Thursday, March 28, 2013

Monthly Makeup Favorites: March, 2013

Moisturizer: Embryolisse, Lait-Crème Concentrè  ($28 on Embryolisse’s Website)
I got this in a December’s Birchbox and almost immediately ordered a full-sized tube. It’s really thick and emollient yet hasn’t broken me out. It has a silkening effect, which has made it a good moisturizer/face primer.  It’s has a “soapy” scent, which I quite like, but if that worries you--it does go away once dry.

Base: Smashbox, Photo Ready BB Cream ($39 at Sephora)
I bought this several months ago and no matter how many other BB creams and tinted moisturizers I try, I always end up coming back to this one. It’s the perfect consistency, blends easily, and doesn’t settle into dry patches. It’s available in 5 shades, which makes it much better than most BB creams. I love that it’s neutral in tone and has an SPF of 35.
Concealer: Make Up For Ever, 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in 01Concealer Palette in 01 ($38 at Sephora)
I featured this in a recent haul video and I’ve been using it regularly since. It’s quite thick, extremely pigmented, and a little bit goes a long way. However, because of the consistency, I wouldn’t recommend it under the eyes (as it can easily crease). Between the five colors it’s so easy to find/create the perfect match year-round.

Brow Product: Lancôme, Brow Expert Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe ($25.50 at Sephora)
This eyebrow pencil is so different than any of the others I’ve tried. It almost dries to a powder finish which not only gives it a softer, more natural look, but it also doesn’t leave any wax clumps on your brows. I definitely prefer it to any brow product I’ve tried.
Highlighter: Guerlain, Météorites Perles in Teint Rosé 01 ($58 at Sephora)
I’ve had this little guy for ages but only fell in love with it recently. In the past I’d used it as a setting powder and while I liked it—I wasn’t convinced it was worth the hefty price tag. However, when used as a highlighter it is phenomenal. I feel that it actually gives you a believable and gorgeous glow.

Contour/Bronzer: Benefit, Hoola Bronzer ($28 at Sephora)
Hoola was the first product I ever used to contour and it’s the one I always find myself coming back to. It’s completely matte and while I wouldn’t consider it completely cool-toned, it isn’t orange either. It’s really pigmented and a little bit goes a long way. It’s smooth in texture and not at all chalky feeling. I’ve also found that it also makes for a great crease shadow.

Eyeshadow: Naked Basics Palette ($27 at Sephora)
I’m so glad I broke down and got this. I still think that once on the lid, there isn’t a big difference between W.O.S. and Foxy but I still use them both frequently. My favorite look using this pallete was from Miss Lipgloss.

Mascara: Too Faced, Better than False Lashes in Black ($35 at Sephora)
This is a 3-step process, but to me, it’s totally worth it for the lengthening effect you get from this. I haven’t been using it very long and in a few more weeks I might do a post reviewing only this. Is it truly a substitute for false lashes? No, not really, but I haven’t used any mascara that makes them look as good. FYI-This only comes in one color.

Eyeliner: Jordana, INCOLOR Fabuliner in Black ($2.99 on Jordana’s Website)
This is definitely the most user-friendly liquid liner I’ve tried. It’s a firm felt tip and despite using it for several months regularly, it hasn’t begun to fade at all. It doesn’t skip/drag and makes doing a winged liner so easy! The inexpensive price doesn’t hurt either. It’s true black in color (not blue/gray), matte finish, dries quickly, blendable. This comes in both black and (dark) brown.


  1. Ooh, I see what you mean about the Guerlain Perles. They've definitely been added to me shopping list x

    1. I'm in love with it! They also make a light diffusing perfecting primer that, if I felt the need to shell out $71, I'd love to get.

  2. Great picks! I tested out the Smashbox BB Cream a while back and really like it as well! And I definitely have to pick up that Naked Basics palette soon :)


    1. Thank you! I just got a sample of the CC cream but I still prefer their BB version. I've heard really good things about Clinique's CC cream-- so that's next on the list. I totally recommend picking up the Naked Basics Palette-- It might actually be my favorite palette I own!

  3. i've heard such good things about embroylisse! need to try it xx

    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should definitely try it if you get the chance-- it's amazing!