Summer is just around the corner now (I hope it will start to feel like it even sooner), and I’ve been breaking out more warm weather products every day.

That said, it’s been pretty shitty out, and I’ve been stressed. My skin is looking a bit on the dull side, and I’ve experienced quite the acne outbreak this past month. So, I’ve been enjoying adding products into my routine that are special, albeit pricey, but add a little something extra to my look. Whether its an added golden-peachy-pink glow thanks to Tom Ford’s latest summer illuminator, or a super glossy, full lip with one of the new Dior Lacquer Sticks (my fave shade is ‘Rolling’) topped with Glossier Lip Gloss, the above products get the job done.

Now I need to ask you guys – what’s your go-to solution for a pesky cluster of spots that won’t seem to go away no matter what?

Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Clutch Size Lip Balm

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator

Ouai Wave Spray

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick

Glossier Lip Gloss

Glossier Soothing Face Mist

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For those of you who haven’t seen one of my most recent Instagram posts, I am doing a little Glossier giveaway for those outside of the US! Glossier is hands-down one of my favorite brands, and I always receive comments regarding international shipping whenever I post about the brand’s products.

To enter, all you have to do is, 1. Follow me on Instagram: @sarahlovsmakeup, and 2. Comment on THIS post tagging two friends.

That’s it! I’ll announce a winner Monday, April 3 – happy tagging!

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My skin has been abnormally clear and not requiring powder for the past couple of months, and so I thought I’d share what’s been working [extraordinarily] well.

The biggest skin issue I have is its indecisiveness; in the morning, it can feel void of any and all moisture, but by the afternoon, it can feel oily and look shiny – and not in the pretty, dewy sort of way. For whatever reason, probably just high quality products + getting enough sleep + added water + eating healthy most of the time, my skin has been even throughout the day. It is also far less red than ever, and I’ve experienced few and far between breakouts.

I think that my main two heroes are Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask + Priming Moisturizer Rich. The Moon Mask can be worn as a traditional mask – apply a decently thick layer all over the face, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then wash off – or, as an overnight treatment, which is the road I have been taking. The morning after, I’ll wash off what’s left in the shower, cleanse with Cetaphil, and I’m left with super smooth, plump skin – no dry patches in sight. From there, I apply a generous amount of Priming Moisturizer Rich to my entire face, really massaging the product in. I won’t go straight in with foundation immediately afterwards, rather, I let the moisturizer sink in while I apply eye makeup and dry my hair, etc.

To conceal/cover, I’ve gone back to using only Glossier’s Skin Tint in light. I had been mixing in a bit of Tom Ford’s Waterproof Foundation [a great option for those who want more coverage], but I’ve found that my skin has been doing so well with the moisturizer/mask, that I need less overall. If I want to add more of a glow, I’ll drop in a very small amount of Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow.

As for color, I’m all over the cream blushes as of late [not pictured – the Glossier Cloud Paints! Full review on those babies coming soon]. A couple more incredible options are the Stila Convertible Color compacts, and the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tints. To highlight, I’m loving what I find to look more natural, aka, Glossier’s Haloscopes in Quartz and Moonstone, which I apply heavily to my cheek and brow bones.

And, that’s it! A really simple skincare routine that works for me. I’ve mentioned before that I used to have pretty shitty skin when I was younger, and tried a whole slew of products that didn’t agree with me. I’ve found that the more pared down my routine, the better my skin responds. Well cleansed, well moisturized, and not totally covered up with a thick foundation.

What are you loving for base/skincare?

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I’ve been on a hunt recently for affordable, yet high-performing products at the drug store. Usually, I’ll find a product or two I like, use it for a few weeks, and then revert back to a higher end alternative that I feel does a better job. Not with these guys, though.

Although “lip products” is in the title here I’ll mention the above eyeshadows to start [because decent shadows are, to me, the most difficult to find at the drug store]. They are Maybelline’s Expert Wear Eyeshadows in Nude Glow [top] and The Glo Down [bottom], and holy cow – are they good. Buttery, pigmented, and long-lasting, even without use of primer. I’m crazy about these everyday shades – perfect for the upcoming spring/summer months paired with a slick of black liner.

