March has been a very exciting month for me in the sense that I was so lucky as to receive some very neat blogging opportunities. I got my first PR box ever (from Naturally Vain, check out the post I did here), and I was given my first ever “VoxBox” from Influenster (the corresponding post will be up in a few days)!
Because I was given all of these free goodies to try out, I didn’t end up having to purchase that many other products myself (aaaand instead spent all of that money on food. Rip)!
I won’t bother repeating myself and showcasing the products that have entire posts dedicated to themselves, so I’ll just leave ya with the links:
So, let’s get right into it! Keep reading for some dramatic and unnecessarily lengthy commentary on the NEW things that I have been trying out this month!
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara
Before you crucify me or question my rationality over the notion that I am constantly complaining about being poor yet here I am using Marc Jacobs mascara, hear me out – this was given to me as a gift. In fact, I had completely forgotten that I even owned this mascara, otherwise, I would have been using it this whole time :’)
The first time I tried this mascara out I was SHOOK. Feelings of overwhelming joy and dark despair rushed over me at the same instance and I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I was elated because this was the best mascara that I have ever used in my entire life…yet at the same time, I was super bummed out because I knew that there was no way in hell that I could ever afford to repurchase this mascara every three or four months. I’m not THAT boujee.
But as I said, this is seriously the best mascara I’ve ever used – it adds length to my lashes while making them look nice and thicc, the formula doesn’t clump up, and the wand is shaped in a way that can expertly reach all my lashes. I only stabbed my eye with the wand once this month and I would say that the pain of having the mascara ink in my eye wavered around a 6, which is not bad considering that most other mascaras tend to score in the high 8-9s.
I will enjoy this mascara until the bitter end ❤
Josie Maran Argan Oil + Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade
Both of these products are actually my holy grails, BUT, the *new* thing that I’ve been trying this month is mixing them together! I swear by my ABH brow pomade – it’s pretty inexpensive and it’s a wonderful brow product. HOWEVER, I find that this product can dry up really quickly and become difficult to work with after a month or two of using it. So when I saw a makeup tutorial on Instagram the other day where the makeup artist splashed a drop of facial oil into her pot of pomade and stirred it around before applying it on her brows I was deceased. Why have I NEVER thought of this before???
By mixing the oil into the pomade, the formula reverts back to a state that is very similar to when you first open a fresh new package – airy, fluffy and soft, instead of the dried out cat-shit-like consistency that it attains after being used for a while.
I have to say, mixing oil with brow pomade is revolutionary. It has not only made the application process so much more smooth, but my brows look much softer and natural. Now I can actually use up this entire pot of product instead of throwing it away after I’ve only used half of it on account of the dry, unusable texture. Because the oil doesn’t leave the pomade very quickly, I’ve only had to add one drop of oil to my pot this entire month. It has kept the texture perfect this entire time! Bless ❤
Aloe Sheet Mask(s)
I’ve been using quite a lot of aloe vera products in light of some really horrid breakouts that I’ve been having. Most of the aloe vera products that I’ve been using this month I’ve talked about already in previous posts so I won’t bring them up again, but the pic below is of a brand that I haven’t tried yet. I got this in Marzia’s subscription box a while back and have only recently just used it, and I must say, I was pretty impressed. If I ever see this brand on the shelves anywhere I’ll be sure to repurchase it.
This mask has helped bring back nourishment and moisture to my parched skin because of all of the harsh anti-acne products that I’ve been using this month, and it has also helped minimize the look of my breakout. Usually, the rate at which my pimples diminish is at an equilibrium with the rate of which new pimples pop up on my skin. However, these past few weeks the balance in the force has shifted and I just haven’t been able to contain my breakout. If the anti-acne products I’ve received for free don’t do the job, I may have to start dropping some serious cash on a solution or finally consult a dermatologist…let’s hope it doesn’t get to that :’)
Yes To Cucumbers Makeup Wipes
I really want to like this brand but man I’ve always had bad luck with them. To be fair, I haven’t tried very many “yes to” products, but the skincare products I HAVE used from them have made me break out, and the makeup wipes that I’ve tried from them have always been super dry! I remember one time I got a big pack of “yes to tomatoes” makeup wipes and when I opened them later that evening they were COMPLETELY dry! The wipes had bound together to form a hard, lopsided brick, it was a complete waste of my money (and these bois are pricey).
So when I decided to give these a shot, I played it smart and got a small pack…sure enough – the wipes were pretty dry. They weren’t completely dry mind you, but as I rubbed the wipe on my face after having worn makeup all day I felt like I was dragging a lightly-wetted cloth on my face. It wasn’t really taking any makeup off, so I really had to go at it and scrub it all off with what felt like very dry fabric. As someone with acne and sensitive skin, that sensation makes me cringe so much that I get goosebumps.
The wipes also barely took any of my eye makeup off, so it was an all-around fail. Since I did end up buying such a small pack, I may use it for travel purposes so I don’t have to bring my big ass pack of 30 wipes with me, but I won’t look forward to using these again, that’s for sure.
Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Shampoo + Conditioner
When I bought the Love Beauty & Planet shampoo and conditioner I also grabbed what looked to be a potential dupe – this pair from Garnier. Like the former brand, these products are made with natural extracts and are paraben free! The packaging is also made with 30% post-consumer recycled waste (not 100% like Love Beauty & Planet, but that’s still better than nothing), and it is produced in a facility that has actively reduced its waste and water consumption per unit by around 50%. These are some solid statistics for an affordable drug-store brand, not to mention that the actual product has been working just fine by nourishing my hair and keeping it looking fab even after I destroy it with my styling tools ;p
Ben has also been using this shampoo and conditioner for his hair (because why not!? honey is a pretty universal scent right? Smells better than that old spice shit imo), and has agreed to provide some guest commentary. Please give it up for my very first guest blogger! Take it away Ben, tell us what you thought about these products.
Ben: “….it works well”
Sara: “…it?!?… Thats not gramatically…. UGH…………..
…………….do you want to add anything else? :’) “
Ben: “……. no that’s ok 🙂 “
Thanks Ben. How insightful.
Anthropologie Wild Honeysuckle Candle
I’ve been using this candle exclusively this past month. The fine scent of wildflowers is perfect for the change of the season. This candle also does a great job at leaving my entire apartment smelling wonderful – not in a manner that is intoxicating or overbearing, but just enough to leave the whole place with a soft, pleasant aroma.
I don’t think I’ve ever come across a candle from Anthropologie that I haven’t liked or whose smell I couldn’t handle. Plus, all of their candle designs are super cute. Of course, like all nice things in this world, they are pretty expensive, so if you are looking to grab an aesthetically pleasing and pleasantly smelling candle from Anthro, I’d suggest going when they have a 20 or 25 percent off sale (which is fairly often – especially if you are an AnthroPerks member).