I don't know how it happened, but I have ridiculously expensive taste. Thankfully in reality and in practice I'm careful with my spending, but when it comes to accessories and beauty products, my interest is really only piqued by things that are exquisitely made, top-of-the-market, and/or relatively rare or unique. Better sense keeps me from splurging on them, but oh, do I long for them.
Case in point: the set of products above, which comprise what I'd essentially call my "not going to happen anytime soon" wishlist. While they might not be adorning my vanity table in the near future, at least the internet exists so I can collect them together on my blog and stroke my laptop screen whilst whispering "my pressssssciouuuuusssssss..."
A growing interest in eclectic perfumes has led me to covet the MCMC Noble perfume as well as Jo Malone's Red Roses cologne, which is made from seven types of roses and is supposed to be one of the most amazingly true rose scents available. Related to the fragrance category is Diptyque's Baies candle, which smells of roses and blackcurrant leaves. Diptyque is supposed to be one of the best candle brands out there, both in terms of throw (the reach/strength of the scent while burning) and longevity.
My skincare list is much longer than what I've shared above. I think skincare would any day outweigh makeup in my book - I'd rather have lovely clear skin than load my face with foundation everyday. Right now I'm on a mission to find the right combination of products to do just that, but it's taking some time to sort out and my skin is having a minor crisis in the meantime. Sisley + Sunday Riley are two brands I would love to try out. Sisley's Express Flower Gel Mask is a favorite of Lisa Eldridge's, and I usually take that woman's word without second thought. Sunday Riley is a relatively new luxury skincare and makeup brand, and this Juno facial oil/moisturizer/serum/skin boost is one of their standout products. For $125 a bottle I wouldn't expect anything less.
The heights of makeup luxury for me would be Tom Ford Private Blend lipsticks. They're nearly $50 for a tube, but oh goodness, does Black Orchid look like such a gorgeous, gorgeous color. Absolutely perfect for winters. Nuxe Reve de Miel is thrown in there for good measure - not really makeup and much more budget-friendly than the rest, but certainly amongst the top of the line choices for lip balm! And for tools, someday I will own Hakuhodo makeup brushes, that day is just not today. Straight from Japan, these are some of the best you can get. SUQQU brushes (not pictured) are also well up there for me - no one does brushes like the Japanese!
For accessories, I've been wanting a new watch for ages, and I love the simple, classic yet girly design of this Kate Spade one. I don't know what's gotten into me recently, but I've suddenly become a fan of pink - I've got a pink room, pink clothes, pink accessories, the works. But I like it best if it's not too overly feminine or frilly, rather balanced with clean lines and strong shapes. Therein lies this watch's appeal.
And finally, without much more need for description: Christian Louboutin classic leather pumps. Confession: I'm not a shoe girl. I hardly follow shoe trends, and you could give me a pair of simple leather flats for the rest of my life and I would be more than content. But THIS, ladies, this is a shoe that speaks to me. Elegant, simple, beautiful, timeless - all I need, really. Everyone else can keep their patterned, bedazzled, spiked, overly-accessorized glitter bombs.
What's on your holiday wishlist?