April Favorites


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1. Milani Prep + Set + Go Translucent Face Powder. I recently stumbled upon this powder while perusing the aisles of CVS in search of a new, affordable, all over face powder. To be honest, the reason I like translucent powders so much is because I don't have to worry about color matching (or color matching wrong and having to return it and so on). My go to translucent powder for many years was by NARS and as you can guess came with a pretty purchase price. I loved how matte it kept my skin, but always overused the product, because I couldn't tell how much I was getting on my brush. Milani's powder is much looser and I'm even able to use it to bake under my eyes and around my t-zone. Plus $9.99 won't break the bank every couple months. Another interesting fact: this powder was designed to use before (as a powder primer) and after makeup to set, hence the prep + set + go. I've been using it for over two weeks now and give it two thumbs up!

2. MAC Honey Love Matte Lipstick. I'm a such a creature of habit when it comes to lipstick. I own several reds and berries, but only wear them for special occasions or photo shoots. I always feel like people are staring at me funny if I put them on running errands around town. It might all be in my head, but for now I'm much more comfortable with my baby pinks and light nudes! Before I moved to California I had quite a few "Back to MAC" containers and picked up some new shades and some of my usual go-to's. I was introduced to Honey Love and Oh. Em. Gee. they should put LOVE in all caps. This nude is darker than many I own, but creates a beautiful matte finish while making my lips look fuller and more defined. A great work color if you want a shade that shows without drawing too much attention to your lips all day.

3. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I'm pretty sure this is still every YouTubbers favorite luxury foundation, and for good reason. Originally, I wasn't wowed and I sent my Giorgio Armani baby back to Sephora. But after using several samples (shade 5.5 matches my Loving Tan perfectly!) over the course of several months, I've grown to really love it. If used with the right powder it gives me a beautiful finish. If I don't set it well enough though, my face ends up looking more shiny than luminous by the end of the day. 

4. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. I'm not going to lie this primer is e. x . p . e . n . s . i . v . e. BUT it's sooo goood! Ya'll this is my absolute favorite primer of all time. It's literally like applying silk to your face and helps your foundation and concealer glide on seamlessly. This product comes in three sizes, with the jumbo 2 oz. bottle costing a shocking $72...never fear, you can purchase the travel size for $18 and it really does last a long time. Remember, a little goes a long way! Each time I squeeze too much primer onto my finger I shudder just a little knowing that was probably a waste of $3-$5 hah!

5. NYX Dark Circle Corrector. Great drugstore find! I originally purchased Becca's under eye brightening corrector and love the luminous property (don't love the overly sticky consistency). So I was searching for an affordable alternative when I found NYX's dark circle corrector (in fair). It does a fantastic job of covering darkness and isn't sticky to the touch after application. I like to use mine before foundation so that my under eye darkness is covered before concealer.

6. MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. I'm a medium coverage kind of girl. Yes I am. But lately I've spent a lot more time at home and really see no reason in going through my full beauty routine every day...but I still want to look presentable. So I started using my Face & Body (in N2) more consistently and have grown to like a lighter finish (plus I've been working on my skin which makes a huge difference). I prefer to apply with a dense, flat, synthetic foundation brush so I don't lose much product and it goes on slightly thicker. I try to pat versus rub so that I'm not sliding it all around my face and it sticks to the skin. 

7. Hourglass Luminous Bronze. If you are looking for a beautifulll, luminous bronzer look no further! Hourglass truly got it right with their luminous bronze powder and the color payoff is amazing. I was expecting to have to build and build, but a couple sweeps of product and you'll be a glowing greek goddess. I like to apply to the top/around my forehead and onto the apples of my cheeks. fyi if you're looking to contour use a matte bronzer and then a more luminous one for extra color.

8. Loreal Magic Lumi Concealer. This is the only drugstore concealer that I own and it's fab! But seriously, this is the most luminous medium coverage concealer. I still like my Urban Decay and MAC for full coverage date night looks (and covering imperfections), but this is the best for every day. It doesn't last all that long, but it's a much lower price point than anything you'll find at the department store. I've been using the lightest shade, because it's sheer enough to not make my under eye look too white or ghostly. 

9. NYX Vanilla Sky Lip Liner. Hands down, this is my most used lip liner. I purchased it many months ago as a less expensive nude liner, but it's entered my usual rotation. Why you may ask? It's a roll up liner so 1. it never needs to be sharpened 2. the consistency is like butter and easy to apply 3. it matches my lip coloring to a T so I can finally over line my lips in an effort to channel my inner Kylie Jenner. 

10. MAC Painterly Paint Pot. This is really the only eye primer I use. It doubles as an eye shadow so it leaves the eyelids nice and matte, while covering any veins or imperfections. Mine has lasted me forever (and I still have a lot left) and a little goes a long way! It absolutely prolongs the wear of your eye shadow and creates a more flawless canvas, while intensifying colors.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! It's been raining here in California so that's a downer, but always much needed. I'm hoping by Sunday it will go away so we can get out and take some fun pictures. I'll see you all soon for Motivation Monday! Also, remember all products are linked below 
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