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March 2016 Monthly Favorites

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March 2016 Favorites

March 2016 Favorites

It’s the first day of April, so that means that it’s time for a Favorites post.  Today I have my March favorites and Fails.  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.  March was pretty low key for me, makeup-wise, so you will probably recognize most of these products.  Let’s get onto what I’ve been loving.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

I’ve been wanting a natural-skin look lately, so I am still loving the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation.  It just works really well for me.  It has a lovely satin finish, and I can get away with only one layer for nice, natural coverage.  It evens out my redness, but I can still see my freckles ever so slightly peeking through.  I love it.  It’s not for everybody.  If you have normal skin or are only a little dry, you will probably love this foundation. People with very dry skin (thankfully I’ve managed to exit that category) or oily skin will have problems with this formula.  The color selection is also pretty tricky because many of the shades lean either strongly yellow or strongly pink.  But, if you can find a shade match and you are neither too oily nor too dry, this foundation is great.

Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana

Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana

I’ve been totally digging the Ben Nye Banana Powder this month.  I really like the yellow tones in this powder to help combat my redness.  My skin tone is mostly neutral with some warm yellow undertones, so the banana powder works very well for me.  It is very finely milled and the powder gives me a smooth and brightened look that I enjoy.  Loose powder is not my favorite thing because it is such a mess, but I have been enjoying it a lot.  It gives me a great finished look.

Inglot Palette

Inglot Palette

I’ve been reaching for my Inglot palette a lot this past month.  I was really tempted to get the TooFaced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette.  Those warm orangey browns really called to me, but I didn’t want to buy it because I thought that there were only a limited number of looks that I could get out of that palette.  Then I remembered that I had similar shades in my Inglot palette and could accomplish roughly the same looks.  Once I started using the palette again, I couldn’t put it down.  For those who haven’t tried them, Inglot shadows are fantastic.  They are extremely pigmented and easy to apply.  This is a Freedom System palette, meaning that I bought the empty palette and then filled it with any shadows I wanted.  The shadows are huge, come in hundreds of shades in a variety of finishes, and are $7 each.  I chose greens, oranges, pinks and gold with a few neutrals to anchor the palette.  There are so many different looks that I can get out of these shadows from extremely bold and colorful, to a neutral day look.  I definitely don’t feel like I need the TooFaced Peanut Butter and Jelly anymore.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice

Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice

My go-to blush product all month has been the Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice.  Specifically, I’ve been reaching for the first two shades in the palette.  I have a full review and swatches of all 8 shades in this palette, so be sure to check that out for more details.  The blushes are pigmented, smooth, and last well on my skin.  For $10, you get six blush shades in varying finishes and two shimmer highlight shades. It’s a great palette and I can’t get enough of it.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Jasmine

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Jasmine

I don’t actually have my last favorite to show you, so I am including the product picture.  I got a sample of Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Jasmine from Sephora, and I love it.  I’ve mentioned many times that the original Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia is one of my favorite fragrances.  I had to try this version.  I am not great at describing scents, so here is the description from Sephora: “The warmth and serenity of Acqua di Gioia takes on a new lushness with Acqua di Gioia Jasmine. This floral, fruity new interpretation blends key notes of jasmine with green apple, orange flower, and sweet base notes for a greener, crisper interpretation.”  It is just as fresh and clean a scent as the original, but the fruit and florals evoke a completely different experience.  I really love it.

That does it for my favorites, now onto my 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.

CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40

CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40

My first fail was a sample of the CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40 that I got from Ipsy.  I ran out of SPF and was going to be out in the sun, so I threw this item in my makeup bag.  Though it did offer me some sun protection, I felt that it dried out my skin.  I did not like the way that it felt, and I thought that my foundation looked odd layered over it.  This would probably be a great product for someone with oily skin, but it was not a good fit for me.

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

My final Fail for March was the Smashbox Full Exposure  Mascara.  I am not sure if this is the waterproof version or not.  It’s in a silver tube, but it doesn’t say waterproof on the product.  I can’t for the life of me remember where I got this mascara (I didn’t go out and buy it), so I can’t check.  Either way, I am not impressed.  First of all, the brush is gigantic.  It is so big that I keep poking myself in the eye.  Second, the formula just doesn’t do anything for me.  My lashes are short and pretty wimpy, so I look for length and volume in a mascara.  Smashbox Full Exposure didn’t help me in either department.  It coated my lashes, but they didn’t look fuller or longer.  It really didn’t work for me at all.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for March 2016.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I will be trying some new products in April that I recently hauled during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, so stay tuned to see if any of those pop up in my next Favorites and Fails post.  What were some of your favorites for March?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Monthly Favorites June 2014

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Monthly Favorites June 2014

Monthly Favorites June 2014

I have my June Monthly Favorites for you today, and there are some really great products in this bunch.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that I reached for over and over or particularly stood out to me throughout the month.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with color throughout the month of June, and I’ve also been experimenting with new products.  A couple of old favorites caught my attention as well.  So let’s get started.

