January Wish List

January Beauty Wish List v3

1. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Kit in Level 1 – $42.50

I absolutely love the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint but I’m always on the lookout for other foundations that provide just as much coverage (or more) but have a little less of a matte finish. I’ve heard so many good things about the Double Wear Light foundation from Estée Lauder. It’s supposed to provide medium coverage while being very light weight – just what I’m looking for. This set includes a full size of the foundation plus a trial size of their primer, concealer, and a foundation brush for only $5.50 more, so it’s a really good deal. Intensity 1.0 is the lightest shade they offer so I hope that it will match my skin tone.

2. Real Techniques Core Brush Set – $17.99

  • Detailer brush: precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition
  • Pointed foundation brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
  • Buffing brush: ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
  • Contour brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish
  • Panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand

Real Techniques brushes have gotten rave reviews in the beauty blogger world. I usually apply my foundation with my fingers but I’ve recently started to use a kabuki brush to buff it in at the end. This achieves a more even, less caky finish which provides a much better canvas for powder and blush while improving the overall wear time. While the kabuki brush works fairly well it does take off some product, reducing the coverage of my foundation. I hope that the buffing brush in this set will work better in that regard. I also need a new blush brush and the detailer brush is supposed to work really well for that. Lastly, you just can’t beat the price. $17.99 for four brushes and a case? Sign me up.

3. NARS Final Cut Limited Edition Collection

NARS is set to release the Final Cut collection in addition to their Spring collection later this month. The Final Cut collection consists of four blushes (0.16 oz, $29 each), four satin lip pencils (0.07 oz, $25 each), and one illuminator (1.1 oz, $30) in gorgeous shades of pink. I personally have my eyes on the blushes. I really like the shade Love, a tea rose, and I’m also going back and forth between New Attitude, a cherry blossom pink, and Sex Fantasy, a pale lavender pink. So far I’m leaning toward New Attitude but swatches are hard to find and vary widely so I might end up ordering all three and returning the one(s) that I like least. It states at the above links that this collection is a Nordstrom exclusive. I don’t believe this to be true, however, it seems to be the only place that takes preorders at the moment.

4. Olay Fresh Effects {Out Of This Swirled} Deep Pore Clean Plus Exfoliating Scrub – 5 fl oz, $6.99

I went to Target the other day and saw this exfoliating cleanser. It seems to be a new release for 2014. Look at how pretty it is! It has swirls! Best of all, it comes in three delicious scents: White Grapefruit And Green Tea, Green Apple And Jasmine Tea, and Honeysuckle And White Tea. I have quite a few cleansers that need to be used up first and since I’m trying to stick to my New Year’s resolution I passed this cleanser up for now. However, I will be sure to pick one up as soon as my stash has been reduced a bit.

5. tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara – 0.31 fl oz, $23

Right now I only own a sample of this mascara but I’m loving it. However, I have a ton of other mascara to use up first, 14 to be precise. Again, since one of my resolutions was to reduce my makeup stash I’m planning on using up a good chunk of them first. Once I have reduced the stash to a reasonable amount (I’m thinking 5) I would like to purchase the full size of this mascara.

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5 comments

  1. Def, def get one the Real Techniques train. Ulta is usually selling them BOGO 50% off so check that out. Also, I’m so glad you posted about that Estee Lauder kit because I was strongly considering purchasing that foundation and concealer! I’m all about kits and saving money 🙂 Do you know if this kit is specifically at one store or all counters?

    Great choices!
    xGillian

    1. Good to know about the BOGO. Ulta doesn’t have one right now so I’ll keep by my eyes peeled for when they’ll do in the future.
      The Esteé Lauder kit is available at many different (online) stores. I’ve seen it at different websites like Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc. Not sure if the counter would also have it. I ordered mine from the Esteé Lauder website. You might want to consider getting color matched for the foundation though. Intensity 1.0, which is the lightest, may not be light enough for you. 😦

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