Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer - $57 for the full-size
With the record high temperatures this month, my well-loved Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer just wasn't going the distance. This primer is also not infallible, but it does eek out a couple more hours from my base makeup than the Hourglass does. It smooths on with ease, and though it is silicone-y like MUFE and Smashbox Primers, it feels loads lighter. I only have the sample size (I got sent when I bought Lust Red and Khaki Pulse Eyes to Kill Intense shadows) and it's been lasting as well as can be expected, used here and there. The next primer I buy will definitely be this one!
|Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara|
Maybelline Illegal Lengths Mascara - $8
After reading this glowing review by the Muse (who never muses me wrong, lol), I bought this back in January but didn't crack into it until this month. This mascara is wonderful for length and volume alike (though it does clump a lil bit). It is also great for layering with any other mascara on the planet. I think this over Covergirl Lashblast Volume could be my HG, but of course I have heaps of other mascaras still to test (thank you, Sephora Lash Stash) so I hope I will remember how well that combo works when the dust settles :-P
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Medium Plus - $29
Unfortunately I finally got around to trying this out after they bumped the price up by $2, but I can definitely see why this pressed mineral powder is so popular. It gives a beautiful finish to skin, just like loose mineral foundations do, but without the mess. It doesn't control my greasies whatsoever, but I have read enough reviews to expect that. It's not perfect, but I like it!
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Ravishing - $14.50
A permanent shade in the moisturizing Cremesheen range, this is a gorgeous color that reminds me of LE Ever Hip in its corally-ness, though it's not neon at all and much more subdued. I've seen this described as a peach but I think it's more of a melon shade. Either way, perfect for warm Spring days!
Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek in Peach Macaron - ???
I can't remember what I paid for this adorable little blusher in its tin reminiscent of a French Macaron, but I got it last year off iMomoko.com. I don't believe it is available from there anymore, sadly, but this is a total packaging win. It's just so cute, I could coo at it (but I will restrain myself). The product itself is an easy-to-wear sheer peach that is great for everyday. I wouldn't go for it if I were much darker, though, because I'm sure it'd look chalky. Still, it's one I can reach for and pop on really quickly, no-brainer style, without fearing clowncheeks. And did I mention it's ADORABLE?
Dior Amber Diamond - $44
Finally, FINALLY I was able to get this last Fall. I can't even remember if I got the Friends & Family discount at Sephora or not (I think so, though). My beauty-blogging mind has gone so twisted that the $44 price tag that originally put me off from trying the widely HG-lauded highlighter doesn't really seem that bad now... I wouldn't hesitate to spend that now >_< What a nasty addiction we have, girls!
That said, I finally brought myself to touch it and, again, I can see why this is such a cult product (like the MSFN). The highlight is subtle, natural, glowy... like a daytime version of my favorite cream highlighter (Twilight Beauty Mortal Glow Blushing Creme in Swoon). I prefer this to also-popular Mary Lou Manizer from theBalm, too.
|MAC Ravishing, Majolica Majorca Peach Macaron, Dior Amber Diamond|
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Happy Spring, Loves!