Is it just me or do the first few months of a new year normally kinda suck?
Tbh, 2019 is kicking my ass. 2018 was such a magical year for me and 2019 feels like that scene from Hot Rod where he’s falling down the hill and just keeps falling and falling and running into shit and falling some more.
With that being said, it is officially spring, the snow has melted, the sun has started to shine and it no longer gets dark at 4 p.m., so we’re pushing through and staying positive.
Here are all the things I loved in March, in no particular order.
I love mules. When I was little kid I always used to slip my shoes on and off versus taking the time to tie and untie them which drove my parents insane and was constantly the reason for comments like, “you are so lazy.” Guess what, dad? Slip on shoes and shoes with no backs are all the rage now, so who is the real winner here? Lazy people everywhere.
I got this pair of mules at Target as an impulse purchase (like basically everything I buy at Target) and I am obsessed. At first I was kind of on the fence and considered taking them back, but I think they’re so cute and springy. I sized up a half size in these so I could have a little more room.
Despite the fact that I keep telling myself I’m going to spend less money, I can’t stop shopping. I went to DSW on a whim on day and found these adorable mules. They run a little small so I went up a size, but I love them. I like that they go with everything and are super comfortable. I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but DSW is having a sale right now, so now is the time to get some shoes if you’re in the market.
I don’t really branch out much when it comes to fashion. I like what I like which is typically all black (and like the same 5-6 outfits on repeat). BUT I’ve been going to the gym and taking better care of myself and feeling a lot more confident. I decided to step waaay out of my comfort zone and buy this polka dot jumpsuit from Torrid and I am so glad that I did.
I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything but toot toot, a bitch is feeling saucy.
I wrote an entire blog post dedicated to my love of microneedling and Jennifer Edwards at Aesthetic MedSpa but its worth repeating.
Microneedling has done more than change my skin, it has changed my entire life. I started wearing foundation when I was probably 12-13 and in the years since I have not gone without makeup in front of anyone other than my family. Microneedling has cleared so much of my acne scarring that I have gone makeup free in front of my boyfriend (ex-boyfriend? Friend? Not sure what to call him at this point) AND TO WORK. WHAT?! Life changing. I am obsessed.
I have started taking skin care much more seriously after I decided to take the plunge with microneedling. I probably shouldn’t share all my secrets on the internet, but for a really long time I didn’t even wash my makeup off at night. I know that that is both super gross and terrible for your skin, but I just couldn’t be bothered. Now I can’t sleep unless I’ve washed my face and done my skincare routine which, as of recently, involves Cosrx Snail Mucin.
I’ve tried a million things for the sake of beauty and am fascinated by how plants and weird animal by-products can impact your skin. I use this after washing my face and before using moisturizer and I notice that my skin is a lot smoother. I also want to say it’s helping fade my acne scarring even further? That could still be the microneedling, though.
I buy too much makeup. Let’s just get that out of the way. My coworker Jess is always making fun of me for shopping too much and spending too much money and, yes, she has a point but also YOLO.
I picked up this Morphe Bronzer on a whim because I liked the packaging (lololol). Normally, Morphe uses the same black, plastic packaging on all their products but this beautiful red and gold cardboard really stood out to me and when I swatched it, I knew I had to have it. I purchased two of them in the light and medium shades and it is arguably one of the best, most buttery bronzers I have ever used. It’s amazing, you get a ton of product AND it’s only $20.
A bonus is that it’s a great dupe for the Marc Jacobs bronzer that retails for $70. Shop smarter, friends!
MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette
I know you won’t be able to believe it, but I impulsively bought this at Ulta one day. I went in to get the new It Cosmetics foundation, which they didn’t have yet at my Ulta, and ended up walking out with this highlighter palette that I absolutely did not need.
I have purchased a lot of highlighters and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. I was surprised because I never hear anyone mention these palettes, but it is amazing. It is super pigmented, shiny without being glittery and can be built up to a blinding glow. I purchased the shade Get It Glowin’ which is the gold palette, but there is also a rose gold palette and a lighter, more white palette.
Milk Makeup Lip Balm
It doesn’t matter who you are, you need lip balm. I don’t really wear lipstick because I always think it looks weird on me, but I always have to have lip balm on me at all times. I’m a sucker for trying new things and the Kush lip balm got my attention so I tried it.
I got the shade Green Dragon and despite the fact that it’s green, it doesn’t come off as green on your lips. It’s $16 which is crazy expensive for a chapstick, but it’s super hydrating and overall it does a nice job.
Reunions + good brows
When I first started getting my eyebrows done I was a student at MSU and I would go to the Ulta in Okemos (at that point in time it was the only Ulta) and get my brows done. At first I got them done by Alex Garza (yes, the now-famous YouTuber) but one day she wasn’t available for some reason and I had my brows done by Riley. Riley is, to this day, the best person who has ever done my eyebrows. She always explained the process to me and did an impeccable job of shaping them for my face. At some point I stopped going to Ulta and started doing my brows myself, and when I went back one day she was no longer working there. I ended up switching back and forth between having my brows threaded and doing them myself for the last 4 or so years.
A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a picture of Stef Pohl of MostStefinitely with Riley on and found out she is working at Kenneth Brandt Salon in Mason! I was so excited to find out that she was back in the area and couldn’t wait to book an appointment with her.
It was so great to see her and catch up with her and, of course, she did an amazing job with my brows and left feeling like a new woman. I get a lot of services done, and when you find people who do a good job, you don’t let them go.
Benefit Cheekleader Palette
Oh, look. I bought even more cheek products that I didn’t need.
Yes, I did and no, I’m not sorry. I went to Ulta specifically looking for this palette because I really wanted Cookie, the highlighter that is exclusive to this palette. I saw that there was a mini version available with only three shades, but my Ulta didn’t have that one so I ended up buying the full size one. At first I was a little annoyed I had to spend $60 instead of $30 but in the long run, I love this palette and am glad I ended up purchasing the bigger one because I think it will come in super handy for travel. I am supposed to be going to Chicago in a few weeks and having all my cheek products will save lots of space in my suitcase.
I feel like people don’t talk about the importance of fragrance enough. Yes, I could go through life feeling like a badass bitch in my jumpsuit with my clear skin and perfect brows, but if you don’t smell good (or, *gasp* if you smell bad) the rest really doesn’t matter. I’ve been wearing Mon Paris by YSL and I am obsessed with it.
I’m really no good at figuring out what the notes of a fragrance are, but according to the Sephora website, the notes are Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss and the fragrance is “Passionate. Sensual. Sophisticated.”
If you’re looking for a new fragrance, I highly suggest hitting up Sephora or Ulta to give it a sniff.
Clearly, I have been doing a lot of shopping and thankfully, I don’t really have any buyers remorse. I do, however, have to warn you about one of the worse foundations on the face of this planet, which is the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation. It’s only $5.99 and has gotten some incredible reviews online, which made me really want to try it. Don’t be fooled. It is absolute garbage and it smells like literal housepaint. 0/10 do not recommend.
I have been doing way too much shopping lately but, fortunately, I’ve picked up some really great stuff. Let me know what you’ve been loving lately!