These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

I’m just sitting here reading my online copy of this month’s Allure via Zinio (thanks Amy!!!!) and there’s a feature on a pair of GAP shorts and how 5 women wear them.  Each have a small side bar which notes what lipstick, jewelry, shoes, etc. they would pick as their “favorite things“, which I always find interesting to read.  Every time I come across these types of stories, I note how it pulls you in and makes you want to ‘have what they’re having’ so to speak – the psychology of it is kind of amazing, and I always think that if I were being interviewed, even plain old non-celebrity me and my choices would sound kind of intriguing.  Takes me back to my Honours Psych thesis days 😉

So, I decided to interview myself, share my favorite things, and see if everyone runs off to buy them.


In seriousness though, we fickle beauty-fiends find ‘favorites’ every month, but it’s the shades and items we wear over and over, standing the test of time, that are a better indicator of a great product, and also hint at our beauty and style personalities!

Favorite Lip Color:

This may not be a fully-formed favorite just yet, but since it’s purchase last month its been in heavy rotation over all other lippies, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  You probably guessed it – it’s BITE Beauty’s High Pigment Pencil in Quince.  DAMN, this pencil is fine!  Fuchsia is definitely my new jam.  Long-wearing, non-drying, bold color that works for all seasons.  SOLD.

BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil Quince  (3) BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil Quince swatches

Favorite Mascara:

It may not come as a surprise that my favorite mascara brand is Clinique’s – yes, I work for the brand, but I love the mascaras because of all the different options we have (natural, fluttery, mega-volume, etc.) as well as the fact that they don’t dry up in a month, and for the most part are terribly easy to remove but don’t smudge throughout the day.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the High Impact mascara, but more recently I’ve become majorly enamoured with our new High Impact Waterproof mascara, which gives some major oomph to the lashes without being crispy or unnatural-looking like some other waterproof versions I’ve tried.  You can be sure I’ll be using this at the wedding next weekend!!  Also notable is the Lash Power mascara, which is like a waterproof in that it won’t smudge or budge through heat, sweat, swimming, etc., but removes with warm water.  It doesn’t give the same POW! as the waterproof, but it gets to each individual lash due to the teeny tiny brush, and is great for separation.

Clinique Mascara

Favorite Nail Polish:

Ugh, how do I pick just one!?  C’est impossible.  But I *think* I can pick two.  And they would be butter London Snog and Chanel Orange Fizz.  I know both are summery tones which could be swaying my opinion this time of year, but I don’t think so.  I seriously could wear Snog every day – put me on a desert island with this shade and I’d be happy as a clam (though… the clams on the island probably wouldn’t be that happy as I’d be eating them for survival).

butter London Snog redux (4)Chanel Orange Fizz (6)

Favorite Skincare:

It’s safe to say that I’m still madly in love with Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil – nothing has made more of a difference in my skin than this product!  Stupidly, I bought a bottle of Bosica’s Tsubaki Facial Oil during the Sephora sale last month to try something new – I hope it can live up to Tarte’s!  My bottle is almost finished so I’ll be trying the Boscia soon, and I’ll be sure to fill you all in on it’s efficacy.

Tarte Maracuja Oil

Favorite Fragrance:

Burberry The BeatI tend to be a scent jumper (are you seeing a trend here? Hello, fickle!) so I’ve never repurchased a bottle, but there was one fragrance that really stood out to me in the past that I actually finished and of which I get tempted to re-buy – namely, Burberry The Beat.  It’s categorized as a woody floral which doesn’t sound like my taste, but damn it if I didn’t love that scent – it was so fresh and alluring at the same time.  I went through that bottle within a year, which is unheard of for me.  It has middle notes of Iris, which seems to be a recurring theme in a lot of fragrances I’ve sampled and enjoyed (Prada Infusion d’Iris; Lancome La Vie Est Belle), as well as top notes of Mandarin and base notes of Cedarwood, both of which are also found in Prada’s scent.  I’ve considered buying Infusion d’Iris many times but never could commit, surprise surprise. Prada Infusion d'Iris 2 Lancome La Vie Est Belle

Favorite Shoes:

Rockport Janae Pump Black LizardBanana Republic Nude Pump

Ok, shoes are kind of the bane of my existence, as I have a bunion on my right foot that makes buying them incredibly tricky, so I make sure to always buy quality.  In the past few months I’ve had tremendous success in two pairs – black platform pumps from Rockport, and a pair of nude almond-toe pumps from Banana Republic.  SO.  EFFING.  COMFORTABLE.  YOU GUYS.  It’s crazy.  The BR ones are no longer available, but the Rockport ones are still around (though not in the lizard skin finish anymore) so I’d grab ’em fast if you’re interested!  Now all I need is a fun pair in a color and I’m set 🙂

Favorite Jewelry:

So apparently this has been a list of my two favorite things in each category lol – and I’m going to get even crazier here and show you 5 of my fave jewelry pieces, because they are equally loved by me on the regular.

Jewelry (2)

LOVE my Michael Kors rose-gold watch, obviously (which I bought due to this Lent challenge), and I picked up a pair of Stella & Dot rose gold earrings to complement the watch last year and love ’em too.


I wear the gold large-link bracelet from Banana Republic quite a bit, and it’s actually shifted me into wearing gold a lot more now.  This gold ring from Aldo gets a lot of love – its tough to wear rings a lot when you always wear crazy-colored polishes, but this manages to hold it’s own.  Lastly, this awesome funky giraffe bracelet my Mom bought me from Aldo ages and ages and ages ago is one of the few real statement pieces in my collection, and though initially I thought it was bizarre, I quickly became to love it.

