March Favorites… Hello April!


Helloooooo April! I may have reasons to be particularly excited about April… my 23rd birthday being one of them. Although getting older doesn’t excite me, I still love the celebration of ME and it’s one more excuse to give myself gifts – from ME to Me. With the beginning of a new month comes the end of a month, which means the mandatory monthly favorites post. If you missed last month’s you can check it out here. For this month, I tried to include products that weren’t only makeup, but also skincare and beauty tools. Hopefully, there’ll be something that spikes your interest and you give it a go!

1. Pixi by Petra + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse


You have probably heard of this already as a LOT of people have been obsessing over this product. It is a cleanser, but it has two sides, one is a solid cleansing oil and the second one is a cleansing cream. The first step is to cleanse your face using the oil and then wipe it off using a moist cloth/towel, and then you use the cleansing cream to double cleanse and wipe it off the same way. The cleansing oil, since it is the fist step, has to be my favorite. You can really feel it breaking down your makeup and dirt you’ve accumulated throughout the day. The cleansing cream is perfect to finish up and remove anything else that might be in your face, leaving it fresh, clean, and ready for a good night’s sleep. Highly recommend it!

2. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian + Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

I LOVEthe combination of these two products. I am not a big fan of gloss, and I would definitely not wear it to work (9am to 6pm), but for an afternoon out, not a windy one, a quick walk in the neighborhood or an afternoon with friends having some drinks. White Russian works so well with other lipsticks and I loved this particular combination. Have you tried using lip gloss and a matte lipstick before?

3. Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask


This. Smells. SO. GOOOOOOOD! I like to give my skin a little bit of attention every once again. I don’t have big skin issues or concerns, so I don’t use a lot of skincare products, or masks that are strong and heavy, or that contain ingredients that are meant for more than just giving your skin a breather. You’re only supposed to leave this mask on between 10 to 15 minutes, which I think is my patience limit, any more than that I probably would just wash it off before the timer goes off. Every time I use it, my skin feels so nice and clean, and it’s just like a quick pick me up. The best thing is how good it smells. There is some heating/tingling you might experience, but it’s nothing major.

4. NYX Cosmetics Matte Liquid Liner

Not going to go to much into this as I did a post reviewing it not too long ago, you can check it out here. But it’s made my life a lot easier and I thought it deserved to be mentioned in this month’s favorites!

5. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (that’s a mouthful)

I recently got a sample of this in a Sephora order as one of my free three samples and I am REALLY impressed. I mainly use eyeliner on my waterline and to tight line and it’s so hard to find one that glides on easily, pigmented, and that I don’t have to trace it multiple times to get the color to show. I didn’t want to like it because it is $25 and I think that’s a bit much for an eyeliner, but it’s SO good. On the Sephora site, I didn’t see a black shade… It seems they only have black in a satin shade, but I think I’ll have to try it out. If you have any good drugstore recommendations I would really appreciate it!

6. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer in R22


During the last Sephora class I attended, I learned that color correcting didn’t have to end with my face looking like a clown and all sorts of shades and colors and lines on my face. While on the class, I tried this concealer to color correct the dark circles under my eyes, and then I was told I would use my regular concealer on top of it. MAGIC. I’ve been doing this every day, applying it right in my dark circles, and the applying my concealer on top of it. The second concealer does more lightening and highlighting, while the first one just focuses on the dark circles and hiding them.

7. Tarte Make Believe in Yourself: Magic Wands Brush Set – Blending + Shading brush

I’ll be honest and say I ordered these because they were pretty and there was a pink brush – I know, I am every marketing person’s dream audience- but I’ve actually been loving the eyeshadow brushes. The other brushes are alright, nothing great, I actually think they’re a bit too soft and this is usually not the best in face brushes, but the eyeshadow brushes I love. The blending brush really does work and blends my eyeshadow so well, helping me get rid of any lines. Plus, they’re gold.

Aaaaaand that’s it for this month! Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below some of your March favorites! And don’t forget to like this post if you enjoyed it.

P.S – if you haven’t been watching Big Little Lies in HBO…. you HAVE to!

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Holaa! My name is Maria, twenty-three, Colombian in Oregon, pursuing my Masters degree in Media Studies and using makeup as a procrastination tool. Join me as I learn more about makeup and share my thoughts with you!

