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Par's monthly picks

That’s right.  It’s Par’s Picks time!

I’m not going to bore you with random happenings from this month.  Except to say that we’re in Chicago this weekend for our apartment hunting trip. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us!

With that, let’s get to it…

One – Next Vacay

Our friends Naveen and Shaylee recently launched a new site/service called Next Vacay.  If you’re a travel junkie who’s always on the lookout for a great deal, you should definitely sign up for this.  For one low yearly fee, Naveen and Shaylee will send you (via email) all kinds of travel deals departing from your home airport.  Vishnu and I signed up for deals out of Chicago and have been tempted by quite a few that have come our way in the past couple of weeks  – Australia, Spain, Ireland…just to name a few!

If you love to travel, you need Next Vacay.

Two – Linya Design

I haven’t been the best with keeping up with my grad school friends.  However, there are a few people I connect with on a regular(ish) basis, and one of them is Mariam.  We relate on so many levels, especially when it comes to being married to a doctor.  Her and her husband are quite a few years ahead of us, so she always has something wise to share with me.

Mariam and I were catching up the other day when she told me about her new business.  Linya Design is a luxury boutique design company specializing in wedding gifts and favors.  If you’re from the Dallas area and are getting married/know someone who is getting married, check out my friend’s site.  Knowing Mariam and her attention to detail and eye for design, I’m positive she’ll make your big day as special as possible!

Three – Mindy Kaling in conversation with Alicia Menendez

You don’t have to be a fan of The Mindy Project to enjoy this video.  In fact, anyone with ambitions to do good work while being themselves will find this conversation inspiring.  WATCH THIS!

Four, Five, and Six – Beauty products

Par's Picks - April 2016 - Beauty

Four – Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

My coworker and friend Thea gifted me this product for my birthday, and I LOVE it!  It’s an all-in-one moisturizing lip balm/gloss/treatment.  The sheer pink/berry tint is perfect on its own or over your favorite lipstick.  Something else to love is that it’s made without parabens, sulfates, GMOs, petroleum oil, and other bad things.  If you have a thing for lip products but have yet to try this one, get on it!

Five – Marc Jacob Le Marc Lipstick (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

I’m officially obsessed with Marc Jacobs’ makeup products.  The Velvet Noir mascara is life changing.  Seriously, my lashes have never looked better!  And now I’m equally in love with this new-to-me lipstick that came as a sample in my latest Sephora haul.  The formula itself is creamy and matte, but unlike other matte lipsticks I’ve tried, it’s not drying at all.  I love how it hugs my lips and stays put!  Also, can we take a second and talk about the color.  It’s bright and vibrant with beautiful pink and magenta undertones.  Even Vishnu’s a fan, and he doesn’t normally like shades like this!

Six – Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)

After hearing a bunch of beauty bloggers and Thea rave about this particular concealer, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.  The verdict?  I love it!  This stuff is magical.  I apply it over my foundation – under my eyes and on the highpoints of my face.  Not only this this blend right in without looking cakey, but it also brightens my face unlike any other product I’ve tried.  Undereye circles and dark spots be gone!

Pro tip – regardless of the brand, when picking a concealer, always go two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Annnnd…that’s all for my April picks, y’all!  Thanks for reading!

Tell me about your favorite April products, videos, articles, etc.

No portion of this post is sponsored.  However, there are a few affiliate links included. There is no extra cost to you, but I do receive a small commission on anything you buy through my links.  Thank you for reading and supporting My Inner Shakti!

By Parita

7 thoughts on “Par’s Picks – April 2016”
  1. Currently loving Burts Bees lipstick in Blush Basin color. Subtle, natural and kind of mauve. Perfect for every day at work! Also loving Nuts ‘n’ More brand Toffee Crunch spread. It’s like peanut butter BUT BETTER.

  2. Sephora’s birthday gift this year was a MJ mini lipstick and eyeliner and I fell in love with both. I don’t know if the color is the same as the one you have (I’ll have to check) but it’s the most perfect creamy, matte pink. I love it! The eyeliner is amazing too, if you haven’t tried it.

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