONTINUED: Lush (jasmine, ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood) and Alkmaar (honeysuckle, jasmine, vetiver) are some of their more elegant and thoughtfully fragranced soaps, so it's sad to hear they've been axed. I stocked up all morose today.

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Lush Motivation: I went in to snag Fantasy because GOLD but the incredible mermaid tones of Motivation stole its thunder. I would absolutely have sprung for Fantasy if I were picking up two but PLEASE SEE MY AFOREMENTIONED RULE. It's a bit early for spring thoughts but just imagining this + tinted moisturizer + Lollitint and a swipe of mascara as my S/S 2014 go-to makeup makes me feel ten degrees warmer, I swear. Right now I've got just the thinnest flick on with a base of Dior's Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Cosmos, topped by a dusting of Cargo's Omaha Eyeshadow Duo and a quick tightline with Urban Decay Perversion, and it looks killer.

LANCÔME MAQUICOMPLET - Complete Coverage Concealer: My Chanel concealer is nearly out so I picked up something to replace it. I've tried Benefit's Erase Paste, YSL's Touche Eclat (not a concealer per se, but you know), and myriad others but everything's either been so-so or overkill. We'll see how this fares, but the reviews look promising and in-store testing of Nars, YSL, Givenchy, Hourglass and Dior left me indifferent.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow: I feel like this quad in Mystere is so amazing I could pick it up, rub it thoughtlessly against my eye parts, and it would look incredible no matter what. It's just made of magic and I'm like "Naked 3 who? Please." We still have a lot of beautiful looks to make, but it's the start of something sultry and fabulous. I'm into it.

Benefit Lollitint: If you haven't seen it yet in person, Benefit's new Lollitint is stunning. They're calling it  candied orchid and it's Pantone's Color of the Year something or other, but who cares because OMG it's bloody gorgeous. I've dreamt about it. In fact, I've dreamt about it and reported the dream to a Sephora gal, who looked at me with wide eyes and said, quite seriously, "You really should be in marketing." Lolli!

Awhile back I splurged on Sephora's Lash Stash, which is now only available on Amazon, and I will definitely give y'all a thorough run-down on that puppy soon. I'm still working my way through them all, but I will say that the front-runners thus far are Lancôme Hypnôse Drama and Too Faced Better Than Sex (which I was fully prepared to hate because THAT NAME but OMG). Blinc and Benefit's They're Real are out because I believe in 'your eyelashes tickled my neck with every nervous blink and it was perfect...'

But it can't be perfect if the eyelashes STAB, people. It can't. I hate mascara that isn't soft and touchable and comely and wonderful.

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Everlane. Their rounded silk collar blouse in blue is en route, and I can't wait to pair it with winter and spring staples!

Even in winter their Ryan tanks are must-haves, so now that I've added Heather Grey to my collection I've got one in every color! They really are the perfect drape-y tank (or tee).

Last but not least, I've signed up for French lessons and regular massages close to home. The massages are at a reputable school and the gal I've been paired with is incredible, plus at $30 a pop you really can't beat it! Between all my riding and a surge in unwelcome migraines (barometric pressure, much?), I'm sure my body will thank me for it.

French lessons start Tuesday, and since the petite and tomboy both know some French we're going to have a few dinners a week strictly en français once I'm able to keep up! Très bien!

XOXO, FFAF