March 2017 Favorites

I had the opportunity to try out tons of new products these last two months because of the spring launches coming out from all the make-up and skin and haircare brands. As I mentioned last time, I am going to narrow down my monthly favorites to only 10 products. 

I have split my products into two different sections below to make it easier for you to navigate and so my reviews and thoughts wouldn't look like word jumble on this post. 

First things first, make-up products:
1. NARS - Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Macadamia)
I took the plunge and decided to purchase this product a few weeks ago and I have never looked back. I actually prefer this cream concealer over the NARS liquid concealer. For a cream, I was at first expecting it to be too thick that it'll crease on my undereye but honestly when I apply this with a brush and apply it to my undereye, it provides a medium coverage while somehow miraculously seeming like its a powder consistency. I recommended this to a friend of mine and she loved it too! 

2. Bare Minerals - Broad Spectrum Multi-Tasking Face (Well Rested)
I bought this product after hearing Shaaanxo rave about it for years. In a recent make-up destash video she still explained about how much she loved this and kept it in her collection. This powder is high-coverage! It sets the under-eye and lightens it by at least a shade. I really do enjoy this product and it does not break me out. If you're into the brighter undereye look, you definitely have to try this out.

3. Cover FX - Custom Cover Drops (G30)*
I was so lucky to have a one-on-one meet to learn all about the history of CoverFX, their entire collection of products and was even given some goodies to try out. I found my perfect mix of the CoverFX custom cover drops - I like to mix it with a dime sized amount of a gel base moisturizer, apply two drops of the Custom Cover Drops and one drop of the Custom Enhancer Drops. It gives me medium coverage with a subtle glow within that makes people ask me why my skin looks so radiant. The drops do take getting used to, remember this is a highly concentrated pigment product so once you find your perfect concoction it's a beauty.

4. Cover FX - Custom Enhancer Drops (Sunlight)*
As mentioned above, I use this product to mix in with my Custom Cover Drops. I am not one to do a crazy bright highlight but when lightly tapped to the cheekbones or mixed into the foundation, it gives you a beautiful glow.

5. Fiona Stiles - Multidimensional Color Palette
I learnt all about this product from Tati (GlamlifeGuru) and she gushed about this product. I told my friend about this and she was so sweet enough to gift this to me as a surprise since I can't get this in Canada she bought it at Ulta (Thank You Lil!! xoxo). This palette is thin, easy to take with you and has a good sized mirror. In addition, the colors are pigmented, finely milled and deposits a beautiful wash of color that is not patchy. It's just beautiful to have a palette that actually contains colors that I will use - the blush, bronzer and highlighter are all shades that are practical and effortless.

When I was first sent this product, I was a bit scared to try it out. 1, It does look very intimidating in the jar it is a dark shade of brown and 2. it mentions that the powder, when applied, will darken over time and gives you a tan that will last 5 days. This is the world's first powder tanner. I picked to try this on a weekend so that if this does fail on me it wouldn't be so bad after a weekend. I used the large fluffy kabuki brush to apply a light layer to the skin, I put one layer on in the outer perimeter of the face and also on my cheekbones and nose. When done, I had a subtle bronzed look to the skin like regular bronzer, however by the time it was around lunch, I no joke look like I just got a fresh tan. With this product, a little goes a long way - do not apply it liberally and keep piling it on, a sheer layer and a few hours later you WILL see it develop and will last you a few days :)

7. Dior - Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (Turn Me Dior)*
I had reviewed this recently on my blog and was kindly set a few lippies to try and this was my favorite. A pop of raspberry red and it just lifts my mood and gets me ready for Spring/Summer. It's buttery smooth, pigmented and well let's just say I WANT MORE! :) 

 Hair and Skincare Products
1. BVSpa - Sugar Scrub (Pink Grapefruit)*
After my trip to the Dominican and getting sun burnt, I mean hey I can't complain, I became 3 shades darker in one day hahaha but that also meant I cooked in the sun. Sure enough, I started peeling and this sugar scrub worked really well to help buff away the dead skin. The granules are big enough that it was able to remove the snake skin layer - and this was also very gentle and nourishing.

2. Pai-Shau - Opulent Volume Spray*
If you've been a reader of my blog, you will know that I've been using the Aveda Thickening Tonic but this has replaced it. This feels even more light-weight and provides me with volume that lasts all day without weighing down my hair or making it greasy.

3. Aveeno - Eczema Care 
The eczema on my right hand has always been an on-going concern and problem for me. The last 2 years has been a search for me to find the one item that could help me ease the irritated skin. Most of the products I've tried works only for a short period of time or is really expensive, and my husband recommended this to me. I was skeptical at first, but seriously I love it. If I don't use it daily, I can immediately feel the difference and my skin flares up again. This works well to calm the skin and keep my eczema in check.

What were some of your monthly favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, XOXO - M.

products marked with an * denotes products that have been sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

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