April 22, 2013

March 2013 Favorites


The Favorites

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Brunette, $30, Sephora
Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub, $34, Ulta
Cake Milk Made Nourishing Body Butter, $24, Cake Beauty
Villainess Dulces en Fuego Smooch! Warming Body Scrub, $10.50, Villainess
Sephora Collection Tinted Self Tanning Body Mist, $18, Sephora
Bath & Body Works Fresh Picked Tangerines Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $5.50, Bath & Body Works
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé, $26, Sephora

Why I Love Them

The Smashbox Brow Tech To Go is beyond easy to use, close to foolproof. The square-tipped pencil allows for thin, precise lines, as well as thicker shading. It's also dual-ended with a clear brow gel on the other end making it great for on-the-go touch ups (not that I actually bring it with me or use the brow gel as I already have another that I use regularly, but should the need arise, I'm covered!). The main selling point for me on this, though, is the color of the pencil. The Brow Tech To Go (unlike the original Brow Tech) only comes in two colors, Brunette and Blonde, but they are both universal, buildable colors and I find the Brunette shade to be the perfect shade of ash brown, allowing it to seamlessly blend in with my natural brows.

The Skin Prep Scrub is a great facial scrub that is gentle enough to use a few times a week but still buffs away any dry or dead skin you may have, allowing moisturizers and treatments to better penetrate the skin.

First of all, the Cake Body Butter smells amazing. Given it's name of "Milk Made," I was expecting this to have a fairly light smell, like milk and honey, but was pleasantly surprised at the raspberry scent. This is so moisturizing and it's made without any mineral oil which is always a pro in my books.

The Villainess Warming Body Scrub is another product that smells amazing. Not even amazing, UH-MAZING. I got this originally as a sample in a beauty box and ordered the full size in the scrub and body butter as soon as I smelled it. I can't even begin to explain how good this smells. The company describes the scent as "musky bitter chocolate sweetened with vanilla and touches of citrus and then positively inflamed with black pepper and nutmeg." I'd say that is pretty accurate, it smells warm, sultry and definitely feels like a cold weather scent.

The Sephora Tanning Mist is really approaching holy grail status for me. I've gone through about three cans so far and am loving it. It is so simple to use, literally just spray it all over your body and then lightly rub it in with your hands and by the end of the night or the next morning you have a gorgeous streak-free glow that doesn't look like a tragic orange fake bake. I like to use a body scrub before I apply it just to ensure it goes on evenly.

Everyone is familiar with Bath & Body Works, so I don't need to go into too much detail here, but this scent has become one of my favorites, it's fresh and not too perfume-y.

The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé is a nourishing, buildable balm that gives you as much color as you want without the heaviness of a lipstick. It's the perfect semi-sheer pinky red.
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