Friday, March 26th, 2010

Five for Friday: Products I’m Trying to Resist

I love this time of season — it’s that time when spring beauty is wrapping up and we start seeing summer beauty sneak peeks, previews, and the like. (It still never ceases to amaze me that we’ve barely *officially* started spring and it’s all about summer collections!) I LOVE! summer makeup. I love the warmth, the shimmer, and glow of summer collections. These are a five products that have made their way onto my lust list–we’ll see if I cave on any of them (I’m thinking I have no hope of resistance on a few of them–bet you can guess which!).

  • Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Pink Delicious Lipgloss Kit ($26.00) is surprisingly tempting. I’ve never personally bought or tested (other than in-store swatching) Bare Escentuals products before. I know, right? How is that even possible? I think it’s the colors included in the kit — that fuchsia and peachy-bronze shade… ahh, they get me every time.
  • Tom Ford Amber Resolute Eau de Parfum ($180 for 1.7 oz.) is one of several scents from Tom Ford’s Prviate Blend collection. I’m desperate to try a Tom Ford scent, and I’m thinking Amber Absolute may just be the right one to start off with! It’s described as, “A hallmark private blend fragrance. Amber Absolute is a honey-colored scent infused with the purest form of amber, joined by a tenacious refrain of African incense, labdanum, rich woods and a touch of vanilla bean.” Any input?
  • Philosophy Raspberries & Cream Duo ($25.00) is a new scent from Philosophy, so it’s not a surprise that I’m drawn to it, since I love Philosophy’s shower gels and have kind of a gotta try ‘em all mentality over them… But I love, love, LOVE! raspberries! They’re my favorite fruit. Ever. I wish it was available in-store, because I’d grab it in a heartbeat.
  • Guerlain Terracotta Teint d’Ailleurs Tinted Moisturizer ($46.00) has my name written ALL over it. I love Guerlain’s products in general (of course, not everything catches my eye!), and I am addicted to tinted moisturizers… I’m starting a Tinted Moisturizer Challenge for summer, so I think I’m going to buy this next time I’m at Nordstrom! I can’t wait.
  • Burberry Brit Spring Gift Set ($90) caught my eye when I was browsing for new beauty products on Nordstrom’s website last night. It reminded me of how much I absolutely adore Burberry’s The Beat during the spring. Has anyone else tried this? (P.S. – Why am I so obsessed with Burberry lately?)

What five products are on YOUR lust list this week?

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80 thoughts on “Five for Friday: Products I’m Trying to Resist, Vol. 1

  1. Roxanne

    So looking forward to the tinted moisturizer challenge!
    Trying to resist buying:
    - 187 brush from MAC (I swear, I keep dreaming about this brush!)
    - blushes from theBlam: Hot Mama, Down Boy, Cabana Boy
    - Seche vite topcoat!
    - Foundation: MUFE Mat Velvet+ and NARS Sheer Glow
    - …the craving continues endlessly

    See what beauty blogs do to me?! I’ve been really good lately though. Well… besides the Viva Glam Gaga lipstick and the Stacked 1! pigment I bought last week… *err*

  2. lindz

    I love BE lip glosses! They are Al glossy! Amber absolu is a simply stunning perfume! I have the whole collection in a mini set! I also have tom ford white suede! Love it! I know its expensive but imo so worth it!! I want the BE canary diamonds collection! Its so bronzy! I also want a cle Dr peau lipstick. I want to smell thne burberry sport perfume! It sounds so pretty. I can’t wait for Mac the beach collection to come out! I want the whole collection! Lastly, I would like to try the new summer clinique collection. I’m normally not a fan of clinique but it looks pretty!!! Christine, you have to get the tom ford!!!

  3. Wilcoa

    Super excited to see this tinted moisturizer challenge. I’ve been trying to find a good TM for a while now, with no luck, can’t wait to hear what you find and think about the products!

  4. I’m so, so happy you’re starting a tinted moisturizer challenge! I try to wear tinted moisturizer on a daily basis -but my Tarte “Smooth Operater” can be a little drying during the colder months (perfect for warm weather though.) I need to find one packed with lots of moisture -for winter/fall/early spring! I don’t like foundation for every day wear.

    My WISHlist (with lots of lust):

    1. All Pearlglide Intense Pencils from Art Supplies
    2. NARS Blush in “Gilda”
    3. MUFE HD Blushes -Quickie, Nip Slip =P
    4. MAC PRO Eyeliner Mixing Medium (they’ve been sold out at the store for months!!)
    5. Revlon Day Dreamer Collection lipsticks (I heard that we won’t get the collection here in the US until May!! But it’s already out in the UK and the swatches look amazing. Pastel lipsticks -something hard to come by at the drugstore.)

