Spring Semester Favorites [2015]

And I’m back. It’s been quite a whirlwind of a semester. And an even crazier past few weeks as I prepare for summer and finish up my final exams as a junior in college. Next time I post, I’ll be a senior. Like, whoa. Where did my life go? To celebrate the end of yet another semester, I felt it would be fitting to make a favorites for the spring semester. And, let’s be honest, I’m afraid of the commitment for month-by-month favorites. Maybe one day in the distant future, that could happen.

‘Til that day comes, here are my beauty favorites for the springtime.

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Garnier Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser

This lotion cleanser is a recent favorite of mine. My parents sent me some samples in the mail, and after only one try, I was in love. This cleanser is perfect for my sensitive skin because it’s fragrance free, moisturizing and gentle to the touch. I love using this at  nighttime because it removes makeup and leaves my skin feeling refreshed without the overwhelming scent that comes from other cleansers.

Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer 

Again, I love this moisturizer for my sensitive skin. I know I probably sound like a baby about my skin, but I have to be so incredibly careful (just reference the multiple times when I’ve been allergic to mascaras and they make my eyelashes fall off). This moisturizer has the most wonderful consistency: it’s lightweight and almost gel-like without being a gel moisturizer. I love this for lazier days when I need just a light coat of something underneath my makeup.

Marc Anthony: Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Deep Hydrating Treatment

I absolutely love deep conditioning treatments for my hair, because the ends can get very dry and damaged from day-to-day wear and tear. Insert: this oil of Morocco Argan Oil Deep Hydrating treatment. This product comes in a foil packet, and retails for only around $3. But don’t be alarmed by its packaging. You get SO much product in every packet. On average, I can make a single packet last about four weeks when I use it once weekly. I love how this makes my hair feel after a long week of heat styling my hair.

Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Co: Strawberry lip balm

If you know me, this favorite comes as no surprise. This lip balm is my holy grail product. You might remember when I bought this in my Fall Haul last year, and I’ve used it practically every day since. This lip balm is so soothing and yummy smelling. I just can’t get enough.

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder

I got this powder after an unfortunate acne breakout earlier in the semester. I had been caking on powders that were clogging my pores, and my skin hated it. I love this pressed powder because it’s buildable enough to wear on its own or light enough to wear as a soft setting powder over my foundation. My only complaint is that the packaging is rather bulky for the amount of product you get. I hit pan way too soon.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set

I used to be a loyal Urban Decay setting spray person. And, honestly, I still would be if I could afford my expensive habit. Setting spray is a must for nights out and long summer days. When my friend Emma told me that there was a drugstore brand coming out with a setting spray, I knew I had to get it. I love how this spray makes my skin feel – and compared to Urban’s, it’s a much bigger quantity for how much you spend. I can’t wait to see how this one does in the humid summers of Wisconsin.

Coolway Glow Oil Treatment

I got this hair oil in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. I’m one of those people who loves hair oils and serums. They’re great as heat protectants because they provide a solid barrier for hair. Unfortunately, I’ve tried way too many hair oils that smell horrible. That is NOT the case for this hair oil. It smells so sweet and almost candy-like. I love using it after a shower before I style my hair. The scent stays all day long.

Victoria’s Secret Solid Fragrance Stick in “Very Sexy Now”

I picked up this solid perfume on a trip to Victoria’s Secret. It was one of those deals at the register where it was marked down to like $10. So being the silly person I am, I tried the sample perfume stick on when I was checking out with my undies, walked around the mall for a few more hours, and then rushed back to VS so I could buy myself my own stick. This is a great little perfume that I can throw in my purse, on-the-go, because it won’t spill (trust me, that’s happened to me before with an explosive roller-ball). The scent is very feminine and soft, which I love. Definitely worth the $10 – and I’d say it’s worth the full price.