I don't do monthly favorites because I believe it adds too much pressure to consume and to buy. Once I like a product, I also use it regularly, and it will very often stick it in my daily routine for years on end. However, I've been discovering so many great products these last few months, I wanted to make sure to feature them in a conglomeration of recent favorites:
1. Behold, I am featuring an eye shadow palette on this blog! This, friends, has never happened. When it comes to eye shadow, I am as novice as it gets. For some reason, nothing I do ever quite seems to look nice or work for my face or complexion. I am, however, determined, and I've found the perfect palette to play around with. Wet n Wild's Studio Eyeshadow Palette is a mere $7, and each shade is beautifully buttery and pigmented. You cannot go wrong this one, and if you're a noob like me, this palette is perfect for you. I might even get around to posting a look soon!
2. Instead of lining my eyes with my usual black liquid eyeliner, I've more and more been reaching for the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil in brown. The pencil has a tiiiiiiny nib, making application super precise and subtle. I'm able to add color to the root of my lashes and give my eyes a bit more of definition, resulting an overall much more "natural" look. I saw this one appear in Tati's (my YouTube obsession) Disappointing Products video and was surprised. Unlike her, the product did not dry out at all and crumble. However, because it's so thin, it is easy to break if too much of the product is twisted off. So just be careful with it.
3. If you've been following my blog for a while, you might know that I suffer from a dry under-eye area that is showing the first signs of aging :/ I've been looking for an eye cream that could potentially heed that a little bit, and have been blown away by Roc's Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream. Eye creams can easily climb into the hundreds of dollars, and while this drugstore brand isn't the cheapest, it's certainly a bargain considering the amazing results I've experienced. The skin in my under eye area is now closer to a baby's buttocks than the Nubian desert it once resembled. I'm absolutely thrilled by this finding.
4. Lilah b. is a brand I had never heard of until I started working at the pr agency I'm currently at. I was able to bring a few of their products home and absolutely loved this particular bronzer. First of all, Lilah b. packaging is as luxe as it gets. Each product is housed in a beautiful, minimalistic, and extremely heavy, pebble-like shell. You could seriously use this as a weapon and knock someone out. The formula is relatively mistake-proof, as it is more on the sheer side but still delivers in color and sheen. I like to swirl my brush around the two tones and find it gives me a subtle, but dewy and warm glow. A firm new favorite amongst my growing bronzer collection.
5. I have been on the hunt for a bright pink lipstick for a LONG time. As I was packing boxes last week due to us moving, I went through, and disposed of, about 20 pink lipsticks and balms I never found right. And then, a few months ago, I stepped into a Nars shop and discovered what I had been searching for all along, the perfect fuschia pink: Nars Schiap, described on the Sephora website as a "shocking pink." I never thought I would be able to get away with this color, but I adore it. It's bold and bright and weirdly not Barbie-looking as I feared. It's a great alternative to a "statement red." I am over-the-moon with this purchase.
6. Tea Tree oil has been an absolute blessing this month. I've been dealing with bad breakouts around my chin, perhaps due to stress, lack of sleep, and a new job. Whatever it is, nothing else has been able to compete with the effectiveness of tea tree oil, not even the much coveted La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (which I find meh.) Make sure to distill the oil in water, however, as its potency will irritate your skin and burn to no end. What I do is add a couple drops to the cap of my bottle, and fill it with water. I then mix it with a Q tip and apply it to my blemish. When I wake up the next day, I am always amazed by how much better my skin looks.
7. Adding to new habits, I have recently started doing my eyebrows, which I NEVER did before the last couple months. I'm not sure if my eyebrows have always been like this because I never really paid attention to them, or if they top corners of them are actually progressively thinning out, but I have little patches of missing eyebrow and it's been driving me crazy. Not wanting to shell out a ridiculous amount of money on a brow product, I purchased the L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette. I have zero complaints and love how thin the nib is and how natural it looks. A definite winner.