Here are the top three products that I’m crushing on this week…
1. As a beauty blogger, I find myself babbling about pigment quite a bit. Specifically, a product’s pigment being related to whether it’s good or not. Lots of pigment = good! Less pigment = bad.
So then, why are the three shadows we got to check out from the NARS 2013 fall collection on my current crush list? Because I definitely wouldn’t call them pigmented. They are more of a wash of color. But a matte, buildable wash of color that have thrown my theory for a loop.
Yamal is a light brown shade that everyone needs to own; it’s perfect for building depth in your crease. Kamchatka is a purple tinged navy that creates a gorgeous, subtle smoky eye. Namibia is a very light grey (actually, too light on me.)
The beauty in these shadows lies in the description of Kamchatka; they’re subtle. And though it might sound like an oxymoron, I’m able to create a subtle drama that’s really modern and entirely fall. Paired with a rich berry lip? Gorgeous!
2. Though I avoid face products with oil in them like the plague, when it comes to my body, I can’t get enough oil. It’s just part of being a desert dweller. And the most luxurious oil to grace my skin in…well, forever is Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté (usually $66 for 3.2 oz, but follow that link for $49.57 with free shipping.)
The secret of this beauty oil? It’s a multitasker! It’s also a combo of natural vegetable oils with the delicate and delicious scent of tiare. You can use it as a hair treatment prior to shampooing, a styling product to tame flyaways when dry or even a protectant in the sun. Or, slather deliberately on your skin to leave it smooth, soft and smelling like vacation.
Leonor Greyl is a 40+ year old family owned haircare line from France. And here’s my secret – I haven’t tried one product that I haven’t absolutely loved! My only complaint is that it’s a bit hard to find stateside. It’s a staple in France, even being sold on the french Sephora site. C’mon America!
3. I’m late to the bandwagon for the Too Faced Natural Face Palette ($39), but now that I’m on it, I swear, I am driving the bus! It’s usually eye shadow palettes that get my attention (hence my late praise). But this complexion palette is perfection.
It’s also the peach (and slightly older) version of the No Makeup Makeup Palette.
In it you’ll find six products in different textures that will help you conceal, bronze, brighten and blush (shown from left above)
Bronze Veil – light, shimmery and natural bronze
Blush – peachy nude shimmer
Creme Blush – the perfect pinked nude
Luminize – faint pink/nude champagne shimmer
Conceal – nude
Brighten – bright nude
The best part about this palette is that even if you have no makeup artist experience at all, you can sculpt like you’ve been doing it for years! It comes with three cards tucked beneath the mirror that give you instructions for different degrees of radiance. And all six products apply like a creamy/silky dream. I’d almost say I don’t need another blush, ever. But that would be crazy talk…
we heartsters, what are your current crushes?
photo: we heart this, shown on NC 25/30 skintone
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products