December 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites

AUDREY

BEAUTY


 Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream

Night CreamI have been wanting a night cream for a while now because sometimes after washing my face at night, my face feels a little stripped of moisture, especially in the winter. I have a daily moisturizer that I use, but that one has SPF in it and my experience has been that if I use too much I have a shiny face and/or i break out. So I wanted something I could use generously and deep moisturize my face while I sleep. Enter the aptly named Neutrogena deep moisture night cream. This one is light enough that it doesn’t clog my pores or cause break outs. The formula spreads like a dream so a little bit will go a long way, plus it smells great.

Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay

Naked Basics PaletteThis is definitely not news to any of us, but I thought I’d add my opinion to the pot now that I finally own this palette. I received this as a Christmas present and I couldn’t be more excited because I’ve wanted an all-matte palette for the longest time. I had my NYX Natural one, but I wanted a splurge item because I use matte looks just about every single day. I love the simple, natural looks I can create with this and the vampier ones too. This is quickly becoming my save-one-makeup-item-in-a-fire item. The great color payoff and quality of the shadows goes without saying, Urban Decay has great palettes.

MUSIC


  I’ve Told You Now – Sam Smith

When I discover a song that just resonates with my soul, I listen to it a good 2-3 times a day for a couple weeks. This song has set an all-time record for me. Over a month has passed since I first heard it and I’m still in crazy over-listening mode. This whole album is really heart wrenching and fantastic, but this song especially is just so soulful. Cannot stop listening to it.

MOVIES


 The Spectacular Now & White Bird in a Blizzard

Movies

I’ve come to really like and appreciate Shailene Woodley’s indie movies. The Spectacular Now is one of the most real young love stories I’ve seen in a movie. Young love is messy and awkward and all-consuming, and Woodley and costar Miles Teller do a phenomenal job depicting that. Watching these two fall in love onscreen didn’t feel like a movie at all, making it completely relatable.

White Bird in a Blizzard is a much darker movie. It’s the story of a girl whose mother disappears one day and how she copes with it all. It’s a raw story of young adults figuring their ish out, and again I loved Shailene Woodley’s realistic depiction of those struggles. Both of these movies are really well done and captivating, albeit for different reasons.

OTHER


 B&BW French Lavender Candle

Candle

Lavender has been my scent of the month, so this candle is perfect. If you like lavender you’ll love this. It’s the perfect bubble bath candle, but I plan to burn it just about constantly.

Downy Unstopables Lush In Wash Scent Booster

Downy

I’m officially an old lady who gets excited about laundry products. I’ve been wanting to try these because I love when my clothes smell nice and I want that to last for as long as possible. Sticking to the lavender theme, I got the scent Lush which is AMAZING. You add some of these little pellets to your laundry and the smell is really strong on your clothes, which I personally really like. This product was made for me.

ELLA

BEAUTY


The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion

white muskEver time I’ve needed to apply lotion this past month, I’ve automatically reached for the White Musk lotion from The Body Shop. I’m a huge fan of clean and crisp smelling fragrances so this scent is right up my alley. Along with musk, it has notes of rose and iris. Apparently the scent of musk is suppose to be quite sensual. Well, I don’t know about that…all I know it that I really enjoy using this lotion.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Hd foundation

Okay, not to be over dramatic or anything, but this foundation is easily the best I’ve ever tired. The formula is amazing! It’s long lasting, has medium/high coverage, and is super lightweight. A little bit goes a long way with this foundation, I usually only need one pump (and the built-in pump is super convenient). Yes, it’s a bit pricey but if foundation is an important part of your makeup routine, it’s well worth investing in a bottle.

MUSIC


  Stromae

stromae

I have no clue where to begin because there’s so much to say about my love and admiration for Stromae (Paul Van Haver) and his music. He is a Belgian singer-songwriter who is quite famous in Europe, but isn’t too well known in the States (possibly because he only sings in French). His music is described as a mix of hip-hop and electronic dance but I disagree because I think his sound is far more varied and intricate. I really appreciate the fact that he writes all his lyrics and composes all his tracks. Though some of his songs sound like “club music”, his lyrics go far beyond that. Stromae sings about real and relatable human issues, not garbage like popping your booty or getting wasted. I view Stromae as a poet because his lyrics are as impactful as his beats. Both of his records are incredible. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Tous les mêmes

2. Ave Cesaria

3. Te quiero

4. Formidable

MOVIES


Manhattan Murder Mystery

MMM

For the past couple months, I’ve been trying to go through Woody Allen’s long list of movies. Manhattan Murder Mystery wasn’t one I was initially excited to watch but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Larry and Carol Lipton (played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton) become suspicious about the sudden death of their next door neighbor and takes matters into their own hands in trying to uncover what really happened. The film is thrilling, witty, funny, and super amusing. I love watching the natural chemistry between Allen and Keaton.

