March favorites 2017: fashion, beauty & lifestyle

March was such an exciting month for me because I officially became part of the Glossier team! I am now a Rep who uses my position as a blogger and social media influencer to promote Glossier’s entire range of skincare and makeup products.

As many of you know, I’ve been a Glossier fan for a year now–and an Into The Gloss reader for even longer. The brand has really changed the way I look at beauty products, and I am so excited to share my experiences with Haute Mess readers.

You can checkout my must-have Glossier goodies and shop the entire range through my Rep page. Plus, you will receive 20 percent off your purchase and earn free shipping each time you spend $30!

Now, let’s get into this month’s favorites:

Alo Yoga leggings: Even during the warmer months, I am much more comfortable working out in full-length leggings–I find that they stay in place much better than shorts do. Because I wear them nearly every day, I’m always in the market for a comfortable new pair. I’ve heard so many great things about Alo Yoga from fellow bloggers, so when I spotted this super cool, new-with-tags pair on Poshmark for nearly half-off retail value, I had to pick them up!

The white and gray color scheme mutes the otherwise flashy camouflage pattern, ensuring these pants totally match all the sports bras in my closet. They are comfy to run and lift in, aaaand their high-waist is really flattering. Thrifted via Poshmark

Airbrush Legging in White Camo, $88, aloyoga.com

Balm Dotcom by Glossier: This universal skin salve instantly become my holy grail beauty product the second I started using it in late February–not exaggerating! I wish I ordered this product sooner.

Not only does it treat dry patches without causing my face any breakouts or irritation, it is leaps and bounds above any other lip balm; trust me, I’ve tried them all. Again, not exaggerating. You can even use it to moisturize cuticles. If you only try one Glossier product, make sure it’s Balm Dotcom. It is my stranded-on-a-deserted-island must-have. $12, Glossier

(Psst! Save 20 percent on your first Glossier order + enjoy free shipping when you spend $30 by shopping through my link!)

Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea by Mario Badescu: As soon as the weather starts to warm up, my hair and skin become a little oily throughout the day, so facial sprays are a must for me this time of year. Last year I relied on Lush’s tea tree water toner, but this year I decided to switch it up.

Not only is Mario Badescu’s aloe, cucumber and green tea spray less expensive than Lush’s facial spray, it works just as well–if not better! This product is super refreshing; I use it a couple times a day to maintain a dirt- and oil-free face, while keeping my makeup in its place. And, it doubles as a soothing agent for irritated post-shaved or post-waxed skin. $7, Ulta

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White Charcoal Mattifying makeup setting spray by Boscia: I’ve never owned a setting spray before! But, like I said, my skin tends to gets a little oily, so I was in the market for a little something extra to help my makeup stay put during the day–especially as weather starts to warm up.

Lauren Elizabeth, one of my fav YouTubers, mentioned Boscia’s White Charcoal Mattifying setting spray in her recent video, and I decided to check it out for myself. When I noticed 1 ounce of Boscia’s setting spray for an affordable price at Sephora, I decided to pick it up.

As many of you know, I favor Glossier’s dewy products; although they look amazing, they tend to slide around, especially in warm, humid climates, so I definitely need something to keep them down. This setting spray gets the job done with only two or three spritzes!

The magic of charcoal controls excess oil and detoxes the pores, while vitamin- and antioxidant-rich black tea visibly minimizes pores and protects skin from harmful free radicals. $12, Sephora

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Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers strengthening milk by Maui Moisture: I deal with hair breakage and loss as a result of coloring and styling my mane over the years, and I have yet to discover a strand-saving product. Coconut oil work wonders, but I was desperately in need of something I could use more regularly.

Maui Moisture’s thicken & restore range was highly recommended to me by a friend who also has weak hair, so I decided to try the strengthening milk this month as a replacement for my usual Garnier leave-in conditioner. After only a handful of uses, I am noticing less hair loss every time I wash or brush my mane. Plus, every day that I use this leave-in I am guaranteed to have killer, cooperative hair.

Because this range contains castor oil, which is known for its restorative properties, it is extremely thick, so I definitely recommend using only a little of this product at a time–or else you will end up with a weighed-down mane that looks greasy and is difficult to style. $8.99, Ulta

Amy Serrano’s no-heat hair straightening tutorial: My natural beach-y waves are great during the summer months, but they’re not really appropriate most months out of the year. Typically, I attempt to give myself an at-home blowout with a hair dryer and straightening wand, but that is super time-consuming and, as everyone knows, not good for the hair.

While browsing makeup videos on YouTube earlier this month, I stumbled upon a no-heat hair straightening tutorial by fellow Glossier rep Amy Serrano.

This technique, which Serrano refers to as el tubi tubi, is slightly tricky to get the hang of at first. But, once you get it, it definitely becomes second nature. And honestly, the results cannot be beat: el tubi tubi gives you glossy, blowout-style hair overnight–without the heat and with half the effort.

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Hermit in Paris by Italo Calvino: It has been raining a ton here in West Virginia, so I’ve been devouring books and magazines like no other. This month I picked up Hermit in Paris by Italo Calvino, which is a series of autobiographical writings by Cuban-born Calvino. His stories definitely provide an instant pick-me-up for those dreary days when all you want to do is daydream about living like a Parisienne. Prices vary, Amazon

Collagen: There is no doubt that collagen has been a major trend over the past few months–and what’s not to love? It is packed with anti-aging benefits, and it promotes joint tissue regrowth while preventing bone loss. We all need collagen in our diets, so instead of investing in pricey supplements, I decided to eat more of the foods that are naturally full of it.

The usual suspects, such as fish, dark green veggies and antioxidant-rich berries, have already been some of my lifelong favs. But, this month I also learned that red and orange veggies, citrus fruits and garlic (the best seasoning for all types of dishes in my opinion) are also rich in nutrients that promote collagen. I’ve been loading up on these foods all month long, working towards a brighter, flawless complexion for years to come.

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