Fashion Over Reason: Vanity Space

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vanity Space

I've been getting some emails about showing more of my personal space and asking what my beauty must-haves are, so i figured i should show you my jewelry area and some of the products i can't live without. Taking a cue from my girl Stephanie, who always presents beautiful pics of her stuff, i went ahead and took a few detailed photos, giving a pretty accurate idea of what i use and what my corner looks like.

I'm not exactly the type who is big on accessories and jewelry, but it appears that i've got a lot - though i'm sure my collection pales in comparison to most bloggers. This area only holds what i wear most often - i have another box of stuff hidden in the closet. But anyway, the large majority of it all is vintage and things i've inherited from family over the years, or gifts. I rarely buy anything for myself, simply because i'd much rather spend my money on a pair of shoes and because when it's a gift or an heirloom it feels way more special.

Roughly, here are the products pictured:

Vichy Aqualia Thermal cream. I love all of the products from that line - i also use the mask, the AntiOx for my terrible, terrible under eye circles and their sunscreen in 60 (no one wants a leather face). | Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax hand cream - i strangely love the smell of this and it works without making your hands feel greasy, a must during the winter.

Clarins eye quartet in Gold Attraction (similar palette here) - the color i use the most in this little box is the gold. It looks so pretty just dusted in the creases of the eyes and also smeared onto the lower lash line. I also use it as highlighter over my cheekbones occasionally. Who doesn't sometimes long for a golden glow?

Lipsticks, from left to right: Benefit in Pillow Talk (similar color here) - it's a great rosy shade that goes on sheer and stains your lips ever so slightly, very pretty | NARS in Fast Ride - this is the ideal lip color if you want that Proenza-style wine stain | Chanel lipshine in Galapagos, from the Holiday 2009 collection - perfect for subtle baby pink sheen on the pout | MAC in Lady Danger - the most greatest matte pigmented coral red you'll ever see | Rimmel London in In Vogue - the brightest fuchsia you've ever seen, it also has a little bit of sheen in it, which is very sexy (similar to this)

NARS duo eyeshadow compact in Silk Road - i love dusting these soft colors on my lids, but i also sometimes brush it on over my cheekbones for subtle and pretty highlighting. I also smudge a little bit on my lips with my finger and then finish off with just regular clear chapstick for a sultry nude lip. Ain't nothing like making your makeup multitask! | MAC So Sweet, So Easy cream blush. I used to just wear MAC Amplified lipstick (similar to Impassioned) on my cheeks until i ran out and decided to go for this shade of cream blush. It gives a great youthful, rosy glow and i love the cream texture for a dewy appearance.

Dove Style+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo - i'm a dry-shampoo hoarder (thank you Stephanie, for introducing me to the product a few years ago); i can't live without it and i'm always on the hunt for new ones to try. The Dove one is by far the best smelling one i've ever tried! An while my usual go-to is the gentle Klorane, i also really enjoy Batiste products
. I rarely wash my hair (once, sometimes twice a week) so i rely on the dry stuff to tie me over, but sometimes i just use it for texture and volume - i love what it does to my otherwise limp, straight hair. Since these pics have been taken, i've already move on to the Not Your Mother's product, which is also pretty good. If you have any dry shamp recs, send them my way!

Chrisitan Dior J'Adore Eau de toilette (in the box) and Eau de parfum (out of the box) - the Eau de parfum is my "signature scent" if you will. I've been wearing it for 10 years and anyone who knows me well will tell you that smell reminds them of me. During the summer, i just love to forgo the perfume and lather on their body milk - it's so fresh, it feels great and it smells divine | Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Eau de parfum - i love this men's scent so much that i've adopted it for myself and i must say, it smells amazing on me | Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey cologne - this scent is light and fruity, low-maintenace and perfect for a super hot summer day | Joe Malone Orange Blossom Cologne - this scent reminds me of lilac in bloom, it's seriously such an olfactory treat and it goes on strong with a subtle finish | Burberry Brit Eau de toilette - this musky smell is sense-awakening and i love to spritz it on when i wear vintage clothes, i don't know why but i always think it goes perfect with retro stuff.

The perfume i wear on any given day is highly dependent on my attire. If i'm wearing something super feminine, i like to offset that with a masculine, musky scent, or even go full-fledged woman and spritz on Dior. It really depends.

There you have it, hope you've enjoyed my breakdown!


Rebecca said...

hmmmm... Ive usually had bad experiences with dry shampoo (just doesnt work on my hair) but Im defs gonna have to give you recommendations a go, and dove is definitely in my price range too :)

. said...

The necklaces are to die for ! I love them ! Great post & great blog !!!

XX Selma

PS : here's my bloglink if you want to check it out ;)

Fashion Tidbits said...

Love this post!!! Always love taking a peek into other people's makeup boxes! Xoxo

Joan said...

these eyeshadows are exactly the colors i like using!
and i like the white photo frame so much!