Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cheeky Checklist: August 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. 

In keeping with the theme I launched this past month in July 2013's Cheeky Checklist, I've taken one photograph of this month's favorites in lieu of a list of pictures. Whereas last month's photograph was set on the built in bookshelves that decorate my living room, this month's photograph is staged against a very stylish antique lamp in the corner of the office where Getting Cheeky is photographed and written.

Penhaligons Scent Library
It's a fairly well documented fact that I've become completely obsessed with perfume. The beauty of fragrance, as opposed to cosmetics is that you can and should try before you buy. Sample websites and services exist, and many brands make small versions of their scents available for purchase. One such brand is the English fragrance house Penhaligons. Eager to explore a range of fragrances that I have no access to I purchased their Scent Library, a collection of generous sample vials that offers an excellent look at some of the brand's most popular scents. I'm sure it goes without saying that I've added at least one to my full bottle wish list ...

Davines Hair Care (Original Review Here)
I stumbled upon the Davines range quite unexpectedly while doing some internet window shopping and impulsively ordered a selection of products to experiment with. From the moment I first washed my hair it was love: the Well-Being shampoo and conditioner both deliver my hair exactly what it needs, and the Momo conditioning treatment cuts down of frizz without increasing the frequency that I wash my hair (once a week). I'm eager to explore a few more of the brand's treatments as my hair can't get enough. One last thing. Can we talk about how incredible the packaging is?

Guerlain Cils d'Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara (Original Review Here)
Mascara is a galvanizing subject as there seem to be two camps: those who prefer inexpensive but high quality mascaras, and those who like to splurge. I shamelessly belong to the latter team. Yes you need to get rid of it after three months, and yes it seems like a waste of money but I just can't be without a nice high end mascara. My current poison of choice is Guerlain's Cils d'Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara a thickening dream product that gives me thick, long and dark black lashes. It doesn't get any better than that!

Laura Mercier Black Karat Baked Eye Colour (Worn as Liner Here)
I purchased Laura Mercier's Black Karat baked shadow over two years ago used it quite a bit and then let it fall by the wayside in my shadow drawer. Recent reorganization and efforts to shop my stash led me to uncover this gem again, and I haven't been able to put it down since. I apply Black Karat wet with a liner brush over a thin layer of black liquid eyeliner to give me an opaque base and the effect is lovely. Dark enough to pass as black (believe it or not) with enough shimmer to look unique and catch the light this is the dirty gold liner of my dreams.

Dior Rosy Glow Blush
Dior's Rosy Glow Blush is another item that I allowed to languish unloved in my collection as I purchased it at the same time I bought NARS Gaiety. (Silly, right? It was before I was making a conscious effort to cut down on duplicate products.) I pulled Rosy Glow out of its hiding place a few weeks ago and I've been hooked since. This blush works just like Dior's Lip Glow: a soft pink, "lit from within" blush that customizes to your own pH and complexion.

And last but certainly not least, I'm madly in love with a pair of earrings that my sister-in-law purchased for my birthday this past year (shown atop the Dior Blush). An black image of a tree is set against a nearly neon teal background that makes the earrings pop even when buried beneath my thick hair. It was love at first sight, but I've been turning to these earrings quite a bit recently for a unique pop of color.

What items made your cheeky checklist this month?