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By April, I’m finally ready to come out of hibernation and my #Ihatewinter phase. So, I recently got a sample of a miracle matte lipstick from Make Up For Ever in a subscription box and the color was perfect for me. This is brand I normally wouldn’t buy because I feel like I’ve aged out of it, but now I’m hooked on this product (which speaks to the value prop of sampling….). Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick ($20) is the penultimate matte lip color in a handy skinny tube. I am loving shades #105, 107 and 103 which are all bare colors that would suit all or most skin types. And for $20 you can’t go wrong. It goes on ultra matte and lasts all day long, even after a cappuccino or a glass of Pinot, yet isn’t as drying as many other long lasting formulas. I also love Marc Jacobs Le Marq Liquid Lip Crayon ($26) which is extra creamy and glides on effortlessly. If you want a bold matte lip, this is a winner. Night Mauves is a neutral tone and stays on beautifully. Or try the little bullet shaped Marc Jacobs Le Marq Lip Creme Lipstick ($30) if crayons are not your thing.
Spring is go-time for me. It’s very easy to let skincare slack when your skin is all covered up with layers of clothing, especially during this long, chilly winter. To me Spring means beach season is almost here, which always puts a smile on my face. So, it’s high time to double down on my moisturization and exfoliation efforts. I count on two hero products – TATA HARPER’s Smoothing Body Scrub ($75) and Avene’s Tolérance Extrême Emulsion ($38) – to get the job done. I also make sure that my waxing appointments are booked way in advance, and hit the gym, Soul Cycle and various bootcamps more regularly.
I’m loving Beautycounter’s Dew Skin ($45) as we move into warmer, more humid weather, here in South Florida. It’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 (courtesy of non-chemical zinc oxide), brightening vitamin C, and the ideal amount of coverage for running errands and hitting a Pilates class, in between testing beauty products of course. I love how healthy and radiant it makes my skin look without having to think about makeup. Come Spring, self-tanner finds its way back into my routine, and my favorite product for the start of the season is The Water by Tan-Luxe ($54). There’s no fear of an orange result and I can slowly build color on my arms and legs without anyone realizing—until they compliment my beautifully (and natural-looking) bronzed skin.
I religiously shield my face from the sun all year long, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the look of a little color once the warm weather starts to hit. That’s when I get out the bronzer. Right now, I’m head-over-heels in love with Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer ($24) in Baked, perfect for my fair to medium-toned complexion. I just swipe a little onto my cheekbones, forehead, chin and the bridge of my nose before blending with my fingertips for a totally natural looking sun-kissed glow. The formula is super-sheer, absorbs easily and hydrates too. To me, nothing says Spring like a pop of color. Since my wardrobe skews to the black, white and grey palette, and bright lipstick isn’t usually my thing, I’ve been playing around a bit with colorful eyeliner. Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25) has options galore when it comes to color, but I’m partial to the Plum(Age), a vivid purple hue that makes my green eyes stand out. Out of 30+ hues, you’re sure to find a favorite too. It’s highly pigmented for a huge color payoff, comes in shimmer and matte finishes and can even be smudged for smoky look options.
Spring in Dallas can be pretty warm, so I can’t get enough of shu uemura’s wonder worker air dry/blow dry multi-tasking primer ($33) It’s worth every penny to tame my hair. It’s perfect for days when you want to air dry your hair and it tames the frizz on humid days, like all summer long. You just apply it to towel-dried hair and spray throughout. It will protect your colored hair and will keep it super soft and prevent a dull, blah do. When sprayed before a blowout, the primer locks in all the moisture and tames my thick strands for a smooth, polished finish. When I opt to air dry my longish hair, this formula enhances my natural texture.
When it comes to #momlife (2 active kids under 6), you don’t always have time to get all done up. So, for me the basics work best. One thing that is always important, especially when it comes to springtime, is getting my skin to look dewy and bright. With Tatcha luminous dewy skin mist ($48), I can spray it on anytime, or anywhere, like the playground, at the gym, and even when I’m on my Macbook. I can use this beauty under makeup, over makeup or without any makeup at all. It’s a silky liquid spray on moisturizer containing squalane, red algae and anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex. This milky emulsion contains moisturizers and humectants that leave my skin super hydrated. Tatcha’s skin mist gives a boost of soothing hydration that gives me a perfectly dewy glow on the go, which in my life, is all the time.