Thursday, 15 August 2013

Current Cravings #2

Hey, everyone! Time for another installment of my wishlist posts, Current Cravings. My last wishlist was dangerously big (it was my first, after all, so I'd been building up my wants for a while), but I did my best to keep this one rather pared down. It's full of goodies for the face, hair, and nails. Hope you enjoy taking a peek!





Kahina Brightening Serum- I've been on the hunt for a brightening serum for my combination/sensitive/acne-prone skin for what seems like forever. Everything has been too greasy, to irritating, or barely effective. This wasn't the case with Kahina's organic-certified Brightening Serum. I sampled it a few months back (thanks to the uber-friendly Joel at Jacob & Sebastian here in Toronto) and was instantly smitten with the light texture and soothing scent. I also love that it brightens your skin without making it photo-sensitive (i.e., it doesn't contain harsh chemical exfoliants, so it won't leave your skin more prone to sun damage), which makes it fine to wear it in the morning as well. At over $70 this is a definite splurge, but I'm planning to bite the bullet next month when a new job (and new paychecks!) will allow it :)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder- I've been mildly obsessed (to say the least) with these since their release. Hourglass is a brand that has been tempting me a lot lately (chic and cruelty-free? yes, please!) and these powders, which promise a variety of perfecting finishes, certainly caught my eye. I've tested Dim Light in-store, which won me over instantly. It's described as "a neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections" (from sephora.com), which is right up my alley since my skin is neutral-toned, yet blotchy and prone to redness. I find this worked incredibly as a highlight when applied intensely or as a luminizing setting powder when applied lightly. The price of this ($52 CAD) has prevented me from bringing it home so far, but it's still on my radar, big time!

Antipodes Divine Face Oil- One of my favourite bloggers, Gita from Odds and Ends featured this on her site recently and it instantly piqued my interest. A facial oil that's suitable for acne-prone, oily skin? Bingo!  As I get older, I'm more interested in super nourishing, gentle, natural products, but still have to keep my temperamental skin in mind. This certified organic oil, rich in avocado, macadamia, jojoba, and rose hip oils sounds like a beautiful option. It also promises to work as an excellent makeup base, absorb instantly, and fade acne scars, which is perfect for me! Have been wanting to try Antipodes for a while, and this may be the product to make me take the leap!

REN Clear Calm Clarifying Clay Cleanser- REN is another brand that has been on my radar in a huge way lately. It seems every blogger and their dog has been talking about it, which ups the hype factor for sure. But it's also easily accessible (available at Sephora) and cruelty-free, so it's hype worth falling for! The Clarifying Clay Cleanser has been tempting me especially because it promises to serious deep clean and fight breakouts without stripping or irritating the skin. I have a feeling my acne-prone, sensitive skin will love it! I'm not particularly in the market for a new cleanser at the moment, but this will be on my mind when it's time for a replacement!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray- Though I have a ton of hair, my hair care regimen has always been very low-key: shampoo, conditioner, a leave-in treatment, and that's about it. It's only been recently that I've been more invested in various styling products and finishing treatments (for example, Lush's Sea Spray, a new love in my life) and I've heard a lot to suggest that Oribe's offerings are top-notch. The Dry Texturizing Spray promises to volumize, texturize, and double as a dry shampoo. Sounds like an excellent option for my long wavy hair! Will have to check this out next time I'm at Jacob & Sebastian as they carry this line as well :)

NARS Opaque Nail Polish in Galathee- To me, this is one of the standouts from NARS' new Fall 2013 collection,  Haute. Hypnotic. Modern Matte. Described as a "dove grey", Galathee is a creamy grey-blue that is richer than white, more neutral than mint or sky blue. It's not a shade I'd normally gravitate towards, but when I saw a sales associate at Holt Renfew trying it on a couple weeks ago, I was transfixed. Such a unique, edgy, yet wearable colour. Planning on snatching this one up soon :)

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Pressage- Any new release from Chanel is going to excite my inner makeup fiend, but their new line of cream blushes has made me particularly curious. Le Blush Creme de Chanel promises a unique cream-powder formula that is easy to apply, leaving a glowy, satin finish that is also long-wearing. What's not to love? I'm especially eager to test out Pressage, a bold orange coral. Looks lovely!

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow- Because my face is fuller, I'm always interested in products that will work to contour my face, leaving it looking thinner and more defined. While I'm happy to use bronzer to achieve this, I'm definitely intrigued by a product designed specifically to imitate the colouring of the face's natural shadows, creating an uber-natural contour. Described as a "matte toffee", it promises to leave a shimmer-free finish that won't disrupt foundation or look too stark (nobody wants a harsh stripe down their cheekbones!). Unique, but totally functional, I think Illamasqua has a hit with this one!


And a final, jumbo-sized view of my current cravings:





That's it! Have you tried and loved (or hated) any of the products I featured? What are your current cravings?

