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April Love List

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My Love List for April is my favorite so far: Target Straw Tote // Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner // Alchemy by Jaime King for ColourPop Specifically Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow & New Renaissance Contour Stick //  The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

I’ve been a little obsessed with JADEtribe’s Tassel Pom Pom Beach Bags, but I’ve been a little less than willing to shell out $160 and they keep selling out. When I saw the Merona Straw Tote Bag from Target for only $35, I knew I had to order it. It has the same bright and fun feel for spring, except for about a fifth of the price.

Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner has become part of my morning and nightly routines. I use it after double cleansing and it helps balance the PH level of my skin before I use Curology (my prescription currently includes Tretinoin, Clindamycin, and Azelaic Acid) and/or serums. It’s allowed me to go to the next step(s) faster and while it could be any number of reasons, my pores are clearer.

I was surprised when ColourPop released a special collection by Jaime King called Alchemy. King had the following to say about the collection:

“We created this line because I saw a gap in the “beauty” market. I was tired of seeing very few care about what beauty means for women,” she said. “For some, that means no makeup, for others, they cannot afford it, nor do companies actually consider the color of their skin and that it’s not only unfair but radically gross that most do not create something that makes all women and men feel beautiful. Yes, men, who want to wear makeup as that is why I made this as well. I want to celebrate the inner beauty that we all innately carry and create that which celebrates that which radiates from within.”

I love that King wanted to make a line that would work for everyone. My favorites so far are the absolutely gorgeous Vanity Fair Super Shock Shadow and the new Releve Highlighting and New Renaissance Contour Sticks. Releve doesn’t have a shimmer and looks amazing on the inner eye and down the center of the nose. New Renaissance looks very warm in the container, I’m pretty pale, but it blends incredibly easy and ends up looking very natural. I can’t wait to see what other highlighting and contour sticks ColourPop offers in the future.

I have something to confess; I haven’t actually read The Nest yet. I actually chose it as my pick from Book of the Month for April, based on how many people have recommended it to me. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a book in a minute. The Summer Before the War is my standing favorite for 2016 so far, but if there’s a book that could change it, The Nest might be it.

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