MARCH FAVORITES

I was so excited for this post I nearly wrote it a month in advance. However, as things are with writing them a month in advance, my favorites have changed. Less beauty and skincare products as this was a month I was dedicating to finishing up some samples that I’ve had since forever, and more “lifestyle” favorites.

(The word “lifestyle” seems so overused and broad and vague like one of those filler words that doesn’t actually say anything but until I find a better alternative we’re going to have to stick with this cringe-worthy word.)

BEAUTY SAMPLES

There were some skincare and makeup (read: BB cream) samples I used up during March, most of which I liked and all of which were of Korean origin.

Firstly, the Goodal Super Seed Oil Plus Skin Mist, Oil Plus Moist Emulsion and Creamy Plus Hydrating Cream. They all come together as a skincare system, and it seriously makes my skin beautiful and dewy and plump and ohmygosh. Not the best smelling products – very plant-like – but the results are totally worth it. The Hydrating Cream especially feels silky and luxurious on the skin.

The Isa Knox Essence and Intensive Cream were another few favorites of mine, feeling light and lasting a long time on the skin. It also didn’t smell as bad so if you’re looking for similar results, this is also one to try out.

On to BB creams, I unexpectedly received the Liole BB Cream with my Etude House Tint My Brows purchase, and put it off until my counter of samples was getting on the verge of unbearable. Once I started using it though, man, I wish I had opened it up straight away. Just a shade lighter than my actual skin tone (which is perfect for me when it comes to BB creams) it evened out my skin tone making it look like a kind of natural flawlessness; without sticking to my dry patches.

In comparison, another sample I have – the name of which is printed in characters I can’t read and only known as a BB cream because of SPF30/PA+++ on the back – doesn’t quite live up to the Liole. Although shade-wise it’s a near perfect match, it takes more product to blend out as nicely as the Liole did, which makes me feel like it “sticks” to my skin in a way that I can see and feel upon closer inspection. I wouldn’t say it looks bad at all and it works but I prefer the Liole.

CLOTHES

Not only do I sell a few of my items on Depop, I also buy! Not very often, but I occasionally like to scroll through and see if I can find unique items at a reasonable price. Lo and behold I come across a black denim pinafore dress!

What I also like about Depop is that when I’m just looking through my Explore page I find things that I wouldn’t normally tend to look for, which is exactly what happened with this. Although it’s a little small around my waist, I think it’s super cute and an effortless way to create an outfit without much thought behind it.

On my Instagram you saw a peek of it, but here’s me trying to look all cool and YouTube-Lookbook worthy. 😉

FOOD

Normally food favorites aren’t really a thing for me. However I am continually surprised by the snacks I find at Trader Joe’s. I tweeted (insert link) a while ago about the amazing-ness of their butter cookies (which I still stand by of course) but let me show you a whole new world with their Sour Cream and Onion Popcorn Puffs.

NO JOKE. This is perfect if you feel like munching on something but aren’t actually hungry. They melt in your mouth a little bit and aren’t completely over the top with the sour cream and onion. AND they’re like, $2. Win-win.

TV SHOWS

I considered my last Sunday really productive literally just because I started so many different Netflix shows. And while I’m still debating whether or not I like Ingobernable and unfortunately, Iron Fist was definitely a miss with me, there are still a few that I enjoyed.

Crazyhead is actually quite similar to Supernatural in that it follows two women who are hunting demons. And like Supernatural, it’s not entirely doom doom the world is ending; it does have its light humorous moments, though some of the humor is decidedly more mature, so it’s something to keep in mind if you want to watch it. It’s only 6 episodes at 40 min, so it’s a quick watch!

Travelers is also a new Netflix show with only 12 episodes and less humorous than Crazyhead, but an… interesting watch. People from the future, travelers, come back to the 21st century by way of inhabiting the bodies of those who are just about to die in order to save the future – which has been decimated by plagues and war. I’ve only gotten through about half the episodes but it’s intriguing to watch.

