My April Favorites

Another month gone by. This is crazy. How is it May already? Am I the only one who feels this way? Wasn’t it Christmas just a couple of weeks ago? I hope the first four months of 2017 have gone smoothly for you, and you’ve done all sorts of new and fun things.

One of my goals this year is to try different beauty products and kind of step out of the comfort zone. To do this, you don’t really need to splurge, by stepping out of my comfort zone I mean trying type of products I’ve never tried before. For example, I used to hate foundation and hate the feeling of product on my face, but I’ve found that there are light-coverage foundations or CC creams that I really like. Always remember, if you’re in the U.S., pretty much every place has a really flexible return policy if you keep your receipt. So do not fear buying a ton of products and ending up with a collection of products you don’t like.

This month’s favorites are not too crazy, just a little bit of variety as far as they’re not all for the same part of my face.

1. Hourglass Lighting Powder in Luminous Light

Zoella has raved about this product multiple times and I was dying to try it out. They always have the travel size version in the checkout lines at Sephora so I swatched it once and it was the softest thing I have ever touched and I knew I needed to have it. Finally, when the Sephora VIB Sale happened, I knew it was my time to try it out. I LOVE THIS THING! You know, it gives my face a healthy glow and since it’s so light, I don’t get a cakey feeling (i have dry skin some powder products don’t always sit well and this actually happened first with the Laura Mercier powder). They have different shades that not 100% sure what they would look like, as I don’t think there’s a big color payoff.


2. Colourpop Double Play Pressed Powder Blush & Highlighter Duo

This product confused me at first, as I had no idea the blush was a blush and I thought it was a bronzer. Don’t worry, I realized the first time I used it and it did not look good. At all. Works way better as a blush! I have actually been pairing it with NARS’ Orgasm – applying Orgasm to the apple of my cheeks and using the Colourpop blush in the rest of the blush area (… does this have a name… HELP!). The highlighter is also amazing and I get compliments on it all the time.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

I received this product in my last PLAY! by Sephora box and I love it. I have never used a high-end moisturizer since drugstore products really are enough. Honestly, up to this point I didn’t think my skin could get butter and that the dryness I had was just normal and perhaps a result of the makeup, but this has made me realize that it can better. Never settle and know that there is a product out there that can make your skin feel so much better than it currently does. It’s possible.

4. Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner 

The first time I saw this was on Tarte’s Instagram story (and I know that products work and look a lot better when the company is promoting them,) but it looked so pigmented in the waterline and it looked like such a smooth application I decided to try it out when Tarte had it’s friends and family discount. So far so good. I’m still not a pro at the winged eyeliner thing so I don’t think the product should be judged based on that. The pencil part is really good and I use it to tightline.


5. MAC Next To Nothing Face Color 

MAC did the perfect advertising for this product, it targeted girls like me who don’t love high-coverage foundation but just wanna look pretty in pictures. I remember reading this Elite Daily article that said, “will make your skin look like an Instagram filter come to life, #nofilter needed,” and I was sold! And I am happy they lured me into buying it. It does what it says it does so if you’re looking for a high-coverage foundation, this is not for you. It is buildable, not much, but it could be built up if needed in certain areas.

6. Capture Your Style by Aimee Song

If you haven’t seen this book as a prop in numerous Instagram posts – You can click here to open an Instagram account. I was curious about what the rave was and finally got it. The book is a guide to Instagram, it goes over do’s and don’t’s, photo editing apps, strategy, audience, etc. Using Instagram as a platform to share my likes and dislikes, I think it’s easy to obsess over the numbers and forget that the whole point is for you to share the things that you like, moments of happiness, and have a place where I can have it all in one and this book reminded me of that. I’m not saying it will reveal the secrets to having a hugely successful Instagram account, but it does give great tips and tricks on how to improve your grid.

I’d love to know your favorites this month so please share them with me!

