Spring Makeup Round-Up: Josie Maran, Sally Hansen, and More

Some new favorites

Spring hath not sprung; in fact it’s weirdly snowing as I type this, but I still have been  pretending that it’s okay to shop for sandals, bathing suits, and the like [Note: C and I are going to a wedding in Jamaica next month, and even though it’s a three day trip, we have been shopping for it as though we are moving there– which we probably should, but that’s topic for another post]. In other news, I apologize that I have been MIA from blogging for awhile, but I am fully back, and eager to tout a few new products that I’ve become obsessed with over the past month. So, let’s get started:

Josie Maran has done it again; I should just hand her my wallet
While I will admit (and have in the past) that I’ll pretty much buy anything from Josie Maran’s line, I am especially in love with her new Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil, which is sort of a thicker, creamier take on her Argan Oil. I’ve been pressing a dime-sized amount of it into my skin in the morning, putting the remainder under my eyes and on my lips. Even though it’s greasy, it has not made me break out, but has instead helped cure late-winter dry spots as well as helped to fade lingering discoloration and scars. I haven’t used it on my cuticles or on flyaways, though the product touts that it remedies both as well, and you know what? I’m sure it does. Sort of an everything cream, and easier to control than the Argan Oil alone. Big, big fan.

Face paint of the best variety
 Sephora finally decided to start selling the Giorgio Armani makeup line (well, atleast the one in Union Square carries it; Soho location, still waiting for you to get with the program), and though I really had zero reason to buy blush, I was left with no other choice than to pick up the line’s Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush in #2. I can only describe the sensation as like putting colored whipped cream on your cheeks: The formula is super light and airy, and even though it looks very saturated when first squeezed from the tube, the color blends into skin seamlessly with buildable coverage. So you can have a sheer wash of color or a bolder pop– though I’m saving the brighter alternative for summer, when I hopefully won’t be as ghastly pale as I am now. Dare to dream.

Does not look this pink once applied

And because I can’t stop buying pink lipstick, I bought– and was pleasantly surprised by– L’Oreal Colour Caresse in Cotton Pink. It really is a balm at heart– though not to be confused with L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm— and I found it to be super moisturizing and very light on the lips, while still giving a nice pink sheen. And I love me a product that can be applied without a mirror and still look good. I mean, sure, the color doesn’t last all day, but I’m all about this L’Oreal line for spring, when I’ll have to say goodbye to the deeper berries I’ve been relishing all winter.

Essie’s new spring competition

I love me a nude nail year-round (one coat, please), since chips don’t show, fingers look longer, and hands just look neater overall. I normally will go for Essie’s Vanity Fairest, but for spring I am also feeling Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Royal Blush. Yes, the name is quite punny, but it’s really a perfect nude/peach/pink that is set with just one coat. In fact, I put it on at work super quickly during a lunch break last week, and my nails were set in under 5 minutes, including drying time. Not sure the people who sit around me appreciated the nail polish scent, but oh well. Go get.


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