april favorites

Hey guys, happy May! The year seems to be going by in a blur, so it feels really weird that I'm doing an April favorites when I still haven't gotten used to writing "2017" when filling in dates. I just turned 23 at the end of April, so I definitely treated myself to lots of things and experiences in an attempt to enjoy my last month of being 22 as much as possible. This month I want to blog way more than I did in April, so here's a favorites post to start the month off. I hope you enjoy it!

These have been my favorite shoe to wear this past month. I wanted new flats to wear to work since winter was ending and I wanted to wear something other than boots. They're super comfortable, which is surprising since flats with the stretchy band at the back generally feel very uncomfortable to me. I tried on a couple flats at the Tory Burch store and had originally been planning on getting a pair of shoes that were more lowkey, but I'm a sucker for anything with a bow on it so I went with this pair in the end. The soft nappa leather combined with the thick driver rubber sole makes these really comfortable for my commute to work plus any long walks Gerome and I go on. They're on sale now so if you're looking for cute and comfy ballet flats, I highly recommend getting this pair!

KL Polish in St. Clair and That's What She Said

You probably know I'm a big fan of Kathleen Lights so I like to support her by getting her products when I can. I didn't get anything from her first line for KL Polish since I didn't need any new nail polish at the time, but when I saw the colors for the spring collection, I knew I needed these two. I've worn each color for about a week now and they're really hardwearing and very beautifully pigmented. That's What She Said is a super pretty rosy-silvery chrome color that looks really beautiful when you move your hands around. St. Clair is a pure periwinkle that filled a hole in my nail polish collection that I didn't think I needed to fill. I always paint my nails with two coats (switching hands between each coat to allow coats to dry) and that method was perfect for the KL Polish formula. I ended up wearing St. Clair for my birthday and Gerome, sweetheart that he is, helped me paint my nails on the hand I struggle with. My manicure turned out really well thanks to a great nail polish formula by Kathleen and a great job done by my boyfriend. I can't wait to see what the summer colors for KL Polish are!

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in Casino

I've been getting tired of contouring but since I have a rounder face, I know I still need to add a little definition so that foundation doesn't make my face look flat. I was looking for a bronzer and tried out the normal Laguna bronzer, but that was a little too sparkly and not pigmented enough for my skintone. I discovered the new NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer a few days before the Sephora VIB sale and since it wasn't available in any stores near me, I picked the Casino (medium) shade on a whim and ordered it during the sale. It's a very light bronzer, so it's great for what I need it for. Not gonna work for any contouring but perfect for everyday warmth. Also, I was on a Sephora no-buy for Lent, so this is special since it was the first thing I bought from Sephora in 40 days😅

tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty

This is the mini blush that comes with one of Sephora's birthday gift options this year. I picked the tarte set because I specifically wanted to try out this blush and I love it. I picked up my birthday gift early in the month because I'm impatient (lol) and I've worn it every day since. I love how it's the perfect shade of pink on my skintone and you only have to tap your brush inside the pan lightly to get enough product for your cheeks. What are your favorite shades in tarte's Amazonian Clay blush? I definitely want to try more - leave recommendations in the comments!

Ardell Natural Lash in Black 110

I don't wear false lashes everyday, but when I felt like wearing them in April, this was the pair I wore. I really like how fluttery and light the lashes are because I have nonexistent lashes myself so whenever I do wear falsesies, it's a bit of an extreme change on my face. These, however, just add a bit more volume to my eyelashes and give my eye makeup looks more depth without looking too dramatic. Ardell lashes are my favorite false lash brand since they're so cheap and they're also very comfortable with a thin lash band that doesn't feel to heavy on my lids. If you're looking for a pair of false lashes that don't make you look like you're going clubbing, these are the ones.

S-Town

This was my favorite podcast to listen to from last month. I binge-listened to it in just a few days at work and I felt a rollercoaster of emotions while doing so. It was the perfect kind of story to keep me awake at work. If you liked Serial, or frequently listen to This American Life, or are just getting into podcasts and want a good one to start off your journey, this should be the one. Listening to it, it almost seems like you're listening to a fictional podcast about a fictional person, but it's the true story of a real-life queer liberal man from Alabama who hates his hometown. Since we live in a world where Trump is president, it is super interesting to hear about the lives and perspectives of different people in rural America. If you're curious, S-Town is short for Shit Town. You won't regret listening to this!

Big Little Lies

I had no idea what this show was going to be about when I started watching it, but I quickly fell in love after watching the first episode. It's about a group of bougie moms in an idyllic seaside town and the drama centered around their kids and their own relationships. It's also a murder mystery of sorts, with the murder being shown in the first episode and then the series being a flashback to what happens leading up to it. Since the last episode finally reveals who is murdered and who killed them, the show keeps you interested with different plot lines that make you wonder if they're related to the murder or if it's just unrelated drama. I love the kid aspect of the show too - one of the girls is an adorable first grader and has a better taste in music than anyone I know. The cinematography is excellent and the cast - Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and more - all perform beautifully. It's only 7 episodes, so if you're looking for a show to binge, try this one!

Jenn Rogers' Morning Chats & Dating My Husband Series

My favorite YouTuber I watched in April has to be Jenn Rogers! She has such a wonderful and inspiring personality and her videos - especially her Morning Chats and Dating My Husband series - are so great to watch when I'm getting ready or just want something to watch on the side as I do work. I've watched all of her Dating My Husband videos so far and really love how she captures days with her husband Brandon (with all the good and bad moments) - I've even had Gerome watch a few episodes with me since I love how Jenn and Brandon talk about their growth and development as a couple. I think it's really important to reflect on that with your significant other. I'm currently watching her Morning Chats series from the start and it's great how many different topics she talks about - from dealing with skin issues and household struggles all the way to dealing with boundaries and fear. With my YouTube subscriptions generally so saturated with product reviews and clothing hauls and flashy vacation vlogs, it's so refreshing to watch videos from someone living a fairly relatable but still inspirational life.

That's it for my April favorites! What did you enjoy last month? Let me know in the comments! I'm on a bit of a beauty/fashion no-buy because of all the shopping I did on my birthday trip to Portland (blog post about that coming soon) but I'd still love to know about all your favorite products and media. If you'd like to stay updated on my blog and my life, make sure you're following me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Bloglovin'! Have a wonderful start to May and please come back soon to thisisyna.com for my next post!