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Little late, but better than never, right? For my April favorites, I decided on a very edited down group of products that I haven’t been able to live without – some very new beauties, and a few old loves that I rediscovered. Getting right into this…

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation – I reviewed this medium-full coverage, perfecting foundation in greater depth here. Though it is a higher coverage than I’m used to, it sits well and both feels and looks light weight on the skin.
  2. Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Contouring Compact – all you need for summer, in one stunning compact. I mean, Tom Ford, right? This palette features a gorgeous pale gold shimmering highlight, a brightening pink-coral blush, and a really lovely bronze shade with subtle shimmer. All three powders blend seamlessly onto skin, and are super finely milled.
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Purple Haze – went over how much I love this really cool creamy gloss here. It is suchhh a pretty pinky-lavender purple with fine shimmer. Very different than anything I have, and looks gorgeous on its own or overtop of a pink or nude gloss.
  4. Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Cake – again, went over this guy in more detail here. It is currently my perfect natural everyday lipstick – sheer, lightweight, peachy nude perfection.
  5. Le Metier de Beaute True Colour Eyeshadow in Jojo – such a long time fave. A perfect everyday champagne shadow. Wash over lids, add a sleek line of black liner, a few coats of mascara, and you’re good to go.
  6. Make Beauty Face Gloss  – definitely my favorite really natural looking highlight for an uber dewy glow. You need such a tiny amount of product to tap onto cheekbones – highlight on fleek, guys.

What products have you been loving?

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I have loved Charlotte Tilbury products for a long time, so when I had the chance to try out two products I’ve been lusting after, I jumped.

As I’ve mentioned on here, I’ve been liking a more natural, light + dewy base. Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation is definitely more of a medium to full coverage, but despite that, it doesn’t look thick or cakey once applied and blended out. It smoothes over my pores, totally covers redness and spots, and leaves behind a semi-matte texture. I only use half a pump on my entire face, and have been using my fingers, rather than a brush to blend everything out [as I find I can achieve a more even, natural looking coverage that way].

This foundation is also very, very long-lasting. I’ve been wearing it without applying any kind of powder over top, and it truly does last all day – from when I apply it in the morning, until around 7 or 8PM. Only then is when I can notice any fading around my nose, or any kind of shine breaking through. If I am planning on heading out for drinks or dinner at night, I’ll spray my face with Makeup For Ever’s Mist and Fix, and blend a very, very small amount of Magic Foundation onto my t-zone.

All-in-all, Magic Foundation isn’t an everyday foundation for me, I’ll save it for very long days or events, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s an outstanding formula, especially for those who like more perfecting, medium to full coverage.

Onto the Instant Look in a Palette. This all-in-one palette features three eyeshadows, a bronzer, highlight, and two blushes. There’s a matte pale pink ‘brightening’ shade, which I apply all over my lids, blending into the crease; a pale shimmering gold, which looks lovely on the inner corners, as well as tapped onto the center of the lids; and a matte medium brown, which works nicely as a crease shade, or to lightly line the upper and lower lash lines. My only complaint is that I wish the palette featured a darker, smokier brown to use as a more intense liner shade. The bronze + highlight remind me a lot of my fave Filmstar palette, only the bronze is even more wearable – less shimmery, and I think that the highlight is smoother and more finely milled. So, A+ on those two. I am also obsesssssed with the blush shades here – I’ve received the most compliments/questions on photos that I’ve worn these two in. I apply the darker shade onto my cheeks, blending upwards, and pop the brighter pink onto the apples.

All of the shades in the palette are super smooth and buttery – so easy to work with and blend. I think these qualities make it a must have for long-time makeup lovers and beauty novices alike. I know it will be a staple in my collection – everything’s there. Add a black liner, mascara, a lip, and I’m good to go.

Have you tried either of these products? What are your thoughts?

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This post is sponsored by Pretty in my Pocket on behalf of Paula’s Choice. All opinions are my own.

My skin has been acting up a little bit as of late, and I think the crazy 80 degree weather one day, 50 degree weather the next, could be to blame. You guys know I love trying new products all the time, and I especially enjoy trying new products when I know I need to improve or enhance my current routine.

Enter: Paula’s Choice. A brand that offers very high-end quality products at very affordable prices. I have combination skin – sometimes dry, sometimes oily, sometimes both at the same time. In other words, it can be hard to work with and manage. Something I appreciate about the Paula’s Choice brand is the wide array of products they offer for different skin types. Whether you’re in need of a product that will add moisture, or if you’re struggling with acne, there’s something for you.

Personally, I have been experiencing dry patches and a bit of redness, and so I have been using many of the Redness Relief products from Paula’s Choice. My three favorite products of the above are the Redness Relief Cleanser, Redness Relief Toner, and Redness Relief Moisturizer.

The Cleanser may be #1 for me – it makes my skin feel super clean, but is really gentle at the same time. Something I find with other face washes is that, although they do help my skin to feel clean, they leave my face a bit irritated and with visible red patches. Not the case with this product.

