Spring Beauty Favorites | April 2016

Spring has sprung (finally) in Minnesota. We’re getting some beautiful sunny, 70 degree days a few times a week now and I’m loving it. Now that’s it’s warming up, I’m looking forward to doing some training outside. Spring also comes with an overhaul of beauty products I use. Instead of monthly beauty favorites, I’m thinking updates on what I’m loving, when I’m loving will be better and more genuine. I don’t find myself buying new makeup as often anymore so I’m not discovering new favorites like I used to – my wallet is OK with that. A lot of these products I already shared in My Travel Makeup Bag post before I went to Los Angeles, you can check that out here.

L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation | I fell in love with this foundation after it launched last year, and I still love it. I brought this to LA in my travel makeup bag because I knew it would hold up to oil, sweat, heat, and rain all day while I was busy site seeing. My skin is still going back and forth between normal and oily, and with a little primer and this foundation my skin stays nearly perfect all day.

My only complain with this foundation is color range. I wear shade 103 and it works for the most part, but it can definitely be a bit warm in the winter. Unfortunately the next shade down doesn’t work for my skin tone or I would use that during the winter months. Now that’s it’s spring, I can pull this off by bronzing up my neck and even wear it to work.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting PowderI purchased this to go on my LA trip mostly because it was the only travel size loose powder on the market. That being said, I had heard great things about this powder, that it keeps skin matte all day, truly is translucent on the skin, and I know a lot of people like it for baking.

I haven’t tried this for baking yet, since I don’t really do it, but this powder has been great for setting my foundation as  well as under foundation if you’re into the Wayne Goss method. I’m happy I purchased the travel size option instead of the full size, simply because I’m more likely to use the entire product.

Milani Blush Tea RoseThese Milani Rose powder blushes are some of the best in my collection and they’re from the drugstore. I own four total, three matte from their release to the permanent collection and one shimmer from last spring’s seasonal collection. They all have great pigmentation and last all day.

This spring’s favorite is the Tea Rose shade, the more pink of all the colors. I’m pretty picky about  pink blushes and how they show up on my skin. They can wash me out or make me look a little like a doll. As long as I apply this with a duo fibre blush, like my Sigma F15, the color shows up as more of a wash. I also love the shade Coral Cove once I get a bit of tan.

ColourPop I <3 ThisI cannot stop wearing this eye shadow from ColourPop. If I’m not at work, this is the shade I’m rocking all over the lids. Sometimes I’ll even pop it on when I get home from work before heading out for any evening activities. I mentioned this is my first impressions of my ColourPop order, but I was so worried I wasn’t going to get enough wear out of this shade due to it’s metallic finish. I was so wrong. It’s beautiful and I wear it any chance I can.

Super Shock
I <3 This – far right


Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Concentrated Crayon Bronze TruffleIn order to really make the ColourPop shadow show up on my lids, I find it does well with a taupe base. I purchased this Maybelline Color Tatoo Concentrated Crayon right before my LA trip and I’m so happy I did. I definitely prefer the pencil formula of this over the original Color Tattoo in the pot. Each of those I’ve purchased has dried up too quickly and I haven’t gotten good use out of them.

Sigma E32I own a number of makeup brushes, and often I get stuck using the same four over and over again. This is one of those brushes I tend to forget about, but every time I use it I love it. I can use this brush  for pretty much everything: applying shadow all over the lid, in the crease, blending, along the upper and lower lash line. Definitely one of the more versatile brushes in my collection and worth a buy if you’re in the market.

Cover Girl Lash Blast VolumeAn oldie but a goodie. You can’t really go wrong with this mascara. I always layer mascara over the top of a waterproof mascara, including this one. If you let this dry a bit and then put another layer on top, you can get even more volume. Overall this is just a good mascara to get for your collection.

ColourPop Lippie Stix TopangaI know I already included this in a favorites, but this product really will be my go-to for spring. I ordered a bunch of ColourPop products about a month ago, and this was one of my favorite from the bunch. I love coral. But I have such a difficult time finding a coral that looks good again my light-medium skin. Not Topanga – this is perfect! I brought it to LA for my vacation and it’s currently in my handbag for on-the-go.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick Bright BerryWhen I need a quick bright lip during the warmer months this is my go-to. These lip pencils are super moisturizing on the lips, as the name suggests, and comes in a bunch of different colors. I usually wear this sheer for work and throw it on when I’m running everyday errands.

Jordana Easyliner TawnyThis is probably one of the more popular lip liners in the beauty community. I’ve tried to buy this lip liner a number of times from my local Walgreens (the only place I know of to buy it in person) and it was always out of stock. I finally ventured to a different Walgreens and was able to pick this up. At first I thought the shade was going to be too dark from spring and summer, but it’s turned out to be close enough to my lip color that I can wear this liner with almost any lip stick. I can also wear the lip liner on its own as a my lips but better shade. It’s been perfect for work and tends to last a few hours even while drinking.

Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip BalmI purchased this for my desk at work and I love the smell of it. The formula of the lip balm is also great for keeping my lips moisturized while still coming out of winter. The downer part to this lip balm compared to my favorite Blistex Silk and Shine is that this one doesn’t have a SPF factor. Sunburned lips are not fun.

Essie Madison Ave-HueI always start using it in the spring and summer because it’s so pretty. This shade is pink with a hue (hence the name) of violet and a bit of micro-glitter in the finish. Again, I’m not usually a fan of pinks but this one of perfect against my skin color. The downside to this polish though is that it chips easily even after one day. I’m definitely in the market for a shade similar to this in a line I know I love the formula on, like the Revlon or Sally Hansen line.

Murad Invisible Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum Protection SPF 30  | Now that I’m spending more time outdoors I want to make sure I’m keeping up on my SPF game, even if that’s under my makeup. I got a few of these as samples when purchasing my favorite skin serum from Murad and it’s a great product. It fit well in my travel bag for sun protection in California and it sits well underneath foundation. The texture of it even feels a bit like a traditional primer, with a silicone feel to it. I’ve been using it daily when getting ready for the day and I’m happy I have a backup!


my spring beauty favorites 

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