Top Five: April Favorites

It’s been a few months since my last Top 5 post, so I figured we were about due! You guys may have already seen a few of these in my spring haul posts recently (part I and part II), but I got some really great stuff so here it is again with a few other goodies I’ve been using non-stop.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Terre-Neuve ($44.00/1.7oz) – This is a very very new addition to my makeup arsenal, but man I’m in love. I tried it a little while ago with mixed feelings, but decided to give it another shot because I just could not believe how nice my skin looked with this on. It’s the first foundation in my collection that isn’t just sheer coverage, which is surprising because that’s exactly how this is advertised. I find it to have more of a medium/buildable coverage that’s also super smoothing on the skin and looks absolutely flawless. It has an almost powder finish, but looks very natural and isn’t cakey at all. It’s also got SPF30 which I love, and there seems to be no flashback of any kind in photos which is even better. NARS products tends to run very warm/yellow, but the lightest shade in this range is a damn near perfect match for me and I am absolutely loving it. For best results, apply with a damp cosmetic sponge.

Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater ($26.00/0.21oz) – Also a new addition to my collection, this shade is stunning year-round. I fell in love with this formula last summer when I purchased the shade Water Blossom, but the iridescent blue-based pink is not always the most appropriate option. This neutral pink shade is gorgeous for more natural or professional looks, but still gives a very youthful dewy glow which makes it a perfect spring staple.


Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter eyeshadow stack ($48.00) – When I first picked up this eyeshadow quad earlier this year, I assumed it would be the one I reach for least (of the three Melt stacks). Surprise surprise – this has become my go-to for quick, every day looks that still have a touch of the unexpected (the gorgeous rusted red shade Enigma is now a must-have for me). I did a whole post about Melt a little while back, so I won’t bore you again with the details, but if you’re on the fence about trying one of their eyeshadow stacks, I cannot recommend Dark Matter enough.

Dark Matter stack
Dark Matter stack

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub ($15.00/10.10oz) – I really didn’t expect to love this as much as I do, but it might be my favorite body scrub of all time ever. For starters, the smell is absolutely amazing (even as someone who usually showers at night), and it leaves my skin feeling so so soft. Often times with body scrubs, the scrubby part dissipates quickly but the grit in this maple-sugar-and-oatmeal-scented magic sticks around until you’re ready to let it go. It’s gentle enough to use on my chest and bum, but packs enough power to make an impact on any rough or bumpy skin. Prices may vary depending on if you order from Ulta or Amazon.

ColourPop Cosmetics brow pencil in Dope Taupe ($5.00/0.003g) – First and foremost I need to point out that this is not quite the right shade for me, but it’s made it to my Top 5 anyway. I am honestly so impressed with this little brow pencil and I can’t get enough. The formula is just the right hardness to give me clean lines without pulling on my skin or making a mess and the point is so small that precision is damn near effortless. I now regularly reach for this over my MAC Eye Brows and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer pencils, which are the same size but cost $16.50 and $21.00, respectively. Hopefully the brand realizes what they’re sitting on and adds some more ashy shades to the lineup.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, no brands or shops asked me to write this, and all products mentioned were purchased by me. I receive financial incentive for sharing referral links to Ebates and affiliate links for Amazon (at no added cost to you).

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