Thursday, September 5, 2013

August Favorites

 Although this is an "August Favorites" post, we're just going to pretend it's my "July Favorites." Why? Well, one reason being that I didn't do a July Favorites post, and the other is that I simply cannot cope with the fact that August has passed (so quickly) and that means that the summer is basically over. Fall is fine and all, but let's be real here. It really only lasts like two weeks, and then it is uncomfortably cold. Frigid cold, actually. It's quite depressing for me, hence the game of "let's pretend." 

 Ok, on to my "July Favorites." 
First up, we have the forever raved about Fiji  by Essie. I have been hearing girls gushing over this nail polish for years and I finally gave in to the hype. I am glad I did! Though Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands, I will be the first to admit that quite a few of their nail polishes have a pretty crappy consistency. This, however, is not one of them. This nail polish goes on nice and opaque in two coats, and has the prettiest creamy, pale pink hue. It isn't streaky, too thin, or too thick. It is just right. Oh, and it doesn't take five years to dry like many of their other nail polishes. It also takes like four to five days for this to chip on me, which is pretty good!

Essie's Fiji nail polish

When I want to remove my Fiji, I have been loving Zoya 3- in- 1 Remove + ! I first saw this nail polish remover on Vivianna Does Makeup and thought the pump dispenser was cool and seemed convenient, so I splurged for it. At first, I thought, "Really? Ten bucks for a nail polish remover? That's kinda ridiculous!" But, I am glad I decided to shell out the extra cash, because this actually does seem better than the cheapo nail polish removers I buy at the drugstore. First, I was right. The pump dispenser IS cool, and it IS more convenient! Second, this removes polish quite a bit quicker than my usual remover, and with less effort. I don't have to scrub away at each nail for the nail polish to come off, and when it does, it doesn't seem to leave a stain behind. With the other removers, I either have a stain the color of the old nail polish, or a yellowish stain. It doesn't make my nails look dead and dull, either. Overall, I am more than a little happy I bought this stuff. 

The next product I was really feelin' this last month, was Mario Badescu's Buffering Lotion. See, for the last few years, I have been getting these really crappy cystic acne spots right along my jawline and down to my neck. I decided I'd had enough of it and purchased this little miracle potion. MY GOD! This shit is AWESOME! Excuse my less than ladylike language here, but I am just so excited I found this! I apply this thin liquid to my spots at night, and when I wake up in the morning (or mid afternoon depending on how eventful the night before was) they have magically disappeared! At least for the most part. This time last year, I was going for acid peels and using all kinds of garbage prescribed to me by the dermatologist (which caused me to have like three periods a month) and now, I think I have found just what I needed all along! This can also be used on the back and chest. I know $17 seems like a lot for 1 oz of product, but I'm telling you, if you suffer from deep, painful cystic acne, you have to try this!

Another Gh0stparties inspired purchase, Clinique's High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara has wedged it's way into my beauty routine, and I am quite pleased about it! This mascara really gives me long, thick, extremely black, beautiful lashes. One thing I really like is how easily the brush glides through the lashes, distributing just the right amount of product. It really doesn't clump,  and when I do get a little too much product in one spot, it brushes through easily. My lashes are just left glossy, thick, and black. This doesn't curl as much as Diorshow Iconic Overcurl which I talked about here, but it does volumize and lengthen beautifully and once again, I'll say how glossy and black it makes my brittle, dead lashes! P.s. It is actually quite hard to photograph eyelashes. I promise you this mascara looks better than it does in the photos below!

Scary face sans glasses wearing Clinique's High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara

Wearing YSL's Glossy Stain in #108 Violine Out of Control

Next, we'll talk about my latest YSL lip product acquisition, the "Rebel Nudes" Glossy Stain in the shade Violine Out of Control (#108.)  Now, this has a bit of shimmer when you see it in the light. I normally don't like shimmer on my lips. In fact, I hate it. But, when it isn't glistening in the sun, you can't see the shimmer. This lip product is sort of a balmy feeling, glossy stain. Just like the name says. And it really does stain. The stain lasts quite a long time, and I love that it doesn't feel dry on the lips like most stains. It has a nice shine, but nothing too crazy. Just enough to not make it look and feel drying. This particular shade just gives my lips a purple-y, berryish tint, which I like, as it's a bit different than my usual bright red or fuschia lips. It's subtle enough to wear to work (I work in a hospital, where bright, cheery lips just don't feel right to me.) And as always, the YSL packaging just feels so luxe and special!

Ok, so I have been having lip issues lately. By "lip issues," I'm referring to the dry line along my bottom lip where my lipstick crumbles up to, making me look utterly ridiculous. The words crumbly and lipstick really just never belong together. At least not in my world. So, I picked up this little Popcorn Lip Scrub from Lush. This sugar and sea salt concoction sloughs away the dead lip skin, while jojoba and coconut oils nourish the lips, leaving them smooth, soft, and hydrated. The interesting thing is that you can just lick this right off your lips, because it's made from all natural ingredients. And, though, it doesn't taste exactly like popcorn, (this is a little sweeter) it still tastes good enough for me to want to use a little extra, just so I can lick it off. 

Finally, we have one of my favorites of the favorites, the Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy/Viva la Juicy la Fleur rollerball duo. Ok, when I saw this, I almost defecated in my pants! No, but seriously, I was super jazzed. Viva la Juicy happens to be one of my all time favorite fragrances, which I ran out of like two years ago, and have since moved on to try others. I had been wanting to purchase La Fleur since it came out, but I was too cheap to do so, plus I couldn't decide between the two. Well, now that the stars have aligned in my favor, I don't have to! I know some of you might say, "God, what are you? 16?" as these are rather young scents, but I just can't seem to get on board with the more mature scents that are all the rage these days. I smell all the Tom Ford perfumes and make a rather unpleasant face. There might be one or two Chanel perfumes I like, but not love. I have never come across Diptyque in a store to sample, but I'm betting I wouldn't really care for that either. I just really love these flirty, young fruity floral type scents. Both scents feature notes of creamy vanilla, caramel, wild berries, and soft jasmine with slight variations. Both are very sexy and alluring in my opinion. I never feel "complete" without adding a few dabs of one of these to my pulse points before heading out the door.

Thanks for reading through this novel I've written here! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Do any of them sound like something you would be interested in? Let me know what you think in the comments!


  1. First time here and I am loving your blog! LOVE you bio! :) That lip color looks great on you! I love that nail polish and popcorn lip scrub too! :)

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