April Favorites (2012)


It’s time for another monthly favorites post where I show the products I’ve been reaching for over and over again this past month.  April has been a better month for me that February and March, though I’m still struggling.  I can definitely sense that things will be improving, but I’m not quite there yet.  I haven’t worn a lot of makeup this month, so I don’t have too much to show you, but I did have a couple products that stood out to me.

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse

The first thing I have to show you is Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation.  I picked up this foundation on a whim, not sure if I’d like the formula because I usually use liquid.  It has really been working for me, though.  I’ve reached for it almost exclusively this month.  The creamy formula is hydrating on my dry skin and doesn’t cake up on me at all.  The only complaint I have is that there is only 14 g worth of product, which is  not a lot.  The well that holds the foundation is pretty thin.

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse

I’ve been applying it with the sponge provided, and it goes on really well that way.  I quickly buff it out with a brush when I’m done with the sponge, just to make sure everything is even and smooth.  Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse lasts (on me) all day and is comfortable on the skin. It provides pretty decent coverage without being too thick or heavy.   Those with oily skin will want to stay away, though, because this is definitely designed for normal to dry skin.

Wet n Wild Coloricon blush in Mellow Wine

My next favorite is Wet n Wild Coloricon blush in Mellow Wine.  Just like the Coloricon eye shadows, Wet n Wild’s blush is packed with pigmentation, silky smooth and blends really well.  Mellow Wine is a natural looking, deep rose shade that can be applied lightly for a natural flushed look, or built up for a more dramatic look.  It’s beautiful.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

Something that most of you will recognize if NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.  I’ve avoided this start white shade for some reason, until the beginning of April when Ulta had that 40% off sale.  I finally picked up Milk, and I’m glad that I did.  Now that spring is here, I’ve been wearing brighter eyeshadow, and Milk is the perfect base to really get the colors to pop.  I can see this becoming a staple on my makeup arsenal, especially in the warmer months when bright shades are the thing.

NYX single eyeshadow in Mellow Yellow

Speaking on bright colors, my last favorite is NYX single eyeshadow in Mellow Yellow.  I went way out of my comfort zone with this one, but I love it!  Mellow Yellow applies true to pan, vibrant bright yellow.  The swatch above is over bare skin, no primer.  I’ve done a couple looks blending it with orange or green and can’t get enough of how bright and happy the shade is.  It is certainly not for everyday, but I am sure that I will continue to get good use out of it for the next several months.

That’s it for my April favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you like.  If you have any questions about the products mentioned, leave them for me in the comments below.


About beautyinbudgetblog

I am a self proclaimed eyeshadow junkie whose main hobbies include shopping, reading, singing, and mainlining caffeine while hanging out with my friends. I love interesting socks and have amassed quite a collection. The place that I want to visit before I die would be Greece. I like to read all seven Harry Potter books once a year the way some people read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (Sorry JRRT, but JKR kicks butt in my book.) I love art, and use my creativity in many different ways through painting, crafts, and makeup. I love to cook and try new things, and I especially love to eat. My favorite "date" is to go wine tasting, and do so with my husband once or twice a year. I love musical theater and think the world would be much better off if we all just watched more musicals. I am 100% a cat person and, although I think dogs can be really cute and sweet, they make me sneeze so cats will always rule. I love faeries and magic, mythology, theology, philosophy, and psychology. I regularly do logic puzzles and sometimes crosswords. I adore Bette Midler, Betty White, and Carol Burnett. I am not ashamed to admit that I watch Glee. I would like to start making some of my own clothes because I can't stop myself from buying fabric. I'm sure that there is much more, but I'm suddenly distracted by something shiny.

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