    Ok.. that was more of a “to buy” when my No-Buy is over list. And why am I commenting on your blog at 4:36AM?!!? Because I have finals in a few hours and needed a study break! ..plus I might be slightly addicted.

  5. Proximity

    Amber Absolute is a heavy hitter, it’s a really dense, super rich amber fragrance. It’s delicious, but I wouldn’t peg it for Summer, it’s better for Winter, really. It’s strong stuff! But my favorite from the Tom Ford private collection fragrances I’ve tried thus far is the Tobacco Vanilla. it’s also really rich, and dark, but I think the vanilla adds enough familiarity to make it more accessible to most people.
    Do try the Amber! It’s good stuff!!

    • I love, love amber-ish scents (it always seem to draw me in). It seems like a good first fragrance to try from Tom Ford (regardless of season, lol!).

  6. Tessa

    Try and get a sample of the Tom Ford before you get it. Amber Absolute is very full-on and incense-y. It’s gorgeous – they all are – but they’re so uncompromising (and expensive) that you want to be sure you picked the right one! I thought I was going to like Amber Absolute but then I liked Black Violet more.

    Someone on Ebay was selling sets of 3 10ml samples (you can pick which three you want).

  7. Angel

    I’m really wanting the sephora mascara sampler. I love trying new ones but can’t generally justify the high end ones.
    2. Tokidoki line
    3. The green Chanel Chance perfume.
    4. Mineralized blush duos…even though I hate shimmer, lol.

  8. Get the Tom Ford! Get the Tom Ford!

    It’s GORGEOUS.

  9. lynne

    im loving the bareMinerals set. I already love many other things from the brand so I might try out the lip glosses. They are soooo pretty

  10. Elle

    Brit is one of my favorite scents, ever–it smells like chocolate and spicy vanilla with a little bit of gin and tonic (don’t ask why I smell that, I just do) on me. I think you’ll like it!

    I’m trying not to cave on some new BeneFit stuff I want to try (Sugarbomb and the concealer primer), but I probably will soon, especially if my tax refund comes through soon enough.

  11. Lesley

    Burberry Brit is one of my husband’s favorite fragrances that I wear. For some reason, I consider it more of a “fall” or “winter” fragrance, though??

  12. Tia

    Gee thanks Christine!! Now I have to hunt down that Bare Escentuals Lip Gloss Set. That fuschia and, the 1st pink look amazing!

  13. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    re: Tom Ford Private Blends, is there a counter near you that stocks these? They’ll give you a very generous sample…I have one of his Moss Breches (which is fantastic, but not for everybody, it’s a woodsy, green chypre and can smell too “old lady” to some). I got it from Bergdorf’s. I’ve been wanting to try more of these!

    My five:

    1. NARS Eurydice eyeshadow duo
    2. Paul & Joe creamy cheek color in #1
    3. MAC Studded nail polish
    4. Living Proof Full Thickening Cream
    5. Shiseido Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte lipsticks!

  14. Ari

    Hi Karen! Kevin at Perfume Smellin’ Things did a great review of all the Tom Fords. http://perfumesmellinthings.blogspot.com/2007/05/tom-ford-private-blend.html
    Personally, though, for that insane price I suspect that you could find a much nicer amber perfume. The Tom Ford name is apparently worth a lot of dough!

  15. Ari

    Okay, I fail at life. I read both Temptalia and Makeup and Beauty Blog and for some reason I thought I was on MBB! Hi Christine, is what I meant to say! :)

  16. Nicole

    I got a sample of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and I can’t really describe it. Maybe one word: provocative! I don’t think I could wear it, but I would love to try his other scents.

    I love raspberries too! My friends actually make fun of me for loving raspberries TOO much. Now I want to sniff this new Philosophy scent! Yay summer!

  17. MeganA

    I love Burberry Brit….it was my gateway scent that has since made me want to buy all other Burberry scents. I highly recommend it, its different that the Beat but smells very ladylike is the only thing I can really say. I say go for it, try it! Also, as a bareMinerals fanatic, I so want the lipgloss set….it only MAC would stop putting out limited editions I could afford it.

  18. Tracey

    I bought the Guerlain TM this week, really like it!! Buy it, resistence is futile :)

  19. oooooh… you know me and tom ford man ;) love the man. i actually spend big bucks custom framing the “happy birthday” autograph that my bf managed to snag for me a few years back (took him MONTHS to track down the guy! one of the coolest, sweetest and funniest gifts i’ve ever received!)

    his scents when he was with gucci and ysl were always REALLY strong! (usually dark and musky though, not so flowery, which is good imo.) i haven’t tested anything at all from his own line yet… i love amber – if you try it, let me know! :)

    • Aww, what a great boyfriend to get you that gift :)

      I can’t believe you haven’t taken a sniff of the new scents! I have a few times, but I find that it’s so hard to get a good grasp on a scent in the fragrance departments… so overwhelming!

