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Less than I did a week ago, because I cleaned it off. I have: Fresh Sugar lip treatment in original and Plum tinted, two Revlon Super Lustrous lipglosses I don’t really like, Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD304 (Sweet Pea, bought entirely because of this blog), Jack Black lip balm, a sample of Laura Mercier mascara, Tarte concealer, FAB Ultra Lip Repair (I love it but it doesn’t last very long), some random samples, UD Naked 2 palette, and (just added today) NARS Joie de Vivre cheek palette. Oh, and a sample of Fresh Hesperides scent. I also have the Sephora + Pantone shades of nature eye brush set hanging out on my desk, I don’t know why. (I bought them because I didn’t have eye brushes. So far they seem okay.) In terms of hand lotion, I have Bliss High Intensity hand cream, Clarins hand and nail cream, and CND almond hydrating lotion. 
…and that’s *less* than I had previously. Oy. (It takes up less room than you’d think, but my desk is cluttered to say the least.)

[email protected] It gives me such great joy to see NARS on one of your lists. <grin> 

[email protected]! I will respond to your thoughts about the palette via email if that is acceptable? I didn’t want to keep spamming the blog with long comments.

@blueraccoon Hope you’re liking the blush palette! Also, I believe it was you I was talking about pink-toned highlighters a while back. You said you had Dior Rose Diamond, but hadn’t tried it, right? Have you tested it out, yet?

[email protected] J – I am liking the blush palette! Short version, I like all the colors except I’m not sure about Laguna and Gaiety is giving me pigmentation issues – it’s really, really pale when I swatch it. Like I’m piling it on and it’s not building up much at all. But I like the color, so I’ll work with it, and I’m pale enough I think I can make it work for me.
As for Rose Diamond, I haven’t had a chance to test it out. Maybe this weekend?

@blueraccoon Good to hear you like the palette! What is it about Laguna that makes you uncertain? I haven’t played with Gaiety much; always thought it’d be too light and too cool for me, but it is pretty to look at, lol. 
 
Let me how you get along with Rose Diamond when you try that out!

[email protected] J – I think Laguna may be too brown or orange for me and I’m afraid it’ll make me look muddy. I haven’t really tried it yet but when I swatched it on my arm I really didn’t like the way it contrasted iwth my skin at *all*.
Gaiety is…annoying. I love the color in the pan, but I have to pile it on my brush in order to get color, and it’s really, really soft and natural–which is fine, I’m not a fan of bold cheeks on me–but this just is annoying. I much prefer my Burberry Peony blush, or the Rose Initiale. 
I will definitely let you know when I get a chance to play with Rose Diamond! I’m also thinking about picking up the Luster Multiple, or maybe Copacabana, any thoughts?

@blueraccoon I figured it might be the tone of it considering it is much more of a golden-brown shade. Try it with a stippling brush when/if you do decide to try it out. My favorite bronzer is actually Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzer. It’s pricy, but has an amazing texture and finish; plus, it comes in several shades. The even numbered shades have more of a pink/red base. If you haven’t tried their bronzers, you should give them a look.
 
As for the highlighters… I think you may mean Luxor rather than Luster? If there is a Luster Multiple, I would squeel with glee, lol. I’m a fan of Copacabana Illuminator, but not the multiple. The liquid version seems a tinge pinker than the cream. The Multiple is a lot more silver pearl with much less pink, IMO. I like the Illuminator under foundation typically because it can be a bit shimmery on top. Luxor seems to be an icy pink. From what I remember it’s more iridescent sheen than. The Copacabana Illuminator is probably my favorite pink based highlighter.

[email protected] J – lol, I totally meant Luxor, yes. I have Luster on the brain since it’s in the palette. I’ll keep the Copacabana Illuminator in mind, too 🙂 Kafka loves the Multiple, which is why I was thinking about that.
Guerlain’s bronzers are on my list of things I want but haven’t had a chance to check out in person yet. But we have a counter in Nordy’s now, so when I go there next I will swatch and see what I think. I think I wanted the Blondes 02 shade, iirc (it’s on my shopping list at Sephora) so I’ll see what I think.

