These are a few of my (current) favorite things...

I have horrendous under eye circles which I inherited from my mother's side of the family. (Thanks, Mom!) And while concealers have always been near and dear to my heart, I have never found the perfect product, the one item that will whisk away the dark shadows and make me look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. ... Okay, maybe not bushy-tailed, but definitely bright-eyed! Enter confessions of a concealaholic. It is a kit by Benefit cosmetics that includes the best of their concealer products -- Erase Paste, That Girl, Boing, Lemon Aid, and Eye Bright. And they are all awesome. Don't let the silly names fool you -- these are some serious, hardworking products. What I've learned from using this kit is that it's not so much about finding that one great product but really about using a combination -- a cocktail, if you will -- of some great products. Alone, any of the above items works great, but when you use them together, they're even better.
In high school I used to fall in love a lot. But while none of those boys really made a lasting impression on me, only one of my loves from high school proved true, and that was Clinique's almost lipstick. As the name suggests, it's barely a lipstick, really more of a cross between a balm and a lipstick. The product only comes in one shade, black honey, which is a sheer and shiny red. This is seriously the only red lipstick that has ever looked good on me -- red lipstick usually makes me look like a clown. I also like that it's not drying, like many lipsticks can be, but actually a little bit moisturizing. It works great for day or night looks, and my only complaint is that the slim little tube usually runs out in less than a month. But if you're looking for a red (almost) lipstick that will look flattering on any skin tone, then give this one a try --  this might be the lipstick for you.
I first heard ZaZa last night, while I was getting ready for my date with the boyf and was listening to my iPod on shuffle. The song "Sooner or Later" came on and I realized I had downloaded the track from Amazon's mp3 store for free sometime during the summer and forgotten about it. After hearing the dreamy, echoey song wash over me, I replayed it. And replayed it. And replayed it some more. I have a habit of putting songs on repeat mode for a loooong time when they strike my fancy. And this song definitely did. Today I looked them up online and wound up buying their ep album, Cameo, in Amazon's mp3 store. It was less than $6.00 and definitely worth it. The rest of the ep is just as dreamy and echoey as the track "Sooner or Later." Another standout is "Always On." This is a relatively new band that hails from New York, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on them. If I had to compare their sound to another band, I'd say they sound a bit like The Black Ghosts, but even better. Here is the song "Sooner or Later" that I fell in love with last night. Hope you like it, too! :)

I've never been one for wearing much jewelry, not like one of my friends Jennie, who can layer on the necklaces and bracelets in a stylish way. If I did the same thing, I'd just look like a little girl who was caught playing dress-up with her mother's jewelry. But lately I've been into quirky necklaces. I bought the tree + birdie necklace at your left from Ma Cherie Creations a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing it regularly ever since. Ordinarily, such a large pendant would look and feel strange on me, but this one just suits me for some reason. I've always loved trees and the little sparkly birdie hanging from this tree just completes the look. If you're looking for a quirky but wearable necklace to wear for a special occasion or even for every day use, I suggest you check out Ma Cherie Creations.

What are your favorites this month? Let me know in the comments! :)


2 comment(s):

Claire Kiefer said...

I looooooove this post and now I kinda want to do one! Couldn't agree more about Benefit. I've never used that kit (I don't have dark eye circles, though I've always thought they were sexy, haha), but I love their playsticks concealer stick and so many more of their products. I also love: Urban Decay primer potion for eyes (keeps eye makeup on!), Stila smudge pots (STAYS on!), Dior Airflash foundation (makes your skin look like a doll's), OPI "Pop of Poppy" nail polish (preferably with "Only Gold for Me" as a topcoat), and Ray Lamontagne's new song Rock and Roll and Radio.

And so many more! :)

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

I think I might have to try that almost lipstick :)