April 2017 Favorites: Beauty and Blogging

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2017 is already a third of the way over. *wipes sweat from brow*

It’s been a busy year so far. I had a huge load of responsibilities thrown at me at work. I had to have several long, honest talks with my boss to come to an agreement about how there needs to be a line drawn when it comes to my time. April was a much smoother month for me because I stood up for myself and I am now able to put more of my time into my own project.


Being a little happier at work (still busy AF) has motivated me in my personal life. I’ve been working harder on my blog, putting most of the little free time I have into it.

I recently talked about a few resources that have helped me up my blogging game, which really helped me fall harder for blogging. With these tools, I’ve become much more strategic about my blog, and I’ve even been posting on a biweekly schedule.


There were several days this past month where I was on my laptop working on a blog post instead of putting on makeup for the day. Some beauty blogger, huh? One step I typically skip when I am short on time like this is eyeshadow. However, when I did wear eyeshadow, I generally reached for my Tartelette In Bloom palette. This palette is not fussy and always gives me a quick, pretty neutral eye.

Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Swatches

Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Swatches

Even in a rush, I hate to skip highlighting. I love liquid highlighters lately. I picked up a sample of the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops from my local Sephora and I loooove them. They are super concentrated and pack a serious glowy punch. I love to mix with foundation or use alone for a golden sheen on my cheekbones. It has taken me all of my strength not to purchase the full size since I’m on a no-buy. My other go-to this month was the Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar, which is a little more champagne-y than the Dew Drops. And still amazing.

Tom Ford Shimmer Shot Spin Spin Sugar Marc Jacobs Dew Drops swatches

Highlighter swatches L-R: Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar, Marc Jacobs Dew Drops

My lips were all sorts of weird this month. I don’t know what happened, but it killed any chance of wearing lipstick. Instead, I opted for lip gloss, like the Dr. Dana Lips & Tips* (I talked about these in my post about my on-the-go essentials). The two shades are perfect for a bit of color and shine on a no- or low-makeup day. Plus, the other end has a cuticle treatment to remind me to stop picking at my nails. It’s a great follow-up to Dr. Dana’s 3-step system*, which has been a savior for my brittle nails.

Dr Dana Lips and Tips Swatches

Dr Dana Lips & Tips Swatches L-R: Pink Poppy, Nude Kava

I typically go for hydrating or glowy primers, but my skin has become less dry/more normal, so I’ve been reaching for the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer*. This guy is super smoothing without drying my skin. My pores look smaller and my skin tone is less red – I love wearing this even without any foundation on top. I was so surprised I love this so much, it really perfects my skin!

I feel thoroughly prepped for warm weather now that I’ve got the Supergoop Sunscreen Mousse SPF50*. It’s so light and airy, absorbing quickly and feeling weightless on my skin. The least sunscreeny sunscreen I have now.

My skin was not so happy this month. I rediscovered Sunday Riley Good Genes, which really helped with the overall texture of my skin. However, I still dealt with a massive pimple on my left cheek and sensitive skin. LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt* was a game-changer for me. I talked about this one ingredient wonder recently, but it really helps soothe and heal my skin while I tried to get it back on track.

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What were your favorites this month?↓







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