      • Testing scents can be daunting – With all those smells going on at once. I always marvel at the fact that the people working there don’t have constant headaches! LOL!

        I actually don’t wear any fragrances myself. I prefer to just smell like… Me :P I should test out the Tom Ford ones tho – Being the mega-fan that I am :P I spent a small fortune on a pair of Gucci boots the year that he left (a “going away” present to myself) ;)

        And yes, it was an SUPER COOL gift! hehe :) I love that, for even a small second out of one day in his life, he had to think about me enough to write, “Happy Birthday Dusty” hahaha! :) And dreamy?! The man is a fox! :P

        What were we talking about again?? LOL!

        • LOL!!

          I don’t wear them often myself, so I don’t mind plunking down a good bit if I really LOVE it. Of course, it’d be kind of awesome if they’d do a little collector’s kit. Tiny vials of each one! Would die.

  20. Regina

    Hey there! Regarding the BE lip glosses, I have a few of them and they are to die for. Great consistency, fab colors, and they last a long time. That Tom Ford scent sounds SO YUMMY and just up my alley – let us know what you think about it! I own both Burberry Brit and Beat, and they are both some of my favorite smells! I think I like Brit better, it’s warm and seductive and yummy. I’m also anxious to see what you think about that tinted moisturizer, I’m always looking for a great one for summer time. I hope I succeeded in justifying some purchases for you :)

  21. Avatar of Aoife Aoife

    This list is tricky to narrow down to 5!!

    1: Estée Lauder Double Wear Light – I have the regular one and the concealar and I love them so I’d love to try the light one so that I can wear it to work where I don’t need full coverage.

    2: St. Tropez daily moisturiser. I’m super pale (Irish!) but I think it’s a bit early in the year to be going down the tan route! It is on my list though!

    3: New Lancome bronzer – it looks amazing!!

    4: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – or similar highlighter! It’s pricey!

    5: …..MAC list – no that’s not a new product! I have a MAC list that is growing by the day! It will be carried out in August in NYC when I head across the pond for my hols!! It’s much cheaper in the US! I have to resist until then!

    • Hey, some use self-tanners year-round to keep up that faux glow :D No such thing as too early!

      Any shimmerbrick you’re looking at in particular?

      • Avatar of Aoife Aoife

        Self-tanners year-round for me is too much hassle for me! (lazy tanner = patchy!!) I’m snow white her so I’m trying to embrace my pastiness! I know if I go to a wedding or a big night out I’ll want to use some tan. Not too dark but just to look a little less like a ghost!

        As for the Shimmer Brick, I am thinking either the Pink Quartz or the Beige one. I haven’t swatched them recently because there’s no Bobbi Brown stockist where I live. I’d have to wait to go to Cork or Dublin. Which is your favourite?

  22. Adriana

    DON’T resist the Bare Escentuals lip glosses. They smell and taste so good and they all have such pretty shimmer. They’re not overly pigmented, so you won’t be getting a super fuscia lip if that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s a good amount of colour. Also it’s not goopy at all, it’s actually a nice consistency.

    (Actually, that’s a lie. I have 2 of them– Sugar Cookie and Chiffon, and Sugar Cookie is a bit goopier than Chiffon, so maybe it just depends on the colour/ingredients.)

  23. mars

    Seriously Tom Ford makes the sexiest perfumes in existence, I wouldn’t resist but I would get samples to try first. All that hotness can be too much for some.

  24. Ada

    Hi Christine. I’ve been wanting something from MAC’s Liberty collection but couldn’t decide what to get. I love Petals and Peacocks but what to wear with it? Also trying to resist the Cool Eyes Trip palette from 2009. Love those colours!

    • Wear Petals & Peacocks with pinks & purples!

      • Ada

        I caved and bought it yesterday. I tried it on in the store and it’s very wearable! Thanks for the pink/purple suggestion.

        I also bought Summer Rose BP. Both of these LoL items were the last ones in the store.

        The SA was very nice and let me buy 2 pearl glide liners from the Art Supplies collection coming out next week (the black one and the purple one). She was suggesting the greasepaints, but I couldn’t see myself wearing it to work.

  25. liana

    Mac blush pallete, time to depot those suckers!
    Mac bough grey eyeshadow, had to get it before it sold out online!

