Monday, April 6, 2015

March Favorites

I have been really liking a more natural look lately, and I will be doing a post about the "no makeup makeup" look very soon. I have been wearing relatively the same look all month, which for me means I really like it. That's even weirder because the look has been pretty muted and neutral, and I usually love very bold eyes. I'm not sure what happened to me this month, but I have been consistent with a natural look. To take that look from day to night, or just when I feel like punching it up a bit, I will add a bright lip. Here are the products I have been reaching for on the daily throughout March.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Eraser Concealer

This stuff is by far the best drugstore concealer I have tried. The creamy consistency almost reminds me of MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. It doesn't grab onto your skin and lock down quite as well as Pro Longwear, but this stuff is very creamy and blendable, it blends out wonderfully, and has what I would call medium buildable coverage. As I said, I have been into a slightly more natural look lately, and I have been grabbing for this all month long. I have been using either a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer and then layering this over any areas that I want a little more coverage, or I have been using this under my eyes and on blemishes first, and then putting a mineral powder over it, like the one I am about to mention as my next favorite.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

I know mineral powder is a heated topic for most people. I feel like people either love it or hate it, and either way, they feel very strongly. I used to be obsessed with bareMinerals, and had a bad breakup with it a few years ago, which I wrote all about in my Did bareMinerals Start Bothering Your Face?? post. If you have ever read my page, you know I am obsessed with what I like to call "creamy powders". Powders that feel almost buttery smooth and creamy, but are not actual creams. I talked about the Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup in my Empty Products #2 post, and the benefit cosmetics Hellow Flawless! in my Empty Products #1, so clearly, I use them a lot. I would have to say this reminds me more of those type of creamy powder foundations more than what you normally think of when you think of mineral powder, especially because it's pressed. Medium but buildable coverage, smooth texture that looks airbrushed, and a natural-matte finish. I have been using this either instead of foundation by itself, or over a tinted moisturizer for touch ups or more coverage, and really liking it.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

I mentioned this in My Favorite Mascaras a while ago, and I am still loving it. I am a mascara junkie, but this one is one of the few constants in my drawer, and one that I know I can always reach for when I want a reliable mascara. "Reliable mascara" might sound weird, but you know how some mascaras seem like they give you different results every time you use them? This one is so consistent. When I just know I want full and lengthy lashes, quickly, without hassle, I always grab this one.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin

On the days I am rocking the more natural look lately, sometimes I feel like punching it up a bit, or want a bit more drama for night. When that happens, I have been popping on a bright, bold lip, and it really livens up the "no makeup makeup" look. I love these formulas. they stay on forever, and dry like a stain, but don't feel dry or crack. I do have to say I have had one for a while, and I noticed that the formula started to separate in the tube, so they might not last as long as some other formulas, but that probably won't matter because you will want to use them up once you try.

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick

These lipsticks are awesome. They are so buttery and creamy, and super pigmented at the same time. This is one of the shades Jaclyn Hill created with Gerard Cosmetics, and I have mentioned a few of her others on my blog too, which I love, but this is my favorite of her 4. It is a light, nude pink shade, but not the kind of nude that leaves you looking postmortem, it has enough pink in it to be nude but still give you life. The website also has great packages and a lot of discount codes which usually end up getting you half off and making each lip product only $10. Definitely worth it.

Pond's Evening Soothe Wet Cleansing Towelettes

I mentioned The Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil in my Winter Skin Savers and I love anything with Chamomile. I also love anything that makes my nighttime routine quicker, so I had to try these. They have the most subtle scent, but it is very relaxing, and they do not burn or irritate my skin and leave my face stinging like almost all wipes do. If you have sensitive skin like I do, definitely try these. They remove so much foundation and makeup. I wash my face after I use these wipes, and then I use a toner. Usually when I just wash my face and then use a toner, the cotton pad will have some makeup residue on it, but when I use these before I wash, the toner cotton is completely clear.

OCC Lip Tar in Anime

This is another one I have been reaching for to punch up my natural look lately. I love neon lips, especially neon pink, and Spring makes me so excited to start wearing bright colors again. The second it got above 40 degrees this was the first neon I reached for and it has not left my purse all month. The Lip Tars are kind of annoying to apply, but they have serious staying power once you do apply them. I also love that these dry matte, but still feel super creamy and moisturizing, not chalky or dry like a lot of mattes do. And they come in sooooo many colors!! I used their Stained Gloss formula in my Look of the Day: Monochromatic Marsala post (and I am still loving that shade), which are basically the same thing, just a glossy, shiny finish, and both are great. I

As I said, I have been pretty consistent (and apparently really basic) this month with what I've been reaching for, and I'm still amazed that I have no colorful eye products in my favorites, what a change for me. What have you been loving this month??

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