What’s in my makeup bag: May

A few weeks ago I wrote all about my favorite light bases for spring and two that are currently sitting in my bag are Armani’s Luminous Silk and Guerlain’s Meteorites Baby Glow. I’ll promise I’ll try to shut up about these two, just can’t help but love them.  I also recently raved about the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer– it’s my new favorite concealer and one of the very few that won’t crease on my dry skin and lasts all day.

The Creamy Duo from Kevyn Aucoin in Medium Candlelight is one of my favorites when it comes to cream face products. This duo is tiny, but both products are beautiful; Candlelight is one of the most beautiful and delicate highlighting products. The only downside to the small size is that it’s difficult to dip makeup brushes into this baby. Another beautiful cream product I dug out of my stash is Marc Jacobs Glowstick Illuminator in Spotlight– love applying this with a beauty blender.

You can also probably tell that I’ve been loving mineral sunscreen products and the main reason is that they don’t irritate my skin. I’ve had the worst luck with SPF products over the years and even those labeled for “sensitive skin” often left me feeling like my face was on fire. I always rotate between a few and the one I’ve been loving lately is Whipped Mineral Sunscreen* from Colorescience. It blends in nicely, doesn’t leave my face shiny or white and works lovely under makeup. Most importnatnly, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

As soon as I saw L’Oreal’s new mascara: Voluminous Lash Paradise, I thought: “This looks just like TF’s Better Than Sex“.  While they look similar at a first glance, there are some differences. Lash Paradise brush doesn’t have as prominent of hourglass shape as Better Than Sex, and the tube doesn’t feel as sturdy and heavy. Lash Paradise also has a much drier formula and doesn’t flake as much as Too Faced Better Than Sex, although it doesn’t give as much volume. One of the things I don’t love about Better Than Sex is that it has such a wet formula and the brush grabs way too much product. I’m really digging the L’Oreal version and I think I might actually like it a bit more than Better Than SexIt gives volume, length, holds a curl nicely and doesn’t flake.

The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting palette is one I still adore. Now that I think about it, other than cream eyeshadow and mascara, I haven’t been reaching for a whole lot of eye makeup products. It’s been all about foundation and cheeks for me- which I talked about in this post.

I’ve been wearing noticeably less makeup over the last couple of months and I’ve been loving it, but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. While my skin has changed completely and I’m now 100% acne free (for like, the first time ever), I went from extremely oily to extremely dry skin. And when I say dry, I mean d-r-y; to the point of peeling, cracking, and bleeding.

I saw my doctor yesterday and I’m officially done with my treatment (I have 11 days to go)!!! I am so happy to be finally done; not just because of my skin, but also because of the extreme fatigue (one of the main reasons why I haven’t been posting as often as I used to), constant back pain and mood swings. I am so ready to go back to my *old self*. I’ll be writing a long update to this post, as promised. In the meantime, I’m patiently counting down the days until I can wear matte lipstick again. :)


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