New beauty product loves

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There's just something about January that makes me want to replace makeup. Well, my desire to buy makeup isn't really specific to any month, I guess, but January also makes me want to throw the old stuff out, so I guess that's progress? Anyway, I've tried a few new products over the past few weeks and I wanted to let you all know about the winners:

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NARS blush in Deep Thoat, $26

I've long been a fan of NARS blush--I've been working on a container of the same blush in Orgasm for at least two years. Lately, I've been thinking I should move on to a new color, both because what I have is past its expiration date and because the color is looking a bit too pink on my winter pale skin. I went with the next lightest shade, which is described as "peach with shimmer" but goes on pretty pink for me, and so far I like it a lot. I'd love to try one of the bright pink blushes, like Desire or Mati Hari--Carmandie on What Not To Wear is always saying to use a bright pink blush with a very light hand--but I'm still chicken.

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Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (clearly not the color shown), $22

I've been curiously eying Make Up Forever products at Sephora for years, but I've never tried them before. However, I'd exhausted the colors of my beloved Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow (though I do love the new Purple Snap), and I couldn't resist when I saw all the great shades MUFE's Aqua Color cream shadow/lipstick/blush comes in. I picked a fairly neutral shade to start out--not really beige, but more champagne--and it's wonderful. I can wear it all day, it doesn't crease, it doesn't smudge, and it doesn't come off until I wash it off. I'll definitely be getting more colors--right now I have my eye on the 5 Peach, 16 Pink Beige, and 19 Purple.

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Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss, $18

A while back, I bought the Smashbox Burlesque Beauty Collection. One of the things in the collection was a double-ended lip gloss in Peep (a bubblegum pink) and Show (a dark berry). It's great gloss, and I've used both of them a lot. I was sad to find out they don't seem to be available as single glosses. However, I like the formula so much I think I'll be trying some other colors (even though I already have a staggering amount of lip gloss). Fame, Radiant, and Tease all look pretty good...

Lush Sweet Lips Scrub, $8.95

I realize it is absolutely ludicrous to pay $9 for a tiny pot of sugar and jojoba oil, and it's unlikely I will do it again. However, I have to give Lush props for introducing me to the very idea of lip exfoliation. I have chronic and irritating flaky lips in the winter, and rubbing some of this stuff in (and then licking it off, it tastes great) makes them feel absolutely amazing. The tingly good feeling you get from exfoliating is, it turns out, even tingly better on your lips.

Tried any new products lately? Re-kindled your love with any old ones? Leave a comment and share!


this from the lady who told me she could never pull off blue shadow! :)

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