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april showers (and old) favorites ! (an aside: i love just about everything i got in the sale this month; some stuff needs more time before i want to talk about it, but some stuff--after having for about 2 weeks now--are solidly favorites !). no skincare for me this month, just stickin' to my tried and true.



not pictured: KVD lip liner and CIRQUE nail polish (see below)


  • NARS dual intensity eyeshadow -- sycorax. i've been using it both as sheer smoke around the eyes, and as diffused liner. it's brilliant as both. i haven't used it wet on the lid, yet, so i can't speak for that, but used dry it is sheer but buildable, and not patchy (something i find quite hard to find in black shadows) i basically think this is a perfect product, and i can't believe it took me this long. ("Sycorax is an unseen character in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. She is a vicious and powerful witch and the mother of Caliban, one of the few native inhabitants of the island on which Prospero, the hero of the play, is stranded.")
  • REAL TECHNIQUES eye shade + blend brush set. this set is the base shadow brush and the deluxe crease brush. i lovvvvve them. as a lot of y'all know, i'm not too fancy--i typically never use more than 2 colors on my eyes, and a fluffy blending brush does me just fine. the base shadow brush is just perfect--it picks up product with easy, and blends it with such ease. i haven't been using the deluxe crease brush much--but it's a perfect 'diffuser' brush, and i've used it some, too, for face powder on concentrated areas.
  • NARS light reflecting loose powder. i've had this for a long time and use it regularly, if not sometimes rather sparsely. this month i found myself using it everyday and reminding myself just how gorgeous this stuff is. sets makeup, light perfectly diffuses pores and texture and gives a properly luminous--not shimmery or glittery--glow.
  • LIP COMBO: MAC spice lipliner with NYX liquid suede 'soft spoken'. this dominated my look the first half of the month. darkened nude but totally wearable. some people don't like the liquid suede formula, but i adore it. 
  • KAT VON D everlasting lip liner, lovecraft. this dominated the second half of the month for me. lovecraft is only slightly darker than the 'lovesick' everlasting liquid lip in 'lovesick' which is one of my very favorite nudey pinks. the formula is creamy but not slippy (i hate slippery lip pencils !), opaque and lasts ALL DAY. i wore this almost everyday since getting it, only to have it fall out of a pocket last night. i've already repurchased, because i don't want to be without it. my only qualm with this product is that i think it will not last longer than 6 weeks, as the softness of the formula leads to a lot of product being used at once. that $18 price tag will add up quickly if that's the case.
  • NARS sun wash diffusing bronzer, 'laguna'. what can i say, i've worn this every single day since i got it. it's rather sheer but buildable, so foolproof (which i need as a bronzer newb) as well as suitable for fair skin. if you followed my experience of buying it in the NARS thread, i ended up getting laguna over the fair-skin intended 'seaside' which i was afraid would look too orange, and while i'm not sure how 'seaside' would've worked out, i can attest that laguna is not too dark for fair skin--aided, of course, by the lovely, sheer and MODERN formula.
  • CIRQUE nail lacquer - 'fast fashion'. i don't own this, i sell it in my shop and used the tester for an instagram post. and i was instantly in love ! i'll likely be buying some for myself, and this is surprising for a few reasons: i'm not a nail person, i can't be bothered, as well's a pink ! a nude, warm (rather than the more ubiquitous cool) mauve, and i'm just feelin' it. i've painted my nails 4 times with it ! i never do that ! 
  • BURBERRY eye contour shadow stick -- almond. perfect everyday shade for a bit of definition but otherwise natural look. if you're a fan of maybelline color tattoo in 'creamy beige' or mac paint pot 'groundwork', 'almond' is very similar, but in a stick (which i know some people prefer). it goes on very creamy, but dries down very quickly (blend fast !) and then doesn't budge. this one won't be leaving my makeup bag Smiley Happy



I definitely had a love affair with honey in April!


Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream

Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil -

These smell divine and feel so luxurious; I look forward to putting them on at night


Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask -

Very saturated with serum and smelled so good I wanted to lick my face. 


Cosrx Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask -

This was a spur of the moment Memebox purchase but I ended up loving it. Not fancy at all but leaves my skin feeling soft and lovely.


Marc Jacobs Highliners -

I'm kind of in love with eye liner and these have become my favorites.




april faves for me are the smashbox x casey holmes highlighter collab in pearl, and i'm still loving my wet n wild photofocus foundation! 


Also have tried both Tarte's park ave princess & thoughtful bronzers and am completely in love!  Their bronzers go on so smoothly and seamlessly.


A few of my monthly favorites:

Philosophy Purity wipes

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Milk Makeup Cooling Water

House of Lashes & Sephora Tinkerbell lashes

Glamglow Glowsetter Setting Spray (not pictured)




here's a truer-to-real-life shot of the cirque 'fast fashion' nail polish i mentioned. just repainted again because nothing else is speaking to me lately !!




Great nude pink @jemly!


Just one little splurge for me this month. The original Luminous Dewy Skin Mist has been a long time favorite, and I had to go for the beautiful LE One in a Million packaging:


She's so pretty! Smiley Very Happy


Woah ... that is one beautiful packaging! Enjoy!


April Favorites 



I'm so late but here are my favorites!



- Phyto specific hydrating shampoo: I alternate this into my routine to give me some sweeeeet hydration

- Erborian Cleansing Oil: I made it through my whole period without any breakouts and I think it's thanks to this cleanser. (I just one today but still)

- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation: I can get the exact coverage I want with this and it's a great shade for me - no white mixer needed! It's a nice satin finish.

- OI leave in Milk: This add some nice softness and volume to my hair. I hate the smell of this line, but it works really well for me. I prefer the rosarco milk over this one, but I use them both together.


I don't have a lot to say about the rest of the things, they're just beautiful and I love them

- Nails Inc Rainbow Wishes nail polish

- ILNP rosewater nail polish

- Bite Gelato multistick


@ShannonAlexis not too late ! if you're gonna have hydration, have sweeeeeet hydration ! 


i feel like that rainbow wishes nail polish was made for you. 'gelato' is next on my list of which multiple to grab up....

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