I can't quite hop on the '70s trend, but I do think my wishlist picks for this month have a little retro inspiration. Chunky, strappy sandals, rounded sunnies, and flowy fabrics have been catching my eye all month (and I must admit I did treat myself to the first pair of sandals - waiting for them to arrive next week!). I've just graduated from university this past week so I'm already looking forward to summer vacation and taking some time off to apply to jobs and rest up (it's been a week of nonstop celebrations and my body is definitely telling me to take it easy, haha). This is also an opportunity to make advances in my fashion styling as I declare myself an official adult and accountable for looking more on-trend and put together. My main goals are to incorporate cute heels into my everyday outfits and strive to achieve the effortless chic look! What's on your current wishlist?

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You know how they say you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone? After running out of a stock of samples of this I realized that the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of my lifelong necessities. I swear this little blue bottle is full of pure magic. It's a replenishing facial oil that helps nourish and restore the skin overnight. At first I wasn't sure how what this oil would do for my already oily-ish skin, but I'd heard enough about it (and got sucked in by the #EssieButtonEffect) that my curiosity got the best of me. Upon first trial I literally saw instant results (not even exaggerating!). You're supposed to warm a few drops in your palms and press the oil into the skin after applying toner and before moisturizer at night to help it soak into the skin and work its magic. In the morning my skin was softer, smoother, bouncier, more supple, and best of all, more radiant. I could feel the difference in my skin as I touched it and see it even as I put foundation on - this gives the most beautiful glow without any extra products. I had stocked up on a few samples of this (each lasted about a week because you don't need that much!) and had to run to my nearest Kiehl's 2 days after running out because my skin just wasn't the same. It's a little pricey but I've learned that investing in skincare really goes a long way, especially with problematic skin like mine, and this luxurious glass bottle should last me quiet a while. If you're in need of some firming, softening, brightening, moisturizing... basically anything and everything, I would highly recommend checking this out!

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A few weeks ago when I wrote about the Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask I also mentioned that I got the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. I've finally gotten around to trying it out and I must say, I continue to be impressed! After my skin went through a major dry spell I needed to exfoliate really badly to get rid of some gross forehead flakies. I didn't have many expectations for this, and initially thought it was weird that the instructions said to rub this on and let it sit for 5 minutes before massaging it off with water. This literally just feels like sugar in some gel, and it's super grainy so it's difficult to get an even layer on the skin like a mask. There were chunks of sugar falling into my skin as I tried to rub it across my face the first time I used it, but I've since learned applying thicker layers in smaller sections evens it out better. While it sits for 5 minutes it feels like it's melting into the skin, kind of like how coconut oil turns from solid to liquid in your palm. The real transformation is when washing off, though, as adding water makes the product super slick while the sugar provides a very gentle but effective exfoliation. The charcoal is the purifying agent, and I think it's what makes this feel really slippery and smooth which helps to wash away the graininess of the sugar. It's actually a really satisfying feeling washing my face with this because it leaves my skin feeling smooth, clean, and super nourished without overproducing oils afterwards. I didn't have initial high hopes for this mask but now that I've used it quite a bit I think I like it even more than the Avocado & Oatmeal one! Additionally, I know a lot of people like the St. Ive's exfoliators but those are way too coarse and damaging for regular use (or any use at all, according to the lady I spoke with at Sephora), so if you're ever in the market for a new gentle but effective exfoliator I definitely recommend checking this one out!

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Nothing cures a mid-week slump like a good swipe of lipstick! I went to buy the Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Rich Girl Red after seeing EmilyNoel83 mention it in her Best in Beauty Spring Lip Edition video, but got sidetracked by the BOGO 50% off deal at Walgreens and ended up coming home with Plum Velour as well. The latter is not the springiest of colors, but I really love this sheer plum shade! It's much different from the berry reds I already have in my collection and the current weather is in the drizzly low-60s so I think I can still pull off a vampy lip or two in the middle of May. I'm really excited about Rich Girl Red as well, seeing as I've been on the hunt for an easy wearable red. This orange-toned sheer shine formula is great for spring and summer. It's bright without looking in-your-face opaque, and it's a great alternative to the daunting classic red lip for girls who don't wear bold makeup on the regular. The smooth, shiny formula makes these colors buildable without being overwhelming and I'm excited to continue wearing them with different looks. Any lippies you've been loving lately?

P.S. I missed doing lip swatches! I've also got to get back on my blogging mojo - I have a good feeling about summer posts though! Stay tuned (:

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Buon Primo Maggio! April has been an interesting month culminating in my last day of school ever this week, as I wrapped up my undergraduate lectures and went out to celebrate the end of an era (queue dramatic music)Absolute craziness. Amidst all of the strange changes that have been going on, I've stuck by my tried and true favorites to simplify my everyday routine to get on with the more important things in life.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. Bought it. Used it. Fell in love. Already featured it on the blog (multiple times). It's great. My face is soft, my skin feels nourished, it's no fuss. Get it.

Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek - Cutie Angel. This may be the only blush I've used all month -- the obsession is real. The cream formula lends itself to the perfect dewey flush of pink. It's lightweight formula and isn't sticky at all, so it's great paired with the Real Techniques stippling brush to brighten up my face every morning.

NYX Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder - Sunny. I didn't really get why people loved this product so much when I first tried to use it ages ago, but I think my contouring technique has improved tenfold since then. This gives the perfect amount of natural-looking definition without muddying up my face or making it look too harsh.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow - Nutty/Noisette. An oldie but a goodie, I've been in the mood for a more natural look lately featuring soft cheeks with long lashes and not much fuss elsewhere. This is the perfect one-swipe all-over-the-lid shade that gives just the right amount of depth to the eye.

3D Crest Whitestrips - Classic Vivid. My teeth have always been one of my biggest insecurities, but this month I wanted to take time to invest in myself and brighten my smile before graduation. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how effective the Crest Whitestrips were in lifting a lot of the staining, and the sensitivity was very minimal compared to what I had imagined. I think it's a great way to gain back some confidence!

Jazzybum. I stumbled across Jasmin (aka Jazzybum)'s YouTube channel this month and have literally binge-watched all of her videos from the past year in the past few weeks. I love how down-to-earth she is, she's kind of quirky, and gets my style. She's one of those "Omg can we actually be best friends and eat ice cream in our onesies before nerding out to Jeopardy on a girls-night-in" kinda gals, and I appreciate it.

ItsJudysLife. I cannot get enough of daily vlogs from ItsJudysLife! I know so many people who rave about her vlogs but I didn't get into them until very recently. Now I can't go a few days without wanting to catch up on Julianna, Miya and Kiera, and their adorable everyday adventures.

Flatlay insipration. I found this article about best flatlay photos on Instagram, and proceeded to discover @flatlays account shortly after. I really love how flatlays look but can never achieve what I envision for my own so I'm studying to get some pointers and inspiration for future reference!

I am a firm believer in love at first swatch. The moment I laid my eyes on the beautiful silver-pink packaging of the new YSL Vopulté Tint-In-Oil in 4 I Rose You and swiped the candy-scented beauty on my lips I knew it'd be coming home with me. I've been on the hunt for a lightweight, natural pink lip without looking like I'm wearing any product and let me tell you, this stuff is the most perfect lip product ever. Super moisturizing, slightly "wet" thanks to the oil formula, and effortlessly sinking into the lips, the Tint-In-Oil gives a beautiful natural shine and brings out the best rosy, baby pink tones from my natural lip color. It compliments my everyday makeup and adds another dimension of glowiness that makes my lips look flirty and luscious. The applicator is the perfect size to smooth on the oil and the packaging is so beautiful I feel like I need to put it on display somewhere! The Tint-In-Oil is the first YSL product I've ever tried despite hearing about their gorgeous lip products for quite some time, but I'm glad I held out for this. I cannot rave about this enough (I made my friend get one too), this is sure to become a longtime love.

Well, well, well, what do we have here. This week was beyond stressful as I had three papers, a quiz, and an agency visit, so I had a little "treat yourself" shopping trip in the city with my friend on Friday. I stopped by the drugstore to pick up a new foundation that I'd been meaning to try, and then we hit the mall. I usually plan out my splurges beforehand, but this time we spent a good three hours browsing around Sephora and getting my friend color matched for some new foundation and got some awesome tips from the senior makeup artist. I couldn't help myself from picking up a few bits, justifying it with the thought that I want to look flawless and put together for my upcoming graduation photoshoot and actual commencement ceremony, so why not splurge a little? You only graduate (from undergrad) once, right?

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hr Foundation. I succumbed to the hype of all of the YouTubers who have been raving about this product lately (mostly from ICovetThee's first impression video). I first bought the 3rd shade in the range, Natural Buff, which sounds and looked like the kind of shade I usually get but it was waaay too dark for me. Two more exchanges later I tried both the first and second shades but the lightest was too pale and the next was too pink for my face. I don't think I'll be able to use this foundation, but I'm perfectly happy sticking to my Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation for the time being (one of the girls working at Sephora complimented my skin yesterday, so that's already a boost of confidence and a nod to it's amazing quality!).

The Original Beauty Blender. Speaking of the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless, I love the product but haven't been super happy with how the application has been with my trusty Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I'd been debating whether or not to invest in a Beauty Blender for a while, tempted by the claims for a more natural finish, and finally decided to cave after seeing the makeup artist apply my friend's foundation using one. I tested it out this morning and must say I really do see a difference in application! My foundation has melted into my skin way better than with the brush, and it feathers out nicely towards the edges of my face and into my neck. I'm glad I finally got around to getting this and sporting lighter makeup in the spring and summer.

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil in 4 I Rose You. I'd heard about these first on RachhLoves's YouTube channel but this was my first time seeing them in store and I couldn't help but try it out despite the (slightly) ridiculous price tag. Let me just say, I. Freaking. Love. This. Product. I want to do a full swatch and review soon so I won't go into major detail here, but stay tuned and go try this if you can!

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