April Beauty Favorites

1. Benefit The POREfessional: I was introduced to this primer when I received it in my December Birchbox. I instantly fell in love with it, purchased it, and have been using it since then. This is definitely the best primer that I have ever tried! I will not put on foundation without first applying this—it just isn't the same! My foundation looks a million times better when applying this primer prior to my foundation. Not only does it make for a much easier foundation application, but it minimizes the appearance of my pores and makes my skin feel and look smooth. Most importantly, it keeps my makeup looking fresh all day long. The best thing about this primer is that it does not break me out, and I have acne-prone skin. I have oily skin as well. However, I find myself using blotting sheets less frequently when wearing this.

2. Almay Clear Complexion Blemish Healing Liquid Makeup in "Buff": I love using this foundation, mainly because it does not break me out. I would say that it has medium coverage. Although I prefer full coverage these days, this works best for me as of now. Prior to using this foundation, I was using the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, which has amazing coverage. However, it broke me out and left my skin a little too oily after only a couple hours of wear. I have been using this Clear Complexion foundation for the past couple of months now. I like the consistency—not too thick or thin. It is easy to apply and blends amazingly well.

3. Beautyblender: Since purchasing the Beautyblender, I have not used a single foundation or concealer brush. Never have I used anything that blends my foundation and concealer as well as this does, and it is very easy to use! For the most natural looking makeup, I recommend using this makeup sponge. Check out the video below for one of many ways to use the Beautyblender.

4. Fresh Sheer Berry Rose Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: Like most beauty products that I am in love with, I was introduced to this product in my March Birchbox. I love this lip treatment, because it is a 3-in-1 product. It has SPF 15, hydrating properties, and a tint of color that can be built up to a gorgeous, natural looking shade.

5. Sigma Beauty Brow and Lash - E80: Sigma Beauty recently launched this brow and lash brush. As soon as it was available, I immediately ordered one. Just had to have it! I use it for my eyebrows and lashes. What impresses me about this brush is how polished it makes my eyebrows look.

This May, Sigma Beauty will be offering a new free gift with all purchases over $30—an exclusive eye shadow sample! Sigma Beauty has carefully selected one color from each of their best selling eye shadow palettes, Bare, Dare, and Flare. This is a great opportunity to try out Sigma Beauty's exceptional shadows! The featured eye shadow colors are: Shine from the Bare palette, Grasp from the Dare palette, and Crush from the Flare palette. Throughout May, all purchases over $30 will randomly receive one of these single eye shadows.


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April Birchbox Review

Dropps Laundry Detergent: Made with a highly concentrated formula, each Dropps pac has enough cleaning action for a whole load of laundry. Free of fabric damaging enzymes, the detergent is safe for all fabrics, colors, temperatures, and washing machines. Just drop the dissolving pacs into your washing machine, then move on to more important things on your to-do list—like painting your nails.

My thoughts: I know what you are thinking—laundry detergent? But! I have never tried anything like this before, and not only did these little drop pacs do their job, but they are very convenient! Would I purchase these laundry detergent drops? Yes! 


Amika Obliphica Nourishing Mask: Sourced from rare sea buckthorn berries, Obliphica oil is a wonder ingredient rich in natural vitamins and omega acids that sink into each follicle, repairing any signs of heat and styling damage. Moroccan argan oil infuses hair with deep moisture, while vitamin C adds brightness and shine. Plus, the formula is completely free of parabens and sulfates.

My thoughts: I love using hair masks, and try to use one every one to two weeks. I have never used a hair mask that did not leave my hair feeling and looking healthy. I love that this hair mask is full of healthy properties. Would I purchase this hair mask? Maybe!


Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer: Instead of plain old H2O, this moisturizer is formulated with a blend of juices and other botanicals that nourish skin. Organic apple, grape, and pomegranate juices nourish with antioxidants and phytonutrients, while hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the skin without the weight of oils. Aloe leaf juice and cucumber extract soothe skin and heal redness and irritation. Use it regularly to balance your skin tone while replenishing moisture levels.

My thoughts: When using facial products, it is a plus when they are organic or natural. I am currently in search for the perfect moisturizer, and this one is just not it, due to the fact that I prefer a thicker consistency. However, it is still a great moisturizer! It absorbs well and does not leave my skin feeling oily. Would I 
                                                           purchase this moisturizer? Maybe.


Taylor Swift Wonderstruck: Inspiration for Wonderstruck came from Taylor’s favorite memories and scents. The fragrance is a gourmand floral; a charming and sparkling surprise of vibrant fruits, kissed by a bouquet of soft petals and a touch of sweet indulgence.

My thoughts: As I mentioned in my March Birchbox review, I am picky when it comes to perfume. I am not in love with this one. However, it does have a nice feminine scent. I can definitely smell the floral and fruits. Would I purchase this perfume? Maybe.


Zoya in "Lotus" - True Spring Collection: Each Zoya shade goes on opaque with just one coat and lasts 50 percent longer than traditional polishes. And you’ll be glad to hear that the vegan-friendly formulas don’t contain formaldehyde, tuolene, camphor, and other toxic chemicals.

My thoughts: This is definitely my favorite beauty product in this month's Birchbox! I absolutely love Zoya nail polishes. The shades are very opaque and long-lasting. Would I purchase this Zoya nail polish shade? Yes!

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