Thanks for reading! :)

56 comments:

  1. I have heard nothing but good things about illamaqua! I want to try out there products soooo bad as well!

    *Besos*
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    1. Illamasqua is definitely worth checking out! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. This list looks similar to mine. I swatched the Hourglass powders in Sephora the other day, and the price tag too is the only thing preventing it from being mine. And the Illamasqua pigment in Hollow...yes please. Anything to fake some cheekbones I need in my life!

    elliesvanitytable.blogspot.com

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    1. I hear ya! I ended up splurging on the Hourglass powder and it was really lovely :)

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  3. I just had to google Kahina and I almost wish I hadn't. I'd best start planning that bank heist I think! x

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    1. Haha, yeah, it's definitely dangerous! Such an amazing and interesting brand, but pricy for sure! xo

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  4. Love the look of that NARS polish! Great list!

    sjmcdf.blogspot.com xo

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! It's going to be one of my favourite Fall shades for sure :)

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  5. wow perfect combination sweet
    www.supongoestilo.blogspot.nl

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  6. I've wanted the hourglass powders for so long but the price is putting me off too! I definitely will get one at some point! The oribe spray is also on my wishlist! x

    aztecdoll.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, both of these are definitely worth craving! Thanks for stopping by, Zandra :)

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  7. Interesting products which mostly Ive never heard of. The Nars nail polish looks gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Louise! NARS Galathee really is fantastic! xo

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  8. Actually, I've never tried any of these products! I'll have to check them out for sure! Thanks for sharing all your recs =D

    PS. I'm currently hosting a giveaway on my blog right now with Wild Butterfly Boutique. You could win jewelry of your choice just by liking their FB page! I'd really love it if you could enter =D

    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/2013/08/wild-butterfly-boutique-giveaway.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly! Will check out your giveaway for sure! xo

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    1. Thanks, Gail! It's one of my new favourite nail colours, for sure :)

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  10. I want to try Antipodes products so badly! I haven't heard about the brightening serum but that sounds really nice too. Great wish list!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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    1. Thanks, Ellie! I just ordered some Antipodes products from the Feel Unique online sale. Can't wait to try them out!

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  11. I'm absolutely obsessed with REN products. They are incredible! Great list!! xo Kelly http://chicnstylishblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. The brand definitely has me curious! Thanks for stopping by, Kelly :)

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    1. Thanks! The NARS polish really is fab! xo

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  13. The REN cleanser is really good, I'm always repurchasing it. It does magic on combination skin, believe me! THanks for your sweet mentioning, I appreciate it :)!
    Hope you'll have a great weekend dear :).

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. No worries, Gita! Happy to give you a mention :) Glad you're loving the REN cleanser as well. Will definitely have to get a sample soon! xo

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  14. I want to try Hollow so badly!!

    Greetings from Shirayuki's Beauty.

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    1. It really does sound fantastic! Hope to check it out soon. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  15. Hi! I didn't know about your blog and i love it! would you like to follow eachtoher? I'm following you! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for following! So much appreciated :) Will check out your blog soon :)

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  16. great post !!

    would you like to follow each other ?

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  17. lovely post! i would love to have all these items.

    Btw, Im following you now on GFC. hope you can follow me back. :)

    xoxo;
    Into The Blush, a Beauty Blog by Kenny.

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    1. Thanks, Kenny! So happy to hear from new followers! Will definitely stop by your blog soon :)

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  18. Loved your blog and will come back for sure! I find it very inspirational...

    Oh, I just started following you on GFC and Bloglovin by the way! Hope you come by my blog sometime too! Would love to know what you think about it, and maybe follow me back if you like it? We can also follow each other everywhere else;)!

    These are my links hun <3:
    Instant Milk link
    Facebook page link
    Twitter link
    Bloglovin link

    xx

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, and for following! Will definitely stop by your blog soon :)

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  19. the products look very interesting!

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  20. Nice wish list, miss :-) Have a good weekend!

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  21. I really want to try these chanel blushes aswell! They look really good! I've tried chanel foundation aqua which was really good so my expectations are high!
    Harian x. Littlecoldcoffee.blogspot.com

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    1. They do look fantastic! I tried Vitalumiere Aqua a while back and it really is great! Thanks for stopping by, Harian :)

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  22. I'd love to try any REN mask, this one you mentioned sounds like perfect for me too!

    x

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Yeah, REN has so many wonderful goodies! Thanks for stopping by, Flo :)

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  23. Great post , thanks for sharing
    Check out my latest post , we can follow each other if u want ... just let me know and i will follow u back:)

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  24. i LOVE the oribe texturizing spray! i used to use it, but when i started grad school switched to something more affordable. have you looked int suave or tresemae dry shampoo? i go back & forth between both of these now. they smell good (but not as amazing as oribe) and do similar work.

    Ginger @ Chic by Night
    chicbynight.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah, can't wait to try the Oribe spray! But I've been using Batiste at the moment, which is a great affordable option! Thanks for stopping by, Ginger! xo

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  25. Never tried any of these! I'll love to hear your considerations about each one of them once you try them :)

    xx, Sandra @ Blasfemmes

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! You can keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming reviews :)

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  26. i have the Oribe Apres Beach spray, which is roughly the same formula as the dry texturizing, only with added shine! I'm looovingg it at the moment, it adds a tonne of volume and rough beachy waves that i'm always on the hunt for!

    lucymuses.blogspot.com

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    1. OOh, thanks for the recommendation! Will have to check out the Beach Spray for sure :)

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  27. I want the Hollow pigment so badly <3.

    Greetings from Shirayuki's Beauty.

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