I haven't posted a bi-monthly favorites post in a while. It's not that I haven't been buying and trying new things, because I have (and my bank account can vouch for that), it just seems like the products that have really stood out to me have been few and far between. Now that I have a substantial collection, here are my February/March/April Favorites...
Origins - Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash: I have extremely dry skin and often experience flaky patches around blemishes and on the sides of my nose, so it has been ridiculously hard to find a cleanser that does not dry my face out even further. I got a mini version of this face wash, either as a perk or using a coupon code at Sephora, and I was immediately blown away. First of all, you only need a pea-size amount to wash your entire face and decolletage area. That tiny sample size lasted me over a month, and I used it everyday and night! Like the name suggests, it is very frothy. It makes my skin feel nice and clean, but because it is so gentle, it doesn't make my face feel stripped. Since using this product, areas of my skin where I usually experience consistent breakouts (my forehead & chin), have cleared up significantly. I did purchase the full-size product, and this thing is going to last me a lifetime.
Clinique - Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator: Like I said, I have really dry skin, and it can be a pain in the ass to find a moisturizer that is moisturizing enough for me. This particular moisturizer is a gel-creme formula, it is quite heavy, so if too much product is applied, it can feel sticky, BUT I use this Clinique Moisture Surge as my night time moisturizer, and I've found a way to apply it so I don't get that sticky feeling. What I do is, after I cleanse my skin with my Origins face wash, I follow up with the Mario Badescu rosewater spray, then while my face is still wet, I apply this moisturizer. My skin drinks this shit up! I wake up and my skin looks and feels very healthy, hydrated, and smooth. It is a bit pricey, but is completely worth it to me.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush - True Love: I love the Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blushes in general. The formula is always nice, they aren't chalky, they have great pigmentation without being too heavy, they have great lasting power and there are 16 shades to choose from (I have mentioned another one of these blushes in another "Favorites" post). One thing I also really appreciate is that the packaging of each blush corresponds to the color of the actual blush. This particular shade is called True Love. It is a reddish-pink color, which Tarte describes as a watermelon color. It is completely matte, so there is no shimmer, but it adds such a nice, natural pop of color to the face, perfect for spring and summer.
Beauty Blender - Original: The Beauty Blender sponge is another one of those very well-loved products that I am extremely late to try out for myself. I have heard amazing things about this face sponge, but I was skeptical to spend $20 on a beauty blender. I just thought it was a bit gimmicky considering it is a face sponge. I tried many alternatives for this product, including the Real Techniques face sponge, which was actually a really great sponge for the price, but any Beauty Blender alternative I would try would end up falling apart shortly after buying it. Ultimately, I ended up spending more money on cheap face sponges than I would have had I just splurged on a Beauty Blender in the first place. This Beauty Blender has quickly become my favorite way to apply foundation and concealer. I have crazy dry skin, and I get dry, flaky patches around blemishes, which is extremely difficult to deal with, but applying face products with a damp Beauty Blender has made application a lot smoother, and it doesn't irritate those dry patches the way a brush does, so they appear less noticeable.
Sanotint Light Haircolor - #78 Mahogany: Sanotint Light Hair Color is one of the more natural hair colors on the market, it is P-Phenylene diamine (PPD) free, ammonia free, and paraben free. It contains golden millet and natural plant extracts, such as walnut-husk, birch and grape seeds, which give hair great shine. It contains provitamin B5, biotin, and natural silica, which help to nourish and maintain healthy hair.
I actually discovered this hair dye through my mom. My mom is extremely allergic to regular hair color. She had been doing some research online and found that a lot of the people that were experiencing allergic reactions to hair dye were actually allergic to PPD. She then stumbled upon Sanotint Light Haircolor (which again, is PPD free), and she has now been using it consistently for years and loving it. After seeing her results, I decided to try it out for myself, and I've been using it for a couple of years now too.
The reason I'm mentioning it in this favorites post is because I recently went to a salon to get some highlights put into my hair for the summer months, and in case you don't know, highlights are generally done using bleach. The hair stylist applied the bleach to my hair, and after about 10 minutes, the foils started feeling very hot to the touch, so we rinsed the bleach out immediately, but I ended up with orange streaks with bright blonde "hot roots," and my hair was fried from over processing. I left the salon looking like Jane Lane when she tried to give herself tiger stripes. Anyway, I gave my hair a two week break, with minimal washing and no use of heat tools, then I dyed my hair using Sanotint Light in #78 mahogany, and my hair looks and feels so much better.
The Wet Brush: Before I talk about the brush, I feel like I should give you an idea of what my hair is like. I have long, naturally curly hair. The strands are pretty fine, but I have a lot of hair. And like I said, I recently got the world's worst highlights (then dyed it dark) so my hair is pretty damaged and has a tendency to tangle. I got this travel size brush in a subscription box, and HOLY SHIT, this thing is amazing. I will definitely be purchasing the full-size brush ASAP. Just after I get out of the shower, I apply leave-in conditioner to my hair, then brush it through with the wet brush and it is like BUTTER. It brushes through my crazy tangled hair like a dream. I don't know what kind of sorcery is behind the magic of this brush, but it is amazing.
Marc Jacobs - Daisy Perfume: The Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume is one of those fragrances that I have always loved but never personally owned. Sephora recently had a VIB sale, so I figured it was the perfect time to invest in a new perfume. Describing a scent is damn near impossible to do, but just to give you an idea, Daisy is a fresh, floral, feminine scent (whatever that means), with notes of Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods. If you're not a fan of musky scents, don't be intimidated by the notes of musk, vanilla, and white woods, because I would consider this more floral than musky. I love this perfume because I think it's a great all around fragrance that can be worn day-to-day, and it's a great scent for any season.