This month's favorites were really about balancing drugstore and higher-end products, which was absolutely unintentional on my part. To start things off, having a special place to store the items I reached for the most throughout the month allowed me to zero in on my grab-and-go products. I used an acrylic box with a lift-up lid to easily view my products and access them conveniently. I found this particular one at TJ Maxx, but Muji is where I got my larger makeup organizers. There is a similar one here.
In order of how I apply things, I'll first mention the La Roche Posay Anthelios 40 SPF. I've mentioned this sunscreen before, but it is hands-down my favorite SPF for under makeup. It isn't greasy or heavy, but provides Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection. This particular version of the sunscreen is no longer offered from what I understand, but there is a similar 45 SPF version available.
Next is the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which I picked up in a drugstore haul and have truly grown to love. Oily folks or those who prefer a matte finish to their foundation will love this product. Though it offers matte coverage, it doesn't dry out or weigh down the skin. While I have been wearing it all over, I think it works best in my t-zone where I get the most oily throughout the day. I swear it's a high-end product with drugstore pricing because of its texture, formula and comfortable wear. Hopefully L'Oreal doesn't catch on and start charging more for it.
In the brow department I've gone back to a tried-and-true duo that ensures the brows are on fleek. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe in conjunction with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 makes my brows perfect without causing them to look unnatural. The product is life proof, so you can comfortably wear it in any circumstance knowing your brows won't budge, which is ideal for the summer months coming up.
I think it's safe to say elf Studio as a brand has been a monthly favorite. From its brushes and HD powder (a recommendation from my lovely roommate) to its blush palettes and lip products, this brand has beauty down. Not only are its products amazing quality, they're also dirt cheap. I'm talking Sephora-quality brushes for $3.00 and a Make Up Forever HD Powder dupe for $6.00. You can't beat it. You just can't.
On the cheeks I've been loving the Balm's FratBoy Blush for its perfect rosy color and pigmentation. This product makes me look like I just spotted a handsome guy with a beard & man bun. If only I actually spotted a handsome guy with a beard & man bun.
For the eyes I've been very into having everything all in one place, which is why I've been reaching for my compact palettes from NARS and Urban Decay. The Naked2 Basics palette has my matte shadows sorted, while the NARS Eye-Opening Act - Yeux Irresistible has me covered in the shimmer department. Both palettes offer neutral, pigmented shades with the NARS palette giving me a couple bold options for when I'm feeling daring.
I made another dupe discovery with lip products this month thanks to Sonia Kashuk. Her Velvetty Matte Lip Crayons are a total substitution, if not dupe, for the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. They are a fraction of the NARS price with eerily similar textures and color payoffs. In my opinion, I think the Sonia Kashuk formula is better and more comfortable, but NARS definitely has the upper hand when it comes to color range. For folks wanting a more affordable option without compromising quality, the Sonia Kashuk crayons are definitely worth a try.
Finally, I think I've come closer to finding my signature scent. Commodity's Gold perfume is warm and sexy without being overpowering. Its top notes are bergamot, juniper berries and camphor and its mid notes feature amber, Haitian vetiver and benzoin. Its base notes are sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean and Nubian musk, which are definitely the ones that linger (and that my mom points out when I'm near her).
This month's beauty regimen was really fun for me - a lot of exploration and discovery. Now that we're entering the summer months I know I'll want to be more creative with my routine to compensate for my distaste for summer clothing. I look forward to focusing on beauty that works inside and out, as Eat Pretty has been a non-beauty favorite and major inspiration. Bring it on, June. Let's do this.