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April Faves (2016)

Kristen Berry

I know what you’re thinking. April faves? But it’s May! Better late than never, right? Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of the various awesomeness I’ve been digging lately, from a one-product-wonder for your brows to the boldest eye palette in my collection.

Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette, $20 at MorpheBrushes.com.

Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette, $20 at MorpheBrushes.com.

I have a ton of eyeshadow palettes, but they’re all fairly neutral. I have a 9-5 office job, so when I invest in a new palette, I want to make sure I can actually wear most of the shades to work. I’ve been wanting to branch out of my safe neutral comfort zone on weekends though, so I thought if I could find a single palette that offers numerous shades at a reasonable price, I’ll snag it.

Let me introduce you to my perfect fit. The Morphe 35U Multi-Color Shimmer Palette is so beautiful I kind of want to frame it and hang it up as art. This baby packs 35 vivid shades and only runs $20. Despite the price point, the quality of these shadows is excellent – super pigmented, rich and creamy, and lasts quite nicely through the day when applied over a primer.

Now, I wouldn’t travel with this one – the packaging isn’t very robust and it has a very large form factor. Some folks have depotted their Morphe palettes to put select shades into smaller Z Palettes, but results seem mixed. To me, keeping this palette homebound (and in one piece) is a small price to pay for such an amazing deal. Especially when it’s all I need to create a beautiful multi-color spring look like the one I demonstrate in my latest tutorial.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16 at Glossier.com.

Glossier Boy Brow, $16 at Glossier.com.

I’ve tried a billion brow products, but nothing has persuaded me to replace my brow pencil/Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel routine...until now.

Glossier’s Boy Brow is a beauty lover’s dream come true. It’s a creamy pomade versus a gel, softly pigmented to thicken and fill in your brows. The tiny little brush is also ideal for grooming those little face framers, all while creating a natural-looking texture. My brows stay in place all day without getting stiff, and the product doesn’t flake off. I still like to define the shape of my arch a bit with a pencil before going in with this, but if you love the natural shape of your brows, this can totally be the only brow product you ever use.

Well done, Glossier.

Maybelline FIT ME! Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder, both in the color Toffee, $6 each at Target.com.

Maybelline FIT ME! Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder, both in the color Toffee, $6 each at Target.com.

I’ve been using Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer for months now, and while I like it, my skin is craving something a bit less heavy for the warmer months. A bunch of the beauty bloggers I follow have been raving about the Maybelline FIT ME! line, so I decided to give it a go.

I went with their Matte + Poreless range for normal to oily skin, and I’m a fan. The foundation has a buildable, medium coverage, and feels light and breathable on the skin. I apply it using a damp e.l.f. Blending Sponge, adding a bit extra of extra product to any blemishes that peek through the initial layer. Setting it with the matching powder adds further coverage and helps keep the shine at bay a little longer. The powder is also excellent for touch-ups. There’s a little sponge and mirror in the compact, and after patting it on any shiny spots, my makeup looks good as new.

“Fat Mascara” Podcast, FREE on iTunes.

“Fat Mascara” Podcast, FREE on iTunes.

Expert makeup and skincare advice? Hilariously candid beauty fails? Cameo appearances from industry legends and buzzworthy newcomers? An inside look at what it’s like to be a beauty editor at a major glossy magazine? “Fat Mascara” has all that and then some.

I look forward to this hysterical and insightful podcast every Thursday, hosted by Jessica Matlin (deputy beauty editor at Cosmopolitan) and Jennifer Goldstein (executive beauty and health editor at Marie Claire). It’s obvious that these two are friends in real life – their frank and funny rapport makes this podcast a true joy to listen to, like eavesdropping on two chicks you can’t wait to become friends with. Whether they’re dishing on the right concealer to get you through allergy season or chatting about hanging with Katy Perry at the launch of her new lipstick line, their weekly podcast is always a must-listen.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, $11 at Ulta.com.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion, $11 at Ulta.com.

I’m always searching for the perfect daily hair moisturizer that 1) I can apply to dry hair 2) doesn’t weigh my hair down and 3) smells nice. This product checks all three boxes. The lotion is oil-based, and includes shea butter, peppermint and castor oil – all good for dry, chemically-processed, color-treated and heat-styled hair like mine. It also smells ever so subtly of vanilla cupcakes. I haven’t used it long enough to tell you if it actually strengthens, grows or restores my hair, but I’m willing to keep using it until I find out.

What have you been loving this month?

- Kristen