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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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  • Thank @pixibeauty for the most beautiful package ♥️ The #pixibeauty #mattelastliquidlip is one of my favorite #mattelipstick formulas so you have no idea how excited I was when Pixi announced they were releasing new shades 🎉 And I was even MORE excited when this showed up at my door. I already owned the original shades so I gifted the extra ones to my friend (and #skincare queen 👑) @mod.young.
This formula is so lightweight, and not drying, and really, the only #matteliquidlipstick I use anymore. My favorite shade from this new release HAS to be #BerryBoost. The perfect shade for #fall🍁
No se imaginan la felicidad cuando llego este paquetito a mi puerta 😍 Estos labiales líquidos de @pixibeauty son mis favoritos. Vivo enamorada de los seis tonos que lanzaron primero, y ahora han lanzado cinco nuevos tonos más vibrantes y coloridos.
  • Please ignore the disgusting stage of my #glossier #cloudpaints 🙈 But these are my go-to cream blushes (pretty much all the ones I own). I find that cream blushes can give the most natural, flushed look and I love that. The #cloudpaint is the one I have been using the longest but I think the @flowerbeauty #blushbomb color drops are VERY similar (and MORE affordable). My newest addition is the #lilahbeauty divine duo - again, gorgeous shade and amazing formula.
Do you like a cream blush? Or do you prefer a powder blush?
Hablemos de rubores en crema! Me parece que en esta presentación el rubor se puede ver tan natural, así como pretendiendo que hicimos ejercicio pero llevamos tres horas en el sofá. Así. Estos son mis favoritos (todos los que tengo). Si buscan una opción económica les recomiendo el de Flower Beauty. Muy similar al de glossier.
#FlowerBeautygiftedme @ultabeauty #flowerbeauty #OctolyFamily #creamblush #cremeblush #rubor #rubores #thrivetribe #thrivecausemetics
  • Showing you the various stages of this look from the final outcome to my very, very naked face from a couple of weeks ago. This week has been a test to my #confidence. I got a stye(eyelid pimple) on my left eye and I looked like I had been punched (according to me). This meant I couldn’t wear ANY eye makeup. While I preach that #beauty is not dependent on #makeup, I still felt very insecure not being able to put on mascara or eyeliner. We get used to seeing ourselves in a certain way, and when we don’t look like what we’re used to, it’s not necessarily a bad thing - but just different. In my mind, if I can see a “flaw,” everyone else can see it too. When the reality is they’re probably not even paying attention. •
Do you also get up close and personal with your mirror and wonder if others can see that tiny little mark on your cheek?
Mostrándoles este look de hace un par de semanas desde el acabado hasta mi carita bien desnuda. Esta semana me ha salido un orzuelo en el párpado izquierdo lo que significó que no me podía poner #maquillaje en los ojos. Estando acostumbrada a verme CON maquillaje, fue muy extraño verme sin. Cuando estoy en la casa sin planes de ir a ningún lado, nunca me maquillo. Pero cuando voy a la universidad si. Y fue difícil. Porque pensaba que todo el mundo se iba a dar cuenta cuando la realidad es que probablemente ni siquiera estén prestando atención.
  • Nothing like #TextureTuesday and dipping into a brand new pot of @farmacybeauty #GreenClean. I had only tried one other balm before this one - and it hadn’t really been an enjoyable experience. I then got a mini somewhere and I am now the proud mother of this baby.
I love how well this removes my makeup. It is so effective and I find that I don’t have to use a lot of product. Usually I scoop some out and then start grabbing it with my fingers, but I always have some left over. If you’re in the market for a cleanser, I definitely recommend you give this one a chance. It won’t disappoint you!
Como les mostré en mis historias, he empezado un tarro nuevo de este bálsamo para desmaquillarse de #farmacybeauty. Es súper efectivo en remover maquillaje e impurezas de la piel. No me reseca la piel para nada. Súper recomendado!
  • Happy #MACMonday featuring my two newest addition to my humble @maccosmetics collection. I picked up two shades of their new #MACPowderKiss formula - Shocking Revelation (the more red/berry), and Burning Love (the deeper shade). I have yet to use them on my lips 👄 but I am very impressed by the formula! Have you tried these yet?
Feliz Lunes de #MACCosmetics ♥️Les presento las últimas adiciones a mi humilde colección. Dos labiales de su nueva fórmula #PowderKiss en Shocking Revelation y Burning Love. Ya los probaron?
  • Nothing like having enough time to do a full face of makeup. Honestly, my most relaxing time is picking out what I’m going to use, playing some YouTube, and doing my makeup. Even when I don’t have plans of going anywhere 🙈 there are about 13 products here. How many are there in your #fullfacemakeup routine!?
Nada como tener el tiempo para jugar con todo esto. Para mi no hay nada más relajante que escoger que voy a usar, poner YouTube, y maquillarme. Aún cuando no voy para ninguna parte 🙈 aquí hay más o menos 13 productos. Cuantos hay en su rutina?
#hoolabronzer #bakedbronzer #benefitcosmetics #urbandecayheat #nakedheatpalette #maybellinemascara #ohii #concealers #undereyeconcealer #thrivecausemetics #thrivetribe #fullfacefriday #motd #muotd #makeupoftheday #maquillajedeldia #maquillajenatural #maquillajeprofesional #bloggercolombiana #bloggermexicana #beautyjunkie #beautyobsessed #beautylover #beautycounter #beautytime


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