Spring ’16 Loves & Let Downs

“January-February-March-April ’16 Loves & Let Downs” would be way too bulky, so I’ve decided to roll the past four months into Spring, even though January and February [and March?] might technically still have been winter.  (Idk; it’s practically summer down here.)

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It’s purely coincidental how metallic/golden my current favorite products are.

Keep reading to see which products, fashion, and media I’ve been into the past few months.

Loves

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve been big  into Gwen Stefani (and No Doubt) since I was knee high to a grasshopper Blake Shelton, so the fangirl in me would probably want anything with her name on it, but this is a great palette of its own merit.  Gwen hand-selected the shades she personally uses, so it’s mostly wearable neutrals with a couple pops of color.  The shade selection is primarily cool toned, so it may be one to pass on if you have the second Naked Palette.
(For the record, I’m obsessed with Gwen and Blake as a couple.)Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
This is a very thin (almost watery) consistency with a sheer to light coverage, so it’s probably best for people with pretty good skin and would be especially beautiful on someone with freckles.  (Seriously, stop covering up all that adorableness!)
At $40, it’s more than I would prefer to drop on a foundation, but it’s well worth it if for no other reason than its expansive shade range, which is divided by warm (ending in .0) or cool (ending in .5) undertone and then progresses from fairest (0.5) to darkest (12).  The shade 4.0 is the absolute best color match I’ve ever found.
I highly recommend this foundation for anyone who has a difficult time finding a color match–especially light to medium, warm-toned or olive Latinas/Asians like me, who basically can’t wear drugstore foundation.  (The struggle is so real, y’all.)

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Blur in Light Blur
This product is a translucent yellow brightener and not a concealer.  It wouldn’t cover any major dark circles, but it does a beautiful job of diffusing and brightening the minor discoloration around my eyes and nose.  Because of its sheerness, it should work on a pretty a wide variety of skin tones but may not flatter very fair or deep complexions (assuming it only comes in this one shade.)

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Bare
I’ve had this lipstick for a while but have really fallen in love with it the past few months.  It has a demi-matte finish but doesn’t dry down in that uncomfortable way liquid lipsticks tend to.  This is one (mostly) matte lippie that’s actually, dare I say, hydrating.

Philosophy Lip Shine
I’ve been making an effort to rediscover some of the older products in my (obnoxious) cosmetics stash, and this line of lip shines is def an old/new favorite.  I have several which all smell/taste amazing and have some serious lasting power, as long as you don’t mind a slightly sticky feel.

Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter
I’ve been a long time user of Burt’s Bees Pomegranate, but this Kokum Butter one seems to be even more effective.

Charming Charlie Pewter Rhinestone Ring
I’ve been pretty much living in this excessory.  It adds just the right amount of sparkly flair when I don’t feel like wearing obnoxious earrings.

American Eagle Artist Flare
These jeans are pretty fitted through the thigh then flare out just below the knee, which I think is a very cool silhouette.  They’re kind of trendy without looking absurd and have quickly become my favorite pair.  (They also may or may not be the Dumbo’s feather to my bar darts career.)

Plant Nanny
This app has turned drinking enough water into a game reminiscent of Tamagotchi or Nano Pets.  You simply water your adorable virtual plant every time you finish a bottle/glass of water and watch it grow and bloom, as long as you maintain your personal recommended daily intake (based on weight and activity level).
I’ve never been one to drink enough water, and 56 oz/day seems like an otherwise impossibly large goal, but I’ve met or exceeded it (almost) every day since downloading PN on February 5, after Kaushal mentioned it in a favorites video.

Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg – Otters vs. Croc
My favorite video as of late involves a group of small, semi-aquatic mammals teaming up against a large reptile, as narrated by the one and only Snoop Dogg (who struggles to correctly identify the “beavers.”)

Nurse Jackie
This dark comedy (which comes as a recommendation from my friend Chrissy) probably isn’t for everyone.  The title character makes plenty of mistakes, curses, and has a bit of a drug problem, but she loves her crooked neighbors with all her crooked heart, even if she doesn’t always act like it.  I’ve fallen completely in love with Jackie’sadorable family, and her myriad of colleagues.  (How great is O’Hara!  And I might be in love with Coop.)

The Jungle Book 3D
First off, the animation is incredible.  It’s a little odd hearing such serious actors as Sir Ben Kingsley portraying animals, but this adds great depth and dimension to the cartoon characters we’re familiar with.  Speaking of the cartoon, this movie’s plot stays pretty true to the original (from what I remember.)  Idris Elba makes Shere Khan oddly sexy, and it’s worth seeing the movie just for Christopher Walken’s rendition of I Wanna Be Like You (as King Louie.)  Not to mention Neel Sethi as an adorable and multifaceted Mowgli.

Salvador Dali Museum
My mom and I took a mini road trip to St. Pete and visited the Dali Museum.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience (although some of his works were a bit risque for my mom’s taste.)

Let Downs

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken (04)
This product dries down so uncomfortably matte and sinks into any slight dry patch or crease, in spite of my borderline obsessive lip hydrating and exfoliating.  (It would be horrible on someone with very dry/cracked lips.)  I might be willing to try to work with the formula if it lived up to its long-wear claim, but the color is gone before I’ve finished a single iced latte, which is a shame because Soft Spoken is such a pretty shade.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Cleansing Conditioner
This leaves my scalp greasy and the rest of my hair super dry–pretty much the opposite of the desired outcome.  It’s conceivable this product might work for someone with a rather dry scalp, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with an oily scalp and/or dry hair, curly or otherwise.

The Big Short
Despite its all star cast and seemingly intriguing premise, this movie was absolutely terrible.  I found the characters pretentious and unlikable.  The comedic cameos by Anthony Bourdain and Selena Gomez provided the only enjoyable scenes in an otherwise exceedingly dull movie.

What do you think of my Spring ’16 Loves and Let Downs?
What have you been loving and/or let down by the past few months?
(Feel free to link to your favorites if you’re a fellow blogger.)

XO, T

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