2007 Favorite Things
I think I am going to miss 2007.
My highs were beyond fabulous. My lows were traumatic but a learning experience. In the end 2007 was interesting, memorable and mindblowingly wonderful. The same could be said about my beauty discoveries. I stumbled across some holy grail products along with some clunkers. I learned more about my skin and what works for it. I realized that you could fall in love with a fragrance all over again. I learned that there are many variations of nude lipsticks. I discovered that not all masks can be uncomfortable. I fell in love with a navy blue nail polish after a solid year of wearing black and vamp shades. Here is my humble list in some kind of order of importance. My #1 pick this year is not a fragrance or a shimmer powder.
1. Zoya's Indigo
No one did a navy polish better than Zoya. This was a true midnight blue with dashes of multi colored shimmer. The color was deep and saturated. It was a great alternative to the black trend. In fact my boss even sported navy nails. She chose Zoya over OPI. She just felt this was a more professional fit. Zoya polish also survives very well on fiberglass nails. I have no issues such as chips, bubbles or cracks when I wear Zoya. I chose this as my #1 pick because the navy nails trend was huge among my small band of friends. We discussed the merits of all the navy shades from Sally Hansen to Nars. We hunted down rare shades and always brought the bottles to show off during lunch. I have photographed polish bottles in the parking lot of a local chinese restaurant to the streets of NYC.
Zoya's Indigo was the best out of all the navy shades I tried. It was a deep midnight blue with twinkling stars captured in the bottle.
2.Face Time Velvet Veil Primer
The primer that rocked my loyalty to Smashbox. This is a silicon based primer that managed to keep my makeup fresh and intact after going to sleep with it still on. This was not just any sleep. This was a restless flu sleep with night chills and sweats. I woke with my makeup in all its glory. My blush was still vibrant. My shimmer powder still sparkling and glittering. It was a feat that no primer had ever been able to do.
3. Eve Lom Rescue Mask
This is a mask that manages to not tighten your face to the point of physical pain. It is gentle and refreshing. You can eat, talk and show facial expressions while wearing this. It rinses off with ease. The results are wonderful. It really helps with lackluster skin in a gentle way.
4. Lancome's PS Kiss Lipstick
I loved how it performed on all different skin tones and colorings. It looked amazing on each and every wearer. It looked slightly intense in the tube but was surprisingly buildable. I applied it with my finger and topped it off with a lip balm. This was suggested to me by both the Beauty Addict and Miss Twizler.
5. Putain Palaces by Etat Libre d'Orange aka Hotel Slut
I am on my second bottle. I discovered this at NYC Henri Bendels. The names of the fragrances are naughty and foul but the actual juice is impressive. Who would have thought to mix Jasmine with Cigarettes or Bubblegum with Incense? Think Christopher Brosius ...but with his mind in the gutter.
6. Poppy King's Oxymoron in Honest Politician
It applies like a standard lip gloss but gives a matte finish. It does not dry or leave any mess on the lips. The shade, Honest Politician, is a great cross between Nars Foul Play with MAC's Spice Lip liner. It is a cool blue based nude that works well with a smokey eye.
7. Bond 9's Bryant Park
Just all kinds of pretty. Notes are lily of valley,rhubarb,pink pepper,rose, patchouli,raspberry,and amber. I did not think I would succumb to this Bond because I am not much of a lily of the valley fan. But to quote the Godfather, Bond made me an offer I could not refuse. That offer was a great combination of rose and patchouli.
8,9 and 10. Chanel's Poudre Universelle Libre in Merveille (shimmer powder),
the Exclusifs, and the relaunch of Coco Mademoiselle
2007 was all about Chanel for me. They are responsible for my favorite shimmer powder, all my high end fragrance lemmings and my great love for Paris.
The shimmer powder manages to straddle the line of shimmer magnificence and subtlety. It adds more than a touch of shimmer but manages to not go into drag queen territory.
The Exclusifs are fragrances that were created by Jacques Polge. They are works of art.
The six scents are Coromandel (dry amber-ish oriental), 28 La Pausa (iris), Bel Respiro (green leaves and stems), No. 18 (Ambrette seed), 31, rue Cambron (an experimental chypre that omits the classic oakmoss note), and Eau de Cologne. They are currently available at Bergdorf Goodman. My first perfume crush was No.18 but lately my heart patters for 31, rue Cambron. I have to be quite frank but there is no clunker in the bunch. Each scent is a masterpiece and worthy of hoarding.
