March Favorites | Better Late than Never?

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I apologize that this post is coming so late. I’ve had it written since the end of March, but couldn’t find the time to take photos. I debated even posting it, but given how hectic things are going to be these next few weeks, I wasn’t sure the next time I’d be able to write.

Before I dive in, I’d like to apologize in advance for posting infrequently over the next couple of weeks. As some of you probably know, Dave and I are about to move into our first place together, and I’ll be busy packing and unpacking. Hopefully I’ll have time to pre-schedule a couple of things before my life gets too crazy. If not, please bear with me during my absence.

March felt like the longest month ever. I haven’t done anything terribly exciting, but it feels like a year ago that I was with my family in Chicago… That being said, I’ve been playing with lots of products this month, and have several to share with you. I’ll try to keep my descriptions brief so this doesn’t get too long.

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

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I typically prefer sheer to medium coverage foundations, but after February’s flirtation with Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation, my skin was in full-on rebellion mode. (I still love the foundation, and consider it my holy grail, but I’ve decided that high coverage isn’t suited for every day use on my skin.)

I’ve been relying on my trusty Garnier BB cream and It Cosmetics CC Cream, but picked up this powder foundation as a way to amp up the coverage just a bit. Much to my surprise, I discovered that this product gives amazing coverage on its own. It doesn’t look flat on the skin like other powder foundations I’ve tried, but instead melts seamlessly into the skin and provides a natural glow. It’s also super quick for mornings when I’m in a rush. I can apply my foundation (no concealer necessary) in about 25 seconds. Bonus: I’ve found that this helps control oiliness in my t-zone!

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Wet Mascara

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If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, this one’s not going anywhere. With the passing of my grandfather, March has putting my mascaras through the wringer. I wore this to his funeral, and it’s been in my rotation all month long. The effect is relatively natural, and I’d definitely say that I have used other mascaras that are more lengthening or more defining. However, this one is truly one of the most waterproof formulas I’ve ever tried. The mascara has a standard bristle brush, which is something I prefer, and the formula is really black. Give it a go if you need something that’s going to last through sweat, tears or rain.

It Cosmetics “Your Easy On the Eyes” Dual-Ended Eyeshadow Brush Set

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I’ve really been enjoying this brush kit from It Cosmetics. I’m sorry they’re so dirty in the photo, but I used them to apply eyeshadow this morning (A testament to how much I love them!) I’ve been looking for new eyeshadow brushes for a while now. I’m very picky about the size and shape I use, and hadn’t found anything I really liked. (My favorite Real Techniques eyeshadow brush only comes in a kit, and I end up with 4 or 5 extra brushes I don’t use.) I came *this close* to buying a set from Zoeva (so pretty!) but I’m thrilled to have stumbled across this kit at Ulta.

This is the perfect little kit to suit my needs: an all over shadow brush, a fluffy crease brush, an angled brush, and a pencil-style smudge brush. The bristles are among the softest I’ve ever used, and I love the shapes of all of them. The all-over shadow brush is especially great—flat enough to pack on color, but fluffy enough to blend out harsh edges. (It’s similar to my favorite Real Techniques brush, which I mentioned above.) If you don’t want to buy a kit, each of these brushes is also sold individually.

Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum

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Remember this guy? I bought him by accident during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale in November. I initially liked the product a lot, but completely forgot about it until my last trip to Chicago. My skin was freaking out from all of the stress and travel, and so I needed something that was going to be moisturizing on my winter skin, not clog my (already angry) pores, and be small enough to take on the plane. This has been an amazing addition to my skincare routine. I’m not totally convinced on primers, but my makeup applies flawlessly over this, and it doesn’t get too oily midday. I intend to purchase the full-sized version when I run out.

Burt’s Bee’s Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion

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Much like the skin on my face, the skin on my body has been acting up lately. I can be kind of picky when it comes to daily body lotions, but this has been a lifesaver. It’s thick enough that it provides all-day moisture, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky. The scent is also heavenly, and instantly leaves me feeling calm and relaxed.

Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep Spray

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In my February favorites I mentioned that I’d been using Aveda’s Phomollient styling foam religiously for the past few years. Shortly after sharing that, my hairdresser recommend I try the Pure Abundance Style Prep spray. Holy moly! Combining those two products on my super fine, super straight hair make a world of difference! They give my roots volume and lift, without looking greasy or getting weighed down later in the day. And if I have enough energy to blow dry my hair with a round brush? I look like I got a professional blowout. I only wish they made the Pure Abundance spray in a bigger bottle! (Although, it’s already quite pricey at $24… I’m not sure I could afford a bigger bottle.)

Nume Lustrum 5-in-1 Curling Wand

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I’ve already written a full review on how much I love this curling iron, so I’ll spare you the lengthy gush-session. But I seriously fall more in love with this curling wand every time I use it. It creates gorgeous curls that last all day. The pearl wand is definitely my favorite and I find that it’s the easiest to use since my hair doesn’t slide off the barrel. Who would have thought I’d ever have time to curl my hair on a work day?

And for a few random favorites…

My music taste has always been, “a little of this, a little of that.” I go through phases where I’ll listen to a band or artist on repeat until I’m sick of it. This month, I’ve been playing “Lifted Up (1985)” by Passion Pit non-stop. It’s such a funky, upbeat song that instantly puts me in a good mood when I hear it.

Speaking of good moods– did you watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix? If not, stop what you’re doing and watch it! It’s amaaaazing. It’s the perfect balance of uplifting comedy and inspiring life lessons. And lots and lots of girl power! The main character, Kimmy, is such an optimistic person. I love how the show takes life’s day-to-day trials and tribulations, and gives them a silver lining. Tina Fey is one of the producers and it has a lot of the same humor that 30 Rock did. I can’t recommend the show enough. (It’s probably my “favorite favorite” of everything I’m mentioning in this post!)

That’s about it for March. Thanks as always for reading! Feel free to share some of your favorites (or link to your March favorites post) below! Wish me luck for a smooth move, and I’ll get back to posting regularly as soon as possible!

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