March Favorites

March has probably been the best month this year so far for me. Work is good, the apartment is good; everything's good. In a way I'm sad to see it go, but I'm excited for April, particularly because my birthday is on Sunday (I'm already predicting my April Favorites to be a bit packed, FYI). I tried a few new things this month that I fell for, along with a couple older loves I rediscovered.

If you saw my Kiehl's post earlier in the month, you'll know I really fell hard for the brand this month. I've been slapping on the Ultra Facial Cream just about every morning this month, and it's really been a savior for my skin. It instantly soothes it and keeps it hydrated and plumped all day long, but it's not too heavy to wear underneath makeup. I've also been using the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado day and night - I don't think I've ever been this diligent with an eye cream. I love that it is super thick at first, but it changes to a thinner, more watery consistency as you pat it in. It's so hydrating and really perks up my undereyes.

I've been using a facial oil every night this month as part of my skincare routine, and the one I've been reaching for the most is the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil.* It feels so incredibly hydrating and yet isn't heavy at all. It does have a bit of a strong scent because of the patchouli oil it contains, but I've come to associate it with relaxing in the evenings, so I really like it now.

The last skin bit is the Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream.* I've been trying to keep my hands from drying out and cracking (I work with cement and stones in the lab I work in, and the dust makes my hands super dry - even through gloves!), and this has really been doing the trick. It's a luxuriously thick cream, but it doesn't leave that super greasy feeling after applying. It also doesn't have a scent, which I like for something I reapply throughout the day.

The one makeup bit I've been most excited about is the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (review). It's the perfect palette for spring (and year-round, actually), filled with warmer nude shades. When I've worn eyeshadow this month, it's always been from this palette.

My last favorites of the month are all lip products. I've kept my makeup pretty minimal for most of the month, but I can't go without throwing on a lip product. My everyday go-to nude has been the combination of the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk and the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Nude Pop. It creates the prettiest nude pink shade on the lips that looks perfect with any look. When I'm wanting something darker, I've been loving the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny. I said in my Liquid Lipstick Roundup that I put up quite a fight to get this one, and I'm sure glad I did. It's the coolest mauve-y brown neutral that's right up my alley. The formula is one of the best I've tried as well - I'm thinking I need to try a few more shades.

Not included in the picture, but a favorite all the same, is the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I had never read a Stephen King book before because I'm the biggest wimp ever when it comes to scary things, but this book wasn't scary. It's about a man that goes back in time in order to try and stop the Kennedy assassination, and the way King mixes the historical facts into the fictional story is just stunning. It was one of the first times I actually felt sad about finishing a book - I feel like nothing I ever read will be this good again.

What were your favorites this month?