And for the main attraction here – lots of lipsticks and gloss options that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for an everyday lipstick that’s comfortable to wear and has great pigmentation, I give you Burt’s Bees Nile Nude, a great nude shade that won’t wash you out, and Milani matte lipstick in Naked, a deeper browny-nude-pink that has a lovely velvety-yet-non-drying texture. If you want more of a balm-lipstick hybrid, absolutely check out Maybelline’s Baby Lips Color Balm Crayons, and Revlon’s HD Gel Lipstick in HD Sand [my personal fave]. If liquid lipstick is more your thing, you’ll love Cover Girl’s latest outlast liquid lipsticks – the formula is gorgeous, it sets in seconds, and stays put. If you’re a gloss girl, Burt’s Bees’ variety is super glossy as well as moisturizing, and this sheer, shimmerless peach makes my lips appear more plump. Rimmel’s Stay Glossy gloss is also a great find – there are a lot of really pretty color options, and the formula is definitely on the long-lasting side. Last but certainly not least, NYX’s lip pencil in sugar glass – aka, the most perfect nude lip liner at the drug store, or, potentially anywhere. I’ve used this to fill in my entire lip in the morning, and the color will still be there at the end of the day. So. Good. You. Guys.

Finally, I had to mention one of my all-time favorite drugstore products, as it has made its way back into my handbag for quick touch-ups: L’Oreal’s True Match concealer. This little guy is really creamy, totally conceals dark circles and any sort of spot, and has incredible lasting power.

What beauty products have you been loving at the drug store?

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I feel like bloggers, YouTubers, etc, have kind of done away with the favorites posts, but – I still love writing them [and reading them], so I shall continue! Not to say I don’t enjoy more of the vlog style videos we’ve been seeing lately; I just really appreciate learning about the products other people rank highly – I am always inspired to try new things, or, perhaps rediscover old ones.

Now, let’s get into the items I couldn’t get enough of this past month. For starters, I’ll admit that I am way late on the Too Faced palette train. I’ve had “Natural Eyes” – the smaller, more compact little guy – for a while, but unfortunately can’t find it [the problems with moving twice within a short span of time]. And, I loved it. After seeing the Chocolate Bar being used all over YouTube, I couldn’t hold out any longer. It lives up to the hype, you guys. All of the shadows are soooo easy to blend, are super pigmented, and I find I experience little to no fall out when applied. Plus, they smell like chocolate [which I guess could be a negative since doing my makeup now makes me hungry. but, nah].

For cheeks, I’ve really gotten back into one of the first makeup brands I ever used: Stila. The OG Convertible Color compacts are incredible, and I am especially loving the shades Lilium, Peony, and Camilia. All really gorgeous neutral pinks that look great on both cheeks and lips. I also love how slim the cases are – perfect for taking with you on the go. Another Stila fave is one of their new highlighters in Kitten – definitely a cult shade. I remember picking up a Kitten eyeshadow in middle school, back when they were contained in a silver cardboard-like packaging. I’ll tap this guy onto the tops of my cheekbones, as well as onto the center of my eyelids for a little extra sheen.

Onto my favorites of the favorites: Ah, lip products. So many to choose from this month, so I obviously had to include 7. SEVEN, PEOPLE. You don’t want to see what the inside of my handbag looks like right now. Or, maybe you do. If you have a serious obsession with lipsticks/balms/glosses/liners. To me, the above are all incredible in their formulation, color, texture. So, I’m just going to list them, otherwise this post would be too long for both you and I to get through.

Dior gloss in Nude – Huda Beauty Lip Liner in Bombshell – Mac lipstick in Kinda Sexy – Kylie gloss in Koko – Givenchy lipstick in Street Rose – Chanel stylo in Conte – NYX lip liner in Sugar Glass

To round out this super long favorites list, we have Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, an incredible dry shampoo-hairspray hybrid that absorbs oil and gives hair amazing texture; Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes, possibly the most volumizing mascara of life; and Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich, a super plumping, mega hydrating face cream that has kept my skin from drying out this cold winter.

Now, tell me, what have you been loving recently?

 

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