Beauty Buzz is back for April and we will begin with shading into spring 23 with Milk Makeup and several brands I think you’re going to love; as we begin our great thaw for the new Spring-Summer season that is upon us.
Once April hits us, I know in my heart that the nicer weather is finally moving its way slowly to us, and I feel a sense of hope and life surge through me all over again.
This thrill for life and desire to live more fully again, always leads me to pampering myself, allowing me to prepare my skin and features for a season of socializing and spending time outdoors again.
Sculpt Your Face Forward
One of the greatest tricks in my bag of makeup techniques is the art of shading and sculpting the face, these techniques allow me to completely modify the face of my model. I can thin out a nose, turn it upwards, accentuate the cheekbones and slim a face down; all with the quick application of a shading color to the face.
Milk Makeup has just released one of my favorite shading and sculpting tools ever, the Sculpt Cream Contour Stick by Milk Makeup is an excellent tool to structure the face and it fits neatly in any bag, as the component is adorably cute and efficient, taking up no space at all.
The Sculpt Cream Contour Stick from Milk Makeup comes in 4 shades and has a beautifully dark shade for darker complexions as well, allowing very melanin rich complexions to work the product as well.
This creamy product applies easily on the skin and glides well on bare skin and on top of makeup equally. I find that you can work the Sculpt Cream Contour Stick by Milk Makeup with your fingers, a brush or a sponge, this product blends beautifully, a no-brain er to add more structure to your features and help you to shade your way into spring.
A Cult Classic Highlighter Lives On
If I am talking about sculpting, it would only be logical to talk about highlighting, especially since it is the second half of a duo that does wonders to bring forward the best features of the face. Time to go from shading into spring, to highlighting your way to summer.
BECCA was an adored brand that grew a large and very loyal following over the years, unfortunately during the pandemic, BECCA became one of the beauty causalities. However, some of their iconic products have lived on with Smashbox.
The Smashbox X BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is a stunning pressed powder to illuminate the complexion. The shimmer is flattering and not glittery in its appearance, it gives a true lit from within look.
The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter by Smashbox X BECCA comes in a variety of 5 shades, the most iconic shade is of course, the Champagne Pop, a beautiful soft gold with pinky-peach pearls. My personal favorite is the Rose Quartz as it blends into my rosy complexion with ease.
Though the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter from Smashbox X BECCA has been around for a minute or two, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and versatile highlighting powder on the market today, sometimes the classics are classics for a reason, they work the best!
Melting Off The Day
I love applying makeup on myself and others, exploring a variety of facets, hidden within myself and others, liberating emotions and feelings locked inside. Having such a strong love of makeup, almost guaranties that I will love and appreciate a great makeup cleanser and remover.
The Melt Awf Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser from Fenty Skin is gentle on the skin and removes the most stubborn and waterproof formulas in an effortless fashion.
This brilliantly formulated makeup cleanser features a wonderful mix of oils, including Kalahari Melon, Baoba, Sunflower, Safflower and Castor to nourish and condition the skin as the other oils; Rosemary, Clary, Bergamot, Orange and Grapefruit oils break down the makeup on the skin.
The Melt Awf Jelly Oil Makeup-Melting Cleanser by Fenty Skin feels great on my skin and removes tenacious makeup products in seconds, a winning cleanser that you will want to add to your daily routine, trust me!
If you’re in the market for a good night cream, I highly recommend the Instant Reset Brightening Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream With Niacinamide + Kalahari Melon Oil, I simply adore this product, read more about it, here.
The Gentlest Multi-Tasking Cleanser
I love a delicate cleanser and when I tried the Topialyse Huile Lavante by SVR Laboratoire Dermatologique, I was completely blown away by how delicate the formula felt on my skin and how well it cleansed my skin, all over my body, in the shower.
The Topialyse Huile Lavant from SVR Laboratoire Dermatologique is a luxurious oil that is rich in lipid-replenishing and moisturizing actives to nourish the skin as it clears your skin from dirt, dust, debris, and the accumulated oils and grime on the skin.
This bottle comes with a generous amount of product and it will likely last you a long time, making this bottle a smart option for anyone who has easily irritated skin, or suffers from itchy skin, this cleanser works wonders.
