Best in Beauty | April 2016

April 2016 Beauty Favorites | Reviews + Swatches | Smashbox Primer Water  Wet N' Wild Flat Top Brush  Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup  Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified in Child Star  Luxie Beauty 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush  Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleanser  Tarte BB Tinted Primer  Benefit Hervana Blush

Good afternoon! I'm sorry today's post is going up a little late. I've been super busy this week and I'm so relieved I found the time to sit down and write a post. Today, I am sharing my April favorites! There are so many things I have been trying and loving this month. 

This is an old favorite for some, but the Smashbox Primer Water is something I picked up to try this month. Ulta has been having some amazing deals, one of which was the Smashbox Primer Water for 50%. Recently my skin has been very combo, I have some dry patches but I also get oily in my T-Zone. So I love this for my dry patches as a base for my makeup. It creates a nice layer for my primer and other face products. It keeps those dry patches from showing through, but it doesn't make me extremely oily. 

Everyone has to go out right now and pick up the Wet N' Wild Flat Top Brush. These new Wet N' Wild brushes are some of the best I've tried from the drugstore. I just posted on Instagram some new ones I've picked up because I loved the flat top one so much. The face brushes are $3 and the eye brushes are $1. This is so weird for me to say, but I think these are better than elf brushes. which are also $3 and $1. The Wet N' Wild ones are super, super soft, and they feel like much better quality. 

Over the past few years I have been hearing a lot about Gerard Cosmetics. I finally made an order and picked up the Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Butter Cup and some of their lip glosses. This month the lipstick really stood out to me as an every day and very versatile lipstick. It's the perfect nude shade I can wear alone, or top with any gloss. It's super creamy, pigmented, and feels great on the lips. Plus, the packaging is adorable!

I think I've found my perfect liquid lipstick shade, and it is the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified in Child Star. This is a truly a MLBB color, but it has a purple/mauve undertone which I love. This isn't too drying on the lips, but I love it mainly for the color. Right now only Sephora carries this so when I tried it on my lips in the store, I fell in love, and knew I had to own it.
April 2016 Beauty Favorites | Reviews + Swatches | Smashbox Primer Water  Wet N' Wild Flat Top Brush  Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup  Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified in Child Star  Luxie Beauty 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush  Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleanser  Tarte BB Tinted Primer  Benefit Hervana Blush
Top: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified in Child Star
Bottom: Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Butter Cup
I signed up for Ipsy again this month and my favorite item in my bag is the Luxie Beauty 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush. I've tried Luxie brushes from my other Ipsy bags, but this one is my favorite. It's the perfect size for applying highlighter, or setting the under eye with powder. It's super soft and great quality. I also love the light blue handle!

This is my greatest discovery of the month, and it is the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleanser. If you want a quick in between clean for your brushes, this is it! You spray it 1-3 times on your brush, wipe it on a towel, let it dry for a few minutes and your brush is as a good as new. It gets rid of any powder or liquid product on your brushes without doing a deep clean. Plus, it leaves a slight vanilla scent which I really like. 

This month I have been doing a lot of quick makeup looks, and for my face I love using the Tarte BB Tinted Primer. This is a tinted primer, which I use over my face, and use a powder foundation on top to set it and give it some extra coverage. It's a very moussey primer, and it feels very similar to the Benefit Porefessional (my holy-grail primer). It gives my skin a soft even canvas to apply either a powder foundation or a liquid foundation. The tint it gives has pretty good coverage and I find it does a pretty good job at hiding redness. 

My last favorite is the Benefit Hervana Blush and I'm not kidding when I say that I have been wanting this blush for years. I love all Benefit boxed blushes, but this one might be my favorite. It has swirls of light pink, pink and a light purple which you mix together to create the perfect purple-pink shade. I love it for every day because it gives my cheeks the most natural flush.

What are your favorites this month?

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  1. That Tarte shade is so pretty. I'm in love with the Tarte rainforest of the sea foundation, it's soooo good!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  2. I love the Smashbox Primer Water too - I recently tried the Freedom Makeup budget friendly version and that was really good too (I have a review of that on my blog). You've got some gorgeous favourites here - that Too Faced lipstick looks gorgeous for summer! :)
    - Ambar | Her Little Loves

  3. I've heard amazing things about the primer water I just can't bring myself to spend that much in it.

    Beauty Candy Loves

  4. Tarte broke my heart after my last purchase dissapointed me, but I do love their skin/foundation lines! I love the too faced lipsticks as well, but haven't gotten my hands on the new formula.

  5. That Smashbox primal water looks good!

  6. I like the sound of that smashbox primer, I love their blusher I bought from them last year and still loads left.

    I will check out those brushes, I aways find some cheaper brushes are better. I paid 13 pounds for one and it was rubbish and then 15 pounds for make up revolution ones for a set and they are by far the best.

  7. I really want to try Too Faced Child Star, I've been looking at swatches of the Melted matte liquid lipsticks and that one stands out to me the most!

  8. I love benefit boxed powders!
    kathy x

  9. I definitely need to try that Wet N' Wild brush! xx


  10. i just love the smashbox primer water! great fav!

  11. I definitely need to try out the Smashbox Water Primer! I have really bad dry skin on my cheeks so this sounds like the perfect base before foundation x
    Louise |

  12. Love the Smashbox Primer water! And I think I'm finally going to take the plunge and try out some of those Too Faced liquid lipsticks, provided they ever come back in stock :P

    Vanesa | The Beauty Anecdote

  13. So so jealous of the Too Faced Melted Matte! We aren't getting them in the UK FOREVERRRRRR.


  14. Wow, lovely favorite. Loved that tarte shade.