It’s time for my April 2015 Monthly Favorites and Fails. Didn’t I just do one of these? (haha) For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month. Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get. April was a horrible month for me. I was sick for 60-70% of the month. First I had a monster stomach flu that knocked me out for the first half of the month. Then, once I recovered from that, my husband got a head cold that he unfortunately passed on to me and my weakened immune system. I didn’t leave my house that much in April, so I didn’t wear a ton of makeup. When I was sick as a dog with stomach flu I pretty much ignored my skin care regimen, so the second half of the months was spent trying to repair the damage. All of this means that my Favorites are a little different than normal.
The one thing that I did manage to use all month long, even when I was at my sickest, was moisturizer. The one that I chose First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. You can see a full review of the Ultra Repair Cream as well as some other FAB products here. If you have dry skin, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is amazing. I can put this on at night and wake up with it still on and moisturizing my face almost as well as when freshly applied. Though it isn’t the best cream for anti-aging, and it doesn’t have a ton of super charged ingredients, it moisturizes like no other and does a great job of healing dry and flaky skin. I use it on my eyes as well, and my skin feels supple and smooth. Though First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream isn’t my all-time favorite moisturizer, it was a life saver for me all through April and I do recommend it for those with dry skin issues.
One I got well enough to start caring about my skin again, I turned to Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. My biggest skin care issue this month was dry, dull, lifeless skin and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum did the trick to restore it. Hyaluronic Acid is wonderful for the skin, especially in terms of moisture and younger looking skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally found within our bodies. It is a protein that is found in the deeper layers of our skin. As we age, our skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid content can decrease, so the serum helps bring back vibrancy and radiance. Perfectly Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a vegetarian product that is free of things like Parabens, Petroleum, SLS, Artificial Color and Fragrance. Full transparency: this product was sent to me for free, but regardless, it is a great product.
Not only did my face need some TLC, but so did my body. I turned to my Derma MD Soy Moisturizer Healing Intense Creme. I have been taking a break from Derma MD skin care lately, but I have to say that I really like this Soy Moisturizer a lot. It is so lightweight and dries down so quickly that you wouldn’t think that it would be all that moisturizing. But oh my gosh, it is so wonderful for the skin. It really is healing and feels silky soft. I absolutely recommend using it, especially if you have skin issues like eczema or psoriasis. But even if you don’t have those specific issues, it is great on elbows and knees, or any other dry spots. Full transparency: this product was also sent to me for free. Derma MD can be a little pricey if you order directly from them, but they are frequently featured on sites like Rue La La and Hautelook, so you can get their products for a fraction of the cost.
I did have a couple of makeup favorites this month, and one of them is a rediscovered product. This is Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus. I don’t even remember how long I have had it in my collection. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get caught up in my palettes (Naked 2, Lorac Pro, Wet n Wild palettes, etc.) and my single shadows get neglected. But that is a real shame. Just LOOK at Sunlit cactus. It is so gorgeous. It shifts from fiery orange, to vibrant gold, to fairy green. It is magical. I know that some Rite-Aids carry Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust, but if you can’t find it, Sunlit Cactus is available in the Jesse’s Girl website.
And my final Favorite for April is Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey. I wasn’t in the mood to do much of anything with my lips this month, and Honey fit the bill for no fuss no muss. You all know by now how much I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. They are one of my favorite lip products on the market, and the only complaint I have for them is their ridiculous price. Honey came in a holiday set. It is a sheer warm nude. The formula is moisturizing and truly lovely.
Now onto this month’s Fails. Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results. So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product. It just means that it did not work for me.
Along with the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, I also received Perfectly Pure Rose & Witch Hazel Toner for free. Unfortunately, this did not work for me. The formula isn’t bad, and it is just as natural and free from harmful products as the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is great. But I could not stand the smell. It smell like roses, and not good roses. Grandma’s attic roses. It is so gross. The smell lingers on the skin, even when I use other products with it, all I can smell is roses and moth balls. I used the toner three times and then gave up. I just couldn’t handle it. Big fail!
The final product that I want to talk about is another Derma MD product. I should have known that this was going to be a fail before I even tried it. This is the Derma MD Glamur LIP plumpers Trio in Hot & Sexy. I don’t like lip plumpers. I don’t like products with a minty tingle, or any tingle for that matter. I just got seduced by Derma MD’s excellent skin care, so when they offered to send them to me I thought “why not”. Well, I’ll tell you why. Holy crap those things sting! No. Nope. No thank you. The shades are beautiful and pigmented, but I couldn’t keep them on my lips for more than a minute. I’m actually a little surprised that Derma MD even offers lip plumpers because they are so bad for your lips. Anyway, in my book lip plumpers are bad news and total fails.
And that is it for my Favorites and Fails for April. I hope that you saw something that you liked. I am hoping that May will bring me much better health. I will be traveling back to North Carolina next week, so I need to be healthy for my trip. Which reminds me, posting may be a little spotty next week. I am hoping to have a couple guest posts up. Fingers crossed. I hope that April has treated you well, and that you are enjoying springtime.