April 2016 Favorites12:14
April has been a month of many new discoveries and some rediscoveries. I feel like I have been testing a lot of products as well as found some new favorites, which are in this post.
Avon Anew Essential Youth Maximising Serum
This serum has replaced my Dr. Sheller's Jojoba Oil & Schisandra Soothing Intensive Serum, which I have been using all the time as a serum that calms down any irritations. Avon's does just that, but smells way nicer. It has almost mandarin like sweet smell. It's in a light runny gel form and I like how soft it makes my skin. I also feel like it helps with irritation and slightly moisturizes the skin.
DIY BB Cushion
I made this BB cushion and you can find how here. I've been really using it a lot this month, because it's just so easy to use. I also really like the cushion puff, which makes it so easy to blend. I use the puff to blend out concealer as well. It's a multi purpose product for me. Seriously one of the most useful packaging.
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005 Light Natural
Shade 005 is a new addition to their range and I have a review here. It's one of the lightest and cheapest concealers. That being said it also has nice coverage as well as being moisturizing. If that's not enough for you, it's waterproof and lasts really well. I love this lighter shade which is perfect for my fair complexion. I can even highlight my under eye area with it.
Kiko Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter 100 Gold
I don't know why I haven't posted a review of this yet. I've been neglecting it through the winter, but now that it's a bit warmer, I like this, because it looks so natural. I promise to write full review soon. It's the most gorgeous champagne shade, which blends into the skin seamlessly, looks natural, but still very glowy.
Essence LE Lights of Orient Bronzer 01 Sunkissed Beauty
This bronzer is one of the lightest warmer bronzers I own. It has such a unique finish, which is almost a bit satin like. It has very small shimmer in it, which makes it look so natural and not flat. In the center it's light gold highlighter which I almost used up. I'm kind of sad, so now I try to avoid it and just use bronzer around it. I have a review here.
Freedom Makeup Today's Tonight Pro Decadence Eyeshadow Palette
In all honesty I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. The shades are very creamy and wet like, which makes them pigmented and smooth. The very shimmery ones are almost cream eye shadows. All the mattes have just as good pigmentation and they all blend out nicely. One fault is that they do fade through the day, but damn, that is some really nice palette. I also like shades more then I expected too. They don't look like much in the pan, but on the skin, they are really nice. I'll write a full review soon.
Essence LE Lights of Orient Eyebrow Shaper 01 Sunkissed Beauty
I've already mentioned that I sometimes get bold spots in my brows. I think this usually happens in spring and fall, like I'm changing my mane or something. Anyway, I've been on a search for brow products that nicely fill in my blind spots and don't fade away. This eye pencil definitely does a good job. It's on a waxy side, which means it really sticks to the skin and fills in any gaps. I also like the shade, which is more of a medium brown, but on a warmer side. I have a review of it here.
Freedom Makeup Pro Brow Pomade in Caramel Brown
Another amazingly good product for brows. This is really creamy, almost a bit too much. This means that you can really fill in all the gaps or just use it lightly to darken your brows. Because it's a cream it needs a bit of time to set, but once it sets it doesn't move. It has an amazing lasting power. I also really like the shade of it, which depends on how much I put on. If I apply it lightly and diffuse it a bit, it's light brown, otherwise it's a bit darker brown with warm almost yellowish undertone, which again matches my current hair color well. I'll also do a separate review of this.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara in Intense Black
You know the feeling when you finally start to use your favorite product again and you think to yourself, why did I ever use something else? This is my holly grail mascara. I bought it in this intense black version just because it was there and I thought I might try something else. I am not one of those people that gets fussy about their mascara having to be the blackest black version. Normal black is fine for me. I also don't notice any major blackness to it. It's just as good as I remember it. It defines, adds volume, a bit of length and doesn't clump the lashes together. In the beginning it's a bit runny. I like it best when it dries up a bit.
Born Pretty Store Panda Smooth Liquid Eye Liner
This is a really nice eye liner pen that seems to last for ages. It's a bit too runny for my taste and it does leave a shiny finish, but it's also really pigmented and the tip is always saturated, which makes it a great eye liner. It also has that kind of thin brush like tip, which is definitely my favorite, because you can be very precise with application as well as draw on the thinnest lines possible. If this was a bit thicker in consistency, it would be perfect eye liner. The panda design is also super cute.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Posh Petal and Avon 3D Plumping Lipstick in Bitten
I love wearing those two in combination. I apply Posh Petal, which is cool toned almost pastel pink all over my lips and then use Bitten, which is bright fuchsia purple, in the inner corner or at the outer edges to darken it a bit. Bitten is just as stunning on it's own. I've been really liking these cool toned fuchsia shades lately. You can see how it looks like here.
Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte in Coral Fever and NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel
Another amazing combination, which I've been really liking. I have been applying Coral Fever (warm orange red) in the center of the lips, almost as a stain and then I used Apple Strudel lip gloss (peach baby pink) all over my lips and sort of create an ombre shiny look. I've used the same combination in my Soft Coral Spring Makeup.
Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Sheer Shimmer
This is without a doubt my favorite nail polish shade of this month. It's shimmery pastel pink, which almost looks a bit white. For some reason I've been really liking pastel nail polishes this spring, especially pink and lavender ones. I also really like that this formula has small shimmer in it and that it lasts on my nails well. I have a review of it here.
Avon Skin So Soft Golden Bliss Silky Hand & Body Souffle
I've been really good with my body care lately. Actually all through the winter and I'm trying to moisturize as much as I can. I have naturally a bit drier skin on my body, but it's nothing I can't handle. This is such a nice product for body. It's described as souffle and it's very thick white cream, which still has nice slip to it, so you don't have hard time applying it. It also contains andiroba oil, which makes souffle a bit smoother and creates a nice layer on the skin. In general this soaks into the skin really quickly, but still has a tiny layer of grease on top. It has a unique smell, which is supposedly mix of lavender, fig and vanilla. In all honesty I can't smell any lavender (trust me I would know, because I hate lavender smell). I think it's more of a fig and vanilla mixture, which is very unique. It keeps my skin moisturized and soft.
L'Oreal Elvital Fibralogy Thickening Shampoo and L'Oreal Elseve Fibralogy Thickening Conditioner
I'm not sure why one is called Elseve and other is Elvital, I think they must have changed the names or something, because I have these two for a really long time. Thickening line is targeted to those with thin hair, which mine definitely is. These two products in combinations are the only shampoo and conditioner that I've tried so far that actually give some volume to my hair. I feel like they give my hair some texture, which makes my hair look more voluminous. It's suppose to give you thicker hair look and it definitely gives you that added texture. But it also means that they are not the most moisturizing products if you have very dry hair. The smell is great, somewhat salon like. I think I'll repurchase these, because I really like them for those days when I want some texture to my otherwise very flat hair.
I have been really liking Snapchat lately. You can follow me under adjustingbeauty. I have been posting a lot of my photo "worthy" food, sometimes even outfit details and lots of makeup. I find this platform great to post thing as they happen and to share everything that doesn't go into my Instagram feed.
Fun Run 2
This is a game that I've been playing on my phone and I have been obsessed with it. You can choose among different characters, I have a fox and then it's basically running show and trying to get to the end first. On the way you can pick up some "tools" like magnets to pull your opponent back or saw to kill them. Now it sounds a bit violet, but it's actually kind of funny and the characters are kind of cute. You can also dress them up with different outfits, shoes, accessories and such. I was never really into games, but I really like this one. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes fun.