On my bedside table: Body Shop Vitamin E face mist, Heel Tastic Intensive Heel Care, Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream, Jason Aloe Vera 98%, Revlon Colorstay blemish concealer [why is that by my bed?], Olay Complete moisturizer,  Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm, and Jack Black lip balm (Black Tea & Blackberry).
And that’s just one tiny table! Maybe I should tidy up…

Fun question! This is a “what’s on my dresser” (I’m only going off memory):
 
Sample jar filled Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer
Sample jar filled with MUFE HD Foundation 120
Sample Jar filled with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC15 (I think)
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC15
MUFE Face & Body Foundation #32
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Gobi
MAC MSF Natural in Light and Light Medium
MAC Sculpt/Shape Duo in Sculpt/Accentuate
MAC Golden Kitty/Primpin’ Blush Duo
MAC Peachykeen Blush
MAC Dollymix Blush
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder
BE Well Rested
Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum
MAC Fix+
MAC Mixing Medium Waterbased
That Age-Rewind Concealer in the pink tone…
 
Um…probably a whole shit ton more.
 

@Miss J   What do you think of the MUFE #120? Close in colour to you?  I can’t recall if it was 117 or 120 that I’d mentioned to you as a possible colour match. Or maybe it was to Wwendalynne.  Perhaps it was both of you. LOL.

@Kafka I was previously wearing #117, but I felt it was too light/creamy. I believe you suggested I take a look at #120 and #127 since I was having to mix with #123. I thought #127 was a tad too dark for my face, and #120 is actually a pretty good match. If it was a touch darker, it’d probably be perfect, but I’m used to bronzing up post foundation anyway; I always sweep a light dusting over forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck, chest, and shoulders. I find it ties everything together since my color fluctuates so much.

[email protected] J    Ah, okay, I’ve sorted out now what I recommended to whom. LOL.  I’m glad the 120 is working out for you. Do you prefer the feel, coverage, look and texture of the MUFE HD to the NARS Sheer Glow?

@Kafka I much prefer the NARS Sheer Glow. I had a problem with MUFE HD looking too flat/mask-like on me for day-to-day wear. I do like the HD for nights out, though.

[email protected] J   I concur. Sheer Glow is fabulous and really my favorite foundation that I’ve tried thus far, but I think I’d reach for the MUFE if I had a very important or formal night out because of how full the coverage is.  It gives a bit more of a flawless look.  Then again, I think my skin looks prettier with the Sheer Glow, so on second thought…. lol 

@Kafka That is my exact thought process, too. HD is fuller and almost airbrushed looking, but I think Sheer Glow just looks so much better on me, so I usually go with that. I have to put in a lot more work with the HD to bring my face back to life, so I guess it’s alright when I want to wear really full face of makeup, but overall I like the Sheer Glow better because it makes my skin look like skin. I like that it’s not particularly dewy, but it’s not matte. It just makes my face look soft and satiny.
 
I have to say it again, but OMG, I am in love with Outlaw! I put Deep Throat on the other day (used to be my #1 favorite), and I didn’t have that “OMG! I feel so pretty!” feeling. It was weird. I kept looking in the mirror to try to ascertain what was bugging me. It still looked good. Did Outlaw just outdo all of my other NARS blushes, lol?! I think it may have.

[email protected]! But my makeup is right beside my desk for easy access 😛

[email protected]! But my makeup is right beside my desk for easy access 😛

Nightstand: Bod Paw Paw + Vanilla Lip Balm
 
Handbag: Chantecaille Water Lily Lip Chic Hydra, Becca Vintage Jewel (Lip, Cheek and Eye) Palette, Guerlain Baume de la ferte, Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, two Travalos (L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu and Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental).
 
I don’t have a dresser (currently on a business trip), and most of my makeup and beauty products are in the bathroom, which is where I dress and do my makeup.

