Beauty: February Favorites

Feb Favs

Let me just say… the start of March has not been very kind to me! Lots of personal life issues… I will be thankful once it all sorts itself out. Anyway…. On to my February Favorites!

First is the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, I love this stuff! I love using a cleansing oil to take off my eye makeup, and this is one that is so effective and yet gentle on the eyes.  It helps to remove even the most stubborn of eye makeup, and while I wouldn’t use it on its own, I love how it makes that step of my routine that much easier. I can honestly see myself using this for a long time!

Next is the Neutrogena SkinClearing Complexion Perfector, this looks so amazing on the skin! I can’t say it helped any more with my complexion than any other product, but I do love the way it makes my skin look.  Using this product my skin just looks healthy.  Now this product is not meant to be full coverage, so it doesn’t hide every imperfection, but thats okay it just looks nice on the skin.  I believe this is meant to be a BB cream, so it is lightweight and not meant to provide full coverage.

Next is the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette, what can I say, the girl knows her eyeshadows! They are so pigmented and blend beautifully! I have just fallen in love with these shadows and find myself reaching for this palette all the time! The colors are so beautiful, and right up my alley with the warm brown transition shades and the warm red/burgundy.  Definitely my current go-to.

Next is the Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in 002, seriously the most beautiful highlighter! It looks so natural on the skin.  This was definitely a splurge, but I’m glad I did because it was something I used every day since they day I bought it.  The color is just so beautiful, a slight pinkish tone, and it looks so beautiful on the skin – not a blinding highlight but a glow from within.

Next is the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, not only does this face cream smell amazing but it feels so refreshing on the skin! I bought this initially as a night cream, but never found myself reaching for it for that purpose.  Instead when I noticed that my skin was getting a little dry, I pulled this moisturizer out.  It seriously made a difference in how my skin felt and looks! I can see how hydrated my skin looks, the rough patches are no longer visible, and it just makes my skin look healthy. Loved it!

Finally the Beauty Blender Liquid Blender Cleanser, this stuff is amazing! I had been using the solid cleanser for about a year now, but on a whim I decided to try out the liquid cleanser and I am so impressed! It cleans beauty blenders like a dream and so quickly.  I did read reviews that said some used a ton of product in order to get their beauty blender cream but I honestly had no issues with that, I use about a dime size amount, a little more if needed, and it works wonders.

 

That wraps up my favorites for the month, a lot of luxury items that I splurged on but were so well worth it!

Until next time!

Ashley

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Beauty: February Ipsy

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All beauty lovers are aware of the monthly subscription service Ipsy.  It costs $10 a month and you get 4-5 full/deluxe products AND a makeup bag! I’ve been a subscriber to Ipsy for probably 3 years now and I love it! It’s the perfect subscription service for people who are just starting to get into makeup and beauty, because you get to try some amazing products that very from high end makeup or skin care brands, to drug store and affordable brands.  I can’t tell you how many full size products I’ve received through Ipsy, how many products I’ve fallen in love with and continued to purchase, and how many products I had been eager to try and was able to….thanks to Ipsy.  Plus as a bonus, they have a points system where you can earn points by reviewing products, and then you can redeem for one of the bonus rewards offered.  Like the subscription, the reward can vary from beauty to skin care, and even hair products.

My February bag came with the following:

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry –  I love NYX lip products, they’re amazingly pigmented and feel so comfortable on the lips.  Now as a disclaimer, NYX products are in these bags every few months, so if you subscribe be prepared to try this brand. This color is so beautiful, I can’t wait to try it out!

BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara – BellaPierre is another brand that is in Ipsy every few months, and honestly I have not yet tried a product that I didn’t really enjoy from this brand.  I don’t know that I have ever had a mascara from this brand, but I’m excited to try it, especially since I have been struggling with mascara lately.

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask – I have never heard of this brand, but I can’t wait to try it! It smells SO amazing, like roses, and it just sounds like it is going to be a great skincare item.  The claims are that it will make your skin glow, while exfoliating and moisturizing.  I can’t wait to try this!

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Latte – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color! Oh my goodness, the picture doesn’t even do it justice! I absolutely love bronze/copper eyeshadows, I feel like they make my eyes just pop. Now the name of this product is a little confusing because it implies it is a cream pigment but when you swatch it it is definitely not a cream pigment, I don’t think anyway.

Luxie Beauty Blush Brush 514 – I love Luxie brushes, they are so soft and just work so beautifully.  I have received a few Luxie brushes in past Ipsy bags, and I welcome more! They just work. Can’t wait to start using this one!