I highly recommend this cleanser as it works on the body and the face and can be used for your hair as well, making the Topialyse Huile Lavante, an essential for anyone who enjoys a product with multiple benefits that soothes the skin, as it cleanses it.
Butter Your Body Up
CLINIQUE’s Deep Comfort Body Butter is a great and rich cream that does wonders to hydrate and moisturize the body. This luxurious and fresh feeling cream feels very comfortable on the skin and does an exceptional job at smoothing over the rough patches on the knees, elbows, feet and such.
The Deep Comfort Body Butter from CLINIQUE is rich in Shea Butter and features Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, allowing the cream to attract water to the skin and the Shea Butter helps to lock it in.
I also love the bright yellow pot that the Deep Comfort Body Butter from CLINIQUE comes in, it makes me smile every time I use the product. Enjoying the products you use in your routine, does wonders to encourage you to be consistent and dedicated to your beauty routine.
Since the cream itself is so rich and nourishing, I find that the Deep Comfort Body Cream by CLNIQUE lasts me a really long time, I especially love putting it on my damp skin as it leaves my skin feeling unbelievably smooth and lush. Try it once, you’ll see why I love it so much!
An Aqua Bomb For Your Eyes
belif makes some of my favorite pieces of skincare recently. I have been testing several of their products over the past few months and I have discovered a few new favorites, and I want to share with you today one of my absolute favorites from belif, the Moisturizing Eye Bomb with Squalane.
Telling you this gel-cream is incredible is simply the beginning, the Moisturizing Eye Bomb with Squalane from belif is likely my favorite eye cream of all time. Super lightweight, this genius product absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves the area under the eyes looking refreshed, smoother and fuller.
The ingredient listing on this eye cream is very impressive, on top of the Squalane, you will find Pantheol, Cermide NP, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract and Oat Kernel Extract; it also contains Tiger Grass to sooth the skin and Comfrey Leaf, which helps to detoxify the skin.
I am on my second pot of this wonder product, the Moisturizing Eye Bomb with Squalane from belif, has made me a dedicated believer.
A Luxury Fragrance Favorite
Tom Ford has been one of the main driving forces in the fashion industry ever since his first collections for Gucci, ages ago now. The Tom Ford line of beauty products includes a wide variety of high-end makeup and one of the most sought-after selections of perfumes and fragrances on the market today.
I was lucky enough to sample the Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum from Tom Ford and I was instantly enchanted by this spicy, seductive, earthy and woody fragrance.
The Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum from TomFord is a true luxury fragrance that comes packaged in the exquisite Private Blend bottle, carved with remarkable craftsmanship, identified with a mahogany label and matching cap.
The intoxicating fragrance of the Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum from Tom Ford has key notes of the mystical Thuya Wood, Cedarwood Atlas and Pink Peppercorn. Once applied on the skin, the fragrance adapts with your own personal scent and changes over time as the various notes come forth.
I have been wearing fragrances for over 30 years, the Bois Marocain Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford is one of the most enticing scents I have ever tried, a new personal favorite for me that envelops me in the richest, most expertly crafted scent, bound to make people notice my elegant fragrance, and signal my arrival.
Sephora’s Spring Sale
Depending on your member status at Sephora, you get between 10% – 20% discount on all your purchases, even the discounted and discontinued items, both online and in-store.
The sale starts on April 14th for all Rouge members, with 20% off all of their purchases until April 24th, for VIB members, their 15% discount begins on April 18th and pursues until the 24th as well.
For everyone else, the 10% discount applies from April 18th until the 24th as well.
And for those of you that enjoy the products from the Sephora Collection, all of the products will be discounted by 30% for the entire duration of the sale.
This is the time to splurge on the expensive pieces and enjoy the best that beauty can offer you, at a discounted price.
Many of the items mentioned in this column are actually available at Sephora, so you will be able to shop during the sale for them as well.
A little word to the wise, remember that you have one face, there is a limit to how many cosmetics you can use at once and there is nothing worse than splurging on an item you never end up using; don’t go broke for beauty, it’s never worth it.
I hope you enjoyed shading into spring with me and until next time, stay beautiful!
Lead image courtesy of Milk Makeup.
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