Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Favorite Things

NARS Orgasm Blush
In honor of Oprah's annual 'Favorite Things' episode, I thought I would share some of my own favorite things from this year. Here they are, in no particular order:

#1: NARS Orgasm Blush
This blush works great on just about any skin tone, and is the perfect shade of pink, accurately capturing that "rosy glow" from just after... well, you know.

#2: Alterna Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
This shampoo and conditioner is expensive, but worth every penny. The conditioner especially helps keep my hair lush and strong, and helps protect it from my damaging hair dryer and straightener.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
#3: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
I love this gentle face cleanser for its wonderful scent (cucumbers!) and deep clean feeling. I don't use it to remove makeup, but it's my first and last cleanser of the day.

#4: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Due to my allergies, I have suffered from dark circles all my life, so I'm forever searching for that perfect concealer that will cover them without giving me that raccoon look. I finally found perfection when I stumbled upon Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage. The shades work great with my skin tone to help hide blemishes and dark circles.

#5: Korres Guava Body Butter
I love the lush scent of this body butter, and it's very moisturizing!

#6: Kaleidoscope Heart from Sara Bareilles
I love every song on the sophomore album from Bareilles, who first hit it big with her 2007 single "Love Song." ("Love Song" was featured in the movie Made of Honor, with Patrick Dempsey, among others.) My favorite from her new album has to be "King of Anything". Here's the video:

#7: Cynthia Steffe dresses
I have really fallen in love with Cynthia Steffe's professional and chic dresses this year. I have several in my closet, and my favorite is probably the Cynthia Steffe Shannon Sheath in an aquamarine blue.

#8: Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-Ray
If you're a fan of the Back to the Future trilogy, as you know I am, then this Blu-Ray collection is worth the investment. I love the deleted scenes, especially the extended version of the Darth Vadar sequence from the first movie. It made me laugh so hard! Each film's quality is also phenomenal! How did I previously live without high-def?

#9: Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
With long hair, you're forever doing anything you can to keep it looking healthy. Morroccanoil Oil Treatment should be your savior if you're in need of moisture or hair repair. I apply it to my hair every morning before blow drying, and sometimes to my dry ends to moisture them overnight. It's a miracle worker!

#10: Black Halo dresses
I was previously aware of Black Halo, but have become a true fan of the brand this year. I now have several dresses with the Black Halo label, and Chapin has labeled my Black Halo Eva Mini Dress his favorite out of all my dresses. (I have the dress in black.)

#11: Commando Low-Rise Girl Short Panty
I have been forever searching for panties that could go undetected under certain garments, most of them being clingy/ tight-fitting items. I tried out these girl short panties from the Commando brand, and they are not only extremely comfortable, but really do make it look like you're "going commando." 

#12: Words with Friends
I started playing this game in April of this year, and haven't stopped yet. I think it's so much fun, and (hopefully) good for the brain, too. Thanks to Sheila for introducing me!

#13: Cami Cakes
My friend Tiffany introduced me to these fantastic cupcakes this summer, and they are my number one guilty pleasure. I can't decide on my favorite flavor, though Mint Chocolate, Carrot Cake and the classic Black and White definitely top the list.

#14: Middle Sister wine
I randomly picked up a bottle of Middle Sister Rebel Red at Publix earlier this year, and Chapin and I have both been hooked on the wine ever since. It's great... and inexpensive! The label is adorable, too, and of course makes me think of my sister, Gail.

#15: Charlaine Harris
If you're a fan of True Blood, then you've heard of Charlaine Harris, the author behind the books that inspired the HBO series. Well written and inventive, the books have kept our interest on many long car trips. Chapin and I have now read all the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and are eager for more. Are you Team Bill or Team Eric?

#16: The Help
Although The Help came out in 2009, I just picked it up this summer -- and did not want to put it down once I started reading. Books these days very rarely keep my interest like this... but I was so enveloped in the stories of Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny that I was so disappointed when it came to an end. Now I can at least look forward to the movie!

#17: Songs to Move to...
I love music, but I have to call out "Tik Tok," "Hey Soul Sister," "Raise Your Glass" and "Dynamite" for really making me want to get up and just dance this year.

P!nk - Raise Your Glass (Official Music Video)
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#18: Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Body Wash
I love using this body wash for its delicious scent. It really does smell like you are peeling an orange, and it's a great way to get your day going.

#19: Personal necklaces
I love my Izzie necklace that is in the shape of a pug silhouette with Izzie's name inscribed. (Thanks, Laurin!) It makes me feel like I have her close to my heart.

#20: Michele, the Brand
As you know from reading this blog, I was so excited to get my first Michele branded item this year: my purse! Hopefully one day I can add a Michele watch.