Happy March! I can’t believe February is already over. Here is a list of some of the beauty products I just couldn’t get enough of this past month. A few of these are old favorites, and some are new discoveries. Each of them, however, has a special place in my heart.
1 — e.l.f. studio High Definition Powder
I’ve been using this product on and off for the past two years, and it’s gotten to the point that I always make sure to have this in stock. It is the finishing touch to my make up that really smooths everything out and makes sure it stays in place all day long. Since I have a slightly oily face, this powder eliminates any problems I have with smeary make-up. Long gone are the days of seeing all my make-up rub off onto my cell phone screen in one five-minute conversation. I can be “picture ready” at a moment, without having to worry that I came out looking greasy or overly shiny. It’s only about $6 at Target, so stock up!
2 — Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Very Cherry
As I like to say, red lips are not for the faint of heart. I enjoy wearing red lipstick fairly often anyway, but this month I’ve had entire weeks worth of red lips. I love how cheerful this color is. It is so cheerful that it makes me look like I’ve put a lot more effort into my look than I actually have. The only downside is that you have to be very careful when wearing this lipstick because it smudges and smears absolutely everywhere. No big burger bites or pecks on the cheek while wearing this color!
3 — Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist
I bought this as a 2-for-1 promotion with the curl enhancing smoothie at Target. Before I made this purchase, I had been using plain water to spritz my hair. Water does an ‘OK’ job of reviving my hair after a night of sleep or a long afternoon, but it doesn’t hold a candle to whatever is in this bottle. Once I spray my hair thoroughly and tousle it while upside-down, my hair takes on an entirely different life. It’s shinier, curlier and less frizzy — everything I want in a pick-me-up. All I need after that is a bobby pin to keep my hair out of my eyes.
4 — Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
I use this product in place of a leave-in conditioner right when I get out of the shower or to perk up my hair when it’s looking dry and frazzled. It’s very thick and can feel sticky if you apply too much to your hair, but overall I have to say I’m in love.
As I said, I like to use this when I get out of the shower, and my hair is still wet. I apply it pretty freely until my hair is evenly coated in product, and then I put my hair up into a messy bun (or several buns) until it’s about halfway dry. Then I let it air dry, and voila. I’ve got the kinds of curls I only thought I could get from a bantu knot-out. I use this liberally every day. It doesn’t dry my hair and leaving it feel crunchy, plus it smells absolutely divine.
5 — NARS Sheer Lipstick in Roman Holiday
This lipstick is the first lipstick I have ever liked enough to take note of and re-purchase. It’s a pretty, pastel pink that looks great either on nude lips or with a base. I like that its finish is slick, and it doesn’t dry your lips out the way some lipsticks do. According to the website, that’s because the “formula is infused with ingredients to improve the condition of the lips.”
I wear this when I’m in the mood to have my lips pop without the extreme statement bright reds and dark burgundies come with. The color gives off such a girly vibe that I can’t help but feel like I need to be wearing flowers and lace with this lipstick. I ain’t mad.
6 — Classic Bronzer Brush #44 from Sephora
This brush has improved my bronzing experience tenfold. I have a bronzer that I don’t use often, because I find myself having to cake so much product onto the brush to get it to show on my skin color. With this brush, I don’t have that problem at all because it is so dense that it really gets the product to show up on my skin. As a woman of color, I think a brush like this is really important! I don’t know how many times I’ve stopped using a product because it was too light for my skin tone.