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Hello, Blog World! And an introduction to my Eight Current Obsessions
July 18, 2010 || 7:35 AM

This is (obviously) my first post on Blogspot, so before I get into the meat of my post, I'd like to get all formalities aside and quickly introduce myself!
My name is Alana, I'm a college student currently living in Mid-West America, soon to be transferring to the East Coast! I learned how to knit, sew, cook and garden at a very young age (I'm so accidentally domestic, it hurts!) and those remain my most favorite hobbies. I've also recently become very interested in the art of makeup, and this is where I intend to swoon over all things fabulous. Feel free to swoon with me. :)

Now, onto my eight most obsessed over items!

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($7.99)
Okay, I know I'm beating a dead horse with this one, but this stuff deserves an internationally recognized shrine. I have exceptionally sensitive skin, and this is the only cleanser that I can use on a daily basis that won't make me break out, or make my skin too dry or too oily. I also clean all of my brushes with this, and I get better results (cleaner + softer) than I do with actual brush cleaner.

2. DiorShow Mascara ($24.00)
This is my holy grail mascara, hands down. I have mismatched eyelashes, and this is the only mascara I've found that: 1. Evens out my lash length 2. Provides volume AND length with very minimal clumping 3. Doesn't smudge 4. Stays all day. I recently bought mini-sized DiorShow + DiorShow Blackout from Sephora for $18, and I have to say that I still like the plain ol' DiorShow better. (I really recommend the package though, great for having tiny mascara handy in your purse!)

3. Coldpiece Pottery Cube in Tuber Rose ($68.00)
YES, my third most-obsessed over item is, in fact, a candle. This is not just any candle, it is more of a good-smelling statement piece, and the terracotta will instantly make any room feel much cozier. Have you ever paid attention to the scent of tuber rose? Neither have I. Now, I equate it to the smell of happiness, and you probably will, too. You can view the entire Coldpiece collection here.

4. Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender Pure-Castile Soap ($14.99 for 32 oz.)
This is exactly as is stated - an all-in-one soap. Just like Cetaphil, I use this maybe too much. In addition to using this as body wash, I was my delicates, my dog and occasionally my pillowcases with it. The scent of lavender is usually really obnoxious to me, but this has the opposite effect. After washing at night, by the time I wake up in the morning, the lavender scent is gone, which is preferential in my opinion.

5. Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner ($24.00 for 6.7 oz.)
This is my all-time favorite Aveda product.. ever! I use it as a masque on my hair twice a week and I really, really notice the difference in my hair. After murdering my hair over and over by heat styling and chemical processes, I decided to try Aveda Damage Remedy, and was honestly unimpressed. Because of that experience, I was hesitant to try Dry Remedy, but I am so glad I did! It out-performs Damage Remedy by a million.

6. Mac "On The Scene" and "Partial To Pink" Cremesheen Glass ($18.00 each)
Hi, my name is Alana, and I'd addicted to Mac Liglass. Someday I might muster up the courage to actually present a picture in proof, but right now I'm still working on acceptance. Okay, moving on. "On The Scene" is my absolute favorite day-time lip product. It is a marvelous light coral color that slightly lightens the color of my lips and provides excellent shine without stick. And my boyfriend loves it, kudos!

7. Revlon PhotoReady (002 Vanilla - $12.99) and Revlon ColorStay (180 Sand Beige - $9.99)
Okay, I first have to give props to Laura from Lollipop26 because she introduced me to foundation "mixology", and she highly regards the mixture of PhotoReady and ColorStay on her blog. Now, second, I purchased two very different shades because, first of all - Revlon didn't have anything near my color, and I also like the option of mixing colors to achieve my perfect shade. Aaaaand mixing foundations with an artist spatula makes me feel like an artist at 7:00 a.m., which is a good way to start your day. The mixture of the two creates a long-lasting medium coverage, with that all-too-wonderful "dewy" finish.

8. L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum ($14.99)
As previously stated in item #2, I have a set of very different lashes. The lashes on my left eye are short and very tightly curled, and the lashes on my right eye are longer and much straighter. This bugs me, as it would anyone who puts on mascara everyday. I started using this serum after reading several good reviews, and I am pleased with the results. I wouldn't say that my lashes have actually grown in length, but they have multiplied. They also feel softer, which I'm assuming is a good thing, right? I have also noticed less lash fallout, which is always a good thing. For the price of the serum compared to others like LiLash, I'll stick with L'Oreal, because I'm getting the results I want.

So, that concludes my first-ever blog post!

Now, a question to readers: What are your current obsessions? Any recommendations for must-haves?

Thanks for reading!

- Alana