March 2015 Favourites – Swatches & Reviews

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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done a monthly favourites post – not as much due to a lack of favourite beauty products, but rather due to a lack of time. Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble digesting the fact that it’s already April?! We’re already nearly halfway into 2015?!

March was a bit of a blur, but I did do a bit of shopping. Okay, a lot of shopping. And with that shopping came quite a few new favourites!

Philosophy Purity Cleanser: This award winning cleanser is incredible, and ideal for all the people that love to wear makeup, but hate taking multiple steps to remove it and cleanse the skin. This cleanser is so gentle, yet so effective in removing makeup and dirt. It leaves my skin feeling so soft, hydrated, and comfortable. It’s got an abundance of natural based ingredients such as meadowfoam oil, rosewood, coconut, carrot, sandalwood, and sage oils that soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin.

My skin is hypersensitive, acne-prone, and eczema-prone. Most cleansers leave my skin feeling dry and tight, but this leaves my skin feeling softer than it has in a long time. My dry patches are nearly gone, my skin tone has improved, and my breakouts have reduced dramatically.

Korres Jasmine Lip Butter: This lip butter had been catching my eye nearly everyday at work. I would walk past it, look at it, and then think “do I really need another lip product?” Finally this month, curiosity got the best of me.

And I am certainly glad that it did, because this lip butter is AMAZING. I have been utterly addicted, and have been using it at least 5 times a day. This lip butter is thick and rich, but melts right into the lips. It comes in about 7 different shades, but Jasmine is the most natural. It has a very soft tint, and adds more of a sheen to the lips rather than colour. It’s formulated with shea butter and natural oils to hydrate the lips, and leaves them feeling so soft.

Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer: I have seen these all over beauty blogs and social media, and during my last adventure at Sephora, I decided to go out on a whim and pick this up. I plan on doing a full review of it soon so I won’t say too much, but I am in LOVE with this primer. My dry, flakey skin usually works terribly with primers, but this has made such a huge difference in my skin and in my makeup application. It makes my skin soft and hydrated, makes my flakiness virtually undetectable, and helps my foundation last so much longer. Makeup Forever, you really hit the mark on this one. These primers are absolutely phenomenal.

Mac “Dervish” Lip Pencil: This has been my go-to lip pencil lately. I’ve had this for a while, but never paid much attention to it until I lost my favourite pinky-nude liner. This liner has been receiving a ton of attention in the beauty community recently, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful pinky-mauve that is 1 shade darker than my natural lip colour, so it works really well to reshape and define the lips.

I love pairing this liner with Gerard Cosmetics “Rodeo Drive” lipstick: these lipsticks are so gorgeous (a review on them will be coming soon!) with a smooth texture and opaque finish. This colour is a dusty, mauve-toned pink that matches MAC’s Dervish perfectly.

Here’s what that combo looks like:

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Lise Watier Virtual Lip Contour: formulated with Vitamins C and E as well as Maxi-Lip, this clear lip pencil helps to define the lips, and even helps plump. It’s long wearing and helps to keep lipstick in place and prevent from bleeding or smudging!

If you have very undefined or uneven lips like myself, this may not always be enough on its own. I personally think that this lip pencil works really for a soft, nude look, but not so much for a bold dark or red lip (again, that’s just what I’ve found for my lips personally. Those blessed with more defined or full lips may disagree!)

I love to use this on light makeup days to enhance my lips without having to fully fill in or colour. You can use this to line around the lips to clean up any smudging or feathering, and to make your lipstick look crisp and sharp – much like how concealer is used to clean up lipstick, this is an easier and more convenient way!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick “#389 Kiss Me”: I have heard so many bloggers rave about these, I had to try them for myself. The whole lip lacquer/ lipstick lipgloss hybrid trend has been huge lately, but these have definitely become one of my favourites.

The colour is opaque, yet the texture smooth and creamy like a gloss.

This shade is a gorgeous light baby pink, and pairs perfectly with a smokey eye.

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Lancome Blush Subtil in “Rose Fresque”: move over Mac’s Dame blush, I’ve got a new favourite pink blush!

I’ve had this blush for ages, but never paid it much attention until recently. After going through my makeup collection, I decided to give it a try – and it’s quickly become a new favourite.

It’s a gorgeous, muted mid-tone pink with a natural finish. I opt for a blush like this when my skin is acting up – it’s natural/matte-ish finish makes the skin look soft without adding any emphasis on problem areas.

Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub: this scrub, infused with avocado butter, coconut, sea salt, vodka, citrus and more leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.

They market it as a cleanser, but I definitely think that it’s too abrasive for everyday use. If you’ve got very thick, dull, or normal skin, you could use it as a regular exfoliant for the face and body. However if you’ve got dry or sensitive skin prone to acne or scarring like I do, you might want to save it more for occasional use. I like to use this maybe once a week on my face if I’m feeling very flaky.

But I love to use it on my body. It leaves my skin feeling so fresh and soft, it truly is like taking a trip to the seaside.

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