Monday, April 1, 2013

Michelle's March Favorites

Since December, I have turned into a self-proclaimed product junkie. Never in my life have I cared too much about my makeup products, hair products, etc... I've always done the bare minimum to look presentable, and that's about where the fun stopped. Contouring? What's that? Conditioning treatments for my hair? AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT! (Sweet Brown? Anyone? Anyone?) I simply used the same few products over and over again.

Then December hit.

I'm not sure how I got started with this (probably Pinterest), but I started watching beauty bloggers on YouTube. I got hooked. Instantly. All of a sudden I found myself wanting to try everything they talked about and become an expert in all things beauty. FEED ME MORE! I was turning into a monster, and I knew my wallet wouldn't be able to sustain the hunger! Lord knows I've spent way too much money lately on beauty products, especially considering I have school loans to pay off, but it makes me happy, people!

April will be a tough month because I've purchased a lot of new products, so I'll be trying them all this month and HOPEFULLY they'll all turn into favsies because that's always the goal, right? Anyhoo, here are some of my favorite products from the month of March.

We'll start with the left side. Maybelline's Color Whisper is a new obsession of mine. I currently own 4 shades, but in March I found myself reaching a lot for this beautiful nude shade called Bare to be Bold. If you haven't tried these, you need to! I'm a girl who doesn't always wear lipstick, but I've always got on some sort of lip balm. I've been attempting to try to wear more color on my lips, so this is the perfect product for me. It isn't full on color like a lipstick, but it's got more (and it is buildable) than, for instance, my beloved Maybelline Baby Lips (look at Maybelline kickin' some butt! YOU GO GLEN COCO!). Paula Deen would just LOVE this product because it glides on like 'butta! So yes, A+ in my book.

My first two colors. Bare to be Bold is on the left.
I ordered a huge shipment of ELF products this past month (maybe it was the end of February) when they were having 1/2 off their Studio line. I purchased SO MANY products and INCLUDING SHIPPING I paid $25. It rocked. My socks. This blush in the shade Peachy Keen was one of two I bought and it is my new favorite. It applies wonderfully and the color, in my opinion, is nice for the Spring. Interestingly though, this one had great pigmentation but the other shade I bought (same product) doesn't. So there is a bit of inconsistency.

Next we've got a nail polish I reapplied 3 times in March, Essie's Mademoiselle. After wearing dark shades all winter, I really wanted something super light. This was BEAUTIFUL! Even after 2 coats you can sort of see part of the  nail through the color, but that was about what I was going for. With 1 coat it would make a great color to do a french manicure with. I also loved that when my nail grew out or the color chipped, it wasn't that noticeable. Oh Essie, how I love you!
Picture taken from Pinterest!

Let me share a not-so-well-kept secret. I have VERY dark circles under my eyes ALL the time and it's been this way my whole life. On days when I go out without makeup, I often am told how tired I look or asked if I'm feeling well. GEE THANKS, FOLKS! No, this is just me in my  natural state, now excuse me while I go cry in the corner. But remember the wise words of the late Patrick Swayze...nobody puts Baby in a Corner. Enter: Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer.  I have a tough time with eye concealers because I need them to be very full coverage, but I don't want to look like I've caked it on either. This has performed well for me so far. I really like the swirl of Olay Simply Ageless because it keeps my under eyes moisturized, and I don't think I have major cake-eyes when I use this product either. So far so good!

Finally, my Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream (Combination to Oily Skin). I'm doing an entire post about this product compared to the first BB Cream I tried, so I'll keep this short. I love it. It gives me good coverage but feels very light on my skin. I wear it often in place of foundation, especially on the weekends or days when I'm feeling lazy! Just put a bit of under eye concealer and some powder on, and I'm good to go! (okay so I usually use bronzer and blush too, but it's not necessary...I'm just a creature of habit).

So there we go, loves. My March favorites! What have you tried this past month that made your life that much more complete? Please leave a comment and share!Pin It

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