March Favorites 2016!

March Favorites

It’s the end of March guys!  Can you believe it?  This means it’s time to see what my favorite products of this month were.  Let’s get started!

Makeup March

Laneige BB Cushion

I received this sample in a Target Beauty Box and I absolutely love the finish it provides.  It’s enough to cover up my redness while still maintaining a natural and satin look.  It’s a bit pricey  so I’d love to try out the L’Oreal one too and see how it compares.

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer

This product was included in my January Birchbox and while it wasn’t initially my favorite back then, I tried this on when my skin looked a little lackluster and it gave such a pretty glow.  I’m still not a fan of the scent, but this is a nice, subtle product to use when you need a bit of a pick me up.

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Apple Dumpling 

Another Spring 2016 shade that I picked up at the NYX store, I love how pigmented these glosses are as well as inexpensive.  You literally can just swipe this on and go as you’ll get opaque coverage with a glossy finish.

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm 

There’s always room for a lip balm and I really love this one.  The formula is thick but spreads easily without feeling goopy on the lips.  It nourishes skin and helps keep them feeling soft and hydrated.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with the creamy pigmentation of this formula as well as the neutral colors.  For a full review, click here.

NYX Apple Dumpling

Above is a swatch for NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Apple Dumpling.

March Faves

beautyblender

I purchased this last year and while I used it here and there, it’s been pretty much on the back burner until now.  I’ve been using the beautyblender regularly and there’s no cakey foundation here.  It really helps to blend everything in.

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer

I picked this up when I went to the Dermalogica Headquarters and I’m so happy I did.  Although I don’t experience much hydration from this, it really smooths out my skin’s surface and helps minimize the appearance of my pores. Definitely provides a smooth canvas to work off of.

Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo

A few weeks ago I dyed my hair and got highlights.  I was advised to buy a shampoo that would help prevent a brassy hue and after visiting my local beauty supply store, I found this shampoo.  It’s supposed to neutralize brassy/orange tones to maintain lightened or highlighted brown hair.  It literally lathers up blue and kind of stains your hands with a blue shade. It  reminds me of that scene in Bride Wars where Kate Hudson’s hair turns out blue.  Fortunately, this does rinse off clean and after a minute or two, the color washes off from your hands-no need to wrap your hair with a shirt or book an emergency appointment with your hairstylist. So far, so good.

Hair Color

Here’s a picture of my highlighted hair though it’s a bit lighter now.

What are your March favorites? 

Stephanie 

 

January Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

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Hi everyone!  I’m back with another subscription box post which finally arrived this week. I will say I am disappointed this month with the shipping of my Birchbox.  It was shipped out on the 8 and I had no information as to where it was until a week later and then it took another week and a few days to be delivered. :/

Anywho, I choose the curated box this month which was Korean Beauty as it’s generating a lot of buzz lately. Here’s what the box included.

RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb

This mask uses, “organic herbs and kaolin clay to reduce redness and deeply cleanse pores.”  I managed to use this once and the first thing I noticed was the scent which is very herbally and tea-like. Surprisingly, I didn’t find this too drying although I noticed a few bumps on my forehead after I used it.  I’ll need to use this more to determine how well it works.

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer

This primer contains SPF 15, is rich in fruit extracts and is said to create a “smooth, luminous canvas for makeup.”  I tried it under my foundation and it gave a very subtle sheen to the skin.  It’s a nice product though it is not my favorite and has a rather strong perfume scent. I will use it up but won’t purchase a full size.

TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint in Red 

So I’ve always been curious to try TONYMOLY products, mainly because of the cute packaging- Panda’s Dream anyone?  Although the packaging on this tint is simple, it smells like strawberries, yum. The color dries to a matte finish that is supposed to last all day and although it did last an impressive amount of time through eating and drinking,  it will start to fade unevenly throughout the day.

Manefit Beauty Planner Cucumber Soothing + Moisturizing Mask

Sheet masks are all the craze now and this one is supposed to soothe, tone and restore moisture to dry skin.  I haven’t tried this out yet but I’ll wait until it’s not too cold at night so my skin can have a nice, refreshing treatment.

Goodal Waterest First Essence

This product includes, “hyaluronic acid and fermented lotus flower to help skin retain moisture.”  I’ve tried this once in the morning and I do like it.  However, like most products included in here, it does have a strong scent.

Goodal Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling & Yerba Mate Cleansing Foam Packettes 

Considered a bonus, the Bubble Peeling, “removes dead skin for a brighter complexion,” and the Cleansing Foam, “balances oils and detoxifies the skin.” I haven’t had an opportunity to test these out yet but the Bubble Peeling has definitely piqued my interest with the name alone.

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Overall, I do like the box and think it’s a good assortment of products to try.  Sometimes I wish they weren’t so scented though.

Have you tried Korean skincare/beauty products? Which ones do you recommend? 

Stephanie