Great question!
 
I use an antique desk from the early 1900s for my makeup.  On that desk I have the following:
– Lighted makeup mirror with regular and 10X magnification
– Sephora decorative Moroccan Sunrise lighted train case, which has 4 drawers and holds my go to pigments, paint pots and MUFE aqua creams
– A decorative file folder that holds 8 MAC 15-pro palettes and a few large Z palettes
– My entire Hakuhodo brush collection in a swivel desktop organizer that provides easy access to the brushes I need with a quick spin (kind of like a lazy susan)
 
I believe that’s it. The desk has a lap drawer, which holds my go to blushes, highlighters, a Guerlain quad, Dior quint, eyebrow/lash tools, eyeliners, mascara, Kevyn Aucoin SSE, MUFE camouflage palette, my Benefit blushes, special singular eyeshadows and a Beauty Blender sponge.
 
The other six drawers hold overflow eyeshadow palettes, highlighters, foundation, facial cream, back up products I know I’ll use again and again, a drawer dedicated to samples, brushes, etc. It’s a beautiful desk that has become a wonderful home for my regular use makeup. My overflow-overflow makeup goes in two Sephora midnight full-size train cases.  
 
I haven’t found an ideal home for my perfumes. I keep my favorite, Guerlain Shalimar, in an organizer on the end table next to my loveseat since I spray it on before going to sleep, allowing the scent to waft into my dreams.
 
I’m not organized by any stretch of the imagination, but I don’t want to incorporate tacky plastic bins in with my beautiful antique desk so I’m making do with what I have to maintain a satisfying aesthetic. 

[email protected]   I do the same thing with spraying perfume on at night, hoping the scent will “waft into my dreams.”  At the very least, it relaxes me when I try to fight the insomnia. I’ve done that since I was 6 when I thought that, if I smelled really lovely, Prince Charming would come and give Sleeping Beauty (er.. me) a kiss. LOL.  

@Kafka @divinem1 I usually take a full shower just before bed (and a quick one late morning), so out of habit (I guess) I spritz on a dab of perfume; it just makes me happy.

[email protected]@[email protected] often find it odd that I wear my perfume to bed, but I chose it because *I* love the scent, so why wouldn’t I want to treat myself? 

[email protected], I love that childhood hope of Prince Charming and you being Sleeping Beauty. How lovely! <3

On my desk:  a bottle of Fracas eau de toilette, NARS Transeurope Express lipstick, and my dentist’s lip balm. 
On my dresser:  Narcisco Rodriguez “For Her,” Chloe’s “Eau de Chloé,” Cartier’s “Baiser du Dragon,” Fragonard’s “Soleil,” Hermès’ “Hermes,”  Hermès “24 Faubourg,” Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade & Givenchy’s “Ysatis.” (And that’s just what came out for this month!)
Nightstand: Jack Black lip balm, L’Occitane hand cream, Pacifica Tahitian body lotion, Ole Henriksen African Red Tea night eye cream.  

[email protected]+1 For Fracas. I’m all about big white florals. I also own a decant of the Narcisco EDP and find it very soft and comfy smelling. 
 
I’m too paranoid to keep my fragrances out in the open where they can be knocked over or spoil before their time (and if I want even a fighting chance of finishing my fragrances in the next 10 years I’ll need all the help I can get to keep them from spoiling) from light!   

[email protected] Another perfume addict! Yay, esp. for the Fracas love. It will always be one of my all-time favorites.  I hear you on the issue of finishing (or, rather, NOT finishing) the perfumes in the next 10 years. lol.  I think heat is a worse problem than even light, so I’m hoping the 69 degrees at which I keep my house will help. But if I don’t keep them out, then I’ll have NO chance of finishing them. Hell, sometimes, I go through my big armoire where I keep the majority of my perfumes and suddenly discover something I’d completely forgotten I’d owned.  So, I pretty much need to keep at least 10 out or else, they’ll never get used. LOL. What are some of your favorites, YellowLantern?

