my ten favorite product finds of 2012

my vanity, makeup bag, and face see a constant rotation of products. with the volume and frequency of beauty being tested, it can be really tough to hang on to something for longer than a few weeks, let alone give it permanent residence in my bathroom’s beauty basket. low and behold, some products do actually stand the test of time. here are ten products that i posted about in 2012 that are still in my daily routine:

my ten favorite product finds of 2012

1. urban decay’s naked foundation is my go-to for a flawless face; i use it every day and i am still loving the semi-matte finish.

2. dr. lipp’s nipple balm for lips is a godsend for chapped lips; when all else fails, i know this will get the job done!

3. pattern body wash’s balance of effective cleaning and hydration makes it a permanent favorite in our coed shower. i love the scents and feel like i’m doing something good for my skin when i’m lathering up.

4. oribe’s dry texturizing spray is better than the best dry shampoo. it continues to make day two hair look better than day one. and the scent! yum.

5. sheswai’s nail lacquers come in the most playful shades. i still haven’t found anything that’s easier to apply than these, saving me bundles in salon manicures.

6. deborah lippmann’s the stripper to go is the most ingenious nail polish remover method. the little mitts may be pricy, but their portability and swift polish removal makes them completely worth the expense!

7. i still dab leila lou’s perfume oil in the crook of my elbows daily. the fragrance is flirty, fresh, and light, plus the rollerball makes it easy to travel with.

8. when i cannot stand to look as tired as i feel, tarte emphaseyes inner rim brightener saves the day. i constantly rely on this small wonder to fake eight hours.

9. i will never go back to plain old boring hair ties! olivia’s mane message pretties crop up everywhere, from all around my condo to the depths of my handbags to my car cup holders. you’re sure to always find one on my wrist, too!

10. chanel’s precision eyelash curler has replaced my beloved shu ueumra and proven better than the original. lashes are left perfectly curled without the awkward crimp some other curlers leave behind.

have you discovered anything through the blog that has found a permanent home in your beauty bag this year?

sheswai winesnob + awesome

new sheswai lacquer for fall 2012

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if the weather won’t allow me to tuck my toes into my new boots quite yet, at the very least i can give myself a moody autumn mani. my color of choice of the moment is sheswai’s winesnob and the dark and lovely blackberry is everything that my nails are begging for this season. my favorite formula remains flawless and easy to apply for ten perfect and very vampy new accessories. i’m topping things off with awesome, a new high-shine and shatter-proof top coat to ensure that this deep jelly red doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon.

(but if it does, i’m going to work a little bit of this magic, because…well, it’s genius and why haven’t i thought of that before?!)

sheswai winesnob and awesome are available online for $16 each. happy fall!

brand new nail candy

sometimes i feel like there are so many fun things popping up in the nail category that i can’t even keep up! i rounded up seven of the sweetest new nail products – from fresh shades to nail art tools, a crazy convenient cuticle oil and one seriously speedy top coat. take a peek:

new nail candy

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onenailezee: a new-to-me brand started by a sweet sister trio.
lacquers come in a whopping 66 gorgeous shades for $10 each.

twoessie good to go: i’m apparently the last person on
earth to know about this holy grail of top coats!

threejulep essential cuticle oil: comes in a rollerball for easy application.
just run it around the edges of each nail - how genius us that?!

foursephora nail art set: a teeny tiny paint brush and double ended
marbling tool make perfecting your painting skills a piece of cake.

fivesheswai in fuckyeah: a wickedly hot new shade from my favorite brand.

sixsephora collection nail lacquer in myrtille: this $4 cornflower
blue is going to be my shade of the season.

seventopshop nail art pen in fool’s gold: draw golden nail art
onto bare or polished nails. seal with a top coat and go!

thank you + beauty product giveaways galore!

the allure contest winner was announced yesterday and the grand prize went to shannon of gloss & dirt. i just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for all of your time spent voting (so much voting! no more captcha codes :)), tweeting, and facebook sharing the contest over the last five weeks. i really appreciate all of the support and i truly feel the love.

i had a blast being a part of the contest and i’m still completely thrilled that allure took notice of me and the glossarie. i adore writing this blog and having you as my readers makes me feel so lucky! i wanted to do a little something for all of you, so i tapped into the glossarie archives and chose some amazing products for a crazy fun giveaway.

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thank you giveaway on the glossarie!

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stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black
physicians formula hydrating eye cream
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum
topshop lips in rio rio
cargo eyebronzer
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige
revlon photoready concealer in medium
sheswai nail lacquer in babe

any and all of the above are up for grabs! to enter, just leave a comment below (please be sure to include your email address, open to u.s. residents only) with the product you would like to win. you may enter multiple times, but please only once per product. the giveaway closes next thursday, june 7th at midnight your time, and i will announce all of the winners next friday!

i hope you have a fabulous weekend. i’ll be back + blogging for birchbox all next week!

recent beauty buys: april ’12

1 – looks just like it smells with a burst of electric pink rose paired with vibrant green tea;
a dozen roses electron, $95

2 – the exact right amount of richness, mine eyes have never been happier;
somme institute eye cream, $72

3 – separate zip compartments keep the peace between my makeup and jewels when traveling;
stephanie johnson katie folding clutch, $45

4 – the most natural way to fill in my brunette brows;
it cosmetics brow power, $24

5 – this watermelon coral is the official summer outfit for my nails;
sheswai babe
, $16

what’s new in your beauty bag?

lovely links for your friday

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{a few lovely links}

  • free bottle of ‘honeyfox’ nail lacquer from sheswai when you purchase 2 or more – all tied up in a sweet jute bag
  • a shiny new sample society from beauty bar and allure, this one credits back the $15 monthly fee towards the purchase of full size products
  • dianna agron is my pick for best dressed (and best tressed!) at the sag awards
  • dc’s top makeup artists share their can’t-live-without products
  • desperately trying to decide if these are ridiculous or adorable – your input is much appreciated!