April Beauty Favorites | 2016


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Hi! I hope you had a lovely April! I know I really enjoyed trying out a lot of new beauty products, especially ones from the drugstore, so that’s what I’ll be talking about today…

  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Double-Ended Foundation Brush: The first thing I’ve been loving this month is this very dense and super soft flat top kabuki brush. I want literally everything from this new line, but I needed a new brush to apply my foundation with before I blend it out with my beloved BeautyBlender, so I bought this. I use the larger end to stipple on my foundation before I blend it with my sponge and I’ve also realized that the smaller end works really well with my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Cream Bronzer!
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: As you may know from my recent post comparing this gem to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I am absolutely in love with this product! I use it everyday to highlight and conceal my under eye area and the other high points of my face.
  • ELF Makeup Mist and Set Setting Spray: I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative to MAC Fix Plus, and even though this isn’t a dupe, I still like it. It makes my makeup last a little bit longer than normal and works well with eyeshadows. Best part? It’s inly $3!
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”: I love these because the formula is amazing, they’re pigmented and creamy, and they last quite a long time. This is the perfect browny-nude shade and I’ve been loving it so much this month. Definitely check these out because they’re great quality and very affordable!



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  1. Yusssss will definitely be checking out the elf spray and nyx lip cream!!!! Love your posts so much!!!!

  2. sofiacollins says:

    I agree about the new tarte collection, I want to try it all! How do you store your double ended brushes? I have some and I don’t want to put them in jars with the rest of my brushes so they’re horizontal with my eyeliners, what do you do? xo

    • That’s a wonderful question! To be honest, I haven’t figured out how to store them yet, but for now, I just keep them in my drawer for everyday makeup. I’ll let you know when I figure something better out, but I’ve heard that you can use brush guards on one end and still store them in jars. I would do that, but I keep little glass beads in mine, so that wouldn’t work. xoxo

  3. You’ve got some great posts girl,

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