April Beauty Favorites

Can y’all believe it’s already May? This is crazy!!! I will say that I haven’t purchased a whole lot of beauty products lately, as I am trying to save some money. And let’s face it, I kind of have an overabundance of makeup. It’s hard work being this hot. There were a few things purchased, but I also want to focus on some things that I am reaching for more in my makeup routine.

So, let’s talk about my favorites in April!
April Beauty Favorites
NYX Smokey Eye Palette
NYX is such an awesome drugstore brand. I love almost everything I get of theirs. I have had this palette for quite some time now, and I just started using it a lot again. It is such a great palette! You can create everyday smoky looks along with dramatic smoky looks. The best part is this palette was only around $8! I have found it most of the time at Ulta (because they carry a wide array of NYX products). The quality of these shadows is amazing. They are highly pigmented, are pretty creamy, go on easily, and do not flake. Do yourself a favor and get yourself one. If smoky looks aren’t your thing, they have a wide selection of other palettes for other looks!
L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm in Caring Coral
Lip butters seem to be all the rage lately, so I picked up a few for myself. I got the Revlon one and this one (which was actually cheaper). I’ve got to say, I really like the L’Oreal one more. It is a lot more creamy and moisturizing, while the Revlon one seriously tastes like sunscreen. I especially love this coral color for spring and summer. It’s sheer with just the right wash of color.
Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
This hair masque has gotten a lot of buzz, and I was in the market for a masque. This comes at a pretty steep price of $30, but I used my Ulta 20% off coupon to purchase it. I will say it is very moisturizing and is a wonderful hair masque! I really enjoy using this. I have used it pretty consistently and my hair health is really improving overall. However, I probably won’t purchase it without another coupon because I just can’t justify spending that much on one hair product. Granted, you get a ton of product for the price.
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
I got a deluxe sized sample of this (the “to go” size) through using my VIB points and I am adoring this primer. It seriously has lasted forever and all you need is a tiny amount to get the entire face primed. I am not a huge fan of silicone-feeling primers (i.e. Smashbox) because they end up greasing up on me, and this one is just perfect. It doesn’t “feel” like other primers on the skin but it sure does a great job at getting my makeup to last all day. I am not one to reapply makeup throughout the day, so this works perfect for me.
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
This is another product I’ve had for a while but I started reaching for a lot again. Paint pots are cream shadows, but they work awesome as eyeshadow bases. The color in this is perfect for evening out the coloration of my eyelids before I apply eyeshadow. I feel this helps my eyeshadow stay just as well as any other primer I’ve used before, but I have really been loving its color correcting properties. These also last forever and a little goes a long way.
So there you have it!
What have you been reaching for a lot this past month?


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    May 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I love NYX! And, I tried the MUFE primer last fall, but it really dried my face out. So, I went back to my Smashbox.

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    May 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

    These sound great! I know of a couple things I want to buy and try out now!

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Ohhhh I really want to try that Lip Balm I’ve actually been eyeing it for awhile.

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    The Nerdy Katie
    May 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I freaking love that lip stuff, and funny enough I almost picked up the coral one last night.

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love cream shadows

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I have a paint pot and hardly ever use it. May try using it again though! I wanna get that coral lip stuff!

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    May 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    What a great list of favorites!

    I love MAC Paint Pot’s!

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    Sarah @ Simply Sarah
    May 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I’m so glad that you posted about that NYX eyeshadow palette! I have been looking for a good color palette forever, and I am so glad that it’s such a bargain! I’m going to hit up Ulta ASAP.

    PS Be sure to check out my giveaway! http://www.simply-sarah.net/2012/04/my-memories-suite-giveaway.html

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    May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I want some of that coral lip balm! Looks so pretty.

    I need some of that MAC painter too, especially if it evens out your lid color before eyeshadow application. I have a problem with my eyelids already kinda looking like I have neutral browns on there.. it’s odd. So this would be perfect!

    I’ve been reaching for my bare minerals concealer and naked palette (of course!) 😉

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    May 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    i keep hearing about lip butters but i still haven’t tried them!

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    Cajun Cowgirl
    May 1, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Totally taking this list with me on my next shopping trip!

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    May 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I need a new face primer- I’ll have to try this one out. What would I do without your makeup tips?!

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    Mrs. Monologues
    May 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Seriously love my paint pot. I couldn’t imagine not having it. Best money spent ever.

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    May 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I have the same smokey palette from Nyx! I haven’t used it in awhile, but it is super convenient 🙂 My current favorite paint pot right now is Bare Study because it brings a little bit of extra light to the eyes! 🙂

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    Kristen @ Confessions of a GDS
    May 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I’m always playing up the eyes, so I usually just rock chapstick and forget about the lips. I need one in a really good nude tone- that Loreal one looks awesome! I just heard about the Revlon one too- must go pick some up!

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    Jessica Renee
    May 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I’m so glad you included NYX in here, I actually really like some of their stuff!

    and I’m dying to try that Revlon lip butter but was nervous, now I have to try it!!

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    May 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Love that pretty coral lip balm! Might have to try it out!!

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