Posted on June 4, 2013

Rewind: A look back on my Obsessions from May aka Favorite Things

favorite things/ Hair/ Loreal/ Mac/ Milani/ Nail Care/ Perfume/ Tarte/ Zoya

Seriously I cannot believe we are in the month of June already, this year is flying bye. I had planned to bring back monthly favorites post last month but I was super busy with work and didn’t get a chance. So it’s officially back this month and I will do my best to keep up month to month. Over the past few months that I haven’t been posting a favorites I have tried a TON of new products that I love, here is quick rundown of a few, lets get right into it.

First up is this warm peach bronze cream colour base from MAC Cosmetics, the color is seaside from the August 2011 Mac Me Over collection. The Cream colour bases can be applied to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer or powder. Mac recommends applying this with a brush however I prefer to use my fingers, I have been using this a an eye shadow base and I LOVE it. I blend it in but not completely I leave a hint of it showing up toward the brow bone for highlight, but my eye shadows adhere to it amazingly as a base and gives the colors some warmth. This particular color is from an old collection so unfortunately it may be hard to find, your best bet might be a cosmetics company store.

Milani Baked Blush: Seriously If you haven’t tried these yet you are missing out. The color payoff for a drugstore brand is amazing. They apply very smooth and blend easily, the gold specks add a nice dimension of color. The color shown is red vino the darkest of the eight shades available. For a retail price of $7.99 these are a must have.

I had been seeing some new hair care products from L’Oreal popping up for a few months now and one day I decided to give them a try. I had actual bought the entire line from the Total Repair 5 I wasn’t overall impressed with the shampoo and conditioner. Nothing bad about them but nothing all that special either. However the dry oil and the damage erasing balm are amazing. I had been wearing my curly, wavy unruly hair straight for most of the month and really putting it through the wringer with the heat from blow drying and flat ironing. After using the repair balm the first time I was in love with it. Instant gratification I saw and felt results with the first use. Shedding significantly reduced but oh my goodness my hair was soooooooo soft and smooth. The dry oil is nice, a quick spritz in the morning is all you need for nice shine, I also sprayed on a few dry spots on my scalp, watch it on the roots though, too much will leave it greasy. 

Tarte Cosmetics need I say more? I am totally obsessed with just about every product tarte makes.  If you are not familiar with tarte they are a natural based cosmetics line whose products do not contain parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrance or gluten.  Here are some of my favorites. For my oily skin girls you must try the amazonian clay foundation that I reviewed here. If you follow me on instagram you see I post a lot of my skin care items, I might be mildly obsessed with anti-aging and wrinkle prevention. The tarte maracuja oil is a must have a nice light facial oil with vitamin C and essential fatty acids. Aids in repairing and rebuilding skin, reduces redness, inflammation, irritation and helps even skin tone. Ladies with acne or oily skin don’t be afraid to use a facial oil, and any of my ladies over 30 you really should consider adding a facial oil to your skin care regimen. There is a lot of stuff in this picture so I will do a separate post on all of them but the lights, camera, action mascara is another one of my tarte loves.

There was a lot of hype surrounding this lipstick release from the MAC, Rhianna collaboration. Ruby Woo is a classic Mac Lipstick. Although very very similar to Ruby Woo I find RiRi Woo slightly warmer and really a red lipstick that any woman can wear. If you missed the original release, RiRi Woo will be re-released this month. Tip, go ahead and pick one up. 
Last makeup item is this concealer from the Balm. Great coverage and consistency perfect to conceal undereye dark circles. Last all day, blends well and does not crease. Available from The Balm in nine colors. Shown in color med-dark.

 Zoya Pixie Dust no need to elaborate. Even though I got these in March I wore Vespa and Godiva more than once in April. Full swatches of this collection can be found here. Let me add oh my GAH I have a preview of the fall pixies on my facebook page and PLOP Tomoko and Chita so excited for them.

While we are talking nails I picked up this ProFx cuticle remover from Walmart and its really great. The bottle is huge. This is a gel you apply to your cuticles, let soak in for 2 minutes then use a washcloth or brush to wipe the cuticle away.  The gel has no scent and is not sticky, perfect for hands and toes, I forget how much I paid for this I want to say around $3 this will easily last over a year or more so a great value. 

Another one of my obsessions, yes I know, I have a lot, is perfume. I’m a sucker for a pretty bottle. I snagged these two Salvatore Ferragamo fragrances Incanto Shine and Incanto Dream at TJ Maxx. Oh by the way, TJ Maxx another obsession there are a few good ones where I often catch some great finds. These are older fragrances first being released back in 2007. Incanto Shine has notes of Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Cedar,  Amber,  Freesia,  Musk,  Peony & Bergamot Peach while Incanto Dream has notes of Pineapple  Black Currant, Mango, Peony, Freesia, Sandlewood, Musk and & Pink Lady Apple. If your into light feminine fruity scents you will enjoy these, perfect for the Spring & Summer. 

Completely random but this Schick Hydro Silk razor is one that I like a lot. 5 blades with a skin guard, not much to describe but gives a nice close shave. 
Whew, are you still with me? I have been really amping up the clean eating and one of the last things I had to conquer with that was not drinking so much sugary juices and sweet tea. So for the past month I have been drinking a lot of fruit infused water. There are a ton of varieties for different needs but this lemon, strawberry, mint is my favorite.

Lemon: Aids with digestions, cleansing the liver and antioxidants help fight wrinkles;
Strawberries: Dietary fiber helps with digestion, lowers blood pressure, and has anti-inflammatory properties;
Mint: Helps with headaches, nausea, digestion, and oral health.
To make fruit infused water just take your ingredients slice them and muddle them a little bit in the bottom of your pitcher, fill with filtered water. Let sit at least two hours or better if overnight and enjoy. 

So what do you think of my obsessions from May? Have you tried any of these products?  I would love to hear about what some of your favorite things are also. 

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  • I’ve been drinking water for lemon for the last month, but I like the idea of adding strawberries and mint, will try this! I’ve also been using the Tarte Maracula oil every night, good stuff.

  • Those Milani blushes are my weakness. I don’t own red vino though – I’m going to have to snag it! Great faves!

  • Oh and how could I forget riri woo!! LOVE!

  • Ooh, I need Milani blushes! And the hunt begins! 🙂

  • I love reading these posts. Great work!

  • Ooooh the fruit infused water looks great!!

  • i’ve been looking for a product to reduce shedding and heat damage. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for that l’oreal product.

  • Yeah that fruit/spa water looks really good! I’m trying to cut out sugary drinks too! Great post!

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