I’m starting a new my series for my monthly beauty favorites! Everything that I loved for the month of March!
How is it already April!? Did we not just have New Year’s? I swear it was just January.
I’m putting together a short list of all of my monthly favorites for beauty products, so that you can see a round-up of all of my favorite things each month! I’m going to start this month with some oldies, but goodies and staples to my every day routine.
Let’s get into it my list of my March Beauty Favorites.
Maybelline Colassal Mascara “Classic Black“ – I have used this same mascara for years. It’s like my child! Every time I try a new mascara, it’s never as good as this one and I kick myself for ever straying away. I constantly re-purchase this because I honestly have never used anything better. It lengthens, separates and thickens my lashes without leaving them looking like a globby mess. It’s SO good.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed, “Moonstone” – I definitely jumped on the bandwagon of these highlighters a little later than most for the mere fact that I couldn’t justify spending nearly $40 on one sparkly cheek product. Clearly I caved, but I love this highlighter. It’s a beautiful champagne shade that looks so smooth and natural on the skin when used with a brush and a light hand, or you can build it up into an intense glow. I fully intend to try out the other highlighters from the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter collection, but this shade is definitely a favorite!
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – I was a huge skeptic of this powder, mainly because “baking” my face never worked out for me until I changed my skincare routine. My skin is – or, er, was… always tight and dry and so slapping a shit-ton of powder of my face didn’t ever do my makeup or skin any good. It always just came out looking dehydrated and cakey. When I changed my skincare routine, my skin started to shape up and not I can barely survive a makeup routine without baking to some degree.
I typically use my damp post-foundation Beauty Blender sponge and dip into the powder and apply it to the areas on my skin where I applied my concealer; under my eyes, in and around my t-zone, chin, and smile lines. I let the powder sit for a minute or two while I work on my eye shadow, and brush it away with a powder brush, leaving my skin looking airbrushed to perfection.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil, “Stark Naked” – This lip pencil is now not so much a pencil as it is a little nub of what used to be a pencil. It’s so small I can barely even sharpen it anymore and I need to get a new one. I reach for this just about every single day. It’s a warm nude shade and I find that it works with tons of other different nude lipsticks – it’s not too brown, but not too pink – just right in the middle and a super versatile and flattering shade. If your budget doesn’t allow for multiple lip liners, look into this one! It looks beautiful with so many other nude shades!
Original Beauty Blender – There is seriously nothing like the Original Beauty Blender. I don’t even know how I applied makeup to face before this existed. I feel like this will always be a staple for me. Sure, it’s expensive for what it actually is – a mini makeup sponge – but I truly cannot find anything like it. No matter what other sponges there are on the market, I just can’t seem to find anything that applies foundation quite like the Beauty Blender.
I use it to blend foundation into the skin with pressing motions and it works especially well for the nose area. I have a lot of problems using a brush to “buff” foundation into my nose area. I always find that the brush tend to wipe off the product that I had just applied and makes the foundation look streaky and uneven. With a Beauty Blender, it fits into the nooks and crannies of the nose area for the perfect coverage.
I also use the sponge to blend in contoured and highlighted areas and then again to “bake” those areas with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.
Tarte Double Duty Shape Tape Contour Concealer, “Light Neutral” – Yes, me and every other beauty blogger on the planet, right? At first, I honestly wasn’t thrilled with this. I didn’t LOVE it. I liked it – but didn’t LOVEEEEE it. The good news is, I’m a fan of second chances, and it’s grown on me. I can definitely say that it’s one of my favorite concealers now. The coverage is great – it covers eve.ry.thing…. I’ve also found a way to not get it to crease one me, whoo-hoo!
If you want to see my full review and my initial thoughts on this product, check out this post.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, “Risqué” – I don’t like blush. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. I don’t like blush that looks like blush. I prefer a very natural flush to the cheeks rather than the pink stripe that let’s everyone know that you are in fact, wearing blush. I’m not about that life. When I shopping for a good blush, I stick to my neutrals. I guess that’s also true for all makeup products I purchase. And if you don’t know that yet then one, you’re probably new here, and two, you’ll learn, don’t worry.
Tarte’s Risqué is the perfect pinky-nude blush color that gives you the perfect just-pinched natural look. I love it because it’s incredibly pigmented and a little goes a long way. I use my Morphe530 brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks.
H2O+ Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream – I purchased a few H2O+ Beauty products and I’ve been loving them this month. My skin is dry and dehydrated. 6 months ago, my entire face was so dry it was peeling and looked flaky and cakey under my makeup. Since using a combination of these products I’ve had a total skin transformation. It feels more hydrated and less dry and looks so much better under my makeup! I’ve been really impressed with these products! My full skincare routine is coming soon!
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum – This serum has become a new staple in my skincare routine and I use it every night after cleansing my skin. I have some left-over acne marks that I use this product on and I can definitely tell a difference on nights I don’t use this! Smells awful, but it definitely makes my skin feel smoother and I wake up with less overall facial redness.
Word on the street is that you’re only supposed to use this for two months, and then rotate it out and stop using it for a little while. I have some stubborn spots on my face that I working on lightening and it’s happening slowly but surely!
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser – Sometimes, simpler is better. Being an esthetician, I get a little carried away sometimes in my skincare routine and want to use every product under the sun. Having not only dry skin but also sensitive skin, using many products in conjunction with one another can be irritating to the skin. When my skin gets irritated, red, and dry, I know that it’s time to go back to the basics. This cleanser honestly doesn’t feel cleansing at all – it actually feels like you’re rubbing conditioner all over your face – but it works. I’m honestly afraid to not use this because I love the way it makes my skin feel. It’s a gentle cleanser and always clears up my skin when it’s freaking out for one reason or another. Always my go-to and I always recommend to those who have sensitive, easily irritated or acne prone dry skin. If that sounds like you, give this a try. You can find it at your local drugstore. I get mine here.
St. Moriz Instant Self-Tanning Mist, “Dark” – I use this stuff every morning and it definitely deserves a spot in my March Beauty Favorites. I used to use the highly coveted St. Tropez self-tanning mousse, but I truly felt that the color just didn’t look right with my natural skin tone. I think it made me too olive when I first would apply it that I couldn’t make my makeup match, and then it would turn too yellow on my skin when it would start fading away. I like the St. Moriz self-tanner because it has more of a natural looking tan, which for me, is a little more cool-toned than warm-toned. I prefer the mist to spray directly on an area, and then I use the mitt (which I purchased separately here) to blend it into the skin. This formula doesn’t last long on the skin, usually with one shower most of the product disappears, leaving a very light color that doesn’t really build too much. Since I have such dry skin, I exfoliate just about every morning or every other morning in the shower to avoid the awkward peeling tell-tale spray tan alligator skin. Ideally, I would like something that lasts longer than one day, but this is the first self-tanning lotion that doesn’t turn patchy.
I hope you all enjoyed my first post of the “My Monthly Favorites” series! Each month I’ll cover what my favorite beauty products were and why, stay tuned for next month’s April Favorites!
What were your favorite beauty products this month?