March Favorites 2014

March Favorites 2014

 As you may have noticed by the small number of posts, the month of March was a busy frantic one for me. As a result of stress, lack of sleep, and some skincare changes gone really, really bad my skin was a complete mess. It suddenly got more oily than usual, and I broke out badly all over my forehead and chin. However, everything cleared out fairly quickly when I went back to my usual skincare routine and got some beauty sleep. I also managed to spend some of my free time shopping for new products, so you can definitely expect to read about new lovely things very soon.

Starting off with skincare, I have been really digging the Yuli Panacea Elixir in the evening (before night-time face treatments) and the MV Skincare Rose Hydrating Mist* before moisturizer in the morning. The Yuli Face Mist contains healing and anti-inflammatory ingredients like Watercress, a powerful source of antioxidants (that you should also consider to include in your diet due to the high amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene that it provides). The Yuli Elixir is one of the finest face mists I have tried so far, and you know I am a face mist hoarder. The Rose Water is pure and simple, but gives a great hydration boost after cleansing and makes the MV Skincare Rose Soothing and Protecting Moisturiser glide on like a dream. In case you haven’t entered the MV Skincare giveaway yet, make sure to do it right away, this Rose Water is included in the set!

Kahina’s Facial Lotion* was not being loved as deserved during the past few months, until I realized that it was the most perfect moisturizing base for powder foundation. It is extremely light in texture and gives just enough moisture to the skin to create a smooth base. Shortly after applying the lotion, I can apply the mineral foundation without incurring in powdery patches. When the weather started to warm up I often reached out for mineral foundation and mineral bronzing powders, so this lotion turned out to be one of my most used skincare products of the month of March.

Ilia Beauty Transparent Powder Fade Into You. As I mentioned in my review of this powder, it gives a pretty, luminous finish, yet it does effectively keep the skin from getting oily and shiny. I just dab a tiny amount of product everywhere I need, (mainly forehead, under my eyes and on my nose) and it stays on all day long without sitting in the lines. I noticed that a few of you asked about how to clean the brush portion of this product, so I will make sure to update the review with that information, because yes, there is a way to clean the brush properly.

Alima Pure Bronzer in Mauna Loa. I am obviously having an Alima Pure moment and although Sombra was suddenly re-launched as part of their permanent collection, (and I ordered it the very moment it became available), I have been loving Mauna Loa. I am still a bit pale, so the shade is just perfect to warm up my complexion and look like a real tan. The Alima Pure Highlighter in Lumina, was also very loved. A champagne shade with shimmer that requires a very light hand, but gives a beautiful glow when applied carefully.

Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm. I noticed that Katey Denno used this lip balm on her jobs, so I gave it a try and loved it. It does not leave the lips very shiny, so it’s great under lipsticks or on top of lip pencil when I fill in my lips with it. My lips have never been dry since I started to use it. It comes in a jar, so it has to be scooped out of it, (I use a clean cotton bud), but Dr. Hauschka also makes a Lip Care Stick, in case you prefer to apply lip balm straight from the tube.

As for April, my mission this month is to look into the newest, best face sunscreen options. They must be lightweight, non-greasy and of course, a physical-type of sunscreen (any recommendations?). Abe’s Market has a nice selection, and there are also a few ones I have read so much about but have not tried yet like MyChelle Sun Shield and Suntegrity Tinted Moisturizer. Makeup wise, new mascaras are poppin’ out every couple weeks, it seems, and I have been testing out a few that may be worth chatting about…

*PR Sample