Monday, January 28, 2013

January Favorites!

This is my first "Favorites" post of the new year! Why does that matter? Well... um... it probably doesn't. No. It definitely doesn't. Just seemed worth mentioning. 

Ok, well anyway, the following products got me through the month of January either by making me actually look presentable while my skin was throwing a bit of a tantrum, or just by allowing me to cut corners and get out the door quicker. I'm all about that by the way. As a gal who loves (and needs) her beauty rest, I have very little time in the morning to make myself look human. So, anytime I can cut something out without compromising the end result, I am quite pleased. 

This month, my beauty routine was all about letting my natural beauty shine through (a.k.a. I am lazy.) 


This much hyped product was recently re-released in the Apres Chic collection after selling out very quickly the last time it came around. This is a corally red MSF with gold veining throughout. The original was slightly different, as it was a bit lighter and pinker according to the reviews I have read. When I first applied this, it looked a little dirty and I didn't love it. Then, I gave it another try and it just warmed up my skin so nicely. The gold sheen gave my lackluster winter skin a bit of a glow and it was just a nice change from my usual bright pink blush.


  So far, in my quest to find the perfect eyeliner, this one tops the list. It has a nice, jet black color, a perfectly pointed tip for a precise line and wing, and it really does last all day. It doesn't smudge or smear, making Amber a satisfied girl. If you are a liquid eyeliner novice, I would recommend trying this, as it really is quite easy to maneuver. 


I am always on the hunt for the perfect bronze anything. This gold shade actually came in a set with like four or five others. This is really the only one from the set that I actually use. Occasionally, in my daily hurry to get ready for work, I just like to swipe a nice bronzey gold eyeliner on and actually have it look nice. well this glides on smoothly and has a really nice, rich color payoff. It has a smudger on one end that I sometimes use to smoke out the color a bit. 


This is another lazy product for me. It's a nice, sort of peachy champagne color that I use all over the lid. When I'm in a hurry, I splotch this on and throw a matte brown color in the crease, and a vanilla shade on the brow bone to highlight. It's just a really pretty, fresh look and this shadow awakens my 6am sleepy eyes. I like to keep my eyes pretty subtle and neutral, especially if I am using my liquid eyeliner. I tend to keep the focus more on the lips.


This eyeshadow is a richly pigmented, gorgeous brown with a bit of gold. I have only tried a few Stila eyeshadows, but from my experience, they are velvety smooth and have a really great color payoff. I can use this all over the lid for a more dramatic look, or in the crease with something like Naked Lunch on the lids. There's not much else to say about this other than to rave about the smoothness and beautiful color. 

This Paint Pot was actually an accident. I had been wanting Constructivist for the longest time, so I put it on my Christmas list for my dad. When he went to Mac, he handed the list over to the Mac employee and asked if she "Knew anything about this stuff," and instead of Constructivist, she tossed this in the bag. At first, I planned on returning it, because it was just, well... brown. However, it's not "just brown." It is a gorgeous sort of taupey brown that applies like a dream. It is super smooth and makes my bronze and taupe eyeshadows pop. It even looks good on its own!

 left to right: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner | Tarte SmolderEyes in Gold 
Top to bottom: Mac Stereo Rose MSF | Stila Golightly Eyeshadow | Mac Naked Lunch Eyeshadow | Mac Groundwork Paint Pot


I got this Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in a kit with my Sephora points. Now, why oh why would a tinted moisturizer be a favorite for someone who typically requires a lot of coverage on their uneven toned, acne spotted face? Well, quite possibly because that tinted moisturizer helps even out that uneven skin tone and offers a nice, subtle glow to dull, dry skin. Now, do I wear this on its own? Hell to the no! I wear this under my foundation and it really makes my skin pass for mildly attractive!


 Ok, so I don't even think Mermaid's Tears is a permanent color (it's from the Pirate's of the Caribbean Collection), but I had to share it, because it is gorgeous! It is the perfect aqua/green color and OPI probably has the best formula. It goes on smooth, only requires about two (non streaky) coats, and dries fairly quick. Once I apply the Seche Vite topcoat, I have the perfect manicure :)


This hand lotion smells quite lovely and has really made a difference in the appearance of my hands this winter. Whenever my hands feel dry, cracked, hard, and windburned, I rub some of this nice, creamy lotion in and they instantly feel smooth and repaired. 

So this lipstick really lives up to all the hype. It's the perfect dark berry pink color. Many reviews I have read call this a red lipstick, but on me, it leans way more pink (it is a bit more berry looking in real life than in this photo.) It's fairly long lasting and applies like a dream!

 Thanks for getting through this fairly long post! And if you looked at the length of the post, said eff this, and scrolled through to the end, I'll just sum it up for you: This month, I was really into Mac products and brown toned eye products. Also, it's winter and I have dry skin. What are some of your favorite products right now? Any recommendations for a dry skinned, pale faced, curly headed girl with freckles? 


  1. oh makeup, i feel like i have so much and yet i want more :p
    those color of the shadow is gorgeous!!

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    1. I know! I have everything I foul possibly need, makeup wise, and I'm still obsessed with acquiring more!

  2. amazing post! i actually was at the mac counter to pic up stereo rose bur it was sold out :(
    and love your glasses by the way!
    amazing blog honey and thanks a lot for your lovely comment on our blog.. you totally made our day!

  3. I love mac and I've been wanting a bronzer but can't seem to find the right shade. The shade you got look really pretty.

    1. I just bought the Benefit Hoola bronzer and it's really nice! It's super smooth and not at all orangey. I know a lot of people like it.

  4. Wonderful post, Amber! I don't wear any face makeup because my skin is so sensitive, but I've heard great things about that Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer! I think it would be perfect to even out my skin without being too heavy.

    Also, I am so glad you got the Madewell shoes (and I'm sure you got them way cheaper than me, since they're on sale now!) You will love them :)


  5. Great favourites! I have been wearing MAC Stereo Rose lately as well and can't seem to put it down! :)


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