Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Favorites

Spring is finally here. And even though it's not April yet, I'm hoping March showers bring April flowers--I can't wait until May for a spice of color along sidewalks. As rain patters outside my window (and I hilariously laugh at my brother staggering up our front steps, soaked), I reminisce about what March has held. I took a tour of the East coast, and, notably, slept in New York's Empire Hotel (unfortunately, I had just finished Gossip Girl the afternoon before we checked in), munched in vegan restaurants to my delight, and made a stop at my favorite pharmacy: New London. Then, I exhibited the normal day to day actions that control my limbs in habit. And, as a result, I've been loving a certain bunch of products this month that I don't think I'll be able to put down. It's habit, I tell you. 

I have officially oomphed up my skincare game, embracing a simpler routine, and more effective products. But, before the switch, I was loving the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer--a lightweight, yet moisturizing concoction that induced a glowy finish (perfect under makeup) and kept my skin spot free. Nevertheless, I didn't quite realize how fantastic this product was until I strayed from it, testing a plenty of Dr. Hauschka moisturizers which induced a few too many spots to count. I'm using a different moisturizer now that this tub is used empty, but I've made a mental note on this kick ass moisturizer.

With the floozy skincare switch, there remains one product which has earned its spot between the two distinct mantras. The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask hydrates the skin with avocado oil and manuka honey, but the sweet addition also clears up spots more quickly. Particularly, this mask is hydrating without being too heavy--a territory the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask entered. And with multiple flights, I squeezed a hefty amount of this creamy mask into travel-friendly pots and slapped it on almost daily; I have to refrain myself from the habitual slap. Instead, I've been satisfying my daily application cravings in a healthier manner, with sunscreen. With the revealing of the sun and embracing nature sans flies and wasps, I've been using the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28: a completely natural offering that breaks the natural stereotypes. With titanium oxide protection, it's surprisingly über light on the skin and matte--no shine in this territory. As for the sun protection, I haven't burned...yet; it's not like I've spent more than half an hour outside, anyway.

Aside from the new additions, I've also rediscovered some old flames. The Tangle Teezer, for one, has been my hair brush of choice. As I use more tangle-inducing shampoos than ever (all in the name of natural shampoo testing), I finally made an intuitive decision to grab this palm-sized "dog brush" (as I like to call it), again. As the name suggests, it's perfect for tangles and unravels them with sustainable ease, especially compared to conventional hair brushes.

When it comes to makeup, I've endured a base-wearing renaissance, of sorts, discovering my favorite bases with hand application. Quelle horreur: I've retired the Buffing Brush--but only for base application--I continue to use it for concealer. But embracing my natural born tools has resulted in a more natural looking pigment, mended to skin in an "I'm not wearing any makeup," fashion and tends to stick around that much longer, as well. My favorite bases to play around with this month, and the only two I've worn, were the Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer; it's like I have twice as many bases, now. Among the skin tints is an eyeliner that deserves some praise. You never thought I'd be wearing eyeliner, did you? Well, this records appreciation for a daily makeup staple. The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner in Brown is smudged in between my lashes every morning and results in voluminous lashes that look innately stunning. The brown shade isn't too harsh and the creamy texture makes for even more favorable application. And, eyeliner timids, don't fear, because you won't look like a panda by the end of the day with this liner.

With product appreciation sorted, I have to wonder: will there even be an April favorites, considering the habitual application of these few? 


  1. Great write up, I have been thinking about the Aura mask a lot lately. How would you compare it to the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing mask?

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  2. I've just bought a tangle teezer, so late on that front but I'm sick of pulling my hair out cause it's knotty, here's hoping it helps!

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  3. Mademoiselle natureMarch 30, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Lovely writting miss :-). x

  4. Lovely favourites, you always have the nicest posts, I love reading them. Now I want all your favourites. I am in need of a shopping trip


  5. I definitely want to try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I've heard incredible things about Laura Mercier base products. I'll have to give this a go. xx

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