Beauty Faves: March 2017

Spring is such an uplifting time of year; we can't help but feel rejuvenated as the flowers bloom and the temperature creeps up. It's the perfect season for picnics, bike rides, and of course, spring cleaning. 

In the spirit of the season, I've updated my beauty routine. I'm forever trying to balance minimalism with my love of buying crap. My medicine cabinet is looking a little less crowded these days as I trade quantity for quality.

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Sunday Riley U.F.O, $80 (ultra-clarifying face oil)

Sunday Riley U.F.O, $80 (ultra-clarifying face oil)

1. Sunday Riley U.F.O face oil

Behold, the holy grail of face oils.

I'm no stranger to the moisturizing power of oil products, but I've finally found the perfect thing for my combination/oily skin. This product has significant clarifying properties, and helps clear out congested pores.

Initially I was wary of the salicylic acid content, but after a solid month of nightly use, I only have positive results to report. Other purifying ingredients include tea tree and black cumin seed oil, with milk thistle and cucumber seed oil to balance the drying effects.

Sunday Riley has a pretty good range of face oils tailored for different skin concerns, with their Luna Sleeping Night Oil being the most popular.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand wash, $39 500 mL

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand wash, $39 500 mL

2. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique hand wash

Oh Aesop, how I love thee.

This product is towards the top of my "ridiculous indulgences" list, right along with Diptyque candles and imported french butter.

A rational person might say nearly $40 is too much for hand soap, but that rational person would be neglecting the sumptuous luxury of Aesop's mandarin orange, rosemary, and lavender soap elevates the humble hand wash from perfunctory to cheerful. Not to mention the formula leaves your hands hydrated, soft, and smelling like rainbows.

3. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Hands down the best mascara I've ever used. I tried a sample-sized as one of my Sephora perks, and I haven't used another mascara since. Marc Jacobs' anecdote about the inspiration for this product only further cemented my love for it:

"I have some very fond memories of watching my mother do her makeup before she’d go out on a date. I could sit there for hours and watch her as she would choose her clothes and put her makeup on. She’d take a piece of black velvet ribbon and she would scrape it with a knife so she could take the pile from the black velvet to make the lashes even thicker and clumpier."
—Marc Jacobs
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4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette

Just look at those colors! Historically, I'm a red-lipstick-and-swipe-of-mascara easy breezy makeup girl. Nowadays, I'm obsessing over rusty/berry eye shadows with a bare face. The whole thing feels very rubanesque and painfully chic.

Check out Kristina's "Italian Renaissance" post for a perfect example.

5. Statement Tassel Earrings, H&M

As I've said before, I usually shy away from jewelry, but I've been wearing these flamenco inspired earrings pretty non-stop.

The drama of these earrings with a severe top knot and bold eyebrows is just too good to resist.