March 2016 Favorites
Milani Luminoso, $9 \ bareMinerals Prime Time eye primer, $18
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, $8.50 \ St Ives Nourish & Soothe, $5
Despite March possibly being more hectic than February, my March 2016 Favorites are less boring than last month’s. Ch-check it out.
I bought this in the airport on the way home from my business trip last month because I didn’t bring a hand cream and my cuticles were parched. It has lived in my purse since; I apply twice daily and my cuticles and nails look happy. This fast-absorbing oil is not greasy and has a very subtle apricot scent. It’s pleasant, it makes a difference, and I’m delighted to have it in my arsenal.
A tiny tube of this came along with me on the business trip and seriously, I forgot how good this primer is. I really love their Flawless Definition mascara but beyond my initial foray into their stuff, I haven’t tried or been motivated to try much. If you’re still looking for a primer, get thee to Sephora and ask your friendly neighborhood salesperson for a sample. It’s good. My shadow held up for 16 hours overall, at least a quarter of which was subject to SoCal heat. Too Faced Shadow Insurance can’t do that.
Yesterday’s post featured this – but to recap: the highlight in the Too Faced Everything Nice palette was the only one I owned…and it broke when I depotted it into my Z-Palette (I own a regular large Z-Palette). My day-to-day blush had a pleasant sheen to it, but this one has a bit more without being shiny or strobe-y. I think it is quite lovely on its own, but can be paired with a highlight, too.
The oddity of winter, other environments I was exposed to and my other stress has made my skin crazy this month. Fortunately, not my face (the rebellion seems to be under control); but my body. My skin, particularly on my legs, is SO DAMN DRY. It is taut, it is itchy, and my usual Eucerin lotion is struggling to keep up. I received this St. Ives Nourish and Soothe lotion from Influenster as a part of a campaign they are doing. This oatmeal-based lotion isn’t unscented, unfortunately, but although the fragrance isn’t bad, it is strong. It is a smidgen thicker than my Eucerin Daily Replenishing lotion and seems to create a barrier against moisture loss more than it actually restores moisture, so I’ve been using the two lotions in tandem with great results. My legs are on the mend and no longer look dull or in rough shape. That’s good news since I won’t be forced by the weather to wear tights much longer. This will not take the place of Eucerin as my daily lotion; but I won’t repurchase (weird for a favorite, right?) even though it works well…I just can’t dig the fragrance. I think I received it in a timely fashion due to my ridiculous dryness.