FASHION


Wide Brim Hat

wide brimm hat

This past month, I’ve found any excuse to wear my black Ecoté wide brim hat from UO. Indoors, outdoors, rain, shine, it don’t matter! think its the perfect fall/winter accessory.

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If I Had a Shopping Spree at…

If I Had a Shopping Spree at...

Sephora 

Audrey

1) Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this product. It’s basically an electronic face brush, and I feel that it gets your skin cleaner than any manual brush could ever dream of doing. It claims to remove makeup six times better than traditional methods and reduce the appearance of pore size. Clarisonic also has its own cleaning products, but you could use this with any face cleansing product (so you wouldn’t have to switch up your entire routine). It is on the expensive side, but seeing as how it is a tool that could last you years and years (especially since they offer replaceable heads) it seems like an amazing investment. Plus it comes in a whole array of colors (including pink! ♥)

*Note: I chose the Mia because it is a light weight, travel-friendly version of the original, but still has all the same cleaning power. You can check out the original here.

2) Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Pretty much everyone and their mother owns the Naked palette. Nearly every beauty guru that I love has talked about it at some point, so color me intrigued. But I think that I personally would go with the Naked2 palette because the colors do more for me. They all look wearable to me whereas with the Naked1 palette, I don’t love all the colors. Both are great neutral palettes, but I would def go with the 2. And I would totally be taking advantage of the shopping spree, considering the price of this thing!

3) Benefit Benetint

I’m always on the hunt for a new blush, so I nearly went mad trying to pick just one for this spree (In all honesty I could do a whole shopping spree on blushes alone). I decided to go for the Benefit Benetint because I have been so curious about this product for the longest time. It’s a cheek & lip stain, and I’m really curious to see how a cheek tint would work on me. According to Sephora, “It gives an innocent yet provocative glow to keep everyone guessing, ‘what has she been up to?'”. Who else is sold on that description alone haha.

4) Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Lipstick in #17 Red Muse

Lip products are probably my favorite beauty products. Lip sticks, stains, balms, glosses. I say bring ’em on. I own one YSL lipstick, and it is just flat out amazing. I’m a huge believer in drugstore products because most of the time they can be just as good as (or even better than) designer products. BUT I think lipstick has gotta be good. Again, totally taking advantage of the spree here because YSL isn’t the cheapest out there. All of their colors are great, but I especially love the Red Muse (a bright red with cool undertones). Plus the packaging is GORGEOUS!

5) Bobbi Brown Undereye Corrector

I’m really weird about my undereyes. I have dark circles (runs in the fam) and I absolutely have to cover them. Right now I’m using the Garnier Nutritionist Tinted Skin-Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Eye Roller (ain’t that a mouthful!) It’s fine but obviously no match for a Bobbi Brown product. I would definitely invest in a higher-end undereye product because the coverage is so much better. This peach-based product promises to neutralize dark undereye circles, and based on the reviews I’ve heard, it definitely delivers.

Ella

1) Benefit They’re Real Mascara 

Mascara is my favorite makeup product. I’ve been using Covergirl’s LashBlast mascara for ages and I absolutely love it! But lately I’ve been on a search for a new mascara just for a change. A Sephora sales associate recommended  Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara to me and I also heard about it on a fashion blog. For a mascara it’s kind of expensive, but I’ve only heard good things about it so I might splurge and get it.

2) Beauty Blender Set

The beauty blender set is a makeup sponge applicator with a cleanser. I use foundation and pressed powder cover up everyday so getting my makeup on as flawless as possible is very important.  Sephora’s website describes this product as a “non-disposable sponge applicator that allows you to flawlessly apply your makeup”.

3) Desert Twilight Eye Palette

Surprisingly, I don’t have a eyeshadow palette and the colors on this Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Eye Palette are beautiful. I like to keep my makeup as natural as possible so I tend to lean towards more neutral and soft shades with a little bit of shimmer. This palette looks perfect for my liking and I love that it comes with a shadow brush.

4) NARS Sex Appeal (Soft Peach Blush)

I have heard nothing but amazing things about NARS products (no wonder they’re so expensive). This is a soft, sheer, pressed powder blush and I absolutely love this subtle peach color.

5) Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner

I’ve also wanted to purchase a toner recently.  A toners is kinda like astringent used after a cleansing routine. However, a toner doesn’t leave the sin as dry as an astringent does. It makes one’s face feel fresh and cleans up any makeup or dirt left after cleaning the skin . I currently use an astringent but since I don’t have a major issue with acne, I want to switch to toner instead. Since my skin can sometimes get oily I really want to try the Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner.