I apologize for my limited posting this week. I’ve actually been overflowing with ideas and inspiration, but just haven’t had the time to translate them into completed posts. To get back in the blogging swing, here are the products that I’ve been loving currently.
1. NYX SLIDE-ON PENCIL (JEWEL)
Shimmering aubergine in NYX Slide-On Pencils creamy, long-wearing formula. I recommend the full line, but this purple is lovely for some added color-that’s-not-quite-color.
2. GARDENIA KISS DRY OIL BODY PERFUME SPRAY
I purchased this from Somethin Special Etsy Shop. The fragrance is heavenly. Because it’s an oil and silicone blend, it’s very moisturizing on the skin. I’ve been loving using it in place of a hair serum – it has the de-frizzing properties of a serum and the incredible scent stays in your hair all day.
3. IT COSMETICS TIGHT LINE MASCARA PRIMER
I first blogged about this in my Hello Beautiful Kit review. Since this moisturizing mascara made its way into my collection, I’ve been using it daily. While it’s called a primer, it can be used both under mascara and on its own. IT Cosmetics plans to release this separately sometime this summer – and I will be first in line to purchase backups!
4. ELF LIP EXFOLIATOR
This $3 elf lip exfoliator is on par with $15+ ones I’ve tried. It’s not at all abrasive, yet removes dead skin while imparting moisture. This, followed by an ultra-moisturizing balm, have been my lip savers through winter.
5. BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR (MOONSTONE)
Since trying the famous BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector, I absolutely understand the hype. It’s actually more shimmery and less subtle than I had expected, but I’d say it still falls in the “natural” end of the highlighter-spectrum. The soft gold color of Moonstone is just stunning and very versatile.
6. TARTE GLAMAZON LIPSTICK (FIERCE)
The beautiful Taylor of My Lucite Dreams received this in a beauty box and found the color didn’t work for her. After seeing that I’d included a similar shade in my Eye-Catchers of Spring post, Taylor so thoughtfully offered to send this my way. And I am so grateful she did. As someone with very dry lips who has always shied away from deeply pigmented lipsticks, the Tarte Glamazon Lipstick is one of those “breakthough” products for me. I’ve never used a lipstick quite like it – and am kind of obsessed. Review to come.
7. URBAN DECAY BEAUTY BALM
Based on the ingredients and how it functions – to me, UD Beauty Balm is a perfecting, slightly tinted primer. And, as a primer, it works beautifully. Review to come.
8. BECCA MINERAL BLUSH (WILD HONEY)
I know I’ve mentioned BECCA Mineral Blush numerous times on the blog, but it’s become such a staple for me, it bears repeating. I’m itching to pick up another shade, but can’t decide on which (Damselfly, Flower Child, SweetPea…? Let me know if you recommend one!) For details, check out my BECCA Wild Honey review.
9. ESSENCE EYEBROW DESIGNER PENCIL (BLONDE)
If you’re searching for an affordable, natural-looking brow pencil, look no further than Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil. For $1.99, you get the most versatile, non-red color, firm and smudge-proof formula, and a surprisingly useful mini brush. Even when I’m not using this pencil, I’ve found myself reaching for the included brush over my full sized brow brushes – I appreciate the precision that it allows.
10. SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY (THE ORIGINAL)
As the weather gets warmer, my skin gets oilier – but I don’t want to load up on powder. Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray lets me keep my foundation lightweight and dewey, yet in place all day. Review to come.
What products have you been loving?