MUSIC

This was the month I tried out Spotify and actually stuck with it. I prefer Soundcloud because it doesn’t have as many ads (they happen waayy too often on Spotify), however, since I’m always looking for new music I find Spotify does work better. Two songs I’ve been really liking are Bubblegum by Totem, which is a happy song without being too pop-ish; and Lend Me Your Love by Preston Hutto which is a much slower, chill song with some awesome vocals. Honestly I have no idea what genres to put these in but they’re songs I can listen to over and over so check them out if you’d like!

What are your favorites for this month?

  • I keep reading about Depop recently and that’s through two FB beauty group that I am in. Is it really worth signing up for it? And how do you even promote yourself there?

    • Sam

      For me it was worth it because I had a lot of clothes that were in pretty good condition and I was in the mindset that if they didn’t sell after say, a month, I would donate them anyway. Also, when I was looking at Poshmark, although I can’t recall the exact numbers I remember liking Depop better. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use.

      It is hard to promote yourself (unless you’re famous on other platforms) although it’s easy for people to find your stuff based on descriptions (without hashtags). I’ve done almost 0 promoting but I’ve still sold quite a few things and have had people PM me about items and such. And every time you update the description, more people see it – it’s like refreshing a listing. So there’s lots of ways to “promote” yourself.

  • I love your outfit, girl, you look so cool and chic!!
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    • Sam

      Thanks Trishna!

  • The jumper looks great on you! I also prefer Korean cosmetics when it comes to skincare. What I do not like is how they do not any English labels sometimes. I once received a freebie in my package which I thought was emulsion because there’s no English label, but it’s actually just a sample hand cream.

    Anyway, I haven’t tried Liole BB Cream, but now I am intrigued and I will definitely try it.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    • Sam

      Thank you! Yes, sometimes a sample will be sitting around my counter forever just because I don’t know what it’s used for!

  • Oh that dress is cute, great buy! 🙂 It’s good that the sample of BB cream turned out to be so perfect for you – often the sample things I get aren’t quite right for me but I feel obligated to give them a try, haha!

    Hope you are having a really good week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Sam

      I feel like samples are always hit and miss with me, but at least they’re only samples! It takes me forever to get through a full-sized product.

  • Neha 14wow

    Wow…a very cute dress for sure…! So chic, I love it… Kisses, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

    • Sam

      Thanks Neha!

  • love your hair!

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

    • Sam

      Thank you!

  • Since I loved your past music suggestions I had to try out the songs you suggested. and unsurprisingly i like the two you said! They are really good! I love using spotify whenever I’m trying to find new songs. I end up saving every single song I come across. If you end up creating a playlist, you should definitely share the link!
    Also, that show Travelers sounds so interesting! I definitely will have to try watching that. I’m currently watching the OA which is really good but quite confusing. I also really like 13 reasons why. Have you tried that one yet?
    OMG trader joe’s seriously has the BEST food ever! literally obsessed with all there snacks. This one sounds divine! I’ll have to try that next time I go

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

    • Sam

      OMG yes I’m so glad you liked them! I’m thinking of making a few different mood playlists, so I’ll def share them once they’re done 🙂 Yeah, I started the OA and I don’t know I just couldn’t get into it… I haven’t tried 13 reasons why yet! I read the book a long time ago and I remember really liking it, so I’m excited to start it!

  • laura anne

    That dress is very nice and a bargain! I sell and buy on Depop too x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

    • Sam

      It’s a great way to get rid of clothes!

  • I loved the Goodal water oil and have been meaning to try more of their products, so thank you for those 3 recommendations!
    Trader Joe’s is my go-to when I want great food at affordable prices, though I usually shop their frozen food section. Will definitely make a note to check out their snacks next time, those popcorn puffs sound yummy!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    • Sam

      Yessss, lol I’m usually in their frozen section too!

  • I’ve been so meaning to try Goodal. Those samples sound good! Also gorgeous photo as always!

    Camilla | Gracefulface.com

    • Sam

      They really are good, I was so surprised at the DIFFERENCE it made. Thanks, Camilla!