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If you’re anything like me, your mental soundtrack is now playing Julie Andrews (or, if you’re a fan of NBC’s live musical stunts, Carrie Underwood) singing “My Favorite Things.” While The Sound of Music is actually one of my favorite things, here are a few others that I’m loving right now.

Dahlia Noir by Givenchy

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When I got married last year, I decided I needed a new fragrance–something that I would forever associate with my wedding. After smelling at least 20 perfumes at Sephora and taking home five test-strips as finalists, the winner was Dahlia Noir by Givenchy. It has two of my favorite scents: rose and vanilla. But it also includes the heavier scents of cedarwood, sandalwood, and amber. It’s somehow fresh and warm at the same time. And it’s beautifully packaged (and pink), so it looks lovely sitting on the glass shelf in my bathroom.

Black Pepper & Ginger Hand Cream by Aromas Artesanales de Antigua 

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I have to admit, the reason I bought this hand cream in the first place was the packaging. I’m a sucker for anything that looks old fashioned and antique-y. Aromas Artesanales de Antigua has a website, but it’s pretty useless. I bought mine at Cost Plus World Market, the advantage of which is that they have open samples allowing you to try out different scents before you buy. I’ve never seen black pepper and ginger combined before, but it’s a delightful scent, and the hand cream is thick and luxurious, keeping my hands soft for hours.

Spritz Dry by Orly

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I do my own manicures most of the time. I discovered Orly Spritz Dry while wandering the aisles of a beauty salon/supply store. I love this product. Previously I had to paint my nails no later than noon; otherwise, the polish wouldn’t harden enough before bed and I would have faint indentations in all my nails the next day. With the spritz, I can paint my nails much later in the day and not worry about messing them up while I’m sleeping. It doesn’t instantly dry your nails completely, but it does make a significant difference in the time elapsed before you can start using your hands again.

Revitalift Miracle Blur by L’Oréal

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I don’t remember why I bought this product, but I’m glad I did. L’Oréal makes some pretty dramatic claims about its efficacy–”Instantly erases the look of lines. Wrinkles. Pores.” I don’t know about all that, but I can say that as a finishing touch on your makeup, it provides a sort of real-life airbrushing effect to your skin. The directions indicate to put it on between your moisturizer and your foundation, but I use it last, on top of my foundation. I like that it has SPF 30, and a little goes a long way, making the 0.5 ounce tube last longer than you think it will.

Stay Tuned Foundation by Origins

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The day of my engagement photo session, I had a free makeup application at the Origins counter. I was very pleased with the results, so I bought most of the products she used on me. I hadn’t used an actual foundation in a while, having relied mostly on BB creams for the previous few years. Stay Tuned is designed for combination skin and diffuses light to minimize fine lines. The coverage is good without feeling heavy, and it blends easily. I do wish it had sunscreen built into it, but at least it has botanicals to nourish your skin.