  26. Lauren

    Hi Christine!
    Happy Friday, the Philosophy Raspberries n Cream was out on the floor of my local Nordies (Oakbrook, IL) also Apricots n Cream. Both were avail in sets

  27. I am so excited about the tinted moisturizer challenge! I have been looking for an hg tm :)

  28. Oh, those BE glosses do look delicious! And I personally loved Burberry Brit. I went through an entire 1oz bottle of the stuff and it’s still one of my favorites, but I found it a little heavy for spring/summer. Have you looked at Brit Sheer? That one’s lighter on the base notes and has more grapefruit at the top (if I recall correctly) and I think if you liked The Beat you’d really like that one as well.

    I’m currently dying to see Sephora’s new Tokidoki line. My fav SA said they’d be launching any day now so I’ve been taking daily trips to the mall to see if they’ve put the stuff out yet! That being said, I’m not sure I’m actually going to buy anything. I’m looking to treat myself to a nice new kabuki brush for my birthday (in a little over a week), a Jill Stuart Blush (finally!!) and a pretty dress to wear! I’m also super excited that SO is finally going to take me to the Container Store on Sunday so I can finally get tubs for my nail polishes! LOL!

    • I’m definitely going to have to do a little sniffing of Burberry’s scents. I really found myself in love with The Beat. I find I either like lighter scents or very seductive, headier scents, LOL.

      Do let me know what you think of the Tokidoki line!

  29. Avatar of Connie Connie

    I bought Burberry Brit without testing it online and love it. My husband instantly loved it when I first put it on unlike others I have tried such as Alien, Angel, and Forever Lily. I am going to have to check out the other Burberry scents as well as look into the Ford line although they seem pretty pricey.

    Right now there isn’t anything I am trying to resist. That all went out the door with the Mac Liberty line.

  30. alex

    Christine, IMO the bare escentials buxom babes lip glosses are soooo much better than those and QVC always has amazing and exclusive sets every season in those mini sizes!!! Those taste awful and have a lot of annoying slip.

  31. Tasmin

    I have all the Tom Ford private blend fragrance. My favourite one is Arabian wood. Loving Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipgloss shades 841 and 842. Also, bought Tom Ford shades too!

  32. CeeBee

    Oooh, the Tom Ford perfume sounds divine! I loved the Youth Dew (Amber Nude) revamp he did for Estee Lauder a few years back – I have a couple of bottles stashed away because they don’t make it any more :(

    I recently bought the Body Shop Body Butter is Raspberry and I LURVE it so!

  33. Diligent Shopper

    I will be going to the vancouver imats soon and it seems like I have SOOOO much on my list

    I am trying to resist buying:

    1. MUFE smokey lash
    2. nars laguna bronzer
    3. naked pigments in ebony
    4. nars blsuhes (I will buy 1 or 2 but I’ll try not to buy too much)
    5. occ lip tar

    Let me know if any of these are MUST HAVES though because I can still change my mind

  34. Sharon

    Ooh, that lipgloss set looks tempting!
    I have a huge list of wants.
    - MAC eyeshadows: Stars n’ Rockets, Fig. 1, Satellite Dreams, Parfait Amour, Tilt, Deep Truth, Contrast, Seedy Pearl, Juxt, Hush, Silver Ring, Swish and Vapour.
    - The new bottled blushes from MUFE, in at least one shade.
    - A few MUFE eyeshadows (don’t know exactly which ones yet, but they can wait until I get a chance to swatch them at the store)
    - Dior Crystal Gloss
    - Givenchy Very Irresistible perfume.
    I had a hard time narrowing down my list to five things, LOL!

    • LOL! The MUFE blushes are fun for sure! Their eyeshadows are nice, but I’m never WOW-ed by them. They’re good, don’t get me wrong, but I guess I prefer more dimension in my shadows!

  35. amelia

    - mac liberty london prim and proper blush
    - Diptyque Philoskos perfume
    - Urban decay show pony palette
    - Bare Escentuals buxom lip balm
    - mac chamomile eye shadow (its still selling at my MAC)

  36. Tiffany

    you’ve never bought bare escentuals?? I think you need to test out it out and do some reviews. I’d love to hear what you think of their products! I’m in love with their loose eyeshadows! so smooth and pigmented.
    I am now wanting that lip gloss set. Thanks!! Lol

  37. Hend

    Ah burberry perfumes ..
    the beat is a great choice for springs and summers ,
    but the classic burberry is great for winter
    i’m trying so hard these days to resist Givenchy’s Hot couture perfume,
    and Lancome’s color design lipstick in posh pink :(