April favorites time! I thought I didn’t have “enough,” but as you can see… I have quite a bit to share. I think it has to do with no favorite lip product, but I just didn’t love any one lip color enough this month to call it a favorite. As you can see in a bit, I had a really great eye makeup month.
Indie Lee Squalane Oil — Although I used some moisturizers here and there for the month of April, I relied heavily on this oil. I honestly don’t have any complaints about it. It’s sufficiently hydrating, doesn’t grease up (which counts for a lot when you live where I live), keeps my skin in check, and it doesn’t smell like anything. You know how products are called “unscented,” and it just means no perfume was added, so it still kind of smells like crap? This. Smells. Like. Nothing. A++++ repurchased forever.
Cure Water Treatment Skin Cream* — This is essentially a GWP hand cream from Cure, but I feel like it’s worth getting if you can get your hands on it. My hands aren’t as dry as when I’m in a cold country, but my cuticles tend to be problem areas and this takes care of them, and absorbs quickly so I can resume type-type-typing right away.
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm — I kind of don’t see myself repurchasing this on account of it’s too expensive for my fucking life, but I had a moment of weakness in Hong Kong, and bought a “discounted” Geranium Leaf duo (one’s a body cleanser which I also love), and I’ve been slathering it on after a shower ever since. It’s very light, and doesn’t moisturize the driest parts of my body, i.e. elbows, heels, etc., but for the not so problematic areas, it’s a gem.
Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence SPF 50+ PA++++* — I had to throw out my Kosé sunscreen, which has the same texture as this one because it started to smell strongly of alcohol. I was using my Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30+* but this plays better with the heat. It absorbs quickly and smells pleasant enough. The tube is also small enough to carry in your bag if you’re the type of person who likes reapplying throughout the day. I’m not, haha, but maybe you are!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer + Ellis Faas Skin Veil* — If I know I’ll be safe from ultra-strong sunlight and heat, and I want to bother with base makeup, I put this combo on. I love the finish of the Ellis Faas Skin Veil* (I wear shade S104L) and it truly is my favorite foundation, ever. The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is also, doubtlessly, my favorite face primer. It just makes product go on my face really, really beautifully.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal — I don’t use this much because it feels a little overkill in this infernal heat, sometimes, but I’ve been really liking the look of a strong highlight, and this has been my go-to for that.
K-Palette Real Lasting 2Way Eyebrow Pencil in 103* — I’ve been wearing this as pencil + powder or just as a powder and I’ve been really loving the effects. I realized that I don’t like brows that are too carved out (goodbye Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade dreamz), so a fine pencil and powder are really my ideal brow products. For now.
NARS Powder Blush in Final Cut — Spring has sprung! Although I’ve been using no blush a lot, this is one that I reached for quite often last month. It’s a very agreeable (haha) shade, a slight peachy flush that goes well with a lot of makeup combos. Sometimes it’s too pretty, but other times, it’s just right.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette — Specifically smitten with Ursa Major. I think that shade really balances this palette out and makes it more “wearable” and not so bling-y. Guess what? I love this palette so much, I endure using the eyeshadows wet. BECAUSE, LOVE.
Addiction Eyeshadows in Sand Dune, Safari Mode, and Truffle — These shadows have been getting quite a bit of love lately, but specifically Sand Dune, that deep dirty mustard shade, and Truffle, the warm chocolate matte brown that I can’t seem to put down.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Bejewelled Skylark — THIS PRETTY RUST RED SHADE IS JUST TOO MUCH. It’s so gorgeous. I love it. I know this doesn’t look like spring makeup, but drama is welcome on the eyes, no matter what season, I think. My favorite way to wear this is all over my damn lids, because I really just can’t get enough.
And, that’s that! Heavily on the eyes, but that’s always been my makeup weakness. 🙂 What have you been loving this month?
* Items marked with an asterisk are PR Samples.