Friday, March 29, 2013

March Favorites

It seems as though all us beauty nuts tend to adore the same things. Shopping, for example, or, perhaps, monthly favorites. I'm not quite sure what it is that makes my heart beat a bit faster when I see those two words, but we'll leave my cardiac history and assesment for another time and move onto 'March Favorites' *hand jitters*.

A good sunday night pampering sesh has become a rather common occurence (and I'm a rule breaker, so perhaps it has been going on on some weekday nights too...). Bath salts, oils, bubble bath...you get the jist. Everything is on rotation - except for these two babes- the Origins Clear Improvements Mask and Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.

Think of the Clear Improvements as an extra kick up the derrière  yet for your skin. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this at first, but a few eruptions across my face during vacation and my heart was yearning for it. Clean, refreshed, detoxed... I wouldn't recommend this for dry skinned or sensitive gals, but for those of us who visit 'Mt. Vesuvius on my face Anonymous', it's a good un'. 

The skincare hunt continues and yet another discovery has entered the laboratory - my skin is dehydrated. Although I was tempted to have (yet another) skin care overhaul, I resisted and simply decided on the Drink Up Intensive Mask. Gawd! It smells amazing (like peaches), is super moisturizing, and did I mention that it is so easy. Just pop it onto the end of your regular skincare routine as a moisturizer and that's it! No waiting, timing, or any of that jib jab. I really like using this after the Clear Improvements to add an extra bit of hydration to my skin and (oh boy) is it good.

I'm not a nail person. I hate the look of chipped nail polish, so my digits end up looking good for all of thirty seconds. Hit on walls, tables, and who knows what else...let's just say I'm not you're Essie girl. On another hand, when you're studying for exams, you find all sorts of things to distract yourself with. In other words, I spent a bit too much time staring at my hands to figure out that my cuticles were horrendous. I dug into my nail product 'stash' and found the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It does the trick. It dissolves the cuticles and moisturizes. Pristine nails without the polish (or a lazy girl's manicure).

I was never that into BB creams. '18 in 1' Really? They seemed a bit too good to be true. If you read my review of the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream here, then you would know that it is too good to be true. My love for Dr. Jart has been proclaimed and it's pretty much the only thing my face has touched this month. Not to mention it's a fabulous weekend dream...

My OCD has been revealed. I may not wake up in the middle of the night to clean my room anymore, but I'm still a clean freak all the same. The Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap is fab for all types of cleaning. It makes a super moisturizing body wash, a milky bath product, and a ridiculous foamy makeup brush cleanser that leaves your body and brushes über clean. 

I'm a fan of the 'dewy but not sweaty' look. Perhaps I cross that line a bit time and time again, but it's hard to with the L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer. A highlighter and concealer in one, as the name would suggest (duh, Lillian), it adds a simple veil of concealing and brightening underneath my ever-growing dark bags...underneath my eyes that is. Non-creasing and a cheap rip off of the YSL Touche Èclat (shhh, don't tell), it's a bit of luxe in a twelve dollar tube.

We all know were I'll be later - off cleaning my brushes, topped off with a facial and some cuticle nourishment. Tomorrow morning I'll reach for Dr. J...my life is too predictable.

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