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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  • Loved reading this! I actually picked up the hourglass powder ages ago but I never ended up using it much, you’ve definitely reminded me to reach for it more often. Great post x

    • Thanks for reading!! Yesss, everyone keeps telling me it’s a highlighter but I think it’s just a setting powder…..

  • I really like your photos! They look so fresh and professional! <3
    love, elena

    • Thank you very much! There’s a lot of editing haha believe me

  • Awesome post! The eyeliner looks gorgeous. One of my favorites from this month was definitely the ELF under eye concealer, it worked really well for me.

    • Oh thanks for sharing! I’ll have to check it out. Concealer is definitely one of the things I never skip when doing my makeup.

  • Looooved this! You’ve got some amazing picks here with sims I don’t never even heard of (but deffo want to try now)

    My favourite posts are always monthly favourites because you get a really good list of some good products. Xo

    • Thank youu! I know! I find really great products in monthly favorites


  • Everyone talks about eyebrows being sisters not twins... I feel the same way about eyelashes. Loved trying out the @marcbeauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. It's easy for this one to get on the clumpy side, but I think wiping the excess off really helps. What are your favorite mascara tricks to make them look more even?
Todo el mundo dice que las cejas son hermanas no gemelas... así me siento yo acerca de las pestañas. Cuales son sus trucos para hacerlas ver parejas?
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  • Happy Wednesday!! Went foundation-less for this and forgot how much I like it! Before getting into makeup I would only do concealer and powder. After I got into makeup I started feeling like I HAD to wear some sort of base. You don't HAVE to do anything and you'll look gorgeous as long as you're feeling comfortable with yourself
Aquí me salte la base. Antes de que me obsesionada con el maquillaje solo usaba corrector y polvos. Luego empece a sentir que TENÍA que usar algún tipo de base. La verdad es que no TIENES que hacer nada. Te verás hermosa con tal de que te estás sintiendo cómoda!
 #motd #makeupinspo #vibrouge #wakeupandmakeup #instahaul #igbeauty #sephorahaul #sephora #makeupmafia #beautycommunity #makeupmess #makeupflatlay #makeuplife #lipstick #igbeauty #blogger #beautybloggers #beautyblog #bblogger #makeuplover #makeupjunkie #makeupaddict #makeuptalk #makeupcollection #instamakeup #makeupoftheday #makeupobsessed #makeupfanatic1 #slaytheflatlay #makeupcommunity
  • I've posted this one before but the @itcosmetics CC Cream deserves all the love it can get. I just posted a review on it up on my blog so make sure you check it out if you've been curious about it.
Esta ya la he puesto antes pero la CC Cream de @itcosmetics se merece todo el amor ❤️ No se pierdan mi reseña en el blog!
  • Can't go wrong with a red lip this holiday season! What's your favorite red lipstick?
Nada como un labial rojo durante esta temporada! Cuál es su labial rojo favorito?
  • New post is up! I shared my love for the @itcosmetics CC Cream. Don't forget to leave me some love on the blog post. What do you think of the @itcosmetics CC Cream?
Hay un nuevo post en el blog! Compartí mi amor por la CC Cream de @itcosmetics. Ya la probaron? Que les pareció?
  • Would be lying if I said these were today's picks. I wish. But I am wearing the @marcbeauty mascara. What are you wearing today?
Les estaria mintiendo si les digo que estos fueron los productos que use hoy. Ya quisiera. Pero si estoy usando esa pestañina. Que usaron ustedes hoy?


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