2016 – The April Edit

The April Edit

  1. Though the weather in NYC has been so wacky lately, I’m starting to wear dresses and skirts. The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub ($24) is keeping my legs soft and smooth. It’s not too abrasive, but the gel-like formula will slough off all your dead skin. 
  2. St. Moritz Instant Self-Tanning Mousse ($13) is the first self-tanner I’ve used that doesn’t make me end up looking orange and streaky. Application is easy because of the tinted formula. No more blindly slathering on self-tanner!
  1. I’ve been wearing Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Peony Kiss ($18) on my lips since I first got it earlier this month, and I’ve been getting so any compliments! The formula is demi-matte, but never drying, and looks lush and plush on my lips. The pink color is fresh and great for everyday wear all spring and summer. 
  1. Big shoutout to my boyfriend for gifting this new beauty innovation to me! Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done ($34) is the solution to all my summer skin woes — it’s kinda like a primer, concealer, and foundation in one, without being heavy. Everyone needs this for the warmer months. 
  1. It’s true that there’s no real difference between a pink beautyblender and a nude one, but I’ve been loving my beautyblender nude ($20) this month. I find that it doesn’t look as dirty and faded as the original pink. I still wash it a few times a week though! 
  1. Wow. Wow. Wow. I love a good bronzer all year long, but I’m really picky with which ones get to grace my face. Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer ($15) is the perfect light to medium bronze. It’s not matte, but it’s not shimmery — it’s pretty luminous and natural looking at the same time. Plus, it smells like coconuts. 
  1. Quick story about this shade — my aunt had a baby boy a few months back, and I was so disappointed the brand had an “It’s A Girl” shade but not an “It’s A Boy” shade! The brand launched the latter in its Soft Shades collection for spring. OPI Nail Lacquer in It’s A Boy ($10) is a beautiful soft blue color for the warmer months, on hands and feet. 

 

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11 Beauty Products To Unleash Your Inner Mermaid

Originally published on BuzzFeed.

I know you’re a mermaid. You know you’re a mermaid. Let the world know your true identity with these sea-inspired beauty picks.

1. Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Can’t make it to the ocean? Bring the ocean to your bathtub. Packed with seaweed and sea salt, this fresh bath treat will have you flipping your tail with glee. Plus, you’ll smell like you just stepped on land for the first time in forever.

2. Sabon Body Gel Polisher in Tropic

Brazilian women use sand to exfoliate their skin. Mermaids use Sabon’s Body Gel Polisher. This rice-powered polisher will give you glowing, beautiful skin all over. You’re also not going to want to stop smelling yourself. 

3. OGX Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Drench your locks in moisture and harness the power of the ocean in your shower. This shampoo and conditioner is going to put shine in your hair and a smile on your face. It’s meant for dry and damaged hair, but it’s also light enough for any mermaid to use. 

4.  Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask

Look luminous and healthy at the same time with this sea-powered, hydrating skin treat. This cooling, blue face mask is formulated with tea from the Jeju Islands of Korea, and glacial lake blue marine algae. 

5. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara

What’s better than a natural, mineral-based mascara that promises length and volume all while not running down your face when you’re swimming in the deep blue? You’re going to want to stash this little gem in your beach bag.

6. Ralph Lauren Fresh Eau de Toilette

This may as well be the official scent of summer — magnolia, sparkling lemon, and chilled watermelon create the perfect signature fragrance for any sea (or land) dweller. You’re going to smell as fresh as a sea star.

7. Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

The sheer, watery glow from these blushes are going to look beautiful on your cheeks whether you’re going to the supermarket, to work, or swimming with all your fishy friends.

8. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

It’s not called “the little black soap that changes everything” for no reason. Reveal radiant skin with this detoxifying cleansing bar powered by — you guessed it — sea mud, and 26 minerals derived from sea. 

9. Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Eyeshadow Palette

With shade names like “Mermaid,” “Seashell,” and “Starfish,” how can you resist? The colors are luxuriously pigmented and shimmery and will look great against your tan this summer.

10. Essie Nail Lacquer in Barbados Blue

Let the silvery-baby blue shade lift your mood and remind you that you really are a mermaid, even though you lack a tail.

11. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer

Get your tan on without the burn with this soon-to-be cult classic bronzer, available in two natural looking shades. 

 

 

 

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