Monday, 4 May 2015

April Favourites


I will be the first to admit that I did an obscene amount of hauling during the month of April. But as I wait for all of my new goodies to arrive to the Balkans, I've reached for some oldies, but goodies all month long. Because the weather has finally turned into spring, a lot of what I've been using (+ loving) all month long are light and fresh products. In no particular order, my favourites during April have been:

YSL Glossy Stain in 106 Beige Anarchist: I have at least 6 of the YSL Glossy Stains in my collection, but this is easily the most wearable. It adds a very subtle warm peachy-pink shimmer to my lips, making it easy to slap on with just about any makeup look. It is rare that such subtle lip colours have good lasting power, but the YSL Glossy Stains never disappoint me in that department. Two layers of this will last most of the day before I need to reapply. Available at Sephora for $36.

NEST Eau de Parfum in Midnight Fleur: I've had Midnight Fleur in my collection for about a year (it's also one of my mother's favourites!) but I've really been enjoying wearing it this spring. With notes of exotic wood, black amber, patchouli, jasmine, and vanilla orchid, Midnight Fleur is much sweeter than most of the other fragrances I own. But it is simply heavenly to wear. Perhaps when the weather properly heats up I will want a fresher fragrance, but for now, I haven't been able to resist wearing this almost every single day. 1.7 oz bottle available at Sephora for $68.

YSL Crème de Blush in 2 Powdery Rose: One of the most disappointing things I learned in 2014 was that YSL was discontinuing their Crème de Blush formula for the new Kiss & Blush line. I've raved about the Crème de Blushes here and here, so when I heard they were discontinued, I picked up a few more. I adore the formula of these blushes (pigmented, but easy to blend, long wearing, luminous on the skin but not at all shimmery/glittery, etc.) so if you can still get your hands on any of the shades, I highly recommend you do so. The YSL website has shade 9 (the only one left) available here.  Powdery Rose is a beautiful neutral pink that is ideal for spring.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in 54 Brown(Out): Besides a Twinkle Pop in the shade Leila (reviewed here), I had never tried a Marc Jacobs Beauty product until I got a deluxe sample of Brown(Out). It is a deep brown with a bronze shimmer throughout (t reminds me of a Tony & Tina eyeliner that I bought at Sephora well over 15 years ago!) I've recently ordered some additional Highliners, and if they are half as good as Brown(Out), I will be one happy camper. Brown(Out) never smudges—even on my oily lids—and the deep brown is much more flattering on me than black. I often see the Highliners pop up as 100 point perks on Sephora.com. I strongly recommend you try one out the next time it is available—or just take the plunge and buy a full size at MarcJacobsBeauty.com for $25.

Omorovicza Copper Peel: Omorovicza is a luxury skincare line that boasts healing properties from the minerals of Hungary. The Copper Peel is pricey, to be sure, but whenever my skin is feeling dull or lackluster, this sorts it right out without being too harsh! The Copper Peel is a two-stage process: step 1 is to apply the copper paste and step 2 requires you to massage the copper activator into the skin. I managed to buy a pack with a 'single' use for around $16. The 'single' use has actually lasted me at least 3 or 4 applications, so the high price doesn't seem so bad as it is spread out over multiple uses. A '4 Applications' pack is $85 at Sephora.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourites for this month? Let me know below. And head to BloglovinInstagram, and Twitter to follow me!

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