Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What's On Your Vanity?

I am so pleased to welcome Jennifer Klee to the blog. Remember that amazingly lovely email I got long ago? Well that was Jen, and we've since started a virtual friendship. (One of the perks of having a blog.) She writes the blog The Elizabeth Letter, and she has a very high end (and extensive) collection of makeup that I can't wait to share with you!

Jen writes, 
Approximately 500 years ago Meredith was nice enough to ask me to contribute a "What's on your Vanity?" post to her blog, but because I do not actually have a vanity, I dragged my feet on this until I realized I could just dump out my make up bag, arrange the contents neatly, and take a picture of it. So, without further delay, here are my most treasured cosmetic items that I would most definitely put on my vanity if I had one.
Armani Lasting Silk Foundation: Looking at this entire collection, I guess I spend wayyyyyy more than I realize on cosmetics. But I'm worth it, right? Anyway, this foundation and my Cle de Peau concealer are the two things that I think are most worth spending money on. My skin is oily and acne prone and this covers everything up nicely, lasts a long time, and looks natural.

Cle de Peau & Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat : I've started doing this weird but brilliant thing where I use the brush from the YSL to brush on the Cle de Peau. The two formulas mix together and form this perfectly thin yet very 'concealing' concealer. If it's a good day acne-wise, I'll skip foundation and just use this under my eyes and on any noticeable spots. The Cle de Peau lasts a super long time. Years, in fact, which is a probably dermatological no-no, but I mean, come on... it's only life.

Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot: This stuff is really not what I'd consider "apricot" at all, but rather BRIGHT PINK, and it mimics the look of a real flush or sunburn - in a good way.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Nude: I've had this forever, and I only use it once in a while. I don't really know a lot about eyeshadow, but this adds a little definition when I feel like I "should" be wearing more make up. 

Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude and Eyeliner in Espresso: This was a "Merry Christmas to me" splurge and I'm pretty sure I would not spend the extra $$$ on lip liner and eye liner again. The colors and formulas are nice, but I think drugstore brands make suitable counterparts. However, I do love to see the teeny tiny little splash of Chanel peeking up at me from my make up bag every morning.

Brushes from Bare Minerals: I've never had much luck with Bare Minerals makeup, but I think the brushes are the absolute best and are relatively well-priced.

Mason Pearson Brush: Super spendy for a hairbrush, but I've had this since college, and my daughter uses it also. It's basically a magic wand.

Supergoop Sunscreen Serum: I cannot be without this stuff. It's the first and only sunscreen I've found that leaves no trace of chalkiness or greasiness after you put it on. It's far and away the best thing I've gotten from Birchbox.

Jo Malone Grapefruit: Did you know they stopped making Honeysuckle Jasmine? I did not know this. This made me very sad. I used to combine honeysuckle with grapefruit, but now I just wear grapefruit. It smells clean. I alternate it with Fracas by Jean Patou and, once-in-a-blue-moon, a VERY small spritz of COCO by Chanel. 

Essie Mademoiselle: In an effort to save money, I've been skipping manicures and just painting three coats of this every Friday. Does the trick.
Guerlain Meteorites in Teint Beige: These are those little pastel colored pearls that look like candy. I'm pretty sure that my younger daughter thinks they really are candy because it seems like I don't have as many of them as I used to. This is like a soft-focus lens for your face. I have even insisted that my husband wear a little bit of this for family pictures because it makes your face un-shiny without looking like you're wearing makeup. Shhhhhhhh.... 
Cover Girl Lip Gloss in Tulip: The best for last. This is the most perfect light pink/ shimmery/ not gloppy/ not smelly/ not sticky makes-every lipstick-look-good lip gloss. And it's like $5.

Not pictured: Lancome Mascara & Shu Umeura Eyelash Curler. I'm not very brand-loyal when it comes to mascara, I think the key is to get a new one every three months because they get old, dry out quickly, and stop being awesome.  I buy new pads for the curler from the drugstore and replace them in the metal part.
I hate love doing these posts because they just make me want to spend money! Thanks, Jen. You're the best!

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