@Kafka @yellowlantern I keep my perfumes in the linen closet, that way I “see” them on a regular basis, and they’re kept away from both heat & light, as well as a 6 year old diva who is really getting into all things girly.

[email protected] summer I love, love, love Carnal Flower. I pretty much could bathe in it and never have enough. In the winter though I find myself less drawn to it since to me it needs heat to really show it’s sultry side. I know some think it’s overrated, but for me it could never be. 🙂
 
I actually like a LOT from Frederic Malle: Musc Ravageur (and the closely related scent by the same perfumer Le Labo Labdanum 18), En Passant (which to me evokes the image of drinking German wheat beer in an outdoor beer garden with a garden of flowers), and  Lys Mediterranee (and the similar smelling Serge Lutens Un Lys) is another summer favorite as well. Reminds me of the beach and warm weather without smelling like coconut or coppertone. Lipstick rose and Iris Poudre make me happy too though I feel a bit like I’m wearing a “sophisticated woman” costume whenever I wear them. 
 
I also enjoy Angel and Hypnotic Poison in moderation. As well as a few Andy Tauers and L’Artisans and well many, many others.  
 
Baiser du Dragon is an interesting choice for July. Is it one of those scents that you feel “opens up” in hot weather? 
 

[email protected], I forgot to mention Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia! How could I forget such a favorite! 
 
Their Amber Ylang Ylang is quite nice too. Another warm and fuzzy scent.

[email protected]@[email protected]’s a good idea! I keep mine tucked in my drawers of unmentionables and socks so I see them on a daily basis but don’t have to keep them on my dresser top. 🙂

@xamyx @Kafka @yellowlantern I store mine in a decorative hat box (at least that’s what I think they are called) that I place on top of one of my makeup bins. I do think it looks nice storing them out in the open (especially the bottles I like the most), but this keeps them out of light and away from heat while still looking nice in the room. I just put in the fragrances I’m loving as of late in there; I find the storing them out like this gives me easy access to them, but also preserves them.

[email protected] I love Carnal Flower!  Tuberose is my favorite flower of all time, and it sounds like you’re a fan too, esp. with the Estee Lauder. I actually haven’t smelled that one but Tuberose *and* Gardenia???!?! <faints>  I’ll definitely look that one up.  I think it’s Annick Goutal who has a lovely tuberose/gardenia scent that made me think “Wow, this is so close to Fracas!” but it might be someone else’s perfume that I smelled last time I was in Sephora.  I’ve never tried any of Serge Lutens’ things, though I’ve heard the name. I’m very impressed by your range and knowledge. And I’m definitely going to look for some of the Malle scents you mentioned, as I like the thought of a summer/coconut type of scent without the…. er… well, actual coconut and oily Coppertone. LOL!
 
As for Baiser du Dragon, I never wear scents based on the weather. (Plus, I live in a place where the weather consists of Hot, Hotter and HELL! So, I can’t limit things due the heat outside or I’d never wear a lot of things — from colour shades in makeup to perfume. lol.)  Most of all, for me, smell/scent is all about mood, feel and mental associations. I knew July was going to be a rough, stressful month because of the anticipated hip replacement for my furry child, so I brought out a lot of the perfumes that I associate with happy times or that make me feel extra feminine and pretty. Sometimes, we need all the help that we can get! ;D 

[email protected] know what you mean about hot, hotter, hell. I just moved from Arizona, there were days it was so hot any scent make me feel sick! I definitely have scents with super happy memories and always take me away from where I am when I smell them so 
 
I’m sorry about your pet, I hope he’s okay and recovering well. I definitely have scents with super happy memories and always take me away from where I am when I smell them so I understand the power of scent to make one feel positive.  