Inglot Palette

Inglot Freedom System Palette

I have really been loving my Inglot palette all throughout June.  I’ve been meaning to do a full review for months now, and I will get to it soon.  In the meantime, though, I just want to say that the Inglot shadows are fantastic.  They are extremely pigmented and easy to apply.  For those unfamiliar with Inglot, this is a Freedom System palette, meaning that I bought the empty palette and then filled it with any shadows I wanted.  The shadows are huge, and come in hundreds of shades in a variety of finishes.  I chose greens, oranges, pinks and gold with a few neutrals to anchor the palette.  There are so many different looks that I can get out of these shadows from extremely bold and colorful, to a neutral day look.  I love it, and will be reviewing and (more importantly) swatching soon.

Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette

Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette

Another build-your-own palette that I have been loving this month is the Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette.  I was looking for new brow powder, and my favorite shade to fill in my brows was in the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette, but I used it up.  I’ve made do with other shadows, but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for, so I went searching for some Coastal Scents Hot Pots.  They do sell a 4-pan magnetic palette designed for brows with the same shades as my top two shadows (Light Taupe-A deep, exotic taupe hue with a matte finish“, and Timeless Taupe- “An antique brownish-grey hue with a matte finish”), but I didn’t like the other two shades involved.  Instead, I chose Gypsy Green– “An opaque wash of verdant beauty with a slight satiny finish” and Cherry Moss-A reddish-brown hue with green iridescent shimmer” to top off the foursome.  I am enjoying all four shades, but especially the brow colors.  Coastal Scents Hot Pots are a pretty decent size, and I have always had good luck with them.

Derma MD Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer

Derma MD Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer

I have already reviewed all of the Derma MD products that I was sent and mentioned that the Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer was my favorite.  Click this link to read the full review of you missed it, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  I am positive that this product above all the others has helped reduce my redness so much.  I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that stays put for hours and hours.  It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so that you don’t even notice it.  I think that it would be appropriate for all skin types, oily or dry.  It is a great product.  There is a coupon code toward the bottom of my review for 50% off, if you are interested.

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

I received the NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee from Ipsy in my June Glam Bag.  I did not expect to like it because the color is very light for me.  It is lighter than my natural lip color and nudes my lips out, which is just a bad look on me.  But I love the formula of these Butter Glosses.  They are so comfortable on the lips, and the moisture sticks around for a long time.  What I’ve been doing with Crème Brulee, is layering it over some of my darker brown lipsticks to lighten them up for the summer.  The result is more on the rich, pinky-brown side, much more appropriate for this time of year.

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

Here is a swatch of NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee by itself.  It is a very pretty color, just not my bag.  But if you like natural pink-toned nudes, Crème Brulee is a great option for you.  The formula is fantastic, even if you are not usually a gloss lover.  It layers beautifully, and has made some very interesting shades when paired with other lip colors.  I’m liking it a lot.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

I have to tell you about the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer.  It is extremely similar to the Sigma F-80, but it is only $6.95 as opposed to $24.  Per Coastal Scents: “The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is perfect for buffing in foundation, blending in powders, and applying bronzer. The durable, dense bristles offer great control and a full coverage application.”  I will definitely have a full review coming on this brush, but let me just say that I have been using it all month and my foundation has looked fantastic.  Love it!

Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butter

I decided to give the Nivea Lip Butter a try again, mostly because of how much I loved the taste and smell of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss.  The scent is warm vanilla bean with rich nuttiness that is just heavenly.  I am still not a fan of the tin packaging, and the formula has a lot more slip that I prefer, but the Nivea Lip Butters are very moisturizing, and make my lips feel good.  I can’t use it all the time, but every now and again, I want to go through a tin of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss because that flavor and smell make it all worthwhile.  Yum.

Orange and Coral lips

Orange and Coral lips

Finally, I’ve been busting out my orange and coral lip products.  Summer time is when I love bright lip shades, and there is something about orange and coral lips that makes me so happy.  My favorites are Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Rose Rush from the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed collection.  I have reviewed all of these products in the past, so go ahead and search for them using the search box on the right for more information on the individual formulas.  The Revlon Balm Stain is definitely more on the orange side of the fence, where the Color Whisper is an orange-toned coral shade.  Rose Rush is a pink-toned coral.  Here are some swatches.

(L-R) Rendezvous, I Crave Coral, Rose Rush

(L-R) Rendezvous, I Crave Coral, Rose Rush

From left to right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Rose RushRendezvous is also the more opaque of the bunch, while Rose Rush is on the sheer side giving just a hint of that coral color, noticeable but still subtle.

That’s it for my June favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I am happy that July has arrived because it is Birthday month!  Yes, I like to celebrate all month long.  🙂  We have some nice dinners planned, and I know that I’ll be doing a little bit of shopping.  I’ve been very good so far this year, so it’s time for a little splurge.  Things are still stressful and up in the air as far as moving plans, but I am feeling better about the situation and am doing well.  I’m looking forward to what life brings me in July.  What were your favorite products from the month of June?  Let me know in the comments below.