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Emma’s March Favorites!

Hi Everyone!  I’m beginning a ‘monthly favorites’ series.  At the end of the current month (or first week of the ‘new’ month) I will dedicate a post to my most beloved products of the month.  These will be items that I used a bunch, new things that I fell in love with, and forgotten favorites.  I’ll talk mostly about beauty products, and add in clothing/whatever else grabbed my attention. 🙂  So without further ado…My March Favorites!

My March Beauty Faves

First I’ll touch on the face products.  This is a bit unexpected, but I have two NEW foundation routines.  Previously, I exclusively used Bare Minerals Matte– which I still like– but I’d go through those little sifter containers quite quickly!  Before the Matte came out, I used the original BE formula for a few years.  I decided to look into additional products because I wanted to try something with less of a pink undertone.  For light natural coverage, I have been using the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Light, applied with the MAC 182 Kabuki brush.  The finish of MSF Natural is incredible– your skin is left very smooth and virtually flawless.  It’s a lot more natural looking than BE, in my opinion.  Coverage holds up for a full day, and does so without looking like it’s concealing anything.  The 182 brush is a good investment– it’s the best Kabuki I’ve ever used.  It’s made of super soft goat hair and buffs like no other.  These two are a winning combo.

MAC 182, MAC MSF Natural in Light, NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia

My other love, NARS Sheer Glow, deserves its own review.  Look out for that one soon!  It’s a wonderful liquid foundation, it offers light to medium coverage depending on application.  My shade is Siberia.  I used to be anti-liquid, but this one has ended my prejudice.  LOVE it!

EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit and Philosophy Amazing Grace firming body emulsion are two body hydration treats of the month. I received Amazing Grace as a beauty insider sample size gift from Sephora, and I definitely will buy the full size when this runs out.  Mine is 2 oz., the perfect size to throw in your bag.  It has a gorgeous delicate floral aroma and moisturizes really well.  To be honest, I have yet to meet a Philosophy product that I dislike.

Philosophy Amazing Grace, EOS Lip Balm

For blush, I am obsessed with the MAC Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach.  I’m sure lots of you already have this, and it has been quite hyped, but this product is probably my number one favorite of the month.  It’s so beautiful, and just goes perfectly with my coloring.  I think that peach is very universal, and flatters pretty much every skin tone.   The compact is equally stunning, with a gradation of color in the pan from light apricot to a reddened peach.  There is a bit of shimmer, but not much– and the powder is very finely milled.  These are sold out most places, but if you are able to get your hands on one, please do so!

MAC Ripe Peach

In the same color family, another favorite is MAC lipstick in Fresh Salmon.  I’m really into coral and peach this season.  It’s so…fresh.  Not to steal the name of the lipstick.

MAC Fresh Salmon, MAC Ripe Peach, MAC Bough Grey e/s

MAC Fresh Salmon swatch

Also pictured is MAC Bough Grey eye shadow. I talked about this one a couple of weeks ago in my Liberty of London review.  To see a swatch and the original packaging, check out that post.  I ended up depotting the shadow in order to add it to my palette.

MAC Bough Grey

Also mentioned in a previous post, I am loving Essie polishes in Tart Deco and Van D’Go.  I discovered the Essie quick-e drying drops when I got a pedicure.  The bottle has a glass dropper, and you release 1-2 drops on top of each nail after the polish has been applied.  It works by binding with the varnish somehow and drying everything faster than anything I’ve tried before.  Unlike Seche Vite, this does not add a thick goop ridden layer to your manicure, a big plus. It feels kind of like a dry oil to the touch.  I picked mine up at Ulta.

Essie quick-e, Van D'Go, & Tart Deco

This next one is a bit out of season (maybe) but I love apple year round.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and this Bath & Body Works soap in Fresh Market Apple brings back happy memories of college. 🙂  Something about MA and apple picking perhaps? Regardless, I love it.  It lives in my bathroom.

BBW Fresh Market Apple

Doesn’t my backyard provide a fitting background?  Also, BBW had redone the formula on their anti-bac soaps, as well as the packaging.  A positive move on both accounts!

I wanted to include a couple of favorite clothing items as well.  I’m loving embellished tees.  This floral painted tee from J.Crew is so fun.  If you touch it, the texture is like someone took acrylic paint and went to town on a nice grey slub cotton canvas.  The fabric is bias cut and hangs nicely.  Next to the shirt is my new favorite braided leather belt from Anthropologie.  I’ve been looking for something like this for a while.  It’s constructed of brown leather complete with a circular buckle.  It was made in India.  I snagged it for nearly half off.

J.Crew painted tee, Anthropologie braided belt

And finally, we end with my favorite Lululemon tank of the month.  This is another one of my Scoop Neck Tanks in teal.  I keep going back to this color!

Lululemon Scoop Neck Tank

back of my teal Lulu tank

Hope you found a few things that you like!  Please share your favorites of last month in the comments below!

XO E

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Spring Smokey Eye

Hey everyone, heading out for dinner soon, so I wanted to share the look I created for tonight.  I wanted to do a smokey eye with pink and purple blended on the lid, and a darker purple-grey in the crease and outer corner.  I like how this turned out, hope that you do too!

Here’s what I used for this look:

Face

  • NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia
  • MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Light- just dusted over T-Zone
  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (under eyes) in Ivory

Cheeks

  • NARS Orgasm blush
  • MAC Daft Pink mineralized blush (used as highlight)

Eyes

  • UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion) to prime the eyes
  • Curl lashes with Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  • MAC Naked Lunch as brow bone highlight and in inner corner
  • Revlon Matte in Pink Innocence on lid, then layer MAC Swish over it
  • MAC Bough Grey in crease, blended out
  • MAC Smoke & Diamonds on outer half of crease, focusing on outer V
  • MAC Sketch on outer V to darken a bit more
  • MAC Stars ‘N Rockets on lid, blending up a bit into the crease
  • touch of MAC Unbasic White in inner corner and swept up and outwards (about to the halfway point on the eye)
  • Line eyes with MAC Kohl Power in Feline
  • Apply mascara- I used MAC Plush Lash in Plushblack

Make sure your brows are defined too…I used a bit of Anastasia’s baked brow powder in a dark blonde shade and their clear brow gel to groom the shape.

To balance out the darker eye, I went with a nude lip- I used MAC Creme d’Nude layered on top of some EOS lip balm (my new fave!  $3.29 at drugstores).

Sounds like a lot of eye products, but it’s fun for me to play with lots of colors when I have my palettes out.  You could definitely use less and achieve a similar look!

Here are some pictures! Note that my camera washes the colors out a little– it’s more vibrant and quite darker in real life.

Have a great night!

XO E