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March Favorites | 2015

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March has finally come down to an end and I can't be happier about it! It has been a very hectic and stressful month in which I've clearly had to indulge in some retail/ girlfriends therapy. And that is the perfect excuse to give you some of my monthly favorites:

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray - Ever since I got this a while back, I decided I was going to use it for special occasions. But as my work days have been getting longer and longer, I've found this is the best investment for my face. My makeup stays put all day, even in hot/ humid sweaty environments. That my friends, is worth the $30 price tag. 
  • Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil - I started using this after I gave my mom the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream I got recently. So I hijacked her creamy oil that she used to use for her super dry hands at night, only to find out this the best thing for your cuticles before and after a manicure. Plus, it works wonder as night lipbalm! 
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina- This is not a shocker! You guys know I love me some long wearing dark lipsticks. This formulation is perfect for your lips and is the perfect transition from winter to spring. 
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara - Before I say anything, can someone explain to me why nobody hypes about this mascara?! I swear it has the same potential as Benefit's They're Real. Seriously, try it for yourself
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz- This is so worth the hype. One use, and you'll be asking yourself how you ever did your makeup without. 
  • Time With Friends- After being sent this article, I realized that even though obviously being with friends is an ongoing favorite of mine, I have to admit they kept me sane during this past month. No matter how little time our friends and I have, we always find the time to have our "cheap sushi/ cheap wine nights" to listen to our hopes, dreams and struggles. Even having those crazy Whatsapp groups makes my day a little brighter. :)

What are your monthly favorites?

Love, 

Elena

Stila, Anastasia & First Aid Beauty Haul

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It is no secret how much I love to splurge on makeup, so the combination of me being sick at home and being bored with complete access to online shopping, is dangerous. Here's the end result:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina - I have to say this was an impulse buy after browsing around Instagram and finding a picture of this amazing Kiley Jenner-ish lipstick. I immediately started stalking all pictures of this mauve color that I still didn't own with #StilaPatina... so catchy! But before we get into details, please note that I am not a fan of Kiley's ridiculously overdrawn lips, but I do have to admit I am a fan of her lip color choices. #NotSorry

  • Formulation: I'm not gonna lie, I was expecting a stain but it turns out this formulation is exactly what it says it is: a liquid lipstick. Although I cannot say it lives to its claim of "stay all day" I must say it stays on the lips for a good 3-4 hours top. 
  • First Impression: When you first put it on your lips, it feels like a more liquid version of a lipgloss, but then it slowly starts setting into a matte formulation without making your lips feel dry. 
  • Verdict: Love the formulation of this lipstick and Patina is the perfect shade to transition from winter to spring. Recommended!

Anastasia Brow Whiz - Like seriously, what real beauty blogger doesn't own this gem?! Of course I needed to get my hands on it! This is one of those things that I used to say "why would I need that when I have Mac's Espresso eye shadow and a good brow brush?". Boy was I wrong! I don't even know where to start... This is definitely not a gimmick, and once you start using it you will understand what all the buzz is about.

  • Formulation: The shade "Soft Brown" is perfect for my highlighted brunette hair, since it's noticeable yet subtle.
  • First Impression: This gives you the perfect natural brows without feeling overdrawn, something that usually happens with powders. Looking in the mirror, I could seriously tell the difference and how perfect they looked. And that little brush at the other end is a blessing from the skies! 
  • Verdict: We've officially reached "obsessed" status. This is a must have for everyone who OCD's over their eyebrows.

First Aid Beauty - After falling in love with their Facial Radiance Pads, I went ahead and purchased their Fab Faves To Go Kit and their lip balm to try some new products from them and get more toner pads! Here's what I think of each product: 

Face Cleanser

  • Formulation: I can agree with the website's description of its whipped formulation: "A mild face cleanser that feels luxurious". 
  • First Impression: I liked the creamy consistency, but I am not loving how it works with my Clarisonic Mia. I would love to see more foam. 
  • Verdict: Maybe this kind of cream cleansers doesn't work as well if you have oily skin... I still don't know if its giving me acne! Have any of you had this type of problem? 

Ultra Repair Cream

  • Formulation: This product is gentle enough so you can use it in your face. The website claims this product "delivers exceptional hydration and protection with no greasy petroleum". 
  • First Impression: It is very thick! It does what it claims, but I don't think I need this much hydration. 
  • Verdict: I like the consistency, but I don't suffer from dry skin so I gave it to my mom. I would definitely recommend it for someone with super dry skin. 

Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

  • Formulation: It is very thick and apparently has the same healing power as their Ultra Repair Cream. 
  • First Impression: Love the minty smell!! 
  • Verdict: Even though I don't dislike it, I'd rather stick to my trusty Carmex balm for my nighttime routine. 

Facial Radience Pads - If you would like to read what I think of the Facial Radiance Pads, visit this link

What do you think of this type of reviews? Let me know so I can keep doing them if you dig them. :)

Elena