Monday, March 14, 2011

Some of My Latest Serious Temptations

Honestly, since the holidays, I've been indulging in a good deal of temptations. Some, I've been able to talk myself into walking away. Yet there were a good amount of others that I just had to have.

I love luxe. I don't mean label luxe. I'm referring to beautifully crafted, luxurious pieces. I am drawn to well-made pieces and unique details. Details, combined with sophisticated edge and comfort is my weakness.  I get a rush when I touch buttery-soft leather, super-smooth silk or see how amazingly well-made an item is.

This Gustto satchel caught my with it's unusual, muted spring yellow and the embroidery.  The leather is buttery-soft ... I love the feel of it.

I've also been on a "Very Ladylike, but Unique" blouse kick lately.  Here are some that caught my eye.
Elie Tahari
Ports 1961


I guess I've been on an embellishment kick.  And it continues  with the Collezioni Armani skirt and Badgley Mischka shoes.

I've also grown my list of temptations on the pampering side.

Let me preface this by sharing that I have extremely sensitive skin compounded with eczema, which is prone to flare ups  ... when it's really bad, water, wool and even air burns.

I'm sensitive to sulfates, SD alcohol, plus a good deal of emulsifiers (which keeps the ingredients in creams from separating) and preservatives.  If it doesn't irritate me, it's a pretty safe bet for others.

Dayna Decker - I first tried her candles. I love the exotic scents and how I could actually smell the scent without standing over the candles. The wicks are made to create the sound of a crackling fire.

I then decided to try her body cleansers. Again, I'm very sensitive and this product doesn't irritate, plus lathers well.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense moisturizer with SPF 50.  I bought this because I needed a sunscreen that didn't burn.  This was a great find at $14.99.  The last one I found that didn't irritate was $75.

Lastly, I am loving Allure's Best of Beauty iShopper app (for iPhone & iPod Touch).  Although I haven't agreed with all of their recommendations, I have found some great new products I love, including MAC's Pro Longwear Lipcreme.