April Beauty Favorites

april_beauty_favoritesLast month, my favorite beauty products were mostly makeup. This month was a little different. I used a lot of the same makeup products over the course of the month but none of them really stood out as something I was excited about. Instead, I fell back in love with an old perfume and discovered two other products from my stash that I’d never really used much before. My April beauty favorites ended up being Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy perfume, Julep’s Lissa, and Aveda’s Hand Relief.

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Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Blackberry

lavanila vanilla blackberry rollerballI love wearing perfume, but I’m very picky when it comes to choosing scents. I want something that smells really good, but that also smells like “me.” I hate perfumes that smell too much like perfume (pretty much any floral scent) and I prefer a “warmer” fragrance. I really like sweet scents that are mixed with something a little heavier and I’m a fan of fruity perfumes. Basically, I want to smell like I’ve been baking desserts all day. I’ve been able to find quite a few perfumes that meet my requirements and some of my favorites are made by Lavanila Laboratories, including the Lavanila Vanilla Blackberry fragrance.

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Prada Candy, Candy L’Eau, and Candy Florale

Prada CandyI love perfume, but I’m very picky when it comes to what my perfume smells like. Not only does it have to smell good, but it also has to smell like me. I’m a big fan of sweet scents (specifically vanilla and sugar scents- anything that smells like I’ve been baking) but they have to be balanced by something heavier and musky or else they get sickeningly sweet. Most florals are a “no” for me- they smell too perfume-y and old-lady like, and they tend to give me headaches. I like fruity fragrances (as long as they don’t smell like cleaning products) and I love the idea of more masculine fragrances, but they don’t quite fit for me. I want something that I can smell all day long, but I don’t want something that smells too strong. Because I’m so picky, I like to try smaller sizes of perfumes first to see if I really love them. Mini perfumes are a great way to try a scent, and they are usually available with promo codes or as gifts with purchases. Over the last year or so, I’ve managed to acquire minis of the whole Prada Candy line- Prada Candy, Prada Candy L’Eau, and Prada Candy Florale.

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After having a blast in Spain it was time to head to France! From Barcelona we headed to Avignon for the night.  Driving in we passed by the Pont Saint-Benezet, which is the famous arched bridge of the city. The bridge was originally built with 22 arches but now only has 4 arches because it was destroyed several times, primarily due to flooding of the Rhone. We then went directly to the ancient town center which is still surrounded by a large wall which was used to protect the city in the past. The city center was beautiful with all of the brick buildings and the massive cathedral in the town center.

Cathedral in the town center in Avignon

Cathedral in the town center

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