True story: when I sat down to write this monthly beauty favorites, I thought it was for April favorites, not March. I’m clearly in a different mindset. My bet is that I’m craving my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, and my mind is already prepared from May. But, since there’s still a little under a month until that trip, it’s time to honor the beauty products that helped me finish out the last of the winter weather and prep me for the beautiful springtime. Let’s just jump right in.
Nine months ago, finding an affordable highlight at the drugstore that had great color payoff was nearly impossible. Nowadays, highlighter has saturated the makeup market, and my favorite highlights are pennies compared to some of the high-end cult favorites. This happens to be one of them. This cushion highlight is only $6, and it’s absolutely spectacular. For any of my fellow dry-skin sufferers out there, this one is for you. I stopped wearing powder except over concealer on acne, so this cushion highlight layers wonderfully over my foundation. I take the sponge it came with (or my fingertips) and dab lightly on the high points of my cheeks, nose and Cupid’s bow. The color, a soft pink, is great for anyone with incredibly fair skin like myself.
At the beginning of March, Jorge and I were showing his cousin around SoHo when we stumbled upon (quite literally) a sample sale. As we know from my previous beauty sample sale hauls, I can’t say no. This particular sample sale happened to be exclusive to Korres skincare and makeup, which is a recognizable name to those who frequent Sephora. For this sale, I limited myself to just a few tiny purchases, and I grabbed some concealer and a pack of lip butter glosses. I assumed these would be similar to my favorite NYX Butter Glosses. I have to say, these might be better. Although I love NYX’s butter glosses, these have a much better consistency: glossy without the stickiness. I love all three colors I got at the sample sale, but this one in nude is a staple. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve taken it out of my purse since day one.
I really didn’t expect to fall head over heels for this tinted serum moisturizer. I assumed I would wear it occasionally on weekends or lazy days, but I’ve been wearing it during the work week for almost all of March. The formula of this product is something I’ve never experienced before. It’s lighter weight than a tinted moisturizer or BB cream, it has a the lasting comfort of a serum, and it evens out redness without being high coverage. Glossier describes the formula, saying it “evens out discoloration and leaves your face looking toned, smooth, and dewy.” The best part? I’m very sensitive to skin makeup and always look for something that won’t feel too heavy, clog my pores or break me out. This skin tint is “Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, appropriate for all skin types, non-settling, non-creasing, non-poring, non-irritating, paraben free, alcohol free, fragrance free, [and] cruelty free.” AKA, it’s perfect.
It’s rare when I fall in love with a sample size product I receive from a monthly beauty box. But, when I do, they tend to become a holy grail essential to my everyday routine . Take my coveted Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper; both are treasures I first received in my Sephora Play box. In my March Sephora Play, I received a deluxe sample of GLAMGLOW’s Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow. I use this in the mornings as a primer before applying makeup. Not only is Glowstarter incredibly soft and moisturizing, but the smell is truly out of this world. For those who are sensitive to smells, this might not be the best product for you. But those who enjoy a little pick-me-up in the morning, this moisturizer smells like orange creamsicles. It smells like summertime, and I can’t get enough. You only need a little amount of this: it goes on evenly and leaves your skin with an effervescent all-day glow.