MARCH FAVOURITES

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Today’s post is going to be all about my most prized products of the past month.

I cannot seem to expel that procrastinating little devil on my shoulder, so from here on out I’m just happily going to identify my blogging habits as spontaneous and a welcome surprise. That works, right? Anyways, today’s post is going to be all about my most prized products of the past month. Let me tell you, picking out favorites has never ever ever been my strong suit, but I found these particular ones to be worth mentioning so on their pedestal they go.

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BEAUTY FAVORITES 

Let’s start off with base products. I’m normally not the type of person that tends to buy into the whole BB, CC or tinted moisturizer gig in general, but when a colleague told me she swore by the Erborian BB Crème Au Ginseng, I thought I’d give it a try and got the shade ‘Clair’. And what a lovely try it was. I’m hooked! It promises a whole array of wonderful things, including “baby skin”. Though sceptical as I am, I must somewhat agree with their claims. It does even out and mattify the complexion, giving it that silky, velvety finish. It gives decent light to even medium coverage without feeling or looking heavy whatsoever. I’ll write up a more in depth review for those who fancy it, but I’m really impressed with it so far.

To powder off the skin I’m still sticking to my trusted MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light, but for days when I don’t fancy adding extra coverage to my base, I opt for the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in 20 Clair. I’ve used this powder for almost two years now and even have one in my professional kit – that’s how much I adore it. It’s the most silky, finely milled finishing powder I’ve ever owned. The finish is somewhat similar to the MAC MSF albeit still much lighter, both in coverage as in texture. It’s nearly undetectably on the skin, melting into it as it were.

As I’ve been working for different cosmetic brands these past weeks, I’ve resorted to keeping my make-up as natural, low-key and fresh looking as possible, often opting for cream blushers in the process. I have a fair collection of those, but the ones that I’ve reached for the most MAC’s Cream Color Base in Virgin Isle and Stila’s Convertible Color in Lillium. I’ve also loved using the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 07 and MAC’s Vintage Rose, but Virgin Isle and Lillium are my most used ones as of late.

On the eyes I’ve kept it rather neutral as I often do anyways, alternating between using MAC Blanc Type on the Lid and a bit of MAC Kid in the crease and focussing on highlighting the inner tear duct with some MAC White Frost or any other facial highlighter I’m using that day. For days where I wanted a bit more warmth, I went for my trusty MAC Groundwork. Kind of like MAC Era, but in a paint pot form, ergo easier application and outstanding longevity.

For lips I’ve kept it natural because of the reason I stated earlier, and also because I’ve just really been enjoying the look of it recently. My go-to neutral shades have been either MAC Lip Liner in Boldly Bare or the Chanel Precision Lip Definer in 68 Rose Poudré. As you can see on the image below, the Chanel lip liner is more on the dusty pink side and the MAC one is more of a medium-orange brown. They’re both neutral enough to not change your natural lip color, but more to enhance and define dem lovely peckers. These are my most used neutral lip liners in general and I’ve loved pairing them with a multitude of lipsticks. Shown below are the ones I’ve reached for most often in the past month: MAC Shy Girl for that warm beige peach finish, MAC Shy Shine for when I’m feeling that beige coral vibe, and MAC Coral Bliss for when I’m craving a more fresh and luscious pinkish coral on my lips.

When I was still bound to keep it nice ‘n neutral but still wanted to add a bit more oomph to my lips, I adored using MAC On Hold. It’s a reddish raspberry that gives you that “I just bit my lip” or even “I just made out” kind of look. Either way, not a bad look to go for. Juiceh.

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I’ve talked about my skincare quite extensively in my 2014 favorites, but what I forgot to mention and therefore have paid more attention to using lately, are the Dr. Andrew Veil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Advanced Skin Relief Face Serum and Soothing Face Cream. Because of recent skincare changes, I wanted something more soothing to use before bedtime, and these two have really worked their magic on me. It’s soothing, highly moisturizing and very effective at reducing redness and sensitivity, leaving my skin feeling and looking plump and radiant.

These last few years have really brought out the perfume zealot in me. I’ve branched outside the more mainstream vortex and ventured out into the world of Jo Malone fragrances, Tom ford and even LUSH. But somehow Jo Malone has managed to take root in my fragrance loving heart and have left me with a few signature scents that I wouldn’t want to be without. My most recent find is the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne, a floral fragrance launched in 2013. It’s not a composition I would usually go for, but after having smelt it on a friend, I was intrigued by its soft, juicy femininity. It’s light and fresh with a top note of red apple and middle notes inter alia peony and jasmine, and a base note of – yeah you guessed it – suede. I can really smell the red apple, rose and peony in it, and the suede adds a welcome complexity to it. It’s not the longest wearing fragrance out there, but it’s a pleasant one nonetheless.

NON-BEAUTY FAVORITES

Music
Frank Sinatra, Hands Like Houses, Years & Years, Pvris, The Weeknd, FKA Twigs, Twenty One Pilots

Books
The Book Of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

Films
Unbroken, Starred Up, ‘71, The Theory Of Everything, Paddington, The Imitation Game, Fury

TV-series
Arrow, Orphan Black, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Outlander, The Voice UK

Quote(s)

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
– Albert Einstein

And then there’s this quote, which I posted on one of my Instagram pictures a few days ago. I’m not saying this quote is me personified, but it does hold some truth for me, and certainly a lot to think about;

“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand.
We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty.

We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know – unless it be to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.”

– James Kavanaugh

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