Okay, the year is 1/4 of the way over. What the heck happened? Where has the time gone? I’m pretty sure I referenced 2014 as the “new year” just this week. Note to self: I need to revisit any resolutions and goals I planned to accomplish for this year because I’m almost certain that they aren’t really getting done the way I hoped. Eek. I didn’t have tons and tons of new beauty product loves this month, though I think April will be chock-full. Summer collections are starting to pop up from beauty brands and I couldn’t be more excited. I plan on doing some major hauling. I love all the corals, teals, and bronzes that I’m seeing so far! Anyway, let’s get to it.
So, I am still head over heels for my It Cosmetics CC cream, which I’ve talked about, like, nonstop. I use it during the day, without fail, because I love the included SPF. However, I mostly work from home, and some days I don’t get around to putting on makeup until later in the day. If that’s the case, I’ve been reaching for my Revlon ColorStay Whipped foundation. It’s my favorite drugstore foundation, by far. The whipped formula makes it so much easier to apply than liquid foundations, it has solid medium-coverage, but is super buildable, and the stuff reeeeallly stays put. It sets to such a long-wearing finish. I haven’t found anything better at the drugstore so far, and I’ve tried a heck of a lot.
For concealer, I recently talked about the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye. I adore the flawless full-coverage aspect of it and the ultra-creamy consistency, but I can’t figure out how to set it with a powder without it looking cakey! If I don’t set it, it creases. It’s just a quandary that I haven’t worked out yet. Because of that, I’ve been turning to another concealer more this month, Sonia Kashuk’s Take Cover Concealing stick. I love that it’s a stick formula because it’s so easy and non-messy to apply. Also, it’s very creamy, and not at all cakey. The only downside is that the coverage is not really full, more like medium. I quite prefer a concealer to be full-coverage. Still, it does the job. For now, it’s my go-to.
For the most part, I’ve sort of been glued to the same eye routine as the last month or two. Mostly, I’ve worn a gold shimmery lid with any choice of bright and colorful Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner on my top lash-line… which color depends on my mood and outfit of the day. This month I’ve been especially partial to Abyss, Junkie, Deep End, and Woodstock. These UD liners are holy grail. I cannot live without them. The color range is unbeatable, they are crazy long-lasting, and they are such an easy way to add a pop of color to my look. Much though I love playing with makeup, I also love when things are easy and low-effort! Like that’s not obvious, right? Anyway, I probably have about 20 of these, and still I have my eye on a few more. #addicted.
If I don’t wear the neutral eye + colorful eyeliner look, then I’ve been exclusively using my Inglot eyeshadow palettes this month. I never stopped loving these, I just set them aside for a bit to give other palettes some attention. One of my *favorite* eyeshadow formulas ever. They are ALL soft and buttery, blendable, durable, and highly-pigmented. Also, fabulous range of colors. Since using them more again, it makes me want to use them every single day of my life, forever and always. I won’t, of course. But I just can’t say enough good things. I own a lot of shades, but last week when I was traveling for work in Miami, I had access to an Inglot boutique and I snatched up a few more. Slowly building out my collection to ridiculous proportions. Don’t care. Love them. I wore a lot of different green shades on my lids this month, in general. You know, St. Patty’s day and all.
If I’m not using one of my obnoxiously colorful and bright UD eyeliners, I usually reach for a deep matte brown eyeliner. Black eyeliner is just too stark on me, so I almost always opt for brown. Believe it or not, a really good one is hard to find. UD has like 8 shades of brown eyeliner, but for such a basic item, I don’t really want to spend $20. I heard somewhere that Jordana’s 12-Hour Made to Last eyeliners were surprisingly good, so I picked up the shade Espresso Last at Walgreen’s for maybe like $2?? Wow, it is a phenomenal product. And you could buy it with pocket change. It’s a dark, rich color and it seriously stays put. Will repurchase again and again, and I *really* hope Jordana expands the color selection of these.
