march favorites

Hey y'all! It's April, which is usually my favorite month of the year since it's my birthday month :) I'm not sure how I feel about this April yet because the weather has been all over the place and I'm turning 23 this year which isn't particularly exciting in any way. Regardless - new month, new favorites post. I don't always do favorites posts since I'm not sure I have enough things I really really enjoy most months to warrant a whole favorites post. March happened to be a month that I did enjoy a fair amount of things, so I hope you enjoy reading about my favorites from last month!

I was sent this primer by Hourglass and Influenster and I was excited to try it because I’ve heard so many good things about the Veil Mineral Primer. It’s very pricey for a primer at $54 and since I’ve never considered primer as something I wanted to invest in, I never picked it up for myself. Now that I’ve tried it for a few weeks, I don’t think I can go back to anything less. It makes your face super smooth and foundation really glides on and blends smoothly on top of it. I have a little bit of texture on my face on my cheeks and on the sides of my nose and the primer helps conceal it under my foundation, which usually tends to make the texture look more noticeable. It’s been a really great primer when worn with Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation in particular. With other primers or no primer, a full day of wear with that foundation ends up with my face looking super shiny and my foundation looking a little splotchy. With the Veil Mineral primer, it still looks great at the end of the day - a little fading, but still even and glowy without being shiny.

Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstick in Dark Nude

This Burberry lippie was splurgy for me when it comes to lipsticks. My next favorite is also a lip color but is definitely more affordable than this one. This lipstick was in my top 10 favorite lipsticks post so I won't dive too deep into this, but I definitely wore it a lot last month. It's a really pretty deep rosy brown matte lipstick. It's not super pigmented with just one swipe - it first comes off as a blotted lip if you wear it without liner, but you can build up the color very easily. This is a super versatile lip color for medium skintones and the formula is very comfortable and easy to reapply.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara

This mascara is amazing. I have close-to-nonexistent eyelashes and this mascara makes them look so much longer and fuller. It's a very wet formula so you have to be very careful with applying it, but the tapered wand makes it easy to maneuver around all your lashes and get product right down to the root. When it dries, it's basically there forever - it's not waterproof per se, but if you're not a fan of mascaras that are difficult to remove, then this is not for you. I don't mind because it's so hard to find mascaras that actually give me a false eyelash effect. It helps hold the curl on my lashes for hours with lots of dramatic volume and length.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

I've been making a concentrated effort to not wash my hair as often as I used to so I can see if it's any better for my hair. Unfortunately I have a very oily scalp so I need a really good dry shampoo to use on days I don't wash my hair. Even just one day without washing my hair can turn my hair into an oily, flaky mess but this dry shampoo helps keep my hair looking and smelling fresh. An important thing is that I have black hair and this dry shampoo doesn't leave a white residue that some dry shampoos tend to leave. Since I'm already susceptible to dandruff, I don't need my dry shampoo to make it seem like I have more flakes. It also smells nice and subtle and doesn't make the texture of my hair weird. It's affordable and the bottle holds a lot of product!

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum

This has been my go-to perfume ever since I received it for Christmas. I've gotten so many compliments on this perfume - everyone from random people on the train to my boyfriend's mentor like this scent from Gucci. I really have no idea how to describe scents very well at all so here's how Gucci describes it: "top notes of bergamot, heart notes of casablanca lily and ylang ylang extra-comoros, base notes of sandalwood." Basically, it smells extremely delicious and luxurious.

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket

I've been wearing this jacket basically anytime it hasn't been cold in Boston for the past month or so. As you can probably see from my past few outfits on Instagram, it's a really versatile piece that I can wear with any kind of outfit. It adds a touch of edginess to softer, dressier outfits and also works well with my usual jeans and top uniform for life. It's very nice quality with buttery soft suede leather. If you want a leather jacket that you can wear everyday and don't want to pay more than $200 for it, this is the perfect jacket. Check out how I wear it in this post and this post.

The Wicked + The Divine Comic Book Series

This has been my favorite comic book series for a while now but I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it on my blog. It's about gods who come back to life as young adults throughout the ages and are worshipped by diehard fans. Even though they're supposedly immortal, they only live for two years before dying again. This happens over and over again for ages, until present day when things start getting messy. I don't want to spoil anything but I just have to say that it's a really good and immersive story. The art is very striking and beautiful to look at in every issue and the plot is something that anyone could get into even if you aren't into comic books.

Beauty and the Beast

Gerome and I watched a lot of movies last month but this was the one I was most excited about and loved the most. Gerome and I love this story (it's our Disney princess story) so when he surprised me with tickets to the advanced screening and cast q&a for the movie, it was incredibly sweet. I loved Emma Watson as Belle and I loved the little tweaks they made to the story. The visuals were incredibly stunning and the musical performances were so fun - if you have reservations that the movie will be disappointing compared to the animated version or the musical, don't worry!

This Is Us

Gerome and I just finished the season this weekend and I can honestly say that I've cried in every single episode. This is such a beautiful show about family that somehow is relevant to so many aspects of my own life - the plot finds a way to hit you in a feels with every little plot point. It's definitely a great show to watch when you're in your early 20s and are trying to figure out where your life is going and what life means to you. I feel so attached to all the characters and feel personally affected by all their problems and successes. I can't wait until the next season!

The Bodyguard The Musical Soundtrack

As you saw in my spring break post, Gerome and I went to see The Bodyguard The Musical in late February. Since then, the soundtrack for the musical has featured prominently in our car karaoke sessions and I also listen to it a lot on my own. The musical was so fun and while listening to the original Whitney Houston songs are great, it's also fun hearing the songs as they were performed in the musical. The cast that performed in Philadelphia was amazing, but the original cast recording is filled with so much talent as well. I highly recommend it for any road trip playlists!

That's it for my favorites post! It was pretty late in the month for a favorites post but I felt like it was worth it to get it up on the blog anyway. Let me know what you think about my favorites and what your favorites were in March down below in the comments! If you want to keep up with my blog, make sure you're following me on Bloglovin', Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Thanks for reading this post!

xoxo Yna