Monthly Archives: July 2011

These Are My Obsessions: Cosmetics Edition

So many moons ago (like last summer) I would post some of my favorite things in a little series I called “These Are My Obsessions.” I think it is high time I bring it back but in a bit of a different way — instead of posting my weekly/monthly obsessions I’m going to post them by categories. First up, cosmetics!

I have considered myself a “make-up person” for basically ever.  That’s not to say that I’m drowning in it on a daily basis, but just that I really like make-up and I like to try new products all the time.  As I have gotten older, I’ve expanded my love of make-up into nails and hair and all kinds of beauty products in general.  So just for fun (and to avoid the more serious and chaotic things going on in my life) I thought I’d share some of my current favorite/can’t live without products:

1) Sebastian Shaper Hairspray – $15ish: Credit to Miss PoliSci for turning me on to the magic of Shaper. Seriously, love this hairspray. It holds really well but isn’t sticky or heavy and sprays in a nice mist.  Plus, Ulta has a super good buy-one (or two)-get-one-free deal every few months where you can stock up.  Tip: Store upside down to prevent nozzle from clogging. If it does clog, rinse with warm water and use a safety pin to clear off any build up.

2) e.l.f Studio Cream Eyeliner – $3:  This is a recent Target find and I am really loving it.  I like to buy e.l.f. products when I want to try something new/different but don’t want to spend a lot of money.  I don’t use the brush that it came with to apply it because it is too little but the eyeliner goes on smoothly and doesn’t stay wet like a liquid liner would.  Plus, in Miami it stayed on all night without smudging and looked passable the next day.  (I realize that probably shouldn’t be the standard by which I base my make up selections, but well, that’s how I roll sometimes…)  I’m definitely planning to purchase additional colors.

e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in Metallic Olive

3) O.P.I. Nail Polish – $8-$10: Yes, I am a nail polish snob.  I really like the consistency of OPI nail polishes as well as the amazeballs color selection.  My fave shades are: Lincoln Park After Dark (fall/winter), Nonfat Soy Half Caff (best neutral, Sephora exclusive), On Collins Avenue (summer/toes) and Flashbulb Fuchsia (summer/toes).

Arbonne Nurturing Day Lotion w/ SPF 20

4) Arbonne Nurturing Day Lotion w/ SPF 20 – $45:  This is my most expensive cosmetic by far but I think it is absolutely worth it. My awesome Arbonne consultant (Miss Dubs!) hooked me up with some great samples when she first got plugged in with Arbonne and I have been hooked on this lotion every since (and I’ve convinced Miss PoliSci to join me in my obsession).  The Day Lotion is light, non-greasy and contains sunscreen — really everything I could want in a moisturizer.  Arbonne also makes a wonderful Hydrating Eye Creme.  I fully support its use as well. One bottle of Day Lotion usually lasts about 3 months for me, so although it is on the pricier side of cosmetics (for me anyway) it does go a long way, which is really nice.

5) Ulta Collection Eyeshadow – $4-$7:  Although I think MAC‘s eyeshadow pots are far superior, they also cost twice as much. Alas, I rely on my handy-dandy neighborhood Ulta to supply a variety of eyeshadow for my blending needs.  Ulta’s shadows go on smoothly, aren’t too powerdy/flaky, and blend well.  My favorite shades are Gold Leaf, Cashmere, & Antique Gold (to create my favorite summer-time “bronze goddess” look).  Ulta usually has a good buy one-get one deal on these (and the rest of their store brand cosmetics) fairly regularly. Plus, it appears that these eyeshadows are on sale for $2 each online right now, which is completely crazy.  (Oh, I will also say that the colors on the website don’t look true-to-life to me, but my computer is a dinosaur so it might just be my crappy monitor quality…)

I am currently on the hunt for the perfect mascara, a work-appropriate lip gloss/stick, a plummy blush (although a mineral blush I recently purchased at Ulta is definitely in the running) and a translucent all-over powder. Suggestions/recommendations?

What are your favorite beauty products? Are you brand loyal or do you like to mix it up? What types of cosmetics are you willing to splurge on?

*Click on images for sources.

Note: None of the aforementioned brands/companies are paying me to endorse their products. They don’t even know 1) I exist and 2) I love their products so much! I just wanted to share some of my favorites with you!



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My sincerest apologies…

…for the extended blogging hiatus.  Things have been, well, kind of insane for the last month or so.  I have so much to tell you all but I feel like this completely sums it up:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,

so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

The biggest development of late is that I got a new job. And I’m moving to a new city for said job. It is exciting and overwhelming and kind of scary and totally stressful.  Moving away from Tulsa is definitely not something I had on my five-year plan (not that I actually have a really specific one…) but I truly feel that this is the right step at the right time for me.  I’m looking forward to getting a fresh-ish start (I mean, I’m not moving that far and I know lots of people in the area so it won’t be totally foreign to me) and learning about a totally new area of the law.  I have so much to do in preparation (Step one: find somewhere to live! Stat!) that I feel like my head is a top and is going to spin off my neck at any moment.

So I ask for your patience and I promise to be back as soon as I can with lots to tell you about my move, my trip to Miami, and why I think we should all bring back crushes.

Miami Teaser: Two-for-one Raspberry Mojitos. Winning.


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