Let me start by saying that my long hiatus has in fact come to an end as I arrived back in Germany last Wednesday. For those of you who did not already know, I had been in Michigan for just over a month. To make a long story short, my mom has been dealt some rather nasty blows health-wise over the past year and a half and I traveled back to the States to be with her. Although she still has a tough year ahead of her, she has done remarkably well thus far. Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has kept her in their thoughts during this difficult time, my family and I appreciate it so very much.
Now it’s time for my monthly favorites, which include items from March and April since I skipped March. I picked up most of these items while I was in the U.S. so just beware that some of them might not be available in the UK or Europe yet, if at all.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - My wonderful mother picked this up for me and shipped it along with some other goodies I had requested way back in early March and she and I both loved it (she kept stealing it while I was in the Mitten). This is simply a great, versatile, neutral palette that you would do well to add to your collection. It’s small but mighty!
Cover Girl Jumbo Gloss Balms in Ballet Twist 205 & Cocoa Twist 270 - One of these I purchased on my first day back in Michigan and the other was gift from that awesome gal pal of mine, whom I was lucky enough to spend a day with, Product Hoochie. These stubby lip crayons are very hydrating and allow for a fool-proof application even on the go. Not to mention that they come in a wide array of colors so you are sure to find one, or a few, to suit your skin tone and tastes.
Essie First Timer - This lovely shade of green is part of Essie’s 2013 Resort collection (not out in the UK or Europe yet). Green is my favorite color so as soon as I laid eyes on the press release photos for this collection I knew I had to have this. It’s such a fun color for spring and summer.
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Ultra Shea Shampoo - Hands down one of, if not the best, drugstore shampoo’s I have ever used. It smells fantastic, leaves your hair feeling soft and moisturized not to mention that it even helped with my itchy scalp problem. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that this shows up in Europe. (Not pictured.)
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride - Don’t fret, it is not as scary as it looks in the pan and can be sheered out nicely if you like. Super pigmented, long wearing, great formula. Would suit a multitude of skin tones.
Tarte Skinny Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Golden Tigers Eyes - Whew! How long is that name? Love the creamy formula, the color and the fact that it does not irritate my sensitive eyes. A big thanks to Product Hoochie’s lil’ sis for suggesting that I give this a try.
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer - I’ve heard Heather from How To Be Fancy talk about this in her videos and was intrigued. So far I am very happy with this concealer. I feel it is a great match for my skin tone and it stays put.
Real Techniques Blush Brush - Such a great brush! Super soft, micro-fiber, cruelty free bristles. Allows for excellent application whether you need more precision placement of a product or if you need to blend it out.
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in Pink Gold 65 - The Color Tattoo’s are an amazing product and this particular color is no exception. It’s subtle and gives a nice glow while not being overly shimmery. I find it’s perfect for those not so fussy days and can easily transition to an evening by popping a bit of a darker color (plum or charcoal) in your outer crease keeping it darker at the outer corner.
I’m hoping to get back to posting regularly and you can count on seeing reviews of some of these products soon. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.