But! I want to tell you about a few of the new things I bought. For blog science. First, I decided to stray from my beloved Benetint and try something new, as recommended by Kim France:
Perricone MD No Blush Blush. I've only used it once but it does indeed give your cheeks a very natural pinky-peach blush. It goes on really smoothly and doesn't look like makeup but I can't report back on it's staying power as yet. So far I'm happy with it and a little goes a long way so I expect it'll last for a while.
Next I finally sucked it up and bought a bottle of the Burberry Fresh Glow:
I had a deluxe sample of this (reviewed here) and absolutely loved it but it's expensive so I decided to wait until I could get it at a discount. It works as a primer and as a mix-in and it gives a lovely glow without making you look like a sparkly disco ball vampire. Also, the packaging is INTENSE. It's like a little architectural sculpture for your bathroom. So fancy.
Finally, I bought some holiday scented candles by NEST:
I got the Birchwood Pine and the Holiday votives and they both smell amazing. This is high praise from me because I am super, super picky about scented things. (I'm currently very annoyed because one of my neighbors has passively-aggressively made the entire apartment building smell like poison cookies with one of those rancid plug-in oil thingys. She plugged it in the outlet outside her front door. What even.)
ANYWAY, I am picky about candles and scented things and these NEST candles totally pass my test with flying colors. The Birchwood Pine smells like a Christmas tree and the Holiday candle just smells like HOLIDAY. It's all fruit and spice and a bit of vanilla. The votives come in very cute ornament packaging and would indeed make great gifts. Oh, and Saks has a really nice set of all the NEST holiday candles in votive size! That looks so nice. Dammit.