I think it's safe to say that this spring's makeup collections have been my most anticipated of all time. I usually hate when the holidays are over, but this year I was almost too excited for spring releases to be bothered!
I was really grateful to receive several gift cards for Christmas, and they were used to purchase quite a few of these things. :) Anyways, let's get on with it!
Um, best Lancome collection ever? I usually barely glance at Lancome collections, but this one is SO AMAZING! Down to the packaging, this collection just blows my mind. It reminds me of Laduree (the Parisian macaroon-makers!). The lipsticks are my favorite they've released as well. And I can't even bring myself to swatch the powder!
I really recommend checking out the collection in person. Everything's really lovely - it was so hard to restrain myself!
Lancome La Roseraie Illuminating Smooth Powder (can't bear to swatch this yet!)
The lipsticks are must-haves, in my opinion, particularly these two shades. I'm bummed to have missed out on MAC Flamingo from the Iris Apfel collection, but these two resemble it closely enough to ease my pain. ;) Unlike most Lancome lipsticks, these are unscented. They also contain no shimmer and go on sheer, but buildable. They feel very moisturizing on the lips.
Lancome Le French Touch in 316 Cotton Candy, Lancome L'Absolu Nu in 1141 Sweet Marmalade
Cotton Candy, Sweet Marmalade
Lancome Cotton Candy
Lancome Sweet Marmalade
YSL makes the best. lipsticks. ever. And their Spring collection releases are no exception. I love both of the shades I picked, and Shimmering Coral is probably my favorite Rouge Volupte Perle from YSL so far. I think this range has the best scent, too!
YSL Rouge Volupte Perle in 115 Shimmering Coral and 116 Milky Pink
Shimmering Coral, Milky Pink
YSL Shimmering Coral
YSL Milky Pink
I really restrained myself with MAC - two awesome collections were released, and all I picked up were two lipsticks. *pats self on back* And I'm really pleased with both of them!
MAC Sweet Sunrise, MAC A Perfect Day
Sweet Sunrise, A Perfect Day
MAC Sweet Sunrise
MAC A Perfect Day
The mini Paul & Joe order I placed on ASOS.com just arrived today, actually (it was ordered first!), which is why it's not with the other cosmetics in the top photo. ASOS doesn't ship cosmetics particularly well (loose with some tissue in a box) and it's not the fastest shipping, but at least it's free shipping, so it is what it is. And it's one of my favorite online shops to browse.
Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color in Kitty Cat (ASOS.com)
Paul & Joe lipstick in Sex Kitten (ASOS.com)
Yeah, not ready to swatch those either! >_<
Overall, I'm SO happy with my picks for Spring. I love everything! Of course, not sure I'll ever be able to touch the Lancome powder or Paul & Joe stuff, but I love looking at it! haha
If you're surprised there's no Dior here, that's because I was kind of disappointed in the collection after seeing it in person, and I realized the colors in the palettes aren't ones I'm likely to use often, so they're not worth the price to me. I am, however, on the prowl for the 3 Couleurs Smoky in Smoky Garden (the green one!), though.
I'm also still looking forward to the second Kitty collection from Paul & Joe that comes out in February, and the YSL Glossy Stains that should be up on Sephora.com soon! Wouldn't it be nice to have a neverending supply of cash for cosmetics?? HA!
Onto everything else...
Wallflowers & room spray (Bath & Body Works)
I can't wait for the new Slatkin & Co. spring candles! They had a few of them available in-store today, and they smell sooo good! I heard they're re-releasing The Flower Shop, which is probably my favorite spring candle - yay!
- Fifi Lapin for Juicy Couture notecards & sketchbook
- Red Velvet Cupcake candle (Target)
I'm a longtime fan of Fifi Lapin. I have several prints around my apartment, as well as her book and two bags from her LeSportsac collection. So yeah, knew I needed to check out the Juicy Couture shop when I heard they were releasing a capsule collection. It also included two adorable scarves, but these were more in my budget!
The candle was just an impulse purchase - Target is GREAT for those! haha Seriously, though, sniff this bad boy if you get a chance and are a fan of sweet, baked-good type candles. This one is seriously yum. No idea what the burn/scent throw will be like, but we'll see.
Printed tea towel (Anthropologie)
I wanted something to replace my Christmas-themed hand towels in my kitchen, and I've always loved Anthropologie's tea towels. This one just really stood out for me. I really love that I had a gift card for Anthropologie, because this is one of those things that I really love, but never would have normally purchased for myself. :)
Vintage marmalade canister (Anthropologie)
I was looking for something to store my Clarisonic and toothbrush in (my new one doesn't fit in the holder I have now), and really fell in love with this. Random, right? That's me!
In other news, I took Sammy to get up-to-date on his shots and to be neutered today (Mouse went 3 weeks ago). He's been so sleepy, poor guy!
I got the night off work tonight, and I was so glad, because after I dropped Sammy off early in the AM, I came back home and tried to go back to sleep, but Mouse was not having it. Every 15 minutes, he'd knead me, cry in the windowsill beside my bed, and/or attack my feet and legs. You'd think he was missing his brother or something! So cute. >_< He was so happy when I brought Sammy home. <3
Okay, that's all the rambling for now! Hope you're all having a great week. I'm off to go watch some new Tabatha (formerly Tabatha's Salon Takeover, now Tabatha Takes Over). LOVE that woman! Then it's off to bed! My cousin/best friend and her baby are coming to stay with me for five days, and I have so much to do before they get here - ack!!
Love you guys and thanks for reading!