This is just a couple days late getting up here, but I think the 6th is still early enough in April that I can write about March.
Favorites for March:
NARS Blush – Sex Appeal
The prettiest soft peachy blush. I was looking for a blush entirely different but Melissa Korn at Barney’s pretty much talked me into it. Since that purchase it has been my most reached for blush. I think it probably works best on pale skin which I find is rare for blushes. It reminds me of Benefit’s Dandilion only it is peach instead of pink. I love it. If I wear it and feel like I want a little something more, sometimes I will pop Mac’s Melba just on the apples of my cheeks after applying NARS Sex Appeal.
Rimmel Glam’Eyes Quad Eye Shadow in English Rose
The last time I was at the drugstore I looked at their selection of Rimmel cosmetics. Rimmel is a line that I haven’t paid a ton of attention to, but I feel like I’ve heard people say good things about it as a whole. This eye shadow quad is shaped like the British flag. While that is cute, it isn’t necessarily the easiest for providing access to all the colors. But nevermind that, because the quality of the shadow is great! I chose English Rose which has varying shades of rose colors. I use the lighter pink all over my eye and it works as a perfect light neutral color. Sometimes if I want to add a bit more I use the darkest rose shadow in my outer corner and crease. The only downside is this quad doesn’t contain a color light enough to use as a highlighter. That’s fine for me, because I don’t always use a highlighter on the brow bone. A lot of days I am in a hurry and if I’m wearing shadow that means I slapped something light on the lids and ran out the door. Either way, I have noticed that in the last month I have reached for this shadow over and over again. I think having a small compact of lighter colors is nice for someone who is always rushing out the door. The colors are very pigmented and the powder is a great blendable consistency.
Mac – Crease Brush 217
I have had an old crease brush that I have used for years. I got it free with a purchase from drugstore.com probably a good ten years ago. It worked well enough that I never bothered looking into something else. I picked this Mac brush up the last time I was at the Mac counter and have felt like my world has been completely changed. The bristles are sturdy enough that you can really pack on shadow in the outer corners and crease, yet it is soft enough to work as a great blender throughout the crease and brow bone.
I am very hesitant when it comes to trying out new skin care products. I always worry that something will set my skin off. When I first picked up the Mia I only used it a couple days a week. I was trying to get my skin “used” to it. After a while that would turn into once a week and then I’d completely forget about it. About a month ago I made the commitment to myself to use it every night and see if I noticed any changes in my skin. I am now officially hooked. An important thing to remember is to move it around on your face in circular motions and to not push too hard. My skin is SO much softer since I’ve been using this consistently. I’m pretty anal about keeping it clean and wash it with mild soap just about every time I use it and let it sit out to air dry.
Clinique – Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer
This is an amazing exfoliate and moisturizer. I use this a few days a week at night before I go to bed and every morning I wake up with fresh hydrated skin. I try to be very careful about over exfoliating so I don’t use this every night and I switch off with a salicylic acid as well. This exfoliant comes in a pump formula and is loaded with antioxidants as well as a light moisturizing base. The texture feels smooth and absorbs into my skin right away. I’m always amazing by how light it feels when you put it on and how hydrated my skin looks in the morning.
Paula’s Choice – Beautiful Body Butter
I was looking for a hand cream that is loaded with all the ingredients I would put on my face but with a heavier base. My hands have gotten so dry from working in a hospital and school clinicals. Paula’s Choice Beautiful Body Butter is perfect. It is very thick. So thick that you really have to squeeze hard to get it out of the tube. I use this every night before I go to bed and wake up with my hands totally moisturized. It is pretty amazing how a cream this thick can absorb right into the skin. My hands never feel greasy yet the next morning I can still feel the lotion on my skin. This product is nothing short of amazing. My cuticles have started look look better too. This would also work great for dry knees and elbows.
Diptyque – Philosykos eau de toilette
The magic in this perfume is the artful blend of all the components. It has fig fruit, fig leaves, dry blonde wood, and lightly sweetened cream – think more blending than heavy sweet coconut milk. These elements come together to make an absolutely perfect scent for spring. As the perfume dries down and is worn through out the day I swear there is another note that pops up: suede. It’s not very strong, but I notice it when I move and it just makes me love it all the more.
Atelier Cologne – Vanille Insensee
When I first saw the name of this scent I thought it meant vanilla incense. It actually translates to Vanilla Insane. Okay, insane vanilla sounds good to me! This is my favorite vanilla scent. It is very unique. In fact, it’s so different I didn’t like it the very first time I smelled it. It is not your usual whipped buttercream frosting vanilla scent. I had a hard time recognizing what was going on with this fragrance. Now I cannot get enough of it. It smells like dry woods, vanilla pods, and spices. For me though it is really all about the vanilla wood. I wouldn’t call this scent dry, but it is not heavily sweetened. This results in the most unique vanilla you will find. I have actually been complimented a few times when wearing this perfume. Men and women a like really seem to like it.