Thats everything that came in my Ipsy bag this month, I’m so excited to try everything! Most of these are brands that I’ve tried before in Ipsy, but they’re great brands and I have no complaints at having the opportunity to try more products from them.

I hope you are having a great Sunday, until next time!

 

Ashley

Beauty/Life: January Favorites

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With the start of a new year I’ve decided to try my hand at a blog full of things I love, beauty, books and life! To start it all off, January favorites! *Insert cliche, I can’t believe it’s February, January flew by!*…. but seriously, January flew by!!

Based on the picture I obviously did not have a lot of favorites in January, and honestly it’s because I tend to use the same products every single day.  Not all of those products are favorites, most of them are things I have been using to get rid of them, or I just use them without thinking.  However… I tried to branch out a little and found myself falling in love with these babies!

First, the Ulta Beauty Rose Gold palette, I’ve had this for years and I used it a lot when I first got it, but as ironic as it sounds, I stopped using it for that reason.  I didn’t want to use it so fast that I hit pan right away, weird right?  So it’s just been sitting in my collection, hanging out… until this month. I pulled it out on a whim and absolutely fell back in love with the colors and the make up brush (not pictured obviously).  I use it to create a semi-smokey eye using the color sweetheart (the second color from the right) and dessert (right next to sweetheart), and it comes out so beautiful and soft.  I just love it! I highly recommend it, you can pick it up at Ulta for $20.  They also have a matte and a gold palette similar to this one.

Next is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in the color black.  I used to use eyeliner everyday but over the last few years I actually stopped lining my eyes and only tight lined them.  This was a product I picked up in a Sephora’s Favorite collection and thought I would give it a try.  It is honestly so pigmented and applies so amazing! I don’t do a wing or anything, I really just use it to enhance my lash line, but it is so beautiful, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to try it.  I got mine through Sephoras, so you can pick this beauty up at there for $22 in a few colors, including black.

Next is the Revlon Ultimate-All-in-One Mascara in Blackest Black.  I tend to use two different mascaras, one for top lashes and one for bottom lashes, and this is the one I’ve been using on the bottom.  That little brush is just perfect for the bottom lashes, it separates and targets each lash individually, I just love it! I have used it on the top lashes as well and I felt that it really lengthened them, which I loved as well.  I don’t use it regularly for the top, but it is definitely a favorite for the bottom lashes.  I picked mine up at Target for around $7 or maybe $8, and this particular range has several other types of mascaras to choose from.

Next is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone.  I’ve always loved this highlighter, and only pushed it aside to use up another product.  I pulled it out in January to mix it up a little bit and I couldn’t put it down! These highlighters look so beautiful on the skin, they make you look like you’re glowing versus an actual pop of glow/sheen.  I love it and will continue to repurchase Becca highlighters.  I purchased mine at Sephoras for $38, again they have other colors that you can pick up that are equally amazing but Moonstone has been my favorite this month.

Last in the beauty category is the Dior Creme de Rose Soothing Plumping Lip Balm. This was another product that I loved when I first got it but to avoid using it all up I put it away.  I can’t even describe how wonderful this lip balm is, it is so creamy and it feels amazing on your lips.  I don’t notice any plumping, but it makes my lips feel smooth and hydrated, it’s honestly hard to describe how amazing this lip balm really is.  It is really pricey, but it’s a luxury I recommend if you’re ever looking to pamper yourself! I picked mine up at Sephoras for $30 — I did hear that this was a product being discontinued, but it has remained at Sephoras so I’m not sure how true that is.

First up in lifestyle/fashion are the Le Specs The Prince Aviators in Matte Black.  I first saw these sunglasses on a Kristina Braly YouTube vlog (which if you have never watched her, you should, she’s amazing and a January favorite as well!) and fell in love with them! They not only look amazing but they are so comfortable to wear, they go great with any outfit, and to be honest I feel like a total badass wearing them! I purchased these from Amazon for $89.

Last in this picture is the Mind Reader Milk Frother.  I have been obsessed with making my own lattes at home and it is all because of this tool! Normally when I make coffee at home I use some kind of creamer, but with this baby I don’t feel the need to use creamers or really even sugar.  I just froth some milk and use a little bit of sugar, and I get the perfect at home latte.  I’m obsessed, and I think any coffee or tea lovers should get this! I purchased mine from Target for $6.99.

I hope I was able to do these products justice, because they were honestly amazing for me in the month of January.  These favorites also reminded me to branch out a little and try new things, or re-try old products, which I think is the fun part of makeup/beauty. Hopefully next month I will have even more amazing finds to share!

Ashley