Really Really Ridiculously Good-Looking

If there’s one thing this girly-girl loves to explore second only to fashion, it’s beauty. I have experimented with makeup for as long as I can remember. I loved reading magazines like Allure, getting tips on the perfect mascara, the perfectly flushed cheek, and the latest fragrances.

Lately I’ve collected some new beauty treasures that I wanted to share with you, because they frequently pop up in my daily routine and/or have changed my life in the way that only beauty products can.

New favorite mascara, even trumping my coveted YSL Faux Cils, is MAC’s Haute & Naughty lash. Thick, wet, black lashes with barely a stroke. I almost have to be careful to put not very much on, for fear of looking like this. It literally is like painting your lashes, unlike today’s modern mascara which is more like “tinting”. I love it. And it only took me 3 weeks to realize it has two brushes built-in for different effects (hence the double cap).

I’ve never heard of armour before, but I love the color of this lip gloss included in one of my many NYC gift bags. It’s quite thick!

Christopher Drummond sent me this creamy lip stain almost a year ago, and I’m finally getting around to raving about it – admittedly I didn’t try it for several months because summer just didn’t seem like the time for ruby-red lips, but I’ve been using this for special occasions all winter and into spring now and this stuff is a-mazing in the fact that it like, doesn’t come off. I need makeup remover to take this sexy red rouge off of my lips. And the best part (weirdest part?) is that it stays creamy the whole time, like a chapstick. It’s not sticky or drying like most extended-wear lip colors. And I love the handy mirror. Only part that I’m not fond of is having to use my finger or a brush.

I have also been using this light mousse blush on my cheeks for a faint, subtle, “just-worked-out-post-shower” glow, which is great since we all know that I haven’t seen the inside of my gym in at least a month. Or two.

Since I’m obviously weird about cliché souvenirs, this should come as no surprise to you that this Love, Chloé perfume was my souvenir from my Norway trip last Christmas. Because it totally makes sense, right?

I love how it smells like my translucent Coty powder (which I use everyday to set my makeup) and that, indeed, was the inspiration for the fragrance. It’s soft, not sweet, and has a hint of mystery to it and maturity that gets a little sexier on the dry-down, which is what sold me. I walked around for a whole day with it on my wrist, sniffing it, before I finally decided to purchase it (duty-free!). It’s now my daily perfume. Buy it here.

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  1. 02.24.2011 / 12:51 am

    I love the Maybelline mousse blushes. I have two bronzers and that same pink color you use. I like the dewy look and hint of shimmer. My boyfriend even compliments it! Lip stains are great. have you tried the Tarte stain with lipsurgence? It stays moist like chapstick for a few hours too!

  2. 02.24.2011 / 9:39 am

    I have the Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Peach Satin and actually don't like it as a blush–too much sparkle. However, it works absolutely wonderful as an eyeshadow and mixes great with powder eyeshadows.

  3. 02.24.2011 / 9:46 am

    I am a total mascara junkie so I love the idea of this MAC formulation.
    Also the lip stain sounds amazing! Long lasting AND non drying?! Sold! Thanks!

  4. 02.24.2011 / 10:00 am

    I have the dream mousse and I love it. I actually just bought a great little lipbalm called tangerine (not as bad as it sounds) its models own and it kind of stains your lips while still keeping them moist.. genius! Im dead curious to try the mascara… Im a mascara junkie but not as bad as that image you showed… frightening!

  5. 02.24.2011 / 10:22 am

    Okay, I've totally gotta try that mascara. I have been tempted by it each time I visit the MAC counter, but haven't bought it.

  6. 02.24.2011 / 10:24 am

    "thick, wet, black lashes with barely a stroke." — you should be a copywriter!!!

    beautiful range of stuff, i always wondered about that mousse blush!

  7. Lynn Z.
    02.24.2011 / 11:17 am

    This post couldn't have come at a better time! I had a swanky holiday party this past December so I treated myself and had my makeup done at the MAC counter in Nordstrom. Luckily, I was in desperate need for more Naked Lunch eye shadow and Lingering brow pencil and Mineralize Skin Finish – I needed one other product to total the $50 makeup charge and the MAC lady suggested Pro Lash. Of course when she applied it, it came out perfectly, but when I apply it, it's clump city.

    So…thank you VERY much for suggesting Haute & Naughty! It sounds like just the mascara I am looking for!

    As for my perfume of choice – Angel by Thierry Mulger – LOVE LOVE LOVE patchouli!


    • 02.25.2011 / 12:37 am

      I've heard that Angel is a modern take on the cult favorite musk/patchouli "Opium". Have you smelled both? I wonder if it's true or not!

  8. 02.24.2011 / 2:24 pm

    I love perfume. I don't feel ready until I have perfume on. It reminds me of watching my mom get ready when I was little and her spraying heavenly clouds of her signature scent and walking through them on her way out the door.

  9. 02.24.2011 / 7:58 pm

    I really like watching youtube videos about make-up, and finding new make-up.

  10. 02.24.2011 / 8:07 pm

    I love the Haute & Naughty mascara! It took me about that long to realize it was two wands, too 🙂

    • 02.25.2011 / 12:37 am

      Mara – i think it was actually YOUR blog post that clued me in! I saw it, and ran to my bathroom, dug it out, and voila! two wands! so thank YOU for the discovery, lol!

  11. 02.24.2011 / 9:59 pm

    I adore the MAC mascara too- and it also took me awhile to figure out that there's two options 🙂
    I'm thinking I want to try out that Maybelline blush now- a little bit of glow is always a good thing especially for spring! And I adore the original Chloe perfume so I'm thinking that this new one would be just as divine 🙂

    xx Nina

  12. 02.24.2011 / 10:43 pm

    Such cute goodies! I've always been a fan of MAC but always had bad experiences with mascaras, they were never effective with my lashes until I tried haute & naughty, plus the tube is adorbs!

  13. 02.25.2011 / 12:33 am

    Kristina! WHAT are you talking about when you say the MAC has two brushes? I have the same one (from IFB) and I am sitting here trying to figure this tricky gimmick out. Help?

    Loving the products here though – I love beauty too, fashion and beauty are best friends, I'd say!

    Thanks for your sweet comment, doll!

  14. 02.25.2011 / 1:26 am

    Kristina, I use the Maybeline Mousse Blush too, in another color! I love the way it goes on. Also, most all my other products are MAC except their mascara… years ago, when I first began using their products, their mascara was terrible and I never tried it again. I am thrilled to hear they have improved it. I am going to take your word for it and give it a try soon!! I just tweeted this to you, but I am loving your new header!! The other was pretty too, but this one is more subtle without losing the SPARKLE!! 🙂

  15. 02.25.2011 / 10:53 am

    I love treating myself to new makeup and products, but I get bummed when I end up not liking something I spent money on (hair products are the worst offender). Does the Mac mascara smudge under eyes (I have long eyelashes that touch when I blink) or run at the slightest bit of wetness (I wear contacts, so this can sometimes be an issue)? Thanks!

    ALSO, I love the new "Pretty Shiny Sparkly" header!!!! Great job!

  16. 02.25.2011 / 11:51 am

    oooo you sold me on the mac's haughty and naughty lash …. i've been looking for a mascara that really painted itself on vs. just barely touching the surface!! definitely must look into!!

  17. 02.26.2011 / 9:38 pm

    I'd love to try out the MAC mascara!

  18. 11.05.2011 / 8:06 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a mascara that will do its job without three layers.

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