Friday Favorites August 15


1.) Benefit’s Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit I bought this set because I wanted to try High Beam, but did not want to spend $30 on a product that I might not like. I love Benefit’s mini kits because they allow you to try out several products for the price of one. This kit is one that I use regularly especially the combination of the tint and blush. When I use the blush alone I do not think it holds up as well as it does when I use the combination of both. The lip-gloss is very sheer with a tint of coral and not sticky!

2.) Urban Decay’s Virgin Eye Shadow This shadow is one that is included in the original Naked palette. I’ve used it so much that I hit the pan! It is similar to MAC’s Shroom shadow. I prefer this Urban Decay shadow over MAC because the product is a little more powdery and soft. $18 is pricey for one shadow, but I have not been able to find a drug store color that is similar and the same consistency.

3.) Modcloth I Love Your Dress in Black I mentioned this dress I purchased before in an earlier post, but it was in the plum color. Modcloth finally re-stocked my size in black! The wonderful thing about Modcloth is that if you decide to return something and get a store credit rather then money refunded, they give you an additional $5 credit.

4.) Glamglow ‘Youthmud’ Tinglexfoliate Treatment A sample of this product came in a Birchbox I received. I do not often use treatments like this on my face in fear that I may break out because my skin is overly sensitive. Although the consistency is strange as I literally felt like I was putting mud on my face, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My face felt a lot softer and it did minimize my pores. The only downside is that it is very pricey.

5.) The History of Love by Nicole Krauss I read this book years ago and still remember it today as being one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read. The book touches on the emotions of love and loneliness, yet at times is funny. When I read non-fiction I often have difficulty connecting with characters. Some authors push their characters personalities to the extreme making them very unrealistic. Krauss’s characters are simple yet complex and face similar situations that we do in everyday life. The story revolves around two separate characters who are unaware of each others existence, yet their lives are intertwined together. I believe the most appealing part about this book is Krauss’s style of writing. Here is one of the many beautiful quotes taken from the book:

“Even now, all possible feelings do not yet exist, there are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Also, I just read that MAC is releasing a Simpsons line August 28th! The packaging is adorable!