Christmas 2012: Beauty Wishlist

Now that I’ve shared the books that I want and the books that I recommend, I thought I’d move on to some beauty products I’ve had my eye on all year.

Bioderma Crealine H20

1. Bioderma Crealine H20 (Travel Size):

Since I saw Lisa Eldridge talk about this product in her skin care favorites video, I knew I had to have it! I recently bought the full-size version for home and I’ve been loving it. It’s the only makeup remover I’ve ever tried that doesn’t’ feel greasy and leaves my skin feeling clean. It’s a godsend when I’m too sleepy to take off my makeup and just want to crawl into bed. Unfortunately, the full-size version is just too big to haul around on trips so I would love to have the mini version!

PINCEAU FOND DE TEINT ESTOMPE No7 Blending Foundation Brush

2. Chanel Blending Foundation Brush:

I’ve been on quite the Chanel beauty kick lately and this brush would be the perfect
way to apply my new foundation! It’s fluffy, dries quickly after cleaning and gives a really natural finish to the skin.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

3. Urban Decay Naked Palette:

This little palette has made the rounds on the blogosphere (and youtube) for over a year! The colors
are the perfect neutrals to make any eye color pop and with it you’d never need to buy eyeshadow again!


4. Clinique Even Better Eyes:

I’ll admit my under eye circles are something of a doozy — without concealer I wake up looking like I had a hard night at the wrestling ring the night before. I’ve used the Clinque All About Eyes Serum since I was in middle school but their new product promises even better results. Santa, please?

Caudalie Serum

5. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum:

Though I am still too young to go crazy over anti-aging serums, I would love to begin working a basic serum into my nighttime routine. This one promises to fade dark spots and keep them from coming back — music to this former acne sufferer’s ears!

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream

6. Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream:

This one is a cult-classic and I hear it’s definitely worth the hype! A moisturizer that smells divine, absorbs well and softens even the driest skin. It comes in lip, hand, body and face versions — gotta love multipurpose products!

Deborah Lippman Happy Birthday

7. Deborah Lippmann Glitter Nail Polish in Happy Birthday:

I’ve loved this polish since it launched a few years ago but I still haven’t managed to get my hands on a bottle! It’s a great glitter with multi-colored dots — perfect for a birthday party or new years eve.

Check out my other gift guides:

Books on my list

Books I recommend

Francophilia rediscovered

Despite my recent foray into life across the pond, my love for the French remains undiminished. Call me fickle or inconstant but I was sure my love of France had been eclipsed by England’s beauty…until today.

It all started over the summer when I saw Midnight in Paris. Whatever you may think about Woody Allen, the work is genius. The scenery, the representation of artistic greats and the costuming is beyond amazing.If you haven’t seen the film I highly suggest you rush to a theater before it disappears!

(Also as part of a semi-shameless plug, check out my post on Dormify about decorating your dorm room with Midnight in Paris as the inspiration)

Of course, with this as in all things, I was stubborn. I wanted to believe that my adoration stemmed from a love of Stein, Picasso and the beautiful music rather than from the city of love. Oh how wrong I was!

I’ve begun reading Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. The book details Ms. Bard’s experiences abroad, from studying in Scotland during her junior year through her time as a graduate student in London and onto meeting her husband and moving to Paris. The romance is like something out of a romantic comedy (emphasis on the comedy). The French seem in turn more relaxed and more uptight than I’d ever seen them.

The insights offered into the French mystique make me want to a) start wearing silk scarves b) bike everywhere c) learn to love French cuisine and d) watch French films. Obviously this is one to read!

Off to watch Amelie,


Winter Wonderland….or not.

I woke up on Thursday to a courtyard that looked like this:

Looks pretty right? Wrong. The British still swear that they NEVER get snow so they don’t know how to deal with it when it arrives. Heathrow Airport has been shut down for the past two days and all of my Kenyon friends are stuck in London attempting to reschedule their flights. Needless to say, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with snow right now!

Right now I am avoiding my two massive papers–due January 13 so I have plenty of time–and packing for my trip to Italy with my mom and dad. While we are there Mom will attempt to blog (If you know her, you know what a stretch this will be. She still can’t work the DVD player we’ve had for three years–I love you Mom!). I will be helping her out with this so hopefully we’ll be able to figure it out. She is blogging over at : so check out the details of our trip over there. I’ll try to get some posts done as well but……shopping papers come first!


In the mean time please be praying for all those stuck at Heathrow.

Happy Holidays,


I just did something crazy…

Hey all!

Today I decided to join Six Items or Less to help me adjust to living with fewer clothes before I head off to England. Here’s the description of the project from their website:

The idea: people from around the globe pledge to choose only six items of clothes (or less if you’re hardcore) and wear only those clothes from June 21st to July 21st 2010. The six items do NOT include: socks, shoes, accessories, workout wear or undergarments. We don’t know what this will do to people or how they’ll react; we’re curious.

For the next month, I’ll be attempting to live with wearing only 6 items of clothing. I doubt that I’ll stick to it fully, I love creating outfits too much! However, I’m going to try really really hard to stick within the rules.

I’ll be blogging over at Six Items or Less under the name “alexandrampatterson6items”!

Overwhelmed already,


Santorini Dreams

Over the weekend I finally got around to watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 again. Though it does not follow the plot of the books it does incorporate elements of the girls’ stories that I loved. Ever since watching it though I have become obsessed with a great many things: braided pigtails and army gear (a la Brigitte on a dig), curly hair (a la Lena) and writing more (reminiscent of both Carmen and Tibby). Mostly though, I’ve been obsessing over how to get to Santorini.

The movie shows the most beautiful parts of the island, letting the girls bask in the sunlight of the harbor and run up the hill bordered by whitewashed houses. The whole place just seems to serene and calming; sure the locals have their fish market and harbor confusion, but the place is so simple. It seems that on this island, modernity has not intruded on their simpler way of life. I love that the islands were an afterthought–the products of a volcanic eruption of so many years ago.

I found a very reasonable round trip ticket to Santorini from  London! I think that it would make an excellent long-weekend trip (or even a longer one, schoolwork permitting). The beauty of that place overwhelms me.