Wednesday, April 3, 2013

March Favorites 2013

Here are some of my absolute favorite products from March 2013.  I've been either using or wearing these for the majority of the month and highly recommend them to anyone.  As with all of my product recommendations, I do not receive payment from the brands to promote their products, and all opinions expressed are my own. I am part of an affiliate program through Ulta, so if you are interested in purchasing any of these items they sell, the link provided in the text is an affiliate link to their site.


1. Ren Glycol Lactic Radience Renewal Mask-  This stuff combines the exfoliating power of both glycolic and lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cell buildup on the surface of the face and unclog your pores.  It's got a bit of an orangey scent to it, and it looks quite gross when you apply it. But it works wonders.  You only need about a quarter size amount once a week, so this stuff will last forever!


2. Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation (my color is Ivory)-  I love the texture of this.  It's almost like a silicone primer, but pigmented like a foundation. I don't even use a primer with it, and it evens out my skin and minimizes my pores.  And best of all, it looks like real skin, not heavy makeup!  Even if you build it up to more full coverage!  Better for people with oily or combination than dry skin, as I found that it did start to cling a bit to my drier patches by the end of the day.

3. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder-  There's not too much to say about this other than-  It's the shiz.  And smells like real chocolate.  Ah-ma-zing.  There's the darker- the chocolate soleil color, and the lighter- the milk chocolate soleil color.  They are matte and really pigmented.  Perfect if you like to contour with a bronzer.  (I forgot to talk about this in my video!  Whoops!)

4. Milani Glosses-  I'm addicted to these things.  I own almost every color.  I love the 3D Glitzy Glamour Glosses best.  They smell like glazed lemon cake.  Yummy!  All the Milani lip products smell so edible, and they aren't sticky and super pigmented.  Plus, they're cheap!  Score!

5. Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer-  I love Tarte, but these guys have got to narrow down their names.  Bonus points for descriptiveness though.  But back to the product... it feels like a lotion going on the skin, so it's hydrating and not sticky or dry feeling like some other eye primers. I can feel it working on my skin, improving the texture of it while it holds my makeup in place.  I don't know if it's actually doing anything, but it feels great and works great so....  it gets my thumbs up!  I also love that it's a squeeze tube, so I can measure out exactly how much I want vs using an applicator to wipe some off on the back of my hand.  (I forgot this one in my video, too!  And thiiiis is why I need to be better organized when I film these things!)

6. Lorac Pro Palette-  (Not pictured)  These eyeshadows are super pigmented and blend really beautifully.  Plus, one half of the palette is mattes, and the other half is shimmers, so you can mix and match to your hearts desire!  


7. Essie Spring Nail Polish Collection-  Just tried these for the first time the other day, and while I didn't use them all month, I am a huge fan of them right off the bat.  They are so creamy and pigmented compared to every other brand I've ever tried, that I think I'm a believer for life.  Now I just have to control myself from buying them in every color!  My favorite from my Spring Collection Review is the gorgeous coral shade Hip-Anema.  I have no idea what that means, but its a beautiful color, so what-ev's!


8. Real Techniques Brushes-  These are so nice!  They are super inexpensive, and I love that they are lightweight aluminum handles.  I haven't had a single hair shed on any of them, and I've got multiples of all of the collections as well as the individual brushes.  I've been using and washing them all month testing their durability, and they pass with flying colors.  My biggest fav right now is the Expert Face Brush.  Great for buffing in liquid or cream foundation or contouring under the cheekbones.  It's a real multitasker, which I love in a brush.

I don't have any favorites for hair right now.  I just started going back to my regular stylist after she came off of maternity leave, and there was some color repair she's had to do on my roots.  So I'll be using my Bed Head shampoo and conditioner for the next month or two until it's time to color again to avoid anything interacting with the color process.  Reds are so finicky!  If you have any products you'd like me to test run (that are safe for color treated hair of course!) please leave me a comment below, and I'll add it to my review routine coming up!

Thanks so much for reading!  Be sure to check out my other articles and product reviews and leave me some love.  I always really appreciate feedback, and the random hello's! are fantastic, too!


  1. Love your blog! It be great if we follow each other :)

  2. Ooh I've been wanting to try ren skincare! Are the ingredients natural or do they seem harsh? I have been putting off because of the price :p

    1. Not sure if they are natural or not. But it lasts forever, so per use the price is actually really good!

    2. hey guys ren is made from all natural ingredients without parabens, sulfates, animal testing etc. This for me totally justifies the price tag and I feel is what makes their products so incredible


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