The Redness Relief Toner is again, very gentle on my sensitive skin. It adds back moisture and also evens out my skin tone. The Redness Relief Moisturizer leaves my skin feeling sooo smooth, and has never caused irritation or a break out.

If you’re interested in any of the above Paula’s Choice products, enter code PRIMPSPRING to receive 20% off of your order + free shipping until May 31, 2016!

Have you ever tried any products from Paula’s Choice? What are your favorites?

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Being that this past Sunday was the premiere of the 6th season of Game of Thrones, I decided to do a little Khaleesi, ahem, Emilia Clarke makeup. Because, I mean, look at her.

The girl can rock a serious red lip on the red carpet, but I think my favorite look on her is something natural and glow-y [obviously that’s what I’d like best]. I’m crazy about everything that’s going on in her GQ photos – voluminous, tousled hair, glowing skin, a neutral kind of smudge-y eye, and a coral pink pouty lip. So, that’s what I attempted to recreate here! Not exactly the same, but an easy everyday look that took minutes to achieve.

Face: I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation in 2 Fair to create a really smooth base. I then patted Glossier’s Stretch Concealer in Light underneath my eyes.

Eyes: I began by roughly lining my upper lash line with Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘n’ Kohl pencil in Barbarella Brown, and then smudged it with a finger. I then applied the medium brown shade from the Mac x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days palette, quickly blending with a finger on my lids and into the crease. To add a bit of brightness, I took the highlight shade from the same palette and tapped it onto the center of my lids. To make the look a little daytime-smokey, I applied Mac’s Eye Kohl in Powersurge to my waterline. I finished the eyes with lots of Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara.

Eyebrows: To create a slightly fuller brow [serious brow envy, Emilia], I filled in sparse areas with Makeup For Ever’s Pro Sculpting Brow.

Cheeks: I bronzed up my cheeks and temples with Tom Ford’s Powder Bronzer in Terra. To add a bit of color + glow to my cheeks I blended Smashbox’s L.A. Lights in Silver lake Sunset on the apples of my cheeks, blending upwards. For even more of a highlight I tapped the Halcyon Days highlight shade on the tops of my cheekbones, and down the bridge of my nose.

Lips: Lastly, on the lips I mixed the pink cream shade from the Halcyon days palette with Tom Ford’s Moisturecore Lip Color in Carriacou.

Anddd that’s it! Are you as crazy about GOT [and Khaleesi] as I am?

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I’ve loved Le Metier de Beaute products for years. I incorporate some of the brand’s products into my everyday routine; everything I’ve tried is of the highest quality, wears well, and helps me to achieve an easy glowing, natural look [my fave kind of look, as you know].

I feel like not enough people know about Le Metier – it’s a shame only a select few stores sell the line – and so I wanted to share my favorites from the line for those who want to try out a thing or two. Trust me, they will not disappoint.

  1. Creme Fresh Tints in Coral Nymph and Poppy – I can’t even count how many times I’ve mentioned this product on here. As you can see, I’ve used them quite a bit. You can apply to cheeks and lips, and I think it may be the only kind of dual purpose product that works really well on both areas. It is super creamy and blendable, and once it’s applied, it stays put. Both shades add a gorgeous color and glow to cheeks.
  2. Lip Cremes in Peche Creme, Purple Haze, and Sweet Creme – another formula that I am totally obsessed with. As the name suggests, these glosses are super creamy and really comfortable on the lips [not sticky at. all.]. The colors are also stunning – Peche Creme is a beautiful light peach with very fine shimmer – so nice for this time of year; Purple Haze is a really interesting, very slightly metallic lilac nude [very hard to describe – you’ll have to go swatch it for yourself!]; and Sweet Creme is a pale, very light pink that I think enhances any lipstick it’s worn with – especially Palm Springs, mentioned below.
  3. Colour Core Stain Lipstick in Palm Springs – one of my absolute favorite pink shades. Palm Springs is a baby pink with fine golden shimmer, and looks great on its own or with a gloss, like Sweet Creme. This formula is kind of like a semi-matte, in that it’s really long-lasting, yet still creamy and non-drying.
  4. Hydra-Creme Lipstick in Bellini – a really creamy, comfortable formula, and this nude is so perfect for everyday.
  5. True Colour Eyeshadow in Jojo – definitely in my top two favorite eyeshadows of life [it’s only current rival being Burberry Gold Copper]. Currently, Jojo is the only shadow I’ve completely used up. And I mean, really used up – I was scraping the edges with my brush. So, obviously, I had to go out and get a new one. This is a really pretty neutral champagne that has the most gorgeous buttery smooth consistency. I love wearing it on its own with a black liner and bit of mascara, or as a base for a more smokey eye. It’s perfect, you guys.
  6. Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack – another great find – this golden brown pencil is so easy to work with, and never irritates my eyes. It’s my favorite shade to wear on my waterline, and I also love using it as a long-lasting eyeshadow base.

Have your tried anything from Le Metier? What are your favorite products from the brand?

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