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  • New #dermae goodies! And #texturetuesday if you swipe left ⬅️ I have been loving trying out new skincare, especially moisturizers and anything hydrating. I got sent two @dermae products, both with anti-aging qualities. How do you feel about anti-aging skincare?
🍃 The Advanced Peptide and Collagen Moisturizer helps soften and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Also, includes antioxidants to help support healthy collagen. Even if you are young and don’t have visible wrinkles, it is super important to be preventive! I haven’t used this one yet, but it felt really nice on my hand and I can’t wait to use it.
🍃Also received the Firming DMAE Eye aloft. This cream lifts, firms, and tightens the delicate eye area. It has #hyaluronicacid which infuses a surge of cooling eye moisture. I have used this a couple of times and really like the way it feels. While it isn’t super heavy, it does feel really hydrating.
Thank you so much #dermaesocial 🙏🏼
Productos nuevos para probar de @dermae! Su hidratante que ayuda a suavizar y disminuir la apariencia de arrugas. Nunca es muy temprano para empezar a prevenir. Y el segundo producto es su crema para la ojos que hidrata, afirma, y levanta la delicada área de los ojos. El #contornodeojos ya lo he usado un par de veces y me ha gustado mucho lo hidrata que hace ver las ojeras.
  • It’s a new week and I am still dealing with my cold 🤦🏻‍♀️Maybe I’ll be cured before the end of the year 🤞🏼What is one thing makeup/skincare related that you struggle with? Something you can’t make look right. For example, for me it is concealer. I have tried so many different things (still testing some), but this is the one area of my face that looks the worst at end of the day. I also feel like it’s a very important one as I want to make sure I get those under eye circles covered, but don’t want it to look cakey. Let’s help each other out! Give me your concealer tips and I’ll try to help you! 👇🏼
Una nueva semana y yo todavía con gripa 🤦🏻‍♀️A lo mejor para el fin de año ya estoy mejor 🤞🏼Cuál es un paso en su rutina de maquillaje/cuidado de la piel con la que tienen dificultades? Que no logran que se vea bien? Por ejemplo, para mi es el corrector para tapar las ojeras. Siempre me parece que es lo peor que se ve al final del día. Quiero asegurarme de que estoy tapando las ojeras pero no quiero que el area se vea pesada. Denme sus tips y ayudémonos! 👇🏼
#motd #maquillajedeldia #maybelline #uobeauty #drugstoremakeup #makeupoftheday #nomakeupmakeuplook #nomakeupmakeup #lauramercier #tintedmoisturizer #affordablemakeup #bloggercolombiana #bloggermexicana #pdxblogger #portlandoregon #portland #sephorahaul #narsconcealer #bellezanatural #maquillajenatural #discoverunder100k #instagood #glittershadow #glittereyeshadow #makeuphelp #makeuptips #makeupbag #leatherbag
  • Happy #Sunday! A little #throwback to the end of the summer when I had a fresh tan (that has now faded) and was playing with the @hourglasscosmetics #scatteredlight shadow in Smoke. Only used some bronzer and the #hourglass shadow to add a little something. Love how easy these were to use. I had no trouble with fallout throughout the day or longevity.
I hope you all had a very relaxing weekend ♥️
Feliz Domingo! Esto fue al final del verano cuando todavía estaba bronceadita y estrenaba la sombra de @hourglasscosmetics en el tono Smoke. Son súper fáciles de usar! Yo no tuve ningún problema durante el día, al final se veía igual que apenas la apliqué.
Espero todos hayan tenido un buen fin de semana ♥️
  • Happy Friday! I hope you’re on your way to a lovely, relaxing weekend. Any plans? I will be doing homework and playing with some makeup. These are all products I have been using for a while now and love. Still obsessed with the @thrivecausemetics eyeshadow palette. The quality is amazing and you really don’t need anything more. Can’t go wrong with the @marcbeauty bronzer. It has to be one of my all-time favorites. @maybelline has some of the BEST mascaras and the @beccacosmetics highlighters are the most beautiful.
Feliz Viernes! Espero se estén preparando para un fin de semana súper relajado. Estos son todos productos que he usado ya un tiempo y todos me encantan. Les súper recomiendo las sombras de #thrivecausemetics. La verdad que no se necesita más. Los polvos bronceadores de #marcbeauty son de los mejores que he usado.
  • #SaturdaySkinGiftedMe What’s the last skincare you tried? A little skincare, a little newness. The @farmacybeauty Green Clean is my favorite way to take off my makeup. I then use the @freshbeauty Soy Face Cleanser.  their Peel Gel - and I really liked how gentle it was. My skin was not red afterwards and it is just a very satisfying feeling. I would only do this maybe once every couple of weeks but it is a nice complement to my routine.
NEW - the @fur_you Silk Scrub (gifted). This is a gentle exfoliant to be used 2-3 times a week on your body. It can also be used as a mask, but I see myself using it after I shave. I’ve only tried it on my hand so far and I was very impressed by how gentle it was. It didn’t feel scratchy. And I LOVE the packaging. It is so practical and hygienic.
Productos para la piel! Para quitarme el maquillaje uso #GreenClean de @farmacybeauty seguido por el #soyfacecleanser de #freshbeauty. Una nueva adición es el exfoliante de #furyou para el cuerpo. Ya lea contaré qué tal!
@sephora @saturday_skin #sephora #saturdayskin #OctolyFamily
  • Sharing an #motd today! If you’re not familiar with @colourpopcosmetics, they have amazing quality eyeshadows and so many eyeshadow palettes to choose from. They also always have sales going on and just amazing quality. Other great #drugstorebeauty products include the @physiciansformula #butterbronzer and #butterhighlighter. The bronzer is so good and they released new shades this year. The @lorealmakeup lumi glotion is amazing if you like the glowy makeup look. It is a dupe for the #charlottetilbury Hollywood flawless filter.
What are your favorite drugstore makeup products?
Si no han escuchado de #colourpopcosmetics, esta marca es súper económica pero la calidad es súper buena y vale la pena. Además tienen una gran seleccion de productos. Otros productos de farmacia que son súper buenos, los polvos bronceadores de #physiciansformula.


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