Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cheeky Checklist: March 2011

My very first post on this blog was January's Cheeky Checklist, my version of a monthly favorites list that I post closer to the middle of the month to avoid the deluge of favorites that occur at the end of one month and the beginning of the next.

This month, I started using a new makeup bag that I've had lying around in a set of three since early last fall. I believe it's from the Poketo for Target collection. There's something so cheerful and spring-y about multi-colored dots!

In terms of perfume, March so far has been all about deep, woodsy, and flowery fragrances. 

YSL Parisienne is a relatively new favorite. My fiancĂ© bought this for me as an anniversary gift last year and I absolutely adore it. Sephora describes Parisienne as follows: "The essence of a woman who is incredibly free—she is not from Paris, but Paris adopts her. She knows how to love, how to live. Parisienne is the fragrance of ultra-femininity and sensuality, built with notes of blackberry, damask rose, and sandalwood. The grand floral with a woody structure is luminous even in its mystery." For the amount of time I've spent in Paris I would certainly like to think the city has adopted me! 

Stella, on the other hand, has been my favorite since I was a sophomore in high school. Though I switch up my perfume quite regularly, this is the one I always come back to, and adore as my signature fragrance. Sephora states that Stella is, "a fragrance based on the contrast between the freshness and softness of the rose, and the dark sensuality of amber, Stella is a sophisticated scent focused on an intense sense of femininity." I believe this is my third or fourth bottle, and I'm almost out!

I've always been a fan of Bourjois makeup, and I picked up this lovely blush in Rose Coup de Foudre (Love At First Sight Rose) last summer in Paris. I wore it a great deal when I first got it, and throughout the summer. Then autumn and winter came and I forgot about the coral-y loveliness that first attracted me to the color.

As you can see Rose Coup de Foudre looks a great deal like Stilla's Make Me Blush, with one difference. The gold notes in Make Me Blush are gone as fast as the overlay is brushed away, whereas the gold is laced through Rose Coup de Foudre. This color has been a wonderful complexion brightener. Un coup de foudre, encore!

All month I've been absolutely obsessed with The Lap of Luxury lipgloss from MAC's Baroque Boudoir collection. This color fits in with my current love of all things rose gold. While The Lap of Luxury is sheer, it reflects a lovely gold pink color. I've been wearing this gloss a lot on it's own, but it also looks absolutley magnificent paired with a nude lipstick. 
(I couldn't resist keeping the packaging. How beautiful! This has to have been one of my favorite MAC collections in terms of the pattern alone.) 

This picture doesn't even begin to do The Lap of Luxury justice.
I'm well aware that this was a limited edition product, but I see these glosses all the time at CCO's and on sites like All Cosmetics Wholesale.

My final makeup related checklist item for the month of March is Bobbi Brown's Day to Night: Warm eyeshadow palette from the holiday collection. Not only do I absolutely adore the black packaging and gold emblem, but the shadows are gorgeous. 

(From Left to right): Ivory, Oat, Espresso, Burnt Sugar, Velvet Bronze, and Black Plum.

Ivory is my least favorite color in the palette. Perhaps it's just my skin tone, but I get very little pigmentation (even as a highlight shade) and it feels chalky when I swatched or applied. Oat and Espresso are perfect matte shadow colors. I use Oat to soften harsh lines while blending, and Espresso as a liner nine times out of ten.
(Left to right): Ivory, Oat, Espresso

This palette is one of the few (apart from Naked) that makes me feel as though I need no other shadows. These three shimmery neutral browns are buttery and pigmented. I've been wearing almost every day this month (particularly Burnt Sugar and Velvet Bronze).
(Left to right): Burnt Sugar, Velvet Bronze, and Black Plum

Quite a long post I know, but I couldn't help it! What products have found their way on to your checklist this month?