Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cheeky Checklist: July 2013

The very first post I ever wrote on Getting Cheeky was my inaugural Cheeky Checklist. Two and a half years later, I feel a sense of nostalgia whenever I begin writing this monthly series that essentially amounts to a favorites post that I choose to pen mid month rather than at the beginning or end so as to avoid the deluge of favorites written around that time. 

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've been rethinking how I photograph some things for Getting Cheeky. I love creating and posting photographs that are more inspired by still life paintings than product advertisements. For this reason I wanted to rethink the "list" format of my Cheeky Checklist posts. I personally dislike simply posting a series of pictures of products that I like, and coupling this consideration with the many requests I've gotten to show more of my home here on Getting Cheeky I came up with a compromise that will show different corners of chez Getting Cheeky as well as liven up the photographs for my Cheeky Checklist posts. From this month forward you can expect to see a collection of products gathered in some area of my home as you see them below on one of the built in bookshelves in our living room. 

Liz Earle Super Balm 
Even though the weather is far from cold and dry, I'm still struggling with a few pesky dry spots around my eyes that I chalk up to stress. Rather than put prescription steroid creams on the delicate skin around my eyes, I've been treating with more gentle solutions and following up with Liz Earle's fantastic Super Balm. Though any thick hydrating balm would do the trick, I adore Liz Earle's version as it smells exactly like a steaming cup of herbal tea.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (Original Review Here)
I've always been a light coverage foundation girl, but this can be somewhat problematic when my skin is looking a bit lackluster. Despite the odd mixture of hype and confusion that seemed to surround these Hourglass powders when they were released, I find this works best for me as a way to gently set my makeup (particularly concealer) and add a hint of light reflection without looking like a disco ball.

Diptyque Philosykos EDT (Original Review Here)
Diptyque's Philosykos is the perfect summer fragrance as evidenced by the fact that it's appeared in my Cheeky Checklist two months in a row and that I'm going through the bottle faster than you can say Philosykos. I cannot get enough of the fact that the nutty richness of the fig adds to the perfume's depth and complexity, while the airy coconut and green leafy notes make it perfect for hot still days.

Laura Mercier Lotus Blossom Lip Gloss (Original Review Here)
I purchased Laura Mercier's gloss in Lotus Blossom this past summer and allowed it to languish in my lip drawer unloved for a shamefully long period of time. A week or two ago I wanted the perfect sheer, milky pink lip and turned to Lotus Blossom and I fell in love once more. Do you ever rediscover a product that just speaks to you to the extent that it becomes the lip gloss (or fill in the blank) of the season? Lotus Blossom is that gloss this summer.

Guerlain Ombre Fusion 03 Maya 
During the summer I tend to avoid powder shadows all together in favor of a quick flick of liner and some mascara, but this year I cannot even be bothered to line my eyes. I rediscovered my Ombre Fusion in Maya while culling through my makeup collection for a blog sale and I've been in love ever since. (How did I ever forget I had this gem?!) A quick smudge of this shimmering golden brown and some mascara and I have the perfect "stay all day" smoky eye. Now that I've fallen for Maya I'm contemplating other quick smudge on browns like MAC's Constructivist and Indianwood Paint Pots.

Pai Camellia and Rose Organic Facial Cleanser
After finishing my beloved Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm I wanted to branch out a bit and explore other cleansers. Though I'm not sure I love it quite as much as Emma Hardie's masterpiece, Pai's Camellia and Rose Organic Facial Cleanser is absolutely incredible. It smells heavenly, cleanses without stripping my face and leaves my skin feeling baby soft.

Bruno Acampora Musc EDP (Original Review Here)
On days when I'm willing to part with my precious Philosykos I've been turning to another "forever" favorite, Bruno Acampora's Musc. I'm not sure I made it clear in my original review, but this perfume is the be all and end all for lovers of musk fragrances. Though Musc is also available in a perfume oil, I love the beautiful metal bottle that houses this fragrance: it has all the luxury of an Italian sports car. Questo รจ perfetto!

Which items made your cheeky checklist this month?