The Vanity Diaries

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I feel like I’m falling in love. For years I have been in a tumultuous relationship with fashion, and the partnership seems to be falling by the wayside. It’s not that I don’t love her anymore, it’s just that there’s someone else. I have a mistress, and her name is Beauty. Beauty Products.

I’ve been experimenting with different products as much as possible, given the always inconvenient obstacle of limited funds. Currently, my vanity is adorned with certain products that I use before bed and when I wake up. My other goodies are tucked away elsewhere. Some are new and some are old. Would you care for my take?

Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream

I purchased this a few weeks ago as a treat to myself on a trip to Chicago. I haven’t used it for long, but I like the lightweight feel of the formula; and so far my skin has been looking a bit brighter. Granted, it’s always hard to tell if that’s a true evaluation or not. Buy it here.

Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

Also purchased on my Chicago trip. I can already tell that this bottle will last forever, so it was well worth it. The cleanser has a spicy, citrus scent with notes of lavender; and it’s great to wake up to in the morning. Plus, the packaging is SO foxy. Buy it here.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I’m not the only one obsessing over this product. I’ve read about it and seen it coming from the blogs, columns, and Instagrams of trusted beauty editors. I’ve been using it faithfully for about a year now. Spritz it on your face in the morning for a burst of new-day energy, after foundation for a lasting ‘set,’ or at any time of the day. I could use a bottle in a week, but I try to employ restraint. It’
s entirely refreshing and rejuvenating. Buy it here.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

A deodorant that doesn’t feel like deodorant. It glides on like a lotion and smells baby-powder fresh. I switch back and forth between this and unscented Ban, depending on my mood. This is certainly a more luxurious option. Buy it here.

Dyptique Perfume – Olene

I can’t wait for this to be gone so I have the excuse to walk into a HEAVENLY-SCENTED Dyptique boutique on my next trip to a location smart enough to maintain one. It’s so good. A white floral that is far from ‘old lady’ and even incorporates a bit of warmth. Buy it here or double the pleasure by holding off until you can make it to a brick and mortar.

Provence Sante Eau De Toilette – Linden

I had been admiring this for awhile and received it as a Christmas gift this year. If ever you’ve desired to smell simply clean and fresh, this is the scent for you. Not overpowering in the slightest. Totally reasonably priced. Buy it here.

Items not pictured in the line-up, but equally as loved:

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Indulgent scent that evokes a spa vibe. Not overly greasy. I’ve been enjoying it thoroughly. Buy it here.

By Terry Rose Balm

I only have a sample of this, but I’ve been milking it for all it’s worth. The saleswoman told me I would come back for more. Pretty sure she’s right. A thick and luxurious texture; not at all sticky; rose-scented. It is just what I want to apply to my lips at night before climbing into bed. It feels like a reviving treatment that is so far removed from Carmex (but  I use that, too). Buy it here.

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