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March Favorites // Makeup

March Favorites // Makeup

Because I've been experimenting and playing around with a lot of new products from the Spring/Summer launches, it was hard to pinpoint my favorites for last month. So I went with the things that I reached for most often, and the ones I knew I would repurchase.

Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Since I have dry skin with winter making it that much worse, this Primer saved my skin. I was able to pair it with a light moisturizer and I really felt like it was a nice protective layer between my sensitive skin and makeup. I'm not the biggest fan of the super slippery primers, and this one just had a teensy bit of slip - making my skin feel smooth, but not plastic.

Glossier Skin Tint // Medium 
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I've never felt comfortable in a full-face of foundation, but as I'm getting older I'm finding I need a little bit of help. Glossier's Skin Tint gives me just that. Their you-but-better mantra is very well illustrated with this product. So light in texture, with a smooth finish without any extra dewiness or mattifying properties, I love wearing this on days where I need a slightly better version of my own skin.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser // 4

The discoloration around my eyes is the bane of my existence, and when I was younger I would conceal the skin around my eyes with Armani's Maestro Eraser and walk out the door. I had no concept of creasing or setting back then, and since this concealer does nothing like that I thought they all worked the same way. Not true, as you all know. This is the most flawless concealer I've come across. It's slightly peachy in tone so it's perfect for the darkness around my eyes. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact // 4.5

I've been struggling with finding the right powder to set my face. Most seem to accentuate my fine lines and end up making me look dry and powdery. Definitely not the look I'm going for. So I've found Armani's Luminous Silk Compact to work beautifully. Since it's a powder foundation, I don't think it would work with with a full coverage liquid foundation underneath. I'm guessing it would look too thick and cakey, but over a very light foundation like Glossier's, it works like a dream. It keeps creasing away, sets my face and gives my face a lovely luminous blurred appearance vs. dry and wrinkly.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot // Soft Ochre

Originally I bought Painterly, but found the color a little too cool. So I purchased Soft Ochre and I just love it as a base! I had troubles with my eyeliner smudging or shadows ending up on the rest of my face, but this resolved all those issues. It seems to dry out my eyelids a bit, so I have to be careful not to wear it for too long, and to be extra caring to my eyes at night. But other than that, it's fantastic.

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint // Cold Copper (9)

I came across this completely by accident while playing at Sephora. (We all know how that goes.) In fact, a friend of mine put it on and I fell in love. So I picked up Cold Copper and another color way - Green Iron (6). I've been reaching for this Cold Copper - seems to be the right thing to do with the warmer temps and my visions of tanner, warmer skin. I love a good cream shadow, but sometimes the potted versions are too high maintenance. These Eye Tints come with the doe foot applicator, so you can simply swipe it on, dab lightly with your fingers and be done. I'm also guessing it probably doesn't dry out as quickly.

Viseart Matte Eyeshadow Palette // Neutral Matte (01)

There's really nothing to say here that you haven't already heard. The Viseart shadows are of such high quality even an amateur like myself can't really screw it up. I really like using the darkest gray color as eyeliner. It goes on so smoothly and evenly and doesn't budge or fade all day. It's really magical.

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher // First Love

When I first used this blush I didn't realize how pigmented it was. It looks nude with a hint of pink in the pan, so I went at it with my brush. Big mistake. Once I got a handle on myself and was more gentle with my swish of the outer color and pop of the center color, I fell in love. A very beautiful flushed look - exactly as its name would suggest - the kind of flushed look you get when you realize you've fallen real hard.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder // Radiant Light

Omg, this powder is gor-geous. I appreciate a good contour, but I'm not one to do it often. So I've been using this more to warm up the face. I lightly dust it all over and it really seems to add one of those airbrushed filters. I don't have any Hourglass Bronzers, so I think I'm going to have to invest in one for the coming months!

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat // Iconic Nude

Another product I feel like I can't add much more to what's already been said. It's beautiful, smooth, comfortable and the color goes with almost anything. I like covering most of my lip with this liner and then covering it with a gloss... which brings me to...

Nars Lip Gloss // Instant Crash

As part of their Spring 2016 collection, this is a limited edition color for Nars. I just love how nude and natural it looks, especially over the Iconic Nude lip pencil. It's not too sticky, but is definitely glossy. When I'm feeling low maintenance, or have done an exciting eye and want a toned down lip, this has been my go-to. So so pretty. Should I get a backup? I think yes.

Tatcha Skincare

Tatcha Skincare

Tom Ford // Soleil Color Collection

Tom Ford // Soleil Color Collection