Since I’ve been playing with color on my eyes again this month, I like to keep my blush look pretty natural so I don’t look like a drag-queen. For the absolute most perfect flush of rosiness and naturalness, I reach for Tarte’s Exposed. If I had to pick one blush to use for the rest of my life, it would probably be this one. It doesn’t look like much in the pan, but it’s seriously the most perfect rosy-nude shade EVER. It’s the greatest shade for everyday, and I have it in my makeup bag, always. I can’t get over how much I love it.
Speaking of another rather perfect blush, I am crushing pretty hard on Milani’s Luminoso. It’s a cult classic among beauty gurus, and for good reason. It’s another one that doesn’t look like anything special in the pan, but applies sooooo much better. It’s a gorgeous apricot-peach shade that finishes with a glowy sheen. It’s got fantastic pigmentation and blends like a dream. Even though I’d heard millions of rave reviews, I was still caught off-guard by how much I like it. I’ve been picking this blush over Exposed when I really want to emphasize a more summery look. Like, if I’m using a teal eyeliner, Luminoso accentuates perfectly.
I will probably mix it up soon, but I’m still really hooked on the Almay Liquid Lip balms that I reviewed not too long ago. I’ve mostly been switching back and forth between Rosy Lipped and Cantaloupe Cream. Funnily enough, these colors are not unlike the blush shades I’ve been swapping all month long. One is rosy, one is peachy. Which one I grab for depends on the same criteria as my blush selection – so I won’t go into it again here. Some of these lip balms are a bit too sheer, but the more pigmented ones are fabulous. They’re great for a natural, hint-of-color, easy look. Plus, they are so comfy on the lips and taste like cotton candy. I really kinda love them.
Admittedly, I’m not 100% sold on the Dior Addict Lip Glow, but I’ve still been using it quite a lot lately. I was testing it for a while to put together a review, and it’s just sort of stayed in my handbag. I do like it a whole lot, but I’m not totally convinced it’s worth the steep price tag. I will update as I continue to decide about it. It applies more fuscia/hot pink on my lips, which isn’t exactly the YLBB, rosy flush I was expecting. However, I like a bright pink lip some days, and I love that I don’t need a mirror to apply it.
Skincare this month hasn’t changed much from previous months, but I did finally purchase a big-ass bottle of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I previously only had a small tube of it, and now I’ve upgraded. Full review is forthcoming, but I reeeeeeally like it. It’s nothing fancy – just a simple daily moisturizer, but it does its intended job very well and doesn’t product unwanted effects like breakouts, etc. It reminds me of the classic, basic Oil of Olay, but a higher-end version.
I change my haircare products on a daily basis, basically. I love to switch things up, but I do have some staples that I always have on hand and always come back to. Among them is Dove’s Daily Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner. It just smells so ridiculously fresh and wonderful, and it never fails to leave my hair feeling nourished, soft, and clean. I’ve used this duo since Dove came out with them about a decade ago, and I never tire of them.
I love hair masks. Confessed hair mask addict here. When I would use one this month, it was the Kiehl’s Olive Fruit hair mask. I do think it leaves my hair in a better state, and the scent of it is heavenly. Slightly flowery and musky, but mostly a light and clean fragrance. It pairs beautifully with the Dove haircare. The tub is getting a bit low, and I’ll probably repurchase it.
Like most people, I like to change up scents as the seasons shift. Here in Florida this time of year, some days are still rather chilly, while others are hot like summer. Cooler, overcast days I like the sweet, but musky Caress Passionate Spell body wash. It’s a perpetual favorite. On warmer, sunny days, I like the crisp and refreshing Caress Juicy Escape. It smells like grapefruit and spring flowers. I love Caress body washes. They’re really rich and lather up so nicely.
I can’t remember where I spotted this new ecoTools Eye Enhancing Duo brush set, but I am so glad I snapped it up. It was only about $5 and I’ve been using these brushes exclusively for weeks. They are all I need to do my eye makeup from start to finish. They’re dual-ended and include brush heads for shading, blending, defining, and smudging. Perfection. A very thorough set, and quite travel-friendly. I adore ecoTools brushes anyway because they’re amazing quality and so affordable.
Well, I think that’s all for this month, friends! What have you been loving all month long, dear readers? Do share! You know I love to further my beauty product obsession whenever I can!!