April Beauty FAVES

It is the end of April, which means spring is here! I have a whole bunch of beauty products to chat about! Here’s what I’ve been using nonstop this month.

First up, a sunscreen/moisturizer that I use every day before I apply makeup. This is Paula’s Choice Super Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30. This is a super sheer tinted moisturizer that dries down matte and is perfect under makeup. It provides a tiny bit of coverage and is a nice smooth base for foundation.

Next, the Makeup Eraser has been an old favorite, but I recently purchased some new ones. This was part of the Let’s Get Physical Set. I like these because they are smaller than the original makeup erasers. These take off all of my makeup and are reusable! I put them in a laundry bag and wash them in the washer. They’re also really pretty, too! This set is sold out, but they have tons of cute colors and prints available.

I have been using Revitalash consistently for about 6 months now and all I have to say is, WOW. This stuff really does work. My eyelashes are extremely long. Almost too long. I apply the serum every night to my upper lash line, it is super easy with the brush tip, and it works so so well. It is pricey, but worth it.

I saw this Retinol Stick in this pink packaging and I was so intrigued that I had to try. I apply this straight to my under eye and side eye areas every night and I have noticed a slight difference in the tiny crows feet and I swear it is lightening my dark circles. I love how it’s a stick form too.

I saved the best for last! This little Make Up For Ever Cheek Duo is SO GOOD. It comes with a rosy pink matte blush and a golden shimmery highlight powder. These colors are gorgeous and perfect for spring. Here are the swatches.

Lastly, and probably my most favorite product of the month, the NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm. I LOVE a tinted balm; it’s my favorite type of lip product to wear. This lip balm is amazing even down to the rose gold packaging. It is a sheer pink color with the golden shimmer just like the blush. It is so pretty.

That’s all for my faves!

What have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading! xx

Essie Talk to the Sand | Mani Monday

Hello! I have a new nail color that I have been sporting lately – it is a gorgeous peachy-nude color called Talk to the Sand by Essie.

This color came out last spring as part of their Sunny Business Collection. The colors that come out in the spring collections are always my favorite because they’re always pastel and light colors, and that’s typically what I like to wear.

This color is a little bit different from the colors I have already because it’s a bit peachier than I normally go for. I put it next to one of my all time favorite colors, Matter of Fiction. These two looked extremely similar to in the bottle, but as you can see here once it’s on the nails, it is quite a bit different.

I used three coats of this polish, and it is fully opaque and creamy. The color is sort of a beige, but still nude, and looks really chic on the nails. I think it would look really good on the toes too. it’s a really great alternative to your basic white.

Overall, I love this polish and I am happy to have it as part of my collection! It is the kind of color that goes with everything and always looks good!

What nail colors have you been loving lately?

Thanks for reading xx

Top 5 | Springy Blushes

Hello my peeps! Today we are talking blush- pink blush, peach blush, shimmery blush, matte blush, cream blush, liquid blush…all the blush! How many times can I say blush?

Here are my top 5 picks for spring time!

We all know the first one, NARS Orgasm. The perfect, peachy pink color with golden shimmer. A universal blush for every skintone. I raved about it here. Still my fave!

Next up, another big time fave. Bare Minerals Blush in Call My Blush. This is a rosy matte pink color that is so pretty and natural. It is the perfect shade for every day.

Lastly, a blush that I have purchased at least three times, Tarte Dollface. This is also a matte formula, and is kind of a hot pink (but still light?). This color just WORKS and is buildable. It doesn’t look so hot pink on the cheeks but gives such a pretty and youthful look.

Here are the swatches. No filter on these.

I also have one cream blush and one liquid blush to share.

The first one is the ELF Multi-stick in Glistening Peach. I talked about it in my recent drugstore gems post, but wow is it beautiful. It is a peachy color with golden shimmer, and the consistency is so creamy and blends perfectly. It looks so fresh and glowy on the skin.

We have another NARS blush, but this time it is their liquid formula in the color Torrid. Don’t be afraid of it’s pigmented and dark appearance, if it works for my fair skin, it will probably work for you! It is a peachy orange color (hear me out) with a golden shimmer. Used LIGHTLY, it is GORGEOUS. I apply the slightest pump to my hand, dip my brush in and swirl it around to get some of the product off, and then apply to my cheeks. It is so pretty, and you will never run out!