UD Naked palette,  UD Roach eye shadow, UD Freelove eye shadow, L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner  in Blackest Black, Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil in Black, and Nyx Lipliner Pencil in Peekaboo Neutral. 🙂

Well, nothing on my actual hardtop surfaces – I have two cats who have a tendency to swat anything to the floor that had the audacity to be in their napping areas.  😛  Everything is locked up in boxes and bins in closed up cupboards, and that includes brushes.  My “portable desk” is a bag that I throw all my basics in and transition to my purse when I’m running short on time.  That contains a pretty lengthy list of items, which I’ll refrain from listing for everybody’s sake.

On my work desk, I keep some products (like cuticle oil, hand cream, zit cream, eye drops, aquaphor, foot cream, and lip balm) that I use every night before bed. There is also a Nars duo (in Brousse) randomly on there. Then, there is the stuff that I am currently testing/in the middle of writing reviews for–so right now I have a few bronzers, nail polishes from Essie, a bunch of stuff from Jouer, a Chanel blush, and a primer

Just my nail polishes ( present ! ) I have to find a new box to store them, I have a small collection in fact ( 78 I think ) but a better storage would be great.

Just a lip balm and whatever I last painted my nails with…since I’d be a fool to try and get a polish back in the underbed box when my nails are wet!

I have two gift boxes stacked on my desk. They’re the Bobbi Brown gift boxes from last Christmas? If anyone knows what I’m talking about… They’re basically opaque black, about 8″ x 8″ squares, each about 2″ thick. I have my foundation samples in the top box. The bottom one has loose powder samples, and smaller “full-sized” products including my brow fillers, concealers, liners, and contour.
 
Here’s the list of full-sized products:
MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt + 2 backups (Contour)
MAC Eye Brow in Spiked (Brow Definer)
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Ash + 1 backup. Have two more backups stashed away somewhere (Brow Filler)
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque (My counter friend gave me this tester. So nice of her!) (Concealer)
Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Clair II (Concealer)
Lancome Artliner in Noir (Lash “darkener/mascara”)
 
Okay that was probably TMI (too much information) but eh. *Shrugs*

Shockingly few beauty items on my beside table.  Everything is stored in my bathroom stacked in bins and in my vanity cupboard.  I have Deborah Lippmann’s Rich Girl hand cream, Jack Black lipbalm, Allpressan foot mousse (I almost typed that moose..teehee) and a small roll on Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge, my current favourite perfume.
 
I have more beauty ‘tools’ on my bedside table than products.  I have hair clips, hair pins, orange stick, cuticle pusher, nail file, small pair of scissors, cuticle nippers, polysporin.
 
I have no makeup in any purse as I change them far too frequently.  I have a small gold makeup bag I’ve had for eons and can’t even remember where I got it.  I keep in my bathroom with my cosmetics until I am ready to go out and then pop it in whichever bag.  It normally has just a few basics:  eyebrow pencil, the lipstick I chose for the day and a few lip glosses

On my actual desk, downstairs in a corner of our family room, I’ve got a tube of sunscreen (so I remember to apply to my hands and arms when I decide to leave the house), 2 Clarins Colour Quench lip balms, a tube of Avon hand cream and a tube of Carmex lip balm.  That’s it. But I do have 4 of my “HG” MAC lipsticks and one Laura Mercier one in my kitchen drawer near to the microwave, the door of which is a serviceable mirror for applying a quick “swipe” (Craving, Plumful, Capricious and New York Apple, along with LM Healthy Lips!)

MAC Plastique l/s, MAC Sandy “B” l/s, MAC Strange Potion l/g, MAC  Good Lovin l/g, and Stila Camera l/g.

At work I have two things of Korres Lip butters in pomegranate and guave, a back up mascara, UD lip junkie gloss, chanel rouge coco mademoiselle (my lips but better…), and a flat brush with a basic brown shadow in case i need to fix my eyebrows. I also use one of those sample jars you get at Nordstrom’s and i put my foundation in there for emergency touch ups. I try not to keep too much at work in case i forget to lock my desk and the cleaning people go through it…i’m paranoid.
 
My dresser is a mess. All my makeup is organized on it in shelving and boxes. I wont even bother with that.

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