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March Beauty Favorites 2017

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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.

Wet n Wild MegaCushion Highlight

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.

Korres Lip Butter Gloss

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.

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

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.

GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in Nude Glow

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.

My Current Shower Routine With HASK Greek Yogurt Collection

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I’m a firm believer that showers and baths should be time well spent — a moment when you can truly feel at ease and relax. After all, it’s a time when you’re either getting your day started or wrapping things up, washing away your worries and letting yourself focus on nothing but the warm water for 10 or 15 minutes.

Admittedly, I spend way too many showers where the above thought process does not occur. Some days, I come home from work, and all I want to do is get in, wash my body, and get out. On the occasions when I really take the time to enjoy my shower, I feel de-stressed. I feel as if I’ve just emerged from a spa and both my skin and hair are soft and sparkling.

Although my Brooklyn apartment might not be the most luxurious bathroom, I dream of the days when I can own my very own house, have fresh eucalyptus hanging from the shower head and floors that heat my toes. A girl can dream.

Despite my less than eucalyptus-filled #bathroomgoals bathroom, I do like to enjoy my shower time on occasion. And when I do take my time, I happen to be very methodical about my shower routine. The following is a routine I’ve been really loving lately. Take my word for it: these products might just make your bath time a million times better.

Step 1: Hair

 

I don’t wash my hair every single time I shower, but when I do, I like to lightly massage the scalp and put a little effort into lathering up the soap so I can get rid of the build-up that I always have. Right now, I’ve been trying out HASK’s new Greek Yogurt Hydrating Shampoo — and it’s safe to say that I’m loving it so far. I’m currently using the formulation for dry hair. The hydrating shampoo and conditioner line combines greek yogurt with fig & honey. The blended scent is sweet without being too fruity or sugary, and it lasts in my hair all day without being too overwhelming. I follow the shampoo with the HASK Greek Yogurt Hydrating Conditioner for a few minutes while I wash my face. After washing my face, but before washing my body, I like to occasionally go in with a deep conditioner. I really love the HASK Hydrating deep conditioner that goes with this line, but I’m also currently testing out the Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine and Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque.

 

Step 2: Face

 

When I was younger, I used to wash my face by scrubbing it with body wash on my loofah for two seconds and calling it a day. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the skin on my face is very delicate, and that scratchy loofahs are way too harsh for my face. In the shower, I like to use a gentler cleanser. Recently, I’ve been using the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. First I’ll go in with the solid oil cleanser, warming it up between my fingers and rubbing gently to get rid of any makeup (or leftover makeup if it’s the morning). Then, I’ll use the cream cleanser on my e.l.f. Cleansing Duo Face Brush. This manual face brush feels so luxurious and soft. I absolutely love it (and, hello, for $14 it’s not a bad price point either).

Step 3: Body

 

Finally, after washing my face, it’s loofah time. My current body wash is the Dove Sensitive Skin Nutrium Moisture Body Wash. It’s a really wonderful everyday body wash that leaves skin feeling hydrated. I suffer from year-round scaley, rough, dry skin, and this body wash is one of the only washes that doesn’t leave my skin feeling itchy and tight. For those with Sensitive skin, like my boyfriend, it’s an especially nice body wash with little to no scent. Occasionally, on days when I feel like I have a lot of dead skin build up, I’ll go in with a body scrub on my arms and legs. I love making my own scrubs with coconut oil (and I have a recent blog post about my two favorites recipes!)

 

I finish up the shower by rinsing my hair and spending a couple minutes soaking in the warm water. I’m one of those people who tends to keep a lot of stress in my shoulders and neck. Here’s my secret: I like to tuck my chin and look down while the water beats down on the back of my neck. This is especially relaxing if you have an adjustable shower-head and can turn up the pressure for a few seconds.

 

A huge thank you to HASK for sending me their products to test out and for sponsoring today’s post. This blog post was powered by Brandbacker.

My Go-To Weekend No-Makeup Makeup Routine

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I’m one of those people who really loves and appreciates very natural no-makeup makeup. Although I also celebrate glam makeup for the artwork that it is, my personality suits a much more peachy, nude-y glow. And when it comes to the weekends, my natural makeup routine can be extremely bare bones. Some weekends, I go for an amped-up skincare routine and no makeup at all, whereas most of the time, I like to go for something casual that makes me feel dolled-up in a very soft and easy way.

Insert: my go-to lazy weekend natural makeup look. This look is ideal for the spring season transition, during long stretches of weather that can decide to be cold and dry or sunny and rainy.

Prepping The Face

I start this look after prepping my skin with a gentle wash and moisturizer. I follow this with a primer if I’m feeling it. I’ve mentioned it before on my blog, but my holy grail primer is the Too Faced Hangover Primer. It’s so moisturizing and soft, and it smells like coconuts, which is honestly 70% of the reason why I use the product so often.

 

After prepping and priming, I love going in with my trusty Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I’ve raved about this tinted moisturizer before on the blog, and I even listed it as one of my favorites a couple of months back. During the weekdays, I’ll go in with this tinted moisturizer using a damp beauty blender. On the weekends, though, I just use a small amount on my fingers and evenly spread it around, all over the face and down the neck.

 

During the weekdays, I tend to go a bit heavy-handed with my favorite NARS concealer. But on lazy weekend days, I don’t need much. I love the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer is meant for the under eyes exclusively, but I’ll dab it on my chin and red spots as well. It does a great job at hydrating and giving medium coverage.

The Details

Next, I can’t go without giving my brows a little TLC. My forever forever forever favorite is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. For my fair cool toned skin, the color “Ash brown” is ideal. I have yet to find another drugstore eyebrow pencil that has the same color match (drugstore eyebrow pencils are always SO red-toned).

 

Next, I can’t go without a swipe or two of mascara. Even the most natural makeup days can benefit from a little lash love. I have no idea why I never tried L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara sooner. I’ve heard so many people hype this product up for years, and when I recently ran out of mascara, I decided to give it a try. The hype is REAL. Just a couple of strokes of this on my upper lashes gives my eyes a little life.

 

To finish the look off, I love a pop of color on the cheeks. For spring, I’m very into a bright coral or peach. Yes, it’s a classic. But something about it has been calling to me recently. On a spur of the moment ELF shopping trip a few weeks ago, I grabbed the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush in Peach Perfection. I cannot sing enough praise for this product. It’s a cream blush that’s formulated with argan oil and Vitamin E, so it blends evenly with the fingertips and feels very moisturizing on my impossibly dry skin. I need to pick up the other color of this blush, because I can’t get enough of it. I have chosen this blush day after day after my high-end Lorac, Laura Gellar, NARS and Becca blushes. For $4, this blush is an absolute steal and the product I’m most excited about at the moment.

 

All in all, this simple lazy day routine takes about five minutes and it takes no makeup brushes (which totally makes it a breeze). I’m a huge fan of the no-makeup makeup look, and on the weekends when I want a little something to help me feel a little confidence and excitement, this beauty look is ideal.