Here are the swatches!

Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite spring time blush?

Thanks for reading xx

Top 5 Makeup Brushes

We are talking the best of the best today. The tried and true, use everyday, deserted island brushes. These 5 are all I need for my perfect makeup look!

I have three face brushes and two eye brushes. Let’s start with the face ones.

So first off, my Bare Minerals Precision Face Brush. You know my love for Bare Minerals runs deep, and I use this brush everyday to apply my powder foundation. I use both the pressed and loose versions, and this brush is my secret weapon. It is dense and angled, and it applies the foundation flawlessly and blends it perfectly!

For blush, I love an angled brush, and this Morphe M435 is perfect. It is just the right size, the bristles are soft and it is so easy to blend my blush upwards.

Lastly for face, we have the Ecotools Blending and Bronzing Brush. This is a duo-fiber brush that is so so good for applying bronzer. It is soft, but not too soft, and helps me blend in my bronzer all over the perimeter of my face. It’s also not too big, so you have good control with it, even though you’re putting it all over. Love this one.

So for eyes, I chose two. The Sigma E25 is THE only brush I can apply eyeshadow with. It’s not too fluffy, and I love how it tapers on the end. You can lay down color with this brush, and you can also blend with it. It’s a twofer.

Lastly, an angled brush for doing my brows. This one is from Chanel, but any one will do, as long as it is dense and not real soft. I apply brow powder every day because I love the natural brow look, and an angled brush is perfect for laying down the color in short strokes.

That’s it for my Top 5 Brushes! What brushes can you not live without?

Thanks for reading xx

Physicians Formula All-Star Face Palette | Review + Swatches

I would be lying if I said I didn’t buy this palette totally based on the packaging. I am a sucker for anything floral printed and pretty! I haven’t tried a whole lot from Physicians Formula, but knew I had to try out this palette!

This is the All Star Face Palette. I picked it up from my local Wal-Mart for $14.98. A steal for 6 face powders if you ask me. I love that this is a face palette, with no eyeshadows. I have enough eye palettes!

This palette comes with two bronzer powders, two highlight powders, a blush powder, and an all over face powder. How gorgeous is this?!

This palette includes:

-Murumuru Butter Bronzer

-Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer (Limited Edition)

-Mineral Glow Pearls (Limited Edition)

-Rose All Day Petal Glow

-Multi Colored Pressed Powder (Limited Edition)

-Glow & Mood Boosting Blush (Limited Edition)

So the palette itself is pretty big, but thin enough to where it isn’t very bulky. It doesn’t have a mirror, and it has a very strong coconut/tropical smell. If you’ve ever tried their butter bronzer, it is the same smell as that.

Let’s start with the bronzers. So it has the Murumuru Butter Bronzer on the top row. This is a bronzer with a sheen to it. Very, very pretty and will give you a sunkissed glow. No glitter, just sheen.

On the bottom row, there is the Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer. This bronzer is matte, and has a deeper color to it. This bronzer is too dark for me, but I am very fair. This bronzer would work for a lot of different skin tones, and I like that it is matte.

Next, the highlight powders. There are two here, on the top there is the Mineral Glow Pearls which is a pearly colored highlight. Again, there is no glitter here just a nice sheen.

On the bottom is a more champagne gold tone highlight powder, the Rose All Day Petal Glow. Both of these are gorgeous and work well for me. I apply them to the tops of my cheekbones after blush.

Next, there is a matte face powder, the Multi-Colored Pressed Powder. This is a powder that you can use to set makeup and also under the eyes. This powder is a good shade for me and feel like it may not work for deeper skin tones. It’s really light.

Lastly, the blush. I love this blush, it is probably my favorite in the palette besides the shimmery bronzer. This is a rosy toned pink with a golden sheen. This color is good for all skin tones in my opinion! It’s beautiful.

Here are the swatches- top row and bottom.

Top Row – from l to r : Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Mineral Glow Pearls, Multicolored Pressed Powder

Bottom row – from l to r : Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer, Rose All Day Petal Glow, Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Overall, I absolutely love this palette and have used it every day since I bought it! I think it has something for everyone. The shades last all day on my skin and give such a pretty glowy look.

Have you tried this palette? Let me know how you like it!

Thanks for reading! xx