January 30, 2013

Recent Beauty Favorites

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beauty post and since I have new products that I love, it’s about that time!1. I’ll start with Diptyque Eau Duelle perfume. It is extremely hard for me to find a perfume that I love, but with this, it was love at first smell. It light enough, yet comforting. It’s a bit spicy, a bit vanilla and never makes me feel sick (like so many perfumes do).

2. Hourglass Mineral Primer. Before getting this, I really had no idea how a primer worked. I read a few reviews and decided to give it a go. Little did I know, my makeup would apply more evenly and it would give me a more “finished” look. This one is a bit on the pricey side ($52), but I can tell I’ll be using the same bottle for a long time.

3. DiorShow Lash Maximizer. Love this stuff, especially when I’m going for a dramatic eye look. I apply this before mascara, and it gives me the “I’m wearing fake lashes” look, which I always crave.

4. Julep Maven Polishes: Aside from having the prettiest color selection, these polishes apply like a dream (even my salon made a comment about that) and last far longer than some of the other brands.

5. MAC Prep & Prime: A huge thanks to my friend Keiko for telling me about this incredible product. I wear this anytime I wear a pigmented lipstick (especially MAC’s Ruby Woo) and my lips feel nourished and never bleed. Holy grail status.

6. Pureology Nanoworks: In a major attempt to find the perfect shampoo, I came across glowing reviews on the Pureology Nanoworks line. I did not want to try it.  It was crazy expensive and I didn’t want to become addicted to a product that cost so damn much. Of course in needing to know what the fuss was about (it’s research!), I ordered it. Well, for me, the hype is true. After using it, my color-treated hair felt silkier, more manageable and just better. I will say, I don’t think the conditioner is necessary. If it was cheaper, I’d definitely continue using it, but I don’t think it warrants the hefty price tag. The shampoo on the other hand….that’s another story.
Tip: I buy the huge bottle (33.8 oz) from eBay. Best bang for your buck!

7. Philosophy Amazing Grace Solid Perfume: Amazing Grace is probably my second favorite perfume (after Diptyque). I wear it on days where I’m not in the mood for heavy perfume, but still want to smell something. The solid is perfect for layering your spray perfume on top and even better to throw in your bag for midday touch ups.

8. Some recent favorite lipstick colors that have been in major rotation: Diva, Snob & Ruby Woo, all by MAC.

So, there you have some recent favorites. Any thing else you guys want to see or know about? Would love to hear!



  • Fashiable

    The MAC lipsticks are gorgeous!

  • Mary


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  • yosivoyalamoda

    Love Pureology products!!! Have a great day!!



  • Moi Contre La Vie

    Thanks for the suggestions. I love getting new beauty recommendations and trying out new products, these are all going on my next list! 🙂

  • Alissa

    I think that Julep nail polishes are some of the best!

  • Liz Lauren

    I love finding new beauty products!

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  • soulofashopper

    the Juelp polishes look awesome! xo, Alma

  • Cassidy Short

    Love those lipstick shades! MAC truly has the best lipstick, great colors and affordable. My favorite MAC shade is probably Bombshell, such a great shimmery shade of pink!



  • Milna Mandusic

    Nice cosmetics!

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  • Olga Zgonnik

    I love and have same Mac lipsticks, but I must say you got me interested in the Mac prep and prime, I think I may give it a try


  • Luba Dimitrova

    I have personally tried the purology shampoo , it is really great ! Love the post ! Thanks for sharing Helena !

    XX Luba

    Well Living BLog :: mixing red, pumpkin and black in my look today

  • & Pretty Things

    i absolutely love Amazing Grace! x

    & Pretty Things

  • Stephanie Lam

    I really want to try the Diptyque perfume!! Love your beauty picks!


  • Rachelle

    I only use MAC lipsticks as well, they are lovely


  • Terra

    I love mac lipsticks they're awesome!
    I'm going to try the prep&prime 🙂


  • Emma

    I really want to try some Julep nail polishes because I recently started painting my nails again and I heard so many great things about the brand! I also hear the grace fragrance is magnificent!


  • I Showed Up in Boots

    Thanks for the perfume recommendation. I will have to try this one out!


  • Sarah Stanfield

    I love all of your choices! I am going to have to check out your lip primer!

    The Purse Snatcher 

  • .......

    I love philosophy I need to try that hourglass primer. have heard fantastic things about it. thanks for sharing your faves its so good to know what ppl like so I can try. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Natalie

    Love this product post! I really appreciate it when I know someone arrived at their product choices after reading tons of reviews. I've been on the fence about buying a primer for awhile now – I just might have to pick up the Hourglass Mineral one!

    Name's Not Ashley

  • Sarah Mira Park

    The mineral veil is my favorite also! I was hesitant to try because of the hefty price tag but it's been my holy grail item since I first discovered it a while ago (I'm on my 3rd bottle) and it lasts you for a while! And I'm so glad I discovered the MAC's lip primer on your blog post, I'll definitely have to check it out!

    The Weekend Diary

  • Lindsey

    i'm definitely going to check out the mac prep and prime! thanks for sharing! xo

  • Kelly

    Excited to try out some new products!

    Off Kelly's Hanger

  • Mira

    Thanks you for sharing. Never used a primer. Maybe I should get one too. Definitely have to check out Diptyque. Sounds like I would like that 🙂




  • Chantelle

    Yess! I've been looking for a new conditioner. I think I may give this line a whirl. <3

  • Zelish

    All beautiful, I'm going to try the Mac Diva asap, only because I'm anything but a diva!



  • LuxeLifeAspirations

    Love these, really want to try the Prep & Prime 🙂

  • Chas

    MAC Prep & Prime… Holy grail status indeed.

    You seem to have really nice skin. What kind of products do you use for maintenance?



    Nice goodies! Great!


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