May 2, 2013

April 2013 Favorites

 The Favorites

Polysporin Visible Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy, $4, drugstores
Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light, $29, Sephora
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel eyeshadow in Bad To The Bronze, $5.99, drugstores
Essie nail polish in Where's My Chauffeur?, $10, drugstores
L'oreal Colour Riche Balm in 318 Heavenly Berry, $10, drugstores
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NW22, $32, MAC

Why I Love Them

I picked up the Polysporin Lip Health on a whim at the grocery store and have definitely fallen in love. I have been going through major withdrawals ever since my stash of my absolute favorite, and now discontinued, MAC lip conditioner (in the pot) ran out and this has helped ease my pain. It has the texture of a thick moisturizer, rather than a petroleum feel. I apply it at night before bed and in the morning my lips are so soft and I don't need to reapply lip products as often throughout the day. I'm still in mourning over my MAC lip conditioner, but at about 1/4 the price, this is a steal.

I originally received a sample of Benefit's Fake Up under-eye concealer from Ulta, and after using it for about two weeks I went and purchased the full size. This is toted as a "creaseless concealer," encircling the concealer stick with a ring of moisturizer. It goes on super smooth, feels hydrating, and stays looking nice all day. I find it applies better when I use my finger to warm up the product on the stick and then apply it to my face with my finger than straight from the tube.

I was skeptical of the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows. I don't normally like cream eyeshadows as they tend to noticeably crease and don't blend as well with other powder shadows, but after much raving about these from some of my favorite beauty gurus, I decided to give it a try. I apply it with my finger straight from the pot and the heat of my hand makes it glide on silky smooth. The color, though, is what really sold me on this product. It is a gorgeous taupe-y bronze, making it completely wearable for everyday. Being a cream eyeshadow it does crease after awhile, even with eyeshadow primer, but in a sultry smudge-y kind of way, so it doesn't overly bother me.

Essie in Where's My Chauffeur is the perfect turquoise for summer.

I have been loving the L'oreal Colour Riche balms, I also have the shade 518 Tender Mauve which I love, but this month Heavenly Berry has been winning out. These go on super smooth and hydrating and last for hours. They are similar to the Revlon lip butters that everyone loves, but I actually like these better. They are also slightly glossy which is nice. I plan on picking up the coral shade for summer as well.

Finally, the MAC Studio Fix has been nearly a daily staple in my makeup routine this month. I have never used a powder foundation before and they are quite nice to just quickly brush on without any other makeup, it is definitely less time consuming than liquid foundation. It is also nice layered on top of liquid foundation as a setting powder and in lieu of concealer. Although it is not an everyday product for me, it is very nice to have and I will repurchase, but probably in a shade lighter NW20? as the NW22 can look slightly orange on my skin if I use too much.

Lastly, I couldn't do an April favorites post without including my most favorite item of the month... my juicer! Every morning I've been making a fresh vegetable and fruit juice to have with breakfast and it has changed my life. Not only is it a perfect way for not-so-healthy people like myself to get the nutrients that vegetables provide without actually eating vegetables, but I have way more energy and my skin is loving me for it. I try to use mostly vegetables in my juices as I heard somewhere that drinking straight fruit juice isn't that great for you as you get all the sugar but none of the fiber to slow down absorption, resulting in spikes in your blood sugar levels (with the exception of citrus fruits). My favorite juice recipe so far is this combination:

  • 1 large beet, peeled
  • 1-2 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach (I find large leaf spinach works better than baby spinach)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/3-1/2 of a large cucumber
  • 1/2 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled


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