Jewelry (3)

Just for the heck of it (because I’m clearly out of control now), here’s two more well-loved pieces: my Tiffany key I got a few Christmases ago – I totally cried when I opened it, best gift ever! – and an eclectic owl necklace that I sort of inherited from my great-grandmother.  Can you imagine her wearing something like this?  And it just goes to show you how everything comes around and is new again eventually 🙂

And there you have it – all my fave things, are you feeling like you want to go buy it all now since I’m clearly SOOOO fabulous!?  *crickets* …Yea, I didn’t think so, lol.  But, since I didn’t do a favorites post for the end of 2012, I figure this is still original content on the blog, and a good way to get to know a bit more about me – which is sort of the real point of blogs, right?  Hope you enjoyed!

What are some of your favorite things?

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  1. #1 by Linda on May 12, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Can I please come to your house and borrow all your stuff?LOL–I love ALL your choices,so pretty.Great classics on the jewelry.

    • #2 by Latoya on May 13, 2013 - 7:25 am

      Aww, thanks Linda!! I’m getting to a pretty satisfied place I think with my possession (thank goodness since my wallet can’t take much more! lol)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Brijit Elouise on May 13, 2013 - 12:50 am

    I am totally in love with Lash Power! My eyes are super sensitive and it’s my daily mascara. And City Block, great stuff !

    • #4 by Latoya on May 13, 2013 - 7:26 am

      Yep, I use City Block too Brijit, it’s great, especially for sensitive skin. And Lash Power can’t be beat in the summertime – no smudges from the heat or humidity, yay!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Mammu on May 13, 2013 - 2:05 am

    The bracelet and necklace are so gorgeous and cute. And the lip pencil is such a fab color! **

    • #6 by Latoya on May 14, 2013 - 6:22 pm

      I know, it’s so great! And thank you, the bracelet is pretty cool huh? And I can’t believe my great-grandma wore that necklace!

  4. #7 by BurbBeauty on May 13, 2013 - 6:38 am

    Orange Fizz looks amazing on you! No wonder it’s a favorite. 🙂

  5. #8 by satine89 on May 13, 2013 - 7:23 am

    Woah, that lip color is stunning!!!!

    • #9 by Latoya on May 13, 2013 - 7:27 am

      Yep, it’s so great 😀

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #10 by Sarah on May 13, 2013 - 10:28 am

    I love posts like this! I also have a hard time sticking to fragrance. Also, I really like your giraffe bracelet! That’s adorable. I tend to wear mostly earrings, because necklaces get all gunky with the quantity of body moisturizer/sunscreen I have on at any one time, and I always end up taking bracelets off when typing.

  7. #11 by Larie on May 13, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Yay, what a fun post! I enjoyed reading it and seeing your favorites. Tracy sent me a sample of the Tarte oil and I’m gonna start trying it. I’m a little nervous because a few Tarte things break me out, so we’ll see. I also used to really like Clinique’s mascaras. I think they reformulated some to be paraben-free, so I’m going to go back and try a few again.

  8. #12 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on May 13, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    That Quince lip pencil is SO vibrant and beautiful–I bet it’s FAB on you!! It makes me WANT to wear bright lip color!! 😀

  9. #13 by My Lucite Dreams on May 13, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    I know exactly what article your talking about, I always read their beauty faves too. I also love beauty from around the world which I think is in Marie Claire, so good! I love the Lip Pencil! It’s so gorgeous and of I course I love Chanel Orange Fizz! Lots of great picks

    • #14 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 7:05 am

      Thanks Taylor 🙂 And I’m glad you love those articles, they’re always so interesting!

      Sent from my iPhone

  10. #15 by Liz (@Reductionista) on May 14, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Aaaah, that owl. 😀

    I love favourites posts, which also goes a long way back to the magazine reading days for me as well. That BITE pencil is gorgeous, and Clinique Lash Power is my fave mascara of all time. And if the Boscia oil doesn’t perform well, at least you can exchange it for the Tarte, right? Glad to hear it’s still good. 🙂

  11. #16 by Amy on May 16, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Now I want to try Clinique mascaras! I keep hearing great things about High Impact and I should really bite the bullet and try it, heh 🙂 I remember I used to really like Burberry Beat, I’ll have to try it again to see what I think now. And I really need to get a pair of “nude” pumps…

    • #17 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 5:54 pm

      Nude is a must! Especially with either bright outfits or ones where you need a little leg-lengthening 🙂 Also, definitely give Clinique mascaras a go, they’re way cheaper than most other dept store brands too!

      Sent from my iPhone

  12. #18 by Makeup Morsels on May 18, 2013 - 12:34 am

    hahaha, but you ARE fabulous my dear. I mean, “the clams on the island probably wouldn’t be that happy as I’d be eating them for survival” <== clear sign of fabulousness if you ask me! I LOVE your jewelry, particularly that giraffe bracelet. You've got good taste my friend 🙂

    • #19 by Latoya on May 23, 2013 - 5:50 pm

      Thank you MM!! Hehe 🙂

      I can accessorize pretty decent I think – now just have to step up my clothes wardrobe to match!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  13. #20 by amanda p on May 27, 2013 - 11:17 am

    I LOVE La Vie est Belle. I bought it on an impulse (stupid) but it worked out and I absolutely love it. It’s one of the scents that gets me compliments from random people, ha. I know I’ll repurchase it when it’s out.

    • #21 by Latoya on May 30, 2013 - 7:02 am

      I’ve had the same experience, Amanda, where I’ve gotten great compliments on it – I think I’m going to buy it in the fall! Love when impulses work out 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

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