2007 is the year that I went to Paris for the relaunch of Coco Mademoiselle. It was magical and unforgettable. As a child I dressed up as Chanel for my 4th grade history day project. I read all her biographies and created a speech that included a very colorful paragraph concerning her choice of lovers. My teacher pulled the plug before the speech concluded and promptly called my parents. My mother was 100% supportive and was proud that I did not go as Florence Nightingale and Betsy Ross. I am sure she never dreamed that one day I would stand in Chanel's living room. I know that I never dreamed that big.
During the trip I fell in love again with Coco Mademoiselle. I wore this fragrance during my first years at my current job.
Now it smells like Paris to me.
It is an incredible memory and the perfect fragrance to capture it.
11. Bobbi Brown's Stonewashed Palette
I never believed that Bobbi Brown could top her Chocolate Palette. I was wrong. I loved the cool taupes and rich browns.
12. Smudge Brush
How the hell did I survive this long without this brush?
My smokey eye game has improved dramatically. I can not boast that I am professional but I can manage to fake it now.
13. Parfums de Nicolai's Sacrableu
This is a fragrance created by the granddaughter of Pierre Guerlain. It is exquisite yet modern.
Griff brilliantly stated that this is "like a Guerlain without dust".
14.Guerlains Poudre Sublimatrice "Forever Gold" Dust
I spent $85 on glitter.
But it is the best damn glitter I have ever seen.
Microscopic shimmer with the power of a million fireflies.
15. MAC Our Ladyship and Sweet Sienna pigments
I have a respectable collection of MAC pigments. Nothing to wow my friends at Specktra but enough to be able to say that these two pigments really belong in the MAC Pigment Hall of Fame...if a Hall of Fame existed.
Our ladyship is a pigment I use often for eye washes along with sprinkling it in my loose powders. It has a twinkling pixie-like shimmer that is a pale pink gold. This is a pigment that I will mourn when I use it up.
Sweet Sienna is a dirty taupe/pewter color that flashes green and gold. A must for the smokey eye fans. I will be bold and say that this is my all time favorite pigment.
It is a masterpiece.
16. MAC Family Silver Mineralize Eyeshadow
Everyone I know from beauty bloggers to MUA members owns this eyeshadow. It is a dirty light silver with flashes of copper.
17. Estee Lauder Private Collection Gardenia
I loved the tuberose note in this fragrance. Tuberose and I have never been friends. Fracas scares the bejesus out of me. The most intimating and powerful women in my life wear tuberose. One of my bosses wears Michael Kors and the minute we whiff the sillage....our hearts race and our minds scramble.
It smells like fear.
Estee Lauder has managed to tame the wild beast of tuberose. They have managed to make it dainty and blissfully feminine.
18. La Mer The Lip Balm
I live in a climate that it can be 60 degrees in the morning and by mid-afternoon it can be an Arctic low 20's.
Ohio can inflict stress to your skin,hair,mind,body and soul.
My lips suffer greatly during the winter. I tested the La Mer lip balm and saw immediate results. My lips settled down and gave me no grief with just one application. It also feels like silk and smells great. I know that people weill mutter under their breath about the price and discuss the merits of chapstick but I am going to be bold and say that this worth the coin.
19. Caron Powder Puff
Just a piece of pretty that makes putting powder on a more elegant experience.
20. Chanel Rose Blossom Pressed Powder
A shimmery pink pressed powder compact that has managed to control my life. It is never out of my purse or makeup bag. When Delta recently lost my luggage, my first thought was on this powder. Tears actually rushed to my eyes. Call me a dramaqueen but the thought of that powder in a Delta warehouse made me crazy.
What makes it worth tears and panic?
The pink shimmery goodness can not be matched.
21. Space NK Energizing shower gel
I have finished two tubes very quickly. So quickly that I know I have to slow down or beg the powers that be for an economy super size. I think a vat will do me just fine. The notes are sweet orange,grapefruit,bay,bergamot,geranium,patchouli and rosewood oils. I can promise you that once you showered with this...you will be hooked. It helps soothe your soul after a stressful and hectic day.
I jokingly refer to this as "Shower Valium".
22. Chanel's Brilliant Lumiere Fluorescent Glossimer in Mango
I wish I had stockpiled this gloss. I literally emptied the tube clean. I contemplated sawing the rest of the tube open to get the remaining gloss. You know a gloss is great when you are thinking of trying to operate a power tool. It literally was a spotlight on your lips.
Please visit these fellow bloggers and check out their picks for the best beauty products of 2007. You will discover shared favorites and potential new lemmings.
I want to thank everyone for participating and being so patient with me this year. Special thanks goes out to my dear friend Melanie Parker who created the adorable graphic and who managed to fix the final link list. She really saved the day!
Credits: Blogdorf Goodman, Notcot, FaceTime, and Melanie Parker.