Favorites, Makeup

March 2016 Makeup Favorites

I’ve been very sick most of this month so I haven’t been using much makeup, but when I do wear makeup, these have been my go-to products. I’m still loving and regularly using all the products I mentioned in my February 2016 Makeup Favorites post, so these are just additional products I’ve been loving lately!

Ciate x Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes Eye Palette

I’ve had this since last year, yet I’ve only started using it this March! I’ve reviewed the Ciate x Olivia Palermo blush/bronzer duo here – I love it so much it was featured in my September 2015 favorites post! Making its way to my March 2016 favorites is now the eyeshadow palette from the same collection. It’s got the same gold and black faux-leather packaging as the blush.

Ciate Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes Eye Palette (1)

I love the variety of earthy, neutral, super-wearable tones in this palette; and the shadows are very buttery smooth and pigmented. It’s not overly powdery and there weren’t a lot of fallouts during application.

This is available from Sephora for US$39 and Look Fantastic for £35 (currently sold out!).


Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner

I am so stoked to finally find something very comparable to my holy grail By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow, which I’ve reviewed here.

These are the most budge-proof drugstore eyeshadow sticks I’ve ever tried, they couldn’t even be removed by micellar cleansing waters! I struggled to remove the darker color with my Bioderma and Garnier micellars, I ended up having to use an oil-based makeup remover.

March 2016 Makeup Favorites Swatches

The colors in this duo (#003 Queens of the Bronzed Age) are very similar to the By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadows in Bronze Moon and Blond Opal, check out swatches here. So if you’ve been wanting to try the By Terry but are on a tight budget, I highly recommend getting these instead!

They’re available internationally from ASOS for US$12. In Australia, they retail for AU$16.95 at Priceline. In the UK, they’re available for £6.99 at Boots.


L’Oreal False Lash Superstar

The only mascara I’ve been reaching for lately! My lashes are lifted and curled without an eyelash curler, they are crazy volumized and doesn’t flake or clump, and best of all, they last all day without ever smudging even though they’re not waterproof.

This mascara is double ended and there are two steps to the application. The first step is a primer, it’s white in color but don’t worry, all it does is volumize the lashes and keep them curled all day. The second step is the mascara and the wand is slightly curved, making curling a breeze.

I’m not sure if this is available in the States, but it is currently available in Australia from Priceline and RY for AU$28.


Mary Kay Powder Brush

I’ve really been enjoying this brush for all kinds of uses. It’s amazing for powder products because the natural bristles hold the powders well and makes application so smooth and easy. I also love its perfect size – not too long, not too short/stubby.


Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder in Lace (Coral)

This is the sheerer-yet-more-luminous version of the Too Faced Love Flush blush in Love Hangover. I’ve been loving it on days when I’m wearing very minimal makeup and too lazy to wear a blush and a highlighter, because this is basically a blush and highlighter in one!

This is swatched in the photo above (second from left).


Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in First Blush

Since I’ve been very sick, my lips have been very, VERY chapped, to a point where it often bleeds. Yuck, I know. It’s so painful and what’s more painful is that I haven’t been able to wear as much lipsticks as I’d like.

Fortunately for me, I have this in my stash. This gorgeous lipstick is a warm rosy pink shade with a glossy finish and the formula is oh-so buttery and creamy. This is the only lip product I’ve been able to wear because it’s very comfortable on the lips because it has a glossy and balmy feel to it, so it really moisturizes my lips! And the color is perfect for me too.

This is also swatched above.


RCMA No Color Powder

This is seriously one of the most underrated beauty products in the world out there.

It’s just a translucent, colorless setting powder – but the quality is utterly impeccable. No white cast and doesn’t flash back under flash photography, natural-looking and soft-to-the-touch finish, and it sets foundation all day.

In Australia, you can get a bottle of 85g of product from Adore Beauty for AU$24 (as opposed to Make Up For Ever HD Micro Finish Powder which does a similar job for A$43 for only 4g – yikes!).




Did you spot any of your favorites above? Let me know what your favorites have been lately!

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