March 2014 Favorites

March 2014 Favorites

1. Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Daily Replenishing Lotion $7 /
2. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow – Space Cowboy, $20 / 3. bareMinerals Shadow – Celestine, $14/
4. Up&Up Max. Strength Acne Medication, $4

I only had four things to list in my March 2014 Favorites, and two of them are single shadows – this says a lot because I am very much so a palette girl. These are really something special.

1. This ridiculous winter and it causing my house to need warmer heat for longer means my skin is struggling. I’ve gone through so many body lotions hoping to find, “the one!” only to be disappointed time after time. I recognize that I am asking a lot – 1) low fragrance, ideally fragrance free; 2) moisturize with a light texture – if I wanted the feeling of rubbing bacon grease on my skin, I’d do that; 3) be affordable – sorry Kiehl’s, you’re too rich for my blood. I got a sample of a Eucerin product (can’t remember which), and recalled being happy so I picked a bottle of this up on sale. It meets all my requirements, but it is one of their lightest weight options – I might go for a heavier one for next winter, but this worked better than what I used previously, didn’t clash with my fragrance, etc.

2. I lusted after this shadow for a while (in addition to being pretty, um, its name. Points if you get it!) but there is no world in which I can justify slapping down $20 for a single shadow. Fortunately, a good friend of mine surprised me with one recently and I am SO EXCITE. It is a gorgeous champagne color, is beautiful, etc. Caveats? There are two. First, it is a glitterbomb. Fallout everywhere. I do not exaggerate when I say you need to be careful applying lest you look like Ke$ha. Second, though it is a champagne color, the champagne part itself doesn’t have a ton of pigment, so if you’re really wanting that champagne color, layer it over one with stronger pigmentation. In order to avoid looking like you woke up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy, when using this I recommend doing your eyes FIRST, then clean up, then foundation. Using a wet brush helps with fallout, too. So happy with it, though, really.

3. Oh snap, another shadow! I rediscovered this shadow in a, “shop my stash,” moment. I received this as a freebie when I tried bareMinerals. I didn’t really mess with it for a few reasons – it was loose (read: intimidating), I lacked brushes, and in the pan it looked so dark (before I also understood how2blend). Now, I came to love Pewter in my Lorac Pro palette so I gave this a try again and for the love of cats, how have I ignored this for over a year?! Described as a light pewter, it is glorious. It blends out well, it is shimmery but not glittery, and is very versatile. Definitely recommend, especially if you can get it on sale or free.

4. I mentioned recently that my skin has been losing its damn mind. My old tube of benzoyl peroxide expired (I NEVER finish the darn things!) so I picked up this one from Target’s generic line, up&up. $1 less for more product than whichever name brand I spotted, I grabbed it. It has gotten more use than I wish it did, but it does the job and I recommend it as long as you aren’t doing a bunch of other topical acne stuff.

Disclosure: None of the items I’ve talked about in my March 2014 Favorites were sponsored. That said, some of the links in this post are affiliate links – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I’ll only tell you that something is awesome if I have verified it myself!