Happy May, loves! Once a month I will post my favorite products. Some are high-end, some cost a few bucks. What made the cut for April? These are my favorites for a quick 10 minute or less face.

Please note:  I am NOT a makeup artist. I don’t pretend to be one. I know what works for me and only me. All these products I purchased with my own coins. You are getting my full 100% review.

Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil

I found this awesome face wash while shopping for groceries one Sunday. I typically use their face products but I decided to try this new cleanser out. Trader Joe’s is keeping with the oil cleaning trend that is popular lately. I typically have to use a two cleansers, one to deep cleanse the makeup off and another to go over it again. With this I have to only use one cleanser and it takes it all off in one step. I use about 2 pumps and rub it on my face and let it sit for about 30 seconds and rinse it off. It even removed my waterproof mascara and liner! It also leaves your face moisturized so you don’t need a heavy moisturizer after. It has argon and coconut oil which are great for your skin and helps keep that glow. This was only $6 and you get a lot of product in the bottle. Let’s hope that TJ doesn’t discontinue this like they do my other favorite products. Who do I write about that by the way?

Tarte Maracuja Oil

Acne is trash. For the most part, I can keep my adult acne under control. I break out once a month-ish but I can’t control that. I recently discovered Tarte’s Maracuja Oil on sale at Ulta. I had $8 so I tried it and now I am in love with this moisturizer. I, like many of my brown skin ladies, have dark marks from oil acne that I could not shake… so I thought! I started using this oil after I wash my face (AM and PM) and my dark spots are fading. BONUS: My skin is glowing. It is a vegan oil that has plenty of vitamins and helps with wrinkles. Now, this is pricey for the full price at $48 BUT good skin care is worth it. A little of this goes a looonnggg way. I have had this little bottle for about 2 months and I am almost out. This oil can also be used in your hair and to remove makeup. They also have an eye cream I am waiting to go on sale. But for now, this oil is holding me over. Just go buy it.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation

Brown girls have such a struggle with foundation colors. It’s too dark, too light, too orange, too pink. I kinda gave up on finding a GOOD match. I have some that are close enough, ehhh’ what light will be at the bar? Turn that flash off, girl shades. But finally while wandering at Nordstrom, I discovered Bobbi Brown. She swatched my cheek with 3 colors and the shade “Golden” was a 100% match. FINALLLYYYYY! The coverage is buildable so it can be light or heavier depending on what you are looking for. It is a tad pricey at $50 but again, invest in your face. I do have a few drug store versions but they honestly don’t compare to the color match. I told the lady I wanted a foundation that matched no matter where I was.I typically use about 3 pumps on the back of my hand and use a damp blender to apply. Bonus tip: a damp blender is your friend! It helps blend your foundation and not appear “foundation-y” but smooth and flawless. I typically don’t wear a concealer with it either. I apply it and then dust it with a finishing powder and done. I am not a contour girl so that’s all I do. I do love a good highlight which brings us to…

NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder “Synthetica”

HONNNEEEYYY, I GLOW with this! I found this strolling the isles at Ulta and for $6, why not? I actually like this highlighter better than my Laura Geller in Gilded Honey that I paid $30 for! It looks orangey but ignore that; it comes off golden on any complexion. The color is super pigmented and will help give you that IG Model glow. It looks very soft and natural and not glittery. I hate when highlighters sneak in glitter! I am too old to walk around with specs of glitter on my cheeks. The Chromatic Powder comes in a few other shades I want to try when Ulta has another BOGO sale but again I stick to what I know, which are golden highlights. I want to step outside my box and maybe try the Twlight Tint which is more an iridescent glow that isn’t natural glow but still pretty. I’ll keep you posted on that one. So far we washed our face, moisturized, added a foundation, some glow and now to the eyes.

NYX Glam Liner Aqua Lux & NYX Matte Liquid Liner

I am not an eyeliner expert but I am slowly getting better. I used to be afraid of eyeliner until I found the right one or two that didn’t run and wasn’t hard to apply. Again, NYX to the rescue. Another find while at Ulta on a BOGO deal. I grabbed the Glam Liner because it has a hint of glitter in the liner and the Matte liquid liner for $6 each. They are the same thing but one has glitter. I love them both. They apply smoothly and don’t fade or run during the day. I also had this one during my flight issues and it stuck around for the long day. I usually apply my eye liner ALL UP IN AND SUPER CLOSE to my mirror which q tips on deck or any errors I make. TIP: Let your mistakes dry before removing them. Wet makeup smudges and makes removal harder. I like liquid over pencil or gel, mainly because I have not mastered those yet, HA. I stick to what I know. Let’s finish these eyes off with this…

Maybelline Volumn Express The Colossal “Big Shot” Mascara

I can’t wear lashes. Not strips, not individuals, not lash extensions. I Just can’t do it. I’ve tried them all but I don’t like how it looks and I can’t handle the application. I stick to my mascara. This is easily my favorite drug store mascara! It is comparable, if not BETTER, than my Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara. It gives great length and fullness and LONG WEAR. I had this mascara on during my flight situation a few weeks ago. I put it on around 545am and didn’t take it off until like 730pm and it was still going strong. It also doesn’t fade and give you raccoon eyes which is very important to me. This is my top 3 favorite mascara. The best part? It cost under $10! I grabbed mine for $6 at Target. For my couponing folks, there is always a Maybelline coupon in the Sunday paper! Just go buy it and flutter your eyes all day. Almost done, down to 30 seconds left and we are out the door!

Jimmy Choo “Illicit”

I love Jimmy Choo fragrance. My go to scent is “Illicit”. It is soft with notes such as ginger, rose with honey amber. I love it but you can finish off the look with whatever parfum you love. 

What are some of your makeup favorites? What is your daily routine? Let me know! I’m always down to try new products. Keep in mind at Ulta there are always coupons that can be accessed from the website right off your phone and don’t forget to sign up for their e-mails!

Quick reminder: I am running a subscriber give-a-way! One lucky winner with receive a makeup bag with some of my favorite products including a few mentioned above! They also will receive a few random gifts as well. Want to enter? Just subscribe and I will pick a winner at random on 05.12.17! Good Luck, loves.

You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
    there is no flaw in you. -Song of Songs 4:7


3 comments on “April Favs

  1. You’ve got some great faves! Im currently loving the Maybelline Hypercurl mascara. Did a mini review on my blog


  2. I’m gonna have to try some of these out. Love the post. 💖
    Would love it if you could check out my blog aestheticvogue.com


  3. I need to try that big shot mascara! I can’t handle false lashes either and also I can never get them on properly! Great post!


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