February Favorites

This month was all about beauty for me, and I don’t now how that happened. I racked my brain (surely I wasn’t that unadventurous), but beauty products were the only discoveries from February that knocked off my socks and made me excited enough to share.

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Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream | Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick | Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream

Holy. Yum.

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My husband forever cemented in the archives of Twitter my initial reaction:

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And I meant it. And I still mean it. I would still love to devour a big heaping scoopful every time I use it. (I imagine that’s a bad idea. I do not advise consumption.) It’s pistachio, almond, and sweet vanilla, but very mild, and simply makes me happy. While I love the smell, I also love that I can wear whatever fragrance I want on top of it at the start of the day because it doesn’t linger too terribly long (fortunate and unfortunate.)

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It applies like one of the silkiest, smoothest body creams I’ve ever tried without leaving my skin feeling the least bit oily. (Isn’t that the grossest? I don’t want to feel like I could take a running leap at a dry Slip’n’Slide and glide straight to the end after moisturizing my full body. Ick. You won’t with this body buttercream.) The texture is a real dream and lasts all day.

The price point is a little outside of my comfort zone for lotion. Despite the a-dor-able packaging, Soap & Glory is one of those brands I think I had picked up and tested a product or two before, but never bought. I probably passed on the price tag in favor of a drugstore staple. During a routine Sephora lap early this month, I passed the display and remembered one of my favorite bloggers (Kate from over at The Small Things Blog) mentioning it favorably in some capacity toward the end of last year. I couldn’t remember. I tested it in store and it was love at first smell. We’ve lived happily ever after. 

p.s. I have a thing for lotion tubs. I really like them. Maybe because I use a ton and it’s just easier to get in there and scoop it out rather than pump the bottle sixteen times? The tub also gives me the option of throwing the thing in my bag easily for travel or use during the day if I want. Who knows. I’m a freak.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in black

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I thought this product was genius. It’s really just a good smudge and flake free mascara in a tiny tube with a tiny brush designed to distribute product to tiny lashes.

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You might order it or go check it out in store and scream “What is this, mascara for ANTS?!” which was pretty close to my initial reaction, too. (It’s not THAT small. If you aren’t a Zoolander fan you’re probably really confused and lost, and I won’t apologize because that’s your fault for missing out on only about a million laughs.) It’s a small tube, but it isn’t expensive and I imagine it lasting a while for the small amount I use every time.

This isn’t a game changer or a top of the list once it runs out kind of product for me -I’ve found it mostly just fun to have and use. It does a nice job separating tiny bottom lashes and adding definition with a couple coats. When I’m really doing my eyes I add a couple coats for separation and length, and then one more coat of something a little thicker like my Covergirl Lash Blast on top of it.

It’s also nice to have for tinier lashes toward the inner of my top lash line. Who am I fooling? Once I’m 100% used to using it everyday it probably will be at the top of my list when it runs out.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose

Let’s take a moment and squeal over this packaging together, okay? Look how stinking adorable and fun and I want all of the shades just for the fun packaging of all of them seriously go look at them.

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OK, now we can move on.

I’ve wanted one (or all) of the lipsticks from this collection for a darn long time, and finally picked this Plummy Rose shade. It’s a mauvey-rose color that I like for its simplicity. It gives color and defines my lips in a “yeah I’m a grown lipstick wearing lady” sort of way without being super trendy. Sometimes I don’t want to look trendy, I just want to feel pretty and polished. You feel me? Those are the days I use this lipstick.

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As you would guess from the name, it’s super creamy and soft -definitely not a drying lip color, and maybe a little sheer. It takes reapplying every few hours to keep up the moisture and color throughout the day (or maybe I just talk a lot or drink too much coffee), but if those sort of lip products annoy you, pass on this one. I haven’t found a “lip butter” lipstick that doesn’t require this, though, and I just really like it anyway.

It also smells really nice, which is just a sweet bonus since you know I’m applying it, like, directly beneath my nose.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Tea Rose Tickle

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I reached for this blush probably 23 of the 28 days of February. I’ve ended up really liking it even more than I thought I would in the store. (Even after dropping it directly onto the hard wood floor the day I brought it home. I also did that with a brand new carton of eggs today. That’s a different story, but I think it’s a pattern.)

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Despite the battle wound I inflicted upon the little guy, it’s been a great blush. The colors are rich and pigmented enough to show up on my more medium olive skin, and actually have a lot of dimension. It has just enough sheen without being glittery. Few things I hate more than a product with so much sparkle it takes me back to the roller glitter stick days of my childhood. I can’t for the life of me remember what it is, but there is another Sephora Collection brand blush that does this. Beware.

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And that’s the February gang. Have you given any of these a shot before? Any brands or products I should be on the lookout for this month? Comment below or with the little talking bubble near the title!

Inside my July Birchbox: Power Up

This month, Birchbox crafted boxes with Women’s Health Magazine themed Power Up, focusing on beauty wellness and health. In addition to samples, subscribers received little booklets outlining the Power Up Challenge:  12 tips/tricks for “becoming the best you.”

Cheesy? Oh yeah, but done in an absolutely adorable way that actually felt super necessary and convicting for me right now.

I had a really good box this month with a ton of variety. (So good, my debit card may see an online order in its near future.)

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Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

I want a candle, bubble bath, laundry detergent, and lip balm all smelling like this lotion sample. With olive oil, avocado oil, and shea butter, this Field-to-Vanity lotion is GMO free and feels as incredible as it smells (I’m a major sucker for body creams with a shea butter base.) Super light, super summery, and it leaves skin super buttery and smooth. I will likely soon be the owner of a full-size bottle.

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel (Honey Cream Wash)I don’t typically feel affected by shower gels of this kind with promises to “wake you up in the morning.” I’m a morning person anyway. To me, this was just a very basic shower gel that didn’t lather enough to feel like it was working. I couldn’t decide how I felt about the scent, so I sought other consumer’s reviews out of curiosity on the topic. I found them to be crazy mixed –love or hate. Overall, it just didn’t do it for me.

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

Sumita Color Intense Pencil - AishaI don’t think I’ve tried a colored eye pencil since high school when I thought I looked really good in purple. A neutrals addict, I decided to not write off this eyeliner simply because I lack the adventurous spunk to pick it up organically. So I gave it a shot, and was surprisingly pleased (a little bright/out of my comfort zone, I only used it across my top lashes, and toned it down slightly by setting it with a darker navy shadow using an angle brush.) I’m actually tempted to purchase the black or grey for everyday wear the consistency was so pleasing –incredibly smooth and blendable, the soft wax formula made for crazy easy application.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - 900x900I had a bad experience once with a really cheap dry shampoo, completely swearing them off. After years of healing, my interest has slowly been peaked again, so I was honestly thrilled to find this little guy in my box this month. My good-sized sample can is already gone –I loved it. It was excellent for my fine hair as both a light texturizer and to revitalize second-day hair. Major win.

Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser

Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser

I didn’t actually try this one yet –I’m always slightly hesitant with facial cleansers –not wanting to rock the boat if I’m having a good, clear skin spell. While this guy has 4 out of 5 stars and some killer reviews, I may get brave enough to test him out soon.

 

I’d love to know what was in your Birchbox this month, or if you’ve tried any of the samples I got and what you thought about them. Comment below!