March Favorites 2016

A big hooray for my first monthly favorites post! I feel like every Youtube video or blog post about favorites is required to start off with “How is it _____ (month) already!?”, but really – how is it April already? March was a busy month at work, which made the whole thing go by quickly. In addition to being a busy worker bee, I had my birthday at the beginning of the month, and celebrated for a few weeks with various friends due to travel schedules. I think that celebrating your birthday all month should be a regular thing, and I plan on doing this again next year.

This was also a good month for trying new things. After my trip to Australia in February, and the changing seasons, I found that I needed some new skincare items, as well as some new makeup. Helllllllo sunshine – goodbye vampire skin.

March faves 2016

 

 

While this technically became a favorite in February, the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask (1) has been my trusty skin quencher for everything from a 15 hour trans-Pacific flight to the everyday struggle of not having a flaky face. I bought the travel size prior to flying to Melbourne (literally three hours before my flight – gotta raid the travel section at Sephora for a flight like that), and have loved it ever since. I’m now at the point of squeezing every last drop out of this small tube a whole month and a half later, which is amazing considering that it has been a staple in my skincare rotation. It smells of peaches, and leaves my skin as soft as one, too. At $17 for the small tube, this has been worth every penny.

Dry skin is something that I’ve dealt with forever – so I decided to try using straight up coconut oil as a facial moisturizer a few weeks ago. This was a bad idea. My skin was less dry, but considerably more pimply than before. I usually have very clear skin, so this was devastating. I rekindled my long lost love for my Clarisonic Mia (7) brush in a quest to clear those pores out. I am currently using the Radiance Replacement Brush Head (2), which is a tiny bit softer than the sensitive brush (from what I remember). In addition to some more stringent cleansing, the Kate Somervile EradiKate Acne Treatment (3) has been a huge help. It is just like the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, but more expensive 🙁 Sometimes the markup is worth it when you need to treat a spot, stat, and you’re already in Sephora. Both of these treatments do a great job of making zits disappear overnight, but do leave you with the vague smell of rotten eggs as sulfur is the main ingredient – again, worth it.

I have been especially loving my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette (4) lately. I received this as a gift at Christmas, but I have really noticed that each of the shades is looking a bit more “loved” this month. If I could douse my whole body in ambient lighting powder, that would be truly great.

For eyes, I have been using the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eye Pencil (5) and am so glad to have found it! I loved the Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Liner but found that I went through it too quickly to justify the higher price tag. This is a very close dupe, and while not as creamy, does the trick of getting into the upper lash line/tight-line very well.

I have been on the quest for a cool toned dark brown eyebrow pencil for some time now and am thrilled to have found Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift Pencil in “Cara D”. Like all eyebrow pencils, there is a mechanical pencil on one end – this one is like a wedge marker shape which fits the brows nicely – and a spooli brush on the other end. This product surprised me though. I had no clue that there was a highlighter included in the middle though! I was very pleasantly surprised to find a small highlighter smudger screw out of the middle in a color very similar to Becca’s Champagne Pop (another favorite).

Moving away from beauty – I have found a bra that I never want to part with ever. The Free to Be (wild) Bra from Lululemon (8) is quite possibly the most comfortable bra I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Yes, it is a sports bra, but it is cute and doesn’t result in uni-boob! I am excited to wear this with tank tops this summer, as it is a great option for when you actually do want your bra straps to show. I have this in both black and white in preparation for all sorts of summer ensembles.

Lastly, this whole post was written while deeply inhaling the scent of a Capri Blue Volcano Candle (9). I have one in my kitchen, another in my bathroom, and a room spray for everywhere in between, so it is safe to say I am obsessed.

I hope you enjoyed reading my very rambly March Favorites! What have you been loving this month? Let me know! 🙂

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